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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
“If I hear one more person with this [expletive] 99% survival rate, I’m gonna tell them to take their statistics and shove ‘em where the plaster sticks,” Charlie Martina told me in a phone … more
“I’ll be honest,” a message I got on Facebook insisted, “I was one who thought it was being blown out of proportion…‘til I got it.” I’m calling the person who sent me this message, … more
Two years ago, Jason VanBenschoten could barely walk. Last Saturday, he ran 3.1 miles-all the way from South Street to 7 Hamlets Brewing Company.  Jason organized a "Fauxlermaker" event to raise … more
Back in May, when most things were shut down, Mike Vecchio was finishing his associate’s degree in engineering at SUNY Cobleskill, working a bunch of day jobs and planting fifty acres of corn and … more
Last Friday was another hot day in a summer of hot days. Still, a group from Indivisible Mohawk Valley and the Kirland Democrats were on the Clinton Village Green for a socially-distanced … more
“Today, I wanted to say how glad I am to see you again,” Anne-Louise Bailey said from her husband Fred’s pulpit at the Lowell United Methodist Church. “So great to be back here! Yay!”  … more
A few Fridays ago, New York state went to “Phase 4,” so the Westmoreland Historical Society was able to welcome its first visitors since early March. Kristin Hubley and her son Alex (who … more
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
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