2021-08-31 E-Edition

A Couple of Horse Tales

A Dramatic Equine Rescue in Patterson & Retirement for Putnam’s Beloved Percherons King & Charlie

In the specialized world of rescuing horses, the members of the Patterson Fire Department have become experts at getting the big animals out of the muck, freed from a ditch or fall, and back on their feet. Firefighters saved the life of their fourth horse in the past five years last Wednesday morning (Aug. 25) when, at 7:30 am, they […]

King and Charlie Out to Pasture


Visitors to Tilly Foster Farm have been asking: “Where are the horses?” King and Charlie, two magnificent Percheron horses formerly owned by John Blumberg, proprietor of the non-profit Rock Hill Farm in Southeast, sold the horses to Putnam County for $5,000 in 2019—animals worth between $14,000 to $15,000 a piece. Since that time, the horses have grazed on the front […]

Phone Scam Targeting Grandparents; Local Police Remind the Public to be Cautious


Two telephone scams targeting the elderly are being perpetuated by unscrupulous individuals and police are reminding senior citizens to refrain from falling victim to them. In one swindle residents receive a call from an individual disguising his or her voice, identifying the caller as the recipient’s grandchild who is in trouble. The caller claims to have been arrested and incarcerated […]

Two-Vehicle Crash Sends Woman to PHC


A 67 year old woman was treated at Putnam Hospital Center last week after her car was rear ended on Route 6 in Mahopac. Carmel Police said the mishap occurred in the southbound lane in front of the Countryside Restaurant when the unidentified resident of Carmel, operating a 2015 Subaru, was stopped in traffic before being rear-ended by a 2015 […]

It’s a Tax Scam, Not the Tax Man


Residents across Putnam have been receiving phony letters demanding immediate payment for supposed outstanding tax debt. The NYS Department of Taxation and Finance issued an alert last week regarding fake letters that list a return address of the “Tax Processing Center-Internal Processing ServicePublic Judgment Records Department.” The letter threatens to have passports and driver’s licenses of the recipient revoked unless […]

Revered CHS Teacher Ray Mainiero Passes Away at age 85


Ray Mainiero was an inspiration. The beloved Carmel High School teacher who spent nearly half his life Wheel chair bound after suffering massive trauma when struck by a car while jogging around Lake Mahopac on the final day of school in 1987, died August 17 at the age of 85. Mainiero taught biology at CHS as well as coaching tennis […]

George C. Taranto

December 25, 143 - August 25, 2021

George C. Taranto, of Danbury, CT, formerly of Brewster, NY, died on August 25, 2021, with his family by his side at his daughter’s home. He was 77 years old. He was born on December 25, 1943, to Francesco ‘Frank’ and Annunziata ‘Nancy’ (Massari) in Bronx, NY, and graduated from Ardsley High School and was all county in football and […]

John P. Smalley Sr.

April 16, 1934 - August 20, 2021

John P. Smalley Sr., 87, passed away on August 20, 2021, at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, NY. He was born in Kent Cliffs on April 16, 1934, the son of the late Earl Smalley and Elva Knapp. He had three brothers, Vernon, Elton and Gerald, who all predeceased him. He is survived by his children, Alice Pilch and her […]

Edward Kieran Curry

Edward Kieran Curry, 89, a longtime resident of Carmel, NY, passed away on August 21, 2021, following a lengthy illness. Born in 1932 in Brooklyn, New York, he was the cherished son of Theresa Maloney and John Curry. On June 30, 1951, he married the love of his life, Alice Jean (Patricia) Fant. Together, they settled in Brooklyn, NY and […]