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Sunday, May 31, 2020


Down the Decades

May 26, 2020 Edition

140 Years Ago - 1880

The young man who got married some time last summer to a lady near Jeffersonville, and who was so bashful that he was afraid to let the facts be known, came out with the truth the other day and owned up. The last we saw of him, he was carrying a cradle on his shoulder more

Garden Guru


A few years ago I wrote a column about black walnuts that I had harvested from a roadside tree. Now besides the hard time shelling the darn things, which I got a lot of advice on, there was also the matter of roasting them just right for use in cakes and cookies.
Now black walnuts can be a very more


A Tale of Two Villages

Figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau in the spring of 1930 included a bit of a surprise for Sullivan County residents, revealing that Monticello had passed the village of Liberty to become the largest village in the County in terms of population.
Monticello was reported to have 3,450 more

Bethel Corner

Bethel - May 26

Happy Birthday to Jake VanEtten, Maureen OMeara, Claudia Dietz, Eric and Cindy Kashan, Harriet Thespy, Judy Bernstein, Hildy Rosenberg, Jillian Scheinfeld, and David Bloch. Happy 8th Birthday to Talyn Strapinsky and kudos to the White Lake Fire Company for the celebratory ‘Drive-By'! Kudos to the more

About Books

May 29, 2020

THESE WOMEN by Ivy Pochoda (Ecco/HarperCollins). This is Pochoda's third novel—I haven't seen her earlier two, but this one is really strong, with character depth and emotional complexity and variety (not just fear and suspense), and startlingly vivid from page one. It's set in Red Hook, Brooklyn, 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 - May 22

Greetings to all, on a truly glorious, (a little bit of a nippy), May day here in Bethel.
Faithful readers of this column know that I was in a vehicle accident a few years ago. In fact, the date was Tuesday, May 19th, 2015.
Hard to believe that five years have already passed from that more

Hope for the Day

Learn to Un-Hurry

When we read about the life of Jesus, we never see him in a hurry. He walks wherever He needs to go, teaching His disciples important life lessons along the way. He is never hurrying to a meeting or late for an appointment. He's not overwhelmed by the multitude of people who crowd around Him hoping 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 - May 22

As you drive out of Mongaup Valley heading west on 17B, you'll soon see a high, fine, white building coming into view. Out front near the curb is a red sign, “The Country Bum'kin.” I don't know how many times I've driven by this edifice saying to myself, “Geez I gotta go in there!”
A few weeks more


Jeffersonville - March 13

Those of you that know me know that I have been an advocate for the dairy farmers for a very long time. In fact my brother and his family owned a dairy farm on Swiss Hill that they moved upstate several years ago, and they are still farming.
My husband and I are fortunate to live on top of a more

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - May 26

Hope you all enjoyed your three-day weekend. What is Memorial Day? When I was a child it was the end of the school year and time to go to our rented house in Long Beach for the summer.
When I was older and out in the work field it was a three-day weekend, I always planned a vacation. When I met 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 update

Sullivan County Office for the Aging - continues to be operating, albeit quite differently under the current circumstances. We are still here for Sullivan County's older adults and their families during these extraordinary times. We have many of our staff currently working from their homes, and 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

In Memorial

This column is being published just prior to Memorial Day. It is meant to honor all of America's fallen heroes by recounting the story behind just one of the recipients of the Medal of Honor of the Vietnam war.
Several weeks ago, I covered the Battle of the Ia Drang valley, which more


Highland - May 26

I am happy to learn that the Sullivan Public Library Alliance has recently appointed a new Sullivan County Poet Laureate, Lisa Caloro. The Poet Laureate Project is funded in part by the “Arts for Sullivan” and is administered by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and funds from New York State. more

Jewish Culture

Learning is for everyone

My favorite Jewish holiday falls on next Friday and Saturday, the 29th and 30th of May. The holiday is called Shavuos and it celebrates the receiving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. The Torah consists of the Bible and its interpretation. The interpretation was first transmitted orally and many years more


Liberty - May 26

MOTHERS DAY: I hope everyone had a nice Mother's Day, remembering our dear Moms who gave us life.
I was blessed with an outdoor, safe visit with the promise that, hopefully we can all gather as we usually do, before too long. Chrissy brought the most delicious plum pie. She has a secret crust 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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