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“We thank God for the sunshine, so we might as well thank God for the rain,” Pastor Fred Bailey told his congregation at Lowell Methodist Church.I was in the pews and his words resonated with me. … 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
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 is a bigger town than people often realize, with over 6,100 people at the last census. But it’s a one-party town and that’s not healthy for democracy.So, all of us on the … 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
The weather on Saturday was all wrong for an ice cream social. For the first time in months it was chilly, and it rained and rained. But, I went anyway.Two days earlier I had been in a news report … 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
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
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
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice anywhere,” community organizer Jen Deweerth said to a crowd of 75 people holding candles outside Rome’s City Hall.She was quoting from the works of … 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 Feb. 29, 1960, Fred Bailey was up all night praying at Houghton College, in Allegheny County. “It was a life or death moment,” he recalled. “I knew I had to do something or my life would be … 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
“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
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
“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
This year Westmo will be going red, white, and Brindisi blue! It’s been such a great pleasure getting to know Anthony Brindisi, our candidate for U.S. Congress.Last week, my partner Jim and I … more
“Every town is unique,” Kristen Wilczek told me across an array of designer purses displayed on a picnic table in the Westmoreland Town Park. “But, Westmoreland has that extra … more
“There’s always something new I learn by doing a Town Hall meeting,” Congressman Anthony Brindisi said Thursday, Feb. 21 at MVCC. That night’s Oneida County Town Hall crowd was beginning to … more
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