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(pic) The town of New Paltz in partnership with the State University of New York at New Paltz, the Alliance of Churches and many volunteers joined together to collect donated items left by SUNY students at the end of the college semester for the Great Community Giveaway.
The collection took place from May 10 through May 16, yielding almost seven tons of clothing, household items and non perishable food. Volunteers continued working through May 19 by sorting through everything that was collected and fulfilling the list for 10 local not for profits that provide clothing and food to those in need at no charge. Nearly 1,700 pounds was donated.
All of the remaining items were taken to the United Methodist Church in New Paltz. There, volunteers organized shoes, coats, plastic drawers, lamps, rugs, pillows, clothes, etc. on tables under tents for the public to take at no cost. By the end of the event on May 21, four bags of clothes, two boxes of shoes and a bag of garbage was left. The remaining material was picked up by a textile recycling company.
The event was well attended, with more than 100 people searching through free items.
Recycling Coordinator Laura Petit said in a press release, program diverts usable items away from landfills and provides countless households with needed things. The Repair Caf and The Town of New Paltz ReUse and Recycling programs were both recognized this year by the EPA for Environmental Excellence.
Kingston Lions Club recently hosted its installation dinner for new officers for 2016 17.
Sworn in were John F. Martino, president,
G. Thomas Keehn and Doris Dabney, vice presidents; and Walter C. Maxwell, vice president.
Treasurer Laurie Kelley will serve another term. Elected to the board of directors were Daniel Terpening, Dolores Fredericks, Hildy Meissner and Laurence Maxwell. District Governor William Shembeda from the Middletown Lions Club installed the officers and directors.
During the last year, the club and its foundation donated more than $7,884 to area organizations. President Martino urged members to work hard so the Lions Club can continue to help those who need the support in our community.
More than $40,000 was raised at the 37th Annual Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation Golf Classic. The 18 hole, four person team scramble began with a shotgun start. The players were treated to breakfast, lunch and dinner. Special activities included an organic beer tasting, an awards ceremony, raffles, a ring toss and a putting contest.
The top scoring men and women teams were: Dr. Michael Moses, Dr. Scott Kahn, David Kabat and Jason Balonick, along with Kelly Mosher, Sharon Maurer,
Rita Perkins and Elaina Aierstok.
Red Hook Rotary Club was honored by Rotary International for outstanding service to the community during the year.
Red Hook was one of only three clubs of the 59 Rotary clubs in the Hudson Valley to earn a Presidential Citation.