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Posted 10/11/2016 11:26 PM

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Fall condition in the air   I always find it interesting how many people who live around here find autumn to be such a great season. I hate it. Great sleeping weather. The aroma of burning leaves. The first indoor fires of the season. More...

Posted 9/27/2016 08:53 PM

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Fern enough   Because I don’t write a journal, it’s helpful for me to keep track of things via this column. More...

Posted 9/13/2016 09:53 PM

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No sweat, this fall   For the first time in recent memory — or forever — the approach of September doesn’t have me in a “wood cutting panic.”  More...

Posted 8/30/2016 07:45 PM

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Coming into focus   “That’s not very many.” The words were not said in a mean sense; they were just matter of fact. Truthful, if anything.  More...

Posted 8/16/2016 09:38 PM

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A berry good season   As we begin the early days of August, I’m feeling blue. In a good way. I guess it’s more accurate to say that I’m feeling “blueberry.”  More...

Posted 8/2/2016 09:42 PM

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Some music and a chat   Bravo, Adele! The pop superstar recently made headlines stopped in the middle of a show and asked a fan to put away her video camera, because the show was happening right in front of her — “live.”  More...

Posted 7/12/2016 07:49 PM

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Looking ahead...and way back   Late June in this area signals many things — my favorite being the “real” start of summer. I’m sorry, but I don’t buy the logic that Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer. More...

Posted 6/28/2016 09:57 PM

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It’s a coverup!   Mulch. It’s an odd sounding word. Mulch seems like it should be describing an unpleasant tasting breakfast cereal that kids are forced to eat.  More...

Posted 6/14/2016 09:19 PM

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Smooth move   “Join the club,” as the saying goes. So, I did.  The club in which I’m now enrolled isn’t your typical organization. In fact, I doubt if most members ever meet face-to-face. More...

Posted 5/31/2016 08:03 PM

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Make a list...check it...once   More...

Posted 5/17/2016 09:09 PM

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A dangerous walk in the woods More...

Posted 5/3/2016 08:56 PM

Here's the Scoop: April 20, 2016

Forgetting the Big Picture

This wasn’t planned as an Earth Day activity; it just sort of conveniently fell into the proper time period. The “Big Drop” technically occurred a bit before Earth Day, but I still think it counts. More...

Posted 4/19/2016 08:45 PM

Here's The Scoop: April 6, 2016

Snow creates sticky situation

I wasn’t going to mention the weather this week, since many people seem to have that well covered on Facebook. But here goes: It snowed. Quite a lot. More...

Posted 4/5/2016 05:36 PM

Here's the Scoop: March 23, 2016

We should be scared. Very scared

Like thousands of other people, I was amused/ashamed by this week’s news report of an Easter Bunny (I suspect there’s more than one) getting into a brawl with a mall visitor. More...

Posted 3/22/2016 09:16 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

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 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: 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

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

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

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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

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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

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Can This Be True?

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

Posted 11/25/2015 01:09 AM

Here's the Scoop: November 11, 2015

Feeling Young, again

A few months back, I wrote here about a journey to Bethel Woods to worship at the music altar of Neil Young. It was, as they say, awesome. More...

Posted 11/10/2015 11:51 PM

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Season’s over. Thankfully More...

Posted 10/4/2016 06:08 PM

End of an era, loss of a friend

Saturday was bittersweet in the community as a funeral was held for Thomas L. Smith. The day was filled with sadness, but there was also a good dose of joy and humor as folks recalled special memories of “Tommy.”  More...

Posted 9/20/2016 09:07 PM

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The sleepy feeling I’m feeling a bit groggy today. That’s not usual. More...

Posted 9/6/2016 10:22 PM

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Don’t I know you?   So, this was weird. More...

Posted 8/23/2016 10:48 PM

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Feeding time in nature   Regular readers know that I have a weird fascination with bears. As long as they aren’t tearing up family, friends or property, I think they are really cool. More...

Posted 8/9/2016 09:40 PM

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Time to go   Every once in awhile, it’s a good idea to “get out of town.” Way out of town. By choice, of course.  More...

Posted 7/26/2016 11:44 PM

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‘Tis The Season   Flip-flop season is in full swing. I like how it sounds.  More...

Posted 7/5/2016 09:32 PM

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I wonder who’s calling   This is one of those dirty little secrets that should remain… secret. But, I’m letting it out. I now have Caller ID. There, I wrote it and I don’t feel awful about this admission. More...

Posted 6/21/2016 09:55 PM

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In a jam — the good kind   More...

Posted 6/7/2016 10:09 PM

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Another special year   Tent caterpillars, ladybugs, squirrels, even bears — all have enjoyed recent “Year of” status in the region. Well, at least around our property. More...

Posted 5/24/2016 09:14 PM

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Spring cleaning time   A few weeks back, I started receiving phone calls from kind folks telling me something like, “I tried e-mailing you, but it said your mailbox was full.” In case you’ve never had this experience, it’ More...

Posted 5/10/2016 08:30 PM

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Dig this   More...

Posted 4/26/2016 07:20 PM

Here's the Scoop: April 13, 2016

What’s your reading?

As I note occasionally in this space, I’m a “routine oriented” kind of guy. That’s a nice way of describing some of the things I do. And do. And do. More...

Posted 4/12/2016 07:00 PM

Here's the Scoop: March 30, 2016

Hear ye, Hear ye — no more!

I listen to lots of music. As general rule, when I get up, the radio goes on. That’s mostly for news, though, so I have some idea of what’s happening in the world — even if I may not want to know. More...

Posted 3/29/2016 07:40 PM

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

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 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

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

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 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

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

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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

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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 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

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RIght Number

As a general rule, I enjoy advancements in technology as much as most people. It’s paying for these breakthroughs that often makes me hesitate in keeping pace. More...

Posted 11/3/2015 10:24 PM