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September 12th, 2012

This Week in Orange County 9-12-12

Orange County Executive Edward Diana
I hope that everyone enjoyed a happy Labor Day! It’s always a day of mixed emotions as it marks the unofficial end to summer, students’ return to school, and time to start planning for the cold winter months ahead. We were blessed with beautiful weather for the holiday weekend and there’s plenty of good weather still on the horizon. Autumn is a beautiful time of year in the Hudson Valley and there’s so much to see and do in and around Orange County.

For a great view of the fall colors right down to the mighty Hudson River, be sure to check out the observation tower at Cronomer Hill Park in the Town of Newburgh. The panoramic view from the top of this 30 foot tower that sits atop a hill is breathtaking and truly showcases the scenic beauty of our region. On the other side of the County, pay a visit to the D&H Canal Park, just off Route 209 in Cuddebackville. This National Historic Landmark features scenic trails along the D&H Canal towpath, picnicking areas, and historic canal sites. Our great County parks system also features two historic homes - Brick House and Hill-Hold. Now museums, these two homes preserve and showcase the traditional way of life from an earlier time in our County’s history. For a complete overview of all of Orange County’s great park and recreational facilities, be sure to check out the Parks Department website at

Autumn and the harvest season bring many great festivals, fairs, and events to Orange County. The Farmers Markets are abundant with farm fresh produce and locally made goods. Many of our local apple orchards have fantastic pick-your-own opportunities, and the wineries and breweries are featuring harvest specials. Not to mention there are art, music, and theatre events taking place throughout Orange County. To keep tabs on all that’s happening, sign up for email updates from Orange County Tourism at and the Orange County Arts Council at

Sadly this week, we said goodbye to two more devoted public servants from Orange County - Rose Galieri, of Pine Bush, a lifelong resident of the area, and Robert Brennan, former Wallkill Town Supervisor. Rose was an active member of the Orange County Senior Council which works closely with our Office for the Aging to ensure that seniors in our community are kept active and engaged in order to keep mind and body healthy and fit. Rose also served for the Grand Jury Association of Orange County and was involved with the activities of her local town and school boards.

I had the privilege of working with Bob from my earliest days as an elected official. We were both teachers - Bob taught Math and History to Junior High School students for nearly three decades; and we both enjoyed our first taste of public service serving on the Wallkill Town Board together in the late 1970s and early 80s. He had a passion for learning and wrote several journals about land ownership and census data related to the mid-Hudson valley. Bob’s presence in Orange County was missed when he moved to Savannah.

On behalf of the people of Orange County, I extend our deepest condolences to the families of Rose and Bob. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Please know that they leave a legacy of service that will long be remembered.

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

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