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Even a veterinarian has ‘pet peeves’

January 11, 2014 I am not perfect and as a veterinarian I have made mistakes. However, I believe that most people in an animal care profession like mine are working toward a common goa. more »»

Time traveling to a ‘Cretaceous Dawn’

January 11, 2014 By REBECCA SCHWAB OBSERVER Contributor The Book We’ve all read tales of time-travel, especially stories of people being projected far into the future. more »»

Let the consumer beware

January 5, 2014 I’m always astonished when smart people share questionable information as if it were factual. Unfortunately, I’ve seen way too much of this lately through social media. more »»

Looking Back

January 5, 2014 By SARAH HATFIELD You should end a year with good company, great memories and laughter. You should welcome the next one the same way. This actually applies to any moment, not just year’s end. more »»

On New Year’s resolutions: giving up the farm

January 5, 2014 I get a lot of email from outside sources. Most of the time, I just delete it. I much prefer that the lifestyles section of the OBSERVER focuses on local people and events. more »»

Showing compassion to God’s creatures

January 5, 2014 It was dark and very cold in the local parking lot. Mounds of snow from days of persistent snowfall were everywhere. more »»

‘Sidewinding’ her way into many hearts

December 29, 2013 There aren’t many people in Chautauqua County who haven’t heard of Dunkirk Dave, Bob Will’s famous groundhog. more »»

Aspire and Harvest Chapel cultivate a community

December 29, 2013 High school sports are a great way for students to learn about the benefits of teamwork, trust, and fellowship. more »»

Keeping Christmas all year

December 29, 2013 How can the few days after Christmas be so different from the days before? Just a few days ago many people were caught up in a frenzy of last minute shopping, food preparation, and enjoying the... more »»

Enjoying the outdoors

December 29, 2013 By CRIN FREDERICKSON Bundle up. Coat, hat, mittens, scarf. Don’t take your camera. Stuff your hands in your pockets and leave them there, after you’ve tied your boots of course. more »»

Spirit and light

December 22, 2013 The December snowfall this year has seemed particularly bad. The first night of the storm, my car was buried in the parking lot here at the OBSERVE. more »»

‘For it is in giving that we receive.’

December 22, 2013 This wisdom spoken by St Francis of Assisi has already been instilled in the hearts of Joe and Erin Seminatore’s two daughters. more »»

An old-fashioned Christmas

December 22, 2013 It’s nearly Christmas Eve. Stockings are hung with care, flickering candles and twinkling tree lights welcome everyone and make everything cozy. more »»

Thwarting the would-be attack of the Christmas Beckys

December 22, 2013 Looking back objectively, I can see I was a pretty cute kid. more »»

Why did Santa pass us by?

December 16, 2013 Once upon a time long, long ago, my family lived on a busy street in Dunkirk. more »»

Memories from the ‘40s

December 16, 2013 For Christmas in World War II, I received a light blue girls “Victory Bike” with tall wheels. Since there was a shortage of rubber the wheels were thin. That was when I was 8 years old. more »»

Remembering school in Laona

December 16, 2013 I always think of the times that I went to school in Laona, back in the ‘30s and ‘40s, so this puts the time as long ago. Each year we would have a Christmas play in the largest room. Mr. more »»

Christmas in 1928

December 16, 2013 Living on a farm was a very memorable time. Family was Mom and Dad, Grandpa Manning, Little Brother and m. more »»

Christmas Eves past

December 16, 2013 It became a custom for us to celebrate Christmas with extended family on Christmas Eve. I recall two specific celebrations that impacted my growing up experiences. more »»

Learning Polish for Christmas

December 15, 2013 To my knowledge, Mr. (Oscar) Bixby didn’t dress up like Santa Claus. He never handed me a wrapped Christmas package or laughed with a hearty “ho, ho, ho. more »»



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