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With multiple COVID-19 vaccines now offering hope for a return to normal life, it’s not surprising that opinions about their safety and appropriate use have sprung up on all sides. And now that the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for use in older children, parents have the tough job of sepa…

It’s a startling rate but anywhere from 40% to 80% of people experience back pain in their lifetime. About 30% of people have back pain in any given month. Risk factors for developing back pain include a history of previous back pain episodes, a sedentary lifestyle, obesity, depression and p…

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It seems to me that summer has arrived, and somewhat ahead of schedule this year. I’m no meteorologist, of course, so don’t hold me to my word if it’s incorrect. Either way, the warm weather and the sunny days have recently coincided with a few different milestones in my life.

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For some, wanderlust is where it’s at. Increasingly, couples and families are eschewing the trappings of home and property ownership for the ease of life on wheels.

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There are going to be many more opportunities to travel this summer than there were last summer. Although there are restrictions still in place and safety protocols are necessary, traveling this summer is possible.

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Every year, May is recognized nationally as Older Americans Month. This is an opportunity for us to recognize some outstanding people in our communities for the incredible ways they give back. This year’s Older Americans Month theme is aptly titled “Communities of Strength,” recognizing the …

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Typically, we think of November and December as the time of year when we are particularly grateful — Thanksgiving, the holiday season, “the spirit of giving,” etc. It’s a good time of year to be thankful for family, friends, and anything or anyone else we’re thankful for. In another pandemic…

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New York state has been divided into 10 regional hubs to help assure anyone within the region who wants to be vaccinated will have access to the vaccine. The Southern Tier hub includes eight counties, including Delaware, Chenango, and more. The hub has established a website that offers a wea…

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With small bits of information, it seems that CBD products would be safe for your dog or cat. It appears to be a natural product, it is sold at many pet supply shops, online retailers and grocery stores in the form of oils, in treats and as food supplements so it should be ok, right? Packagi…

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In January, a month before my 75th birthday, I slipped on ice and fell. The fall was so sudden and inexplicable that later, trying to describe it to my doctor, I could only resort to clichés. “Dropped like I’d been shot,” I said. “Fell like a ton of bricks.”

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Sunday, March 14, means New Yorkers will “spring” forward, resetting their clocks by one hour, according to the state’s continued observance of Daylight Saving Time.

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I think a lot of people consider equality a sort of modern luxury; something only rich nations have the ability to “give” to their citizens; something we had to get to this point in our development as a civilization to be able to “afford”; implying that equality is somehow like toasters or i…

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As I write this, it is 10 degrees out and the wind is howling. Cabin fever sets in as we continue to live in the Northeast but also in a pandemic. We have all been stuck inside because of the snow or cold; we are masking, staying six feet apart, not traveling far to stay safe and as like mos…

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When I was studying yoga in India, our teacher always cited Gandhi as the model of a practical yogi. Along with his study of the Bhagavad Gita, Gandhi was an ardent follower of yoga. He used to call himself a practical idealist because he put the philosophy of Ashtanga yoga into practice. He…

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On Tuesday, Feb. 2, a marmot named Phil will emerge from his burrow in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and either predict winter’s continuing six-week grip or a quick-to-come spring.

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We can all agree that 2020 was a year of unpredicted upheaval on almost all aspects of life, so why not in the dog world as well? For the first time since its inception in the early 20th century, a breed, heretofore well known by all but unrecognized in its position, the most popular dog bre…

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The past several months have been undoubtedly hard for many people, not only in terms of money and employment, but in terms of mental health.

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For kids, there’s nothing like waking to find a snow day has been declared. But, for administrators, there’s much more to that declaration than white-hued wonderment beyond the window.

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As we reflect upon the election process that unfolded last year and into this year, we take note of the role of the judiciary in the electoral process. Courts play a nonpartisan role in deciding highly contested, passionate, partisan disputes. The judicial branch of government is independent…

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When I was younger, I had all sorts of ideas about what I wanted to be when I grew up: Actress! Newscaster! Circus performer! Bricklayer, mathematician, professor! Ship captain, airplane stewardess, chef!

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Amid the pandemic caused by the spread of COVID-19, many are eager to bid 2020 goodbye and start anew in 2021. With that comes the making of New Year’s resolutions, many of which will be fitness-related, but local gym owners said they’re unsure what to expect this January.

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Like Buddhism and Jainism, Sikhism is an offshoot of Hinduism. While Buddhism focuses on the contemplative parts of Hinduism by innovatively developing mindfulness meditation and Jainism stresses an austere life of total non-violence, Sikhism highlights compassionate contemplation by living …

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It’s going to be a COVID-19 Christmas, forcing area faith leaders to reconsider Dec. 24 worship services. While some churches are opting for online-only Christmas Eve services, others will host socially distanced masses and still others will feature walk-through nativity scenes. But everyone…

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Needless to say, 2020 has been an extremely challenging, frustrating and confusing year, and especially so when it comes to maintaining your health and well-being. The initial lack of knowledge about how the Coronavirus was spread, its symptoms and the treatments that would be effective led …

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