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Thursday, August 22, 2019


Down the Decades

August 13, 2019

130 Years Ago - 1889

Mr. and Mrs. W.V. Racunes of Scranton, Pa., are spending a few weeks at Philip Hemmer's on the hill.

“The Record” is indebted to Mr. Frank Newberger for a splendid mess of pickerel. Mr. Newberger says that at three different times, he caught from Segar's pond 470 more

Garden Guru


The story this week really begins about thirty years ago when my grandmother, on my dads side of the family, wanted to plant a Butternut Tree. When she was a child her family had one on the property they had while running a boarding house in Callicoon Center. Now even though my dad had the 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


Woodstock: The Aftermath

Fifty years after the summer of 1969, describing the Woodstock Festival as iconic seems clichéd and understated. It was that and more, and like most major events, its impact was felt long after it ended and in many different ways.

One of the festival's organizers and its principle financial more

Bethel Corner

Bethel - August 20

Birthday wishes to Christine and Tony Lubniewski, Whitney Colon, Jean, Akka, Hope Roche, Peter Maraj, Shane Colbert, Katie and Dan Green.
Happy anniversary to the Dietz's, the Frangipane's and to Danielle and Jennifer.
Our sympathy to Rita Sheehan and extended family of Gerard Simpson who more


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

August 16, 2019

HUNTER'S MOON by Philip Caputo (Holt). One of the most important literary writers in America by any sane standard, and one of the most complex sensibilities—but his fiction, described in terms of “subject” and “plot” and the like, is classic in its simplicity. This wonderful product of Caputo's 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 - August 16

Mid-to-late summer weather and nature sights and sounds are in full swing. Most of the early morning songbirds that we have heard the past few months have had their young ones fledge already and the birds have already returned to their winter homes. I haven't seen a red-winged blackbird in some more

Hope for the Day

The Open Door of Obedience

There are times we need a different perspective on things, and sometimes reading a familiar scripture in another translation can give us a new way of seeing it. This happened when I read Romans 11:32 in God's Word translation (GW). It says, “God has placed all people into the prison of their own 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 - August 9

By popular acclamation, the July 27th Bethel Peace Parade was a success. Community members of all ages and walks of life marched proudly or lined the the parade path from Town Hall to the Town Square in Kauneonga Lake in late 1960's attire. The pomp and circumstance on the parade path featured 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 - August 16

WOW! Jeffersonville was hopping last week with events hosted by the JEMS (Jeffersonville Enhances More of Sullivan) group starting Wednesday with a talk given by Historian John Conway at the Town of Callicoon town hall. He was joined afterwards by three panelists: Dawn Erlwein, Glenn Spielmann and more

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - August 20

The 50th Anniversary of Woodstock has come and gone. I got my cancelled stamped envelope from the Bethel Post Office. I went to see Ringo, Edgar Winters and Blood, Sweat and Tears, Friday night. I took the bus to Queens on Saturday and came right back up Sunday and decided to get tickets to see more

White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs - August 16

Happy Anniversary to David and Marian Hosking who celebrated their 28th on Saturday, August 10th.
Thanks to all who supported The White Sulphur Springs Firemen's Annual Barbecue and Softball tournament this past weekend.
Winner of the White Sulphur Springs Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary Raffle more

Older & Wiser

Sullivan NY Connects: Your Link to Long Term Services and Supports

What is Sullivan NY Connects?
Sullivan NY Connects offers free information and assistance regarding long term services and supports (also known as long term care). When a disability, an injury, an illness, or aging makes it difficult to maintain one's health or perform daily activities, a 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

Mark Blackford, First Sullivan County Poet Laureate

On Saturday, June 15, the first Sullivan County Poet Laureate was inaugurated in a ceremony at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library.
The Sullivan Public Library Alliance (SUPLA) had sought a Poet Laureate to promote “the spirit of Sullivan County” and to be an ambassador and leading voice more

Forestburgh Playhouse Review

‘The Producers' : FP Cast does Mel Brooks classic justice

I should preface this review by stating that there is no possible way for me to give a bad review to a Mel Brooks show. I grew up on his movies, and my sister is his biggest fan, possibly ever. So getting a chance to see “The Producers” at Forestburgh was a treat.
Mel Brooks is the king of 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 Big, Bad B-52 Bomber

This concludes the recent columns about the various warbirds of Vietnam. Although based in Guam, the B-52 Stratofortress was a major factor in the war--particularly against North Vietnam. For over 6 years, these massive bombers pounded the enemy with thousands of tons of bombs, nearly more


Highland - August 20

Since it's the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, everybody wants to go and visit the site. Did you know that if you have a library card from the Sunshine Hall Free Library you can get to use a Museum at Bethel Woods pass that is good for four admissions? The Museum has a special Woodstock exhibit more

Jewish Culture

City Man and Farmer

There was once a city man who was clueless about the process of breadmaking and wanted to learn how it is done. He approached a farmer and asked him to show him the entire process. The farmer gladly agreed and gave him the date when he will start planting wheat in his field.
On the allotted more


Liberty - July 30

We are entering a time of extraordinary celebration - the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music, an event which truly changed the world. The stage at Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel presented musicians who went on to define the “Woodstock” generation.
The more

Shadowland Stages Review

Hilarity reigns at Shadowland's “Shear Madness”

The set design by Josh Christensen is striking! The walls and floors are covered in deep blue and pink, with enough white thrown in to dazzle the eyes. It's the first clue that what you're about to see is a wild and crazy comedy.
“Shear Madness” by Paul Portner, being staged now though August 18 more

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