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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 ...

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 ...

The Dykeman-Young Gallery and Vintage Emporium is currently displaying the work of eight area photographers attempting to showcase the attributes and positive aspects of Jamestown. The exhibit will remain on display through June 15, and an opening reception will be held Friday from 6-9:30 p.m.
P-J photo by Gavin Paterniti

Dykeman-Young Gallery Photography Exhibit Showcases Jamestown

One need not view Jamestown through a rose-colored lens to see the beauty contained within Pearl City limits. This week, the Dykeman-Young Gallery and Vintage Emporium opened a new exhibit, its first of the 2017 season, that aims to showcase the attributes of Jamestown via a photographic ...

Chautauqua Comics will host comic book enthusiasts of all ages in its observance of Free Comic Book Day on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants from last year’s observance of Free Comic Book Day at Chautauqua Comics are pictured.
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Chautauqua Comics To Host Free Comic Book Day This Weekend

It doesn’t always take a superhero to make someone’s day, but in this case it certainly wouldn’t hurt. On Saturday, comic book enthusiasts and appreciators of all ages are invited to Chautauqua Comics, 214 Fairmount Ave., Jamestown, between 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to partake in the ...

Donna Germain never dreamed she would own a food establishment until she came upon a restaurant located on Chautauqua Lake. Today she lives and breathes The Main Landing, located at Holiday Harbor Marina in Celoron.

‘What A Great Spot!’

“I love what I do. I live, eat and breathe it,” says Donna Germain, owner of The Main Landing, a restaurant located on Chautauqua Lake. “I never planned on opening a restaurant. It wasn’t like a dream. I honestly just dropped by and thought ‘what a great spot.’” “My ...

Donna LaMonica-Sample was able to realize her 30-year dream of owning a bed and breakfast.

Bemus Point Innkeeper Shares Her Recipes

From the angle in which one approaches The Inn at Pheasant Run after driving up the lamp post-studded, winding driveway, it appears to be a moderately-sized house. When crossing the threshold into the foyer it is puzzling, because there is much more house on the inside than on the outside. ...

The Audience, one of Jamestown’s premier original indie rock bands, will perform its 2007 debut album “Below and Beyond” in its entirety Saturday at Mojo’s Music Bar in a special 10th anniversary concert.
P-J photo by Gavin Paterniti

Local Band To Perform 2007 Debut Album In Anniversary Concert

For The Audience, 2017 is expected to be a year of both progress and reflection. But for now its members are doing more of the latter, excavating several relics from their past collection of original songs and polishing them up for a rapidly approaching downtown concert. The four-piece, ...

Nationally renowned singer-songwriter Tom Chapin will be the featured artist in the upcoming 63rd episode WRFA-LP 107.9 FM’s “Rolling Hills Radio” on Thursday, April 27, at the Robert H. Jackson Center’s Carl Cappa Theater.
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‘Rolling Hills Radio’ to Feature Tom Chapin On April 27

WRFA-LP 107.9 FM’s “Rolling Hills Radio” is proud to host a national treasure in the presentation of its 63rd episode next week. On Thursday, April 27, the program will feature an interview and live performance by singer-songwriter Tom Chapin, nationally renowned for his child-centric ...

Lily Kates, pictured, will perform on violin during the instructors’ segment of Chautauqua Music’s studio recital to be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. The event will feature performances by Chautauqua Music instructors and their students currently taking private lessons.
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Perfect Harmony

It’s been some time since Chautauqua Music has held an in-house recital to showcase the progress of its students currently taking private lessons, but that’s about to change. On Wednesday, the 110 E. Second St. Jamestown music store will host a 7 p.m. studio recital for students and their ...

Percussion Group Cincinnati will appear at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, April 22, for a 1 p.m. workshop and 7:30 p.m. concert presented by the Jamestown Concert Association.
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JCA To Present Percussion Group Cincinnati During Earth Day Events

The fifth concert of the Jamestown Concert Association’s 2016-17 season will be presented in conjunction with a series of Earth Day-themed events. The association’s presentation of Percussion Group Cincinnati at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, will ...

In an effort to raise healthy children, Melissa Brown not only tries very hard to feed her family healthy foods, she and her husband Nick, have developed an entire product line of chemical-free family and household products. She holds their youngest child, Remi, while displaying Grain-Free Protein Muffins and The Ultimate Healthy Protein Smoothie.
Photos by Beverly Kehe-Rowland

Randolph Couple Enjoys Chemical-Free Lifestyle

More and more today’s families are investing in a healthier lifestyle, both by the food they eat and the products they use. Saying Melissa and Nick Brown of Randolph have taken this to a whole new level is an understatement. “I used to buy prepackaged food until I learned how horrible ...

Pictured are stills from the films “The Accord” and “Super Salmon,” which will be screened at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on Wednesday as part of the Banff Mountain Film Festival Tour’s stop in Jamestown.
Submitted “Super Salmon” photo by Ryan Peterson

Banff Mountain Film Festival Tour Returns To Jamestown Wednesday

Area residents are once again invited to view the world’s best mountain sport, culture and environmental independent films on the big screen in Jamestown thanks to a 13-year tradition. The longtime collaboration of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History and the Reg Lenna ...

Trinity Guitars’ “Back Room Radio Hour” will feature performances by Amanda Barton and Company Townes in the live taping of its 27th installment at 800 W. Third St. in Jamestown on Thursday, April 13.
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‘BRRH’ To Feature Barton, Company Townes In April 13 Program

As the end of its third season closes in, Trinity Guitars’ “Back Room Radio Hour” will feature some new faces and a familiar friend in its upcoming 27th installment. Presented by WRFA-LP 107.9 FM, the upcoming program will hold its live taping at Trinity Guitars’ 800 W. Third St. ...

Toni McManus greases and flours the pans. She rolled out the almond paste in Paul Johnson’s absence.
Photos by Beverly Kehe-Rowland

St. Luke’s Altar Guild Makes Simnel Cakes

Again this year, as in the past 63, Jamestown’s St. Luke’s Episcopal Church passed out individually wrapped slices of Simnel cake. The tradition was started in 1955 by Miss Annie Oates, who came from England bringing the tradition with her and who continued until 1968 when the church’s ...

Joshua Okrah displays an afternoon’s work in the kitchen.
Photos by Beverly Kehe-Rowland

Randolph Resident Shares Recipes From Ghana

The next time you hear someone say “men can’t multi-task,” don’t believe it. Joshua Okrah of Randolph can slice, run a blender, saute, stir, season and keep an eye on the oven, all at the same time. Although he had done much of the prep work before our interview, it was not ...

Southern Tier Wrestling will present the first event of its second season, “Gold Rush,” at the Northwest Arena on Saturday, April 1, at 6 p.m. Pictured are current Southern Tier Wrestling tag team champions The Divine Alliance and their manager, Jon Kennedy.
Submitted photo by Steve Vincent

Southern Tier Wrestling To Present ‘Gold Rush’ At Northwest Arena April 1

Southern Tier Wrestling is set to make its 2017 debut with an annual fundraising event that will benefit the Jamestown Community College wrestling team. The locally owned independent wrestling company will kick off “Gold Rush,” its fifth event overall and the first of its second season, ...

The 62nd episode of WRFA-LP 107.9 FM’s “Rolling Hills Radio” will feature the duo known as The Farmer and Adele, pictured at center, along with Buffalo singer-songwriter Dee Adams in a 6:30 p.m. taping at the Robert H. Jackson Center’s Carl Kappa Theater on Thursday, March 30.
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‘Rolling Hills Radio’ To Host The Farmer And Adele, Dee Adams March 30

The 62nd episode of WRFA-LP 107.9 FM’s “Rolling Hills Radio” will feature faces both familiar and brand new next week. On Thursday, March 30, the program will hold a 6:30 p.m. live taping of this month’s episode Thursday at the Robert H. Jackson Center’s Carl Kappa Theater, ...

Yarn For Ewe owners Dianne Valvo (left) and her daughter Mary Heyl (right) use a yarn winder in their Randolph store. 
Photos by Beverly Kehe-Rowland

A Knitter’s Dream Come True

“Growing up I never thought I would go into business with my mom, but I have discovered being in business and teaching knitting classes is my passion. It doesn’t get any better than working next to your best friend,” says Mary Heyl, who along with her mother, Dianne Valvo is partnered in ...