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Sunday, January 19, 2020

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Down the Decades

January 14, 2020 Edition

140 Years Ago - 1880

Four calves and an ox owned by Conrad Fried of this town died a few days ago. It is supposed that the calves died of hoose and the ox by black leg.

Joseph Kille has been making a great many improvements in and around his brewery in the Town of Fremont. Joe is ...read more


Garden Guru

The fungus among us

Flipping through the pages of a recent garden center business periodical, I came across a quick paragraph about a mushroom that will eat plastic. Pestalotiopsis microspora is a species of endophytic fungus capable of breaking down and digesting polyurethane.
Originally identified in fallen ...read 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 ...read more


Retrospect

Sullivan County's Cain and Abel

In January of 1851, Mamakating resident William Palmer announced to two friends, James Larkin and Albert Squires, that he intended to kill his brother. The siblings had been at odds for quite a long time, but the declaration marked an escalation in the feud, and proved to be prophetic.
William ...read more


Bethel Corner

Bethel - January 14

Birthday wishes to Rita Townsend, Mike Fisher, Pat Murtagh, Laurie Halbert, Helena Manzione, Danielle Gaebel, Shambhavi, Kathleen Lasher, Robin McCernon, and Matt Lehman.
Wellness wishes to Jay Meddaugh, Thomas Hendrikson, Maria F and John Hendrix.
Our sympathy is extended to the Stackhouse ...read more


Callicoon

Callicoon - August 30

A Penny Social will be held at the Callicoon Youth Center on Saturday, August 31. The doors will open at 12 noon and the drawing is at 1:30 p.m.
Admission is one dollar, and refreshments are available. This event is sponsored by the Callicoon Kawanis club. The profits will benefit our area ...read more


About Books

January 17, 2020

FAILURE TO LAUNCH: Why Your Twenty-Something Hasn't Grown Up and What to Do About It by Mark McConville, Ph.D (Putnam). Yes, yet another book for parents about “transitioners” (this book's term—but recently, you'll recall, the column recommended a book on three-year-olds (no longer babies, but—); ...read 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 ...read more


Kenoza Lake

Kenoza Lake - January 17

January 17 - Greetings to all. It finally feels like January. We have been blessed by a mild winter, with a few exceptions. This is good for our Whitetail deer population. Still not many birds out there, maybe because we still have a lot of winterberry on the bushes.
Some folks have seen some ...read more


Hope for the Day

The Unveiling

Another new year has begun, and many are focused on trying to keep New Year's resolutions. But before long, many will give up in disappointment and feel like a failure again.
Change is a good thing. We all need to be healthier and more fit. We need to be better disciplined to replace bad habits ...read 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 ...read more


Woodridge

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 ...read more


Youngsville

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 ...read more


Smallwood

Smallwood - January 17

January 17 - Dear Fellow Smallwoodians. My name is James Loney, and I am taking over this column from Jonathan Hyman who's been the Scribe of Smallwood for the past two years. Jonathan has done a great job writing about noteworthy goings on in our little town in the forest.
Thank you, Jonathan, ...read 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 ...read more


Jeffersonville

Jeffersonville - December 20

The Santa Express Holiday event on Main Street last Sunday was a huge success with many people enjoying this wonderful fun filled musical parade - even in the coldest weather! Many thanks to all the volunteers that worked to bring this magical show to town, including our very own Conductor, Bill ...read more


Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - January 14

I had such a great time at the high school on Sunday watching TheHarlem Wizards play basketball against some of the teachers and staff. I have to tell you my neighbor Dan Parisi worked up a sweat making them baskets. Paddy McCarthy gave the Wizards a run for their money. He was just as good as they ...read more


White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs - January 17

Congratulations to George and Sue Dewitt celebrating their 51st wedding anniversary on the 11th.
Seems January is a busy month for birthdays. Happy Birthday to Cheryl Totten on the 4th, also to Reed Black on the 5th. Celebrating today is Brooke and Brianna Roth. Just some of the birthdays in our ...read more


Older & Wiser

Happy New Year from the Sullivan County Office for the Aging and Need You! RSVP Volunteer Needed

Happy New Year! Each year we enjoy the holiday season, frequently overindulging on food and drink, and then right around the corner we're hit with New Year's. For some, it's another day on the calendar; for others, it's a new beginning, a “reset button” you could say.
I think back to years ...read more


Monticello

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 ...read more


Narrowsburg

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” ...read more


Library Directors Corner

Make a Resolution for Self-Care this Year

As we welcome in the New Year, many of us have made resolutions that we may or may not keep. It is not too late to make one more that your local public library can help you keep - practicing self-care.
Did you know that studies have shown that reading for pleasure can help decrease the odds of ...read 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 ...read 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 ...read more


Looking Back: At Vietnam

Operation “Go Vap” Pt. 2

Prologue:
Previously, this column described our travelling, in a USAF pick-up truck, to a remote Vietnamese orphanage that my squadron had “adopted” called Go Vap, which we found after a dangerous trek through unsecured countryside and a scary brush with friendly fire from a USAF fighter. Go Vap ...read more


Highland

Highland - January 14

Its been some crazy warm weather. Who would ever think that in the middle of January we would not have to turn the heat on? I sure hope that the bears don't suddenly wake up and take out my winter bird feeders for a little mid hibernation snack!
Once again, the community and the Town of Highland ...read more


Jewish Culture

My Response to Steve White

I'm very thankful to Steve White for his many kind words about me and my column in his comments on it in his column two weeks ago. Sadly, as he reported since the column that I wrote a month ago, many more incidences of hate have occurred.
As I like to point out, we live today in the best eras ...read more


Liberty

Crazy Love

To the editor:
You have a crazy love between a guy and his girl
Also with two friends that say she makes my hair just curl
Then between your Mom and Dad that is love for sure
Come from way way up above
So honest and so pure
Crazy love guess you've seen high channel on T.V. ...read more


Theater Review

Shadowland Stages - Cry It Out - “An Important Work of Art”

Early motherhood in all its glory, happiness, and bliss is explored and turned upside down in Shadowland Stages production of “Cry It Out”. Local playwright Molly Smith Metzler's candidly written script is a no nonsense thought-provoking look into the sometimes gut wrenching, emotional roller ...read more






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