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Breaking News - 3/11/2013 1:07 PM

'Protection Against Bears' Leads to Arrest

A Mahopac man allegedly in the possession of a stun gun to protect himself against bears has a lot of explaining to do when appearing in Carmel Town Court next week.Carmel Police reported the arrest Monday of Louis Prokos, 21, in connection with the More...

St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Sunday in Mahopac

Everyone will be a “little bit Irish” Sunday when the annual Putnam County St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off along Route 6 in Mahopac at 2 p.m. More...

The Ship Sails: Carmel Loses Fight with Marina

A bitter legal battle between Mahopac Marina Corp. and the Town of Carmel has ended with a New York State Appellate Court ruling that the municipality has no right to regulate private docks that extend into Lake Mahopac. More...

Mahopac Soldier Helps Build Economy

Lt. Col. Robert Bensburg is helping build an economy in a tough part of the world: Afghanistan, as part of his work for the military. More...

Politics

Prosecutor to Sheriff? Race Gets More Crowded

York could challenge Smith, too

What was once a quiet race for Putnam County sheriff is rapidly becoming crowded as Christopher York, a career prosecutor, is weighing a run as a Republican. More...

Breaking News - 3/11/2013 1:10 PM

Environmental love-in as anti-fracking law approved

Aims to stop waste product from entering county

It was an environmental love-fest Wednesday night as the Putnam Legislature approved a countywide hydrofracking law that prohibits fracking waste from being accepted into any of the county’s 45 waste-water facilities, whether publicly or privately ow More...

Freshman Congressman Visits Odell

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney arrived an hour late but the first term representative’s meeting with County Executive MaryEllen Odell was fruitful as a variety of topics were discussed. More...

Around the County

Arts Council Kicks Off 50th Year

The Putnam Arts Council cordially invites you to join it as the group opens its 50th year anniversary celebrations with an annual Members Meeting and the opening reception of the Members show on Saturday March 9th, 3pm at Belle Levine Art Center, 521 More...

Summer Youth Writing Workshop Around the Corner

Come to the 2013 Youth Summer Writing Workshop at The Studio Around the Corner 67 Main Street Suite 101, Brewster. Spend a week with professional authors to improve your craft and learn how to get your writing published. More...

Gettysburg Choir to Sing Here

Our Lady of Loretto

The Gettysburg College Choir and Camerata will perform a concert on Tuesday, March 12th, at 7 p.m. in western Putnam. The concert will be at Our Lady of Loretto Church, 24 Fair Street, Cold Spring. More...

School News

School Safety Task Force Meets for the First Time

A task force to gather information leading to the hiring of school patrol officers across the county met for the first time last Friday and according to its chairman—Legislator Richard Othmer—the session went extremely well. More...

‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ Comes to Brewster

The award winning musical comedy “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” comes to the Performing Arts Center stage at Brewster High School this weekend. More...

Alcohol, Drug Use Remain Problems

Putnam County’s anonymous Prevention Needs Assessment Survey that provides data on alcohol, drug and other addictive and harmful behaviors among the youth has some interesting new statistics. More...

Columns

Sifting Through the Sands of Time

141 Years Ago Mar. 9, 1872

A Lively Corpse On the night of Monday last, a man was found at Halt’s Corners, Westchester county, apparently frozen to death. More...

Letters to the Editor

Change of Date

Dear Editor: Kent Fiscal Watch wishes to announce that we have changed the date of our public meeting on Term Limits More...

What if Fracking is Good?

Dear Editor: The “hydrofracking” process is quite new, and still seems to be making large improvements with regard to the environment. More...

Using a Political Party for Career Expediency?

Dear Editor: The February 28th, 2013, issue of The Putnam County Courier has a front page story of a potential candidate for Sheriff of Putnam County. More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Thomas Michael Cunningham

Thomas Michael Cunningham, of Danbury, formerly of Brewster, died Friday March 1, 2013, at Northern Westchester Hospital. He was 70 years old. Thomas was born on January 23, 1943, in Queens, NY, to the late Thomas J. More...

Peter Donelan

Peter Donelan, 57, died peacefully on Monday, March 4, 2013, surrounded by his loving family; wife of 33 years, Susan (Ippolito), daughter Brie, son Mark, and adoring dogs Roxy and Toby. More...

Tina Renee O’Hagan

Tina Renee O’Hagan, 47, of Carmel, passed away on March 4, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. O’Hagan was born on June 24, 1965, to William B. and Maggie (Crumsey) DuBose in Tarrytown, NY, and was raised in Yonkers. More...

Breaking News - 3/12/2013 8:46 PM

Mahopac tiger attack victim pleads not guilty to trespass charges

A man with a seeming death wish who miraculously survived an attack by a 400 pound Siberian tiger inside the Bronx Zoo last year pleaded not guilty Tuesday to trespass charges in Bronx Criminal Court. More...

Breaking News - 3/12/2013 9:27 AM

Explosion KO’s power throughout county seat  Free Access 

A transformer explosion on Route 6 at Church Street in Carmel early this morning knocked out electricity throughout the Putnam County seat.Power was interrupted at 6:45 a.m. when the transformer atop a utility pole blew up. More...

Breaking News - 3/11/2013 1:08 PM

Alleged NYC Turnstile Jumping Leads to Carmel Arrest

A New York City man accused of turnstile jumping at a Brooklyn subway station is held on felony charges of rape and committing a sexual act in Putnam County.Carmel Police were contacted by members of the NYPD over the weekend after MTA Police apprehe More...

Luck of the Irish  Free Access 

Mahopac parade turns Putnam green for a day

Call it the “luck of the Irish!”Blue skies, golden sunshine and mild temperatures greeted some 10,000 people in Mahopac Sunday for Putnam’s 37th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. More...

Alleged heroin dealer busted again

Part of crackdown on heroin trafficking

A Southeast man arrested in January on multiple charges related to alleged heroin selling in Putnam County is behind bars again on new charges of criminal sale and possession of controlled substances.The Sheriff’s Department reported the arrest Thurs More...

Mother Nature Blasts Putnam County

Updated Friday at 10:45 a.m.

Putnam residents awakened to another blast from Mother Nature when as much as six inches of snow fell on the region. More...

Dr. Doyle’s Humanitarian Effort

Dr. Dan Doyle has returned from the most gratifying experience in his 34 years of practicing dentistry in Putnam County. More...

General Stories

Cheers for Vets Entered into Hall of Fame

Men and women who served in the military while others who continue to serve by helping to shape America were recognized Saturday evening when inducted into the Veterans’ Hall of Fame. More...

Tax Free Holiday Coming to Putnam

Putnam shoppers will be getting a break this fall on back to school clothing and footwear thanks to county government. The Putnam Legislature’s Audit and Administration Committee approved a resolution last week declaring the period of Aug. More...

No Charges Against Police in Brewster Man’s Death

No charges will be lodged against members of the Putnam Sheriff’s Department and Brewster State Police in connection with last summer’s death of a Brewster man described by authorities as being emotionally disturbed. More...

Enterprise

Restaurant Week is Lacking Enough Putnam Participation

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, presented by the Valley Table and sponsored by M&T Bank, is coming up, from March 11-24, and is billed as “the most delicious 14-day week you’ll know.” More...

Cultural Events

‘Adventures Around Putnam’ Lecture

Steven Mattson, an explorer of Putnam County who revels in finding things to do with his family, will speak about his travels on Saturday at the Putnam History Museum. More...

Lake Carmel Resident to Open for Clint Black

Local Lake Carmel resident and country singer Jennifer Grace will be opening for legendary country music star Clint Black on March 8, at 8 p.m., at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Ct. More...

Sports

Mahopac Laments Sectional Semifinal Loss

WHITE PLAINS – This wasn’t the way it was supposed to end, not for the team that had won 15 consecutive games, not for the team that had owned last-minute comebacks, and not for the team that knew how to close out games. More...

Local Players Lead Mount Olive College Baseball

What does the Mount Olive College baseball team have to do with Putnam County? Plenty. The North Carolina school boasts two area players who were stars on the local scene who have now helped Mount Olive to a 17-1 record and the No. More...

Brewster Gymnasts Go Undefeated in League – Again!

BREWSTER – Usually, when the rosters of high school sports teams are loaded with younger players, it’s a sign of rebuilding. More...

Worship Services

Worship Services

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

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