As part of our continuing efforts to keep the community informed of the progress at the CPV Energy Valley Center in Wawayanda, we wanted to
Provide an important update. 

Since completing commissioning of the CPV Valley Energy Center on our back up fuel in early May, the facility has been operational and providing reliability benefits to the electric grid by being available to operate in times of system stress. During the last heat wave, the facility was put on standby by New York's grid operator to meet the soaring demand. 

Millennium Pipeline Company completed construction and testing of the gas lateral on July 8th and received the final certificate to operate on July 9th. Federal and State regulators conducted numerous inspections throughout the pipeline construction and found no violations or infractions.

Now that gas is available, the final testing and commissioning phase is underway. The primary goal of this final phase is to operate the equipment on natural gas and enable the operation of both gas turbines and steam turbine together, which maximizes the efficiency of the facility. Once complete, the CPV Valley Energy Center will be one of the most efficient power plants in the United States. Although it is impossible to predict an exact date of completion, we are planning to complete all testing by mid­August. These testing and commissioning activities are a necessary step and are conducted in accordance with Federal and State air emission standards.

Once operating on natural gas, the CPV Valley Energy Center will displace older, less efficient fossil fuel generation operating today. By replacing that older generation, New York's carbon emissions are estimated to be reduced by 1/2 a million tons per year. The CPV Valley Energy Center will also use less natural gas to create the same amount of electricity it displaces, which
means less fuel will be extracted and imported into the state. As New York strives to achieve its goal of 50% renewables electric generation by 2030, the operational flexibility of the CPV Energy Center will greatly enhance the ability
to balance renewables and help New York to meet its renewable goals.

We encourage you to visit our CPV Valley Energy Center webpage at where you can obtain updated information.

Tom Rumsey, CPV

Give the Gift of a Lift-The Friendly Visitor Program urgently needs volunteers to assist older adults in Middletown and surrounding areas.

In our community, many older adults and those who have disabilities live alone and enjoy their independence. Unfortunately, some are isolated, separated from their families, or are in need of a caring friend. Simple gestures can make a difference. According to Friendly Visitor coordinator, Carmen Thomas, “The waiting list for help just keeps growing. We must help our neighbors feel connected to their community and keep our older adults in their homes for as long as possible. The need for volunteers all over Orange County is urgent. The Friendly Visitor Program is committed to supporting older residents by matching local volunteers with residents that need supports”.

In about 2 hours a week our volunteers make a difference by providing: Transportation to local appointments, help with grocery shopping and home visits. Our volunteers have an impact on the life of their neighbors. Our volunteers are trained and go through a background check at no charge to them and are insured while they volunteer.

Volunteer Trainings are scheduled for August in the following towns- All ages are welcome!
Newburgh -8/7/18 at 10:00 am
Blooming Grove- 8/10/1818 11:00 am
Middletown-8/20/18 at 10:00 am

Training locations will be shared at time of registration. To register for the two part training or for more information, call Paula 845-341-1173 ext. 305 or email

Services are offered to older adults and adults with disabilities. Trainings are held in partnership with Jewish Family Service of Orange County, Orange County Office for the Aging and the towns of Newburgh, New Windsor, Blooming Grove, Warwick, Montgomery and Woodbury. JFS is a recipient agency of the Jewish Federation. Our doors are open to the entire community.


Make your reservations early to secure a space.

What: Health Fair Hosted by Mulberry House Senior Center

Where: Mulberry House Senior Center 62-70 West Main Street, Middletown, NY 10940

When: September 19, 2017 9:30am- to 2:00pm

Why: To Empower Senior Citizens with information about Health Services and provide them an opportunity to ask questions.

How: By having Health Agencies and any service promoting senior citizens to Mulberry House.

Who: We need: Nurses, Pharmacists, Nutritionist, Podiatrists, Dentists, Optometrists, Insurance and Legal Professionals,

Nursing Homes, Senior Day Care Providers and any Senior Citizen Service Representative, etc.

***Please let us know if you are interested in reserving a table. It will be on a first come first serve basis. The cost for          vendors will be $50.00 per table. (Lunch will be provided)***

PLEASE RESPOND ASAP. (845)346-4073 or email