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Extraordinarily Ordinary

“My life is very ordinary,” says 94-year old Alice Lindquist. “I was just a farmer’s wife who has done nothing of note.” Her birth took place on Jan. 22, 1925 on Conewango’s Seager Hill Road. Albert and Beatrice Barton, raised four sons and two daughters on the family farm. As ...

Happy Little House

Ashley Thomas of Panama has numerous interests, most involving creativity or physical activity. Entrepreneur, outdoorsperson, hairdresser, animal-lover, skater and artist all describe her. “My number one job is a stay at home mom of these two,” she says of her 2 -and-a-half-year-old ...

Blessed Beyond Measure

Randolph’s 96-year-old Bettie Alexander and her family have had a big presence in the town for nearly a century. She was born in Jamestown and moved to the small village when she was 4. Her father, Edwin “Bert” Keith, a plumbing and heating contractor, built Randolph Golf Club in 1929. ...

Nightly Challenge

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — With no computer or internet at home, Raegan Byrd’s homework assignments present a nightly challenge: How much can she get done using just her smartphone? On the tiny screen, she switches between web pages for research projects, losing track of tabs whenever friends ...

Founding Families

Aside from the antique train carnival ride in the front window, when one enters the newly opened The Station Bistro the most striking feature may be the row of crisp white with black design, hand-etched vintage ceiling lamps. The lamps, original to the building, are very similar to those ...

A Full Life

Some nonagenarians are blessed to see 70 years of marriage with their mates. Lynn and Margaret (Peg) Johnson are one of those couples who have been married nearly 72 years ago. Lynn a life-long resident of Gerry is 91 years old. Margaret is 94 and has lived in many places. She was born in ...

The Shed

The Shed Gift Shop and Museum should make it on the list of every local person who is looking for a scenic drive with a fun stop along the way. It is just 30 minutes from downtown Jamestown to this interesting stop, unless you choose to drive along the waters of the Allegany Reservoir, ...

‘If Old Man Shulz Can, You Can’

It is hard to believe Fletcher Schulz was able to fit in all of the jobs, businesses and activities he participated in in his 98 years of life. Like so many from the first half of the last century, he did not know the meaning of relax. “I never quit working,” says Schulz. He was ...

Colorful Discovery

DURAND, Wis. (AP) — All Ron Berger wanted was to install a door between two buildings. Instead, much to his astonishment, he opened a window into the early history of Durand on Labor Day weekend 2015 when he cut a hole in the wall separating the family business from the property next ...

A Big Influence

When it comes to food preparation, Nelson Harper is up for any challenge. Not only is he ready for challenge, he jumps in to help wherever food needs to be prepared. His father, the family omelet-maker, has had a big influence on his love of cooking, teaching his son how to flip an ...

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 ...