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Monday, January 22, 2018


Down the Decades

Down the Decades for January 16, 2018

140 Years Ago - 1878
A donation for the benefit of Rev. J. Napier Husted, at the house of David Clements in the village of Liberty, will be held on Thursday night, January 24th. A general invitation is extended.
Cochecton - Adam Sauer is engaged in collecting the annual taxes. He has had more

Garden Guru

The Zombie Apocalypse

Well it has been around five years now since I started writing this column and one thing has become plainly obvious: my audience consists of mostly experienced gardeners. Now that I have turned fifty, I have found that the younger generation for the most part are not very interested in gardening. 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 Fire of 1844

It was windy and bitterly cold in Monticello on January 13, 1844, and Giles M. Benedict, a farmer and merchant in the village, was lighting a fire in the kitchen of his home on the north side of Main Street. Benedict's kitchen was in a small addition at the rear of the house, and its roof was more

Bethel Corner

Bethel - January 16

Birthday wishes to Martin, Yits Kantrowitz, Kathleen Lasher, Robin McClernon, Rita Townsend, Matt Lehman, Marc Lerner, and Jennifer Berry. Congrats to Rochi Ramos and Leon Fabio!
Speedy recovery to Ira ‘BBI' Gold. Special wishes to Shelly and for Charlotte Rose.
To Do List: Please contact me more


Callicoon - January 19

Condolences go out to the family and friends of Dorothy Brooks who was called to Heaven on Friday, January 12 with her two sons by her side, Mike and Mark Brooks. She also has a daughter, Michele Probert, who resides in the State of Florida and kept in touch with her Mom via telephone. I am blessed more

About Books

January 12, 2018

FIRE AND FURY: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff (Holt). Imagine that the candidate Donald Trump had pretended to hold a coherent ideology or political program that squared with your own (if he didn't). You might well have known he was pretending, and that he might be as deranged as his 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 - January 19

Another truly glorious day here in the Catskills. I have said it before and I will say it again, who needs to go to Switzerland or Vermont when such majestic beauty surrounds us?
Yesterday I was out motoring along on the back roads between the Ottos' Pucky Huddle home and Brown farms. I have more

Hope for the Day

The Butterfly Effect

By now you may have already given up on some of the New Year's resolutions you vowed to keep this year. Most of the time we fail at our resolutions and the changes we desire to make in our lives because we don't approach them in a realistic way. We set ourselves up for failure. But deciding on one 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 29

WOODRIDGE 2017-12-29
Celebrating birthdays this week are Braydan Levine and Danielle Sullivan, both on 1/4.
There were a couple more Christmas stories I wanted to share last week, but space ws limited. They are still appropriate and we wind down the 2017 Holiday Season.
Those of you 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 - January 12

Belated anniversary wishes to Tom and Analey Stratton. They celebrated their 1st anniversary on December 31.
Happy Birthday wishes to Paul Santelli (17), and Ron Colla (18).
There is a new Morey in the neighborhood! Tim and Logan Morey welcomed a son, Evan Oliver on Saturday, January 6. Tim 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 - January 19

It's been so darn cold ... but the songbirds are finally back!
Warm up with Free Community Soup & Sandwich lunches being served at the United Reformed Church in Youngsville on every first and third Saturday: Jan. 20, Feb. 3, Feb. 17, Mar. 3, Mar. 17, and April 7, from Noon - 2:00 p.m. All are more

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - January 16

I think Mother Nature is going through the changes, one day it's 3 degrees and the next it's 59. Well I guess that is why they call it winter, it can snow all it wants just not on the roads. I am the Cochecton Town Tax Collector and will be in the town hall collecting taxes, you can always pay on more

White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs - January 19

Condolences to John Clements and family on the passing on his sister, Debbie Lyden, on Friday, Jan 12th.
On a happier note- George and Sue Dewitt celebrated their 49th anniversary on the 11th.
Happy Birthday to Brooke and Brianna Roth on the 16th.
Happy Birthday to Lynne Barber coming up more

Older & Wiser


With the holiday season quickly approaching, most will be spending a portion of their rime searching and buying the perfect gifts for loved ones. Some will choose to make these purchases in store, while other will do so online. Online shopping can be easier than driving to a store, especially for more


Monticello - January 19

Join Leora and Friends for conversation, Yiddish language arts, culture and discussion every Tuesday at the E.B. Crawford Public Library in the Robert D. Norris Community Room from 10:30 to 12 noon, a “Yiddish Circle”.
No New Year's Resolutions here as I never complete them!
Winter has more


Narrowsburg - January 16

As the director of the Big Eddy Film Festival (BEFF), which showcases new independent films in Narrowsburg each September, I always enjoy seeing our region represented on the big screen, and the small one.
Last summer college student Ethan Wood was inspired to shoot in virtually every corner of more

Library Directors Corner

The Livingston Manor Free Library had a very successful 2017

The library increased patron visits this year to 11,104, our computer users to 4,141, and our Wi-Fi users to 502. Our Wi-Fi count excludes use before and after closing, which would significantly increase this number. Our programing and event participation was also very, very strong. We offered a more

Forestburgh Playhouse Review

‘The Graduate' - a seductive classic shines at Forestburgh

Growing up listening to Simon & Garfunkel, I was always told that when I was older I would get to see the classic Dustin Hoffman movie “The Graduate.” All the information I could get out of my parents was how the music was so brilliant. When I finally got to see the film, all I could ask was “What 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

I'm going to start the new year with an unrecognized, yet very important, emergency responder skill: compassion. It takes a great deal of strength in character and fortitude to connect with another human when they are at their most vulnerable time. We, who work in emergency services, do it every more

Looking Back: At Vietnam

Warrior Down (Part One)

During the night of Dec 22nd, he passed away peacefully in his sleep at age 88. He was a true warrior, a battle hardened Army Ranger, fighting a war over 60 years ago—in Korea. He also served, unknown even to his family, in contract clandestine operations negotiating between North Vietnam and South more


Highland - January 16

My idea of hunting has always been taking a nice trip to TJ Maxx. I recently got the Beaverbrook Rod and Gun Club newsletter which tells me what the local adults have been up to during hunting season. I called John Lang, the Club's secretary to ask him for some more details about the Club's season. more

Jewish Culture

The Old and The New

At a board meeting of a company that produces a brand-name household item the debate is heated. One executive argues that the company needs to reinvent itself to reach the new generation of millennials. Another executive fires back, “You are going to destroy the whole company with your insane ‘new' more

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