May 21, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

The Jaws of Life Save Man from Machine

A 22-year-old Brewster man will be laid up for some time following a freak accident at the Mt. Maya Car Wash in Southeast. More...

Hall Brings Home Bacon For I-84 Bridges

On any given day more than 75,000 vehicles including 10,000 tractor trailer rigs travel across Putnam County on I-84. More...

Honoring the Departed on Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, Putnam will be filled with parades honoring our fallen soldiers, and barbeques hailing the return of warm weather. But too few residents in Putnam realize that our land carried so many early American soldiers who fell in combat. More...

General Stories

DA Levy Cautions Seniors About Telephone Scams

District Attorney Adam Levy has cautioned Putnam's over-65 set to be wary of scams. More...

Health Department Hosts Hazardous Waste Clean-up

Tons of household hazardous waste has been removed from the environment thanks to county government. The Putnam Health Department conducted its semi-annual Household Hazardous Waste Clean-up Day last Saturday at health department headquarters More...

Photo

As part of a community service project, the Melrose Cub Scout Troop spent time at Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel, working outdoors to clean up the hospital's courtyard/garden areas. More...

School News

Students at Lakeview Elementary Emulate an American Master

Since 1995 the National Gallery in London has invited primary schools from across the UK to use paintings in the classroom as a focus for cross-curricular teaching and learning. More...

DARE Awards Young Essayists, Teaches 350 Carmel Teens to Resist Substance Abuse

DARE graduation at the George Fischer Middle School in Carmel is always special. Last week's commencement was extraordinary when the 350 ten-and-11 year-olds and their families were treated to a visit from Miss Teen USA More...

District Attorney Levy Goes Back to School

The first term prosecutor participated last week in the Putnam Valley Elementary School's 7th annual Read Aloud Day where guests meet with children in classrooms, discuss literature and read a favorite book. More...

Editorials

Pushing for Solutions, Getting Results

Last week, we wrote about how government has no money except that which it takes from taxpayers. Our theme is protection of the public and their resources. More...

Sifting Through the Sands of Time from the Courier Archives

90 Years Ago May 23, 1919 2 Sunday as Pay Day About the same kind of opposition to Sunday professional baseball that appeared in Buffalo, cropped out at Rochester when the new ordinance was submitted. More...

Letters to the Editor

Freedom of Speech

Dear Editor: At the May 6th Carmel town board meeting, Councilman O'Keefe proclaimed that he served in the military to protect Freedom of Speech and he would never deny anyone the right to Freedom of Speech. More...

When a Child Dies

Dear Editor: I have taken many journeys, but none as life altering as the loss of my son, Phillip in 1996. More...

Welcome Back

Dear Editor: A warm welcome back to Eric Gross and the Putnam County Courier from the Patterson Library Board of Trustees. We look forward, once again, to your excellent coverage of local and county community news. More...

Birth Announcements

Births

The Courier received no birth notices this week. More...

Calendar

Calendar

Weekend Events Thursday, May 21 Kent Fiscal Watch An open forum featuring special guest Sandy Galef, State Assemblywoman for the 90th district, on Thursday, May 21st, 7:30PM at the Lake Carmel Community Center, 10 Hugenot Road, Lake Carmel, N More...

Fire at Carmel's St. James

No one is hurt; school reopens

The Rev. Anthony Sorgie, pastor of St. James the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, thanked God Monday night that Putnam County is blessed with a professional team of volunteer emergency responders. More...

Mahopac School Budget Rejected by Four Votes

Budgets pass in six of seven Putnam districts

Smiles and congratulatory handshakes were evident at school polling places across Putnam County Tuesday night—all except in Mahopac where voters rejected the school's 2009-2010 fiscal spending plan by a mere four votes. More...

West Point Claims Warner House Will Eventually Reopen

In the days when West Point cadets were not able to go home for holidays or take a weekend of liberty in New York City, many found refuge from their demanding routine on the windswept rock in the middle of the Hudson River, known as Constitution I More...

Bondi Laments Loss of Southeast Chrysler Dealer

Putnam County Executive Robert Bondi, a former economics professor on the university level, calls Chrysler's decision to eliminate 789 of its 3,200 dealerships across the U.S. a poor one. More...

Around the County

Mahopac

Citizen of the Year

Rosemarie Spina beamed with pride when named as Putnam County Senior Citizen of the Year. Spina, a resident of Mahopac, called the recognition the "most wonderful honor I've ever received. More...

Brewster

Alice Brandon Still Smiling

Alice Brandon walks out of her office at the Putnam County Department of Social Services this afternoon (Thursday) for the final time with a tear in her eye but a smile on her face. More...

Southeast

Neuringer Runs Agains

Two years ago, Matt Neuringer fell just a handful of votes shy of being New York's youngest elected official. Opponents weren't gentle with the rookie candidate. Glossy campaign mail pieces depicted Neuringer riding a tricycle. More...

Sports

Brewster Starts Fast, Finishes Slow Against Somers in 13-7 Loss

Bears Also Roll Past Hen Hud, 10-6, Fall to Yorktown

BREWSTER - The Brewster High lacrosse team got off to a strong start Monday at home against a tough Somers squad, but couldn't maintain the effort and ended up dropping a 13-7 decision to the Tuskers. More...

Indians Play Well in Turning Back Putnam Valley, 15-10

White Plains stuns 'Pac, 10-5

MAHOPAC - The Mahopac High lacrosse team took a bad loss last Tuesday, dropping a 10-5 decision to visiting White Plains, but the Indians rebounded with a strong effort Thursday to deny a recently surging Putnam Valley, 15-10, on the road. More...

Hot Rams Sweep Season Series vs. 'Pac, Win Tantalos Tourney

Carmel Also Spanks Foxes, Falls to RCK; Indians Rip Gorton, Fall to Jay

CARMEL - After dropping a 10-9 heartbreaker against RCK last Wednesday at Carmel, the Rams got right back on track last weekend, opening with a 9-1 win Friday over Fox Lane at Dutchess Stadium, then winning the Tantalos Tournament with wins over M More...

Columns

Plowing Over Putnam's Past in the Name of Progress?

A History of the Hill- Agor Farm

The Hill-Agor farm in Mahopac is one of many sites in Putnam that connects us to early American history. And for that reason it is a source of controversy. More...

Past and Present Can Work Together Despite the Naysayers

The Mahopac Sports Association has been involved with the acquisition of the Airport Property from the very beginning of a long, complicated process. More...

Bulldozing the Farm for Greedy Sports Programs

The Hill Farm is Putnam County's first farm, purchased from the native American Indians in about 1740. After the Revolutionary War, the farm became part of the precedent-setting United States Supreme Court case about property ownership. More...

Worship Services

Worship Services Deaths

PATTERSON COMMUNITY CHURCH 1062 Rte. 311 Patterson, NY 12563 845-878-3961 Sunday Worship 10:00 am FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Brewster 460 N Main St Brewster, NY 10509 (845) 279-2636 Worship Service: Sunday 9: More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Gustave P. Raspitha

Dr. Gustave P. Raspitha, PhD, of Brewster, NY, died Monday, May 11, 2009 in Danbury, CT, at the age of 77. Dr. Raspitha was born April 25, 1932 in Brooklyn, NY, son of the late Louis and Agnes (Mietzelfeld) Raspitha. He graduated from St. More...

Gus Conrad

Gus (Augustine) Conrad of Brewster, NY, died Saturday, April 18, 2009 in Danbury, CT, at the age of 71. Mr. Conrad was born in Ashville, PA, on Jan. 20, 1938, son of the late Patrick J. and Mary G. (Illig) Conrad. More...

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