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There was a time when I actually liked deer. I will admit to a profusion of waterworks when as a small child I watched Bambi’s mother gunned down in her prime by the evil hunter. That was back in the day when I was still under the influence of Uncle Walty and his band of liberal, tree-huggin…

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This week’s column continues with the 1892 Otis Railway, that obvious slash down the front of South Mountain. The Otis, that began its climb in Palenville, and in just 10 minutes arrived at the entrance to the famed Catskill Mountain House.

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Another successful Holiday Weekend gone. We have been so lucky this year to have decent skiing weather on weekends since November. So much of our economy depends on the weekend visitors. We also had a very busy weekend with activities for us locals. I had a hard time fitting in all I had to …

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PRATTSVILLE — Start off the spring season with the Pratt Museum Spring Brunch at the Washington Irving Inn, Tannersville, noon-2 p.m. March 29. Because of limited seating reservations are necessary and the sooner the better. $40 per person. You can get tickets by sending a check to Pratt Mus…

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Right now the subject of flavored tobacco and e-liquids is in the news because of the growing epidemic of teen vaping. The reason for this is simple: flavors are a main source of appeal to young people. Among current e-cig/tobacco users, 80% of adolescents 12-17 and 75% of young adults 18-25…

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I want to wish George Story a very happy birthday. George (the founder of Story’s Nursery in Freehold, Greene County), turns 100 years old on Feb. 22.

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PRATTSVILLE — Kathy Sherman is doing her best to overcome her health scare. In one week she went to lunch twice. One day it was with Carol Landers and Carol’s niece Phyllis, Areta Jaeger and Myrtle of The Mews. A few days later Kathy was the guest of American Legion Auxiliary Virgil E. Deyo …

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Today’s column is about a “crack” or “crevice” in the mountains that most of us see as we approach Story’s Farm (from the east) in Palenville. Traveling from Catskill to the Town of Hunter you see a prominent slash in South Mountain, extending from Palenville to Haines Falls, or specifically…

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Happy Valentine’s Day to all my friends. Being it’s also Presidents’ Day Weekend, have a wonderful time. The birds are returning to the Mountain Top. Several have seen the return of Goldfinches to their trees and feeders. Time to put out the Niger Seed. Saw some “sapcicles” hanging from an o…

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January is typically the month most people decide to “turn over a new leaf” and drop those pesky December pounds. But I prefer to think of weight loss as “hitting the reset button” — it has a more positive ring to it. Don’t you think? Anyway, when I want to hit the reset button I don’t turn …

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I was watching television last week when a catchphrase uttered by someone I didn’t recognize stuck in my head. As I said, I was watching the box, I wasn’t listening to it, so I missed the person’s name. The aforementioned phrase was “The world needs more heroes.”

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William Robinson, says Tom Coward, was “the Irishman who taught the English how to garden.” Although largely forgotten today, Robinson’s work in the late 19th and early 20th centuries at his English estate, Gravetye Manor, embodied a new concept of how gardeners could relate to nature. Throu…

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First page of the calendar ripped off. We survived January, now comes the shortest, coldest (?) month of the year. I feel that spring must be on its way as I have been smelling skunk in my office the past few mornings. A couple of years ago we were in the middle of sapping. What will this mo…

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The Too Good for Violence program consists of four interconnected strands Conflict Resolution, Anger Management, Respect for Self and Others and Effective Communication. Within each of these major areas are five to six subsets related to the main concept. This month I would like to return to…

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Before I begin this week’s column I want to thank readers who commented on my bird feeding columns of the past two weeks. One reader has figured out a way to attach his garden’s electric fence to the feeding platform in such a manner that the squirrels get zapped! Another reader sent me this…

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I sat the other day and had a little ponder on the matter of maintaining a positive attitude as you age. I think that feeling sorry for yourself is responsible for killing off more seniors than the mechanical failure of major body parts. Not to worry though, I think I have the cure, get up o…

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Did you ever have a week where you worked really hard on stuff that no one ever notices? It still exhausts you, but where is the satisfaction of a job well done? For instance, this week I went through photo albums to start my sorting project. My mother cut out all of the wedding announcement…

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Wonderful turnout for the Lexington non-partisan meeting on Jan. 25. Excellent presentation by Town of Lexington Fire Company Chief Paul Dwon and Captain of the Rescue Squad Liza Dwon. Updates were given on several important town topics — the town’s website, comprehensive plan, grocery store…

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PRATTSVILLE — Doris Pasternak of the Prattsville Hotel has been a busy lady. She had guests for a number of days last week. A friend and sister-in-law of the North Country, Lewis County, stayed some time with her. Friends and family are always a way of making it through the winter days. Can’…

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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…

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To start off, I hope you have all had a joyous and prosperous holiday season. Having been rather busy both personally (with my full already full family environment being blessed with my first grandchild), and professionally (with the reset of our filing and computing systems for the New Year…

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Last week I wrote about feeding birds, which is a favorite winter pastime for many local residents. This week I will write about some of the problems that are often encountered.

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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…