BY JENNA HUTCHINS
This week’s Stony Point Town Board meeting started in a unique way and featured many awards and speeches.
Instead of beginning the meeting with the pledge of allegiance, the packed room watched a four-minute video clip of Red Skelton’s version of the pledge. In it he details exactly what each word of the pledge means and the importance of remembering its meaning every time you say it. Everyone in attendance seemed to stand a little taller when they recited the pledge directly after.
Before getting into the meeting, Supervisor Finn took a moment to recognize a guest of honor. Barry Brooks, the president of the Sons of the American Revolution for the past ten years, was given an award for his outstanding service and dedication to the town of Stony Point.
Finn made a motion to declare this Sunday, December 13 in Stony Point as Barry Brooks Day. The motion was passed unanimously by the board and Finn presented Brooks with a plaque for his service.
Also presented with an award for his service was North Rockland senior Jared Peters. He planned and carried out the cleanup and restoration of the Marian Shrine Tranquility Path for his Eagle Scout project. He enlisted the help of several volunteers to bring in benches, paint the fences, and plant flowers. He received a certificate for his work and service.
This meeting ended Geoff Finn’s 10 years as a council member in Stony Point, including the past four as supervisor. Finn thanked the board, town employees, his family, and the people of Stony Point who have supported him for the last decade. Each board member gave a small speech thanking Finn for his work and dedication to the town. Many expressed their gratitude and appreciation for the great things Finn has accomplished, and he will surely be missed by many Stony Pointers.