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Issue 51 — July 20, 2017
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PJ To Hold
Community Workshops

PORT JERVIS — The City of Port Jervis Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code Update Committee is sponsoring two Community Workshops. Details are as follows:

• Thursday, July 27, at 7 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
• Thursday, August 10, at 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Location: Port Jervis City Hall, 20 Hammond Street, Port Jervis, NY 12771, Common Council Chambers, 2nd Floor.

The City of Port Jervis has begun the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Law, and other land use regulations in accordance with New York State law. Its intent is to modernize planning and zoning procedures and to further the quality of residential life in the City, support its local and tourism-related businesses, and maximize its commercial and industrial opportunities while at the same time protecting the community's heritage, environment, and natural resources.

The purpose of these initial Community Workshops is to introduce the public to the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code Update process. We will also work together to define the City's strengths and identify issues and concerns that should be addressed through this planning process. Residents, property owners, business owners, and all others who are interested in the future of the Port Jervis are encouraged to participate in either one of these workshops.

The Committee was established by the City to prepare the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code Update. The Committee's recommendations will ultimately be forwarded to the Common Council for adoption. The project is funded, in part, through a grant provided by the New York State Department of State under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund.

For additional information about upcoming meetings or to review notes from past meetings, please visit the City of Port Jervis' website at http://www.portjervisny.org/.

Unknown Soldier Commemoration

LACKAWAXEN — On Saturday July 22 at 1 p.m., a ceremony honoring the Unknown Soldier of the Revolutionary War will take place at Scenic Drive, Lackawaxen PA. The grave-side ceremony, on the bank of the Delaware River.is sponsored jointly by the Ecker Haupt and Mountain Laurel Posts of the VFW, the Commissioners of Pike County, and the Supervisors of Lackawaxen Township.

The general public is invited and urged to attend the bried ceremony, traditional since 1975 in Pike County.

The Unknown Soldier, who lies ina grave recognized by the U.S. government as that of an Unknown, killed in the Minisink Battle on July 22, 1779. After a raid on what is now Port Jervis, NY, the American militia mobilized from as far away as Goshen, and followed the enemy up along the Delaware River. They finally met on a hill opposite Lackawaxen where a three hour battle took place with tragic consequences for the militia.

Because of the rough country and lack of roads in that era, the bodies of the dead remained on the battlefield for forty years. Even then, not all were recovered. In 1847, the body of a soldier, identified as a militia man by the remains of his uniform, was discovered under a rock ledge. He was brought to Lackawaxen, then a major railroad and canal center, and buried there on the bank of the Delaware.

The grave, a Pike County Historic Site, is under the care of the Ecker-Haupt Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, which participates each year in the Memorial Services.

Art And About Art Exhibit

PORT JERVIS, NY — Art and About, sponsored by the Port Jervis Council for the Arts, will present: "It's Summertime!" on exhibit thru August 31. Photographs, paintings and pastels by artists who celebrate the visual beauty of summer's diversity. The exhibits can be seen at: 1) Bon Secours Hospital: Mon.-Fri., 8-4 p.m. in the 1st floor cafeteria at 160 E Main St. 2) Deerpark Town Hall, 420 Rte. 209, Huguenot Mon.-Fri., 9-4 p.m. 3) PJ Mayor's Office in City Hall, 20 Hammond St., on Mon., Tues., and Wed. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Email susanmiiller@yahoo.com or visit PortJervisCouncilForTheArts.org for more info.

 

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