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Sunday, May 26, 2019


Down the Decades

110 Years Ago - 1909

Charles E. Hughes Jr., son of New York Governor Hughes and a student at Brown University, Providence, R.I., is critically ill with cerebro spinal meningitis. His mother is with him.

Stickley-Brandt Furniture Co. of Binghamton advertises a reed arm rocker, more

Garden Guru

Enjoy your plant.

Every year customers come in asking us what type of plant they should buy for their landscape. Our response is, what type of plant do you want and usually they don't know. So we run through a list of the thirty or so most popular trees and shrubs hoping that something catches their eye. The usual 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


The Corpse in the Custom-Made Suit

During the heyday of the Sullivan County resort industry, Memorial Day-- or Decoration Day-- traditionally marked the beginning of the summer season. The county was typically abuzz with activity as from Bloomingburg to Roscoe tourists arrived to partake of the mountain air, the rivers and the more

Bethel Corner



Callicoon - January 4

Happy New Year!
Also, at the Western Sullivan Public Library, the Callicoon Book Club will meet on the fourth Thursday of each month from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Western Hotel in Callicoon. The Craft Lovers meet the second and fourth Friday of each month from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Bring your crafts more

About Books

May 24, 2019

THE FLIGHT PORTFOLIO by Julie Orringer (Knopf). Serious fiction will find a way to get itself made, and to command and then reward our attention whether or not it ever occurred to us as needed. Orringer deploys a flowing, elegant style (clear and unshowy, yet the effect is as though music is 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 24 - Greetings to all. I finally received the first report of a fawn sighting. Nancy Nicoletti sent me a message on Wednesday, May 22nd saying that she had just seen a fawn on Bernas Road. That is the only reported sighting that I have so far received this spring.
Happy to learn that Kevin's more

Hope for the Day

Carrying Others' Burdens

There are times in life when God will ask us to carry others' burdens. It is a serious matter to help someone going through severe crisis, as they cannot face life on their own at this point. Only God knows how long it will take and what must be done to help them get beyond this time and be able to 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 - December 28

Happy birthday to Al Adler (12/26), Tracy Kasofsky (12/28) and Rich Laraway (12/20).
The Village held two fun holiday celebrations this month, one for Hanukkah and one for Christmas. Assisted by the Woodridge Fire Department and Woodridge Police Department, Santa Claus made a visit to 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 - May 17

In honor of the great short order cook and blueberry and banana pancake master Bud LeConey - he of Blanche's Diner fame - I made banana French toast for Mother's Day. As we roll into Memorial Day, bring a table full of people and join the Bethel Lions on May 26th from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the 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


Jeffersonville - May 24

Saturday, August 3, a “Day at the Races” is being held with many events including a homemade boat race that starts at 12:30 p.m. at the Mill Pond (next to the Backyard Park in Jeffersonville) the boats will be raced down the Mill Pond aka Callicoon Creek. The boat & oars must be handmade and human more

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - May 24

It's Friday afternoon and I have to get the column in early because of The Memorial Day weekend. I think in my last column I told you I was not a morning person. I do not like getting up early, well today I was up and out of the house by 7:15. I picked up my friend Kathy, and we met up with my more

White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs - May 24

White Sulphur Springs Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary Monthly Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 6th at 7 p.m. at the firehouse.
Liberty Public Library Senior Meeting is Monday, June 3rd at 10:30 a.m. at the Liberty firehouse. Guest speaker will be Dr. Joyce Garber who will present her talk on more

Older & Wiser

Health Care Proxy and Living Wills

Health Care Proxy and Living Wills
A health care proxy is a document that appoints another person to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to do so. This person is called a proxy or an agent. Naming a health care agent is one of the most important things you can do to ensure that 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

Vera's Story Garden to be Designated a Literary Landmark

An honor will be bestowed upon the story garden that sits beside the public library in Monticello on Saturday, May 4. This garden is known as ‘Vera's Story Garden' and is named after children's book author and illustrator Vera B. Williams. Williams lived in Sullivan County along the Delaware more

Forestburgh Playhouse Review

Something Different in FB's “The Last Five Years”

Jason Robert Brown's interesting concert-like musical “The Last Five Years” is something quite unorthodox when one attempts to compare it to a traditional piece of musical theatre. Being staged at the Forestburgh Playhouse, it runs continuous for about an hour and twenty minutes without 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

Rembrances - To Absent Comrades

Very appropriately, this column will appear on the Friday prior to Memorial Day. It is also marks my third anniversary writing for The Democrat. Not meaning to deflect from the true significance of this holiday, I am going to take a trip “down memory lane,” touching on some of the more


Highland - May 28

I spoke with Peter Carmeci Sr. the Sullivan County VFW Commander and who is serving his 8th term as our local VFW Post Commander. Pete told me that we are losing 400 World War II a day in this country, and it becomes important that we remember all veterans and especially our fallen heroes who gave more

Jewish Culture

Measles and Vaccines

It's sad that I need to write about this issue. Since many people in Sullivan County are concerned about the measles in the Orthodox Jewish community and have voiced it on these pages, I feel it's important to give it a bit of clarity and some context.
What happened now? For a long time there more


Liberty - May 21

LHS was included in the U.S. News & World Report's “Best High School” ranked list for 2019. Liberty achieved a rank of 598 in NY and 7,486 nationally, bested in Sullivan County only by Sullivan West HS. Congratulations to the administrators, teachers and students!
On Tuesday, May 21 make sure to more

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