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Friday, September 25, 2020


Down the Decades

September 22, 2020 Edition

140 Years Ago - 1880

Partridge hunting is not very lively in Rockland, the birds being scarce.

A black rattlesnake, having four rattles, was captured in Mrs. Tyler's cellar in Long Eddy.

Frank Harding, son of Wm. Harding of Callicoon, started for Cornell University last more

Garden Guru

Fall Harvest

Well the frost this week probably took care of the garden and most of the flowerbeds, but there is still plenty to harvest in late September and October.
Cabbage, broccoli and brussel sprouts are all frost hardy vegetables that can withstand a little cold weather. My grandmother always used to more


The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway

On Saturday, September 21, 2002, a host of Sullivan County officials—and a few from outside the county, as well— celebrated the designation of the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway with speeches and presentations during stops at eleven strategic locations along the route.
The vision was that by more

Bethel Corner

Bethel - September 22

Happy birthday to Jake Cohen, Joey laVecchia, Dan Sturm, Nicole DiCarlo, Barry Schwartz, Aaron Rovitz, Rita Sheehan, DeeBee Kula, Erin Cunningham, Charlie Degliomini, David Rosenberg, Judy Rhulen and my grandson, Weston White. Happy anniversary to the Marguiles!
Our sympathy extends to the more

About Books

September 25, 2020

FAMILY IN SIX TONES by Lan Cao and Harlan Margaret Cao (Viking). An extraordinary, inspiring joint memoir. A couple of smart, strong, and strong-minded people, here. The mother a Vietnamese American refugee who actually manages, with great difficulty, dissociative identity disorder—what used to be 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 - September 25

Greetings faithful readers. Fall has truly arrived now, the wonderful change of seasons that we experience here in Sullivan County is upon us. The sugar maples are beginning to change color, not yet brilliant, but no longer green.
I am saddened to report that the hummingbirds have left us. Poof! more

Hope for the Day

Door #3

Most of us have seen television shows where contestants have been given a choice of prizes that are behind three doors. They may be shown one prize at a time, but still have to decide whether they will keep what they've already seen or take a chance on the unknown “prize” behind the third door. more


Woodridge - January 17

Woodridge lost a treasure recently with the passing of Robert Longo, who was born in 1921 in Hazelton, Pennsylvania. He was one of ten children, part of a large and loving, but financially struggling family.
Upon graduation from high school in 1939 Bob decided to get a job to help with the 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 - September 25 - Days of Lavender and Wine

Many people who live year-round in Sullivan County will tell you that September and October are their favorite months here. It's hard not to be suddenly jolted awake to the passage of time as the forests around us suddenly change color.
The heat of the summer and the crowds of visitors are more


Jeffersonville - September 18

A big “Thank You” to Jim Hughson and wife Diane for putting together a great Tractor Parade for the Main Street Jeffersonville Event last Saturday!
Everyone had a wonderful time in town, taking a wagon ride with Butch Peters (wife Liz helped too) and his beautiful draft horse team, enjoying a more

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - September 22

September 22 - The weeks seem to go by so quickly. On Wednesday I went to Ocean City, Maryland with my cousin Donnie and his wife Rose, returning on Saturday.
I always wanted to experience a bike week, when you see it on facebook or TV it looks so cool. When I tell you hundreds of bikers were more

White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs - August 28

Celebrating their birthdays this month are Tom Lewis August 7, Deb Fink August 8, Matt Dewitt August 19, Tom Edwards August 22.
A very special birthday celebration this past weekend was held for Alice Edwards, known to many as “Grandma Alice,” turned 100 years old. On Saturday she was surprised more

Older & Wiser

Sullivan County Office for the Aging and Emergency Community Assistance Center Update on Services

I hope this finds you and your loved ones healthy. We wanted to update all as to the latest news and developments from our office. As our region enters reopening phases, we will begin to resume services as safely as possible.
For those of you who receive home delivered meals through our 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

Roscoe Free Library turns 100 years old

On September 3, the Roscoe Free Library is 100 years old! We celebrated with ‘Curbside Cake On A Plate' last Saturday by setting up a tent and serving cake to anyone who drove by or walked up. It was a beautiful day and Pecks in Livingston Manor baked us a fantastic cake. We weren't able to have a 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

Operation Rolling Thunder Pt. 2

My last column introduced Operation Rolling Thunder, the massive but eventually unsuccessful bombing campaign along the infamous “Ho Chi Minh” trail as well as specific targets in N. Vietnam. The operation involved many types of US attack and rescue aircraft--from the huge USAF B-52s more


Highland - September 22

September 22 - Well the first frost has arrived this week and every year when that happens, I always think it is way too early. My friend Jeffrey told me last month according to folklore in late summer after the cicadas climb out of the ground and start singing for their once in seventeen year more

Jewish Culture

A Process of Emotional Healing

Some years ago, I was fundraising for a not-profit project that I headed. An individual in Philadelphia expressed interest in the project to a mutual friend who then made the connection between us.
We met and the meeting went well. When it came to “the ask” he said that he wants to see a more


Liberty - September 15

September 15 - Autumn has arrived and our trees are starting to turn color. Can driving our country roads be more beautiful? I wish the speed limit would be lowered at this time of year. “You think I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one”.
Faith: Two friends, Sam Sanders and Clyde Washington more

Theater Review

SCDW Opens 71st Season with rousing “Valentine Cabaret” at re-designed Sullivan County Museum

The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop opened its 71st season (wow!) with a rousing “Valentine Cabaret” at a redesigned Sullivan County Museum rear auditorium in Hurleyville, with three shows on February 14, 15 and 16.
Seventy-one consecutive years of dramatic plays and musicals is quite a record 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

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

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

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