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Friday, November 22, 2019


Down the Decades

November 19, 2019 Edition

140 Years Ago - 1879

The new Board of Aldermen in New York will stand: Democrat, 7; Republicans, 6; Tammany, 9.

Hankins — The double track to this place is completed and the workmen are rapidly finishing the track to Callicoon.

The “cold wave” has given place to a warmer more

Garden Guru

Pass the Salt

So it looks like we are going to have a nice week coming up, which means you can finish all the pre-winter projects that didn't get done. Liming and fertilizing the lawn this time of year will help your lawn to strengthen up now so that it is more difficult for weeds to establish in the spring. 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 F.B.I.'s Monticello Connection

On November 21, 1951 Stanley W. Finch suffered a massive heart attack at his Baltimore home, and died a short while later. Few people outside of his immediate family made note of his passing, despite the fact that he had once been among the most powerful men in United States law more

Bethel Corner

BETHEL - November 19

Birthday wishes Ken Cuttita, Joan Keegler, Wayne Hellman, Christine Chakar, Erik Rhulen, Ivan deBeer, Kathy Kreiter, Gary Lasher, Richie Sturgis, Irene O'Leary, Steve Morey, and Helen Budrock. Happy anniversary to the Waksteins, Tuckers, Parsells, Suarezs, Ramats, and T&H White. A very special 40th more


Callicoon - August 30

A Penny Social will be held at the Callicoon Youth Center on Saturday, August 31. The doors will open at 12 noon and the drawing is at 1:30 p.m.
Admission is one dollar, and refreshments are available. This event is sponsored by the Callicoon Kawanis club. The profits will benefit our area more

About Books

November 22, 2019

ANYTHING FOR YOU by Saul Black (St. Martin's). Just the second novel, after four years (2015's THE KILLING LESSON), in what it's reasonable to expect will be one of the strongest thriller series we're going to have, now. This is the complicated and seriously interesting San Francisco homicide 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 22

Greetings to all. My oh my is it a dark time of the year. One month until the winter solace, however, if you were to look at a calendar of when the sun rises and sets, you will see that in fact, the sun sets the earliest, the week of December 5th to the 14th.
Then, beginning December 15th, we more

Hope for the Day

Unsung Heroes - A Call to Duty

With the passing of Veterans' Day, we have had many reminders of the unsung heroes who put their lives on the line for our freedom every day, and of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to give their lives. They do not take lightly their call to duty, and keep it ever before them as they are 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 28

Happy birthday to Al Adler (12/26), Tracy Kasofsky (12/28) and Rich Laraway (12/20).
The Village held two fun holiday celebrations this month, one for Hanukkah and one for Christmas. Assisted by the Woodridge Fire Department and Woodridge Police Department, Santa Claus made a visit to 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 22

I came of age between the mid-1960's and late 1970's… the period between the turbulent civil rights and anti-Vietnam War epoch up through the self-actualizing “Me Generation” and Iranian hostage crisis. During this time, my generation grew up with the American flag as it evolved from a sacrosanct 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 - November 22

My “Cub Reporter” Jack Costello recently gave me information to share about “Sullivan 180 Community Health Champions”. Sullivan 180 is a nonprofit organization created to turn around the health and wellness of Sullivan County.
The group is currently recruiting and training local Community more

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - November 19

As I write my column this week I am thinking about my drive to work tomorrow with the threat of freezing rain and icy roads.
I have to call Lake Huntington Service for my snow tires, Brett has a great deal, you get your snow tires from him and you get a free oil change.
I just got off the more

White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs - November 22

Liberty Public Library Senior Meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 2nd at 10:30 a.m. at the Liberty Firehouse. Guest speaker will be Sims Foster, who will speak about his various business investments in the area. Please note this will be the last meeting of the year. Watch for future meeting more

Older & Wiser

Winter Safety Tips for Older Adults

When the temperature drops, older adults run a higher risk of health problems and injuries related to the weather, including hypothermia, frostbite, and falls in ice and snow. Like most things in life, it is better to be prepared. Here are a few precautions everyone should take, especially older 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

Free Library-by-Mail Service Begins this Month

Sullivan County residents currently not able to visit their public library due to illness, immobility, disability or transportation issues can apply to receive free Library-by-Mail Services starting this month. The condition that makes someone eligible can be permanent or temporary. Those 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 Tunnel “Rats”of the Cu Chi Tunnels Pt. 2

January 7, 1966. I had just arrived in Vietnam.The war was raging and the United States had begun sending regular combat units as opposed to advisers the year prior. President Johnson was steadily escalating the United States' involvement in Vietnam.
The Discovery
About that more


Highland - November 19

The Barryville Farmers Market will be holding the first of their holiday markets next weekend Saturday November 23rd in the Highland Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All our favorite vendors will be there selling their fresh seasonal products that we will need to get our Thanksgiving celebration more

Jewish Culture

The Power of Giving Thanks

Last week I heard a very interesting story from a reliable source. At first, I had a hard time accepting the conceptual idea of the story. After contemplating a bit, I realized that there is a lot of depth in it.
A couple who didn't have children for many years came to Rabbi Shalom Arush, a sage more


Liberty - July 30

We are entering a time of extraordinary celebration - the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music, an event which truly changed the world. The stage at Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel presented musicians who went on to define the “Woodstock” generation.
The more

Theater Review

Shadowland Stages - Cry It Out - “An Important Work of Art”

Early motherhood in all its glory, happiness, and bliss is explored and turned upside down in Shadowland Stages production of “Cry It Out”. Local playwright Molly Smith Metzler's candidly written script is a no nonsense thought-provoking look into the sometimes gut wrenching, emotional roller more

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