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May 6, 2021

SOMERS, N.Y. - On April’s last blustery day, a band of Somers tree lovers took shovel in hand to plant a symbol of the town’s appreciation of its past and its hopes for the future. It may not look like much of anything now, but someday that skinny, leafless stick will be a tall, shady oak ...

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SOMERS, N.Y. - “I was always just tapping on my desk at school,” explains Taylor Setterstrom.  The Somers High School senior is currently participating in the tenth annual Hit Like A Girl contest. The event is an international competition for female drummers, percussionists, and beat ...

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SOMERS, N.Y. - Keeping flooding from harming precious natural resources and manmade infrastructure has kept some local folks busy as, well, beavers. The Somers Land Trust has been battling the buck-toothed rodents’ dam-building at Angle Fly Preserve and Rhinoceros Creek Reservation for what ...

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SOMERS, N.Y. - We care, you care, together we can make it work. Recently, SOMERS CARES was launched with seed money contributed by the Somers Lions membership. These funds were NOT the donations or fundraising proceeds normally used by our charitable foundation. The money was donated by the ...

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SOMERS, N.Y. - At only 12 years old, Sierra Deodhari is no stranger to hard work and the success that comes along with it.  A practitioner of Shito Ryu Karate, Sierra has competed in regional, national, and international events since 2014. Among numerous other accolades, she won a gold medal at ...

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SOMERS, N.Y. - Ladies and Gentlemen, Children of All Ages. Said to be the most endearing and enduring introduction in entertainment, those seven little words never fail to thrill circus-goers and ringmasters alike. It’s always a big deal when traveling spectacles come to town with their ...

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SOMERS, N.Y. - Biblically speaking, a church isn’t its bricks and mortar or, in the case of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Somers, its wood and 19th century stained-glass. It’s not the place people go to, but the people themselves, a body of believers, a spiritual family. Nevertheless, that ...

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“I’ve always considered myself an artist,” says Leslie Bijoux.  The Somers resident is preparing to take part in the “Together apART” exhibit when ArtsWestchester reopens their gallery next month. Ms. Bijoux will be one of 224 Hudson Valley artists who will showcase work created during the ...

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This most interesting story begins before the Revolutionary War with the arrival of Methodism in the American Colonies.  Since there were no Methodist Churches in Stephentown (Somers), the denomination’s preachers who traveled in “circuits” served the town’s Methodists. In the mid-18th ...

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Things are finally moving along at the Reynolds Homestead at Somers’ Angle Fly Preserve. If all goes well with the renovation project, which was started in 2009, the 19th century farmhouse could be ready for new occupants by the end of the year. The new roof and siding are on, the new windows ...

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“I’ve done quite a bit of digging into our genealogy,” explains Lincolndale resident John Supple. Supple’s knowledge of his lineage reveals that his family’s roots in Somers stretch back all the way to the 1700s. Beyond that, he can even pinpoint when his ancestors first set foot in this ...

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Elephants may never forget, but there is certainly one that Somers wants to make sure is never forgotten: Old Bet. A statue of the town’s totem pachyderm perches atop a 15-foot shaft of dressed granite in front of its municipal offices, The Elephant Hotel, at the corner of routes 100 and ...

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As the U.S. ramps up vaccination efforts, the arrival of more infectious variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 is threatening to draw out the health crisis. New cases are spiking, but is the pandemic entering a fourth wave? There are varying opinions. Nevertheless, there appears to be a ...

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Ridgefield, Conn. -- Congregation Shir Shalom in Ridgefield will host the annual Yom HaShoah Holocaust Memorial Observance (online), with congregations from the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County, beginning at 7:30  p.m. on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.  The following day, ...

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A scholarship fund has been set up in honor of James J. Farina IV, a Somers High School senior who passed away in February. Farina, 17, was an avid golfer who worked as a caddy at two country clubs. He also had a great passion for art, especially anime drawings and sculpture.  To date, ...

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I recently came across a blog article titled, “Why Children Need Camp Now More Than Ever,” essentially a list of social/emotional needs that have been neglected due to the pandemic. The article explains, in the most scholarly way, why children have suffered for the last 13 months and how camp can ...

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Can this democracy survive? Randy Freeman thinks it can, as long as people are willing to stop talking at, and start listening to, each other. As the new Mid-Atlantic regional leader of Braver Angels, the Somers woman is part of a team working to form a local alliance that aims to be one ...

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In less than two weeks, the Somers Library will begin allowing appointment based visits. Starting on Monday, April 5, patrons can return to the building, just in time for National Library Week. Appointment only visits for family units of five people or less will be allowed. Visitors can once ...

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The Town of Somers has been allotted a supply of Moderna vaccine through the Town of Yorktown, Town Supervisor Rick Morrissey announced today. This vaccine is available to Somers residents who are either 50+ years old, teachers or anyone who works in the school district, and persons with a ...

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Even though winter is just ending, it’s never too early to get excited about camp.  For the staff at Summer Trails Day Camp in Somers, summer can’t come fast enough. Knowing that many families have had a tough year amidst the Covid pandemic, they are excited to welcome campers back in a few ...

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“We want to play ‘Mr. Saint Says’ plead the kids in Chris St. Germaine’s fourth grade class. The students are scattered around the newly rebuilt courtyard outside their classroom at Somers Intermediate School. The patio and garden space was rebuilt last summer by Somers High School student Nick ...

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From the Office of Somers Town Supervisor Rick Morrissey:  Westchester County has received a supply of Johnson & Johnson doses of vaccines from NYS. It is a single dose vaccine; you do not need to return for a second dose with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. It will be held in Yorktown on ...

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Family Services of Westchester (FSW)’s RideConnect program is ready to assist older adults 60 and up in Westchester and southern Putnam County who need shopping and delivery of groceries and/or medication.  The program has hundreds of volunteers available to shop so that the vulnerable ...

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Today’s Scouts do much more than build campfires, tie knots and help the elderly across the street. Since its inception in 1910, the nation’s foremost youth program has helped more than 130 million young men and women develop a backpack full of academic, leadership and citizenship skills they ...

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People’s United Bank plans to phase out its in-store branch contracts with Stop & Shop supermarkets. The company said that, in most cases, customers will be able to use traditional bank branches located within 5 miles of the targeted supermarkets. The bank operates 140 Stop & Shop ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - There’s a new place in town for fuel, grab-and-go grub, and supplies. North Salem Market, a Mobil gas station and convenience store, finally got the town’s go-ahead to open this week. “We’re all very excited,” said Issa “Izzy” Issa, who will be running the show along with ...

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Public employees could take advantage of early retirement incentives under a bill being sponsored by two local lawmakers. State Sen. Pete Harckham (D-South Salem) and state Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (D-Greenburgh), noting the COVID-19 pandemic’s devastating financial impact, said their proposed ...

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SOMERS, N.Y. - As the pandemic juggernaut continues to leave illness, job loss and closed businesses in its wake, millions of more Americans are waking up each morning to empty refrigerators and cupboards. The growing crisis has reached all corners of society, spurring a tremendous increase in ...

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Used since ancient times for ceremonial, practical and entertainment reasons, masks send many messages. They can say: “I’m hiding,” or “I’m telegraphing who I want to be,” or, now, because of the pandemic, “I’m wearing this to keep us both safe.” The trouble is—whether made of colorful fabric ...

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It’s all about the ice. When plummeting temperatures force most sane humans to retreat to their nice, warm caves, iceboating devotees are racing out with augers and drills in hand, hoping to find out whether their favorite body of water has frozen over sufficiently enough to enable them to ...

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