As this public health situation continues to unfold, we believed it wise to give every one of our readers an update on our situation at the shelter. Please review our most recent statement to the public on our current course of action. We will be making changes as time and circumstances allo… Read more

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Contributed photoAll of us humans and our furry companions are getting to know each other really well during the current “NY on Pause” restrictions. We are encouraging everyone to stay safe, love on those pets, and keep your chins up - just like CGHS Adoption Counselor Alexa Caunitz and Mia!

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This week has been a very long, trying week for most of us. I have observed that there are two major types of people. There are the givers. Thank you to Hickory Hill Market who has been donating products to the local food pantry and to area Senior Citizens. Their generosity started before th…

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It appears that spring has already arrived in much of the Hudson Valley region after a mild winter. I have had reports of forsythia in full bloom in Kingston as early as March 3. This is a full month earlier than I would expect and perhaps the earliest since 2012. This spring when I return t…

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When I was a boy, which admittedly was some time ago, I remember how excited we got when we spotted a deer. They were very rare in the New York suburbs where I grew up. That’s changed. Now deer are almost as common a form of garden wildlife as blue jays; what’s more, they are distressingly d…

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PRATTSVILLE — Stay healthy and safe. Area schools are closed for two weeks. The Gilboa Conesville CS play has been postponed or cancelled according to conditions. All are cautioned to use care when going about your customary activities. Cough, aches, sore throat, temperature — Stay at Home.

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Have you survived this week? I do hope you all have enough toilet paper to survive. In my list of items, last week, I didn’t even think of including toilet paper. I’m a little worried, all I have is 11 rolls left. Finally found some Lysol Spray. New shipment just arrived. Hopefully all of th…

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Photo Courtesy of Laurel Van AkenTwo motorcycles hoping to entice the opening of JiMmGeeS ice cream shop in Prattsville.

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A new home town hero has been discovered in Cairo! While looking through old 1926 editions of the Catskill paper “The Examiner,” I came across a front page article titled “FIGHTING CHAPLAIN” HERE ON MEMORIAL DAY. The article said the following: “Probably the most important feature of the day…

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Every year about this time, when state and federal budgets are being proposed and negotiated, I visit the state Capitol in Albany as well as the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., to deliver much the same message to our elected officials: “Greater investments in health care and public health …

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Every year about this time, when state and federal budgets are being proposed and negotiated, I visit the state Capitol in Albany as well as the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., to deliver much the same message to our elected officials: “Greater investments in health care and public health …

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We at CGHS/SPCA who are committed to our mission of placing homeless companion animals also feel very strongly that the public has a right to choose other alternatives. This piece, by AKC representative Sheila Goffe and reprinted with permission, reflects our position:

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Yes, it is true. Folks have already been seeing some green grass as the landscape turns from winter brown to the prettiest green imaginable.

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Contributed photoLooking for the perfect addition to your family? Pictured is Sarge, a 5-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix with his favorite CGHS/SPCA Adoption Counselor Rebecca Warner. Sarge would love to be your new best friend! He enjoys days full of long walks and hikes, but wi…

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Contributed photoThe berries of native plants such as Parthenocissus quinquefolia, or Virginia creeper, are rich in the fats that migrating birds need, in contrast to high sugar exotic species, which rob birds of critical nutrition.

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It was Carol Constable’s birthday on March 7. She and husband Skeet went up to visit their son Michael and wife Connie in Albany. Granddaughter MacKenzie is a senior in the Bethlehem High School and her class sponsored a Brooks’ Barbecue that day so they all enjoyed a delicious meal together…

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As difficult as life was 100 years ago, donations were easier to make. These went to a women’s home in Catskill. It was before many of today’s strict security rules.

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What a wonderful Spring week we just completed. The weather was so typically March. One day was windy and cold, the next day warm and balmy. The sap was flowing, bees buzzing looking for their first meal. The snowdrops are blooming, daffodils are peeking through. By Saturday and Sunday, it w…