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San Diego To Santa Barbara And Solvang — Car Free

We departed San Diego on Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner traveling five hours along the coast to the town of Solvang where everything is centered in the Danish tradition — replicating true Danish architecture and customs. Then we’ll return to Santa Barbara, sometimes called the ...

Remembering The Two Petes

Dogs have been a big part of my life. Most of us have a dog or two who has a permanent place in the heart and family. Two of the most important and two of the first dogs I knew and loved were my grandfather’s dog Pete and my own little 13-inch beagle, Little Pete. Little Pete was my Christmas ...

Nature Measures The Passage Of Time Differently Than Humans

Today you are as old as you have ever been. Today, you are as young as you will ever be again. Those of a classic optimistic mindset will likely choose the latter sentiment. For those that carry with them the haze of pessimism the former will ring more true. Or perhaps vice versa. Both ...

Where Can I Find Tutorials For My New Gear?

Welcome to another edition of Let’s Talk Photography! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. For those of you who got new camera gear, computers or software you might be wondering where to go to learn as much as possible so you can get moving toward making great photos. This week, ...

United Way Recognizes Area Companies For Work

The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County recently recognized employees of The Resource Center, Weber Knapp and Wegmans as part of its 12 Months of Caring initiative. The initiative is meant to encourage employee groups to participate in community service throughout the ...

Framed In Pink: Bowling Over Breast Cancer Creates New Fund

Bowlers from across the Southern Tier have been supporting the fight against breast cancer for years. Sue Lamb has spearheaded this effort because of personal commitment. She has now taken the effort one step further by endowing their fight with the Framed in Pink: Bowling Over Breast ...

Best Shot

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 a few details, and mail to The Post-Journal, Best Shots, c/o Family Desk, P.O. Box 190, Jamestown, NY 14702-0190. Please submit only one photo ...

Unique Practices, Recipes Prepare For The Christmas Season

Some people are good cooks, some are great decorators, some can arrange flowers, some can find old relics and repurpose them into something beautiful and interesting, but everybody has something they are especially good at doing. Tammy Johnson of Randolph is all of these and much more, ...

Clearing Up Facts And Fallacies About Fowl

We’ve got it wrong about birds. There are some nature facts that people recite by rote. Things like “Birds go south in the winter.” and “Birds migrate to warmer places to spend the winter.” These facts have been repeated so often that they are taken for granted. In fact, they are ...

Miniature Town Brings Holiday Spirit To Frewsburg Rest Home

My Christmas village was destined to remain in hibernation this year since I am moving in mid-December. Totes and secure boxes protecting over 50 buildings, 200 Village citizens, a ski resort and train station, dozens of trees and snowmen will not be unpacked this year, I thought dismally. ...

The Watermans Celebrate With Cookies, Cards, Clubs And More

Although Randolph’s Joan Waterman likes to make the recipes her family has made for many years, she adds new ones while carrying on old traditions. She is a Computer Integration teacher for Frewsburg School District, where she has been employed for the past 16 years having spent most of ...

As Snow Comes, There’s More To See Than White And Gray

After the glorious warm fall colors and before the white blanket of freshly fallen snow our landscape in western New York and Pennsylvania appears very drab. Even after the blanket of snow loses its freshness, the natural world seems full of grays and browns and more grays. However, ...

Stress And Your Heart

Picture this scenario: Business man, dressed to the nines, every hair in place as he squints through the sleet making his way down a sidewalk in a cold and blustery storm. In an effort to keep himself looking crisp and composed, he reaches for the umbrella in his briefcase, and throws it ...

Snail Mail History

Today in the world of almost instant communication, it is hard for many of our younger generations to imagine what the world was like in the mid-to-late 1800s. Through the collections of letters that have survived, we can get a glimpse of what families thought was important when a letter was ...

Richardson Guest At Valley Historical Society Christmas Dinner

SINCLAIRVILLE — Victor Richardson of Brocton was the guest musician at the Valley Historlcal Society Christmas dinner. The dinner was held recently in the fellowship hall of the South Stockton Wayside Chapel in Sinclairville.  Richardson provided some Swedish Christmas music for the group ...

How A Tragic Sled Ride Changed My Father’s Life

“Sometimes, something catastrophic can occur in a split second that changes a person’s life forever,” writes Jeannette Walls in her novel “Half Broke Horses.” This was one of those tragedies. It happened to my father and four of his friends 81 years ago here on a bitter ...

Winter Lights At The Audubon Controlled By Visitors

There is something magical about lights at this time of year. As a child, my parents would pack us all into the car and drive past houses with amazing lights. We would hunt for the best houses and go visit them, sometimes more than once. When my children were born, my wife and I started ...

Recipes, Ornaments And An Elf Mean A Great Deal To This Randolph Family

Keeping traditions and making memories for her family are very important parts of Amanda Jones’ Christmas preparations. She takes pride in her Swedish heritage and continues to make her late grandmother’s recipes, of which many were brought from her native land. Her maternal ...

Boutwell Hill Ski Club Holds Dedication Ceremony For New Trail

A dedication ceremony and ribbon-cutting hosted by the Boutwell Hill Ski Club was held recently in the Boutwell Hill State Forest to celebrate the opening of a new cross-country ski trail. The new trail, named the “Homestead Loop,” is nine-tenths of a miles long and was made possible, in ...