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Award winners Heimbach, left, and McCarey, right, with Orange County Legislator Steven Brescia

Cornell Cooperative Extension holds 101st annual meeting and awards dinner

MIDDLETOWN (December 27) - Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County (CCEOC) held its 101st Annual Corporate Meeting and Awards Dinner earlier this month, honoring outstanding volunteers and staff, as well as electing members of the community to its Board of Directors. 

“I was delighted to hear outgoing Board President, Andrea Nilon, County Executive Steven Neuhaus and other county officials highlight the achievements of our volunteers and staff” says Lucy Joyce, Executive Director.

Lou Heimbach of Warwick received the 2016 Friend of Extension Award for demonstrating support for the mission of CCE. The award was presented to Lou by Patricia Claiborne, former CCE Executive Director. The 2016 Distinguished Service Award was presented to John McCarey of Middletown for his many years of service to CCE and its mission, as well as for the hours of active participation in programs, committees and activities. Michael Pillmeier, CCE board member, presented John with the award.

In a unanimous vote, the community elected the following members to the Board of Directors for 2017: Paul Johnson, DVM of Middletown, Michael Pillmeier of Florida, Belinda Van Dunk of Hamptonburgh and Jennifer Crist Kohn of Walden.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County is the premier research-based cooperative educational system focusing its resources on current and future issues in order to positively affect Agriculture, Families and Youth, Environment, and Economic Development in our county. For more information, visit


Mitchell with Tom Davis, one of his sponsors

Eight-year-old philanthropist invites the community to give

MIDDLETOWN (December 26) - At the height of the season of giving, let me tell you about this special 8-year old from Westtown, Mitchell Demberg. Each year, Mitchell and his family celebrate his birthday with a party and gifts just like many other families do. However, for two years now, Mitchell decided to forgo any presents. Instead, he asked that his family and friends donate what they would have spent on gifts to support building the Cornell Cooperative Extension Education Center and 4-H Park, which is in the process of erecting in Otisville, NY.  

“We encouraged him to select a place to donate since he was getting more gifts than he needed for his birthday” said Mitchell’s mother, Shawne Demberg.  “We gave him some ideas and he picked the Park.”

Mitchell is a member of the Incredible Clovers 4-H Club, a participant in the 4-H Robotics Club and is looking forward to the 4-H Dog Program when he is old enough to join. Along with his parents, he has been volunteering for a few years with the “Great Extension Duck Derby”, a fundraising event that occurs each October. With the gifts he raised through his birthday moneys, Mitchell was able to sponsor the Duck Derby with over $1,300 in the past two years, all of which went to the CCEOC Building Fund for the CCE Education Center and 4-H Park. When asked why donate the money to the 4-H Park, Mitchell stated, “We need to finish the project.” 

At the recent CCEOC Annual Corporate Meeting and Awards Dinner Mitchell spoke eloquently to a crowd of nearly 150 adults about his donations and the importance of the Park. In fact, he spoke with such great passion, that he inspired guests to follow suit and John McCarey, one of the Dinner honorees, declared he’d ask all his friends to donate $77 to the Park in honor of his 77th birthday. Now that’s the season’s spirit in action. 

For information about how to support Mitchell’s dream to finish the CCE Educational Center and 4-H Park, visit


Ulster County Police Chief’s Association election results

KINGSTON (December 27) - Elected as 2017 Executive Board members:

  • President - Saugerties Police Chief Joseph Sinagra
  • Vice-President - New York State Police Captain James Michael
  • Secretary – Ulster County Sheriff’s Office Captain Vincent Alteri
  • Treasurer – Ulster County Sheriff’s Office (Ret) Lieutenant Don Pecora


RECAP staff at the FOCUS Building in Middletown with donations for
families in Supportive Housing

Holiday donations for RECAP’s supportive housing programs

MIDDLETOWN (December 19) - Community groups, volunteers and staff came together this month to channel donations for RECAP’s Supportive Housing residents. Hundreds of items including towels, washcloths, light bulbs, toilet paper, deodorant, laundry soap, care packages of hats and gloves, scarves, backpacks, blankets, hand sanitizer, ponchos, lotion, toys, and food are being organized for distribution this week at the organization’s FOCUS Building residence in Middletown. Generous support came from Fox Hill Community, Toys for Tots, RECAP staff, Marina Caceres from Sol Full Yoga, Jeremy O'Rourke, Jennifer Kalish Malzahn, and Middletown High School freshman Angel Bologra.

Bologra became involved when she sought out RECAP during the pursuit of her Girl Scouts Gold Award. The Middletown High School freshman developed a project to connect local shelters and community groups with donations. She and RECAP case managers developed a list of families in need and she circulated flyers on foot and through social media. Bologra is a member of the Mayor’s Youth Council and was recently honored by the school as a positive role model.   

The collection benefits participants in RECAP’s Reentry program, women and children in the Middletown FOCUS building, seniors in Port Jervis, residents of Avent and PACER houses in Middletown, as well as the Warming Station at St. Paul’s Church in Middletown. “Our supportive housing residents are all ages and donations reflected that diversity,” said Cheryl Cohen, a RECAP case manager who works with the recipients year round and helped organize the drive. She and coworkers used word of mouth and social media to spread the message about residents in need. “I told all of our staff and Manny in our Energy Conservation department used Facebook with lots of success. You can’t underestimate the power of asking lots of people for a little bit,” said Cohen whose office is at 119 East Main Street in Middletown. She shares space with RECAP’s FOCUS Building which houses women and children in transitional housing. 

RECAP’s Supportive Housing Program offers housing and case management services to help residents regain economic self-sufficiency. Residents regain stability as they secure housing, healthcare support, financial independence, and employment stability. Residences in Middletown, Newburgh and Port Jervis assist seniors, veterans, displaced families, and people with histories of mental health issues and substance abuse.  

RECAP celebrated 50 years in the Hudson Valley in 2015. Visit



Dutchess Tourism appoints new office administrator

POUGHKEEPSIE (December 19) - Dutchess Tourism, Inc. welcomes a new employee to its team, Colleen Dorney, who recently joined as their new office administrator.

Most recently, Dorneywas an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader for the Corporation for National and Community Service in Connecticut. Previously, she served as their Community Outreach Coordinator in Buffalo. She brings a wealth of experience supervising volunteers and coordinating programs with non-profits. She’ll assist with event promotion, and supporting all of the staff in their marketing and promotional efforts.

Dorney earned her Bachelor of Arts in History at Loyola University in 2014. After graduation, she was an archives assistant in the Loyola Notre Dame Library. She expects to earn her Master of Public Administration from Marist in 2018.

A Staatsburgh native, she once again resides in that town.


Ontario and Western Railroad Historical Society announces Member of the Year

MIDDLETOWN (December 19) - The Ontario and Western Historical Society’s long time member Bob Earle was awarded the John Hobbs Chryn Member of the Year award at their December meeting.

Earle has given many programs for the society including one at last year’s O&WRHS convention and has volunteered at the society archives on numerous occasions. 

Earle (holding plaque), with (l-r) trustees Joseph Senese and Alex Prizgintas, Publications Chairman Carl Ohlson,
president Jeff Otto, trustee Joseph Meyers, and secretary Ray Kelly.

On Friday, January 6th at 7:30 pm, the Society will be holding their next monthly meeting. The program for the meeting will be the discussion of the New York, Susquehanna and Western railroad from the 1940’s into the 1960’s by noted local historian Doug Barberio. Also at the meeting will be a large assortment of railroad antiques and railroad related literature for sale. If you want to learn more about the O&W railroad and local railroad history, why not come by and meet other rail fans.

The Ontario and Western Railroad Historical Society meets on the first Friday of each month (except for July, August, and November, when the annual convention is held) at the Middletown Senior Center (aka Mulberry House), 62- 70 West Main Street. If you would like to join, please contact Ray Pinglora at


L-R:  Sergeant Pat Koch, Detective Joe Judge,
Officer Evan Redmond, Officer Eric Bernhardsen,
Sergeant Matt Sutton, Chief Joe Snyder, Sergeant
Duke Bunce and Sergeant Keith Lewis.

New Paltz cops raise over $3,700, with their beards

NEW PALTZ (December 14) - The New Paltz Police Officers that participated in American Cancer Society Fund Raiser, “No-Shave November” reached their goal and then some.  This is the third year that the New Paltz Police team participated in this great event and set a goal of $2,500.  This year we raised $3,705 with Sgt Duke Bunce raising the most, $1,205 on his own.  Sgt Bunce also raised the most during the past two year’s during this event.   

The goal of No-Shave November is to increase public awareness of the fight against cancer.  Many cancer patients lose their hair as a result of treatments, so we letting our hair grow wild and free in support of cancer patients and survivors.  Money normally spent on shaving and grooming for the month will be donated to the American Cancer Society to educate about cancer prevention, save lives and aid those fighting the battle. 

“This was another successful fundraiser and I appreciate the efforts of our members as well as everyone that donated to support the American Cancer Society”  “This was our third year participating and I look forward to participating again next year” Chief Joe Snyder said. 


Homeowners Jacqueline Kealy and John McConnell were decked out in their holiday finery
to welcome guests to their beautiful Victorian home

Goshen Christmas House Tour Raised More than $23,000 for Catholic Charities Community Services

GOSHEN (December 14) – Close to 400 guests were warmly welcomed into eight private Goshen houses and two bonus locations for a sneak peak at their holiday finery for Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan’s 2nd annual Goshen Christmas House Tour. More than $23,000 was raised in support of the non-profit’s mission to provide help and create hope for those most in need in our community.

Catholic Charities’ House Tour guests checked in at Glen Arden, where tickets were also available for event day purchase. While there, they were treated to live musical entertainment from a variety of Goshen High School Music Department student ensembles and the Warwick High School Meistersingers. They also enjoyed fresh-baked goods and hot chocolate from ShopRite Supermarkets, home-made cookies from the Bellvale Bruderhof Community, and hot apple cider from Soons Orchards. Guests kicked-off their outing by visiting two Glen Arden apartments decorated for Christmas before setting out on the self-guided Tour.

Of the eight private homes on the Tour, six were in the Village of Goshen, most within walking distance of each other, and two in the Town of Goshen. In addition to Glen Arden, the newly refurbished Stagecoach Inn opened its doors for Catholic Charities’ guests. Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty and the Harness Racing Museum also welcomed Tour participants to warm up and refresh.

“The Holiday House Tour is a great way to launch the Christmas season,” said Susan Murray Tetz, President of Catholic Charities’ Board of Directors and House Tour Committee Chairperson. “We were so blessed to have the support of eight homeowners and their families, as well as our friends at Glen Arden and the Stagecoach Inn, who opened their hearts and their homes to friends and strangers alike and gave so generously of their time, talent, and treasure to raise much-needed funds for those served by Catholic Charities.”

Each location was unique in its decorating style and presentation of the Christmas theme. Father George Hafemann, pastor at St. John’s Church in Goshen and a Catholic Charities’ board member, offered a blessing at each home prior to the start of the Tour. Students from John S. Burke Catholic High School and St. John’s School and Religious Education Program volunteered at the homes, assisting homeowners with a variety of tasks to welcome guests.

Before starting out, Tour participants received a Guide Book which featured a map, a photo and description of each location, as well as advertisements, special offers, and holiday wishes from House Tour sponsors and supporters.

The House Tour was part of the weekend’s Gather in Goshen celebration organized in partnership with the Village of Goshen, Goshen Chamber of Commerce, John S. Burke Catholic High School, and Illuminate Goshen. In addition to the House Tour, the festivities included a Holiday Boutique at Burke and the lighting of the Christmas tree in the Village center.  


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Children’s Coordinated Services Initiative brings holiday cheer to children in Putnam County

PUTNAM COUNTY (December 14) - A joint community partnership brought Putnam County youth and their families together for a night filled with food, fun and festivities. As members of the Children’s Coordinated Services Initiative (CCSI), Putnam Family & Community Services (PFCS), Green Chimneys Community Based Services, and the Putnam County Youth Bureau teamed once again on December 6th to host their annual children’s holiday party. More than 80 people--children, parents, and caretakers--gathered at the Mahopac Fire Department to celebrate the holiday season.

In cooperation with the Toys for Tots Foundation, a program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, gifts were distributed to all children in attendance, brightening their holidays and putting smiles on their faces. The holiday craft table was a big hit this year as children created holiday gifts for friends and family.

Many generous donations made this wonderful evening possible, including funds to buy gift cards for the older children and food for holiday dinners. A special thank you goes to the Brewster Rotary for providing the wonderful buffet dinner and Ace Endico for supplying the delicious dessert.

The CCSI team includes Christina McGuigan, Connie Chin, Stephanie Roberts, Wanda Crowley, Suleiska Richardson, Jenna Tompkins, and Raleighn Williams from PFCS; Dawn Mullins from the Putnam County Department of Mental Health; and Eva Ziggaro, Nicole Dwyer, Erin Dommermuth, and Claire Ragano from Green Chimneys. Along with Joseph A. DeMarzo, Deputy Commissioner of Social Services, Mental Health and Youth Bureau for Putnam County, the team came together to provide a great night of community, gift giving, and fun. “The families we serve through the CCSI program always say that this event is the highlight of their holiday season,” said Christina McGuigan, PFCS Coordinator of Community Based Services. “Everyone has a wonderful time, and the children are so excited to enjoy the night with their families and receive very special gifts. We all feel and share the joy and gratitude of the season.”



Clearwater welcomes new Education Director

BEACON (December 14) - Hudson River Sloop Clearwater welcomes Maija Niemisto as the organizations new education director. Niemisto first started with Clearwater in 2008 as an onboard educator. Spending six years as an educator aboard sloop Clearwater helped to cultivate her passion for the Hudson, while honing her teaching and sailing skills.

Clearwater’s environmental education programs include the award-winning Sailing Classroom, multi-day youth empowerment programs for young men and women, the Tideline program; a shore-based program at Esopus Meadows, the Aquatic Invasive Species program, in-class programming and Sail Trainee programs.

“We are excited to have Maija return to Clearwater as our new education director,” said Dave Conover, Clearwater’s Interim Executive Director. “She's in a great position to lead our programs, both on and off the boat. Welcome back, Maija!”

Niemisto achieved a B.A. in environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. After her studies, she bought a small sailboat and set out on an adventure to explore the eastern seaboard, which lead her to Clearwater in 2008.

In 2014, Niemisto left Clearwater to pursue an M.S. in Marine Sciences at Stony Brook University and deepened her knowledge of the Hudson River Estuary through research on estuarine fish and zooplankton using a biological acoustic system hosted aboard the sloop.

"I have always been moved by the power of Clearwater’s unique ability to connect people with their environment through music and sailing on the Hudson River” said Maija Niemisto. “Clearwater’s education program is an inspiration for everyone who participates, and I am thrilled to continue my involvement with the organization as education director."

Dave Conover, who held the position of education director since 2007 will remain Clearwater’s interim executive director.


SUNY Ulster’s Vet Tech Club gathers donations for Ulster SPCA

KINGSTON (December 14) - SUNY Ulster’s Veterinary Technology Club gathered lots of great donations for The Ulster County SPCA

(Full details on our Education Page)


Historic Huguenot Street receives major grant from National Endowment for the Humanities

NEW PALTZ (December 14) - Historic Huguenot Street has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Planning Grant for 2016-2017.

Full details on our Arts/Entertainment Page


Westchester County Holiday Toy & Gift Drive

WHITE PLAINS (November 30) - In the hopes that every child can feel the joy of opening a special gift this holiday season, the Westchester County Holiday Toy & Gift Drive will be collecting new, unwrapped gifts and donations through December 13. Monetary donations are welcome in the form of gift cards, cash or checks made out to the Westchester Child Welfare Holiday Fund.

“For many of these kids, your donation may be the only gift they get to open,” County Executive Robert Astorino said. “Together we can help brighten a child’s holiday, and as always, I am so thankful to all who are able to give.”

The toy and gift drive will benefit babies through teens living in foster care or residential centers in Westchester. It is being run once again by the Westchester County Department of Social Services (DSS).

Please contact Bryan Paler, of DSS, at or (914) 995-3987 to give a gift card, cash or check and to receive a receipt for your donation.

Collection bins will be located on the first floor of the Westchester County Office Building, 148 Martine, Ave., White Plains, as well as the following DSS offices:

  • Central Office, 112 E. Post Rd., White Plains
  • Mount Vernon District Office, 100 East First St.
  • Peekskill District Office, 750 Washington St.
  • White Plains District Office, 85 Court St.
  • Yonkers District Office, 131 Warburton Ave.
  • Training Center, 10 County Center Rd., White Plains


Lloyd Police toy collection

TOWN OF LLOYD (November 28) - The town Police Department will be collecting new and unwrapped toys Through December 17th, for “OPERATION CHRISTMAS”. All toys collected will be distributed to those children less fortunate in the Town of Lloyd.

Anyone wishing to drop of a new unwrapped toy can do so at the Town of Lloyd Police.  A donation box will be located in our Headquarters lobby which is open 24 hours a day.

Additional donation boxes are located the following locations:

  • Town of Lloyd Town Hall
  • Vineyard Commons
  • Vigneto’s
  • Soshu Oyama Karate Skinner Dojo





Marlborough Police toy drive

MARLBOROUGH (November 28) - The Town of Marlborough Police Department is holding its annual Holiday Toy Drive thru Dec. 19.  All toys collected go to local children age infant – 16yrs.

Applications for enrollment can be obtained at the Town of Marlborough Police Dept. 21 Milton Tpk. Milton NY.

This year in addition to the families that enroll themselves, we ask that if you know of a family having a hard time providing gifts for their children for the holidays please let us know.  Write to us and tell us what circumstances have impacted the family and why they need some help this year. You can let us know about neighbors, family members, or a coworker. 

The children must live in the Marlboro school district to be eligible. Letters can be signed or anonymous.  Please include how to contact the family.  We want to be sure all the children in our community have a happy holiday. 

Letters and monetary donations (checks made out to the Marlborough Town PBA) can be mailed to The Town of Marlborough Police Dept. 21 Milton Tpk. /PO Box 305 Milton NY 12547 attention Head Dispatcher VanAmburgh.  New unwrapped toys and wrapping paper can be dropped off at the Marlborough Police Department 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Toys are also being collected at the Marlboro/Milton Dollar General. 


Price Chopper, Market 32 launch 2016 Check Out Hunger Campaign and annual Holiday Toy Drive

SCHENECTADY (November 15) - Price Chopper and Market 32’s Check Out Hunger, a campaign that raises dollars and food donations for regional food banks and their affiliated kitchens and pantries and the annual Holiday Toy Drive kicked off this past weekend and will run for four weeks through Saturday, December 10.

“Price Chopper and Market 32 are proud to organize and host these important campaigns in our stores and we’re thankful for the collective generosity and support of our teammates, customers and community partners,” said Mona Golub, vice president of public relations and consumer services. “Check Out Hunger and the Holiday Toy Drive help us raise awareness and resources for our neighbors who may need a little help getting through the end of the year.”

Check Out Hunger gives shoppers the opportunity to add a small monetary donation to their grocery bill (bringing the total to the next whole dollar amount) through the Round Up Your Change program and to purchase a set-price Food Package, a $5, $10 or $15 selection of pantry essentials.

The annual Holiday Toy Drive, in partnership with The Salvation Army, offers toy collection sites at every Price Chopper and Market 32 throughout the six-state service area, with the goal of distributing the toys to children in need within the communities where the toys were donated. 

Price Chopper and Market 32 will match donations for both campaigns of up to $5,000.

Last year’s campaigns raised more than $42,000 and 26 tons of food that were distributed to a dozen area food banks and more than 3,000 toys that were distributed locally.

Price Chopper has stores in several northeast states, including several in New York’s Hudson Valley.


Church joins Habitat for “Make a Difference Day” 

POUGHKEEPSIE (November 2) – For the third straight year members of the Shift Men’s Ministry at Faith Assembly Church in Poughkeepsie came out to support the Dutchess County, Habitat for Humanity’s annual “Make a Difference Day” event. On a recent rainy Saturday, eleven volunteers from Faith Assembly demolished and began the reconstruction of a dilapidated back porch at a home in the City of Poughkeepsie returning a week later to complete their mission.



“Make a Difference Day would not be possible without the commitment of groups like the men from Faith Assembly,” said Make a Difference Day Coordinator, Barbara Adams. “They perfectly personify the spirit of the event by working together on every facet of the project. Their skills and talents give me the confidence to assign them some of our most challenging repair efforts year after year.”

The Faith Assembly Shift Men’s Ministry looks to help men make the shift from self-centered lives to God centered lives and therefore to others centered lives. Recently, the men have offered their professional expertise to guide those overwhelmed by some legal challenge, joined students at Faith Christian Academy in their “Socktober” event that feeds and clothes the needy during the winter months and have continued their ongoing home repair ministry to church members that was modeled after their experience working as part of Habitat for Humanity’s annual “Make a Difference Day”.

“I began volunteering with Habitat for Humanity many years ago when the City of Poughkeepsie School District teachers union I was part of began doing summer work projects to assist Habitat,” said Faith Assembly’s, Skip Hoover. “Three years ago I asked the men in our church if they would like to take part in a Make A Difference Day event and they were all for it.  Habitat’s mission is to put God’s love into action and Faith Assembly’s mission is to build a community that serves the community, so it is a perfect match.”


Scenic Hudson names new Board of Directors leadership

POUGHKEEPSIE (November 2) - Scenic Hudson named Kristin Gamble of Hudson, Columbia County, and New York City as the new chair of its Board of Directors. Simon Roosevelt of Stanfordville, Dutchess County, and New York City was named chair of the Board of Directors for The Scenic Hudson Land Trust. Both Gamble and Roosevelt have a depth of experience as board members for the organization and its affiliated land trust.

L-R: Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan, Scenic Hudson Board Chair Kristin Gamble, The Scenic Hudson Land Trust
Board Chair Simon Roosevelt, and The Scenic Hudson Land Trust Executive Director Steve Rosenberg.

Kristin Gamble assumed the chair of the board of Scenic Hudson after 11 years as a director, during which she served the board as a vice chair and treasurer. She chaired the board’s Investment Committee and was a member of its Land Use Advocacy Committee and land trust board.

Senior managing director of American Capital Management, Inc., Gamble has more than 45 years in the financial services field, including founding and serving as a principal of the investment firm of Flood Gamble Associates, Inc.

“I am thrilled and honored to assume the role of chair of Scenic Hudson, following in the footsteps of some of the valley’s greatest conservation leaders,” said Gamble.

Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan stated, “Kristin Gamble’s leadership and business savvy will help guide Scenic Hudson’s initiatives at a crucial time in the Hudson Valley’s history.” We have tremendous opportunities to secure the vital resources of the region, while responding to the many threats to its integrity. No one is better suited for leadership of the board at this time than Kristin Gamble.”

Simon Roosevelt takes on leadership of The Scenic Hudson Land Trust, a subsidiary of Scenic Hudson that has conserved almost 40,000 acres and acts as a steward of those lands, which include more than 65 parks and preserves in the valley. Mr. Roosevelt has been a member of Scenic Hudson’s board since 2010, while also serving as a member and vice-chair of its land trust board.

Mr. Roosevelt is a principal with Olimpia Fund Management, Ltd., a multi-family investment group in the U.S. and abroad specializing in alternative investments. Formerly he was general counsel for the investment management fund KCM, LLC, and an attorney with the New York City firm of Cadwalader, Wichersham & Taft.

The great-great-grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt and great-grandson of poet E.E. Cummings, Mr. Roosevelt is an active environmentalist and sportsman.

“Scenic Hudson has a tremendous track record of preserving land for public benefit—as parks, family farms, ecological preserves and habitat,” said Roosevelt.

The Scenic Hudson Land Trust Executive Director Steve Rosenberg added, “Simon Roosevelt brings to Scenic Hudson years of experience as an avid outdoorsman, as a director of other conservation organizations, and as a knowledgeable investment and legal professional who will help the land trust achieve even greater positive impacts on the Hudson Valley.”

Gamble succeeds James Goodfellow as board chair. During Mr. Goodfellow’s six-year tenure, he refocused the organization on the full breadth of its mission—land, parks and advocacy—and on the impacts of its work in protecting water resources, preserving working farms and adapting to climate change.

Roosevelt succeeds Frederic Rich as chair of the land trust board. During more than 20 years chairing The Scenic Hudson Land Trust, Mr. Rich played a pivotal role in the transfer of the Wallace Endowment to the organization, while helping guide creation of the organization’s farmland preservation and Saving the Land That Matters Most initiatives, earning Scenic Hudson the Land Trust Alliance’s National Land Trust Excellence Award.


One of several groups of volunteers helped out at the Food BAnk

United Way mobilized nearly 150 volunteers for the 25th anniversary of Make A Difference Day

POUGHKEEPSIE AND MONTGOMERY (October 24) - United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region mobilized nearly 150 dedicated and hardworking volunteers from October 21-24, to work on eight community projects for the 25th annual Make A Difference Day, a world-wide day of service held in order for members of the community to volunteer at their local nonprofit organizations. The volunteers contributed a total of 730 hours for a total estimated economic impact of $19607.80.

Aside from the opportunity to lend a helping hand, Make A Difference Day volunteers learn new skills that are applicable to everyday life, grasp how to work as a team, and increase their overall awareness of need in their community.

“Through the help of these incredible volunteers, United Way was able to host another Make A Difference Day and assist nonprofits in the rewarding work they do every day,” said Jeannie Montano, President & CEO of United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region.

Volunteers participated in projects at Dress For Success Dutchess County, Elant, Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, Habitat for Humanity Dutchess County, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh, Hudson River Housing, The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, and the Poughkeepsie Farm Project. Many local companies and organizations dedicated their time to these various projects, including Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., Cornerstone Family Healthcare, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, FLUOR, Hannaford Supermarkets, Family Services Inc., IBM Corporation, Leadership Orange, Marist College, Mental Health America of Dutchess County, New Horizons Resources Inc., People’s United Bank, Rhinebeck Bank, and TD Bank.

At the close of one successful volunteer event, another is always just around the corner! Anyone who wishes to take part in United Way’s next Day of Action, the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service, should sign up through United Way’s volunteer portal at


Sheriff Carl Dubois with Morris, left, and Cateletti

Orange County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division promotions

GOSHEN (October 24) - The Orange County Sheriff’s Office announced the promotions of Lawrence Catletti to the rank of Captain and Adam Morris to the rank of Lieutenant in the corrections division.

Captain Catletti is a 24-year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.  He began his employment with the sheriff’s office as part time deputy sheriff working within the Communications and Identification Units.  Captain Catletti was hired as a full time Corrections Officer in 1994, achieving the rank of Sergeant in 2000 and Lieutenant in 2012.  Captain Catletti was instrumental as a member of the accreditation team which achieved the New York Sheriff’s Association Accreditation for the Orange County Jail as well as accreditation with the American Correctional Association. 

Lieutenant Morris is a 20-year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.  Lieutenant Morris was hired as a Corrections Officer in 1996 and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2003. 


Fishkill Rural Cemetery holds 150th anniversary event

FISHKILL (October 18) - Fishkill Rural Cemetery dedicated a new historic marker and conducted ceremonies to mark its 150th anniversary on Saturday, October 15, 2016.  Wreaths were placed on the graves of the cemetery’s primary founder James Van Steenbergh and the first Board of Trustees President Dr. Lewis H. White, followed by the dedication of a new historic marker denoting the cemetery’s 150 years of service to the community.

Blodgett Library Local History Librarian Antonia Houston presented a short program on “The First Families of Fishkill” in the historic DuBois Chapel in order to remember the lives of the first plot owners who helped found the cemetery. 

When the cemetery was dedicated on October 17, 1866, more than 3,000 people attended the impressive ceremonies. Approximately 20,000 residents have been buried within Fishkill Rural Cemetery since its founding 150 years ago

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Dog lovers gather for a great cause at Animals for Adoption in Accord

ACCORD (October 18) - A group of energetic and enthusiastic pooches, accompanied by their human companions, converged on Animals for Adoption in Accord on Saturday, October 15, for a super-fun fundraiser: For the Love of Dogs. This field day offered food, training games and demonstrations, as well as raffles and prizes.

Polly Kaplan of Sirius Play Dog Training in Dutchess County provided dog training and Frisbee games. Karen Wells, a trainer based in Cragsmoor, with a 15-year career of dog training classes in New York and handling animals for print, TV and stage, explained her techniques.

Jane Kopelman (left), manager of Animals for Adoption,
introduces Linda Davis of Lomontville to Mr. Goodbar,
a 3-year-old shepherd mix available for adoption

Cindy Lou still hoping for a forever home


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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

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County

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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