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Wednesday, November 21, 2018


Down the Decades

140 Years Ago - 1878

North Branch - We are having Indian Summer... Mr. Chittenden has lately suffered from a paralytic stroke... A stranger on entering Barkemeyer's store will have his attention arrested by a peculiar smell. A look over the front of the shelves will disclose the fact that more

Garden Guru

Lord of the Flies.

With the variable weather we have had lately, I have had a lot of customers coming in looking for fly control. This time of year the common nuisance house fly gets replaced with a trio of pests. The largest of these pests are the cluster flies or attic flies. These cluster flies are in the 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


Lake Louise Marie

The recent announcement that The Center for Discovery has purchased the former Frontier Insurance building in Rock Hill and will shortly begin transforming it into a Children's Specialty Hospital and a new home for its world renowned research efforts has focused attention once again on one of the more

Bethel Corner



Callicoon - November 16

The Sullivan West Central School District will be closed on November 21, 22 and 23 for Thanksgiving break.
Santa will visit Jeffersonville on November 24. Santa and his elves will be visiting in the lobby of the Jeff Bank in Jeffersonville from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 24. You are more

About Books

November 16, 2018

We'll have a couple of Christmas columns, people. More authors and publishers join this output every year:
AN ELDERLY LADY IS UP TO NO GOOD by Helene Tursten (Soho Crime). A wonderful discovery, a collection of long-ish stories—only one of them set around Christmas, but clearly designed as a 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 - November 16

Watching deer is a year-round passion in the Otto household. The house I share with my husband Ray is located on a fairly steep hill. We can watch wildlife from every side of the house. It is like living in a fancy tree house. This past week I have watched several small bucks running around after more

Hope for the Day

Responding to the Beep

I recently read an article about a Christian Iranian family and the persecution they suffered as they continued to serve God by starting house churches and helping new believers to grow in their faith. Both the husband and wife were arrested, finally released, but still ordered to appear for court 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


September 7 - Happy anniversary to Al and Vita Adler, Jay and Karen Billig, Stephen and Susan Miller and Yits and Gloria Kantrowitz. Happy birthday greetings to Steven Kalter, Ethan Pitt and Louis Saperstein.
Lisa Rosenberg has shared some great memories of Woodridge and the Olympic Hotel on 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 - November 16

Good progress is being made on the trail system at the Forest Reserve. As part of the ongoing planning and development of this Town of Bethel park in Smallwood, a number of people gathered last Saturday to hike and work.
In addition to the local 4H “Sullivan County Explorers” club led by Dr. 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


September 21 - The Jeff Jamboree held on Main Street in Jeffersonville was a huge success! Everyone had a great day with all the planned activities. A big “thank you” to Butch and Liz Peters and their beautiful team of horses for great carriage rides! The rock wall was fun and we saw lots of more

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - November 20

I got my new Direct TV dish and box so let the Hallmark movie mysteries begin. I pray that each and every one of my readers have a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving with your loved ones. My father would say it takes hours to cook all the food and it's all eaten up in less than ½ hour. One time more

White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs - November

Happy Birthday to Debbie Spear and Karen Picard. Both celebrated their day on November 9th.
Hunting (Rifle) season begins this Saturday, Nov. 17th
I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving coming up on Thursday, November 22nd. Hope everyone has an enjoyable day with family and more

Older & Wiser

Did you know?

Sullivan County Office for the Aging's Senior Nutrition Program
The Senior Nutrition Program is the largest program we have within the Sullivan County Office for the Aging. The program provides a hot nutritious lunch at 12 senior centers and delivers meals directly to the homes of qualified 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 - November 20

I thought we were still in leaf-falling season…but apparently it is snow falling season. Nearly a foot of snow came down in Narrowsburg last Thursday evening. My pumpkins and mums are buried under a thick coating of ice and snow. It is early, but ready or not, the first major snowfall puts me right more

Library Directors Corner

Include your library in your holiday plans

This is a busy time of year, filled with holidays, celebrations, family gatherings, shopping, and travelling. Whatever your plans are, libraries can help to make your season bright. Your library has thousands of books and magazines full of recipes, gift ideas, and decorating tips. You can also more

Forestburgh Playhouse Review

Something Different in FB's “The Last Five Years”

Jason Robert Brown's interesting concert-like musical “The Last Five Years” is something quite unorthodox when one attempts to compare it to a traditional piece of musical theatre. Being staged at the Forestburgh Playhouse, it runs continuous for about an hour and twenty minutes without 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

The Saga of Quan (Part 1)

Much of the following story is taken from a column I wrote for The Democrat in August of 1966 during my tour in Vietnam. It was based on a program that MACV (Military Assistance Command Vietnam) had introduced to encourage VC sympathizers to defect and then be granted asylum and a more


Highland - November 20

The Catskills Visitors Association has designated Friday, November 24th as Small Business Saturday in the County to remind all of us about the importance of supporting our local merchants who in return create local jobs and support our charitable organizations and activities with their donations to more

Jewish Culture

The Questions We Ought to Ask

Much has been said and discussed since the Pittsburgh Massacre almost two weeks ago, but it's really never enough. The hurt and pain of the families and the community, locally and nationally is palpable.
Many discussions have taken place over what the message of the incident is, in the more


Liberty - October 23

Liberty is, in many ways, the perfect example of a typical American small town. The melody of John Mellencamp's song, Small Town, seeps into my brain, and having crossed paths with him in Bloomington Indiana, which is HIS small town, I understand and appreciate his reverence for the small town more

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