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Out Lexington Way: Ray Albino steps down as fire commissioner

January 9, 2019 12:42 pm Updated: January 9, 2019 01:00 pm


As of Dec. 31, 2018, Ray Albino stepped down as a Town of Lexington Fire District Commissioner and Chairman after serving about 10 years. Thank you so much for your service, Ray.

Ray wrote the following letter to the Lexington Fire Company and Rescue Squad online and I am sharing it here with Ray’s permission:

“Good morning all. Today marks my final day as Commissioner. I have to say, it has been an enlightening and challenging experience. Shortly after becoming a Commissioner, I found myself as Chairman, the beginning of the challenges, not having any knowledge of fire and rescue policies. I depended on Paul Van [Valkenburgh] for guidance, unfortunately that relationship ended too soon with Paul’s passing. Thus, challenge number two. Patti Minew took over as Treasurer/Secretary and transitioned the fire district into the modern era. I was lucky to have her help.”

“Bumps in the road continued with ambulance issues on the County level and then also the reliability of our own ambulance which we resolved with the purchase of a newer ambulance.”

“Smooth sailing — not so fast. Then came Irene, no need to remind anyone of her destruction. So the challenges were trying which made the rewards greater. I’m satisfied and comfortable thinking that I helped make a difference.”

“The greatest thing that I take from my time as Commissioner, is the respect and gratitude that I have for the fire and rescue volunteers. I had no idea of the amount of time and dedicated effort these people put into serving our community. Thank you so much for your commitment. Thank you to my colleagues on the Board for their service.”

“All the members of the Rescue Squad and Fire Company deserve recognition, but two people stand out and go above and beyond, Paul and Liza Dwon. I don’t know how I would have managed without your help. Thank you. This town is fortunate to have your dedication. To Charlotte [Jaeger] and Mike [Falke], thank you for stepping in and to all the people of the Lexington Fire District and your families, have a happy, healthy and safe New Year.”

Happy birthday to Mary Palazzolo on Jan. 12.

Jan. 12 Diane Cross celebrates her birthday.

Roseann West’s birthday is Jan. 13.

Jan. 14 it’s happy birthday to Maurice Nelson.

We certainly can’t forget to wish Mike Ryan a happy birthday on Jan. 15.

Birthday greetings on Jan. 16 to Jannel Mellott.

Jan. 17 is Bridget Osborn’s birthday.

Best wishes to all of you.

Greene County Senior Nutrition Program menu for the week of Jan. 14–Jan. 18 is as follows: Monday—Linguini with white clam sauce, fresh salad, broccoli, fruit cocktail; Tuesday—Baked chicken with gravy, Brussels sprouts, sweet potato, chocolate mousse; Wednesday—Chili Con Carne, brown rice, peach crisp; Thursday—Battered fish, coleslaw, oven baked potato fries, spinach puff, sugar cookies; Friday—National Coffee Day—Swedish meatballs, red cabbage, mashed potatoes, tiramisu. All persons 60 and older are invited to attend. Meals served at noon for a suggested donation of $4 per meal. Please call at least a day in advance to reserve your meal. Mountain Top Senior Service Center is located in the Jewett Municipal Building, Route 23C, 518-263-4392.

New Bible studies have started on Monday evenings, 6 p.m. in the Lexington UMC hall and on Wednesday evenings, 7 p.m. in the Jewett Firehouse, County Route 17. Everyone is welcome.

Lexington/West Kill UMC Administrative Council meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Jan. 21 in the Lexington church hall.

The deadline for submitting nomination entries for 2019 Greene County Senior Citizen Awards is Jan. 31. Any Greene County resident, age 60 or older can be nominated for these awards. The two awards presented annually are the Senior Citizen of the Year and Outstanding Contribution by a Senor Citizen.

Achievements must be voluntary in nature, performed in Greene County and not part of paid employment. Past nominees can be re-nominated at any time as long as they have not won the top awards. Senior of the Year and Outstanding Contribution by a Senior award winners may be re-nominated only if seven years or more have passed since last awarded. If you know someone who deserves this recognition, contact the Greene County Department of Human Services at 518-719-3555 for an official nomination form. A photo of the nominee is requested with the application. Incomplete forms will not be considered as eligible. Any inquiries for further information may also be directed to the department.

Mark your calendars for the annual T.G.I.F Brook’s Chicken BBQ that will be held on Feb. 15 at the Lexington UMC hall. More details to follow.

January is a quiet month for news. If you have anything you’d like to share, give me a call at 518-989-6443 or

Until next week take care, be thankful and please be kind.