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This is the winning essay for the July 4 contest sponsored by Annie’s Mailbox: Happy Birthday America By Maureen Green Our strength is not bounded by gender. Define our roles, and we will defy your expectations. Our opportunity is not […]

Out on the job, I spontaneously came across some news that seemed bad, then instantly good. I was talking with the director of the local animal humane society. I asked if she received the picture of my neighbor, Adam, and […]

The distressing news about a gunman killing 50 people in a gay bar in Florida prompts me to express sadness and alertness. The notion that murder is an answer is very sad, and demands vigilant alertness. I want to see […]

I interviewed a woman in her seventies, who returned from hiking Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, Africa. “It took seven days,” said Kathy. “The climbing is very well organized by the government. My group had an outstanding Guide Team and porters.” Kilimanjaro […]

The owner of Sher-Brook Dairy told me that it is the “little moments” that keep him going. He milks 32 cows, twice a day, seven days a week. The milk is certified organic. Farming is done organically and all cow […]

To temper Islamophobia, here is a video produced by my colleagues that I thought was really good. I can vouch for the integrity of the producers, videographer, and Under Sheriff who spoke on the video. Click here Quoting from science […]

My neighbor started fostering a cat from our local Heart of the Catskills Humane Society. Our grand-daughter visited and we walked over to meet Musafa. What a charming cat. This blog is to encourage others to foster or adopt pets […]

One hundred and fifty years ago, a woman living in Swampscott, Massachusetts, had an ah-ha moment. She couldn’t describe the epiphany, but it resulted in an instant recovery from an injury caused a few days earlier that had left her […]

First printed in The Daily Star, Oneonta, New York. Death and dying By Cheryl Petersen With the advancement of medicine is coming an advancement in how we participate in death and dying. Five local professionals, served as a panelist at […]

Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller. A branch of this Christian ministry has been active in our community for 23 years. Last week, there was a ribbon cutting for a home that now […]

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