O&R Volunteers Make a Clean Spring Sweep Through Museum Village
A group of 20 volunteers from Orange and Rockland swept through Museum Village in Monroe last Saturday (April 2) to provide the treasured local collection of Americana with a spring cleanup. Chipping paint, chopping brush and raking leaves helped restore the grounds’ customary seasonal luster as blustery winds kept the temperature low enough to chill.
O&R shares a bond with Museum Village. The collection was founded by Roscoe Smith, a prominent Monroe businessman and philanthropist. Smith also founded and operated one of the several local electric companies that were subsequently merged into today’s Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.(O&R).
After more than 70 years, Museum Village still pursues its founder’s vision of educating generations of Americans about the work and life of their ancestors. Through educational programs, hands-on-exhibits and special events, Museum Village is dedicated to exploring and interpreting 19th-century rural life as well as inspiring an appreciation for the evolution of industry and technology in America.
Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R), a wholly owned subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, is a regulated utility. O&R provides electric service to approximately 300,000 customers in southeastern New York State (where its franchise name is Orange & Rockland) and northern New Jersey (where it’s Rockland Electric Company) and natural gas service to approximately 130,000 customers in New York.