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Man Seems To Be A Friend Only When He Needs A Hand

DEAR ABBY: My husband has been so-called friends with a man I’ll call “Roy” for almost 30 years. During the 23 years I have been in the picture, I have noticed their friendship seems one-sided. We hear from Roy only when he’s down on his luck or needs help moving or lifting ...

How Do We Debate Something We Don’t Know?

A few humble thoughts on the debacle known as Obamacare. Including those of hope. Yes, hope. Indeed, the problems of Obamacare are too many to list. But here is one that stands out. Unfortunately. Few of us can understand the damned thing. True! For proof go to healthcare.gov and find ...

I Love NY Meets I Love Lucy

Once again, New York State has reaffirmed its commitment to the National Comedy Center, Chautauqua County, and the Western New York region. Governor Andrew Cuomo made a special trip to Jamestown last week to kick off the annual Lucy Comedy Festival weekend. During his speech the Governor ...

Age Versus Longevity

It’s amazing how, when we describe how long we’ve been doing something, or how old we may be, or how long we’ve been at our job, etc., the choice of some words makes us sound just plain old, while other words might make us sound somewhat “regal.” Don’t get me wrong, age is just a ...

Oh Say, Do You Sneeze?

Returning from a trip to Portland, Ore., where my one family is now settling, I brought back little but the beginnings of a juicy head cold. Those who have observed my plight all tend to blame it on the airlines. Sorry, not this time, for I started cold pills the morning before my flight — ...

Looking Back

Recently, when my daughter, my granddaughter, and I were at an antique shop my daughter told her daughter that is the way she grew up. She was right. When our children were young we often took a Sunday ride that took us to some antique store. One Sunday we would head to Stockton. There were ...

Summer 2017: Fabulous So Far

Some folks are already starting to gloat. Summer 2017 seems to be shaping up to be a great one for local business owners who say that sales are up—from wine shops to boat rentals to cottage leasing. I was at Midway last Sunday and the first thing I noticed when pulling in was that parking ...

Pet Insurance

Hello, readers! This week, I would like to discuss the importance of pet insurance. I have been asked about this by several people the past couple of weeks. For several years, I have partnered with pet insurance companies. This has provided me with a significant amount of experience in this ...

Memory Of A Free Festival

Adding to my growing list of new experiences in 2017 was my visit to and participation in the annual Light Fest in Westfield this past weekend. I made brief mention in last week’s column that Cold Lazarus had been booked to perform at the minimally publicized event this year. It turns out ...

You Are Worth More

I’ve been making an effort to get in better shape, dear readers, and I’ve found a supportive community both online and amongst my friends. If I feel like skipping a workout, all I have to do is look through my social media accounts and I will see pictures of friends and even those I don’t ...

Chautauqua

This morning I took the dogs, Pip and Rose, to the Lakewood Dog Park on the border of Lakewood and Celoron and across from a public boat ramp and park. The air was wet with a cool mist. Stratocumulus clouds hung low like a cotton blanket over the lake. It was one of those days when the water ...

Chautauqua Lake Needs New Ideas, Leadership

Thirteen-thousand-acre Chautauqua Lake has been rightly called the “jewel” of Chautauqua County and is an irreplaceable asset for the people of Chautauqua County, Western New York and all of New York State. Chautauqua Lake is also our home and a critical part of our every day life. The ...

What Does Chautauqua Lake Really Need?

With the recent flurry of articles and letters to the editor about the need for herbicides to “save the lake,” do we really know what the lake needs? Some simply defer to Mother Nature because she knows how all of nature works. Others use the language of a lake which may be intimidating. I ...

Annexation Dispute Involves A Lot Of Inside Baseball

There has been a lot of ink expended recently about the city of Jamestown annexing a small parcel of land in Falconer and the town Ellicott. Most readers, I assume (unless they live in the Falconer area), are probably apathetic about the issue. In truth, it is somewhat an “inside ...

If Teachers Taught (Blank) …

At the beginning of my teaching career, being a fourth-grade teacher in a self-contained classroom, I was responsible for teaching all subjects. This meant I had to prep for all subjects making sure the plan, materials, procedure, evaluation and remediation (if necessary) for each lesson were ...

Flying Lessons

A perfect summer day for mid-July: sunny, mid-80s and a heavenly breeze blowing in from the south. Days of heavy rains have contributed to the level of the lake so it remains relatively full. And deep. Certainly deep enough. It’s almost time for the geese to fly. The two (or are there ...

How Cars Have Changed!

When I was growing up there were just a few car manufacturers. Each car brand was distinctive so you could pick all of them out. I remember in the years that I traveled with Grandma and Grandpa and my mother I counted types of cars to pass the time as we drove along. Now there are so many ...

Businesses Need To Prepare For NYS Paid Family Leave

On July 19, 2017 the New York State Worker’s Compensation Board approved the final regulations for New York’s Paid Family Leave Benefits Law. The law take effect on January 1, 2018. The program will be phased in over a four year period from 2018 to 2021. There are two major components to ...

Instructions For August

It’ almost August — that time when summer gets carried away. It brings out all its most interesting stuff and puts it on display: fruit flies, plants that grow to Jurassic Park sizes, big thunderstorms and some kind of moisture that covers everything we own. I poured myself a glass of ...

Better Deal Equals Empty Rhetoric

Senator Chuck Schumer had a recent op-ed in the Progressive Liberal Democratic echo chamber called the New York Times. He seems to be asserting himself as the new voice of the Democratic party, with bold pronouncements of all of the new, progressive things he and his party are going to do for ...