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Thursday, April 9, 2020


Down the Decades

April 7, 2020 Edition

120 Years Ago - 1900

Wendelin J. Schmidt died April 2 at the residence of C. Von Weisenfluh in Youngsville, aged 74 years. He was born in Baden, Germany, and came to Youngs­ville, in 1848, living there ever since.

Ann Sophie, daughter of George D. Taylor of Briscoe, died of pleurisy more

Garden Guru

Where did the warm go?

What a difference a day makes, or a couple of days. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, with the warm weather just made you get out of the house into your yard. Of course once there you found projects to do. I know all this because I saw many of you this week in my store.
Plants were going out the more


Lessons from 1918

Historians and public health officials are revisiting—and reevaluating—the lessons to be learned from the worldwide outbreak of the so-called Spanish Flu in 1918.
There is still much discussion of the relative merits of the public health measures taken during the 1918 outbreak and analyzing the more

Bethel Corner

April 7 - Bethel

Birthday wishes to Jake Gold, Gregory Van Lowe, Juliette Loughlin, Ira ‘Moose' Liff, Laura Glass, Devin Alenky, Cheryl Cohen, Max Carmack, Art Salomon, Barri Glick, Susan Dollard, Melinda Cali, Debbie Berman, Morgan Tucker, Charlotte and Alice Sachs, and special wishes to my first-born grandson, more

About Books

April 3, 2020

The following books are on book retailers' shelves (and libraries' shelves, too), and have been for just a few days (since before America turned into a continent-sized petrie dish for pandemic). They are all gathering dust, there, one supposes—though Amazon is busy vacuuming up orders, I believe. 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 - April 3, 2020

Greetings to all and I hope that this column finds you, your family and friends in good health and practicing social distancing. Having ridden in the NYS subways for at least 10 years of my life, it doesn't surprise me that the New York City Corona Virus numbers are so high. The last time I was in more

Hope for the Day

God's Still, Small Voice

The great prophet Elijah had just won a magnificent show-down against the prophets of Baal, and the Lord had answered by fire. Now he was running for his life from the wicked Queen Jezebel, and hiding in a cave (I Kings 19). The Lord told him to go out as He was about to pass by. Elijah recognized more


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 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 Valley - Marck 27

You will hear it quite often said these days that the viral pandemic storming across America and the world is unique in human history: that no one could ever have foretold a pandemic like this one because no one has ever experienced such a one as this before. This is true only if we believe our more


Jeffersonville - March 13

Those of you that know me know that I have been an advocate for the dairy farmers for a very long time. In fact my brother and his family owned a dairy farm on Swiss Hill that they moved upstate several years ago, and they are still farming.
My husband and I are fortunate to live on top of a more

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - April 7

As I sit here and type my column, I am very nervous for my youngest brother Christopher who has the coronavirus. He lives in Elmhurst, Queens, he was not feeling well and took his temperature and it was 102, next day he was 102.5 so he called his doctor who interviewed him over the phone and had more

White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs - March 27

News is at a premium more so since many events are canceled or postponed. Please contact me with your news at 807-1782. Another way of letting our community stay in the “loop.”
Congratulations to Trooper John Picard Jr. who graduated from the New York State Police Academy on Wednesday, March 18. more

Older & Wiser

Medicare Coverage of Services and Pets and Seniors

Older and Wiser Column
Medicare Coverage of Services
Effective January 21, 2020, Medicare will cover acupuncture services for people with chronic lower back pain lasting 12 weeks or longer and not related to other conditions. Medicare may cover up to 12 visits in 90 days; an 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

Please be patient

I think I can speak for every librarian in Sullivan County when I say we are passionate about our work. The closure of our libraries is difficult for everyone. But, we are working harder than ever to do our jobs and serve our communities. We don't take our responsibilities lightly.
Right now, 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 Biggest Battles of Vietnam The Siege of Khe Sahn Pt. 1

Throughout the Vietnam war there were hundreds of battles with operational names, mostly unknown to the public. There were a few, however, that can still be remembered even after 50 years. “Tet” was by far one the biggest and most publicized, but another, just preceding Tet, was the more


Highland - April 7

In 1997 on a lovely Memorial Day weekend, film production designer Roswell Hamrick who hails from South Carolina decided to come up to Sullivan County to attend a meditation retreat.
During his retreat he came upon a real estate guide that featured a glossy photo of a Congregational Church more

Jewish Culture

Sleep a lot

I don't have much to say, my dear readers. We are all in a state of shock of how quickly we lost our normal pace of daily living. We all have no idea of when and how all this will end. It's very normal to be fearful. Uncertainty itself creates fear.
One thing I could say which I don't see more


Liberty - March 31

Liberty, Liberty, Liberty! I switched on the TV and was sitting with my green tea, I heard that lively insurance ad…singing, Liberty, Liberty, Liberty. I don't need insurance, but that was a great start for my day and nudged me to write a bit about our dear hometown, Liberty.
Before all these more

Theater Review

SCDW Opens 71st Season with rousing “Valentine Cabaret” at re-designed Sullivan County Museum

The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop opened its 71st season (wow!) with a rousing “Valentine Cabaret” at a redesigned Sullivan County Museum rear auditorium in Hurleyville, with three shows on February 14, 15 and 16.
Seventy-one consecutive years of dramatic plays and musicals is quite a record 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

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

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

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