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Wednesday, March 20, 2019


Down the Decades

120 Years Ago - 1899

Fred Russell, who has been employed at Campbell, Sprague & Co.'s store in Roscoe, has res­ponded to a call for pastor at the Methodist Church at Florida, Orange Co., and with his family left Roscoe February 25.

Farmers in the vicinity of Maplewood are asking $40 more

Garden Guru


As we get ready for spring at the store, we are potting perennials, trees and shrubs. Stocking the shelves with fertilizers, lime, nutrients, planters, etc... There is not much we can do outside yet. The snow is melting and the mud is taking over. So as I thought about what to write about this 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


Dr. Phoebe Champlin Low

Addressing the National Eclectic Medical Association in 1870, Alexander Wilder, the president of the Eclectic Medical Society of New York, called for equal opportunities for women medical students, and shared classrooms with male students.

“We do not consider this to be liberality; it is more

Bethel Corner



Callicoon - January 4

Happy New Year!
Also, at the Western Sullivan Public Library, the Callicoon Book Club will meet on the fourth Thursday of each month from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Western Hotel in Callicoon. The Craft Lovers meet the second and fourth Friday of each month from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Bring your crafts more

About Books

March 8, 2019

THAT GOOD NIGHT: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour by Sunita Puri (Viking). A wonderful memoir, as inspiring as it is informative, by a physician who found herself attracted to and now practices full-time as a “palliative care” specialist—attending to patients who are dying. Attending to them 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

March 8 - Greetings faithful readers. Is it March or is it January? Perhaps this is the last of the really cold weather for the winter. Shane Cunningham told me yesterday that this cold weather is not great weather for the maple syrup sap to flow.
As I write this column, I have that Elton John more

Hope for the Day

Tug-of-War Surrender

Have you ever participated in a tug-of-war? There's a lot of give and take, as arms grow tired and fingers cramp. But eventually one side wins and the other loses.
Many times we participate in spiritual tug-of-war. We tell God we are surrendering things to Him, but then we pull back. We try 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


March 8

March 8 - A special Smallwood cheer goes out to a great guy and an all-time volunteer. Firefighter Gene Gallagher crossed over the “sixty-year bridge” and his service to the Smallwood/Mongaup Valley Volunteer Fire Department was honored by his fellow firefighters in a firehouse ceremony this week. 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 15

The Jeffersonville Lions Club will be sponsoring a Rabies Clinic for dogs and cats Tuesday, March 26 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Jeffersonville Fire House. All animals need to be on a leash or inside a carrier/crate. Please protect your pets and bring them -- only $6.00 each. All of the proceeds will more

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - March 19

Did you miss me? I was in Spain for 5 days with my sister and brother-in-law. It was ok. I liked Paris much better. If you've ever been in the airport in Madrid Spain, you know what I am talking about. One hour from when you get off the plane to pick up your bag; long, long walk. I did enjoy the more

White Sulphur Springs

March 8 - Once again the annual White Sulphur Springs Fire Dept's pancake breakfast was a huge success. Thank you all for your support.
In the news recently is the possibility of Dollar General building a store in our community to be located at the corner of Route 52 and White Sulphur Road more

Older & Wiser

Volunteers Needed!

OFA Clerical Front Desk Volunteer
We are looking to fill volunteer positions for: front desk for the Office for the Aging. It is stationed in the OFA office in Monticello Government Center. This is an important support position based on interacting with people on the telephone and in person. It 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

Spring into Your Library!

The sun is warming up, birds are chirping, and old man winter seems to (finally!) be loosening his grip on us. Spring is the time for rebirth and rejuvenation, so what better time than now to “spring” into your local library to see all we have to offer!
Feeling motivated to learn a new language? more

Forestburgh Playhouse Review

Something Different in FB's “The Last Five Years”

Jason Robert Brown's interesting concert-like musical “The Last Five Years” is something quite unorthodox when one attempts to compare it to a traditional piece of musical theatre. Being staged at the Forestburgh Playhouse, it runs continuous for about an hour and twenty minutes without 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

‘Puff's' big brother The C-130 SPECTRE

(Author's note. This is the 4th episode in a series about the war birds Vietnam.)
In my last column, I described witnessing the fierce firepower of the AC-47, aka Puff The Magic Dragon. “Puff” was retired from combat in 1971, after experiencing 50 % losses, but was soon replaced by more


Highland - March 19

There is a very nice Tricky Tray event happening on Saturday, March 23 at the Eldred High School. According to Ellen Gulla, one of the parent organizers coordinating the event, in addition to a large assortment of themed gift baskets, there will be a silent auction for gift certificates from local more

Jewish Culture

Do Results Relate to Action?

Is our destiny pre-destined or is it the result of our actions? This question is a deep and very relevant question.
On the one hand, it makes sense that every action should have its result. If the action is productive, it will bring good results and if the action was wrongly calculated, it will more


March 12 - The sun is warmer! The days are longer! Mud season is almost here! Soon enough the crocuses and daffodils will be popping through the last remnants of winter. It's been a long one, and even though people are still out ice fishing, spring is right around the corner. Get ready to shed the more

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