Veterans sought for DC trips

WALDEN – There are still open seats on two upcoming Hudson Valley Honor Flights. These free trips take World War II and Korean War veterans by air to visit their respective war memorials in Washington, D.C. One flight is scheduled to depart April 14 from Stewart International Airport in Newburgh and another is set for May 19 from Westchester County Airport in White Plains.

Veterans who served before Jan. 31, 1955 are eligible to participate. Those who served during this era but might not have served in either war are also welcome to apply, according to organizers.

Each eligible veteran is accompanied by a volunteer personal “guardian” who is responsible for ensuring that the veteran’s trip is a memorable one. Guardians are responsible for covering the cost of their trip.

“It’s an honor for us, and those who support Hudson Valley Honor Flight, to give them (veterans) this gift of seeing the war memorials to honor their service,” said Board Chairman Frank Kimler.

Applications and information at or call 391-0076.

Sharing the love 

JEFFERSONVILLE – Valentine’s Day may be in the rear view mirror now but February is Library Lovers’ Month and the Jeffersonville Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library is celebrating on Feb. 28 with a 5:30 p.m. event.

Bizzy Coy and Friends will recite a selection of romantic readings featuring famous couples in literature. They'll be joined by the acoustic American music stylings of Poison Love: Joanne Brinkerhoff (guitar/vocals) and Dan Brinkerhoff (fiddle/ukelele/banjo/vocals). Guest readers will include Jason Dole, Mary Greene, Susan Quinn and Franklin Trapp, who will read from history's most romantic works: “Romeo and Juliet,” “Pride and Prejudice,” “The Great Gatsby” and others.

Registration is requested at or 482-4350.

Tugboat exhibit goes online

KINGSTON – Hudson River Maritime Museum has launched its first online exhibit “Tugboats: Workhorses of the Hudson River.” The exhibit features an overview of the history of tugboats on the Hudson River, as well as images and descriptions of 100 years of Hudson River tugboats. These images represent a small fraction of the museum’s tugboat related collections and the exhibit will be updated occasionally with more content.

To view the exhibit, go to and click on the “Exhibits” tab. Or find the direct link at

Beth Kalet