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VOL. 2 | ISSUE 7 | EDITORIAL@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM

MAY 19-25, 2010

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Thousands get lit up on Walkway BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON

Mistress of Mills Mansion honored

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Rhinecliff celebrates Morton’s 186th birthday

More than 3,000 people gathered at the center of the Walkway Over the Hudson to witness the first-ever illumination of the walkway’s new lighting system Saturday evening. The three-hour celebration featured about a half-dozen live musical acts,

remarks from politicians and officials and all the junk food you could eat, all at 212 feet above the Hudson River or at either entrance to the walkway in Poughkeepsie and Highland. The festivities culminated with the lighting of 81,000 individual LED light bulbs that have been installed

on the south-facing railing along the entire 1.25-mile span. Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart, executive director of the Walkway Over the Hudson friends organization, said the event was held to celebrate the completion of the new lighting system, a months-long > continued on next page

LOCAL WWII VET DIES AT 102

BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON

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Edward H. White, a World War II veteran who survived some of the war’s bloodiest campaigns and four months as a German POW, recently died at 102 years old. White, a Rhinebeck resident most of his life, passed away Saturday, May 8, at the Thompson House. White, who lived at Wells Manor during the last years of his life, was profiled in these pages around Memorial Day last year. He shared his remarkable story with our readers.

White, a corporal in the U.S. Army, enlisted at 34 years old in 1943 and fought in campaigns in Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland, the Ardennes, the Siefried Line, Huertgen Forest and the Battle of the Bulge. He was captured by the Nazis during the Battle of the Bulge on Dec. 17, 1944. During his capture, White’s life was spared by an older German soldier who he said treated the prisoners with respect. “The old German soldier was a nice man,” White recalled last year. “But the > continued on page 3

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CELEBRATING LOCAL: MUSIC, THEATER, ART, FILM AND MORE

WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK: {P. 9} PILOBOLUS MOVES AT THE BARDAVON {P. 10} ‘FALA GALA’ BRINGS SCOTTIE MANIA TO WILDERSTEIN {PLUS} GOURMET BARON; ART OUTSIDE THE BOX; ‘ROBIN HOOD’

Ed White smiles as he relaxes at his apartment at Wells Manor last year. FIle photo.

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VERY UNHAPPY MOTHER’S DAY FOR MOM AND DAUGHTER

the second, obstructing governmental administration in the second and resisting arrest. She was arraigned in Hyde Park A local teenager was arrested by Hyde Justice Court and was due back in court Park Police after allegedly fighting with yesterday, May 18. her mother and resisting officers who attempted to intervene. PLEASANT VALLEY According to police, on Mother’s MAN ARRESTED AFTER Day, Sunday, May 9, at approximately 6:15 p.m., police responded to call for VIOLENT OUTBREAK A man who allegedly caused extensive a disturbance at the Vanderbilt Motel, 2 damage to a home during a domestic Linden Lane, apartment 31. Officer Sean Phillips reportedly dispute was detained by deputies from entered the apartment as a domestic the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office. According to the sheriff’s office, on dispute between a mother and daughter Saturday, May 15 at approximately 7:03 was occurring. Phillips reported both p.m., deputies responded to a domestic parties were yelling and screaming. Both mother and daughter were incident at 51 Juniper Ave. in Pleasant separated as an investigation ensued. It Valley. It was reported that a male subject, was learned the daughter “was apparently incensed over the fact that her mother Wayne L. Turner, 54, was actively would not drive her to Poughkeepsie,” damaging the inside of the home and smashing windows while a female party according to the police department. The daughter, Esperanza Acevedo, 16, hid in another room awaiting police, of Hyde Park, allegedly cursed at Phillips deputies said. According to the sheriff’s office, and pushed herself away from him as she exited the room, police said. As she Deputy Christopher Myers immediately left, she reportedly tore a lamp from the located and detained Turner without wall and broke it, and threw items on a incident while other deputies arrived at the scene. dresser onto the floor. A subsequent investigation revealed Phillips pursued her out of the room and attempted to put her in custody, Turner had, in fact, caused extensive police said. Acevedo reportedly violently property damage and put the female fought with the officer and cursed at him resident in fear for her safety, according to deputies. as he attempted to arrest her. Turner was charged with criminal According to police, a second Hyde Park Police unit arrived at the scene and mischief in the second degree, a Acevedo was arrested without further class-D felony, for damaging property incident. None of the officers was valued over $1,500. He is also charged with class-B misdemeanor charges of injured. The entire incident reportedly occurred criminal tampering in the third degree while two other juveniles were in the and menacing in the third. Turner was arraigned in Town of apartment. Acevedo was brought to headquarters, LaGrange Justice Court and remanded where she was booked on class-A to Dutchess County Jail on $5,000 cash misdemeanor charges of criminal or $10,000 bail. He is to appear in Town mischief in the fourth degree, two counts of Pleasant Valley Justice Court today, of endangering the welfare of a child in Wednesday, May 19, at 7 p.m.

Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart, executive director of the Walkway Over the Hudson friends organization. Photo by Nicole DeLawder.

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collaborative effort between a number of public and private entities. “The purpose of this is to welcome the public and display our new LED lighting system,” she said as she greeted the attendees who began to gather at the Poughkeepsie entrance around 6:30 p.m. “It’s a great opportunity for people to see the park in a different light.” The environmentally friendly lighting system is made of 425 fixtures containing around 190 small, energy-efficient lightemitting diodes, or LEDs. According to New York State Parks Commissioner Carol Ash, the lighting system is so efficient, it costs only about $1.60 per hour to run. “Now that’s conservation,” said Ash, who served as master of ceremonies during the lighting ceremony. The big star of the evening was U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y. 22), who secured a $475,000 federal appropriation that paid for the majority of the lighting system. “Congressman Hinchey put together the funding that allows the lights to be here today,” said Ash. Hinchey, the final speaker during the

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ceremony, spoke of the many economic, social and environmental benefits of the walkway. “My goodness, what a great night this is,” Hinchey said. He said while the work that has been done is “a great achievement,” more hardworking volunteers would be needed as Walkway Over the Hudson continues with its mission. Other speakers said the walkway is a great attraction and economic driver in the nearby communities. “Ladies and gentlemen, the Walkway Over the Hudson has transformed the City of Poughkeepsie,” said Mayor John Tkazyik. At the close of the ceremony, around 8:45 p.m., the power switch was flipped and attendees watched as lights were illuminated at the east and west ends and slowly met in the middle. It took around 35 seconds for the entire bridge to be illuminated, and as the lights met, the crowd erupted in applause. According to Waldstein-Hart, Walkway Over the Hudson quickly sold all 3,000 tickets available (at $5 each) for the lighting ceremony, a fundraiser for the organization. “We’re happy to have all 3,000 people here tonight,” she said. Before the power switch was flipped, attendees crossed the walkway and enjoyed live music from The Sleepy Hollow String Band, The Buff Orpington Trio, Long Steel Rail, Blue Gardenia, Mystic Ritual featuring the Centrifugal Force hula-hoop dancers, The Riverbank Banjo Band and The M-Power Dance Troupe. Food vendors offered everything from hamburgers and hot dogs to funnel cake and cookies. Walkway Over the Hudson memorabilia, such as wind-breakers and bandannas, was also available. For more on the Walkway, visit www. walkway.org.

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Local businessman, students honored by Hyde Park Chamber

White waves to parade-goers during last year’s Memorial Day parade. File photo.

BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON

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young soldiers there, you just wanted to shoot them first and ask questions later.” White was eventually liberated on April 17, 1945. White was a well-respected Rhinebeck citizen and a member of the local chapters of the American Legion and VFW. He was also a volunteer firefighter. Before enlisting in the Army, White worked at Northern Dutchess Hospital, and later worked as a mechanic at Ruge’s until his retirement in 1973. Pete Sipperley, commander of the American Legion, said he knew White since he was a child. Sipperley said his grandparents lived across the street from White’s family on South Street. “He was always a popular figure, but he didn’t push himself on everybody,” Sipperley said. “Ed was always kind of laid back. He was always in a rather jovial mood,” he added. White never missed the town’s annual Memorial Day parade. Last year, he rode the parade route in a red convertible

and didn’t stop waving to local children through the entire parade. Sipperley said he thinks White’s proudest moment came in November 2009, when White was awarded the French government’s Chevalier of the Legion of Honor award, which was established by Napoleon in 1802 to acknowledge “services rendered to France by persons of great merit,” according to his obituary. “I think that was the highlight for him,” Sipperley said. White was married for 65 years to wife Katherine, who he met at a dance in Rock City. He only knew her a few weeks before he proposed. Katherine White passed away June 18, 1997. White was also predeceased by two brothers, Joseph and Lewis, and two sisters, Florence and Doris. He is survived by several nieces and nephews. Visitation was held at the DapsonChestney Funeral Home in Rhinebeck on Tuesday. Graveside services with military honors by the American Legion were on Thursday at the Rhinebeck Cemetery.

The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce recently spent an evening to honor an exemplary local businessman and dole out scholarships to some deserving students. Robert Sweet, proprietor of Sweet’s Funeral Home, was awarded the annual Vivian Gaines Tanner-Paxton Business of the Year Award during a dinner at St. Andrew’s Café at the Culinary Institute of America last Thursday evening. Sweet, a third-generation owner of the Hyde Park funeral home, is a Hyde Park native and a graduate of the local school system and Hudson Valley Community College. Sweet said he felt privileged, if not surprised, when he learned he would be receiving the award. “It blew me away,” he said. “It’s quite a humbling honor.” Sweet’s Funeral Home was opened in 1950 by Sweet’s grandfather, George W. Sweet, and was later taken over by his father, Richard Sweet. “I’m pretty lucky that my grandfather and father started this legacy,” Sweet said. Sweet says what distinguishes his business is that sense of family, which is reflected in the way he deals with clients. “We’re a pretty small, family operation,” he said. “We take pride in treating everyone like our own family.” Chamber of Commerce President John Coppola said Sweet is a deserving recipient, pointing out that aside from the funeral home’s successful history, Sweet is also a dedicated community member and family

2010 Vivian Gaines Tanner-Paxton Business of the Year Award recipient Robert Sweet and his wife, Kara, at the awards ceremony on Thursday, May 13. Photo by Christopher Lennon.

man. He is treasurer of the local Rotary and treasurer of the Ulster-Dutchess-Putnam Funeral Home Association. He and his wife, Kara, have two children. “Some of the qualities we look for in recipients are community mindedness, generosity of time and constantly striving to be better in his or her field,” Coppola explained. A total of four students from Hyde Park were also recognized at the ceremony. Andrew Egerton and Alexander Harbold received scholarships from the chamber, while Christian Compton was awarded a scholarship from the Hyde Park Farmers Market. Also, Jarrett Russ, a graduating Anderson Center student, was honored with the Good Neighbor Award.

Morton Library holds birthday party Landscape BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Local children celebrated the 186th architect to birthday of former Rhinecliff resident and discuss work of U.S. Vice President Levi P. Morton last week. Beatrix Farrand The birthday celebration was held Friday, May 14 at the Morton Memorial Library in Rhinecliff, which was built by the Morton family 101 years ago. Library Director Joanne A. Meyer said Morton loved to celebrate his birthday with local children, and last week’s event was a way to continue the tradition. “We try to have our children’s Morton Day celebration as a birthday party for him,” Meyer said. “Levi historically would invite the children of Rhinecliff to have cake and ice cream with him at his mansion, Ellerslie (which was destroyed by a fire in the 1950s) on Morton Road, on his birthday.” Morton was vice president under Benjamin Harrison from 1889 to 1893. He also served as a New York congressman and as the state’s 31st governor. Friday’s birthday party also served as a kick off to the library’s summer reading program. This year’s summer reading theme is “Make a Splash,” and will focus on things like the sea and marine life, as well as the Hudson River, according to

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Lia Vaccarino (from left), Sarah Fixler and Chloe Dixon get enormous mouthfuls of cupcakes during a party to celebrate former U.S. Vice President Levi P. Morton’s 186th birthday at the Morton Memorial Library on Friday. Photo by Christopher Lennon.

assistant director Sandy Bartlett. During the event, children participated in a treasure hunt, decorated cupcakes, made birthday cards for Morton and used chalk to decorate the sidewalk near the library. “It brings the kids in,” Bartlett said of the celebration. “They start to associate the library with fun.” Later this month, a Morton Day celebration for adults will be held at the library (see related article on page 5). For more on the library or upcoming programs, visit morton.rhinecliff.lib.ny.us.

The Beatrix Farrand Garden Association will host Patrick Chassé at the fifth annual Bellefield Design Lecture next month. Chassé, a renowned landscape architect, will discuss Farrand’s life and work in Maine, from childhood through her retirement. He will provide a virtual tour of some country house gardens Farrand designed, including a number of private commissions that are rarely seen by the public. Farrand was an accomplished American landscape designer active in the early- to mid-1900s. She is considered “one of the finest landscape designers in history,” according to the association. The Beatrix Farrand Garden Association is working with the National Park Service to restore, preserve and interpret the garden at Bellefield, the National Park Service headquarters in Hyde Park. The garden was designed in 1912 by Farrand. The garden at Bellefield is the earliest existing example of her private commissions.

A scene from the garden at Bellefield, designed in 1912, which the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association is working to restore, preserve and interpret. Photo submitted.

The fifth annual Bellefield Design Lecture will be held Sunday, June 6 at 2 p.m. at the Henry A. Wallace Visitor Center, 4090 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park. Tickets are $30 ($25 for members). Reserve tickets by visiting beatrixfarrandgarden.org or calling 845-229-9115, ext. 26.

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GUEST COLUMN

the campaign trail MOORE HONORED AS SHE On with Assemblyman

LEAVES MILLS MANSION

Joel Miller BY TONY LEO

A HAT IN THE RING In a matter of months, the fall elections for New York State government will be upon us. To this end, incumbent Assemblyman Joel Miller (R,I,C-Poughkeepsie) has recently announced his candidacy. Miller has successfully served in this capacity for many years and wants people to know his continued presence reflects the unique needs of the 102nd Assembly District. From the variations in commuter services to the nuances of taxation, it goes without saying that the needs of the 102nd District are demonstrably different from those of the residents of New York City.

INTENSIVE, WIDE-RANGING BACKGROUND A consummate New Yorker, Miller originally hailed from the Boston Post/ Gun Hill Road section of the Bronx. It was here his parents instilled in him an ethic of hard work and fastidiousness in scholastic study. This provided a foundation for him to successfully complete his course work at Evander Childs High School and later achieve Phi Beta Kappa status at City College of New York where he majored in biology and chemistry. Joel then went on to earn his doctorate in medical dentistry from the Columbia School of Dental and Oral Surgery.

BY HV NEWS STAFF For nearly a quarter century, Melodye Moore has been the driving force behind Mills Mansion. Saturday night more than 100 friends and admirers gathered to celebrate her tenure and wish her well in retirement at a dinner held at Terrapin at Dinsmore. The fact that most of those gathered don’t believe for a moment Moore will ever really leave Mills made the prospect of her impending departure bearable. The erudite Wint Aldridge served as master of ceremonies, introducing numerous speakers extolling Moore’s service to the mansion over the years. Among the many accomplishments noted was Moore’s crucial role in the founding of the Friends of Mills Mansion, which has raised millions to restore the mansion and the many educational and community programs sponsored by Mills. One speaker also spoke of the many state parks employees and volunteers Moore helped or mentored over the years.

Top: The Friends of Mills Mansion serenade Melodye Moore; Deputy Commissioner of Historic Preservation Wint Aldrige, Tracie Rozhan and Jim Langan. Photos by HV News Staff.

Former Friends of Mills Mansion board member Julie Turpin presented Moore with an original painting of the view from Moore’s office and a check to “get Melodye and (husband) Lennie to take a vacation.” The evening concluded with past and present Friends of Mills Mansion board members singing an improvised version of “Thanks for the Memories” in tribute to Moore.

SERVICE TO COUNTRY Shortly after graduation in 1967, he joined the United States Air Force as a dental surgeon with the rank of captain. His medical service in the Vietnam era spanned the infamous enemy insurgency of 1968 known as the Tet Offensive. In 1969, he left the active Air Force and, after having achieved elevation in rank to that of a field-grade officer, currently serves as a major in the New York Guard. From 1969 until a few years ago, Joel operated a successful dental office but now all of his energies have been channeled into representing his Hudson Valley constituency in the New York State Assembly at Albany.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING

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Miller’s positions on New York State issues mirror his concern for the problems affecting the 102nd District. He feels, in this horrendous economic climate, the most important priority is to reduce the cost of doing business in the state, saying many firms have already left New York due to higher taxation. Therefore, costs and taxes need to be cut to attract businesses to the region so people can be gainfully employed. Service providers, government entities, utilities, school districts and pertinent major firms should be required to undergo forensictype audits and zero-based budgeting. Rampant waste of monetary resources and the soaring costs associated with duplication of efforts in all of these organizations

translate into higher taxation and fees to keep them alive. With a continued scenario such as this, taxes and incoming monetary resources are used to simply feed the meter and not to attract or encourage the inception of businesses for the purpose of creating jobs.

POSITION ON PROPERTY TAX Miller strongly maintains that “government does (taxes) because it can.” This leads to the tax-and-spend culture that practically guarantees a regular and periodic increase in burdens on the taxpaying public. He is dedicated to reversing this type of scenario and feels that one way to deal with the problem is by elimination of the school property tax. The revenues generated with the property tax could then be replaced by an income-based levy. This would be a much fairer method of targeting those who possess the resources and use the services. Right now, with the current property tax system, we have many citizens who are “property rich and money poor.” In Dutchess County, there are many citizens who have inherited land but who are either underemployed or unemployed. It’s simply not fair to tax people of little or no income under criteria that is solely based on an expanse of property that might have been left to their stewardship.

REWORK THE SCHOOL BUDGET PROCESS Failing the elimination of the school property tax, the educational budgets for each of the districts need to be reworked. School financial records and proposals, in particular, should be subjected to deep-probing, forensictype auditing and zero-based budgeting. Miller noted, the way things are now, if you have a surplus of any items on hand at the time the budget proposals go out, instead of removing said items from the list and making do with the surplus, the items will still appear as needed on the current proposal, thus setting the groundwork to create an additional surplus. This method of budgeting has a strong potential to engender and maintain egregious amounts of waste. The solution is found in zero-based budgeting, where a through inventory is conducted to determine what surpluses exist. Then, after factoring in the surplus items, the board starts from zero to allot the money only for those supplies that will be needed for the upcoming year. This eliminates the inherently wasteful process of doubling-up on supplies that are already on hand through the purchase of additional items that are not needed. Miller is a strong proponent for correcting the financial processes of school districts that have experienced a decrease in student enrollment and a simultaneous increase in cost-per-pupil.

POSITION ON CHARTER SCHOOLS Whereas Miller is a solid advocate of educational accessibility, he does not want to make it overwhelmingly attractive or “too easy” for parents to enroll their children en masse at charter facilities in a way that would result in the abandonment of the public school system. He doesn’t feel it is right for parents to look upon public schools as institutions of “last resort” for their offspring. > continued on next page

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A significant move on behalf of the population to enroll children in charter schools could drain the necessary resources and essentials from the public school system. Miller counters the blanket assertion that charter school students outscore their public school counterparts by noting the charters do not include individuals with learning disabilities who have been assigned to special education classes. So, on the surface, the absence of public special education students from charter schools would skew the test results of those who attend these latter facilities into to the higher realm of grading. Unfortunately, drawing an immediate conclusion based solely on relative classroom grades doesn’t accurately reflect the entire process. Miller is not patently against the implementation of charter facilities, as are many of our teachers union activists, but he doesn’t wish to see deserving public school programs in wholesale displacement. He feels laws and regulations promoting a fair balance should be looked into before creating an onslaught that abandons one sector in favor of another.

POSITION ON UNFUNDED MANDATES Miller leaves nothing to the imagination regarding his position on statewide unfunded mandates. He would like to see them eliminated and he has taken action to do so. He was the co-sponsor of the MillerSaland proposal to eliminate statewide unfunded mandates of $1 million or more and school district mandates of $10,000 or more. It was eventually defeated by the Democratic majority.

POSITION ON SIZE OF GOVERNMENT Miller has suggested that, since the economy is so bad, between 15 and 30 optional Medicaid programs be eliminated. He noted that some other states with three times the population on Medicaid have managed to cut costs substantially. He said that there is a potential for a savings of up to $15 billion in the cutting or elimination of optional program costs. He is one of the strongest advocates for stopping the unabated enlargement of government with its costly programs.

POSITION ON THE MTA

mentality, Miller would petition to eliminate or drastically modify the listed positions of “Approved Vendors.” Once a firm gets listed as an “Approved Vendor,” it traditionally feels it has carte blanche to excessively raise or multiply its individual pricing and charges.

Officials get their hands dirty at Memorial Park

POSITION ON THE MTA MOBILITY TAX

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Most people who live or work in Dutchess County and nearby Hudson Valley venues are painfully aware of the payroll tax and other costs associated with the woefully illconceived and misguided “bailout” attempt to benefit the MTA. The money taken from your paycheck here is known as the mobility tax. It is patently unfair since most of the people who have money deducted from their pay do not use any of the MTA services. It has even been applied to so-called non-taxable entities such as the Red Cross. It has been one of the worst cases involving taxpayers paying for incompetence. Worse yet, there is no sunset provision to ever terminate the mobility tax. Miller is in the process of drafting a bill that will be put before the Legislature to sunset the mobility tax on Dec. 31.

MOVER AND SHAKER One of Miller’s strongest suits is an innate ability to amicably address both sides of the aisle: Democrat as well as Republican. This has greatly helped him achieve measures that have bested the interests of his constituency in the district. Currently, he serves as ranking member of the Education Committee and the Committee on Higher Education. Also, Miller is a member of the Rules Committee and the Committee on Health. Additionally, he functions as the minority representative to the Homeland Security Task Force. A resident of the Town of Poughkeepsie, Miller has no plans of retiring from his service to the 104nd Assembly District.

HE REALLY SERVES HIS PEOPLE My opinion: If you’ve ever needed a New York State assemblyman’s assistance with a problem, Miller’s office staff at 3 Neptune Rd. in the Town of Poughkeepsie is second to none. He maintains that his office does more for constituents than any other elected official. He is right. I can speak from personal experience. Miller gets back to his people almost immediately. His staff is exceptionally hard working and effective where others fail. His workers will call you to advise you of progress in your area of concern. If there is any hope of a solution (even cases where hope is forlorn), I have found that Miller will come through for you. He never forgets that the citizens he represents pay his salary and his first allegiance is to them and their families. He instills this in his office staff and they respond quickly and effectively to your particular request. That, alone, is worth your vote.

A deep-reaching, forensic-type audit for the Metropolitan Transportation Agency (MTA) should be mandated, says Miller. An all-encompassing audit of this nature should be required of the MTA to determine exactly what constitutes its real costs. In the light of egregiously excessive administrative expenditures, Miller feels the culture of corruption in the agency is so pervasive and entrenched that it would be difficult to get to the innermost reaches and determine with assurance what is actually happening. One action would be taken for certain. It would be an intensive look into every single contract associated with the MTA. This would be to put a stop to the proclivity that many Tony Leo is a resident of Union Vale and implement with abandon: The encouragement writes a weekly “Our Towns” column in this and sanctioning of overcharges for equipment newspaper. Responses to this article can be and services. sent to editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com. As an example to combat the overcharge

Three local officials spent the weekend doing maintenance work and cleaning the Village of Tivoli’s Memorial Park in preparation for the 2010 spring and summer seasons. Village Trustee Bryan Cranna, chairman of the Tivoli Recreation Committee, was joined at the park by fellow Trustee Michael Leedy and County Legislator Benjamin Traudt (R-Red Hook). The trio spent the weekend repainting playground equipment, disposing of trash and debris and performing other minor repair and maintenance work. “I am grateful to Trustee Leedy and Legislator Traudt for their assistance in getting our park in order for the season,” Cranna said in a press release. “Together, we accomplished much. However, more work needs to be done, and the village seeks volunteers to assist us with the park and recreational activities. “Memorial Park has always been the center point of our village,” he continued. “But to

Tivoli Trustee Michael Leedy (from left), County Legislator Benjamin Traudt and Trustee Bryan Cranna take a break from preparing Memorial Park for the summer. Photo submitted.

ensure that it continues to stand that way, we all must be willing to play our parts to keep it running and be a friendly and welcoming part of our village.” To become a member of the Tivoli Recreation Committee or assist with maintaining Memorial Park, contact Cranna at bryan@bryancranna.com or call 845-489-4661.

Valley-inspired works available at Morton auction BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Come down to Rhinecliff later this month to bid on original works by Hudson Valley artists and enjoy some light food and drink while supporting the hamlet’s historic library. The Morton Memorial Library and Community House will host its sixth annual Morton Day art auction next week in the library’s Morton Hall, giving guests a chance to bid on some original works of art inspired by the Hudson Valley. During the live art auction, works by more than 20 local artists will be up for grabs. The theme of this year’s auction is “Celebrating the Hudson Valley.” The auction will include pieces by notable local artists like Tarryl Gabel, Keith Gunderson, Betsy Jacaruso, Kari Feuer, Carolyn Marks Blackwood, Margaret Crenson and many others. “(We are holding the auction) because we have this room that’s a beautiful display area,” said library Director Joanne A. Meyer, speaking about Morton Hall. “And we have area artists who do wonderful work and are very supportive of Morton.” The auction serves as a fundraiser for the library, which was built by former U.S. Vice President Levi P. Morton and his wife, Anna, as a memorial to their deceased daughter, Lena. The library was dedicated in 1908 and now is on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. “We all work very hard to do right by the building,” Meyer said. “It’s a local treasure.” As it was in 1908, the historic structure continues to serve as a hub of the hamlet

“Sunset from Olana” by Tarryl Gabel is one of the many pieces that will be available at the Morton Memorial Library’s art auction on May 29. Image submitted.

community, hosting numerous community events and programs for children and adults each year. “This is a cause worth supporting,” said Meyer. “It needs everyone’s help.” The art auction has been a successful endeavor in the past, grossing about $8,000 to $10,000 over the past five years. It’s not just the art that attracts guests to the library, though. A reception featuring light food and drink donated by The Rhinecliff Hotel and China Rose will be held prior to the auction, beginning at 6 p.m. Also, a silent auction containing such items as gift certificates to local restaurants, gift baskets, wine and services will also be held throughout the evening. “It’s always a lot of fun,” said Meyer. “It’s like a big party.” The event will be held Saturday, May 29 beginning at 6 p.m. with the live art auction beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is a suggested donation of $10. The auction will be held at Morton Hall, located inside the Morton Memorial Library at 82 Kelly St. in Rhinecliff.

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Here’s a recent quote by Sen. Kirsten “Blondie” Gillibrand on a visit to IBM East Fishkill: “If we can pass an energy bill, we can get hundreds of millions of dollars for energy.”What?!? Somewhat vague, no? Any idea how many hundreds of millions? I have noticed that whenever she is not on Chuckie “The Ventriloquist” Schumer’s lap, “Blondie” is a bit vague. “Get” from whom? The taxpayers, maybe? Of course, only those who can afford it will be taxed (bad Republicans and tea-party folks, of course), and the money redistributed to poverty-stricken Dutchess County! Remember, this is the same Kirsten who was elected to Congress by folks who thought she was, as a hunter and American gun owner, on their side! Once the Paterson appointment to the Senate was in, “Blondie” quickly lined up with the anti-gun, anti-Constitution group in the Senate, headed by Chuckie. New York State’s Senatorial odd couple has to go! The non-conservatives in Congress would like to give us a new way of life, and a new constitution, as directed by President Hussein and his cast of very bad actors. Only the voters can stop them, by voting while we still outnumber the fraudulent ACORN electorate. Vote your conscience, but VOTE! Karl O. Muggenburg Clinton

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Trust has already sent much of its stockpile of “hair booms” down to the Gulf region to be deployed in an attempt to protect the pristine shorelines along the coasts of Florida, Louisiana, and Texas. The theory is these barriers will be floated on the water, absorb the oil on the surface and prevent further spread of the spill. Estimates are that 210,000 gallons of oil are still spilling into the waters PROGRESSIVE PERSPECITVE off the coast of Louisiana everyday. BY JONATHAN SMITH The source of the “leak” is a former BP oilrig that exploded several weeks ago, precipitating an environmental disaster of When politics or the news gets you down, epic proportions. it is so immensely gratifying to be reminded As previously noted in this column, the that sometimes, small things really do make timing of this disaster could not have been a difference. In a world that can seem more appropriate, as Team “Drill Baby, overwhelming or organized chaos at best, it Drill” had just scored a major victory can be very important to learn of situations with the announcement from President where people are making a difference. Barrack Obama of the expansion of the Even the smallest bit of offshore drilling program. optimistic news can enliven How anyone can The disaster illustrates that the spirit and restore hope. entropy is still a guiding It is always restorative to now support the principle of the universe and hear of one person lifting a continuation of no matter how fastidious finger to help another. we are in planning and investment in Or, in this case, lifting developing contingencies hairs. polluting and for worst-case scenarios, A small company in accidents can, will and do dirty forms San Francisco, Calif. is happen, with devastating of energy making a difference by consequences. Just as collecting human and pet the region was finally production is hair around the country in beginning an economic beyond me. a valiant effort against the recovery from the ravishes devastation of the Gulf of of Hurricane Katrina, Mexico oil spill. As hairstylists around the BP’s oil spill has put the multimillionworld will tell us, hair has the remarkable dollar fishing industry, one if the region’s property of attracting oil to its surface. powerhouse income generators, out of The hair temporarily binds with the oil business for the foreseeable future. molecules, which can then be removed The disaster has caused President Obama with thorough cleaning. Pet hair has similar to rethink this faulty policy proposal and properties. those living along the coasts of Georgia, Enter Phil McCrory of Matter of Trust, South Carolina, Florida, California and a small non-profit organization dedicated to Alaska should breathe a huge sigh of the collection of hair for use against oil spills. relief. How anyone can now support the Mr. McCrory has spent the last decades continuation of investment in polluting collecting hair in mass quantities, stuffing it and dirty forms of energy production is into recycled women’s stockings and using beyond me. these simple devices as a means of cleaning There is much work to be done to repair oil-spill sites around the globe. It is not the substantial damage caused by the rocket science, but it is the perfect example destruction of a single oilrig in the Gulf of of how a few individuals and a simple idea Mexico, but we can prevent future disasters can make an important difference. of this nature through sound energy and While British Petroleum (BP) and the environmental policy. U.S. government scratch their heads and In the meantime, send us you hair. employ expensive techniques to attempt to stop the spilling of oil into the Gulf of Jonathan Smith can be reached at Mexico, McCrory’s partial solution offers editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com. the everyday American, and their pets, the opportunity to get involved. Matter of

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USUALLY RIGHT

BY JIM LANGAN

YOU DIDN’T ASK, BUT …

• Why the charade with Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan? Does anyone really believe she’s anything but a raving liberal and committed to Roe v. Wade? Of course she is. She’s hit every key on the liberal piano, from the Ivy League education, a master’s from Oxford, professor and Harvard Law dean and a stint in the Clinton and Obama administrations. Hello? I’m more worried about that background than the women’s softball gig. • Do you get the feeling Obama and some of his environmental pals are somewhere between disappointed and panicked the oil isn’t washing ashore in the Gulf States?

Disappointed because an Tea Party boys getting immediate catastrophe into this? would have given them a • The Machiavellian Tom Martino chance to completely fault machinations the is beginning to Hyde Park Townof Board the oil companies and panic because the absence of any make former never cease to amaze me. real damage so far makes it Supervisor Yancy The cast of characters more likely Obama & Co. is somewhere between McArthur look hilariously inept to will share the blame if this stuff does come ashore. The borderline deranged. like Winston longer Obama’s riding point You’ve got sock puppet Churchill. on this, the more he will Mike Taylor playing Ed own it. Unlike Katrina, the McMahon to supervisor Obama administration has Tom Martino’s dour had a lot of time to figure this thing out. Johnny Carson as Jim Monks dozes off • Does anyone really think smarmy and Mike Athanas looks at resolutions as Andrew Cuomo has anything resembling if he’d just seen fire for the first time. Sue a game plan to reduce the deficit or make Serino is forced to fight for air as the four Albany work? FDR himself couldn’t bozos of the apocalypse try unsuccessfully get New York out of its current mess. to shut her out. All of it being orchestrated Yet the media is allowing him to remain by the long-winded town attorney at $175 silent and unaccountable while poor an hour. As I told someone recently, Tom David Paterson is actually trying to do Martino is beginning to make former something. Can you imagine four years supervisor Yancy McArthur look like of that pontificating phony? Winston Churchill. • Why can’t the Republican Party field • Just how much “training” and a strong candidate to take on Sen. Kirsten organization does it take for some moron Gillibrand? Talk about ripe for the taking, to jam a few propane tanks into a car but Republicans look like they’re going and leave a detonation device made from to let this one get away. How about the a drug store alarm clock? But I’ll bet

thousands of potential terrorists in our midst, bound together by their religious fervor and hatred of America, not some sophisticated international conspiracy. Just throw this latest one in a cage and call it a day. • This next one is a plea from the heart. I’m begging my man Al Bulay and other theater owners to stop the madness and refuse to screen “Sex and the City 2.” While I would never buy a ticket to see it, I’m concerned I could accidentally stumble into the wrong theater while watching “Robin Hood” and be subjected to a horrifying large-screen image of Sarah Jessica Parker, looking like a refugee from the Salem witch trials, or Kim Cattrall channeling her inner Miley Cyrus. My God, wasn’t “Golden Girls” enough for all you granny gropers? • Keep your eye on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. He’s in the process of doing what everyone always talks about but never does. He’s cutting spending and sticking it to the teachers and state workers, telling them they have to trim their sails or there will be significant layoffs. Judging by the decibel of the liberal howling, this guy is getting it done. If he can tame New Jersey, you’ll be hearing his name in Tampa at the we have already spent millions on the 2012 Republican convention. “investigation.” The reality is there are

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NEW YORK NEEDS TO TAKE ACTION ON BULLYING BY SEN. STEVE SALAND

As the former chairman of the Senate Education Committee, I have met with numerous students and school administrators over the last several years and have heard horrific stories of bullying that ranged from children being victimized because they were gay or perceived to be gay, to those who simply had on the wrong clothing or shoes, or even dated someone’s ex-boyfriend. My point being, students are victimized for countless, senseless reasons. While I have sponsored and previously passed legislation addressing bullying in schools, I recognized that my bill needed to be amended to include every conceivable scenario involving any and all students. Bullying, in large part due to cyberbullying, has risen to epidemic levels and my bill gives schools the tools that will enable them to address acts of bullying by providing them with a comprehensive definition in statute of bullying, mandating reporting of bullying, and requiring an anti-bullying message to be incorporated in each school’s code of conduct, including measures for discipline. While New York was in the forefront of the safe schools issues with the enactment

in 2000 of the SAVE legislation requiring all schools to adopt a code of conduct, New York remains one of seven states that does not have a bullying statute. Given the astounding statistics regarding bullying, the absence of a bullying law is unacceptable. The United States Department of Justice reports 43% of teenagers reported being victims of cyber-bullying. Nine in 10 teens, or 92%, reported knowing their bully; however only 10% of those cyberbullying victims told their parents. And even more alarming, according to the Center for Disease Control, roughly 150,000 teenagers per year in New York State attempt suicide. It is disturbing and heart-wrenching to know there are children who are suffering in silence from bullies, who are afraid to go to school and may bear the emotional or physical scars of a victim of bullying for years to come. New York should not delay any longer in adopting a measure to protect our students from bullying. Every child is entitled to safe learning environment and we should be doing all that we can to ensure that. State Sen. Steve Saland (R,C,IPoughkeepsie) represents the 41st District of the New York State Senate, which includes communities in Dutchess and Columbia counties.

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BOARD EXPLORES ALTERNATE UNIVERSE IN HYDE PARK

BY JIM LANGAN

Hyde Park Town Attorney James Horan rationalized the proposed addition of alternates to the planning and zoning boards by saying, “While quorum hasn’t been an issue in the past, the best time to adopt a change is before it becomes an issue.” The analogy is reminiscent of the old expression, “Buy straw hats in wintertime,” which presumes there will be a summer. According to Planning Board Chairman Michael DuPree, there has only been one instance in the last five years when the absence of a quorum was even an issue. But it appears this town board intends to make it so regardless.

GOD, LIFE AND EVERYTHING BY THE REV. CHUCK KRAMER

Tension in the Holy Family

The issue of alternates and the cost to applicants forced to provide additional documents prompted Horan and some board members to reference the possibility of reducing the planning board from seven to five members. The issue of who and how that would be accomplished was not addressed. Horan also said the board felt it necessary to add alternates in the event of real or perceived conflicts of interest. Not addressed again was what would constitute a legitimate conflict and who would make that determination. Councilmen Michael Taylor and Jim Monks chimed in with their beliefs that version, it says: “When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, ‘He has gone out of his mind.’… A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, ‘Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.’ “‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ he asked. Then looking at those seated around him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers. Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.’” Kind of a long quote, but this scene pops up in three different gospels, so you know it’s on their minds. They are not hiding the fact that Jesus and his family had issues. An even starker split is in John’s Gospel, when the family is about to go down to Jerusalem for a feast, and Jesus’ brothers taunt him: “So his brothers said to him, ‘Leave here and go to Judea so that your disciples also may see the works you are doing; for no one who wants to be widely known acts in secret. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.’” (For not even his brothers believed in him.) We could get into the long discussion of whether or not these are biological brothers, but for my purposes, the point is moot. They’re family. And in Jesus’ family, there was tension over his activities as messiah. Now, is that any surprise, really? He’s rocking the religious world. Religious and civil authorities are expressing discomfort with him. He’s bringing huge crowds to his hometown and clearly making the neighbors uncomfortable. And there shouldn’t be tension? What would have been unbelievable is if Jesus got all the way to Calvary without upsetting his family. But tension isn’t bad. As much as we try to avoid it, tension is a sign of growth, of human interaction. When people are involved in a story worth telling, it’s the tension that makes the story good. Tension is necessary for change. The real question is, how do we greet that tension? Because that will go a long way in determining whether the change is for the better or for the worse. Was there tension in the Holy Family? You bet. And thank goodness.

A few months ago, someone called me to ask if I would make a presentation for Bard College’s Lifelong Learning Center, a sort of continuing education club. This was to be the last in a series of presentations about families in the Bible. Christian and Jewish clergy from the area were asked to make one presentation each. At first, I asked if I could do a class on Abraham and Isaac because I wrote about that during a sabbatical several years ago. Then I looked at the list of presenters. One was doing the Sacrifice of Isaac. Another was doing Ishmael and Isaac. Another was doing Isaac’s sons. A fourth was doing Isaac’s grandsons. The coordinator suggested something from the New Testament. So, I got Tension in the Holy Family. Now, being the Holy Family, you might think there could be no tension. Everyone got along because they were, well, holy. But come on. This is a family that nearly had a divorce before they even got married! They had to run for their lives just a few months later (well, in Matthew’s Gospel). Think that doesn’t produce tension? And look at the story in Luke where 12-year-old Jesus disappears for three or four days in the big city. What’s mom say when she finds him? Does she say, “Thank goodness you’re OK!”? No, she says, “Child, why have you treated us like this?” I’m not saying anything about how Jesus responded, because he is the son of God, but if I had answered my mother the way he did to Mary, I would have been grounded for the duration. More seriously, when Jesus is an adult, we see some serious tension between The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector of St. him and his family. Look at the scene where James Episcopal Church, Hyde Park. You Jesus is teaching to huge crowds, making can leave a comment for him at rector@ some people nervous. In the Gospel of Mark’s stjameshydepark.org. {8} may 19, 2010 | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com | Hudson valley news

those chosen as alternates “would have a great opportunity for on-the-job training.” There was no discussion of exactly what authority these “trainees” would have in planning or zoning decisions. At one point, current planning board member John Bickford corrected Horan from the audience regarding the extent to which electronic mail could alleviate the financial burden to applicants. The board made no effort to invite the knowledgeable Bickford forward but later inexplicably allowed former planning board member Ruth Mesuda to join them at the workshop table. Normally, members of the public are not permitted to speak during workshop meetings of the board.

Mesuda then launched into a confusing, angry diatribe about the very planning board she served on, attacking three of her former colleagues as “Stop the Sprawl” people, as if she had just exposed Communists in the State Department. Her apparent frustration with the planning board’s intransigence is at variance with the number of people who cite her refusal to invest in or maintain her various Hyde Park properties as a major contributor to Hyde Park’s business-unfriendly image. One observer told Hudson Valley News, “Have you ever driven through that parking lot? You could lose an axle.” Mesuda owns the former Amish Market and the old Molloy Drug Store, among other commercial properties. Both have been noticeably vacant for many years.

BY JIM LANGAN • What’s good for the goose is not necessarily good for the gander, according to a researcher in Germany. It appears men who marry appreciably younger women live longer than women who go the boy-toy route. A woman married to a man more than 15 years younger is 30% more likely to die than a man in a similar relationship. That must mean Larry King and Donald Trump are going to live forever.

you can find an episode somewhere at almost any hour of the day or night. My guess is the reruns end up as their own cable channel. • A British astronaut is taking a piece of wood from the actual tree that dropped the apple that got Isaac Newton thinking about gravity into orbit on NASA’s Atlantis shuttle. BTW … the apple dropped in 1666.

• Two presidential progeny made news last week. Jimmy Carter’s 34-year-old grandson, Jason, won a state Senate seat in Georgia. On Long Island, Chris Cox, the 30-year-old grandson of Richard Nixon, says he intends to take on Democratic incumbent Tim Bishop for Congress.

• We hear Hyde Park Supervisor Tom Martino got a ticket for leaving his car overnight in the Town Hall lot without a proper permit. He can’t blame former Police Chief Don Goddard for that one, but I’m sure he’ll find a way. Incidentally, Goddard was notified last week that he • In Washington, Republicans angry about did indeed pass the chief’s exam that Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s Martino and the board considered so lack of judicial experience plan to important they hired a part-time chief nominate Paula Abdul for the job, citing who isn’t required to take it. her years as a judge on “American Idol.” • School officials at Highland Park High • The last Ziegfeld Follies girl died last week. Doris Eaton Travis was 106 and Broadway will dim its lights today in her honor. There is no truth to the rumor Hyde Park Councilman “Admiral” Jim Monks was her prom date in high school.

School breathlessly announced their girls basketball team would be canceling a planned trip to Arizona to protest the new immigration law. Meanwhile, they’re sending another group to China to soak up all that human-rights enlightenment.

• Heinz announced it is lowering the salt content of its ketchup 15% to conform to Mayor Bloomberg’s Salt Reduction Initiative. That should make a big difference when slathering it on those cheese fries and cheeseburgers.

• Some devastating news for the 11 people planning to attend rapper Pitbull’s Memorial Day concert in Arizona. Pitbull, aka Armando Perez, won’t be there because he’s angry about the new immigration law. Like anyone knows or cares about you, Armando!

• Also in health news, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wisc.) has filed legislation requiring health-care providers to determine the body-mass index of all 2-18-yearold children and report the findings to the Department of Health and Human Services. Then what do they do with the information, send Richard Simmons to your house?

• Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced Friday the city will demolish 10,000 abandoned houses, including the boyhood home of Mitt Romney. Between the 1960s race riots, white flight and the collapse of the auto industry, Detroit is a virtual ghost town. There will still be more than 90,000 abandoned houses and apartments.

• Karen Downs, 44, is in no danger of being mother of the year. She was arrested recently for serving alcohol at a sleepover to six 14-year-old girls. The girls told police she offered a $10 prize to the girl who could chug a glass of vodka the fastest. One girl had a .22 blood-alcohol • “Law & Order” is closing the courthouse level and cops found 70 empty beer door after 20 seasons on NBC. It’s probably bottles along with bourbon and whiskey. safe to say it died from overexposure as • The farm used to make “Field of Dreams” in 1989 is up for sale. The farm is located in Dyersville, Iowa and comes with 193 acres and the ball field. It can be yours for a mere $5.4 million. Remember, if you buy it, they will come.

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BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM One of the most unique movement groups will appear for one night only in Poughkeepsie this weekend: Pilobolus, which formed in Alison Chase’s dance class at Dartmouth College in 1971, challenges the boundaries of what the body can do, and the gravity that pulls upon it, to create breath-taking shapes and images out of the company members collectively. The founding members were Robby Barnett, Lee Harris, Moses Pendleton and Jonathan Wolken – Pendleton left the group to form Momix with Chase, and Michael Tracy joined Pilobolus as another artistic voice. The company (which makes its home in Washington Depot, Conn.) has won many awards, including the Berlin Critic’s Prize, the Brandeis Award, the Scotsman Award for performances at the Edinburgh Festival, the New England Theatre Conference Prize, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Award for Excellence and a 1997 Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding achievement in cultural programming. In June 2000, Pilobolus was awarded the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement in choreography. In 2007, they performed for an international audience as part of the 79th Academy Awards. Today, the company consists of three artistic directors and more than 25 full- and part-time dancers contributing to the repertory. Robby Barnett, co-founder and artistic director, spoke to me about what has remained the same over the last 30-plus years. I asked him if he felt that the artistic approach that inspired Pilobolus had changed. Courtesy photo.

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THE SCOTTISH PLAY(TIME)

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EVENT LISTINGS THROUGHOUT THE HUDSON VALLEY

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Top: 2008’s Fala Gala. Below: Historic photo of Miss Margaret (Daisy) Suckley with Fala and her Scotties at Wilderstein. Courtesy photos.

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HIGHPOINT MUSIC INAUGURAL CONCERT

Wednesday, May 26, 7:30 p.m. Featuring newly commissioned works by five of the country’s most promising, emerging composers of classical and crossover music. The event will be the culmination of a four-day program of master classes, seminars and rehearsals with the five fellows as well as George Tsontakis, Sebastian Currier (pictured) and visiting composers and musicians. The composer fellows will present their earlier music in forums and receive feedback from the mentors and participants. Suggested donation: $12; $8, students and seniors. The Colony Café, 22 Rock City Rd., Woodstock. 845-679-5342.

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Interpretive Program May 22-23: “How Did the Rope Get Up There? History and Practice of Gunks Rock Climbing and Ecology and People of the Shawangunks, Yesterday and Today.” Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

Bob Babb Wednesday Walk – Millbrook Mountain 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Adults of all ages and levels of ability are welcome. No reservations are required. Meet at the Minnewaska State Park Preserve Upper Lot or the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center at 9:10am to carpool. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $10, non-members. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

THEATER “Godspell” May 21-June 6: The fantastic folk-rock musical, based on the Gospel of Matthew, is presented by Shandaken Theatrical Society. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m. Tickets: $15; $12, members/seniors/students. STS Playhouse, 10 Church Street, Phoenicia. 845-688-2279.

Wednesday, May 19 FILM

“Food, Inc.” 7-8:30 p.m. Children’s Media Project hosts the screening with a discussion afterwards led by the Poughkeepsie Farm Project. “Food, Inc.” (rated PG) is an Academy Award-nominated documentary about the surprising truths of what we eat and how it’s produced. Free. Lady Washington Firehouse, 20 Academy St., Poughkeepsie. 845-485-4480.

NIGHTLIFE The Crazy Blue Bottle Jug Grassers 7-9 p.m. Bluegrass, Dixieland. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. Open Mic Night 7 p.m. Sign-ups, 5-7 p.m. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. Open Mic Blues Night with Upstart Blues Allstars 8:30-11:30 p.m. Hyde Park Brewery & Steakhouse, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. 845-229-8277.

WORKSHOP Eating and Cooking Local 6:30 p.m. Learn to create delicious and healthy meals with seasonal produce right from your garden or local farmer’s market. Presented by local chef and cater Heather Casto of the Chocolate Mousse in Hyde Park. Free; participants should bring a notebook. Reservations suggested. . Grinnell Library, 2642 East Main St., Wappingers Falls. 845-297-3428.

Thursday, May 20 ART

“Going Home” 5-8 p.m. Opening reception. Oil paintings by Ellen Metzger O’ Shea. Locust Grove Estate, 2683 South Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-454-4500.

FILM Third Thursday Series: Film – “Earth Days” 7 p.m. Witness the dawn and development of the modern environmental movement through personal testimony and rare archival media. Q&A with filmmaker Robert Stone. Pre-register. Free. Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, 199 Dennings Ave., Beacon. 845-838-1600.

NIGHTLIFE Jeff Entin and Bob Blum 7 p.m. Americana. Keegan Ales, 20 Saint James St., Kingston. 845-331-2739.

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“Fala Gala” Noon-3 p.m. | Saturday, May 22

There is a long and distinguished history Admission: $25, dog; canine of animals in the White House, from George aficionados (people), free. Washington’s hounds – one of which was honorably named “Drunkard” – to Barack Wilderstein Historic Site, 330 Obama’s Portuguese water dog, Bo. Cats, Morton Rd., Rhinebeck. birds, horses – even goats – have been 845-876-7439 First Pet, but one of the most beloved and influential was Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Scottish terrier, Fala. Originally named “Big Boy,” Fala’s official name was Murray the Outlaw of Falahill after FDR’s Scottish ancestor; the dog was a gift from Roosevelt’s distant cousin and dear friend, Margaret (Daisy) Suckley. Fala was the president’s ever-present companion – a photogenic chap – as well as political ally. When Roosevelt was accused of using an exorbitant sum of taxpayer money to dispatch a U.S. Navy destroyer to fetch Fala from an official trip to the Aleutian Islands, he responded with a rousing rebuttal on Sept. 23, 1944, asserting, “his (Fala’s) Scotch soul was furious … I think I have a right to resent, to object, to libelous statements about my dog.” Fala’s memory continues to be celebrated at Wilderstein, the Suckley home, at a biannual event called “Fala Gala” – this year is the eighth gala, and it coincides with Wilderstein’s 30th anniversary as a not-for-profit historic site. I spoke with Executive Director Gregory Sokaris about celebrating 30 years, Fala’s legacy and what the public can expect on Saturday. Sokaris described the current exhibit, titled “C P R,” that showcases three decades of Conservation, Preservation and Restoration activities at Wilderstein. “Visitors can come here and see recent work, but also look back over 30 years and understand the process. It’s been a steady progression.” Sokaris said that the site went through a significant period of time without upkeep. “They weren’t able to maintain it (Wilderstein) after 1910,” he said, which meant that the site required a “tremendous amount of restoration.” Now, Sokaris said, it is a “work in progress. There are a lot of projects.” He noted that people who may have visited the site years ago would be amazed at the changes that have been made: “The place looks remarkably different.” Visitors on Saturday will be able to see the recent work completed on the glass-enclosed verandah and dining room. The first “Fala Gala” was held in conjunction with Wilderstein’s reprinting of Margaret Suckley’s book, “The True Story of Fala,” which was published “at the time when Roosevelt was president and Fala was focus of the journalists,” said Sokaris. The success of the first gala ensured that the event would be repeated, becoming an opportunity to entertain, education and raise money to support the historic site. “The idea of the event has stayed the same (over the years),” said Sokaris. “It’s in recognition of the gift (of Fala to Roosevelt from Suckley). It’s an event that’s very focused on Scotties > continued on next page

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– we emphasized Scottish aspects. One year we focused on education and then the next, it was more frivolous. We try not to do any of our events exactly the same each year.” Fala remains a constant presence, however: “Fala was one of the early superstars” of presidential pooches, said Sokaris. “It’s a combination of things – it’s Courtesy photo. a human interest story, and people tend to be interested in that, especially since the times were very difficult. People appreciated that sort of a thing to focus on, as a break from all the more difficult news items.” Not every pup could have handled the limelight. “Fala was a special dog. He really was a dog that was good at dealing with the public interest and publicity events. Not all dogs can handle that well,” said Sokaris. “And it wasn’t a strategic thing – FDR didn’t adopt Fala for publicity – he loved that dog; it was a genuine relationship. People pick up on that.” Thus, Wilderstein will go to the dogs on Saturday – people and pups of all breeds are invited to the site and enjoy events like a pooch parade, Fala look-alike contest, shortbread bake-off, snack bar, scotch tasting and information booths including “Ask the Vet.” Sokaris said that one of the most striking aspects is how the gala has become a fixed gathering point for Scottie owners. “Scottie owners travel from a bit of a distance to get together here. It’s become a Scottie event. But it’s not exclusive in any way.” That is, a Scottie is not mandatory to attend. But Sokaris said that a field full of little black terriers is quite a sight to behold. “When you’re here that day, there are Scottie dogs all over the place,” Sokaris said. “People, and all the other dogs seeing this many Scotties, really enjoy the experience.”

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E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from previous page The Jesse Janes 8-10 p.m. Acoustic. The Music Room at Whistling Willie’s, 184 Main St., Cold Spring. 845-2652012. Rocky 7-9 p.m. Acoustic. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. The Westchester Rock Jam & Showcase 8:30-11:30 p.m. With Rich Kelly, Drew Bordeaux and the Track. 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-6624.

PERFORMANCE Dezy Walls 7 p.m. Dublin-born and currently residing in Florida, Walls’ songs and musiplays are eked out of life’s experiences - true stories disguised as lies. Cost: $12. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie. 845-486-4571.

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6th Annual Blue & Gold at The White HVRHS Student Art Show 4-7 p.m. Reception. Through May 23. Special hours: Friday - Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. The White Gallery, 342 Main St., Lakeville, Conn. 860-435-1029.

MUSIC All Acoustic Music Show 8-10:30 p.m. Featuring The Peter Michos Project, Karl Allweier and Annie Fox, Jeanne and Ernie, Eric Rosi-Marshall, and The Riches. Donations suggested. Refreshments provided by The Rhinecliff. Morton Memorial Library and Community House, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff. 845876-7007.

Is there someone in your community who does extraordinary work as an artist and as a member of your community? Is there a person or a company whose generosity towards the arts has truly made a difference? What about a cultural organization or a teacher? Is there a kid in your community who is exceptional in the arts and is hoping to develop their talent into a career? Open Mic Night If you answered yes to any of these questions, get out your pen or at least get online and 8 p.m. Music, poetry, dance and comedy are all nominate these folks for a Dutchess County Arts Award. Right now, the Arts Council is wel- showcased. Come and participate, either as a performer or a member of the audience. Early coming nominations for the 2010 Dutchess Arts Awards. Dutchess County residents and busi- sign up at 7:30 p.m. Howland Cultural Center, nesses that are based here are eligible. Deadline for nominations is Monday, Aug. 2 at 5 p.m. 477 Main St., Beacon. 845-831-4988 Awards will be given in the following eight categories: Individual Artist – an individual whose achievements in his/ her discipline are widely rec- Yuri Liberzon 8 p.m. The classical guitarist performs. Tickets: ognized and who has demonstrated a compelling or unique artistic vision. $13; members; $18, non-members; $2 more at Individual Patron – an individual or family who has made a significant contribution to the door. Unison Arts Center, 68 Mountain Rest the arts through his/her extraordinary leadership, personal financial commitment or philan- Rd., New Paltz. 845-255-1559. thropic activities. Arts Organization – an arts organization that has made an important contribution to the NIGHTLIFE The Bert Carey Trio growth of the county’s cultural life over a significant period of time. 9 p.m. La Puerta Azul, 2510 Rte. 44, Salt Point. Arts in Education – a specific project or an individual educator, teaching artist, administra- 845-677-2985. tor or volunteer who has expanded or enriched arts education opportunities for K-12 students Brendan Hogan in the county. Business/Corporation – a business that has demonstrated extraordinary support of the arts 7-9 p.m. Acoustic. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. and/or vision and leadership in using the arts to enhance community life and enrich the county’s cultural heritage. Creation Art in Public Places – an individual artist, arts organization, school or community group 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Pop rock. Lia’s Mountain View Restaurant, 7685 Rte. 82, Pine Plains. 518-398that has successfully designed and installed a public art project. 7311. Special Citation recognizes an individual, organization, business, or project for outstanding contributions to the cultural life of Dutchess County that does not fit the criteria for the The Lifesize Gorgeous Cocktails other categories. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic rock. The Sunset House, Youth with Exceptional Promise in the Arts Award honors a high school senior, as of 137 N. Water St., Peekskill. 914-734-4192. September 2010, who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to and achievement in a Marc Von Em visual, performing, literary or media arts discipline over a significant period of time, and who 8 p.m. Acoustic. The Peekskill Coffee House, 101 is planning to pursue a professional career in the arts. Nominations will be evaluated on the S. Division St., Peekskill. 914-739-1287. youth’s level of their artistry, commitment to the art form, commitment to the community and recognition in the field locally, nationally or internationally. Recipients are selected by an Phineas and the Lonely Leaves 7:30-10:30 p.m. With Tim Feeney. Admission: $5. independent awards panel comprised of professionals in the field. Bean Runner Café, 201 S. Division St., Peekskill. The awards will be given out by the Arts Council at the Annual Arts Awards Dinner, which 914-737-1701. will be held this year on Oct. 27. It’s a fun event, even if you aren’t receiving an award. Nomination guidelines and forms are available online at www.artsmidhudson.org, or you Reality Check can request a nomination form via mail or e-mail by contacting the Arts Council at 845-454- 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Rock. Quiet Man Pub, 2652 E Main St., Wappingers Falls. 845-298-1724. 3222 or info@artsmidhudson.org.

Rich Williams and The Secret Organ Trio 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Blues. Cover: $5. 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-6624. Sonny Landreth 8 p.m. Even Eric Clapton is a fan of this guitar great. Tickets: $40, advance; $45, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. Vixen Dogs Band 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Modern rock. Ruben’s Mexican Café, 5 North Division St., Peekskill. 914-7394330.

OUTDOOR Field Trip to the Pawling Nature Reserve 8 a.m. Join the Waterman Bird Club for a walk through mostly upland forest including a hemlock gorge and swampy areas. Nesting birds include Hermit Thrush, Black-throated Blue, Hooded, and Canada Warblers, Winter Wren, Acadian Flycatcher, Brown Creeper, and Barred Owl. Wild Turkey, Ruffed Grouse, and Red-shouldered and Broad-winged Hawks are also seen here. Dress for the weather and bring lunch and beverage. Inclement weather cancels walk. If interested, call Barbara at 845-677-9025. Free. Pawling Nature Reserve, 126 Quaker Lake Rd., Pawling. Toddlers on the Trail – Wildflowers and Critters 10 a.m.-noon. Join Dana Rudikoff, volunteer hike leader, and explore the forest searching for wildflowers and critters. Bring water and snacks. Children ages 2 to 6 are welcome and must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes a 1.5-mile hike, and moves at a toddler’s pace. Reservations required. Call Dana at 845-626-4253 or email her at dana_rudikoff@ yahoo.com to reserve a spot. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Coxing Trailhead. Free. Mohonk Preserve members; $10, non-members. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

PERFORMANCE Hip Hop Theater At UPAC 7 p.m. Starring Yako440, Mtume, and Playback (NYC). The performance is the culmination of actor/rapper/playwright/DJ/cultural activists Yako 440 and Mtume Gant’s two-week residency program with M. Clifford Miller Middle School in Kingston. The students have been exploring many feelings and emotions and have created characters that will come alive with the help of Playback NYC’s professional actors, musicians, and DJs in a galvanizing rhythm filled evening. Tickets: $5. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), 601 Broadway Kingston. 845-339-6088.

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“Wireless Connections: Exhibit by the Cat House Associates” 3-6 p.m. Opening and artists’ reception. Featuring work by Carla Rae Johnson, Dana DeVito and Marcy Freedman, the Cat House Associates. Bean Runner Café, 201 S. Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-1701.

BENEFIT Benefit Concert 5:30 p.m. At the home of Marilyn Appel with The St. Petersburg String Quartet and Irina Morozova on piano. Featuring: Arensky: String Quartet # 2 in A Minor, Opus 35 (1896) and Chopin: Piano Concerto # 1 in E Minor, Opus 11 (1830). $75 per person. Limited seating. To order tickets, call 860824-7126. Proceeds benefit The St. Petersburg International Music Academy at Music Mountain.

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E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from previous page food, an array of product and service vendors, Reiki energy, an animal communicator, “Whoopsy Daisy” the clown will be doing animal balloon sculpting, animal face painting and caricatures, massage therapy, dog agility demos, beautiful dog and cat gift baskets to raffle off and more. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6550 Springbrook Ave (Rte. 9), Rhinebeck. 845-876-4000.

EVENT Bierfest and Abendessen 5 p.m. Enjoy an evening of German dinner and drink. With live music from Herb Liebenhagen. Walk-ins are welcome for bier tasting and live music at $6 per person. Dinner: $20 per plate. Call for reservations. German-American Club of Albany, 32 Cherry St., Albany. 518-265-6102. Fala Gala Noon-3 p.m. Wilderstein’s biannual ‘doggy’ event celebrating the gift of the Scottie dog Fala by Margaret (Daisy) Suckley to Franklin Roosevelt. See the full story on page 10. Admission: $25, dog; people free. Wilderstein Historic Site, 330 Morton Rd., Rhinebeck. 845-876-7439.

LECTURE History Walk with Jim Heron Noon. Walk & Talk series continues with Heron, author of “Denning’s Point: A Hudson River History,” provides a glimpse into Denning’s Point history. Pre-register. Free. Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, 199 Dennings Ave., Beacon.845-838-1600.

MUSIC “An Afternoon of Plucked Strings” 5 p.m. The Woodstock Chamber Orchestra Board of Directors presents a post-season benefit recital featuring Laura Majestic’s River Harp Ensemble and Greg Dinger’s SUNY/Ulster Guitar Ensemble. This unusual program covers Bach, Beatles, “Tico Tico,” and traditional and popular music from Brazil, Ireland, Japan, Spain and the Catskills. Refreshments served following performance. Suggested donation: $25. For reservations and directions, call 845-758-9270.

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Claire Lynch Band 8 p.m. The bluegrass and country master performs. Tickets: $16; members; $21, nonmembers; $2 more at the door. Unison Arts Center, 68 Mountain Rest Rd., New Paltz. 845255-1559. James Mason 1-3 p.m. Acoustic. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. Rising Tribe Music 2-4 p.m. Folk, traditional. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Café, 40 West Market St., Red Hook. 845-758-9500. The Rhodes, The Cocktail Daddies, Deep Chemistry, South Miller and the Pistons and The Dead Elvi 1-6 p.m. Classic rock, Motown. Tickets: $10. The Wherehouse, 119 Liberty St., Newburgh, 845561-7240.

NIGHTLIFE Anthony Nisi 8:30-11:30 p.m. Acoustic, modern rock. Hyde Park Brewing Company, 4076 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park. 845-229-8277. Bluestone 9 p.m.-midnight. Alternative. Babycakes Bakery Café, 1-3 Collegeview Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845485-8411. Bob Dylan Birthday Bash 8-11 p.m. With host Gerry Silverman. A.I.R. Studio Gallery, 71 O’Neil St, Kingston. www. AirStudioGallery.com. Cleoma’s Ghost 7-9:30 p.m. Acoustic, blues. Café Mezzaluna, 626 Rte. 212, Saugerties. 845-246-5306. Creation 9 p.m. No cover. La Puerta Azul, 2510 Rte. 44, Salt Point. 845-677-2985. DJ Ean Nice 9 p.m.-midnight. Dance. Ages 21+, $4; ages 1820, $6. The Basement, 744 Broadway, Kingston. 845-340-0744.

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Childhood crafts, ours … not theirs BY ELIZABETH F. PURINTON-JOHNSON We know, partly because I’ve explained some of the history to you, that many of our current crafts have very old beginnings. But crafting as a hobby is also a relatively new (in the cosmic scheme of things) concept. It was in the post-war era that many manufactured goods and household machines made maintaining a home less laborintensive than it was, leaving time for … the leisure arts. In the 1950s and ’60s, the idea of family projects and crafts, of the family woodshop and Father as handyman, came about. There was a whole new market for paint-by-numbers, wood-burning kits, model airplanes and brand-new crafts invented just for the brand-new nuclear suburban family. And weren’t there some wonderful things to be found for the family member with time on their hands! Here’s just a small sampling. Some are from my own family history (the value of older brothers), some from old crafting books, and some are still around (whether they should be or not): Paint by numbers – still available today: The concept is an easy one. We have no talent. But others do! So, let’s use their talent to paint pictures and then put together a kit with the appropriate colors, brushes whose bristles fall out when you look at them, and a “canvas” usually made of cardboard so cheap that, if you used too much paint, it would buckle the surface. Yes, indeed, it’s hard to believe that this is something you can buy and own today. You can even buy finished paint-by-numbers pictures at yard sales, flea markets and on eBay. Why bother spending hours pretending you have talent when you buy other people’s talent-less paintings? The vintage paintings from the ’50s actually bring in decent prices. Who knew? Word to the wise: If you’re going to buy yourself one, spend the extra and go for the black velvet. Wood-burning kits: It was called a kit but it was actually a rod that heated up enough that you could burn designs into wood and leather. It was about the size of a soldering iron but not as safe. What a great gift for junior, who can’t remember to unplug anything, can’t be trusted with a sharp pencil, let alone a soldering iron, and loves anything that comes with flame potential? Model cars and planes: My brothers made model cars and Viking ships rather than airplanes but the concept is the same. First, you have approximately 578 plastic parts to keep track of. The combustibles include airplane glue (and any of us who lived through the ’60s knows the reputation of airplane glue) and several bottles of VOC-producing paints (but never the colors you really wanted so you had to spend more money at the hobby shop on paint). If you didn’t cut yourself on the plastic parts, glue your fingers to something or overwhelm yourself on the fumes, there was always the promise of spilling paint on yourself, your clothes or your work surface. Moms just loved models. String art: This concept was purely 1970s, a decade that will live in infamy (and hopefully stay there and never be revived). This was another wall art kit, like paint-bynumbers but without the paint. Instead, this kit came with lots of tiny nails and a spool of thin string. First you pounded in hundreds of tiny nails into the perimeter of the design. Then, in an exact order, you wound the string in patterns from nail to nail. Sometimes the string was used to reflect rigging in sailing ships or owl’s eyes. I blame it on all the people who had inhaled their airplane glue in the ’60s.

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Directions: Wash and rinse the bleach bottle and dry thoroughly. Cut a 2” x 1/8” slit in the top of the pig to make a piggy bank. Position with the handle facing up. Notice how the throat of the bottle makes a natural piggy snout? Mark pleasant locations for the eyes. Glue on felt or foam flowers for eyes and then dark felt or foam for pupils. Googly eyes optional. Add felt ears. Make a nice curly tail from chenille pipe cleaner, yarn, or felt. Mark where you think the legs would look best. Glue on the corks or whatever you’re using for legs. Allow to dry. Finish decorating your pig with a lace collar, felt flowers, sequins and any other accoutrements that you think a bleach bottle pig would be incomplete without.

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. {12} may 19, 2010 | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | Hudson valley news

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BY BARON CORSO DE PALENZUELA DE HABSBURG Antonella’s Restaurant in Hyde Park Plaza is a neighborly place. The food is regional Italian and the prices aren’t excessively high. The family owned and operated restaurant has been satisfying Hyde Park diners for over six years. Thanks to delicious special pizza dough, Italian hero sandwiches, robust calzones, exciting cuisine, efficient service and speedy carryout, patrons adore this friendly and comfortable eatery. The good chemistry is attributable to owner-Chef Anthony Delli Carpini and his polished restaurant team. The modest, medium-sized Italian Antonella’s Restaurant restaurant occupies a long room with a handsome bar at the front, attended Rating ★★★★ by super-friendly and competent (Good to Very Good) mixologist, Alfred Ferado. The dining Rte. 9 Park Plaza rooms (front and back) with seating capacity for about 70 have a spacious, Hyde Park, New York 12538 airy interior that fills up quickly with Tel.: 845-229-1200 patrons eager to enjoy the creative Fax: 845-229-1265 dishes of Chef Delli Carpini. The evening I dropped in for dinner the Hours: Monday-Thursday, restaurant was very busy and seated 11 a.m.-10 p.m. next to me was a lively group enjoying Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. a large lasagna pie of mortadella, ricotta, romano cheese and meatballs with an array of bottles of wine and beer to accompany the feast. It all looked fabulously inviting. I began my dinner with a glass of La Francesca pinot from Italy – a smooth, mediumbodied silky red – with a starter of fried calamari, fresh and tender cuts of squid with a zesty marinara sauce. It was one of the best calamari appetizers I’ve had. Also, appetizers like eggplant rustico, clams posillipo, mussels marinar, calamari bruscheta, and stuffed mushrooms are just a warm-up for goodies like eggplant Parmigiana with pasta, an Italian classic. Or go for the shrimp scampi: medium-sized shrimp sautéed in garlic and white wine sauce over linguini. The food prepared by Chef Delli Carpini is full of assertive flavors, evidenced by dishes he made like linguini putanesca: a masterful dish of properly cooked pasta in a richly accented medley of capers, garlic, anchovies and olives that delivers on point deliciousness. And try penne Antonella, another wonderful concoction of culinaria Italiana. The food is prepared in a way that highlights the ingredients, brings out the full, fresh flavors of the dishes and keeps you craving more. Antonella’s offers a tried and true selection of soups as well: Pasta fagioli is a warm and flavorful cannalini bean in a light marinara broth. Or try the pasta Piselli: a green pea and tomato soup that is very tasty. The wine list at Antonella’s is small but adequate, with good Italian reds and white wine. Also, a children’s menu featuring very simple and fun food is available. All the dishes I sampled were very good. The chicken cacciatore, a hearty entrée of four tender and deliciously seasoned scallopines of fresh chicken swimming in a rich tomato sauce, filled with sautéed mushrooms, onions, peppers and capers is a heavenly ensemble of flavors. And it proves the popularity of the dish with local diners. Another dish to try is the veal Saltinbocca: scaloppini-cut tender veal medallions embellished with prosciutto, spinach and melted mozzarella in a white wine sauce is a real delight not to be missed. I ended my dinner with a healthy sized portion of tiramisu that was to die for. Food at Antonella’s is of high quality, fresh and really good, and the Italian tradition of famiglia is very much alive here where you’ll feel right at home. So go to Antonella’s and taste the cornucopia of delicious food like we professional restaurant critics are taught to do, in a thoughtful, and delicate manner to get the essence of the ingredients and the full flavors. And go have some good Italian wine and consume all the wonderful food with molto spirito and passione. Baron Corso de Palenzuela von Habsburg is a chef, restaurant critic, and food, chocolate and wine coonoisseur who has written extensively on international cuisine. The gourmet Baron resides in New York, Virginia, and Spain. He can be reached at 845706-1244.

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E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from previous page and Bob Meyer (drums). Admission: $10. Bean Runner Café, 201 S. Division St., Peekskill. 914737-1701. Leland Sundries with Dan Kaplan 7-9 p.m. Americana. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. Mark Raisch with the Bill Gulino Trio 7-11 p.m. Jazz, Motown. The Cornerstone, 111 Broadway, Newburgh. 845-562-6940. Open Mic Music 8 p.m. The Peekskill Coffee House, 101 S. Division St., Peekskill. 914-739-1287. Petey Hop and the Wallbangers 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Pop rock. $5 cover. 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-6624. Vance Gilbert 8:30 p.m. With one of the sharpest wits in folk music, Vance is one of the most entertaining singer-songwriters performing today. Sara Hickman also performs. Tickets: $25, advance; $30, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300.

OUTDOOR 4th Annual Minnewaska Mountain Bike Festival 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Group rides for all levels of difficulties on the Park Preserve carriageways all day long. Several clinics including trailside bike maintenance and repair, custom bike and helmet fitting, proper riding technique and more. Local bike vendors will be bringing bicycles for people to test ride and have bicycle merchandise on display. Bring your own safety helmet and wear appropriate clothing and footwear. A parent or guardian over the age of 18 years must accompany children wishing to participate in the program. Rain date: May 23. Parking: $6. Minnewaska State Park, Rt. 44/55, New Paltz. 845-255-0752. “Fishing the River” at Norrie Point 3-6 p.m. Have you ever wanted to try fishing, but didn’t know where to start? Do you wonder what lives out of sight in the Hudson River? Staff members will lead family-friendly seining and fishing activities while describing the seasonal movements of fish in the Hudson River Estuary. The Hudson is home to over 200 species of fish, including several species that migrate up the river and its tributaries each spring to spawn. Free. > continued on next page

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E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from previous page Norrie Point Environmental Center, 256 Norrie Point Way, Staatsburg. 845-889-4745, ext. 106. Outing for Experienced Birders 6:30-9:30 p.m. Join a Mohonk Preserve Volunteer and fellow birders for this unique morning at the Preserve. Bring your own binoculars. Children ages 15 and up are welcome. This program includes an easy, 2-mile hike. Reservations required. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $10, non-members. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

Singles and Sociables Hike – Sky Top Loop 10 a.m.-4 p.m. All adult hikers welcome, single and non-single, aged 18 and above. No reservations required. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center. This is a strenuous, 8-mile hike with rock scrambling, led by Tonda Highley (845-255-9933). New hikers are strongly encouraged to contact the leader prior to the hike for information on hike levels, what to bring, and other information. A potluck follows. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $10, non-members. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919. > more on page 16

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The third Annual Millbrook Book Festival was held on Saturday, May 15, and featured author discussion panels, readings and book signings. From the top: Author Walter Keady (far left) moderates a a discussion with authors Elizabeth Cunningham (“Bright Dark Madonna”), Valerie Martin (“Confessions of Edward Day”) and Louise Shaffer (“Looking for a Love Story”) in the Millbrook Free Library; author Valerie Martin in the book-signing tent in front of the library; local food experts, advocates and authors Laura Pensiero (owner of Gigi Hudson Valley), Bread Alone founder Daniel Leader and chef Nathalie Sann discuss the concept of “eating local.” Photos by Nicole DeLawder.

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Pilobolus, a Modern Dance Company 7 p.m. | Sunday, May 23 Cost: $60 Golden Circle, $48, adult, $20, student. Bardavon 1869 Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072 www.tickemaster.com “I think we would like to believe that our core values are intact,” Barnett said. “We do things in groups – we always have. We stand for the belief that people can live in the world and work together.” Pilobolus has always approached creating new works through a collaborative choreographic process and unique weight-sharing approach to partnering – that is, everyone joins in for sessions of creative play and experimentation with lifts and weight transfers to find interesting shapes. “That fundamental process is still intact,” said Barnett. “We’re interested in collaborative choreography – can we bring other people into our mad house!” Past collaborations have been fruitful (in a mad sort of way): In 1999, Pilobolus collaborated with Maurice Sendak and Arthur Yorinks in the production of “A Selection,” a work with a Holocaust theme, and 2009’s full-evening piece “Shadowland,” with Steven Banks, the head writer of “SpongeBob SquarePants,” which is now touring in Europe. “Having a wealth of ideas – smart people thinking – the balance and the challenge to make sense out of the thinking (leads to) one of our successes: To produce something out of raw information,” said Barnett. This cooperative creative process has long been an interest – in response, the company inaugurated the Pilobolus Institute, an educational outreach program using the art of choreography as a model for creative thinking in any field. “We’re interested in how people make things in groups,” he said. “We use our fundamental process for creative thinking.” The Institute offers sustained programs for children and adults, as well as a series of leadership workshops for corporations and business schools. Recent work includes programs at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business and the Babcock School at Wake Forest University. The Institute also maintains an ongoing residency in the Theater Studies Program at Yale University. Saturday evening will include the following works: “Lanterna Magica” (2008), “Pseudopodia” (1974), “Gnomen” (1997), “Hitched” (2009) and “Day Two” (1981). I asked Barnett if there could possibly be undiscovered creative country for Pilobolus – having seen this company rehearse, I’ve witnessed how fearless and clever they are innately, so it would seem that in nearly forty years, all boundaries have been pushed. “Because we work in groups, we’re always exploring social interaction,” he said. “We age, and all art is self-analysis. We’re investigating how groups of people approach problems. It’s ever-changing.” Hudson valley news | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | may 19, 2010 {15}

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E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from page 14 “Stories in Stone: Graveyard Walk and Talk” 10 a.m. Tour the Old Burying Ground that surrounds the reconstructed 1717 stone church and learn some of the many interesting stories from the community’s earliest years. The program is approximately 90 minutes. Admission: $10 per person; $8, Friends of Huguenot Street. Reservations, while not required, may be made in advance at www.huguenotstreet.org or by calling 845-255-1889. The DuBois Fort Visitor Center, 81 Huguenot St., New Paltz.

Sunday, May 23 DANCE

Pilobolus, A Modern Dance Company 7 p.m. Pilobolus is a unique American arts organization of international influence. Nearly four decades of creative production testify to the company’s position as an arts collective of remarkable fruitfulness and longevity. See full story on page 9. Cost: $60 Golden Circle, $48, adult, $20, student. Bardavon 1869 Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-4732072. www.tickemaster.com.

EVENT Victorian Tea Party 2-4 p.m. The Wappingers Historical Society hosts a Victorian Tea Party at Mesier Park and Homestead, serving tea sandwiches, tea and desserts. Enjoy a presentation by the Hudson Valley Ladies Aid Society about the 19th century woman. House tours of the Homestead are conducted. Admission: $25, general; $20, member. Mesier Homestead Museum, Mesier Park, South Ave., Wappingers Falls.845-297-9520. Wing Fling 2010 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thousands of chicken wings, live entertainment, an opportunity to vote for the restaurant with the best chicken wings from more than 20 restaurants, rock band competition, children’s activities, guest appearance by “Cousin” Bruce Morrow and more. Cantine Field, Washington Ave., Saugerties. 845-338-5100.

MUSIC David S. Rubin 4-6 p.m. Acoustic. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. Matt Turk 1 p.m. Acoustic. The Peekskill Coffee House, 101 S. Division St., Peekskill. 914-739-1287. Shane Murphy Noon-2 p.m. Acoustic. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Café, 40 West Market St., Red Hook. 845-758-9500. Sunday Afternoon Jazz with Kelley Suttenfield 3-5 p.m. After relocating from Virginia to New York City, Suttenfield studied jazz interpretation with Jimmy Sigler, bebop with the Barry Harris workshop, and vocal technique with Phil Campanella and Barbara Maier. She’s just back from a music-filled week in New Orleans where she was a guest at The Bombay Club and The Spotted Cat. Tickets available online. Handicapped accessible. Limited seating. Refreshments available. Tickets: $12. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon. 845-8314988.

OUTDOOR Family Forest Romp 10 a.m.-noon. Join Garrick Bryant, naturalist educator, and explore fields and forests on footpaths and carriage roads. The hike will end at the scenic pavilion for lunch, and may include some forest games. Rain or shine. Dress for the weather and bring lunch and water. Children

ages 6 and up are welcome and must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes a moderate, 2-mile hike. Reservations required. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $10, nonmembers. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845255-0919. Letterboxing 1 p.m. Learn all about this fast-growing hobby that is getting more Americans outdoors and into nature: Participants are introduced to letterboxing, given a passport-style notebook and make their own stamp, before beginning their letterboxing journey through the nature preserve. Registration is required and space is limited. A donation of $5 per participant or $10 per family is suggested. Moonbeams Preserve, the nature preserve at the base of the Shawangunk Ridge. For more information, registration and directions, call 845343-0840, ext.12. Singles and Sociables Hike – Millbrook Mountain 10 a.m.-4 p.m. All adult hikers welcome, single and non-single, aged 18 and above. No reservations required. . Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center. This is a strenuous, 10-mile hike led by Gary Curasi (845-534-2886). New hikers are strongly encouraged to contact the leader prior to the hike for information on hike levels, what to bring, and other information. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $10, non-members. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919. Triathlon/Duathlon 8 a.m. The Triathlon will include a ¼ mile swim, a 12-mile bike, and a 3-mile run. The Duathlon is a 1-mile run, 12-mile bike and 3-mile run. This event is perfect for newcomers and seasoned professionals. Race fees are $130 per triathlon relay team, $70 per triathlon individual, $120 per duathlon relay team and $60 per duathlon individual. All funds from this event benefit NDH Foundation. This event is sanctioned by New York Triathlon. To register, go to www.nytri. org or call NDH Foundation at 845-871-3505. Dutchess County Wilcox Memorial Park, Rte. 199, Stanfordville.

Monday, May 24 EVENT

Hobby Night and Modeler’s Showcase 7 p.m. See five operating train layouts, historic displays and meet other railroad enthusiasts at this restored, former New York Central Railroad train station. It was used by FDR and Eleanor, the King and Queen of England, the Vanderbilts, the Lincoln and Roosevelt funeral trains - and the Lincoln Ghost train. Hyde Park Train Station Museum, 34 River Rd., Hyde Park. 845-2292338.

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“A Sea Change” 7-8:30 p.m. The film follows the journey of retired teacher Sven Huseby on his quest to discover what’s happening to the world’s oceans. His inquiries take him to Alaska, California, Washington, and Norway as he uncovers a worldwide crisis most people are unaware of. Reserve staff and the movie’s creators, Barbara Ettinger and Sven Huseby, facilitate a discussion following the movie. Free. Norrie Point Environmental Center, 256 Norrie Point Way, Staatsburg. 845-889-4745. > continued on next page

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A week without novels

BY ANN LA FARGE

While it’s true, for this reader at least, that Wh wee without novels is like a day without a week sunsh sunshine, there are so many terrific new nonfiction books this season that I decided to ha have a week-long reading binge – fiction free free. A Anyone who, like this reader, hates to go to tthe doctor and shudders at the utterance of the word “procedure,” may wonder wh I gleaned so much real pleasure from why re reading Ira Rutkow’s “Seeking the Cure – A History of Medicine in America” ((Scribner, $28). Dr. Rutkow, “a physician w who wields both pen and scalpel,” divides his time between New York City and his farm in the Hudson Valley. His book, while explicating such boggling terms as “defensive medicine,” and “evidence “evidence-based medicine” also takes the reader on a trip through the annals of medicine from colonial times to the present, a jargon-free journey that will “lessen the anxiety of being a patient.” I’ll buy that. Just scan the contents page and decide what to read first, if you’re a browser. Examples: “Cotton Mather and Smallpox,” “The Rectum is the Focus of Existence,” “Whither the General Practitioner?” and my favorite: “Bleed, Blister, Puke and Purge.” Back in 1813, Benjamin Rush –“America’s Hippocrates” – believed in bloodletting and those other methods best not discussed in polite society: vomiting, laxation, blistering and cupping. Read on, and be grateful for the discovery of ether, antisepsis, X-rays, and much, much more. A thoroughly enjoyable, informative, and compelling book. Just as I was thinking about going back and reading Richard Ellmann’s riveting biography of Oscar Wilde, a new book about him landed on my desk and grabbed me by the eyeballs: “Built of Books – How Reading Defined the Life of Oscar Wilde” by Thomas Wright (Holt Paperbacks, $18). Telling Wilde’s story by describing the books he read and learned from is a wondrous way to limn the life of this fascinating character. Thomas Wright read every book in Wilde’s library – all 3,000 of them. When Wilde was a tot, his mother read to him from Walt Whitman, Longfellow, Wordsworth and Shakespeare – writers to help a kid fall in love with words. When he went off to boarding school, and then college, he steeped himself in the classics, loathed Dickens (and realism in general), loved Disraeli and emulated Plato. “Literature,” he believed, “actually creates the feelings from which it is conventionally thought to derive – the word precedes and inspires the emotion, not the other way around.” That got me thinking for a while, then I went back to the story, followed Wilde’s life, loves and reading to the end. The sad end. Then I went over to the poetry shelf to give myself a good cry with “The Ballad of Reading Gaol.” Don’t miss this fine literary biography. Another deeply moving and very fine work of nonfiction is Wes Moore’s “The Other Wes Moore – One Name, Two Fates” (Spiegel & Grau, $20). In 2000, the Baltimore Sun ran a story about Wes, who, despite a troubled childhood, had just received a Rhodes scholarship. At the same time, the paper was running a story about an attempted murder of a cop. One of the men arrested lived in the same neighborhood and ... was also named Wes Moore. “The chilling truth,” the author Wes Moore writes, > continued on next page

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“is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his.” The book tells the story of two AfricanAmerican boys living in Baltimore with similar histories. The author paid many visits to the other Wes Moore, who is in prison serving a life sentence. And he tells his own story – acting out, not fitting in, rebelling and being sent to military school where he found his way, going to Johns Hopkins and Oxford, fighting in the army, marrying and becoming an assistant to Condoleezza Rice. What, he asks – and answers – made the difference? And what do the success of one Wes Moore and the tragic failure of the other tell us about the society we’ve created? And what can be done about it? And then I read two books for pure pleasure. Heather Lende, author of the delightful memoir “If You Lived Here I’d Know Your Name,” was about to go on a book tour when she got run over by a truck and endured a long and painful recovery. She lives in a small town in Alaska, and she brings us home with her in her second book, a heartwarming memoir titled “Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs – Family, Friends, and Faith in Small-Town Alaska” (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, $22.95). Lende, who has five children and writes a weekly column for her local newspaper, tells many stories, often reminding us that “most of us have been hit by a proverbial truck at least once” and opening each chapter of her book with a quotation from “The Book of Common Prayer.” Shortly after her own accident, Lende’s mother, who lived in Dutchess County and was treated at Sharon Hospital, died. Her last words gave Lende the title of this book. Follow her on skis and snowshoes to a Tlingit funeral, on visits to a hospice, berrypicking and jam-making with a daughter and, on the anniversary of her accident, giving a big hug to the driver of the truck that ran over her. Give this book to someone you love. With a smile. And let’s end by breaking bread with another Hudson Valley denizen, author of a book we’ve all read and loved, “The $64 Tomato.” Now, William Alexander, who lives and bakes in the Hudson Valley, has turned his attention to the staff of life, giving us “52 Loaves – One Man’s Relentless Pursuit of Truth, Meaning, and a Perfect Crust” (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, $23.95). This charming “memoir with recipes” asks, “How can a food with only four ingredients cause such exasperation – and ecstasy?”And then he tells us how the perfect loaf of bread is made – from scratch. He plants, harvests and mills his wheat, visits a communal oven in Morocco, a kneading conference in Maine, a baking class in Paris ... and that’s just a sampling. Know, reader, at last, the meaning of levain – and learn the history of bread along the way. What’s next, Mr. Alexander? What’s next for this reader is a teetering pile of novels and, I hope, sunshine to read them by.

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NIGHTLIFE Eddie Fingerhut 8-10 p.m. Acoustic. Rosendale Café, 434 Main St., Rosendale. 845-658-9048. Open Mic 8 p.m.-midnight. With Push – The Band. The Harp & Whistle Restaurant & Pub, 44 Rte. 17K, Newburgh. 845-565-HARP (4277). Open Mic Night 7-9 p.m. Hosted by Chrissy Budzinski. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300.

Wednesday, May 26 MUSIC

Highpoint Music Inaugural Concert 7:30 p.m. Featuring newly commissioned works by five of the country’s most promising emerging composers of classical and crossover music. The event is the culmination of a four-day program of master classes, seminars and rehearsals with the five fellows, George Tsontakis, Sebastian Currier as well as visiting composers and musicians. The composer fellows will present their earlier music in forums and receive feedback from the mentors and participants. Suggested donation: $12; $8, students and seniors. The Colony Café, 22 Rock City Rd., Woodstock. 845-679-5342.

Open Mic Night 7 p.m. Sign-ups, 5-7 p.m. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300.

OUTDOOR Bob Babb Wednesday Walk – Bonticou Crag 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Adults of all ages and levels of ability are welcome. No reservations are required. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Spring Farm Trailhead. This is a strenuous, 4-mile hike with optional rock scrambling. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $10, non-members. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919. Field trip to Cascade Mountain Road 8 a.m. Waterman Bird Club takes a field trip to a drive-in the Town of Amenia with stops for birding. Meet at the parking lot across from Cascade Winery, 835 Cascade Rd., Amenia. Dress for the weather and bring lunch and beverage. Inclement weather cancels walk. If interested, call Carol at 845-452-7619. www.watermanbirdclub.org

NIGHTLIFE Open Mic Blues Night with Upstart Blues Allstars 8:30-11:30 p.m. Hyde Park Brewery & Steakhouse, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. 845-229-8277.

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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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7:30 p.m. A reading and signing with Joseph Wallace, author of “Diamond Ruby.” Oblong Books of Rhinebeck, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0500.

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7:30 p.m. A reading and signing with Jesse Saperstein, author of “Atypical: Life with Asperger’s in 20 1/3 Chapters.” Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St. (Rte. 9), Rhinebeck. 845-876-0500. Hudson valley news | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | may 19, 2010 {17}

weekend horoscopes MAY 19 - 25 | BY CLAIRE ANDERSON

“DIO HAS ROCKED FOR A LONG, LONG TIME, NOW IT’S TIME FOR HIM TO PASS THE TORCH.” -TENACIOUS D

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): Take time to indulge your creative or child-like side with a favorite pastime that will leave you feeling rejuvenated – you have a lot of physical energy, but you’ve been feeling mentally drained. Make plans for a weekend trip to a new place. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): You don’t like dealing with boring life details, but sometimes you simply have to sit down and reconcile your issues. You’ll be surprised how quickly you can accomplish your tasks if you just carve out a few hours and apply yourself.

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): This is a good time to let go of your normally buttonedup self and let out your pent-up energy. You don’t always have to be the silent, stoic type – in fact, your brief departure into wild child might just inspire those around you to be the dependable ones for a change.

LEO (JULY 23- AUG. 22): You are having a bit of a big-brain moment this week – you’ll find yourself consulted on some heavy issues, and you need to take these requests seriously. You may need to assert some unpopular opinions, but it’s worth the cold shoulder to stand up for what you believe in.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): You’ve got to do some research or investigating into an issue – but your full energy into the process, and you’ll reap significant results. You’ve got a rare level of patience, so take advantage of your calm focus and do a great job. LIBRA (SEPT. 23- OCT. 22): You need to look beneath the surface of a situation to really understand what’s going on – it’s more complex than it seems to be. Don’t let someone try to sway you from getting to the bottom of everyone’s motivations before you make a judgment call. SCORPIO (OCT. 23- NOV. 21): You want your situation at work to advance quicker than it possibly can – don’t let people know of your frustration just yet. In your personal life, you’re not communicating nearly as clearly as you think you are, so avoid getting frustrated when you don’t get what you want.

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): Right now, it’s all about the details, and how much patience you have to take your time investigating the minutiae. Enlist the help of someone you know is more detail-oriented than you are – you can return the favor later.

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): You need to think beyond your own needs this week, more so than you normally do. You’ll need extra energy this week to get everything done, so don’t skimp on sleep or nutrition. Let someone know you value their input.

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18): This is a good time to examine some past choices that have left you in a less-than-optimal situation currently. You’re particularly perceptive right now, and you’ll learn more about yourself if you understand how and why certain choices were made.

goes weekend TELEVISION, CELEBRITY GOSSIP AND ALL OF THAT BRAIN-NUMBING ENTERTAINMENT IN BETWEEN • A warhorse of the peacock network is saying goodbye after 20 years: NBC has officially canceled the mainstay legal series “Law & Order.” The series finale will be on Monday, May 24 at 10 p.m. – at 20 years, it ties “Gunsmoke” for the longest-running drama in television history. Frankly, L&O hasn’t been the same since Jerry Orbach passed away.

PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): Dial down your world-view and focus on the most basic of elements right now – tidy up around the house, plan and cook a nutritious meal, review your finances. Taking care of your most essential issues will give you a great sense of security.

ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): You’re going to be tested in the next few days on an ethical level – it’s alright to feel tempted to cave in and take the easy way out, but you have to stay strong, or you’ll regret the situation you find yourself in. For entertainment purposes only.

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• Shia LeBeouf obviously doesn’t want to work in the big-budget film industry any more: LeBeouf’s been mouthing off about his last two pretty cruddy projects, Michael Bay’s “Transformers 2” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” He might be able to get away with slamming Bay (Megan Fox has perfected the art form, it seems), but you better tread carefully when talking smack about Steven Spielberg, who LeBeouf includes when he says he and everyone involved “dropped the ball” on the blockbuster sequel. Whoever is “handling” him at Cannes right now, where he’s promoting Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street 2,” needs to tape his mouth shut. • The annual Cannes film festival has also been useful to identify sympathizers of Roman Polanski – helps us tick off which actors and directors we’ll avoid supporting in the future. Woody Allen just threw his hat into the ring, saying, “It’s something that happened many years ago ... he has suffered, he has not been allowed to go to the United States … He has paid his dues, he has had a hard life,” in an interview last weekend with France Info radio. Cry us a river. • Juan-Carlos Cruz, the former Food Network chef under arrest for a plot to murder his wife, allegedly planned to have three homeless men do the dastardly deed. Cruz reportedly planned to pay the men $1,000 in torn-up $100 bills – half before the murder, half after. This is what happens when you go carb-free. • Even though Hollywood is replete with stars in need of an intervention, the VH1 show “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” can’t get any of them to star on the show next season. Seems that even C-list folk want to do their rehab Tiger-style, not as part of a reality series. Even after aiming for the crème de la crème – Lindsay Lohan and Heather Locklear – the casting people keep striking out.

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• Heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio died early Sunday after a battle with stomach cancer. He was 67. Dio was recruited by Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore to form Rainbow in 1975. Dio left the band in 1979 and quickly joined Black Sabbath as a replacement for Ozzy Ozbourne. Dio’s first album with Black Sabbath was the iconic “Heaven & Hell,” released in 1980.

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MERRILESS BOYZ N THE HOOD BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM

This new incarnation of “Robin Hood” aims high, and that should be worth something. Director Ridley Scott attempts to give the legend of the outlaw archer a relatively legitimate historical context, and set up the whole “living in the forest, robbing the rich and giving to the poor” with a realistic back story. It’s a noble effort, and it’s the sort of thing I usually enjoy – attempting to situate legends into an appropriate socio-political time frame often results in a really interesting product. And what you get with this “Robin Hood” is a pretty good medieval history lesson, particularly with respect to the unceasing conflict between the French and the English. In fact, King Philip’s attempt to invade Britain provides the violent backdrop for this introduction to Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe), a yeoman archer in King Richard Cœur de Lion’s army as he perpetuates his Crusades abroad. These details are the high water mark of the movie: I’m no degreed historian – just an amateur Anglophile – but a lot of these elements rang true and were particularly intriguing. Robin Hood of legend is a notable archer, but rarely has any film project tackled the concept of why he would have been a great archer, and what Weekend rating: Three arrows archery meant to Britain. Two moments Director: Ridley Scott in the movie were visually striking – in Starring: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, both cases, they were scenes of the great Mark Strong English archers positioning themselves to Runtime: 140 min. strike with lethal and successful intent. Rated PG-13 for violence including Throughout the film, I kept recalling intense sequences of warfare, and some “King Arthur” from 2004, a similar sexual content. attempt to take a fanciful British character and try to situate him in reality. Though it certainly wasn’t a perfect film, “King Arthur” had one advantage: a charismatic lead. (Though this “Robin Hood” has Cate Blanchett – if the movie was called “Marion Hood,” I’d say Blanchett wins hands down over all the boys.) Crowe is simply miscast here, and he’s working some strange accent that’s only slightly better than Kevin Costner’s. (Sorry, have to go back to an old rant circa “Sherlock Holmes” 2009 – every English actor was busy, huh? Everyone across the pond is gainfully employed?) Because this movie functions as a prequel, Robin is not yet a merry outlaw chilling in Sherwood Forest. Instead, he’s a pretty serious, dour bloke who talks back to King Richard (in a totally anachronistic framework of religious tolerance), and while that grumpiness was perfect for his Maximus in the previous Crowe/Scott powerhouse, “Gladiator,” here it just brings the fun to a grinding halt. Robin’s men (Kevin Durand as Little John, Scott Grimes as Will Scarlet and Alan Doyle as Allan A’Dayle) make a valiant effort to inject a modicum of merry into the proceedings, but it’s too little to alter the overall tone of the project. Kudos, though, to Durand, Grimes and Doyle – I wish they would have been on screen more. Cate Blanchett is the standout here – but isn’t she always? She managed to make Blanche DuBois a sympathetic character in last year’s “A Streetcar Named Desire” at Brooklyn Academy of Music – after witnessing that miracle, I’d be willing to bet there’s no hurdle she couldn’t manage. In “King Arthur,” Guinevere was re-imagined as a Celtic warrior maiden in blue paint and string bikini: In “Robin Hood,” Marion is a more balanced lady who may have married into landed nobility, but still has to work as hard as any serf. She just does it in nicer clothes. Blanchett’s Marion is the most textured and nuanced character we’re given (Eileen Atkins’ Eleanor of Aquitaine was well done as well), though the final scenes of the film were rather under-cutting. I suppose it was too much to ask that they avoid the “damsel in distress” entirely.

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On Saturday, May 15, art enthusiasts participated in “Clues & Cocktails: A Cultural Scavenger Hunt,” one of the Art Out of the Box events that benefits the Dutchess County Arts Council’s Art Fund. From top: Hosts Lydia Higginson, Ken Snodgrass, Ed Cheetham and Emily Darrow listen to DCAC President Benjamin Krevolin speak about the Arts Fund; Ed Cheetham and Emily Darrow; Ken Snodgrass and Ellen O’Sullivan; the scavenger hunt through Poughkeepsie concluded with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and prizes at a private river home. Photos by Dana Gavin.

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SPORTS STUFF • A 22-year-old Florida man figured out a way to score on a couple of levels. Guerdnich Montimere followed up a successful high school basketball career in Ft. Lauderdale by moving to Odessa, Texas and enrolling in a local high school as a 15-year-old student. He told local school officials he was orphaned in the Haitian earthquake. His ruse was uncovered when a Florida school coach saw him in a tournament and recognized him. Montimere was also arrested later in the week for having sex with a 16-year-old girl who thought he was 15.

Remember Princess, who graced our pages a year ago? Here she is competing last weekend at Southlands as part of the Gentle Giants 4-H program. She’s being shown by the lovely Caroline Heitmann. Photo by Jim Langan.

Publisher Caroline Carey falls in love with Princess - newest edition to the family of Lenny Miller and the Gentle Giants 4H Club of Rhinebeck. Princess was born on April 2, around 4:45 p.m. She will be the sixth Belgian draft horse in the Gentle Giants 4H horse program.

• The Boston Bruins did an oldschool imitation of the torture the Red Sox routinely put their fans through by blowing a 3-0 series lead to the Philadelphia Flyers. To make matters worse, the Bruins were up 3-0 in Game 7 and lost 4-3. But then again, all you Yankees fans know how coughing up a three-game lead feels. • A 23-year-old stripper who lives with the pimp accused of providing Lawrence Taylor with a 16-yearold prostitute has said, in a sworn statement, the girl is lying and didn’t have sex with Taylor. She now says she was in the car when the girl left Taylor’s room and said, “It was weird, we didn’t even have sex.” Puh-leeze! • Congratulations to coach Tim Smith and the Marist men’s tennis team. After winning yet another MAAC title, the team ran into number-oneranked tennis powerhouse USC in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Los Angeles. It was still a great season. • The Vassar’s women’s tennis team won its first-round NCAA match, defeating Transylvania College of Lexington, Ky. 5-0 on Friday. • Looks like everyone is officially on Lebron watch. The Cavaliers superstar was bounced from the NBA playoffs and is now a free agent. Speculation has Lebron going everywhere but back to Cleveland. Let’s hope he’s smart

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The Rhinebeck junior varsity girls softball team has had one heck of a season. The girls finished their season last weekend with an impressive record of 16 wins and one loss, which came at the hands of Red Hook on Saturday morning. The team’s coach is Justin Wiesenthal. Photo submitted.

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enough to avoid “Death by Dolan” and the New York Knicks. • Did the Jaybird call it or did the Jaybird call it? Well, sort of. I told you Super Saver would never win the Preakness and he finished a sorry eighth. My two Irish nags came in fifth and sixth. Can’t say I missed listening to Calvin Borel twang on after the race. • Got an interesting take from a reader on the “Los Suns” controversy. What if the owners of the Suns discovered thousands of fans were sneaking into games? Then, what if they were obliged to provide the gate-crashers with complimentary food and drink? Then assume the owners knew who these folks were that were bankrupting them but security wasn’t allowed to ask for their ticket stubs. How about someone getting injured and suing the Suns. You get it, the people get it, but the government doesn’t. • Delighted to hear the Jets still have a ton of PSLs or “Personal Seat Licenses” unsold and if they don’t sell them by September, Jets home games could be blacked out from local TV. Wouldn’t that serve the Jets right? Unfortunately, the fans would be the ones to really suffer. • Sounds like the Washington Nationals have yet another phenom in the works. In addition to pitching sensation Stephen Strasberg, who is mowing them down in AAA and is expected to join the Nationals any day, they are expected to draft man-child wunderkind Bryce Harper in the June 7 amateur draft. Harper is 17 and is considered by scouts as the best power-hitting prospect since Mickey Mantle. He is currently playing college ball in Nevada and through 57 games is hitting .420 with 23 home runs and 68 RBIs. Harper’s family is already being advised by agent Scott Boras, who expects Harper to fetch more than $15 million on draft day. He’s currently a catcher but might move to the outfield in the bigs.

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This Week The Bells of Promise The Bells of Promise, a hand-bell choir from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Poughkeepsie, will entertain members of the AARP at 1 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Route 9G, Hyde Park, on Wednesday, May 19. Guests are welcome. All are invited to bring a lunch and socialize from noon on. Desserts and beverages will be served. A short business meeting will follow the program. For more information, call 845-229-7711. Medicare Training The Office for the Aging will present a free training session on Medicare for residents who are approaching the age of 65 on Wednesday, May 19. The program will take place at the Poughkeepsie Galleria Community Room from 10 a.m. until noon. Attending the workshop will help seniors get a basic overview of what Medicare is and what it covers. Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, EPIC and Medicare Advantage Plans will also be discussed. There is no cost for the program, but space is limited. To register, call the Dutchess County Office for the Aging at 845-486-2555.

Upcoming Brain Games Training The Office for the Aging will hold a special Brain Games Training Session for current Brain Games leaders and anyone who is interested in learning more about the program. The workshop will enable current leaders to share and participate in each other’s successful activities as well as learn about new resources. It will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 55 Wilbur Blvd., Poughkeepsie, on May 27 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. To register, or to find out more about the program, call the Dutchess County Office for the Aging at 845-486-2555. Elder Abuse Awareness Day The Coalition on Elder Abuse in Dutchess County will host Identifying the Gaps, a panel discussion on elder abuse, on June 15 from 8:45 a.m. to noon at the Manor at Woodside, 168 Academy St., Poughkeepsie. The event is being held to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Nina Lynch will be honored with the Champion for Elder Rights and Safety Award. The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. RSVP to Alexis at 845-471-7213 or agowen@dutchessmediation.org.

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This week Weight Loss Surgery St. Francis Hospital and Health Centers offers a free information seminar on Weight Loss Surgery Options at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 19 at the Atrium Board Room. Dr. Dominic Artuso, director of the hospital’s bariatric surgery weight-loss program, will discuss types of weight loss surgery, requirements and testing prior to surgery, understanding insurance and expected outcomes. Call for reservations/more information at 845-483-5140. Wellness Program The Northern Dutchess Hospital Wellness Center is offering a wellness program for the community. Beginning Thursday, May 20, for three consecutive weeks, a physical therapist will host 30- to 60-minute sessions focusing on posture and pain issues, strength and fitness, and balance and mobility. Sessions will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Northern Dutchess Hospital Wellness Center. To register, call 845-871-3427. Dutchess Day Circus On Saturday, May 22, Dutchess Day School, 415 Route 343, Millbrook will host a circus carnival that will include a circus performance by all of Dutchess Day’s 149 students. The students have all trained with a professional circus act. The students will perform juggling, aerial trapeze, Chinese yo-yo’s, clown tricks, stilts, devil sticks and plate spinning. The carnival runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the circus begins at 3 p.m. Admittance is free. For more information, contact Hillary Henderson, director of development and parent affairs, at henderson@dutchessday.org or 845-677-5014. Trail Ride The Stone Valley Trailriding Association will hold a horse trail ride on Sunday, May 23 starting at 10 a.m. at Betty Davis’ Talisman Farm at 745 Hollow Rd. (County Route 14) in Clinton. Please arrive by 9 a.m. to organize the rides and allow riding to start on schedule. You must bring your own horse and there are four levels of rides available: walk, trot, and canter and over or around jumps. After the two-hour ride led by experienced riders, a lunch will be served. The cost for an adult’s ride with a hearty lunch is $40 and for a kid’s ride with lunch is $20. Contact Trish at 845-266-3938 or go to www.stonevalley. org for more information and to register. NDH Triathlon/Duathlon Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation is holding its first annual Triathlon/Duathlon on Sunday, May 23 at Wilcox Park. The official start time is 8 a.m. Competitors can participate as individuals or as a team. Awards will be given out based on best times in each age category for individuals and best overall times for medical professionals. Race fees are $130 Triathlon Relay Team, $70 Triathlon Individual, $120 Duathlon Relay Team and $60 Duathlon Individual. All funds from this event benefit NDH Foundation. To register, visit www.nytri. org or for information on sponsorships, call NDH Foundation at 845-871-3505.

Mystery Monday The Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District will present its next Mystery Monday discussion on Monday, May 24, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Arlington Branch Library, 504 Haight Ave., Poughkeepsie. The mystery to Always Drink Responsibly be discussed in this series on mysteries set {22} may 19, 2010 | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com | Hudson valley news

in Africa is “A Beautiful Place to Die” by Malia Nunn. Discussions are free and open to the public. ‘Baseball in the Age of Gatsby’ Historian John Thorn will focus on the relationship between gambling and baseball during his talk, “Baseball in the Age of Gatsby,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, at Red Hook Town Hall. This program is free and open to the public. In addition to Thorn’s talk, local artist Kevin Rifenburg will exhibit his work. Wine and cheese will be served along with other light refreshments. For more information or to get involved in The Big Read, contact Sandra Martin at 845-757-3031.

Upcoming Clinton Grievance Day The Town of Clinton Grievance Day will be held Wednesday, May 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. in Town Hall. For more information, contact the assessor’s office at 845-790-4535. Partnership in Education Awards The Community Foundation of Dutchess County will host its 25th annual Partnership in Education Awards reception on May 27 at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel from 5 to 7:30 p.m. At the reception, the Foundation will present Fund for Excellence in Education Grants to Dutchess County school teachers to recognize the important contributions they make in improving learning opportunities for students and scholarships awarded to students to assist with their college education. The program will include an hors d’oeuvres and dessert reception that is open to the public. Tickets are $35 each and there will be a cash bar. Please visit the Foundation’s website, www. cfdcny.org, for more information. Home Schooling Clinton Community Library will hold a homeschooling session on Thursday, May 27 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. These sessions meet for a lesson, do a craft, and learn library skills. For more information, contact the library at 845-2665530. Poetry Club The Clinton Community Library Poetry Club meets Thursday, May 27 at 7 p.m. in the library. Please bring an original or favorite poem to share and discuss or just come to enjoy some poetry. For more information, contact the library at 845-266-5530. Introduction to Computers for Adults The Clinton Community Library has scheduled a free tutoring session to teach adults how to use computers. This is an introductory level of instruction. The session is on Friday, May 28 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Clinton Community Library at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18). For more information and to sign up, call the library at 845-266-5530. Clinton Card Club The Clinton Card Club invites all to come and play fun card games (Cuckoo, Fan Tan, Oh Hell, Scrooge, Pinochle, and others). The club meets Friday, May 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the downstairs of the Clinton Town Hall at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18). Bring your own favorite games and refreshments to share. There is no cost. For more information, call Patty at 845266-3592.

Clinton Holiday Schedule On Saturday, May 29, Clinton town offices will be closed but the recycling center will be open regular hours from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The library will be open regular hours on Saturday morning. On Monday, May 25, town offices, highway department, and Clinton Community Library will be closed. Vanderbilt Plant Sale The Frederick W. Vanderbilt Garden Association will hold its Annual Plant Sale on Memorial Day Weekend, May 29, 30 and 31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, Route 9, Hyde Park. The public is invited to come and purchase over 2,000 plants, many of which are perennials divided from the heirloom plants growing at the Vanderbilt Formal Gardens. Sleep Clinic Northern Dutchess Hospital’s Sleep Center will host a free community CPAP Clinic on Wednesday, June 2 at 6 p.m. in the NDH Cafeteria Conference Room. A.W.A.K.E. (Alert, Well, and Keeping Energetic), a health awareness group for people affected by sleep apnea, will co-host this month’s CPAP Clinic. Family members and friends are welcome to attend and refreshments will be served. Admission to the event and parking at Northern Dutchess Hospital are free of charge. RSVP no later than June 1 to Jenn Varner-Renckens at 845-871-3617. Museum Opening The Town of Hyde Park Historical Society Museum opens June 5 for the season on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m., through the end of October. It is located in the old firehouse building at 4389 Albany Post Rd. in Hyde Park. There is no fee, however, donations are appreciated. For special tours or additional information, call 845-625-9894 or 845-229-2559. The Little Red Schoolhouse is open by appointment by calling 845-229-9029. Wiffle Ball Tournament Join the Pleasant Valley Rotary Club for its Fifth Annual Wiffle Ball Tournament. The purpose of the tournament is to raise funds to support the programs of the Pleasant Valley Rotary Club. The event will be held at Cady Field, behind Pleasant Valley Town Hall on Saturday, June 5, at 10 a.m. (rain date: Sunday, June 6). Registration can be done in advance by sending an e-mail to PVRotary@Yahoo.com, by calling 845-6353499 or by registering at Cady Field on the day of the event. Tickets are $25/person or $100/ four-player team, and every player receives a collectable event T-Shirt. Call Dave or Kathy Kruger at 845-625-3499 for more info. Dutchess Peace Coalition The Dutchess Peace Coalition will meet June 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., to plan antiwar and antirecruitment activities. All those interested in peace and social justice are invited. The meeting will be held at the Unitarian Fellowship, 67 South Randolph Ave., Poughkeespie. Call 845-8767906 for additional information. Vendors Wanted Vendors are wanted for the Stanford Lions Club Flea Market on Saturday, June 12 (rain date Sunday, June 13) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to be held on Route 82 in Stanfordville, in front of the Stanford Town Hall. Spaces are $20. Call Ed Hawks at 845-868-7483 or John Danko 845868-7645 for more information. House and Garden Tour The Rhinebeck Biennial House and Garden Tour, sponsored by the Chancellor Livingston DAR and Museum of Rhinebeck History, will be held June 12 (rain date June 13), from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The tour begins at the DAR Chapter House, 77 Livingston St., Rhinebeck. Cost is $20 if pre-paid by June 9 and $25 at door. The tour includes five private gardens, three homes and a lecture. Contact Brenda Klaproth at 845876-2436 or bklaproth@hvc.rr.com for more information.

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Stanford BY HEIDI JOHNSON

First-grade classes from Cold Spring and Seymour Smith Elementary schools took a field trip last Tuesday to Montgomery Place Orchards, and I was one of a few lucky parents who got to go along. The purpose of the trip was to learn about bees, and when the weather dawned a balmy 38 degrees, we thought we’d be seeing a scant few bees on the trip. Bridget and I had on our winter coats and if I could’ve located any mittens, we’d have worn those too (a few of the kids and moms did have gloves on). We were prepared for being outdoors all day in the cold. By the time we arrived over to the orchard at about 10:30 a.m., though, it had already warmed up considerably and it really wasn’t uncomfortable at all. It was clear and sunny and not at all windy, so even if the temperature never got above 60 degrees, we were actually quite warm and toasty so long as we stayed in the sun. The trip was terrific. The staff at Montgomery Place had the day all planned out for us and when we arrived, they split us into three groups, each of which would be doing a different activity simultaneously. Our group went first to the “outdoor classroom,” where the students learned about life in a bee hive. We learned that about 60,000 bees – yes, 60,000 – live in a single hive. Only the bees that were born in that hive can live in that hive and there are some bees whose job is to guard the entrance and not let any “outsiders” in. The students viewed photos of life inside the bee colony and learned about the many jobs that bees perform as they work together to survive. To help students get an appreciation for bee-hive life, they each were assigned a job and given a costume to match their work assignment. A teacher was designated as the queen (because she is the one who makes the rules in the classroom) and one student was her drone. He wore a pair of ski goggles because drone bees have big eyes to help them locate the queen. Three students were assigned to be nurse bees and they were given nurses’ hats, a stuffed baby bee and a baby bottle. Next came the maintenance bees, who were given cleaning and construction tools. Two students were assigned guard duty and they had police hats. One student was the scout bee and his job was to find the pollen, then come back to the hive and by means of a special dance, tell the other bees where to find the pollen. Finally, the remainder of the students were worker bees who fanned their wings to cool or heat the hive and also process the pollen into honey. After the student “bees” gathered around their queen and fanned their “wings,” the queen cheered and held up a

bottle of honey. Job complete! It was great fun and we all learned a good deal about how bees make honey and the cooperation it takes to live in a bee colony. Next, our group got to see the real bee hives and we were pleasantly surprised that there were plenty of bees zooming in and out of them. We got to see an “observation hive,” which was encased in glass so we could observe the bees in action. Then we were allowed to taste raw honey by scooping it right out of a wax honeycomb. And we sampled three different types of honey made from different flowers. Our last activity was to ride a hay wagon back to the pavilion, where we had lunch outdoors on blankets and picnic tables. It was not only a lovely day, but an educational one and both Bridget and I have been recounting the bee facts that we learned last week ever since. (Did you know that bees only make a half a teaspoon of honey in their entire lifetime? Or that they can tell other bees where to find pollen up to three miles away?) Many thanks to the staff at Montgomery Place Orchards and the teachers who arranged this trip. We all had a wonderful time and learned a great deal about the essential honey bee.

GARDEN CLUB PLANT SALE The plant sale last weekend did not disappoint. In the short time I was there, I ran into a bunch people I know and also met some new friends. Got myself some lovely annuals for my flower beds and purchased a cake and some muffins from the Bangall Methodist Church bake sale, too. As always, it rained in the morning, but by noon it was sunny and warm, so this encouraged hanging out and conversing. I had to drag my husband away from Steve Ashton because those two can gab forever (and they say it’s the women who can’t stop talking. Ha!). If you missed this event, be sure to watch for it next May because it truly is the best place to meet friends and purchase good-quality, reasonably priced plants and support a fine local organization all at the same time.

Cold Spring and Seymour Smith first-graders gather together after simulating the making of honey at Montgomery Place Orchards last week; Below: First grader Dustin Perry demonstrates parts of bee anatomy. Photo by Heidi Johnson.

BIKE NIGHT AT HOME PLATE For the remainder of the summer, Home Plate will be hosting “Bike Nights” on Wednesday evenings. Any time after 6 p.m., bikers are welcome to ride on over to Home Plate, have some ice cream and swap stories (or “tell lies,” as Jim Myers put it) and just enjoy fellowship and a bit of outdoor fun. Fair weather only please as the restaurant is closed to indoor seating in the evenings. “All bikes are welcome,” says Myers (and by this he means motorcycles, in case anyone was wondering). Motorcycle enthusiasts looking for a nice ride and some like-minded company, come on up to Stanfordville on Wednesday nights. It will surely be fun. Home Plate is located on Route 82, just north of the intersection of Route 82 and Bull’s Head Road.

LION’S CLUB FLEA MARKET A final reminder that the Lions Club Flea market will be on June 12 (rain date June 13) and vendor spaces are still available. Call Ed Hawks (845-868-7483) or John Danko (845-868-7645) to reserve a space or for more information. Also, I wanted to be sure to let readers know that the Lions serve their world-famous sausage and peppers subs at this event, so plan on stopping by Town Hall and having

lunch while shopping for bargains on June 12. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. That’s all the news this week. See you around town as we all begin to come out again after the winter cold and spring rain. Summer’s here! Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or playfulrelics@optonline.net.

STANFORD LIBRARY NEWS Congratulations to the winners of the “What the Library Means to Me” poster contest. John Petrus was the first-place winner, Aidan Pryzgoda took second, Maggie Eagan placed third and fourth place went to Samantha Spizuoco. I know all the voters had a tough time deciding on their favorites because all of the entries were great. The posters have been distributed around town, so you can check out all of the artwork at our local merchants. Preschool Storytime, led by Lea McCauley, begins again on July 8. Storytime will be held from 9 to 9:45 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in July and is open to children ages 3 to 5. Please call the library to register at 845-868-1341.

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BY TONY LEO

A VERY INFORMATIVE MEETING

Union Vale’s second town board meeting of the month had some very interesting and informative segments. From the future of Furnace Pond to the return of paper ballots, there was just about something for everyone. Among other standout subjects, a very strong point was made to emphasize all motorized vehicles are positively forbidden on the trails in Tymor Park. Attention had been drawn to this issue due to the presence of several ATVs at the horse rink on Duncan Road, just south of the Town Hall.

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Alan Surman, who represents approximately two thirds of Union Vale and Dover in the Dutchess County Legislature, reported New York State is planning on resorting to a paper-ballot system in which the marked choices for political office will be read by scanners. This is interesting, particularly in light of the fact that most people feel ballotcounting technology had advanced from the initial paper stage, through the elemental mechanical era, across the computerization phases and on upward through the advanced electronics age. Now, the movers and shakers at the state level, in a most curious manifestation of wisdom, are on the verge of trashing all of these foremost technological advancements for a return to the most rudimentary form of balloting. This means New York State plans to literally trash or relegate en masse to the scrap heap thousands of the more up-to-date types of voting machines that have been paid for by the local jurisdictions. Needless to say, the jurisdictions that had initially bankrolled our up-to-date machines will now be required to contribute copious amounts of money to subsidize “newer” components that employ an antiquated paper ballot system with scanners.

Councilman Ray Dezendorf expressed his outrage over the cavalier manner in which the state can put the current voting machines, which have been bought and maintained by Union Vale, out of commission with a stroke of the pen. He had brought this situation up before and he is right. It’s a slap in the face to all of the town’s taxpayers. Surman went on to note each of the paper ballots upon which you intend to cast your vote will have a stub bearing its own identification number. This, of course, is intended to discourage people from voting more than once. It will also be a way to record exactly whom you voted for. In just one stroke of the pen, New York State will: • In a time of deep economic peril, waste money on an unnecessary ballotsystem change. • Regress from the most advanced technological system of voting to the most primitive. • Take what has been paid for and maintained by subordinate jurisdictions and trash it. • Eliminate the concept of the hardwon secret ballot that had encouraged voter turn-out. • Institute a means for establishing a permanent public record of your private political beliefs. • Provide a permanent basis of reference for selective retribution if you had voted for the “wrong” person.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO FURNACE POND?

“A River Runs Through It” might refer to more than just the title of a popular motion picture if one of the options being floated vis-à-vis the future of Furnace Pond in Tymor Park is realized. In the “Old Business” section of the town board meeting, Steve Rutkey, representing the AECOM Engineering Firm, provided an update on the efforts to repair the Furnace Pond dam. Furnace Pond, located just above the southern section of Tymor Park, is accessed either through a trail southeast of the field behind the big barn or a gated entrance off a secondary road in the Town of Beekman. It offers a quiet respite for individuals and families interested in hiking, fishing, boating, picnicking and bucolic solitude. The pond is fed by a stream that flows from the north. At the southern end of

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the pond, the water proceeds across the top of a concrete dam and down into a stream, where it heads past a number of structures (including homes) in the direction of Dorn Road in the Town of Beekman. Several years ago, it was brought to the attention of the town that the dam was experiencing a degree of deterioration. Town administrators solicited the advice of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for the best way to implement the repairs. The DEC responded with an initial grouping of procedures the town started to act upon. Then, the DEC decided to modify its defined procedures and everything started to go downhill. The DEC originally classified the dam as a class-A structure, which it said would cause minimal problems to downstream structures if it were to fail. The town was in the process of acting in accord with the DEC’s original order of specifications stemming from this designation when the agency changed its classification of the dam to class-B. A class-B designation reflects the possibility of damage to a habitable structure resulting from a failure in the dam. Apparently, the change of classification was due to the addition of a one-family dwelling downstream and within the zone that could be affected in the event of failure. Rutkey reported that his firm suggested a lowering of the top of the spillway by 4 feet. Supervisor Lisette Hitsman said under current DEC regulations, this would be problematic. The DEC currently requires any such lowering to be done in 1-foot increments. Each increment, in order to be approved by the agency, would have to be professionally licensed by a New York State design professional (a registered architect or professional engineer) and the cost would be prohibitive. A meeting would have to be scheduled with the DEC to seek modification of their incremental documentation rule. Rutkey said in order to be perfectly certain of compliance with DEC mandates, the top of the dam spillway might have to be lowered a total of 6 feet. However, he warned, this might eliminate the recreational value of the waterway since 6 feet at the top of the spillway might all but drain the useable volume of the pond. If you lower the top of a dam enough to greatly hasten the flow from the body of water being held, then along with reducing the risk to structures downstream from a potential failure, you may be left with a stream or small river where the pond used to be. Therefore, if the DEC fails to modify its current position and mandates Union Vale lower the top of the dam, it could result in the recreational value of the Furnace Pond being eliminated or significantly reduced. Dezendorf was critical of the DEC for changing the rules of the game after the town started to act in good faith to its original dictates. He also noted if Union Vale were to spend the resources for a change of designation back to class-A

and another habitable structure is built downstream afterwards, the dam would be back to class-B. The town board then approved the engineering firm to complete a detailed ground survey of the area encompassing the dam. The council agreed to pursue a meeting with the DEC to petition for modification of certain mandates and for clarification of the agency’s specifications.

PARK ACTIVITIES

Director of Parks & Recreation Rob Mattes reported that his Summer Day Camp program is nearly filled to capacity. There are only a few more openings remaining in the first session. Mattes also noted that the Arts in the Park program was a great success and there will be another scheduled for September. Work on the roof of the concession stand has been completed and the handicappedaccess modifications are almost finished. Dezendorf presented a case for the town to keep the retainer money from the firm that was contracted to bring a portion of the concession stand ambulatory approach up to ADA specifications. He said when he inspected the newly constructed concrete walkway surface, it was still slippery, constituted a safety hazard and therefore was in violation of overall ADA policy. He also noted the cost of replacing or repairing the contractor’s shoddy work would readily exceed the amount that had been retained. Subsequently, when the motion to return the retained amount to the contractor was made and seconded, it was not passed.

LINKS CELEBRATES 10YEAR ANNIVERSARY

In the Correspondence section of the meeting, Hitsman mentioned the Links Golf Club complex was scheduled to have its 10-year anniversary celebration on Friday, May 14. It certainly doesn’t seem like 10 years since the Links came to Union Vale. I guess time goes quickly when you’re enjoying yourself on the golf course. Best of luck to the Links, and here’s to another 10 years.

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Former Conservation Advisory Committee member Elfrieda Tillman graciously thanked all those who made donations at the Recycling Center to benefit the Union Vale Scholarship Fund. Kathy Welsh reminded everyone that the 35th Union Vale Community Day will be held at Tymor Park on Sunday, June 6 and will start at noon with a flag ceremony. Also at the start will be a treeplanting ceremony to honor the recently departed Councilman John T. O’Connor, who had served Union Vale and the community for many years in several capacities. The event will continue throughout the entire day. Do not miss Community Day this year. It will be a full day of fun and interesting events for the entire family.

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CRUM ELBOW SPORTSMAN’S GAME DINNER

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Clinton resident Raymond Joyce received an award from the NYS Office for the Aging at the Executive Mansion in Albany on Senior Citizens’ Day 2010 on May 5. He received this award for his dedicated service to improving the lives of New Yorkers and making his community better for all ages. Ray was instrumental in starting and leading the Clinton Senior Exercise Program for more than 10 years. He was accompanied by his wife, Barbara, and Dutchess County Office for the Aging Director John Beale.

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The Crum Elbow Sportsman’s Association will be holding a game dinner on Saturday, June 5, with appetizers starting at 6 p.m. and buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. at their club house at 57 Cardinal Rd. The community is invited to come enjoy the gourmet selection of wild game, including venison, duck, goose, pheasant, smoked trout, fresh steelhead fish and beaver. There may also be some squirrel, turkey and additional types of fish. A salad, pasta, rice, beverages and dessert will also be served. There will be raffles and door prizes. The cost is a donation of $20 and free for children under 7 years old. There are a limited number of tickets available, so call these members for more information or to buy your tickets: Tom Holsapple at 845-876-4598, Peter Kraayenbrink at 845266-3816, and Debra Slizewski at 845229-8210. This event always sells out, so get your tickets now.

Pastor Jeff Silvieus gave closing remarks and a prayer. A door prize was drawn and given to an attendee. Thanks are given to the church and its kitchen and serving staff of 10 members, led by Sue Silvieus, for providing this social activity for the seniors. The luncheons will resume in the fall on COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD the first Tuesday of the month starting on At the Clinton Historical Society’s Oct. 5. Annual Meeting on April 9, longtime member Dick Coller was awarded the STONE VALLEY ANNUAL CHS Community Service Award, which DINNER MEETING recognizes significant volunteer service by The Stone Valley Trailriding Association a Clinton resident. held its Annual Dinner Meeting on May 8 In addition to work for CHS for the past at Copperfield’s Restaurant. 17 years, Dick has been a board member It started with a social hour and dinner. and key leader of the Walkway Over During and after the dinner, the business the Hudson, which recently celebrated meeting was conducted. President Betty the opening of the 1888 Poughkeepsie Davis welcomed the attendees and gave Railroad Bridge to pedestrian traffic. special recognition to Trish Adams for His contributions include hands-on all her hard work arranging the dinner works on the bridge (handrail removal and meeting and her many other administrative sale), staffing fundraising booths, leading duties over the last seven years. Trish was bridge tours and reclaiming and preserving presented with a beautiful corsage. original bridge construction drawings. Director Stuart Findlay suggested the The society is proud that one of its own establishment of a membership committee board members played such a vital role to provide growth for the organization. with other volunteers in the success of this He commented the organization is well major Hudson Valley project. run with many benefits and some special new member benefits. Anyone interested SENIOR LUNCHEON in being on the membership committee The Evangelical Free Church of Clinton should contact him. Barbara Schreiber, a Corners went all out to give the large crowd Director, volunteered to post association of attending seniors a memorable spring information on Facebook and Twitter in a picnic on May 4 in the church hall. few weeks in addition to SVTA website, The picnic started with potato chips and www.stonevalley.org. To help reduce the dips, then hamburgers, hot dogs, cole slaw, costs for the trail-riding activities, a request potato salad, baked beans and, of course, a was made for volunteers to help out. dessert of assorted cookies. Directors unanimously re-elected for Melody Justice played background a one-year term were: Elizabeth Davis, music on the piano until the meal was Trish Adams, Herb Adams, Stuart Findlay, served. Dee Hoiem, Upton Lake School Karen Friedman, John Heist, Dale Kurten, principal, welcomed the seniors to the William “Chip” Holman, Katherine picnic and read a potion of Psalm 139 Landman, Barbara Schreiber and Jane from the Bible. Kaleb Natale, an eighth- Sterling. Doug Nieters was nominated and grade student from Upton Lake Christian elected as a new director. Joseph Forman School, asked quiz questions from the Jr. returned as an honorary director and Bible. Several gifts were given to the Robert Smith was newly elected as an winners. honorary director. Dacie Kershaw, who has Nicole Natale, a mother with four boys served the organization since its inception, who also heads up the Church’s Youth retired. Ministry and is a 10-year member of the The newly elected board of directors church, gave an inspirational talk on how then unanimously elected officers for oneGod improved her life.

Thanks are given to IBM by the Clinton Historical Society for a grant to purchase a new computer to give them new speed, storage and Internet capabilities. Thanks are also given to grantee Craig Marshall, grants coordinator Lisa Lacey, and computer committee members Judy COLLER RECEIVES Grabowski and Cathy McMahon.

ARTIST BOOKS FOR THE FUN OF IT! Clinton resident Johanne “Jo” Renbeck will be offering free monthly workshops through June that can be enjoyed on their own or as part of the series. In the workshops, she will introduce basic book structures and open the door for elaboration on that structure so participants leave with a book that is uniquely expressive of their ideas. For more information on the workshops, visit www.ArtistBooksfortheFunofIt. blogspot.com. For the May workshop, Jo says think birds. Imagine life on the wing, songs at dawn and a house that sways in the wind. Each workshop stands alone, so it is not necessary to have attended any previous session to enjoy the current one. There will be two sessions given in the Town of Clinton and both are the same. E-mail jo@johannerenbeck.com or call 845-266-5626 to register and let Jo know which session you’d like to attend. The first session will be given on Thursday, May 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. in The Little Schoolhouse at Pleasant Plains Presbyterian Church, 2 Fiddlers Bridge Rd. The second session is on Saturday, May 29 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Clinton Community Library, 1215 Centre Rd.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY TAG SALE The Clinton Historical Society will be holding a tag sale fundraiser on Saturday and Sunday, May 29 and 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Creek Meeting House at 2433 Salt Point Turnpike in the Hamlet of Clinton Corners. This is a significant source of funds for its programs. Please consider donating your unwanted items of value (do not donate any clothing). They may be left on the porch of the Creek Meeting House or

Treasurer Herb L. Adams (from left), First Vice President Trish M. Adams, Corporate Secretary Stuart Findlay, President Elizabeth Davis and Director Katherine Landman of the Stone Valley Trailriding Association pose for a photo at the Annual Dinner Meeting on May 8. Photo submitted.

year terms: President Elizabeth Davis, First Vice President Trish M. Adams, Second Vice President Dale Kurten, Treasurer Herb L. Adams, and Corporate Secretary Stuart Findlay. Raffle tickets were drawn during the meeting for the table centerpieces and gift selections from a large basket. Davis was presented with a pot of beautiful, deeppurple petunias for her efforts during the past year. The Stone Valley Trailriding Association was founded in April 2003 and celebrates its seventh anniversary this year. Its purpose is to foster an interest in horses and horsemanship and to promote and encourage riding in Dutchess County and the Mid Hudson Valley. See www. stonevalley.org for more information about the association and their activities. For more information and to join, contact Trish Adams at 845-266-3938.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY SEEKS ARCHIVIST The Clinton Historical Society is looking for an individual(s) who enjoys looking for hidden treasures. Do you like organizing valued vintage photographs and documents? Volunteers are being sought to help identify and file the society’s archival assets. For more information or to volunteer, call Craig Marshall at 845-266-5879.

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HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE HUDSON VALLEY

BY CARNEY RHINEVAULT

Remembering our veterans

Until Memorial Day, Hudson Valley News will print several stories of Hyde Park Veterans from World War II. A total of 644 out of a Hyde Park population of 4,056 served the country during the war. That percentage of 16% was much higher than the national percentage of 10%. We should all give thanks to every veteran from all wars who have saved our precious freedom. The least we can do is attend our local Memorial Day ceremonies.

AVIATION ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN MATE 2/C ALAN MACY Alan Macy enlisted in the Navy in June 1943 and attended a series of schools for training in maintenance of aircraft electronics equipment. He then was assigned to the Naval Air Station at Alameda, Calif. From there, in September 1944, he shipped out aboard an escort aircraft carrier (CVE 88 – “Cape Esperance”), and eventually was assigned as part of the support group to Task Force 38 under Adm. William Halsey during the invasion of the Philippines. The scariest moments of Macy’s naval experiences came not from the Japanese, but from Mother Nature, in the form of two typhoons. On March 12, 1945, Macy wrote to his parents back in Hyde Park: “We got into San Diego March 1, and the states looked mighty good, I’ll tell you. In the five months we were out we really saw a lot of the Pacific! About 30,000 miles worth!! We went from Pearl Harbor down to the Admiralty Islands. From there, to Ulithi in the Western Carolines, where we got our first glimpse of the fleet. And what

a glimpse! I mean it’s a powerful outfit!! Then we left there on our first assignment. “This is the type of work we did: We would go to some island and pick up a load of combat-ready planes and then would go out and follow a task force. They would make their first air attack and then retire while their planes were out on the raid. Here, our planes would be flown over to various carriers as replacements for planes they lost or were damaged. The pilots would be brought over from those carriers aboard destroyers and we would take them aboard via breeches buoy. All this operation is done while under way! When we had disposed of our load, we would return to pick up another load of planes and wait for the task force to go out again. “All our operations were around the Philippines and Formosa. We weren’t in on the carrier raid on Tokyo, as we left for the States (for repairs) the day before the fleet pulled out for Tokyo. We saw that fleet and the one that hit Iwo Jima together at Ulithi, and I never saw such an array of power in all my life! Battlewagons, carriers, cruisers, destroyers – so many you couldn’t imagine it!! And that was, by no means, the entire Pacific fleet!!”

TYPHOON HITS THE FLEET In his letter to his parents, Macy continued: “I guess you probably heard about the typhoon in which three destroyers went down with heavy casualties. Well, we were out with them, right smack in the middle of that blasted thing! Our steering apparatus and our emergency steerage were both

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From top left: Alan Macy; John Golden (third from left, back row) leaving England 1945; Golden. Illustrations by Tatiana Rhinevault. Photo submitted.

Alan was a member of the first graduating class of FDR High School in 1941, and now lives in Great Barrington, Mass.

STAFF SGT. JOHN GOLDEN

out and we were floating helplessly and aimlessly about in that wild sea! And when I say wild sea, that’s exactly what I mean!! Waves that towered over our mast, and they remained that way for about five hours. We lost 43 planes over the side – either blown off by the 135-mile gale or washed over by the huge waves which washed our flight deck!! We had several fires to fight and that is a sailor’s most dreaded enemy – fire at sea! But they were either brought under control or put out by the waves. We were so bad off that we had a cruiser laying alongside to pick up survivors in case we had to abandon ship. And one of those fires almost caused us to do just that! We had sent out SOSs and everything, but a few minutes later, an extraordinarily huge wave put it out and washed the troubled plane over the side.” “I mean, I was never so scared for so long in all my life! And so was every living soul aboard, I think. We were very top-heavy with that load of planes aboard, and it seemed a certainty that we would roll over, until nature did us a big favor by clearing our flight deck. Those planes were lashed down with five-eighths-inch steel cables, but the wind and waves snapped those as if they were thread. The ship itself was full of gaping seams and we had one large hole below our waterline. We were one very lucky crew, I mean. “On our last trip out, we went through the middle of the Philippine group on our way to the South China Sea. While passing through the Philippines, we (along with) seven other ships, were attacked by three Japanese subs. They threw six torpedoes at the convoy and scored not one hit! Our destroyers sank one and a PBY got another. The third one got out of there, but fast!”

John Golden didn’t get to see as much of Europe, as did his buddy, George Briggs. Trained to repair and calibrate the super-secret Norden bombsights (the gyroscopes for the bombsights were made in Poughkeepsie), he spent the war in a Quonset hut in England working on the bombsights and automatic pilots (sometime in his training he and every other soldier who had contact with the bombsight took an oath to protect the secrecy of the bombsight). The American Eighth Army Air Force was responsible for daylight raids over Europe, flying B17s, B24s, B25s, and B26s.

EXPLOSION AT AIRPORT Once, a horrible accident brought Gen. Jimmy Doolittle to the army base where Golden lived and worked. A load of bombs had been delivered to the airfield, and for some reason, they were carelessly rolled off the back of the delivery vehicle. Twelve airplanes were destroyed in the worst noncombat incident in England during the war. Golden, sleeping half a mile away, was tossed from his bunk. Thinking he would never see anyone from the handful of men from Hyde Park who were in England at the same time as him, he finally met up with fellow Hyde Parker Edward McCormack. What do a couple of lonely men from Hyde Park do on a weekend pass in London? They go to a Punch and Judy Show, that’s what. Golden sailed to England in 1943, crowded together with 6,000 other servicemen on the ocean liner “New Amsterdam,” and returned two years later on a very cold B24, flying at 20,000 feet. After a 30-day furlough at home in Hyde Park, Golden was sent to the state of Washington to await the invasion of Japan. His luck and the luck of a million other Americans ran good, however, when the atom bomb made the invasion unnecessary. Carney Rhinevault is the Hyde Park town historian. Illustrator Tatiana Rhinevault’s Web site is www.tatianarhinevault.com.

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OBITUARIES Gerald C. Becker, 79, a resident of Hyde Park since 1964, passed away peacefully at Vassar Bros. Medical Center on May 11, 2010. Mr. Becker was a devout Christian and is now resting in his eternal home. The family appreciates the Chaplaincy Services of Vassar Bros. Medical Center. Born in Margaretville, NY on February 23, 1931, he was the son of the late Charles W. and Olive Myers Becker. He was raised in Prattsville, NY and graduated in 1949 from the Gilboa Central School and was also a graduate of Albany Business College. On June 22, 1957, he married Margie A. Heimburge at the Coeymans Hollow Methodist Church. She survives at home. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three daughters, Bonnie A. Hazenbush and husband, Robert, of Red Hook, Brenda J. DeCicco and husband, Sal, of Kingston, Betsy M. Mulder and husband, Peter, of Dover Plains; six grandchildren, Christopher, Matthew, and Michelle Hazenbush, Lauren and Alecia DeCicco, and Charles Arnold. He is also survived by a sister, Kathryn Marshall of Grand Gorge, NY; brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Anita Becker of Patchogue, NY; sister-in-law, Luella Ryan of Ravena, NY; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Dawn M. Walsh of Catskill, NY. Mr. Becker loved his family and will be greatly missed by them. Calling hours were from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm, Sunday, May 16, 2010 at Sweetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. Funeral services were at 10 am, Monday May 17th at the Grace Bible Fellowship Church, Rte. 9, Rhinebeck. Burial with military honors followed in the Chestnut Lawn Cemetery, New Baltimore, NY. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. To send a condolence or for directions, visit www.sweetsfuneralhome.com.

LORIN WILLIAM MACKEY, POUGHKEEPSIE

Lorin William â&#x20AC;&#x153;Billâ&#x20AC;? Mackey, 83, a resident of the Town of Poughkeepsie and previously of Highland, died Friday, May 14, 2010 at Vassar Bros. Medical Center. Mr. Mackey worked at the Hudson River Psychiatric Center until his retirement in 1988. Born in Highland on October 24, 1926, Bill was the son of the late Edward and Agnes McCarthy Mackey. He attended Highland High School. On August 4, 1962 in New Paltz, he married Madeline K. Loos. Mrs. Mackey predeceased him in 1997. Bill is survived two daughters, Betty Jane Just and husband, Edward, of Poughkeepsie, and Patricia Mackey, also of Poughkeepsie; four step-children, Beverly Briggs and husband, Bruce, of Gardiner, Leonard Ronk and wife, Arlene, of Highland, William Ronk and wife, Patricia, of Liverpool, NY, and Barbara Burdine of Poughkeepsie; seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a brother, Edward Mackey. There are no calling hours. In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no funeral services. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2678 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, or, the charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction

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ARCH F. NUTTALL JR., HYDE PARK

Arch F. Nuttall Jr., 87, died on Thursday morning, May 13, 2010 at his home in Hyde Park. He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Ruth Spanier. He was born in Chicago, IL on May 29, 1922 to Arch Nuttall Sr. and Alma Meyers Nuttall. On January 18, 1944, he married Kathryn Daugherty in Peotone, IL and after military service returned to college at the University of Colorado and graduated in 1949 with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He retired from AT&T after 42 years in many parts of the country and in 1989 moved to Hyde Park from Montclair, NJ. His wife of sixty-six years survives him at home, as well as four children: Christine Grant and her husband, Myron, of Ann Arbor, Michigan; Arch III and his wife, Claire, of Hyde Park; Sally Nuttall of Glen Ridge, NJ; and Jim Nuttall of Rhinelander, Wl. His sister, Lucile Hecht of Chico, CA, also survives him. He has four grandchildren: Amy Nuttall of Brooklyn, NY, Adam Nuttall of Poughkeepsie, Adrienne Grant of Ann Arbor, Ml, and Alex Nuttall of Chicago, IL. Arch was active in the community. He served as Executive Director of the Eagle Rock Council, Boy Scouts of America and President of the AT&T Pioneers. He served on the Board of Directors of Eastern Christian High School, North Haledon, NJ, the Christian Health Care Center, Wyckoff, NJ, and the New York-Connecticut Foundation of the Methodist Church in White Plains, NY. Archâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite hobbies were reading, photography and cycling, but his passion was his church. He was a member of the Hyde Park United Methodist Church where he served in many capacities as he had also done at the Grace Presbyterian Church in Montclair, NJ and the Lake Pleasant Methodist Church in Lake Pleasant, NY where they had maintained a home for many years. There will be no calling hours. A memorial service was held at 10:30 am, Monday, May 17, 2010 at the Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. Rev. Eileen Freeman and Rev. James Moore will co-officiate. Memorial donations may be made to the Hyde Park United Methodist Church, 1 Church Street, Hyde Park, NY 12538. Arrangements are under the direction of Sweetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. To send his family a condolence or for directions, visit www.sweetsfuneralhome.com.

Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company (LLC) DTQ Data Systems LLC Articles of Organization filed with The Department of State of New York on March 25, 2010. Office Location: Dutchess County Principal Business Location: 4288 Albany Post Road, Suite 1, Hyde Park, NY, 12538. Purpose: Any and all lawful activities. Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) designated as agent of LLC. upon whom the process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to DTQ Data Systems LLC at 41 Haviland Road, Poughkeepsie,NY 12601.

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Notice of Qualification of Madava Sugar Maple, LLC. Authority filed with NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 3/11/10.Juris. of org: DE filed: 3/3/10 NY off. loc. in Dutchess Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: c/o Robb Turner, 162 Upper Mountain Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042. LLC address in DE: 2711 Centerville Rd, ste 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts of org. on file with SSDE, Div. of Corps, 401 Federal St, ste 4, Dover, DE 19901 Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice of formation of a Limited Liability Company; Name: KRJohnson Renovations, LLC. Article of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY), pursuant to NY LLC law sec. 206, on 04/02/2010. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY is designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process served to: C/O USCorp, 7014 13th Ave, Ste 202, Brooklyn NY 11228 or the LLC, 579 Primrose Hill Road, Rhinebeck, NY 12572.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY NAME: WADDLE N SWADDLE LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 8/7/07. Office location: Dutchess County, NY. SSNY has been designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC 32 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice of Qualification of Madava Farms, LLC. Authority filed with NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 3/12/10.Juris. of org: DE filed: 11/17/09 NY off. loc. in Dutchess Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: c/o Robb Turner, 162 Upper Mountain Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042. LLC address in DE: 2711 Centerville Rd, ste 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts of org. on file with SSDE, Div. of Corps, 401 Federal St, ste 4, Dover, DE 19901 Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

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