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Susan Rowan Masters, an author and playwright from Panama, will travel to New York City to see a staged reading of her monologue “Going Home,” performed by the Equity Library Theater of New York at the New York Public Library George Bruce Auditorium on Saturday, Aug. 5.
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Literary Language

A Panama author and playwright is planning to attend a staged reading of one of her published works for the first time. Susan Rowan Masters will travel with her sister to New York City in the coming weeks to see a performance of her original work, “Going Home,” before a live audience by ...

Karate Sleepover, a local entertainment group specializing in improv and stand-up comedy, will present a stand-up showcase at The Q — 104 W. Second St., Jamestown — on Saturday, Aug. 5, beginning at 10 p.m.
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Local Comedy Group Karate Sleepover To Present Stand-Up Showcase Aug. 5

A small faction of humor-minded individuals have banded together to form the crux of a growing independent comedy scene in Jamestown. Karate Sleepover, a new, locally-grown entertainment group specializing in improv and stand-up comedy, is inviting the community to its stand-up showcase on ...

Charlotte Ballet

Week Four: Chautauqua Institution Presents Geopolitics Today

Chautauqua Institution is proud to announce the program lineup for Week Four of its 2017 season. The week, which begins today and concludes July 22, features presentations by renowned guests such as the pastor and author Isaac Canales, U.S. foreign policy experts from the Center for Strategic ...

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Under Siege

There’s something special about big cities; more so at Christmastime. Skyscrapers and storefronts are filled with even more lights than normal, street-corner Santas are ringing their bells and pedestrians are in slightly better moods. There’s nothing that can go wrong. Unless of ...

A scene on Rodeo Drive as new Ranchers arrive at Miracle Mountain Ranch.
Photos courtesy of the Miracle Mountain Ranch

Giddy Up

Need a fun day trip on Memorial Day? Check out the western town and old west atmosphere at Miracle Mountain Christian Ranch’s Open House, just 40 minutes from downtown Jamestown, where the campers who sleep in bunkhouses are referred to as ranchers. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and events are over ...

Mary Maxwell tends a flower garden at the corner of Fairmount and McDaniel Avenues to improve the appearance for passersby and for the people living in the neighborhood. She hopes others will realize they can improve their neighborhoods by planting gardens or picking up trash, something she has done for 30 years.

Tales From The Garden: A Conversation With One Of Jamestown’s Unsung Heroes

As I was traveling over Fairmount Avenue a few days ago I noticed a woman on her knees, tending a flower garden. The garden didn’t appear to belong to her, because it wasn’t in a front yard, but on a corner that displayed two or three large billboards. I was compelled to not only get ...

Linda Mason makes beads using an oxygen propane torch and a glass rod. She describes it as “painting with glass.”
Photos by Beverly Kehe-Rowland

Painting With Glass

It is doubtful one will ever meet a more creative being than Linda Larsen Mason of Warren, Pa. If she can dream it, she can create it. Her creations range from wearable art to pet memorials to paintings to yarn spun from pet hair to weavings to handmade glass beads to more. Having an amazing ...

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Our Annual Tropical Vacation

Ten years ago, as a retirement gift, my bride, Sally, got us tickets for a Jimmy Buffett concert being held in Burgettstown, Pa., about 20 minutes from Pittsburgh. I love Buffett’s songs, many of them neat stories set to music, some of them allowing listeners to able to relate to in their ...

A Trip To Pittsburgh

Let me preface this with a disclaimer as to the names of the places visited. I did my best to research and get things right, but if there is a discrepancy please just stay with me. When country folks go to the big city it is always an adventure. The roads we drive at home do not always have ...

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The Eye Of The Beholder

I doubt if I’ve ever before had the opportunity to make the acquaintance of a creature whose formal first name is “Beautiful.” I found that appellation particularly curious because, to my eyes, Beautiful is not. What it is is a very strange looking moth: the Beautiful Wood Nymph ...

Still A Lot Of Summer Left

The summer season moves quickly here in Chautauqua County. That may be partly due to the plethora of events planned over a relatively short three month period. But even as we approach the end of July there is still so much to see and do this summer. Be sure to plan a trip to the Chautauqua ...

Nature | VIEW ALL

LiDAR is a surveying method that can be used to create high resolution land cover datasets that can, in turn, be used to practice precision conservation. 
Photo courtesy of USGS

Precision Conservation

As many of you may know, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy has been active in land conservation for nearly three decades. Our mission is to preserve and enhance the water quality, scenic beauty and ecological health of the lakes, streams, wetlands and watersheds of the Chautauqua region. To ...

Is It Praying Or Preying Mantis?

The first time I saw a praying mantis my dad explained that it ate lots of insect pests so I should never kill one. I suspect that everyone has learned that lesson as a child. Measuring up to four inches long, mantises are hard to miss. And because they are such beneficial insects, they get a ...

Audubon Naturalists see over 2,000 students at the Nature Center in the spring, sharing local nature with them and giving the experiences they might not get otherwise.

A Naturalist’s Year

Every season has its own sound. Summer is the sound of insects buzzing in the fields, of birds chirping in the wee hours of the morning and of hawks screaming in the sky. Imagining those sounds brings memories of camping sunrises with birds all around in a deafening chorus and of hot humid ...

The Chautauqua Belle took a rare steamboat excursion up the outlet of Chautauqua lake last weekend as part of the dedication of McCrea Point Park. 
Photo by Jeff Tome

The Wild Lake

The Chautauqua Belle took a rare steamboat excursion up the outlet of Chautauqua Lake last weekend as part of the dedication of McCrea Point Park. The outlet is the wildest area of Chautauqua Lake, with an unending parade of trees, water lilies and various shades of pink and purple wildflowers. ...

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When You Need Care At Home

Homecare allows patients to stay at home, provides support for families and improves quality of life and levels of independence. Home care helps clients manage chronic health conditions such as congestive heart failure or diabetes. Home care services assist elderly clients and clients with ...

Body Changes After Age 50: How Much Control Do We Really Have?

Generally, after hitting age 50, weight gain, fatigue and loss of strength serve as not-so-pleasant reminders that we are aging. The good news is we can have control of the severity of these symptoms in most cases. The average weight gain is 1-2 pounds per year between early adulthood and ...

Dental Costs A Major Financial Shock For Many Retirees

For too many years, I had what seemed like a small problem: a clicking jaw. The clicking was the result of a small mouth and a terrible overbite. My dentist advised daily exercises and wearing a night guard. There was no improvement. So, my dentist referred me to a specialist who fitted me with ...

The Caregiver’s Journey

Question: “I am a caregiver for my mother who has dementia. The stress of caring for her sometimes makes me feel like I can’t or don’t want to do things for her. The guilt of these feelings is overwhelming to me and I feel like such a bad person.” Answer: Recently I experienced this ...

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With letters in hand, pictured from left, are: Miranda Bull, Sierra Wells, Lake Sivak, Michael Houser, Amelia Thorp, Michael Hinsdale, Seth Gibson, Ryan Pascarella, Casey Williams, Tjitze Kranzo, Wyatt Perry, Reid Gustafson, Clayton Hanson, Mrs. Eimiller, Druex Seeley, Sebastian Diaz, Devin Ardnt and Carolyn Ruby.

Seniors Write Thank You Letters To Troops Overseas

WEST ELLICOTT — When the local Blue Star Moms ask for community support, Southwestern seniors are happy to answer the call to action — something that our servicemen and women do on a regular basis. Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. is a private nonprofit organization that provides ...

Senior Miranda “Zakk” Bull holds up her Day of Silence certificate detailing her reason—helping people understand trans people— for participating in the event.

Students Of Southwestern

On May 19, close to 100 Southwestern students and staff experienced a small dose of what many LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual) experience every day. They chose to be silent for the National Day of Silence. Participation in this event was a ...


Southwestern Holds Third Annual Trojan Triathlon

First of all, I love alliteration, so the Trojan Triathlon was a no brainer. Seeing this event grow in the three-year time frame from our Frist Annual Trojan Tri in 2015 to now, makes me even more proud to be a Trojan. Initially, we (The High School PE Department) started the event as an ...

Pictured, left, are Junie Eimiller, adviser; Faith Williams; Tjitze Kranzo; Taylor Dewey; Jordyn Romaniuk; Adrianna Bell; Janie Adam; Bailee Dent; and Mark Kirsch, adviser. Missing from photo are Alyssa Kalfas, Cara Orr and Becca Feldman.

A New Reality For Southwestern’s Yearbook

The staff members of the Southwestern High School Centralian yearbook added an exciting new aspect to their publication this year— video. Through the augmented reality program Aurasma, the Centralian extended the meaning of this year’s theme, “IM IN” by allowing the readers to relive ...

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To Phillip and Elizabeth Gardner of Celoron, N.Y., in UPMC Chautauqua WCA, Jamestown, N.Y., on July 19, 2017, a daughter, Billie Storm Gardner.


To Gregory Schroeder and Kourtnee Wilson of 142 Ruggles St., in Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, N.Y., on July 17, 2017, a son, Jaxon James Schroeder.


Mark and Danielle (Sabulsky) Hull of Denver, Colo., in Sky Ridge Medical Center, on June 17, 2017, a daughter. Grandparents are Dick and Jeannie Sabulsky of Ashville, N.Y., and Bill and Sharon Hull of Ft. Wayne, Ind.


To John Fickelscherer and Nicole Parsell of Fredonia, N.Y., in Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, N.Y., on July 5, 2017, a son, Samuel.

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Hoglin — Wagner

Steven and Elaine Hoglin of Jamestown, N.Y., announce the engagement of their daughter, Brenda Louise, to Phillip Daniel Wagner, the son of Daniel and Patty Wagner of Ellington, N.Y. Miss Hoglin is the granddaughter of Paul Samuelson of Bemus Point, N.Y.,and the late Carol Samuelson and Helen ...


Johnson — Towart

Glenn and Marcia Johnson of Bradenton, Fla., announce the engagement of their daughter, Ann Marie, to John Towart V, the son of John Towart IV of Buffalo, N.Y. Miss Johnson is a graduate of Jamestown High School. Her fiance is a graduate of Kenmore High School. No wedding date has been set.

Casey Trask
Alexander Quick

Trask — Quick

Daniel and Linda Rumbaugh of Frewsburg, N.Y., announce the engagement of their daughter, Casey Trask, to Alexander Quick, the son of Robert and Lynn Quick of Cincinnati, Ohio. Miss Trask is also the granddaughter of Ann Snavley of Tidioute, Pa., Gilbert and Wilma Trask of Youngsville, Pa., and ...

Rhonda Scott
Ellery Bauer

Scott — Bauer

Rhonda Scott and Ellery Bauer announce their engagement. Miss Scott is the daughter of the late Naomi “Fay” Scott and the late Clifford Woodcock. Her fiance is the son of Donald Bauer of Bemus Point, N.Y., and the late Naomi Bauer. Miss Scott is a 1994 graduate of Jamestown High School ...

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Hirsch — Green

Megan Elizabeth Green and Kristoff Von Hirsch exchanged wedding vows on June 10, 2017, at the Watts Flats United Methodist Church. Pastor Warren Vandewark performed the ceremony. The bride was escorted by her father, Lawrence Green. The bride is the daughter of Lawrence and Vanessa Green of ...

Mr. and Mrs. Eric M. Bradley

Bradley — Burkett

Deborah A. Burkett and Eric M. Bradley exchanged wedding vows on June 3, 2017, at Valley Springs Fellowship in Warsaw, Ind. Dr. Kent Denlinger performed the ceremony. Music was provided by a brass quintet and the VSF worship team. The bride is the daughter of Thomas and Ruth Burkett of ...

Mr. and Mrs. Tyler Sherwood Durnell

Durnell — Minor

Aubree Anne Minor and Tyler Sherwood Durnell exchanged wedding vows on June 3, 2017, in the First Baptist Church, Greenwood, Ind. Pastor Sean D. Holloway performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Les Minor of Martinsville, Ind. Her husband is the son of Sherwood Durnell ...


Scott — Rodriguez

Nichole Christine Rodriguez and Jason Roderick Scott exchanged wedding vows on Feb. 17, 2017, on the beach at the Iberostar Resort in Cancun, Mexico. Christopher Johnson performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Julie and Nicholas Rodriguez of Jamestown, N.Y., and the ...

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Bruce and Donna Johnson celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 15, 2017. They are the parents of Kari (Sam) Dominico of Winston Salem, N.C., Kurt (Tammy) Johnson and Krista (Joe) Camarata, both of Jamestown. They have six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Johnson and the ...



Rick and Rosemary DiDomenico of Jamestown, N.Y., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on a Royal Caribbean Cruise to Cozumel and Costa Maya. The cruise was a gift from their children and families. They are the parents of Rick and MJ DiDomenico of West Lebanon, N.H., Robyn and Jay ...

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Waite


Ronald and Geraldine Waite celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 5, 2017. They are the parents of Jeffrey (Marc) of Fort Worth, Texas; Timothy (Dora) of Warner Robins, Ga., Rodney (Lisa) of Cassadaga, N.Y., Barry (Barbara) of Montgomery, Ala., and Daryl of Cassadaga, N.Y. They have ...

Mr. and Mrs. DiDomenico


Rick and Rosemary DiDomenico of Jamestown, N.Y., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on a Royal Caribbean Cruise to Cozumel and Costa Maya. The cruise was a gift from their children and families. They are the parents of Rick and MJ DiDomenico of West Lebanon, N.H., Robyn and Jay ...