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Opinion

Leadership keeps shifting in Arkwright

Commentary

Jan. 1, 2020. One o’clock at the Arkwright Town Hall. The room was packed with smiling faces. There was so much to look forward to as five town officials were sworn in for the first time. Oh, sure. There was trepidation as well. Aren’t we all somewhat afraid of what’s new? But each knew ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 Winners of the Lakeshore Humane Society Pet Photo contest are Susan Soper, first place winner of a $100 U.S. Savings Bond for her photo of a beagle named Biscuit; Bonnie Gajewski, second place winner of a $25 Hills’ Gift Certificate for her photo of Bearly, a calf. ...

Theater reopenings going in slow motion

Coronavirus coverage

WARREN, Pa. — For movie-goers south of the New York state border, the shows are starting to go on. As part of the reopening of Pennsylvania, lawmakers have given the green light for theaters to open with no more than 250 people in attendance. For Wendy McCain, executive director of the ...

FREDONIA: Strong ethics drove Prince

The OBSERVER’s View

For 30 years, David Prince has served either the town of Pomfret or the village of Fredonia — sometimes both — as judge. He was dedicated to the job and the community he served for all those years. In fact, Prince’s vehicle was seen at the village hall almost as much as it was in his ...

Primary day was fairly flawless

Commentary

Volumes of complaints about Primary Election Day mismanagement are on the front page of newspapers across the entirety of New York state. We are glad to report that more than 200 county election inspectors and Mayville staff worked and again brought home a successful June 23 Chautauqua County ...

A partner’s frustrations

Commentary

Last article, we met Jacob, a first-time walk in. Private counseling practices generally are found to schedule clients. Never say never. Walk-ins are welcomed. However, Jacob was my first walk-in client. My brief indulgence into a post-lunch siesta was interrupted. Time allowed for this ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 Department of Social Services Attorney Jerry D. Hyde was honored with Chautauqua County’s “Outstanding Employee Award” for major accomplishments during the past two years as the Child Support coordinator of the Department of Social Services Child Support ...

New York State: Cuomo again changes course

The OBSERVER’s View

How short is Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s memory? Does he remember his blithering bluster only three short months ago when Rhode Island threatened to force any visitors from New York state to be quarantined regardless of whether or not they had symptoms? Does he remember threatening lawsuits at ...

No easy answers regarding racism

Commentary

Nationwide protests and their opponents are debating how to respond to racism. The problem is that racism is such an unclear notion that the debaters are likely talking past one another. Recent anti-racism protests involve marches, speeches, arson, kneeling, looting, and pulling down ...

Recalling summer days at Cheney’s Point

Commentary

CHENEY’S POINT — On Chautauqua Lake between Stow and Ashville is a bay where the waters are generally calmer than elsewhere. Cottages face east, so the sun rises each morning from across the lake and sets each evening behind them. The view includes much of the lake’s southern ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 Chautauqua Day Care Inc. is among the first day care programs in the United States to be accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs. The Academy recognizes programs which meet national standards of quality in early childhood programs. Chautauqua ...

DUNKIRK Park music is best choice for city

Coronavirus coverage

If Music on the Pier is going to happen this summer in Dunkirk, it will have to be in a different location. Last week, city Mayor Wilfred Rosas said options are being considered for different venues. “We’re looking at possibly Memorial Park or Point Gratiot for the rest of Music on the ...

A battle to not downsize the VA

Commentary

I try not to be personal in these articles, but, rather, discuss issues which affect the general public. I have made an exception here because this issue does affect an important segment of the general public — veterans. I am a Vietnam veteran and have benefitted from receiving medical ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 At an afternoon luncheon at the White Inn, the Fredonia Kiwanis Club inducted its first three women members: Michelle M. Green, Kathie Christian and Joyce Blodgett. The club was established in 1924 and currently has 44 active members. Forty years ago — 1980 The ...

FIREWORKS Big blasts are becoming bother

The OBSERVER’s View

Bombs bursting in air is supposed to be reserved for special occasions, like the Fourth of July or Labor Day. It certainly is an annoyance, then, to have fireworks booming in short bursts in Dunkirk and Jamestown in recent weeks. Many have complained to police that the fireworks are ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Westfield engaged with its school Editor, OBSERVER: I am writing in regard to the Westfield Academy and Central School budget vote and board of education election. What a turnout! The budget passed by a vote of 955 to 296. It’s impressive to note how many voters are interested and ...

Taking pride in America

Commentary

Independence Day will soon be here, and we shall not forget. It was George Washington who said on Jan. 8, 1790: “Among the many interesting objects which will engage your attention, that of providing for the common defense.” We believe today that American exceptionalism is unique and is ...

Thought counts, but family has decided

Commentary

The Village Board meeting that was reported in the OBSERVER (June 20) both surprised and disappointed us. It was stated that the Darren Manzella-Lapeira Memorial Run was unanimously approved by the board if approved by us. This was clearly done without any conversation with us and should ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 Woodbury Vineyards is celebrating their 10th anniversary July 1 with a big party in the vineyards at the winery on Roberts Road in Dunkirk. The Woodbury family is celebrating a decade of evolution from a “pick-your-own” fruit farm to a world-class winery ...