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Wednesday, July 17, 2019



Lending a helping hand

In countless moments, people in our community rally around those in their time of need. Whether it's volunteering their time, support and/or resources to help ease the pain.
Last Tuesday, our community was devastated by the news of a barn fire at Hilly Acres Farm in Jeffersonville. The end more


Concern about interference

To the editor:
I had to laugh and shake my head seeing Bill Lucas's latest anti-Trump cartoon (July 9th) He is still pushing the phony Trump/Russian collusion, even though FOUR separate investigations have found NO COLLUSION.
I would like to remind Lucas and other readers that the Obama more

Inside Out

When the smells of home come home

When the trucks pulled up in front of the house, engines roaring, it was by scent alone that I knew what was coming.
There's a strong link between memory and scent, enough that scientists have dug deep and tried to make sense of it.
My brain was already tripping through my past to make more


LIFELINES: Cousinly Love
We just returned from a visit to our Southern cousins. Back in the eighties, my brother-in-law Peter Finch worked for Union Carbide in Connecticut and the Finches nested first in Peekskill and later outside Danbury, CT. Sister Mary lived in Connecticut as well. It was more

Long Ago

Volunteers Always Needed

The dictionary defines a volunteer as “one who offers to enter into any service of his own will and to give or offer of one's own free will.” That definition pretty much describes our family. I always think of myself as a person who was born into a family of volunteers.
When I attended SUNY more

The Way I See It

B.A.T.S. In Liberty

There has been a lot of news on the creation of a Veteran's home located at 15 Dixon Street Liberty, New York. This home was donated to the New Beginnings Community Worship Center of Liberty. The Congregation thought of what would be the best possible use for this generous donation made by the more

Sense of Direction

Flipping Our Tops Over Laptops

I own three laptops, one is an ancient one from Dell, that takes a long time to warm up or come alive, much like me. I keep it mainly for writing my columns because I like storing them with my documents on the old one and not on a disc.
There is another laptop that my son Mike uses when he is more

Here & There

Budgets Could Suggest Different Approach

We are seeing headlines in our newspaper that local Sullivan County governments are finding it difficult to keep their budgets under the two percent tax cap.
The Village of Monticello just went through the process and voted to keep their budget under the tax cap but that also meant there is no more

Guest Editorial

Investing in our region

Orange County is one of the fastest-growing counties in New York state and, for more than a decade, we have been seeing a boom in economic activity.
But we've reached a fork in the road. We must invest in our infrastructure and expand the Route 17 corridor to ensure our quality of life and more


As I see it …

For the last several weeks, I have been writing articles primarily against Mr. Trump. It has gotten to a point that I will simply be saying the same thing again. It is interesting to note that the folks who write in do not respond to the fundamental questions that I have raised in regard to the more

Cooking in the Country

Italy Part 1

I am writing this column this week from... ITALY! I am on the trip of a lifetime celebrating my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary with 21 of my closest relatives. My heart was immediately racing because this meant I would be able to eat pasta and pizza for 10 straight days. Italy, in my more

My Turn

May the Force Be With You!

Did you ever wonder why there is a greater sense of community in some areas than others? Maybe it's what you don't see that is at the root of this. I am more convinced now than ever that what goes on behind the scenes plays an integral role. It is strong willed, caring, committed citizens whose more

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