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Opinion

PANDEMIC: Businesses had important roles

The OBSERVER’s View

It has been more than two years since federal officials began calling for American-made personal protective equipment to help us combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Small businesses all over the country pivoted to answer the call … or tried to, anyway. But the struggles they have faced since then ...

This mapping is far from over

Commentary

You were hardly alone if you anticipated the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, would side with the state in the 2022 redistricting challenge. Or if you anticipated the court would let 2022 elections proceed – with district lines newly drawn by the state Legislature – ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1992 Fifty people came out in the rain recently for a ground-breaking ceremony for the new Cassadaga branch library of the Mary E. Seymour Memorial Free Library in Stockton. The project is known as “Helen Schauman’s dream.” Mrs. Schauman is the president of the ...

DOWNTOWNS Getting creative by placing pianos

The OBSERVER’s View

A piano project will soon be making a difference in the downtowns of Dunkirk and Fredonia. Within the last month, the State University of New York at Fredonia has announced that the three colorful and refurbished pianos will soon be taking to the streets. As part of the Central Connection ...

Keyless and clueless

Commentary

Last week, I wrote about a treasured vacation in Southern California. My fun-filled trip didn’t end quite as smoothly as it started. If you are consistently plagued by Forgetting & Losing Syndrome (FLS), you’ll feel better at the end of this tale. Coming home, I flew from Los ...

Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1992 Michael G. Szalkowski, son of Mrs. Russell (Freda) Fuller and Norman Szalkowski, both of Dunkirk, graduated April 3 from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park with an associateÌs in occupational studies degree. He majored in baking and pastry arts. Michael, ...