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Sunday, September 24, 2017


Down the Decades

Down the Decades for September 19, 2017

130 Years Ago - 1887
White Lake, Sept. 12 - The leaves are beginning to fall... Buckwheat is a light crop in this section... Rev. J.B. Williams is having his barn moved from the lake shore. We are pleased to see him take so much interest in the welfare of our water place, Saratoga of more

Garden Guru


September has been a rough month for hurricanes, and even though they were not close to us like Irene, Lee and Sandy, they will effect us here in Sullivan County.
First Hurricane Harvey devastated coastal Texas, with Houston being particularly hard hit with flooding. As a result here, fuel 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 Conference That Changed the World

In the middle of September of 1959, more than 160 of the world's most prominent scientists- eight of whom would go on to earn a Nobel prize - gathered at a remote mountain lodge for three days of discussions that have become known as "the conference that changed the world."
The remote mountain more

Bethel Corner

Bethel: The Corner - September 19

September 19 — Birthday wishes to Cooper Boone, Ed Lubniewski, James Loughlin, Marisa Scheinfeld, Sloane Rhulen, Jess Grund, Cathy Travis, Josh Sprague, Pamela Pesante-Kraus, Casey Broskin, Georgina Scardino, Jake Cohen, Rita Sheehan, Joey LaVecchia, Barry Schwartz, Dan Sturm, Aaron Rovitz, and more


Callicoon - September 22

My dear cousin Wayne W. Rutledge was called away to Heaven on Thursday, September, 14 at the age of 82. Wayne was not only my cousin, but a dear friend with whom I shared countless hours on the phone during some really rough times, we listened to each other's problems and shared many great laughs more

About Books

About Books - September 15

THE CHILD FINDER by René Denfield (Harper). Second troubling but inspiring crime novel by this important, hard-to-categorize writer. It's suspense fiction in form, and the writing is clear but not “artistic,” yet its appeal is as art rather than entertainment. It's about crimes that are creepy and more

Making Sense Out of Dollars

My birthday

As I do each year, I celebrate my birthday by writing about my feelings on aging. Although my birthday was four days ago, yesterday was my birthday and tomorrow will also be my birthday. Are you confused? You need not be as every day is my birthday because as I awake each morning, another day more

Kenoza Lake

Kenoza Lake - September 22

It is once again, a glorious day in Sullivan County, on this, the last full day of Summer 2017.
I love doing shout outs for local businesses. This week's shout out goes to L & M Greenhouses, in Bethel, Route 17B, near Dr. Duggan Road and the Bethel Presbyterian Church. Lisa Schick and her family more

Hope for the Day

I Don't Have to Be Perfect

We can all agree that no one is perfect, yet many of us think if we try hard enough we might possibly obtain perfection in some way. It's good to do whatever we're doing to the best of our ability, aiming for excellence, but we also need to balance this with being satisfied when we know we've done 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 - September 15

September 15 — Happy anniversary to Everald and Trevonne Gilliard (9/16) and Mike and Danielle Sullivan (9/20). Happy birthday to Ruth Adele Lieberman (9/18) and Ilene Kalter Lieberman (9/19). Best wishes for a happy, healthy and sweet New Year to all those who celebrate Rosh Hashanah.
I know I 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 Valley

Happy Anniversary wishes to Lisa and George Wood, Karl and Pat Ruhland, and Jim and Helen Noeth.
Birthday greetings to: Dan Sturm, Andrew Schuberth, Peter Schuberth, and Marion Brown.
Please keep all those affected by the wrath of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma in your thoughts and 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 - September 22

If you haven't done it yet, sign up for the race on Sunday, October 8th! The 1st Annual Harvest 5K Run/Walk sponsored by “Track the Bulldogs Booster Club” starting at 8:30 a.m. with walkers and 9 a.m. for runners. Race starts on Mill Street and finishes near Mill Pond Bridge Register online at more

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - September 19

September 19 - I have to start off by saying I am sorry there was no column last week. I was in Wayne Memorial Hospital from Sat to Tues. I was sitting in Two Guys From Italy eating a nice lunch with my brother's girl friend Debbie when my ear popped and my throat started to vibrate and my face more

White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs - September 15

Condolences to the family of Robert Hogencamp, a lifelong resident who passed away last week.
Todd and Carman Green, their children David, Dana, David's wife and baby daughter arrived last Thursday from Charlotte, NC for a brief visit with Todd's parents Jerald and Mary Sue Green and Carman's more

Older & Wiser

Free Workshops Empower Stressed Caregivers in September and Stress Overload

Free Workshops Empower Stressed Caregivers in September and Stress Overload
LIBERTY, NY— Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a free educational series designed to provide informal family caregivers with the tools needed to take care of themselves. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County more


Monticello - September 01

Trustee Petitions are available at the E.B. Crawford Public Library at 479 Broadway, Monticello, New York.
Petitions are available for the October 12, 2017 election of Trustees at the library. Two board seats are available.
Current incumbents Marcia Raponi and Sari Rosenheck have indicated more


Narrowsburg - September 12

An upbeat spirit, “happy to see you again" attitude was palpable at the Narrowsburg High School reunion on Saturday, September 9. Graduating classes from 1947-1961 were represented by the 166 attendees coming from near and far. Celebrating their 60th anniversary, a record number of the Class of more

Library Directors Corner

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

As summer winds down and the kids go back to school, we want to make sure everyone has their library card. For students, this card provides access to countless books and other materials for research projects, free computer access so they can connect to the school's website, recreational and more

Forestburgh Playhouse Review

‘The Graduate' - a seductive classic shines at Forestburgh

Growing up listening to Simon & Garfunkel, I was always told that when I was older I would get to see the classic Dustin Hoffman movie “The Graduate.” All the information I could get out of my parents was how the music was so brilliant. When I finally got to see the film, all I could ask was “What 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

On September 11, 2001, more than a thousand first responders, including nearly 200 members of the New York City EMS system, arrived within 15 minutes of the first 9-1-1 call. Eventually, more than 400 EMS personnel responded to the massive 16-acre site. Eight EMTs and paramedics were among the more

Looking Back: At Vietnam

The Great Book Drop (Part 1)


Of all the weekly columns that I wrote for the Democrat during my yearlong tour of flying duty in Vietnam back in 1966, the following got by far the most attention. It was called “The R & D” (no, not research and development as in common civilian usage—but Reading and more


Highland - September 19

Twenty odd years ago when I first moved to the Town of Highland, when we took our garbage to the dump, we paid with coupons which we tossed into a coffee can in the office. I was recently handed a flyer which said the current price of $4 for a non-clear bag or $2 for a clear bag is over as of the more

Jewish Culture

Sharing in Celebration

There was a fabulously wealthy individual by the name of David. David was a successful businessman, but his business acumen did not pass along to his two oldest sons. His first son was a good individual but so bad at business that he was living in extreme poverty. The next son was a bit better off more

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