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The February weather in the Seneca County town of Lodi hovered in the low 20s and it snowed, but that didn’t stop chocolatier Claire Benjamin from setting up a table to greet customers outside her store.

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PORTVILLE — An exhibit of artwork by Destiny and Patrick at Portville High School reflects their many interests and dreams, which have been nurtured and encouraged by a team of caring educators and professionals who have actively engaged with them throughout their years at the school. The re…

So many of us are on the go all the time and, sometimes, getting started in the morning isn’t always easy. With today’s recipe, I am giving you a make ahead “muffin” for those days when you are short on time.

When going to see a movie titled “Godzilla vs. Kong,” in which a giant lizard monster fights a giant gorilla monster, it’s best to leave any semblance of logic or reality at the door. A mistake many moviegoers made when watching the previous movies in this series was trying to look for some …

OLEAN — It’s interesting to note that all over the country shelters are experiencing a huge demand for adoptable dogs. Perhaps people stuck at home during the pandemic have the time, interest and energy to bring a dog into the household for company and distraction for the whole family.

I fly south at dawn above the basin of the Nile on a route from Cairo and Khartoum to Kenya’s Great Rift Valley, a 40-mile-wide trough of grass and scrub. The dull gray glint of the valley floor soon gives way to a luminous wash of copper tan.

This is a great dish and aside from the chopping and slicing, it’s an easy meal to put on the table. The key is to use the whole wheat spaghetti.

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OLEAN — Officials with the Tri-County Arts Council have announced that the “Maestro Moods” watercolors and charcoal sketches exhibit by the award-winning Olean artist, Peg Bothner, will be held from April 16 to May 22 in the organization’s gallery at 110 W. State St.

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OLEAN — The Easter season was brightened for 75 women with The Pink Pumpkin Project when they received pink tulips and hyacinth plants at Pleasant Valley Greenhouses & Nursery.

The mighty avocado. I hope you like it because it packs a great deal of nutrition and if eaten regularly can reduce blood pressure and improve cholesterol, two big predictors of heart disease.

Whenever I get worried that TV cartoons and animated movies aimed mostly at kids are getting too dumb, too reliant on current trends and pop culture references and using dialogue that even a 5-year-old would groan over, I remember there is Shaun the Sheep.

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BRADFORD, Pa. — The Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center is working on creative ways to engage people. Among those ways is a new exhibit, — “Beyond Beethoven” — that is currently up in the museum’s cafe.

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KANE, Pa. — Preparations are underway for Kane’s 15th annual Art in the Wilds art show, to be held during Kane’s annual Reunion Weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 27.

Whether you are diabetic or just following a good diet plan, you need fiber. The recipes I give you typically contain a good amount of fiber but it’s important to know that fiber is essential to any diet plan.

The American Cancer Society reports that colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women. One in 22 men and one in 24 women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetime.

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WELLSVILLE — “The show must go on” is the old theater adage, but with even the bright lights of Broadway extinguished due to COVID-19, it isn’t easy to find a production.

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(Editor’s Note: Alan Littell of Alfred, a frequent contributor to the Times Herald, for many years reported on travel for newspapers in the United States and in Europe. He wrote “BIG MARY’S HOUSE” for today, St. Patrick’s Day.)

Today’s recipe is one of the easiest — and most delicious, particularly if you have a slow cooker.

One of Hollywood’s favorite genre films to attempt to turn into awards season gold is the music biopic. If the singer or songwriter was a big enough presence in popular culture and their songs were successful enough to be remembered decades later, movie studios can’t wait to get their hands …

OLEAN — The polar bear will be replaced by a leprechaun, figuratively speaking, when the YMCA of the Twin Tiers hosts the inaugural Spring Race Series beginning with the Shamrock Scramble 5K Run/Walk March 27.

We should strive to eat fish twice a week. Besides it being a healthy alternative to meat, it is delicious — and very nutritious. I give you today a recipe for snapper, a fish that we don’t see enough of.

SALAMANCA — The Cattaraugus County Living Arts Association will once again offer area performers a chance to shine, while vying for cash prizes during its third annual Southern Tier’s Got Talent.

It’s crazy to think that for the first time since 2009, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has gone a year and a half without a movie. Although two were planned for 2020, the coronavirus pandemic had other plans, so Disney’s entire schedule for theatrical releases had to be pushed back anot…

I’m really changing things up a bit this week. I want to introduce different foods to you because I know all too well that some of these meals can get boring and I don’t want you to lose interest.

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WASHINGTON — The nation is poised to get a third vaccine against COVID-19, but because at first glance the Johnson & Johnson shot may not be seen as equal to other options, health officials are girding for the question: Which one is best?

Because we’re using the thinly cut chicken tenderloins for this recipe, this meal takes minutes to put on the table. Remember to thaw the asparagus in the refrigerator the night before and if you don’t like shredding carrots, purchase a bag of them at the store.

In the Andean upland of Colombia there lies an antique town. It is, I think, the apotheosis of the preservationist’s art, for it is real only in the sense that its whitewashed walls and cobbled lanes are real. A patina of the past clothes the town, but the place as it once was does not exist…

I can’t imagine a worse living nightmare for a musician than to slowly start losing your hearing and then one day wake up and you can’t hear anything at all. Not only is something that so many of us take for granted every day snatched away, but for someone whose career or passion is built on…

February is traditionally a time to share your heart with a loved one. Thus, it seems reasonable to review the steps you can take to protect your heart from cardiovascular disease. Whether it’s a heart attack, stroke, heart failure, or peripheral vascular disease, odds are you or your loved …

OLEAN — For the past 26 years, Nicole Karl-Lebrenz has kept the romance alive with her husband, Jacob, by writing poems and drawing pictures for him.

If it’s movie awards season, that usually means there’s a new movie starring Tom Hanks that you should probably see. One of the best actors alive today and just one of the nicest guys in Hollywood, Hanks has teamed up once again with director Paul Greengrass — they previously worked together…

It’s still cold out there and I don’t think I have given you enough soup recipes yet this winter.

The story of a bunch of Brits in the earlier half of the 20th century out in the countryside spending a majority of the time either digging in a field or sitting around drinking tea and discussing the impending doom of World War II sounds about as exciting as a trip to the dentist on paper, …