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Venus, meet Mercury: Oddities of a fabulous conjunction

The planets Venus and Mercury will be truly noteworthy the next ten days. They’ll do a photobomb. Venus had a crummy 2014, but now returns with a vengeance. Look low in the west…

Jacqueline Kellachan of The Golden Notebook (photo by Dion Ogust)

Woodstock’s Golden Notebook is a haven for book-lovers

First it was Barnes & Noble, then it was Amazon: Stiff competition by chain stores, followed by the advent of online powerhouse Amazon with its predatory pricing, has been signing the death warrant…

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Kids’ Almanac (Jan. 8-15)

“Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?” – Mary Ann Pietzker, Miscellaneous Poems, 1872   Lego invention contest at Museum Village in Monroe For any kids from 6 to 11 years…

For more about how to prune everything from houseplants to delphiniums to maples to raspberries, check out Lee’s The Pruning Book.

Primetime for pruning

So many branches, so little time – or so it seems. Annual pruning is needed to get the best out of most trees, shrubs and vines, of which there are many here on…

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Coming up: an amazing year in the sky

We personally experience better years and worse years – and so does the sky. Some years bring no visible eclipses, while meteor showers get washed out by bright moonlight, planets hide behind the…

Great horned owl by Carol Zaloom (left) and barred owl by Peter Schoenberger | John Burroughs Natural History Society (right)

Burroughs Society leads Wallkill Valley Raptors outing

The Far Side cartoonist Gary Larson was right: “Birds of prey know they’re cool.” Though they get their living by tearing the flesh of smaller creatures with hooked beak and talon, there are…

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Michael Korda to speak about Robert E. Lee in Poughkeepsie

For the past two months, the Poughkeepsie Library District has been marking the sesquicentennial of America’s direst internal struggle by hosting a traveling exhibition titled “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” a…

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Kids’ Almanac (Jan. 1-8)

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it.” – Maya Angelou   Local kids make their New Year’s wishes & resolutions   “To drink less chocolate milk.”…

Need a zero-volume bottle? Searching for a one-sided surface? Want the ultimate in non-orientability? Get the Acme Klein Bottle. (thegadgetflow.com)

My favorite quotes

Now at year’s end, as we wrap things up, I have to ask you: Isn’t this an amazing newspaper for an upstate weekly – or by any other standard? Julie O’Connor puts this…

It was a great year for peppers, including Sweet Italia (above). (photo by Lee Reich)

Notes for gardening in the new year

Despite rain, some snow and temperatures that dipped below ten degrees Fahrenheit, the whole bed of endive was lush and green. A low tunnel of porous, light fabric and clear plastic held aloft…

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