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West Harrison's Sgt. Lemm 'A True American Hero,' Says Mayor

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and members of the Lemm family lead a procession during a ceremony at Kensico Dam.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and members of the Lemm family lead a procession during a ceremony at Kensico Dam. Photo Credit: submitted

HARRISON, N.Y. – The following is a letter from Harrison Mayor Ron Belmont to the community:

It was a privilege to attend the recent ceremony at the Kensico Dam, hosted by Westchester County, for the unveiling of a bronze plaque honoring West Harrison resident, Tech. Sgt. Joseph Lemm, who was killed in December by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.

The plaque is part of a memorial that honors residents who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. The ceremony and dedication was a fitting tribute to the remarkable bravery and sacrifice of a true American hero.

In other news, congratulations to all who participated in this year’s annual Relay for Life of Harrison. Four hundred residents and friends joined the fight against cancer by walking for all those affected by this disease.

The event was a great success, raising over $100,000 for the American Cancer Society.

This year’s annual St. Anthony’s Festa took place recently in West Harrison.

Once again, this greatly anticipated celebration had many residents and visitors attending the festivities and enjoying food, games and attractions.

Vendors provided popular Festa favorites that included sausage and peppers, pasta and fresh cannoli. Children’s activities, music, dancing and carnival rides were enjoyed by Festa attendees of all ages. The event was a big success and provided a wonderful way of shining a light on Harrison’s Italian heritage. It was great to see many friends and familiar faces enjoying this very special tradition. Congratulations to all involved.

The Harrison Library is to offer a historical walking tour of the Hills at 10 a.m. on June 11 starting in the Liberty Park parking lot. Bice Wilson will lead a guided hike through the historic Hills community (current day Silver Lake Preserve). The hike is a great opportunity to learn about the land where the largest community of African Americans in Westchester farmed and lived during the Civil War. It is expected to take 3 to 4 hours. Participants should bring a lunch and water and should dress for “back country bushwhacking.”

In more Library news, the Harrison Public Library kicked off a healthy mind and body-themed adult summer reading program on May 24. The Adult Summer Reading & Step Challenge runs until June 29 and challenges adults to step up and stay sharp by accomplishing 500,000 steps in five weeks, combining healthy activities for mind and body.

Sign up at the library or email harrisonlibrarians@gmail.com. It’s never too late to participate.

Harrison Town Clerk Jackie Greer recently received approval from the Harrison Town Board to update and approve the town’s website. The Town’s first-generation website had not been updated in almost 10 years. The second-generation version became available in October 2012, is streamlined and user-friendly, provides a secured platform and is easy to navigate.

The third-generation website will have a Responsive Web Design, which will be able to detect mobile phones and tablets as well as desktops and laptops. It will render the website appropriately for each type of device, rearranging the contents as the device gets smaller rather than stripping away the graphics. The new site should be available this fall and I am looking forward to the improvement.

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is scheduled for Friday, June 17. I will be at Cobblestone, located at 620 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and look forward to meeting with residents to talk about issues facing our community.

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