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Saturday, May 26, 2018


Down the Decades

Down the Decades for May 22, 2018

150 Years Ago - 1868

Detectives have made further seizures of Fenian papers.
The Jews of Poughkeepsie will build a new synagogue this summer.
The Youngsville Division, Sons of Temperance, has upwards of 60 members and is in a very flourishing condition.
We have been shown the new more

Garden Guru

Hunters Wanted

Last week I started with deer prevention before getting side tracked with the tornadoes in the area. So back on track now, the deer over this past winter caused way more damage than usual. Plants that have been deer resistant in the past were chewed down to the nub this winter. Maybe it was 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


Tourism Transformed "A Small, Poor Place"

John Willard Johnston was a surveyor, a lawyer, a historian, and the town of Highland's first Supervisor. But he was not much of a prognosticator, at least when it came to the future of Barryville.

Johnston, whose prolific writings have been collectively published in book form under the more

Bethel Corner



Callicoon- May 25

Heartfelt condolences go out to the family of Ceal MacDonald who formally resided in Jeffersonville for many years. Many years ago, her and her family moved to the State of Florida because of her husband needing a warmer climate. I met Ceal in 1989 when we worked together at a local bank. Ceal was more

About Books

May 24, 2018

WARLIGHT by Michael Ondaatje (Knopf). “Warlight” was the dimmed lighting of British cities during World War II, when they were under constant threat of bombing; the most familiar things needed close attention to fully perceive. And that gaze, both sweeping and penetrating, is what the narrator of 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 25

Congratulations to Ruth Duncan who wins first prize for reporting the sighting of a newborn fawn - spotted on Thursday, May 17th. Carl Lindsley reported the second and June Ellmauer reported twins on Sunday, May 20th.
I saw saddened to read that Rasmussen Furniture store and funeral home had a more

Hope for the Day

Lessons from the ants

I have begun to notice those pesky ants here and there that plague us when warmer weather arrives. I've tried ant traps and home remedies, but still they persist. Even though I still don't want them wandering over my counters and in other areas of my home, I recently read some facts about ants that 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 29

WOODRIDGE 2017-12-29
Celebrating birthdays this week are Braydan Levine and Danielle Sullivan, both on 1/4.
There were a couple more Christmas stories I wanted to share last week, but space ws limited. They are still appropriate and we wind down the 2017 Holiday Season.
Those of you 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 22

We all knew the next big storm was coming and that it would be a crushing one. But so soon? Climatologists tell us the new irascible weather pattern and the intensity and destruction of storms will now be the new normal. Last Tuesday I was pinned down in my garage for eight minutes of mayhem and my 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 25

A big “Thank you” to Bob from the Jeffersonville Hardware store for getting our beautiful American flags up and flying on Main Street Jeffersonville! Also, another “Big Thank You” to all the businesses on Main Street and Art Hassis for donating towards the flags and poles. What a glorious site, more

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - May 22

I was out and about over the weekend and I went to CRMC Grover Hermann Aux Health and Children's Craft Fair. It was not very nice out, it rained all day. The stream of people were steady coming and going to get their chicken BBQ. I enjoyed hanging out with The Cotton Candy Man Jerry more

White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs - May 25

Kelsey Rourke, granddaughter of Joyce Teed graduated from Sullivan County Community College Saturday with a degree in nursing. Kelsey also received the Future Nurse Leadership Award. Congratulations Kelsey!
Happy Birthday George (Papa George) Dewitt on the 21st.
George and Sue Dewitt attended more

Older & Wiser

Older Americans Month 2018: Engage at Every Age 3rd Annual Senior Expo

Older Americans Month 2018: Engage at Every Age
Across the country, older Americans - a rapidly growing population - are taking part in activities that promote wellness and social connection. They are sharing their wisdom and experience with future generations, and they are giving back to make more


Monticello - April 27

Sympathy to the family and friends of Jean Heaphy who passed away recently.
Songs and words of freedom and unity wil be presented at the United Methodist Church of Monticello, Saturday, May 5th, 2018 at 6:00p.m.
If you like to listen to good music and beautiful singers, then you should find more


Narrowsburg - May 22

The trees are a big part of what makes life here special. They provide us with fresh air, seasonal color, privacy, shade, firewood, lumber, maple syrup, and animal habitats, not to mention the opportunity to reflect on strength, growth, and the passage of time. So, it's startling to see them more

Library Directors Corner

Kick off the summer at your local library

With one month until summer is officially here, libraries are busy planning for this year's summer programs. Our goal is to keep our communities reading over the summer by offering unique, engaging programs and events. According to Shocker of the Huffington Post, there are science-backed reasons more

Forestburgh Playhouse Review

SUNY's ‘Angels in America' - A challenge that pays off

SUNY Sullivan's Theater Program is up and running at a fever pitch!
Since its fairly recent inception, this program has wasted no time at all in presenting commendable productions. And once again, it takes on the ambitious challenge of staging Tony Kushner's award-winning play, ‘Angels in 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

Negotiate or Die (Pt 2 of 3)

Prologue: This last in a series of combat actions, recovered from my late brother's memoirs, covers his mysterious mission to neutral ground between North Vietnam and South Vietnam to negotiate as a civilian for his employer, CBS Laboratories, which was developing early stages of satellite more


Highland - May 22

If you are once again sitting in the dark with no electricity thinking that NYSEG is a small New York company, think again. In 2008, as part of a Portland, Maine energy portfolio, NYSEG was sold for $4.5 Billion dollars to Iberdrola S.A., a company located in Bilboa, Spain. In 2012, the same more

Jewish Culture

Building, Planting, and Bar Mitzvah

In honor of the Bar Mitzvah celebration of Michael Feltman, the grandchild of my dear neighbors Allen and Deanna Mandel, I'd like to share some wisdom from the Bible and the Talmud on education and shed some light on the celebration we do when a boy turns 13, called Bar Mitzvah (and Bas Mitzvah more

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