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Opinion

Turbines take toll on health of residents

Commentary

There has been much controversy around the wind turbine project currently underway in the towns of Villenova and Hanover. Individuals have been expressing concern and advocating for the well being of residence as well as the environment in which these turbines will surround. There appears to ...

Clinic opposition in city is knee-jerk reaction

Commentary

Editor’s note: This is the first of two parts. In the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous, there is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep people in everlasting ignorance – that principle is contempt prior ...

Many offer assistance on found gravestone

Commentary

On behalf of Brig. Gen. Elmer M. Rudolph, I want to thank the so many of you who took the time and effort to contact me regarding his tombstone found on the shores of Angola on Sept. 6. So many of you searched Ancestry.com and “Find A Grave.” It does my heart good to know so many people ...

A brief look at angels

Commentary

Sunday, September 29, is celebrated in the Church Year as St. Michael and All Angels Day. This day in the life of the Church is focused on the divinely ordained work of the angels and archangels. Although there are countless angels at work in the service of God, few are known to us by name. The ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999 The First Presbyterian Church of Westfield celebrated 191 years of worship on Sept. 19. Officially organized in 1808 by the Rev. John Lindsay, reorganization took place in 1817 with seven original members and 45 others and became “ The Westfield Church” by ...

Reach out — and have a plan

Newsmakers of the Month

There has been plenty of public outcry in the last two weeks regarding the Fenner House. Many are upset with the decision by the State University of New York at Fredonia to call for a demolition of the structure. Unthinkable, opponents of the razing say, when noting the history of the ...

ECONOMY Making country’s growth continue

The OBSERVER’s View

Keeping economic growth going can be tougher than kick-starting it in the first place. With the nation’s unemployment rate at historic lows — better than ever for some segments of the workforce — the challenge now is to maintain the pace. Most Federal Reserve Board members recognize ...

Alaskan adventures at home

Commentary

When my first Musing was published just nine years ago, I promised I would continue only as long as it gave me enjoyment. Having long ago escape the rigors of academic life, it was far, far longer until the nightmares of waking to know I had a 32-page term paper due in the morning ...

‘Eye of the tiger’ returns to city politics

Commentary

Flashback to 1997 — the year which saw one of the most hotly contested political races in the city of Dunkirk. Tempers were flaring, in-party bickering was the order of the day, and mudslinging by political opponents was rampant. A “down and dirty” silly season the likes of which ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999 Fifteen-year-old Brandon Shepker of Bucktown, Pa., recently completed a 377-mile journey from his hometown to raise money for the American Diabetes Foundation. Diagnosed with leukemia six years ago, he drove a large John Deere farm tractor from his Pennsylvania ...

Private, public partnership keys big deal

Page One

Wells Enterprises Inc. announcement this week to move forward with an $87 million investment in the Dunkirk Fieldbrook Foods plant is not something that happened overnight or by accident. It does, however, come from a recipe that includes key ingredients of communication and relationship ...

‘CHANGE’ Student offers sound advice

The OBSERVER’s View

Activist and advocate Cameron Kasky made an impression with those in attendance during his “Be The Change: Tools For a Movement.” The 18-year-old freshman at Columbia University told the crowd at the State University of New York at Fredonia last week that everyday problems are nothing ...

Quick breakfast, long conversation

Commentary

I’ve been honored to compose articles that provide the general public access to behind the scenes scenarios. Occasionally, an article touches in on an individual or even a couple, struggling with mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. When a call for counseling and therapy comes in, ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999 Members of the Greater Dunkirk Area Harbor Commission would like the city to make the most of its harborfront assets. “We have to create an atmosphere for our waterfront,” said commissioner Allan Zurawski, citing the success cities like Cleveland have had. “We ...

authority Don’t ignore picnic request

The OBSERVER’s View

At least one person is willing to step up for the Dunkirk Housing Authority residents. During a meeting earlier this month, the topic of a canceled picnic did not go away. One resident pleaded with the board of directors to make the event happen. “We were promised a picnic for the (July 4) ...

Anti-appropriators fighting profits

Commentary

Cultural appropriation occurs when an individual from one culture uses another culture’s ideas. Often the ideas relate to artifacts, clothes, food, and symbols. Many academics and activists think that appropriation is theft. They claim that it disrespects minorities and smacks of colonialism. ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999 Madylon Kubera is the apparent winner in the open Republican mayoral write-in primary in the city of Dunkirk with results that emphasize the every vote counts. Ms. Kubera received 36 votes to edge Thomas Kubera, who received 35 votes. Henry Serafin, the third ...

CLYMER: District chaos at new levels

The OBSERVER’s View

It’s unfortunate that a fairly clear path forward for the Clymer Central School District will have to take place without Ed Bailey, who resigned this month as district superintendent. Bailey has a long, distinguished history with the district starting as a member of the graduating class of ...

People’s column

Peoples column

Donors, events keep Camp Gross going Editor, OBSERVER: A big thank you to the city of Dunkirk Recreation Department, Ryan Hall and his staff for another spectacular year of Day Camp in Cassadaga at Camp Gross. This is a great help to our financial security and it helps us to maintain a ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999 The Chautauqua Cruisers Classic Car Association’s annual picnic was held in August at Point Gratiot in Dunkirk. The Sheriff’s Department and the Dunkirk Police Department provided an escort and stopped traffic along the route for the Cruisers. About 150 members ...