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The Distance

Today begins another weekend of practically nonstop music. In this case I’ll be running the gamut of playing a three-day, four-gig marathon with all three of my bands, while wrapping up the weekend with a Sunday recording session. Tonight is my return to the Third Thursday concert series, ...

Dan Bracey, a Jamestown native who now works and resides in Los Angeles, is pictured at the premiere of his short film “Never, Never” at the L.A. Shorts International Film Festival in Hollywood last week. Also pictured is Araceli Prasarttongosoth, who briefly appears in the film as Tiger Lily.
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Jamestown Native Premieres Short Film In Hollywood Film Festival

A Jamestown native who went west is now a bona fide short-filmmaker in his own right after a project he wrote, directed and produced was recently screened at a Los Angeles theater. Dan Bracey, who now lives in Los Angeles, Calif., had his short film “Never, Never” premier at the Laemmle ...

Busti Apple Festival: Sept. 30. Demonstrations of pioneer and 19th century life and survival, handmade crafts (over 100 booths), locally grown produce for sale, ready to eat and take-home seasonal foods and baked goods for sale.
Photo courtesy of the Busti Historical Society

Several Chautauqua County Activities, Events Planned

Oktoberfests and Fall Fests Findley Lake Harvest Festival: Sept. 1-3. 3-Day Event — Findley Lake’s biggest weekend. The Gazebo is the hub of the entertainment with craft and vendor booths lining the street. Live musical entertainment plus a Kids Got Talent Contest. Food vendors, craft ...

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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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Is The Party Of Lincoln Now The Party Of Lee?

This year will mark my 30th anniversary as a syndicated columnist. During these years, I have written more words than I would have preferred about race. But race is America’s great moral stain and unending challenge. I’ve tackled school choice, affirmative action, transracial adoption, ...

America’s Second Civil War

“They had found a leader, Robert E. Lee — and what a leader! ... No military leader since Napoleon has aroused such enthusiastic devotion among troops as did Lee when he reviewed them on his horse Traveller.” So wrote Samuel Eliot Morison in his magisterial “The Oxford History of the ...

Family Would Rather Punish Than Praise Recovering Addict

DEAR ABBY: I am a recovering drug addict. I have slipped, as many do, but I have been clean for four years now. The problem is my family. If I look tired, trip over my own two feet (I’m clumsy) or just don’t want to be around people, I get questioned, yelled at, accused, etc. Abby, they ...

Director’s Column: Staying Social Can Be Very Beneficial

Social isolation is a growing epidemic in society that can have dire physical, mental and emotional consequences. The percentage of adults who say they are lonely has doubled since the 1980’s from 20 to 40 percent. Twenty-nine percent of adults 65 years of age and older live alone and half of ...

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Substantial nutrient reduction must occur to prevent beach closures due to algal blooms. 
Photo courtesy of NYSFOLA

Best Management Practices Work

Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) and green filamentous algae (the troublesome green “cotton candy” that clings on rocks, docks and plants at many locations in Chautauqua Lake) are strong indications of pollution from excessive loading of the nutrients phosphorus and nitrogen to the lake. ...

Caterpillars, such as the Spicebush Swallowtail, come in all shapes and sizes. Many only eat one or a few types of plants and will starve rather than eat something else. 
Photo by Jeff Tome

Going Native

The sky swings gently above me as I rest in the hammock my kids bought me on a long ago Father’s Day. The tree that is shading me swings back and forth as well, coming in and out of focus with the swaying of the hammock. This is one of the best places to spend time on these hot days, in a ...

Jays From East To West

My daughter Nora and her husband recently returned from a trip to Colorado. Within a day, she emailed me a photo of a blue bird she wanted to identify. “It reminds me of a blue jay, but it doesn’t have a crest. Can you tell me what it is?” she asked. Before I saw the photo, I ...

Aquatic plants and algae provide many benefits for a healthy ecosystem, but they can also be problematic for lake users and residents.
Photo by Jennifer Phillips Russo

What’s With All The Weeds?

There has been ample discussion about the over-abundance of weeds in Chautauqua Lake recently and in years past. These “weeds” are a group of plants called macrophytes – macro meaning large enough in size to be seen with the naked eye, and phyte from the Greek word for plant. All the ...

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Dunkirk Man Honors Mother By Joining Alzheimer’s Walk

“Unpredictable, irreversible and unfair.” That’s how Bill Harford of ECR International in Dunkirk describes what he learned about Alzheimer’s disease when his mother was diagnosed. “Her symptoms progressed very quickly and caught us all by surprise,” Harford said. Harford ...

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Are you looking for a community service or program to help someone and don’t know where to go? NY Connects is a free service available to all County residents. Call our local NY Connects helpline for assistance from specially trained operators who can guide you through the available resources ...

Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities employees Joey Triscuit, Andy Lata, Steve Sweeney, Corey Card and Kendrya Sheldon with a check for $2,109 which was raised to benefit Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care.
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Golfers Support Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care

Employees of the Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities organized a golf outing to raise $2,109 for Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care. The event is the reincarnation of golf tournaments that were held in years past, according to Andy Lata, who coordinated the outing. Lata was ...

Become A Savvy Caregiver; Classes Begin Sept. 7

The New York State Department of Health will be presenting classes to better assist caregivers of someone suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The Savvy Caregiver program is designed for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s who continue to live at home. Developed by the University of ...

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With letters in hand, pictured from left, are: Miranda Bull, Sierra Wells, Lake Sivak, Michael Houser, Amelia Thorp, Michael Hinsdale, Seth Gibson, Ryan Pascarella, Casey Williams, Tjitze Kranzo, Wyatt Perry, Reid Gustafson, Clayton Hanson, Mrs. Eimiller, Druex Seeley, Sebastian Diaz, Devin Ardnt and Carolyn Ruby.

Seniors Write Thank You Letters To Troops Overseas

WEST ELLICOTT — When the local Blue Star Moms ask for community support, Southwestern seniors are happy to answer the call to action — something that our servicemen and women do on a regular basis. Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. is a private nonprofit organization that provides ...

Senior Miranda “Zakk” Bull holds up her Day of Silence certificate detailing her reason—helping people understand trans people— for participating in the event.

Students Of Southwestern

On May 19, close to 100 Southwestern students and staff experienced a small dose of what many LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual) experience every day. They chose to be silent for the National Day of Silence. Participation in this event was a ...


Southwestern Holds Third Annual Trojan Triathlon

First of all, I love alliteration, so the Trojan Triathlon was a no brainer. Seeing this event grow in the three-year time frame from our Frist Annual Trojan Tri in 2015 to now, makes me even more proud to be a Trojan. Initially, we (The High School PE Department) started the event as an ...

Pictured, left, are Junie Eimiller, adviser; Faith Williams; Tjitze Kranzo; Taylor Dewey; Jordyn Romaniuk; Adrianna Bell; Janie Adam; Bailee Dent; and Mark Kirsch, adviser. Missing from photo are Alyssa Kalfas, Cara Orr and Becca Feldman.

A New Reality For Southwestern’s Yearbook

The staff members of the Southwestern High School Centralian yearbook added an exciting new aspect to their publication this year— video. Through the augmented reality program Aurasma, the Centralian extended the meaning of this year’s theme, “IM IN” by allowing the readers to relive ...

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AGETT — To Zachary and Breeanne Agett of Busti, N.Y., in UPMCChautauqua WCA, Jamestown, N.Y., on Aug. 8, 2017, a son, Truman Rex Agett. Grandparents are Brent and Ellen Agett and Douglas and Gloria Neal. HASSON — To Brian and Ganna Hasson of Jamestown, N.Y., in UPMCChautauqua WCA, ...


FALCO — To Ryan Falco and Tabitha Kristan of Brocton, N.Y., in Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, N.Y., on July 26, 2017, a daughter, Jazmyne Chaya-Kayne Falco. HUNT — To Kerri Lee Hunt of 3973 Miller Road, Ripley, N.Y., in Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, N.Y., on July 26, 2017, a son, ...


To Nathan and Allison Ingrao of Jamestown, N.Y., in UPMC Chautauqua WCA, Jamestown, N.Y., on July 28, 2017, a daughter, Liliana Elizabeth Ingrao. Grandparents are Chuck and Sandy Dole, Phil and Stacey Chase and Richard and Rosario Ingrao.


FRALICK — To Ryan and Jeanne Fralick of Warren, Pa., in UPMC Chautauqua WCA, Jamestown, N.Y., on July 29, 2017, a daughter, Sawyer Amanda Fralick. Grandparents are Kathleen Lynch of Jamestown, N.Y., and Patricia and Dean Fralickof Kennedy, N.Y. INGRAO — To Nathan and Allison Ingrao of ...

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Parsons — Grattan

The Rev. and Mrs. Mark Parsons of Mayville, N.Y., announce the engagement of their daughter, Jillian, to Gregory Grattan, the son of Randy Grattan and Donna Grattan. Miss Parsons is a graduate of Jamestown High School, Houghton College, and Buffalo State. She is employed as a high school ...


Bereziuk — Fischer

Stephen and Barbara Bereziuk of Buffalo, N.Y., announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Elizabeth, to Jacob Harris Fischer, the son of Christopher and Brenda Fischer of Jamestown, N.Y. Miss Bereziuk is also the grandaughter of the late James and Elvira Skinner and Mykolaj and Pelagia ...


Bereziuk — Harris

Stephen and Barbara Bereziuk of Buffalo, N.Y., announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Elizabeth, to Jacob Harris, the son of Christopher and Brenda Fischer of Jamestown, N.Y. Miss Bereziuk is also the granddaughter of the late James and Elvira Skinner and Mykolaj and Pelagia ...


Sweigart — Sanders

Marla Sweigart and Nathan Winans of Warren, Pa., announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Sweigart, to Tyler Sanders, the son of Lisa Sanders of Frewsburg, N.Y., and Rodney Dalrymple of Ashville, N.Y. Miss Sweigart is a 2011 graduate of Warren Area High School and a 2015 graduate of ...

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Photo by hannahkathleen Photography

Flanagan — Ames

Klaire E. Ames and Alexander D. Flanagan exchanged wedding vows on July 30, 2016, at Bemus Point United Methodist Church. The bride is the daughter of Thomas and Kathi Ames. Her husband is the son of Michael and Janel Flanagan. They are the grandchildren of Richard and Ruth O’Neill, ...


Hirsch — Green

Megan Elizabeth Green and Kristoff Von Hirsch exchanged wedding vows on June 10, 2017, at the Watts Flats United Methodist Church. Pastor Warren Vandewark performed the ceremony. The bride was escorted by her father, Lawrence Green. The bride is the daughter of Lawrence and Vanessa Green of ...

Mr. and Mrs. Eric M. Bradley

Bradley — Burkett

Deborah A. Burkett and Eric M. Bradley exchanged wedding vows on June 3, 2017, at Valley Springs Fellowship in Warsaw, Ind. Dr. Kent Denlinger performed the ceremony. Music was provided by a brass quintet and the VSF worship team. The bride is the daughter of Thomas and Ruth Burkett of ...

Mr. and Mrs. Tyler Sherwood Durnell

Durnell — Minor

Aubree Anne Minor and Tyler Sherwood Durnell exchanged wedding vows on June 3, 2017, in the First Baptist Church, Greenwood, Ind. Pastor Sean D. Holloway performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Les Minor of Martinsville, Ind. Her husband is the son of Sherwood Durnell ...

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Samuel and Linda Passamonte of Lakewood, N.Y., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their family at The Nik-L Inn Restaurant. They are the parents of Christopher Passamonte of Falconer N.Y., Suzanne Gutknecht of Olean N.Y., and Shannon Passamonte of Lakewood.They have seven ...



Philip and Marilyn Wight of Bemus Point, N.Y., celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on Aug. 5, 2017. They are the parents of Deborah and Tim Kein of Maryland, Patrice and Jerome Conlin of Martinsburg, Pa., Nancy Wight of Williamsport, Pa., and Thomas Wight of Jamestown, N.Y. They also have ...



Jack and Susan (Hastings) Fulford of Jamestown, N.Y., and North Park, Fla., celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary and their 80th birthdays with family and friends at South Hills Country Club, Jamestown, N.Y. They are the parents of Peggy (Larry) Malone of Denver, Colo., Rhonda Johnson of ...



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 ...