The Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall on the SUNY Orange campus in Middletown.

The ensemble has a full big band sound thanks to its instrumentation: four trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones, acoustic bass, piano, drums vocalist, and leader, Scott Reeves, whose instruments are trombone and the alto flugelhorn. The featured vocalist is Carolyn Leonhart. For jazz enthusiasts, this is the real deal, an 18-piece big band of seasoned musicians who love what they do. In addition to directing and being a professor of music, Scott Reeves is a composer and arranger.

Tickets are $10 and will be available at the box office starting at 6:15 p.m. on the evening of Oct. 19. Online purchase is available at with a $2.50 service charge for each ticket. All students are admitted free.

Coming up

One of the largest events of the year for the Goshen Chamber of Commerce will happen at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Villa Venezia on Goshen Turnpike. That’s when the annual dinner and installation of officers takes place, giving the members a chance to celebrate the efforts of those who have made a positive impact on the community through their dedication, service and volunteer spirit.

People of the Year

• Susan Bossley is a Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow, a high distinction for community service through Rotary International. She is an insurance specialist and office manager in her husband’s agency.

• There’s so much to say about Kyle Roddey, which is why he will receive special recognition as one of Goshen’s own. He grew up in Goshen, served as dean of students and assistant principal at Goshen High School, his alma mater, was elected village trustee, and is a former Goshen mayor and a former board member of the Chamber of Commerce. He never says no.

• Rotarian Rick Bossley, also a Paul Harris Fellow, and a past president of Goshen Rotary. was born in Liberty and is proud to have spent many hours on this grandparents' dairy farm, which is still there. He knows and appreciates hometown values and job stability serving as a State Farm insurance agent for 36 years.

Service Organization of the Year

The Goshen varsity football team has been a team player in support of the Great American Weekend and Slide the City through the years. Individually each member of the team looks forward to helping and they’ve endeared themselves to the entire community.

Business of the Year

Established in 1916 by Raymond Isaac (Ike) Suresky, Suresky & Sons has been in business for over 102 years, all under one family ownership.

Shortly after World War II ended, second generation Army veteran Harold Suresky entered the business, and took over in 1960. In 1982, Joseph (Joe) Suresky entered the business and has directed operations since 1997.

Joe, well known throughout the community, is quick to give credit to his mother, Helen, a former teacher and active community leader, for her business prowess. At that time it was unprecedented to see a woman operate a car dealership. She successfully ran the business for many years. She also served in several capacities, including an advisory dealer council, for Chrysler.

Suresky’s remains one of the few large businesses to operate on third generation leadership. 2009 marked the company’s 75th year with Chrysler, and 2020 will mark the 30th year with Hyundai. Suresky has 120 employees. The staff includes many who have worked for more than 10 years, and some who have worked 30, 40 and even 50 years. From the beginning, Suresky leaders have always said the workforce is the key to the company’s success and longstanding presence in the Goshen community. And it’s for all those reasons that RI (stands for Raymond Ike) Suresky & Sons, with the current dealership at Hatfield Lane and its collision center and used car wholesale operation at 224 W. Main St. in Goshen, earns the Business of the Year award for 2018-19. Congratulations.

For reservations or to place a journal ad, call the Chamber office at 294-7741 or email

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