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Sunday, March 18, 2018


Down the Decades

Down the Decades for March 13, 2018

140 Years Ago - 1878
At this place the town meeting passed very agreeably. The weather was unusually fine for the season and if any “failed to put in an appearance” he is certainly left without any excuse as far as what was concerned.
As usual for this town, we have to record a Democratic more

Garden Guru

Apple cider vinegar

With the crazy weather we are still.....having, many people are coming down with spring fevers. No, not the spring fever where you can't wait to get your hands in the soil and get that garden growing, but the type that leaves you feverish, sweaty and feeling lousy. It is spring cold time, when you 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


America's Sweetheart

Gladys Smith wasn't born in Sullivan County, and never lived here - in fact she spent only a brief time in the area - but a significant part of her professional development took place here, and she became so well known that it's impossible to overlook her.

Gladys Smith is better known as more

Bethel Corner

Bethel - March 13

Birthday wishes to Elias Hart, Scott Samuelson, Juliana Carmack, MaryEllen DiCarlo, Ann Trombley, and Carol Malek. Happy anniversary to Claire and John Sullivan.
Get well wishes to Marc. Our To Do List: Contact me with local events! Check Bethel Parks & Rec activity and snow program schedules. more


Callicoon - March 9

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Beckert on their new baby addition to their family, I will have more detailed information in next week's column.
Many of us have been without power for several days, so therefore I am behind on keeping up with what is going on with everyone. So, please forgive more

About Books

March 16, 2018

3 KINGS: DIDDY, DR. DRE, JAY-Z and Hip-Hop's Multibillion-Dollar Rise by Zack O'Malley Greenburg (Little, Brown). Greenburg is a Forbes editor and writer who has closely covered the hip-hop world for years. This is a lively accounting of three serious new American fortunes (and several other things 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 - March 16

When will Spring arrive? It appears a weather pattern has settled over our area and we are stuck in the winter setting. As I write this column, we are supposed to get another Nor'easter on the last day of winter, Monday, March 19th. I thought winter was supposed to go out like a lamb?
The Town more

Hope for the Day

Swim out of fear

I do not like to swim. I know how to swim, but I am not a strong swimmer and prefer to sit on the shore and look at the water rather than actually get into it. Part of the reason I don't like getting in the water is that it's usually cold, and I hate being cold.
I learned to swim when my mother 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 29

WOODRIDGE 2017-12-29
Celebrating birthdays this week are Braydan Levine and Danielle Sullivan, both on 1/4.
There were a couple more Christmas stories I wanted to share last week, but space ws limited. They are still appropriate and we wind down the 2017 Holiday Season.
Those of you 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 - March 13

The rumbling racket of my gas generator hums along in unison with my snoring dog, “Spectre: 007”. It's been a long weekend and we are both wiped out from winter hurricane “Riley”. Call it what you want: Blizzard, Nor'easter, Snow-pocalypse, or Bomb cyclone -- from my perch this storm was worse 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 - March 16

Don't forget the Annual St. Patricks Day Parade being held on Saturday, March 17 with lineup at noon in Jeffersonville by the Lions Field - parade starts at 1 p.m. Enjoy a delicious Pancake Breakfast at St. George's Church (97 Schoolhouse Rd in Jeffersonville) before the St. Patrick's Day Parade. more

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - March 13

Roycroft's Roar Tricky Tray benefit for Dottie Champion Roycroft was a huge success.
I cannot believe how many people showed up to support this event. There had to be over a hundred baskets and 5 or 6 special tables.The super special table with a homemade picnic table made by Tim Ackermann and more

White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs - March 16

Apologies to Gene DeCarlo and Garfield Mungeer for the misprinting of their names in last week's column.
Happy Birthday to Linda DeCarlo on the 9th. Cindy Prince returned home Sunday after enjoying a few weeks in Florida.
Little Miss Aubree Kavleski celebrated her first birthday at the more

Older & Wiser


Medicare is taking steps to remove Social Security numbers form Medicare cards. Through this initiative the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will prevent fraud, fight identity theft and protect essential program funding and the private healthcare and more


Monticello - March 2

1953- 2018! Impossible but true- It is time to think about our 65th class reunion.
We feel it would be best to schedule the reunion in July, August, or early September.
Please drop a line to Art Rosenzweig at P O Box 549, Monticello, New York 12701 if you plan on attending, we need to know, more


Narrowsburg - February 27

It's March. It's a weeknight. And you're looking to go out for dinner or drinks in Narrowsburg. In years past, your options would have been pizza (Carini's, 112 Kirks Rd), or Chinese food (China King, 225 Bridge St or Chinatown Kitchen, 116 Kirks Rd).
But this winter, whether you're looking to more

Library Directors Corner

February is Library Lovers Month

February has been designated the month to highlight Library Lovers across the country. You can proclaim your love for libraries by shouting it from the rooftops, but of course there are simpler ways that are just as effective to show your love. Here are just a few:
Sign up for a library card at 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

I'm going to start the new year with an unrecognized, yet very important, emergency responder skill: compassion. It takes a great deal of strength in character and fortitude to connect with another human when they are at their most vulnerable time. We, who work in emergency services, do it every more

Looking Back: At Vietnam

Rosie's first patrol


My last three columns covered the actions of my recently deceased brother, 1st. Lt. Dave Freda, on his first day of action against the Chinese in the brutal Korean winter, attacking a much contested hill named “Old Baldy.”
Although wounded, he survived that action and was soon more



At one point in my life I was a national disaster manager for the American Red Cross. The Red Cross would fly me and my teams to various places, mostly in the mid-west and around the gulf coast in the south to assist the people affected by tornados, floods and hurricanes. Once my more

Jewish Culture

Knowledge, Learning, and A.I.

The last few years have seen a lot of people worrying for their financial future and the financial future of their children. The economy is rapidly changing, and people feel an uncertainty for the future.
A common question people ponder is, “Will Robots and Artificial Intelligence overtake more

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