Book Review: ‘Dusk on Route 1’

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by Roger Chambers The novel, Dusk on Route 1 by Cynthia Fraser Graves, offers its readers a clear regional setting, with a strong sense of place throughout. The setting, the town of Wells in southern...
George Orwell

Book Review: ‘Orwell’s Roses’ – Examining the Unusual Biography of the Famed Author

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By Roger Chambers | Columnist  This is an unusual biography of George Orwell. Born as Eric Arthur Blair in 1903 in India where his father was stationed, Blair changed his pen name to George Orwell...

Mohawk Valley Almanac, February Edition

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by Roger Chambers For those who like outside cold and snow, February is a good month for snowshoeing, snowmobiling, sledding, and skiing. For those who prefer indoor activities, there is basketball, high school, college, and...

Mohawk Valley Almanac October 2021 Edition: By Roger Chambers

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      Mohawk Valley Almanac October 2021 Edition By Roger Chambers   Holidays and Observances of October  September 15- October 15 Hispanic Heritage Month October 5 Child Health Day  October 6 German American Day  October 9 Leif Erikson Day October 11 Columbus Day (observed);...

Mohawk Valley Almanac for December 2020 By Roger Chambers

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Winter officially begins with the winter solstice, after a record warm November. December has average high temperatures in the mid-30°s F and low of about  20°F.  Single digit or sub zero temperatures that may...

Mohawk Valley Almanac for March 2021

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Mohawk Valley Almanac for March 2021 March is the beginning of spring in the Mohawk Valley even though there is frequently still at least some snow on the ground, especially in higher elevations of the...

May Almanac ~

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By Roger Chambers May Holidays and Observances May 1 May Day / Celtic Beltaine; Law Day; International Labor Day May 2 Rhode Island Independence Day May 5 Cinco de Mayo May 8 Truman Day in Missouri May 10 Confederate Memorial...

Mohawk Valley Almanac September 2021 Edition

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By Roger Chambers Holidays and Observances As of this writing in mid-August, the status of the usual annual fall celebrations and festivals remains unclear. Many of the comments here continue to be on the...

Mohawk Valley Almanac July 2021 Edition By Roger Chambers

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Mohawk Valley Almanac July 2021 Edition By Roger Chambers If early and mid-June is any indication, we may be in for a long, hot summer. If possible, on the hottest days over 90°F, take the usual...

MoVa September Almanac

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By Roger Chambers September culturally marks the beginning of autumn, though the season does not officially begin until the equinox of September on the 22nd. College and university start school in late August, while public...