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Monday, October 23, 2017


Down the Decades

Down the Decades for October 17, 2017

140 Years Ago - 1877
Sulieman Pasha has succeeded Mehemet Ali in the command of the army of the Danube.
Theresa Tietehs, the famous operatic singer, is dead.
The Chinese Sea is full of pirates and many vessels have been robbed by them.
The Supreme Court of the United States maintains more

Garden Guru

Mixed Signals

Mother Nature is sending mixed signals this year as to how bad this winter will be. The Wholly bear caterpillars have a lot of brown on them this year which usually means a mild winter. But the pine trees are full of pine cones. Wild apples are full of apples and nut trees like walnut and hickory 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


The Suffragists

On August 18, 1920, Tennessee narrowly ratified the 19th Amendment, making it the law throughout the United States, but the right to vote was not obtained without a major grassroots effort by thousands of women in small towns all across America.

“New York State was key to the national more

Bethel Corner



Callicoon - October 20

Belated birthday wishes go out to Marion Roche who had a birthday on October 16.
The Western Sullivan County Library in the Callicoon branch has several upcoming events, way too many to list in this column, visit their website at or call them at 887-4040. You can also sign up more

About Books

October 20, 2017

THE ATTENTION MERCHANTS by Tim Wu (Vintage). Paperback reprint of one of last year's smartest, most mind-clearing business books—one that's also a social-realism exposé. There's a brief, clear history of mass media, tracing the line of descent from penny newspapers to—its real subject—our 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 - October 20

Greetings to all! I have survived my 38th October 15th tax filing deadline. But who is counting?
As spectacular as the autumn foliage is, there is something, in my humble opinion, that is just as spectacular, if not more so. That is the daily landing of the Canada geese on Pucky Huddle Road. Our more

Hope for the Day

Time to Stop

As I was out for a walk recently, I suddenly spotted two clumps of beautiful red berries near the ground and stopped to look at them. I thought about the fact that even though red isn't one of my favorite colors, I love to use red berries as decorating accents. There's something about a splash of 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 - October 13

Woodridge lost another one of our good guys last week with the untimely passing of John William Pirnos, Jr. He would have celebrated a birthday on October 24 or October 25, he was not sure which the correct date is. John and the family found a discrepancy when he applied for retirement and 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 - October 13

Congratulations to Tyler and Holly White who welcomed their second child, Weston Howard. He joins his brother Grayson and grandparents Steve and Sue White. Lots of love to them all.
Happy Anniversary to Richie and Joanne Conroy on the 12th, and Peter and Susan Conroy on the 14th. 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 - October 20

Enjoy “Trunk or Treat” on Halloween Tuesday, October 31 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. (or until the candy runs out!) at the Backyard Park located at 876 Swiss Hill Road North in Jeffersonville. For more information please call the Village Office at (845) 482-4275 and if you would like to donate candy to this more

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - October 17

Just had a great weekend down in Queens with my sister and her family. We are not going to be together for Thanksgiving. So we had a fake Thanksgiving on Saturday. It was great, got to meet my niece's new boyfriend and my nephew's new girlfriend. Then on Sunday had brunch with one of my more

White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs - October 13

The W.S.S. United Methodist Women's meeting is Monday, October 16th at 7 p.m. at the Church hall.
Swan Lake Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary Rummage Sale will be held on Thursday October 19th and Friday October 20th from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. Bag day on the 20th. Contact Jenelle 701-5517 or Diane 798-1211 more

Older & Wiser

Sullivan County Office for the Aging Public Hearing and Seventh Annual Senior Safety Day

Sullivan County Office for the Aging Public Hearing and Seventh Annual Senior Safety Day
The Sullivan County Office for the Aging has scheduled a Public Hearing on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center, 10 Jefferson Street, Monticello, NY to gain input from older more


Monticello - September 01

Trustee Petitions are available at the E.B. Crawford Public Library at 479 Broadway, Monticello, New York.
Petitions are available for the October 12, 2017 election of Trustees at the library. Two board seats are available.
Current incumbents Marcia Raponi and Sari Rosenheck have indicated more


Narrowsburg - October 10

October 10 — With temperatures in the 70's and fall colors surrounding us, no one should be dissatisfied with the weather. The pleasant weather must have been a factor to bring the “leaf peepers” up for a busy weekend. Main Street seemed packed and so much going on. Jill Mackie's opening at the more

Library Directors Corner

“We read banned books! Do you?”

Banned Books Week is celebrated in libraries around the country every year, usually the last week of September. This week Banned Books Week spanned the week of September 24 - September 30, 2017. Libraries, publishers, and just overall book and information enthusiasts celebrate the week in various more

Forestburgh Playhouse Review

‘The Graduate' - a seductive classic shines at Forestburgh

Growing up listening to Simon & Garfunkel, I was always told that when I was older I would get to see the classic Dustin Hoffman movie “The Graduate.” All the information I could get out of my parents was how the music was so brilliant. When I finally got to see the film, all I could ask was “What 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

Sullivan County recently hosted a forum for EMS providers at the Government Center. A statistical based presentation was given by Assistant County Manager Dan Depew. Most notable within the presentation was the documentation that Sullivan County ambulance services are manning their emergency calls more

Looking Back: At Vietnam

The Great Book and Beer Drop (Pt.2)

The first part of this series described how my squadron and I came up with the idea of dropping a pallet of books and beer along with our normal cargo to the remote outposts of the Special Forces. My appeal for paperback books at that time to the readers of The Democrat and their more


Highland - October 17

Last week was Fire Prevention Week, so it is a good time to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon alarms. This year's prevention theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out.” The rule of thumb is one smoke alarm for each bedroom and one in the hallway and at least one smoke detector on more

Jewish Culture

Sharing in Celebration

There was a fabulously wealthy individual by the name of David. David was a successful businessman, but his business acumen did not pass along to his two oldest sons. His first son was a good individual but so bad at business that he was living in extreme poverty. The next son was a bit better off more

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