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May is International Compost Awareness (May 1-7). Composting is the controlled decay of organic material including yard trimmings, kitchen scraps, wood, cardboard and paper. The humus-rich material … more
The caller, an old friend familiar with my habits and work, laughingly asked, “Have you been hitting the Jack Fire bottle again?” Well, I do like a little drink of Fire and diet Coke on occasion, … more
Reviewing my mental list, I made sure that the checklist was complete. Outfit – check. Hair – check. Teeth – check. Confidence - check. My list was in order. Heading out the door to a job … more
If there was a convenient time for a power outage it was not the day a group of us were scheduled to prepare food for a luncheon. My plan was to attend a Bible study at church and then go with … more
Last week’s column had to do with memories of Griffiss Air Force Base (GAFB) and the airplanes which flew in and out of Rome back in the 1960s and the Cold War years. But as some regular readers … more
Years of Nicholas Cage meta-popularity finally came to a head on the big screen with the unfortunately average and ordinary “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.” Cage is a popular actor with … more
Prickly People? How do you deal with them? What do you want most out of life?  Most of us would rank healthy relationships high on the list. Except for knowing Christ, healthy relationships make … more
VERNON — Historic Utica-Rome Speedway opens up tonight with the “Honoring Alex” $6,800-modified race at the half-mile Route 5 dirt track in Vernon that first opened up in 1961 as a 5/8-mile … more
It being Good Friday as I write this, I am reminded of my favorite trade that happened many years ago, that also happened to take place on a Good Friday. Being in the finance world, you might think … more
The culture that many of us grew up in, the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s, was a lot narrower than the one today. It tended to categorize and pigeon-hole people more than they do now, when anything seems … more
Bringing the focus back to an old face — this beautiful girl is Anastasia! She has been at the Humane Society of Rome since July and is a very special kitty! Anastasia has had a hard life here at … more
Salad greens are easy to grow and have tremendous dietary benefits with many vitamins, phytonutrients and fiber. It’s no wonder the National Garden Bureau has named 2022 the year of the salad … more
Red light. Green light. Stop. Go. Unexpected Detours. Roadblocks. Slow drivers. Reckless drivers. Dangerous weather conditions. Driving can become a stressful event all on its own. (And this does not … more
The Griffiss genealogy is simple and easy to follow. Griffiss Business and Technology Park evolved from Griffiss Air Force Base which started as the Rome Air Depot in 1942. Rome Air Depot’s mission … more
So here we are. One week after Easter. How was this week for you? How are you today, almost one week after Easter? Is the excitement of Easter still in you? Has it begun to fade? Has it vanished all … more
VERNON — There are certain drivers who show up to a track and all the other drivers take note that driver will be tough to beat. In the vibrant crate sportsman division that will be racing weekly … more
If this were a reasonable world, the movie studio behind 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” never would have asked for four more sequels. If this were a just world, the utterly … more
My youngest sister bought a house up in Jefferson County last fall and friends and family members all seem to be working to furnish it - or perhaps, more accurately, to fill it. My next-younger … more
Ninety-seven years before Helen Reddy recorded “I Am Woman” (hear me roar), that would become the unofficial feminine anthem, William Ernest Henley wrote one of my favorite poems. It was called … more
National Library Week was April 3-9. I missed it. I will now make up for the omission. A librarian, who was old at the time, told me, who was young at the time, something I’ve never forgotten. Her … more
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