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Days of gardening, sun and cloud

It’s that time of year when morning becomes less relevant, where there is no desire to linger over coffee and pre-market stock moves. The days are more likely to be out the door asap. A pair of …

The bee inspector and what he inspects

He comes up the lane in a late model pickup, but not too late, with a cap on it and he parks on the grass so as not to block the drive. He’s on his phone when I arrive from the roadside …
Farming, planting seeds or plants, is a bet on the future. Oddly, in farming, very often the now is the least of it – it’s all about something that will occur later. Of course, you plant the seeds now, in the present, but you come back and look at the place you planted the seed five days, eight days later, and nothing has changed, then it does.
In my head, I was going through a check list of what I would need. The big swarm hung in the wild fruit tree like a popsicle of living, crawling things. It was waiting for me. I was anxious. I …
I drive, slowly, into the abandoned orchard on a dirt road full of potholes big as wading pools that form from nowhere since no-one drives here. On past the faded red barns and the antique wooden …
To the witless, “Eat dirt!” is considered a witty, pejoratively aligned dismissal. “Eat dirt, you so and so!” can be a challenge heard during a 2 a.m. barroom parking lot …
Editorials
A recent Washington Post Editorial told the story of Bethlehem Central High School, a suburb of Albany, NY, which recently implemented a total mobile phone ban. The principal called the ban …
Eighty years ago, on June 6, 1944, the beaches of Normandy, France, bore witness to one of the most pivotal and courageous military operations in history. Known as D-Day, this monumental event marked …
This past weekend, local high school sports teams displayed an unprecedented series of triumphs, as nine teams clinched their respective championships in a display of remarkable athletic prowess and …
In the realm of medical challenges, few adversaries are as formidable as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). This relentless neurological disease, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, …
Opinion
It started shortly after Biden got elected. The bungled pullout from Afghanistan caused the deaths of 11 Marines, one Navy corpsman and one soldier. After that, Biden lifted the sanctions on …
We are in big trouble in the Village of Montgomery. Since being sworn in as mayor (April2), Mike Hembury, has shone a disregard to a Democratic process. He has taken the most fundamental right away …
In addition to voters casting ballots for the state and federal candidates this November, locally, Marlborough will also elect a town justice. The incumbent, Michael Kraiza, is running to retain his …
Regardless of financial stature, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or any other identifier, there exists in our system a great equalizer that everyone 18 years or older has. It is one person, …
The members of Lloyd Legion Post 193 in Highland would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their continued support and generosity that helped us make our 2024 Memorial Day …
Finally, finally Trump is held accountable as the rule of law took hold at the ‘hush money’ trial conducted in a NY courtroom. The 12 jurors, randomly selected and properly screened, were …
It has been my pleasure to serve as one of your Town Justices for the last 11 ½ years, and this year I am seeking re-election for another term and am being challenged for the Republican …
It is no surprise that Big Sammy Alito down at the Supreme Court isn’t terribly disturbed by the recent disclosures about flags flown at his houses, enough to tell what The New York Times …
Memorial day was established to honor and mourn the U.S. Military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  It now has extended to thank those serving all over …
Over the last three years, the Town of Lloyd Town Historian’s Office, SUNY New Paltz and several volunteer groups have located, rescued and preserved the Abram Elting Slave Cemetery on Maple …
Frederick R. Williams, a lifelong resident of the area having lived in Middletown for the last 57 years , passed away on May 14, 2024 at Garnet Health Medical Center in Middletown. He was 79.   …
Did your IRA or 401k double in value in 2023? Sounds impossible? Not if you’re a member of Congress. In 2023 there were more than $1 billion in financial transactions made by members of …