Opinion

IMPROVEMENTS: Pitching in for the park

The OBSERVER’s View

Sometimes it takes more than a village, as town of Pomfret board members learned during a recent meeting. While discussing renovations at Russell Joy Park, town Highway Superintendent Jude Gardner mentioned a number of recent improvements. These include a new pavilion roof, a paint job by the ...

Variables in understanding

Commentary

We use words to convey meanings, but in so many cases a single word can be understood to mean several non-similar things. Crossword puzzles sometimes use that to really confound us. The same word, even in the same sentence, may mean something very different. A turn right, may not always be a ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 The Dunkirk Police Department is gearing up for its biggest community policing event of the year and Sgt. David Ortolano is pleased with what he sees. Almost 30 people turned out at the city pier for an organizational meeting for National Night Out, which takes place ...

ON THE ROAD Accidents add up in higher heat

The OBSERVER’s View

Maybe cooler temperatures in the coming days will bring fewer accidents to area roads. Last week, for all intents and purposes, was a trying one. Last Monday, a State Police car was hit while responding to an accident. Stories of bravery by the construction workers on the New York State ...

City incident is apparent lack of respect

Commentary

As an American veteran, I am outraged by the alleged conduct of an elected official toward an Army nurse who was stationed overseas caring for those who were injured in battle and also those who were deceased. When this hero returned home to Dunkirk, she was involved in the church choir and ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 A new venture at this year’s Chautauqua County Fair in Dunkirk, the Buffalo Zoo’s Zoomobile, is sure to make a hit with the children as it will be appearing daily with different programs and animals. All programs will include live animal demonstrations. Every ...

DUNKIRK: An energy in JCC plan

The OBSERVER’s View

No brand of binoculars can clearly tell anyone what downtown Dunkirk will look like in the next five years, especially Central Avenue. Since the major Masonic Temple fire of February 2010, the former main drag of the city becomes a ghost town in the late afternoon. Retail shops are a heavy ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Young couples quick to help Editor, OBSERVER: There is so much bad news about young people that I wanted to share my good news. On July 2, my daughter and I were returning home from Buffalo. We heard a loud noise and then the car veered to the left by an underpass near Hamburg. We got ...

Young man’s brush with art, relationships

Commentary

Editor’s note: Former State University of New York at Fredonia professor and OBSERVER columnist George Sebouhian was preparing to write his life story when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2013. He died three years later, having left behind hundreds of pages of research notes, poems and ...

Sweet tradition worth celebrating in Valvo’s

Commentary

Valvo candies has been in business for 100 years. What an icon in our community. How many kids have been rewarded there for good grades or good behavior? How many trademark boxes of Valvo candy have been sent out of town all over the country even the world to family, friends and ...

Civic threats in blind ideology

Commentary

Today the United States is far from united. Only partisans unite on their side of an issue. Votes in Congress are often strictly along party lines, the result is a nation fractured along ideological lines. Unfortunately, ideology is an all too reflexive substitute for reason, thinking, or ...

Keep health-care options open

Commentary

For the good of our country all Americans should have good health care. A healthy society is a productive society. But healthcare is expensive. Most Americans need insurance. Under the current U.S. health-care system there is a gap in health care insurance coverage. Only certain Americans ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 An exhibition by Dunkirk native artist Nancy Hutchinson at the Adams Art Gallery opened with a public reception today. More than 15 portraits comprise the exhibition on display through July 31. Ms. Hutchinson paints people that she knows, often using a photograph as ...

Highs and Lows: Some of the best, worst of the week

The OBSERVER’s View

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST COUNTY FAIR — It’s been a hot week, but a good one at the Chautauqua County Fair. There’s been plenty of action on the grandstands, the 4-Hers have had many of their animals and projects on display, people in the community ...

Money for nothing in New York state

Commentary

The other week I ran into a friend of mine. In the course of the visit, l told him I was looking for a whizbang and did he know where l might find one. He said he happened to have one and would sell it reasonable. l gave him the money and we agreed that the next time I was in his ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Convenience store owners seeking to force New York to collect taxes on reservation sales of cigarettes and gasoline to non-Indians lost a round in state court recently. Acting state Supreme Court Justice Conrad Lang ruled that the Pataki administration’s no-tax ...

Fancy footwork adds boost to annual Run

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Fredonia High School senior Jake Skinner is more than just an all-star football athlete. If you have seen him in action locally on Friday nights, you know he has quick feet. Those were definitely on display during the morning of July 9 on Vineyard Drive in front of the Tim Hortons in Dunkirk. ...

Many guilty of staying quiet

Commentary

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein is among the sleaziest of perverts, if federal authorities are to be believed. Given his 2008 guilty plea to charges he had sex with minors in Florida, there is no reason to discount charges he faces now in New York. Outrage already has been expressed over the ...

Green in those garden catalogues

Commentary

Talk about temptation! Catalogues are much worse than a visit to a greenhouse. The latter is a one-time occurrence while I can leaf through the tempting pages day after day. Plus catalogues are full of gorgeous pictures — flowers, fruits, even trees. So much promise there! My three ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 A story in today’s OBSERVER is a 50-year remembrance of the day in 1949 when a young local woman, 18-year-old Betty Latimer of Fredonia, became National Cherry Pie Champion at a bakeoff in Chicago. As far as is known at this point, Betty Latimer Schwertfager’s ...