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John Vargo

John Vargo

Boating on the Hudson editor

Thousands of words and photos have been used to describe what occurred on the Hudson River on January 15th, 2009 as flight 1549 went into the drink. Here is one fellow’s account of his participation in the rescue. Scott Koen a member of Lincoln Harbor Yacht Club was on scene four minutes after the plane crashed.



Thursday, 08 September 2016 20:00

Your Insurance with Cathy Karas - September 2016

AIRBNB and Your Homeowners Insurance

A couple of weeks ago in the Sunday edition of the New York Times, there were photos of a wealthy business man who owned an expensive home in South Hampton and a picture of another man, an  xecutive, who paid to rent out the home for a fundraising event for shelter animals. The picture of the man renting the house out showed him on a deck in a bathing suit with a “champagne gun” shooting it into the huge crowd of people.


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, 07 September 2016 20:00

Boil Me Crabby!

I had a blast working this month’s column. I was sitting at my desk when our Publisher, John Vargo called, informing me that he was en-route and bringing Blue Claw Crabs. While I’m a big-time seafood freak, I grew up on Long Island, Blue Crabs weren’t my specialty. If you want to talk to me about Steamers, I could drone on for days. Blue Crabs, I knew nothing, but I was going to find out.


Tuesday, 06 September 2016 20:00

Your Finances - September 2016

Article provided by Art Stahl

Retirement Confidence Leveled Off in 2016

As we think about retirement, we may be very confident that someday we’ll quit working and get out on our boat whenever we feel the urge, or we may be wondering if we’ll ever be able to leave our day job. This article summarizes the latest Retirement Confidence Survey that discloses how the rest of us are feeling about it. AFS.


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.

Monday, 05 September 2016 20:00

BOAT TALK WITH with Alex - August 2016

Question: Why do I have to worry about my fuel over the winter?

Alex: Nothing you can do for your boat when putting it away is as important as treating the fuel in your tank as the secret to enjoying a trouble free 2017. Buy fuel that is Ethanol free, fuel that is treated to combat the determinal affects of Ethanol in your fuel system like Valvtect, or by using a fuel additive.


Sunday, 04 September 2016 20:00

Labor Day in America

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.


Captain Bob Services, LLC was formed in 2006, and provides very reasonably priced Captain and Teaching services to a variety of commercial and private clients on the Hudson River.


Saturday, 03 September 2016 16:55


We have reached an impasse.

The problem is the silting in of Hudson River channels, harbors, marinas, coves and bays that have filled with so much silt that they cannot be navigated or used for any positive purpose but that of marshland.


Friday, 02 September 2016 16:48

Cortlandt Yacht Club’s Salute to Freedom

It all began with a discussion five and a half years ago on the boat club docks about Brian’s daughter Laura’s suggestion to host friends of hers on his boat including a soldier who had been wounded in the Gulf War and a Gold Star family.


Thursday, 01 September 2016 16:30

Fireball Run


A roar of engines, cheering crowds and visiting celebrities will signal the arrival of Fireball Run, the televised international adventure travel series that is coming to the Hudson Valley in late September.



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