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Wednesday, July 17, 2019


Down the Decades

130 Years Ago - 1889

Indians from Canada are depredating the American soil and killing the buffalo, and fighting the Indians living on this side of the border.

Callicoon — At the annual rifle match of the Scheutzen Verein on the Fourth, there was better marksmanship displayed than has more

Garden Guru

A very berry summer.

With summer in full swing many area berries are ripe and ready for picking. Of course strawberries have been ready since June, but now the blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are ready or close to it. If you don't grow your own in the garden, don't worry, you can go picking all around 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


Work of Art

Sinclair Lewis was the first American to win the Nobel Prize for literature, and several of his novels—“Main Street,” “Babbit,” “Elmer Gantry,” etc.-- are typically mentioned in conversations about this country's finest.

While his 1934 novel “Work of Art” is not generally rated among his more

Bethel Corner



Callicoon - January 4

Happy New Year!
Also, at the Western Sullivan Public Library, the Callicoon Book Club will meet on the fourth Thursday of each month from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Western Hotel in Callicoon. The Craft Lovers meet the second and fourth Friday of each month from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Bring your crafts more

About Books

July 12, 2019

SHADOWLANDS: FEAR AND FREEDOM AT THE OREGON STANDOFF by Anthony McCann (Bloomsbury). Wonderful journalistic detailed history, with deep-rooted significance that the writer helps us apprehend both intellectually and viscerally. This was the 2016 occupation of some Federal land in Oregon by a misfit 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 - July 2

Greetings to all! Hard to believe that it is already the 4th of July weekend. If you like fireworks, check out the Town of Bethel fireworks that will be held on July 4th.
I will not be writing a news column next week. The current news column writing plan is no news column for the Friday more

Hope for the Day


I recently read this and later that evening I heard it on a commercial: “People won't always remember what you say or do, but they will always remember how you made them feel.” This is true, whether positively or negatively. Our feelings register in our brains as emotions, and they become much 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 - July 12

The Smallwood/Mongaup Valley Firehouse Open House was a big success and a good time. It was fun, as always, to see the Fighting Fires 5K Walk/Run participants float by our house. The afternoon festivities were a nice combination of neighbors, firemen, family, and friends all chatting, sharing a 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 - July 12

On Saturday, July 13th the First Presbyterian Church and their Sunday School will be holding a “Penny Social” at 5253 State Route 52 (formerly the Jeff Inn”, between Jeffersonville & Kenoza Lake.
The Turtle Trot 5K run/walk/10K run is being held July 13th at the Kenoza Lake Fire House starting more

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - July 16

I was talking to Dottie Schlegel who is in Grover Hermann Hospital and in the room next to her is Eleanor Brenner. Both ladies are doing better and should be coming home this week. My heart is sad, this is a tough time of the year. July 12th was my husband's 71st birthday, hope he had a good time more

White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs - July 12

Happy Birthday to Sue Dewitt and Debbie LaBagh, both ladies celebrating on Saturday, July 6th.
On Wednesday evening a second “dove” was unveiled at Jack's pond. Spearheaded once again by Bill Prince. Designers and painters are Kathy Wilson and Diane Hughson who did a fantastic job.
Thank more

Older & Wiser

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers
This class will give you, the family caregiver, tools to:
- Help you reduce stress
- Communicate effectively with other family members, your doctor,
and paid help
- Reduce guilt, anger, and depression
- Make tough decisions
- Set goals and 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

Summer at the Livingston Manor Free Library

Now that we are well into summer, libraries are starting up their summer reading program, and just general summer programs. There are many of these events going on at the Livingston Manor Free Library, starting in July. While we want to promote summer reading and learning, each program offers so more

Forestburgh Playhouse Review

“Me and My Girl” - A History Lesson

A very real fear of mine is what I feel is the imminent erasure from memory true treasures of entertainment. How many times have you sat with a grandparent watching some old time show and hear them regretfully utter, “Ya just don't see that anymore.”
One such fright for me is the future of tap 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

Hail Huey (Pt. 2) The Cobra Strikes The Air Cavalry


Continuing in the history of the war birds of Vietnam, this column reviews another famous Huey helicopter, the warhorse of the mighty Ist Air Cavalry --the AH-1 Huey Cobra.
The Bell aircraft company produced 1,126 AH-1s for the new US Army airmobile forces.Serving originally as more


Highland - July 16

The Catskill Mountain Resort will be hosting a Senior Citizen Luncheon on July 17th. It's an all-day event that starts at 10:00a.m. with a movie presentation in their Banquet Hall. The Luncheon Buffet begins at noon with some great selections from the Resort's catering menu. The afternoon is sort more

Jewish Culture

“Does that Star-Spangled Banner Yet Wave?”

There is a dispute between historians if Christopher Columbus was a Jew or not. In Spain at the time, there were three communities. The Christian majority, the Jewish minority, and then a community of “Conversos” or “New Christians”, Jews who converted to Christianity through force or through more


Liberty - July 9

The tigerlilies are in bloom! That splash of orange against the county roads brings a small amount of joy to the daily commute. Speaking of county roads - what a pleasure it is to drive through White Sulphur Springs after the road renovation! Great work, highway department. (Very much looking more

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