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A Tradition Continues

The Sugar Plum Fairy will again visit the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet. The Reg Lenna Civic Center will host the annual performance of “The Nutcracker” by veteran New York City Ballet Dancers, Lauren King and Joseph Gordon. They will play the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her ...

Fiennes, Okonedo Spar In ‘Antony And Cleopatra’

LONDON (AP) — “Antony and Cleopatra,” currently running at London’s National Theatre, has tragic romance, two top-flight actors and a live snake. No wonder it’s a hit. Sophie Okonedo and Ralph Fiennes play the lovers sundered by war and empire in William Shakespeare’s tragedy, ...

Moms Start Companies To Fill Demand For Spanish Books

NEW YORK (AP) — You might have heard of the three blind mice or the itsy-bitsy spider who went up the water spout. But have you ever heard of the little cold and hungry chicks? If you grew up speaking Spanish, the answer is probably yes. But Susie Jaramillo wants everyone to know “Los ...

Reg Lenna To Present Live Holiday Concert

The Reg Lenna Center for The Arts will continue its tradition of presenting live holiday music concerts in December with its presentation of “Windham Hill: Winter Solstice” on Sunday at 4 p.m. The concert marks the fourth year in a row of seasonal music on The Reg Lenna Theater stage, ...

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Tips To Make It Easier To Host A Perfect Gathering

There are many ways to entertain, but during the busy holiday season, it’s the open house party that I gravitate to. Not a big, sit-down meal. Not a frenetic, crowded, two-hour cocktail party. Rather, a gentle stretch of time with people coming and going as they please. With a ...

A Tradition Continues

The Sugar Plum Fairy will again visit the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet. The Reg Lenna Civic Center will host the annual performance of “The Nutcracker” by veteran New York City Ballet Dancers, Lauren King and Joseph Gordon. They will play the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her ...

Christmas Baking Frenzy

“I love Christmas so much.” “I used to feel sad at midnight (on Christmas night), but then I started to realize Christmas begins at Thanksgiving,” said Teresa Piskor.. When she was a child, she remembers receiving all of her Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve, except those that ...

Research

Auctions can be fun. One never knows what will come into their possession while attending an auction. Earlier this year while attending one such “entertainment” I became the owner of a portrait. Since then I have been moving Jerome Preston around my house as I move contents of rooms for ...

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A Fuller Heart: Holiday Lights: Shining Together

We are nearing Christmas in our household, and the kiddos are anxiously awaiting the visit of St. Nicholas. The baby who is nearly a toddler has recently taken to shouting “Santaaaaaa” whenever she sees a picture of a man with a white beard and red coat. This may be problematic in the ...

America’s Tax Collection Is Rigged

Charges of rigging fill the air in today’s America. Elections, the economy, college admissions, the list seems endless. Whatever the truth in other cases, our tax collection system is undeniably rigged. It’s been so from the beginning, rigged against the vast majority of workers. In 1943, ...

George H.W. Bush’s Final Words

The final words of President George H. W. Bush tell us a lot about the kind of man he was, and especially the kind of father he was. At 94 years old and ailing from Parkinson’s and the pains of old age, Bush said he was ready to go. He told his family he wanted to be with Barbara, his wife ...

State Lawmakers Should Get A Raise

Members of the New York State Legislature are among the highest paid state lawmakers in the nation; third highest to be exact. And…they should get a raise. I know, I know, hear me out. With a pay raise on the table for the 2019 session, it is the best bargaining chip we have to begin ...

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Chautauqua Watershed Notes

Have you ever thought about soil? How it’s formed, what it’s composed of, where it comes from and what lives within it? Soil is so much more than dirt and mud. In reality, it is a precious medley of minerals, microbes and nutrient-rich organic matter, forming ever so slowly, perhaps only an ...

There Are Evening Grosbeaks, Finally

It looks like it’s finally going to be a grosbeak winter. Back in early November I read forecasts that evening grosbeaks would head south in impressive numbers this winter. If you’re not familiar with evening grosbeaks, you’re in for a treat. These robust irruptive finches are totally ...

Audubon: A Love/Hate Relationship Is Posible With Wildlife

I have to confess that I absolutely love the wetlands at the Audubon Community Nature Center. The swamps, ponds, and marshes provide every day opportunities to see wildlife and plants that are hard to find in other places. There are muskrats swimming in the ponds, mink loping across the ...

Improving Chautauqua’s Water Quality With Improvement Projects

The scenic and bountiful waterways, forests and fields of the Chautauqua region are what make it a special place to live and visit. Healthy waterways in particular are a vital part of our region’s quality of life and economy. They are sources of recreation, tourism, local industry and ...

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Increases In Monthly Premium Rates Are A Bit Surprising

QUESTION: I just got a letter from AARP United HealthCare Options and the letter says the monthly premium rates ARE going up? I don’t understand when will they go up? ANSWER: Well I have to say I am very surprised by the increases that they have chosen to impose. I have told more than one ...

Is It Too Late To Change My Drug Plan?

Question: Is it too late to change my drug plan? I know the date is Dec. 7, and that is Friday this week but is it too late? What do I do if I missed that? Answer: The media coverage for the Annual Open Enrollment Period (AEP) of Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 is intensive. It is hard to imagine missing ...

Use Annual Open Enrollment Period To Evaluate Options

Question: What if I like my insurance and I don’t want to change it for 2019? What do I do? Do I have to reapply for the coverage? Answer: I have to agree with your decision to keep the same insurance. I have found that quite a few people are content with their current insurance coverage ...

Alzheimer’s Awareness

The month of November is known as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. President Ronald Reagan made that designation in 1983 and it is something that is still recognized today. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, at that time there were less than two million people with the disease. Through ...

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JHS Astronomy Club Fills Students Love Of Space

“I have always been fascinated by Greek mythology and the stars and constellations are a big part of it. So, it was natural for me to get involved in the Astronomy Club,” said Jamestown High School senior Hannah Hornyak who has been involved in the club for four years. “Space is so ...

JHS Students Learn Valuable Experiences Through Credit Union Internships

Jamestown High School students are being given not only the unique opportunity to learn more about financial responsibilities, but to also complete internships with the help of Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union (SCFCU) and their JHS branch in the school library. There are six JHS student ...

Students Learn Anatomy And Physiology

“They are all used to image the body but they are all done in different ways,” said Amanda Bender, UPMC School of Radiology’s Lead Clinical Instructor. “Ultrasound doesn’t use any radiation at all, it uses sound waves. MRI uses a magnet, so every way can look at the body differently. ...

Rewarding Excellent Students, Teachers

Jamestown High School ninth grader, Donovan Gomez, recently used his cell phone to nominate a teacher as part of the school’s Raider Pride campaign. The campaign allows students and teachers to use a QR Code to download a form nominating a teacher or a student who has gone “above & ...

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Births

IRELAND — to J. Bryce and Katie Ireland of Bemus Point, N.Y., in UPMC Chautauqua, Jamestown, N.Y., on Dec. 4, 2018, a daughter, Aria Jean Ireland. Grandparents are Jerry and Julie Stanton and Jeffrey and Brenda Ireland. MUSCARELLA — to Brett and Amy Muscarella of Jamestown, N.Y., in UPMC ...

Births

BELLARDO — To Jonathon Bellardo and Andrea Bragg of Frewsburg, N.Y., in UPMC Chautauqua, Jamestown, N.Y., on Nov. 22, 2018, a son, Sebastian Jonathon Bellardo. Grandparents are Andrew and Bobbi Bragg and David and Tammy Bellardo. FIGUEROA — To Devin and Victoria Figueroa of Jamestown, ...

Births

CUCCIA — To Angela M. Cuccia of 10054 Christy Road, Fredonia, N.Y., in Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, N.Y., on Nov. 6, 2018, a daughter, Arabella Raine Cuccia. FRANSEN — To Thure Jason and Kristen Renee Fransen of Jamestown, N.Y., in UPMC Chautauqua, Jamestown, N.Y., on Nov. 16, 2018, ...

Births

ERHARD — To Josh Erhard and Monica Simmons of Jamestown, N.Y., in UPMC Chautauqua, Jamestown, N.Y., on Nov. 6, 2018, a son, Daxton Erhard. GREENAWALT — To Corey Greenawalt and Megan Clark of Jamestown, N.Y., in UPMC Chautauqua, Jamestown, N.Y., on Nov. 1, 2018, a daughter, Athena. KERR ...

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Traniello — Mata

Nichole Traniello and Tyler Mata announce their engagement. Miss Traniello is the daughter of Scott and Julie Traniello. Her fiance is the son of Mick and Cathy Mata. They are both graduates of Falconer High School and Jamestown Community College. Miss Traniello is employed as district ...

Dudley — Davis

Mitchell Dudley of Mayville, N.Y., and Paul and Gaetana Pochatko of Beverly Hills, Fla., announce the engagement of their daughter, Taryn Rose, to MG Davis, the son of Glenn and Pamela Davis of Wendell, N.C. Miss Dudley is a graduate of Chautauqua Lake High School, Meredith College and the ...

Dutra — Varner

Dewey and Lori Varner of Falconer, N.Y., announce the engagement of their son. Airman First Class Jacob Dewey Varner to Senior Airman Alexis Renee Dutra, the daughter of Louis Aliva Dutra and Jessie Renee Kumpula, both of Cokato, Minn. Airman Varner is a 2016 graduate of Falconer Central ...

Ames — Bird

Tom and Kathi Ames of Falconer, N.Y., announce the engagement of their daughter, Kourtney Candace, to Andrew James Bird, the son of Jim and Natalie Bird of Cassadaga, N.Y. Miss Ames is a graduate of Falconer Central School and Edinboro University. She is employed by Jamestown Public ...

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Olson — Calanni

Lisa Calanni and Sean Olson exchanged wedding vows on Sept. 16, 2018, at Deer Park Villa in Fairfax, Calif. The Rev. Tim Mills performed the ceremony. The bride was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents. Reader was Christopher Cusimano. The bride is the daughter of ...

Spitale — Benedett

Andrea Benedett and Carl R. Spitale exchanged wedding vows on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, at Peak n’ Peak Resort, Clymer, N.Y. Barbara Brown performed the ceremony. The bride was escorted by her brother, Thomas E. Benedett. Reading was by Marie Spurgin, cousin of the bride. Julie Dudgeon, ...

Bousum — Snyder

Christine Snyder and Justin Bousum exchanged wedding vows on June 23, 2018, at Camp Timbercrest in Randolph, N.Y. Kyle Brown performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Don and Karen Snyder of Napoli, N.Y. Her husband is the son of Leesa Bousum of Randolph, N.Y. The bride wore a ...

Rexford — Eppehimer

Julia Eppehimer and Jason Rexford exchanged wedding vows on April 21, 2018, at the Jamestown Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. The Rev. Wayne Eppehimer, father of the bride, performed the ceremony assisted by the Rev. Mark Hinman from Hillcrest Baptist Church. The bride is the ...

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Toy

Mr. and Mrs. Terry Toy of Bemus Point, N.Y., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner at LaScala Restaurant in Jamestown with family and friends and a party at their home in Bemus Point on Lake Chautauqua. Toy and the former Linda Daul exchanged wedding vows on July 20, ...

MR. AND MRS. RICHARD CARLSON

Richard and Susan Carlson of Jamestown celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a weekend of family gatherings the last weekend in August. They are the parents of Melinda (Norman) Lydell and Andrea (Chad Waddington) Carlson, all of Jamestown, N.Y., and Richard (Elizabeth) Carlson of ...

MR. AND MRS. WILLIAM N. PIAZZA

William N. and Kathryn E. Piazza celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Sept. 22, 2018, at Baumann’s Brookside Resort in the Catskills. The celebration was hosted by their two sons. They are the parents of Steven Piazza of Victoria, Canada, Patrick (Katrina) Piazza of Queens, N.Y., and ...

MR. AND MRS. THOMAS ‘‘TOM’’ NIBALI

Thomas ‘‘Tom’’ Conti and Agnes M. Nibali of Lutherville, Md., celebrated their 75th wedding aniniversary on July 28, 2018, with a dinner at Michael’s Cafe in Timonium, Md. The celebration was hosted by their children Karen (Jack) Saccenti and Joe (Julie) Nibali and their ...