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How Serendipity Played a Role in My 'Good Journey'

My favorite television show is The West Wing.

In it, Josiah Bartlet – the fictional president of the United States played by Martin Sheen – has a tendency to move quickly from one task to the next, signaling his desire to do so with two words:

“What’s next?”

These words are fitting as I’m sure those, like myself, who are graduating on Saturday ...

Embracing the True Meaning Of Thanksgiving

As we head into Thanksgiving this week, the country is more divided than it has been in recent memory. Americans are split on impeachment, and civil discourse seems to of gone to the wayside.

The current political environment may make some people weary of going home and sitting at the same table as their gun-toting uncle, or their pro-choice sister. Perhaps you don’t even have much of a ...

Despite Mainstream Trends, Traditional Country Music Remains Popular

Ten years ago, hearing Justin Bieber’s voice on a country radio station would not have made much sense to fans of the genre.

But as country and pop music continue to blend, Bieber’s crossover hit “10,000 Hours” with country duo Dan + Shay has now spent six weeks on top of the Billboard.com “Hot Country Songs” chart.

Country music has been evolving for ...

SBU Grad Specht Honored with Prestigious duPont Award for Reporting on Diocese Scandal

December 12, 2019

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — St. Bonaventure alumnus Charlie Specht, Class of 2010, was honored Wednesday with a 2020 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for his investigative reporting into the sex abuse scandal in the Diocese of Buffalo.

Specht’s reporting over the last year on the mishandling of the crisis ultimately led to last week’s resignation of Buffalo Bishop ...

Happy Veterans Day, Mom

What began as an attempt to boost her GPA soon turned into a 22-year career for my mom, Ramona Lee Discavage.

On the first day of her freshman year at St. Bonaventure University in 1989, members of the Army ROTC Seneca Battalion helped incoming freshmen move their stuff into their dorm rooms.  Afterward, they invited all of the freshmen to a lunch.

“When they described the ...

Lynn Kemp: ‘Best Soldier I Could Be’

Lynn Kemp is nearing 95 and knows he has lived a good life.

“The good Lord has been awful good to me,” recalled the lifelong resident of Shinglehouse, Pennsylvania. “I never refused an order. I tried to be the best soldier I could be. I don’t know what your relationship is with God, but mine is pretty close.”

Born Oct. 29, 1920, Lynn grew up in a home on Turkey ...

WW II museum provides role models for young people

When Steve Appleby asks area students if they know Snoop Dog, Eminem, Kanye West, the Kardashians, Parris Hilton or Miley Cyrus, they answer yes. Then Appleby will ask which of them knows Jason Dunham is, and the students will not have a clue.

Appleby will explain that Jason Dunham was a Marine from Scio, in Allegany County, New York, who was killed in Iraq in 2006 after jumping on a grenade ...