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Dangerous Times in Carmel

I have long thought, as I’ve written before, that the schools are the single most important political entity we have. Running for and serving on a school board is a big deal. And the Carmel School Board, in recent years, hasn’t done itself any favors… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this […]

Subpoena Power for County Lawmakers Would ‘Stomp’ Over Citizen Rights

To the Editor, Imagine this scenario. The Philipstown Town Board demands subpoena power to call people in against their will and question them on a range of subjects. How would that be received? There would be an outcry the likes of which has never … Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this […]

gardening GUSTO

It’s Your Day, Dad! Plus, the Chelsea Chop, and Cucumber Growing
(with Dr. Gergely’s Hungarian Chilled Cherry Soup)

Illustration by Peter GergelyAs previously promised before Mother’s Day: Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday, June 20th. Here is some timely advice: Dads, do not hesitate to ask for the kind of Father’s Day you’d like and/ or what gifts you want. If … Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this […]

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FREE Diving Into Politics Is Like …

I am thinking this week of all the people who are willing to seek and serve in a public post, from the School Board to town and village boards to the county Legislature. I don’t think we appreciate these folks enough. I have thought this for a while, it’s not a new belief. But I think my views have intensified […]

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So Many Flowers, Baby Berries, and Beneficial Bugs
(with Creamy Strawberry Cast Iron Cobbler)

Illustration by Peter Gergely May we celebrate the exuberance of flowers this early June without doom scrolling the hot and humid weather surely to come? Yes! When you think about it, it is always “Hot and Humid in the Hudson Valley” in July and A… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this […]

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FREE Memorial Day: Remembering Our Fallen, Our Wars & Those Who Fought in Them

It was an unusual Memorial Day, I think, just over a year on in pandemic time. Some ceremonies continued apace and drew several score of bystanders, including the Watchfires at Putnam’s Veterans Memorial Park. There, veterans and scouts and others respectfully retired flags no longer in good condition. But this ceremony and the Watchfires themselves grew out of a heinous […]

Going Back to Normal, The Right Way

Tips for Returning: It Can Be Hard

How to Reemerge Your friends and family are vaccinated now and asking you out for dinner. Emails are coming in on paperless post for large gatherings. You went out to dinner and were actually told not to wear your mask! And there is even talk about … Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to […]

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June Gardening is Here, But Don’t Be a Tool Fool
(and Chilled Spring Pea Soup)

Illustration by Peter Gergely The First Week in June in Your Putnam County Garden is finally here! You can get busy transplanting your tomato, pepper, basil, eggplant, and tender starts into the garden. We had some chilly temps right before Mem… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content.

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FREE After a Grim Year, Is Kindness Too Much to Ask?

One of the most disturbing things about this past year, to me, has been the extent to which masks have become some kind of weapon. Did I like wearing a mask? No. But did I think it was a “diaper,” as some of the opponents to wearing a mask have called it? No. Did I think it was a plot? […]

From the Archives est. way back in Friday Afternoon May 10, 1902

MEMORIAL SERVICE

CELEBRATION AT BREWSTER THE PRINCIPLE EVENT TODAY. Picnic and Two Ball Games Will Occupy the Day at Cold Spring. Mahopac Season. Memorial services are being held through the country today. Programs and services commemorative of the occasion are give… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content.


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