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Breaking News - 2/24/2012 4:11 PM

Plowing contractor hits gas line: Near disaster  Free Access 

Parts of Mahopac evacuated

A calamity was averted in Mahopac Friday morning when a private contractor plowing snow backed into a natural gas regulator, rupturing a line that released a large amount of natural gas into the air. The Putnam 911 Dispatch Center received the first More...

Deputy hauls man from burning car in nick of time  Free Access 

4 a.m. accident could have been deadly

Deputy Sheriff Keith Blessing turned out to be a blessing for a Southeast man early Sunday when the intoxicated motorist became trapped in his burning car after it overturned on Milltown Road in Southeast. More...

Messy conditions on roads  Free Access 

I-84 was closed: Reopened at 10 a.m.

 Snow and ice made for a messy commute Friday morning, and I-84 eastbound has been closed between the Taconic and Carmel due to tractor-trailer accidents. Fortunately, most area schools are already off for break. More...

Maguire Sent to Brooklyn Prison

Was top aide to Vincent Leibell

Raymond Maguire Jr., the former top aide to now disgraced state senator Vincent Leibell, reported Friday to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn to serve four months in prison. More...

UFOs Over Putnam?

A family remembrance celebrating the life of a Mahopac man who died a year ago after a Connecticut car crash set off a UFO scare last weekend in Putnam. More...

Remembering a Sloop Captain and the Freight He Carried

Gordon Lyons stood next to the replica of a Parrott gun one day last fall and gazed out over the Hudson River. More...

Politics

County Employee Tab: $68 M

Benefits, pensions drive up costs, even as number of workers falls

The cost of salaries and benefits for Putnam County employees has risen by 14.5 percent from 2008 to this year, even as the number of employees has dropped from 759 to 657 this year. More...

Around the County

Tears of Joy for Humane Society Leadership

Michele Dugan, president of the Putnam County Humane Society, broke down and cried when accepting the keys to a gently used and completely refurbished Ford work van courtesy of Meadowland of Carmel. More...

Alyssa Dellaripa: Firefighter for Life

Alyssa Dellaripa remembers growing up at the Lake Carmel FD headquarters as a small child. More...

Mahopac’s ‘Indiana Jones’ Saves Big Cats

Alan Rabinowitz has been referred to as the “Indiana Jones of Wildlife Protection” by Time magazine. More...

Sports

Carmel Boys Pick Up First Playoff Win in Nine Years, Top White Plains

Rams needed quarterfinal win to earn trip to County Center

CARMEL—The last time the Carmel High boys basketball team made a playoff appearance also happened to be the last time the Rams made it to the County Center. The year was 2003. More...

Persistent ’Pac Holds Breath, Hangs on to Edge Pesky Pride, 55-54

Indians needed win over Arlington to punch ticket to CC

MAHOPAC—The Mahopac team that made it to the County Center for last year’s Class AA semifinals was a veteran team, a seasoned group that didn’t surprise many people with their success. More...

Bears Scratch Out 61-60 Victory Over Saunders in First Round

Brewster set to tangle with Peekskill in quarterfinals

BREWSTER—Jack Dignan scored the last five points of the game for Brewster last Friday night, including a threepointer and a pair of free throws that ended up being the difference, as 10th seed Brewster sweated out a 61-60 victory over No. More...

Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

To The Editor: I am the director of a local agency that services children with autism. One of the children we work with lives in Carmel, NY and is trying to become more socially integrated into her community. More...

Worship Services

Worship Services

Send information regarding worship services to courier@pcnr.com. Please put “WORSHIP” in the subject line. More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

EDWARD SCHMITT

Edward Schmitt, 42, of Poughkeepsie passed away peacefully on February 12, 2012, surrounded by those who loved him deeply. Ed was born on January 13, 1970, son of Bob and Peggy Schmitt. He grew up in Mahopac. More...

Breaking News - 2/29/2012 11:09 AM

Schools Close in Anticipation of Storm  Free Access 

With snow in the forecast, area schools closed Wednesday even before a flake of the white stuff reached the ground. More...

Breaking News - 2/28/2012 4:04 PM

Convicted Sex Offender Arrested Again  Free Access 

  The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department has asked the public for its help in locating potential crime victims associated with a convicted sex offender, Jonathan DeLaura, 37, of Jefferson Valley. More...

Breaking News - 2/24/2012 11:05 AM

Carmel Police Dispatcher, Putnam Valley Teen Save a Life  Free Access 

Carmel Police Dispatcher Robert Lewandowski doesn’t consider himself a hero. More...

Putnam Lake blaze causes heavy damage to home  Free Access 

Chief: Second fire in 20 years at same site

Putnam Lake Fire Chief James Gagliardo couldn't believe his eyes when arriving on the scene of a house fire Sunday afternoon. The same home on Ottawa Road had burned 20 years ago. More...

Brewster Mission: Banish Blight

Improvements already made to infrastructure, leaders now turn to blight

Brewster’s late Mayor John Cesar always talked about the “renaissance and rebirth of the Village of Brewster.” While the former chief executive might have had good intentions the resurgence never got off the ground floor until the J More...

Sex Offender Moved After Furor

Proximity to nursery school, day care at issue

A Level 3 sex offender who relocated to Carmel earlier this month is on his way to a new residence after a furor was created due to the proximity of the convict’s location to a nursery school and day care center. More...

General Stories

Deputy hauls man from burning car in nick of time  Free Access 

4 a.m. accident could have been deadly

Deputy Sheriff Keith Blessing turned out to be a blessing for a Southeast man early Sunday when the intoxicated motorist became trapped in his burning car after it overturned on Milltown Road in Southeast. More...

Putnam Lake blaze causes heavy damage to home  Free Access 

Chief: Second fire in 20 years at same site

Putnam Lake Fire Chief James Gagliardo couldn't believe his eyes when arriving on the scene of a house fire Sunday afternoon. The same home on Ottawa Road had burned 20 years ago. More...

Countywide Discount Prescription Plan Underway

Many residents of Putnam County will soon be eligible to receive discount prescriptions thanks to the Pro-Act Discount Prescription Drug Card Program. More...

Enterprise

Bringing Business and Government Together With A Collaborative Spirit

That “c” word – collaboration – is very much on the minds of business leaders throughout the Hudson Valley and indeed throughout New York State, so it’s natural that Putnam’s leaders would strive bring business and More...

School News

Dignity For All Students Act Explained

New statewide legislation allowing children to attend school in a “safe, welcoming, considerate and caring environment” takes effect in New York on July 1. More...

School Resource Officer Helps Save Student

A quick-acting school resource officer assigned to Brewster High School helped save the day – and a life – last week. More...

Putnam People

College Dean's Lists

Aislinn A. Breslin, Carmel, SUNY Oswego, Secondary Ed. Alexander Cecere, Brewster, Bentley University Alexandra Vucetic, Putnam Valley, Marist College, Communications/P.R. More...

Columns

George Washington: A Leader’s Diligence

George Washington was a reluctant leader. He was reluctant in 1775 to assume command of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. More...

Washington DISPATCHES

On Tuesday, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer announced that the Food Drug Administration had “agreed to conduct a full review of the safety and legality of the new caffeine inhaler, AeroShot,” according to the senator’s office. More...

Sifting Through the Sands of Time

CAMP FIRE GIRLS ENTERTAIN Play, Music and Recitations Pleased Large Patterson Audience. More...

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“What is written is written and the finger of time having writ moves on.” ~The Cold Spring Recorder, Dec. 10, 1937