Oh No! High Winds Topple Official Christmas Tree



A 45-foot tall blue spruce that served for years as Putnam’s official Christmas tree is no more. The large tree that was adorned with holiday lights year round and welcomed passersby to the hamlet of Carmel during the Christmas season was toppled by a strong gust of wind off Lake Gleneida early Wednesday, when violent electrical storms pelted the region. […]

NYC Drug Dealer Arrested in Putnam



Illegal drug trafficking in the Putnam area has taken a major hit thanks to the efforts of the Putnam Sheriff’s Department Countywide Narcotics Enforcement Unit. Victor Cerda, 35, of the Bronx was arrested over the weekend after an undercover officer, posing as a drug dealer, made arrangements to purchase a large quantity of heroin. Sgt. William Mooney said that on […]

Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan Leads Centennial Mass



St. Lawrence O’Toole Church in Brewster is ready for the next 100 years as the result of a $3.6 million renovation and expansion of the century old house of worship and the dedication of the church by His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York. Cardinal Dolan traveled to Brewster Saturday evening for the Centennial Mass where he was […]

Father Sorgie to Leave St. James Church



One of the region’s most loved, respected and revered clergymen is leaving his parish next month after being reassigned by the Archdiocese of New York. The Rev. Anthony Sorgie, pastor of St. James Church in Carmel and Our Lady of the Lake Church in Lake Carmel, since August 2001, will be assuming a new role as pastor of the new […]

Courier Awards $10K in Scholarships



The Putnam County Courier and the The Putnam County News & Recorder have again awarded 10 scholarships to deserving students to further their education. The students were honored during a recent reception at the PCNR and Courier building, as proud parents and siblings looked on. Each scholarship is for $1,000. Applicants were primarily judged on essays they submitted, as well […]

10 From Putnam Becoming Licensed Practical Nurses



Ten young women from Putnam County were among the 28 students who graduated last week as Licensed Practical Nurses from PutnamNorthern Westchester BOCES after completing a rigorous course of study in addition to dozens of hours of real-world experience in hospitals, nursing homes and other medical facilities. The Putnam residents included: Naomi Farrow of Lake Peekskill, Victoria Gevargiz of Putnam […]

Brewster’s Sue Pigat to Play in National Senior Games



Sue Pigat looks nothing like a senior citizen, yet the soon-to-be 52 year old from Brewster couldn’t wait for her 50th birthday so she could participate in the National Senior Games. Pigat is leaving Putnam County today (Thursday) to join the women’s basketball team in Minnesota, which will be playing in the week-long competition that gets underway on Saturday. During […]

Corrections & Clarifications



Lani Zaimi Ariano, owner of the former Ariano’s Restaurants in Carmel and Mahopac, was found guilty June 24 of forcibly touching a female waitress in a sexual way while at his restaurant in January 2014. The charge was the top count he faced; a headline in last week’s Courier misstated the issue.

Holiday Festivities Galore Across Putnam



Three unique fireworks displays are planned for the Independence Day holiday weekend in Putnam County. On Friday, the Southeast fireworks spectacular will light up the skies over the Highlands Shopping Center off Route 312 and I-84. Due to the enormous crowd anticipated, strict rules and regulations have been established that include no alcohol or open flame grilling. County officials reported […]

Mekeel’s Corners Celebrates The Fourth





The Mekeel’s Corners Chapel Association is pleased to announce the service celebrating America’s birthday will be held Saturday, July 4, at 10 a.m. at the Chapel at Rt. 9 and Rt. 301, Philipstown. There will be readings and the singing of favorite songs of our nation. The Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War will be taking part, […]