Carmel’s Holiday On The Lake Is Best Yet



Picture perfect weather last weekend resulted in enormous crowds filling downtown Carmel for the 21st annual Holiday on the Lake. Police estimated more than 5,000 were on hand Saturday evening for the county seat’s annual electric light parade featuring some 35 brightly lit and colored floats. Following the parade, a switch was flicked and 80 holiday trees along the Gleneida […]

Feds Take Over Mahopac Fire Department Investigation



The U.S. Attorney will now lead the investigation into the reported embezzlement of millions of dollars from the Mahopac Fire Department treasury over the past few years. The move brings significant additional heft to the embezzlement review. New York State Police Public Information Officer Trooper Melissa McMorris told the Courier exclusively early Wednesday that “the U.S. Attorney’s Office has taken […]

Happy 100th Mrs. Pataki



Sunday afternoon was a flurry of activity at the Garrison home of Presidential candidate and former Governor George Pataki and his wife Libby – George’s mother Margaret Lagana Pataki turned 100 years old. Surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Margaret looked radiant and was all smiles. She wore a beautiful peacock blue dress. In front of her was a […]

Sheriff, In Wake of California Attack, Supports 2nd Amendment



Putnam Sheriff Don Smith has taken a cautious approach to individuals carrying weapons in the wake of last week’s horrific chain of events in California. The sheriff told this reporter: “As the residents of our county know, I am a staunch supporter of the right of the people to keep and bear arms in accordance with the Second Amendment of […]

Two More Challengers Vie to Take Maloney’s Seat in 2016



Two residents of Orange County have announced they will challenge Putnam Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney next fall on the GOP line. They are the second and third persons to announce a run for the 18th Congressional District seat now held by the Cold Spring Democrat. Sakima Brown of Poughkeepsie tossed her hat into the Republican ring earlier this year, for […]

Appreciate a Veteran Toy Drive



A Toys for Tots Veterans Appreciation Drive will be held in Brewster by the Bulldogs Hockey team on Sunday, December 13th, at 5:05pm at the Brewster Ice Arena. They will play the Danbury Titans. Game tickets cost $10. Fans with an unwrapped toy receive $2 off their ticket price. Please bring an unwrapped gift to the game for families in […]

Festival of Lights Celebrated Countywide



Chanukah or the Festival of Lights is being celebrated countywide this week. Menorah lightings were held in Brewster on Monday and Cold Spring on Tuesday, with the county seat’s official lighting this evening (Thursday) in downtown Carmel. Rabbi Avi Korer of Putnam Chabad officiated over the ceremonies held in Brewster and Cold Spring. He was assisted at the Brewster gathering […]

Hudson River During Revolution Is Topic of Talk



Join the “Our American History” program series at 10 am Saturday for a lecture on “An Object of Great Importance – The Hudson River During the American War for Independence.” Historian, author and educator Christopher DiPasquale is to speak at the Putnam Valley Grange Hall, 128 Mill Street in Putnam Valley. During the American Revolution the Hudson River was not […]

Santa’s Elves Work for Carmel Fire Department



Carmel firefighters will be making the holidays bright and cheery for dozens of children hospitalized at the Maria Ferrari Children’s Hospital in Valhalla. Members of the Carmel FD delivered 300 toys to the facility, located on the campus of the Westchester Medical Center, Tuesday. CFD Board of Director and toy drive coordinator Robert Geoghegan explained Sunday the toys were collected […]

Jane Smith, Wife of Putnam Sheriff Don Smith, Passes Away After Cancer Fight



Family and friends are mourning the passing of Jane Smith of Kent Lakes, wife of Putnam Sheriff Don Smith, who died early Sunday after losing a valiant fight against cancer with her husband at her side. Smith, 64, was called a “fighter” who refused to give up after battling the insidious disease for several years. “My Lady Jane loved her […]