Gardening Tips: March 23, 2016

St Patrick’s Day

For one day a year it seems that almost everyone is of Irish descent. It is true that many of us in America share some trace of Irish ancestry but many people do not know why that is the case. Well, it all has to do with potatoes. More...

Posted 3/22/2016 09:16 PM

Gardening Tips: March 16, 2016

Springtime in Dixie

When I walked out to my car yesterday morning I noticed that it was covered with pollen. My first impression was that it was just dust, but after a few seconds thought I realized that the season is changing down here in central Florida. More...

Posted 3/15/2016 06:31 PM

In This Place: March 9, 2016

Herstory

My salute to Women’s History Month is a bit “backhanded,” but I thought it would be fun to share with you what passed for a sort of women’s lib 100 years ago, so we could all enjoy how far attitudes to women’s autonomy and equity have come since then More...

Posted 3/8/2016 10:13 PM

Here's the Scoop: March 2, 2016

Where the heck are we?

Unfortunately for me, the whole “team looking for a lowcost pitcher” thing didn’t work out so well during my recent travels into the south. More...

Posted 3/1/2016 06:38 PM

Here's The Scoop: February 24, 2016

Travel preparation

I was recently called away on an important business trip — the News’ latest feature — firsthand coverage of spring training. It was a tough assignment, but I volunteered. Taking one for the team is how I looked at the situation. More...

Posted 2/23/2016 06:57 PM

Here's The Scoop: February 17, 2016

Check the video

There’s probably a name for this — some type of syndrome — when you are sitting somewhere, minding your own business and you hear unexpected outbursts of laughter, maybe a few animal noises, or some strange music. Or, all three. More...

Posted 2/16/2016 05:57 PM

Gardening Tips: February 17, 2016

Growing Sprouts Indoors Part 2

Well, for those of you who were waiting for serious winter weather to arrive, you finally got to see it happen over the Valentine’s Day weekend. More...

Posted 2/16/2016 05:57 PM

Here's the Scoop: February 10, 2016

Television mystery

Like many others in the area — and probably hundreds of thousands of others around the country — I tuned into the HGTV show “Log Cabin Living” on Saturday to watch an episode that was filmed locally. More...

Posted 2/9/2016 08:54 PM

Here's the Scoop: February 3, 2016

People, please

I was recently called out of town for a few days to do some scouting of a musical act, as part of a work commitment. More...

Posted 2/2/2016 09:26 PM

Gardening Tips: February 3, 2016

Ground Hog Day

Before I begin this week’s column I want to pass on a tip from a reader who is also an avid bird feeder. More...

Posted 2/2/2016 09:26 PM

In This Place: January 27, 2016

Onward!

In honor of this week’s Progress edition, I’m taking a look back at some of our most enduring enterprises and endeavors and thinking about what has contributed to their longevity. More...

Posted 1/26/2016 09:19 PM

Here's The Scoop: January 20, 2016

Another day off. For some.

Well, another three-day weekend has come and gone. Thankfully. I like an extra day off as much as the next person, it’s just that, as a creature of habit, a disruption of my routine is a bit of an adjustment. More...

Posted 1/19/2016 09:01 PM

Here's the Scoop: January 13, 2016

Taking Sides

This could possibly be a problem. Well, not for me, but for others. I’m beginning to feel like I’m “set in my ways.” Big time. More...

Posted 1/12/2016 08:26 PM

Gardening Tips: January 13, 2016

Backyard Bird Feeding

Before I begin this week’s column, I want to pass on a suggestion from a reader. Many people who utilize local food pantries also have pets and pets must be fed too! More...

Posted 1/12/2016 08:26 PM

In This Place: January 6, 2016

Quiet Times?

Ringing in a new year is often a time of reflection, contemplation, celebrating what’s to come and commemorating what’s past. I thought it would also be a fun time to check in on Maggie Scudder and her clan. More...

Posted 1/5/2016 09:00 PM

Here's the Scoop: December 30, 2015

Holidays are so sweet

Gift giving can be a tough task. No one likes to receive a “bad” present, so there’s always a certain amount of pressure on the present provider. That’s why candy is nearly always a safe bet for those “tough to shop for” folks on your holiday list. More...

Posted 12/29/2015 08:19 PM

Gardening Tips: December 30, 2015

The Cranberry

Happy New Year! No gardening resolutions for me this year. I will be happy just to have a garden and enjoy it as I did last year. More...

Posted 12/29/2015 08:19 PM

Here's The Scoop: December 23, 2015

An All-Natural Experience

Oddly enough, I couldn’t justify choosing any other tree over the one that had been crowned the early winner. We had left one member of our group behind as a “tree guard,” and that proved to be a good idea. More...

Posted 12/22/2015 07:13 PM

Gardening Tips: December 23, 2015

Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Gardeners

The unseasonable warm weather has continued well into the 12th month in our region and most locals are delighted that they are not dealing with ice, snow and subzero temperatures, just yet. More...

Posted 12/22/2015 07:14 PM

In This Place: December 16, 2015

Social Media, c. 1905

In exploring some of the quainter aspects of early telephone service and etiquette, I was struck with how every new communication form goes through some of the same behavioral bumps. More...

Posted 12/15/2015 09:15 PM

Here's the Scoop: December 9, 2015

That’s the way the cookie... tastes

Our daughter is helping organize a Cookie Baking Contest being held this Saturday, Dec. 12 at the new Stick in the Mud store in Margaretville. The event is part of a full day of activities designed to promote community business. More...

Posted 12/8/2015 11:25 PM

Gardening Tips: December 9, 2015

Oh Deer!

It is hard to believe that in less than a month we will be writing 2016 on our checks and calendar dates. Where on earth did 2015 go so quickly? More...

Posted 12/8/2015 11:25 PM

In This Place: December 2, 2015

December Doozies

From the outré to the whimsical to the downright unbelievable, front page content in the early years of the 20th century was often a far cry from anything you would find anywhere in the paper by mid-century. More...

Posted 12/1/2015 11:03 PM

In This Place; November 25, 2015

Thankful

I’m guessing that most of my “loyal” readers really enjoyed the “Letters Home” column in honor of Veterans Day. I wanted to follow up a bit with some of the fellows, so you would know they got home safe. Then, of course! More...

Posted 11/25/2015 01:10 AM

Here's the Scoop: March 16, 2016

Dark Mornings of March

It’s that time of year again. Or, is it? Yes, it’s time for confusion! More...

Posted 3/15/2016 06:31 PM

In This Place: March 16, 2016

The Pluck of the Irish

Whether they stir the heart with pride, or make you cringe at the facile stereotypes, these tidbits of Irish-ness from the pages of the News do at least highlight the tenacity and colorful character that eternally enlivens the offspring of the Emeral More...

Posted 3/15/2016 06:31 PM

Here's The Scoop: March 9, 2016

Heads Above the Rest

I’m still a bit jet-lagged from my recent excursion down south, so it’s hard to get back into the swing of column writing. That’s not exactly true. Well, the part about writing is, but I’m firmly back in a New York State of Mind, as they say. More...

Posted 3/8/2016 10:13 PM

Gardening Tips: March 9, 2016

Maple Season

I just watched an interesting You Tube video on making a small scale, reverse osmosis device. More...

Posted 3/8/2016 10:13 PM

In This Place: March 2, 2016

Spring of Learning

This time of year, 110 years ago, an ardent campaign was begun to rebuild Margaretville’s high school. More...

Posted 3/1/2016 06:38 PM

In This Place: February 24, 2016

February Flotsam

Here are some items that drifted “downstream” as I was making my way through these late winter days decades ago. Don’t worry, I am not going to rub our noses too much in good snow years; like you, I think this ubermild winter is nothing to dwell on. More...

Posted 2/23/2016 06:57 PM

In This Place February 17, 2016

Dug Himself in Too Deep

Floundering around as usual for a timely topic, I once again fell on some amazing fodder for you budding crime or mystery writers. More...

Posted 2/16/2016 05:57 PM

On the Street: February 10, 2016

With Valentine’s Day coming up this week, we wondered about how many different ways there are to define love. Some use this holiday to express their most intimate sentiments to the “romance” interest in their lives. More...

Posted 2/9/2016 08:54 PM

In this Place: February 10, 2016

Love Won’t Wait

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I hope you will enjoy these stories of elopements — some happy, some quite adventurous and a few of them deemed criminal. More...

Posted 2/9/2016 08:55 PM

In this Place: February 3, 2016

Cold Case Investigation

In the run up to Valentine’s Day, I was going to share some tales of love gone wrong — a topic reported in lurid detail in the early part of the 20th century until the 1920s or so, when a respect for personal privacy or the perceptions of newsworthin More...

Posted 2/2/2016 09:26 PM

Here's The Scoop: January 27, 2016

It's a Match!

I’ve read about such things, but didn’t think it would happen to me. Despite my confidence that I’d never get caught in such a situation, I did and it was embarrassing, to say the least. In fact, humiliating doesn’t begin to describe the situation. More...

Posted 1/26/2016 09:18 PM

Gardening Tips: January 27, 2016

Bird Feeding, Part 2

Last week I wrote about feeding birds, which is a favorite winter pastime for many rural residents and even urbanites with access to a window. This week I will write about some of the problems often encountered. More...

Posted 1/26/2016 09:19 PM

In This Place: January 20, 2016

Flood of Memories

This week marks the 20th anniversary of one of our region’s — and especially Margaretville’s —most devastating floods. More...

Posted 1/19/2016 09:01 PM

In This Place: January 13, 2016

Comings and Goings

It’s a new year still and so I thought we could look at some “comings and goings” from this time of year in decades past. More...

Posted 1/12/2016 08:26 PM

Here's The Scoop: January 6, 2015

Another New Year. Again.

I did it! I stayed up past midnight on New Year’s Eve and rang in another year. More...

Posted 1/5/2016 09:00 PM

Gardening Tips: January 6, 2016

Amaryllis

I was planning to whine about the onset of nasty winter weather this past week but as we enter 2016, all I can say is that spring is only four months away. Four months is not such a long time when you reach my age. More...

Posted 1/5/2016 09:00 PM

In This Place: December 30, 2015

Headlines of 1915

One of my fun jobs at the end of the year is to take a look back and compile some of the top stories in our “Year in Review.” You can read the first half of 2015’s top stories on page 6B, with some additional photos on 8A. More...

Posted 12/29/2015 08:19 PM

Here's the Scoop: December 23, 2015

An All-Natural Experience

I love the annual quest for a Christmas tree — for several reasons. Number one, of course, is the fact that it’s pleasant having a tree in the house for a few weeks. It’s like being outside — minus the cold and snow. Or, this year, the rain and fog. More...

Posted 12/22/2015 07:13 PM

In This Place: December 23, 2015

Ghosts of Christmas Past

Enjoy these tales from Christmases long ago. Got your shopping done? Me neither! See you on the other side of the wrapping paper . . . More...

Posted 12/22/2015 07:14 PM

Here's the Scoop: December 16, 2015

And the winners are...

I’m pleased to announce that the Business Association of Margaretville (BAM) named my wife one of the three winners in last week’s cookie Cookie Baking Contest sponsored! More...

Posted 12/15/2015 09:14 PM

Gardening Tips: December 16, 2015

Making Holiday Gifts

Holiday gift shopping is either a chore or a joy for the shopper, but for some people it is always an unwelcome challenge. My daughter-in-law really enjoys shopping as a fun pastime and she is also really very good at finding bargains. More...

Posted 12/15/2015 09:15 PM

In This Place: December 9, 2015

The More Things Change ...

For this week’s column, I wanted to test my suspicion that certain types of stories and news have remained constant in our communities and in the paper, over the decades, year after year. More...

Posted 12/8/2015 11:25 PM

Here's The Scoop: December 2, 2015

Relax and Stay for a (short) time

Like many people, we just hosted guests over the Thanksgiving weekend. The kind who stayed for five days. Two over the accepted limit. More...

Posted 12/1/2015 11:03 PM

Here's the Scoop: November 25, 2015

Can This Be True?

Facebook. Don’t get me started. Too late. More...

Posted 11/25/2015 01:09 AM

Gardening Tips: November 25, 2015

Firewood

The smell of wood smoke is beginning to permeate the morning air as Indian Summer gives way to Old Man winter. More...

Posted 11/25/2015 01:10 AM

Here's the Scoop: November 18, 2015

Blowing in the Wind

 Faithful readers are well aware, by now, that “odd” occurrences follow me like toilet paper that sticks to one’s shoe in a public restroom. More...

Posted 11/17/2015 06:46 PM