A friendly reminder that the public comment period on the CPV Valley Energy Center draft Title V air permit and draft Title IV acid rain permit applications is open through 5 p.m. on July 29.

Submit your written comments either for or against state Department of Environmental Conservation approval of the permits to:

Attn: Christopher Hogan, NYS DEC — Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-1750.

Comments can also be emailed to DEPPermitting@dec.ny.gov or faxed to 518-402-9168. Mailed comments must be postmarked no later than July 29, and emailed or faxed comments must be received by 5 p.m. on July 29.

Heather Yakin 

High schools honored for athletic achievement

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association honored 10 area high schools for high levels of overall accomplishments during 2018-19.

John S. Burke Catholic High School in Goshen was one of 35 high schools statewide to receive the group’s School of Distinction Award. To earn that award, 100 percent of the school’s varsity teams must qualify for and receive the Scholar-Athlete team award during their respective seasons.

Another nine high schools in the region were among 135 statewide to earn the group’s School of Excellence Award, which is presented to member high schools where 75 percent of varsity teams qualify for and receive the Scholar-Athlete team award.

This year’s School of Excellence recipients, in alphabetical order, are Cornwall Central High School, Goshen Central High School, James I. O’Neill High School in Highland Falls, Marlboro Central High School, Monroe-Woodbury High School, Onteora High School, Pine Bush Senior High School, Wallkill Senior High School and Warwick Valley High School.

Michael Randall

Hoovler to head state DA’s association

Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler was sworn in last week as president of the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York.

He replaces the outgoing president, Albany DA David Soares.

DAASNY serves as a means for the state’s elected district attorneys to discuss and exchange information on legal issues and the operation of their offices, to encourage efficiency; sets ethical standards for prosecutors around the state; and provides training to prosecutors, investigators, police and other staff. The organization also speaks out, through the president, on behalf of prosecutors around the state, and publishes position papers on legislation and other pertinent issues.

Hoovler is also a board member of the New York Prosecutors Training Institute, a non-profit created by DAASNY to provide continuing legal education, training and assistance to prosecutors around the state.

Heather Yakin 

Fireworks at Thomas Bull Park on Saturday

Orange County will hold its annual fireworks show at Thomas Bull Memorial Park in Hamptonburgh on Saturday.

Gates open at 4 p.m. for Freedom Fest, which also features live music and food and drink vendors. Bands include the Black Dirt Bandits and the New York Swing Exchange. Fireworks start at dusk.

About 4,000 people attended the free event last year.

Chris McKenna 

Newburgh UNICO chapter to hold clambake

MONTGOMERY – The Newburgh chapter of UNICO National will hold its fifth annual Sal Cracchiolo Memorial Clambake and Festa D’Italia from 1 to 6 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Montgomery Fire Department pavilion, 136 Ward St.

The picnic will feature assorted pastas, pizza, chicken specialties, sausage and peppers, mussels marinara, hamburgers, hot dogs, fruit bar, Italian desserts, beer, soda, coffee and of course, clams.

Carmelo Liardi will provide the musical entertainment.

The clambake is named in honor of one of the Newburgh chapter’s most dedicated and beloved members. All the money raised will fund local and national programs like medical research, scholarships, literacy projects and community services.

Tickets for adults are $40 each, or three for $110. Tickets for children ages 11 to 15 are $15 each, and children 10 and under are free. Clams are not included with a child’s ticket.

To purchase tickets, call John Lodato at 845-742-6246, or John Alderucci at 914-260-5656.

Don’t forget to bring some extra money for the 50/50 raffle.

Michael Randall

Mount to host transfer admissions event

CITY OF NEWBURGH – Mount Saint Mary College will host its next information session for potential transfer students on Aug. 7.

The event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. at the college campus, 330 Powell Ave.

This will be a one-stop event for students interested in transferring college credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Members of the Mount’s admission team will be present to explain all of the Mount’s career-focused degree programs, financial aid and scholarship programs.

The Mount’s bachelor’s degree programs also offer the flexibility of attending classes at night and on weekends to better fit a busy schedule.

For more information, call 569-3509, or e-mail transfer@msmc.edu.

Michael Randall