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Tooth extraction: then and now

November 2, 2016 Remember those long ago days when pulling a tooth required only a piece of string and a doorkno. more »»

Looking back at another time

November 2, 2016 Yesterday, as I drove by a local park, I noticed a youngster struggling to get his colorful kite up into the blue sky. Three more kids were sitting nearby on a bench watching their friend. more »»

The beaches and creeks west of Barcelona

October 19, 2016 There is an often-mangled but famous quote of a line from the 1786 Robert Burns’ poem “To a Mouse” that goes something like this – “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. more »»

Health fair inspired an inventory

October 19, 2016 Last week, son Tim and I dropped by a Health Fair. These events are presented frequently in our part of Florida due to the large senior citizen population. more »»

Who remembers Westfield’s Peacock Field?

October 12, 2016 While using Dibble’s Dabbles that were written by the late Billie Dibble, former Westfield Historian to research a topic for BeeLines several years ago, I happened on the name “Peacock Field” in one... more »»

It’s an ongoing mystery

October 12, 2016 Throughout my home, I have a number of convenient pencil/pen holders and pads of paper. You can never tell when I might have a thought worth saving or need to start a list of important reminders. more »»

Arizona laws stagger the mind

October 5, 2016 While browsing through the morning newspaper recently, I came across an article focused on some of the weird and wacky laws that have been passed in the state of Arizona. more »»

The roads not taken

October 5, 2016 When I was seven, I read a book about Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. It lit a spark in my heart for the fiel. more »»

The Old Lake Road from Shorehaven to Bourne’s Beach on Lake Erie

September 22, 2016 Editor’s note: This is Part 1 of a two-part piece. Part 2 will be published in next week’s Republican. more »»

Down but not out

September 22, 2016 As I finished my shower on that Tuesday morning, my thoughts were on the busy day ahead. But in one instant, everything changed. I was half-way out of the shower when my left leg suddenly buckled. more »»

Buzzings from BeeLines

September 14, 2016 Submitted photos Above, The JW&NWGlenEwen shows the 302 at the Glen Ewen stop where, in the 1930s, the trolley would let off hikers and picnickers to go down into Little Chautauqua Creek Gorge at th... more »»

Trolleys, trains, railways, street cars, cable cars, traction cars

September 8, 2016 “But the JW & NW Trolley started way back in 1880’s!” exclaimed the Westfield Historian during a spirited discussion with another presenter at the recent Second Chautauqua History Fair of August 13t... more »»

Eyewitness and member memories of the Seward Guards

August 25, 2016 In a recent BeeLines, the question was asked, “Have you ever heard of the Seward Guards?” And a brief answer was provided as part of the story of finding the location of the Metropolitan Hall in... more »»


August 18, 2016 “Have you ever heard of the Seward Guard?” I asked some local history researchers. “Nope!” was the only repl. more »»


July 27, 2016 Preparations are escalating for the upcoming second Chautauqua County History Fair, August 13 & 14, 2016, at the Chautauqua Suites Convention Center in Mayville. more »»


July 13, 2016 WOW! What a delight to find the following email when I returned from vacation in June! “Subject: 7853 Route 5 Westfield 14787” Message reads in part: “I am the new owner of the home address listed... more »»

Photos lead to a new ‘History Mystery’

May 19, 2016 “Westfield Factory ca. 1915” was the subject line of a recent email to the Westfield Historian last Thursday, May 12, 2016. “Dear Ms Beigh, Please excuse this intrusion. more »»

Always left off the list of names

May 19, 2016 I came across a list the other day and realized once again that I had been passed by. more »»

Memories of Volusia schools; more on its church

May 12, 2016 Thanks to the Breads and Saxton families for providing some photos and memories of school days in Volusia. more »»

From moveable type to electronic images

May 12, 2016 I’ve been an avid fan of books since my first picture book so many, many years ago. And, as I learned to read, I came to know characters from Nancy Drew to Cap. more »»



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