Happy Birthday…Us!


Contributing Editor
Walt Pickut

The first issue of your Jamestown Gazette hit the newsstands exactly 11 years ago on 4/11/11. It’s our 11th birthday!

That sort of makes it Stacey Hannon’s birthday, too. She is, after all, our founder, owner, and publisher—a woman who knew a good idea when she had one—and she’s the one who made it all happen.

That makes this my birthday, too, enjoying these last 11 years as editor and meeting hundreds of amazing people doing a thousand great things all across our region—and then introducing them to you, our readers.

And most of all, happy birthday to you, our readers who have let us know that you have enjoyed the read for the last eleven years. And thanks to our advertisers, too—our outstanding local merchants and fine businesses who have made it all possible for 561 weeks (only one holiday week off every year between Christmas and New Year, for readers who are counting).

It takes a clear vision to start a new newspaper, and another vision to keep it going. But there is also…

…Another kind of vision

This week Gazette’s guest contributor, Joni Blackman, introduces our readers to Chautauqua Blind Association – Vision Rehabilitation Services, enabling people with visual impairments to be active members of their community, and sharing that vision with the rest of us.

By their work, many eyes are opened to see more of a world full of beauty and adventure. And for those unable to see, they help open their other senses for the fullest, richest experiences of life. Those without eyes need never be without vision. There is much for us to see, much to gain, even through the eyes of the blind.

…A deeper vision

Though not generally known as a theologian, the late Bob Marley once said, “Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?”

This week your Jamestown Gazette also joins with readers who will celebrate Easter with us on Sunday, April 17. It is a day of hope for a richer experience, a vision of renewal, and for that “looking within” that Marley spoke of.

Even Mahatma Gandhi, a devout Hindu, understood the profoundly Christian celebration of Easter, inviting all, people of all faiths, to see the deepest vision when he said, “A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.”

…and an even farther vision

The human eye can see forever, or at least as far into forever as the stars and the most distant galaxies, especially by peering through a telescope.

Jamestown Gazette readers are invited to visit the Martz-Kohl Observatory in person at 176 Robin Hill Road in Frewsburg, NY, or right at home on a computer for a Zoom Webinar on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

The night’s speaker, NASA’s Dr. Robin Elgart, loves the vision of a dark night sky, but she knows the dangers, too. Astronauts beware! Join in and learn about Space Radiation and the Health Risks for our Astronaut Corps. Learn more here, on page 5.

So, this week, whatever your vision dreams of, and wherever it takes you…

“…the path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it.”
Kalpana Chawla, NASA astronaut

Enjoy the read!

Walter W. Pickut
Contributing Editor

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Walt Pickut’s writing career began with publishing medical research in1971 while working at the Jersey City Medical Center and the NYU Hospital and School of Medicine. Walt holds board registries in respiratory care and sleep technology as well as bachelor's degrees in biology and communication, and a master's degrees in physiology from Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey, with additional graduate work in mass communication completed at SUNY Amherst. He currently teaches Presentational Speaking in the Houghton College PACE program at JCC and holds memberships in the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He lives in Jamestown with his wife Nancy, an MSW social worker, and has three children: Dr. Cait Lamberton in Pittsburgh, Bill Pickut, a marketing executive in Chicago, and Rev. Matt Pickut in Plymouth, IN.