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After the holidays I was strolling through Ollies and noted that they had a slew of bedspreads. Ooh I’ve been meaning to update the guest room for quite a while now. When we got rid of that double bed a few years ago, the quilt I had made specifically for that yellow room was now too small f…

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In October, a few days before the quilt show, I’d had a dream. It was a perfectly lovely dream about my son. Not him now but him when he was a little guy – about 3 years old.

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While scrolling though Facebook I was asked to fill this out and pass it on - so here ya go…..

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This month my mother would have turned 100 years old and it’s kind of sad that she didn’t get to do it. I know she would have loved all the attention one would rightfully receive reaching such a milestone, but she was proud enough turning 90. She had outlasted all her siblings — though techn…

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Until now, every subject of my Forks in the Road columns has been, for better or for worse, a real person. So I thought, maybe it’s about time for a bit of fancy, or fantasy, or in this case downright fear. I speak of no other than the esteemed “Slippery Mary” of legendary proportions, who w…

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If a store, restaurant or any organization started losing customers, people in charge would make adjustments or they’d be out of business. So as New Yorkers continue to leave the state in alarming numbers, it’s time for some serious conversations and actions to address the ongoing outmigrati…

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So I got this letter in the mail. Technically the letter was to my husband but I’m the secretary in all matters here so I opened it – you know - to keep him from having to open it. That’s what I get paid to do.

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I have a bad toenail. There, I said it. Coming out was scary and embarrassing and I feel like I have really put myself out there for shame and guilt but at least I’m not telling you I have 10 bad toenails so I can still hold my head up in public.

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The first few days of session are always full of anticipation, excitement and potential. The pageantry and ceremony of the opening days are welcome reminders the New York State Legislature has an important role to play in shaping the lives of millions of people, some of whom were on hand at …

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This Christmas was wonderful and sad at the same time. The sad part was that from the minute 5-year old Grayson was done opening gifts, he developed a fever and the fever stayed the entire four days he was here (and four more after he left.) Because he had a little cough we assumed he was co…

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As we entered the new year and new decade this week, New York also took tremendous steps in becoming safer and fairer by implementing significant changes to the state’s criminal justice system. These reforms — eliminating cash bail for many misdemeanors and low-level, non-violent felonies, r…

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Have you ever wished you had an undo button that could make your mistakes just disappear? Or for it to bring you back to that moment when a better choice could have been made, or a different road to take perhaps?

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A renaissance is defined as a rebirth, a revival, a renewal of energy and spirit. I think it goes without saying that Oswego is undergoing its own kind of renaissance. Downtown is once again booming and building and the waterfront is being shored up, protected and modified for greater public…

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As many of us gather with family and friends over the holidays, some of those celebrations will include special meals and desserts.  Because we have access to a wide selection of food year-round at local grocery stores, it is sometimes easy to forget where our food comes from but New York’s …

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Christmas is on the horizon and I’m trying not to stress because no one should stress over Christmas. The only thing I bother to worry about is whether or not the intended will like the gift I chose. This makes me very attentive during the fall as I listen for ideas. But sometimes that doesn…

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Thursday morning I slept in a little bit. It felt good to do that after the week I’d had. And by week I mean 12 days. Twelve days of running to my daughter’s house to feed the pets, 12 days of dealing with ill-fitting new eyeglasses, and 12 days with a broken washing machine. I’m not sure wh…

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Last year I got caught in a blinding storm at night. My car came to a dead stop just three feet from my driveway because I couldn’t go fast enough up this hill. The hubby came to my rescue but it was a harrowing experience and I swore I would never go out in snowy weather again. He said I pr…

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The Division of Budget recently released its mid-year financial plan update which shows that the state is facing its largest budget gap since the recession in 2010.  This time, however, the economy is not to blame.  It is largely Medicaid that is causing the gap.

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Editor's note: Mike McCrobie's 'My Oswego' column is a print-only feature of The Palladium-Times, appearing every other week. This column below, appearing in the Wednesday, Dec. 4 edition, has been unlocked for online audiences for a limited time — please enjoy. For more of Mike McCrobie and…

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Henry came over the other day and with hat and coat still on, made himself at home with my toys. But he wasn’t staying and when told this he fell apart and ran all over the house trying to elude his mother while screaming “I stay!” In fact, every time his mother tells him to get his shoes on…

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I often run into various readers of my column who tell me that the trials I find myself in are representatives of their lives as well. All this time I thought these crazy things only happened to me. Well, I bet you can’t compete with what happened to this old gal yesterday.

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Over the course of my 40-year-plus legal career, I have questioned and empanelled several dozen juries. The process is called the “Voir dire,” a French term that translates as “to speak the truth.” I have entreated many hundreds of prospective jurors to do just that: tell me the truth during…

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This Halloween was unlike any other and quite harrowing for me. Since the only trick or treaters I get are three of my grandchildren from daughter number two, I purchased a small amount of candy geared for them and a little bit more just in case someone else found their way to my door.

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With an estimated 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 each day and approaching retirement, there is a growing need to find qualified individuals to fill jobs across many employment sectors.   One tool that is helping businesses fill these skilled-labor gaps are apprenticeship programs.  Last week…

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When the water is rising—that’s when you find out who your true friends are. You never forget that friend who came to pump out your basement, move the camper to higher ground or stack heavy sandbags on your property to keep the flood waters at bay.

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When my parents bought that first and only house, it was the very early 1940’s and hot off the depression era, if not still in it. They were actually lucky to afford a home at all, let alone one that included property that once housed a barber shop — which is why we had such a big yard to play in.

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When my parents bought that first and only house, it was the very early 1940’s and hot off the depression era, if not still in it. They were actually lucky to afford a home at all, let alone one that included property that once housed a barber shop — which is why we had such a big yard to play in. 

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I got thinking the other day – about the house I grew up in. It was a good enough house I guess but even as a kid all I could see was its flaws — because that’s how I’m wired. The floors were wide planks painted brown, with a sheet of linoleum laid on top in each room — much like area carpet…

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It doesn’t get any more “Forks in the Road” than the intersection of Turrill Street and Hillside Avenue in Oswego. That was the home of Bill “Badeye” Gorman, his wife Wanda and their seven children: Barb, Joe (David), Nancy, Jeanne, Teddy, Mary and Mina. Members of the Gorman family still li…

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Editor’s note: In the wake of the publication of The Palladium-Times’ 200 year celebratory edition earlier this month, former Port City Mayor John Sullivan was inspired to pen the following retrospective of his own.

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Medicaid is a federal and state program established in 1965 to provide healthcare for people with limited wealth.  It is often confused with Medicare, which is a federal program that provides health coverage to people, regardless of wealth, who are 65 and over and to people who are under 65 …

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So, the hubby had a birthday. Next year he’ll be eligible for Medicare, provided Medicare is still available then. Meanwhile he’s trying to enjoy being sixty-four. Not so easy to do. He and a friend spent his birthday resealing the driveway and he was one hurting unit afterward. I said “mayb…

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I’m back from my third excursion, the biggest one. I’d been sent an email a few weeks ago saying there was still room for three more people on a five day retreat in the Adirondacks.  I thought it sounded awesome until I saw the price tag. I stewed about it for a few days and the Hubby notice…

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I came across a post the other day that started with “Things that made my toddler cry this week”, which totally caught my eye because you know how much I love toddlers. Her list made me laugh.

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My office has been getting calls from constituents who are understandably confused about two rebate checks the state has begun to mail to property taxpayers and whether they should expect to receive one, none or both.  I want to try and clarify for the public what these checks are and who sh…

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I have this magnet on my fridge that says “Upon the advice of my attorney, my refrigerator has nothing to say at this time.” Well, that’s how I felt last week when my deadline came and went. If I could have found an hour to myself I might have been able to prattle on about something, but rea…

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This year, the Oswego City School District had to make the difficult decision to suspend the 2019 varsity football season due to a declining number of participants, a scenario that posed significant risk of injury to our students. We felt it was important to share in greater specificity, the…

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It started innocently enough, as most things do. My friend Barb brought in a painting she had just done of a tree during its four seasons. It was so pretty. However it wasn’t done with paint. No sir, it was done with diamonds. I had never heard of painting with diamonds.

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A palatial home along the banks of the Oswego River on Route 48 in Minetto, historically used by the Kingsford family as a summer retreat, is about as far away culturally, economically, and otherwise as you can get from the “Forks in the Road.”

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I love to play Scrabble. I have it downloaded to my laptop so that I can play anytime I want to — against the computer, which makes for a speedy game. I can choose my skill level (which is in the medium range) and you can type into a dictionary to see if the word you desperately want to use …

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I once saw an episode of “Everybody Loves Raymond” where they had come back from a trip and Ray left the suitcase on the stair landing. After a couple of weeks it became an annoying unspoken presence in the room and the longer it stayed there, the madder each one got. Debra felt that Ray sho…

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I just got my latest Readers Digest. Normally I start at the beginning and read straight through so as not to miss anything, but listed in the contents was “20 Chores You Can Stop Doing.” Well, I couldn’t turn to page 78 fast enough because I have so many irons in the fire that I really need…

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About three weeks ago, the father of a 17-year old sent me an email to ask information about e-cigarettes and how to talk with his son about the health risks of e-cigarettes. E-cigarette use poses a significant but avoidable health risk to young people and causes parents, teachers, and healt…

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Actually I have made rugs, so I should really say “why I don’t make rugs anymore.” The first time I tried it (40 years ago) I had cut fabric into strips, sewed them end to end, ran it through a piece of metal that folded the fabric so I could iron it just so, braided it and proceeded to sew …

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I finally have my kitchen back. For the past week it has looked like a poor man’s feng shui. It all began when I tried to wash the dishes and I noticed these teeny tiny light brown slivers crawling all over the drainer. 

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There is nothing like waking to the sweet smell of apple pie baking in the oven, particularly when that oven is in the kitchen of a splendid sailboat docked at Navy Point Marina in Sackets Harbor, NY.  I refer to the boat Empty Pockets, a 42-foot Island Packet sailboat, owned by Dick and Joa…