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WRFA-LP 107.9 FM’s “Rolling Hills Radio” will feature Alan “ADub” Whitney and Annie Wells and The Healing Committee in the live taping of its 61st episode on Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Robert H. Jackson Center’s Carl Kappa Theater beginning at 6:30 p.m.
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‘Rolling Hills Radio’ To Feature Wells, Healing Committee Feb. 23

WRFA-LP 107.9 FM’s “Rolling Hills Radio” will welcome back two program alumni in a new setting for its upcoming 61st episodes. The program will host a pair of diverse and eclectic singer-songwriters in Annie Wells and Alan “ADub” Whitney on Thursday, Feb. 23 in the second of a ...

Mary Carlson, right, is pictured with her daughter, Casey Carlson, and Casey’s pug, Izzie. Mary recently published her second children’s book, “Princess Casey,” in which the protagonist, who is loosely based on her daughter, seeks the source of her true happiness.
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Ashville Author Carlson Publishes Second Children’s Book

An Ashville author’s sophomoric effort in the way of published works aims to boost the confidence and self-esteem of young readers. Mary Carlson’s second children’s book, “Princess Casey,” was published in October by Archway Publishing, and chronicles a young girl’s journey toward ...

The Spire Theater will host auditions for the eighth annual “Chautauqua’s Got Talent” competition Monday at 7 p.m.
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‘Chautauqua’s Got Talent’ Auditions To Be Held Monday

Area entertainers of all trades are invited to The Spire Theater to audition for the eighth annual “Chautauqua’s Got Talent” competition Monday. Auditions will be held over a single session at the theater, where contest hopefuls are invited to display their talents before a panel of ...

The perfect water therapy — kayaking in the mangroves in Palmetto, Florida. 
Photo by Sue Blanton

Zen Kayaking

Every winter, when I write an article for the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy from my Florida home, I feel a little guilty. Here I sit, gazing outside at clear blue skies while enjoying a pleasant 75 degree breeze through the screens in my porch. Then, I log onto the weather for Jamestown, ...

Audubon in winter.

Skiing And Snow; What’s Not To Love About Winter

To say our society is polarized right now on many issues may be an understatement. Some are more important than others — Democrat or Republican, Microsoft or Apple and this weekend, Falcons or Patriots. I am a firm believer in the “gray.” There is often value in both sides and one ...

The National Comedy Center has announced that Keith Alberstadt, will be one of the featured comedians in back-to-back performances in the Tropicana Room on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Submitted photos

NCC To Host Alberstadt, Kaplan In Feb. 11 ‘Evening Of Comedy’

The National Comedy Center’s Tropicana Room at Desilu Studios is set to once again host an evening of comedy on the weekend nearest Valentine’s Day. The center announced last week that it will host comedians Keith Alberstadt and Myq Kaplan — veterans of the comedy and ...

Trinity Guitars’ “Back Room Radio Hour will feature Chautauqua County singer-songwriter Stephen Foster,  in the on-site taping of its next episode Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m.Submitted photos by Jamie Probst

‘BRRH’ To Feature Foster, Moore In Feb. 9 Episode

Trinity Guitars’ “Back Room Radio Hour” will return next week to highlight the work of two Chautauqua County songwriters. The next episode will be taped on site Thursday, Feb. 9, beginning at 7 p.m., when Stephen Foster and Bryan Moore will showcase some of their most recent ...

Great Blue Herons may stay in the area all winter, silently using hidden, unfrozen waters that are out of sight. 
Photo by Jeff Tome

Winter Heron

The Great Blue Heron flew past us on slow beats of its powerful wings. It was not the usual sight for winter, but nothing was usual about that morning. The temperature was a balmy 55 degrees, even at 8 in the morning. We got up early to search for River Otters, but the heron flew over as we ...

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Give It Your Best Shot

A picture of Chautauqua Lake taken Sunday morning. The Casino restaurant can be seen buried beneath the fog. Photo submitted by Julie Everett. Send us your ‘‘Best Shot’’ of unique moments in your family’s life. Write clearly your name and address on the back of the photo along with ...

Playstation 4 Pro Checks All The Boxes

A while back I warned of my affinity for video games and wrote about the lead up to my purchase of the new Playstation 4 Pro. I’d like to revisit my purchase and the three months that have passed in this Playstation 4 Pro review. One of the best, and worst, parts of this review will be the ...

Cast members of the Lucille Ball Little Theatre’s upcoming production of “Saving Grace” are pictured in their respective roles. From left are: John Pickett as Walter Chepple; Kaitlin Ames as Harriett Larkin; Jonathan Young as Gregor Vanitsky; Carl Liuzzo as Alex Docker; and Paige Cummings as Grace Larkin.
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Little Theatre To Stage ‘Saving Grace’ Beginning This Weekend

Fast-paced dialogue, wry humor and the acting abilities of five community members are ready to take center stage at the Lucille Ball Little Theatre this week, when the Jamestown theater company debuts its production of “Saving Grace.” A 1976 Jack Sharkey-penned play, “Saving Grace” ...

Pictured are Robert and Anna Wohlgemuth, Jennifer Stewart, Alek Michali, and Arlene and John Bonnett at a previous incarnation of the Rotary Club of Jamestown’s Fire and Ice Ball.
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Rotary To Host Fourth Annual Fire And Ice Ball Feb. 4

With the area recently experiencing above-average temperatures, it seems even Mother Nature has been gearing up for the Rotary Club of Jamestown’s yearly endeavor designed to spice up the winter season for a good cause. The Rotary’s fourth annual Fire and Ice Ball, which serves as a ...

Patty Franco serves her husband, Tom, a cup of joe at Joe’Z Coffee House, which is located at 98 Forest Avenue in Jamestown.

Coffee Shop Memorializes Owner’s Father

It’s doubtful during the 37 years that the late Joe Zanetta sold Chase and Sanborn Coffee, Fleischmann’s Yeast and Gold Medal Flour, that he thought one day he and his career would be commemorated. He attended Jamestown Business College before he enlisted in the United States Army, during ...

Pictured are some of the works to be included in the “Hope in the Dark” art exhibit, which will be on display at Jamestown’s 3rd on 3rd Gallery from Saturday through Feb. 24.
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3rd On 3rd Gallery To Open Exhibit Saturday

A new art exhibit set to debut at Jamestown’s 3rd on 3rd Gallery this weekend is attempting to bring about a silver lining to the gloomy global events of 2016. Located on the third floor at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, the gallery will present the new exhibit, “Hope in the Dark,” ...

Tony Trischka, a pioneer of five-string banjo and roots music, will perform on the Thursday, Jan. 26, episode of WRFA-LP 107.9 FM’s “Rolling Hills Radio” in the Robert H. Jackson Center’s Carl Kappa Theater.
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Banjo Innovator Trischka To Perform On ‘Rolling Hills Radio’

WRFA-LP 107.9 FM’s “Rolling Hills Radio” will welcome a pioneer of five-string banjo during the live taping of its 60th episode from a new location next week. The program will host roots musician Tony Trischka at the Robert H. Jackson Center’s Carl Kappa Theater on Thursday, Jan. 26, ...

Our hemlocks face a serious menace. A diminutive but deadly insect invader, the hemlock woolly adelgid, now threatens the watershed forests of our region.
Photo by Becky Nystrom

Help For The Hemlocks

A week ago, a hardy group of volunteers kicked off our 2017 CWC/RTPI/JCC Hemlock Wooly Adelgid survey season in frigid conditions at Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy’s Dobbins Woods Preserve on Bly Hill Road in Ashville, checking for a tiny but frightening threat to our beloved hemlock ...

Sylvie Cote-Nace proudly holds her vegan cookbook, a result of her tireless effort. Her extensive cookbook library can be seen behind her. Pictured, counterclockwise,  Black Bean and Quinoa Salad with Chipotle Vinaigrette; Chickpeas and Kale Sandwich Spread with Sunflower Seeds and Cranberries served on 10-grain bread; and Split Pea and Green Lentil Soup with Greens.
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Gowanda Woman Publishes Cookbook

“I’m a foodie. I love good food,” says Sylvie Cote-Nace, author of “The Pure Pleasure of Eating Vegan,” a cookbook she has put together with recipes she has developed or tweaked and converted to be vegan-friendly. “I entertain a lot. I like nothing better than to share a recipe ...

Grasslands are a habitat where animals can find food and shelter to rest and reproduce. 
Photo by Jennifer Schlick.

Identifying And Connecting With Birds

On a recent drive across the long stretch of I-86 in southern New York State I started counting.  After four hours I counted six. Some were on telephone poles, some on trees and one I witnessed swooping down to, I can only assume, catch a rodent. I was pretty confident all six were ...

Ron Song Destro, a Jamestown native and director of the Oxford Shakespeare Company in New York City and London, right, is pictured with award-winning actor Matthew Broderick during one of the theater company’s previous acting workshops.
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Jamestown Native Seeks Actors For Overseas Workshop, Performances In Venice

Ron Song Destro is inviting aspiring actors from Chautauqua County and across the nation on a trip to Italy for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Destro, a Jamestown native and decorated actor in his own right, is planning to take a group of eager actors with his theater company to Venice, ...

Leaving Chautauqua County, heart full of change. 
Photos by Sandy Robison

When Love Calls Us To The Things Of This World …

I’ve been running on empty for most of the past year, so I was not reluctant to let 2016 go. After all those years away in Florida, I had been able to return to my home in Jamestown and spend a year there. I’ve written about it every week for The Post-Journal column Upstate Muse. ...