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I was standing in my front yard last week when an unusual low noise caught my attention. It was a kind of humming, grunting noise that I couldn’t identify. I stood there with my head cocked, trying to figure it out when what to my wondering eyes should appear but a large group of bikers whiz…

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What has happened to integrity? In the past two weeks I have experienced, and heard, stories of business people totally disregarding the wants, needs and even the acknowledgement of customers. Friends have gone shopping in local, and big box stores, and have been totally ignored by sales cle…

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I don’t think most Americans really know much about their flag nor Flag Day — sort-of-but-not-really — and that’s really a shame because our flag symbolizes so many things.

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We did it! We are at the end of the 2020-21 school year, arguably the most challenging school year any of us has experienced in our lifetime. But we did it, and we learned a lot from the challenges.

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Instead of ushering in the summer season, as is usually the case, this past Memorial Day weekend featured a return to winter like weather. I don’t ever recall such nasty weather this late in the season. Some people lost some tender vegetable garden plants from the cold. As my friend Ken, fro…

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I paused the other day during my mid-morning energy booster time, and had a little ponder about my snack. It occurred to me that if we applied a little creativity to our use of snacking, we might be able to peacefully resolve a great many of the problems facing mankind in many of the far flu…

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“I was determined to know beans” Henry Thoreau wrote in Walden, while describing his labors in his vegetable patch. That, of course, was far better than to be one of those unfortunates who ‘don’t know beans,’ an expression which in his day as in ours signified extreme ignorance.

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Brrrr! That’s what I have to say about Memorial Weekend. Planting should have been done, windows are in desperate need of washing, the barbecue grill is all ready to go, bathing suits have been taken out of drawers, sandals and shorts ready to be worn. Nope, not this weekend. Back are the fl…

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A very successful opening day for the Lexington Farmers Market on May 29. Was a bit chilly and damp but it doesn’t rain under the pavilion. Next one will be June 12 — every other Saturday through October, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Lexington Municipal Building.

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PRATTSVILLE — Memorial Day. We pay tribute to those veterans who are no longer with us, either KIA, MIA, POW or dying in the arms of their loved ones. Thank you, thank you, rest in peace. It is up to us to make sure their sacrifices were not in vain and we honor and respect all they did for …

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I have a messy car. In addition to the usual collection of papers, empty water bottles, various coats and random books that comprise its usual clutter I’ve had a vacation riding around in it with me for the past year. This vacation has not been fun, and I still don’t know what to do about it…

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It happened again the other night, I shouldn’t have been surprised, it’s been happening since my mid-teens, but this year it kind of snuck up on me.

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Memorial Day marks the “official” start of the summer season for us, but this past May has already featured some summer like weather, as well as some decidedly cool, late winter like, weather as well.

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It was purely by coincidence, but still it felt right to be speaking to Bill Taylor on Earth Day (April 22). Bill, a committed food grower and environmentalist, was telling me about the history of his involvement with making and using biochar.

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When the coronavirus pandemic arrived last spring, Columbia County Mental Health Center Director of Community Services/Department Head Dan Almasi and the Human Services Department were hit hard by the building shutdown, yet within four-five days its services had gone nearly fully remote.

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Okay, the weatherman said it was going to rain on Sunday afternoon. The morning felt like it was going to rain any minute now, and it was a very heavy day, but except for a few sprinkles, we got nothing. It’s time to plant our gardens, since next Monday is Memorial Day, but we need rain to g…

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Members of the Lexington/West Kill UMC, East Jewett UMC and Kaaterskill UMC met on May 23 under the pavilion in Lexington for Heritage Sunday. JoEllen Schermerhorn spoke on the history of the Spruceton UMC, the West Kill UMC and Lexington UMC — at one time all separate churches. Nancy Allen …

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PRATTSVILLE — We Honor those who have secured our freedom, many paying with their own lives, and are no longer with us — thank you for your service. On May 31, we will pay you the respect and recognition you so rightly deserve. Your fellow veterans and a grateful Nation will acknowledge your…

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Andrew Wilkes and Isham Raney’s lives prior to Sept. 25, 1864 can be filled in with circumstantial clues. Throughout the Civil War the Union Army grappled with “contraband” — a term applied to enslaved people who had escaped southern plantations seeking freedom behind Union lines. Congress m…

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Before we continue our house crating discussion, I’d like to remind everyone about an upcoming event. The Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA (CGHS/SPCA), in partnership with Message in a Bottle Can and Bottle Redemption Center, will be holding a bottle and can drive to benefit the shelter. …

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I was pleased to be able to purchase an Edelweiss plant at Story’s nursery last Friday. I have planted it in a sunny, well drained location and it is nicely budded up! The garden center was packed when I was there despite it being a weekday. I picked up my “Big Beef” tomato transplants, alth…

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When I began my education as a gardener almost 50 years ago, one was considered notably enlightened if the practitioner distinguished “good bugs” from the “the bad bugs.” The bad bugs — or more broadly and accurately, the bad insects — were those that fed on our plants; the good insects were…

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What a wonderful day today! And yesterday! I think we have finally come round the bend into our start of summer weather. What beautiful blossoms on so many trees. It is so breathtaking. The fragrance is starting to permeate the air, and it smells and looks heavenly. As I look around, I see a…

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At the telegraph office in Hudson on Sept. 24, 1864, Nathan Edmonds sent a terse message: “you are drafted and had better come home.” It arrived in the hands of Captain Thomas Briggs of the steamboat Silas O. Pierce somewhere on the James River in Virginia that same evening. The content of t…

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Spring continues, and this month we celebrate warblers! Columbia County welcomes many species of warblers — small migratory birds that often nest between mid-May and late June and are especially prized for their beautiful songs. Schor Conservation Area, located at 58 Cemetery Road in the vil…

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It’s a remarkable fact that tobacco, known for decades to cause lung and other cancers, heart disease, COPD and emphysema, has only been regulated in this country since 2009, when Congress passed the Tobacco Control Act, giving the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate the conte…

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The extended cool, wet, weather continues as I write this column on May 12. I could use some sunshine and temperatures in the 70’s right now, instead of overnight temperatures in the upper 30’s and low 40’s. I have recorded more than 4 inches of rain since May 1, as well.

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There are signs that spring is really here. The flocks of birds chowing down in the back yard have changed from sparrows and chickadees to goldfinches and red winged blackbirds. The winter sleepers are up and about as evidenced by the fresh road kill. Opossums and skunks now join the suicide…