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4-H Fair Brings Fun and Smiles to Young and Old!

August 4, 2018

CARMEL, N.Y. - The 47th annual Putnam County 4-H Fair was held at the Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park in Carmel last weekend, sponsored by the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Thousands of folks came out over the three-day event to check out the exhibits, farm animals, live music, demonstrations, games and entertainment. The fair featured a live country auction, a barbecue chicken dinner ...

Distillery Project Receives Site Plan Approval

August 15, 2018

CARMEL, N.Y. -  Plans to build a distillery at the former Guideposts location (currently the Paladin Center) on Seminary Hill Road in Carmel took a major step forward last week when the Planning Board granted the project applicants site plan approval.

Alexandrion Group plans to invest more than $100 million into the new U.S. distillery. An initial investment of approximately $40 million ...

Planning Board Hears Detailed Distillery Plans

CARMEL, N.Y. - Plans to convert the old Guidepost property on Seminary Hill in Carmel (now the Paladin Center) into a distillery took a small step forward last week when the applicant—the Alexandrion Group—laid out its plans for the property during a public hearing before the Planning Board.

Representatives from the Romanian-based Alexandrion, along with a team of international ...

Mahopac Gets Messy For a Great Cause!

August 11, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The rain fell hard Saturday morning before the skies finally cleared. But that was OK—it just made the annual Mess Fest at Kiwi Country Day Camp even messier.

The event is hosted by the Muddy Puddles Project (MPP) for childhood cancer research and honors Ty Louis Campbell, who lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 5.

y loved the kids’ TV character Peppa ...

4-H Fair Brings Fun and Smiles to Young and Old!

CARMEL, N.Y. - The 47th annual Putnam County 4-H Fair was held at the Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park in Carmel last weekend, sponsored by the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Thousands of folks came out over the three-day event to check out the exhibits, farm animals, live music, demonstrations, games and entertainment. The fair featured a live country auction, a barbecue chicken dinner ...

Sons of American Legion Hold Annual Pig Roast

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac’s Sons of American Legion Squadron 1080 held its annual Pig Roast fundraiser at the Legion Hall on Buckshollow Road on Saturday and plenty of hungry supporters showed up to take part in the feast. 

Besides the whole roasted pig, the menu included steamed clams, clams on the half-shell, fried turkey, pulled pork, ribs, sausage and peppers, hamburgers and ...

4-H Fair Brings Fun and Smiles to Young and Old!

August 4, 2018

CARMEL, N.Y. - The 47th annual Putnam County 4-H Fair was held at the Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park in Carmel last weekend, sponsored by the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Thousands of folks came out over the three-day event to check out the exhibits, farm animals, live music, demonstrations, games and entertainment. The fair featured a live country auction, a barbecue chicken dinner ...

4-H Fair Brings Fun and Smiles to Young and Old!

August 4, 2018

CARMEL, N.Y. - The 47th annual Putnam County 4-H Fair was held at the Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park in Carmel last weekend, sponsored by the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Thousands of folks came out over the three-day event to check out the exhibits, farm animals, live music, demonstrations, games and entertainment. The fair featured a live country auction, a barbecue chicken dinner ...

Mahopac Gets Messy For a Great Cause!

August 11, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The rain fell hard Saturday morning before the skies finally cleared. But that was OK—it just made the annual Mess Fest at Kiwi Country Day Camp even messier.

The event is hosted by the Muddy Puddles Project (MPP) for childhood cancer research and honors Ty Louis Campbell, who lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 5.

y loved the kids’ TV character Peppa ...

Sons of American Legion Hold Annual Pig Roast

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac’s Sons of American Legion Squadron 1080 held its annual Pig Roast fundraiser at the Legion Hall on Buckshollow Road on Saturday and plenty of hungry supporters showed up to take part in the feast. 

Besides the whole roasted pig, the menu included steamed clams, clams on the half-shell, fried turkey, pulled pork, ribs, sausage and peppers, hamburgers and ...

Distillery Project Receives Site Plan Approval

August 15, 2018

CARMEL, N.Y. -  Plans to build a distillery at the former Guideposts location (currently the Paladin Center) on Seminary Hill Road in Carmel took a major step forward last week when the Planning Board granted the project applicants site plan approval.

Alexandrion Group plans to invest more than $100 million into the new U.S. distillery. An initial investment of approximately $40 million ...

Murphy Demands State Revoke NYSEG Franchise

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Sen. Terrence Murphy has asked the Public Service Commission (PSC) to replace NYSEG with different company after more power outages hit northern Westchester County last month.

In a letter to John Rhodes, chair of the Public Service Commission, Murphy said, “It is past time for your agency to reopen the franchise for this region to allow a capable power producer to take ...

Proposed County Law Would Raise Smoking Age to 21

CARMEL, N.Y. - Spurred by an alarming uptick in the number of students throughout Putnam County who are using tobacco vaping products such as e-cigarettes and Juuls, County Legislator Barbara Scuccimarra (District 1) is spearheading legislation that would raise the smoking age in the county from 18 to 21.

Last Wednesday (July 25), Scuccimarra, surrounded by community leaders and ...

Blue-Green Algae Not Yet an Issue on Lake Mahopac; Vigilance Called For

August 10, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - This year, blue-green algal blooms have dashed many summer plans as Putnam County health officials have had to make repeated beach closures due to the toxic aquatic plant.

Even Lake Mahopac has not been immune. Its one public beach at the Mahopac Golf and Beach Club has been closed twice due to the presence of the nasty stuff.

Last week, officials from the county health ...

Proposed County Law Would Raise Smoking Age to 21

CARMEL, N.Y. - Spurred by an alarming uptick in the number of students throughout Putnam County who are using tobacco vaping products such as e-cigarettes and Juuls, County Legislator Barbara Scuccimarra (District 1) is spearheading legislation that would raise the smoking age in the county from 18 to 21.

Last Wednesday (July 25), Scuccimarra, surrounded by community leaders and ...

Carmel PD Adds Another New Officer

August 9, 2018

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Carmel Police Department has another new officer on its staff and like several recent appointments, he is a Mahopac native son.

The Town Board unanimously appointed Daniel Ryan Shea to the force at its Aug. 1 meeting and he was sworn in by town attorney Greg Folchetti. Shea, 24, grew up in Mahopac and is a 2012 graduate of Mahopac High School. He currently attends Pace ...

Sheriff’s Dept. Launches New Patrol Boat on Lake Mahopac

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Putnam County Sheriff's Department has launched a new marine patrol vessel that will be used to patrol Lake Mahopac this summer.

The new vessel, a 2012 21-foot Boston Whaler, replaces a 1998 18-foot Boston Whaler. In addition to a standard marine patrol vessel package, the new vessel comes equipped with radar and a forward-looking infrared ...

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Our Country is at Stake!

A recent Gallup poll found that 42 percent of American voters identify themselves as Independent; 33 percent identify as Democrat, and 24 percent identify as Republican.  Ninety-one percent of Republicans, along with 11 percent of Independents and 7 percent of Democrats report being inveterate Trump supporters. Nothing the man says or does, no matter how questionable, negatively influences ...

A Gen Z’s View of ‘Fake News’

Every year in this season of diplomas and mortarboards, the local charity we host in memory of our son—Harrison Apar Field of Dreams Foundation—awards a scholarship to a high school senior whose well-rounded pursuit of excellence echoes Harrison’s. He was born with a rare form of dwarfism, but his 3-foot, 38-pound frame was the only thing small about him. In his 15 years, ...

Stephen Sondheim, Meet Stephen Schaefer

To a music lover scanning the list of American standards to be heard later this month at “Symphony at the Seashore” in Cape Cod, most of the composers are instantly recognizable.

Who doesn’t know George Gershwin, or marching band maestro John Philip Sousa, or country music’s Lee Greenwood, or national anthem author Francis Scott Key?

Among the marquee names, however, ...

The Tale of the Goat with a Coat

One day as I was walking through my town, I noticed a guy coming toward me walking his dog. I peered ahead and tried to figure out what breed the dog was. He didn’t look like any dog I’d ever seen before. As they got closer, I realized he didn’t even look like a dog. He actually looked like…

A goat.

“Mom, is that a goat?” asked my son.

“Looks ...

Quoth the Raven, ‘Caw’

One of the things I do actually love about the suburbs is the quiet. Of course, the quiet mostly happens in short spurts between clamorous bouts of home construction, lawn mowers, garbage trucks, cicadas, and dogs barking. But when I do get it, it’s glorious.

So, naturally, as I was having one of those brief, late afternoon quiet moments on my deck, a bird suddenly landed on my deck ...

The Esophagus Among Us

“You have an incompetent esophagus,” said my gastroenterologist.

“What?” I replied. “I’ve never had an incompetent anything in my life.”

I was appalled that someone would pass judgement on me like that. OK, maybe not on ME, but a part of me. And a part of me that I really had no control over, to boot. In general, I’m an overachiever. I hand ...

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