Enchantment Awaits as Spring Arrives

Enchantment Awaits as Spring Arrives

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut The Enchanted Mountains are just a short car trip away… and they’re calling with a special invitation. “It’s a place to come and forget all your cares,” said Jacqueline Gardner of Cattaraugus County’s Tourism board. The scenic uplands of the Chautauqua-Allegheny Region are home to more than 3,500 square miles […]

Randolph Retail Company

It’s Uptown in Downtown

Randolph Retail Company

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut The Randolph Retail Company opened its doors on June 3, 2010. The opening fulfilled a long-time vision for retired Randolph educators, Cathy and Tom Congdon. “It’s a lot more than a retirement hobby,” Cathy told the Jamestown Gazette, “it’s a wonderful new career and we love it.” A Winning Formula […]

Don’t eat that!

Don’t eat that!

Pica: (noun) “An abnormal desire to eat substances not normally eaten.” Pica was the Miriam-Webster Dictionary’s Word of the Day on 08/28/2014. The word pica derives from the Latin word picave, meaning magpie, a bird that will eat anything. Pica is a common cause of illness, injury and parental panic with toddlers who seem so […]

Greening Chautauqua County’s Deserts

Local Residents Hungry for Drastic Change

Greening Chautauqua County’s Deserts

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut Deserts are dangerous places to live. The deserts in Jamestown and Chautauqua County now threaten the lives and wellbeing of thousands of local residents. At issue: Food Deserts. In growing rural areas of Chautauqua County and sprawling urban neighborhoods of Jamestown, Dunkirk and many nearby smaller communities, people cannot readily […]

Missing Spring Songs

Missing Spring Songs

Now that spring is here – and might even feel like it soon – it’s time to let the songbirds sing – that means don’t let them get eaten. According to scientists, as many as 3.7 billion birds of every kind are eaten by stray or out-the-door house cats every year in the U.S. That’s a lot […]

A different season…

A different season…

There is a season between winter and spring. In my house it is called Mud Season. Snow just melts and sunshine doesn’t drip on the carpets, but mud gets everywhere. Somehow, mud on shoes and boots just begs to be stomped off, especially in stores and restaurant lobbies. Stomped mud sprays on everything, especially me… […]

Potted

Potted

Spring arrives this week. Pretty soon the flowers will begin to come up, the trees will begin to bud, and the grass will begin to green up lawns all across the town. But are you tired of same plain old posies and crabgrass and dandelions? Some of the alternatives are not for the faint of […]

Memories…

“Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.” Those are the words of the late Lewis Smedes, a renowned Christian author, ethicist, and theologian, one […]

No Parking

…on the wrong side of the street, that is. Between October 1 and March 31 in Jamestown residential cars park on the odd side of the street on odd numbered days. Even numbered days must be too hard for some people to figure it out. On snowy days, cars on the wrong side make snow […]