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Monday, September 16, 2019



On the move to improved health

In the Friday, August 16 edition of the Democrat we covered the county's announcement that they're launching a new public bussing system. Two routes will help to shuttle people between Liberty, Monticello and Fallsburg with stops at significant locations such as Sullivan County Community College more


Collection Clarifications

To the editor:
I would like to respond to the article from the Democrat printed on Friday, September 6, 2019 entitled “Collection confusion: Bethel tax collector retiring but still running”. I want to make a few clarifications and supply real facts:
1) The three Bethel residents mentioned in more

Inside Out

This is my New York

I never expected to care about a license plate as much as this. Driving around town, they barely rate my attention.
And yet when the governor's office released five different versions of a new New York State license plate, four of which featured city-centric imagery, I was angrier than maybe I more


Ode to a Sweet Topping

I've found a true friend who won't leave me,
Something sweeter than sugar itself.
I knew it was fate when I saw it
On the quaint country store's pretty shelf.
Those geniuses in that Stonewall Kitchen
Have some kind of voodoo to know
The precise combination of goodies
That would more

Long Ago

All Hail the Downtown Boys

Long ago in the 30s and early 40s Callicoon was the home of the “Downtown Boys”. Several local businessmen formed strong friendships that led to social outings, lots of jokes and other adventures.
Among the members were Johnny Traynor, Valleau Curtis, Reuben Bennett, several others and more

The Way I See It

B.A.T.S. In Liberty

There has been a lot of news on the creation of a Veteran's home located at 15 Dixon Street Liberty, New York. This home was donated to the New Beginnings Community Worship Center of Liberty. The Congregation thought of what would be the best possible use for this generous donation made by the more

Sense of Direction

Recent Guests At My Home

Leisha Conroy, Jimmy's former aide, who is like a member of the family now, spent Labor Day weekend at my home in Callicoon Center along with her family. Her parents are here from Liverpool for a month long visit. On Friday Leisha, her husband Dave, her kids, Ruby, Charlie, and Taylor and her more

Here & There

A Vacation Must Include A Cruise

Here & There likes to take a cruise once in a while even if it's a two and one-half hour dining cruise on the beautiful 32-mile long Lake George, the queen of New York State lakes.
Going down to Beach Road in Lake George we decided for our first cruise we would take the Minne Ha Ha, an authentic more

Guest Editorial

Investing in our region

Orange County is one of the fastest-growing counties in New York state and, for more than a decade, we have been seeing a boom in economic activity.
But we've reached a fork in the road. We must invest in our infrastructure and expand the Route 17 corridor to ensure our quality of life and more


As I see it …

For the last several weeks, I have been writing articles primarily against Mr. Trump. It has gotten to a point that I will simply be saying the same thing again. It is interesting to note that the folks who write in do not respond to the fundamental questions that I have raised in regard to the more

Cooking in the Country

Homemade Ravioli

I find myself at times dreaming of Italy. Their homemade pasta, the panzanella salads at every meal, meats and cheeses, the list goes on. While I was staying in Tuscany, I was fortunate enough to drive to Arezzo and partake in a cooking class.
The class was held in a woman's home, with tables more

My Turn

The Footsteps of Kings….and a Queen

The last of the tennis ‘majors', the U.S. Open, wrapped up this past weekend. As this was the sport I made a living teaching for almost a third of my life and the fact that I have the forum to do so (I'm grateful), I thought some observations would be in order.
This year's men's finals at more

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