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A Wild Ride

It can’t be disputed, COVID-19 has affected every American in some way or another. The abrupt halt of certain types of businesses has had a great impact on two local business woman. BOBBI BRAGG Bobbi Bragg set high standards when she opened her consignment shop, EBE’s Originals, on ...

Life On Pause

I think it is inevitable that we will all take away some of the same things from COVID-19, but each of us will have our own stories as well. My life has continued very much the same while being very different. Having retired in our 50s, we have been used to doing what we want when we want ...

Change Of Plan

Americans from all walks of life have had to change their plans as a result of the shutdown of COVID-19. The stories of Ryan Peterson of BioDome Project and writer Dan McLaughlin are just two of the millions that could be told. RYAN PETERSON BioDome Project was started in 2011 as an ...

Virus Effects

Whether referred to as a shutdown, stay at home, quarantine or whatever you like, COVID-19 has affected people of all ages and from all walks of life. Everyone from infants to the elderly have had their lives altered in some way. Medical procedures, milestone celebrations, and family ...

Serving Others

It seems that no matter what one does for a living or for leisure, adaptation is necessary during this time of shutdown. We are all having to adjust our shopping, dining, worship and recreational habits, but no two are exactly the same. The following people have made changes in the way they ...

Ripple Effect

So many heart-warming stories have come out of the current COVID-19 shutdown of our nation. There may be just as many situations that will be remembered, but not celebrated, when it comes to an end. Many farmers, especially the dairy farmer, will be included in the last group as this is a ...

Fun And Constructive

Area residents are getting more and more creative in an effort to practice social distancing while having fun and improving skills and relationships. Best friends Matt Schultz and Gage VanRensselaer have worked on honing their athletic skills while getting fresh air and absorbing Vitamin D. ...

Adept At Adapting

I am reading comments on Facebook about some people going stir crazy with the social distancing due to COVID-19. Lives have been disrupted, but not all people see this as a disadvantage. Maureen Smith of Randolph, a stay at home mom of four, who taught first and second grades for over a ...

Feed The Soul

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Dig. Plant. Breathe. As spring’s arrival in the Northern Hemisphere coincides with government stay-at-home orders, the itch to get outside has turned backyard gardens into a getaway for the mind in chaotic times. Gardeners who already know that working with soil ...

Interesting Artifacts

The Randolph home that Mary Williams shares with her husband, Adrian, and their children is a perfect house for them for many reasons. It has been in Mary’s family for 54 years. Before this, her father and mother, Howard and Beverly Freeman, lived with his mother and grandmother in the ...

The City Sleeps

A desolate Times Square still lit up with no one on the streets. The usually bustling Grand Central Terminal empty, except for a lone traveler. Only a few people snapping selfies on the Brooklyn Bridge, instead of the horde of commuters and tourists that usually venture across the iconic ...

Positive Attitude

Lukus Andriaccio comes from a long line of entrepreneurs. His grandmother Antoinette Coppola came to America from Italy in 1935 and eventually married Guy Andriaccio, whose family had come from the same country in the 1800s. Guy started Andriaccio’s Restaurant near the grounds of Chautauqua ...

Sweet Memory

Recently, Pastor Lynn and Donna Gatz spent a few hours in their kitchen while working on a sweet project. The Randolph couple were preparing a surprise for their children and Donna’s siblings. In the 1930s, Mrs. Gatz’s father, Edwin Larson and a man called Buzzy, hauled bees back and ...

Bringing Passion To Life

WESTFIELD — One notices the smells of sweet baked goods wafting through the air when entering Cakes by Brandy at 42 E. Main St. in Westfield. Delicious treats are displayed in the glass showcase and in a refrigerated case nearby. The kitchen can be seen through an opening where the owner, ...

Hairdresser To Shopkeeper

Jean Smith dedicated many years to the hairdressing profession. She started The Family Clipper on East Second Street in 1981 and then worked from a shop in her home from 1989 until 2018. Her transition into retirement was gradual, until a broken arm resulting from a fall, brought her ...

Seasonal Sweet Treats

Lori Buchanan’s Polish heritage is of great importance to her. Her grandparents lived during the Great Depression, a time when a use was found for everything and nothing was thrown away. Her maternal grandmother raised her children alone after losing their father in WWII. Her father’s ...

Generations

Lou Ann Peterson and her daughter, Sarah Minor, of Frewsburg have been a team throughout life, especially in the kitchen. “Family is everything in this house,” Minor said. “We spend most of our time in the kitchen. We’ve always baked together. We are best friends.” She remembers ...

Life On The Go

Anne Jackson has lived all over the United States, as well as in a foreign country. She was born at Camp Pendleton in Southern California while her father was in the Marine Corps. Later, her mother married Jackson’s step-dad, who was in the Army which took the family to Germany, North ...

Jumping Right In

When Edward Scroxton was putting together simple building projects at 9, he had no idea he would continue to improve his woodworking skills and knowledge of wood to the point of owning a small woodworking business by the time his age had doubled. “I’ve always been building stuff. I ...

Local Woman Gifts Treats To Friends, Family, Community

“I never liked to cook. In fact, I actually hated cooking until I was in my late 20s,” said Carol Proestler of West Ellicott. She may not have liked to cook meals, but she enjoyed making divinity candy and cream puffs with her sister, the late Mary Calanni, and recalled doing this when she ...