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  2. Dog Days And Dilemmas

    We are at mid-summer now; sort of half way between the summer solstice and the autumn equinox. And we’ve had our share of “dog days” when even Freckles, our setter, didn’t move far from a fan. We could use some moisture; often we seem to be in a little pocket where the rain goes happily around us leaving us out there doing our rain dances in vain. We did get some thunder showers this week, and so things are growing fairly well and the state of the gardens is good enough that my sensible thoughts of putting some of the beds to rest next year are getting resistance from a more optimistic (and foolish) part of my brain. Speaking of the brain, we all have heard about the current overdosing crisis with opiates. Sadly, we’ve had young victims even in our small community. I had a related and interesting experience recently when I visited the pain clinic attached to the medical services I use. I had no intention of requesting opiates ---- mostly because no pain medication I’ve tried has made the least difference. Heat, topical applications, and specific massage were far more productive for jabbing nerves and spasmodic muscles. But part of the procedure at this clinic was asking me to sign a document giving them permission to prescribe opiates if I agreed they were needed (really??!! Sort of a no-brainer I’d think!), and then there was a list of promises I had to make IF that occasion ever arose (the real thrust of the document). None of the promises were objectionable, though a couple were ones I hadn’t previously considered. I was just rather taken aback by the whole experience. It definitely emphasized how seriously addiction is now being regarded and how much the prescription process has tightened. My visit there led me to think further about addiction to substances or behavior and why it is so prevalent. Truthfully, I think we all have addictions of varying degrees. Our sons accuse us of being addicted to auctions! Really!! But there truly does seem to be an increase of serious dependence on drugs or alcohol, to gambling, pornography and other risky behaviors, to food, to video-game-playing, to the omnipresent I-phones, and OCD is addiction to process and procedure. A desperate abyss of need leads to addiction of some kind. When I’m feeling low, I often self-medicate with a cup of tea and chocolate, both of which, thankfully, are still legal and relatively innocuous. But that same situational need could turn to addiction if I should become desperate enough, due to pain, either physical or mental. Research has shown that some addictions or tendencies to addiction can be inherited, either genetically or by the examples we see growing up. The dilemma comes in finding a way to quell pain, that isn’t illegal or destroying to our health and relationships. Most of us are not stoics nor should we be!! Pain is debilitating, and needs easing. It’s just too bad that fresh garden peas or delicate green lettuce leaves don’t have the same pain-numbing effect that brandy, opiates or cigarettes have. Just think of the benefits if we could develop addictions to daily walks, evening meditation or kale smoothies. Many years ago, I was taking an anti-depressant. When I decided that I didn’t really like its side-effects, I found that going off that medication, even with a doctor’s plan for weaning the body, gave me three quite uncomfortable months. My mind didn’t really care, but my body surely wasn’t happy about it. On the other hand, chocolate candies or salty chips are not bodily cravings. The digestive system is quite happy with chicken, carrot sticks and cucumbers, but one’s mind and sense of taste create that yearning for salty and/or sweet and it is the mind that panics when the cupboard is empty. So craving can be either physical or psychological, or both. In the past two or three years, I’ve heard a variety of attitudes regarding the growing new programs out there for treating addiction to drugs or alcohol. There are still people who think that anyone dealing with addiction shows a moral weakness that could and should be conquerable by a strong will, and they resent taxes being used for recovery centers. This has probably been the prevailing, shaming attitude for decades. It indicates considerable lack of knowledge on the part of those who think this. They obviously do not understand how the body and brain work and probably have little insight into their own behaviors. Some individuals voicing these uncharitable and unscientific sentiments are the same people who go through a six-pack every night, a half-dozen doughnuts or ten cups of coffee in a day. Their addiction is more subtle. Research and experience show clearly that serious addiction is a public as well as personal health issue that needs treating much as does diabetes or small pox. And the support and love of friends and family is essential. If we are honest with ourselves, we should realize that each one of us could find ourselves in an addictive situation unless we are, as I mentioned, stoics who seek no easing for any kind of pain, and go through life with a perennial stiff upper lip. Jean Paul Sartre* said: “You are your choices”. But it is also good to remember Alexandra Stoddard’s** assertion that “the power of choosing good is within the reach of all of us.” Even against all odds! Ludwig von Beethoven*** said “…the mark of a really admirable man {person} is steadfastness in the face of trouble.” And he should know! No musician regards deafness with anything but horror------ but Beethoven wrote some very fine music through the pain of his disability. I personally know two people who have done tough work in therapy, discerning why they were/are addicted to a substance. They consider that they are still in recovery even after years of abstaining. The process is never easy; it takes courage and starting over again and again. But they are a shining light to anyone else who needs help on that path, and they inspire me. Sometimes we find that our pain, whatever it might be, can be used to bring maturing and healing to ourselves and others. I truly believe that nothing we experience is wasted if we choose to live in the Light. And regarding light, we are now on the diminishing side of our daily light cycle (daylight) in this hemisphere. But we still have lovely evenings for sitting on the porch or gardening. I find healing for many kinds of pain, in just being in the garden, especially between about 7 and 9 PM. There’s a peaceful atmosphere that quiets my soul often ruffled by the day’s turmoil. Actually lying on the ground (on a thin sheet; must remember those cats, birds, and turkeys wandering our lawn) is healing to back pain too; something about the magnetism of the earth aligning with that of the body. These mid-summer days are just right for hammocks, swimming holes, lemonade and thinking long thoughts. Naturalist, Edwin Way Teale, reminds us to enjoy our summer days while we have them. “Each year, during sweltering summer days, the same reflection occurs to me. I remember, with a sense of wonder, how difficult it will be to recall my sensations in the heat of July when --- only six months hence ---- I am amid the cold and snow of January.” **** So take things easy and relax into summer. *John Paul Sarte –1905-1980. French existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist and literary critic. **Alexandra Stoddard ---- American interior designer and lifestyle philosopher ***Ludwig von Beethoven --- 1770-1827. German classical and romantic composer. ****Circle of the Seasons by Edwin Way Teale. 1899-1980. American naturalist, photographer and writer.
  3. "Shed The Meds"

  4. Candor Man Arrested, Charged With Rape

    On June, 19th 2018 at about 8:30 p.m. the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jeffrey L. Ryan, age 46, of 339 Dry Brook Road, Candor, NY based on warrants for his arrest. The arrest warrants were for the charges of Rape in the First Degree and Bail Jumping in the First Degree out of Tioga County Court. After receiving an anonymous tip, deputies conducted surveillance on a location in the Town of Candor where Ryan was thought to be. A search of the residence resulted in Ryan being found hiding within. Deputies also confiscated two firearms from the same residence in connection to this case. Ryan was remanded to jail without bail and further charges are pending.
  5. Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts will have a chance to sell, buy and trade kayaks and canoes at a river side flea market coming up August 18th. Chemung River Friends is sponsoring a canoe and kayak flea market from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 18 at the Bottcher’s Landing Boat Launch off Route 352 in Big Flats. The first-ever event will bring together two groups that need to meet: people hoping to buy and try out kayaks and canoes and people who have seldom-used kayaks and canoes hanging in their garages. Shoppers can test drive the boats on the river at the boat launch. “The majority of Twin Tier residents don’t own canoes, kayaks or paddle boards and few people get opportunities to purchase used boats and to try them out before buying,” said River Friends Executive Director Jim Pfiffer. “There are hundreds of other people looking to sell or trade used canoes or kayaks. This event solves all those problems.” There is no fee to attend the event or to bring your boats, paddles and paddling boards to the event. Donations are welcome to help River Friends continue to make it easier, safer and more fun to paddle on the river. Anyone who wants to make a tax-deductable donation to River Friends of a sea-worthy canoe or kayak, for the event, can do so by contacting River Friends which will come and pick up your boat. Here is how it works: You bring your boats, paddles, life vests or other paddling equipment to the boat launch and you get assigned a display area to set up your wares. There is no charge for this. You may bring a table. You deal and barter with paddling shoppers and work out your own prices and deals. You must remove all boats and equipment from the boat launch at the end of the three-hour event. The public is welcome to try out the boats on the river, within sight of the boat launch. All paddlers must wear buckled up life vests while on the water. The Golden Glow Volunteer Fire Department rescue boat will be at the event in case of an on-water emergency. “The flea market is a great way for beginner paddlers to learn more about kayaks and canoes and river recreation before they purchase boats or set off on a paddle,” Pfiffer said. “It gives veteran paddlers a chance to upgrade to bigger or different boats and to meet and share river adventures and questions with other river lovers.” River Friends employees and volunteers will also be on hand to answer questions about paddling the river, water safety and river recreation opportunities.
  6. Police Charge Himrod Woman With Arson

    See the rest at http://www.fltimes.com/news/police-charge-himrod-woman-with-arson/article_a761ac50-02aa-5359-9903-4744a284c2a9.html#utm_campaign=blox&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social
  7. The New York State Police today announced that it issued a total of 11,480 tickets statewide during the 4th of July 2018 STOP-DWI enforcement campaign. The special enforcement period began at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June, 30, 2018 and continued until 6 a.m. on Thursday, July 5, 2018. During the 108-hour campaign, which was funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, State Police utilized sobriety checkpoints, additional DWI patrols, and ticketed distracted drivers who used handheld electronic devices. Troopers arrested 216 people for DWI and investigated 165 personal injury accidents, which resulted in 244 people being injured and four fatalities. As part of the enforcement, Troopers also targeted speeding and aggressive drivers across the state. Below is a sampling of the total tickets that were issued. Speeding - 4,153 Distracted Driving - 359 Seatbelt violations - 571 Move Over Law - 151 During last year’s 4th of July enforcement campaign, the State Police issued 10,435 total tickets and arrested 240 people for DWI.
  8. Re-sentencing for the Skeloses not until Oct 24. They were already found guilty and sentenced once before. Silver's re-sentencing date was supposed to be July 13, but apparently hasn't happened yet. For crying out loud, PUT THEM IN JAIL ALREADY!!!
  9. A couple years ago, a local farmers wife stopped me one day and gave me holy Hell for walking on the wrong side of the road. She threatened to "kick me in the slats" if she ever saw me doing so again. Now, I don't know exactly where my "slats" are located, but it sounds painful. Since I know she meant it, ( and just cares ) I haven't done so since.
  10. I wondered the same, KReed, but NYSP isn't always easy to get information from, especially follow up questions.
  11. Yesterday
  12. OK...WETMs facebook posted an "update" to their linked story: However...the my twin tiers headline still reads: "15-year-old killed following hit and run" You'd think they'd correct that.
  13. If they stopped as the law says, a note that they're either cooperating (or facing possible charges, etc) would be expected (even if not naming them). If they didn't stop and/or haven't been identified, it seems like any description of the vehicle and a BOLO would be in order. Sadly, it may just be poor reporting - there's an epidemic of that in mainstream media around here. WETM did say her dad was with her, but the report I caught didn't mention the driver at all. Just a weird follow-up dialogue where the anchor asked the reporter (who interviewed the grandmother) how the grandmother "felt" and when she'd talked the girl.
  14. thought i read somewhere that she was walking with father and someone caught the driver at tomasso's?
  15. Since no information on the vehicle or driver has been mentioned, does that imply that they left the scene after striking this young lady?
  16. Walking on the wrong side of the road in the dark is never a good idea. Very tragic story.
  17. Horseheads State Police are investigating a fatal one-car, pedestrian motor vehicle accident that occurred in the Town Of Chemung. The accident occurred on July 17, 2018 at approximately 9:30 PM on County Route 60 in the Town of Chemung. According to police, the preliminary Investigation revealed that the victim, 15 year-old Xanadu Rumsey was walking westbound on County Route 60, when she was struck from behind by a passing westbound vehicle. Rumsey was transported to Robert Packer Hospital where she was pronounced deceased. Investigation is ongoing at this time. The State Police were assisted by the Chemung Fire Department at the scene. Investigators are asking anyone on County Route 60 who witnessed two people walking around 9:30pm to call SP Horseheads at 607-739-8797.
  18. Growing Ginseng In The Southern Tier

    Cornell Cooperative Extension Of Broome County 840 Upper Front St, Binghamton NY https://www.facebook.com/events/2095403790681372/ Join Ginseng Expert Bob Beyfuss for a classroom presentation followed by woods walk. This program is designed to teach participant how to get started growing American ginseng on forested land in the Southern Tier. This class will begin by teaching you how to assess a forested site for suitability for growing wild simulated ginseng.The cost for the class is $25/person and you must pre-register as space is limited. Participants will receive a copy of The Practical Guide to Growing Ginseng by Bob Beyfuss.About our speaker: Bob Beyfuss retired from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Greene County in 2009 where he served as the Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Leader and also as the NY State specialist for American Ginseng Production for CCE. Bob received his Bachelor's degree from Rutgers University in 1973, majoring in Botany and his Master's degree in Agriculture from Cornell University in 1987. His Master’s project was “The History, Use and Culti-vation of American Ginseng”. He is the author of "American Ginseng Production in NY State", "The Practical Guide to Growing Ginseng" (a 65 page grower’s guide), "Ginseng Production in Woodlots" "The Economics of Woodland Ginseng Production", (both published by the USDA National Agroforestry Center) “Growing Gourmet Mushrooms from A to Z” “Companion Planting” and several other fact sheets regarding ginseng, organic gardening and mushroom growing in forested environments. Bob is also an Internationally Certified Arborist. Priority is given to active service members or veterans in NYS.
  19. 3rd Annual Finger Lakes Regional Market

    10am to 4pm @ Watson Homestead in Painted Post Outdoor market showcasing the great products and services of the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Free admission and free parking. visit www.fingerlakesmarket.com for more information and vendor applications.
  20. Hunter Safety Program - Candor

    Hunter Safety Program One day event 8am to 3pm Location: Ringneck Preserve Olkowski Rd Candor (607)659-3208
  21. Two police officers were taken to the hospital early this morning after their patrol car was struck by another vehicle during a traffic stop. According to Horseheads police, the incident occurred around 12:41 this morning. The officer was pulled over with a vehicle for a traffic offense in the area of Watkins Road and Wygant Road when their patrol car was rear ended by another vehicle. Two Horseheads police officers were taken to Arnot Ogden Medical Center for minor injuries and released. The driver of the vehicle which struck them was also taken to Arnot Ogden, treated, and released. Police have no identified the officers or the driver of the vehicle which struck theirs. The investigation has been turned over to the Chemung County Sheriff's Department at this time, and is ongoing.
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  23. Elmira Man Arrested On Drug Charges

    On July 18th, 2018, the Elmira Police Department arrested 27 year old Luis G. Garcia of Elmira on a Superior Court Warrant for two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree, a Class B Felony. This arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Elmira Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit and the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team involving the sale of heroin in the City of Elmira. Police noted that Garcia is also currently on NYS Parole in regards to a conviction for Attempted Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd on January 15, 2014 out of Chemung County Court.
  24. Early this morning at approximately 2:50 AM, officers from the Elmira Police Department responded to a residence on the 800 block of Johnson St. for a report of a shooting. Responding officers were advised that one person had suffered a single gunshot wound. Officers arrived on scene and located the person who had been shot. This person was transported to a local hospital for treatment of what police say was a non life threatening injury. The person who was shot spoke with officers and told them that two people entered his residence, one of them armed with a handgun. He was struck in the head with the gun and then shot as he tried to run away. The two people then fled the residence. A search warrant was executed at the residence as a result of the shooting and evidence was recovered from the scene. The Elmira Police Department believes that the individuals involved knew each other and that the general public is not in danger. The investigation into this matter continues. The Elmira Police Department is asking any witnesses or anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Elmira Police Department at (607)737-5626, or the tip line at (607)271-HALT.
  25. I would think at this point, we're all indigenous.
  26. The New York State Departments of Health and Agriculture & Markets today cautioned New York residents, visitors and farmers about the continued importance of taking measures to protect against ticks, as a new tick species has been found in the state. The Haemaphysalis longicornis tick, commonly known as the "longhorned tick," was recently discovered in multiple locations in Westchester County. New York State Department of Health research scientists collaborated with researchers at Fordham University and at the Lyme Disease Diagnostic Center of New York Medical College to identify these ticks. The identifications were confirmed by the Rutgers University Center for Vector Biology and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Top row: black-legged/deer tick nymphs and adults Middle row: Poppy seed Bottom row: Nymph and adult longhorned ticks While the longhorned tick has transmitted disease to humans in other parts of the world, more research is needed to determine whether this can happen in the United States. Regardless, New Yorkers should continue to take steps to protect themselves, their children and their pets against ticks and tickborne diseases that are present in New York State. This tick is also a concern for the New York State agricultural industry and may pose a threat to livestock. Farmers should continue to work with their veterinarians to check their animals, particularly cattle, sheep and horses, for exposure to ticks and to ensure their parasite control plans are up to date and working. Symptoms of tick-borne disease in cattle include fever, lack of appetite, dehydration, weakness and labored breathing. The Department of Agriculture and Markets encourages livestock owners and veterinarians to also be vigilant for unusually heavy tick infestations. If longhorned ticks are suspected, farmers should consult with their veterinarians and contact the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Division of Animal Industry at 518-457-3502 or dai@agriculture.ny.gov. The longhorned tick is not native to the United States and is commonly found in Australia, New Zealand and eastern Asia. However, these ticks have been found recently in New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and Arkansas.
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