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Somers Library Summer Seeds Now Available

<p class="ql-align-center"><strong>Our new list of seeds is now available on our website!</strong></p><p class="ql-align-center"><strong>Each Somers Library Patron can choose 5 varieties of seeds to plant in their garden, balcony or flower pot. Please go to&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.somerslibrary.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>www.somerslibrary.org</strong></a><strong>&nbsp;and fill out the provided form, or come to the library reference desk.</strong></p><p><br></p><p> <a href="https://zl6b66cab.cc.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001pl8FqlZ_PV3RU6tCGsH5NnhveEMvuVsUegeit6aEqOz__JE3rSmVr0YE3GgumhR-c1uY8iFXGDxnVb2QtomRBhyWWGXYwNb0NTT1UR3VyaqO9LAvEGxuwm8P-Ej57OKB3r0bQcxVrIHD7flGwDcyoawgLLe9kI6PNkO2NgcJFvAou5odg6v1Rzus4W2RjgSrEIQo90QY9K_Vk7iirPpz4S48H8Y5D90K1pV4RhmBAXR9Agd1JlKEbA==&amp;c=_BLvkKT89HwJRtKbkTHvWMMo6uzLjWeSn891PAnSgn2aJWjjaUtiWg==&amp;ch=zv79ySoddKq-m-vdr_npV2R4UDZefJC7gA8BCscciuqOsd03MlaLPA==" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>Visit our Website</strong></a></p>

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Brewster Police Sergeant Passes Away Unexpectedly At End Of Shift!

<p>It is with greatest of sadness that the Brewster Police Department announces the line of duty death of one of our very own, Sergeant Richard Gurniak.&nbsp;</p><p>Sgt. Gurniak collapsed after hanging up his keys during the early morning hours of Saturday April 20, 2024 and despite tireless efforts by a fellow Brewster Officer as well as two members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Gurniak passed away.</p><p>Richard was a retired member of the NYPD who joined the Brewster force two years ago.&nbsp;</p><p>As bunting was placed at the Police Station, Chief John Del Gardo described the day as “one of the saddest in our history. This is the first line of duty death since the Department was formed in 2006.”&nbsp;</p><p>To those that know Sgt. Gurniak, he was known as a great supervisor who was loved and respected by the men and woman of this Department.&nbsp;</p><p>Sergeant Jim Phillips, who serves as our PBA President states that “the entire force is devastated by Richard’s sudden death. We are a small tight-nit department and feel the pain that Sgt. Gurniak’s family is going through. Rich was a good man who will be missed”,&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Mayor James Schoenig recalled hiring Richard stating, “he had a stellar career in New York City which carried over to Brewster. Richard was respected by the entire Department. Sgt. Gurniak died doing what he loved doing – protecting residents of our community”.&nbsp;Our hearts go out to his family and friends during this difficult time. We honor his bravery, sacrifice and service to our community.&nbsp;</p><p>The Village of Brewster PBA and the entire Department wish to thank the PCSO Sergeant Joseph Sadowski and Deputy Richard Planamenta who worked tirelessly to save our Sergeants life; your efforts will not be forgotten. The Department would also want to acknowledge the fast and professional response of Brewster EMS as they performed admirably.&nbsp;</p>

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NYS DEC Reminds NY'ers That A Burn Ban Still In Effect!

<p>New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today reminded New Yorkers of the start of the annual statewide ban prohibiting residential brush burning. Since 2009, DEC enforces the annual brush burning ban from March 16 through May 14 to prevent wildfires and protect communities during heightened conditions for wildfires.&nbsp;</p><p>“Last month, DEC encouraged everyone to be extra vigilant when burning brush because of the risk for wildfires caused by early dry conditions, but starting this Saturday, March 16, it will be illegal to burn brush for the next two months,”<strong>&nbsp;Commissioner Seggos said.&nbsp;</strong>“Due to the drier and warmer winter, New York State is at a greater risk for wildfires this spring. This ban is essential to protecting communities and natural resources, as well as the Rangers and other firefighters called to extinguish the wildfires.”&nbsp;</p><p>Even though some areas of the state remain blanketed in snow, warming temperatures can quickly cause wildfire conditions to arise. Open burning of debris is the single-largest cause of spring wildfires in New York State. When temperatures warm and the past fall's debris and leaves dry out, wildfires can start and spread easily, further fueled by winds and a lack of green vegetation. Each year, DEC Forest Rangers extinguish dozens of wildfires that burn hundreds of acres. In addition, local fire departments, many of which are staffed by volunteers, all too often have to leave their jobs and families to respond to wildfires caused by illegal debris fires. DEC’s&nbsp;<a href="https://dec.ny.gov/environmental-protection/wildfires/fire-danger-map" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 77, 209);"><u>Fire Danger Map for the 2024 fire season</u></a>&nbsp;displays each region’s potential fire risk.&nbsp;</p><p>New York first enacted strict restrictions on open burning in 2009 to help prevent wildfires and reduce air pollution. The regulations allow residential brush fires in towns with fewer than 20,000 residents during most of the year, but prohibit such burning in spring when most wildfires occur. Backyard fire pits and campfires less than three feet in height and four feet in length, width, or diameter are allowed, as are small cooking fires. Only charcoal or dry, clean, untreated, or unpainted wood can be burned. People should never leave these fires unattended and must extinguish them. Burning garbage or leaves is prohibited year-round in New York State. For more information about fire safety and prevention, go to DEC's&nbsp;<a href="https://dec.ny.gov/environmental-protection/wildfires/firewise-new-york" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 77, 209);"><u>FIREWISE New York</u></a>&nbsp;webpage.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Some towns, primarily in and around the Adirondack and Catskill parks, are designated "fire towns." Open burning is prohibited year-round in these municipalities unless an individual or group has a permit from DEC. To find out whether a municipality is a designated fire town or to obtain a permit, contact the appropriate DEC regional office. A&nbsp;<a href="https://dec.ny.gov/about/contact-us/map-of-dec-offices" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 77, 209);"><u>list of regional offices</u></a>&nbsp;is available on DEC's website.&nbsp;</p><p>Forest Rangers, DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs), and local authorities enforce the burn ban. Violators of the State's open burning regulation are subject to criminal and civil enforcement actions, with a minimum fine of $500 for a first offense. For search and rescue, reporting a wildfire or illegal activity on state lands and easements, call 1-833-NYS-RANGERS (1-833-697-7264). To report environmental law violations, call 1-844-DEC-ECOs (1-844-332-3267).&nbsp;</p>

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Somers Seniors Casino Bus Trip to Windcreek Casino In Pa.

<p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Somers Senior Programs Casino Bus Trip to Windcreek Casino in Bethelham PA</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Friday, May 24, 2024</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">$55 per person includes:</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">-$35 in free slot play</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">-on board entertainment</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">-snacks and refreshments</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">-raffles &amp; prizes</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">First 25 seniors to sign up pay $35.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Signup by May 10th with Princess, full payment due May 17.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Bus departs Van Tassell House at 8:30am and returns by 7:30pm</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Call 914-232-0807 for more information.</span></p>

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Anthony Foglia of Somers Inducted Into Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society

<p><strong>&nbsp;Anthony Foglia</strong>, of Somers, NY, was one of 45 SUNY Oneonta student-athletes inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma honor society during a luncheon ceremony on Wednesday, April 3, in the Otsego Grille on campus.</p><p><strong>Foglia is studying Business Economics and is part of the class of 2025.</strong></p><p>Chi Alpha Sigma is a nonprofit honor society established to recognize college student-athletes who earn a varsity letter in at least one sport while maintaining a 3.4 or higher cumulative GPA throughout their junior and senior years. Students must be on an athletic roster for three seasons beginning their first year or sophomore year, except for transfer student-athletes, who must be on their athletic roster at SUNY Oneonta for two years. Student-athletes must also be of good moral character, someone the coaching staff would endorse.</p><p>SUNY Oneonta is a public, four-year university in Central New York, enrolling about 5,500 students in a wide variety of bachelor's degree programs and more than a dozen graduate certificate and degree programs. The university is known as both an exemplary residential campus that values inclusion, service and sustainability, and a nurturing community where students grow intellectually, thrive socially and live purposefully. Learn more at&nbsp;<a href="https://suny.oneonta.edu/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">https://suny.oneonta.edu/</a></p>

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Historic Hudson Valley Landmarks Set to Open May 3

<p>Historic Hudson Valley is thrilled to announce its highly anticipated spring tour season will begin on Friday, May 3, with tours of Kykuit, the Rockefeller estate, Philipsburg Manor, Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, and Union Church of Pocantico Hills, all National Historic Landmarks. On Saturday, May 25, the return of The Pinkster Festival will add to a full spring lineup of activities.</p><p>A new tour experience at Philipsburg Manor allows visitors to explore this former provisioning plantation at their own pace. Visitors can step into the working gristmill, walk through the manor house with period artifacts, and learn about the 23 enslaved individuals of African descent who lived and labored on the plantation. Museum guides throughout the site provide information and answer questions as visitors explore the grounds. At Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, visitors tour the author’s cottage and the bucolic grounds, which were designed by Irving himself, and learn about America’s Founding Father of Literature. Picnic tables are available at both sites and light snacks, as well as souvenirs and local finds, are available to purchase in the museum shops. Visitors to Union Church of Pocantico Hills view spectacular stained-glass windows by European masters, including the last commissioned work by Henri Matisse and nine windows by Marc Chagall, and learn the inspiration behind each one.</p><p>At Kykuit, the estate’s modern and classical art collection, architecture, and expansive gardens make it one of the top-rated cultural attractions in the lower Hudson Valley. Visitors to Kykuit learn the story of the Rockefellers, beginning with John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil, whose business acumen made him the richest man in America in his day. He later became the country's first significant philanthropist and by his death in 1937, he had given away more than half his fortune through various philanthropic programs.</p><p>Kykuit visitors can choose from three tours: Classic, Grand, and Selected Highlights.</p><p>&nbsp;The Pinkster Festival, New York’s oldest African American holiday, will be celebrated on May 25 at Philipsburg Manor with a day filled with art, poetry, live music, dance, and storytelling. Visitors will hear spoken word performances, dance to the beat of African kora and djembe, listen to African folk tales, and try hands-on crafts such as making flower crowns and mini drums. The Pinkster Festival is supported by Insperity.</p><p>&nbsp;Capacity is limited for all the historic site tours and events, and visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance at&nbsp;<a href="http://hudsonvalley.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">hudsonvalley.org</a>. Same-day admission prices are subject to a $2 surcharge.</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><strong>DETAILS: PHILIPSBURG MANOR</strong></p><p>In 1750, Philipsburg Manor was home to 23 enslaved individuals known to have lived and labored there. It is the country’s first living history museum to focus on the history of northern slavery.</p><p>The site will be open Friday-Sunday: May 3 – Sep 30, Nov 8 – Dec 1; Wednesday-Monday: Oct 2 – Nov 3; and Saturday-Sunday: Dec 7 – Dec 22, plus Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day/Indigenous People’s Day, and Veteran’s Day. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and young adults, and $13 for children. Tickets are free for Historic Hudson Valley members.</p><p>Philipsburg Manor is at 381 North Broadway (Route 9) in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., two miles north of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>DETAILS: WASHINGTON IRVING’S SUNNYSIDE</strong></p><p>America’s “Founding Father of Literature” created a romantic, picturesque estate nestled along the Hudson riverbank. The house and the furnishings, many of which are original to Irving, have been restored to their 1850s character.</p><p>The site will be open for guided tours Friday-Sunday: May 3 – Sep 30, Nov 8 – Dec 1; Wednesday-Monday: Oct 2 – Nov 3; Saturday-Sunday: Dec 7 – Dec 22, plus Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day/Indigenous People’s Day, and Veteran’s Day. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and young adults, and $13 for children. Tours are free for Historic Hudson Valley members.</p><p>Washington Irving’s Sunnyside is at 3 W Sunnyside Lane, Irvington, one mile south of the Tappan Zee Bridge.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>DETAILS: UNION CHURCH OF POCANTICO HILLS</strong></p><p>Union Church was organized as a non-denominational Protestant church in 1915, with John D. Rockefeller among the founders. Over the years, the Rockefeller family commissioned stained-glass windows by European masters Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall to adorn the unassuming country church</p><p>.The site will be open for tours Wednesday-Sunday, May 3-Dec 22, plus Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day/Indigenous People’s Day, and Veteran’s Day. Tickets are $10. Tours are free for Historic Hudson Valley members.</p><p>Union Church of Pocantico Hills is at 555 Bedford Road, Tarrytown.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>DETAILS: KYKUIT, THE ROCKEFELLER ESTATE (Pictured)</strong></p><p>Built between 1906 and 1913, Kykuit was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family, beginning with John D. Rockefeller, the founder of Standard Oil. Later, his grandson Nelson Rockefeller, the former governor of New York and vice president of the United States, lived there with his family.</p><p>The site will be open for guided tours Friday-Sunday: May 3 – Sep 30, Nov 8 – Nov 10; Wednesday-Monday: Oct 2 – Nov 3, plus Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day/Indigenous People’s Day.</p><p>Kykuit, a historic site of the National Trust, is operated and maintained by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund as a center for its philanthropic programs. Historic Hudson Valley operates the public visitation program.</p><p>All visits to Kykuit start at the Kykuit and Philipsburg Manor Visitor Center, located at 381 North Broadway (Route 9) in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. Tickets start at $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, and $20 for youth (10-17) young adults (18-25). Westchester County residents receive a $5 discount on the adult ticket price for the Selected Highlights tour. National Trust for Historic Preservation members receive a 50% discount on all tours and Historic Hudson Valley members receive a 15% discount.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>DETAILS: THE PINKSTER FESTIVAL</strong></p><p>&nbsp;Pinkster has been celebrated in New York since the 1700s and is the region’s oldest African American holiday. Visitors will be able to tour the historic site and take in live performances throughout the day. Featured performers include Malik Work, spoken word artist and founder of The Real Live Show, master kora player Yacouba Sissoko, DJ GoodWill, artist Nichole Washington, and storyteller April Armstrong.</p><p>&nbsp;Tickets are $14 for adults; $12 for young adults and seniors; and free for children under 17 and Historic Hudson Valley members.</p><p>The Pinkster Festival takes place at Philipsburg Manor, 381 North Broadway (Route 9) in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.</p><p>&nbsp;The Pinkster Festival is supported by Insperity.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>About Historic Hudson Valley</strong></p><p>&nbsp;Historic Hudson Valley, Westchester County’s largest cultural organization, educates and entertains more than 325,000 visitors a year through school programs, tours of National Historic Landmarks, and Halloween-themed experiences, which have earned a national reputation as among the best in the country.</p>

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Somers Women's Club Blood Drive Tomorrow

<p><strong style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Donations Saves Lives</strong></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Somers Women's Club Blood Drive</strong></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Saturday, April 20, 2024, 9am - 3pm</strong></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Somers Intermediate School, 240 Route 202, Somers</strong></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Appointments are encouraged.</strong></p><p><strong style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">To make an appointment, please click here:&nbsp;</strong><a href="https://donate.nybc.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/313181" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>https://donate.nybc.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/313181</strong></a></p><p><strong>The Somers Women’s Club is a fellowship of women dedicated to community service for the purpose of enhancing the lives of others as well as our own through volunteerism. The SWC was organized to provide support and assistance to individuals, families, community groups and other not-for-profit organizations through ongoing service projects.</strong></p><p><strong>P.O. Box 108</strong></p><p><strong>Somers,&nbsp;New York&nbsp;10589</strong></p>

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