December 10, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Carmel’s Holiday On The Lake Is Best Yet

Picture perfect weather last weekend resulted in enormous crowds filling downtown Carmel for the 21st annual Holiday on the Lake. More...

Happy 100th Mrs. Pataki

Sunday afternoon was a flurry of activity at the Garrison home of Presidential candidate and former Governor George Pataki and his wife Libby – George’s mother Margaret Lagana Pataki turned 100 years old. More...

General Stories

Festival of Lights Celebrated Countywide

Chanukah or the Festival of Lights is being celebrated countywide this week.  Menorah lightings were held in Brewster on Monday and Cold Spring on Tuesday, with the county seat’s official lighting this evening (Thursday) in downtown Carmel More...

Santa’s Elves Work for Carmel Fire Department

Carmel firefighters will be making the holidays bright and cheery for dozens of children hospitalized at the Maria Ferrari Children’s Hospital in Valhalla. More...

Jane Smith, Wife of Putnam Sheriff Don Smith, Passes Away After Cancer Fight

Family and friends are mourning the passing of Jane Smith of Kent Lakes, wife of Putnam Sheriff Don Smith, who died early Sunday after losing a valiant fight against cancer with her husband at her side.  More...

Editorials

Word of the Week

Catbird seat \KAT-berd-SEET\ NOUN a position of great prominence or advantage   More...

Sifting Through the Sands of Time

TIMELY TOPICS

South America is suffering from grasshoppers. The valley of the Cauca, one of the most fertile and populous sections of the republic of Colombia, has been ravaged by them. More...

Worship Services

Worship Listings

Temple Beth  Shalom Route 6 & Croton Falls  Rd., Mahopac 845-628-6133.  Rabbi Sarah Freidson-King  will be conducting shabbat  services on Fridays, 8 pm,  Saturdays at 9:45am. More...

Birth Announcements

Birth Announcements

Bridget Grace Koehler   Bridget Grace Koehler was born to parents Victoria Vincenzi and Kevin Koehler of Mahopac on November 20, 2015. Grandparents are Victor and Dorothy Vincenzi of Fishkill and Kevin and Laure Koehler of the Bronx. More...

Breaking News - 12/14/2015 9:26 PM

Southeast standoff ends in suicide  Free Access 

A residential community in Southeast resembled a war zone Monday with as many as 50 heavily armed police officers outside a home on Nichols Road off Route 121. More...

Breaking News - 12/11/2015 2:45 PM

Judicial shake-up in Putnam State Supreme Court

Putnam County will be home to a pair of new State Supreme Court justices on the first of the new year. Judges Robert Dibella and Paul Marx will be seated in State Supreme Court—Carmel replacing Justices Victor Grossman and Lewis Lubell.  More...

Feds Take Over Mahopac Fire Department Investigation

The U.S. Attorney will now lead the investigation into the reported embezzlement of millions of dollars from the Mahopac Fire Department treasury over the past few years. More...

Sheriff, In Wake of California Attack, Supports 2nd Amendment

Putnam Sheriff Don Smith has taken a cautious approach to individuals carrying weapons in the wake of last week’s horrific chain of events in California. More...

Two More Challengers Vie to Take Maloney’s Seat in 2016

Two residents of Orange County have announced they will challenge Putnam Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney next fall on the GOP line.   More...

Around the County

Appreciate a Veteran Toy Drive

A Toys for Tots Veterans Appreciation Drive will be held in Brewster by the Bulldogs Hockey team on Sunday, December 13th, at 5:05pm at the Brewster Ice Arena. They will play the Danbury Titans. Game tickets cost $10. More...

Hudson River During Revolution Is Topic of Talk

Join the “Our American History” program series at 10 am Saturday for a lecture on “An Object of Great Importance – The Hudson River During the American War for Independence.”  Historian, author and educator Christop More...

Lawmakers Make Appointments

Putnam legislators made seven appointments to two boards at its meeting last week.  The county’s Home Improvement Board now consists of Paul Harnish from Carmel; Christopher Diaz, also from Carmel; Christopher Cusanelli of Southeast, Charl More...

Sports

The Courier’s All Putn a m Soccer Team

As usual, high school girls’ soccer in Putnam County was dominated by the play of Haldane.  The Blue Devils won their fifth straight Section One, Class C tournament, a remarkable streak given the level of play of soccer in the Hudson Valle More...

Medina Helps Brewster To Win

BREWSTER – This is what happened last year, when the Brewster High School girls’ basketball team started knocking off teams that are a class above them in enrollment, using it to springboard to a hot start.  Déjà vu?  Dayja Medi More...

NYS Basketball Tournament Might Move

After establishing a history and legacy with 35 years of hosting the New York State boys’ high school basketball tournament, the Glens Falls Civic Center could be having its last goround in March.  More...

Columns

Cunningham’s Corner

It’s Christmas, But Not All Bells & Gaiety

It seems a bittersweet holiday season.  Sunday, word came that Jane Smith, the wife of Sheriff Don Smith, had died after a long battle with cancer. More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Frederick ‘Fred’ K. Maley

Maley, Frederick ‘Fred’ K., age 81, of Brewster, NY, died December 1, 2015, in Danbury, CT.  More...

Jane Powell Smith

Jane Powell Smith, of Kent Lakes, NY, died peacefully on December 6, 2015, at Regional Hospice and Home Care, Danbury, CT. She was 64 years old.   Jane was born on January 15, 1951, in Hartford, CT, daughter to the late William F. More...

Charles H. Schroeder

Charles H. Schroeder, age 75, of Hopewell Junction, formerly of Lake Valhalla, died on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie. Born in the Bronx, NY, on November 6, 1940, he was the son of the late Henry P. More...

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‘No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.’ ~Hal Borland