Candy Cane Run Special For The Coslett Family

I n 1994, a special family tradition began for the Coslett Family of Kent when the wail of fire department sirens on the second Saturday before Christmas indicated time for the Lake Carmel Fire Department’s Candy Cane Run. Last Saturday, the family’s ritual continued when Anna and Paul Coslett gathered their “four legged” family members and dressed them in their […]

Courier, PCNR Under New Ownership

Elizabeth Ailes, the owner and publisher of the Putnam County News & Recorder and the Putnam County Courier, announced that she has sold both historic newspapers of record. The sale, to editor-in-chief and associate publisher Douglas Cunningham, closed this week. Terms were not disclosed. Cunningham said he is taking over two sound newspapers that continue to have room for growth. […]

At 16, Jillian McNamara is a World Champion

Jillian McNamara has quite a future! The 16 year old Brewster High School junior returned from Germany last week as a world champion after competing in the International Dance Organization’s World Tap championships. Jillian has been training and rehearsing since last spring preparing for the competition that attracted tap dancers from around the globe including South Africa, Australia, Europe and […]

23 Now Proud to be An American

I t’s been quite a year for 197 of America’s newest citizens. The final naturalization ceremony of the year was held Wednesday at the historic Putnam Courthouse when 23 men and women recited their oath of allegiance to the United States and received a rousing ovation. The ceremony, attended by family and friends of the new citizens, was the fifth […]

Putnam Valley High School Considers Later Start

Recent research findings regarding the effect of school start time on adolescent academic achievement and mental health has compelled the Putnam Valley School District to consider pushing back the opening bell at Putnam Valley High School. Superintendent Frances Wills explained the National Institute for Health and Scientific American both concurred that “adolescents would greatly benefit in student achievement as well […]

Festival of Lights to be Celebrated Countywide

Chanukah or the Festival of Lights will be celebrated countywide this year thanks to Chabad of Putnam County. Three menorah lightings, one in Cold Spring, are planned for the final week of the month. On Monday, Dec. 26, a community Menorah ceremony is planned for Brewster when at 5:30 p.m. the candelabra will be illuminated on the corner of Routes […]

Holidays Arrive In Lake Carmel

The holidays have arrived in Lake Carmel thanks in part to the effort of the Lake Carmel Park District. With the assistance of the Kent Police Department, Santa arrived over the weekend in a flurry of lights and sirens. Games for children, a bonfire to keep warm and hot chocolate along with holiday music kept crowds in the Christmas-Chanukah spirit. […]

Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration In Brewster

Carols performed by the Putnam Chorale greeted guests Saturday evening at the historic Walter Brewster House as the Landmarks Preservation Society greeted dozens of guests for an old fashioned holiday party. The magnificent building on Oak Street was beautifully decorated by members of the Brewster-Carmel Garden Club. Joseph Whalen, soon-to-be-retiring executive director of Green Chimneys and president of the preservation […]

Letter to the Editor

Editor’s Note: We don’t typically print letters from people outside the county, but the writer’s point is a great reminder. He volunteers at Putnam’s animal shelter in Carmel. If a Puppy Is the Gift, Consider the Shelter! To the Editor, Now that the holiday season is upon us, many people think a puppy would make a good gift. What most […]

32 Graduate Putnam’s Youth Court Commencement

The historic Putnam County Courthouse was filled to the rafters when 32 young people from throughout the region took their oaths of office and became the 29th anniversary graduates of Putnam County Youth Court. Last Wednesday’s hour long ceremony was dedicated to the memory of Putnam Undersheriff Peter Convery as well as to Jane Smith, wife of Putnam Sheriff Don […]