Opinion

People’s column

Peoples column

Cassadaga grade was far too low Editor, OBSERVER: I was disappointed in John D’Agostino’s description of Cassadaga in his column of municipal grades (Dec. 1). He is correct that the Citizens for a Better Cassadaga do much to promote the village and they deserve praise. However, ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Cassadaga grade was far too low Editor, OBSERVER: I was disappointed in John D’Agostino’s description of Cassadaga in his column of municipal grades (Dec. 1). He is correct that the Citizens for a Better Cassadaga do much to promote the village and they deserve praise. However, ...

Successful Land Banks need funds from state

Commentary

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Land Bank Act into law in 2011, empowering local communities to use land banks to proactively address blighted and abandoned properties that affect their residents. There are now 23 land banks throughout New York. Land Banks with a proven solution for ...

Mind games from research, waiting in line

Commentary

I have an observation on how much of our American culture is now focused on the individual as the most valued object of concern. I was recently in line to check out four items at a local grocery store that would probably take, at most, one minute to do so. Bag the items in my indestructible ...

Mind games from research, waiting in line

Commentary

I have an observation on how much of our American culture is now focused on the individual as the most valued object of concern. I was recently in line to check out four items at a local grocery store that would probably take, at most, one minute to do so. Bag the items in my indestructible ...

Pendulum swings on attitudes over assault

Commentary

Oh how the mighty are falling. I’m sure men in elected offices and Hollywood are quaking in their Ferragamo’s and Louis Vuttion’s (shoes) waiting for the axe to befall them. Let’s face it; it’s a rare man who hasn’t done something to the female of the species at some point in his ...

Building leaders of tomorrow

Commentary

It was April 1962 and I was sitting in the auditorium at Burguard Vocational High School on Kensington Avenue, Buffalo. The entire school was in the auditorium for and assembly. All of a sudden Peter J. Crotty who was the principal at the time walked on stage and said the following in a loud ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Moving the Sinclairville Free Library to a new location is one of the possibilities being explored by a task force that included library and village board members. Robert Kochersberger, president of the library board and chairman of the task force explained, “We ...

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 SERVING SOUP — For about the 18th year, hundreds of gallons of soup were dished out in homemade pottery bowls last weekend at the Clarion in Dunkirk. The bowls ranged from $5-$40. The profits were donated to local food banks. ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Area doctor did great job Editor, OBSERVER: Dr. Thomas McTernan Jr. of General Physicians PC is by far the best doctor that I have ever had. He is very personable and actually cares about how people feel or what kind of day they might be having. I was in need of a new physician and he took ...

Department saved business, earned a friend

Commentary

To the Guardian Angels who watch over us in disastrous situations: Thank you Ladies and Gentlemen of our volunteer fire services in Westfield, surrounding communities and all of Chautauqua County. Late Tuesday afternoon a local contractor finished removing several very old, large, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 A move by Fieldbrook Farms Ice Cream Inc. to acquire the assets of a Maine-based frozen dessert company could bring more production and jobs to the Dunkirk facility. The company has signed a contract to purchase Deering Ice Cream Inc. of Portland, Maine. While the ...

UNITED NATIONS: Peace effort keeps failing

The OBSERVER’s View

Like the grim joke that was its predecessor, the League of Nations, the United Nations was supposed to be a decisive mechanism to keep the peace. It has failed dismally. Perhaps the most serious non-nuclear crisis in the world today is the civil war gripping Yemen. During the past several ...

Manning the manger

Commentary

The heirloom nativity set I had as a child — with figures large enough to be held safely by tiny fingers — was passed on to my firstborn when her own family began. As a replacement I ordered a small set which, it turns out, was made in China. All white, it sits prominently on a table ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 The Fredonia Village Board is offering a $250 reward for the return of a cupid figurine stolen from the fountain in East Barker Common about three weeks ago. Fredonia Mayor Frank Pagano said the figurine was discovered missing by Robert Booth, who headed the recent ...

No quick cure for prescription prices

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Dennis Palmer of Silver Creek practically threw his hands up in the air. During a recent trip to an area pharmacy to pick up a generic brand prescription drug, he became frustrated and angered by the cost for a 90-day supply. Not only was it $55 more than he anticipated, but he also decided it ...

Our entrance into war

The OBSERVER’s View

Seventy-six years ago today at around 2 p.m., radio bulletins began interrupting a football game between the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers and “Sammy Kaye’s Sunday Serenade”: The United States had been attacked. “We have witnessed this morning the attack of Pearl Harbor and a ...

Storytelling that brightens spirits

Commentary

The high season of storytelling is upon us. It’s easy in this month of holidays and long nights to seek and find tales that nurture us. So many good stories, both in print and on screen, come alive at this time of year-ours to feast upon, like the Ghost of Christmas Present. Some books, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 The Grand Prize winner of $100 in the OBSERVER 1997 Recipe Contest is Helene Murphy of Dunkirk who submitted a recipe for Skillet Chicken Paella in the Main Dish category. Top winner in the Side Dish category was Diane M. Dorler of Forestville for her Potato Soup. ...

Strong class for the Hall

The OBSERVER’s View

There’s plenty of history tied to the 37th induction class of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame. Last week, those set to be honored in February were named. They include Dick Cole, Curt Fischer, Lori Franchina, Sheilah (Lingenfelter) Gulas, Jim Riggs, Fran Sirianni, Clem Worosz and Phil ...