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Monday, July 13, 2020


Down the Decades

July 7th, 2020 Edition

140 Years Ago - 1880

Mark Twain and his wife passed over the Erie last week as sole occupants of a chartered car, The Tri-States Union.
Callicoon — A.E. Wenzel has gone to Cincinnati to attend the great presidential convention and look over the Millers' International Exhibition… Mr. more

Garden Guru

Oh Hail!

Sometimes it is difficult to come up with what to write about that is both helpful and relevant to what is going on right now outside. With that in mind I am going to focus this week on keeping your plants watered, but also the damage done by the hailstorm some areas saw this past Monday night. more


Commemoration Cancelled But Minisink Remembered

For the first time in many a year there will be no commemoration this month of the Battle of Minisink, but that doesn't mean that the sacrifices of the Colonial militia in July of 1779 will be forgotten.
On July 20, 1779, Joseph Brant, a Mohawk chief fighting for the British, led a raiding party more

Bethel Corner


Happy birthday to Ari Cohen, Fred Miller, Claire Pavlak, Katie Morey, Gary Frunzi, John Slaver, Aiden Dietz, Janet Morganstein, Matthew Dorcas, Jessica Perlstein, Rosemarie Marcellino, Vivian Liff, and one of the best, Dennis Dietrich!
Wishing good health to Eileen Morey, Bobby Donofrio and more

About Books

July 10, 2020

MOTHER LAND by Leah Franqui (HarperCollins). It would probably trivialize this emotionally strong and simply beautiful novel to compare it to a romantic comedy—as smart as the best of those have been—but . . . . The boy-meets-girl part is in the past, the marriage, uniting people of very different 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 3

Belated Happy Birthday wishes to Hilda Rossal, who I believe, celebrated her 100th birthday this week.
Get well wishes to Bill Korwan of Swiss Hill. Affectionately known to me as Mr. Rhododendron, he and his wife Eileen are two wonderful people.
John Girrbach, Chairman of the Kenoza Lake more

Hope for the Day

Bridges of Humility

We've all seen images of various breeds of goats and sheep, especially Bighorn Sheep, butting heads and ramming each other with their huge horns. They primarily do this to establish dominance or to win a mate. But there is something astounding about Mountain Goats.
When two goats meet on a more


Woodridge - January 17

Woodridge lost a treasure recently with the passing of Robert Longo, who was born in 1921 in Hazelton, Pennsylvania. He was one of ten children, part of a large and loving, but financially struggling family.
Upon graduation from high school in 1939 Bob decided to get a job to help with the 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-Mongaup Valley - July 3

Since early April, when the raven wings of Covid-19 first began to unfurl menacingly above us, everyday life in Smallwood and vicinity has resembled the life of our community as we live it around the Fourth of July.
Since April we have had population density. Evidence of it abounds. Lawns left more


Jeffersonville - July 10

I hope all of you had a great 4th of July! A big “thank you” for shopping local at the Vintage House's 1st Annual Garage Sale and the Secret Gardens Sidewalk Sale.
The Winkelried (behind the Tavern) has a new smoker and will be introducing a brand new menu today! Follow them on Instagram and more

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - July 7

Hello, I hope you all had a great 4th of July, as for me I was at a party. What an amazing fireworks show around Lake Huntington. So many different families were a part of the fabulous display of fireworks.
I was sitting on my friend's dock watching the fireworks, the full moon, the evening more

White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs - July 10

Congratulations to Liberty Central High School Seniors, Class of 2020. Among those graduating, my grandson Chandler Fink.
The graduation ceremony was held 7 p.m. on Friday, June 26th at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Only graduating seniors, Board of Education members and some administrators more

Older & Wiser

Sullivan County Office for the Aging and Emergency Community Assistance Center Update on Services

I hope this finds you and your loved ones healthy. We wanted to update all as to the latest news and developments from our office. As our region enters reopening phases, we will begin to resume services as safely as possible.
For those of you who receive home delivered meals through our 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

Sullivan County Poet Laureate

Feeding the Flame
I do not consider myself a poet, but I have been moved by poetry. Particularly the poetry that paints a picture, tells a story and illuminates my known world in a new way. Some may be surprised to know that directing a public library is much like running a business and does not 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

River Rats and Sea Wolves Pt. 1

The guerrilla warfare in Vietnam required the U.S. Navy to add innovative watercraft to its arsenal and to fight far inland, something American sailors had not done since the Civil War. The entire area south of Saigon consisted of many rivers and canals making up the Mekong Delta. more


Highland - June 7

The Town of Highland Lions Club have installed a very nice banner in Eldred that is thanking all the essential workers for their dedication to performing their jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to Linda Anderson who is a member of the Highland Lions and attended the installation of more

Jewish Culture

The Sleepaway Camps

We are living in interesting times. I usually try to keep out of getting emotionally involved with current events because I believe that it's unproductive.
However, at this point the anger and frustration that so many people in this country are feeling, is at dangerous levels. Some anger is more


Liberty - July 7

Hello from Fran. Welcome July and I hope everyone enjoyed our Independence Day. May God Bless America.
Center For Discovery Hospital: When I read that this hospital hopes to open in 2021, I was very happy for the people Center for Discovery supports. It will be built at the former Frontier more

Theater Review

SCDW Opens 71st Season with rousing “Valentine Cabaret” at re-designed Sullivan County Museum

The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop opened its 71st season (wow!) with a rousing “Valentine Cabaret” at a redesigned Sullivan County Museum rear auditorium in Hurleyville, with three shows on February 14, 15 and 16.
Seventy-one consecutive years of dramatic plays and musicals is quite a record 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

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

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

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