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...

The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Indicators of sci-fi future

While we all get distracted by the body (im)politic there is a ton of news the major media people are not covering for you. Readers of this column will know I focus often on aviation since it tends to be a signpost for what are good — and bad — indicators of progress.

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — February 1919

The heaviest snowfall of the winter occurred Saturday night, about seven or eight inches of “the beautiful” covering the ground. However, the warm sun of Sunday caused it to melt very rapidly and spoiled any chance of good sleighing.


Found — A bunch of 12 door keys and buttonhook on road near Baker Field. Owner can secure same by applying to curator at Hotchkiss School.



Celebrating the FFA

From Feb. 16 through Feb. 23, students around the United States — and here in our neck of the woods — are celebrating National FFA Week. Once called Future Farmers of America, the FFA encompasses so much more than just farming these days.

Make no mistake about it — the agriculture industry is huge. It’s vitally important to our future, and to the health and wealth of our country. Right here, in the Harlem Valley, we’re especially in tune with ag-related businesses and lifestyles.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News- 2-21-19

Thanks for a warm welcome

As I write this, I have completed my third full week as library director at the Millbrook Library. 

While I still have a lot to learn, one thing is clear: Millbrook is a vibrant, active and engaged community. I am thrilled that I get to be a part of it.

Most especially, I am looking forward to getting to know all of you. When next you are in the library, please stop by to introduce yourself.

Lessons learned in how to cover demagogues, from one era to another

I’ve been professionally involved in the news — reporting, editing, opining — since the June day in 1955 when I went to work for The Intelligencer, the morning paper in Wheeling, West Virginia.

That first newspaper is in the history books today because it assigned a reporter to cover the annual meeting of the Ohio County Women’s Republican Club on a February evening in 1950. The speaker, an obscure junior senator from Wisconsin, informed the women that he had in his hand the names of 205 communists currently employed by the U.S. Department of State.

Teachers — underpaid or undervalued?

Teachers’ pay issues are sweeping the nation. And if you think they are not coming to a state, city or town near you, think again. A large part of the problem here is not money. Yes, money is the negotiating platform on both sides (how else do we Americans value anything these days), but the issue is a fundamental one that we have all overlooked.

Teaching is now a full-time job. It wasn’t until the last four decades.


Reflecting on violence and mental illness

Feb. 14, 2018. It was one year ago, and it was a very deadly day. Last Valentine’s Day was when accused shooter Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneham Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and fired at students and faculty alike. He wound up killing 17 and destroying many more lives.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News- 2-14-19

Hello Friends of NECC

I am honored and excited to be a part of NECC and a new resident of Millerton. Joining the team here at the North East Community Center was the most uplifting way to start the New Year.   

My entire life has been about service, community and leadership. I believe strongly in community and creating opportunities, training, support and most of all hope and joy. I believe in compassion and by showing kindness you can bring out the best in people.