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Driving through giant puddles on the streets of Ilion was not part of my plan for a recent Sunday. more
Now! Now!! Now!!! I just could not time my feet to jump in. My youth and inexperience showed in my first attempts at jumping rope. more
Verbena is a rock-star annual flower. It’s at home in containers, window boxes, hanging baskets and in the garden. It can take the hottest days of summer and never skip a beat. more

Many of General Daniel Butterfield’s possessions, including his Medal of Honor, sword and mess kit, are in the collection of the Oneida County History Center at 1608 Genesee St., Utica. more
Philippians 4:5-7: Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests … more
Filling our plates with healthy food and avoiding unhealthy temptations can be challenging, particularly as we see prices rise at the grocery store. However Excellus BlueCross BlueShield wellbeing … more
I’ve been asked a couple of times if I lifted weights way back in high school (‘50s). I’d say, “Yep. Every time I carried Uncle Paddy home from the bar.” Couldn’t call him the town drunk … more
These local animals are currently looking for a forever home. more
What’s not to like about pansies? Their cheerful appearance, colorful flowers, and subtle scent combined with their ability to handle cold weather make it a wonderful garden plant. The blooms are … more
Hank Brown — who was called the dean of local radio broadcasters because he was — died last week. He was 91. He started in radio as a young man and retired 55 years later, which surprised me … more
It was a sunny summer afternoon, and the family picnic was truly a sight to behold. Fresh baked pies, juicy watermelons, and the barbecue smoke filled the air with childhood memories. And there it … more
“Firestarter” is a non-starter. If you have fond memories of the 1984 version or even the original Stephen King novel, hold on to them and don’t sully those memories by watching this new 2022 … more
For a long time I wasn’t sure how to begin this reflection. After a week when we have seen the worst in humanity rear its ugly head again, this time in the plans and actions of a young man who … more
Medicare coverage is probably the last thing you think about when you hop in the car to drive down to Pennsylvania for a festival or up to Canada for a quick weekend trip. But emergencies do arise. … more
Michael Lewis wrote a fantastic book about the 2008 housing market collapse, titled “The Big Short.” This was later made into a movie starring Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carrell and … more
As is my daily practice, I check out the day’s list of newspaper obituaries. The other day I was shocked.  What shocked me were the dates. Every one of the dearly departed — each and everyone … more
The excitement filled the air. I could not wait to show off my newly learned skills. I opened the music book, and with one of my 10-year-old fingers, I proceeded to delight my parents with a … more
A jacket was among the latest donations I took to our church thrift shop in Ilion. And since this jacket had a story behind it, I made a point of dropping it off at a time when someone would be there … more
More so than an actual movie, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is more like just another episode in the always enjoyable and very popular Marvel Cinematic Universe. After more than a … more
Spring is such a wonderful time of the year. We see the trees bud, the smell of fresh mowed grass, and new growth comes alive. We can look around and see creation spring to life. It reminds us of the … more
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