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Breaking News - 5/16/2014 2:35 PM

Senator Greg Ball to leave NY politics at end of term

UPDATED with new info

State Senator Greg Ball Friday announced his intention to leave state politics at the end of his current term. Ball reflects in exclusive interview on his time in Albany. More...

Layoffs at Putnam Hospital Center Spark Concern

Hospital Prez Reassures Public

The new president of Putnam Hospital Center, James Caldas, has assured the public that the county’s only medical center is “alive and well” despite rumors circulating throughout the county that the hospital -- celebrating its golden anniversary this More...

Walker Unveils Tilly Foster Farm Plan

Plans for the future of the Tilly Foster Farm were unveiled last Thursday evening at a forum in Carmel and tonight, Thursday, members of the Putnam Legislature will receive the data during a meeting of the Physical Services Committee.  More...

Politics

Greg Ball : I Will Not Run for Putnam County Exec

State Sen. Greg Ball, who has been mentioned for months as a potential candidate for county executive, will not be seeking Putnam’s top elected post this fall. More...

Legislators Call for Algonquin Gas Line Moratorium

Charging that the construction of the Algonquin gas transmission line was an accident waiting to happen, the Putnam Legislature last week called for a moratorium on the project until the plan can fully be evaluated to establish a baseline for air qua More...

Creegan to be Remembered by Putnam Dems

Putnam County Democrats meet next Thursday, May 22, to commemorate the life of Peter Creegan. More...

Around the County

Sal Inserra Takes Part in Hudson Valley Honor Flight

Brewster’s Sal Inserra has many remembrances from his 86 years, but his recent trip to our nation’s capital, where he and 99 other World War II vets were recognized by the Hudson Valley Honor Flight, is something he will never forget. More...

Putnam Cycling Classic to Take Place Sunday

The on again—off again—on again Putnam Cycling Classic will be held Sunday rain or shine. More...

Meet Author Jesse Saperstein at East Fishkill Library

Visit the East Fishkill Community Library on Thursday, May 15, at 7PM to meet author and activist Jesse Saperstein. Jesse A. Saperstein is the author of a best-selling memoir ‘Atypical: Life with Asperger's in 20 1/3 Chapters.’  More...

Sports

’Pac Boys Lacrosse Hot Heading Into Postseason

MAHOPAC – The Mahopac High School boys lacrosse team is only seeded eighth in the Section One, Class A playoffs that begin today, Thursday, but the entire section is wary of the Indians.  More...

Mahopac Girls Lacrosse Finishes Regular Season with 7-7 Battle

MAHOPAC – It’s not quite the way the Mahopac High School girls' lacrosse team wanted to end the regular season, but it will have to suffice.  The Indians head into postseason play coming off a 7-7 tie with John Jay-Cross River as the More...

Carmel’s Farrell Selected for All-Conference Track Honor

ONEONTA – Carmel resident Robert Farrell was selected to the SUNYAC All-Conference Team for his outstanding performance at the conference championship meet this spring for SUNY Oneonta. More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Kenneth L. Barrett

Kenneth L. Barrett, Jr.., age 73, of Wingdale, NY, formerly of Holmes, NY, died Wednesday, May 7, 2014 in Carmel, NY.   Mr. Barrett was born on July 5, 1940 in Carmel, NY, to Kenneth and Amelia (Reinholz) Barrett. More...

Margaret E. Soravilla

Margaret E. Soravilla, a resident of Patterson since 1996, passed away at Northern Westchester Hospital on Sunday, May 11, 2014. She was 90 years old.  More...

Mary A. Badala

Mary A. Badala, of Brewster, NY, died Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Putnam Ridge Nursing Home. She was 92 years old.   Mrs. Badala was born March 22, 1922, in New York City, NY, daughter to the late Felice and Pietrina (Mazzatta) Grippando. More...

Breaking News - 5/21/2014 6:35 AM

Seven of seven budgets pass in Putnam  Free Access 

Updated with new info, 'Pac results

It was a clean sweep in budget approvals on school election day in Putnam Tuesday as each of the county’s seven school districts approved fiscal spending plans for the 2014-15 school year. More...

Breaking News - 5/19/2014 2:17 PM

Dutchess woman rushing home for graduation killed in Taconic crash

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A young Dutchess County nursing student who police said was “rushing home” to attend her college graduation was killed Saturday in a single car crash on the Taconic State Parkway in More...

Breaking News - 5/17/2014 7:15 PM

Catch of a lifetime nearly costs angler his life on reservoir

A man and his fish

Bill Pappenfuss had been fishing for seventy of his 74 years, yet a catch of a lifetime on the West Branch Reservoir in Carmel Saturday almost cost the Continental Village man his l More...

’Pac School Board Prez Quits

Mahopac Board of Education President Ray Cote has resigned over comments made last month about a community member’s weight at the conclusion of a school board meeting.  There was standing room only at the Mahopac Falls Elementary School au More...

Military ‘Invades’ Carmel

Three military helicopters flew over Carmel Monday night under the cloak of darkness.  The U.S. Army conducted its aviation urban navigation training in conjunction with the Paladin Center on Seminary   Hill Road.  More...

General Stories

Cyclist Lucky to be Alive After Crash

A Mahopac man is lucky to be alive following a multivehicle crash on Route 35 in Somers.  Ian Carroll, 58, was operating a 2013 Triumph motorcycle westerly when according to State Police, his two-wheeler was struck from behind by a Chevy Silvera More...

Walk Draws Attention to Mental Health

Overcast weather failed to deter the spirit of more than 100 participants Saturday who took part in Putnam’s first Mental Health Awareness Walk.  More...

Sheriff to Patrol Lake Mahopac This Summer

The Carmel Police Department’s Marine Division is no more.  Due to fiscal constraints, the Carmel Town Board dissolved the part-time patrol and requested that the Putnam Sheriff’s Department assume patrols of Lake Mahopac.  More...

Enterprise

Putnam Chambers Elects New Director, Sets 2014-‘15 Agenda

from the chamber

The Putnam County Chambers of Commerce held its annual meeting on Tuesday, May 14, to elect a new Director and look forward to new initiatives aimed at supporting the business community and economic development within our county. More...

School News

Brewster Quartet Attends Governor’s Safe Teen Driving Summit Upstate

Four young women from Brewster High School were among 60 teens from across the state to attend Governor Cuomo’s Safe Teen Driving Summit last week in Lake George. More...

Carmel High School is Tops in Hannaford Helps Schools Program

A new Smart Board is headed to Carmel High School thanks to the Hannaford Supermarket chain and shoppers who purchased products at the local market earning “school dollars” earmarked for CHS. More...

Editorials

Sifting Through the Sands of Time

A Murder Mystery

The “Exploits of Elaine” now being shown at Dykeman’s Movie Hall every Saturday evening is already proving to be the most interesting serial picture ever shown here.  More...

Word of the Week

collimate  to make (something, such as light rays) parallel   More...

Worship Services

BUDDHIST CEREMONY & GARDEN PARTY DRAW HUGE CROWD

Ideal weather conditions attracted huge crowds to the Chuang Yen Monastery in Kent Cliffs Sunday to help celebrate Mother’s Day in a special way. More...

Taste of the Town at Drew United Methodist

The Silent Auction and Taste-of-the-Town at Drew United Methodist Church is on Saturday, May 31. More...

Worship Listings  Free Access 

Area churches and synagogues list their services. More...

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