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O, Canada

Recently, my friend Shannon and I decided to get out of town for a “Girl’s Weekend” and head north of the border into Canada. We figured our passports were feeling neglected and we’d take any excuse to escape to another country, even if it’s a mere two hour drive away. With our ...

Meet Bill: Part I

I was packing up my gear following a busy work day. I had just said goodbye to a client. Though darkness had fallen, clearly I could detect snow on the ground. At the moment, I was preparing for the drive home. Years of slow, careful driving following a long work day didn’t prepare me for the ...

The Baseball Showcase Revisited

About a year ago I penned a similar piece on this topic, but need to revisit the topic today. You’ll see why. Thanks for indulging me. One score and maybe ten or so years ago (can’t remember exactly the first year it started ... close to mid-1980s, I think) a group came together for the ...

A Good Time To Help Small Business

The nation’s 30 million small businesses create about half of all private sector jobs. We led the way out of the Great Recession by creating two-thirds of all America’s private sector jobs since 2008. We are part of the fabric of what makes our local communities great places to live and ...

A Little History

A friend lent me a book that his daughter found when she was cleaning at his house. It has some history of Warren County as well as some of Pine Grove Township. I read the text and viewed the many maps and photographs. It was a great read. The book was the “Atlas of Warren County Pennsylvania ...

Westfield School Budget Should Set Off Alarms

On April 9 the Westfield Academy and Central School (WACS) Board of Education (BOE) approved an operating budget for the 2018-2019 school year which is nearly one million dollars more than the budget for the current school year. To put this $834,384 increase in perspective, the BOE has approved ...

The Donald Trump Phenomenon

I recall in the early 1990s coming out of New York City from a meeting and picking up one of the newspaper tabloids at the airport-the headline read: “Ivana a Better Deal!” It was describing a divorce controversy involving our current President. Apparently, his first offer to his first ...

Is Texas Becoming A Stellar Green State?

Here is my Earth Day reflection: No single person, politician, political party, or nation can solve the climate-change or sustainability crisis. The responsibility falls on every human being on planet Earth. Young and old, left and right, and rural and urban citizens must unite, collaborate, ...

CCVB, Chamber Present Laught Out Loud

Written by Todd J. Tranum, President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier The Chautauqua County and Jamestown Community Chambers of Commerce are excited to be co-hosting a one-night only event in ...

Friends Of The Library

If there is one happy story in my family this year, it’s the success of my mother’s move back to the Jamestown area. She loves where she lives and all of the new friends she’s made, but she especially loves the Lakewood Memorial Library. It has become an important part of her life-one of ...

Technology Is A Set Of Tools

With the rapid development of artificial intelligence and robotics, concern is beginning to grip a core of important people. Highly capable automated systems and machines will take jobs, and human job-holders will find themselves unable to compete with the vastly superior skills of an army of ...

Chautauqua County Game Changer Promises Lots Of Laughs

Ray Romano was on a roll in 1998. Starring on “Everyone Loves Raymond,” Romano was a huge celebrity and was often welcomed into America’s homes during prime time on Mondays as Ray Barone — sports writer and family man. Despite his stardom, there was a special significance for Romano ...

I’m So Tired

Every few columns I allude to some mental or physical exhaustion as a result of my many activities and lack of regular routine. Well, friends, this week I think it’s finally caught up to me. It began almost a week ago; my birthday last Friday, to be exact. Without getting into many of the ...

At 90 Pounds, Chemo Patient Should Skip Fasting Regimen

DEAR DR. ROACH: My daughter-in-law has stage 1 breast cancer and has just started her chemotherapy. I am concerned about her decision to fast for two days before and one day after each treatment. She weighs only 90 pounds, and fasting while you are trying to fight cancer does not sound like a ...

Nurse Knocked Into Emotional Tailspin By Cancer Diagnosis

DEAR ABBY: A few weeks ago, I was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. I’m only 34. That’s what I keep repeating to myself — I’m only 34. I feel lost. I’m mad at God and have lost my faith. I keep wondering “Why me?” “Why my family AGAIN?” “Why stage 4?” I cry alone in ...

There Are Exceptions To Dental Coverage Under Medicare

Question: I am wondering about dental coverage after I get Medicare. My current employee plan includes dental coverage and once I retire, I will be on Medicare. I cannot find any information on Dental Coverage that Medicare gives to individuals. What can you tell me about dental ...

Meet Madison: Part III

We’ve now met Mabel, Madison’s wife. She provided an overview of a marriage with some contrasting styles. She described herself as a health-conscious woman and Madison as an ‘eat-anything and no exercise’ kind of man. His habits eventually led to an increasingly debilitating medical ...

Learning About Trees

One might think that, after living on the same property for just months short of a quarter of a century, the land would hold no surprises. I know I did. And yet, during the spring of 2017, I found a new wildflower (cheevers) and discovered my stately birch also had surprises in ...

Small Businesses Get A Big Discount For Joining Chamber

Written by Todd J. Tranum, President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier During National Small Business Week from April 29-May 5, the Chamber is offering a 20-percent discount off a first year ...

Fusion Voting Needs To End in New York State

The dirty little secret in New York state is that the root of any ethical failures in politics starts not with the Democrats and Republicans, but with the influential minor parties named Independence Conservative, Working Families, Women’s Equality and Reform. From the highest levels of ...