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Opinion

FREDONIA Familiar scene at wrong time

Coronavirus coverage

Normalcy in these unprecedented times returned for an evening in the village of Fredonia. A governing body that for more than a decade has shown more dysfunction than responsibility once again tried to upstage the coronavirus national crisis on a local level. The dispute last week led to the ...

Perks come with our small-town life

Commentary

Some may call it “Living at the time of the Walton’s.” I call it “Living now in our small town.” And this is the way it is ... Nothing embodies America more than the sedate settings of small towns across America. Indeed, Western New York is fortunate to have a rich variety of small ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 Former Dunkirk resident Mark Brazill lost out to another comic this week in the second round of the “Star Search” talent show. Brazill won the competition in his first appearance last week with a perfect score. This week, however, the judges gave him and his ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Salute to those on front lines

The OBSERVER’s View

Being a health-care professional is far from easy today. The demands have never been greater -- and likely at this time more than we ever expected it to be in our state and nation. Their work and dedication are exemplary. None of these individuals can rest easy. They are around the virus ...

COMMUNITY: ‘Proud’ moments make difference

The OBSERVER’s View

Good neighbors are appearing throughout our region in the people and our business community. Within the last two weeks, this newspaper has highlighted girls who are making homemade masks for caregivers and businesses that have begun making products to combat the illness. Consider these ...

Don’t waste time with Lakeshore

Commentary

There is a lot of precedent for governments to own and operate hospitals and other medical facilities. For example, there were TB hospitals in Perrysburg and Cassadaga and the state psychiatric hospital in Gowanda. There are also state-operated group homes located in many places in our ...

We’re all vulnerable to the virus

Commentary

I’ve been dreading writing this column. We’ve already been saturated with all the news there could be about the virus that has engulfed our every waking moment. I really wish there was another current topic to address, but everything right now hinges on the virus; its symptoms, its ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 The West Portland Baptist Church honored its pastor, the Rev. Gary Henry, at a reception held on April 1 in the church fellowship. Pastor Henry has been the pastor at the church for the past 20 years. In recent years the church has experienced real growth and is now ...

Area needs urgency in preparing for the worst

Coronavirus coverage

Seven weeks before the United States of America began to take the coronavirus seriously, it was becoming a major topic in one Fredonia household. Dr. Athanasia Landis and her husband, Andrew — also a doctor — were taking notice of the events occurring in China and Italy. COVID-19 was no ...

Economy: For now, some welcome relief

The OBSERVER’s View

No doubt some members of Congress had to hold their noses while they were voting for the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. CARES includes a ton of money for initiatives that have nothing to do with COVID-19. Why on earth did anyone think it was important to cough ...

Spring peepers

Commentary

I always thought it was a colloquialism. Once I head the term at all. Or does it truly resonate all the way back to my childhood? I don’t remember any amphibians in North Platte — just sand in that part of Nebraska. I fear California was too densely populated to encourage much of ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 Grand prize winner in the Skate to Beat Diabetes was Joel Biscaro who raised $311.45 in pledges and received his prize — a computer — from Sharon Winkelmann, chairman. The fundraiser was held at the Dunkirk Roll Arena, where skaters raised a total of $4,800. ...

America: Flying flag during crisis

The OBSERVER’s View

U.S. flags not only display that we’re proud to be Americans. It also brings a dose of comfort. Who can forget the scenes after Sept. 11, 2001. Flags adorned nearly every home. Many are coping with being homebound in different ways. They’re celebrating birthdays by doing drive-bys. ...

‘Chicken Little’ culture is worrisome

Commentary

There are several things that concern me as our nation’s does battle with the COVID-19 virus. I begin by quoting John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary Magazine who said that “…. I am by nature both an optimist and an anti-alarmist. My usual reaction to warnings about dangers is a deep ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 Student of the Week is Ann Hartlieb, a senior at Gowanda Central School, and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Hartlieb of Gowanda. Ann is secretary of both the National Honor Society and the Thespian Society and is also a member of the Senior High Student Council. ...

CENSUS: Perfect day for the form

The OBSERVER’s View

Many of us, with some exceptions, do have extra time on our hands. So, if you have yet to fill out your U.S. Census information, it makes sense to do so. Today is National Census Day. The United Way of Northern Chautauqua County and Lake Shore Savings are reminding residents this task is ...

Coronavirus takes a friend, fighter

Commentary

On Sunday, March 8, Gary Wayne Ruff sat at a card table with Kelly Brown, Devin McDonald, Lyle Aney and myself, enjoying an afternoon game of poker. As usual, he never folded. And as usual, a good time was had by all. This past Thursday, March 26, he died from the coronavirus. He was 73. ...

With economy on hold, bright spots are around us

Publisher’s notebook

On the city of Dunkirk’s east side, manufacturing remains a significant cog in the region’s economy — even during this never-before seen sudden slowdown that is currently taking place in our nation. Three major processing facilities that contribute more than 1,100 jobs to our region ...

CORONAVIRUS Health professionals ‘fighting … for us’

Coronavirus coverage

New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo seems to be the calming voice daily when it comes to the coronavirus. During Monday afternoon’s press conference, he again told residents to stay home and made a call for supplies from across the nation and world. He then put the spotlight where it belongs. ...

New York rising to fight COVID-19

Commentary

I write to update you on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. On Sunday, I extended our “New York on PAUSE” policy until April 15. That means non-essential businesses and schools will continue to stay closed. Gatherings of any size for any reason remain canceled and all New Yorkers ...