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Friday, July 3, 2020


Down the Decades

June 23, 2020 Edition

140 Years Ago - 1880

Katharine Gunglach, relict of Philip Gunglach, died at Callicoon on June 12 at the age of 86. She was one of the first German settlers of the town, having come here about 38 years ago, when the whole region was covered with forests. A member of the Reformed Church at more

Garden Guru

The Bounty

So who is picking vegetables from their garden already? I have been picking swiss chard and kale for a couple weeks already, but now the tomatoes and cucumbers are ripening up quick. Granted the tomatoes are of the cherry tomato type, not the beefsteaks, but we are only to the fourth of July more


The Tories of the Upper Delaware

The first permanent European settlement in the Upper Delaware Valley was established around 1755 by a group of Connecticut farmers who formed the Delaware Company. The settlement, called Cushetunk, stretched for thirty miles up and down the Delaware River, from what is today Lackawaxen to present more

Bethel Corner


BETHEL: The Corner Suzanne White 583-4808
Happy birthday to Charlie Levine, Pedro Tweed, Ted Friehling, Perry Gips, Doug, Mike, Ron Hiatt, Sarah Sachs, Greg Fiske, Riva, Sandy G, Saul, Debbie H Briggs, LoriRae Silvers, Karen Sturgis, Paul Stark, Jaio more

About Books

July 3, 2020

THE SON OF GOOD FORTUNE by Lysley Tenorio (HarperCollins). A first novel, and a very important American literary novelist to introduce oneself to. What a pleasure it is that the book is also delightful. This is very much a west coast novel—not shobiz California, and not so much laidback hipster 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 - July 3

Belated Happy Birthday wishes to Hilda Rossal, who I believe, celebrated her 100th birthday this week.
Get well wishes to Bill Korwan of Swiss Hill. Affectionately known to me as Mr. Rhododendron, he and his wife Eileen are two wonderful people.
John Girrbach, Chairman of the Kenoza Lake more

Hope for the Day

Bridges of Humility

We've all seen images of various breeds of goats and sheep, especially Bighorn Sheep, butting heads and ramming each other with their huge horns. They primarily do this to establish dominance or to win a mate. But there is something astounding about Mountain Goats.
When two goats meet on a 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 - July 3

Since early April, when the raven wings of Covid-19 first began to unfurl menacingly above us, everyday life in Smallwood and vicinity has resembled the life of our community as we live it around the Fourth of July.
Since April we have had population density. Evidence of it abounds. Lawns left more


Jeffersonville -July 3

Reminder: Some great fun this weekend! The Captain Magic Band will play in the WINKELRIED Beer Garden (behind the Tavern on Main) on Friday, July 3rd to kick off July 4th weekend. They will also have food, drink and s'mores by the fire!
The Vintage House is hosting their first annual Garage more

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - June 30

Hello all, hope you are all doing great, and enjoying life. I go into the office two times a week, only the boss and myself. It's nice to get out of the house and get back to a little bit of normalcy. I got my sparkle back bright blue on my nails and toes. I get the spa pedicure hot towels and more

White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs - May 8

The White Sulphur Springs Sullivan First received grant monies from Sullivan Renaissance recently. The group will be planting and beautifying White Sulphur Springs once again, all the while wearing their masks, gloves and social distancing. It is their dedication through thick and thin that makes more

Older & Wiser

Sullivan County Office for the Aging and Emergency Community Assistance Center Update on Services

I hope this finds you and your loved ones healthy. We wanted to update all as to the latest news and developments from our office. As our region enters reopening phases, we will begin to resume services as safely as possible.
For those of you who receive home delivered meals through our 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

Sullivan County Poet Laureate

Feeding the Flame
I do not consider myself a poet, but I have been moved by poetry. Particularly the poetry that paints a picture, tells a story and illuminates my known world in a new way. Some may be surprised to know that directing a public library is much like running a business and does not 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

A dangerous place

Much of the following is taken from a column I wrote for The Democrat while stationed in Saigon in 1966. Although I had been flying the C-123 Provider for over 3 months, I had never accepted that living in a villa in the outskirts of Saigon could be potentially and insidiously more more


Highland - June 30

We certainly seem to be walking in the valley of doom and gloom these days but there have been some stellar encouraging events happening - one of which you may have missed.
I bet you are not aware that there are some very newly minted champions among us. I am referring to the students at the more

Jewish Culture

The Sleepaway Camps

We are living in interesting times. I usually try to keep out of getting emotionally involved with current events because I believe that it's unproductive.
However, at this point the anger and frustration that so many people in this country are feeling, is at dangerous levels. Some anger is more


Liberty - June 23

Mid June: What beautiful days in Liberty, and cool nights are perfect for sleeping. While writing this I am trying not to think too much about all our local and country-wide issues. With a big family…from infants to college level to grand and great-grands there is always lots of joy and we continue 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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