Well, last week was quite the fiasco. I went into my Facebook page to find out some information on the Ashland BBQ, and wound up signing myself out from my email account. Of course, I couldn’t find my password, Opal didn’t remember what it was, the code for reset goes to Judy, but I don’t ha… Read more

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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We celebrate several holidays and observances during February — Black History Month, American Heart Month and President’s Day. We also call attention to the power of a longstanding education program that prepares millions of students for success beyond high school. Questar III BOCES is joini…

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The Roosevelt family has a strong connection with New York State. Both former Presidents, Theodore and Franklin, had deep roots here. The original family progenitor immigrated to New Amsterdam somewhere between 1638 and 1649. A few weeks ago I wrote about Franklin Roosevelt’s time as Town Hi…

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I bet some of you are ready to choke that fat little rodent in Pennsylvania for predicting an extended winter.

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Carl Simpfenderfer had a wonderful birthday on Jan. 28. The virtual celebration for his 60th birthday was on Face Time with 10 people from Long Island, New Jersey, and upstate New York who all sang Happy Birthday - very poorly! It’s the thought that counts!

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Prattsville – We send special thank you wishes to all our dedicated healthcare workers and essential workers. You are the best and you are appreciated. For your safety, we wear double masks, practice social distancing and stay home. We need you for a long time to come, both with and without …

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Looking back at the coronavirus pandemic from the perspective of nearly a year, one thing that strikes me is how much all of us were forced to learn — in short order — new ways of operating in our new world. There were, as there continues to be, many confusing messages regarding the pandemic.

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In lieu of lengthy essays on other topics, this week I’m featuring an image which is a stark contrast to the cold weather that settled across the county over the weekend.

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By almost any measure, 2020 was a terrible year for public health. The Covid-19 pandemic struck early, quickly, and hard, forcing government action that closed businesses, shuttered buildings, and sent thousands of students, teachers and others home to learn and work remotely. Anxiety, uncer…

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PRATTSVILLE — Our healthcare workers — doctors, nurses, all healthcare workers, EMTs, firemen, other first responders and essential workers, a heartfelt thank you. With the worsening of the pandemic, we are in your hands. That said, let’s be smart if not for your own safety then for their sa…

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The January cold has set in. We’re lucky to have a layer of snow on the ground so it will protect our pipes and the roots of our plants. We have been getting a lot of nuisance snow, but it’s enough to make the world look new and clean. Unfortunately, with the snow comes the sand trucks. Time…

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This month, I’m excited to take you to Ooms Conservation Area. Even if you’ve visited before, you may be surprised to learn something new about this special place.