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August 15th, 2012

This Week in Orange County 8-15-12

Orange County Executive Edward Diana
Some people say that things slowdown in the summer time, but I have to tell you, here in Orange County, we’re just as busy as ever. There were some great community events that happened in our County this week. I had the opportunity to get out and about to attend some of them and the pleasure of speaking with many residents who were also in attendance.

First was National Night Out which was recognized in communities throughout Orange County on August 7, 2012. Now in its 29th year, National Night Out is America’s “Night Out” against crime. Citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations, and local officials in various municipalities throughout the County joined together to combat crime and fight drug abuse. Many of the activities were geared toward educating young people, creating awareness of services and programs available, demonstrating adult and community support, and just having a good time with friends and neighbors. In these busy times, we often lose sight of the valuable role community involvement plays in the positive growth and development of our young people. I had a great time visiting the National Night Out activities throughout the County. Kudos to all who worked so hard to make National Night Out a success once again.

On Wednesday, the Friends of Hill-Hold hosted the very popular Herb Day program at the historic homestead in Campbell Hall. While I didn’t have the pleasure of attending this year, I understand from the Commissioner of Parks, Richard Rose, that it was another great event hosted by the Friends.

This year’s theme was “Tea Time” and the guest lecturer, Elizabeth Knight, an English Tea Master spoke about herbal infusions as tea-like drinks, how to host a tea party, and the social history of tea. The Friends of Hill-Hold organize many events throughout the year. To find out what’s on tap, like the September 9 chicken barbecue and concert, visit their website at

Finally, I recently had the pleasure of giving the opening remarks at the 14th annual Senior Forum hosted by the Orange County Office for the Aging at SUNY Orange’s Middletown campus. The Forum offers seniors the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs, a featured keynote speaker, and lunch with friends. It’s a great way to keep mind and body active, which is critical as we age, as Dr. Larry Force, the keynote speaker pointed out.

Dr. Force is a gerontologist and head of The Center on Aging and Policy at Mount Saint Mary College. An enthusiastic and informative speaker, Dr. Force gave all in attendance a lot to think about in order to keep ourselves physically and mentally fit. He summarized by encouraging the guests to “age loudly” - that is to be active, involved, and aware.

To help our seniors do just that, be sure to check out Office for the Aging’s next big event - The Senior Games. The Games are co-hosted by the Orange County Parks Department and run from September 12th - October 2nd. They offer something for all interests and activity levels and most are free or extremely low cost.

To learn more, check out the or call 457-4910 for more information. We’re extremely grateful for the support from our friends at ShopRite for helping to make this a fun program year after year.

Until next week, I wish you good health and happiness.

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