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Putnam County Loses Two Giants, in Days

Beloved Dr. Farquhar Dies; Was Pioneer in Eye Surgery

Dr. Hal Farquhar, affectionately known as the dean of Putnam’s medical community, has died three days shy of his 76th birthday.  Dr. More...

Texting Casualty: One Fire Hydrant

A bizarre scene was observed in downtown Carmel Saturday afternoon when a fire hydrant was uprooted by a speeding car that went out of control and drove up an embankment before coming to an abrupt stop.  The incident took place around 12:30 p.m. More...

Foreclosure Actions Continue to Rise

Despite a rebound in the real estate market throughout the region, people are still losing their homes in alarming numbers.   More...

Legislators Balk at Fining Volunteers For Failing to File Disclosure Forms

Putnam County is often referred to by Executive Mary Ellen Odell as a county of volunteers—men and women who give of their time to assist the county in a variety of venues without remuneration.  More...

General Stories

Former Drug Addicts Complete Treatment to Save Their Lives

Seven residents of Putnam County drew cheers and applause for accomplishing what some believed was the impossible—completion of the rigorous two year long Putnam Drug Treatment Court Program.  More...

Hot Cakes and Bacon Benefit for Putnam’s Row of Honor

The appetizing aroma of bacon filled the air inside the Carmel Veterans Hall Saturday as dozens of people attended a fund raising breakfast to kick off Putnam’s Row of Honor celebration.  More...

15 Acres Burn In Massive Brush Fire

Seventy firefighters staffing 30 pieces of fire apparatus from departments throughout Putnam, northern Westchester and western Fairfield counties fought a stubborn brush blaze Tuesday that blackened 15 acres of woodlands at the New York-Connecticut l More...

Sports

Mahopac’s Riefenhauser Makes MLB Debut

It was brief, but it was memorable.  And it was awesome.  Mahopac High School graduate C.J. Riefenhauser made his Major League Baseball debut on Saturday after being called up from the minor leagues to the Tampa Bay Rays. More...

Ketcham-Carmel Softball Rematch

If there was a sense of déjà vu on Tuesday it was well warranted.  The Carmel and Roy C. More...

Carmel Grad Alyssa Rodia Tearing It Up At Columbia

A year later, Alyssa Rodia is still all about championships.  This time last season, Alyssa Rodia was helping Carmel High School to its first Section One, Class AA softball title. This year? Perhaps an Ivy League crown?  More...

Worship Services

Worship Listings

Update your Church’s listing by emailing us at Editor@pcnr.com, with WORSHIP in the Subject Line.   More...

Breaking News - 4/28/2014 12:27 PM

Fire ravages mobile home park in Southeast

A quick moving fire destroyed one mobile home and damaged a second Sunday afternoon at the Meadow Motor Mobile Home Park on Route 6—Danbury Road in Southeast.The Putnam 9-1-1 Center received numerous calls around 4:30 p.m. More...

Breaking News - 4/25/2014 12:42 PM

Heroin epidemic: Parents tell heart-wrenching stories of loss  Free Access 

Putnam’s heroin scourge has reached epidemic proportions with 38 young people fatally overdosing since 2012 and arrests increasing countywide for heroin sales and possession by more than 300 percent. More...

Skeletal Remains Found; Could Be of Patterson Man Missing Since 2010

Skeletal remains found in a wooded area off Maple Avenue in Patterson last weekend are thought to be of a missing Patterson man.  The remnants, in an advanced state of decomposition, were discovered on Saturday by several local residents who wer More...

Putnam Historian Castelli Dies at 67; Was Veterans’ Advocate

Putnam County Historian Denis Castelli is being remembered this week as a man who tried his best in making Putnam County a great place to live, work and raise a family.  Castelli died Saturday at Putnam Hospital Center at the age of 67.  More...

School Board Candidates Jump Into Races; Schools Set Budgets for Votes

Residents in Putnam’s three largest school districts will be going to the polls May 20 to decide the fate of fiscal spending plans adopted Tuesday night by Boards of Education in the Brewster, Carmel and Mahopac Districts.  In Brewster, th More...

Around the County

Putnam Gardens Sought for PARC’s Secret Garden Tour

Partners with PARC will host its annual Putnam County Secret Garden Tour on Saturday, June 7, and gardens are needed for this year’s fundraiser.  More...

‘Little Black Dress’ Party

Community Cares will be hosting a benefit party to raise money for mothers with cancer. The money raised will go toward providing household services for moms undergoing cancer treatments. More...

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Back at Boscobel

The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival will be showing 3 plays throughout this season: The Gentlemen of Verona, Othello, and the Liar.   Visit http://hvshakespeare.org or call the box office at 845-265-9575 for show listings and ticket price. More...

Enterprise

From the chamber

Strong Housing Sales, Higher Values Reported

Rising home prices and stronger sales are usually a good sign of a recovering economy, and the first quarter of 2014 has been very strong – even better than the region’s surge in real estate sales since early 2013. More...

Editorials

Sifting Through the Sands of Time

CAMP WHITMAN TO BECOME TREE NURSERY

Bill of Assemblyman Allen Passed Appropriation of $14,000 to Plant Trees.   Camp Whitman Farm, embracing 800 acres at Green Haven, has been given outright by the State of New York to the Conservation Commission as a site for a state nursery. More...

WORD of the WEEK

Tabula Rasa  the mind in its hypothetical primary blank or empty state before receiving outside impressions   More...

Letters to the Editor

Admires Odell; Curious on Ball Motives

To the Editor:   After reading the paper last week, I found myself very confused. The more I thought about it, the more confused I got.  More...

Too Much Savings From Seniors?

To the Editor:   I applaud Sam Oliverio’s letter in the Putnam County News & Recorder with regards to the Putnam Valley Nutrition Center being closed.   More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Denis M. Castelli

Denis M. Castelli, of North Salem, formerly of Brewster, NY, died Saturday, April 19, at Putnam Hospital Center. He was 67 years old.   Mr. More...

Marilyn I. Logan

Marilyn I. Logan of Bethel, CT, formerly of Brewster, died Friday April 18, at Bethel Healthcare. She was 86 years old.   Mrs. Logan was born on April 23, 1927, in White Plains, daughter to the late Alfred and Irene (Rogers) D’Huyvetters. More...

Steven Clyde Adams

Steven Clyde Adams, 54, passed away at Avow Hospice on April 17, 2014.  Beloved husband of Mitzi, father of Tanya and April Tracy, step-father of Matthew, Joshua, and Trevor Philpot. More...

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