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Jays In The Nest

Thursday, just after noon, her nest is empty. I figured she’d stepped out to take care of . . . well, you know. Expectant mother and all that. But, while I was watching, Dad flew in, probably ready to share lunch. Between the way he quizzically turned his head from side to side and the ...

I Imagine!

Last weekend I watched a movie on television. That is something that I do not often do, but I had heard this movie advertised and wanted to see it. When I noticed it on television I decided it was cheaper to purchase it that way rather than go to the movies or to buy a DVD. The movie was ...

Take A Breath: We’re Halfway Through Summer

It should be against the law to complain about summer in Western New York, and so you won’t find me complaining about it here. But we have squarely reached the half-way mark of summertime, and oh, right about now, you may be feeling the tiniest bit of summer fatigue if you had to be honest ...

Everyone Should Have Their Pets Microchipped

When we brought Tegan, our Corgi puppy, home from the breeder, we came home with more than just a supply of food and a couple of chew toys; we came home with a puppy who had been microchipped. We’ve always microchipped our dogs since the first chips for pets became available in 1991. (Texas ...

Anti-Theft Car Alarm Has A Different Result

Everybody in America knows the significance of BRLATT! BRLATT! BRLATT! That infamous horn signal is associated with “anti-theft” systems installed on most cars and light trucks made since the mid-1980s. Since the mid-1980s, I have hated those car alarms as annoying and ...

Don’t Worry If Your Dog Gets Ridiculously Excited

Hey, guys! I’m happy to be with you for yet another week answering all your dog-related questions. Have you ever had a dog who was so ridiculously excited to see you (or someone else) when you walked in the door that she peed? Yeah, me too. And, so many other dog lovers have had this ...

Our Bridge That Leads To Nowhere

If any of the readers have driven down the Levant-Gerry Road (as the sign indicates today) south of Route 394, they may have noticed a “bridge to nowhere.” The roadway leading to the Marden E. Cobb Waterway Trail in Levant will take you to this bridge. So what is this bridge and why is it ...

Comical Magic Of Montreal Comes To City

I’m proud to live in Jamestown and every year I get excited for The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, which brings in talented comedians from all over the country and a slew of tourists to see the hometown of the iconic actress that put us on the map. With the grand opening of the National Comedy ...

No Wrong Door Program Offers Services To Residents

Hello, Friends. My name is Judy and I am here to introduce you to a program in Chautauqua County that is available to everyone regardless of age, income or disability. This program is called No Wrong Door/NY Connects. This program offers unbiased assistance, referrals and information ...

Another Escape To Margaritaville

About five months ago, the premier of Jimmy Buffett’s musical “Escape to Margaritaville” was on Broadway. The on stage performance opened in early March and ran until July 1. Being members of the “Parrothead Nation,” Sally and I have listened to many of the selections performed by ...

Looking Back To Childhood On Chautauqua Lake

To live by a lake is to experience a special kind of magic. Today, I sat with my sister at lake’s edge between Celoron and Lakewood New York on the shores of a little glacial lake called Chautauqua that lies in the westernmost county of New York. But really it lies in a unique and let me call ...

Just A Tree

Drawing my attention to it each time I passed the window, I still couldn’t figure out what I was seeing. Even when it wasn’t snowing, the scene blended into its gray and white background. On the foreground was an island — at a distance. On that island there seemed to be a large object. ...

Sometimes You Should Not Hide Your True Feelings

Now we’ve met Adam. He and his wife, Esther, are visiting their good friends, Nellie and Tim. Nellie conferred with me about matters of concern for her friends. We learned that Adam has been moody, irritable and angry with occasional cussing. Adam and Esther are recently retired from their ...

The Power Of One

Many times, we think that one person cannot do anything. That is wrong. If nothing else you can make your corner of the world a little more pleasant. I ran across this poem in my reading. I do not even know where I found it now, but I copied it down to use at a future time. The time is ...

Forward Thinking In Lakewood And Beyond

It’s a summer without the Bemus Bay Pops, the ferry and rain. The beach in Lakewood was closed for a time because of algae, and people at a recent village board meeting talked about selling their boats because of the weeds in the lake. Lakefront homeowners complained about the ...

Some Names Given Late Do Nick Us

“Hey, Denny!” I turn toward the person saying those words. My given first name is “Dennis,” not “Denny.” “Denny” is a nickname. In America, nicknames abound. I am not familiar enough with the customs of other countries to know whether people in North Korea are known as ...

Just Like Emotions, Our Dogs Know Our Every Move

Hey, everyone! As you know, I do my best to keep up-to-date with all the dog-related studies. There was one interesting and intriguing story that came to my desk this week. And I think you’ll appreciate hearing about it. So, that’s what we will be talking about today. If you have been ...

I Know Love, And You Should, Too

It has never ceased to amaze me how mean some folks can be to others. I’ve seen it in my own life and in others’ lives. Name calling, put-downs, ignoring others — I’ve seen and heard it all. Just the other day, a perfect stranger just reminded me just how little I know. “You ...

Salute Those Who Handle Wedding Entertainment

We’ve come a long way in a different direction over the years, where even weddings have gotten into the act, which you have probably noticed if you’ve been to a wedding lately. I realize that my wedding took place more than thirty-eight years ago, and I can’t expect things to be the ...

Book Sales At Local Libraries Can Be Charming

One of the joys of Upstate New York is our glorious summers, and one of the joys of western New York is our sense of community. We celebrate our schools and our children’s accomplishments, we encourage our government to beautify our area and keep it environmentally sound. We love our garage ...