Spring has sprung! That means some of Putnam County’s best attractions are about to re-open after a long winter

Spring has sprung! That means some of Putnam County’s best attractions are about to re-open after a long winter

Boscobel : April 1st Wednesdays-Mondays 9:30am- 5pm

Boscobel is one of Putnam’s top destinations that is about to open for the season. Visitors can tour the Boscobel House built in the 1800’s, walk through the blooming gardens and grounds, and see spectacular views of the Hudson River and Constitution Marsh.

Chuang Yen Monastery : April 1st 9am-5pm

Chuang Yen Monastery is home to the largest Buddha statue in the Western hemisphere and is one of the most unique attractions in Putnam. As of April 1, visitors will also have access to the Thousand Lotus Terrace, Seven Jewel Lakes, and expansive grounds.

Stonecrop Gardens : April 1st  Mondays-Saturdays select Sundays 10 am-5pm

Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring has become a treasured destination among garden visitors and horticultural enthusiasts. After April 1, visit the garden display that includes a diverse collection of plants and gardens spanning 12 acres of well manicured property. Stonecrop also includes a Conservatory, a display Alpine House and the Pit House, with an extensive collection of over fifty plant families.

Visit Putnam County Tourism for more information!

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Putnam County Mourns The Loss Of County Historian Denis Castelli

Putnam County Historian Denis Castelli died on Saturday, April 19. He was 67 years old.

“Today the county mourns the loss of a great man and I mourn the death of a great friend,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “I met Denis over 10 years ago and we have worked on a number of projects together that dealt with the history of Putnam County, the betterment of his beloved Brewster or about bringing awareness, and where we could solutions, to the issues affecting veterans. His spirit and unwavering loyalty will be missed.”

Castelli was appointed as the county historian by then Putnam County Executive Paul Eldridge in 2011. As the county historian, he helped spearhead the county’s bicentennial activities. Prior to serving as the county’s historian he was first appointed as the Village of Brewster’s historian in 2006. He continued to serve in that capacity until his death.

Castelli served in the 1st Cavalry during the Vietnam War and received the purple heart for being wounded in the line duty. A proud veteran, he worked tirelessly to help his brothers in arms. Castelli was a member of the VFW Post #672 in Brewster. He also had assisted Congresswoman Nan Hayworth for two years as a veterans advocate. He was also instrumental assisting Putnam County to become the first Purple Heart County in New York State.

Castelli was born on April 26, 1946 in the Bronx, N.Y., to the late Pasquale and Caroline (Piacquadio) Castelli. He married Athena Arvan on Oct. 2, 1982 at Church of Our Savior in Rye, N.Y.

From the late 1970s until his retirement in 2000, Castelli had been a computer analyst for Daprex Inc. in Stamford, Conn. He had lived in North Salem since 1989 and Brewster prior since the early 1970s.

Castelli was an avid photographer, displaying his works in both the Applebee’s restaurant in Brewster and the Putnam County main offices; he enjoyed writing articles for the village of Brewster among many entities. Castelli was also a trustee of the Southeast Museum for 19 years and a board member for both the Putnam County Land Trust from which he recently received the emeritus award and the Landmarks Preservation Society.

Besides his wife Athena of 31 years, Castelli is survived by his brother Michael Denis Castelli of Venice, FL as well as several aunts and uncles and many many friends.

A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday April 25, at 10 a.m. at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church in Brewster. A private cremation was held earlier. Calling hours will be on Thursday, April 24, at Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Avenue, Brewster.

The county will honor and remember Denis Castelli on June 12 during the bicentennial celebration of the Putnam County historic courthouse in Carmel, N.Y.

Imagination Station – Students and Residents come together to create a better community

Imagination Station Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that uses community effort to rebuild the playground that once stood at the Kent Schools! We are parents, former students and residents who simply want to be involved and create a better community! Find out more about this great organization by visiting there website www.imaginationstation2.org



Putnam County Bicentennial Veterans Day & Closing of the Time Capsule 2013


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