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Opinion

DUNKIRK: Making push for progress

The OBSERVER’s View

Progress never comes easy in Dunkirk and the north county. Even when it does happen, in the case of the cold storage facility on Roberts Road, obstacles remain. Most recently, the county Industrial Development Agency has been attempting to work with Refresco for an easement to the neighboring ...

Combating addiction as a community

Commentary

Experience has taught us this: addiction is not something you want to tackle alone. Group treatment, mutual aid fellowships, like Alcoholics Anonymous, and good-old supportive friends have long proven this principle. In recovery, together is better than alone. Finding strength in numbers is ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 The Barker Common Fountain, located in the west Barker Common park and badly damaged in the early morning of Aug. 30 is in need of major repair. According to experts, the cost will run high to repair the 90-year-old fountain which was donated to the village by ...

FREDONIA Dunkirk water still an option

The OBSERVER’s View

Fredonia is asking residents to boil water when there is obviously a better, 21st century solution. Purchase water from Dunkirk. As the leading supplier for the North County Water District, the city has the capacity to send water to users of the village system. According to village Mayor Doug ...

Portland Town Board puts constituents first

Peoples column

Editor, OBSERVER: This is an open letter to the Portland Town Board. Please be aware of the gratitude you deserve for performing your office for the benefit of all our community. I have witnessed the hours and energy you give to be sure that Brocton and its surrounding area is well governed. ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 A “Do You Remember?” photo highlights the days of the fishing tug. Commercial fishing was big business in Dunkirk. One of the leading fishing tugs in the area was the “John Desmond,” seen sailing in Dunkirk Harbor. Forty years ago — 1980 Apparently some ...

COVID-19: SUNY Tracker all about transparency

The OBSERVER’s View

We have disagreed at times with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of COVID-19 in New York state, but we have to give the governor credit for making the State University of New York system participate in the SUNY COVID-19 Tracker. SUNY campuses are required to submit data every 24 hours, where it ...

People’s column

Peoples column

County working hard regarding COVID-19 Editor, OBSERVER: A few weeks ago as the story about Fieldbrook Foods was breaking, a rather negative article appeared (Aug. 28) blasting the local health department and county government “handling” of the news. The story line was something to ...

Election revolves around healthy choices

Commentary

“It is nothing short of cruel to fail to offer every American a basic level of health care,” said Tracy Mitrano, District 23’s 2020 congressional candidate. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) began to do just that. Upon its passage more than 20 million American gained access to affordable ...

Finally reaching the Promised Land for golf

Commentary

I have to apologize for the delay in getting this article to you. I was at the roundabout hoping to watch the state workers put the finishing touches on the structure but once again, I was disappointed. I was hoping to see it happen before the Tyrannousauras (Terry) Trump presidency, ...

Chancellor on mission to corral cases

Editor's corner

Entering the State University of New York at Fredonia from Central Avenue in the village during the recent holiday weekend brought a sense of serenity. It was a low-key day and few students could be seen out and about. But those who were appeared to be doing all the right things. Gatherings ...

COVID-19: Keep politics out of relief efforts

The OBSERVER’s View

Partisan politics continues to delay enactment of a new coronavirus relief measure in Congress. Regardless of your political leanings, that is hurting millions of Americans. Even emergency action taken by the White House has been affected. After negotiators in Congress deadlocked over a new ...

A reason to look forward to aging

Commentary

Have you caught “the bug” yet? Do watch out for it’s easily shared though, in this case, you should do your best to pass it along. Talking with a friend recently, I wasn’t surprised she shared my symptoms – better yet, had spoken with another friend who was feeling exactly the ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 Construction of the Reed Library addition at Fredonia State University College is still ahead of schedule despite a crane accident last week at the project site. The accident, which occurred when a boom crumpled under the four-ton weight of one of the ...

DUNKIRK: Closing a setback to recent progress

The OBSERVER’s View

During the troubled times of the pandemic, the manufacturing sector in the north county has been booming. There has been activity at the major plants of Nestle Purina, Refresco and Fieldbrook Foods, including a bit of expansion work as the location. But there has been pain as well, which has ...

An uninviting discussion on moving

Commentary

Arbed and Fred are a retired couple who were both involved in the helping profession for over 40-years. I took a call from one of their children, Jules, a self-described computer geek. He explained that he worried about his parents. They were residing in their family home, which they built ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 The main campus of the J.N. Adam Developmental Center in Perrysburg will be closed by March 31, 1993. There are presently 192 residents living at the main campus. Plans call for their relocation to community homes that will be operated by the state. No loss of jobs ...

Extra anxious on first day

The OBSERVER’s View

It was only natural for there to be some extra nerves and anxious moments for those parents, students and teachers who were returning to school. The buildings have lacked learning activities for the past six months. On Tuesday, there was a slight sense of normalcy. Similar to the pro sporting ...

Despite outbreaks, there’s bright side

Opinion

Most county residents knew that, at some point, we would have outbreaks of COVID-19. In the past two weeks, we have seen outbreaks at Fieldbrook Foods and the State University at Fredonia. Here’s the good news — hospitalizations remain ­low even as focused testing in the north county ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Mental health needs more help Editor, OBSERVER: September is Suicide Prevention Month and it’s important that we are there for each other and take steps to prevent suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s theme for the month is to #KeepGoing, by taking simple actions ...