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Join The Chamber To Help Grow Your Business

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and our six Community Chambers of Commerce work on behalf of businesses every day, and invite you to join in the progress we are making! The Chamber’s 2018 Spring Membership Drive will run April 29 – June 7, with some special events and ...

There’s No Accounting For People’s Passions

Here’s an unusual story about heritage and culture. When I was growing up, my father had an interest in the American Indian. In fact, we had a framed picture of Red Jacket hanging in our dusty basement. And I remember him reading us Red Jacket’s famous speech about religion that the chief ...

Is Amazon Hurting Or Helping?

In the last few weeks several significant local employers where I live announced that they will be closing shop. One of them is Bon Ton, a large retail chain which was sold to a liquidator under bankruptcy proceedings. It is but the latest story of large retailers experiencing severe financial ...

Steps On How To Avoid Making Those Common Puppy Training Mistakes

One of the most common questions I receive is “How do I train my puppy, and what mistakes should I avoid?” That’s what I want to talk to you about today. Even if you don’t have a puppy right now, hang on to this article if you decide to adopt one in the future. The arrival of a new ...

Religious Abuses: Anger, Then … Redemption?

First, sadness. Then, anger. Only afterward does rational assessment occur over the Erie-based news story that named a deceased bishop, numerous priests and some non-ordained Catholics in the Diocese of Erie who have been “credibly accused” of improper conduct with respect to sexual ...

Journey To The Centre Of The Eye

This past weekend I seized a well-timed opportunity to take a break from “adulting” for an evening, and the results far exceeded my expectations. As I lounged around my apartment Sunday afternoon, recovering from a full weekend of gigging in Buffalo and Olean the two nights prior, I ...

Happy Coachella!

I have been seeing a lot of updates on social media regarding the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival that takes place this time of year in Indio, California. A few years back, I succumbed to the Coachella peer pressure along with my friends and booked the overly priced tickets to the ...

Is Trump Standing Down In Syria?

Wednesday morning, President Trump jolted the nation with a tweet that contained both threat and taunt: “Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’ You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing ...

Complex Male Anatomy Can Lead To Urinary Infection In Some Men

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 79 years old and have had three separate incidences of epididymitis — not the same side, but all responding to Cipro. Why do old guys get these infections? — D.M. ANSWER: Male genitourinary anatomy is complex. Here’s an overview: Sperm are made in the testes. The ...

The Meaning Of Ryan’s Departure

I’ve always felt a kinship with Paul Ryan. Maybe it’s the fact that we are both Jack Kemp acolytes. Maybe I have a soft spot for upright family men who are attracted to public policy by the desire to do good. Maybe I love conservative wonks. But Paul Ryan’s fate over the past several ...

Bride Accuses Mom Of Using Wedding To Spotlight Herself

DEAR ABBY: Once I announced my engagement, my already thin, fit mother went on a diet and lost 20 pounds. My weight has always been an issue with her, and I can’t believe she would draw attention to it in this way. She called me a bridezilla because I told her I think she’s trying to ...

Republicans And Patriotism

The election night words of the long-shot Republican candidate after his upset victory remain with me to this day: “I learned long ago that serving only oneself is a petty and unsatisfying ambition. But serve a cause greater than self-interest and you will know a happiness far more sublime ...

What Is The Real Message From Epstein-Barr Antibodies?

DEAR DR. ROACH: After decades of feeling fatigued, I started working with a naturopathic doctor. She ordered a saliva test for my total cortisol output, which was normal at 27. She also ordered a full thyroid panel (also normal) and a test for Epstein-Barr virus antibodies. My levels are: EBV ...

Adios California?

Many Californians dream their state will secede from the U.S. That dream could easily become reality. And it might not be a bad idea. The state already behaves as another country. It passes laws that spite the U.S. government. It encourages more and more illegal immigrants to come. It goes ...

With Dad Out Of The Country, Boyfriend Takes On Parenting

DEAR ABBY: My husband’s brother split from his wife, “Charlotte,” five years ago and now works and lives in another country. The brothers are still quite close. His school-age daughters live nearby and are close to their cousins, our daughters. Charlotte’s latest boyfriend (they ...

Grandmothering — Holding On, Letting Go

My two grandchildren visited me over Easter and stayed for the following week. Cassidy, 4, and Brennan, 8, are smart and good children. Our days filled with games and songs, grilled cheese sandwiches and chocolate sundaes. We made trips to Walmart and bought balls, rubix cubes and nerf ...

The Politics Of Chautauqua Lake

For every organization and wherever people gather — there are politics. It doesn’t matter if it is in government, at the country club or even in your local church. “Politics” is the story of people working together to accomplish a common goal. Sometimes they disagree but usually ...

2018 Business Builder Source Book: A Valuable Member Resource

Written by Todd J. Tranum, President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the distribution of its 2018 Business Builder Source Book. ...

Meet Madison: Part I

Years ago I met an unforgettable gentleman named Madison. His initial reason for seeking therapy was depression. He had set a late afternoon appointment to satisfy his schedule due to sleep disturbance. He arrived promptly for his appointment at 4 p.m. Physically, he was an imposing specimen of ...

High School Fashion

Yesterday I received an update for a reunion that will be held for my high school class this fall. Memories flowed as I read what was planned. Although I have seen my classmates since graduation, I still picture them just as they used to be. I grew up in the 60s so the fashion from that ...