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140 Years Ago - 1884 Long Eddy — Vegetation in this section had a very hard struggle with the frost on May 28. Leaves and blossoms on chestnut and butternut trees were all killed and those … more
Since I needed a stronger prescription for my glasses, I took my script to a mall vision center that was running a tremendous sale. The woman picked out some frames she thought would look nice on me, … more
We stand once again on the cusp of another Memorial Day long weekend. Driving over to Middletown last Wednesday, the traffic on 17 was heavy, Sullivan-inbound. The winter was cold and very wet; every … more
I’m often asked why I keep writing about the Catskills. Why I share stories about those days when tens of thousands of folks would be drawn out of the city and up to the mountains on the … more
I finally saw my first hummingbird! I ran over to the Delaware Valley Farm & Garden in Callicoon and purchased some very pretty   flowering plants to help attract them! They are full of so … more
The dictionary defines a humdinger as “a remarkable or outstanding thing of its kind.” Well, this is the time of the year, when in our neck of the woods, we welcome back the humdingers of … more
By most accounts, Memorial Day as it is presently celebrated has its roots in the tradition begun on May 30, 1868 of decorating with freshly bloomed flowers the graves of those soldiers who gave … more
It’s time of year in nature when babies are born and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) wants you to learn, “If You Care, Leave It There”. The DEC … more
Birthday wishes to ‘Charlie’, Doug Phillips, Dorothy Wagner, Amy Kristt, Kim Franklin, Joseph Lasher, Corey Gips, Jake Rubin, Blake Levine, Ron Borella, Scott McBride, Eric Kashan, Ruby … more
As our lives get more complicated and filled with all sorts of pressure, it really becomes more important to practice self-care. For the longest time I always felt that self-care   was   … more
As May wraps up, we’re eagerly looking forward to the arrival of summer. The days are getting longer, and there’s a buzz of excitement in the air. It’s the time for outdoor fun, … more
Sometimes you don’t get along with a health practitioner and you have to change to a different one. Such was the case last week when I went for my tri-weekly exam and immunotherapy infusion. … more
140 Years Ago - 1884 The school known as the “Brag Hollow” in the Town of Fremont has had three teachers since last fall. The first, a Miss Layton, received an offer that evidently … more
The burn ban is finally over and now I can start cleaning my yard so that I will be able to mow as we get toward the end of May. My lawn is about eight to ten inches high right now and of course I … more
  The Jeffersonville Area Chamber of Commerce will be re-opening the “Jeffersonville Farmers Market” on Sunday, Memorial Day Weekend from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jeff Bake Shop! … more
If you need a physical embodiment of the passage of time you do not have to look any further than the cell phone. Specifically, I can gauge the passing of the years by examining the development of … more
He was born in Southold, Long Island on December 11, 1743, and moved with his family to the banks of the Otterkill near Goshen just three years later. His father, a Colonel in the New York State … more
In my last column, I wrote about funny people in my life. One of them was my sister-in-law, Marion. I thought of another saying of hers that I forgot to include. Since she was a hair dresser, people … more
  I want to preface this by saying that I rarely keep plants alive. This could be why my husband purchased myself a self-watering herb garden planter. However, this has been my fifth year in a … more
Greetings faithful readers!   Fawn watch is upon us. I have yet to see a fawn and I have heard no fawn sighting reports.   Please be alert and please do not touch a fawn without a doe. I … more
Nothing makes me happier than the first spring afternoon I see smoke curling up from Lou Monteleone’s Pizza Piazza oven at the four corners in Eldred. Last weekend, Lou began his fourteenth … more
Birthday wishes to Hunter Frangipane, Matt Kukas, Meredith Levine, Linda Friehling, Nikki Zedek, Jerry Cohen, Andrew Dollard, Darrin Raynor, Ken Cohen, Joann Ehrlich, Jake VanEtten, Milly Gold, … more
As Mother’s Day concludes, we got to celebrate the incredible women who had shaped our lives with their love, wisdom, and unwavering support. Whether it was your own mom, a maternal figure, or … more
It’s rare to have a best day these days, especially if you are me. But I had one this past Saturday, at JURNI’s Mother’s Day Health and Wellness fair. JURNI, located in Cocheton, NY … more
140 Years Ago - 1884 A gang of men are engaged in repairing the telegraph line of the Western Union Company between Port Jervis and Monticello. The men are under the direction of Supt. Holmes … more
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