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Breaking News - 12/22/2012 6:30 PM

Santa in Mahopac  Free Access 

Busy Santa makes last stops ahead of Christmas Eve

The Mahopac Fire Department was out Saturday for its annual Santa run, two days before Christmas Eve.  More...

Ball Blasts Journal News for Gun Database Story  Free Access 

Senator Greg Ball on Wednesday blasted the Journal News newspaper of White Plains, saying the paper’s map of gun permit holders amounts to targeting those gun owners as possible theft targets, and he said the map should be removed immediately. More...

Newtown massacre has ties to local region

The pain and sadness of Friday’s unthinkable massacre in Newtown is being felt throughout the U.S. this week but in two communities abutting Putnam County, the sorrow runs deeper. More...

Trio Busted in Heroin Sales

Probe into Putnam deaths continues

Three residents of Lincolndale and a man from Yorktown were arrested early Wednesday on felony drug charges and State Police say although not charged, the quartet may be involved with the deaths of four young men earlier this month from drug overdose More...

County Government in the Holiday Spirit

Putnam Legislature staff members are joined by Deputy County Executive Bruce Walker at the legislature’s Christmas tree. See more photos on page 8. More...

Politics

Breaking News - 12/22/2012 1:38 PM

Tamagna Tapped to Overhaul Transit

Will lead policy and task force groups

Outgoing Legislator Vincent Tamagna has been tapped by County Executive MaryEllen Odell to revamp Putnam County’s expensive transportation system. More...

It’s Official: Terry Gipson Defeats Steve Saland

A new state senator will representing Philipstown, Putnam Valley and Kent on January 1 now that Senatorelect Terry Gipson has defeated longtime State Senator State Senator Stephen Saland. More...

Around the County

Carmel Water Rates to Soar

Residents in the greater Carmel- Mahopac area will be experiencing higher municipal water rates next year following action taken by the Carmel Town Board. More...

Patterson Teen Charged with Throwing Hot Chocolate

A 17-year-old Patterson youth faces a variety of charges when appearing next week in Southeast for allegedly throwing a cup of hot chocolate on her mother who was driving the family car at the time. More...

County Government Celebrates Christmas Around the Globe

Departments throughout county government are in the holiday spirit this week by decorating offices in a variety of themes. More...

School News

The China Connection: Mandarin at Carmel?

Within the next few years, Carmel School District students may be studying in China while Mandarin may be the foreign language of choice at Carmel High School. More...

Rumors of Pending School Violence in Putnam Said to Be False  Free Access 

Had spread via text

Law enforcement officials dispelled rumors of pending violence at four Putnam high schools as being malicious and totally false. More...

‘Carmelopoly’ to Benefit Cheerleaders

What a party! Scores were on hand at Carmel High School Monday evening for a gala welcoming the introduction of the region’s newest board game—Carmelopoly. More...

Editorials

Sifting Through the Sands of Time

THE CHILDREN’S SEASON

Christmas is, of all times of the year, the children's season. More...

Worship Services

Worship Services

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

Birth Announcements

JOELLE LUCIA IMPERATI

Baby Girl Joelle Lucia Imperati was born on December 14, 2012, weighing 7 lbs. More...

Breaking News - 12/25/2012 3:59 PM

Christmas Behind Bars

Sheriff visits inmates, staff

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

Breaking News - 12/24/2012 2:46 PM

4 Teens Charged With Fire that Destroyed 19th Century House  Free Access 

“It was one of the most difficult fires we fought all year,” was how Brewster Fire Chief David O’Hara described last week’s inferno that leveled a 19th century abandoned house near the Brewster Ice Arena off Fields Lane in Southeast and on Monday Sta More...

Breaking News - 12/22/2012 11:15 AM

Putnam Valley bookkeeper charged with embezzling

Thousands of dollars at issue

A Putnam Valley woman has been accused of stealing thousands of dollars from her former employer.New York State Police arrested Kimberly Knight, 37, Friday in connection with the alleged theft from The Inn at Buttermilk Falls in Milton, Ulster County More...

Florida Man Arrested After Shooting in Brewster

A Florida man was arrested early Friday following a shooting in Brewster that sent a local woman to Danbury Hospital with a gunshot wound.Brewster State Police charged Joseph Giardina, 69, of Naples with felony counts of criminal possession of a weap More...

Mass Murder Changes Schools

Safety reviewed with sheriff, other officials

Jane Sandbank of Brewster (right) makes a point during the three hour meeting while Garrison Superintendent Gloria Colucci, Haldane Superintendent Mark Villanti and Putnam Commissioner of Emergency Services Adam Stiebeling listen.|width=250|height=14 More...

West Point Holds Ground; National Park Idea Fades

The plan to turn Constitution Island into a national park in western Putnam appears to be dead. More...

General Stories

History Buff Publishes New History of Kent

Reginald White discovered new history of Kent while volunteering his time as an archivist in the Putnam County Historian’s office in Brewster. More...

Christmas Arrives Early for Patrick Brady

Disabled Vietnam War veteran Patrick Brady of Carmel has become independent again thanks to his fellow vets. More...

Deadline Extended for Sandy Loans

Putnam residents and agencies eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Loans from the Small Business Administration in the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s wrath now have until January 28 to file applications. More...

Enterprise

Enterprise

A Backdrop of Grief As Christmas Nears; It Overshadows Sales and Profit

Next Tuesday, a major portion of the world will be celebrating a holiday based on peace, hope, love and promise. Typically as I travel the County and shop, I hear talk of sales and profits. After all…’Tis The Season. More...

Gourmet Foods Deck the Halls at Ace Endico

Specialty market offers fine quality and imported foods for every holiday

Holidays begin at The Ace Endico Company Store in Brewster. More...

Sports

Erickson Wins 100th Match

BREWSTER – If anything, Liam Erickson is realistic and bluntly honest about himself. “When I was in eighth grade, I was a good athlete but I wasn’t a good wrestler,” the Brewster High School junior said. More...

Brewster Wrestlers Place Second in Yorktown Tourney

YORKTOWN – If there were any lingering doubts that a graduationdepleted Brewster High School wrestling team was still going to be a factor in Section One this season, those doubts were put to rest on Saturday. More...

Walsh, Boker, Delahanty Shine for Mahopac

SLATE HILL – The Mahopac High School wrestling team had an eventful 48 hours over the weekend, competing in six dual meets -- including five on Saturday at the Jim Wilson Tournament hosted by Section Nine’s Minisink Valley. More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Clement Lachance

‘The Mad Frenchman’

Racing legend Clem Lachance, age 80, of Lake Carmel passed away suddenly on December 12, 2012, while visiting friends and family in Quebec, Canada. Clem was more than just the owner/driver of the “Mad Frenchman” racecars. More...

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