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No Wrong Door/NY Connects Offers Assistance, Information For Aging Services

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. The program is called No Wrong Door/NY Connects. This program offers unbiased assistance, referrals and information ...

Returned From A Week’s Break

I just returned from a week at Chautauqua Institution. If you have never visited there it is time that you did. Sunday is a free day. All you have to pay is for parking. What a great time to let the children and grandchildren see this center for the arts. Last Sunday was a day to remember. ...

Like Coffee Through The Filter, So Are The Days Of Our Lives

Lost in all the madness of Lebron heading to the Lakers and Tavares heading to the Maple Leafs is the fact that I’m leaving The Post-Journal! Talk about burying the lede ... In all seriousness, I’m excited to announce a new chapter in my life. For my entire career as an able-bodied ...

The Grandest Time

I found a book the other day at the Lakewood Library on the grand old hotels that dotted the lake in the early to late 19th century. All but two of the 19 magnificent structures featured in the book were demolished or burned, which to me is the real story. I get the sense that people in those ...

How To Prevent Your Dog From Chewing

While sitting here pondering what I would write for all of you this week, I realized there is another question I am continuously asked. Why do dogs appear to get so much enjoyment out of destroying their toys ... or even their favorite toy? When they are puppies, it makes perfect sense to ...

Headlong Flight

Hi, again! I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July. At the writing of this article, the holiday is still a future event and I’ve not yet decided how mine is going to be spent. But by the time we’re all seeing this in print I’ll be able to tell you all about it and I’m choosing to ...

Tuscany, Take Me Away

The other day I had the opportunity to dine for the first time at the Italian restaurant downtown, Sauce. I’d heard rave reviews of the place and was intrigued to see if it actually lived up to the hype. My friend Justine and I were excited to have a girls’ night where we could carbo-load ...

A Special Grandchild Delight: ‘Bark—Sausages!’

Earlier this year, I stifled sniffles when Nick, now 31, called to convey genuine concern and determined optimism about my recovery from a medical malady. Nick is my first grandchild. Last year near Christmastime, I cried as I held Aurora, then about six months old. She is my first ...

Happy Birthday, America And Americans

There’s a question asked often as a Brain Teaser/Joke, which asks “Is there a Fourth of July in Canada (or Great Britain, or Mexico)? The answer is obviously yes, there is a fourth of July for every country which follows the Gregorian calendar. It just doesn’t have the same significance ...

Musings On A Headstone: Father’s Day

Recently, I sat atop my father’s headstone at Lake View Cemetery in the damp mist of a rainy morning before Father’s Day. My sister had planted some red and white geraniums. Someone else had left a white pot filled with a pretty green plant I could not identify. I could not imagine who had ...

Jiminy! That Ain’t No Cricket!

The top of the growing pile on my desk included paper-clipped information telling all I needed to know about crickets. I reread their description and habits and even had three or four articles about eating them. Apparently it’s not a bad idea. Then, of course, there were the pictures I’d ...

Ivan And Tara: Part III

We’ve met Tara and Ivan Donaldson. This sister and brother were seeking a solution to alleviate individual, family and marital distress. Their father, Topel, was the CEO of a financially successful family business. All were employed, including spouses. We learned that Topel’s behaviors, ...

Family Picnics

We had many picnics while the men worked together. We just put our food together and ate wherever the men were working. There were no special foods. We just ate out at the picnic table. Fourth of July picnics usually centered around my mother-in-law’s birthday. Her birthday was actually ...

The Promise Of North Korea

Interesting things are happening on the Korean peninsula, with the thawing of relations between the United States government and that of North Korea, and recent actions indicate significant positive outcomes. This is, however, not the first time that dictators have made commitments in ...

The Lake And The Army Corps Of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has had an “on again-off again” interest in Chautauqua Lake. Back in the 1950’s and early ‘60’s (when my father was on the Chautauqua County Board of Supervisors) the Corps suggested the construction of a flood control project which would have involved ...

Let’s Honor America

In the list of renowned places to celebrate the Fourth of July, I think our sweet county in the Southern Tier should make the top 10. We might not have Boston’s symphony playing Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” along the Charles River, but we’ve got beautiful flares ringing our lake, ...

Through The Ages, ‘The List’ Saves Marriages

For years, I feared smartphones. I am obsessive about such things. I feared that I would never talk face-to-face to another person. But that has not happened. I have even found a marvelous work-saving feature on these smartphones. It is called “the list.” I double-checked “the ...

One For The Records

It is a proven fact that with sports comes an unthinkable avalanche of statistics and numbers, etc., with records being at the top of the list. There have been so many records achieved in sports that have stood for so many years, prompting so many people to question if some, or any, of them ...

Words That Light Our Way

Last year I did some substitute teaching in our local elementary schools here in Jamestown, New York, and today some photos from such a sub day at Love School popped up on my memories section of Facebook. I reposted the photos on Facebook, and as I did I was overwhelmed by emotion. I don’t ...