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Free Movie Fridays

Free movie Fridays are here. The National Comedy Center will be presenting two free movie nights featuring ‘Spaceballs’ and ‘Ghostbusters’ on Friday and Oct. 11. The free showings will take place on the two 350-square-foot high-definition video screens outside the center. “We are ...

Miret Reflects On Origin Of Agnostic Front

“We were just a bunch of angry teenagers that wanted our voice to be heard.” That was the flashpoint, 35 years ago, that gave birth to an album out of New York City that brought hardcore punk to prominence on the musical landscape. The 10-track piece with a total running time of less ...

Write Now: Literary Devices May Help With Writing

Putting your thoughts on paper is a difficult task. In other words, writing is hard. Many people would agree with me. When people claim that writing is hard, they are not really talking about the physical aspect. One would either press keys on a keyboard to form words, sentences and ...

For K.Flay, Pessimism Has Become Old Hat

As artists grow in their craft, their music changes. Sometimes it is an ever so slight evolution, sometimes the change crosses genre lines. Other times, that evolution brings about a wisdom that builds on experience. That is what seems to have happened with K.Flay. She says it wasn’t ...

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‘Set Your Mind To It’

Many parents have said “you can do it if you set your mind to it.” Allison Evans may or may not have heard that line, but she certainly set her mind to doing many things over the years that proved the line to be true, at least in her case. Before she applied for a cooking job at the ...

Novel Destination

“I just feel very strongly that we are here to support our reading community, to get books into the right hands” are the words of book shop owner Carrie Wolfgang. A first impression when one enters Novel Destination Used Book Emporium may be a feeling of welcome while wondering where ...

Casting Nets

Mentioning Barcelona to many people in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Warren counties causes them to think of Sunday drives to the shores of Lake Erie. Some may even salivate as they remember eating smoked shrimp in the car on the ride home. “I’m sure you could find shrimp shells out here ...

High Standards

If there was a report card that covered Carl Raineir’s lifespan, he would have straight A’s in every area. Born to parents who immigrated from Italy, he came by his grateful attitude naturally. “They never felt entitled. They were honored to be in America to work hard for a better ...

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Racist Police Exam Questions?

The U.S. Department of Justice has recently sued the Baltimore County government alleging that its written test for police officer recruits was unfairly biased against black applicants. It turns out that black applicants failed the written test at a rate much greater than white applicants. That ...

What Does It Mean To Be An American?

It was a wonderful birthday dinner, the kind we friends have come to expect whenever we arrive to celebrate the person who is about to blow out the candles. We leave feeling lucky to be alive, every last one of us. This dinner, however, took an interesting turn after the guest of honor broke ...

Something Just Doesn’t Add Up About Warren

Ed Rendell recently whacked Elizabeth Warren when she bashed Joe Biden for taking rich donors’ money. The former Pennsylvania governor wrote that he himself had run a “swanky” fundraiser for Warren’s Senate race, for which she thanked him royally. Furthermore, she transferred $10.4 ...

No New Edition Of ‘Profiles In Courage’

Then-Sen. John F Kennedy wrote admiringly in his 1955 book, “Profiles in Courage,” about Republican U.S. Sen. Edmund G. Ross of Kansas. In 1868, in a decision Ross knew would end his political career, he broke with his party to vote against the impeachment of then-President Andrew Johnson, ...

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Walking Through The Door

“All children, as long as they still live in the mystery, are continuously occupied in their souls with the only thing that is important, which is themselves and their enigmatic relationship with the world around them. Seekers and wise people return to these preoccupations as they mature. ...

Do Loud Insects Bug You?

“Zitch, Zitch, Zitch” The sound echoed through the darkness lurking outside of the window. “What is that?! I can’t sleep!!” My son came downstairs, grousing about the insect racket outside. My first thoughts were that this was the sound of a healthy, diverse habitat. It was the ...

To Help Bees Through Lean Times, Plant A Range Of Blooms

The lack of four-season food sources is one of the leading causes of the world’s declining bee populations. At certain times of year, there simply isn’t enough nutrition in the natural environment to fill the collective demand. Rapidly increasing urbanization, fencepost-to-fencepost ...

Goldenrod Falsely Accused, Ragweed Is Culprit

Fields throughout the Chautauqua Watershed are ablaze. One of nature’s spectacles, the fall blossoming of goldenrod is underway and will continue until the first hard frost. Rest assured that if you have hay fever allergies, goldenrod is not the cause of your affliction. The culprit is ...

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Income, Residency Help Determine How Long You Live

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Catherine “Tinka” Zenke became a survivor at an early age. She had just turned 4 and was living in Scranton with her parents, Garfield and Emma Fellows Davies, when she and her mother fell ill with a virulent strain of influenza as it swept through the city as part of ...

Jamestown Senior Center Gathers Locally

The Jamestown Senior Center, 556 E. Second St., Jamestown, met recently with 24 members attending. New members welcomed were Diana Beard, Diane Nelson, Sylvia Anderson and Ruth Wilson Korcyl. Members recited the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by God Bless America led by Laurel Magnuson. ...

11th Annual Journey To Active Aging Workshop Is Slated For Wednesday

The 11th annual Journey to Active Aging Workshop will be taking place Wednesday. The theme for this year’s event is Aging Well: Live Longer, Live Better and Laugh Often, and will provide area seniors with the opportunity to hear from several community members, as well as get laughing with ...

Members Of Westfield Senior Citizens Meet

WESTFIELD — The Westfield Senior Citizens met recently with 22 members present for a dish-to-pass supper. Shirley Kolpien shared a funny joke. The meeting was opened with Pat Sciarrino, president, with a prayer. Members recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Kolpien noted birthdays for ...

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Community Partners Provide Enrichment Activities

“We had an amazing summer at our LEAP programs at Ring and Love Elementary Schools,” said Gina Bloomquist, YMCA School Age & Family director. “We are so proud to be a part of the goal to minimize the summer slide, not only in literacy but also in math. We had so many amazing partners ...

Summer Literacy Program Declared Resounding Success

JPS LEAP (Learning Enrichment & Academic Progress) had an amazing summer with 396 Jamestown students entering the first though fourth grades this school year enjoying literacy learning and enrichment activities with three main partners, Winifred Crawford Dibert Boys & Girls Club of ...

JPS Sends Thanks To Local Funders Of LEAP

Without the support of our local funders, the JPS LEAP Program would not be possible. Jamestown Public Schools would like to give a big thank you to: the Lenna Foundation, Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, The Cummins Foundation, United Way of Southern ...

Jamestown High School Class Of 2019 Top 5%

Congratulations to the JHS Class of 2019 Top 5%. These well-rounded, academically-talented students represent the best of Jamestown High School. We wish all of our 2019 graduates good luck in their future endeavors. Photos by Rob Sigler of Click Photo Studios

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BIRTH

WEIMER — To TJ and Tracy Weimer of Lakewood, N.Y., in UPMC Chautauqua, Jamestown, N.Y., on Aug. 29, 2019, a son, Nolan William Weimer. Grandparents are Ted and Betty Olson and Dick and Sandy Weimer.

BIRTHS

BENSON — To Joshua and Kara Benson of Frewsburg, N.Y., in UPMC Chautauqua, Jamestown, N.Y., on Aug. 30, 2019, a son, Oliver James Benson. Grandparents are Robert and Lora Benson and Daniel and Ruth McLaughlin. GERDY — To Michael N. and Natalie R. Gerdy of Jamestown, N.Y., in UPMC ...

Births

BRADLEY – To Eric and Deborah Burkett Bradley of Goshen, Ind., in Goshen Hospital, on Aug. 7, 2019, a son, Luke Azariah Bradley. Grandparents are Ernie and Janice Bradley and Thomas and Ruth Burkett. LONG— To Michael and Andrea Long of Jamestown, N.Y., in Oishei Childrens Hospital, ...

Births

BLASDELL — To Andrew and Lisa Blasdell of Jamestown, N.Y., in UPMC Chautauqua, Jamestown, N.Y., on Aug. 17, 2019, a son, Jeffrey James Blasdell. Grandparents are Albert and Arlene Kennedy and Jeff and Lynn Blasdell. EVANS — To William and Kristen Evans of Lakewood, N.Y., in UPMC ...

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Mathers — Tucker

Erin Mathers and Peter Tucker, announce their engagement. Miss Mathers is the daughter of Susan Mathers of Cassadaga, N.Y. Her fiance is the son of Robert and Dianne Tucker of Rochester, N.Y. Miss Mathers is a graduate of Cassadaga Valley High School, and is employed by Tim Hortons in ...

Milks — Black

Lena Pinter of Sugar Grove, Pa., announces the engagement of her granddaughter, Ashley Milks, to Brannan Black, the son of Mark and Lisa Black of Charles City, Va. Miss Milks is a 2005 graduate of Frewsburg Central School and a 2009 graduate of Slippery Rock University earning a bachelor’s ...

Arcangelo — Marlinski

Katianna Arcangelo and Robert Marlinski together with their families announce their engagement. Miss Arcangelo is the daughter of Lou and Margie Arcangelo of Ft. Myers, Fla., and the granddaughter of John and Kathleen Wescott. Her fiance is the son of Susan and Paul Marlinski of Ashville, ...

Anderson — Carlson

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Anderson of Jamestown, N.Y., and Valerie Eaton of Warren, Pa., announce the engagement of their daughter, Amber Christina Anderson, to Andrew C. Carlson, the son of Steve Carlson of Jamestown, N.Y., and Monica Guy of Cape Coral, Fla. Miss Anderson is the granddaughter of ...

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Smith— Laperruque

Emma Rebecca Laperruque and Justin Stephen Smith exchanged wedding vows on Sept. 2, 2018, at the Stanbury restaurant in Raleigh, N.C. Josh Snyder, performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Scott and Amy Laperruque of Short Hills, N.J. Her husband is the son of Mark and Nancy Smith ...

Roll — Bowman

Brittany Bowman and Joseph Roll exchanged wedding vows on Aug. 10, 2019, at Ivory Acre in Frewsburg, N.Y. Bob Schmitt performed the ceremony. Music was provided by Sue Abers. The bride is the daughter of Laurie Bowman and Matthew Scolton of Jamestown, N.Y., and Philip Bowman and Dawn Damon of ...

Muzza – Zimmerman

Megan Jane Zimmerman and Matthew Felix Muzza exchanged wedding vows on July 6, 2019, at Chanteclaire Farm in Friendsville, Md. Dr. Rev. Alexa Smith performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Patricia Zimmerman of Grantsville, Md., and the granddaughter of James Michael of ...

Rice — Pucciarelli

Angela Pucciarelli and Kyle Rice exchanged wedding vows on May 25, 2019, at Holy Trinity Church in Dunkirk, N.Y. The Rev. Daniel P. Walsh performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Joe and Donna Pucciarelli of Fredonia, N.Y. Her husband is the son of Jeff and Connie Rice of Clymer, ...

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Padd

Ronald and Gloria Padd of Lakewood,N.Y., celebrated their 50th anniversary over Labor Day weekend with a renewal of their wedding vows at Sacred Heart Church, a family dinner at Olive Garden, and the following day their children hosted a surprise party at the home of their son in Bemus Point. ...

Lane

Donald and Deborah Lane of Sinclairville, N.Y., will celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on Aug. 5, 2019. They have three children: Scott (Pam) Lane of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Leanne (Scott) Adolf of St. Augustine, Fla., and Michelle (Jeffrey) Martin of Silver Creek, N.Y. They also have ...

Obert

Frederick and Catherine Obert of Sinclairville, N.Y., celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 6, 2019, with a family dinner and on July 4, 2019, at a picnic in Cassadaga, N.Y. The celebration was hosted by their children: Lisa ( Dr. Rodney) Waite of Cassadaga, N.Y., Natalie (John) ...

Nelson

Todd and Donna Nelson of Lake Royale, N.C., formerly of Jamestown, N.Y., celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary with a trip to the Florida Keys and the Outer Banks, North Carolina. Nelson and the former Donna Phillips were married June 8, 1974 in Kidder Memorial Church. They are the ...