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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 ...

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 ...