By Lissa Harris on Monday, Jul. 23, 2012 - 10:10 am
Above: The Mill Pond at the Hanford Mills Museum looking pretty dry. Last week, the level of the water in the pond was about three feet lower than it normally is at this time of year. This morning's thunderstorms must have been welcome at the Hanford... Read more
By WP Newsroom on Thursday, Jul. 19, 2012 - 12:44 pm
Editor's note: Recently, I wrote about a press release sent by Delaware County Sheriff Tom Mills's office, concerning a voluntary inmate work program at the county jail. Our story -- entitled "Delaware County sheriff nostalgic for chain gangs" -- pointed... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Monday, Jul. 16, 2012 - 5:12 pm
Above: Photo of prisoners working on a South Carolina chain gang, taken in 1934 by Alan Lomax. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Update, 7/19: Sheriff Tom Mills has written a very thoughtful response to the story below. Click this link to read it. File under: We... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Thursday, Jul. 12, 2012 - 9:56 am
Above: A screenshot from the website of the Catskill Park Resource Foundation, which is seeking to mount a $5 million campaign to rebrand the Catskills region. The CPRF is currently running a contest seeking Catskills slogans; the winner will receive $1,... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, Jul. 11, 2012 - 4:36 pm
Recently, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection has been using their Facebook page to post old black-and-white photos, taken during the construction of the city's massive water system in the last century. Above: A September, 1941 photo... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Thursday, Jul. 5, 2012 - 4:53 pm
Above: A 2008 video from the University of Albany about student research at the Pethick Site, an active prehistoric archaeological dig in the Schoharie County town of Esperance. Today and Friday, July 5 and 6, the New York State Museum and the University... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Monday, Jul. 2, 2012 - 10:54 am
Civil war reenactors from far and wide descended on the Delaware County town of Sidney over the weekend for three days of living history. Local filmmaker Jess Vecchione was on hand on June 30 at the Greater Maywood Rural Community Services Center, on the... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, Jun. 6, 2012 - 12:18 pm
Above: A 1940 U.S. Census record from Margaretville, New York, posted on Ancestry.com. On the highlighted lines are Sheldon and Madeline Birdsall and their daughter Dawn, the writer's great-grandparents and grandmother. A treasure trove has just been... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Monday, Jun. 4, 2012 - 10:17 am
Photo of hop flowers by Flickr user Dave Shea. Published under Creative Commons license. Over the weekend, the Beardslee Hop House in Pittsfield hosted a few hundred curious visitors -- there to learn about the area's agricultural history, check out the... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Friday, May. 25, 2012 - 10:04 pm
A tip from a worried parent about a student's threats to bring a gun to the Walton Central School has led to the discovery of a stolen handgun at the bottom of a reservoir, the arrest of two Walton men, and the unearthing of old fears in a community that... Read more


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