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Our Next meeting will be held on First Friday, April 6th at the
Dikeman Engine & Hose Company in Goshen

Directions from Middletown;

Take Rt. 17 East to exit 124, at the ramp stay left to make left turn on Rt. 17A (towards Florida, NY), at the light make a left onto Rt. 17 A , Greenwich Ave. (Suresky Chrysler - Plymouth will be diagonally across the street at the light). Go a short distance to the first street - Sorrento Drive, make a right.  The fire house is on the first building on the left. Make the first left turn into the firehouse. The entrance is in the rear, take stairs or elevator to the second floor.

Directions from Chester and points East of Goshen

Take Rt. 17 West to exit 124, at the ramp make a left. Continue to the next light and make a left onto Rt. 17A, Greenwich Ave. The next light after going over Rt. 17 overpass is the Exit / Entrance to Rt. 17 East on the left and Suresky Chrysler - Plymouth on the right.  Continue a short distance to the first street - Sorrento Drive, make a right.  The fire house is on the first building on the left. Make the first left turn into the firehouse. The entrance is in the rear, take stairs or elevator to the second floor.




Fr. Emmanuel Hourihan AOH Division 4
         Newsletter April 2018 
         State and County News

Cead Mile Failte! A Hundred Thousand Welcomes!

AOH Division 4's next meeting is First Friday, April 6th, 7:30pm at the Dikeman Engine & Hose Company in Goshen.

Fr. Emmanuel Hourihan 2018 AOH Division 4 officers: 

President - Kevin Dooner, Vice-President - Ronald Heppes, Financial Secretary - Edmond Burke, Recording Secretary - Thomas B. Quinn,                                 

-Treasurer - James O'Malley, Standing Committee Chairman - Patrick McKernan, Marshal - Robert Heppes, Sentinel - John Blaine 


Orange County News: There will be a Orange County AOH Board meeting on Sunday, April 8th at 2: 00 pm at the Division 2 Hall in Cornwall to which you are invited.

New York State News: The Semi-Annual NY State AOH State Board Meeting will take place 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 5th at the Shamrock House at 145 East Durham, NY.

Congratulations to AOH Division 4 Brother Brian Strommer who will represent the Division in this year's Mid Hudson's St. Patrick's Day Parade held on Sunday March 11th in Goshen. Brian's brother Kevin is also an Aide in this year's parade. They both are nephews of Brother Ron Heppes and his wife Kay. 

Brian traces his Irish roots to counties Sligo, Mayo, and Down. He was born in Goshen, New York in July 1963 to Gerard F. Strommer and Ann L. Strommer nee Sweeney. Upon graduating from Washingtonville High school in 1981, Brian enlisted in the United States Navy.  Brian served his country for over 22 years in the USN from May 1982 until his retirement in August 2004. Brian enjoyed a successful career in the US Navy, traveling the world, receiving dozens of citations and commendations, as well as dozens of medals while serving over 13 years at sea on a variety of combatant ships.  He retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in 2004. Prior to retirement, Brian returned to Washingtonville, New York and married Sharon Hinchey in February 2001.They settled in Washingtonville and have four children, Brandy Leigh, Brian Thomas II, Owen Michael, and Keira Ann. Upon retirement, Brian began a career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he continues to work today. 

Mid-Hudson St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee held its Grand Marshal and Aides Installation Ceremony at the AOH Division1Hibernian Hall on Sunday, December 3rd. Congratulations to Maureen Morse, the 2018 Grand Marshal of the Mid-Hudson St. Patrick's Day Parade and her aides. The 2017 Grand Marshal, George Anderson, performed a commendable job emceeing the event. Maureen's Aides are as follows: John McCabe, Joseph Duelk Jr. AOH Division 1 Monroe, Chris Sherwood, Fr. Donald J.Whalen AOH Division 2 Cornwall, Brian Strommer, Fr. Emmanuel Hourihan AOH Division 4, Kevin Strommer, Knights of Columbus Our Lady of Lourdes Washingtonville, David Morse, Irish Heritage Festival Committee, Eileen McAllister Walsh, LAOH 5 Mary of the Gael Monroe, Aiden Maloney, St. Brendan's GAA Greenwood Lake, James O'Donnell, Mid-Hudson St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee Aide at Large Goshen, Floyd DeAngelo, Greenwood Lake Cultural Society.

Maureen Morse's Bio:

Maureen was born and raised in Troy, NY. Her parents were James F. McGovern of Troy and May Kathleen Coggins of Easkey, Co. Sligo, Ireland. Her only sibling, Eileen Anna McGovern Izzo, passed away a few years ago. She attended St. Patrick's School, Catholic Central High School and AIB - The American Institute of Banking. She also holds a Certificate of Irish Studies from Tara Circle, Yonkers, NY. Maureen and Fred, her husband of 57 years, live in Chester, NY. They have two children, Michael and David and three grandchildren, Lyndsy, Kiana and Colin. Maureen is a founding member of the Irish Heritage Festival and a charter member of Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 4, Middletown, NY. She held several offices including her favorite, Irish Historian. She was also Freedom for All Ireland Chair on the LAOH Orange County Board. Maureen has been an active member of the MHSPPC for more than 20 years as a delegate from the Irish Heritage Festival Committee or the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 4. She has consistently served and chaired several committees, and has performed many other jobs necessary to make our Parade a success. Currently, Maureen is Financial Secretary, Journal Chair, and Historian of the Mid-Hudson St. Patrick's Parade Committee. Maureen has given Irish Language workshops throughout Orange County at various venues,including Mt St. Mary College, elementary schools, and libraries. We are very proud to have Maureen as our 42nd Grand Marshal.

AOH Orange County Board News. Keith P. Reynolds has been selected by the County Board to be the 2018 New York City Aide to the Grand Marshal Loretta Brennan Glucksman. Congratulations Keith for the honor bestowed upon you. Keith is our current NYS AOH Regional Director. Here is his biography as posted on the AOH County Board site. Keith P. Reynolds of Middletown, N.Y. was born in the Bronx and raised in Congers, New York. Keith is the eldest of two brothers born to Kevin and Holly Reynolds. He is married to Janice (nee Boyle) Reynolds and has 3 children Jessica, Matthew and Keira. Keith traces his Irish heritage through his grandparents who emigrated from Counties Meath and Cavan. He attended SUNY Rockland and served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves before being hired as a Police Officer with the Greenwood Lake Police Department in 1988. In 1991 Keith graduated the F.B.I. Firearms Instructors School at Camp Smith. He quickly became the department's Senior Firearms and Training Officer. Keith served as the department's Field Intelligence Officer and Dive Team Leader on the department's Dive Rescue Team. He was promoted to the ranks of Corporal in 2001 and Sergeant in 2005.

Keith received numerous commendations and awards throughout his police career, including the Medal of Honor. After retiring from the Greenwood Lake Police Department in 2012, he joined the Town of Deerpark Police Department and served as the Firearms and Training Officer until 2017.Keith is a proud member and Past President of the AOH Joseph Duelk Jr. Division 1 in Monroe, New York. He is the past New York State AOH Organizer and District 8 Director. He is a member of the Pine Bush Knights of Columbus. Keith also served as a past Director of the Mid-Hudson St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee. He is also a former Bass Drummer with the Orange County AOH Division 1 Pipes and Drums. Keith served his community as 1st Lieutenant with the Pine Island Volunteer Fire Department until 2009. He is also a member of the Police Emerald Society of the Hudson Valley.

AOH Joseph Duelk Jr. Division 1 is in the process of recruiting Catholic young men ages 8-15 to form an AOH Junior Boy’s Division. This Division will be called the Louis Allen Division. AOH Division 1 President Thomas Flynn and Orange County Board President Thomas McDonald have contacted John S. Burke CHS to attract young men attending there to consider joining an AOH Junior Boy's Division. If you have family members or know someone who would be likely and deserving candidates, please have them contact me and I will obtain the pertinent information and put them in contact with Brother Tom Flynn and /or Brother Tom McDonald.

 1st Lieutenant Louis Allen of the 42nd Infantry Division of NY Army National Guard was mortally wounded by a claymore mine in Iraq and died on June 8, 2005. He was a Physics and Earth Science teacher at George S. Baker High School in Tuxedo. He lived with his wife Barbara and their 4 boys in Milford, Pennsylvania. His Gold Star parents are Bob and Vivian Allen of Chester. Bob is an AOH Division 1 member. Lieutenant Louis Allen's death and the death of a fellow officer are tragic in that they were caused by the cowardly actions of a soldier in his command. That soldier who was accused and essentially admitted to his cowardly act, recently died in the state of Florida.

Reminder: Dues Payment for 2018 is here Brothers.

Remember to keep in your prayers our deceased Chaplains, Fr. Robert Greco, Fr. Jack Logan and Fr. James Matthias DesLauriers and AOH Division Brothers who have passed away especially Brothers Michael Garay and Dennis Simmons. Keep Michaela Cummings (Mike's wife), Brother Tom Cavanaugh, Tom McDonald's brother Frank and Anne Greehy wife of Brother John Greehy of AOH Division 2 in your prayers. Keep all our Brothers and their families in your prayers.


  In Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity

     Kevin Dooner  




2018 Membership Dues
Membership dues in the amount of $30.00 are now Payable for 2018. Remittances may be made at the Meetings, or sent to the Division P.O. 436 Box or directly to The Financial Secretary:
Edmund T. Burke
7 Gardner Avenue
Middletown NY 10940