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February is National Heart Month, and even if we choose to ignore it, we all know that living a healthy lifestyle, can help keep blood pressure, cholesterol, and sugar normal and lower the risk for heart disease and heart attack. More...

Posted 2/21/2017 09:39 PM

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Pets require a commitment of time, money, and care, but they give back more than you may realize. More...

Posted 1/31/2017 07:39 PM

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Inauguration weekend is behind us now and the Women’s March on Washington the day after the inauguration provided an organizational structure for peaceful protestors. More...

Posted 1/24/2017 08:45 PM

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What many people consider “The All-American Food” will be celebrated during National Pizza Week, January 8-14. The word pizza was first documented in AD 997 in Gaeta and successively in different parts of Central and Southern Italy. More...

Posted 1/10/2017 08:53 PM

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With 2017 just around the corner, most Americans will be putting away the holiday ornaments and getting ready to start another year. New Year’s and New Year’s Day traditions vary widely around the globe and across cultures. More...

Posted 12/27/2016 11:47 PM

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Roxbury I feel so peaceful during a snowstorm. The beauty of the falling snow, especially in the evening as the streetlights come on, is perfect. I love to look out and see it on the ground, before the plows come to push it away. Middletown More...

Posted 12/13/2016 08:37 PM

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It’s Thanksgiving. A holiday of national unity and healing following a rough and tumble election season that left the country seriously divided. More...

Posted 11/22/2016 09:22 PM

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This Friday is Veterans Day, the 62nd such celebration since the holiday’s inception. More...

Posted 11/8/2016 07:59 PM

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Halloween is a favorite holiday for many in the United States and the National Retail Federation expects Americans to spend $8.4 billion on the holiday this year.. More...

Posted 10/25/2016 06:21 PM

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This week, inspired by the brightness of colors and beautiful weather, we decided to keep the positivity going by featuring shoutouts to some people who bring light in to our lives. Being grateful is scientifically proven to make us happier. More...

Posted 10/11/2016 10:26 PM

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October 1 is World Vegetarian Day, and begins the month of “Vegucation” that first began in 1977 as Vegetarian Awareness Month. More...

Posted 9/27/2016 07:53 PM

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Autumn is coming! The tint of red in the leaves is here to prove it. The Autumn Equinox takes place on September 22. “But what is an Equinox,” you may be asking? More...

Posted 9/20/2016 08:07 PM

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This week marks the return of students to local schools and not coincidently, September 6 is also “Read a Book” day. The entire month of September is National Literacy month. More...

Posted 9/6/2016 09:22 PM

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August 26 is National Dog Day. Do we even need to explain why you should acknowledge our canine companions? They are our furry soul mates, our best friends, our comforters and our motivators. More...

Posted 8/23/2016 09:48 PM

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The 2016 Olympic Games officially started last Sunday, hosted by the South American city, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. There are 207 nations represented. There are more than 11,000 athletes participating in 28 Olympic sports, over a 16-day period. More...

Posted 8/9/2016 08:40 PM

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In our never-ending quest to surface obscure events from the calendar of “national” days celebrated across the country, we’re happy to report this week that National Lasagna Day will be celebrated on July 29. More...

Posted 7/26/2016 10:44 PM

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We promised to drum up some obscure holidays and it seems we are delivering. This week celebrates, “Embracing Your Inner Geek.” Do you have an “inner” geek? Or maybe you are outwardly geeky. More...

Posted 7/12/2016 06:49 PM

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Summer has begun! Marked last week by the Summer Solstice on June 20th, the longest day of the year, now is the season that is often the gem of living in the Catskills. More...

Posted 6/28/2016 08:57 PM

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Father’s Day is this weekend, and just as Mother’s Day has some interesting roots, so does the day we celebrate our beloved pops. The first Father’s Day celebration in the United States is reported to have taken place in Spokane, Washington in 1910. More...

Posted 6/14/2016 08:20 PM

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The month of June marks the beginning of summer, and for many, a time to travel to the beach. More...

Posted 5/31/2016 07:03 PM

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Brothers. We love them though they drive us crazy. They take us under their wings, or get under our skin. More...

Posted 5/17/2016 08:09 PM

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Moms. Or should I say, Masters of Multitasking. More...

Posted 5/3/2016 07:56 PM

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Earth Day 2016 will mark the 46th anniversary of the globally recognized day used to raise awareness of environment issues and increase appreciation for the planet. More...

Posted 4/19/2016 07:45 PM

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Robin Williams takes over the On the Street Column this week and is excited to bring new faces to the paper. Williams, mother to children River and Owen and lives in New Kingston. More...

Posted 4/5/2016 04:36 PM

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As a community newspaper, the Catskill Mountain News is keenly interested in what our readers think and eager to hear from them. More...

Posted 2/2/2016 08:26 PM

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It seems like the best and brightest MBA graduates go to work for marketing firms. In 1989, one of them came up with a great idea to increase snack sales in the ho-hum month of February. More...

Posted 2/14/2017 08:46 PM

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Some people hate it, calling it commercialized and forced. More...

Posted 2/7/2017 06:12 PM

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Since humans became sentient, we have always had hobbies. It started out with smaller hobbies, such as swimming, hunting, and drawing on cave walls. More...

Posted 1/17/2017 05:51 PM

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Last year was a tough winter for ski resorts but over the last month, there’s been room for optimism about the coming ski season. For some people, no snow is fine: no snow to shovel off driveways and cars, few freezing days. More...

Posted 1/3/2017 09:10 PM

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The big Christmas week is upon us and in 2017, Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 24, making two major holiday celebrations coincide in a way they rarely do. More...

Posted 12/20/2016 11:48 PM

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This week is National Human Rights week; an interesting week if ever there was one, to contemplate what the phrase “human rights” means to Americans in an age of sharply differing views. More...

Posted 12/6/2016 07:55 PM

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According to the National Day Calendar, December 4 is National Cookie Day. More...

Posted 11/29/2016 09:12 PM

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National Philanthropy Day, next Wednesday, Nov. 15, is a day to recognize great philanthropists and their contributions to society, and also to acknowledge everyday philanthropic activities. More...

Posted 11/15/2016 07:54 PM

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November has arrived, and as the weather gets chillier, people who may be ‘allergic’ to snow and cold, look for entertainment to be had inside. One week in November celebrates our favorite past time: Puzzles & Games. More...

Posted 11/1/2016 07:24 PM

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Almost 50 years ago this week, the Guggenheim Museum of Modern Art opened in New York City. Art is an integral part of our culture, and even our species. More...

Posted 10/18/2016 07:47 PM

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As quickly as the leaves changed and fall fluttered in on a chilly breeze, this beautiful season becomes a time to accomplish necessary chores to make it through the winter. Some of us have been chopping and stacking wood since the last snow melted! More...

Posted 10/4/2016 05:08 PM

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Working parents are acknowledged nationally on September 16 so we took some time to recognize them this week. More...

Posted 9/13/2016 08:53 PM

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This week marks the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee and the flooding that caused widespread destruction in nearly every area covered by the News. Streets became raging rivers. More...

Posted 8/30/2016 06:45 PM

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Our region is filled with wonderful “touring” possibilities. Permanent and part-time residents, as well as transient tourists, can all enjoy visiting local wineries, breweries, galleries, cideries, farms, or historical sites. More...

Posted 8/16/2016 08:38 PM

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We make a promise and we deliver! A few months back we celebrated our brothers, and we’re reminded by iPhone’s Siri that it will National Sister’s Day on Sunday, Aug. 7. More...

Posted 8/2/2016 08:42 PM

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You must be 21 or older to read this column. Well not really but that is the requirement to enjoy many of the locally produced libations that have recently hit the scene. More...

Posted 7/19/2016 08:02 PM

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The world of social media and the Internet has grown substantially in the last few years. More...

Posted 7/5/2016 08:32 PM

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Pomp and circumstance will soon be echoing through the halls of our local schools and we can’t help but offer pearls of wisdom to the soon-to-be graduates. More...

Posted 6/21/2016 08:55 PM

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Between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day there are a few obscure holidays, such as National Donut Day and Yo-Yo Day, but one fun holiday to celebrate is National Best Friend’s Day, which happens to be on June 8. More...

Posted 6/7/2016 09:09 PM

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Memorial Day arrives this coming Monday, and although it is often a weekend of barbecues and yard sales, it is really a holiday created to memorialize the lives of those lost while serving our country’s armed forces. More...

Posted 5/24/2016 08:14 PM

Blood drive planned Saturday in Big Indian

Big Indian — Just as summer means more travel and more outdoor fun, so too it means more accidents and an increased need for blood donors.  More...

Posted 5/17/2016 08:09 PM

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Superheroes. They’ve made a huge come back in the past few years. Captain America, The Avengers, and their respective hero spinoffs have successfully won our hearts with 13 recent movies and nine more in production. More...

Posted 5/10/2016 07:30 PM

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Stress. April is National Stress Awareness month; a time to reflect on what stresses us out, how we handle it, and whether or not we are managing it appropriately. Life in today’s society has certainly become more demanding. More...

Posted 4/26/2016 06:20 PM

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A Princeton University study has found that handwriting notes helps people remember information more so than typing them. More...

Posted 4/12/2016 06:00 PM

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The question of the week, “What would you like to see more of within the community?” was and is something people seem very excited to answer. More...

Posted 2/16/2016 04:57 PM