The Washingtonville Memorial VFW Post 8691 is sad to have to say goodbye to the current Commander Anthony (Tony) Dimmers, who has been the commander for the past two years. Dimmers is currently employed full-time at West Point. He’s leaving due to his acceptance of a new position in his home state of Minnesota.
Dimmers began his military career in the U.S. Army. After about three-and-a-half years, he transferred to the Air Force, where he served for another twenty years. He participated in eight armed conflicts during his more than 23 years in the military and has been decorated with several medals.
Senior Vice President, Michael Reisen, is slated to become the next commander.
Rolling Thunder Chapter #3 held its Salute to Veterans Ride and Expo at Stewart Airport on June 7. The event featured vendors and military displays inside one of the airport’s aviation hangers.
A Black Hawk helicopter and C-130 aircraft were also on display.
Rolling Thunder, which has held the event annually for sixteen years, helps veterans at Veteran Affairs hospitals at Castle Point and Montrose.
The motorcycles lined up around 11:30 a.m., and were led by various police agencies that had come to the ride. The bikes traveled to the U.S. Mint at West Point and were escorted through the United States Military Academy.
Back at Stewart Airport, a barbecue was held, in addition to live music and raffles.
Big Brothers Big Sisters from Mount Saint Mary College held a formal event for the “littles” they befriended, according to an announcement from the college.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters program at Mount Saint Mary College provides mentoring for about two dozen City of Newburgh children ages 6-14. Members meet with the “littles” six times per semester to “encourage and empower” the “at-risk children,” the announcement said.
“This year was really successful and the formal is a way to celebrate that,” said Kailyn Zanella, Big Brothers Big Sisters president.
Zanella graduated in May with a major in Mathematics. She passed the presidency to Nicole Bosi, an Information Technology Education major.
Bosi has been a “big” for two years and will return to the college in the fall for her senior year.
Little Britain students participated in their annual Field Day on June 5. The event, which had a “rodeo” theme, featured activities including competitive games, team sports, carnival activities, a picnic lunch and more. Each class had a team color, and students decorated their shirts to represent their class team. Field Day was organized by the school’s physical education teachers with help from other classroom teachers, parents, support and kitchen staff, custodians and administrators.
Tuckahoe 6, Chester 1
Opening-Round Class C State Tournament in Saugerties on June 5
If you saw any of the games the Chester Hambletonians played during the year you would not have recognized them during their opening round of the Class C state baseball tournament. Chester’s speed on the bases and their flawless defense catapulted them to a Section IX Championship and into the first round of the state tourney. Against Tuckahoe High School, the Hambletonians made errors in the third and fifth innings resulting in six runs for the Tigers. Starting pitcher Colin Marco toughed out a complete game getting defensive help from second baseman T.J. Gregory as he turned a double play snatching a line drive and doubling up Tuckahoe’s Nanno Santorelli at first. Chester third baseman Brandon Sadlier made a nice grab in foul territory behind the bag and flipped over the fence for the out.
Chester (18-5) came a long way from the two losses to Burke and Highland to start the season. The Hambletonians came back to win five in a row before dropping a close decision to SS Seward 6-4 back in April. After that loss Chester would go on to a 13-1 record capturing the Section IX Title.
“In the beginning of the year we were all about the stats,” head coach Mike Doucette said. “However, we grew up fast and came together as a team. I am so proud of these guys.”
By Tracy Knochen
The Town of Cornwall has joined a long list of towns and municipalities in the Hudson Valley by unanimously voting to oppose the Pilgrim Pipeline.
The Pilgrim Pipeline, a proposal that would build a pipeline spanning 178 miles, would transport crude oil and refined petroleum products, including gasoline and heating oil, between Albany, New York and Linden, New Jersey. The pipeline would run parallel to the state Thruway.
The pipeline has been a point of contention for many local towns and environmentalist groups because of potential spillage and danger to drinking water.
At the town board meeting on June 8, Randolph Clark, Cornwall town supervisor and the other members of the Cornwall Town Board, urged government representatives, including Governor Andrew Cuomo and state Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald, to oppose and prevent the construction of the pipeline.
We’ve offered to meet with the Town of Cornwall and wish that they would have taken us up on the offer before they voted on the resolution,
“Pilgrim was not asked to provide information prior to any resolution that was passed,” Paul Nathanson, a Pilgrim Pipeline spokesperson said. “We would gladly have met with the town and discussed the safety and environmental benefits of the project.”
“We would still be happy to sit down with town officials to provide more information,” Nathanson said. “The project continues.”
If you look at June 14 on your calendar you’ll most likely see the notation that it’s Flag Day, thanks to a proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916. I would venture to say that most people, young ones especially, wouldn’t give it a second thought. Others may make a mental note to put their flag out. Some of us will make a point of proudly flying our flags to commemorate this fading holiday. Flanked by D-Day on June 6 and Independence Day on July 4, Flag Day has been getting the short end of the stick in recent years. Perhaps we’ve been overlooking this day because it’s not associated with a specific event like winning our Independence from the British, or a triumphant storming of a beach in Normandy in 1944. But our flag was there. It was there in 1777 when it was adopted as the official flag of the United States of America and has been present in every school, government building, memorial park and veterans event since then. Heck, if they can put an American flag on the moon, surely you can display one on your house.
Town Green Lights Medical Marijuana Lease
By Mark Gerlach
The Town New Windsor has inched closer to making medical marijuana a potential reality within its borders.
A ground lease has been green lighted by the New Windsor Town Board for a medical marijuana company, called Cannicare, at Stewart Airport.
The town-owned 12.6-acre lease site is located on Jackson Avenue. Unanimous town board approval was given at a June 3 meeting, and a posting is listed on the homepage of the town’s website.
The growing facility would be approximately 100,000 square feet, and include an adjacent processing facility, according to Supervisor George Green. The company is about to make its first submission to the planning board, Green said.
Cannicare is vying for one of about five medical marijuana licenses in the state. The town provided the company with a letter of support, Green said.
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When recent New York Military graduate Somar Hadid of the Town of the Newburgh first attended the school in 2012, he hated being away from home, push-ups, sits-ups, being yelled at, and military training.
But the training ultimately made Hadid a better person, he said, and in the end he didn’t want to leave.
“I remember myself lying down on my bed terrified and shaking, but three years later I realized I could not have survived any other way,” said Hadid, cadet lieutenant and NYMA valedictorian.
About 13 cadets graduated during the 126th New York Military Academy commencement in Cornwall-on-Hudson on May 30.
The graduates included: Christopher Augur; Mason Brunco; Baoyu Chen; Eric Elmakias; Samson Faccon; Momar Fall; Lawrence German; Somar Hadid; Lydia Kang; Kiahnna Pauletta; Nikita Sinyaev; Fiona Tai; and Yao Wang.
“I didn’t want to graduate,” said Hadid, 17. “I’m in an extreme state of disarray. While I should be happy that I’m graduating, it’s a bittersweet moment because all great things must come to an end…”
Hadid attended NYMA for three years. He’s now off to Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts to study business management, he said.
Head Tactical Officer Staff Sgt. (Ret) Shelly Brockington and Tactical Officer Mario Espinoza helped Hadid realize his potential when others doubted him, he said. “They made me the person that I am,” Hadid said. “They treat every cadet with dignity and respect.”
The Newburgh Enlarged City School District Committee of Acknowledgement and Recognition, or C.A.R., Committee, announced its honorees for this year’s awards: Sara Feliz, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction; Mark Epstein, cleaner at the Newburgh Free Academy Main Campus; Tara Marshall, principal of the NECSD Pre-K Center; and John Garzione, science specialist at Fostertown ETC Magnet School.
C.A.R. celebrates the exemplary work, professionalism, dedication and community service of Newburgh Enlarged City School District employees, a school district announcement said.
During a month long period, nominations were accepted from the following categories: Central Office Administration, Civil Service Employees Association, Newburgh Supervisors and Administrators Association and the Newburgh Teachers’ Association. The committee selected the winners on May 19.