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P ublic libraries remain the key to communal knowledge. For nearly two centuries in the United States, institutions such as these have acted as a bastion of intellectual progress and a place for … more
B ack in the days of Sullivan Renaissance, the organization that eventually merged and expanded into the sole title of Sullivan 180, there was a dire need for a boost to Sullivan County’s … more
F orty-three years ago, a crazed political fanatic by the name of John Hinkley, Jr. thought he could change American history by taking aim at the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan. … more
N o, your thermometer has not been lying to you, it really has been hitting those uncomfortably high temperatures without relenting – but you don’t need to read that to know … more
T o dedicate one’s life to public service is one of the most noble ways anyone can spend their limited time on this earth. It is literally an oath to do right by your fellow man, acting … more
A s per the results of the Republican Primary for the 100th Assembly District, Lou Ingrassia Jr. of Wallkill garnered more votes than challenger Camille O’Brien last week…in … more
D ear United States of America,   A deceptively young 247, the years look good on you! Oh, how you’ve grown and changed since you took your first steps, which eventually turned into a … more
D ear Graduates, Whether the working world awaits you, or an academic endeavor calls your name, or possibly you joined the armed services, never forget the lessons you have learned these past few … more
P icture this: the thermometer is reaching the upper nineties, you are at your day job putting in honest work, and a call alerts you of an active barn fire on one of the busiest roads in the county. … more
At long last, the sweltering heat has graced the county – just in time for the first day of summer on the 20th. Neither shade trees nor buildings could offer respite from the sun’s rays … more
I t is easy to travel right on through Sullivan County on Route 17 without any stops – maybe that is why it was once known as the Quickway. In just over 30 minutes, you can speed from one side … more
B efore there can be ideas, there must be stories. And before there can be stories, there must be a life experienced. When life takes a turn for the worse, leaves you restless and bored or makes you … more
If you have driven over the Damascus, PA – Callicoon NY bridge recently, the structure invites you to hold your breath and hope that the potholes that leave just a few inches of concrete … more
With the turn of another page, the Sullivan County Democrat newspaper has turned another year older — reaching the outstanding age of 135 years young.   Since 1891, this publication … more
I t was the single bloodiest day for American troops in U.S. History. Tuesday, June 6, 1944 – commonly referred to as D-Day, was not only the turning point for World War II, but quite possibly … more
O n Memorial Day, we are told to never forget. To never lose sight of who came before us, fought for us, and sometimes died for us, so that we may enjoy the life and liberties that citizens of the … more
A s the vote tallies were counted last Tuesday, May 21, at each of the eight public school districts’ polling place, school administrators and staff were given a resounding … more
The world was a different place back in 2007 when this Guest Editorial was first penned by the Past Director of the Sullivan County Veterans Service Agency, the late Al Etkin.   However, … more
W hile appearing like a generous offer on the surface, the Town of Liberty’s opportunity to accept the donation of Swan Lake may have been too good to be true – and rightly so. Flat … more
I t was revealed that two cases of rabies were identified within the county, both from wild animals, both an alarming sight to see; especially as we anticipate warmer weather, more active wildlife … more
I n 1961 President John F. Kennedy and the U.S. Congress designated May 15th of each year as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week it fell within on the calendar as “Police … more
A s Mother’s Day approaches, a “help wanted” sign will be posted in the windows of many family homes. Beneath that sign, a letter will invite potential candidates to the … more
T hese days, life can be difficult. They say that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and while strength often comes at the cost of experience, it doesn’t mean it was necessary. And … more
E ach year, National Nurses Week has been celebrated from May 6 to May 12, which is nurse practitioner and healthcare pioneer Florence Nightingale’s birthday – May 6. Today, we are proud … more
I t is one thing to clean up your own messes when you make them, as it wouldn’t be right to leave your trash where someone else may have to clean it up. It is another thing to take the time to … more
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