Living

Feathered friends

CAROGA —Diane and John Hime’s lives as animal caretakers began about a decade ago with a thud. One night while watching TV, the couple heard a loud thump against one of their windows. There outside was a barred owl who had not realized the barrier that stood between it and the Hime’s ...

A little library for one and all

HESSVILLE — Sitting just in front of Nancy and Jeff Baldwin’s home lies the newest library in Montgomery County. The small red building lies to the right of their driveway at 459 Indian Trail Road, decorated with flower baskets and a pig theme, including a statue in memory of their ...

Bassett recognized for higher quality in maternity care

COOPERSTOWN — Bassett Medical Center’s maternity program recently received Excellus’ Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care designation, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated hospitals that show expertise in ...

Year one of first-lady fashion

PARIS (AP) — Slovenian-born Melania Trump has been unafraid to go against her husband’s “America First” agenda and stay true to her roots, if there’s a message to be taken from her bold, foreign-flavored wardrobe in 2017. In her first year as first lady, Mrs. Trump has often wrapped ...

Are you ready for some football?

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis is the northernmost city to host a Super Bowl. Tourism officials are making the most of that as they prepare to welcome visitors to the “Bold North.” Many activities surrounding Super Bowl will take advantage of Minnesota’s wintry weather, including ...

These boots were made for shoppin’

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A visit to San Antonio would not be complete without a stroll by the Alamo, enjoying a cheesy enchilada plate at a Tex-Mex joint off the River Walk, or browsing the cowboy boot section at the local Western wear shop. In fact, nothing says more about a Texan than a fancy ...

Officials warn of extreme conditions in Adirondacks

Travelers and outdoor enthusiasts are being warned of extremely cold temperatures expected in the Adirondack Mountains through the holiday weekend. Travelers and outdoor enthusiasts are being warned of extremely cold temperatures expected in the Adirondack Mountains through the holiday ...

Abandoned pets swamp Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — They’ve been tossed over fences, tied to gates and even left with a $20 bill under their collar. Abandoned animals are overwhelming Puerto Rico’s shelters, which were already struggling to cope with the hundreds of thousands of stray animals that were roaming ...

Rockettes kick off holiday season

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the biggest draws in New York this time of year is the “Christmas Spectacular” featuring the iconic Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. Everyone knows about their high kicks but do you know how many calories each burns? What do they snack on? What’s the best place ...

Nurturing a tiny oak

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — A sandhill crane’s staccato call carried to a patch of land in the woods, a nursery of oak seedlings fenced off from hungry deer in St. John’s Abbey Arboretum. Black, protective mats spread beneath 500 tiny trees there last week. Brambles that used to block ...

Giving Parkinsons the ‘ole 1-2 punch

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Daniel Dail’s eyes are locked tight on the punching bag in front of him as sweat drips down his face. His stance is solid as he puts his boxing gloves up in preparation. As soon as he gets Coach Jens Howe’s signal, he puts all of his energy into forcefully ...

Pumpkin puree as a frozen treat

All four of my daughters love frozen acai bowls because they feel like you’re eating ice cream for breakfast, except healthier. If you haven’t hopped on the acai bowl craze, allow me to update you. Superfood acai berry puree is blended up with fruit — usually berries or banana — and ...

To Your Good Health

DEAR DR. ROACH: What are the chances of picking up a disease if I engage in homosexual sex? What are the types of diseases I might encounter and their consequences? I don‘t think you have ever discussed the medical implications of this important subject. Has it become taboo in the ...

Right at Home

Parents who have hosted sleepovers know that half the fun for kids is making and eating treats. So it pays to prep the kitchen with fun culinary gear and supplies for the indoor campout crowd. Some entertaining ideas and gear: Get the movie-theater vibe going with Great Northern Popcorn’s ...

Replace movie night with family fitness dates

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Family fitness dates are replacing the old school pizza and movie nights as more parents are realizing that the benefits of moving aren’t just about burning calories but setting an example for the next generation. We talked to fitness experts to get a feel for ...

Baker featured in Food Network rivalry

STODDARD, Wis. (AP) — Jennifer Barney is sworn to secrecy about how she fares in the Food Network’s “Holiday Baking Championship” next month, but she doesn’t shy away from revealing one of her trade secrets. “Cake shouldn’t be a sweet slap in the face with sugar . but a ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I am from Northern California. I went to college back east and worked in New York for three years after school. My wife and I met in Manhattan. About four months after we started dating, I got into a prestigious law school in Northern California, which made the future of the ...

If it looks like a pumpkin, you can call it a pumpkin

Friends have complimented me on my pumpkins, but are these things I’ve grown really pumpkins? Sure, they are round and orange and fluted. But look again: There’s more than a hint of red in their skins, and their shape is more akin to a doughnut than to a basketball. But yes, they are ...

Nathan Littauer Hospital

Oct. 18 Discharges Kimberly J. Berry of Gloversville. Meagan E. Fleszar of Gloversville. Births Meagan Fleszar and Austin Syzdek of Gloversville, a girl at 3:10 p.m. Oct. 19 Admissions Cheyenne DaCorsi of Northville. Geneva S. Tonn of Johnstown. Discharges Joan Casler of ...

Your Horoscope

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You’re about to get into something new and special. When you‘re passionate about a thing, you apply yourself until you can learn it, do it, claim it, proclaim it, improve it, share it and then go deeper. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There will be a decision to ...