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Hometown Debut

A Jamestown native now studying photography in Buffalo will hold her first solo display of original artwork in her hometown this weekend. Bianca Gullotti, a 2015 graduate of Jamestown High School and current student at Villa Maria College in Buffalo, will hold a self-titled gallery event at ...

Valley Winter Song

Although I maintain a good deal of optimism in my musical endeavors, I don’t typically enjoy the notion of tooting my own horn. But having said that, I believe the phrase “a smashing success” is a proper descriptor as to the events that unfolded this Saturday afternoon at the Reg Lenna ...

Dad, pictured at left, with U.S. Army Signal Corps friends. 
Photos from family archives

Memories Of World War II

The first week of December every year, we Americans all recall Pearl Harbor and World War II. So many of our loved ones fought to preserve democracy and liberty in the world and to eradicate tyranny and evil from regimes that sought to oppress us all. We salute those American heroes with all ...

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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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Fight The Dark, Light Your World

Friends, I’d love to write to you today about the beauty of the snow or the upcoming Christmas season, but I have a heavy burden that lays on my heart and my words must bear it. That is unfortunate for you, dear readers, if you were hoping to read a tale of wonderment and awe, because I only ...

Husband’s Luddite Attitude Puts A Heavy Burden On Wife

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been together for 40 years. Like most people, we’ve had our good times and bad, but we’ve both been committed to the marriage, and so we’ve made it work. Now I’m faced with a problem for which I see no solution. My husband refuses to learn to use a ...

Is Flirting Sexual Harassment?

In 2003 a genetics paper revealed that one in 200 men alive in that year was a direct descendant of Genghis Khan (1162-1227). Khan was the Mongol emperor whose armies swept out of the north to conquer pretty much all of Asia. His successors took big chunks of Europe as well. When Marco Polo ...

Is Flynn’s Defection A Death Blow?

Why did Gen. Mike Flynn lie to the FBI about his December 2016 conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak? Why did he not tell the FBI the truth? As national security adviser to the president-elect, Flynn had called the ambassador. Message: Tell President Putin not to overreact to ...

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Hemlock boughs add color and texture to Christmas wreaths. 
Photo by Susan M. Songster-Weaver

Gathering The Greens

Traditions are an important part of any holiday. As children, we witnessed and then participated in our family’s traditions. Many of us passed those traditions onto our children with the hope that the next generation would also embrace them enough to keep them alive. At Christmastime, one of ...

Red squirrel.
Photo by Jayne Gulbrand

Be Safe Out There

I like to hike on Sundays, but on this first Sunday of December, I will not hike. I stare out the kitchen window while my second cup of coffee drips through. It is a cloudless day with the subtle brightness of late fall. Lanky shadows, disproportionately long, crisscross the lawn. A diligent ...

Looks Like A Snowy Winter

A snowy owl is a charismatic bird. Most people have heard of it, and only dream of seeing one. Virtually all birders, however, want to add it to their life list. Perhaps it’s because they so infrequently push south into the lower 48 states from their natural habitat in the arctic tundra. And ...

A quick, quiet walk can sometimes reveal a lot, like these five River Otters swimming in a pond. 
Photo by Jeff Tome

Otter Time

The air was cool and crisp on a recent morning when I had an extra hour with nothing on the schedule: no meetings, no chores, no anything. I took that time to go for a seed nature hike to see what there was to see. My swift walk carried me past fields and forests until a sudden splashing in a ...

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What You Can Expect From Medicare In 2018

Question: What are the Medicare costs for 2018 & COLA adjustment to Social Security for 2018? Answer: Well, this year we have interesting information to report. This year some costs held steady for much of Medicare. Social Security made a 2 percent Cost Of Living Adjustment (COLA), so ...

How Can We Help Reduce Food Waste?

Because I work in an agency that is constantly being bombarded with reports of the growing malnutrition status of not only older Americans but all ages, I think it is insane that in the US we waste roughly 40 percent of all the food we produce. What? Not only that but it also costs us dearly ...

Computer Training Graduates Celebrate

The graduation of 10 seniors from the Generations on Line computer training course was celebrated recently at Ahira Hall Memorial Library in Brocton, New York. Peer Coach, Betsy Furman awarded her students with certificates. New York State Assemblyman Andy Goodell and Jacqueline Phelps from ...

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Office For The Aging Celebrates Westfield YMCA Member’s Big Day

WESTFIELD — On Nov. 7, participants of the Office for the Aging’s Senior Dining Site Program at the Westfield YMCA celebrated the 90th Birthday of Dee Kaufman, who is a longtime participant of the program. The birthday party, which followed a lunch of ravioli or chicken salad sandwich, ...

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Jamestown High School students, Branden Ryan and Hailey Axford work on drawings during art class at the Infinity Visual & Performing Arts Center.

Jamestown High School Helps Students With Personalized Learning Program

“What does it mean to be independent?” asked Taylor Winter from the YWCA’s CAPP Program to students in JHS’ Personalized Learning Program (PLP). “Doing things by yourself. You have your own responsibilities,” said students. “What might those responsibilities be? They could ...

Jamestown High School students, Matt Wetherby, Matt Frederick, Orren Breen, Darius Thomas, Jose Diaz, and Alexis Natal-Guzman toured Dave Warren Auto Group with Service Manager Andy Nelson to learn more about careers in the automotive field.

Nuts ‘N’ Bolts

“The Information Manufacturing courses at Jamestown High School’s Technology Academy were a great way for me to be introduced to something I was interested in but didn’t have a lot of knowledge about before taking the class,” said Terrance DeJesus, a 2012 JHS graduate who currently ...

Lincoln Elementary School first graders practice for their Patriotic Concert in honor of Veteran’s Day.

Project LINC Celebrates 25 Years Of Serving Lincoln Students

Lincoln Elementary School is proud to have Project LINC (Learning Is Never Complete), an afterschool program, serving their students for 25 years. The program runs every day from 3-5:30 p.m. LINC is a NYS Office of Children & Families registered program that serves kindergarten through ...

For The Love Of Reading

Kindergarten students in the Sherman, Westfield, Chautauqua Lake, Ripley and Brocton School Districts are the proud owners of new books to take home and share with their family members thanks to the Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville. Representatives of this organization recently visited ...

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Births

LAWRIE — To Steven and Kimberly Lawrie of Dewittville, N.Y., in UPMC Chautauqua WCA, Jamestown, N.Y., on Nov. 30, 2017, a son, Noah Walter Lawrie. QUERRIEO — To Anthony and Ashley Querriero of Jamestown, N.Y., in UPMC Chautauqua WCA, Jamestown, N.Y., on Dec. 5, 2017, a son, Weston Joseph ...

Births

ALLENBRAND — To John and Mindy (Hendren) Allenbrand of Fort Campbell, Ky., on May 14, in Springfield, Tenn., a son, Henerie Cooper Allenbrand. Grandparents are Susan Allenbrand and the late Dennis Allenbrand and Chris and Beverly Hendren of Hiddenite, N.C. CLARK — To Alex and Samantha ...

Births

ALLENBRAND — To John and Mindy (Hendren) Allenbrand of Fort Campbell, Ky., May 14, in Springfield, Tenn., a son, Henerie Cooper Allenbrand. Grandparents are Susan Allenbrand and the late Dennis Allenbrand and Chris and Beverly Hendren of Hiddenite, N.C. MILLER — To Alex and Jenna Miller ...

Birth

EMERLING — To Drew and Emily Emerling of Jamestown, N.Y., in UPMC Chautauqua WCA, Jamestown N.Y. on Oct. 31, 2017, a son, Jack David Emerling. Grandparents are Dave and Sylvia Emerling, Bruce and Juline Battler, Steven Raynor and Catherine Pasinski and Penny and Ryan Card.

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Meredith Ann Nappa
Steven James Maisto

Nappa — Maisto

Larry and Mary Maisto, of Jamestown, N.Y., announce the engagement of their son, Steven James, to Meredith Ann Nappa, the daughter of Glenn and Marcia Nappa of Liverpool, N.Y. Miss Nappa is a 2005 graduate of Liverpool High School in Liverpool, N.Y., a 2009 graduate of St. Bonaventure ...

Erica Beth Sledz
Jonathan Jacob Lombardo

Sledz — Lombardo

J. Paul and Sally Lombardo and Elliot and Debbie Sledz announce the engagement of their children, Jonathan Jacob and Erica Beth. Miss Sledz is a 2005 graduate of Herricks High School in New Hyde Park, N.Y., a 2009 graduate of NYU with a bachelor of arts in marketing and a 2012 graduate of ...

Danielle Stacey Klos
Mark Andrew Harris

Klos — Harris

Dennis and Pauline Harris, of Mayville, N.Y., announce the engagement of their son, Mark Andrew, to Danielle Stacey Klos, the daughter of Carolyn and David Klos of Buffalo, N.Y. Miss Klos is a 2010 graduate of the State University at Fredonia with a degree in childhood inclusive education. ...

Meredith Lee
Theodore Mueller

Lee — Mueller

Drs. Diane and Rudy Mueller of Lakewood, N.Y., announce the engagement of their son, Theodore, to Meredith Lee, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Lee of South Bend, Ind. Miss Lee is a graduate of Penn High School in South Bend and earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Case Western ...

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Mr. and Mrs. Keith Roland Stam III

Stam — Krull

Kylie Morgan Krull and Keith Roland Stam III exchanged wedding vows on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at Ellicottville Brewing on Chautauqua in Bemus Point, N.Y. The Rev. Dr. Paul Dominiak, brother-in-law of the bride, performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Jim and Cheri Krull, of ...

Mr. and Mrs. Brian Sager

Sager — Mosier

Dr. Tessa Mosier and Brian Sager exchanged wedding vows on Sept. 16, 2017, at Russell United Methodist Church in Russell, Pa. Pastor Jerome Kennedy performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Robert and Sheila Donnell of Columbus, Pa. Her husband is the son of Arthur Sager and Beverly ...

Mr. and Mrs. Derek Beckman

Beckman – Nickerson

Carrie Nickerson and Derek Beckman exchanged wedding vows on Aug. 26, 2017, in an outdoor wedding at Cattaraugus-Little Valley Fairgrounds. Corry Kaltenbach, brother of the bride performed the ceremony. Readings were by Holly Kaltenbach and Dawn Beckman, sisters. The bride is the daughter of ...

Mr. and Mrs Travis Alexander Perry

Perry — Carlstrom

Jenna May Carlstrom and Travis Alexander Perry exchanged wedding vows on July 1, 2017, at Webb’s Captain’s Table in Mayville, N.Y. Colin Perry, brother of the groom performed the ceremony. The bride was escorted by Darren Carlstrom, father of the bride, and Michael Imm, stepfather of the ...

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Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Johnson

Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Johnson

Lynn and Margaret Johnson of Coach Light Drive at the Heritage Village, Gerry, N.Y., celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary at their home on Aug. 30, 2017, with a family celebration, which was attended by four generations. They are the parents of Linda, Pearl, Lynn and Philip. They also ...

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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 ...

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Asquick

Asquith

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

Mills

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 ...