The National Temple Hill Association will hold its annual dinner Sunday, March 15, at Munger Cottage in Cornwall.
The dinner benefits the work of the association, which helps to preserve the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site, where members of the Continental Army made their camp during the final winter of the Revolutionary War in 1782-83.
The program will begin with second horse punch at 2 p.m., followed by the dinner at 2:30 p.m.
This year's guest speaker will be food historian Sarah Wassberg Johnson, whose presentation will be entitled, “The Food That Built America.”
The talk will chronicle the role of food rationing in the First World War, and will be illustrated with historic photos and propaganda posters.
Those attending will learn about U.S. Food Administrator (and future president) Herbert Hoover, community canneries, and the role of propaganda and peer pressure in enforcing voluntary rationing.
The cost is $20 per person, which includes the dinner and presentation. To make a reservation, call 417-3317, or mail a check made payable to the National Temple Hill Association, P.O. Box 315, Vails Gate, N.Y. 12584.
Washingtonville to host scholarship run
WASHINGTONVILLE – Community members of all ages are invited to participate in the 27th Annual Washingtonville Scholarship 5K Run at Washingtonville High School, 54 West Main St., on Saturday, March 28, at 10 a.m.
In addition to the 5K Run, there will be a 5K Walk and a 5K “Wog” (Walk/Jog) beginning two minutes after the run. The Annual Kid's Run, which is open to toddler-aged runners through grade 5 runners, starts at 11 a.m. on the high school track (distances will vary). Other activities will include raffles sponsored by Taft Elementary School's PTA, and a pasta luncheon hosted by the WHS Student Coalition. The pasta luncheon is free for all race participants. If non-participants wish to purchase a pasta lunch, the cost is $5 per person.
The entry fee for the 5K is $25 before March 13, $28 after March 13 and $30 the day of the race. For the Kid's Race, registration is $5 prior to the event and $7 on race day. T-shirts will be given to all participants in the 5K Run, Walk, and “Wog” who pre-register by March 13. To pre-register, please visit https://bit.ly/37fhWxh.
All proceeds from the day go to the Washingtonville Scholarship Run Exemplary Student Scholarships. Last year, fifteen $500 scholarships were given to graduating seniors.
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Judge dismisses free-speech suit against Skoufis
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against state Sen. James Skoufis, D-Cornwall, for blocking Facebook comments by a Monroe resident who had posted critical remarks on the senator's page.
The free-speech case was brought a year ago by Eli Wagschal, an attorney whose father has led an effort to create a 1.9-square-mile village in northern Monroe. Wagschal was blocked after he condemned anti-Hasidic remarks that Facebook readers had posted in response to an article about the proposed village in 2018, when Skoufis was running for Senate.
In her March 2 ruling, District Court Judge Colleen McMahon found that blocking Wagshal violated no law and that his claims were moot anyway because he already had been un-blocked on Facebook.
The proposal to form the Village of Seven Springs in Monroe is still pending but on hold, awaiting an appeals-court ruling about the validity of the petition Wagschal's father submitted.
Sullivan County recognized for financial reporting
The Sullivan County Treasurer's office was presented with the Financial Reporting Achievement Award by the Government Finance Officers Association.
This was the 29th consecutive year that the office earned that award.
The treasurer's office also received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the GFOA.
The award was based on an impartial panel of judges determining that the county's 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report met the GFOA's high standards, including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” in communicating financial details and motivating people to read it.
County Treasurer Nancy Buck said the repeated past wins are “never a guarantee that we'll win it again.”
“There is a significant amount of daily work that county staff are required to perform and a professional financial management process that culminates in this annual achievement,” Buck said. “So it's a testament to the diligence of my staff, to whom I am deeply grateful. They make it a pleasure to come to this office – not just for myself but for the public.”
The GFOA is a nonprofit association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals. It has offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C.
Newburgh fire department looking to restock hiring list
CITY OF NEWBURGH - A state firefighter exam will be offered in the City of Newburgh on April 25.
There are not necessarily any new positions to fill, but the city fire department needs to replenish its preference list for when jobs eventually come open or are created, said fire Chief Bill Horton.
Three retirements, a promotion and a resignation within the department has led to five of 14 firefighters laid off in January returning to the fire department, Horton said.
Six of the other laid-off firefighters found new jobs, leaving the city fire department with just three people to call on for openings.
Horton said the civil service examination and qualification process is lengthy. Results from those who take the exam in April will not come back until this summer, Horton said, and then applicants have to go through background checks, physical tests and the fire academy, which can take several months to complete.
“We're running barely enough guys now, and if we were to run short, it would jeopardize firefighters and the city, as a whole,” Horton said.