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New York Senate turns left

The New York State Legislature wrapped up its work for the year on June 21, bringing an end to a session that is being called historic. When Democrats took firm control of the senate in January, the Legislature and the governor set out a progressive agenda, much of which was achieved.


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The emerald ash borer

Emerald ash borers emerge

REGION — It’s spring, and that means insects are active again. The emerald ash borer (EAB) is now emerging from tiny holes in the ash trees to lay eggs on leaves and bark. When the eggs hatch, the larvae tunnel into the tree and eat the outermost layer of the sapwood beneath the bark.


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Early season trout fishing

April 1, opening of trout season in New York State, arrived in my neighborhood with bright sunshine, a stiff wind and a reading of 21 degrees on the thermometer. A little later that morning, I spoke with a friend who lives near Roscoe who said, “It’s snowing.” When I asked if he was going fishing, he laughed.


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Highland adopts new zoning law

ELDRED, NY — Three years and four drafts after the process began, the Highland Town Board adopted a new zoning law at their recessed and reconvened March meeting on March 26. Supervisor D.J. “Jeff” Haas, thanked all who worked on the draft, highlighting councilmen Fred Bosch, Jim Hanson and former Councilman Scott Hallock.


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See the plumes of steam rising from the sugar shack at the Diehl Homestead Farm? That’s why you don’t make maple syrup in your kitchen.

The bucket list

It’s that time of year again. As plumes of steam emanating from sugar shacks dot the landscape here in the mountains, I’m reminded that I once made maple syrup myself. About 10 years ago, a friend noticed that I had a few sugar maples on my property and suggested that I try my hand at it. “Sure,” I said.

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