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Remembering Lundquist Hardware

Lundquist Hardware was a fixture in Brooklyn Square for many decades. Operated by three generations of the Carl and Ellen Lundquist family, the store was located at 2 S Main St., next to Noah’s Ark. An informal slogan at Lundquist Hardware was “If we don’t have it, you don’t need ...

Lunch Lady

As the second oldest in a family of nine, Bianca Swarthout was taught large-quantity cooking at an early age. The Ellington woman has held jobs in the food service field for her entire life, beginning at the age of 14 or 15 when she worked at a business of which her mother was in partnership. ...

Tiny Pieces

Most, if not all people are passionate about something, even though the passion may not be obvious. Faith Swanson’s passion is displayed throughout her home for all to see. “I see pieces of my past, pillows, aprons, kid’s aprons, kid’s clothes, curtains,” she says as she looks ...

The Feed Mill

The brick main street of Cattaraugus resembles a Norman Rockwell painting. Paul and Linda Macakanja are not new to the Main Street business scene, having owned Jenny Lee Diner for 11 years. What is new is their latest addition of The Feed Mill, a restaurant with a unique theme. “We’re ...

Pumpkintown

It is heartwarming to hear the reasons the Minor and Genberg families built Pumpkintown. “When we sit here watching the kids running around, it is rewarding. We hope that Pumpkintown can reach children in all situations where they can have a fun, safe environment,” said Sarah Minor ...

‘Set Your Mind To It’

Many parents have said “you can do it if you set your mind to it.” Allison Evans may or may not have heard that line, but she certainly set her mind to doing many things over the years that proved the line to be true, at least in her case. Before she applied for a cooking job at the ...

Novel Destination

“I just feel very strongly that we are here to support our reading community, to get books into the right hands” are the words of book shop owner Carrie Wolfgang. A first impression when one enters Novel Destination Used Book Emporium may be a feeling of welcome while wondering where ...

Casting Nets

Mentioning Barcelona to many people in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Warren counties causes them to think of Sunday drives to the shores of Lake Erie. Some may even salivate as they remember eating smoked shrimp in the car on the ride home. “I’m sure you could find shrimp shells out ...

High Standards

If there was a report card that covered Carl Raineir’s lifespan, he would have straight A’s in every area. Born to parents who immigrated from Italy, he came by his grateful attitude naturally. “They never felt entitled. They were honored to be in America to work hard for a better ...

Changes For The Future

Originally started in 1991, Chautauqua County Rails To Trails has been working to provide means of natural conservation for the community. At the same time, the group also tries to preserve trails that once served as crucial points of infrastructure on railroad networks in the United ...

Pampering

FREDONIA — I can now say I have been greeted by a cat wearing a necktie. Actually, there were seven laid-back, happy male felines wearing ties on my recent visit to 9 Lives Holistic in Fredonia. Owners Lynda Sandoval and Niner Baxter have put a lot of time and thought into their business ...

Bygone Memories

When Joe Triscari was just eight years old, he started his first job as a shoeshine boy. Although he changed vocations, he continued to work until he was 83, never turning down an opportunity to serve the public. Triscari was born in WCA Hospital on Dec. 20, 1926. He has fond memories of ...

To New Albion

Kim and Mark Burkhard live in a cozy home on a three-acre plot in New Albion. She grew up in Albion, and her husband lived in Cheektowaga until his family moved to Ellicottville in his senior year of high school. They met at HoliMont Ski Resort where Mark has worked since he was 18. ...

A Great Age

“I’m at a great age.” Helen Gilbert of Jamestown says enthusiastically, “I’m in my nineties and I’m fortunate that I’m still doing creative things.” Although she was born in Rochester, she spent most of her childhood in Buffalo and Randolph. Her father, Lance Zavitz, ...

Sew Perfect

Gabriel Hrysenko saw biotechnology in her future while she was studying math and science at Jamestown Community College and SUNY Fredonia. She ended up doing what she loves, but not exactly what she had planned. Not even close. The Westfield woman grew up in New Jersey with her mother ...

A Good Man

Shortly after beginning a visit to the Little Valley home of Chuck Huntington, I knew I had met a good man. It was clear he was a good father and grandfather, respected his fellow man, took care of the creatures in nature and was a hard worker. “I was born in my mother’s bedroom on ...

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 ...