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Saturday, December 15, 2018


Down the Decades

100 Years Ago - 1918

Pvt. George I. Cargin, Co. D. 107th Infantry, and son of Charles W. Cargin of Stalker, Pa., has been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in action near Ronssoy, France, on September 29. During the operations against the Hindenburgh line, more

Garden Guru

Not enough time in the day.

The winter solstice is quickly approaching on Friday December 21st. For us that means the shortest amount of daylight of the year. Of course this is the official beginning of winter, although it has felt like winter here for quite some time. The bears, skunks and chipmunks have all but vanished 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


Books About Local History Make Great Holiday Gifts

Yet another holiday season is upon us, and it has become a tradition for this column to acknowledge that fact by discussing some of the books about the history of Sullivan County and the surrounding Catskills region that make great gifts.

It is surprising how many local history titles are more

Bethel Corner



Callicoon - December 14

Today on Friday, December 14 at the Western Sullivan Public Library the Computer Support will be in Jeffersonville starting at 10 a.m.
Also, at the Western Sullivan Public Library, the Callicoon Book Club will meet on the fourth Thursday of each month from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Western Hotel more

About Books

December 14, 2018

THE KINGDOM OF THE BLIND by Louise Penny (St. Martin's Minotaur). The great Inspector Gamache is often found at No. 1 on national bestseller lists, where he resides comfortably right now.
BRYANT & MAY: HALL OF MIRRORS by Christopher Fowler (Bantam). The Peculiar 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 7

Two weeks ago, I wrote how Eric and Janet Nystrom of Jeffersonville had Evening Grosbeaks at their bird feeder. Last Friday, November 30th, the Otto residence had several Evening Grosbeaks. WOW! Very exciting indeed. Also we had some more over the past weekend. Former Kenoza Lake resident Leslie more

Hope for the Day

Christmas Memories

One of my saddest Christmases was also one with my fondest memories. It occurred in 2009, the year my Mom died on Christmas Eve. She entered the hospital the beginning of December, and when it didn't look like she'd be going home, I left my family to fend for themselves and flew to Texas to spend 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


September 7 - Happy anniversary to Al and Vita Adler, Jay and Karen Billig, Stephen and Susan Miller and Yits and Gloria Kantrowitz. Happy birthday greetings to Steven Kalter, Ethan Pitt and Louis Saperstein.
Lisa Rosenberg has shared some great memories of Woodridge and the Olympic Hotel on 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 30

Thanksgiving in Smallwood this year was quiet, peaceful, and white. Lots of snow remained from the earlier storm and it was a crisp, blustery Thanksgiving Day that made a walk around the lake or a trip to the dog park beautiful but a bit of a burden. For a while there it looked like the lake was 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


September 21 - The Jeff Jamboree held on Main Street in Jeffersonville was a huge success! Everyone had a great day with all the planned activities. A big “thank you” to Butch and Liz Peters and their beautiful team of horses for great carriage rides! The rock wall was fun and we saw lots of more

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - December 11

I write this column with a heavy heart. Nancy Simonet passed away, a friend and a co-worker. Nancy was married to her husband Jeffery for 54 years ,they have 3 kids and 7 grand kids. Nancy and Jeff came up to Cochecton in the 90's when they made it their home. I met Nancy sitting at the bar in more

White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs - December 14

Members of the White Sulphur Springs Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary enjoyed their annual holiday dinner at the Tavern on Main in Jeffersonville last Thursday, Dec. 6th.
Auxiliary members please note monthly meetings will resume in March, 2019.
Happy Birthday to Tim Fink on Saturday Dec. more

Older & Wiser

Older & Wiser Column: Cold Weather Safety for Older Adults

Older & Wiser Column: Cold Weather Safety for Older Adults
I was having conversation with my teenage daughter this week about the appropriate cold weather attire required to stay healthy and safe. Translation: I was having an argument with my teen because she and I disagree about the importance 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


December 4 - Gary Amerbach recently departed the Tusten Building Department after over seven years as the town's code enforcement officer. I worked with him on several projects to improve safety and housing conditions in the Luxton Lake community over the years, and I wish him well in his new more

Library Directors Corner

As the year draws to a close all of the Public Libraries in Sullivan County are planning events for the year ahead.
Here are some of the events we are planning on holding at the Livingston Manor Free Library as the new year starts - Movie Mondays from 3:30-p.m. to 5:30 p.m (Family oriented more

Forestburgh Playhouse Review

Something Different in FB's “The Last Five Years”

Jason Robert Brown's interesting concert-like musical “The Last Five Years” is something quite unorthodox when one attempts to compare it to a traditional piece of musical theatre. Being staged at the Forestburgh Playhouse, it runs continuous for about an hour and twenty minutes without 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 Smoking Hole in The Ground

My memory of this accident is vivid even 56 years later. I was in pilot training and had never witnessed the horror and sheer violence of a jet crash, made even worse by knowing the pilot.
I was midway through the USAF Basic Flight School in Selma, Alabama, having more


Highland - December 11

I'm starting to plan for my Christmas decorations and my tree is always the centerpiece of my celebration. I literally obsess about it and have started to drag all the lights and ornaments out of the garage.
Sorry to my friends and neighbors but I am not a fan of artificial or fake trees because more

Jewish Culture

History and Memory

George Washington used to roam the camps at night. On one Chanukah night he spotted a Jewish soldier sitting and singing songs in front of the candles. George Washington thought that this soldier is signaling to the enemy and quickly approached him.
Upon interrogation, the soldier relayed to more


Liberty - October 23

Liberty is, in many ways, the perfect example of a typical American small town. The melody of John Mellencamp's song, Small Town, seeps into my brain, and having crossed paths with him in Bloomington Indiana, which is HIS small town, I understand and appreciate his reverence for the small town more

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