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Proudly Launching A Newburgh Giant

By Mary McTamaney

One hundred eight years ago this week, ten thousand people gathered along the shore at Newburgh just where the modern boat launch meets the gates to the former Consolidated Iron Works scrap yard. That was the location of the great Marvel Shipyards where vessels of many types were designed and built in the days when Newburgh was a powerful shipbuilding city. Early in the twentieth century, Marvel was creating steamboats of various sizes. The grandest of them all was the 400-foot Hendrick Hudson. On March 31, 1906, the completed hull of the Hendrick Hudson was sent “down the ways” and into the river. Continue reading

The Once-Crowded Waterfront

By Mary McTamaney

Last week, I sighed as I backed into an easy curbside parking place and walked to the Downing Film Center on Front Street to watch the simulcast performance of a great American play, A View From The Bridge by Arthur Miller. Seeking a parking place near the Newburgh waterfront will soon be a challenge again as Spring turns to Summer and more folks come to enjoy the Hudson River. Continue reading

Back Out On The River

By Mary McTamaney

For all those who reminisce about Newburgh’s past: the bustle of its downtown neighborhoods, the friendliness of passersby, the variety of things to do, the beauty of looking out on the river and the joy of riding out on the water, know that all that is back. In this 300th birthday year, the tipping point seems to have come and people are proud again of Newburgh’s many assets. More positive conversations reach my ears than negative ones. Continue reading

Photo Gallery: Algonquin Park walking tour reference photos

Algonquin Park, previously known as Orange Mills, produced Black Powder from 1815 to 1901. The natural water supply provided power for the machinery needed to power the mills. The park provides a look back during this period of powder making and its role in the lives of the people of the community. Join a guided tour on Saturday, June 16th, to learn more about the history of the mill and how it was produced right here within this beautiful environment. Continue reading

The Red Cross tradition

By Mary McTamaney

March is Red Cross Month and has been by presidential proclamation since 1943. President Franklin Roosevelt first dedicated March to “the splendid aims and activities of the Red Cross” during the height of World War II to bring more support to the organization’s war effort. It was fitting for us that a Hudson Valley president focused permanent national attention on this emergency relief organization since our valley was so active a generation before (when F.D.R. was a young man here) in Red Cross activities for World War I. Continue reading

Where was this Newburgh parade?

By Mary McTamaney

This past weekend, Newburgh’s streets were active with people enjoying the delights of the start of “summer.” From Downing Park to the River Art Walk, we got out into the sunshine to celebrate our cultural treasures of art, architecture and landscape. The annual Memorial Day Parade marched from the west end to the east along Broadway to Washington’s Headquarters where it disbanded with a solemn ceremony for remembrance of our war dead at the same location where America’s first army also disbanded and where peace for our new nation was declared. Our hometown’s location as “Birthplace of the Republic” is one reason local citizens have always supported patriotic events. Continue reading

Newburgh unity In our grandparents’ days

By Mary McTamaney

As Thanksgiving weekend came to a close, we had a visit from neighbors who had just returned from a family trip to Texas. We handed over their mail that we had collected and they gave us a wonderful gift: a new photo of their son in his U. S. Airman’s uniform, taken as he completed basic instruction at Lackland Air Force Base. Our neighbors had gone to Texas to watch their son graduate and move on to advanced training (after he enjoyed a Thanksgiving Day with them and the rest of his family). It seemed strange to look at the tall young man in the crisp uniform and remember the little toddler who used to come down the block to dig in the garden with us. Kevin Battipaglia will now join the ranks of citizen soldiers who protect us from harm and contribute to the recovery and safety of those caught in disasters both natural and man-made. Kevin will come home after advanced training to be part of the Air National Guard at Stewart. Whether they are taking supplies to tsunami victims across the globe or ferrying materials to other military bases, the Guard at Newburgh maintains a large fleet of aircraft. Many of their members have been deployed for one or more tours of duty so there is no guarantee of a part-time mission when one joins. Continue reading

A century of soldiers at war – and those who marched for them

By Mary McTamaney

November is the month when hostilities ended in the “war to end all wars,” World War I. That bloody conflict ended in 1918 with an agreement to stop the fighting on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of November and the date was henceforth commemorated as Armistice Day. Today we call it Veterans Day and, tragically, we remember many millions more who went to war after 1918. “The Great War” of 1916-18 didn’t turn men’s hearts and minds away from battle as a way to settle world affairs as it was hoped it would. Ironically, the National Guard that was our main line of civil defense before World War I has become an essential and mobile defense force again as more and more of the violence that threatens America is erupting within our borders, as it did this week in Texas. Continue reading