See-saw week for Republicans

It’s been a see-saw week for Ulster County Republicans trying to find a candidate to challenge the already formidable Democratic candidate for the Ulster County Executive’s post. After scheduling a convention, announcing a candidate, losing the candidate, cancelling the convention then having not one but two different candidates (neither of whom is a Republican) step forward, Republic Chairman Roger Rascoe […]

Snow Fleas and Maple Syrup

Now that most of us have had snow on the ground for most of the winter, some people have spotted a somewhat unusual and unique insect called a snow flea. Snow flea is the common name for a type of insect that is much smaller, but has the shape and color of a dog or cat flea. Actually, under magnification […]

Republican candidate surfaces


Approaching the 11th hour, Ulster Republicans may have come up with a candidate for county executive in next month’s special election. But Tiffany Christiana, 40, of Country Club Estates in the town of Ulster, has gotten off to a rocky start in her would-be political career. A candidate for one of two openings on the Ulster Town Board at Tuesday’s […]

Holy, Chosen, Royal, Special

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.1 Peter 2:9-10 I […]

Dot’s all, Joe

Riddle of the day: If fightin’ Joe Maloney of Saugerties fell in a forest and nobody was around, would he still make noise? Probably. Maloney, who won’t be running for a second term, will go out flailing at the establishment windmills he came into office to expose, embarrass and maybe change. Good luck with that. After 14 months in office, […]

Pruning fruit trees, part 2

Happy March! This month has 31 days, but not nearly enough paid holidays! Last week I wrote about pruning fruit trees, which is an annual chore that is usually performed at this time of the year. As I mentioned last week, stone fruit (cherry, peach and plum) trees are usually pruned after they set fruit in late May or early […]

Introspection. Gratitude. Humility. By Joan Lawrence-Bauer

In a world full of “busy” that keeps us moving faster than is sometimes comfortable, taking time for introspection can be challenging. It’s so easy to get caught up in the moment; in what we want instead of who we are. We look at where we’re going and what we’re trying to achieve without looking back to see where we […]


NYS Senator James Seward

SENATOR SEEKS VETERANS – Senator James Seward has put out a call for nominations of area veterans to be considered for possible induction into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Anyone knowing of a veteran worthy of such honor can make a nomination. See story on page 3A.

Dump here? Never!

Most of us beyond a certain age can remember that resounding war cry when Ulster County attempted, and failed, to locate a county landfill at Winston Farm just west of the Thruway exit in Saugerties. Protest songs were written” “Dump, dump the garbage mega-dump!” Murals were painted on buildings, fists were raised in the air, pitchforks, too. It could happen […]

Pruning fruit trees, part 1

The sunless winter continues back home as my friends tell me about weekly snow, sleet or rain events. From most reports, the winter of 2018 into 2019 has not been awful, but it has been relentless. I will be returning home to Conesville for four days in early March and I hope the weather cooperates. March weather is so unpredictable […]

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