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Column: Former project manager parlays personal plant battle into professional weed...

When John Messerschmidt bought a rural weekend home in Ulster County’s High Falls, he found himself with a nasty case of poison ivy. The war was on.

Column: Making the fix, big and small

Putman Valley repairman finds honesty is the most lucrative policy.

Column: Colonel’s class is one part chemistry, one part philosophy

The colonel is professor and head of the Department of Chemistry and Life Science at the U.S. Military Academy.

Column: In a world … : Garrison woman lauds film trailers

Evelyn Brady-Watters founded the Golden Trailer Awards to recognize best movie trailer creators.

Column: Anderson Center’s savior lauds its strengths

A spirited businessman with a soft heart has been improving lives of individuals with autism and their families since 2001.

Column: Kilt-making business finds a home in Highland

When Doreen Browning set out to buy her husband a kilt for his 60th birthday, she embarked on a retirement career for both of them.

Column: Home health aide recounts trials and triumphs

A typical day might find Peg Lijoi running errands, taking a patient out to dine or cooking a favorite meal, but there’s no such thing as a typical day.

Column: Farrier Ken Boaz’s skill set straddles professions

Horses in the region know they have a friend when Ken Boaz arrives at their stables.

Column: Fishkill Home Depot manager offers a helping hand

A merchandising manager of The Home Depot in Fishkill seeks to make summer holiday festivities special for employees and customers.

Column: Ad manager goes back to school, masters pet grooming

Ownership of The Golden Dog Grooming Salon & Spa in Wappingers Falls is a midlife career for a veteran newspaper advertising manager.

Column: Bridge engineer builds a new life in the U.S.

Ukrainian-born Svetlana McLaughlin builds a career as a bridge engineer in the Hudson Valley.

Column: CEO strives for ‘hometown feeling’ in pharmacies

The second-generation owner of Drug World Pharmacies touts "the service of a neighborhood store" at her company.

Column: Shop owner puts car restoration skills to the test

Frank Nicodemus, who specializes in restoring Cadillacs at his Wappingers Falls shop, attracts clients by going to car shows and winning prizes.

Column: Middletown chef brings his talents on the road

Steve Schultz is part of a traveling team opening new accounts, mentoring chefs and filling in for absent chefs on behalf of Flik International.

Column: SBDC gives life, or lifeline, to businesses

Arnaldo Sehwerert leads the mid-Hudson office of the Small Business Development Center in its efforts to help people start businesses or expand.