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Contributed photoIn most cases, transplants fare better in hot, dry conditions than direct-sown seeds. Mulching around the transplants with straw will help insulate the soil and keep it cooler and moister.

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PRATTSVILLE — Thank you to all health care workers, first responders and all essential workers. You are such a large part of our managing to carry on our day to day life. Many thanks and prayers for your health and safety.

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Mary and Steve Palazzolo of Spruceton, had a wonderful weekend with Mary’s sister, Patricia and husband Frank Rubino visiting from Westbury, Long Island. They enjoyed a day at Minekill, exploring the back roads, and having meals together.

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HAINES FALLS GOLFER MAKES HOLE IN ONE – George Schutt of Haines Falls holds the honor of being the first golfer to make a hole in one at the Catskill Country Club. Mr. Schutt holed his first shot on the seventh and thereby won a coveted honor. Schutt was playing in a foursome with Catskill’s…

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When it rains, IT POURS. Yes, I know you’ve heard that saying many times, but this week sure exemplified that saying. Every time I got my yard sale clothing and linens dried out, it rained. My sealed plastic tubs were full to the brim with water. My canopies were loaded, and every time I tri…

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The start of the 2020-21 school year is just a few weeks away, and there have been many questions about what this will look like for our students, staff, and parents. One of those questions was answered recently when Governor Cuomo announced that school districts across the region and state …

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Today we have a guest column by Deputy Greene County Historian, Vedder Research Library Archivist and Athens native Jonathan Palmer.

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Last week, state Health Department Commissioner Howard Zucker, testifying before a joint committee of state Assembly members and senators, declined to give the number of New York nursing home residents who died of COVID-19 in state hospitals. Zucker repeatedly declined to offer a number, not…

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Talk around Columbia County (and some places in Greene County) has been about the bizarre saga of an alleged assault at the home of a Columbia County deputy sheriff over Independence Day weekend and the ethics of the investigation.

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Does this seem like a “normal” summer in terms of weather? Well, when the data is crunched and people look at it years from now, the summer of 2020 will most likely be recorded as pretty “normal.”

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Sometimes we follow a strange route to reach the garden. Sam Van Aken, for example, had made a career as a sculptor, winning all sorts of awards and fellowships and securing a position as a professor of studio art at Syracuse University. Yet always informing his art was Sam’s childhood exper…

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Critics of the federal government in general and President Donald Trump specifically, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo numbered among them, say the commander-in-chief puts politics and his own image above all else and lacks empathy.

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There is a well-known Chinese proverb — a curse, really — “May you live in interesting times.” The problem, as you may know, is that no one has ever discovered an actual Chinese source for it. According to Wikipedia, “the nearest related Chinese expression translates as ‘Better to be a dog i…

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Pictured is the Rip Van Winkle Little League of Hunter-Tannersville. The opening day ceremonies were held at 2 p.m. June 26 at the Senior High School Athletic Field in Tannersville.

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Carol and Skeet Constable joined others in attending a surprise birthday party for Gerald Jaeger Aug. 1 at the Christman’s Windham House. Belated happy birthday to Kathy Nelson, Janice Barcone and Beth Soule Vaughn. Their birthdays were Aug. 5. Nancy Dippold’s birthday is Aug. 8. Happy 40th …

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Welcome August. The summer “Hump.” The weather has been unusually humid for an extended period this year. Is that what is making the squash family grow? A very abundant year for zucchini and cucumbers. Acorn squash is getting ready to pick, butternut and pumpkins are starting to form. The bi…

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When it comes to discussions about how best to get one step ahead of the coronavirus, it’s worth remembering the words made famous by screenwriter William Goldman: “Nobody knows nothin’.”

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Contributed photoBottom row, from the left are Tunis Rappleyea, Bob Mead, Richard Cline, Paul Higgins and Mike Solodar; center row from the left are Audrey Rappleyea, Ted Mead, Jan Herdman, Ronney Miles and Seymore Solodar; top row from the left are Leon Goodrich, Vernon Ostrander, Herb Grav…

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo wagged his finger at President Donald Trump and the federal government Monday for not coming clean about their failed COVID-19 response and not telling the truth to the American people about the dramatic spread of the virus.

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If anyone still has to be convinced of the aims of the Black Lives Matter movement across the nation and right here in the Twin Counties, the seriousness of what happened last week at a virtual but public reopening meeting of the Catskill Central School District should drive the point home.

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Has the coronavirus pandemic adversely affected those in recovery from drug use? The answer is, a resounding YES!! This population is at high risk for infection with potentially serious if not fatal outcomes. Opioid use, like tobacco use and vaping, attacks the respiratory system damaging th…

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Dogs love dens. They go together like kids and candy. They’re meant for each other. My wolfy babies love to stretch out under tables and scrunch under bureaus and beds if they can squeeze in. When outside, they curl up under trees with low-hanging branches, big bushes, and the small space un…

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All of this hot and humid weather makes me yearn for fall, my favorite season. Fall means football. I’m not talking about the professional-type football played on television by steroid-pumped millionaires; I’m talking about grassroots football.