Ed and Judy Bailey were honored as the 2017 Celts of the Year by the Greenwood Lake Gaelic Cultural Society at the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance on Sat., Mar. 4 at the Greenwood Lake American Legion. Corned beef and cabbage was served and music was performed by Mike Clarke from the Celtic Cross.
Ed is a retired Associated Press staff photographer of 33 years. He served with the PA National Guard, three years with the regular U.S. Army, and is a retired Chief Warrant Officer from the U.S. Navy Reserve Atlantic Fleet Combat Camera Motion Picture Unit. He served on active duty in Beirut, Lebanon and in the Gulf War. Bailey is a member of the Warwick VFW and is the GWL American Legion historian. He retired 12 years ago and moved to Greenwood Lake and did photography for the GWL Fire Department and was a Fire Policemen. Ed is currently 82 and has been doing freelance photography for over ten years for Straus Newspapers and the Times Herald-Record.
The Bailey’s received Certificates of Appreciation, Merit, Recognition, Distinguished Service Award, and Proclamations from Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus; NY State Senator John Bonacic; Assemblyman Karl Brabenec; Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton, Greenwood Lake Mayor Jesse Dwyer; Commander of Greenwood Lake American Legion Arthur Finnegan Post 1443 Richard McKenna; Sheriff Carl Dubois; Orange County Legislator Barry Cheney; Chairman from the Orange County Legislator’s Office L. Stephen Brescia; Dan O’Donnell of the Greenwood Lake Fire Dept.; and President of Greenwood Lake Soccer Club Katheleen Holder.