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Saturday, December 5, 2020


Down the Decades

December 1, 2020 Edition

110 Years Ago - 1910

A 400-day clock is on display in the Summer Jewelry Store in Honesdale. The clock is encased in a glass globe and, with but one winding, will run over a year.

Conrad Ruppert of Kenoza Lake and Miss Anna Kohler of Jeffersonville were married at the latter place on more

Garden Guru

The spice is right

A few weeks ago, I wrote about black pepper and its origin. So this week, I decided to take on a couple other spices that are used quite frequently this time of year. The first spice is one that is usually seen adorning a delicious baked ham for Christmas.
Of course I am speaking of cloves, more


Books About Local History Still Make Great Holiday Gifts

Pandemic or no, another holiday season is here, and with it comes the reminder from this column that books about the history of Sullivan County and the surrounding Catskills region make great gifts.
There are a few new books this year and a number of older titles that deserve to be revisited more

Bethel Corner

Bethel - December 1

Happy birthday to Michael Ryder, Glenn Hindley, Robin Zuckerman, Barbara Pavlak, Dan Young, Ilana Gold, Olivia Altman, Ellen Herfield, Jim C, Empress, Alan Perrelli, Jamee Schleifer, Chase, Robin Meddaugh, Ora Ramat, Kelly Levi, Mel Gitlin, Lillian Hendrickson, and Jay Meddaugh.
Anniversary more

About Books

December 4, 2020

COBBLE HILL by Cecily von Ziegesar (Atria). The title prompts an alert: This is a novel, not a sociological study of the latest smartest place in Brooklyn; it's full of real people to get to know intimately. The author of the Gossip Girl books is not just smart, but compassionate and insightful. 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 - December 4

Greetings to all! Did you catch that super full Beaver moon this past weekend? Wow!
Whitetail rifle season seemed to be very active this year due to the favorable weather conditions (warm, no rain) for the hunters combined with the Thanksgiving week where some hunters took off the entire week more

Hope for the Day

Appreciate What You Have

Most of us tend to not appreciate what we have until it's gone, at least not to the full extent of appreciation we should show. I think we've all dealt with this in one form or another.
I realized too late after my parents had passed away that I should have done more to show appreciation for 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 - December 4

December 4 - November 2020 was month number eleven out of twelve in a very tough year. Only December to go…Lordy, Lordy. I think most Americans are longing for a respite from political acrimony and the rapidly worsening coronavirus numbers.
You and I, we came to greening Sullivan to be happy, more


Jeffersonville - December 4

Small Business Saturday in Jeffersonville was dreary, cloudy, with spurts of rain, sleet and drizzle but everyone still said they had a terrific day.
Many enjoyed a FREE horse drawn wagon ride sponsored by the JEMS beautification group! Santa rode in the wagon along with the kids, handing out more

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - December 1

I hope you all had a very happy and healthy and fun Thanksgiving. Mine was great, after dessert my brother was laying on my couch and my cousin was nodding off in my lazy boy as I sat on the hard dining room table chair with my cousin's wife.
I know I was being rude but I did not care. I told 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

Medicare Advantage Plans

Last week we reviewed Medicare Prescription Coverage or Part D. This week we will look into Medicare Advantage Plans.
Medicare's Annual Election Period is the time of year when you can make changes to your Medicare coverage. Open Enrollment is October 15 through December 7, and any changes you 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

Picture Books as Mirrors and Windows

According to Jane Gangi, a Mount Saint Mary College education professor, “To develop healthy identities and become proficient readers, children must see themselves in books. All children need both ‘mirror' and ‘window' books - books in which they see themselves and books in which they learn about 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

A Modern Look

Future editions of this column will cover various weapons of America's modern military.
There will be articles about our bombers, fighters, helicopters, drones, tanks, submarines and aircraft carriers over the past 45 years since Vietnam--and also a glimpse into our future more


Highland - December 1

December 1 - With another slightly weird Covid-19 Thanksgiving in the books, its' time to think about the upcoming Christmas season and how we as families can celebrate our holiday traditions safely observing social distancing and contact free events. I have two great suggestions.
One of my more

Jewish Culture

The Light of Existence

Recently, I read a biography of Rabbi Avigdor Miller, titled, “Rav Avigdor Miller - His Life and His Revolution”. Biographies of great people are enjoyable to read and are a great source of wisdom. Rabbi Miller was a very interesting person and his teachings have a very widespread influence.
He more


Liberty - November 24

Hello Everyone: I'm glad the happiness of Thanksgiving is upon us. Our family has so much to thank the Good Lord for and that will be our main prayer as we hold hands around the table before enjoying our traditional dinner. Our family has grown with a new daughter-in-law and three of our grands 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

Looking Back: America's Military

The Lovable “Wart Hog”

The Post Vietnam war produced a period of relative peace for most US Forces. However, American engineering and technology aggressively continued, with the result that within 10 years, the USAF would stand-up the most modern, stealthy and heavily Armadas in history. From the huge AF more

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