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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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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.

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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.

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I ended my last column with the question, “Where will all these new residents work?” Here’s another question for you. If you could only take a chicken or a dozen fertilized eggs to a deserted island, which would you choose?

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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…

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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.

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“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…

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Leap year began as a corrective measure, but for locals born on Feb. 29, there’s nothing wrong with being a leapling.

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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.

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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…

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