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2016 FOFSD Elections

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It's that time of year again and we encourage you to vote in the 2016 FOFSD elections. This year we have 5 open positions on the board of trustees and 2 organizational issues to be decided. Three of the board positions are open due to expiring terms. President Lance Ashworth, Vice President Bill Marsch and Treasurer Ann Shershin's 2 year terms have come to a close and all 3 are running for re-election. 5 other nominees are also running for election to the board. They are in alphabetical order: Rob Buccheri, a teacher from Wappingers Falls, NY., Alec Crosby Entertainment/Media Consultant, who is an active FOFSD volunteer residing in Hyde Park, NY., Rob Leonard, teacher from Lagrange, NY., Alison MacAvery, Human Resources Manager and former Dutchess County Legislator from Fishkill, NY and Keith Riley. Remember when voting there are 8 candidate for 5 open positions.

PLEASE MAKE NO MORE THAN FIVE SELECTIONS - BALLOTS WITH MORE THAN FIVE WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.

Next are the two proposed by-law changes. Issue #1 relates to defining membership: An individual is eligible for membership if s/he contributes time and/or a minimum of twenty-five U.S. dollars ($25) to the Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot during the previous twelve months. [Our current by-laws do not presently define membership.] Issue #2 relates to the size of the board of trustees: The size of the board will be no less than seven and no more than fifteen. [The present size of the board is between 5 and 9 members.]

The election period begins 5am on January 15th and ends January 31st at midnight EST. Use this link Official Election Ballot to access our online voting station for casting your ballot. Every vote cast ensures that the democratic process is alive and well within our orgainization and that you have helped to shape our future. Thank you for your support and for voting today!

 

Vigil

Special thanks to Steve Lynch, President of the Fishkill Historical Society for capturing this wonderful moment at the Candlelight Vigil Ceremony held on December 29, 2015 at the historic Van Wyck Homestead in Fishkill, NY.

As we look at back on 2015 and the many accomplishments our group has achieved, one event stands alone amoungst the rest. In 2014, the National Park Service awarded our group a generous American Battlefield Protection Program preservation grant to consolidate past studies and archaeological findings of the Fishkill Supply Depot into one, all-inclusive report. On Sunday, October 25th Hunter Research, Inc. presented "Fishkill - Military Supply Hub of the Revolutionary War: A Historical and Archaeological Overview." Over 70 people came to the Hyatt-House Fishkill and we graciously thank them all for making this one of our biggest events to date. Below is a video of the full presentation. Huzzah!



 L-R (Daniel Jeanson - Project Coordinator, Hudson Valley Greenways), (Robert A. LaColla - Supervisor, Town of Fishkill), (Yann Yochum - Political advisor to the Consul General of France), (Serge George Garbriel - Colonel (Ret.), U.S. Army), (Dr. Robert A. Selig - Historian Consultant, Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route) and (Jean Lachaud - Président, American Society of Le Souvenir Français, Inc.)

The 6th Annual Revolutionary War Weekend was held on September 19-20, 2015, on the grounds of the Van Wyck Homestead and our group, Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot (FOFSD), on behalf of our partners the Fishkill Historical Society (FHS), would like to thank everyone who attended and all the volunteers who gave their time to make our event a big success.

An estimated 550 visitors were treated to a multitude of colonial era activities including blacksmithing, musket ball fabricating, candle making and cannon/artillery demonstrations. Tours of the Van Wyck Homestead, herb garden and regimental encampments were provided all day and interpretive walking tours to the burial ground at select times on both days.

On Saturday, visitors witnessed the unveiling of official National Park Service (NPS) display panels marking the Fishkill Supply Depot's inclusion in the Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail, known commonly as the W3R. The trail marks the route that the Continental Army and allied French forces traveled from Rhode Island to Yorktown for the final victory over the British during the American Revolutionary War.

 

Research conducted by our two groups over the past few years has uncovered Fishkill's clear connection to the French forces that served in the Revolution: Fishkill's bake ovens and stores provided the French Army with food during its march toward Yorktown and French soldier Jean Bonnaire, a fusilier of the Saintonge Regiment of Infantry, died in the hospital in "Phisquil" on October 31, 1781.

Along with the Van Wyck Homestead Museum's status as a Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HRVNHA) site, the installation of the W3R panels further marks the national importance of the Fishkill Supply Depot and adds to the Town of Fishkill's rich cultural heritage.

 


Featured Photograph

This 18th century wall is located near the Revolutionary War burial ground at the corner of Route 9 and Van Wyck Lake Road in Fishkill, NY. Could this ruin hold secrets of Fishkill's Revolutionary War significance. Donate now to our Burial Ground Fund and help us campaign for preservation of this sacred site.

 


 

The Timepiece

the Timepiece

Enjoy this special poem written about the soldiers' burial ground and the legacy of the historic Fishkill Supply Depot.

It was early in the morning
dew wet upon the ground,
when I saw the young boy soldier
standing near an earthen mound . . .
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