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 […]

39 Steps

Famous Hitchcock Adaptation Takes the Stage at Little Theatre

39 Steps

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut At times, the riveting suspense holds the audience breathless. At least as often, this remarkable adaptation of a classic 1935 Alfred Hitchcock movie leaves audiences breathless with laughter. The movie from which the play was created is ranked the fourth best British film of the 20th century by the British […]

Women’s History Month

Jamestown’s Remarkable Firsts

Women’s History Month

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut No cover story in the Jamestown Gazette has ever opened with an apology, but this one must. Complete coverage of this week’s story would require all 32 pages – to the exclusion of everything else – in order fairly to present all of the pioneering and remarkably accomplished women of […]

Whose history is it, anyway?

Whose history is it, anyway?

No history book ever written recorded everything that ever happened. No history book could be that big. Historians only record two things: what we want to remember and what we can’t ignore. The problem with what we want to remember is that it is based on what we think is important today. Sometimes it is […]

A Clash of Rights

The Conversation about Guns that Needs to Happen

A Clash of Rights

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut The most recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida has once again heightened the controversy over the right of U.S. citizens to bear arms. A recent (unofficial) survey among local residents suggests polarization of opinions need not be the norm. Close-knit communities can foster reasonable dialog based on mutual respect. The […]