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Ann Shoemaker is home after her recent surgery and feeling a lot better then when she went into the hospital. Great news, Ann, and prayers for speedy recovery.

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The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a voluntary public work relief program that operated from 1933 to 1942 in the United States for unemployed, unmarried men 18-25, it was eventually expanded to ages 17-28. The CCC was a major part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal that provided manual…

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The story is a common one these days. You have been furloughed or laid off, just a few years before you plan to retire. Or, your work-from-home arrangement is ending, and you’re not keen on resuming the commute or going back to a crowded workspace. So why not retire now, since fate has prese…

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I was in the supermarket the other day, making my daily visit, pushing the cart that they seem to reserve just for me. It has a wheel that flutters as you push it down the aisle. It does serve a purpose since it alerts my fellow shoppers that they are about to be run over by a senior shopper…

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I have, I realized during a recent conversation with Willie Crosby, been ignoring a whole kingdom of beneficial and beautiful organisms in my gardening. Willie is the proprietor of Fungi Ally, a mushroom growers’ supply business based in the town of Montague in Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley.

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Attending high school at Hunter-Tannersville Central in the 1960s, I have a special spot in my heart for the Tannersville Lake. Like the rest of the students, good times were enjoyed ice skating, swimming, and dancing to the music coming from the “Boat House.”

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Big Valley Trail Blazers completed the trail maintenance on Bear Pen Mountain recently and are anxiously awaiting a good winter to enjoy safe and fun snowmobiling. If you would like info on the Big Valley Trail Blazers, give Glenn Howard a call.

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The Fall season officially starts this week. The weather has been announcing it the past couple of days. Very frosty nights, cool, sunny days. I am thankful that the jet stream has shifted, and we now have bright blue skies instead of smoky, ash laden sky. I have been watching the leaves slo…

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Photo by Christine DwonTown of Lexington Fire/Rescue Company held an open house on Sept. 21 at the Lexington Fire Station to show the new Town of Lexington Fire District’s Rescue Truck 18-3 and to thank the community. Shown from the left in the front row are Sarah Jordan, Lessia Clinton, Liz…

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What follows is an article by New Baltimore Town Historian Ted Hilscher about the Hamlets of New Baltimore and Coeymans, two similar communities separated by the Greene/Albany County Line whose histories are intertwined. Both settlements date their origins to the earliest settlement of New Y…

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Last week we featured the first half of an article on the Hamlets of New Baltimore and Coeymans by Town Historian Ted Hilscher. Part Two now follows.

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This week’s article will talk about a few of the mountaintop physicians that we’ve been fortunate to have had over many years.

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I just don’t know how to dress this month. I stick my head out of my cocoon of blankets in the morning, and it’s quite chilly in my house. I put on my snuggly robe, pad to the kitchen for my coffee, consider turning on the heat. By the time I get out of my morning shower, It’s warming up and…

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From the Edward Ely Sherman Collection, Vedder Research LibraryScene of the Sherman Family Wharves at New Baltimore in 1820, From the Edward Ely Sherman Collection, Vedder Research Library.

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Lester Smith Collection, Vedder Research LibraryWard Foods and New Baltimore Hamlet Post Office c. 1930

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The start of the new school year is here. We have been here many times before but never like this. It is a momentous time at the Hudson City School District and in the history of public education. After being thrown the pandemic curveball in March, we did a lot of reflection about our experi…

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As you may recall from the first quarter of this calendar year, the State was approaching the current fiscal year that started on April 1 with a significant budget shortfall; even before COVID, the financial situation in NY was not good. COVID, of course, greatly exacerbated the issue, and t…

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Stock market volatility in 2020 has clearly reinforced at least one important investing principle: Short-term goals typically require a conservative investment approach. If your portfolio loses 20% of its value due to a temporary event, it would require a 25% gain just to regain that loss. T…

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When gardeners ask me what is the average date of the first killing frost, I have to ask them where they live, exactly.

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When I spoke to David Burdick several weeks ago, he was in the trenches — literally. That is, he was just back from his growing field in Dalton, Mass. and the work of digging colchicum bulbs — fall-blooming treasures — for shipment to customers of his company Daffodils and More. He was glad …

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What does Labor Day mean to you? Does it signify the unofficial end to summer? Is it “just another 3 day weekend?” Is it a time to get ready for school? Are you taking stock of all that needs to be done before the inevitable start of cold weather? We haven’t heard much about big Labor Day Sa…