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Outdoor

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When I pull into the parking lot of a state forest to walk the dog, I’m reminded of Christmas. The abundant red and green color scheme of the hawthorn trees evokes the holiday season. The hawthorn trees were just loaded with ripe red fruit. It seemed like there were more of these grape-sized, ...

Audubon Natural Investigators to explore “Water’s Journey”

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — There’s water everywhere at Audubon Community Nature Center. How did it get there and where does it go? You and your 8 to 12-year-old(s) can learn about “Water’s Journey” with Audubon’s Natural Investigators, Saturday, Oct. 28, 10-11:30 a.m. You can explore ...

Fall is a devouring, rampaging beast

Fall creeps south like a devouring beast, rampaging over the hills and valleys and sending animals fleeing from its path. Tiny birds escape to the south in September, when the first hint of the fall beast’s arrival shows in the changing color of a few leaves here and there. Warblers and ...

Johnny Appleseed Fest kicks off in Sheffield

The annual Johnny Appleseed Festival kicked off Friday in Sheffield with a sizeable turnout for a Friday afternoon. Opening ceremonies were at 1 p.m. The annual cornhole competition kicked off at 5 p.m. and children’s activities opened then as well. But the real highlight of the event ...

Katydid Memories

Nature is noisy. Tweeting birds, chirping frogs, crunchy leaves, dripping water, and wind, the list goes on. For nature lovers, these sounds are a form of music. Like music, they can convey emotions and meanings as the music changes with the time of day, seasons, or weather. Everyone has ...

County fatalities in Vietnam rise through 1969

The average age of the American service personnel who were killed in Vietnam was just over 23 years old. Many were younger. But many were also older. Paul Harold Abraham, a Pittsfield native, was 38 when he was killed in Bien Hoa province on April 2, 1969 as a member of D Co., 2nd ...