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It’s only been a few weeks since Jason VanBenschoten moved back to Westmoreland with his wife Bethany and their one-year old son Teddy and he’s already making a positive difference for people in … more
Sunday morning was clear and crisp. Before services started at the Lowell Methodist Church, Joyce Rounds hung a fall wreath decorated with autumn colored leaves on the front door. Lay Minister Wendy … more
One hundred and fifty years ago, seven young women named Mary, Ella, Alice, Hattie, Franc, Alice, and Suela, met in secret at Wesleyan College. Some of them had been invited to join a sorority, and … more
Sunday morning The Westmoreland Historical Society and board member Sandy Burg Rolewicz welcomed parishioners from the Lairdsville United Methodist Church who came to tour our famous one-room … more
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
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