Honors residents who give of their time and abilities to serve community
By Liz Schevtchuk Armstrong
Cold Spring’s mayor and trustees Friday, Jan. 13, offered up platefuls of hot food and warm appreciation to those who keep the village running smoothly, when the village government hosted its annual party for volunteers and staff. The evening event, held at the Cold Spring firehouse, honors residents who give of their time and abilities to serve on village sub-boards, such as the Zoning Board of Appeals or Recreation Commission, but also salutes village employees and friends, such as Philipstown officials, who assist Cold Spring in various ways.
In a Village Board team effort, Mayor Seth Gallagher presided over the festivities and dispensed drinks, Trustee Charles Hustis assisted with preparation at the food tables, and Trustees Bruce Campbell and J. Ralph Falloon lent hands with other chores. “The purpose of tonight’s party is to thank all those who help the village out,” Gallagher said in welcoming everyone. “Thank you for your work.” He noted that special guests included Haldane Board of Education member Michael Junjulas; Philipstown Town Board members Dave Merandy and Betty Budney, a Cold Spring resident; Haldane Superintendent Mark Villanti, and County Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, as well as representatives of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, Cold Spring Police Department, and Cold Spring Fire Company No. 1, led by President Mike Bowman and Chief Matt Steltz.
With cold weather looming, he also mentioned the two highway officials who keep roads and streets clear, Philipstown Highway Superintendent Roger Chirico, who lives in the village on Parrott Street, and Cold Spring Highway Supervisor Ed Trimble. He praised Chirico for his strong cooperation and assistance with mutual projects and teased Trimble for so far “doing a great job on snow removal this year!” The party drew about 70 participants.
Photos by L.S.Armstrong