December 25, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Breaking News - 12/29/2014 12:22 PM

Woman lucky to be alive after car plummets into Putnam Lake

A Connecticut woman is lucky to be alive after her car drove off Fairfield Drive and plummeted into Putnam Lake. Brewster State Police, members of the Sheriff’s Department, Putnam Lake and Patterson Fire Department personnel along with the Mahop More...

Christmas Behind Bars, and a Visit from Sheriff Smith  Free Access 

He speaks with every inmate on Christmas Day

Sheriff Donald Smith spent Christmas morning behind bars at the Putnam Correctional Facility greeting inmates and wishing staff a happy holiday. More...

Jingle Bells Ring in Christmas for Kids

The three, four and five year old “actors and actresses” stole the show last week when boys and girls enrolled at the St. Lawrence O’Toole Early Childhood Learning Center performed their annual Christmas pageant.  More...

Putnam Outrage Over Cop Killings

Four prominent Putnam residents have expressed outrage over Saturday’s assassinations of two New York City cops who were gunned down while seated in their police cruiser in downtown Brooklyn.  More...

Politics

Legislature Closes with Marathon Sessions

The Putnam Legislature concluded business on a lengthy note Monday when for three and one half hours lawmakers discussed and debated a series of resolutions during its Year End meeting and the final Audit meeting of 2014. More...

Officials to Take Oaths On New Year’s Eve

Guests will need a scorecard on New Year’s Eve when officials on the state and county level take their oaths of office during a swearing-in ceremony at the historic Putnam Courthouse in Carmel. More...

Around the County

County Building In Disrepair

The exterior of the Putnam Office Building is in need of rehabilitation. Commissioner of Highways and Facilities Fred Pena brought the grim news to members of the Legislature’s Physical Services Committee meeting last week. More...

Brewster Rotary Club Hosts Holiday Meal

The Brewster Rotary Club, for the fifth year in a row, welcomed guests from the greater Southeast community to a pancake breakfast at Applebee's in the Brewster Highlands shopping center this past Saturday morning.  More...

New Year’s Eve Bash in Lake Carmel

Tickets are still available for the New Year's Eve Bash on Wed., Dec. 31st from 8:00pm -1:00am at the Lake Carmel Community Center. Appetizers, dinner, D.J. and dancing. BYOB with mixers provided. More...

Sports

The First Annual All-Putnam High School Girls’ Soccer Team

We’re calling them the Elite Eleven.  For the first time ever the PUTNAM COUNTY COURIER and Putnam County News & Recorder have selected an All- Putnam team for several fall high school sports – football, boys’ soccer, girls More...

From 5-13 To 7-and-Oh-My! Brewster Girls’ Basketball Red-Hot

BREWSTER – If anything, the Brewster High School girls’ basketball team has shown resilience this year during a season-opening seven-game winning streak, never more evident than on Saturday afternoon.  More...

Mahopac Boys’ Hoops Splits in Somers Tournament

SOMERS – A split.  The Mahopac High School boys’ basketball team played in the Somers Holiday Tournament, winning the first game but falling in the championship tilt to the hosts.  Christian Donahoe scored 15 points, and the Ind More...

Letters to the Editor

Praise for Fracking Decision

To the Editor:   Today, the New York State Health and Environmental commissioners have ruled that the risks associated with high volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) outweigh any potential economic benefits.  More...

Worship Services

Worship Listings

CHUANG YEN  MONASTERY 2020 Rte 301, Carmel  845-228-4283/4288 baus. org bauscym@aol.com  Sunday programs: 9-10am  - Chanting and Meditation,  10-11am - Dharma Talk,  11am-12pm - Noon Book  Discussion Group More...

Breaking News - 12/30/2014 4:59 PM

Woman jumps to death in Southeast

A 69-year-old woman who formerly resided in Brewster jumped to her death Tuesday from the Veterans Memorial Bridge carrying I-84 over Routes 6 and 22 in Southeast. More...

Breaking News - 12/29/2014 10:11 PM

Nursery worker crushed by 4,000 pound weight

A freak accident late Monday afternoon critically injured an employee of a popular Putnam nursery.Authorities said the victim, not identified, was operating a front end loader at the Patterson Greenhouses off Route 311 when a large attachment used to More...

Breaking News - 12/29/2014 4:30 PM

Grenade Found in Lake Carmel  Free Access 

A live hand grenade dating back to World War II was found inside a building on Route 52 in Lake Carmel Monday. More...

Putnam remembers slain NYC cops in Saturday gathering  Free Access 

Putnam is a county of first responders—police, fire and EMS—and when two New York City cops were assassinated a week ago while on patrol in Brooklyn, local residents mourned their l More...

Water Floods Vital Shaft in Carmel

A State of Emergency was lifted Tuesday at noon in the Hamlet of Carmel due to a flooding condition at the town’s water system pumping station, but town officials have asked residents to curtail all unnecessary water use for the next day or so. More...

Pataki Readies for Presidential Run

Garrison resident and former Governor George Pataki is seriously considering a run for President in 2016.  Pataki made his plans public at a private Republican gathering in Albany last week at which each of the state’s GOP chairs had been More...

General Stories

Handmade Holiday Decorations Created at Studio Around Corner

From Nelsonville to Nepal and from Bangkok to Brewster, people of all ages crowded into the Studio Around the Corner last Saturday to create holiday decorations.  Organizers Norma Pereira and Judy Marano were thrilled with the turnout and the re More...

Santa to the Rescue!

Putnam Undersheriff Peter Convery was never more pleased to see Santa than he was Saturday when the jolly fellow arrived atop a Mahopac fire truck.  More...

Toy Drive Aids CAP

Putnam’s Stephen Driscoll Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police has aided the community’s underprivileged through its annual toy drive.  Local organizations reported a shortage of donations this year and FOP members feared that ch More...

School News

Mahopac’s Brightest Spread Holiday Cheer for Seniors

“Seasoned” citizens visiting the William Kohler Senior Center in Mahopac received quite a treat last Friday when members of the Mahopac Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society stopped by to provide holiday entertainment. More...

Carmel Students 'Crack the Code'

It’s been quite a week in the Carmel School District. More...

Brewster-Cornell Tradition Continues

Forty-eight Brewster High School students had a onceina-lifetime experience when they attended Cornell University last week to learn from some of the most brilliant scientists in the world. More...

Editorials

Sifting Through the Sands of Time

A Cup of Coffee

New York is excited over its coffee, and some of the papers give much space to information about preparing it. More...

Word of the Week

Global Village  the world viewed as a community in which distance and isolation have been dramatically reduced by electronic media (such as television and the Internet)   More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Dr. Robert W. Thomas  Free Access 

Dr. Robert W. Thomas of Cobleskill, NY died December 22.  More...

Angelo Facchiano

Angelo Facchiano, 92, a former resident of Leeds, NY, passed away at The New York State Veterans Home at Montrose, Montrose, NY, Tuesday evening, December 16, 2014.  He was born in Manhattan on May 7, 1922, to James and Angelina Facchiano. More...

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