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A Life Enjoyed

The birth of 98-year-old Doris Frink Stone took place in her parents’ home on property that is now part of Allegany State Park, almost exactly one year before the park was dedicated. Her family’s home was located where the Park’s bridge and dam are now positioned at Red House Lake. The ...

Nathan’s Nostalgia

I have interviewed a lot of people over the last 21 years, but I have never met someone with more passion for what they do than Nathaniel Weaver. I also have never met a 19-year-old business owner. While listening to him speak, I had to remind myself that I was talking to someone who was a ...

Faith, Family, Friends

Ninety-two-year old Alice Stoddard came up knowing what it was to do a day’s work. She was born on an Ohio farm in the late 1920s. She remembers driving the Ford tractor for various jobs, one being to cultivate corn. She also fed the chickens, packed eggs into crates to go to market and ...

Out Of Sync: ‘Her Heart Skipped A Beat’

You’ve probably read somewhere or seen in the movies that “her heart skipped a beat” or “heart pounding, he crept into the room.” Did it sound romantic? Exciting? For people suffering from heart rhythm disorders, these sensations are anything but romantic or exciting. ...

Family Business

In 2009, while Reuben Hernandez was still a high school student, he noticed the building at 212 North Main St.in Jamestown had been put up for sale. At the time Hernandez was studying criminal justice at BOCES, with law enforcement being his career goal. The location had been home to various ...

Industrious And Inventive

SALAMANCA — When I think of nonagenarians, persons who are between 90 and 99 years of age, Bill Steckman of Salamanca comes to mind. Bill is one of the happiest, silliest people I know. He is also one of the most industrious, inventive people I know. He once told me he lays awake at night ...

The Wooden Spoon

Prior to the birth of her son, Jacquie Gambino thought she would never leave teaching and would never want to be a stay at home mom. She had enjoyed teaching special education for over a decade between Jamestown and Bemus Point schools. “It was a life-changing experience when Luca was ...

A Good Life

RANDOLPH — I wanted to kick off this series about nonagenarians, people who are blessed to see the ninth decade of life, with the person I know best who fits that description. He is Randolph’s beloved Merle McKimm, my dear late friend Shirley Marvin’s step-father. Merle and his ...

The Legacy

When Nick Rhinehart was three, he told his mother he wanted to work in a restaurant and a year later he was making cream of wheat with his grandmother. By the time he was eight or nine, he had decided he wanted to own the restaurant and when he hit the teen years, he had upped his dream to ...

Serenade In Spanish

We recently returned home from an 11-week trip that took us to several stops on the eastern coast of the United States, through the Panama Canal, including stops at several ports, and then to Ecuador. We visited three cities which were the cultural capital and third largest city, Cuenca, then ...

Definite Distinctions

It may be that every generation thinks they grew up in the greatest decade, but I’m pretty sure that I did. Actually, I enjoyed two great decades, the one of my childhood and the one of my teens. Those decades produced some pretty cool things like cars that could be recognized, one ...

Return To Guayaquil

With my husband, Fred Rowland, I traveled on a cruise ship through the Panama Canal with many stops along the way. The 15-day cruise ended in San Antonio, Chile. We worked our way by bus, plane and car to Cuenca, Ecuador where we spent over two weeks. This installment picks up on our second ...

Serving Our Community’s Children

The library exists to serve our community, and we are here for children and teenagers who don’t always have a safe place to go after school – and who don’t always have enough to eat. With the help of local organizations including the YMCA, 5 & 2 Ministry, and the Jamestown ...

Renovation, Inspiration

SUGAR GROVE — When Sarah Edwards was a child, her artistic talents and passion for design had already shone through. She remembers moving the furniture when her mother was away from home. “My artistic flare started at a young age on the farm. I would play in the hay bales and arrange ...

‘The Traditional Way’

During our 22 days in Ecuador, 15 of those in Cuenca, we were able to visit many artisan shops, thanks to Noel and Christine, my husband’s cousin and his wife. One of those visits was with Chris to a shop that made Panama hats. They originated in Ecuador, but were wrongly named Panama hats ...

Nourished

RANDOLPH — “This was totally God-led,” says Melissa Brown of Nourished, a business she opened with her husband recently in Randolph. “I said if God wants this, He will have to provide.” Melissa and her husband, Nick, prayed they would find a building in which to house Radiantly ...

‘Planning And Encouraging’

During our stay in Cuenca, Ecuador with my husband’s cousin Noel and his wife Christine, we were able to take in many experiences that never would have been possible without Chris’ planning and encouraging us to keep moving. Early one sunny Friday we were picked up by a van which held ...

In Amish Indiana, Tradition And Heritage Mix With Basketball

MONTGOMERY, Ind. (AP) — The old chestnut is that basketball is its own religion in Indiana, a church that welcomes Hoosiers into the temple on cold winter nights, celebrating raucous services in front of screaming parishioners. But there’s a part of the state where the Holy Order of Hoops ...

Spaghetti Dinner, Auction

Mark your calendar and set a reminder on your phone for Friday, April 5 at 5 p.m., when Bethel Baptist Christian Academy hosts its annual Pasta Dinner and Auction. Next, call the school to reserve the tickets to avoid paying an additional $3 at the door. “This is our biggest ...

Safety Obstacles

By now, we had seen quite a bit of Cuenca, Ecuador and had traveled outside of the city a bit. We found the people to be very polite and friendly. It appeared that security was important to Ecuadorians as exhibited by the tall walls around most properties. Even though Cuenca has one of the ...