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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
One hundred and fifty years ago, seven young women named Mary, Ella, Alice, Hattie, Franc, Alice, and Suela, met in secret at Wesleyan College. Some of them had been invited to join a sorority, and … more
Sunday morning The Westmoreland Historical Society and board member Sandy Burg Rolewicz welcomed parishioners from the Lairdsville United Methodist Church who came to tour our famous one-room … more
The Hecla Union Congregationalist Church sits atop the steep hill on the corner of Cooper Street and Moore Road.  The Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Garry Thaler, describes it as “a small … more
Anna Sharpe went to the Emergency Room stricken with stomach pain last year on the Wednesday before Easter. On the way, she told her daughter Sarah, who’s interested in health care, that she might … more
I met Scott and Patti Tarkowski for the first time in the summer of 2017. It was my first meeting of the Westmoreland Summer Activities Association, and I wanted to make a good impression, so I wore … more
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