Special session – Tricky situation

The Ulster County Legislature will meet in special session at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8 to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Nixon’s resignation. But first, legislators will decide who will fill out the late Jim Maloney’s term until the end of the year. Just kidding about homage to the Trickster, but it was an unforgettable night when they piped […]

News from our Yellowed Pages

I n August, we have reached the peak of Summer. Often, this is when the temperatures stay high and the rain becomes more scarce. But is also the time when children begin to dread the return to their studies, people take vacations, and bible schools and camps reach their peaks. This week In This Place, we read of fun times […]

After the Far East and South America, Marcello Reale is creating a new life in Andes

Although it’s not difficult to find people in the Catskills who have traveled to distant parts of planet Earth, it’s pretty rare to meet someone like Marcello Reale who has spent significant time living and working in foreign lands. Marcello spent close to four years working in China and Thailand and another six working in Colombia, South America. Those experiences, […]

What is wrong with my tomatoes?

Well, somehow, it is already August and this is when many garden insect pests begin to show up as well as diseases. It is frustrating to work so hard to get all your vegetables planted and nurtured only to have them damaged or destroyed by pests of all sorts. In some cases the current pest problems could have been avoided […]

The Bovina Farmer


A great deal of talk is talked in our time about nature. There is a veritable mob of people who are trying to get back to it — a dog chasing its tail? When we speak of nature, however, we are too often speaking of something outside of us: “the environment,” “the outdoors.” Are we trying so desperately to get […]

Seeking synergy

Lisa Cutten’s thoroughly predictable emergence as the Republican candidate for county comptroller was seen in some quarters as oh-so cleverly contrived by GOP leadership. Or was it just another case of necessity being the mother of invention? As noted herein, Cutten, after being stomped 64-36 at the June Democratic nominating convention by March Gallagher, had no place to go. Especially […]

News from our Yellowed Pages

1969 “A nine-year-old Long Island boy narrowly escaped drowning Monday afternoon when he was swept into the flood-swollen Todd Mountain stream. Kevin Waselieski grabbed a small willow clump and held on also until he was rescued by Tom Pellew of Eloomingburg, N. Y., and a friend, who has stopped at the Todd Mountain home across the road on business” (“Boy […]

Fish and Forests

This week’s column was written by my friend Paul Heltzer from Cornell Cooperative Extension of St Lawrence County. As an avid fisherman, I found this to be very interesting and relevant to our region. Readers who wish to contact Paul can do so via e-mail at If it weren’t for tree cover, cold-water fish species would not survive in […]

And the winner is…

Former Kingston mayoral candidate Andi Turco-Levin has won the Republican-Independence nominations for county legislature in Ulster-Kingston District-4, replacing the late Jim Maloney on the November ballot. Meanwhile, the board of elections reports that Lisa Cutten, who lost the Democratic nomination for county comptroller to March Gallagher on June 27, has been designated by Republicans as their candidate in November. Recall, […]

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