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Everyone loves to hate taxes


There is much that people are unhappy with in the current political environment. Politics is a messy subject in modern days. But honestly and unfortunately, it has been this way for many generations. George Washington imagined a nation without political parties, one where the government answers to the people. Somehow, things didn’t work out quite as he had imagined. While […]

Historic winter storms



This last week, a snow and ice storm hit the area and this week, we got hit again. In addition to lots or snow, some places like my own hometown Bovina, experienced flooding. It comes with the territory of living in Upstate New York, and throughout history there are stories of poor weather in the area and how people dealt […]

News from our Yellowed Pages



There is much that people are unhappy with in the current political environment. Politics are a messy subject in modern days, and unfortunately, it has been this way for many generations. George Washington imagined a nation without political parties; one where the government answers to the people. Often throughout history, people are unhappy with the way things are being run. […]

Russell’s Store in Bovina turns 100



Russell’s Store in Bovina turns 100 years-old this year and the community institution is still going strong, providing a much-needed service to its customers. The presence of Russell’s dates back to at least 1919 when Cecil Russell became the proprietor of the store on New Year’s Day. Russell’s Store would remain in the Russell family for the next 81 years, […]

Community celebrations of days gone by



At the end of December, we tend to look back and review our past year. With New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day behind us, looking back on New Years of the past is appropriate. New Year’s traditions have not changed drastically over the years, and the idea of celebrating another milestone in our lives, as well as striving to […]

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Every year, the majority of the populace of the United States celebrates the Christian Holiday of Christmas. Christmas is a tradition that has been a major part of life for most of America and therefore is a great thing to look back on and use as a focal point in looking at how life was lived going back over a […]

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Thanksgiving has long been an American tradition. From the first Thanksgiving with the Mayflower settlers and the local Native Americans, to today’s cross-country travels to feast with relatives, who are in some cases rarely seen, the idea of eating with friends and family has remained constant. How has Thanksgiving changed, though, through war and technological advances? Surprisingly, not that much. […]

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When the leaves change color and fall to the ground, we can officially call it Autumn. This means many things- from the start of the new school year to Halloween. A sight that is commonplace once the fall season gets underway are fall harvest festivals. Village Squares have tents and booths, pumpkin and apple pies are baked. They are a […]

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All over the world, people celebrate sports victories, national loyalty, anniversaries of events and holidays with parades. Parades are a chance for people to be show off everything from their police or fire departments to their artistic ability, and are great fun for children and adult alike. Parades, it seems, are one of those things that have steadily stayed the […]

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In the past, I have discussed the value of small town life in respects to the closeness and companionship that we share with one another. As with other summer activities, socials and lawn parties allow for the fellowship and friendship that people in these small towns share to strengthen and be enjoyed by all, young and old. These days, towns […]


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