New Baltimore Salutes Its Veterans at a Valentine’s Day Luncheon
THE VETERANS COMMITTEE OF THE TOWN OF NEW BALTIMORE
VETERANS VALENTINE’S DAY LUNCHEON A GRAND SUCCESS!!!
On Sunday, February 14, 2016, the New Baltimore Veterans Committee hosted a luncheon to honor their veterans. We announced the event on this blog, and the event which was held at the Cornell Hook and Ladder Fire House hall on Gill Road in New Baltimore drew a respectable crowd of some 75 veterans and their families.
The luncheon was free and the fare was fabulous ranging from cold meats and cheeses, homemade salads of every description, fresh fruit and veggies for dipping, and at least 4 different hot soups, and homemade chili. The desserts didn’t play second fiddle to the entrées, either, and most were homemade cakes and cookies. In short, there was something to please everyone.
The speeches were mercifully few and brief, though the dignitaries in attendance were a fine tribute to the men and women the town was honoring. Present to honor the vets were: Nick Dellisanti, supervisor of the town of New Baltimore; Pat Linger, member of the Greene County Legislature; Mr Dan Lamora, Commander, American Legion Post 1614 and Mason Springstead, Vice-commander; Tyrone G. Waklatsi, Division of Veterans Affairs, New York; Tim Burch, American Legion, 3rd District; Mr Frank DeSorbo, president, Patriot Flight, Inc.; Mr John Faso, who is planning to run for Rep. Chris Gibson’s congressional seat.
Conspicuously absent without even sending a message were: Mr Jeff Ruso (New Baltimore board member), Mr Peter Lopez, NYS Assemblyman 102nd District, Mr George Amadore, NYS Senator (we’ll most likely see them when they need our votes again!). Also absent as could be expected was Greene County Independence Party chair George Acker (nor was his partner and “co-chair” Irene Beede) but that’s to be expected. Acker or Beede would probably never dare show their faces again in New Baltimore after their backstabbing local candidates last November!
Also present was Ms Melody Burns, Director of Operations, Veterans Miracle Center, a support service to veterans experiencing need, who was distributing personal care bags to attendees.
The New Baltimore Veterans Committee would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the members of the New Baltimore District #1 Cornell Hook and Ladder Company and the Cornell auxiliary for their fine support and generosity in providing the venue for the luncheon. Their support and help demonstrates what community is all about.
Information on services available to veterans from the American Legion, Veterans Miracle Center, and other organizations was available, in addition to important tax benefits for veterans. Please contact Shelly van Etten for additional information.
The Veterans Committee would like to ask all veterans, who were unable to attend, to please contact either councilwoman Shelly Van Etten at 756-3517 or Ann Marie Vadney 265-4248 and provide your contact information for future events.
Ravena News Herald, Greene County News / Columbia Greene Media were NO SHOWS!!!
The Ravena News Herald and the Greene County News of Columbia-Greene Media & Johnson Newspaper Group were contacted and informed of this event but did not send a reporter to cover it. Was that their statement of non-support for our veterans? Thanks for nothing John J. Johnson and Marc Vinciguerra!