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Cook Extraordinaire

Some people think Becky Van Valkenburg is a cook extraordinaire, including the person who recommended Becky should be featured on this page. “I love to cook. Sometimes I don’t think I get enough opportunity to do that. My family will tell you I am involved in too much stuff,” she ...

Un-BEE-lievable

The sun is out, clover runs wild, and bees of all sizes buzz about as I gaze around my lawn. A sight that may be a disagreeable for some is a pleasant one for me. In part from anthropogenic causes and in part from climate change, native and managed bee populations have been in steep ...

Places Great And Small

St. Augustine described the world as a book and that failure to travel means only reading one page. For over a decade, a Jamestown couple has been enjoying retirement internationally from the Americas to Zimbabwe, reading many pages to do so. Bob and Kathy Barber worked at Jamestown ...

Competition Series

CORNING — Over 150 years ago, a group of glassmakers picked up and moved their glass shop from Brooklyn to Corning and started one of the most recognizable names in the industry. Now, the archive of the company, the Corning Museum of Glass, is being introduced on an international stage as a ...

Dozens Of Ideas

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — What’s the difference between cement and concrete? In my case, about $9, 55 pounds and a slightly sore back. Though the two terms are often used interchangeably, cement is an ingredient in concrete, which also includes aggregates like sand, gravel or stone. I ...

Meant To Be

Ron Pritchard and his home are a perfect match. His interests and the house’s built-ins, nooks and ledges appear to have been made for each other. First impressions, whether indoors or out, coming through the front door or back door, give visitors a cozy, warm, fuzzy feeling. Perennial ...

Partnerships On Display

CHAUTAUQUA — This week’s 1045 a.m. speakers in the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater are listed here: LAURA L. CARSTENSEN PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY AND THE FAIRLEIGH S. DICKINSON JR. PROFESSOR IN PUBLIC POLICY AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY MONDAY, JULY 15, 10:45 A.M. Laura L. Carstensen ...

Shakespeare, Ballet, Opera, Dance Highlight Week’s Entertainment Options

CHAUTAUQUA SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE JUNE 25 - JULY 31 The Chautauqua Theater Company’s free outdoor Shakespeare returns with a magical midsummer comedy. Follow jealous lovers, mischievous fairies and first time players as they journey ...

The Little House

“People ask me ‘what do you do now, Lana’ and I say ‘I make people happy,’” says Lana Lewis. “Every day I wake up and I’m very thankful I live here.” When Lana relocated from the city to the country, she didn’t expect she would be opening her home to hundreds of new ...

Strong And Determined

I have heard many stories over the past few months while interviewing nonagenarians. Most have told about attending a one-room schoolhouse, World War II, gardening and canning. Although Ruth I. Hammond mentioned all of those, her story, like the others, is unique with several amusing ...

Partnerships On Display

CHAUTAUQUA — This week’s 1045 a.m. speakers in the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater are listed here: COREY JASKOLSKI CONSERVATIONIST, ENGINEER MONDAY, JULY 8, 10:45 A.M., Corey Jaskolski is an inventor, engineer, National Geographic Fellow, photographer, AR and VR ...

Keep Your Cool This Summer

Keeping your cool means staying calm through tense, angry, or chaotic situations, and it’s one key to a healthy heart. But what if it’s 90 degrees outside? Summer heat and humidity might make you feel a little cranky, but what does the hot weather mean for your heart? It turns out ...

Under The Streetlamp, Opera, Dance Highlight Week’s Entertainment Options

BUFFALO SILVER BAND SUNDAY, JULY 7, 2:30 P.M., AMPHITHEATER With a history stretching back more than 100 years, the Buffalo Silver Band is a unique presence in the Buffalo-Niagara music scene. As the only British-style brass band in Upstate New York, the Buffalo Silver Band continues the ...

A Better Life

When Jose Rodriguez left Guanajuato, Mexico in 2001, he was in search of better job opportunities, better pay and a better life for his family. While living in his native land, he had worked with his father making mud bricks for construction. “The process takes one month. Two people make ...

Life Before Water, Power

Christine Martin was born on Nov. 28, 1922 at her parents’ home in Chesterfield, Pennsylvania. The first 20 years of her life were spent without the luxury of electricity. Her family of twelve knew no other way, therefore they didn’t see this as a hardship. “There was no electricity ...

Gypsy Wagon

Kim Mason has many interests and many talents. Since his retirement from Blair Corporation after 34 years, where he worked as a master technician, he has been doing a little of everything. “Now he’s the CEIO of my company,” says his wife Linda. “He carries everything in and carries ...

How It Once Was

Not only was the world a much different place when Marion Wade grew up in East Randolph, but the little village was as well. When the 93-year-old woman was born in the former WCA Hospital, her family lived outside of East Randolph but eventually moved to Main Street and then to Church ...

10 Years Later

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A look at the status of the major figures in the life and death of Michael Jackson after 10 years, starting with the King of Pop himself: MICHAEL JACKSON: Jackson, who would be 60 years old were he alive, was rehearsing for a tour intended to rehabilitate his career, ...

‘Glory To God’

When Karen Martin learned to sew in her high school home economics class, she had no idea she would one day be part of a ministry to support cancer patients. “God gave me this talent to sew. I want God to have the glory, not me. I like doing things for people and helping in the ...