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Advocating for victims, families

June 21, 2015 By JANA McDERMOTT Recent media attention regarding the Duggar family raises numerous issues surrounding sexual behavior problems in youth and provides an opportunity to talk about how parents and... more »»

Dad’s little gifts last a lifetime

June 21, 2015 Today, I’m sure you know, is Father’s Day. I was contemplating what to write all wee. more »»


June 21, 2015 In 48 hours, we have an opportunity before us as a community. more »»

Proposal presents opportunity to grow

June 21, 2015 When my husband and I graduated college some years ago, our choice was to stay in an area that we had become familiar with and were comfortable in. Our family lives in Dunkir. more »»

Putting facility on a brighter course

June 21, 2015 Strong support for the School District Public Library proposal is an outcome all should enthusiastically welcome. more »»

A reluctant ‘yes’ for library vote

June 20, 2015 By MIKE CIVILETTO When considering how to vote for or against the Dunkirk Free Library becoming a “school district” library, surprisingly, especially to me, I have wavered back and forth. more »»

The battle for breakfast

June 19, 2015 Recently I had the good fortune to fulfill a long-term dream to sail on the original Sea Cloud, a four-masted ship of great beauty. Designed as his fifth by the financier E. F. more »»

Dunkirk’s library ‘a great gift’

June 19, 2015 I have the pleasure of working with public libraries around the county, and Dunkirk is lucky to have one of the best. more »»

Bona reunion finds special stories, memories

June 18, 2015 It’s true — you can’t go back. But it sure is enlightening to steal a backward glance. College reunions are driven by nostalgia, that impossible pining after a treasured place and time. more »»

County’s future must start today

June 17, 2015 County Executive Vince Horrigan is like a fish trying to swim upstream. It seems that no matter how hard he tries he seems to be standing still. A case in point is the regional water district. more »»

In praise of the prose

June 16, 2015 I don’t care for much modern poetry that has been taken over by the elite guardians of the artistic world today. Much of it is so introspective. more »»

Some groups, politicians disappoint veterans

June 15, 2015 What is a veteran? That seems to be the question of the day during the Memorial Day weekend. A veteran is someone who served his or her country in the military to keep our country safe. more »»

Why regional district must happen

June 14, 2015 By JOHN “JAY” WARREN Water is so near to us, but for some, so far. more »»

People’s column

June 14, 2015 There’s more to message Editor, OBSERVER: The silly season is upon us. It is that time when both capable people and those only interested in publicity seek the spotlight. more »»

Focused on the issues, not politics

June 14, 2015 By VINCE HORRIGAN While traveling around Chautauqua County during my Neighborhood Chats, I am energized by the conversations I am having with our citizen. more »»

Celebrating Ripley’s special moments

June 14, 2015 Once a year in May, something wonderful happens in Ripley; the Annual Community Banquet. more »»

Considering four-letter words

June 13, 2015 How often have you thought about words? I love words. Good words lead to good actions. Good words have a ripple effect. They affect the people around you. This morning (Saturday) I was in Tuscany’s. more »»

Wonders of a family tree

June 13, 2015 Last fall my son Kiley, my granddaughter Ally and I made a visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. more »»

A squishy gold bug

June 12, 2015 Like yours, my every day is filled with exciting wonders. When “working” outdoors, I tend to have my camera looped around my neck with an old shoelac. more »»

Area’s weekend is jam packed

June 12, 2015 Lifestyles reporter Vicki Notaro had a difficult task last week. more »»



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