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Sen. Jen Metzger and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther at their swearing in.

Senate majority leader attends
MIDDLETOWN, NY — The swearing-in ceremony of state Sen. Jen Metzger and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther on January 2 was packed with an audience of about 400. Middletown Mayor Joe DeStefano, the master of ceremonies for the evening, noted that the vote in 2018 was 43% higher than in 2014, and that... Continue Reading

Arts & Leisure

TRR photos by Owen Walsh

Birders often scan open waters looking for ducks and loons, but freezing temperatures made these searches fruitless.

MONTICELLO, NY — I had never been birdwatching before. I was up early the Thursday after Christmas preparing for anything. I envisioned trekking... Continue Reading


TRR photo by Fritz Mayer

Andrea Stewart-Cousins became the first African-American woman majority leader of the New York State Senate. 

The 116th U.S. Congress was sworn in on January 3, with many news outlets noting that this is the most diverse Congress in terms of race, sex and religious orientation in the history of this country. The new Congressman from the New York 19th Congressional District is... Continue Reading


TRR photo by Tony Bonavist

Some stories are harder to tell than others. They can be harder to write, too. This is one of those stories.  It came to me while I was having a... Continue Reading

Community Living

Photo contributed by the Western Sullivan Public LIbrary

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Tarot author and deck creator Sasha Graham will host two intimate readings at the Western Sullivan Public Library on two... Continue Reading


Mary “Coach” Feusner in action.

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — There’s a thing about tradition. For Mary Feusner, it’s a lot more than formal praxis or time-honored ways of doing things on the fields of athletic competition. Tradition is at the heart of it all, that concept of teaching the skills of softball and girls’ soccer the right way,... Continue Reading


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