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Royal Fireworks Press President Dr. Thomas Milton Kemnitz was honored by the town of Warwick, New York, for his contributions to the history and community of the county.

From The Photo News, April 9, 2009:

Dr. Thomas Kemnitz, the owner and publisher of Royal Fireworks Press of Unionville, was recognized this week during the Warwick Town Board meeting for publishing more than 26 books by local authors and artists, including municipal histories of Warwick, Monroe, Chester, and Sugar Loaf.

Warwick Town Historian Dr. Richard W. Hull presented the award. “No other publisher in our town or county has done as much to promote and advance the culture and heritage of our local communities through the works of our local artists, poets, biographers, and historians,” Hull said. “As citizens we owe a great debt to Dr. Kemnitz, and we wish him well in his future endeavors. Publishers of his kind have become an endangered species in America, yet they have been indispensable in giving our communities and citizens a voice and an identity.”

Among Royal Fireworks’ biographies, literary, culinary, and art works are those by Orange County Poet Laureate Rose Werkman, columnist Beth Quinn, sculptor Frederick Franck, and writers Barry Lewis and Jon Mundy.

The works on this web page are some of the books printed and published by or printed and available from Royal Fireworks Press about Orange County in the state of New York.

In addition, Royal Fireworks Press has published an art curriculum by Donald Skier, a well-known artist based in Highland Mills, as well as a series of Spanish activity books by his daughter, Cari Skier.

Royal Fireworks Press President Dr. Thomas Milton Kemnitz was honored by the town of Warwick, New York, for his contributions to the history and community of the county. 

From The Photo News, April 9, 2009:

Dr. Thomas Kemnitz, the owner and publisher of Royal Fireworks Press of Unionville, was recognized this week during the Warwick Town Board meeting for publishing more than 26 books by local authors and artists, including municipal histories of Warwick, Monroe, Chester, and Sugar Loaf.

Warwick Town Historian Dr. Richard W. Hull presented the award. “No other publisher in our town or county has done as much to promote and advance the culture and heritage of our local communities through the works of our local artists, poets, biographers, and historians,” Hull said. “As citizens we owe a great debt to Dr. Kemnitz, and we wish him well in his future endeavors. Publishers of his kind have become an endangered species in America, yet they have been indispensable in giving our communities and citizens a voice and an identity.”

Among Royal Fireworks’ biographies, literary, culinary, and art works are those by Orange County Poet Laureate Rose Werkman, columnist Beth Quinn, sculptor Frederick Franck, and writers Barry Lewis and Jon Mundy.

The works on this web page are some of the books printed and published by or printed and available from Royal Fireworks Press about Orange County in the state of New York.

In addition, Royal Fireworks Press has published an art curriculum by Donald Skier, a well-known artist based in Highland Mills, as well as a series of Spanish activity books by his daughter, Cari Skier.

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Successfully Navigating Family Court in New York

Author: Patrizio, Maria

Subjects: Family Court

ISBN: 978-0-88092-232-6

Order code: 2326

Price: $35.00
Website price: $25.00

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This book is a guide for those who find themselves in Family Court, usually during a difficult time in their lives. In it, the author, a longtime Family Court attorney, explains what happens in Family Court and provides practical tips for navigating what is often a stressful and emotional ordeal.

In the first part of the book, the author outlines how a Family Court case proceeds from start to finish. She also explains the shift in focus that can lead litigants to a better and more productive Family Court experience.

In the second part of the book, the author discusses each type of Family Court case, including custody, guardianship, adoption, abuse and neglect, family offense, paternity, child support, juvenile delinquency, and persons in need of supervision cases. The descriptions of the various types of Family Court cases are enlivened by fictional stories that illustrate common Family Court concepts.

At every turn, the author advises litigants to seek counsel from an experienced Family Court attorney. The views and opinions expressed in the book are based on the author's nineteen-year career as a Family Court attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, but they are entirely her own and do not constitute legal advice or reflect the views or policies of the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, the Family Court of the State of New York, or any other entity.

This book is a guide for those who find themselves in Family Court, usually during a difficult time in their lives. In it, the author, a longtime Family Court attorney, explains what happens in Family Court and provides practical tips for navigating what is often a stressful and emotional ordeal.

In the first part of the book, the author outlines how a Family Court case proceeds from start to finish. She also explains the shift in focus that can lead litigants to a better and more productive Family Court experience.

In the second part of the book, the author discusses each type of Family Court case, including custody, guardianship, adoption, abuse and neglect, family offense, paternity, child support, juvenile delinquency, and persons in need of supervision cases. The descriptions of the various types of Family Court cases are enlivened by fictional stories that illustrate common Family Court concepts.

At every turn, the author advises litigants to seek counsel from an experienced Family Court attorney. The views and opinions expressed in the book are based on the author's nineteen-year career as a Family Court attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, but they are entirely her own and do not constitute legal advice or reflect the views or policies of the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, the Family Court of the State of New York, or any other entity.

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What Valley View Has Meant to Orange County

Author: Kemnitz, Myrna

Subjects: Regional History

ISBN: 978-0-89824-9576

Order code: 9576

Price: $40.00
Website price: $30.00

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Myrna Kemnitz, one of the Orange County legislators tasked with overview of the Valley View facility, wrote a book to help her fellow legislators and the people of Orange County understand the importance of the nursing home. This 330-page volume includes the history of the facility since its inception in 1831, stories about the people who reside there, the politics of the decision to close or sell it, the position of the union in terms of keeping it open, the minutes of public discussions about Valley View since 2009, and the request for proposals to purchase it.

This book played an important part as a rallying point in the successful effort to keep Valley View publically owned. In the eight years after the book was published, Valley View's management was changed, and the facility went from running at a large deficit to operating in the black.

Myrna Kemnitz, one of the Orange County legislators tasked with overview of the Valley View facility, wrote a book to help her fellow legislators and the people of Orange County understand the importance of the nursing home. This 330-page volume includes the history of the facility since its inception in 1831, stories about the people who reside there, the politics of the decision to close or sell it, the position of the union in terms of keeping it open, the minutes of public discussions about Valley View since 2009, and the request for proposals to purchase it.

This book played an important part as a rallying point in the successful effort to keep Valley View publically owned. In the eight years after the book was published, Valley View's management was changed, and the facility went from running at a large deficit to operating in the black.

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People of the Valleys Revisited: History of Warwick, New York, 1700-2005

Author: Hull, Richard W.

Subjects: Regional History

Order code: 0071

Price: $21.00

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During the past two generations, Warwick has been well-served by Professor Richard W. Hull's extensive research and writing of its history. This volume expands and updates Hull's earlier histories of Warwick and is based on more than 400 interviews and thousands of pages of local newspapers, books and journals, public documents, and family histories. 

In his preface, Professor Hull describes Warwick as: "...one of the most culturally dynamic and geographically diverse towns in the Hudson Valley. It is also...one of the great success stories in the history of American communities."

The book contains the following chapters:

  1. Our Mysterious Beginnings: The Indians in the Valleys
  2. Achieving Our Freedom: Warwick in an Age of Revolution
  3. Making It All Work: Governance, Public Services, and Utilities
  4. Indulging Ourselves: Taverns, Inns, and Applejack
  5. Our Spiritual Community
  6. Educating Ourselves and Helping the Needy
  7. Discovering Our World: Dimensions of Culture
  8. Modes of Transportation
  9. Agriculture in Our Valleys
  10. Ten Industries
  11. Paying for It All: Banking and the Economy
  12. Caring for Our Families and Keeping Informed: Health, Law, Senior Citizens, and Our Media
  13. Caring for Nature: Our Changing Environment
  14. Who Are We? The People of the Valleys

During the past two generations, Warwick has been well-served by Professor Richard W. Hull's extensive research and writing of its history. This volume expands and updates Hull's earlier histories of Warwick and is based on more than 400 interviews and thousands of pages of local newspapers, books and journals, public documents, and family histories. 

In his preface, Professor Hull describes Warwick as: "...one of the most culturally dynamic and geographically diverse towns in the Hudson Valley. It is also...one of the great success stories in the history of American communities."

The book contains the following chapters:

  1. Our Mysterious Beginnings: The Indians in the Valleys
  2. Achieving Our Freedom: Warwick in an Age of Revolution
  3. Making It All Work: Governance, Public Services, and Utilities
  4. Indulging Ourselves: Taverns, Inns, and Applejack
  5. Our Spiritual Community
  6. Educating Ourselves and Helping the Needy
  7. Discovering Our World: Dimensions of Culture
  8. Modes of Transportation
  9. Agriculture in Our Valleys
  10. Ten Industries
  11. Paying for It All: Banking and the Economy
  12. Caring for Our Families and Keeping Informed: Health, Law, Senior Citizens, and Our Media
  13. Caring for Nature: Our Changing Environment
  14. Who Are We? The People of the Valleys
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Orange County Bounty Cookbook

Author: Wallkill River School

Subjects: Food; Regional History; Cookbook

ISBN: 978-0-89824-9539

Order code: 9539

Price: $24.99
Website price: $20.00

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This sumptuously and delightfully illustrated cookbook by the artists of the Wallkill River School is also an information resource on local produce, family-run farms, farmers’ markets, and the restaurants that buy from them in Orange County, New York.

The artists collected favorite recipes from growers and from restaurants, illustrated each page, and gathered family histories to share the experience of several generations of growers and cooks. It is their hope that by encouraging New Yorkers to support the farmers and the restaurants featured in the book, not only will the ideals of good nutrition be shared but also the beautiful, rolling farmlands and scenic vistas will be preserved to inspire future generations.

Comb-bound and in full color, this is a "must buy" for all lovers of good food and supporters of farmers' markets and locally produced food.

This sumptuously and delightfully illustrated cookbook by the artists of the Wallkill River School is also an information resource on local produce, family-run farms, farmers’ markets, and the restaurants that buy from them in Orange County, New York.

The artists collected favorite recipes from growers and from restaurants, illustrated each page, and gathered family histories to share the experience of several generations of growers and cooks. It is their hope that by encouraging New Yorkers to support the farmers and the restaurants featured in the book, not only will the ideals of good nutrition be shared but also the beautiful, rolling farmlands and scenic vistas will be preserved to inspire future generations.

Comb-bound and in full color, this is a "must buy" for all lovers of good food and supporters of farmers' markets and locally produced food.

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Florida, New York

Subtitle: An Early Look at its Faces, Places, and Winding Staircases

Author: Florida Historical Society

Subjects: Regional History

ISBN: 0-880924-971-6

Order code: 9716x

Price: $35.00

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Winner of the Lower Hudson Conference Award of Excellence, 2002

This beautiful and extensively researched book is a history of the village of Florida in the town of Warwick, Orange County, New York, birthplace of William Henry Seward, Secretary of State to both Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson and the man who purchased Alaska for the United States.

Compiled by members of the Florida Historical Society, it tells the story of the first settlers and of those who followed them; their homes, stores, and the "Black Dirt" farms; the buildings they worked in; the churches where they worshipped; their children's schoolhouses; their civic organizations; and the taverns where they gathered to discuss the events of the day.

The authors write: "We weren't aware of it at first, but it seems the old poscards, photographs, letters, and other memorabilia helped to paint a gentle but energetic picture of early life in the 'sweet little valley' of statesman Seward's birth."

The book is extensively illustrated with old photographs and copies of old maps. It contains cemetery records, including those of Civil War veterans, entries from the ledger of William Randle's Sawmill 1795-1815, lists of homes, and a comprehensive index of residents of Florida until about 1903.

Winner of the Lower Hudson Conference Award of Excellence, 2002

This beautiful and extensively researched book is a history of the village of Florida in the town of Warwick, Orange County, New York, birthplace of William Henry Seward, Secretary of State to both Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson and the man who purchased Alaska for the United States.

Compiled by members of the Florida Historical Society, it tells the story of the first settlers and of those who followed them; their homes, stores, and the "Black Dirt" farms; the buildings they worked in; the churches where they worshipped; their children's schoolhouses; their civic organizations; and the taverns where they gathered to discuss the events of the day.

The authors write: "We weren't aware of it at first, but it seems the old poscards, photographs, letters, and other memorabilia helped to paint a gentle but energetic picture of early life in the 'sweet little valley' of statesman Seward's birth."

The book is extensively illustrated with old photographs and copies of old maps. It contains cemetery records, including those of Civil War veterans, entries from the ledger of William Randle's Sawmill 1795-1815, lists of homes, and a comprehensive index of residents of Florida until about 1903.

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Sugar Loaf, New York, 1700-1997

Subtitle: The Enduring Vision

Author: Hull, Richard W.

Subjects: Regional History

Order code: 0070

Price: $10.00

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This is an updated and expanded edition of Professor Richard W. Hull's earlier work: Sugar Loaf: Its History, Mystery, and Magic, 1703-1980.

Sugar Loaf is a hamlet and a community—a community of talented, independent-minded people. It is known and visited for its art and craft shops, its theater and inns, and its distinctive charm, which is embodied in a main street of preserved stores, houses, and workshops against a backdrop of hills and farms.

This is the history of the place and  the people who live there and have made it what it is today. The book is a "walking guide through more than 294 fascinating years of Sugar Loaf's history." It includes many historic photographs and past advertisments, as well as a bibliography.

This is an updated and expanded edition of Professor Richard W. Hull's earlier work: Sugar Loaf: Its History, Mystery, and Magic, 1703-1980.

Sugar Loaf is a hamlet and a community—a community of talented, independent-minded people. It is known and visited for its art and craft shops, its theater and inns, and its distinctive charm, which is embodied in a main street of preserved stores, houses, and workshops against a backdrop of hills and farms.

This is the history of the place and  the people who live there and have made it what it is today. The book is a "walking guide through more than 294 fascinating years of Sugar Loaf's history." It includes many historic photographs and past advertisments, as well as a bibliography.

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A History of the Development of the Town of Chester: 1845-1995 (paperback)

Author: Chester Historical Society

Subjects: Regional History

Order code: 3067

Price: $25.00

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This book offers an overview of the growth of the town of Chester, Orange County, New York. It was compiled in celebration of Chester's 150th year: March 22, 1995.

The book is extensively illustrated with photographs of citizens, their farms, their houses, and their horses throughout the decades as the town's neighborhoods expanded and grew. The hamlets include Sugar Loaf Craft Village, which, besides its arts and crafts, is also noted for being the birthplace in 1849 of Hambleton, "the great progenitor" of future racehorses. The "Rural Book Club," founded in 1911, is the source of a fascinating side of life in Chester, as are the accounts of the lives of the women of old Chester. The book also includes a list of all the elected officials from 1845 to 1995 and the results of the 1845 and 1990 censuses.

This book offers an overview of the growth of the town of Chester, Orange County, New York. It was compiled in celebration of Chester's 150th year: March 22, 1995.

The book is extensively illustrated with photographs of citizens, their farms, their houses, and their horses throughout the decades as the town's neighborhoods expanded and grew. The hamlets include Sugar Loaf Craft Village, which, besides its arts and crafts, is also noted for being the birthplace in 1849 of Hambleton, "the great progenitor" of future racehorses. The "Rural Book Club," founded in 1911, is the source of a fascinating side of life in Chester, as are the accounts of the lives of the women of old Chester. The book also includes a list of all the elected officials from 1845 to 1995 and the results of the 1845 and 1990 censuses.

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A History of the Development of the Town of Chester: 1845-1995 (hardback)

Author: Chester Historical Society

Subjects: Regional History

Order code: 3075

Price: $35.00

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This is the hardback version of the book.

This is the hardback version of the book.

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As Minisink Turns 50: History of Minisink Valley Central School

Author: Jubilee History Committee

Subjects: Regional History

Order code: 2665

Price: $30.00

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Minisink Valley Central School celebrated its Golden Jubilee on June 30, 2005, and this 400-page book of its history is dedicated to "the Minisink Family and School Community...and all those who have helped us 'reach higher crowns.'"

This is a comprehensive and wonderfully warm book of memories, history, photographs, and records of the school, its students and staff, drama productions, sports clubs, and achievements. There is a special chapter on school life in the 1960s, a list and photographs of yearbook dedications, and every list you could want from this yearbook of yearbooks.

Minisink Valley Central School celebrated its Golden Jubilee on June 30, 2005, and this 400-page book of its history is dedicated to "the Minisink Family and School Community...and all those who have helped us 'reach higher crowns.'"

This is a comprehensive and wonderfully warm book of memories, history, photographs, and records of the school, its students and staff, drama productions, sports clubs, and achievements. There is a special chapter on school life in the 1960s, a list and photographs of yearbook dedications, and every list you could want from this yearbook of yearbooks.

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The Village of Monroe: Celebration of a Century, 1894-1994

Author: Monroe Historical Society

Subjects: Regional History

Order code: 1854

Price: $24.99
Website price: $20.00

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Researched and compiled by the members of the Monroe Historical Society, this book celebrates the centennial of the village of Monroe, New York, in 1994. Hundreds of photographs and memorabilia depict the life and times of the community, including its homes, streets, stores, farms, and parks, as well as recorded events. They also reveal the changes in transportation and the face of the landscape. There are photographs of Sunday School picnics, bowling teams, the mills and industries, the Monroe High School fire in 1928, the Firemen's Opera House, the creamery that invented Velveeta cheese, and many structures that have disappeared in the name of progress.

Researched and compiled by the members of the Monroe Historical Society, this book celebrates the centennial of the village of Monroe, New York, in 1994. Hundreds of photographs and memorabilia depict the life and times of the community, including its homes, streets, stores, farms, and parks, as well as recorded events. They also reveal the changes in transportation and the face of the landscape. There are photographs of Sunday School picnics, bowling teams, the mills and industries, the Monroe High School fire in 1928, the Firemen's Opera House, the creamery that invented Velveeta cheese, and many structures that have disappeared in the name of progress.

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Exploring Orange County

Author: Cohen, Nancy Lipson

Subjects: Colonial Life; Regional History

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6

Order code: 5566

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

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Believing that history should be meaningful for youngsters, author Nancy Cohen tells the history of Orange County through the summertime action of modern-day eleven-year-old twins and their storytelling grandmother. The book is written in a warm style and is supplemented with illustrations and photographs.

Throughout the book, Grandma mixes storytelling with visits to museums, hands-on site visits, and discoveries that grow out of the children's observations. What could have been a boring summer turns out to be not only an adventursome holiday but also an in-depth learning experience. The children learn about and see the skeleton of a mastodon at Orange County Community College. Their observation about the beautiful purple loostrife along the road leads to a tale about a young female botanist who lived fifty years before the American Revolution and kept a diary. There is also the Museum at West Point, the Sephardic Jewish Gomez family of 1750, the De Roebling steel suspension bridge in 1849 over the Delaware River, and the Delaware and Hudson Canal of 1855, among other attractions. The book contains a bibliography for further reading.

Theodore W. Sly, historian for Orange County, New York, called the book historically correct and added, "I, as an adult, found that I was there.... A children's book, yes, but one that perhaps is best read by an adult to a child...being together with the child in imagination and heart."

Believing that history should be meaningful for youngsters, author Nancy Cohen tells the history of Orange County through the summertime action of modern-day eleven-year-old twins and their storytelling grandmother. The book is written in a warm style and is supplemented with illustrations and photographs.

Throughout the book, Grandma mixes storytelling with visits to museums, hands-on site visits, and discoveries that grow out of the children's observations. What could have been a boring summer turns out to be not only an adventursome holiday but also an in-depth learning experience. The children learn about and see the skeleton of a mastodon at Orange County Community College. Their observation about the beautiful purple loostrife along the road leads to a tale about a young female botanist who lived fifty years before the American Revolution and kept a diary. There is also the Museum at West Point, the Sephardic Jewish Gomez family of 1750, the De Roebling steel suspension bridge in 1849 over the Delaware River, and the Delaware and Hudson Canal of 1855, among other attractions. The book contains a bibliography for further reading.

Theodore W. Sly, historian for Orange County, New York, called the book historically correct and added, "I, as an adult, found that I was there.... A children's book, yes, but one that perhaps is best read by an adult to a child...being together with the child in imagination and heart."

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