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Schumer rips area utilities over power outages

With over 400,000 New Yorkers still without power three days after Tropical Storm Isaias ripped through the state, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer Friday made a personal call to the Chief Executive …
Daycare center reports 7 positive COVID-19 cases On Monday, statements from Town Supervisor Brian Maher and Heather’s Child’s Place were posted to the Town of Montgomery Facebook page confirming seven positive COVID-19 cases at the …
Schools submit re-opening plans School districts in New York submitted their reopening plans to the State Education Department on July 31. The Valley Central, Wallkill Central and Pine Bush Central School Districts have unveiled …
TOMSIP holds 14th annual Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony The Town of Montgomery Seniors Independence Project (TOMSIP) honored Susan Jolly and the Town of Montgomery Community Response Team during a ceremony at town hall last Wednesday evening. This …
Valley Central grads break the mold The Valley Central High School Class of 2020 broke the mold, as they were the first class to have a virtual graduation ceremony on Aug. 1. Due to COVID-19, the original graduation ceremony scheduled …

Valley Central Class of 2020 turns the tassel

Valley Central High School’s Class of 2020 broke the mold of graduation as they are the first class to have a virtual graduation ceremony. Due to COVID-19, the original graduation ceremony …

Crawford’s Garden of Hope is open

Visitors to the Crawford Town Park’s north playing field may not be familiar with the story behind the beautiful garden in the north playing field with the tiled wall and pink ribbon walkway …

Catholic schools plan for in-classroom return

Reopening plans have been announced for the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York. This includes Most Precious Blood in Walden. Since April, the Catholic Schools Reopening Council has …

DA’s report highlights ongoing investigations

Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler, on Friday, July 31, announced the release of the District Attorney’s Office 2019 Annual Report. The Report outlines the structure of the …

700 Summer School learning kits created, packed and delivered

In just a few very busy weeks, about 45 teachers, therapists, and counselors created summer school kits for the 700 children that are now participating in Orange-Ulster BOCES Special Education …
Briefs

Ragni is officer-in-charge of the Town of Montgomery PD

Town of Montgomery Police Investigator Steve Ragni has been named officer in charge while the town looks to hire a permanent chief of police. Ragni’s temporary position began on Aug. 1. The …
OCVFA Parade is canceled
The Orange County Volunteer Firemen’s Association announces that our annual Convention and Parade scheduled for September 26th in Montgomery has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and …
PB Library plans activities
The Pine Bush Area Library is holding outside activities to get away from the screen for a while. One program is “Search For The Fairies”. Located around the library grounds are hidden …
Local News

Pine Bush announces tentative back-to-school plan

Students in grades K-8 will be in the classroom every other school day, while high school students will continue to receive virtual instruction in the upcoming semester, according to a plan announced …

Valley Central recognized as a School of Distinction by NYSPHSAA

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association, Inc. (NYSPHSAA) has announced its 2019-20 Scholar-Athlete School of Distinction and School of Excellence Award winners, and Valley Central …

PB to host virtual high school graduation on July 31

Pine Bush High School will host a virtual graduation for its Class of 2020 on Friday at 7 p.m.Tim O. Mains, Pine Bush superintendent, said the district had hoped to be ablate hold an on-field …

Chapel Field plans for in-school re-opening

Chapel Field Christian Schools in Pine Bush have revealed their current plans for the 2020-2021 school year. While the school has only received the preliminary state regulations for reopening school, …

Brescia campaign contribution exceeds legal limit

Steven Brescia, the Republican nominee for NY Senate District 39, accepted an illegal campaign contribution from MFPJJRT Enterprises Inc. for $7,500, which is 50 percent over the legal …

Housing development eyed for Crawford

The July 16 Town of Crawford Board Meeting was held in the Crawford Senior Center to allow for socially distant seating as well as anticipated increase in community attendance due to speculative …

Bill to permit school wards in Orange County passes State Senate

Last Wednesday, Sen. James Skoufis announced that his bill, S.7587, which permits school boards of education in Orange County to opt-into a ward system for school board elections, passed the State …

Hope Not Handcuffs director honored

Senator Jen Metzger (SD-42) this past week presented a New York State Senate Commendation award to Annette Kahrs, President of the Tri-County Community Partnership and Program Director of the Hope …
Arts and Entertainment

Libraries respond to COVID-19

While all libraries in the Mid-Hudson Library System have closed the doors to their facilities in response to the public health crisis of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), most through the end of the month, all are still actively serving their communities thanks to well-developed digital collections and innovative approaches to delivering programs and services online and in non-traditional ways.

Paper Works opens at Kaplan Hall

Life presents many challenges and opportunities which lead to new interests and conceptualizations. With each new timeframe of life, visual artists may approach ideas and express themselves through …

GNSO changes venue for Saturday concert

The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra (GNSO) has changed the site of its March 14 concert to the Motorcyclepedia Museum in Newburgh from Aquinas Hall on the Mount Saint Mary College campus. The concert will take place at 7:30, as originally scheduled, at the Museum located at 250 Lake Street.