Neuhaus presents M-W High School senior Alex Prizgintas with January’s Citizen of the Month Award

Central Valley resident is an accomplished musician and historian

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  • Provided photo Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus with January’s Citizen of the Month, Monroe-Woodbury High School senior Alex Prizgintas.

— Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus has recognized Alex Prizgintas as the Citizen of the Month Award winner for the month of January.

Neuhaus selected Prizgintas, 17, for his community service and diverse contributions to arts and history in the county.

“Alex is an extraordinary young man who has conquered many challenges in his life,” Neuhaus said. “He demonstrates a deep desire to foster acceptance and a willingness to share the rich history of our County. Alex has already accomplished so much in his life due to his passion and I’m proud of his commitment to the County and its residents.”

Prizgintas was presented with the Hugh Hastings Award from the Association of Public Historians of New York State in November at their convention in Poughkeepsie, where he also presented his lecture on the History of Orange County Dairies and Their Milk Bottles.

The Hugh Hastings Award is named in honor of New York State’s first historian (1895-1907) and was given in recognition of Prizgintas’ distinguished service to and support of the public history community.

The National Association of Milk Bottles Collectors previously awarded him the Dannheim Emerging Leader Award for his efforts in promoting the history and hobby of milk bottles and the farms from which they came.

Prizgintas is a member of several historical societies, including the Woodbury Historical Society where he currently serves as their youngest trustee, The New York, Ontario & Western Society, where he also is a trustee and responsible for press relations, The Hudson Valley Antique Bottle Club, where he handles press relations, the Key Lock & Lantern Society, and the National Association of Milk Bottle Collectors. He also has a passion for music and plays the cello and piano for local senior citizens.

Prizgintas will be attending Marist College in Poughkeepsie in the fall and will major in history and music.

“Alex has a bright future ahead of him and I know he will be an important part of the Marist community,” Neuhaus said. “I look forward to following his development and career.”

Neuhaus introduced his Citizen of the Month Award, which acknowledges outstanding Orange County residents, in January of 2017.

To nominate someone for the Citizen of the Month Award, please email or mail a letter to “Citizen of the Month” at 255-275 Main Street Goshen, N.Y. 10924. Be sure to include the nominee’s name, hometown, a list of their accomplishments, why you are nominating them and any other pertinent information. Nominees must be from Orange County.

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