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I was standing in my front yard last week when an unusual low noise caught my attention. It was a kind of humming, grunting noise that I couldn’t identify. I stood there with my head cocked, trying to figure it out when what to my wondering eyes should appear but a large group of bikers whiz…

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What has happened to integrity? In the past two weeks I have experienced, and heard, stories of business people totally disregarding the wants, needs and even the acknowledgement of customers. Friends have gone shopping in local, and big box stores, and have been totally ignored by sales cle…

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I don’t think most Americans really know much about their flag nor Flag Day — sort-of-but-not-really — and that’s really a shame because our flag symbolizes so many things.

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We did it! We are at the end of the 2020-21 school year, arguably the most challenging school year any of us has experienced in our lifetime. But we did it, and we learned a lot from the challenges.

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Instead of ushering in the summer season, as is usually the case, this past Memorial Day weekend featured a return to winter like weather. I don’t ever recall such nasty weather this late in the season. Some people lost some tender vegetable garden plants from the cold. As my friend Ken, fro…

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I paused the other day during my mid-morning energy booster time, and had a little ponder about my snack. It occurred to me that if we applied a little creativity to our use of snacking, we might be able to peacefully resolve a great many of the problems facing mankind in many of the far flu…

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For more than 25 years, the New York state Sex Offender Registry has kept tabs on sexual predators. Signed into law by former Gov. George Pataki on July 25, 1995, the Registry has recorded names and addresses of convicted sex criminals so neighbors are informed of their presence in the community.

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“I was determined to know beans” Henry Thoreau wrote in Walden, while describing his labors in his vegetable patch. That, of course, was far better than to be one of those unfortunates who ‘don’t know beans,’ an expression which in his day as in ours signified extreme ignorance.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced May 25 that the state is making $800 million available through the Small Business Recovery Grant Program to small businesses interested in applying for pandemic recovery grants. Grant amounts will range from $5,000 to $50,000. The grants can be used for reimbursab…

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Brrrr! That’s what I have to say about Memorial Weekend. Planting should have been done, windows are in desperate need of washing, the barbecue grill is all ready to go, bathing suits have been taken out of drawers, sandals and shorts ready to be worn. Nope, not this weekend. Back are the fl…

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A very successful opening day for the Lexington Farmers Market on May 29. Was a bit chilly and damp but it doesn’t rain under the pavilion. Next one will be June 12 — every other Saturday through October, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Lexington Municipal Building.

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PRATTSVILLE — Memorial Day. We pay tribute to those veterans who are no longer with us, either KIA, MIA, POW or dying in the arms of their loved ones. Thank you, thank you, rest in peace. It is up to us to make sure their sacrifices were not in vain and we honor and respect all they did for …

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Whether you’re a parent, farmer or otherwise, it’s inarguable that especially here in upstate New York, our society is still a gas-powered one, and will be in many respects for the foreseeable future. Stock car racing is an upstate tradition that continues to bring in spectators young and ol…

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I have a messy car. In addition to the usual collection of papers, empty water bottles, various coats and random books that comprise its usual clutter I’ve had a vacation riding around in it with me for the past year. This vacation has not been fun, and I still don’t know what to do about it…

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo got the ball rolling with state lottery prize tickets and free passes to New York Yankees baseball games as incentives for unvaccinated New Yorkers to get inoculated against COVID-19.

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Survivors of child-sex abuse who have struggled to get legal representation to sue abusers and who lack money or assets are pushing the state Legislature to fix flaws in the Child Victims Act as lawmakers push to pass similar measures for adult survivors in the next two weeks. But an interes…

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It happened again the other night, I shouldn’t have been surprised, it’s been happening since my mid-teens, but this year it kind of snuck up on me.

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Memorial Day marks the “official” start of the summer season for us, but this past May has already featured some summer like weather, as well as some decidedly cool, late winter like, weather as well.

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It was purely by coincidence, but still it felt right to be speaking to Bill Taylor on Earth Day (April 22). Bill, a committed food grower and environmentalist, was telling me about the history of his involvement with making and using biochar.

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When the coronavirus pandemic arrived last spring, Columbia County Mental Health Center Director of Community Services/Department Head Dan Almasi and the Human Services Department were hit hard by the building shutdown, yet within four-five days its services had gone nearly fully remote.

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Okay, the weatherman said it was going to rain on Sunday afternoon. The morning felt like it was going to rain any minute now, and it was a very heavy day, but except for a few sprinkles, we got nothing. It’s time to plant our gardens, since next Monday is Memorial Day, but we need rain to g…

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Members of the Lexington/West Kill UMC, East Jewett UMC and Kaaterskill UMC met on May 23 under the pavilion in Lexington for Heritage Sunday. JoEllen Schermerhorn spoke on the history of the Spruceton UMC, the West Kill UMC and Lexington UMC — at one time all separate churches. Nancy Allen …

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PRATTSVILLE — We Honor those who have secured our freedom, many paying with their own lives, and are no longer with us — thank you for your service. On May 31, we will pay you the respect and recognition you so rightly deserve. Your fellow veterans and a grateful Nation will acknowledge your…