Hurricane remembrance activities planned for Aug. 30

Margaretville — A Hurricane Irene Remembrance and Community Picnic will be held at Margaretville Central School on Thursday, Aug. 30 starting at 5 p.m.

The free event gets underway with a picnic on the school grounds. Refreshments will include hot dogs, soft drinks along with an ice cream social complete with all the fixings, donated by Stewart Shops.

Dollar General also made a generous donation to the event, providing rolls and condiments among other items.

The theme of the night will be “Remembrance, Recovery Outreach and Information.”
Middletown Supervisor Marge Miller said the ceremony offers participants the opportunity to reflect on the historic flooding that devastated area communities on August 28, 2011— and to look ahead.
“We will look back on that tragic day,” Supervisor Miller stated. “But, more importantly, we will highlight the recovery efforts that have helped neighbors, friends and strangers bond during this very difficult period. Ultimately, these bonds will help make our area stronger.”

The flood remembrance ceremony starts at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium. The program will feature a performance by the Community Chorale as well as municipal updates from the Mayors of Fleischmanns and Margaretville as well as Supervisor Miller.

After a short breakout session regarding a town-wide disaster preparedness project, there will be a presentation by Patrick Davis regarding the Town of Middletown’s entering into FEMAs Community Ratings System as well as a stream dynamics talk by Graydon Dutcher of Delaware County Soil and Water.

Puppet show for kids
During this time there will be a puppet show in the MCS cafeteria for the younger members of the audience.

State officials expected to attend include Rep. Chris Gibson, Assemblyman Clifford Crouch and his Chief of Staff Kathy Mami-Moore, Assemblyman Pete Lopez and State Senator Jim Seward. Also on hand will be representatives of NYS Police Troop C and members of the National Guard units that provided vital assistance in recovery/rebuilding efforts.
For additional information, please call 845 586-2462.