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Count shows 50-80 homeless in Newburgh

The City of Newburgh recently participated in the annual Point-In-Time Count under the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. A Feb. 8 presentation to a City Council work session …

Town board to reintroduce ridgeline, cannabis, regs

The Marlboro ridgeline continues to dominate the Town Board agenda – but with a new twist. At its meeting and public hearing on Monday, February 12, the Marlborough Town Board announced that a …

Water protection sought

Members of Montgomery’s Conservation Advisory Committee appeared at the town’s February 6 board meeting to inform the board about the Drinking Water Source Protection, a New York State …

Town eyes a second cannabis dispensary

A project known as “Green Leaf - Cannabis Dispensary” made an initial appearance on Thursday, Feb. 15 to the Town of Newburgh Planning Board. The project, submitted as a special use …

Treasurer selection breeds discontent

Trustee Becky Pearson, during the Village of Walden’s February 6 meeting, expressed disappointment over the current search for a new village treasurer and requested that the entire board be …

Highland holds 2nd budget discussion

Last week Highland’s Business Administrator, Lindsay Eidel, gave a presentation to the school board on State Aid and Revenues for a projected $53.9 million budget for the 2024-25 school …

106th home dedicated, longtime volunteer honored

Women Build members and friends of Celeste Bloomer honor her life and work in the City of Newburgh as part of Celeste Bloomer Remembrance Day.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh celebrated its 106th home completion on Saturday, Feb. 17 while also celebrating Celeste Bloomer Remembrance Day. This day was dedicated to the memory and …

New vintage shop opens in Montgomery

Chris Bennington and the vendors standing at the entrance of Bennington’s Antiques.

Vintage collectors across Montgomery rejoiced on February 10, when Bennington’s Antiques, a new store located on 40 Railroad Avenue in the Village of Montgomery, hosted its grand opening and …

Marlboro celebrates student art winners

Marlboro honored their Scholastic Student Artists. Pictured L-R: Supt. Michael Rydell, Board President Frank Milazzo, Principal Ryan Lawler, students Sophia Montalbano, Eamons Menkins, Sarah Masterson, Evan Wheatley, Gwyneth Benninger, board member Patricia Benninger, High School Asst. Principal Anishbell Brennen, and Teachers Amy Tremblay and Rachael Burroughs.

The Marlboro School District recognized the Scholastic Student Art Awards at last week’s school board meeting. Superintendent Michael Rydell began by pointing out that, “in our …

Local News

DA announces contractor fraud arrest

Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that Gary Maldonado, 42, of New Windsor, was arrested by the multi-agency Orange County White Collar Crime Task Force and charged with Grand …

Three local soldiers of the USCI meet their fate in New Orleans: 1864

One hundred and sixty years ago, December 1863, three young men from the Montgomery area went off to war. Charles Dubois aged 27 from Shawangunk, George Moran aged 28 from Montgomery, and his brother …

Local News

Gardiner to use ARPA funds for park upgrade

The Port Jervis Pump Track.

On Tuesday, Feb. 6, the Gardiner Town Board approved the resolution for the Ulster County American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant to be used for renovations of Majestic Park, located at 40 Murphy Lane. …

Marlboro High School establishes Leo Club

Standing (l. – r.) High School Principal Ryan Lawler, Lion Stuart Wizwer- PDG, Youth Opportunities Chairman, Lion District Governor CJ Bulnes, Supt. Michael Rydell, Lions Club VP Ed Bozydaj, Lions Club President Jerry Wein, Leo Luca Benanti, Leo Robert Jackson, Leo Mia Santos-Batista, Leo Eli Williams, Lions Secretary Frank Cafarchio, Leo Emma Bogaczyk, Leo Brisa Valerio, Lions Vice District Governor Stephen Jennison, School Board President Frank Milazzo.
Sitting L-R: Leo Club Treasurer Brady Felker, Leo Club VP Jake Brown, Leo Club President Victoria Ciaglia, Leo Club Secretary Jason Oheto and Leo Club Advisor Kristen Becker.
Not pictured: Emma Stoebling and Emily Tarsio.

Recently a ‘Leo Lions Club’ was established at the Marlboro High School with support from Superintendent Michael Rydell, Principal Ryan Lawler, the school Administration, School Board …

Briefs
Cornwall Fire Department responded to reports of a vehicle off the roadway on the northbound Thruway on Friday afternoon. Upon arrival, emergency personnel discovered the vehicle positioned on top of …
WVLT hosts rail trail walk The Wallkill Valley Land Trust welcomes you to join a walk all about The Shape of Trees with Dr. William Schuster, Saturday February 24, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  …
Maybrook VFW presents Friday Nite Live The Maybrook Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) announces the return of “Friday Nite Live,” an evening filled with live music, camaraderie, and support …
School News

PB swimmers capture Section 9 title

The Pine Bush Bushmen pose with the Section 9 championship plaque after winning the Section 9 boys’ swimming and diving championship meet at Valley Central High School in Montgomery.

The Pine Bush Bushmen planned it from the first day of the season. If they won the Section 9 championship, they would tackle coach Kevin Blackwell into the pool. The championship was won, …

Vikings capture 3rd gymnastics title

The Valley Central Vikings pose with the championship plaque after winning their third straight Section 9 gymnastics championship on Feb. 12 at Epik Athletics in Middletown.

Reilly Benson and her Valley Central Vikings teammates have plenty of new hardware after winning their third straight Section 9 gymnastics championship. Benson won her second straight All-Around …

Goldbacks take second at Section 9 meet

Newburgh’s Jack Mummery swims the 200-yard freestyle during Saturday’s Section 9 boys’ swimming and diving championships at Valley Central High School in Montgomery.

The Newburgh Free Academy Goldbacks and the Pine Bush Bushmen were jockeying for the top spot for the entire meet. In the end, the Goldbacks tasted disappointment, even though they won the final …

Newburgh wrestlers seek a state title

Newburgh Free Academy’s Section 9 Division I wrestling champions, from left, Cooper Merli (108), William Soto (101) and Matt Mercado (131) are shown. Merli will attend his third state tournament, while Soto will go for his second. Mercado and, not pictured, Jordan Busby (116) and Christopher Leggett (215) also will attend the state meet, starting Friday at the MVP Arena in Albany.

Cooper Merli’s name will be forever etched in the Newburgh Free Academy wrestling record book when, last year, he became the Goldbacks’ first state champion in over a half-century. …

Many of Newburgh Free Academy’s divers bowed out of the sport when life circumstances cost them their previous diving coach, and he wasn’t available. Not Akhiir McNeil. The …
The Marlboro boys’ and girls’ teams have existed for three years, and they’ve won the Section 9 Division II championship twice. The Marlboro boys’ team finished with a …
Montgomery

Sunday morning accident

Montgomery Firefighters responded to a one-car accident on River Road, Sunday, February 18. One person was transported to a hospital by Town of Montgomery Ambulance Corps.

3 pinned in two-car MVA

Montgomery firefighters responded to a two-car motor vehicle accident on Saturday, with one vehicle overturned at 17K/Montgomery Heights Road. Three people were pinned between the two vehicles. …

Highland

Lady Dukes honor lone senior with a win

Highland’s Hannah Polumbo goes up for a shot as Highland’s Ciara Teamer defends during Friday’s non-league girls’ basketball game at Marlboro High School.

Hannah Polumbo has seen a lot of Senior Nights, and Friday night was her turn. The Marlboro Dukes honored Polumbo, their only senior, before their 60-42 non-league win over the Highland Huskies …

Three local wrestlers win Division 2 titles

Marlboro’s Reese Greathouse works on top of Rondout Valley’s Nick Laskowski during a 131-pound championship bout at Sunday’s Section 9 Division II wrestling tournament at Franklin D. Roosevelt High School in Hyde Park.

Bradley Gatto wanted to be a Section 9 Division 2 champion just like his older brother Chris. He fell short last year when he lost in the finals but got through this year when he defeated Port …