DEC maverick Ward Stone in Cherry Valley Saturday


By Patsy Nicosia

Former DEC wildlife pathologist and environmental activist Ward Stone will be the featured speaker this Saturday at Cherry Valley’s Star Theater in the Old Village Hall on Main Street.
The event is free and open to all, but those attending are asked to bring a donation—cash or food—for the Cherry Valley food pantry.
Mr. Stone’s talk on environmental stewardship and activism will begin at 7pm.
There will also be a potluck at 6pm—bring a dish to pass and table service—and a question and answer session at 8pm.
Mr. Stone was a DEC pathologist for 40 years and responsible for monitoring and researching the causes of sickness and death in the state’s wildlife.
He conducted field and site investigations on the impact of pesticides, pollutants, and hazardous materials.
He is credited with groundbreaking efforts in public health concerns, ranging from PCBs to lead poisoning to West Nile virus.
In addition to testifying as an expert witness in local, state, and federal court cases, Mr. Stone addressed the United Nations twice and was a longtime host of “In Our Backyard,” on WAMC.
He is the recipient of the Sierra Club’s Distinguished Service Award and the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.
The Star Theater/Old Village Hall is located at 44 Main Street, Cherry Valley.
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Space in limited; the public is encouraged to get free tickets via Eventbrite.