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Monday, March 27, 2017



Lots of Socks Rocks

As you might imagine, the people who run newspapers get lots and lots of mail, both in the form of email and snail mail. Among the content are meeting notices, event press releases, letters to the editor, op-ed pieces and all sorts of announcements from consumer protection agencies, village, town, more


In Search of the (North) American Dream: Fleeing Donald Trump's America

Of the stories about refugees fleeing to Canada to avoid Donald Trump's America, one is particularly personal to me. A recent news video captures a Somali refugee named Mohammad who, after trudging for 21-hours through the North Dakota snow, collapses at the side of a road where he is discovered by more

Inside Out

The best part of the weekend

The Sunday looms large ahead of us, the hours yet to be filled. I shuffle down the stairs, open the door for the dogs dancing in front of me, head to the bathroom to brush my teeth.
They're back, pawing at the screen door, anxious to escape the cold. I run my hands over their heads, scratch more


I'm how old?

Sometimes, when I think about how old I am, it scares me a little bit. I never thought about being this old, and I realize that in the grand scheme of things I am not officially old, but still.
I'm no spring chicken.
I can remember as a kid thinking that 16 was old. Now that the 6 has moved more

Long Ago

Been There, Done That

Some friends and I were visiting the other day when the subject turned to fund-raising at their churches. After a long exchange of ideas we all agreed that fund-raising at churches often brings out the worst in the folks attending including some church workers.
Fundraisers called “Silent more

The Way I See It

Snow and fire

Last week the weather people finally got it right, and they got their Nor'easter!! Every time we tuned into the Weather Channel you would think the world was coming to an end. They have models from every which way showing what the potential path will cause in snow amounts, power outages and how more

Sense of Direction

Al Capone is no more

We lost our beloved cat on Sunday, March 5. He was 16 and had many health problems and was in pain and near the end could no longer eat or drink water.
He was scheduled to be put to sleep on that Sunday at noon but we were all praying he would go the natural way and at 7:45 that morning our more

Here & There

Networking breakfast will discuss consolidation

We compliment Steve Kurlander and Kurlander Strategic Communications (KSC) for putting together a “Networking” breakfast and for promoting Gov. Andrew Cuomo's “Local Government Consolidation Push.”
The governor is pushing to reduce property taxes by empowering voters to approve locally-designed more

Guest Editorial

Planning helps communities

Studies show that people who write down their goals for the future, who have a plan, are more successful in achieving what they want out of life than those who don't. The same is true for businesses and for communities.
Small businesses that follow a detailed and well-pre- pared plan have a much 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

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