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Put Us To Work For You: Kicking Off Our Spring Membership Drive

Put the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and our Community Chambers of Commerce to work for you. The Chamber has launched its 2017 Spring Membership Drive, offering more opportunities than ever before for local business people to connect with one another, connect with new customers, and ...

Lift Our Children Up

I heard an interview from an African-American woman, age 19, who is currently running for the office of City Council in her city in Georgia. She is a full-time college student. She has been involved in civil rights since, amazingly, age 11. She was polite, gave excellent eye contact to the ...

Time’s Up!

I realize Baseball isn’t some people’s “cup of tea,” but bear with me as I get some things off my mind regarding some of the older changes to the game, some newer changes to the game and some proposed changes and thoughts of baseball officials which might make the game even more of ...

That Lofty Grackle

I suppose I’m supposed to find something to admire in each of God’s creatures. I know snakes can be striking (even when they aren’t). Once I’ve stopped bolting and return for a second look, I can appreciate the colors and patterns they display. And a lot of “garbage eaters” ...

Kitchen History

Often I look around my kitchen and see history. As I use utensils and recipes they remind me of someone who was near and dear to me. My recipe box is filled with recipes from loved ones. Now that I have two cookbooks I have to search to see what version I put a particular recipe in since I ...

Cuomo’s Latest Ploy Against Taxpayers

After the colossal expensive failure of Start-Up NY, it still isn’t enough to show the crony-capitalist favoritism that fits Governor Cuomo’s progressive agenda. Now Cuomo plans to hand out money stripped from you so that students can go to his favored colleges and universities ...

In Defense Of Salad

If you’ve ever traveled across the Big Pond, you might have been reminded how food, in its natural state, can be beautiful — especially simple things. I was at an airport in Italy recently and had to eat something before I attacked someone with my luggage after a two-day journey from the ...

Pit Bull Misconceptions Addressed

Hello again, readers! This week I would like to address several misconceptions about the ‘Pit Bull.’ My organization, Canine Companions Boarding and Rehabilitation Services, does quite a bit of Pit Bull advocacy and research, and this article has been requested by many. Prior to directly ...

Information Is The Answer To The Question

I recently had questions relevant to what I was doing, so I typed queries in a search engine. In one of them I came up with more than sixty-eight million possibilities for websites to read. Unfortunately I was not able to quite make it through all of them to see what tidbits they could offer, ...

With North Korea, We Do Have Cards To Play

WASHINGTON — The crisis with North Korea may appear trumped up. It’s not. Given that Pyongyang has had nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles for more than a decade, why the panic now? Because North Korea is headed for a nuclear breakout. The regime has openly declared that it is racing ...

Dragged Into The Smartphone World

Some blithering idiot lost my cell phone. “Pshaw!” I said. “I am old school. I got by for 60 years without a cell phone. I shall not miss the phone.” Hah. New cell phones can be expensive, so I didn’t buy a new phone that day. In the week or so after my non-smart slider ...

Jumping for joy with the bride. Pictured below: Bridal party posing on Zachary Beach in Key West

Love In The Keys

Recently, my close friends celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary, which allowed us to go down memory lane and relive the amazing celebration that took place last April. Katie and Todd had been together for over a decade and had finally set a date and location to have their ...

Is Democracy In A Death Spiral

“You all start with the premise that democracy is some good. I don’t think it’s worth a damn. Churchill is right. The only thing to be said for democracy is that there is nothing else that’s any better. ... “People say, ‘If the Congress were more representative of the people it ...

March For Science

Do you have march fatigue yet? The left, apparently, does not, so we’re in for some street theater on Earth Day, April 22, with the so-called March for Science. It’s hard to think of a better way to undermine the public’s faith in science than to stage demonstrations in Washington, ...

Explosive Bowel Movements After Eating Are Problematic

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 72-year-old female in reasonably good health. I have an embarrassing problem that no one has been able to diagnose or treat. Within 15-45 minutes of eating, I have urgent, explosive bowel movements. These bowel movements usually happen after my first meal, but often they ...

New House Responsibilities Put Wife Down In The Dumps

DEAR ABBY: My husband decided to buy a house. I never wanted one and now I’m depressed. I am thankful that my husband provides for the family and puts a roof over our heads, but now that we are in our house, my days are spent doing chores, yard work, and cleaning, cleaning and cleaning. ...

Do You Have Sick Time?

The last article provided a profile of a family and the start of their day. You may know some family who closely resembles the profile. You may even realize ‘‘Oh, my God, that’s us.’’ That more women are in the formal workplace complementing their spouse’s or partner’s employment, ...

I’ll Sign It, But Don’t Hold Me To It

It never ceases to amaze me that people want their children to be involved in an activity, and sign paperwork granting their child permission to be a part of a team, or group, or organization, agreeing to the expectations and/or rules which are a part of that group or team, and attend meetings ...

CHAMBER OFFERS DISCOUNTS DURING NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS WEEK

As the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce kicks off its spring membership drive, it will offer an unprecedented 20% discount for the smallest businesses in Chautauqua County to join. Businesses with five or fewer full time equivalent employees will pay $144 for their first year membership, ...

The Flowers That Bloom In Spring

“Those flowers breathe promise of merry sunshine as we merrily dance and we sing. We welcome the hope that they bring of a summer of roses and wine.” I’m always grateful to Gilbert and Sullivan for providing extra inspiration. Let me add as do they “Tra la!” I welcome the ...