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With the warm weather we had this week you would have thought it was spring in our store as we were selling grass seed, fertilizer, lime and hoses. Yes the weather is still good for planting grass … more
The following are TV commercials that I find annoying because they are outrageously inaccurate.   When my developmentally disabled son, Jimmy, was young and he saw a commercial about a product … more
As the vibrant hues of autumn begin to paint the landscape, the Sullivan Catskills are teeming with activity. We here at the SCVA are working hard to promote the region to travelers from all over the … more
It was 1984 and Venus Fly Trap (Soozie Tyrell, myself and Lisa Lowell) had just arrived back in NYC from the streets of France, England and Italy where we mesmerized crowds with our incessant … more
On behalf of all Mets fans, I want to tell you how truly sorry I am. Truly. I feel your pain. This season has to be hard for you. All those injuries. Aaron Judge missed 43 games. Giancarlo … more
I want to begin this column by stating thank you for all the well wishes for my new husband and I. Gene Burns, Callicoon’s local pharmacist and I married on September 16th after 7 years of … more
An industry magazine came in to me at the store this week with some not so surprising news about a garden product almost everyone uses, peat moss. Peat moss is used for just about everything in … more
As baseball enters its postseason, both New York teams suffered through a forgettable year. Luckily, I have some fond baseball memories to get me through the winter. Here is one that almost did not … more
How to form a rock band in two easy steps…based on true stories 1. Recruit friends 2. Procure a great band name Note: I didn’t mention learning to play an instrument. … more
If you are of a certain age, the title of this column brings back memories of the first time you used a computer to access the internet. “You Got Mail” was the phrase you heard when your … more
The following are TV commercials that I find annoying because they are outrageously inaccurate. When my developmentally disabled son Jimmy was young and he saw a commercial about a product he liked … more
  With the colder nights that we are starting to have, many homeowners are starting to bring indoors firewood for heating their homes for the winter. This is something Vicki and I did for the … more
CBGB’s was long and narrow like my chicken coop. Unlike the coop, however, walls were covered in posters and stickers so thick you couldn’t see through to the paint, if there was any … more
I’ll be traveling to one of the far north reaches of Sullivan County on Friday night for the observance of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. Congregation Agudas Achim of Livingston Manor. … more
My dad’s favorite meal is breakfast. So much so, that often as kids he would make us “breakfast for dinner”, a trick he learned from my grandma and grandpa, who would have us over … more
So on top of the deer problems that I have, now there is a pesky bear hanging around. At least this bear does wander off quickly when he or she knows that I am home. I don’t need to clank pots … more
“Come gather ’round people wherever you roam and admit that the waters around you have grown.” Those opening lyrics of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are … more
If you’re going to steal my identity, you have to take it cancer and all. My credit card number was filched more than once most likely by someone using a device called a skimmer, which zaps … more
My boyfriend in ’77 played lead guitar in The Rousers; an original rockabilly band that was extremely popular on the NYC club circuit. They played everywhere including CBGB’s, The Ritz, … more
Sitting in my yard this week on one of our beautiful days, I had an Isaac Newton moment, it just hit me. It was an acorn that was falling from the mighty oak I was sitting under. I have to say, for … more
The title of this column has nothing to do with “Ya Gotta Believe.” That was a catchphrase used by New York Mets pitcher, Tug McGraw in 1973 to rally the fans to support the team. In some … more
I hate to put my air conditioning on, even when it is 90 degrees outside. I would rather just open the windows. But of course when it is that hot, all I am doing is letting more hot air in. So in … more
The title of this column has nothing to do with Abraham Lincoln. His Gettysburg Address started with the words “four score.” This column is about golf terms such as “fore” and … more
Summer is almost over and soon it will be fall. As we await new data from Tourism Economics on Sullivan County’s visitation and visitor spending, we are certain this summer was a busy one. … more
Can we talk? I’ll be delicate. One of the side effects of chemo, shall we say, is a blockage of the lower hemisphere.   After my first infusion, back-door movements (the kind we … more
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