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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 »»

Lots of complaining, but little action

June 11, 2015 U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter publicly blasted the Iraqis’ will to fight at Ramadi, a key city that recently fell to ISIS. more »»

Partners in life, higher education

June 10, 2015 There is an interesting issue as to whether universities should hire the partners of other faculty and do so without judging them better than other job candidates. more »»

Waffling on medical marijuana

June 9, 2015 There seems to be a great deal of confusion out there whether Congressman Tom Reed actually supports the legalization of medical marijuan. more »»

Giving threats ammunition

June 9, 2015 What if you got a message on your Facebook account from someone you knew was angry with you that read, “There’s one way to love ya, but a thousand ways to kill y. more »»

Small business a big deal

June 8, 2015 Within the past two days, I went to our local grocery, the local pharmacy and hardware store. I stopped by at the local shoe store to buy a pair of outdoor work shoes. more »»

Library is a cultural asset to city

June 7, 2015 I intend to vote a resounding “yes” when it’s time to vote on this month’s efforts to fund our library via the public school system. It is the right thing to do. It is the intelligent thing to do. more »»

An unfriendly visit to the area

June 7, 2015 In the last year I have been the victim of highway robbery at the hands of the city of Dunkirk and the state of New York — twice. more »»



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