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CUNNINGHAM’S CORNER

2021: The Institutions Hold

 ‘It was absolutely my pleasure to crush a white nationalist insurrection’ As I feared last week, we have come to learn that this insurrection at the Capitol on July 6 was far more dangerous than we at first thought, including to lawmakers of b… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content. […]

Good Governance and the Truth

To the Editor, In the Putnam County Legislators’ annual reorganization meeting earlier this month, I was chosen to be Deputy County Chairman. It was the second year in a row that my colleagues elected me to that position, and I am grateful for their… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content.

2021 Is the Year for Mental Health Goals


We all wanted to start the month of January on a positive start. Messages on losing weight, starting an easy exercise routine from home, and maybe trying a new hobby all seemed so easy on January 1st. However, as the month has rolled along and the ki… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to […]

gardening GUSTO

Celery? Sure!
(and Celery Tonic and Celery Toast: EOD)

Illustration by Peter GergelyThis week in your Putnam County garden, January 19/20: Cool and Calm. When you are hot and bothered about the present state of affairs, you may regain some form of peace by wandering in your sweetly slumbering garden. As … Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content.

Cunningham’s Corner

FREE 2021: An Inauspicious Beginning, An Unfathomable Ending

My father used to say, “It can’t get any worse.” It’s gotten worse, and by quite a bit. Most state capitol buildings are grand structures, deliberately so, with soaring domes, stained glass, and artwork and sculpture. New York’s is something of an outlier; the dome was never completed. The Capitol’s massive weight was causing stress fractures and the building was […]

gardening GUSTO

Order Seeds Soon! Grow Green Indoors (and ‘Comfort Ye’ Baked Pasta)

Illustration by Peter Gergely This week in your Putnam County garden: Seed orders. Get your seed orders in ASAP. I’m not kidding. Last week I warned that big ol’ Burpee Seeds and Plants ran out of many items last season in the largest spike in … Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access […]

Business Perspective: New Year, New Laws


It is a New Year and of course new laws will be going into place. One thing we have learned during the unfolding of events is that life does go on These two new laws potentially will hurt the already struggling employers and business owners, though … Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to […]

CUNNINGHAM’S CORNER

FREE 2021 Arrives, and the News Is Still Grim

Readers often jot us a note with their renewal, and most of the time, they tell us they enjoy the paper and our intensely local focus on Putnam County and its people. A few chime in with their favorite cocktail recipes, realizing that mine is a Manhattan. Then there are times, as we sometimes find here at the Paragraph Factory, […]

gardening GUSTO

Sow Seeds on Snow and Chef’s Salad Your Kids Will (Might?) Eat

Illustration by Peter Gergely This week in your Putnam County garden (January 5/6, 2020): Stratification. Some flower and vegetable seeds require cold temperatures to break their dormancy and begin the germination process. This “unlocking” is call… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content.

CUNNINGHAM’S CORNER

FREE 2020: It Can’t End Soon Enough

And on Christmas Eve, the wind roared like a freight train outside. That sleigh must have taken a fierce buffeting; it’s a small miracle any gifts got delivered at all considering the gale force winds and driving rain that seemed horizontal at times. How do I know about the driving rain? I’ll tell you: Hazel thought she wanted to go […]


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