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Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 The Westfield Chamber of Commerce handed out awards at its annual banquet last week to two businesses. The Business Improvement Awards were given to Cora’s Beauty Salon and the Main Diner, both located on East Main Street, for improvements to the ...

Celebrating the brave among us

The OBSERVER’s View

How fortuitous it is that this week, while the attention of millions of Americans seems focused on controversy, we take time out to honor those about whom we are in complete agreement: veterans of military service. No matter how we view politics, we are united in revering the men and women ...

Old soldiers never die …

Commentary

Seventy-five years ago, the world’s most calamitous war mercifully ended. One of my earliest memories was standing hand-in-hand with my mother on West Main St. in Little Falls watching the Veterans Day parade pass by. It was 1947 or 48. I remember the marching bands, floats, firetrucks, ...

It’s our duty to appreciate all who have served

Commentary

Editor’s note: This column was first published on Nov. 11, 2010, in the OBSERVER. It’s easy to get caught up in the daily demands of life — errands, appointments, meetings, shopping — each day throughout each week lasting each month all the year through. But there are two times each ...

Veterans have earned this day, recognition

Commentary

Editor, OBSERVER: Through all this political turmoil of this election let us not forget why we even have this thing called democracy. It is because of men and women who stepped up when America needed it the most they are called veterans. They put their lives on hold some were children out of ...

FREDONIA Showtime has arrived for village

The OBSERVER’s View

Fredonia’s evening in the spotlight has finally arrived. Beginning tonight, it is showtime. A kick-off celebration for the premiere of the Small Business Revolution Season Five starts at 5 p.m. at The Vineyards Golf Course on Berry Road in Fredonia. The rally will start with a video ...

Wind companies put their interests first

Commentary

As reported in the OBSERVER article headlined “Tensions evident at Portland wind hearing,” (Oct. 1) Eric Holton from Emergya Wind Technologies stated: “Those who opposed, that if they do not allow the smaller project in, he and his company will have to move in via the state, which means a ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 Voter apathy is becoming a major problem in the U.S., but Thomas and Susan Zanghi of Dale Drive, Cassadaga are quite the notable exception. On Election Day, the expectant parents were en route to Brooks Memorial Hospital after Mrs. Zanghi went into labor when they ...

UNITED STATES America must come together

The OBSERVER’s View

“Hearken not to the unnatural voice which tells you that the people of America, knit together as they are by so many cords of affection, can no longer live together as members of the same family; can no longer continue the mutual guardians of their mutual happiness. ... No, my countrymen, ...

A tribute to the many

Commentary

Wednesday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day ... and my column today is in the form of a poem. In this poem, I wish to pay tribute to the men and women who have served, as well as those who are currently serving in the Armed Forces of our great Nation. I am a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, and the ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990 Since its organization in 1930, the Zonta Club of the Dunkirk-Fredonia area has donated $60,000 to area programs, projects and people. The D-F area club, Charter 114, was organized by the Jamestown club, its “mother club,” which also organized the ...

Talking trash with budget

The OBSERVER’s View

Dunkirk Common Council members have been working in recent weeks to reduce the proposed tipping fee increase put forward by Mayor Wilfred Rosas as part of his 2021 spending plan. The $24 million budget includes no tax increase. Some of the ideas put forth by council include raising various ...

Keep up fight on lake turbines

Commentary

Editor, OBSERVER: Anyone who walks the beach, boats, swims, sails or drinks water from Lake Erie should be very concerned about Governor Cuomo’s plan for 50-plus industrial wind turbines in our Great Lake stretching from Hamburg to Dunkirk. These 450 feet monstrosities will circumvent ...

Our body of work keeps changing

Commentary

This is apparently is a big deal. According to the journal Anatomy, human beings are still evolving. What is even more surprising is that it’s happening at a rapid rate. These scientists have measured arteries in the human arm and have detected a noticeable change. Instead of two arteries ...

‘Horrific statement’ is not accurate

Commentary

Editor, OBSERVER: A recent letter published by the OBSERVER (Oct. 31) was truly scary. But even more scary was the newspaper’s decision to print it. I’ll focus on the worst line in it: “A baby born full term can be aborted if the mother wishes. The doctor has a right to make a death ...

After death, family in need of help

Commentary

Editor, OBSERVER: My husband, Ken, and I were so deeply saddened to hear of the death of Steven Yunghans of Fredonia. Although the obituary mentioned several destinations for memorial donations, there is also a GoFundMe account set up to help his family. His wife, Erica, is former ...

COVID-19 U.S. cannot afford another lockdown

The OBSERVER’s View

With COVID-19 slashing through populations throughout the world, some nations are preparing for lockdowns of the type employed last spring to curb the virus’ spread. Americans can’t afford to do that. Another business slowdown/shutdown of the type we experienced for a few months could ...

Irrelevant Dems bail out weak county GOP

Editor's corner

As an election approached, a battle was brewing inside the membership committee of the Chautauqua County Democratic party. It had nothing to do with the upcoming vote involving three local candidates vying for positions of importance and influence. It instead revolved around the appointment ...

Turning older … yet again

Commentary

Yet another year has passed and I’m still here. Happily so, though I can’t claim it’s a hop, skip and jump. Good grief! Did we ever really do all those things? I definitely do my best with walking and exercising. Molly, bless that sweet dog, does her part for we walk together each ...

Communication lacking in uptick

The OBSERVER’s View

City of Dunkirk and north-county residents need to be alarmed. During the past month, cases have been on the increase in this area. Some of that increase was due to a private party, but another spike is being linked to the social clubs. As the OBSERVER first reported on Oct. 23, the concerns ...