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Doing laundry can be a very tiring and tedious chore. Especially after a long day’s work. So, it can be quite relieving if there is someone to help you out with that. Hence in this article, we are going to talk about laundry services and also how you can save some money on them.

Now before hiring a laundry service, we recommend you first consider your options. This will give you a bigger perspective on how you can save some of that hard-earned money. Laundry services often captivate their customer’s attention using a lot of really attractive deals. Many laundry services in Dubai offer free delivery and pick-up. Others offer heavy discounts.

So, that was all about getting familiar with your options. Now let us talk about the costs. Laundry services can be quite expensive, depending on how many items you have and the services that you avail.

Prices will differ based on your location as well. Laundry service in Dubai marina and Oud Metha will not cost you the same. That applies to all the other regions. Plus, premium services can cost you a fortune. So, what do you do? Well, there is a solution. Check out the Aqualogic and Laundry services. Consider these few points to reduce the cost of laundry services as much as you can:

  • Buy a Laundry Machine

Now, this may seem contrary to the point we are trying to make here, but a laundry machine will most definitely save you a lot in the long run. It’s just a one-time investment. Generally, a lot of the times your laundry load will be pretty reasonable. For those scenarios, it gets a lot cheaper for you to do your laundry. This is a worthwhile investment that will pay itself off in the long run. But if you are not a homeowner and are on a constant move, you might have no other choice.

  • Keep a tab

Keep a tab on how many clothes you have to wash at the end of the week. If the number is quite small, according to you, then do it yourself. This will cost you virtually nothing. A few tips for washing your clothes are–use cold water, don’t Wash Half-Full Loads, separate your loads, don’t over-dry, clean the lint filters. If the load is just too much, then you can opt for a laundry service.

  • Look for laundry shops nearby

As said earlier, you must first find a good and affordable laundry service near your residence. All of the best laundry services in Dubai are often listed online. This makes your job of finding one near you a whole lot easier. Getting a service agency that’s located near you will help you in two ways. First, if you opt for home delivery, then it will reduce the delivery costs. And secondly, if you plan on doing the transportation yourself, then it will save you some gas and time.

  • Look for those extra perks

Many laundry services offer a home delivery service. Most of them charge for this. But, there are always a few of them who are willing to do this for free, just to improve their customer service. So, have an eye out for these.

  • Iron your clothes

Ironing is an easy way to reduce costs. This is not a very hard or time-consuming task. Moreover, it will save you a reasonable amount of money.

  • Compare

Now, this last one is just a culmination of the aforementioned points. Don’t just hire the first laundry service you see. Gather all the relevant information about them. Information like prices, service quality, distance from your place, and any other additional requirements. Read a few of their reviews. And then compare. See which one is providing the most value for your money. This way, you can make an informed decision.

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Biden faces limits of $1.9 trillion in COVID aid as some states resist

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden entered the White House promising to stop the twin health and economic crises caused by COVID-19, but $1.9 trillion and countless initiatives later he’s confronting the limits of what Washington can achieve when some state and local governments are unwilling or unable to step up.

Six months after Congress passed the massive rescue plan, administration records show that more than $550 billion has yet to be disbursed. The sum could help provide a key economic backstop as the coronavirus’ delta variant continues to pose a threat. But in some cases, it’s also led to frustration as aid for renters, testing and vaccines goes unused despite mass outreach campaigns.

Republican critics say the unspent money shows that Biden’s relief package was too big and inflationary; the administration says the unspent funds reflect the extent of planning in case the recovery from the pandemic hits more snags with virus mutations and unexpected economic disruptions. By law, about $105 billion of the state and local aid and more than half of the expanded child tax credits cannot be paid out yet.

“There are some things designed to address immediate hardship and others that are designed to allow for a multi-year policy response — they’re not really bugs, they’re features,” said Gene Sperling, who is overseeing the rescue plan for Biden. “The fact that a solid portion of these funds can be used over a few year period is a good-news story for ensuring a durable recovery.”

But some of the backlog stems from bottlenecks — or outright blockages — at the state or local level, beyond the influence of Washington. The extent of the challenge was apparent when Biden recently announced new vaccine requirements for federal workers and employers with 100 or more workers and emphasized the need for testing and keeping schools open.

“We’re facing a lot of pushback, especially from some of the Republican governors,” Biden said Thursday. “The governors of Florida and Texas — they’re doing everything they can to undermine the lifesaving requirements that I’ve proposed.”

The Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have stood up “Operation Expanded Testing” to work with schools, homeless shelters and care facilities to provide screening testing at no cost to most organizations, and CDC has offered its technical expertise — but that doesn’t mean states will take them up on it.

Iowa and Idaho, for instance, have rejected tens of millions of dollars in federal assistance to boost virus testing in schools. In Texas and a handful of other GOP-controlled states, officials have moved to block schools from conducting contact tracing — for which they have been provided federal dollars — or requiring mask-wearing.

There have been some bright spots, the administration said, including Georgia and Massachusetts, where states have employed federal resources to help keep students safe.

White House officials harbor frustrations over the slow pace of distributing money for some of the programs, but contend what remains is largely out of their control.

Large pockets of money flowed through existing pathways — for instance, expanded tax credits, which required relatively minor adjustments by the IRS. But the federal government was also tasked with standing up entirely new initiatives from scratch, with few carrots or sticks to encourage local officials to join in.

Privately, some officials believe the country as a whole had the tools to avoid the brunt of the latest delta wave and its impact on the economy through vaccinations, robust testing and economic relief money — but didn’t move quickly enough to use them.

The Biden administration can point to clear successes with its relief package. Economic growth has jumped sharply this year, with monthly job gains averaging 636,000 and demand outpacing the supply of autos, furniture, appliances and other goods. The president and his aides point to forecasts suggesting that U.S. economic growth could be the strongest in four decades.

Yet the delta variant has slowed economic activity as hiring slipped in August to just 235,000 added jobs. The slowdown overlapped with the lapse of expanded unemployment benefits, causing 8.9 million people to lose weekly benefit payments and another 2.1 million to lose a $300-a-week supplemental unemployment payment.

The delta variant has spread as funds to combat COVID-19 go untapped.

Of the $51 billion for testing, monitoring and research and development in Biden’s plan, the administration said $13.9 billion has yet to be distributed and will be used to combat the delta variant. Just 10% of the money for homeowner assistance has gone out to states, and aid to renters has been so unevenly distributed that the Treasury Department announced Tuesday the remaining $13 billion will go to “high-performing” states and cities.

“Absolutely it was too large,” said Marc Goldwein, senior vice president of the private Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. “But it was also poorly designed in terms of timing and composition — there were some places we should have spent more or longer.”

Goldwein said unemployment benefits should have been tapered down gradually. Direct checks could have been split into multiple rounds, instead of a single $1,400 payment for each eligible person. State and local funds could have been disbursed in conditional tranches.

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‘In America: Remember,’ near the Washington Monument on September 17, 2021. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

When it comes to large-scale atrocities, it stands to reason that memorials should be put in place in order to remember the lives that have been lost; now, the coronavirus pandemic has received just such a memorial. Conceived by the artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, the temporary memorial, which will be in place for 17 days, consists of more than 660,000 white flags being planted on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Each of the flags represents a life lost to the coronavirus pandemic, and more will be added to the installation as more people continue to die.

People who’ve lost family members and friends during the pandemic will have the option of filling out an online form in order to dedicate a flag to someone, or else they can visit in person and plant a flag themselves. “I wanted to have enough pathways, where people could wander the paths privately for their own quiet reflection,” Firstenberg said. “So people would have plenty of special spaces where they could plant their personalized flags.”

A lot of art has been made over the last few years that directly addresses the coronavirus pandemic.  Mirko Ilić, Maira Kalman and Pablo Delcan were among the artists who contributed to a digital PSA billboard campaign last year, and the Public Art Fund has also launched exhibitions spotlighting the work that artists have made during the outbreak of Covid-19. Many creatives struggled with producing work during a time of such acute stress, while others thrived.

When explaining the flag memorial, Firstenberg explained that she chose white for the flag color because it represented innocence and purity. “Early on, we gave in to our lesser selves, and I hope now that seeing all these flags gives our nation a moment to pause and to think about who we are,” the artist said. “This says something about who we are as Americans.”

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‘I’ve honestly never felt more free’: new video shares how Black Americans feel living in Japan

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“Living while Black in Japan” is a short documentary made by filmmaking couple Keith Bedford and Shiho Fukada about what it’s like for Black Americans living in Japan. 

About the film: The documentary, uploaded to NPR’s YouTube channel, features three women and three men from the Black American community in Japan who shared their views on sensitive topics such as police and racism in the U.S.

  • George Floyd’s killing had struck a chord among the interviewees, with some expressing concern that the same could happen to their loved ones back in the U.S. 
  • LaTanya Whitaker, a gospel teacher and a restaurant owner in Japan, said it scares her that the incident is “something that can happen to my husband or to my son.”
  • Expressing the same fear, Rivonne Moore noted that racism in America has kept her in Japan. “Yeah, I did not intend to stay for 12 years,” she said. “But here I am.”
  • A worker in music and entertainment, interviewee Ebony Bowens moved to Japan immediately after graduating from university in New York. “You know, I can do things here in Japan that I can’t do…back at home, in the U.S.”
  • Tamru Grant’s words seemingly echoed Bowens’ sentiments. He said that he found freedom while living in Japan because he felt targeted back in the U.S. “It’s a really tense situation… when you see this white cop coming towards you, especially if it’s two.”
  • Grant said about his experience in Japan: “Living in Japan, as an African American, I’ve honestly never felt more free.” He talked about how he can catch a cab without even trying, and that he can say “good morning” to an old Japanese woman and she will look him in the eye and say “good morning” back without any fear.
  • Henry Moreland Seals, who has been working in Japan for 24 years, shared stories of kindness from strangers he met in Japan. He recounted a story where he was walking and came across a garden. An old man who owned the garden invited Seals and his friend in. The Japanese man then offered them free vegetables, like tomatoes. Seals says, seemingly in disbelief, “He was just friendly and kind.”
  • He also noted that in Japan, “We didn’t have to worry whether someone was gonna call the police on us. That we were going to get shot, that we were going to get assaulted,” whereas in the U.S. this is a present fear in many Black Americans’ lives.
  • Tyrone Jones II noted that there is black fear in the U.S. because they are viewed “less of a person, more of a threat.” He acknowledged, however, that since Japan is an extremely homogeneous society, he still sticks out “like a sore thumb.”
  • The interviewees noted that the media still plays a huge role in how Japanese view African Americans, and they are working to “dispel as many myths as possible.” They talk about how in the U.S., it’s racism but in Japan, it’s ignorance.
  • Grant says, “Have I felt racial bias in Japan? It’s hard to answer that question because not really.”

About the filmmakers: Bedford, who is African American, and Fukada, who is Japanese, moved from New York to Japan three years ago so their son could learn more about Japanese culture, according to NPR

  • Bedford said that while he likes living in Japan, he still feels a sense of being an outsider in the country. Fukada reportedly felt the same feeling of being the “other” when they were living in the U.S. 
  • The family put their plans of returning to America on hold after the killing of George Floyd as they were worried that Bedford or their son could fall victim to the same violence.
  • With their film, Bedford and Fukada are hoping to inspire a more accepting and welcoming society in both Japan and the U.S. 

Featured Image via NPR

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THURSDAY’S GAMES 

Minuteman at Keefe Tech, 6

Whittier at Malden, 6

FRIDAY’S GAMES 

Essex Tech at Blue Hills, 4

Nantucket at Mashpee, 5

Wareham at Holbrook/Avon, 5

Wilmington at Greater Lowell, 5

Atlantis Charter/Bishop Connolly at Cathedral/Matignon, 6

Attleboro at Bishop Feehan, 6

Boston Latin at O’Bryant, 6

Bristol-Plymouth at Martha’s Vineyard, ppd.

Cambridge at Medford, 6

Chelmsford at Lexington, 6

Greater Lawrence at North Reading, 6

LaSalle (RI) at Catholic Memorial, 6

Marblehead at Lynn Classical, 6

Revere at Chelsea, 6

Somerville at Everett, 6

Springfield Central at BC High, 6

Walpole at Natick, 6

Winchester at Waltham, 6

Holliston at Medway, 6:15

Carver at Case, 6:30

Diman at Bourne, 6:30

East Boston at Brighton, 6:30

Nipmuc at Dover-Sherborn, 6:30

St. Bernard’s at Stoneham, 6:30

St. Mary’s at Bellingham, 6:30

Sharon at Seekonk, 6:30

Andover at Acton-Boxboro, 7

Apponequet at Abington, 7

Archbishop Williams at Norwell, 7

Barnstable at Reading, 7

Belmont at Wakefield, 7

Beverly at North Andover, 7

Braintree at Stoughton, 7

Burlington at Woburn, 7

Concord-Carlisle at Ashland, 7

Danvers at Haverhill, 7

Dartmouth at GNB Voke, 7

Dedham at Medfield, 7

Dennis-Yarmouth at Plymouth North, 7

Dighton-Rehoboth at Plymouth South, 7

Fairhaven at West Bridgewater, 7

Foxboro at Whitman-Hanson, 7

Franklin at Brockton, 7

Gloucester at Malden Catholic, 7

Hanover at East Bridgewater, 7

Hingham at Arlington, 7

Hopkinton at Nauset, 7

Hull at Cardinal Spellman, 7

Ipswich at Lowell Catholic, 7

King Philip at Needham, 7

Latin Academy at Weston, 7

Lincoln-Sudbury at Melrose, 7

Lowell at Tewksbury, 7

Lynn English at Swampscott, 7

Mansfield at North Attleboro, 7

Marshfield at Methuen, 7

Masconomet at Peabody, 7

Millis at Randolph, 7

Nashoba Tech at Manchester-Essex, 7

Newburyport at Bedford, 7

Newton North at Weymouth, 7

Northeast at Saugus, 7

Old Rochester at Bishop Stang, 7

Oliver Ames at Quincy, 7

Pembroke at Cohasset, 7

Pentucket at Dracut, 7

Roxbury Prep at Georgetown, 7

Scituate at Duxbury, 7

Sharon at Seekonk, 7

Shrewsbury at St. John’s (S), 7

Silver Lake at Rockland, 7

Taunton at Durfee, 7

Triton at Shawsheen, ppd.

Upper Cape at Southeastern, 7

Wayland at Amesbury, 7

Westford Acadmy at Billerica, 7

Winthrop at Austin Prep, 7

Xaverian at Bridgewater-Raynham, 7

Norton at Canton, 7:30

SATURDAY’S GAMES

Tech Boston at KIPP, 10

Bishop Fenwick at Arlington Catholic, 1

Boston English/New Mission at Lynn Tech, 1

Central Catholic at St. John’s Prep, 1

Falmouth at Norwood, 1

Framingham at Milton, 1

Milford at Wellesley, 1

Old Colony at Cape Cod Tech, 1

Somerset Berkley at Lawrence, 1

South Shore at Tri-County, 1

Watertown at Hamilton-Wenham, 1

Hamden Hall at Rivers, 2

Middleboro at New Bedford, 2

Martha’s Vineyard at Salem, 5

Newton South at Brookline, 6

Westwood at North Quincy, 7

DANNY V’S BEST BETS

FRIDAY

Nantucket at Mashpee, 5

LaSalle (RI) at Catholic Memorial, 6

Springfield Central at BC High, 6

Walpole at Natick, 6

East Boston at Brighton, 6:30

St. Bernard’s at Stoneham, 6:30

St. Mary’s at Bellingham, 6:30

Apponequet at Abington, 7

Barnstable at Reading, 7

Lincoln-Sudbury at Melrose, 7

Scituate at Duxbury, 7

Shrewsbury at St. John’s (S), 7

Xaverian at Bridgewater-Raynham, 7

SATURDAY

Tech Boston at KIPP, 10

Central Catholic at St. John’s Prep, 1

Milford at Wellesley, 1

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NEW YORK — A very special document will be auctioned off later this year — a rare copy of the U.S. Constitution.

Sotheby’s announced Friday — appropriately on Constitution Day — that in November it will put up for auction one of just 11 surviving copies of the Constitution from the official first printing produced for the delegates to the Constitutional Convention and for the Continental Congress. It’s the only copy that remains in private hands and has an estimate of $15 million-$20 million.

“This is the final text. The debate on what the Constitution would say was over with this document. The debate about whether the Constitution was going to be adopted was just beginning,” Selby Kiffer, an international senior specialist in Sotheby’s Books and Manuscripts Department, told The Associated Press.

“This was the Constitution, but it didn’t take effect until it had been debated and ratified. So this was the first step in the process of us living now under this 234-year-old document,” he said of the document created during the summer of 1787 in Philadelphia.

It will join about 80 constitutional and related documents up for auction by the venerable house. The copy of the Constitution is on public view at Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries until Sept. 19 and then travels to Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas, before returning to New York this fall.

It is Kiffer’s second time handling the rare document. He also spearheaded its auction in 1988. Back then, it went for just $165,000. “While it’s a lot of years later and I’ve handled a lot of great things and I’m more experienced, I have to say it’s just as exciting, if not a little bit more exciting, the second time around,” he said.

The document is from the collection of Dorothy Tapper and proceeds from the sale of the collection will benefit The Dorothy Tapper Goldman Foundation, which is dedicated to furthering the understanding of U.S. democracy and how the acts of all citizens can make a difference.

“It would have belonged to either a member of the Continental Congress or to one of the delegates to the Continental Convention. Those were the only people who had access to this first printing,” Kiffer said, estimating that there were several hundred copies made originally. “Your eye is immediately drawn to that first line, ‘We the people of the United States.’”

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Apple picking: Where to pick a peck in the Capital Region

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10)- No matter where people live in the Capital Region, chances are there is an orchard close by. September kicks off apple picking season for many local orchards and NEWS10 has a list of places where people can pick a peck or a half bushel.

Apple availability isn’t the same all season long. Some may be ready for picking in early or mid-September while others won’t be ready until October. The best bet is to check with an orchard before heading out to make sure they have a specific variety.

Many orchards also have special events or activities for families. Check out NEW10’s list by county below.

Albany County

Altamont Orchards Inc.

  • 4110 Becker Road, Altamont
  • Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Cortland, MacIntosh, and limited supply of Gala
  • 1/2 bushel $22, peck $14
  • Orchard also has canning peaches and canning tomatoes as well as a store that sells apple cider and cider donuts.

Indian Ladder Farms

  • 342 Altamont Road, Altamont
  • Monday-Sunday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Wide variety of apples available including Gala, Mcintosh, Cortland, Honeycrisp and Empire. Check website for apples available for picking.
  • Price varies $22-$28 for a 1/2 bushel. Check website for exact pricing.
  • Pumpkin picking is available in October. They also have a cidery/brewery, store and host special events like Baby Goat Yoga.

Stanton’s Feura Farm

  • 210 Onesquesthaw Creek Road, Feura Bush
  • Saturday-Sunday 12-6 p.m.
  • Wide variety of apples including Honeycrisp, Candy Crisp, Mutsu, Cameo, Winesap, Jonagold, Macoun, Fortune, Royal Cortland, and Ruby Mac available throughout the season. Check website for availability.
  • 1/2 bushel $25, two or more 1/2 bushels $22
  • Beginning the weekend of September 25-26, pumpkins will be available for picking, cider donuts will be available as well. The orchard will also have events including a hay maze, corn maze, straw slide and hay ride to the pumpkin patch.

Columbia County

Golden Harvest Farms

  • 3074 Route 9, Valatie
  • Monday-Sunday 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
  • Pick your own apples not available this season. Wide variety of apples can be purchased at the farm stand. Call farm for availability and pricing of apples.
  • Farm also sells cider, honey, free range eggs, local cheeses, squashes, and seasoned apple firewood as well as other items.

Love Apple Farm

  • 1421 New York 9H, Ghent
  • Monday-Sunday 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. (last entry at 4 p.m.)
  • Honey Crisp ,Gala, and Acey Mac
  • Kid’s Bag $15, basket $20, family bag $35
  • The farm also has a store, bakery, cafe, petting zoo and playground.

Philip Orchards

  • 270 NY-9H, Claverack
  • Monday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (By appointment only Tuesday/Thursday. See website for more information)
  • Wide variety of apples available including Gala, Macoun, Honeycrisp and Greening. Check website for availability.
  • 1 bag = 1/2 bushel, 1 bag $25, 2 bags $40, 3 bags $50, 4 or more bags $15 per bag
  • Orchard also sells pears and has a one bag minimum per car policy.

Samascott Orchards

  • 5 Sunset Avenue, Kinderhook
  • Wednesday-Monday 9 a.m.- 5p.m. (last entry at 4 p.m.)
  • Gingergold, Sanza, Zestar, Gala, Crimson Crisp, Mcintosh, Early Fuji, Jonamac, Pink Luster, Firecracker, Cortland
  • $5 entry fee per person, $2.50 for seniors, kids ages 9 and under free. Apples $1 per pound.
  • Orchard also has pears, tomatoes, grapes, pumpkins, winter squash, and banana peppers as well as other vegetables available for picking. Check website for pricing. They have a store at 65 Chatham Street, Kinderhook with a corn maze.

Greene County

Boehm Farm LLC

  • 233 County Route 26, Climax
  • Monday-Sunday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Wide variety of apples including Honeycrisp, Mcintosh, Red Delicious and Snow Sweet. They also have peaches, plums and pumpkins. The farms website says to call for availability.
  • Apples $1 per pound, Honecrisps $2 per pound, peaches and plums $2.25 per pound
  • Farm also sells vegetables from other local farms, pies, jams/jellies, donuts, cookies, and local honey/maple syrup.

Story Farms

  • 4640 NY-32, Catskill
  • Monday-Sunday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Farm offers local apples, as well as a wide variety of other vegetables including tomatoes, cucumbers, plums, onions, garlic, and peaches. Call farm for pricing.

Montgomery County

Bellinger’s Orchard

  • 685 Argersinger Road, Fultonville
  • Monday-Sunday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Wide variety of apples including Cortland, Gala, Honeycrisp, Rubinette, Skizuka, and Ozark Gold. Check website for schedule.
  • Call for pricing.
  • Farm also has a hay maze, corn maze, hay rides, group tours by reservation, apple cider, apple cider donuts and other items.

Sand Flats Orchard

  • 371 Martin Road, Fonda
  • Monday-Friday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday 7 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Zestar, Sanza, Early Mac, and Gala available.
  • Orchard pass $5 per person over the age of 5. $5 is put towards the cost of apples purchased. Pick your own apples $1.50 per pound.
  • Farm also has special events, corn maze and hay rides for an additional cost.

Rensselear County

Lakeview Orchards

  • 56 Apples Way, Melrose
  • Saturday-Sunday 12-4 p.m. beginning September 18
  • Honeycrisp, Fuji, and Mac
  • $15 peck, $25 1/2 bushel, Honeycrisp $20 peck, $40 1/2 bushel, $5 1/2 gallon fresh cider

Borden’s Orchard

  • 2841 Valley Falls Rd, Schaghticoke
  • Monday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Pristine, Zestar, Paulared, Mcintosh, Gingergold, and Redfree
  • Price varies by type of apple, check website for prices.
  • Orchard also offers, baked goods, cider, gift baskets, and other seasonal fruit. Orders can also be placed online for pickup.

Windy Hill Orchard

  • 1297 Brookview Station Road, Castleton
  • Monday-Friday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. (U-Pick stops one hour before closing)
  • Acey Mac, Crispin, Empire, Fuji, Gala, and Honeycrisp as well as other varieties.
  • Apples priced by the pound. Contact orchard for pricing.
  • Special events on weekend for families. They also have a farm store that sells cider, and cider donuts as well as a winery/cidery.

Saratoga County

Bowman Orchards

  • 147 Sugarhill Rd. Rexford
  • Monday-Sunday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. (You-pick closes at 4:30 p.m.)
  • Currently available Autumn Crisp, Blondee, Cortland, Fuji, Gala, Golden Supreme, Greening, Honeycrisp, Jonamac, Macintosh, Pink Luster, Shamrock
  • You-pick entrance $3 online, $5 at the gate. Apples: 1/2 peck $9, peck $17, 1/2 bushel $33.
  • Orchard also has a store as well as corn maze, fruit train​, farm animals, pony rides, hayrides and apple cannons for an additional fee. Tickets can be purchased online.

Fo’Castle Farm

  • 166 Kingsley Road, Burnt Hills
  • Sunday-Monday 8 a.m- 3 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday 8 a.m.- 8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 8 a.m.- 9 p.m.
  • Store only, call for apple availability.
  • Contact farm for pricing.
  • Store also sells pies, donuts, pumpkins, gourds, maple syrup and honey as well as other items.

Riverview Orchards

  • 660 Riverview Rd, Rexford
  • Monday-Sunday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. (you pick)
  • Jonamac, Cortland, Red Delicious, and Honeycrisp as well as other varities. Check website for availability.
  • $1.30 per pound or $29 1/2 bushel
  • Orchard also has a store with gourmet food, a bakery with pies and donuts, as well as cider.

Saratoga Apple

  • 1174 Route 29, Schuylerville
  • Monday-Sunday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
  • William’s Pride, Tydeman’s Red, Blondie, Honeycrisp and other varieties. Check website for availability.
  • You-pick minimum purchase, $10 per adult includes peck bag (approximately 10 pounds of apples), $7 per child between the ages of 4-12 includes 1/2 peck bag, $20 for two adults or three kids includes 1/2 bushel bag (approximately 20 pounds of apples)
  • Orchard also has a cidery and tasting room.

Schoharie County

Sharon Orchards

  • 573 Chestnut Street, Sharon Springs
  • Monday-Sunday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • More than 20 varieties of apples, contact orchard for availability.
  • Contact orchard for pricing.
  • Orchard also sells plums, pears, fresh sweet cider, apple cider donuts made every weekend, jams/jellies, locally made real maple syrup, fall mums, and pumpkins.

Terrace Mountain Orchard

  • Terrace Mountian Road, Schoharie
  • Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Gingergold, Mcintosh, Honeycrisp, Macoun, Fuji, and many others. Check the farms website for availability.
  • Contact farm for pricing.
  • Farm has a store that sells locally-grown seasonal produce, baked goods, fresh apple cider, and cider donuts.

Washington County

Fairview Orchard

  • 11958 State Route 4, Whitehall
  • Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Contact farm for apple varieties and pricing.
  • They also sell cider donuts, homemade apple pies, cider, and other local goods.

Hicks Orchard

  • 18 Hicks Road, Granville
  • Monday-Sunday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
  • Mcintosh and Gingergold currently available. Check websire for availability of other apple varities.
  • You-pick prices peck $14, 1/2 bushel $22.
  • Check website for special events.

McWhorter’s Orchard

  • 5635 State Route 40, Argyle
  • Friday 12-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Macintosh, Cortlands and Empire currently available
  • You-pick prices 1/2 peck $3.75, peck $7.50, 1/2 bushel $15 (cash or check only)
  • Orchard also sells cider, cider donuts, and pumpkins.

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FESTUS, Mo. — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s office says a homeowner shot and killed a man who apparently was trying to commit a burglary.

Sheriff’s deputies who were called to a home near Festus early Thursday found 36-year-old Wayne Roam, of House Springs, dead on the porch. Court documents say the homeowner told investigators he heard a knock on the door and got his gun because someone was trying to enter the house.

Court documents say when the homeowner opened the door, one of two men sprayed mace at him. The homeowner fired his gun and locked the door. Deputies later arrested two men who were seen driving away from the home.

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Former Arkansas sheriff’s deputy charged with manslaughter in white teen’s death

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RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. — A former Arkansas sheriff’s deputy was charged Friday with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a white teenager whose death has drawn the attention of national civil rights activists.

A special prosecutor announced the felony charge against Michael Davis, a former sergeant with the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office, in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Hunter Brittain. Davis faces between three and 10 years in prison if convicted.

Davis shot Brittain during a June 23 traffic stop outside an auto repair shop along Arkansas Highway 89 south of Cabot, a city of about 26,000 people roughly 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Little Rock.

Davis told investigators he shot Brittain once in the neck during the traffic stop after the teen reached into the back of his truck and did not comply with his commands to show his hands, according to the arrest affidavit. Brittain was holding a container — which his family members have said held antifreeze — and no evidence of firearms were found in or near the truck, the affidavit said.

A passenger with Brittain said he and the teen had been working on the transmission for Brittain’s truck. The passenger told investigators he never heard Davis tell the teen to show his hands.

An attorney for Davis did not immediately return a message Friday morning.

Davis, who is white, was fired by Lonoke County Sheriff John Staley in July for not turning on his body camera until after the shooting occurred. Staley said there’s no footage from the shooting, only the aftermath.

Several members of Brittain’s family and friends shouted, “thank you Jesus,” as Phillips announced the charge. Phillips said a bond hearing for Davis would be held on Monday.

Jesse Brittain, the teen’s uncle, said he was glad to see Davis charged with something though he would have preferred a more serious charge.

“This is something,” he told reporters after the announcement. “We’re going to take this and see what else (Phillips) has got to say and hopefully this will stick. He won’t be an officer no more and he can’t kill no more kids.”

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A Drawing of An Old Man Is the Latest ‘New’ Van Gogh Discovery

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Vincent van Gogh’s “Study for “Worn out” from 1882 on September 16, 2021. KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images

On Friday, a freshly-uncovered work by Vincent van Gogh will go on display at the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam; the work was proffered by an anonymous Dutch collector, who had asked the museum to figure out whether the work was authentic or not. Study for ‘Worn Out,’ the drawing in question, was produced with pencil and watercolor paper and depicts a hunched older man bent over in his chair with his head resting in his hands. The drawing was made in November of 1882, and it also has markings on the back that align with the artist’s habit of affixing paper to drawing boards with starch.

Van Gogh, of course, is largely known for his brightly colored and inventive canvases, but the drawing indicates just how skilled he was at capturing the human condition in all its variations. “It’s quite rare for a new work to be attributed to Van Gogh,” Emilie Gordenker, the director of the Van Gogh museum, said in a statement. “We’re proud to be able to share this early drawing and its story with our visitors.”

Earlier this summer, other Van Gogh sketches were newly uncovered in a book about French peasantry. These sketches depict peasants, predictably; they’re believed to have been made by the artist in 1881, when he was living in the village of Etten and dedicated to drawing poor laborers. Also recently, a researcher uncovered a postcard dating back to the early 1900s that revealed what’s believed to be the precise location of Van Gogh’s final painting, Tree Roots: a slope cluttered with wild overgrowth in Auvers-sur-Oise, France.

Like the artist himself, the figure in the Worn Out drawing seems permanently bowed by the harsh realities of life. Van Gogh famously committed suicide, and was believed to be addled by alcoholism when he did so.

A Drawing of An Old Man Is the Latest ‘New’ Van Gogh Discovery

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MOVIE REVIEW

“CRY MACHO”

Rated PG-13. At AMC South Bay, AMC Boston Common, Regal Fenway, suburban theaters and on HBO Max.

Grade: B+

Set in the late 1970s, around the time Clint Eastwood starred in “Escape from Alcatraz,” Eastwood’s “Cry Macho,” his 45th directing gig, is a light, neo-Western twist on a theme of John Ford’s “The Searchers.” Washed-up rodeo star and ranch hand Mike Milo (Eastwood) agrees to travel from Texas to Mexico to retrieve the 13-year-old son of his boss Howard Polk (Dwight Yoakam). Polk, we learn, has helped Mike over the years, especially after Mike’s wife and son were killed in a car accident and Mike took refuge in drink and drugs. Mike is told that the wealthy mother of Polk’s son Rafael aka Rafa (Eduardo Minett) and the many, rough and sometimes criminal men in her life have abused him.

The boy, Mike is told, has gotten into car theft and cockfighting. In the film’s opening scenes, we see a Texas horse farm that looks like heaven and a black-and-white newspaper photograph of a young Mike on horseback that springs to life on the screen like an old black-and-white Western.

The film, which was shot in New Mexico by Ben Davis (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), takes place mostly around Mexico City. Mike tracks down Rafa, perhaps a tad too easily, at a back alley cockfight. The boy agrees to go with Mike to the U.S. because he welcomes the news that his American father wants to see him. But Rafa insists on taking his fighting cock Macho, a combative brown rooster, along with him. In a reminder of a career that included films in which he co-starred with an orangutan, Clint talks to the bird. His Mike will also get improbably hit on by Marta (Natalia Traven), a beautiful widow and cafe owner.

Mike and Rafa travel toward the border, but must take side roads and dirt roads because the Federales are after them. Two of Rafa’s mother’s thugs are also following. Eastwood, 91, has played opposite younger actors before, including his son Kyle in “Honkytonk Man” (1982). He and young Minett have chemistry and a real connection as the film’s mismatched fugitives on the run. Mike and Rafa stay in a small town for a few weeks, where Mike teaches Rafa to ride horses and break mustangs. Like it or not, Mike is becoming Rafa’s surrogate father, and the two are enjoying it, along with us, a lot more than they care to say.

“Cry Macho” has a sweet, comic touch. In an odd twist, Mike and Rafa sleep in a local shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary, where Marta brings them food in the mornings, giving Mike the eye. Mike, a longtime animal lover and caretaker, finds the villagers bringing their sick pets and livestock to him for treatment. “Who am I? Dr. Doolittle?” he blurts. One woman brings an ailing dog, and Mike tellingly says to Rafa, “I can’t cure ‘old.’”

“Cry Macho” may be guilty of demonizing Rafa’s sexually active mother, and Clint’s horse-breaking scenes may be not much more than stuntman, stuntman, upshot of Clint, upshot of Clint. But the film is an entertaining, semi-elegiac road movie with a lot of heart made by and starring an American screen icon in his 90s. I can’t think of anyone who has done that before.

Plus, it’s no surprise that, like Eastwood’s masterpiece “Unforgiven,” “Cry Macho” has a thing or two to say about being a tough guy and getting old. That last thing can’t be cured.

(“Cry Macho” contains profanity and mature themes.)

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