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Coronavirus cancels 2021 Winter State Championships, postpones high risk sports

NEW YORK STATE — Looking into the latest news regarding the status of the 2021 winter sports season, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) announced in December that all 2021 Winter State Championships — including basketball, competitive cheerleading, indoor track and field and wrestling — have been canceled to en


Photo by Kailtin Lyle

Getting into the act

Even with his busy schedule of chasing squirrels, stealing tennis balls and playing with the farm dog next door, constant canine companion JT Lyle kept himself protected against COVID-19 through 2020 with help from some personal protective equipment (PPE), a good reminder to all Tri-state region residents that wearing PPE is essential to


Stars shown bright at Wethersfield in Amenia, when world renown dancers from the New York City Ballet presented a newly imagined holiday “Nutcracker” throughout December. The event, which was designed to move through the house and gardens, will be available for viewing Wednesday, Dec. 23, through Saturday, Dec. 26, at www.nutcrackeratwethersfield.com/stream. Photo submitted

Visions of sugarplums dancing at Wethersfield

AMENIA — The dream-like world of Tchaikovsky’s 1892 Christmas classic, “The Nutcracker,” will be  more magical than ever as “some of the best dancers in the world” bring the ballet to life at the elegant Wethersfield Estate in Amenia.


From left, Hunter Conklin learned the rules and traditions of hunting turkeys by observing his grandfather, Larry Conklin of Millerton, with the turkey he took at the start of this year’s spring turkey hunting season. Now New York hunters are enjoying New York’s deer and bear hunting seasons. Submitted photo from Millerton News Archives

Hunters advised to stay safe when in the woods

NEW YORK STATE — Whether in pursuit of big game or exploring the great outdoors while the weather allows it, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has issued advisories for hunters as well as outdoor enthusiasts to remind them to stay alert and exercise common sense when sharing the woods this season.


Under the shelter of the Pine Plains Lions Club Pavilion, Nichole Martini has been leading local residents through several yoga exercises while making sure they maintain a safe social distance from one another during the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of her Yoga with Nichole program held on Monday evenings at 5:30 p.m. Photo by Melissa Manto-Fedczuk​

Pine Plains finds ways to stay fit safely with yoga

PINE PLAINS — Given all the sunshine this fall has afforded the Harlem Valley thus far, even as temperatures drop, local residents have been out and about in an effort to stay fit and enjoy the scenery while maintaining a social distance from one another.


Between the casual riders and the seasoned cyclists, last year’s Roe Jan Ramble Bike Tour attracted more than 580 participants to tour the scenic views offered throughout Columbia County’s Roe Jan area. Archive photo submitted

Roe Jan Ramble canceled due to COVID, bike tours move online

COPAKE — Under ordinary circumstances, cyclists of all levels of experience would come pouring into Columbia County in the fall to take part in the Roe Jan Ramble, an annual community event sponsored by the towns of Ancram, Copake and Hillsdale, created to raise awareness and donations to support the Harlem Valley Rail Trail.

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