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Sophisticated Gameplay Drives Captivating Story In Guerilla’s Newest IP

How often do you find yourself truly immersed in something? The walls around you feel like they’ve been knocked down, ambient sounds fade to back and its just you and the subject. For some people I’d imagine this feeling can be found one of several ways — maybe at the theater, a gym or a ...

Work Assignment Abroad Makes Waves Back Home

DEAR ABBY: I took an assignment with my company that posted me to Hong Kong for two years. My adult children, ages 21, 26 and 29, were supportive, although my youngest was not especially happy about it. We video chat with our kids, trying to stay involved as much as possible. We have also ...

Pinpoint Reason For Procrastination

Question: I am a bit of a procrastinator and so is one of my children. She is staying up late every night in middle school to finish her work, and it is making her unhappy. Are there any ways to help her stop procrastinating? — Procrastinator Answer: There are a lot of reasons why students ...

Hang On To The Rope

At some of the many Baseball Coaches’ Clinics I attended during my days as a High School Baseball Coach, I had opportunities to listen to the Head Coach of one of the most successful College Baseball Programs in the country, one that’s reached the College World Series in 1986, 1987, 1989, ...

Sing To Me Of Happiness

“The bluebird carries the sky on his back.” God bless Henry David Thoreau for such an apt sentiment. Don’t we all immediately associate this lovely little bird with the “bluebird of happiness?” Noticing its rusty breast, however, the settlers of Plymouth Colony called it the ...

The Iditarod And AlaskaThe Iditarod And Alaska

I recently read an article about the Iditarod sled dog race. That got me thinking about my visit to Alaska where I visited the home of Jeff King, the winner of the Iditarod. I visited there about eight years ago. His place was on the first leg of our journey. I was absolutely thrilled to be ...

Great Lakes Must Be Protected For Our Environment, Economy

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier have identified improving water quality and the health of our lakes as one of the highest priorities on our public policy agenda. For several years, lake water quality has been a high priority for ...

We Americans Need To Know Each Other

Let’s admit it: America has become a land of strangers. Even before headphones, PCs and smartphones — all of which were heralded as breakthroughs in human communication but have turned out to be instruments of further isolation — we had begun disconnecting from each other. More and ...

Have We Gone Nuts?

A few items from the HAVE WE GONE NUTS? FILE. A high school in Pennsylvania reckons teenagers can undress in whatever locker room they wish. According to a lawsuit filed recently. A teenage boy was undressing in the boys locker room. The so-called boys locker room. In the eyes of the ...

Firemen, Utility Workers To Be Commended

To The Reader’s Forum: The response by first responders and utility crews to the damages caused by heavy winds on March 8 is commendable. I witnessed the Ashville Fire Department and National Grid employees out in the worst weather conditions trying to maintain safety for this community. ...

Making Sense Of Mixed Connective Tissue Disease

DEAR DR. ROACH: One rheumatologist diagnosed me with unspecified mixed connective tissue disease and Raynaud’s syndrome. I was put on Plaquenil, which caused some hair loss and thinning. I got a second opinion from another rheumatologist, who said that based on my bloodwork, I do not have ...

Woman’s Free Baby-Sitting Is Her Choice, Not Fiance’s

DEAR ABBY: I am a stay-at-home mom with three children. Recently, another mom asked me to care for her 3-year-old daughter while she went to work. She offered to pay me, but I declined, given her circumstances, because I consider her a friend, even though I have known her for only a short ...

Talk To Your Employer Today About A Health Savings Account

Question: My tax person informed me that when I turn 65 and have Medicare, I can no longer have an HSA. Do you agree, is that correct? Answer: Questions that start with “My tax person/preparer said ...” I rarely answer. When it comes to tax rules, I have very limited knowledge and am ...

Finding Old Mexico

I wish more people could see Mexico as it would surely be seen if we lived in a world without corruption. Or greed. The real Mexico is not Cancun. Cancun is a wonderful place if you’re looking for a margarita and a wide beach, but it actually rose up from a Mayan jungle that once boasted ...

Of Vice And Men

After reading Mike Rukavina’s column a couple week’s ago on addiction to coffee creamer I had to take stock of my own vices. I had a hard time relating to his problems with coffee, though, as I am a non-drinker of the stuff. Even dating back to my college days where having a cup of ...

Technical Difficulties

A few weeks ago, I received my dogs’ license renewals from the city. I was happy to see that both dogs were listed as Welsh Corgis. Rhiannon has been properly licensed, and identified, as a Corgi for the entire 10 years we’ve been back from Arizona. When we got Gael, seven years ago, we ...

Graduation Threatens To End Sisters’ Everyday Closeness

DEAR ABBY: My sister “Maddy” is in 12th grade and will graduate soon. Over the last two years, we have grown really close — from eating Chinese together every other day, to going shopping together. We have the closest relationship in the family, and I consider her to be my best friend. ...

Post-Whiplash Visit To Physical Therapist Is In Order

DEAR DR. ROACH: My sister was rear-ended last summer and suffered whiplash. She went to a chiropractor for adjustment, but that did not help. Ever since the accident, she has experienced excruciating head pain whenever she bends over to do anything! If she lowers her head at all, the pain is so ...

Mom’s Adult Children Are Slow To Embrace Her New Husband

DEAR ABBY: I lost my husband a few years ago and am now remarried. Some of my adult children, although they did not want me to be alone and they “say” they are happy for me, have been slow in welcoming my new husband. I in no way expect him to be a replacement for their father. I only ...

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Former Gymnast Documents Road To Recovery

When she was 22, Margaret was volunteering at an equine therapy center when a 900-lb horse stepped on her left foot. Miraculously, she did not suffer any broken bones, but her pain would not go away. The former gymnast was no stranger to injuries, so when the pain and swelling persisted three ...