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Chris Marino, owner of Autumn Gun Works in Goshen, said sales of small handguns, like this 9 mm Smith & Wesson pistol, are popular with first-time gun owners. Photo by Debra A. Aleksinas

Social unease triggers a rise in gun ownership

Connecticut, along with Massachusetts, has among the strictest gun control laws in the country, and the documentation and certification process from start to finish could take several months. But that is not deterring a new crop of first-time gun owners.


Millbrook interior designer Ashley Lempka took a photo of an old maple tree that split in half and fell on top of her garage at her home in the village of Millbrook on Tuesday, Aug. 4, during Tropical Storm Isaias.  Photo by Ashley Lempka

Tropical Storm Isaias hits the Harlem Valley

HARLEM VALLEY — Just as millions of Americans living along the Eastern Seaboard — and those of us living right here in the Tri-state region — have dealt with the hardships of existing during a global pandemic, all were forced to deal with Tropical Storm Isaias, which arrived Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 4.


From left, New York protesters Monica Hunken, Creek Iversen, George Elliot and Ben Schwartz (not pictured) stood in solidarity against the Cricket Valley Energy Center’s operations from atop the power plant’s smokestack last November. Photo submitted

Protesters get one year probation for scaling Cricket Valley smokestacks

DOVER PLAINS — Almost nine months after they were arrested for criminal trespassing on the Cricket Valley Energy Center (CVEC) property, New York residents Creek Iversen, Ben Schwartz, Monica Hunken and George Elliot had their day in court on Monday, Aug.


Enormous tree branches and leaders crashed down and entire trees tipped over at their roots, taking down power lines and blocking roads, and leaving the region without power for nearly a week for most users and closing major roads for just as long. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

As power slowly returns to the area, concerns raised about Eversource

The aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias, which hit the Tri-state region on Tuesday, Aug. 4, was devastating for many area residents, especially those many who lost power. 

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