The peak of the beautiful fall foliage display is on its way and it seems everyone wants to photograph this event. With everyone carrying a camera in their back pocket now it is very convenient to take pictures, but does a smart phone give you the best results?

NEW YORK — Near the Twizzlers and Sour Patch Kids at a New York candy store are fruit-shaped soft jelly candies that earned a spot on the shelves because they went viral on TikTok.

Flu season is upon us. The timing of flu is very unpredictable and can vary in different parts of the country and from season to season. Most seasonal flu activity typically occurs between October and May. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the United States between December and February.

A whodunnit in Oakwood Cemetery revolves around two brothers-in-law, Van Rensselaer Pearson and Thomas Vedder.

Marina Goody made lemonade out of lemons when she was let go from her job in the legal profession during the summer of 2020, due to the pandemic. A year ago, she began planting flowers on her farm at 6110 Robinson Road, which she purchased with her husband in 2017. Goody Girl Flower Farm ope…

There is something supremely satisfying about consuming an entire dish, including, well, the dish itself. Presenting food in food, or edible vessels, is not only efficient and no-waste, but it’s often highly decorative.

NEW YORK — Alma has a dilemma: The 6-year-old New Yorker has tickets for a baseball game on Saturday with her grandfather, but she told her uncle she'd help him with a dance recital that day.

I wrote a piece on turkey vultures last year but didn’t cover all the neat things about them then. You see, the turkey vulture doesn’t kill other wildlife or really cause humans any problems. Most folks don’t pay much attention to these birds as they soar high in the sky; we only get a close…

MIDDLEPORT — Dan Vanderwalker’s love of the wild and canoeing is acquired, but it is a legacy he happily passes on to his son, Todd.

MEDINA — The first time Neal Moore climbed into a canoe he was 12 and he did it to get a merit badge in Boy Scouts. He was 38 before he paddled a canoe again and it was at the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Minnesota. And it was enough for him to know that was the way he wanted to tr…

Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods found success with realistic plant-based burgers. Now, they're hoping to replicate that in the fast-growing but crowded market for plant-based chicken nuggets.

Now that the fall season is officially launched, it’s time to braise. After all, ‘tis the season for fleece and woolies, lighting the fireplace, and reaching for our Dutch ovens. It’s time for cozy warmth and slow-food days, with the aromas of meat and spice wafting through the house. It’s m…

SENECA FALLS — There are now seven statues of early women’s rights leaders overlooking the Cayuga-Seneca Canal on East Bayard Street.

AUBURN — Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin marveled at what he was seeing: A piece of Cayuga County — and American — history.

It won’t be long now before the beautiful colors of fall show up. If you get excited about the gorgeous display like I do, you can enjoy it twice every year, each time with a slightly different show. Leaves in the Adirondacks always peak before they do in Western New York. A trip up there on…

Roger Fulton has a variety of sources for his nature guides — local books, sometimes the internet. Kids.

KAMOURASKA, Quebec — When the pandemic descended, the boundless vistas and insane sunsets of Kamouraska became a distant, unattainable dream for this bicyclist from Virginia. This is one of Quebec's most beautiful places and, for me, a yearly touchstone I could no longer touch.

Move over, Sriracha — there’s another must-have Asian sauce in town. It’s called gochujang, and until I tasted this brick-red paste, I didn’t know I needed it. Now I do, and I suggest that you do too.

Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere! Pumpkin season is officially upon us, and you’ll see pumpkin patches, activities, and spiced treats around every corner.

Everyone seemed to enjoy my old stories of Drummer Boy, so I thought another old story was in order. This story is much, much older though. The information here was gathered from the files of another outdoor writer, Don “Cookie” Cook, who wrote the “Back Page” for the old Medina Journal-Regi…

If you are like me and enjoy homemade tomato sauce year-round, this recipe is for you. It’s a great way to use up any lingering tomatoes at the end of the season. If the season has already finished, you can still manage a decent sauce with your supermarket variety.

LOCKE — Eleven-year-old Evan Chaddocks smiled wide as he held out his 11-pound bag of apples.

Every year as apple harvest begins, the questions about apple varieties start to flow in. How many varieties do you grow? Why so many? What are they used for? Those questions usually start the conversations.

Notice how the days are getting shorter and there are not as many hummingbirds around? Some wildlife species, like Caspian terns and ospreys, have already left the area and headed south for the winter. Soon there will be many kinds of waterfowl moving through the Alabama Swamp and other larg…

Students have returned to classrooms in varying degrees of joy or despair. Since it’s time to renew our enthusiasm for all things academic, let’s brush up our knowledge of the Father of Our Schools in Niagara Falls, James Fullerton Trott.

Healthy, high-energy snack food is the perfect pick-me-up during the work or school day and provides a nutritional boost of energy, which improves concentration and stamina. While nailing the nutrition may be easier to accomplish when preparing a sit-down meal, it’s often difficult to achiev…

Even though U.S. citizens are allowed to go to Canada again, there are some still some requirements needed to cross the border. This was true about 100 years ago as well. In the History Center collection are several photos, some of which are captioned, showing an automobile parade that began…

The “tame” wild grouse that I named Drummer Boy was with me at camp for three years.

You remember exactly where you were.

Couscous is an excellent side dish or vegetarian option that is perfect for outdoor dining. It can be served warm or cold, has a satisfying kick of spice, and is healthy to boot.

Last week I started a story about a wild grouse that befriended me at my camp in the Southern Tier back in the early 2000s. Our relationship continued for three years and so I cannot relay to you the many adventures that I experienced with this bird, but here are a few.

Old Fort Niagara’s War of 1812 Encampment is taking place this weekend. This year’s event will focus on United States troops who garrisoned the fort from June of 1812 through December of 1813, when the British captured the fort.

Five jazz acts will be performing from noon to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Olcott Beach, beginning at the Lakeview Village Shoppes. In previous years the day-long jazz show took place in July, but it was postponed in 2020 and the date was changed due to COVID-19.

Throughout 2021, New Directions is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Lockport Ladies Relief Society, the forerunner of Wyndham Lawn Home for Children.

It's the end of summer, so why not go out with a bang and make caponata? Caponata is a Sicilian vegetable stew or compote. It slightly resembles Provencal ratatouille, but while both are tomato-rich stews consisting of a bounty of summer vegetables and aromatics influenced by their geography…

This is an old adventure tale from my past with a wild grouse that I named Drummer Boy. In the early 2000s, I spent a lot of time at my cabin in Allegany County. I had put up a nice cabin on the end of a seasonal dead-end road on 60-odd acres of great deer habitat. So, let's head out to the …

YOUNGSTOWN — The Stone Jug’s back stage and bar are up, running and hopping.

Jill Gonzalez happened to read somewhere that someone like her, with her experiences, was being sought out. She didn’t know how or why, but she sent in her story.

LOCKPORT — Considered one of the 40 wonders of the world, The Pando is a 106-acre forest of genetically identical, male Aspen trees that reproduce asexually through the root system. As a result of climate change and other disruptions, the trees are experiencing a failure to thrive. Since the…

OLCOTT — Visitors and residents to the lakeside hamlet are getting an additional, and literal, ride to the sky at the new Nanny Annie’s Corner on East Main and Lockport streets.

JAMESTOWN — With a wide grin on her face, Janice Weitz sat inside a Cessna Skyhawk at the Chautauqua County-Jamestown Airport this past Monday.

I am a seafood lover, but this has not always been the case. As children growing up in New England, my younger brothers and I were served swordfish on a regular basis. This may sound luxurious, but in those days, swordfish was a local staple harvested from the nearby Atlantic waters, and my …

PORTLAND, Maine — Harvey Sutton, or “Little Man,” as he is known on the Appalachian Trail, won’t have long to bask in the glory of hiking its full length. After all, he starts kindergarten Friday.

If you have a child with asthma, now is the time to revisit their asthma action plan so that you are prepared for the annual increase in asthma attacks that occurs each year as kids return to the classroom. A dramatic rise in the number of asthma flare-ups occurs each year from late August t…

The ruffed grouse is not a well-known game bird in this area but he is a very unique bird.

It is surely the end of summer in Western New York. Daylight is shortening and the sun angle is lower. Trees are starting to lose a few leaves. Most plant foliage is starting to lose color. Fall will be here soon.

The US&J was given a peek at the work of five artists, each with their own paths and products, but bonded together by space and time to spend their formative years together at Lockport High School as the class of ’71.

This Week's Circulars

Today's E-Edition