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Monday, October 21, 2019


Down the Decades

October 15, Edition

140 Years Ago - 1879

Three thousand bushels of potatoes were sent from Callicoon Depot to Port Jervis on Monday.

Rev. O.D. Ramsey will preach in the German M.E. Church in this village on Sunday evening at 7 o'clock.

At the school meeting held in District No. 12, the following more

Garden Guru

Bye Bye Barberry

Oh where, oh where did all the barberry go? This is a question we get all the time as many people have been looking for these beautiful deer resistant landscape shrubs. But sad to say barberry is banned in New York State since 2016.
I may catch some flack from gardening groups around Sullivan 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 Great Pumpkin Flood

The last three weeks of October, 1903 proved to be difficult ones in the Upper Delaware region, as residents attempted to clean up after a particularly devastating flood.
Following three days of heavy rains, the Delaware River crested on October 10, 1903, destroying several bridges, wiping out more

Bethel Corner



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 more

About Books

October 18, 2019

BLOWOUT: CORRUPTED DEMOCRACY, ROGUE STATE RUSSIA, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth by Rachel Maddow (Crown). Well, she doesn't sugar-coat. Maddow is, of course, the MSNBC news star. People who hate her thinking tend to hate her, but then are more inclined to just rail against her 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

October 18

Greetings faithful readers! What a nasty storm Wednesday night! I attended an event at the Villa Roma last night and drove back home to Pucky Huddle Road during that terrible rain, wind and wet leaves event. It was like a blizzard of leaves out there! You know the expression “white out”? It was more

Hope for the Day

Beauty for Ashes

We all have scars on our bodies, the evidence of some kind of accident or wound. These are visible and remain. But we also have scars that no one can see, the evidence of wounds hidden deep within our hearts. Only God sees these wounds, and only He can heal them.
Heart wounds can be caused in 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


October 18

Smallwood lost another special person recently. My family and many others in the Smallwood community extend to the family of Mary Lynn Parks our deepest condolences and a special wish that her tenacity, generosity of spirit, and infectious laugh will always be a source of beautiful and everlasting 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 - October 18

Reminder: Come out to the Jeffersonville Fire Department's 99th Annual Roast Beef Dinner on Saturday, October 19th from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Adults are $13, Children ages 5 to 12 are $6, Under 5 are free. All take out dinners are $13. Enjoy a family style dining experience served family style.
The more

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - October 15

I think we are at the end of fall foliage. Trees look like they are ready for winter. Before we know it the snow will be coming down. I have to apologize to my friend “The Judge” Bob Meyer. I was driving right past him the other day on my way to a town board meeting. I just honked, I usually stop more

White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs - September 27

Birthday greetings go to Scott Austin Jr. who celebrated on Sept. 19th.
Congratulations to Michael Speer who has been elected to the Board of Directors of the New York State County Coroners and Medical Examiners Association at their recent fall conference meeting.
Liberty Public Library more

Older & Wiser

Public Hearing, Senior Safety Day and Medicare Annual Election Period

The Sullivan County Office for the Aging has scheduled a Public Hearing on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at the Sullivan County Airport Terminal Lobby, 75 Co Rd 183A (Airport Rd.), Swan Lake, NY to gain input from older residents, baby boomers, and other interested parties on programs and services 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

Fall Fun at the Livingston Manor Free Library

Do you have teens who are looking for excitement now that it is fall? With Halloween around the corner, take them to the library! That'll scare them!
Growing up, I have fond memories reading the Goosebumps series and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark collections, the latter of which had a 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

The Strategic C-141 Starlifter

When I volunteered for service in Vietnam in 1965, one incentive was that the USAF was offering the “guarantee” of choice of assignment upon completion of the one year's tour in Vietnam. This sounded very good, for at that time in my Air Force career, the new C-141 Starlifter 4 engine more


Highland - October 15

John Conway is going for a walk. What you say? Lots of people go for walks so what is the big deal about John Conway taking a stroll. Well, when John Conway undertakes a walk it's a big deal and a lot of people will follow him to listen and hang onto his every word.
Unless you are hiding in a more

Jewish Culture

“For What Am I Needed?”

In the 1930's in a NY suburb a Jewish individual built a Sukkah for the holiday of Succos. The village municipality, not acquainted with Jewish customs, gave him a violation and summoned him to court to order him to take down the structure. To the luck of this individual the judge was a Jew who more


Liberty - July 30

We are entering a time of extraordinary celebration - the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music, an event which truly changed the world. The stage at Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel presented musicians who went on to define the “Woodstock” generation.
The 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 more

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