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Go Red for Heart Month - Mid-Hudson Bridge to glow red in February

POUGHKEEPSIE (January 28) - The American Heart Association, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the NYS Bridge Authority have teamed up to have the Mid-Hudson Bridge illuminated red to shine a light on heart disease and stroke during February, American Heart Month.

Full details on our Health Page


Children’s Museum accepted into National Museum Excellence Program

POUGHKEEPSIE (January 27) - The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum has been accepted into the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) sponsored by the American Alliance of Museums ...

Full details on our Education Page


L-R: Kymora Ohrvall, Claire Macedonia, Grace Roscino, Gracie Macedonia,
Eta Ivkovic, Marina Zaczkiewicz and Adria Ivkovic

Dutchess Figure Skating Club wins big at Lake Placid event

POUGHKEEPSIE (January 21)– Weeks of hard work and practice at the McCann Ice Arena paid off for the Dutchess Figure Skating Club as a team of skaters from the club won top medals at the ISI (Ice Skating Institute) Championship at Lake Placid earlier this month. For their collective effort, the team won a 1st Place trophy as well.

The figure skaters competed against other skaters from across the region in several categories including solo compulsory, freestyle and light entertainment. There were 19 participating teams from New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Maryland and Connecticut and over 400 total participants.

“I am proud of all the skaters on the Mid Hudson Civic Center Team,” Laurie May, McCann Ice Arena General Manager said. “They have worked hard for this competition. Their poise and presentation was proof of that hard work. At this competition the skaters were given points based on their individual placement. These points gave the team a 1st place trophy based on percentage for team standings. It’s nice to see how proud they are of their accomplishments. This experience was not only fun, but it will prove to be a great motivator moving forward.”

Here are the results from the ISI championship:

Adria Ivkovic:
Light Entertainment Spotlight Freestyle 4 – Silver, 1st place
Interpretive Freestyle 4 – Silver, 3rd place
Final Rounds Spotlight – 3rd place

Eta Ivkovic:
Open – Silver, 2nd place

Claire Macedonia:
Open Freestyle – Silver, 1st place
Light Entertainment Spotlight Freestyle 5 – Silver, 1st place
Final Rounds Spotlight – 2nd place
Interpretive Freestyle 5 – Silver – 6th place

Gracie Macedonia
Interpretive Freestyle 3 – 1st place
Freestyle 3 – 5th place

Kymora Ohrvall
Freestyle 4 – 4th place
Interpretive Freestyle 4 – 3rd place
Solo Compulsory Freestyle 4 – 2nd place

Grace Roscino
Freestyle 4 – 1st place
Solo Compulsory Freestyle 4 – 1st place

Marina Zaczkiewicz
Freestyle 6 – 1st place
Figure 3 – 1st place
Solo Compulsory Freestyle 6 – 1st place


Walden Savings Bank’s staff and customers donate to Food Bank

MONTGOMERY (January 21) - Walden Savings Bank collected and donated 684 lbs. of non-perishables to the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley as part of their “Fill the WSB Van” campaign.

“Our goal for ‘Fill the WSB Van’ was not only to collect food but to bring awareness about this great need and the vital role of the Food Bank of the Hudson,” said Derrik Wynkoop, president and CEO of Walden Savings Bank. “Although the winter season can be a difficult time for families, together we brought families around a table where they could find joy, and set aside their worries for a moment.”

In addition, Walden Savings Bank collected $2,235 for the Food Bank’s Ornament Campaign, where paper ornaments were purchased by customers and employees at each of Walden Savings Bank’s 11 branch locations for $1 during the month of December.

Today, the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, in conjunction with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, serves over 1,000 member agencies in 23 counties from the Canadian border to the Westchester border.


Irwin Siegel Agency Makes Federation holidays brighter

MONTICELLO (January 21) - Once again this year, the Irwin Siegel Agency filled the gap for many children of families in need who might otherwise have gone without.  The Federation submits the age and gender of children who sign up, and their holiday wishes are fulfilled by the Irwin Siegel staff “elves”.

Pictured from left to right are Dale Sonnenschein, Esther Tyler, Zack Siegel & Angel Rodriguez.


Nominees sought for Orange County Senior Citizens Awards

GOSHEN (January 14) - Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2015 Orange County Senior Citizens Awards Program. The deadline to submit an application is January 30 and an awards ceremony is planned for May to coincide with national Older Americans Month, which recognizes older Americans for their contributions to their community. For more information, please call Orange County OFA at 845-615-3700 or download a nomination form here.

OFA’s Senior Citizens Awards is seeking older adults 60 and over who truly deserve to be recognized for their achievements as outstanding citizens because they have volunteered their time and talents to better their community. In addition, OFA is looking for local businesses and companies that go out of their way to assist seniors in their day-to-day lives.

“We are committed to recognizing the positive contributions of older adult ins our community,” said County Executive Steven Neuhaus. “They are an inspiration to all of us and it is their hard work and community spirit which have added to a high quality of life for all Orange County residents.”

“In today’s busy world, this is a wonderful opportunity to take a moment to pay tribute to individuals who make our community a better, stronger and more vibrant place for seniors to call home,” said OFA Director AnnMarie Maglione. “In addition, we are thrilled to recognize one of the many great businesses that go out of their way to improve the quality of life for older adults.”

The Office for the Aging will sponsor awards in three categories: “Orange County Senior Citizen of the Year,” “Outstanding Contribution by a Senior” and “Senior Friendly Business.” Once announced, award winners will be recognized in May by County Executive Neuhaus, honored at a luncheon by Governor Cuomo in Albany representing Orange County, honored at a luncheon by the Orange County Senior Citizens Council, and recognized by the Orange County legislature at its June meeting.


Girl Scouts, YWCA announce 2015 Orange County Women of Achievement

NEWBURGH (January 14) - Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson and YWCA Orange County are pleased to announce the names of the 2015 Tribute to Orange County Women of Achievement honorees. Now in its 23rd year, Tribute honors women of Orange County who have made a difference to the community in their professional, personal, or school-based activities. The award is jointly hosted by the Girl Scouts and YWCA Orange County.

"I was delighted to have the privilege of notifying each of the 2015 honorees of their recognition and to congratulate them on their many accomplishments and contributions to our community," said 2015 Tribute chairperson Maureen Crush, a 2012 honoree. "I appreciate the significant investment in time made by this year's selection committee, chaired by Kristin Jensen, to ensure that Tribute once again has an outstanding panel of honorees who exemplify the mission and ideals of the Girl Scouts and YWCA."

The 2015 Orange County Women of Achievement are:

  • Lynn Cione - Goshen - Orange County Chamber of Commerce
  • Gianna Franco - Walden - Time Warner Cable
  • Donna Frazier - Middletown - Elant, Inc.
  • Ellenjane Gonyea - Newburgh - Nora Cronin Presentation Academy
  • Marsea Hocutt - Middletown - Orange Cardiology
  • Michelle Koury, MD - Goshen, Crystal Run Healthcare
  • Joann Menendez - Pine Bush - Walden Savings Bank
  • Shannon Wong - Goshen - Orange County Legislature

Woman of the future:

  • Ayla Devenney - Goshen High School

More than 230 women from throughout Orange County have been recognized since the award’s inception in 1992. This year's Tribute honorees will be recognized at the 23rd Annual Tribute to Women of Achievement of Orange County award dinner on Wednesday, May 13 at Anthony's Pier 9 in New Windsor. The event is co-hosted each year by Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson and YWCA Orange County.


Join NFA Crew Team’s 3rd Annual Super Event of Caring to help Safe Homes of Orange County

NEWBURGH (January 14) – On Sat Jan 31st 10am-5pm,  in addition to their team ergathon, the Newburgh Free Academy (NFA) H.S. Crew Team will hold their 3rd Annual Super Event of Caring at the Newburgh Mall.

More details on our Education Page


Group donates children’s books to new mothers at Vassar Brothers Medical Center

POUGHKEEPSIE (January 14) - Leading to Reading, a community outreach project of the Poughkeepsie Branch of the American Association of University Women, provided an initial gift of 250 new children’s books on Jan. 9 to moms who choose to deliver at Vassar Brothers Medical Center.

More details on our Health Page


Leadership Orange Announces Hall of Fame Honorees

NEW WINDSOR (January 12) - Leadership Orange announced the selection of its Hall of Fame honorees.  Each award-winning participant will be recognized for making significant, tangible leadership contributions to Orange County.  A selection committee comprised of past Hall of Fame inductees reviewed all nominations and selected the following individuals for induction in the Leadership Orange Hall of Fame:

  • John Carola (2011) Vice President, Walden Savings Bank
  • Edwin Estrada (2001) Orange County Trust Company
  • Hon. David Hoovler (2011)  Orange County District Attorney
  • Linda Muller, M.S. (1997)  CEO & President, Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center, Inc.
  • Bonnie Orr, CPA (2011)  Partner, Judelson, Giordano & Siegel, CPA, PC
  • Michael Turturro, CPA (2002)  Partner, Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP

The Hall of Fame Awards will be presented on March 19, 2015, which is being held at Falkirk Golf & Country Club in Central Valley from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.   The cost to attend is $100 and includes food and open bar.

For more information about the Hall of Fame Awards and After Party Event, please contact the Leadership Orange office at 845-397-1947 or

Leadership Orange is the county’s premier leadership training program. Started in 1992 by community and business leaders to train new and emerging leaders, it has developed over the past 21 years into a multi-dimensional training program for both adults and youth. 


Mount honors John Rath and Carl Meyer at annual gala

NEWBURGH (December 10) – Mount Saint Mary College honored John F. Rath, senior vice president of commercial lending at TD Bank, and Carl E. Meyer, president and CEO of The Solar Energy Consortium, at the college’s Fifth Annual Gala reception.

More details on our Education Page


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