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Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Down the Decades

Down the Decades for March 21, 2017

130 Years Ago - 1887
W.C. Brand will open a furnishings store in the Masonic Building by April 1, 1887, where you can get anything you want in that line.
W.W. Bennett, our champion sheep-shearer, is going to Stevensville to shear 46 sheep for one farmer next week. The sheep shearing season more

Garden Guru

Prior Planning

Certain seeds, like tomato and pepper that have long germination times, can be taken out and get ready to be planted. Make sure to use the proper planting medium (soil) for the type of seed you are germinating. Small seeds like tomatoes like a very fine mix with a high vermiculite content. 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


LaGuardia of the Catskills is Defeated

On March 18, 1947 one of the most contentious in a long line of contentious political campaigns in Sullivan County's history culminated in one of the biggest election upsets ever, as Monticello's longtime mayor, Republican Luis de Hoyos, was unseated by a neophyte opponent.
Voter turnout has more

Bethel Corner

Bethel: The Corner - March 21, 2017

March 21 - Birthday wishes to Jordana Maraj, Abby Ruef, Josh Cohen, Jaed Altman, Murray Bresky, Jared Hart, Charlotte, and Art Charpentier.
To Do List: Contact me with news and events! Enjoy Bethel Parks & Rec activities. With the recent snow, take advantage of Smallwood Forest Reserve trails, more


Callicoon - March 17

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Wow, what a winter storm, and as I write this column now on Wednesday, it is still snowing. Usually I submit my column on Tuesdays but I was extra busy dealing with many things and, of course, dealing with my ongoing medical issues.
The Western Sullivan Public Library more

About Books

About Books - March 17

SOUTH AND WEST by Joan Didion (Knopf). This column has nattered on about the depth and complexity of the idea of “just make good sentences,” and what can be learned and taught by doing that. Didion is the ultimate exemplar of that. This small book of “notes” she took during a trip through the more

Making Sense Out of Dollars

The Roth IRA Part 1 of 3

In 1998, a new form of IRA was initiated-the Roth IRA. This is a special retirement account where you pay taxes on money going into your account and then all future withdrawals are tax free.

Although there is no up-front tax deduction for Roth IRA more

Kenoza Lake

Kenoza Lake - March 17

March 17 — Last week, I heard a weather person describe the potential impact of the blizzard as one having the potential of Biblical proportions. Well, they weren't too far off the mark. Fast and Furious. Wow! One for the record books. Tuesday evening, NBC national news said that Jeffersonville, NY more

Hope for the Day

Unmet Needs

I recently heard a beautiful testimony shared by a young woman. She had spent all of her growing up and teen years trying to win the love and approval of her abusive father, to no avail. She had finally reached the point of giving up on her relationship with her Dad. But that's when God broke 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 - March 10, 2017

March 10 - Belated birthday wishes to Robert Kaplan, Norman Kantrowitz, Robyn Kates, Fran Deutsch, my wonderful nephew Dr. Jarred Todd Collins, Laura Alice Lieberman, Haley Weiner and Howard Adler. Celebrating birthdays this week are lily Betancourt (3/10) and me (3/14)! Happy anniversary to Max 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 - March 17

March 17 — Top o' the mornin' to you all.
The Town of Bethel Lions Club announced that the 50/50 winner this year for guessing the fall of the “Lion on the Lake” contest was Justin Holland. The Lion went down on February 28 at 1:01 p.m.
Somehow 24 inches of snow just 6 days before the first more

Greening Sullivan

Components of the Electrical Grid

The current electrical grid, the biggest machine on Earth is no longer viable and everybody knows it must be replaced not just reformed. Here is an opportunity for achieving huge benefits to home owners and small business owners who were largely left out in the last restructuring of the grid more


Jeffersonville - March 17

March 17 — Plan on going to a delicious Pancake Breakfast at St. George's Church (97 Schoolhouse Rd in Jeffersonville) before the St. Patrick's Day Parade this Saturday, the 18th. Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. until noon. Adults $8, Children 5-12 for $5 and under eat for free. You can also more

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - March 21.17

March 21 — “STELLA” was one heck of a storm, I got over 30 inches of snow. I went out to shovel, when I came back in, the lights went out. I decided to get under the covers and take a nap when I woke up 2 hours later I could not get out my front door. The snow was so high, I had to ram the door more

White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs - March 17

The WSS United Methodist Women will meet Monday, March 20th at 7p.m. in the church hall.
Congratulations to Jessica Kinney and Corey Kavelski on the birth of their daughter, Aubrey Penny, on March 9th. The little miss weighed 6 lbs 9 oz. She is the first great-grandchild of George and Sue more

Older & Wiser


HHS OIG HOTLINE-1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-9477)
TTY: 1-800-377-4950
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office more


Monticello - March 10

March 9 - The Hurleyville Methodist Church will hold a Corned Beef Dinner Saturday, March 11th with a traditional St.Patrick's Day menu with lots of yummy desserts. Adults- $12.00, children $6.00- dinner starts at 4:30 until the food is gone, snow date is Sunday, March 12 on Main Street in more


Narrowsburg - March 14

March 14 — This year will be the year of construction on Main Street. As spring approaches, the Tusten Town Board prepares to launch the processes to replace the bridge, technically a culvert, over Little Lake Erie and replace the Main Street deck.
Deck plans have been submitted to the Town more

Library Directors Corner

Supporting local libraries

Over 800 people from all over New York State attended the New York Library Association's (NYLA) Advocacy Day on March 1.
Representatives from Western Sullivan Public Library (WSPL) attended that day in Albany along with 120 other advocates from the surrounding Mid-Hudson Li­brary System and more

Forestburgh Playhouse Review

'To Kill a Mockingbird'

“Miss Jean Louise. Stand up. Your father's passing.”
I got to watch one of my favorite lines ever performed this past Tuesday on the Forestburgh Playhouse stage. Indeed Harper Lee's “To Kill A Mockingbird” has several memorable quotes that make it a literary classic. Maybe that's why there 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 Coordinator - March 10

CPR, or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, was first performed in the 17th century. One of the earliest documentations of CPR being performed was in Amsterdam, a city with waterways all through it. The Society for Recovery of Drowned Persons was formed by a group of civil minded townspeople to more

Looking Back: At Vietnam

Mission Mysterious Pt. 3

Parts one and two of this series covered our C-130 Diplomatic Mission to S. Africa, which was waylaid and commandeered by the US State department at our fuel stop in Johannesburg, Congo; then spending our first night in our aircraft (the Hercules Hilton) because of dangerous rebel more


Highland - March 21

March 21 — Being the granddaughter of a former resident of Durrus, County Cork Ireland, after Saturday Mass, I went to the Yulan Fire House for their annual corned beef and cabbage dinner. The place was packed with the diners, St Paddy's Day revelers and a long line of take out customers. I was more

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