“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27 Jesus spoke these words to His disciples shortly before His impending crucifixion on the cross. Jesus soon would no longer be with them. It was a time […]

New candidates emerge for UC Comptroller position

Since last we wrote on the saga of replacing former Ulster County Comptroller Elliot Auerbach, the political scene has shifted dramatically. As of last week, there were three known contenders. Now, there are five. The emergence of acting county executive Adele Reiter and SUNY New Paltz accounting professor Rief Kanan as candidates for interim appointment as county comptroller now brings […]

Pin Oak – Perfect for Planting

I have become more or less fond of some trees over time, due to personal reasons. For instance, white pine’s magnificently towering ship-mast traits make it stand out in a field or forest setting. However, removing this same tree near someone’s home does cause some anxiety due to its abundant sticky sap and unpredictably brittle wood. After monkeying around in […]

Home remedies: be careful

The weather remains wetter than most of us would like, but our gardens actually prefer moisture more than drought, generally. I hope you are taking advantage of the surplus rain by collecting rainwater in barrels for future use. Make sure you use something to deal with mosquitos that will quickly breed in any standing water. There is a product called […]

Count your blessings


The other day I was talking with someone who is less than thrilled with her current work situation. She finds the hours to be burdensome to her family life, the pay is not what it should be, given her responsibilities, and her co-workers fall woefully short in terms of cooperation. But as we talked, she recalled the fact that not […]

Comptroller to be named


Tracey Bartels, chairwoman of the Ulster County Legislature, has called a special session for June 11 at 7:15 p.m. at SUNY-Ulster to appoint an interim county comptroller. The vacancy occurred when former comptroller Elliott Auerbach resigned on May 16 to take a job as a deputy state comptroller. By charter, the legislature had between 20 and 30 days to name […]

A Catskill Portrait

Katie Camillone juggles roles of wife, mother, and community provider; values instilled by parents have helped

While gathering information from Katie Camillone about her life for this column, I was struck by how much gratitude she feels for her mother and father and the values they instilled in her and her brothers. Katie, at 30 years of age, is still charting her path in life and letting those values be her North Star. Life begins in […]

Ticks Part 2 and Turf

Gardening Tips

Last week I wrote about ticks and tick borne diseases. This week I will continue that topic but first, some lawn care tips. Late May to early June is a good time to fertilize your lawn and kill broadleaf weeds, if you choose to do so. The very best time to fertilize is early September, but right now is the […]

Why I go to Church


I was raised as a strict church-goer by a very devout Christian mother and a non-church going father, not an uncommon configuration in those days. I never doubted the religion taught at our church but I did not have the discipline to stay committed to church after moving out of my parent’s home after marriage. I more or less became […]

Captain courageous

Former army captain Pat Ryan will take charge of county government as its second elected executive on or about June 15. As such he has that once-in-a-career opportunity to make positive first impressions, to hit the road running, to take the county to new heights. Will he dare? He’ll have had six weeks of fairly intensive closeup, hands-on orientation by […]

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