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Our forever faithful supporters have been asking what our “residents” would like or need for the holidays. They have already begun to accept gifts from an adoring public, and if you need stocking-stuffer suggestions for our four-legged friends, here they are:

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Gardens are ephemeral. That’s a simple fact, and one I was quickly made aware of by my first job after horticultural school. I was hired by Columbia University to restore, as best I could, the landscaping on a historic Hudson River estate it had turned into a research campus some 30 years pr…

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This is a painful article, but it’s a part of our mountaintop history, and it involved some local heroes. Due to the fire’s nature, specific items were eliminated due to the explicit wording in print.

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PRATTSVILLE — Even with restrictions and no large gatherings, we have a lot to be thankful for. We are healthy and safe and look forward to the Christmas Holiday. We are very thankful for our healthcare workers and first responders and essential workers.

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I hope that you all had a Very Happy, Healthy, Filling Thanksgiving! Good/Bad, I was able to have a real Thanksgiving Dinner with my three sons, but that meant that the slopes weren’t open and they couldn’t work. Being hunting season, I heard that the men at Judy’s house left right after din…

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Before we leave 2020 and the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution giving women the right to vote, let’s look back on one of the trailblazers for women’s equality. That woman is Hattie Caraway (1878–1950), the first woman elected to the US Senat…

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While holidays can be a joyous time for many families, they can be challenging for families affected by Alzheimer’s. The current COVID-19 crisis is adding even more complexities that can feel overwhelming for many families impacted by Alzheimer’s. While Alzheimer’s and dementia does not incr…

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Among my more favorite things about aging are the flashbacks that occur with increasing regularity. Almost anything can set one off, a texture, a smell, a familiar phrase, an old song, a family photo or a visit by an old friend. I hop into my mental time machine, relax, shift what’s left of …

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It is time for my annual gift shopping column. Our world is a very different place this winter due to COVID. On-line shopping has replaced in store shopping for many people. This is fine for many purchases since the mobs of people at shopping malls throughout America will be greatly reduced …

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Amos Eaton was fairly famous in the early part of the 19th century; however, his reputation in Greene County could be termed infamous for a period of his life. More about that later.

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Another week gone by wondering “How do I dress today?” Rain, snow, sleet, cold, windy means rain gear or winter coats. Sun, warm, balmy — sweater, no jacket? I just can’t figure it out. Should I go out, or plan to work in the house? It’s the end of November. We have to expect it.

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The Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA sent out a recent press release stating that, effective immediately, all fees for people needing to surrender their pets have been suspended.

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Apparently I left New York just in time before another cold wave moved in. My friends in the north country tell me it was in the teens with wind chill down to 10 degrees last week. It was 90 degrees in Florida last Sunday when I arrived, which was quite a shock to my system. The past few day…

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“Every man,” wrote Henry David Thoreau in Walden, “looks at his wood-pile with a kind of affection.” I know from working on our pile with my wife Suzanne that the emotion isn’t gender specific. Anyone who relies even partially on wood fires for winter heat is filled with satisfaction at the …

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Samantha Simpfenderfer, daughter of Carl and Susan Simpfenderfer married Matthew Clark, son of Andre and BettyAnn Clark, on Nov. 13. The beautiful ceremony was held on their farm surrounded by their close friends and family. Russell Pelham officiated. A wonderful dinner followed at Brandywin…

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Last week I wrote a bit about the some of the misconceptions about the first Thanksgiving meal that the Pilgrims enjoyed in 1621. Today, some history of the holiday.

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Welcome to Wednesday Wanderings. In this new monthly column, I’ll share some of my finds and musings as I explore CLC’s Public Conservation Areas. I hope these missives will inspire you to visit these properties. Please help us keep these public lands open by practicing social distancing, ke…

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It’s never too late — or too soon — to stop smoking. That’s the message from the American Cancer Society on the annual observance of the Great American Smoke Out, which takes places this year on Nov. 19. Of course, there is nothing magical about the third Thursday in November; breaking nicot…

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Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost + November 15, 2020

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By the time you read this I hope to either be on the road or already in Florida. My last week in New York had some of the nicest weather imaginable for early November as we experienced a true Indian Summer, which is defined as a warm spell following a hard frost. Short shirt sleeves and no m…

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Carol and Skeet Constable went up to Glenmont on Nov. 7 to celebrate a combined birthday dinner for their son Michael, his wife Connie, and two granddaughters Cassandra and MacKenzie. Carol and Skeet brought the fixings for dinner and they all enjoyed a lovely afternoon together.

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PRATTSVILLE — November 11 is Veterans Day. Thank you to our veterans here, there and everywhere. Special thanks and appreciation go out to our local heroes — members of the American Legion Virgil E. Deyo Post 1327 and Legionnaires in other Posts in Greene County. We know up close and persona…

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As we prepare for the holiday season, I ask for your help in making sure everyone celebrates and observes this year’s activities in a different way that puts health and safety first. We need to continue to find ways that prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our school communities and homes.

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Even though we think we are eating like the Pilgrims on Thanksgiving, their feast was far different than ours. The Pilgrims after arriving in what would become Plymouth, Massachusetts 400 years ago in 1620 celebrated their first Thanksgiving in 1621.

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All of us at the Hudson City School District are grateful for the opportunity to unite students and staff in person this year as safely as we can. It literally takes all of us working together to keep everyone socially, emotionally and physically safe while learning.

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As we prepare for the holiday season, I ask for your help in making sure everyone celebrates and observes this year’s activities in a different way that puts health and safety first. We need to continue to find ways that prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our school communities and homes.

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Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost + November 8, 2020

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Last week featured a lovely, soft, wet, snowfall on Thursday night after almost two inches of rain earlier on during the day. The snow clung to every remaining leaf and twig in the woods at elevations of around 1,000 feet and higher.

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Faithful and long-term readers of my column may recall that several years ago, I addressed problems with supposedly “edible” dog treats. That article could have been titled “Just say NO to Greenies!” — or pig ears, rawhides, chew-hooves and the like.

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American Indians, Dr. Enrique Salmón points out, have had 40,000 years to explore and experiment with our native North American flora. By contrast, European-descended botanists have been studying these plants for just a couple of centuries. Dr. Salmón, who is Native American himself and teac…