Opinion

WEATHER: Use caution in the heat

The OBSERVER’s View

Today will seem seasonably cool compared to what’s ahead for the rest of the week. Forecasts from the National Weather Service are calling for temperatures to climb to near 90 degrees for Friday and Saturday and remain heated on Sunday. Summer is definitely sizzling. In last week’s ...

Big stone was neighborhood tradition

Commentary

I hope that some OBSERVER reader can tell me what has happened to a rock from my childhood. From 1933 to 1937 my family lived in the town of Sheridan on King Road about a quarter mile west of Walnut Road on property now owned by Falcone Farms. Among the wonders of this farm was a big stone ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 In the biggest personal injury award in U.S. history, a jury ordered General Motors Corp. to pay $4.9 billion to six people severely burned when the gas tank of their 1979 Malibu exploded in flames in a rear-end collision. The verdict came after a 10-week state court ...

Wave of interest growing for city beach cleanup

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By 10 a.m. Friday morning, Dunkirk resident Jeff Robinson had the answer he was hoping for: residents and neighbors from around the region care about the condition of Dunkirk’s beaches. That response was evident in his wife’s email, which had 25 inquiries from people stepping up for ...

Adding traffic to the village

The OBSERVER’s View

History Days in Fredonia over the weekend was a celebration of the past and present. Through the work of the Festivals Fredonia committee and Pomfret Historian Todd Langworthy, the event continues to show growth. Friday’s display of classic vehicles is always sure to draw a crowd. On ...

Star power can make Trump vulnerable

Commentary

Democrats need a better strategy for finding the best challenger to get in the ring with the Trumpster. What they have right now is a flawed bunch that could be easily exploited during the presidential debates. If the Dems want to win, they’re going to have to fight fire with fire, to brawl ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce has announced staff appointments for the newly-formed countywide chamber of commerce. Pamela Lydic has been appointed as executive vice president. Amy Vercant was appointed as director of public relations. The CCCC is the ...

DUNKIRK With two out, problem exists

The OBSERVER’s View

There has to be more to the story. Two abrupt resignations from the Dunkirk Housing Authority — its attorney and executive director — are a statement that something must be wrong. While the authority does not come under the umbrella of the Dunkirk’s government, it is absolutely false to ...

An appreciation for agriculture

Commentary

We are blessed with fertile farm lands. And the area of which I am most familiar, is our Chautauqua-Cattaraugus-Erie county area. Many of our neighbors and friends are directly involved in agriculture. What a contribution they are making to the local economy and to the health and well being of ...

‘Cruel carelessness’ needs correction

Commentary

The headline on the Sunday front page (July 7) over a picture of a swastika, reading “Symbol of Discontent,” is shameful. Even a casual search in Wikipedia would find the following: “To Jews and the enemies of Nazi Germany, it became a symbol of antisemitism and terror.” The enemies ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 In an OBSERVER photo, Lindsey Palmer and Sally Dunst are shown looking over the book they produced together. The two sixth-grade students from Fredonia Middle School were notified that they created the winning book in the James Prendergast Library-sponsored Write and ...

DUNKIRK: District needs new attitude

The OBSERVER’s View

What led to the swift decision to sever ties with Dunkirk schools Superintendent Dr. James Tracy on Thursday evening? Was the Board of Education upset about the decision to not close school on a January day that every other county district was not open? Did the board not approve of the lack of ...

Striking all the right notes

Commentary

On behalf of the 1891 Fredonia Opera House, I want to extend our sincerest appreciation to all those who supported the Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival — our 24th — in June. Because of the support from organizations and individuals, our visiting musicians were well-housed and fed, ...

It’s tough being dealt Trump card

Commentary

This is a sad story that is bound to be repeated many times before November 2020. No doubt you’ll be hearing the shrieks of horror all throughout your neighborhood. Unless you’ve been in a cave the past few months, you know that an election is coming next year. We still have 15 more ...

‘Offensive’ poll allows wrong message

Commentary

The OBSERVER’s June 13 edition listed a web poll asking, “Should special education students be integrated into regular classrooms?” Of respondents, 55% answered no; 45% answered yes. I’ll address the poll itself first. The question was ill-conceived and offensive. First, obviously the ...

People’s Column

Commentary

Marina safety efforts lauded Editor, OBSERVER: After reading the article on July 3, I felt compelled to respond. While I agree it should be the responsibility of the marina to repair and maintain the docks I applaud Mayor Wilfred Rosas for putting public safety first. On June 1, I took a ...

It’s been 50 years already!

Commentary

This coming week my high school class reunion takes place. Fifty years ago I graduated, wide-eyed and idealistic, ready to change the world. Certainly a lot has changed; some for the good; some not so much. But there’s no denying that 1969 was a year for the history books. I decided to take a ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Fredonia Village Police were dispatched to Water and Liberty streets after callers reported children chasing a monkey. Officers Patrick Ambrose and John Romanik were told upon arrival that a monkey was loose near Canadaway Creek. The pint-sized fugitive apparently ...

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 SUPER STEEPLE — More than 150 years ago, the Fredonia Baptist Church installed its church steeple. It was replaced in the late 1880s. That steeple burned down last year. Now, Family Church of Fredonia has placed a new steeple ...

A voice for pro-life support

Commentary

A recent column appeared in the OBSERVER which caught my attention and compels me to respond. The column’s author, with whom I seldom agree, nonetheless always find interesting. His opinions are often provocative but sometimes I wonder if he is playing a joke on readers or as the English say, ...