GOSHEN — For the second year in a row, Orange County will recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month by hosting the Clothesline Project outside the Government Center.

A ceremony to unveil the project, hosted by the county and Safe Homes of Orange County, will take place at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at the center.

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus, District Attorney David Hoovler, Sheriff Carl DuBois and County Clerk Annie Rabbitt are all expected to attend.

The Clothesline Project is comprised of T-shirts made by survivors of domestic violence or in honor of someone who has been a victim of domestic violence. It promotes awareness and helps the healing process for victims and those who have lost a loved one to domestic violence.

Kellyann Kostyal-Larrier, executive director of Safe Homes of Orange County, said the government center is the best location to accommodate the display, which includes more than 600 T-shirts.

“The clothesline display continues to shout from the fabric on which the words are written, the impact abusers have on their victims, children and communities,” Kostyal-Larrier said.

Officials said one in four women will be the victim of domestic abuse at some point in her lifetime. According to Safe Homes, since September 2004, 25 women have been murdered by their husbands or intimate partners in Orange County, and one woman is missing but presumed dead.

Neuhaus called the display “a powerful and sobering reminder of the devastating impact that domestic violence has had in our communities.”

“We will continue to assist Safe Homes and domestic violence victims in any way we can, using all of our community’s available resources and programs,” he said.

Safe Homes provides free counseling, support groups, legal services and other services to victims of domestic violence, teen dating violence and human trafficking, and offers training to law enforcement and other individuals.

Victims can contact them 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 562-5340.

Michael Randall

County to replace garbage transfer station in Newburgh

Orange County officials announced last week they will close the transfer station in the Town of Newburgh to municipal and commercial trash haulers in November to start construction of a bigger and better collection facility for garbage that the county trucks to landfills.

Residents will still be able to bring trash and recyclable materials to the transfer station at 9 Orr Road during the construction, which is expected to last about a year. Commercial and municipal haulers can use the county transfer station in Goshen as an alternative until the Newburgh site reopens.

County officials said the Newburgh station would cost $9.1 million and encompass 20,000 square feet when they announced the plans in 2016. The old station was allowed to take 320 tons per day of municipal waste and construction-and-demolition debris, with one weekly “peak day” of 350 tons allowed, according to a state Department of Environmental Conservation notice last year. The rebuilt station will be able to accept 750 tons per day.

Chris McKenna

Mount talk to address diversity and inclusiveness

CITY OF NEWBURGH — Michael L. Fox, an assistant professor of business law and a pre-law adviser at Mount Saint Mary College, will review and analyze New York State and federal laws that protect diversity and promote inclusion in the next talk sponsored by the college’s Investigating Research on Campus program.

The talk will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Dominican Center on the campus at 330 Powell Ave. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

“We live in a multicultural world,” Fox said. “Respect for others, their beliefs and their viewpoints is paramount in a well-functioning society. To that end, many laws exist to balance the field and reinforce the societal judgment that no one should face discrimination or harassment because of their race, gender, disability, age, marital status or other specific protected characteristics.”

Fox has been a practicing attorney with several New York law firms, and served as deputy corporation counsel for the City of Port Jervis. He also is a former vice president and section chair of the New York State Bar Association, a member of its House of Delegates, and a former member of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates.

The goal of the IROC program is to provide a forum for Mount faculty, staff and students to showcase their research endeavors with the college and the local community in a manner easily understood by all who attend.

Michael Randall

How much wood would a whistle-pig chuck?

There are a lot of monthly reports given during the Chester Town Board meetings.

One of the more interesting and entertaining ones, Supervisor Robert Valentine noted at the regular Sept. 11 meeting, is the monthly animal-control report. And this month’s report did not disappoint: Among the usual loose-dog and bat-removal calls was a call for “a whistle-pig in a building.” Whistle-pig? “If someone could Google that, we’d appreciate it,” Valentine chuckled at the meeting.

As unusual as it sounds, though, whistle-pig is just another name for a native woodchuck.

Jane Anderson