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Have you ever had an itch that needs scratching and you don’t think much of it until you find yourself jamming your back into a doorway, desperate for relief? Well, that was me last month. I finally had that aha moment when I realized this was happening far too frequently.

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My grandson Sam is 15 now and I have no idea how that happened. He used to have the blondest curls, but now sports a mop of thick, tawny brown hair that I think I would love to have. He’s a good kid who leans toward the artistic side – though he has stopped drawing lately because it’s not co…

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Editor’s note: After nearly 100 columns, contributor and former Oswego Mayor John T. Sullivan Jr. has filed his last copy. The staff and management of The Palladium-Times thank him for his writing, civic dedication and commitment to his hometown and this publication. We wish him all the best.

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I was out shopping the other day and happened upon a toddler sitting in a shopping cart, obediently wearing her little pink mask, and a thought ran through my head. What must these little people think of this world they are living in right now?

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The process of developing the annual State Budget officially begins when the governor presents his spending proposal in late January. But the terms of negotiations become clearer once legislative majority conferences offer their financial plans, which Assembly Democrats unveiled last week. “…

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New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky and a host of colleagues have introduced legislation that shifts the responsibility and costs of recycling from municipalities to the producers of packaging and paper products.  The legislation is called the Extended Producer Responsibility Act, and in ot…

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In my dire attempts to get a vaccine appointment, I checked the sites every day looking for an opening. I got on a wait list at Wayne’s who said they would text my phone when appointments were available and I told them they might better call me instead, but texting was the only option. From …

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By now, we’re all sick of the terms overused to describe the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects: These are unprecedented times! We all must pivot, facing so much uncertainty, but always with an abundance of caution. Be safe out there! Wash your hands (that one can stay).

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I got to spend the day with Henry last Wednesday. Apparently little boys with wild imaginations don’t mesh well with a mommy who is studying chemistry right now — and she asked for peace and quiet. The child is bored. With Celia in school now, Henry has no one to talk to or play with. His mo…

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That phrase is indelibly imprinted in my memory bank, as if placed there by a branding iron.  It evokes a sweet memory of childhood, when we were practicing for a fifth-grade play. It was the description of the sound effect of thunder, induced by our holding and flapping all four corners of …

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I used to have a good mechanic but he closed his shop. Now I juggle three mechanics at various places and I am trying to settle on one of them. I will refer to them as A, B, and C. 

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The hubby said he was going ice fishing on Wednesday and my mind got all kinds of giddy thinking about the quiet house and the things I could accomplish. But when I woke up that morning he was still here, in fact still sleeping. It was too windy to fish. He decided to work in the morning and…

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For months, we listened to Gov. Andrew Cuomo laud the importance of fact-based decision making and proclaim the values of objectivity and science. But “do as I say, not as I do” has always been a hallmark of this governor’s administration, so it should not be too surprising he willfully disr…

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At the risk of wearing it out, I’m thinking the word I want here is “serendipity,” for when you have those moments that pop eyes open and you just can’t believe your luck. If you have an equally lovely and appropriate word, please feel free to share it. 

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Earlier this week, a half-dozen, hand-picked Democrat legislators participated in a private meeting with Gov. Cuomo’s top aides to discuss the state’s nursing home response and inexcusable delays of information being shared. During that meeting, Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa apolo…

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My memories are getting hazy and some days I wake up and try to recall as many as I can so they don’t slip away entirely. Some are good, some are bad, and some are like “did that really happen? A lot of them revolve around water, which as a non-swimmer, rather amazes me.

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As companies grow and add employees, they also add employee benefits. Retirement and medical plans can be provided, but what about group life insurance?

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Carol Channing told us diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and Shirley Bassey knew diamonds are forever — this must mean Greg and Mark Dufore know their way around more than just a jeweler’s loupe and chain.

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On New Year’s Day everyone, or most everyone, makes a resolution to: find love or lose weight, work out or relax in, begin a class or quit smoking … but these things rarely last the long haul. I think that’s because the bar has been set too high. When they start looking down the road at an e…

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It took an investigation from New York Attorney General Letitia James to finally get clarity on the true number of nursing homes residents who died during the COVID-19 pandemic. That information should have been provided months ago by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Department of Health. Nev…

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The other night after dinner I was upstairs when I heard this awful noise coming from behind my house. At first I thought it was wind howling through the edges of my window but then felt it was too loud and high pitched for that. Was someone having a party? If they were, the party had taken …

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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.