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Tuesday, April 13, 2021


Down the Decades

April 13, 2021 Edition

110 Years Ago - 1911

A ten and a half pound boy was born to Editor and Mrs. A.M. Scriber of Monticello, a week ago Saturday.

It is reported that a resident of Long Eddy has purchased the White Lake store or H.J. Sarles Company of Liberty.

Mileses — M. Gabriel, our merchant, is more

Garden Guru

Good question

Well the nice weather this week got everyone outside to enjoy some sunshine and I even had a few questions this week that I haven't had before.
One question, I had to research because I didn't have the answer and that was how do forsythias propagate in the wild? They have their showy yellow more


The Monticello Amusement Park

For myriad reasons—perhaps most importantly the influence of the fortress hotels—the amusement park was never a big part of Sullivan County's tourism industry.
There have been numerous attempts over the years to capitalize on America's love affair with places like Coney Island's Luna Park, more

Bethel Corner

Bethel - April 13

Birthday wishes to twins, Alice and Charlotte Sachs, Margot, Cindy Margulies, Morgan Tucker, Deb Berman, Elvira Williams, Albi Beluli, Jill Steingart, Jamie Noeth, Trevor Dollard, Andrew Loyd Kelly, Janice Gray, Shain Fishman, Elaine Loewe, Jonathan Farrow, Bill Bollinger and Mike Kaufman.
Happy more

About Books

April 9, 2021

THE DICTIONARY OF LOST WORDS by Pip Williams (Ballantine). A novel, even a historical romance (of a sort), and certainly not a dictionary. It is fond of words, and of the OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY. The making of that great historical reference work proceeds apace through this story, serving as more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 18

Greetings to all. I am writing my last Kenoza Lake news column for 2020. Also, this will be the last column until next April 16th.
On December 3rd, I was appointed the Town of Bethel Tax Collector for the month of December and then on January 1st, I will start my elected term. As this is my more

Hope for the Day

Good Friday?

They call this day Good Friday. How could anything good possibly come from this day? They have killed my Lord Jesus Christ - crucified Him with the criminals. This is a day of darkness, despair and hopelessness.
It started last night. John told us that after Jesus and the disciples celebrated 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 - April 2

Social Media Sullivan in 2021
The seesaw of the year's first seasons, between the snow and muck of March and the gentle rains and greening of April, has begun.
Most people will agree that the winter of 2020 - 2021 felt like the longest and hardest of their lives. Such loneliness, to the more


Jeffersonville - April 9

Please do not burn anything thinking “it is safe and won't get away from me” …the Fire companies all over the County and beyond are busy fighting grass fires and buildings too that have caught on fire due to someone cleaning up their yard. Remember there is a Burning Ban until May 16th so tickets more

Lake Huntington

Lake Huntington - April 13

I must thank all the taxpayers of the Town of Cochecton. We did it, we broke last year's record of 88.07% of tax payments collected. In 2021 we paid 90.20%. I think that is amazing.
I will tell you a lot more people made full payments in January right up front and more paid in cash than used 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

Volunteer Appreciation Week

Volunteer Appreciation Week begins April 18th this year. We are so fortunate to have such dedicated, compassionate volunteers in our county.
During the pandemic, neighbors are helping neighbors, volunteers are selflessly donating their time to distribute food to fellow residents in need and 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 - April 9

I am happy to report that last week I managed to survive another birthday - actually it was very nice.
I got some flowers, cards and many birthday messages and Margie Granese, the Manager of the St Anthony's Church Food Pantry where I volunteer to deliver food boxes, very graciously found the more

Jewish Culture

‘Love Your Neighbor as Yourself'

For a large part of its history Poland was run by a noble class who had the land divided between them and each of them owned a particular portion. They had their own small towns and fields and they charged tax and administrated their piece of land.
Many times, these nobles were illiterate and more


Liberty - April 13

Happy Spring: It's Fran DeFilippi Kurpil, I am happy to see the robins on my budding maple and to hear some little finches nesting in our front hedge. It's time to get outside raking and away from worldly worries for a bit.
Library Vote: April 13th…Today. Support our wonderful library. I will 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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