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48th Annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil, Jewelry Show & Sale

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48th Annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil, Jewelry Show & Sale
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Sept 16 & 17, 2017
Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 10am-4pm

Gold’s Gym & Family Sports Center – 258 Titusville Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Admission: $5.00 – Seniors $4.00 – Students $2.00 – Children under 12 Free with Adult

Sponsored by the Mid-Hudson Valley Gem & Mineral Society, Inc.
www.mhvgms.org

Contact: Carolyn Reynard 845-471-1224 Email: sunstone33@verizon.net

Show Theme: ‘Garnet the Gemstone!’
6 Free Rocks for Kids at “Glitter Mountain”
Scavenger Hunt for MHV High School Students
25+ Dealers showing, selling and demonstrating all sorts of gems, minerals, fossils, meteorites & jewelry
Did you know some rocks even fluoresce under black light???? Lapidary-jewelry making demos
Mineral Displays by: Vassar Geology Museum and MidHudson Valley Gem & Mineral Society Members

August 3, 2017 |

Mid Hudson Adirondack Mountain Club Outings Schedule

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MHADK OUTINGS SCHEDULE FALL 2017 – September, October and November
(If changes/additions to these hikes occur, they will be found on the website www.MidHudsonADK.org )

MID-WEEK HIKES – The leaders offer hikes of varying difficulty to different areas of the Mid-Hudson Valley. Hikes may be followed by a stop for refreshments. Leaders: Ginny Fauci, gefauci@gmail.com 845-399-2170 or Lalita Malik, Lalitamalik@aol.com (845) 592-0204. They will be held every Thursday, weather permitting.

EVENING PADDLES – Through mid-October. Leader:  Dave Webber, webberd1@yahoo.com , 845-242-9905.  Paddling on the Hudson River at spots between Beacon and Norrie Point.  On the water at 5:30pm and paddling for 1.5 to 2 hours.  Often a refreshment stop after.   For the Hudson River you need a boat at least 13.5′ long kayak with front and rear bulkheads.

MID-WEEK PADDLES – Through mid-October. Leader: Glenda Schwarze schwar582@aol.com. or 845-266-5203 She will lead quiet water 2 hour paddles with beach put-ins. They will be held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month ending mid-October.

HARRIMAN DOG-FRIENDLY HIKES – Susan Sterngold and her dogs lead hikes every day in Harriman. Dogs will be on all the hikes and you’re welcome to bring yours. Hikes are scheduled a few days ahead of time.

Fri, Sept 1 – Mon, Sept 4 (Labor Day Weekend)  Paddling/Camping up the Jordan River (Adirondacks) south of Potsdam, NY
Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or OutdoorsRuss@gmail.com
We’ll launch onto the Carey Falls Reservoir, with its wide sandy beaches, then go up the Jordan River to basecamp.  On Sunday, we’ll explore the upper reaches of the river in empty boats.  This is a wild & remote area in the NW Adirondacks offering the ultimate in solitude.  The portage is cart friendly.  Carts available for rent in Tupper Lake.  Late Fri. afternoon arrival, but you could catch up with us Sat. morning.  Contact leader to register by August 25th.

Sat, Sept 9 – Peekskill, NY (Annsville Creek Paddlesport Center) Experienced
Leader: Mark Tatro, mark1126@me.com or 845-987-0306
We will paddle from the Annsville Creek Paddlesport Center launch docks to the Bear Mountain Bridge and pull in at the Popolopen shoreline to relax and have lunch before returning.  Bring water, snacks, and lunch and dress for the weather. Meet at launch at 9 am.  Confirm with leader. For the Hudson River you need a boat at least 13.5′ long kayak with front and rear bulkheads.

Sun, Sept 10 – Easy Sunday family friendly morning hike/walk at Bear Mountain Approx 3.5 hours and a total of 5 miles.
Leader: Christopher Cring Christopher.cring@gmail.com 845 249 5305
We will start from the Visitor Center at Fort Montgomery at 9:30 am and walk over the  Popolopen Creek suspension foot bridge that connects to the old Fort Clinton grounds. The trail connects to the actual starting point of the famous Appalachian Trail at the Western side of the Bear Mountain Bridge.
We will follow the AT trail across the Bear Mt bridge and through the Zoo and up to the Lodge. We will stop at the lake picnic tables for snacks/lunch. We will then walk around Hession Lake and return back to Ft Montgomery. (We may see AT thru hikers so as “trail angels” a spare orange is usually appreciated). Please confirm with leader.

Wed, Sept 13 –Thurs, Sept 14 – Kayaking/Camping/Hiking at Lake Taghkonic State Park, Ancram,NY 
Leader: Glenda Schwarze  schwar582@aol.com  or 845-266-5203
Wednesday kayak on Lake Taghkonic, Thursday kayaking on Kinderhook Lake, Niverville, NY.  
Beginners are welcome, any type kayak or canoe is fine. Contact leader for additional information.

Sat., Sept. 16 – Sun., Sept. 17    So. Taconic Mountains Backpack  @ 23 mi.  Experienced
Russ Faller  845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or outdoorsruss@gmail.com
We’ll backpack both ridges of the So. Taconics from Catamount Mtn. to Lions Head.  We’ll stop at many fabulous viewpoints, view one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the area, climb the highest mountain in Connecticut and summit 6 other mountains.  This is a 2-night trip.  We’ll sleep on the summit of Catamount Mtn. with a knock-you-dead view on Friday and at a pristine spot next to a gurgling brook on Saturday.  The camping will be primitive.  Arrival in Millerton, NY, on Friday evening is required.  Register with leader by Friday, Sept. 8th.
Sat, Sept 16 – Spring Farm Rambles 5-6 miles Joint with Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz
Leader: Ginny Fauci gefauci@gmail.com or 845-399-2170
We will meet at Spring Farm parking lot at 9:30 AM and hike to Table Rocks, Bonticou Crag and over Guyot Hill. Bring water, snacks, lunch and dress for the weather. Free for Mohonk members or $15 day pass which can be applied towards a membership. Confirm with leader.

Sat, Sept 16 – Meandering among the Mansions of the Historic Millionaires, Joint with the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct, Irvington, NY. 3 miles.
Leader:  John Ragusa 917-692-1159 or john.ragusa@bynmellon.com
We will meet at Irvington’s Village Hall. We will then walk north on the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail (which intersects with Main Street in Irvington) to Lyndhurst and admire architectural landmarks, including the skeletal remains of a Lord & Burnham conservatory, and Hudson River views, while learning the history of the Old Croton Aqueduct. Along the way, we will discuss the history of the mansions lining that portion of the Trail. We will continue walking north on the Aqueduct to Tarrytown (and if time permits, enjoy coffee and dessert at a local eatery) and take the Metro-North train back to Beacon and Poughkeepsie.
Directions: We will take the 8:50 am Metro-North train from Poughkeepsie (9:08 am from Beacon) to the Irvington train station (we will need to change at Tarrytown for the local to Irvington). Confirm with leader.

Sun, Sept 17: Twin Mountain 6.02 miles Difficult hike near Elka Park, NY
Leader: Dana Bennet, dana.f.bennet@mail.com or 914-715-3876
A challenging Devil’s Path hike done at a moderate pace. Some scrambling is involved but the views make it all worthwhile. Contact leader for meeting time and place.

Sat, Sept 23 – A Harriman circular  8 miles Moderate Hike.  Joint with Mohonk Preserve.
Leader: Marty Carp  martymcarp@gmail.com    cell  845-303-3764 home 845-255-0531
We will hike to a scenic lunch spot suitable for the day and pay tribute to one of our great hike leaders of the past. Bring water, snacks, lunch, proper footwear, and dress for the weather. Meet 9 AM in the parking area where the RD trail intersects Route 106. Confirm with leader.

Sun, Sept 24 –Rockefeller State Park Preserve, 125 Phelps Way (Rt. 117), Pleasantville, NY. Moderate 3-4 mile hike.  Leader: John Ragusa 917-692-1159 or john.ragusa@bnymellon.com
The Preserve is an idyllic spot for strolling, jogging, horseback riding, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. With 180 recorded species of birds and its IBA (Important Bird Area) designation by the National Audubon Society. The most notable feature of the Preserve is the system of carriage roads built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. Designed to complement the landscape, the carriage roads, many of which are accessible, allow visitors to experience and enjoy the natural wonders of the area. These scenic paths wind through wetlands, woodlands, meadows, and fields and past streams, rivers, and lakes while traversing wood and stone bridges.
Meet 11 am at the Visitors Parking Lot.  There is a $6 fee for parking.  Carpooling is recommended.  Bring a picnic lunch.  Confirm with leader and if you want to carpool.  I have room for 4 others.  Directions: Take Rt. 9 South towards Tarrytown. After Briarcliff Manor, Route 9 will turn into a 4 lane road. Look for signs for Rt. 117 towards Pleasantville and make a left onto Rt. 117. Go about 2 miles. The park entrance will be on the right.
Fri, Sept 29 – Hike and Clip on trails at Mills-Norrie State Park. Easy Walking.
Leader: Georgette Weir, georgette.weir@gmail.com; 845-462-0142.
Easy walking, 2-4ish miles, depending on how much clipping we do. Great trail right along the Hudson River and other short trails for a loop hike. Bring clippers if you have them (leader has a couple to share) and your enthusiasm for trails. Trail maintenance training offered along the way as (if) needed. Come out and get a taste of what it takes to maintain a trail.

Sat, Sept 30 – Paddle the Hudson River from Quiet Cove 6-8 miles, Level: advanced Poughkeepsie, NY
Leader: Russ Faller, outdoorsruss@gmail.com or 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM)
We’ll launch from Quiet Cove Park, in Poughkeepsie, and paddle south, with the ebb tide, for @6-8 mi. RT.  We’ll paddle under the Walkway Over the Hudson and past Kaal Rock.  Optional stop at the Ice House at Waryas Park for refreshments.  But pack lunch and water just in case.  We may cross the river.  We may have to buck the tide on the way back.  Paddlers should have experience on the Hudson River or other “big water”.  Kayaks must be a minimum of 13.5 ft. long & with dual bulkheads or bow & stern flotation bags.  Canoes welcome. Meet in Quiet Cove parking lot at 9 AM.  Quiet Cove is located on Rt. 9, north of the City of Poughkeepsie and across from the former Hudson River Psychiatric Center. Please confirm participation with the leader or he will not show.

Sun, Oct 1 – Fishkill NY Ridge Difficult Hike, Approx 6 miles
Leader: Louis Ruidisch home (845) 896-9332   cell (845) 453-0871 ruidisch3@gmail.com
This hike will reward participants with a challenging uphill climb and numerous scenic vistas of the Hudson Valley below. We may even see rattle snakes. Bring your camera, lunch and 2 quarts water. Confirm with leader for meeting place and time. No dogs, please.

Tues, Oct 3: – Thompson Pond (2-3 mile loop, Moderate hike) Pine Plains, NY
Leaders: Jennifer and David Anderson, djanderson@fairpoint.net or 518 398-5320 before 9 PM
Join us in the morning for an easy hike around Thompson Pond situated at the base of Stissing Mountain. It is a unique 75-acre glacial pond protected by the Nature Conservancy and headwaters for Wappinger Creek. The loop trail we will take passes through woodland and winds through a beautiful bog with fern and sedge along a series of newly replaced boardwalks. Bring water, plus lunch or a snack. Hiking boots are advised. Hiking poles and binoculars may also be useful. For meeting time and directions, please contact the leaders by Sunday evening, October 1 before 9 PM. Dogs not permitted at the Thompson Pond Preserve.

Sat, Oct 7-9 (Columbus Day Weekend) – Old Loggers Path near Ralston, PA. Backpack (27.5 miles, Moderate Pace)
Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or outdoorsruss@gmail.com
The Old Loggers Path is one of Pennsylvania’s premier loop trails.  It showcases some of the state’s most scenic areas.  You’ll enjoy sweeping vistas, beautiful waterfalls, scenic streams and cascades and rock outcrops.  Much of the hiking will be on abandoned, historic logging roads.  But there will be some steep ascents & descents, too.  Meet in PA at 11:30 AM on Saturday, 10/7.  Register with leader no later than Sept. 30th.

Sat, Oct 7 – Cold Spring Foundry Dock Park Moderate Paddle
Leader: Mark Tatro, mark1126@me.com or 845-987-0306
We will paddle from Cold Spring a few miles north to a nice sandy beach where we can relax and have lunch before returning.  Bring water, snacks, and lunch and dress for the weather.
Meet at launch at 9 am.  Confirm with leader. Kayaks must be a minimum of 13.5 ft. long & with dual bulkheads or bow & stern flotation bags.

Fri, Oct 13 – Catskill Hike to Overlook Mountain summit and fire tower from Platt Clove, with possible excursion to Echo Lake on return. Near Woodstock NY. Moderate 10 miles roundtrip to summit.
Leader: Georgette Weir georgette.weir@gmail.com and, maybe, Jean-Claude Fouere.
A surprisingly easy and very beautiful walk to the summit, passing interesting quarry sites along the way. Contact Georgette for meet time and place.

Sun, Oct 15 – Burger Hill and Ferncliff Forest in Rhinebeck Easy Hike
Leader:  David Kaplan phone til 10 pm 845-876-4642
Come out at 10 am to Burger Hill, on Rte 9G in Rhinebeck, for a short uphill walk and a spectacular view to the Catskills with a bas relief map for identifying the mountains..  We’ll linger for less than an hour and then drive a few miles to Ferncliff Forest in Rhinebeck Village.  Bring a light lunch to eat in the parking lot. We’ll walk the trails and climb the fire tower for additional views of the autumn scene. Heavy rain cancels.  Register by Oct 12.

Sat, Oct 21 – Mianus River Gorge   Easy Hike up to 5 miles in Bedford, NY
Leader: Sayi Nulu, sayinulu@yahoo.com , 845-264-227.
We’re losing our hemlocks, so come see this hemlock ravine (always shady) in Westchester County.  Many of the trees, hundreds of years old, have been lost. The trails are wide, soft, and up and down.  Meet at the trailhead at 11 AM.  http://www.mianus.org/visit- the-preserve/. Please notify the leader no later than Oct 19th if you plan to attend. Carpools can be arranged if you contact Sayi Nulu. No dogs. Mostly no picnicking. Please bring your sturdy shoes and poles (some places you may need to use them).

Sat, Oct 21 – Mohonk scrambles 9 miles Difficult Hike Joint with Mohonk Preserve in New Paltz
Leader: Marty Carp  martymcarp@gmail.com    cell  845-303-3764 home 845-255-0531
We will hike to a scenic lunch spot and then devour 2 rock scrambles as we head back to our vehicles. Bring water, snacks, lunch, proper footwear, and dress for the weather. Meet at 9 AM in the Spring Farm parking area. Free for Mohonk Preserve members or $15 day pass which can be applied to a season pass. Confirm with leader.

Sun, Oct 22 – Governers Island, NYC   Easy Hike
Leader:  Sue Mackson 845-471-9892  suemackson@gmail.com
This island, in New York Harbor’s Buttermilk Channel, was once a Naval Installation.  It’s now a playground for the city–no car’s, lots of bikes, hammocks for lounging and a spectacular view up the Hudson River and of the many water vehicles in the Harbor.  We get there by free ferry and may return via ferry to Brooklyn and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Wear shoes that cushion your feet from pavement.  Bring picnic lunch. Bring kids–there’s a great playground there. We will leave Poughkeepsie Metro station between 7:30 and 8:00 am. Confirm with leader.

Tues, Oct 24 – Franny Reese walkabout, 3-4 moderate miles, Highland, NY optional additional walk on the Walkway
Leader: Carol Gray outdoorcarol16@gmail.com or 845-471-1168
Meet at Johnson-Iorio Park at 10 am. Contact leader for additional information and to confirm.

Sun, Oct 29 – Huckleberry Point   Easy Hike near Elka Park, NY
Leader:  Sue Mackson   845-471-9892  suemackson@gmail.com
At the height of autumn color we do an easy walk out to a view of the mountains above Plattekill Clove. Mountain upon Mountain. Trail ascends and descends but I go slowly and the total mileage is under 5 miles. Wear hiking boots, layers, and bring lunch/snacks and at least 2 quarts water.  Meet at Thruway park and ride in New Paltz at 9:30 am. Contact leader for other carpool locations.
Sat, Nov 4–5 – Backpack: NE Catskills to Warner Creek on Long Path (17.5 miles, Moderate Pace)
Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or OutdoorsRuss@gmail.com
We’ll hike the Long Path and camp at a most beautiful and pristine spot.  (Sorry, no fires allowed.)  We’ll enjoy the fabulous 360-degree view from Mt. Tremper’s fire tower, as well as, from Plateau Mountain’s lookout.  There are a few steep climbs, but the terrain is generally not demanding.  The pace will be moderate and we’ll linger at the viewpoints.  You can either arrive Friday evening to camp 2 nights or Saturday morning for 1 night.  Register with the leader no later than Oct. 28th.

Sun, Nov 5 – Indianhead 6.16 miles Difficult hike near West Saugerties, NY
Leader: Dana Bennet, dana.f.bennet@gmail.com or 914-715-3876
A very challenging Devil’s Path loop hike done at a moderate pace. A hike for those who like to scramble and don’t mind a bit of exposure. Contact leader for meeting time and place.

Sat, Nov 11 – Annual Veteran’s Day hike to the flag on Fishkill Ridge
Leader: Christopher Cring Christopher.cring@gmail.com 845 249 5305 For additional information contact the leader.

Sun, Nov 12 – Lemon Squeeze to Skytop at Mohonk, approx. 6 miles Difficult Hike in New Paltz
Leader: Louis Ruidisch (845) 896-9332  ruidisch3@gmail.com cell (845)453-0871
This challenging hike offers rock scrambling, crevasses, and ladder climbing as we work our way towards a breathtaking view. We will, then, continue on to Skytop Tower for even more views of the Mountain house and ridge. Bring lunch and 2 quarts water. Confirm with leader for meeting place and time. For those without an annual Mohonk Preserve pass, the day fee is $15.00. No dogs, please.

Sat, Nov 18 – A Harriman NY circular 9 miles Difficult Hike.  Joint with Mohonk Preserve.
Leader: Marty Carp  martymcarp@gmail.com    cell  845-303-3764 home 845-255-0531
We will hike to our lunch spot on the Whales back and return to our vehicles through the Lemon Squeezer. Bring water, snacks, lunch, proper footwear, and dress for the weather. Meet at the Elk Pen parking area in Harriman State Park at 9 AM. Confirm with leader.

Sun, Nov 19 –Arden Point & Glennclyfe    Easy Hike near Garrison
Leader:  Sue Mackson   845-471-9892   suemackson@gmail.com
Hike passes several panoramic views of the Hudson River near Garrison and part of the trail was used by Benedict Arnold. Easy get-out on an autumn day.  Meet at 10:30 am at McDonald’s parking lot south of Route 84–the large plaza on the right to carpool. Bring snack or lunch and water. Under 4 miles total.

August 3, 2017 |

Make Your Own Badge of Military Merit at Washington’s Headquarters

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Come to Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, in Newburgh, on Saturday, August 12th, 11 AM – 5 PM and Sunday, August 13th, 1 PM – 5 PM, and make your own Badge of Military Merit. This special drop-in craft is offered to celebrate the creation of the Continental Army’s first award given to enlisted men. General George Washington created the Badge of Military Merit, August 7th, 1782, during the last days of the Revolutionary War while at his headquarters in Newburgh. When you visit, take a guided tour of the Headquarters and explore the Museum’s exhibits, too.

If you’re visiting on August 12th, there will be a presentation “From Badge of Military Merit To Purple Heart,” at 2:00 PM, explaining about the Badge’s history and detailing the exploits of the Badge’s three recipients.

The craft is included with Museum admission. For more information, call 845-562-1195.

Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site is a registered national historic landmark. It is located at the corner of Liberty and Washington Streets within the city of Newburgh’s East End Historic District. The site is one of 35 historic sites within the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and is one of 28 facilities administered by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission in New York and New Jersey. For further information contact: (845) 562-1195. For more information about New York State Parks, please visit our website at www.nysparks. com. For more information call 845-562-1195 or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/washingtonsheadquarters

Help us save the Tower of Victory! The Palisades Parks Conservancy has completed a capital campaign to raise funds for the restoration of the Tower of Victory at Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site in Newburgh, NY. The Tower of Victory is truly one of the treasures of the Hudson Valley. For 125 years, it has stood as the nation’s only monument to the lasting peace that came after the end of the Revolutionary War. Robert Todd Lincoln, the son of the President and then Secretary of War, commissioned John Hemingway Duncan, one of the nation’s most renowned architects at that time, to design the massive stone arched structure that hosts bronzes sculpted by William Rudolf O’Donovan, the pre-eminent monumental sculptor of the day. It stands on the property where General Washington created the “Badge of Military Merit” now called the Purple Heart medal.

Mail your donation to: Palisades Parks Conservancy, P.O. Box 427, 3006 Seven Lakes Drive, Bear Mountain, NY 10911. Or donate online: www.palisadesparksconservancy.org/donate. Remember to put the Tower of Victory in the subject line so we know you want to be a part of the campaign!

 

August 2, 2017 |

LaGrange TOPSoccer Provides Opportunities to Play Soccer for Children With Special Needs

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Children with special needs playing soccer started in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) in 1978. This was a decade after the Special Olympics was founded yet it was an era when children with special needs playing sports was not as widely accepted as it is today.

Today, many Eastern New York clubs have TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer), a community-based training program for these kids, organized by volunteers.

One of the largest TOPSoccer programs in Eastern New York is run by the LaGrange Soccer Club, a proud member of the East Hudson Youth Soccer League (EHYSL). The program has been around for the past two decades and has seen impressive growth during the last three years under the direction of Andrew Moroney. His son Callan is 10 years old, he was born with Down’s Syndrome and is part of this growing program which gives children with special needs the same opportunity to play soccer as other kids.

Andrew grew up playing in the EHYSL for the East Fishkill Soccer Club, then played for Assumption College in Massachusetts and now coaches 30 kids, from ages 5 to 18, in TOPSoccer every Saturday morning from 10:00 to 11:15 am at Stringham Park during the spring and fall. Helping teach the kids are two different LaGrange travel teams every Saturday who volunteer their time.

“I enjoy being out there with the kids on Saturday mornings,” Coach Moroney said. “Our kids look forward to pairing up with the travel teams who support us each week. It’s very nice to see the smiles and laughs shared between our kids and their helpers.”

Should you live in the LaGrange area and would like to register your child for TOPSoccer this fall, please contact Andrew at 845-489-8684 or amoroney22@verizon.net

Should you not live in southern Dutchess County but want to register your child for TOPSoccer in one of the other EHYSL TOPSoccer programs, please contact the league office at 845-621-0112.

With over 100,000 youth soccer players––both boys and girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with 11 leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Children With Special Needs. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. ENYYSA is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log onto http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.

 

 

August 2, 2017 |

Thousands Come to Dutchess County Every Year to Play Soccer at Stringham Park

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This is an article about a youth soccer complex and the story begins way back in 1932. That year, Karl Ehmer opened his first butcher shop on 46th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan. In the mid-1940’s, Ehmer opened a manufacturing facility in Ridgewood, Queens, from where he served six retail locations. Although Ehmer still has its own stores, his sausages, hams, other meats and specialty foods are also sold today in supermarkets in the Northeast as well as Florida.

He was the owner of a large beef cattle farm near a house he owned in the Town of LaGrange in Dutchess County. In 1994, he sold the property to a developer and the deal was approved by the town after a portion of the land was donated to them for recreational use. So Stringham Park, ironically with the word “ham” in it, was created just south of Stringham Road and east of Ehmer Drive. The name Stringham comes from a family with long-standing ties to the community. West of Stringham Park, luxury homes were built.

Up until that point, the LaGrange Soccer Club of the East Hudson Youth Soccer League (EHYSL) shared two fields on Noxon Road with Little League so it was very nice for soccer to have a home of its own. In 1998, Stringham Park opened with one field but as soccer grew, so did the use of the park.

“Stringham Park is the best use of cooperation I know of between a sports league and town, at no additional cost to the town,” stated Jeff Feldman, who has served on the LaGrange Soccer Club Board of Directors for over two decades. His more than 10 years as club president includes when the club started using Stringham Park.

The LaGrange Soccer Club received two grants totaling $42,000 from the U.S. Soccer Foundation. The first grant, for $25,000 in 1997, was used to put up a building housing the concession stand, picnic area, bathrooms and lawn mowing equipment. The second grant, for $17,000 in 1999, put in the first part of irrigation system––pump, initial piping and wiring for the first phase. The money generated from the concession stand funded the expansion of the irrigation system to the entire complex as new fields were developed. Today, 14 soccer fields are spread throughout the 71 acres of the park.

As Stringham Park is one of the best maintained soccer complexes in New York State, the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) hosted the finals of its three major events––State Open Cup, Arch Cup, Eastern New York Premier League––there last month, giving a nice little kick to the Dutchess County economy when considering the people from outside the local area coming and buying gas, eating at restaurants plus staying at hotels in nearby Fishkill. Eastern New York has hosted our State Open Cup finals at Stringham Park for the past decade.

Today under the direction of club president Jeff Cross, nearly 1,000 players, equally divided between boys and girls, are registered with the LaGrange Soccer Club. The club also has an active TOPSoccer Program of 30 kids with special needs.

Stringham Park also now includes two basketball courts, lacrosse fields, a baseball field, a walking trail and playground. Lacrosse, in the south of the complex, will soon be moved to its own facility being constructed in LaGrange.

With over 100,000 youth soccer players––both boys and girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with 11 leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Children With Special Needs. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. ENYYSA is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log onto http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.

 

An aerial photo of Stringham Park

July 26, 2017 |

“From Badge of Military Merit to Purple Heart” Program at Washington’s Headquarters

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Come to Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, in Newburgh, on Saturday, August 12th, at 2:00 PM for “From Badge of Military Merit to Purple Heart” and hear how and why General George Washington created the Badge of Military Merit during the last days of the Revolutionary War. The Badge, the first award of its kind to honor enlisted personnel, evolved into the Purple Heart, an award given today to officers and enlisted personnel wounded or killed in the defense of our country. Listen to the exploits of the three recipients of the Badge, stories of daring, courage and patriotism.

While at the site, to celebrate the creation of the Badge of Military Merit, you are invited to make your own Badge to take home!
The program is free with Museum admission. Site hours are 11 AM until 5 PM. For further information please call 845-562-1195.

July 20, 2017 |

44 Division and 4 Scholarship Winners Honored at the East Hudson Dinner of Champions

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The East Hudson Youth Soccer League (EHYSL) hosts the largest awards dinner for teams annually in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA). The EHYSL Dinner of Champions has become a July tradition that extends back almost to the league’s founding four decades ago.

44 division champion teams and four scholarship recipients were honored on July 11 and 12 at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor. A crowd of nearly 1,400 attended over the two nights. Present on July 12 was New York City FC defender Maxime Chanot, who gracefully posed for photos with seemingly every player at the dinner.

“I don’t know of anybody in soccer who holds a dinner as large as this one to honor their champions,” commented EHYSL President Jim Purdy. “We thank and honor our coaches and volunteers whose patience, direction and soccer expertise allow our children to enjoy this great game. We also want to recognize and especially thank the parents who write the checks, do the chauffeuring, nurse the bumps and bruises and cheer on the sidelines, no matter the weather.”

The coaches of the 44 champion teams discussed their squad and introduced the players. A common theme for many of the squads is the players were unhappy with how they had done the previous season so the kids worked really hard and put together a championship season. Special kudos to the Boys-Under-14 Liberty Red Devils, who went from 0-10-0 to 10-0-0 in Division 4.

All four scholarship winners decided to continue their education at colleges in New York State. The Michael Goldberg Memorial Scholarship Award recipients are Linzy Dineen (Syracuse University) and Alexa Franceschi (Mount Saint Mary College). Michael was a 15-year-old boy playing in the EHYSL for the Chappaqua Soccer Club when he died of leukemia and his family started the scholarship to honor his fulfilling yet brief life.

The Dan Herbst Memorial Scholarship winners are Birch Lazo-Murphy (Syracuse University) and Emily Mildner (Utica College). The scholarship namesake also died from leukemia, in 2001. Dan was a longtime soccer journalist and author, past president of the Yorktown Soccer Club and in his first term as EHYSL President when he passed away at age 48.

“These four scholarship winners exhibited excellence not only on the soccer field but in the classroom and in their communities as well,” concluded President Purdy.

With over 100,000 youth soccer players––both boys and girls––and more than 25,000 volunteers, the non-profit Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) stretches from Montauk Point, Long Island to the Canadian border. Members are affiliated with 11 leagues throughout the association, which covers the entire state of New York east of Route 81. ENYYSA exists to promote and enhance the game of soccer for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 19 years old, and to encourage the healthy development of youth players, coaches, referees and administrators. All levels of soccer are offered––from intramural, travel team and premier players as well as Children With Special Needs. No child who wants to play soccer is turned away. ENYYSA is a proud member of the United States Soccer Federation and United States Youth Soccer Association. For more information, please log onto http://www.enysoccer.com/, which receives nearly 300,000 hits annually from the growing soccer community.

 

Boys-Under-16 Dover Terminators, who have won three consecutive division titles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members of the EHYSL Board of Directors with NYCFC defender Maxime Chanot in center.

 

 

July 19, 2017 |
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