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Thursday, June 29, 2017


Down the Decades

Down the Decades for June 27, 2017

130 Years Ago - 1887
White Lake, June 13 - Hon. H.R. Low was in town last Saturday... Our street lamps are in their respective positions and are a great convenience to pedestrians to 11 p.m. ... There are plenty of strawberries to be found in this place this early in the season.
Youngsville, more

Garden Guru

Here come the beetles

No, not those Beatles, Japanese Beetles, and they want to eat your roses, trees and perennials. Come Fourth of July weekend, like clockwork, the brown, shiny-shelled beetles will appear out of thin air to wreak havoc on your garden. Some of their favorite plants are roses, raspberries and cherry 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


No Finer Spot in All of America

It is doubtful that when Ananias Sackett discovered the body of water that today bears his name he had any notion what the lake would become.
Sackett, who was hired by the Livingston family in 1792 to clear the first road into what is today Sullivan County so they could sell their land, was more

Bethel Corner

Bethel: The Corner - June 27

June 27 — Birthday wishes to Dan Briggs, Al Frangipane, Judith Maidenbaum, Gentjana Beluli, Robert, Charlie Levine, Ted Friehling, Riva, Sarah Sachs, and Greg Fiske. Happy Anniversary to the Zuckermans and to Pat and Bill Burns.
Get well Shelly!
Big Kev's operates Wed-Sun from 11a.m. until more


Callicoon - June 23

June 23 - Summer is now officially here as of Wednesday, the 21st!
Congratulations to my cousin April Ackermann who married Matthew Rutledge on Saturday, June 17. Best wishes to you both, Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Rutledge, may you be blessed with many years of wedded bliss!
Coming soon, the more

About Books

About Books - June 30

THE FORCE by Don Winslow (Morrow). This very strong crime writer, who has set his big, powerful novels on the west coast before this, now gives us the impression that he was just warming up—for New York. And now, at this end of the country, he's as strong as ever, with even more to work with. This more

Making Sense Out of Dollars


Filing bankruptcy is a multi-step process that typically follows these steps:
1. Meet with an attorney
2. Pre-file credit counseling
3. Filing with the court
4. Pre-discharge debtor education
5. Meeting with creditors
6. Court approval
7. Repayment period, if more

Kenoza Lake

Kenoza Lake - June 23

June 23 — What a glorious day to be in the Catskills! And a terrific day for a Neil Diamond concert. Did you know that the Caroline in “Sweet Caroline” is Caroline Kennedy? Baseball fans will also know that Sweet Caroline is the theme song of the Boston Red Sox (who, by the way, are nipping at the more

Hope for the Day

Visitors coming

I recently got a text from my cousin Robin whom I haven't seen in probably 25 years. She and her family live in North Carolina, and she has been battling cancer for a number of years. She had hoped to visit last summer, and now the time has finally come.
Robin's text said “Surprise! We're coming 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- May 5

May 5 — Belated birthday greetings to Gloria Kantrowitz (4/22), Paul Pirnos (4/24), Benjamin Kasofsky, Carl McGuire and Michael Storms (4/26), Adam Pavloff (4/27), Morgan Williams (4/28), Adam Dohrenwend (4/29), Shawn Wiles (4/30), Kathy Shapiro and Michael Weiner (5/1), Stephen Miller (5/2), Arne 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 - June 16

Deepest condolences to the family of Ann Lubniewski who passed away on June 8. Ann was a longtime resident of Mongaup Valley and a volunteer for so many organizations. She will be missed and fondly remembered.
Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there this Sunday. The Kauneonga Lake Block 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 - June 23

June 23 — The First Presbyterian Church in Jeffersonville is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive on June 28th between 2 and 7 p.m. at their church on Main Street by the Jeffersonville firehouse.
The Heirloom Marketplace located at 4882 Main Street (State Route 52) behind the Jeff Junction, is a more

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - June 27

June 27 — Hope everyone is enjoying a great start to a great summer.
The Cochecton Youth Commission has two upcoming events.
Signups for both of these events will be held on July 5, 2017 from 6 to 7 PM at the town hall. If you are unable to make sign-ups on July 5 please contact the event more

White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs - June 23

June 23 — Congratulations to Ed and Robin Sostak who became ordained ministers on June 4th. Both serve as ministers at Vine and Branch Church in Liberty, a congregation of the Free Methodist Church.
One of our long time fire department members and past chief Tom Totten was named president of the more

Older & Wiser

Walker, wheelchairs and braces, oh my! — Fraud Alert!

Join the fight against Durable Medical Equipment fraud! Have you ever received a postcard in the mail saying you're eligible for a free back brace? Maybe someone has called to tell you that your doctor has approved you for a free knee brace-all you need to do is provide your MEDICARE number! more


Monticello - June 20

June 20 — Chair Jane Sorensen along with Sheila Lasinsky, Martha Johnson, and other members of the Kiwanis Club of Monticello have donated baby clothing to the Maternity Unit of Community General Hospital in Harris.
Martha Johnson, member of the Wesleyan Service Guild of the United Methodist more


Narrowsburg - June 20

June 20 — If you drove on Bridge Street headed toward Main Street this past Saturday evening you may have been part of a traffic jam as guests gathered at the Union. It was truly a grand event on June 17 with over 350 guests coming to pay tribute to Elaine Giguere, Executive Director of the more

Library Directors Corner

Director's Corner - June 16

June 16, 2017 - Summer is always an exciting time for us at the Western Sullivan Public Library and this year is no exception. We have a lot of great programs planned to keep you busy. There are activities planned for all ages from children to teens to adults on a wide range of topics-from arts to more

Forestburgh Playhouse Review

A Star Powered “Funny Girl”

“Funny Girl” is clearly one of those star driven shows that depends heavily on the charisma and chutzpah of its leading lady. The title immediately evokes visions of a young soon-to-be mega-star Barbra Streisand who would fit the role like a glove.
It's a show that could get away with 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

Be safe this summer

Summer is the busy season for EMS providers and hospital emergency rooms. Call volume in Sullivan County nearly doubles. Don't be a statistic. Practice some safe summer rules.
Each year there are many drowning deaths using our waterways.
There is one common factor: lifejackets. Every single more

Looking Back: At Vietnam

A New Job & A Scare

Toward the end of my Vietnam tour in 1966, I was getting a bit tired of the standard day-to-day operations as a C-123 Aircraft Commander. The constant oppressive heat and dust and long hours of sometimes stressful flying were mounting up and I was looking for a new activity to finish more


Highland - June 27

June 27 — On Saturday, July 1st, for the second year, Bethel Woods will be holding a free event for all of the residents of Sullivan County called “A gathering at Bethel Woods-Peace, Love and Music.” Starting at 3 p.m., the event will feature music, guided museum tours (free with Sullivan County more

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