It’s Official: SSIRP Owns The Sherburne Inn

Fundraising efforts are well underway

By Chris Hoffman

(Sherburne, NY – May 2013) On April 25 Save the Sherburne Inn Restoration Project, Inc. (SSIRP) officially purchased The Sherburne Inn building, listed on the National Historic Register and located at the southwest corner of the intersections of State Routes 12 and 80. The building’s predecessor, The […]

Tomorrow

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By Chris Hoffman

(Sherburne, NY – March 2013) I have a confession to make: I waste a lot of time. And the busier I am, and the older I get, it seems the more time I waste.

I did some math. Let’s say I manage to while away in unproductive stupor an average […]

Citizens’ Preservation Group Moves Forward to Purchase Historic Sherburne Inn

Submitted by Chris Hoffman

(Sherburne, NY – March 2013) The newly formed citizens’ preservation group known as Save the Sherburne Inn Restoration Project, Inc. (SSIRP) is pleased to announce that it has raised the funds to purchase the Sherburne Inn property (most recently known as The Bullthistle Inn) from current owner Jim Webb and is […]

The 28th Amendment

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By Chris Hoffman

(Sherburne, NY – Feb. 2013) On Feb. 11, Move to Amend introduced in Congress a Constitutional amendment that would, if passed and ratified, ensure rights for people, not corporations. Known as the “We the People Amendment,” the legislation is sponsored by Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minnesota) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Minnesota). […]

Between Seeing and Observing

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By Chris Hoffman

(Sherburne, NY – Feb. 2013) They are 90 years old. She lies in a hospital bed, exhausted and frail, the result of a frantic 911 call the evening before. Her husband sits awkwardly and uncomfortably in an industrial chair at the end of her bed, his cane leaning against the […]

Triple Whammy

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(Sherburne, NY – Feb. 2013) Late last November, The Nation published an article by Elizabeth Royte, in collaboration with the Food & Environment Reporting Network, an investigative reporting nonprofit focusing on food, agriculture and environmental health. Highlights from that article include:

The story of Jacki Schilke and her 60 Black Angus cattle […]

Genius, Power and Magic

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By Chris Hoffman

(Sherburne, NY – Jan. 2013) In October, I wrote about a miracle on South Main Street in the Village of Sherburne – the nascent yet determined effort of a group of preservation-minded citizens to save the historic Sherburne Inn from destruction.

In about 12 weeks, despite Thanksgiving, Christmas, and […]

Sherburne to Celebrate Winter Living Celebration

(Sherburne, NY – Jan. 2013) Winter has arrived and it’s time to enjoy the season during the 35th annual Winter Living Celebration at Rogers Center on Saturday Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center invite you to enjoy both indoor and outdoor activities during the course of […]

Misery

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By Chris Hoffman

(Sherburne, NY – Jan. 2013) For the first time in twelve years, I went out on New Year’s Eve, and I am now paying dearly for it. No, not a weeklong hangover. The flu. Or at least I’m assuming it’s the flu, since the national news agencies are talking about […]

Christmas … Again

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By Chris Hoffman

(Sherburne, NY – Dec. 2012) ) It feels as if it was just a few weeks ago that I wrote a column about the rampant commercialism of Christmas and the insanity it seems to induce on a massive scale. And now here it is, less than two weeks away from […]

Poinsettias for Community

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By Chris Hoffman

(Sherburne, NY – Dec. 2012) Poinsettias seem to say “Christmas” more than any other plant (except for a Christmas tree, of course).

According to Wikipedia, the poinsettia is a culturally and commercially important plant species of the diverse spurge family that is indigenous to Mexico and Central America. The poinsettia […]

The New Love Canal?

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By Chris Hoffman

(Sherburne, NY – Nov. 2012) On October 9, Grassroots Environmental Education (www.grassrootsinfo.org), a New York-based non-profit organization founded in 2000 to educate the public about the links between common environmental exposures and human health, presented the results of its new study on the health risks of hydrofracking to officials from […]