May 24, 2013

What Memorial Day means to me

The recent wet weather has set the area awash in a sea of green. For this year’s Memorial Day festivities, we hope the morning gets off to a dry start and the sun shines on our parades in Bedford Hills, Katonah, Bedford Village and Pound Ridge. The day offers a moment of reflection and a celebration of family, friends and community.

“In the midst of our busy lives, it is easy to forget the incredible sacrifices made by our servicemen and women in order to secure our freedom,” said Bedford’s supervisor Lee Roberts at last year’s Katonah Memorial Day event. “We are all in their debt.”

The message holds true throughout the town’s three hamlets.

On the heels of the fire department’s 110th anniversary parade last Saturday, Bedford Hills begins parade day at 9 a.m., marching down Main Street to a ceremony at the war memorials by the firehouse.

The Katonah Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony, sponsored by Katonah American Legion Post 1275 and the Katonah Fire Department, takes place at 10 a.m. The parade route goes from the fire department, down Katonah Avenue, and up the Parkway to Lawrence Circle on Bedford Road. Afterward, if you haven’t seen the new firehouse renovations yet, check them out. Ladder 39, the department’s first fire engine with a mounted aerial ladder, was delivered early this month and is truly magnificent; the 2013 engine from Smeal Fire Apparatus of Snyder, Neb., has a 75-foot extendable ladder, 400-gallon water tank and 20-gallon foam tank. It is capable of pumping 2,000 gallons per minute.

One of the most photogenic and endearing holiday events, the annual Bedford Village Memorial Day Parade Bike Decorating Contest, rides into Bedford Village courtesy of the Lions Club and fire department. Kids up to 12 are invited to let their “creative and patriotic spirits fly” while they decorate their bikes then ride them in the parade. The parade begins at 11, starting at the corner of Seminary and Pound Ridge roads and heading along Pound Ridge Road to the Village Green. Prizes will be awarded on the Village Green at the conclusion of the Memorial Day ceremonies.

The Pound Ridge Memorial Day Parade kicks off at noon at the Pound Ridge Elementary School and travels down Westchester Avenue to the cemetery for the program.

The celebration continues across the street in the Town Park with ice cream and a barbecue courtesy of the Lions Club, Pound Ridge Business Association, Pound Ridge Partnership, Scotts Corners Market and the Pound Ridge PBA, with music by the Bearcats and the playing of taps at 3 p.m. in honor of the National Moment of Silence.

No matter where you’re headed, drive carefully — not only will parade marchers and cyclists be on the streets, but on Monday morning so will horses and their riders at the Bedford Riding Lanes Association Spring Pace. A pace, unlike a race, presents the blue ribbon to the rider or riders who are closest to the course’s optimal time for the conditions, as measured by a BRLA team of judges. Slow down and give riders plenty of space as they cross Route 22 onto the John Jay Homestead’s finish line. The BRLA’s picnic following the pace is open to everyone. Advance registration is required for the pace; lunch tickets may be bought on-site.

And while at the Homestead check out the new Carriage Barn, only eight years in the making. The barn puts the Homestead at the forefront of our nation’s historical heritage, symbolizing the link from Revolutionary War days to modern times. It is this historical link that makes this a national holiday encompassing the best of our traditions — honoring those who have fallen in service to protect us and appreciating our bounty with quintessentially American celebrations.

A distressing but sobering reminder arrived today via email from Sgt. Jeff Dickan of the Bedford Police Department on behalf of a coalition of regional law enforcement officers. “During the upcoming Memorial Day observance period,” states the letter, “we need to remember the recent events that occurred during the Boston Marathon, unfortunately a sad reminder that we still need to remain vigilant and diligent in our duties, never forgetting that terrorism, foreign or domestic, is a part of today’s world.”

Because of this heightened alert, law enforcement agencies will be conducting high-visibility patrols and inspections of public places from Friday, May 24, to early morning Tuesday, May 28. This will consist of law enforcement officers conducting periodic security checks of train stations, commuter parking lots, bus routes, shopping malls and public parks where holiday events may be held. “This increased uniformed presence is not because there is a renewed threat to your safety,” law enforcement officers state. “It is simply part of our counter-terrorism strategy of continued vigilance.

Those who witness behavior not matching what officers describe as “the usual pattern of activity found within our daily lives,” notify police by calling 911; their direct number in Bedford, 241-3111, or Pound Ridge, 764-4206; or call safe tipline at 1-866-723-3697.

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Pound Ridge/Scotts Corners

  1. Scotts Corner Market – Trinity Corners Shopping Center;  55 Westchester Avenue

  2. Pound Ridge Sunoco — 66 Westchester Avenue    

  3. Sam Parker Country Market — 257 Westchester Avenue    

Bedford Village

  1. Bedford Rexall Pharmacy — Hunting Ridge Mall; 424 Old Post Road  

  2. Village Green Deli — Village Green; Routes 22 and 172    

  3. Bedford Shell — Routes 22 and 172 (at blinking light); 848 So. Bedford Road

  4. Village Service Center —193 Pound Ridge Road (at Long Ridge Road intersection)    

Bedford Hills

  1. Bedford Hills Deli – 7 Babbitt Road    

  2. Bueti’s Deli – 526 Bedford Road (Route 117)


  1. NoKA Joe’s – 25 Katonah Avenue    

  2. Steger’s Paper Mill – 89 Katonah Avenue    

  3. Katonah Pharmacy – Katonah Shopping Center; 294 Katonah Avenue   

  4. Bagel Shoppe – Katonah Shopping Center; 280 Katonah Avenue    

  5. Katonah Sunoco – 105 Bedford Road

Mount Kisco

  1. Teamo/Mt. Kisco News – 239 Main Street    

Cross River

  1. Bagel Boys Café – Cross River Shopping Center; Routes 121 and 35    

  2. Cross River Shell Station – Route 35    

  3. Cameron’s Deli –  890 Route 35    

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