Brewster High School Kids travel to China


Brewster High School Kids arrive in China Jamie Michelle Di Bella Andres M. Jacobs Thomas Andrew Mullane Brian Joseph O’Kelly Catherine Mary Oswald Sydney RoseRubin Kathryn Anne Schubert Ellen Debra Urvater Abigail Elizabeth Verille Crystal Vee Cordero Simone Elizabeth Fleary

FREE Support for Breastfeeding Moms

FREE Support for Breastfeeding Moms

There are many reasons to consider breastfeeding, and once breastfeeding is established, it is easy. The longer a mother and baby breastfeed, the greater the benefits. Exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months before introducing solid foods benefits mother and baby the most.

The Putnam County Department of Health
is offering
FREE Breastfeeding Support Groups

2nd Wednesday of each month, beginning April 10, 2013
3rd Tuesday of each month, beginning April 18, 2013

Pregnant women as well as new moms are welcome!

Information, encouragement and support will be provided by
 highly trained Maternal Child Health Nurses, who are also
Certified Lactation Counselors.

 No registration necessary –Drop ins welcome!


For more details, Click Here



Brewster, NY—On March 20, 2013, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released the 2013 County Health Rankings for New York State, as well as the rest of the country. Putnam County was ranked fourth in the state in the overall category of “health outcomes,” after having been number one for three consecutive years.

“We’re still doing well,” said Allen Beals, MD, JD, Commissioner of Health, “a fourth place ranking among 62 counties indicates superior health.” Even when Putnam ranked first, the health challenges the county faced, such as adult obesity, physical inactivity and excessive alcohol consumption among adult residents, did not meet state and national benchmarks. This year, these areas did not show any significant improvement. “We will continue to aggressively target these areas,” said Dr. Beals.

“I know how hard the Health Department and other county agencies work to address these issues,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “However, behavior is very difficult to change. I am committed to support the Health Department in their efforts to address these health issues.”

In 2013 for the first time, the Putnam County Department of Health is spearheading countywide efforts to formulate a Community Health Improvement Plan, known as the CHIP. This multi-disciplinary approach to planning health improvements will be formulated in collaboration with a wide variety of community partners including hospitals, community based organizations such as mental health and substance abuse agencies, schools, businesses and others.




Putnam Arts Council celebrates Members in March

Putnam Arts Council�
March 15, 2013
For Immediate Release�
KC Anderson

Attendance was up and the mood was merry as PAC opened their 50th year of exhibits and services to artists and their audience here in Putnam County this past weekend. The show is ongoing through March 29th with gallery hours Tues-Fri 11-3 and Sunday 1-4pm.

The annual Members meeting began at 3pm with a review of 2012 and unveiling plans for a year of activities in 2013, many of which will take place at PAC’s home, the Belle Levine Art Center (521 Kennicut Hill Rd., Mahopac). As the public meeting drew to a close at 4pm, many more of the participating artists, family and friends arrived for a reception to meet the artists, and enjoy the artwork.

Our Annual Members exhibit is a benefit of membership and This year’s 2013 show features an incredible collection of paintings, drawings, assemblage, photography, pottery, sculpture and more from 91 artists. Most works are for sale and reasonably priced, making for a lot of very “affordable ART”.

The Putnam Arts Council provides support services to artists and arts organizations and offers classes, exhibits, concerts, special events and more throughout the year. Please visit for latest updates take advantage of one or more of the special events and exhibits scheduled here in your own backyard, soon.

PAC’s programs and services are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and NY State Legislature. Public support is also provided by Putnam County Government.  Additional revenue is generated by PAC through membership, educational and creative programs, fund raising efforts and through donations.

Drug Crisis in our Backyard: Community Action Organization


Click Here to view this Press Release: 03-12-13 Radon testing campaign

County Executive’s Address to Highlight “Making the Connection” Festival of Info, Market Opens at 5 p.m. and Promises to be the Most Enjoyable State of the County Address Ever Presented in Putnam.


MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808- 1001

Date: March 7, 2013

RE: 2013 State of the County Address


County Executive’s Address to Highlight “Making the Connection” Festival of Info,
Market Opens at 5 p.m. and Promises to be the Most Enjoyable State of the County Address Ever Presented in Putnam.  

The public is cordially invited to attend as Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell presents her 2013 State of the County address at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 14. The event will be held in the auditorium of the Training & Operations Center located on the Donald B. Smith Campus, 112 Old Route 6, in Carmel.

“We’re changing things up this year,” said Odell. “We want the State of the County address to be something everyone will want to attend and we’re working toward making it as enjoyable as it is informative.”

As part of Odell’s plan to “change things up,” she has added several new components to the State of the County event. This year, the TOPS doors will open at 5 p.m. so visitors can enjoy “Making the Connection,” the theme of this year’s State of the County address, with a variety of County departments and area businesses. The TOPS rotunda will be filled with “Connection” tables and unusual props all of which will highlight achievements and support the number of positive and productive connections being made county-wide.

Among those who will be present at the 5 p.m. showcase will be representatives from several of Putnam’s top restaurants, many of whom are participating in this year’s Hudson Valley Restaurant Week and each offering samples of their delicious fare.

Also participating in the festival-like fun will be Putnam County Tourism Director Libby Pataki, Putnam County Historian Denis Castelli, Putnam County Clerk Dennis Sant, Putnam County Library Association members, Putnam Arts Council and numerous representatives from various county departments and Putnam organizations. Each will be providing information on upcoming events, celebrating recent accomplishments and providing up-to-date information.

“Making the Connection” is more than just a theme for this year’s address,” said Odell. “It’s a direction in which Putnam is moving. We have become a network of connected departments working toward making government more efficient, more accessible and more transparent for the public.”

As examples of “Making the Connection,” Odell will enumerate how Putnam’s first responding units enjoy better coordination and stronger communications. Odell will also introduce her newest staff member, Commissioner of Planning, Development and Public Transportation Anthony Ruggiero and present his vision for a Putnam County Planning Federation.

Solidifying an international cycling connection for Putnam is one of the many tasks Tourism Director Libby Pataki and her staff have accomplished. Furthermore, as Odell will explain, Pataki is “Making the Connection” between Tourism and economic development as she and the Cold Spring Chamber of Commerce prepare for “Pedal into Spring” the May 4 and 5 Flower Festival during which the Putnam Cycling Classic will take place.

Among the many informational topics to be covered in her address, Odell will present an update on the work of Transportation Task Force Chairman Vincent Tamagna whose group is working toward making more connections for Putnam residents as they assess and streamline county-wide transportation services.

Anyone planning to attend what promises to be the most enjoyable State of the County address ever presented in Putnam is asked to RSVP to the County Executive’s office by calling (845) 808-1001.


Former Emergency Services Commissioner McMahon Honored During Feb. 25 Ceremony

DSC09515State and Putnam County dignitaries gathered on February 25 as the FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums opened a ceremony where County Executive MaryEllen Odell dedicated The Robert McMahon 911 Emergency Communications Center in honor of Putnam’s former Commissioner of Emergency Services, Robert McMahon. The ceremony was held at the county’s Training and Operations Center located off Old Route 6 in Carmel. It was during McMahon’s tenure as Commissioner, a position he held from January 2000 through August 2012, that the Putnam County Fire Training Center was expanded and the Training and Operations Center (TOPS) was constructed. Today, TOPS houses Putnam’s 911 Communications Center and the All Hazards Emergency Operations Center in a single state-of-the-art location. McMahon, a life-long Putnam County resident, is retired from the FDNY. He is a registered nurse, a former chief and life member of the Lake Carmel Fire Department, a NYS and FEMA certified training instructor and a member of the Board of Putnam Hospital Center.

Principals of Building Construction Combustible February 26th through March 7th

Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services



Class Dates:Tuesday, February 26th ; Thursday, February 28th ; Tuesday, March 5 th ; Thursday, March 7 th

Time:1900 hrs.



This course introduces basic construction principals and the special characteristics of wood and ordinary construction as they concern the fire service. Primary emphasis is on improving the fire officer’s ability to ensure firefighter safety by recognizing common causes and indicators of failure and other hazards related to building construction. Course material enables the fire officer to better predict the overall reaction of a building to fire conditions.

Designed for: Fire service personnel

Course Length: 12 hours


Scene Support Operations (1R) or equivale

Robert Faugh FASNY Seminar – April 22 2013

Robert Faugh, FASNY Training and Education Committee, NYS Fire Instructor, NYSP Special Operations Trooper Ret., Presents

“Operations at Incidents Involving Large Equipment or Vehicles”

This 3 hour class is targeted at Fire, EMS, Rescue, HazMat and First Response Service Personnel. Key areas covered are:

  • Identify recent incidents with large vehicles, over the road buses, tractor trailers and large machines (farm and construction)
  • Scene safety for us and the public
  • Incident management and agency involvement
  • Special procedures that may be required to manage them
  • Mandated procedures that must be used at the incident
  • Candid information from those who were there and what they learned         (July 2011 – Yates and Steuben Counties)
  •  Situational best practices 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Putnam County Training and Operations Center

112 Old Route 6

Carmel, NY 10512

Registration opens at 6:30 pm and the class begins at 7:00 pm

To register, contact the FASNY office at 1-800- 232-7692, or to register online, or download a registration form, go to and follow the Training & Education link.

 Click here to view flier