WEEK #39 SEPT 26th

Dear Customers, If you’re like me, you get a little tired of the ever-increasing practice of naming days, weeks and even months as “National ———- Day, Week or Month” (you fill in the blank).  In any given 30-day period there are anywhere from 15 to 40 specially designated “events”.  It’s gotten a little out of…

WEEK #8 SEPTEMBER 19th, 2022

Dear Customers, History creates new words and phrases which evolve, usually out of necessity.  If you were to compare a dictionary from 50 years ago to one published in 2022, there would be many, many new entries that didn’t exist in the earlier edition.  For instance, the word, Covid, was unheard of in 1972. So…

WEEK #37 SEPTEMBER 12, 2022

Dear Customers, In retrospect, I imagine I’ll look back on the summer of 2022 quite fondly.  I’ll focus on the abundant sunshine and overall good weather.  The less than desirable attributes are often pushed out of memory, not to be recalled.  Among those were the complete lack of rain during most of July and August,…

WEEK #36, SEPT 5th, 2022

Dear Customers, When January’s chill winds blow and February’s icicles hang heavy from the eaves, we’ve grown accustomed to the vagaries of the fresh produce market.  Temperatures plummet in Florida and the orange crop suffers, both in quality and quantity.  Too much rain in the Salinas Valley in California and lettuce, tomatoes, spinach and strawberries…

WEEK #35 AUGUST 29th, 2022

Dear Customers, I can still remember sitting in my Marketing 101 class in Plassman Hall on the campus of St. Bonaventure.  It was the first week of September in 1973 and the consensus, at least among the undergraduates, was that class most certainly would be cancelled as soon as the professor arrived.  After all, it…

WEEK #34 AUGUST 22nd, 2022

Dear Customers, One of the most highly anticipated events for sports lovers in any year is the start of the football season.  Whether it be high school, college or professional, Americans embrace it with more enthusiasm and anticipation than any other sport. High School football begins this Friday night with contests all over the country. …

WEEK #33 AUGUST 15th, 2022

Dear Customers, Let’s see. . . Memorial Day Parade?  Check!  Fireworks over Hamlin Lake? Check! Fourth of July celebrations? Check!  Hmmm, that leaves only one more summer-time milestone before the Labor Day weekend. . . That’s right, the McKean County Fair! This year’s edition is the 116th time the fairgrounds in East Smethport will come…

WEEK #31 AUGUST 1st, 2022

Dear Customers, When I graduated college in 1976, it took me quite a while before I stopped getting that “nervous” feeling in the pit of my stomach as the middle of August rolled around.  For nearly two decades, that time of year had always meant “back-to-school”! My wife, who recently retired from 30 plus years…

Week #30 JULY 25th – 31st

Dear Customers, When one thinks of particularly “summer-time” foods there are certain ones that always come to mind.  Among these are locally grown strawberries, homegrown sweet corn, hot dogs and, of course, ice cream! We enjoy these delights year-round thanks to the network of transportation available to us, but it remains that they are even…

WEEK #29 JULY 18th, 2022

Dear Customers, Back around the time when we were all concerned with “Y2K” and the havoc it would wreak on our computer systems, a movie was released called “The Perfect Storm”.  It starred George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg among others.  When I think of my own “perfect storm”, it features me sitting on a covered…