Assembly kills Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

So much for Putnam shoppers getting a tax break this fall on back to school clothing and footwear.Despite the Putnam Legislature earlier this month authorizing County Executive Mary Ellen Odell to file a Home Rule message with the State Legislature declaring the period of Aug. 15 to Aug. 24 as a sales tax free holiday, lawmakers in the State Assembly […]

Carmel Seniors Graduate Under Tight Security

Security was tight at the O’Neill Center on the Western Connecticut State University campus in Danbury Thursday night when 365 members of the Carmel High School Class of 2016 received their diplomas. The high school was plagued with several bomb threats prior to the end of the school year—with mention made of graduation—necessitating law enforcement in Putnam County to notify […]

Fourth of July Events in Putnam

June 30: Sunset concert – Mahopac Chamber of Commerce Park, Route 6N – Mahopac – 7 p.m. July 1: Patterson Fire Department Parade and Holiday Carnival—starting at 7 p.m. at the intersection of Route 311 and 292 in Patterson. Fireworks at firehouse at dusk July 2: Putnam Fireworks Display at Highlands Shopping Center, Route 312 and Independence Way in Southeast […]

More Than 5,000 Watch Mahopac Seniors Graduate

The weatherman cooperated! Picture perfect weather welcomed 404 graduates of Mahopac High School last Wednesday evening along with a standing room only crowd of more than 5,000 who jammed bleachers and stood 10 deep along the school’s track to cheer the throng of young men and women adorned in the school’s colors of blue and gold. Principal Adam Pease congratulated […]

It’s Oliva Versus Maloney in November

Putnam’s Republican endorsed candidate for the 18th Congressional District race, Phil Oliva of Somers, was victorious Tuesday, defeating Kenneth Del Vecchio of Warwick in a GOP Primary. Oliva tallied 584 votes in Putnam compared to Del Vecchio’s 446. Oliva also bested his challenger in Westchester, Dutchess and Orange counties. Oliva will now face off against incumbent Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney […]

Mt. Hope Church Holds Final Service

A chapter of Putnam County history closed Sunday in Mahopac Falls when the Mt. Hope United Methodist Church conducted its final worship service. The church was formed in 1876 when, according to local historian and church member Greg Amato, a need existed to form a house of worship: “In the late 19th century, farming was the area’s primary industry. Families […]


Jefferson’s Declaration

Thomas Jefferson was a student of the classics, science, and history. The Virginia planter and lawyer was a scholar, a thinker, a writer – but he was no speaker. He was the man to whom colleagues went when they needed an eloquent pen and a brain that understood the best political scholarship of the time. Appointed to the Continental Congress […]

New Consumer Affairs Director To Be Confirmed

The Putnam Legislature’s Audit Committee Tuesday evening approved the appointment of Michael Budzinski as the county’s new Consumer Affairs Director, opening the door for the full legislature to endorse County Executive MaryEllen Odell’s recommendation at its meeting next week. Budzinski is already a county employee serving as the Health Department’s Director of Engineering. Under the terms of the agreement, Budzinski […]

Putnam Blood Drive Helps With Summer Demand

A steady stream of donors during Putnam’s semi-annual blood drive last Friday sponsored by the Driscoll Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police in conjunction with the Putnam Bureau of Emergency Services, the Carmel Knights of Columbus lodge and Putnam residents serving with the Fire Department of New York City resulted in 92 pints of the life saving liquid being […]

Sifting Through the Sands of Time


The Methodist church was filled on Sunday when the baccalaureate sermon was delivered by Dr. Robert Johns Trevorrow, president of the Seminary. The church was beautifully decorated with flowers and the old graduates deserve credit for their work in making the church so attractive for the occasion. The seniors marched up the center aisle as has been the custom in […]