The Middletown Elks Lodge is one of the most active organizations to promote youth athletics. The members sponsor teams and events that offer individual opportunities to learn a sport and to win a trophy or a medal. It’s a devoted group of adults that meet with young people, all ages, after school hours, on weekends, holidays, and summer recess.

The most recent event was the lodge’s Soccer Shoot at Watts Park in Middletown, a beautiful ball park that the lodge has donated to through the years.

Trophies were awarded to the first place winners: Adenis Ramirez, Santiago Ramirez, and Emmanuel Ramirez. Medals were awarded to second and third place competitors.

First place winners will now go to Ellenville to compete in the New York State Elks East Central District’s District Soccer Shoot for their respective age group. They’ll have a chance to win and advance to regional and state competitions.

Congratulations. Everyone involved is a winner!

Coming up

The sixth annual 5-mile Paddle and Oars Challenge of the Newburgh Rowing Club will start at 8 a.m. today at their boathouse in Newburgh. After the races the members will celebrate the opening of their new walking trail along the Hudson.

Leadership Orange will welcome its Class of 2017 on Wednesday at the Powelton Club in Newburgh, and honor Richard B. Golden, a 1994 Leadership Orange graduate and affiliated with Burke, Miele & Golden. A cash bar reception is from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner and program follow. Tickets are $75. For reservations call 562-8500.

“A Christian Theology of Work” will be presented at Mount Saint Mary College’s Dominican Center on the Newburgh campus at 7 p.m. Thursday. The free talk will be given by Julie Burkey, a theology professor at Seton Hall University. The public is invited.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County will host a Major Gifts Reception at 3 p.m. Oct. 9. It will be on the lawn at Kiloran Farms in Blooming Grove, home to Hilary and Barry Kaye, hosts. The afternoon honorees will be Dr. Suzanne and Jack Berkowitz, and Gail and Ken Oliver. Special guests will be Alla and Boris Lipkin. A minimum donation is $613. RSVPs are appreciated by Sept. 30 to

Schlesinger’s Steakhouse in New Windsor will be in the “Tavern Trail” spotlight at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Built in 1768 by Revolutionary War patriot Samuel Brewster, the fieldstone structure has been turned into a popular restaurant while keeping the charm of an historic site. The Tavern Trail has focused on many structures through Orange County and continues to get an appreciative crowd. For information call Justin Rodriguez at 291-3255.

This and that

The Town of Esopus will host its annual Fall Festival today, with most things happening from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be plenty to enjoy, from the Apple Festival at the Methodist Church to an “Everything Pumpkin Bake Sale” at the Reformed Church of Port Ewen. The library will have a book sale and there will be yard sales at Queenies Treasure Chest and Frozen Rainbow and throughout the town.

St. Anthony Community Hospital’s annual golf and tennis fundraiser raised more than $40,000. The hospital is part of the Bon Secours Charity Health System.

The Nora Cronin Presentation Academy celebrated its 10th anniversary on Sept. 15 by honoring its "Founding Mothers." They include Sr. Yliana Hernandez PBVM, principal for 10 years, Sr. Nora Cronin (posthumously), Sr. Joan Mary Gleason, Sr. Carol Melsopp and Sr. Helen Marie Raynor.


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