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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 ...

Fresh, Family Friendly

“We pride ourselves as a family-friendly, neighborhood establishment. There has been a family-owned business on this corner for over 50 years. It was a Red and White Grocery Store, then Ang’s Grocery and The College Inn,” said Chris Sorenson, co-owner of Jamestown’s Coach’s Corner ...

Many Interests

Bob Lingle does not make New Year’s resolutions, instead, until this year, he set personal goals. His personal goals for 2019 were to finish the rough draft of a book he had started quite some time ago and to run a full marathon. He achieved the second goal, but not the first. For 2020, he ...

A Year Of Learning

It has been a year of learning. That is how United Way of Southern Chautauqua County director, Amy Rohler, described her first year with the agency. Rohler originally served as the executive director of Community Helping Hands of Jamestown from 2009 until late 2018, when she joined the ...

A Place To Be Snowed In

“It’s probably the second oldest cross-country ski facility in the nation,” said Ryan Janes about The Wilderness Lodge in Wattsburg, Pa. Janes’ grandparents, Jim and Nansi Janes, built the lodge, which was completed in 1969. It was originally launched as a snowmobile lodge, but ...

Sharing Traditions

Kim Smith began caring for ailing family members when she was a young child causing her to grow up rather abruptly. Her grandmother had been bedfast since before the girl was born. “My mom wasn’t well, was in a wheelchair and was in and out of the nursing home. My grandfather always ...

Christmas At The Inn

The beautiful Edwards Waterhouse Inn at 71 Central Ave. in Fredonia has a long history, as would be expected of a home built in the 1800s. The original house was built in 1850 by Francis S. Edwards, a United States Congressman. After Dr. John Waterhouse took possession, a massive addition, ...

Folded Fabrics

The trend in gift wrapping this holiday season is toward jazzy yet sustainable options. Consider beautifully folded fabrics or understated, brown or green masking paper topped with colorful washi tape or sprigs of green instead of easily crushed store-bought bows. “There’s a lot of fun ...

City Woman Keeps Swedish Family Traditions

“We spent every Christmas Eve at my father’s parents, Ray and Freda Ahlstrom. It was my father, his two brothers and their families,” said Denise Priestman. “We had all of the recipes, except Kaldolmar.” She holds fond memories of those winter nights at the house on upper South Main ...

Vintage Passions

Nathaniel Weaver has been preparing for today’s Christmas Walk-About at the White Swan for several days with the recent addition of 10 truckloads of antiques, a dozen Christmas trees decorated with vintage decorations and an 1880s sleigh. He describes the event as a holiday party planned ...