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Opinion

Some hidden gems from Iowa

Commentary

Do you know how to tell a pearl button from a plastic one? One of the joys of travel by car is that I can visit small towns and obscure places. On a recent trip I went, among other places, to Muscatine, Iowa, self-proclaimed Pearl Button Capital of the World. The Pearl Button Museum was ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Arianna Melendez, a senior at Brocton Central School, has been chosen as a scholar finalist in the National Hispanic Recognition Program. In addition, Miss Melendez has been named valedictorian of her graduating class. She has won honors as a writer and editor for ...

Change is not always pleasant

Newsmakers of the Month

On March 29, 2012, faculty and staff cheered as the State University of New York at Fredonia officially announced Dr. Virginia Schaefer Horvath as its new president. It was a celebration of sorts as the university had its first female president in its history. “As you can see, the ...

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 PLAYING WHERE BISONS PLAY — Every school in the local area was on spring break this past week. But some varsity sports teams were able to use the week to play ball in some special places. The highlight was probably Gowanda ...

Recovery is almost never perfect

Commentary

In the field of chemical dependency, we counselors live with denial, lapses, relapses and thank God, sobriety. This article will not spread great information to counselors, because all counselors know what I’m about to talk about. For the reader, that is uninformed, this article could help ...

We live for Jesus lives

Commentary

Rejoice! Jesus is alive! That is the greatest of news that is declared every Easter. Two weeks ago Pastor Novack, in his excellent column, explained for you the importance of the first Easter and Jesus' resurrection. For all of those reasons we truly celebrate this Holy Day, rejoicing in all ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Forestville Central School has been recognized for — among a slew of charitable acts — raising $4,570 for the Roswell Park Cancer Institute last Oct. 24. The effort won a prestigious $2,000 state award from event sponsor USA Weekend magazine. The eighth annual ...

‘Big Daddy Duck’ still reaching new heights

Editor's corner

LAKEWOOD — Matthew Terrill addressed more than 200 outdoor enthusiasts in attendance at the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club on Monday evening to share his appreciation and admiration for someone he considers as his grandfather. The timing could not have been more perfect. James E. Farrell, a ...

terror Very sad sights in Sri Lanka

The OBSERVER’s View

Only about 7.5 percent of Sri Lankans are Christians, but even that tiny number apparently is intolerable to Muslim extremists. On Easter Sunday morning, as many of the country’s Christians were celebrating Easter, the terrorists slaughtered nearly 300 of them in a series of church bombings. ...

That merry month

Commentary

I always felt very fortunate one of the homes I had in Warren came with a lovely neighbor. Whoops! Let me rephrase that. At every home — anywhere — I have found marvelous friends and neighbors. But Adele was one step up. Besides a personality that bubbled, she had a way with flowers ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 An anthrax threat at Dunkirk High School proved to be a hoax, but enforcement officials are treating the matter quite seriously. During a recent news conference, officials from the Dunkirk Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation pledged a thorough ...

Hanover: No speedy answer to accidents

The OBSERVER’s View

Is there any possible answer to reducing the number of accidents on Dennison Road? Linda Kingsley, who has reported numerous accidents near her home where the road curves, has made requests for a lower speed limit than 55 mph to the town of Hanover, but it is out of their hands. New York ...

Silence is not always golden

Commentary

I’d just finished fall leaf removal on a brisk day. The sun shone following a few consecutive rainy days. I felt my cell phone vibrate and I answered a call. A woman’s voice spoke softly, and, hesitantly she introduced herself. “My name is Anna. Do you do couple’s ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 The village of Brocton and the town of Portland already have a good working relationship when it comes to sharing services. What both might want to consider is consolidation or joining forces in a closer alliance in order to become more efficient and effective. A ...

In gratitude: County offers appreciation

The OBSERVER’s View

When Catharine Young left her role as state senator for the 57th District in late February, there was a sense of shock from area leaders as well as her constituents. No one really saw it coming. So it was fitting that earlier this month at the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club, our region and the ...

Assange arrest a threat to free press

Commentary

Don’t look now, but free speech and journalism is under attack like never before. No, not because our president put out another angry tweet expressing how the press is the “enemy of the people.” I’m talking about the April 11 arrest of Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks. Assange had ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Edwin W. Tarnowski has been named this year’s honorary chairman of Murray Hose Co. No. 4’s annual dance. Mr. Tarnowski has been a member of Hose 4 since 1948. He was a line officer of that group from 1950 to 1960, as well as a member of the Dunkirk Fire Police. A ...

Dunkirk: Two cities renew relationship

The OBSERVER’s View

A French connection was revived earlier this month when two city officials got together in Washington, D.C. City Mayor Wilfred Rosas met with French sister city Deputy Mayor Karima Benerap to “rekindle the relationship” that dates back to World War II. After the city in France was ...

Trump supporters have their reasons

Commentary

According to major polls, including Gallup, President Trump’s popularity has hovered at the 40% line. Little has changed since his electoral college victory, and Americans remain intensely divided in their political views. Regarding those who oppose him, it is easy to categorize them into ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Dr. Josef M. Powell, DVM, founder of the Fredonia Animal Hospital, was honored for 30 years of service to the Dunkirk-Fredonia community during the 22nd annual Business Person of the Year luncheon at the White Inn. A lifelong area resident, Dr. Powell and Linda, his ...