Viewpoints

Downtown Jamestown Is On The Move

Downtown Jamestown is on the move! Having grown up here in the Pearl City, I fondly remember Saturday afternoon shopping with my mom. The highlight was often a visit to Bigelow’s Department Store. As a young girl, I was mesmerized by the glamorous women behind the cosmetics counter and the ...

An End Or A Beginning?

Graduation is upon us. College graduations have already taken place. High school graduations are coming up. Even preschoolers these days graduate so it is a process that all students relate to. I always think — is it a beginning or is it an end? I think that depends on the level of the ...

The Honorable Father

A special friend is facing Father’s Day in pain. Not that kind of pain. Limbs don’t necessarily ache for the joy of survival outweighs much. He’s simply sad. I’m not sure I could explain why that’s so — or if I even understand it myself. Come June seventeenth, he’ll get the ...

Is European Healthcare Really Better?

The American healthcare system is ranked 37th in the world and last out of all developed nations. The system is really bad, so we should adopt a European-style system so we can all be good, healthy citizens like they want us to be. A misconception of that central-planning mindset is treating ...

Middle Age Maintenance

I think every family should have a member that can style hair. Imagine how happy women all across America would be if they had someone at home who knew how to blow dry their hair, especially from the back. All the money we’d save! I have never mastered the art of styling my own. I’m ...

Puppy Love

We are getting a puppy. We’ve been thinking about it since late January and as I have shared this information with various people, there have been reactions all the way from “are you crazy?” to “you go, girl!” Certainly, I have proof, in writing, that seven years ago, when we got ...

The Grave Plots Lie Fallow, For The Nonce

The two cemetery plots lie fallow in the lawn-like sward of St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in my native city of Warren, some 70 miles northwest of DuBois. I glanced at them last week. “Not just yet, you (expletive),” I muttered. I anthropomorphize in cemeteries, talking to trees or to ...

Are You Struggling With Crate Training?

Hello, everyone! As promised, I am writing about crate training your puppy this week. Many of you cringe at the thought of crate training. It’s not because you are against crate training, but because you just aren’t sure how to get started (based on the questions you have sent me). At ...

Lovely To See You

Hey, everyone! Miss me yet? I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t; after all, it’s only been two weeks since my “final” column was published. But I’d submit that two weeks can seem a lot longer when you’ve had an employment change and are settling into an entirely new ...

Park It

Sometimes an escape can be as simple as a hike in the woods or a picnic in the park. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway that won’t break the bank and allows you to get in touch with nature and find your inner tree-hugger, I recommend a trip to one of our many state parks. I’m not ...

Finding The Sun

In darkness, we seek light. The light sustains us. So many things illuminate us — the love of family and a special beloved, the host of friends we hold dear who by their very presence uplift us, the family of animals we keep, who daily bring us joy. This Memorial Day weekend, the ...

Special Prosecutor’s Background Was A Sign

We know a lot about our current President and hear from him daily and sometimes hourly. But, we don’t know much about the Special Prosecutor whose presence is felt but whose work is shrouded in secrecy. Thus, it was with some interest that I recently read an article by Garrett Graff who is ...

Opportunities Given And Shared Equal Unforgettable Memories

I’ve been fortunate, in sixty-five plus years on earth, to have been a part of some amazing employment, academic, athletic, and social activities. I’ve witnessed excitement, enjoyment, some disappointment which created life lessons, and I’ve seen much learning on faces of many kids, who ...

Abdication

She moved to the area about the same time as I. Soon becoming acquainted, our friendship grew as we realized how many common values we shared. Basically small-town girls at heart, we had both jumped at the advantages of big-city living offered when younger and were now ecstatic to believe we ...

A Summer Of Fun Ahead

Summer has kicked into high gear already in Chautauqua County, so plan now to make the most of it! There will be no shortage of festivals, events, recreation, and attractions. The First Friday series just kicked off in Westfield and continues the first Friday of each month: July 6, August 3, ...

Coming Soon: The Harbor Hotel

The first thing I asked David Hart, owner of the new Chautauqua Harbor Hotel in Celoron, is when they are opening their doors. He laughed and said “That’s the $64,000 dollar question!” But the truth is they’re keeping their fingers crossed for the end of July. Great fall weather ...

Stop Cutting Off The Bottom Rungs

A career is a ladder. You don’t generally end up where you began, at least you shouldn’t. Young people start with a limited skill set. They haven’t had a lot of experience, with particular work or in dealing with people. They have not developed and proven a discipline to get to work on ...

The How, Why And What You Should Do For Doggy Boredom

Hello, readers! It’s Friday again, which means another article for you from me! This week, I want to talk to you about dogs who are bored. Yes, dogs get bored just like we do. What happens when we get bored? We think of things to do, right? Same with our dogs. In this week’s article, I ...

Where’s The Harm In Taking A Decongestant Regularly?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 62-year-old female in excellent health. I eat right, exercise and have a great genetic history. I have no high blood pressure. For about four years I have been taking two Sudafed pills, 30 mg per tablet, on average every other day, to alleviate morning headaches and ...