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Arts/Entertainment

Write Now: Pandemic May Make Some Share Artistic Ideas

Before I committed any words to a page, I was thinking of words to write. Ironically I could not draw on anything — not one thing. Maybe because I knew nothing. I was out of ideas. I didn’t know how to get the words to the page or what words to go on the page. I have rarely been in this ...

Collins Releases New Music Amidst Outbreak

Although it wasn’t the album release she’d been dreaming of, country artist Ruthie Collins launched her new record “Cold Comfort” in a special way with her fans. In fact, if it wasn’t for the global pandemic, Collins wouldn’t have had the unique experience of releasing her album ...

In Alaska, Radio, Storybooks Connect Isolated Children

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — All it takes is a few words from a storybook to connect kids over the crackle of an AM radio station. It’s not 1950s entertainment, but a nostalgic way children in even the most remote Alaska communities — many with unreliable internet — can overcome further ...

What To Gossip About In A Quarantine? Virus Changes TMZ

NEW YORK (AP) — Just like the rest of us, celebrities are largely confined to their homes to wait out the coronavirus pandemic. Unlike the rest of us, however, many of them still have that need for the spotlight. And for that, Harvey Levin is grateful. The impresario of an online and ...

Prince Harry Records Message For Thomas The Tank Engine

LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry has recorded a special message to celebrate the 75th anniversary of children’s favorite Thomas the Tank Engine. The Duke of Sussex introduces a new program called “Thomas and Friends: The Royal Engine,” which has a storyline that includes Harry’s father ...

Simple Routine

As an English teacher, she was used to reading both her students’ papers and the books that went along with each class. She didn’t write all that much. Now, nine years into her retirement, Deborah Madar can’t stop writing and has released her second novel, “Dark Riddle.” She ...

Write Now: Have Fun Creating Your Own Music

You have heard the saying “the world is your oyster.” For aspiring musicians who want to be heard, now is the time. Let’s start with an idea. You have had the idea in your head, and you tinkered with the melody and chords, but now you want to commit your ideas to a file, so you can ...

Bringing The Sky Into Focus

FREWSBURG — The night sky is filled with many stars. Bringing those stars into focus is what Martz-Kohl Observatory does for its members. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the observatory is not open to its members or to the public. According to Gary Nelson, observatory president, the ...

Write Now: Revisiting With Some Friends Without Leaving My Residence

This past Saturday I had some extra time on my hands. With restrictions that go along with COVID-19, you probably did too. So I visited with some old friends. No, I didn’t go to anyone’s residence or even use a social media application. I stayed at my computer. The idea I had been ...

Rachael Ray Makes $4M Virus Donation

Rachael Ray had big plans for the quarantine break at her home in upstate New York. She envisioned “a Renaissance time,” rereading the classics, resuming her Danish lessons and studying Italian. “I was going to get more serious about my painting. I had all these lofty goals ... and ...

Coronavirus Halts Notre Dame Restoration

PARIS (AP) — Notre Dame Cathedral stands crippled and isolated, locked in a dangerous web of warped metal scaffolding one year after a devastating fire gutted its interior, toppled its famous spire and horrified the world. Some of the 40,000 bars — erected for an earlier renovation ...

Indelible Tunes

John Prine, the ingenious singer-songwriter who explored the heartbreaks, indignities and absurdities of everyday life in “Angel from Montgomery,” “Sam Stone,” “Hello in There” and scores of other indelible tunes, died Tuesday at the age of 73. Prine died of complications from ...

Write Now: Without Knowing, I Was Nudged In The Correct Direction

Throughout my years as a journalist, many people have asked me why I chose the profession. To be truthful, I don’t think I chose it, but rather it chose me. Since my days at Persell Elementary School I had a yearning to get words down on paper. Storytelling always has piqued my ...

Flash Fiction

From his childhood days, artist Jeremy Bach always loved reading. His love for reading and art has turned into a love for writing as well. Friday, Bach’s sixth book “Tales of Terror,” will be released “I’ve always had a love for reading since childhood. My writing evolved from ...

Another One

NEW YORK (AP) — With Broadway shuttered amid the coronavirus pandemic, producers of the annual Tony Awards have postponed this year’s celebration of American theater. The show was originally scheduled for June 7 but the virus forced all 41 Broadway theaters to go dark and caused ...

Write Now: If You Have To Be Home, Then Make Most Of It

OK, so most of us have been asked to work at home. It’s easy for some, but not for others. I’ve been over that. Since you have been asked to be home, due to circumstances beyond your control, and only can go out for essential things, then why not make the most of your ...

The Show Must Go On

NEW YORK (AP) — The spreading coronavirus canceled several touring performances from A-list musical artists, but those acts have found a new venue to sing: their living rooms. John Legend, Bono, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Pink, John Mayer, Keith Urban and more have held virtual concerts ...

Write Now: What About Workers Who Can’t Afford To Work At Home?

You hear a phrase, and it sticks with you. It’s a phrase that has a harmless intent. It’s meant to be a boon. Usually when the phrase “Work from home” is mentioned, people may think that option may work (no pun intended) for them. The benefits of working from home may outweigh ...

Ordered Chaos

“A happy train wreck, and non-stop chaos.” That’s how Zander Chase described “Clue,” a play to be performed at the Lucille Ball Little Theatre. The play is based on the film and the Hasbro board game, adapted from Jonathan Lynn’s screenplay, with additional material by Hunter ...