Legislators Crack Over Sidewalk Repairs in Carmel



The summer of 2012 will be remembered as one of great inconvenience for motorists in the hamlet of Carmel due to sidewalk construction along Route 6. Anger, frustration, annoyance and disbelief were expressed by local residents, merchants and officials alike as flag people raised the ire of the motoring public by directing traffic in a way that resulted in gridlock […]

Old Friend, Long-Serving Firetruck, Leaves Mahopac



Dry eyes were at a premium outside Mahopac FD headquarters early Tuesday morning when an old friend—a 1977 Oren fire truck that served the region’s firefighting force with pride and distinction for 35 years, was placed atop a trailer truck for a trip to its new home down south. The old timer, which had outlived its usefulness in Putnam County, […]

Dumb and Dumber: Teens Charged After Posting Photo On Instagram



Not too bright—that’s the way Carmel Police reacted to four teens who, after allegedly damaging 20 mailboxes in the Mahopac-Mahopac Falls-Carmel area Monday, were nabbed when one of the youths reportedly posted a photo of the crime on Instagram. The site is a free photo-sharing and social network that allows users to post photos sharing them with others. Chief Michael […]

Large Crowds Enjoy Pow-Wow

The Daniel Nimham Pow-Wow

Large crowds were on hand at the Putnam Veterans Memorial Park last weekend for what has become a late summer’s county tradition—The Daniel Nimham Pow-Wow. The event was co-hosted by the Nimham Mountain Singers and the Red Storm Drum and Dance Troupe that paid special tribute to women veterans. Gil “Crying Hawk” Tarbox of Kent, a member of the singers […]

A Pitch for Putnam’s ‘Cyclosportif’



On the porch of Libby and George Pataki’s home overlooking the Hudson River, bicycling enthusiast and businessman John Eustice on Monday evening pitched his vision for the Putnam Cycling Classic. The Classic, a mix of recreational riding and the trappings of a professional race, is slated for Oct. 14, a Sunday. As evening turned to dusk in Garrison, Eustice, a […]

McLaughlin to Star in Broadway’s Lion King



Caleb and Caitlyn McLaughlin are Broadway bound! Caleb, 10, a 6th grader at the George Fischer Middle School in Carmel and his 6-year-old sister, a 2nd grader at Kent Primary School, have been performing this summer in “Lost in the Stars” in Cooperstown to the delight of appreciative audiences. Caleb received word last week that he had been selected to […]

All Shook Up for 41st Senate Seat



For years in New York state, incumbents in the state Legislature faced little opposition, and most won even if they did have a solid opponent. Redistricting helped preserve incumbents, keeping the Assembly in Democratic hands, and the Senate, most years, in Republican. This year could test the rules. Incumbent Stephen Saland of Dutchess County, a veteran of three decades in […]

Putnam County: Your Stay-cation Destination



The month of August is a great time to spend seven days in exotic destinations such as—Putnam County. Seriously. Let’s consider a few options. Start with a Saturday outing on Lake Mahopac with its full service marinas, boat rentals and other services. There’s late-summer fishing plus waterskiing, tubing, wakeboarding and other fun on the Lake. Sunday brings an opportunity for […]

Odell, County Execs, Announce Support for Tappan Zee Replacement



Job Growth Reported Throughout the Region



The news is encouraging. Private sector employment in the tricounty Putnam-Westchester-Rockland region grew by 3.1 percent for the 12 month period ending July 31, 2012. The job growth was the largest recorded by the New York Department of Labor statewide. John Nelson, an analyst with the Labor Department, reported employment gains in leisure and hospitality, education and health services, trade, […]