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City officials and business owners celebrated the grand opening of Escape Rooms Jamestown on Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new venture is located at 20 W. Third St. on the building’s second floor.
P-J photo by Gavin Paterniti

Find An Escape

A new kind of interactive entertainment is coming to Chautauqua County with the grand opening of Escape Rooms Jamestown. The new venture held its official opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday in front of its new location at 20 W. Third St. It occupies a suite of rooms on the second ...

WRFA-LP 107.9 FM’s eighth annual Great American Picnic, featuring “Songs from the Summer of Love,” will be held at Southern Tier Brewing Company from 5-9 p.m. on Tuesday. Performing at this year’s event will be Cold Lazarus, Bill Ward, Ken Hardley and the Moose Club, John Merino, Gary Robert Peters Jr. and Friends, and more.
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WRFA To Present Annual Great American Picnic Fundraiser

Although it’s not being held on a weekend this year, the WRFA-LP 107.9 FM Great American Picnic can guarantee a great selection of live music as performed by several notable area musicians. The locally owned and operated radio station will present its sixth annual fundraising event at the ...

Incense And Peppermints

I knew full well when I found out what the theme of the WRFA’s Great American Picnic would be this year that I was going to have fun with this one. As someone who was raised on classic rock, and who particularly enjoys music from the genre’s earlier stages, how could I not be more than ...

The Bogarts, pictured, will share a stage with Uncle Ben’s Remedy at the Lakeview Hotel in Mayville on Saturday in a joint bill beginning at 9 p.m.
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Bogarts, Uncle Ben’s Remedy To Perform Joint Show In Mayville

Two reputable area bands will share a stage this weekend, offering an evening of original southern rock. The Bogarts and Uncle Ben’s Remedy, based out of Jamestown and Versailles, respectively, will take the stage at Mayville’s Lakeview Hotel on Saturday in a joint bill beginning at 9 ...

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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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Sometimes Even Memory Lane Gets A Few Potholes

I’ll be the first to admit I tend to live in the past a little too often. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I’ve always been a sucker for nostalgia — reliving certain days or moments that have long since passed. What can I say? Some days are far better than others, so why not reflect ...

The Lakewood Fire Siren And Other News

The Lakewood Village Board recently voted to keep the World War ll siren that alerts volunteer firefighters to emergencies. The vote was 4-0. The siren, located on Summit Street in the village, has proven to be rather unpopular with some residents — particularly those who live in close ...

Summer Is The Season For Sammiches

Ah, summer: The sammich season. At Community Days in DuBois last weekend, I watched the DuBois Fire Department’s annual parade and walked through its festival with the all-time champion sammich in hand. That, as regular readers might recall, is a hot sausage sammich, loaded with peppers ...

A New Twist On Teaching Economics

Greg Caskey is a 27-year-old Abington, Pennsylvania, native who is a social sciences teacher at Delaware Military Academy. The academy is a thriving charter high school in Wilmington, Delaware, that was founded in 2003 by two retired military officers, Charles Baldwin and Jack Wintermantel. ...

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Conservation Funding Explained

Sometimes a headline can leave a false impression. Last week, for example, I received a press release announcing that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, a branch of the Department of the Interior, will dole out $1.1 billion to state wildlife agencies in Fiscal year 2017. I saw it as great ...

The Joy Of Gardening

I love gardens. Formal gardens. Wild gardens. Flower gardens. Vegetable gardens. Elaborate gardens. Simple gardens. Monochromatic or colorful. Cozy or sprawling. Sunny or shady. Each with its own personality, each with its own effect on my senses and my psyche. Sadly, I’m not nearly as fond ...

Scientist-astronaut Gene Cernan is shown standing next to a large split lunar boulder during the Apollo 17 mission. The Lunar Roving Vehicle is parked on the right side of the boulder. Take a look at the moon with binoculars or a small telescope this month – it’s amazing what you can see.
 Courtesy NASA, Eugene Cernan

The July Skies

“Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge” — Carl Sagan, 1934-1996 Approximately 30 minutes after sunset this month, use binoculars to view faint Mercury low to the west-northwest horizon. On the evening of July 25th, the bright star Regulus will shine just ...

This forested area near Mayville helps deliver clean water to Chautauqua Lake. 
Photo by CWC

Land Use And Forest Trends Point To Declining Water Quality

Approximately 8,000 part-time and permanent residents depend upon Chautauqua Lake water for drinking and domestic use. Chautauqua Lake is a public drinking water source for Chautauqua Institution and the Town of Chautauqua Heights Water District. It is also incidental drinking water to ...

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Gerry Senior Citizens Gather For Luncheon And Health Program

GERRY — The Rodeo City Senior Citizens met recently for the monthly luncheon and program in the United Methodist Church. The group meets once a month on the second Friday at noon for the gathering. Allen Swanson is the president and welcomed all to the event. Cecil Miller gave the ...

Youngerman Center For Communication Disorders To Hold Support Group Meetings

The Youngerman Center for Communication Disorders will be offering support group meetings for stroke and head injury survivors and family members. The group will meet twice during the Summer 2017 semester. The meetings will be held in E 148Thompson Hall. A typical group meeting will include ...

Senior Briefs

EDITOR’S NOTE: Groups sending their news releases to The Post-Journal for print must include a publishable contact number, time, date and location of the group’s past and future meetings. ¯ The American Association of Retired People meets at 1:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month, ...

Poland Seniors To Meet Wednesday

A representative from the Fenton Historical Society will speak about genealogy at the Wednesday meeting of the town of Poland Seniors. This will be a pot luck at noon at the Kennedy fire hall. Those attending should bring a dish to pass, their own table service, a non-perishable item for the ...

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Bush Elementary School music teacher Kathy Brunco works on “how-to draw a superhero” with Bush student Alexandria Braymiller and her mom, Michelle, during the school’s recent Family Literacy Night.

Bush School Students Use Their Reading Superpowers

Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman were just some of the superhero readers seen at Bush Elementary School’s Family Literacy Night, which was an idea from the school’s Family And Community Engagement Committee. The night included five literacy stations with a “how-to follow directions” ...

Bush Elementary School paraprofessional Lorri Papaserge works with third-grader Josiah Senear on two-step math word problems that involved two different operations during a small group session.

Bush Elementary School Paraprofessionals Support Teachers, School

Bush Elementary School has seven paraprofessionals in its building: Anna Berry, Sharon Casselman, Elizabeth Wilfong, Sally Teater, Denise Pavlock, Tracy Salemme and Lorri Papaserge, whose goal is to support student’s education. Every paraprofessional is assigned work in the classroom at ...

Thirty students showcased their amazing talents in the 13th Annual Bush Elementary School Talent Show.

They’ve Got Talent

Singers, dancers, violin-players, math whizzes, ukulele-players, pianists and comedians were just some of the talents that Bush Elementary School third- and fourth-grade students showcased during their 13th Annual Talent Show. The show, created and directed by teacher Nichole Mason, was a way ...

Bush Elementary School dad Wayne Snyder watches as Bush students Corry Seeking, Bionca Clifton, Clair DeVilieger and Myamee Seekings work with Bush Elementary School teachers Eileen Healy and Carrie Blitz to create duct tape pencil pouches during the school’s recent Family Literacy Night.

Bush Elementary School FaCE Committee Engages Parents To Help Their Children

Bush Elementary School’s Family And Community Engagement committee’s goal is to welcome families into the school to partner with them to help benefit their child’s education. Bush Elementary School’s FaCE committee meets once a month. They plan upcoming activities, review school data, ...

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HARRINGTON — To Lucky Star Hawk and Leann Harrington of Mayville, N.Y., in UPMC Chautauqua WCA, Jamestown, N.Y., on June 13, 2017, a son, Cole Scott Harrington. Grandparents are Lavern Harrington, Beverly Harrington, Mike Davis and Leisa Davis.


CARDONE — To Tylor and Stephanie Cardone of Jamestown, N.Y., in UPMC Chautauqua WCA, Jamestown, N.Y., on June 12, 2017, a son, Ronan Everett Cardone. Grandparents are Carl and Diane Williams and Mark and Lisa Melquist.


BECK — To Marcel and Morgan Beck of 35 Park St., in Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, N.Y., on June 5, 2017, a daughter, Kateri Carmel Raelyn Beck. BUNCE —To Thane and Kristle Bunce of Mayville, N.Y., in Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, N.Y., on May 31, 2017, twin sons: Granger Marcus ...


FREDRICK — To Matthew and Ashlee (Vazquez) Fredrick of Jamestown, N.Y., in UPMC Chautauqua WCA, Jamestown, N.Y., on June 5, 2017, a daughter, Stella Madison Fredrick. Grandparents are Osvaldo ‘‘Deter’’ and Kim Vazquez. HOLMQUIST — To Andrew and Jessica Holmquist of Falconer, N.Y., ...

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White — Green

Brittany White and Jeffrey Green announce their engagement. Miss White is the daughter of Sheila and Gil Marzinek of Lakewood, N.Y., and Greg and Thomi White of Frewsburg, N.Y. Her fiance is the son of Bill and Debbie Green of Ellington, N.Y., and Sara Steve Cummings of Stoneville, N.C. A ...


Ebert — Pappas

Michele Christine Ebert and Marc Anthony Nel Pappas, together with their families, announce their engagement. Miss Ebert is the daughter of David and Tammy Ebert of Stockton, N.Y. Her fiance is the son of Dennis and Henriette Pappas of Charlotte, N.C. Miss Ebert is a 2006 graduate of ...


Fulton — Jenkins

Amy and Scott Seekins of Lakewood, N.Y., and Bruce and Nikki Fulton of Manitowoc, Wis., announce the engagement of their daughter, Angelica Fulton, to Peter Jenkins, the son of Jean and Dan Hilldale of Jamestown, N.Y., and Robert Jenkins of Bemus Point, N.Y. Miss Fulton is a 2006 graduate ...


Price — Dutton

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Price of Chautauqua announce the engagement of their daughter, Coco, to Scott Chandler Dutton, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Dutton of Vienna, Va. Miss Price is a 2008 graduate of Jamestown High School and a 2012 graduate of The College of Charleston. She is employed ...

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Brown — Wilcox

Meggi Wilcox and Cody Brown exchanged wedding vows on July 9, 2016, at Penn State Behrend. The bride is the daughter of Craig and Carol Wilcox of Russell, Pa. Her husband is the son of Pamela Brown of Warren, Pa., and David Brown and Linda Shields of Tidoute, Pa. The bride is a ...


Benson — Brunecz

Sydney Lynn Brunecz and Hunter Weborg Benson exchanged wedding vows on Oct. 1, 2016, at the Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center. Scott Lundgren, uncle of the bride performed the ceremony. Music was provded by Bill Ward. The bride is the daughter of Jeff and Sheryl Brunecz of Jamestown, N.Y. Her ...


Hall — Newman

Victoria Kathryn Newman and David Allen Hall Jr. exchanged wedding vows on April 9, 2017, at Lake Wheeler Park in Raleigh, N.C. Dr. Randy Bridges, pastor of Rolesville Baptist Church in Rolesville, N.C., performed the ceremony. The bride was escorted by her father, Kevin Newman. The bride is ...


Benson — Brunecz

Sydney Lynn Brunecz and Hunter Weborg Benson exchanged wedding vows on Oct. 1, 2016, at the Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center. Scott Lundbren, uncle of the bride performed the ceremony. Music was provded by Bill Ward. The bride is the daughter of Jeff and Sheryl Brunecz of Lakewood, N.Y. Her ...

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Bruce and Donna Johnson celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 15, 2017. They are the parents of Kari (Sam) Dominico of Winston Salem, N.C., Kurt (Tammy) Johnson and Krista (Joe) Camarata, both of Jamestown. They have six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Johnson and the ...



Rick and Rosemary DiDomenico of Jamestown, N.Y., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on a Royal Caribbean Cruise to Cozumel and Costa Maya. The cruise was a gift from their children and families. They are the parents of Rick and MJ DiDomenico of West Lebanon, N.H., Robyn and Jay ...

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Waite


Ronald and Geraldine Waite celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 5, 2017. They are the parents of Jeffrey (Marc) of Fort Worth, Texas; Timothy (Dora) of Warner Robins, Ga., Rodney (Lisa) of Cassadaga, N.Y., Barry (Barbara) of Montgomery, Ala., and Daryl of Cassadaga, N.Y. They have ...

Mr. and Mrs. DiDomenico


Rick and Rosemary DiDomenico of Jamestown, N.Y., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on a Royal Caribbean Cruise to Cozumel and Costa Maya. The cruise was a gift from their children and families. They are the parents of Rick and MJ DiDomenico of West Lebanon, N.H., Robyn and Jay ...