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John Vargo

John Vargo

Boating on the Hudson editor

Wednesday, 03 August 2016 14:00


It is hard to believe that the cleanest lake in New York state could be less than a hour from New York City. But that is exactly how close Indian Lake in Putnam Valley, NY is to the metropolis.

An extremely deep, spring-fed lake, it sits near a mountain top surrounded by forests and just a handful of homes. Brown trout, large-mouth Bass and other species of sport fish abound in its cool, clear waters.



Wednesday, 10 August 2016 16:30

Historic Hudson Valley Recipes

Vicky and I have dedicated this holiday issue to HAMILTON, now playing on Broadway. It took my breath away. Never before has a musical grabbed me by the throat and carried me, on the edge of my seat, to the very end. It’s brilliance in storytelling and it’s beauty of expression are only part of the musical’s genius in sharing with the world the story of an incredible man who effected change in our country. His ideas and ideals not only hold up today but can speak to and are relatable, on some level, to everybody.....READ FULL ARTICLE

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Wednesday, 10 August 2016 15:58

Your Insurance with Cathy Karas - August 2016


You may be familiar with seeing the words “bodily injury/property damage liability” as part of the coverage provided on your boat, home, auto or other type policy. What exactly is this? There are many types of policies that liability insurance is a part of, which include your personal policies and also many types commercial insurance for contractors, restaurants, bars, retail businesses, municipalities, landlords, etc.. This part of the policy pays up to the limit you have selected for bodily injury and property damage you may cause to someone else........READ FULL ARTICLE

Cathy J. Karas, President, Certified Insurance Counselor, KARAS INSURANCE AGENCIES INC, 321 SO. RIVERSIDE AVE, CROTON-ON-HUDSON, NY 10520.

You can contact me for quotes or questions at 914-271-5188 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are a 3rd generation family owned agency, with only licensed brokers to help you.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 15:36

Your Finances - August 2016

Article provided by Art Stahl

Own a Retirement Account? Keep Your Beneficiary Designations Up to Date

When we complete an application to establish a retirement account for ourselves, we specify one or more individuals or charitable organizations to inherit our account when we’re gone, and typically don’t think about it again. As life circumstances change for ourselves or our loved ones, we might want to review our beneficiary designations; this article may help with this process. AFS.......READ FULL ARTICLE

Art can be reached by phone at 201-836-2460 or 845-729-7638, or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

by John H. Vargo, Publisher

(This concept is increasing the value of local farms)

When I was five or six years old, during World War Two, there was a junk man with a horse and wagon as well as vegetable wagon also pulled by a horse that visited our street once a week. Each had a regular route they made and they always stopped at my grandmother’s house. I never realized until much later that it was grandfather’s homemade wine that was the main attraction for stopping at my grandparent’s popular home. Today the modern version of the junk man is everywhere. However most interesting is how the vegetable wagon has changed into a company call FieldGoods


Tuesday, 09 August 2016 20:00

A Turning Point!

by John H. Vargo, Publisher

The Hudson River Valley has changed dramatically over the last one hundred years. Many of us older folks have seen areas go from farms to suburbs in a few years! The area described below is one area that has not changed and is exceptional! To me it spells opportunity for the right individuals. The location is Flats Road, Coxsackie, NY. It is timeless and beautiful in the multitude of farms that front on this road. With its 10 or more farms, most of them for sale, this is an area that is dramatically going to change or could stay as farmland. The farms are of varying sizes, and can fit, into different economic buyers.



Wednesday, 03 August 2016 20:00

“He just wanted to give back a little bit”

by Leslie Spencer

George Mann, a retired educator and local boat owner at White’s Marina in New Hamburg, NY said, “He just wanted to give back a little bit”, when he developed the idea to take veterans on boat rides followed by a picnic lunch. He began by contacting Nelson Rivera, director of Veterans Services, Dutchess “He just wanted to give back a little bit” by Leslie Spencer County Department of Behavioral and Community Health, who collected names of veterans and guests who would like to participate.


Tuesday, 02 August 2016 14:46

William Emslie - 1937 - 2016

William M. “Bill” Emslie went to his eternal rest on June 12, 2016 after a long illness. Born at Vassar Brothers Hospital on December 6, 1937, he was the son of Weston S. Emslie and Lillian May Beckett. Bill graduated from Arlington High School. On April 18, 1964, he married the love of his life, Lorraine Josephine Sommers in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Lorraine survives at home.


by Pete Bardunias, President/CEO, the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County

Larry Jensen is a classmate of mine from our formative days in the Lakeland school district in Shrub Oak. His family used to own a popular office supply store on Route 6 in Mohegan Lake, and they were a fixture in the local community. The “big boxes” eventually drove the Jensens out; Larry and I graduated from Lakeland in the early ‘80s and went our separate ways. We eventually reconnected thanks to the power of the Internet, and found ourselves living not too far apart – me in upstate New York, Larry in Vermont, although he traveled often throughout the USA by motorcycle, kayak, bicycle and boat with Lexie, his beloved Yorkshire Terrier.


by Pete Bardunias, President/CEO, the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County

Perhaps you are seeking to throw the boat on the trailer and cruise up the Thruway to the many inland bodies of water north of Albany. If so, there is a really great alternative that you may not have heard about, and that’s big, majestic Saratoga Lake, just a few short miles north of Albany. In the Lake’s southwest corner is a big marina, a newly refurbished restaurant and even some lakefront cabins for rent, so perhaps now is the time to consider checking it out


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