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Taking in the gifts, flavors of fall

September 21, 2014 The time of year is here, when pumpkin and apple flavors are stuffed into everything. Gloves, scarves and britches get washed and ready for their debut. more »»

Cooperating to build character

September 20, 2014 I want to thank you for all the words of encouragement so many of you have given me. One woman said I have to live a long time. more »»

There is one book to trust

September 20, 2014 On Aug. 24, the OBSERVER published a column by Dan O’Rourke where he states that “God is a mystery.” He also compared in a way the Holy Bible with other holy books in other religion. more »»

A loner by the lake

September 19, 2014 I love my birds and am always happy to write about one, sharing my pictures (on the web) and inevitably learning as I go along. more »»

Schools shrinking at rapid pace

September 19, 2014 Over the last decade, school districts in the northern Chautauqua County area have been losing enrollment at an alarming pace. more »»

Recognizing another set of heroes

September 18, 2014 Friday is National POW/MIA Recognition Day throughout the United States. The President of the United States sets the third Friday of September aside each year under proclamation. more »»

Some food for thought

September 18, 2014 Lunch bag and tailgate party season is here. Farmers glean the last of the summer harvest as autumn produce fattens all over this landscape of agricultural plenty. more »»

Policies and policing

September 17, 2014 There are a trio of mistaken ideas about the police in the U.S. and these ideas result in bad policies. more »»

Some memories made to be sweet

September 16, 2014 It must have been in about 1955 or ’56. We had three little boys whose ages at that time would have been in the 6 to 10 year rang. more »»

Violence and the NFL

September 16, 2014 The statistics are easy to find. One in every 3 women in the United States will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. more »»

Quit blame, find solution

September 15, 2014 These are recent headlines in the news: “U.S. military on ‘high terrorist alert’ ’’; “U.S. families feel considerable economic stress”; “Benghazi attack under the microscope ... more »»

No encouragement from these words

September 14, 2014 My mission in writing these articles is to give you a chuckle and perhaps even a laugh. more »»

An easier street

September 14, 2014 On behalf of Revitalize Dunkirk, I wish to congratulate Dunkirk on its recent Complete Streets policy and the first implementation of Complete Streets in new infrastructure projects. more »»

High traffic drove a change

September 14, 2014 Editor, OBSERVER: I’m sure I am not the first to comment on the wonderful photo of the arched trees that lined Bennett Road in the days of old, shown above. The caption from Aug. more »»

Scamming the younger generation

September 14, 2014 By TOM?KIRKPATRICK All my life I have heard stories about how we older folks seem to be targets for various types of scams designed to separate us from our money. more »»

A message for other victims

September 14, 2014 Whether or not you are a sports fan, chances are you’ve heard about Ray Rice, former Baltimore Ravens running back, and his wife Janay. more »»

Uniting to build character

September 13, 2014 It’s so encouraging to me when people are thinking like I am. I’ll give you some examples. I talked to Vicki Westling and Richard Westlund (OBSERVER columnists) and we’re going to keep in touc. more »»

Help local firms give back in area

September 13, 2014 It has come to my attention that we live in a society that is quick to outsource goods and services and that loyalty has been displace. more »»

Not splurging on the spurge

September 12, 2014 Funny. Some things I want to write about seem to have little information readily available. more »»

Is it time to deliver mail changes?

September 10, 2014 Every now and then things just become so out of line that one is forced to speak out. Such is the case with regard to the United States Post Office. more »»



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