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B efore there can be ideas, there must be stories. And before there can be stories, there must be a life experienced. When life takes a turn for the worse, leaves you restless and bored or makes you … more
If you have driven over the Damascus, PA – Callicoon NY bridge recently, the structure invites you to hold your breath and hope that the potholes that leave just a few inches of concrete … more
With the turn of another page, the Sullivan County Democrat newspaper has turned another year older — reaching the outstanding age of 135 years young.   Since 1891, this publication … more
I t was the single bloodiest day for American troops in U.S. History. Tuesday, June 6, 1944 – commonly referred to as D-Day, was not only the turning point for World War II, but quite possibly … more
O n Memorial Day, we are told to never forget. To never lose sight of who came before us, fought for us, and sometimes died for us, so that we may enjoy the life and liberties that citizens of the … more
A s the vote tallies were counted last Tuesday, May 21, at each of the eight public school districts’ polling place, school administrators and staff were given a resounding … more
The world was a different place back in 2007 when this Guest Editorial was first penned by the Past Director of the Sullivan County Veterans Service Agency, the late Al Etkin.   However, … more
W hile appearing like a generous offer on the surface, the Town of Liberty’s opportunity to accept the donation of Swan Lake may have been too good to be true – and rightly so. Flat … more
I t was revealed that two cases of rabies were identified within the county, both from wild animals, both an alarming sight to see; especially as we anticipate warmer weather, more active wildlife … more
I n 1961 President John F. Kennedy and the U.S. Congress designated May 15th of each year as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week it fell within on the calendar as “Police … more
A s Mother’s Day approaches, a “help wanted” sign will be posted in the windows of many family homes. Beneath that sign, a letter will invite potential candidates to the … more
T hese days, life can be difficult. They say that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and while strength often comes at the cost of experience, it doesn’t mean it was necessary. And … more
E ach year, National Nurses Week has been celebrated from May 6 to May 12, which is nurse practitioner and healthcare pioneer Florence Nightingale’s birthday – May 6. Today, we are proud … more
I t is one thing to clean up your own messes when you make them, as it wouldn’t be right to leave your trash where someone else may have to clean it up. It is another thing to take the time to … more
It is a welcome sight to see SUNY Sullivan select their new President, Dr. David Potash, especially with a healthy amount of time between what was the tenure of the last formal president and today. … more
A   lost dog is a terrible thing, an abandoned dog is even worse. And not being able to temporarily house them while the search for the owner or a new home is the pinnacle of frustration that … more
T hese past few weeks seem to have proved a challenge for our electric grid. Power outages have become increasingly common. Combined with less than decent weather patterns, thousands of residents … more
S hort term rentals, or STRs, have become wildly popular, especially here in the county. They are usually inexpensive, hidden in plain sight, secluded and offer a sense of home away from home. As an … more
Dear US Senator Charles Schumer and US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, We know it can get very hectic on Capitol Hill, but we have to express our request in this timely manner before the … more
Yesterday, for the first time in four years, we all were gifted with one more day — thanks to the leap year.     That’s 24 whole hours more of living, with all of the … more
Before it was “normal,” before it was “just another shooting,” before it was “thoughts and prayers” galore, there was a time when there was the benefit of the … more
O ur news pages have been full of interesting facts lately and 2024 is shaping up to be a very interesting year for Sullivan County. Business news seems to be grabbing a lot of headlines as of … more
I t’s easy to find yourself in a similar mindset to George Bailey from the Christmas classic, It’s A Wonderful Life (1946), where the results of one’s good deeds aren’t … more
W e take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun: … more
The attack on Pearl Harbor, which happened 82 years ago this year on December 7, 1941, altered the shape of the world as we know it today. With 2,403 American civilians and military personnel killed … more
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