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The right to catch measles

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there have been more than 1,000 documented cases of measles in the U.S. in 2019, higher than the number confirmed in 1994 when 963 cases were reported for the entire year.


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Capable of sustaining human life

In “Juliana versus United States,” 21 young people sued the federal government, alleging that their constitutional rights of life, liberty and property are being violated by the government’s continuing actions and policies that contribute to climate change and its failure to effectively address the consequences.


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A member of the wedding

Mental illness is a secret many families keep. We keep it to protect our loved ones and ourselves from the social stigma that still exists about this disease. Like other diseases, it often runs in families. It may affect one sibling, letting others escape its devastating effects.


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Insects, extinction and biodiversity

This issue of The River Reporter features several stories on insects—some wanted, like bees, others unwanted, such as emerald ash borers, ticks and spotted lanternflies, all of which have populations that are growing in the Northeast. Globally, however, insects are under threat as their populations decline.


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The original Light bus, pictured here, no longer exists.Hieronimus and Chisholm set out to recreate it.

Déjà vu: Woodstock Light Bus returns

The psychedelic painted VW “Light” Bus is tripping back to Bethel for the Woodstock 50th Anniversary celebration. As a symbol of the Woodstock generation, the bus is best described in this excerpt from David and Cee Eccles book, “Traveling with the VW Bus and Camper,” published by Abbeville Press:


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Road trip

Summer is officially upon us, we can tell from the crowds on the Port Jervis trains and the traffic on the roads. When and if the weather cooperates, we all benefit. A typical Friday holiday evening train ride home starts with the loading of the gear.

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