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If you happen to be in Kingston, Ontario on any given non-pandemic weekend summer day and drop by the Kingston Brewing Company at happy hour, don’t be surprised if you bump into one of Oswego’s leading couples of music and song: Redd and Sue Swindells. It is one of their all time favorite ha…

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For anyone who doesn’t know this, auto correct is when you type something and your device thinks it’s smarter than you and changes your words to what you really meant. Or does it? Well I just came across a bunch of them that still have me snickering.

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Government overreach has been a hallmark of Gov. Cuomo’s time in office, but his recent dictates surrounding forced-food purchases at bars have crossed a new line. Surely the governor has more pressing things to address—the state budget was ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, virus-related nur…

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I’m a sucker for milestones, and this column is one. When I was looking for something to fill the void in my life when I retired from teaching back in 2012, I begged my way onto the pages of The Palladium-Times twice a month. I never imagined that I would still be writing eight years, and 20…

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So … I think this new way of getting things done is going to be the new way to get things done even after the quarantine is over. Except for clothing, I kind of like ordering things on line and having them show up at my door so that I don’t have to head out into heat, cold or rain. Heck I do…

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I am not one to take feeling tired lying down so I finally made some phone calls. I’d been putting off getting bloodwork done because with my new insurance I didn’t know how expensive this would get and prying me away from my money has never been in anyone’s best interest. My insurance guy s…

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It’s been a long time since Dana Balter began her campaign for Congress in 2017 as an insurgent upstart, and the Syracuse Democrat now finds herself carrying an unusual burden: the weight of expectation.

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I’m feeling blue these days. I guess the virus has hit me from the backside because I’m about fed up with social distancing. And I’m fed up with fabric stores being closed. I’ve been ordering fabric and patterns and whatever I think I need online but it just doesn’t make up for what I seem t…

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FULTON — The CNY Arts Center announces the long anticipated re-opening of the Arts Center programming and activities while celebrating community support during the COVID-19 lockdown which has created an economic crisis for the nonprofit organization.

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Before there were massive chain drug stores and Big Pharma, there were little, mom-and-pop, locally owned and operated pharmacies. They filled your prescriptions, gave you friendly advice on drug interaction and took personal care of the needs of many a family.

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I have often wondered what the attraction to yoga classes is all about. I knew it was supposed to relax you by slowing down your pace and clearing your mind. I knew it was good for your heart. I also knew it was not for me.

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As of today I have been in captivity for 90 days. Other than JoAnn Fabrics being closed I’ve had little to complain about. It’s been more like a staycation of epic proportions. I was even able to get my Medicare card over the phone, though it took practically the whole three months they give you.

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OSWEGO — A rapid-fire series of communications this week from the campaigns of local congressional candidates provided an inside look at the strategies each are likely to deploy in the upcoming election.

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May has come and gone. Poetry in April, Monologue May-nia in May and now June is here at the Arts Center. By now we would have premiered Children of Eden and Frozen Jr onstage. Our homeschool classes of art, pottery and cooking would have run for 8 weeks, and our meet-up groups, musicians, w…

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I don’t love spring. Oh, I appreciate all the greenery and the warmer weather but I hate, hate, hate the bugs. The punkies keep me indoors until the mosquitos come out and the mosquitos keep me indoors until — well — summer.

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This week the New York State Legislature formally reconvened in an unfamiliar format, with debates and voting conducted through video feeds. Like many things forced to change under COVID-19 precautions, our work took on a new look, but was an important and necessary effort to have legislativ…

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I always thought of bridal showers as a fun way to help the bride get a step ahead. A way to fill her house with all the little things so that when she got back from her honeymoon she could at least attempt to put a meal together. But over the years I’ve realized showers are more than that. …

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, almost every state in America is under some sort of stay-at-home order. This unprecedented time has also led many businesses, large and small, to downsize or close up shop entirely. In response to the drastic impact that COVID-19 has had on global and do…

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After two months of captivity, one finds oneself allowing crazy thoughts to trample the mind. Since they are kind of scary, I’ll send you these tamer ones instead.

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As a fourth-grade student at St. Mary’s school in Oswego, I had a wonderful teacher whose name was Mrs. Burns. She was a kind, grandmotherly type person who simply exuded positivity. She believed in uplifting the spirits of her students, and one way to do that was to introduce us to the worl…

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This past Feb. 13-20, I went on a service trip with a group of high schoolers from Young Life throughout central New York. We went to the village of Rancho Grande in the Bajo Lempa Region of El Salvador.

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Mitta is a small village in northeast Sicily but its contribution to the Oswego community has been great. Mitta sent us its sons and daughters in the late 1890s to early 1900s with names like Scandura, Taormina, Brancato, Chillemi, Salvadore, Curcuruto, and Colloca, just to name a few.

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For nearly all of us managing these unprecedented times, it’s easy to get away from our normal routines and go-to comforts. Among our many daily challenges is staying connected to the things we have built our incredible communities upon. As such, we must make an extra effort to support each …

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What fun we've had celebrating National Poetry Month on our Facebook page. We've had live videos and readings, writing exercises and more from our very own Jess Tetro and Krissy Cook. What fun awaits us in May?

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Recently, Gov. Andrew Cuomo attributed progress against the current pandemic to the prudent actions of government officials and fellow citizens.  He denied that God did this, although in an earlier news conference he had thanked God for some relief.  Taking the two statements as complementar…

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We are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and voting issues are probably the last thing on peoples’ minds.  However, since the Supreme Court’s recent Michigan decision to not extend time for primary mail-in ballots and other efforts to curb voting, our right to vote is being seriously jeo…

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Our organization, like many others, has had to postpone its season of shows as well as the many other activities we had planned. However, we are alive and well and keeping our sites for the time when we are able to open our doors again to the general public. As we all move through this unpre…

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As we practice good physical isolation during this COVID-19 pandemic to take care of our physical health, we also need to take care of our spirit. Art is one of the most soothing things to calm and refresh our spirit, especially during this time of isolation. The urge to create art does not …

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Last week I recorded a video message at the invitation of Oswego County Legislature Chairman James Weatherup. In the video I shared a few things about Oswego County DMV operations and our ability to process work even though we are closed to the public.

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With the endorsement of Senator Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden has effectively secured the Democratic Party nomination for President. But Anthony Brindisi is silent on the man he entrusted with his critically important vote as Speaker of the House. Brindisi repeatedly claime…

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OSWEGO — The future of nuclear energy in the United States is murky, as is the debate over how the nation — including Oswego County’s three reactors — should deal with the radioactive waste of its electricity production.

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As you read this I have been more or less housebound for 26 days and I’m not the least bit crazy yet.