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Monday, July 22, 2019


Down the Decades

130 Years Ago - 1889

Indians from Canada are depredating the American soil and killing the buffalo, and fighting the Indians living on this side of the border.

Callicoon — At the annual rifle match of the Scheutzen Verein on the Fourth, there was better marksmanship displayed than has more

Garden Guru

Plants in other areas.

I just spent a week in coastal Maine and wanted to say how beautiful all their plants looked. Roses, hydrangeas, dappled willows and a multitude of perennials covered the landscape of some of Maine's most luxurious resorts and vacation homes. It is interesting to note the difference in the growing 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


Joseph Brant and the Battle of Minisink

It was just about mid-day on July 20, 1779. The residents of the small Minisink region settlement known as Peenpack were going about their daily chores, farming, cutting timber, milling grain, while children played quietly among the small homes.

The serenity of the afternoon was abruptly 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

July 19, 2019

NEVER LOOK BACK by Alison Gaylin (Morrow). A much-awarded crime novel master, Gaylin has surely surpassed her own high standards with this (as always) 'way better than merely clever eleventh book. There are two timelines, 40 years apart, and two casts of characters. Both stories are full of 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

July 19 - Greetings to all, on this very muggy, summer day. For the past ten plus years, I have participated in various, local 5Ks and 10Ks. Two years ago, I ran in two 10Ks, including the Kenoza Lake and Callicoon 10Ks. This year I haven't run in one race, due to lower back problems. I stopped by more

Hope for the Day


I recently read this and later that evening I heard it on a commercial: “People won't always remember what you say or do, but they will always remember how you made them feel.” This is true, whether positively or negatively. Our feelings register in our brains as emotions, and they become much 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 - July 12

The Smallwood/Mongaup Valley Firehouse Open House was a big success and a good time. It was fun, as always, to see the Fighting Fires 5K Walk/Run participants float by our house. The afternoon festivities were a nice combination of neighbors, firemen, family, and friends all chatting, sharing a 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 - July 12

On Saturday, July 13th the First Presbyterian Church and their Sunday School will be holding a “Penny Social” at 5253 State Route 52 (formerly the Jeff Inn”, between Jeffersonville & Kenoza Lake.
The Turtle Trot 5K run/walk/10K run is being held July 13th at the Kenoza Lake Fire House starting more

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - July 16

I was talking to Dottie Schlegel who is in Grover Hermann Hospital and in the room next to her is Eleanor Brenner. Both ladies are doing better and should be coming home this week. My heart is sad, this is a tough time of the year. July 12th was my husband's 71st birthday, hope he had a good time more

White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs - July 12

Happy Birthday to Sue Dewitt and Debbie LaBagh, both ladies celebrating on Saturday, July 6th.
On Wednesday evening a second “dove” was unveiled at Jack's pond. Spearheaded once again by Bill Prince. Designers and painters are Kathy Wilson and Diane Hughson who did a fantastic job.
Thank more

Older & Wiser

We Need Your Help!

As a valuable member of our community, the Sullivan County Office for the Aging is interested in what you have to say about what's important to you about aging in Sullivan County. This Community Needs Assessment Survey is one of several ways in which we plan to do so. The data gathered from this 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

Summer at the Livingston Manor Free Library

Now that we are well into summer, libraries are starting up their summer reading program, and just general summer programs. There are many of these events going on at the Livingston Manor Free Library, starting in July. While we want to promote summer reading and learning, each program offers so more

Forestburgh Playhouse Review

Hair - The Spectacle of the Sixties

It is 2019. Fifty years after that quite impressive year of 1969. The Mets won the World Series. The Jets won the Super Bowl. Man walked on the moon. And 400,000 people descended on Bethel, New York to experience what would soon become the music festival of all time! Sullivan County is ramping up 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

Hail Huey (Pt. 2) The Cobra Strikes The Air Cavalry


Continuing in the history of the war birds of Vietnam, this column reviews another famous Huey helicopter, the warhorse of the mighty Ist Air Cavalry --the AH-1 Huey Cobra.
The Bell aircraft company produced 1,126 AH-1s for the new US Army airmobile forces.Serving originally as more


Highland - July 16

The Catskill Mountain Resort will be hosting a Senior Citizen Luncheon on July 17th. It's an all-day event that starts at 10:00a.m. with a movie presentation in their Banquet Hall. The Luncheon Buffet begins at noon with some great selections from the Resort's catering menu. The afternoon is sort more

Jewish Culture

Turning Away Anger

A few months ago, my family went on an outing to a farm. We had a good time petting the animals. Then, I encountered two women who decided to do some moral policing. When a kid did something that they speculated was painful for the animals, they were ready with a mouthful.
I was upset at such more


Liberty - July 9

The tigerlilies are in bloom! That splash of orange against the county roads brings a small amount of joy to the daily commute. Speaking of county roads - what a pleasure it is to drive through White Sulphur Springs after the road renovation! Great work, highway department. (Very much looking more

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