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The Mountain Turtles is the name of a group of Appalachian Trail hikers, who all met each other on the path; from left to right, each with their own unique trail names, are Wizard, Bear!, Taco, Paddle and Bugs. Photo by Sadie Leite

The magic of making friends on the AT

The Appalachian Trail stretches through 14 states, from Maine to Georgia — an impressively long walk of 2,193 miles for anyone who chooses to traverse its full length. Each year, more than 3 million people choose to either hike the whole trail, as “thru-hikers,” or walk it in sections. 

Some 30 children and family members had a sweet taste of summer at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library in Copake on Friday, Aug. 6, thanks to local beekeeper John Jasmin, who brought samples of his Bash Bish Honey to a presentation there. Photo by Tia Maggio

Beekeeper teaches all about honeybees

COPAKE — Remembering the impact that “wilderness” speakers had on him when they visited his school as a child, local beekeeper John Jasmin explained why he chose to bring the world of bees to the Roeliff Jansen Community Library for a presentation on Friday, Aug. 6.


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