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Tuesday, May 18, 2021



Spring into normalcy

Spring is in the air! In the Catskills, we don't always get to say that in early-to-mid May as those April showers sometimes linger.
But for two straight weekend days, it surely felt like spring.
Democrat staff traveling around the county found main streets packed with cars in Narrowsburg more


Monticello CSD Budget Vote

To the editor:
The Monticello School District budget is coming up for a vote on May 18, 2021. The total budget is $91,266,606, up $733,581 from last year.
This proposed budget doesn't mention a $4,900,000 “Gift” from the State Education Dept. Coronavirus Responsibility Act, received more

Inside Out

A note from the ages

As a reporter, I suppose choosing a favorite section of the newspaper is a bit like a parent choosing a favorite child. And yet Down the Decades has always held a special place in my heart.
That I started at the Democrat as a teenager when Decades' original compiler, Lee Hermann, was still with more


Everything's Ducky

I had a wonderful Mother's Day and I hope that all the moms out there did as well. My son Mike drove me down to New York City (aka “the city”), and we brought along my two fur babies, George and Gracie, who love the city and also told me they wanted to see their grand-niece Adeline.
We enjoyed more

Long Ago


Since I was about two years old I have been involved with the Sullivan County Democrat.
Momma and newborn Fred Stabbert Jr. would take a nap every day. I climbed down the stairs from our apartment to spend my time in the office with Poppa - Fred W. Stabbert Sr. - in the Democrat office.
As more

Sense of Direction

Unequal Rights

About 40 years ago I was thrilled to see a female tow truck operator hook up the car next door and then the same day a woman climbed a telephone pole at the end of my driveway using cleats as they did back then.
It was about that same time that my daughter, Patricia was working at a gas more

Here & There

Board of supervisors were in touch

Although the last Board of Supervisors left office on December 31, 1995, the nostalgia of their tenure still brings back memories.
As we quietly sit back and watch today's government get larger and larger, we began remembering that our county had a pretty good form of government under the former more

Guest Editorial

I know how painful racism is. But we can't give up on voting

I've cried many a tear as a black man in America. Sometimes, it is the only way to process the fact that, in the eyes of so many, I'm a walking threat for no reason other than the blackness of my skin. And it's been this way for as long as I can remember. I'll never forget my mother telling me when more

Cooking in the Country

Eggless Caesar Dressing

Unless I am very passionate about a recipe, I will not print a recipe twice. However, this salad dressing is an exception.
This eggless Caesar dressing I have been making every week for the past 3 months. It has now become something I crave and will be a future summer staple. It's difficult to more

My Turn

Time to say goodbye

I loved writing ‘My Turn'. Having a platform to express my opinions was a gift not many get the chance to experience. Lately it has been challenging to come up with interesting and new issues to write about. The well is going dry so to speak.
Probably more of a factor though is that as a more

The Way I See It

B.A.T.S. In Liberty

There has been a lot of news on the creation of a Veteran's home located at 15 Dixon Street Liberty, New York. This home was donated to the New Beginnings Community Worship Center of Liberty. The Congregation thought of what would be the best possible use for this generous donation made by the more


As I see it …

For the last several weeks, I have been writing articles primarily against Mr. Trump. It has gotten to a point that I will simply be saying the same thing again. It is interesting to note that the folks who write in do not respond to the fundamental questions that I have raised in regard to the more

Random Thoughts

Rain, rain, go away

The nursery rhyme that most of us remember pleads for the rain that ruins outdoor playtime to go away. As a compromise, knowing that even a five-year-old knew that precipitation was inevitable, we bargained with “come again some other day.” When those kindergarten children grow up and get driver's more

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