Karen Maserjian Shan, Poughkeepsie Journal

Karen Maserjian Shan

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Past articles by Karen:

Librarian pieces together local history clues for bigger picture on the past

Much of Kira Thompson’s day is spent helping people connect with clues from the past, with the top request for ancestors and genealogical lines. → Read More

Residency programs grow inspiration

Donna Cleary spent several weeks this summer at chaNorth artist residency in Pine Plains → Read More

Kids garden, can, sell goods while learning skills

RamaFare program provides gardening, food preparation, sales on Ramapo for Children campus → Read More

Bikes offer environmental, health, financial benefits

For Jonathan Miles biking is more than a healthy and environmentally sound way to get around. → Read More

Fruit trees take time, commitment

Fruit trees can be tricky, making it important to begin on the right footing → Read More

Schools teach environmental stewardship

Sustainable practices are nothing new at some schools, which build on knowledge → Read More

Fencing’s on the rise for women

Fencing is the top scholarship sport for women in the NCAA → Read More

Walkway marathon strives for zero-waste race

Products, promotion, energy and more all go toward making Walkway marathon a green event → Read More

Electronic health records use on the rise

Electronic over paper records have pros and cons in medical profession → Read More

Methods to weight loss take commitment

Stomach balloon procedure first of its kind in Hudson Valley as weight-loss measure → Read More

It’s not all about inches when it comes to BetterU

Halfway through BetterU program and still going strong → Read More

Peer pressure no match for confident kids

Build confidence in kids by helping build their competency → Read More

‘Love has no grade, age, colors or borders’

Four years ago, Maria Korbiel-Vallone became the foster mother of three siblings, 11, 9 and 6 years old. Korbiel-Vallone hadn’t intended on adopting the two sisters and brother, but the longer they lived together and shared their lives, the closer they became. “Through those years, I grew to love them, really, like my children,” said Korbiel-Vallone of Millbrook, “and we just became, clearly,… → Read More

Women strive to become fit in BetterU challenge

Editor’s note: Freelance writer Karen Maserjian Shan is one of the participants in this year’s BetterU Makeover Challenge. She writes about her experience in the program in a series of stories. Heart disease takes the life of 1 in 3 women. That’s about one woman per minute. Statistics like that give me pause. They’re too high. And scary. So when I was given the chance to report on this year’s… → Read More

When it comes to fall cleanup, know when to stop

Tidiness isn’t critical when it comes to fall cleanup → Read More

Hardships leave some families short of food

Getting By: Food pantries come to the rescue for those ‘scraping by’ → Read More

VIDEO: Hardships leave some families short of food

Getting By: Food pantries come to the rescue for those 'scraping by' → Read More

‘Constellation’ bridges past, present on Pollepel Island, home of Bannerman Castle

Sculptor Melissa McGill’s ‘Constellation’ shines on Bannerman Castle → Read More

Treatments improve for breast cancer

On Oct. 2, Dana Effron celebrated her 20th anniversary as a breast cancer survivor. “I would say that the diagnosis, in retrospect, was the most frightening thing that anybody said to me,” Effron, of LaGrangeville, said. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer rates have decreased from the 1970s, when 1 in 11 U.S. women developed the disease to today’s figure of 1 in 8, according… → Read More

Local man guides cathedral’s restoration

Poughkeepsie’s Rolando Kraeher takes lead in cathedral’s restoration → Read More