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BY CAROLINE CAREY Have you ever witnessed large numbers of frogs and salamanders crossing the road on rainy spring nights? Ever wonder where they came from and where they’re going? Every spring, frogs and salamanders travel long distances from their forest habitats to breed in small wetlands. Unfortunately, their migration pathways, from a few hundred feet to more than a quarter of a mile, often cross roads, leading to injury and death. “Big Night” is an effort by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and volunteers to help identify the crossing routes and to help the amphibians cross the roads safely. During early spring rains, when temperatures rise above freezing during the evenings, salamanders and frogs migrate by the hundreds, if not thousands. Last year this occurred during the last two weeks of March. Most migration takes place between 9 p.m. and midnight. DEC Biodiversity Outreach Coordinator Laura Heady oversees the region’s “Amphibian Migrations and Road Crossings” volunteer project. NYSDEC Region 3 covers seven counties of the lower Hudson Valley; in an effort to assist

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this project, Winnakee Land Trust stepped forward to coordinate “Big Night” efforts in northern Dutchess County. According to Executive Director Lucy Hayden, “Region 3 is a very large area to oversee so Winnakee is pleased to be able to help Laura Heady by enlisting local volunteers who are most familiar with the area roads

and being able to provide them with detailed maps and instructions.” Winnakee Projects Manager Shannon Duerr has been working with board member Lisa Camp to create a map of past active crossings and probable hot spots in northern Dutchess County, based on the > >continued on page 2

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Burglary at former Psychiatric Center

On Saturday, Feb. 23, while on a routine patrol at approximately 4:37 a.m., New York State Police at Dover observed a suspicious van parked on the property adjacent to the front gate of the Dover Knolls Development Corp. Facility (formerly Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center) in the Town of Dover. As the troopers approached, they observed three male subjects loading cut sections of copper/brass piping into the back of the van. InvestigaSharkey tion at scene revealed the subjects had just cut out the piping from the property and were stealing it to sell as scrap material. Two of the subjects were immediately taken into custody and identified Murphy as Dennis C. Sharkey, 41, of Deer Park, and Justin D. Murphy, 30, of Lindenhurst. Both Murphy and Sharkey were charged with burglary in the third degree and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash/$20,000 bond. The third subject fled the scene on foot. The investigation into the third subject’s identity is continuing and anyone with any information is asked to contact the New York State Police at Dover at 845-877-3660.

Investigation leads to arrest for burglary in Hyde Park

After a lengthy investigation, the Hyde Park Police arrested John J. Vanleuvan Jr., 20, of Hyde Park, for grand larceny and forgery. On January 30, Vanleuvan went into an unlocked vehicle on South Drive and stole a wallet containing two credit cards and other items. Around February 17, Vanleuvan stole a check book from an acquaintance. Over the course of a week, he wrote 13 checks for various amounts, forged the signature of the owner and cashed them for over $3,290. Vanleuvan was charged with grand larceny in the third degree, a class-D felony, two counts of grand larceny in the fourth degree, class-E felonies, 13 counts of forgery in the third degree, class-A misdemeanors, and petit larceny, a class-A misdemeanor. Vanleuvan was arraigned and remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $10,000 cash or bail bond. He was due back in Hyde Park Court on March 5. Hyde Park Police are still investigating other vehicle break ins that are not related to this suspect. They encourage residents to lock their vehicles and not to leave valuables in their vehicles.

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location of vernal pools and wetlands. Volunteers are needed at known crossings as well as to help locate new ones. “Not only is it valuable to have volunteers help the critters cross the road, but we need to assist the DEC with identifying new crossing locations,” said Hayden. Winnakee is asking people to volunteer to be the agents in the field on an evening or two, that is people who are willing to venture out on a cold, wet night to seek out and assist in these incredible spring migrations. In prior “Big Nights,” more than 150 volunteers have helped thousands of amphibians cross the roads to safety in the Hudson Valley. “When I learned about ‘Big Night,’ I didn’t know what to expect,” said Rhinebeck resident Lisa Camp. “Going out on a cold, rainy night seemed crazy, but it was really thrilling to move these salamanders and frogs and it’s very satisfying to do something for the environment with immediate results.” Camp said that on a two mile stretch of Primrose Hill Road in Rhinebeck, “My neighbors and I moved about 50 frogs and very few salamanders. The very next night, on the very same stretch of road, we moved over 180 salamanders and very few frogs. We kept repeatedly driving back and forth and the salamanders just kept coming!” She continued, “The salamanders are quite large, five to eight inches, and are easy to see and move, while smaller salamanders and peepers pose a challenge to pick up without hurting them. For these, I use an old credit card and put them in a plastic container to get them off the road.” Camp said the animals should also be released with care. “Always send them in the direction they were heading,” she said, “and place them gently a safe distance from the road.”

TRACKING THE BIG NIGHT - See maps of Big Night crossings in Rhinebeck and Red Hook online at

If you want to help with this spring’s “Big Night,” contact Winnakee by email or phone to become an official “Big Night” volunteer. Once you have signed up as a “Big Night” volunteer, Winnakee will provide a map of suggested locations near you, tips for how to make your first “Big Night” a success, species identification guides and a sample data collection sheet. People should work in groups, wear reflective clothing, carry flashlights and be prepared for walking along the road on a dark, rainy night. After a “Big Night” expedition, volunteers should compile their observations and send them by email or fax to Winnakee, and they will tabulate all the responses and forward them to the DEC. Contact Winnakee at 845-876-4213 or


Pictured, clockwise from left: Vassar students unveil a banner during a rally on campus; Four protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church display their signs at the Vassar Farm Preserve at the intersection of Rte. 376 and Raymond Ave.

Thousands come out to protest controversial Westboro Baptist Church BY HV NEWS STAFF Not knowing what to expect, we parked our car in front of Zimmer Brothers Jewelers on Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, not far from Vassar College, but far enough. As we proceeded in the direction of Vassar it became clear something was happening. What was happening was a scheduled appearance by a contingent from the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC). The Topeka-based organization has attained notoriety far beyond its small membership by picketing the funerals of soldiers killed in combat, while advancing a virulent antigay agenda. The WBC seems especially focused on so-called elite colleges which they believe promote and encourage a gay lifestyle. When it was announced that the group would be targeting Vassar College on the same day it picketed the funeral of Gen. Norman Schwartzkoff at West Point, Vassar students mobilized. Student organizers announced they would use the occasion to raise money for the Trevor Project which provides crisis and suicide intervention services for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered youth. Their initial goal was to raise $4,500, representing $100 for every minute the WBC was scheduled to be on the Vassar campus. Shortly before press time, more than $103,600 had been raised in conjunction with the Vassar initiative. By the time we approached the main

gate at Vassar it was clear the appearance of the WBC had touched a nerve. In a scene right out of the 1960s, thousands of young people, most of them Vassar students, were gathered on campus listening to a parade of speakers denounce the WBC and promote tolerance. Vassar alumnae Rev. Joseph Tolton told the crowd a “tsunami of justice” was coming to change the world. The crowd, while animated and enthusiastic, was well organized and respectful. As the speakers concluded their remarks, more and more students headed to the Raymond Avenue entrance to await the arrival of the WBC protestors. It was almost festive as passing cars honked their approval at the colorful signs and outfits worn by the students. For a while no one seemed to know where the WBC people were and rumors began to fly. Eventually, thanks to Twitter and cell phones, it was determined the WBC protesters had arrived at the Vassar Farm location further down Raymond Avenue. At that point everyone headed off in that direction. A number of police cars accompanied the students as they made their way. The sight of the four WBC protesters was almost anti-climatic as they stood forlornly across Rte. 376, separated by moving traffic from the Vassar crowd. They were holding anti-gay placards and were flanked by numerous law enforcement personnel and vehicles. One student said

Supporters of Vassar College marched down Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie to counter-protest the Westboro Baptist Church; Vassar alum Rev. Joseph Tolton gave a keynote address during the college’s rally; Protesters display signs awaiting the arrival of the WBC. Photos by Nicole DeLawder.

she thought they looked like animals in a zoo. Three men and one woman constituted the entire WBC presence. A law enforcement source told Hudson Valley News that the WBC had been cooperative, bordering on docile, in their conversations with police. They also agreed to end the protest in exactly 45 minutes, which they did. Observers were divided in their feelings about all the attention given the WBC. Some thought Vassar should have simply ignored them while others felt it was important for the community to oppose bigotry in any form. Given the amount of money raised for the Trevor Project, it’s clear that the appearance of the WBC had an unintended and positive financial consequence for the LGBT community.

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The Least of These

Okay, I may be turning into a grumpy old man. But only when it comes to other grumpy people. Unfortunately, the internet seems to have provided a haven for grumpy people who love to dump on others. The one I saw most recently, and got into a tussle with a friend over it, was on Facebook. It had to do with welfare recipients, the

“Thank you Florida, Kentucky, and Missouri, which are the first states that will require drug testing when applying for welfare. Some people are crying and calling this unconstitutional. How is this unconstitutional???? It’s OK to drug test people who work for their money, but not for those who don’t?… Re-post this if you’d like to see this done in all 50 states. If you can afford to buy drugs and extra illegal things then you can afford your own groceries.” (Note: I reproduced this as it appeared, including grammatical errors.) This in undoubtedly an old post since Florida began requiring these tests in the beginning of 2012, and already found them to be wanting. Let’s get back to what these calls for testing welfare recipients are all about. Are they


Poughkeepsie Kiwanis receives “Distinguished Club Award 2012” BY HV NEWS STAFF The Kiwanis Club of Poughkeepsie received the Distinguished Club Award at its Thursday breakfast meeting. The award was presented to Club President Suzanne Stevens by Division Lt. Governor Al Teetsel. The Poughkeepsie club was honored for its significant project efforts last year among them its Sandy Disaster Relief, ongoing Catching Kids Caring Awards and annual Bone Marrow Donor Drives. The club’s 2013 Bone Marrow Donor Drive is being coordinated with Marist’s Circle K Club, the college level Kiwanis, and will be held on campus Saturday, April 6 from 2-6 p.m. in Hancock Hall. Kiwanis is a world-wide children’s service organization for individuals desiring personal involvement in the leadership and improvement of their communities. The club meets at 7:45 a.m. each Thursday morning at the Palace Diner. For information about the Kiwanis Club of Poughkeepsie and to join, call 845-486-7100 or visit {4} March 6, 2013 | | Hudson valley news

all about stopping drug abuse? Of course not. If they were, people would support proven addiction programs. They don’t. Maybe these tests are just an effort to save money. You know, let’s just stop supporting those who blow our money on their stupid drugs. That ought to cut out a lot of waste. Except that Florida’s experience has been that these tests cost a lot of money and yield few results. In their first four months, they found 2.6 percent of the applicants failed the test and were thus denied benefits. However, the testing cost the state $45,780 more than if it had just given the money to the applicants who failed. Talk about unfunded mandates (New York Times April 17, 2012). This has nothing to do with reducing drug abuse or saving money. Then what is it for? Simple. To harass and humiliate the poor. We have a strong tradition, or at least the myth, in the United States of pulling yourself up by your boot straps. Everyone who has something, earned it. Those who don’t have anything deserve their poverty because they’re lazy. We want to make life harder for those bums because they live easy on our dime. There are some logical and, equally important, theological flaws with this. First, if you’ve ever known more than one or two people in financial stress, you know that the stereotypes don’t hold. In my calling, I deal with a lot of people who find themselves in dire straits. Sometimes they are long-term poor, other times they are hard-working folks who become ill or got laid off and are too old to interest new employers. Sometimes, they have other life-long disabilities that make them incapable of earning enough to support themselves. I knew one guy who was clinically depressed and could barely drag himself out of bed, let alone hold down a job or jump through the hoops to get support. When you’re employed and living well, it’s easy to be hard on people who don’t live up to your expectations, that is, the poor. A lot of the poor I’ve spoken to used to think the same way – until it happened to them. This is one of the things that scripture points out to us all the time. God’s compassion is for the poor and marginalized. Old Testament or New, those who are on the bottom rung of the ladder of life are of special concern to God, and scripture calls us to care for them. True, there are some who are lazy, but drug testing never tested for laziness. Besides, of all the people I’ve known on public assistance, most have hated it and worked as hard as their condition allowed to get off.

One problem is that our system makes it very hard to get off. We punish those on welfare for trying to earn a little extra money with jobs, jobs which might lead them to full-time employment and rotating off welfare. In other words, we remove the incentive to get off. We punish those who want to better their chances in the world by getting an education with their welfare money. People have actually been kicked off for using it for school. So where’s then incentive to improve? It’s better to just stay on. Which goes back to the original point of that Facebook posting. We despise the poor. We don’t want them to improve. We don’t want them to rise out of their poverty, at least not with our help. Our attitude is, if you can’t do it by yourself, then you are not worthwhile. Only, our attitude is sinful. And hypocritical. We all think we’ve made something of ourselves with nobody’s help, but in 90 percent or more of the cases it’s not true. Our parents worked, they ensured our educations, they supported us when we were just getting going. Our houses are built on the foundations of others’ work. So if we depended on others to get going, it’s reasonable for a society that claims to be religious to let our poorest citizens depend on us. And yes, there are some who will never be able to work. They are ours and we ought to care for them respectfully, too. The “I earned it” attitude is sinful because, at least for Christians, we acknowledge daily that we earned nothing. All we have comes from God and is only on loan to us so that we can be good stewards. If you say it’s yours, then you’re missing the heavenly boat. So the next time you’re feeling ticked off at the lazy poor and want to make them pay for being so inconsiderate, remember these words of Jesus, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” (Matthew 25:45) By the way, if you still want to drug test people who get lots of our tax dollars, why not test congress? They’re our employees, after all, and the decisions they make affect us big time. Or the CEOs and CFOs of the corporations that take millions in tax dollars. There are a lot fewer of them, and they take more money. And come on, don’t you often wonder if the corporate heads and politicians are smoking something funny? The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Hyde Park. You can leave a comment for him at rector@

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Gov. Cuomo’s middle of the night gun control grab, known as the SAFE Act, is beginning to get the kind of public scrutiny it should have gotten to begin with. Thursday night the Dutchess County legislature will hold a public hearing about repealing the law. Both sides are gearing up for a contentious exchange and the legislature will vote on the repeal next week. As we all know, this latest attempt to disarm the public began in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings. Before the bodies of those young children and their teachers were even removed from the scene, liberals seized the opportunity to blame guns, not the gunman, for the tragedy. The fact that the shooter was mentally ill, as are almost all of these mass murderers, didn’t seem to matter much to the get-the-guns crowd. The cynical manipulation of the Sandy Hook tragedy by politicians like Gov. Andrew Cuomo was stomach churning. If Gov. Cuomo and all those liberal politicians who jumped in front of the TV cameras really cared about public safety, they should have been figuring out a way to address the mental health crisis that has certifiably crazy people roaming the streets. Instead they ram through a feel good piece of legislative nonsense in the middle of the night, in an attempt to leverage the public’s grief over the loss of innocent children. Such manipulation

takes cynicism to an entirely different level. But, judging from the feedback I’ve gotten and the number of people who marched on Albany last week, the people aren’t fooled. They know when someone is coming for their guns and their constitution. They also know more gun legislation isn’t the answer. They know criminals don’t pay attention to the law. If the law abiding public is restricted in any way from owning weapons or limited as to the amount of ammunition they are allowed to own, the criminals will have the upper hand. Criminals must shake their heads in disbelief when they see these politicians giving them free reign to terrorize the citizenry. Do I agree that we can do a little trimming around the edges here, particularly in the assault rifle department? Sure. No one has persuaded me yet that anyone, outside of law enforcement or the military, needs one of those. If I need an AK-47 to protect my home, I’m moving to another neighborhood. Plus most gun owners have that nightmare scenario in their head that they will wake up in the middle of the night and shoot a family member, instead of an intruder. Do we really want to interject an assault rifle into that nightmare? I am planning to attend the public hearing Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the County Office Building. I’m hoping to see lots of reasonable, law abiding gun owners there making the case for repeal. Judging by emails I’m getting from people in favor of the SAFE Act, I expect to see the usual liberal suspects there trying to shut down the gun owners. While I realize this flawed piece of legislation will eventually be resolved in a courtroom, here’s hoping the county legislature does the right thing and votes to repeal it.

The cynical manipulation of the Sandy Hook tragedy by politicians like Gov. Andrew Cuomo was stomach turning.

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Eager golfers didn’t let a snow flurry discourage them as they took advantage of Casperkill Golf Club’s decision to open its driving range Saturday. Photo by Jim Langan.


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This is a time of pride and deep reflection to make sure we’re living up to our values. Dean Christopher Roellke of Vassar College on Thursday’s student protest. Hudson valley news | | March 6, 2013 {5}

• In case you don’t think the NCAA and its “student-athletes” are a joke, check out the Dylan Moses story. Moses is a 6’1” 215-pound football phenom from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He’s so good that he’s been offered a scholarship to national champion Alabama. Here’s the rub. Moses is in the eighth grade. I guess a high school transcript and a SAT score aren’t going to be part of the equation as long as he can run the football.

get a couple of resident pandas in the mood. Apparently, a female panda is only fertile for two days a year. To convince the male panda how sweet it would be to be loved by her, they’ve begun piping Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” and “Sexual Healing” into the panda area. They’ve also been providing the pandas with extra bamboo and mood lighting. Can a post-coital cigarette be in the cards? • How cool was that video of departing Pope Benedict’s helicopter flying over the Roman Coliseum? Also, loved Cardinal Timothy Dolan telling reporters outside his New York residence that he didn’t expect to be named pope, saying, “I have a round trip airplane ticket.” Just my opinion, but he’d make a great pope. • Speaking of popes, an Irish bookie outfit is taking bets on who will be the new pontiff. The current favorite is Ghana’s Cardinal Peter Turkson at 11-4, followed by Italy’s Cardinal Angelo Scola and Canada’s Marc Ouellet at 3-1. If you’re more of a bracketology aficionado, the Religious News Service is offering up a “Sweet Sistine” online competition. • Actress Ashley Judd is considering taking on Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell. A poll

• A different kind of prodigy surfaced in Brocton, Mass. recently with the debut of a 9-year-old rapper who goes by “Lil Poopy.” He’s being marketed by his father who has a rap sheet that includes child abuse and domestic violence. What a perfect roll model for this little thug. Dad is charging folks $125,000 for a concert by the pooper. • The good folks at Scotland’s Edinburgh Zoo have come up with an interesting way to {6} March 6, 2013 | | Hudson valley news

shows her only four points behind the deadly boring McConnell. Judd has been active in political causes and her celebrity gives her an immediate leg up. She also attended the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard in 2010. She’s also hotter than a firecracker on the 4th of July. • What was with basketball weirdo Dennis Rodman hanging with North Korea nut job Kim Jung-Un? Rodman told the reclusive dictator “you have a friend for life.” Maybe if he offers up ex-wife Carmen Electra for a little international exchange. • Remember all the hoopla about that Chinese solar company coming to Dutchess County and hiring 1,000 people to make solar products. Well, as I said at the time, it just isn’t going to happen. Solar is a mirage and Linuo appears to be looking for a way out of the former IBM campus in East Fishkill. Not surprisingly, all the grand poobahs who showed up for the big announcement in 2011 are suddenly unavailable for comment. As they say, “Victory/success has a thousand fathers, but defeat/failure is an orphan.” • Another 1970s television icon has left us. Bonnie Franklin, who played the single mother on “One Day at a Time,” died last week at 69. Franklin had been battling pancreatic cancer. I was always convinced she was banging Schneider the janitor on the show. Oh, like you never thought that. • Gov. Andrew Cuomo can’t seem to pull the trigger on OKing fracking for fear of a liberal backlash going forward. Like nuclear power, fracking has proved harmless and economically viable. Apparently a conversation with his

former brother-in-law, Robert Kennedy Jr., gave him pause this time. • Ann Romney told Fox News she was asked to be a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” shortly after her husband lost his bid for the presidency. There’s something beautifully cold about that. She declined, saying at 64 she isn’t as flexible as she used to be. Maybe they should ask Michelle Obama. She’d show up at a can opening. • Went to FDR High School last week with John Golden and John VanKleeck to watch the boys basketball team win their Section 9 quarterfinal game. Talk about a couple of rock stars. VanKleeck is the sultan of the shopping carts at Stop and Shop in Hyde Park and knew everyone in the building. John Golden was the captain of the 1940 FDR basketball team and also knew everyone in the building. After Mr. Golden chatted with an FDR junior sitting in front of us, I told the kid John was the 1940 basketball captain. The kid nodded politely and I whispered to John, “That kid probably thinks he just met George Washington.” • Gary and Linda Stokes, owners of the Schultzville General Store, tell Hudson Valley News they will be opening Clinton Corners Harvest Table that will feature music and dinner. It’s located at the former Wild Hive Café and is part of the Stokes’ effort to keep Schultzville alive. Good luck guys!

PLUS: String competition takes the stage; Spiegeltent announces season, tickets; Women’s History Month events; Offerings from the Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market; Maplethemed events get tapped; Calendar events through March. Pictured: A sampling of offerings from Brasserie 292 in Poughkeepsie. Photos from Brasserie’s Facebook page.


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event listings throughout the Hudson Valley e-mail us your events: Deadline is noon on Friday. Listings are accurate as of press time but be sure to confirm details before you go.

THIS WEEK (MARCH 6-12) “March Tides” Exhibition; March 7-31; Thurs.Sat., noon-5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Betsy Jacaruso Studio and Gallery, 43-2 E. Market St., Rhinebeck; Open house on Saturday, March 16, 5-7 p.m.; 845-516-4435 or Brain Games; Thursday, March 7; 1 p.m.; Starr Library, 66 W. Market St., Rhinebeck; Weekly program for seniors using memory games and puzzles; departments/aging; 845-876-8799. 16th Annual Friend of the Arts Award Gala; Thursday, March 7; 5:30 p.m.; The Grandview,176 Rinaldi Blvd., Poughkeepsie; 845-471-7477 or Colm Tóibín in Conversation with Fintan O’Toole; Thursday, March 7; 5:30 p.m.; Lásló Z. Bitó ’60 Auditorium (Room 103) of the Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation, Bard College, Annadale-onHudson; annual Eugene Meyer Lecture in British History and Literature, with acclaimed Irish writer Colm Tóibín; Free; Fireside Chat; Thursday, March 7; 7 p.m.; St. James’ Chapel, 10 E. Market St., Hyde Park; Guest speakers Linda Bouchey and Al Vinck, retired Hyde Park educators and National Park Service interpreters, will discuss the relationship of FDR and Daisy Suckley; 845-266-3196. “Annie Hall;” Friday, March 8; 7:30 p.m., preshow concert at 7 p.m.; Bardavon 1869 Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie; $6 all seats; 845-473-2072 or Sqwonk Bass Clarinet Duo; Friday, March 8; 7:30 p.m.; Christ Episcopal Church, 20 Carroll St., Poughkeepsie; Concerts Con Brio presentation featuring recently composed works for two bass clarinets; $12 suggested donation; Students free with ID;

“42nd Street;” March 8-9; Stissing Mountain Middle/High School, 2829 Church St., Pine Plains; Stissing Theatre Guilds’ annual production; $12 adults, $10 students and seniors; 518-398-1272. Five One-Act Plays by Pinter; March 8-24; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays; Cocoon Theatre, 6384 Mill St., Rhinebeck; Limited seating; $25; 845-876-6470 or 41st Annual Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition; March 9-10; First round on Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., second round Sunday, 10 a.m. - noon, finals on Sunday at 3 p.m.; Skinner Hall, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Free; 845-473-2072 or Northern Dutchess Rod and Gun Club Maple Syrup Demo and Pancake Breakfast; Saturday, March 9; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 40 Enterprise Rd., Rhinebeck; Maple tapping demonstrations on the half hour; $7 adults, $2 children ages 5-10, kids under 5 and scouts in uniform are free. College Planning 101; Saturday, March 9; 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Beekman Library, 11 Town Center Blvd., Hopewell Junction; Register by calling 845-724-3414, 845-605-1100 or by visiting

WEEKEND MUSIC “Meeting of the Minds: Contemporary Surrealist and Conceptual Art” Opening Reception; Saturday, March 9; 5-7 p.m.; Red Hook Community Arts Network Gallery, 7516 N. Broadway, Red Hook; On view March 8-April 7; “The Emerald Isle;” Saturday, March 9; 5 p.m.; Millbrook Free Library, 3 Friendly Ln., Millbrook; Featuring Irish music by Wildcat Hollow; Free; Jesse M. Kahn: Transformations Opening Reception; Saturday, March 9; 6-9 p.m.; bau > >continued on next page

ARTS & CRAFTS: Call for entries for the fifth Annual Woodstock Regional, Far and Wide, open to artists living in New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania with $1,250 in awards. All media, subjects and styles considered. Submission deadline is March 11. For a complete prospectus go to woodstockart. org or email ART: The Barrett Art Center is seeking entries for its upcoming exhibition, “Kinetic.” Artwork depicting things that move, illusions of movement and art that moves will be considered. All submitted work will be on display and will be available for sale. Deadline for submission is Friday, March 15 at 5 p.m. The exhibition will run March 23 through April 20 with an opening reception to be held on Saturday, March 23 from 5-7 p.m. For more information, a prospectus and entry form, visit

TOP STRINGS ON STAGE BY HV NEWS WEEKEND STAFF Over 30 young international up-and-coming stars of string instruments will face off at the 41st annual Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition this weekend. Originating as a way to find string players for the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, under the direction of Maestro Claude Monteux in 1966, the two-day competition gives audiences the rare, and free, opportunity to hear and see some of the best young violinists, cellists and violists in the world early in their careers. First prize of the competiton is $3,000 as well as a coveted solo performance with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic during the 2013-14 season. Last year’s winner, cellist Jiyoung Lee, performed Elgar’s “Cello Concerto, Op. 85 in E Minor” and received a extended standing ovation for her performance. The first round of the competition starts at Skinner Hall on the Vassar College campus on Saturday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a semi-final round from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday and finals taking place at 3 p.m. There is no admission charge. For more information, call the Bardavon box office at 845-473-2072 or visit

Benefit concert invokes spirit against fracking ART: The Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz invites artists working in all types of media to submit work that responds to or uses screens as a material, process or metaphor for the upcoming exhibition entitled, “Screen Play: Hudson Valley Artists 2013.” Deadline is Monday, March 25. The exhibition will be on display June 22-Nov. 10 in the Dorsky Museum’s Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery and North Gallery. The online submission form is available through the website dorskymuseum.submittable. com/categories/edit/19177

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In the wake of the revelation of Gov. Cuomo’s teetering decision on the conserversial subject of hydrofracking, on Sunday, March 10, keyboardist John Medeski will join several area artists for “We Shall Not Be Moved: An Evening of Spirituals to Benefit Frack Action” at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock. The benefit concert will feature the Medeski, Martin and Wood performer along with Natalie Merchant, Amy Helm, Tracy Bonham, Rachel Yamagata, Simi Stone, among others. The concert, which starts at 6 p.m., will also feature a silent auction. Tickets are $25-65 and available at or by calling 845-679-4406

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RAISE THE TENT: Tickets on sale for Spiegeltent March 11

e-mail us your events: << continued from previous page Gallery, 506 Main St., Beacon; On display through April 7; Solo Performance by Booker T. Jones; Saturday, March 9; 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show; Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock; $35 advance, $45 at the door; 845-679-4406 or “ “The Women of Our Town: A Cultural History of Women in Red Hook;” Sunday, March 10; 3 p.m.; Elmendorph Inn, 7562 N. Broadway, Red Hook; Jen Huber looks at local women’s lives since the 1800s; Free; 845-758-1920 or Waltz and More! Dance; Sunday, March 10; 3-6:30 p.m.; Hudson Valley Dance Depot, 733 Freedom Plains Rd., Poughkeepsie; Waltz with swing, tango and more with beginner lessons included; $15; 845-204-9833 or

BY HV NEWS WEEKEND STAFF Summer’s most spectacular sideshow, the Spiegeltent at Bard College, is back this year and packed to the rim with outrageous performers to transport you to a world like no other. Under the theme of “A World of Delight,” enjoy a variety of acts in the authentic Belgian “mirror tent” including brazen comedian Sandra Bernhard on July 5, jazz act The Hot Sardines channeling 1920s Paris, Obie-winning playwright Taylor Mac and tent favorites Weimar NYC and Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. Tickets for this year’s Spiegeltent season go on sale March 11 at

A decade of art on view This month, bau Gallery will feature Marnie Hillsley and Simon Draper with “Draper: Collage, Collaboration and CoHabitation - a decade of art in the Hudson Valley.” Marnie Hillsley and Simon Draper moved from New York City to the Hudson Valley to start a family. They both grew up in small communities, and wanted to raise their family where there was strong sense of place. The couple’s experience of personal and social practice led to the growth of their Habitat for Artists Project, which will be the focus of the exhibition, running through April 7. An opening reception will be held this weekend during Second Saturday events, March 9, from 6-9 p.m. bau is located at 506 Main St., Beacon. WEEKEND EVENTS

Broadway and Tin Pan Alley; Tuesday, March 12; 7 p.m.; Poughkeepsie Library Adriance Charwat Meeting Room, 105 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Part of the “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” program focusing on a different genre of music each week with documentaries and discussion; Free; 845-4853445 ext. 3702 or

ONGOING “Genesis: Creation and Flood;” Through March 12; James W. Palmer Gallery, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Opening reception on Sunday, Feb. 24, 1-4 p.m., snow date is Sunday, March 3; 845-437-5370. “Spring Awakening;” Through March 17; 8 p.m Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays; The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck; $26 adults, $24 seniors; 845-876-3080 or 17th Annual Lenten Fresh Fish Fry; Every Friday through March 22; 5-7 p.m.; Hyde Park Knights of Columbus, Rte. 9G, Hyde Park; $10, $15 combo plate; 845-229-6111. > >continued on page 10

Heart Walk at Vassar College BY HV NEWS STAFF Hudson Valley residents will strap on their sneakers to join the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk event at Vassar College on Saturday, March 16 to help their own hearts and raise funds for the AHA’s heart programs and research. “Heart disease and stroke are the number one and four killers in the Hudson Valley. Walking can be the magic pill when it comes to improving health. We hope that local residents will join this exciting and inspiring event to support the important work of the American Heart Association,” said Sheila Appel, manager, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs for IBM. Two or four mile walking routes are available, and an estimated 2,500 walkers, from more than 150 company and community teams, are expected to participate. There will be kids’ activities, CPR demonstrations and refreshments and entertainment. The Heart Walk is part of the AHA’s “My Heart. My Life.” initiative to improve the heart health of Americans. The AHA recommends physical activity, like walking, for 30 minutes on most days of the week. Last year’s event raised more than $375,000 for the AHA. It is one of the region’s largest one-day fund raisers. Events like the Heart Walk fund the AHA’s critical research and awareness programs that help save lives from cardiovascular diseases. To register for the walk, visit event Get the word out on your event. Email your calendar listing to by noon on Fridays. Want your event to stand out? Email

Women's History Month celebrated with march, former Newsweek senior editor lecture BY HV NEWS WEEKEND STAFF As part of Women's History Month, on Thursday, March 7, Lynn Povich, the awardwinning journalist with more than 40 years in the news business, will deliver a Lyceum presentation at Dutchess Community College entitled "The Good Girls Revolt." The program, which starts at 12:30 p.m. in the James and Betty Hall Theatre, will highlight Povich's work at Newsweek and she was one of 46 female employees involved in a landmark sexual discrimination lawsuit against the magazine. Povich, who graduated from Vassar, will also read from her book of the same title in Bowne Hall, room 122, on March 26 at 12:30 p.m. For more information call 845-431-8534. And on Friday, March 8 from 2:30-5 p.m., the third annual International Women's Day Celebration will march over the Walkway Over the Hudson as part of the events to commemorate women around the world. Parking is recommended on the Highland side of the Walkway, with a free shuttle service to the march origin at 61 Parker Ave. in Poughkeepsie. Visit for more information.

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Sweet Corn Chowder with Bacon

“Distinct Personalities;” Through March 30; Artists reception Saturday, March 8, 5-7 p.m.; Montgomery Row, 6423 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; Marc Sacerdote will display digitally animated art; 845-876-0543. “Tranquility;” Through April 22; Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wells Fargo Advisors, Montgomery Row, 2nd Floor, Rhinebeck;

UPCOMING Meeting of the End The New Jim Crow Action Committee; Wednesday, March 13; 6-7:30 p.m.; Sadie Peterson Delany African Roots Library, Family Partnership Center, 29 N. Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie; 845-475-8781. Genealogy Research Program; Thursday, March 14; 6:30 p.m.; Beekman Library, 11 Town Center Blvd., Hopewell Junction; 845-724-3414 or Poet and Artist Stanley Blum; Friday, March 15; 7 p.m.; Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; 845-876-0500; “Soul Masters” Film Screening and Diving Healing Hands Blessings; Friday, March 15; 7-9 p.m.; Inner Light Health Spa, 1 E. Dorsey Ln., Poughkeepsie; Free; 845-849-1715 or drsha. com. > >continued on next page



A few years ago Migliorelli Farm started freezing their excess produce and packaging it into one pound bags so that locals would be able to savor their delicious sweet corn even in the middle of the winter. You can pick up a bag at the Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market this Sunday and have this scrumptious, and easy, corn chowder for dinner that evening. The recipe below is from Farmers’ Market Manager Cheryl Paff, who told us, “I absolutely love corn chowder but almost never feel like making soup when corn is in season in the middle of the summer heat. So, these frozen packets seem perfect to me.” This corn chowder recipe won first prize in the New York Farmers’ Market Recipe contest.

Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market has wide array of offerings BY CAROLINE CAREY The Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market proves that the Hudson Valley’s bounty doesn’t end during the colder months. While many may associate winter farmers’ markets with a limited selection of root vegetables, the Rhinebeck winter market offers a colorful variety, from farmers who grow and process creatively, to offer good food all year round. With fresh greens, winter staples of squash, parsnips and potatoes, meat, cheese and bread (not to mention beer and wine), the market offers almost everything needed to make hearty, varied winter meals. Frozen produce like corn and berries, along with treats like gelato, recall summer’s warmth. The Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and has been named “Best in the Hudson Valley” by Hudson Valley Magazine for five years running. The winter market is in its third season. Year-round, the market serves as a gathering place for the Rhinebeck community, a place to come together while supporting local farmers. It’s a draw for out-of-town visitors, too. “I think people know that they will find fresh, high quality products when they come to the market and that they will find varieties of produce that they won’t find anywhere else,” says Cheryl Paff, market manager. “We try very hard to create a unique and diverse selection of products that highlights what’s best about our region.” Winter market shoppers will find greenhouse-grown salad greens from Little Seed Gardens, a wide variety of potatoes from Healthway Farms, mushrooms from Wiltbank Farm, and winter greens, root vegetables and frozen produce from Migliorelli Farm (along with apples and cider). To round out the offerings, Our Daily Bread sells bread and pastries. Dancing Ewe, Amazing Real Live Food Co., and Lynnhaven offer indulgent cheeses, and Kesicke Farm, Quattro’s Game Farm and Highland Farm supply local meat products, including beef, poultry and venison. And to top it off, customers can pick up a bottle of wine from Cascade Mountain Winery, a growler of beer from Chatham Brewing, or a pint of gelato from Lazy Crazy Acres. There’s even a rotating variety of prepared food from Julia and Isabella, heat-and-eat meals prepared with local ingredients. For shoppers in need of winter meal inspiration, the Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market supplies creative recipe cards at each market. Sweet corn chowder with bacon, recipe at right, takes advantage of the abundance of frozen vegetables and recalls the peak of summer. Almost all of the ingredients for the recipes can be found at the winter market. New recipes are available at each market, and past recipes can be found on the market’s blog at The Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market continues throughout the winter on alternate Sundays. Upcoming market dates are March 10 and 24, April 7 and 21. The market is held inside the Rhinebeck Town Hall at 80 East Market St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The outdoor market will be back beginning on Mothers’ Day and runs every Sunday in the municipal parking. For more information, visit the market’s website at

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Ingredients: 4 slices of slab bacon, diced 1 large onion, diced Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 red potatoes (about 1 pound), peeled and diced 1 quart chicken broth 1 pound corn kernels 2 cups milk 1 cup cream 2 Tbsp. corn flour (or Masa Harina) 1/4 cup water 1 Tbsp. maple syrup 1 Tbsp. chipotle in adobo


Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook for 2-3 minutes allowing the fat to render. Add the onions, a pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Sauté 3 minutes. Add the potatoes and stir to coat. Then add the chicken broth. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer. Simmer 15 minutes. Add the corn, milk and cream. Season with salt and pepper. Raise the heat to medium and bring just barely to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Puree half of the soup, in a blender or with an immersion blender, and return the puree back to the pot. Combine the corn flour and water to make a slurry. Add this to the soup along with the maple syrup and chipotle in adobo. Simmer another 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust the amount of chipotle to the level of spice that you like.

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WEEKEND EATS e-mail us your events: << continued from page 9 Morton Acoustic Night; Friday, March 15; 8 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; Donations suggested; 845-876-2903. Half Moon Theatre’s “Good People;” March 15-24; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays; Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie; 845-235-9885 or Northern Dutchess Rod and Gun Club Dinner; Saturday, March 16; 4:30-9 p.m.; 40 Enterprise Rd., Rhinebeck; Call for tickets; 845-876-3711.


A few of the participating chefs in this year’s Restaurant Week. Photo courtesy of The Valley Table & Jim Metzger for Simondigital.


BY HV NEWS WEEKEND STAFF With the Culinary as our background, and that of many of the area's chef's, take a bite into the best that the Hudson Valley has to offer with a week dedicated to experiencing the tastes of over 170 restaurants across seven counties. Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, taking place March 11-24, offers diners the option to experience prix-fixe menus, with lunch offered for $20.95 plus beverages, taxes and tip, along with three course dinners costing $29.95. “Home to the country’s foremost cooking school, world-class wineries and distilleries, award-winning cheese makers and some of the top chefs in America,” Janet Crawshaw, founder of the event said. “It makes for world-class eating on par with the best dining destinations in the world.” The spring line up includes 31 restaurants participating in Dutchess County, with twelve new additions, including Barnaby’s, New Paltz; Brother’s Trattoria, Poughquag; Carlo’s Trattoria, Lagrangeville; Elaine’s Tap & Table, Poughkeepsie; Mary Kelly’s, Beacon; MP Taverna, Irvington; North Plank Road Tavern, Newburgh; Primavera, Croton Falls; and Trattoria Locanda, Fishkill. Restaurant Week, co-chaired by chef Peter X. Kelly of the Xavier Restaurant Group and Culinary Institute of America president Tim Ryan, attracts more than 200,00 diners to the area annually. "It provides an extremely effective platform for promoting the region," Crawshaw explained. "And an extraordinary opportunity for restaurants and chefs to showcase their best creations and attract new patrons and delight regular customers." Reservations are recommeneded. A full list of participating restaurants is available at

Tap in to a state staple

This weekend starts the longstanding tradition of producing maple syrup from New York’s state tree with a series of events that explains the process of maple-sugaring as well as lets guests sample products of the sweet treat. On March 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Randolph School in Wappingers Falls will host their fourth annual Maple Fest featuring a tour tapping into maple trees on the school’s forested property and culminating in a pancake lunch. Vist for directions and details. Also on tap, the Taconic Outdoor Education Center located in Fahnestock State Park will be hosting its 20th annual pancake breakfast Sunday, March 10 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Call 845-265-3773 for more information.

Heating up at the 2nd Annual Challenge Your Colon Chili Festival

This Sunday, March 10 from noon to 3 p.m., Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, warm up and taste local culinary flavors of the Hudson valley with chili samplings from local restaurants, country music, dancing and pasta tasting for children. Proceeds will provide colon cancer-related services to the underserved in the community. Tickets are $35 adults, $5 children with pre-registration required and available at

St. Pauls Episcopal Church Annual Irish Dinner; Saturday, March 16; 4:30-7 p.m.; St. Pauls, 806 Traver Rd., Pleasant Valley; $12 adults, $8 children ages 8 and under; children under 6 are free; Take-out available; 845-635-2854. Dutchess County Pomona Grange #32 Penny Social; Saturday, March 16; 5:30 p.m.; Oak Grove Grange Hall, 2 St. Nicholas Rd., Wappingers Falls; 845-868-7869. Author Christa Parravani; Saturday, March 16; 7 p.m.; Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; Bard graduate talks about her book “Her: A Memoir” about her identical sister’s death and the statistic that 50 percent of the time the surviving twin dies within two years; 845-8760500 or Hudson Valley Philharmonic’s “Clibum Gold;” Saturday, March 16; 8 p.m.; Bardavon 1869 Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie; $31-53; 845-473-2072 or Passover 101; Sunday, March 17; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; Vassar Temple, 140 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie; Recipes will be distributed and other tips to create a seder; 914-456-7309. Tiny Temple; Sunday, March 17; 11 a.m.-noon; Vassar Temple, 140 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie; Preschoolers will learn about Passover through crafts, songs and stories; Free; RSVP to Hope College Chapel Choir; Sunday, March 17; 3:30 p.m.; Reformed Church, 70 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie; Presented by the Tower Music Series; $10 suggested donation; 845-452-8110 or Swing Jazz; Tuesday, March 19; 7 p.m.; Poughkeepsie Library Adriance Charwat Meeting Room, 105 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Part of the “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular > >continued on page 13

Volunteers needed to share the love of state parks

Registration is approaching to become a 2013 volunteer for the second annual I Love My Park Day events across New York State. Over 60 historic sites and state parks have signed up to host a variety of events taking place on May 5. Sites in the area include the Harlem Valley Rail Trail at Taconic State Park, the Walkway Over the Hudson, Washington's Headquarters and Minnewaska State Park Preserve. Visit for more details.

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Let’s hear it for silence

BY ANN LAFARGE Sometimes, there’s just too oo much news. This past week or al so, between the Oscars, the sequester, and the papal o brouhaha, heads were spinning. I mosied on over to the bookshelf and picked up a copy of a novel I read a few years ago and saved to read again. Now was justt y the right moment to re-read David Osborn’s lively thriller, “The Last Pope,” now available as an e-book from Barnes & Noble. The novel has been compared to “The Shose of the Fisherman” and, natch, “The Da Vinci Code,” and deals with the great moral issues that divide, and may have always divided, the church. The lords of the church are meeting to elect a successor to beloved Pope Gregory XVIII. There are two major contenders – one, whose soul belongs to the Inquisition; the other, an American, who hopes to bring reforms to the church. There’s also a jet-setting modern Mary Magdalene who experiences a religious conversion. Settle in for a happy night’s read with this terrific novel. Plus ca change, as my grandmother was wont to say. The good news, by the way, about the news, is that you can turn it off. Shhhhhh! That’s the message of a very fine new book that provides an antidote to the barrage of noise we’re all subjected to, Graham Turner’s “The Power of Silence –The Riches That Lie Within” (Bloomsbury, $27). “Noise,” the author reminds us, “has become our default setting.” Bombarded, and sick of it, he decided to explore the world of silence, and meet those who most value it. He traveled the world, interviewing and chatting with monastics, religious leaders, musicians, actors, psychotherapists, yoga and meditation teachers, and a long-time prisoner. A British rabbi told him, “Modern life does not give us enough time for silence. We have to listen to hear the music beneath the noise. That’s what I think religious faith is about, the ability to hear the music beneath the noise.” If the subject lures you, look up a copy of another book about silence, Susan Cain’s “Quiet,” a meditation on the value of the introvert. I’m not sure why, but memoirs, all kinds of memoirs, are appearing this season. I mentioned several last week, and here are three more. Mikey Walsh’s “Gypsy Boy,” praised by this reviewer a few years ago, was a bestselling memoir of growing up in England’s Romany gypsy community. Now, he has written a sequel, “Gypsy Boy on the Run: My Escape from a Life Among the Romany Gypsies” (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, $25). After growing up mostly illiterate, beaten by his father, sexually abused by an uncle, and now realizing that he is gay (an anathema to gypsies), Mikey knows he must escape. Even knowing that “if you leave, you can never come back,” he flees along with his friend Caleb. “I was 15 years old,” he writes, “and I was running away from everything I had ever known.” {12} March 6, 2013 | | Hudson valley news

Dumped by Caleb, and alone without funds, Mikey manages to find lodging and work, to “wash myself clean of the person I used to be.” But is that ever possible, when his very lifestyle was a betrayal of the culture he came from? His story is remarkable, sometimes heartbreaking, often inspiring. I hope there will be a third book from this fine writer someday. In this mother’s opinion, there can be no worse tragedy, ever, than losing a child. Having a child and knowing, from the start, that you are going to lose him, and soon, is unthinkable, unimaginable. But that is what happened to Emily Rapp and her husband when their first child was born, and soon diagnosed with a fatal illness. Rapp tells her story in a brave and beautifully written memoir, “The Still Point of the Turning World – A Mother’s Story” (The Penguin Press , $26). When baby Ronan was diagnosed with Tay-Sachs disease, which is always fatal, Rapp knew that her life was changed forever. And she began to write. She studied writings on the subject of grief; she found that learning to live with death was also learning how to live, realizing at the same time that “it is impossible to truly care about the sorrows of the world until they are our own.” Along the way, she found solace in a Buddhist retreat, a shelter for abandoned animals, and, especially, in art, literature, philosophy and poetry. Her story is a love letter to her son. Asked in an interview why she wrote the book, she revealed that she has experienced “hypergraphia – I literally couldn’t stop writing ... writing the book felt like a way of kicking back at the chaos of the universe, at this incredibly raw deal: you gave me this experience? Watch and see what I do with it.” Memoirs of grief, I’ve learned over the ages, are not just for the grieving. So, just one more, okay? You don’t have to be a twin to marvel at the story told in Chrita Parravani’s memoir, “her” (Henry Holt, $26). “I used to be an identical twin. I gazed at myself in the mirror after she died, and there she was.” Parravani, like Emily Rapp, turned to writing in order to bring her sister back to life. “I learned another language: posthumous twin talk.” Christa’s twin sister, Cara, “lost herself to a rape and drugs. I lost myself first in the fight to save her...” She recaps her childhood, her parents’ divorce, her mother’s second husband (in the military), moving from place to place. Both girls went to Bard College signings and sightings and married young. Then one day, while walking her dog in the park, Emily was Bard alum and “her” author Christa Parravani will be in Rhinebrutally raped and her life was ruined. beck at Oblong Books & Music on There was rehab, mental hospitals, heroin Saturday, March 16 at 7 p.m. to and suicide attempts. “Somebody has disucss her passionate memoir. replaced my sister with a mental patient Parravani’s book reflects the auin a sweat suit.” And then she died. thor’s relationship with her identi“Writing,” the author tells us, “did what cal twin, Cara, who were “linked time and therapy and lovers never could.” by a bond that went beyond sibNo more memoirs, at least for a while. linghood and sisterhood.” A few years after Cara passed, Christa I promise. Next week, the spring books read that 50 percent of the time begin and we’ll all lighten up. 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

after an identical twin dies, the surviving sibling dies within two years. Parravani will discuss her struggle during next week’s free author event. www.oblongbooks. com/event

e-mail us your events: << continued from page 11 Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” program focusing on a different genre of music each week with documentaries and discussion; Free; 845-485-3445 ext. 3702 or Rhinebeck @ Home Lunch; Wednesday, March 20; noon; Eveready Diner, 6595 Rte. 9, Rhinebeck; $15 per person, all inclusive; RSVP or for a ride, call 845-876-4663.

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Cookies raise money for cancer

BY HV NEWS STAFF As part of the annual Community Purim Carnival, the Jewish Community Center of Dutchess County held a “Cookies for Kids Cancer” sale to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Volunteers baked hundreds of chocolate chip cookies and Hamentashen, the traditional Jewish fruit-filled shortbread Purim cookie, in the week before the carnival. As the over three hundred people who attended the carnival on February 24, played games, earned tickets for prizes, and dined on a kosher hot dog lunch, volunteers manned the Cookies for Kids Cancer booth. Between cookie sales and donations, over $850 was raised for this cause. “It was a fantastic amount for our first attempt at a cookie sale,” said organizer Christian Kinnally, who plans to make the Hamentashen sale an annual event.

Locally produced film gets Hudson Valley premiere

BY HV NEWS WEEKEND Local communities in the backdrop of the film "The Brass Teapot" will see their place on the big screen as the Hudson Valley Programmers Group will present two screenings of the the dark comedy at the Beacon Theatre on March 22 and the Downing Film Center in Newburgh on March 23. Both shows are at 8 p.m., with a wine and cheese reception preceding the screening in Newburgh at 7:15 p.m. A question and answer session with members of the cast and crew will follow both screenings. "'The Brass Teapot' was the first production to use the state of the art Umbra of Newburgh stage," said film commissioner Laurent Rejto. "The film also used the Newburgh Armory Unity Center, (also a qualified stage) for staging. The production benefited multiple counties, especially Dutchess and Orange over a six-week period and generated well over $400,000 in direct spending." The film, which will be released through Magnolia Pictures on April 5, stars Juno Temple, recently seen in "The Dark Knight Rises," as Alice who, once voted "Most Likely to Succeed" is trying to change her luck and acquires a mysterious brass teapot from an antique shop that may solve all of her problems. The film, which was shot in Beacon, Newburgh, Kingston and several other regional towns, also features “Saturday Night Live” castmate Bobby Moynihan, along with Michael Angarano, Alexis Bledel and Alia Shawkat. For tickets, visit or contact the venues directly.

“Orchestra of Exiles;” Wednesday, March 20; 7:30 p.m.; Weis Cinema of the Bertelsmann Campus Center, Bard College, Annandaleon-Hudson; Academy Award-nominated documentarty about Bronislaw Huberman, the Polish violinist who founded the Israel Philharmonic; Free; 845-758-7878. “Emergence of Christianity;” March 22; 12:30 p.m.; Church of St. John the Evangelist, 1114 River Rd., Barrytown; Bruce Chilton will lead the Spring 2013 Lenton Luncheon Lecture Series hosted by the Institute of Advanced Theology; Lecture followed by question and answer session and lunch for $6; 845-758-7279.

Music Therapy Education Day 2013

BY HV NEWS STAFF The eighth annual Hospice and Palliative Care Music Therapy Supervisor and Intern Education Day will be hosted by Hospice, at its Poughkeepsie offices at 374 Violet Ave,, on Friday, March 8. It will feature a full day of education, provided by Hospice staff members Terry Blaine, music therapy program leader, and interns Katherine Cazier, Qi Yang, and Lorie Grucella. Guest presenters will include Peggy Kuras, coordinator of volunteers, Kim Warner, director of psychosocial services, and Ingrid Fiege, patient services coordinator. Attendance will include music therapy program directors, supervisors and interns from New York area Hospice and palliative care programs including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Beth Israel Medical Center, Metropolitan Jewish Hospice and Calvary Hospital. In addition to the education provided, participants will be sharing songs and intervention procedures when serving patients, as well as having breakout sessions for interns and supervisors to discuss current issues and trends in music therapy.

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Lecture on Farrand gardens in Hyde Park planned BY HV NEWS STAFF Given the long mud season ahead of us, it is hard to believe that spring and summer, and the lush gardens that define them, will ever return to the Hudson Valley. But come they will, and the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association is helping us believe with the announcement of the seventh annual Bellefield Design lecture, with Rick Darke, that will be held on June 2. Beatrix Farrand was a landscape gardener whose work defined the American taste in gardens throughout the first half of the 20th century. For generations, gardens consisted of tender and annual plants set out each year in elaborately shaped beds cut into lawn. Farrand joined the likes of England’s Gertrude Jekyll and William Robinson


in championing the use of perennial plants in combinations based upon color harmony, bloom sequence and texture. This was the birth of the mixed border that is standard in gardens today. One of the classic examples of her work can be experienced at Bellefield, a historic estate located on Route 9 in Hyde Park. Darke, renowned author, photographer and landscape consultant, will present his recently expanded edition of Robinson’s influential book “The Wild Garden,” first published in 1870. Robinson›s approach inspired Farrand throughout her career, and now Darke reintroduces this groundbreaking text on the creation of sustainable landscapes to a new generation of gardeners. Robinson’s revolutionary book envisioned an authentically naturalistic approach to gardening that is more vital today than ever before. In the book, Robinson issued a forceful challenge to the prevailing style of the day, which relied upon tender plants arranged in rigidly geometrical designs. In sharp contrast, Robinson advocated for the use of hardy, locally adapted native and exotic plants arranged according to local growing conditions. Robinson’s vision was inspired by his first-hand observations of natural habitats in Europe and North America. “The Wild Garden” was ground-breaking and hugely influential in its day, and is stunningly relevant to twenty-first century gardeners and landscape stewards seeking to adopt sustainable design and management practices. In addition to the complete original text and illustrations from the fifth edition of 1895, the expanded edition includes new chapters and 112 color photographs by Darke. The lecture will take place at the Wallace Visitor Center at the FDR site on June 2 at 2 p.m. The cost is $30 for Farrand members and $35 for non-members. A garden reception, book signing and heirloom plant sale will take place after the lecture. An exclusive luncheon with Darke, overlooking the garden at Bellefield, will precede the lecture. The luncheon will feature lobster salad and champagne, and is $150 per person with the lecture included, and there are a few seats still available. To make reservations for the lecture and/or luncheon, contact

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Spackenkill Brownie Troop donates to Dutchess Outreach BY HV NEWS STAFF When the Brownies of Girl Scout Troop 10131 learned the shelves at Dutchess Outreach’s Beverly Closs Food Pantry were low on food items, the girls wanted to help and got right to work, collecting more than 150 food item donations from family and friends. They also pledged to donate cookies and even a portion of their cookie sale profits to the food pantry as part of their 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Sale “Gift of Caring Project.” The girl scouts learned of the food shortage at Dutchess Outreach while working to earn the Brownie “Philanthropist” badge, a badge where they explore basic human needs and learn how they can be a person who gives to people who need help. They invited Dutchess Outreach Volunteer Coordinator Carol Beck, a former Girl Scout, to a recent troop meeting to help them learn more about Dutchess Outreach and its important programs. In preparation for the meeting, they had asked friends and family to contribute basic food staples such as tuna, canned vegetables, soups, cereal, pasta, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter and more. Troop 10131 has also chosen to support Dutchess Outreach for their “Gift of Caring” project and will bring Girl Scout cookies donated by customers to the food pantry. As part of the 2013 Girl Scout cookie sale, which is currently underway, customers can

make a donation to Girl Scouts and the money will be used to purchase cookies to be donated to local organizations or troops serving overseas. Troop 10131 hopes to be able to donate at least 100 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the Dutchess Outreach food pantry. Additionally, Troop 10131 will donate a portion of the troop’s cookie “profits” to Dutchess Outreach. Troops receive a portion of cookie sale money which can fund troop activities such as camping and educational trips. Troop 10131 hopes to donate at least $100 of its cookie money to Dutchess Outreach to enhance their Gift of Caring project. “A key part of the Girl Scout mission is to help girls learn how they can make positive changes in the world around them,” said Troop 10131 co-leader Leesa Marcinelli. “We are very proud of the way these girls have embraced the idea of helping others and are working hard to achieve those goals.” There are 14 Brownies in Troop 10131, all are third graders at Hagan Elementary School in the Spackenkill school district in Poughkeepsie. Individuals or organizations interested in purchasing Girl Scout cookies and supporting Troop 10131’s Gift of Caring project can contact troop “Cookie Mom” Colleen Pillus at 845-416-2969 or at Cookies are four dollars per box.

BY HV NEWS STAFF Do you want to earn college credits while still attending high school? If so, learn more about Dutchess Community College’s program for high school students interested in attending classes on campus and earning college credit during their junior or senior year. The Early Admissions/Bridge Program gives students the chance to attend DCC, either full- or part-time, and to participate in DCC’s extra-curricular offerings including clubs, student government and other activities.

Bridge students may take classes at the Poughkeepsie or Wappingers Falls campus. Students from high schools throughout Dutchess, Putnam and surrounding counties are currently participating in this program. The information session will take place on March 13 at 7 p.m. in the James and Betty Hall Theatre in Dutchess Hall on DCC’s Poughkeepsie campus. Parents are encouraged to attend and registration is not required. An optional campus tour will begin at 6 p.m. For more information, call the DCC Admissions office at 845-431-8010 or visit

Bryan Wigton, the CEO of Ulster Computers was the guest speaker at Millbrook Rotary on February 27. Wigton has been an IT consultant since the early 1990s. He spoke about how communication technology has changed the way we all interact, both privately and professionally, warning club members about hacking and the increase in sophisticated virus and worm systems. His main message could be summarized as “Be paranoid! Don’t open any unknown emails. Make sure you have a safe password.” Wigton encouraged everyone to take advantage of to determine how quickly today’s sophisticated programs can break a given password. He gave examples that were exposed in seconds (such as the most common password – “password”), but with a little alteration, potentially would last over 50 years (for example, “password!”). He also encouraged everyone to use free or inexpensive programs that eliminate malware, software that takes control of your computer for purposes other than your own, or viruses and worms.

Free workshop on wills BY HV NEWS STAFF A workshop on wills, trusts and estates, with attorney Shari S.L. Hubner, will be held on Tuesday, March 19 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Manor at Woodside. The workshop will provide practical tips on important legal documents, such as wills, trusts, powers of attorney and medical directives. Payment sources for long-term care, with the exception of Medicaid, both at home and in a nursing home, will also be discussed. Hubner brings 20 years of experience as a practitioner concentrating in elder law and long term care planning. This is one in a series of free workshops for caregivers sponsored by Saint Francis Hospital and Health Centers. Though the presentation is free, space is limited. Please reserve your spot by calling 845-483-5560. The Manor at Woodside is at 168 Academy St., Poughkeepsie.

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The St. Joseph’s-Millbrook fifth and sixth grade girls CYO basketball team came in first place recently with a 10-0 record. Pictured, seated left to right: Kerriann Quinn, Alexia Williams, Daniella Muscari, Caroline D’Agostino, Arianna Radovic; Pictured, standing, left to right, coach Mark D’Agostino, Angelina Zeolla, Erin Fox, Claire Martell, Caroline Halpin, Ciarra Ortiz, Tiffany Bonk, Coach Chris Muscari. Photo submitted. Hudson valley news | | March 6, 2013 {15}

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Pleasant Valley Lyme Support Group Meeting The Mid-Hudson Lyme Disease Support Group meets on Wednesday, March 13 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church on Rte. 44 in Pleasant Valley. Caregivers are also encouraged to come to learn how to cope with the problems associated with Lyme and associated diseases. The church is located between the two traffic lights, across Rte. 44 from the CVS Pharmacy, and between the library and a cemetery. For more information, contact Pat at 845-889-4242 or Rachel 845229-8925. For more information visit

Rhinebeck Lyme Support Group Meeting The Northern Dutchess Lyme Disease Support Group meets on Thursday, March 14 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the First Baptist Church, 11 Astor Drive, Rhinebeck. Lyme patients, the general public, and the medical community are invited to attend. Caregivers are also encouraged to come to learn how to cope with the problems associated with Lyme and associated diseases. For more information, contact Mary Belliveau at 914-489-1202.

ULCS holds open house for prospective students The Upton Lake Christian School (ULCS) is holding an open house for potential students entering prekindergarted through high school from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays, March 8, 15 and 22. No reservations are required. Just go to the school office and participate in the open house. Principal Dee Hoiem of ULCS commented that the school provides learning experiences in an integrated theme approach. Since parents are a child’s most important teachers, we partner prayerfully with them in the process. We welcome parent involvement! Full day pre-kindergarted adds individualized instruction and enrichment in art, music, physical development, library, learning centers, play and rest. The school is located at 37 Shepherds Way (off Salt Point Turnpike, 1 mile east of the Taconic State Parkway) in Clinton

Corners. For more information, call the office at 845-266-3497 or visit

Clinton Community Blood Drive The Clinton Community Blood Drive is co-sponsored by the Clinton Alliance Church, the Clinton Community Library and the West Clinton Fire Department. During the wintertime, there is a dire shortage of blood. The blood drive will be held on Friday, March 15 from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Alliance Church’s Youth Hall across the street from the church. The Clinton Alliance Church is located at 1192 Centre Road (County Route 18, north of Schultzville) in the Town of Clinton. Anyone between the ages of 18 and 70 can give blood if they are in good health and weigh more than 110 pounds. If you are older than 70, you will also need a letter from your doctor stating you can give blood. If you are 17 years old, you’ll need your parent’s or guardian’s written permission. Blood donation appointments can be made by calling the Clinton Community Library at 845-2665530 and walk-ins are also welcome. For any blood donation questions, call Tom Lint at 845-266-3904. A wonderful St. Patrick’s Day gift would be the donation of blood.

Search for Centenarians is on Do you know a Dutchess County resident who will be turning 100 or older anytime this year or celebrating 70 or more years of marriage? If so, call the Office for Aging at 845-486-2555 and let them know. They will send a personal invitation to their annual Celebration of Aging luncheon which is held each May, during Older Americans Month. Also honored at the event are the Dutchess County Senior Citizens of the Year. Call to find the required information needed to nominate a person for Senior Citizens of the Year. Don’t delay and act now. They are currently aware of over 60 Dutchess County centenarians ranging in age from 100 to 108.

The Daniel Center holds Spaghetti Dinner Report The Daniel Center held a Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner during the evening of March 2 at the West Clinton Fire Department Station 1. There was a fantastic turnout for this activity as noted by the crowded parking lot and the filled dining tables. People came from all parts of Dutchess County and from surrounding

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counties. The crowds came to eat, to support the organization, to meet friends and neighbors, and maybe even meet new friends. There were many activities including a children’s play table, DJ for music, raffles, and door prizes. The meal was salad, spaghetti, meatballs, sauce, French bread, many varieties of dessert from cakes to cookies, and assorted beverages. Many people went back for seconds as they enjoyed the spaghetti and meatballs. The efficient staffing kept the buffet line moving and cleared the tables for other to sit down. There were three door prizes; a large spaghetti making and serving basket, a floral arrangement from The Green Oak Florist in Hyde Park, and a $50 Kohl’s gift card. A special raffle was held for a $100 bill and it was won by Sheldon Martin from Poughkeepsie. The 50/50 was a large amount of money for the winner. The large silent auction had a variety of items including three Marilyn Monroe photos mounted in one frame, varieties of gift certificates, scarves, a basket of hair products, bottles of wine, and several handmade aprons. The Daniel Center Director Julia Dehn thanked all the attendees for coming and making this a successful fundraiser. Julia described why she started this center in memory of her brother Daniel, a Vietnam War veteran, who upon returning home suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, became homeless, and committed suicide in 2006. She described the purpose of The Daniel Center and noted that they have obtained office space in Highland and are starting to help local veterans and their families with their transitional problems when returning home from the wars. They are still raising funds to purchase a home to better serve the veterans. She also thanked her volunteer staff for working at the dinner, the West Clinton Fire District for the use of the hall, West Clinton Fire Department member Steve Schaefer for helping them with the opening of the hall and getting the dinner going, DJ Vishous Sounds Entertainment run by the DaVishous Brothers for donating their services at all the fundraisers over the years, and all those who donated the silent auction and raffle items. The mission statement is for The Daniel Center to be a place where veterans can come to interact with other veterans, share experiences, give each other encouragement and support for transition back into society. We are group of caring professionals who will provide services as we help them transition from the combat field to the backyard. We will

address issues faced by veterans with various therapeutic services. The center will give our veterans the tools they need to build a quality of life that they deserve. The Daniel Center will prove to provide a huge impact on the community of the Hudson Valley and beyond. They also work with family members and relatives, if needed. They are still fundraising to find a home to house their office, to provide sleeping rooms for the veterans, and rooms for the services they provide. All donations are tax deductible and make your check payable to The Daniel Center, Inc. and mail to their office at 20 Milton Avenue, Suite 2, Highland, NY 12528. For more information call 845-691-4570 ext. 320 or email info@ or visit their webpage at The next fundraiser will be on Sunday, June 9 in Milton. It will be their famous pig roast and a classic car show. Watch this column for details when they become available in May.

Pine Plains FFA helps St. Jude Hospital Report On February 22, the Pine Plains Future Farmers of America officer team began their winter officer retreat by volunteering at the WRWD St. Jude radiothon where they spent time helping to collect money for the kids at St. Jude Hospital. This was a fabulous event that helps many children with cancer and they hope to continue helping in the future. The Pine Plains FFA had previously voted at a meeting to donate money to the organization and they gave their one time donation of $300 during a 15 minute matching time that was sponsored by Clear Channel Radio. So their $300 donation was doubled to $600. After completing their community service, they headed back to their high school to kick start their annual winter officer retreat. At the retreat, all the officers got together with their advisor, slept at the school for one night, and completed leadership activities that helped to strengthen their officer team by working together to complete tasks and become better team players. Also, plans were made for the FFA chapter as a whole, such as planning activities that will improve the chapter while being a positive influence on the younger members. The retreat ended with a chapter activity of bowling where all of the members were invited to participate. To respond to Ray Oberly’s column, email

“WE’RE IN THE MONEY!” The cast of “42nd Street” at Stissing Mountain High School prepares for opening night this coming Friday, March 8. Photo by Heidi Johnson.

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BY HEIDI JOHNSON Stanford News will be quite short this week. It is “Tech Day” at the show today, which means the lighting and sound crews are in. The cast/crew will rehearse for 10 hours today, and the various committees, including costumes, have to be on hand for last minute adjustments. But, there are a few news items I did not want you all to miss. Read below:

Blood Drive at Stanford Fire Company The Stanford Fire Company will be holding a blood drive tomorrow, Thursday, March 7 from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Please donate if you can. Bring photo identification and drink plenty of fluids before donating.

Conrad Levenson Show at New York Armory Local artist/sculptor Conrad Levenson is participating in the Fountain Art Fair at the New York Armory this coming weekend. This is pretty exciting stuff! Hours are: Friday, March 8, 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, March 9, noon to midnight and Sunday, March 10, noon to 5 p.m. Please visit fountainartfair. com/visitor-info/ for more information. Catch it if you can. It’s great to see a local artist at such a prestigious show. The show is located at the 69th Regiment Armory, 25th Street and Lexington Ave., New York, NY.

“42nd Street” opens Friday at Stissing Theatre Guild “42nd Street” opens Friday, March 8 at Stissing Mountain High School. There will be three shows – Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 10 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Call the box office at 518-398-1272 to reserve tickets with MasterCard or Visa. Or visit the box office in person to pay by cash or check. Hours are Monday through Friday 3 to 7 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stissing Mountain High School is located at 2829 Church Street, Pine Plains.

This is your only chance to catch this truly spectacular show! The sets alone are worth the price of admission. Honest. They are absolutely the most intricate and creative sets this area has ever seen, from six full-sized marquee lights to spinning six foot dimes. Do not miss it! Call today for tickets. If you want until the day of the show, you may miss out.

For more information, contact Pomona Grange Secretary Ryan Orton at 845868-7869. Who says there’s no free lunch? Join the Rowe United Methodist Church for a free soup and sandwich luncheon at the church, 1378 Rte. 199 in Milan (just west of the Taconic State Parkway) on Sunday, March 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring a non-perishable food item or give a free will offering to benefit local

food pantries. Also, rummage sale items, including winter close-out racks, many good treasures, and custom Easter baskets, will be available. For more information, contact Bev Groth at 845-758-0657. Stanford Grange #808 will host its annual corned beef and cabbage dinner on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17, at the Stanford Grange Hall, 6043 Rte. 82, Stanfordville. There will be one serving at 2 p.m. Cost is $12 per person, $6 for children ages six to 12, and free for children age five and under. A bake sale raffle will also be held. Reservations are a must. For reservations, call Louise Woodcock at 845-868-7548. The story about the recently honored firefighter is still in the works. Apologies for the delay – read next week for the story. Thanks, everyone, for being so patient with my scatterbrained column this week. Life will return to “normal” on March 11! Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or

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Upcoming Grange Events Stanford Grange Secretary Ryan Orton asked me to share the following information about upcoming events: Dutchess County Pomona Grange #32 will host its annual Penny Social on Saturday, March 16 at the Oak Grove Grange Hall, 2 St. Nicholas Road, Wappingers Falls. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and calling begins at 7 p.m. Come out and win great prizes for pennies! There will be penny items, a baked goods table, a dollar table, and a special theme basket table with baskets donated by our Dutchess County Community Granges.

Rhinebeck seeks volunteers to hide Easter eggs BY HV NEWS STAFF The town of Rhinebeck Easter Egg Hunt on March 23 is seeking volunteers to help hide eggs. Interested individuals will meet at the Rec Park that Saturday morning around 8:45 a.m. Contact Rhonda Hammond by emailing if you are interested.

FATAL CRASH IN PLEASANT VALLEY BY HV NEWS STAFF The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a one car fatal auto crash that occurred Thursday afternoon in Pleasant Valley. Sheriff’s deputies responded to North Ave. for the report of a potentially serious auto accident with possible entrapment. Upon arrival, and in conjunction with EMS, it was determined that the driver and sole occupant was dead on the scene. The victim was identified as James T.

McDonnell, 65, of Clinton Corners. Preliminary investigation revealed that McDonnell was operating a 2004 Dodge Dakota pickup northbound on North Ave., near Hurley Rd., when he lost control, left the roadway and struck a tree. The investigation into the cause of the crash is continuing. The Sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by members of the Pleasant Valley Fire Department and the Dutchess County medical examiner.

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Audrey Carson at the helm during her last day at the Staatsburgh Post Office. Photo by Nicole DeLawder.

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Notice of Formation of HUDSON VALLEY FARMER’S MARKET, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on November 29, 2012. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: Hudson Valley Farmer’s Market, LLC, 223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook, NY 12571. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Notice of Formation of Berrian Construction, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/20/12. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 9 Birchwood Terr., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Purpose: Any lawful activity. JULDEMAR LLC, Arts of Org filed with the SSNY on 01/15/2013.Office loc: Dutchess County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: JULDEMAR LLC, PO Box 223, Pleasant Valley, 12569 Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

Application for Authority of Link Farm, LLC. Application for Authority was filed with the Secretary of State of New York on February 12, 2013. The LLC was organized in New Jersey on February 8, 2008. The office and principal business location of the LLC in this state is in Dutchess County at 29 Bockee Lane, Stanfordville, New York 12582. The Secretary of State is designated as the agent of the Company upon whom process against the Company may be served and who shall mail a copy thereof to Shoohyung Kim, 137 Greene Street #3N, New York, New York 10012. A copy of the Articles of Organization are filed with the Department of the Treasury, Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services, PO Box 451, Trenton, NJ 08646. The purpose of the business of the LLC is to engage in any business which may lawfully be conducted by a LLC pursuant to the New Jersey Limited Liability Company Act. Stanford Cemetery Association Annual Meeting March 15, 2013 at United Church of Christ Education Building - Rte. 82 Stanfordville NY. Plot Holders 7:30 p.m. Trustees 8:oo p.m.

32 Cove Road, LLC. Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (“LLC”). Articles of Organization filed New York Sec. of State (“NYSS”) 02/15/2013. Office loc. Dutchess County. NYSS designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. NYSS shall mail a copy of any process to c/o The LLC, PO Box 657, Rhinebeck, New York 12572. There is no specific date set for dissolution. Purpose: to engage in any lawful activity or act. Name and Business Address of Organizer is John R. Marvin, Esq., 6369 Mill Street, PO Box 151, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. 3461 Rte. 9G, LLC. Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (“LLC”). Articles of Organization filed New York Sec. of State (“NYSS”) 02/15/2013. Office loc. Dutchess County. NYSS designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. NYSS shall mail a copy of any process to c/o The LLC, PO Box 657, Rhinebeck, New York 12572. There is no specific date set for dissolution. Purpose: to engage is any lawful activity or act. Name and Business Address of Organizer is John R. Marvin, Esq., 6369 Mill Street, PO Box 151, Rhinebeck, NY 12572.

Notice of Formation of FARMER'S DOOR, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on November 27, 2012. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: Farmer's Door, LLC, 223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook, NY 12571. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity.

JONY OF HYDE PARK, LLC Articles of Organization filed 2/6/13; SSNY; Dutchess County, New York; SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. Address for mailing copy of process: 36 Ahles Circle, Hyde Park, NY 12538; Purpose: any lawful purpose; Perpetuity.

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obituaries Elliott L. ‘Curt’ Curtis Sr., Pine Plains

Elliott L. ‘Curt’ Curtis Sr., 72, passed away on Friday, March 1, 2013 at the Baptist Home in Rhinebeck. He was born on March 18, 1940, in Salisbury, Conn., the son of Granville Walter and Zilla (Eldridge) Curtis. He was a former resident of Pine Plains and Stanfordville, and lived in Millbrook for 30 years. Mr. Curtis worked for the Dutchess Quarry and for Wassaic State School. He then was a bus driver and custodian for the Arlington Central School District for 28 years. On May 9, 1959 in Ithaca, New York, he married Isabell A. Turcsik. Elliott taught Sunday school at the Pine Plains United Methodist Church. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, and played on the Pine Plains men’s softball league. He was a horseshoe champion along with his son John at Freedom Park. Elliott adored his family; in addition to his loving wife Isabell, he is survived by his children, Elliott L. Curtis Jr., his wife Shirley of Craryville, New York, and their children Patricia, TJ and Benjamin; Michael G. Curtis of Ossining, New York; Tina Wright, her husband Philip of Tivoli, New York, and their children Christina and Jena; Wendy LeGrand, her husband Tom of Las Vegas, Nevada, and their children Joshua and Alex; and John W. Curtis, his wife Melissa of East Durham, New York, and their children Kaylee, Noah, Evan, Owen and Ryan; as

well as great grandchildren, Izabell, Luna, August and Dylan. He is also survived by two sisters, Frances Hart and Shirley Cardinal, a brother, Wilbur Curtis, and three sisters-in-law, Ethel, Lillian and Linda Curtis; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by two brothers, Granville and Franklin Curtis, and two sisters, Lolo Curtis and Geraldine Cardinal. The family wishes to thank the staff and nurses of C Wing at the Baptist Home for the comforting care they showed to Curt. Calling hours were Monday, 6 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday 12 to 1 p.m., at the Peck & Peck Funeral Home, 7749 S. Main St., Pine Plains. Funeral services were Tuesday at 1 the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery, Pine Plains. Memorial contributions are requested to the Baptist Home at Brookmeade, 46 Brookemeade Dr., Rhinebeck, NY 12572. To sign the online register, visit

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HUH? DOW MAKES ALL TIME HIGH BY HV NEWS STAFF On Tuesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average made a new all-time high bursting over the 14,164 mark for the first time since 2007. We thought it might be useful to compare some basic economic indicators as they were in 2007 and now.

Price of gasoline: Then $2.75 vs. Now $3.73 Gross Domestic Product: Then +2.5% vs. Now +1.6% Unemployment: Then 6.7% vs. Now 7.9% People on food stamps: Then 26.9 million vs. Now 47.69 million Debt as % of GDP: Then 38% vs. Now 74.2% Gold: Then $748 vs. Now $1,583

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