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Saturday, December 7, 2019


Down the Decades

December 3, 2019 Edition

140 Years Ago - 1879

Youngsville — The Stoddard cider mill is still busy grinding and pressing apples. Several thousand gallons of cider have been made at the mill this season.

Thanksgiving Day brought with it much pleasure and enjoyment and left many pleasant recollections. Services more

Garden Guru

Let it snow

For those of you that read this column on a regular basis, you may remember that back in September I mentioned that the Old Farmer's Almanac said that we would have a twelve inch snowfall the week before Thanksgiving.
Well they were a week off, but they got it right. Were you ready? My guess is 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


In Further Retrospect and More

Another holiday season is here, and with it comes the reminder that books about the history of Sullivan County and the surrounding Catskills region make great gifts.
As has been the case for the past several holiday seasons, this year there are several new books about the area's history to add 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

December 6, 2019

THE GIFT: How the Creative Spirit Transforms the World by Lewis Hyde (Vintage). The new paperback edition of this leading contender for the title, Wisest of All Books (that are also enjoyable)—also, the most famous book this column never 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 - December 6

Does it feel like January out there or what? Tuesday morning, it was simply gorgeous outside, the cloudless blue sky with the postcard perfect snow draping on the trees, what such a memorable sight! Who needs to go to Switzerland, Colorado or Vermont? We are surrounded by God's beauty.
Advent more

Hope for the Day

Thanks Giving Living

Thanksgiving comes one day of the year. Thanks giving living can be a way of life every day of the year. Giving thanks in all things is a joyful way of life, and can be achieved. Each moment we give thanks for something, that is one more moment of joy we have. Those moments can add up to a life 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


Smallwood - November 22

I came of age between the mid-1960's and late 1970's… the period between the turbulent civil rights and anti-Vietnam War epoch up through the self-actualizing “Me Generation” and Iranian hostage crisis. During this time, my generation grew up with the American flag as it evolved from a sacrosanct 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 - November 22

My “Cub Reporter” Jack Costello recently gave me information to share about “Sullivan 180 Community Health Champions”. Sullivan 180 is a nonprofit organization created to turn around the health and wellness of Sullivan County.
The group is currently recruiting and training local Community more

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - December 3

Hello, I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with your family and friends. My mother would always say when Santa comes at the end of The Thanksgiving Day parade its officially Christmas time. I have a best friend named Paula who is my sidekick and we always hook up for Black Friday shopping. At more

White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs - November 22

Liberty Public Library Senior Meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 2nd at 10:30 a.m. at the Liberty Firehouse. Guest speaker will be Sims Foster, who will speak about his various business investments in the area. Please note this will be the last meeting of the year. Watch for future meeting more

Older & Wiser

Winter Safety Tips for Older Adults

When the temperature drops, older adults run a higher risk of health problems and injuries related to the weather, including hypothermia, frostbite, and falls in ice and snow. Like most things in life, it is better to be prepared. Here are a few precautions everyone should take, especially older 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

Free Library-by-Mail Service Begins this Month

Sullivan County residents currently not able to visit their public library due to illness, immobility, disability or transportation issues can apply to receive free Library-by-Mail Services starting this month. The condition that makes someone eligible can be permanent or temporary. Those 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 Tunnel “Rats”of the Cu Chi Tunnels Pt. 2

January 7, 1966. I had just arrived in Vietnam.The war was raging and the United States had begun sending regular combat units as opposed to advisers the year prior. President Johnson was steadily escalating the United States' involvement in Vietnam.
The Discovery
About that more


Highland - December 3

Well It looks like “the weather outside was indeed frightful”- frightful enough to have the very first stop of this year's Santa Express to be cancelled- for only for the second time in their fifteen-year history.
The Express was all set to go roaring off to the ChristkindlMarket in Port Jervis, more

Jewish Culture

Separation of Beliefs and State

About two hundred years ago, a monetary dispute between two people came before a Jewish court. The head of the court was a great sage and scholar. When the case was debated between the judges, this great sage found himself in a conundrum. On the one hand, he understood one position to be right, but 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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