The weather has turned decidedly spring-like as we enter the middle of April, but don’t rule out a late season snowstorm in the higher elevations of the Catskills. Many people in the Kingston area have already set out some spring vegetable transplants, such as broccoli, cabbage, kale, caulif… Read more

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We’re not yet ready to deal with the question of police violence. It might seem strange to say this. Police violence has been getting a great deal of attention, so why are we not yet ready?

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Let’s get one thing straight: Allowing that nothing is perfect, all of us will have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 because the coronavirus is going to remain with us for a long time.

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The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce has a new boss. The Board of Directors announced Tuesday the new president and CEO will be William “Bill” Gerlach, 65, of Hudson. It’s a great move for the county and its rich array of businesses.

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PRATTSVILLE — So many thanks to our medical and healthcare workers. You are appreciated and we would not be here without you. Thank you to all essential workers and those who work behind the scenes.

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What a beautiful week we had last week! The flowers are starting in earnest. I had to go to Greenville yesterday for my second vaccine, and each lawn outdid the next. One house was lined with gorgeous pink hyacinths. Outstanding!

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The uses and misuses of the Constitution haunt the political life of the nation. Partisans, through two impeachments and trials of President Trump, cited as gospel the decisions made by fifty-five white men in the heat of the 1787 Philadelphia summer. Originalists seem to picture the words c…

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To say the left hand didn’t know what the right hand was doing with the Ashokan Reservoir federal hydroelectric project is akin to saying the Great Flood was caused by a shower. It was brought down by a communications fiasco and stalwart resistance from the community.

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I hope some readers might fondly recall my August 11, 2020 article in the Daily Mail about the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse. In it I featured some important talking points folks should know about this excellent local historic site, including some alarming facts about the nature of the lighthouse…

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It’s a good sign when we see segments of the population — the demographics, if you will — targeted for the COVID-19 vaccinations. It would be malpractice for the state to leave any stone unturned and omit a group from these life-saving injections.

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Former U.S. Rep. John Faso, of Kinderhook, understood the need and pressed hard for it. His successor, U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, of Rhinebeck, understands the need and is pressing even harder for it. What is it? Expansion of broadband access in the largely rural counties of Columbia and Greene.

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One of the more enjoyable parts of aging is the frequent flashbacks that occur for no apparent reason. The one that occurred during my usual morning ponder wasn’t all that enjoyable. For some reason the bane of my early employment as an elementary school teacher was back in all his glory. My…

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OK, pet owners — raise your hands if you’ve ever experienced an undesirable behavior from your dog or cat. My, my…just about everyone has their hands up! For those of you that are on your final few hairs and very last nerve, I’ve got some (Charlene-approved!) suggestions for solving some com…

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Last week I wrote about the various ways that grafting has been used to create street trees and repair injuries on girdled trees, as well as creating unique forms of plants. If it were not for grafting, we would not have nearly the variety of fruit of all sorts that we enjoy today!

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A gardening friend mentioned the other day that the spring weather was awakening his urge to go dig up the vegetable garden — but his environmentalist wife was telling him not to, to instead try a “no-till” style of gardening.

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This is part 4 of a series that retroactively seeks to understand how we got to January 6th, 2021. Part 4 is being run out of sequence.

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Some readers seem to think we were out of bounds in Wednesday’s The Daily Mail by reporting on former Greene County Sheriff Greg Seeley’s association with the Oath Keepers. Others praised the story for detailing what they described as feeble comments from county lawmakers supporting his asso…

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Happy belated Easter to all. I hope you all had a very Blessed Week. Our Church opened its doors for Easter Sunday Worship, and it brought the Glorious Day alive for me. There is just so much “online” services that you can do. I need the smell, feel and ambiance of the actual church to susta…

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Alcohol Awareness Month is a public health program organized by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence as a way of increasing outreach and education regarding the dangers of alcoholism and issues related to alcohol. The program was started in April 1987 with the intention of …

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Not long ago, Hunter town officials said enough is enough and responded to a seemingly unstoppable trash problem with a series of dramatic remedies in and around Kaaterskill Clove and other hiking trails.

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I like commercials on television. Some of them are more entertaining than the shows they are liberally sprinkled throughout. I will admit that the ones with cute animals or kids are the ones I enjoy the most. There seem to be more and more medical ones appearing. I like to stay current on cu…

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Happy Easter! This week’s topic was prompted by a reader after a couple of her fruit trees were girdled by voles this past winter. If you have topics that you would like me to write about, send me an email rlb14@cornell.edu. I do enjoy the correspondence. I cannot promise I will write about …