On a sunny Friday morning at the end of April, I drove to Saratoga Springs from my home in Columbia County to attend a gathering of the New York Publishers Association. This is not the type of gathering I usually attend. Being a mostly solitary person, I’m uncomfortable in large crowds and t… Read more

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It might be the last thing one would consider in an inflationary period of supply-chain woes, war and pandemic, but here it is. We are living in the moment of a baby formula shortage.

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For a moment, Emily Nooners couldn’t believe her eyes as she drove down the highway and looked up to see bedsheet-size canvases stitched with blue letters spelling out racist propaganda.

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Regardless of where one stands on the redistricting mess, we believe the proposed map of redrawn congressional districts in the state will compound the problems Democrats created for themselves by pitting them against each other when the Democratic party is badly in need of a unified front.

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Beauty, the philosophers say, is in the eye of the beholder. Modern translation: It depends on who is looking, where and when.

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We are surrounded by school-related issues — ranging from how much parental control over curricula is too much and calls for a return to “traditional education” to “student values.” Voters in 12 school districts have their work cut out for them Tuesday.

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Postponing the state Senate and U.S. congressional primaries for two months might be a bit dramatic, but it was necessary because the redistricting system was out of synch from the start.

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With gasoline prices exceeding $4.50 per gallon and diesel fuel topping out at more than $6 per gallon in some places, the Greene County Legislature is hunting for ways to cut costs without diminishing or eliminating public services or passing exorbitant cost increases onto county consumers.

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We can only speculate on Audrey May Turk Herron’s frame of mind the night 20 years ago when she left her late shift as a nurse at the former Greene County Long-Term Health Care facility in Jefferson Heights in Catskill. Herron, 31, a wife and mother, was just 12 miles away from her Freehold …

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Electric transmission projects are taking place all across New York State and more will be required in the years ahead to connect and deliver expanding wind, solar, hydro and other clean energy resources. These transmission projects are essential to maintaining a reliable and robust energy s…

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The Mobile Crisis Assessment Team is one of Greene County’s top tools in the effort to combat the opioid crisis. How important its role has become is evident in the statistics.

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The Mobile Crisis Assessment Team is one of Greene County’s top tools in the effort to combat the opioid crisis. How important its role has become is evident in the statistics.

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County officials frequently talk about the serenity of growing up, living and working in our rural region. Relative to other locations in New York state, the Twin Counties is a quiet place to call home. But we can’t hold back the march of time.

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I read that we’ve entered a “post truth” age. I dislike the term because it seems too sure of itself, as if it encompasses all there is to encompass. As if it should come to mean the same thing to everyone. The worst is “holocaust,” a word I’ve forbidden myself to use for the reasons just me…

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I read that we’ve entered a “post truth” age. I dislike the term because it seems too sure of itself, as if it encompasses all there is to encompass. As if it should come to mean the same thing to everyone. The worst is “holocaust,” a word I’ve forbidden myself to use for the reasons just me…

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If you want an example of how standing on the sidelines and hollering can become a form of political activism, consider New Baltimore attorney and advocate Gary Greenberg.

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On May 6, a march and a rally to honor missing and murdered indigenous people, especially women, will take place in Hudson. But it will be more than that. Speeches will be delivered and traditional chants will be revived to raise awareness of a modern crisis — the kidnapping and murder of in…

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Once in a while, small rural governments must complete a task that stretches far beyond town lines and reaches into the national fabric.

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Drive around Hudson and Catskill or any other minor (and a lot of major) roads in our two counties and you notice a pattern forming. Axles bend. Tires thump. Suspensions groan.

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Rolling Grocer 19 Project Manager Selha Graham says she is taking a novel approach to fighting hunger and high food prices in the Hudson community. The full-service grocery store in downtown Hudson will provide people on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits with a $1-for-$1 mat…

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If you lived or worked in the village of Catskill from the 1960s through the 1990s, or maybe just visiting from Albany, Hudson or Kingston, the odds were pretty darn good that you saw or talked to Roger Lane.

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I walked outside this morning, and the sun was shining, the sky a cloudless blue, the wind was barely stirring, the temperature warm enough after the past few days that I felt in no need of a jacket. It’s spring.

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If you had to pick one of Greene County’s best-kept secrets, it might be the Cohotate Preserve on the Hudson River in Athens.

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Of all the trimmings of the $220 billion state budget, the finest for Greene County, of course, is the peer-to-peer counseling services that will be offered to veterans at the Greene County office in Cairo. What follows that on the depth chart is worth noting because they will benefit Greene…

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The outdoor recreation industry is taking a terrible beating on several fronts. The pandemic kept people indoors for months. Runaway inflation has driven up the prices of hospitality and recreation. Out-of-control gasoline prices are discouraging travelers from driving to distant getaway places.

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Not for nothing is the Hudson River called the lifeblood of New York State. Commerce, recreational travel and whole communities absorb vitality from it.

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With flashing lights, honking horns and a mile-long procession of police vehicles and fire apparatus on Route 23, the people of Jefferson Heights and the rest of Catskill wondered aloud Saturday evening what was going on. Such events are usually reserved, at one end of the spectrum, for a fi…

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If anything is a sure thing in local government, just get people talking about public access to open meetings or dealings done in secret.

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The United States, a bastion of democracy for nearly 250 years, a pillar of individual rights for two and a half centuries, is banning school books at an alarming rate. It is so alarming that Congress stepped in this week by holding a hearing on the issue. It is so alarming that free-speech …

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Last year, on the night of Nov. 3, the toll plaza on the Rip Van Winkle Bridge approach in Catskill met its maker. The brick, mortar and steel structure was removed. Two giant excavators started tearing the booths apart just after 10 p.m. The entire plaza was reduced to rubble by midnight an…

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Nothing could be more iconic or ironic in the days of the Soviet Union than soap. By reputation, Russian bars of soap were hard pieces of something or other that never melted and were barely adequate. The irony, of course, was that this was a superpower, a country that could send men into sp…

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Nothing could be more iconic or ironic in the days of the Soviet Union than soap. By reputation, Russian bars of soap were hard pieces of something or other that never melted and were barely adequate. The irony, of course, was that this was a superpower, a country that could send men into sp…

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You know COVID-19 is still uppermost in our minds when we get a report about a surge of drug overdoses in the region.

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For many of us, land surveying was the unexpected career path that walked into their lives, not the other way around. If you had once told me that I would end up becoming President of the New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors (NYSAPLS) when I first started out as a survey…

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To anyone believing we can sleep on COVID-19 as the number of positive cases plummets, here’s a sharp wake-up call: Preparations are underway in Columbia and Greene counties to administer a second COVID booster shot. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a second COVID booster dose,…

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A report written by Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress supplied insight into Columbia County’s affordable housing crisis and offered possible solutions.

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The involvement of the New York state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in the dispute between the Durham Town Board and what is left of the Durham Historic Preservation Commission is not just a matter of two ships firing at each other as they pass. It raises some importa…

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There are several reasons to tout film and television production as one of the leading industries in Greene and Columbia counties in 2022.

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How could a man wearing a face-covering scarf, a cap pulled down over his eyes and a hood stretched over the cap wander around a public building on a workday and not be stopped by an employee or sternly asked to explain his presence to the police?

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Faced with criticism from residents, the village of Coxsackie backed off a proposed hotel and arts center that would transform the complexion of the river community’s historic downtown business district and issued a stop-work order against developer Aaron Flach of the Flach Development and R…

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Columbia County and Greene County ranked among the top 10 counties for population increases during the pandemic, according to the Center for Economic Growth. The Capital Region was one of two economic development regions in the state to see total population gains between July, 1, 2020, and J…

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To understand a nation, you have to understand its past. That’s what students from Columbia-Greene Community College learned about the history and culture of Ukraine during a panel discussion Thursday featuring local Ukrainian community leaders.