The following column, written by Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard, has been published in the Apr. 19 issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch:
Today, April 15, 2017 we celebrate the formation of the Village and its Charter. It is the dividing line between the past and the future – it is a median, a hallmark, a measure. The Village of Warwick was born 150 years ago today and even prior to its inception it was a remarkable place. We stand here next to a road, a well-traveled byway, a Main Street of America that began as a Native American Path, then a trapper’s route and a Colonial connection – a stopping point along the King’s Highway. Next to us is a lively stream, the Wawayanda – a ribbon of water that works its way to the Mighty Hudson and by the stream are the iron tracks of the original Lehigh & Hudson Railroad that brought prosperity and the very reason for incorporation of a Village.
So we look to the past for inspiration and lessons and we look to the future with anticipation and promise.
Warwick is and will continue to be a place of great romance. It is a place for artists, poets, writers, dancers, makers, naturalists, inventors and dreamers. It is a place for builders and visionaries. It is a place for all those that appreciate its soulfulness. It is a place we know so well but will continue to surprise us – because beauty is never predictable.
The Warwick of the future is a collective dream. We are blessed and we are connected to each other as well as to the land and values we share. It is built from the safety and security of what we know now. It is a place for families, a place for children and young adults and senior citizens. We are diverse and proud of our origins and we are proud to be Warwickians and proud Americans. We love this land and we value our environment and search for ways to make it better – whether it is our natural places, our streams, woods and fields or our neighborhoods, parks and Village center. Our future is filled with hope because we have taught our children to love the very place that we love.
So our Queen Village remains forever regal. Today we are filled with pride for where she has come and where she is headed. I have confidence in the future because of the spirit of the people who live and work in this chosen home.
This proclamation was signed April 15, 2017 by Mayor Michael J. Newhard and Kid Mayor, Danny Alquezada Madero.