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Swimming Pools Provide Fun, Exercise

March 29, 2014 During retirement I discovered the physical and emotional benefits of swimming laps in my local high school swimming pool several mornings a week. more »»

There’s No Place Like Home

March 23, 2014 It’s true. As much as so many people want to be somewhere else, there is no place like home. more »»

Nature Camps

March 22, 2014 As a member of the education staff, I have the privilege of going into local schools and teaching kids of various ages about natural history. more »»

Food, Glorious Food!

March 22, 2014 Humans eat meat, vegetables, fruit and sweet desserts. They wash those down with milk, water, coffee or tea, soft drinks or alcoholic beverages. more »»

Environmental Protection Fund At Work In Chautauqua Region

March 16, 2014 Despite perceptions that Albany doesn’t fund initiatives in our region, New York state, through the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) and its predecessor, the Environmental Quality Bond Act (EQBA)... more »»

Winter’s Icy?Hands Are Leaving

March 15, 2014 Winter is a monster with icy claws, wrapping itself around the roof of the earth for months at a time. Winter’s icy breath chills the bones and chases animals and retirees to the south to escape. more »»

Waxing: Today It’s For Skis

March 15, 2014 In Western New York this winter has been a welcome gift for outdoor sports enthusiasts. more »»

The?Earliest Wildflower

March 9, 2014 As winter stretches into March, with its seemingly endless cold and snow, walking outside and encountering blooming wildflowers seems like a dream that will never come true. more »»

Pay It Forward

March 8, 2014 Have you heard the CBS news story about the little boy who finds a $20 bill in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel? Like many of us, he first he imagines what he could buy with it. more »»

Birds Saved A Very, Very Bad?Day

March 8, 2014 Life has been difficult for me recently. The following is a description of this challenging period in my life. You will probably wonder why these ideas are in a nature column. Keep reading. On Feb. more »»

The?Diary?Of A First?Time Cruiser

March 2, 2014 After waiting many months, the time has come for my first cruise. I’m not sure what to expect, but there are two things I know – there will be no snow to shovel or ice to scrap. more »»

If Animals?Could Talk

March 1, 2014 I am the raccoon, hungry after sleeping as long as I could, searching frantically for protein to restore my starving body. more »»

Chickens Deserve Respect And Admiration

March 1, 2014 During a trip to central Iowa this past fall, I passed a windowless building 100 yards long by 25 yards wide where “free range” meat producing chickens were raised. more »»

What?Are You Feeding Your Lake?

February 23, 2014 Believe it or not, the first day of spring is less than a month away. Soon we will be turning our attention to tidying up our yards after being buried in snow for months. more »»

Talking Trees?In March

February 22, 2014 The temperature has risen 30 degrees to a balmy 23 degrees Fahrenheit, perfect for outdoor recreation. more »»

Finches: Gold And Purple

February 22, 2014 Looking out my window this morning, I can see about a dozen goldfinches. Finches, in the family Fringillidae, are relatives of crossbills, grosbeaks, siskins and redpolls. Nice family. more »»

Water In Winter

February 16, 2014 Water has many unusual properties that make it suitable as the medium for lif. more »»

What’s The?Buzz?

February 15, 2014 With the frigid temperatures you’ve likely been reading on your thermometer (if it reads that low), you may wonder how anything could survive long in the out-of-doors during these, the coldest days... more »»

Therapy Dogs Are?Friends To Everyone

February 15, 2014 Owners of pet dogs truly love their dogs because dogs come to be petted, handled and spoken to. Dogs accept people regardless of personal faults or dispositio. more »»

The?Importance Of Cold And Snow

February 9, 2014 “The groundhog says six more weeks of winter?” My daughter broke into huge tears. “Only six more weeks? I want MORE! Winter should last forever. more »»



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