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5/24/17 Highlights of this week's edition...

Gold Star Mother still feels loss of son three decades later

By Kristine Coulter

(Continued from cover) “My husband was an electrician for 39 years,” said Renate.

Christopher “really excelled at what he was doing,” she recalled.

When asked about how she felt about Christopher going into the Navy, Renate replied, “We always let the kids make up their minds.” Renate and Robert had 4 children, two daughters and two sons. Christopher was their second child.

“I wasn’t really concerned. My husband was in the service. He (Christopher) loved what he was doing,” she said.

Read the full story in this week’s print edition.

Church bell to be donated to EFHS during Sons of Italy Festival Sunday

The church bell that was once on top of the Fishkill Plains Union Church will be donated to the East Fishkill Historical Society on Sunday, May 28 by the Joe DiMaggio Lodge #2248 in East Fishkill. - Courtesy photo

By Kristine Coulter

Members of the Joe DiMaggio Lodge #2248 in East Fishkill will donate an 1800s bell to the East Fishkill Historical Society (EFHS) during the Lodge’s annual Sons of Italy Festival. The donation will take place on Sunday, May 28 at 3 p.m. at the East Fishkill Recreation Grounds in Hopewell Junction.
“The building they have their lodge in was Fishkill Plains Union Church,” explained Rick Soedler, member of the EFHS. The church, the building, dates back to the 1800s.
Dave Totillo, President of the Joe DiMaggio Lodge, said the local lodge was founded in 1971. It was then re-established in 1981.
In the mid-2000s the roof was leaking, explained Totillo. He described the bell tower “as rickety.”

“We made a quick decision and asked them (the contractors) to take the bell down and close up the tower,” recalled Totillo.

The bell has been kept in the lodge hall since then, he said.

After it was brought down, said Totillo, two members cleaned the bell up. “They got it looking real good and put it on a frame,” he noted.

Read the full story in this week’s print edition.

Also in the May 24-30, 2017 issue:

  • Fishkill Business Association hosts annual block party

Janine Panico, left, and Linda Panico, owner of OliveU!, stand in their booth with imported goods from Italy. - Photo by Kristine Coulter


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