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Life’s Poetry

My father came from tough immigrant Scandinavian stock, no nonsense people, salt of the earth. Though he was the apple of his Finnish mother’s eye and the darling of his sisters all their lives, he was not like them. He was always looking beyond. He was ever searching. There was something ...

Historical Value

As the city of Jamestown continues its renaissance, a collaborative effort is looking to give a “hand up” to the city’s most vulnerable people by turning a former factory, which was once Chautauqua Hardware and currently houses The Gateway Center, into the epicenter of social services ...

Family Recipes

Kelley Liskow still remembers the yellow, soft-covered children’s cookbook where she got the fried bologna recipe she made frequently as a child. Her recipes and cooking skills have greatly expanded since then. Her interest in cooking grew when her boys were little and she found she wanted ...

So Close To Paradise

Chautauqua. It’s a beautiful word, just to say it. Chautauqua. I like to remember the word Chautauqua is a mixture of cultures — native American, French, immigrants and settlers, a patois of centuries and peoples. When I think of it, I think of a county green and lush, some months ...

Italian Specialties

“If you ask me anything about Italian food, I can answer,” says Pablo Flores owner of La Cucina Della Nonna Pizzeria and Restaurant. The restaurant’s name translated from Italian is Grandma’s Kitchen. Flores named the Italian restaurant after the grandmother he lived with in ...

Fish Crackers And Dirty Dishes: What Matters Most

Tonight, my friend and her kiddos came over. My house was a wreck, there were fish crackers on the floor and my dishes weren’t done. But, yet we still managed to have a meal and catch up on what’s been going on. It wasn’t fancy, and Good Housekeeping magazine wouldn’t want a picture ...

All In The Family

“I loved my career.” Barbara Vanderwark’s summation of her life in nursing was short and sweet, but the memories it created meant more than words could express. A resident of Jamestown, Vanderwark graduated from what was known at the time as the Jamestown School or Practical ...

Mina’s Past

On any given Sunday, my sister and I are likely to take a ride on the backroads of Chautauqua County. We are driven by the love of place and history. Recently, I was recalling a trip to French Creek with my father when I was a child, maybe four or five. We had stopped at a spot along the ...

Sweet Space

“I’m an art school drop-out, but I always knew I was going to do art, just not edible art,” says Andrea Latona, owner and pastry chef at Full Moon Rising Bakery. She goes on to tell about how she used to spend three months prior to her children’s birthdays talking about the ...

Japan Preschools Use Tablets To Prep Tots For Digital Age

YOSHIKAWA, Japan (AP) — It’s drawing time at this suburban nursery school in Japan, but instead of crayons, tiny fingers are tapping on colors on iPad screens and taking selfies. Digital schooling has arrived in this nation long known for its zealous commitment to “three R’s” ...

Land And Memories

Landscape and memory are forever intertwined in my mind. Few places in Chautauqua County evoke memories and old narratives for me like Barcelona harbor and beach where my family spent many summers in little cottages at a place by the shore encircled by vineyards. I got lost in those ...

Preserving Public Literacy

A recent op-ed by economist Panos Mourdoukoutas argued that Amazon bookstores should replace local libraries. The article was published on Forbes’ website on July 21 with the headline “Amazon Should Replace Local Libraries to Save Taxpayers Money.” Mourdoukoutas’ claimed that ...

Warm Memories

Margaret Milford’s home is filled with warm fuzzy memories. She is able to keep her childhood memories close to her heart thanks to her parents, Ernest and Betty Chubb, who saved many toys and items that held special meaning for her, after she left home. Among these is the large collection ...

Boxes And Boxes

FALCONER — At the Historian’s office in the Town of Ellicott, are a number of photographs of the Village of Falconer and the area. Many of the photographs are copies from Fred Mattison. Most of the photographs were taken in late November 1946. This photograph was a mystery as to what the ...

A Parent’s Heart: The Transfer Of A Sickness

By Katrina Fuller There is nothing as terrible as when your kids are sick — especially when it is your baby. I had forgotten how hard ear infections are on your baby when they can’t tell you what is wrong. I forgot about the sleepless nights and the doctors visits and the constant worry. ...

Southern Tier Barbell

Eleven years ago the husband and wife team of Erick and Cammy Sandberg set a goal to live a healthier life-style. It was at this time Cammy gave up smoking cigarettes due to health issues with her husband following shortly thereafter. Their unhealthy habits included the consumption of fast ...

Farm Dinners

Of all of the people I have featured over the last 20 years, I can safely say I know Dacia Cook the best. She is one of the busiest people I know but she is allowing me, her mother, to share a glimpse of her life this week. Those who have stayed in touch with her over the years may find some ...

Homebaked Aspirations

Many opportunities to be in her mother’s kitchen throughout childhood is undoubtedly the reason Rhonda Shilling is comfortable being in her own kitchen today. “If I’m not working, I’m in my kitchen,” says the Jamestown woman. “I learned to bake from my mother. My mom was always ...

The Dinner Bell

“We love to cook. That’s what we do for fun.” Having come from a strong Sicilian background, cooking for family and friends comes naturally to Nina Constantino’s family. Her mother bought The Dinner Bell Restaurant when she was in second grade. “She would pack my brother, ...

Subtitles, Headphones I Enjoy With Television

I delight in using wireless headphones and printed subtitles when I view DVDs on our TV set. We ditched satellite reception four years ago. We use our two TV sets only for viewing DVDs and VCR tapes. The downstairs flat “smart” TV is also used by visiting children and grandchildren to ...