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A message of hope

October 13, 2013 By CONNIE O’CONNOR Special to the OBSERVER For nearly 10 years, one of Westfield’s most elegant homes has stood empty, beautiful but neglected and slowly deteriorating. more »»

October is Adopt a Dog Month

October 13, 2013 The beginning of January this year, the employees of the Dunkirk Animal Clinic were blessed to meet a 10-year-old yellow female Labrador retriever named Princess who had been surrendered to the Lake... more »»

Stormy weather caused historic shipwrecks

October 13, 2013 Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red sky at morning, sailors take warning. This adage was used by mariners long before 20th century technolog. more »»

Remembering ‘the cold water pledge’

October 6, 2013 Nothing quenches thirst like plain and simple water, especially on a warm day. Better yet is slurping it directly into your mouth instead of drinking from a plastic bottle or glass. more »»

Century of ‘happy’

October 6, 2013 Bruce Ritenburg Jr. celebrated his 100th birthday on Oct. 1. And boy, does he have a lot to show for it. Ritenburg was born Oct. 1, 1913 in Pennsylvania. more »»

Fresh choices

October 6, 2013 It’s the time of year when people start to hear a lot about how to avoid coming down with colds and the flu. All kinds of news reports and articles pop up making interesting claims. more »»


September 29, 2013 OBSERVER?Photo by Diane R. Chodan Although the season is now autumn, this profusion of marigolds found on Lord Street in Dunkirk echo summer. more »»

Throwing a plate of spaghetti against the wall

September 29, 2013 I have been thinking about Joseph Sliwa lately. A World War II vet, he received a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. He could speak and write Polish. more »»

Angels Around Us

September 29, 2013 By SAMANTHA MCDONNELL OBSERVER Staff Writer If you want to know the definition of an angel, ask Josie Christopher, the founder of the Circle of Love. more »»

Fountains of history bubble in Barker Commons

September 29, 2013 These objects have stood for well over 100 years while history, like a parade through time, has unfolded. more »»

Super-sized sunflower

September 22, 2013 Submitted Photo Mildred Vincent of Fredonia shows off her 14 and a half feet tall sunflower. more »»

Cross-country trek in Model T opens SUNY Fredonia travel film series

September 22, 2013 A film chronicling a trip across the United States in a 1926 Ford Model T Roadster will open the 2013-14 World Travel Series at SUNY Fredonia on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in King Concert Hall. more »»

Apples of our eyes

September 22, 2013 Have you noticed that everywhere you look this year there are trees loaded with apples and pears? Limbs are loaded with fruit in orchards, backyards, and wild wooded areas. more »»

Motorcyclist tells of cool Arctic trip

September 22, 2013 By GREG FOX OBSERVER Staff Writer For some people, riding across the country by one’s self on a motorcycle with nothing more than a few supplies sounds like a daunting endeavor — but not for Fredoni... more »»

Out with the OLD ... in with the new

September 22, 2013 By DIANE . more »»

Developer is man with a plan

September 15, 2013 By SKEETER TOWER Imagine a team of experts from every field related to city planning and improved use of land, volunteering to come to the city of Dunkirk free of charge to share its informed... more »»

Birth of a mission

September 15, 2013 In April, Katie Castro suffered the worst loss a mother can imagine — the death of her infant daughter, Lily. more »»


September 15, 2013 It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Most people accept that flowers such as roses and daisies are beautiful, desirable, and therefore go to great lengths to cultivate them. more »»

Annual check is a healthy choice

September 8, 2013 At least once yearly, the clients of the Dunkirk Animal Clinic receive a reminder card to bring us a sample of their pets’ poo. more »»

Historic lake battle marks 200th anniversary

September 8, 2013 The footsteps and tapping of wandering ghosts, treasures and tragedies of shipwrecks, and a welcome beam of light projected out to mariners at a distance calculated by the trigonometry of similar... more »»



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