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LIBERTY, NY — A little over two hours after sending out a notice on January 20 that COVID-19 vaccines were available to those age 65 and over, all available appointments were taken.
In the community
    • There will be hell to pay

      [Note: The following is offered with a deep bow of appreciation to C.S. Lewis, author of “The Screwtape Letters,” which you really should …

    • Fences and neighbors

      You might recall the old saying, “Good fences make good neighbors,” from studying the Robert Frost poem “Mending Wall” in school. First …

    • Escaping 2020

      On Christmas night, the river crested. Distracted by the holiday mood, we didn’t spend the day or our energies fretting about flood. But when …


Portrait of a horseman

MONTICELLO, NY — Murray Bassen, owner of the Flying Horse Farm, has been racing at “The Mighty M” for many years. He’s been in the sport of kings for decades, starting with …

Harnessing horsepower at ‘The Mighty M’

MONTICELLO, NY — On Tuesday, January 12, Monticello Raceway presented a card of 11 one-mile races under an overcast sky. The local race track, nicknamed “The Mighty M,” opened on …

Down in the paddock

MONTICELLO, NY — More years ago than this sports scribbler will admit to, he covered numerous noteworthy events at Monticello Raceway. There were the famous “The Mighty M” …
You’ve got to admit, 2020 was a doozy of the year. In fact, it has upended everything we thought was relatively stable. Basic health, for one: You cannot simply go about your day and assume …

I can’t recall exactly when I first heard the term “retail therapy,” but I do know who said it. It was my friend, Robin, who—along with her mother, Rosalie—owned a …

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