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Priceless Memories

“Christmas is the most special time of year. A time when love is more freely given, where special memories are made, where miracles happen. Memories no one can take from you,” are the words Valerie Propheter said. “The greatest gift God gave us is His Son. Then the second most precious ...

Bits And Pieces

I have fond memories of so many people that I have had the honor of interviewing over the last twenty years. One of the people who stands out in my memory is Marjorie Ebert, an 82-year old woman who lived her entire life with Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome. “Since our first daughter was ...

Bombs Away

The accompanying photograph started a quest to find out where, if anyplace in the area, these practice bombs were manufactured. Most likely it was during the World War II era, based on the clothing worn by the woman and the fact that the Jamestown area manufactured many items for the war ...

‘This Is Me’

To Chautauqua Area Scholarship Program Chairwoman Christine Yocum, this year’s theme of “This is Me,” has a special meaning for each participant. “It just enhances the uniqueness of each and every girl and how they’re individuals, they have different goals and hone in on their ...

Snippets

Earlier in the year, I mentioned I would be celebrating my twentieth anniversary of writing this page. I have met an amazing number of good people, each interesting in some way, be it interests, professions, personalities or lifestyle. Here are some snippets from the articles of the last 20 ...

Careful Craft

The origin of Chautauqua County Society of Artists involved some prominent people. Jamestown-born naturalist, educator, artist and ornithologist Roger Tory Peterson and his relative Ernest Anderson, along with a few others, enjoyed spending time drawing and sketching. Eventually a member of ...

Tall Tales

Rhonda Lookenhouse makes it clear that she would much rather bake than cook. “When I was a teenager my mom was a waitress. She would get dinner started (before leaving for work) and leave a note for us to finish it.” Today the mother of one is married to her high school ...

Be A Light

“I try to be a light wherever I am,” are the words of Danielle Keith of Sherman. “I tell my kids ‘you could be the only Christ someone sees.’” She has attended Sherman First Baptist Church since she was about seven years old, where she directs Awana Club Sparks, is in charge of ...

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 ...