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Be prepared: School is (almost) in session

Back to school — it’s a time of excitement, anticipation, anxiety, aggravation and stress. For children and parents alike, back to school means so many things.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 8-29-19

Event for an important cause

Colton’s XXXtraordinarY Cause is a 501(C)3 nonprofit that launched in June, 2016, the inspiration being our son Colton, who was diagnosed with a rare genetic syndrome, 48XXXY, when he was 10 months old. 

Through our own experience of raising Colton, we quickly learned how significant the lack of awareness is, not only in the general population, but also in the medical community, and how minimal the funding is for research of rare diseases and syndromes. 

Pride and appreciation

I would like to thank all of you patriotic readers who demonstrate your appreciation of the freedoms accorded us by the sacrifice of time, blood, sweat and tears of those protecting our country’s safety and our freedoms.

To those of you who choose love and success of country over today’s excessive vitriol and hatred, thank you.

To those of you who respect our great American flag, thank you.

To those of you who adorn our local streets on patriotic occasions with hundreds of our American flags, thank you.

The Amazon and Sahara

I  do not know why there is still a question of why the Amazon is important. The millions of unknown species that are there, the value of the carbon held there instead of released into the atmosphere, the need for the water flow for life and Atlantic Ocean wildlife ... the list of critical life-giving factors is almost endless even before you throw the silly slogan “lungs of the earth” at it.

NYC police deaths open suicide conversation

Those living with mental illness often have a difficult time dealing with the world. Their minds may not be well, and they can’t always reason or use logic to make sense of that which is admittedly a topsy-turvy world. It can be a painful existence. In extreme cases of mental illness, sufferers might hurt themselves or hurt others.

You will be flying in the 737 MAX, like it or not!

There is a shortage of aircraft. Demand outstrips free seats and all those 737 MAX planes will be going back into service. So, it may help to know what’s being done and, more importantly, what mistakes were made to create the issues in the first place. Two crashes later, Boeing and the whole aviation industry is learning lessons on what not to do, starting with one big lesson: take your time, don’t look for what’s wrong, make sure everything is right.

Belling the cat: Russian cyber warfare against the West

You may or may not know about “Bellingcat.” An independent investigative association based in Leicester, England,  Bellingcat (name derived from the fabled question: “But who will bell the cat?”) has been for several years pursuing and reporting on clandestine Russian operations to undermine Western democracy, by carrying out weaponized cyber-hacking, spying, assassinations and other criminal acts around the world.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 8-22-19

Welcome, Victoria Herow

The Amenia Free Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Victoria Herow has been appointed library director.

Victoria, a graduate of Webutuck High School and Elmira College, brings  nine years of experience at the Edsel Ford Memorial Library of Hotchkiss School to the leadership position of the Amenia Library. She will begin her role as director during the week of Aug. 26. We encourage the public to stop by the library and welcome Victoria back to our community.

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 8-22-19

Brunch was a great success

On behalf of the North East Community Center, our board, staff and the recipients of our programs and services, we would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to the many who made this year’s Chef & Farmer Brunch a great success — the local farmers, purveyors and restaurants who freely donated their time, talents, produce, food and drink offerings to create an enjoyable and delicious event.