Orange Confidential: Repair Café set for Saturday in Warwick

Sustainable Warwick’s Repair Café, an event where participants can get household items repaired for free or at very low prices, is set for Saturday in Warwick. This will be Sustainable Warwick’s 11th Repair Café, and it will be operating from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Warwick Town Hall Senior Center at 132 Kings Highway.

Repair “coaches” will be on hand to fix items, including clothing, toys, jewelry and electronic and digital devices. The “coaches” will also fix lamps and bicycles, but there may be a small charge for lamp and bicycle parts.

The Café will also be offering knife and tool sharpening, and it has also added stringed instrument repairs and set-ups. Saturday’s Repair Café will also feature a “Kids Take it Apart Table,” where children will be able to dismantle things under adult supervision.

Visitors at Saturday’s Repair Café are encouraged to bring a donation for the Warwick Food Pantry. Free blood pressure screening will be offered as well.

Elizabeth Knight Moss, one of the key organizers, said her group is still looking for volunteers to help with Saturday’s event. If you can help or if you want more information, you can contact Knight Moss at 544-1056 or you can email

Orange County Repair Cafés, sponsored by Sustainable Warwick, are offered on the third Saturday every other month. The next one will be July 21. Sustainable Warwick is a group that focuses on community and environmental issues, and works to preserve Warwick’s rural character.

Chester Kiwanis’ Hambletonian Race May 26 at Chester Community Park

This year’s outing for the annual Chester Kiwanis 5K Hambletonian Race is set for May 26, and proceeds will benefit local high school scholarships, Chester’s Food Bank Backpack program, the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, and other regional charities.

Participants will take home medals in a number of categories, including top three male and female finishers in nine age-defined categories. The top 3 male and female finishers overall will get trophies. There will be walker awards, too. For general information, go to and click the entry that says Chester 5K Hambletonian Race.

Participants are encouraged to register in advance. Race Day registration will run from 7:30 a.m. to 8:35 a.m. at Village of Chester Community Park. The race will start at 8:45 a.m. The course will take runners and walkers through the historic Village of Chester. A free, post-race hot breakfast will be served to all registered runners.

The Race Day registration for students is $18 and the Race Day fee for adults is $25. There is a discount for advance registration. To register online, go to or send checks to Kiwanis Club of Chester, P.O. Box 483, Chester, NY 10918.

On Race Day, the Kiwanis Club will also be collecting T-shirts to be donated to Braeside Camp for children in the Town of Wallkill. Runners and friends donated more than 500 T-shirts at last year’s event.

Warwick honors sister community, Warwickshire, England, for WWI sacrifice

The 100th anniversary of the end of World War I will be coming up in November. Volunteers in Orange County’s Town of Warwick marked the anniversary by sending poppies to Warwick’s sister community in England, Warwickshire, to honor the 11,610 soldiers from Warwickshire who were killed in the war.

Warwickshire is creating a special display, leading up to the 100th anniversary of the end of the “War to End all Wars,” which will come on Nov. 11. An estimated 9 million combatants and 7 million civilians died in World War I, which started in July 1914 and ended Nov. 11, 1918.

Thanking the volunteers for their work on the poppy project and acknowledging the anniversary, Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton noted that Orange County’s Town of Warwick lost seven people in World War I.

Richard J. Bayne


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