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Saturday, August 15, 2020


Down the Decades

August 11, 2020 Edition

140 Years Ago - 1880

Wm. Keeler of Middletown and Irene Harding of Fremont were married at the bride's home on July 18, 1880, by the Rev. Fuller of Orange County.

On Sunday night, July 25th, Adolph E. Wenzel, aged 43, died at his residence in Callicoon of inflammation of the more

Garden Guru


Summertime, it is hazy, hot and humid, and as a result no one wants to do much gardening. I can't say that I blame them, it is not much fun having to work in this heat. But if you are lucky enough to be on vacation or even just have a couple days off this weather can be really nice.
Now you more


The Right to Vote

On August 18, 1920, Tennessee narrowly ratified the 19th Amendment, making it the law throughout the United States, but the right to vote was not obtained without a major grassroots effort by thousands of women in small towns all across America.
“New York State was key to the national movement more

Bethel Corner

Bethel 8/11

Happy birthday to Mia Bloom, Keith Newman, Tim Dollard, Tanya and Shira, Hazel Meddaugh, Debbie Moore, Kim Phillips, Jesse Florance, Letha, JP, Kristine Walsh, Honey Wohl, Mary B Erhlick, Kylie ‘Title 9' Halperin and Steve Marguiles.
Happy anniversary to Molly and Samantha and to Sam and Eric more

About Books

August 7, 2020

SUMMER by Ali Smith (Pantheon). There's little more for me to tell you about this most exhilarating of masterpieces. There's this: Even though I've said that it didn't matter much in what order you read her AUTUMN, WINTER, and SPRING (and in the largest sense, it doesn't matter, just as you could 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 7

Morning bird chatter/songs have faded. Now the soft hum of crickets and other such insects. Soothing, until the first frost. A pair of wrens made their summer home on the front porch of the Otto household.
Their second batch of baby birds are chirping, and the parents are feverishly feeding more

Hope for the Day

My guard dog

I have a guard dog. She's not a trained guard dog, and doesn't look like a guard dog. She's just a mid-sized mixed breed, a sweet old girl. Muffy wasn't even my dog to start with, but somewhere along the way she chose me to be her person and decided she needs to guard me at all times.
Muffy 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-Mongaup Valley - August 14

The dog days—those most sultry days of the entire year—are upon us. It used to be everyone reveled in these high days of late summer, aware that the end of summer was drawing nigh. That made these final weeks by the lake or on a hammock seem even more languorous, almost “stolen,” from normal life. more


Jeffersonville - August 14

Enter the Adult Summer Reading Challenge Program now through September 7th. Borrow a book or audiobook from the Western Sullivan Public Library through curbside pickup or via OverDrive or Libby and tell them what you think of it.
To enter, complete the book review form found on the Adult more

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - August 11

Hello, hope you are all enjoying your summer, and being safe. I was so excited my brother and I were going on a small vacation to Cape May, for a few days. My sister rented a house there for 2 weeks. Between both of our work schedules it's a no go. October I was going to Greece but canceled that more

White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs - July 10

Congratulations to Liberty Central High School Seniors, Class of 2020. Among those graduating, my grandson Chandler Fink.
The graduation ceremony was held 7 p.m. on Friday, June 26th at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Only graduating seniors, Board of Education members and some administrators 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

Slow and steady wins the race

Have you seen the chart listing how risky certain activities may be for contracting the Coronavirus? Visiting your local library is listed as “low-to-moderate risk”. Well, your favorite local libraries are reopening! We all miss you.
As much as we can't wait to see you, we are still being 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 “Spooks” of Vietnam

Shortly after I arrived in Vietnam in January 1966, I attended an “in-theater” briefing, which consisted of a series of lectures concerning the social/political aspects of Vietnam, flight operations, terrain and weather orientation, and most important--Search & Rescue (SAR).
That more


Highland - August 11

It's hard for me to believe that only twenty one percent of Sullivan County residents have completed the 2020 ten question Census form which is less than half of the forty-three percent New York State average.
The Town of Highland scores in at twenty four percent responses. Conducting a US more

Jewish Culture

Rooting for the Right Things

Two articles ago, which is a month ago, I said that I'll share something new that I learned, so here it is.
There is a verse in Ezekiel where the prophet finds a group of women involved in idol worshipping. It says (8,14), “the women were sitting, making the Tammuz weep.”
Rashi, the famous more


Liberty - August 4

Hello Again: It's Fran. For those thinking of moving South....OMG, I'd have to be inside in the AC all day. At least we have been able to sit outside in the shade and get a little breeze. My birdbath has been a delight to watch. (real entertainment for old folks) A family of finches takes turns 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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