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Breaking News - 8/15/2013 3:41 PM

Judge Judy enters the fray

Judge Judy Sheindlin, mother of Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy, has joined the fray over allegations that Sheriff Don Smith interfered in a child rape case. More...

Carmel Restaurateur Accused Of Rape; Case Noted in Sheriff's Race

In the space of six days, the race for Putnam County sheriff between incumbent Donald Smith and challenger Kevin McConville is like a moving roller-coaster -- and it hasn’t stopped. More...

Biggest Tax Deadbeat Lives Here; Mahopac Man Owes $16.7 Million

Putnam County has the dubious distinction of calling New York State’s most delinquent taxpayer one of its own. More...

Coyote Pack Hits Putnam

Dr. Mary Ellen Finger, of Horsemen Trail Farm, off Route 9 in western Putnam, lost five sheep to predators late last week, and has now confirmed that the culprits were a pack of coyotes. More...

Politics

County Commits $400K to Kent Sewer District

The creation of a new sewer district in the Town of Kent is expected to expand commercial development along the Route 52 corridor in Lake Carmel. More...

Lawmakers Want State to Adopt Aquatic Invasive Species Law

Aquatic invasive species pose a threat to the biological diversity of Putnam’s many lakes, streams and ponds. More...

Around the County

Putnam Hospital One of America’s Safest Hospitals

Putnam Hospital Center has fared well in the 10th annual New York State Hospital Report Card. More...

Pearl Offering Amateur Radio Classes

Interested in amateur radio communications or in assisting the public during crisis situations? PEARL (Putnam Emergency Amateur Radio League) will be offering free classes from Aug. 17 through Sept. 21 for future members. More...

Library Doings in Putnam

Brewster to Host Focus Groups More...

Cultural Events

Patterson to Host Fife, Drum Fest

The Young Colonials are hosting their 26th Annual Fife and Drum Music Festival on Friday and Saturday - August 16 and 17, at the Patterson Fire Department - Burdick Road, Patterson. Camping opens Friday, August 16th at noon. More...

Mother Nature Dampens Putnam’s Women Fest

Putnam’s first annual Women’s Fest was interrupted by Mother Nature when torrential downpours canceled activities last Friday. More...

Front Street Gallery Hosts Group Show Winners  Free Access 

Opening on Saturday September 14, “Life Forms,” features the winners of Front Street’s second annual juried group show, Roberta Dixon of Ithaca, and Millie Falcaro of Manhattan. More...

Sports

Fall Sports Set to Kick Off

BREWSTER – Well, that was quick. Barely two months after the 2012- 13 high school sports season ended, the 2013-14 campaign is about to begin. More...

Kent, Patterson Win WPBA Titles

SHRUB OAK – That late-season winning streak that propelled the Kent White Sox to a playoff berth in the 16-and-under division of the Westchester Putnam Baseball Association also propelled them right to the championship. More...

Mahopac Grad Hits Home Run with Internship

Now at Mount St. Mary, business marketing student helped kids

Leanne O’Reilly, a business marketing major at Mount Saint Mary College, spends a lot of time pitching at her internship with the Hudson Valley Renegades baseball team – and she’s helping local children’s organizations hit hom 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 

Mary ‘Pat’ Hanna

Mary “Pat” Hanna, of Brewster, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Waterview Hills Nursing Home peacefully in her sleep. She was 94 years old. Pat was born February 5, 1919, in Danbury, Ct. Pat married Eddie Hanna on September 15, 1938. More...

Jayden Curtis Nicoletti

Jayden Curtis Nicoletti, of Carmel, died in his sleep with his family by his side, Friday August 9, 2013, at Putnam Hospital Center. He was 26 days young. Jayden was born on July 13, 2013, at 2:12 a.m. at Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel. More...

Helen Marie Wald

Our dear Helen Marie Wald, 91, formerly of Mahopac, is now residing with our Heavenly Father. She passed at 6:18 p.m., Tuesday July 30, 2013. More...

Breaking News - 8/20/2013 10:02 PM

Brewster teen killed on vacation in Michigan

A 19-year-old Brewster youth was killed early Tuesday in a two-car crash while vacationing with his family in Zeeland, Michigan.Authorities identified the victim as Steven D’Ottavio.Police in the rural community of 5,000 said D’Ottavio was pronounced More...

Breaking News - 8/17/2013 10:23 AM

Traffic Disaster in Patterson

Route 22 debacle after huge gravel spill

Traffic was backed up for miles along the Route 22 corridor in three counties Friday when a tractor-trailer rig carrying 40 tons of  gravel jackknifed and overturned near the Patterson-Pawling line, forcing the closure of the heavily travelled r More...

D.A. Levy Cites Defamation, Files $5M Suit Against Sheriff

Charging that Sheriff Donald Smith was “out of control and on a power trip,” District Attorney Adam Levy late Wednesday afternoon outlined the rationale behind a $5 million, 30-page, 97-item defamation lawsuit filed earlier in the day aga More...

Hundreds Partake in Muddy Puddles Project

Hundreds enjoyed the out-of-doors Saturday at Camp Kiwi in Mahopac while raising money and awareness in support of childhood cancer research. More...

General Stories

Antonio’s Gift Raises Dollars for Injured Carmel Child

Eileen Miras of Brewster looked around at the large crowd gathered on Patterson FD grounds Sunday afternoon and smiled. “What a wonderful turnout to assist the family of a little boy so badly hurt,” she said. More...

Carmel is Putnam’s Marching Machine

Carmel Fire Chief Robert Lipton credits his department’s successes this year along the parade routes in Putnam, Westchester and Dutchess counties to “motivation.” More...

Tragic Weekend for Motorcyclists

It was a tragic weekend for motorcyclists in Putnam County. One man was killed and a second critically injured in a pair of cycle crashes in Kent. Kent Police identified the fatal victim as Dominik Kokoszka, 26, Iselin, N.J. More...

Enterprise

Leadership Training – Building Community Spirit & Organizational Excellence in Putnam

Today’s headlines tell a story of the divisiveness among many of Putnam County’s leaders. Political adversaries vie for position, alleging wrongdoing on the part of others amid a general feeling of mutual distrust. More...

School News

County Bails Out PARC Pre-School Program

PARC’s Pre-School program will continue to provide services for Putnam’s most vulnerable population— children with developmental, physical and emotional disabilities—next month thanks in part to an infusion of county funds. More...

Breaking News - 8/15/2013 3:43 PM

Annual Road Closing in Mahopac

The Board of Education of the Mahopac Central School District authorizes the closing for 24 hours, on the fourth Tuesday of August, namely August 20, 2013, its private road on the north side of the Lakeview Elementary School, property known as Harbor More...

Dr. Fran Wills Likes What She Sees in Putnam Valley Schools

Putnam Valley Interim Superintendent Dr. Fran Wills has hit the ground running and the veteran school administrator likes what she sees. More...

Editorials

Sifting Through the Sands of Time

Courier Archives

Demand for the improvement of more roads with a hard surface that will make them available for traffic every day in the year throughout Putnam, Dutchess and Fairfield counties, by residents of those counties, was discussed by representatives of those More...

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