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RECAP Head Start releases annual report

MIDDLETOWN  (June 27) - RECAP’s Western Orange County Head Start announced the release of the program’s 2016 Annual Report.

Full details on our Education Page


Hudson Valley Animal Shelter Fund grant recipients

MONTGOMERY (June 22) - The Hudson Valley Animal Shelter Fund was established at the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan through a generous bequest from Jean Rowe in 2016. This fund provides financial assistance to nonprofit animal welfare agencies throughout the Hudson Valley, in memory of Jean Rowe, now and forever and this year marks the second round of grants.

The Community Foundation's Board of Directors announces the 2017 grant recipients from the Hudson Valley Animal Shelter Fund:

  • Goshen Humane Society, Inc. - A grant of $1,370 to assist in the costs of commercial grade custom sized gates for their shelter yards. For more information on the Goshen Humane Society, click here.
  • Humane Society of Walden, Inc. - A grant of $3,830 to assist with the costs of new kennels. For more information on the Humane Society of Walden, click here.
  • Pets Alive, Inc. - A grant of $1,600 to assist in the costs of a new snow blower, to help ensure animals are successfully cared for in the winter months. For more information on Pets Alive, click here.
  • The Animal Rights Alliance, Inc. - A grant of $2,000 to assist in the cost of their spay and neuter program. For more information on The Animal Rights Alliance, click here.
  • The Ulster County SPCA - A grant of $1,500 to assist in the cost of a new lift exam table to help the examination of larger animals. For more information on the Ulster County SPCA, click here. 


Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County announces ReStore manager

POUGHKEEPSIE (June 12) - Habitat Dutchess announces Gregory Thomas has been appointed ReStore Manager. Dutchess Habitat’s ReStore, located in the Dutchess Plaza at 625 Dutchess Turnpike, is an after-market store that sells new and nearly new home repair items, appliances, furniture, building fixtures, housewares, antiques and one-of-a-kind items.  A recent city of Poughkeepsie resident, Gregg is a seasoned professional with 20 plus years’ experience managing not for profit, fee for service programs. 

“I feel blessed to join this skilled, dedicated team of individuals who volunteer or are on staff at ReStore Dutchess," Gregg said, "I’m looking forward to growing our store so we can build more homes.”

Habitat Dutchess’ Executive Director, Maureen Lashlee adds, “Our mission is to build homes for working, low income residents, and be a voice for access to affordable housing. Gregory’s expertise added to our team will offer substantial resources to increase our build capacity and offer additional home ownership opportunities for low income working families.”

For more information, follow our journey on Facebook at Restore of Habitat Dutchess.


Seventh grader’s Memorial Day weekend mission

VALLEY CENTRAL (May 29) - Senator Bill Larkin met with Emma Schoenherr, whose plan was to put an Americian flag in every classroom at her school.

Full details on our Education Page


ORMC holds cyber security seminar and training for the Mid-Hudson School Study Council

TOWN OF WALLKILL (May 30) - Orange Regional Medical Center recently held a Red Team Cyber Security Training Seminar for the Mid-Hudson School Study Council

Full details on our Education Page


Fort Delaware Museum opening May 27

NARROWSBURG (May 20) - Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History in Narrowsburg, NY will open to the public on Memorial Day weekend Saturday, May 27, and continue to operate on weekends through the end of June, when it will commence its daily operations through Labor Day. 

The weekend hours of operation are Saturday & Sunday 10am - 5pm (last tour begins at 4pm).  Admission fees are: Adults $7; Senior Citizens (62+) $5; children 5-14 $4; children under 5 years old are free; Family Pass $20 (admits 2 adults & up to 3 children).  Daily operating hours starting in July are Friday through Monday 10am-5pm.

Fort Delaware of Colonial History depicts the lives and lifestyles of the hardy Connecticut Yankees, paying homage not just to their significant place in the history of Sullivan County, New York and the upper Delaware River Valley, but their role in America’s War for Independence, as well.  Costumed interpreters demonstrate and discuss the lifestyle of the settlers, including the various skills necessary for survival at the time, some of which were learned from the native Lenape Indians.  These include farming, blacksmithing, weaponry, candle making, spinning and weaving, music and merriment, and home keeping in rustic cabins.

For further information, please contact Fort Delaware at (845) 252-6660 or the Sullivan County Parks, Recreation & Beautification office at (845) 807-0287.  Fort Delaware is owned and operated by Sullivan County.


Free weekly farm stand at People’s Place in Kingston

KINGSTON (May 22) - People’s Place is once again hosting the weekly free Farm Stand in their parking lot located at 17 St. James Street, Kingston. The Farm Stand distributes fresh produce, much of which is donated by Hudson Valley farms. Any Ulster County resident with financial challenges can utilize this seasonal program which runs every Tuesday morning from 9am – 11:30am through the end of October. No ID is required for this program. Participants must bring their own recyclable bags.

This program is in partnership with the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley and made possible by the Community Foundation of the Hudson Valley through a grant from the New World Foundation’s Local Economies Project.

The mission of People’s Place is to feed, clothe and respond to the essential needs of the people in Ulster County with kindness, compassion and the preservation of human dignity.

For more information about this program or any of the 17 programs offered at People’s Place visit or


20th annual Cornwall-on-Hudson RiverFest – vendors wanted

CORNWALL-ON-HUDSON (May 3) - The Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson will host its 20th annual RiverFest on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.  RiverFest 2017 will be held at Donahue Park along the Hudson River and will feature a full day of music and entertainment, children’s activities, and a large craft and food fair.  The day’s events will include live bands, river activities, food stands, and non-profit groups and contributors. 

Vendor spaces are still available but are filling up fast.  RiverFest will accept vendor applications until all spaces have been filled.  Interested vendors should go to the website and submit an application.

As always, there is no charge for RiverFest.  Visitors are invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair and join us at beautiful Donahue Park in Cornwall-on-Hudson on June 3 for a great day.  Visit for up to date information and vendor applications.


New farmer’s market to open in Poughkeepsie

POUGHKEEPSIE (May 3) -­‐ The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market will kick off its inaugural season on June 5 at 4:00 pm in the Pavilion at the Mid-­‐Hudson Children’s Museum, 75 North Water Street in Poughkeepsie.   The Market will run weekly on Mondays from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm from June through October 2017.

The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market will be open to the public and will feature fresh vegetables, fruits, meat, eggs, poultry, baked goods and more from local Hudson Valley farms. The Market will also participate in both SNAP and WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Programs to ensure the affordability of fresh produce and farm products for low‐income individuals and families.

The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market is steps away from both the Poughkeepsie Train Station and The Walkway Over the Hudson, making the Market accessible to City residents, families visiting the Mid‐Hudson Children’s Museum, tourists and commuters alike.  The Pavilion that hosts the Market is fully covered, offers public restrooms and free onsite parking at the Mid‐Hudson Children’s Museum during the Market hours.

“Being centrally involved in the revitalization efforts along the Poughkeepsie Waterfront these past few years has been exciting for us,“ said Lara Litchfield‐Kimber, Executive Director of the Mid‐Hudson Children’s Museum, which manages the Market.  “The creation of this new Market provides us with yet another way to support the City of Poughkeepsie and our region by making fresh food available to City residents and visitors all while showcasing the agricultural bounty of local Hudson Valley farms.”

For Market updates and events, follow the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market on Facebook. For more information on becoming a vendor at the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market visit:


Peanut, a victim of animal cruelty to lead the SPCA’s 12th Annual Dog Walk

YORKTOWN (April 26) - Join the thousands of animal lovers and their furry friends who will come out in support of the SPCA’s 12th Annual Dog Walk and Pet Fair. The event will take place on May 6, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at FDR State Park in Yorktown Heights. This is the SPCA’s largest event attended by thousands of families along with their 4-legged friends. Funds raised help the SPCA to rescue and rehabilitate many orphaned animals every year.

Senator Terrance Murphy, a dedicated advocate and voice in animal welfare, will be cutting the official ribbon to start the walk. Senator Murphy recently authored and help pass S.3451, which increases the penalty for multiple convictions of animal cruelty to a felony when convicted within five years from the date of a prior conviction.

This year’s SPCA Walkathon Chairdog, Peanut, is known to thousands of animal lovers who supported his recovery after being rescued by the SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) Unit from horrific conditions. Peanut was confined in a basement, covered in filth, emaciated, dehydrated and suffered from sores all over his body. The former owner was arrested and charged with cruelty and neglect by the SPCA of Westchester’s HLE Unit.

Although Peanut is still looking for a permanent home he is the perfect example of how resilient rescue animals can be. For this reason, he has been chosen as the 2017 Dog Walk Chairdog.

At the SPCA Dog Walk and Fair, supporters will enjoy a scenic walk around the park plus live music, food, refreshments and dog and kid friendly activities. Pre-registration is not required. To attend, the SPCA asks for a $20 donation from individuals to join or $35 for a family.

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Dutchess School Bus Driver of the Year Award

POUGHKEEPSIE (April 26) - Wendy Travis, of the Wappingers Central School District, has been named the winner of the 16th annual Dutchess County School Bus Driver of the Year Award, recognizing of her exemplary service and safety record.

Full deetails and photo on our Education Page


Family Services announces 2017 Family of the Year Honorees

POUGHKEEPSIE (April 24) -  Each year, two local families are honored by Family Services for their decades of service, for which the annual Family of the Year Awards. The two families and the categories they are to be honored for on April 27th at the Grandview, located at 176 Rinaldi Boulevard, Poughkeepsie, NY, are:

Eleanor and Martin Charwat will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for the extensive and influential ways in which they have enhanced the lives of those within our community.

Eleanor, a native of Poughkeepsie, was an Executive Director of Marist College’s School of Adult Education. She has helped hundreds of adult students achieve their dreams of new careers and job advancement through education.   Martin Charwat, currently an attorney and financial planner, was a USA Foreign Service Officer working throughout the world before arriving in Poughkeepsie. Martin has also been very involved in the Hudson Valley community, helping found and serve as the first president of the World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley.

The Williams Family will be honored with the Quality of Life Award for the outstanding ways in which their business and philanthropic pursuits have improved the community.  Owner of Williams Lumber & Home Centers, Sandy Williams, along with family members Kim and Kelly, believe that giving back to the community is a responsibility to be taken very seriously. Throughout the years, the Williams Family has been recognized for their professional achievements and service to the community. 

For the past 30 years, Family Services has hosted the Family of the Year Awards Dinner to honor the families make significant contributions to the community and reflect the ideals of Family Services by providing hope, improving lives, and strengthening community. Both a live and silent auctions are held in addition to dinner.

In the past, this event has helped to raise significant funds that continue to provide support for our local community. For more information and to reserve tickets to this event, please contact Jean Calyer of Family Services at 845.452.1110 x3133 or email


Catholic Charities of Orange and Sullivan presents awards for 23rd annual poster contest

MONTICELLO (April 24) - Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan hosted the awards ceremony for the 23rd Annual Alcohol, Tobacco, Gambling, and Drug Abuse Poster Contest for school students

Full details on our Education Page


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Faith and Community ACTION - Dutchess County

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh

Hilltowns Community Board
News of Southern Albany, Greene & Schoharie Counties

Hopewell Junction Citizens for Clean Water

Mid-Hudson Horse Trails Association

National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE)

Orange County Citizens Foundation-

Orange County Land Trust

Salvation Army of Newburgh

Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 537 Hudson Highlands



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