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The Lakewood Fire Siren And Other News

The Lakewood Village Board recently voted to keep the World War ll siren that alerts volunteer firefighters to emergencies. The vote was 4-0. The siren, located on Summit Street in the village, has proven to be rather unpopular with some residents — particularly those who live in close ...

Sometimes Even Memory Lane Gets A Few Potholes

I’ll be the first to admit I tend to live in the past a little too often. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I’ve always been a sucker for nostalgia — reliving certain days or moments that have long since passed. What can I say? Some days are far better than others, so why not reflect ...

Summer Is The Season For Sammiches

Ah, summer: The sammich season. At Community Days in DuBois last weekend, I watched the DuBois Fire Department’s annual parade and walked through its festival with the all-time champion sammich in hand. That, as regular readers might recall, is a hot sausage sammich, loaded with peppers ...

A Gunman Shoots And We Become A Family

As the wife of a U.S. senator, I work hard to keep separate my marriage and my career as a newspaper columnist. Normally, I mention my husband, Sherrod Brown, only when the disclosure is necessary or I am writing a personal essay that has nothing to do with politics. However, on this ...

A New Twist On Teaching Economics

Greg Caskey is a 27-year-old Abington, Pennsylvania, native who is a social sciences teacher at Delaware Military Academy. The academy is a thriving charter high school in Wilmington, Delaware, that was founded in 2003 by two retired military officers, Charles Baldwin and Jack Wintermantel. ...

Hospital Discharge

There are few moments in life more surreal than leaving the hospital as a first-time mother. My son was born on a Sunday and we left the hospital that Tuesday. He weighed less than a sack of potatoes, barely more than a two-liter bottle of soda. Although incredibly small, I’m still in shock ...

Postpartum Reflections

The other day, my oldest daughter and I were talking when all the sudden, she looked at me and said, “Momma, I wonder what you would look like skinny.” She didn’t say it in a mean or mocking way, but rather just as a youngster wondering something. “I don’t know, babe — it’s ...

A Long History Of Leftist Hatred

James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, who aspired to end his life as a mass murderer of Republican Congressmen, was a Donald Trump hater and a Bernie Sanders backer. Like many before him, Hodgkinson was a malevolent man of the hating and hard left. His planned atrocity failed ...

Right Ventricle Dysplasia Can Run In Families

DEAR DR. ROACH: One of my sisters died unexpectedly in late January of pneumonia. She did not know she had it. She showed no symptoms prior to her death. She went to work the day before and complained a little to co-workers of minor chest pain. She stayed home the following day, and her husband ...

Thinking About Incitement

"He was hunting us." Those were the words of Republican Congressman Mike Bishop describing the depraved gun assault on members of Congress while they were innocently fielding ground balls and practicing base hits on a suburban Virginia field. The politics of personal destruction became ...

Friend Finds Gender Fluidity A Hard Concept To Swallow

DEAR ABBY: I have a longtime friend I see almost every day. She’s an awesome friend. Her children are adults. One of them is gay; the other is a transgender male. I respect her for supporting her children, learning everything there is to know about the LGBT community and seeking social change ...

The Voice Of Main Street

Over the past six weeks our Chamber team has walked the streets of seven communities in Chautauqua County, including Dunkirk, Fredonia, Hanover, Jamestown, Lakewood, Mayville/Chautauqua and Westfield/Barcelona. We have had meetings with over one hundred small businesses. Our purpose was to hear ...

What Is A Dad?

Today we celebrate Father’s Day. It is a different celebration in these times than it was in my growing-up days. In most cases growing up, the family structure was different than it is today. Most families had Father, Mother, the kids and maybe a pet. Families spent much more time around ...

Morning Mysteries

Have I been waking later not to a different drummer but to two? Could it be? What do they do — take turns? Or is perhaps my little yellow-bellied sapsucker is simply tired today? Nursing a splitting beak of a headache perhaps? Or tired of the clouds, cold and rain? I know I am. His ...

June Is Dairy Month

I cannot urge you enough to read the labels on all the things you purchase. Things are not always what they seem to be. Take, for instance, almond milk. Although it contains almonds that is not all it contains. There are a number of extraneous ingredients that I am not sure are really healthy ...

The Best Summer Of Your Life

I was 19 years old when I had the best summer of my life. I don’t remember now what was so great about it, but I told myself when I went back to college in the fall that I should forever count it as the best summer in all of the years I’d been alive so far. And so, the idea has ...

Affordable Care Fairy Dust

I just got notice that the cost of our health insurance is going up almost fourteen percent for the year. To give some perspective, if you accept the official figures, the consumer inflation rate is 1.9 percent. The increase in premium is more than seven times the overall rate of consumer price ...

Our Gardens Grow, But We Are Not Farmers

We are gardeners. We are not farmers. Thank God. Being gardeners has taught us volumes about what it must be like to be dependent for one’s living on the ability to make other things grow, be they plants or animals. Our gardening includes harvesting apples, pears, peaches, plums and ...

Like father like daughter.

My Dad Is Like No Other

Since the creation of my column, I’ve used it as a platform to share my crazy travel adventures and analyze the breakdown of why I’ve managed to stay single well into my 30s, and how I’m getting by just fine in spite of that. But I’ve never had much mention for the man who has been in ...

Early Playtime Leaves Retired Neighbor Tossing And Turning

DEAR ABBY: We have owned our house for 31 years and raised our kids here. They are grown now and have moved out. Several families across the street have come and gone. The most recent owners have two kids, one in kindergarten and another in first grade. Every morning before school, the mom ...