Winter Swimmers Benefit Cystic Fibrosis



A change of venue brought out more than 300 hearty souls last Saturday who dove into the chilly waters of Sycamore Lake to raise money for what has become a Putnam tradition. Freezin’ for a Reason hopes to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis, a degenerative disease of the lungs that claims the lives of thousands of young people very […]

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. David Villalobos of Mahopac, a 25-year-old Mahopac High School graduate, jumped from the Wild Asia Monorail traveling through the Bronx Zoo on Sept.21 landing inside […]

Radon Plagues Putnam County



A silent killer is plaguing Putnam County. Radon, a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas that occurs from the radioactive decay of uranium or thorium in the soil, is the leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. Putnam Commissioner of Health Dr. Allen Beals told members of the Legislature’s Health Committee Monday evening while Putnam has the distinction of being […]

Church Bells Peal for New Pope




The peal of church bells across Putnam County rang in the news Wednesday afternoon that half a world away in the Vatican, a new pope had been named. Pope Francis I will lead the Catholic church, news that was greeted with joy by Father Anthony Sorgie, Pastor of St. James Church in Carmel. With his eyes glued to a wall-sized […]

State Aid Cuts Threaten to Decimate PARC



What started out as a recognition of PARC—Exceptional Opportunities for People with Disabilities—by the Putnam Legislature turned into a warning that services provided by the 59-year-old human services agency would be drastically slashed unless $1.2 million in state aid is returned. The alert was made before a large audience at the historic Putnam Courthouse last week when the lawmakers gathered […]

Luck of the Irish



Festival-like Setting for State of the County



County Executive MaryEllen Odell is pulling out all the stops for her 2nd annual State of the County address Thursday. “Making the Connection” is the theme of this year’s presentation that will be delivered at 7 o’clock in the auditorium at the Putnam Bureau of Emergency Services Training and Operations Center in Carmel. Doors open at 5 p.m. and visitors […]

Timeline for Seniors Lengthens, as Possible County Offices in Western Putnam Face Delays




A development in Cold Spring that could house county offices for western Putnam County appears to be a year or more off before construction could even begin, according to the latest report from Cold Spring’s village attorney. Village Attorney Steve Gaba told trustees on Tuesday night that by his “a rough estimate,” any approval is nine to 17 months away, […]

Much Ado About New Item Pricing Law



Retailers and elected officials in Putnam County are struggling to adapt to new legislation that is intended to be a tool to ensure accurate pricing of items and honest advertising practices – but it’s turning to be a debacle for small business in a tough economy. Resolution 262, the so-called “Item Pricing” law enacted November 13, 2012, requires a price […]

Putnam National Needs $528,000 Infusion



Putnam legislators have approved more than a half million dollars in taxpayer money to upgrade the county’s only municipal golf course. By a vote of 8-1 last week with Legislator Dini LoBue casting the lone negative ballot, the lawmakers agreed to borrow $255,000 for an equipment purchase while also bonding $273,000 for facilities improvements. The bonds for both sets of […]