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Mary and Steve Palazzolo enjoyed an evening out with their friends MaryAnn Cariello and Joe Shattuck on Dec. 6. First they had a lovely dinner and then went to The Egg Performing Arts Center at the Empire State Plaza, Albany for the John Pizzarelli Trio performance.

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Tick Tock, Tick Tock! The clock is ticking away. Counting down the days until Christmas. Tick Tock, Tick Tock. It’s the second week of December and I am still racing around. Tick Tock, Tick Tock. Last weekend was the Christmas Festival in Windham. I had soup to make for the Eastern Star Chin…

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I imagine that many people don’t give a lot of thought to how Greene County got its name. Some people might think it is because we have so much forested land that it makes us green with an extra “e.” A recent internet search disclosed 13 other states that have Greene counties including Alaba…

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Welcome December! The most wonderful time of the year. How long has it been since we’ve had real 2 day storm? The snow disrupted many plans, but also gave us a chance to hunker down and start decorating for Christmas. Maybe you got some Christmas baking done. Maybe you were able to just sit …

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As a nutrition coach the most frequent questions I get asked is about supplements. What supplements should I take and what brand? And then of course there are people that believe they can get everything they need from food; but scientists disagree.

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Recently celebrating Veteran’s Day, and approaching Dec. 7, the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor, seems a perfect time to repeat our Thank-You to Veterans of all wars, conflicts and non-conflict periods.

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Michael Constable and wife Connie and their two daughters MacKenzie and Cassandra and friend Ryan and Golden Retriever puppy Harley enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving with Michael’s parents Carol and Skeet Constable in West Kill.

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I hope that you had a nice Thanksgiving Holiday and got to supply at least one of the dishes with something you grew, or harvested yourself! The growing part is pretty easy. If you grew onions, beans, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, carrots and perhaps peas, winter squash (pumpkins) or corn, you …

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Ota the Toyota, Telly the trusty canine and I were out on a little cruise through town the other day. We paused behind a pickup truck that had stopped in the middle of the road so the driver could talk to a friend on the sidewalk. It seems to be a fashionable thing to do since we run into th…

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Last time, I wrote of how in mid-October Columbia County — specifically in and around the Village of Chatham — was hit with a rapidly developing spike in heroin overdoses over a period of roughly 24 hours, and the ensuing response under the Columbia County Opioid Epidemic Response Plan.

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PRATTSVILLE — We had snow on Sunday and love it. Once you retire or only need to travel as you desire, snow is great. You can spend the day at home, snug and warm, and watch the world become encased in snow. Hope it is around for the Christmas holiday.

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PRATTSVILLE — Veterans Day is coming up so “Thank you for your service” wishes are always appreciated and not just on Nov. 11. In addition a hug or handshake will be welcome.

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This week’s story is about a summer event taking place in Hunter Village (20 years before it had village status), an annual August festival, to give aid to a little village church. (It is difficult to say whether it was the Presbyterian Church, which was built in 1828, or the Catholic Church…

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Too Good for Violence, Social Perspectives is the prevention education program currently taught by Twin County Recovery Services, Prevention Educators in Greene County Schools. It is part of a group of evidenced -based prevention programs developed by the Mendez Foundation to address the iss…

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For me, Thanksgiving is symbolized by the iconic image of grandmother as she places the freshly roasted turkey on the table and the smiles on the faces of her family as they anxiously anticipate the delicious meal to come. This image was created by Norman Rockwell in 1942 and appeared in the…

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Snow has become a now and then feature of our winters, which is a relief to those who have to shovel it, but a detriment to gardeners. As I have noted in this column before, snow is a natural, if dilute, sort of fertilizer, adding a modest amount of fertility to the soil on which it falls.

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Thanksgiving is about to fade into the sunset once again leaving a trail of memories and leftovers. It’s one of my favorite holidays, focusing on family and food which explains my fondness for it, I’m sure. Just a quick glance around the table and I have a whole list of things I’m thankful f…

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I am back in sunny Florida where the weather is a heck of a lot nicer than it is up north! The arctic blast that came in last week signaled a decisive end to the fall weather. I actually left my home in Conesville a few days earlier than I had planned to escape an upcoming storm. I was accus…

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I have spent most of this past week in the woods turkey hunting, but so far I have only harvested a nice hunk of Chaga fungus (Inonotus obliquus) and a smaller “Lion’s Mane” (Hericium erinaceus) mushroom. I carry a folding pruning saw with me in my hunting vest, just in case I happen to find…

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I’ve decided that today’s going to be a crabby day. I haven’t had one in a long time so I might as well enjoy it. I didn’t sleep well last night. My trips to the refrigerator in the wee hours weren’t too productive. During the times that I could have slept, the leg cramps came to visit; walk…

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In October you were introduced to the Mendez Too Good for Violence program that is being taught in Greene County public schools by Twin County Prevention Educators. Over the course of the next few months I’d like to share more in-depth information with you on the actual lessons and the ratio…

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A busy week for me. Therefore I have decided to offer an entertaining reprint of a newspaper piece that has not seen the light of day for over 60 years. It was written by the late Vernon Haskins (1904–1985), founder and curator of the Durham Center Museum. For many years Haskins wrote a news…

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Congratulations to Stephanie Simpfenderfer and Tony Minervini on becoming engaged Nov. 3 with a party the same day attended by both the Simpfenderfers and Minervinis at LaLanterna di Vittoria in Manhattan. Stephanie is the daughter of Susan and Carl Simpfenderfer of Lexington.

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I hope you didn’t miss me too much, but I took a real vacation. Not a Senior Citizen Trip, but I got to take a train to San Antonio, Texas with my son, David, to spend a week with my daughter, Sonja. What a treat! The train ride out was two days, full of anticipation. David worked on Sonja’s…

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Dr. Lisa Tewksbury describes ‘biocontrol’ as “putting the food web back together.” As Director of the University of Rhode Island Biocontrol Laboratory, Tewksbury and her staff are constantly seeking organisms, most often insects, that prey on invasive plants and pests. Why? When species are …

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I find myself staring another birthday in the face. It’s not the thrill it used to be, there may be cake, that would be nice but there probably won’t be any clowns or ponies. Even cake loses some of its thrill when you start thinking about the amount of calories, carbohydrates and cholestero…

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Well, the holiday season is upon us and along with the turkey, the pricey pecan takes center stage at the dinner table. Native to North America from Mexico to Canada, the buttery and versatile pecan ranks number 5 in popular edible nuts and can live to be 150 years old!

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Boards of Education are the foundations of our public schools in New York State. They govern, guide policy, identify district goals, monitor fiscal matters, approve staff appointments, contracts and more. Despite the vast responsibilities of school boards, the contributions and service of th…

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Like almost everything else these days, the holidays have become a barrage of options and choices, with nearly limitless opportunities to overspend. Here are some tips to help you make sure your family’s spending remains in check this holiday season.