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U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado is proposing a legislative package to help small businesses in Greene and Columbia county obtain loans to keep them afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.

As small businesses in Greene and Columbia counties struggle to stay afloat during the COVID-19 crisis, U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19, detailed his plans to address the economic fallout. Small businesses are a legislative priority, Delgado said. “We want to do everything

we can at the federal level, and me as a congressman for this district on the Small Business Committee, to fight for them and make sure they are sustainable and remain operational though this difficult time,” he said in an interview. The congressman said supporting businesses must take a two-track approach, with both loans and grants made

available. “The first track is making sure that, to the extent there are loan payments that small businesses are expected to be paying, which obviously would be very difficult if there is no revenue coming in for them to be paying, that we are able to waive those See DELGADO A2

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged the state’s congressional lawmakers to reject the U.S. Senate’s $2 trillion coronavirus aid package, he said Wednesday, adding the pandemic could leave the state with a revenue shortfall of up to $15 billion. Congressional leaders reached a deal on a $2 trillion package — the largest in American history — late Tuesday to provide federal aid in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The plan will cut financial-assistance checks to middle-class and lower-income Americans and increase unemployment benefits to a greater number of workers to be paid out for four months. The aid would also serve as relief for businesses and state governments. Cuomo railed against the Senate’s $2 trillion emergency aid plan Wednesday, saying the bill would give New York an insufficient $3.8 billion, with about $1.3 billion slated for New York City. “That is a drop in the bucket as to need. It would be terrible for New York,” Cuomo said. “I spoke to our congressional delegation. This morning, I said to them, ‘This doesn’t do it.’ I understand the Senate theory and the Republican theory, but we need the House to make adjustments.” A similar plan in the House gave the state $17 billion, the governor said. Under the Senate bill, the $3.1 billion reserved for New York is 1.9% of the state’s budget, according to a statement from Cuomo’s office. “Literally 48 states get a higher percentage in funding than New York State,” Cuomo’s


Gov. Andrew Cuomo commended the 6,100 mental health professionals who volunteered to give New Yorkers free emotional support during the required social distancing and isolation during a COVID-19 press briefing in the state Capitol on Wednesday.

Communications Director Dani Lever said in a statement. “The gross political manipulation is obvious.” U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19, could not be reached for

comment Wednesday about the bill. Earlier this month, Cuomo asked state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli to reassess the state’s proposed $178

billion executive budget after COVID-19 wreaked havoc on the local and national markets. On March 17, DiNapoli said the state’s executive budget forecast could be

$4 billion to $7 billion below original projections. The state’s response to COVID-19 has cost roughly $1 billion to date, Cuomo said. See CUOMO A2

Greene County launches Take-out Weeks By Melanie Lekocevic Columbia-Greene Media

With much of the economy shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak, local businesses are looking for ways to stay afloat, and county business leaders are trying to lend a helping hand. The Greene County Chamber of Commerce on Monday launched Take-out Weeks, and the Greene County Department of Tourism is operating Take-Out in Greene. Both offer websites that will link restaurants and breweries with potential customers. The COVID-19 global

pandemic has led to the closure of many businesses across the nation, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order deemed restaurants and other food suppliers as essential businesses, meaning they can still operate. Restrictions are in place: Only take-out and delivery meals are allowed at this time to encourage social distancing. Take-out Weeks will run through April 5, encouraging people in Greene County to support local restaurants, cafes and breweries by ordering take-out or delivery, or by

purchasing gift cards. “We decided that we wanted to give a forum to all of the restaurants that are remaining open and offering takeout and delivery throughout the county,” Greene County Chamber of Commerce President and Executive Director Jeff Friedman said Wednesday. This week was originally scheduled to be Greene County Restaurant Week, but with social distancing requirements and other regulations in place in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, See GREENE A2


Curbside service — take-out meals delivered to your vehicle — is one way local restaurants are continuing to offer meals.

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“We’re looking at a revenue shortfall of 9, 10, $15 billion,” Cuomo said. “If we don’t get more funding from the feds, I don’t know how we write the budget. That’s why this Senate bill is so troublesome.” The state had 30,811 positive cases of COVID-19 as of press time Wednesday, with 285 deaths and 3,805 requiring hospitalization, or about 12%. Of those in the hospital Wednesday, 888 patients are in the intensive care unit, or 3%. To see the complete county breakdown of positive COVID-19 cases and deaths statewide, view the COVID-19 map and tracker at Greene County has eight positive cases of COVID-19 in Windham, Durham, Greenville, Hunter and Cairo, as of Wednesday afternoon. None of the infected people have required hospitalization, according to a statement from Greene County Public Health. Thirty-two people are under precautionary quarantine and are being self-monitored for possible exposure. “Testing is limited to those with symptoms and positive exposure,” according to a statement Wednesday from Greene County Public Health. “It is important to note that, at this time, due to limited testing capability, the number of positive cases may not fully reflect current illnesses.” Columbia County reported 18 positive

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payments,” he said. Many businesses in the Twin Counties, with the exception of agricultural producers, are eligible to apply for disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, which Delgado promoted in his first telephone town hall Friday evening. About 5,000 people participated in the town hall. The SBA disaster loans will address economic injury that businesses incur during the COVID-19 crisis, SBA Deputy District Director Dan Rickman said Tuesday. “What is eligible is operating expenses to keep businesses running: capital expenses, rent, utilities and existing debt payments,” he said. The loans cannot be used to buy equipment or make investments in real estate. “This program is designed to offer very flexible terms to reduce the burden as much as possible. That includes 30-year terms and automatic deferment for 12 months,” Rickman said. While new disaster loans already include payment relief, Delgado is proposing extending that policy to all SBA loans through his proposed Small

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Restaurant Week has been postponed, Friedman said. But the chamber is trying to encourage county residents to help local businesses remain in operation during unprecedented economic hardships. “This was important because all of our small businesses are struggling, especially restaurants, and we want to support them and keep as many people employed during these times,” Friedman said. “People need some cheer, too. Being home and not being able to go out to eat is a big part of some folks’ lives, and maybe we can bring a little of this home to them.” By visiting, customers can find a listing of participating local restaurants, cafes and

cases Wednesday — the same as Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University & Medicine’s live global COVID-19 tracker. As of Tuesday, 82 residents were under mandatory quarantine and 76 under precautionary isolation. Five residents have suspected, but not tested cases of the virus. Cuomo also announced Wednesday more than 6,100 mental health professionals across the state volunteered to provide free counseling sessions to residents online during the pandemic. To schedule an appointment with a mental health professional, call the state’s hotline at 1-844-8639314. The state is working around the clock to ramp up hospitals with adequate beds, staffing, equipment and ventilators before the virus apex, or peak, is expected to hit within the next 21 days, Cuomo said. The state projects it needs 30,000 ventilators through the duration of the pandemic, Cuomo said. The state purchased 7,000 and expects 4,000 from the federal government through the Defense Production Act. New York also has 14,000 ventilators stockpiled throughout the state, but hospitals have not requested additional machines as of Wednesday. “We have no anticipation to prioritize ventilator usage,” Cuomo said. “Our goal is to have a ventilator for anyone who needs one.” The state needs 140,000 hospital beds, but has 53,000. Hospitals were tasked with increasing their capacity a minimum of 50% with a goal of doubling it. More than 40,000 retired nurses, doctors

and medical professionals signed up to be part of the state’s volunteer Surge Health care Force. The extra health care workers will be deployed to the state’s temporary medical centers when they open, or to hospitals with Cuomo has requested more equipment, ventilators and aid from the federal government to help combat COVID-19 throughout the month of March. The governor urged the federal government implement a rolling deployment of ventilators and supplies to address the critical needs of virus hot-spot areas across the nation, and to move the supplies as necessary. “Different regions will have their curve at different times,” Cuomo said. “We need help from the entire country right now... as soon as we get past our critical moment, we will redeploy that equipment and personnel to the next hot spot. I personally guarantee we will bring that equipment, we will bring that personnel, we’ll bring that technical assistance. We are all in this together.” For general information, Greene County residents are directed to call the Greene County Call Center at 518-635-5165. In Columbia County, call the county department of health at 518-828-3358. Twin County residents who need screening or more information about being tested for COVID-19 should contact Columbia Memorial Hospital at 518-8288249. The Tribune News Service contributed to this report.

Business Repayment Relief Act of 2020, which would provide federal funding to cover six months of loan payments for all qualified loans without any action from small businesses, according to a statement on the congressman’s website. “What he is proposing is for the full menu of SBA loans,” said Columbia Economic Development Corporation President and CEO F. Michael Tucker. “I think that is going to be a valuable program to businesses if that is ultimately included in the bill,” he said. Greene County Chamber of Commerce President Jeff Friedman said he hopes businesses are given a longer grace period, perhaps until June of 2021. “Businesses are going to need time to recover, and asking them to make payments (sooner) might be a hardship,” he said. Delgado also addressed direct aid to businesses in the form of grants. “There has been a lot of discussion on the Small Business Committee, a lot of discussion with the chairwoman Nydia M. Velazquez, D-7, about the steps that we can take that are more direct to provide loans or grants. Grants, outright direct payments, that they would utilize to keep their employees on file or on record, employed and keep their businesses operational as we make our way

through this public health crisis,” he said. “I think there is some momentum on this. I am certainly going to be an advocate every step of the way.” Some grant funding may become available locally. CEDC is exploring local programs to provide some grant income to small businesses, Tucker said. Both Delgado and local officials acknowledged the diversity of businesses requiring assistance due to the COVID-19 slowdown. “I think there is an understanding of the scale of this problem,” Delgado said. “We understand that certain businesses are going to have a greater number of employees than others.” Legislation will “cast a broad net” to encompass the varying size of businesses in the Twin Counties, the congressman said, noting that “the conditions upon which these loans or grants are paid for by the government I would imagine would be tied to their ability to maintain their employees to some degree on the payroll.” “We want to make sure that whatever the language that ultimately is drafted is flexible enough to sweep in as many businesses as possible. We have to understand the scale of the situation and act accordingly,” he said. Local businesses are

beginning to inquire and apply for SBA loans in record numbers, officials said. “[CEDC] has already begun helping businesses to complete these applications,” said Tucker, who noted that the CEDC is an SBA microloan participant and receives SBA funding to provide technical assistance to small businesses. The CEDC is serving as a hub of information for business-related resources in Columbia County, he said. Both Columbia and Greene county business owners can call the Small Business Development Centers at SUNY Ulster and SUNY Albany, said Friedman. “Those folks are very well-versed and can help.” The SBA website also provides guidance during the application process, Rickman said. Due to the high volume of applications, successful applicants can expect the SBA review process to last about a month. “Three weeks is going to be a typical turnaround time, with an additional week to fund the loan,” Rickman said. The interest rates are 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for nonprofit organizations, according to an informational document produced by Empire State Development. Loans over $25,000 require collateral.

breweries, with links to their websites or Facebook pages. The Take-Out in Greene program is through the county’s Tourism Department. The program offers a website with information about eateries that are open. The program’s organizers are in contact with restaurants weekly, county Tourism Director Heather Bagshaw said. “We are continuing to call every restaurant once a week to make sure they are still serving and are still open those hours, and communicating with them that they are doing this safely — being mindful of keeping their distance,” Bagshaw said. “That’s very important. I want to make sure our restaurants are being mindful of this, and also to thank them. There are many people who rely on restaurants for their food, and many of these people are working overtime in critical jobs, and we want to make sure they have the nutrition and food they need

to be able to continue doing their work.” Many restaurants are practicing social distancing measures such as taking payment by credit card over the phone to avoid handling cash transactions, offering curbside service — bringing meals out to the customer’s vehicle or setting up a table in the doorway so customers do not have to enter the building — and taking social distancing precautions while making home deliveries, Bagshaw said. The program will continue as long as restaurants are not allowed to provide dine-in service, Bagshaw said. In addition to helping local businesses, the programs can also bring a sense of normalcy to customers, Friedman said. “People are suffering a little cabin fever, and this way we can bring a little bit of normal life back,” he said. To visit the Take-Out in Greene website, visit, and for Take-Out Weeks, visit takeoutweek.html.


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CALENDAR Thursday,March 26 n Coxsackie Village Budget Work Session Cancelled

Thursday,April 2 n Coxsackie Village Budget Work Session 6:30 p.m. Village Hall, 119 Mansion St., Coxsackie

Monday,April 6 n Athens Town Board 6:45 p.m. Town

Hall, 2 First St., Athens 518-945-1052 n Cairo Town Board 7 p.m. Town Hall, 512 Main St., Cairo n Greene County Board of Electrical Examiners 1 p.m. at the Greene County Office Building, 411 Main St., 4th Floor, Room 469, Catskill n Greenville CSD BOE/Budget 4 Meeting 6:30 p.m. MS/HS Library, 4976 SR 81, Greenville

Wednesday,April 8 n Athens Village Board 6:30 p.m. Village Hall, 2 First St., Athens 518-945-1551 n Catskill Village Board 7 p.m. Senior Center, 15 Academy St., Catskill 518-9433830

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tative Budget Public Hearing 6:30 p.m. Village Hall, 119 Mansion St., Coxsackie n Coxsackie Village Workshop Meeting 6 p.m. Village Hall, 119 Mansion St., Coxsackie

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Monday,April 20 n Athens Town Board 6:45 p.m. Town Hall, 2 First St., Athens 518-945-1052 n Catskill Village Planning Board Stewart’s Public Hearing 7 p.m. Senior Center, 15 Academy St., Catskill

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Municipalities adjust services, hours, meetings By Sarah Trafton Columbia-Greene Media

As the community feels the wrath of COVID-19, local municipalities are being forced to adjust their services, hours of operations and meeting schedules to abide by executive orders and keep residents safe. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “New York on Pause” executive order closed all non-essential businesses Sunday. Excluded from the order are essential health care, infrastructure, manufacturing, retail and services; the press; providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations; construction; defense; essential services for maintaining safety, sanitation and operations of residences or businesses; and vendors that provide essential services or products such as logistics and technology support, child care and services. On March 7, Cuomo suspended Article 7 of the Public Officers Law “to the extent necessary to permit any public body to meet and take such actions authorized by the law without permitting in public in-person access to meetings and authorizing such meetings to be held remotely by conference call or similar service, provided that the public has the ability to view or listen to such proceeding and that such meetings are recorded and later transcribed,” according to

GOVERNMENT SERVICES The county office building is not locked to the public, Greene County Legislature Chairman Patrick Linger, RNew Baltimore, said, although the traffic is minimal. “Most of it is closed down,” he said. “Many county employees are working from home.” Employees of the District Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office and Probation Department are working from

home. The Public Health Department is split between the Emergency Operations Center and working from home. The Mental Health Department is able to offer some services by phone and is still administering medications to patients. “The county administrator’s office is operational,” Linger said. “The senior centers are operational for takeout and meals on wheels.” The Department of Motor Vehicles is closed and only

down the public works department to two people. We are staffed down as much as possible while still being able to maintain operations.” The police department and ambulance is still fully operational, Windham Town Supervisor Thomas Hoyt reported Tuesday. The following town and village halls are open by appointment only: Cairo, Hunter (town and village), Tannersville, Windham, Athens (town) and Coxsackie (vil-

Seeley said. The town of Coxsackie will be holding meetings via teleconference and advertising the phone number to citizens on the town website, Town Supervisor Richard Hanse said Tuesday. “I think this is going to be the way a lot of meetings are going to have to be done, unfortunately,” Hanse said. The town of Windham will also be using a teleconference system and making the number available to residents, Town Super-

“New York on Pause” executive order closed all non-essential businesses Sunday. Excluded from the order are essential health care, infrastructure, manufacturing, retail and services; the press; providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations; construction; defense; essential services for maintaining safety, sanitation and operations of residences or businesses; and vendors that provide essential services or products such as logistics and technology support, child care and services. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo

online transactions are permitted. Buildings and Grounds is operating at 100%, Linger said, adding that the staff is hard at work sanitizing the facility. The Catskill Police Department is open and fully staffed, Village President Vincent Seeley said, and the Department of Public Works is on rotating shifts, half staffed. “All other departments are not open to the public but the public can leave a message as we are manning the phones remotely,” Seeley said. The village of Coxsackie is also reducing staff, Mayor Mark Evans said. “We have one clerk working each day, rotating among the three of them,” Evans said. “We have staffed down the water and sewer plant to one person per day. We staffed


REMOTE MEETINGS The Legislature will most likely meet via conference call or video conference, Linger said. “We’re going to avoid meeting in person,” he said. Linger was unsure if the meetings will be live-streamed, he said. The press will be notified with details on how to access the meeting, Linger said, adding that the information will also be on the county’s website. Wednesday’s Catskill village board meeting has been canceled. In lieu of a meeting on Wednesday, the trustees will be giving an update via conference call. Residents can tune in at 1-971-358-7296 using the pin 29990. The call will begin at 7 p.m. Trustees are still working on figuring out a protocol for meetings going forward,

visor Thomas Hoyt said. Meetings will be held remotely, Cairo Town Supervisor John Coyne said Monday, with audio being live-streamed on the town website. The village of Coxsackie is still working out how to handle meetings during the outbreak. “We have a budget coming up that has to be passed by May 1,” Evans said. “We will probably phone conference, that type of thing. Until further notice there will be no inperson meetings. We’re not quite sure how to include the public yet. We’ve received no directive from the state how to handle this. We’ll have to figure something out.” The Athens village board will meet on Wednesday via video conference. Some towns that are

meeting during this time are opting to have “limited agendas” with basic items such as approving minutes and paying bills. Windham’s meeting on Wednesday, Durham’s meeting on April 7, Greenville on April 2 and the meeting New Baltimore held on Monday night followed this procedure. New Baltimore’s meeting was videotaped and featured on Channel 901 on Mid-Hudson Cable, Town Supervisor Jeff Russo said. “We didn’t have any major, more substantial conversations,” Russo said. “We just had to get basic work done.” The town clerk expected to have minutes available the following day, Russo said. “We’re playing it by ear for the next meeting,” Russo said.

CANCELED MEETINGS Hunter Town Planning Board Meeting April 7. Hunter town meetings until further notice. Hunter Village Board Meeting April 13. Coxsackie Town Board meetings for March 26 and April 2. Tannersville meetings postponed until further notice. Catskill town meetings through March 31 canceled. Catskill Village Planning Board public hearing for Stewart’s has been re-scheduled for April 20. Athens Village public hearing for March 25 rescheduled for April 22. Town court has been canceled until further notice in Durham, Tannersville, Windham. Court is postponed until May 5 in New Baltimore and court for March 26 in the village and town of Catskill is canceled. Individuals needing to pay fines to Catskill court may do so online at or by mail at 441 Main Street Catskill for Town Court or 422 Main Street Catskill for Village Court.

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Ventilators urgently needed to save lives Critics say President Donald Trump wants to put lives in jeopardy. Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying to prevent it. That’s the difference between the Republican and the Democrat as the coronavirus pandemic accelerates toward its peak infectious period in New York state in the next two to three weeks. As the wave approaches, Cuomo said the state is scrambling to fill hospitals with thousands more beds, staff, equipment and ventilators. Trump last Wednesday finally invoked the Defense Production Act, created 70 years ago to give government the power to direct industry to produce goods needed in a national emergency. Cuomo has been pleading with Trump for weeks to invoke the act, but was met with resistance. Had Trump done so, New York would not be begging, cap in hand, for beds and ventilators. The state has 53,000 hospital beds and 3,000 intensive care unit beds. The state will need 140,000 total beds and 40,000 ICU beds to avoid falling short of expert health projections. Hospitals must increase their existing capacity by 100%. All regulations on space have been waived to enable hospitals to meet

the goal. But the state’s biggest need is ventilators. New York procured 7,000 ventilators as of Tuesday, but needs 30,000 total. Cuomo asked Trump to invoke the Defense Production Act. The president signed the order, and then failed to enforce it. People under respiratory distress will need the ventilators. They will make the difference between life and death. State health officials have been working around the clock scouring the globe for the machines. State officials are weighing the few options left open to them, including splitting ventilators so two patients could use one machine. Cuomo urged the federal government to close the ventilator gap to save as many lives as possible before the peak hits. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is set to give the state 400 additional ventilators, but that number is not enough. “The only way we can obtain these ventilators is from the federal government, period,” Cuomo said Tuesday. “If we don’t have the ventilators in 14 days it does us no good.” We simply do not understand Trump’s reluctance to enforce the Defense Production Act to its fullest extent. New York state and Greene and Columbia counties need federal help, and we need the help now.


Trump’s goal of sending people back to work early is reckless (c) 2020,The Washington Post ·

When the 18-deck cruise liner Diamond Princess returned to Japan on Feb. 3, it had already made six stops in three countries. One passenger had departed in Hong Kong, with symptoms of the new coronavirus, confirmed by tests on land. Japanese authorities eventually tested all 3,711 passengers and crew, and discovered that, of the 712 people with positive test results, 331 of them were asymptomatic, or had no symptoms, at the time of testing. The finding, included in a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday, points to a significant challenge in managing a response to the pandemic. When the virus lodges in the upper respiratory tract, people may not show any symptoms for days, even as they may transmit the virus to others. A preliminary study in China of infected people who came to Chongqing from Wuhan showed that 18% were asymptomatic, including about a quarter of children and the elderly. This is not out of line with what is seen in cases of influenza, an endemic disease that returns over and over again, but the coronavirus is much more lethal. The fact that many people may be carrying the coronavirus and not yet feel its symptoms should give pause to everyone thinking about the months ahead. President Donald Trump has declared that people “want to return to work,” and he is eager to reopen the U.S. economy. He said

this can happen soon while people maintain precautions such as social distancing. “We can do two things together.” But what if a colleague in the office or the worker on the assembly line is asymptomatic, carrying the virus and potentially shedding it? What if returning to normal reignites a virus explosion? How does anyone make sure that everyone by the water cooler is already recovered, or not infected? Going back to work too soon is reckless. More time is needed to break chains of transmission. But at some point, return is inevitable. Until a vaccine or drug therapy is found, tested and manufactured, getting back to normal will become a complex social, medical, economic and political problem. The planning should start now, while there is time. A vast increase in testing is mandatory. Hospital-bed capacity will be a major bottleneck and must be alleviated. We will need more ventilators and protective masks. Today’s immediate crisis naturally is occupying the attention of the White House’s coronavirus task force. Trump should appoint one experienced person with overall authority to plan for and manage the next phase, which will take us into 2021 at the very least. That next phase cannot possibly begin in just more than two weeks, as Trump wishfully maintains. But even if we hunker down for longer, as China did, this stealthy virus could come roaring back if we do not make adequate preparations, beginning right now.

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A loose brick in Republicans’ red wall PHOENIX — Felecia Rotellini’s father, who is 104, was incensed when his family took away his car keys two years ago. He was born in a Wyoming company town that no longer exists because the coal company that owned the town is long gone. The town of Cambria, and elsewhere in Wyoming, had many coal-mining immigrants from Italy, including some relatives of Leon Panetta, the former defense secretary, CIA director and White House chief of staff. Rotellini’s father’s father was a union organizer at a time when that was a more hazardous occupation than his day job of subsurface mining. He died of black lung disease. The organizer’s granddaughter, an apple that did not fall far from the tree, came by her politics by family transmission. She calls herself “a John Kennedy Democrat.” Petite in size but large in ambition, as chair of Arizona’s Democratic Party she travels constantly in her effort to deliver the state’s 11 electoral votes (more than Wisconsin’s 10) to Joe Biden, who currently has a lead of up to eight points over Donald Trump in state polls. This is one of three states (the others are Texas and Georgia) where, for Democrats, tomorrow is always full of promise but is always a day away. In 2020, however, Arizona, which has long been emblematic of Sun Belt conservatism, might be where Democrats do unto Trump what he did unto them in 2016. Then he won by carrying three states (Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania) that had voted Democratic in at least six consecutive presidential elections. Arizona voted for President Truman in 1948. The next year, a harbinger of its conservative-libertarian future, 40-year-old Barry Goldwater, was elected to the Phoenix city council, en route to the U.S. Senate in 1953 and the



WILL Republican presidential nomination in 1964. Arizona was the only state to vote Republican in all 11 elections 1952-1992. It voted for Bill Clinton in 1996, but since then has remained in the Republican fold. In 2012, Mitt Romney carried it by 9.1 percentage points. But in 2016, Trump won 24 of his 30 states by larger margins than the 3.6 percentage points by which he defeated Hillary Clinton (48.7% to 45.1%) in Arizona. Under its current master, who holds it on a short leash, the Republican Party has difficulties in suburbs, where education levels are inconveniently (for Republicans) high, and women have a peculiar abhorrence of ignorance coarsely expressed. Phoenix, the nation’s fifth-largest city, has suburbs that are cities: Tempe is larger than Providence, Rhode Island, Scottsdale is larger than Salt Lake City, Mesa is larger than St. Louis, Glendale is larger than Des Moines. Phoenix and its suburbs are in Maricopa County, where Hillary Clinton came within 45,000 votes of defeating Trump, and which in 2016 cast 60% of Arizona’s votes. Another 18% come from another two of the state’s 15 counties, Pima (Tucson) and Coconino (Flagstaff). In 2018, Arizona Democrats won a 5-4 majority in the U.S. House delegation and elected a Democratic U.S. Senator, Kyrsten Sinema. This year the Democratic candidate, former astronaut Mark Kelly, is favored to defeat Sen. Martha McSally. She lost to Sinema but

was appointed to the Senate after the death of John McCain. The last time Arizona had two Democratic senators was 1952, when television sets were still novelties. Democrats need to gain only two state House seats and three state Senate seats to control the legislature for the first time since 1966, when many television sets were still black-and-white. The secretary of state and superintendent of public education are Democrats. Every day an average of 200 people bring their politics with them as they move to Phoenix. Arizona trails only Florida and Nevada among states with the lowest percentage of nativeborn residents. Rotellini had the misfortune to run for state attorney general in two dreadful years for Democrats, 2010 (during the tea party backlash against George W. Bush’s Troubled Asset Relief Program - TARP, Obamacare and other grievances) and 2014 (the midterm election during the second term of a president from her party). As she toils to turn Arizona blue, Trump is being helpful. In his exuberant disregard of constitutional niceties, he “repurposed” (Washington’s preferred euphemism for nullifying Congress’ power of the purse) $30 million appropriated for construction at Arizona’s U.S. Army Fort Huachuca to spend on his $18 billion border wall, which a majority of Arizonans oppose. Speaking of walls, this year Trump will have to spend time and money to hold Arizona, another increasingly loose brick in the red wall that has protected Republicans’ increasingly narrow path to 270 electoral votes. Two other such bricks are Texas and Georgia. Stay tuned. George Will’s email address is (c) 2020, Washington Post Writers Group


Ring around the rosie To the editor: The pandemic is upon us, and there are not enough of anything that could save lives. Respirators, masks, testing kits, ICU beds: who knew that we would be needing this stuff? Certainly not our Commander in Chief, who can’t even get a two sentence tweet right. As the months went by, playing golf and hosting rallies, life was too good to worry about a flu that was a hoax anyway. His budget requests for next year cut funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by 16%,

and he planned to trim an extra $50 million from global health security. Trump’s cuts started back in 2018 with the elimination of disease security programs and an 80% reduction in CDC funds for preventing global disease outbreaks. $30 million was cut from the Complex Crises Fund that was to deploy disease experts in time of health epidemics. Overall in 2018, Trump called for a $15 billion in reduced healthcare spending. Who knew this would be such a bad idea? There are 80 million Americans who are underinsured or

have no health coverage at all. No other developed nation has left such a mass of citizens unprotected from a health catastrophe. For weeks Trump downplayed the danger, and did nothing to remediate the shortages of respirators and test kits. It was like there was nobody home. In a system bought and paid for by the major corporations, we have the most egregious incompetent in charge of the public good. Ring around the rosie. FRED NAGEL RHINEBECK



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Q&A: Lawmakers have negotiated a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package. What happens next? By Erin B. Logan Los Angeles Times (TNS)

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers in the wee hours of Wednesday morning agreed on a rescue package for the U.S. economy that is the largest in the history of the nation. Democrats and Republicans came to an agreement on roughly $2 trillion meant to help workers and distressed businesses hurt by the outbreak of the coronavirus. Here’s what you need to know: Q: What comes next? A: The Senate is expected to vote on the bill Wednesday afternoon. The House could take it up as early as Thursday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Calif., hopes to have the chamber approve the bill by a fast procedure known as unanimous consent, which would not require most members to travel to Washington and be physically present for the vote. If any member objects, however, that procedure can’t be used, which would require calling House members back to Washington for a full debate and vote. Q: Will Americans get a check, and what are they supposed to do with it? A: If the bill passes, many taxpayers will see one-time payments in their bank accounts as soon as early April. The move is meant to ease the financial burden many families currently have and encourage spending to bolster the economy. Not everyone will receive the same amounts. Individuals who make $75,000 or less and married couples making up to $150,000 will receive $1,200 per adult and $500 per child. Those whose incomes are higher will see smaller checks. Individuals who make $99,000 or more and couples who make $198,000 or more would not receive a check. Income levels will be based on reported 2018 taxes. Q: What about Americans who lost jobs because of the outbreak? A: The package includes up to four months of unemployment benefits, what Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York calls “unemployment insurance on steroids.” The bill expands coverage to include people who have been furloughed, gig workers and freelancers. Q: Will this bill help distressed industries? A: Yes, it would give up to $500 billion in loans to distressed industries. In the original proposal, Senate Republicans wanted to give the

Treasury latitude to disburse the funds, including the discretion to conceal for up to six months the identities of companies that got taxpayer dollars. The final deal includes an inspector general and a five-person congressional panel to oversee the fund. Q: Can President Donald Trump’s, or any federal official’s, businesses benefit? A: According to Schumer, no. The proposal would bar businesses controlled by the president, vice president, members of Congress and heads of executive branch departments from receiving loans or grants from the Treasury programs. Their children, spouses and in-laws also could not benefit. Q: Will the bill fix the economy and fully address the pandemic? A: While the bill is intended to stimulate the economy and halt further market declines, there’s no guarantee it will be a cure-all. Markets surged Tuesday in anticipation of the deal and rose further on Wednesday morning. Economists believe the U.S. is already in a recession. States including New York have already expressed concern that the current deal is not enough, and many lawmakers feel additional legislation will be needed. Q: How will this affect the federal deficit? A: It will grow, that is certain. But, leaders in both parties and main economists believe that’s necessary. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a bipartisan think tank based in Washington that normally campaigns for reduced deficits, said late Tuesday that the deficit would “easily exceed $2 trillion this year and next.” But it said that “now is not the time to worry about near-term deficits. Combating this public health crisis and preventing the economy from falling into a depression will require a tremendous amount of resources — and if ever there were a time to borrow those resources from the future, it is now. Larger deficits are not only an inevitability, but are, unfortunately, a necessity.” (Los Angeles Times staff writer Sarah D. Wire contributed to this report.) (c)2020 Los Angeles Times Visit the Los Angeles Times at Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Trump’s refusal to use wartime powers to direct scarce medical supplies has left states fighting it out By Don Lee and Jennifer Haberkorn Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — When President Donald Trump invoked emergency war powers last week to fight the coronavirus outbreak, many were hopeful that the federal government would take charge in addressing the nation’s dire shortage of ventilators, protective masks and other critical gear for patients and medical staff. But Trump has not made actual use of the powers granted in the Korean Warera law known as the Defense Production Act, even though state governors, health experts and lawmakers of his own party have appealed to the administration to employ that authority to bulk up production of medical equipment and supplies, and just as critically, to ensure that they’re distributed to areas of most urgent need. Trump’s reluctance to take a more assertive role — instead forcing states to fend for themselves and bid against one another — has created confusion and competition. And it has at times tied the hands of his own administration officials designated to lead the White House response to the pandemic. The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Peter Gaynor, said Tuesday that he was using the DPA’s allocation provision to procure about 60,000 coronavirus test kits and to take control over their distribution. He said it was the first time such a step had been taken in the battle against the coronavirus. But later in the day, Trump seemed to disavow the actual use of the law. And by Tuesday night, a FEMA’s press secretary, Lizzie Litzow, issued a statement saying, “At the last minute we were able to procure the test kits from the private market without evoking the DPA.” Among its provisions, the act authorizes the government to ensure that its orders for critical material get first priority from producers. While the DPA does not empower the government to take ownership of companies, it was used during the Korean War to regulate production and prices of some vital materials produced by private companies. Proponents of the act want Trump to use it now to direct factories to ramp up production of needed medical supplies and to prevent price-gouging. Trump last week gave formal notification that he was prepared to use the law, designating ventilators and personal protective equipment as necessary, but he has since insisted his administration has not needed to use the full weight of the law, saying he didn’t want to nationalize American businesses. “Private companies are heeding our call to produce medical equipment and supplies because they know that we will not hesitate to invoke the DPA in order to get them to do what they have to do.,” Trump said at a coronavirus briefing Tuesday. “It’s called leverage. You don’t have to use it. ... But the threat of it being there is great leverage, and companies are doing as we ask. ... They’re coming through and they’re calling us.” The status of the 60,000 test kits — a fraction of what’s needed — was unclear. Gaynor did not identify the company or companies from which FEMA was buying the kits. But he told CNN early Tuesday — before the aboutface — that FEMA would be using the law “for the first time today ... to get our hands on” those kits to allocate them where they’re most

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Teresa Olivas prepares single face mask bags at Prep and Save store in Upland, Calif. on March 17, 2020. Customers scared of lockdown due to coronavirus cleaned out shelves carrying survival food, hand sanitizer and masks.

needed. A growing number of lawmakers from both parties have been pushing Trump to make use of the law’s broad authority given the scarcity of ventilators, medical masks, gowns and other protective gear in areas where the need is greatest. “I don’t want to see doctors having to make a choice of who gets to live and who has to die because they don’t have the equipment to save their lives,” said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on his podcast. “If we wake up two weeks from now and instead of 11,000 cases, we have 200,000 cases or a million cases, it might be too late then,” Cruz said. Sen. Michael Bennet, DColo., said he was glad Trump invoked the act last week but disappointed it hasn’t been put into effect. “Instead of using them, he’s equivocating,” he said Monday, citing Trump’s remarks that companies are voluntarily boosting production. “We don’t have 18 months. It’s literally life and death.” Some lawmakers have become so frustrated that they’ve introduced a bill demanding the act’s usage in the hopes of expediting the production of medical equipment. The bill would require a purchase order of 300 million medical N95 masks and other personal protective equipment, and that the National Response Coordination Center conduct a national assessment on current medical supply needs and fill in missing gaps. “The shortage of medical supplies like masks and ventilators in hospitals in California and across the nation is unacceptable. It’s past time the president ensures health care workers have the supplies and resources they need to protect themselves and combat the coronavirus pandemic,” said Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., who with Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., introduced the bill. The administration’s strategy of invoking but not using the wartime power appears in part designed to meet its political needs. At Tuesday’s briefing, for example, Vice President Pence did not directly contradict Gaynor’s comments but said that “at this point no one said no” to federal requests or orders. Trump’s public posture aligns with that of many conservatives and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the most powerful voice of corporate America, which dismisses the need for such government intervention. Private companies have stepped up on their own to increase production and, where they can, to modify operations to make products that are needed, the chamber said.

The idea that “the government would do a better job in building all of this stuff and distributing it ... is a hard claim to defend given the government’s track record,” said Neil Bradley, chief policy officer at the chamber. “The folks who actually know how to build things are raising their hand and saying, ‘We can do it.’ That’s happening right now. Companies are doing this,” he said. But switching from normal operations to meet a sudden emergency requires businesses to spend money on new equipment and other needs. In the past, companies have been reluctant to make such new investments quickly and on their own when they could not be sure they could recover those expenses. The DPA permits the government to give guaranteed loans or install equipment to protect the companies financially. It also allows the government to control sales and distribution of the new products, to set priorities and assure that supplies go where the need is greatest. The Trump administration has highlighted a number of companies that have come forward on their own. Pence said Apple was donating 9 million N95 protective masks for health care professionals. Others like General Motors and Ford are using their manufacturing capabilities to help boost production of medical equipment such as ventilators, respirators and face shields, although it will take two to three months for some of the products to roll out of the factory. “I think they are responding to market needs. It’s in their financial interest to do so,” said Joshua Aguilar, a Morningstar analyst, referring to 3M’s plan to double the production of N95 masks over the next year. But many state officials, medical experts, and economists have been skeptical that relying on volunteers and market forces would assure that production of emergency supplies were produced quickly enough or in sufficient volume to meet the need. Governors have urged the administration to take control of the distribution of vital medical supplies and stop bidding wars. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has grown increasingly angry as COVID-19 cases have exceeded 26,000 in his state, about half of the infections recorded in the United States. On Tuesday he lashed out at the Trump administration’s failure to use the DPA, saying the law was made precisely for a time like now. “When we went to war, we didn’t say, ‘Any company out there want to build a battleship? ... Maybe a couple of you guys can get together and build a battleship ... maybe,

you think?’” he said, dripping with sarcasm. “That’s not how you did it. The president’s said it’s a war. It is a war. Well, then, act like it’s a war.” Cuomo said that New York has received only 400 ventilators from the federal government. “FEMA says, ‘We’re sending 400 ventilators.’ Really? What am I going to do with 400 ventilators when I need 30,000?” Jamie E. Baker, former legal adviser to the National Security Council and a professor at Syracuse University, said: “If there is a gap between voluntary production and what is needed, or anticipated to be needed, the DPA is the mechanism to close that gap.” (c)2020 Los Angeles Times Visit the Los Angeles Times at Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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Crocus blooms are some of the first seen in early spring.

The arrival of spring is a welcome occurrence for many people. Budding flowers are among the harbingers of spring. Spring flowers can revitalize winter-weary people just when they need it most and provide reassurance that brighter, warmer and longer hours of sunlight are just around the corner. Cold-tolerant flowers are hardy enough to start blooming before the last frosts have dissipated. Other flowers will

begin to fill in as days warm a little bit more, according to Better Homes and Gardens. Home gardeners looking to warm up their gardens with early blooms can use these flowers in their early-season containers, window boxes and planting beds. n Pansy: Pansies prefer cool weather, which can make them one of the best flowers to plant in early spring and late fall. Pansies come in a variety of colors, so there’s

bound to be an offering that will blend with any homeowners’ landscape design. n Creeping phlox: Also known ‘moss phlox,’ creeping phlox is a short ground-cover that is a herbaceous perennial. Phlox produces small, fragrant flowers in dense clusters, which can attract wildlife, such as butterflies, to their mats across the soil surface. n Snowdrops: Snowdrops can peek out even when there

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is snow still on the ground — sometimes as early as January and February. But their name is actually a reference to their appearance, as snowdrops have three white petals that hang down like drops dripping off the stem. n Violets: These flowers are closely related to pansies and, as a result, prefer cool seasons. Violets are generally slightly smaller than pansy blooms, but they can be just as beautiful. But as with pansies, violets will start to fade when the heat arrives. n Crocus: Crocus plants are relatively small, only reaching three to six inches in height. However, their grasslike leaves are some of the first sprouts that can be seen among bulb and corm plantings. Preferring full to partial sun, these gold, purple, lavender, white, or yellow flowers can be enjoyed during the earliest days of spring. n Daffodil: Daffodil bulbs produce cheerful, yellow flowers in early spring. They’re one of the most recognizable flowers thanks to their familiar shape and fragrant aroma. n Lenten rose: Hellebores, also called the Lenten rose or Christmas rose, can tolerate light frosts. These blooms get their name from the time of year when they bloom, which is typically around the Christian Lenten season. Despite their name, these delicate flowers are not actually related to roses, however. Early-blooming flowers give winter-weary gardeners hope that spring has arrived.

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Spring marks the return of many things. Trees and flowers begin to bloom again in spring, while warmer temperatures are welcomed back with open arms. Grass also begins to grow again in the spring. That means it’s not too long before homeowners have to dust off their lawn mowers and get to work. Those who don’t necessarily enjoy mowing the lawn may be tempted to cut their grass very low, as doing so can mean longer intervals between mowing sessions. However, mowing grass too low can have a very adverse effect on a lawn. • Cutting too low promotes weed growth. Injured grass is vulnerable to invaders, including weeds and insects. Weeds and insects can attack grass as it recovers from injury, and before homeowners know it, their lawns are overcome with a host of problems. • Cutting too low allows crabgrass to thrive. Crabgrass needs ample sunlight to grow. By cutting grass too low, homeowners may unknowingly be promoting crabgrass growth. Crabgrass is unsightly and can rob surrounding grass of the moisture it needs to grow. So lawns cut too low may not only lose their lush appeal thanks to the unattractive appearance of crabgrass, but also because areas surrounding the crabgrass patches might turn brown due to lack of water. • Cutting too low can stress the grass. Cutting too low also makes lawns vulnerable to summer heat. Without blades tall enough to block some of the summer sun, grass can quickly succumb to summer heat, leading to dried out, discolored lawns.


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Outdoor improvements can improve the marketability of a home, as well as enhance its appearance and function.

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Exterior renovations can enhance the appearance of a property and make it more enjoyable for homeowners. Certain renovations have the potential to add value to a home, while others may do the opposite. Learning which one have the largest return on investment can help homeowners select features that will have the most positive impact. Curb appeal goes a long way toward attracting potential buyers. According to the National Association of Realtors, first impressions of a property have a strong influence on buyers. Landscaping and external features can do much to influence such impressions. . n Lawn care program: Investing in a lawn care program that consists of fertilizer and weed control application and can be transferred over to a subsequent home owner is an attractive feature. NAR says such a care program can recover $1,000 in value of the $330 average cost, or a 303 percent ROI. n Low-maintenance lifestyle: When choosing materials for projects, those that offer low-maintenance benefits can be preferential. These include low-maintenance patio materials, composite deck-

Ideas to give homes a fresh look Spring is a season of rejuvenation, and that spirit of renewal can take hold inside a home. Warm weather and longer hours of daylight make spring a perfect time to imagine a home’s interior design in a new light. The following are a handful of decor ideas that may inspire homeowners to give their homes an entirely new look this spring. • Wallpaper: Wallpaper fell out of favor years ago, but new styles that aren’t so heavily patterned can make for wonderful additions to any room. Largescale prints can give a room a whole new feel without giving homeowners or their guests the impression that they have stepped back in time. • Pastel colors: Nothing embodies the spring quite like pastel colors. If colorful, bright flowers dot the garden in the backyard, homeowners can bring those uplifting pastels inside by painting an accent wall or even adding some brightly colored accent furniture to rooms that could use a lift. • Declutter: Clutter is often conquered during spring cleaning sessions, but homeowners who want to create more free-flowing interior spaces can downsize their furniture and/or look for multipurpose features that make it hard for clutter to take over a room. • Accent features: Sometimes the smallest changes to an interior space make the biggest impression. Replace dated accents like vases and table lamps with newer items that reflect the latest styles and trends. Such adjustments won’t break the bank, and they can give rooms a whole new feel. This spring homeowners can embrace various strategies, both big and small, to give their

ing, vinyl fencing, and inorganic mulched beds. n Fire pit: A fire pit can be used for much of the year. In the spring and summer, the firepit is a great place to congregate to roast marshmallows or sip wine and gaze into the fire. In the fall, the fire pit can make for a cozy retreat. A fire pit that has a gas burner is low-maintenance, and the National Association of Landscape Professionals says that most can recoup about $4,000 of their $6,000 average price tag. n Softscaping: Hardscaping refers to structures like outdoor kitchens or decks. Softscaping involves the living elements of the landscape. Hiring a landscape designer to install trees, shrubs, natural edging, and rock elements can do wonders toward improving the look and value of a home. n Pool or water feature: In certain markets, particularly hot climates, a pool or another water feature is a must-have. However, in other areas where outdoor time is limited, a pool or water feature can actually lower the value of a home. Speaking with a real estate professional can give homeowners an idea of how a pool will fare in a given neighborhood.

Homes are getting bigger, but it seems like people are still lamenting a lack of storage space. National Public Radio says the average American home has nearly tripled in size during the last 50 years. Despite that, 10 percent of Americans still need to rent offsite storage, according to a report in the New York Times Magazine. Self-storage facilities are one of the fastest-growing commercial real estate segments, and the Self Storage Association says there are more than 50,000 storage facilities in the U.S. alone. The commercial real estate company CBRE, Ltd., says there are roughly 3,000 self-storage facilities across Canada, and 65 to 85 percent of self-storage tenants are residential users. Improving storage at home can be a cost-effective alternative to renting storage space. With these easy tips, homeowners can maximize space immediately. Utilize track storage systems Closets may be plentiful, but if not efficiently utilized, space may still seem lacking. Track closet storage systems often make greater use of closet space than traditional shelf and hanging rod systems. Customizing closets using track systems or other modifications can improve utility of all closets in the house. Invest in storage beds Storage beds typically feature cubbies or drawers within a platform-style bed frame. It’s a practical home storage solution, and does not require any building. Think vertically Maximize spaces by looking up and down for storage possibilities. Items that are not used frequently, such as seasonal decorations or travel suitcases, can be stored in high spaces. Shelving on walls can go as high as necessary and be put to use in awkward wall areas, such as in corners or under eaves. Invest in storage

These are just a few of the handy ways to improve the interior storage space in a home.

benches/ottomans A stopping area inside the front door replete with a storage bench can house shoes, umbrellas, hats, backpacks, and other items, keeping them tidy and out of sight. In living rooms, look for chests or ottomans that are decorative and functional. Recess drawers or shelves Gain more storage by recessing a chest of drawers into what is called the ‘knee wall’ of homes that have sloped ceilings in attics and upstairs bedrooms. Utilize these short walls in an efficient manner by sinking drawers or shelves into them, without taking up floor space.


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Good news amongst all the gloom Time now to stop and smell the roses By Abby and Gabby For Columbia-Greene Media

PRATTSVILLE – Let’s start with some really good news: Welcome greetings to Cheyenne Riley Martin, born at 7:18 a.m. Feb. 29. Cheyenne arrived on her due date, leap day, and she made it a special day for all. Parents are Miranda Briggs and Curtis Martin and joins sibling Dean, 8; Kinsley, 6 and Addison, 3. Grandparents are Connie Briggs and EJ Sherman and Daryl Smith. Great-grandparents are Curt Martin, Kathy McGorry and Dominick Forte. Great-grandmother Patricia Smith and great-grandfather Bill Briggs. Congratulations to all and especially Miranda for doing all the work. Janet Brainerd is home from her winter stay with son Georgie and families. Janet is doing as much as can be expected during these enforced stay at home orders. Janet said it was so quiet after spending so much time with younger family members that she had to call around for company. Georgie is a mechanic and is in big demand right now with all the extra freight being moved around and is out of state for job duties. Thank you Georgie for seeing that we are kept well stocked. Debbie and Jim Dymond’s daughter Cortney

and husband TJ and their son Aaron have moved into their new home on Route 145. They moved from a mobile home to a three bedroom house and so far have extra space. With a little one that will soon change. Now for some cancellations but if in doubt, call those organizations directly. The Pratt Museum Brunch of March 29 at Washington Irving Inn has been cancelled – no date for future fundraiser. The Greene County American Legion Auxiliary for April 4 at Moore’s Motel has been cancelled. The Annual Easter Egg Hunt by American Legion Auxiliary Virgil E. Deyo Unit 1327 at Young’s Ace Hardware, Prattsville April 11, has been cancelled. Possible make up event in the future for the kids. The Unit’s monthly meeting for April 14 has also been cancelled. The Prattsville Firemen’s Pork Dinner for April 25 has been postponed. Stay in touch for a future date. The Greene County Ladies League for cancer patients has cancelled their April 7 meeting. But although restricted their great works go on: Heard from League Official Rhonda Marigasso that they have begun the preparations for their third Annual Cancer Patient

Aid Car Show. The date is Aug. 16 at the Chicken Run Family Restaurant in Windham. The main reason they want to get the word out is they are in the process right now of seeking Trophy sponsors. “We have ‘Top 20’ trophy sponsorship available at $40 per sponsor. We are asking that people or businesses respond by April 15. This is something to look forward to and have high hopes that life with be back to normal. Elliott Brainard is home after an overnight stay at hospital. It was something that was corrected and he was sent home to take it easy What else he is going to do under quarantine orders? What a time for wife Shelly to retire – just in time to be forced to stay at home. Continued speedy recover wished to Arnold Jaeger who is recovering from knee surgery. Happy Birthday to Desmond Petrioni on March 28. Happy Birthday to Sarah Armlin on March 29. On March 30 we send Happy Birthday wishes to Mary McGlynn. Happy Birthday greetings to Haley Bensoon on March 31. Happy Birthday to Randy Briggs on April 2. On April 2 it is Happy Birthday to Kerrianne Aurigema Dibble and Mary Barry.

HTC offering free meals to students By Christine Dwon For Columbia-Greene Media

We extend sympathy to Adam and Alice Cross and family on the passing of Adam’s mother on March 17 in Florida. Due to the cancellation of classes at HTC until April 13, the District is offering free meals for students. There are four locations for pick-ups: Haines Falls Fire Department, Tannersville Fire Department, Hunter Fire Department, Lexington Fire Company. Pick-ups will be 7:30-9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday. Pick-up will include meals for the following: Monday (Monday and Tuesday); Wednesday (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday). Breakfast includes: Cereal or grain (pop tarts/granola bar), fruit, milk, juice. Lunch includes: Bagel Buddies, Yogurt Buddies, assorted wraps and sandwiches (including peanut butter and jelly, BBQ chicken wrap, deli sandwich or Buffalo chicken wrap); fruit, milk, veggies (example – carrot and celery sticks or roasted chickpeas). Contact: freefood@; 518-589-5400 X1008. Please call and leave a message noting if you are interested in participating and at what location. Happy birthday to Peggy Rappleyea on March 27. March 27 is Eugene Constable’s birthday. Also celebrating a birthday on March 27 is Bob Hermance. Happy birthday to Paul Dwon on March 29. Former Lexington resident Marie Van Patten has her birthday on March 29. Birthday wishes go out on March 31 to Louise Van Etten. April 2 is Francis Driscoll’s birthday. Best wishes to all of you.

No surprise that the following have been canceled or postponed: The Tai Chi for Health class scheduled to start March 25 in the Hunter Library is canceled. Greene County Public Health Department Rabies Clinics for Greene County cats, dogs and ferrets scheduled for March 25 in Grapeville and April 22 in Lexington are canceled. Town of Lexington Nonpartisan meeting canceled for March 28 and currently rescheduled for 6-7 pm. April 25 in the Lexington/West Kill UMC hall. Springtime Fundraiser for Zadock Pratt Museum scheduled for March 29 at the Washington Irving Inn is now postponed. No church service on March 29 at the Lexington/West Kill UMC. Hopefully will resume in April. Bible Study canceled for now. April 1, April Fool’s Day, has been canceled (or postponed?). Sorry, couldn’t resist that one. Town of Lexington Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary meeting scheduled for April 14 is canceled. April 16 is Ellouise Cole’s 90th birthday. The birthday party planned for Ellouise has been canceled but you can still send her happy birthday wishes to 1210 Florence Drive, Latham, NY 12110. Card shower! Greene County Department of Human Services Senior Nutrition Program menu for the week of March 30 – April 3 is as follows: Monday—National

Hot Chicken Day—Chicken Chow Mein, brown rice, oriental mixed vegetables, pineapple chunks with mandarin oranges; Tuesday—Cook’s choice, cauliflower, fruit cocktail; Wednesday—Pulled pork, baked beans, collard greens, apple cake; Thursday—Stuffed peppers, Italian mixed vegetables, fresh fruit; Friday—National Chocolate Mousse Day—Crab topped cod, green beans, fresh salad, red roasted potato, chocolate mousse. Please call the Mountain Top Senior Center in Jewett at 518-263-4392 at least a day in advance to reserve your meal. There are no indoor meals being served at the center but meals are available for take out only. Home delivery is continuing. Thank you and God Bless all of the health care providers, pharmacies, law enforcement, EMS, firefighters, first responders, military, our local radio station WRIP, truck drivers, store employees, delivery drivers, postal workers, farmers, the list goes on, for working to keep us safe and provide for us. Please continue to pray for our nation and all others dealing with the pandemic. Follow the recommended guidelines, stay home, wash your hands. Please be kind, considerate, compassionate and respectful. Give your family, friends, neighbors a call to see how they are and if they need anything. We need to watch out and care for each other. We are all in this together and we will get through this – together.

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This week has been a very long, trying week for most of us. I have observed that there are two major types of people. There are the givers. Thank you to Hickory Hill Market who has been donating products to the local food pantry and to area Senior Citizens. Their generosity started before the crisis, and we are sure it will continue. Thanks to the restaurants who have donated food that they bought for the ski season that was suddenly cut short. Again, the food pantries, and Senior Nutrition center benefitted from your generosity. The little extras in the home delivered meals are very well appreciated by the citizens who are high risk. Now, there’s the I. ME. Mine people. Those who run to the grocery store and wipe out the displays so they won’t suffer. People, deliveries are still being made on the same schedule that they were following. You don’t need 10 packages of chicken, all the sausage in the case. Still don’t know what you’re doing with all of that toilet paper, and this is coming from someone who is always well stocked with it. It’s a shame when you attack the clerk stocking the shelves because the alcohol and prep pads were moved behind the counter so the people who give themselves daily shots can be safe. Have you tried soap and water to keep your hands clean? It works better than alcohol. Boo to the woman who couldn’t get a thermometer because it wasn’t in the shipment. Do you think berating the clerk and all the store managers is going to make it miraculously appear? Maybe this is God’s answer to slowing down our over busy lives. I got to go away with a friend (to clean a house) last week and didn’t feel guilty about what I was missing. We can sit and relax a little. Read a book, day dream, clean your closets, take a solitary walk. We finally have time to stop and smell the roses. We have time to reconnect with our families. Take advantage of this hard time by thinking of others. Hope Restoration Christian Fellowship have cancelled their Annual Easter Breakfast on April 12. Fr. Jay will be taping Mass at least each Sunday (he will be saying it privately from now on due to latest restrictions) and possibly daily. I think it will be

always available at this YouTube site. ruaAwQbhkmE Also, here is a link for a site that St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Church in Windham has a subscription to. It has religious educational, prayer, and entertainment videos, audio books, etc. To sign up for a free personal account go to https:// and enter the Windham zip code (12496) to sign up under St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Church parish account. Due to the current crisis of the Coronavirus and the effect it is having on all of us health wise and financially the Ashland Historical Association Inc. feels the need to postpone our annual June tractor show and pull till possibly September’s fall event. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause our supporters but feel it’s the right and responsible thing to do. I will post any updates. Thank you Samerna Rion, President and my board members.

LOCAL COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRIES Please contact food bank directly for details, availability and eligibility requirements. All information is subject to change Windham Community Food Pantry - Hope Restoration Church, 117 State Route 296, Windham, NY 12496 518-7343826. Open 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m.-noon second and third Saturday; Jewett Food Pantry - Jewett Presbyterian Church, 53 Church St., Jewett, NY 12444 917-992-7419. Open 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday; Potter Hollow Food Pantry, 4824 Potter Hollow Road, Preston Hollow, NY 12469 518-860-3061. Open 9:30 a.m.-noon the second and third Saturdays of each month; Prattsville Community Church Food Pantry (for Prattsville and Ashland residents), 14464 Route 23, Prattsville, NY 12468 518-299-3321. Open 4-6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. For anyone 60 and older, the Greene County Nutrition Program is still up and running. Home delivered meals are still being delivered, and meals are still available at all Nutrition Centers for take out. You must call ahead, at least a day in advance, to let the director know how many meals to prepare.

CARES AND PRAYERS Happy Birthday greetings to

Nettie Brink who will celebrate 90 years. Did you send cards to Mary Holcomb? She, also, turned 90 last month. And Kay Spaulding, who will be celebrating her 94th. Congrats to Kayla VanValkenburg, my niece, who just said “yes” and is engaged. Wally Thompson just called, and sends his best. All events are pretty much canceled, Call ahead for any changes.

AS I REMEMBER IT My thoughts for walking Main Street, Windham, was for my readers to go back in their minds and remember and so it happened. I have had calls from people who added information about some of the inhabitants. So, going back to the Ed Hitchcock-Edna Fiero house. Janet Pousant Goos’ family, the Knapps, lived there and the children were born there. The next house, Dr. Pacer, was once owned by Howie and Betty Thorp before they built on South Street. Thanks for calling me with the addition info. So, last week I spoke about Morse’s store and Phil Sullivan, a very important part of Windham. Next door was an appliance store that was owned by Sam McCubrey, and wife Florence, who lived on Mill Street. After the appliance store closed, The Friendly Red Door opened. This was a medical loan closet; if you needed crutches, you didn’t get them from the doctor, you went to The Friendly Red Door. When you were done with them, you didn’t put them in the closet, cellar, attic, you returned them for someone else to use. The Windham Pharmacy still has some of the equipment, but, nowadays, insurance will pay for it, so get new and throw out. The next building, now a restaurant, was the National Bank of Windham. When you needed a loan, you went to John Smith and asked him for money. John didn’t have to do a credit check, he knew your financial status, and how good you were on paying back money, so you usually got the money that visit. How nice is that? That was really the end of the commercial district. Now we go back into housing. Now it’s time for a trip to Windham to refresh my memory. If you have any additional info, I’m self quarantined and will talk.




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Postponed Olympics creates new problems for Team USA basketball. Sports, B2

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Olympic officials begin ‘unprecedented’ task of rescheduling Games Rick Maese The Washington Post

With the postponement of the Tokyo Games finally decided, Olympic officials on Wednesday began the unprecedented and unwieldy task of rescheduling a Summer Games, a puzzle with seemingly endless pieces, many of which won’t likely fit neatly together. Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, said no details about the postponed Games have been determined, but it is possible they take place as early as next spring. “All the options are on the table,” Bach said on a conference call with reporters Wednesday. After weeks of insisting the Tokyo Games would begin as scheduled beginning July 24, the IOC and the Japanese Olympic officials announced Tuesday that because of the novel coronavrius pandemic, the quadrenniel event would be postponed until some time next year, which means organizers had to start scrambling on what promises to be a massive - and costly - undertaking. “We are at an


People wearing face masks chat next to the Olympic Rings on March 13 in Tokyo, Japan.

unprecedented situation and have an unprecedented challenge,” Bach said. “This

postponed Olympic Games will need sacrifices, will need compromises by all the

stakeholders.” Bach and others have made clear that it will take

time for Olympic officials and the Tokyo 2020 committee to sort through the details

and come up with a revised plan for staging the massive event. They’ll need to consider scheduling, equipment availability, accommodations, venues and workforce - both paid employees and volunteers - among other things. “Trying to figure out the best way to go is going to be very difficult,” said Anita DeFrantz, one of 15 members of the influential IOC executive committee. “It’s going to be a whole lot of work. It’s going to take more than more than a month or two to figure this out.” Bach said the IOC has already formed a task force to tackle the myriad challenges. The group calls itself “Here We Go,” a nod to the obstacles that lie ahead. They’ll hold a teleconference with the 33 international sports federations on Thursday to begin studying calendars and logistics. “This is like a huge jigsaw puzzle putting together, every piece has to fit,” Bach said. “If you take out one piece, the whole puzzle is destroyed. Therefore, See GAMES B3

Mets’ Noah Syndergaard has torn UCL, will have Tommy John surgery Deesha Thosar New York Daily News


Sports agent Scott Boras speaks to the media during the MLB Winter Meetings at Manchester Grand Hyatt.

Scott Boras pitches 162-game MLB schedule with a World Series game on Christmas Mike Digiovanna Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — Imagine waking up Christmas morning, exchanging gifts with the family, having a midday brunch and then gathering around the television to watch ... Game 6 of the World Series? What seems absurd to many makes perfect sense to agent Scott Boras, who has used the downtime caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to brainstorm ideas for how baseball can maintain the integrity of its traditional 162-game schedule and four-tiered playoff system despite a lengthy delay to the start of the season. “When you’re in jail and you can’t go anywhere,” Boras said, alluding to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order that Californians stay at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, “these kinds of things are nice projects to work on, right?” There is a growing sense among baseball executives that a best-case scenario for the sport would be an 81-game regular season beginning around July 1 and a postseason in October. There is also a fear among some that the 2020 season might be canceled in its entirety.

Boras is more optimistic. He believes a June start is “well within the vision of what could be,” and said he has submitted proposals to Major League Baseball for a 162-game season that would begin June 1 and a 144-game season that would start July 1. Both feature a playoff schedule that would run Dec. 3-26, complete with wild-card games, five-game division series, seven-game championship series and a seven-game World Series. Postseason games would be played in eight domed stadiums and three Southern California stadiums. “We have it all mapped out,” Boras said. “It’s workable. We’ve done climate studies, and in Southern California, the average temperature in December is 67 degrees, which is better than late March and early April in most cities. We have 11 stadiums we could play postseason games in. I’m gonna get my neutral-site World Series after all.” Boras has long been a proponent of playing the World Series — or, at least, the first two games of it — at a neutral site to give fans and corporate sponsors months in advance to plan See BORAS B3

NEW YORK — Noah Syndergaard has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and will undergo Tommy John surgery, a source confirmed to the Daily News. The injury will force Syndergaard to miss the 2020 season, if or when Major League Baseball resumes this year. He is likely to return in the middle of the 2021 season, which is the final year of his contract with the Mets. Dr. David Altchek, the team’s medical director, will perform the procedure on Thursday at the Hospital for

Special Surgery. Syndergaard’s torn UCL is a major blow to the Mets rotation; he’s the No. 2 starter behind Jacob deGrom. The club’s chances for playoff contention relied heavily on the success of its dominant rotation. Without Syndergaard’s power arm, the likelihood of a postseason run has significantly decreased. The right-hander experienced discomfort in his elbow before spring training was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen. After his “symptoms”

persisted, Syndergaard underwent an MRI that revealed the ligament tear. He then received a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who confirmed the diagnosis and the recommendation for Tommy John surgery. “Noah is an incredibly hard worker and a tremendous talent,” Van Wagenen said in a statement on Tuesday. “While this is unfortunate, we have no doubt that Noah will be able to return to full strength and continue to be an integral part of our Championship pursuits in the future.” See METS B3

Calipari says the Knicks would regret giving up on Knox Stefan Bondy New York Daily News

NEW YORK — Kevin Knox’s second season in the NBA, assuming it’s over because of the coronavirus crisis, was a disappointment. A regression was predictable in some ways, given the decision of former team president Steve Mills to overload the roster with win-now veterans who play Knox’s position. But even when he played this season, Knox was inefficient. His statistics per game dropped in every major category from his rookie campaign — in minutes (28.8 to 17.8), points (12.8 to 6.4), field-goal percentage (37% to 35.9%), 3-point shooting percentage (34.3% to 32.7%), assists (1.1 to 0.9) and rebounds (4.5 to 2.8). The drops in production and opportunity have called into question Knox’s role in the Knicks’ future. It’s unclear how new team president Leon Rose views the 20-year-old forward, but it’s worth noting he didn’t draft Knox ninth overall and therefore shouldn’t feel the same commitment to his


New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox II (20) is fouled by Philadelphia 76ers guard Josh Richardson (0) while driving for a shot during their Feb. 27 game at Wells Fargo Center.

development. John Calipari, who coached Knox for a season at Kentucky, said the Knicks would regret giving up on a player with his physical tools. “It’s going to take time,” Calipari told reporters on a conference call. “What you

don’t want to do, and teams have done this in that league, is they give up on a young, young player too soon, and now all of a sudden the whole thing in New York would be, ‘Well, what if we had him? We gave him away. We should’ve held on longer, why did we

do that?’ Young guys take longer to develop, especially when they’re big. Guys with his size and skill, the game is going to him.” Knox won’t turn 21 until August and was among the youngest players drafted in See KNICKS B3



B2 Thursday, March 26, 2020

Transactions FOOTBALL NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE Baltimore Ravens - Re-signed DB Jimmy Smith to a one-year, $6 million contract. Carolina Panthers - Acquired QB Kyle Allen from the Carolina Panthers for a 2020 fifth-round draft pick. Cut QB Cam Newton. Cincinnati Bengals - Signed WR Mike Thomas. Cleveland Browns - Signed WR Jojo Natson to a one-year, $1 million contract. Dallas Cowboys - Re-signed K Kai Forbath to a one-year contract. Re-signed LB Sean Lee to a one-year, $4.5 million contract. Re-signed LS L.P. Ladouceur to one-year, $1 million contract. Detroit Lions - Re-signed DB Miles Killebrew to a one-year, $2 million contract. Signed DB Tony McRae to a one-year, $1.5 million contract. Signed QB Chase Daniel to a three-year, $13.05 million contract. Signed DT Nick Williams to a two-year, $10 million contract. Signed DT Danny Shelton to a two-year, $8 million contract. Green Bay Packers - Re-signed TE Marcedes Lewis to a one-year, $2.25 million contract. Jacksonville Jaguars - Signed DE Rodney Gunter to a three-year, $18 million contract. Miami Dolphins - Signed LB Elandon Roberts. New England Patriots - Signed LB Shilique Calhoun. New Orleans Saints - Signed DB Deatrick Nichols to a one-year contract. Philadelphia Eagles - Re-signed QB Nate Sudfeld to a one-year, $2 million contract. Resigned DB Jalen Mills to a one-year, $5 million contract. Re-signed P Cameron Johnson to a one-year, $600,000 contract. Signed DB Will Parks to a one-year contract. San Francisco 49ers - Re-signed DB Jimmie Ward to a three-year, $28.5 million contract. Signed LB Joe Walker to a one-year contract. Signed TE Ross Dwelley to a one-year, $750,000 contract. Seattle Seahawks - Acquired DB Quinton Dunbar from the Washington Redskins for a 2020 fifth-round draft pick. Signed T Brandon Shell to a two-year, $11 million contract. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Re-signed DB Andrew Adams to a one-year, $1 million contract. Tennessee Titans - Re-signed TE MyCole Pruitt to a one-year contract. Washington Redskins - Cut DB Breon Borders, DB Dee Delaney, and DB Montae Nicholson. Signed C Wes Schweitzer to a three-year, $13.5 million contract. NCAA FOOTBALL Florida State - Announced RB Jashaun Corbin has been granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA. North Carolina - Named Kevin Donnalley director of high school relations. Penn State - Announced WR Mac Hippenhammer has left the program. BASKETBALL NCAA BASKETBALL Alabama - Announced G Kira Lewis Jr. and G John Petty Jr. will enter the NBA draft. Arizona - Announced G Nico Mannion will enter the NBA draft. Iowa State - Announced G Tyrese Haliburton will enter the NBA draft. Michigan St - Announced F Xavier Tillman will enter the NBA draft. Nebraska - Announced G Cameron Mack will enter the NBA draft. Seton Hall - Announced F Sandro Mamukelashvili will enter the NBA draft. HOCKEY NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Carolina Hurricanes - Signed C Jason Cotton to a one-year, entry-level contract. Signed C David Cotton to a two-year, entry-level contract. Minnesota Wild - Signed C Dean Evason and RW Mitchell Chaffee to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Pro basketball

Postponed Olympics creates new problems for Team USA basketball Dan Woike Los Angeles Times

It’s hard to think of someone involved with Team USA men’s basketball that wanted to compete this summer at the Tokyo Olympics more than Jerry Colangelo. The Hall of Fame executive has been the architect of three consecutive goldmedal teams, and after a brutally disappointing 2019 when Team USA finished seventh at the FIBA World Cup, losing to France in the quarterfinals, Colangelo was eagerly awaiting the Tokyo Games, his last as managing director of the men’s national team. With the IOC announcing the Summer Games are postponed to 2021, he and coach Gregg Popovich now have to wait. “Look, when I commit to something, I commit all the way. Pop is the same way. And so we’re in the trenches,” Colangelo said in a phone interview Tuesday. “Yeah, we were anxious to get to the Olympics and take care of business. Candidly, I wanted to go out on a very high note because I said this would be my last Olympics. So, that’s been delayed a year. “ ... My competitive juices are still where they are. We will get the job done that we need to get done in terms of preparation and putting a team together. I’m very optimistic about all the pieces coming together at the right time.” With COVID-19 causing crisis around the globe, he understands the right time is not now. “We were on hold, on pause, at the

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mercies of all the governing bodies that we have to deal with,” Colangelo said. “... I’m glad now that it’s been postponed. It could’ve been a nightmare under any circumstance.” That’s not to say what comes next will be easy for Team USA. While player commitment for the 2020 games was high — Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, James Harden and more verbally committed to play, while others

such as LeBron James, Paul George, Anthony Davis and Kawhi Leonard expressed interest — the timing of the rescheduled games could eliminate NBA players altogether. The uncertainty about the remaining games in the current NBA season and the effects of finishing the season deep into the summer could have an impact on the player pool if the 2020-21 season starts in December as some have

For finely-tuned Olympic athletes, a one-year postponement changes everything Dave Sheinin



Managing Director Jerry Colangelo of the 2019 USA Men’s National Team is introduced before the 2019 USA Basketball Men’s National Team Blue-White exhibition game on Aug. 9, 2019 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

proposed. Also, there’s the possibility that the Olympics could take place next spring, which would thin the group of players even further because the schedule would conflict with the NBA and NCAA seasons. “Here’s my attitude: I’m not going to speculate on what we’d do publicly if any of those things take place,” Colangelo said. “What we need to do is, internally, just look at those options and be prepared when the time comes.” For now, just like before the postponement, Team USA is forced to wait. Once the NBA and, more importantly, the Olympics reset their schedules, Colangelo and his team can start to rebuild the infrastructure required to compete — setting schedules, finding places to train and, ultimately, getting players on board to play. “As soon as we get the dates for the Olympics next summer we can then go into action, because we have a lot of work to do,” Colangelo said. The good news for Team USA is that Colangelo said he hasn’t heard a lot from players who are wavering in their commitment to the program. Last summer’s seventh-place finish at the World Cup — the first time the men’s basketball team didn’t at least medal since a fifth-place finish in the 1978 world championships — had bolstered interest in playing in the Tokyo Olympics this summer. “For many,” Colangelo said, “it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” And just like those stars, he’s going to have to wait too.

A single year is an eternity to an Olympic athlete whose whole career may last less than a decade, whose athletic peak is even shorter than that, and whose entire competitive life is scripted and defined by the ancient rhythms of the four-year Olympic “quad.” A 12-month pause to the Tokyo Games, from summer 2020 to summer 2021, may be a negligible blip within a modern Olympic movement that has existed for 125 years. But to an athlete whose moment is right now, Tuesday’s news of the postponement of the world’s biggest and most expensive sporting event from this July and August to sometime in 2021 in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic changes everything. “In the NFL, you have the Super Bowl every year. We wait four years for these events to come around,” American slalom canoeist and three-time Olympian Casey Eichfeld said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “It’s hard now to think we already waited four years, and now we have to wait another year. But that’s just how it has to be.” The one-year postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games and Paralympic Games will affect the world’s elite athletes in different ways. From archers to wrestlers, teenage skateboarders to 50-something equestrians, all must rethink meticulously planned training regimens, take stock of their motivation and, in many cases, assess their ability to finance another year of training for an Olympic goal that’s now one year further off. How long is one year to an Olympic athlete? Long enough for a young phenom to blossom into a world-beater, for a superstar in peak form to suffer a career-ending injury or for an aging veteran giving it one last go to realize one more year is one too many. The Olympics may just be on a one-year pause, but time marches relentlessly on. “It’s getting harder, because I’m not getting younger,” said swimmer Ryan Lochte, a 12-time Olympic medalist seeking to make his fifth U.S. Olympic team and who will turn 36 on Aug. 3, six days before the Tokyo 2020 Games would have come to an end.

“I was ready. I was ready to go. I’m swimming amazing right now. But I’ve always had to deal with bumps in the road, and I’ve always overcome them. “So this is just another bump. . . If anything, this will just p--- me off and make my fire even bigger. I’ll be more focused. I want it even more now. Nothing has changed. It’s just getting pushed back a year.” Across the Olympic landscape, athletes around the world expressed rough versions of the same sentiment in reaction to Tuesday’s news: It is disappointing to be forced to wait a year, but postponement was the right choice. In many ways, it was the voices of athletes -- and the subsequent decisions by entire countries, beginning with Canada, to pull out of the Tokyo Games if they went on this summer - that forced the International Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 into Tuesday’s announcement. “I am obviously extremely disappointed but this is more important and bigger than me or any of the athletes that have been taking part,” British swimmer Adam Peaty, a twotime Olympic medalist, said in a statement. “This is a matter of life and death, and we all need to do the right thing.” “Our dreams aren’t cancelled, they’re just postponed,” tweeted American runner Emma Coburn, a two-time Olympian and 2016 bronze medalist in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Perhaps nowhere is a single year in time felt more profoundly than in women’s gymnastics, a sport long-dominated by pre-pubescent teenagers and restricted by age -- athletes must turn at least 16 in the year the Olympics are held. The one-year postponement means an entire new wave of younger gymnasts, who previously figured their chance wouldn’t come until Paris 2024, is suddenly eligible for Tokyo. “You have to worry about that,” said agent Sheryl Shade, who has represented gymnastics champions Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin and Laurie Hernandez. “Before puberty, you have no fear.” To some extent, that dynamic will play out across all Olympic sports: To an older, established competitor, that young up-and-comer nipping at your

heels has another year to catch you. Time is on their side, not yours. “Next year there’s going to be a bunch of junior kids coming up in the senior ranks for me,” said U.S. gymnast Akash Modi. “They’re going to be one year better, so it’s going to be harder for me. I’m OK with that; I just want the U.S. to be better overall. I’d still love to make the team. But if I get beaten out by a younger guy, and I am at my best - it just means that the U.S. team is going to be better.” For older athletes, the calculus of a one-year postponement includes how much is left those aging muscles and ligaments. Tiger Woods has said he’d like to make the fourman U.S. team in golf for Tokyo, but he has dealt with back pain this season and will be 46 next summer. Decorated U.S. sprinter Justin Gatlin, who has said he planned to retire after Tokyo, will be 39. Beach volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings, a three-time gold medalist, will be 42. American sprinter Allyson Felix, who will be 35 next year, had said this year’s Olympics would be her fifth and final Summer Games. Tennis legends Roger Federer and Serena Williams both turn 40 next August and September, respectively. As 37-year-old American hurdler and two-time summer Olympian Lolo Jones tweeted following Tuesday’s news, “Retirement will have to wait another year.” While the joint decision by the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee to postpone the Games was widely expected and welcomed - if only to put at ease the minds of athletes whose training regimens have been disrupted by covid-19 social restrictions - it will also spark a long period of chaos across Olympic bodies worldwide, since each country and each sport has different timetables and systems for qualification. Athletes in various sports and from various countries had already earned their spots in Tokyo - and those countries and those sports must now decide whether those results will stand until 2021. “Seems like you’d almost have to clean the slate and start over,” said Jess Graba, coach of gymnast Sunisa Lee, 17, who helped the U.S. women to the team gold at the 2019 World

Championships and was expected to contend for the gold medal in Tokyo in the uneven bars. But the majority of athletes across the globe faced some sort of qualifying or trials competitions this spring or early summer to earn their berths - some of which were already wiped out, or about to be wiped out, by covid-19 measures. “There are so many variables, so much uncertainty,” said U.S. wrestler Helen Maroulis, an Olympic gold medalist in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. “I just qualified a week and a half ago. Does that count? Does that not count? Do we have to re-wrestle the tournament?... As athletes, we’re going to have to rise up and be resilient, like the rest of the world.” Since American Canoe had scheduled its Olympic qualifying events for April - and had only recently moved to cancel them - Eichfeld, the slalom canoeist, had already begun to point his body and mind toward a peak he hoped to hit a month from now. “You always have the Olympics in the back of your mind as you’re training. But when the calendar flips to [2020], it moves to the forefront,” Eichfeld said. “It’s hard to come off the high. But from a positive standpoint, it gives you another year to let things settle down and reevaluate our training. The goal is just to buckle down and do what we have to do to get through this. The training and racing will be there waiting for us on the other side of the storm.” The Olympic quad - the four years between Summer or Winter Games - is so baked into the lives of athletes that it dictates the timing of major life events. Female athletes have timed their pregnancies so their childbirths arrive in year one of the quad - after the previous Olympics. Melissa Stockwell, a paratriathlete and bronze medalist at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics, moved her family from outside Chicago to Colorado Springs, Colorado, in January 2019 - exactly 18 months before the scheduled opening of the Tokyo Paralympic Games. She wanted to be able to train at the Olympic Training Center there on a schedule scripted and optimized to put her in peak form for this August. “You have this big endgame

in mind,” said Stockwell, 40, a former U.S. Army lieutenant who lost a leg in the Iraq War. “An Olympic athlete’s timeline is very specific. You know by 2019 you need to have entered certain races. You should be at a certain world ranking, you should have X amount of qualifying points. This throws a wrench into the athletic plan, but that doesn’t mean the plan can’t be reworked for 2021.” Last week, the U.S. Olympic training center in Colorado Springs was shut down because of covid-19, a decision, grounded in health and safety concerns, that displaced some 200 American athletes, including Stockwell, who regularly used the swimming pool, weight rooms and other equipment. “I don’t think anybody was prepared for this virus happening,” said Noah Lyles, a 22-year-old sprinter who is the 200-meter world champion. “You look over the history of the Olympics, and you see it’s usually war that has stopped the Olympics from happening. Seeing [this], it really puts it in perspective that we’re all human, we’re all dealing with the same thing.” Swimmer Katie Ledecky, a 23-year-old Washington, D.C., native and five-time Olympic gold medalist, has spent much of the past two weeks, along with U.S. teammate Simone Manuel, scrounging for a pool, after officials closed the one at Stanford where they train. On a few occasions, they resorted to swimming in someone’s backyard pool. “Honestly, it’s been more just therapeutic. It hasn’t really been training,” Ledecky said. “It’s just been something to do, something to get our minds off the uncertainty that we’ve all been in these last 10 days or so.” Ledecky said she hopes to be back in a regulation pool -one that doesn’t have a slide or a Nerf hoop -- by May or June, ready to press unpause and resume regular training. “When that time comes, I think we’ll all be rested and ready to put in that years worth of work and see what we can do next year,” she said. “It’ll be a challenge, something new to adjust to. We’re flexible. We’re athletes - we’ve all faced different challenges. This is one we’re all facing together, which makes it a little easier, I think. We’ll figure it out.”


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Did Jets make a huge mistake by letting Anderson walk? Andy Vasquez The Record

The New York Jets just let one of their most dangerous weapons walk away. Wide receiver Robby Anderson, the team’s only deep threat and one of their few experienced wideouts, has agreed to join the Carolina Panthers. It’s a two-year, $20 million deal according to ESPN, which first reported the agreement. The Jets are now in a precarious situation as they move forward in general manager Joe Douglas’ first full offseason at the helm. Not only did they lose Anderson, who was Sam Darnold’s most frequent target over the past two years, but at the moment, they hardly have any reliable targets for their young quarterback, not an ideal situation as he enters his pivotal third season. Here’s a list of healthy and established wide receivers currently under contract for the Jets: 1.) Jamison Crowder; 2.) ... And that’s the list. (Does it even count as a list if there’s only one guy?) So how did they get here? Part of it is just bad luck. The situation would be a lot different and better for the Jets if Quincy Enunwa wasn’t facing an uncertain football future after another neck injury. And there were also sensible choices by Douglas and the front office. The Jets, understandably, chose not to get involved in the bidding for star receiver Amari Cooper, who re-signed with the Cowboys for $20 million per year early in free agency. Some of the biggest receivers in


Miami Dolphins cornerback Ryan Lewis (24) tackles New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) after a first down catch during their Dec. 8 game at MetLife Stadium.

football were available on the trade market over the past two weeks — with DeAndre Hopkins getting dealt to Arizona and Stefon Diggs heading to rival Buffalo. The Jets weren’t a part of that either. And it makes sense: They have so many other needs that right now, it wouldn’t be wise to invest significant draft capital or a huge amount of money in one player. But their decision to let a key weapon go when they could have had him back at a reasonable price is hard to make sense of, especially when imagining what a lack of weapons could mean for Darnold. It wouldn’t have been a shock if Anderson signed a four-year, $48 million contract with more than $20 million in guarantees. But he escaped to the Panthers for a mere $12 million. (Yes, it’s a two-year, $20 million deal, but only the first year is guaranteed meaning the Panthers can cut him with no penalty after the first season.) That’s a bargain considering the recent contracts that have been signed by other receivers

with stats comparable to Anderson’s. And given their lack of receivers, it’s hard to understand why the Jets didnt’ make sure a deal got done. The situation is not great. But all is not lost for the Jets. They still have ample time and ways to replace Anderson before the start of the season. And it won’t be impossible to fill the void left behind. Far from it. Yes, Anderson was the Jets’ most dangerous weapon, but he wasn’t a No. 1 receiver or even the centerpiece of their offense. There are true forces of football nature out there. And if the Jets find one in this year’s NFL draft, which happens to have the most loaded receiver class in recent memory, no one will mind (or even remember) that the Jets let Anderson go. But what if they don’t? Finding that depth at receiver won’t be easy at this point, with nearly all the established weapons off the free agency board. The Jets agreed to sign Breshad Perriman late Tuesday. The former first-round pick has improved steadily since flaming out in Baltimore,

but he has yet to have a breakthrough season. And so with Anderson gone, the Jets’ margin of error has departed with him. They are now under massive pressure to land a big-time receiver for Darnold in next month’s draft. And the problem is the Jets have a ton of other needs — especially on the offensive line, which Douglas has upgraded significantly during free agency but remains a work in progress. Does that mean they take a receiver with the No. 11 overall pick, potentially slowing the most important rebuilding project on their roster? And, as Jets fans know better than most, the draft is no sure thing. What if they swing and miss on a receiver? If the Jets had brought back Anderson, it’s possible they wouldn’t have improved their weapons from last season, but they at least would have been as good as last year — especially with tight end Chris Herndon set to return. But now, if the Jets don’t find a way to replace Anderson, there’s a real chance that Darnold could have a worse group of weapons around him this year. That’s an unacceptable risk at this pivotal point in Darnold’s career, especially considering Anderson was there for a reasonable price.



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stance throughout the crisis that these Olympics would take place as scheduled. He’d been criticized from some athletes for encouraging them to continue their Olympic preparations, even as many governments were enforcing new restrictions and public health officials were issuing warnings as the virus continued to spread. “What we expressed was the confidence in our Japanese partners and friends to organize there in July in safe conditions an Olympic Games,” Bach said, “ . . . What then made the change was the dynamic changes in the worldwide health situation.” Bach was asked what the IOC might do if the pandemic is not contained one year from now and whether a cancellation or further postponement could be possible. He said: “We have established this principle . . . that we want and we will organize a Games only in a safe environment for all the participants.” Asked a similar question this week, IOC member Dick Pound told The Washington Post: “Well, we had a prime

minister many years ago who used to say, ‘We’ll jump off that bridge when we get to it.’ What you hope is, in 16 months the containment strategies will have become effective. You’ll be that much closer to a vaccine. Maybe it’ll be not normal-normal, but it’ll be sufficiently normal to go ahead. If those circumstances change, that’s the next elephant in the room. We would again rely on the World Health Organization and the other public health authorities to give their advice or rulings.” For now, the focus will be on rescheduling the Tokyo Games. Officials can’t simply slide the Olympics back 365 days. Among the challenges: Competition venues are leased specifically for 2020; much of the equipment - tents, generators, trailers, barricades - is rented and not owned; hotel rooms need to be reserved; workers and volunteers might not be available a year down the road; the Olympic Village is due to be converted into condominiums and many have already been sold; the Olympics media operation was to

Now, he joins Yankees right-hander Luis Severino and Red Sox ace Chris Sale in sustaining torn ligaments that led to Tommy John surgery and will cause them to miss the season. The Mets are expected to bandage the wound in their rotation with the pitching depth Van Wagenen acquired over the offseason. Syndergaard’s injury also solves the dilemma of their six-man rotation. Michael Wacha, who signed with the Mets as a free agent at the Winter Meetings, is expected to slide into the fifth spot in the rotation. That group will now feature backto-back Cy Young award winner Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, Rick Porcello, Steven Matz and Wacha.

In a competitive NL East division, that unit is considerably less threatening without Syndergaard’s otherworldly fastball every fifth day. It’s a heater he showcased in his rookie season, and used brilliantly in the Mets’ 2015 postseason run. But it ultimately led to Tommy John surgery this year. The 27-year-old experienced a disappointing 2019 season, his fifth year in the big leagues, as he pitched to a career-high 4.28 ERA across 32 starts. Though Syndergaard remained healthy last year, he allowed 94 earned runs, which led the NL, and gave up a career-high 24 home runs. He allowed 42 stolen bases over 45 attempts before he finished with a 10-8 record and 1.234 WHIP.

New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws against the Houston Astros on March 8 at Clover Park.

year toward arbitration, free agency and a full pension. Questions of salary — would base pay, bonuses and incentives be prorated based on the number of games played? — roster size and the annual draft are among the many issues MLB and the players union are working through during the COVID19-induced shutdown. But the schedule is a top priority, and Boras has an app for that. Under his plans, the bulk of the regular season and all of the playoffs would be played, preserving much of the teams’ local television revenues and MLB’s national TV revenues, the overwhelming bulk of which come from postseason broadcasts. Under the Boras plan, wild-card games would be

played Dec. 3, the division series would be Dec. 5-9, the league championship series Dec. 11-17 and the World Series on Dec. 19-26. There would be no days off in postseason series, and games would be played in Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Diego, Miami, Seattle, Arizona, Milwaukee, Toronto, Houston, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Arlington, Texas. “All the players I’m talking to want to play all the games, and we can map this out,” Boras said. “We’re just trying to let (MLB) know we have the ability to do it, that there’s a logical way to do it. You have the facilities. You have the sites to do it. The difference is how the playoffs are run and where they’re played. “I think having a planned

World Series at a designated site would be a tremendous economic gain for our industry. You could secure corporate sponsorships and have entertainment surrounding it. The Super Bowl has one game. Here, we can have five to seven days of festivities.” There are flaws to Boras’ plan. A regular season encompassing October and November would require some games to be played in nasty weather, but Boras said the schedule could be adjusted to minimize the number of late-season games in coldweather cities. A July 1 start would require teams to play at least a dozen doubleheaders, but Boras said MLB could reduce the strain by expanding rosters to 30 or so players for

doubleheaders, scheduling them in the middle of series and following those series with days off. A playoff run to Christmas also would force MLB to push back the start of the 2021 season until at least mid-April. The NHL wants to avoid a similar issue. In a questionand-answer session released Monday, the NHL said it does “not anticipate a scenario in our resumption of play format that would endanger or interfere with the league’s ability to stage and execute the 2020-2021 NHL season in its entirety.” Both the MLB commissioner’s office and the players union, citing ongoing negotiations, declined to comment on potential schedule scenarios and the

input they’ve received from agents and front-office executives regarding schedules. The Boras plan is not perfect, but what plan would be in this time of uncertainty? Baseball, like every other sport, is in unchartered waters, and no idea for preserving the schedule should be deemed too radical. “I think everything is on the table,” said Derrick Hall, president and chief executive officer of the Arizona Diamondbacks. “We have to play a season, for sure. “Baseball has always been the return to normalcy, and if there’s any need for it, it’s right now, just like there was after (the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks), in war time, any time. We are the sport that needs to get back.”

defensive rating of 114.4 is last among the Knicks who played at least 1,000 minutes, and interim coach Mike Miller didn’t allow a long leash. The Knicks drafted Knox directly over Mikal Bridges but the bigger mistake was passing on guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who was picked 11th overall and is

blossoming into an All-Startype talent with OKC. Regardless, Calipari believes Knox just requires more time and patience. “You’ve got to conquer yourself before you can conquer anybody else,” he said. Given his longstanding relationship with Rose, Calipari has been mentioned as a

possible candidate to coach the Knicks but publicly rebuffed the idea. He praised Rose on Tuesday’s conference call while acknowledging it “may take a year or two” before the plan bears fruit. “He’s a gatherer and I believe that’s what the Knicks need right now,” said Calipari, a client of Creative Artists

Agency, where Rose worked as a longtime agent. “A gatherer who can bring things together and make it a culture that players want to be in because they know this is about all of us. “And it’s rough place to be. New York is not easy. It’s kind of like Philadelphia, it’s all good if you’re winning.

If you’re losing, hard places to be as an athlete. But if you win, if you compete for championships, if you win a championship there’s no better place to do it than in New York. And I think he’s going to bring those people together and you’re going to see.”

be headquartered at the Tokyo Big Sight, which serves as the city’s major convention space, an important Tokyo facility that typically hosts 300 exhibitions every year. One longtime sports executive, who’s helped stage multiple Olympics, said in a recent interview that Tokyo could be better poised than many other cities to navigate these unique challenges. “You have to look at this all in light of the country,” said the executive, who still does work in the vast Olympic world and was granted anonymity to speak candidly. “It’s very different doing this in Japan versus the United States and certainly different than a place like China. A place like Japan - because the Japanese people, they’re very conscious of national pride, of not being embarrassed and therefore would tend to be much more cooperative on the some of the issues.” The head of Japan’s largest business lobby says he accepts there was no option but to postpone the Games, public broadcaster NHK reported Wednesday, but that his group will do all it can

to support the rescheduled event. “We have many issues to resolve. For example, an additional sponsorship burden,” Japan Business Federation Chairman Hiroaki Nakanishi said. “But we will give our best efforts for the Games.” There will be contracts that need to be worked out and lawyers involved. Many Olympic partnership agreements - and also those between athletes and sponsors, as well as broadcasters and advertisers - were set to expire at the conclusion of the Games or the end of 2020. Bach said he was hopeful the different parties would “keep their rights even if these Games are organized in ‘21.” “The Games have never been postponed before,” Bach said. “We have no blueprint. But we are nevertheless confident that we can put a beautiful jigsaw puzzle together and in the end will have a wonderful Olympic Games.”





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Amid coronavirus fears, here are 5 simple, social games that can restore your faith in humanity By Todd Martens Los Angeles Times (TNS)

There are many ways to communicate, and arguably one of the oldest is play. Before “Fortnite,” “Minecraft,” “Myst,” “Tetris” and “Pong” there were backyard baseball diamonds, chessboards and hopscotch tiles etched or placed on the ground. To be human is to play. As many of us transition to a life of social distancing, the bonding power of play will only become more important. And for many, play is already a powerful way to connect. Consider that “Fortnite” is as much a social media platform for friends and marketing events as it is a competitive game. And the way in which we share creations in a “Super Mario Maker” or a “Minecraft” is a sort of personalized digital postcard that we’re unleashing to the world. So at a time where meeting “IRL” is heavily discouraged, virtual play dates can become our salvation when it comes to socialization. No wonder so many were eagerly awaiting the arrival of Nintendo’s “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” last week. While some may opt for old-fashioned board game nights, many of which can pair well across distances with a little effort, trust and a videoconferencing app, this also may be a good time to discover — or rediscover — a medium that is shaping modern entertainment. And while most people have at least heard about “Fortnite,” not everyone is a game player and able to jump into the deep end of that popular arena. So for those on the prowl for a game that’s social, friendly and doesn’t require much prior experience with the medium, here are a few of the relatively simple and inviting ways to interact via play. And if none of the below strike your fancy, don’t forget about the joys of “Mario Kart,” which is now available for mobile phones.

“KIND WORDS (LO FI CHILL BEATS TO WRITE TO).” First, a game that may, for some, stretch the very definition of a game. Fears of contracting the novel coronavirus — or worries that a loved one might — can be anxiety-inducing, to say the least. Couple that with a lack of socializing, and many of us may need some self care, the kind that passive entertainment can’t necessarily provide. Enter “Kind Words.” First, “Kind Words” is in no way a substitute for seeking help related to mental health, but it can be a comforting platform, a way to connect anonymously with a community largely intent

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on providing an ear to someone who needs it. Just boot up the game, available for home computers, write out a concern and wait for the responses. Or instead offer words of encouragement to others. Along the way you’ll collect virtual stickers to help you decorate your digital space. Already, coronavirus is having an impact on the game’s community; among the posts seen were those expressing fear of eventually returning to school — “it’s dangerous to go out” — as well as those from people who suddenly got laid off.

“BUTTER ROYALE” You probably won’t be making friends in “Butter Royale” — although you can team up with your pals — but one thing games excel at is pure nonsensical ridiculousness. Games, thankfully, still have a sense of juvenilia that other more brandfocused mediums can’t always get away with. Think of “Butter Royale” as a streamlined take on the battle royale craze made popular by “PUBG,” “Fortnite” and “Apex Legends,” among others. If you’re new to the genre, expect to lose. But hey, if you’re going to get destroyed in a battle with strangers, best to get hit with virtual hot dogs rather than bullets. Out now for Apple Arcade, the tech company’s subscription service for mobile games that is home to a number of fetching multiplayer titles, “Butter Royale” is essentially an absurd food fight set among city blocks with easy-to-grasp touch controls. While officials right now are discouraging us from non-essential travel to cities such as San Francisco, in “Butter Royale” we can fling weaponized baguettes at strangers in “San Francheesco.” From Singapore-based Mighty Bear Games, “Butter Royale” is family-friendly, each match is over in a minute or two, and overall the game is stripped of the stress you’ll find in more violent takes on the genre. So go drench some randoms in condiments.


“Love is one of the most important things on the planet” reads an opening screen in “The Library of Babble,” an independent game available for a small donation from Demi Schanzel. There is no audio. The words are presented aurally naked — background noise is up to the user. Before us we see a small, geological landscape, a sort of abstract map of tectonic plates. With our arrow keys, or a touchscreen, if your home computer has one, we move left, right, up and down, occasionally encountering images of plants or trees. The world, the game is telling us, is built on language and communication. If we traverse far enough, and venture into some as-yet-undiscovered parts of the game’s map, we can leave anonymous messages for someone else to find. But mostly we’ll just encounter words, thoughts and memories of others. In turn, it becomes sort of an antisocial media feed, as we discover the inner thoughts of those stripped of the more performative aspects of online communication. Mostly what we’ll find is melancholy, an ever evolving mix of hurt and hope. “When the messages started to appear, and I realized they were fragmented mementos from those before me,” reads one self-referential note, “I don’t think I have ever wanted happiness more than I do for you.”

“KNIGHTS AND BIKES” “Knights and Bikes” begins with a supply delivery. A downon-its luck island is in financial ruins, its places of escape now shuttered and rotting, and its residents appear ill. Toilet paper arrives in its opening moments, and it’s clear from the get-go that this is what passes for a good day on the coasts of Penfurzy. What was initially designed as a comic-like game fit for young adults, and may soon become an animated TV series, suddenly appears to reflect our new reality. Sounds bleak, but it’s not. “Knights and Bikes” puts players — it’s recommended to play with a friend, which can be

done locally or online — in control of two young girls with vivid imaginations. Video games and playgrounds don’t excite Demelza; she wants adventure, and adventure she gets her with new pal Nessa. An abandoned mini-golf course becomes a gateway to treasure hunting, and as the game unfolds we discover a whole fantastical world of monsters and knights, much of it on bikes (new abilities are introduced slowly, making the game inviting for newcomers). Or do we? “Knights and Bikes” constantly blurs the line between fiction and reality, and the paper-art style is always shifting. Are we simply seeing what the girls are viewing in their head, or are these events actually happening? Available for home computers, the PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Switch, “Knights and Bikes” is a love letter to imagination, and how it can help us survive the bleakest of times.

“SKY: CHILDREN OF THE LIGHT” Consider “Sky: Children of the Light,” which has been downloaded more than 10 million times, a modern, interactive fairy tale. Its kingdom is alternately otherworldly and familiar — “Sky” pulls its imagery from the constellations, its mysteries from the stars and its language from music — a place where candles are currency and its challenges are rooted in the quest to understand. A multiplayer, online-only game, “Sky” encourages collaboration. Through sound and flight we’ll illuminate a oncemajestic world. We fly together, we play music together, and we explode fireworks rather than bombs. As we learn more about its mythical universe — i.e., become better at the game — we even gain the ability to hug one another and leave notes of gratitude for future travelers. “Sky,” available now for Apple devices and coming soon to Android (a Switch release is planned for 2020), appeals to our adventurous, inquisitive spirit, and its game world is laid out like Disneyland: a hub in the center that leads to various thematic realms. To uncover its secrets we’ll have to learn the game’s wordless language, which itself becomes part of the adventure. (c)2020 Los Angeles Times Visit the Los Angeles Times at www. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

‘Color’ flawed but entertaining horror film By Raymond Pignone Columbia-Greene Media

Back in 1965, set designerturned-director Daniel Haller scored a minor hit with “Die, Monster, Die,” a science-fiction horror film starring Boris Karloff as a scientist experimenting with the cosmic powers of a strange meteor. Twenty-two years later, this film was remade as “The Curse,” a dreadful cheapie with Claude Akins as a Bible-thumping farmer whose family is taken over by a meteor that crashes nearby. Straddling the line between horror and fantasy, the new “Color Out of Space” is the third feature to be spun from H.P. Lovecraft’s 1929 novella. The weird happenings and grotesque monsters that inhabit the movie inundate the plot. None of it makes much sense, but the picture is enjoyable on its own loony terms. Written by Scarlett Amaris and directed by Richard Harvey (“Hardware,” “Dust Devil”), the movie stars Nicolas Cage as

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Nathan, a disaffected Montana alpaca farmer and patriarch to a dysfunctional family consisting of wife, teenage daughter and two sons. The wife, Theresa (Joely Richardson), has some unexplained medical condition. “We haven’t made love since the operation,” Nathan laments at one point. His children aren’t much help. The oldest, Lavinia (Madeleine Arthur), is a goth girl who spends her free time holding pagan rituals at a nearby lake. The elder son is more often than

not zoned out on weed and the youngest is a mother’s boy who frets about her health. The lad soon has good reason to worry. Everything changes when a meteor crashes on the farm and begins to affect the minds of the family. Nathan begins to act and sound like Fred MacMurray in “My Three Sons” with a touch of psychosis. While chopping carrots, chops off two of her fingers, and then casually tells her husband and children that dinner is ready. The monsters are presented with surprising restraint.

Alpacas and human beings are fused together to create menacing and pathetic masses of corrupt flesh that are subtly lighted and convincingly animated by the special effects unit. The Montana farm, as rendered by the cinematographer Steve Annis, is a hellish purplepink when the meteor erupts and emits its mutating energy. The movie’s weakest feature is a hydrogeologist (Elliot Knight) who suspects that the farm’s water table has been contaminated, but the actor’s role is severely underwritten. Cage and Richardson, when their characters aren’t falling apart psychologically as well as physically (and even sometimes when they are), convey refreshing intelligence and a sense of sardonic wit. As they transform from picture-perfect but odd mom and dad into monsters, they reveal a mad empathy with their miseries. “I won’t win too many Father of the Year awards,” Cage’s Nathan declares as his arms sprout scales.

BULLETIN BOARD The 37th Annual Festival of Dance officially cancelled due to COVID-19 SAUGERTIES, NY, MARCH 23, 2020: We are sad to announce that due to the escalation of COVID-19, the closing of the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), and in an effort to keep performers and patrons safe, the Ulster Ballet Company has officially cancelled the 37th Annual Festival of Dance. With regards to ticket information: tickets purchased through Ticketmaster will be refunded automatically. Tickets purchased through the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) box office by credit card have been refunded. Tickets purchased by cash or check will be contacted by the UPAC box office. If you do not hear from the box office, you can contact them at 845-3396088. For any questions, please contact the point of purchase. For further information, visit www. or call 845-2464316. The Ulster Ballet Company is a non-profit organization that has been bringing area residents innovative and creative dance entertainment since 1977. 2020 edition of Superyacht Cup Palma cancelled in response to pandemic Organisers of the Superyacht Cup Palma have cancelled the 2020 regatta scheduled for 17-20 June due to the ongoing global coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and in line with recommendations from the Spanish and Balearic Governments. “This ongoing global crisis has made planning for the event impossible and so we have taken the difficult but necessary decision to cancel this year’s event. We urge everyone to stay safe and we look forward to welcoming the superyacht fleet back to Palma in 2021 for what will be the 25th anniversary of Europe’s longest-running superyacht regatta,” said event director, Kate Branagh. The provisional dates for the 25th anniversary edition are 23-26 June 2021. Mahaiwe Cancels Events Through May 15 GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.—Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center announces the cancellation and postponement of events through Friday, May 15. With the health and safety of the community in mind, the theater is now closed to the public and the box office is accessible via phone only. Canceled events include concerts by Close Encounters With Music, Met Opera in HD broadcasts, classic movies, and the Bolshoi Ballet in HD broadcast of Jewels. Postponed events include the Bolshoi Ballet in HD broadcast of Romeo and Juliet, London’s National Theatre Live in HD broadcast of Cyrano de Bergerac, and concert by the Madeleine Peyroux Trio. Please see for details. For ticket exchange credit, refunds, and the option to donate tickets to the theater, please call the Mahaiwe box office at 413.528.0100. Box office hours are Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Dear Kaatsbaan Community, We hope this finds you and yours healthy and safe. Due to the most recent mandate by Governor Cuomo that “100% of workforce for all nonessential businesses must stay home & nonessential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason are banned,” we must sadly postpone our March and April residencies here at Kaatsbaan and close our facilities until further notice. Our staff continues to work remotely and can be reached via email. Please visit our website or our Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn pages for exclusive dance content and updates. We encourage you to continue #keepingupwithkaatsbaan. All ticket purchases for March and April classes, events, and performances are eligible for a refund by emailing However, we ask that you please consider converting your ticket(s) into a tax-deductible donation or membership. Alternatively, we could hold the value of your purchase on credit to be applied to a future event. We at Kaatsbaan appreciate your support to ensure that our resources will be available to help us operate at capacity when the time comes. To donate directly, please visit – support or contact info@kaatsbaan. org for assistance. We will continue to closely follow the NYS/Dutchess County updates and how they might affect the remainder of our spring programming from May 2020 onward. Mahaiwe Postpones Madeleine Peyroux Concert GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.—Due

to the current COVID-19 state of emergency, the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center announces the postponement of the Madeleine Peyroux Trio concert that was scheduled for Friday, April 17 at 8 p.m. It will now take place on Friday, June 5 at 8 p.m. “Singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux is known for her soft, evocative voice,” says Mahaiwe Acting Executive Director Janis Martinson. “Her music casts a sober, poetic, and at times philosophical eye on the current state of the world. What could be better when we gather together again?” Madeleine Peyroux will perform with keyboardist Andy Ezrin and drummer Graham Hawthorne as a trio called The Dreamers. Her music challenges the confines of jazz, venturing into the fertile fields of contemporary music with unfading curiosity. Tickets are $40 to $75. Tickets purchased for the original concert will be valid for the new concert date. For patrons who are unable to attend the new concert date, exchange credit, refunds, and the option to donate the ticket to the theater are available by contacting the Mahaiwe box office at 413.528.0100 during regular box office hours, which are Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4:00pm. The theater building is closed to the public during this time. D. R. Evarts Library March 2020 Library ONLINE Events We’re here for you Our Library is more than a building. We believe our Library serves as a community center, bringing our community together. While we can’t get together in person, we’ve been working to bring our community together with virtual programs to connect us during these challenging days. Using technology, we found a way to bring our community together in these times of physical isolation. We modified existing Library programs and added new programs to offer you. From Family Story Hour to History programs, we have a lineup of programs starting this week. The key is a free online meeting program we found called Zoom. With this technology, we can connect with you using your favorite device, whether a computer, tablet or phone. Zoom is easy to install with a few simple steps. In addition, recordings of most of our Library programs will be available afterward on YouTube. We are establishing a list of volunteers to call those feeling isolated and check in with them regularly. If you live alone and would like to be included, please call us and leave a message. Stay well and we hope to speak with you and see you online soon! Your D. R. Evarts Library Staff and Trustees Contact Us Phone: (518) 945-1417 Fax: (518) 945-1725 Virtual Programs Comics Club Mondays at 3:30 p.m. Family Story and Crafts Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Chapter Book Reading Club Recordings daily after noon Origami Club Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. STEM & STEM to GO Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. Trading Card Games Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. CADRE: History Archives Club Interest meeting Thursday, 3/26 at 10 a.m. Evarts Engineers Robotics Fridays 4-6 p.m., Please call Ibiza Kitchen’s “Hunger Squad” Offering Free Dinner for the Asking Wednesday, March 25, 4 p.m. The coronavirus is affecting people’s lives in many different ways. Some can handle the financial burden better than others. Ignacio Blanco and Ben Wallace, the owners of Ibiza Kitchen, a wellknown restaurant in Chappaqua, will be distributing free meals to anyone in need. The nutritious meals will be available for pick-up at the restaurant on Wednesday, March 25 at 4 p.m. The hot dinner will consist of chicken, rice, vegetables and bread and will vary from week to week. “In times like this, we all need to take care of each other,” said Ignacio Blanco. “No one will be turned away.” WHAT: Ibiza Kitchen’s “Hunger Squad” Offering Free Dinners WHEN:Wednesday, March 25 TIME:4 p.m. WHERE: Ibiza Kitchen, 76 King Street, Chappaqua


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Decades-old loan remains unpaid even after threats Dear Abby, I am an 83-year-old mother of four. I have been living with my second husband now for 21 years. Nineteen years ago, my husband loaned one of my daughters and her husband a large sum of money so they could buy a house and pay off bills and judgments. All the DEAR ABBY necessary paperwork for the loan was signed at the time of the closing with a lawyer present, and it was agreed they would pay us back a certain amount every month. After a few years of mostly regular repayments, the payments dwindled, although they continued to buy expensive electronics and other items. Several years have passed now, and a few checks and cash payments have arrived, but only after much begging. Our lawyer sent them a letter a few years ago telling them to pay up or we would sue them. It resulted in their not seeing or talking to us for a couple of years. We REALLY need the money now. Maybe she’s hoping we will die. What do you suggest we do at this point? Her brother and sisters don’t want to get involved. Loving, Giving Mom


I am truly sorry. But because your other children refuse to become involved in convincing your deadbeat daughter and her husband to pay what they owe you, you have no other choice but to contact the lawyer who drafted the loan agreement and instruct him to follow through.

Dear Abby, My husband retired four years ago. At first he seemed to enjoy not having to go to work. Then he got bored and needed something to do. For some reason, he bought an old Corvette to restore. I was supportive, until I found out it’s an expensive hobby. Finding and buying all the replacement parts costs money. He has been working on that car for 3 1/2 years now. As soon as he gets it ready to drive, something else breaks. Meanwhile, he has bought four more old Corvettes “to work on.” Our backyard looks like a junkyard. We haven’t had a vacation trip since he retired, not even a weekend to the mountains. He argues that we can’t afford it, but he spends thousands on those old cars. It has become an obsession for him, and it’s “driving” ME crazy. Any suggestions? Corvette Widow In The South Healthy couples discuss large purchases before making them. What your husband is doing is destructive to your relationship. It almost seems as though he is using his hobby as a way of avoiding spending time with you. My suggestion is that you and your husband find the money to consult a marriage counselor because what’s going on is unfair to you. And if you need a vacation, consider taking one by yourself or with a friend.

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Classic Peanuts


Is sugar a poison? My uncle, a retired surgeon, is 90 years old. I visit my uncle periodically to inquire about his health and well-being. He eats, but is a little weak. I suggested to my aunt, a retired obstetrician, to give him a nutritional supplement. I take one myself and found it to be effective if taken regularly. The one I recommended contains only 22 grams of total sugars. My aunt told me that according to a CNN medical correspondent, “Sugar is poison.” I was flabbergasted to hear TO YOUR such an answer from her, a GOOD HEALTH medical doctor! Care to change her mind with a comment about the importance of sugars in our daily lives as it pertains to our physiology and metabolism? My uncle is not a diabetic.


When you hear that something is a poison, there are two questions to ask: What is the toxicity, and what is the dose? From the standpoint of sugar, there is no longer any question that large amounts of added sugar increase the risk of heart disease and cancer. Most experts look at sugars contained within foods such as whole fruits as having less negative health effect than added sugars, such as in a sugar-sweetened beverage. However, the magnitude of the risk is small. Sugar is not really necessary in the diet. The liver is capable of making all the sugar needed by the body if there are adequate amounts of protein and fat; however, the body converts the complex carbohydrates found in fruits and vegetables into sugar as well. The best scientific data confirms that a diet high in fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains is a healthy diet, and also that keeping added sugars down is healthy. However, the big picture really needs to be kept in mind. A nutritional supplement for a person in his 90s who may not be eating well might

indeed improve his energy level, and the benefit of an additional 5 teaspoons of sugar (about 1/2 a can of a regular soft drink) a day seems to me to be worth the small downside if it helps him. Unlike a soft drink, nutritional supplements contain protein, healthy fats and other important micronutrients. When I see dying patients breathing with their mouths wide open, I am concerned for their comfort. Dry mouth and dry throat are both very uncomfortable. Is there anything that can be done to alleviate that? Management of pain and discomfort at the end of life is critically important for patients and their families. I never fail to be impressed with the skill and compassion of hospice nurses, aides, doctors and others who devote themselves to this aspect of medicine. They have all kinds of practical advice and experience for issues like this. In the case of dry mouth, possible solutions include: ensuring that the nasal passages are open; stopping any medications that dry the mouth, if possible; ensuring adequate hydration; and using humidifiers, mouth/lip moisturizers and saliva substitutes. Having a comfortable head position (sometimes higher or lower, sometimes on the side) often can help with being able to close the mouth, but this isn’t always possible. The best solution depends on the individual’s unique circumstances. It’s also important to remember that in the case of people who are very near the end of life, what looks like it may be very uncomfortable to a family member is not necessarily so to the person experiencing it. Knowing when to intervene for comfort is where the experience is so helpful.

Horoscope By Stella Wilder Born today, you are nothing if not singular and unique; there is no one else like you, and though others may try to imitate you, the fact is that they can only ever capture but a few of your many traits, and never the “real you” at any one time. You are quite thoughtful, but also instinctive; you combine thought and feeling in a way that is quite distinctive — even among those who share your birth sign. Your ability to assess the motives that drive others will serve you will in your personal affairs and your professional life — and you will likely be most effective when you are able to work with the public in some way. While you can work in solitude, you come alive in unique ways when you are in the public eye — and that kind of energy you will always want to harness whenever you can. Also born on this date are: Eric Allan Kramer, actor; Steven Tyler, singer; Kenny Chesney, singer; Diana Ross, singer; Keira Knightley, actress; Leonard Nimoy, actor; Jennifer Grey, actress; Leslie Mann, actress; Tennessee Williams, 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. FRIDAY, MARCH 27 ARIES (March 21-April 19) — You may fear that your work won’t come to light today, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. All eyes are on you at this time. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — You’ll have cause to regret a past action today, even as you work to prevent its recurrence. An old friend has reason to be suspicious.


Hagar the Horrible


Baby Blues GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — A look back into your personal history reveals much of which you’ve been unaware until now. It’s a good day to contact family members. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Size doesn’t matter today, and what you do may even go overlooked at first — but it’s sure to be acknowledged by many very soon. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — You’re going to want to be by yourself for much of the day. Whether you are nursing physical or emotional ills, solitude does you much good. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — You may finally understand who is to blame for a situation you’ve only recently pulled yourself out of. He or she must be held to account. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — After grappling with the optics of a certain key situation, you may come to the conclusion that the way it looks doesn’t really count. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Though you’ll almost certainly have to wait your turn today, when it does come, you’ll swing into action and be quite effective. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — The information you receive today may not seem useful to you at first until you realize you’ve been misjudging your situation. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Those under your care demonstrate exactly what they’ve learned from you today, and you have reason to be quite proud, surely. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — You may have to make but a few small adjustments to an already admirable piece of work to have it ready to be unveiled. It’s a good day! PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) — You can demonstrate a good deal of creativity today where others are confined to only a few routine choices. You find this freedom rewarding. COPYRIGHT 2020 UNITED FEATURE SYNDICATE, INC.

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Pearls Before Swine

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B8 Thursday, March 26, 2020 Close to Home


THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME By David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek

Score 1 point for each correct answer on the Freshman Level, 2 points on the Graduate Level and 3 points on the Ph.D. Level.

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Unscramble these Jumbles, one letter to each square, to form four ordinary words.

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King Level 1



(e.g., This nursery rhyme king called for his three fiddlers. Answer: Old King Cole.) Freshman level 1. In Greek mythology, everything this king touched turned to gold. 2. This England king had two of his six wives executed. 3. This great king of Macedonia died at age 32 in 323 B.C. Graduate level 4. This fictional king’s three daughters were named Cordelia, Goneril and Regan. 5. Yul Brynner played King Mongkut of Siam in this 1956 film. 6. James Earl Ray assassinated this “King” in 1968. PH.D. level 7. This English king abdicated the throne in 1936. 8. Name the Spartan king who defended the pass at Thermopylae. 9. From which film is the song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”?


Now arrange the circled letters to form the surprise answer, as suggested by the above cartoon.

(Answers tomorrow) Yesterday’s

Jumbles: FOAMY SEIZE NOTION GAMBIT Answer: The wedding cake looked delicious and would be eaten — “INGEST” A MOMENT


Solution to Wednesday’s puzzle

Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit, 1 to 9. For strategies on how to solve Sudoku, visit

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SUPER QUIZ ANSWERS 1. King Midas. 2. Henry VIII. 3. Alexander the Great. 4. King Lear. 5. “The King and I.” 6. Martin Luther King Jr. 7. Edward VIII. 8. Leonidas I. 9. “The Lion King.” 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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Crossword Puzzle Mother Goose & Grimm ACROSS 1 “The buck stops __” 5 Isle of __; resort near Naples 10 Take a __ at; try 14 __ Brothers; 1950s quartet 15 Frenchman’s love 16 Hollow cylinder 17 Tells tall tales 18 Open to attack 20 “The __ Gray Mare” 21 Shine’s partner, in phrase 22 Actor Buddy 23 Come together 25 Actor Kilmer 26 Appease 28 Not roundabout 31 Fully alert 32 Arctic floaters 34 Corn unit 36 Head, humorously 37 Actress Sally 38 Tasty cheese served with crackers 39 “Roses __ red, violets…” 40 Blacksmith’s furnace 41 Recipe verb 42 Albert and Van Halen 44 Is skeptical about 45 McMahon & Marinaro 46 Check recipient 47 Social blunder 50 Male offspring 51 Dieter’s concern: abbr. 54 Starry-eyed 57 Movable window shutter part 58 Work the land 59 Extinguish a fire 60 Graceful dance 61 Actress Daly 62 Possessed 63 Acting award DOWN 1 Ring of light 2 Actor Jannings 3 Taught to think differently

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4 Curvy road 5 Molar hole 6 Make laugh 7 Ship’s mast 8 Declare one’s candidacy 9 Hothead’s problem 10 Unchanging 11 Hot __; Jacuzzis 12 __-bodied; robust 13 “…I’ve __ to the mountaintop…” (MLK) 19 Backsides 21 Abundant 24 Athletic shoe brand 25 Competed 26 Piggyback ride giver, often 27 In the know 28 __ out; distribute 29 Part of the brain 30 Contaminate 32 Evergreens 33 Piece of chicken 35 Communists 37 Enemies 38 Depressed 40 __ Castro


Wednesday’s Puzzle Solved

Non Sequitur

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41 Eton students 43 Malign; vilify 44 Waltzed 46 Coolness under pressure 47 Present 48 “__ late and a dollar short” 49 Non-flowering plant


50 Astonish 52 Soothing ointment 53 Here to __; permanent 55 “Do as I say, not as __” 56 Piglet’s ma 57 “Murder, __ Wrote”


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