Adopt-a-Highway Killed

Putnam Highway Department workers will be removing Adopt-a-Highway signs on county roads from Cold Spring to Carmel in the next few weeks now that the program has been disbanded by county government. Deputy County Attorney Andrew Negro urged members of the Legislature’s Physical Services Committee on Tuesday evening not to be too hasty in issuing that order, because Putnam initially […]

Parking Deck Coming Down

A parking area behind the Putnam Office Building and adjacent to the Sheriff’s Department resembles a demolition derby these days. The 22,400-square-foot concrete platform is coming down to be replaced by a new structure that will house 140 vehicles on two levels. Last Friday, Commissioner of Highways Fred Pena and engineer Jan Stribula invited the Courier to view the site. […]

Much Ado About Nothing at Tilly

Cannon and black-powder musket firings went off without a hitch last Saturday at the Tilly Foster farm in Southeast. The Bicentennial event had raised the ire of animal rights activists throughout the county, especially the Animal Rights Foundation. But the animals had been moved away from potential noise and history came to life at the farm thanks to a group […]

Dream Realized for New Lawyer

The shingle was proudly installed outside the new law office of Amy Covais last week in Carmel. For a gal who never completed high school and studied while her two children were growing up, the moment was exceptional. Covais, 53, recently graduated from Pace Law School and passed the New York State Bar. “It’s been a long hard road,” she […]

‘Holding Pattern’ for Tamagna

Vinny Tamagna of Nelsonville has been a public figure for more than a decade and a half. From the County Legislature in Carmel to Philipstown’s Relay for Life to the Putnam County 4-H Fair in Kent, Tamagna has been involved and present, and always wearing his trademark smile. Not long after County Executive MaryEllen Odell’s election last November, rumors regarding […]

Top Planner Retires

It’s a rare occurrence when four of Putnam’s five county executives are in the same room at the same time. Such was the case last Wednesday evening at the Centennial Golf Club in Carmel when family, friends and colleagues paid their farewell to Putnam’s long time Planner John Lynch. Lynch has retired after serving residents of Putnam County for 32 […]


Economic Development Paying Off!

Recently, it seems that businesses in downtown Mahopac are booming. It’s true that Mahopac is becoming a destination in its own right, where people can walk, shop, dine and now can even enjoy some culture with the new Gallery “Look Art.” Clearly, all the tools are there for quite an economic surge in Mahopac. It has everything one could possibly […]

Rabid Cat Found

Rabies is posing a serious health problem throughout the region and entire state. Putnam Health officials reported last week a stray cat found in Mahopac tested positive for rabies, resulting in one human treatment as a result of a bite by the infected animal. Statewide, 43 New Yorkers were bitten by rabid bats and 21 others attacked by rabid cats […]

Body Found in Danbury

The body of a 35-year-old Mahopac woman was found Tuesday evening in a wooded area near Trader Joe’s off Mill Plain Road in Danbury. Danbury Police identified the victim as Siobhan Fahy of Steiner Drive in Mahopac, but refused to provide any additional information. Carmel Police Lt. Brian Karst told the Courier Wednesday that his office received a call from […]

Carmel Boy Scouts Hit 25

Carmel News

Carmel Boy Scouts are 25 years old. During its year-end Court of Honor last week, hundreds were on hand to recognize scouts who earned merit badges and rank achievements during the past year. The highlight of the evening came when a special reunion united scoutmasters from Troop 14 along with Eagle Scouts and scout alumni. Each of the troop’s former […]