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Hosted by Sustainable Westchester

High School Students across Westchester have the chance to create a fun & educational 2-4 minute video to inform family, friends & fellow peers about electric vehicles!

Grand Prize: $1,500

Key Points:

- Student groups can be 2-5 people

- Video Submissions are due March 29, 2019

How to Register: Click here --> Online

For more info:

Call Sustainable Westchester (914) 242-4725

Email: Ron@Earthkindenergy.com

About Sustainable Westchester:

Sustainable Westchester is an environmental nonprofit organization representing nearly 1 million residents in our 43 member municipalities in Westchester. Our Westchester Power program provides 100,000+ consumers with Community Choice Aggregation electricity that saves money and benefits the environment, while our Solarize programs provide group discounts on solar nstallations.

Our Clean Transportation Program is working to triple the amount of electric vehicles in Westchester County - from 3,000 today, to 10,000 by the end of 2020. This contest is a great opportunity to inform students, parents, teachers and peers that electric vehicles are an extremely viable and cost saving option.

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History

Our town nestles in a valley in the background of which lie the picturesque hills and dales of Westchester County. Our Town of Rye borders on Long Island Sound bordering on Connecticut at the gateway of New England within convenient commuting distance from New York and in the metropolitan area. While we started with the Boston Post Road running close to the sound and constituting our main highway, a toll road along which passed the horse-drawn stages, modern parkways and paved highways over which pass speedy motor vehicles now link our Town to all the cities, towns and villages of this great country of ours.

We started as a small settlement on Manursing Island, then developed Poningo Neck, which now is the business section of the City of Rye, and the Saw Pit, which now is Port Chester on the Byram River, with paths leading to various parts of the town. The Post Road, King Street, and the Grace Church Street were among some of our earliest carriage paths. Water transportation and stagecoach were the sole links the early settlers had with the outside world. The young settlement known as Saw Pit, so named from the saw pits then in use, continued as such until it outgrew this homespun name and became Port Chester by incorporating as a village in 1868 signifying a sea port which remains to this day. 

Early life in the settlement was strenuous. Attacks by Indians and severe winters were a deterrent to these early settlers. Farming, fishing, logging, and trading were the principal occupations. At Saw Pit, logs were cut for use in shipbuilding operations. Our town had no improvements in those days and homes were simple and crude. The seed sown by these early settlers was nurtured and grew to the present day when we enjoy the modern conveniences of our times.

For more information about the Town of Rye and early settlement, see Chronicles of a Border Town by Charles Washington Baird.

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