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COVID-19 Durham, death toll Cairo

could reach groups 240,000 win county

See page 9

planning awards




By Andrea Macko

Greenville Pioneer

Amid lawsuit, town holds 2nd Bosque



will remain closed statewide

through mid-April and the state’s

first temporary hospital was

By Melanie Lekocevic








to great




to try to

Capital Region Independent Media

The purpose of the public hearing is to give all of you a chance Friday


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of the woods,”

DURHAM — With a lawsuit making to be heard. You can speak to the board about your concerns,


Ouimet said.

its way through the court system over the

or COVID-19.

proposed Bosque housing development, the both for or against. The board, attorneys, engineers and all other Schools The Bosque will now housing remain development proposal

statewide was first presented through to April the town board in


town of Durham on Dec. 11 held the second parties will listen and take notes. There will be no comments or

15. November Schools across 2020 and New has drawn York broad opposition

from many in the community with con-

of two public hearings about the project.

were ordered closed March 18

The lawsuit was filed by the group Cornwallville

Residents for Rural Preservation


answers from the board. We are here to listen to you.”

through cerns April over issues 1 to such be reassessed

the rural character of

every the two area, traffic, weeks. water The supply, state’s and the impact

to overturn the town board’s finding that the

waiver on the was Cornwallville extended for Historic school District, among

project would have no negative environmental

impact on the community. The town to open the hearing at the former Durham Ele-

The project would be on 95 acres in the out holding Marriott physical read a letter classes from for resident Grace

Supervisor Shawn Marriott told the audience of the property,” Palmer said.

districts others. to receive state aid with-

board’s declaration was


issued in October


mentary School. “You can speak to the board historic district, and each lot would consist 180 Biegel, days. who said the project would be inconsistent

with this the time, rural schools character are of the neigh-

following a lengthy review that spanned two about your concerns, both for or against. The of between three and 10 acres, Palmer said. During

meetings in August and again in October. board, attorneys, engineers and all other parties

will listen and take notes. There will be no and utilize sustainable building materials, the ity of instruction, “This new proposed meals for Bosque stu-development

Supreme Court of Greene County in January. comments or answers from the board. We are attorney added.

dents is in and stark information contrast to earlier on avail-

but steady growth

The homes would ensure a “rural aesthetic” still borhood. required to provide continu-

The case will next be heard in the state

On Dec. 11, the town board held the second

of two public hearings about

here to listen to you.”

Engineer Scott Ouimet from Kaaterskill able and childcare will encourage resources further development of


the project, Taylor Palmer, the attorney representing Associates


said the firm has done soil testing “We this sort,” understand Biegel the wrote. challenges

the cumb school to pressure closure to creates open the for door to subur-

“Please do not suc-

which would bring 12 single-family homes developer Preston Jones, presented the project.

Department of Health and the Department of families. ban subdivisions Hopefully, and this lookalike extend-

houses, and

and has met testing requirements of the state

and a farm lot with a barn to the vicinity of

Strong and Cornwallville roads.

“[The developer] is proposing to build Environmental Conservation. The developer ed closure be faithful will stewards help keep of this our land.” students

and community healthier,”

The purpose of the public hearing is to two existing lots into private premises and a plans to preserve a majority of the acreage as

give all of you a chance to be heard,” Town farming operation and residential subdivision wooded, he added.

said Greenville Central See BOSQUE, School page 14

District Superintendent Tammy

PHOTO CONTRIBUTED Sutherland. “When the District

rash is a possible danger when it comes to spreading COVID-19.

receives additional guidance

concerning the Governor’s Executive

Order, we will be able



Recycling Center reduces



to share more details and answer

additional questions, including

y Melanie Lekocevic nications for Carmen Barbato, you have been cleared by your mize the amount of ‘touch’ our those surrounding spring break,

ourtesy Columbia-Greene Media


Inc., a waste disposal company doctor,”


she said.

drivers have


on garbage.” grading, and


other regulatory

serving Greene, Columbia and But everyone is asked to When putting your trash together

for disposal, you should difficulties faced by our students

requirements. We recognize the

GREENE COUNTY― Berkshire counties, said there take steps to prevent possible

veryone is aware by now are things everyone should be transmission, infected or not. double bag it and make sure it and families and ask for patience

f mandates to practice soial

distancing, hand hygiene the coronavirus through the the community safe, we ask There should be no loose gar-


doing to prevent the spread of “To keep our drivers and fits securely in your trash can. during these unprecedented

nd other ways of preventing trash.

that households please make bage, no loose tissues or paper “Our teachers, staff, students

and families have done an

ransmission of the coronavius,

but here’s a possible dan-

towels included with recyclables,

and trash cans should not amazing job working together to

er you may not have thought

be overflowing. Drivers will keep our students engaged while

f — spreading the virus “To keep our drivers and the community safe, we ask

only collect trash that is stored schools are closed. Our caring

hrough your trash.

that households please make sure they are bagging all in the tote, Carmen Barbato community inspires me with

Trash disposal was deemed

garbage so it makes it to its destination, and refrain from said.

their dedication to our students

n “essential” service by Gov.

All recyclables should also and families,” Sutherland added.

ndrew Cuomo when he put overflowing your totes. As we know, the virus remains on

be rinsed clean, and all liquids

should be emptied before es the school closure creates for

“We understand the challeng-

trict regulations in place in household garbage for days, depending on the carrier

he battle against COVID-19. material. For that reason, together we need to minimize being placed in the garbage. families. Hopefully, this extended

ut waste-disposal experts say

the amount of ‘touch’ our drivers have on garbage.” Customers are asked to wear

here are risks if garbage is not

gloves when handling their closure will help keep our students

and community healthier as

andled and packaged propery

— and that is a concern for


trash cans, and sanitize them


we look forward to getting past


“People are not bagging this pandemic and getting back

In Greenville, the town People who are infected, or sure they are bagging all

their garbage — there are loose to our normal routines,” said

ecycling center is open, but may be, are asked to take extra

precautions to protect at Angelo both Canna destination, Town Park. and refrain from during towels the holidays. in with recyclables,”

garbage so it makes it to its

things like tissues and paper

Cairo-Durham Superintendent of

ith limited hours. By Melanie Town resdents

needing to Capital dispose Region of Independent sanitation Mediaworkers and


Schools being able Michael to give Wetherbee. my kids Christmas.









4 had


“This Mary is Barbato our first said. year —“That I just is kind There “I am are some incredibly families proud that of can’t,

rash or recyclables can stop community at large, Barbato company owner Carmen Barbato

Jr. “As

not sanitary, and it doesn’t belong

with recyclables. People

our teachers, staff, students and

y the center from CAIRO 8 a.m. — to The said. holiday season was about 25 vendors in two



know, the



of dreamt up,” founder Nichole

and it’s important to me that if their

parents who have done such an

families can’t do it, then someone else

oon on Wednesday alive and well Sat-irday only. er Greene’s Candy virus Cane or Festival suspect held you ing do, money we for to assist days, families depending need on the love Christmas and I can’t imagine not keep educating our See community’s

CANDY, page 15

Cairo “If for you the have first-ev-

the corona-

the park, including remains on a household raffle tent rais-

garbage Cook, of Earlton, said of the festival. “I amazing job working together to

are overstuffing their totes —

please refrain from doing that,

Mary Barbato, vice presient

ask that you don’t put your carrier material. For that rea-

children while school is closed,”

of marketing and commu-

garbage out until a week after son, together we need to mini-

See TRASH, page 10 Wetherbee added. “The innova-


Kids wrote letters to Santa Claus during the first annual Greene’s Candy Cane Festival held in Cairo earlier this month.

used to teach, the commitment

our students have demonstrated

See SCHOOLS, page 10

Act would abolish local voice

Kelly’s Pharmacy wins state accolades

in solar review process

By Melanie Lekocevic

The business was the first pharmacy

Capital Region Independent Media

To in our the state readers, to work with the U.S. Drug

By Nora Mishanec Cuomo.

and should it pass, the state

Enforcement Administration to administer

hope a drug you take-back and your program, fami-

giving in-

Courtesy of Columbia-Greene Media “It is impossible to say will have complete authority

to override town zoning ly are staying healthy and well.

Officials GREENVILLE are — Building trust


within a community is key to providing

if anything outside the


dividuals in the community a safe place

good health care services and Kelly’s

normal will get done, but laws,” he said. “If you take News about COVID-19 is changing

every day. We do our best to

proposed budget amendment

that would cut local

so they are properly disposed of.

to drop off old or unwanted medications

Pharmacy has done that, according to

renewable energy siting is away a town’s right to have

state Sen. Michelle Hinchey, D-46.

still on the table,” he said. charge of zoning, you have ensure that what you read here

voices out of the solar permitting

process is moving

“That is amazing — they had the foresight

to recognize and to understand and

Hinchey presented the pharmacy last

Since the budget amendment

was announced on of the town’s reason to ex-

current to see information that prescription available. drugs can fall into

taken away a good portion in our print edition is the most

Monday with the New York State Senate

forward despite pushback

2021 Empire Award, which recognizes

Feb. 21, local officials have ist.”

Please the wrong understand hands and that cause some addiction and

from Greene and Columbia

excellence in business.

warned that changing solar

siting laws to abolish cials have been lobbying of people affected, has undoubt-

Hanse said local offi-

news, substance-use particularly disorder,” the number Hinchey said.

county officials.

and Kelly’s Columbia Pharmacy has two locations,

The fact that they saw that and wanted

to work to stop it before it became a

Negotiations are continuing

on the proposed would violate home rule proposed amendment sep-

the existing review process lawmakers to debate the

ably changed since we sent this

in Greenville and Coxsackie, and opened

paper to the printing presses. We

its first store in 2011. Hinchey presented

the award during a ceremony at the

arate from budget negotia-

to make sure that they were a safe place

crisis and were working with the state

changes to siting solar and and diminish local authority

over land use.

visit our Facebook page at www.

encourage you, if possible, to

wind energy, known as the

Greenville location on Route 81.

tions, a move supported by where people could dispose of drugs and

Accelerated Renewable “We would be powerless


“Kelly’s Pharmacy is really the definition

of a community-minded, peo-


Preventing drug dependency be-

state Sen. Daphne Jordan, syringes early and safely, is huge.”

Energy Growth and Community

Benefit Act, said es,” said Coxsackie Town

news, closings and cancelations.

against the state if it pass-

where we are sharing breaking

ple-first business, which is so profoundly

important, but especially in our rural State Sen. Michelle Hinchey, Supervisor D-46, far Rick right, Hanse. with the staff


MEDIA came particularly important during the

Jordan Levine, deputy communications

director for the

of Kelly’s



do not



Route 81, COVID-19 pandemic,

Thank you,

when drug overdoses

spiked, Hinchey said.

communities,” Hinchey said. “How do

following the award ceremony. “We are at the mercy

in the state budget, Jordan

energy and environment in of the state whether they

The Greenville Pioneer

you build that trust in a community? If no big pharmacy, no big business is going

to open for you or cater to you, but in do that.”

health care, especially pharmacies, they

They were doing this pre-COVID

the office of Gov. Andrew take it out of the budget,

you need something and it’s after hours,

See SOLAR, page 10

See KELLY’S, page 15

concerned that the

proposed changes

could accelerate the

development of solar

farms across Greene

counties, including

Hecate Energy’s

proposed 700-acre

facility in Copake and

the Flint Mine solar

project in Coxsackie.

See page 5

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Police Blotter

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2 Editor’s Note: A charge is not a of Leeds, was arrested April The 16 Greenville an appearance Pioneer • Friday, ticket. May 8, 2020

conviction. All persons listed are

Police Blotter

in Cairo and charged with violating

environmental conserva-

of Freehold, was arrested April

• Michael Manchur, Jr., 54,

innocent until proven guilty in

Editor’s Note: A charge is not a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol

content of 0.08% and troduction of contraband into a Rome, demeanor. New She York, was was issued arrested an of third-degree Durham, was criminal arrested mischief, Dec.

charged Police a court of with law. Charges second-degree Blotter

can be intion

■ laws, Jordan unclassified Warner, 22, mis-

of 22 ■ in Freehold Bradford and Applegate, charged with 63,

conviction. All persons listed are

amended or dismissed.

innocent Due until to the proven COVID-19 guilty in pandemic driving there while are no intoxicated, upcoming Editor’s Note: A charge is not a

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a court events of law. or Charges public meetings. can be Please unclassified stay safe and misdemeanors. stay home.

conviction. All persons listed are

He She

amended or dismissed.


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until issued arrested

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in Cairo

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a violation.


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p.m. a in misdemeanor,

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Cairo and charged and

of appearance ticket.

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38, of He


■ was

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events or public meetings. Please stay safe and stay home.

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criminal possession

of a weapon,

30 and

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A Top, misdemeanor.

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was arrested She Dec. was

38, and

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second-degree obstruction

of Brookline, Vermont,

and charged with aggravated


charged with operating a motor contempt,

with second-degree

class A a misdemeanor.

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at 12:15 an




a.m. in Cairo ticket.

April 22 of governmental

and was • arrested Rhett Dec. B.


Butler, 5 at 3 a.m. 36, in of

harassement of an employee by


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a felony, fifth

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of stolen

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April disorderly


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was held.

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a weapon,

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Coxsackie charged


with issued

and party. by alcohol

an appearance

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of trespass,

B. Butler,

a weapon, a class


both B class misdemeanor.


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He is scheduled

with a motor first-degree vehicle

to appear


a blood-alcohol




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Boston, unclassified

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misdemeanors. He


was He issued


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Town Court.

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Coxsackie, misdemeanors.


was She


arrested was issued

April in

Dec. an

New Baltimore

appearance ticket.

and charged


bail jumping, a class A misdemeanor.

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28 at 12:52 a.m. in Catskill He than

was 0.08%


held. and





25, 22

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charged with with

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McCoy, Danthine,

a class

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of Freehold, was

■ Sean Bigley, both


47, unclassified

April driving

of Albany,


charged • Melissa


with first-degree A.




prison 42, of misdemeanor

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was arrested was



19 Dec.


gree criminal possession of a

in Catskill and

was arrested He


Nov. was 29 at issued

with by

9:30 contraband, Cairo,


was arrested

and driving

a class April


D felony. 17 in criminal

5 April at 11:06 22


in a.m. New

a class

in Coxsackie Baltimore

B misdemeanor.

and charged


■ Christopher Romak, 28, of controlled substance and second-degree

criminal use of drug with


an appearance

a motor

in Catskill


vehicle with intoxicated,

and charged He Cairo was and held. charged

both unclassified

with aggravated

■ unlicensed

He with

was issued petty



a criminal class



a blood-alcohol

Cairo, was arrested Nov. 24 at




E. Lambert,

content greater

of third-degree

31, of misdemeanors. She

Kenneth Curik, operation

was issued

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Durham, Cairo groups win

county planning awards

By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

Alzheimer’s Notes

By Marisa Korytko

For Capital Region Independent Media

Last year, the pandemic caused many families to

adjust holiday gatherings due to public health concerns.

As we return to more in-person celebrations

this year, cognitive or memory changes in an elderly

loved one may be both alarming and cause deep


Visiting aging loved ones after being apart for so

long might lead to the realization of some changes

in behaviors, physical health, and new experiences

of memory loss or cognitive decline. When families

begin noticing these changes there can be a variety

of responses and moments of uncertainty. Families

often do not know where to turn or what to do in

these moments.

As our loved ones age, we often attribute memory

loss to a normal part of aging when some behaviors

or issues of cognitive decline could potentially

be a sign of something more severe.

“Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. It is

a progressive disease where symptoms gradually

worsen Real, over time,” Reputable, said Beth Smith-Boivin, executive

director for the Northeastern York Chapter

of the Trusted. Alzheimer’s Your Association. News

With Alzheimer’s being the fifth leading cause

of death Media. for adults who are 65 and older, Smith-

Boivin wants to remind families of the following 10

warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease:

• Memory changes that disrupt daily life, such as

forgetting important events;

• Challenges in planning or solving problems,

such as keeping track of monthly bills;

• Difficulty completing familiar tasks, such as

driving to routine places;


with time or place, such as the date;

• Trouble understanding visual images and spatial

relationships, SUPPORTS such as REAL reading;


Pictured, left to right, are Karen Rothmyer Rivers, convenor of Durham

Connect’s Communication’s Working Group; Bernard Rivers, Durham Connect

chairman; and Joan Breslin, Durham Connect’s deputy chairwoman and a

Durham Town Council member, accepting the 2021 Ellen Rettus Planning

Achievement Award from the Greene County Planning Board.

CATSKILL — Four county

organizations were honored recently

for achievements in planning

and economic development.

The Ellen Rettus Planning

Achievement Awards are given

out annually by the Greene

County Planning Board and were

awarded this year at the Greene

County Legislature’s Nov. 17


“Ellen Rettus was a longterm

county planning board

member who for several years

served as chairperson of the

Greene County Planning Board

and chairperson of the town of

Durham planning board,” said

Carl Giangrande, vice chairman

of the county planning board.

“As chairperson of these boards,

Ellen worked to promote sound

and thoughtful planning throughout

Greene County. The awards

recognize outstanding planning,

community and economic development

activities that have taken

place in Greene County.”

Durham Connect won one of

two awards this year in the Community

Improvement category.

The organization was nominated

by Greene County Legislator

Patty Handel, R-Durham.

“Durham Connect is a community

group charged with implementing

the recommendations

of the Durham 2020 comprehensive

plan,” Giangrande said. “It

is an innovative example of how

a town government and residents,

both full-time and weekenders,

can work collaboratively

to further their shared goals.”

The aim of Durham Connect

is to work towards achieving the

goals set out by the comprehensive


“Residents and town board

members who developed the

comprehensive plan wanted to

ensure that the result of their

two-year comprehensive planning

process didn’t just result in

a plan that sat on a shelf collecting

dust,” Giangrande said. “The

answer was Durham Connect.”

The group is led by town resident

Bernard Rivers and Town

Councilwoman Joan Breslin, and

has six volunteer working groups

tasked with implementing various

aspects of the comprehensive

plan, Giangrande said.

Durham Connect has worked

on assessing and improving

broadband connectivity in the


“Improving broadband is

essential to encouraging businesses

to locate or expand in

the town and in attracting new

residents wanting to work from

home,” Giangrande said. “The

broadband working group’s first

successful project was a free hot

spot in a town parking lot that

can be accessed 24/7. The group

has conducted a complete assessment

of the town’s broadband

availability and its finishing report

with proposals for action.”

Another aim of the comprehensive

plan was to improve

communication in the town. To

that end, Durham Connect published

two issues of a new town

newsletter keeping residents apprised

of what is going on in the

community, Giangrande said.

The Cairo Development

Foundation also won a planning

award in the Main Street Revitalization


The foundation has made

tremendous strides towards a

better vision of Main Street and

has improved the very fabric

and quality of life for everyone

who is a resident of Cairo,”

Giangrande said. “The Cairo

Foundation started as a group of

dedicated residents determined

to improve the economic and visual

climate of the town of Cairo

by raising funds via grants and

events, and since they began in

2016, they have produced amazing


Among the group’s achievements

are purchasing two buildings

on Main Street in need of

repair. One was renovated and

now houses a physical therapy

practice, with a pocket park next

door, Giangrande said.

A public art project in Cairo

is another achievement of the


“In addition to the foundation’s

construction projects, the

ongoing Cairo bears art project

was picked up by the Cairo Development

Foundation and has

continued to be an event enjoyed

by the residents of Cairo and our

county, and which has been and

continues to be a positive attraction

for many tourists coming

to Greene County,” Giangrande


Two other organizations

were also honored with awards.

The Foreland contemporary arts

building in Catskill received an

award in the Main Street Revitalization

category, and Windham

Manor was honored in the Community

Improvement category.

Approaching memory

concerns this holiday season


• New problems with words in speaking or writing,

such as inappropriate words;

• Misplacing things and being unable to retrace

steps, such as putting ice cream in the medicine cabinet;

• Decreased or poor judgment, such as giving

large sums of money to telemarketers;

• Withdrawal from work or social activities, such

as forgetting how to finish a favorite hobby; and,

• Changes in mood and personality, such as becoming

angry or fearful.

The holidays revolve around traditions, things

we’ve done for a long time, so if you are seeing a

change in someone completing a familiar task, it’s

important to have a conversation with their health

care providers,” Smith-Boivin said. “Ignoring signs

of cognitive impairment out of fear or denial can

lead to greater heartache in the future and the possible

worsening of the situation.”

According to Smith-Boivin, The Alzheimer’s

Association sees the number of calls to its 24-hour

helpline (800-272-3900) increase during and after

the holidays when people visiting with friends and

family whom they haven’t seen in a while become

aware that something is not right.

The Association’s Helpline is an ideal place to

find answers and resources for additional assistance.

“Helpline calls often lead to local referrals to our

Chapter for additional resources, such as free education

programs and personalized family care consultations,”

Smith-Boivin said.

The 24-hour helpline can also provide help for

caregivers, such as a listing of programs that offer

care and socialization services. All calls to 800-272-

3900 are free and confidential.

Marisa Korytko is the public relations director

for the Alzheimer’s Association Northeastern New

York chapter. She can be reached at mekorytko@alz.



Coco is a 9-year-old bull terrier mix, pictured with CGHS Adoption

Counselor Rebecca Warner. Don’t let her age and white

muzzle fool you — she has the playfulness of a young pup. She

loves her squeaky toys and stuffed animals. Unfortunately,

Coco can’t be in a home with any other animal, cat or dog, and

older kids are best. Coco loves snuggles and belly rubs; she’ll

lay there and soak up all your affection!

Thinking about

a new family


By Charlene Marchand

For Capital Region Independent Media

Thinking about a new puppy or dog for the family?

The following “Talking Points” review before getting a

new puppy or dog applies all year long and includes cats

and all canine adopters from shelters or rescue programs.

The message is timeless.

These points for family discussion were featured

“long ago” in the November/December 2002 issue of the

AKC Public Education Corner. The “long ago” message

bears repeating. I’ve taken some liberties, and modified

or added to some of the suggestions.


Think twice before giving your friend or family a

puppy, dog or cat over the holidays:

• While holiday cards are filled with images of irresistible

puppies poking their heads out of stockings, the

reality of introducing a puppy to your household over

the holidays can be quite different.

• A puppy, dog, cat or kitten is not a stuffed toy. It will

not take kindly to being ignored once a newer, brighter

toy is discovered.

• Companion animals need attention, discipline,

health care and a lifetime supply of love and commitment.

• Overexcited children may scare a puppy, dog or cat,

or worse, neglect it, especially after it chews up their

holiday toys or has an accident on the rug.

• Cute puppies soon become full-size dogs. Remember

an impulse gift over the holidays can last for 10

years or more.

• A dog will need training, food, shelter, medical care

and exercise, exercise, exercise, and more training. Dayto-day

management is the most important discussion of


• If you want to give someone a puppy, don’t have

it be a surprise. Dog ownership is a big responsibility.

Owners must be prepared for the costs and time involved

in owning a dog.

• It’s always best to allow the actual owners to pick

out their own pets. The person taking care of the new

addition for years to come needs to carefully consider

adult dog size, disposition, appetite and grooming.

• Take your time choosing a dog. Puppies aren’t the

only option. If you want a purebred, there are many great

rescue organizations through which you can adopt adult

purebred dogs, many of whom may already be housetrained

or more. Deal with local shelters or local rescue

organizations that you can trust for any dog adoption.

• Consider a gift that will help someone choose the

right dog for his or her lifestyle. The AKC publishes

The Complete Dog Book” and “The Complete Dog

Book for Kids.” Both make great gifts (and are easier to

wrap than a wiggly puppy!) You can also get photos and

detailed information about different breeds of dogs by

visiting the AKC web site www.akc.org.

• Getting a dog from a responsible breed specialist

may take more time than you think, depending on when

the next litter is expected, but the wait will be worth

it. Visit www.akc.org for specific puppy-buying tips and

names of breeder referral contacts near you.

• Wrap up a box with some basic supplies such as a

leash, water and food bowls to put under the tree and symbolize

the dog to come. Make a box with bowls, litter box,

litter, and toys for the cat or kitten to come.

• Attending local dog shows and finding and talking

with reputable breeders will help decide what breed is

best for you. The AKC publishes several free brochures

on being a responsible dog owner. All are available

through the AKC website at akc.org.

• Keep in mind that an animal is for life — not just

for the holidays!

• A fabulous feline will afford you much more flexibility

and ease of management than a dog. Once you’ve

shared a home with a cat, you’ll never be without one!




6 The Greenville Pioneer • Friday, December 17, 2021


By Assemblyman Chris Tague

For Capital Region Independent Media

For many farmers in New York state, the

winter months are a time to unwind from

the stresses of a challenging and demanding

growing season. This year, however, our

farmers remain with a great deal of apprehension

as we await a decision that could threaten

their future viability.

In the coming days, the Farm Laborers

Wage Board will reconvene to consider reducing

the overtime threshold for farmworkers

in New York state to below 60 hours. Such

a change would have drastic impacts on farm

labor costs. A recent report estimates, when

combined with scheduled minimum wage increases,

a 42% increase in workforce expenses

for these small businesses.

While there are attempts to portray the issue

of overtime pay for farmworkers as a simple

matter of wage equality, a lower overtime

threshold, without considering the realities of

farming, will translate into smaller paychecks

for laborers, or even jobs lost. In the end, hurting

the very workers the policy is intended to


The operation of a farm is unpredictable

and relies upon crop-, animal- and weather-dependent

work schedules that are oftentimes

incompatible with an 8-hour workday.

A do-or-die moment for our small farms

Farmworkers are used to

laboring long hours, well

over 40 hours per week,

and have grown accustomed

to the resulting pay.

However, in the two years

since the implementation

of a 60-hour workweek,

many of these workers

have had their hours drastically

reduced by their

employers who cannot

afford to pay overtime

rates. This has resulted

in farmworkers earning

less, with some ultimately

deciding to leave the industry.

Migrant workers,

relied upon by farms that

struggle to find local help,

have declined to return to

New York state, opting instead to work where

they can earn more. This exodus of labor will

no doubt be more profound with further overtime


In New York, the agricultural industry is

overwhelmingly composed of small, family-owned

operations that are lucky to turn a

profit and cannot absorb higher labor costs,

nor maintain production with reduced staff.

These modest farms compete in a global

Assemblyman Chris Tague, R-102

economy and have little to

no control over the value

of their goods, regardless

of the actual cost to make.

New York farms, already

dealing with comparatively

high production costs

that are not accounted for

in worldwide markets, find

themselves at a competitive


For example, despite

the strong presence of local

agriculture here, many

of our schools import milk,

and some procure apples

from as far away as Washington

state, even though

New York is recognized

as the second-largest apple

producing state in the


While the consequences of further reductions

to the overtime threshold will be disastrous

for farmers, the impacts will ultimately

be felt in the wallets of all New Yorkers. We

continue to endure a prolonged food supply

chain crisis that has left store shelves empty

and led to dramatic increases in grocery bills.

As farmers are forced to produce less labor-intensive

crops or, worse yet, cease their

operations, we not only lose out on fresh, locally

grown foods, but we become heavily

reliant on imported goods, making us more

vulnerable to market volatility.

Farming is an industry unlike any other

in our modern economy and by implementing

a policy that fails to recognize the unique

challenges faced by those who feed us, we

jeopardize the future of agriculture in New

York state. Our farmworkers do an essential

job, and I appreciate those who are advocating

for their rights. However, the imposition

of a burdensome overtime threshold will end

this way of life as we know it and diminish

all opportunity for farmworkers in New York.

I am calling on Gov. Hochul, Labor Commissioner

Roberta Reardon and members

of the Farm Laborers Wage Board to do the

right thing and oppose any measures to further

reduce the overtime threshold below its

current 60 hours per week. I would also encourage

others to reach out to them and make

their voices heard. If we have no farms, we

have no food. So let’s stop biting the hand that

feeds us.

Assemblyman Chris Tague represents

the 102nd Assembly District, which includes

Greene and Schoharie counties, and parts of

Albany, Columbia, Otsego, Delaware and Ulster


Holiday season brings out elder fraud scammers


the season to be jolly — and for seniors

to beware of fraudsters who

target the elderly this time of the


What makes older folk more

susceptible to becoming targets for

scammers during the holiday season?

The consensus is that the older

we get, the more charitable we become,

according to the Association

of Mature American Citizens.

The National Institutes of

Health calls it “positivity bias.”

It’s a condition that makes “older

adults draw more positive affect

from both the planning and outcome

of monetary donations and

hence benefit more from engaging

in monetary charity than their

younger counterparts.”

According to the FBI, scammers

target seniors “because they

tend to be trusting and polite. They

also usually have financial savings,

own a home and have good credit

— all of which make them attractive

to scammers … Additionally,

seniors may be less inclined to report

fraud because they don’t know

how, or they may be too ashamed at

having been scammed.”

Here’s one scenario: The phone

rings and the caller identifies himself

or herself as representing a

charitable organization that helps

needy kids or disadvantaged families.

He or she asks for an over the

phone credit card donation. There

are variations of this particular

scam. For example, the caller may

say that a relative is in trouble and

needs money and gets an elderly

“mark” to wire funds.

And then there are the con artists

who prefer the person-to-person

approach. They’ll hang around

the mall looking for gray hair and

when they spot a likely victim, they

will simply approach him or her,

recite a well-rehearsed tale of need

and ask for a handout.

A variant of this approach is a

bit more theatrical. For example,

they will dress for the occasion

and represent themselves as an authorized

solicitor working for the

Salvation Army or a relief organization

collecting funds for families

displaced by a recent disaster such

as a fire, flood or storm, for example.

The internet has facilitated these

types of scams. With more seniors

becoming tech-savvy and learning

how to use a computer, swindlers

have yet another way to separate a

kind senior from their money.

Email solicitations are growing

in popularity among these seasonal

thieves. The holidays allow them

to stalk the internet with seemingly

personal messages from organizations

and companies that seem

honest. They can make email messages

look very real by mimicking

the actual logos of legitimate charities

and retailers. This technique

allows them to get your money via

a phony charitable contribution or

get you to make a fake holiday purchase


Gerry Hafer, executive director

of the AMAC Foundation, says

AMAC has long been focused on

the issue of elder fraud. The foundation,

AMAC, Inc., itself, and its

advocacy subsidiary, AMAC Action,

have joined forces to create

an Elder Fraud Initiative to aid in

development of an instructional

approach to help seniors protect


The initiative aims to provide a

guide for online protection, a sort

of how-to protocol for defending

against fraud.

“Our website blog page already

presents a variety of News & Info

posts associated with elder fraud

and will soon provide a comprehensive

guide for online protection

that our tech folks are in the process

of preparing,” Hafer said.



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Vaccine incentive sweepstakes opens for outdoor adventure

ALBANY — New York State Department

of Environmental Conservation

Commissioner Basil Seggos has announced

the new “Take Your Shot for an

Outdoor Adventure” sweepstakes is now


Launched by Gov. Kathy Hochul, the

COVID-19 vaccine incentive is intended

to bolster vaccination rates among New

Yorkers who enjoy the great outdoors.

During the month of December, anyone

who receives their first COVID-19

vaccine dose is eligible to enter the

sweepstakes and a random drawing to

win special prize packages tailored to

anglers, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts.

“I applaud Gov. Hochul’s ongoing efforts

to educate New Yorkers about the

critical need to get vaccinated to protect

themselves, their families and their communities,”

Seggos said. “As we continue

to move forward through the COVID-19

pandemic, the new ‘Take Your Shot for

an Outdoor Adventure’ sweepstakes

is a great way to encourage more New

Yorkers, including the growing number

of people discovering the state’s worldclass

opportunities for outdoor recreation,

to get vaccinated and earn the

chance to win some great gear after they


Five entrants will be randomly selected

to receive the grand prize and the opportunity

to choose one of the following

deluxe packages valued at approximately


• Fishing: Lifetime fishing license,

fishing kayak, vest, rod and reel;

• Bowhunter: Lifetime hunter and

bowhunting license, high-quality crossbow

package or compound bow package

with a half dozen bolts or arrows, ladder

tree stand, safety harness/fall arrest system,

and 10x42 binoculars;

• Rifle hunter: Lifetime sportsman license,

high-quality riflescope, ladder tree

stand, safety harness/fall arrest system,


Individuals who receive their first COVID-19 vaccine this month will be entered into a sweepstakes

to win an outdoor adventure package.

and 10x42 binoculars;

• Turkey hunter: Lifetime sportsman

license, high-quality ground blind, turkey

hunting vest, hen decoy pair, shotgun

optical sight, slate call, and 10x42

binoculars; and

• Birding: 20-60x spotting scope,

10x42 binoculars, bird feeder, bird seed,

bird house, deluxe birding guide, and I

Bird NY materials.

Twenty-five entrants will be randomly

selected to receive second tier prizes and

the choice of one of the following packages,

valued at approximately $1,000:

• Fishing: Annual fishing license,

fishing kayak, vest, rod and reel;

• Bowhunter: Annual hunter and bowhunting

license, high-quality crossbow

OR compound bow package with ½ dozen

bolts or arrows, a ladder tree stand,

a safety harness/fall arrest system, and

8x42 binoculars;

• Rifle hunter: Annual hunting license,

high-quality riflescope, a ladder

tree stand, a safety harness/fall arrest

system, and 8x42 binoculars;

• Turkey hunter: Annual hunting license

and turkey permit, high quality

ground blind, turkey hunting vest, hen

decoy, slate call, and 8x42 binoculars;


• Birder: 8x42 binoculars, birdfeeder,

bird seed, and I Bird NY materials.

The first 2,000 people to receive their

first vaccination and enter the sweepstakes

by Dec. 31, will receive a tree

seedling from DEC’s Colonel William

F. Fox Memorial Tree Nursery in Saratoga,

and their choice of either a $25 gift

card for a free night of camping at a DEC

campground, or a $25 gift card to a major

sporting goods retailer.

In addition, the 2,000 sweepstakes

entrants will receive a one-year subscription

to DEC’s Conservationist magazine,

which is currently celebrating its 75th

year in publication.

Information about how to enter the

sweepstakes is now available on DEC’s

website. Prior to fulfillment of a hunting

license and any associated privilege

(e.g., bowhunting privilege), the recipient

must complete a hunter education

course and bowhunter education course

(in the case of the bowhunter prize package),

and present certificate(s) of completion.

All eligible, vaccinated entrants must

adhere to all applicable requirements to

receive a hunting or fishing license in

New York state, including completion

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18 The Greenville Pioneer • Friday, January 17, 2020

By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

Let Us Look Into Your Hearing

ALBANY — With at least five cases of

the new omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus

found in New York City at press time and

the holiday season — and get-togethers — in

full swing, a statewide campaign aims to encourage

adults to get booster shots against the


Gov. Kathy Hochul on Dec. 2 launched

the statewide “Boost Up, New York” campaign

to urge New Yorkers to get the booster

to prolong the vaccine’s durability and maximize


“With this campaign, we are getting the

message out with banners and displays to get

people excited about booster shots as they get

ready to celebrate the holidays,” Hochul said

Thursday. “If you are over 18, you can get the

free booster dose immediately. It will give

you that extra protection, and it also helps to

protect your loved ones. This is the ultimate

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anime conference.

bulletins and multimedia screens, Hochul Online advertising to reach adults on

search engines and social media will also

push the message.

The campaign kicked off Dec. 6 and will

run for four weeks, Hochul said.

The booster campaign was launched six

days after the governor implemented a state

of emergency order giving her greater powers

to fight the virus as the new, highly contagious


omicron variant has emerged. Last week, the

virus was found in five individuals in the New

York City metropolitan area as well as several

other states. The variant was first identified

in South Africa and several other African nations.

The New York cases were said at press

time to be “mild,” with the individuals recovering

at home.

There is one way to address this — New

Yorkers, get vaccinated, get boosted and get

ready,” Hochul said. “We do anticipate that

there will be more cases, but to the extent that

they are mild, we will address them. This is

not cause for alarm — it was foreseen ever

since it was reported out of South Africa. We

knew it would come to New York state at

some point.”

Hochul said the state is ready to deal with

the variant and asked New Yorkers to do their


“We encourage everyone to wear their

masks when outside, get your shots, get your

children vaccinated. We are not defenseless

against this variant,” she said.

Omicron is the fourth variant of the

At press time over 2.5 million New Yorkers

had received the booster shot or additional

dose. Booster doses are free and available

statewide at pharmacies, local health departments

— including the Albany County Department

of Health — clinics, state-run mass

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12 The Greenville Pioneer • Friday, May 8, 2020

Gardening Plant in diseases early winter

By Bob One Beyfuss of the things I liked most about a front my lawn, Lacking by the chlorophyll, street, or they in need 10-10 to get granular their fertilizer of seedlings or use once the in disease Tannersville occurs, and so the the Landis A third by major Cornell infectious Cooperative agent is viruses. Extension

the in COVID-19 the science virus, and are art very of

For Capital Region Independent Media

former job as a Cooperative Extension the agent backyard “food” often from decline other before sources than tree sunlight spikes driven by into emphasis the ground. is on prevention. Arboretum In addition in Esperance to preventive

follow chemical the fungicides wonderful there collections are cultur-

of different trees than gardening. bacteria or Every fungi Master in the sense Gar-

Viruses, have like

in Greene County was the process of figuring they reach breaking the end down of their and absorbing average

biological Sometimes lifespan. in the process of feeding label directions plant for al practices rates to than ap-can and also shrubs. be utilized, You much can visit to them that they in are dener not has living received organisms, 120 hours per se. of

organic For tree matter. spikes,

Homegrown foods during the

out what was causing problems with garden

holiday season are always a delight.

plants, lawns, trees or shrubs. It is sort of like For some material, trees, they such kill as or sugar damage ply. their Space host. This the holes the about satisfaction a foot of gardeners all four seasons who don’t to want view seasonal They can only research-based survive and reproduce instruction inside from

detective work without a cloak or dagger. maple, lifespan distinguished may be pathogens 150 years from apart, saprophytes. beginning 4 to or use 5 chemical feet from fungicides. variations.

living cells. Cornell They have Cooperative a very short Extension. life expectancy,

you unlike We continue bacteria to or be fungi, educated and they on

I am still enjoying onions, the

I used what I learned about this in topic a forest environment, Once a plant but is infected it is the with trunk a fungal and extend Another holes major cause I of would disease urge in plants those of

few potatoes the voles left me and

in public health as well, when we contracted

with the New York State Department situation. of infection. Oak trees The may general live 200 strategy dripline. is to try A rule to of living thumb organisms to that to can consider exhibit becoming long-term a Cornell of them as culture renegade through hunks on-going of DNA or training RNA

often only disease, half of it that is generally in a lawn difficult at least to “cure” 10 to the 20 feet and beyond animals the are bacteria. who are Bacteria serious are about also gardening don’t necessarily the latest need developments water to infect. in Think horti-

Brussels sprouts from my garden,

as well as winter squash. I always

Health to conduct educational programs years to in the prevent wild the but infection rarely in the a first apply place one or keep pound of dormancy. fertilizer Like per fungi, University they can damage Cooperative their that Extension

certified “Master Garden-

“And yet, the Master Garden-

get into the genes of plants or animals,

forget to bring something down to

and workshops.

combat Lyme disease. This week I will home share landscape. it from spreading. Fungi are living organisms hosts by “feeding” the tissue of the host and direct the cells to make more viruses.

Florida with me and this year it

inch of tree circumference. That’s

some principles of disease and infection I that can survive for a long time, either actively

causing infection, or in a dormant state that ply. Of course, not all bacteria are pathogenic and bacteria.

and using the host’s cells to grow and multi-

They are also very tiny compared to fungi

was my homegrown garlic! I had

Trees don’t grow nearly as actually quite a lot of fertilizer, er” volunteer. All the counties in er Program is more than a horticulture

class or a garden club. It is

learned, which are pretty relevant in these




of the COVID-19

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well when competing with turfgrass

for water and nutrients. eter tree is more than 60 inches in er training classes and volunteer a volunteer program that enables

considering that a 20-inch diam-

our region have Master Garden-

may last for 100 years or more. This longevity

allows them to re-occur when conditions Our bodies contain millions of foreign mon than bacterial or fungal infections be-

and neither are all fungi.

Viral infections in plants are far less com-






to contract

the cloves

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in October

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but the

Some widely cultivated landscape

trees such as ornamental If you are looking for exam-

The following press release is munities through horticultural


programs that you can attend. participants to serve their com-

three factors are right. Some fungal diseases are ubiquitous

and must be dealt with every season. soever. In fact, many of these organisms are without help from another living organism.

bacteria and fungi that do us no harm whatcause

they generally cannot get inside a plant







sitting in my refrigerator!

cherry, redbud, crabapples, flowples

of long lived, low mainte-

from Ulster County Cooperative education. If you would like to

If any of these

three factors are not present, there can be no Twenty years ago, almost all the garden responsible for keeping us healthy. Bacteria, Leafhopper insects and aphids are usually


It is too




to plant

I discuss

almost ering plum, clump birches and nance trees and shrubs, I suggest Extension:

help improve your community

these specific seeds that were sold were treated with a like fungi, usually require water to become involved in viral infections in plants. These


factors, I


need to talk






almost any “grafted” ornamental you visit some local cemeteries.

Not only are many of these ers? We are neighbors teaching ing, and related activities, consid-

“Who are Master Garden-

and enjoy gardening, landscap-

things that pink-colored fungicide called “Captan.” This infectious.

insects inject the virus into the plant physically

with their mouthparts and once inside




spring flowering tree will generally die within 15

fungicide protected tender seedlings from One of the most common bacterial disease

of pears and apples is called “fireblight.” the plant they can replicate.







be planted until to 20 years after installation. Blue plants unusually old and well neighbors about landscapes, er becoming a Master Gardener

organisms getting “damping off,” which is a general

the are ground fungi, bacteria begins to or freeze. spruce usually begin to decline established, but they rarely need vegetables, fruits, herbs, houseplants,

beneficial and harmful The Master Gardener Program


viruses. All may cause term for similar diseases caused by several This disease most often occurs when rain or Since all three of these types of pathogens

cause disease in somewhat different

diseases Now is with a good similar time symptoms, fertilize

different woody in plants, their mode such of as action land-

To fertilize old, mature trees will observe some really beauti-

after 30 to 40 years.

any special care. Oftentimes you

but all are genera of fungi. The infected seedlings grow hail hits flower blossoms. Splashing water

or how they spindly and eventually keel over and die with spreads the disease.


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roots. their undisturbed sites. antibiotics, such as streptomycin,

the generally plants require are growing water to slowly, become it infectious. A crowbar is It a handy is virtually tool to impossible poke to The cure Albany a flat City bacteria. cemetery has much, much more! Reach Bob dener Beyfuss Coordinator rlb14@cornell.edu Dona Crawford

at dm282@cornell.edu.”

could help. Fertilizer can sometimes

holes in the turf that are 4-5 inch-

some really outstanding trees and “The Master Gardeners are a

prolong the life of declining es deep and an inch or two in di-

shrubs. Local arboretums such dedicated group of volunteers in Reach Bob Beyfuss at rlb14@

trees. Big, old, landscape trees on ameter. Fill the holes with a 10- as the Mountain Top Arboretum New York state who are trained cornell.edu.































Positively Speaking

By Toby Moore

For Capital Region Independent Media

Recently I was watching an independent

movie made by a friend

of mine who is a film director.

I think it’s a great movie, and although

I’m not at liberty to promote

it yet, I wanted to share something

the lead character said that made

my mind turn.

“We can’t judge somebody in

their worst moment because everyone

has the capacity for change, and

anyone can change.”

I don’t know if it was the way

the actor said it or the statement itself,

but it got me thinking.

I initially found myself judging

people who judge others. Then I realized

I’m judging others for judging

others, which led me to think

about how judgmental I’ve been in

my life.


Coffee houses, then and now

By Dick Brooks

For Capital Region Independent Media

I was delighted the last time

she was home when The Princess

told me she was going to a coffee

house to meet some friends.

I know about coffee and about

houses, so I figured this would be

a good topic for a father-daughter

conversation. We had an enjoyable

chat, pleasant, bubbly and all, but

went our separate ways wondering

what the heck the other one was

talking about.

My version of a coffee house,

the kind I hung out in during the

‘60s and early ‘70s, were dark,

dingy dives that bear little resemblance

to the ambience of the

modern version.

My coffee house had folk music,

poetry, jazz and contemplative

conversation. It was a place to

hang out, meet friends and listen

I’ve been guilty of judging public

figures, strangers, co-workers,

friends and family,

practically everyone, especially

when I’ve witnessed one of their

worst moments. I’ve written people

off who probably didn’t deserve it.

After a few minutes of beating

myself up and feeling guilty, I realized

I was judging myself.

Does it ever end?

I suppose we all judge people.

It’s only natural. We judge people

the moment we meet them. The

moment somebody walks through

the door, we instantly make judgments

about their appearance, their

demeanor, the way they talk, the

way they walk, the rumors we heard

about them, and much more. How

could we not? Is all judgment bad?

If we don’t judge a person’s character

the right way, sometimes it could

lead to disastrous consequences.

Passing judgment

That’s not the type of judgment I’m

attempting to write about.

What is judgment? Is it just an

opinion based on the present moment,

or is it a conclusion about

someone that causes us to think

about them or mistreat them?

How often does our judgment

allow us to give someone a second

chance? How often do we judge

people in a way that causes us to

write them off?

When I judge someone based on

a rumor I heard, their physical appearance,

the way they talk, or even

something I know they did when

they were younger, is that fair?

What happens when we witness

someone’s worst moment? Is that

their true character shining through,

or are they just having a bad day?

People act the way they do because

of a combination of factors

and we don’t know what they go

to some usually local musicians

and writers display their talents.

The Princess’ version had a lot

of things in common with mine

— the conversation and even the

poetry is still there. Music appears

on occasion.

The main difference is, her

group actually drinks coffee.

The choice of beverages in the

old Eighth Step Coffee House,

when I first started going there,

was coffee (which almost nobody

ever drank) and hot cider. Fifty

cents would buy you a cup of

either, they comprised the entire

menu of the establishment. We

went for the music.

The coffee houses The Princess

frequents don’t have as much

music, but a heck of a lot more

goodies. Today’s kids actually

go there to drink coffee and teas.

They have menus listing all the

specialty beverages that are available.

The Princess has no trouble

ordering and loves lingering over

her choice and chatting with her

friends for hours, so I guess it is a

good thing.

Coffee has come a long way

since I first became aware of it. My

mother and father always started

the day with a cup. Becoming a

coffee drinker was a rite of passage

— when your parents asked

you if you wanted a cup of coffee,

you knew you were now officially

a cup-carrying adult.

Other than the ritualistic moving

from the kids’ table to the

adult table during the holidays, I

can think of no other occasion that

marked the end of childhood more

distinctly than being handed that

white mug at breakfast.

Getting a cup of coffee was

easier back then. You went into a

diner or restaurant and ordered a

cup of coffee. The waitress or the

through that leads them to behave

the way they do. We usually aren’t

seeing the complete picture. People

are more complex than that.

I don’t think it’s possible to live

a life where I never judge anyone,

but how often have I judged someone

to find out later I was wrong?

How often have those judgments

led me to a negative mindset

where I’m holding a grudge against

a person and thinking negative

thoughts about them? Is it healthy

for me to be carrying around negative

opinions about people?

I think the evidence is clear that

harboring negative thought patterns

about others harms us in various

ways and is often unfair to the person

we are judging.

Although real change sometimes

takes years, we all are capable

of change. I would hate to be judged

because of something I did or said

guy behind the counter plunked

it in front of you, pushed the little

silver pitcher of cream and the

sugar shaker across the counter

and you were good to go.

I was traveling on the Thruway

a month or so ago and started to

get tired so I decided to stop at a

rest area and get a cup of coffee

to perk me up. This particular rest

stop even featured a nationally

known coffee chain shop. I had

heard that their coffee was good,

so I decided to try it.

The first problem I had was

the overhead menu — it was written

in a foreign language, none

of which seemed to indicate that

coffee was sold there. There were

all sorts of machines puffing and

squirting steam, but I didn’t see

a regular-looking coffee machine


I decided to go to McDonald’s

since I knew they had coffee when

10 or 20 years ago. Although I’m

the same person, I am pretty different

now. I have different opinions,

different behaviors, different

thought patterns. I’ve changed quite

a bit. I’m sure you have, too.

Maybe when we’re reflective

about our own lives, and we think

about our own worst moments, it

might allow us to give someone a

second chance who maybe deserves


It’s been said our judgments

about another person probably say

more about our character than the

character of the person we are judging.

Is that true? I’ll leave it for you

to decide.

Toby Moore is a columnist, the

star of Emmy-nominated “A Separate

Peace,” and the CEO of Cubestream


I noticed another old guy who

looked like he knew what was going

on, so I asked him if they sold

coffee there. I told him what I

wanted and he translated.

I walked out with a Grande

Mocha Latte Cappuccino Columbian

Frappe or something like that.

It tasted good, almost like coffee,

and I couldn’t sleep for three days

so it worked well, but I think next

time I’m going to McDonald’s

where I can get a meal and a cup of

regular coffee for about the same

price I paid for the whatever it was

I had.

Thought for the week — Angels

can fly because they take

themselves lightly.

Until next week, may you and

yours be happy and well.

Reach Dick Brooks at whittle12124@yahoo.com.

Transcribed from her diary by

Kathy Saurer Osborne

Sunday, Dec. 17: Fair. Went

to Church. Kids did up Christmas

presents. Chuck here tonite. They

went to the movies.

Monday, Dec. 18: Fair. Hung

out wash & brought it in. Got

meals, made beds, washed dishes

etc. Crocheted. Chuck took Joyce to

Greenville this A.M. back this P.M.

to find a Christmas tree.

Tuesday, Dec. 19: Fair. Ironed

and mended. Crocheted. Did up

some Christmas packages. Have

had quite a few Christmas cards.

Wednesday, Dec. 20: Fair.

Did some cleaning in the kitchen

and other odd jobs. Got meals etc.

Grandma Mackey’s Diary

Chuck came and brought some of

his Christmas to wrap and we went

to Spruce Swamp for a tree. Joyce

sent me a beautiful alarm clock.

Thursday, Dec. 21: Fair. Did

cleaning except dusting. Crocheted,

etc. Left the children to get supper

and went with Addie to Red’s to

celebrate his birthday Nov. 18. Had

a gorgeous supper.

Friday, Dec. 22: Cloudy. Did

some dusting and Christmas trimming.

Chuck brought Joyce just after

dinner. Here for supper. Girls out

caroling tonite.

Saturday, Dec. 23: Cloudy.

Finished trimming and put up

and trimmed the Christmas tree.

Got meals etc. Children are at the

Christmas party at the hall. Chuck

1950 life in Medusa

and Gene are here. Stubby has a

very “poor spell.”

Sunday, Dec. 24: Cloudy.

Joyce, Adrienne and Gertrude and

Gene went to Church. Joyce and

I sang a duet. Had a nice turnout.

Chuck here tonite.

Monday, Dec. 25: A fine day.

Only Rosie didn’t come. Had just

12. A nice Christmas. Philip went

home and JoAnn and Delite stayed

for supper. Chuck and Joyce went

to see Buddy Verlander and came

back 9 p.m. Buddy is on leave.

Tuesday, Dec. 26: Light snow.

Gene washed, didn’t hang out the

wash. Joyce didn’t go to work today.

Buddy and Chuck came at

noon and Joyce went out with them.

They are eating tea at Carol Thompson’s.

Expect them back sometime


Wednesday, Dec. 27: A fine

day. Four below. Put out wash. It

dried and I brought it in. Out of kerosene

and Day’s brought it 10:15

a.m. Chuck took Joyce in to Albany

this a.m. Virginia Lloyd ill with

rheumatic fever. Some better today.

Saw by the T.W. Frazier Spaulding

had died in the State Office building


Thursday, Dec. 28: A fine cold

day. 16 below. Frazier’s funeral Friday

at 2 p.m. Ironed, mended and

cleaned bedrooms and Congoleum.

Crocheted, etc. Children skated on

the pond and rode downhill. Gene

phoned to Watervliet for a needle

for her victrola. Joyce gave it to

Chuck and he sent it by Butch.

Friday, Dec. 29: Snow. Cloudy

p.m. Cleaned and dusted. Crocheted.

Chuck brought Joyce in the

early p.m. Stayed a while and then

went home. He took Joyce and I

to see “King Solomon’s Mines.” A

fine picture.

Saturday, Dec. 30: Fair and

thawing. Don, Gert, the girls and

JoAnn went to Albany for bathroom

fixtures and Chuck and Joyce and

the Eufemia’s started for Brooklyn,

Long Island and Jersey. The folks

came back 2 p.m. got a few things I

ordered others. The Wright children

are here tonite.

The Greenville Pioneer • Friday, December 17, 2021 11

Fitness Concepts

To wash or not to wash

By Mary Schoepe

For Capital Region Independent Media

Washing your hands throughout the

day is common sense and now it’s even

more important as virus concerns continue

to grip the nation. And in the face of

the current nationwide COVID-19 outbreak,

many questions about the safety of

fresh fruits and vegetables have arisen.

But should everything you eat get a

quick rinse? Let’s find out.

You don’t have to be told to wash

apples, grapes or berries before you eat

them. But what about fruits and veggies

with inedible skin like avocado, bananas

and grapefruits? Do they need to be

washed too? Yes!

“Wash anything with a rind — even

if it’s not one you’re going to eat — before

you cut into it,” said Colene Stoernell


As you cut through a grapefruit or avocado,

dirt, bacteria, pesticides and other

germs picked up during processing, packaging

and shipping can be transferred to

the edible portion of the fruit.

According to Amanda Deering, an

Extension specialist in Purdue’s Department

of Food Science, “Washing your

hands and washing fruits and vegetables

helps reduce the risk of contracting


Fruit and vegetable washes claim to

kill more bacteria, but studies from the

University of Maine have shown that tap

water removes 98% of bacteria.

It’s tempting to gulp down a can of

soda, beer or an energy drink. However,

the tops of canned beverages are often

covered in dust, bacteria, and who knows

what else. If you are unable to wash the

can, at least wipe down the lid thoroughly

using a wet paper towel and pour the contents

into a glass.

And when you visit your local farmers

market or produce stand for some

fresh herbs, it’s important to give them a

through and careful wash before you put

them in the fridge, not right before you

use them. Doing so extends their shelf life

and gets rid of dirt and other kinds of grit

you don’t want in your fridge or on your


Unlike produce, some foods do not

require washing before they’re eaten

or cooked, and can be risky if they

are washed. For example, washing raw

chicken and meat prior to cooking is quite

risky. The water you would use for rinsing

isn’t hot enough to actually kill off

bacteria, and doing so only redistributes

harmful bacteria onto your kitchen surfaces.

Making sure the internal cooking

temperature of your poultry is the best

way to kill bacteria.

If you’re not fortunate to have your

own chickens or know someone who

does, the USDA does not recommend

washing your store-bought eggs. After

being laid, eggs are washed and cleaned

and then coated with mineral oil that is

like a little safety vest for the egg, keeping

bacteria out.

And finally, STOP washing your

mushrooms! Once washed, the inevitable

dampness speeds up how quickly

the mushrooms start to turn bad. Plus, it

makes it more difficult to get them crispy.

Opt for using a pastry brush instead or just

some paper towels and you’ll be all set to

add them to your meal.

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12 4 The Greenville The Greenville Pioneer Pioneer • Friday, • Friday, December January 17, 1, 2021 2021

Many people, both men and

women, kept diaries in the past.

I have a small collection of local

diaries and would love to have

more because they illustrate the

daily lives people were leading

and what and who was important

to them. Most people started

diary keeping on January 1 of

a given year. While they may

not have continued recording

until the end of the year, the diaries

usually tell what their authors

were doing on New Year’s

Day. Since this edition of “The

Greenville Pioneer” is coming

out on January 1, I thought I

would share with you how some

people spent that day in the past.

I don’t even know the names of

all those who kept the diaries.

Often, they didn’t put their

names in the books. Perhaps you

can guess who the authors might

have been. If you do find a clue,

please let me know.

Helen Tripp was one of the


A daughters 1935 Christmas of Alfred program and from Maria the Sunday School at Oak Hill Methodist

Church. Utter Tripp. Programs She were was printed born by January

26,1853, and she lived un-

Ratch’s Rural Press.

til January 27, 1917. She lived

in the brick house on the main

street of Oak Hill with her family.

On January 1, 1874, she

started a diary:

Thursday, Weather very

pleasant. I worked around the

house until noon. In the afternoon

sewed on my dress. Did

not go anywhere nor was there

any one in here till evening. Mrs.

Eliza Flower called. Received a

letter from Libbie Russell.

Friday, January 2: Weather

very pleasant, thawed all day.

I sewed on my dress nearly all

day. Aunt Mary Utter and Jimmie

came down this evening to

go to the donation. [I can imagine

what the donation was, but

can anyone share more information?]

Aunt Mary invited us to

go with her. The coal fire went

out last night. I had to make it

up this morning. Aunt Mary had

a very nice time; they cleared


Saturday, January.3: Weather

very pleasant; thawed all day

again today. I had to make the

coal fire again today. Father,

Holiday wishes from the Oak Hill Sunday School in the 1930s.

Mother, Hattie and Carrie [her

two youngest sisters] went over

to Uncle Briggs today. [Uncle

Briggs was a Tripp and lived in

Medusa or Westerlo]. I finished

my dress, all but the buttons and


Sunday, January 4: Weather

very nice and pleasant. Went to

Durham to church this morning.

Did not get back in time

for Sunday School. Did not go

to church this afternoon. [The

Tripps lived next to the Oak Hill

Methodist Church and were always

very involved there.] Orville

preached. I wrote a letter

to Libbie Russell this evening.

Did not go to church. [It sounds

like there were opportunities to

spend the whole day and evening

at church.]

Chauncey B Day from Alcove

recorded on January

1,1887: Thurs. Went to Alcove—got

3 gal. kerosene.

The diary of another anonymous

person recorded: Jan 1,

1888 Rained all day. Hugh here

in evening.

A. M. Cowles recorded in

his diary: January 1, 1898: The

Real, Reputable,

Trusted. Your News

snow that fell yesterday has

been piled in heaps last night

and the wind is still blowing.

I could not get home last night

for the


snow was drifted. Mr.

Whitehead and myself played 5

games of dominoes this morning.

In the evening played with

Mr. Mackey. Mr. Cook and

brother drove them to the house

to break out the roads.

Many people kept diaries in the past


The back of the dustjacket of Brooks Atkinson’s book pictures him and tells about

his many achievements.

I called on Mrs. Harder from

Hudson on this camp.

Jan 1, 1928: Spend the day a

home. Bates are away the week

end. Mr. and Mrs. Lasher called

this afternoon. We spend our

spare time writing letters. Nelson

goes to church.

Deland Fla: Jan 1, 1930 A

Jan. 1, 1918: A diary from

very lovely day. Need no fire.

the Wade family recorded: Mary

Wash this am; take a nap this afternoon.

And go with the Lash-

is with us. We stay in all day.



Fire in Catskill


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A holiday Mrs. program Mary D. from Mattice 1937. from


Catskill wrote: Wednesday, Mon-Fri Jan 7:30-6 1934: · Sat Deland, 8-5 · Sun Fla. 9-2 We go out

1,1919: NEWS. We stayed home. Made for dinner and go to the movies

head cheese and hockeye [a pig in afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Kipp


from Orange City call in the

For years many Oak Hill and evening. Tooldie seems some

Vicinity families have gone to better today. 80 in the shade.

Florida in the winter; the Tripps, Jan 1, 1935: A lovely day.

the Fords, and the Wades all had We call on Mr. and Mrs. Vincent

houses in the Bradenton area. and the Hacks. Have our dinner

at home. Spend our evening

For these folks, the New Year

was a time to go south. A series with Mr. and Mrs. Luke

of diaries written by the Wade Jan 2. Three callers. Nice

family give an idea of what the day. Our anniversary. Hacks for

New York folks did in Florida: the evening.

Gainesville Fla Jan 1, 1925. Jan. 1, 1938: A lovely day.

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Oak Hill: Christmas Past


In the 1930s, Christmas programs at the Oak Hill Methodist Church involved

the whole community. Programs were printed by Ratch’s Rural Press.

Hulda Bates, from Bates

Hollow, grandmother of Linda

Mormile, wrote in her diary

about 1900 on Dec. 22: “Went

to the Christmas tree and had a

nice time.” The young man she

would later marry walked her

home from the Christmas tree.

On Christmas Day her diary entry

was “Helped with work —

not much of any account.”

Edward Lounsbury, who

lived with his daughter Anna

and her husband Floyd somewhere

near Oak Hill, wrote on

Friday, Dec. 23, 1910: “Floyd

and Anna went to Oak Hill and

got some Xmas presents. Saturday,

Dec. 24: Going up to Cousin

Omar’s to hold Xmas. Had a

good visit.”

Norma Fleischer has shared

a story describing a Christmas

in Potter Hollow and Manorkill

in 1921. “It had been decided

that I could miss a few days of

school and go help my grandparents

prepare for Christmas.

When you are 6 years old, getting

ready for Christmas is almost

as exciting as the day itself.”

She tells how her grandmother

said, “Tomorrow we

will make cookies and popcorn

balls.” She went with her grandfather

to select and cut the tree,

which they brought home on a

bobsled and stored in the woodshed

overnight before decorating

it the next day. In the evening

they made popcorn balls

of molasses, butter and a little

maple syrup, and strung popcorn

and cranberries together to

The front of the “Once Around the Sun” dust jacket is typical of illustration in 1951

when it was published. The book sold for $4.

make a rope of red and white to

decorate the tree.

By the 1930s, the Sunday

School programs at churches

were community events. On

Dec. 23, 1937, the Oak Hill

Methodist Church Sunday

School presented an elaborate

program. The choir sang and

the pastor gave the invocation.

Then Ralph Brand recited

“Christmas Wishes;” George

Ford, “A Secret;” Junior Ives,

“A Present to Bossy Cow;” Edward

Vedder did “A Christmas

Welcome.” Betty Lounsbury

Mary Wade of Oak Hill was one of the many area people who went to Florida each

and Peter Lounsbury did recitations.

the whole Lionel family Ford visited. did I U “A was in Sur-

winter. Some visited; others retired there. Most people drove from the Catskills to The Tripps had a house in Bradenton, where

Florida, and there are numerous accounts of their trips which took several days fact living there when he died, but his body prise was returned for Santa;” to Oak Hill Carol for burial Hayes in

and possibly car repairs along the way.

the Oak Hill Cemetery. They were members “Will of the Bradenton Xmas Country Never Club. Come.”

Stannard Mackey recited “The

ma critic for the “New York


Best Place;: Ralph Disbrow,


Times,” and


Pulitzer Prize-winning

author “Christmas who had a house Happi-




ness.” Durham Thomas on the Woodruff Susquehanna presented

Turnpike “What for many I’d Do;” years, Phyllis published

a did book “East in and 1951 West;” called



Holiday performance programs give a glimpse into the past.

Violet “Once and Around Viola the Poultney Sun.” told It is

By Mary Lou Nahas

2 pounds of sugar and 1 bottle “What presented the in Stars diary Say;” form Norma in that

For Capital Region Independent of lemon extract (24 cents). Poultney there is an did essay “The for Story every Best day


What they did with their of All.” the year.

Christmas purchases and how In Some addition essays there describe were local two

What would Christmas have

they spent the rest of the day, plays, residents, a distribution today of I presents want to

been like in Oak Hill and Vicinity

in the past?

you can decide.

and share several his songs. philosophical comments


On Christmas 1886, Hallenbeck-Ford

(Fords’ Store of that Hill

By Dec.

on January

24, 1961,

1, 1951.

the Oak

On Christmas Day 1867,




in New York


City that


Alfred Tripp’s store in Oak



time) was open for business. for the church school was held

Hill did a rather brisk business.

His musings seem relevant for

Their ledger shows that Calvin in the church at 4 p.m.

George L. Boughton purchased

today: “New Year’s Day. The

Orr bought $2.38 worth of holiday

goods. I wish they had told the

“Santa Claus will join us at

a vest pattern and trimmings



year comes

We hope

in with






for $2.16. William Paddock’s us what the holiday goods were. the New parents York is will alarmed. come and Rain bring falling

at children,” a freezing announced temperature the

15-Yard Dumpsters wife Available Norma bought a book for Stewart Hough also spent $1.15 their

The dress Helen Mark Tripp wrote Overbaugh about in her diary - 18 Greenville









similar to


those worn on holiday by the Tripp goods ladies when in this picture. he paid bulletin. has covered the sidewalks with

They prided themselves on their a hard glaze. Speaking over the


fashionable attire,



a pound



at home.


At that


period by of cash time, his the local $10 stores bill. sold yard The church also held a candlelight

city radio service the mayor on Christmas personally

good and notions. Some ladies in town had 15 a dressmaker cents. Warren come to Dewitt stay for bought a week or so to make The their rest new of gowns. the day’s business

seemed to have little to do Eve. warns motorists to keep off the

one white chamber for 62 cents

Mr. and Mrs. Bates, Nelson and and Had a dinner half pound at home. of candles Junior with for Thurs. Jan 2. John went on

with Christmas. Will Olmstead icy Bob streets. Boellner, The who Weather lived Bureau

Hill forecasts a boy, a heavy said his snow-



I ate our New Year’s dinner together

outside our tents plac-

[country M.B. club?] Mattice, Building the lawyer, for the

9 us. cents. There was a dinner at the CC the road I did chores, washed,

purchased one handkerchief 85 Oak






day starting

one book



ing our tables together. (Menu: Tourists but we did not go. The rain at night. Reggie Fowler

storm tonight. gift was At the a transistor moment,

had Charley pick up a half gallon

of molasses for 40 cents, cents. Joe Chittenden spent $1 a

for 75 cents, an album for 50 radio.

fricasseed chicken, sweet and holidays passed off very pleasantly.

Thunder showers later Friday, Jan 3. Johns home, it warm toy stove and we as begin her best the gift. new

broke his leg at Newells.

the year Anna looks Hamm bright…. remembered we are

white potatoes, cucumber pickles,

chili sauce, creamed onions, evening.

rained all day. John went with year triumphantly.

one lamp tube for 9 cents and on C-slip (not sure what that Mary Rose Johnson





one lamp wick for 2 cents. Israel was or if I just can’t read the “best present we ever got, as far

green peas, sweet corn, celery, Dewitt Jan got 1, 1939: a gallon callers of molasses this afternoon.

cents), 3 pounds of coffee went to Helens.

does. Not many of us in Ameri-

Floyd Nickerson after hay. I can happen; occasionally it

handwriting in the ledger). Orson

Winans settled his bill by my Dad got us and had to hide it

as I’m concerned, was a pony

cranberries sauce. Coffee Lemon

pies.) The men washed the sugar Jan (51 2 this cents), is our and 56th one wedding ball cash, Saturday $4. S. Osborn Jan 4: purchased Lovely a at




are prepared




it, for


not believe Mary it Rose in our also bones. remem-


we do

dishes for us. Mrs. Bates and cotton anniversary. (15 cents). Quite Abram a change Plank between

then a butter and firkin now for $1.63 Graham I went to - coal Middleburg hod for 5 got cents, our bers cheerfully singing assume Christmas that carols in some at

dish day pan just for like 35 spring. cents. Mrs. Helen B.O. and


and Jan 2 ¼ 1, pounds 1940: of Mr. butter and for Mrs. 49 C money O Shutts from - one Clarence, pair of rubbers came the mystic nursing way home. love conquers all,

cents. Palmer, Ransom Mrs. Slocum Lasher, sold Nelson $1 for back $2.75. by way R.E. of Moss Potter purchased Hollow. the Ryan good Frank, outweighs who evil “grew in up the

worth and I had of butter our dinner to pay at the toward Tourist

store Club balance Rooms. and A purchased very nice 75c, about 4 4 vases oclock and had 2 plates a hay 60c, ride remembers that at the eleventh watching hour “It’s some-


an Stopped assortment at Ethel of Bates dishes, got home pin in just the balances hills of of Cornwallville,”

the universe and


18 turkey yards dinner of calico gotten for on $2.88 purpose and 2 through c and s the 50c, woods. vase 20, cup 25c. Wonderful thing gloriously Life” on triumphant VHS every

will Christmas prevent the Day worst when before “my

one for spool the club of thread about for 230 8 cents. were Lovina Sunday Hollenbeck Jan 5: Just got a 1 perfect lamp

there. William Price Alger 80 cents. got The 12 business

meeting of flour at and 7:00, some then salt; an lamp John chimney walked for to 9 Elmers. cents. Geil, Looking of the world’s back, it experience all seems our so

½ for day $2.50 Very and icy Mrs. rained L. J. last White night. a Daddy it happens. got In home the from austere work. light


Hiram entertainment Alger’s and wife refreshments picked up K.O. Ford and and Cecile Hallenbeck was down appear after wonderful. optimism is I’m naïve. very When thankful wars

12 and gallons card playing. of molasses, Mr. and Mrs. one to milk. have been closed on Christmas

1887. There are entries in Christmases in the hills, and so





had so many



us down,

pound Howards of came raisins, this and afternoon. 1 oz of

we are shocked, incredulous,

cinnamon. You can Walter see the Cheritree’s New York the ledger Mary Wade, for Dec. wife 24 and of Leslie Dec. many lovely people to spend

and unprepared. But cautious

wife folks bought had a salt, wide 1 oz circle nutmeg; of 26, Wade, but none lived for in Dec. the Green 25, 1887. Revival

house in Oak Hill. She

them with.”

calculations bore us; they have

friends, lots of activities, and

such a dismal appearance and

warm weather. Some of them became the Durham Town Clerk

sound. To Americans optimism

stayed a few months and then January 1, 1946 and recorded

in her diary: We have Town

returned north. Others made

is a more congenial attitude. It

Florida their permanent home. Clerk’s office and had the safe

may be even more than that: it

Another diary which has etc. moved to our house. Wrote

may be creative. For all that I

no name identifying its owner, a few licenses. Stayed home for know at the moment, ‘Happy

written in an O-K Seal Theme New Year’s Day.

New Year’ may be nothing less


my favorites. It Jan. 2: got desk ready for than prophecy as the world begins

one more journey around


is titled “My Diary for 1936.” Town Papers, etc. Had to get




Jan 1 --1936: Geils,






for car. Pop [Leslie] the sun.”

John and I were to Flossies & got all the Town Clerk material Columnist Mary Lou Nahas

Harris. A beautiful day. Came in order for me. Not much business


an. She lives in Oak Hill, thus

is the Town of Durham Histori-

back and stopped at Golda’s,

they were sawing ice.

Brooks Atkinson, the dra-

the name of her column.

The Greenville Pioneer • Friday, December 17, 2021 13

NEW YORK – New York Attorney

General Letitia James has

issued a consumer alert informing

New Yorkers of their rights when

contacted by a debt collector.

Consumers facing debt collection

now have added protections

under federal and state law. New

nationwide rules adopted by the

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

(CFPB) that took effect Nov.

30 — limit how and when debt collectors

are allowed to contact consumers.

These rules also require debt

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information about the origin

and history of the debt they seek to

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law — the Consumer Credit Fairness

Act, which was signed into law

Nov. 8 — gives New Yorkers rights

when sued in regard to consumer


“New Yorkers have the right to

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smoke and mirrors,” James

said. “No consumer should be sued

over a debt they do not legally owe

or which a creditor has no right to

collect, but as we recover financially

from COVID-19, we are seeing

more and more debt collectors

come out of the woodwork with

outrageous claims. These simple

tips should help protect our state’s

consumers from deceptive and abusive

debt collection practices. My

office will continue to take the necessary

actions to protect New Yorkers’


For years, the Office of the Attorney

General (OAG) has brought

dozens of enforcement actions and

obtained numerous settlements

against debt collectors that engaged

in improper debt collection tactics.

In 2019, Attorney General James

partnered with the Federal Trade

Commission to obtain court orders

halting a scheme to distribute and

collect on millions of dollars in

“phantom debts” — fake debts that

consumers did not owe.

Earlier, the OAG reached agreements

with four of the nation’s major

debt buyers, which regularly

pursued untimely lawsuits against

New York consumers, often obtaining

default judgments when the

consumers failed to respond to the

lawsuits. As a result of the OAG’s

actions, many companies and individuals

have been permanently

banned from engaging in debt collection

in New York.

AG: Be aware of rights in debt collection

The OAG reminds consumers

that they should be aware of their

rights under federal and state law:

• Right to Know What You

Owe: Debt collectors must provide

you with key information about

your debt within five days of their

first communication with you. This

is called a “validation notice” and

typically includes the name of company

or person you originally owed

the debt to; the date and amount of

the original debt; and an itemization

of fees, interest, payments, and

credits that have been added to or

deducted from the original debt.

• Right to Dispute the Debt:

You have a right to dispute the debt.

The validation notice must include

information on how you can dispute

the debt. The CFPB also has

a sample dispute letter available for

use. Once you dispute a debt, the

collector must stop all attempts to

collect from you until they provide

information supporting their claim

to the debt.

• Debt Collectors Must Follow

Limits on How and How Often

They Contact You: Limits have

been put in place to avoid harassment

by debt collectors. Debt collectors

cannot call you more than

seven times in any seven-day period;

they must wait seven days before

calling again after they make

contact with you by phone; they

cannot call you between 8 p.m. and

9 a.m. in the time zone where you

are located; you have the right to

tell debt collectors not to contact

you by email or text message or

any other means of communication,

and you may tell them not to

contact you at all; debt collectors

generally cannot try to reach you at

your work email address, through a

public social media post, or through

third parties, like friends, family,

neighbors, or co-workers (under

some circumstances, debt collectors

may be allowed to contact third

parties simply to obtain information

about your location).

Debt collectors also cannot contact

you at your workplace if your

employer prohibits such contacts

(for example, you are not allowed

to take personal calls at works) and

you can tell a debt collector you

cannot take calls at work.

• You Cannot Be Sued for Old

Debts: Debt collectors are required

to notify you, before accepting

a payment from you, if they are

contacting you about a debt that is

NYS Attorney General Letitia James

beyond the time limit for bringing a

lawsuit. After April 7, 2022: Creditors

cannot sue you, or threaten to

sue you, on debt that is older than

three years. Before April 7, 2022:

Creditors cannot sue you, or threaten

to sue you, on debts that are older

than six years. That time limit

may be even shorter if the original

company or person you owed the

debt to is incorporated in or has its

principal place of business in a state

with a shorter time limit. For example,

Delaware has a three-year limit.

Consumers are cautioned that until

April 7, 2022, if they make a payment

on a debt that is too old for a

lawsuit, the payment may renew the

creditor’s ability to sue them for the

full amount of the old debt.

• New Rights for Consumers

Facing Debt Collection Lawsuits in

New York:

If you are sued for a debt in New

York, the court clerk must mail a

notice of the action to you; the court

clerk must send a notice advising

COMING Jan 14 th in the

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you of how to oppose any request

by the creditor or debt collector to

enter a judgment against you.

A debt collection lawsuit filed

in New York must include detailed

information about the debt, including:

the name of the original person

or company you owed the debt to;

the last four digits of your account

number; the date of your last payment;

and an itemization of the

amount sought.

James urges New Yorkers to be

vigilant consumers and to report

debt collectors to her office if they

fail to follow the law or if they engage

in conduct that is deceptive,

harassing, or abusive. Consumers

who are having these experiences

with debt collectors are urged to file

complaints with the OAG online or

to call the OAG’s consumer helpline

at 1-800-771-7755.

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14 The Greenville Pioneer • Friday, December 17, 2021

By Adler Karle

For Capital Region Independent Media

Festive display celebrates the season

If you drive through Greenville

during the holiday season, it is hard

to miss the cheery display of Christmas

lights at The Westerner.

Don Irving, owner of The Westerner,

began this festive tradition in

2011, just decorating his business

with a few lights and some other

seasonal decorations. The original

modest display quickly grew larger

and larger as people started to notice

the lights and complimented

them from year to year. It spread to

the properties around the store as he

purchased them.

“I was inspired by my grandmother

Jennie and her Christmas

decorations,” said Irving, noting

how much he loved Christmas as

a child. His desire was to “bring

something to the party, make people

happy and brighten up the town.”

He loves the cheer in the holiday

season and all that happiness

around it, he said.


The Westerner on Route 32 lights up the community for the holiday season.

“I just try to make it happy and

bright and cheerful,” Irving said.

These decorations are a real labor

of love for Irving, who starts the

decorating Oct. 1.

“It takes about four weeks putting

up the lights and my favorite

decorations of antique toboggans

and sleds with some festive

wreaths,” he said.

What he is most proud of,

though, is his “old-fashioned, soft

colored lights.” Irving points out

that none of his lights are modern


Irving tries to have a theme every

year with his lights. This year’s

theme is color, with The Westerner

wanting color everywhere and everything

being lit up. In the past,

Irving has had a “White Christmas”

that was mostly white Christmas

lights. Another year he had a “Crochet

Christmas,” with crocheted figures

in the windows.

A challenge Irving faces every


A property next door to the Westerner is also getting into the spirit of the season.

year is trying to power the display.

“It’s quite the game to figure out

how to not exceed the limits of our

breakers in the electrical box,” he


Irving’s light display garners a

great deal of attention and attracts

families from as far as Saratoga to

see the lights.

“My daughter and I are excited

to see the light display every year,”

said Westerlo resident Kim Wheeler.

Jullianne Baumann, of Greenville,

appreciates Irving’s efforts

with his light display every year.

The Westerner always puts a

lot of attention to detail, and they

are very well done every year,” she


Irving sees this labor of love as a

jolly contribution to the town.

“I want to make people happy

in maybe a not-so-happy time and

make people’s day a little better,”

he said.

BOSQUE, from page 1



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in the area should the 12 houses and

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have too many wells, with too much

use and extended dry conditions, it

will have more than a significant

impact on the aquifer and on all of

our homes, including the Bosque

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Ellen Fried said she has tried to

keep an open mind about the proposed

development, but has come

to the conclusion that the effects on

the community would be negative.

“I have reached the conclusion

that this project will have a very

large, negative impact on the community

and that it will damage what

is truly valuable and unique about

this rural, beautiful place we live in

and will open it up for future development,”

Fried said. “Basically, it

is a terrible fit for us that could be

prevented by proper planning.”

Fried said she opposed the developer’s

plan to construct two

styles of homes, and predicted the

homeowners would not have a

sense of connection to the community.

“Even the second homeowners

in Cornwallville, they contribute to

the community, they are part of the

community,” she said. “In contrast,

Bosque is basically a gated subdivision

without the gates. It is designed

for people who can pay vastly more

than anyone here could afford for a

second home. They are not going to

become a part of us.”

The home prices are expected to

be above $1 million apiece.

Homeowner Thomas Winslow

said he is not averse to change, and

in fact moved to Cornwallville from

Texas himself decades ago.

“We know we can’t stop change

or progress or growth, and we don’t

want to,” Winslow said. “We simply

want existing processes and

structures and agencies adequately


The town board has not complied

with the required review process,

Winslow contended.

Dan Clifton, a leading opponent

of the project, said the town board

has not given the project the “hard

look” required under the State Environmental

Quality Review Act.

“Under SEQRA, it is the responsibility

of the lead agency, in

this case the town board, to take a

hard look at the impacts of the proposed

action. It is their responsibility

to take a hard look,” Clifton said.

“For the last 12 months, many residents

have expressed serious concerns

about the project, about the

well water — properties around the

proposed subdivision have experienced

lack of water, muddy water

— and Bosque only did computer

modeling to say there is not a problem.

That is not a hard look.”

Property owner John Shawl predicted

the project could create longterm

problems for the community.

“I am not against progress if

done smartly and wisely,” Shawl

said. “Aside from the immediate

noise that the project would create,

my ultimate concern would be

environmental and the natural resources

that we all depend on for

our long-term survival. It seems to

me that the developer’s objectives

are to make a profit and leave. And

leave the problem on our backs —

they have no long-term stakes in the


A couple of letters submitted to

the town board and read by Marriott

showed support for the project.

“I am in support of the subdivision,”

Jerry Cunningham wrote.

“One, since it is to be a private road,

the town will not incur the expense

of building or maintaining it. Two,

because of its location, it will have

very little impact on the viewshed

for most of the town. Three, and the

most important reason to me, will be

the long-range impact on all property

owners in our town if you don’t

grant approval. Property rights and

the right for every landowner who

pays taxes and maintains his property

to control the destination of that

property without being controlled

by opposition groups, should be


Resident Bernard Rivers also

threw his support behind the project.

“It’s all too easy for residents,

both long established and newly

arrived, to say stop, no more progress,

but if there is no progress, the

community will not stay the same.

It will change for the worse because

even more young adults and their

small children will leave, accelerating

the decline of Durham,” Rivers

said, adding the project would bring

tax dollars into the community.

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A vendor sells his wares during the first-ever Greene’s Candy Cane Festival in Angelo Canna Town Park in Cairo.


Food, from hot meals to sweet treats, were a highlight of the festival.

CANDY, from page 1


Cook collected a list of six

families so far who could use a

helping hand to give their children

a joyful Christmas with

gifts under the tree. Funds to

purchase the gifts were generated

through a raffle of various

items and gift baskets, which in

turn were donated by local residents

and businesses.

“We asked people to nominate

families who need a little

help,” Cook said. “We’ve got

six so far and they have given

us lists of their kids and their

ages. I have also reached out to

local schools to see if they have

anyone who needs help. A lot of

them have their own programs,

so some need help and some

don’t. It depends on how many

need help and how much we


Marrianne Baldwin was a

volunteer who helped Cook put

the festival on. She said it was a

nice opportunity to help people

during the holiday season and to

bring some joy to the community.

“This is for a good cause —

it is for families that need a little

help at Christmas,” Baldwin

said. “Nichole is doing amazing

things and I am happy to be


The amount raised through


Emily Binelli, 3, checks out some tasty treats at the Candy Cane Festival.

proceeds of the raffles was not

available at press time.

Greene’s Candy Cane Festival

brought more than two dozen

vendors selling everything from

food and cupcakes to artwork,

clothing and holiday items, and

the Cairo-Durham Class of 2025

held a fundraiser. Free crafts

gave kids the opportunity to

make tree ornaments they could

take home with them, and write

letters to Santa Claus, which

were delivered to the North Pole

for the Jolly Ol’ Elf to read.

“It’s just community togetherness,”

Cook said of the festival.

Dozens of families turned out

for the event to take part in activities,

visit with The Big Guy and

have a good time.

Erika Moak, of Greenville,

brought her three daughters to

the festival. The girls were hard

at work writing letters to Santa.

The kids are having a good

time — it is something to get

us out of the house and having

fun,” Moak said. “They want to

see Santa. So far, their favorite

things to do here are the cupcakes

and writing letters to Santa.”

Emily Binelli, 3, stared longingly

through a Plexiglas shield

at an array of colorful cupcakes.

Melanie Binelli said they had

just arrived but were having fun


“It is a very nice event,” Melanie

Binelli said. “We just got

here, but she has already made

a very nice Christmas ornament,

so that was fun. We will walk

around and see what else they


Debra Acompora, of South

Cairo, brought six of her grandchildren

to the festival.

“So far, they like the cupcakes

the best, and the brownie

pops,” Acompora said. “This

is the first annual festival and I

thought it was a great idea. I’m

glad somebody finally did this

close to us. They have them all

over the place — I was in Florida

recently and went to a bunch of

different festivals, but never really

went to any up here, so this

is great.”

Cook said she hopes to do a

second annual festival next year

as well.

KELLY’S, from page 1

and we know that the pandemic has exponentially

increased substance-use disorder

and addiction in communities — and

rural communities have been especially

hard hit by that,” Hinchey said. To have

a pharmacy that really cares about its

people, who cares about the future of its

community and will prioritize that in everything

it does… is incredible.”

Kelly’s Pharmacy has also taken

a leading role locally by making

COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots

easily accessible to local residents, and

has done thousands so far.

“We have done 11,000 vaccines since

last year at this time and we have done

6,700 in the last three months,” co-owner

Marty Kelly said. “We have done a little

over 6,300 [COVID] tests, but the vaccines

are the more important part.”

A substantial portion of the vaccines

and boosters administered by the pharmacy

have been done in the last three

months by making access to the shots as

convenient as possible, Kelly said.

“We don’t do it by appointment, we

do walk-ins, so where other places were

requiring appointments and they would


State Sen. Michelle Hinchey, D-46, far right, with the staff of Kelly’s Pharmacy on Route 81,

following the award ceremony.

do 20, 30 or 40 a day, we were doing 120,

130 a day,” Kelly said. “Our goal was to

make it as easy as possible for anyone to

get their vaccine and it has worked out


Vaccine and booster shot administration

played a role in why Kelly’s Pharmacy

was selected for the state award,

Hinchey said.

The amount of vaccines they have

given out plays directly to the point that

they are focused on serving their community,

so it is not surprising that they

have been so successful in getting people

vaccinated and being a place where

people want to go to get the vaccine because

they trust them,” the state senator

said. “They have built that community

trust, so where there is a lot of misinformation

about the vaccine flying around,

if you have a place like Kelly’s saying

‘come in, we distribute the vaccine and

the boosters and it is safe,’ and people

trust them, that is going to bring in more

people to be vaccinated and it will keep

our community safer.”

Co-owner Quinn Kelly said the recognition

from the state is gratifying.

“We just do this stuff day in and day

out,” Quinn Kelly said. “To receive this

award and know that someone is watching,

validates what we do. We don’t do

it for that, but to know that what we do

is recognized is one of the best feelings

ever. It feels phenomenal to be honored

with this award.”

Bill prioritizes industrial hemp packaging for cannabis products

ALBANY – State Sen. Michelle

Hinchey, D-46, recently

announced new legislation

(S.7508) to establish New York

as a national leader in the growth

and production of biodegradable

hemp-based packaging for

products soon to emerge from

the state’s cannabis industry.

The Senate Agriculture chair

authored the bill with a focus on

kickstarting an industrialized

hemp industry that prioritizes

environmental sustainability,

delivers business opportunities

for New York’s small farmers,

and spurs economic development

in upstate communities.

Hinchey’s bill directs the

state’s Cannabis Control Board

(CCB) to develop a plan that

will place industrial hemp as the

primary packaging source for

all cannabis products made in

New York state.

The bill also tasks the Office

of Cannabis Management

and Empire State Development

with creating the Sustainable

Cannabis Packaging Incubator

Program, which would offer

financial incentives to farmers

and cannabis entrepreneurs who

contribute to the development

and use of hemp-based packaging


There is no other natural

resource that offers the same

environmental, agricultural, and

economic potential as hemp. My

bill will create a market, kickstarting

the industry and moving

New York state to the forefront

in a way that will help us tackle

the climate crisis, give our small

farmers a competitive edge, and

boost upstate economic development,”

Hinchey said.

“With my bill, we have an incredible

opportunity to unleash

the potential of biodegradable

hemp-based products that slashes

our use of plastics, incentivizes

farmers and entrepreneurs to

be part of this innovation stage,

and propels an industry that has

not reached even a fraction of

its full potential,” Hinchey continued.


industrialized hemp is the future

of manufacturing and I look forward

to getting my bill passed

in the 2022 session so that New

York can lead the way in this

emerging market.”

At a time when New York

farms are struggling to remain

profitable in a global marketplace,

many farmers have

looked to diversify what they

grow and produce, the senator

said. Industrial hemp, which can

be manufactured into tens of

thousands of different products

(building materials, textiles,

paper, oil, fuel, and more) can

provide a valuable commodity

option for agricultural producers

while providing significant

benefit to New York’s economy

and environment, she said.

Unlike other crops, hemp

can grow in most climates and

on most farmland, requiring less

water and no pesticides or herbicides.

Three and a half times

stronger than conventional plastics,

hemp-derived composites

can be used to replace materials

previously made out of fossil

fuel-based plastics — from

car parts to furniture — and

are completely biodegradable,

taking as little as three to six

months to decompose. Petroleum-based

plastics take over

400 years.

Central to Hinchey’s agenda

for 2022 is jumpstarting the

industrialized hemp market in

New York state to strengthen

local economies and allow new

businesses to flourish in communities

across the state, especially

in rural and upstate areas

where hemp would be grown,

Hinchey said.

The legislation to prioritize

hemp as the main packaging

source for cannabis products

provides a conduit to increase

demand for the commodity

while supporting struggling

farmers and helping New York

meet its climate mitigation

goals and is among her top priorities

for the 2022 state legislative

session, Hinchey said.

The bill is expected to come

under consideration when the

Legislature convenes in January.

16 The Greenville Pioneer • Friday, December 17, 2021

Federal funding in place for past-due water, sewer bills

By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

ALBANY — Low-income residents

who owe back payments for

their water and sewer bills may be

eligible for federal funds aimed at

avoiding service interruptions.

Gov. Kathy Hochul recently

announced $69.8 million in federal

funding became available Dec. 1 to

help low-income New Yorkers pay

their drinking water and wastewater

bills that are in arrears.

The program is administered by

the state’s Office of Temporary and

Disability Assistance.

Dubbed the Low-Income

Household Water Assistance Program,

the funds will provide eligible

individuals and families with up

to $2,500 for drinking water arrears

and $2,500 for wastewater arrears,

Hochul said Monday.

The state’s moratorium on service

shutoffs, imposed during the

COVID-19 pandemic, expires in

late December and regulated utilities

have agreed to hold off on

service disconnections through the

New Year’s holiday.

But service shutoffs may resume

after that.

“As New Yorkers make their

comeback from the devastating

effects of the pandemic, struggling

households should never be left

wondering whether they will be

able to afford critical utilities like

water and sewer service,” Hochul

said. “Over the course of the pandemic,

utility affordability has too

often become a prohibitive obstacle

to the financial stability of a household.

This assistance will help ensure

New Yorkers do not have to

worry about losing these basic necessities

as they fight to make ends


The assistance program is

aimed at low-income households,

particularly those paying a high

proportion of their income for water

and sewer bills, Hochul said.

The program is intended for households

will service bills that are at

least 20 days past due.

Payments will be made directly

to the utility company.

Approximately 105,000 households

are expected to be aided by

the program statewide, Hochul


Eligibility for the program is

determined by household income,

size and the amount that is past

due. To qualify, a household of four

would need to have a gross monthly

income of $5,249 or less, according

to the governor’s office.

U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-20,

who represents Coeymans and

Ravena, welcomed the assistance


“Water affordability is a challenge

for many New York families,

which has only become exacerbated

by the COVID-19 public health

crisis,” Tonko said. “Congress provided

water utility assistance funding

in recent COVID relief packages,

and I will continue pushing for

federal funding that ensures every

American has access to safe, clean


Residents can submit applications

online and by mail. Visit otda.

ny.gov/lihwap for more information.

Individuals enrolled in the

Home Energy Assistance Program

or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance

Program, or who receive

Temporary Assistance or who live

alone and receive Supplemental

Security Income, are automatically

eligible, but still need to apply for

assistance, according to the governor’s


According to state surveys, as

many as 15% of households have

past-due water bills in some parts

of the state, owing an average of

about $250. Nationally, the average

combined drinking water and sewer

bill is $1,200 a year, according

to the U.S. Department of Labor


Conversation is

key in caring for

loved one with


By John Grimaldi

For Capital Region Independent Media


Assemblyman Chris Tague, R-102, Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, D-113, Assemblyman Billy Jones, D-115, and New

York Farm Bureau Board of Directors Vice President Eric Ooms join farmers in speaking out against the proposed

reduction of the farm laborer overtime threshold.

Tague, farmers oppose

working hours threshold

ALBANY — Assemblyman

Chris Tague, R-102, joined other

legislators, New York Farm

Bureau Board of Directors Vice

President Eric Ooms and farmers

from Grow NY Farms in holding

a press conference announcing

the delivery of letters from hundreds

of farmers to the governor,

expressing their concerns regarding

the proposed reduction in the

farm laborer overtime threshold.

The farmers provided insight

into why a reduction in the overtime

threshold would imperil

farms throughout the state, including

their own.

Farmers expressed concerns

that such an overtime restriction

is incompatible with the realities

of farm operations, which are

conducted at the mercy of changing

weather conditions.

Already paying more for labor

costs than other out-of-state competitors,

a report by Farm Credit

East has stated that the total cost

of lowering the overtime threshold

to 40 hours, coupled with

minimum wage increases, would

result in a 42% spike in labor

costs for these small businesses,

according to Tague’s office.

“Working on a farm is not a

9-to-5 job, because plants, animals

and the weather do not operate

on anyone’s schedule but their

own,” said Tague. “When faced

with a storm or an incoming frost,

farmers have no choice but to call

all hands on deck to respond, no

matter how long it takes. Farms

operate on razor thin margins,

and farmers often forego paychecks

themselves to keep their

businesses afloat. While farmers

of course want to take care of

their workers, providing overtime

at a 40-hour threshold just isn’t


Farmers and legislators also

made the point that if farms are

pushed into closing by an overtime

threshold reduction, the efforts

to improve the lives of farm

workers will have been for nothing.

“Farm workers are the reason

we have fresh meat, dairy and

produce in our grocery stores,

but if we lose the farms that give

laborers work, we will have only

hurt them and their families,” said

Tague. “When drafting agricultural

policy, we need to remember

that farming is a business unlike

any other, in which farmers

compete in a global marketplace.

If this proposal becomes law, we

will see a loss of labor and economic

activity to other states that

respect how agribusinesses operate

in the real world.”

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WASHINGTON, DC — More than 6 million Americans

have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and that number

is growing at too fast a rate — the projection is that the

number of Alzheimer’s patients will more than double by


According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 11.2 million

Americans are volunteer caregivers for loved ones with the

disease. In fact, family members and friends account for 83%

of all Alzheimer’s caregivers.

The pros are trained to know what to do, but “civilian”

helpmates may need help.

“Three of the main reasons [novice] caregivers provide

assistance to a person with Alzheimer’s or another dementia

are: (1) the desire to keep a family member or friend at home

(65%), (2) proximity to the person with dementia (48%) and

(3) the caregiver’s perceived obligation to the person with

dementia (38%). Caregivers often indicate love and a sense

of duty and obligation when describing what motivates them

to assume care responsibilities for a relative or friend living

with dementia,” according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

It’s a daunting task that requires commitment and perseverance

and that’s where “love and a sense of duty and obligation”

enter into the equation, according to the organization.

Day-to-day assistance with hygiene, dressing and incontinence

as well as routine activities of daily living are difficult

enough for amateur caregivers. But, perhaps, as challenging

as these routines may be, it can be frustrating at best for novice

helpmates to engage in conversation no matter how simple

the chat may seem.

Bear in mind that verbal give-and-take is a critical element

of taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s.

The disease impairs both the patient’s ability to verbalize

their thoughts and his or her ability to understand what you

are saying. In addition, in many cases, especially as the disease

progresses, they can’t remember words or things that

have happened in their lives nor, perhaps, recall who you are.

The individual’s capacity to communicate fails them and,

as a result, it might hinder their ability to “maintain their dignity

and self-esteem.”

Many amateur caregivers who have been at it for a long

time understand the importance of conversation. But, if you

are new to it, here are a few recommendations, courtesy of

the Alzheimer’s Association:

• Engaging the person in one-on-one conversation in a

quiet space that has minimal distractions.

• Speaking slowly and clearly.

• Maintaining eye contact to show you care about what he

or she is saying.

• Giving the person plenty of time to respond so he or she

can think about what to say.

• Being patient and offering reassurance to encourage the

person to explain his or her thoughts.

• Asking one question at a time.

• Asking yes or no questions. For example, “Would you

like some coffee?” rather than “What would you like to


• Avoiding criticizing or correcting. Instead, listen and try

to find the meaning in what the person says. Repeating what

was said to clarify.

• Avoiding arguing. If the person says something you

don’t agree with, let it be.

• Offering clear, step-by-step instructions for tasks as

lengthy requests may be overwhelming.

• Giving visual cues by demonstrating a task to encourage


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Citizens [AMAC] www.amac.us is a vibrant, vital senior advocacy

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The Greenville Pioneer • Friday, December 17, 2021 17

Living on Purpose

Wherever you are, God is with you

By Dr. Billy Holland

For Capital Region Independent Media

For those who try to live for

the Lord and want to please Him,

I’m sure you know what I mean

when I say there are times when

the spirit is willing, but the flesh

is weak.

When it comes to maintaining

a red-hot enthusiasm for the

Christian life, we are not robots,

but rather we are emotional humans

that have good days along

with other times that are clouded

with feelings of melancholy.

It does the heart good to quietly

sit alone as we search within

our soul trying to figure out what

is wrong. It could be a nagging

sin where we should have stood

strong against it but instead we

gave it control.

God promises that in the midst

of our misery there is nothing we

can do that will make Him love us

any less. Or maybe our hearts are

weighed down with heaviness for

a world that has turned away from

God. Whatever our burden, we

can rest assured that He knows

our thoughts and exactly what we

are going through.

Romans 8:39 is a wonderful

reminder: “Neither height nor

depth, nor anything else in all

creation, will be able to separate

us from the love of God that is in

Christ Jesus our Lord.”

The gospel is often called the

good news and rightly so as there

is nowhere in this world that God

cannot hear our cries or feel the

weight of our worries. There is no

point in our lives where He turns

away from us or sees us as undeserving

or unworthy of His love.

So today, if you are having difficulty

sensing His presence and

feel like you are drifting on an

open sea, God wants you to know

that He has never left your side.

There is strength, confidence, and

hope in His name as He is waiting

to lead you into the healing light

of His glorious presence.

II Samuel 22:3-4 declares:

“My God, my rock, in whom I

take refuge, my shield, and the

horn of my salvation, my stronghold

and my refuge, my savior;

you save me from violence. I call

upon the Lord, who is worthy to

be praised, and I am saved from

my enemies.”

The Lord promises that we

can always run to Him when we

are afraid and anxious, when we

are having health issues, confused

or sad, or overwhelmed with discouragement.

Wherever you are,

He is always there to protect and

comfort you.

As I sit here seeking God’s

guidance, I just received a text

from a dear friend asking for

prayer. He said he is struggling

with a sense that he has been

abandoned by God. I’m sure you

will agree it’s not a coincidence

that I would be writing about the

very thing that he just contacted

me about.

It hurts me to see others discouraged

as we are living in difficult

times, but there will be seasons

when we are convinced He

is not concerned about what we

are going through. This happens

to all of us because our emotions

— namely what we see, hear and

feel — are so strong, however

these natural feelings can be

misleading and often prove that

things are not always the way

they seem.

Divine truth is found in the

spiritual realm with God and is

based on His nature and character,

which is an extension of what

He has promised in His Word.

“So be strong and courageous!

Do not be afraid and do not panic

before them. For the Lord your

God will personally go ahead of

you. He will neither fail you nor

abandon you. And the Lord, He is

the One who goes before you. He

will be with you, He will never

leave you nor forsake you; do not

fear nor be dismayed” (Deuteronomy


The desert is a hot and dry

environment and we read in the

Bible that many of God’s people,

including Jesus Himself, spent

some agonizing times there. But

let us remember that for whatever

reason we may go through these

wilderness experiences, God is

not only with us every step of the

way, but He also promises after

a certain amount of time to lead

us back into the cool refreshing

waters of His joy, peace and restoration.

Ask Jesus to forgive and

cleanse your heart, trust in His

endless grace, and as sure as the

sun will rise tomorrow, you will

find yourself back in His everlasting

arms of love.

Discover more about the

Christian life at billyhollandministries.com.

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Because you care!

Sometimes, things don’t always work out at home for a child.

New York’s Office of Children and Family Services estimates that 130,000

children around the state live with a grandparent, an aunt or uncle, or other

family member. Some even live with close family friends. When a family member

or close family friend assumes the responsibility of caring for a child, that’s called

Kinship Care.

Perhaps you are a kinship care provider, or know someone who is. If you are,

you do it for all the right reasons. Because you care. But there’s good news.

St. Catherine’s Center for Children has launched a new program to support

kinship caregivers in Albany, Schenectady, Greene and Ulster Counties. The

program connects caregivers like you to a variety of community and public

support services, providing you with the tools you need to succeed. Want to learn

more? Call us at the number below, or email kinshipcare@st-cath.org

St. Catherine’s Center for Children

40 North Main Avenue, Albany, NY 12203

www.st-cath.org • 518-453-6700

18 The Greenville Pioneer • Friday, December 17, 2021

Be A Better Gardener

By Thomas Christopher

For Capital Region Independent Media

This past summer was one of record-breaking

rainfall in my corner of western

Massachusetts – our dirt road washed out

three times, and our garden soil was too wet

to work much of the time.

I can’t do much about my road, other than

express my gratitude to the town crew that

put it right. But I can adapt my garden, with

the help of Ginny Stibolt and Sue Reed’s

book, “Climate-Wise Landscaping.”

First published in 2018, this book has

become more relevant than ever as climate

change takes off across the United States.

My wife, an environmental scientist who

researches the dynamics of our changing

climate, has been telling me for years that

storms, and their attendant precipitation,

would become more violent in the Northeast.

I took no action, but now I believe the time

has come. And “Climate-Wise Landscaping”

offers lots of ideas.

As it states in the introduction, this book

takes a positive view of the situation: “Instead

of wringing our hands,” say the authors,

“we prefer to roll up our sleeves.” That

suits me, for I deeply dislike the gloom and

doom so often associated with the environmental

movement, which I find encourages a

sense of despair that leads to paralysis.

In a series of sharply targeted chapters,

Stibolt and Reed offer ways to address the

various ways that climate change is having

an impact on different regions of the country,

whether it is increased heat and drought, or


By focusing on different aspects of our

landscapes, from the lawn to the soil and water,

trees and shrubs and herbaceous plants,

they share not only ways for the gardener to

Qualified households may now

pply for Home Energy Assistance

ro¬gram (HEAP) grants, a federlly

funded program that provides

oth reg¬ular and emergency fiancial

assistance to help pay heatng

and utility bills.

The grants are available

hrough local Department of Soial

Services (DSS) offices and

ffices for the Aging. Customers

f Central Hudson Gas & Electric

orp. who receive a HEAP benet

toward their ac¬count will also

e issued a monthly credit on their

ill for a max¬imum of 12 months

ased on service type and amount

f HEAP benefit.

“We’re pleased to offer addiional

assistance to families who

ay be struggling and depend on

EAP benefits, and encourage all

ligible households to apply,” said

nthony Campagiorni, Vice Presdent

of Customer Services and

egulatory Affairs.

Campagiorni explained that

ualified families using electricty

or natural gas as their primary

eating source may receive a reglar

HEAP benefit $350 or more,

epending on family income and

ize guidelines, applied toward

heir Central Hudson account.

Climate change gardening


Climate change is having an impact on different regions of the country, whether it is increased

heat and drought, or flooding. Now is the time to plan a garden that can help.

Home heating assistance

“In addition to these grants, eligible

customers will also receive a

credit on their utility bills that provide

further assistance in lowering

their energy costs,” said Campagiorni.

The bill credit is based on the

type of heating source and income


He added that qualified households

receiving a HEAP benefit for

non-utility heating fuels such as

oil, propane, wood/wood pellets,

kero¬sene, coal or corn are also eligible

for a monthly credit on their

electric or non-heating gas bill.

“We’re happy to provide bill

discounts to customers who heat

with these fuels, as well,” said


Customers should email their

HEAP Notice of Decision Letter to

Central Hudson at CareUnit@cenhud.com

to be enrolled and receive

the bill credit.

Regular HEAP grants for the

fall and upcoming winter are available

between now and Mar. 16,

2020, or until funding is exhausted.

Emergency HEAP grants will

be available between Jan. 2 and

Mar. 16, 2020. These benefits are

designed to meet an eligible household’s

immediate energy needs.

An additional benefit, the

Heating Equipment Repair or Replacement

(HERR) program, is

available to assist income qualified

homeowners in repairing or

replacing their primary heating

equipment when the systems are

inoper¬able or unsafe. Applications

for HERR are accepted

through Sept. 30, 2020, or until the

funding is ex¬hausted.

To apply for HEAP and HERR

benefits, customers may contact

their local DSS office, call (800)

342-3009, or visit www.mybenefits.ny.gov.

In¬dividuals who are

60 and older and do not receive

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance

Program (SNAP) benefits may

contact their local Office for the

Aging to learn of the eligibil¬ity

requirements by calling 800-342-

9871 or by visiting www.aging.


For more information on

HEAP eligibility requirements

and benefits, visit www.Central-

Hudson.com/HEAP or http://otda.


asp; and for more on all of Central

Hudson’s assistance and billing

programs, visit www.CentralHudson.com,

and click on “My Account.”

minimize their garden’s contribution to climate

change, but also, in many cases, to help

reverse or at least limit the process.

Some of their recommendations were,

for me, unexpected. For example, in a section

of the book succinctly labeled “Food,”

Stibolt and Reed point out that food production

worldwide produces a third of the greenhouse

gases we release into the atmosphere,

and that every pound of food produced in a

home or community garden reduces greenhouse

gas emissions by two pounds. That

will reinforce my passion for vegetable gardening.

Given my experience this past summer,

I was drawn to Section VI: “Planning and

Design,” which directly addresses the design

of “Flood-Wise” landscapes. Sometimes, the

authors counsel, the best response is acceptance.

Naturally flood-prone areas such as

flood plains, should be respected by garden

designers, as by collecting and absorbing

run-off, they serve an important function. After

identifying such areas, gardeners should

avoid planting there any species that can’t

tolerate periods of standing water and avoid

locating there any structures that will be

damaged by flooding.

Working with the natural systems can

also involve increasing the ability of your

landscape to absorb the water that falls on it.

Creating a rain garden is one way to accomplish

this, but the process can also be simpler,

adjusting the soil to create some low spots

where the water can sink in and planting

them with plants that can tolerate periods of

water-saturated soil – species that originate

in flood plains and wetlands.

My vegetable garden, according to Stibolt

and Reed, will be less muddy if I focus

more on growing in raised beds. Plant trees

on a slight mound. If an area of lawn has

been under an inch or more of water for more

than a week, the soil will have been compacted

by the weight of the water, and the area

should be aerated.

For more such useful tips and ideas, I

suggest you consult the book itself, “Climate-Wise

Landscaping,” which is available

from online booksellers, or may be ordered

as a signed copy from the website of co-author

Sue Reed: www.susanreedla.com. For

a conversation about climate change and

gardening with the other co-author, Ginny

Stibolt, log onto the Berkshire Botanical

Garden’s Growing Greener podcast at www.



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 WE-

SUFM.org, Pacifica Radio and NPR and is

available at his website, https://www.thomaschristophergardens.com/podcast.

Governor signs bill to help farmers fight Lyme disease

ALBANY – State Sen. Michelle

Hinchey, D-46, and Assem-

emphasis on helping farmers and cases in the country.

concern with the workers who are creasing awareness and research

agricultural community with an third-highest number of confirmed amplify this urgent public health said. “For more than a decade inblywoman

Didi Barrett, D-106, farmworkers learn how to prevent, “Information is critical when it most susceptible. I thank Assemblymember

Barrett for partnering

about Lyme and other TBDs (tickborne

diseases) has been a top

recently announced that their bill to identify and treat a tick-borne illness.

tick-borne illnesses, and this legis-

with me on this legislation and

comes to fighting Lyme and other

educate farmers and farmworkers

he Greenville

about Lyme



• Friday,

and other



20, 2019

According to data from the lation will help farmers and farm-

Gov. Hochul for signing the mea-

priority, so I am pleased that Gov.


borne illnesses has been signed into Centers for Disease Control and workers, whose livelihoods depend sure into law.”

Hochul has signed the legislation

law by Governor Kathy Hochul. Prevention, some 476,000 Americans

on working outdoors and in highly Barrett said education and I sponsored with Sen. Hinchey di-

are diagnosed and treated for prone tick areas, better understand awareness are important in battling recting the commissioner of Agri-

The bill (S.4089/A.6888),

which passed unanimously in both Lyme disease each year. Scientists

have reported a nearly 300% these potentially debilitating dis-

“Ticks carrying Lyme and oth-

how to prevent, identify, and treat the disease.

culture and Markets to implement

houses of the state Legislature earlier


a plan to educate the agricultural


year, directs the commissioner

of Agriculture and Markets mate crisis worsens, the risk of tick-

temperatures are above freezing, community about how to prevent,


increase in U.S.


counties classieases,”

Hinchey said. “As the clier

diseases are active whenever the

to The implement Greenville a Pioneer public • awareness Friday, January 17, 2020 borne infections will only increase, making farmers and farm workers identify and treat tick-borne illnesses.”


campaign focused on New York’s has emerged as a hotspot with the making it incredibly important to at risk much of the year,” Barrett

CMH unveils

3D biopsy technology

Hannacroix Rural

HUDSON — Medical and community leaders joined in Hudson

recently to unveil state-of-the-art 3D breast biopsy technology that

officials at Columbia Memorial Health say will significantly improve

the diagnosis, treatment and outcomes for breast cancer patients

Greene Cemetery and Columbia counties. seeks 2020

The stereotactic 3D biopsy system, known as Affirm, will provide

more precise targeting of tissue abnormalities identified through

CMH’s mowing 3D mammography capabilities, donations

yielding earlier and more

accurate detection of breast cancer. The technology was acquired

through HANNACROIX the generosity — of The community Hannacroix members Rural Cemetery, who contributed which is to located

the Columbia

on Route


411 in Dormansville/Westerlo,

Health Foundation.

is seeking donations for

the 2020 mowing expense for the cemetery.

“This life-saving 3D biopsy technology, paired with our 3D mammography

service, provides our patients with the most advanced diag-

Whether you have a loved one buried there or would just like to

give a donation, it would be greatly appreciated, organizers said. They


also thank

care available

all who have

in locations



in the



comfortable, convenient and

close Organizers to home,” said need CMH your help President to keep and the CEO cemetery Jay P. maintained. Cahalan. Contributions

In addition can be to sent offering to: Hannacroix 3D mammography Rural Cemetery, and 3D biopsy C/O Linda services, Smith,

CMH Treasurer, has significantly 115 State Route augmented 143, Westerlo, its radiology New and York pathology 12193. expertise

through its affiliation with Albany Medical Center. The Albany

Med and CMH radiology and pathology services are now fully integrated,

which means that mammograms, and all imaging and diagnostic

studies, are interpreted by the region’s leading experts.

“Each year in the U.S. more than 268,000 women are diagnosed

with breast cancer,” said Tariq Gill, M.D., chief of Radiology at CHM.

“This technology, now available right here in our community, is a tremendous

step forward in our ability to detect and diagnose early stage

breast cancer, significantly improving the likelihood of successful


Columbia Memorial Health Foundation Vice Chair Anne Schomaker

said: “This technology is truly a gift of life made possible

through the tremendous generosity of our donors. We are grateful beyond

words to our supporters who continue to rally around CMH to

ensure its essential mission can continue and expand.”



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Social Security Matters

Computing COLA and congressional pay increases

By Russell Gloor

For Capital Region Independent Media

Dear Rusty: What determines the

amount of the cost-of-living increase for

Social Security as compared to the costof-living

increase for Congress? Last year

Social Security got less than 2%, while

Congress got a 10% cost-of-living increase.

Why the double standard? What items

are used to determine the cost-of-living


Signed: Inquiring Mind

Dear Inquiring Mind: I’m happy to

explain how the annual Cost of Living

Adjustment (COLA) for Social Security

is computed and, although it’s outside

the realm of Social Security I usually deal

with, how members of Congress get raises

in their pay.

The normal COLA formula affecting

Social Security uses the Consumer

Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and

Clerical Workers, known simply as the

“CPI-W.” The CPI-W measures changes

to consumer prices in several categories

such as food, housing, transportation, etc.,

as computed monthly by the U.S. Bureau

of Labor Statistics.

The formula to compute COLA each

year compares the average CPI-W for the

third quarter of the current year to the average

CPI-W for the third quarter of the

previous year.

If there is a sufficient difference, that

difference (expressed as a percentage) becomes

the COLA increase percentage for

next year.

If there is no difference (or only a tiny

difference) no COLA increase is awarded

because no inflation has occurred from

one year to the next, but there have only

been three years since 1975 that no COLA

has been given. The 2021 COLA increase

was 1.3% and the 2022 COLA increase

will be 5.9%, the latter reflecting high inflation

we’ve experienced this year.

Increases to Congressional salaries

are different. Although there is a statute

allowing for automatic salary increases

for members of Congress, that law can

be overruled by legislation that suspends

those automatic increases.

Through such superseding legislation,

Congressional pay has been frozen since

2009. The last salary increase received

by members of Congress was 2.8% in

January 2009, when each general member’s

annual salary became $174,000.

Congressional salaries have not increased

since that time so, with dollar amounts

adjusted for inflation, pay for members

of Congress effectively declined by 17%

between 2009 and 2020.

But don’t feel sorry for them. They

have plenty of other perks to sustain them,

and representatives who already collect

Social Security get the standard COLA

increase to their SS benefit (as we all do).

While congressional salaries have been

frozen for years, there has been much recent

debate about whether the CPI-W is

an accurate measure of inflation for elderly

Americans who rely on Social Security

benefits. A commonly heard argument is

that instead of the CPI-W, a separate Consumer

Price Index known as the “CPI-E”

(Consumer Price Index for the Elderly)

would more accurately measure inflation

for seniors and, thus, should be used to

compute COLA for Social Security beneficiaries.

Studies have shown that the CPI-E

would provide a slightly improved COLA

for SS beneficiaries, but there are other

formulae being considered too. It remains

to be seen whether future legislation will

change how COLA is computed.

This article is intended for information

purposes only and does not represent legal

or financial guidance. It presents the

opinions and interpretations of the AMAC

Foundation’s staff, trained and accredited

by the National Social Security Association

(NSSA). NSSA and the AMAC

Foundation and its staff are not affiliated

with or endorsed by the Social Security

Administration or any other governmental

entity. To submit a question, visit our

website (amacfoundation.org/programs/

social-security-advisory) or email us at


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