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Repurposed

When Nancy Hawley lost her job at the Chautauqua County Airport, where she had worked for many years, she re-opened The Gift Exchange, the business she had run for three years while working seven days per week at the airport. After being shuttered for a year and a half, she brought the shop ...

‘Healthier For It’

To reduce waste and avoid unnecessary plastic bottles and chemicals — and to save money — many people are opting to make cleaning products from scratch at home. You can find an abundance of recipes for household cleaning products online, along with reusable glass spray bottles designed to ...

Hodgepodge

I have featured people of all ages over the last 21 years and today I revisit a few of them, from a preteen to some senior citizens. I begin with Johnathan Schulz who was just 12-years old when he appeared on this page on May 19, 2012. I was impressed with his work ethic and the fact that ...

‘Nature Provides’

This was the day we had been waiting for, the day we would pass through the Panama Canal on our way to visit my husband’s cousin in Ecuador. Fred, my spouse, had been up and down throughout the early morning hours of the sixth day of our cruise, in anticipation of our 5 a.m. arrival to the ...

‘New Learning Experiences’

WALLINGFORD, Conn.— It’s 1 o’clock on a Wednesday afternoon in Wallingford, Connecticut, and about 20 children are watching a screen at the front of the room as they take turns navigating challenges and collecting virtual currency to unlock powers, outfits and pets for their ...

The Way

While I was visiting South America recently, I made the acquaintance of Peppe Bjorn, who is from Italy. I soon learned that my new friend spent much of his time thinking of the next project he might paint, photograph, build or redecorate. It appeared that his creative mind seldom rested and ...

An Ecuador Adventure

I recently traveled to Cuenca, Ecuador on a cruise ship with my husband, Fred. On the way there, we spent a few days outside of Washington, D.C., two in Huntersville, N.C., and four more in Pompano Beach, Fla., where we left our van in my cousin’s care. I woke very early on the fourth ...

From Bad To Beautiful

On our recent trip to South America, I was blessed to be able speak with Giovanni Cambizaca of Cuenca, Ecuador. Cambizaca was born in the middle of the Ecuadorian Amazon, in an area where there were just three or four houses and from where it took his parent’s two days to walk to the ...

Operation Carrot Cake

Like many generations before me, I have officially become an outsider to the ways of the world. I feel like my grandmother who complained about hippies, or my mother who, after 10 years, is still learning how to use her iPhone. This is the cycle of life: the older generations become ...

Saying Goodbye Isn’t Easy

The text arrived at 1:06 last Monday morning just as I was wrapping up my shift at The Post-Journal. It was from my wife. “It’s over, honey,” Vicki punched into her iPhone. I knew what she meant. “Coach,” our 10-year-old, 160-pound Great Dane was gone, the victim of what we ...

Life On A Cruise

My husband and I have been making our way to South America. We drove to Pompano Beach, Florida with a few stops along the way. After leaving our van at my cousin’s house, we took an Uber to the cruise port in Miami, where we boarded a 15-day cruise through the Panama Canal. Our ship ...

Hospitality at Sea

My husband and I have just gotten off a cruise ship which took us to South America. As with every trip, we have met people from all walks of life and have had many interesting experiences. I perked up and started asking questions, when I overheard a conversation over breakfast one morning ...

‘Magnificent Nine’ Babies Are Now Adults

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — They don’t remember, of course, but 18 years ago, a group of newborn twins and triplets made big baby news across the nation. Dubbed the “Magnificent Nine,” the three sets of twins and one set of triplets were born in a 24-hour period Jan. 9-10, 2001, at Carle ...

Beautiful Ocean View

My husband and I are on our way to South America, after traveling by our personal vehicle to Pompano Beach, Fla, with stops in Washington, D.C., Charlotte, N.C. and in an Uber to the cruise port in Miami. We have just set sail on a cruise ship, having experienced a few minor glitches on a ...

Grandmother, Grandson Enjoy Cooking Together

RANDOLPH — A return visit to retired teacher Judy Stevens home found her baking an Upside-Down Apple Pie with her grandson, Wesley Sluga, who was home for a break from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. “I enjoy cooking with Grandma,” says the college senior who is studying ...

Trip Begins Long Before Travelers Make It To The Cruise Ship

My husband, Fred Rowland, and I recently took a trip to South America via a cruise ship, a plane, a taxi and other modes of transportation. The plan was to visit his cousin, Noel and his wife Christine in Cuenca, Ecuador. We set out from home in the same Chrysler Town and Country mini-van ...

Genealogical Investigators Conduct An Evening Of Research

Have you ever pondered over your family lineage? Perhaps about the when and where they arrived in North America? The what it was that they did, and the who it was that they were? Locals and members of the Fenton History Center piled in the Fenton’s Research Center for the 11-hour sixth ...

Doing What She Loves

When Meg Lilja’s youngest child went to school in 2005, she began a business using her passion for sewing. “It just kind of took off,” she says. “It’s been a nice business. My favorite thing about it is, it’s so flexible. I can set my own hours.” She makes all things ...

Softly, As I Leave You

A few days ago, my friend Henry died. He was 90 years old, and he’d lived a good, long life. I became acquainted with Henry at karaoke nights at the Village Casino in Bemus Point in Western New York. In those years before we moved to the area, we’d head to Chautauqua Lake from Delaware ...

Simplify Your Life

If you’ve had one of those days, and you find yourself glancing at the clock only to discover that it’s already 5 p.m. (What!?) and dinner is not simmering cheerfully on the stove, then you may feel like you have limited options. Yes, there is the frozen meal or take-out route. And ...