MICHAEL FALCO Publish Date: 18 January 2019
A Federal holiday this coming Monday with closed schools, banks, and post offices for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and here are some shared thoughts by way of Dr. King’s legacy: “Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Thank You to my beloved Grandmother (Mom’s mother) who surely is smiling down on me from heaven. It’s my own fault for dropping (and wouldn’t you know breaking) a glass item. Here’s where remembering Grandmother’s words comes into focus: ‘a simple piece of bread can save my feet from broken glass cuts. The glass sticks easily to it, even those pieces you can’t see until your feet find them.’ No cuts. It worked for me!
Arguable some people are while others quite frankly are not – ready to make the switch to reusable grocery bags. I have read shoppers worldwide use approximately 500 billion single-use plastic bags per year. A staggering number! A considerable amount of this plastic finds its way into our oceans posing a serious threat to marine life. Used consistently, one reusable bag can eliminate the need for more than an estimated 700 plastic bags over its lifetime. Time I get past thinking about it and actually obtain and remember to bring with me to the store – reusable (non-plastic) bags.
Maybe it’s New Year’s resolutions and maybe it’s thinking more and more about supporting the concept of renewable energy. Own your own home? Consider installing solar panels, New York State offers tax breaks and other incentives to go solar. I would like to hear from local Orange County people who have gone this route. I can learn from those who have ventured before me about the benefits of roof top renewable energy. Further – installing a ground source heat pump for the home. As I understand it this uses geothermal energy to heat and cool your home. New York State also offers financial incentives for this.
Music Man EDDIE HURLEY, of Firthcliff, and his popular Hurley Mountain Highway Band are performing for your dancing & listening pleasure tonight, Friday, January 18 at 8:00 p.m. The location is Storm King Tavern located at the Storm King Golf Course off Ridge Road in Cornwall. Eddie Hurley tells me “Storm King Tavern is ALWAYS OPEN to the PUBLIC!” To which I add ‘Why not step out tonight and dance?!’
My friend MARY ELLEN COUNT invites Cornwall area residents to find out more about the Orange County Arboretum Volunteer Recruitment. An information meeting is scheduled for February 13, 2019 at 10 a.m.; with a snow date of February 14, 2019. The meeting will take place at the Ottaway Education Building at the Arboretum. The Arboretum is located in Thomas Bull Memorial Park, 41 Grove St. off Route 416, Montgomery. For more information or to reserve a seat call 845-325-4718. Mary Ellen informs me “Prospective volunteers will learn about the variety of year-round opportunities available; greenhouse work, weeding the beautiful gardens, crafting for the boutique, helping with education programs and more. Participants will meet some of our veteran volunteers and the Arboretum’s Horticulturist, PETER PATEL. The OC Arboretum Friends invite you to join their family of volunteers, share your time and talents to continue making the arboretum a place all of Orange County can enjoy.”
Please note your calendars: St. John’s Blood Drive, Clinton Street in Cornwall. On Monday, January 28th, the New York Blood Center will hold a blood drive in the St. John Episcopal Church Parish Hall. You may donate blood between the hours of 3:00 and 7:30 p.m. For complete information you can call the church office, 845-534-5475, Tuesday through Thursday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. As you are able – Please sign up. Your donation matters!