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The long goodbye with Alzheimer’s

July 13, 2014 Recently, my wife Marie because of advancing Alzheimer’s was moved from the memory unit of an enriched housing facility to a county facility with complete nursing care. more »»

Spelling bee has history with men and mice

July 13, 2014 Did you watch any Wimbledon tennis? Some players grunt as they hit the ball in order to improve the effectiveness of their shots. Well, if it works for them it might work for me. more »»

High bills bring wave of questions

July 13, 2014 In March, I and many villagers had water meters replaced by village contractors. My new meter indicated no water leakage on my property. more »»

What happened to our open-door policy?

July 13, 2014 I consider myself a tolerant person. I easily tolerated various mammals, reptiles and a few amphibians that my children insisted they must have in their formative year. more »»

A good family is priceless

July 12, 2014 I’ve been thinking. How can we make our country better and the world better? And every time I go back to families. more »»

Lake fest a great event

July 12, 2014 Editor, OBSERVER: Wow! That certainly sums up our experience at the Great Lakes Festival. What a wonderful event! Thanks to the sponsors whose generosity enabled non-profits to participate for fre. more »»

Skimmers in the summer scene

July 11, 2014 Although I have kept a daily bird-sighting census, one of my regular visitors has always eluded me. Not the bird. As easy as it was to spot, so difficult was it for me to identif. more »»

Home rule matters in fracking

July 10, 2014 Risks to human health, drinking water supplies and the environment from one high volume, hydrofracking oil or gas well is hundreds of times greater than from one conventional wel. more »»

A gasp for the Fourth Amendment

July 9, 2014 The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution requires government searches to be based on probable cause of a crime and to be authorized by a judge via a warrant. In a recent case, Riley v. more »»

Using words, importance wisely

July 8, 2014 How to rule the world, and other tips: ¯ About 65 years ago I read a book entitled “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint Exupery. more »»

‘Preserving peace’ in the land of the free

July 7, 2014 We have just celebrated a great national holiday, the Fourth of July and the celebration of Independence Day. And America remembers! This is the land of the free and the home of the brav. more »»

No incentive for ‘short-cuts’

July 6, 2014 The production of natural gas intersects with water in two ways: the protection of the surface water table; and the use of water in hydraulic fracturing. more »»

Silver Creek water rates are no drop in the bucket

July 6, 2014 By TOM KIRKPATRICK The trials of some Silver Creek homeowners with their recent water billings reminded me of when my family moved to Silver Creek. more »»

Girls just want a level playing field

July 5, 2014 I traveled to London last weekend for the wedding of my dear college friend, Stephanie. It was a beautiful day filled with love, laughter and lots of dancing. more »»

Minor crimes get ‘major’ coverage

July 5, 2014 By ROSIE and MARTY SANDEN We have long supported the Dunkirk OBSERVER because we understand the importance of a local newspaper and enjoy being informed of local events. more »»

A vexatious vexillologist

July 4, 2014 You may be familiar with the backside of certain daily calendar pages. They can include an interesting fact, a puzzle, a riddle or, sometimes, just a question. more »»

Even U.S. had struggles for freedom

July 3, 2014 John Adams was prophetic. more »»

Be sensible, safe this summer

July 3, 2014 The first holiday of the summer is upon us and as the Fourth of July is celebrated the Dunkirk Police Department has a few safety tips that could make your celebration safe and happ. more »»

Looking on the bright side

July 2, 2014 Some things in Chautauqua County are not as dire as one might think. For instance, it looks like we will see improvement of Route 60 connecting the “North” and “South” county. Tourism is flourishing. more »»

Free speech has its benefits, drawbacks

July 1, 2014 Editor’s note: This is a series of columns by John Malcolm on his “50 years at Fredonia.” Retired, he is a professor emeritus at Fredonia State. more »»



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