October, also known to many as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, lasts just 31 days. However, the efforts to diagnose, prevent and treat the disease occur year round. While great strides have been made there’s still a long way to go: more than 40,000 women and 400 men die annually of breast cancer.
On November 5, people across the country will held to the polls to exercise this right. Here in New York State, people won’t just be casting their votes for candidates on Election Day, they will also be making decisions on amendments to the New York State Constitution.
Since its creation in 1861, more than 3,400 Medals of Honor have been awarded to some of our nation’s bravest Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen. Next week, William Swenson, a former Army captain and Fort Drum soldier, will join the ranks of these brave men and women.
To many people, fall is more than just a change in the weather. It’s everything from apple picking and fresh cider to homemade pumpkin pie and taking a drive to see the change in colors. Here in Upstate New York, we’re lucky to have an abundance of fall flavors and activities right in our backyard.
“God said, ‘I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper, then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board.’ So God made a farmer.”
It’s hard to believe that students are gearing up for the start of another school year full of fun and new challenges. Just like students who will be studying hard, I’m working hard to ensure our children are getting the quality education they deserve and that parents and taxpayers receive the value they expect. A big part of working to improve educational opportunities is listening to your opinions and ideas when it comes to our schools.
As summer draws to a close and students return to the classroom, many turn their focus towards getting back to the books. Between the back to school shopping and first-day jitters, it’s important to remember to make use of one of our area’s biggest educational resources, our libraries.
After studying 90,000 Americans over an 18-year period, Harvard University researchers concluded that as a population, elderly people are remaining more healthy into their later years. While the findings don’t determine what’s at the root of the improved well-being, there’s reason to believe that staying active, eating right and keeping good health-related habits could be the cause.
With an estimated 1.88 million anglers, fishing is one of New York State’s most popular pastimes. This past weekend, I was able to join many of those fishing fans in St. Lawrence County for the Bassmaster Elite Series Tournament. This extravaganza, known as the “Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown at St. Lawrence River,” attracted the country’s top anglers and thousands of fishing enthusiasts to Waddington.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have less stress, lower blood pressure, a more positive outlook on life and improved social skills? For many, these things, along with an overall improved quality of life, can be obtained by owning a pet. Time and time again, studies have shown that there are a number of proven health benefits for people who own animals.