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Opinion

Our usual Thanksgiving pies are irresistible

Commentary

My son’s best friend is Walter. When Walter was eight weeks old, my son, Bart, adopted him from a sunny farm in Georgia. While the breeder specialized in yellow Labrador retrievers, Walter is an especially handsome English cream color. I say “our Walter,” because he is my son’s ...

Fredonia Volunteer’s work deserves applause

The OBSERVER’s View

For years, many of those who are greatly involved in village activities have known that Larry Fiorella is the engine that makes Festival Fredonia run. Fiorella, who is consistently giving back to the community he lives in, is dedicated and tireless in overseeing the happenings and events that ...

‘Hopeful spirit’ fills Catholic school

Commentary

The house lights dim, the stage lights up, the music simmers, the curtains open, and multicolored middle school actors of the musical Matilda pop up from behind props. Their 90 minutes of magic has begun. The last acts of my teaching career have brought me to this place, and to my first real ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1992 Taylor Marie Bankoski, 18-month-old daughter of Robert and Tammy Bankoski of Dunkirk, recently participated in the National Prince and Princess Pageant held at the Taniment Resort in the Pocono Mountains. She competed with 85 girls inher division and won first place ...

SILVER CREEK: Many already miss iconic business

The OBSERVER’s View

A closing early this fall brought plenty of emotions from current and former residents. Over the weekend, the OBSERVER reported that Valvo’s Candies and Gift Shop marked its final days in September. Owner Elizabeth Valvo recently told the OBSERVER the closing is permanent and that the ...

Another great holiday gathering

Commentary

Having just experienced another Thanksgiving, I can’t help but write about it. The saying goes: “There is nothing as American as apple pie,”… but I would add to that Thanksgiving. It is a patriotic day but more than that…it is a family day. Couched in the old story of the pilgrims ...