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Covid-19 has left me, and a whole lot of other people, floundering for things to do. I’m pretty choosy about the places I go and things I do because I’m A-positive and therefore they say the virus will hit me with the likes of a baseball bat. Being delicate and sensitive surely won’t help th…

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I’m very proud of the penny floor I put down in the pantry but over the years one corner keeps turning that green patina that copper is famous for. This is due mostly because we never put epoxy over the pennies to protect them. There were several reasons we didn’t, one being that epoxy was e…

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Last week, the Assembly Minority Conference joined the families of violent-crime victims to call for changes to New York’s parole procedures and implore the state to fix its broken criminal justice system. Despite pleas to keep cop-killers and rapists behind bars, the state’s misguided parol…

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When it comes to secrets, I’m not particularly good. Unless someone specifies that it is to remain top secret, you can bet I’ll tell someone just to get it off my chest. I usually choose my BF who lives very far away and has the memory of a peanut. The secret will remain safe there.

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For more than 30 years, Oswego High School students have honed their broadcasting and technical skills right in the comfort of their very own high school television studio, with programming brought to viewers in school and at home by the prescience and perseverance of Mr. William H. Bellow.

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Henry fell. He didn’t fall far and he didn’t get badly hurt but he did skin his knee well enough to require two bandages. He does not like getting bandages and so when he fell and laid there crumpled in a ball crying, I let his father tend to it. There is something mesmerizing about watching…

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During U.S. Rep. John Katko’s last two terms in office, he has consistently voted with President Donald Trump’s devastating assault on the environment.   It is necessary in these divisive times to choose between protecting our earth or enabling large industry to continue polluting with gas a…

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Correcting New York’s massive budget shortfall is going to take a thoughtful, concerted effort that features a combination of eliminating wasteful spending, securing federal aid and an emphasis on common-sense prioritizing. The Assembly Minority Conference has always advocated for responsibl…

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New York farms were among one of the hardest hit sectors of the economic fallout from COVID-19. Demand for supplies dropped dramatically and supply-chain issues completely derailed the marketplace. Considering the already substantial obstacles facing the state’s agriculture industry, it is s…

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This has been a hard year.  There is no way around it; everyone has been touched by the pandemic, the failing economy, racial unrest, and the sentiments that goes along with the things that we have endured in 2020. We are in unprecedented times and living through a phase that will be taught …

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As we head into the month of September, Election Day begins to become clearer in focus. Without question, the 2020 elections will have a completely different look and feel. Sweeping changes have been made to New York’s electoral process through legislation and executive order, and due to the…

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I was recently elected to the Board of Regents at Le Moyne College, my alma mater. Throughout my undergraduate career, a lesson shared was Mahatma Gandhi’s quote, “be the change you wish to see in the world.” That phrase and its enduring lesson was emblazoned upon my soul during my time as a…

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I was in the sewing room minding my own business because — and only because — I was all alone. It’s hard to butt in when no one else is around, heh heh. I was basting a quilt so it was quiet. Then I heard it, a noise kind of like a crisp rain hitting the window, or maybe the snap crackle pop…

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Claudia Tenney provided a self-serving puff piece to this newspaper the eve of the Republican primary for the 22nd Congressional District. She is now the Republican candidate for that position, and wants to be the face of the district to the nation and the world. She says that she is “princi…

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Our communities are suffering because of the COVID-19 pandemic and we desperately need federal government relief that isn’t coming. Contrary to what Congressman John Katko would have us believe, this is not a “both sides issue.” It is John Katko and his Republican colleagues in the House and…

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I guess now is as good – I mean – bad a time as any to break the sad news. That rascally rampant Covid 19 has caused the powers that be to cancel the Quilt Show this year. I am heartsick over it. Hundreds of people look forward to it every year and will now be understandably bummed out.

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Editor’s note: The following piece was submitted by Congressman Anthony Brindisi in response to an op-ed by Claudia Tenney entitled “Tenney: Cheap politics let Spectrum off the hook for shoddy service” published in the Friday, Aug. 7 edition of The Palladium-Times.

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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…