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Magical Childhood

Danny Triplett moved to Jamestown when he was just four years old, but moved away eight years later. Eight years is a short amount of time to an adult, but to a child, it is a lifetime. The 45-year old Florida man recently made a post to the “You Know You Are From Jamestown, New York ...

Leap Of Faith

When Jeremy and Liz Gruber purchased Peterson’s Candies in Busti, they were taking a leap of faith, especially with Jeremy leaving his job as an accountant to jump into candy-making. The couple purchased the business that started in the 1930s as Peterson’s Corn Crib Candies at Third ...

Exploring Ecuador

The fourth floor apartment that my husband’s cousin and his wife owned in Cuenca, Ecuador had huge windows in every room. Nearly every time I looked out over the third largest city in the South American country, I saw something I hadn’t noticed before, but I found myself looking for three ...

Students Get Real Practice

ASHVILLE — Any one of Chef Russell Furdell’s students can recite his motto “You don’t make food. You make chefs.” His foodservice class at Hewes BOCES Center functions like a well-oiled machine, with each student having responsibilities and knowing when and how to carry them out. ...

Finally In Ecuador

We have arrived! We’ve made it to Cuenca, Ecuador by way of van, ship, bus, plane and taxi. By now we have been on the move for four weeks to reach our goal of visiting my husband’s cousin, Noel, and his wife, Christine. The first thing the Magees did after they welcomed us, was to ...

European Entertainment

The Russia International School Project was begun in 1991 after Russia’s Minister of Education invited educators from the United States. The course that the Ministry and Orthodox Church endorsed was called, Christian Morality and Ethics, a Foundation for Society. “The group was a ...

‘Into The Mountains’

Our cruise through the Panama Canal ended in San Antonio, Chile, on December 22, the first day of summer in this part of the world. We were on our way to visit my husband’s cousin Noel and his wife in Cuenca, Ecuador. After debarkation we boarded a bus to the Santiago International Airport. ...

Chef Dad

When Steve Reynolds helped his mother “whip up eggs and season flour for breading” as a kid when she was practicing some recipes for a new job as cook, he had no idea he would one day support a family with his culinary skills. “If I got out of school early, she would take me to work ...

A Chilean Farewell Tradition

We are nearing the end of a 15-day cruise through the Panama Canal, which began in Miami, Florida. We have stopped in Santa Marta and Cartagena, Colombia and Manta, Ecuador on our way to visit my husband’s cousin in Cuenca, Ecuador. The port of Salaverry was the first of two stops in ...

Repurposed

When Nancy Hawley lost her job at the Chautauqua County Airport, where she had worked for many years, she re-opened The Gift Exchange, the business she had run for three years while working seven days per week at the airport. After being shuttered for a year and a half, she brought the shop ...

‘Healthier For It’

To reduce waste and avoid unnecessary plastic bottles and chemicals — and to save money — many people are opting to make cleaning products from scratch at home. You can find an abundance of recipes for household cleaning products online, along with reusable glass spray bottles designed to ...

Hodgepodge

I have featured people of all ages over the last 21 years and today I revisit a few of them, from a preteen to some senior citizens. I begin with Johnathan Schulz who was just 12-years old when he appeared on this page on May 19, 2012. I was impressed with his work ethic and the fact that ...

‘Nature Provides’

This was the day we had been waiting for, the day we would pass through the Panama Canal on our way to visit my husband’s cousin in Ecuador. Fred, my spouse, had been up and down throughout the early morning hours of the sixth day of our cruise, in anticipation of our 5 a.m. arrival to the ...

‘New Learning Experiences’

WALLINGFORD, Conn.— It’s 1 o’clock on a Wednesday afternoon in Wallingford, Connecticut, and about 20 children are watching a screen at the front of the room as they take turns navigating challenges and collecting virtual currency to unlock powers, outfits and pets for their ...

The Way

While I was visiting South America recently, I made the acquaintance of Peppe Bjorn, who is from Italy. I soon learned that my new friend spent much of his time thinking of the next project he might paint, photograph, build or redecorate. It appeared that his creative mind seldom rested and ...

An Ecuador Adventure

I recently traveled to Cuenca, Ecuador on a cruise ship with my husband, Fred. On the way there, we spent a few days outside of Washington, D.C., two in Huntersville, N.C., and four more in Pompano Beach, Fla., where we left our van in my cousin’s care. I woke very early on the fourth ...

From Bad To Beautiful

On our recent trip to South America, I was blessed to be able speak with Giovanni Cambizaca of Cuenca, Ecuador. Cambizaca was born in the middle of the Ecuadorian Amazon, in an area where there were just three or four houses and from where it took his parent’s two days to walk to the ...

Operation Carrot Cake

Like many generations before me, I have officially become an outsider to the ways of the world. I feel like my grandmother who complained about hippies, or my mother who, after 10 years, is still learning how to use her iPhone. This is the cycle of life: the older generations become ...

Saying Goodbye Isn’t Easy

The text arrived at 1:06 last Monday morning just as I was wrapping up my shift at The Post-Journal. It was from my wife. “It’s over, honey,” Vicki punched into her iPhone. I knew what she meant. “Coach,” our 10-year-old, 160-pound Great Dane was gone, the victim of what we ...

Life On A Cruise

My husband and I have been making our way to South America. We drove to Pompano Beach, Florida with a few stops along the way. After leaving our van at my cousin’s house, we took an Uber to the cruise port in Miami, where we boarded a 15-day cruise through the Panama Canal. Our ship ...