Music and Songs of Yesteryear

The Historian’s Collection features a number of interesting music and song ephemera from local musicians, groups and events. These items range from advertisements of music festivals held at Birch Hill Ski Area in the 1990s, to Judge Samuel B. Hickman’s early music career, and rare images of yesteryear including a photograph of the Patterson Cornet Band from September 1889 at the County Fair in Carmel, NY.

Some other musical highlights in the Historian’s Collection include:

The Cold Spring Musical Society, founded by Francis Colgate Dale and Imogen James Dale

Mr. Dale received his training at the Royal Conservatory in Leipzig, Germany where he learned to conduct and play each instrument of a band and orchestra.  What started out as a simple trumpet lesson for his son grew into free instructions and instruments for local children.  According to Helen Jimenez’s 1957 account featured in Putnam County History “Third Workshop”, the society was founded in 1927 and they met once a month at various homes and eventually gave concerts and music for parades and other community events.  This popularity led to the committee’s solicitation of funds for the town’s open air bandstand at the Hudson River waterfront and the cornerstone was laid August 10, 1928.  Francis Dale made sure his proficient students continued their training and they were paired with professional instructors who included Max Arnold on trumpet, and Luca Del Negro, on tuba (both players in the John Philip Sousa Band), and members of the West Point Band.  (Source: HC405, Vol 3, 1957)


Putnam Valley Friends of Music and Art, founded by Israel Ben and Augusta Scheiber

In late 1938, Mr. and Mrs. Scheiber invited selected Putnam Valley year-round and seasonal residents to a meeting at their Bank Street home to form the Putnam Valley Friends of Music and Art.  With sponsorship by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the Friends inaugurated a series of cultural events to coincide with the Town’s 1939 Centennial celebrations.  Programs were held at the newly-completed Putnam Valley Central School (later the elementary school).  The Friends continued to have programs each summer.  Activities were suspended during World War II but were successfully revived in 1946 and continued at least until 1949.  Mr. Scheiber was a prominent attorney who was important in the history of Putnam Valley, particularly in the consolidation of the Putnam Valley Central Schools District and the beginning of planning and zoning in the Town.  Mrs. Scheiber was a concert pianist and chamber musician.  Together, they were instrumental in bringing musical, theatrical and other cultural organizations to Putnam Valley.  (Source: HC529  Israel Ben Scheiber Papers, 1931-1957)


The Cecilian Society

On January 12, 1899, a small group of young women met at the home of Julia Roberts Rundall to organize music society in Brewster, New York. They called themselves “The Cecilian Society” after for St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music.  The object of this Society was the promotion of musical culture by public & private concerts, rehearsals and lectures.  The first meeting was held on November 22, 1900, at the Casino located at the end of Prospect Street, owned by Mrs. Frank Wells.  The Cecilian Society remained active in the community for over 90 years.  In 2015, a former Cecilian member, Norma Pasquelino, donated the archives of the organization to the Putnam County Historian (HC701).

The Collection 

The Historian’s Collection also features an extensive media collection that includes video tapes of special events and local meetings that feature many elements of music and song including Richard Balla, folk musician, Native American music of Gil Crying Hawk and the Echoing Drum from Putnam County Day (c. 2001) and souvenir music from the dedication of the Chuang Yen Monastery, May 1997.  For more information on any of the items featured in the Historian’s Collection, or to donate collectible materials, please contact the Historian’s Office at 845-808-1420 or email



Image of the Patterson Cornet Band (C004, 131) September 1889 at the County Fair in Carmel, NY

Image: The Bandstand commemorative plaque unveiled in August 2019, photo by Dennis Mazzuca, courtesy of The Putnam County News & Recorder.

Image: The Cecilian Society (C2185) from the Brewster Centennial parade in August 1948 features Mary Alice McLogan, Lois Michell, Rose Truran, Jennie Lobdell, Clara Knapp, Dorothy Beal, Mrs. Shuker Armstrong, Harriet Merritt Gillchrist.

Image: Putnam Valley Friends of Music and Art’s program for a symphony concert dated July 1939 (HC529)

Image: Putnam Valley Friends of Music and Art’s membership card, 1939 (HC529)


The incumbent of this position acts as Confidential Aide to the County Executive. Duties also include responding to constituent communications, researching complaints/concerns, including investigation and resolution of constituent/client complaints and disputes regarding County departments and services. Transports and provides personal security for the County Executive.

Minimum qualifications: Graduation from High School or possession of a comparable diploma and at least ten (10) years of police investigation work that involved significant, daily public contact and interaction.

Salary: $44,500

Send application/resume to:
Jan Miller, Putnam County Personnel Department
110 Old Route 6, Building #3
Carmel, NY 10512.

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Services for the Honorable James F. Reitz are scheduled for Tuesday June 18, 2019

Services for the Honorable James F. Reitz are scheduled for Tuesday June 18, 2019 @ 10:30 AM at St James the Apostle in Carmel-Parking Limited

A mass of Christian burial for the Honorable James F. Reitz will be celebrated at 10:30 am Tuesday June 18, 2019 at the St. James the Apostle Church, 14 Gleneida Ave, Carmel NY. All attending are asked to park at:
Paladin Center
39 Seminary Hill Rd
Carmel NY

Carmel ShopRite Plaza
184 Rt 52
Carmel NY

Putnam County will be providing shuttle service to and from the church

Human Trafficking In America: A Survivor’s Story

September 27, 2018, Carmel, NY – Safe Harbour Putnam County is proud to present Human Trafficking in America: A Survivor’s Story on Wednesday, October 10th, from 7-9 pm at the TOPS Auditorium at 112 Old Route 6 in Carmel. Admission is free. Due to the graphic nature of the topic, this presentation is not suitable for young children.

Human Trafficking in America: A Survivor’s Story is the true-life story of Jen Spry. At the age of eight, Jen Spry was trafficked by her neighbor. No one knew it was happening. No one ever intervened.  “No one ever came looking for me,” says Spry, “because I never went missing. People need to realize that many young girls are trafficked while still living in their own homes, just like I was. You don’t have to run away or be abducted to be trafficked.”

Jen Spry’s story is one of survival, resilience and hope.  A registered nurse, entrepreneur, author, and international speaker, she draws from her personal and professional experience to raise awareness about the epidemic of human trafficking, how if affected her, and how she overcame the trauma of her experience. The presentation will also discuss the signs of human trafficking, who’s at risk of being trafficked, what to do if you suspect a child is being trafficked, and what adults can do to protect children.

Human Trafficking, also known as Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) is a form of modern day slavery in which children are sold for sexual purposes. Every year it is estimated that more than 300,000 American youth are at risk for trafficking and that 100,000 are trafficked into the commercial sex trade. All youth are at risk, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status.

“This is a presentation that all parents should see,” said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “To successfully combat human trafficking we need to understand what it is, what it looks like, and who the perpetrators are that victimize youth. We have to break the culture of shame and silence that surround it.”

Safe Harbour Putnam County is a program of the Putnam County Department of Social Services and is funded by a grant from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. Safe Harbour Putnam County provides support and services to youth survivors of human trafficking and those at risk of being trafficked.

For more information contact  or call (845)808-1500 x45350.

Golfing in Putnam Open to the Public 2018

  • Putnam County Golf Course – Mahopac
  • The Garrison Golf & Country Club – Garrison
  • Centennial Golf Club – Carmel
  • Highlands Golf Club – Garrison
  • Vails Grove Golf Course – Brewster

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Due to the effects Storm Stella, the collection of second half school payments (due March 15, 2017) has been extended WITHOUT PENALTY until the close of business Friday, March 17, 2017.

Due to the effects Storm Stella, the collection of second half school payments (due March 15, 2017) has been extended WITHOUT PENALTY until the close of business Friday, March 17, 2017.

Eat Smart Restaurant Week Returns September 27 through October 11; Food Establishments Encouraged to Sign Up Early

Brewster, NY—After last year’s successful launch, the Annual Eat Smart Restaurant Week is back. The two-week event starts on Sunday, September 27 and runs through Sunday, October 11,
giving customers an easy opportunity to enjoy delicious and healthy meals at participating Putnam eateries. One of last year’s crowd pleasers was spicy cavatelli with zucchini, leeks, extra virgin olive oil, red pepper flakes and pecorino; another was fresh Norwegian salmon filet baked with olives, garlic, tomato and fresh herbs, served with spinach.

“In Putnam, so many of our restaurants showcase that delicious and healthy can go hand-inhand,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “It is especially helpful that so many chefs use a
farm-to-table approach that promotes using locally grown ingredients. With more and more people choosing to eat out on a regular basis, it is important that our restaurants use their culinary talents to entice people to eat healthy dishes.” According to the National Restaurant Association nearly half of a family’s food budget goes to foods prepared outside the home, and this is a trend nationwide.

“Food is a great enjoyment,” declared Health Commissioner Allen Beals, MD “and food producers, and many chain restaurants, take advantage of this. They spend billions of dollars developing products laden with salt, sugar and fat, and then billions more on advertising. The end result is the marketing of many unhealthy items and residents with increasing waistlines. The eatsmart
idea is based on the belief that customers should not skimp on tastiness, but should also not shortchange themselves on their health.”

Last year a total of 35 restaurants and food establishment participated in the event which featured an emphasis on fresh, locally grown vegetables, realistic portion sizes, and healthy, but
limited oils and sodium.

“Restaurant support was very enthusiastic,” said Dr. Beals. “We’ve had great input from chefs and other partners at Putnam’s top restaurants.” All restaurants submitted their recipes for
evaluation by health department nutritionists and the two partnered to tweak them to perfection.

“Most restaurants easily grasped the concept,” explained Kristine Boyle, the health department nutritionist who led the evaluation process. “There really were few major adjustments that needed to be made. Fresh foods, herbs and other tasty condiments in the hands of expert chefs, and even knowledgeable cooks at home, can go a very long way in making a mouth-watering meal.”

Dine-in restaurants are not the only participants in Eat Smart Restaurant Week. The program is open to all food establishments in Putnam who are willing to offer at least one healthy selection.
Last year a few delicatessens and a chain “fast food” restaurant took part in the event. Restaurants interested in more information or participation should contact Kris Boyle or senior public health
sanitarian Shawn Rogan, who coordinate Eat Smart Restaurant Week at the PCDOH, at 845-808-1390. Participating restaurants will be posted online at the health department home page at, beginning in August.

The Health Department’s mission is to improve and protect the health of the Putnam County community, composed of nearly 100,000 residents. Core services include community health assessment, disease surveillance and control, environmental health protection, emergency preparedness, family health promotion and health education. For more information, please visit our website at; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

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