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Hunger also takes toll on seniors

May 22, 2016 Hunger is a reality for many senior citizens who live in Chautauqua County. more »»

Viewer discretion

May 22, 2016 A little over a year ago social media giant Twitter bought the live streaming video app Periscope and launched the next revolution in how we interact with the world. more »»

A significant roll of honor

May 22, 2016 Spring is finally here — I think. The changes in the weather patterns are disconcerting not only to me but to the flowers and birds as well. more »»

Two-wheelers make a return

May 22, 2016 Warmer weather has arrived, daylight hours are longer — it is finally spring. Motorcycle riders across Erie County are tuning up their bikes and getting ready for the riding season and the open roa. more »»

Two parents are better than one

May 21, 2016 I hope this column will be used in every classroom that needs to hear it and discuss it. The subject is “children outside of marriage. more »»

Thruway stretch needs more than patchwork

May 21, 2016 Currently a lot of attention is focused on issues like the presidential campaign; will Hillary beat Bernie and when will Donald start acting more presidential. more »»

Those golden years

May 20, 2016 Ah, yes — gold. The best of the best (at least until uranium and all the more precious metals were added to the list). But gold is the epitome of . . . well, epitomes. The gold standard. Gold ribbo. more »»

Take a vacation with history

May 19, 2016 Doesn’t the emergence of leaves and blossoms stir an excited anticipation of summer fun ahead? After an extended chilly season, local trees and bushes are awash with color and the birds are out in... more »»

America’s new brand of potty talk

May 18, 2016 To the dismay of many, and the forewarning of others (my husband included) I must address the issue receiving the most media attention of late — which restroom to use in North Carolina, Texas and... more »»

It’s not always about chance

May 17, 2016 If we launched a manned spacecraft to Mars, and in their explorations the astronauts came to a large crevasse spanned by a large steel bridge, they would without hesitation announce that Mars had at... more »»

Even bright city projects are clouded

May 16, 2016 Now that this area is starting to see progress with a major manufacturer and large employment involved, there seems to be a stumbling block called a Project Labor Agreement. more »»

Inefficient energy options take toll on nearby neighbors

May 15, 2016 Wind farms may be coming to your town. Research! There is great information on the internet regarding the real impact on host communities, that you certainly won’t be told by the industry. more »»

Ripley voters can sustain their library

May 15, 2016 I love living in Ripley. We know our neighbors. We’re here for one another. We’ve got great community spirit. more »»

Area laws trample on residents’ rights

May 15, 2016 A photograph in the OBSERVER with a note on Dunkirk’s City Code in relation to signs is the latest exposure of local governmental attempted suppression of the peoples’ First Amendment right. more »»

A new energy from the four seasons

May 15, 2016 The fresh smell of rain, worms and tulips fill my house as I open my windows, cleaning. The ground is spongy and the grass is growing like wildfire. more »»

Long trip for lake skaters

May 15, 2016 Due to changes in the environment over the years, Lake Erie’s surface is not as thick as it used to be in the past. During the 1800s, the pioneers traveled over it to get supplies from Canada. more »»

Past and present watching words

May 14, 2016 I have the habit of adopting people who are alone and sometimes they adopt me. Sometimes it comes in handy — like Mother’s Day. I only have one son, Dan, and he’s in St. Augustine, Fl. more »»

Many live with ‘nasty illness’

May 14, 2016 Hometown Insurance held a giant yard sale last Saturday. One hundred percent of all proceeds will be given directly to the MS Society. more »»

Trouble in paradise

May 13, 2016 I love the birds in early May. The hummingbird travels from window to window till it locates me. Yes, it’s definitely saying “time.” I’ll be right there. more »»

When teasing crosses the line

May 12, 2016 Teasing comes in various forms. Some teasing is light-hearted and usually well-received. Some teasing is hurtful and not well-received. Some teasing moves into an arena called “bullying. more »»



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