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BY PAUL HETZLER Even if its precise definition isn’t at the tip of your tongue, most everyone gets the drift of what’s meant by the term ‘biogas.’ There is biology …

In her poem “It Sifts from Leaden Sieves,” Emily Dickinson lauds the sublime beauty of snow – gossamer flakes that garnish a forest, wispy grains that infiltrate nooks and crannies, …

I watched the 1993 film Groundhog Day featuring Bill Murray at least a dozen times. Or maybe it just felt that way. Just as February 2 was on a nonstop loop in the film, this …

Although I never lived in Ogdensburg, I spent my school years in Lisbon. Due to proximity and interests many of my friends attended Ogdensburg Free Academy and I spent a fair amount of time enjoying …

Months ago I wrote about my attempt to quit smoking cigarettes. It was near the end of summer and it was the most miserable of processes. Bouts of anger, difficulty writing, near constant …

Back in primary school in the ‘70s, we learned about nature’s “food chain.” In this linear model, which I assume was devised by surveyors who normally lay out rail lines and …

For many communities this month brings a fresh start. We have new mayors, new town supervisors, new council members and a new sheriff. For those of you new to the jobs, I wish you well and …

As we celebrate National Milk Day, I am especially grateful to our dairy farmers in Upstate New York and the North Country who work tirelessly to provide our communities with delicious and nutritious …

Well over a decade ago now, I left my first newspaper job to deliver pizzas. Although I had a degree in journalism and about four years under my belt at the Ogdensburg Journal, changes at the company …

My older brother and I didn’t agree on a lot of things as kids, but one Christmas we came together in our letters to Santa Claus in hopes of bringing home a Nintendo Entertainment System. But we …

It's a time we try to spend with people we love. It’s a time when we offer what we can spare to those who need it more. It’s really altogether rather good stuff. As a kid, Thanksgiving often …

I remember thinking at the time that it was probably the last time in my life I’d see such a large number of veterans in one place who served in what was the largest and most violent military …

A few weeks ago, while enjoying a cup of coffee on a rare quiet Sunday morning, I was greeted by an enthusiastic seven-year old who started his day with a strange question. “Yes, we have chess,” …

BY PAUL HETZLER ISA-Certified Arborist Linus, the precocious, blanket-toting character from the “Peanuts” world, which by the way is now a Canadian franchise, waited faithfully for “The Great …

The harvest season has long been celebrated by agrarian societies, and while we’ve grown into something more complex in this global age, fall remains a season ripe with activity. In St. Lawrence …

They say three is the magic number, but I’m starting to put some stock in 15. My family’s probably sick of it, but such is the price of my mental stability. I’ve been learning to play guitar, …

Everyday is a school day, or at least it should be. Our office is located on Clarkson Avenue in Potsdam and has been since 2018. Previously it was located on Depot Street. The old building was so …

​​I recently quit smoking, or at least I’m pretty sure I have. I have to say that has not been my experience at all. Maybe it will change, but the journey has been terrible. I’ve known a lot …

​​Music has always been an important part of my life. It can take me to another place or time. It can make me laugh, cry or rage. It can cause me to reflect on my past, plan for my future or help …

The Empire State. Accurately named for its strong emphasis on redistributing hard-earned wages as it sees fit. We pay taxes on the things we buy with that money. We pay taxes on our properties …

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