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Rockland Rowing Masters Regatta June 15th At Rockland Lake Congers

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Get ready to experience the thrill of rowing competition amidst the natural beauty of Rockland Lake State Park. The Rockland Rowing Association proudly announces its second annual Rockland Rowing Masters Regatta.

Building on the success of last year’s event, this year promises an even more exhilarating and inclusive rowing spectacle, complete with traditional 1000m sprints, the unique Rockland Relays, and a vibrant beer garden to celebrate the spirit of rowing.

Event Highlights:
● Professionally Designed Course: 1000m course features 10 buoyed lanes with stake
boats, promising fair and competitive racing.
● Scenic Venue: Nestled within Rockland Lake State Park, the venue offers stunning
views and a perfect backdrop for both competitors and spectators.
● Comprehensive Racing Schedule: Embracing the legacy of the Derby Sweeps &
Sculls, this event offers a full spectrum of events, ensuring a place for every masters
rower.
● Professional Management: With expert timing and management, participants can look
forward to a seamless racing experience.
● Accessibility: Excellent trailer access and ample parking make participation hassle-
free. Located just 20 miles from New York and minutes from the Tappan Zee Bridge, it’s
conveniently accessible.
● Local Amenities: Enjoy the charm of Nyack and the broader Rockland County with its
array of dining and hotel options.
● Innovative Rockland Relays: A test of strategy and team depth, these relay races add
a dynamic twist to the day's competition.
● Youth Engagement: The regatta includes 1000m youth quad races, fostering the next
generation of rowers.
● Boat Rentals: Available for those in need, ensuring everyone has a chance to compete.

There is no handicapping at this Regatta. The goal is to allow crews to get to experience being on the water with as close to a full 10-lane field as they can get in each event, while still awarding medals to winners in each age category represented in the flight. Online registration is currently open with a deadline of June 5 th . For more information and to download a race packet with complete details, visit www.rocklandrowing.org.

 

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Garner Arts Center Presents “Lure of the Rails” Until July 21st

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Gallery Hours:
Fridays, 2-5 PM Saturdays and Sundays, 1-5 PM, Building 35. Only until July 21st.

“Every artist’s journey begins with a source of inspiration. My creative ventures in art and photography began at age 9 when my Dad gave me my first camera.

The photography on these walls is the result of that “gift” that I was given and a new opportunity to “see” things in a variety of new and exciting ways.

Model trains were in my life from age 2 while living in our families Brooklyn apartment, before moving to Haverstraw, NY in 1964…”

”It is my hope that by viewing my photographs, you may travel along with me to places you’ve never been, experiencing the power, romance and majesty of trains and ultimately, the Lure of the Rails…”

Ken Karlewicz   May 17, 2024

                                          Ken Karlewicz

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Juneteenth Is Our Country’s Second Independence Day

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On the evening of January 1, 1863, enslaved and free African Americans gathered in churches and private homes all across the country awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect. At the stroke of midnight, prayers were answered and all enslaved people in Confederate States were declared legally free. Union soldiers, many of whom were black, marched onto plantations and across cities in the south reading small copies of the Emancipation Proclamation spreading the news of freedom in Confederate States. The Thirteenth Amendment ended slavery throughout the United States.

But not everyone in Confederate territory would immediately be free. Even though the Emancipation Proclamation was made effective in 1863, it could not be implemented in places still under Confederate control. As a result, in the westernmost Confederate state of Texas, enslaved people would not be free until much later. Freedom finally came on June 19, 1865, when some 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas. The army announced that the more than 250,000 enslaved black people in the state, were free by executive decree. 

Juneteenth is our country’s second independence day. This occasion has been celebrated by African American communities for over 150 years. Yet some Americans are not aware of this monumental event. On June 17, 2021 a bill was signed making Juneteenth the 11th American federal holiday. Juneteenth is celebrated every year on June 19th. 

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