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The Hecla Union Congregationalist Church sits atop the steep hill on the corner of Cooper Street and Moore Road.  The Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Garry Thaler, describes it as “a small … more
Anna Sharpe went to the Emergency Room stricken with stomach pain last year on the Wednesday before Easter. On the way, she told her daughter Sarah, who’s interested in health care, that she might … more
I met Scott and Patti Tarkowski for the first time in the summer of 2017. It was my first meeting of the Westmoreland Summer Activities Association, and I wanted to make a good impression, so I wore … more
Seventh grader Logan Miers probably isn’t the first kid to accidentally smash the screen on the living room TV because he was trying to hit a Nerf dart with a bat inside the house, but he’s … more
I thought I was going to miss out on my chance to interview Maysoon Zayid. I called her at 3 p.m., five after 3, 10 after 3, and got no answer. Since we had first met on Twitter, I send her a frantic … more
“The siren’s going to go off and there’s going to be people who respond.” Charlie Miller assured me. He is the President of the Westmoreland Volunteer Fire Department which will be … more
“I like how wine continues to evolve, like if I opened a bottle of wine today it would taste different than if I’d opened it on any other day, because a bottle of wine is actually alive. And … more
Fifty years ago, in New York City on the last week of June patrons of a gay bar called Stonewall took a courageous stand after a police raid and attempted round up because of their sexual … more
“The only bad thing about this profession is that on rainy days you get a little wet,” Steven Seelman said as he and I walked beneath my car which was up on a lift in his shop, Whitestown … more
The members of the Westmoreland Historical Society are some of the most patriotic people I know. We begin every meeting by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, and as you’ve probably gathered, we … more
I’m only a second-degree Mason so I don’t yet know what secret ingredient our lodge uses to make our baked beans so delicious. But I do know that our last Memorial Day Chicken BBQ fundraiser was … more
“There aren’t a lot of places around where men can relax and be themselves,” Rebecca Kloster explained as she put a hot towel over my face. “I feel like guys need relaxation.” Whisky … more
Utica’s hottest new drink may be green like a Shamrock Shake, but it doesn’t taste like one. Katie Aiello-Martin owner of the hip new Character Coffee on Genesee Street in downtown Utica asked me … more
“History is really important because it makes life what it is today,” third-grader Alison Amir told me as we sat in the lobby of the Westmoreland Town Hall across from a showcase celebrating her … more
After years of five years fundraising the Westmoreland Summer Activities Association has earned close to $80,000. Now, thanks to an additional $60,000 grant secured by New York State Senator Joe … more
Last week I gave my English Language Arts (ELA) students a three-part final exam for the marking period. On the third day, it took a while to get them all settled down and working on their essays. No … more
If you live in Westmoreland it’s understandable how you might call Amy Bowen “Bambi,” or Bambi Patterson, “Amy.” I think I have even called one or both “Bammy” or “Ambi.” Bowen and … more
“I’m going to cry, and I’m going to laugh,” Pastor Phyllis Kitchen told her congregation as she concluded her last Sunday service as Pastor of Hecla Union Congregationalist Church.  She said … more
Rich Fluharty once cooked for a convent of 80 nuns. On his first day, they told him not to serve chocolate cake…because it was devil’s food.  He laughs at the joke. It was fun to see the nuns … more
WESTMORELAND — I interrupted Donna LaBuz about 10 minutes into our interview when I noticed that her watchband was glowing green. “I’ve got flashing earrings at home,” she laughed. “It … more
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