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Christmas this year was certainly different. My family takes this virus seriously so my son stayed home, one daughter brought the family over on Christmas Eve for a private dinner and gift opening, and the other had us over on Christmas day for gift exchanging only, but we all had to wear masks.

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So … I read this book. I’m not sure where it came from but I found it interesting. It was called “Textbook,” and it reads very much like textbooks I had at school. But the author included something catchy and unique by offering additional engagement via texting — and these offers were sprink…

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The triumvirate of Oswego doctors Joe Mather, Jim Grant and Bill Quigley had a virtual monopoly on the newborn baby business in Oswego for many years. Nary a baby was born at Oswego Hospital without their involvement for several decades.

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For obvious reasons I did a lot of my Christmas shopping on line to avoid crowds, and to purchase the unusual things that can only be found there — because my children like unusual things.

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They say there’s no sense in beating a dead horse but I’m one of those people who will beat it to death twice if it has hurt me, and killing those birds hurt my psyche. I finally took the time to Google what kind of birds they were, and while I suspected they were starlings I was surprised a…

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Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic this spring, one thing has remained constant–frontline workers have continued to serve those most in need and closest to them. In New York, we have seen the virus threaten the health of communities from one end of the state to the other and yet, so ma…

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As a child, decorating for Christmas was as exciting as opening gifts on Christmas morning. We kids would no sooner be done eating the last of the turkey from Thanksgiving when we’d start begging Mom to get started but she wouldn’t even hear of it before December. So Dec. 1, it was.  

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This week I had one dilemma after another. The first one was discovering that familiar smell in the garage that spoke of rotting animal. I put the Hubby on it but he could find nothing. Every morning the stench was ripe as I went to the car but by afternoon seemed to abate. I attributed that…

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In the Oswego County Court chambers on the lower floor of the Oswego County Public Safety Center (also known as the county jail), there are two photos on the right-hand wall. One is a full size portrait of former Oswego County Court Judge Donald H. Stacey, who served during the 1960’s and ea…

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When I was growing up, Thanksgiving was a big deal. If we were lucky my older sisters who had married and moved away would come home for a visit and regardless of how many came, my mother always made room at the table. As the family grew, so did the amount of tables to hold us all which some…

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“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 4:6,7  

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Have you ever seen those small black birds that are always in a group of about 200 and when one takes off they all take off, one after the other like synchronized swimmers — in perfect fluid motion. My daughter loves to watch them. She loves birds in general so it’s no wonder that she is fas…

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Last spring, as I was putting out my wind chimes, I remarked to my family at hand that I needed new ones as mine are getting rather ratty looking. In fact I’m sure I mentioned that I’d like some of the deeper toned ones that are too pricey for me but would make a nice gift (hint hint) and to…

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Our incredible servicemen and women sacrifice so much to keep us safe and preserve our freedoms. Their willingness to go into harm’s way for our benefit is something we can only hope to appropriately express thanks for. We are forever in their debt.  Their family members deserve our gratitud…

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So it was time to make the yearly popcorn balls but we made them the night before because Halloween day was getting pretty filled in and I didn’t want to still be making them when people showed up — like last year. Especially since we were doing something special this time … but I’ll get to …

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I went to pick up my daughter a few weeks ago but she wasn’t ready so I went in to visit with Henry. At one point he said he had to get his gum and walked over to the end table and slid it into his hand and kept his fist clenched. It must have been ABC gum (already been chewed) because I did…

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A Biden/Harris sign was recently stolen from my front lawn. Gun sales are increasing.  People are reluctant to discuss politics for fear of losing friends and family.  Extremist groups, militia, Proud Boys and others are making their mark through violence and intimidation.  Peaceful demonstr…

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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…