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Wednesday, January 22, 2020


Down the Decades

January 21, 2020 Edition

110 Years Ago - 1910

Chester G. Yager and Wm. J. Grishaber were in New York last week and purchased a large second-hand French touring car of 50 horse power, double chain drive and capacity for nine passengers. The machine was ship­ped to Liberty and was brought to Jeff on sleighs Monday. In more

Garden Guru

The fungus among us

Flipping through the pages of a recent garden center business periodical, I came across a quick paragraph about a mushroom that will eat plastic. Pestalotiopsis microspora is a species of endophytic fungus capable of breaking down and digesting polyurethane.
Originally identified in fallen 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


Sullivan County's Cain and Abel

In January of 1851, Mamakating resident William Palmer announced to two friends, James Larkin and Albert Squires, that he intended to kill his brother. The siblings had been at odds for quite a long time, but the declaration marked an escalation in the feud, and proved to be prophetic.
William more

Bethel Corner

Bethel - January 21

Birthday wishes Mark Lerner, Olga Bell, Jennifer B, Christopher Evans, Bruce, Molly VanEtten, and Kelly Bonnaci.
Happy anniversary to the Loughlins. Wellness wishes to Jay Meddaugh and John Hendrix.
To Do List: Send me your news, preferably two weeks in advance. Get schedule information 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

January 17, 2020

FAILURE TO LAUNCH: Why Your Twenty-Something Hasn't Grown Up and What to Do About It by Mark McConville, Ph.D (Putnam). Yes, yet another book for parents about “transitioners” (this book's term—but recently, you'll recall, the column recommended a book on three-year-olds (no longer babies, but—); 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 17

January 17 - Greetings to all. It finally feels like January. We have been blessed by a mild winter, with a few exceptions. This is good for our Whitetail deer population. Still not many birds out there, maybe because we still have a lot of winterberry on the bushes.
Some folks have seen some more

Hope for the Day

The Unveiling

Another new year has begun, and many are focused on trying to keep New Year's resolutions. But before long, many will give up in disappointment and feel like a failure again.
Change is a good thing. We all need to be healthier and more fit. We need to be better disciplined to replace bad habits 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 - 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 - January 17

January 17 - Dear Fellow Smallwoodians. My name is James Loney, and I am taking over this column from Jonathan Hyman who's been the Scribe of Smallwood for the past two years. Jonathan has done a great job writing about noteworthy goings on in our little town in the forest.
Thank you, Jonathan, 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 - December 20

The Santa Express Holiday event on Main Street last Sunday was a huge success with many people enjoying this wonderful fun filled musical parade - even in the coldest weather! Many thanks to all the volunteers that worked to bring this magical show to town, including our very own Conductor, Bill more

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - January 21

Most of you know I am the Town Tax Collector, and we are getting to the end of January.
If you did not make the January 1st payment you cannot make payments, you have to pay in full. When you are writing out the check, please make sure you put the date, sign the check and write in the correct more

White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs - January 17

Congratulations to George and Sue Dewitt celebrating their 51st wedding anniversary on the 11th.
Seems January is a busy month for birthdays. Happy Birthday to Cheryl Totten on the 4th, also to Reed Black on the 5th. Celebrating today is Brooke and Brianna Roth. Just some of the birthdays in our more

Older & Wiser

Happy New Year from the Sullivan County Office for the Aging and Need You! RSVP Volunteer Needed

Happy New Year! Each year we enjoy the holiday season, frequently overindulging on food and drink, and then right around the corner we're hit with New Year's. For some, it's another day on the calendar; for others, it's a new beginning, a “reset button” you could say.
I think back to years 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

What can your library offer you?

In this age where we have a computer in our pockets every day, some people question what we need libraries for. All of the information available is online. No one reads anymore, so what importance are the best sellers? While libraries are a beacon of novels and information libraries are so much 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

Operation “Go Vap” Pt. 2

Previously, this column described our travelling, in a USAF pick-up truck, to a remote Vietnamese orphanage that my squadron had “adopted” called Go Vap, which we found after a dangerous trek through unsecured countryside and a scary brush with friendly fire from a USAF fighter. Go Vap more


Highland - January 21

There is a campaign going on by the DEC to eliminate a very destructive pest called the Spotted Lanternfly. This very colorful little fly does more damage to trees and plants than I can do to the menu at my local Carvel store!
The Spotted Lanternfly which originated in Asia has already been more

Jewish Culture

My Response to Steve White

I'm very thankful to Steve White for his many kind words about me and my column in his comments on it in his column two weeks ago. Sadly, as he reported since the column that I wrote a month ago, many more incidences of hate have occurred.
As I like to point out, we live today in the best eras more


Crazy Love

To the editor:
You have a crazy love between a guy and his girl
Also with two friends that say she makes my hair just curl
Then between your Mom and Dad that is love for sure
Come from way way up above
So honest and so pure
Crazy love guess you've seen high channel on T.V. 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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