Legalization of adult use of marijuana in New York state is serious business, for health and economic reasons. To prevent as many problems as possible, Gov. Andrew Cuomo will embark on what some wags are calling “the cannabis tour” of states where marijuana is already legalized. It is a wise… Read more

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There was a time when I actually liked deer. I will admit to a profusion of waterworks when as a small child I watched Bambi’s mother gunned down in her prime by the evil hunter. That was back in the day when I was still under the influence of Uncle Walty and his band of liberal, tree-huggin…

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The point of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s concept of shared services for the agencies and departments doing the sharing is to cut costs and yield savings, and then pass that savings on to taxpayers.

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I’m urging you to garden with your neighbors. Not your human neighbors, although that might grow your sense of community. Nor the furry and feathered ones, though what I am about to advocate will benefit them. Rather, I’m suggesting that you focus on your botanical neighbors, the native plan…

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This week’s column continues with the 1892 Otis Railway, that obvious slash down the front of South Mountain. The Otis, that began its climb in Palenville, and in just 10 minutes arrived at the entrance to the famed Catskill Mountain House.

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Another successful Holiday Weekend gone. We have been so lucky this year to have decent skiing weather on weekends since November. So much of our economy depends on the weekend visitors. We also had a very busy weekend with activities for us locals. I had a hard time fitting in all I had to …

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PRATTSVILLE — Start off the spring season with the Pratt Museum Spring Brunch at the Washington Irving Inn, Tannersville, noon-2 p.m. March 29. Because of limited seating reservations are necessary and the sooner the better. $40 per person. You can get tickets by sending a check to Pratt Mus…

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It’s encouraging to see state Senate Democrats come forward last week with proposed modifications to the controversial bail reform law that liberals and conservatives, criminal rights activists and law-and-order defenders might be able to live with.

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In the introduction to his book “Rally Point: Five Tasks to Unite the Country and Revitalize the American Dream,” Chris Gibson writes: “We must recognize this stark reality: We are not only a nation divided — as Republicans we are also a party divided.”

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As everyone is consumed with the Iowa caucus problems, I would like to make a few points about election administration in Columbia County.

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Right now the subject of flavored tobacco and e-liquids is in the news because of the growing epidemic of teen vaping. The reason for this is simple: flavors are a main source of appeal to young people. Among current e-cig/tobacco users, 80% of adolescents 12-17 and 75% of young adults 18-25…

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In a lodging-starved city like Hudson, news that a 50-room hotel could be coming to the intersection of 7th and Union streets in the old McKinstry Mansion should be good. It is, but there are a number of hurdles that must be cleared first.

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I want to wish George Story a very happy birthday. George (the founder of Story’s Nursery in Freehold, Greene County), turns 100 years old on Feb. 22.

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Over the next several weeks, students in grades 8-11 will meet individually or collectively with their school counselors to look at course selections for next year. This is an important time for students to think about what they wish to do in their future. It is a time to think about college…

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Amid the quarantines and daily death toll updates in the coronavirus outbreak, it’s important to note that no men, women or children have had to be tested for the disease in Greene and Columbia counties. Let’s hope it stays that way.

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PRATTSVILLE — Kathy Sherman is doing her best to overcome her health scare. In one week she went to lunch twice. One day it was with Carol Landers and Carol’s niece Phyllis, Areta Jaeger and Myrtle of The Mews. A few days later Kathy was the guest of American Legion Auxiliary Virgil E. Deyo …

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Today’s column is about a “crack” or “crevice” in the mountains that most of us see as we approach Story’s Farm (from the east) in Palenville. Traveling from Catskill to the Town of Hunter you see a prominent slash in South Mountain, extending from Palenville to Haines Falls, or specifically…

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Happy Valentine’s Day to all my friends. Being it’s also Presidents’ Day Weekend, have a wonderful time. The birds are returning to the Mountain Top. Several have seen the return of Goldfinches to their trees and feeders. Time to put out the Niger Seed. Saw some “sapcicles” hanging from an o…

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We know the Twin Counties is an upstate New York mecca for filmmaking and television production, but for Hillsdale Town Supervisor Peter Cipkowski, the 92nd annual Academy Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles was the Mount Everest of cinema.

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January is typically the month most people decide to “turn over a new leaf” and drop those pesky December pounds. But I prefer to think of weight loss as “hitting the reset button” — it has a more positive ring to it. Don’t you think? Anyway, when I want to hit the reset button I don’t turn …

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There is no doubt that the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse is in trouble. Its underwater foundation is deteriorating and its structure is losing its integrity. Further erosion could cause the base of the lighthouse to sway and sink into the Hudson River.

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Just when we thought the Greene County Legislature is saving some money on the new jail project, it turns out they will spend a little more, and continue spending, well, forever.

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I was watching television last week when a catchphrase uttered by someone I didn’t recognize stuck in my head. As I said, I was watching the box, I wasn’t listening to it, so I missed the person’s name. The aforementioned phrase was “The world needs more heroes.”

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President Donald Trump’s third State of the Union Address will be analyzed, dissected and reassembled by pundits on the left and the right, by Democrats and Republicans and by the press.

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William Robinson, says Tom Coward, was “the Irishman who taught the English how to garden.” Although largely forgotten today, Robinson’s work in the late 19th and early 20th centuries at his English estate, Gravetye Manor, embodied a new concept of how gardeners could relate to nature. Throu…

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The presence of PFAS in Cairo’s drinking water supply could have serious implications for residents and businesses now and possibly for years to come.

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First page of the calendar ripped off. We survived January, now comes the shortest, coldest (?) month of the year. I feel that spring must be on its way as I have been smelling skunk in my office the past few mornings. A couple of years ago we were in the middle of sapping. What will this mo…