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By Melanie Lekocevic
with both laughter and tears, the county
saluted this year’s Greene County Vetof
The annual Greene County Honor A
Historic Catskill Point and honored
long-time advocate and supporter of
“Today we are honoring Thomas J.
Andreassen, one of our own,” veteran
and county Treasurer Peter Markou
said. “By so doing, we honor all veterans.”
nam War, which was followed by a
four-month tour of duty in Antarctica.
He was awarded numerous medals and
citations for his military service, in-
Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign
Medal, Antarctic Service Riband
Vietnam Service Medal with Fleet
Marine Combat Operations Insignia,
award to his list of accomplishments.
“He has lived a life of service — a
life of service to his country, a life of
service to his community, a life of service
to his family and a life of service
to his brothers in arms,” Markou said.
City and moved to Ulster County as a
youngster. He has lived in Leeds for
During that time, he has volunteered
and advocated for veterans, including
as a 13-year veteran of the Honeyford
Memorial American Legion Post 110,
including three years as its commander.
See VETERAN, page 15
By Joanne E. McFadden
In the last year and a half, the world has seen too
many cancellations to count. The Greenville area
certainly had its fair share, including the Greenville
Rotary’s annual Tree Lighting Festival and Cairo’s
Holiday Parade of Lights.
However, this holiday season, these popular
community events are back, signaling a return to
See HOLIDAY, page 15
Faith groups lend a helping hand to kids in need
By Melanie Lekocevic
CATSKILL — CarePortal is a
blend of modern technology and
an old-fashioned helping hand.
The technology platform that
links faith-based organizations
with those in need launched in
Greene County on Oct. 28.
Kira Pospesel, commissioner
of the Greene County Department
of Social Services, introduced the
new service that will help families
and children in crisis.
“Every year around Christmastime,
many people will reach
out and ask what can they do for
the children that we have in foster
care,” Pospesel said. “Everyone
loves for people to have a
Christmas gift. At the Department
of Social Services, Christmas is
every day, not only for a gift —
a coloring book, a gift card, a
new computer — but it may be
the things you see up in the portal
that a caseworker has been
requesting. It may be diapers, it
may be the front door that needs
to be replaced, it may be a bed to
CarePortal is a national program
that launched six years ago
and is active in 27 states nationwide,
according to Sandra Flach,
director of Ravena-based Justice
for Orphans, which manages
CarePortal in the Capital Region.
The technology platform is
active in Albany and Schenectady
counties, and now in Greene
“Before COVID, we really
had a desire to bring CarePortal
to Greene County,” Flach said.
“COVID slowed things down, but
we are here today and thrilled to
be able to partner with the county
and the churches throughout
Greene County to meet the needs
of children and families in crisis.”
Schenectady County was the
participate in the platform beginning
in late 2018, and a year later,
Albany County came on board.
“To date, just in those two
counties, 1,900 children have
been served throughout the Capital
Region through churches using
the CarePortal,” Flach said.
County caseworkers identify
and vet the needs of families and
children, input the requests into
the CarePortal system, and then
churches can choose to help by
“Churches do want to help,
they just most of the time don’t
See FAITH, page 14
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Warren Dews, Jr.,
Editor’s Note: A charge is not a conviction.
All persons listed are innocent
until proven guilty in a court of law.
Charges can be amended or dismissed.
ville, was arrested Oct. 31 at 12:38
a.m. in Cairo and charged with driving
while intoxicated, an unclasstatus
was arrested Oct. 31 at 9:28 p.m. in
Catskill and charged with manufacture
of drug-related paraphernalia
and seventh-degree criminal possession
of a controlled substance,
both class A misdemeanors, and
a controlled substance, a class D felony.
He was issued an appearance
Prattsville, was arrested Oct. 31 at
with acting in a manner injurious
to a child under 17, a class A misdemeanor.
Her arrestee status was
tleton on Hudson, was arrested Oct.
31 at 10:40 a.m. in Coeymans and
charged with driving while intoxi-
or. She was issued an appearance
Castleton on Hudson, was arrested
timore and charged with false personation,
a class B misdemeanor,
and second-degree obstruction of
governmental administration and
seventh-degree criminal possession
of a controlled substance, both class
A misdemeanors. She was issued an
Tannersville and charged with second-degree
threat by phone, a class A misdemeanor.
Her arrestee status was
a.m. in Greenville, and charged with
manufacture of drug-related paraphernalia,
a class A misdemeanor;
tampering with physical evidence,
a class E felony; seventh-degree
criminal possession of a controlled
substance, a class A misdemeanor;
sion of a controlled substance, a
class D felony. He was held.
in Coxsackie and charged with seventh-degree
criminal possession of
a controlled substance. He was issued
an appearance ticket.
p.m. in Coxsackie and charged with
second-degree obstruction of governmental
administration, a class
A misdemeanor. He was issued an
male, of Catskill, was arrested
charged with second-degree sex
abuse of an individual under 14
years, a class A misdemeanor. He
was issued an appearance ticket.
forcible touching and endangering
the welfare of a child, both class A
misdemeanors. He was issued an
in Tannersville and charged with
second-degree criminal contempt
and second-degree aggravated harassment,
both class A misdemeanors.
She was issued an appearance
Greenville and charged with operating
a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol
content of 0.08 and driving
misdemeanors. He was issued an
with manufacture of drug-related
paraphernalia and seventh-degree
criminal possession of a controlled
substance, both class A misdemean-
session of a controlled substance,
a class D felony. She was issued an
in Hunter and charged with aggravated
unlicensed operation, a class
E felony; operating a motor vehicle
with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08
with two priors, a class D felony;
driving while intoxicated with two
previous convictions in 10 years, a
class D felony; and use of a vehicle
without an interlock system, a class
A misdemeanor. He was issued an
Cairo and charged with seventh-degree
criminal possession of a controlled
substance and second-degree
criminal use of drug paraphernalia,
both class A misdemeanors. He was
issued an appearance ticket.
p.m. in Athens and charged with
second-degree obstruction of governmental
administration and resisting
arrest, both class A misdemeanors,
and driving while intoxicated,
was released on his own recognizance.
sackie, was arrested Oct. 29 at 10
a.m. in Cairo and charged with
class D felony. He was held.
a.m. in Windham and charged with
third-degree grand larceny, a class
D felony. He was released on his
p.m. in Catskill and charged with
criminal obstruction of breathing/
applying pressure, a class A misdemeanor.
He was issued an appearance
Catskill and charged with operating
a motor vehicle with a blood-alchomisdemeanor.
He was issued an appearance
in Catskill and charged with seventh-degree
of a controlled substance, a class
criminal possession of a controlled
substance, a class D felony. He was
p.m. in Hunter and charged with
operating a motor vehicle with a
blood-alcohol content of 0.08%
and driving while intoxicated, both
issued an appearance ticket.
2:18 p.m. in Catskill and charged
with fourth-degree grand larceny/
property valued over $1,000, and
fourth-degree grand larcey/credit
card, both class E felonies. She was
issued an appearance ticket.
with operating a motor vehicle with
a blood-alcohol content of 0.08%
and driving while intoxicated, an
issued an appearance ticket.
a.m. in Catskill and charged with
hunting while intoxicated, operating
a motor vehicle while impaired
by drugs and driving while ability
impaired combined drugs/alcohol,
manufacture of drug-related paraphernalia,
possession of a controlled substance
and second-degree criminal
use of drug paraphernalia, all class
A misdemeanors. He was issued an
State announces $1.5M
to grow Farm-to-
By Melanie Lekocevic
to-School program, bringing locally
grown food to schools around
Commissioner Richard Ball last
week announced the funding is
available to eligible school districts.
The Farm-to-School program aims
to connect students in kindergarten
through 12th grade by increasing
the use of locally grown food on
“The Farm-to-School Program
students have access to fresh,
healthy foods and they understand
where their meals come from,” Ball
said. “I’m proud that this program
continues to help schools tap into
the local food movement and serve
more healthy lunches with products
either grown in their school garden
or purchased from their community
farmers. This is a win-win for our
agricultural industry and for our
state’s future leaders.”
program can be submitted to the
state through Dec. 30, according to
the Department of Agriculture.
State Education Commissioner
Betty Rosa said in a statement.
“Students that have access to
healthy, locally sourced food are
not only better prepared to be successful
in school, they also learn
has been a wonderful way to supplement
food options in schools
across the state and I thank Gov.
Kathy Hochul for expanding this
Eligible schools include public,
and other entities participating in
gram, the School Breakfast Program
or the Summer Food Service
Program, that serve students in
kindergarten through 12th grade,
according to the department.
The program provides grant
funding of up to $100,000 per project
and can cover costs including
employing a local or regional farmto-school
food service staff in procuring and
preparing locally produced food;
purchasing equipment to increase
capacity in school kitchens to prepare
and serve locally produced
food; making capital improvements
for the transport or storage of
locally produced food; and creating
new meals for the menu.
marked for applicants that have not
received a Farm-to-School grant in
Grant applications must be received
by Dec. 30 by 4 p.m.
Since the launch of the Farm-to-
lion has been committed to support
Farm-to-School projects across the
ment of Agriculture and Markets
has awarded a total of 119 projects,
tricts in every region in the state,
according to the department.
The Farm-to-School Program
is part of the state’s ongoing efforts
to combat food insecurity, increase
the amount of fresh, local foods
served in schools, and to connect
Student Goes Hungry initiative and
which increases the reimbursement
schools receive for lunches from
meal for any district that purchases
at least 30% of its ingredients from
Last year, 47 school districts
achieved the purchasing requirement,
with some school districts
spending over 40% of their lunch
products, according to the state Department
adopt $1.7M town budget
By Melanie Lekocevic
council voted unanimously
budget for 2022.
“It’s a flat budget,” Town
Supervisor Paul Macko said to
introduce the budget during a
public hearing. “The town tax
rate for general, highway, library
and chargebacks is down
a minute part of a penny, so the
budget is very flat and it is under
the tax cap.”
The amount to be raised by
taxes in 2022 is set at $790,000
for the general, or A, fund,
$833,000 for the highway department,
and $117,880 for
the library fund. An additional
$11,224 is allocated for college
chargebacks, which are paid
for local students who attend
community colleges other than
The town tax rate is set at
property’s assessed value for
2022, which is a fraction of a
cent higher than 2021.
“If you have a house assessed
at $100,000, your tax bill
The budget does not include
any cuts in services or employees.
Town workers will see a
bump in salary in 2022 under
the new budget.
“Highway and town employees,
with the exception of people
at the library, are all getting
Several special districts
have essentially remained flat,
including the lighting districts.
The ambulance district saw
$1,000 assessed value of the
ville fire district tax rate went
Keeping an eye on spending
and taxes was important to the
town council “because we were
very concerned about our economy
and specifically inflation
going into the winter months,”
“It’s a slim budget and the
only way it will possibly work
is if everybody makes a concerted
effort to watch spending
next year,” Macko said. “This
year we probably could have
done a little better with the budget
but we put nearly $48,000
into the roof in February or
March on the old part of the
The Pioneer building, at the
juncture of Routes 81 and 32,
along with a couple of other
big-ticket purchases in years
past, is set to be paid off in a
little over a year and could provide
an opportunity for the town
in future budgets, the town supervisor
“There is light at the end of
the tunnel,” Macko said. “The
mortgage on the Pioneer building
will be paid off in 2023.
The three trucks that were
purchased used will be paid
off next year, so we should be
alright. The mortgage on this
years ago. That will be some
With the town building
mortgage paid off, there could
be opportunities to improve the
structure, he added.
“My suggestion to the board
is when the building is paid off,
maybe we will work on redoing
some of the replacement windows
and other projects in the
building to make it more energy
efficient,” Macko said.
Town Councilman John
Bensen said funding might be
available for a project like that.
“There might be some public
money for energy savings,”
By Melanie Lekocevic
County judge denied bail for a
state trooper facing murder and
Christopher Baldner, 43, of
Durham, will remain in jail af-
He was indicted Oct. 27.
Baldner is charged with second-degree
manslaughter and first-degree
according to state Attorney
General Letitia James.
Baldner was on duty pa-
Thruway in Ulster County in
December 2020 when he is accused
of using his state police
vehicle to ram a car occupied by
the Goods family of Brooklyn,
according to the indictment.
In the indictment, James
alleges that on Dec. 22, 2020,
at approximately 11:40 p.m.,
Tristan Goods was driving
in the northbound lane of the
Thruway on the way to visit
family for Christmas. Goods’
wife and two young daughters
were also in the vehicle.
Baldner allegedly stopped
the car for speeding and during
the stop, the trooper sprayed
pepper spray into the vehicle,
according to the indictment.
Goods drove away at a high rate
of speed and Baldner followed,
“During the pursuit, Baldner
twice rammed his police vehicle
into the rear of the Goods car,”
James said in a statement following
the indictment. “Upon
the second strike, the Goods car
flipped over several times and
came to rest upside down.”
Monica Goods, 11, was
ejected from the vehicle and
It is not clear at this time
why Baldner used pepper spray.
Goods has said he sped away
because he was concerned for
his family’s safety.
Association expressed disappointment
that bail was denied.
lived in this area for almost two
decades,” Thomas Mungeer,
president of the union, said.
“He has a family, he has kids,
he owns a house. He’s not going
“I believe the Bail Reduction
Act of 2019 has worked for
everybody,” Mungeer continued,
“but in this case, it didn’t
work for my trooper.”
The union is providing Baldner
with legal representation.
He has been suspended from
the department without pay.
Supporters of the Goods
family demonstrated outside
By Marisa Korytko
8 ways to support an
mer’s Disease Awareness Month
and Family Caregivers Month. To
mark these events, the Alzheimer’s
Association is encouraging people
to lend a helping hand to the more
members and friends serving as
“Caregivers are superheroes,
but even superheroes can’t do it
alone,” said Beth Smith-Boivin,
executive director for the Alzheiprovides
us an opportunity to celebrate
the strength and dedication of
dementia caregivers, but also recognize
the special challenges they
face. Whether it’s a friend, neighbor
or co-worker, providing help and
support to caregivers is easier than
most people think. Even little acts
can make a big difference.”
The Alzheimer’s Association
offers these suggestions for ways to
support an Alzheimer’s caregiver:
Alzheimer’s disease – its symptoms,
its progression and the common
challenges facing caregivers.
The more you know, the easier it
Staff will be on hand to assist residents with state-related
matters, provide information on state resources
and programs that residents may be eligible for, and
discuss local issues.
Walk-ins are welcome and no appointment is nechours.
To protect communities during COVID-19,
and friends who want to help with
caregiving. The Alzheimer’s Association’s
website (alz.org) can direct
you to several free, online care
calendar resources that families can
use to build their care team. These
make it easy to share activities and
information within the person’s care
for which assistance is needed, such
as preparing meals, providing rides
or running errands, and Helpers can
a standing appointment to give the
caregiver a break. Spend time with
the person living with dementia and
allow the caregiver a chance to run
errands, go to their own doctor’s appointment,
participate in a support
group or engage in an activity that
helps them recharge. Even one hour
could make a big difference in providing
the caregiver some relief.
and dementia caregivers report feeling
isolated or alone. So, start the
conversation – a phone call to check
in, sending a note, or stopping by
for a visit can make a big difference
in a caregiver’s day and help them
a list of errands that need to be run
– such as picking up groceries or
prescriptions. Offer to do yard work
or other household chores. It can be
complete these simple tasks that we
often take for granted.
Greene County are as follows:
411 Main St.
Open-ended offers of support (“call
me if you need anything” or “let me
know if I can help”) may be well-intended,
but are often dismissed. Be
to the store, what do you need?”).
Continue to let the caregiver know
that you are there and ready to help.
day celebrations are often joyous
occasions, but they can be challenging
and stressful for families facing
Alzheimer’s. Help caregivers
around the holidays by offering to
help with cooking, cleaning or gift
shopping. If a caregiver has traditionally
hosted family celebrations,
offer your home instead.
son living with the disease and
unteer with your local Alzheimer’s
Association chapter, participate in
fundraising events such as Walk to
End Alzheimer’s and The Longest
Day, advocate for more research
funding, or sign up to participate in
a clinical study through the Alzheimer’s
Association’s Trial Match.
To learn more about Alzheimer’s
disease and ways you can
support families and people living
with the disease, visit alz.org.
Marisa Korytko is the public relations
director for the Alzheimer’s
Association Northeastern New York
chapter. She can be reached at email@example.com.
includes Greene and Montgomery counties and parts of
Albany, Schenectady and Ulster counties.
Delgado named most bipartisan
Democratic member of Congress
sentative Antonio Delgado, D-19,
has been recognized as Congress’s
fourth most bipartisan member of
Congress and the most bipartisan
Democratic member of Congress
in the Common Ground Scorecard.
The Common Ground Scorecard,
compiled by the Common
model to assess the degree to which
social and political issues through
listening and productive conversation.
leaders who are solutions-oriented
ground, as opposed to being divisive
and driven by partisan politics,”
Delgado said. “We must work
together to ensure our democracy
can responsibly and effectively represent
all Americans, irrespective of
the fourth most bipartisan member
“Americans are divided over the
direction of the country and how to
solve many issues we currently face.
To make progress, leaders must
be committed to working across
address all our citizens’ concerns,”
said Erik Olsen, co-founder of
Common Ground Scorecard. “But
while they are divided on issues,
Americans agree that they want
to see their representatives work
together and solve problems. We
hope that more lawmakers follow
Representative Delgado’s lead and
The Common Ground Scorecard
was released prior to the 2020
election and updated in October
2021 by the Common Ground
Committee, a nonpartisan, citizen-led
organization devoted to improving
public discourse in politics.
In addition to their commitments
and personal actions, the ranking
cial’s score in the Lugar Center/Mc-
Court School Bipartisan Index and
other public sources of data.
Delgado has passed 12 pieces
of legislation into law under both
Republican and Democratic administrations.
The U.S. Chamber of
Commerce has twice awarded Delgado
the Jefferson-Hamilton Award
a long way
By Charlene Marchand
It is a good mental health exercise to remind ourselves
each day of all the positive aspects of our lives, be they
keep us balanced and positive. It is especially important
to be grateful for loving families and close friends.
As often happens, we can become complacent about
the good deeds, generous people, great weather, et al. that
surround us. To say it another way, most of us can take
the upsides of our day for granted. And so it is with our
companion animals – their good and desirable behavior,
The premier tenet of positive reinforcement is to reward
all desired behavior – in other words, don’t take it
for granted! If Hugo has been quiet by our side while we
read a good book or watch a program or iron our clothes,
remember to periodically reward that lovely, devoted,
passive behavior with a word, pat or a treat.
When Tommy Tom Cat explodes through the door at
a blistering pace and Hugo leaps up to get in “his” practhat,
IF he didn’t take those two hours of quiet time for
When mom and Hugo are out for their daily stroll and
the perfect puppy has trotted merrily by her side, with a
lot of “at attention” eye glances, it is then that she should
be rewarding and reinforcing her canine son. Don’t take
it for granted.
When that tantalizing grey squirrel scoots across
mom’s path and Hugo decides that he’s entered in the
tractor pull at the Chatham Fair, a redirection IS probably
in order – but the truth is that the lesson will be learned
faster, and compliance with the rules will be more reliable,
if we are thankful for and reward that gentle dog by
our side. Don’t take it for granted.
The same rules apply to Strawberry Shortcake. While
she’s busy exercising those retractable feline nails on her
posts or scratching boards, our praise should be lavish,
effervescent. Falling into the trap of correcting Minnie’s
manicuring enthusiasm when she heads for the new
lounge, will render the lesson longer to learn. We took
the desirable behavior, which was to have her nails done
at the feline manicure station, for granted. Always a mistake.
companion animal species for granted. Praise and reward.
Is Herman sitting quietly waiting his turn at the dog doctor?
Praise and reward. Did Polly the Puppy quickly squat
and “do her business” while in the middle of a torrential
downpour? Don’t take it for granted. Is Gorgeous George
downtimes increasing with age!
All adoptions at the Columbia-Greene Humane Society
are sponsored for the month of October! Our food
bank is open to any from the public in need of pet food or
for those wishing to donate food from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
daily. Spay/neuter clinics are available for cats and dogs.
Charlene Marchand is the chairperson of the Columbia-Greene
Humane Society/SPCA Board of Directors.
Catskill cemetery participating
Across America Day
(WAA) has announced that the
Town of Catskill Cemetery has
once again joined in the effort to
support the mission to “Remember,
tion for 2021.
Wreaths Across America started
as a simple gesture of thanks
that has grown into a national
movement of dedicated volunteers
and communities coming together
to not only remember the nation’s
fallen and honor their service, but
- to teach the next generation about
This year, there will be more
than 2,700 participating loca-
Wreaths Across America Day –
Saturday, Dec. 18 – with more than
two million volunteers coming together
“We are forever grateful for the
thousands of supporters who dedi-
ing our mission on a local level,”
said Karen Worcester, executive director
of Wreaths Across America.
“These individuals and their communities
know the value of remembering
the fallen, honoring those
who currently serve and teaching
the next generation about the sacday,
and without their continued
support, Wreaths Across America
would not exist.”
Those interested in sponsoring
a wreath for Wreaths Across America
are invited to visit the national
Wreaths Across America web page
Across America Day is a free,
non-political, community event
open to all people.
Wreaths Across America is the
for placing veterans’ wreaths on the
headstones of the nation’s fallen
However, the organization, in total,
places more than 1.7 million spon-
ing locations nationwide and offers
other programs throughout the calendar
year. These programs include
The Mobile Education Exhibit and
Wreaths Across America Radio,
among other education programs.
sponsorship goes toward a fresh
balsam veteran’s wreath that will
be placed on the headstone of an
American hero as the group endeavor
to honor all veterans laid to
rest at the Town of Catskill Cemetery
Flu season may further impact Red Cross blood supply
POUGHKEEPSIE – As the
holidays approach and the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention
cases this year, it’s important that
those who are eligible, healthy and
feeling well make an appointment
to donate blood or platelets. The
American Red Cross continues
to address an ongoing emergency
blood shortage, and donors are
urged to give now to combat the
lowest blood supply levels at this
time of year in more than a decade.
es reached an all-time low last year
due to masking, physical distancing
and shutdowns across the country,
and many Americans may have
reduced immunity this year.
When seasonal illness increases,
the number of healthy blood
donors tends to decrease. Paired
with winter weather, busy holiday
schedules and ongoing COVID-19
concerns, the already struggling
blood supply could be further impacted
There is no blood donation
waiting period for those who have
COVID-19 vaccine or booster, so
long as they are symptom-free.
Donors are urged to schedule an
appointment now by using the Red
Cross Blood Donor App, visiting
RedCrossBlood.org or calling
1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-
To encourage donors to help
meet the needs of hospital patients
this month, all who come to donate
zon.com Gift Card by email, thanks
to Amazon. Those who come to
give around the Thanksgiving holiof
Red Cross socks, while supplies
Each Red Cross blood drive and
donation center follows the highest
standards of safety and infection
control, and additional precautions
– including face masks for donors
and staff, regardless of vaccination
status – have been implemented to
help protect the health of all those
in attendance. Donors are asked to
schedule an appointment prior to
arriving at the drive.
The next donation date in
Greene County will be in Ashland
Town of Ashland Ambulance,
12094, Route 23.
There will also be a donation
Episcopal Church Barclay Heights,
32 Church St., Route 9W.
minutes at the blood drive by completing
a RapidPass. With Rapid-
Pass, donors complete the pre-donation
reading and health history
questionnaire online, on the day of
donation, from a mobile device or
To complete a RapidPass, follow
the instructions at RedCross-
Blood.org/RapidPass or use the
Red Cross Blood Donor App.
To donate blood, individuals
need to bring a blood donor card or
driver’s license or two other forms
check-in. Individuals who are 17
parental consent where allowed
by state law), weigh at least 110
pounds and are in generally good
health may be eligible to donate
blood. High school students and
other donors 18 years of age and
younger also must meet certain
height and weight requirements.
By Pat Larsen
This is a very ancient Cherokee tale
told long ago and carried forward to be
retold over and over again.
Its message is one of courage, faith,
trust, strength and love in the face of
many challenges. It is a story of the influences
that “mindset” can have on us.
The metaphors contained within the
story are timeless messengers for all of
us to apply to our own lives in our own
experiences. It is a very special tale that
perhaps you will find inspiring enough
to share with family and friends, especially
the younger people who face so
much adversity as they grow up these
It is my Thanksgiving wish for all of
you to enjoy as we surround ourselves
with gratitude at this time of year.
I am paraphrasing this story as it was
told to me.
The story of the two wolves features
two characters: a grandfather and his
grandson. The grandfather explains to
his grandson that there are two wolves
fighting within him, which is a metaphor
for his inner sense of conflict. The conversation
between two goes like this:
“I have a fight going on in me,” the
old man said. “It’s taking place between
two wolves. One is evil — these qualities
are anger, envy, sorrow, regret,
greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment,
inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority
“The other wolf embodies positive
emotions — joy, peace, love, hope, serenity,
humility, kindness, benevolence,
empathy, generosity, truth, compassion
“Both wolves are fighting to the
death,” the grandfather said. “The same
fight is going on in every one of us.”
The grandson took a moment to reflect
on what his grandfather had said
about the two wolves.
He then asked his grandfather,
“Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee gave a simple reply:
“The one you feed!”
This parable serves as a powerful reminder
of the fight inside that every human
being must face. Regardless of the
life you lead or the person you are, you
will find yourself battling two conflicting
emotions at some point in your life.
It’s then important to learn the lessons
contained within this story so that
you will make the rightful choice of
which one to feed.
The final message is to feed the values
and choices that matter most.
One of the most important lessons
story is the fact that you have more power
over your happiness than you think
you do. In this world, it’s easy to get
beaten down by your circumstances. The
more we focus on nourishing those positive
emotions, the less room there will
be for the negative feelings.
fluence on the outcome of the situations
that present themselves during your life.
Feeding the positive thoughts in your
mind will help you to filter out unpleasant
emotions and lift up your spirits and
those around you.
The grandfather’s wise words remind
everyone that change is possible
and it can be achieved by focusing one’s
thoughts in the right direction.
“Healthy and Fit” is a mindset as
well and can be achieved at any age, regardless
of when you choose to feed that
aspect of yourself with the thoughts of
possibility. It doesn’t matter when you
My fondest wishes for a blessed
Thanksgiving to all.
May this coming holiday season
bring you the blessings of renewal and
faith that together we can do anything.
Pat Larsen is a licensed fitness instructor
certified in hypnotherapy. For
more information call 518-275-8686 or
30th annual Christmas
everyone is getting ready to shop — so stay
close to home and support the local Auxiliary
of the Greenville Volunteer Fire Company.
iary will be hosting its 30th annual Christmas
Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Greenville
fire station at the intersection of Routes
32 and 81.
As in years past, there will be local artisans
with unique “handmade” gifts like winter
hats, scarves, doll clothes, solar lights, Christmas
decorations, animal toys, wooden signs,
candles, soaps, baby items, small pouches,
hand towels, jewelry, gnomes, stuffed animals,
wreaths, wall hangings, lanterns, quilts,
pot holders, sock monkeys, face masks, table
runners, teddy bears and honey. Some crafters
will even take special orders.
The sale is well-known, offering only quality
The Auxiliary will be selling hot dogs,
homemade chili and home baked goodies all
day, but arrive early as they sometimes sell out
Come shop for unique gifts with your family
and friends and support the local Auxiliary
of the Greenville Volunteer Fire Company.
15 different varieties
on the stand
Open 7 Days a Week from 10am-5pm
(518) 731- 6196 • Cty Rt 26, Climax, NY 12042
(1/4 Mile Past Quarry Steakhouse onCounty Route 26. Big red barn on the hill)
Department of Environmental Conservation
Commissioner Basil Seggos
has announced the adoption of
new regulations governing the public
use of Wildlife Management Areas
(WMA) and the simultaneous
repeal of three obsolete area-specific
These regulations will become
effective Jan. 1, 2022.
DEC’s Division of Fish and
several Unique and Multiple Use
Areas across the state. Collectively
known as the WMA system, these
“Visitor use and enjoyment of
DEC’s wildlife management areas
across the state have increased
gos said. “To protect these special
places for future generations and
sustainably welcome visitors, DEC
is updating our rules to ensure the
WMA system continues to meet the
primary goals of conserving wildlife
and providing opportunities to
safely hunt, trap, and appreciate
DEC adopted the new regulations
following a public comment
tions include provisions to:
• Restrict the use of motor vehicles
and some motorized equipment,
such as chainsaws, in WMAs.
Snowmobiles will be allowed on
designated routes covered by a minimum
of three inches of snow or ice
and only from the close of the regular
big game hunting season until
March 31. This measure will help
prevent the degradation of trails and
habitat, particularly during winter
and spring thaws.
• Prevent the introduction of
aquatic invasive species.
arms other than for hunting or trapping
to designated areas. Only paper
targets will be allowed.
• Restrict the use of boats to
electric or non-powered boats.
Boats may not be stored or anchored
overnight on WMAs.
• Require that dogs be kept on
a leash and under control. Exceptions
include when dogs are being
legally used for hunting, training
for hunting on lands designated as
dog-training areas during training
seasons, or when participating in a
WMAs should always be aware
of the rules governing the WMA.
Each WMA has a webpage that lists
featured activities, available faciland
a map of the area.
annual Troy Turkey Trot, presented by Pioneer.
donation in return for supplying the event
“Although the Trot drew 41% of its
anniversary on Thanksgiving morning,
The Trot is the nation’s 12th oldest road
race and attracts thousands of runners and
spectators to historic Troy for the Capital
Region’s largest Thanksgiving Day road
A signature event of the Collar City’s
holiday festivities, the Trot begins at 8 a.m.
with the Capital Region’s only Thanksgiving
Day 10K. The 10K course will close at
9:30 a.m. to facilitate the start of the Grade
School Mile and Turkey Walk at 9:30 a.m.
said Troy Mayor Patrick Madden. “We
hope Trotters’ giving spirit continues this
year as the event returns to in-person this
Thanksgiving. This year’s fundraising goal
of $20,000 will help support these organizations
that play a vital role feeding hungry
families and providing warm shelter to
homeless men, women and children.”
For those looking to stretch out their
muscles before their event takes place,
Choice Physical Therapy will offer a series
of warm-up sessions at Fourth Street and
River Street’s Monument Square. Family
members are invited to show their support
by cheering on loved ones.
when six runners entered, the Trot has
grown to become one of America’s largest
road races with more than 7,000 participants,”
said longtime Event Director
George Regan. “It’s important for people
to recognize this event is steeped in history
and tradition and they can experience that
during our anniversary year.”
Besides offering a welcome return to
in-person racing, this year’s Trot will again
feature a virtual option for those concerned
in Class B
By Melanie Lekocevic
PLATTSBURGH — The Greenville boys’ soccer team fell
The team lost a 2-1 heartbreaker in penalty kicks, but the
season had the entire community cheering on the Spartans.
“Greenville loses to Beekmantown in PKs,” according to a
statement on the district website. “Our hearts break for our boys.
Amazing season, boys. The Greenville community is proud of
post-season with a 20-1 record. The team won the Patroon Conference
and Section II Class B championships, and were ranked
second in the state in Class B.
One week prior, the Spartans earned a Section 2 Class B title
by defeating Mechanicville.
The state regional game, played at Plattsburgh High School,
was a nail biter, with Greenville and Beekmantown tied 1-1 at
The two regulation play scores came from Greenville’s Caleb
Motta, with an assist by Cole Flannery, and Beekmantown’s
half. Mosley tied up the game with a goal with 23:39 left in
regulation play. After the regulation play clock wound down, the
game moved into double overtime, where the score remained
snarled at 1-1.
The contest moved into penalty kicks, where Beekmantown
edged the Spartans 4-3 in the overtime shootout.
In the sixth round of penalty kicks, Beekmantown’s Rocco
Golden blocked a shot from Greenville’s Joseph Davis, locking
ries for the Spartans.
where they were scheduled at press time to face off against
about being around others or who plan to
be away. Virtual participants will use a custom
mobile app, which allows them to race
with others in real time, regardless of their
Last year, 14 other Troy communities
cials from Troy, Kansas; Troy, Michigan;
and Troy, Illinois took advantage of the
app during the event’s three-day virtual
Fall recreation is fun and exciting,
but can also be challenging and
partment of Environmental Conservation
Whether you’re going hiking,
with a list of 10 essentials, guidance
on what to wear, and tips for
planning your trip with safety and
sustainability in mind.
Wear proper gear and attire, including
sturdy, comfortable boots:
• Moisture-wicking synthetic
fabrics that keep your skin dry and
help regulate your body temperature
in both cold and warm weather
— avoid cotton as it holds moisture.
• Layered clothing is recommended
even for summer hikes.
• Light-colored clothing, which
will make it easier to see ticks.
• Waterproof, sturdy, and comfortable
shoes or boots.
• A watch or other time-keeping
• Trekking poles will reduce leg
fatigue and joint pain.
• Snowshoes and traction devices
in the winter.
While registering online, participants
are encouraged to donate to the event’s two
main charities, the Regional Food Bank
viate homelessness in the Capital Region.
its participating in the event’s Volunteer
Incentive Recruitment Program, an initiative
in which local charities receive a cash
Carry these essentials in a day
pack on all hikes for a safe and enjoyable
pass, GPS system, extra batteries.
• Insulation/rain gear: Waterproof/windproof
gloves, thermal undergarments
(pack extra), wool socks (pack extra),
goggles and a face mask for
lanterns, extra batteries.
• First aid supplies: Use a premade
kit or build your own.
• Emergency kit: Whistle, signal
mirror, duct tape, pocket knife/
multi-tool, bright-colored cloth
• Fire: Matches in a waterproof
tein and high-calorie items, pack
extra food and in the winter, break
food into small pieces and pack in
the center of your pack to avoid
• Water: Pack at least 2 liters per
person, carry more than you think
tion or purifying system, and in the
winter, insulate your hydro-tubing
or pack water in the center of your
a.m. (Grade School Mile/Turkey Walk),
Free event parking is available at a
number of Front and River Street parking
lots. A comprehensive map of Troy parking
lots can be found at troyny.gov/parking.
keyTrot.com via ChronoTrack Live and
will also be posted at the awards tent. A
available online at TroyTurkeyTrot.com/
results by 3 p.m.
For more information or to register, visit
DEC: Stay safe during
pack to avoid freezing.
• Sun and insect protection:
Sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, bug repellent,
a bug net.
• Emergency shelter: Tent,
space blanket, tarp.
One extra thing to be cautious
about this time of the year — wet
As foliage season nears an end,
many trees have shed their leaves
onto trails below. While the crunch
and swish of dry leaves on the trail
is a signature sound of fall, wet
leaves can be a hazard for hikers
When freshly fallen leaves get
rained on, they can become very
slippery. They can hinder the traction
of your boot or tire treads and
increase your chances of slipping
and falling. This is especially true
when wet leaves conceal rocks,
roots, or muddy patches.
Avoid injuries from slipping
on wet leaves by taking your time
and stepping carefully. When biking,
slow down at turns. This might
mean your trip takes longer to complete,
so plan accordingly. Wear
sturdy boots and use bike tires with
substantial treads to increase your
overall traction. Hiking with trek
poles can provide added balance.
By Sarah Trafton, Tobacco-Free Action
Wrestling with nicotine addiction and the
decision to quit smoking is no small task. On
average, quitting may take 8-11 attempts before
a smoker successfully breaks the habit.
The support of family and friends, as well
as a health care provider, increase a smoker’s
chances of quitting. In fact, those that seek
help from their physician double or even triple
With Thanksgiving on the horizon, it’s the
perfect time to count your blessings and appreciate
how much quitting smoking has improved
or could improve your life. In addition
to Thanksgiv-ing, the Great American Smoke
The annual ob-servance became a nationwide
event in the 1970s. Each year, the American
Cancer Society en-courages people to start
their journey to a smoke-free lifestyle on the
Whether you’ve already quit, are considering
quitting, or would like to encourage and
support a loved one with their quitting process,
it’s important to remember the immense
State Department of Environmental
Basil Seggos announced
deer and bear in the Southern
DEC encourages hunters to
review new safety regulations
and changes this season that
will enhance their hunting experience.
among the state’s most important
said. “Hunters help to balance
deer and bear populations with
local habitats and land uses
while providing more than 11
million pounds of quality, locally
grown, organic meat to
sustain families. With more op-
ers to continue practicing the
key tenets of hunter safety for
a safe and enjoyable time outdoors.”
20 through Dec. 12.
The Southern Zone regular
most popular hunting season,
ers participate. Harvest during
this season accounts for nearly
The average life expectancy for smokers
is 10 years shorter than for nonsmokers.
That’s another decade you get to spend with
your friends and family. Twenty minutes after
your last cigarette, your heart rate returns
to normal and over time, your risk of heart
attack, heart disease, stroke and 12 types of
cancer is greatly reduced.
ings, such as drinking more water, exercising
and avoid-ing caffeine and alcohol, will contribute
to your overall health and well-being.
Smoking wrinkles your skin, yellows
your teeth and stains your nails. Quitting
smoking can make you appear younger and
your dentist will thank you. People who feel
insecure about their teeth often avoid smiling,
a behavior that releases endorphins and can
worry about the lingering smell of cigarettes
on your clothes, in your car or in your home.
Smoking a pack per day means spending
about $2,292 per year. That’s $2,000
that you could put toward a vacation — and
this doesn’t even include medical costs from
smoking-related illnesses. Smoking weakens
your immune system, and smokers are more
likely to have respiratory infec-tions.
statewide bear harvest.
Following the regular deer
and bear seasons in the Southern
Zone, late bowhunting and
muzzleloading seasons run from
Dec. 13 through Dec. 21, and
latter of which is an extension
from past years. Hunters taking
part in these special seasons
must possess a hunting license
and either bowhunting or muzzleloading
regular deer and bear hunting
season opened Oct. 23 and closincludes
the Adirondacks, Tug
Hill Plateau, Eastern Lake Ontario
Plain, and the Champlain
and St. Lawrence valleys. A late
bowhunting and muzzleloading
season for deer will be open in
13-year-old hunters can hunt
companied by a licensed, experienced
adult in counties that
“opted in” to the pilot program.
State Legislature through 2023,
this pilot program applies only
to upstate counties that choose
to participate. The program does
not apply to Westchester or Suffolk
counties; Erie and Rockland
counties did not opt in to
upstate counties opted in.
Also new, DEC extended the
daily hunting hours to run from
30 minutes before sunrise until
30 minutes after sunset, allowing
hunters to utilize the full
daylight period. Hunters should
check the sunrise and sunset
times before hunting each day.
All hunters pursuing deer
ing, either a hat, vest, or jacket
safety record, but this change
will make hunting even safer.
Hunters are reminded to folsafety:
• Point your gun in a safe direction;
• Treat every gun as if it were
• Be sure of your target and
trigger until ready to shoot.
When hunting in tree stands,
hunters are advised to use a safety
harness and a climbing belt,
as most tree-stand accidents occur
when hunters are climbing
in and out of the stand. Also,
hunters should never climb in or
Smoking affects your sense of taste and
smell. Why not enjoy Thanksgiving dinner to
quality time with family and be more engaged
in holiday fes-tivities without having
to step outside for a smoke. If you’re hosting
this holiday season, your home will be more
inviting and healthier for guests without the
ier knowing you are not exposing your loved
ones or pets to secondhand smoke — plus
smokers are more likely to snore.
Writing down your reasons for quitting
and reminding yourself of them often can
help keep you focused on your goal.
Similar to how keeping a gratitude journal
ing your-self of your reasons can help you
navigate through your cravings and triggers.
It’s also important to celebrate your milestones—whether
you made it through your
month or year.
matter what date you pick, or how many
times you’ve tried, you can quit on your own
terms, for your own reasons, with the support
and methods that work for you.
Firearms season for deer, bear hunting begins
out of a tree stand with a loaded
Bucks Go and Watch Them
see and take more older bucks
than ever before. Older deer
have larger antlers and yield
more meat, vocalize more, and
create more rubs and scrapes.
Chronic Wasting Disease
(CWD) continues to spread in
other states, and hunters can
introduced, CWD could spread
rapidly and be practically impossible
to eliminate once established.
Hunters can help pro-
CWD by following these tips:
• If hunting any type of deer,
elk, moose, or caribou outside
mal before bringing it back. See
CWD Regulations for Hunters.
illegally imported carcasses and
• Do not use deer-urinebased
lures or attractant scents,
as these could contain infectious
material. Choose synthetic lures
• Dispose of carcass waste in
In addition to enlisting the support of your
friends, family and health care provider, you
can also receive free support by calling the
dential counseling via telephone, chat box or
text, as well as free nic-otine patches.
BecomeAnEx is a free online quit service
that allows you to create a customized quit
plan, pro-vides text message support, interactive
guides and tools, tips and advice, and
connects you to a community of other people
on their quit journey. Visit becomeanex.org to
For youth looking to quit vaping, “This is
Quitting” is a free and anonymous text messaging
ser-vice tailored to teens and young
adults. To join, text DITCHVAPE to 88709.
For a full list of resources, visit our website
The Healthcare Consortium is a local
charitable organization with a mission of improving
access to healthcare and supporting
the health and well-being of the residents in
our rural community. The agency is located at
mation: visit www.columbiahealthnet.org or
• Report any deer that appears
sick or acting abnormally;
• Hunt only wild deer and
support fair chase hunting principles.
The outbreak of epizootic
hemorrhagic disease (EHD) that
will impact the experiences of
hunters in the hardest hit areas.
EHD is a viral disease caused
by a biting midge that affects
deer but is not infectious to humans.
The outbreak ends when
had its fourth and largest EHD
outbreak this summer, with
about 2,000 dead deer reported.
The hardest hit areas were
in eastern Ulster, western
Dutchess, and western Columbia
counties. The disease does
not affect deer populations uniformly,
and hunters may see
variable impacts with few deer
on some properties hit hard by
EHD and plenty of deer elsewhere.
DEC will continue to monitor
the impact of EHD through
the hunting season and make
any necessary management adjustments
By Bob Beyfuss
I hope you escaped some of
parts of the region experienced
in recent days.
event recently dumped as much
the higher elevations of the
Catskills. My rain gauge only
by Tuesday afternoon. I would
guess another inch fell at my
house that did not get recorded.
Heavy rains such as this are
more easily absorbed by the
rapidly growing foliage during
mid-summer, but by now, leaf
growth and evapotranspiration
rates have slowed to a standstill.
The result is saturated soils that
I always worry that Prattsville,
in Greene County, will
once more be washed away,
as was the case when Tropical
Storm Irene dumped about 20
inches of rain in 24 hours. As of
yesterday, the Schoharie Creek
had not reached the street level.
The “Beyfuss Brook,” aka
the drainage ditch across the
road from my house, turned
into a raging river that would
have easily swept a car away
or drowned anyone who fell in
it. Fortunately, after my road
washed out earlier this summer,
the local highway department
installed more culverts and they
seemed to do their job. Kudos to
the highway guys once again.
I did not think I would ever
say this, but I have to admit
that this year’s fall color display
has been a bit disappointing
so far. In order to develop
the intense and brilliant hues
of shades of yellow, orange and
gold produced by certain speand
carotene, it is critical for
the chlorophyll pigment to disappear
masks these pigments, which
have been present in the leaves
all season long. Chlorophyll
degradation only happens when
the plant shuts down water to
the chloroplasts, which is where
the pigment is produced. Cold
weather, particularly hard freezes,
trigger this process most
quickly. This fall, we have yet
to receive a single hard freeze,
at press time, even at higher elevations
in the Catskills.
I don’t think leafspot diseases,
which were very common
this wet summer, have much to
do with this, but anything that
causes premature leaf drop is
always a factor. The golden color
of sugar maple, our predominant
tree species in the region,
has appeared muted due to lingering
chlorophyll in the leaves.
It is certainly visible, but not as
brilliant as we would like.
It is not only the yellow colors
that are muted, but other pigments,
which are responsible for
the red, purple and deep maroon
shades, require sunlight to fully
develop. These chemicals are
produced in the fall (for reasons
no one understands) and are not
present all season long. This fall
has been pretty cloudy, except
when it has been pouring rain.
So the combination of warm,
cloudy or rainy days and night
temperatures above freezing
are the main reasons why it has
been a bit disappointing. But I
did say “so far.” Different tree
species develop their fall colors
at different times of the fall.
Maples and hickories, sumac,
birch, aspen, (poplar), hop hornbeam,
black locust and ash are
red oak and beech are the last.
These two major species are
still pretty green in most locations
and they will eventually
turn red and golden yellow.
Beech in particular is usually
the last tree species to turn and
by the time that happens, we often
have had enough frost and
subsequent leaf loss to make the
change less noticeable. Beech
trees continue to photosynthesize
quite late in the fall, provided
there is adequate soil moisture.
There is certainly plenty of
soil moisture available.
I am noticing some particularly
vivid fall color on beech
right now that we don’t usually
see, and the oaks are yet to
come in many locations. Beech
leaves sometimes go from green
to brown, to gone, in a hurry, but
this year I am observing some
lovely shades of rusty, yellow
So, if it ever stops raining,
and some sunny days, I think we
will be treated to a later season
of fall color than “normal.”
I expect that some of the
beech and oak leaves will linger
until Thanksgiving this year, especially
in the valley towns.
To quote a line from the song
“My Little Town,” by Paul Simon,
“It’s not that the colors are
black, it’s just imagination they
Reach Bob Beyfuss at
By Toby Moore
When my dad told me four
years ago he was going to be a
syndicated columnist, I gave it
that he could do anything he
I didn’t know much about his
column. He was calling it “Positively
Speaking!” and it was
about having a positive mindset.
That was nothing new to me; as
far back as I can remember, he
promoted thinking positively.
He was a motivational speaker
for a time.
I was a busy kid and was involved
in many different sports.
Whenever my dad drove me to
practice, he’d pop in a cassette
tape or a CD, and we listened to
Zig Ziglar, Tony Robbins, Jim
I would’ve rather listened to
Ten years from now
some ‘80’s hair bands instead. I
pretended not to hear, but I was
As I grew older, I began to
listen to them myself. In college,
I was reading the books
I’d heard about in the car with
He was a big thinker — he
taught me that anything was
possible as long as I believed
and worked hard.
It’s been three months since
he passed away. He always kept
a positive attitude about dying.
If you were a fan of his columns,
you probably remember that he
didn’t accept that he would die
soon. He planned on living a
few years longer.
About 10 days before he
died, he asked me to continue
writing his column on his behalf.
It wasn’t something I envisioned
myself doing. I was apprehensive,
but how do you tell
your dying father no?
who all of his contacts were with
the newspapers. By the time I
tinue the column, he didn’t have
the energy to teach me how to
get it to the editors every week.
Sometimes I post links to
his old columns on social media.
They consistently receive
many more likes than mine.
If you were a fan of my dad’s
few, you probably thought to
yourself, “This kid doesn’t have
anywhere to go but up!”
I’ve enjoyed getting to know
a couple of his old friends
through this process. Lynda,
with a “y,” is of great encouragement;
she will laugh when
she reads that! Hi Lynda!
Another is a lady named Judith.
I thought she was an editor
ple of weeks. She emailed me
about how to be a better writer.
She gave great advice; after
was a writing friend of my dad’s
and not a newspaper editor. She
and my father shared a love for
Judith recently recommended
I write a column about how
my dad might have been if he
lived another 10 years.
That’s a tricky thing to write.
He was very excited about
the company we started, Cubestream.
He and our partner Ted
helped to develop it from the
beginning. He had big plans to
make it an international company.
We would have gone on a
couple of family road trips. We
planned on doing one earlier
this year, but he was too sick.
He wanted to go out west to see
the mountains and the buffalo
like we did when I was young.
He would’ve enjoyed seeing
his two grandsons, Caleb
school — they were everything
He may have even started
lifting weights again. When I
was a child, he was a big weightlifter
and was very strong.
As he grew older and became
more affectionate, he made sure
to let us know how much he
ly wrote emails to my two siblings
and me telling us things
about his life we never knew to
help us understand him better.
It’s hard to say all the things
he might have done if he lived
another 10 years, but one thing I
do know — he would have continued
to be more loving, affectionate
Love you, Dad.
Toby Moore is a columnist,
the star of Emmy-nominated “A
Separate Peace,” and the CEO
of Cubestream Inc.
by Dick Brooks
By Dick Brooks
My biological clock has recently
clicked onto fall. I have
my annual dose of what I refer
to as “Squirrel Syndrome.”
I get this anxious feeling
deep down in the parts of me
where the ancient animal lives
and I start to scurry around the
property trying to get all the
jobs I wanted to get accomplished
during the warm months
done. I have so far resisted the
primal urge to stuff my cheeks
with peanuts while doing this
for fear that the neighbors will
worry, but it’s been hard.
Everywhere I look there
are signs of the “big sleep”
approaching. The gardens are
Transcribed from her diary by
Kathy Saurer Osborne
to Church. Gertrude Joyce Adri-
I went to the Van Alslyne Anat
another place. Called on Lite.
Home to tea. Chuck here later.
washed. I couldn’t hang out the
etc. Did some straightening up.
Girls at school. Sent some letters.
squalls. Went to Westerlo, Gene
1 P.M. Cleaned the cellar a lit-
Thurs. Adam brought us a nice
wilted and what flowers remain
are fading fast, in spite of
the occasional warm weather.
Brown, dried leaves are starting
to collect under some of the
plants and trees. I noticed one
of the deer browsing on some
of our perennials was carrying a
legal pad, probably making out
a winter menu or map of where
the tastier plants can be found
in our gardens. I burned our
copy of “Bambi” recently.
I took a break and sat at the
picnic table and watched one
of my fellow squirrels hopping
from garden to garden, trying to
find seeds or nuts. I didn’t have
the heart to tell him the deer had
already eaten all of them. As often
happens on such occasions,
I had a little ponder.
venison roast. Thank you! Gertrude
at Zerberry’s today. Made
JoAnn came. Gertrude in bed
all day. Had a good time. Chuck
Did cleaning. Girls washed etc.
Crocheted. Chuck here in the
all day. Wind. Did Sat. work.
We once had an impromptu
gathering at a local restaurant.
We had around a dozen old
friends, the combined age of the
group would have totaled over
days and current medical conditions
were the main topics of
conversations. It was really enjoyable.
I looked around the group
and couldn’t help thinking
about my gardens. As a group,
we looked a little wilted and
bowed before the weather. The
time of our big sleep is getting
closer than most of us would
like to admit. However, just as
when a garden is at rest during
the winter, life can be found
with a little digging and warming.
Grandma Mackey’s Diary
1950 life in Medusa
Girls did their work. Ironed
etc. Don had to work today. A
Joyce didn’t go out. Too stormy.
His mother called. He’s staying
here tonite. Joyce got hit by a
skinned. Monday noon.
P.M. Bad storm, Rev Starr had
no sleep, helping over at Mitchel
Hollow. Chuck went home
gone to the Movies tonite. They
have no electric.
put away. Finished Joyce’s
white scarf. Girls at the Mov-
It was comforting to find the
signs of life in our little group
— the eyes still sparkled, the
smiles and laughter came easily
and often. A shared memory
would shed the white hair and
wrinkles and 30 or 40 years
would slip away and we were
young again, excited by our
journey down life’s dusty road.
Just as I have faith that my
gardens will bloom again in the
spring, it’s pretty easy at times
like this to have the faith that
my friends will bloom again in
a garden further down the path.
The hopping little gray
squirrel drew me out of ponder
mode when he hopped close to
the picnic table, having seen
no movement to frighten him. I
wished him well, which scared
odd jobs. Fixed drawers etc.
with Don. Joyce phoned she got
$93 for her bump by the car. (Dr
Cloudy. Light snow. Washed
the kitchen windows. Bad time!
one for Adrienne. War news in
Korea bad, bad, bad!
Gertrude went to Chris
Home by 2 P.M. Had a nice
the she-bangs out of him, and
he flew up the nearby maple
tree and proceeded to tell me in
an angry voice what he thought
of my intrusion into his search
The idea of lunch reminded
me that snack time was rapidly
approaching. I reluctantly left
the sun-warmed picnic table
and the irate squirrel and retreated
to the peace and quiet of
the refrigerator. One must keep
their strength up.
Thought for the week —
“Experience is something you
don’t get until just after you
need it.” — Olivier
Until next week, may you
and yours be happy and well.
Reach Dick Brooks at Whittle12124@yahoo.com.
time. Mrs. Ketchem brought
her back. Children out learning
Christmas Carols. Carl on his
way to Japan.
Friday, Dec. 1: Cloudy.
Joyce came with Don. The girls
went to the dance with Dave.
Joyce went too. HB, HA KE
Saturday, Dec. 2: Did nec-
Hill for groceries in the late
school auditorium in the eve-
Very nice program.
DEC: 230K pounds of pesticides, chemical waste collected
ronmental Conservation Commissioner
Basil Seggos announced the collection of
230,000 pounds of pesticides and chemthis
the week of May 10, included counties
in the Hudson Valley (DEC Region 3),
and the second event was held during the
week of Oct. 11, and included counties
in the Capital Region (DEC’s Region 4).
helps promote healthy and sustainable
communities by providing opportunities
for proper disposal of unwanted and/or
obsolete pesticides and other chemicals.
forts to protect public health and our environment
it’s critical to remove excess
pesticides and other chemical wastes
Seggos said. “We are pleased that so
many farmers, businesses and institusafely
removing potential hazards from
ical wastes from 89 participants in Ulster,
Sullivan, Orange, Rockland, Dutchess,
Putnam and Westchester counties.
ticipants in Albany, Columbia, Delaware,
Greene, Montgomery, Otsego, Rensselaer,
Schenectady and Schoharie counties.
DEC employees visited four sites for
the collection of waste chemicals unsafe
to transport due to the poor condition
of pesticide containers and storage areas.
DEC also facilitated safe disposal
handling and transporting waste chemicals
to collection locations.
DEC schedules and organizes Cleanportation.
Collection events were held at
multiple DOT facilities.
The 2021 events mark the 29th and
30th collection events administered by
inception in 2002. The program has resulted
in the collection of more 2 million
plastic pesticide containers, including
pesticide drums, which would otherwise
collected and properly recycled.
The program is endorsed by Cornell
Cooperative Extension, the Agricultural
Container Recycling Council, Soil and
to agricultural and non-agricultural professional
pesticide applicators, schools,
and certain businesses that use pesticides
such as golf courses, cemeteries,
and marinas. Homeowners cannot participate,
but information about reducing
household hazardous waste is available
on DEC’s website.
For more information visit www.
Alzheimer’s Association virtual programs
December virtual programs.
Registration is required.
RSVP at alz.org.CRF, via the
24/7 helpline at 800-272-3900 or
trants will receive a video conference
link to access and can sign
in as a guest to enter the virtual
vember and December include:
• Dementia Conversations
presented in partnership with
• Meaningful Engagements:
Activities at Home at 3:30 p.m.
• Practical Strategies to Support
Personal Care and Dementia-Related
Behaviors at 4 p.m.
• Dementia Conversations:
Financial Planning at noon Dec.
• Effective Communication
• Understanding Alzheimer’s
tor: Understanding the Warning
Signs and Diagnostic Process at 4
p.m. Dec. 9.
• Living with Alzheimer’s for
• Legal and Financial Planning
presented in partnership
with Herzog Law Firm at 2 p.m.
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By Mary Lou Nahas
In the last Oak Hill and Vicinity
column, I wrote about the early
general stores in Durham, Oak Hill,
Cornwallville, Potter Hollow and
East Windham. Today I want to
continue the story with information
about those in East Durham and
listed Bagley and Rickerson dealers
in Dry Goods, Groceries, Boots,
Shoes, Patent Medicine and General
According to the map, the business
seems to have been located
pretty much where Furlong’s East is
as being there. Some have said it
served as a stop on the Catskill Canajoharie
H. Bagley is shown as having
the house next door. I don’t know
who H. Bagley was, but Bagley
families moved here from Amesbury,
Massachusetts. Cutting Bag-
1784, his son Thomas, a veteran of
the War of 1812, and John Bagley,
a Revolutionary War soldier, also
If someone knows the history
of this early store or more about H.
Bagley, I hope they will contact me.
The Baptist church, built about
is a photo of the church and street
in “Picturesque Catskills” by Lionel
DeLisser that does not show the
side of the road that the store was
on, but we have some sense of the
what the early community was like.
There were likely other stores in
the 1800s, but Lawyers and Tubbs
were the 1900s ones many people
Both the Lawyer and Tubbs
families moved to East Durham
had been grocers. They were the
grandsons of Irish immigrants, so
ceipts from 1903 show that C.D.
Tubbs was a dealer in choice groceries
and provisions, paints, oils,
varnish. Seneca Elliott, of Shady
sold teas, coffees, sugar and spices
and had a telephone connection. On
dozen eggs for $3.40.
The original Lawyer’s store was
in what was later Mooney’s, but
it later moved down to Lawyer’s
Hall. Loretta Lounsbury, who lives
in Oak Hill today, remembers that
Lawyer’s was on one end of East
Durham and Tubbs was on the other.
the Shamrock House, commented
there was no competition in those
days, people just lived and worked
together as members of the community.
That attitude is illustrated by
the picture of the Catskill Mountain
Hotshots, which Kevin Ferguson
included in his book, “Dancing at
the Crossroads,” a band that included
Stanley Lawyer (drums), Millard
(sax) and Lyman Tubbs (banjo).
Lawyer’s was also the place
where the East Durham Volunteer
Company was organized: “In East
Durham on September 23, 1927,
a small group of ‘public spirited
men,’ realizing that the village
lic meeting at Lawyer’s Hall. Exactly
four months to the day, after
Volunteer Company had been organized,
incorporated, a Hose House
erected and a Pumper installed. On
October 14, 1927, the following
Utter, president; John Lawyer, vice
president; H.B. Tubbs, secretary;
W.A. Fox, treasurer; B.G. Snyder,
chief; M.J. Coventry, assistant
chief; George Williams Sr., Millard
Tubbs, and Daniel Ahern, trustees.
People today have warm
memories of both stores. Loretta
Lounsbury remembers that Mr.
had a big yellow angora cat that
was always on the counter. I think
both of his sons were in the store,
Stanley and Raymond. I know Ray
was on the Durham school board,
Tubbs, which later became
Reynolds, was down across from
Furlong’s. One resident remembered:
Ken Tubbs owned/ran the
store for many years, and his dad
helped out a lot. The dad, whom
everyone called “Old Man Tubbs,”
lived upstairs over the store and Ken
and his wife lived next door. Assessment
records from 1931 show
“Tubbs, Harry store East Durham
valued at 1100; Tubbs House and
lot East Durham at 800.”
Reynolds was still there into the
late ‘70s or so, Kitty Kelly remembered.
“Reynolds was over the top
of the creek across from Mooney’s.
Reynolds.” Melinda Merritt King
remembers walking to that post ofif
she had mail from her friends.
Geri Moran remembered:
“There was a phone booth there in
I went to make a call and a whopping
$10 in coins spilled out of the
phone. I actually called the operator
and asked her what to do with it all
(a fortune then) and she said, ‘Oh,
keep it hon, you probably need it
more than the phone company.’ I
Reynolds: “What memories! We
would walk to town from Hervey
walk home! Then when I was old
Kevin Weis Sr. said: “I remember
Bazooka gum for a penny and
asking the owner if I could climb up
the metal pole at checkout.” Dale
Handel replied: “Ten cents and you
had a pocket full of Bazooka gum
and the comics were fun.”
Sadly, the Tubbs/Reynolds
building is no longer there. There
is still a Lawyer’s store in East
Durham, but it is no longer run by
the Lawyers, although members of
the family still do live in the town
According to the book “People
Made It Happen Here,” Preston
was named for Dr. Samuel Preston,
who emigrated from Connecticut
and settled there about 1789.
An early map shows H.T. Devereux
and H. Haynes both listed as
dealers in General Merchandise. “In
the early days, every little cluster of
homes needed the services of the
‘country store.’ Most families did
not even have a horse and wagon
to go from hamlet to hamlet.” As
early as 1828, Robert W. Murphy
had a general merchandise store
store in Preston Hollow.”
“People Made It Happen Here”
is a wonderful collection of quotations
from early newspapers and
books and a collection of memories
from residents who lived in the
town of Rensselaerville. Sometimes
it is hard for me to merge all the
memories into one consistent story,
but the store most can remember
today was Elsbree. “In 1893, W.P.
Elsbree built a store and house. This
was passed down to his son Bayard.
The next owners were Harold Stedman,
Franklin Clapper, Charles
Radick, and Henry Theiss.”
Advertisements Elsbree was
running in the Oak Hill Record give
us a clearer picture of their merchandise
and philosophy: “A word
about Ready Made Clothing — we
are receiving new goods nearly every
week — impossible to tell you
about them all. It will be to your
interest to look through our stock
before purchasing. All goods are
will speak for themselves. Men’s
Dark Suits at 3.00. Men’s black
allowed to inspect with your spectacles
on if you wish. Large assortment
of children’s goods. Gents’
There is no longer a general
store in Preston Hollow, however
the Elsbree building still stands.
By Mary Schoepe
Have you ever had trouble
driving to a familiar place, or
organizing a grocery list? Do
you sometimes forget appointments,
names or other important
facts? Have you ever walked
into a room and forgotten why
you went in there?
If you answered “yes” to
these questions like I did,
you’re not alone. According to
recent statistics, more than a
half a million Americans will
die from Alzheimer’s disease
this year, making it the third
leading cause of death.
My grandfather passed away
from Alzheimer’s disease when
I was in my early twenties. He
was a hard-working, blue-collar
man who loved his wife and
and a cold Rheingold beer. Over
the years, his mental health declined
and it was hard to watch
(and a bit scary) him go from an
intelligent person to one who
didn’t recognize friends or family.
What scares me is thinking
that I may end up with the same
fate as my grandfather.
In his bestselling book,
“Grain Brain,” David Perlmutter,
M.D., a leading neurologist,
states that “Alzheimer’s
is preventable through proper
diet. Diets that are high in sugar
and carbohydrates and low in
fat are devastating to the brain.
And now Mayo Clinic research
reveals that diets rich
in carbohydrates are associated
with an 89% increased risk for
dementia, while diets rich in
healthy fats are associated with
a 44% reduced risk.
If you have a family history
of Alzheimer’s or you’re worried
it might happen to you as
you age, cheer up. One of the
best things you can do is to
make simple lifestyle changes.
Here’s a rundown of diet-related
strategies you can start using
Most people don’t realize
the trillions of bacteria in their
gut have a major influence on
creating health or disease. Renowned
psychiatrist Dr. Kelly
Brogan and other health experts
have begun prescribing a
whole-foods diet rich in probiotics
to help people with anxiety,
depression and other mental
illnesses. Adding fermented
foods to your diet that are naturally
rich in friendly gut bacteria
or a probiotic supplement
is the easiest way to recolonize
your gut with friendly bacteria.
fact, 70% of it is fat! Omega-3
fats help prevent cell damage
caused by Alzheimer’s disease
by slowing down its progression
and lowering your risk for
the developing it.
Vitamin D is imperative
for proper functioning of your
immune system to combat inflammation
that is associated
with Alzheimer’s. Experts recommend
getting between 1,000
and 4,000 IU daily for optimal
brain and immune function.
And finally, research shows
that exercise, particularly exercise
that gets your heart rate
up, increases the size of your
hippocampus — your brain’s
memory center. Exercise triggers
a change in the way the
amyloid precursor protein is
metabolized, which slows down
the onset of Alzheimer’s.
Losing your memory isn’t a
part of the “normal” aging process
and is entirely preventable
through supplementation, dietary
and lifestyle changes.
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know exactly where the needs are,
how to help or what the needs are,
and CarePortal will really simplify
that process,” Flach said. “It
goes into the system, it goes out
to the churches, and the churches
calls to Child Protective Services
in Greene County, Flach said, and
those are families that could be
helped through CarePortal.
There are essentially four situations
in which the platform
can help, Flach said — to help
prevent a child from entering
the foster care system; to stabilize
biological, foster or adoptive
families and kinship placements;
ological family; or to help youth
who are aging out of foster care
begin their new life.
Assistance can range from
providing beds or bedding to purchasing
diapers or baby wipes, replacing
a broken door or window,
For one family in Albany
County, help meant four new
beds for the mom and her three
children with autism.
“The four of them were sharis
very common in communities
all around us,” Flach said. “That
is the number one need throughout
the portal, not only locally but
nationwide. So when the churches
showed up that day, that family
of four each had their own bed.”
Eight churches in Greene
County had signed up to participate
in CarePortal as of the
launch date — Gospel Community
Church in Coxsackie, Lighthouse
Church in Athens, Rock
Solid Church in Hudson — which
will meet the needs of families in
Greene County, Full Life Church
in Catskill, the United Methodist
Churches in Catskill and Palenville,
and St. Patrick’s Church
of Catskill and Athens. All have
been enrolled and trained to work
with the portal, and it is hoped
more will join, Flach said.
“An ongoing goal of Justice
for Orphans is to continue to enroll
churches to utilize the platform,”
CarePortal’s launch in Greene
request and response — a single
mother with no present income
who was diagnosed with COVID
while pregnant with twins, who
also has other health issues, ina
“Her most pressing concern
at this time is the need for diapers
and due to safety concerns
with the two toddlers, mom has
the children cannot jump off an
elevated platform bed and hurt
themselves,” Flach said. “This
results in mom having to get up
her physical limitations in doing
so. Safety rails for the two toddler
beds will assist mom in keeping
the children safe and preventing
her from having to bend over to
After a launch countdown, a
representative from Gospel Comhelp”
button to assist the family
by purchasing diapers and two
bed rails for the toddlers.
The Rev. Bartly Heneghan
from Gospel Community Church
said his church will meet the
needs of that family and others
“We thought it was a great
opportunity to help. People want
to help, but they don’t know what
the needs are,” Heneghan said.
“Case workers identifying the
needs make it a lot easier for us.”
all too well that strokes can happen
to anyone, regardless of age
she was a 38-year-old Burnt Hills
business owner who just didn’t feel
right. On her way to a night out with
a friend, Silver suffered a stroke.
Silver shared her story at the
2021 Go Red for Women Luncheon
in Albany. October 29 was World
“I had been having a headache
and dizziness, and feelings of disorientation,
was diagnosed with
a sinus infection and an ear infection,”
Silver said. “The doctor had
set up a scan, and while I was waiting
for it, I had that sense of impending
doom that you hear about
before an event. On Feb. 23, 2008,
when Christianne called to say we
should go out, I could barely lift my
head. But I agreed to go, and before
we went out, I called all my family
members to tell them I loved them.”
It’s a day that sticks in Silver’s
friend Christianne Smith’s memory,
too. Smith, owner of Designsmith
Studio, is co-chair, with Michele
Kollmer of CAP COM, of the Go
Red for Women Luncheon.
“We were driving to dinner and
Lisa got a phone call from her sister
Jessica,” Smith said. “She called
her Jen, and was quite curt with
me when I corrected her. It’s not
like Lisa to be so abrupt. Her sister
asked to talk to me, and we both
knew Lisa needed to go to Urgent
Silver remembers hearing a
back seat of the car, and when
she tried to tell Smith that she had
an MRI appointment, she said
“UFO” instead. At Urgent Care, she
couldn’t remember Christianne’s
“We’ve been friends for 20
years, and that was terrifying,”
It was a few days until Silver
was diagnosed with a stroke, and
She has moved to Florida to be closer
to family, and is able to be active,
kayaking, biking and being outside.
“Strokes can happen to anyone,”
said Dr. Alan Boulos, chair
of neurosurgery at Albany Medical
Center and president of the Capital
Region Board of Directors of the
American Heart Association. “We
all need to know the warning signs
and what to do because you never
know when you’ll need to help
yourself or someone else having a
stroke. Time to treatment is critical
to improving outcomes so we all
must stay vigilant to look for signs
of stroke among our family, friends,
colleagues, and community members.”
Each year approximately
Michael Pirrone, representing
the community of St. Patrick’s
Church of Athens and Catskill,
said CarePortal helps faith-based
groups come to the aid of families
in a way that they need.
“We understand that there are
needs and this provides a more
direct way to meet the needs of
people who are in need,” Pirrone
said. “Instead of doing things
helter skelter, this is a more organized
way to help.”
Kathi Sewak, of Ravena,
has been working with Justice
for Orphans for years. Initially,
the group focused on increasing
awareness of adoption and foster
care, but broadened its focus
when they heard about CarePortal.
most people to consider fostering
cult ask and that’s where we started,
to raise awareness of those
needs, which are still there,”
Sewak said. “But when I learned
about CarePortal, more people
— just about anyone — can get
involved and help. Prevention is
huge — some of these kids don’t
even have to go into foster care
if we can just provide the parents
with the things that they need.”
Helping through CarePortal
is voluntary for churches, and
gives them a simple way to get
involved, Greene County Legislator
Ed Bloomer, R-Athens, said.
“There are needs, people who
need help, and a church might be
quest,” Bloomer said. “This gives
them the opportunity to help —
no one is obligated, no one is
forced, it is strictly volunteer and
it saves a great deal of money. It
is win-win, certainly for the county
and for the people in need.”
shares her story
800,000 people in the U.S. suffer
a stroke. Worldwide, one in four
will suffer a stroke in their lifetime.
Knowing stroke warning signs
and seeking immediate medical
attention can make the difference
between recovery and disability or
The American Stroke Association
encourages people to learn
the acronym F.A.S.T. to help them
remember the warning signs for
stroke. F.A.S.T. stands for:
• Face Drooping – Does one
side of the face droop or is it numb?
Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s
• Arm Weakness – Is one arm
weak or numb? Ask the person to
raise both arms. Does one arm drift
slurred? Is the person unable to
speak or hard to understand? Ask
the person to repeat a simple sentence
like “The sky is blue.”
• Time to Call 911 - If someone
shows any of these symptoms, even
if the symptoms go away, call 911
and get to a hospital immediately.
Check the time so you can tell
emergency responders when the
Research shows that while most
people say they would call 911 in a
stroke emergency, real-world data
or family. Strokes are most treatable
right after they happen. Delaying
getting help often means people
can’t get treatment in time and are
more likely to be disabled or die
from their stroke.
Along with learning stroke
warning signs comes another important
message from the American
Heart Association and American
Stroke Association: Don’t Die of
“If you or someone around you
shows signs of stroke, get it checked
out right away. It’s always better to
err on the side of caution with stroke
signs because you’re losing brain
cells every minute during a stroke,”
said Dr. Boulos. “Remember that
even during a pandemic, hospitals
are still the safest place for you to be
when medical emergencies strike.
Please let us help you—don’t die of
“The Go Red for Women movement
is all about educating people,”
Smith said. “I’m so honored that
Lisa is sharing her story at the Go
Red for Women Luncheon so that
we can save more lives like hers.”
For information or to register for
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HOLIDAY, from page 1
quasi-normalcy as the world continues
to navigate the COVID-19
Last year, the Rotary Club set
up four tall, donated trees in place
sored by community members.
This year residents and businesses
again have the opportunity to sponnature-friendly
decorations such as
ornaments crafted from pinecones,
birdseed ornaments, popcorn, and
cranberries, avoiding non-biodegradables
like ribbons, garland,
plastic and glass.
Trees will be set up around the
gazebo in Veterans Park and in front
of the Greenville Public Library.
Each tree will have a sign in front
of it listing the business’ name or an
“in memory of” inscription.
While Santa and Mrs. Claus did
not appear for the event last year,
they will be part of the festivities on
bo, greeting children from afar.
While in years past every child
had the opportunity to have a photo
with Santa, the Rotarians are not yet
reinstituting that tradition.
“We’re doing the tree lighting,
but we’ve scaled back the Santa
Claus part and all the other things
that we did,” said Debbie Smith,
who chairs the event for the club. “I
know that some children are going
to be disappointed, but we’re just
trying to be careful. We’re hoping
next year that we’ll be back to normal.”
While there won’t be photos,
there will be a toy for each child,
as was the custom in festivals past.
Rotarians will be on the steps of the
gazebo handing out gifts to children
as they pass by waving to Santa and
“We’re excited to be on the road
getting back to normal and to bring
the beauty back to Greenville on the
four corners,” Smith said. “When
you drive by and see all those trees
lit, it’s such a great feeling.”
Another one of the area’s feelgood
events is Cairo’s Holiday Parade
of Lights, hosted by the Cairo
Hose Company and Auxiliary.
Last year, organizers called off
the parade at the last minute.
restrictions, we couldn’t take a
chance,” said Brian Feml, president
of the Cairo Fire Company.
This year, the parade returns.
Street will be ablaze with lights.
All are welcome to participate.
Creatively themed and decorated
vehicles, from automated garbage
Where: Town Gazebo in
Veterans Memorial Park,
Where: Main Street
in Cairo. Participants assemble
at the Hannaford
and Oak, Birch and Cedar
More Info: Contact Bri-
trucks all the way down to golf carts
and four-wheelers will be part of
the lights display. Some years, there
have even been horses adorned
with lights marching in the parade.
“The more lights, the better,”
Participants will be lining up at
the Hannaford and Oak, Birch, and
head down Main Street, turn right
onto Railroad Ave., and then end
Santa will light an over 20-foot
Christmas tree donated by the Cairo
Fire Company, and then three
trophies will be awarded for lights
displays. Santa will go to the Cairo
Public Library after the awards ceremony
so children can come in and
visit with him.
Vendors will be on hand on the
front lawn of the Town Hall and in
the rear of it, as well as on Main
The evening ends around 8 p.m.
sored by the town of Cairo and the
Cairo Hose Company.
Traditionally, the parade has
drawn people from a sizeable radius,
including Earlton, Coxsackie,
Catskill and Kiskatom. Feml encourages
the community to attend.
“They need to get out and get
fresh air,” he said. “It was a tough
VETERAN, from page 1
He is also a life member of the
erans of America and the Sullivan-Teator
Veterans of Foreign
Wars Post 770 in Catskill. Over
the years, he has volunteered for
many veterans’ causes, includ-
east USA Vietnam Veterans
Reunion Association, based in
Andreassen said he was honored
to have been selected as
Greene County Veteran of the
“I want to thank the Honor
A Vet Committee for my selection,”
Andreassen said. “It
certainly was a humbling shot
to me as I feel there are many
veterans who have gone through
much more and are much more
deserving than I who should be
standing behind this podium.
There are many hero veterans
out there that need to be recognized
During the ceremony at The
Historic Catskill Point, members
of Greenville American
Legion Post 291 conducted the
and commendations from the
Delgado, D-19, and state Sen.
Assemblyman Chris Tague,
R-102, presented an Assembly
citation to Andreassen, calling
him “a man who truly exempliand
a good neighbor.”
“Having served our nation
Seabees as equipment operator
second class, as well as an additional
tour in Antarctica, Thomas
has answered the call of duty
several times and served bravely
in defense of our nation and
all of it values and liberties,”
After being honorably discharged
from the military, Andreassen’s
service to his community
continued, Tague said.
“The degree to which he has
served our nation is incredible
enough on its own, but even
after completing his service,
Tom still wanted to do more,”
Tague said. “Ever since, he has
worked non-stop to support our
veterans and do everything he
can to make Greene County the
best place to live and work that
it can be.”
Andreassen was also presented
with citations by Greene
County Legislature Chairman
more; Greene County Veterans
Service Agency Director
Michelle Romalin Deyo; and
Catskill Town Supervisor Dale
Finch, among others.
Greene County Sheriff Peter
Kusminsky paid tribute to Andreassen
for his dedication to
both the military and his community.
“I admire and respect Tom
not only for his distinguished
service as a veteran, but for his
true devotion to his fellow citizens
and his country,” Kusminsky
said. “Tom is a large-thanlife
hero and his picture should
be next to the word ‘patriot’ in
the dictionary. He cares about
his country and is not afraid to
tell it like it is.”
By Dr. Billy Holland
As our spiritual values become
more centered on God, it’s normal
to start looking forward to our eternal
For those who are in Christ,
how exciting it is to know that our
heavenly Father and His Son Jesus,
our loved ones, our new name, our
ship, and crowns and rewards are
all a part of our glorious future.
this world and the only thing we
will take with us when we depart
is an account of how we lived and
loved. How wonderful to know
less praise, everlasting joy, perfect
peace and contentment without
darkness, suffering, worries or sorrow.
It’s true that God loves everyone,
but we will not enter heaven
just because we are good or deserve
it. We are given eternal life when
we repent, confess, believe and
accept by faith that within God’s
grace, the blood of Jesus is the only
price that can pay the ransom for
our sins. Redemption is all about
God’s plan that was accomplished
on the cross.
Listen to these lyrics from the
song “East to the West” by Casting
Crowns: “In the arms of your merfar
the east is from the west... from
one scarred hand to the other.”
I cannot imagine a more optimistic
and exciting thought than
going to heaven and spending an
eternity in God’s presence. For the
Christian, this promise should be
a wellspring of joy reminding us
that our trials cannot be compared
to the glory that awaits us. May we
tape this to our bathroom mirror to
remind us every morning of how
God’s amazing grace provided a
way for us to live with Him forever.
The fundamentals of our salvation
can be basically described as
God’s love intervened as a rescue
mission of mercy in order to save
those who were hopelessly lost.
I Peter 1:3-4 promises, “Blessed
be the God and Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ, who according
to His great mercy has caused us
to be born again to a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus
Christ from the dead, to obtain an
inheritance which is imperishable
away, reserved in heaven for you.”
distractions and for most of us, it’s
exhausting to keep up. As our daily
routines weigh us down with stress
and frustration, it’s important to be
aware of a much higher reality.
If we only consider eternity
when we attend funerals, we are
missing a vital component of our
relationship with God that can keep
us excited and rejuvenated with His
joy and hope.
I’m giving the eulogy for my
aunt this week, and it’s truly going
to be a celebration as we rejoice
that her eternal life is just beginning.
She loved the Lord and always
said that spending time alone
with Him was never intended to be
a last resort but rather a daily privilege.
She was always happy and
loved to laugh. She had her share of
struggles, but we can live in a positive
state of mind and stand strong
in our faith no matter what trials we
are going through as Titus 2:13 reminds
us, “Looking for that blessed
hope and the glorious appearing of
the great God and our Savior Jesus
Do you have a happy place
when facing a crisis? In Psalm
chapter 91, there is actually a secret
place under the shadow of the Al-
His peace and safety. This awareness
of His presence is a state of
mind that can be attained for those
who enjoy having a personal relationship
God desires to abide in the conscience
of His children and this, in
turn, allows Him to be our Lord and
King. Being attentive to His voice
will not come without serious determination.
He must be our highest
priority or the distractions of
this life will slowly turn our eyes
away from His promises.
Many do not realize that as
Christians our allegiance is to King
Jesus and our citizenship has been
transferred from this world to the
spiritual reality of His glorious
eternal kingdom. The concept of
abandoning our independence has
everything to do with trusting His
plans for our lives.
How much does God love you?
How far is the East from the West?
Discover more about the Christian
life at billyhollandministries.
By Thomas Christopher
The title of Robert Kourik’s
new book is “Sustainable
Food Gardens,” a must-have for
those who want to raise their
own food in an environmental-
Solutions” is the subtitle, and
Robert devotes plenty of text
to exposing the former and proposing
I should at this point share
the fact that I have been an admirer
of Robert Kourik’s work
for many years, and that I wrote
the foreword to this book. I do
not benefit financially from its
sales, though I do intend to put
it to work in my garden.
As the spouse of a scientist
and someone trained to seek out
evidence-based solutions, I am
often frustrated by the gardening
media, where opinions readily
pass themselves off as facts
and tradition commonly trumps
science. Robert’s writings are
refreshingly different in this regard.
He’s a dogged researcher,
and an avid reader of horticultural
journals and reports. He’s
not afraid to contradict popular
opinion, although he’s more interested
in getting to the root of
the issue (a special knowledge
of plant roots, incidentally, and
how their habits affect plant
growth and maintenance is one
of Robert’s accomplishments
and the subject of a chapter in
Robert has had his hands
in the soil for a long time. He
started on of the first organic
in this country back in
1974 and he is still experimenting
with new techniques and
testing new methods. He was
a personal friend, for example,
of Bill Mollison, half of the
Australian duo that founded the
Permaculture movement, and
Robert shares insights that he
learned from this sustainable
sustainable vegetable gardening
Robert’s not slow, however,
to depart from Permaculture
dogma when he finds it contradicting
studies or his own experipages
to a largely positive critique
of permaculture, suggesting,
however, ways in which
its teachings may be adjusted
to better reflect the realities of
American suburban gardening.
Robert doesn’t hesitate to
call out his own mistakes as
well. He devotes a full page
of this book to decrying a list
of “dynamic accumulators” he
Dynamic accumulators are
plants that will, through the
action of their roots, bring into
solution and concentrate in
their tissues minerals from the
soil, making them available
ultimately to their less enterprising
neighbors in the garden.
Robert has since come to
question the reliability of his
sources for the original list,
and though he still maintains
the value of the concept, he includes
lists in this present book
based on more reliable research
such as the meticulous work of
the late Dr. James Duke of the
United States Department of
“Sustainable Food Gardens”
is a remarkably comprehensive
guide that will benefit both beginners
and experienced gardeners
alike, taking them from
Soil” (Chapter 4) to “Attracting
Beneficial Insects” (Chapter
11) and “Designing Sustainable
Gardens” (Chapter 12). He has
even included a chapter (Chapter
13) on “Sustainable Garden
Play,” as there should be room
in such a guide for ideas of how
to create children’s games, as
well as a recipe for persimmon
margaritas (as well as many others,
including “mocktails” for
those who prefer their beverages
and play to be alcohol-free).
I don’t always agree with
Robert. For example, he cites
in this book the publications of
Professor Arthur Shapiro of the
University of California, Davis,
which emphasize the beneficial
role that introduced plants
play in hosting butterflies and
caterpillars in suburban California.
This seems to me to be
contradicted by the findings of
ecologists such as Dr. Douglas
Tallamy of the University of
rango of the University of Massachusetts,
Amherst. I respect
the fact, though, that Robert is
not expressing a personal opinion
but rather the peer-reviewed
results of legitimate research.
I would love to listen in on a
debate between the respective
As a paperback book priced
costly purchase, but I believe
pages make it a bargain. If
nothing else, Chapter 8, “Free
Fertilizers,” will quickly save
you back the cover price and
more, while putting your gardening
on a more sustainable,
more environmentally friendly
path. I highly recommend this
book for any gardener’s winter
“Sustainable Food Gardens”
by Robert Kourik, is published
by Metamorphic Press, Santa
Rosa, California, and distributed
by Chelsea Green Publishing,
Inc. To listen to a conversation
with Robert Kourik, log
onto the Berkshire Botanical
Garden’s “Growing Greener”
podcast at www.thomaschristophergardens.com.
Be-a-Better-Gardener is a
community service of Berkshire
Botanical Garden, located in
Stockbridge, MA. Its mission, to
provide knowledge of gardening
and the environment through
a diverse range of classes and
programs, informs and inspires
thousands of students and visitors
each year. Thomas Christopher
is a volunteer at Berkshire
Botanical Garden and is the author
or co-author of more than
a dozen books, including Nature
into Art and The Gardens
of Wave Hill (Timber Press,
2019). He is the 2021 Garden
Club of America’s National
Medalist for Literature, a distinction
reserved to recognize
those who have left a profound
and lasting impact on issues
that are most important to the
GCA. Tom’s companion broadcast
to this column, Growing
Greener, streams on WESUFM.
org, Pacifica Radio and NPR
and is available at his website,
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