Thanksgiving Miracles 2017

Many Give Thanks in Many Ways

Thanksgiving Miracles 2017

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut “Thanksgiving turkey? I shot my first one this year…” said a Jamestown Gazette reader at a local food market last week. “And you should have seen the people in the frozen food aisle scatter!” The mischievous twinkle in this urban hunter-gatherer’s eye said he was ready for a happy Thanksgiving […]

Elections and Transitions

Rocking the Boat or Staying the Course?

Elections and Transitions

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut Elections can rock the boat. In fact, that is why democracies hold elections. The people take regular turns at the tiller to make sure the ship of state goes where they want it to go. It is called “Voting”. The best politicians respect the process. This week the Jamestown Gazette […]

Addiction: Many Faces & Many Causes Community Studies Solutions

Addiction: Many Faces & Many Causes  Community Studies Solutions

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut Hardly more than a century ago, opium concoctions of all sorts were freely sold over the counter in home remedies and “cure-alls” for dozens of ailments. Addiction and newer drugs, however, eventually led to the creation of prescription laws by mid-century. By the 1990s, though, a few powerful pharmaceutical companies […]

Manufacturers, Start Your Motors!

Fueling the Engines of Local Economy

Manufacturers, Start Your Motors!

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut More than 450 manufacturers make up the backbone of today’s Southern Tier economy. Nearly one in five members of the regional workforce – one and a half times the average for New York State – are directly involved in industry, with nearly 10,000 in Chautauqua County alone. Keeping these businesses […]

The Race is On! Election Season in Chautauqua County

The Race is On! Election Season in Chautauqua County

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut The 2017 election season in Chautauqua County is shaping up to be a lively race between thought-provoking candidates. More than 240 individuals are now in the hunt for elected offices across the county in local villages, towns and cities. Hometown Races Readers are invited to visit www.votechautauqua.com. Scroll down and […]

Time to Stop the Traffic!

Modern Slavery in Chautauqua County

Time to Stop the Traffic!

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut Human trafficking is not only a Third World problem. It has come to Chautauqua County. “This problem is very real and it is still very under-reported,” Chautauqua County Sherriff Joseph Gerace told the Jamestown Gazette. “It is, in fact, modern day slavery. However, people don’t often report it, mostly out […]

Jamestown Area Community Orchestra

Jamestown Area Community Orchestra

Article Contributed by Mallery Rockwell “Never ever underestimate the power of music,” said Andrew “Andy” Coccagnia, orchestral conductor and director for Jamestown Area Community Orchestra (JACO). “For everybody, there is some piece of music, something that you’re drawn to that reminds you of something that happened in your life when you hear it. Music is […]

Be the 1 – Reach Out a Hand

A Walk Out of Darkness

Be the 1 – Reach Out a Hand

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut Life is precious. But sometimes it takes a helping hand to remember that – reaching out to help someone take a first step out of the darkness. “I think it’s just the way we are made,” said Victoria Patti, coordinator for Chautauqua County’s Community Alliance for Suicide Prevention. “We all […]

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