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Write Now: Show Students How Grammar Is A Resource

Why is grammar taught in school? In its most raw form, grammar can be viewed as rules, but I like to look at grammar as guidelines. The reason I say this is because we need refreshers on grammar. It’s not just one course fits all, but rather several mini courses that review one concept. ...

Drum Grooves Provide The Foundation

Most songs have a foundation that provide an anchor. The foundation is usually held down with the rhythm section of drums, bass and keyboards, but for the most part, the drums are the sole provider of the foundation — the beat. So when people tell you they like a song because of the beat, ...

From 45s To Albums To CDs Has Been A Smooth Transition

When I was a younger version of myself, I used to listen to 45s or 45 rpm vinyl records. Better now as singles, one could practically get them anywhere. When I was in my early teens, I made a transition, and I have not really changed how I listen to old or new music, no matter the genre. The ...

County Native Discusses Challenges Of Releasing New Book

It’s been an interesting summer for New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub. Normally, the author is traveling the country on a book tour to share her latest release, which was the case last summer when she visited Silver Creek’s Anderson Lee Library to share book two of her ...

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Rotary Couple Opens Window To The World

What do Cha Am, Thailand; Mongkol Borei, Cambodia; New Delhi, India; Kathmandu, Nepal; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and Moshi, Tanzania have to do with Jamestown, New York? These locations on the other side of the world have been brought up close to Jamestown through the service projects of the ...

Miss Joanie’s Shuttle

“I have always had many things going on,” said Joanie Denn owner of Miss Joanie’s Shuttle, a fun way to travel to dinner, special events or to see points of interest near Chautauqua Lake. Joanie is a woman of many interests and talents who has held several jobs with some being ...

Chautauqua County Native Prepares For Post-Pandemic Career

Editor’s note: This is part 2 of a two-part story. KENNEDY — Even though New York City is slowly reopening, it’s still a grim situation for individuals like Michael Valvo, a New York City-based actor who has returned home to Chautauqua County for the pandemic. With theaters closed and ...

NYC Expat Remains In Chautauqua County For Pandemic

Although New York City entered the final phase of reopening on Monday, many New Yorkers’ lives are still on hold, as the city’s restaurants, bars and entertainment venues remain closed indefinitely. Thirty-one-year-old Michael Valvo is one of thousands of “New York City expatriates” ...

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GOP Actions May Force Reform Of Supreme Court

In August of 2018, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a speech in Kentucky that “one of my proudest moments was when I looked Barack Obama in the eye and I said, ‘Mr. President, you will not fill the Supreme Court vacancy.’” In doing so, McConnell violated his oath of ...

Be Patient For COVID-19 Vaccines

You may be wondering — why is there no “pill” to stop the coronavirus? When we first realized there was a deadly virus threatening the entire world, many Americans assumed that there just had to be a pill for that. Once people heard that the symptoms were things like headache, shortness ...

Find A Safe Way To Have Nursing Home Visits

There has been a lot of press recently about relatives being unable to visit their family members who are in nursing homes during this time of COVID-19. Much of the discourse revolves around how much people miss their parents or grandparents whom they have been unable to visit. To my mind, ...

The Bus Is In A Ditch

Let us look at Chautauqua County as though it is a big yellow school bus. Driving the bus is the County Executive PJ Wendel and immediately behind him on the bus are his department heads, county legislators, various elected officials in all parts of the county, and in the rear of this bus are ...

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Beyond Monarchs

I’ve been thinking about Monarchs recently. Now, in the end of September, most are well into their journey south. Should the butterflies avoid all the hazards of their long journey, they will overwinter in the mountain fir forests in Mexico. We may see a handful of stragglers through early ...

Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy Reaches 30th Anniversary Year

2020 is the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy’s 30th anniversary year! CWC remains committed to preserving and enhancing the water quality, scenic beauty and ecological health of the lakes, rivers and streams of the Chautauqua region. In 2020, the most serious threats to our waterways are ...

Nature Is Capable Of So Much

When the opportunity arises to look out over the expanses of a mountain range or the ocean, look closely at the details on an individual flower or be surrounded by bursts of color, it becomes apparent that nature is capable of invoking a wide berth of emotion in your average human. So it ...

The Beauty Of A Buffer

The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy and volunteer residents, with financial support from the Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance, were able to get out and plant three beautiful demonstration buffer gardens a couple weeks ago. We are so thankful to have been able to partner with ...

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We Can’t Live Without It, Hydration And The Older Adult

Water makes up about 70% of the human body. From our bloodstream to inside each and every cell, it is required in every life-sustaining body process. Water is very important to our health, yet is often overlooked in our diets. In addition to providing cushion and temperature control, water ...

Stay Safe During COVID And Don’t Forget To Vote

As COVID numbers start to surge in our county, it’s important to remember that older adults with and without underlying health conditions are the most at risk for severe consequences and death from this disease. We have already had 10 deaths in our county and all of these people were over the ...

Medicare Summary Notices And Explanation Of Benefits

A Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) is not a bill. It is a notice mailed quarterly to Medicare Beneficiaries which includes a list of services provided during the past 3 months. It will also list any services that were denied or not covered by Medicare. An Explanation of Benefits (EOB), is a ...

What Will Insurance Look Like Next Year?

Question: When do we find out what our insurance looks like in next year? Answer: Well school has started and that means we are fast approaching my favorite time of year, Annual Open Enrollment Period for the Medicare insurance products. Individuals with Medicare in the coming weeks will be ...

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YMCA,YWCA Partner With Schools

JPS is lucky to have a great partnership with our local YMCA and YWCA to help our working families. During the pandemic, these organizations have helped provide after school programming for our students, kindergarten through 8th grades. Currently the YWCA runs afterschool programming at Bush ...

District Technology Is Supported

JPS Technology Integration Specialists, Jason Kathman and Jeff Kresge, have created a tech support page at jspny.org/techsupport for students and families to go if they have questions or need help. There is information on Internet assistance and video tutorials for families. Video tutorials ...

Digital Transmission

“When you are sitting in my room, in my rocking chair, you can easily hold the book up so everyone can see it. But when you get into a Zoom situation, what do you need to do? Yes, Megan, what are you doing with the book?” asked JHS Public Speaking teacher, Barbi Price. Megan showed her ...

Whitaker: Reopening Of Schools Will Be Done In The Safest Way

Dear JPS Community: With the reopening of schools just days away, I want to assure the community that Jamestown Public Schools is excited and ready to welcome our students back for the 2020-21 school year. Whether students are attending in-person, remotely or a combination of the two, we are ...

Births | VIEW ALL

Births

SHEELEY — To John and Laura Sheeley of Jamestown, N.Y., in UPMC Chautauqua, Jamestown, N.Y., on Sept. 4, 2020, a daughter, Marilyn Louise Sheeley. Grandparents are John and Laura Mckibbin PLOSS — To Janice and Gene Ploss of Buffalo, N.Y., in Oishei Children’s Hospital on July 30, 202,0 ...

Births

BARMORE -To Jake E. and Britnie J. Dailey Barmore of Gerry, N.Y., in UPMC Chautauqua, Jamestown, N.Y., on July 18, 2020, a son Lane Everett Barmore. HOUSER — To Eric and Melinda Houser of Falconer, N.Y., in John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, on May 27, 2020, a son, Owen David Michael ...

Births

RUIZ — To Alexa Meabon and Shane Ruiz of Jamestown, at UPMC Chautauqua on May 27, 2020, a daughter, Katerina Cheli Ruiz. Grandparents are Dawn L. Meabon of Jamestown and Chris and Gina Ruiz of Cranberry Township, Pa.

Births

SCHOSEK — To Thomas and Lexi Schosek of Jamestown, N.Y., in UPMC Chautauqua, on May 29, 2020, a daughter, Avery Diane Schosek. Grandparents are John and Diane Gatto of Bluffton, S.C.. Kim Schosek of Stow, N.Y., and Jim Schosek of East Eden, N.Y.

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Weaver — Nesselbush

Mr. and Mrs. Don Weaver Jr. announce the engagement of their daughter, Danielle, to Daniel Nesselbush, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Nesselbush of Eden, N.Y. Ms. Weaver is a 2003 graduate of Southwestern High School, 2007 graduate of St. Lawrence University and 2009 master’s graduate of Buffalo ...

Heintzelman — Larrimer

Nancy Zahn Heintzelman of Jamestown, N.Y., announces the engagement of her daughter, Sara, to John Larrimer, the son of Tom and Susie Williams of New Albany, Ohio and Dr. John and Karen Larrimer of Columbus, Ohio. Miss Heintzelman is also the daughter of the late Robert Heintzelman. Miss ...

Styers — Fain

Ken and Helen Styers of Clymer, N.Y., announce the engagement of their daughter, Madison, to Logan Fain, the son of Tom and Irene Fain of Bemus Point, N.Y. Miss Styers is a graduate of Clymer Central School and is employed by Lutheran Social Services as a licensed practical nurse. Her fiance ...

Bush — Kennedy

David and Debra Bush of Lakewood, N.Y., announce the engagement of their daughter, Nicole Elizabeth, to Collin Patrick Kennedy, the son of Patrick and Amee Kennedy of Lakewood, N.Y., and Karin and Joseph Shelters of Jamestown, N.Y. Miss Bush is a graduate of Southwestern Central School and ...

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Durham — Persons

Makala Persons and Lance Durham exchanged wedding vows on April 20, 2020, in Sherman, N.Y. Doug Neal performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Philip Persons of Findley Lake, N.Y., and Sharon Eidens of Sherman, N.Y. Her husband is the son of Mona Akright of Florida. Madelyn ...

Crane — Odrzywolski

Alissa Odrzywolski and Benjamin Crane exchanged wedding vows on Oct. 19, 2019, at Ss. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church. Father Dennis Mende performed the ceremony. Music was provided by Donna Gatz, organist, Alex Scalise, vocalist and Cody Hiller, violinist. Readers were Stephen ...

Wigren — Smith

Sabrina Smith and Nathaniel Wigren exchanged vows on Oct. 10, 2019, in a private ceremony at Colins Flat Beach, Sidney NSW Australia. Robyn Pattison performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Herman Woratschek and Birgeit Hoellmer of Hanau, Germany. Her husband is the son of the ...

Cusimano — Hnatyszyn

Brooke Hnatyszyn and Joseph Cusimano exchanged wedding vows on Oct. 5, 2019, at the Hall of Philosophy at Chautauqua Institution. Jay Baehr, minister performed the ceremony. Music was by Rob Meger. The bride is the daughter of Todd and Dawn Hnatyszyn of Jamestown, N.Y. Her husband is the son ...

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Mr. and Mrs. Charles Taylor

Charles and Anna Taylor clebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 19, 2020. They are parents of five children. They were married Sept. 19, 1970 in Calvary Baptist Church.

Mr. And Mrs. Steve Johnson

Steve and Judy Johnson of Jamestown, N.Y., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 25, 2020. They are the parents of two elderly felines: Charlie and Emily. Johnson and the former Judy Thorp were married Sept. 25, 1970, in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Jamestown, N.Y. Johnson is ...

Mr. and Mrs. Van Volkenburg

Jim and Rose Van Volkenburg of Sherman, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, July 4, 2020. at their children’s property on Warner Road, Sherman, with a small gathering of family and friends. They have two children: Amy (Russell) Hayes and Andrew (Andrea) Van Volkenburg. ...

MR. AND MRS. ROBERT SEARLE WADE

Robert Searle and Marion West Wade of Randolph celebrate 70th wedding anniversary. They are the parents of three sons: William Lewis (Deborah), Rodney John (Catherine) of Stilwell, Kansas and Kevin Robert (Kristie) of East Chatham. They have five grandchildren: Matthew, Marshall (Kelli), ...