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For Jessica Grande the hardest thing about having lupus is the emotional toll it takes. “I wasn’t prepared for how this became ‘the new normal’,” she told me. “It’s in my hands. It’s … more
During our interview, Briahna Marshall asked me more questions than I asked her. “Where did you get your phone?” “When did you get your phone?” “Why did you get your phone?” She likes … more
Barbara Hodierne may not think her Manhattan clam chowder recipe is anything special, but I sure do. This past weekend the Lowell United Methodist Church celebrated “Souper Bowl Sunday,” a few … more
One of my earliest childhood memories is of the time Heather Webber tried to frame Anne Logan for Diana Taylor’s murder by writing her name in the blood next to her corpse. I can recall it as … more
2018 was an exciting year for the Westmoreland Historical Society. We broke attendance records at our Flag Day and Halloween events, welcomed a VIP guest to our town and took him on a private tour of … more
“Sports can be a way to educate kids on life in general,” Westmoreland girls basketball head coach Jerrid Otis believes. Since taking over the program two years ago he has worked to ensure that … more
Sarah Reeske wasn’t happy with the results of the last presidential election, but she didn’t know what to do about it. While hundreds of thousands of women marched on Washington in January of … more
Clinton is a town known for its timelessness and traditions. One of the town’s longest-running institutions is the dental office owned by Dr. John Menard that’s in the red building facing the … more
In 2018, I wrote about so many inspiring people, and had the privilege of telling stories about life in my town. Before the year was over, I wanted to both look back at some of them and check in with … more
“Not everyone is up and cheery for the Christmas holidays,” according to the Westmoreland United Methodist Church’s Facebook page. “Dealing with the death of a loved one, facing life after … more
Westmoreland’s warm and wonderful Donna LaBuz kicked off the Christmas season by manning the scale and cashbox at the Westmoreland United Methodist Church’s annual cookie walk last Saturday. She … more
On Sunday, Nov. 25, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Clark Mills celebrated Christ the King Sunday, it falls the week before Advent starts. But after 156 years the parishioners will celebrate the … more
On Election Night more than 150 people gathered in the ballroom of the Delta Marriot Hotel in Utica to await the results of the election. With each update the crowd erupted in cheers, by the end of … more
“Westmoreland is a small town and a lot of people don’t know where we are,” Jordan Flint a cheerleader in the sixth grade told me last Friday. She is determined, however, to change that for … more
Westmoreland was founded 235 years ago when the Oneida Indians gave James Dean a tract of land creating what later became the town of Westmoreland. As part of the town’s bicentennial celebration in … more
The Westmoreland Historical Society made some history of its own last week when Libertarian candidate for New York governor Larry Sharpe came to tour the society’s one-room school house. “I’m … more
A few months ago, in Westmoreland, I blindly entered a room full of friends. When I could see again I was surrounded by light and those men were my brothers. I was in the Clinton-Hampton Masonic … more
Alan Chrysler, who is retired from both the Air Force, the Navy, and Revere Copper, traveled all the way from Taberg just for a spaghetti dinner at the Lowell United Methodist Church. He’s an old … more
“Someday my granddaughter might come to me and say, ‘Grandpa I have to leave the area to find a job,” Dennis Bova, candidate for NYS Assembly 119th district said. “That’s gonna kill me.” … more
“Tell me what a county clerk does,” Oneida County Clerk candidate Dave Gordon was asked. “Why do you want to be one?”As Union Station buzzed all around him he responded, “It’s all about … more
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