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When dogs and cats have itchy skin in the spring and summer, you may think about fleas, mosquitos, ticks or burrs. All these irritators can be present any time of year, but winter conditions make the list of scratching causes much longer.

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For most, because of restrictions related to the pandemic caused by COVID-19, Thanksgiving tables will look a lot different this year. Organizers of free community Thanksgiving meals said they, too, have had to adapt.

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New York is fourth in the nation for the oldest population. Much like the rest of the state, Otsego County’s aging population is growing, with 26% of residents age 60 and older. The U.S. Census estimates that Otsego County’s aging population will continue to grow, with an expected increase o…

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Have you ever tried to learn physics through a computer screen? It’s really difficult. Or any class for that matter? Have you ever tried to do an online lab? Yes, an online lab. It’s not exactly what you’d hope for in a class called “Chemistry: The Physical Setting.”

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With parades, school programs and events around the Nov. 11 Veterans Day holiday canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic COVID-19, area veterans are missing out.

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My first semester at Siena College has progressed with great joy. My course of study, daily routine and Siena’s campus atmosphere have all contributed to the happiness of these past months.

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A couple of nights ago, my wife and I watched the movie, “Peaceful Warrior” with Nick Nolte. It came strongly recommended by an expert who teaches mindfulness meditation and yoga. While directed at athletes and gymnasts, it had something for everyone undergoing a great deal of pressure.

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For years, upstate pumpkin growers have been harvesting more than the classic, ready-to-carve orange gourd. Increasingly, experts said, trends favor colorful, warty and odd-shaped pumpkins perfect for decorating.

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So here we are: I’ve made it halfway through my first semester at college. I’ve got about five more weeks until I’m back home for an extended winter break, and about eight weeks until our academic semester officially comes to a close. What does it all mean? A whole lot of work — essays, proj…

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October is National Physical Therapy month and as physical therapists we strive to encourage the public to explore the many benefits of physical therapy. One aspect of physical therapy that many people are unaware of is hand therapy.

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Around this time last year, I wrote my first column for Teen Talk, encouraging people to get out and vote. Now, nearly a year later, we approach what may be one of our most critical elections ever, and I would like to use this column to reiterate the importance of voting, and discuss how to …

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Some wise person said we all have two lives: the first one, and the one we have after that, when we realize there’s only one. I’m living that second life now. I focus on what I can see and hear and feel around me, not on outside distractions. For a while, though, I was doom-scrolling, absorb…

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This is a column devoted to pets, everything about their health and well being but I am using this opportunity to address the people who make animal health their profession and their life; the veterinarians and veterinary technicians whose suicide rates are far above average.

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Temperatures are dropping, potted mums dot porch steps and pumpkins and apples are ready for picking: fall is here. While weather patterns foretell an “average” foliage season, experts said, it’s difficult to predict how the pandemic caused by the spread of the novel coronavirus will impact …

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I’m going to say it. We have too many things. We do. We have way too many things. It’s important that we understand we have too many things. It’s important that we think about that fact. A lot.

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After being a legend to the disenchanted youths of the 1960s, Baba Ram Dass moved to Maui in 2004. Although an unfortunate stroke paralyzed one side of his body, he was spiritually driven to use the other side to swim and learn to speak.

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Thanks to mask-making, extra time for projects and trending self-sufficiency, interest in sewing has surged since the start of the pandemic caused by the spread of COVID-19. As a result, many have discovered a new hobby or rediscovered forgotten skills.

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Sleep is really brain food and if you do not feed your brain, it does not function at its best. A well-rested brain is important for athletic, academic and even social performance. Without good sleep, our neurocognitive abilities decline, impacting important things like a person’s short-term…

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I am writing today from my new home for the next three-ish months. I’ve finally made the trek to college after all the months (it might even be fair to say years) of waiting. For those of you who are not familiar with my column, I attend SUNY New Paltz as a student of the art education program.

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If you became critically ill, are involved in an accident, have a lengthy travel delay or pass away, what would happen to your pets? If you do not have an answer or it is a vague notion that "someone" would step in to care for your animal, today is the day to start making plans. Take the fol…

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When my wife and I flew to Costa Rica in February, my biggest worry was the turbulence between Albany and Charlotte that kept the flight attendants from handing out water and pretzels.

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Aug. 18 of this year marks a century since the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified by Tennessee, the 36th and final state needed to grant women the long-sought right to vote, and ending decades of protest in the United States.

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With the late June start of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Phase IV, businesses, restaurants and museums began reopening. Representatives from regional museums said, after introducing pandemic-approved protocols, they’re pleased to be back.

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Every great milestone in life has its way of directing the mind backward to the road that led there, so it is only natural that the conclusion of my high school career has brought back many memories as I write this column in these days after my graduation from Richfield Springs Central School.

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For members of the Oneonta chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, patriotism is the order of the day not just on holidays such as the Fourth of July, but every day.

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Although the last few months have been a time of great change, health care facilities are still offering services — just in new, creative and safer ways. Hospitals have been in the business of infection control for many years, and we take cleanliness and preventative measures very seriously.

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Outside of crashes, heatstroke is the number one vehicle-related killer of children in the United States. That is why Safe Kids Otsego is teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in an attempt to reduce those deaths by reminding parents and caregivers about the dang…

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Most moms-to-be expect new motherhood to be hard, but no one was prepared to navigate the "fourth trimester," or the 12-week period following labor and delivery, during a pandemic.

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How much your pet can hear depends on many different factors including species, breed, age, overall health and clean, healthy ears. Understanding animal hearing and how to take good care of your pets' ears will help keep them hearing their best throughout their lives.

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I've been contemplating for a while now whether to submit this column, as the subject matter is one that has caused great political strife in the last few weeks. I intend to make a career for myself in politics someday, and while I rarely get political online, I have found that there are som…

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The pandemic caused by the spread of the new coronavirus has canceled a lot of things, but not summer and kids’ desire to get out and go. And, while safety remains many parents’ No. 1 focus, finding ways to have fun is a close — and vital — second.

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Given the changes we have all experienced in the past few months, we have had to rely on alternate means and methods to accomplish typical tasks throughout the day. In order to properly social distance, it has been necessary to limit the face-to-face contacts that we depend on for socializat…

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