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Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Down the Decades

Down the Decades for May 22, 2018

150 Years Ago - 1868

Detectives have made further seizures of Fenian papers.
The Jews of Poughkeepsie will build a new synagogue this summer.
The Youngsville Division, Sons of Temperance, has upwards of 60 members and is in a very flourishing condition.
We have been shown the new more

Garden Guru

Tricks of my trade.

Many people have asked me why I keep writing about all the little gardening secrets that I have learned over the years. They seem concerned that if everyone knew these things, then they won't need to come in and ask me questions. Nothing could be further from the truth, a knowledgeable gardener 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 Movies Before Hollywood

The business of making movies was changed forever in the summer of 1909, and the changes began right here in Sullivan County.

D.W. Griffith was a rising young director at Biograph Studios in New York when in June of that year he brought a film crew to Cuddebackville, just over the Orange more

Bethel Corner



Callicoon - May 18

I hope all you Moms' enjoyed a great Mother's Day last Sunday, I know I did.
As many of you know, a very sweet woman was called to Heaven on January 12 of this year, Dorothy E. (Stephenson) Brooks. On Saturday June 2 at 11 a.m. a celebration of her life will be held. All are welcome to attend more

About Books

May 11, 2018

LOST EMPRESS by Sergio de la Pava (Pantheon). This is the third novel by this surely about to be bestselling American author. So why have you never heard of him? Because he published those first two novels himself; they were discovered soon and created a great stir among the most alert literary 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 - May 18

Yet another major weather event in Sullivan County. This is unfortunately becoming a familiar event. As many folks know, NYSEG has information on their website that will tell by county, township, zip code and road, how many people have and don't have power. Yesterday, Wednesday, 78% of the Town of more

Hope for the Day

Lessons from the ants

I have begun to notice those pesky ants here and there that plague us when warmer weather arrives. I've tried ant traps and home remedies, but still they persist. Even though I still don't want them wandering over my counters and in other areas of my home, I recently read some facts about ants that 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


Winter has relented and finally the Spring clean-up and gardening preparations can begin. Our hamlet is humming with walkers, bicycle riders, runners, and birds. Let's keep the lake property and Lakeshore Drive tidy and clean. On your travels around the lake please pick up debris and litter. Civic 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 -May 11

Spring has finally sprung! Vita's Farm Market (located on Route 52 going in- to Jeffersonville) is open and has some great flowers/plants for Mother's Day!
The Carousel in Jeffersonville (by the Sunoco) has opened serving some tasty ice cream! They have seating on the top of their building, too! more

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - May 22

I was out and about over the weekend and I went to CRMC Grover Hermann Aux Health and Children's Craft Fair. It was not very nice out, it rained all day. The stream of people were steady coming and going to get their chicken BBQ. I enjoyed hanging out with The Cotton Candy Man Jerry more

White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs - May 11

Happy birthday to Trishia Kinney on the 8th. Trishia is the daughter of George and Sue Dewitt. Watch out Trish - The “big 50” is creeping up.
Happy 3rd birthday also this past week to Ava Diehl, daughter of Adam and Melissa Roth Diehl.
Welcome home Gene and Linda DeCarlo!
Saturday May more

Older & Wiser

Older Americans Month 2018: Engage at Every Age 3rd Annual Senior Expo

Older Americans Month 2018: Engage at Every Age
Across the country, older Americans - a rapidly growing population - are taking part in activities that promote wellness and social connection. They are sharing their wisdom and experience with future generations, and they are giving back to make more


Monticello - April 27

Sympathy to the family and friends of Jean Heaphy who passed away recently.
Songs and words of freedom and unity wil be presented at the United Methodist Church of Monticello, Saturday, May 5th, 2018 at 6:00p.m.
If you like to listen to good music and beautiful singers, then you should find more


Narrowsburg - May 22

The trees are a big part of what makes life here special. They provide us with fresh air, seasonal color, privacy, shade, firewood, lumber, maple syrup, and animal habitats, not to mention the opportunity to reflect on strength, growth, and the passage of time. So, it's startling to see them more

Library Directors Corner

Kick off the summer at your local library

With one month until summer is officially here, libraries are busy planning for this year's summer programs. Our goal is to keep our communities reading over the summer by offering unique, engaging programs and events. According to Shocker of the Huffington Post, there are science-backed reasons more

Forestburgh Playhouse Review

SUNY's ‘Angels in America' - A challenge that pays off

SUNY Sullivan's Theater Program is up and running at a fever pitch!
Since its fairly recent inception, this program has wasted no time at all in presenting commendable productions. And once again, it takes on the ambitious challenge of staging Tony Kushner's award-winning play, ‘Angels in 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

Looking Back - Korea

The following is the final in a series of stories taken, mostly verbatim, from my late brother's memoirs of some of his actions during the Korean war. He called this episode:
The Ambushed Ambush
"It is a most embarrassing indignity to get ambushed when your mission is to more


Highland - May 22

If you are once again sitting in the dark with no electricity thinking that NYSEG is a small New York company, think again. In 2008, as part of a Portland, Maine energy portfolio, NYSEG was sold for $4.5 Billion dollars to Iberdrola S.A., a company located in Bilboa, Spain. In 2012, the same more

Jewish Culture

Spring, Torah, and Cheesecake

Spring is here; finally!
Spring is definitely the best season of the year (except for those who suffer from allergies...). Spring brings a feeling of renewal and beauty, a feeling of potential and excitement.
There is an important Jewish Holiday in the spring called Shavuot. The holiday of more

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