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Contributed photoWhile we may be practicing social distancing as an organization...our kittens have no idea what the phrase means! CGHS/SPCA Adoption Counselor Katie Prack is holding one of our little rascals who is just too cute not to confine yourself with. Be prepared...with spring and su…

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Two months after the lockdown of New York state, we’re learning that a large percentage of positive coronavirus tests and deaths blamed on COVID-19 were spiking in nursing homes statewide and in Greene and Columbia counties.

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Over the last few months, we’ve seen tremendous displays of bravery, support and selflessness across our region from all corners of our community. However, few groups have inspired us more than our First Responders. And with May 18th kicking off National EMS Week, it’s important that we than…

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Summer is coming fast, but spring isn’t quite over. That means there’s still time to fill the vacant space in your vegetable or flower gardens, or even start a new bed, if you are willing to cut a corner and start with seedlings rather than seeds.

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Contributed photoWhen shopping for seedlings, look for rich green color in the foliage. Pale or yellowing foliage is an obvious sign of distress that a plant might not be able to recover from, even with good subsequent care.

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PRATTSVILLE – Memorial Day in Prattsville, the American Legion Virgil E. Deyo Post 1327 has found it necessary not to have a Memorial Day Parade but to have a closed ceremony due to the pandemic and health guidelines. It is prudent to forego the usual parade and public ceremony this year so …

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Another week gone by. That’s about all that I can say. I had the “luxury” of going to New Jersey this past week for a couple of days. Jackie K is cleaning out her house down there and it’s crunch time for packing. We don’t do anything but drive straight down, pack up belongings, eat what we …

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Last week we talked about the Honigsbaum family and the stores operated by their family. Today’s column will continue with the Honigsbaum family, with a few little family tidbits.

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As County Historian I often receive requests from people working on family genealogy. As the discussion progresses I learn more and more about the requestor. Such was the case with Jil DeMasi. As a youngster she had spent many happy summers in Haines Falls. As I sometimes do, I encouraged he…

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On cue, officials in Greene and Columbia counties are weighing options to ease the pain of the potentially crushing deficits our area is likely to face in the shadow of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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On Earth Day, just observed on April 22, activists, nature lovers, scientists, policy advocates, and concerned citizens call out the largest industrial contributors to climate change and environmental pollution, like fossil fuel producers, and demand that they take responsible action to help…

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Nursing homes in the area reeling from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic are being asked to ramp up testing on their employees. All nursing homes are responsible for conducting twice-weekly COVID-19 testing on their workers beginning next week, according to an executive order signed Ma…

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This week’s column was written by Paul Hexler. Please visit paulhetzlernature.org for hundreds of articles on trees and critters. His book of nature essays is at https://www.amazon.com/dp/099860609X

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“Dig for Victory” was the watchword of the old-time Victory Gardeners, and that’s just what I’m going to do at this time of challenges and insecurity. I’m planning my own, modern day Victory Garden this spring. On the advice of Christie Higginbottom of Old Sturbridge Village, I’m going to pl…

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For the second time in the weeks we have spent under COVID-19 lockdown, a majority of elected officials statewide are hearing from constituents saying more government transparency is needed during this public-health crisis, according to a state organization’s report released Tuesday.

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In Dr. Gary Lelonek’s book, he mentioned Frank Honigsbaum’s department store in Tannersville, and that Honigsbaum opened a small tannery in the store’s basement in 1913. (Next week’s column). As a kid, I remember Phil Honigsbaum’s grocery store just east of where the department (general) sto…

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I had completely forgotten last week, Happy Mother’s Day to all of my loyal Moms (and their moms). I seriously cannot keep track of the time with no activities to keep me grounded.

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PRATTSVILLE – Thank you to all our health care workers, doctors, nurses and all others who are willing to put their own lives on the line to take care of those who are suffering. Remember that the next time when you don your mask, you, too, could be saving lives and easing the load of those …

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A warm, sunny, springtime weekend. Was it two weeks ago already? It disappeared as quickly as it burst on the scene. There I was out for a spin on my riding mower. The first mowing of the year. The first weekend it felt like the weather might really be turning away from the gloom, chill, and…

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Last week Deputy Greene County Historian Jonathan Palmer took a look back at events in Athens during the 1832 Cholera epidemic. Today his narrative continues with some observations about Catskill during the pandemic.

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Reopening days are here. The state is slowly, painfully dragging businesses out of their long slumber. We are looking through the tunnel and see light. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.