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

Our military and first responders

This old veteran, who served his country proudly, has these personal opinions to share with you: Today I constantly ask myself a simple question — What fools would be so crazy to join our military units, police forces or fire departments? All are overworked, most accept minimal or no pay and one is mostly under appreciated. 

It’s a solo world now

The “me” generations have morphed into the “my own little world” society. What is happening across the globe are retrenchments politically, the rise of dictators and tyrants (the ultimate “my own world” perspective), splits of unions big and small (nations and work forces), everything the individual wants becoming accessible (from Tinder to on-line divorce) and, never least a general distancing from family and friends, relatives and siblings, as the individual surrounds him/herself with modern tools allowing only a singular personal perspective.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 9-12-19

Hermans a good candidate

Last night, when I heard Dick Hermans talk about why he is running for a seat on the Dutchess County Legislature (from the district made up of North East, Pine Plains, Milan and Stanford), I realized how fortunate we would be if he became our representative.

Dick is a lifelong resident of our district, having lived or worked in every one of our four towns. For the past 40 years he has been an owner and operator of Oblong Books & Music, a truly outstanding resource in Millerton. 

Presenting… The Stissing Center

A tiny taste of the Great White Way has come to the Harlem Valley, thanks to the new Stissing Center, a performing arts venue in Pine Plains serving the entire Tri-state region.

Technology update — space and aviation

Like with most things, if you keep an eye on the most advanced processes and product, you can better plan for the future. You watch cooking shows to advance your knowledge even if, currently, some of those skills and tastes are a bit ahead of where you are. You watch NASCAR or Formula 1 even though the thought of reprogramming your car’s computer sends you into a sweat. Why do we want to know about things we can’t currently do? Because only by learning what’s to come can we plan for our own future or enjoyment.

The untrained marathon, in one runner’s experience

I’m here to tell you what the mainstream running media doesn’t want you to hear, like a cool older sibling, buying alcohol for your high school party — equally ill advised, but less illegal: of course you can run a marathon without training, the question is really should you do it?


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.