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Researchers Examining How Dogs Got To Americas

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Your poodle may have a French pedigree, but Siberia played a major role in introducing dogs to the Americas. That’s part of the research conducted at the University of Illinois and the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, based on dog remains, including two dogs ...

Holiday Dishes

FREWSBURG — A visit to the home of Dawn and Gary Lynn requires crossing a little bridge before traversing a lengthy tree-lined lane. Until recently, the 24 trees were lighted with miniature lights. “Gary decorates outside, with lights, as much as I decorate inside,” says Mrs. Lynn. ...

A Tradition Continues

The Sugar Plum Fairy will again visit the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet. The Reg Lenna Civic Center will host the annual performance of “The Nutcracker” by veteran New York City Ballet Dancers, Lauren King and Joseph Gordon. They will play the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and ...

Tips To Make It Easier To Host A Perfect Gathering

There are many ways to entertain, but during the busy holiday season, it’s the open house party that I gravitate to. Not a big, sit-down meal. Not a frenetic, crowded, two-hour cocktail party. Rather, a gentle stretch of time with people coming and going as they please. With a ...

Christmas Baking Frenzy

“I love Christmas so much.” “I used to feel sad at midnight (on Christmas night), but then I started to realize Christmas begins at Thanksgiving,” said Teresa Piskor.. When she was a child, she remembers receiving all of her Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve, except those that ...

Research

Auctions can be fun. One never knows what will come into their possession while attending an auction. Earlier this year while attending one such “entertainment” I became the owner of a portrait. Since then I have been moving Jerome Preston around my house as I move contents of rooms for ...

Remembering 41

WARREN — Today has been designated as a day of national mourning as we remember the life of former President George H.W. Bush. At 11 a.m., a memorial service will be held to commemorate his life at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. On Dec. 5, 1985 — 33 years ago today — ...

The Places You’ll Go

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose, according to Dr. Seuss. Even the famous rhyming author might not have imagined the places you can go when a group of Corvette owners put the pedal to the metal and steer themselves in ...

Greek Monument At Tatnall, Del., Was Once A 1920s Gas Station

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — You could say the Grecian-style monument that’s been sitting on the grounds of The Tatnall School in Greenville for the last 54 years is a real gas. And you wouldn’t be wrong. Though you’d never know by looking at it, the structure was a gas station in ...

Plan Seeks To Designate Route 66 As National Historic Trail

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new proposal moving through Congress seeks to designate Route 66, the highway that connected Chicago to Los Angeles and was once an economic driver for small towns across a post-World War II United States, as a National Historic Trail. U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Jim ...

Continuing Tradition

“I started, like my dad, as a young kid mopping floors,” says Richard Ecklof recalling his early years at Ecklof Bakery. “After high school, I started working in production.” The tradition of baking had been in the Ecklof Family for at least two generations before Richard became ...

For A Classic Chicken Soup, Go For The Thighs

This classic rendition of chicken soup starts the old- fashioned way, by making a from-scratch broth. But instead of using a whole chicken we turned to meaty chicken thighs, which kept things easier; they also added intense, meaty flavor to the broth. To cut down on greasiness, we removed ...

Tenderize Tough Short Ribs In A Sous Vide Bath

Beef short ribs are a prime example of how the precise control of time and temperature afforded by sous vide cooking can affect a piece of meat. Short ribs are a tougher cut, with a good amount of collagen and intramuscular fat so they are traditionally braised to a fall-apart texture. But ...

Future Of Food

OAKFIELD — Cows that can withstand hotter temperatures. Cows born without pesky horns. Pigs that never reach puberty. A company wants to alter farm animals by adding and subtracting genetic traits in a lab. It sounds like science fiction, but Recombinetics sees opportunity for its ...

A Matching Tradition

Amy and Kevin Wilson began giving their three sons matching pajamas at Christmas for a reason: They wanted their little ones to get excited about going to bed so that they, the adults, could get ready for Christmas morning. Now, more than 15 years later, the pajamas have become a cherished ...

Fashion Show Blends Cuban Private Enterprise

HAVANA (AP) — Models in Cuba strutted in paint-stained shirts and leather construction boots Thursday night in an unusual blend of local private enterprise and American corporate sponsorship. The open-air fashion show put on by the Cuban label Clandestina and internet giant Google was ...

Tips To Keep Hosts, Houseguests Happy

The holiday season often means houseguests. What does it mean to be a good host — or a good houseguest? “Remember the spirit of the holidays. It’s easy to get caught up in wanting everything to be perfect. The point is to have fun, and whether you’re a guest or a host, flexibility and ...

For Crafty Gifts, Pair How-To Books With Supplies

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Santa has his crew of crafty elves, but those of us living south of the North Pole could use a little help. Sure, your creative friends and loved ones will appreciate a how-to book full of new projects for an existing hobby, or ideas that could spark a new one. But ...

Kovel Antiques: The Right Mermaid Items Can Fetch A Handsome Price

Mermaids and mermen have been “seen” and pictured since the Babylonian era. In past centuries, Greece, Japan, Ireland, Russia and Scotland have believed in local mermaids. There have been exhibits of mermaid skeletons; the 1837 Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, “The Little Mermaid”; ...

Sea Monster Story At Smithsonian

DALLAS (AP) — Three weeks before his team’s fossil finds were to go on display at one of the world’s most famous natural history museums, Louis Jacobs stood in a basement lab at Southern Methodist University sanding the lower jaw of a 72-million-year-old sea monster. The Dallas Morning ...