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In This Place: July 23, 2014



July 23 Potluck The middle of July can be a slow time for news. Folks are vacationing, and barring any fires, drownings, car wrecks or other tragedies of an “ambulance chas­ing” nature, a reporter can be hard pressed to deliver a zinger. So I thought I’d fall back again on the tradition of summertime family reunions and give you a […]

In This Place: July 16, 2014



Making Hay While the Sun Shines The “dog days” of summer can bring mixed blessings:?if hot and dry, it’s the perfect haying weather but not so great for the cauliflower. The heat drove the city visitors here pell-mell in summers past, but sometimes, even in the Catskills, the heat hung on, even in the evenings. I started this week’s search […]

In This Place: July 9, 2014



Red, White and Boom! Looking back on Fourth of July celebrations of yore, there are definitely some contrasts from how we celebrate today. Over the decades, you will note a definite trend towards increased safety and less abandon with fireworks and explosives, for instance. In the early part of the century, the sizzle, crack, boom began at dawn! I’m having […]

In This Place: July 2, 2014



Graduation “Four”ward March, Part 2 As promised, here are some more graduation classes from the “Fours,” especially the 1964s, celebrating their graduation’s ‘Golden Oldies’ of 50 years. See how many of the names, and even the people, you remember . . . June 29, 1934 — Seventeen Andes Graduates Sunday night at the U. P. church was filled to capacity […]

In This Place: June 25, 2014



“Four”ward Graduation March, Part 1 by Trish Adams As promised, here are some graduating classes from decades past (on the fours): next week I’ll try to fit in classes from 1944 and more 1954s at least. In anticipation of next week, here are the Roxbury and Fleischmanns’ Classes of 1954, from the June 25, 1954 edition: I’ll also attempt to […]

In This Place: June 18, 2014



The Children’s Hour This is the time of year when we’re all thinking about graduation, but in doing some research for next week’s column featuring commencements, I stumbled on a custom I was completely unfamiliar with, called “Children’s Day.”?It seemed it started in the mid-to-late 1800s, primarily in the Methodist church, although some other denominations also took up the custom. […]

In This Place: June 11, 2014



Here’s to the Dads:?Heroic and Otherwise! by Trish Adams This Sunday we all celebrate our Dads, Granddads and anyone who has been like a father to us. A search for fathers in the ar­chives yielded a nice mix of heroes, and some dads who faced tough choices… like this one:? September 4, 1908: Father Delivers Son to Police Young Man […]

In This Place: June 4, 2014



June Brides by Trish Adams In celebration of the wedding season, this column will offer up some June weddings from many years ago. You will note that church weddings were not the rage back then; brides usually married at their homes or at their minister’s parsonage. Usually just one attendant each “stood up” for the groom and bride and perhaps […]

In This Place: May 28, 2014



Decoration Days of Yore To start research on this week’s column on Memorial Day celebrations before the end of WWII, I?first had to remember that our grandparents called it “Decora­tion Day,” and that its primary focus — whatever the pomp, parades and festivities — was a solemn cemetery visit to decorate the graves of veterans. The history of Decoration Day […]

In This Place: May 21, 2014



Just a Memory I wanted my Memorial Day column to revisit the Vietnam conflict in our villages; a war that still stirs feelings and the one whose vets always seem to get short shrift on “Decoration Day.” My plans were waylaid by the absence of 1968 in the archives — a year in which our villages lost men to that […]


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