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Our comfort with order

August 21, 2016 People tend to prefer order in their lives. They like things to be predictable. When they go to the grocery store, they expect to find shelves stocked with food. more »»

James A. “Jim” Schermerhorn

August 21, 2016 James A. “Jim” Schermerhorn, age 80, of Rt. 5, Westfield, died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016 at UPMC-Hamot Medical Center of Erie, PA following a brief illness. Jim was born on Oct. more »»

Cynthia Briggs Baldridge

August 21, 2016 Cynthia Briggs Baldridge, 59, of Cassadaga, died Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 at Heritage Green, Ellery. Born Sept. 18, 1956 in Jamestown, a daughter of the late Wayne and Ruth Fuller Briggs. more »»

Gail P. Rankin

August 21, 2016 Gail P. Rankin, 78, of Whitaker Road, Forestville, passed away at her residence Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, surrounded by loved ones. more »»

Gary B. Olmstead

August 21, 2016 COLLINS — Gary B. Olmstead, 68, of Collins, NY passed away Aug. 18, 2016. He was born Aug. 7, 1948 in Silver Creek, NY, the son of the late Myrl and Virginia (Lucas) Olmstead. Mr. more »»

John K. Spinuzza

August 21, 2016 John K. Spinuzza, age 57, of Westfield, N.Y., formerly of Lilly Dale, N.Y. died Aug. 16, 2016. John was born Sept. 16, 1958 in Dunkirk, NY to Jack and Marilyn Spinuzza. more »»

Anthony “NIN” St. George

August 21, 2016 Anthony “NIN” St. George of East Main Street in Fredonia, NY, died Friday evening (Aug. 19. 2016) at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk, NY. Anthony was the husband of Shelly St. George. more »»

Rosalie A. Williams

August 21, 2016 Rosalie A. Williams died late Thursday evening at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo, NY after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete. more »»

Village park has storied history

August 20, 2016 Some historical information regarding Barker Common is interesting, which I would like to share with your readers. more »»

I get by with a lot of help from my friends

August 20, 2016 Remember when I talked about coincidence? Well, Wednesday morning Josie Christopher came over with her teacher who wanted to meet me. She loves the column because I have a positive attitud. more »»

Chipping away at Potato Day

August 18, 2016 Sometimes I think I just enjoy a challenge. How much — really — can one say about today’s commemorating National Potato Day? We all know what they are. more »»

Hazards at home — and overseas

August 18, 2016 One of the unsettling aspects of getting older is taking stock of things that never used to be. Unavoidable as change may be, it creates a jarring sense of perplexity, even unease. more »»

An 8th-grade perspective on trying times

August 17, 2016 “How can we?” Shots fired and words tossed Blood drips and protests rage Killed for our religio... more »»

The summer of my youth

August 16, 2016 “All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which... more »»

Encouragement does wonders

August 15, 2016 I learned early in my youth, and then as a parent and as a teacher, that encouragement is indeed a treasure. For encouragement acts as a key that unlocks one’s potential. more »»


August 15, 2016 Twenty years ago — 1996 This year, Brocton Central School teachers Jody Ann Cave and Karen MacIntyre became members of a select group of people in their profession. more »»

Police grateful for Night Out support

August 15, 2016 As we close out our 23rd year of National Night Out and begin to prepare for the 24th edition, I want to take a few minutes to reflect on this year’s program. more »»

Election brings aggressive tactics from candidates, voters

August 14, 2016 Enjoy these stories that you have missed along the way as you work hard to help pay for my Social Security check. more »»

Trustees can’t save themselves from bad choices

August 14, 2016 In “Sign on the dotted line” (Aug. 5) in the OBSERVER, Trustee Gary Belote said “What then? We lose our board, we lose our governing rights, for what? (The amount we’ll save in taxes) isn’t worth i. more »»

Many face the plight of Pudge

August 14, 2016 Pudge is dead. He’d probably rather not be, but he had been so sick for so long it might have been a relief to be done with life. Pudge grew up on the mean streets of a nearby city. more »»



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