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Kinderland II

Kinderland II nominated for $50,000 grant

KINGSTON (July 28) - Assemblyman Kevin Cahill has nominated Kingston Kinderland II for a $50,000 Capital Grant.  If awarded, the funds will be used to upgrade and add new and improved playground equipment that may be enjoyed by many for years to come.

“Over two decades ago, parents and community minded citizens got together and built the state of the art Kinderland Project at Forsythe Park in Kingston,” said Cahill.   “The playground has been used by literally thousands of children, including my daughters, and many of them are the children of the original kids, including my own, for whom the facility was built.  Now it is time to retire this grand community project and replace it with a modern, safe, clean playground for the next several generations.  Just as Katie and Meagan have enjoyed bringing Milla and Scarlett, someday Milla and Scarlett will be able to bring their children to the new Kinderland.  I am proud to join with the community to support such an important project.”

The land of Forsyth Park, 18.55 acres, was donated to the City of Kingston by the family of James C. Forsyth, who served as an Ulster County Judge.

The topography of Forsyth Park is distinguished by layers of limestone bedrock, shaded by ancient oak and pine trees which the city is bound to preserve.  The original “Kingston Kinderland” was built at this site in 1991 using volunteer labor and funds raised by the Junior League of Kingston, a non-profit international organization of women who actively engage in community improvement projects throughout the country.  

The rebuilding project has already generated tens of thousands of dollars in local donations.  The state grant, if awarded, will assure access for children with disabilities and other upgrades to assure safety and modern standards.  The Junior League is continuing fundraising activities throughout the year.

 

Volunteers needed at Stony Kill

FISHKILL (July 28) - The Stony Kill Foundation, Inc. is in need of volunteers to help at the Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center on Route 9D in the Towns of Fishkill and Wappingers Falls.  Assistance is needed with the following tasks.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please email us at foundation@stonykill.org or call us at 845-831-1617.  The Stony Kill Foundation has taken over the operations of the Farm and Center that used to be run by the NYS DEC and we cannot possibly continue in our endeavors, without the help of those in our community.


Stony Kill Farm barn

  • Barn Guides - the Barn is open for visitors every Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and help is needed with showing folks the animals and telling them a little bit about each of them (sheep, cows, pigs and chickens).  Training is available.
  • Program Instructors - year round, we have school groups and scouts that visit to learn about the offerings at the Farm and Center.  Again, training is available.  Groups visit both during the week and on the weekends.  For those of you who would like to do this on a more regular basis, you can become an intern and get paid for this.
  • Trail Maintenance - there are 8 miles of trails at Stony Kill that need to be walked regularly and maintained as needed.  There is help for bigger projects that arise.
  • Events - four events are held per year (Spring Celebration, Butterfly Festival, Harvest Festival (September, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), and the Holiday Open Barn.  There are many opportunities at these events.  We are also looking for folks to demonstrate traditional crafts at are upcoming Harvest Festival.
  • Verplanck Memorial Perennial Garden - assistance is needed with tending to our Verplanck Memorial Perennial Garden.  Our master gardener will meet with potential volunteers to explain exactly what is needed.
  • Verplanck Tenant Farmhouse - there is a 1700's tenant farmhouse on the property that the Foundation would like to raise funds for so that we may open it to the public.  A new roof was put on the building, but now the goal is to find sources of grants, etc. to renovate the inside.
  • Securing funding - the Stony Kill Foundation, Inc. is constantly looking for funds to allow us to continue seeing our goals of caring for and maintaining the farm animals and providing education programs to the general public to fruition.  In doing so, fundraising on many levels on a regular basis is key. If you are interested in helping us secure funding sources, write grants, etc. we certainly can use your help.

 


L-R: President Ed Devitt; 2012 Recipient Barbara Gasperetti (Coldenham FD);
2014 Recipient Frederick “Mike” Hoffman (Goshen FD); 2011 Recipient
Amy Conner (Good Will FD); 2013 Recipient Chad Quackenbush (Warwick FD);
and Education Advisory Board Chairman, Dr. William J. Bassett

2014 Fire Prevention Educator of the Year honored at the Orange County Firefighters Museum

MONTGOMERY (June 16) - Over 100 people attended the gala at the Orange County Firefighters Museum for Frederick Michael Hoffman of the Goshen Fire Department on Saturday, June 7th.   Mike is the 4th recipient of the Fire Prevention Educator of the Year award. He was one of 9 applications submitted for review. “The selection process becomes more difficult each year with the incredible quality of applications received, it is a challenging job.” said Dr. Bassett, Chairman of the Education Advisory Board who commended all the applicants for their service. 

Congratulations were given to Mike by Goshen Fire Department’s Chief Elmer Budd, Orange County Deputy Commission of Fire Services Vini Tankasali and District Superintendent of Orange/Ulster BOCES William Hecht during the ceremony. Through a partnership with Orange County Choppers the museum displayed their famous 9/11 Fire Bike at the event giving our guests a special treat this year. 

“Honoring Mike Hoffman and all volunteer firefighters is the least we can do for those who put aside their own needs for the needs of others on a daily basis,” said Ed Devitt, President of the museum.

The Orange County Firefighters Museum located at 141 Clinton Street in the Village of Montgomery is open Saturdays from 1 to 4 pm. For more information please check out our website www.ocfm.us, like us on Facebook or call 845-457-9654.

 

Orange County Stop DWI/Traffic Safety Program holds “Not One More” safe driving forum at Cornwall High School

CORNWALL (June 2) – The Orange County Stop DWI/Traffic Safety Program, in conjunction with the Cornwall School District, held one of its many “Not One More …” safe driving forums recently at Cornwall High School.

More details on our Education Page

 

Orange County Community Development mobile offices schedule

MIDDLETOWN (May 19) – Orange County Office of Community Development announces the next round of Mobile Office hours throughout the county in order to make services more accessible to county residents.

Expanding on the partnership between the county and Community Development, County Executive Steve Neuhaus has directed other agencies to expand their outreach efforts across the county. Partnering with the established Community Development schedule complements these new efforts.

Thursday, May 22

  • Town of Greenville, Town Hall, 1537 U.S. Highway 6, 9:00-10:00am
  • Town of Minisink, Town Hall, 20 Roy Smith Drive, Westtown, 10:30-11:30am
  • Village of Unionville, Village Hall, 7 Main Street, Unionville, 1:00-2:00pm
  • Town of Wawayanda, Town Hall, 80 Ridgebury Hill Road, 2:30-3:30pm

Thursday, May 29

  • Village of Greenwood Lake, Village Hall, 18 Church Street, 9:30-10:30am
  • Village of Warwick, Village Hall, 77 Main Street, 11am-noon
  • Town of Warwick, Town Hall, 132 Kings Highway, 1-2pm
  • Village of Florida, Village Hall, 33 South Main Street, 2:30-3:30pm

 

Four girls from Mahopac Girl Scout Troop 1566 achieve Gold Award

MAHOPAC (April 28) – Four members of Mahopac Girl Scout Troop 1566 were presented with New York State Senate Proclamations for achieving the Girl Scout Gold Award by state Senator Greg Ball.

According to the Girl Scout Troop 1566 program, the Girl Scout Golf Award is the highest award girls can earn in Girl Scouting. It represents a girl’s commitment to herself and to her community as she focuses on leadership, career exploration, personal challenges and completing a lasting project that will benefit her community. It takes many hours of preparation, planning and work to accomplish the goals a girl has set for herself. Once she has completed the project, she must come before a review committee to present her project highlighting her journey to the Gold.


L-R: Carmel Town Supervisor Ken Schmitt, Michelle Laga, Emily Lavin, Alana Belkevich, Ashlee Belkevich and Senator Greg Ball

Second Annual Upper Delaware BioBlitz to occur in Sullivan County

UPPER DELAWARE REGION (April 28) – Families can take advantage of a special educational opportunity for all ages to experience the diversity of life on a unique parcel of private property. The second annual Upper Delaware BioBlitz will occur on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29, 2014. This event is free to the public.

During this event, biologists and volunteers will gather to identify as many living things as possible within 24 hours on a demarcated parcel of about 200 acres within the Ten Mile River Scout Camp in the Town of Tusten, Sullivan County, NY. Collection will start at noon on Saturday and continue until noon on Sunday.

The public is invited to tour the site from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday. For free, families can view the specimens, talk to experts, and enjoy a tour of the site to learn how different species live and thrive in the context of the overall property. Teams and sponsoring organizations will provide information and offer educational programs on their particular areas of expertise. The public should attend for an opportunity to meet scientists of different disciplines, see what they have collected and take a tour of the site.

“This exciting event highlights the richness of the environment in which we play, work and live and helps us see our lives in the context of all the other living things with which we co-exist,” says BioBlitz organizer, Steve Schwartz.

Teams of researchers will focus on specific categories of life, including aquatic macro invertebrates, birds, botany, fish, fungi, reptiles and amphibians, invertebrates, mammals, mosses, and lichens. The scientists are asked to identify what they find down to the species level using specialized methods. Some of this will be done in the field either by photos or visual identification. Other items will be brought back to the collection tables for further identification through careful analysis through microscopes and reference material on site.

A portion of this property is within the National Park Service’s Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River corridor and borders the river at the Ten Mile River landing. The BioBlitz site will also include the Indian Cliffs, Rock Lake, Mauls Pond, and Grassy Swamp Pond, one of the only quaking bogs to be scientifically authenticated in the Catskills.

All of the data will be compiled into an inventory of species collected during the event. This information will be publicly available and may help future scientists understand what was living on the site at this particular time, including rare or endangered species. Experts will travel from far distances to study this unique area of New York State.

“It’s an unusual opportunity for scientists and amateur naturalists to share information with the public about their research,” Schwartz adds. “The entire collection of species identified, along with vast biota of microscopic species, are interdependent and nourished by the mineral and organic composition of the soils and the air and water. People experienced in various disciplines working together at this event reflect the interdependence of life in the natural environment.”

Upper Delaware BioBlitz participating organizations include Delaware Highlands Mushroom Society, Upper Delaware Council, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Delaware Highlands Conservancy, Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County, National Park Service, Norcross Wildlife Foundation, Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, Friends of the Upper Delaware, Sullivan Renaissance and Delaware Riverkeeper Network. The Delaware Highlands Conservancy is the Fiscal Sponsor for the event and all contributions to the event through the Conservancy are tax deductible.

Scientists are participating from Cornell, Penn State, East Stroudsburg University, Academy of Sciences Philadelphia, and other academic, nonprofit and governmental organizations.

In 2013 over 50 scientists and amateur naturalists gathered for the first Upper Delaware BioBlitz on the Norcross Wildlife Foundation’s “Gales Property” at the confluence of the East and West Branches and main stem of the Delaware River.

 

Celebrate spring and National Bike Month at first-ever Bike Fest

KINGSTON (April 28) - The YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County in partnership with Bike Friendly Kingston plans to hold the first ever YMCA Bike Fest on May 4th to celebrate National Bike Month. The event will be held from 11am to 3pm at the YMCA of Kingston on 507 Broadway Kingston, NY. This event will be a great kick off for the spirit of active living, embracing spring here in the Hudson Valley.

This event is sure to catch the eye of cyclists of all ages and ability levels. Activities will engage citizens of all ages in the community with a Bike Rodeo, which will provide safety and riding skills for children aged 5-12, an Adult Learn to Ride Clinic, as well as a Bike Maintenance Clinic. The event will also help give back to the community as attendees will have the opportunity to donate used bicycles to the YMCA, who will refurbish them and make them available to youth and adults in need.

Tom Polk, Chairman of the YMCA Bicycling Committee and one of the organizers of Bike Fest, explains the motivation for this event and other bicycle-related initiatives sponsored by the Y.

“There are major health and financial reasons to increase the opportunities for youths in our community to ride bikes,” Polk said. Research shows that communities that invest in making bicycling easier, safer and more enjoyable reap rewards in terms of reduced obesity, improved fitness, and lower rates of chronic disease. These health benefits are good in their own right, but they also mean savings for families and communities through reduced healthcare costs.”

The Bike Fest wouldn’t be complete without a chance to get out and ride a bike. There will be two bike tours for cyclists of all levels. For those seeking a short, family-friendly ride, there will be a 5.5 mile tour weaving alongside sections of the future Kingston Greenline. Members of the Kingston Land Trust’s Rail Trail Committee, the group championing the development of this system of trails and complete streets, will be on hand to discuss the Greenline. The second option, for the more avid cyclist, is a 14 mile long tour of Kingston’s public parks. These two rides will start at the YMCA of Kingston at 1pm May 4th.

The YMCA Bike Fest event is free and open to the public. Registration is required for all taking part in the bike rides. For more information about the bike rides, or to register online, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/ymca-bike-fest-2014-community-bike-rides-registration-11240172659 .

 

New Rochelle Police Department promotional ceremony

(April 21) - The New Rochelle Police Department held a Promotional Ceremony on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 11 AM at New Rochelle City Hall, promoting the following members

To Sergeant: Police Officer Adam Castiglia

To Detective: Police Officer Richard Gargan, Police Officer Aaron Goldstein, Police Officer John Hansen, Police Officer Frank Lore, and Police Officer Dario Navarrete.


Pictured are the officers with New Rochelle Police Commissioner Patrick Carroll, City Manager Charles B. Strome, III,
and New Rochelle Police Deputy Commissioner Anthony Murphy.

 

 

Scouts learn welding fundamentals with help from two area businesses

NEWBURGH (April 21) - The Boy Scouts of America Merit Badge Program provides the youth of America with an opportunity to learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business and future careers. In 2012, the Boy Scouts of America made some additions in their merit badge program to include a new group of career oriented merit badges. Scouts now have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of an important life skill while completing their merit badge requirements. One of the new additions to this program was the creation of the Welding Merit Badge.

Opportunities in the welding field are endless, and Scouts earning their Welding Merit Badge can not only explore the essential skills of welding, but also learn about the different career paths within the industry. However, many Scouting organizations do not have the proper safety gear and welding equipment to allow Scouts to learn these valuable skills.

Lincoln Electric and Haun Welding Supply, both leaders in the welding industry for high quality welding, cutting and joining products, have agreed to become executive program partners for the Hudson Valley Council’s 2014 CamporALL event and provide training, safety apparel and welding equipment for the Scouts to be able start the first ever welding program within the Council.

CamporALL will be a three-day event where approximately between 3,500 - 5,000 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venture Scouts, Sea Scouts, leaders, parents, siblings and families will celebrate what Scouts do. The programs, activities and special events will consist of astronomy, brotherhood and fellowship, camping, climbing walls, fire building, fishing, fireworks, geocaching, ham radios, inventions, kickball, Native American culture, orienteering, pioneering, rocket launching, reverence, team building, technology wilderness survival, sports (such as baseball, basketball, hockey, flag football), welding and much, much more.

The event is scheduled for May 16, 17 & 18, 2014 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, New York.

The gloves, safety glasses, helmets and welders will be available at the 2014 CamporALL giving Scouts an opportunity to learn how to weld in a safe manner. At CamporALL, the equipment will be available for Scouts to weld their names into metal sheets. Once the CamporALL is completed, the equipment will donated to become property of the Hudson Valley Council and will be used at each of the Council’s two camp locations. Through this gracious donation by Lincoln Electric and Haun Welding, and with the help of some volunteers, the Hudson Valley Council will have the ability start a unique program and provide great training and life lessons to our Scouting community as they continue to "Be Prepared" for life.

The Hudson Valley Council currently serves more than 7,500 young people through Scouting and Learning for Life Programs in the New York Counties of Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Sullivan and Pike County in Pennsylvania. For more information on CamporALL and the Boy Scouts of America, please visit their website at: www.hudsonvalleyscouting.org/

 

Dutchess Chamber begins search for new president

ALBANY (April 17) - The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce has made public information for anyone interested in applying for the job of President and CEO. It was announced last month that a search committee had been formed in anticipation of the retirement of Charles S. North. A specific timetable for North's retirement has not been established.

Full details on our Business Page

 


Steketee

Ulster corrections officer Steketee promoted

KINGSTON (April 16) - Ulster County Sheriff Paul VanBlarcum announces the promotion of John Steketee to the rank of Correction Lieutenant.

Steketee joined the Ulster County Sheriff's Corrections Division in 1987.  He previously held the rank of Correction Sergeant and is certified to instruct in Suicide Prevention and Legal Issues and to train peace and police officers in General Topics. 

He is also the Corrections Division coordinator for NYSPIN and E-Justice.

 


Sush

Barbara Sush named a New York Senate Woman of Distinction

ALBANY (April 16) - Retired teacher and long-time community volunteer Barbara Sush has been chosen to be a New York Senate Woman of Distinction.  This annual program honors women who make an exceptional contribution to their community.

The honor was announced by State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C,  Mount Hope).

Barbara Sush has been a leader in numerous organizations including vice president of the Sullivan County Literacy Volunteers, and vice president of the Professional Women of Sullivan County.  She’s been on the board of the Sullivan County Child Care Council and a member of Community Unity.  At present, Sush is a volunteer for Rape Intervention Services and Education (R.I.S.E.), and a Friend of the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library.  A Master Gardener for Cornell Cooperative Extension, Sush has amassed nearly 300 hours of volunteer service.

 

NYSEG and RG&E advise contractors and customers to be safe when working and playing outdoors

ROCHESTER (April 16) – NYSEG and RG&E, subsidiaries of Iberdrola USA, remind contractors and customers who are working on or planning outdoor projects or activities to be mindful of overhead power lines and underground utilities.

“Ladders, gutters and aluminum siding can all conduct electricity,” said Mark Lynch, president and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E.  “Making contact with a power line with any of these items could be deadly. Digging into underground utilities could also have very serious consequences.”

NYSEG and RG&E offer these safety tips:

Be Cautious in Work Zones: Drivers are urged to slow down and use extreme caution in NYSEG and RG&E work zones, including those areas where NYSEG and RG&E contractors are pruning trees to help ensure safe, reliable service.  

Look Up…Look Out: NYSEG and RG&E caution contractors and individuals to carefully check work areas for potential hazards such as overhead power lines.

Call 811 Before You Dig: Contractors are required by law to call Dig Safely New York before beginning any excavation work, and NYSEG and RG&E strongly encourage do-it-yourselfers who are planning projects like putting up a fence, planting a tree or doing drainage work to call as well. Call Dig Safely New York (811 or 1.800.962.7962) or visit www.digsafelynewyork.com at least two full days but not more than 10 days before work is to begin.

This Is Not Child’s Play

  • Never fly kites near power lines. Electricity from a kite caught in power lines could travel down the string and endanger anyone who touches it. Don’t ever attempt to remove a kite tangled in a power line by climbing a utility pole or nearby tree.
  • Keep foil or metallic balloons away from power lines and utility poles. They can cause serious damage and power interruptions.
  • Never climb on an electrical tower or utility pole.
  • Don’t play on or near pad-mounted transformers and never attempt to open them.

Stay Out of Substations: Substations are dangerous. They are most often clearly marked with signs reading “DANGER, HIGH VOLTAGE WITHIN” or a similar warning. Take this warning seriously and never go near or into a substation. You could be injured or killed. If a kite, ball or flying disk should land in or near a substation or should a pet wander into a substation or climb a utility pole, call NYSEG or RG&E. We’ll gladly send a crew to get your property (or pet) – and there’s no charge.

Water and Electricity Don’t Mix: Keep power tools and extension cords away from water – rain, wet ground, swimming pools, sprinklers and garden hoses. Have a licensed electrician add weatherproof covers and GFCIs (ground-fault circuit interrupters) on outdoor electrical outlets to protect against electrical shock.

Don’t Post Notices on Utility Poles: For the safety of NYSEG and RG&E crews who may need to climb poles, do not attach notices or other materials to utility poles. Remnants of these signs from long-forgotten activities also become eyesores and create litter.

Trees and Power Lines: Leave the cutting and pruning of trees near power lines to professionals. A tree or limb that comes in contact with a power line could be deadly. Also, take into account overhead power lines when planting trees. (For more information on planting the right tree, visit www.arborday.org or call 1.888.448.7337.)

Be Alert for Natural Gas Leaks: If natural gas leaks from pipes or appliances it can be dangerous. A natural gas leak is usually recognized by smell, sight or sound. Smell: Natural gas is naturally odorless. For your safety, a distinctive odor, similar to rotten eggs, is added. Sight: You may see a white cloud, mist, fog, bubbles in standing water or blowing dust. You may also see vegetation that appears to be dead or dying for no apparent reason. Sound: You may hear an unusual noise like roaring, hissing or whistling. To report a natural gas leak to NYSEG, call 1.800.572.1121 or 911. To report a natural gas leak to RG&E, call 1.800.743.1701 or 911.

For more information, visit www.nyseg.com or www.rge.com, click on “Usage and Safety” to find many valuable safety tips.

 

Newburgh Historical Society’s new director

NEWBURGH (April 16) – The Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands hired Matthew Colon as its new Director.

More details on our Education Page

 


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Not-for-profit community service organizations are invited to submit links to their websites. Organizations must not preach hate or intolerance in any form or advocate public discrimination on the basis of race, gender, national origin or sexual orientation.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County
www.cce.cornell.edu/orange

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County
www.cce.cornell.edu/ulster/ulster.html

Faith and Community ACTION - Dutchess County  
http://fcaction.org/

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh
www.habitat-greater-newburgh.org

Hilltowns Community Board
News of Southern Albany, Greene & Schoharie Counties
www.thehilltowns.com

Hopewell Junction Citizens for Clean Water
www.hopewell-junction-citizens-for-clean-water.org

Mid-Hudson Horse Trails Association
www.midhudsonhorsetrails.org

National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE)
www.narfeny.org

Orange County Citizens Foundation-
www.occf-ny.org/

Orange County Land Trust  
www.oclt.org

Salvation Army of Newburgh  
http://web.mac.com/sanewburgh/iWeb/Site/Welcome.html

Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 537 Hudson Highlands   
www.vva537.org/

 

 


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