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Splendor In The Grass

What through the radiance which was once so bright Be now for ever taken my sight, Though nothing can bring back the hour Of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower; We will grieve not, rather find Strength in what remains behind ... William Wordsworth, from “Intimations ...

You’re Invited

Stephanie Green, owner of the newly opened Craft Cottage of Chautauqua, remembers cooking with her parents when she was a child. “I have cooked for as long as I can remember, even if it was just heating green beans with mom for dinner,” she says. “The only times my dad and I ever ...

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Hometown History: Storing Cheese Without A Refrigerator

The question of how to store perishable foodstuffs for as long as possible was one of central importance to people from centuries past. In the late 1800s, the idea of using buildings dedicated solely to food preservation began to gain traction. By 1900, many cities had cold storage buildings ...

Interested area residents could carve a prize-winning pumpkin that would decorate the trails for Audubon Community Nature Center’s Enchanted Forest. Pumpkin carving will be Monday, Oct. 2, for the next weekend’s magical non-scary Halloween treat.

Carve A Pumpkin For Audubon’s Enchanted Forest

The Audubon Community Nature Center is looking for area residents who would like to carve pumpkins to light the Enchanted Forest trail. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6-7, are evenings when the center will host its Enchanted Forest, which features talking animals along a lighted trail. Those ...

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Under Siege

There’s something special about big cities; more so at Christmastime. Skyscrapers and storefronts are filled with even more lights than normal, street-corner Santas are ringing their bells and pedestrians are in slightly better moods. There’s nothing that can go wrong. Unless of ...

A scene on Rodeo Drive as new Ranchers arrive at Miracle Mountain Ranch.
Photos courtesy of the Miracle Mountain Ranch

Giddy Up

Need a fun day trip on Memorial Day? Check out the western town and old west atmosphere at Miracle Mountain Christian Ranch’s Open House, just 40 minutes from downtown Jamestown, where the campers who sleep in bunkhouses are referred to as ranchers. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and events are over ...

Mary Maxwell tends a flower garden at the corner of Fairmount and McDaniel Avenues to improve the appearance for passersby and for the people living in the neighborhood. She hopes others will realize they can improve their neighborhoods by planting gardens or picking up trash, something she has done for 30 years.

Tales From The Garden: A Conversation With One Of Jamestown’s Unsung Heroes

As I was traveling over Fairmount Avenue a few days ago I noticed a woman on her knees, tending a flower garden. The garden didn’t appear to belong to her, because it wasn’t in a front yard, but on a corner that displayed two or three large billboards. I was compelled to not only get ...

Linda Mason makes beads using an oxygen propane torch and a glass rod. She describes it as “painting with glass.”
Photos by Beverly Kehe-Rowland

Painting With Glass

It is doubtful one will ever meet a more creative being than Linda Larsen Mason of Warren, Pa. If she can dream it, she can create it. Her creations range from wearable art to pet memorials to paintings to yarn spun from pet hair to weavings to handmade glass beads to more. Having an amazing ...

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Who Truly Imperils Our Free Society?

“The Barbarian cannot make ... he can befog and destroy but ... he cannot sustain; and of every Barbarian in the decline or peril of every civilization exactly that has been true.” Hilaire Belloc’s depiction of the barbarian is recalled to mind as the statues honoring the history and ...

New Baby? Yes, Family Members’ Vaccinations Matter

DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m expecting a baby in a few months, and my doctor told me that everyone who will come into contact with her must get the Tdap vaccine. If some family members don’t get it, should I keep them from meeting the baby until she’s old enough to be fully vaccinated? — ...

Alcoholic Recognizes Sober Truths After Wife Leaves Him

DEAR ABBY: I have been married for 17 years to the love of my life. I met her 40 years ago while we were growing up in the same neighborhood. Last year she decided our marriage is over. Nine years into our marriage, I became an alcoholic. Try as I might, I couldn’t find a way to stop ...

Appreciating John McCain

For many years, conservatives were ideological zealots. Like Spanish inquisitors, they were on guard for the slightest indications of heresy. Talk radio gurus in particular were punctilious keepers of the flame. If a Republican figure was thought to be “squishy” on any matter — guns, ...

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Fall is the perfect time of year to plant trees, which add value to our lives, our homes and our waterways.
Photo by The Arbor Day Foundation

Fall Is A Great Time To Plant A Tree

At this time of year, we both admire trees for the spectacularly colorful show they provide to our landscape and curse them for the constant supply of leaves they drop on our lawns. But trees add value to our lives, to our homes and to our waterways that we may not always appreciate. Fall is ...

Conservation By The Numbers

According to the preliminary results of the recently released 2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, 101.6 million Americans 16 years old and older, 40 percent of the U.S. population, enjoyed some form of wildlife-related recreation. The Survey shows that ...

Audubon’s first Naturalist/Director Jim Yaich led and grew the programs held at the nature center under almost a quarter century of leadership. 
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Audubon’s Witness Tree

The old Sugar Maple on the rise has seen a lot in the last 100 years. From its perch on this low hill, the seasons, the years, the birds and even the people have come and gone. The hill used to have a view all the way to Route 62 without a tree to block the way. The story of this Sugar Maple is ...

Chautauqua Watershed Notes

It’s tough to be misunderstood and blamed for things you don’t do. In the natural world, goldenrod is one plant that fits perfectly into this category. Ever since I can remember, I was told that goldenrod was the “bad guy.” When in bloom, people said it caused hay fever, sneezing and ...

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Pictured, from left, are Erin Green, Karen Pfeffer and Janell Sluga of the Senior Life Matters program at Lutheran are the hosts of the 2018 Medicare Update and Annual Open Enrollment seminars taking place on Oct. 5 at 5:30 p.m. and Oct. 11 at 3:30 p.m. on the Lutheran Campus in Jamestown.

Medicare Updates, Changes To Be Presented During October Best Of Times Seminar

For some, navigating through the changes and options in the Medicare program year after year can be a challenge. Reliable, trustworthy information on the subject is hard to come by. The Senior Life Matters program at Lutheran aims to help seniors and their families make sense of all the ...

Harmony Seniors Hold September Meeting, Plan Oct. 5 Get-Together

Harmony Senior Citizens met on Sept. 7, at the North Harmony Senior Citizen Center in Stow for a tureen dinner with 41 members present. They are meeting at the North Harmony Senior Citizen Center temporarily while the Panama United Methodist Church is under going construction. President ...

Average 2018 Premiums Are Lower

Question: I just received a letter from my insurance company reviewing what happens in 2018 with my insurance coverage. The price went down. Is that normal? What should I do? Answer: I have started to hear from a number of people that have started to receive their Annual Notice of Change from ...

Office For The Aging To Host Health Insurance Forums

The Chautauqua County Office for the Aging is hosting a series of countywide health insurance public forums to provide information to seniors, veterans, and caregivers as they prepare for Medicare Open Enrollment, which runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. The forums will have professionals on ...

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Jamestown High School student, Geoffrey Tota, talks with Steven Olson with the Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit union who has partnered with JHS’ Academy of Business, Management, Marketing & Technology to open a satellite branch in the JHS library to serve as an internship site for JHS students to experience real-world job opportunities in the banking industry.

It Takes A Village

Helping Jamestown High School students discover more about the banking industry is part of a unique collaboration between the Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union and JHS’ Academy of Business, Management, Marketing and Technology to open a satellite office in the JHS library. The office ...

Cast and crew of last year’s Jamestown Highs School musical, Seussical. The amazing musical productions require many school and community volunteer. So, if you love the theater and are handy and creative you can donate your time to work on costumes or set design and production.

Looking To Get Involved In School Activities? Here Are A Few Ideas

Join PTA As an active PTA member, you join forces with those devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. You become part of a dedicated network of families, educators, businesses and community leaders who are working to ensure all ...

JHS Red Raider, Andrew Dix, cleared a hurdle during a track meet. 
Photo by Chad Ecklof Photo Art

Back To School

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year. My name is Bret Apthorpe and I am the new Jamestown Public Schools Superintendent. I have deep personal and professional roots in Chautauqua County, making this an especially exciting place to be. I am eager to partner with our community to provide ...

Lincoln Elementary School student, Abigail Brandow and her dad, Mike, read Nila Webster's book "The Magic of Moonlight" as part of a family engagement event. Mrs. Webster donated books to every first grader in the Jamestown Schools to take home. Lincoln School used the donation to also ask families for "wish list" items for the Chautauqua County Humane Society in honor of the main character in the book, which is a dog.

JPS Strives To Partner With Families And The Community

“When our schools, parents and families, and community groups build trusting, collaborative relationships and also align their efforts around student achievement, our students will succeed,” said JPS Director of Schools Tina Sandstrom. “We know that the college, career, and lifelong ...

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Births

ALLETTE — To Michael C. Allette and Jennifer Fusco of 80 Norton Ave., Jamestown, N.Y., in UPMC Chautauqua WCA, Jamestown, N.Y., on Sept. 12, 2017, a son, Preston James Fusco Allette. Grandparents are James and Janet Fusco and Michael P. and Virginia M. Conti, Jamestown, N.Y. HILDOM — To ...

Births

BROWN-NAVARRO — To Ethan Allen Brown and Evelyris Jelissa Navarro Ortiz of 32 N. Roberts Road, in Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, N.Y., on Sept. 3, 2017, a son, Jake Ryan Brown-Navarro. CLUTTER — To Jeremy Clutter and Amanda Hardy of 137 Willowbrook Ave., Dunkirk, N.Y., in Brooks ...

Births

BELL — To Lucas Nathan and Amber Lynn Bell of 3005 King Road, Forestville, N.Y., in Dunkirk Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk N.Y., on Sept. 5, 2017, a son, Liam Nathan Bell. EMLEY — To Nicholas and Britany Emley of Lakewood, N.Y., in UPMC Chautauqua WCA, Jamestown, N.Y., on Sept. 14, 2017, a ...

Birth

KINDER — To John and Lydia Kinder Jr. of Lakewood, N.Y., in UPMC Chautauqua WCA, Jamestown, N.Y., on Sept. 10, 2017, a son, John Fitzgerald Kinder.

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KELSEY LEIGH JOHNSON ANDREW GREGORY TOBIAS

Chip and Mary Beth Johnson of Jamestown, N.Y., announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelsey Leigh, to Andrew Gregory Tobias. He is the son of Theresa Garvey Tobias and Douglas G. Tobias, both of Jamestown. Miss Johnson is a graduate of Jamestown High School and the Leon Studio One School ...

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LISA MARGARITA KENNEDY ANDREW DAVID BLASDELL

Mr. and Mrs. Albert J. Kennedy of Jamestown, N.Y., announce the engagement of their daughter, Lisa Margarita, to Andrew David Blasdell, the son of Jeff and Lynn Blasdell of Jamestown, N.Y. Miss Kennedy is a graduate of Jamestown Community College with a degree in in applied science of ...

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Peterson — Swanson

Mark and Juli Peterson of Kennedy, N.Y., announce the engagement of their daughter, Carrie Diane, to Levi Edwin Swanson, the son of Mark and Connie Swanson of Dewittville, N.Y. Miss Peterson earned a bachelor of business adminstration in marketing from St. Bonaventure University. She is ...

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Jonathan Charles Inglesby

Reid — Inglesby

Mr. and Mrs. Eric Inglesby of Wayne, N.J., announce the engagement of their son, Jonathan Charles Inglesby to Brittney Lynn Reid, the daughter of Arthur J Reid Sr. of Falconer, N.Y., and Brenda Lee Gibbons of Westfield, N.Y. Inglesby is the grandson of Virginia Beverly Inglesby of Frewsburg, ...

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MR. AND MRS. JEFFREY JOSEPH HALL

Amanda Elizabeth Rodoski and Jeffrey Joseph Hall exchanged wedding vows on June 17, 2017, at the Morton Club in Jamestown, N.Y. Minister Tina Judge performed the ceremony. Music was provided by DJ Felony, Keith Barmore. The bride is the daughter of Sheri Martin of Jamestown, N.Y., and Steve ...

Mr. and Mrs. Cory R. Burstein

Burstein — Sandy

Laura J. Sandy and Cory R. Burstein exchanged wedding vows on June 24, 2017, at Rural Hill in Huntersville N.C. The Rev. Tod Cole officiated. The bride is the daughter of Gail and Sue Sandy of Randolph. Her husband is the son of Michael and Shanda Burstein of Charlotte, N.C. They are ...

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Fisher

Fisher — Peck

Bobbi Peck and Michael Fisher exchanged wedding on July 4. 2017. Minister Jose Vega performed the ceremony. The bride was escorted by Richard Tabak, son of the bride and Dakota Fisher, son of the groom, as well as the couple’s Shih-tzu, Molly. The bride is the daughter of Jeff and Laurie ...

MR. AND MRS. SAM LISCIANDRO

Lisciandro — Buttafaro

Melissa Buttafaro and Sam Lisciandro exchanged wedding vows on April 22, 2017, at St. James Roman Catholic Church, Jamestown, N.Y. The Rev. Darrell G. Duffy, V.F. performed the ceremony. Music was provided by Cathy Gagliano, organist and soloist. Readers were Susan Carlson, aunt of the bride, ...

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MR. AND MRS. CHARLES HUNTINGTON

Charles and Joanne Huntington of Napoli celebrated their 70th wedding with a party and a blessing and anointing by Father Peter Napierkowski of Our Lady of Peace. The party was hosted by their children. They are the parents of Jim (Janet) Huntington, Jackie Huntington, Judy (Bill) MacMillan and ...

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Arthur F. and Judith A. Asquith of Cassadaga, N.Y., celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Aug. 30, 2017. The celebration was held at the Cassadaga Country Club. They are the parents of Ann E. Condon of Ponte Vedra, Fla., and Susan L. Asquith of Buffalo, N.Y. They have five grandchildren, ...

Mr. and Mrs. R. Joseph Mills

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R. Joseph and Carol Mills of Panama, N.Y., celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house at the Steward House in Panama, N.Y. The celebration was hosted by their children. They are the parents of Carilyn (Paul) Doran of Jamestown, N.Y., Gloria Benson of Warren, Ill., Joy Anderson ...

Mr. and Mrs. Roderic Hunt

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Roderic and Mary Hunt of Mayville, N.Y., celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on Aug. 26, 2017, with the renewal of their vows and a party at their home. The renewal of vows ceremony was performed by Anna Hart. The celebration was hosted by their children: Jared Hunt of Binghamton, N.Y., ...