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On Saturday, August 6 the annual Dragon Boat Races took place as part of the Peekskill Celebration. I was a proud member of the team SUZ Crew captained by Kelly McKinley of Montrose.  Paddling in honor of her mom, Suzanne Duke, who is battling LMS, Leiomyosarcoma a rare, incurable cancer, our team consisted of family and friends.  Per the back of our team shirts, we wanted the world to know that “LMS Can Kiss My Booty!”  As of now donations of over $3,500 has been made to Edna’s Foundation of Hope.We were excited as a freshman team to come in first in the Cancer Race and fourth overall in all of the races.  We are all on board to row again next year and may even have a second team! For information or to make a donation in honor of SUZ, please visit: www.ednashope.org

Fred, Phyllis, Lindsay & Julie Froebrich from Montrose went on a mission trip with seven with members of the Peekskill Presbyterian Church to Leeds, Maine, to work on a two family homeless shelter.  While there the group painted the entire inside of the homes which consisted of three bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom in each unit.  The work was hard but everyone had a good time and it was a great experience for the teenagers.  They got to meet a mother and her two daughters who moved into the first apartment that was finished.  She was extremely grateful and shed quite a few tears when she saw all of the work that was done.The group also did work at a living history farm.  It was the family home of the Washburn’s who had 11 children, three of whom became senators and two others founded the Gold Medal Flour Company and the Pillsbury Flour Company.  They planted some trees and then dug a drainage ditch around the mansion. Lastly, they scraped and painted the deck on a home and repaired stairs on the deck.  The group was housed in a church and did the work through an organization called RCAM, Rural Community Action Ministry which is located in Leeds, Maine.

The Church of Divine Love garden in Montrose has yielded a bumper crop in its second year! Children, seniors, scouts, neighbors, and local businesses have all chipped in to keep this small church garden growing produce for the Croton Emergency Food Bank. There has been lettuce, radishes, carrots, broccoli (LOTS of it), zucchini, yellow squash, spinach, beans, peas, fresh herbs and even small bouquets of flowers. This year, Divine Love’s Garden Project was able to use an abandoned playground area on the property to also plant fruit trees, grapes and melon.The Garden Project was inspired by the work of Christopher Diamond who has planned and maintained many community gardens in New York State. His idea is that if every church in the Hudson Valley would plant such a garden, every food pantry would be overflowing with fresh produce for its clients. As it is, food pantry clients rarely receive fresh produce. Christopher also sees a church garden project as an opportunity to form and nurture community connections. Volunteers enthusiastically prepare the garden in the spring, plant, weed, and harvest as well as make the delivery to the food bank every Saturday.

The 15U Shrub Oak Wreckers, coached by Ray Glashoff, completed their summer travel team undefeated in the NY Elite Baseball League.  The Wreckers posted a 16-0 league record and out-slugged their opponents 144-33. Strong Defense and Hitting coupled with low errors was the formula for success!The Wreckers are made up of players from Hendrick Hudson, Panas, Lakeland, Iona Prep, and Fordham Prep. Hendrick Hudson: Hunter Glashoff, Carson Cole, Peter PinquePanas: Russell Mylnar, Timmy McCauley, Tommy Parish, Vincent Bizzoco, Brian HoldermanLakeland: AJ Grigas, John White, Joey TuccitoIona Prep: John PiconeFordham Prep: Jesse MartinOn the march to the playoffs the Wreckers outscored Team Peligro 8-3 at Peekskill Stadium with Hunter Glashoff pitching the entire game.  In the second playoff game the Wreckers beat the Croton Bombers at Peekskill Stadium 8-5 and got a complete game pitching performance from Carson Cole.  The final game was played at Newburgh Little League Complex against the Orange County Bombers who beat the Wreckers last year in the finals. Jesse Martin and Timmy McCauley's combined efforts on the mound resulted in a 10-6 Wreckers Championship win!

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