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Septuagenarian Mike Burch of Boston Corners set a powerlifting record on Sept. 3 in Oakville, Connecticut, when he deadlifted 500 pounds. Photo by Michael Burch

Man sets powerlifting record, on track for world-wide record

BOSTON CORNERS — For Mike Burch, setting a powerlifting record is something that just had to happen.

On Sept. 3rd at the Steel Beach Gym in Oakville, Connecticut, Burch stepped up to the plate and deadlifted 500 lbs. — a record in his class at the World Powerlifting Association (WPA), which has been hosting competitions since 1989.

Highway summer intern Quentin Dipippo, residents David and Erin Robertson, student volunteers Aiden Damon and Jake Wolfmann and resident volunteer Craig Murphy helped unload the Robertson’s trailer. Photo by Jim Miller

Ancram fills three dumpsters at Clean-Up Day

ANCRAM — Town of Ancram Highway Superintendent Jim Miller said that the town’s annual clean up event that was held on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon, was a great success.

“We filled three 30-yard Dumpsters and another of metal items that will be recycled,” Miller said. “Also, numerous tires were brought in as well.”

Greg Melnick and Josie LaRiccia of Hawthorne’s Josie’s International School of dance entertained audiences at last year’s North East Community Center’s Hispanic Heritage Festival. Photo submitted

Hispanic Heritage festivals on Oct. 8

Civic pride  will be on display in Millerton and Millbrook on Saturday, Sept. 8 as both communities celebrate Hispanic Heritage Festivals.

Big scrub for old headstones

SPENCER’S CORNER — History buffs should don their oldest clothes and head to the Spencer’s Corner Burying Grounds at the corner of Merwin Clark and Rudd Pond Roads on Monday, Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. to join in The Big Scrub, an effort to clean some of the many gravestones in need of care.

Dr. Ron Santos, right, director of Sharon Hospital’s Emergency Department, reviews a patient chart with medical staff. Photo by Debra A. Aleksinas

Sharon Hospital: A rural hospital’s routine

Editor’s note: Sharon Hospital’s plans to eliminate Labor and Delivery and substitute its Intensive Care Unit with a Progressive Care Unit have captured headlines for months. This story takes an overall look at the hospital’s services.


Victor Germack questioned Nuvance’s assertion that it is losing millons of dollars on maternity services. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

Save Sharon Hospital makes its case prior to public hearing

SALISBURY — The Save Sharon Hospital group held the second of three discussions Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Scoville Memorial Library about Sharon Hospital’s application to close its labor and delivery unit.

Climate change and carbon capture were the focus of a panel discussion hosted by the Sharon Audubon Center on Sunday, Sept. 25 at LionRock Farm in Sharon. Eileen Fielding of Sharon Audubon kicked off the discussion. Photo by Leila Hawken

Audubon hosts its first carbon capture panel

SHARON — Although the rate of progression is imperceptibly gradual, climate change spurred on by carbon in the atmosphere is relentless, a force that needs to be resisted.

A resident of Columbia County, Li Sabas has built a music career through performances stretching across the Harlem Valley and beyond. Photo by Matt Carr 

Musician pursues passion as a multi-disciplinary artist

HARLEM VALLEY — Honing his craft through practice and performance, Li Sabas has sought to build an identity for himself as, he says, “a multi-disciplinary artist.”

Following the COVID-19  outbreak, Sabas taught private music lessons while following pandemic protocols and started training in a form of kung fu known as “ving tsun.”


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