The Village of Warwick, in partnership with the Sesquicentennial Committee and the Warwick Valley Central School District, is sponsoring several joint activities and events in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Village. In honor of this special anniversary, students in Park Avenue Elementary School and Sanfordville Elementary School classes participated in a vote to choose the Village tree, flower and bird.
Village Mayor Michael Newhard and his assistant, Mary Collura, recently announced the winning tree, flower and bird at Village Hall, before an audience that included WVCSD Superintendent, Dr. David Leach; WVCSD Board of Education President, Lynn Lillian; Principal Sandra Wood and student representatives from Park Avenue Elementary School; and Principal Johnna Maraia and student representatives from Sanfordville Elementary School; and parents.
The winning symbols are: Village Tree – maple; Village Flower – rose; and Village Bird – hummingbird.
Mayor Newhard expressed gratitude to the District and Warwick elementary students, saying, “Thank you to the school children, teachers and principals of Park Avenue Elementary School and Sanfordville Elementary School for participating in this wonderful project, connecting our children with our Village, as we begin our 150th Anniversary of Incorporation. The choice of community symbols in the form of a bird, flower and tree is a fun, creative project – especially through the unfiltered eyes of children.”
Newhard continued: “The choice of a rose for the Village Flower is perfect for the ‘Queen Village’ of the Hudson Valley. The selection of the maple as the Village Tree is most appropriate, since the Village’s recent street tree inventory showed that Maples are the most abundant trees along the streets of our Village. And finally, the hummingbird as the Village Bird speaks of the whimsical nature that is a child’s perspective and speaks of the benefit of a bird that is key to pollination and our environment.”
Village of Warwick to Celebrate Sesquicentennial
The Village of Warwick will celebrate its 150 year anniversary next year and plans for the 2017 Sesquicentennial are underway. Celebrations will take place throughout the year, including annual events and Sesquicentennial events. Plans include parades, picnics and contests for all ages. The 50-year-old time capsule will be dug up and another one will be buried in its place.
The Sesquicentennial website features historic Warwick photos, upcoming events, links to local history websites, a timeline of the history and development of the Village, and more. Check out the website at http://warwick150.org/ as well as the Facebook page at Village of Warwick, NY Sesquicentennial.