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Free college planning seminars for Dutchess students & families

POUGHKEEPSIE (September 28) - Dutchess County Youth Services is partnering with Cornell Cooperative Extension to present two free information seminars for high school students and their parents or caregivers to help plan for college.    There will be two seminars held – “Creating Your Path to College” on Monday, September 28th and “How to Pay for College Without Going Broke” on Monday, October 26th.   Individuals and families can choose to attend one or both.   Both seminars will be presented by Stephanie Mauro, founder and President of College Planning 101 and will be Cornell Cooperative Extension Farm & Home Center located at 2715 Route 44 in Millbrook from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

The seminars will also have information for students who have special needs including about how to best prepare for college as well as take advantage of special services that may be available to them to ensure their chosen college is the right fit for their needs.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, “Members of our Dutchess County Youth Council identified college planning assistance as an important youth need in our community.   We are particularly pleased to have a component for students with special needs that can help make the challenging college decision making process a little easier to navigate.”

  • CREATING YOUR PATH TO COLLEGE  Monday, September 28th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    This seminar will give students a timeline for high school years that will get them ready to apply for colleges. Students will learn how to keep track of important events and successes in high school and create a resume they can continue to work with as they progress through school. They will learn about the differences in the ACT & SAT tests and gain an understanding as to which test they would do their best.  The seminar also explores 504 vs. IEPs and how to evaluate & select the right college.
  • HOW TO PAY FOR COLLEGE WITHOUT GOING BROKE!  Monday, October 26th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Students and parents will learn what the differences are between the FAFSA and CSS Profile financial aid forms, how they affect the cost of college, what financial aid really means to a family and how need is determined.  The seminar will review parental and student assets that take away from qualifying for financial aid, how the financial aid system works and why it’s important to have expected family contribution (EFC) calculated before the student visits colleges.  This seminar will give parents/caregivers an understanding of federal and private loan programs, and the importance of planning in advance. 

Registration is requested.   Please email and include the names of attendees and whether


Saturday Arts Lab for K-12 returns to SUNY New Paltz for fall

NEW PALTZ (September 20) - Registration is now open for the SUNY New Paltz School of Fine & Performing Arts’ Community Arts School, which provides Saturday Arts Lab visual arts and piano classes for ages K-12. Classes will take place in the morning and afternoon every Saturday from Sept. 26 – Nov. 14.

This season’s course offerings include Stop-Motion Animation (grades 3-8), Photographing Your World (grades 5-8, and 9-12), Adventures in Art (grades K-2), and Piano for Beginners (group classes for ages 8-11).

The Saturday Arts Lab offers dynamic education programming. Courses are carefully designed to encourage students to explore the unique qualities of the arts and music based upon their age, grade and/or experience level. Hands-on experimentation is encouraged and investigation is supported and guided through learner-centered curriculum.

There are a limited number of full and partial need-based scholarships available, and are considered on a first come, first serve basis. For more information about registration, classes and scholarships, please call the Art Education Program at (845) 257-3850 or visit


Fall Into Adult Programming at Josephine-Louise Public Library 

WALDEN (September 20) -Josephine-Louise Public Library in Walden has scheduled a variety of fun and entertaining adult programs for the fall. Registration is required for all programs. Please register at the Circulation Desk or call 778-7621 for information.

  • Autumn Wreath Craft. Artist-illustrator Debbie Lane will show us how to create a spooky skeleton or spider wreath from yarn, ribbon and more. 6 p.m. Thursday, October 1.
  • Wines of the World: Grape Expectations. Sommelier JoAnn DeGaglia will talk about wines produced the wine harvest. Join us for tastings and discussion. Open to ages 21 and older. Please bring a wine glass for tastings. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 8.
  • Halloween Stamping Craft. Cathie Gaspard of Stampin’ Up returns with ideas for stamping Halloween cards and other scary crafts. Come have fun and be creative! 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 15.
  • Notes From the Other Side. Local author Marc Fried, known for his books on Shawangunk region history and nature, will talk about Notes From The Other Side, selections from his Shawangunk Journal column. 7 p.m. Thursday, October 15.
  • Spirits, Spaceships and Spooky Stuff. Author and historian Linda Zimmermann returns to the library to discuss ghosts, UFOs and other strange phenomenon. 7 p.m. Monday, October 19.
  • JLPL will sponsor the Region 3 Meeting for Association of Public Historians of New York State. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. October 24. 9:30 a.m. registration and light refreshments;

Saturday, October 24. Registration and light refreshments, 9:30 a.m.; Walden’s History Walking Tour with village historian Mary Ellen Matise, 2 p.m.

  • Selling on eBay. Rick Feingold, an education specialist trained by eBay, will offer information on how eBay works, safe trading tips, registering on eBay, selecting items to sell, learning the value of your items, and more. 6 p.m. Thursday, November 5.
  • Thursday Night at the Movies: Unbroken. (PG-13).After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends 47 days in a raft with two crewmen before he’s caught by the Japanese and sent to a POW camp. 6 p.m. Thursday, November 12.
  • Thanksgiving Stamping Craft. Cathie Gaspard of Stampin’ Up will show us how to use various stamping techniques to create a Thanksgiving-themed craft. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, November 19.
  • Wines of the World: Holiday Wines. Sommelier and wine specialist JoAnn Gaglia will discuss wines for holiday get-togethers and gift-giving. Open to ages 21 and older only. Please bring a wine glass for tasting. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, December 3.
  • Holiday and Winter Stamping Craft. Back by popular demand, Cathie Gaspard returns to show participants how to use various stamping techniques to create a beautiful winter cards and more. Open to ages 13 and older. 6:30 p.m. December 10.
  • Create a Holiday Plate. Artist-illustrator Debbie Lane returns with everything you'll need to paint a holiday plate for your seasonal table or to give as a gift. Join us for this fun craft! 6 p.m. December 17.


Internship/apprenticeship opportunities for Kingston’s youth

KINGSTON (September 8) – The City of Kingston is partnering with the Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley and the Kingston City School District to provide internship/apprenticeship opportunities for Kingston’s youth to assist income-eligible high school seniors or out-of-school youth seeking employment readiness training and job placement opportunities. For many reasons, not all youth are college- or military-bound after leaving high school and of those many are exceedingly bright, competent and interested in improving their lives and those of their families and would benefit the community by finding work opportunities here, in Kingston. This program will engage youth in becoming responsible and productive local citizens by building job skills and providing meaningful work experience that can lead to full-time job placement. Current assignments will include opportunities in the arts and nursing fields, but more placements will be available before the end of the year at local manufacturers, technology companies, and other small businesses in the City.

“As I have declared since taking office nearly four years ago, it is vital that we continue to invest in the human capital of this city,” said Mayor Shayne Gallo.  “Our youth are the future citizens of our community and in order to ensure the health and prosperity of this community, there is no better place to invest than in them. This is another opportunity to strengthen the educational corridor that has been created, to plant seeds for the workforce for the expanding Arts, Healthcare, Technology and High-tech Manufacturing centers of our local economy and to both inspire and encourage exploration of these career paths.”

For more information, contact Brenna Robinson in the Office of Community Development at 845-334-3924 or


SUNY Orange president debuts Twitter account

MIDDLETOWN (August 31) - In addition to bringing a fresh leadership style to SUNY Orange when she arrived at the College this summer, President Dr. Kristine Young has added a new communication tool to her repertoire with the unveiling of her own Twitter account.

Seeking to augment the College’s existing online and social media communications vehicles--website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr and Youtube--Young will be using her new Twitter account “@drkrisyoung” to provide her unique insights on College happenings, student and alumni success stories, connections with the greater Hudson Valley community, and the regional and national educational scene.

She also hopes to tweet updates and photos about the College and celebrate faculty, staff and alumni achievements.

“I’ve been dabbling with my Twitter account during the summer but thought it was appropriate to unveil it on the first day of classes,” Young said. “This account will allow me to offer my own personal and professional take on things, and it should supplement the additional social media platforms that the College already uses to connect with our students, alumni, staff, partners, community members and prospective students.”

Dr. Young's first tweet

Young said she is hoping to tap into just a small percentage of that larger Twitter community in order to share, virtually in real time, the many great things going on here at SUNY Orange.

Recent statistics show that 34 percent of Twitter users log into the social networking and micro-blogging service more than once per day. The College’s main Twitter account “@SUNY_Orange” has more than 1,500 followers while the SUNY Orange Facebook page listed more than 5,800 likes heading into the Fall 2015 semester. The College also posts videos to its YouTube pages while adding photos to galleries on Flickr and Instragram. SUNY Orange photos on Instragram can be searched by using #sunyorange.


More than 100 young people successfully complete Dutchess summer youth education program

POUGHKEEPSIE (August 12) - Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro congratulated 130 local young people who successfully took part in the Dutchess County Family & Community Services Summer Youth Employment Program, coordinated by the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board (DCWIB).

Those 130 students from across Dutchess County, ages 14 to 20 and whose families qualify for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, engaged in learning activities that helped them become successful in their summer employment and prepare for future, permanent jobs.

“Our youth are the future of Dutchess County, and it’s important we give each the opportunity to excel in his or her future endeavors, leading to successful and productive lives. The Summer Youth Employment Program is a great step in reaching that goal,” said Molinaro. “These young men and women learned skills and traits they’ll take with them into the rest of their lives, and they’ll apply them in whatever career path they choose. I applaud each of them for having the fortitude to take part in this program, and I wish each of them well as they embark on the future. I’m confident they will make Dutchess County proud.”

Molinaro congratulates the students for completing the program

A month-long course, the Summer Youth Employment Program is an innovative curriculum that allows student participants to “earn while they learn” with training sessions held at Dutchess Community College. Students received job placements ranging in industry and skill level as well as geographic location, working an average of 20 hours per week.

Training coincided with employment over the course of July, giving students the chance to learn skills, go back to work to apply those skills, and then gather again to discuss which were successful. Dutchess Community College’s campus hosted the student employees, offering them an invaluable chance to meet peers within the program who emanate from around the county and allowing them to experience the campus, firsthand. Training topics included:

  • Learning styles – how to identify and use it to make decisions and solve problems at work
  • Teamwork
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Stress management
  • Fundamental fiscal management concepts
  • Goal setting and employment strategies


Crenshaw, center, with Walter Joseph (Executive Director of the
Children’s Home), Lara Litchfield-Kimber (Executive Director of the
Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum)

“Great Friend to Kids Awards” given for excellence and achievement in supporting children and families

POUGHKEEPSIE, (August 12) - The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum presented its 2015 Great Friend to Kids Award to renowned child psychologist Dr. David A. Crenshaw and the Newburgh Armory Unity Center.  The awards were given at a special brunch at the Children’s Museum’s waterfront pavilion in Poughkeepsie.

“The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum is extremely pleased to recognize Dr. Crenshaw and the Newburgh Armory Unity Center for their respective work empowering children and families,” states Lara Litchfield-Kimber, executive director of the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum.   “Both work hard, year-round to support children, their healthy development, and their families.”

Dr. David A. Crenshaw is a renowned child psychologist who is best known for his pioneering work in the area of play therapy and the use of facility dogs in trauma-informed child therapy.  As a play therapist, Dr. Crenshaw helps children to express what is troubling them and to resolve their own problems even when they do not have the verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings.  Dr. Crenshaw is currently the Clinical Director of the Children's Home of Poughkeepsie.  He was previously the clinical director at the Astor Home for Children and is a former board member for Astor Services for Children and Families. He is the author, editor, or co-editor of 15 books on child therapy, child trauma, and resilience and is Visiting Adjunct Assistant Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University.

As a neighborhood-based community center, The Newburgh Armory Unity Center (NAUC) is a promoting civic unity among people of diverse racial, ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds, and in the process, is helping to transform the City of Newburgh.   NAUC offers free educational, athletic and cultural programs for children K-6th grade, plus programs for families, including English as a Second Language, GED preparation, computer usage, and preparation for citizenship.

Over 100 guests attended the Sunday brunch and the proceeds benefited the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum’s early literacy programs.  This event was sponsored in part by Central Hudson Gas and Electric and Mass Mutual of Albany.


Rotarians Ed Sylcox and David Green , presenting a check and
certificate to Brendan

Louis Bozzone Scholarship awarded at Newburgh Rotary Luncheon

NEWBURGH (August 12) - Brendan Kachou was presented with a Louis Bozzone Scholarship August 11th at the Newburgh Rotary Luncheon.  Presented by the soon to be former New Windsor- Cornwall Rotary Club (will soon join the Newburgh Rotary to become the Greater Newburgh Rotary Club), this scholarship has been awarded continuously since the 1980s, approximately 30 years, and will continue as part of the reorganized club. 

Brendan, a Cornwall high school graduate, will be pursuing a professional degree in Pharmacy from the Albany College of Pharmacy. 

Another Cornwall student, Adrianna Pean, was also presented a Louis Bozzone Scholarship, but was unable to attend.


Red Hook High School students awarded scholarships by Rotary

RED HOOK (August 12) - High School students Nolan Dalton and Shelby Wilcox were awarded college scholarships of $1,000.00 each by the Red Hook Rotary Club for their academic achievements.

L-R: Rotary President Susan Simon, Scholarship Co-Chair Linda Greenblatt, student Shelby Wilcox,
Rotary Foundation Treasurer Bud Weaver and student Nolan Dalton


Animal-themed family fun awaits Orange County visitors

ORANGE COUNTY (August 12) –  Families looking for fun, animal-themed day trips and overnight outings can  find them in Orange County, located only an hour from New York City.

Full details on our Community Page


Mid-Hudson Area Retired Teachers Association invites new members

BLOOMING GROVE (August 12) - Are you retired from the field of education?  Would you like to keep in contact with other retired educators? Are you interested in providing scholarships for our future educators? Are you looking for ways to become involved in the Hudson Valley? Do you have interests/skills you would like to share with other educators and/or want to explore new skills?  Are you looking for ways to become active in your community?

If you answered yes to one or more of the above, you should consider becoming a member of MARTA.  The cost is only $10.00 a year for membership.  Membership forms are available on our website,

The main goal of MARTA is to support future educators through the MARTA scholarship fund.  MARTA has been supporting future educators by providing three scholarships per year to local students pursuing a career in Education.  These scholarships are funded by MARTA members' generous donations.  The scholarships are awarded at a luncheon where members have the opportunity to hear the recipients describe their plans for the future.  For the last few years, through the generosity of MARTA members, we were able to give three - $3,000 scholarships to future educators.

MARTA started as a social group, but has expanded in scope to include many related activities such as, lunches, holiday party, hikes, visiting local historic sites, learning various crafts and games, exploring your artistic talents.  We are always open to your suggestions of activities you would like to try.   We have a speaker series that allow members to acquire information that might be relevant to them at this point in their lives.

As part of your MARTA membership, you receive two newsletters per year informing you of interesting topics and activities of MARTA. 

To find out more about MARTA, please go to

If you have any questions, please call Mary Lou Deitrich, 845-342-1905.

Although you are retired, you can still be involved with your fellow education colleagues through your MARTA membership.   Look forward to meeting you!!



Poughkeepsie Farm Project fills key education post

POUGHKEEPSIE (August 2) - Elizabeth (Ellie) Limpert, a former New York City nutritionist, has been named education manager at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project, a member-supported farm that provides organically grown food to its members and low-income families throughout the mid-Hudson Valley.

Limpert, 25, of Syracuse, is in charge of managing the farm’s education garden and planning programs on sustainable agriculture and other related topics. She recently helped launch a new program that teaches small-scale food production and seed saving to at-risk Dutchess County teens.

Executive director Lee Anne Albritton said Limpert has a unique combination of skills and experience.

“Ellie brings practical farming experience along with expertise in nutrition and education programming,” Albritton said. “In addition to her experience in the field, she brings an enthusiasm and passion for new ideas and approaches that will benefit the farm greatly as she works with the rest of our education team.”

Limpert graduated from Cornell University in 2012 with a degree in biology and a concentration in nutrition and sustainable development. After serving an internship at the New York City Department Health and Mental Hygiene, she worked full-time for the agency, leading nutrition workshops targeted at low-income families in the city.  She also worked as an apprentice on the Poughkeepsie Farm Project’s farm crew.

Limpert says she is looking forward to her new post.

“I cannot imagine a more vital resource for the city of Poughkeepsie and the Hudson Valley as a whole. Connecting children to where their food comes from not only improves eating habits, but it offers rich and engaging educational opportunities, from the natural sciences to math, art, and social studies"

Founded in 1999, Poughkeepsie Farm Project is a non-profit organization that works toward a just and sustainable food system in the Mid-Hudson Valley. It operates a member-supported farm on land owned by Vassar College in the Town of Poughkeepsie.



Vassar appoints new Director of Libraries

POUGHKEEPSIE (July 28) - Following a national search Andrew Ashton has been named the new Director of the Libraries at Vassar College, to provide leadership to a central and strategically important partner in the academic enterprise.

Ashton will oversee all library operations including approximately 40 professional and para-professional staff members and over 150,000 square feet of space.  The libraries at Vassar consist of the Thompson Memorial Library, Lockwood and Ingram libraries, Archives and Special Collections, Van Ingen Art Library, George Sherman Dickinson Music Library, and the Digital Library. Together they house more than one million print volumes, and each year welcome upwards of 300,000 in-person visitors and loan roughly 20,000 items to other institutions.

Ashton brings a wealth of experience to directing the Vassar libraries. Most recently he was Associate University Librarian for Digital Technologies and co-head of the Center for Digital Scholarship at Brown University. Prior to that he served as systems librarian at Skidmore College and music librarian for Radio Free Asia in Washington D. C.  He earned his undergraduate degree in music at Cornell University and Master’s degrees in American history and library science at the State University of New York at Albany.

“I am honored and excited to join the Vassar community, and I see enormous opportunities in aligning Vassar's libraries with the dynamic and multidisciplinary curriculum,” Ashton said. “I look forward to working with students and faculty to build partnerships that both reaffirm and expand the libraries' critical role in the college's academic mission.”  

Ashton begins his position in mid-August.


L-R: Cathy McCarty, Newburgh Rotary and Chair of the Archie Stewart
Scholarship, Alleyah, and Alleyah's Mother Holly

Newburgh Rotary Archie Stewart Scholarship award

NEWBURGH (July 28) - Alleyah Force, President of the Interact Club at Newburgh Free Academy (NFA) for the past two years, is this year's recipient of the Archie Stewart Scholarship, awarded every year by the Newburgh Rotary Club ($1000 annually for four years).

Alleyah plans to attend Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY, and major in Social Work.  In addition to being an outstanding student Alleyah has been an active member and leader in many service projects which the NFA Interact Club is regularly involved in. 



Roberto, center, with Lt. Michael Bonse of the
Kingston Police Department, left, and 1st Sgt.
Allen Rowe, Ulster County Sheriff’s Office

Krupica scholarship presented at Police Academy graduation

KINGSTON (July 14) - Scholarship recipient honored at SUNY Ulster’s 57th session of the Ulster County Law Enforcement Training Group and Ulster County Community College Police Academy graduation ceremony recently.

George Krupica, SUNY Ulster alumnus and retired law enforcement officer, established the George Krupica Police Academy Award with the Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc. in 2008. This annual award is presented to a graduate of the Police Academy who holds the highest cumulative grade point average in his or her class.  The award was given to Michael G. Roberto of Highland.  Roberto is currently platoon leader of the Police Academy Phase 2 training, and a police officer for the Village of Wappingers Falls Police Department.  He was formerly employed as a dispatcher by Wappingers Falls Police Department and Highland Police Department.


New York Medical College School of Medicine adopts innovative admissions tool

VALHALLA (July 14) - In an effort to further broaden its balanced, holistic review of medical school applicants, the New York Medical College (NYMC) School of Medicine this week announced its adoption of a new online assessment tool for the pre-interview screening phase of the admissions process, known as CASPer. This innovative tool will allow the admissions committee to better identify personal attributes of candidates, such as ethics, empathy, cultural sensitivity, collaboration, resiliency and adaptability – all of which NYMC believes are essential to become a compassionate and capable physician. Research indicates that CASPer, short for Computer-based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics, results are a more reliable and effective predictor of future performance of these personal attributes.

Developed by the team at Altus Assessments Inc. and McMaster University, CASPer is an on-line situational judgment test, primarily consisting of a series of hypothetical everyday situations presented through a live-action video. Each situation relates to one or more personal characteristics. Examinees are asked to provide short written responses on how they would react or behave in the situation portrayed. The CASPer score is especially robust as it is based on independent ratings of each anonymized scenario response which provides additional objective information for the admissions committee when considering whom to invite for an on-campus interview – a requirement for all medical schools.

Situational judgment tests are currently used in corporate settings for executive positions and in international medical school admissions in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Canada and Australia among other countries. According to the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), the use of situational judgment tests “in US medical school admissions is gaining momentum….as a potential tool for identifying aspirants who have strong inter- and intra- personal skills.”

“New York Medical College is proud to be a leader in creating a more fair and balanced review process of medical school applicants with the addition of CASPer this year,” said Dr. D. Douglas Miller, Dean of the School of Medicine. “This new assessment will not only prove useful in identifying candidates who are emotionally mature and ethically grounded, but it will also assist us in strengthening our holistic admissions process where personal characteristics, foundational experiences and educational excellence are judged with equal measure.”

At an average of 13,000 applications per year, NYMC has one of the largest applicant pools among all private medical schools in the country. During the interview season, which runs from October through April, approximately 1,100 applicants participate in an on-campus interview utilizing the Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) format. Through the MMI, candidates move through a circuit of short, carefully-timed, scenario-based interview stations each conducted by a different interviewer. The interviewer’s role is to facilitate an open-ended discussion of the scenario and rate the applicant’s responses and interpersonal and communication skills. 

Founded in 1860, NYMC is one of the oldest and largest health sciences universities in the country with more than 1,400 students, 1,300 residents and clinical fellows, nearly 3,000 faculty members, and 15,000 living alumni. For more information, visit


Preschool sensory gym

Abilities First announces major gift from M&T Bank

LAGRANGE (July 6) - Abilities First, Inc. CEO, Dr. Jeffery Fox announces that M&T Bank made a $30,000 leadership gift in support of the Abilities First - Future Steps Education Campaign. The Future Steps Education Campaign supports the needs of a new school which is currently under renovations at an existing facility in LaGrange, NY.

"We are extremely grateful that M&T Bank has chosen to honor our students with this gift,” said Dr. Fox.  “It will allow us to construct a state-of-the-art sensory gym, where children with special needs will grow essential skills needed to succeed in life. We owe these opportunities to our students and would not have been able to provide them at this level without this support from M&T Bank."

“We understand how important it is to provide the right access and resources for all of the members of our community to succeed and are happy to support Abilities First in this project to install a new gym that will help children needing sensory integration therapy,” said Michael T. Keegan, President of M&T Bank’s Albany and Hudson Valley Region.

The $1.2M construction project is funded by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the New York State Division of Budget (NYSDOB). When complete, the new school will include 9 classrooms with instructional technology, physical education space, clinical space for therapies, and a fully accessible playground. Occupancy will take place during the 2015-2016 school year.

The Abilities First School has operated in Poughkeepsie for the past 35 years. Abilities First, a not-for-profit organization, provides services to over 1,500 developmentally disabled individuals, aged pre-school through adulthood, including students from 21 school districts throughout Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, Putnam, and Columbia counties.

For more information, visit


“Golfing for Scholarships” nets more than $36,000

MIDDLETOWN (June 25) – The SUNY Orange Foundation’s annual golf outing, held June 18 at Falkirk Estate and Country Club in Central Valley, netted $36,705 for the College's scholarship fund, bringing total support for scholarships to more than $635,000 over the event’s 17-year history.

Seventy-two golfers registered for the event, held for the fifth successive year at the Falkirk course. Ralph Martucci, who has been a member of the Foundation’s Golf Committee since the event’s inception, once again served as chair of the committee for this year’s outing.

In addition, new SUNY Orange President Dr. Kristine Young visited with the golfers in the morning while experiencing her first "Golfing for Scholarships" event.



Winners announced for Delaware Highlands Conservancy scholarships

BETHEL (June 25) --The Delaware Highlands Conservancy awarded its annual “Delaware Highlands Conservancy/Yeaman Scholarship” in the amount of $1,000 to Alex Hess, a 2015 graduate of Deposit Central School, and the “Vanessa Van Gorder Memorial Scholarship” in the amount of $1,000 to Claire Harvey, a 2015 graduate of Honesdale High School.

The Yeaman scholarship has been awarded annually since 2004 to a student planning to pursue a field in environmental studies in college. Given in honor of the Conservancy’s founder, Barbara Yeaman, the scholarship is open to students in school districts bordering the Upper Delaware River in New York and Pennsylvania. The scholarship embodies Barbara’s vision and the dedication of our members to protect our special Upper Delaware River region now and for future generations.

Recipient Alex Hess graduated as the valedictorian from Deposit Central School in June 2015, and will be attending SUNY ESF (Environmental Science and Forestry) in Syracuse in the fall, where he will major in Environmental Resources Engineering. Alex feels at home in nature and hopes to help maintain our healthy environment; as he explains, "I hope that with continued community support we can help make our rivers flourish. As an avid fisherman, I know the importance of the river and its benefits to society." Active in both his school and community, Alex was President of the Student Council, Secretary of the Honor Society, and a leader in his Envirothon team.

For more information on the Conservancy and how it connects people to the lands where they live, work, and play, visit


Libraries awarded grant for summer reading programs

POUGHKEEPSIE (June 25) - The Mid-Hudson Library System announced the receipt of a $10,000 Special Legislative Project Grant,

Morre details on our Community Page


Orange County Human Rights Commission names 2015 senior scholarship winners

GOSHEN (June 22) - Aliyah Ojo-Banks and ChrisJohn Groutkas have been awarded the Orange County’s Human Rights Commission’s 2015 Senior Scholarship awards.

Each student will receive $500 to help them with college expenses. Ojo-Banks attends James I. O’Neill High School in Highland Falls and will move on to SUNY Albany in the fall. Groutkas is a student at Pine Bush High and will attend the University of Maine.

“Aliyah Ojo-Banks and Chris John Groutkas are a perfect example of students who are committed to making Orange County a better place with respect to human rights,” said Fred Cook, chairman of the Orange County Human Rights Commission. “The Human Rights Commission wish the scholarships winners, along with students who applied for the scholarship, the very best. We hope the scholarship winners and applicants will continue the goal of improving human rights throughout their lifetime.”

To be selected for the Human Rights Commission’s scholarship, students must display mutual respect and understanding among all racial, religious and ethnic groups. They are also required to initiate and/or participate in programs(s) that foster human rights awareness in their school or residential community. Ojo-Banks is a vocal advocate of transgender rights and Groutkas has helped organize several seminars, covering issues related to racism, the rights of LGBT teenagers and issues pertaining to global human rights.

The Orange County Human Rights Commission was established in 1970 to serve the citizens of the County. Its primary objectives are to foster mutual respect and understanding among all racial, religious and nationality groups.


Newburgh Library’s summer reading program helps adults to ‘escape the ordinary’

NEWBURGH (June 22) - “Escape the Ordinary” at the Newburgh Free Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program, full of great books, events, prizes and more. Registration starts July 6 and remains open until Aug. 10. Tattooing, comic art, and an author visit are all part of the lineup of free programs open to adults 18 or older.

Full details on our Community Page


Rhinebeck High School teacher earns Dean’s Award for excellence in teaching

NEW PALTZ (June 16) - The State University of New Paltz School of Education recently recognized Rhinebeck High School teacher Maureen Cunningham as one of the recipients of its 32nd Annual Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Ms. Cunningham has been teaching English at Rhinebeck High School for the past 29 years and will be retiring this June. She was nominated for this award by school administrators and selected by a committee of education faculty and professionals. Ms. Cunningham’s nomination was further supported by a vast number of letters from students, alumni, parents, colleagues and community members who appreciate the significant impact she has made on students’ lives, learning outcomes and growth, and to the overall school environment.

“I have heard this will be Mrs. Cunningham’s final year of teaching.  My children have been lucky to have had such an inspirational teacher. She deserves the highest of honors because after all one excellent teacher in life has a tremendous impact on the lives of many,” said parent Sarah Hill.

The School of Education at SUNY New Paltz established the Dean's Award for Excellence in teaching in 1984 to recognize outstanding teachers in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Each awardee is nominated by a school district administrator, with written support from the teachers' colleagues, students, and parents of students.

“Eleven years ago when I was hired as an English teacher at Rhinebeck High School Ms. Cunningham was my mentor, and from our first meeting, I knew I had been given an incredible gift,” said colleague Stephanie Baird “Her love of teaching inspired me then and continues to inspire me today. She brings out the best in young people, and before they know it, they’ve achieved more than they ever thought possible. Ms. Maureen Cunningham is an extraordinary educator who exemplifies “excellence in teaching.””

The SUNY New Paltz Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching honors excellence, innovation, service, professionalism, commitment, and enthusiasm. It acknowledges the integral role that teachers play in our community where they foster the ideals of learning, inquiry, and the primacy of education as a foundation for intellectual, social, and economic well-being. The School of Education honors exceptional teachers throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley as part of its objective to recognize and foster excellence in education.


SUNY Orange announces new construction gas operator training

MIDDLETOWN (June 2) – SUNY Orange, in partnership with Precision Pipeline Solutions and Northeast Gas Association, announces its upcoming New Construction Gas Operator Training program will begin on June 15.

This summer’s three-week training program marks the fourth class offered jointly by the College and Precision Pipeline and follows three highly successful courses held over the past year. In all, 34 people have graduated from the first three classes, and approximately 90 percent of the graduates from the initial two courses found employment in the industry, many with Precision Pipeline. Placement results from the recently completed class in April are still pending.

“Through the New Construction Gas Operator Program, SUNY Orange has become a catalyst to putting many veterans, unemployed and underemployed job seekers to work at steady well-paying jobs,” says Jon Selander, founder and CEO of Precision Pipeline Solutions. “The collaborative partnership between Precision Pipeline Solutions and SUNY Orange has resulted in qualified individuals supporting PPS’s growth and becoming PPS’s leaders of tomorrow.”

Classes are conducted, in part, at Precision Pipeline’s newly renovated facility that offers state-of-the-art technology for students, who will be trained by instructors from Northeast Gas Association, Precision Pipeline Solutions and SUNY Orange. The program--partially funded by a Job Innovation Accelerator (JIAC) grant and a Trade Adjustment and Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant--is also being supported by Orange County’s  Workforce Investment Board and Veteran’s Services Agency.

The program will meet from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, for a total of 120 hours of instruction. Times for the hands-on training elements of the coursework may vary. The program features training in the following areas: pipe fitting, fusion, installation and inspection; leak detection and gas meter regulation; accident awareness and prevention; blue print and pipeline drawings; and workplace competencies, communication and teamwork skills.

Students must be at least 18 years of age to participate. Those who successfully complete program will receive a program certificate and industry credential from Northeast Gas Association, and will receive job search assistance with local pipeline installation employers. Full scholarships are available. There is a $25 registration fee.

For more information on participant requirements, contact Patricia Kelly, SUNY Orange JIAC grant coordinator, at (845) 341-9021, or Christine Trieste, SUNY Orange TAACCCT grant coordinator, at (845) 341-9718. Information is also available at



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