Famous Fireball Run – Astronaut and Hometown Girl Find Missing Children

“You’ve blown the lid right off !” Fireball Run Adventurally planners told Lee Harkness after their 4-day visit to Jamestown. “Jamestown is way above expectations. We didn’t know anyplace like it existed in the U.S.A.” Lee Harkness, Executive Director of the Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation, was quoting Universal Studios Florida Executive Producer, “JJ” Sanchez, and […]

Editorial – Sept. 17, 2012

The Best of Times… The Worst of times… Charles Dickens began his Tale of Two Cities with those famous words. They’ve been quoted ever since—for 150 years—to describe the inevitable mingling of Good and Evil; neither is ever found without at least a hint of a battle against the other. What if you could enter […]

Jamestown Mattress – A History of Customized Comfort

“Once we could have sold you a mattress for $2.00,” Jim Pullan, Jr. told an audience of local business leaders recently. “It came stuffed with sea grass or horsehair with a cover woven from the same material. For $2.50 you could get it covered in softer cotton or wool. That, of course, was in 1886.” […]

A Scenic Walk Along Chautauqua’s Trolley and Train Trails

Jim Fincher has been telling people to “Take a Hike” for years now, and he shows no sign of changing his tune. “It’s good for you,” he says, “and fun.” Fincher is the Trailmaster and Executive Director for Chautauqua Rails-to-Trails, a group of more than 100 enthusiastic local volunteers reclaiming the abandoned train and trolley […]

Editorial: Sept. 10, 2012

The Great Outdoors There is an old New England proverb—and we can use it here—that says “The forest is the poor man’s overcoat.” So many modern necessities come at a high price that we often think the best things in life cost a lot. But maybe some of them really are free. Take the great […]

Random Acts of Kindness – Sept. 3, 2012

Fifteen years ago I bought a nearly 100-year-old house in Jamestown. By the time five years had passed my porch steps had finally finished disintegrating. I had a new set of steps built right away. What I didn’t know was that my handyman used untreated lumber. This spring, the bottom two steps rotted through. But […]

Editorial: Sept. 3, 2012

If Music be the Food… Shakespeare said it. “If music be the food of love, play on.” Almost 1 in 20 people in Jamestown, young and old, are now taking music, performance or art instruction at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts in the heart of Jamestown’s downtown district. Add in all the church choirs, garage […]

2012 Local Music Showcase

JAMESTOWN – Forty musical acts, nine great venues and one star-filled night promise to bring more musical talent to the streets of Jamestown than ever before…all on Saturday night, September 8, 2012. “The 9th Annual Local Music Showcase is going to be the best gathering of local music talent you’ll ever see,” Stephanie Rogers promised […]

Star Traveler – You

The farthest that the amateur astronomers at the Martz Observatory in Frewsburg, New York have yet traveled into deep space is to Quasar 3C 273, 2.5 billion light years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Virgo. It is 4 trillion times brighter than the sun and worth the trip to see. Martz, however, […]

Labor Day 2012 – A Day To Celebrate Our Workers

“Fireworks are an art form that uses the whole night sky for its canvas,” said world famous Texan fireworks artist, Larry Crump. On Sunday, September 2, at Bergman Park, the Jamestown Parks Department will once again paint the night sky with a fabulous fireworks display. The evening extravaganza will be presented by Zambelli Fireworks Internationale […]

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