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The Mountain Eagle

SALT To Mark Fifth Anniversary Of Irene

August 24, 2016

MIDDLEBURGH—This coming weekend marks the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Irene as communities which saw its devastation remember and celebrate their resiliency, the strength of the human spirit and continuing recovery.

Schoharie Area Long Term (SALT) Recovery will mark the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Irene by gathering at Timothy Murphy Park in Middleburgh on Sunday, Aug. 28 from 1-3 p.m. to celebrate resilience and new directions for Schoharie County.

SALT along with many other agencies continues to see people through to recovery and will remember and continue to look forward.

What is your dream for Schoharie County? is the question being asked for what the future holds for the community.

It hasn’t been easy, but then no one thought it would be. As a matter of fact, in the days right after Irene, people wondered how they could recover from such devastation.

Those days found thousands of people willing to lend a helping hand, to reach out and provide hope and faith.

People, strangers who had never been to Margaretville, Prattsville, Schoharie or the places in-between donned boots and gloves, or manned water stations or fire houses, or sold things to raise money, to help clean, to help the communities rebuild.A

A commemorative Fifth Anniversary journal will pay tribute to the people, neighbors, friends, businesses and Schoharie County “shining stars” who have contributed to the community’s ongoing spirit of resilience.

On the anniversary they will honor the Putnam, Barber and Ball families for their vast and positive impact on Schoharie County’s resilience in addition to Pastor Sherri Meyer-Veen for her vision. Josh DeBartolo, past director of Schoharie Recovery and former Middleburgh resident, will speak, along with Sarah Goodrich, executive director of SALT. All proceeds from the journal will be used to develop programs that enhance quality of life in Schoharie County.

Over the past year more has been accomplished as the community of Blenheim learned a replica bridge will be built on the site of the historic covered bridge. The Schoharie Fire Department is getting a new home on higher ground, out of the flood zone and Middleburgh has celebrated each business that has come back on line and the new businesses that has located there.

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