March 21, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Bar Codes or Stickers? County Under Fire

Resolution 262 of 2012 is causing quite an upheaval in Putnam County, including putting County Executive MaryEllen Odell on the defensive. More...

Smith Calls Push Poll in Sheriff Race a ‘Dirty Trick’

The Putnam Sheriff’s race on the Republican side has only one declared candidate so far – incumbent sheriff and Republican Donald Smith – but already polling is being done of Republican voters. And it wasn’t by Smith. More...

Veterans Task Force to Address Needs

More than 5,000 veterans call Putnam County home—many of whom in need of medical, financial or mental health care. More...

Politics

Odell Says County in Good Shape; More to Do

County Executive MaryEllen Odell pulled out all the stops for her 2nd annual State of the County address. More...

Katz Cited for Pot, Speeding Predicts quick resolution of case

State Assemblyman Steve Katz, charged last week with speeding and marijuana possession during a traffic stop on the NYS Thruway outside of Albany, forecast Friday that “once the facts of the case are presented, the matter will be quickly put to More...

Around the County

Carmel Rotary Fish & Chips Dinner Is Friday

Reservations are still being accepted for Friday’s fish and chips dinner sponsored by the Carmel Rotary that benefits high school scholarships and the Rotary Youth Leadership Program. Dinner will be served from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. More...

Putnam Arts Council Celebrates Members

Attendance was up and the mood was merry as the Arts Council opened their 50th year of exhibits and services to artists and their audience here in Putnam County. The show is ongoing through March 29th with gallery hours Tues-Fri 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More...

County Seniors Are Learning Computers

Free one-day Computer workshops will be offered by the Putnam County Office for the Aging at the Koehler Senior Center, 180 Rt. 6, Mahopac, and the Putnam Valley Senior Center, 117 Town Park Lane, Putnam Valley, in the spring. More...

School News

Courier Publisher to Provide $10,000 in Scholarships

Elizabeth Ailes, publisher of the Putnam County Courier, has announced that the newspaper will again offer $1,000 scholarships for deserving students to further their education. More...

School Safety Task Force Leans Towards SPOs

A task force gathering information leading to the hiring of school security personnel following last December’s unthinkable tragedy in nearby Newtown, Conn. More...

16 Carmel Students Recognized for Business Prowess

Sixteen students enrolled in business courses at Carmel High School have been recognized by the College of Westchester for their outstanding work ethic. More...

Columns

Sifting Through the Sands of Time

Regional Conference of the W. C. T. U.

SEVERAL DELEGATES FROM PUTNAM ATTENDED. Report Will Be Given at Local Meetings. More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Therese A. McDermott

Therese A. McDermott, 86, of Carmel, passed away on March 11, 2013. Mrs. McDermott was born on July 21, 1926, to Raymond and Mary (McGrane) Gignac in New York City. More...

William W. Sutter, III

William W. Sutter, III, 63, a resident of Holmes and formerly of Carmel, died on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at Putnam Hospital Center. More...

Breaking News - 3/26/2013 10:32 PM

Odell Calls on Sheriff to Recuse Himself in Rape Case

Smith says executive is interfering in law enforcement

In a fast-moving case that has thrown Putnam County politics into turmoil, County Executive MaryEllen Odell on Tuesday called for Sheriff Donald Smith’s office to step aside from investigating a rape case with tangential ties to the district attorney More...

Breaking News - 3/25/2013 2:24 PM

Schumer touts Patterson manufacturer during visit; says more training needed

Shortage of skilled workers cited

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Trip of a Lifetime for Brewster Band

Brewster High School Music Director George Viglucci was tired yet at the same time exhilarated. More...

In Rome, the Disciples Gather  Free Access 

In the Biblical account of Pentecost, the disciple Luke describes the chaos and joy of the Holy Spirit coming upon the followers of Christ, allowing them to understand each other despite their different languages. More...

General Stories

Sheriff Opposes NY Gun Law on National TV

Sheriff Donald Smith last week questioned New York’s stringent new gun law on national television, Fox News’ Sean Hannity show. More...

Legislature Calls on State to Allocate 9-1-1 Funds Locally

Each cell phone subscriber in Putnam County is assessed $1.20 per month for 9-1-1 services yet under current law, New York State reaps all the benefits with local municipalities receiving not a penny to support public safety communications. More...

Merchants Commended After Underage Drinking Enforcement Operation

State Police have commended a variety of Putnam County merchants for obeying the law by not selling or serving alcoholic beverages to underage customers during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. More...

Enterprise

A Renewed Love for Putnam County Dining & Meeting with Our Elected Officials

For Restaurant week, I made a commitment to hit all 8 participating establishments. While I have only made two so far, I expect to hit the remaining 6 this week! More...

Cultural Events

Look| Art Gallery First Duo Exhibit of 2013

The Look| Art Gallery will feature the sculpture, paintings, and mixed media prints of artists Emma Crawford and Herman Roggeman, March 22 through April 14 More...

Sports

Mahopac Boys’ LAX the Intriguing Team to Watch This Spring

MAHOPAC – What an incredible spring high school sports season the local teams enjoyed in 2012. More...

Mahopac Dominates in Postseason Basketball Awards

In the wake of this past weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association boys’ and girls’ basketball championships, the postseason honors are slowly starting to trickle out. More...

Putnam High Schools Losing JFK as an Athletic Rival

SOMERS – Unless they schedule some non-league games next season, Putnam County high schools are about to lose a key rival. John F. More...

Editorials

Perspectives

Wallach’s Dismissal is Dividing a Community – and Penalizing the Players

Why was Putnam Valley High School boys’ basketball coach Ed Wallach fired? You’ll never know. And I don’t mean that cryptically, I mean that literally. You’ll never know. Officially, anyway. 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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"Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost." ~ John Quincy Adams