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George H.W. Bush’s Final Words

The final words of President George H. W. Bush tell us a lot about the kind of man he was, and especially the kind of father he was. At 94 years old and ailing from Parkinson’s and the pains of old age, Bush said he was ready to go. He told his family he wanted to be with Barbara, his wife ...

Musings From The Hill: On The Seventh Day Of Christmas

Call me a cock-eyed optimist. That part hasn’t changed from when I wrote this at the very beginning of January, 2013. I figure I have to be for I doubt if many Bills’ fans found something good in having the final game of last year’s season blacked out. Unintended, but it worked for ...

View From Hickory Heights: I Remember … Part 2

Once my great-grandparents died our Christmas customs changed. We still decorated the tree at great-grandpa’s because my great aunt lived there. It was during this period that I was allowed to bring home the tramp art pieces I found in the attic. My grandfather refinished the two pieces. ...

The Pet Pen: Keep Christmas Safe For Your Pets

Tegan and I have just finished a six-week course in dog “manners.” We worked on sit, down, stay and come, as well as “leave it.” Technically, “leave it” is supposed to be used to keep your dog from picking up, or eating, something that is forbidden. “Drop it” is the command if ...

A Lakewood Lens: My Annual Christmas List

It’s that time of year again when I pretend to help you with your Christmas shopping by pointing out the best of local gifts, along with the coolest and the most bizarre of this year’s Christmas offerings. Locally, I’m still a big fan of Reverie Creamery for gifts-that out- ...

Voice From The Bullpen: ‘Tis The Season

The following is written taking liberties from, and giving thanks to, Clement Clark Moore in this tweaking of his “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” ı ı ı ‘Tis three weeks before Christmas, and all through our place, there is nothing a-stirring, not even a trace. The stockings are ...

The Good Life: Not Hunt? Well… I’ll Hunt

That really was me, in orange hat, coat and vest, on the first Tuesday of deer season. A year or so ago, I had sworn off deer hunting. I blamed the chronic wasting disease that is sickening many wild deer in Pennsylvania, including some in our area. The disease has not yet been found in ...

Canine Companion: No Bones About It; Some Are Dangerous For Dogs

Hello, everyone. We’re one week closer to Christmas. With that said, there are many pet parents who buy their dogs bones for Christmas, or who want to buy their dog a bone. You might be reading the beginning of this article thinking “I just give my dog a bone and that’s that.” Or ...

Suggestions To Reduce Holiday Stress Named

The hustle and bustle of the holidays does not just affect parents, but children are affected as well. Routines are often thrown to the wayside and extra demands are placed on time in the race to accomplish the many tasks required to make the holidays happen. These are hectic days for sure ...

Real Progress On Sewers

Recently, the county received notice that the state of New York had approved an additional $3 million toward the cost of extending sewers up the west side of Chautauqua Lake as far as Stow. This means that the South and Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer Districts (the “district”) can now begin, ...

My Generation’s Pre-School

The trend today for people with young children, and for school districts as well, is to expose those young children to education at a much earlier age than when we were three and four years old. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that is a bad idea, especially with there being so many homes ...

I Remember?

Let me begin this series of articles with a prayer I found in a book I just read titled “Fame” by Karen Kingsbury. “God, please now my future see, make it clear where I should be. Open windows, close doors, not my will, my God, but yours.” Amen. I pray that my memories of Christmas ...

Meeting Mike

The first was planted soon after the house was completed. We had been warned we wouldn’t see the brilliant red leaves, usual to the “ever red maple.” It sat too much in the shade. By October of its first year, the sun had shifted enough to please and it displayed all the red one could ...

Therapy Rekindles A Marriage

We met Dakota the first time around. His anger outburst at a doctor’s office settled into a counseling referral. Referring to himself as “...a dead man walking” introduced him to me. A man in physical pain, Dakota was dealing with some real live problems. He’d recently retired from a ...

‘What’s Good For The Goose…’

The significant negative impacts, environmental and otherwise, of weed cutting/harvesting, openly acknowledged in studies conducted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the New York State Department of Conservation (NYSDEC), Chautauqua County (County) and many others, ...

What’s In A Pastor’s Bible?

Have you ever paged through a pastor’s Bible? The Bible of my father - Rev. Ray McGinnis, who faithfully served as a beloved pastor and chaplain in the Jamestown area for decades - contains a treasure of quotes, notes and clippings. On the inside page, summarizing the words of theologian ...

There’s Nothing Wrong With Keeping Options Open

Okay so you’re sitting in the front row of your child’s high school graduation, the commencement speaker is a no show, the Principal asks if anyone would like to come up and say a few words, no one offers so she points at you. Realizing that you’re the last hope for a speaker for the ...

A Lakewood Lens: A Real Jamestown Day

It was that day last Wednesday when I woke up to find my car had disappeared to that place where things go in winter storms — when outside things are there but not there — obscured by white and blurred by wind. I lost my little dog in a snow bank and the only way he could get back to the ...

Trump Has His Illegals And We Have Our Own

The home invasion is in full swing. No, not the thousands of Latin Americans trekking across Mexico in hopes of crossing the border into the United States, legally or illegally. We elected President Trump to deal with that problem. No, my wife and I are not dealing with the terrifying ...

Don’t Get Into A Leash-Pulling Battle

Hey, guys. This week we’re talking about leash pulling. This tends to be a huge issue in the dog world. Let’s get started. First tip — Walk quickly. If your dog is focused on keeping up with your pace, she will be less focused in getting ahead of you. I realize this isn’t always ...