Orange Confidential: Goshen named a Clean Energy Community by state – News –

The Village of Goshen has been designated a Clean Energy Community by New York state, the first municipality in Orange County to score the Clean Energy nod, Mayor Kyle Roddey said. Now the village qualifies to apply for a $50,000 grant that would be used for more green energy improvements, Roddey said.

In order to be designated a Clean Energy Community, municipalities must complete at least four of 10 high-impact clean energy actions. Goshen’s four projects were: streamlining the approvals process for local solar projects; developing a program to track energy use in village buildings; installing an electric vehicle charging station; and completing energy code enforcement training.

The Clean Energy Community designation is part of a program administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, better known as NYSERDA, aimed at reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy locally.

If Goshen wins the $50,000 grant, Roddey said it would be used to help Goshen meet its goal of converting all of its street lights to LED bulb use by 2022.

The Clean Energy Community program is part of New York state’s Clean Energy Standard project — working toward the goal of having 50 percent of the state’s electricity coming from renewable energy resources by 2030.

Richard J. Bayne

It’s blood for oil — and for a good cause

Midas Auto Service and Tire in the Town of Wallkill will host a blood drive this week and offer free oil changes and tire rotations for anyone who donates, according to Christopher Geissler, vice president of the Midas shop.

Geissler said Midas will provide the services or a certificate for them that can be redeemed later. Geissler’s family owns six Midas shops in Orange and Rockland counties.

“Our company knows how important blood donations are and how much they are needed,” Geissler said. “It hit home a few years back when my aunt was in need of a transfusion during her fight against cancer.”

Historically, blood centers see a drop in blood donations in the summer months as colleges and schools let out and holidays and vacations stack up. In particular, donor type O-negative blood, most used in trauma and emergency departments, is in high demand.

The blood drive at Midas, in partnership with the New York Blood Center, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 28 at 419 Route 211 East. To make an appointment to donate, call Midas at 845-343-4161 or the New York Blood Center at 1-800-933-2566.

James Nani

Record attendance at recent Repair Café

Organizers said the July 15 outing for Orange County’s Repair Café, an event where participants can get household items repaired for free or at very low prices, set an attendance record —130 visitors.

The event, the county’s sixth Repair Café, was held July 15 at the Warwick Town Hall Senior Center at 132 Kings Highway. Elizabeth Knight Moss, one of the key organizers, said they added some new features this time, including a station for repairing computers and touch-screen tablets, manned by Jared Pietrzak, a recent Warwick Valley high school grad.

Richard White of Warwick ran the Repair Café’s inaugural bike repair department, and Lee Luce of Warwick supervised the Repair Café’s first-ever “Kids Take it Apart Table.” Luce said the boys and girls working at the Take it Apart Table had never seen rotary phones before, but they had a great time ringing the bells once they got the phones apart.

Orange County Repair Cafés, which are sponsored by Sustainable Warwick, are offered on the third Saturday every other month. The next one will be Sept. 16. Sustainable Warwick is a group that focuses on community and environmental issues, and works to preserve Warwick’s rural character.

Richard J. Bayne

Pine Bush students complete summer courses

High school students in the Pine Bush School District graduated from various summer academies on Thursday and Friday.

Through the voluntary academies, more than 300 students earned high school or college credits while learning about leadership and law, aviation, performing arts, medicine and science.

In the Aviation Academy, high school students earned hours toward a pilot’s license at the Wurtsboro Airport and met with the Air National Guard at Stewart Airport. In the Medical Academy, students learned about various specialties with providers from Crystal Run Healthcare.

Amanda Spadaro

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