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Today is another hot and humid day in a summer that has seen many of them. Despite recent rains, the rivers remain low and the sun is bright and my garden still thirsts for rain. Some folks like it hot and muggy but I am not one of them. Today is the kind of day I wish I were at the beach, rather than in a room without air conditioning.

Actually, my garden is doing well this summer because I have carefully weeded and watered it and all that warm sunshine is making my vegetables grow with vigor. The dry weather also means there is less powdery mildew on the leaves of the wild...

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No distractions while driving on the highway

The Millerton News Editorial

Text no more while behind the wheel, or else. That is the message from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who signed a law last week toughening the enforcement of a ban on texting while driving.

The much needed measure is a lifesaver, no doubt about it, as according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009 one out of every six fatal accidents was caused by distracted driving.

Country mouse becomes a city mouse

The Country Curmudgeon

I know someone who used to be a country mouse and now has become a city mouse.

The country mouse wanders blithely over hill and dale, taking occasional naps in the shade and nibbling on one thing or another. Occasionally there is an unexpected encounter with a country hawk, whereupon someone goes missing, but this does not happen too often, if you can believe what you read.

Be fair to the chickens

A View From the Edge

OK, you probably do not spend a lot of time thinking about chickens, the egg you eat at breakfast, the types of chickens and the color of the eggs. For a long time, brown eggs were believed healthier. Then there is the American world-beater Rhode Island red, now the global No. 1 preferred breed (for eggs and meat). And so on … chickens and eggs are a big part of our lives.

Letters to the Editor July 21

Letters To The Editor - Millerton News

Wonderful hospital care
We would like to thank everyone at Sharon Healthcare and Sharon Hospital for the wonderful care given to my husband, our father and brother. Sincere thanks also to everyone for your prayers, cards, flowers and visits at the time of our bereavement.
Pat, Scott, Bob, Jeff Kelsey and Donna Jaromin
Wassaic
 

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Is it possible to tap into the energy of earthquakes?

EarthTalk
earthtalk@emagazine.com

Dear EarthTalk: Can earthquake energy be harnessed for power, particularly in places like Japan? Also, how can Japan, so vulnerable to earthquakes, even have nuclear power?

Sasha M.

Australia

While it is no doubt theoretically possible to generate electricity by harnessing the kinetic energy of shifting tectonic plates below the Earth’s crust, pulling it off from a practical standpoint would be a real logistical challenge — not to mention prohibitively expensive compared to harnessing other forms of energy, renewable or otherwise.

Dutchess County financial picture shows some improvement

The County Account
KelseyESQ@yahoo.com

Gasoline prices dictate consumer behavior, which during the summer months sometimes means the difference between a vacation and a “staycation.” The high cost of gasoline and home heating oil is also causing government leaders to think differently about our budgets via sales tax revenues.

Cornell Cooperative turns 100 this year

The Millerton News Editorial

The much beloved and frequently utilized Cornell Cooperative Extension is celebrating its 100th anniversary statewide this year, and all of Cornell extensions in New York state are joining the celebration. The Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC) will actually celebrate its centennial birthday in 2013, but it’s still among the many taking a moment to praise the statewide agency for all of the services and resources it has provided to New Yorkers for the past century.

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Our perpetual dependents

The Country Curmudgeon

I am sitting here watching my local crow family. We are back up to four again. There are two youngsters this year. I can tell because, although they are the same size as the parents, they still flutter their wings and beg to be fed. Other than that, they are indistinguishable from the parents, who are hustling to find enough food for everybody.