Today is: Sunday, September 22, 2019
National Award-winning,
Family-run Newspaper

Established 1891
Callicoon, NY | 845-887-5200
Monticello, NY | 845-794-7942
To immediately access any story, please enter the Story Number in the above box.
Sunday, September 22, 2019


Down the Decades

September 17, 2019 Edition

140 Years Ago - 1879

Good apples are selling in Jeffersonville for 13 cents a bushel.

Jacob Kropp has treated his residence near Jeffersonville to a new coat of paint.

Mr. John C. Berges has been making extensive repairs on his mill.

The Greenbackers are to meet in more

Garden Guru

Save the Rainforest

As it often occurs a customer's conversation inspires me to write a column. And as luck would have it, I had one of those conversations today. Talking to a customer about organic versus non-GMO gardening, we got talking about organic fungicides and insecticides, one of which happened to be more

The Job Coach

Why do you want to work here?

Why do you want to work here?
In a previous article, I talked about answering the question, “what is your greatest weakness?” As you may recall, this is a traditional interview question - a common question that you can anticipate getting at some point during an interview. And because you know more


The Monticello Steamship Company

Online auction sites regularly offer a number of collectibles—postcards, brochures, tickets, even china—bearing the name and logo of the Monticello Steamship Company of San Francisco. Most of these items offer little information about the company, and the average collector would have little reason more

Bethel Corner



Callicoon - August 30

A Penny Social will be held at the Callicoon Youth Center on Saturday, August 31. The doors will open at 12 noon and the drawing is at 1:30 p.m.
Admission is one dollar, and refreshments are available. This event is sponsored by the Callicoon Kawanis club. The profits will benefit our area more

About Books

September 20, 2019

THIS TENDER LAND by William Kent Krueger (Atria). The column has had so much to say in praise of this valued thriller novelist that it might be sufficient to alert you to the special quality of this stand-alone something-like-epic, big novel (no Cork O'Connor, here). It's full of drama including more

Making Sense Out of Dollars

“A” is for Annuities

Part 1 of 8
An annuity is a contractually executed, relatively low-risk investment product, where the insured (usually, an individual) pays a life insurance company a lump-sum premium at the start of the contract. That money is to be paid back to the insured in fixed, incremental amounts, over more

Kenoza Lake

Kenoza Lake - September 20

Greetings faithful readers. As I write this news column, it is a glorious day in Sullivan County. The farmers are happy as they are making what will probably be the last of the hay for the season. The male hummingbirds have already left for warmer climates. I still had a stray female at the feeder more

Hope for the Day

Deep Roots

We recently had a severe storm in which fierce winds uprooted our huge weeping willow tree. It wasn't broken, but totally uprooted, its massive root system sticking straight up in the air while the tree rested on our home.
I thought we would have a large stump remaining after my husband and more

Veterans Voice

My personal experiences …

Vietnam ended for me during May 1969 when I was seriously wounded on “Hamburger Hill.” Hill 937 was located in the Ashau Valley, a stronghold and Headquarters for the North Vietnam Army, located along the Ho Chi Minh trail, by means of Cambodia and Laos zigzagging along the western border of more


WOODRIDGE - December 28

Happy birthday to Al Adler (12/26), Tracy Kasofsky (12/28) and Rich Laraway (12/20).
The Village held two fun holiday celebrations this month, one for Hanukkah and one for Christmas. Assisted by the Woodridge Fire Department and Woodridge Police Department, Santa Claus made a visit to more


January 21

It's been awhile since I have written. The holidays arrived, we were busy and then the weeks somehow got away from me and one week turned into another and then another.
So here we are, into the New Year, 2014, and I am back. I hope everyone had a great holiday season and that the New Year more


Smallwood - September 20

Another Smallwood summer has come and gone but the nearly two-decade ongoing saga of access to the Toronto Reservoir knows no season. Located in the back of Smallwood all the way down Pine Grove Road, an access road to the reservoir running through the private, Chapin Estate housing development -- more

Greening Sullivan

Summing up

I am going to take a leave of absence from this weekly column. It has been a privilege to share ideas with you to solve a problem about which I care very deeply.
I know that we share a common concern that our Earth is losing its ability to support human life. I am puzzled that so many hesitate more


Jeffersonville - August 30

The Sullivan Renaissance is offering a seminar on “Invasive Plants and the Alternatives for Your Landscape” on Wednesday, September 4th from 6-7 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension's Gerald J. Skoda Education Center at 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road, Liberty. World travel and trade have been the more

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - September 17

I have to start my column off by saying I am truly blessed with the best readers. I really enjoy being out and about and people come up to me and tell me they enjoy reading The Lake Huntington News. I had the pleasure to be at St. Paul's Lutherans Church 150th Anniversary on Sunday. The mass was more

White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs - September 20

Eugene Cox passed away on Friday, September 13th. Condolences to his wife Evelyn and daughters.
The White Sulphur Springs Sullivan Renaissance group is still in need of donations of sleds (wooden), bikes, and pumpkins for Fall and Winter decorations throughout our community. Again donations can more

Older & Wiser

Medicare Annual Election Period (Formerly known as Medicare Open Enrollment)

Medicare Annual Election Period (Formerly known as Medicare Open Enrollment) is October 15th-December 7th, 2019
Insurance companies selling Medicare private plans (which include Part D and Medicare Advantage plans) must follow certain rules when promoting their products. These rules are meant to more


Monticello - November 16

This will be my last column for the Democrat for Monticello.
Good Luck to the three new members who were installed at the Monticello Elks Club and they are: Kyle McNair, Deborah Walker and Rosemarie Paty.
The Roast Beef dinner that was recently held by the Monticello Kiwanians seemed to be more


Narrowsburg - January 15

In one of my 2018 “Narrowsburg News” columns, I requested information on a house in the Luxton Lake section of town. I had just bought the circa 1860s farmhouse, which was abandoned for many decades, and was starting the process of renovating it. I had heard tales it was called “Sleepy Hollow” more

Library Directors Corner

Sunshine Hall Free Library Director Patty Kennedy

Do you have used books you want to get rid of? Please consider taking some of them to a transfer station. Don't misunderstand. I'm not suggesting that you throw them out! Recycle!! There's no cost. There's no need to remove the covers (in Sullivan County). Just put them in the paper recycling bin. more

Give Us Paws

A hairy matter

You're really lucky to be human: you get to choose what you wear. Longer days and warmer weather make us want to change our wardrobe and get the lighter, brighter attire ready to wear. Pets? They each get one coat, with underwear that sheds in bits and pieces, all over the place. And no fur-bearing more

EMS Coordinator

EMS - May 11

The requirements to be a paramedic are intense. It is a career choice for the brave at heart and not without consequences. Paramedicine is the highest level of EMS training. A paramedic can perform advanced life support skills such as initiating an IV, administering medications and advanced more

Looking Back: At Vietnam

Humorous Memories

During my 36 years as a pilot, flying was primarily routine as it was supposed to be. But there were times when humorous things happened. Below are two of my favorites, plus two that happened to fellow pilots in other airlines.

“My Teef!”
(Author's note: Over 40 years ago, more


Highland - September 17

I owe a debt of gratitude to Roswell Hamrick of Barryville's Stickett Inn for going out of his way and borrowing a bike and helmet so I could ride in this year's Butterfly Bike Ride. Special helmet tip to Deb Conway for lending me her quite fabulous yellow bike.
Must admit to one and all that more

Jewish Culture

Our Relationship with Food

Yuval Noah Harari, a famous professor from Hebrew University, formulated the following profound statement. “For the first time in Human History, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; more people commit suicide more


Liberty - July 30

We are entering a time of extraordinary celebration - the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music, an event which truly changed the world. The stage at Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel presented musicians who went on to define the “Woodstock” generation.
The more

Theater Review

Spellbinding ‘Flint' at Shadowland Stages

Most likely you've heard about the town of Flint, Michigan. And you've heard about the town's woes: massive unemployment due to the closing of the General Motors plant, and lead and other contaminants in the drinking water.
These issues and others are now the subject of a new play called more

Copyright © 2019 - Sullivan County Democrat