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Tuesday, February 18, 2020


Down the Decades

February 11 Edition

110 Years Ago - 1910

Wm. H. Gibbs of Hawley, Pa., is contemplating starting a glass cutting shop at Barryville which would employ from 50 to 60 men.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wizemann, January 25th, a son, in Callicoon… A son was born recently to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mitchell of more

Garden Guru

Trade Show

Last week I mentioned that I was visiting my mom in Florida. Well I had to mix a little business into the pleasure as I had a trade show to attend to check out the latest offerings for this coming spring. And while most of the items where just the same old thing, there were a few notable 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


There Will Never Be Another Abe Attell

There is a tiny church tucked away in the Beaverkill valley, whose even tinier churchyard contains one of Sullivan County's most baffling mysteries.
Buried in that secluded cemetery is a man who is generally regarded as one of the greatest professional fighters, pound for pound, the world has more

Bethel Corner


BETHEL: The Corner Suzanne White 583-4808
Birthday wishes to Michael Schleifer, Molly VanEtten, Lou Monteleone, Morgan Bernitt, Jennifer Lilley, Steve Rovitz, Jennifer H VanEtten, Annelise Gerry, Sue Bunce, Janet Newberg, and Edna.
Happy anniversary more


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

February 14, 2020

We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin (One World). Reprint, a trade paperback, of last year's sensational first novel, somehow overlooked by this column until too late (when widespread rave reviews had already shown up). It's a near-future s-f novel, full of subtle, off-handedly brilliant 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 - February 7

Greetings to all. What a mild winter we have been experiencing! No complaints, that is for sure. There are already signs of spring out there. First, the days are getting longer, both in the morning and the afternoon. Second, skunks are out and about. Third, I saw Rudy the Raccoon last week! Yes, more

Hope for the Day

The End of Normal Life

We were all saddened by the tragic news on January 26 of the helicopter crash that took the lives of 9 people, including basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna. At that moment life as normal came to a screeching halt for his wife, Vanessa, and their 3 remaining 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 - 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 - February 14

Smallwoodians, February, and Sullivan County. -- Well, what can I say, but that this is it, isn't it? The time of year when we as sentient beings ask ourselves what the heck possessed us to hunker down in the middle of a sleet and snow-strewn landscape and try to be happy.
The coldest and 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 - February 14

Our Jeffersonville Protection Hose Company No.1 is holding their 19th Annual Chicken Barbecue at their Fire House (on Main Street) Sunday, March 29th from 1-4 p.m. with Take Outs only $10 each. Contact a fireman for ticket(s) and enjoy a great dinner while showing your support for the Fire more

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - February 11

As I sit and write my column I am also watching the Oscar Awards, Al Pacino is one hot-looking old man. Thanks to the $8.99 a month I pay for my Netflix account I got to see Two Popes, The Irishman and so many other good movies. I have to see a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood with Tom Hanks and more

White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs - February 14

The White Sulphur Springs Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary lost another longtime dedicated member, Evelyn Froehlich, 85, who passed away on February 3rd. Services were held on Saturday, February 8 at the Harris Funeral Home.
Boy Scout Troop 1717 Annual Homemade Meatball and Spaghetti Dinner will be more

Older & Wiser

Happy New Year from the Sullivan County Office for the Aging and Need You! RSVP Volunteer Needed

Happy New Year! Each year we enjoy the holiday season, frequently overindulging on food and drink, and then right around the corner we're hit with New Year's. For some, it's another day on the calendar; for others, it's a new beginning, a “reset button” you could say.
I think back to years 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

I count and I will be counted!

The 2020 Census is nearly upon us. And it's a big deal. But, why?
A count of all U.S. residents is required every ten years by the U.S. Constitution to determine representation in Congress and the Electoral College. It is the basis for drawing districts for federal, state, and local offices. And 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 Best Snipers of Vietnam Pt. 1 of 2

A sniper operates usually alone, distinguished from his fellow marksmen. He doesn't have the support of his combat unit, but he is their eyes and ears, scouting their advance and keeping them safe through his “overwatch”--often at high risk to his own safety.
Starting in 1968, the more


Highland - February 11

In conjunction with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, the Cornell Cooperative Extension has a very cool program where you can get pheasant chicks for free.
The Extension's objective is two-fold using this program as a “raise and release” to restock pheasants into the wild and more

Jewish Culture

The Prince and The Peasants

Once, in the times of monarchs and kings, there was a king who sent his son, the prince, to live a peasant life for a few months. The purpose of this was for the prince to get an understanding of the people who he will eventually rule over.
The prince had a very difficult time there. He was more


Crazy Love

To the editor:
You have a crazy love between a guy and his girl
Also with two friends that say she makes my hair just curl
Then between your Mom and Dad that is love for sure
Come from way way up above
So honest and so pure
Crazy love guess you've seen high channel on T.V. 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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