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Review: Wolf Pack

Wolf Pack by C.J. Box
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm pretty sure there's not an emotion the latest Joe Pickett novel didn't evoke. Not only that, it was packed with action and suspense from beginning to -- literally -- the end.

It starts with Joe and female game warden Katelyn Hamm trying to figure out who is operating a drone that she saw run a mule deer and elk herd, exhausting the animals to the point that some of the died. As they get closing to getting information about the mysterious drone operator, things get really complicated as the FBI enters the picture with dire warnings for both Joe and Katelyn.

While all of this is going on the vicious, brutal and cruel Wolf Pack -- led by the beautiful but heartless Abriella -- is on a mission that will eventually have them crossing paths with Joe, Katelyn and Joe's friend, falconer Nate Romanowski.

The penultimate chapter is so action-packed you will not be able to turn the pages fast enough.

Wolf Pack has several surpris…

Monkee Peter Tork Has Died



I'd rather be reading.

Young Lady Reading (1878)
Mary Cassatt (1844-1926)


Bea Arthur trending on Twitter for no reason will probably be the best thing to happen today. One of my all-time favorite movie moments is her and Lucille Ball singing "Bosom Buddies" in "Mame."

Wolf Pack

When you get to #19 in a series you wonder if the author can keep it fresh. I'm happy to say C.J. Box has done more than keep it fresh. This may be the best Joe Pickett novel yet -- and I'm only about halfway finished. I wish I could read faster!

Book Recommendation


Art at the Airport

Photo by Beth Hollerich PIT’s New Terminal to Showcase Local Artists, ‘Makers’By The designers of Pittsburgh’s new, modern terminal hope that travelers will see it as a striking work of art. But the new facility will also host an abundance of artwork, making it both a creation of Pittsburgh culture and a curator of that culture moving forward. For Rachel Rearick, arts and culture manager at Pittsburgh International Airport, that role is critical for the region’s burgeoning local arts community. “We have a reputation as a growing technology hub, but we’re still making things,” she said. “Craft is having this renaissance, not just nationally, but globally.” Rearick says work produced by local artists in a variety of media is another way of telling the story and identity of Pittsburgh. The Terminal Modernization Program includes ample space and opportunity to showcase that work to the millions of passengers moving through the airport each year. A panel of experts created by…

Brianna Blankenship at Union Whiskey

Brianna Blankenship & Dan Roche
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 6 PM – 9 PM
Union Whiskey 184 N. Union St. Olean, NY 14760

Jim Ronan with Connor Brien at The Model T


Darkwater Duo at The City Line

Friday, March 1, 2019

10 p.m. to 1 p.m.

The City Line
244 W. Washington St.
Bradford, PA

Florine Stettheimer

I think if she was still alive I would have a girl-crush on her.

At any rate, I will be paying my respects to her in June when I'm at Bryant Park in NY, near where this photo was taken in 1924.

Les Sabina and the Septet to Jazz Up St. Bonaventure’s Rathskeller

Answer: The sound of contemporary jazz by some of the best jazz musicians in all of Western New York and the smell of spicy hot chicken wings wafting from the Rathskeller beneath Hickey Dining Hall.
Question: How do you know a new semester is underway at St. Bonaventure University?
The start of the spring semester at St. Bonaventure means a new set of offerings in the annual Martine Performing Arts Series, which means another Jazz ’n’ Wings performance by Les Sabina and the Septet, a group comprising an all-star cast of jazz musicians.
Dr. Les Sabina, professor of music and chair of the university’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts at St. Bonaventure, will perform with his septet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in the university Rathskeller. The performance is free and open to all, and free chicken wings will be served.
Sabina, an award-winning composer and saxophonist, will be joined on stage by some of the best jazz musicians in the region: Cody Anderson, a State Univ…

Bradford 'Living Green' Garden Symposium

Do you want to learn more about gardening? The day will comprise of breakout sessions that will have something for the gardener of every level!! Whether you are a beginner gardener looking to enhance your home's curb appeal, a more experienced gardener, or a master gardener looking to expand your knowledge, there will be a session for you!!

There are three block sessions. Each session is broken into three groups - beginner, advanced and a hand's on (make/take) project. Attendees can attend the session of their choice.

Session 1 includes workshop topics, "Beginner's Guide to Gardening and Updating your home's curb appeal," "Get a closer look!" (a microscopic look at mosses, liverworts, ferns and flowers) and a hand's on (make/take project) "Mushroom log" project.

Session 2 includes a hands on (make/take project) "Build your own table top Zen Garden", "Best Lawn Around," and a presentation regarding "Invasive an…

Susan B. Anthony Program at Two Area Libraries

Jeanne Gehret, Susan B. Anthony re-enactor, will visit S.W. Smith Memorial Library of Port Allegany and Bradford Area Public Library on Saturday, March 2 as part of National Women’s History Month. She will visit the SW Smith Library at 10:00 am and the Bradford Library at 2:00 pm. The program is free and open to the public.
Susan Brownell Anthony is famous for being one of the most prominent leaders of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States, which ultimately led to the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right the vote. Although the amendment, popularly known as the Anthony Amendment, that was ratified after her death, her contribution in it cannot be overstated. Apart from fighting for equal rights for women throughout her life, Anthony was involved in several other efforts, including the abolishment of slavery.
Jeanne Gehret will portray a vibrant Anthony in period costume using many of the suffragist’s own words. Gehret adds, “She’s really th…

Review: Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In a book filled with compelling, interesting, lovable -- and hate-able -- characters the real star of this book is the marsh where most of the story takes place. Delia Owens' beautiful prose turns the water, grass, sand, sea shells, even the wind into a character in and of itself. She does the same with the birds that are such an important part of the story.

As for the characters, the book follows Kya from the time she's 6-years-0ld until she's 24, when she's accused of killing a "boyfriend." After her mother and brother leave the family shack in the marsh Kya is left with only her drunk and abusive father, and he isn't around very much. She learns to fend for herself and, as a result, is very wary of, and afraid of, most people.

She does develop a friendship with a local black gas station and bait shop owner, Jumpin' and his wife Mabel, as well as her brother's friend Tate Walker, w…