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Tuesday, May 18, 2021


Down the Decades

May 18, 2021 Edition

140 Years Ago - 1881

A post of the G.A.R. has been organized in Woodbourne.

The compensation of Supervisors is now fixed by law at $3 for every day of actual service.

If the person who took a package of coffee from the wagon of George Lawrence, while it was standing in front of more

Garden Guru

What's old is new again

After the frosty start we had to the week, it is nice to see that the weather is improving and warmer days are in the forecast for the next week or so.
That doesn't mean that you shouldn't still stay diligent and watch nighttime temperatures in case of another cold snap. But for right now the more


Doctors Say, “Go to the Mountains!”

Long before the O&W Railway began touting Sullivan County's healing environment in the 1880s, the Erie Railroad had been established along the county's western edge. By 1849, the Erie had been completed through the county, and the communities of Narrowsburg, Cochecton, Callicoon, Hankins, and more

Bethel Corner

Bethel - May 18

May 18 - Birthday wishes to Jerry Cohen, Ken Cohen, Andrew Dollard, Nikki Zedek, Darrin Raynor, Jake VanEtten, Milly Gold, Amy Kristt, Joann Ehrlich, Jake Rubin, Kim Franklin, Joseph Lasher, Blake Levine, Scott McBride, Larry Belling, Doug Phillips, Ron Borella, and a couple of our favorite folks, more

About Books

May 14, 2021

THE LADY'S HANDBOOK FOR HER MYSTERIOUS ILLNESS: A MEMOIR by Sarah Ramey (Anchor). Just now out in paperback, somehow overlooked by the column when it was published to great acclaim a year or so ago (just look at those cover quotes!). Of course I had no medical need of this book—there's irony in the 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 7

Greetings! I love this time of the year. The sounds of the peepers, all of the migrating bird activity, the greening of our gorgeous countryside. And soon, turtles on the move. Please take some time to enjoy our countryside.
Betty Neer called me from Callicoon Center with reports of more

Hope for the Day

Twenty-Five Years Ago

It was Spring in the year 1996. There will never be another Spring like that one.
Only someone who has gone through the death of someone close as the result of suicide can understand the intense sorrow that follows.
My husband of 30 years, Phil, was a gentle and loving man. He was a more


Woodridge - January 17

Woodridge lost a treasure recently with the passing of Robert Longo, who was born in 1921 in Hazelton, Pennsylvania. He was one of ten children, part of a large and loving, but financially struggling family.
Upon graduation from high school in 1939 Bob decided to get a job to help with the 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 - May 14

Over on Kauneonga Lake's main thoroughfare, Horseshoe Lake Road, economic life is finally rebounding. Some restaurants on “Restaurant Row” were able to stagger through 2020; others chose not to.
Last summer and right up into September, people kept coming into my ice cream parlor (Sticky Fingers more


Jeffersonville - May 7

Sullivan Renaissance announced recipients of the 2021 beautification grants for gardens, community beautification and maintenance. The 2020 Sullivan Renaissance Beautification projects include sign gardens and building landscaping to park creation and care of public spaces.
A full list and more

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - May 18

Hope everyone is doing good and enjoying this lovely weather. Spring has sprung, driving through Lake Huntington you will see that Genco Fire House Antiques is open on Saturdays from 10-3. Fosterdale 4 Corners Country Corner Store is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11-3. They are now carrying fresh more

White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs - August 28

Celebrating their birthdays this month are Tom Lewis August 7, Deb Fink August 8, Matt Dewitt August 19, Tom Edwards August 22.
A very special birthday celebration this past weekend was held for Alice Edwards, known to many as “Grandma Alice,” turned 100 years old. On Saturday she was surprised more

Older & Wiser

Medicare Advantage Plans

Last week we reviewed Medicare Prescription Coverage or Part D. This week we will look into Medicare Advantage Plans.
Medicare's Annual Election Period is the time of year when you can make changes to your Medicare coverage. Open Enrollment is October 15 through December 7, and any changes you 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

So many titles to choose from

Are you looking for your next book to read? Many libraries in Sullivan County have the Forthcoming Bestsellers lists at their circulation desks or on their websites. These lists are created by the Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS) to showcase some of the many anticipated titles published each 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

A Modern Look

Future editions of this column will cover various weapons of America's modern military.
There will be articles about our bombers, fighters, helicopters, drones, tanks, submarines and aircraft carriers over the past 45 years since Vietnam--and also a glimpse into our future more


Highland - May 18

Things around us keep on getting better with more optimistic signs coming our way that the “worst” is behind us. I spoke with Johnny Pizzolato, the President of the Barryville Farmers Market and the Market opening day for their third season will be on Saturday, May 22nd. This award-winning more

Jewish Culture

When we become bored

Recently, I missed two installments of this column. I had what is called “writer's block”. All the ideas that I thought to write about suddenly seemed boring. It felt quite depressing, and it felt like a dried out well. I have had a few such lows during the last four years of writing.
I learned more


Liberty - May 11

Hello Everyone…It's Fran DeFilippi Kurpil…with a few words. I'm glad to see the trees getting green and my lilac fully budding. Now it's time to do some work on my flower gardens. My son-in-law, Stephan, and grand-son Rudy, came the other day and planted some green shrubs and two flowering more

Theater Review

SCDW Opens 71st Season with rousing “Valentine Cabaret” at re-designed Sullivan County Museum

The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop opened its 71st season (wow!) with a rousing “Valentine Cabaret” at a redesigned Sullivan County Museum rear auditorium in Hurleyville, with three shows on February 14, 15 and 16.
Seventy-one consecutive years of dramatic plays and musicals is quite a record 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

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

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

Looking Back: America's Military

The Lovable “Wart Hog”

The Post Vietnam war produced a period of relative peace for most US Forces. However, American engineering and technology aggressively continued, with the result that within 10 years, the USAF would stand-up the most modern, stealthy and heavily Armadas in history. From the huge AF more

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