In April 1930 in our area, some were counting the living and others were entertaining those who dealt with the dead. Theater films were making news locally that month as well.
I grew up in Wells Bridge, New York, where at the time, it seemed there were more cows in Wilber’s barn than there were people in all of town. When I was young, we would walk to the general store for a Popsicle, or if you were a weirdo like my little brother, you would grab giant dill pickle…
It apparently began when some communist spinster in Wuhan Province sat down to bat soup. Bats in southern China are swarming with the disease. Bats have weak immune systems, and yet they are gregarious. The virus churns in their guts and develops into superviruses. Meanwhile, some others say…
Those hungering for basketball this March have had to rely on “classic” games aired on cable sports stations, or television networks on weekend afternoons.
I remember my mother telling me about when she was a kid in the late 1930s and early 1940s, how she and her family would gather in the living room of her Brooklyn home to listen to President Franklin Roosevelt deliver his famous “Fireside Chats.”
Janice Sperbeck of Laurens wrote to tell about diaries she has of her great-grandmother, Ada Louisa Benedict Adams Squires, who moved to Oneonta in July 1927 from Milford.
Getting a good meal and perhaps a job on the same visit wasn’t beyond the imagination in Norwich. A new paint company was another employment possibility. Plus, there was a show you “Auto Go To.”
ALBANY — It’s easy to find people at the New York Capitol who say they care about the well-being and future of the upstate region.
Your response to this unprecedented threat has been overwhelmingly supportive and helpful — but certainly not surprising. For the most part, we Oneontans tend to be individualistic, entrepreneurial, diverse, opinionated and outspoken — characteristics that make this community a lively one an…
“It’s not surprising that so many of us rushed to follow the bustling White Rabbit down his tunnel into a promised digital Wonderland where, like Alice, we fell prey to delusion.”
Coronavirus made me feel like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Feelings of anger and guilt lined the book shelves of my heart; feelings of worry poked holes in the padding of my chair; fear knocked those volumes off their shelves, and feelings of paralysis left them there on the floor at my feet.
What is the Bill of Rights? Are these “rights” simply the first 10 of a longer list of other amendments? Or, do they harbor something more transcending? It is well known that the Bill of Rights is broadly considered a list of “rights.” But what does that mean? Can they, or should they, ever …
Did the U.S. Supreme Court go too far in its rationale for free speech and press when ruling for the New York Times in a landmark libel case brought by a public official 56 years ago?
There was a saying from a well-known TV news organization in recent years, but no longer used, “We report — you decide.”
ALBANY — The spread of coronavirus is already changing many people's travel and vacation plans. And there is growing concern across the upstate region, particularly among tourism-sensitive businesses, about the economic fallout from this health emergency.
From the hardwood floors and alleys to even the school auditorium, competitions were alive and well in our region during March 1945.
On learning Russia had staged a massive disinformation campaign in the 2016 presidential election, schools across the country began adding digital literacy classes to their course offerings.
LOCKPORT — It happened again this morning. Just after dawn my youngest daughter was whisked away in a yellow bus to spend the day at one of the most socialist institutions on our city: Lockport High School.
The term “postcolonialism” is bandied about a lot. Defined as, “a theoretical approach in various disciplines that is concerned with the lasting impact of colonization in former colonies,” it typically takes into account only those of Britain and America. The former colonies of England inclu…
A new use for a recently closed mill, new owners of Oneonta’s cable television came along, and a new shopping center was announced for the East End.
I was talking with a colleague of mine at the radio station this week. She is in the midst of getting two teenagers through the driver’s learner permit drama.
TROY — From the Port of Buffalo on the eastern end of Lake Erie to the city of Troy on the east bank of the Hudson River, it’s a 296-mile trip.
It seemed as if everything was getting bigger around Oneonta in the early months of 1940 — from locomotives, to baseball and what was showing on the big screen.
We encounter it almost every day in the news. A leader in our society from politics, sports, entertainment or even our church is found to have seriously compromised the ordinary standards of ethical or moral behavior. Often when confronted, the individual’s defense is, “I have done nothing i…
Few may remember, but Oneonta was once a “chicken” town, and not just for farming. Fighting heart disease took shape locally. Plus, some new leadership joined in an athletic association who eventually had heavy influence into the 21st century.
Local press coverage of city events and meetings often focuses on things that I, or the council members, are doing and saying. Rarely is there adequate recognition of those who are do the work to keep us safe, rebuild our infrastructure, provide services and support our local businesses. Whi…
In wartime 1945, many commodities were rationed or somewhat scarce already. But mix in some miserable winter weather going into the month of February, and many lifestyles locally and statewide were temporarily altered by the shortage of fuel.
For decades, the nation’s media have covered, and amplified, the controversies of rap music, from the hype of the East Coast-West Coast rivalry that framed the murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. in the 1990s, to last year’s murder of Los Angeles rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle.
I didn’t get into documentary filmmaking on purpose. I stumbled in, and didn’t get out. It’s a lifelong school of hard knocks. You can try acting holier-than-thou to your brethren in Hollywood, but at the end of the day you have mostly maxed out your credit cards or your dad’s.
Regardless of where one lives in the state, all New Yorkers have a stake in the outcome of the Cuomo administration's huge investment of public funds at the Riverbend plant in Buffalo.
A proposed new military draft, tensions with the Soviet Union, and the “Miracle on Ice” were all part of local conversations taking place during February 1980.
The Otsego County Energy Task Force initiative led by Meg Kennedy and Michelle Farwell of the Otsego County Board of Representatives is a positive initiative for our county. The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce supports this work and is proud to be part of the task force, in which I serve a…
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WAPPINGERS FALLS - It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Janet Lucille Cohen on April 3, 2020. She was born in Plattsburgh, on April 11, 1949, the daughter of the late Jud and Jane Lancto. She is survived by her loving husband, Larry Cohen, who she married on May 23,…
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