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God bless Trump for trying

“It is important that we unify the country.” — Donald Trump God Bless Donald Trump. During his televised talk on Feb.16 (I watched on Fox News), Trump called for “an honest press.” He’s making a case for the media attacks and fake news against him. He talks about the bias and the ...

brian-aha

Then spell check came along

I was a judge at the Warren County spelling bee. It was a great opportunity for students to show their poise, memory, and knowledge in front of a crowd. The students were amazing. I don’t remember being in a spelling bee. I’m sure somewhere along the line I competed in spelling in ...

O'Brien-new-9-15

Walking in the wee hours

Some mornings it isn’t worth getting out of bed. But some mornings you don’t have any choice. I was really whipped last night. When the alarm went off first thing this morning , Dear Richard, as usual, hit the snooze button. All bundled up under the comforter, I was looking forward to ...

Bleech

Treat those live minnows like gold

Since the epidemic of diseased baitfish, vhs, the cost of baitfish has been rising. Now no baitfish can not be transported from one watershed to another, or across state borders, unless an angler buys ‘certified’ minnows and keeps the receipt on hand to prove the minnows are certified. ...

Ann-Swanson-new

If my table could talk

What if my table could talk? I am certain that it could tell many stories. I am speaking about my kitchen table. I acquired my kitchen table just after I moved to Hickory Heights. It came from my grandfather’s homestead. I remembered when that table set in the kitchen when we visited. ...

Vonnie Radecki, BSW, Hospice Bereavement & Toni Williams, MS, CT, Hospice Grief

Forgotten mourner

Many circumstances can create a loss for a child. Such things as parental separation, divorce, a significant change in living arraignments or a change in school districts, especially during the middle of the school year, can cause a sense of loss and grief. A child can also experience grief ...

Jeff Tome

Winter lake trip

The wind off of the lake carries a special kind of cold with it. This cold pushes through every crack in your clothing, freezes nostrils shut and burning the lungs in a way that only a lake wind can. Hands freeze into claws while awareness of toes fades and is replaced by an odd, icy burning in ...

Gross,-Stacey

Buying the propaganda

Love at first sight is a bunch of malarkey. Hogwash? Poppycock, good sir! Look, whatever. Most people know this. Most people get that love and attraction are two different things. Most people know that love - actual love - develops slowly. As the lovely Tim Minchin put it, love is ...

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry
The Conewango Clippers serenade Linda Krespan for Valentine’s Day at Warren Manor. The Clippers, and the Harmony Gals of the Chautauqua Shores Chorus, performed throughout the county on Tuesday.

Hearing the Clippers in action

When I saw the Conewango Clippers gathering at McDonald’s, where I was eating lunch, I thought I had just happened into a photo opp. The Clippers wander the county on Valentine’s Day singing love songs to usually unsuspecting loved ones. They’re like the Easter Bunny, or Santa Claus, or ...

Gross,-Stacey

Her strengths are my weaknesses

I don’t say “I love you” to a lot of people. My kids. My parents. I’ve said it to others, either because I meant it or because I thought I did. But aside from family relationships I’m pretty sure I’ve never loved anyone I wasn’t duty-bound to love. Except my - what are the ...

Hornburg,-Debby

William’s imagination

William has a lot of toys. He has a playroom at his house that is well stocked. He has a playroom at his grandparents’ house, also well stocked. With all the toys that this boy has, I can tell you true: his best toy is his wonderful imagination. I make every effort to feed that ...

Bleech

Tailwaters from one winter to next

The years hardly matter, and I have long since forgotten what years these things happened. The Kinzua Dam Tailwaters seems a different place from one winter to the next, and there is no telling what will happen the next winter. Walleye and trout are the long running stars of this show. But ...

rogusphoto

An alternate Valentine’s Day

If you remember Stacey Gross’s article on Valentine’s Day in last Saturday’s paper, she mentioned how Valentine’s Day is not always fun for single people. Perhaps you’ve been there. I have. There is an alternative if we look at the tale of St. Valentine, and Hyong Yi. St. Valentine ...

Gross,-Stacey

A spelling poem

A Spelling Bee Beat Poem: Strung along, like knots in “twine,” we watch, Wait. First, easy words: “Nifty.” “Monkeys.” Nothing hard, like undulate. Not yet. Not until we’ve all warmed up. There’s an unwritten “contract,” and we’ve all signed. The terms are ...

Katie Finch
For The Audubon

Small mammals

On a recent exploration of the snowy landscape with day campers, animal sightings were few but evidence that animals were there was abundant. We followed deer tracks, poked at holes and investigated scratches. Almost overlooked were very tiny tracks. Just a light impression made on the freshly ...

Ann-Swanson-new

The cards

When I think about Valentine’s Day I always think about the cards. I remember the parties in school. Opening the cards was what Valentine’s Day was about. If you were lucky enough to have friends in other classrooms you sometimes got cards from them. There was always a large class box ...

Brian Ferry
News writer

Under pressure

When I have to think about the word I’m spelling, I look around, but mostly up and to the right. I don’t expect to actually see the word I need to spell on the ceiling. I heard once that looking in certain directions somehow cues the brain. No idea how that would work, but I was doing it ...

Martha Rogus   News Writer

My dream job

Nostalgic memories of the Times Observer came to me as I applied for the job as Reporter and Page Designer a few weeks ago. I grew up in Warren, and have vivid memories of the crisp, delivered paper and the early-morning arrival on the front porch. Like most of you my age, the paper was a part ...

Marcy O’Brien

Forget-me-not

Of all the things I’ve lost I miss my mind the most. I don’t know who said that first, but he or she was a perceptive genius, and definitely over sixty.  That’s the age when chronic forgetfulness sets in - you know, when you have to write a note reminding yourself to brush your ...

Stacey Gross   News Writer

The month of love

It’s February. The month of love. Gross. I never cared much for Valentine’s Day. Unlike Halloween, the candy that associates itself with this holiday is chalky. Its colors are pastels. Its music and movies are syrupy and hard to tolerate. I much prefer pretty much the opposite of ...