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Monday, January 21, 2019


Down the Decades

140 Years Ago - 1879

Joseph Beck was publisher and proprietor of the “Record” in Jeffersonville.

Walter Bury was postmaster with the post office in Garrett & Strong's store (later Krongel's Bakery).

The language difficulty in the community is indicated in the church notices. more

Garden Guru

Commercial Hemp

A couple of years ago, I wrote about hemp and some of the many uses for it. Items ranging from rope, to fabrics, to industrial materials were made from hemp fiber. Hemp was often used to make sail canvas, and the word canvas is derived from cannabis. Today, a burgeoning hemp fabric industry 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


Paying Tribute to Dr. King

Martin Luther King would have been 90 years old this week. The assassinated civil rights leader—that description seems so inadequate for the man—made one of his last speeches at the annual Rabbinical Assembly Convention at the Concord Hotel in Kiamesha Lake on March 25, 1968 and his death did not more

Bethel Corner



Callicoon - January 4

Happy New Year!
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 in Callicoon. The Craft Lovers meet the second and fourth Friday of each month from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Bring your crafts more

About Books

January 11, 2019

FREEFALL by Jessica Barry (Harper). One expects, now, a really good woman-centered thriller almost weekly, some of them of the first level of either ingenuity or character/relationship sensitivity—or, rarer still, of course, both. There are very good writers at work, here. This first one, of the 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 - January 18

As I write this week's Kenoza Lake news column, residents are awaiting what looks to be the second major weather event of the winter of 2018/2019. My trusty Subaru is ready for the snow. I am fearless on the back roads when it snows thanks to the All Wheel Drive of the Subaru. I really could be in more

Hope for the Day

Time to Grow Up

Babies are completely dependent upon their parents to feed them and care for them. They are helpless, unable to obtain the milk and nourishment they need to sustain them and help them to grow. No one expects them to attain these necessities on their own, so parents and caregivers know they must be 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 - January 11

Bethel has lost a true friend and a great guy. Sheldon “Shelly” Knepper, a revered New York City schoolteacher, local volunteer, and raconteur passed away at the age of sixty-seven on January 5th after a hard-fought struggle with cancer. Shel was many wonderful things: husband, father, grandfather, 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 - January 15

I just got home from a game night out, we were playing LRC, it's a dice game you play with money. My sides hurt from laughing. Laughing is good for the soul, great night with great friends. One of my friends put up on facebook that he finished a puzzle. I need to put my phone down and start a more

White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs - January 18

Congratulations to George and Sue Dewitt who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Jan. 11th.
Happy Birthday Brooke and Brianna Roth on Jan. 16th.
Glad to hear Alice Edwards has returned home and is doing well following hip surgery due to a fall prior to the holidays.
Looks like we're more

Older & Wiser

Volunteering in your community in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. #MLKDay

Volunteering in your community in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. #MLKDay
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed…” “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke these 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

Public Libraries as Social Infrastructure

When my daughter Sommer was two, we attended story time at the Daniel Pierce Library in Grahamsville. On the first day, a little girl sitting on the rug near her asked Sommer if she knew about the Queen of England. Well, she didn't know anything about England, but being a huge fan of Snow White and 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 Sad Saga of Dien Bien Phu

Early in my Vietnam tour, I was the co-pilot on a routine re-supply mission in the northwestern highlands, when the Aircraft Commander said: “Take a look, Dick, out your window, low, about 1 o'clock.” Glancing down where he indicated I was startled to see row after row of white Christian grave more


Highland - January 15

A big shout out and congratulations to the Eldred Wrestling Team for winning the Section 9 Champions for the very first time in the School's history. The Eldred/Liberty/Sullivan West Team will now move on to compete in the State Championships which will be held on Saturday, January 26th at Onondaga more

Jewish Culture

The Dead Sea Scrolls Part III

Historical research is fascinating. Although we sometimes feel that we are figuring things out with good research, we need a good dose of humility. All fields of science work with a limited amount of data and tries to analyze the big picture through the pieces of data. Some scientific fields have a 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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