Opinion

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Fredonia High School graduate Michael Heary closed out his college basketball career at Navy by being named the Mids’ co-MVP along with Hassan Booker. He led the Mids in scoring for the fourth consecutive season, averaging 13.6 points per game. Mike was named to ...

child victims act: Legislature needs to approve

The OBSERVER’s View

The recent acknowledgement by the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo that 42 of its priests were removed, retired or left the ministry after allegations of sexual abuse since 1950 should be all the state Legislature needs to approve the Child Victims Act. The current statute of limitations on child ...

The spring time symphony

Commentary

Our region in western New York is a very special place! With its magnificent rolling hills, expansive beautiful valleys, and majestic lake plains....our region stands out as a wonderland of nature. With our four seasons of the year, there is something very special about our region... be it ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Jeremiah Lohnes, 19, and Joshua Lohnes, 18, former members of the Cassadaga Boy Scout Troop 219, recently received their Eagle Scout Awards during a Mass celebrated by the Rev. Patrick H. Elis at St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church in Sinclairville. The brothers were ...

AIM FUNDS: Be careful when comparing

The OBSERVER’s View

Fredonia Mayor Athanansia Landis is upset with the newly enacted state budget. In the Aid and Incentives to Municipalities funding, otherwise known as AIM, the village is scheduled to receive $89,140, the same amount as last year. AIM funds are issued to all cities, villages and towns in the ...

People’s Column — April 8

Peoples column

Easter breakfast to benefit Angola camp Editor, OBSERVER: Trinity Lutheran Church, Silver Creek wishes to thank the OBSERVER and the community for helping to raise $1,046 at our Easter breakfast. In addition to the many people who showed up for breakfast, local businesses and organizations ...

Thanks to the many that marched

Commentary

Editor, OBSERVER: The Chautauqua County Women’s Action Group would like to thank all who made the March For Our Lives Rally in Dunkirk, on Saturday, March 24, a successful event. It was a peaceful demonstration and call to action to end gun violence and promote school and gun safety. To ...

The problems with organized religion

Commentary

I’ve been watching a PBS series on Rome and the Catholic Church. Having come from a Baptist upbringing, converted to Catholicism and now practicing no organized religion, I find the series fascinating, and it confirms all my skepticism about religion in general. Politics and religion should ...

Killer sandwiches and Stormy Daniels dolls

Commentary

I have to apologize to you, my faithful reader. I’m about five minutes late in getting this column to you all because of Hillary Clinton. We all have been told that Hillary is the world’s smartest woman. When she was recently in India, she said that middle income white women generally vote ...

Retrospective — April 8

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The newest McDonald’s restaurant began construction on the morning of April 6 following a 10 o’clock ground-breaking in Westfield. The restaurant is owned by Jerry and LaVerne Meyers, owners of 14 McDonald’s in Western New York and Pennsylvania. The new ...

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 MR. DYNGUS DAY — Ever since Chet Tarnowski passed away, his son Bruce has picked up the mantle, dressing up, visiting area businesses and community events on Dyngus Day, which is celebrated the day after Easter. Chet can often be ...

Skepticism on the planned roundabout

Commentary

I’ve been giving a lot of thought recently to the planned roundabout at the intersections of Routes 20 and 60. While it appears the State is set and determined to build the roundabout I am offering my nonprofessional opinion on why they should rethink the project. The New York State ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Brocton Elementary School’s multi-grade class, The Pencil Box, will be continued through the next school year. The school board approval came after teachers demonstrated what and how the mix of kindergarten and first-grade students learn in their combined ...

MLK: Some progress, more needed

The OBSERVER’s View

Some who remember the shock and horror of what happened 50 years ago Wednesday, the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., may wonder how he would view the situation today. He would be enormously pleased at one aspect of the relationship between white Americans and ...

The Cape May warbler

Commentary

What do I know of a Cape May Warbler? 1. I have been to Cape May, New Jersey, but that was earlier in my life, before I had much of any interest in looking at birds. 2. My daughter’s piano tuner stopped tuning to point out to her the song of a Cape May Warbler just outside her ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Nationally known folk-pop group, The 10,000 Maniacs, recently performed a two-hour concert to a sold-out crowd in the Fredonia Opera House. The Jamestown-based band consists of Robert Buck on acoustic guitar, John Lombardo on electric guitar, Jerome Augustyniak on ...

The complexities of family relationships

Commentary

Of all the sayings that describe the family experience, one of the pithiest comes from the pen of Dodie Smith. This English writer best known for writing “The Hundred and One Dalmatians” described the family as “that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor, in our ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Demolition began April 3 on the historic Spencer House owned by Westfield Memorial Hospital. Officials at the hospital refused to extend the deadline for raising money to save the structure. At the time of the deadline, the Landmark Society of Chautauqua County ...