Dog’s Best Friend: SPCA Police Patrol Putnam

Two of Putnam’s most dedicated officers, Putnam Lake residents Ken Ross and his son Ken Ross Jr., can often be spotted patrolling the county in a hand-me-down, high-mileage Ford Crown Victoria as the mainstays of the SPCA Police. The SPCA is funded through donations and fundraising in addition to an annual $7,500 stipend from the Town of Carmel and $3,000 […]

Nimham Pow Wow Attracts People From Across America

Native Americans, as well as those interested in learning about local history, filled the Putnam Veterans Memorial Park in Kent last weekend for the county’s 18th annual Daniel Nimham Pow Wow. Humid weather conditions greeted large crowds. They learned from Gil “Crying Hawk” Tarbox of Kent, a member of the Nimham Mountain Singers, whose goal in life and love for […]

Local Woman Uninjured After Accidentally Driving Into Pool

Last week, a 67-year-old Carmel woman accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake on her car and wound up at the bottom of a pool at the Retreat Senior Living community off Stoneleigh Avenue. The incident took place around 9 a.m. when, according to Carmel Police, the unidentified woman’s Subaru jumped the curb and careened through a fence […]

Oklahoma Man Pleads Guilty To Assaulting Sheriff Bob Langley

An Oklahoma man accused of assaulting Sheriff Bob Langley last spring has pleaded guilty to reduced charges and faces sentencing October 10. Putnam Chief Assistant District Attorney Chana Kraus reported last week that Brant Carter of Stillwater, Oklahoma, entered a guilty plea to one count of thirddegree assault and one count of DWI in full satisfaction of the original charges […]

Opioid Abuse Still High In Putnam County; Narcan Use Increases

The numbers are stubbornly high and frightening: Last year twenty people died from opioid overdoses in the county, 12 of those from heroin. That’s almost exactly the same as 2016, with 21 total opioid deaths, 11 from heroin. The remainder come from other opioid pain relievers, such as fentanyl. Many of the dead, according to the New York State Health […]

Malachy McCourt Visits Arts On The Lake Friday Evening

One of the world’s greatest storytellers and authors, renowned Irish-American actor Malachy McCourt, will be in Putnam County Friday evening, celebrating life through storytelling. Ed Durkee of Arts on the Lake promises the event will “lead the audience through weeping and laughing with music, humor and witty tales.” McCourt, born in Brooklyn and raised in Limerick, Ireland, has performed on […]

Dyckman’s Steps Up To Bat

We have all heard of “bats in the belfry,” bat-caves, and even Batman, but how about a bat in the newsroom? Upon entering my office last Thursday evening following a meeting at the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services, I was greeted by a whoosh as something flew past my head. Startled to say the least, I soon realized that […]

Wine Connoisseurs to Converge for Festival

Hundreds of wine enthusiasts are expected this weekend in Patterson for Putnam County’s 8th annual International Wine and Food Fest on the grounds of the Patterson Fire Department at 13 Burdick Road off Route 311 in Patterson. The two-day event will showcase New York’s renowned wine, ale and spirits producers, food, arts and crafts along with local and international artists. […]

Things to Do

Is That Sunset Coming Earlier?

Thru Aug 23-12:20-2:30pm) Thursdays, Thursdays in the Park. More info: or call 845-878- 6121 ext. 10 Thru Aug 24- Founders Exhibition at Front Street Gallery, Patterson. More info: Thru Aug 30- Amanda Lynne exhibit at Mahopac Lib. More info:, 845-628-2009, ext 108 Tues Aug 21-3pm: Make a Keychain with a 3D Printer at Mahopac Lib. More info/ […]


Economic Revitalization Study Results Now Available Online

Not too long ago, Putnam County commissioned AKRF Inc. Environmental engineering company as well as Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress to conduct a planning and feasibility study with recommendations toward revitalization and improvements for 10 corridors in the county. The corridors were as follows: (1) Main St. in villages of Cold Spring and Nelsonville; (2) Routes 52 & 6 in […]