In March of 2020, our world was turned upside down with the global pandemic. A microscopic virus spread around the earth, making people very sick, and sadly, too many friends and family members were lost. The global pandemic shut down entire economies, kept children at home and changed lifes… Read More ⇒

How wonderful are the warm days where the sun shines and you can go outside wearing a light jacket instead of your arctic parka. There are still cold nights that crust up the puddles until the sun breaks the ice again in the morning. Red-winged blackbirds can be heard making their familiar “… Read More ⇒

Goodbye, and good riddance to 2020.  You have cost us much economically, socially, and personally.  Most of us lost or knew of someone we loved or knew fondly during your 365 days. Those we lost may not have died directly because of the virus unleashed around our tiny planet, but our ability… Read More ⇒

This article presents a brief overview of how the economy is reportedly doing in this uncertain “recovery” from COVID, and how national trends are echoed in our north country area. As of time of this writing, the first week in October, the economy is starting to grow again, slowly, with a lo… Read More ⇒

You may hear new terms applied to agriculture and farming, “regenerative” or “restorative” agriculture. These terms are cropping up, describing new thought processes on farming methods that have been around many decades and the importance of soil to our environment. It is important to think … Read More ⇒

It is always important to have estate planning documents in place to face the unknown that the future holds. During a pandemic like the one the world is facing now, it is even more important, one may argue essential, to have the proper estate planning documents in place. Generally speaking, … Read More ⇒

Each year, the United Way throughout the world runs a fundraising campaign to highlight problems and inequities in communities and proposes programs and plans to address the challenges that we face. This year is much different. The circumstances that have brought us to this point in time hav… Read More ⇒

Environmental law matters frequently involve an overlap and interplay between legal, scientific, and business concerns. Translating science into policy and policy into law and the resulting enforcement or interpretation of the law by government agencies and the courts can leave people and bu… Read More ⇒

“I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist. It might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.” — John Steinbeck  As I grow older and raise my two children, I become increasingly aware of the gratitude I feel for having experienced […] Read More ⇒

When our area entered Phase 2, the real estate market heated up. In some portions of the market, there have been multiple offers and some properties have had offers within a day or two of being put on the market. What do you need to know to be successful when making an offer?      First […] Read More ⇒

Things are slowly, at least in New York state, starting to get back to “normal” or at least semi-functional. However, what I am hearing over and over again from my business clients is, “How do I plan for the future when I don’t know what it will bring?” This is especially a question in commu… Read More ⇒

Whether along a trail, on the water, or sitting at a local park, New Yorkers can’t help but notice that participation in outdoor activities is surging this year. Hunting, trapping, and fishing are following this trend, as perhaps more New Yorkers than ever before are looking for opportunitie… Read More ⇒

My clients often are aware of what a Last Will and Testament is and its purpose of providing for the distribution of their assets when they pass away. They also know that trusts exist but are not sure what they are or what a trust does. The focus of this article will be on Living […] Read More ⇒

I remember, as a young kid, thumbing through a binder full of old family photos. I came across a photo that was labeled, “Lyman” and had a face circled on the photo. It was from the early 1940s and a sign on the wall behind this group of students read Future Farmers of America. “Lyman” […] Read More ⇒