The Pawling Record

The Strength of Trees

A heron takes flight from the edge of the lake. The tips of its broad wings touch the calm water. Behind clouds the sun is rising. Doves are heard and go unseen beneath the branches of pines. Hints of green reveal themselves in budding shrubs. Nuthatches scurry up and down and across tree limbs while beaks tap into crevices in search of seeds and insects. The frogs have awakened and their chorus rings in my ears. In the marsh there is a remnant of its past, when it had been a beaver pond. Sharp teeth carved the base of a tree into the shape of an hourglass and many years later it has yet to fall. I am drawn to another tree close to this one. Here it has stood in place for a long time, a survivor that continues to endure. I admire its strength. How I wish it could impart this gift of strength to our world.
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Putnam Sheriff Reports Rise in Counterfeit Currency

Sheriff Robert L. Langley, Jr. reports an increase in counterfeit currency cases throughout the County and adjoining Counties. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department is actively investigating cases in which counterfeit $100 bills are being used to make smaller purchases at convenience stores, drug stores and eateries. The small purchase allows...

Life’s Treasures

I randomly opened a book and read a passage that provided me with a message. The book is by Paulo Coelho and these are his words: “It is said that all people who are happy have God within them. And that happiness could be found in a grain of sand from the desert, as the alchemist had said. Because a grain of sand is a moment of creation, and the universe has taken millions of years to create it. ‘Everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him,’ his heart said.”
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Putnam Lake on Pause

The world is going through a difficult time. But I would like to be able to bring a little joy to people while also documenting the current Covid-19 Crisis. I will be offering free portrait photography sessions in my community as a way to give back and share our stories of this time. Please direct message me on FaceBook if you wish to take part in the Putnam Lake on Pause project. At this time you must live, or run a business, in Putnam Lake, NY to participate. It takes no more than about 5 minutes and I will photograph you from at least 12 ft away and at all times will be observing social distancing protocols.

About Those Dark Threads in Our Lives

As I sit facing the backwoods, I enjoy nature – a welcome respite from haunting thoughts about the dark threads of my life. Musing now; I never gave it much thought when younger. Here, in the winter of my years, it seems important. Threads we all have. Some are light and colorful, but it’s the dark ones that hold my attention in this moment.

Strength to Let Go

I saw you, because you let me. You were right there by my side, until you let go. Until I was too far out of your reach. I was thrilled. I was furious. I trusted you. I felt you let me down. It took just a moment to go from...

Video Calls: Looking Your Best

Video calling is really stepping up to help us make it through the pandemic PAUSE. Doctor “visits,” online classes, virtual meetings, and calls to distant relatives on lock-down are making us all video stars. Of sorts. If you’ve seen yourself in a video call and feel like the picture isn’t quite right; here are a few tips to help with that. They can’t help with the haircut, but they’ll help a little.

Like people, the Relationships in my Garden Flourish with More Care

Back in March my company Womanswork invited readers of our newsletter to write stories for our online Story Bank about how they, as gardeners, were processing the events of the pandemic. In their stories from Florida, California, London, Boston and even Pawling, we have seen apprehension turn to resilience and optimism. The warming weather and ability to get into one’s garden has a lot to do with that!

Pawling Library Continues to Work Hard for the Community

With the Pawling Library closed due to the state-wide government response to Covid-19, Brian Avery, Library Director, has his team working behind the scenes in many ways and on many projects. “Since the time when we closed, the staff and I have been primarily focused on becoming a better library when we re-open. The part-time staff has been doing professional development courses via Universal Class (free to all library card holders) and the full-time staff has been doing a combination of professional development, projects that they had been wanting to tackle but never had the time to do, and planning programs,” Avery said.

Community Voices in the Quarantine

Tom Clemmons, Circulation Supervisor at Pawling Free Library. How has the Coronavirus quarantine affected your life?. There are five of us at home now. We’re mindful of the gravity of the current crisis. We wear masks and gloves and insist on social distancing when we go out. Everyone at our place is working or fulfilling school obligations remotely.

Row of Honor to Recognize Everyday Heroes

The Row of Honor that has lined the shore of Lake Gleneida in Carmel every Memorial Day and Veterans Day for nearly a decade was installed Wednesday to recognize and give thanks to our everyday heroes – the healthcare workers and first responders who put themselves at risk to help fight the COVID-19 outbreak, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said.

Dedication to Students

Earlier this month Pawling schools were closed in response to the ongoing quarantine measures aimed at stopping the spread of Covid-19. However, these restrictions have not hampered the efforts of a small group of teachers, volunteers, and district personnel who have remained committed to providing valuable services for students. In recent weeks, food service employees and a team of volunteers helped to provide food for students in need who are quarantined in their homes. Members of the PCSD’s music department also organized and arranged for student instruments to be delivered so they may practice and continue their lessons during their time at home.

Dear Patience

I have a bowl of angel cards in my bathroom, that I draw from each day. The card I pick becomes a focus for my day, inspired by spirit. Today I picked Patience. The accompanying book has the definition of Patience as “the will or ability to wait. To endure without complaint. Self-possession of one’s spirit.”

ASK A REALTOR - Choosing the Right Agent

Hope this article finds you and your families safe and well. As most of you already know, Real Estate is now “on pause” per Governor Cuomo for the duration of this health crisis. Our offices are closed, no showings, no meetings, no open houses. While we’re all waiting to jump back into the market, it might be a good time to contemplate who you’re going to be jumping back into the market with. So many times, an association with a realtor is random - you’ve walked into an office or an open house, responded to a listing online, saw a For Sale sign in your neighborhood, etc. and just started working with the person who answered the phone or was physically present. The truth is you may want to shop around for someone who has your best interests at heart. A home purchase, for the majority of buyers, is the single largest purchase you will ever make, which means that a lot of time and money is at risk.

Monogamy – May Not Be What You Think (Part 1)

Is anyone ever really married to one person at a time? I suggest: no, at least not on the spiritual level. Perhaps there is one physical body, but that, too changes over time, does it not? In addition, I submit that every married couple is actually in a relationship with the parents, siblings and all significant influencers of both in the loving relationship. Over time, these internal relationships shift, and each event impacts the relationship between the married couple.

Dutchess Closes DMV Offices

On March 20, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.8. As it relates to the Department of Motor Vehicles, the following actions are implemented:. • Drivers Licenses expiring on or after March 1, 2020 are extended until April 19, 2020. • Non-Drivers Identification Cards expiring on or after March 1, 2020...

A Native Plant Challenge

On Friday, March 27, I was a guest on The Leonard Lopate at Large show on 99.5FM WBAI in NYC along with Dr. Douglas Tallamy, a professor in the Department of Entemololgy and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. The conversation was centered on Dr. Tallamy’s newly released book Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard published by Timber Press. This book is a sequel to his previous book Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants.

Working from Home: Online Safety

Social distancing is crucial while we’re all doing our parts to contain the spread of COVID-19. For many of us that means working from home. Me too; doing remote support calls from home. Of course, as we all try to do the right thing, there are be some bad actors...

Pawling Rotary is Zooming

The members of the Pawling Rotary Club are meeting on line through Zoom, an on line virtual meeting application. During the week of March 31st, twelve members attended and shared the challenges of cocooning, as well as the joys of being able to spend more quality time at home with loved ones. Everyone was able to catch up and enjoyed the lunch time company of club members. The meeting lasted an hour and will continue weekly during the normal meeting time on Tuesdays at noon. Most members used their computers and lap tops to accommodate the application, however, tablets and smart phones also may be used, and it is hoped that additional club members will join in as the week’s progress.

Pawling Resident Honored by City and State

Pawling Resident Lisa Payne Wansley was recently honored by City and State New York Magazine in recognition of women who have put forth tremendous effort to positively impact society through their work in non-profit and public sectors. She is the Vice President of Environmental Justice and Sustainability at the New York Power Authority, and has proudly called Pawling home for the past three years.