Village of Warwick Trustee George McManus and retired Warwick Police Sgt. George Arnott, along with local volunteers who made major contributions to the Warwick community in vastly different ways, will receive Outstanding Community Service Awards during Warwick’s 2016-2017 Citizen of the Year ceremony honoring Claire Gabelmann. A celebration honoring the winners will be held on Wed., Oct. 19, at The Landmark Inn, located at 526 Rte. 94 in Warwick. The event, sponsored by the Warwick Valley Rotary Club, begins with an open bar social hour at 6 p.m. followed by the dinner and program. Tickets are $60 and available by calling Leo Kaytes at 629-6491.
Since retiring from Provident Bank seven years ago, Gabelmann has devoted herself to community service. A member of the Warwick Lions Club, she participates in many events that serve the community throughout the year. As chairperson of the Holiday Project for Children in Need, Gabelmann organizes the effort to find sponsors, gather clothing, toys and gifts and plan activities for the festive party held in December. The Mustard Seed Migrant Ministry, a haven for children of Black Dirt farmworkers, is another passion for Gabelmann. This summer she took groups of these children on field trips.
Although children in need are her primary focus, Gabelmann serves the community in other ways too. As a member of Warwick in Bloom, Gabelmann helped get the Village of Warwick in tip-top shape to win the prestigious International Communities in Bloom Award and was part of the delegation attending the awards ceremony in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has also worked on fundraising events for St. Anthony Community Hospital.
George McManus has served the Warwick community in various capacities over the years. He was a member of the Warwick School Board for 15 years and now serves as a Trustee on the Village of Warwick Board. On Thurs., Sept. 29 McManus will be awarded the Hudson Valley Heroes Volunteer Award for his work with the Warwick Valley Prevention Coalition. A color guard member of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars, McManus served three years in the Navy, including 14 months in Viet Nam.
McManus has served as president and officer of the Warwick Lions Club, actively raising money for various club projects which have benefitted Warwick children and the community including the Lions Quest Program, the Christmas Party for Needy Children and St. Anthony Community Hospital. He chairs the Lions Club’s Warwick Labor Day race which attracts more than 800 runners.
Anyone who has lived in Warwick is well aware of retired Warwick Police Sgt. George Arnott, his love and service to his community or has a story to tell about him. Growing up in Warwick, Arnott earned the Boy Scout Eagle Award for his projects and service to his hometown. After graduation from Warwick High School, Arnott spent four years in the U.S. Air Force. After returning home he joined the Warwick Police Force in 1966. Arnott is a face and personality that many residents remember from the days he walked Main St. in his police uniform.
He created the successful DARE telethons for the PBA, organized the yearly Jaycees’ Bicycle Safety Program for Youth and chaired the Warwick 9/11 Memorial Committee. He met with families, organized community fundraisers and donated his time to lead the construction of our monument honoring local citizens lost on 9/11. He attends the Warwick High School Awards evening to present a scholarship to a senior with remaining donated funds. Arnott was named the American Legion Policeman of the Year in 1998 for helping save a local citizen’s life. He retired in 2002 after serving 37 years on the Warwick Village and later the merged Town Police Department. He said he is excited about volunteering his service to Warwick’s upcoming Sesquicentennial (150 Year) Celebration.