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Opinion

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999 The Dunkirk-Fredonia Lions Club recently celebrated its 58th Charter Night with special recognition being given to two of its members. Bert Bullock was the recipient of the Multiple District 20 Robert J. Uplinger Distinguished Service Award and is the highest honor ...

STUDY Agency findings behind times

The OBSERVER’s View

Should one need further proof that the federal government and its bureaucracy are dangerously behind and out-of-touch with reality, take a look at the “revelation” presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week. It turns out, childhood trauma — or Adverse ...

I can see the stars

Commentary

Very well aware of the old saw about the alternative, I can still state I am very grateful I don’t ever have to turn 80 again. I heard the doctors at the hospital saying I was in superb health . . . for my age. Then why was I there? and why again? I probably haven’t visited since my ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999 It took more than 50 years for Cassadaga resident Donald Bemus to actually hold in his hands the Purple Heart he earned in World War II as a tailgunner on an Air Force B-17. The plane was shot down in Hungary while on a mission and Don ended up spending three months ...

An air of objectivity in turbine debate

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PORTLAND — There has been an uneasy feeling in this town in recent months. A proposal for at least 10 windmills with each about 325 feet high that will generate up to 10 MW of power and stay local has placed a wedge between some neighbors. It is apparent in the “No wind turbine” signs ...

DUNKIRK Audit shows strides for agency

The OBSERVER’s View

Questions regarding the finances of the Dunkirk Local Development Corp. have been put to rest — for now. According to the most recent audit, the agency finished in the black by more than $4,000. The reason for this? A $25,000 grant and fund-raising for the festivals and summer events. Even ...

Thoughts, questions from current events

Commentary

Now several opinions, observations and my take on newspaper stories found far from the front page. ¯ I have mixed emotions about the election of County Executive George Borrello to represent the 57th Senate District in Albany. They are mixed emotions because Borrello brought a fresher and ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Dunkirk’s AL Tech Specialty Steel Corp., a 92-year-old Western New York steelmaker one mired in a $250-million debt, has risen from the ashes of bankruptcy and has been renamed Empire Specialty Steel Inc., the United Steelworkers of America announced recently. ...

HIGHWAY: Smoother ride deserves credit

The OBSERVER’s View

It took years of bumpy rides and uncomfortable driving, but the New York State Thruway Authority — finally — deserves some applause for its work on the three-mile section of highway east of Exit 58 near Silver Creek. Within the last month, officials admitted the road was in much worse ...

The grass is always greener …

Commentary

Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it. There ain’t no free lunch, someone always pays one way or another. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade — just remember you have to add the sugar. And the list goes on. These phrases and these times bring me memories of my ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999 Meeting Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino in person was a dream come true for Darrin Carlson, an eighth-grader at Cassadaga Valley Central School. The trip to Florida that made this happen was provided through the special efforts of the CVCS community. Darrin, ...

ELECTION Good progress seen in voting

The OBSERVER’s View

One week removed from the elections, there remains an “awe” factor. It is something Chautauqua County shared with neighboring Erie County: some of the highest totals statewide. So while many residents did the traditional Election Day vote, about 3,800 voted here in the county. That is ...

A case for the Union

Commentary

Recently, I have been reading the Memoirs of General William Tecumseh Sherman. His time and era, defined by the Civil War, have relevance today. The President, Abraham Lincoln, had been elected in 1860. The South rebelled in 1861 and, as Lincoln described it, “the War came.” What enabled ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999 Concerns have arisen in the Dunkirk school system that some Hispanic students in special education classes may be there not because they are learning impaired but rather because they are still learning the English language. About 48 percent of the special education ...

VETERANS DAY Saluting those who proudly served

The OBSERVER’s View

Today, our community celebrates and offers its gratitude toward our veterans. They served our country in the military, overseas and at war. Many schools and organizations held ceremonies last week to celebrate local heroes. Today, you can as well. Veterans will be thanked during a noon ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Give thanks today for veterans Editor, OBSERVER: Too often we go through our days thinking of the next item on our “to do” lists, but today, I hope you will join me in taking a few minutes to honor our Veterans. This day is a day for each of us to remember, thank and honor all of our ...

Without work, some are doing just fine

Commentary

This is regarding the recent “newsmaker of the month” commentary in the OBSERVER headlined “Republicans raise your taxes again.” In the article, it stated that 18 percent in Chautauqua County are living in poverty. My question: is that before they receive their welfare checks or ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999 The Dunkirk Housing Authority has approved a contract to purchase a 13.7-acre site at 1076 Central Ave., near the former Cardinal Mindszenty Field, from the estate of Mary Lagana to develop an assisted living facility and single-family building lots. The property ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Recognizing a resident’s dedication

The OBSERVER’s View

There's one Dunkirk citizen whose concern and efforts to better the community are a model for others. Last week, city of Dunkirk officials honored Mallory Wojcinski with a Certificate of Recognition on behalf of Common Council and the citizens of Dunkirk for her for her caring, drive and ...

DAYTON Write-in tallies send message

The OBSERVER’s View

What happens in the town of Dayton in the coming weeks will be quite interesting. On Election Day, there were a significant number of write-in votes for both town highway superintendent and supervisor. While the major town parities backed incumbent Supervisor Angie Mardino-Miller and Thomas ...