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Opinion

COUNTY: Stay strict on testing

The OBSERVER’s View

A common complaint to this newspaper, through email and Facebook, is not enough information is coming from Chautauqua County and the Health Department regarding testing. Of course, many of these commenters are growing anxious as we reach Week Two of our new normalcy due to the coronavirus. On ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 The Dunkirk Local Development Corporation board of directors has agreed to make one last effort to find a developer for the proposed Monroe-Orchard Project. The $1.2 million project involves a proposal to purchase a 4.7 acre parcel of land south of Orchard Street for ...

Roundabout: Less traffic with state work

The OBSERVER’s View

Northern Chautauqua County's least favorite road project is moving forward. On Monday, crews began returning to the location of Routes 20 and 60 to continue work on the roundabout. While the plans are not embraced by many motorists around here, the only silver lining is the work being done ...

Working together for a common goal

Commentary

Why did they name it the coronavirus? The meaning of a corona is first and foremost a crown, at least that’s the first definition of it in my Webster’s dictionary. It makes one wonder why they have called this new illness a coronavirus. I suppose the greatest danger we have in the modern ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 The old South Dayton High School, Pine and Main streets, has been renovated into 12 apartments. The construction on the apartments began in 1988. Workers have put the finishing touches on the apartments, which include handicap accessible units. The units will be ...

CORONAVIRUS ‘Unique situation’ affects us all

The OBSERVER’s View

Every occupation is being tested by the coronavirus. Some jobs have been put on hold while others, including at this newspaper and the other essential businesses, continue to keep the region informed, healthy and supplied. Last week, New York state called the closing of numerous businesses ...

Life’s journey and different views

Commentary

You can take the boy out of the country, but you cannot take the country out of the boy. That was true back in the days of my youth in the ’30s and ’40s, and I believe it is still true today. One thing I learned back then, and it is still relevant, listening to others and reading what ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 Miss Tricia L. Welch, daughter of David E. Welch and Patricia C. Welch (a 1969 graduate of Fredonia High School) of Ballwin, Mo., has been selected as a state finalist in the 1990 Miss Missouri U.S. Teen Pageant. A junior at Parkway West High School in Chesterfield, ...

SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Celebrating athletic honors

The OBSERVER’s View

It is one of the unfortunate casualties of the coronavirus. High school athletes, especially the seniors, have suddenly lost out on participating in a major championship contest or a spring season. Our sports department, headed by Braden Carmen and staffers Christian Storms and Anthony Dolce, ...

COMMUNITY Support our area restaurants

The OBSERVER’s View

How are you helping your community and local businesses? We all know we have been to the grocery store far too often in the last week, but what else can we do? For those with the means in these tough times, we recommend you visit a local restaurant that is remaining open and offering take-out ...

People’s column

Peoples column

‘Only the truth’ will set us free Editor, OBSERVER: Let us all go to the beginning: Matthew – Mark – Luke – John The truth will set us free “Only the truth” LEO J. WROBLEWSKI, Silver Creek Gift of flag to proudly fly Editor, OBSERVER: On behalf of the people ...

Community mourns loss of special man

Commentary

On the evening of Jan. 15, the Sinclairville area sustained a tragic loss with the passing of Jack Abbey, the result of a highway mishap. Mr. Abbey, 64, was a well known local character, greatly respected and well loved by most of those fortunate enough to have made his acquaintance. Much ...

U.S., law officials remain ‘vigilant’

Commentary

As a community and a nation, we come together in times of crisis. Ironically, when it comes to COVID-19, our unification is best done in a metaphorical rather than literal sense. In that spirit of unity, I ask that everyone in the community reflect on the brave men and women of law ...

We’re all coping with brave new world

Commentary

COVID19. Coronavirus. Pandemic. Novel coronavirus. Social distancing. Aren’t you tired of hearing about the latest effort from Mother Nature to eliminate us from the planet? Me too. Let’s talk about something else. I miss my morning coffee with friends at Meeder’s Restaurant. I miss ...

Now’s the time to help ‘Main Street’

Commentary

There are many stimulus plans floating around Washington. Two notable ones are from Bernie Sanders and Mitch McConnell. Sanders wants a direct payment of $2,000 for each person in the country. He points out that the people who have the least resources need the most help. He also says that ...

County staying proactive during crisis

Commentary

Each day, COVID-19 appears in more counties, more communities across New York. It is inevitable that the virus will appear in Chautauqua County, although at this point, there are no confirmed cases. We are monitoring several individuals and waiting for test results. Because of community ...

What We Believe – Fasting during Lent

Commentary

So where can one get a good fish fry? The Friday night menu during Lent at restaurants includes more fish sales than other times of the year, as many give up meat on Fridays, or for all of Lent. Some may give up other indulgences during the Lenten season, but do we remember why? Or has this ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 Dunkirk Mayor Greg Krauza intends to send out samples of those pesky black and white striped shellfish known as zebra mussels so the area’s state and federal elected officials will know exactly what they feel and look like. The samples will be accompanied by a ...

Dangerous virus deals a cruel outcome

Page One

After the United States was attacked on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, shell-shocked Americans began coming together to sort through their emotions and seek some healing after the dinner hour. On that horrific Tuesday evening, parks across Western New York communities were filled with those ...

ECONOMY: Nation facing minor setback

The OBSERVER’s View

News about stock market losses due to panic over COVID-19 — as well as an oil price battle involving some foreign nations — certainly has been of concern. But our economy’s engine is not on Wall Street. It is an extraordinarily complex mechanism relying on Americans making or providing, ...