To paraphrase a Dire Straits song, some days you’re the windshield, some days you’re the bug. Gov. Andrew Cuomo learned this hard lesson Tuesday when a Marist College poll showed his approval rating dipped with New Yorkers in the wake of recent controversy over his administration’s delayed r… Read more

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Mountain Top residents have every reason to be proud of the town’s history. Only one adverse finding from the past was found: the unfairness shown to the visiting Jewish community.

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As Greene and Columbia counties set records we’d rather not set in the COVID-19 pandemic, the Twin Counties could see about $40 million in federal aid if the American Rescue Plan is approved.

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I had hoped to follow up on last week’s article concerning Bethel AME this week, but scheduling prevented me from making it down to the County Clerk’s office to examine several volumes on file there. History gets better with age, so a week’s delay shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

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This month, I’m excited to explore Siegel-Kline Kill Conservation Area together. This site is small but ecologically interesting, and includes a great sledding hill!

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“…government is not the solution to our problem; it IS the problem.” — Ronald Reagan, First Inaugural Address

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Here is an example of how life can eerily imitate art, courtesy of Michael Crichton’s novel “The Andromeda Strain” and its subsequent 1971 film adaptation.

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The coronavirus pandemic has strained the finances of many U.S. households. In an August 2020 survey, 25% of adults said someone in their household had experienced the loss of a job due to the outbreak. Even among those who did not lose a job, 32% said someone in their household has had to r…

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New York is alerting people across the state to beware of unemployment scams emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic and the avarice of unscrupulous con artists looking to profit from the misery of others.

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As we age, things change. I no longer garnish my corn flakes with jelly beans. The onions that I used to hunt down and hide under my plate are now something that I use frequently in my cooking. I hate to admit the fact that I haven’t read a comic book for a great many years, they’ve been rep…

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Before I begin this week’s column, I want to take a moment to wish my former father-in-law, George Story, the founder of Story’s Nursery in Freehold, a very happy 101st birthday.

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If you want to get a COVID-19 vaccination, even if you are in an eligible category, pickings are slim. Vaccinations are scarce and mass vaccination clinics are few and far between.

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For me, this season brings with it an ethical dilemma. This is the time of year when I start sowing seeds indoors. Every late winter through spring I grow 400-odd seedlings under lights in my basement to plant out, once the weather warms, in my vegetable and flower gardens. Indeed, I would s…

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Another big weekend down. Between Valentine’s Day and President’s Day, it sure has been busy for some. Since we changed to President’s Week, and a good excuse for a Mid-Winter Break, I hope all are busy this whole week. With all of the restrictions placed upon us by Covid, we don’t see the h…

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As we endure firestorms and snowstorms, political controversies and predatory COVID-19, it’s time for us to take a pause of our own and savor the food gods for bestowing upon us the legend that is the Carnegie Deli.

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Several years ago I wrote an abysmally lacking article on the topic of the earliest African American churches in Greene County. I was hampered by a lack of textual evidence and church records to corroborate the founding and existence of these early racially oriented faith communities, and I …

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It’s an unpleasant truth that smoking still causes a lot of pain and suffering. In human terms, the number of lives lost is a tragedy. In economic terms, the “pound of cure” for treating tobacco-related illness comes at a steep price, measured annually in the billions.

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Addiction is a disease. This disease not only impacts the person struggling with addiction but the entire family and all friends. For those who looking from the outside, the can see how addiction can and has taken over a person’s life which is so dishearting. Drugs and relationships are comp…

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State legislative leaders in the Assembly and Senate are discussing the potential for an independent probe into the state’s COVID deaths in adult-care facilities after Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa admitted to Democratic lawmakers in a private Zoom call last week that the administ…

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What a day! The sun is shining, the backyard is full of birds. The glare off the snow is almost blinding, free Vitamin D for all! I stood at the kitchen window appreciating the beauty of winter.

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Anyone who knows me, REALLY knows me, is aware of the fact that they can trigger a dissertation (eliciting hours of seemingly endless conversation) by bringing up the topic of intestinal parasites. It’s one of my favorites…I love “bugs,” I guess!

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I was planning to whine about the onset of nasty winter weather the past couple of weeks in upstate New York, but it is already mid-February and all I can say is that spring is only a couple of months away!

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If lawmakers continue to argue over the next steps in the state’s response to release complete data about COVID-19 deaths in New York nursing homes after the Health Department released additional data late Wednesday, a court order might not be strong enough to force the issue.

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As the state navigates painfully through the mendacious COVID-19 pandemic and all its permutations, New York bars and restaurants must continue to close at 10 p.m. after an appellate judge stayed a lower court’s order Wednesday allowing them to operate beyond the state-mandated closing time.

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Deepest sympathy to friends and family, parents Bette and John Knapp Sr., wife Stacy and children Jeremy and Kaitlyn on the passing of John Knapp last week. Condolences to the family and friends of George Dart Sr. who also passed away last week. Sympathy to friends and family of Annette Wall…

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PRATTSVILLE — Thank you, thank you to all our front line workers — doctors, nurses, first responders, firemen, law enforcement, essential workers. Our prayers and appreciation are with you. We are indebted to you.