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May 11, 2014 Patty Hammond leads Family and Consumer Science Programs at Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County. more »»

Three Little Words

May 11, 2014 I believe there have been a couple, maybe more, songs with this title that have been sung through many years, and in these songs, we hopefully know that those three little words are I LOVE YOU. more »»

New Breeds

May 10, 2014 The American Kennel Club has recognized two more breeds, bringing their total to 180 different breeds and varieties. more »»

Editor’s Note

May 10, 2014 This is a noteworthy weekend for a couple of reason. more »»

The Cost Of One Tomato

May 10, 2014 I picked up a flank steak at the grocery store last week and after taking one look at the price, I marched over to the butcher. “Since when does flank steak cost as much as filet mignon?” I aske. more »»

The Never-Ending Fight With The Thorns

May 7, 2014 O accursed multiflora rose thicket! Mine arms and legs are scarred with the ravages of thine thorns. Mine clothing is frayed and tattered by the whipsaw stickiness of thine stems. more »»

They Call Me Mr. Tibbs

May 4, 2014 In the ‘’60s, a very prominent actor came into his own becoming the leading actor of that decade and remained very popular throughout his acting career. more »»

The Therapy Of Gardening

May 4, 2014 I just finished planting some pansies that were a gift to me for Easter. I love the look of pansies because it seems that each one is different. They often resemble little faces. more »»

Smile For The Camera And Answer Your Phone

May 3, 2014 I’m rethinking my love/hate relationship with cameras and cell phones. It used to be that taking a picture was a special enterprise. more »»

Editor's Note

May 3, 2014 My fiancee and I, although we’ve only been engaged for seven months, have been together for well over four years. more »»

Goodbye, And Good Luck

May 1, 2014 A common phrase that I’ve heard area residents repeat time and again is that there is little to do in this town, but I’ve found that there’s little truth to that belief. more »»

Not All NRA Members Are Extremists

April 30, 2014 Meet a political centrist who is a proud member of the National Rifle Association: Me. On some issues (abortion, immigration) my positions identify with liberals. more »»

Another Adventure For Grandma

April 27, 2014 There is something new at Hickory Heights. Micah, a four-month-old Shih-Tsu mix, is my newest additio. more »»

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

April 27, 2014 The adage says that a picture is worth a thousand words. If that is so, then the life of one Mr. Walt Roode, who has recently passed, includes about a thousand volumes. more »»


April 26, 2014 I don’t trust the weather enough to say that the snow is over, but Memorial Day is in sight, and thoughts of vacation trips can safely replace thoughts of snowdrifts and ice. more »»

Editor’s Note

April 26, 2014 With Allegany State Park in the news multiple times this week, I’ve been thinking back to the weeks my family and friends spent camping at the park. more »»

The Rules Of Grandmothering

April 26, 2014 My grandmother had five children and more than a handful of grandchildren, which made her a hot commodity after she retired from teaching. more »»

‘Trick Or Treat!’ At Eastertime? Well, Sure

April 23, 2014 I emptied the bag of chonk’lits, all 4 pounds of them, into the decorative wooden bowl in our front room. “You should not eat such stuff!” said my wife. I looked at her in wide-eyed innocence. more »»

‘Girls Mess With Your Head’

April 20, 2014 Fathers and daughters. After the birth of our first child, a girl, I asked an older, wiser male friend, father of many children, for advic. more »»

From Halleluiahs To Sorrow, Then Elation

April 20, 2014 Yesterday as I sat in church I could not help but think of all of the events of Holy Week. more »»



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