High Praise from Golfweek Magazine

The Putnam County Golf Course got some high praise recently from golf experts who have rated some of the best courses in the world.
A team of four course raters from Golfweek Magazine came to play at Putnam on June 10 for the first time and said the course “should hold a higher ranking and position in the golf community than the well-kept secret that it is.”

Two of the course raters quickly emailed General Manager Mike McCall to commend the public course.
“I want to let you know how impressed our golf group was yesterday after playing Putnam County Golf Club,” Greg Wojick wrote. “All four of us are raters with Golfweek magazine and we get to see many facilities through our involvement in the rating process. It was by unanimous consensus that we praise not only the golf course and its architecture but also at how well the entire golf experience was for us.”

McCall, who has been General Manger of the Putnam County Golf Club since 2013, is also executive director of the Metropolitan Golf Course Superintendents Association, or MetGCSA. He said he was gratified by the course raters’ approval.

“They are raters in Connecticut and New York, they had never been here and they were looking for a place to play,” McCall said, describing how the group called him out of the blue and asked for a tee time. “I’ve always known that is a very well-conditioned golf course with a good design, but for people who have played the best courses in the world to come here and be so utterly flabbergasted, it is incredibly flattering. They just raved. They had a very, very enjoyable experience.”

Putnam County’s leadership deserves a lot of credit for the improvements that have been made in the course during his tenure, McCall said.

“Both the administration and Legislature have been incredibly supportive since day one,” he said. “They have recognized the potential of this asset and committed the financial resources to transform both the clubhouse and the golf course into the jewels they have become.”

The county owns the property and has helped the management team of McCall, appliedgolf and Homestyle Caterers turn it into a showcase, with renovations to the parking lot, banquet rooms, bunkers and green surrounds, bathrooms and much more. A few of the cart paths are now being repaired and roof and siding replacement is scheduled for this summer.

“We already knew our investments paid off in terms of providing a great resource for Putnam County residents, but to have the course recognized by outside golf experts shows that we’ve really turned the golf course into a gem that adds to Putnam’s quality of life,” Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said. “The beauty of the Putnam County Golf Course is that it is not just for golfers. It now hosts fabulous dinners, entertainment and music events that bring in families from across the region to enjoy this wonderful landscape.”

The Putnam County Golf Course in Mahopac is less than an hour’s drive from New York City and lures golfers from all over the Hudson Valley and Connecticut. Golf is just one of many outdoor recreational activities that draw visitors to Putnam County, where hikers, bicycle riders and others are often surprised by the area’s natural beauty.
The course raters from Golfweek Magazine are among those who were surprised.

“We have been concentrating on Courses in the Metropolitan area this Spring that are accessible to the public,” Senior Golfweek Rater Bill Perlee wrote in an email to McCall on June 11. “Putnam was in the elite group we have stumbled upon. From conditioning, layout and enjoyment it surpassed all expectations and left a smile on all our faces.”

Like public golf courses throughout the state, Putnam County Golf Course is complying with all social distancing requirements. Reservations and pre-payment must be made online.
For the latest information, see the Putnam County Golf Course website: https://www.putnamcountygc.com/

Putnam County Day 2020 a Virtual Celebration

Friday, June 12, 2020, Carmel, New York – Today marks the 208th birthday of Putnam County, a celebration of a new county in a new country.  Unfortunately, the annual observation of Putnam County Day at the Historic Courthouse has been canceled this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as the Hudson Valley region strives to reopen. However, a virtual celebration is available online!

“This traditional day of ceremony and celebration has been canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Putnam County is rich in history and this year is no exception given this unprecedented time,” says Michael C. Bartolotti, County Clerk and RMO.  “I am happy to report that the Historian’s Office has been busy working with local historians, historical societies, and schools to record the experiences of this time.  We are truly living history and this year’s virtual celebration will be yet another record for the archives.”

Putnam County Day is an annual event that typically includes a ceremony, historic presentation, and awards for outstanding people, projects and publications that enrich and record Putnam County’s history.  “This year we will observe Putnam County Day virtually,” says Bartolotti.  “The Historian’s Office has created a video presentation that features great history, special guests, and the unveiling of the Charles Sherwood Hill, Jr. collection at the Historian’s Office.”  The Hill collection features an amazing array of turn of the century farm diaries, photographs and ephemera from the Hill, Dykeman, Bloomer and Townsend families from Carmel, Kent, and Brewster. It includes a stunning and rarely, if ever, seen photo of the Tilly Foster area in the Town of Southeast. This video is available to the public on the county website, www.putnamcountyny.com.

This year’s celebration has been dedicated to Gregory Amato, a long-time volunteer with the Historian’s Office who persuaded Charles Hill to donate his family’s collection.  Amato passed away in April 2020.

Fifth grade students from across the county were recruited to take part in the virtual ceremony by attending classes online or by recording themselves during their time spent in “distance learning”.  Their projects including leading the ceremony in the Pledge of Allegiance, providing history on the founding of Putnam County, creating a special COVID-19 time capsule entitled “Living History” and even singing Happy Birthday to Putnam County!  These 10-11-year-olds were asked to participate based on their age.  “They will hopefully be the ones around to tell the story of how Putnam County fared during the pandemic 50 years from now,” says Bartolotti. “They play an incredible role in this celebration.”

“I trust that with time and the continued dedication of medical experts throughout our country we will once again gather next year at the Historic Courthouse to celebrate our great history.”

About the Historian’s Office

The Historian’s Office preserves, interprets, and promotes the history of Putnam County as a local government office.  According to New York State criteria, the work of the Historian’s Office includes: research and writing, teaching and public presentations, historic preservation, and organization, advocacy and tourism promotion. To support these efforts, the Putnam County Historian’s Office has been collecting historical records, maps, books, photographs, and periodicals since 1953.  In 1992, the Putnam County Archives was established in the Historian’s Office to preserve, arrange, describe, and make accessible the governmental records of Putnam County.

For more information call 845-808-1420 or email historian@putnamcountyny.gov.




A sampling of the “farm diaries” and photographs included in the Charles Sherwood Hill Jr. collection in the Putnam County Historian’s Collection.


A rare, early 20th century view of the one room Tilly Foster schoolhouse and children at play, overlooking the

Middle Branch Reservoir and former Tilly Foster community and mine store from the Hill Collection (HC561).


Charles Sherwood Hill, Jr., donor of the collection of diaries, photographs and ephemera from the Hill, Dykeman, Bloomer and Townsend families from Carmel, Kent, and Brewster.


“Living History” COVID-19 Time Capsule participants Christopher and Kevin, representing Austin Road Elementary School in Mahopac, NY.


Eric Gross unveiling the Charles Sherwood Hill, Jr. collection at the Putnam County Archives.


Title Slide for “Living History” a virtual celebration for Putnam County Day 2020.

#PaintPutnam Art Contest

The Putnam Arts Council and Putnam County Tourism are partnering to challenge Putnam artists to paint our beautiful County through #paintputnam contest. This free contest is intended to engage artists, celebrate their talents, and showcase the beauty of Putnam County.

Eligibility: Putnam County artists 13 years or older are invited to submit up to two original paintings, works accepted in all painted media. Works must be created in Putnam County, at an outdoor location of your choice anytime between July 4 – 19, 2020.
Submission: Submitted images should reflect the beauty and diversity of Putnam County. Email a digital photograph, in jpeg format, maximum size 4”x 6” @300dpi for judging to: joyce@putnamartscouncil.com July 20 – 28.
Awards: Best in Show, Second Place and Third Place will be selected by the Visual Arts Committee of the Putnam Arts Council. Cash awards will be presented at some point in the near future.
Additional Benefits: All appropriate submissions will be displayed on Putnam Arts Council’s Instagram under #paintputnam and on PAC’s Facebook page as well as Putnam County Tourism’s social network platforms. Images will also be considered for promotional purposes by Putnam County Tourism. Award winners may also be displayed at sites throughout Putnam at the discretion of the Putnam Arts Council.

Important Dates:
Painting dates: July 4th – July 19th
Last Date for Submission: July 28th
Award winners notified: August 5th
Best in Show: $150
Second Place: $100
Third Place: $75

Programs of the Putnam Arts Council are supported, in part, with public funds from Putnam County.

Outdoor Dining is Open in Putnam County

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced that restaurants throughout the county will be able to offer outside dining and drinking as of Tuesday, June 9.
After hearing from county executives throughout the Mid-Hudson region, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday moved up the outside dining component to Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan instead of Phase 3. Putnam County and the six other counties in the Mid-Hudson Region are expected to enter Phase 2 on Tuesday.
“Our restaurants have sacrificed a lot to keep our communities healthy, and we wanted to help them get back to business as soon as it was safely possible,” County Executive Odell said. “Restaurants are not only essential to our economy, they are the lifeblood of our communities. Dining out won’t necessarily be the same as it was pre-Covid-19, but I guarantee that customers will be thrilled to be able to sit outside together on a summer’s evening and share a meal.”
Outdoor tables must be placed six feet apart, all staff must wear masks and customers must wear masks when not seated.
Local town and village leaders are working with the county on plans that would allow restaurants to take advantage of this option and offer more outside dining.

Poets’ Corner Open Mic via Zoom Tompkins Corners Cultural Center

Tompkins Corners Cultural Center is excited to present our Poets’ Corner Open Mic online with ZOOM! The Zoom ID will be coming soon but first we’ll have a place to sign up.

We’ll start with our featured poet, Anne Graue, and then open the mic to readers who have signed up through our website (18 readers). If there is time after those who have signed up, be there so we can call on you.

More about our feature ~ Anne Graue is the author of Fig Tree in Winter (Dancing Girl Press, 2017) and her book Full and Plum-Colored Velvet is forthcoming from Woodley Press. She has poetry in SWWIM Every Day, the Plath Poetry Project, Rivet Journal, Mom Egg Review, Into the Void and in numerous print anthologies. Her reviews have been published in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, The Rupture, Whale Road Review, The Adroit Journal, and The Rumpus. She is a staff reviewer for Glass: A Journal of Poetry and is a poetry reader for The Westchester Review.

After Anne, the mic is open to poets and writers for 5 minutes each.

Readers, please sign up in advance. A form will be provided as we get closer.

Stay tuned for our Zoom information.

This Zoom event is free but we usually ask $5 at the door. Won’t you be so kind as to make a small donation to TCCC?

Donations can be made securely online via PayPal by clicking the link below.


Adventure NY is going virtual! As part of #AdventureAtHome, we’ll be bringing you weekly content for inspiration on how to enjoy the outdoors close to home. Check back each week for new content. Be sure to sign up for Find Your Adventure (the Camping, Wildlife Viewing, and Hiking) email newsletter as well.

Week 1: Fishing

Fishing is a fun activity for all ages and all members of the family that can be done even in urban areas.

To dip your toes into this great outdoor activity, start here.

Not ready to hit the water just yet? Check out these fun indoor fishing activities, including how to turn your bathtub into a fishing pond (link leaves DEC website).

Watch our I Fish NY YouTube playlist for how-tos and inspiration.

Teen Writing Workshop With Gail Carson Levine

Mondays and Thursdays July 13th -July 30th 1:30-3:00 PM

Acclaimed author Gail Carson Levine returns again this summer to offer a free, online creative writing workshop. If you love to write stories or poems, this is the program for you! In the course of this workshop, students will be given writing exercises and will share their work with the class.

They will also learn what to listen for when someone is reading, as well as how to give and receive helpful criticism.

This program is for ages 10-18. Program will be held entirely online through Zoom.  Please register online with your email to receive the log on information for this program.  http://brewsterlibrary.org/

For more information please call 845-279-6421

Putnam County Memorial Day Convoy May 25th

We are Having a Memorial Day Convoy!
Join us on the convoy or as we pass thru your town!
Honor those who helped keep us safe and free!

Putnam County Joint Veterans Council

The afternoon of May 25th at 12 Noon we will gather at the county campus at 110 Old Route Six, Carmel NY. At one PM we will begin the Memorial Day Convoy. It is our plan to pass by every Town Hall and Village Hall in the County. Join us or stand on your front lawn to greet us. Vehicles, military and non-military, decorated with flags and other patriotic paraphernalia are welcomed.

Convoy Route:


Head west on Old Rt 6 toward US 6 E

Turn Right on to Brewster Rd/ Stoneleigh Ave

Continue onto NY-52 W

Turn Right onto Sybils Crossing


Exit Sybils Crossing right onto NY 52

Turn Left onto Farmers Mills Rd.

Turn right on to NY-301 W

Head SW on NY-301 W/ Main Street




Northeast on Main St toward Garden St

Continue onto NY 301 E

Turn right onto US-9 S

Left onto Travis Corners Road

Right onto Old Albany Post Road

Left on to Canopus Hill Road

Right onto Canopus Hollow Road

Left onto Oscawana Lake Road


North on Oscawana lake Road

Right on to Tinker Hill Road

Left on to Peekskill Hollow Road

Right on to Bryant Pond Road
Turn Left to stay on Bryant Pond Rd

Continue onto Secor Road

Turn left on to NY-6N 

Turn left onto US-6 E

Turn Right on to Croton Falls Road

Turn Right onto McAlpin Ave.


Turn right on to Croton Falls Road
Left onto Shear Hill Road

Right onto Weber Hill Road

Continue onto Drewville/ Drewsville Road

Right onto US 6/ Carmel Avenue

Right onto North Main Street


East on Main Street

Left on to US-202 E/US-6 E/ Main Street

Turn slightly right to stay on US-202/US6 E

Left NY-22 N Ramp Onto NY-22 N


Right onto Doansburg Road

Right onto Fairfield Drive

Southwest of Fairfield Drive

Left on to Haviland Hollow Road

Right on to NY-22 N

Left onto NY-311 S


West on NY 311 S

Left on to Fair Street

Left on to Gleneida Ave.

& THE Row Of Honor


Putnam County Prepares to Reopen Economic Development Arm Urges Residents to Stay Loyal and Shop Local

In an effort to help small businesses reopen and recover from the economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 shutdown, the Putnam County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC) has formed an advisory committee of local small businesses to help provide, share and disseminate information as we accelerate toward a post-Coronavirus world.

The PCEDC’s Small Business Advisory Committee represents a broad cross section of industries and business leaders from every corner of the county.  Members include Tom Feighery, Fiddler’s Green Pub and Putnam County Project Manager;  Bryan Kelly, AON Physical Therapy;  Ed Galligan, Carmel Flower Shop;  Chris DeBellis, Contractor & Assistant Town Code Enforcement Officer;  Maria Quezada, Six Diamonds Tree Service and Landscaping;  Brian Ledley, Ledley Food Service;  Stephanie Tomlinson, Salon Uccelli;  Kimball Gell, Dolly’s Restaurant at Garrison’s Landing;  Nisim Sachakov, Limni & Mezzaluna Restaurants;  Angela Briante, Briante Realty Group; and Emily Simoness, SPACE on Ryder Farm.  PCEDC Board members on the Committee include Richard Weiss, CPA, Founder and Consultant Weiss Advisory Group, Margie Keith, retired Cornell Cooperative Extension Executive Director, Bob Zubrycki, Concertmaster for the American Symphony Orchestra and Walter Recher, SmallBall Marketing.

“This is a forum for small businesses to voice their concerns and share ideas that will help them to survive and prepare for a new economic reality” said Kathleen Abels, President, PCEDC.  “Since the pandemic shut down life as we once knew it, we have seen many small businesses suffer and worry about their ability to carry on.   We implore county residents to stay loyal to Putnam’s businesses by continuing to Shop Putnam now and to hold on just a little longer until more area businesses are allowed to reopen.”

“Putnam County is one community, the same community that encompasses the heroes of the pandemic, such as health care workers, first responders, delivery  people, sanitation and utility workers, grocers and other essential businesses that have continued to serve us at their own peril,” said PCEDC Board Chairman Daniel Leary, Esquire.

The PCEDC has posted on their website, putnamedc.org, ongoing COVID-19 Related Business Resources to assist businesses to stay abreast of opportunities and orders from the State and Federal Government.  NYS Industry Re-Opening Guidelines, including mandatory practices, recommended best practices and templates for business safety plans, can be found on Forward New York at https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase

The PCEDC Small Business Advisory Committee will continue to meet during the coming months to promote Shop Putnam and to develop strategies to adjust to new trends in the way we think, live, work, learn, shop, travel and entertain.

For more information, contact Kathleen Abels, President, Putnam County Economic Development Corporation (845) 242-2212

About Putnam County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC)

The mission of the Putnam County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC) is to drive the economic vitality of Putnam County by working to attract appropriate new businesses, broaden the County’s tax base, retain and grow employment opportunities within the County and aid in the enhancement of the quality of life for residents. The PCEDC acts as a facilitator, bringing together businesses, government agencies and other stakeholders.  Recently, the PCEDC has pivoted its focus to assist existing Main Street businesses to survive and recover from the economic impact of COVID-19.

For more information, please visit https://putnamedc.org/

Hudson Valley Regional Farmers Market

It’s going to be a beautiful day on Sunday and the Market will be OPEN!

Open Every Sunday
(weather permitting)
(Closed on select holidays)
15 Mount Ebo Road, South
Brewster, New York 10509

This Week’s Market Vendors
• Market Shop Pickles and Olives

• Market Shop Coffee, etc.

• Clocktower Grille

• Do Re Mi Farms

• Cochran Meat & Dairy

• Sharamel Coffee Cake and Cookies

• South Salem Winery

• Cooperstown Cheese

• Stone Vibes 11

• Laurelmaud’s Jams

• KAS Spirits

Please be prepared to wait if the market is crowded and no products will be handled by the public until after purchase. Please see the flyer below to see what forms of payment our vendors are accepting at this time – some are only taking cash, others both cash and electronic payments.

Governor Cuomo has issued executive orders requiring ALL people in New York State to wear masks or face coverings in public. You MUST wear a mask or other appropriate nose and mouth covering to attend the Market, otherwise we won’t be able to let you in.