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A stocked brown trout from the Blackberry River in North Canaan, Conn. The state has stocked the stream several times in recent months. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

A fisherman’s journal amid a pandemic

The gist of fishing right now is: There are three brook trout streams in nearby Conneciticut, the Blackberry and the Furnace Brook in North Canaan and the Housatonic, all within 20 miles of Lakeville (staying in-state). 

‘The Matrix’ is here

I am a major league fan of the movie, “The Matrix.” For those of you who might not be, it’s a movie about how a future artificial intelligence manages to create an artificial reality in which humans live, well, artificially, all the while thinking it is real.


From left, young Hunter Conklin admired the turkey his grandfather, Millerton resident Larry Conklin, took at the start of the 2020 spring turkey hunting season. Photo submitted

Harlem Valley hunters take a shot at wild turkey season this May

HARLEM VALLEY — Since the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced the start of spring turkey season on Friday, May 1, hunters across the Harlem Valley have been coming out of the woodwork to talk turkey and prepare themselves for another exciting season hunting these wild birds.


Having enticed a number of young dance students at last year’s Dance for Dance program, above, internationally recognized choreographer and Pine Plains native and current NYC and Ancram resident, Mark DeGarmo, hopes for a successful virtual event this year. Photo submitted

Choreographer with local roots, Mark DeGarmo, hosts Virtual Dance for Dance

PINE PLAINS — It was just last fall that internationally acclaimed choreographer, Pine Plains native and current NYC and Ancram resident, Mark DeGarmo, returned home and charmed the community by gathering volunteers for a community dance in the Pine Plains FFA’s Fall Agricultural Fair’s traditional parade. 

Play it again, Gronk

So Gronk is back. Not surprising really because he always reminded us of an overgrown kid out there having a good time. When it was no longer fun, he was no longer there.

But where there happens to be is an important part of the game.


The ninth hole at Undermountain Golf Course in Copake sat empty last week, as the state had declared golf courses non-essential businesses and ordered them closed on April 9. That decision was reversed on April 18, and the course is now open. Photo submitted

New York golf courses now open during COVID-19 pandemic

NEW YORK STATE — All while trying to maintain social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis, residents across New York state have turned to the great outdoors to stay active as they wait for the pandemic to end — and to get relief from cabin fever.

Slo Time/Fast Time

Watching my grandchildren play is a joy — even if it is only online — not only because they are my grandchildren, but also because they are in the slow time of youth, a time when minutes can be days and days are almost a lifetime, a time when sights and smells and tastes linger like fine wines and expensive perfumes, a time when a baseball aimed


Wading knee-deep into the Ten Mile River, Amenia resident Nick Lengyel spent a peaceful afternoon casting his fishing line with hopes of catching a trout or two on Opening Day, April 1. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

Opening Day draws fisherman to the water’s edge April 1

WASSAIC — Amid the constant stream of reports on the COVID-19 pandemic, New York fishermen found peace by the water as they cast their lines for the Opening Day of the state’s fishing season on Wednesday, April 1.

Time out of mind

‘May you live in interesting times.”

Well, we’ve got that one covered, don’t we? Now the really important question of the day is, “What will take the place of all those games I’m used to watching?”

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