Around the Valley: Orange County

Posted 5/16/24

Protect Yourself Against Tick-Borne Diseases As May marks national Lyme disease awareness month, Pine Bush Library Community Center is gearing up to equip residents with essential knowledge to combat …

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Around the Valley: Orange County


Protect Yourself Against Tick-Borne Diseases
As May marks national Lyme disease awareness month, Pine Bush Library Community Center is gearing up to equip residents with essential knowledge to combat tick-borne diseases.
On Wednesday, May 15, at 6 p.m., community members are invited to attend an informative session on ticks and tick-borne diseases at the Pine Bush Library Community Center, located at 227 Maple Ave.
Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the various types of ticks prevalent in the area, the diseases they carry, common habitats, and crucial precautions to minimize direct contact. Expert guidance will be provided on proper attire for outdoor activities and how to conduct thorough tick checks.
Additionally, Cornell Cooperative Extension will offer “Tick Kits” for an optional purchase of $10. These convenient clip-on pouches contain all necessary tools for safe tick removal or to send an embedded tick for disease screening.

Space is limited, and advance registration is recommended. To secure your spot, please call 845-744-4265 ext. 2.

Maybrook Fire Department to host Open House and Touch-A-Truck

The Maybrook Fire Department announces its upcoming Open House and Touch-A-Truck event on May 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 204 Wallace Avenue, Maybrook.
This family-friendly event promises a day filled with excitement and education, featuring activities for all ages:
• Live Demo: Witness a thrilling live demonstration at 3 p.m., showcasing the skill and expertise of the Maybrook Fire Department.

• Kids Activities: Enjoy a variety of engaging activities tailored for children, ensuring a fun and memorable experience for the whole family.
• Gear Try On: Get an up-close look at firefighting gear and have the opportunity to try it on, experiencing firsthand the equipment used by firefighters.
• Smoke Trailer: Learn about fire safety in a hands-on way with the smoke trailer, designed to simulate real-life fire conditions and teach valuable safety techniques.
• Games and More: Delight in games, entertainment, and other surprises throughout the day, making it an event not to be missed.

BSA Troop 33 Hosts Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on May 18

Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 33 is gearing up for a delectable evening as they host a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Saturday, May 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the First Reformed Church located at 20 Scofield Street, Walden.
For just $10 per person, attendees will be treated to a savory meal of spaghetti and meatballs, salad, breadsticks and dessert, all while supporting a worthy cause. Tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event.
Children aged 6 years and younger can enjoy the dinner free of charge, making this a family-friendly affair. In addition to the culinary delights, the evening promises excitement with a raffle and a 50/50 draw, offering attendees the chance to win fantastic prizes. It’s worth noting that participants need not be present to claim their winnings, adding an extra element of anticipation to the event.
This fundraiser, organized by the dedicated parents and friends of Troop 33, aims to generate essential funds to support the troop’s various activities and initiatives, ensuring that the Scouts continue to thrive and serve their community.

Pine Bush Library offers Point Insurance Reduction Class

Motorists in Pine Bush and surrounding areas are encouraged to register for the Point Insurance Reduction Class offered by Pine Bush Library Community Center.
Participants stand to benefit from significant savings on vehicle insurance premiums and potential reductions in driving record points. By completing the course, drivers can save 10% on their vehicle liability, collision, and personal injury protection (PIP) insurance premiums for THREE YEARS. Additionally, they may qualify to reduce up to FOUR POINTS on their driving records.
The class will commence promptly on May 18, from 9 am to 3 pm at Pine Bush Library Community Center located at 227 Maple Ave. Registration is preferred and can be completed by contacting the Pine Bush Library at (845) 744-4265 ext. 2 or Michael Sweeting at (845) 407-1378 or (845) 920-0120.
The registration fees are as follows:
• Seniors 60+: $30 (Cash)
• Adults 18-59: $40 (Cash)
The Point Insurance Reduction Class is sponsored by American Safety Inc. #028 and delivered by DigitalDefensiveDriving.Com. #189.
For more information, contact: Pine Bush Library Community Center, 227 Maple Avenue, (845) 744-3375.

MPB Mass to honor 1st Responders
The Most Precious Blood Church in Walden will be the site of a special Mass on Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m., dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of all police, fire, corrections, EMS, and military personnel. Located at 42 Walnut Street, Walden, this event extends an open invitation to all individuals who have served in any capacity within these esteemed professions, whether active duty or retired.

The Mass, open to individuals of all faiths, offers an opportunity for the community to come together and pay tribute to the brave men and women who have dedicated their lives to protecting and serving others. The celebrant of this distinguished Mass will be Fr. Tom Colucci, a retired Captain from the FDNY, adding a personal touch to the ceremony.
Following the Mass, a luncheon will be served at the Fr. Sullivan Hall within the church premises.
This event is proudly sponsored by Eugene Kelly CWV Post 1937, Msgr. James Conlan K of C Council 5329, and the Most Precious Blood Council 9254l.
For any inquiries or further information, interested individuals are encouraged to contact Ray Perry at or call 845-820-6159, or reach out to Jim Gill at 845-361-2339.

Blood Drive set for Montgomery

The New York Blood Center is set to hold a blood drive in Montgomery on Wednesday, May 22.
The event, hosted by the Montgomery Fire Department and the Valley Central Teachers’ Association, will take place from 1:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Montgomery Fire Department located at 136 Ward Street (Route 17K). Donors will have the opportunity to choose between a Turkish towel or a mini Bluetooth speaker as a token of appreciation.
Appointments can be made by calling 1-800-933-2566. For further inquiries, please contact Bob at 845-238-9177.