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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 »»

We see what we look for

November 4, 2014 If we launched a space probe to some distant planet, and upon landing we found a large skyscraper there such as those in our cities, complete with elevators, and whatever else makes it complete, or... more »»

Science of selection

November 2, 2014 I have spent the last 50 years touring universities on three continents, often working in them, sometimes alongside Nobel Prize winners in physiology and medicine. On Oct. more »»

With major county events, incumbent comes through

November 2, 2014 An important part of being effective as a local elected official is having access to, and partnering with, our state and federal representatives. more »»

‘Heartwarming’ response seen after loss of son

November 2, 2014 My son Billy was many things. He was kind, good hearted, caring and a friend to all. He was a son, a brother, a fiance, a grandson, a nephew, a friend and a serviceman. more »»

Traveler captivated community

November 2, 2014 Hikers are a hardy lot. This was demonstrated during the recent rescue of five stranded hikers in Chautauqua Gorg. more »»

We’re being watched ... far too often

November 2, 2014 The little green video camera light on my laptop turned on by itself last week. This isn’t the first time this has happened. It freaked me out so much that I taped a piece of paper over the lens. more »»

Columnist shares with readers the good thoughts she has collected

November 1, 2014 Editor’s note: This column was originally published in 2010 I want to give you some good thoughts I’ve collected. Chatter without charity is sound without soul. Love makes eloquence meaningful. more »»

Closing thoughts on campaigns

October 31, 2014 It is the final countdown for Election 2014 as voters prepare to make their choices on Tuesday across our county, state and nation. more »»

Trick or treats

October 31, 2014 I don’t make these things up. I couldn’t. My imagination does not run in that direction. There truly is a National Family Pajama Night. more »»



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