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VOL. 2 | ISSUE 42 | EDITORIAL@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM

JANUARY 26-FEBRUARY 1, 2011

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Near the conclusion of a routine, if not boring, town board meeting, Highway Superintendent Walt Doyle lashed out at Supervisor Tom Martino for failing to respond to his frequent requests to have his invoices paid. A frustrated Doyle took to the floor and savaged Martino for putting the town’s safety and reputation in danger by not paying his department’s vendors. He began by asking Martino if he had read his e-mail. Martino reluctantly acknowledged having received it (the e-mail is printed in full for our readers). Doyle then said to the board, “Not one of you responded.” When a chastened Martino said he had been too busy to respond, Doyle said, “You were probably holding an illegal meeting behind closed doors, trying to figure out how to cut my salary.” He was referring to Martino’s attempt in late 2010 to lower Doyle’s salary during budget deliberations. The town attorney was unaware it is illegal to cut the salary of

an elected official. Doyle suggested Martino find an attorney familiar with municipal law. Doyle went on to say Martino didn’t “know his own policies” regarding the payment of vendors. “Nothing gets done around here,” he said. When Martino, assisted by Councilman Michael Taylor, attempted to spin the failure to pay the bills in a timely fashion, a frustrated Doyle said, “I tell the truth. I don’t lie like all you people.” Before leaving, Doyle challenged the board, “If you’ve got something to say, say it now before I leave.” The gutless Taylor held his tongue until Doyle exited the building but by then the damage was done. It was yet another

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example of the depths to which this board has sunk in the realm of public discourse and integrity. Doyle joined a growing chorus of people unhappy with Martino and the way things are being run at Town Hall. Last week, we reported the local Republican Town Committee is unlikely to re-nominate Martino or Taylor out of concern for their horrific performance thus far. In an e-mail addressed to Martino and members of the town board, Doyle referenced Martino’s “failure of policy.” The issue concerns the competency and policies implemented by Martino and the recently hired town comptroller > continued on next page

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with regard to paying the town’s bills in a professional and timely manner. Martino fired longtime bookkeeper Joanne Lown last year and created the new position of comptroller, hiring former bank officer Darlene Deary. At the time, Martino made much about the importance of upgrading the bookkeeper’s position and having tighter control of the process. Deary had no experience as a comptroller and Martino refused to consider the other applicant, who had been comptroller in Fishkill for a number of years. Martino cited a residency problem with the more-qualified applicant in spite of the candidate’s assurance she would move immediately if selected. Since then, the town’s finances have been difficult to fathom, the budget process is a mess resulting in the town drawing down the reserve fund tremendously to offset a huge tax hike and no one has seen a financial statement since July. There

is concern that no one really knows the current status of the general fund or if the town has the money to get through the year. Doyle’s e-mail states, “You had stated that with the comptroller, things were going to be much more efficient. Obviously, as you know, this is not working.” Doyle is particularly upset that the “town has been incurring many needless finance charges because this work is not being done in a prompt and timely manner.” He is referring to the “approximately 20 vouchers so far that cannot be processed for payment due to the fact the comptroller has not returned the needed purchase orders, causing these invoices to be a month late. Included are three vouchers totaling $62,363.61 for road salt.” At presstime, Doyle told Hudson Valley News there is $94,143.21 in unpaid Highway Department bills. Doyle expressed concern the town’s salt vendor could stop delivering salt because he hasn’t been paid. Another snowstorm is predicted for later in the week.

TOWN ATTORNEY LOSES COOL

BY HV NEWS STAFF

Hyde Park Town Attorney Jim Horan appears to be taking comportment lessons from “Tantrum” Tom Martino. At Monday’s raucous town board meeting, an apparently thin-skinned Horan lashed out at a Hudson Valley News reporter for no apparent reason. After telling Highway Supervisor Walt Doyle, “I don’t have to respond to you,” Horan looked in reporter Jim Langan’s direction and said, “I don’t have to respond to you either.” Langan hadn’t said a word and was simply covering the meeting. Horan’s outburst was very unprofessional and might explain why he hasn’t made partner this far into his career. Langan said, “I expect that kind of thing from the board, but thought a lawyer might keep his cool a little better.”

One town employee told Hudson Valley News, “It seems to be a combination of Martino’s incompetence and Darlene’s lack of experience. Darlene acts like a deer in the headlights and Tom doesn’t talk to anybody.” Doyle’s e-mail also addressed a resolution calling for the hiring of another part-time clerk, saying, “So now we will have two part-time people trying to do one full-time job but we know we cannot make it full-time because it was not budgeted for and you would have to offer it to Joanne Lown.” He is referring to the widespread belief that Lown was fired for political reasons rather than the two-year-old error she was accused of making. During the meeting, Doyle forced Martino to concede the part-time positions were designed to make it impossible for Lown to get her job back. Of Lown, Doyle’s letter says, “I had worked with Joanne Lown for over 20 years and all the highway bills were always paid on time and all the paperwork processed in a timely manner.” This latest tempest is another indication Martino has lost the support of many key Republicans. Republican Doyle is highly regarded personally and professionally and has consistently been re-elected by wide margins. It isn’t an exaggeration to say Doyle’s topping the ticket in 2009 helped put Martino and the Republican slate in office. A local Republican said of Martino and this most recent debacle, “What kind of idiot ticks off the highway superintendent in the middle of one of the worst winters on record?”

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Supervisor Martino,

I just want to document the failure of your policy with the new Comptroller as I see it since the Highway bills are not being paid properly. You had stated that with the Comptroller things were going to be much more efficient. Your memo dated August 31, 2010 stated: “Please be advised that the Town will be paying bills twice per month. Bills submitted by the 10th of the month will be paid on the 15th of the month. Bills submitted by the 20th of the month will be paid the last day of the month.” This, if executed as stated would have been twice as often as previously done, however bills are now paid very erratically and many invoices have turned up missing. Obviously, as you know, this is not working. Last year I had to pick up copies of past due unpaid invoices because the Town Hall lost the vouchers, bring the copies to the Town Hall, the Comptroller had to cut the check, I would have to bring the check to you for your signature and then deliver the check to the vendor. This is just one example. The 2nd week of December I brought over the open purchase order chart that needed to be processed for 2011 and as of today, a month and a half later, I have still not received them. I have approximately 20 vouchers so far that cannot be processed for payment due to the fact that the Comptroller has not returned the needed purchase orders causing these invoices to be a month late. The Town has been incurring many needless finance charges because this work is not being done in a prompt and timely manner. Included in these unpaid invoices are 3 vouchers totaling $62,363.61 for road salt. The Town would certainly be in a very bad predicament if our vendor stopped delivering salt because they have not been paid in 2011. I noticed that on tonight’s agenda the Town Board will be hiring a Temporary Parttime Clerk in the Administration Office. I am guessing that this is to help cover the duties of the previous Senior Account Clerks position. So now we will have two part-time people trying to do one full time job but of course we know that we cannot make it a fulltime job because first it was not budgeted for and secondly you would have to offer it to the fired Bookkeeper. I would like to state that I had worked with Joanne Lown, the previous Bookkeeper, for over 20 years and all of the Highway bills were always paid on time and all of the paperwork processed in a timely manner. I truly hope that this situation is rectified immediately because the combination of non-payment of bills and not having the proper paperwork processed (which is needed for daily functions of the Highway Department) is not a professional manner in which to do business. If you have any questions, as always, I am available. Thank you, in advance, for your prompt attention to these pressing issues. Walt Doyle Superintendent of Highways

TOUGH TIMES AND

HARD DECISIONS Cuomo ‘takes it to the people’ at Marist BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON

Gov. Andrew Cuomo brought his State of the State address to Marist College last week as part of his “Take It to the People Tour” of New York State. During his speech, Cuomo reiterated many of the points he made while campaigning for the governorship and during his first weeks in office. Cuomo explained he was breaking tradition by bringing his State of the State message to Poughkeepsie and other communities, saying in the past, governors have held State of the State addresses in Albany and expect the people to come to them. “That’s nice, but it doesn’t really work out that way,” he said. “It’s government’s obligation to come to you.” Cuomo said New York is in crisis as 800,000 state residents are unemployed, state taxes are 66% higher than the national average, pension costs are “exploding,” and state spending has outpaced growth in personal income. He said the cost of government is skyrocketing as the state creates new councils, offices, committees, working groups, etc., adding there are nearly 200 local government entities in Dutchess County alone. He said the state’s deficit is $10 billion this year and could grow to $17 billion by 201314 if things do not change. “We’re trying to spend what we don’t have,” the governor said. “That is the essence of the problem and the challenge for the state.” He said this has led to high property taxes in New York, which “are destroying our state.” “People are voting with their feet and they’re leaving,” he said. Cuomo said the budget he is proposing for the coming year “will transform the government itself.” One of the key components to the spending plan Cuomo laid out is competition between agencies. Through his plan, regional economic development councils will be created in

10 regions of the state. These councils will compete for up to $200 million in economic development funding, he said. Rather than receive predetermined “formula grants,” under Cuomo’s spending plan, school districts will also compete for state funding. “Competition works,” Cuomo said. “I want more performance.” His plan also includes a reduction in Medicaid spending, a wage freeze for state workers, a state spending cap and holding the line on taxes. Cuomo also called for ethics reform, marriage equality, reform of the juvenile

justice system, the establishment of new minority- and women-owned businesses and urban green markets that will offer produce grown in New York State. He said, though, the people of New York must be involved in the process of reforming state government. “A strong governor gets his strength from a galvanized population behind him or her,” Cuomo said. “We need a government that is as good as the people of this state. If you speak up, we’re going to do it.” Also notable was the fact Cuomo, a Democrat, was introduced by Republican

Gov. Andrew Cuomo addresses a crowd of about 300 at Marist College’s Nelly Goletti Theatre. Photo by Christopher Lennon.

legislators Assemblyman Joel Miller and state Sen. Steve Saland. “We’re very fortunate to have a governor who is qualified, prepared and willing to do what is necessary to get this state in order,” said Miller, who endorsed Cuomo over Republican candidate Carl Paladino in the recent election. “I represent the people of the State of New York. Joel represents the people of the State of New York. And that’s what’s important,” Cuomo said.

Local legislators confident in Cuomo With a new governor and a new Republican majority in the New York State Senate, some of our local representatives are expressing a level of cautious optimism for the future of the Empire State. Assemblyman Marc Molinaro (R-Red Hook) said the power shift in the Senate could result in positive change, particularly for upstate residents. “The new majority in the Senate provides those of us in upstate New York a big opportunity,” he said. Molinaro, who attended Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s address at Marist College last week, said he is so far pleased with many of the things the Democratic governor has been saying, particularly that he wants to reduce taxes and rein in spending. “The governor’s priorities and agenda are certainly something I support,” he said, adding he is hopeful Cuomo will be able to deliver “the kind of change New Yorkers desperately deserve.” Molinaro also expressed confidence in the governor’s resolve. “I’ve heard him speak both in private and public settings, and he has a very consistent message,” he said. State Sen. Steve Saland (R-Poughkeepsie),

who introduced Cuomo before his address at Marist College, said he agreed with many of the points the governor made. “I think certainly, Gov. Cuomo, in his State of the State … captured the realism of the difficult situation in which we find ourselves, yet managed to convey a sense of optimism and generate enthusiasm,” Saland said. Saland said he agrees with Cuomo that creating jobs, establishing a property tax cap, closing the deficit and holding the line on taxes should top the agenda. “It will be no easy task, but we believe we will be kindred spirits with the governor,” he said. When asked what can be expected from the new Republican majority in the Senate, Saland said, “You will certainly see us avoid duplicating the debacle of the last two years. I expect to see a far more open and efficiently run system than we saw last year.” He said he expects the Republican majority will also work to restore regional balance and do away with the MTA payroll tax. “The ability to work with the governor will be key to resolving most, if not all, of these issues,” Saland said. Assemblyman Joel Miller

(R-Poughkeepsie), who also introduced Cuomo last week, also seems confident in the new governor. “I do honestly believe that this governor is not afraid of confrontation,” he said. “If he wins, then the state will win.” Miller said, though, it’s still too early to tell if the tenor in Albany has changed. “I don’t see any difference yet,” he said. “We’re not going to see anything until after the budget is presented and the work begins. “The only thing we know for sure is Cuomo is right: We have to stop playing the game,” he said. When asked if he disagreed with any of the points Cuomo made last week, Miller said he does not believe consolidating departments will result in the kind of savings the governor is predicting. He also said making school districts compete for state funding could get messy in terms of measuring a district’s success. “I think some of it is not a fully pronounced plan,” Miller said. “There wasn’t enough substance there. “It’s going to be kind of interesting,” he added. “I’m looking forward to watching this unfold.”

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MICHAEL DUPREE NAMED VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

Pictured, clockwise from top left: Chamber of Commerce President John Coppola presents Michael Dupree with the “Volunteer of the Year” award; The members of the Chamber’s board of directors are introduced to the audience by Coppola; Venerable Democratic stalwart John Golden appears to be trying to make a Democrat out of former Republican Supervisor Yancy McArthur. Golden was given a certificate of appreciation for his efforts and generosity in making a new police/court facility a reality; Hyde Park School Superintendent Dr. Greer Fischer and Walkway Over The Hudson Director Elizabeth WaldsteinHart; Long-time chamber photographer Ralph Hermann finally gets his own picture taken as he speaks with Coppola. Photos by Jim Langan.

BY JIM LANGAN At the annual Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce dinner held at Coppola’s restaurant, Michael Dupree was honored as “Volunteer of the Year.” Dupree has been active in a myriad of organizations in the area for more than 17 years. He has been a driving force in historic preservation, serving on the board of Mills

Mansion and the Visual Environment Committee, as well as serving as chairman of the Hyde Park Planning Board. He has been a tireless advocate for intelligent growth and business while working to preserve the town’s rural and historical heritage. That dedication can be seen on many

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a hot summer day as Michael and other volunteers are seen repairing stone walls or planting flowers by the side of the road. More than 70 people turned out to honor Dupree, who thanked the chamber for the award.

It appeared, for once, the very plugged-in Dupree was the last to know about the honor. He thanked his longtime partner Michael Fleischer for his support and encouragement. The entire crowd stood twice to give Dupree a standing ovation. Former Hyde Park councilmen Bob Kampf and Rich Perkins talk with former colleague Bob Linville and his wife, Judy.

Hyde Park Dems seeking candidates BY HV NEWS STAFF

The Town of Hyde Park Democratic Committee is seeking individuals interested in running for local elected office. The committee is seeking candidates for the following positions: town supervisor, councilperson in all wards, receiver of taxes, town justice and county legislator (districts 4 and 7). Anyone interested in these positions is asked to send a brief resume, including work and volunteerism history, by mail to P.O. Box 385, Hyde Park, NY 12538; or by e-mail to hydeparkdems@gmail.com.

Grants available to county educators BY HV NEWS STAFF

New business hopes to soar in Hyde Park BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Adrenaline junkies, take note. Starting on Friday, Big Bear Ziplines, a new business in Hyde Park, will offer zipline tours of its 50-acre property. Guests, under the supervision of experienced zipliners, will hit speeds up to 30 miles per hour as they fly across a series of eight steel lines hung 30 to 150 feet above the ground. Along the way, guests will also climb fire truck ladders, swing on “Tarzan” vines and launch off flight decks. The business is owned by Harriman resident Dieter Beisiegel, a retired Boeing-777 captain and ziplining enthusiast. Beisiegel’s daughter, Cynthia, said ziplining has become a family affair. “Our family likes to travel, and we had our last family vacation three years ago in Hawaii. We went on a ziplining adventure there and everyone just loved it,” she said. “(My dad) was about to retire and wanted to create a business. He just loved ziplining so much, he decided to try it out.” When asked if there are any dangers to the activity, Cynthia said the entire course was designed with safety in mind. All lines are made of strong steel that can

hold thousands of pounds, guests must wear safety equipment and the course has been designed and inspected by certified professionals. In addition, she said everyone on staff is a member of the Association for Challenge Course Technology and some are members of the Professional Ropes Course Association. Also, Big Bear Ziplines’ director of course operations, Paul Curran, is a professional rock climber with more than 20 years experience, she said. He has overseen aerial stunts for Broadway shows and NFL team mascots. “Essentially, ziplining is not dangerous. We’ve made the experience as safe as possible,” Cynthia said. “It’s definitely something for thrill seekers, though.” The entire course takes approximately three hours to complete and will be open year round. Participants must be at least 12 years old and weigh no more than 250 pounds. The tour is not recommended for pregnant women, people with back problems or any serious medical conditions. Closed-toe shoes are required and mild hiking is involved. Big Bear Ziplines will officially open for business this Friday, Jan. 28. For its

Grants are currently available to local teachers through the Community Foundation of Dutchess County, an affiliate of Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley. Online applications and grant guidelines are available on the Community Foundation’s Web site, www.cfhvny.org. Applications are due Feb. 15. The following grants are available:

TACONIC IPA SCIENCE EDUCATION GRANTS These grants aim to expand learning opportunities in science through classroom and laboratory science equipment, such as microscopes, temperature probes, light probes, computer-related equipment and software and other laboratory tools. Public, private and parochial secondary teachers (grades 7-12) in New York State licensed and certified schools in Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties are eligible to apply.

FUND FOR EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION TEACHER GRANTS

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first few weeks in operation, tours will cost $79, reduced from the usual price of $99. Big Bear Ziplines is located at 817 Violet Ave. (Route 9G) and can be reached at 1-888-ZIP-BBZI. More information can be found at bigbearziplines.com.

These grants provide classroom teachers an opportunity for personal and professional development that will benefit students. Grants are made available to teachers to be used for professional development and/or special projects to be done with their classes. Public, private and parochial classroom teachers of grades pre-K through 12 in all New York State licensed and certified schools in Dutchess County are eligible to apply. For information or questions about these grant programs, contact Nevill Smythe at 845-452-3077 or nsmythe@cfhvny.org.

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OPINION readers respond: E-MAIL US: EDITORIAL@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM TO THE EDITOR:

Three reasons to call Cuomo and state legislators at 1-877-255-9417 to stop $40 billion in state budget cuts over the next four years to our county’s nonprofits, services, schools, hospitals, parks, libraries and DEC (that will end up only driving up our local property taxes further): 1. A Siena poll just last month found 73% of New Yorkers support a millionaires’ tax, while 74% of us are against even more state budget cuts to our schools, and 68% of New Yorkers oppose further cuts to Medicaid and health care too (recent Quinnipiac and Hart Research polls found the same thing). 2. The Better Choice Budget Coalition stands in strong support of a new, tiny millionaires’ tax (and at least partial reimplementation of a stock transfer tax on Wall Street as well). 3. The tax burden has unfairly shifted over the last 40 years, so much so that we middle-class New Yorkers are now literally paying over 11% of our income in state and local taxes, while millionaires pay only 8% of their income in state and local taxes. Join our new “Jobs Not Jails” effort to stop the GOP drive to force county taxpayers into wasting tens of millions of dollars on an unnecessary jail expansion. Come to our “Jobs Not Jails” forum on Saturday, Jan. 29, 11 a.m., with Elder Ann Perry at Holy Light Pentecostal Church at 33 Clover St. in Poughkeepsie. Let’s proactively invest in our human infrastructure instead. One way to do that is to restore BOCES’s GED program for our jail. The program is endorsed by jail leadership; it cut the recidivism rate in half for those participating. We also should bring back our county Youth Bureau’s Project Return, a juvenile delinquency prevention program that kept 45 kids on the right track for only $24 a day instead of being locked up at $657 a day, and county funding for the Mediation Center of Dutchess County’s program for 245 families with troubled teens (instead of them being incarcerated at $240,000 per year). Let’s slash recidivism and save tax dollars with a truly comprehensive system of re-entry and programming for youth. Newark, New Jersey’s fraternity for dads behind bars has cut the recidivism rate there from 65% to 3%; Brooklyn’s ComAlert system, Lancaster County’s job court, Luminosity Solutions’ work in Camden County, New Jersey, and Peter Young Housing, Industries and Treatment are cost-saving models we need here.

Amy Byrne Manager, Rhinebeck Health Foods

TO THE EDITOR:

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TO THE EDITOR: I read Christopher Lennon’s recent article announcing the opening of Breezy Hill Farm Store in Rhinebeck with much interest. I must take issue with your statement, “Ever since the local IGA closed its doors, finding fresh produce in the Village of Rhinebeck hasn’t exactly been easy.” Rhinebeck Health Foods has been selling fresh organic produce since before the IGA closed its doors. In fact, Rhinebeck Health Foods, owned and operated by Lynn Forman since 1978, has carried a multitude of locally produced products, including at one time those produced by Breezy Hill Farms. In addition to farm-fresh produce, shoppers will find fresh, local eggs and dairy products, locally smoked meats and fish, fresh local poultry, beef and pork, fresh fish, fresh locally baked breads and sweets, and a wide array of specialty products from local purveyors, including local granola, maple syrup, honey, pickled products, fresh-made hummus, dressings, pasta sauces and raw organic dark chocolate. We are also a full-service health food store, stocked with vitamins, herbal and homeopathic remedies, healthful pantry basics, freshground organic peanut butter, bulk foods and bulk spices, books, magazines and our own Garden Street Cafe. Every year, Rhinebeck Health Foods has participated in the Taste of Rhinebeck to benefit the Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation and we’ve encouraged the newest additions to our ever-expanding local lines to participate. This year’s event saw Rhinebeck Health Foods awarded the title of “Best Use of Local Products.” We are located at the end of Garden Street and have plenty of parking. We are open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

MARTINO DECLARES MARTIAL LAW

Councilman Mike Athanas made the no-show Supervisor Tom Martino proud at last week’s Chamber of Commerce dinner. He had the full sourpuss working and didn’t talk to anyone, prompting people to wonder why he even showed up. But he really hit it out of the park when he was the ONLY person in the room not to stand or applaud for the Volunteer of the Year, Michael Dupree. More volunteer love from the board. Haven’t seen Athanas volunteering for anything. {6} january 26 26, 2011 | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com com | Hudson valley news

At a recent Hyde Park Town Board meeting, Councilman Michael Taylor, referring to the board’s decision to not reappoint several volunteers, stated this was because these individuals were involved in drafting a wetlands law. He continued by saying, “It was clear that if reappointed, they still desired to reintroduce that same legislation in the future.” It should be made clear that after repealing the former law, both Supervisor Tom Martino and Mr. Taylor stated publicly they wanted to draft a new version. The notion that we, as former members of the Conservation Advisory Council, were interested only in reintroducing the prior law is simply not true. After two productive workshops with the town board, we followed Councilman Taylor’s recommendations and prepared a framework for a new law that included fewer regulated wetlands, smaller buffers and fewer regulated activities. We submitted this proposal to the town board last July, but never received a response. If this board does not want to enact a wetlands law, that is their prerogative. However, they can’t have it both ways by stating they want this legislation and then doing nothing to enact it. Furthermore, we take exception to the suggestion that we were unwilling to compromise. Our proposal accommodated their concerns while offering a reasonable level of protection. As the leadership of this town board has said the board supports this type of legislation, we hope board members will stand by their word and draft a law that will offer meaningful protection to the water resources of our community. Michael Rubbo, Lou Lelyveld and Emily Svenson Hyde Park

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To them, it’s more than a sporting event; it’s a national bazaar and holiday. – Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on President It’s also a bit of a corporate ego trip as commercials have become an integral part Obama’s first two years With the NFL playoffs over, the nation of the Super Bowl experience. That’s why will turn its attention to the annual spectacle you see so many random products being of the Super Bowl. With that will come all showcased. However, it hasn’t always the stories about how much companies are worked out so well for non-sports-related paying for Super Bowl ads and who has the Super Bowl ads. Remember all those dotcleverest ad. E-MAIL US: EDITORIAL@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM com ads in the late ’90s? As someone who once worked in Let’s take a look at the so-called demoTO THE EDITOR: television, I’ve always graphics of advertising. On display in the lobby of Franklin D. Roosevelt High School in Hyde Park is been fascinated with who There was a survey last If you’re a letter etched in bronze, along with a photograph of the Challenger Seven. The advertisers think is watching watching Jerry week listing the top-five letter is from President Ronald Regan and was written in response to letters sent a particular program. programs for supposed to the White House by students. The student letters had told of their feelings Springer in Corporations pay people to about the Jan. 28, 1986 tragedy, along with their hopes for the future of the “Alpha Boomers.” They get their product pitches in the middle of shuttle program. Now, 25 years later, many of those same students are leaders are defined as being befront of likely buyers. The police, firefighters, parents and citizens – tempered by that time. It the day, you’re tween 55 and 64 and are –is teachers, network news programs important today to remind our children of those same lessons with the hopes considered less desirable that they too should continue to work hard in school and in their communities to are a perfect example of likely divorced, by advertisers because someday reach their goals and dreams. drunk, broke targeting an audience. their buying habits are set President Reagan’s letter from The White House, dated March 3, 1986, reads: Advertisers know the and think a lap and they won’t be around only people regularly dance is a date. much longer. The coveted Dear Students: watching network news Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. Mrs. Reagan and I were deeply 18-34 demo, however, is at 6:30 p.m. are older or saddened by the loss of the Challenger and its seven brave crew members. We know considered unformed and retired. Young people have long ago learned has plenty of time and cash to spend gowe share this pain with all Americans and especially with the families who are left to mourn. to get their news from cable or the Internet. ing forward. I know that students and teachers of this nation felt a double loss in the presence Unlike their elders, they never had to wait Here are the top-five Alpha Boomer on this mission of Christa McAuliffe to teach a lesson from space. Although tragedy until evening to find out what happened shows in order and I’ll let you do the struck, she has nevertheless taught us all something very important, that the future during the day. As a result, most ads on math: “NCIS,” “Dancing with the Stars,” belongs not to the fainthearted but to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us the evening news broadcasts are erectile “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “The Mentalist,” into the future and we’ll continue to follow them with more shuttle launches, more dysfunction drugs, diabetes and prostate and “Criminal Minds.” I might point out astronauts, more citizen-volunteers and more exploration. products and adult diapers. They know four of the five are on CBS. Perhaps the best way to honor Christa and the other crew members would be to who’s watching and what they need. It’s not work hard in school and in your community so that someday you will reach your goals Next, the 18-34 crowd in order: and dreams as she wished you would. God bless you. a pretty picture but it’s fairly accurate. “Family Guy,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Glee,” Then we have shows like Jerry Springer or “The Office” and “Modern Family.” It’s Sincerely, the various courtroom shows that air during interesting to note that the Boomers are Ronald Reagan the day. There you’ll see ads for divorce estimated to spend $2 trillion annually lawyers, bankruptcy attorneys, dating sites, compared to the 18-34 group’s $1 trillion. The photograph displayed of the Challenger Seven includes Commander structured settlement prepayments and Francis R. “Dick” Scobee, pilot Michael J. Smith, and its crew, Christa McAuliffe I recall sitting in the office of Bill DUI lawyers. The assumption is if you’re Brooks, the station director at WPTV in (the first teacher in space), Mission Specialists Ellison S. Onizuka, Judith A. watching Jerry Springer in the middle of the West Palm Beach, discussing the disrespect Resnick and Ronald E. McNair, along with Payload Specialist Gregory B. Jarvis. Later this year, after the last space shuttles, Discovery and then Endeavor are day, you’re likely divorced, drunk, broke older viewers get from advertisers. A launched, this nation will have, for the first time, no space vehicle able to launch and think a lap dance is a date. They’re also much younger ad guy in the room started a man into space orbit. NASA Commander Mark Kelly is scheduled to command hoping you haven’t ruled out a personal- explaining the significance of hooking Shuttle Endeavor. Godspeed. injury suit. younger consumers when Brooks picked Sports programming has its own set of up the phone and called the owner of a Richard Taylan assumptions. It’s all about pizza, beer and nearby Cadillac dealership. “Phil, how Retired Earth Science Teacher, HPCSD, 1965-1998 cars. Regardless of the product, advertisers many Caddies you sold lately to 20-yearHyde Park know guys won’t channel surf during the olds? Thanks, I thought so.”

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SIX ARRESTED FOR DWI SATURDAY

The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office arrested six individuals for driving while intoxicated between the hours of 12:15 and 6:20 a.m. on Jan. 22. The following people were arrested: • Andrew Shaffer, 32, of Poughkeepsie, was charged with felony aggravated unlicensed operation and driving while ability impaired. • Orlando Castellanos, 29, of Poughkeepsie, was charged with felony DWI and speeding. • Anthony Russo, 18, of Wayne, New Jersey, was charged with misdemeanor DWI and speeding. • Shahzad Ashan, 22, of Hopewell Junction, was charged with misdemeanor DWI. • Tom Nikci, 22, of Hopewell Junction, was charged with misdemeanor DWI and moving from a lane unsafely. • Allyce Braddy, 22, of Poughkeepsie, was charged with misdemeanor DWI and an equipment violation. According to the sheriff’s office, all defendants submitted to chemical tests and all were over the 0.08% legal limit for intoxication, with the exception of Andrew Shaffer, who was charged with a lesser offense.

COPS NAB WOULD-BE BURGLAR

The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Wappinger man after investigating an early morning burglary in progress in LaGrange. At approximately 3:15 a.m. on Jan. 19, deputies responded to a call for a suspicious person in the area of Romca Road and Red Oaks Mill Road in LaGrange, according to the sheriff’s office. When deputies investigated, they found evidence a burglary may have been committed. In a nearby wooded area, deputies located Brendan P. O’Connor, 29, of Wappinger, according to the sheriff’s office. The sheriff’s office alleges O’Connor burglarized one of the businesses on Red Oaks Mill Road for the purpose of stealing copper piping. O’Connor is charged with burglary in the third degree, a class-D felony; criminal mischief in the second degree, a class-D felony; grand larceny in the fourth degree, a class-E felony; and possession of burglar’s tools, a class-A misdemeanor. O’Connor was arraigned in Town of

LaGrange Justice Court and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.

RECENT ARRESTS

The Hyde Park Police Department reports the following arrests: • Sherril C. Millien, 28, of New Windsor, was arrested on Jan. 11 for identity theft in the second degree, a class-E felony; two counts of identity theft in the third degree, a class-A misdemeanor; unlawful possession of personal identification information in the third degree, a class-A misdemeanor; and criminal use of an access device in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor. • Clarence A. Sharrock, 45, of Peekskill, was arrested on Jan. 11 for petty larceny, a class-A misdemeanor; and issuing a bad check, a class-B misdemeanor. • Daniel T. Acree, 41, of Hyde Park, was arrested on Jan. 14 for aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a misdemeanor. • Sharon R. Elvin, 48, of Hyde Park, was arrested on Jan. 14 for aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a misdemeanor. • Anthony J. Gallo, 21, of Hyde Park, was arrested on Jan. 15 for driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor; and open container of alcohol in vehicle, a violation. • Natalie E. Perry, 21, of Poughkeepsie, was arrested on Jan. 17 for aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree, a misdemeanor. • Rebekah L. Forster, 18, of Hyde Park, was arrested on Jan. 21 for driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. • Michelle A. Pettigrew, 30, of Wappingers Falls, was arrested on Jan. 22 for driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. • Brandon M. Hildwein, 20, of Hyde Park, was arrested on Jan. 22 for criminal possession of a forged instrument in the third degree and petty larceny, both class-A misdemeanors. • Jon P. Angot, 43, of Hyde Park, was arrested on Jan. 22 for criminal contempt in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor; and leaving the scene of an accident, a violation. • Shawn E. North, 25, of Clinton Corners, was arrested on Jan. 23 for aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a misdemeanor. • Aaron M. Cole, 20, of Hyde Park, was arrested on Jan. 23 for attempted criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class-B misdemeanor.

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BY JIM LANGAN • Further evidence there is a God was MSNBC’s canning the obnoxious and hateful Keith Olberman. MSNBC and its parent network, NBC, were just bought by Comcast and wisely used the opportunity to show Olberman the door. Hopefully next up will be Rachel Maddow, Anderson Cooper and the rest of their lame, low-rated liberal lineup. • Here’s yet another reason to resist the urge to photograph yourself naked and store the pictures on your computer. A 23-year-old California man hacked into 3,200 e-mail accounts, finding 172 women with naked photos. He then locked the women out of their Facebook pages by changing their password. He then posted them, thereby guaranteeing every person they ever knew has now seen them buck naked.

much well-deserved acclaim. The last time I saw Sarge Shriver was about 20 years ago in Palm Beach, Florida. (We were all staying at the Kennedy home there). Along with two of his sons, we went to a local ball field to shag flies and throw the baseball around. Shriver was a huge baseball fan and once hoped to buy a major league team. The athletic Shriver, then in his 70s, handled everything I sent his way at third base and consistently made the long throw across the diamond to first base. He was quite an athlete and great to be around. R.I.P.

• The Taxi and Limousine Authority in New York City has issued new dress guidelines for cabbies. They must be neat, clean and professional and not wear tank tops, swim wear or underwear as outer garments. I’m hoping “clean” • Here’s another no-no. Don’t have a doesn’t mean one of those hideous air ferret as a pet. First, they’re creepy fresheners cabbies like to use in place of and you’ll eventually find yourself in a shower. a trench coat shooting up a middle school. Second, they’re nasty. A Green • Color me cynical and insensitive, but Valley, Missouri couple awoke to hear I’ve had just about enough of Mark their 4-month-old son shrieking in his Kelly and his non-stop rah-rah-rah bed. By the time the parents got to the and endless press conferences. The child, a ferret had chewed off seven of astronaut husband of Congresswoman the kid’s fingers. I’m guessing piano Gabrielle Giffords is just a little too eager to get in front of a camera. If my lessons are off the table. wife were struggling for her life, I’d like • A Norwell, Massachusetts woman, to think I’d spend as much time with Gayle Drummond, drove into a snow her as I would with the jackals in the bank last week and emerged from her car media. And don’t kid yourself; the only with no pants and a beer in her hand. The thing the media wants at this point is 37-year-old also had an undiapered baby the first photo of her. My guess is he’s in a car seat. She was charged with DUI. already planning on running for her congressional seat when she inevitably resigns for health reasons. I also found • File this under “dumb things teenagers the live OJ-white-Bronco coverage of do.” In Miami, five teenagers burglarized Giffords’ ambulance ride to the airport a home, stealing an urn containing the a little much. Didn’t six other people ashes of a man and two Great Danes. The die, including a 9-year-old girl? geniuses then retired to a nearby house and began snorting what they thought was a way cool stash of cocaine and • Here’s a tragic story from Germany. heroin. No word on whether they started It seems 23-year-old porn star Caroline “Cora” Berger has died after a failed barking really fast. boob job. She had two heart attacks. The heavily tattooed Cora had recently • Talk about great hospice care. A 33-yearappeared on a German reality TV show old nurse in Oklahoma City was fired for and thought she needed to take her having sex with one of the patients in her breasts up a notch. Thurston Fuchs, a care. Amy Van Brunt says the sex was Canadian living in Germany, said on her consensual and carried out on personal Facebook tribute page, “Only the good time. The patient was unavailable for die young.” I’m guessing Thurston lives comment for obvious reasons. in a boarding house, works in a phone store and calls his mother in Canada • Peace Corps founder R. Sargent a lot. Shriver was laid to rest last week amidst

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THE HEADLINERS: {P. 11} BACON BROTHERS AT THE BARDAVON {P. 12} POUNDSTONE BENEFITS THE POUGHKEEPSIE LIBRARY {P. 15} VISUAL ART ON VIEW AT VASSAR

THE REGULARS: {P. 14} CRAFTY EMBELLISHMENTS {P. 16} SURVIVE THE WINTER WITH A GOOD BOOK {P. 18} THE KING CONQUERS ALL

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Pictured: Ann Osmond, Christa Trinler, Robert Burke Warren, Dennis Yerry, Audrey Rapoport (Jody Satriani, not pictured). Photo by Cabanestudios.com

“WINTER FEST 2011: SOUTHERN SCRIBES AND SONGSTERS” IN WOODSTOCK

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{editor’s pick} NEKO CASE Tues., Feb. 1, 7 p.m. With special guests, Lost in the Trees. Cost: $40, general admission. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406.

THIS WEEK FESTIVAL

Fifth Annual Knickerbocker Ice Festival Jan. 29 and 30: A winter art celebration that honors the history of the ice industry at Rockland Lake State Park. The Festival features an ice carving competition, a bonfire, nature walks, a KIDZ Ice Park, Artists In the Parks, an historic ice art gallery, food and beverages from the area’s finest establishments, and more. Saturday, 11 a.m. to dark; Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: free; parking, $6. Rockland Lake State Park, 299 Rockland Lake Rd., Valley Cottage. 845-268-3020.

THEATER “Bye Bye Birdie” Through Jan. 30: 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m., Sundays. Tickets: $24 adults; $22 seniors and children. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080. “Opus” Jan. 28 and 29: A witty and telling portrait of a high-caliber yet high-strung string quartet, written by Michael Hollinger and directed by Christine Crawfis. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Tickets: $14, members; $18, non-members advance sale; all tickets $2 more at the door. Unison Arts & Learning Center, 68 Mountain Rest Rd., New Paltz. 845-255-1559.

Wednesday, Jan. 26 ART

“Drawn to Humanity: American and European Masterworks on Paper from the Ken Ratner Collection” 1-2 p.m. Opening reception. Features about 30 works, mostly by European artists dating from

1890 to 1930, including lithographs, etchings, drawings and pastels. On view through Feb. 25. Gallery hours: Mondays through Fridays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and by appointment. Gallery is closed on college holidays. Muroff Kotler Visual Arts Gallery, Vanderlyn Hall, SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge campus, 491 Cottekill Rd., Stone Ridge. 845-687-5262.

EVENT “Science in Your Life 2011” 7:30 p.m. Each program will consist of an understandable talk by a scientist involved in research on the topic, as well as an opportunity for questions from the audience. Brochures giving speakers, and subjects and the location will be distributed in January. The purpose of these lectures is to bring together the general public and scientists to explore topics of interest and importance to everyone. Free. Poughkeepsie High School, 70 Forbus St., Poughkeepsie. 845451-4850.

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In light of the unbearably cold weekend we’ve just weathered, it’s “WINTER FEST 2011: SOUTHERN a comfort to imagine the setting SCRIBES AND SONGSTERS” for “Winter Fest 2011: Southern Scribes and Songsters,” presented by 7 p.m. | Saturday, Jan. 29 Performing Arts of Woodstock, as Tickets: $20 producer and performer Christa Trinler Kleinert/James Art Center described it to me. 34 Tinker St., Woodstock. “The setting will be as if you are on the front porch,” she said. “A giant 845-679-7900 front porch, and a grand piano. All six (actors) will be on stage at all times. It’s as if we are a group of friends sharing stories, interspersed with music.” It’s easy for me to envision this, to believe it’s warm enough to warrant a tall glass of iced tea, talking and telling stories while a pot of red beans and rice cook on the stove … and then I realize I’ve got to bundle up and go shovel if I hope to ever drive my car again. This is Trinler’s second year to produce “Winter Fest” – last year’s performance was titled “The Golden Age of Radio.” Trinler is a professional actor and producer from Chicago who now lives in the Hudson Valley, though she said she regularly returns to Chicago to perform and produce. She also serves on the Performing Arts of Woodstock board of directors. “When they asked me to do it, I wanted it to be a cohesive show,” she said. “In the past, they had singers, poetry, plays. Last year, it was (based on) 1940s radio plays and the music of the era. And this year, I had just decided on a southern theme.” Trinler said she’d heard short stories from some of the greatest Southern scribes on public radio, and “thought it was an interesting topic to delve into. I like the gothic aspect, and the strong sense of place.” Her search for the right compilation of works lead her to look beyond the familiar. “When I originally looked at this, I was looking at Flannery O’Conner, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams,” she explained. “Short stories aren’t always necessarily that short. I really had to dig to find different authors who had shorter pieces. And to get appropriate pieces; so many stories are dark. I wanted to play up the humor as well.” The six actors performing the collection of short stories by Tennessee Williams, Zora Neale Hurston, Bailey White and Molly Ivins are Ann Osmond, Audrey Rapoport, Jody Satriani, Robert Burke Warren, Dennis Yerry and Trinler. Audiences will recognize everal faces from past performances s. several performances. Doors open at 7 p.m. for a light buffet of Southern-inspired appetizers and a cash bar. The story telling and song program begins at 8 p.m. The entertainment will be followed by dessert, coffee, and a cash bar. Reservations are strongly recommended, since last year’s Winter Fest sold out.

LECTURE “Jewish and Muslim Experiences in America: Working Together to Promote Human Rights” 6:30-8 p.m. Panel discussion with Noor Elashi and Rebecca Vilkomerson. Elashi is a nationally known writer and speaker on Muslim rights. Vilkomerson is Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace. The panel will explore how each group is dealing with issues such as human rights and ethnic identity. Free. Sanders Hall Auditorium (Room 212), College Center at Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370.

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From left to right: Audrey Rapoport, Christa Trinler, Robert Burke Warren, Ann Osmond, Dennis Yerry (Jody Satriani, not pictured). Photo by cabanestudios.com.

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NIGHTLIFE Karaoke 8:30 p.m. With PJ the DJ. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590. Petey Hop and Blues Jam 8:30 p.m. No cover. Hyde Park Brewing Company, 4076 Albany Post Rd. (Rte. 9), Hyde Park. 845229-8277.

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THE BACON BROTHERS 5 p.m. | Sunday, Jan. 30 Tickets: $100 Golden Circle; $65-$50, adult Bardavon 1890 Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072

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Kevin Bacon has been making waves in the bizarre and compelling commercial for the Logitech Revue in which he plays a Kevin Bacon super fan – this Sunday, he’ll make some local waves for a wonderful organization that brings much needed aid to children around the world. Kevin and his brother, Michael, The Bacon Brothers, take to the Bardavon stage to play a benefit concert for Healing the Children Northeast, based in New Milford, Connecticut. The band celebrated 15 years of making music last year. Healing the Children Northeast, Inc. is a non-profit, non-partisan, volunteer organization that brings medical care to children who lack the medical and financial resources or health insurance to afford them otherwise. The group arranges for free donated surgical, medical and dental services, thanks to the generosity of medical professionals and facilities in the Northeast, including many people in the Hudson Valley. Since the chapter’s inception in 1985, the organization has arranged treatment for more than 33,000 children in the U.S. and abroad. And since 2007, Dr. Manoj T. Abraham has led five surgical missions to Colombia, Brazil and Peru. He and his team have provided free cleft lip or palate repair and other monumental surgical procedures for more than 400 children. Abraham has a office on North Water Street in Poughkeepsie. I spoke with Dana Buffin, executive director of Healing the Children Northeast, Inc., who had nothing but praise for Abraham. “He leads trips and is very involved with fundraising,” she said. In 2009, the group hosted a silent auction and an exhibit at Locust Grove, the Samuel F.B. Morse Historic Site, by photographer Annabel Clark, whose images were taken during volunteer surgical missions led by Abraham. “We had a fantastic turnout and a lot of support,” said Buffin. As the group discussed the next fundraising concept, Buffin said it was time to “take it to the next level.” While Buffin and her team may have been “thinking something simple,” they arrived at a major concert at a major venue: “Chris (Silva) at the Bardavon was more than gracious.” A cold call to Kevin Bacon and good timing with his film schedule landed them a January date. “But we’re not concert promoters!” said Buffin with a laugh. However, all of the pieces seemed to fall in place. “They (the Bacon brothers) live close to the area, and Kevin is such a humanitarian. It’s a really good fit.” Though Healing the Children of the Northeast, Inc., is located in Connecticut, it’s had great fundraising success in Dutchess County because of the medical team’s connection to the area. “It’s really because of Dr. Abraham and the professionals from the Hudson Valley area, including pediatricians and anesthesiologists – there’s a huge base of participation that really want to be involved and support people in their lives,” said Buffin. > continued on page 17

SRBP Lecture Series: “Gasland” 6:30-9 p.m. Join Cara Lee, Shawangunk Ridge Program Director for The Nature Conservancy, and Nadia Steinzor, Marcellus regional organizer for EARTHWORKS Oil & Gas Accountability Project for a viewing of the documentary “Gasland.” The screening is followed by a question and answer session. Free. SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center, SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Dr, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

Friday, Jan. 28 FILM

“A Clockwork Orange” (1971) 7:30 p.m. Pre-film concert on the mighty Wurlitzer Organ. All films in the Bardavon Friday Film Series are preceded by these mini-concerts, which are presented exclusively by the New York Theatre Organ Society (NYTOS), 7 p.m. Tickets: $5. Bardavon 1890 Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072.

Joseph Arthur. Age 21 and up. Tickets: $15. Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia St., Hudson. 518828-4800. The Differents 8:30-11:30 p.m. With Vito Petroccitto. La Puerta Azul, 2510 Rte. 44, Salt Point. 845-677-2985. Exit 19 8 p.m. Tickets: $15. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406. M Shanghai String Band and The Dirty Boogaloo 8 p.m. Admission: $12. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon. 845-831-4988. Off The Hook 8:30-11 p.m. R&B. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590. Salsa Lesson with Carlos Osorio 7-9 p.m. Cost: $10. Café Mezzaluna, 626 Rte. 212, Saugerties. 845-246-5306.

Saturday, Jan. 29 ART

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“Muppet Treasure Island” 6:30 p.m. Part of the Family Movie Night series held on the last Friday of the month. Snacks will be served. Parish Hall of the Zion Episcopal Church, 12 Satterlee Place, Wappingers Falls. 845-297-3428. “Night Moves” (1975) 7:15 p.m. The “Films of Arthur Penn” series. Starring Gene Hackman. Discussion follows. Free. The Annex of the Hyde Park Free Library, 2 Main St., Hyde Park. 845-229-7791.

LECTURE “Snow Is Good” 7 p.m. Cary Institute scientist Peter M. Groffman discusses how mild winters threaten soil productivity, plant growth, and freshwater resources. Groffman’s talk focuses on climate warming in the Northeast and how the loss of snow cover has a ripple effect on soils, trees, and water quantity and quality. Cary Institute auditorium, 2801 Sharon Tpk. (Rte. 44), Millbrook. 845-677-7600, ext. 121.

MUSIC Approaching Storm 7:30 p.m. The Christian rock group performs. Admission: $10, advance; $12, door. At the Backstage Cafe on the Main Stage. Vineyard Community Church, 609 Rte. 82, Hopewell Junction. 845-227-7832.

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FAMILY “The Royalty of the Renaissance” 11 a.m. Presented by Kit’s Interactive Theatre. Free. James & Betty Hall Theatre, Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-431-8000.

LECTURE “Garden Rooms: Blurring the Lines between Indoors and Outdoors” 2 p.m. The lecture series begins with a talk, “History of the Garden Seat” by prestigious exterior decorator John Danzer. Admission: $10. Clermont State Historic Site, 1 Clermont Rd., Germantown. 518-537-4240.

MUSIC Free Young People’s Concert: The Attacca Quartet 3 p.m. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Presented by the Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society. Free. Morton

Memorial Library and Community House 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff. 845-876-2903.

NIGHTLIFE Adult “Sk8” Night 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Skating to the dance tunes of the ’70’s and ’80s. Costumes are welcome. For skaters 18 years old and above. Hyde Park Roller Magic Roller Skating Rink, 4178 Albany Post Rd. (Rte. 9), Hyde Park. 845-229-6666. Frank Vignola’s Hot Club 8 p.m. Tickets: $25; includes post-concert reception. Ritz Theater Lobby, 107 Broadway, Newburgh. For more information and tickets, call 845-784-1199 or go to www.ritztheaternewburgh.org. Iris Dement 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $40, advance; $45, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. Johnny Winter Band 8 p.m. Tickets: $45, golden circle; $35, reserved; $25, general admission. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406. > continued on next page

REMINDER ARTS IN EDUCATION GRANTS (AIE)

This program, offered through the Dutchess County Arts Council, makes grants in support of partnerships between schools and teaching artists or cultural organizations that focus on the integrated study of the arts and non-arts subjects. The applicants will be a school and either an individual teaching artist or a cultural organization. Eligible projects will involve a direct collaboration between at least one classroom teacher and one teaching artist. The application deadline is Thursday, March 10 at 1 p.m. For more information or to download the application, go to visit www.artsmidhudson. org and click on “grants.”

LAUGHTER AND LEARNING

BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM

Comedian Paula Poundstone wants to make you laugh … but she’d also like you PAULA POUNDSTONE to check out your local library. Believe 8 p.m. | Friday, Feb. 4 it or not, Poundstone (who can be heard Tickets: $36, adult; regularly on National Public Radio’s “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me”) is passionate about $31, Bardavon members libraries: She works to raise awareness for Bardavon 1890 Opera House, Friends of the Library groups as national Information sessions and application seminars: 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. spokesperson with the Association of These sessions are required for new applicants. Reservations are recommended but Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends 845-473-2072 not required. and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division 9 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie 4:30-6 p.m. | Monday, Feb. 7 of American Library Association with Amenia Town Hall approximately 5,000 Friends of Library, Trustee, Foundation and individual members 4988 Rte. 22, Amenia 4-5:30 p.m. | Tuesday, Feb. 15 and affiliates representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. Esopus Library When Poundstone comes to Poughkeepsie, she will be partnering with the Friends of 4-5:30 p.m. | Wednesday, Feb. 9 128 Canal St., Port Ewen the Poughkeepsie Public Library District, which will have a table at her Bardavon show East Fishkill Community Library to promote its efforts on behalf of the library and to sell Poundstone’s book, “There’s 348 Rte. 376, Hopewell Junction 4-5:30 p.m. | Wednesday, Feb. 16 Nothing in This Book That I Meant To Say” ($15, paperback; $30, audiobook), and her Starr Free Library CD, “I Heart Jokes” ($15), for which the organization will receive a percentage of the 4-5:30 p.m. | Thursday, Feb. 10 68 W. Market St., Rhinebeck Ellenville Free Library and Museum proceeds. And after the concert performance, Poundstone will be on hand to sign copies 4-5:30 p.m. | Thursday, Feb. 17 40 Center St., Ellenville of the book for fans. The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild “The funds raised by the Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District (from 34 Tinker St., Woodstock Noon-2 p.m. | Saturday, Feb. 12 Poundstone’s generosity) will go ultimately to the Library District which the Friends Dutchess County Arts Council support. We have two huge annual book sales that allowed us to fulfill a $250,000 fiveyear pledge to the district’s main library reconstruction,” said Larry Hughes, Friends of For more information, contact Eve Madalengoitia, program director at 845-454-3222 Poughkeepsie Public Library District board member, in an e-mail. or evem@artsmidhudson.org. {12} january 26, 2011 | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | Hudson valley news

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In addition to being a celebrated comedienne and author, Poundstone is an Emmy award winner, the first woman to be invited to perform at the White House Correspondents Dinner and the first woman to win a Cable ACE for best standup comedy special. She also won an ACE for Program Interviewer and an American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup. Poundstone has also appeared Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” “Real Time with Bill Maher,” “Late Night with David Letterman,” and several specials on HBO. Tickets are available at the Bardavon Box Office (35 Market St., Poughkeepsie, 845-4732072), at the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) Box Office, (602 Broadway, Kingston, 845-339-6088), and through Ticketmaster (800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com). To learn more about the Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library, go to www. poklib.org/friends.

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E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from previous page Lick The Toad 8:30-11:30 p.m. La Puerta Azul, 2510 Rte. 44, Salt Point. 845-677-2985. Michelle LeBlanc 8:30-10:30 p.m. The jazz vocalist performs. Hudson House River Inn, 2 Main St., Cold Spring. 845-265-9355. Swing Dance 6:30 p.m. Intermediate Swing Dance Workshop with Akemi Kinukawa, 6:30-8 p.m.; Admission, $15. Beginners’ lesson, 8-8:30 p.m., free with dance admission. Swing dance to live music by Eight to the Bar, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Admission: $15, general; $10, student. Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, 135 S. Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie. 845-4542571 or 845 -591-4068. Wheels of Steel DJ Dance Party 9 p.m. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590.

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Singles and Sociables – Mt. Tremper Singles and Sociables outings welcome all adult hikers, single and non-single, aged 18 and above. No reservations required. This is a moderate, 7-mile snowshoe (hike if no snow), led by Tonda Highley (845-255-9933). Contact Highley for meeting place, time and fee. Mohonk Preserve, 3197 Rte. 44/55, Gardiner. 845-255-0919.

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THEATER “Winter Fest 2011: Southern Scribes and Songsters” 7 p.m. Presented by Performing Arts of Woodstock. See full story on page 10. Tickets: $20. Kleinert/James Art Center, 34 Tinker Street, Woodstock. 845-679-7900.

Sunday, Jan. 30 BENEFIT

The Bacon Brothers 5 p.m. A benefit concert for Healing the Children Northeast. See full story on page 11. Tickets: $100 Golden Circle; $65-$50, adult. Bardavon 1890 Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072.

Willow Mixed Media present a screening of the feature length documentary film on the story of the rise and fall of the Catskill Mountain House by Tobe Carey. Marbletown Community Center, Main St. (Rte. 209), Marbletown. 845-687-0800.

MUSIC Attacca Quartet 4 p.m. Pre-concert talk, 3:30 p.m. Reception with the artists following the performance. Presented by The Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society. Ticket: $25, general; $5, students with ID; under 13, free. Church of the Messiah, 6436 Rte. 9, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3533. Piano Festival 2011 4 p.m. Till Fellner from Austria returns to open the festival. His program includes Haydn’s Sonata in C Major, a new work by Kit Armstrong, and the Italian year of Liszt’s “Années de Pelerinage.” Cost: $30, general; $10, student. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon. 845-831-4988.

NIGHTLIFE “Back To The Garden 1969” 7:30 p.m. A group of five musicians (two of which were at the original Woodstock festival) who have performed together in various combinations over the years, but joined forces specifically to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival, return. Tickets: $20, advance; $25, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300.

OUTDOOR Singles and Sociables – Black Rock Forest Singles and Sociables outings welcome all adult hikers, single and non-single, aged 18 and above. No reservations required. This is a strenuous, 8-mile snowshoe (hike if no snow), led by Gary Curasi (845-534-2886). Contact Curasi for meeting place, time and fee. Mohonk Preserve, 3197 Rte. 44/55, Gardiner. 845-255-0919.

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If you need some inspiration to make it through this brutally cold winter, how about a Tuesday, Feb. 1 pageant puppetry workshop this summer in the Italian Alps? FAMILY Participants will learn to create giant puppets and other visual elements for the 10th FAMILY “Tales at Ten”: Story Time at the Mohonk Annual Midsummer’s Pageant, in collaboration with residents of a remote village in “Playful and Contented: Children’s Lives in Preserve. the Italian Alps. Led by processional artists Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles (whose History” 10 a.m. Hear about napping animals, hungry birds, puppets are made in Red Hook and lead New York City’s renowned Annual Halloween 2 p.m. A light-hearted lecture series in January, or icy tracks and celebrate the snowy season. This February, and March. Cozy up in the museum’s Parade), workshop participants add new works each year to the festival, drawing on the oral kitchen to learn what life was like for children and program is for children ages 2-5 with their parents or guardians and is free to the public. Space is histories, agrarian rituals, folk tales and ecology of this under-explored corner of Occitan, mothers over the past three centuries. This week: limited; please call 845-255-0919 to register. After “Famous and Stylish: Dolls and Doll Fashion the story time, families are encouraged to explore Italy. Hundreds of local residents in Maira Valley gather to animate the procession. The workshop runs from June 18 to 26: Beyond the basic workshop in puppetry in the Columbia County Historical Society’s the Visitor Center and check out the Kids’ Corner, techniques, the week includes Occitan step-dancing sessions, trips to nearby Medieval Collections,” a lecture by Ashley Hopkins-Benton Children’s Forest, or wander the winter Sensory of the Columbia County Historical Society. churches and cheese farms, and more. The workshop is hosted by Christa and Fritz Entrance to each is $5 for adults. Space is Trail. This program will follow the New Paltz School District regarding winter-weather closings. Gaebler at Casa dei Fiori, an authentically restored complex of traditional stone limited; reservations are encouraged. Clermont In the event of a school closing or delay there will farmhouses. Christa, an international gourmet chef, will introduce participants to the State Historic Site, 1 Clermont Rd., Germantown. be no story time. Mohonk Preserve, 3197 Rte. 44/55, Gardiner. 845-255-0919. delicate tastes of Northern Italian summer, with gourmet meals prepared daily with local 518-537-4240. produce, fresh herbs and mountain cheeses. Families with children are welcome, and FILM FILM no Italian language or puppetry experience is required. The workshop is conducted in “The Catskill Mountain House and The World Genghis Khan: “Mongol” English, but Italian and French are spoken as well. For more information, go to the Around” 6 p.m. Part of the biography film series. Free; 2 p.m. The Ulster County Historical Society and > continued on page 16 Processional Arts Workshop website: www.superiorconcept.org/Morinesio. Hudson valley news | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | january 26, 2011 {13}

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BY ELIZABETH F. PURINTON-JOHNSON The reason people sew their own clothes is to save money, right? Wrong. When you add up material, thread, buttons and patterns, it hasn’t been cost effective since the 1980s (about $50 for materials to make one shirt).The low price of clothing means you can usually buy a suit or separates for less money than it costs to make it. I know that I’ve calculated the cost of fabric for dresses and tops. A good clearance sale was significantly cheaper. If money is not the (main) issue, then why do people bother? Sewing one’s own clothes means customizing the color, fabric and drape of a garment and having the garment custom fit. Anyone who regularly lengthens or shortens almost everything he/ she buys knows what a pain that is, especially since changing the length of a trouser leg does not change the length of the waist-to-crotch measurement. For people who are long-waisted (like me), or short-waisted, it means never having a perfect fit and not being able to wear certain clothes at all. Then there’s the fashion trend. Anything that is currently fashionable, particularly fads, is usually premium priced due to high, immediate demand. There is no waiting for the price to drop the way you can with a plasma TV. It’s either pay the going price or go without. Sometimes this is where a little sewing talent can rescue your budget. One of the current fads is fabric roses on necklines. They’re made from several layers of fabric, usually with raw edges, to create a flower that stands up. Being the frugal (OK, cheap) person that I am, I went in search of a source of roses to add to existing clothing or projects. Even in the wholesale district, they were a couple of dollars for a large rose. Strips of multiple roses, like those used to trim necklines, were sold by the inch, not yard. There had to be an alternative. I’ve noticed that sewers tend to think like engineers. Stop laughing and think about it. We’re involved in design, construction, “strength of materials” (you engineers know what I mean), and, most importantly, mentally taking things apart to figure out how we could duplicate or improve the design. In this case, the rose, when looked at carefully, could be constructed from one long strip, rolled and secured. I looked at a store-bought scarf I have with small roses on the end. I’ll be darned if they weren’t made from one long strip, rolled and secured. {14} january 26, 2011 | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | Hudson valley news

Hmmm, there’s a money-saving, fashion-improving, and above all, lazy, opportunity here. Follow along with me:

FRUGAL FABRIC FLOWERS

Long thin strip of fabric (I used 1” x 14” of polar fleece for each rose) Matching thread (I used contrasting thread for visibility) Pin backing (optional) The exact dimensions of your fabric will vary with the size of the rose. The thinner the fabric, the longer the strip. For the closely rolled organza flowers you’ll need multiple pieces. For a gathered rose, baste close to one long edge by hand or machine. Alternatively, use a wider strip of material and baste down the middle, folding length wise before rolling. Gather the fabric by pulling on your basting thread. Thread a needle with matching thread. Making sure the center is tight, begin rolling the fabric strip. Take a few stitches close to the gathered edge to secure the center For a rolled rose, gather just the beginning ½” or so, then just roll it up. Roll a couple more layers. Every so, often stop and place a few more stitches. When you’re done gathering, rolling and stitching, it’s finished. Add a few leaves if desired. Attach your rose with a few stitches (these would be adorable on a purse) or attach it (sew or hot glue) to a pin backing for a removable embellishment. Take a look at the handmade roses next to the store bought ones. How are the purchased ones better?. This is one case where doing a little lazy hand sewing can save you money. Because I used remnants from other projects, my cost was zero. Now, what was that about not saving money by doing your own sewing? Dr. Elizabeth F. Purinton-Johnson is both an associate professor of business and lazy, though accomplished crafter, who also studies marketing trends in current crafting culture. Have a question? E-mail her at elizabeth@atomicflamingocreations.com.

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SHOWING OFF A NEW LOOK AND NEW VIEWS BY HVN WEEKEND STAFF

After a seven-month closure for roof repairs, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College reopened last week on Thursday, Jan. 20. Patrons mingled and sipped wine in the newly blank entryway (it was a shock to see the wall white again after they had been painted in bright orange and gray swirls for the installation, “Harry Roseman: Hole in the Wall,” last January). A large portrait of Matthew Vassar now greets visitors with an imposing countenance – to the left, one can see his original writing desk and the collection of Hudson River School paintings, and to the right, the main galleries now feature work arranged more by theme than by chronology. The evening included curatorial tours of the reinterpreted space. Concurrently, “Teen Visions ’11,” presented by the Mill Street Loft Art Institute, opened in the James W. Palmer Gallery. Stringendo Orchestra School of the Hudson Valley performed in North Atrium of the College Center.

The February’s exhibit at The Off the Wall Gallery at the Millbrook Free Library (3 Friendly Lane, Millbrook) features work by book artist Johanne Renbeck. Inspired by ancient Norse mythology and stories of a world created in the gap between ice and fire, Renbeck created 24 book-like wall-mounted structures that bind together masks, painted images and language. Several years ago, Renbeck began exploring her Norse ancestry. She scoured the library for all things Norse and was soon poring over books containing pictures of long buried artifacts, reading history books, and absorbing Snorii Sturlson’s transcription of the ancient tales of Odin, Thor, Loki and Freya. Renbeck finally discovered the runes, the ancient Norse alphabet. Each of the 24 structures in this exhibit is based on a different character from that alphabet. On Wednesday, Feb. 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Renbeck will conduct a book arts workshop for adults at the library called “Welcoming the Winter Dragon.” Using artists’ papers and simple folds, participants will make their own book that celebrates the “winter dragon” pervading our landscape. Registration is required; call 845-677-3611 to register. The public is invited to an opening reception at the library on Wednesday, Feb. 2 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to meet the artist and enjoy the exhibit. “Runes Messages” can be seen during regular library hours during the month of February. Go to www. millbrooklibrary.org for more information.

Photos by Dana Gavin and Nicole DeLawder.

A piece by book artist Johanne Renbeck.

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NIGHTLIFE Local Musicians Showcase 9 p.m. Hosted by Karl Allweier. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590. Neko Case 7 p.m. With special guests, Lost in the Trees. Cost: $40, general admission. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406.

Wednesday, Feb. 2 MUSIC

Lunch N Listen Concert Series Noon. Featuring Dianne Serkowski, vocalist, and Susan Russell, accompanist. Fellowship Hall opens at 11:30 a.m. for “brown-baggers,” concert at noon. Coffee, tea and light refreshments provided at 12:45 p.m. Free. First Evangelical Lutheran Church, cor. Mill and Catharine Sts., Poughkeepsie. 845-452-6050.

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NIGHTLIFE Karaoke 8:30 p.m. With PJ the DJ. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590. Petey Hop and Blues Jam 8:30 p.m. No cover. Hyde Park Brewing Company, 4076 Albany Post Rd. (Rte. 9), Hyde Park. 845229-8277.

OUTDOOR Bob Babb Wednesday Walk – Split Rock 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The Bob Babb Wednesday Walks welcome adults of all ages and levels of ability aged 18 and above. No reservations are required. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve West Trapps Trailhead. This is a moderate, 5-mile hike. In case of inclement weather, call June Finer, Hike Coordinator, at 845-255-7247 between 7:30-8 a.m. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $10, nonmembers. Mohonk Preserve, 3197 Rte. 44/55, Gardiner. 845-255-0919.

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The Morton Memorial Library and Community House is hosting a talent show on Friday, March 4, at 6 p.m. Acts of all kinds are welcome for the showcase, including singers (piano provided), films (no more than 3 minutes), and visual arts (artwork will be on display through March). Interested participants should contact Sandy Bartlett by Feb. 12 via e-mail mortonlib@hotmail.com or at 845-876-2903.

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Town of Esopus artists are Auditions for TriArts 2011 Season begin in February. TriArts Sharon Playhouse will be producing “42nd Street” invited to submit a painting (rehearses May 31-June 23; runs June 23-July 10); “Rent” design for the tugboat model for (rehearses June 21-July 15; runs July 15-24); and “Hair- the Bi-Centennial Celebration for spray” (rehearses July 12-Aug. 4; runs Aug. 4-21). Audi- Esopus 2011. The actual tugtions take place at TriArts Bok Gallery, Sharon, Connecti- boats will be approximately 3.5’ long by 3’ high. Only 12 artists cut (by appointment only) on Feb. 5, 11, 12, and 13. “Musical Milestones” is a new musical review for stu- will be chosen by the Bi-centendents aged 8 to 18, celebrating landmark musicals and nial committee. The boats will culminating in three performances at TriArts Bok Gallery. be displayed along 9W in Port Admission in this workshop is by audition only on Feb. 5. Ewen and auctioned off at the Starting April 8 and running for 4 weeks, performances finale in September. Send submissions as jpeg attachments will be on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30. For complete audition information, visit the TriArts to claudiaengel@hvc.rr.com, or mail submissions to ASK, attn: website at www.triarts.net. Auditions for “Robin Hood” will be held in the down- Claudia, 97 Broadway, Kingston, stairs classroom at The Center for Performing Arts at N.Y. 12401. Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. Auditions for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5 and 7 p.m.; and Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 7 and 8. Children, particularly as young as 5 years old, are encouraged to audition. Older auditioners should prepare a memorized, one-minute monologue from any Shakespearean comedy. Younger children may read a one-minute monologue from any Shakespearean comedy. For additional information contact Lou Trapani at 845-876-3088, ext. 14.

VOCAL ARTS The Cappella Festiva Treble Choir provides an artistic opportunity for young

singers (boys and girls) of the Hudson Valley through education in vocal training, musicianship skills and the exploration of challenging, diverse repertoire for treble voices ages 10-17. The audition, called a choral interview, requires interested singers to meet with the director to vocalize at the piano, sing a simple folk song both accompanied and unaccompanied and to participate in a rehearsal. Call 845-853-7765 to set up an appointment. Choral interviews will be scheduled through January 31. For more information, go to www.cappellafestiva.org.

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A cure for winter woes BY ANN LA FARGE “Tell me about it,” I grumped as a very “Te young friend complained the other day that the en endless snowstorms “made her feel old.” Lacing up the heavy boots, stepping caref carefully so as not to fall, dodging falling icicl in the doorway – all contribute to icicles fee a feeling of, well, geezerhood. So it was with joy and even a small smile that I ope opened a tribute to old age and continued sm smiling as I read “Lastingness –The Ar Art of Old Age” by Nicholas Delbanco (G (Grand Central Publishing, $24.99). “T “This book,” the author declares at th the outset, “is about tribal elders in th world of art. How lastingness the m may be obtained.” His “subjects” – practitioners of literature, music, and the visual arts – all remained productive into their sunset years. They endured … and prevailed. Eubie Blake and Grandma Moses both passed the 100 mark; Titian was 99, Georgia O’Keeffe was 98. How did they, and their cohorts, write or paint or make music till the end? How did their art enlarge, or shift; did it enlarge or shift? And what may we learn? Enjoy thumbnail sketches, in alphabetical order, of such masters of longevity as Thomas Hardy, Matisse, George Sand and Tolstoy. Read about Yeats, one of few writers whose major achievements came after winning the Nobel Prize. My favorite story in the book is about Giuseppe di Lampedusa, who wrote the fabulous novel “The Leopard” in his old age, with its unforgettable line: “If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.” Yes, it is possible to change in fruitful ways in old age. And, the author concludes, “The seven ages of man can now be … nine or ten.” And he adds (this is his 25th book) a nice motto for all of us: Continuo ergo sum. A copy of this wise and witty book on your bedside table will inspire you to a smile … and a hope for lastingness. Let’s hear it, once again, for Hudson Valley writers. Thelma Adams, who lives in Hyde Park, is the author of a debut novel, “Playdate: A Novel” (Thomas Dunne Books, $23.99), which looks like “chick lit” but isn’t. Set in a “quiet surfside hamlet” near San Diego (median household income: $76,500), it’s the story of a family, recently uprooted so Darlene, an ambitious woman, can open a chain of diners. Her husband, Lance, can’t find a job (he was a weatherman) and becomes a househusband and father to 11-year-old Belle, who is not adjusting at all well to the change, having “traded the friends who understood her jokes for a canopy bed, a Barbie Dream House, and a turtle,” in this land of play dates, “where every encounter was staged and scheduled.” > continued on next page

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As a centerpiece to the story, there’s a dinner party w with an in-depth discussion of the roles of men aand women, hints of several affairs, and the th threat of a catastrophic brushfire fueled by the S Santa Ana winds. Lots of “realizations” follo and there’s one of those dynamite follow, deno denouements at the end. A Adams, who is the film critic for Us Wee and also hosts the annual “Amazing Weekly Wo Women in Film” panel at the Woodstock Fil Festival, will read from her novel at Film Ob Oblong Books & Music this Saturday. Whether you’re a reticent shrinking vi violet or a champion bloviator, you’ll h have a fine time reading a new book about h how to talk the talk – Daniel Menaker’s “ Good Talk – The Story and Skill “A o Conversation” (Twelve, $14.99). of The average person, Menaker tells us, spends between six and 12 hours every day talking to people. We use more words fewer f curse words, honorifics, and the quality of our conversation is … well … it could be improved. So here you go. He takes us back to the beginnings of conversation: Socrates (of course), Cicero, Samuel Johnson, David Hume. And later: Emerson, the Alcotts. Still later (uh-oh): Don Imus, Howard Stern and Oprah, concluding that “fewer and fewer people know the pleasures and benefits of true conversation.” When it works, how does it work? There’s a long conversation between “Fred” and “Ginger,” then analyzed, and nice riffs on FAQs (frequently arising quandaries), complete with tactics to avoid such pitfalls as tediousness, insults, forgetting names and e-mail etiquette (“You can burn a letter; you can’t burn e-mail”). He touches on the arts of seduction and provides us with the three components of good conversation – curiosity, humor, and impudence – adding, “ Every time people talk together in a social and mutually gratifying way, the world becomes a better place.” And here’s a new word for you – the study of language is … glottogony. Try that on your piano. I ended the snowbound week (less grumpy, thanks to these nice books) with a nice, lighthearted look at what can happen to a family besieged by the recession. “Separate Beds” by Elizabeth Buchan (Viking, $26.95) lands us in the embattled home of a British couple, married 30 years. He’s lost his job; one of their daughters has “stormed out” and can’t be found; her twin brother and his baby daughter move in when his wife leaves him; and the other daughter, who wants to be a writer and also lives at home, has to go out and get a job, making her the household’s sole breadwinner. On top of all that, Dad’s old mother can no longer afford the nursing home, so she moves in, too … and brings a skinny dog who followed her home from the park. “They were not destitute … but they were stretched. One day it might be to the breaking point.” But … Is there a life after children? Will all of this enforced togetherness strengthen a wobbly 30- year marriage? This week’s reading proved, once again, that a book – or three or four – is the best cure for the grumps, especially in the dead of winter. Ann La Farge left her longtime book publishing job to do freelance editing and writing. She divides her time between New York City and Millbrook, and can be reached at alafarge@aol.com.

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All net proceeds will help send Abraham and his team on three volunteer surgical missions scheduled this year. “For the cost of one surgery in this area, one entire procedure, we can treat up to 75 kids during one mission. Look at it: the rate of return is tremendous!” she said. Teams can be as large as 30 participants, and include surgeons and recovery staff as well as non-medical personnel, who handle scheduling and patient flow. “One of the roles we’re developing is to bring along a blogger, to help us document what we do. That’s a fun position for people who are interested in participating in that nonmedical way,” said Buffin. Since the team travels often to South American, bilingual volunteers are always a plus. “We love people who speak Spanish,” she said. The work is made possible due to strong connections with providers in the countries to which Dr. Abraham’s team travels. “It’s our partners’ job to do the outreach,” said Buffin. “As the children grow, they need different procedures. They get the word out that the team is coming.” In addition to the concert, there will also be a “great silent auction,” said Buffing. “It’s a really fun night. It’s not just a show – you get to have a really great night and participate in making a difference in the life of a child. We hope the community of the Hudson Valley digs into their pockets, and becomes a part of what we do.” When I asked Buffin how she and her group planned to top this fundraiser in the future, she laughed. “We might have to do a circus!” Tickets are available at the Bardavon Box Office (35 Market St., Poughkeepsie, 845-473-2072), at the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) Box Office, (602 Broadway, Kingston, 845-339-6088), and through Ticketmaster (800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com).

CHRIS CORNELL AND JOHN PRINE AT THE BARDAVON Cornell will perform at Bardavon, Tuesday, April 19, 8 p.m. Prine will perform at UPAC on Wednesday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. On sale to the general public: Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. Ticketmaster: 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. Bardavon Box Office: 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072. UPAC Box Office: 601 Broadway, Kingston. 845-339-6088.

{signings and sightings} Saturday, Jan. 29 7:30 p.m. A reading and signing with Thelma Adams, author of “Playdate: A Novel.” Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St. (Rte. 9), Rhinebeck. 845-876-0500.

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BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM I didn’t plan it this way, but “The King’s Speech” was the perfect antidote to “Black Swan” – it was the epitome of nuance and restraint, capturing drama on both the macro and micro scale with grace and relevance. This fine movie deserves all the accolades it has received, and I can only hope this is the year that Colin Firth goes home with the gold statue he deserved last year for the magnificent “A Single Man.” Seriously, Academy voters, what more does Firth need to do? “The King’s Speech” recounts a fascinating and largely buried story of King George VI’s ascension to the throne – it’s often the story of Weekend rating: Five microphones the Duke of Windsor’s abdication in Director: Tom Hooper favor of marrying American divorcée Starring: Colin Firth , Geoffrey Rush, Helena Wallis Simpson that gets the limelight Bonham Carter in recounting. The death of the king Runtime: 118 min. and the shifting crown all happens on Rated R for some language. the advent of World War II, as Britain

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begins to react to Hitler’s advancing power, and in the midst of this is the personal drama of Bertie (Firth), the younger son who has long lived in the shadow of his flamboyant brother, quietly hoping to keep his shameful stutter a secret shared in his surprisingly warm home with his wife Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) and their two daughters (the future Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret). Even with lesser performances, this would have been, just on principal, a fascinating story. Add in stellar turns by a superior cast and you’ve got a gem. Because Bertie has a debilitating stutter and no therapist has been able to “cure” him, feisty Elizabeth goes on her own hunt for the right person to help Bertie become the public speaker his growing role as the voice of the British monarchy needs him to be. She finds Lionel Logue (the sublime Geoffrey Rush) and endeavors to bring her beloved Bertie and the eccentric Australian speech therapist together. A word on Carter: It was an absolute treat to see her outside of a Tim Burton production or one of the “Harry Potter” flicks. I was reminded what a sly and wonderful actress she is, and how she can blend strength and tenderness almost simultaneously. Her role as “wife to the king” could have been played like a traditional second fiddle, but Carter’s energy demonstrated how key Elizabeth was to Bertie’s critical emergence from his tragic shell (at least in this fictionalized version of their life). When Bertie and Logue come together, sparks fly between the characters and between the actors. Watching Firth and Rush meet head to head on screen was a divine treat. Throw in Carter for some wonderfully amusing scenes, and you’ve got a thespian trifecta. The heart of the story lies in Logue’s efforts to uncover the impetus for Bertie’s stammer as a means to treat the symptom, and Bertie’s efforts to retain his royal stiff upper lip. As Bertie’s personal story emerges, Firth delivers an emotionally rich and complex performance – as the words get trapped in his throat, I squirmed in my seat, wanted to clap him on the back to help him not only speak clearly but also exorcise the demons that obviously plagued him from childhood. As with any historical movie, there’s some shaving off of real-life players and some nips and tucks of events – that, in my mind, is forgivable in light of keeping the film under five hours. And if one or two scenes dragged a little, I blame it on a personal impatience for Firth and Rush to get back together on screen again. My only real disappointment is that the film is rated R, because I would love for younger people to be encouraged to see this engaging treat. In the course of Bertie’s unorthodox treatment with Logue, some coarse language is utilized – it’s in no way gratuitous, and is both logical and rather humorous. I wouldn’t have changed those scenes in any way. It’s aggravating to me, however, that a few scenes with some vulgarities puts this beautiful movie in the same category as flicks that contain gratuitous violence. That’s a problem with our ratings system, however, not “The King’s Speech.”

weekend horoscopes JAN. 26-FEB. 1 | BY CLAIRE ANDERSON AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB 18): The best connections in your life are about both emotional attraction and intellectual stimulation – make sure you are enriching both elements with those you care about. Your creative side is definitely in gear right now – consider new ways of expressing yourself. Revisit your goals for the new year and make sure you’re living up to your expectations. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): It’s up to you to take a stand against injustice, even if it’s something relatively small – someone this week needs you to take their side and support them. You don’t have to get involved in the conflict, but you can be vocal when others are being mistreated out in the open. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): Expect a busy week, running errands and completing tasks that have been lingering on your to-do list. You’ll spend more time than you like to on the phone and on the computer replying to e-mails, but if you put your head down and work hard, you’ll feel less stressed and have energy to plan a daytrip with friends. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): You feel as though you’ve given everything you’ve got in you to a project, but one more last concentrated effort could have a significant and positive effect on your career. You’re energy level is high – make sure you keep taking care of yourself so that you can keep up the forward progress. Those around you will be surprisingly supportive.

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): You are full of good ideas right now, but you’re having

goes weekend TELEVISION, CELEBRITY GOSSIP AND ALL OF THAT BRAIN-NUMBING ENTERTAINMENT IN BETWEEN • It’s Melissa Leo’s year: The Stone Ridge actress received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “The Fighter,” for which she took home the Golden Globe. Her co-star in the film, Amy Adams, is also nominated in the same category. The 83rd Academy Awards will air on Sunday, Feb. 27. • Colin Firth reigns true: “The King’s Speech” took top honors at the 22nd annual Producers Guild of America ceremony in Los Angeles – while “The Social Network” was the darling of the Golden Globes, this may prove prophetic for the upcoming Academy Awards. The PGA awarded Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures to Darla K. Anderson for “Toy Story 3.” And Lesley Chilcott won the documentary feature category for “Waiting for ‘Superman.’” • But who really cares about those fancy awards? Some of us (more cynical, cranky types) are far more interested in the Razzie nominations, including a few nods to the cinematic thorn in Weekend editor Dana Gavin’s side: Gerard Butler is up for Worst Actor, Jennifer Aniston is up for Worst Actress and “The Bounty Hunter” itself is up for Worst Picture. “Twilight: Eclipse” earned several Razzie nods, and our new favorite awards category is “Worst Eye-Gouging Use of 3D.” • In other 3D news: James Cameron’s “Avatar” sequels may hit theaters by Christmas of 2014 and 2015. Cameron is writing the next two films now, and plans to shoot them together. • Music does indeed soothe the savage beast, especially if that music is Creed. According to a Norwegian television report, when a 13-year-old encountered a pack of wolves on his way home from school, all he had to do was blast Creed’s “Overcome” through his headphones to chase them off. Creed lead singer Scott Stapp is, indeed, magical. • And some sad news in the world of nerd print media: Wizard, the main magazine to chart the world of comics and pop culture, is shutting down immediately. The rise of forums and blogs had pretty much eliminated Wizard’s ability to break news and stay current, and the overall quality of the publication had suffered in the last five or so years. Still, it’s sad to see the old girl go.

trouble organizing those thoughts in a way that makes them productive. It’s a side effect of cabin fever, perhaps – you’re ready to get away, so turn your attention to planning a trip, even if it’s months from now. You’ll get to work out your imagination and escape the doldrums of the week.

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): You are feeling very intuitive right now – trust your instincts. You’re right about the motivations of others; share your thoughts with someone who may be overly influenced by other who does not have their best interests in mind. Consider signing up for a class to learn a new skill.

LEO (JULY 23- AUG. 22): Social invitations and excursions are going to dominate your week, but it’s not all just fun and games – you will have a chance to make some important connections. Make sure to hold onto their information, because you’ll find their help and advice invaluable on a future project. Shelve any impulse to be shy, and let your naturally curious self come through.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): This is a good time for you to put pen to paper – your writing skills are burning hot right now. It might be for personal correspondence to add a touch of elegance to a relationship, or you might have an opportunity to use your talent to help a friend. Take time to also make appointments for regular checkups and other routine events.

LIBRA (SEPT. 23- OCT. 22): You are in a mood to explore, either a new place or a new activity. Combine them if you can – stepping outside of your comfort zone will energize you and give you a wealth of new ideas. Intervene when family members begin to bicker – you’ve got perspective and can see areas in which compromise is possible.

SCORPIO (OCT. 23- NOV. 21): This week, be sure to focus on financial paperwork or contracts – pay attention to the details, and ask for help if you don’t understand something. You’ll also be entertaining visitors this weekend who will bring you good news. This is a good time to look into purchasing electronics that will help you be more efficient. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): It might be time to invest in a headset this week, because you’ll be spending a lot of time on the phone pulling people together for an exciting new project. Be aggressive in gathering the information you need to plan effectively and persuade others. Head outdoors or to the gym to work off all of the excess energy that you’re channeling. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): New financial opportunities are on the way for you, but they may come in forms you are not expecting. Keep your mind open, but avoid taking unnecessary risks. You might be feeling adventurous, but you need to bear in mind your strengths and your weaknesses. The possibilities are endless, so evaluate each option thoroughly. For entertainment purposes only. Hudson valley news | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | january 26, 2011 {19}

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HVNEWS SPORTS

KAMPF KOMMENTS BY BOB KAMPF

If “Jeopardy” had a category of high school gymnastics and the answer was, “She held every record in Roosevelt High School gymnastics except one by 2010,” the question would obviously be, “Who is Alyssa Zuna?” Jeopardy, however, is exactly the state that currently affects the future of FDR’s varsity gymnastics program, and its future is certainly uncertain. According to ninth-year head coach Dan Hassoun, “Roosevelt has been flying under the rule of six, meaning that New York State requires a minimum of six high schools to compete in a Sectional sport in order for it to be sanctioned.” Until this season, which is a rebuilding one for Hassoun, the Presidents and four other Section 9 schools fielded gymnastics teams, but in 2010-11, there are just three remaining: FDR, Kingston and Wallkill. John O’Neill competes with these schools, but only on a “club” basis. In Dutchess County’s Section 1 representation, there is just one team remaining, now that John Jay and Ketcham have combined their athletes into a Wappingers contingent. There are many reasons for the shortfall in high school gymnastics. Among them are budget problems, cost of certified equipment (including balance beam, parallel bars, vaults and floor exercise mats), the lack of a strong fan base (even though the gymnastic followers are a very supportive group) and competition from other sports.

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ever, a 163.80 standing against New Paltz. Prior to Hassoun taking the reins for Roosevelt’s gymnastics squad, the team was guided by Cheryl Wilson, and, over the years, the Presidents experienced some outstanding seasons. Hassoun continued this tradition with a 5-3 campaign in the 2009-10 season. He is ably assisted by Yonni Coughlin, whose daughter, Kelly, competed for FDR a few years ago. Now, it is quite apparent that the rebuilding process, which this year’s team is undergoing, may provide a good

foundation for success, but those looming shortfall factors may just blow the roof off the program! Jeopardy? You bet. For now, however, the final answer for a marvelous program just has to be: “She held the one record that Alyssa Zuna had not surpassed by 2010 in Roosevelt High gymnastics?” The first person to let me know at my e-mail address, robertbkgolfer@aol.com, will not get to appear on Jeopardy, but will get a chance to see his/her picture in an upcoming Hudson Valley News sports story.

While Roosevelt’s gymnasts continue to participate with five scheduled meets this year, the shadow of seeing the sport dissolved is ever present, but not before the Section 9 Championship meet takes place at the Roosevelt campus on Wednesday, Feb. 9. “When the Olympics are aired,” lamented Hassoun, “they are one of the most attractive venues among all the summer sports programs, but locally, we just don’t seem to get that kind of attention.” Hopefully, a large group will venture {around town} out to support the gymnasts at the Sectional meet, when Roosevelt will be paced by its outstanding senior, Alyssa Zuna, who has been on the FDR squad since junior high school. Zuna, the Presidents’ only senior gymnast, has done her best to alter the perilous situation, even getting her picture on the cover of MSG magazine recently for an article featuring high school athletes. Last week, in a setback for FDR at the hands of Carmel, Zuna captured the all-around prize once again, but Roosevelt was unable to muster enough points for a victory. Up until this season, Zuna held three of the four individual event records at FDR with her best mark coming on the balance beam at 9.5, just short of perfection. Both of her vault and uneven bar records surpassed the magic number 9 also. After graduation this year, the talented team leader hopes to attend SUNY Cortland with plans to continue her gymnastics career, which not only includes competing for Roosevelt High, but also lots of club activity. This year’s FDR team is in a rebuilding process, but during the 2008-09 season, Richard Parone of Poughkeepsie and Kris Bakey of Ulster Park were among the many Hasson’s squad posted its best team record disappointed Jets fans Sunday night at the Hyde Park Brewery. Photo by Jim Langan.

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AROUND TOWN

Clinton

BY RAY OBERLY

LITTLE LEAGUE SIGNUPS

Signups for Taconic Little League and T-ball are via mail now; the last in-person signup is on Saturday, Feb. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Stanford Town Hall, Route 82, Stanfordville (across the street from the Post Office). An application and more information can be found at www.taconiclittleleague. com. All registrations are due by Saturday, Feb. 5. A late fee of $20 applies for those received after this date. Little League players, boys and girls, ages 4 to 18, who live in the Towns of Clinton, Milan, Stanford, the Village of Millbrook and the portion of Washington north of Route 343, are eligible. New players will need to bring a birth certificate and proof of residency. For more information, contact Mike Denatale at 845-266-0030.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY VALENTINE DINNER

The Clinton Historical Society will hold its fabulous annual Valentine Dinner

on Saturday, Feb. 12, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Masonic Hall, 1144 Centre Rd. (County Route 18), Schultzville. In the Clinton tradition, there will be a wide variety of family home-cooked specialties for the meal. Many desserts will provide a fitting end for the meal. A complementary glass of wine will be provided. “Cupid’s Couples” will have their picture taken under a romantic flowered trellis in Cupid’s Garden as a keepsake of this special occasion. There will be raffles and prizes given out. Anyone who wishes to donate a gift for the raffle or make food for the dinner is asked to contact Mildred Pells at 845266-3878. The cost is $25 per person payable in advance. RSVP by Friday, Feb. 4 and make checks payable to The Clinton Historical Society. Mail checks and reservations to Mildred Pells, 819 Fiddlers Bridge Rd., Rhinebeck, NY 12572. Seating is limited and tickets sold out the last three years, so get your reservations in early. This fundraiser supports the restoration of both Clinton Historical Society buildings: the 1777 Creek Meeting House in Clinton Corners and the 1865 Masonic Hall in Schultzville. Your support will be appreciated.

NDA BREAKFAST MEETING AND AWARDS CEREMONY

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On Thursday, Jan. 20, the Northern Dutchess Alliance (NDA) held its Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony to recognize the significance of community SEND YOUR INFORMATION TO: CALENDAR@ institutions and non-profits in driving the THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM. ITEMS MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE NOON ON THE FRIDAY Hudson Valley economy. BEFORE PUBLICATION TO BE CONSIDERED. The program, which included breakfast, featured keynote speaker, Dr. Kent Gardner, president and chief economist This week for the Center for Governmental Research, Reverse Mortgages and honored the achievements of two local Adriance Memorial Library, 93 Market St., businesses, Clinton Vineyards and Omega Poughkeepsie, will host a workshop on Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. to help participants take a practical look Institute for Holistic Studies. The Le Petit Chateau Inn from Hyde at reverse mortgages. A reverse mortgage is a loan available to seniors 62 or older and is used Park catered a continental breakfast to start to release the home equity in the property as one off the meeting. Locally donated food was lump sum or multiple payments. Presenter Dave Van De Water, a loan officer with Residential used to prepare the meal. NDA President Dave Tetor welcomed the Home Funding will discuss the facts and myths about reverse mortgages and their benefits. attendees and Town of Red Hook Supervisor The Reverse Mortgage workshop is scheduled Sue Crane welcomed the audience to the to meet in the ground floor Charwat Meeting Room. Registration is encouraged at www.poklib. Elmendorf Inn in Red Hook. Tetor introduced keynote speaker org or 8475-485-3445, ext. 3702. Gardner. Gardner is the President of the Medicare Changes Center for Governmental Research, a On Monday, Jan. 31, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., the public policy and management consulting Division of Aging Services will present a free organization founded by Kodak’s George training session on Medicare for residents approaching the age of 65 at the Arlington Eastman in 1915. Branch of the Adriance Library, 504 Haight Ave., Dr. Gardner spoke briefly of the Buy Poughkeepsie. There is no cost for the program, North County program and looked at but space is limited. To register, or for more town/village consolidations for about 40 information, call the Dutchess County Office for communities. He then did a review of the the Aging at 845-486-2555. national, state and regional economies and Church Luncheon the impact of the recession. The Evangelical Free Church of Clinton Corners invites all area seniors (60 years of age or older) to attend a free luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 1, starting at noon. The church is located at 20 Shepherds Way (off Salt Point Turnpike, 1 mile east of the Taconic State Parkway) in Clinton Corners. For more information or to RSVP, call the office at 845-266-5310.

Upcoming Senior Citizen ID Cards Residents of Dutchess County 60 years of age and older may obtain Senior Citizen Identification Cards on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at the Dutchess County Office for the Aging first floor conference room, 27 High St., Poughkeepsie. The cards will be issued between 9:30 and 11 a.m. To obtain a card, bring proof of age in the form of a driver’s license or birth certificate. There is a suggested $2 voluntary contribution for this service. For more information, call the Office for the Aging at 845-486-2555.

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Navigating Medicare Navigating Medicare, a presentation by St. Francis Hospital and Health Centers, will be held Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at The Atrium, Sr. M. Ann Elizabeth Conference Center Rooms A & B, at St. Francis Hospital. This free presentation is a basic overview of Medicare. Refreshments will be served. For more information or to reserve your place, call 845-483-5560.

AROUND TOWN

Stanford BY HEIDI JOHNSON

Stanfordville lost a dear friend this week. Carol Mahony, longtime secondgrade teacher at Cold Spring School, passed away suddenly last Thursday. All around town, folks are talking about Carol and mourning the tragic loss. I don’t think there are too many people in this town who didn’t know her and we all liked her very much. Carol taught second grade at Cold Spring Elementary School for (I hear tell) something like 30 or more years. Neither of my children had her as a teacher, but both knew her from school activities. I got to know Carol while working with her on the Stanford Historical Society. She was very excited about living in a historic home and worked tirelessly on the Historic Homes Committee of SHS. She was also the group’s treasurer. It is hard to believe she is no longer with us. Carol was extremely vibrant and youthful. If you didn’t know she was retired from teaching, you’d swear she was nowhere near old enough to retire. She was just so young looking and also had such a youthful outlook. Jayne Boehringer was the first to tell me the sad news. Jayne knew Carol well as they were both active in school activities. Asked to share her memories of Mrs. Mahony, Jayne wrote: “Our daughter, Anne, really benefited from being with such a deeply wise and compassionate teacher. You could actually feel how well she knew all of the children. We saw our child blossom under her guidance, and I will always remember her as the picture of grace, strength and wisdom mixed with a wonderful dose of humor!” Jaimee Kennett, now in the eighth grade, told me she remembers having Mrs. Mahony as a second-grade teacher. Asked if she enjoyed her class, Jaimee replied, “Yes, I liked her very much. I remember she gave us each jobs to do. My favorite job was feeding the fish.” Another former student, eighth-grader Katherine Gale, said Mrs. Mahony “always made learning things fun. She was never boring and would always make us laugh!” Carol was also active with the Stanford

Beloved former teacher Carol Mahony (center right) listens intently to the Harriet Tubman program at last year’s Living History Day. She had a passionate interest in local history and was a member of the Stanford Historical Society. Carol passed away suddenly last week and she will be missed by many. Photo by Heidi Johnson.

Library, serving as its treasurer for many years. In fact, her support of the library was so faithful, her family requested donations in lieu of flowers be sent to the library. There are no calling hours, but a future memorial service is planned. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Charles Mahony and the entire Mahony family. Carol was a wonderful person who touched many people’s lives. She will be greatly missed.

RECORD SNOWFALL

Actually, I’m making the “record” part up, but I did come to a sudden realization while driving home from church on Sunday – we have an awful lot of snow on the ground! OK, maybe that is a bit obvious, but it was suddenly noticeable to me when I attempted to pull out of the bank onto Route 82. I had to inch forward in order to see around the giant snow pile that had built up from multiple plowing runs. This would not be at all unusual in my little VW, but I was driving my truck! If you are familiar with the Toyota Tacoma, you’ll know that for a small truck, they sit pretty high off the ground. So, that’s when the thought hit me: “Wow! We have a lot of snow!” And, from what the weatherman says, probably more on the way next week. Strange winter this has been. Usually we get snow, then a few days later it either rains or just warms up and melts.

This year, we’ve not only had a bunch of back-to-back storms, it’s also stayed cold afterwards, so the snow is just sticking around. Anyway, just thought I’d mention it. Crazy winters we have here in the Hudson Valley. You just never know what you are going to be in for from one year to the next.

30 from 2 to 5 p.m. All Stanford residents are invited to attend. There will be cake, history displays, speakers and much more. Do come down and share the honor with the Grange members who serve our town so faithfully. I’ll be there and hope you will be too.

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FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING

Every Thursday, the library hosts the Brain Games program, which is geared toward older adults who need some mental exercise to keep the brain sharp. The program runs from 11 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. and includes stimulating word games, board games, conversation and fun. The February Book Club selection is “Possession: A Romance” by A. S. Byatt. Pick up a copy of the book at the library and then join the discussion on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.

STANFORD GRANGE 115TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Don’t forget this coming Sunday is the big 115th Anniversary Celebration down at the Grange Hall. In honor of the anniversary and also in celebration of being selected as a Distinguished Grange at this year’s National Grange Convention, the Stanford Grange is hosting an open house this Sunday, Jan.

Here’s your reminder: The Stanford Health Committee will conduct its monthly Blood Pressure Screening at Town Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. That’s this coming Wednesday, so be sure to keep an eye on the calendar so you don’t miss this opportunity to get your free screening. OK, I’m off to make some snacks for the big game (Jets vs. Steelers) tonight. See you all next week. Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or playfulrelics@optonline.net.

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Residents allege potential ethics community violation in Poughkeepsie

‘Cats’ Fundraiser The Dutchess County SPCA and the Center for Performing Arts are hosting a fundraiser for the SPCA on the opening night of “Cats” on Feb. 11 at the center, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck. Tickets are $40 and include admission to a private cocktail party and conversation with the cast. Doors open at 7:30 and the show begins at 8 p.m. The private reception will follow the show. To purchase tickets, call the Center for Performing Arts at 845876-3080.

Three Town of Poughkeepsie residents Trivia Contest fundraiser will be held at 1 p.m. on are calling on the Town of Poughkeepsie This week Sunday, Jan. 30, at O’Leary’s Restaurant, 7100 Ethics Committee to investigate possible Human Rights Discussion Albany Post Rd., Red Hook. Register a five- or violations of town ethics laws by a The Vassar Islamic Society, Dutchess Peace six-person team at Red Hook Public Library or and Middle East Crisis Response will present a arrive at 12:15 p.m. the day of the contest. Light number of town council members. appetizers will be served; a cash bar and lunch Residents Gary Levine, Robert panel discussion entitled “Jewish and Muslim menu will be available. To pre-register or for more Experiences in America: Working Together to Rubin and Thomas Malone claim on Promote Human Rights” on Wednesday, Jan. 26, information, visit the Red Hook Public Library or Jan. 5, councilmen Richard Lecker, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Sanders Hall Auditorium call 845-757-3031. Joseph Conte, Michael Cifone, Stephan (Room 212), Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. The Krakower and Todd Tancredi voted to panel will include writer and activist Noor Elashi Book Discussion On Monday, Jan. 31, the Friends of the accept a $5,000 gift from Mountainville- and Jewish Voice for Peace Executive Director Poughkeepsie Public Library District will discuss Rebecca Vilkomerson. For more information, call based Goddard Development Partners, 845-876-7906. “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson. The discussion is free and open to the which is under contract to purchase public. The discussion will be held from 11 a.m. to Bright Horizons at Casperkill, a Route 9 Historic Homeowner Tax Credit noon at the Arlington Branch Library, 504 Haight On Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m., at the recreation complex. Poughkeepsie City Hall, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Ave., Poughkeepsie. Goddard Development Partners has Poughkeepsie (third floor, council chambers), proposed leasing the Bright Horizons the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic complex to the town for use as a municipal Preservation and the Preservation League of Upcoming NYS will host a free program on the New York complex, they said. The gift is to be used by the town to State Historic Homeowner Tax Credit Program. Riverkeeper Talk For more information, call 845-702-4375. On Thursday, Feb. 3, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., John pay for reports that will be the basis of Lipscomb, Riverkeeper captain, will highlight the board’s decision to rent the property, Home Schooling Riverkeeper’s 45-year mission of protecting the The Clinton Community Library will hold a home Hudson River and its tributaries as part of the they said. In their complaint, Levine, Rubin schooling session on Thursday, Jan. 27, from 9 to Tivoli Bays Talks series. The event will be held and Malone state, “The payment of 10:30 a.m. These sessions meet for a lesson, do a at Tivoli Bays Visitor Center, 1 Tivoli Commons, craft and learn library skills. For more information, Tivoli. Admission is free. Call 845-889-4745, ext. money by Goddard, for which there is contact the library at 845-266-5530. 105 for more information. no exchange of consideration in money Day of Design or moneys worth or required by statute; Astors Presentation the unofficial and unauthorized contact On Friday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Rhinebeck Town High school students with an interest in Hall, 80 East Market St., the Rhinebeck Historical between Councilman Lecker and Godard; Society will host a presentation by Winthrop architecture will have the opportunity to spend a day working with experts in the field at the Sixth and the statements that the town council Aldrich, former NYS deputy commissioner of Annual Dutchess Community College Day of members are considering renting the Historic Preservation, who will speak on the Design on Feb. 5. The all-day event runs from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students can register by Casperkill property from Goddard, gives history of the Astors in Rhinebeck. visiting www.sunydutchess.edu/enact and clicking rise to an appearance of impropriety Clinton Card Club the “Day of Design 2011” link. The program is which invites inquiry.” The Clinton Card Club invites all to come and sponsored by the DCC architecture faculty, the “We do not know if the vote, the play card games (Cuckoo, Fan Tan, Oh Hell, Dutchess Community College Foundation and manner in which the gift was offered Scrooge, Pinochle, and others). The Club meets Catskill Art and Office Supply. Call Architecture or solicited, and/or the subsequent Friday, Jan. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m., in the lower level Program Chairman David Freeman at 845-431of Clinton Town Hall, 1215 Centre Rd. (County contribution received by or paid on Route 18, north of Schultzville). Bring your own 8410 for more information. behalf of the Town constitutes a violation favorite games and refreshments to share. There Lions Hearing Screening of Town ethics code. This is why we is no cost. For more information, call Patty at 845- The Dutchess County Lions Hearing Committee, in conjunction with St. Francis Hospital, will are requesting an investigation” said 266-3592. offer free hearing screenings on Saturday, Levine. “We must make certain that we Trivia Contest Feb. 5, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. (later if maintain open, honest and accountable The Friends of Red Hook Public Library’s annual necessary), at the Millbrook Health Club, Route government at every level and this 44, Millbrook. The hearing center is in the bottom transaction just does not seem right.” floor. Appointments are necessary. For further information or to set up an appointment, call Paul “I am a lifelong Republican who feels Zitzelsberger at 845-889-8297. we need to preserve the country club as a town or semi-private recreational facility, ‘Hark! Who Goes There?’ but how can residents feel the issue will On Thursday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m., St. James’ Church will host its second Fireside Chat, “Hark! be given a fair hearing when it appears the Who Goes There?,” which will explore the early developer is controlling the process? It $42 in Dutchess • $56 out of county founders of the church. The event will be held is apparent that the Republican majority at St. James’ Chapel, 10 East Market St., Hyde Call 845-233-4651 or send a check to has adopted an arrogant attitude towards Park. Call 845-229-2820 for more information. PO Box 268, Hyde Park, NY 12538 the local voters,” added Malone.

Harlem Wizards Game The Millbrook Sports Boosters and Millbrook Volleyball will host the Harlem Wizards basketball team on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. at Millbrook High School in a game pitting the Wizards against Millbrook faculty. Advance tickets are $10 for students and seniors and $12 for general admission. Advance tickets must be purchased by Feb. 14. Tickets at the door are $13 for students and seniors and $15 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased online at www.harlemwizards.com, by emailing millbrooksportsboosters@gmail.com or calling 845-238-4649.

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Church History Lecture On Friday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Rhinebeck Town Hall, 80 East Market St., the Rhinebeck Historical Society will host a lecture by Bud Rogers, who will speak on the history of the Rhinebeck Reformed Church. Autism Tomorrow Anderson Center for Autism will usher in Autism Awareness Month by hosting Autism Tomorrow, a one-day conference on March 11, at The Grandview, 176 Rinaldi Blvd., Poughkeepsie. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Mark Roithmayr, president of Autism Speaks, are the keynote speakers. For more information, call 845-889-9123.

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The Hyde Park Recreation Department has announced its annual Winterfest celebration will be held Sunday. The event, to be held at Hackett Hill Park, will feature sledding, cross-country skiing instruction by Potter Brothers, snowshoeing, a trail hike and scavenger hunt at 2 p.m., snow games, crafts, a marshmallow roast and refreshments. Also, soup is being made and donated by the Culinary Institute of America; Hyde Park Police will offer free child ID cards; and Frosty is scheduled to make an appearance. Attendees are asked to bring plastic sleds and snow tubes (no snowboards or toboggans). Winterfest will be held Sunday, Jan. 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. Hackett Hill Park is located off East Market Street in Hyde Park. For more information, or if the weather is questionable, call Diane Cullen at 845229-8086, ext. 4.

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BY TONY LEO

WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS

A quick peek outside the window will be enough to convince even the most hardened skeptic this is a winter in which Union Vale has been pretty well hammered with snow, ice and belowfreezing temperatures. The heavy weather, of course, requires extra work (shoveling out cars and walkways), extra clothing and extra care in moving about. Interesting, in driving throughout town right after each snowfall, I found that all of the Union Vale roads were in much better shape than all the other local streets as well as the state and county roads outside the jurisdiction. This didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come about by accident. Indeed, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s purely a function of adequate planning, efficient organization and competent deployment. The person responsible for engineering all of this is Richie Weissman, the Union Vale highway supervisor. Each of his workers deserves a great deal of credit. When most people are comfortably tucked away at home waiting for a roaring snow storm to end, these people are out in the worst of the elements, and they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quit until the job is done. Over the years, a lot of roads have been added in town, especially to bring residences in line with the E-911 requisites. From what I have seen, Wisseman and his highway workers successfully see the task of opening all of these roads through to completion. From a personal standpoint, I live on North Smith Road. Where North Smith connects to Tompkins Road, there is one of the steeper hills in the area. Yet, I found no problem going up or down this road during or after the snowfalls this year. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot safer than the state highways nearby. Kudos to Highway Supervisor Richie Wisseman and each of his hard-working employees. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed.

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget, the Union Vale Parks and Recreation Department will be offering a Babysitting Course through the American Red Cross for youth ages 11 through 15. It will take place Friday, Feb. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The course of instruction is designed to conveniently fit into peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s schedules because on this day, students are off from school. The cost of the program is $75 per person. This is really a great class for anyone who is planning to work with youth in upcoming summer programs or for those looking to pick up some extra money babysitting for friends, neighbors or family. Participants will have an opportunity to learn how to perform basic first aid, get professional help fast, identify common safety hazards, prevent accidents and injuries, make sound and reasonable decisions in emergencies, choose safe and age-appropriate toys and games, perform basic routines, such as diapering, feeding and dressing, handle bedtime issues with confidence, prepare meals and snacks, learn how to locate and interview for babysitting jobs and more. Space is limited, so register now to insure a spot in the program. The babysitting course is intended for both boys and girls. The cost of the program is $75 per person. For additional information on this and other programs, call the Union Vale Parks and Recreation Department Offices in Tymor Park at 845-724-5691.

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HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE HUDSON VALLEY BY CARNEY RHINEVAULT

United Nations almost Built in Hyde Park It’s difficult to believe, but it is true. Shown in the illustration below (drawn from a photo, which appeared in a 1946 book, “Pictorial History of the Second World War”) is the Property and Buildings Search Committee for the newly created United Nations. Shown in the photo of Jan. 10, 1946 (left to right) are: Francois Briere, France; Awyn Elkhalidi, Iraq; Dr. Shushi Shu, China; Huntington Gilchrist, United States; Stoyan Gavrilovitch, Yugoslavia; unidentified interpreter; Major K.S. Younger, United Kingdom; Julio A. Lacarte, Uruguay; and Georgii Saksin, Russia.

They are standing on the top of the steep hill just west of the Rogers Mansion, which later (in 1950) was sold to Eymard Academy. In the background, over the left shoulder of Saksin (the man on the far right), is the Hudson River and the buildings of the Mother Cabrini Seminary. Besides the 800 acres of the Rogers Mansion, the United States government considered donating Franklin Roosevelt’s 1,300 acres and the Vanderbilt Estate’s 300 acres. Without question, Hyde Park would have been incredibly different than it is today.

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Of course, it was decided to build the U.N. in Manhattan, not Hyde Park. Nelson Rockefeller, son of John D. Rockefeller and later governor of New York State, was sent on a mission by his family to find a location closer to the major airports of New York City. He was able to purchase several parcels of land on the East River at the far end of 42nd Street, where slaughter houses had once been located. The land is adjacent to a residential area known as Tudor City. Carney Rhinevault is the Hyde Park town historian. Illustrator Tatiana Rhinevault’s Web site is www.tatianarhinevault.com. Illustration by Tatiana Rhinevault.

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GOD, LIFE AND EVERYTHING BY THE REV. CHUCK KRAMER

Mystery Worshiper

All this snow is making me think about vacation and how I might want to get away for a while ... But the funny thing about going away is that, when I go to church (and I really value the opportunity to sit with my family in church), I can’t help checking out the, uh, competition. How many people are there? How’s the singing? Was the sermon read or preached from the aisle? And so on. You know what? I would make a great Mystery Worshipper. You don’t know what Mystery Worshippers are? Maybe you’ll want to be one, too. Mystery Worshipper is a function of the website Ship of Fools. You can find it at ship-of-fools.com/mystery/index.html. But what it really is is a chance for anyone to attend worship, and then give their frank assessment for the benefit of others who may come later. You can read the reviews from churches all over the world and as close as Poughkeepsie (yes, and Episcopal Church). There are no rules

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on what size church, just that it be a church, and you go to worship. What I like about Mystery Worshipper is that it’s not just a 1-5 star system that leaves you guessing about why a place was rated. In fact, there is no “star” rating. Rather, reporters attend church and write, sometimes at length, about all those aspects you want to know. One section asks not only if the worshipper liked the sermon, but to give a brief summary of the sermon’s point. Let me tell you, any preacher is happy when people listen carefully enough to tell others about its content. But, you may ask, is this a good thing? Is it good to be reviewing churches the way people review products or movies or restaurants? Yes. I happen to be a big fan of reviews of all sorts. Not only that, but in this Internet age, I like reading the reviews of many people, not just the experts (though I value their input, too). I have found what the experts say is often true, but what regular users add to the conversation makes the difference on whether or not I buy a product. They sometimes notice things through regular use that others would not pick up on. Same is true for worship. A guest comes to church and discovers that the church doesn’t pay much attention to newcomers. That says something. They come and hear a fire-and-brimstone sermon. Or a long, rambling navel-gazing sermon. That says something. I’ve read reviews about what distracts worshippers and what makes them feel like they’re closer to God. These are good things to pay attention to. For my part, though nobody has ever reviewed our parish, I read the reviews to learn. How can we get rid of distractions or improve those things that aid worship so the person who comes to be transformed leaves knowing that they are in God’s arms? I don’t think these things are good for evaluating the value of a place. It may be that what you as a Mystery Worshipper don’t like is exactly right for that congregation. But, reading it can give you an idea if you want to check a place out or move on to a church that more fits your personality. If nothing else, being a mystery worshipper makes you pay attention to what you’re doing in church. And that can only be good.

The Poughkeepsie Branch of the American Association for University Women is hosting a free informational seminar entitled “Identity Theft and Protecting Your Personal Information.” Kim B. Butwell, a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch in Poughkeepsie and a member of the AAUW, will be the presenter. The seminar will cover ways to avoid being a victim of identity theft and what to do if your personal information is stolen. According to the AAUW, account fraud in the United States totals over $40 billion dollars and victims spend over $5 billion trying to undo identity theft. The seminar will be held Wednesday, The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector of St. Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Merrill Lynch Conference Room, 2649 South Rd. (Route James’ Episcopal Church, Hyde Park. You 9), Poughkeepsie. Call 845-226-8275 for can leave a comment for him at rector@ stjameshydepark.org. more information.

DENA M. HUMENICK, HYDE PARK

Dena â&#x20AC;&#x153;De Deâ&#x20AC;? M. Humenick, a Hyde Park resident since 1951 and previously of Poughkeepsie, died Monday, January 17, 2011 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. Mrs. Humenick worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Ferncliff Nursing Home in Rhinebeck for eighteen years, retiring in 1991. She was a member of the Hyde Park chapter of AARP, and a communicant of Regina Coeli Church, Hyde Park. Born in Stormville, NY at â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ridgecrest Farmâ&#x20AC;? on May 13, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Emerick and Frances Hostetter Purdy. Dena graduated from Poughkeepsie High School in 1943 and LPN school in 1973. On November 25, 1946, she married Daniel Charles Humenick in St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church in Stamford, Conn. Mr. Humenick predeceased her in September 2007 after 61 years of marriage. Dena and her husband enjoyed walking the beach at Sanibel Island, FL, many AARP bus trips, and extensive trips to the Caribbean and Washington State. She also enjoyed writing the history of her family. Mrs. Humenick is survived by many nieces and nephews, including Penny (Humenick) Rinaldi and husband, Thomas, of Poughkeepsie, Raymond Humenick and wife, Karen, of Hyde Park, Norman Webster and wife, Margaret, of Graham, WA, Dennis Webster and wife, Susan, of Lakewood, WA, Keith Webster and wife, Wendy, of Gig Harbor, WA, Gloria Kugler of Gig Harbor, WA, Frances McKenney and husband, George, of Rainier, WA, Bonnie Ashley and husband, Paul, of Tacoma, WA, Eileen â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Honeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Donohue and husband, Joseph, of Springfield, VA; and many great nieces and nephews, including Rachel Ostrander and husband, Steven of Hampton, VA, Christopher Eramo of Poughkeepsie, and Kyle Humenick of Hyde Park. She is also survived by her precious adopted family, Dennis and Michelle Doughty, and their sons, Michael and Steven. Dena always enjoyed reading to Michael and Steven when they were toddlers, as they always called her kitchen, â&#x20AC;&#x153;De Deâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deliâ&#x20AC;?. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her brothers, Charles, Dennis, and Julian Purdy; sisters, JoAnn Feller and husband, Frank, and Floy Webster and husband, Norman; and nephew, Darrel Kugler. Calling hours were from 3 to 5, and 7 to 9 pm, Thursday, January 20, 2011 at Sweetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 am, Friday, January 21 at Regina Coeli Church, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. Burial followed in the family plot in St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cemetery, Poughkeepsie. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Assoc., 301 Manchester Rd., Suite 105, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603, or, the Regina Coeli School Assoc., 4337 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park, NY 12538. Park, NY 12538 Dena and Dan thank Dr. D. Hoffman and Dr.

STEPHEN WARREN SUMSKI, HYDE PARK

Stephen Warren Sumski, 74, a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at Vassar Bros. Medical Center in Poughkeepsie. Steve was a Senior Manufacturing Methods Specialist at IBM, where he received the DSD President Award in July, 1990. A member of the IBM Quarter Century Club, he retired from IBM in April, 1993. He was also a member of the Arlington American Legion Post, member and former president of the Polish American Citizens Club in Poughkeepsie, where he also served as chairman of the Polka Sportsmen Committee, and member of the board of directors. In addition to those activities, Steve was an avid fisherman. Mr. Sumski proudly served in the United States Army. Born in Poughkeepsie on November 24, 1936, he was the son of the late Stephen and Dorothy Hine Sumski. On July 11, 1968, Steve married Audrey Case. Mrs. Sumski survives at home. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Edward Sumski and wife, Kristen, of Poughkeepsie; daughters, Laura Borst and husband, Ron, of Poughkeepsie, Brenda Gossett and husband, Erik, of Indiana, and Donna Recchia of North Carolina; grandsons, Dylan Sumski, and Michael McGuire; granddaughters, and Rebecca and Stephanie Borst, Mary, Theresa, and Michelle; step-grandson, Jonathan Gossett; brother, Richard Sumski of Poughkeepsie; sister, Judy Masterson of Beacon; sister-in-law, Fern Williamson and husband, Wayne, of Hyde Park; brother-in-law, Ken Case of Poughkeepsie; and several nephews. A period of visitation was held from 9 to 11 am, Monday, January 24, 2011 at Sweetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. Funeral services followed at 11 am at the funeral home. The Rev. Chuck Kramer officiated. Burial with military honors followed in the family plot at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Assoc., 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 103, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. To send a condolence or for directions, visit www.sweetsfuneralhome.com.

DANE LAWRENCE PAWLOFF, HYDE PARK

Dane Lawrence Pawloff, 62, a Hyde Park resident, previously of Larchmont, NY, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at home. Until his retirement, Mr. Pawloff worked for Conde Nast in New York City. Previously, he worked for the New York City Parks Dept. In his spare time, Dane loved fishing and writing. Born in New York City on September 2, 1948, he was the son of the late Alexander and Ethel Petersen Pawloff. He was a graduate of the University of Miami. Dane was a loving father to his children Hunter Dane Pawloff and Hayley Anne Pawloff,

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both of Larchmont. In addition to his children, he is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Turnbull of Larchmont, his aunt, Martha Petersen, of Staatsburg, and cousins, Robin Eichenberger and husband, Arthur, of Hopewell Junction, Donna Taber and husband, John, of Hyde Park, and Lawrence Petersen and wife, Debbie, of E. Fishkill. He was predeceased by his brother Christopher Pawloff; uncle, Kai â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Larryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Petersen; and cousin, Kai Petersen. Memorial calling hours were from 4 to 6 pm, Monday, January 24, 2011 at Sweetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. A memorial service was held at 5:30 pm during the visitation. Memorial donations may be made to the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, One East Wacker Drive, Suite 2810, Chicago, IL 60601. To send a condolence or for directions, visit www.sweetsfuneralhome.com.

Articles of Formation of Limited Liability Company Under the name Renuzone, LLC. Articles of incorporation were filed with The Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) On November 5th, 2010. Office Location: 36 Greentree Drive South, Hyde Park, NY 12538. The SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The SSNY shall mail a copy of the process to the LLC c/o Michael Miccuci, 36 Greentree Drive South, Hyde Park, NY 12538. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. FERRARI AND SONS C O N S T R U C T I O N MANAGEMENT, LLC; Articles of Organization filed 1/11/11; SSNY; Dutchess County, New York; SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. Address for mailing copy of process: 220 Overocker Rd, Poughkeepsie NY 12603; Purpose: any lawful purpose; Perpetuity. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC) Name: BRIDGE VIEW CAPITAL HOLDINGS, LLC. Articles of Organization filed in the Department of State of New York on December 23, 2010..Office Location: Dutchess County.Principal Business Location: 15 Davis Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. Purpose: Any and all lawful business activities.Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 15 Davis Avenue, Poughkeepsie, New York 12603.

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Teen’s car flips on icy road

The Milan Fire Department responded to a one-car rollover auto accident at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19. The accident was just east of Milan Fire Station 2, located on Route 199 in the Town of Milan. The 18-year-old driver of the 1997 Volkswagen managed to extricate himself from the vehicle prior to the arrival of the fire department. The driver was transported by Northern Dutchess Paramedics to Northern Dutchess Hospital to be checked out. Assisting the Milan Fire Department at the scene were Northern Dutchess Paramedics, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police. Photo submitted.

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