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Trauma remains after puppy mill

Mindy was 7 years old when the first tumor was found. It saved her life. Mindy is my dog, a designer bijon frise-poodle mix. She was born and raised in a puppy mill. For the first seven years of her life she was repeatedly bred for her cash-crop puppies. She lived in a wire cage, stacked ...

Turbines take toll on health of residents

There has been much controversy around the wind turbine project currently underway in the towns of Villenova and Hanover. Individuals have been expressing concern and advocating for the well being of residence as well as the environment in which these turbines will surround. There appears to ...

Clinic opposition in city is knee-jerk reaction

Editor’s note: This is the first of two parts. In the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous, there is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep people in everlasting ignorance – that principle is contempt prior ...

Many offer assistance on found gravestone

On behalf of Brig. Gen. Elmer M. Rudolph, I want to thank the so many of you who took the time and effort to contact me regarding his tombstone found on the shores of Angola on Sept. 6. So many of you searched Ancestry.com and “Find A Grave.” It does my heart good to know so many people ...

A brief look at angels

Sunday, September 29, is celebrated in the Church Year as St. Michael and All Angels Day. This day in the life of the Church is focused on the divinely ordained work of the angels and archangels. Although there are countless angels at work in the service of God, few are known to us by name. The ...

Alaskan adventures at home

When my first Musing was published just nine years ago, I promised I would continue only as long as it gave me enjoyment. Having long ago escape the rigors of academic life, it was far, far longer until the nightmares of waking to know I had a 32-page term paper due in the morning ...

‘Eye of the tiger’ returns to city politics

Flashback to 1997 — the year which saw one of the most hotly contested political races in the city of Dunkirk. Tempers were flaring, in-party bickering was the order of the day, and mudslinging by political opponents was rampant. A “down and dirty” silly season the likes of which ...

Quick breakfast, long conversation

I’ve been honored to compose articles that provide the general public access to behind the scenes scenarios. Occasionally, an article touches in on an individual or even a couple, struggling with mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. When a call for counseling and therapy comes in, ...

Anti-appropriators fighting profits

Cultural appropriation occurs when an individual from one culture uses another culture’s ideas. Often the ideas relate to artifacts, clothes, food, and symbols. Many academics and activists think that appropriation is theft. They claim that it disrespects minorities and smacks of colonialism. ...

Putting ‘place so special’ into words

I wish to begin my column today, by thanking my many readers for all of your thoughts and comments you have made concerning my columns. Indeed, I am most appreciative. “Thank you” my friends. DUNKIRK-FREDONIA AREA THE BEAUTY OF THE LAKE PLAIN By Robert L. Heichberger The gleaming ...

Wind-power scam not blowing over

The devastation in Cherry Creek has begun. Out-of-town workers are removing vast swaths of forest from land adjacent to state land and the Eastside Overland Trails on Boutwell Hill. Charlotte is next. This is the Cassadaga Wind Project. They call it green. Clearing forest to be replaced ...

Confusion, anxiety upon stop in Korea

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 ...

City improves under Rosas

I have seen the city of Dunkirk go from good-to-bad-to-worse over the years. Then, in 2016, Wilfred Rosas was elected mayor. Three years ago, the residents and taxpayers of the city of Dunkirk had given up on a brighter future — all they could think of was how to get a job, how to pay the ...

Emoluments and the Trump kleptocracy

“Emoluments.” That word is not familiar but is increasingly in the news these days. In the Constitutional sense, it means gains, advantages, or profiteering that promotes the earnings of a government official. In other words, profiteering at the expense of American taxpayers and a ...

Support builds for Fenner House

Editor’s note: This letter was sent in August 2018 to the state Office of Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation. By DOUG ESSEK I am writing to you in support of the Fenner House located at 178 Central Ave. in Fredonia. The building is currently owned by the State University of New ...

Sharin’ the rose

A woman I deeply admire has offered to give me all the Rose of Sharon plants I want. The way she describes it, these sneaky little plants wait until a moonless night and then multiply like crazy. I wish I could be so lucky. I keep insisting the pretty little flowers won’t prosper here in ...

Paying tribute to our U.S. heroes

Friday is National Prisoner of War/Missing In Action Recognition Day throughout the United States. The president of the United States sets the third Friday of September aside each year under proclamation. It is a day when we remember those who served, gave their lives and especially the 1,587 ...

‘Downton Abbey’ moves to the big screen

For those addicted to “Downton Abbey” the wait is over. “Downton Abbey” the movie opens in general release in theatres and multiplexes across America on Friday allowing Americans to again follow the twists and turns and ups and downs of the Crawley Family and that small army of ...

Month is best, worst of times

September is the month that takes us from the hot and humid days of summer and glides us gently into the upcoming autumn with colorful leaves and cooler evenings. But this is also a month that brings anxiety and depression to far too many of our fellow citizens. September has been designated as ...

Lost in our own lives

I had a strange dream the other night. Everything was chaotic. People in the streets wandered aimlessly. There was no rhyme or reason to anything. There was no purpose or order anywhere. Nothing had meaning. The dream was so real that as I awoke, it took me a few minutes to realize that the ...