Deputy Town Historian Sue Gardner alerted me to the fact that this past June marked the 15th anniversary of the first farm preserved under the Town’s Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) bond referendum. It wasn’t the first farm preserved, that distinction goes to the Sweetman Farm on County Rte. 1; however, it did launch the effort that has resulted in over 4,000 acres of preserved working farms. If these farms had gone to housing development, it would have resulted in over 1,300 homes, which cost approximately $1.25 in services for every $1.00 of tax revenue produced. Instead, we have thriving farms, a booming farm economy, a healthy base of natural resources, and a quality of life second to none in Orange County. Kudos to those who had the foresight to advocate for this program and to our farmers, the stewards of the land.
If something is broken, why not bring it to the Repair Café to be held on Sat., Jul. 20 at the Warwick Senior Center, located behind the Warwick Town Hall 132 Kings Hwy. The Repair Café will begin at 10 a.m. and the last repair will be accepted at 1:30 p.m. The limit is two items per person. At the Repair Café you’ll find tools and supplies to help make repairs to wooden furniture, small appliances, electronics, housewares, clothes and textiles, lamps and lighting, crockery, toys, and more. You’ll also find “repair coaches,” such as electricians, seamstresses, mechanics, knife and tool sharpeners, and all-purpose fix-it pros with superior technical skills.
It’s beach season again. The Town Beach, located at the end of Windermere Ave. in the Village of Greenwood Lake is now open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. It is staffed by certified lifeguards and provides picnic areas, as well as restroom and shower facilities. Daily passes are available at the gate and both resident as well as non-resident passes are available at the Town Clerk’s office in the Warwick Town Hall, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy!
The next regular meeting of the Town Board will be held on Thurs., Jul. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick.
The above column, written by Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton, will be published in the July 10 issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch.