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Inherited retirement accounts offer great financial opportunities to beneficiaries, but can be stressful due to the complicated risks associated with certain options. Knowing the basic differences of each option is just the tip of the iceberg, but it will help you get a feel for the four mai…

In the midst of the pandemic, I received an email from my childhood friend David Dain. David and I don’t connect as often as either of us would like, but he gave me an assignment of sorts. Somehow, David stumbled upon an interview done with his dad on WRVO radio in 1976. At the time, his dad…

A while back — and I wish I knew just how far back — I wrote a column about my reverse bucket list, which spoke of all the things I hope I never do before I die. In order to write this particular column, I felt I should double check the other column, but I can’t find it. It’s not under My, T…

In the final days of 2022, Congress passed a new set of retirement rules designed to make it easier to contribute to retirement plans and access those funds earmarked for retirement.

Monday, Jan. 16, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Every year in the weeks surrounding the remembering of Martin Luther King Jr., I find myself listening to recordings of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

A while back, I wrote about a baseball pitch-training device that had been given to me by Dan Dixon. It was invented in the 1930s by SUNY Oswego legend Max Ziel. I concluded that column by stating that this historic artifact belonged in a museum, not in a corner of my garage. 

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On New Year’s Eve, the grands came over to play their new games with me and the hubby. One of the games was called Secret Squad. In this game there was a yellow team and a red team (kept secret) and you had to guess who your teammate was by answering the yes or no questions on three cards. 

We have just come through what is known as the season to be jolly. Nevertheless, we have certainly had more than our share of “Bah! Humbug!” of late, so our traditional holiday spirit of “Peace on earth, good will to men (and women)” has been a particularly welcome respite for all of us.

When I was growing up we “held Christmas” right after breakfast, which was torture for me because my parents insisted on the whole pancakes and eggs ordeal rather than the usual cereal or toast. I don’t eat pancakes, never have and never will. I just sat there watching them, encouraging them…

How many variations have you seen this season of the ideas from Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” where someone is visited by the ghost of Christmas Past, the ghost of Christmas Present, and the ghost of Christmas Future?  

Go out into your yard and dig a big hole. Every month, throw $50 into it, but don’t take any money out until you’re ready to buy a house, send your child to college, or retire. 

Believe it or not, a knitted scarf makes me happy. Not my scarf, it’s one I bought at a craft show in a moment of weakness and ended up giving it to my “secret sister” at church a few years ago. Almost every Sunday in winter she has it on, and keeps it on because it goes with everything. I s…

As a lifelong reader of newspapers and a former teacher of journalism, I’ve always been interested in obituaries — not in a macabre manner, but in the simple fact that obit writers are given the unenviable task of summing up a person’s entire life, often in fewer than 10 column inches of newsprint.

Employer-sponsored qualified retirement plans such as 401(k)s are some of the most powerful retirement savings tools available. If your employer offers such a plan and you’re not participating in it, you should be. Once you’re participating in a plan, try to take full advantage of it.

Don’t get me wrong. I love Christmas and everything it stands for, but I have come to realize that at my age my view has become skewed. 

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) on Wednesday delivered a farewell speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. In the speech, Katko reflected on his eight years in Congress and highlighted his record of bipartisanship and the successes he has achieved for central…

Editor’s Note: This column initially appeared a few years ago, and is being run again because of its local significance during the holiday season.

My Sit and Stitch group on Tuesdays threw a Christmas party early because we wanted to beat the bad weather, and we had a ton of fun. We all brought a dish to pass, a gift to swap and small sweet or silly gifts for prizes.

I’m a sucker for tradition. Three years ago, I began a December custom in which I gave virtual Christmas gifts via this column in three categories: something Oswego WANTS; something Oswego NEEDS; and something for Oswegonians to READ.

At the corner of Huckleberry and Blackberry in Liverpool, drivers are greeted by a giant white wooden reindeer. Thin pieces of wood are interlocked to create a happy reindeer about two stories tall. Headlights catch the white even in the dark, and the joyous reindeer brings a smile to my fac…

At our very core, we are a tribal group. The tribe begins with family and ends with national identity, and all the groupings in between. What binds us together? Neighborhoods, religious affiliation, clubs and other groups are all things that help us form “communities.”