2022-07-06

2022-07-06 E-Edition

Fire at Surprise Lake Camp in Philipstown

12 agencies respond, 8 fire departments Sheriff’s Department, State Police, Philipstown Ambulance and Putnam Bureau of

July 4th Celebrations

Edgar Robinson reads the General Orders from George Washington July 2, 1776, at the Highlands Choral Society’s service of patriotic songs, hymns and readings. Story & Photos A5

Castle Point VA Hospital to Remain Open


Without consulting local veteran leaders, jeopardizing healthcare for thousands of Hudson Valley veterans, Uncle Sam had proposed closing the Castle Point V.A. Hospital in nearby Beacon earlier this year. It is the primary, nearest vets’ hospital for scores of Putnam vets. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer was contacted by veterans throughout the region requesting that he intercede in the […]

Road Rage Karma

Two Men Exit Vehicles in Dispute on I-84; Both Killed by Passing Driver

An apparent incident of road rage led to the deaths of two men early Saturday (July 2) on Interstate 84 in the Town of Kent. State Police said the 1:45 am tragedy took place when according to Troop K Public Information Officer Trooper A.J. Hicks, “two men stopped in the right westbound lane of the interstate about a mile west […]

Talk of our Towns

It’s something of a softball revival in Philipstown this year. The program fielded an All Star team, the first one in some years, and dozens of girls took part in the overall program. The photo atop page 1 is from Friday night’s game, and we have more photos and a report from Coach Megan Cotter inside. Independence Day was celebrated […]

Welcome to the Team

Six Become members of Sheriff’s Department

With family and friends in attendance, along with members of the Putnam Sheriff’s Department’s Command Staff and a lone reporter, six officers took their oaths of office last Tuesday and became members of the Sheriff’s Department. Fifty people were on hand at the Bureau of Emergency Services Operations and Training Center when Sheriff Kevin McConville administered the oaths to Deputies […]

Ukrainian Bake Sale Big Success

The lunch and baked goods offerings for the benefit of Ukraine were a huge hit on Saturday in Cold Spring at St. Mary’s Church. Organizer Liliya Shylivska, along with her sister Tetyana Shylivska, thanked Father Steve Schunk and St. Mary’s Church for their help. Liliya reported that the line for food went all the way to the sidewalk when they […]

Fire at Surprise Lake Camp: No Injuries, Quick Stop by North Highlands

A massive response by emergency personnel to Surprise Lake Camp in the North Highlands section of Philipstown last Thursday night for a report of a ‘working fire’ turned out to be a faulty hot water heater. At 11:15 pm, the Putnam 9-1- 1 Dispatch Center in Carmel notified North Highlands FD personnel. When units arrived and observed smoke, mutual aid […]

Changing of the Guard at GOP BOE


Putnam’s GOP Elections Commissioner Anthony Scannapieco is out and former Deputy Commissioner Kelly Primavera has assumed the position joining Democratic Commissioner Cathy Croft at the Board of Elections. Primavera thanked the Putnam Legislature last week for confirming her appointment. On Primary night as ballots were being tabulated, Primavera, who has served with the Board of Elections for the past 18 […]