It’s been a long battle. And it’s not over. What began in 2015 as an innocent blog about our pastoral village along the Mohawk has become a war blog, as the drug and child trafficking gangs that had long controlled Herkimer tried to silence us, and in so doing increasingly exposed themselves. Our posts, tweets, and heavy YouTube presence have helped make Herkimer safer, even as more people are migrating to this area in response to climate change. Property sales are soaring.

It’s been rough. We’ve been robbed, poisoned, attacked on the street, harried by complicit cops, our heating system sabotaged and most of our home and yard laid waste by pesticide attacks. Our kids were driven off in Year 1, vowing never to return to Herkimer.

It’s been lonely. Other than a few brave villagers, no one’s much spoken to us since we were duped by non-disclosure into buying this lovely house on a gang-run street. “They’ll kill you if you keep it up,” we were warned.  But then they’ve been trying to dispose of us since before we moved in, our furnace hot air ducts salted with pesticide. Real estate acquisition by poisoning appears to be one of the pillars of the local gang economy.

And it hasn’t been cheap. Our modest income’s adequate for homeowning retirees, but not to defend against well-monied criminals intent on our destruction. Security and surveillance systems and high-speed internet are pricey. We’ve incurred tens of thousands of dollars in property damage and required multiple surgeries for pesticide-related endocrine disorders. We’re now working to reclaim much of our home from pesticide poisoning even as we stave off ongoing poison gas attacks. If you’d care to help, there’s a donation button on this page. And thank you. As for us, we’ll fight on.

Herkimer has the potential to become a strong, productive, creative and sustainable community right now. We don’t need to get extra funding or grants. All that is necessary is to use our abundant natural resources, free internet assets and the talents of the people who live here to transform ourselves for the better.

A healthy community is one where we are critical thinkers. We utilize our talents and mutual support to learn more, identify problems and solve them.

We can get started by defining what we want to learn and what we want to accomplish as individuals and as a community.

What do you want to learn?

What do you want to build?

What are your dreams?

Community reinvention

Herkimer NY lies amid thousands of acres of hills, farms, forest and wildlife, a village with a history of prosperity behind it and hopefully ahead as well. This blog is my perspective on living here. This includes identifying problems and ways to make our village a great place to live.

My viewpoint has been shaped by world travel, friends, and benefactors both strangers and people I know. Educated in Israel and the US, I have an MS in Computer Science and have worked as a teacher,  software developer, designer, and writer.

Linda Kaidan  

Linda Kaidan