I write this week’s column with a heavy heart; one of Cochecton’s residents, John Rizzotti, passed away on November 15 at the age of 75. John passed away at home with his partner Bill of many years by his side and his sister Angela Beatley. I met John and Bill many years ago when I worked in Pete’s Pub. They ran a little antique shop called Carmichael’s in the pub. My favorite time with John and Bill had to be tax season. No matter how sick John was or Bill, they would come and pay their taxes in person. Read more
Wow, it’s getting a little chilly out there. Be careful on the slippery leaves.
Since I moved to Sullivan County, I have hit two squirrels, three rabbits and, as of Friday night, two frogs. Why do I get so upset and nearly cry when I hit them? My husband Tommy says I could never be a hunter. Speaking of hunters, there are a lot of deer that like to run out in front of my car. I drive slowly, but still you hunters have a job to do this season. Good luck to all of you and be safe. Read more
My husband and I were out and about this Columbus Day weekend. On Friday night we were at the Forestburgh Tavern, where we saw the cast singing some of our favorite movie songs. Trent, who sang “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” sounded just like Many Patinkin—very talented. We enjoyed the great food made by Jill Pauda, and we had a really nice waiter, Brandon. We saw Gerta from Narrowsburg, Carol Montana and John from Narrowsburg Liquors. On Saturday, we drove down to Monroe to help out at the Anthony Strong fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation. The effort raised almost $30,000. Read more
My husband and I were out and about for dinner at the Chinese restaurant in Peck’s Plaza on Friday night, and this lady comes up to me and asks me if I am Eileen Hennessy. I say, “Yes,” and she says, “I read your column all the time. I enjoy it.” Thanks to Ellen Bay and John Dzwonar for your kind words. After our food came, and as we were eating, Shannon from Lauren’s Laundry Basket and Danielle McFadden from Peck’s came in to say hello, and they helped us eat the large amount of food we ordered. Read more
I just got home from a five-day vacation in Florida with my two best friends that I hung out with as a kid in Queens. Katie and I have been friends for 50 years. Paula and I lived on the same block, and I was her babysitter, so we have been friends about 40 years. Back in the day, we were known as the Three Musketeers. This vacation was more like the Three Stooges. We rented a pontoon boat and went out in the gulf to watch dolphins. I was driving and we were in very shallow water so I asked Paula to take over. I went and sat in the front of the boat. Read more
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Cochecton Preservation Society Coffee, Tea and History gathering. There was a great turnout—standing room only. The Cochecton Men’s Club would like to thank everyone who came out and made its chicken barbeque a sellout; 400 tickets were sold. Read more
It’s getting a little chilly out there. I guess it’s time to put the summer clothes away and get out the jeans and sweaters. I love the fall but hate the allergies from the golden rod weed.
There are lots of things going on in the next few weeks, so get your calendar out and enter some of these upcoming events.
On Saturday, September 20, the Cochecton Men’s Club is having their annual chicken barbeque from 2 to 4 p.m. at the parking lot of Cochecton Mills. For more information call Sean at 845/932-8282. Read more
I was at Heinle’s General Store last Sunday having a great breakfast made by Chef John and enjoying the company of Joy and Earl Bertsch, Betty Baker, Supervisor Gary Maas and Denise and Art Thompson of Narrowsburg. It’s so nice to be out and about in the community and have nice people to talk with. Read more
Tommy and I just got home from a few days away in Lake George for our 24th wedding anniversary. We went to a rodeo, and as I was watching the cowboys I got to wondering, what makes a cowboy a cowboy? So I walked over to this nice young man—about 25—and I asked him. I had to smack his arm with the first answer he gave me. Then he told me it is the way of life you live, how you dress and the ethics you follow. The guys who ride the bulls are nuts. (Many years ago, I rode the mechanical bull at Gilley’s bar and honky-tonk in Texas, and I got bucked off. Read more
I did it—the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I was nominated by Jeff Gombita, manager at Peck’s Market in Narrowsburg, NY. I did my challenge in memory of my childhood friend’s father, Eddie Smizer. I went to a family party on Saturday with my five-gallon bucket and a bag of ice. So, I sit in a chair, my sister is videotaping, my cousin is taking pictures while her daughter Amanda is doing the dumping. I thought the anticipation was going to be worse than the actual act of getting wet. Read more