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“There aren’t a lot of places around where men can relax and be themselves,” Rebecca Kloster explained as she put a hot towel over my face. “I feel like guys need relaxation.” Whisky … more
Utica’s hottest new drink may be green like a Shamrock Shake, but it doesn’t taste like one. Katie Aiello-Martin owner of the hip new Character Coffee on Genesee Street in downtown Utica asked me … more
“History is really important because it makes life what it is today,” third-grader Alison Amir told me as we sat in the lobby of the Westmoreland Town Hall across from a showcase celebrating her … more
After years of five years fundraising the Westmoreland Summer Activities Association has earned close to $80,000. Now, thanks to an additional $60,000 grant secured by New York State Senator Joe … more
Last week I gave my English Language Arts (ELA) students a three-part final exam for the marking period. On the third day, it took a while to get them all settled down and working on their essays. No … more
If you live in Westmoreland it’s understandable how you might call Amy Bowen “Bambi,” or Bambi Patterson, “Amy.” I think I have even called one or both “Bammy” or “Ambi.” Bowen and … more
“I’m going to cry, and I’m going to laugh,” Pastor Phyllis Kitchen told her congregation as she concluded her last Sunday service as Pastor of Hecla Union Congregationalist Church.  She said … more
Rich Fluharty once cooked for a convent of 80 nuns. On his first day, they told him not to serve chocolate cake…because it was devil’s food.  He laughs at the joke. It was fun to see the nuns … more
WESTMORELAND — I interrupted Donna LaBuz about 10 minutes into our interview when I noticed that her watchband was glowing green. “I’ve got flashing earrings at home,” she laughed. “It … more
Last summer the Westmoreland Historical Society was given a real treasure by the great great great great granddaughter of our founder, James Dean. Her name is Cornelia Meritt Wood, but if you meet … more
Hecla Union Congregational Church sits atop a steep snowy hill on the corner of Cooper Street and Moore Road in Westmoreland. On Sunday it was cold outside, but inside it was light and bright as the … more
“There’s always something new I learn by doing a Town Hall meeting,” Congressman Anthony Brindisi said Thursday, Feb. 21 at MVCC. That night’s Oneida County Town Hall crowd was beginning to … more
For Jessica Grande the hardest thing about having lupus is the emotional toll it takes. “I wasn’t prepared for how this became ‘the new normal’,” she told me. “It’s in my hands. It’s … more
During our interview, Briahna Marshall asked me more questions than I asked her. “Where did you get your phone?” “When did you get your phone?” “Why did you get your phone?” She likes … more
Barbara Hodierne may not think her Manhattan clam chowder recipe is anything special, but I sure do. This past weekend the Lowell United Methodist Church celebrated “Souper Bowl Sunday,” a few … more
One of my earliest childhood memories is of the time Heather Webber tried to frame Anne Logan for Diana Taylor’s murder by writing her name in the blood next to her corpse. I can recall it as … more
2018 was an exciting year for the Westmoreland Historical Society. We broke attendance records at our Flag Day and Halloween events, welcomed a VIP guest to our town and took him on a private tour of … more
“Sports can be a way to educate kids on life in general,” Westmoreland girls basketball head coach Jerrid Otis believes. Since taking over the program two years ago he has worked to ensure that … more
Sarah Reeske wasn’t happy with the results of the last presidential election, but she didn’t know what to do about it. While hundreds of thousands of women marched on Washington in January of … more
Clinton is a town known for its timelessness and traditions. One of the town’s longest-running institutions is the dental office owned by Dr. John Menard that’s in the red building facing the … more
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