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Two days after the storming of the Capitol in Washington, Patrick Lohmann, a reporter for, wrote of political news closer to home — “700 votes were tossed in Oneida County. … more
I hate to admit that it wasn’t until the fifth episode of the 17th season that I had ever seen an episode of the perennial ABC smash Grey’s Anatomy. I tuned in because a friend of mine from … more
I am probably unusual in that 2020 was my best year ever. I married my husband on the Fourth of July weekend, a month later I earned my second master’s degree (this time in teaching), I taught … more
The things that knit us together By Ron Klopfanstein #BeMoreWestmo The day Rachel turned twenty-seven, the man she loved was diagnosed with brain cancer. He started radiation before they were … more
WESTMORELAND — You can see what is probably the longest-serving inflatable snowman in all of Central New York on Roger Smith’s front yard. He’s had it for 40 years, and remarkably it hasn’t … more
“What do you look for when you pick a Christmas tree?” I asked Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon as we walked down a snow-covered path between almost 100 acres of evergreen trees on her family … more
“I’m Mr. Thomas Simpson, and you can follow me if you want,” the man told me as we walked into an industrial elevator in New York Mills.  He wore a gray sweatshirt, hat, a white face mask and … more
This column is the fifth in a series exploring issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on local people that began in the Clinton Record. To read my past columns, go … more
“I don’t think there should be goodbyes, just good night.” – Kim Hughes, played by Kathryn Hays, on the series finale of As the World Turns, Sept. 17, 2010. It was the spring of 2018. I was … more
As soon as I heard the news that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were officially going to be President and Vice-President of the United States, I went outside and put up a sign. It is on our front lawn, … more
WESTMORELAND — Two organizations in Westmoreland joined forces Saturday, Oct. 31, to give their community a fun and COVID-safe Halloween. The Westmoreland Historical Society, with the help of Wilde … more
On Halloween night, Saturday, Oct. 31, the Wilde Rep Theatre group will  transform the parking lot at the Westmoreland Historical Society (50 Station Road in Westmoreland) into a spooky drive-thru … more
“They look like tentacles!” “We’re edible ants!” Last Friday I attended a Zoom meeting that was especially interesting and actually entertaining. The Utica College Theatre Department was … more
Just after Stephanie Burke delivered her baby, Avery, she had to be taken to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Oneida Hospital.  “I’m sorry to be blunt,” the doctor told Stephanie and … more
Shirley (Schram) Dykstra, one of the founders of the Westmoreland Alumni Association, recently donated her files to the Westmoreland Historical Society. When my mom and I picked them up, she … more
Karla Abraham-Conley says her mother, Rosemary Abraham, used to be “a real spitfire.” “She was classy. She was funny. She wouldn’t walk out the door without looking like a rock star.” As … more
Last Saturday, we came together in our grief, fear, and shock to honor the legendary Ruth Bader Ginsburg. We gathered outside the Federal Building in Utica and lit candles and told stories about how … more
“What is going to become of our old world anyway?” A Methodist publication asked. “Are we going back and back into a new Dark Ages, or is this the beginning of a new day, just the darkness … more
Luke Radel was playing mini-golf with his family when former Congresswoman Claudia Tenney called then hung up on him.  “It was tense,” he said affably. “In the background, she could probably … more
Colleen Jackson, 61, used to have nightmares about “headless bodies and rushing cars through unknown deep dark parks and asylums.” She could feel the virus swell her brain, and that’s how her … more
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