Brewster Fall Festival Draws Thousands

An autumn chill was in the air Sunday with temperatures flirting with the 60-degree mark, yet thousands filled Brewster’s Main Street for the community’s first Fall Festival, formerly known as Founder’s Day. Police estimated more than 5,000 attended the event. Men, women and children of all backgrounds and from all ethnicities enjoyed each other’s company by browsing through 112 exhibits […]

Community Mourns Brewster Student

Youth drowns days before school term in Southeast

Hundreds gathered at the Electrozone Field in Brewster Wednesday evening to pay tribute to Oscar Gonzalez, a “great kid” who died tragically on Labor Day. Gonzalez, a Brewster student just days shy of his 15th birthday, drowned in Lake Tonetta in Southeast on Monday evening. Friends, family members, teachers and neighbors recalled Oscar as a special young man whose life […]

Legislators Table Tobacco 21 Legislation

The Putnam Legislature tabled the enactment of the Tobacco 21 Act by a 6-3 vote last Tuesday evening, disappointing the bill’s sponsor, Barbara Scuccimarra. The action shocked an audience that supported its passage, including representatives of POW’R Against Tobacco, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association and the American Cancer Society. When the vote to table was approved, Putnam’s […]

Odell, Maloney and Harckham winners in Putnam on Primary Day


County Executive Mary Ellen Odell was victorious in a Conservative Party Primary Thursday by tallying 292 votes. Her opponent in the November general election, Kent Supervisor Maureen Fleming challenged the incumbent with a write-in campaign. Although no write-ins were tabulated on Primary Day evening at the Board of Elections office, 71 write-in votes were cast. Fleming was victorious in her […]

Tractors of Yesteryear on Display

Jeff Hyatt remembered growing up in Putnam County and how old-time artisans told him it took almost a year to drill a well with a waterwell drilling machine. Hyatt, who resides in Patterson, displayed his 1891 water-well machine powered by a 9-horsepower engine at last weekend’s Antique Farm Equipment show at Tilly Foster Farm. Hyatt said the tractors along with […]

Opposed to Carmel School Bond

Dear Editor, As a senior citizen and longtime Town of Kent resident, I am strongly opposed to the Carmel Schools capital project and the crushing tax increase that goes along with it. The project, which asks the taxpayers for $25.4 million dollars in new taxing and spending, is unsustainable and will surely lead to many more senior citizens being forced […]

On McCain and a Moral Code

Dear Editor: I watched the final tributes to Senator John McCain and I wept. As I reflect upon it I questioned what I was crying about. Was it the emotional tributes to a great man? Was it a remembrance of how I felt when I lost my father, or was it something else? Even though I feel I am well […]

Election Day & a New Year Ahead

Election Day & a New Year Ahead

I wrote last week about a phone scam involving the IRS. I can report that apparently, no government agents were “standing by” to arrest me unless I immediately loaded up a pre-paid debit card and called the number to fork over loads of cash. Not even one agent showed up. A disappointment, in its way. Might have been a good […]

Sifting Through the Sands of Time


Prediction of President of New York Central Who Has Visited the West. New York, Sept, 10th—President W.C. Brown of the New York Central Railroad, who is an expert crop observer and estimator, predicts the greatest crop of all kinds ever produced in the history of this country. He has just returned from an extensive Western trip. In an interview he […]

Word of the Week

lugubrious | loo-GOO-bree-us ADJ: mournful; especially : exaggeratedly or affectedly mournful