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Not All NRA Members Are Extremists

April 30, 2014 Meet a political centrist who is a proud member of the National Rifle Association: Me. On some issues (abortion, immigration) my positions identify with liberals. more »»

Another Adventure For Grandma

April 27, 2014 There is something new at Hickory Heights. Micah, a four-month-old Shih-Tsu mix, is my newest additio. more »»

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

April 27, 2014 The adage says that a picture is worth a thousand words. If that is so, then the life of one Mr. Walt Roode, who has recently passed, includes about a thousand volumes. more »»


April 26, 2014 I don’t trust the weather enough to say that the snow is over, but Memorial Day is in sight, and thoughts of vacation trips can safely replace thoughts of snowdrifts and ice. more »»

Editor’s Note

April 26, 2014 With Allegany State Park in the news multiple times this week, I’ve been thinking back to the weeks my family and friends spent camping at the park. more »»

The Rules Of Grandmothering

April 26, 2014 My grandmother had five children and more than a handful of grandchildren, which made her a hot commodity after she retired from teaching. more »»

‘Trick Or Treat!’ At Eastertime? Well, Sure

April 23, 2014 I emptied the bag of chonk’lits, all 4 pounds of them, into the decorative wooden bowl in our front room. “You should not eat such stuff!” said my wife. I looked at her in wide-eyed innocence. more »»

‘Girls Mess With Your Head’

April 20, 2014 Fathers and daughters. After the birth of our first child, a girl, I asked an older, wiser male friend, father of many children, for advic. more »»

From Halleluiahs To Sorrow, Then Elation

April 20, 2014 Yesterday as I sat in church I could not help but think of all of the events of Holy Week. more »»

S&H Green Stamps ... They’re Still Around (And Other Deals Like Them)

April 20, 2014 Remember S&H Green Stamps? Remember getting them after certain purchases depending on if the business participated in giving them out with those purchases? Remember the box or drawer they were store... more »»

How Graduating College Students Can Stand Out In A Tough Economy

April 20, 2014 This is a piece that was originally printed in April of 2013. more »»

Editor’s Note

April 19, 2014 Today is a time for celebration in my home. It’s not technically Easter, but it’s as close to a holiday gathering as we’re going to have this weekend. We print this newspaper every day of the year. more »»

What’s In Your Purse? Money, Credit Cards, Lipstick ... A Pontoon Boat? It Could Be

April 19, 2014 I’ve never understood women and their purses. I know we need to carry a few things when we leave the house — some money, a credit card and our driver’s license. more »»

The Pit-A-Pit-A-Pat Of Easter

April 16, 2014 Whoosh! Pit-a-pit-a-pat-a-pit! That was Cody. Cody is 2. Cody was zooming from the front room through the middle room and into the kitchen. Pat-a-pat-a-pit-a-pit.... Whoosh! Ye. more »»

Too Many Cooks Spoil The Truth

April 13, 2014 The adage above seems to be appropriate (to me, at least) in view of recent discussions regarding next year’s state budget educational funding section, and connections to Common Core Learning... more »»

The Tax Man Cometh

April 13, 2014 The April 15 tax deadline is fast approaching. Every year it is the same. I start my taxes early enough, but at the last minute I am running around to get everything in the mail on time. more »»

Robotic Surgery Could Be Best Option

April 13, 2014 I can still recall my first operation in 1981. more »»

Start Your Day In A Good Way

April 13, 2014 Patty Hammond leads Family and Consumer Science Programs at Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County. more »»

Succession Planning — Building Your Talent Pipeline

April 13, 2014 Your business seems to be running smoothly. All of your key positions are filled with dedicated, hardworking peopl. more »»

Editor's Note

April 12, 2014 More often than not, I’m dumbfounded by what people find entertaining. This week, I learned a song called “#Selfie,” which I find unbearable, made a rapid climb up the Billboard charts. more »»



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