The 50th anniversary celebration of the Circolo Cattolico Italiano, a religious society out of Newburgh, will be conducted on April 21 at Anthony’s Pier 9 in Newburgh. Although details are in the works, the group, under the leadership of president and 49-year member Guiseppe Paladino, wants to spread the word so families can make plans to attend. It is expected to be a grand celebration with live Italian music and favorite food. In commemorating the 50th anniversary, the membership built a grotto at St. Mary’s Church in Newburgh. The grotto was the group’s gift to the Franciscan friars who have served the community for years. It is led by Father Guiseppe Saniscalchi. For information, contact Joe Lopiccolo at

Coming up

• The “last” meeting of the Duncan T. Trueman Chapter 59 Battle of the Bulge at the Monroe Country Club was in December. The meetings ended there when host and good friend Tom Jones retired. As the group seeks a new monthly meeting place, President Eliot S Hermon said it will be at the Captain’s Table, 545 Route 17M in Monroe, at noon today.

• The Hudson Valley Bottle Club will welcome back Dave Lewis, who will present Part 2 on glass insulators at their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Friday in the Marlboro Presbyterian Church, 98 West St. in Marlboro. The last meeting with Lewis included “a great talk,” was well attended and included several newcomers, said member Alex Prizgintas, 16, a bottle collector. He and other members often share their hobbies. He’s planning to take a few of his collectibles to the meeting to sell.

• As spring approaches, the management at Mohonk Preserve in Gardiner is queried about work opportunities. All activities, from cross-country ski patrol to Gunks Mountain Biking Association bike patrol, are open. Training will be in the Visitor Center on Route 55 in Gardiner. All new volunteers must register by email at for descriptions and requirements. Training will be from Feb. 24-April 28 for individual activities. If the weather is poor, call the Visitor Center at 255-0919 for changes.

• The Black History Commission established 60 years ago in Newburgh, with Sadie Tallie as one of the faithful leaders through the years, will host the official Black History Service at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Best Temple Church of God in Christ at 111 Dr. James Best Place. The program will be titled, “Inspiration of Service: Memories of Professor George Butler,” a dear and wonderful community leader who inspired so many through the choral groups he organized. Participating will be one of the groups, an all-male chorus.

• Through the Elks National Foundation, a grant was issued to the Monticello Elks Lodge 1544. The funds were used to buy new winter coats, gloves and hats for students at the Cooke and Rutherford Elementary Schools.

• The Kitchen Classes, a series of hands-on cooking classes in Kingston, offered by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County, will be conducted in the Extension offices on Plaza Road from January through September. Although the classes are small, they are popular and fill up quickly. Carrie Anne Doyle suggests that people wanting to be part of a class said to be full should still sign up in case an opening occurs before the sessions start. She can be reached at 340-3990.

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