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‘My Good Health,’ Part IV

The timing of the death of Thomas Stevenson would have everything to do with the fate of his only child, Robert Louis Stevenson, whom he did not even recognize when the latter showed up next to his death bed at the family residence on Heriot Row in Edinburgh, Scotland. On May 8, 1887, ...

Psyched!

You wanna know what burns my bagels? It’s hearing someone mention a controversial event they didn’t know about, and then say in self-righteous indignation: “Why didn’t they teach me that in school?” This is a popular post on Facebook, almost as popular as fetal sonograms, unfocused ...

‘Sworn to Silence’ isn’t enjoyable, but should be read

How far should a defense lawyer go in protecting his client? This is the question posed by Jim Tracy, author of “Sworn to Silence: The Truth Behind Robert Garrow and the Missing Bodies Case.” Tracy was an 8-year-old boy living in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, where he still ...

Carrying precious cargo

The change of seasons is much more than just crisp air and sweater weather. It’s the time of year when the roads have additional obstacles. Animals search for food closer to roadsides. Our tourist towns become more congested, and road conditions constantly change. We need to be more diligent ...

Easier than pie: A tasty, simple Thanksgiving dessert

It’s time for apples! It’s time for pumpkin! It’s time to spice up autumn with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger! Nights are long and chilly. Days are short. Summer birds have left our region. The leaves are mostly off the trees. It’s time for Thanksgiving! It’s time for ... ...

Obstructed license plate fines increased

Section 402 (1) (b) of Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) has been amended effective Nov. 1, 2021, to increase fines for knowingly covering or coating license plates with material or substance that conceals, obscures or distorts the plates by any part of the vehicle, or anything carried thereon. ...