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Remembering Woodstock -- The Eleventh Month

Remembering Woodstock — The Eleventh Month

When chill November’s surly blast make fields and forest bare... — Robert Burns November is a strange month. I can assure you of that for, as one who was born in this, the eleventh month, I am a bit of an expert on its arrival and passing. For some, whose thoughts begin to turn to...
Everyday History

Everyday History

I recently bought a new computer. My old iMac was two operating systems shy of being up-to-date and, of course, there were all those bright and shiny apps I was absolutely sure I needed. (Though my wife did ask, after seeing the charges through iTunes, ”How many photo apps do you really have to have?”) While...
The transformation of Abraham Lincoln

The transformation of Abraham Lincoln

“The bells are tolling mournfully, Strong men weep in the streets. The grief is wide-spread …. This is indeed a day of gloom.” — The Washington Star, April 15, 1865   When the door to the Peterson House, across the street from Ford’s Theater in Washington, swung open on the morning of April 15, 1865,...
Winter's past

Winter’s past

In March of 1888, Sarah MacDaniel Cashdollar was a young girl growing up on Overlook Mountain. She would live most of her life — as a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother — attached to the mountain. On the evening of March 11, 1888 a young Sarah headed down the mountain she knew so well to...
The Early History of Water, Woodstock and Kingston

The Early History of Water, Woodstock and Kingston

I have an idea. When it comes to the current controversy surrounding Cooper Lake, the Kingston Water Department and the Niagara Bottling Company, let’s all just blame William Cooper and be done with it. On second thought, I take that back. After all, it has been 120 years since Mr. Cooper first shook hands on...