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Yorktown veterans, students hold annual Four Chaplains ceremony

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Yorktown veterans will join with “Living History” students from Mildred Strang Middle School and residents of Yorktown at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2, at the Yorktown American Legion Hall at 235 Veterans Road in Yorktown Heights to celebrate the annual Chapel of the Four Chaplains ceremony.

This annual ceremony honors four U.S. Army chaplains who were aboard the U.S. troopship, Dorchester, in February 1943 when it was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic.  These chaplains of different faiths handed out life vests and calmed the soldiers aboard their dying ship.  When the chaplains ran out of life vests to hand out, they gave up their own life vests to save others.  Their bravery was an inspiration to all who survived the sinking and all who heard of it.  These Americans are remembered at this ceremony for their bravery and their interfaith cooperation in helping their fellow soldiers in their greatest time of need.

Each year numerous “Living History’ students in their colonial militia uniforms with their teacher, Chris DiPasquale, open the ceremony with the formal presentation of the nation’s colors. Four prominent local clergy members are part of the ceremony: Mother Claire Woodley of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Mohegan Lake; Rabbi Robert Weiner of Temple Beth Am in Yorktown Heights; Pastor Dan O’Brien of Calvary Bible Church in Yorktown Heights; and the Rev. Thomas Kreiser from St Patrick’s Church in Yorktown.

Light refreshments will be served at the post hall after the ceremony.  All veterans and members of the public are invited to attend this free event.

Westchester Cycle Club welcomes spring with Bike Shop Tour Series

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

The Westchester Cycle Club held the first of its Spring Bike Shop Tour Series at Bicycle World in Mount Kisco on Wednesday, March 20.

The club has partnered with area bike shops to encourage people to get out, get fit, be safe and have fun riding. Evenings include food, demonstrations and socializing.

With a beer garden theme, the Bicycle World program was held upstairs, and participants sampled local brews from Captain Lawrence Brewery, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and German food.

Discussion topics included bike handling techniques, proper gear selection, getting the most training benefits from your time on the bike and mechanical tactics.

Programs will be held next week and throughout April. All programs $25 and are from 6:30 p.m. -9 p.m. Future programs include:

Danny’s Cycles, 644 Central Ave., Scarsdale; Wednesday, March 27. Manufacturer representatives will speak about wheels and clothing.

Hastings Velo, 45 Main St., Hastings-on-Hudson; Monday, April 1. A demonstration of the latest in electronic shifting and discussion the virtues of a custom bicycle. Food by David Dibari of the Cookery.

Hickory and Tweed, 410 Main St., Armonk; Monday, April 8. Helmets, bike clothing, specifically bibs and shorts, followed by a discussion about triathlon bikes.

Yorktown Cycles, 1899 Commerce St. Yorktown Heights; Wednesday, April 10. Dr. Stuart Weitzman will address different nutrition or fuel requirements for your rides – from shorter rides or races to Century or Iron distance rides.

Signature Cycle, 1899 Commerce St., Greenwich, Conn., April 18. Learn more about frame materials and have your questions answered about differences and attributes of carbon, steel and titanium bikes. Cuisine from Tarry Lodge.

WCC members can register on the WCC website www.westchestercycleclub.org under Events. All others please contact Events Organizer Flori Doyle to register: Floricdoyle@gmail.com . All welcome, but registration is limited, so register early.

The Westchester Cycle Club is a not-for-profit organization that has been riding since 1975. Annual membership ($20) provides a variety of member-led rides – beginner through expert – throughout Westchester as well as Putnam, Dutchess and Fairfield (Conn.) counties. For more information on the club or to become a member, please visit www.westchestercycleclub.org.

 

            Left to right: Eric Marcos, owner of Bicycle World, with organizer Flori Doyle and some Westchester Cycle Club members at first event.