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Experts Say: Don’t Hibernate. Exercise. Treat Yourself. Do Something.

Although she’s lived in Cortland for more than a decade, Juliana Garcia remembers the shock of New York winters compared to her hometown in Texas — the freezing weather and lack of sunshine were a one-way ticket to a winter slump. There’s no one right way to wipe out the winter blues, ...

The Household Division Of Duties

I’m going to bet that all of you long-time married couples divided up your household duties a long time ago and without much discussion. You weren’t like the couples of today who sit down and draw up actual contracts so all the toils of life are divided fair and square—-down to the ...

All In The Family: Conewango Valley Business Thrives

Lenny Armstrong has worked in the lumber business for most of his adult life. It runs deep in the roots of his family, beginning with his wife, Lisa. Many years ago, her great-grandfather and great-uncle founded Studd and Whipple, a lumber business in Conewango Valley. Throughout the years ...

Community Life: New Friends Run Successful Business

I recently met Amy Jarzynski after sending a message to Jesse's Home and Gifts when planning an outing with a few friends to the Gowanda area. Due to needing another stop, I checked their Facebook page and was disappointed to find they weren't open on Mondays, our outing day. Hoping the hours ...

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Off The Beaten Trail

We have been traveling for 18 days on our uncharted, breakout trip to New England, after 16 months of staying close to home because of Covid-19 restrictions. We have seen breathtaking views, heard interesting stories, searched for eateries and overnight accommodations and happened upon crazy ...

A Ride On The Cog Railroad

After my husband, Fred, and I had had enough of staying close to home for over a year, we decided it was time to take to the road again. I would have been alarmed to see how close to comfortable we had become with the earlier situation, if not for our frequent drives on many back roads in ...

Hanging Out In New Hampshire

My husband and I decided it was past time to get on the road, therefore we left home on fairly short notice and have traveled through the Finger Lakes area, looked at a few locks and have happily wandered around Vermont and New Hampshire. All of this was done without a plan, other than to go ...

Road Less Traveled

A very long period of staying relatively close to home, caused my spouse and me to break out for an impulse trip. Our only goal was to head toward New England. We planned to take the road less traveled and turn where we saw signs telling of something of interest ahead. We did a bit of ...

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I’ve Only Got Two Shoulders

Every time I start writing a column, I end up explaining how hard things have been lately. It seems like they’ve been just plain hard for eons. First, there was COVID, then there was more COVID, then there was politics, and division, and anger, and war. It gets a little heavy to hold up on ...

Charles Atlas, Muscles And Genders

There is an amusing side to asking, “What is your definition of a woman, Denny?” I do not answer right away. I have to wait until I stop chuckling. I chuckle because I remember how at age 12 or 13 this testosterone-overloaded boy first really noticed that some of the kids on the ...

Writer Takes To The Road To Visit People’s Convoy

It’s a long road from Randolph to Hagerstown, Md. My trip actually began when the Canadian Truckers Freedom Convoy started to roll toward Ottawa in January. When U.S. truckers started talking about organizing a convoy in solidary a few weeks later, I began paying attention and following them ...

Americans, Grocers, Grapple With Ongoing Food Shortages, High Prices

Are you stocking up on food? Because I did a deep dive into high food prices this week and some experts are warning that it's only going to get worse over the next year or two. I got walloped at the grocery stores last week, spending double what I normally do. Granted, that included ...

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The Importance Of Vultures

This time of year, spring comes alive with an array of sounds and colors. I have to smile when I step outside and hear a returning bird call for the first time. I marvel at the fresh green leaves and blooming flowers. So much of what awakens in spring is full of beauty and color. Like old ...

Puddle Piranhas

We were supposed to be planting trees. Three Black Gum trees have been patiently (or frustratingly – its hard to tell with trees) waiting in their pots all winter, eager to spread their roots. We were deciding on spots and talking it over and then I said “I want to see if the toad eggs ...

A Slithering Fear

As I walked into a room with several of Audubon’s animal ambassadors, the two turtles were clearly visible in their containers. However, the animal in the bottom was hidden and one of the first things I heard was “I hope it’s not a snake!” This particular phrase is pretty common ...

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Colorful, Creative And Tasty

How can you tell when spring is here — aside from looking at the calendar? The longer days? Rainy nights? Snow melting? Chautauqua Adult Day Services officials know spring is here around this time of year when clients start to brainstorm ideas for the annual Easter Cake Contest. ...

‘Age My Way’ A Fitting Theme For Seniors

Older adults play vital, positive roles in our communities — as family members, friends, mentors, volunteers, civic leaders, members of the workforce, and more. Just as every person is unique, so too is how they age and how they choose to do it — and there is no “right” way. That’s ...

What Are Your Options In A Fair Hearing Process?

If you find yourself in a situation that your community services are going to change, or if your request for services is denied — there is something that you can do. This is for Medicaid funded home and community-based supports only. The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability ...

Move Your War: How Much Activity To I Need?

With the weather turning, I have started to see the faces in my neighborhood that I have missed all winter long. Starting to prepare their garden spaces, walking the dogs, and just enjoying the sun. What I am really seeing is movement! This movement makes your daily life better. When you ...

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Golden Abe Statue A Reward At Lincoln

Lincoln Elementary School sets high standards for its students and staff but also understands the importance of recognizing when they are met, or often, exceeded. The school has three ways it highlights students and staff: the Spotlight Scholar Award, a Staff Spotlight on Facebook and the ...

Lincoln Teachers Use TalkingPoints to Connect with Families

“TalkingPoints is a great tool to talk directly to families, as a friend and partner, about their children, rather than ‘like a teacher,” said Lincoln Elementary School second grade teacher, Mary Cook. “I try to be as friendly as possible even if I have a tough situation I need to ...

Lincoln Elementary School Celebrated Socktober

Lincoln Elementary School students went a little “sock-crazy” in October but it was all for a good cause - to help out their community. Each month, the school’s PBIS team focuses on a character trait school wide. As Bullying Prevention Week is in October, the school focused on kindness. ...

umpkin Painting Party One Example Of Parents’ Involvement Through Program

Recently, Lincoln Elementary School students and their families enrolled in the PACERS program had the opportunity to attend a “Pumpkin Painting Party.” Kelly Jose and Kat Freeman put together fun activities including pumpkin painting, games, chalk art and refreshments to encourage ...

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Births

RINALDO — To Kali and Brett Rinaldo of Lakewood in UPMC Chautauqua, a girl, Stella Josephine Rinaldo. Grandparents are Terry and Lisa Anderson, John Simko, Steven Rinaldo and Linda and Bob Ostrom. Great-grandparents are Gene Simko and Komo Tane.

Births

DUDLEY-BLAKE — To Kaiden Blake and Madison Dudley of 26 Jackson St., Mayville, N.Y., in UPMC Chautauqua, Jamestown, N.Y., on Sept. 7, 2021, a daughter, Francesca Ryan Dudley-Blake. Grandparents are Julie and Jason Dudley and Heidi Turner.

Births

BESSE — To Frank and Ginger Besse of Jamestown, N.Y., in UPMC Chautauqua Jamestown, N.Y., on July 30, 2021, a daughter, Mabel Irene Besse.

Births

DARLING — To Kevin and Katie Darling of Jamestown, N.Y., in UPMC Chautauqua, Jamestown, N.Y., on June 16, 2021, a daughter, Sophia Grace Darling. Grandparents are Mark and Tammy Nelson and Bob and Linda Darling. DULANEY — To Frankilin Dulaney and Emily Anderson of 1436 Hartson Road, ...

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Melcher-McFall

Tom and Vikki McFall of Falconer announce the engagement of their daughter, Brianna, to John C. Melcher, son of John P. Melcher of Dewittville and Cindy Melcher of Jamestown. Brianna is a 2015 graduate of Falconer Central School and earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2021 from ...

Mihalko-Moss

Glen and Tina Moss, and the late Sarah Diane Moss, recently announced the engagement of their daughter, Heidi Jane Moss of Conewango Valley, NY, to Trent Alfred Mihalko of Leon, NY, son of Paul and Kerry Mihalko. The engagement took place on Oct. 23, 2021 in Port St. Joe, Fla. Miss Moss is ...

Maya A Larson Matthew A Lomicka

Melinda A. Larson of Celoron, N.Y., announced the engagement of her daughter, Maya A., to Matthew A. Lomicka, the son of David and Christine Lomicka of Greensburg Pa. Matthew has resided in Erie, Pa., since 2016. Miss Larson is a 2017 graduate of Jamestown High School and she will be ...

Kristy WoodField David Martin

John and Karen Finson of Lakewood, N.Y., announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristy Woodfield, to David Martin, the son of Joan Martin of Ridgway, Pa., and the late Daniel Martin. Ms. Woodfield is a criminal defense attorney at the Chautauqua County Public Defender’s Office. Her ...

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Culbertson Larson

Kaitlyn Irene Culbertson and Steven Fletcher Larson were married on March 6, 2022, at 4 p.m. at Lakeshore Vineyard Events in Ripley,N.Y., with Pastor Tyler Cook officiating. The bride is the daughter of Brenda and Steve Mears and Michael Culbertson. Kate is a graduate of a private culinary ...

Buttafaro Hefelfinger

Kaitlyn A. Buttafaro and Matthew J. Hefelfinger exchanged wedding vows on October 2, 2021, at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Jamestown, N.Y. The Rev. Paul S. Cygan, performed the ceremony. Music was provided by Cathy Gagliano, organist and soloist. Readers were Pamela DePetro, aunt of ...

Marriage

Kayla Michelle Kenefick and Jeffrey Daniel Warden were married Oct. 23, 2021, at 5 in the evening at Sunset Farms, in Union, S.C., with the Rev. Ken Bowers officiating. The bride is the daughter of Michael and Corrine Kenefick of Eden, N.Y. Kayla is a graduate of Eden High School and Ohio ...

Vows Pledged

Liuzzo — Williamson Drs. Amy Williamson and Lucas Liuzzo exchanged wedding vows on Aug. 7, 2021, in Lancaster, Ohio. Dr. Jacob Buffo performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Candace and James Williamson of Pickerington, Ohio. Her husband is the son of Leslie and Joseph ...

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Anniversary

Joseph and Carol Lisciandro of West Ellicott celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Oct. 24, 2021, with a family dinner at the Landmark Restaurant, and the renewal of their wedding vows at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church. The Rev. Paul Cygan performed the ceremony. The celebration ...

Anniversary

Johnson Steven and Deborah Johnson of Mayville, N.Y., celebrated their 50 anniversary on Aug. 28, 2021, and have an anniversary trip planned for March 2022 to Little Cayman Island. They are the parents of Christina Johnson of Mayville, N.Y., and Katherine Stahl of Indio, Calif. They are also ...

Flint

Anthony and Joanne Flint of Jamestown, N.Y.,celebrated their 50th anniversary on March 13, 2021. They are the parents of Michael (Lisa) Johnson of Kent, Ohio, and Anthony Flint of Jamestown, N.Y. They are the grandparents of Ben (Ashley) Johnson and Zach Johnson. They also have a ...

Mr. And Mrs. Craig Aaron Young

Craig Aaron and Jennie Marie Young of Lakewood, N.Y., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a gifted family trip to Universal Studios from their son, Patrick and Lesley Young, along with their son, Christopher and three grandsons. Young and the former Jennie Marie LaPresto were ...