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Schools can learn from past practices

November 16, 2014 I enjoyed reading Dr. John E. Newton’s letter “Expand the concept of ‘public’ schools.” Dr. Newton’s efforts at the Mandala School in East Aurora are certainly praiseworthy. more »»

County Home filled with ‘angels’

November 16, 2014 I am writing to say a big “thank you” to all the employees who work in the 1A dementia unit of the Chautauqua County Home. more »»

Thanksgiving provides menu of memories

November 16, 2014 As hostess for Thanksgiving I find myself in organized chaos. While scrambling around to get everything perfect, I seem to be confusing myself with a general in the Army. more »»

The more you give, the more you get back

November 15, 2014 There is a reason for everything. We can learn from every experience. I’m trying to learn from my experiences at Brooks Hospital and the Infirmary. more »»

Have we reached the point of ‘enough?’

November 15, 2014 When is enough, enough? It wasn’t enough to just come “out of the closet.” They had to parade the pride of their sexuality on the streets of cities. more »»

The mighty mordent

November 14, 2014 A perfect day in August. (Yes, there were a few: clearing and warm enough I didn’t need a sweater, hardly any wind, absolutely lovely. Perfect — as I said. more »»

Below-average trend continues

November 14, 2014 More than one year ago, this corner graded each area municipal government for its efforts in becoming more efficient and assisting constituents. more »»

Minimum wage and the NFL

November 12, 2014 A widely held view is that people in some types of jobs are paid too much and others too little. more »»

Some veterans become forgotten

November 11, 2014 Most family trees have a veteran or two scattered in its long reaching branches. In my family tree we have soldiers in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and the Coast Guard proudly covered. more »»

Masons have a history of service

November 11, 2014 Freemasonry is a fraternity — the oldest and largest organization for men in the world. There are nearly 2 million Masons in the U.S. alone. more »»

Noble in service

November 10, 2014 Many of us recall the words of John Fitzgerald Kennedy: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” Veterans Day ... more »»

Westfield plagued by fiscal fire issues

November 9, 2014 In an OBSERVER article (Oc. more »»

With marshmallow rules, we’re toast

November 9, 2014 In this time of thanksgiving, we can be thankful for the federal government’s guidelines on how to run our lives. Because you’ve got to admit it, we’re stupid, at least in Washington’s eyes. more »»

Ripley’s new-age of education

November 9, 2014 “Every child, every day, every minute counts.” That’s the philosophy Dr. Lauren Ormsby adheres to as superintendent and principal of Ripley Central School. more »»

A different column from a different place

November 8, 2014 This is going to be a different column! I’m writing it from the Infirmary. Last Saturday, the OBSERVER used an old column, but I am going to try to give you an up-to-date column. more »»

School psychologists have important role

November 8, 2014 Nov. 10 to 14 is School Psychology Awareness Wee. more »»

Cleanliness is next to ... oh

November 7, 2014 Knowing I live under siege, I would declare war if I didn’t know the mice would double up in hysterics at the futility of my efforts. They come – and obviously go – as they wish. “Mi casa es su casa. more »»

Having a dog will lift your spirit

November 6, 2014 Few creatures that touch human life are as versatile and inspirational as the dog. more »»

Post-Halloween scares exist

November 5, 2014 No more ghouls, goblins, political ads nor campaign promises never to be kept; hallelujah, it is Nov. 5! Now we can get ready for family gatherings, pumpkin pies and Santa Claus. more »»

Getting ahead, at cost, with apps

November 5, 2014 Uber, the car-summoning service, got some flak not long ago for “surge” pricing. Customers complained about its policy of raising prices charged for trips at times of high demand. more »»



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