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Friday, March 23, 2018


Down the Decades

Down the Decades for March 20, 2018

140 Years Ago - 1878
Why is it that the North Branch Road leading from Callicoon Depot to Thumanville is always in so much better condition than the road from the former place to Jeffersonville? Are the people better road workers, or have they better officers? - TRAVELER
There was quite an more

Garden Guru

Money in the woods?

Well spring is here, not that you could tell by the amount of snow outside right now. So as I was thinking of what to write about this week, I remembered a show that was on a few years back about guys who would go out into the woods in the Appalachian Mountains hunting for wild ginseng. This tiny 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


Mother of Justice

She was born to immigrant parents in Monticello in 1938, attended a one room schoolhouse in Maplewood, and graduated early from Monticello High School, where she participated on the debate team and edited the school newspaper. She was the first woman to serve on New York State's Court of Appeals more

Bethel Corner

Bethel - March 20

Birthday wishes to Abby Ruef, Jordana Maraj, Jared Hart, Josh Cohen, Jaed Altman, Murray Bresky, and Art Charpentier.
Get well wishes to Marc.
To Do List: Contact me with local events! Check Bethel Parks & Rec activity schedule. Try a Yoga class with Ora in Bethel, Highland Yoga and Dance or more


Callicoon - March 23

Has Spring season sprung? Wow, what a winter, way too much snow, ice and apparently weather predicting people have had an extra hard time this winter at forecasting.
Congratulations go out to my cousin April (Ackermann) and her husband Matt Rutledge on the birth of their daughter. Rylee Ann more

About Books

March 23, 2018

THE CORPORATION: An Epic Story of the Cuban American Underworld by T. J. English (Morrow). In case you hadn't noticed, the column has a favorite true-crime writer: this guy. This is by no means his first big, rich social history focused on gang life and gang power. He has reported in depth on the 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 - March 23

Fortunately, we were spared by the fourth Nor'easter since March 2nd. March really seems to be the month with the greatest amount of snow. The deer and other wildlife are really scratching around for things to eat. On St. Patrick's Day, my husband Ray and I watched a woodchuck on our property. more

Hope for the Day

A Good Work

One of the greatest questions in life is, “Why am I here, and what am I supposed to do with my life?” Many agonize over these questions, but never do find the answer. They go through their whole lives without finding purpose, meaning or anything worth living for.
Then there are some who 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 - March 13

The rumbling racket of my gas generator hums along in unison with my snoring dog, “Spectre: 007”. It's been a long weekend and we are both wiped out from winter hurricane “Riley”. Call it what you want: Blizzard, Nor'easter, Snow-pocalypse, or Bomb cyclone -- from my perch this storm was worse 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 - March 23

The St. Patrick's Day parade was a great success with a large crowd milling around in Jeffersonville (really good to see in the doldrums of Winter)! The Grand Marshal was Judge Ed McKenna with Cheryl Graham his chauffer. Lots of fun including delicious cotton candy and chocolate covered pretzels. more

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - March 20

I write this column with a heavy heart, Jo Kelly of Narrowsburg passed away last week. Jo is married to Jack for over 61 years, with 6 kids Nancy, Marie, Rita, John, Cliff and Gene. Rasmussen Funeral Home in Narrowsburg was packed Sunday with Jo's kids, grand kids and family members, but most of more

White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs - March 16

Apologies to Gene DeCarlo and Garfield Mungeer for the misprinting of their names in last week's column.
Happy Birthday to Linda DeCarlo on the 9th. Cindy Prince returned home Sunday after enjoying a few weeks in Florida.
Little Miss Aubree Kavleski celebrated her first birthday at the more

Older & Wiser


Medicare is taking steps to remove Social Security numbers form Medicare cards. Through this initiative the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will prevent fraud, fight identity theft and protect essential program funding and the private healthcare and more


Monticello - March 2

1953- 2018! Impossible but true- It is time to think about our 65th class reunion.
We feel it would be best to schedule the reunion in July, August, or early September.
Please drop a line to Art Rosenzweig at P O Box 549, Monticello, New York 12701 if you plan on attending, we need to know, more


Narrowsburg - February 27

It's March. It's a weeknight. And you're looking to go out for dinner or drinks in Narrowsburg. In years past, your options would have been pizza (Carini's, 112 Kirks Rd), or Chinese food (China King, 225 Bridge St or Chinatown Kitchen, 116 Kirks Rd).
But this winter, whether you're looking to more

Library Directors Corner

February is Library Lovers Month

February has been designated the month to highlight Library Lovers across the country. You can proclaim your love for libraries by shouting it from the rooftops, but of course there are simpler ways that are just as effective to show your love. Here are just a few:
Sign up for a library card at 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

Rosie's first patrol


My last three columns covered the actions of my recently deceased brother, 1st. Lt. Dave Freda, on his first day of action against the Chinese in the brutal Korean winter, attacking a much contested hill named “Old Baldy.”
Although wounded, he survived that action and was soon more


Highland - March 20

The two recent Nor'easters that ripped through Highland recently were ones for the record books with several feet of very heavy snow and winds that were registered at over 100 miles an hour in some spots tearing trees up by their roots. My power went out at the start of the storm and didn't come more

Jewish Culture

Knowledge, Learning, and A.I.

The last few years have seen a lot of people worrying for their financial future and the financial future of their children. The economy is rapidly changing, and people feel an uncertainty for the future.
A common question people ponder is, “Will Robots and Artificial Intelligence overtake more

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