The OBSERVER’s View

Remembering we got it good

It has been quite a year. Since we paused last to ponder our many blessings and enjoy the good food and better time with our families that is Thanksgiving, much of what we thought we knew about politics, government and our fellow Americans has been turned upside down. No doubt that will be a ...

HOLIDAY Shopping rush getting closer

A traditional rush is nearly upon us: the Black Friday shopping experience. Just like with many other issues across our country, America seems divided on this. Should stores open Thanksgiving to begin the rush or should they remain closed to allow for families being together for the holiday? ...

Giving gift of warmth in coats

Recent blasts of winter had many residents running to the closets for the heavy coats. We’re the lucky ones. Others, including the youngsters, are not as fortunate. But thanks to the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County and a number of Community Bank locations, residents can add some ...

SALVATION ARMY: Area can help with holidays

For those who may not have noticed, there is a new energy at the Salvation Army in Dunkirk. Besides its traditional and respected youth basketball program, it now houses the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County and has a growing number of individuals and families it is helping ...

MEDALS: A ‘heroic’ job gets honors

Doing what is right while doing a job matters every day. For emergency responders, however, it can often mean the difference between life and death. On June 6, a 2-year-old child wandered away from his Silver Creek home and became lost in the woods. That is frightening to hear for any parent ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST STROKE AWARENESS AND CNRC — For the second year in a row, the Fredonia Blue Devils Hockey Team visited the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center before the team held its annual Stroke Awareness Game. During the visit, ...

Shining moments at state event

This weekend, the long trek for Fredonia Hillbilly cross-country runner Diego Rey continues. The senior will take part in the New York State Federation Meet, an accomplishment for a male runner Coach Carol Zirkle had not seen in her 19 years in her position. “I’m really proud of ...

Moving quicker on slower speed

Hanover Town Board officials appear to be moving in the right direction, albeit a little slowly. Residents Richard and Linda Kingsley have asked board members to approve a lower speed limit at an apparent dangerous stretch of road. Currently, the speed limit is 55 mph. But the Kingsleys say ...

WORLD WAR II: Never forgetting the horrors

We, as a country and world, cannot forget the horrors that came from World War II. One of the greatest problems, however, is we keep losing so many from the Greatest Generation. Last month, at the Dunkirk-Fredonia Rotary Club, a survivor from that war — who was held at a Concentration Camp ...

Veterans day Important notes from our youth

Grateful and appreciative. That sums up our nation’s sentiments toward our veterans over the weekend and on Monday. Ceremonies were held across the region as well as Applebee’s in Dunkirk and the Chautauqua Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. One prominent piece of those last two events ...

Snowfall: Right before leaf pickup …

One step forward, two steps back. That is just what it seems happens to local Department of Public Works crews once November comes around. Almost like clockwork, both the city of Dunkirk and village of Fredonia sent the OBSERVER notices regarding when it would begin leaf removal late last ...

Giving thanks, honor to our brave soldiers

One-hundred-years ago today, the conflict many hoped was “the war to end wars” drew to a close. For decades, Nov. 11 each year was observed as Armistice Day. Now, we know it as Veterans Day, honoring those among us who have served at any time in the armed forces. Though the last ...

Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST SAVING A LIFE — On Monday Deputy Adam McAdoo was spending his lunch at the Mayville Diner when he heard a woman yelling that her 8-month old child was not breathing. McAdoo, who also is an emergency medical technician, went ...

Big numbers at our polls

Our country may be divided, but locally a statement was made: we sure did show up to participate in this year’s election. According to county election results, 41,270 ballots were cast on Tuesday as about 75,930 are registered here. “By the time we add the absentees and the affidavits, ...

UB football is excite-a-’Bull’

Just because the Buffalo Bills are nearly unwatchable does not mean the sports scene in the state’s Queen City is a lost cause. The National Hockey League Sabres have shown tremendous improvement compared to last year and the minor-league Bisons had the hottest prospect in baseball in Vladmir ...

Priest needs to be removed

For the Diocese of Buffalo, there is no escaping the guilt. Seventy-eight priests are now named on a list that ties them to sexual abuse. One of those priests facing questions is right here in Dunkirk at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. As unfortunate as it is, the Rev. Dennis Riter has been ...

Keep salaries out in open

Salaries are always a sensitive issue — in the public and private sector. But the belief that by passing a city budget, Common Council leaders are aware of all raises included for the coming year appears to be false. During recent budget discussions, talk has centered around salaries of ...

Election: Get to polls on Tuesday

Many voters have already made up their minds on who they are choosing in Tuesday’s election. As a reminder, polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. — or about 15 hours. Some races have favorable candidates, while others do not. In the case of the latter we urge voters to choose who is the ...

Fredonia: Board takes positive steps

Maybe the Oct. 22 Fredonia Village Board meeting is a watershed moment for this group moving forward. It was at this meeting, the board rejected the rental property law while dropping a law that would make village property owners responsible for debris that runs into the creek. Filled with ...

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week:

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST FREDONIA HARDWARE — Congratulations goes out to Bob Scudder. For 32 years, Scudder has been “Bob at the hardware store.” This past week, Fredonia Pro Hardware officially closed its doors. But that’s not the end of the ...