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Hey! Let's Focus On Some Of The Good Things That Happened In 2020

Hey! Let's Focus On Some Of The Good Things That Happened In 2020

2020 has been a pretty massive bummer. Yes, it’s true. However, saying it over and over again isn’t going to make it any worse or any better, nor is continuing to focus on all of the reasons (all 5,479 of them) why 2020 has been so bad. We need to focus on the positives, kid and yes, even in this God-awful flaming pile of dog feces that has been 2020 there are positives. Here are 20 good things that happened this year. 1. We Took So Many Walks Around Our Neighborhood So many walks

Ryan O'Connell

Ryan O'Connell

The Chemung Speedrome

The Chemung Speedrome

by Susan Zehnder   In 1950, while visiting an auto mechanic in Ithaca for repair work on his car, a Chemung County farmer was asked, “Do you have any land on your farm where a small quarter-mile dirt track could be built?” The auto mechanic, Karl “Blue Eyes” Beilou, was a driver and member of the Finger Lakes Racing Association, and his group was looking for a new place to race. The farmer he asked was Eli H. Bodine, a fan of auto races, operator of one of the largest poultry farms in Ne

CCHS

CCHS

Approaching The New Year With Hope

Approaching The New Year With Hope

Finally. Heading toward the beginning of a new year, the ongoing distribution of more widespread COVID-19 vaccinations appears to be the long-awaited mile marker on this incredibly long and hard road back to public health and economic renewal. First and foremost, make no mistake that reaching this point of potential renewal is the product of personal responsibility, and enormous perseverance and sacrifice on the part of so many. Every single one of you who have heard the public he

Senator Tom O'Mara

Senator Tom O'Mara

The Master Tailor

The Master Tailor

I trust you had a blessed Christmas with your family, or even celebrating from a distance but still keeping in touch! It always brings joy to hear from our kids and Grands : )  I also started sewing a new recliner quilt for Ed (photo attached) – the center panel and fabrics from three different friends, yet they mesh so well as if purchased together! But, I made a mistake in sewing. Had to rip it out and redo a side panel. Isn't that how God takes the pieces of our life and fits them all togethe

Linda Roorda

Linda Roorda

On A Roll

On A Roll

A little ditty about chicken and Italian dressing... Two American favorites put together in a toasted bun. Add a little mayo lettuce and cheese put it in a container and serve it to me. If you haven't guessed it from my corny song what we have here is a chicken spiedie from On a Roll. This is one of my favorite subs always has been. Chicken was cooked right and good size sub. This was a large at around 10.00 which is well worth it. I would have liked a bit more Italian flavor in

RotundMan

RotundMan

America's Favorite Christmas Carols

America's Favorite Christmas Carols

If there’s anything that exemplifies the Christmas season, it’s the music.  The familiar faith-based carols and popular melodies embody the meaning of a beloved holiday as well as add to our joyous spirits.  But Christmas music back in the early days of America wasn’t what we think of today.  Obviously, there were no radios for listening to popular tunes, no records, cassettes, CDs or MP3s to buy. And, if anyone was dreaming of a white Christmas, it certainly wasn’t with a popular tune!  It

Linda Roorda

Linda Roorda

Your Family Tree #1

Your Family Tree #1

Welcome to the world of genealogy research where your ancestors come alive!  It’s exciting to put names, faces, and personalities to your family’s past.  Here, we’ll delve into clues to find those whose genes flow through your veins, and who contributed their part to who you’ve become today.  But, I need to warn you – it’s addicting! I used this poem, Dear Ancestor, in the 600+ page manuscript I wrote on researching my mother’s complete ancestral history. Your tombstone stands among th

Linda Roorda

Linda Roorda

Darkness Into Light

Darkness Into Light

I cut enough broccoli heads in the garden last Saturday for dinner.  December 12th !!!   It was so good!  An odd blessing in December!  The remnants of our ash trees are slowly becoming firewood.  The weather in the past two weeks has allowed outdoor work, and Kerm is splitting the big chunks that remain into useful pieces for our wood stove.  As the old adage says, wood warms twice --- once while getting it ready to burn and then again when it sends its heat throughout the living room.  My doct

Carol Bossard

Carol Bossard

Valor Glass Vials Holding Hope For Today, And A Future Warning

Valor Glass Vials Holding Hope For Today, And A Future Warning

The headline of the week, the start of COVID-19 vaccinations across America, might at first appear unrelated to the state comptroller’s announcement last week of divesting the New York State Pension Fund of investments in fossil fuel companies. Under the surface, however, there’s a connection between the two that’s critical to the future of manufacturing in New York.    We have been hoping and praying for a COVID-19 vaccine. The fact that starting this week we’re on the doorstep of wid

Senator Tom O'Mara

Senator Tom O'Mara

Of Christmas Tree Ships

Of Christmas Tree Ships

More than just the popular Christmas evergreen to celebrate the holiday, the Christmas tree has a storied background. Holding treasured memories for each of us, it’s been said to represent strength, perhaps to resist temptations or to remain strong in harsh times.  We often consider it a symbol of our Christian faith, a reminder of Christ’s birth and everlasting life, but it has also been an ancient symbol of wisdom and longevity.  President John F. Kennedy referred to the durable evergreen as a

Linda Roorda

Linda Roorda

One Holy Silent Night

One Holy Silent Night

What does an old broken antique rocking chair have in common with Christmas? Read on...  Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year!  We all have special memories wrapped up like treasures from holidays past - the smell of fresh pine when just the right tree is brought in and set up, strands of beautiful colored or pure white lights, decorations from gorgeous and fancy to simple and elegant in an array of colors and styles, scrumptious cookies and candy being made with their aromas wa

Linda Roorda

Linda Roorda

25 Questions About "Christmas With The Kranks"

25 Questions About "Christmas With The Kranks"

We’ll start here. Christmas With the Kranks is a terrible movie. It’s bad, really bad. As a movie, it should be relieved that it’s a Christmas movie because that’s the only reason why it still gets play. Well, unless you’re a hardcore Tim Allen head or gear your movie-watching towards those that only include a scene in which Jamie Lee Curtis barely has any clothes on. I mean if that’s the case, you’re basically watching Christmas With the Kranks and True Lies on a loop. That’s a weird way to liv

Ryan O'Connell

Ryan O'Connell

My Father's Centennial

My Father's Centennial

by Kathleen Reed  While my own birthday won’t come with any festivities this year, my thoughts are on someone else’s birthday. One very dear to my heart. April 26, 1920. This year would have been my father’s Centennial. Happy Birthday, Daddy! You know how we see toddlers’ eyes widen in awe at the sight of an airplane….as wonder and amazement registers with the realization that there are people flying through the air? I found it fascinating that as a child, my Dad watched

Guest Writers

Guest Writers

My Eva Authentic Mexican Food Truck

My Eva Authentic Mexican Food Truck

Pictured above we have soft and hard shell beef tacos. Some rice on the plate and beans off to the side also Jarritos mexican soda. Not pictured is plain cheese nachos and steak quesadilla.  The soda was good reminds me of Squirt soda. I was told the quesadilla was good and the shell itself was good enough to eat alone. There was a good portion of nachos and plenty of cheese not spicey of you're worried about that and not the fake orange cheese. Both styles of taco were great. I did prefer

RotundMan

RotundMan

Waiting And Watching

Waiting And Watching

The season of Advent is here; a time of preparation, waiting and expectancy.  It feels as though, not that long ago, I was putting away the Christmas decorations from last year; the CDs, the bright ornaments, the door wreath.    But we picked up the new evergreen wreath yesterday, made by S-VE FFA students, and also a lovely pink poinsettia. The time of many holiday celebrations is surely with us. I’m a little puzzled by what seems to be jealous clutching of the Christmas holiday and the r

Carol Bossard

Carol Bossard

On The Brink of Making It Worse For Farmers

On The Brink of Making It Worse For Farmers

We need to keep close watch on the future of our family farms.   A key action of the 2019 legislative session was the approval of controversial legislation (S6578/A8419, Chapter 105 of the Laws of 2019) known as the “Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act,” sponsored by two New York City legislators and pushed hard as a “progressive” hallmark by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Throughout the year prior to this law’s enactment, I joined many opponents, including the New York Farm Bureau, to warn a

Senator Tom O'Mara

Senator Tom O'Mara

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