This past Memorial Day our Town shined as we remembered all those who died defending our right to live free. Remembrances in Pine Island, Warwick, Florida, and Greenwood Lake brought large crowds to pay their respects and salute our citizens who perished to secure the rights we continue to have today.
As a first generation American, I do not have ancestors who died in defense of this great Country, however, the Poppy Presentation from Warwickshire, England, by Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard, made this day personally special for me. My great uncle, Patrick Lavin, served in the Seaforth Highlanders 2nd Battalion during WWI. He lost his life on July 1, 1916 on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, one of WWI’s deadliest battles. His namesake, Pat Lavin, after surviving the Battle of Britain as an RAF pilot, was shot down over the North Atlantic in March of 1945, just a few short months shy of the end of WWII. Both gave their lives in defense of their Nation and our shared love of liberty.
So often, we take our rights for granted. But Memorial Day serves to remind us of the very real cost of preserving those rights. We pay tribute to those who died by cherishing, defending and exercising our rights each and every day.
It is beach season again. The Warwick Town Beach, located at the end of Windermere Ave. in the Village of Greenwood Lake, is now open weekends for your enjoyment. The beach, open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 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. Starting on Sat., Jun. 23, the beach will be open seven days a week through Labor Day, Mon., Sept. 3. Enjoy!
A public hearing entitled, “Amending Chapter 106, Parks,” to address unattended boats at Wickham Woodlands, will be held on Thurs., Jun. 14 at 7:15 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick, NY.
The next regular meeting of the Town Board will be held on Thurs., Jun. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall.
The above column, written by Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton, has been published in the June 6 issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch.