New Hope Award finds hope in new Americans

By JAN DEMERS It was Damber Adhirkari who told the story: “Although my mother has chronic migraine headaches, she loves to work and wants to help. My father works the night shift so that he can help in the store during the day. My youngest sister, who is in Essex Middle School, also helps out.… Read More »

Demers: Explaining the purple ribbons

By JAN DEMERS She was rocking back and forth in the chair: an adult holding a teddy bear weeping as she rocked. I was working as the director of the Domestic Violence Intervention Program in upstate New York. “I’ve lost everything,” she said. And she had. She was alone with no income having left a… Read More »

Button up your overcoat

3,028 fewer tons of CO2 in a year … More about that in a minute … I could hear the wind whistle outside of the house and see the beautiful, magical crystalline pattern on the storm windows. It was time to go to work, so the first thing I reached for was the new bright… Read More »

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