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Many years ago, I got a strong notion in my head that I wanted to march in New York City’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and join my people stepping off and marching up 5th Avenue in grand … more
Though I could only type twenty-eight words per minute, my mother had the bright idea to send me to secretarial school. I attended a Katharine Gibbs-like school right up the street from where we … more
140 Years Ago - 1884 Last Thursday the rapidly rising stream created quite some excitement in Jeffersonville. The abutment of John Beck’s footbridge was knocked down by the ice, leaving it … more
My wife tells me it must be a guy thing. She’s right. It is a guy thing. It’s something guys get and girls don’t. That’s not necessarily a good thing. It … more
As we inch closer to spring, we are reminded that it is still only February. Punxsutawney Phil did his thing, the Daytona 500 is this Sunday and last Sunday was the Super Bowl.   It was one … more
Obedience has gotten a bad rap. From the time we are babies, we are told we must obey those who are over us. It conjures up a negative reaction, as most of the time it requires that we fight against … more
Announcement from the Cornell Cooperative Extension : The New York Youth Institute at Cornell University engages high school students on the biggest challenges facing people and the planet in the … more
I hope some of my readers did not think that I was trying to “von Trapp” you into thinking this column was about that Julie Andrews musical.   This column is about a … more
Henry Clay Jackson of Wurtsboro lived one of the most eventful lives of any resident of Sullivan County ever, and yet few today are familiar with his name. For one thing, Jackson, an African … more
February 13 – Birthday wishes to Jennifer Heins VanEtten, Annelise Gerry, Robert Lyons, Sue Bunce, Nicole Mullally, Alexander Cardena, Brady Dollard, Janet, Allison Ruef, Edna Lapidus and Steve … more
Happy Valentine’s Day! Celebrate with the ones you love at a local restaurant or shop local for that special gift for the one you love. As we are in the middle of February, I personally am … more
Formed in ‘71, the band New York Dolls were forerunners of the punk scene along with T. Rex, the Velvet Underground and Iggy Pop and the Stooges. By ‘74, the Dolls had released two … more
140 Years Ago - 1884 All hands are at Court this week. C.A. Heinley of Narrowsburg made his usual trip through this village last Thursday. Joseph Seibert Jr., who has been in New … more
Chips and dip is hands down my favorite snack of all time. With the superbowl just around the corner, there really is nothing better than a bowl of kettle cooked chips and a hearty dip while watching … more
So Punxsutawney Phil says we are going to have an early spring and they weather we have right now doesn’t feel like a typical February. I worry that if I start planning for an early spring … more
The Cutting Garden says it is time to think Spring and order your plants! Late winter hours are Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. They have added some determinate … more
People often ask me how I come up with ideas for my column. I reply by saying that my “Random Thoughts” come to me by listening and observing the world around me. For example, I … more
For decades, Fannie Harden worked alongside her husband William to build the Forestview Lodge near Swan Lake into a successful business, carrying on alone after his death. When she passed away, the … more
To continue with my story about my friends the Orrs, I will be writing about Willy who was a boy they took in from the fresh add fund and continued to do so throughout the years. When Willy grew … more
We finally made it to February with what seemed like the longest January on record! Crazy weather, long days, and lots of things to do. Check out the following events happening in our community and … more
Western Sullivan Public Library Director Do you have a favorite memory about visiting the library as a child?   Have you been back recently to see the new resources, programs and services … more
Jag is short for Jaguar of which there are two kinds, cats and cars. The ‘cat’ was Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. The car, his collectable E-type lime green Jaguar. Truth: Driving … more
Her shiny blond hair brushes the black leather of her bomber jacket.   Her browline glasses say smart but stylish. Her voice is enthusiastic but precise. Her grade in school? … more
Birthday wishes to Henri Shawn, Kathy Bunce, AmyLyn Goodstein, Barbara Lerner, Greg Goldstein, Anya Romanovna, Morgan Bernitt, Judy Hellman, Howard Siegel, Jennifer Lilley, Lou Monteleone, Michael … more
The Sunshine Hall Free Library has started a Chess Club that meets once a week on Saturday afternoons. The Chess Club was the idea of two fifteen-year-old players from Yulan, Aidan and Jack … more
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