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What is Christmas to me?

December 14, 2014 What is Christmas? For many, it’s a season that can start a few weeks before, to a few days after Christmas Day. For me, it’s: Someone saying to me, “you did a good jo. more »»

One of life’s lessons

December 14, 2014 Oh, the indescribable joy of Christmas. No matter your belief, the enduring love, sharing and caring of the season fills the air. It becomes a part of you, and you a part of i. more »»

What our world needs now – Wise Men

December 14, 2014 The Magi — Gaspar, Balthasar and Melchior, known to us as the three wise men, brought gifts to the Christ child in Bethlehem. And so, Christ’s Mass, or Christmas on Dec. more »»

Christmas early

December 14, 2014 My Christmas memories are those of a “baby boomer,” being born in 1951. But this fact oversimplifies it really. more »»

Two Christmas Eves

December 14, 2014 It doesn’t seem like we used to call severe weather “Blizzards.” Blowing blustering winds moving snow around was just our typical “winter” weather, to be expected. more »»

A Christmas at sea

December 14, 2014 The most unusual Christmas I ever spent was on a passenger ship in the middle of the Indian Ocean in 1928. I was eight years old and traveling with my emigrating parents from England to Australi. more »»

The most wonderful time of the year

December 14, 2014 One of the most anticipated events of the Christmas season some 45 years ago or so seems very old fashioned now — the arrival of the Sears catalog in the mail. more »»

Who needs Christmas presents?

December 14, 2014 Florida for Christmas, with no snow, no tree, no decorations, and NO presents? Wouldn’t that be unbearable, especially for a child? Well, no. more »»

Traditions and change

December 14, 2014 One of my favorite musicals is “Fiddler on the Roof” and my favorite song from that musical is “Tradition,” which carries the theme of change throughout the musical. more »»

The ‘Intrepid’

December 7, 2014 Someone who displays no fear can be described as brave, courageous, fearless, daring, valiant, or dauntless. Another synonym is intrepid. more »»

Writing in the palm of your hand

December 7, 2014 This is a story about life stories. It is the introduction to a series of verbal snapshots of people’s lives, created by them. The members of the featured group responded to a notice in the OBSERVE. more »»

Writing in the palm of your hand

December 7, 2014 There she was, staring back at me from the pile of pictures I had been looking through. more »»

Writing in the palm of your hand

December 7, 2014 My father’s name was Roy Bliss. His sisters were Fay, Lois, and Nina. His brothers were Lee and Richard. Dad liked the simplicity of a name without a lot of letters. more »»

Making the smart choice the easy choice

December 7, 2014 Most of us know what we need to do to stay healthy, but do we always do it? Life gets hectic. Everyone is busy. more »»

Special delivery

November 30, 2014 “Because I have been given much, I too must give; I cannot see another’s lack and I not share” is a compassionate sentiment at any time of the time of the year, but is especially thoughtful during... more »»

Bringing an enthusiasm about energy

November 30, 2014 Former Arkwright resident, SUNY Fredonia grad and well-published author Douglas Houck wants to make sure that one of our most important local legacies does not fade: It is largely here that modern... more »»

Evans Lions Club quietly makes its mark

November 30, 2014 The Evans Township Lions Club, has been helping Evans and Brant residents since its founding in 1946. more »»

The Fredonia Opera House

November 23, 2014 Last week’s Fredonia Opera House article looked back at the long process of restoration, leading to a gala reopenin. more »»

Thankful for family and pierogi

November 23, 2014 I feel fortunate that I still have my mom with me. She turned 98 in February. She was a “stay-at-home” mom during most of my childhood; she now proclaims that she is “retire. more »»

Come thankful people come

November 23, 2014 Come, ye thankful people come; raise the song of harvest home. All is safely gathered in ere the winter storms begin. God, our Maker, doth provide for our wants to be supplied. more »»



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