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I hardly slept the night of the Fourth of July in 1992. I was up at dawn the next morning when the Observer-Dispatch was delivered. That was the first time I had ever written a newspaper column. I … more
“What is it like to be one-hundred years old?” I asked Fern Welch. “Well, I have my aches and pains that I have to address every day,” she answered pragmatically. “But I did that before I … more
Eighty years ago Mary Uhorchak, a reporter for the Echo, the Westmoreland school newspaper was the valedictorian of the graduating Class of 1940. Commencement was held on Monday, June 26 of that … more
Local Olympian Erin Hamlin has a message for the youngest students of Westmoreland School who missed their chance to participate in the school’s annual end-of-year Olympic Games. “I know you … more
“It was a struggle growing up a person of color in Westmoreland,” Liz Horner admitted to the crowd of over 100 supporters gathered on the Village Green Saturday afternoon. “Don’t get me … more
Three candidates are running for two seats on the Westmoreland Central School District Board of Education. Denise Szarek is running for re-election after having won her seat in 2018. Steven Bulger … more
“The last few months have created many superheroes in our school,” John Acee, Board of Education president, says of the efforts made by the entire Westmoreland Central School community. … more
On Feb. 13, 1984, my cousin Melissa Spaven and her classmate Kim Kosielniak interviewed Betty Barron, who owned the Westmoreland Hardware Store with her husband, Ray. Melissa was 10-years-old and … more
When Mark Alvarado was thirteen, his father told him to sign a paper.  “Minutes later, an older fella and two teenagers came over to talk to me,” he recalls.  Mark’s father was a Mason, and … more
You usually have to wait until the holidays to see the Henderson Street bridge into New York Mills decorated with strings of lights. This year, however, Kevin Conley and his brother-in-law Mike Lyons … more
“I have some interesting information,” Nancy Hughes said as she sat down on the couch. Her father-in-law, who everybody called Grandpa, handed her a cup of coffee. The news was that her son, Bob, … more
Ninety years ago, Mildred Emma Smith graduated from Westmoreland High School as part of the class of 1930. We have her diploma in our archives at the Westmoreland Historical Society. It is sixteen … more
“It’s been a roller coaster,” Tomacina Brown says. She’s not just talking about the past few months. For her and her husband, Kevin, things have been hard since 2004. On Mother’s Day of … more
Saturday morning, I put on my Bulldogs hoodie and joined Jim on our front porch. I held our dog, Lucy, he picked up our other dog Kona. Jessica Waneling took our picture from the road as part of her … more
Jessica Ferguson and her four-year-old daughter Raelyn painted a homemade sign that says, “To all keeping us going, Thank You!” It leans against their mailbox about a mile from the center of … more
I’m home all day on my computer. I’m a middle school teacher, a college teacher, a grad student, and I write this column. Now I do all of it from home. I teach and work and learn in the land of … more
“There is flowing a crimson tide; whiter than snow you may be today.”   The first hymn chosen for this week’s service at the Lowell United Methodist Church was “Grace Greater Than Our … more
“When I got married and moved to Shed Road, it was spelled with two ‘D’s’ like the original settler, Isiah Shedd. Somewhere along the way, it lost the second ‘D,’ I think it was with … more
“When I was growing up, I was a heavy kid,” David Edward Garcia said to the students and faculty at the Otto Shortell Middle School in Oneida. “My nickname was ‘gordo,’ and for those of you … more
As president of the Westmoreland Historical Society, it’s my job to write, edit, and assemble the work of our organization into fascinating, readable histories for this column. This week I am going … more
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