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CUNNINGHAM’S CORNER: The County Owns Tourism Promotion Now

FREE Owning the Issue

I had a boss once who wrapped up every meeting with, ‘OK, what do we own?’ It was one more chance for each of us to recount what, exactly, we would do to solve this or that problem. I thought it was a great technique. And now the county firmly, absolutely, owns tourism promotion. The Legislature last week approved making […]

The Business Perspective

Business Council Names New Board Member, Announces Coming Events

It is a pleasure to welcome John Kraus to the Business Council board. John is the Senior Vice President / Program Administrator, Commercial Lender Development at Tompkins Mahopac Bank. Tompkins Mahopac has been a supporter of our organization since d… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content. Username Password Remember Me […]

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The Enigmatic Eggplant
plus the Best and Easiest Baba Ghanoush

Illustration by Peter Gergely An enigma is a mystery. For many, the eggplant is an enigma: Where did eggplants originally grow? Do eggplants grow in the Hudson Valley? Are eggplants good for you? Do I have to salt eggplant before cooking it? What … Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content.

CUNNINGHAM’S CORNER

FREE Different, Though Familiar, Rituals

I wrote last week about the Putnam County 4-H Fair, and its many small-town, even old-timey rituals, including a good hot dog munched outside. I fear this week is far less optimistic. Familiar ritual, yes. But if this, another mass shooting – followed within hours by another – becomes one of the levers that unites us, if only in grief […]

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Planning & Planting Now for Fall Harvest

Illustration by Peter GergelyWhat to Plant Now Our gardens, the farmers’ markets, and CSA shares, are overflowing with good food. But, ever the busy creatures we are, gardeners are planting even more seeds for future harvests to nourish us right into… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content.

CUNNINGHAM’S CORNER

FREE A Quintessential Small Town, Down to Earth Celebration

It truly is hard to beat a small-time county fair for a genuine good time. You can catch up with friends. Enjoy a hot dog with sauerkraut, and then another one with chili and cheese. See all the politicians, or nearly all of them, at once. The best such events are neither pretentious nor slick, and I think Putnam’s succeeds […]

gardening GUSTO — The Origin of Victory Gardens

Victory Gardens and Sweet Potato Muffins

Illustration by Peter Gergely A while ago I wrote a bit about World War II Victory Gardens (“A Farm in Your Yard and A Chicken in Every Pot” September 12 and 13, 2017). Since we have just marked the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty o… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier […]

CUNNINGHAM’S CORNER: Tourism promotion still a fiasco

FREE Tourism Fiasco Continues: Putnam County, Still ‘Not Found’

You know how sometimes you chew on things later, think about them, and decide, “Maybe I overreacted there.” Or, “Maybe I misread that.” I’ve been chewing on this tourism thing — the abdication of the Putnam County Visitors Bureau, at the height of summer, to engage in any tourism promotion. Essentially, just shutting down the whole agency down and walking […]

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GUSTO Midsummer in the Flower Garden

Illustration by Peter Gergely(with Rich and Creamy Corn Pudding) ‘I try not to be a flower snob.’ RJR (RIP) Last week it was hot as Hades, but, thankfully, the garden is still a Paradise. Even when our Hudson Valley humidity is as visible as a clin… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access […]

CUNNINGHAM’S CORNER: On the tourism fiasco

Discover Putnam County? Not This Summer

 State of affairs was one of my father’s go-to expressions. Invariably, it meant things were bad. Often, really bad. Sometimes, grim, even damned grim. And it is exactly the state we are in right now in Putnam County. The headline on the cover o… Please login below or purchase a subscription to the Putnam County Courier to access this content.


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