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Myths and legends: How did Barcelona get its name?

September 3, 2015 As soon as they learn about my position as Westfield historian, new neighbors and friends at Edgewater start asking all sorts of interesting questions. more »»

Messages from the passing lane

September 3, 2015 For ten years, our family of three was part of the annual snowbird migration on the nation’s highways. The trip from Mayville to Punta Gorda, Fla., was a long 1,200 + miles. more »»

No wonder crime doesn't pay

August 27, 2015 As an avid newspaper reader, I’ve seen enough crime reports in the news to conclude that those who choose a life of crime can usually be classified as intellectually challenge. more »»

Memories of childhood games (reader participation requested)

August 27, 2015 This has been an intense week for your Westfield historian, with the loss of several friends, and the first anniversary of my mother Frances Dibble Blackburn Anderson’s passing this past Friday, Au. more »»

Celebrating older folks

August 20, 2015 In my mid 40s, I took what I considered a short- term job. It was in a nursing home. more »»

Memories of a Westfield one-room rural school

August 20, 2015 While trying to settle on a topic for BeeLines, your Westfield Historian decided to do some more sorting and settling in her new digs at Edgewater, and discovered the perfect item for this wee. more »»

Here we go again, folks!

August 13, 2015 The stage was decked out in a patriotic mix of red, white and blue. Each of the ten hopefuls was well dressed in a suit, a sincere tie and the obligatory warm smile. It was an impressive panel ... more »»

Summertime treats — old fashioned ice cream parlors and soda fountains

August 13, 2015 So, which came first — Ice cream parlors or soda fountains? Why were soda fountains usually found in drug stores? Which ice cream parlor or soda fountain was the first one in Westfield? Since... more »»

Mice vs. the cowboy mousetrap

August 6, 2015 Many years ago, we built a home in the woods in Findley Lake. We soon discovered we had a large number of neighbors, all of the wildlife variety. more »»

Memories of Midsummer Nights and Pergola Garden Dreams

August 6, 2015 A recent photo-postcard of the Pergola from the rear of the Patterson Library, posted on Greater Things About Westfield NY Facebook site, prompted a flurry of memories from viewers about scout... more »»

Moseyin’ Along

July 30, 2015 On a recent warm and breezy night, I was suddenly startled from deep sleep by a dazzling flash of light. I caught my breath and lay still, not quite awake, wondering and listening. more »»

Moseyin’ Along

July 23, 2015 Do you remember those soft summer nights when we were kids, when we’d stretch out on the lawn and gaze in awe at the star show above us? From time to time, we’d be dazzled by a shooting star,... more »»

Moseyin’ Along

July 16, 2015 Like most folks, I sometimes fall into a “poor me” pattern of thinking. Somehow, instead of looking at the sun shining in the sky, I magnify every cloud above me. more »»


July 16, 2015 By Marybelle Beigh Westfield Historian With all the drought along the entire west coast of this country and up into Canada, there have been a plethora of wildfires and forest fires sending smoke and... more »»

Moseyin’ Along

July 9, 2015 While browsing the web the other day, I came across a web site for that amazing product found in every home, duct tape. more »»


July 9, 2015 By Marybelle Beigh Westfield Historian The Westfield Firemen’s Annual Ox-Roast in July has a long tradition at Ottaway Park! But do you know when it started? Ox Roasts have been a staple for summer... more »»


July 2, 2015 By Marybelle Beigh Westfield Historian You’d think this would be a “no-brainer” to research and write - right? WRONG!!! So after several nearly-fruitless attempts to locate historic celebrations of... more »»

The day my ship came in

July 2, 2015 I picked up the mail that morning and scanned it quickly to see if there was anything of interest. more »»

Edgewater announces upcoming open house

July 2, 2015 The Edgewater Experience…Blue water, painted sunsets, a waterfall and acres of hills, vineyards and streams ... you’ve arrived at Edgewater Condominium. more »»

Moseyin’ Along

June 25, 2015 Rushing into adulthood During the recent coverage of graduations across the country, one memorable ceremony caught my attention. more »»



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