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For veterans, Memorial Day is a perennially somber time, more about remembrance than refreshments. With veterans’ organizations canceling or modifying their typical observances because of the pandemic, area veterans said, this year’s Memorial Day will feel especially subdued.

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A few years ago while visiting Hawaii, I did yoga on Waikiki Beach with students. After the session, we gathered for a chat to delve into the meaning of symbols used by different cultures to unify humanity.

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Communication is defined as “the exchange of information.” In our Age of Information, it is assumed that communication has never been easier. However, closer analysis reveals that since the advent of electronic technology, some unforeseen difficulties have come with our advancements.

I’ve lost track of the time, but it’s been about six weeks since I’ve seen any of my teachers in person. I’ve been home, like all the other students in New York, working as diligently as my lack of motivation permits as I toil away the hours on Zoom calls and online assignments. COVID-19 has…

During this time of physical distancing and uncertainty, many are feeling isolated, lonely, agitated and withdrawn. Those with underlying behavioral health conditions, such as depression, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia and substance use disorder, are at particularly high risk for a negativ…

We all know the CDC’s recommendation of remaining at least six feet from others while out in public, to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep you and your family healthy. It’s still important, though, that we take care of ourselves physically while social distancing.

The Daily Star doesn't often run poems, but we received two from an Oneonta parent and a student this week that seemed very timely.

The pandemic caused by the new coronavirus has cultivated concerns about food shortages and, as a result, a back-to-basics solution is taking root.

During the past few months, we have all been learning a great deal about how to slow the spread of disease with prevention being the key word. Prevention by washing hands frequently and thoroughly, social distancing, limiting exposure by staying home and by wearing protective masks and glove…

It’s quiet here. Few cars pass the house these days. I don’t hear people driving to work in the morning. The school bus hasn’t gone by in years because there are no children out this way to be picked up or dropped off. Not many people live near us. On our stretch of road, most of the daffodi…

San Francisco’s intersection of Haight and Ashbury streets was ground zero during the “Summer of Love”; a 1967 gathering of young people searching for an alternative lifestyle that included free love, free-flowing drugs, free food and psychedelic rock.

It has been said that life would be a mistake without music. I can certainly agree, as I find it difficult to recall any recent days that I completed without listening to at least one song. Humanity’s appreciation and production of music is something that makes us very different from most ot…

Becoming a Cornell Cooperative Extension-certified Master Gardener is about sowing more than just seeds. The program, launched in Washington in 1972, pairs planting prowess with philanthropy.

“The impulse to write things down is a peculiarly compulsive one, inexplicable to those who do not share it,” wrote Joan Didion in her 1968 collection of essays titled "Slouching Towards Bethlehem." Didion painted a portrait of a young woman’s inner complexities set within the backdrop of an…

Those of us who care for pets can get unexpected comments from people, including family members and close friends, that our pet companions are covered in germs, vermin and disgusting diseases.

At the beginning of the month, just a few weeks ago, I participated in the Otsego County Music Educators Association All County Festival in Worcester where my band conductor told a story that has stuck with me ever since.

As a teenager, the biggest event in my life right now is high school. The advice I hear most of the time is “get good grades, get into a good college.” Ask any teenager and they will most likely agree that high school is what takes up most of their brain space and causes the majority of thei…

In general, seniors find that as they age, their activity levels decrease. For some, the activity level is reduced due to physical limitations or medical conditions. For others, they see a reduction in their strength and stamina due to a lack of physical activity.

Less expensive than skiing and snowboarding and easier to master, snow tubing has emerged as a popular alternative for wintertime thrill-seekers.

It would seem that for all of human history, a staple of youth (especially the teenage years) is a strong desire for adulthood. And in one of nature’s most humorous and poignant ironies, many adults, both young and old, find themselves yearning for the idyllic days of childhood, free from th…

During our December 2017 to January 2018 trip to the Ninash’s schools in India, I had a nice visit with my older brother, a wise man. His insightful stories were as instructive as that of Grandpa Chopra’s. We conversed about the Buddha’s Mindfulness Meditation as one of the ways to handle ou…

Many older residents suffer from ongoing health conditions that can impact their quality of lives. All too often, people take for granted that it is a normal part of aging and think that nothing can be done to help improve their condition. Actually, there are many programs that can help with…

Over the span of three months, I’ve listened to Stephen King’s audiobook “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.” As an aspiring writer who has experienced my fair share of writer’s block, I sought some sort of inspiration from King’s work that would propel my own craft to bounce back from the c…

Each Jan. 1 brings reflection and, for many, resolve — to get fit, eat better, lose weight or kick bad habits. Local gym owners said they see post-holiday determination and New Year’s resolutions demonstrated in increased memberships, renewals and attendance.

For many, the start of the new year represents a new beginning, a fresh start. During this time, people look over the events of the past year and consider what they could have done better, or what they would want to change, and it is from this way of thinking that New Year’s resolutions are born.

I’ve kept a diary for 47 years. When I started, I didn’t know what I was doing or where it would lead. I just kept scribbling until writing each day became a habit I couldn’t break. What I’ve ended up with is an account of an ordinary life, covering almost half a century. I wrote by hand at …

Some call it the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be one of the most wasteful. For many, December is a month of frenzied shopping, wrapping, feasting and frolicking. But while spending green, creative thinking and savvy swap-outs can also help you go green this Christmas.

Each year, The Daily Star invites area children to send us their letters to Santa. We only received two letters this year. We’re printing them for our readers to enjoy before passing them along to the North Pole. 

Second only to a shaggy-needled, snow-dusted fir, the poinsettia is one of the most recognizable botanical symbols of the holiday season. Prized for its vibrant foliage and season-long staying power, the Central American plant, variously known as flor de nochebuena, or flower of the holy nig…

“Do whatever makes you happy.” It is a phrase I have heard time and time again, whether in valedictory and commencement speeches or in everyday advice. These words and the sentiments they carry are ubiquitous in our contemporary music, literature and other forms of media.

“Can you untangle this snag?” I heard that a lot 70 years ago. It’s coming back now because I’m working on a holiday project that involves unraveling Christmas lights. Somehow I managed to put the lights away in a tangle last year.

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CLEARWATER, Fla. - Joan Kammerer Torrey, 95, passed away peacefully, at home, on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. She was born in the Bronx, the daughter of Andrew and Mary (McKinney) Kammerer. When she was a child, her family moved out of the Bronx to Blauvelt. She graduated from Haverstraw High Sc…