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Not the Christmas I planned

December 21, 2016 There are times in life when you hear news that you simply say, “Oh, that just can’t be! “ Last week, I was a part of one of those “can’t be” events. more »»

Today’s version of window shopping

November 30, 2016 For weeks, brightly colored Christmas catalogs have been filling my mailbox. more »»


November 16, 2016 Often it is hard to find the original source documents to verify historical legends and pictures, and, even then, to determine whether or not they are truly original. more »»

Memories of ‘putting food by’

November 16, 2016 Not long ago, as I walked through a hardware store, I stopped short in front of a display. more »»

Former YWCA members speak out

November 16, 2016 We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Westfield Community for allowing us the privilege of working with the youth and families over the past several years at YWCA of Westfield Child... more »»


November 2, 2016 It is taking a bit longer to research some of the outlying beaches along the Lake Erie shores of the Town of Westfield than anticipated. more »»

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 »»



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