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“Basketball is a platform where we can give back,” Coach Jerrid Otis says, “It’s about teaching girls life lessons, not just the X’s and O’s of the game.” Otis is head coach of the … more
On the very cold first Monday of the year, an hour after the sunset, a group of people formed a circle outside Rome’s City Hall. They held electric candles that flickered a message of peace in … more
Congressman Anthony Brindisi writes a note to his children every Monday morning while he’s flying down to Washington to represent the 22nddistrict in the House of Representatives. “The hardest … more
I have a favorite picture from last summer that’s still on my phone. It’s a selfie of me and some of my friends from the Westmoreland Historical Society. We’re doing the Oneida County … more
Editor’s note: This weekend I came down with an awful Christmas flu and was unable to write something new. So I asked the editors of the Clinton Record to rerun one of my most popular ones from … more
For the first time in four years, Tina Tellier’s son, Blake, won’t be spending Christmas in a mental hospital. She’s thinking of baking a gingerbread house to celebrate. “I struggle daily … more
The first thing Donna LaBuz told me to do Sunday afternoon was to beat an egg, a stick of butter, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract together in the blue mixing bowl she set on the counter of the … more
I think fondly of the late 1980’s-early 1990s as sort of the second golden age of Zsa Zsa Gabor. I read all about her misadventures slapping a Beverly Hills cop, getting arrested on Rodeo Drive, … more
“Lowell is alive!” Wendy Grosjean declared onstage at Author Night in Lowell, an event put on by the Lowell United Methodist Church. “We are an outlet to introduce the community to writers, and … more
My grandfather, Ken Spaven, thought it was ironic that he went to work for the Texaco station on the Thruway in the late 1960s. When it was built in 1954 it cut through the Spaven family farm and … more
“Veteran’s Day is to honor those who are still with us and those who have gone to be with the Lord,” Anne-Louise Bailey said at Sunday’s “Thank-for-Giving” Veteran’s Day/Thanksgiving … more
Before the floods hit, the talk of Halloween in Westmoreland was Hannah DeStefano and her captivating performance in our Historical Society’s “Haunted Schoolhouse.” Some people left quivering, … more
I learned from an anonymous source that on a Halloween night in the late 1940s, a hay wagon may have been stolen from my family’s farm (the Spavens) and taken on an illicit joy ride through town. A … more
I was so determined to get my interviews for this week’s column that I made an illegal left hand turn to get onto Genesee Street. When I couldn’t figure out how to get to Utica Bread heading … more
Around Labor Day two years ago, my friend Dave Garland died. He was the first casualty of the race for New York’s 22nd Congressional District. In his short life Dave had a blog, he wrote a book, … more
Theresa McFadden’s great great grandfather and her great great great great grandfather, both of whom were named Henry Ritter, fought at the bloody Battle of Oriskany.  “He fought there with his … more
Shakespeare’s murderous bloody play about a fearsome Scottish general and his ambitious wife is usually considered so unlucky that theater people are often reluctant to even say “Macbeth” out … more
Readers: Because I was sick this weekend with my first “teacher cold” of the new school year and couldn’t write something new I asked the Clinton Record to rerun this column from last summer. … more
It’s only been a few weeks since Jason VanBenschoten moved back to Westmoreland with his wife Bethany and their one-year old son Teddy and he’s already making a positive difference for people in … more
Sunday morning was clear and crisp. Before services started at the Lowell Methodist Church, Joyce Rounds hung a fall wreath decorated with autumn colored leaves on the front door. Lay Minister Wendy … more
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