Looking back at 2016


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  • Photos by Roger Gavan Albert Wisner Public Library was named the 2016 Best Small Library. The award was presented to Library Director Rosemary Cooper (left) by Meredith Schwartz, editor of Library Journal Magazine.




  • On Sept.18, a colorful assembly of members of the Spanish Ministry of the Warwick Reformed Church formed a line of march from the church down Main Street, in the Village of Warwick, to the Railroad Green.




  • On July 23, approximately 50 descendants of Francis Baird held a family reunion for the first time at Warwick's historic Baird Tavern.




  • Cardinal Dolan was principal celebrant at a Mass in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Church of St. Stephen, the First Martyr.




  • Warwick Municipal Airport was the unusual scene of a wedding reception. About 150 guests enjoyed a banquet under a huge tent. They were surrounded by vintage airplanes with historic manufacturersþÄô designations like Stearman P17, Boeing P23 and Tiger Moth.




  • Bill Hawkens, a bagpiper from the Orange County Ancient Order of Hibernians, played the mournful sounds of the pipes that had been heard at so many police and firefighter funerals following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.




  • The Warrior Dash: Approximately 250 participants in each of 21 scheduled times started a challenge that included a 5k run with about a dozen obstacles including walls to climb, slides into ponds and mud everywhere until the finish line.




  • Revelers were coming and going all evening and many were inside local restaurants so it's difficult to estimate the number of people who came to enjoy the festivities. But there wasn't a time when Railroad Avenue and the two huge tents on the adjacent Village Green were not crowded.



WARWICK — It's been said that just like politics, "All news is local."

So while 2016 was filled with major national and International events, Warwick also had its share of important stories ranging from the first major snowfall on Jan. 24 to the first community celebration on New Years Eve.

These are some but not all of those events.

In January the Albert Wisner Public Library was named the 2016 Best Small Library in America by Library Journal.

Mount Peter Ski Area opened an all new Tubing Park in January for its first season. And in February, as the oldest ski area in New York, it celebrated its 80th anniversary.

In March, the Village of Warwick hired parking enforcement officers.

The decision had mixed reviews and although unpopular at first, was successful in improving downtown parking for visitors and shoppers.

In late April, we witnessed an unusual sight outside Town Hall as 18 drug violation suspects were paraded inside to be arraigned as a result of a seven-month narcotics investigation. throughout Orange and Sullivan Counties and Sussex County, New Jersey.

In May Warwick Municipal Airport was the unusual scene of a wedding reception with a band playing lively Russian dance music in the main hangar and guests enjoying a banquet under a huge tent.

That same month more than 5,000 participants along with an almost equal number of their families, friends and other well-wishers took shuttle busses from Sanfordville Road parking areas to the Warwick Day Camp for the annual Warrior Dash.

In June Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus presented Greenwood Lake Mayor Jesse Dwyer with a $5,000 check to help promote tourism in the village. The funds were obtained from the County Bed and Breakfast taxes.

On July 23 approximately 50 descendants of Francis Baird held a family reunion for the first time at Warwick's historic Baird Tavern during its 250th anniversary year.

And in August Ann Marie Moore was named Queen for a Day at another successful annual Ladies Night Out.

On September 18 a colorful assembly of members of the Spanish Ministry of the Warwick Reformed Church formed a line of march from the church down Main Street, in the Village of Warwick, to celebrate Hispanic Day at Railroad Green.

And that same month Warwick native John "Dusty" Dowd Jr. won first place in the Silver Unlimited class event at the 53rd annual Reno Air Races.

Dowd took the silver flying more than 376 mph for seven laps, each about eight miles long, at the controls of his Yak-11.

Warwick also held another consecutive annual ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park for the 15th anniversary of 9-11.

In October the 28th annual Applefest drew large crowds despite light rain and cooler weather.

And on November 1 Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, was the principal celebrant and homeliest at a Mass in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Church of St. Stephen, the First Martyr. The year was also the 50th anniversary of St. Stephen - St. Edward parochial school and the 25th anniversary of the third church building at 75 Sanfordville Road.

In December the saga of the blue line on Railroad had hopefully been resolved.

A large crowd, previously gathered in Village Hall, had expressed mostly outrage at the painting of red and white lines alongside the blue line on Railroad Avenue, which had been painted to support the police. The red, white and blue lines were intended to be a compromise for the two opposing groups but the blue line between two yellow lines was finally considered a more acceptable road marking.

And finally, on New Years Eve, a new tradition began as the community celebrated "Apple Eve," to kickoff the Village of Warwick's 150th year celebration or Sesquicentennial in 2017.

Happy New Year.

- Roger Gavan








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