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April 4th, 2012

OFA is accepting nominations for ‘12 Senior Awards Program

Goshen - Orange County’s senior citizens are the foundation of our community and now Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana is looking to recognize those who go above and beyond to make a difference. The County Executive and Orange County Office for the Aging (OFA) are now accepting nominations for the 2012 Orange County Senior Awards Program.

The OFA is looking for those age 60+ who deserve to be recognized as outstanding citizens because they have volunteered their time and talents to better their community.

“It’s my honor each year to recognize the contributions of the older adults in our community,” said County Executive Diana. “They are an inspiration to all of us and it is their work and community spirit that have built our County into the great place it is today.”

The Office for the Aging will sponsor awards in two categories: “Orange County Senior Citizen of the Year” and “Outstanding Contributions by a Senior.” Award winners are announced in May by the County Executive, honored at a luncheon by the Orange County Senior Council, and at the June meeting of the Orange County Legislature.

Stanley Gurda of Pine Island was the 2011 Orange County Senior Citizen of the Year because of his efforts to provide social and recreational opportunities to the seniors of his town. Under his leadership, the senior club grew to 125 members. In addition, Stanley served as an EMT with the Pine Island Ambulance Corps for five years, on the Town of Warwick Planning Board for six years, including one as Chairman.

Florence Radcliffe of Washingtonville was recognized for Outstanding Contributions in 2011 for her extensive and long-term volunteer work at Valley View Center for Nursing Care and Rehabilitation where she runs recreational activities for the residents at least three times per week, as well as working in the Gift Shop.

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