A good friend recently told me to stay in touch with my feminine side. I don’t think I want oo, too much stress! I am very thankful that the Big Guy arranged for me to be male, probably because He realized what a rotten female I’d be. I revel in my maleness and try to do it without any chauv… Read more

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PRATTSVILLE — Want to start the column with a big “get well” shout out to Hank Oliver. Got our Hank mixed up with another Hank, who also is not doing well. Hank Oliver was hospitalized for one week with pneumonia and the flu. He is now home and under the care of wife Ann. Not to let him suff…

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This article covers additional graduation years from the Hunter Tannersville Central School – THE CREST, the student’s yearbooks and the dedications they wrote.

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The Healthcare Consortium is excited to announce a new program to help you get and stay healthy called Helpers for Health. The Helpers for Health Project was formed in April 2019 and represents a transition of the SUNY Women’s Health Projectably — led for many years by our friends and collea…

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Before I begin this week’s column I want to pass on a suggestion from a reader. I have learned that many people who need to utilize local food pantries also have pets and pets must be fed too! If your local food pantry allows it, consider donating some pet food along with groceries. Most pri…

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The evening news today had an article about school lunches and how they are being made healthier — less fat, less sodium, fruits, fresh veggies. It sounds like the stuff they keep trying to get senior citizens to eat.

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Carol Constable and I were driving on Route 23A and we counted five eagles in basically the same spot along the Schoharie. Later I was speaking to Bette Knapp and she couldn’t wait to tell me she saw seven eagles and it was the same area where Carol and I saw them.

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This week I am pleased to present Part II of a guest column by Jonathan Palmer about the burning of the steamship Henry Clay and a family from Oak Hill that perished as a result. Jonathan Palmer is the capable archivist at the Vedder Research Library in Coxsackie and Deputy Greene County His…

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We all have a love-hate relationship with the scale: one day you love it, the next day you want to toss it out the window. And even though you know the scale is unreliable, you still use it (sometimes every day) and allow it to have the power to dictate your mood for the day. Good number — g…

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Last week, the three amigos, Ota, the Toyota, Telly, my BFF (Big Furry Friend) and The Old Poop — me, were out early on our daily search for adventure. We usually look for wrongs that need righting, maidens in distress, evil scientists on the loose or stray dragons that may have made the mis…

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I’m sitting here after our last nor’easter, thinking about this beautiful, joyful, spirit-filled time of the year. Though we who live in the Northeast must often do battle with that staunchest of souls, “Old Man Winter,” our wonder and delight at the falling snow, crystal-capped branches, an…

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Well, the shortest days of the year have passed and day length is getting slightly longer each day. It still seems like it is dark far too long in January. Part of the problem is that it is not only dark, but it is cold and dark. Sometimes, in the dark times of winter, it seems like it would…

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HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of my readers. Looking back to last year’s New Year’s column, I stated that I was going to make determines, not resolutions, I was determined to get my porch in order. I was determined to empty boxes that were packed during the cleanup from Irene. I was determined to so…

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This week I am pleased to present Part I of a two part guest column by Jonathan Palmer about the burning of the steamship Henry Clay and a family from Oak Hill that perished as a result. Jonathan Palmer is the capable archivist at the Vedder Research Library in Coxsackie and Deputy Greene Co…

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The prevention education programs Too Good for Violence and Too Good for Drugs are based on Social Developmental Strategy which states that when students gain information about the risks and benefits of certain behaviors, adopt positive attitudes and learn the appropriate social skills they …

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This month we will explore Lesson 2 in our prevention program “Too Good for Violence” by the Mendez Foundation. Last month Lesson 1 set the stage for understanding what constitutes peace and peaceful behaviors for the youngest elementary students, while the middle grades focused on setting goals.

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Long ago when I was a young “surfer dude” there was a popular movie called “The Endless Summer.” I should have known that somewhere lurked its direct opposite. I’ve finally found it after all these years — this is “The Endless Winter.”

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I hope you had a wonderful Holiday celebration this season. Although most of the snow that fell earlier this month has melted in the Hudson Valley region, there is still more than a foot of the white stuff at my house in Conesville! I just had to hire a snow plow person to clear my driveway …

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Last week I wrote about Coxsackie’s efforts to site a Hudson River bridge in the town as opposed to where the Rip Van Winkle Bridge ended up in Catskill. In 1926 Coxsackie town fathers formed a committee led by the American Legion Post 166 to petition legislators and New York state officials…

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PRATTSVILLE — Merry Christmas and happy New Year. Enjoy the reason for the season. Hope some of you were up at 7 a.m. Sunday morning. The sky was crocheted in pink clouds from one horizon to the other. Awe inspiring. Did you notice the days are getting a little longer? Winter solstice was Dec. 21.

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It is often difficult to find the perfect gift for people who really don’t need anything in particular. I am a good example of that situation and it makes it tough on my kids to find something for me that I will actually use. At my stage of life, if I need, or want something, I generally jus…

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It is often difficult to find the perfect gift for people who really don’t need anything in particular. I am a good example of that situation and it makes it tough on my kids to find something for me that I will actually use. At my stage of life, if I need, or want something, I generally jus…

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Forty years ago, when I was a newly minted horticulturist with my first job, I was given a task. I had been hired to care for the landscaping at a university research campus that had been built on the grounds of a gracious old estate. The institute’s director asked me to screen the view of a…