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  2. Been hearing about it my whole life but never lucky enough to see anything. If I ever get my summer house on the lake...............😄
  3. We’ve been watching Ahsoka and are enjoying the show very much. It’s hard waiting for new seasons to return, it seems to take so long. I see Loki will be returning and we’ll watch that too.
  4. While I am bummed tomorrow is the last episode, I can't wait to see how they end this season. I've no doubt it'll be a cliff hanger, but I can't help but think it's gonna be tough to beat the past few episodes.
  5. Read the rest here. Have you ever seen anything strange in or around Seneca Lake? We'd love to hear about it!
  6. Yesterday
  7. ELMIRA - According to Elmira Police, three juveniles were arrested today on robbery charges after a two day investigation. Police say on Monday night around 10:50 PM, police responded to the area of Perine Street on the city's south side for a report of a man on the ground being assaulted by three individuals. When officers arrived and located the victim, they found that he needed medical attention and had him transported to a local hospital. There, the victim was found to have a broken arm and several bruised ribs. During the assault, several personal items were stolen from the victim. Today investigators looked into the incident further and later responded to an address on Fulton Street, the home of one of the suspects the victim had identified. however when police arrived, the suspect and several others inside with them barricaded themselves inside. Police attempted to communicate with those inside by loud speaker. A search warrant was obtained as officers continued their attempts to communicate with the occupants, unsuccessfully, for nearly two hours. members of the elmira Police SWAT team were assembled and made entry into the residence. Several were taken into custody, among them three juveniles responsible for the robbery the night before. Police say that two of these individuals had been reported missing by their parents and had been away from home for several weeks. A search of the residence resulted in the stolen items being recovered. As a result of this investigation, three juveniles, a sixteen year old, a seventeen year old, and a fourteen year old were charged with Robbery in the First Degree, a Class B Felony. The Elmira Police Department was assisted by the New York State Police and the Chemung County Sheriff's Office in the investigation.
  8. ELMIRA.- Early this morning a local sticker shop business known as 420 Novelties was raided by Elmira Police as well as state officials. Elmira Police Department, New York State Police, as well as the New York State Office of Cannabis Management were at the business’s two locations, one on West Water Street and the other on Pennsylvania Avenue in Elmira. Both locations were shut down and a notice placed on the window that indicates the business was ordered to stop illegal activity and that illicit cannabis product had been seized. In addition to the two store locations, police also raided the home of the business’s owner, listed as Christopher McKinkle of Elmira. However police have released no details about what they were looking for or any charges pressed against him. These raids are one of many similar raids by the state throughout the area of so called “sticker shops.” Sticker shops are retail locations that have been skirting New York State laws by selling items such as stickers and then “gifting” a corresponding amount of marijuana. However the state sees them as undermining attempts to this relatively new industry. “As New York State continues to roll out a nation-leading model to establish its cannabis industry, these critical enforcement measures will protect New Yorkers from illicit, unregulated sales,” Governor Hochul said back in May. “Unlicensed dispensaries violate our laws, put public health at risk, and undermine the legal cannabis market.
  9. Earlier
  10. Are we contented yet? It’s just an accumulation of trinkets and stuff, an assemblage that needs to be fed every so often. I should know, because I have my own collections from the past. But, in the long run, none of it will go with us when life’s earthly journey comes to an end. We should be content with what we have and who we are… not seeking to satisfy our appetite with more of everything life has to offer. Be at peace, rest in who we are meant to be… don’t compare or judge ourselves to others. In contemplating that accumulation, I’m reminded of a song by the rock group U2 from their Joshua Tree album – “But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for…” A fitting comment to an endless search for just the right thing. Theodore Roosevelt was even noted to say, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” How truthful and fitting both sentiments are for all of us at times! So, what is contentment? How do we find it? And when is enough… enough? The dictionary on my desk tells me contentment is where the heart is at… perhaps rested and satisfied, at peace, with a quiet and calm joy. Contentment is an attitude of the heart… being thankful and grateful for what we do have, serving others out of a joyful appreciation. Because, believe me, contentment is not found in eyeing what someone else has… of being jealous or envious of what’s on their plate… as if we didn’t have enough to take care of on our own. In Philippians 4:11, the Apostle Paul wrote “…for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” Hmm… so how could he say that with all the many difficulties, beatings, persecutions, opposition to his preaching, false accusations, weariness, hunger, imprisonments and more that he faced? There’s an old hymn I’ve loved since childhood, coming to treasure the words even more after our daughter, Jennifer, died. Horatio G. Spafford wrote a poem put to music after he and his wife lost their 2-year-old son, their property in the 1871 Great Chicago fire, suffered further economic losses in 1873, and then lost their remaining four daughters at sea - “When peace like a river, attendeth my way. When sorrows like sea billows roll. Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well, with my soul…” …well-known words of comfort. Having three more children, losing a second son at age 4 in 1880, he resettled in Jerusalem with his wife and two daughters. There, he founded the American Colony, a Christian group providing humanitarian relief to the disadvantaged of any faith. He’d learned the secret to contentment. The Apostle Paul, writing to a dear young friend, stated in I Timothy 6:6-7: “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.” Don’t get me wrong… it’s not about denying ourselves the ability to succeed in our careers or home life and to have nice things. Instead, it’s all about the depth of our heart, our faith, our attitude… the intangibles… the spiritual treasures. Life really isn’t about gathering as much stuff as we can hoard for ourselves. Life was never meant to be like that old saying attributed to Malcolm Forbes, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” It’s not about God ensuring that we have a wealthy and happy life. It’s not His plan to make us “rich and famous” in a life of ease without pain. Instead, contentment is a learning process… learning to be who God intends us to be… learning to be gracious and loving when our life is full of pain, disappointments, illness and setbacks. And, in learning to give thanks and appreciate what we do have, we find ourselves gladly serving others around us with a heart of joy and peace… as contentment flows from our soul. Contentment Flows Linda A. Roorda Contentment flows from the soul at peace Not easily grasped though deeply pondered How quick am I to follow my will While yielding to trust finds Your truth with grace… ~ Grace to understand blessings of mercy In wending my way through waves of turmoil Seeking shelter from storms that threaten As Your calming spirit brings showers of peace… ~ Peace that envelopes my very being From the depth of stress that oft overwhelms Which tugs and strains the restful repose To humility meek with a heart of joy… ~ Joy that shines bright in the face of woe Amidst the sadness of sorrow’s dark tears As rays of hope through shutters burst forth To flood my soul with serenity’s rest… ~ Serenity’s rest within the world’s din Marks peace of mind when focused on You Grant me, I pray, a heart full of love One filled with thanks as contentment flows… ~~
  11. Yeah I just saw last night that he was expected to die soon. Too bad.
  12. Steve Harwell, singer of Smash Mouth
  13. With school either having started for some, or about to start for others, I pondered the realization that there’s so much I thought I knew when younger, but really didn’t… for education isn’t only that which is gained in a classroom. Over the years, I’ve learned I can’t turn the clock back to undo or redo what’s been done. Life doesn’t have a rewind button for our editing... so we inevitably move forward in a relentless flow of time. And in that flow, learning becomes an emotional and spiritual educational process as disappointments and suffering soften our hearts amidst the joys. This is how we mature and become wiser. In the process, we learn that we may not get that second chance. Make amends now… apologize, forgive and move forward. Love one another… and let the other know it. I have searched for and regained friends from years ago… friends I’d lost when moving away, friends lost when my childish words took their toll, and to whom I’ve given heart-felt apologies. I cannot undo, but I can atone for and correct my wrongs. Walk away from sin… don’t let it overtake you with its tempting appeal. The great Ten Commandments really do have something to say to us today. Stop blaming someone else. Don’t condone or excuse the habit of lying, concealing your wrongs to protect yourself. Even if no one else is the wiser, God knows. Own it, confess it, and make amends. Others do take notice of what we do… do it well, for a good name is much to be treasured. Love, listen, take advice gladly, and learn… you won’t go wrong. “Be very careful, then, how you live… making the most of every opportunity…” (Ephesians 4:15-16) As we look back, we often wish we knew then what we know now. Wouldn’t such knowledge have saved us a whole basket of trouble?! But, did we hear, did we listen, did we truly heed the advice given as we grew up? I’m afraid I didn’t always do so. I thought I “knew it all” in my teens. It took time as life traversed a variety of circumstances unique to my needs to gain understanding and knowledge with wisdom from God. And from the realization of my own errant ways and words, I apologized and made amends… because the Lord has done so much more for me. For the loving Father that He is, God took the time to teach me all through the years. Because I was often not listening to wiser words in my youth, I now treasure the wisdom of others as I sit at their feet to learn, and recall fragmented words of wisdom expressed years ago. Blessed with Godly wisdom, Solomon wrote in Proverbs 2:1-6: “My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” And vs. 9 adds, “Then you will understand what is right and just and fair – every good path.” Oh, how true! If only… that age-old phrase we all quote... if only I knew then what I know now. So, let me take what the Lord has taught me through the difficult struggles to reach a satisfied contentment… through tears of deep sorrow to tears of great joy with laughter’s healing touch. And may we use the blessings He’s bestowed upon our hearts to reach out in love with something we’ve learned… Something I’ve Learned Linda A. Roorda ~ Something I’ve learned since I was young… If I knew then what I do know now I’d have been spared life’s toughest lessons. But, then again, how else would I learn? ~ Something I’ve learned came slowly with time… For I wanted life to move fast forward And in wanting more, I just needed less As contentment dwells in life’s simplest gifts. ~ Something I’ve learned by looking backward… That in facing life I thought I knew all, But looking forward from slow motion days Impatience revealed an unsettled heart. ~ Something I’ve learned wishing I’d discerned… By heeding then the sage’s wisdom Who’d lived and seen what I could not fathom For experience marks the role of teacher. ~ Something I’ve learned is not easy to say… That which I rue when youth went its way As lessons learned brought maturity’s wealth With understanding through wisdom’s trained eye. ~ Something I’ve learned by climbing the hill… Conquering hurdles that hindered my path, For stones that seemed like unmoving boulders, Were mere stumbling blocks to peace found in You. ~ Something I’ve learned I treasure now more… My faith in You, Lord, once taken for granted Its value gained from bumps in the road Which led me to where I stand on Your Word. ~ Something I’ve learned we all have to face… Sorrow and loss have taught to accept That which was healed as my heart grew wise For only from pain can compassion speak. ~ Something I’ve learned about all my stuff… I can’t take it there on the day that I leave Much better by far to share with you now Showing my love in tangible ways. ~ Something I’ve learned that when the door shuts… Reasons there are for not looking back. Express regret for what’s done is done Then welcome the door He flings open wide. ~ Something I’ve learned with You at my side… To share the bounty of blessings divine To gently speak with a tender voice And to hear with love from a generous heart.
  14. Jimmy Buffett “NEW YORK (AP) — Singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett, who popularized beach bum soft rock with the escapist Caribbean-flavored song “Margaritaville” and turned that celebration of loafing into an empire of restaurants, resorts and frozen concoctions, has died. He was 76.” Source
  15. My sugar maple has a small section near the top that I just noticed today has begun to turn ever so slightly... summer went by all too fast!
  16. This is an amazing undertaking, though I'm sure when she started she never thought that some day it could be digitized and shared worldwide. I recall watching that 9/11 tribute concert, where Hilary Clinton came out and was boo'd. That never made it to the recorded version, I don't believe. I had the 2 tape VHS version but never did watch it to confirm. I'm sure the footage from 9/11 would be an interesting thing to watch. If memory serves me right, it was one of those, "We're not sure what's happening but we're gonna report it as it happens" kind of days.
  17. I got an answer about the FQHC center from a very good source this afternoon, and it is still happening. Very good news!
  18. The leaves generally start to fade about this time of year, but some of them seem to be turning earlier than usual. I noticed this particularly up along the lake. We could very well have a cold, snowy one.
  19. Stokes' recordings has launched a movie project: You can find out more about the film, "Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project" here. You can access the Internet Archive of her collection ( so far ) here. What from Stokes' collection would you be interested in seeing? Have you encountered news footage related to a historical event years later and think, "Wait, I don't remember it happening like that."
  20. Find them on Facebook here. For the third or fourth time we've had Superclean come to do a good cleaning of our carpets. Again, I can't say enough good about them This business is locally owned and operated. Ryan and his crew always manage to breathe new life into our floors, getting out the majority of stains from dogs, food spills, and just normal traffic wear. Their communication is excellent. You'll know when they're on their way and they have always arrived on time. Every time I consider pulling up the carpet and buying new, I give these guys a call first. Their rates are very reasonable as well, certainly far cheaper than a new carpet! Next time you want your carpets to be cleaned, don't bother renting one of those steam cleaners in the stores. Call Superclean and let them do it.
  21. Then again, you have slack jawed mouth breathers hoping to take Mitch’s place: Kettle, meet the pot.
  22. This is what bothers me more than anything..... For all the public incidents we have seen with all three (McConnell, Feinstein and Biden), one has to assume there are many more happening that aren't reported.
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