Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell will present the State of the County address at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, at Putnam County Golf Course, 187 Hill Street in Mahopac.  Prior to the address, there will be a Family Wellness Marketplace which will open at 5:30 p.m.

As she has in the past, Odell has chosen to highlight a particular theme as she starts her first full term and fourth year as County Executive.

“This year will be ‘The Year of the Family,’” said Odell. “While Putnam has long had the reputation for being a great place to raise a family, and many consider the Putnam community itself a large family, we are going to focus on how we can help maintain the family as a unit as we move forward making our fiscal and social decisions.”

Among the topics Odell will discuss will be the One Army on the War on Addiction, the Donate for Life initiative to increase life-saving organ donations, Putnam’s financial status, the effects of this severe winter’s weather on county infrastructure and facilities, updates from Tilly Foster Farm, and breaking news from the Bureau of Emergency Services.

The Expo will highlight businesses, organizations and not-for-profits throughout Putnam and showcase the number of services offered for families through various county departments such as Health, Social Services, Youth Bureau, and Tourism.  Among the nearly 200 restaurants participating in this year’s Hudson Valley Restaurant Week (March 9-22) are several family-friendly and popular dining establishments in Putnam, some of whom may be represented when lite fare and refreshments are served following the State of the County address. A complete list restaurants celebrating HVRW can be found at http://www.hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com.

Odell said she would welcome any organization that would like to participate in the Family Wellness Marketplace and asks that a representative contact her office at (845) 808-1001.

For further information about Putnam County’s many services and departments, residents may visit the County website at:www.putnamcountyny.com.