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Winnie And Me

Perhaps my earliest memory is of a stay at Chautauqua's Hotel Atheneum with my cousin and our grandmother. Mimi was just at that age where enjoying the young elevator boys would have filled her days had she not, I'm sure, been put in charge of me. I was probably four or five. Grandma was ...

A Brush With Poverty

Those of you who have followed this column for years know that there were numerous periods in my life when there were hard times. I grew up in a single parent home when that was anything but the norm.The presence of my grandparents in the home made it multigenerational. That was a blessing ...

An Open Letter To The Town Of Busti Board Members

Sometimes the best use of this column is to give others a voice.Today I am giving my space to Karen Dennerlein, who is secretary of the Chautauqua/Cattaraugus Library System Board representing the 38 member libraries in the two counties.Like many others, I am dismayed that the Busti board ...

It’s Time To Fill The Feeders

Chilly temperatures and shorter days mean it's time to fill the bird feeders, so let me review the best foods to offer backyard birdsSunflower Seeds (best feeder - tubes). Black-oil sunflowers seeds are the single best and most economical food for wild birds. These small, thin-shelled seeds ...

A Different Lifetime

Not too long ago I came across an old, dusty box here at The Post-Journal that contained newspaper clips of fire-related stories from June/July 1990. I dug through the stories, now more than 25 years old, and was fascinated by the sheer number of fires that broke out in such a short amount of ...

Again

Today marks exactly 15 years since the passing of my first and most influential music mentor.On Oct. 13, 2001, Jeremy Wright Kinnear died in the early morning hours of his 21st birthday as the result of a hit-and-run accident in Fredonia.But despite his short time with us, the 1999 Southwestern ...

Giving A Speech? There Are Tricks To It

Back in my college days, as an adjunct to my part-time job as a newspaper sports writer, I assisted in radio broadcasts of some basketball games."You sound good," I was told. Some people also told me that while my voice sounded good, I had nothing interesting to say. Hah! Probably fans of the ...

Remembering The Pledge

I remember starting off every school day by standing, facing the good old Red, White and Blue and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. We would all kind of murmur together, staring at the flag with our hands over our hearts.From a very young age, we learned that pledge and said it every day until ...

Die Hard Fans (And Trust Me … We Have)

Most who know me, know I have an allegiance to the sports teams of Cleveland, the Indians and Browns especially. (The NBA really isn't as exciting for me as college basketball, so I check out scores from college's MAC conference - Kent State, Akron especially - and I check out Cleveland State's ...

Almost Everywhere A Raccoon

Raccoons.Make a sandwich or so, stow it far back in the Havahart and wait.Quillow never saw the first of the three I trapped, set up a huge ruckus with No. 2 (who sounded VERY nasty in reply) and then, by number three, both dogs accepted the caged visitor as just another "normal" event around ...

A Change For The Better

What do you think of when you hear the term metamorphosis? My mind immediately goes to the change that a moth undergoes to become a butterfly although Webster's defines it merely as a change in shape or form.One summer years ago we did a VBS program that had a song about the butterfly. It said, ...

Fall Leaves — Managing A Beautiful Resource

Each fall, property owners repeat the cycle of managing the leaves that drop from the trees into their yards. What you do with these leaves can either benefit or harm your yard's environment as well as that of the lake or other waterway downhill from your property. Why? Because leaves contain ...

Do You Dare Shut Out A Nice Neighbor?

I want to tell you a story. When I'm finished, I invite you to close your eyes to visualize this talk of two families. One family lives relatively securely in a nice comfortable home. The home is surrounded by a large expanse of lawn. The family is quite busy with its respective ...

Factories And Forebears — My Grandfather Carl Forsberg

When I was a little girl living on Ivy Street, I could hear the rhythmic pounding of metal on metal from factories down along the Chadakoin River. I remember it as an incessant noise to daily life, not loud but always in the air- sometimes louder than others depending on the wind and weather. ...

Two Books To Read For Fall

I recently received two books to review, one featuring a dog, and one a cat, both published by St. Martin's Press.The first is a paperback, selling for $7.99, entitled "Miss Ruffles Inherits Everything," by Nancy Martin. It's a cozy, with the body safely and bloodlessly disposed of before the ...

Editor’s Note

There's a lot to worry about as a parent. It's never what's happening to you as a result of your actions, but what's happening to your children because of them. You just don't want to mess them up.I can probably write a topic a week about this. But for now, I'm going to focus on sports.Full ...

Preserving The Past Amid High Taxes

My neighbor's house is an old queen. She sits back from the street atop a small slope, surveying the passage of time with her steady eye - a grand dame who has seen it all but will never relinquish her crown.I love her wide hallways and old floors. I love her porch because it is overly generous ...

Time Table

"The sands of time are eroded by the river of constant change."-Peter Gabriel, Genesis' "Firth of Fifth"This may be the biggest understatement in the 128-week history of this column, but I'll say it anyway: the power of music is a wondrous thing.And while that may be one of the more nebulous ...

Detroit Band Jeremy Porter, Tucos To Perform At Wine Cellar Oct. 14

A Detroit-based band will return to Jamestown in the midst of its tour of the Northeastern U.S., this time in a different downtown venue.Jeremy Porter and The Tucos, who had previously made their Jamestown debut earlier this year at Mojo's Music Bar, will perform at The Wine Cellar on Friday, ...

Computers Make Me Waste Time

We have bought into the fiction that computers actually save time.This is not true. Some time-wasters are inherent in computers. Others are our own fault.Two decades ago, I picked up a morning newspaper and devoted perhaps 15 minutes to reading its contents. En route to work, I had already ...