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Monday, March 27, 2017


Down the Decades

Down the Decades for March 21, 2017

130 Years Ago - 1887
W.C. Brand will open a furnishings store in the Masonic Building by April 1, 1887, where you can get anything you want in that line.
W.W. Bennett, our champion sheep-shearer, is going to Stevensville to shear 46 sheep for one farmer next week. The sheep shearing season more

Garden Guru

Spring blooms.

The snow is melting and as soon as it does spring flowering perennials will soon be in bloom. One of the earliest perennials to bloom is Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis). These small woodland perennials typically bloom in April once the snow recedes. The pure white or blush pink blooms, 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


Luis deHoyos Redux

Luis deHoyos was one of the most successful and controversial mayors in the history of the village of Monticello. During his first twelve years in office, he accomplished much, especially in terms of promoting the village on the national stage, but also drew plenty of criticism for his perceived more

Bethel Corner

Bethel: The Corner - March 21, 2017

March 21 - Birthday wishes to Jordana Maraj, Abby Ruef, Josh Cohen, Jaed Altman, Murray Bresky, Jared Hart, Charlotte, and Art Charpentier.
To Do List: Contact me with news and events! Enjoy Bethel Parks & Rec activities. With the recent snow, take advantage of Smallwood Forest Reserve trails, more


Callicoon - March 24

March 24 - Birthday wishes go out to Sandy Boyd on March 28 who is the former Jeffersonville Columnist for this newspaper. Belated birthday wishes go out to Peggy Hellerer who had a birthday on March 19.
The National Honor Society Awards Ceremony for the Sullivan West Central School District, more

About Books

March 24, 2017

BOYS AMONG MEN: HOW THE PREP-TO-PRO GENERATION . . . by Jonathan Abrams (Three Rivers). There are a lot of brainy people running major league sports, now; there have always been some among its following journalists and fans. They are, so far as generalizations can be applied without being just more

Making Sense Out of Dollars

The Roth IRA

(2 of 3)

There are income eligibility limits, so if you make too much money, you can't contribute to a Roth IRA. But with a median household income of about $50,000, most Americans qualify for Roth IRA contributions. (If your income is too high, you can convert some or all of the assets in more

Kenoza Lake

Kenoza Lake - March 24

Spring has now officially arrived. Some folks recognize the vernal equinox as Earth Day. In my book, every day is earth day.
Faithful readers of this column know that my husband Ray and I feed the deer. Well not only do we feed the deer, we also have a flock of turkeys that roost on our hill. more

Hope for the Day

Don't waste the leftovers

I love leftovers, and thankfully my husband does too. I don't enjoy cooking, so I usually try to cook bigger portions so we can have leftovers for a day or two…or three. This makes life easier for me and my husband is happy with the meals.
We were quite low on wood this winter, and when the last 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 - March 10, 2017

March 10 - Belated birthday wishes to Robert Kaplan, Norman Kantrowitz, Robyn Kates, Fran Deutsch, my wonderful nephew Dr. Jarred Todd Collins, Laura Alice Lieberman, Haley Weiner and Howard Adler. Celebrating birthdays this week are lily Betancourt (3/10) and me (3/14)! Happy anniversary to Max 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 - March 17

March 17 — Top o' the mornin' to you all.
The Town of Bethel Lions Club announced that the 50/50 winner this year for guessing the fall of the “Lion on the Lake” contest was Justin Holland. The Lion went down on February 28 at 1:01 p.m.
Somehow 24 inches of snow just 6 days before the first more

Greening Sullivan

Components of the Electrical Grid

The current electrical grid, the biggest machine on Earth is no longer viable and everybody knows it must be replaced not just reformed. Here is an opportunity for achieving huge benefits to home owners and small business owners who were largely left out in the last restructuring of the grid more


Jeffersonville - March 24

Last Saturday's weather could not hamper the community spirit in Jeffersonville!
The Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade was wonderful. The wind, sleet and snow showers couldn't stop the Jeff Fire Company, and other Fire Departments, several groups of marchers and a great group of Bagpipers making more

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - March 21.17

March 21 — “STELLA” was one heck of a storm, I got over 30 inches of snow. I went out to shovel, when I came back in, the lights went out. I decided to get under the covers and take a nap when I woke up 2 hours later I could not get out my front door. The snow was so high, I had to ram the door more

White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs - March 24

MARCH 24 — A spaghetti and meatball dinner sponsored by the White Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church and Boy Scout Troop 717 will be held Sunday, March 26 from 4-7 p.m. at the church hall. Adults $9, children 5-12 $6. All takeouts cost $9.
Spring officially arrived on Monday, March 20th at more

Older & Wiser


March is National Nutrition Month. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (‘AND') created this annual event to help educate the public about nutrition. This year's theme is, “Put Your Best Fork Forward.” What does this mean? Every bite you take counts toward your health and over time. Small more


Monticello - March 10

March 9 - The Hurleyville Methodist Church will hold a Corned Beef Dinner Saturday, March 11th with a traditional St.Patrick's Day menu with lots of yummy desserts. Adults- $12.00, children $6.00- dinner starts at 4:30 until the food is gone, snow date is Sunday, March 12 on Main Street in more


Narrowsburg - March 14

March 14 — This year will be the year of construction on Main Street. As spring approaches, the Tusten Town Board prepares to launch the processes to replace the bridge, technically a culvert, over Little Lake Erie and replace the Main Street deck.
Deck plans have been submitted to the Town more

Library Directors Corner

Supporting local libraries

Over 800 people from all over New York State attended the New York Library Association's (NYLA) Advocacy Day on March 1.
Representatives from Western Sullivan Public Library (WSPL) attended that day in Albany along with 120 other advocates from the surrounding Mid-Hudson Li­brary System and more

Forestburgh Playhouse Review

'To Kill a Mockingbird'

“Miss Jean Louise. Stand up. Your father's passing.”
I got to watch one of my favorite lines ever performed this past Tuesday on the Forestburgh Playhouse stage. Indeed Harper Lee's “To Kill A Mockingbird” has several memorable quotes that make it a literary classic. Maybe that's why there 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 Coordinator - March 10

CPR, or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, was first performed in the 17th century. One of the earliest documentations of CPR being performed was in Amsterdam, a city with waterways all through it. The Society for Recovery of Drowned Persons was formed by a group of civil minded townspeople to more

Looking Back: At Vietnam

The Mysterious Congo: Part 4


Issues one through three of this serial Congo adventure started when our C-130 Diplomatic Mission to South Africa was commandeered by the U S State Department at our fuel stop late one night in Leopoldville. We were then ordered to fly to various bases in the country, particularly more


Highland - March 21

March 21 — Being the granddaughter of a former resident of Durrus, County Cork Ireland, after Saturday Mass, I went to the Yulan Fire House for their annual corned beef and cabbage dinner. The place was packed with the diners, St Paddy's Day revelers and a long line of take out customers. I was more

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