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Karate Sleepover To Present Local Comedy Showcase April 28

As Jamestown continues its efforts to brand itself a “comedy town,” a cadre of local comedians are preparing to host a showcase for local, homegrown comedic talent. Karate Sleepover, a locally based entertainment group comprised of several area comedians, will present its first ever Local ...

Southern Tier Wrestling To Present ‘Gold Rush 2018’ Saturday

For the third consecutive year, Southern Tier Wrestling will wrestle with a purpose: to raise money for the Jamestown Community College wrestling team. The locally owned independent wrestling company will continue into its third season with “Gold Rush 2018” in the JCC gymnasium Saturday ...

Randolph Volunteers Make Toys For Children In Need

Dick Hall’s story has changed a bit since Sept. 28, 2002, when he was last featured on this page. At that time, he and his wife, Earlyn, were work campers residing in a 32-foot fifth wheel camper. Work campers are not paid but receive free lot space in the campground in which they volunteer. ...

The Secret Language Of Quilting And The Underground Railroad

Moses go down in Egypt Tell ole Pharo’ let my people go ... Humans and all creatures communicate in a variety of ways. We use language, we use body language, we use intonation and attitude. We use silence. We use music. A subtler way we communicate is through symbols. Symbols are things ...

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JCA To Present Carpe Diem String Quartet Concert April 20

It took five years, but local fans of the Carpe Diem String Quartet will have their day on April 20, when the ensemble returns to Jamestown for a local performance. The ensemble will appear at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church to give an 8 p.m. concert as part of the Jamestown Concert ...

Pine And Salvation At Christmas

When I was very small and young—maybe 3 or 4—I was afraid of the cold because it would wake me in the middle of the night. I think the great house groaned in the darkness, or sighed mightily, or cursed perhaps as cold settled around and through it. We had no central furnace, only space ...

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 ...

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Steps On How To Avoid Making Those Common Puppy Training Mistakes

One of the most common questions I receive is “How do I train my puppy, and what mistakes should I avoid?” That’s what I want to talk to you about today. Even if you don’t have a puppy right now, hang on to this article if you decide to adopt one in the future. The arrival of a new ...

Religious Abuses: Anger, Then … Redemption?

First, sadness. Then, anger. Only afterward does rational assessment occur over the Erie-based news story that named a deceased bishop, numerous priests and some non-ordained Catholics in the Diocese of Erie who have been “credibly accused” of improper conduct with respect to sexual ...

Journey To The Centre Of The Eye

This past weekend I seized a well-timed opportunity to take a break from “adulting” for an evening, and the results far exceeded my expectations. As I lounged around my apartment Sunday afternoon, recovering from a full weekend of gigging in Buffalo and Olean the two nights prior, I ...

Happy Coachella!

I have been seeing a lot of updates on social media regarding the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival that takes place this time of year in Indio, California. A few years back, I succumbed to the Coachella peer pressure along with my friends and booked the overly priced tickets to the ...

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State Algae Summit Report

I was fortunate to represent the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy at the New York State Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) Summit for Chautauqua, Conesus and Honeoye Lakes held in Rochester on March 26 along with several other area agency representatives. CWC Conservationist Claire Quadri was also in ...

Time To Learn A Few Bird Songs

Each week a new group of birds passes through the yard as they wing their way north. Some stay to nest, while others continue their journey. So far, I’ve welcomed killdeer, woodcock, phoebes, field sparrows, chipping sparrows, and purple finches. They are familiar old friends. I recognized ...

April Can Fool You

There has been a lot of grumbling about the weather this month, though I cannot say if it is really any more or less than usual. The temperatures go up, it gets sunny and we get lulled into a false sense that spring is here. Next morning, we’re scraping frost or brushing a few inches of snow ...

Protecting The Preserves

Over the years, I have listened to people complain about land being designated as preserves and coming off the tax rolls. They feel they are being hurt financially because now they must shoulder more of the tax burden. When land is deemed tax exempt, those tax revenues disappear, but the bills ...

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New Yorkers Can Expect New Medicare Cards In June

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will mail new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare. The new cards will have a new unique Medicare Number instead of a Social Security Number. Medicare will automatically mail the new cards to the beneficiary address on file with the Social ...

Statewide Funding Increase For OFA Programs Is ‘A Big Win’

Even though winter looks like it still has a hold as we begin April, I can already see signs that spring and summer are just around the corner. Springtime always makes me feel so hopeful about the future and this Spring we have a lot to feel hopeful and excited about! First I want to thank ...

National Healthcare Decision Day Is Today

National Healthcare Decisions Day, commemorated today, is a day to encourage everyone ages 18 and older to have family discussions about personal values and beliefs, to choose a spokesperson, and to complete a health care proxy. “Most people near the end of life lack the ability to make ...

Vitamin D: We Can’t Count On Sunshine To Maintain Adequate Levels

Producing enough Vitamin D is so important for so many reasons; one important one being that it allows us to absorb calcium more efficiently. New research has indicated that Vitamin D deficiency could contribute to several diseases including: High Blood Pressure, Coronary Heart Disease, ...

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Persell Middle School Students Enhance Studies With iPads

In Michela Tehan’s art class, Persell Middle School eighth-graders recently used their iPads to research and find a landscape photograph to use as their inspiration for a painting. In addition, Mrs. Tehan’s students also take photos of their artwork on a daily basis to show their progress ...

Persell Uses Restorative Justice And Circles To Heal The Whole Child

“I was very impressed by your honesty about how you feel about things and what is going on at school,” said Persell Middle School teacher Linda Campbell to her class. “We’ll each pass the ball around and say what we learned yesterday. What I learned is that as a teacher I need to do ...

Persell Middle School Benefits From JCC’s Liberty Partnership Grant

“What did you learn from reading Wonder?” asked Lindsey Rensel during a recent Book Club. “That just because you are different, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have something really meaningful to add to life. That we shouldn’t judge people by the outside, but what’s inside,” ...

Persell Middle School Holds Family Interactive Dinner Theater

Persell Middle School and Fellowship at the Cross with Acts of Faith Drama recently hosted a “Family Camp” Interactive Dinner Theater in the school’s gymnasium. Over 300 people attended and the school raised over $1,000 for “Water for Southern Sudan” through the theater and additional ...

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Birth

LIUZZO — To Vincent and Emma Liuzzo of Jamestown, N.Y., in UPMC Chautauqua WCA, Jamestown, N.Y., on April 14, 2018, a daughter, Josephine Rose Liuzzo. Grandparents are Andrew and Tina Liuzzo and Andrew and Stephanie Pollok.

Birth

DIETER — To Brice and Amanda Dieter of Jamestown, N.Y., in UPMC Chautauqua WCA, Jamestown, N.Y., on April 10, 2018, a son, Jude Azariah Dieter.

Births

ANGELO — To Nicholas Samuel and Jennifer Rose (Piotrowski) of Bemus Point, N.Y., in Magee-Women’s UPMC Hamot, Erie, Pa., on Feb. 12, 2018, a daughter, Aubrey Rose Angelo. Grandparents are Timothy and Deborah Piotrowski and Don and Susan Angelo. BROWN — To Chad and Chelsea Brown of ...

BIRTHS

ANDERSON — To Jason and Alyssa Anderson of Jamestown, N.Y., in UPMC Chautauqua WCA, Jamestown, N.Y., on March 30, 2018, a son, Conner Jay Anderson. BAKER — To Jessup and Christina Baker of Mayville, N.Y., in in UPMC Chautauqua WCA, Jamestown, N.Y., on March 31, 2018, a daughter, Noelle ...

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Hnatyszyn-Cusimano

Todd and Dawn Hnatyszyn of Jamestown WE, N.Y., announce the engagement of their daughter, Brooke Nichole, to Joseph Russell Cusimano, the son of Russell and Robin Cusimano of Jamestown, N.Y. Miss Hnatyszyn is a 2010 graduate of Jamestown High School and earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing ...

Johnson — Hinman

David Johnson and Robin Johnson of Jamestown, N.Y., announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Marie, to Joseph Allan Hinman, the son of Larry and Jeanine Hinman of Lake View, N.Y., and Wayne and Deb Hilton of Nashville, Tenn. Miss Johnson is a graduate of Jamestown High School and ...

Hnatyszyn — Cusimano

Todd and Dawn Hnatyszyn of Jamestown WE, N.Y., announce the engagement of their daughter, Brooke Nichole, to Joseph Russell Cusimano, the son of Russell and Robin Cusimano of Jamestown, N.Y. Miss Hnatyszyn is a 2010 graduate of Jamestown High School and earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing ...

Gregory — Wallace

Heather Gregory and Timothy Meacham, both of Jamestown, N.Y., announce the engagement of their daughter, Rebecca Gregory, to Ralph Wallace III, the son of Ralph and April Wallace Jr. of Jamestown, N.Y. Miss Gregory is a 2011 graduate of Jamestown High School and a 2013 graduate of Jamestown ...

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Reidy — Schweigert

Jaimee Lynn Schweigert and Shawn Richard Reidy exchanged wedding vows on Dec, 30, 2017, at St. Mary’s Church in Canandaigua, N.Y. The bride is the daughter of Paul and Kim Schweigert of Canandaigua, N.Y. Her husband is the son of Tom and Cindy Reidy of Frewsburg, N.Y. They are both ...

Rinaldo — Simko

Kali Nicole Simko and Brett Lawrence Rinaldo exchanged wedding vows on Oct. 7, 2017, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Jamestown, N.Y. The Rev. Luke Fodor performed the ceremony. Music was provided by Andrew Schmidt, organists. The bride is the daughter of Terry and Lisa Anderson of ...

Nickerson — Rizzo

Jessica Rizzo and Dallas Nickerson exchanged wedding vows on June 3, 2017, at the Clarion Hotel in Dunkirk, N.Y. Christopher Powers, cousin of the bride, performed the ceremony. The bride was escorted by her father. The bride is the daughter of James and Jennifer Rizzo Jr. of Brocton, N.Y. ...

Streed — Muscarella

Ashley Elizabeth Muscarella and Michael Gregory Streed exchanged wedding vows on Oct. 28, 2017, in Clymer, N.Y., at Peek’n Peak. The Rev. Gregory Streed, father of the groom, performed the ceremony while the bride and groom provided music along with pianist and brother of the bride, Brett ...

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Bunce

Basil and Helen Bunce of Kennedy, N.Y., celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Jan. 31, 2018. They have four children, 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. They were married at the Ivory Baptist Church in Frewsburg. N.Y.

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...