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Remembering my dad on Veterans Day

November 10, 2013 My father used to tell me every so often how many World War II veterans die per day in our country. more »»

The tragedy of the Annabelle Wilson

November 3, 2013 The maxim “you can’t take it with you” is a caution that earthly possessions aren’t useful after death. “Lighthouse Dave,” a tour guide at the Dunkirk Historic Lighthouse disagrees. more »»

From Diane’s desk ...

November 3, 2013 By DIANE R. CHODAN Lifestyles Editor I recently received a phone message from a woman who wanted me to publicize a dinner for a community organization. She called early in the morning. more »»

Planning healthier holiday meals

November 3, 2013 Does your mouth start to water when you think about eating lots of delicious traditional dishes this holiday season? Are you also more likely to put on weight during this part of the year? Think... more »»

Historical music haunts author

October 27, 2013 SUNY Fredonia music professor Jim Davis sees dead people. more »»

Cadavers and chocolate slabs

October 27, 2013 The telling of old and chilling tales comes more naturally with the arrival of cold weather, ominous dark clouds, and the holiday of Halloween creeping up in just a few days. more »»

Jack-o-lanterns, tombstones and vampires, oh my

October 27, 2013 By KATIE?ATKINS OBSERVER Staff Writer It’s the most wicked time of the year. Break out the decorations and dust off the pumpkin-carving tools. Don’t forget to dress up, too. more »»

Clues of wrecks from a dangerous lake spotted the shores

October 20, 2013 Nowadays, beach glass and the usual driftwood wash up on the shores of Lake Erie. more »»

What a ride!

October 20, 2013 What wish would you make if you were dying? Would it be a reunion with friends, an exotic trip, a special dinner? Local resident 83-year-old Ernest Krzyzanowski, who is a Hospice client, had a much... more »»

Walkabout for Revive Dunkirk finds both positives and problems

October 20, 2013 By SKEETER TOWER Last month my column focused on the coming visit of a volunteer group of city planners, attorneys, builders —Partners for a Livable Western New York —coming to Dunkirk to offer a... more »»

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 »»



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