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nFORECAST WEATHER FOR HUDSON/CA TODAY TONIGHT THU

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Are NY farms in a tailspin? By Sarah Trafton Columbia-Greene Media

not — must not — allow these barriers to be built. The twicedaily tides are the essential respiration and the heartbeat of this living ecosystem. The mouth of the river must remain

New York is losing farms at an unprecedented rate, according to the latest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA released its 2017 Agriculture Census last week which revealed some startling statistics. The census is taken every five years. “The most startling statistic is we now have 33,438 farms in the state, about 2,100 fewer farms than 2012,” NY Farm Bureau President David Fisher said in a statement. “This is the largest drop in more than two decades and is triple the national average of a 3% loss.” The dairy industry took a hard hit, with a 20% decline. Eric Ooms, co-owner of Ooms & Sons Dairy Farm of Valatie was not surprised. “Dairy is difficult,” he said. “You have to be there 365 days a year, late at night or early in the morning, both in the summer. It’s not something people take on lightly or go into lightly. If it was easy, there would be more people doing it.” There are other livelihoods where people can have more time for themselves and make more money, Ooms said. Eric and his brothers Tim and Ron were born into the family business. “My grandfather sold the farm in Holland in 1950,” Ooms said. Eric’s father, Adrian, and his grandfather and uncle, emigrated to the U.S. and worked until they could afford to purchase their farm in 1952. Adrian still works the farm at 86, Eric Ooms said. “We are committed to doing a good job, as good as possible to remain competitive,” Ooms said. “We have to continue to evolve.” The Ooms recently bought

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A view of the Hudson River from the Rip Van Winkle Bridge.

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Springtime for opportunity Olana Historic Site issues call for volunteers to lend a hand during an active spring season PAGE A3

n STATE Taste NY sales set new record Taste NY sales rose to a record $17.8 million in 2018, eclipsing the mark set in 2017 PAGE A3

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The Hudson River was named the nation’s secondmost endangered river, according to American River’s 2019 report. Each year the report lists rivers threatened by critical decisions in infrastructure and conservation. The Hudson was previously listed in 1996, 1997 and 2001. This year, it is listed because the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has proposed to install storm surge barriers along the Hudson to prevent catastrophic flooding, such as the damage that occurred following Hurricane Sandy. The barriers pose a great ecological threat, according to environmental experts. “Harming this iconic river with massive flood barriers doesn’t make sense when we should be identifying better, more cost-effective options to protect people and property, as well as river health,” American Rivers’ Eileen Shader said in a statement. “We are already feeling the impacts of climate change in the Northeast, including storm surge and sea level rise, and it’s only going to get worse. We have an opportunity on the Hudson to demonstrate how protecting public safety and river health should go hand-in-hand in an

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A sailboat travels along the Hudson River with the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse in the background.

era of climate change.” The barriers will prevent the natural passage of fish and wildlife along the river and cause a build-up of contaminants, leading to algae blooms, according to a statement from Riverkeeper.

“For the Hudson, the stakes in this decision cannot be overstated,” said John Lipscomb, Riverkeeper patrol boat captain and vice president of advocacy. “These storm barriers pose a truly existential threat to the Hudson. We can-

Student director pays it forward By Melanie Lekocevic Columbia-Greene Media

CRARYVILLE — When Betsey Grupp was a student at Taconic Hills High School, she benefited from the support and encouragement of the district’s theater department. Now, she wants to pay it forward. Grupp is a graduate student in the Columbia University film program in New York City, with a concentration in creative production. When the time came for her to produce her own student film, she wanted to give other upstate youngsters the same opportunities she had growing up. She is casting for her film and wants to audition aspiring child and adult actors from the

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Twin Counties. “We have two major projects every year,” Grupp said, alluding to her film program. “This will be an 8-12 minute film about a man who is a small-town mayor in 1982 and he finds out he has AIDS. At the time they thought it was just a homosexual disease. His wife is going through grief but also feelings of betrayal.” Grupp wrote the script. The plot reveals that the main character contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion and had been faithful to his wife. She said the plot echoes some of her own concerns in modern-day America. “I chose this script because a lot of the media’s portrayal See STUDENT A8

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Notre-Dame found structurally sound after fire, as investigation begins Adam Nossiter, Aurelien Breeden and Elian Peltier The New York Times News Service

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PARIS — The Notre-Dame cathedral remains structurally sound after the monstrous fire that roared through it Monday night. But the conflagration that destroyed the wood-andlead roof and lacy spire also left three “holes” in the sweeping vaulted ceiling, officials said after an inspection Tuesday. With the fire extinguished, officials began what the Paris prosecutor, Rémy Heitz, told journalists would be “a long and complex investigation,” though for now he said they were considering the disaster an accident. “Nothing at this stage suggests a voluntary act,” he said. The nearly 50 investigators assigned to the case were focusing on interviewing workmen who had left the site but had been engaged in the restoration of the cathedral not long before the fire broke out. The first fire alarm Monday was triggered at 6:20 p.m., and checks were carried out but no fire was found, Heitz said. A second alarm went off at 6:43 p.m., he said, and fire was discovered in the wooden framework of the attic. Whether the catastrophe could have been averted was a question now plaguing the officials, citizens and visitors who continued to congregate on the banks of the Seine River to contemplate the mutilated monument, an unequaled jewel of Gothic architecture. Whatever the cause of the fire, Parisians awakened to the new reality at the heart of their damaged capital: the city’s symbolic center damaged like never before in its more than 800 years of history, not by the

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Workers stand in an elevated cherry picker as they inspect the fire-damaged facade of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 16, 2019.

BLOOMBERG PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHE MORIN

Fire damaged wood and stone sits near the altar inside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 16, 2019.

furious revolutionaries who defaced it nor by misguided restorers who denatured it. “It’s exposed to the sky. It’s an absolute tragedy, beyond

anything we could have imagined,” said Stephen Bern, who has served as an adviser on France’s monuments to President Emmanuel Macron.

Macron made an immediate effort to heal the psychic wound, promising late Monday night to rebuild the cathedral. Macron said an international effort to raise funds for reconstruction would begin Tuesday. “We will rebuild NotreDame,” he said. “Because that is what the French expect.” The billionaire Pinault family of France pledged 100 million euros, or about $113 million, to the effort, as did the French energy company Total, and L’Oréal and the Bettencourt-Schueller Foundation, which was established by the family that founded the cosmetics giant. The family of Bernard Arnault, owners of the luxury goods group LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, plan to contribute 200 million euros.

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Denver 57/36

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Kansas City 77/46

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Man accused of throwing boy off Minn. mall balcony had history of accosting women

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A man accused of throwing a 5-year-old boy from a balcony at the Mall of America on Friday had been “looking for someone to kill,” authorities say. Emmanuel Aranda, 24, has been charged with attempted premeditated first-degree murder and is set to make his first court appearance on Tuesday afternoon. On Friday, the boy and his mother were standing outside the Rain Forest Cafe at the Bloomington, Minnesota, mall, along with friends, when a stranger approached them, according to charging documents. He came close, and the boy’s mother asked if they were in his way and should move. Instead, authorities say he grabbed her son and threw him off the third-floor balcony, a nearly 40-foot fall to the ground below. Authorities said that Aranda had tried to flee on foot after throwing the boy, but was later apprehended and was taken to the Hennepin County Jail. Witnesses and security footage helped identify him as the alleged perpetrator. When Bloomington police questioned him, he told them “repeatedly” he had “come to the mall that day looking for someone to kill, but it did not ‘work out.’ “ He said he had planned to kill an adult before

ultimately choosing the young boy. The boy remains in critical condition, having suffered multiple fractured bones and “massive head trauma,” according to charging documents. A person who claims to be a friend of the family set up a GoFundMe to raise money for medical care that has raised more than $660,000. The page describes the victim as a boy “full of energy and life” who loves to play soccer and spend time with his family. “This crime has shocked the community,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a statement. “That a child, with his mother, at a safe public area like a mall, could be violently attacked for no reason is chilling for everyone. Our victim advocates are working with the family during this very difficult time for them. We charged Mr. Aranda with the most severe crime that the evidence allowed.” Charging documents name a litany of Aranda’s previous offenses and incidents at the famed Minnesota mall, which draws 40 million visitors a year. He indicated to investigators that “he had been coming to the mall for several years and had made efforts to talk to women in the Mall, but had been rejected, and the rejection caused him to lash out and be aggressive.” In one July 2015 incident, police said Aranda threw objects from the upper level of

the mall and destroyed merchandise at a beauty display, and resisted arrest. He was arrested on three misdemeanor charges - property damage, disorderly conduct and interfering with a peace officer. That October, he violated a no-trespass order and approached a woman waiting outside a restaurant, records show. He asked her to buy something, but she laughed him off and said she would not. Then, Aranda followed her inside and sat at an adjacent table, where he continued to make requests for her and a friend to buy him something, or give him money. When management intervened, he grew aggressive and threw water and glass of tea at the woman. The incident led to his arrest on six misdemeanor charges. According to Bloomington Police Chief Jeffrey Potts, some of his cases had been handed by a mental-health court, but he did not specify which ones at a Saturday press conference. Aranda had been banned from the mall in previous years, but did not currently have an active ban against him when he allegedly tried to kill

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the boy on Friday. In the charging documents released Monday, authorities said he had a warrant for his arrest from Illinois for assault, and a conviction for property damage from Hennepin County, Minnesota. Prosecutors say they are pursing aggressive charges due to “particular cruelty” to the victim. “I just hope that little guy turns out okay,” Michael Baumann, who witnessed the boy being thrown from the balcony, told local TV station ABC 5. “I just, you wonder . . . how could anybody do that?” COLUMBIA-GREENE MEDIA he Register-Star/he Daily Mail are publishedTuesday through Saturday mornings by Columbia-Greene Media (USPS 253620), One Hudson City Centre, Suite 202, Hudson, NY 12534, a subsidiary of Johnson Newspaper Corp. Periodicals postage paid at Hudson, N.Y., and additional mailing oices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to he Register-Star, One Hudson City Centre, Suite 202, Hudson, NY 12534. TO SUBSCRIBE To order a subscription, call our circulation department at (800) 724-1012 or logon to www.hudsonvalley360.com SUBSCRIPTION RATES: Digital Pass is included with print subscription Daily (Newsstand) $1.50 Saturday (Newsstand) $2.50 Carrier Delivery (3 Months) $71.50 Carrier Delivery (6 Months) $143.00 Carrier Delivery (1 Year) $286.00 EZ Pay Rates: 3 months $65.00 6 months $130.00 1 year $260.00 DIGITAL PASS ONLY RATES: Includes full access to HudsonValley360.com and the e-edition. 3 Months $30.00 6 Months $60.00 1 Year $120.00 Home Delivery & Billing Inquireries Call (800) 724-1012 and reach us, live reps are available Mon.-Fri. 6 a,m - 5 p.m., Sat. 6 a.m. - noon Sun. 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


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Volunteer opportunities at Olana this spring

n Catskill Library Board 6:45 p.m. at either the Catskill Library, 1 Franklin St., Catskill or Palenville Library, 3303 Route 23A, Palenville n Catskill Town Board committee 6:30 p.m. Town Hall, 439 Main St., Catskill n Greene County Legislature meeting No. 4 6:30 p.m. Greene County Office Building, 411 Main St., Catskill

Thursday, April 18 n Coxsackie Village Planning Board 7

p.m. Village Hall, 119 Mansion St., Coxsackie

Friday, April 19 n The Sole Member and the Board

of Directors of the Greene Tobacco Asset Securitization Corporation Annual Meeting at 4 p.m. at the Greene County Office Building, 411 Main Street, 4th Floor Conference Room 443, Catskill

Monday, April 22 n Catskill Village Planning Board

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7 p.m. at the Catskill Senior Center, 15 Academy St., Catskill

Tuesday, April 23 n Catskill Town Planning Board 7 p.m.

Town Hall, 439 Main St., Catskill

Wednesday, April 24 n Catskill Village Board 7 p.m. at the

Senior Center, 15 Academy St., Catskill

Thursday, April 25 n Windham-Ashland-Jewett CSD

Board of Education 7 p.m. in the School Library, 5411 Route 23, Windham

Thursday, May 2 n Cairo Town Planning Board 7 p.m. at

the Town Hall, 512 Main St., Cairo

Monday, May 6 n Athens Town Board 6:45 p.m. at the

Town Hall, 2 First St., Athens n Cairo Town Board 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 512 Main St., Cairo

Wednesday, May 8 n Catskill Central School District BOE

public hearing on budget 6 p.m. in the CHS Library, 341 West Main St., Catskill

Thursday, May 9

HUDSON — The Olana Partnership invites you to be a part of Olana’s future and the wonderful new things that are happening this season. Volunteering at Olana gives you the great opportunity to immerse yourself in one of the Hudson Valley’s most beautiful environments and interact with national and international visitors who love the arts, architecture and landscape or are just curious and want to know more. As an Olana volunteer, you will join Olana’s dynamic team who engage visitors to experience this unique environment and enjoy a sense of fulfilment. This season, The Olana Partnership is looking for volunteers to assist with touring in the Main House

in the afternoons from Tuesdays through Sundays, May through November. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to attend the special training for Olana Self-Guided Touring/Room Guide Volunteers, meeting at the Olana Visitor’s Center 2-3 p.m. May 3. The Olana Partnership is also accepting applications for all other volunteers who may be interested in helping for the 2019 season. This includes touring, ambassadors, event assistance, programming and more. To fill out the application form and get started as an Olana volunteer, contact Margot Isaacs, Membership and Volunteer Coordinator, at 518-751-6857 or email misaacs@olana.org.

Gov. Cuomo announces Taste NY sales increased in 2018 ALBANY — Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Taste NY sales increased to a record $17.8 million in 2018. Total gross sales of New York products from Taste NY events and locations last year, including the opening of six brand new Taste NY Markets in Welcome Centers across the State, increased by $1.7 million over the previous year. The continued yearover-year growth reflects increasing consumer demand for local food and beverage products. “Taste NY continues to provide unprecedented support to our farms and food and beverage businesses, further bolstering the agricultural and tourism industries that are so critical to local economies across the state,” Governor Cuomo said. “New York is proud to connect consumers across the globe with fresh, locally grown products and we will continue to empower our farmers, growers and producers to expand their businesses while promoting tourism in every corner of this great state.”

“From maple syrup, to dairy, to fruits and vegetables, New York produces an amazing variety of highquality agricultural products,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “Our Taste NY program showcases the best we have to offer with sales continuing to increase, growing the tourism industry and supporting the economy of New York State.” Since its creation in 2013, the Taste NY initiative has seen steady growth as evidenced by the program’s reported sales increasing from $1.5 million in 2014 to $16.1 million in 2017. Taste NY benefits both local farmers and New York’s agricultural industry as a whole. Exposure from Taste NY has helped the farms and companies participating in the program to reach more customers, increase online sales, and expand processing capacity, while Taste NY’s food and beverage businesses support the State’s farmers by using New York grown and produced ingredients in their products. In the past year, six new Taste NY

Markets opened at Welcome Centers in the North Country, Adirondacks, Finger Lakes, Western New York, Hudson Valley/Catskills, and the Capital Region. These facilities build on the success of the centers that opened in 2017 and 2016, promoting the State’s local tourism industry and encouraging the purchase of local food and beverages. In addition, the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets identified ten core food and beverage categories that were highlighted in New York’s regional Welcome Centers to further strengthen Taste NY branding and tell the exciting stories behind New York’s businesses. In 2018, the Department also coordinated with other State agencies on Taste NY locations at five newly revitalized train stations and airports across the State, including the Syracuse Hancock International Airport, Greater Rochester Airport, Plattsburgh International Airport, and Elmira Corning Regional Airport. Additionally, the Department

hosted five regional Business-toBusiness Taste NY Networking events to help connect New York farms, food and beverage businesses with buyers from institutions, retail locations, restaurants, bars, and distributors. Events were held on Long Island, in the Southern Tier, Mid-Hudson, Western New York and Capital Regions. Across all events, more than 550 vendors and buyers participated. Taste NY has recently participated in major events such as the Saratoga Race Track and the New York State Fair, where it sponsored the Taste NY Food Truck Competition and the Taste NY Marketplace. Taste NY also continued its partnerships with sports venues and concessions across the state, such as the Frontier Field in Rochester and the Times Union Center in Albany. The 2018 Taste NY annual report is available here. A complete list of Taste NY locations can be found at http:// www.taste.ny.gov.

n Coxsackie Village Workshop meet-

ing 6 p.m. at Village Hall, 119 Mansion St., Coxsackie

Monday, May 13 n Catskill Village Planning Board

7 p.m. at the Catskill Senior Center, 15 Academy St., Catskill n Coxsackie Village Board 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 119 Mansion St., Coxsackie

Tuesday, May 14 n Coxsackie Village Historic Preserva-

tion Committee 6 p.m. Village Hall, 119 Mansion St., Coxsackie

Thursday, May 16 n Coxsackie Village Planning Board

7 p.m. at Village Hall, 119 Mansion St., Coxsackie n Windham-Ashland-Jewett CSD Board of Education 7 p.m. in the School Library, 5411 Route 23, Windham

Monday, May 20 n Athens Town Board 6:45 p.m. at the

6th annual Invasive Species Awareness Week July 7-13 ALBANY — The State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Agriculture and Markets announced that New York State’s sixth annual Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) will be held July 7-13. Initiated in 2014, ISAW is an educational campaign featuring statewide events that encourage New Yorkers to help protect the state’s resources from the negative impacts of invasive species. Planning is already underway, and this year’s theme is “Early Detection: Explore, Observe, Report.” “Thanks to the planning efforts of the eight Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species

Management and their partners and the support from DEC’s Invasive Species Coordination Section, more than 170 events were held statewide in 2018, making it the most successful Invasive Species Awareness Week campaign to date,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “DEC encourages our partners to keep the momentum going this year by providing more opportunities for New Yorkers to learn about invasive species and get involved in their local communities.” “Invasive species can cause serious damage to our farms and crops,” said State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball. “Public education,

awareness and vigilance are key components to preventing the establishment and spread of invasive species in New York State. These events help inform the public and encourage people to watch for, and report, these pests.” The “Early Detection” theme is meant to shine a spotlight on the importance of detecting infestations of invasive species early, which increases the success of response efforts. Spotted lanternfly, oak wilt and hydrilla are just a few of the emerging invasives that could or are beginning to have significant impacts in New York. The theme will also help to highlight the soon to be released

iMapInvasives 3.0, a revamped version of the New York invasive species database that will have a more user-friendly, mobile-responsive map display. Organizations interested in hosting an event should visit the New York Invasive Species Awareness Week website (leaves DEC website) for more information. All types of programming and events are encouraged, including removal projects, science trainings, film screenings, and more. Some examples of past events include: A guided hike to survey for hemlock woolly adelgid; Water chestnut removals at DECowned boat launches; Tabling

at a local farmers’ market with invasive species information; Invasive species educational programs geared towards children. Any interested partners should provide their local PRISM coordinator with information about their events by June 24 to ensure they can be added to the statewide list. To learn more about ISAW, visit the New York Invasive Species Awareness Week website (leaves DEC website). To learn more about iMapInvasives and to sign up for a training near you, visit the New York iMapInvasives website (leaves DEC website).

Town Hall, 2 First St., Athens

Tuesday, May 21 n Catskill Central School District BOE

board member and budget/proposition vote 1-9 p.m. in the CHS Gymnasium, 341 West Main St., Catskill

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Wednesday, May 22 n Catskill Central School District BOE

7 p.m. in the CHS Library, 341 West Main St., Catskill

Thursday, May 23 n Windham-Ashland-Jewett CSD

Board of Education 7 p.m. in the School Library, 5411 Route 23, Windham

Monday, May 27 n Coxsackie Village Offices closed observance of Memorial Day

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Boots on the ground In an effort to raise awareness of the suffering veterans undergo in the throes of post-traumatic stress disorder, Frank Romeo is giving new meaning to the term “boots on the ground.” Romeo, a 70-year-old Vietnam veteran, is walking from Niagara Falls to his hometown of Bay Shore to bring a message to anyone who will listen: To many soldiers once in the crucible of war, PTSD is the new enemy, and it too can be frightening and deadly. Romeo served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and Cambodia

in 1969. He was shot seven times and separated from his unit. It’s not something he likes to talk about. The nightmares of those events haunt him 50 years later. He wants to destigmatize PTSD and see it treated as a mental illness particular to men who put their lives on the line. “The stigma surrounding mental illness in this country is not helping our veterans,” Romeo said. “They are not coming forward. When I speak, I introduce myself as having mental illness and I suffer from PTSD. We need people to say these words. There is nothing to

be ashamed of. That’s my goal.” PTSD is as much a killer as any bullet or bomb in war. An average of 20 veterans die from suicide each day, according to the most recent report published by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in 2016. Despite his advancing years, Romeo is in better shape than many men half his age. But the spectre of PTSD lingers and will probably not go away. Men marched into battle in Vietnam and paid a heavy price. That’s why Frank Romeo walks today, marching into a new and precarious battle.

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Notre Dame isn’t just a cultural landmark. Remember that a church was on fire. prayer seemed curiously in the background. The world went to bed in Sure, the cathedral witmourning on April 15. Not nessed the coronation of since 9/11 had flames and Napoleon and survived the smoke engulfed a beloved French Revolution and two landmark the way they over- world wars. came Notre Dame in Paris But our collective mournthat evening. ing should not forget the fact “Notre Dame is our histo- that a church was on fire. ry, our literature, part of our More than a national icon or psyche, the place of all our a touristic spot, cathedrals great events, our epidemics, such as Notre Dame reveal our wars, our liberations, their soul when they house the epicenter of our lives,” singing and baptisms, conFrench President Emmanuel fession and pardon, preachMacron lamented in front of ing and prayer. the burning cathedral. Church buildings certainly Other European voices color all kinds of memories. added to the sense of colI, for one, asked my wife’s lective loss. “Notre Dame hand in marriage on a boat belonged to the whole of that cruised on the Seine. Her mankind,” said European hand, now with an engageCommission President Jean- ment ring, clutched mine as Claude Juncker. Newspapers we admired Notre Dame. such as El Pais in Spain beBut if our shared vocabumoaned the damage done lary excludes words such as to “a symbol of European “God” and “belief,” we will culture.” Venice’s La Fenice have lost more than a buildtheater tweeted, “We were ing. We will have lost the lexidevastated by fire and every con of our souls. time we were reborn. It will How more robust will our happen to you as well, do not rebuilding efforts be if they fear, friends!” are inspired by something However sincere and mov- like the words of the prophet ing these words may be, they Haggai, who encouraged betray also a greater tragedy: the rebuilding of the Jewish the loss of a common lanTemple in Jerusalem saying, guage of faith. The fact that ‘The glory of this present Notre Dame was a church house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ built primarily as a house of René Breuel

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says the Lord Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace.’” Similarly, our thankfulness will be greater once rebuilding efforts are completed if we share language such as that of Psalm 126: “When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ “ I live in Rome, a city that gathers more cathedrals than any other. I love to watch children play soccer in front of basilicas or couples lick gelati sitting on the steps that lead to a sanctuary. But part of me misses the fact that not many of them enter such churches except to take pictures. It is inside such buildings that our hearts can soar. It is appropriate for politicians to mourn the damage done to a world-famous icon. It is more appropriate still for people of faith to pray that churches may again be regarded as living sanctuaries more than as civic landmarks.

over from your father, I don’t care who you are, what you are, how much of an advantage you have, if you can do that at 27 years old, you - I mean that’s one in 10,000 that could do that, so he’s a very smart guy. He’s a great negotiator. But I think we understand each other. When Baier pressed Trump, Trump returned to an answer reminiscent of the O’Reilly interview: “So have a lot of other people done some really bad things. I mean, I could go through a lot of nations where a lot of bad things were done.” In another interview, Trump even praised Kim’s triumph over his uncle, whom Kim ultimately executed. Kim has also been accused of ordering the assassination of his half brother in a Malaysian airport using a nerve agent. “A lot of people, I’m sure, tried to take that power away, whether it was his uncle or anybody else,” Trump told CBS’s “Face the Nation” in April 2017. “And he was able to do it. So obviously, he’s a pretty smart cookie.” Any of these comments could be dismissed as Trump not wanting to prejudge, as him wanting to forge relationships with complicated people in difficult regions or even as Trump simply being “America first.” But the combined picture is one of a president whose tendency is to shrug at assassinations by strongmen. While the United States certainly can’t police every human rights abuse across the world, these examples involve attacks that took place on allied soil, that involved a journalist for an American newspaper, that used nerve agents and that allowed dictators to continue to wield power in ways that could threaten the U.S. Given all of that, the idea that Trump’s first impulse was to dismiss the attempted assassination of a former Russian agent on British soil is unsurprising - but also completely noteworthy.

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The New York Times is out with a lengthy look at CIA Director Gina Haspel and her relationship with a president who is often skeptical of his own intelligence community. One detail in paragraph 15 stands out: “Last March, top national security officials gathered inside the White House to discuss with Mr. Trump how to respond to the nerve agent attack in Britain on Sergei V. Skripal, the former Russian intelligence agent. “London was pushing for the White House to expel dozens of suspected Russian operatives, but Mr. Trump was skeptical. He had initially written off the poisoning as part of legitimate spy games, distasteful but within the bounds of espionage. Some officials said they thought that Mr. Trump, who has frequently criticized ‘rats’ and other turncoats, had some sympathy for the Russian government’s going after someone viewed as a traitor.” The story goes on to say that Haspel was able to prevail upon President Donald Trump to offer a tough response, after showing him images of children who had come into contact with the same nerve agent. But Trump’s apparent first impulse here is extremely noteworthy, and very much in keeping with his other commentary on stuff like this. Put plainly: Trump’s default mode seems to border on indifference toward strongmen and their political assassinations. The most famous/infamous example of this came shortly after Trump was inaugurated, when Bill O’Reilly interviewed him ahead of the Super Bowl. O’Reilly asked Trump about his kind words for Russian President Vladimir Putin on the 2016 campaign trail and noted that Putin was a “killer.” But Trump suggested what Putin was doing was little different

than what the United States does. “There are a lot of killers. We have a lot of killers,” Trump said. “Well, you think our country is so innocent?” When asked in 2016 about another poisoning of an exKGB agent for which British authorities had just fingered Putin, then-candidate Trump suggested he wasn’t sure that conclusion was right. “Have they found him guilty? I don’t think they’ve found him guilty,” Trump said of the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko. He added: “If he did it, fine. But I don’t know that he did it.” When “60 Minutes” in October 2018 asked Trump about Putin’s alleged killings and poisonings of political foes, he said Putin had “probably” engaged in such things, but he also emphasized that “it’s not in our country.” Trump offered similar comments downplaying the U.S. interest in the Saudis’ killing of Washington Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi last year. Trump conspicuously noted at the time that the attack “took place in Turkey, and to the best of our knowledge, Khashoggi is not a United States citizen.” When it comes to Kim Jong Un, Trump’s commentary has occasionally boiled over into what appears to be admiration for the North Korean dictator’s ability to command power by whatever means necessary. When Fox News’s Bret Baier in June 2018 borrowed O’Reilly’s tack and noted to Trump that Kim is a “killer” who is “clearly executing people,” Trump quickly turned it around. He argued that Kim was a “tough guy” and praised him. BAIER: You call people sometimes “killers.” He - you know, he is a killer. I mean, he’s clearly executing people. And TRUMP: He’s a tough guy. Hey, when you take over a country, tough country, with tough people, and you take it

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Thank you to letter writer To the editor: I wish to thank Gloria G. Waters of Hudson for her superb essay “Climate Change is real” that was published here on April 10. Using only 187 words and lots of common sense she put the theory of climate change/global warming into perspective with the earth’s natural evolution. Mankind’s effect on this process is now

being blamed for unbalancing it to the point of extinction for many species. Acceptance of an issue by some does not equate to its validity. Liberals and Democrats have now made this issue into a Judas goat that is leading far too many misinformed citizens into blind conformity and hence into the slaughterhouse of our Constitutional freedoms

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Anita L. Barnes Castleton-Anita L. Barnes, 81, of Castleton, NY passed away Friday April 12, 2019 at Whittier Rehab & Skilled Nursing Center in Ghent, NY. Born February 3, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Frank Herbert and Jennie May (Mann) Iveson and was also predeceased by her husband Thomas F. Barnes and son Thomas F. Barnes, Jr. Anita was a hairdresser for 20 years and a Bus Aide for Maple Hill High School

for several years. She is survived by three sons, Daniel J. Barnes and wife, Pamela of Hudson, NY, Donald T. Barnes and wife, Jean of Germany, and Timothy F. Barnes and wife, Jenine of Minnesota. Also survived by 11 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Calling hours will be 4-7 Wednesday April 17, 2019 in Ray Funeral Home 59 Seaman Ave., Castleton, NY.

Willard S. “Bill” Meyers Willard S. “Bill” Meyers, 77, of out Columbia and its surroundClaverack passed away Thurs- ing counties. Bill was an avid day April 11, 2019 in Hudson, stamp collector, and enjoyed NY. Born September 15, 1941 in carnivals, county fairs and lea Hudson, he is the son of Willard markets. He was a devoted, lovS. and Marion (Moore) Meyers. ing family man who cherished For those of you that under- his 10 grandchildren and 3 great stood Bill, You knew he was a grandchildren. strong willed, hard working deBill is survived by his wife Petermined man who did not leave nelope “Penny” (Wolven) Meythis earth easily since there was always more work to be done ers, and his children Michael, Cynthia, Billie Teresa, and better deal to be and Brenda, a brother made. John and three nephBill decided Thursews. In addition to his day evening that it was parents, Bill is predetime to let himself rest and finally retire free ceased by his daughter from the pain of all Kimberly. those years of hard laFuneral services bor. are Saturday April 20, In 1966, Bill started at 10:00am from the Meyers Meyers Tree Service, Bates & Anderson Redwhich eventually bemond & Keeler Funeral Home. came Meyers Contracting and Visitation hours at the funeral Landscaping. In 2001, the business became Meyers Contract- home will be Friday April 19, ing, with son Michael as the from 4:00-7:00pm. Interment principal. Until his passing, Bill will be in Mount Pleasant Cemcontinued to be a part of the etery. In lieu of lowers, memobusiness he so loved for over 50 rial contributions in Bill’s name years. Bill was an accomplished may be made to Community well respected businessman, Hospice of Columbia/Greene 47 not only in Hudson, but through- Liberty St. Catskill, NY 12414.

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‘Stop Bernie Sanders’ Democrats are agonizing over his momentum Jonathan Martin The New York Times News Service

WASHINGTON — When Leah Daughtry, a former Democratic Party official, addressed a closed-door gathering of about 100 wealthy liberal donors in San Francisco last month, all it took was a review of the 2020 primary rules to throw a scare in them. Democrats are likely to go into their convention next summer without having settled on a presidential nominee, said Daughtry, who ran her party’s conventions in 2008 and 2016, the last two times the nomination was contested. And Sen. Bernie Sanders is well positioned to be one of the last candidates standing, she noted. “I think I freaked them out,” Daughtry recalled with a chuckle, an assessment that was confirmed by three other attendees.They are hardly alone. From canapé-filled fundraisers on the coasts to the cloakrooms of Washington, mainstream Democrats are increasingly worried that their effort to defeat President Donald Trump in 2020 could be complicated by Sanders, in a political scenario all too reminiscent of how Trump himself seized the Republican nomination in 2016. How, some Democrats are beginning to ask, do they thwart a 70-something candidate from outside the party

structure who is immune to intimidation or incentive and wields support from an unwavering base, without simply reinforcing his “the establishment is out to get me’’ message — the same grievance Trump used to great effect? But stopping Sanders, or at least preventing a contentious convention, could prove difficult for Democrats. He has enormous financial advantages that can sustain a major campaign through the primaries. If he wins a substantial number of primaries and caucuses and comes in second in others, thanks to his deeply loyal base of voters across many states, he would pick up formidable numbers of delegates. His strength on the left gives him a real prospect of winning the Democratic nomination. That prospect is spooking establishmentaligned Democrats, some of whom are worried that his nomination could lure a third-party centrist into the field. And it is also creating tensions about what, if anything, should be done to halt Sanders. The peril of rallying the party’s elite donor class against a candidate whose entire public life has been organized around confronting concentrated wealth is selfevident: Sanders would gleefully seize on any Stop Bernie effort.

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As oceans rapidly warm due to climate change, an urgent need to improve hurricane forecasts Paul Douglas The Washington Post

In the past two hurricane seasons, recordbreaking hurricane floods have engulfed our coastal zones in the Carolinas and Texas as storms have drawn more water and grown larger from rapidly warming oceans. As the climate system continues to warm, we’ll need better prediction systems so we can prepare vulnerable coastal areas from bigger, wetter, and faster-strengthening hurricanes. Hurricane season is just six weeks away. Recent studies confirm warming of the world’s oceans is taking place faster than previously estimated; as much as 40 percent faster than the United Nations estimated in 2015. Research confirms roughly 93 percent of the warming from manmade greenhouse gases is going into the world’s oceans. About two-thirds is absorbed in the ocean’s top 700 meters, noted Zeke Hausfather, a climate scientist at Berkeley Earth. This is the layer from which hurricanes draw much of their energy. In a warmer, more volatile world, accurate weather predictions will require near real-time data, not only from the atmosphere, but regional variations in ocean warming, according to Kevin Trenberth, climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. “The extra heat from increasing gases from carbon dioxide doesn’t necessarily go into the ocean uniformly,” Trenberth explained in a recent interview. “There are increasing indications that the regional manifestations of the ocean heat content where those spots are warmer - actually matters for subsequent climate over the next 6 months or so.” Future improvements in hurricane track and intensity forecasts may rely on increasingly coupled models that combine measurements of the atmosphere with regional differences in surface and upper ocean heat content, in something close to real-time. “This is an important area of research, and I don’t think it’s being adequately capitalized at the current time,” Trenberth said, pointing out that Hurricane Harvey tapped record levels of ocean heat content in the Gulf of Mexico before dumping over 60 inches of rain near Houston. Similarly, in 2018, Hurricane Florence tapped a regional hot spot of water, where natural variability combined with a warming climate, to fuel a vast swath of historic rains across the Carolinas. But warm temperatures

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Aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Feb. 24.

at the sea surface, by themselves, were insufficient to fuel the storm. “[I]f there’s not the ocean heat content below the surface to help sustain that, then that high sea surface temperature will peter out fairly quickly,” Trenberth explained. “This is one of the characteristics of Florence and Harvey. Although they took a lot of heat out of the ocean there was still plenty more heat there, prolonging the lifetime of the storm.” Like vast atmospheric washing machines, both Hurricanes Harvey and Florence were able to recirculate a continuous supply of deep-ocean warmth, jet-fuel for hurricanes, back up to the surface - prolonging intensity and extreme rainfall rates, with catastrophic results. The longer lifetime and sustained intensity driven by higher ocean content is what energizes what’s known as their eyewall replacement cycles. The eyewall is the zone of towering thunderstorms surrounding the hurricane’s calm center. It’s here you find the hurricane’s strongest winds. During an extreme hurricane, spiral arm bands wrap around the center so intensely that the storm forms a new (outer) eyewall, cutting off moisture flow to the old eyewall, which begins to collapse. The result: the storm temporarily weakens in strength (as Katrina did just at landfall in 2005), but the storm expands in size. Given high ocean heat content the hurricane can reintensify during eyewall replacement. This happened with Hurricane Irma five times, and Trenberth believes these same dynamics were

witnessed with Hurricane Florence. This is how storms grow bigger, more intense and longer-lived, fueled by a steady supply of ocean heat. Stating the obvious: for weather forecasters to have any chance of accurately predicting hurricane eyewall replacement cycles, which impacts storm size, intensity and severity of subsequent storm surge, access to reliable temperature data in the upper oceans may be key. Hurricanes are nature’s quirky, automatic pressurerelief valves, transporting excess heat and moisture away from the tropics toward the poles, leaving behind trails of cooler water in their wake. Trenberth speculates the latest high-resolution weather models over-intensify tropical systems that assume a constant sea surface temperature, not fully taking into account their cold wake. Accurate prediction of hurricane eyewall replacement cycles and intensification may require near real-time, high-resolution data from the upper oceans and Gulf of Mexico. “The European Centre for Medium-Range forecasting is probably leading in terms of doing coupled weather forecasts,” Trenberth admitted. “[The United States’] National Centers for Environmental Prediction has been playing with this and making some progress.” And so, the challenge remains, how can we accurately predict the future when we can’t get an accurate snapshot of what’s happening right now - both atmospheric and oceanic? Data from the Argo network of nearly 4,000 drifting floats in the world’s oceans could be programmed to provide deep

4 killed in ‘targeted’ series of shootings Daniel Victor The New York Times News Service

A 60-year-old man was arrested after allegedly killing four people in a “targeted” series of shootings Monday, police in British Columbia said. The gunman, who authorities had not named as of Tuesday morning, killed two men and two women in three locations within about 3 miles of each other in the city of Penticton, said Ted De Jager, superintendent of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The first shooting was reported at 10:30 a.m., and the suspect had turned himself in by 11:30 a.m., he said. The victims were not identified, pending notification of their families. But police said they believed the gunman knew all of the victims. “While the investigation remains active and ongoing, we do believe this was a targeted incident,” De Jager said at a news conference Monday. The shooting was the deadliest on record in

Penticton, a city of about 34,000 people that is about a 4-1/2-hour drive from Vancouver. Throughout the province, mass shootings are rare: It was only the fifth shooting in British Columbia that killed more than four people. The last such shooting was in 1996, according to Penticton Western News. It was not immediately known what type of gun had been used in the attacks. Gun owners in Canada must be licensed. Before a license is granted, officials check the buyer’s past for any violent crimes or behavior, crimes involving firearms or violent episodes related to mental illness in the preceding five years. Handguns, semi-automatic and automatic weapons must be registered with the federal government, but lawmakers eliminated a national registry of rifles and shotguns in 2012. Last year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau proposed expanding the background review to the licensee’s entire lifetime while resuming the

record-keeping for some rifle and shotgun sales, prompting a fierce pushback from some gun owners. The national long-gun registry, introduced in 1995 in response to a mass shooting of students in Montreal, was unpopular in rural areas but supported by police. Lawmakers in Quebec voted in 2016 to create the province’s own registry, over the protests of gun owners. Officials have pointed to a recent increase in several gun-related crimes, including gun-related homicides. Canada’s homicide rate reached a 10-year high last year, driven largely by gangrelated shootings, according to a government report. Debates over gun laws heated up in Canada last year after a shooting in Toronto killed two people and wounded 13 others in July. In response, the city council suggested the federal government ban handgun sales in the city, while the Montreal City Council called for a national ban on the weapons.

sea temperature data more frequently, close to real-time during hurricane scenarios. “In places like the Gulf and East Coast they could program those to come up and down more frequently,” Trenberth speculated. “The result would be a more comprehensive understanding of upper ocean water temperature profiles, giving forecasters the ability to gauge whether a hurricane’s cold wake may be resupplied with additional warming at the surface, thus prolonging the storm.” Accurate prediction of increasingly powerful (and wet) hurricanes require increasingly sophisticated and coupled models, which combine atmospheric measurements with regional hot spots of unusually warm and deep ocean water. Douglas is co-author of “ Caring for Creation : An Evangelical’s Guide to Climate Change and a Healthy Environment”, and cofounder and senior meteorologist at AerisWeather, located in the Twin Cities of Minnesota.

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The Van Vechten Confirmation Grant By David Dorpfeld, Greene County Historian For Columbia-Greene Media

Today I am pleased to offer a guest column by Jonathan Palmer, archivist at the Greene County Historical Society’s Vedder Research Library. The column gives readers some interesting background on one of the unique items in the library’s collections. By Jonathan Palmer One of the most treasured collection items at the Vedder Research Library is the Confirmation Grant issued by the English Crown in 1768 to Teunis Van Vechten. At the time King George III was the English Crown, the same King we ultimately claimed independence from eight years later. The Van Vechten Confirmation Grant is one of the earliest surviving legal documents recording lands which comprised the estate around the surviving 1690 Van Vechten house on the Catskill Creek. The grant was initially issued

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1768 Van Vechten Confirmation Grant.

to codify an existing claim the Van Vechten family had to the lands described in the grant, likely due to an as-yetunknown legal concern. Interestingly; the grant notes some of the activities in which the Van Vechten’s were engaged in on the land at the time, including the milling of agricultural products. The mill, standing in 1768 on the first set of non-tidal falls on

the Catskill Creek (heading inland from the Hudson River), would be utilized for another 150 years and rebuilt several times right through the dawn of the 20th century. The picturesque aspects of the Van Vechten house and mill made them an appropriate subject for artists like Thomas Cole, Frederick Church and Benjamin Stone, and photographers like J.H.

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Van Gelder. I was able to capture the image for today’s column using a new document photography stand I built with a Canon DSLR camera mounted on it. This stand enables us to photograph documents which are too large to scan on a flatbed setup — allowing us to provide reference copies to researchers on and off-site who are interested in the contents of oversize documents. Also, by creating these digital copies we now seldom need to handle the original, thus they to remain safely tucked away in a protective temperature and moisture-stable environment. The library also acquired a new flatbed scanner two years ago that allows us to make black and white copies of glass negatives. One of the glass negatives we copied was a five-by-seven image of the Rushmore Dam on the Catskill Creek. The scanner with which we digitized this image has fea-

tures that allow us to scan virtually any small and medium format negative as well as any glass negative up to dimensions of eight-by-ten inches. To date we have digitized over five hundred such negatives featuring Greene County scenes which were not previously viewable because of their delicate nature. As our work continues it is important to remember that our extensive collections of glass photographic plates are here to enjoy thanks exclusively to the consideration of gracious donors including the Carl Family, Barbara Rivette, and Winifred Wardle Fiero among others. The work we continue to undertake at the library is facilitated by our valued members and the general public, and always on behalf Greene County residents; current, past and future. News and Notes: The Cemetery Committee of the Coxsackie Historic Preservation Commission will host a

Murder Mystery event on May 11 at Pegasus Restaurant on Route 9W in Coxsackie. Doors will open at 7 p.m. when hot and cold hors d’oeuvres will be served. There will also be a cash bar. The mystery is titled “Death of a Gangster” and will be presented by a professional group of actors from The Murder Mystery Co. The cost is $55 per person and all net proceeds will support the rehabilitation of the Coxsackie Mansion Street Cemetery. Reservations are required and tickets are available at the Heermance Memorial Library, Heartland Realty, Coxsackie Village Offices and Pegasus Restaurant. Payment can be made by cash or check payable to the Village of Coxsackie Mansion Street Cemetery Committee. Reach columnist David Dorpfeld at gchistorian@gmail.com or visit him on Facebook at “Greene County Historian.”

BANK OF GREENE COUNTY VOTED TOP BANK BY WOMEN IN THE CAPITAL REGION

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The Bank of Greene County that it has been voted the Top Bank by Women in the Capital Region, according to Customer Experience Solutions and Banking New York Magazine. Bank Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer Michelle Plummer stated how proud she is of the success of the Bank, and how meaningful it is to be recognized by female customers. Pictured is a group of Bank of Greene County employees commemorating being voted the Top Bank in the Capital Region by women.

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Giovanna Manoli has been chosen as the Cairo-Durham High School Student of the Month for March. She has chosen Mrs. Miner, a Spanish teacher to stand with her on this occasion. Manoli is academically strong, athletically talented, and characteristically outstanding. She is currently a member of the Junior National Honor Society, she has excelled in both accelerated and Honors courses, earned two academic pins, and a letter for both academics and sports. This is certainly not the first time that Manoli has been recognized for her efforts as she consistently earns numerous Outstanding Achievement and Exemplary Performance Awards at the Annual CD Academic Awards Night. Not only is she determined to maintain excellence in academics, she has chosen to participate in school and travel softball, as well as volleyball. Manoli further extends herself and broadens her field of experience as she plays several instruments, including the clarinet, saxophone and piano; in addition, she has participated in NYSSMA and the CD Drama Club. At CD she has volunteered by helping to build the stage for the school play and as being a part of the stage crew. Within the community she has volunteered as a summer camp assistant, food truck assistant and at the Hope Rocks Festival.

New York State was discovered. The size and extent of the population are still being explored with camera trap photos and telemetry data, the natural history of this “new” species is slowly unfolding. DiBenedetto will present an overview of eastern Golden Eagles; their local habits and behaviors, and migratory routes, as well as the methods used and experiences she and her husband Michael have had, working with the Eastern Golden Eagle Project. Non-members, $10; members, free. For information, call 518-589-3903.

CATSKILL — Hearthstone Care, 1187 Route 23A, Catskill, will hold an open house 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 17. There will be games, music and more. Hearthstone provides services of supervised respite care inhome and in their recreational

APRIL 18 GREENVILLE — The Greenville Rotary will host a Brooks Barbecue 3-6 p.m. April 18 at Veteran’s Park in Greenville to benefit the community programs of the Rotary. Take outs only. Full chicken and ribs dinners. Chicken dinner, $13; ribs dinner, $15.

APRIL 19 CATSKILL — The Senior Angels Program will hold an Easter bake sale 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 19 at the Greene County Office Building, 411 Main St., Catskill. PRATTSVILLE — The Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 11 a.m. April 20 at Young’s Ace Hardware, Prattsville, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary Virgil E. Deyo Unit

1327. All children welcome to join in the egg hunt. No charge for this annual event. The Easter Bunny will be on hand.

APRIL 25 CATSKILL — Catskill Elks Lodge, 45 North Jefferson Ave., Catskill, will hold a take out only chicken barbecue 4:30-7 p.m. April 25. Menu includes half a chicken, baked potato, cole slaw, baked beans and dessert for $12. COXSACKIE — A rummage sale will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 25 and April 26; and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 27 at Coxsackie United Methodist Church, 103 Mansion St., Coxsackie. Lunch served Friday and Saturday with egg sandwiches served in the morning on Saturday. There will also be a food sale on Saturday. The church is handicapped accessible.

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SELKIRK — The Bethlehem Grange 137, 24 Bridge St., Selkirk, will meet at 7 p.m. April 17. National Grange Month will be recognized with refreshments following.

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Dear Rusty: My husband passed away seven years ago at the age of 64, at which time he was receiving SS Disability. I was 58 at the time he passed and could not apply for his Social Security. I was still working but let SS know he was deceased, so his check was no longer deposited. I am now 65 and my age to reach full benefits without penalty is 66. I plan to work three more years before applying for Social Security. My question is: Can I apply for my deceased husband’s SS benefits now and not my own without any penalties? And if so, what is the process? Thank you for your time and the information and resources you provide.

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GLOOR Signed: Widowed Wife Dear Widowed: Yes, as a widow you have the choice of claiming either your survivor’s benefit or your own benefit but claiming either before your full retirement age will reduce it. If you claim your survivor’s benefit

before you reach age 66 it will be somewhat reduced from 100 percent of what your husband was receiving when he passed. Since you’re now 65, the reduction won’t be too severe (about 0.4 percent for each month before your full retirement age of 66). Your own benefit would be reduced by about 0.69 percent for each month before your full retirement age. I suggest you evaluate which of your future benefits will be greater — the survivor benefit at maximum or your own benefit at maximum. Your survivor benefit reaches maximum at your full retirement age of 66, but your own SS benefit can continue to grow until age 70 when it

Senior Briefs We want to hear from you. To send information to be included in Senior Briefs, email to editorial@thedailymail.net; mail to The Daily Mail, Atten: Senior Briefs, One Hudson City Centre, Suite 202, Hudson, NY 12534; fax to 518-828-3870. We would like to have information at least two weeks in advance.

SENIOR CITIZEN DINNER CATSKILL — The Catskill Rotary Club will host a complimentary Senior Citizen Dinner at 3 p.m. May 5 at the Robert C. Antonelli Senior Center, 15 Academy St., Catskill. A free dinner, including appetizer, dinner buffet, dessert and beverage will be prepared and served by members of the Catskill Rotary Club and Catskill High School Interact Club. One hundred complimentary tickets, for Catskill residents, will be available at the Senior Center or Greene County Office of Aging Department. All Catskill seniors are welcomed; admission by ticket only and doors will open at 2:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided. Come and enjoy “Cinco de Mayo” on the Catskill Rotary Club. For information, call Rotary President, Bob Gaus, at 518-943-3240.

GREENE COUNTY SENIOR GROUPS ATHENS — The Athens Senior Citizens meet at 1:15 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of the month at the Rivertown Senior Center, 39 Second St., Athens. CAIRO — The Cairo Golden Agers meet at 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at the Acra Community Center, Route 23, Acra. CATSKILL — The Catskill Silver Linings Seniors meet at 1 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at the Robert C. Antonelli Center, 15 Academy St., Catskill. Newly elected officers are Sheila Pedersen, president; Joan Young, vice president; Renate White, treasurer; Patricia Cardinale, secretary. Georgie Ramsey will continue serving as travel coordinator. New members are welcome. Dues are $5.

1:30 p.m. the first and third Monday of the month at the Coxsackie Senior Center, 127 Mansion St., Coxsackie. GREENVILLE — The Greenville Golden Agers meet at 1:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the American Legion Hall, 54 Maple Ave., Greenville. TANNERSVILLE — The Mountain Top Golden Agers meet at 1:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month at Tannersville Village Hall, 1 Park Lane, Tannersville. HENSONVILLE — The WAJPL Golden Agers meet at 1:30 p.m. the first and third Monday of the month at Hensonville Town Building, 371 Route 296, Hensonville.

TAI CHI WEST COXSACKIE — An eight week Tai Chi program with Master Phil Sant will be held 10:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays, through May 10 at the Greene County YMCA, 35 Route 81, West Coxsackie. Members, $85; non-members, $125. For information and to sign up, call 518-731-7529.

SUPPORT GROUPS COXSACKIE — A grief support group will start meeting at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Bethany Village in Coxsackie. While the loss of a loved one is a common source of grief other reasons include the loss of a job, the death of a beloved pet, experiencing a major health challenge such as cancer and the ending of a relationship. Grief is a very personal and individual emotion. Support groups provide many benefits to those who are grieving. Those who are experiencing grief early on can connect with others in the group who have successfully managed their grief and are further along on their road to feeling happy once again. More information can be found at the face book page at Coxsackie Grief Support Group and also by contacting Jeffrey Haas at 518478-5414 or jhaasrph@aol. com.

COXSACKIE — The Coxsackie Area Seniors meet at 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of the month in Van Heest Hall, Bethany Village, 800 Bethany Village, West Coxsackie.

CATSKILL — The Alzheimer’s Association holds support group meetings at 3 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at The Pines, Jefferson Heights, Catskill.

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would be 32 percent more than it would be at age 66. You may want to set a goal to claim in such a way that you can get the highest benefit for the rest of your life. If you know what your own benefit will be at your full retirement age, add 32 percent to that, and compare that number to the benefit your husband was receiving at his death. If your own at age 70 is more than he was receiving, then it would be wise to take the survivor benefit first and let your own grow by 8 percent per year until 70 and then switch from the survivor benefit to your own. If your survivor benefit at your FRA will be greater than your own at age 70, then it would be wise to let the survivor benefit

grow to maximum at your full retirement age and claim it then. In any case, to answer your question — yes, you can apply for your reduced benefits as a widow now or wait until you’re 66 to get the full benefit, and the way to do that is to contact Social Security directly and request your benefit as your husband’s widow. Survivor’s benefit cannot be applied for online, so you should call Social Security (find your local office at www. ssa.gov/locator) and request an appointment to apply for survivor benefits. When you make your appointment, Social Security will advise you if they’ll require any additional documentation. And if you

wish to let your own benefit grow to age 70, then be sure to specify you are applying only for your survivor benefit, not your Social Security retirement benefit. This article is intended for information purposes only and does not represent legal or financial guidance. It presents the opinions and interpretations of the AMAC Foundation’s staff, trained and accredited by the National Social Security Association (NSSA). NSSA and the AMAC Foundation and its staff are not affiliated with or endorsed by the Social Security Administration or any other governmental entity. To submit a question, visit our website or email us.

Senior Menu support group meetings at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at Heermance Memorial Library, 1 Ely St., Coxsackie. CATSKILL — The Pines at Catskill and Columbia Memorial Health will host a Stroke Survivor and Caregiver monthly support group at 3 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at The Pines at Catskill Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation, 154 Jefferson Heights, Catskill. For information, call 518-943-5151.

SHOPPING BUS CATSKILL — The Greene County Department of Human Services offers a shopping bus to Greene County residents 60 and older, living in the towns of Ashland, Athens, Cairo, Catskill, Coxsackie, Greenville, Hunter, Jewett, Prattsville and Windham. Seniors are picked up at their door, driven to Catskill for shopping and then have lunch at a local senior center before returning home. Special trips are scheduled periodically. Monday: Mountain Top/ Catskill (Windham, Ashland, Prattsville, Jewett and Hunter). Tuesday: Cairo/Greenville/ Catskill. Wednesday: Athens/Coxsackie. The Shopping Bus does not run on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Election Day (November), Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The trip to Colonie Center will be Dec. 20. The following is the 2019 trips to Colonie Center. Trips are the third Thursday of the month. The cost is $10. Payment is due at time of departure/boarding. April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21, Dec. 19. Reservations must be made no later than 3 p.m. of the Wednesday before the trip. In addition, during snow or ice storms, it may be necessary for us to close our senior service centers because of hazardous driving conditions. When we close the centers, we also cancel our transportation services for the day, which includes the Shopping Bus. Advance notice/reservation required for all shopping bus transportation. For information or to reserve a seat, call Janet at 518-719-3559.

CATSKILL — The following is the weekly nutrition menu offered by the Greene County Department of Human Services’ Senior Nutrition Program. Served daily with each meal are bread or alternative with Promise Spread; low fat milk, coffee or tea. All persons 60 and older and their spouses are invited. The suggested donation for each meal is $4. The menu will be the meal that is delivered to all Greene County homebound meal clients. Those wishing to receive lunch at a center are asked to call the respective location at least a day in advance. Rivertown Senior Center, 39 Second St., Athens; 518945-2700. Acra Community Center, Old Route 23B, Cairo; 518622-9898. Jewett Municipal Building, Route 23C, Jewett; 518-2634392. Washington Irving Senior Center, 15 Academy St., Catskill; 518-943-1343. Town of Coxsackie Senior Center, Mansion Street, Coxsackie; 518-731-8901.

APRIL 17 THROUGH APRIL 24 WEDNESDAY: Cook’s choice, cauliflower, lime whip. THURSDAY: Fresh ham, asparagus, fresh salad, mashed potatoes, tropical cake. FRIDAY: Salmon with dill sauce, fresh salad, parsley boiled potatoes, fresh fruit. MONDAY: Shepherd’s pie, green beans, fruit cocktail. TUESDAY: Beef with peppers, brown rice, California

mixed vegetables, cherry cheesecake. WEDNESDAY: Baked chicken with gravy, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, cranberry sauce, pineapple chunks.

APRIL 24 THROUGH MAY 1 WEDNESDAY: Baked chicken with gravy, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, cranberry sauce, pineapple chunks. THURSDAY: Baked ziti with cheese, Italian beans, fresh salad, fresh fruit. FRIDAY: Taco casserole, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, spinach, flan. MONDAY: Shrimp and seafood scamp, brown rice, broccoli, pears. TUESDAY: Chicken Florentine, beet salad, au gratin potatoes, birthday cake. WEDNESDAY: Meatloaf with gravy, mashed potatoes, roasted cub butternut squash, tapioca pudding.

MAY 1 THROUGH MAY 8 WEDNESDAY: Meatloaf with gravy, mashed potatoes, roasted cub butternut squash, tapioca pudding. THURSDAY: Chicken Florentine, hot beets, fresh salad, au gratin potatoes, peaches. FRIDAY: Swedish meatballs, buttered noodles, red cabbage, fresh orange. MONDAY: Tortellini with sausage, spinach, chocolate mousse. TUESDAY: Pulled pork, baked beans, carrot coins, pears. WEDNESDAY: Roasted chicken with gravy, Monaco mixed vegetables, lemon

rosemary potatoes, coconut cream pie.

MAY 8 THROUGH MAY 15 WEDNESDAY: Roasted chicken with gravy, Monaco mixed vegetables, lemon rosemary potatoes, coconut cream pie. THURSDAY: Jambalaya, brown rice, fresh salad, broccoli, peaches. FRIDAY: beef patty with onion gravy, green beans, fresh salad, mashed potatoes, fresh fruit. MONDAY: Sweet and sour pork, brown rice, broccoli, fruit cocktail. TUESDAY: Meatloaf with gravy, cauliflower, mashed sweet potatoes, ambrosia salad. WEDNESDAY: Lemon baked fish, au gratin potatoes, carrots, chocolate chip cookie.

MAY 15 THROUGH MAY 22 WEDNESDAY: Lemon baked fish, au gratin potatoes, carrots, chocolate chip cookie. THURSDAY: Beef pot roast with gravy, green beans, cole slaw, mashed potatoes, vanilla pudding with fresh berries. FRIDAY: Greene County Senior Citizens Day. MONDAY: Quiche Lorraine, hashbrowns, California mixed vegetables, peaches. TUESDAY: Linguini with red clam sauce, spinach, mandarin oranges. WEDNESDAY: Beef pot pie, wax beans, mashed potatoes, vanilla pudding with strawberries.

Adult Learning Institute April programs HUDSON — The Adult Learning Institute has announced its programs for April. All programs are held at Columbia-Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, Hudson. Call the ALI Office at 518-828-4181 ext. 3431 or email ali@sunycgcc.edu to register. Bridge Group with Bridge Lessons 1:30-4 p.m. April 23 and April 30 in the Faculty/Staff Lounge. The bridge group generally meets every week and is open to all members of ALI. If you are interested in learning to play bridge or just need to brush up on your skills, we offer a bridge class. Call Margaret in the ALI Office to register for the class. Mahjongg and Beginner Class 1:30-4 p.m. April 24 in the Faculty/Staff Lounge with Barbara Troy. Mahjongg is a fascinating rummy-like game played with tiles rather than cards and the group meets three Wednesdays each month. If you are an experienced player, just call the office and let Margaret know you will be attending. If you are interested in learning to play Mahjongg, our Beginner Class will be offered on April 10 and April 24.

Beginners must register with the ALI Office and attend both sessions. Exploring Your Family History 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 2:303:30 p.m. April 17 in the Faculty/ Staff Lounge with Glenn Fisher. Exploring family history should go beyond just constructing a family tree filled with names and dates, but should rather be a study of the individual stories and collected heritage that these names and place represent. Proper study is generally time consuming, expensive and needs a high degree of research skills. Advance registration is required. The Best of TED Talks 1-2 p.m. April 17 in the Faculty/Staff Lounge with Glenn Fisher. TED talks are short videos of talks made at venues across the world that have been made available by a non-profit organization. This month will include “the untold story of David and Goliath.” It’s a classic underdog tale, a young shepherd armed only with a sling, beats Goliath, the mighty warrior. Exploring Your Family His-

tory 1-2 p.m. or 2-3 p.m. or 3-4 p.m. April 22 in the Faculty/ Staff Lounge with Glenn Fisher. Exploring family history should go beyond just constructing a family tree filled with names and dates, but should rather be a study of the individual stories and collected heritage that these names and place represent. Proper study is generally time consuming, expensive and needs a high degree of research skills. Advance registration is required. Listen & Learn: Legal Preparedness for End of Life Issues 10:30 a.m.-noon April 25 in the Faculty/Staff Lounge with Rosalee Charpentier. Our presentation will provide information regarding legal issues and concerns such as Power of Attorney, wills, trusts, guardianship and MOLST (Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) forms. Charpentier has contracted with the Office for the Aging to provide legal services for Columbia County seniors for more than 10 years. Call 518-828-4181 ext. 3431 or ali@sunycgcc.edu to reserve a spot for this presentation.


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River From A1 open and unrestricted, as it has been for millennia. The Hudson has never faced a threat even close to this magnitude.” Dan Cecconie of Wallkill felt wary of the news, he said when visiting Warren Street on Tuesday. “Infrastructure that is not in tandem with the natural course of nature ... until time passes, we won’t know what the impact will be,” he said. “While flooding is unfortunate, it is an associated risk if you live in a low-lying area. I’m a fan of letting nature lie.” Christine Garner of Maryland, who was in the area visiting family, saw both sides of the issue. “The water is going to keep rising,” she said. “How are we going to protect those homes? But we also need to keep the water clean. They need to find another solution.” Lisa Tomicich of Catskill agreed. “I would support a more natural, safe source of wall rather than harm wildlife,” she said. “There is already so much crap in the river.” American Rivers suggested

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the disease outcasted certain people when they didn’t know a lot about it, and I feel that is going on today, with the media and immigration, and people are being outcast. That is my reason for writing this now,” she said. Grupp graduated from Taconic Hills in 2009 after moving to the district when she was 15 years old. The transition from living in New York City as a youngster to Columbia County as a teenager meant a period of adjustment, and the high school’s drama club played a big role in smoothing the way, said Kim Carlo, Grupp’s guidance counselor. “I remember fondly how the drama program became so important to Betsey in her transition,” Carlo said. “It

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robotic milkers to become more efficient, Ooms noted. But all is not doom and gloom for the world of farming. The report showed a 35% increase in organic farms to 1,330; the number of vegetable farms increased by 2% to 3,544; fruit farms rose 8%

including natural infrastructure that restores natural features such as floodplains, wetlands, barrier islands and oyster reefs; floodproof and elevate buildings and infrastructure; and where necessary, land-based approaches to protect buildings and infrastructure that cannot be relocated, according to Riverkeeper’s release. Some of the options the Army Corps is looking at include a barrier from Breezy Point, Queens to Sandy Hook, New Jersey, projected at $119 million; a barrier across the Verrazano Narrows and tidal gates throughout New York Harbor at $47 billion; and land-based floodwalls, levees and dunes at $15 billion, according to riverkeeper.org. The Hudson’s troubles have been going on for a long time, Richard Richards of Catskill said. “There is a long story of pollution,” he said. “How about no pollution? But that would mean no industry and no capitalism and an entirely different way of living. It’s sad to hear the Hudson is in bad shape but it has been for a long time.” Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan expanded on

the river’s checkered past in a statement Tuesday. “As an American Heritage River running from its headwaters in the Adirondack Mountains to New York Harbor, the Hudson is a vitally important waterway — ecologically, culturally and economically,” Sullivan said. “For too long, the Hudson has been imperiled by pollution and unwise development decisions. The 70-year legacy of toxic PCB pollution by General Electric has reached a critical decision point in 2019. The Environmental Protection Agency must acknowledge that General Electric’s cleanup has failed to achieve its goals and require the company to conduct additional remediation of the river to standards that are protective of human health and the environment and unleash the river’s jobcreating potential. At the same time, the storm surge barriers under consideration by the Army Corps could devastate the Hudson’s ecosystem and the communities living alongside it. As the Army Corps moves forward with its review process, it must ensure that any solution prevents coastal flooding from both storms and sea

level rise without damaging the Hudson.” Catskill Village President Vincent Seeley sees the river as a precious resource. “The Village of Catskill realizes the value of a vibrant waterfront for our visitors, residents and local econo-

my,” Seeley said. “As a riverfront community we have seen the damage of storm surges first-hand, but altering the ecosystem of our river may prove to be more dangerous in the long run. I have personally seen changes in both the Catskill Creek and

the Hudson River over the past 10 years with regards to the size and quantity of certain fish and wildlife species.” The Army Corps is scheduled to make a decision in early 2020, according to riverkeeper.org.

wasn’t easy leaving all the conveniences of New York City and coming here, but she really threw herself into the drama program and really, really shined.” In addition to appearing in student theatrical productions while at Taconic Hills, including the musical “Anything Goes” and William Shakespeare’s “Richard III,” Grupp also completed the New Visions program focusing on the arts. “During my senior year of high school I did the arts program, which is a cross between fine arts, music and writing,” Grupp said. “I don’t think we did any acting, but growing up my parents rented a house upstate and I did a lot of programs at Basilica Hudson and the Hudson Opera House, and I was a big fan of the Mac-Haydn Theatre [in Chatham]. The New Visions program is designed to give students

a look at various careers that are available to them, said the program’s director, Danielle Bouton-Wales. “The idea is to give students a chance to explore a wide array of careers in both the visual and performing arts fields,” Bouton-Wales said. “They focus on growing their particular art form, but they also learn and work with the other art forms as well. It shows them there are a variety of viable, related pathways in the arts for students.” After graduating from Taconic Hills, Grupp “bounced around,” attending a couple of colleges including Columbia-Greene Community College, where she received an associate degree, before completing her undergraduate work at The New School in New York City. She has worked in a restaurant and in the social work field before settling

on film production and getting accepted to Columbia’s graduate program. Now, she wants to cast aspiring upstate actors into her film. “I have wanted to cast upstate if possible because Columbia County was such a big influence on me,” Grupp said. “I wanted to give kids here a chance. I wanted to provide that opportunity for aspiring actors.” Carlo said she wasn’t surprised when Grupp contacted her looking for local talent. “She reached out to me and told me she wanted to give back to the community, which didn’t surprise me at all,” Carlo said. “She is always trying to give back. To find out that she is doing graduate work with Columbia’s film school is not surprising to me at all.” Grupp worked with Taconic Hills teacher and

Drama Club adviser Caterina Pullen to identify potential actors. “It is so special and encouraging for the students in the elementary drama program to see an alumni who is pursuing a career in the arts,” Pullen said. “This opportunity is so unique for them and will broaden their horizons and knowledge about working collaboratively with directors and other actors. It will be the first time for many of the students to go through an audition process, as well.” Auditions will be held April 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Grupp is casting one child actor — most likely a boy, but it could be a girl if the right actress came along, between the ages of eight and 11 years old. She is also looking for a male actor to play the lead character, Greg, who contracts AIDS; he should be in his mid-30s to mid-40s with a slim build. There is

also a lead female role, for an actress in the same age range playing Greg’s wife. The fourth role will be Harry, for a male actor of any age, preferably attractive with a good build, Grupp said. Production dates will be from June 13-15, and the actors portraying Harry and the child would be needed on set for one day, possibly two for the child. Grupp said she hopes to audition people from Columbia and Greene counties. The film will be eligible for submission into a number of film festivals, and Grupp plans to do so — particularly the annual FilmColumbia in Chatham. Anyone interested in auditioning for one of the available roles should contact Betsey Grupp at 917-6968639 or via email at elizabeth.grupp@columbia.edu for more information.

to 3,083 and maple farms increased 15% to 1,662. “More and more younger people are starting up vegetable farming,” Ooms said. “There is not as much overhead as fruit or dairy.” Bob Fix, of Fix Brothers Fruit Farm of Hudson, a fifth generation agribusiness established in 1899, has seen a resurgence in the fruit industry, he said. “There are also more people doing CSA [Community-Supported Agriculture] and small-

er scale farming,” he said. At 83, Lloyd Zimmermann, owner of Black Horse Farms in Athens, defies the statistic that the average farmer is 55.8 years old. “I like it — it’s as simple as that,” Zimmermann said, when asked what keeps him going. Fix thinks luck has been in his family’s favor. “On our farm, everyone is into and wants to keep going,” Fix said. “I think one reason

for the decline is that the next generation doesn’t want to do it.” For novices, farming can be cost-inhibitive, Fix said. “Starting from scratch is very hard,” he said. “If the farm isn’t in your family, it’s a lot harder to purchase land equipment.” Farmers are also at the mercy of the weather and the demand of the markets, Fix said. “We can’t charge what we want to charge,” he said.

Zimmermann thinks state and local governments could do more to help farmers. “Coxsackie farmers were approached by a solar company,” he said. “The town board heard that and they passed an ordinance that you couldn’t put a solar park here.” The opportunity was going to help local farmers, especially those looking to retire, Zimmerman said. Farmers are often faced with regulations that hurt

their business, he said. “I expect more of a decline,” Zimmerman said. “We don’t have the right legislature or the right pressure to make people pay attention to what’s happening to farms.” Young farmers are faced with large start-up costs, especially trying to secure suitable acreage, Zimmerman said. “Sometimes I think they have no idea how much work it is,” he said.

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Tiger’s return from back surgery is a medical marvel Adam Kilgore The Washington Post

In April 2017, Tiger Woods announced he had undergone the fourth operation on his back in a little more than two years. At the time, Woods had not played in a major tournament in more than 18 months. Back spasms and related pain shooting through his leg had made it difficult for him to play with his two children or sit long enough to eat dinner at a restaurant. He didn’t know whether he would play high-level golf again. The aim of the surgery, he said, was to recapture “a normal life” while giving him a chance to return to competitive golf and live “without the pain I have been battling so long.” Woods’ victory Sunday at the Masters completed the most stunning sports comeback in recent history, testified to the durability of genius and, perhaps most fundamentally, endorsed the possibilities of modern back surgery. Woods could not have added an indelible capstone to his singular, tormented, celebrated career had his career not first been saved. The moment that made Sunday’s victory possible occurred two years ago, almost to the day, at the Texas Back Institute. Richard Guyer performed anterior lumbar interbody fusion surgery on Woods, fusing together his L5 and S1 vertebrae, most likely with titanium or highgrade medical plastic, injected with synthetic protein or bone cells. The procedure, also called ALIF, relieved debilitating pain from a degenerative disk in his lower spine.

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Tiger Woods celebrates with the green jacket and trophy after winning The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday.

Whether a patient is a weekend hacker or one of the greatest golfers of all time, ALIF is a last resort. “For lack of a better term, it’s a

bailout procedure,” said Stephen Banco, an orthopedic spinal surgeon at the Keystone Spine and Pain Management Center in Wyomissing,

Pennsylvania. It has been used for more than 50 years and is considered routine. Its rate of success has risen so high that it is used as the control for other experimental procedures to be measured against. But success typically means a patient recovers to the point of happiness, not athletic greatness. In the wake of Woods’ Masters victory, experts expressed shock at the extent of his recovery. “It’s almost miraculous,” said Jack Zigler, president of the International Society for the Advancement of Spinal Surgery. “On the one hand, you have somebody who’s in great physical condition and extremely well motivated it’s the ideal patient. But on the other hand, he’s going back to an unbelievable level of function. The likelihood you could ever get back there is small.” Before Woods, the chances may have been nonexistent. Wellington Hsu, a professor of orthopedic surgery and neurological surgery at Northwestern University, has studied athlete recovery from spinal fusion surgeries. For golfers, he pegged the successful return after spinal fusion surgery as a “0 percent success rate.” Hsu has seen players return to the NBA, NHL and NFL with few problems. He used PGA Tour pro Dudley Hart as a case study for golf. When Hart returned from spinal fusion surgery last decade, he could play well for two rounds, Hsu said, but pain and soreness prevented him from See TIGER B6

Manning understands if Giants draft a young quarterback Tom Rock Newsday

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Syracuse Mets left fielder Tim Tebow (15) takes a lead off first base against the Pawtucket Red Sox at NBT Bank Stadium.

With the NFL behind him, Tim Tebow is one final step from MLB Matthew Gutierrez The Washington Post

SYRACUSE — Tim Tebow was 18 years old, in green shorts and a gray T-shirt, walking from left field toward home plate for an offseason chat. He’d come to meet with his high school baseball coach, Greg Mullins, after school. Something’s wrong, Mullins thought as Tebow approached. “Can we talk?” Tebow asked, and they moved to the dugout bench. It was 2005, and Tebow, not yet a celebrity, had plotted out his future. His voice wavered. A few minutes into the conversation, Tebow shed a tear. He wouldn’t play his senior season of baseball. He had decided to enroll early at Florida to pursue a football career. “One of the hardest decisions I ever made was choosing to go football over baseball,” Tebow said this month of that day at Nease High School in Florida, just south of Jacksonville. “It’s an itch I’ve always had and a passion I’ve always had, and it didn’t go away after years.” It’s been 13 and a half years since the day Tebow’s baseball career ended. Well, could have ended. Now, just weeks into year three of a rise through the minors, Tebow is one step from the major leagues. One step from his ultimate dream, which he set

out for after his professional football career ended. While his foundation was growing and he was working as an ESPN college football analyst, he considered how the rest of his life would go. Maybe he’d give his “first love” another try. Maybe he’d try to play in the majors. As his baseball odyssey extends into this spring, the question is how he’ll handle the pitching for the Class AAA Syracuse Mets. The task at hand: cut down on strikeouts, hit for power, track down fly balls in the outfield. In Class AA, he struck out in more than 30 percent of his at-bats, but he hit a respectable .273. Through nine games this season, he’s 5 for 31 with 13 strikeouts. At 31, he is now being recognized for talent he had all along. He believes he’s improving, though he knows it won’t get any easier. As the competition has gotten stiffer, he could quit the game. Yet he isn’t worried about how hard opposing pitchers are throwing, nor does he seem to worry about the possibility that his baseball journey could end in the minors. Since 1970, only seven athletes have played in both the NFL and MLB. He would be the eighth. “Hopefully one day he’ll be batting third this summer, See TEBOW B6

NEW YORK — Eli Manning has been paying attention. While he hadn’t spoken publicly since the end of the regular season before Monday, the day the Giants returned for the start of their offseason workout program, he certainly heard a lot of what the organization said in the past few months. Phrases such as “the Kansas City model” and “sooner than later” have been used by the general manager and head coach in association with the quarterbacks available in this draft, and a co-owner said he would “love” for the team to have Manning’s heir in place heading into this season. So yeah, when Manning fills out his mock draft before next week’s real first round, in which the Giants have two selections, he’ll have his team picking a player at his own position. “I figure the Giants will get a young quarterback,” Manning said on Monday. “I understand that. Hey, I still have to do my job and I’ll do my part, and my job as I see it is to go

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) calls a play at the line against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.

out there and play quarterback and win football games. That’s what I’m trying to do.” It wasn’t until “the last month or so” that Manning, 38, said he even had conversations with Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur in which he

was told he’d be back for the upcoming season. That was probably right around the time when he received a $5 million roster bonus on the fifth day of the league year. He told the Giants he wanted to be back and play in 2019

right after the regular season ended. From there, it was up to the Giants to decide if they wanted the same thing. They did, but with no guarantees for the 38-year-old quarterback in See MANNING B6

Boston’s 2018 Championship has a footnote: Steve Pearce’s toe David Waldstein The New York Times News Service

BOSTON — The cleats on Steve Pearce’s gray New Balance model 4040v4 baseball shoe are about 1.27 centimeters long. It is roughly that distance by which the New York Yankees’ season ended last year in the Bronx. That fraction of an inch is what ultimately separated the Boston Red Sox from the Yankees in their divisional playoff series, which Boston won in four games. If Pearce had not anchored the toe of his right foot to first base, as he did, if the plastic cleats on the bottom of his shoe were a tiny bit shorter, or if the throw to him was slightly more off target, the Yankees might have won Game 4 and carried a planeload of momentum into a door-die Game 5 at Fenway Park, potentially changing the course of the postseason. “It’s a Game 5 and anything can happen at that point,” Andrew Benintendi, the Red Sox left fielder, said in Boston last week. “Luckily, we’ll never find out.” On Tuesday night, in the Bronx, Pearce and the rest of the Red Sox met up with the Yankees for the first time since that crucial play, although the encounter

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Boston Red Sox left fielder Steve Pearce (25) reaches for the ball to get the last out on New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (25) in game four of the 2018 ALDS at Yankee Stadium.

came with both teams stumbling through the early part of the 2019 season. The Red Sox, baseball’s defending champions, are just 6-11 after Monday’s Patriots’ Day loss to Baltimore at Fenway.

The Yankees, meanwhile, are just 6-9 and have lost three straight series at home to unimposing teams — the Orioles, Detroit See PEARCE B6


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Pro hockey NHL PLAYOFFS Conference Quarterinals (Best-of-7; x-if necessary) Eastern Conference Toronto 2, Boston 1 Thursday, April 11: Toronto 4, Boston 1 Saturday, April 13: Boston 4, Toronto 1 Monday: Toronto 3, Boston 2 Wednesday: Boston at Toronto, 7 p.m. Friday: Toronto at Boston, TBA x-Sunday, April 21: Boston at Toronto, TBA x-Tuesday, April 23: Toronto at Boston, TBA NY Islanders 3, Pittsburgh 0 Wednesday, April 10: NY Islanders 4, Pittsburgh 3, OT Friday, April 12: NY Islanders 3, Pittsburgh 1 Sunday, April 14: NY Islanders 4, Pittsburgh 1 Today: NY Islanders at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. x-Thursday: Pittsburgh at NY Islanders, TBA x-Saturday: NY Islanders at Pittsburgh, TBA x-Monday, April 22: Pittsburgh at NY Islanders, TBA Washington 2, Carolina 1 Thursday, April 11: Washington 4, Carolina 2 Saturday, April 13: Washington 4, Carolina 3, OT Monday: Carolina 5, Washington 0 Thursday: Washington at Carolina, 7 p.m. Saturday: Carolina at Washington, TBA x-Monday, April 22: Washington at Carolina, TBA x-Wednesday, April 24: Carolina at Washington, TBA Columbus 3, Tampa Bay 0 Wednesday, April 10: Columbus 4, Tampa Bay 3 Friday, April 12: Columbus 5, Tampa Bay 1 Sunday: Columbus 3, Tampa Bay 1 Today: Tampa Bay at Columbus, 7 p.m. x-Friday: Columbus at Tampa Bay, TBA x-Sunday, April 21: Tampa Bay at Columbus, TBA x-Tuesday, April 23: Columbus at Tampa Bay, TBA Western Conference St. Louis 2, Winnipeg 1 Wednesday, April 10: St. Louis 2, Winnipeg 1 Friday, April 12: St. Louis 4, Winnipeg 3 Sunday: Winnipeg 6, St. Louis 3 Today: Winnipeg at St. Louis, 9:30 p.m. Thursday: St. Louis at Winnipeg, TBA x-Saturday: Winnipeg at St. Louis, TBA x-Monday, April 22: St. Louis at Winnipeg, TBA Nashville 2, Dallas 1 Wednesday, April 10: Dallas 3, Nashville 2 Saturday, April 13: Nashville 2, Dallas 1, OT Monday: Nashville 3, Dallas 2 Wednesday: Nashville at Dallas, 8 p.m. Saturday: Dallas at Nashville, TBA x-Monday, April 22: Nashville at Dallas, TBA x-Wednesday, April 24: Dallas at Nashville, TBA Vegas 2, San Jose 1 Wednesday, April 10: San Jose 5, Vegas 2 Friday, April 12: Vegas 5, San Jose 3 Sunday: Vegas 6, San Jose 3 Today: San Jose at Vegas, 10:30 p.m. Thursday: Vegas at San Jose, TBA x-Sunday, April 21: San Jose at Vegas, TBA x-Tuesday, April 23: Vegas at San Jose, TBA Calgary 1, Colorado 1 Thursday, April 11: Calgary 4, Colorado 0 Saturday, April 13: Colorado 3, Calgary 2, OT Monday: Calgary at Colorado, 10 p.m. Wednesday: Calgary at Colorado, 10 p.m. Friday: Colorado at Calgary, TBA x-Sunday, April 21: Calgary at Colorado, TBA x-Tuesday, April 23: Colorado at Calgary, TBA

Pro basketball NBA PLAYOFFS Conference Quarterinals (Best-of-7; x-if necessary) Eastern Conference Milwaukee 1, Detroit 0 Sunday: Milwaukee 121, Detroit 86 Wednesday: Detroit at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Saturday: Milwaukee at Detroit, 8 p.m. Monday, April 22: Milwaukee at Detroit, 8 p.m. x-Wednesday, April 24: Detroit at Milwaukee, TBA x-Friday, April 26: Milwaukee at Detroit, TBA x-Sunday, April 28: Detroit at Milwaukee, TBA Orlando 1, Toronto 0 Saturday, April 13: Orlando 104, Toronto 101 Today: Orlando at Toronto, 8 p.m. Friday: Toronto at Orlando, 7 p.m. Sunday, April 21: Toronto at Orlando, 7 p.m. x-Tuesday, April 23: Orlando at Toronto, TBA x-Thursday, April 25: Toronto at Orlando, TBA x-Saturday, April 27: Orlando at Toronto, TBA Brooklyn 1, Philadelphia 1 Saturday, April 13: Brooklyn 111, Philadelphia 102 Monday: Philadelphia 145, Brooklyn 123 Thursday: Philadelphia at Brooklyn, 8 p.m. Saturday: Philadelphia at Brooklyn, 3 p.m. x-Tuesday, April 23: Brooklyn at Philadelphia, TBA x-Thursday, April 25: Philadelphia at Brooklyn, TBA x-Saturday, April 27: Brooklyn at Philadelphia, TBA Boston 1, Indiana 0 Sunday: Boston 84, Indiana 74 Wednesday: Indiana at Boston, 7 p.m. Friday: Boston at Indiana, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, April 21: Boston at Indiana, 1 p.m. x-Wednesday, April 24: Indiana at Boston, TBA x-Friday, April 26: Boston at Indiana, TBA x-Sunday, April 28: Indiana at Boston, TBA Western Conference Golden State 1, L.A. Clippers 0 Saturday, April 13: Golden State 121, L.A. Clippers 104 Monday: L.A. Clippers at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Thursday: Golden State at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Sunday, April 21: Golden State at L.A. Clippers, 3:30 p.m. x-Wednesday, April 24: L.A. Clippers at Golden State, TBA x-Friday, April 26: Golden State at L.A. Clippers, TBA x-Sunday, April 28: L.A. Clippers at Golden State, TBA San Antonio 1, Denver 0 Saturday, April 13: San Antonio 101, Denver 96 Today: San Antonio at Denver, 9 p.m. Thursday: Denver at San Antonio, 9 p.m. Saturday: Denver at San Antonio, 5:30 p.m. x-Tuesday, April 23: San Antonio at Denver, TBA x-Thursday, April 25: Denver at San Antonio, TBA x-Saturday, April 27: San Antonio at Denver, TBA Portland 1, Oklahoma City 0 Sunday: Portland 104, Oklahoma City 99 Today: Oklahoma City at Portland, 10:30 p.m. Friday: Portland at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m. Sunday, April 21: Portland at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m. x-Tuesday, April 23: Oklahoma City at Portland, TBA x-Thursday, April 25: Portland at Oklahoma City, TBA x-Saturday, April 27: Oklahoma City at Portland, TBA Houston 1, Utah 0 Sunday: Houston 122, Utah 90 Wednesday: Utah at Houston, 9:30 p.m. Saturday: Houston at Utah, 10:30 p.m. Monday, April 22: Houston at Utah, 10:30 p.m. x-Wednesday, April 24: Utah at Houston, TBA x-Friday, April 26: Houston at Utah, TBA x-Sunday, April 28: Utah at Houston, TBA

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Sunday’s games Boston 4, Baltimore 0 Chi. White Sox 5, NY Yankees 2 Tampa Bay 8, Toronto 4 Minnesota 6, Detroit 4 Kansas City 9, Cleveland 8 Texas 8, Oakland 7 Houston 3, Seattle 2 Monday’s games Baltimore 8, Boston 1 Toronto 5, Minnesota 3 Texas 12, LA Angels 7 Chi. White Sox 5, Kansas City 4 Cleveland at Seattle, 10:10 p.m. Today’s games Boston (Sale 0-3) at NY Yankees (Paxton 1-2), 6:35 p.m. Baltimore (Bundy 0-1) at Tampa Bay (Glasnow 3-0), 7:10 p.m. Toronto (Sanchez 1-1) at Minnesota (Gibson 0-0), 7:40 p.m. LA Angels (Harvey 0-1) at Texas (Minor 1-1), 8:05 p.m. Kansas City (Lopez 0-1) at Chi. White Sox (Lopez 0-2), 8:10 p.m. Houston (McHugh 2-1) at Oakland (Estrada 0-1), 10:07 p.m. Cleveland (Bieber 1-0) at Seattle (Leake 2-0), 10:10 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE East W L Pct GB NY Mets 10 6 .625 — Philadelphia 9 6 .600 .5 Atlanta 9 6 .600 .5 Washington 7 7 .500 2.0 Miami 4 13 .235 6.5 Central W L Pct GB Milwaukee 11 6 .647 — Pittsburgh 8 6 .571 1.5 St. Louis 9 7 .562 1.5 Chi. Cubs 6 9 .400 4.0 Cincinnati 5 9 .357 4.5 West W L Pct GB San Diego 11 6 .647 — LA Dodgers 9 8 .529 2.0 Arizona 7 9 .438 3.5 San Francisco 7 10 .412 4.0 Colorado 4 12 .250 6.5 Sunday’s games Philadelphia 3, Miami 1, 14 innings Pittsburgh 4, Washington 3 Colorado 4, San Francisco 0 St. Louis 9, Cincinnati 5 LA Dodgers 7, Milwaukee 1 Arizona 8, San Diego 4 Atlanta 7, NY Mets 3 Monday’s games NY Mets 7, Philadelphia 6, 11 innings Chi. Cubs 7, Miami 2 Milwaukee 10, St. Louis 7 Cincinnati at LA Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. Colorado at San Diego), 10:10 p.m. Tuesday’s games San Francisco (Rodriguez 1-2) at Washington (Strasburg 1-0), 7:05 p.m. NY Mets (Matz 1-0) at Philadelphia (Pivetta 1-1), 7:05 p.m. Chi. Cubs (Quintana 1-1) at Miami (Lopez 1-2), 7:10 p.m. Arizona (Ray 0-1) at Atlanta (Fried 2-0), 7:20 p.m. St. Louis (Flaherty 1-0) at Milwaukee (Woodruf 1-1), 7:40 p.m. Colorado (Gray 0-3) at San Diego (Margevicius 1-1), 9:10 p.m. Cincinnati (Mahle 0-0) at LA Dodgers (Maeda 2-1), 10:10 p.m. Interleague Sunday’s game LA Angels at Chi. Cubs), PPD Tuesday’s game Pittsburgh (Musgrove 1-1) at Detroit (Boyd 1-1), 6:40 p.m.

ransactions BASEBALL AMERICAN LEAGUE Cleveland Indians - Activated 2B Jason Kipnis from the 10-day IL. Designated 2B Brad Miller for assignment. Sent SS Francisco Lindor on a rehab assignment to Columbus (IL). Los Angeles Angels - Optioned 3B Taylor Ward to Salt Lake (PCL). Placed LHP Tyler Skaggs on the 10-day IL, retroactive to April 13. Recalled RHP John Curtiss and RHP Jaime Barria from Salt Lake (PCL). Minnesota Twins - Sent RHP Matt Magill on a rehab assignment to Rochester (IL). Oakland Athletics - Optioned RHP Chris Bassitt to Las Vegas (PCL), activated him from the 10day IL. Toronto Blue Jays - Optioned 2B Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to Bufalo (IL). Selected the contract of 2B Eric Sogard from Bufalo (IL). Transferred LHP Ryan Borucki from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL. NATIONAL LEAGUE Atlanta Braves - Placed LHP Jonny Venters on the 10-day IL. Cincinnati Reds - Optioned RF Phillip Ervin to Louisville (IL). Colorado Rockies - Activated RHP Antonio Senzatela from the 10-day IL. Optioned RHP Yency Almonte and CF Yonathan Daza to Albuquerque (PCL). Placed C Chris Iannetta on the 10-day IL. Recalled RF Noel Cuevas from Albuquerque (PCL). Selected the contract of C Drew Butera from Albuquerque (PCL). Los Angeles Dodgers - Activated LHP Clayton Kershaw from the 10-day IL. Optioned RHP Jaime Schultz to Oklahoma City (PCL). New York Mets - Optioned SS Luis Guillorme to Syracuse (IL). Recalled RHP Drew Gagnon from Syracuse (IL). Philadelphia Phillies - Placed RHP David Robertson on the 10-day IL. Recalled RHP Drew Anderson from Lehigh Valley (IL). St. Louis Cardinals - Optioned RHP Giovanny Gallegos and SS Yairo Munoz to Memphis (PCL). Recalled 3B Drew Robinson from Memphis (PCL). NCAA BASKETBALL Duke - Announced F Zion Williamson will enter the NBA draft. Gonzaga - Announced F Rui Hachimura will enter the NBA draft. Louisiana State - Announced head coach Will Wade has served his suspension. Marquette - Announced F Sam Hauser and F Joey Hauser has left the program and is expected to transfer to another school. Maryland - Announced F Bruno Fernando and G Anthony Cowan Jr. will enter the NBA draft. Temple - Named Jason Ivey director of player development. Virginia - Announced G Ty Jerome and G De’Andre Hunter will enter the NBA draft. Woford - Promoted associate head coach Jay McAuley to head coach.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE Tampa Bay Baltimore NY Yankees Boston Toronto Minnesota Cleveland Detroit Chi. White Sox Kansas City Seattle Houston Texas Oakland LA Angels

East W L 12 4 7 10 6 9 6 11 6 11 Central W L 8 5 8 7 8 7 6 9 5 11 West W L 13 5 11 5 8 7 10 9 8 8

Pct .750 .412 .400 .353 .353

GB — 5.5 5.5 6.5 6.5

Pct .615 .533 .533 .400 .312

GB — 1.0 1.0 3.0 4.5

Pct .722 .688 .533 .526 .500

GB — 1.0 3.5 3.5 4.0

NCAA COACHES POLL Record Pts Prv 1. Minn.-Duluth (34) 29-11-2 510 1 2. Massachusetts (0) 31-10-0 474 2 3. Denver (0) 24-12-5 435 3 4. Providence (0) 24-12-6 391 4 5. St. Cloud State (0) 30-6-3 368 5 6. Minnesota State (0) 32-8-2 324 6 7. Quinnipiac (0) 26-10-2 293 7 8. Clarkson (0) 26-11-2 252 8 9. Northeastern (0) 27-11-1 227 10 10. Cornell (0) 21-11-4 209 9 11. Ohio State (0) 20-11-5 190 12 12. Notre Dame (0) 23-14-3 169 11 13. Harvard (0) 19-11-3 98 13 14. Bowling Green (0) 25-11-5 73 14 15. Arizona State (0) 21-13-1 41 15 Others receiving votes: American International 19, Penn State 5.

Where have all the American tennis tournaments gone? Adam Zagoria The New York Times News Service

The U.S. Clay Court Championships, a men’s tennis tournament that ended Sunday in Houston, signaled something beyond the transition from the hard court season to clay. It marked the end of the tennis tours’ two-month U.S. swing, which featured six tournaments, including two of the biggest tournaments outside of the four Grand Slam events — the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, and the Miami Open. As the ATP and WTA Tours shift to the red clay and grass courts of Europe, the next major events in the United States won’t come until the hard court season in July in the lead-up to the U.S. Open. And after the U.S. Open wraps up in early September, the tennis tours depart again, spending much of the end of the season in Asia. U.S. tennis fans used to have more options. In 1990, 24 of 55 events on the women’s tour, the WTA, were in the United States. But with the sale of the Connecticut Open in New Haven this year, only seven of 55 WTA events on the 2019 calendar are on U.S. soil. Five of those seven are joint events with men, including the U.S. Open, Indian Wells and Miami. On the men’s side, 16 of 77 worldwide ATP events in 1990 took place in the U.S. This year 11 of 63 will be. At one time, both the men’s and women’s year-end tour finals were played at Madison Square Garden, but now the men’s event takes place in London and the women’s is in Shenzhen, China. Smaller tournaments in the U.S. have had trouble selling enough tickets and sponsorships to stay financially viable. And there was even some concern that the Miami Open, which was looking for a new stadium site last year, might be lured out of the country. “I don’t think that we will ever become a U.S.-centric tour again,” said Steve Simon, the chief executive of the WTA. “I think there’s certainly room for growth for a couple more events, but I think the growth will be in that the events that are here in the States will continue to get bigger. But I do think that we have moved to having a

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John Isner returns a shot back to Roger Federer during the men’s finals at Miami Open Tennis Complex.

global footprint versus being focused primarily in one country.” Simon said that the WTA planned to introduce two new events in the U.S., one beginning this year and another in 2020, both of which will take place the week before the U.S. Open. The location of the 2019 tournament, which would bring the total of WTA events in the U.S. to eight, is expected to be announced in May. The decline in the number of U.S. tournaments over the past three decades corresponds with the decline in the number of Americans atop the world rankings — especially on the men’s side — and the growth of tennis in Europe and Asia. In December 1990, seven of the top 20 men’s players in the world were Americans, including household names like Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Michael Chang and John McEnroe. The current rankings feature only John Isner at No. 10 among the top 20, followed by Frances Tiafoe at No. 29. They are the only American men in the top 50, and no American man has won a Grand Slam event since Andy Roddick at the U.S. Open in 2003. Since then, Europeans, led by Switzerland’s Roger Federer, Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, have won 59 of the 61 major titles. Women’s tournaments fled the U.S. even though Serena and Venus Williams were dominant players over the past 20 years and are the reason many current American players took up tennis. With more than half of the world’s population in Asia, the

WTA looked to that continent as a pillar of growth, said Stacey Allaster, the chief executive of professional tennis for the U.S. Tennis Association and a former leader of the WTA. In 1990, there were only four WTA tournaments in Asia. This season there are 11 in China alone, part of a tennis boom fueled by the success of Li Na. “I don’t think it’s about the quantity of events” in the U.S., Allaster said. “We need successful events.” And for smaller tournaments, being successful can be tough. When Anne Worcester, the tournament director of the Connecticut Open, realized the tournament was no longer economically viable, she attempted to find a new title sponsor for the event in New Haven. She considered offers from various U.S. cities, but ultimately sold the tournament to the highest bidder, APG, a sports and entertainment company with a strong footprint in Asia. This year, the tournament, which used to be held the week before the U.S. Open, will be in Zhengzhou, China, the week after the Open. “It has been very emotional to let go of something that I’ve birthed and nurtured for 21 years,” said Worcester, who was the chief executive of the WTA from 1994 to ‘98. “My kids are 21 and 23, so it was really like having a third child. But the economics were so clear and because I was leading the charge to secure a title sponsor as well as cultivate bidders around the world, I just saw the writing on the wall. As much as our board

didn’t want to sell, there was just no choice.” Worcester said it was hard to sell tickets and sponsorships in part because there were fewer U.S. stars to promote. The Connecticut Open in recent years has featured European stars like Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova and Caroline Wozniacki. “In this global sport of tennis, it’s not easy to promote nonAmericans,” Worcester said. “Americans want to see Americans.” The bleeding may have stopped on WTA events leaving the U.S. Interest was high in the New Haven event, Worcester said, because global bidders knew that a tournament of its caliber would not be sold again for a long time. After speaking with representatives from Nashville, Tennessee; Columbus, Ohio; Seattle; Dallas and Phoenix, Ripple and his company moved the Memphis event in 2018 to the renovated Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, where it was held in February. Patrick McEnroe, an ESPN analyst, said that the major American events like the U.S. Open, Indian Wells, Miami and Cincinnati are stronger and more popular than ever, but that the lower-level events like the New York Open may continue to face difficulties. “To me, the only way that those can get back to being consistently viable year after year is if at the top we have more American tennis players close to the top that have personality that can sell some tickets,” he said.

Duke’s Williamson declares for NBA draft Field Level Media Duke freshman sensation Zion Williamson did the expected on Monday when he announced he was declaring for the NBA draft. Williamson, the consensus player of the year, made his announcement in a video on Instagram. “I will pursue my next dream and declare for the 2019 NBA Draft,” Williamson said near the end of the video. “Thank you Duke. This has been the best year of my life.” Williamson is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick of the NBA draft. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson shot 68 percent from the field and averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds in 33 games during his lone season at Duke. He made 33.8 percent of his 3-point attempts and excelled defensively with 70 steals and 59 blocked shots. Williamson missed five lateseason games due to a sprained

right knee after his shoe fell apart on court and he fell awkwardly. He won the Wooden and Naismith player of the year awards and was a highly popular figure throughout the season due to his array of spectacular dunks. Williamson thanked Duke and coach Mike Krzyzewski during the video and gushed about what a good time he had during his one college campaign. “I don’t think I can put it into words about how special this year was,” Williamson said. “The brotherhood was incredible ... everything about this team was special. Coach K was special.” Krzyzewski said in a statement released by the athletic department, “Zion has won every player of the year award, and rightfully so. He was truly spectacular and humble in the way he handled everything. He represented our program and our university in the best possible manner. He at 18 years old, to be

performing at this level, and to express himself in such a humble and unique way, is remarkable. His family has been with us every step of the way, and Zion had a remarkable season.” Williamson and the Blue Devils were viewed as a probable Final Four squad but instead lost to Michigan State in the Elite Eight. The NBA draft lottery is scheduled for May 14, and Williamson will learn that night which team will get the No. 1 pick – most likely to be used on him. The New York Knicks,

Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns, the teams with the three worst records in the NBA this season, will each have a 14 percent chance of winning the lottery. The Chicago Bulls will have a 12.5 percent chance, the Atlanta Hawks a 10.5 percent chance, and the remaining non-playoff teams have diminishing odds down to 1 percent. Williamson joins fellow Duke freshmen RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish in declaring for the draft. Point guard Tre Jones has announced he is returning for his sophomore campaign.


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Woods’ Masters win joins the ranks of great sports comebacks Victor Mather The New York Times News Service

Tiger Woods hadn’t won a major in 11 years. He had struggled through injury and personal crises. He was dismissed as finished, his years of dominance fading into memory. Then Sunday he won the Masters again, at age 43. When athletes begin to fade, it’s usually all over. But a select few have returned in triumph, defying setbacks or Father Time. — Golf: Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan The comeback most people thought of when Woods won Sunday was the Masters victory by Jack Nicklaus at age 46 in 1986. Nicklaus had not won a major in six years and with the win became the oldest player ever to win one. Even more incredible was the return of Ben Hogan at the 1950 U.S. Open. His car had collided head-on with a Greyhound bus in Texas in 1949, and Hogan was nearly killed. After two months in the hospital, and a year recovering, he returned to golf and won the Open. He added five more major championships over the next three years. — Basketball: Michael Jordan After three straight championships with the Chicago Bulls from

1991 to ‘93, Michael Jordan decided to give baseball a try. A .200 batting average in the minor leagues made him a figure of ridicule for many fans and commentators, and the NBA moved on. Then as abruptly as he retired, Jordan came back in 1995. In his first three full seasons, the Bulls won three more titles. Jordan retired again in 1999, generally considered the best player in basketball history. (A second comeback, with the Washington Wizards, was less successful.) — Boxing: Muhammad Ali and George Foreman After Muhammad Ali declined to serve in the military during the Vietnam War, he was stripped of his heavyweight title and was unable to box for three years. When he was able to get relicensed in 1970, he resumed a career that is regularly cited as the greatest. He regained his title in 1974 and battled through three immortal fights against Joe Frazier. George Foreman, from whom Ali recaptured the heavyweight title in 1974, hung up the gloves in 1977. But 10 years later, at 38, he decided to return to the ring. After a series of wins, he got a shot at the title at age 42, but lost to Evander Holyfield. He kept boxing, though, and got another improbable title shot in 1994 at 45 years

old. Incredibly, he beat the champion, Michael Moorer, and won three more fights before losing in his final bout in 1997 at age 48. — Tennis: Monica Seles Roger Federer’s win at the Australian Open in 2017, at age 35, was his first major title in five years and capped a comeback from back injuries and knee surgery. Beating Rafael Nadal in that final showed Federer could defeat the younger rivals who had flummoxed him during his drought. In 2018, he won the Australian Open again, for his 20th major title, and returned to No. 1. Jennifer Capriati was written off after her career as a teen star was derailed by personal problems. She quit the tour for two years and dropped out of the rankings. But she returned in 1996 a more mature player and won the Australian Open in 2001 at 24. She became world No. 1 and added two more Grand Slam titles. But the most inspiring tennis comeback undoubtedly belonged to Monica Seles, who was stabbed by a deranged fan on the court in 1993. She was 19, No. 1 and an eight-time major singles champion at the time. Seles struggled with her injuries and with understandable anxiety after the attack. Still, she returned to win the 1996 Australian Open and make three other Grand Slam finals.

— Football: Doug Williams Quarterback Doug Williams helped lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the 1979 NFC championship game. But after a salary dispute in 1982, he left to join the fledgling USFL. When that league folded, Williams caught on as a backup to Jay Schroeder for the Washington Redskins in 1987. But Williams earned the starting job just before the playoffs and led the team to a Super Bowl title, the first black quarterback ever to do so. — Horse Racing: Aldiniti Aldiniti was a solid steeplechaser in Britain in the late 1970s before sustaining a bad leg injury. At about the same time, jockey Bob Champion learned he has testicular cancer. Once both had recovered, they were paired for the 1981 Grand National and won it. Their triumph was turned into a 1984 movie, “Champions,” starring John Hurt. Honorable mention goes to Da Hoss. He won the 1996 Breeders’ Cup Mile, then raced only once in two years. Yet in his return to the Mile in 1998, he won it again, causing race announcer Tom Durkin to proclaim it “the greatest comeback since Lazarus.” — Cycling: Greg LeMond Greg LeMond became the first American to win the Tour de France

in 1986 and seemed poised to reel off several more. But the next year he was accidentally shot while turkey hunting, hit by several dozen pellets, including some in his heart lining. He returned to the Tour in 1989 in poor form and was considering retirement. But he strengthened as the race went along and won it in one of the most famous finishes ever, beating his rival Laurent Fignon in a time trial on the Champs-Élysées. The final margin was the closest in history: eight seconds. LeMond went on to win another Tour the next year. — Baseball: Tommy John Tommy John had a strong 12-year career as a pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. But in 1974 he suffered an injury to the ulnar collateral ligament of the elbow, which usually meant the end of pitchers’ careers. John decided to try an untested, speculative surgery, now known as Tommy John surgery. In the procedure, now routine, a tendon from elsewhere in the patient is removed and replaces the damaged one in the elbow. John missed the 1975 season, but returned the next season at 33. He had three more All-Star appearances and three 20-game win seasons before finally retiring in 1989 at 46.

Meet Ray Lamb, the last Dodger to wear Jackie Robinson’s iconic No. 42 Bill Plaschke Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — It is the most revered number in all of sports, the first number retired by an entire sport, a number that will forever belong to one man. The No. 42 worn by Jackie Robinson has been immortalized in the Dodgers’ annals, affixed to a Dodger Stadium wall, and deemed untouchable by any Dodgers player since then. Well, almost untouchable. This is a story of one of the biggest mistakes in Dodgers history, a mistake that lasted only two months but will be remembered for a lifetime. This is how, in August 1969, the No. 42 was misguidedly given to a Dodgers rookie relief pitcher named Ray Lamb. He was the first Dodger to wear that number since Robinson retired a dozen years earlier. He wore it for the rest of the 1969 season before the Dodgers’ venerable clubhouse manager Nobe Kawano realized his error and snatched it away. “I’ve got to have this number back because we’re going to eventually retire it,” Kawano said. “Did I have that good of a year?” Lamb said. Actually, for a Glendale kid who lasted five seasons in the major leagues, the mistake was magic. With his back covered in the jersey of baseball’s toughest pioneer, the bespectacled right-hander pitched fearlessly during what became probably the two best months of his career. In 10 appearances he had a 1.80 earnedrun average with one loss and one save. In 15 innings he struck out 11 batters. The first batter he faced that season was Joe Torre, whom he eventually tagged out on a play at the plate. The last batter he faced was Pete Rose, whom he fooled into a groundout. For two months, it was like the spirit of Robinson lived in that jersey. “Like a dream,” Lamb said. It is the coolest tribute in the sports world’s most compelling annual celebration. When baseball observes Jackie Robinson Day on Monday, every player on every team will wear No. 42 in honor of Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier April 15, 1947. When Lamb, 74, has watched the ceremonies on TV from his San Clemente home, he has had two thoughts. First, “Jackie Robinson was such a great man, it is such an honor to even been remotely associated with him.” Second, “Hey, look at all those people wearing my jersey!” The No. 42 jersey was hanging in his locker at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium when he showed up from triple-A Spokane on Aug. 1, 1969. Lamb didn’t think twice about putting it on. He was a former USC pitcher who wore that number for the Trojans, so it just made sense. The Dodgers initially didn’t think twice about giving it to him. The organization had been in Los Angeles only 11 years and was still attempting to create its local history. Since Robinson never played in Los Angeles, they were marketing their new heroes. “Retiring Brooklyn Dodger numbers just wasn’t on their radar,” said Mark Langill, Dodgers team historian. “Their focus was on establishing a Los Angeles presence.” According to Langill, the first Dodgers old-timers’ games involved not Brooklyn Dodgers, but players from the Pacific Coast League. One of their biggest promotional nights involved not former players, but Hollywood stars. “They didn’t bring that Brooklyn Bum character west with them, they weren’t about that,” Langill said. “They were about establishing their identity.”

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Ray Lamb, a former Dodgers pitcher who was accidentally given Jackie Robinson’s number 42 for two magical months in 1969, poses for a portrait in his home on April 9, 2019 in San Clemente, Calif. No other Dodger has worn the number since Robinson retired, and now nobody in baseball wears the number. He has two jerseys hanging in his closet to mark his brief touch with history.

Wearing that iconic jersey in that first season, Lamb soon also established his identity. He was the hard-throwing right-hander who was once a 40th-round draft pick and somehow climbed into the show. He slept in his Glendale childhood bedroom, invited his high school buddies to the games and lived the dream. His first home game was a promotional night, a sellout with the Chicago Cubs in town, and he was so nervous when he entered the game that while throwing his first warmup pitch he dropped the ball. “The whole stadium was laughing at me,” he said. But soon Chavez Ravine was rocking as he threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings, giving up only one hit. “My parents were in the stands, I lived right down the street, everyone was cheering ... it was magical,” he said. The magic continued with two more scoreless appearances leading up to a ninth inning in Philadelphia where he surrendered a leadoff home run to Dick Allen but then retired three consecutive Phillies for his first of only four career saves. He gave up a run in only one of his final five appearances, a home run to Atlanta’s Hank Aaron. The mystical effect of the jersey, perhaps, also led to a unique occurrence in the seventh inning of a Sept. 1 game at Dodger Stadium against the New York Mets. Lamb had retired the final batter in the top of the seventh and was scheduled to bat in the bottom of the inning, but he was replaced by a smiling pinchhitter with giant forearms. Making his major league debut was Steve Garvey. “A lot of little things like that happened that year,” Lamb said. While strolling through Dodger Stadium during the end of that season, Lamb kept seeing photos of Robinson and his No. 42 jersey, and he finally made the connection. “Nobody said anything to me during the year, but looking at those photos, it dawned on me, and I was like, ‘Oh man,’ “ he said. It dawned on the Dodgers, too, and at the end of the season, before Lamb could put his jersey in his duffel bag, Kawano grabbed

it. The number was officially retired by the Dodgers three years later. “There was no big outcry that Ray was wearing 42. You’d be hard-pressed to find a newspaper column on it; nobody thought anything about it,” Langill said. “But the Dodgers realized what they needed to do.” Lamb never wore the jersey again, and his experiences were never quite the same. He pitched one more season for the Dodgers, finishing 6-1 with a 3.79 earned-run average, before being traded to the Cleveland Indians. He pitched three more seasons there before his career ended with a shoulder injury and a cold shoulder from baseball’s front office after he was an outspoken player representative for a growing union. He finished his career with a 20-23 record

and 3.54 ERA, and later found greater and most lasting success as a commercial sculpturer who created replicas of the many fantasy characters found in games like Dungeons & Dragons. There are dozens of the tiny figurines on display in the living room case of the San Clemente home he shares with wife Dianne. There are only two sports artifacts among the little sculptures. Both are tiny trophies from his youth baseball days. The famous jersey? It’s not on display. He has two of them, wrapped in plastic, hanging in a closet, both given to him by the Dodgers during an old-timers’ celebration in 2008. Nobody ever requests to see them. Few have any idea of his relation to them. “It’s like nobody knows, and nobody asks,” he said. There are few photos of him actually wearing the Dodgers No. 42 jersey. In fact, he has found only one, a faded newspaper clipping from the Glendale News Press. Even his baseball card, which one might think would be worth plenty, reveals nothing. It’s a rookie card, and it only shows him from the shoulders up without any trace of the actual jersey. He hasn’t been to Dodger Stadium since 2008 because of the strain the drive places on his aching body. When he was last there, the Dodgers announced the number quirk, and folks lined up for his autograph, but few folks have mentioned it since. It’s almost as if it never happened, almost like Robinson’s legacy dictated that Lamb would get those two magical months in his jersey and then it would be completely stricken from everyone’s memory. But he remembers. He’ll never forget a brief season that felt like summer camp, hanging out with Maury Wills and Don Drysdale, working for Walt Alston, wearing baseball’s most iconic number with pride. “It was really something special,” he said. Lamb also will never forget what number was hanging in his Dodgers locker the next season. It is another number in which he was just a temporary visitor on its path to immortality. He went from wearing Robinson’s No. 42 to wearing Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34, thus becoming the only Dodger who wore two numbers that will never be worn again by anyone on the club.

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Legals 55 NORTH 6, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 04/04/19. Office: Greene County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 3276 Route 23A, Palenville, NY 12463. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Hettos, LLC. Filed with SSNY on 2/6/2019. Office: Greene County. SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail to: 369 Main Street Catskill NY 12414. Purpose: any lawful LB FERMENTS LLC, Articles of Org. filed with the SSNY on 4/2/19. Office loc: Greene County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 150 Water St., Catskill, NY 12414. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. LEGAL NOTICE The Taconic Hills Central School District, Columbia County, New York, requests bids for the following: Furnish and Installation of approximately 1600 square feet of Madico Safety Shield 800 8 mil window film. Detailed information covering specifications and bid forms are available at the office of the District Clerk at the District Office, 73 County Route 11A, Craryville, New York, daily from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. (EDST), except Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Pursuant to General Municipal Law 103-D, a completed statement of non-collusion in bids and proposals is required to be attached to each bid. Sealed bids are to be in the hands of the District Clerk not later than 3:00 P.M. (EDST) on April 30, 2019 at which time they will be publicly opened, at the District Office, Craryville, New York. The Board of Education reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive any informalities in the bidding. Melissa Layman District Clerk Dated: April 17, 2019 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Town of Catskill Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing on application Special Use Permit SUP-9-2018 pursuant to Section 160-10 of the Town of Catskill Zoning Code to allow Amendment for hours of operation for an approved wedding venue. on lands owned A l l e n & Belka Hirsh located at 424 High Falls Rd Tax Map # 185.02-2-8 The Public Hearing will be held on the 2 3 r d day of April, 2019 at 7:00 PM , at the Town Hall located at 439-441 Main Street, Catskill, NY. to allow public comment on the above application is open for inspection at the Planning Board Office located at 439 Main Street, Catskill, New York between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 P.M. By order of J o s e p h Izzo Chairman, Planning Board, Town of Catskill LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF ANNUAL DISTRICT MEETING GERMANTOWN CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT GERMANTOWN, NEW YORK 12526 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Meeting and election of the inhabitants of the Germantown Cen-

tral School District, Columbia County, New York, qualified to vote in the school meetings in said District, will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at the Germantown Central School, Germantown, New York, between the hours of 12:00 noon and 9:00 P.M., for the election of two (2) members of the Board of Education; the vote upon the appropriation of the necessary funds to meet the estimated expenditures for the 2019-2020 fiscal year; and the vote on all propositions involving the expenditures of money or authorizing the levy of taxes; NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN, that a copy of the statement of the amount of money which will be required for the 2019-2020 fiscal year for school purposes, may be obtained by any residents in the district during the fourteen (14) days immediately preceding the Annual Meeting except Saturday, Sunday or holidays, at the District Office of the Germantown Central School, Germantown, New York, between 9:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. and on the District website; NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN, that a tax exemption report, showing how much of the total assessed value on the final assessment roll or rolls used in that budgetary process is exempt from taxation, shall be annexed to the budget document, shall be posted on the District's website for public notices; NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN, that a public hearing on the proposed budget will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at the Germantown Central School, Germantown, New York, beginning at 6:00 P.M.; NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN, that petitions nominating candidates for the office of member of the Board of Education of this District must be filed in the Office of the District Clerk at the Germantown Central School, Germantown, New York, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M., and by not later than 5:00 P.M. on April 22, 2019. The following vacancies are to be filled: (1) 4 year term - last incumbent - Andrea Provan (2) 4 year term - last incumbent - Teresa Repko Each petition must be directed to the Clerk of the District, shall be signed by 25 qualified voters of the District and shall state the name and residence address of the candidate and of each signer. Two (2) vacancies for the office of the member of the Board of Education will be filled. The vacancies to be filled shall not be considered separate specific offices, and the nominating petition shall not describe any specific vacancy upon the Board of Education for which a candidate is nominated. The two (2) candidates receiving the greatest number of votes shall be elected to fill the vacant offices. NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that pursuant to Section 2014 of the Education Law, personal registration of voters is required, and no person shall be entitled to vote at said Annual District Meeting to be held on May 21, 2019, whose name does not appear on the register of said School District or who does not register as hereinafter provided, except a person who is otherwise qualified to vote and is registered to vote with the County under the provisions of Article 5 of the Election Law. The

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PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF FORMATION OF A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC) The name of the LLC is 12th Street Capital, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on April 2, 2019. New York office location: 239 Island Drive, Town of Copake, County of Columbia and the State of New York. SSNY has been designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The post office address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her is: 12th Street Capital, LLC; 166 Duane Street, Suite 2B, New York, New York 10013. Purpose/Character of business: Any lawful business purpose permitted under the New York Limited Liability Company Law. This notification is made pursuant to Section 206 of the Limited Liability Company Law.

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involving the expenditure of money will take place on that date between the hours of 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Edward J. Arthur Elementary School, Athens, New York, for Election District No. 1, and at the Coxsackie Elementary School, Coxsackie, New York, for Election District No. 2. Qualifications of Voters: A person shall be entitled to vote at any school meeting for the election of school district officers, and upon all other matters which may be brought before such meeting who is: 1. A citizen of the United States 2. Eighteen years of age 3. A resident within the district for a period of thirty days next preceding the meeting at which he offers to vote. Registration of qualified voters will be conducted by the Board of Registration in each of two election districts according to the following schedule: On Tuesday, May 7, 2019 between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Coxsackie Elementary School, Coxsackie, New York, for Election District No. 2. And on Thursday, May 9, 2019 between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Edward J. Arthur Elementary School, Athens, New York, for Election District No. 1, and at the Provision is also made for absentee balloting for election of members of the Board of Education and district budget. Applications for absentee ballots are available in the District Office, and may be requested by mail, or in person any school day between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Ballots will be available on or after April 26, 2019, at the office of the District Clerk and must be received by the District Clerk no later than 5 p.m. on the day of election, May 21, 2019. The register, prepared pursuant to Section 2014 of the Education Law, will be filed in the District Office, Coxsackie, New York, and will be open for inspection by any qualified voter of the district between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on May 14, 15, 16, 17, and 20, 2019. Notice is also given that a copy of the statement of estimated expenses for the ensuing year for school purposes, inclusive of public moneys, together with the text of any

resolution then filed, to be presented to the voters, will be available to residents in the district during the fourteen days immediately preceding the Annual Meeting, except Saturday, Sunday or holidays, according to the following schedule: Coxsackie Elementary School, Coxsackie, New York, and Edward J. Arthur Elementary School, Athens, New York, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays beginning May 1, 2019. The statement of estimated expenses for the ensuing year for school purposes will also be available to residents during that same period at the public libraries in the District, Heermance Memorial Library, Coxsackie, New York and D.R. Evarts Library, Athens, New York during the regular hours of operation of each such library, and on the District's website at www.cacsd.org. The statement of estimated expenses includes an exemption report, showing how much of the total assessed value on the final assessment roll is exempt from taxation. Notice is further given that, in accordance with Section 2035 of the Education Law, all questions or propositions be placed on the voting machines shall be first filed with the District Clerk not later than April 22, 2019. Such filing signed by at least twenty-five qualified voters of the district shall serve to place such proposition or question on the voting machine, subject to the rules and regulations adopted by the Board of Education. The Board of Educa-

tion reserves the right to submit its own propositions or questions to the voters. Notice is further given, in accordance with Section 1608 of the Education Law, that the District will hold budget hearings on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 6:30 p.m. at the Coxsackie Elementary School and on Thursday, May 9, 2019, 6:30 pm. at the Edward J. Arthur Elementary School. Notice is also given that petitions nominating candidates for the office of member of the Board of Education must be filed with the District Clerk on or before April 22, 2019. The following three vacancies are to be filled on the Board of Education: TERM: 3 Full three year terms NAMES OF INCUMBENTS: Michael Donahue, Joseph Garland III, Maureen Hanse Each petition must be directed to the District Clerk, must be signed by at least twenty-five qualified voters of the District, must state the residence of each signer, must state the name and residence of the candidate. Judy Zoller, District Clerk, Coxsackie-Athens Central School District Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company (LLC). Name: Wolcott & Carroll, LLC - Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on March 8, 2019. Office location: Greene County. SSNY Designated as Agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: The LLC, 231 Main

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Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Corporation (LLC): (Backwoods Trading Company) Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/03/2019. Office location: Greene County. SSNY has been designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall Mail a Copy of Process to: Backwoods Trading Company LLC, 30 Germans Hill Road, Freehold NY 12431. Purpose: Any lawful acts or activities. Latest date upon which LLC is to dissolve: No specific date. Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company (LLC): Anasta's Center LLC, Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/08/2015. Office Location: Columbia County. SSNY has been designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to C/O Anasta's Center LLC, 100 Town Hall Drive, Hudson NY 12534. Any Lawful Purpose: Latest date upon which LLC is dissolve: No specific date. NOTICE TO BIDDERS Jeff Flack, Executive Director of Greene County Soil & Water Conservation District, pursuant to section 103 of the General Municipal Law will receive sealed bids for the following item:


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PUBLIC NOTICE The Clermont ZBA will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 7:30 P.M. at the Town Hall, 1795 Route 9, Clermont on the following application: Greg and Donna Fingar, 122 Mill Road, Tax ID #180.-2-56, are requesting to subdivide the property located at 122 Mill Road. All interested parties are invited to attend. Desiree M. Webber, Secretary PUBLIC NOTICE The Clermont ZBA will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 7:30 P.M. at the Town Hall, 1795 Route 9, Clermont on the following application: Fook Chew, 14 Sharon Drive, Tax ID #191.4-25.4, is requesting solar panels to be added to the property. All interested parties are invited to attend. Desiree M. Webber, Secretary SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF COLUMBIA QUICKEN LOANS INC., Plaintiff against THE ESTATE OF CHARLES J. BOROWSKY; UNKNOWN HEIRS-AT-LAW TO THE ESTATE OF CHARLES J. BOROWSKY; CHARLES A. BOROWSKY, HEIRAT-LAW, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered on February 21, 2019. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at 401 Union Street, Hudson, N.Y. on the 1st day of May, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. premises described as follows: All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Town of Germantown, County of Columbia and State of New York. Said premises known as 4310 Route 9G, Germantown, N.Y. 12526. (Section: 158.4, Block: 1, Lot: 25). Approximate amount of lien $ 76,208.67 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment and terms of sale. Index No. 11685-17. Kenneth L. Esrick, Esq., Referee. Stern & Eisenberg, PC Attorney(s) for Plaintiff Woodbridge Corporate Plaza 485 B Route 1 South Suite 330 Iselin, NJ 08830 (732) 582-6344 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK - COUNTY OF GREENE OCWEN LOAN SERVICING, LLC, V. VINITA E. MATTHEW, ET. AL.

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In our first Masters without Dan Jenkins, he was ‘right’ about Tiger Mac Engel Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Somewhere high above the greens that surround the 18th green in Augusta, Dan Jenkins had to laugh, and maybe clap, at the sight of watching Tiger Woods putting on another green jacket. In our first Masters without The Master of Golf since 1950, Woods did something that Jenkins simply did not see coming. In one of his last interviews, which covered a wide array of subjects, much of which has already been printed, I brought up Tiger. The following has not been previously shared. I told Jenkins I never thought Woods would regain his stature as the most dominant player in golf, based solely on his age. “I’ve been saying that, too,” Jenkins said that September 2018 day in his home office in Fort Worth. “Of course, we’ll probably be wrong.” Right again. “But every year he gets a year older. The cutoff point is 44. He will be 43 this year,” Jenkins said. This week so many members of the media, and the Masters tournament organizers themselves, paid tribute to Jenkins, who died on March 7. This was our first major in decades without Dan. The press room at Augusta kept an empty seat in Jenkins’ honor. No member of the media knew golf like Jenkins, who covered 68 Masters. And Jenkins, like me, was only too sure that the Tiger Woods who built a career potentially superior to Jack Nicklaus was too far stuck in the rough. That Tiger would win golf tournaments, but not a major, again. Jenkins was right. We were quite wrong. “I think they are kidding themselves, the media,” he said. “He ain’t gonna win again. If he was ever going to win it again, it would have been (the 2018 PGA Championship) at Bellerive (Country Club in St. Louis). That is

After tapping in for bogey on the 18th green for a one-stroke victory, Tiger Woods let the emotions flow Sunday at Augusta National.

the easiest course ever you’ll play for a major. The greens held everything. There was no rough. No wind. It was ideal. I was not surprised he finished well. He still didn’t win.” Woods finished second in the 2018 PGA Championship, two shots behind Brooks Koepka. On Sunday at Augusta, Koepka finished tied for second, one shot behind Tiger. During our conversation, Jenkins was simply of mind that Woods had missed his

window to regain what he had established. That Tiger’s chance to eclipse Jack’s record of 18 major championships was over. “He would have been the greatest thing ever. He blew it,” Jenkins said of Woods, who now has 15 majors. Then Dan grabbed a different angle. “Although, you know, I did like what he said about (President Donald) Trump,” he said.

Jenkins was referring to an interview Woods did with ESPN back in August when he said of the president, “Well, he’s the President of the United States. You have to respect the office. No matter who is in the office, you may like, dislike personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office.” Jenkins said, “(Woods’) daddy raised him right. He was military all the way. Taught him to respect the military. He does. Near as I could tell, the only thing he didn’t like were golf writers.” Although Jenkins was renowned for his ability to befriend anyone who ever held a golf club, including the notoriously reclusive Ben Hogan, Woods was one who simply refused to play along. At all. “I never had a 1-on-1 with him. I wrote a lot of good things about him,” Jenkins said. “He would not remember that from 1997 to 2008, I never wrote anything bad about him at all. I immortalized him. I was one of the guys who accepted him as golf’s only rock star.” Tiger has never taken to criticism well, and he famously took exception to the parody Q&A Jenkins once wrote “with” him for Golf Digest in December 2014. The parody interview is classic Jenkins; he simply could not have picked a source who would have hated this, or deserved it, more. Which is what makes it so brilliant. In this fake interview, Jenkins “asked” Tiger, “You’ve been incredibly rich and obscenely rich. Which is better?” Jenkins also wrote this question to Tiger in that famous piece, “Not sure you’re aware of this, but back when you were at the top of your game I was also the guy who said only two things could stop you from winning more majors than Jack: injury or a bad marriage.” Dan was right about Tiger. And in our first Masters without The Master, Jenkins was once again right about Tiger: We were wrong.


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and the Chicago White Sox. But back on Oct. 9, 2018, the Yankees and Red Sox were two of the best teams in baseball and were sweating out a tense, and chaotic, bottom of the ninth in Game 4 of an American League Division Series, with Boston securing the final out only when part of Pearce’s right cleats stuck — just barely — to the base while the webbing of his glove held onto a throw from third baseman Eduardo Nunez For an instant, time froze. Pearce was splayed on the dirt with the ball still in his glove, his body’s momentum having tugged his foot off the base. The Yankees’ Gleyber Torres, who had raced desperately to first after hitting a weak grounder to Nunez, planted his foot on the bag just as Pearce fell. On the other side of the diamond, the Yankees’ Adeiny Hechavarria, the tying run, had turned third base and was headed for home. Had this been the previous century, or the early part of this

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stringing four rounds together at his previous level. From that example, Hsu came to believe the demands of playing golf after fusion surgery, owing to the rotational force of the swing, were greater than any other sport. “It’s nothing short of amazing,” Hsu said of Woods’ triumph. “I never thought having a lumbar fusion would be compatible with return to play in golf, and I’m just talking about returning to play at a high level, not winning the Masters by any stretch of the imagination. When he had his surgery done, I had a lot of questions about what his prognosis was. I was probably giving as bleak of a prognosis as anyone could, just to get back to the sport.” Banco said he would have told Woods to expect to be relieved of pain, and to get back to a normal life, but a normal life without, say, winning the Masters. “I get people back to golfing, but these are amateur golfers that want to play once or twice a weekend,” Banco said. “This is a guy competing at the highest [level] four days in a row. It is remarkable that he did it. That’s all I can say: It’s absolutely remarkable. I would have never given him a chance.” Woods came back from a number of personal and physical travails: the public exposure, and attendant humiliation, of rampant extramarital affairs; a reported obsession with Navy SEAL training that

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and I can tell him he’s getting called up,” Syracuse Mets Manager Tony DeFrancesco said. “We’re pleased right now. Everybody’s going to pound him inside until he proves he can hit the ball in. He’s shown he can drive the ball the other way. It’s no secret.” Tebow, a chiseled 6-foot-3, 245 pounds, won the Heisman Trophy at Florida in 2007. He led the Gators to two national titles. He was selected by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft and signed a five-year deal that guaranteed him $8.7 million. He was traded to the New York Jets in 2012 and spent brief stints with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, but he was released before the 2015 season. He finished with a career record of 8-6 as a starting quarterback. At Florida, Tebow spent hours every day in head coach Urban Meyer’s office, having long talks about football and life. DeFrancesco said Tebow has popped in to talk about at-bats - in a notebook, he jots

one, when fortune almost always favored the Yankees over the Red Sox, perhaps Pearce’s foot would have disconnected prematurely from first base, or the throw would have gotten away, and there would have been a different outcome — in Game 4 and maybe in the series. “Oh yeah,” said Aaron Boone, the Yankees manager, who once authored a classic Yankees-Red Sox ending with a walk off home run against Boston in Game 7 of the 2003 AL Championship Series. “It’s the perfect game-of-inches play in such a big spot.’’ But this historic rivalry has turned upside down over the past 15 years and when firstbase umpire Fieldin Culbreth pumped his fist to signal that Torres was out, the Red Sox were on their way to the ALCS and, from there, to their fourth World Series title in this century. And, in a sense, all because of a razor-thin play by a 5-foot-11 player who is fairly diminutive for the position he plays. “I’m not the tallest first baseman in the world,” Pearce acknowledged last week as he

recalled the ending to Game 4. “I have to use every bit of Steve Pearce I can find to get to the baseball. I was anchored to the bag and nothing — nothing — was going to pull me off until I caught the ball.” Pearce, who turned 36 over the weekend and has played for seven teams over the course of a 13-year major league career, said he does not do yoga but he does stretch a lot and perhaps that enabled him to reach for the throw and stay on the bag. When Culbrin made the out call, Red Sox players charged out of the dugout to celebrate. But Boone, with nothing more to lose, requested a replay review, hoping that Pearce’s foot had indeed come off the bag before he caught the ball. However, the replay confirmed that Pearce, through sheer willpower, had never lost contact with the base. “His foot could have been off the base by this much,” Brock Holt, one of his Red Sox teammates, recalled last week as he put his right index finger next to his thumb, allowing a speck of light to seep through. “But it wasn’t.” That Pearce was even in

the game for the play was a bit improbable. Acquired from Toronto last June 28 to add right-handed power to Boston’s bench and give manager Alex Cora a platoon option at first base, Pearce was not considered a standout fielder. Cora might have even taken him out of the game in the bottom of the ninth of Game 4 for defensive purposes if his other first baseman, Mitch Moreland, was not sidelined with an injured hamstring “When we traded for him, everybody just thought he was bad,” Cora said of Pearce’s reputation in the field. But nobody thinks that anymore, at least not in Boston. Pearce said he played shortstop in high school, but an injury forced him to move to first base in college (he played at Indian River Community College and the University of South Carolina) and he eventually settled into that position as a professional. But his value centered more on his offensive punch, which he would put on display in last year’s World Series, when he hit three home runs against the Los Angeles Dodgers and ended up being

voted the MVP. But back to Game 4 in the Bronx. In Game 3 of that series, the Red Sox had pounded the Yankees, 16-1, in a near-perfect performance. Now, in Game 4, they needed just three outs from their closer, Craig Kimbrel, to squash the Yankees for good. But Kimbrel, with a seemingly safe 4-1 lead, was erratic. He walked two batters, hit another and surrendered a single. The Yankees trailed, 4-2, with one out and the bases loaded when Gary Sanchez hit a towering drive to left field, which Benintendi caught on the warning track. The Yankees now trailed, 4-3, with two outs and runners on first and second. Yankee Stadium was alive and loud and the Red Sox were still in danger. Torres then proceeded to slap a breaking pitch from Kimbrel toward third. Nunez charged, scooped the ball and fired it sidearm toward Pearce. “It was a great play by Nunez,” Pearce said. “I read the ball out of his hand and I just moved to it.” With his right foot tethered tenuously to the bag, Pearce

moved his left foot toward third. And his right hand went to the ground so he could brace himself as he stretched for Nunez’s throw. The combination of the ball in his glove and his foot on the base lasted for less than a second. Maybe a lot less. But it was long enough. “I wasn’t going to leave that base, no chance,” Pearce reiterated. “It wasn’t going to happen. Just anchor the bag and be an athlete.” Torres, meanwhile, said Saturday that he knew he was out, but that he was not overly impressed with Pearce’s play. “It was all right,” he said. “I think every first baseman in the big leagues can do that play. No big deal for me. He did a really good job. But it’s a regular play.” Even if it was a regular play, if Pearce had not made it, the game would have continued, and maybe the series, too, forcing the ever-confident Red Sox to make one more stand. “Then,” Holt said with a smile, “we would have just won Game 5.”

diminished him physically, torn ligaments in his knee, prescription drug addiction treatment spurred by a DUI arrest; the toll age extracts from any great athlete. For all Woods confronted, it was his fourth back surgery that unlocked the possibilities on display at Augusta National. At one point before he turned 40, he once recalled in a Time interview, Woods collapsed outside his home and had to wait until his daughter found him lying there. “Sam, thank goodness you’re here,” he told her. “Can you go tell the guys inside to try and get the cart out?” On Sunday, at 43, Woods beat the world’s best golfers and hoisted his son behind the 18th green in celebration. “All of a sudden,” Woods said Sunday, “I could actually swing a golf club again.” The spine can be envisioned as a tower of building blocks with cushions in between. The blocks are vertebrae, and the cushions are disks. Trouble comes when a disk tears or breaks internally. A tear can cause a piece of the disk to push against a nerve, which leads to sciatic pain firing into a leg. An internal break means a shock absorber has broken, and mechanical back pain strikes. Woods had a disk problem. Most likely, he had a disk both torn and broken inside. In 2015, Woods underwent three operations, the first two of which were discectomies shaving down a disk to prevent it from bulging against a nerve. Those surgeries provided only temporary relief. The shaving of the disk eventually left him bereft of shock absorption. The torque applied by a golf swing

would have magnified the intense pain he felt. Why try multiple discectomies if ALIF is what saved Woods’ career? Those initial operations, experts said, were not mistakes. ALIF is considered a more drastic measure, with less chance of allowing a top-level golfer to return to his best form. “Any time you deal with a golfer, especially a professional golfer, lumbar fusion is the absolute last treatment option you’re willing to consider,” Hsu said. “We really don’t have a mode of success for these kind of procedures. That’s why surgeons were choosing to be as conservative as possible for as long as possible.” The disk afflicting Woods was the cushion between the lowest lumbar vertebra (L5) and the highest vertebra in the sacrum (S1). The sacrum is a large, triangular bone that anchors the spine at the back of the pelvis. If Woods had any good fortune, it’s that of any disk to derail his career, it was the one between the L5 and S1. At that level, the pelvis still provides protection, and the location takes less torque than higher levels of the spine. “If you are going to have single-level fusion, the bottom level is the best place for it to occur,” Guyer said in a statement on Woods’ website announcing the procedure in 2017. “Some individuals are born with one less vertebrae, which would be similar to someone who had a singlelevel fusion.” (On Monday, TBI Chief Development Officer Cheryl Zapata said the institute could not confirm or deny

Woods had been a patient, let alone make Guyer available for an interview, despite his prior comment.) The surgery can be described through each letter of the acronym. Anterior: where the incision happens. Guyer would have sliced Woods open at the front of his body with a small incision, moved behind his abdominal muscles and pushed aside his bowels without disturbing them. (This is considered minimally invasive; patients can stay in the hospital for as little as 23 hours.) Lumbar: The surgeon operates on the lower spine, as opposed to the upper (cervical) portion of the spine. Interbody: Between bones in this case, the two vertebrae. Fusion: Guyer would have effectively turned two bones into one, in the process removing the disk causing so much pain. First, the surgeon removes the problematic disk. Next comes the fusion. When a surgeon fuses bones together, the goal is to trick them. The body’s natural mechanism to heal bones is also the best method. A surgeon will clean the ends of the vertebrae to create bleeding, which prompts the body’s natural reaction. The vertebrae are grafted together with a substance from outside the body. In the early days, a surgeon would have used a piece of bone taken from the patient’s pelvis for the graft. It worked great but also meant a longer recovery - sometimes a weeks-long hospital stay. Doctors transitioned to bones from cadavers, which are still used, but rarely so.

Typically, the bones are fused with titanium or high-grade medical plastic, often with two screws on the S1 side and one screw on the L5 side. The hardware itself will not sustain the fusion. The material will be filled with something to promote bone growth - pieces of bone from a cadaver, bone cells or synthetic protein. Essentially, Zigler said, the surgeon is creating “living rebar.” Raymond Hah, assistant professor of clinical orthopedic surgery at USC’s Keck School of Medicine, is a spinal surgeon and a recreational golfer. He finds Woods’ performance inspiring for both reasons. He could see Woods adjust his swing after surgery, less fluid at first, “trying to accommodate his new anatomy,” Hah said. More than his physical recovery, Hah marveled at Woods’ resolve. “It actually is kind of mindblowing to see him come back from that really so quickly,” Hah said. “I don’t know if there’s a great medical perspective on it, other than it’s a pure testament to his ability and his mental toughness.” Moving forward, Woods will require maintenance and, more importantly, discipline to avoid a heavy schedule. Woods has said he will play fewer tournaments this season, and surgeons agreed that is wise. The surgery places Woods at risk in the future. Data suggest people who have undergone fusion surgery will see the level above their fused vertebrae - in Woods’ case, the L4-L5 - wear down quicker than the natural aging process. “You look at his swing

speeds, [and] you got to worry about the longevity of the next level of his spine,” Hah said. “As I look at it, I would say there is some concern there.” Banco said the risk of increased degeneration is about 30 percent to 40 percent for an average person, but for a professional golfer placing excess torque on his lower spine, he believes the risk is higher. “I wouldn’t underestimate him,” Blanco said. “We have no data to support that, because he’s so far outside the standard deviation.” The dramatic success Woods experienced may convince other sufferers of back pain to consider surgery. Zigler cautioned against that impulse. He said 95 percent of people do not need back surgery, and the other 5 percent need to go through structured, more conservative care first. “I would tell the average golfer, do not extrapolate this to your situation,” Banco said. “I would say 99.9 percent of people need a little bit of physical therapy because they’re out of shape.” Still, Woods provides a success story. “This is something nice for us to point to,” Hah said. “People can really have a high level of function and have a quality of life. Sometimes the perception is not that.” Woods’ victory was inspiring in many ways. For those who have suffered debilitating back pain, it offered a unique kind of hope. “We don’t expect everybody to go out and win the Masters,” Zigler said. “But it looks like it’s possible.”

down observations on each pitcher he faces - and off-field priorities, including his foundation and speaking engagements. He’s become so popular with fans in minor league cities that Terry Collins, the special assistant to the general manager of the Mets, calls him “the Cal Ripken of the Minor Leagues” mostly because he signs so many autographs. He’s introduced himself to many of his teammates. He asks them about their at-bats, what they saw, and what they learned in previous seasons. “Hey,” he has said, “What do you think about this?” On a bus ride in spring training, he sat next to Syracuse hitting coach Joel Chimelis and asked questions about a few power hitters, including the New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge. After one of the first few team practices, once everybody had left, there was Tebow, hacking away by himself in the cage. He’s still playing catch up. At the plate, Tebow maintains a basic stance, with a slight rock. His bat is nearly vertical. He bends his knees slightly, then uncorks. Power has always defined the baseball player he is: In high school, he once hit a baseball more than 400 feet. His team

ended practice every day with on-field hitting, and the team wouldn’t pack up until Tebow hit the ball over the fence. To best maximize his natural power, he’s adopted a minimalist approach to his prepitch movements. Defensively, he said he improved his reads off the bat this spring. He’s catching fly balls with one hand, not two. He feels his arm strength, about average, has improved. Then there’s the hard-tomeasure charismatic personality. Teammates emphasize aspects of his character as perhaps his greatest contributions. He wears No. 15 because, when he was 15 years old, he met a boy in the Philippines born with backward feet. “I knew for the rest of my life what I wanted to do,” Tebow said, “and that’s fight for people who can’t fight for themselves.” From the beginning, there was no timetable on when Tebow would reach the big leagues, no expectation for how fast he’d prove he was - or wasn’t - capable of professional baseball, former New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson said. The decision to sign him was based on, more than anything, his character.

“The Mets as an organization saw this as a no-lose proposition,” Alderson said last week. “The risk factors with some guys - a bad personality, or if he’s a jerk - those were eliminated with him since he’s so positive. We also knew that in the minor leagues, his optimism would have a long-term impact on his teammates. Minor league life is not pretty. The most impressive thing is that he’s stuck with this for so long.” At first he was an ex-football player, a little too bulky and too stiff. He’s since kept much of his strength but increased his mobility. He’s simplified his stance and load, minimized his stride and shortened his swing. Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen, his former agent, believes he’s a real prospect with a potential big league future. Should he keep progressing at his current rate, Van Wagenen thinks he can play at the highest level. “Right now, AAA is where he can help us most,” Van Wagenen said. “He lets the ball get deep in the strike zone and he can capitalize on mistakes. How he does this year is the determining factor.”

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extra effort and the work. Getting everyone comfortable and up to speed. Help young guys trying to learn a new offense.” He’s dealt with the additions of Ryan Nassib and Davis Webb and Kyle Lauletta in past drafts, but they were mid-round players who never quite measured up to be the Giants’ quarterback of the future. If the team selects one in the first round next week, it will be a very different dynamic for Manning in what already is shaping up to be a very different season. He’s never played on the final year of his contract, he hasn’t had to compete for his starting job in the preseason in a decade and a half, and he’s never really had the clock start on a transition to the next Giants quarterback. All of that could be happening soon. Manning is bracing for all of that. In a very Eli Manning way. “I think,” he said, “you treat it the same as any year you come in.” Even when it is shaping up to be nothing like any of them.

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the final year of his contract. Manning made it clear he was told he’d be “on the team” for 2019, not the starter. That his comments came on the same day that the Giants hosted Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins for a pre-draft visit — one of the last of this cycle — only added to the drumbeat from within the building that an heir to Manning could soon arrive. “I’ve always felt that in the quarterback room I have always had a great relationship with everyone,” he said. “We have drafted quarterbacks and have had young quarterbacks in there. I enjoy talking football and enjoy talking ball. Giving tips on coverages, protections, concepts, everyone is trying to help each other. It is an open conversation for everyone to get ideas and everyone just sticks around after to get on the same page. That is just part of being a quarterback. I have enjoyed putting in the


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Wife discovers digital trail left by man having affair My husband went to his 45th class reunion a state away and hooked up with a classmate. Over the next few months it went from talking and texting to her sending him nude pictures of herself. I found her emails professing her love to him. When I asked DEAR ABBY him, he swore nothing happened between them during the two weeks he was there other than a lunch date. After further investigation, I have discovered they had more than 30 hours of phone conversations, exchanged 4,000-plus texts and who knows the number of emails. Not only that, he bought another phone so I could no longer see the interactions on our shared cell account. He finally admitted they did have a sexual encounter. He has now agreed to end all contact with her and work on our marriage. He has apologized, but I’m struggling to believe him because every time I found damning evidence, he would make up another excuse or blame it all on her. However, he never told her to stop or blocked her. Is it time to cut my losses, or should I wait to see if he does this again? Why do people think having affairs is a good thing? Confused In Montana

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People who think an affair is a good thing for a marriage are deluding themselves. An affair only adds to the problems the couple was trying to ignore. It’s time for you and your husband to make an appointment with a licensed marriage and fam-

ily therapist. Marriages can survive infidelity, but it takes time, full disclosure and hard work to rebuild trust. If it doesn’t work, THEN may be the time to “cut your losses.” Only you can decide whether your marriage has been irretrievably broken. I was diagnosed with cancer two years ago. I had surgery and radiation treatment, and although my recovery was slow, I am doing well now. About a year ago, a co-worker was diagnosed with breast cancer. Our other co-workers raised a large sum of money for her to be used at a spa. They have also offered her emotional support via phone calls, texts, visits and cards. While I don’t begrudge her the gifts and support, I’m very hurt that all I received was a handful of cards, an occasional phone call or text and one visit from one person. Only one of my co-workers stuck by me through everything. I see these people all the time, and I’m having a hard time with my hurt feelings. Any thoughts on how I can move on? Hurt In The East There is nothing to be gained by nursing this disappointment. You and this woman are different people and likely have different relationships with these co-workers. If you don’t want to help the people you feel gave you short shrift by comparison, you are free not to. But if you intend to continue working at the place you now do, recognize that it is time to put this behind you and move forward.

Unfamiliar condition, PGAD, comes with social stigma I have persistent genital arousal disorder. I find it incredibly difficult to talk about with my doctors and I’ve been openly mocked for it. I find there is a distinct lack of sensitivity in the medical community about this. People like me genuinely suffer in a variety of ways, whether it is from the physical side effects of being TO YOUR constantly aroused and unable GOOD HEALTH to find relief or from the psychological trauma and stress of being aroused in inappropriate situations, such as funerals and job interviews. Something so simple as a conversation with my own grandmother can be a horrible experience if I am having a symptom flare. I’ve had humiliating experiences over the years with doctors and nurses who have made inappropriate comments like, “How is this a bad thing?” or from accusations of being some kind of sexual deviant during annual pelvic exams. People with PGAD are not sexual deviants. We do not enjoy our condition. It’s physically painful, disruptive to our everyday lives and embarrassing. We are not people who have some kind of moral failing, and we’re not mentally ill. It would be sincerely appreciated if you could spread some awareness about PGAD so that sufferers like myself can have a more trusting relationship with our providers.

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people — and even some providers — are not familiar with this condition. PGAD is a state of sexual arousal that is unwelcome, unrelated to desire and unrelieved by sexual intercourse. It is triggered by physical stimuli, such as traveling in a car, or by psychological stimuli, especially anxiety. It is almost exclusively described in women. Many describe the symptoms as painful. Some experts note similarities of PGAD and other pain syndromes, including chronic pelvic pain from neuropathy. There also seems to be a connection with restless leg syndrome, for unclear reasons. Many women report a history of sexual abuse. While antidepressants often are used to treat this condition, there also is some evidence that withdrawal from antidepressants can cause or worsen symptoms. There is no single treatment that is effective for everyone with PGAD. Counseling and medication are used. Cold packs or cold baths have been helpful for some. If there is a take-home message, it’s that people with this condition shouldn’t feel bad about it and shouldn’t feel embarrassed about it. There are ways to help, but recognizing the condition is the first step.

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Horoscope By Stella Wilder Born today, you are often able to do very difficult things without seeming to try, and you are sure to build a track record of accomplishment that is the envy of all those who try and come up short again and again. What is it that you have going for you that they do not? The fact is you simply have a knack for remaining calm and for seeing directly to the heart of an issue. This allows you to address even the most complex and difficult issues from a place of confidence, whether or not you are familiar with what you are facing. You can be highly creative, but it takes a while for your creative juices to flow. You are likely to be the object of many people’s affections throughout your lifetime, and yet love is not something you like to pursue actively. You prefer it to come upon you as if by accident while you are concentrating on other things. In that way, you avoid building up unrealistic expectations of what may lie ahead. Also born on this date are: Victoria Beckham, singer; Jennifer Garner, actress; Sean Bean, actor; Olivia Hussey, actress; Luke Mitchell, actor; Rooney Mara, actress; William Holden, actor; John Pierpont Morgan, entrepreneur; Thornton Wilder, playwright. To see what is in store for you tomorrow, find your birthday and read the corresponding paragraph. Let your birthday star be your daily guide. THURSDAY, APRIL 18 ARIES (March 21-April 19) — What you believe and what you don’t will make a big difference to someone before the day is out. Make sure someone has the whole story. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — You and a friend will be walking parallel tracks throughout much of the day. Put your best foot forward, especially

when working together. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — You may have to get used to something new very quickly today so the transition from what you used to work with is as seamless as possible. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Your confidence is on the rise, but you want to be sure that you don’t overdo it when you are in the presence of someone with more seniority. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Share what you like with a loved one. You both will find yourselves enjoying it and each other more than others might be able to stand. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Give yourself a break today; you mustn’t expect that you can recover from a sudden setback without experiencing any kind of slowdown. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — It’s time to get a little basic organization done so you don’t lose sight of your intended goal today. Keep things streamlined. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — What happens before and after may prove more important than what happens when you are in the thick of things today. Keep your eyes open. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Someone you respect may do something you do not understand today. As a result, you’ll find yourself grappling with certain unusual issues. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — You may discover that you’re being relied upon today for more than you had expected. Did you sign on for this, or is it an add-on? AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — You’re to be forgiven for not keeping up with everything that goes on around you today, as it’s an unusually busy time. Follow the news. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) — You may be very near the edge today as you walk from here to there, but it’s not likely to be dangerous for you until the return trip. COPYRIGHT 2019 UNITED FEATURE SYNDICATE, INC.

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(e.g., With what musical instrument is Larry Adler associated? Answer: Harmonica.) Freshman level 1. In which sport did Larry Bird excel? 2. Larry David created and stars in this HBO series. 3. Larry Hagman was best known for playing J.R. Ewing on this soap opera. Graduate level 4. Larry Holmes was a professional ____ from 1973 to 2002. 5. Larry Linville portrayed surgeon Major Frank Burns on this TV series. 6. Larry King hosted a talk show on this network from 1985 to 2010. PH.D. level 7. Larry Ellison is a co-founder of ____ Corporation. 8. Who portrayed the title character on TV’s “The Larry Sanders Show”? 9. Larry Flynt first published this pornographic magazine in 1974.

SUPER QUIZ ANSWERS 1. Basketball. 2. “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” 3. “Dallas.” 4. Boxer. 5. “M*A*S*H.” 6. CNN. 7. Oracle. 8. Garry Shandling. 9. Hustler. 18 points — congratulations, doctor; 15 to 17 points — honors graduate; 10 to 14 points — you’re plenty smart, but no grind; 4 to 9 points — you really should hit the books harder; 1 point to 3 points — enroll in remedial courses immediately; 0 points — who reads the questions to you?

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