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MARCH 7-13, 2012

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Reardon on Rhinebeck’s town election page 3 Cardinal Timothy Dolan preceding the service at Regina Coeli on Thursday. Photos by Nicole DeLawder.

Dolan wows the faithful at Regina Coeli celebration

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BY JIM LANGAN New York and America’s reigning religious rock star, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, brightened up an otherwise cold and rainy night when His Eminence pulled into the parking lot at Regina Coeli Church in Hyde Park Thursday. We had been told by parish officials that Dolan would be arriving at the rectory, so we initially focused our attention there until an official-looking gentlemen told us the cardinal would be pulling up to the front of the church. “We call him the magician,” the man said.

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“He just suddenly appears and off he goes.” As if on cue, a beige SUV pulled up and there in the mist was New York’s new cardinal. As he headed in our direction, he paused to allow an assistant to attach a large red sash. The assistant was struggling and a cheerful Dolan turned to Hyde Park Police Officer Thomas Mirabella and asked him for help (see photo on page 2). Within a few minutes, Mirabella had the cardinal ready for his close-up. > continued on next page

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Hyde Park Police Officer Thomas Mirabella helps Cardinal Dolan with his sash before the event.

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The congregation was already gathered in the warm church, but Dolan made a point to personally greet those waiting for him out in the cold. During a conversation with Dolan, Hudson Valley News congratulated him on his elevation to cardinal and asked if he’s gotten any sleep in the past few months. Dolan laughed and said, “Only when I listen to my own homilies.” Dolan then entered the church, thanking the numerous volunteers at the check-in tables for their dedication and posing for a few photos. Shortly thereafter, priests representing numerous parishes from Dutchess and Ulster counties joined Dolan in a processional. The cardinal paused on several occasions to personally greet people, even playfully placing his hat on a child s he child’s head for a moment.

The Rev. Michael Palazzo, representing host Regina Coeli, then welcomed the cardinal and led the congregation in a celebration of solemn evening prayers. When it came time for the cardinal to speak, he did not disappoint. He began by apologizing for being a few minutes late. “I make it a habit every time I’m in Dutchess County to visit a favorite shrine that has a lot of significance to me,” he said, and after a brief theatrical pause, added, “The Culinary Institute of America.” The audience roared with laughter as the cardinal makes no secret of his love for fine food. Dolan went on to say he had been in the area all day, beginning with the sad duty of officiating the funeral of Msgr. George Valastro in Middletown. He noted Valastro had been the principal at Our Lady of Lourdes School and was a much-loved

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The Rev. Michael Palazzo of Regina Coeli (below) led the evening’s ceremony. Photos by Nicole DeLawder.

member of the community. Dolan then thanked everyone for coming out for evening prayers, saying it gave him a chance to pray with his fellow Catholics. At the conclusion of the service, Dolan led the procession out of the church, pausing to say to a small group gathered

in the vestibule, “I wonder if I get over to that reception quickly if I could have a cold beer before everyone gets there.” Dolan may be a prince of the Church, but his man-of-the-people credentials are very much in order as well.


REARDON RETURNS REPUBLICANS’ BLOWS BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Rhinebeck Mayor Jim Reardon says the two Republican candidates running for village trustee seats in the upcoming elections are spreading bogus information in an effort to damage his reputation and those of the incumbents Reardon is supporting. Specifically, Reardon says he is upset with claims made by Republican candidates Homer “Knick” Staley and Brenda Klaproth that were published in last week’s edition of this newspaper and in fliers that have been distributed to voters. “If you want to run for office, that’s fine,” Reardon said, “but don’t go attacking other people and don’t go putting this spin out there.” Reardon, a Republican, announced early on his support of the two incumbent board members, Democrats Terry Gipson and Brant Neuneker. Despite the mayor’s objections, the Republican Party this year tapped local businessman Staley and former Trustee Klaproth to challenge Gipson and Neuneker in the March 20 contest. Since announcing their candidacies, Staley and Klaproth have been critical of the current administration, saying, among other complaints, that Reardon and company have done a poor job of communicating with the public and involving residents in decision making. Reardon, though, says the opposite is true. For example, he says, the village government now sends email updates to residents who sign up for the free service. Reardon says his administration also oversaw the creation of a Village of Rhinebeck website, which is updated with useful information and board meeting minutes after they are approved. Meetings are also broadcast on local public-access television and all of the board’s major decisions are made in public, he added. The problem, Reardon says, is residents – including Staley and Klaproth – rarely attend the meetings. “Short of sending out a golden invitation, I don’t see how we could do a better job of informing people,” Reardon said. “Keep yourself informed. That’s your responsibility.” Reardon also questions the viability of Staley’s proposal to build a new emergency center on the outskirts of the village to house the state police and Rhinebeck Fire Department so the Rhinebeck Police Department can take over the space currently occupied by the fire and rescue

Mayor Jim Reardon. File photo.

squad on the lower level of Village Hall. Staley argues this would be a safer and more cost-effective option that the current administration’s plan to demolish a villageowned house adjacent to Village Hall and build a one-story police department in its place. Staley claims the cost of building a new emergency center would be offset by the lease agreement the village would negotiate with the state so the state police can also operate out of the new facility. Reardon, though, says a similar option was discussed back when Rhinebeck Police operated out of the former headquarters at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, and it was determined by local officials that such a move would not be beneficial to Rhinebeck. “The cost was prohibitive,” Reardon said. The mayor also argues that in order to accomplish Staley’s goal, the village would have to purchase a new piece of property and build a structure large enough to house the local fire and rescue squad as well as all state troopers stationed in Rhinebeck, a much larger undertaking than the 2,000-square-foot building currently proposed. “He’s talking about something that would have to be at least five times that,” Reardon said. “Knick is certainly entitled to his opinion, but I don’t see the fiscal responsibility in that.” Reardon argues that having the fire department directly adjacent to the police force and court, not operating somewhere on the outskirts of the village, makes it easier for emergency responders to do their jobs.

“From an operational standpoint, it makes sense to have them all centrally located,” he said. Reardon says Staley and Klaproth haven’t been entirely honest in their claims that construction of the new police department will cost taxpayers $900,000. According to Reardon, the board approved bonding up to $900,000 to construct the police department. He said $900,000 is a “ceiling,” and board members are confident the final price will be below that figure. The mayor says the Republican candidates are also making assumptions and drawing their own conclusions regarding the village’s proposed events code, which would impose fees and restrictions on organizers of large-scale events. Reardon believes Staley and Klaproth are using the proposed law as a scare tactic, adding the village board is nowhere near adopting an events code. He said a steering committee will look into the issue, and the public will have plenty of opportunities to comment on the proposal before a law is passed. In an article in last week’s Hudson Valley News, Staley argued the proposed law was unneeded and pointed out the town’s events code hasn’t been used once since it was adopted in 1971. The mayor, though, argues this is an example of why a code is necessary. “That’s exactly why we feel we need an events code, because the town doesn’t enforce theirs,” Reardon said. “We, as a village government, should have a right to know what’s going on in our community.” Reardon further claims assertions that his administration has done little in the way of shared services are also unfounded, saying the village is working with the town to consolidate solid waste management and helping Rhinebeck’s three fire departments decide whether they will join together. Ironically, Reardon says, it was Staley who suggested Reardon run for mayor when former Republican Mayor Richard Cunningham decided he was going to retire in 2009. “He gave me a call and he said, ‘I would be so disappointed if you didn’t run,’” Reardon claimed. “As recently as Sinterklaas (in December), he introduced me to people and said, ‘This is Jim Reardon; he’s the best mayor we’ve ever had.’ “I guess I won’t be expecting him to send me a Christmas card this year,” he added.

Villagers to select officials March 20 4-way contest in Rhinebeck; uncontested races in Red Hook, Tivoli BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Residents of northern Dutchess County villages will hit the polls later this month to select the men and women who will serve in their respective villages’ governments. Polling in all three local villages – Rhinebeck, Red Hook and Tivoli – will take place on March 20 from noon to 9 p.m.

Rhinebeck The Village of Rhinebeck is the only village in the region to have contested elections this year. Incumbent village trustees Brant Neuneker and Terry Gipson hope to fend off challenges from Homer “Knick” Staley and Brenda Klaproth. Polling will take place at Rhinebeck Town Hall, 80 East Market St. For more information, visit www. rhinebecknyvillage.org or call Village Hall at 845-876-7015.

Red Hook In the Village of Red Hook, only one trustee seat, currently held by Jennifer Norris, is up for grabs. Norris is seeking re-election and is not facing a challenger this year. Polling will take place at Red Hook Village Hall, 7467 South Broadway. For more information, visit www. redhooknyvillage.org or call Village Hall at 845-758-1081.

Tivoli In Tivoli, two village trustee seats and a village justice position are on this year’s ballot. In all three cases, the incumbents should have little trouble getting re-elected as none is facing a challenger this year. Incumbent village trustees Michael Leedy and Joel Griffith are running unopposed, as is incumbent Village Justice Howard F. Clark. Polling will take place at Historic Watts dePeyster Hall, 1 Tivoli Commons. For more information, see www.tivoliny.org or call Village Hall at 845-757-2021.

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FDR softball players raise funds for Myrtle Beach trip BY CAROLINE CAREY The FDR Softball Booster Club has some fun and diverse fundraising events, including a pancake breakfast and bus trip to a casino, planned for March. The money raised during these two events and from prior fundraisers supports the team’s annual spring training trip to Myrtle Beach, Virginia. There will be a pancake breakfast at Applebee’s, across from Marist College on Route 9, on Saturday, March 10 from 8 to 10 a.m. For $5, you get a pancake breakfast, coffee and juice, and all will be served by softball players from FDR. You can purchase a ticket from any player or board member and there will be a limited number available at the door as well. The FDR-HMS Softball Booster club is also hosting a bus trip to Mohegan Sun Casino on Sunday, March 18. The bus will depart from FDR High School at 7:30 a.m. and return around 8 p.m. that evening. Tickets are $35 and include a $10

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free-play voucher and a $10 meal coupon from the casino to use on the trip. There will be games played and chances to win prizes on the ride down and a movie to watch on the ride home. This trip is for adults age 21 and over. Call Dina Fauci for tickets at 845-206-1530. The FDR-HMS Booster Club is a

group of parents who created a booster club to support the FDR High School and Haviland Middle School softball programs. They provide the teams with the necessary funds and support to fund road trips, purchase needed equipment, make improvements to the fields and facilities and organize activities, such as the end-of-

Donor registration drive to be held at Vassar March 17 BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Kiwanis Club of Poughkeepsie, MidHudson Workshop for the Disabled and Vassar College are holding a bone marrow donor registration drive in hopes of finding a match for a young Queens boy suffering from leukemia and many others in need of a transplant. The drive is being held in honor of 6-year-old Colin Flood of Middle Village, who, on Dec. 23, was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia. Colin’s life took a dramatic turn following the diagnosis. He has undergone intensive chemotherapy and over the next four months, he’ll only be able to return home from the hospital for one week. Now, doctors say Colin’s best chance for survival is a bone marrow transplant. In order for a bone marrow transplant to be successful, the donor’s DNA must be nearly identical to that of the patient.

6-year-old New Yorker Colin Flood has been battling acute lymphocytic leukemia since December 2011 and is now in need of a bone marrow transplant. Photos submitted.

Colin’s brother has been tested, but unfortunately, was not a match, leaving Colin’s survival in the hands of strangers.

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The local donor registration drive will take place in the main building at Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., on Saturday, March 17, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

year banquet and picnic dinner for Myrtle Beach week. The booster club, with the help of FDR varsity coach Pat Mosher, obtained the funding and materials to design and construct the FDR High School softball field and dugouts and also put in a new safety fence at Haviland Middle School with no money from the district; all funds came from fundraising and the parents of players. The club is also working on installing a scoreboard and lights at the softball field. The spring training trip to Myrtle Beach will take place from March 31 through April 6 this year. Funding provided by the booster club for the trip is approximately $14,000 and covers 25 to 30 players. The funding allows all of the players to go on the trip. The only out-of-pocket costs of the trip to any player are their meals and spending money for the week. The booster club tries to teach the players that by working hard throughout the year to raise the money, they can be rewarded with a great trip to bond as a team, practice softball in a warm-weather environment and test their abilities and skills against other high school teams in the tournament.

Potential donors will have their cheeks swabbed. The swab is then analyzed to see if the donor’s DNA matches anyone in need of a transplant. The process is quick and painless, and could result in a life-saving operation for Colin Flood or another patient in need. All potential donors are required to: be between the ages of 18 and 55, be in good general health, weigh more than 110 pounds, be HIV-negative, not have severe heart disease, not have a history of cancer, not have autoimmune disorders (ie: lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis), not have severe asthma (daily inhalers are acceptable), not have diabetes requiring insulin, not have hepatitis, not have epilepsy, not have chronic or severe back problems and not be pregnant or nursing. If you want to help but can’t sign up as a potential donor, financial contributions can be made at www.dkmsamericas.org/ donate. More information about the process of donating bone marrow can be found at www.GetSwabbed.org.


SCHOLARSHIPS HONOR STUDENTS WHO PERISHED IN FAIRVIEW FIRE

FDR senior Carly Watson reads to North Park Elementary youngsters. Carly was one of six FDR students participating in the program.

FDR SENIORS PUBLISH CHILDREN’S BOOKS North Park youngsters enjoy older students’ creations BY JIM Last teachers project

LANGAN year, two FDR High School decided to collaborate on a incorporating their respective

disciplines. Art teacher Josh Brehse and English teacher Nathan Bowles elected to start a class on children’s books.

These titles were among the children’s books written and published by the FDR High School seniors. Photos by Jim Langan.

The idea was to have seniors write, design and publish a number of books aimed at young children. Last week, six FDR High School seniors visited classroom 1 at North Park Elementary School to read to a wide-eyed group of kindergarteners and first-grade students. By the time Hudson Valley News arrived, the kids were seated on the floor in six groups as the high school authors read to them. Laura Collins, a teacher at North Park, said the program was very popular with her kids, adding she hopes the program can be expanded. FDR student Carly Watson said she “really enjoyed reading to the children” but conceded writing a children’s book was tough work. In addition to Watson, the other FDR authors include: Maxine Whitely, Shannon Ramos, David Thige, Sierra Sorvino and Christine Jones. The books have all been published by Blurb.com and are available for purchase on that site.

BY HV NEWS STAFF Marist College is in the process of establishing scholarship funds in memory of the three students who perished in a fire at an off-campus house earlier this year. Scholarships are being established in the names of Eva Block, 21 of Woodbridge, Conn.; Kevin Johnson, 21, of New Canaan, Conn.; and Kerry Fitzsimons, 21, of Commack, N.Y. Marist students Block and Fitzsimons and former Marist student Johnson were killed in a fire at a rented house at 112 Fairview Ave. in Poughkeepsie during the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 21. Marist President Dennis J. Murray explained in a letter that the scholarships are being established at the request of the victims’ families. “It is a testament to the strength and character of these families that in the aftermath of such profound loss, their thoughts would have turned to remembering their loved ones in ways that would benefit future Marist students,” Murray wrote. Murray said the college’s Board of Trustees has allocated $25,000 to each of the three scholarships. Friends and relatives have also made contributions, he said. According to the college, details on how and when the scholarships will be awarded will be finalized in consultation with the victims’ families. Donations to the funds can be sent to the Marist College Office of College Advancement, 3399 North Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Gifts can also be made online at www.marist.edu/ alumni/giving. For more information, call Chris DelGiorno at 845-515-3412.

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TO THE EDITOR:

Thanks, again, for your continuing coverage of the local scene! Priceless, the “guest column” by Mr. Tyner, who, I am told, is my (and 10,000 others) elected county representative, though you wouldn’t know it based on the amount of reporting on his progress in the only legislative duty he has, namely, contributing to the control of the county budget. Please note that during the tenure of Tyner and Steinhaus “The Great(s),” the budget and our county taxes are the only things that are consistently great! By printing the Tyner guest columns, you are providing a valuable public service. If a person has the patience to carefully read and reread the missives, as I do, it becomes clear that not only is the math faulty, but the conclusions inferred are those of a bunch of America-hating leftie blog sites and splinter groups. Mr. Tyner has never publicly issued his work on reducing the budget paid for by us, his constituency, namely, the hardworking voters and taxpayers of Clinton and Rhinebeck. For $300 a week walking-around money, the least he could do is offer evidence of his reduction of 4% of the budget. I am not claiming he is the only rubber-stamper in the group, but he happens to be my rep. Let’s hope that the new county administration and the budget committee give us some consideration, and are held to it by our 25 duly elected budget auditors. Karl O. Muggenburg Clinton

TO THE EDITOR:

It is extremely important that the facilities our students use are safe. It is also important that they instill a sense of pride in our children and the community. In Hyde Park, we have the opportunity to ensure safety and pride by voting “yes” to the two propositions for athletic facility improvements at FDR High School. I have been fortunate to see firsthand the benefits of safe and improved athletic facilities for students. The pride that they exude and the improved athletic and academic performance that follow these improvements have been well documented. The improvements will not only make our facilities safer, but they will also allow our students and community the ability to use them more frequently. Did you realize that the track and field athletic teams (over 100 children) would now have the opportunity to host home meets for the first time in 25 years? I recognize that these are very tough times for many people in our community, but these improvements are cost effective since almost 60% of the cost will be subsidized by New York State, and the cost to the average family will be $14.89 per year. The athletic facilities improvements will make an immediate and direct impact on the students. I urge you to continue to make sacrifices for our children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and neighbors. Please vote “yes” to both propositions on March 20. Jim Raimo Hyde Park

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This almost-nuclear landscape is adjacent to the Hyde Park Drive-In and across the street from the entrance to the FDR Home and Library. The site was clear-cut at the direction of the National Park Service. The site is intended as a parking lot for the Roosevelt Farm Lane trailhead. Photo by Jim Langan.

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THE ROOT OF IT BY LARISSA CARSON

I am the Lorax, I used to speak for the trees In the version of “The Lorax” that I know and love, the Lorax never once spoke for Mazda. The 2012 Oscars have come and gone, leaving behind Angelina’s right leg and a slew of other topics to discuss. The theme of this year’s Oscar celebration was the movie experience, something I’m sure all of us can relate to. For me, that moment is clear. When you’re sitting in the dark of a second-grade classroom and the TV/ VCR set gets wheeled in, you could have cut the 8-year-old tension with a knife. That is the first time I saw “The Lorax.” Though Dr. Seuss was no stranger to me, this was my first introduction to “The Lorax” and I was forever hooked. I could quote the book to you from memory right this second but it would be a waste of word count. However, the version that I saw in that classroom is not the version that parents and children all over the country have gone out in troths to see. In fact, this new Hollywood blockbuster is in practice a far cry from the original message. The movie I saw in that second-grade classroom is quite simply an animated version of the book with almost no deviation from Dr. Seuss’ vision. For those of you who are unfamiliar, here is a quick summary. “The Lorax” is the tale of a land where trees have all disappeared. A young boy’s curiosity about the “Street of the Lifted Lorax” leads him to a story told by the Once-ler, a creature who is directly responsible for the disappearance of the trees. The Once-ler, an opportunist by definition, discovers that the tops of the truffula trees are perfect for a product he’s invented called the “thneed,” think Dr. Seuss’ version of a Snuggie. The Once-ler grows his business with no regard for the impact that it is having, even as truffula tree harvesting and smog from production slowly drive out all of the animals that lived off of those trees. Slowly, the story reveals the regrets of the Once-ler after continually ignoring the

warnings of the Lorax, a representative of the trees. Their environment has been destroyed in the name of profit. The impact of the last tree being chopped down is heartbreaking. The end of the story sees the Onceler throw down the very last truffula tree seed. He tells the young boy that unless we start to care “a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” There is no mistaking the message that the Lorax sends. So when you look at the 70-plus product tie-ins with the new release, including an SUV, it is easy to imagine that Dr. Seuss is turning over in his grave. “The Lorax” movie itself has been turned into that which it despises for the very reasons it argues against. So, are these companies aligning themselves with the Lorax or vice versa? Certainly audiences don’t seem to be very concerned, with “The Lorax” taking the number-one spot on box office charts and bringing in a less-than-paltry $70.7 million in its opening weekend. I can’t help but feel torn by my happiness that the message of “The Lorax” has finally made it into the mainstream media and how it got there. After all, in the version of the Lorax that I know and love, “The Lorax” never once spoke for Mazda. Larissa Carson is a life-long resident of the Hudson Valley. To respond to this column, email editorial@ thehudsonvalleynews.com

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the likes of Debbie Wasserman Schultz. He will become the populist priest and the more Obama’s cultural warriors attack Dolan, the more his appeal will grow.

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Plus, he’s got God on his side. That can’t hurt. Jim Langan can be reached at editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com.

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USUALLY RIGHT BY JIM LANGAN

DOLAN’S APPEAL WILL ONLY GROW

abortion and gay rights. Fine by me, but don’t jam it down my throat and certainly As some of you know by now, Cardinal don’t do it by government fiat. And here is where Obama and the left are Timothy Dolan was in Hyde Park last week to visit Regina Coeli Parish. I had making a huge political mistake. However the good fortune to spend a few minutes people feel about these hot-button cultural with him before his appearance and he issues, there’s one thing most people ree upon. They don’t want anyone, agree didn’t disappoint. He particularly the federal is a man of incredible government, telling charisma and charm, But unlike a them how to live and it’s no surprise that he has emerged as the politician, Cardinal their lives. And they certainly don’t think de-facto head of the they or their religious Dolan has a Catholic Church in the institutions should U.S. His academic and constituency of one be obliged to pay theological credentials for things like birth are impeccable, but and an audience of control if it violates it’s his personality that their faith. puts him center stage. millions. I happen to be fine There’s a reason people with handing out the are already touting him pill at some Catholic college, but when as the first American pope down the road. Given his popularity and intellectual you tell me I have to, I get a little contrary. adroitness, I continue to be amazed Particularly when I know the people anyone would want to tangle with him. issuing these big government edicts are But tangle they do. This whole battle over openly disdainful of organized religion. mandated contraception and the Obama Remember, Obama told a room full of San administration’s attempt to force religious Francisco liberals in 2008 that western institutions like the Catholic Church to act Pennsylvania primary voters were just against their faith is disturbing. Cardinal “clinging to their guns and religion.” In Cardinal Dolan, Americans have found Dolan said over the weekend, “The Health a man of faith with the political skills and inand Human Services fight is a freedom of stincts of a seasoned politician. But unlike a religion battle. It’s not about contraception politician, Cardinal Dolan has a constituency and it’s not about women’s health.” He’s of one and an audience of millions. He can absolutely right. Since when is it the government’s place stand up to Obama and his secular agenda to impose its will on religious institutions? while tapping into the widespread belief that What ever happened to separation of government continues to overreach in matchurch and state? That’s the principal this ters of personal choice. Choice means options country was founded upon and why the and respecting the views of others. Liberals define choice with an off-putting arrogance Pilgrims fled England. More from Cardinal Dolan: “We that says it’s your choice as long as you agree are talking about an unwarranted, with me. If not, we will bypass the legislative unprecedented, radical intrusion into the process and see if we can get a judge to valiinterior life of, integrity of a church’s ability date our unpopular cultural demand. As the election draws near, watch for to teach, serve and sanctify on its own.” So why are Obama and his lapdog Cardinal Dolan to become very much Healthy and Human Services Secretary a focus of the campaign. Try as the Kathleen Sebelius trying to impose their Democrats might, they will not be able secular values on religious institutions? to demonize or discredit Dolan. He’s too Because they’re playing to their cultural smart and too genuine. He’s not going to and financial base, which is all about do the chat shows and trade punches with

TO THE EDITOR:

In regards to the funding of facility improvements at Roosevelt High in Hyde Park, I have no dog in this fight; well, almost no dog. About 1% of my property lies in Hyde Park, the other 99% in Pleasant Valley. Odd, I acknowledge, but that’s the way it is, and thus, my Hyde Park taxes are almost nil. I would be writing this letter if the original referendum to improve facilities won, and those who did not want to pay for the improvements lost, and they were the ones calling for a re-vote. We have a legal code, and a societal contract, which mandates that a majority vote determines the outcome of an election or a proposition (a plurality if there are multiple choices). It does not say that for a conclusion to be valid it requires a 60% majority, or 70%, or so on; simply 50% plus one. It has been my observation that, while not necessarily a liberal-conservative debate in this instance, most often liberal Democrats are the ones who call for revotes when they are unhappy with the results of an outcome. If that doesn’t work, they bring the issue to an activist judge who is likely to grant them their demands. This very scenario occurred just the other day in California to the great resentment of those whose position won the day originally; a majority of California’s citizens. When our neighbors refuse to accept the will of the majority, they rend our social fabric, in essence declaring, “What I care about is worthy; what you care about is unimportant.” As the losers of the next vote will certainly be unhappy regardless of the outcome, will we have a third vote? Will the losers go to court? When does the process end? Michael Karpoff Hyde Park

TO THE EDITOR:

If you have spent any time at all in the Village of Rhinebeck, you have crossed paths with Terry Gipson. He’s usually walking down the street or riding on his bicycle. Terry is not just out for a stroll or getting exercise, he’s doing surveillance. He’s looking at his hometown from the standpoint of a small businessman (which he is), a tourist, a retiree, a college student, a prospective home buyer or anyone who might live, work or visit here. Terry wants to know if things are working. Are the sidewalks walkable? Are there enough trash and recycling options? Is the traffic moving? Are the street signs helpful? These are all areas in which Terry has already made a difference after serving one term as a Rhinebeck Trustee. But he is not stopping there. He wants to make sure that the village can continue to provide services while controlling costs. He wants to maintain the charm and quality of life for which Rhinebeck is famous, while finding efficiencies through cooperation and partnerships. I tell my neighbors that we would be fools not to re-elect Terry Gipson. Gary Kenton Rhinebeck

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Whatever we do and however strongly we feel, we do it charitably; we do it civilly. - Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Rush Limbaugh’s attack on contraception policy opponent.

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one person who commented on David Brooks’ column said that religions and sports have a lot in common because they both want to be “number 1.” They both OPINION want to have the most fans – er, adherents – and walk away with the biggest paycheck. To the extent that this is true, that’s a failure of the religious communities. When BY THE REV. CHUCK KRAMER we compete against each other, we instill the notion that seeing others as rivals is a good thing. The sports conundrum It’s not. New York Times columnist David But maybe churches have been Brooks had an interesting column a couple infected with the sports view of life. It’s of weeks ago, cashing in on the Jeremy a simple matter of beating the other guy. Lin phenomenon. Getting more people in your pews, which He noted that Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow proves you’re better. If this is the case, (another hot property in professional and it sure looks a lot like it, then the sports) are not only exceptionally gifted churches (and not all, of course) have a athletes, but also devoted Christians. And lot of work to do to recapture their core therein lies the rub. faith – that of humbling Brooks talks about oneself, serving the the conflict between other, no matter who the Christian ethos of they are, and seeking humility, servanthood The big conflict justice for all. If you see and cooperation (all between sports everyone as your brother wrapped up in the phrase or sister, you don’t want “Love your neighbor as and faith is when to see them fail. yourself”), and the sports The oldest form of sports start to ethos of beating the other sports was training for guy over and over again seep into regular war – kill the other guy in order to avoid your life, when we see before he can kill you. own oblivion. It’s the rawest form of Before we go any life as a matter of survival of the fittest. It further, I should let you winning or losing is also far, far, far from know that I love sports. I the way Jesus taught his wrestled for many years rather than all of disciples to see the world. as a student, used to coach us in it together. He taught that while youth soccer and play on others may live that way, an adult league hockey his followers were to seek team. The other day our peace and reconciliation, team played against a to reject the aggressive team that had another priest on it. And let ways of the world and to care for those me tell you, although we are friends and who have less. colleagues, we gave each other a hard time David Brooks said, to a degree, we just on the ice. I like to play and like to win. have to live with the tension between our So here’s the question: Is there a conflict “beat the other guy” tendencies inherent in between sports and religion (Christianity sports and our higher selves, which seek in particular)? the best for all (even those who seek the Yes. worst for us). But it’s not because I’m trying to Yes, there will always be that score more goals than the other team. It’s tension. But the more we can restrict the not because we’re all striving to win the competitive aggression to the field or court “championship” and have our picture put or ice, the better. Let Lin and Tebow have up on the ice rink’s bulletin board. their (brief) careers in professional sports. The big conflict between sports and But let them remember that winning is not faith is when sports start to seep into the only thing, it’s not even the point. regular life, when we see life as a matter of winning or losing rather than all of us The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector in it together. If you look out and see your of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Hyde life as a matter of beating the other guy, Park. You can leave a comment for him then the sports ethos has taken over, and at rector@stjameshydepark.org. that’s a bad thing. An interesting thing about online articles is that people can comment, and

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• Hang on a minute while I finish off this tray of pastries before reporting this next story. The good folks at Epcot Center at Disney World have shuttered an interactive childhood obesity exhibit. It seems the exhibit, which featured characters like the morbidly obese Lead Bottom and the beady-eyed Glutton, were going belly to belly with Will Power and Callie Stenics for children’s attention. (Couldn’t anyone come up with Ron Zoni? How about Dairy Queen if they were looking for an inclusive gay character?) The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance said the exhibit stigmatized fat kids. BTW … Do we think the Association of Fat Acceptance screens sumo wrestling at its annual conventions and all look like Fat Bastard from Austin Powers? OK, I’ll stop now. • Here’s a happy ending for you. A kid riding his bike in Mansfield, Texas saw something shiny on the ground and investigated. It was a 1959 class ring with the initials M.E.N. The boy took it to the local high school and staffers traced it to Mary Elizabeth North, a 1959 graduate. Needless to say she was shocked to see it again. • In Modesto, Fla. a 41-year-old high school teacher left his wife and kids and announced he was moving in with one of his students. James Hooker and 18-year-old Jordan Powers sat side by side at a press conference saying they didn’t consider their romance odd, even though Jordan is a classmate of Hooker’s daughter. That’s going to work out well! • Hard to believe, but it’s been 50 years since two monumental achievements. One was John Glenn orbiting the earth and the other was Wilt Chamberlain scoring 100 points against the Knicks in Hershey, Pa. Glenn is now 90 and in great health. Wilt is unfortunately remembered for his sexual boasting, as opposed to being one of the greatest athletes of all time. He could do it all and once challenged Muhammad Ali to a boxing match and the normally braggadocios Ali kept his big mouth shut. Even he knew better than to tangle with that mountain of a man. • A female student at Massachusetts’s Stonehill College dropped out of school because her sex-crazed roommate insisted on constantly having sex in their dorm room in her presence. Lindsay Blankmeyer also said her roommate participated in vulgar video chats in

their room. She’s now suing the college to pay for “intensive treatment with her psychiatrist.” Why didn’t they just switch her out for a male roommate? • Here’s something for you stressed out cat people. In Tokyo, there are a number of popular cat cafés, where workers can play with dozens of kitties after work. A patron said, “It calms the stresses of working life.” And it took us four years to put them away in WW II? • President Obama just attended his 100th fundraiser since taking office, double the number George W. had at the same point in his first term. Combine that with 90 rounds of golf and you have to wonder how focused he is on the nation’s business. Then again, that might be a positive thing. • Is it just me, or did the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office really need a year-long investigation to determine that Det. John Falcone was killed with his own gun? Why the delay? I’ve known about it for months. The implication is that someone might think less of Falcone for losing his gun. Baloney! The officer was engaged in a life-or-death struggle with a murderous and suicidal lunatic. Unfortunately, those things don’t always end well. Falcone died a hero and probably saved a little girl’s life. • Remember Zen Dog in Rhinebeck? It made a noble but failed effort to be a combination restaurant, art gallery and jazz club two years ago. Well, the same owner is bringing it back as a more focused restaurant; it will reopen in April. They’re still working on the new name. • A 98-year-old woman in Cyprus and her 80-something-year-old friends won’t be going to jail after all. It seems the ladies got together every week for some poker and bridge and played for cash. Cops arrested them but cooler heads prevailed when the media got wind of it. • In Orlando, Fla., Roger Whitt found a driver’s license in a parking lot and attempted to give it to a nearby state trooper. Whitt, however, was in full theatrical makeup with a bunny face and whiskers, reeked of alcohol and was sporting a crack pipe. He was arrested. • Anthony “Chopper” Garcia collected over $30,000 while in L.A. County Jail awaiting trial on murder charges. His father and girlfriend collected the checks and deposited them in Anthony’s gang account. • Finally, a fond farewell to Davey Jones of The Monkees. I remember when the group was formed and everyone ragged on them as frauds. Well, they had the last laugh and quite a career. R.I.P.


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A.O. Movement Collective adapts to Live Arts on Campus Day BY NICOLE DELAWDER

On Saturday, March 10, students at Bard College will be taking over the halls and bouncing off the walls – literally. During a day-long residency, the A.O. Movement Collective will take over the campus’ student center in conjunction with Live Art on Campus Day for an emerging experiment of movement and theater as a tool for social dialogue. “As strong, intelligent, passionate females, I wanted to look at how we wrestle with intimacy – whether through friendships or sexual – in the context of the threat of violence,” said Sarah A.O. Rosner, artistic director of A.O. Movement Collective. The result, “barrish” (the lower-case B is intentional), is a contemporary, ever-

evolving dance piece that not only tests the constraints of the group’s surroundings but “mixes influences of feminist theory, early ’70s pornography, ‘Law and Order: SVU’ with a juxtaposition of honest, sweet intimacy,” Rosner said. Founded in 2006 as a youth company project in Washington, D.C. while Rosner was a student at Sarah Lawrence College, Rosner further developed the A.O. Movement Collective after moving to Brooklyn in 2008. Roser, who is also the manager of engagement at New York Live Arts, teamed up with Leah Cox, faculty at Bard College and education director at New York Live Arts, to bring “barrish” to Bard. > continued on next page

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

THIS WEEK (FEB. 22-28) ‘From the Studio: 1995-2010’ Opening Reception; Wednesday, March 7; 5 p.m.; Dutchess Community College, Mildred I. Washington Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie; Artwork by Monica Church, exhibit runs through March 30; Free; 845-431-8617. DUSO Math League Championship; Wednesday, March 7; 11:30 a.m.; Vassar College, Rockefeller Hall, Room 300, Poughkeepsie; Awards presented to winners of Dutchess/ Ulster/ Sullivan/ Orange Math League; Free; 845437-5370. Purim Celebrations; Wednesday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, March 8 at 4:30 p.m.; Rhinebeck Jewish Center, 102 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; Features Megillah readings, deli buffet dinner, music and more; Free; 845-8767666. Mill Street Loft Friend of the Arts Awards; Thursday, March 8; 5:30 p.m.; The Grandview, 176 Rinaldi Blvd., Poughkeepsie; Ceremony honors organizations and individuals that have made outstanding contributions to the arts and community; $125; 845-471-7477.

Diane Harriford Lecture; Thursday, March 8; 7 p.m.; Dutchess Community College, James and Betty Hall Theatre, Poughkeepsie; Lecturer to discuss importance of broad-based education; Free; 845-431-8400. Free Tax Preparation; Friday, March 9; 11 a.m.2 p.m.; Staatsburg Library, 70 Old Post Rd., Staatsburg; Tax preparation offered to older adults, individuals with disabilities and people with low-middle income; Free; 845-889-4683. An Opera Double Bill; Friday, March 9 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m.; Bard College, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson; Features two professionally staged one-act operas; $15-$100; 845-758-7900. Rhinebeck Crew’s Rock N Row; Friday, March 9; 6:30-8:15 p.m.; Rhinebeck High School, 45 North Park Rd., Rhinebeck; Event features friendly competition, music, awards, food and more; $10 for rowers, free for spectators; 845625-3283. ‘Legally Blonde, the Musical’; March 9, 7:30 p.m.; March 10, 7:30 p.m.; March 11, 2 p.m.; Stissing Mountain High School, 2829 Church St., Pine Plains; Local production of award-winning Broadway play; $11-$13; 518-398-1272. All For the Animals Art & Antiques A Auction; Saturday, March 10; preview A 10 a.m., auction at noon; Great American 1 Auction Service, 4390 Route 9, Hyde Park; A Proceeds benefit DCSPCA; 845-452-7722. P State Leaders to Visit Local Eastern Star District; Saturday, March 10; 1 p.m.; Ramada Inn, Route 9, Fishkill; Luncheon followed by official visit from NYS Eastern Star leaders; Call for prices and additional information; 845-4628378. Juggling with a Magical Twist; Saturday, March 10; 11 a.m.; The Center for Performing Arts, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck; Chris Chiappini combines skill and comedy in this face-paced magic and juggling show; $7-$9; 845-876-3080.

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Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition; Saturday, March 10, 9 a.m.5 p.m.; Sunday, March 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Vassar College, Skinner Hall, Poughkeepsie; Competition features nearly 30 musicians; Free; 845-473-5288, ext. 101. Defensive Driving Course; Saturday, March 10; 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; Staatsburg Library, 72 Old Post Rd., Staatsburg; Completion of course will result in a 4-point and 10% insurance rate reduction; $40; 845-756-2481. “Irish Tales”; March 10; 4-6 p.m.; St. James’ Chapel, 10 West Market St., Hyde Park; Irish stories performed by professional narrator and actor Angela Henry; $15; 917-509-5636.

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“The educational element is really exciting since this is our first time with students,” Rosner said, “but the process is innate to the A.O. Movement style.” In 2009, New York Live Arts and the Bard College Dance program partnered to enable programs that help develop the next generation of dance artists. Established by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Bard, the partnership gives students the unique Saturday, March 10, 6:30 p.m. opportunity to work closely with Bard College Campus Center Meet at the entrance of the student center world-renowned professional dance at 6:30 p.m. sharp to choose your dancer companies, New York City-based choreographers and teaching artists to follow throughout the performance during their undergraduate studies. Twice a year, Live Arts organizes campus-wide events, including Live Art on Campus Day, formerly known as Dance Day, a student- and partnership-driven celebration of dance all over campus. A set-specific piece, “barrish” follows four women through abstract interactions situating desire, power and threat. The day-long residency on March 10 includes a workshop and the sixth curation of the piece that will roam throughout the halls, classrooms and bathrooms of the campus center as part of this year’s Live Arts on Campus Day. Rosner and her team have already performed several different renditions of the piece, which challenges the group to work in new, unique stages and constraints such as space, schedules, budgets, casting and audiences. “Space is not usually of our choosing,” Rosner explained. “But it opens up realizations, teaches structure and order, and helps further the making of the piece by documenting the history of the moment.” The flexible curations of the single piece are part of the group’s MENU project – a focus on sustainability by reusing and adapting the piece to the venue. Rosner notes that the group’s “ability to focus on the work is Rosner’s preparations for the performance at Bard’s something a lot of companies student center. Courtesy AOMC’s Facebook page. haven’t gotten the chance to do because of the economy.” Previous incarnations of “barrish” have been staged in private apartments, gardens and stairwells. Rosner said since the piece is open to adaptation from the public, “each curation is different depending on the curator.” Throughout the day-long residency, 30 student actors and dancers will apply the structure of the collective’s MENU project to experiment with their own work, culminating in a roaming version of “barrish.” “We’ll talk about choreography, dissonance and site-specific works, allowing students to be put in the situation of mini-curators,” Rosner noted. At 6:30 p.m., audience members will pick a dancer to follow throughout the student center for a final performance of “barrish.” “I’m really curious to see the audience and students’ reaction,” Rosner said. “I want to be able to bring viewers in, make them comfortable and make moments to take them back.” After their day at Bard, the next curations of “barrish” include a private cocktail party in Washington, D.C. on May 7 and a performance hosted by Rosner’s parents on May 8. The ninth and final curation of “barrish” will take place in New York City this July. For more information on the A.O. Movement Collective, visit www.theAOMC.org/menu.

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Rhinebeck author and illustrator captivate young readers at Merritt Books BY HVN WEEKEND STAFF On March 2, Lesa and James Ransome visited the Upstairs Gallery at Merritt Books in Millbrook, where they talked with third- and fourth-grade students from St. Joseph’s School. Lesa and James began with a discussion of the collaborative nature of book publishing. The Ransomes said it takes patience, since many suggestions and revisions in text and illustrations are often made along the way. The young readers in the audience eagerly shared with the Ransomes what they were writing with friends, as well as pictures and projects they would like to begin. The husband-and-wife team has collaborated on four of the 20 or more titles published with the Ransome name. Several of the Ransomes’ books are biographies about athletes, such as Satchel Paige, Cesar Pele and Major Taylor. The young audience was interested in comparing sports today with what they were like in the past. Photo submitted. The duo also discussed their most recent book, “Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass.” Prior to the reading, Lesa (pictured) discussed American history with the students, who immediately demonstrated their grasp and comfort with the subject.

Classic costumes at Clermont

On Saturday, March 10, Clermont State Historic Site will offer a rare glimpse into its prestigious costume collection, accompanied by a lecture by Clermont’s curator of education at 1 p.m. Inspired by the popular PBS series “Downtown Abbey,” the lecture will explore the clothing of the well-heeled Livingston women, their servants and their fellow American counterparts from 1905 to 1920. Two never-before-exhibited Livingston gowns will be on display as part of the special program. Admission is $10 and reservations are required. Call 518-537-4240 or visit Clermont’s Facebook page for more information. Clermont State Historic Site is located at 1 Alice Livingston and her cocker Clermont Ave., Germantown. spaniel, Towser, circa 1895

Samuel Beckett’s classic performed by two rotating casts; $25; 845-876-6470. e-mail us your events: weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com < continued from previous page Shorty King’s Clubhouse; Saturday, March 10; 10 p.m.; Millbrook R&B, 3264 Franklin Ave., Millbrook; Features members of The Chris O’Leary Band and The Greyhounds; Call for prices; 845-677-3432. The Machine Concert; Saturday, March 10; 9 p.m.; The Chance Theater, 6 Crannell St., Poughkeepsie; Pink Floyd cover band to perform; $20-$35; www.thechancetheater.com. ‘A Skull in Connemara’ by Martin McDonagh; Sunday, March 11; 6 p.m.; The Dubliner Irish Pub, 796 Main St., Poughkeepsie; Oscar-winning filmmaker and screenwriter reads Irish play; Free; 917-991-1055. EZ Pass to Passover 101; Sunday, March 11; 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Vassar Temple, 140 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie; Shop in the Judaica Shop, taste Passover dishes, share ideas and get recipes; Free; 845-454-2570. Friends of Seniors St. Patrick’s Dance; Monday, March 12; Noon-4 p.m.; Poughkeepsie Elks Lodge, 29 Overocker Rd., Poughkeepsie; Bob Martinson will play Irish favorites and other music for dancing, corn beef and cabbage lunch; $25; 845-485-1277. ‘A Skull in Connemara’ by Martin McDonagh; Monday, March 12; 7 p.m.; The Black Swan, 66 Broadway, Tivoli; Oscar-winning filmmaker and screenwriter reads Irish play; Free; 917-9911055. What is Citizen Science? With Brooke Jude; Tuesday, March 13; 6-7 p.m.; Tivoli Free Library, Watts dePeyster Hall, 86 Broadway, Tivoli; Jude explains how Tivoli, Red Hook and surrounding communities can get involved with Bard College Citizen Science program; Free; 845-757-3771. Farming Lecture; Tuesday, March 13; 8:15 p.m.; Bard College, Bertelsmann Campus Center Multipurpose Room, Annandale; Farming advocacy group presents “Scaling Up Local Food ─ the Reality Behind the Romance ─ Three Farmers Speak Out”; Free; 845-758-7512.

UPCOMING Senior Citizen ID Cards; Wednesday, March 14; 9:30-11 a.m.; Dutchess County Division of Aging Services, First Floor Conference Room, 27 High St., Poughkeepsie; Residents over 60 can obtain identification; $2; 845-486-2555. Morton’s Acoustic Show; Friday, March 16; 8 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; Features performances by Little Creek, Todd Young, Grass Fed, Mike Aguirre and more; Donation suggested; 845-876-7007.

‘PILGRIMAGE’ POSTPONED

Annie Leibovitz’s discussion on her latest project, “Pilgrimage,” scheduled for March 11 at the Henry Wallace Center at the FDR Home and Presidential Library, has been postponed due to a scheduling conflict. The event will now be held on Sunday, June 3, 3-5 p.m. For more information visit www.nps.gov/elro. Photo by Nicole DeLawder.

Community Free Day at Dia:Beacon; Saturday, March 17; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Dia:Beacon Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman St., Beacon; Family programs, public tours and more for Hudson Valley residents; Free; 845-440-0100. Pine Plains FFA Farm Toy Show and Auction; Saturday, March 17; 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Stissing Mountain Middle/High School, Route 199, Pine Plains; Consignments and donations are welcome, vendor tables and more; $3; 845-8687515. EZ Pass to Passover 101; Sunday, March 18; 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Vassar Temple, 140 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie; Help prepare macaroons and chocolate-covered matzoh; Free; 845-4542570. Morton Book Club Meeting; Tuesday, March 20; 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; Group to discuss “Consumption” by Kevin Patterson; Free; 845-876-2903. Researching Your Irish Ancestors; Tuesday, March 20; 7:30 p.m.; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Spackenkill Road, Poughkeepsie; Presented by Mary Colbert, the Dutchess County Genealogical Society’s librarian; Free; 845-229-9552. Medicare Orientation; Wednesday, March 21; 10 a.m.-noon; Poughkeepsie Galleria, Community Room, Route 9, Poughkeepsie; Training session for residents approaching age 65; Free; 845-486-2555. ‘Space, Time, and Narrative: Mapping Gothic France’; Thursday, March 22; 6-9 p.m.; Vassar College, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie; Experience Gothic architecture through texts, large-scale digital projections and interactive virtual-reality images, on display through May 20; Free; 845-437-7745. > continued on page 15

Free rabies clinic for residents

On Wednesday, March 28, the Dutchess County Department of Health will host a free rabies clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Milan Town Hall, located off Route 199 in Milan. For more information, call 845-486-3404. Email your event to weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com. Deadline for Wednesday publication is noon on Friday.

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How Nutrition Affects Your Vision; Friday, March 16; 11:15 a.m.; Poughkeepsie Senior Friendship Center, First Lutheran Church, 325 Mill St., Poughkeepsie; Program will help participants understand the correlation between nutrition and diseases of the eye such as glaucoma and macular degeneration; Free; 845-486-2804. ‘Waiting for Godot’; March 16-April 1; Fridays and Saturdays at 9 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.; Cocoon Theatre, 6384 Mill St., Rhinebeck; Hudson valley news | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | March 7, 2012 {11}


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BY HARMONY WATER The other day, I visited a house and was shown a clock. This particular clock was a schoolhouse clock with what is called “a drop.” Actually, the drop is visual, not structural, so I always have a hard time calling them a “drop clock.” The main box of the clock is vertical and rectangular. The clock machine is inside the upper portion and covered by the dial. The frame of the dial is an octagon, made up of strips of fancy molding about 3 inches wide that have been cut on angles and glued into the octagon shape. This frame only covers the upper half of the vertical, rectangular box. The lower portion of the box houses the pendulum, which swings to and fro, releasing a wheel via a crutch, causing the audible “tick-tock” we all associate with antique clocks. A clock frame with broken tenons. Well, there is a pun in here about it being a drop clock. This clock was introduced to the floor by our old friend, gravity, with the social benefit of another old friend, weak and aging plaster. The nail supporting the clock obliged in giving way and it dropped. The owner’s husband put the pieces back together and did an admirable job by not using too much glue. In fact, quite wisely or naively – I’m not sure which – there seems to have been Triangular tenons are inserted into the frame to hold the pieces of no modern glue added at all. The old nails were wood together. reinserted and it held without collapsing. I have been called in because the spring has now let loose. The fall this clock suffered damaged the integrity of a certain spring wire that holds the main spring of the machine in check and keeps it from unraveling. Well, the spring wire finally slipped and the spring did unravel. I’m told by the owner that it made a great whirring noise with a little bit of crashing involved. The whirring was the spring, which when fully wound on an eight-day clock contains an impressive amount of energy. The slight crashing was the spring knocking into the other gears in the train of gears that follow course from the main spring, through the wheels that drive the motion work of hands that we see, and ending with the romantic “tic-tock” escape wheel. The finished product. So what’s to be done now? The machine work Photos courtesy of Harmony Water. will be set aside for today and I will discuss the octagon face frame. The 3-inch frame sections are held together not just with glue, but also with the aid of tenons. Tenons are pieces of wood, thinner than the main piece, that are inserted with glue into grooves, or mortises, that are cut into the main piece of wood. Each piece of 3-inch trim had been inched over a spinning blade on either end and grooves were cut into them. A triangular piece of pine was then cut to an exact thickness to fit this groove with slight pressure. I emphasize that it is pine because pine will compress easily and when glue is added and it is forced into the groove, it will make a very nice, snug fit and hold happily until gravity forces the thing into an abrupt meeting with a surface such as a solid floor. First thing to do is mark each side of each joint with easy-release sticky tape and write a symbol, such as a letter or number, on either side of the joint. When putting the frame back together after repair work, it will be easy to know which section goes where. > continued on next page


All for the Animals Art & Antiques Auction Featuring art, antiques and other items Pictured are some of the comic books that the 13 artists and writers who will visit The October Country in New Paltz on Saturday have worked on. Photo submitted.

Comic book fans, take note Artists, writers to visit New Paltz to sign autographs BY HVN WEEKEND STAFF Do you own more comic books than the average 10-year-old? Do you spend your free time debating whether Batman could beat Spider-Man in a fight? Do you wear the label “nerd” as a badge of honor? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, clear your schedule on Saturday and head to New Paltz. On March 10, from 1 to 4 p.m., 13 comic book artists and writers will visit The October Country, 5 Cherry Hill Center in New Paltz (across the street from McDonald’s) for free autograph signings. A similar event was held at The October Country last year, and according to store manager Mike Giacoia, the event was such a hit, it was revived this year. “Based upon the wonderful success of this event in 2011, October Country comics has decided to make this an annual event,” said Giacoia. “We encourage current customers and newcomers alike to join us and find out why both the attendees and guests had a wonderful time together last year. Up-and-coming writers and artists can get free advice and fans can get autographs or engage in conversation with this marvelous group of creative people.” Scheduled to participate this year are artists/inkers Terry Austin, Dan Green, Joe Sinnott and Joe Staton; writers/artists Fred Hembeck and Walt Simonson; writers Todd DeZago, Ron Marz and Louise Simonson; artists Matthew Dow-Smith, Herb Trimpe and Ramona Fradon; and inker Bob Wiacek. While attendees are not obligated to buy anything, comics by the aforementioned artists and writers will be available for purchase. There will also be giveaways and some artists may offer original sketches. For more information, call 845-255-1115 or visit www.octobercountrycomics.com.

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If you do not use this marking method, I suggest buying aspirin and having it ready. I use a fine-toothed Japanese pull saw to cut out the broken tenon, making sure to cut old tenon only. I make sure the saw blade never touches the wood of the frame, which is white oak in this case. After the bulk of the broken tenon is removed by cutting on both sides, I use a thin chisel to clean up any pine that remains, and remove as much old hide glue as possible. I do not damage the clock frame in any way and am pretty sure that I will only have to machine one thickness of replacement tenon for all of the joints. New pine is planed to the correct thickness, cut into appropriately shaped triangles following the pattern of the originals and glued in with hot hide glue. This is let sit overnight on a flat surface. Remember that hide glue must not only cool and jell, but the water must evaporate. Harmony Water, a Kingston resident, has been restoring and repairing all manner of antiques for more than two decades. He holds bachelor’s degrees in visual arts and art history. He can be reached at 845-338-4443 or via his website, harmonywater.net.

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WEEKEND LOCAL READER

Big books BY ANN LA FARGE

Kirkus Reviews called it “a cat squasher of a book,” but my cat calls that politically incorrect, so el, let’s just say that John Sayles’s wondrous novel, ks, ‘A Moment in the Sun’ (McSweeney’s Books, 0 now in paperback, $18), is BIG, almost 1,000 pages. Let’s also say that once picked up, it’ss impossible to put down. The dishes are piled in the sink, there’s nothing in the fridge for dinner, emails go unanswered. Dutchess County’s own John Sayles – known best as a filmmaker (“Eight Men Out,” etc.) – has written the kind of novel one dwells in; hours go by and you’re waiting for one of the four characters who inhabit this story – maybe your favorite – to return and sink you in another riveting scene of American history at the turn of the 20th century. My favorite is Hod Brackenridge, met while panning for gold in the Yukon in 1897, who’s “sick of this fools-gold Yukon and ready to go off to Cuba, or the far islands of the Pacific, to wear a real uniform and fight and maybe die for the flag.” The battleship “Maine” explodes in a Cuban harbor and the U.S. is at war. A soldier, writing home, remarks that “desperation is a great leveler, and the observation of Jim Crow rules has all but disappeared … sad that it requires such an extreme of suffering to break down the habits of color prejudice … I am eager to see, once privation and the threat of annihilation are lifted, whether our white comrades will return to their former ways.” Song lyrics – you’ll want to sing along – pepper the text as a whole era is brought to life: U.S. intervention in the Philippines, cameos of Mark Twain, robber barons, with undertones of racism and imperialism at a pivotal moment in history. If you loved John Dos Passos’s “U.S.A.” and E.L. Doctorow’s “Ragtime,” you won’t want to miss “A Moment in the Sun.” Read it now, and mark your calendars for April 14, when the author will give a reading in Red Hook (we’ll remind you!). And when you read the last page, and close this book, you’ll feel deprived. What to read next? How about another big, rambling, epic-like novel of American life, this one a mere 500 pages? Jonathan Evison’s ‘West of Here,’ now in paperback from Algonquin Books ($15.95), is set on the eve of Washington’s statehood (1889) and the Olympic Peninsula’s last frontier. It’s the story – told back

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and fforth in time – of the (fictional) boomtown of Port Bonita, spanning 100 years in the life oof one small town. At heart (big heart), it’s the story of the American Dream – people trying to find the place where they belong. “How far was paradise? Where amid this chaos of mountain terrain was the golden valley?” Follow the fate of the Thornburgh Dam, dismantled in 2006 in a last-ditch effort tto save the river, the salmon. Follow the American Dream itself, from the utopian ddreamers of the late-19th century to the dead-end dreams of today, still exploring but in a very different way. There’s even a cameo appearance from Bigfoot. Reading these two chronicles of warts-and-all American history back to back was a fine experience. And a rare one. And now, once those dishes are done, I think I’ll go bac back to Dos Passos and devour “U.S.A.” once again. M Meanwhile, I found time for one more novel – a shor one this time – for who could resist the lost short nove novel by Jack Kerouac, ‘The Sea is My Brother’ (Da Capo Books, $23)? In the spring of 1943, when he w was in the Merchant Marines, Kerouac began his first novel. Now, on the 90th anniversary of Kero Kerouac’s birth, the long-lost novel is published for the first time, with an introduction by Dawn Ward, who points out that the two main characters reflect what Kerouac felt was his own “dual personality” – a combination of the worldly and the intellectual, often at odds. She quotes notes discovered on anther working copy of the novel, in which Kerouac wrote, “Into this book, ‘The Sea is My Brother,’ I shall weave all the passion and glory of living, its restlessness and peace, it’s fever and ennui, it’s mornings, noons, and nights of desire, frustration, fear, triumph, and death …” Bunch of guys in a bar – one, Wesley, persuades another, Everhart, to leave his life as an English instructor at Columbia University and ship out as a merchant seaman in a voyage to Greenland … and beyond. They drink, they hitchhike, they talk … about America, about discovery, “Your pioneer’s call to brave the West,” and Everhart asks, “Are frontiers now to be only in the imagination?” He goes on: “No more romance! No more buckskins and long rifles and coonskins … no more trails along the river, no more California.” And he asks Wesley, “Do you read much?” And Wesley speaks of the book that made so much difference to him: “Yup. ‘Moby Dick.’” Some unseen hand has guided me, I am sure, to pick up this third novel about the American Dream. In 1950, Kerouac began his second novel, “The Town and the City,” which launched his career as writer. And the rest is history. To cleanse the palate, I picked up a new book by a favorite writer about religion, Elaine Pagels’ ‘Revelations: Visions, Prophecy & Politics in the Book of Revelation’ (Viking, $27.95). In this book – which I’m in the middle of, and will speak more about next week – the author tackles and interprets a text that is firmly within the New Testament canon, but is wildly controversial: that surreal apocalyptic vision of the end of the world, the Book of Revelation. Why, the author asks (and answers), has it fascinated readers for 2,000 years? Someone asked me the other day, “How do you find the time to read so many books?” Well … Ann La Farge left her longtime book publishing job to do freelance editing and writing. She divides her time between New York City and Millbrook, and can be reached at alafarge@aol.com.

weekend reading On Friday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m., Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St. (Rt.9), Rhinebeck, will host a poetry reading with Rhinebeck poet/ artist Stanley Blum, author of “Couraggio!” is Blum’s latest book in an autobiographical trilogy, consisting of his poems and abstract oil paintings.


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COMPETING STRINGS ON STAGE This weekend, the 40th annual Hudson Valley Philharmonic String

Competition will take the stage of the Skinner Hall of Music at Vassar College. Established in 1966 under the direction of Maestro Claude Monteux, the free competition will feature more than 40 musicians competing for $3,000 and a solo performance with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic during its 2012-13 season. The competition will take place on Saturday, March 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, March 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Finals will start at 3 p.m. on Sunday. The 2011 winner, violist Yoshihiko Nakano, performed a notorious work for viola and orchestra, Bartok’s “Viola Concerto,” that led to an extended standing ovation. Hiroko Yajima, who won the competition 40 years ago in 1967, will be a judge, alongside Carole Cowan, principal HVP violinist, Susan Seligman, principal HVP cellist and Daniel Avshalomov, violist with the American String Quartet and faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music. The free competition gives the public a rare opportunity to hear and see some of the best violinists, cellists and violists in the world, early in their careers. For more information, call the Bardavon box office at 845-473-2072 or visit www.bardavon.org.

Rock ‘n’ Row with Rhinebeck crew

On Friday, March 9, Rhinebeck crew will present its annual Rock ‘n’ Row event, a friendly competition with music, awards and food at Rhinebeck High School. From 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., there will be four-member student relays, a 2K relay and a free “Test Drive an Erg” event for beginners. Admission is $10 per rower and includes registration, a bottle of water and a healthy snack. Observers can watch the event for free. Snow date is March 16. For more information, contact Jill Russell at jetsurfer3@aol.com or 845625-3283 or visit rhinebeckcrew.org.

St. Francis Weight Loss Center Fashion Show; Thursday, March 22; 5:30 p.m.; The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, 40 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie; All models are patients of Weight Loss Center, reservations by March 9; $30; 845-483-5140. Silent Auction; Friday, March 23; 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Locust Grove Estate, Route 9, Poughkeepsie; Fundraiser sponsored by the Parent and Teacher Committee of the Hawk Meadow Montessori School; $15; 845-223-3783. Edgar Alan Poe Short Stories and Poems; Friday, March 23; 8 p.m.; Morton Memorial

Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; Rhinebeck Readers Theatre presents a staged reading of selected Poe short stories and poems; Free; readers12572@aol.com. Clown Cake Breakfast; Saturday, March 24; 8-11:30 a.m.; Red Hook Firehouse, Fire House Lane, Red Hook; Fundraiser to support St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital; $5; 845-758-5959. NDH Mothers’ Club Annual Gala; Saturday, March 24; Call for time; The Beekman Arms, 6387 Mill St., Rhinebeck; Event honors NDH President Denise George, theme is “A ’60s Celebration”; $85; 845-871-3503. Dutchess Community College Foundation Gala; Saturday, March 24; 6 p.m.; The Grandview, 176 Rinaldi Blvd., Poughkeepsie; Event will honor five local individuals and raise funds for student scholarships; $150; 845-431-8403.

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Tangent Theatre Company will present two pub readings of Martin McDonagh’s Irish tale, “A Skull in Connemara,” at the Dubliner Irish Pub in Poughkeepsie on Sunday, March 10 at 6 p.m. and at the Black Swan in Tivoli on March 12 at 7 p.m. Both readings are free of charge. Martin McDonagh is the Oscar-winning filmmaker and screenwriter of the short “Six Shooter” and writer/director of the awardwinning film “In Bruges.” He is also an awardwinning playwright of such acclaimed works as “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” “The Lonesome West” and the “Pillowman.” For more information, visit tangent-arts.org.

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Pictured: Paul Nugent and Michael Rhodes from last year’s Irish pub reading. Photo submitted.

The deadline for the Dutchess County Arts Council Arts in Education grant is Thursday, March 15 at 2 p.m. The Arts Education/Local Capacity Building Grant Program, funded by DCAC, is open to local schools seeking to bring artists of all disciplines into their classrooms. To get feedback on your grant proposal, make an appointment with the director of programs at 845-454-3222, ext. 16 before March 9.

The Shandaken Theatrical Society is holding open auditions March 10 from 1-3 p.m. for its upcoming production of “The Spitfire Grill.” STS is looking for actors and musicians for the sevenmember ensemble cast. Actors should come prepared with a short song and a one-minute dialog. The spring musical will run May 25-27, June 1-3 and June 8-10. STS Playhouse, 10 Church St., Phoencia.

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For over 23 years, The Machine has faithfully recreated the psychedelic rock of Pink Floyd with multi-dimensional live shows, and on Saturday, March 10, The Machine will bring their Pink Floyd tribute to The Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie. Using elaborate theatrics and the iconic sounds of Pink Floyd, The Machine presents a cross-section of Pink Floyd’s 16-album repertoire, spanning over 30 years, including multi-media renditions of “Dark Side of the Moon” and “The Wall.” General admission is $20 in advance, $25 day of show. www.thechancetheater.com

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In January, the Musée du Louvre in Paris opened the exhibition “New Frontier: Thomas Cole and the Birth of Landscape Painting in America.” On Sunday, March 11, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site will welcome Guillaume Faroult, curator of the Department of Paintings at the Musée du Louvre, and Dr. Bourguignon, associate curator from the Terra Foundation for American Art Europe, for a discussion on the exhibition and the transcontinental collaboration. In 1975, the Louvre acquired Cole’s “The Cross in the Wilderness,” (pictured) one of only four paintings by an American artist at the museum. The painting is noted as the culmination of Cole’s reflection on the American landscape – both untouched and grand. The discussion will take place at 2 p.m. at the Thomas Cole Historic Site in Catskill, historically known as Cedar Grove, a Federal-era brick home where Cole resided with his family and worked until his death at the age of 47. Admission is $6 for members, $8 for non-members. 218 Spring St., Catskill. 518943-7465.

Twisted Sister at The Chance on Saturday for the John Falcone Memorial Concert. Photo by Todd Gay.

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County Legislator Joel Tyner performs his original rap song, “Frack is Whack.”

MORTON’S GOT TALENT STORY AND PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON

Pictured, from top: Rhinecliff resident and Morton Memorial Library board member Richard Kopyscianski plays the Beatles’ “Octopus’s Garden;” 4-year-old Elliette Shavelle sings the theme song to “Angelina Ballerina;” The audience listens as Steve Spost performs his original song, “Let’s Ride into the Night;” Matt Dowden and Jordan Thomson perform an original song entitled “King of Hearts.”

We all know our region is home to many famously talented people – photographer Annie Leibovitz, musician Levon Helm and actress Melissa Leo among them – but did you know that 8-year-old Oona Shain is a hilarious stand-up comedienne, or that Rhinecliff’s postmaster, Steve Thorbjornsen, is a gifted raconteur, or that County Legislator Joel Tyner is a budding hip-hop star? Local residents showed off their unique and unusual skills during the Morton Memorial Library and Community House’s third annual Spectacular Morton Talent Show: Third Time’s a Charm!, on Friday evening. A capacity crowd filled Rhinecliff’s local library to watch dozens of performers in 24 three-minute acts. Morton Executive Director Joanne Meyer explained Assistant Director Sandy Bartlett came up with the idea to host a talent show three years ago. “She got motivated to do this a few years ago and it really took off,” she said. Bartlett said she came up with the idea after her friends celebrated her birthday by performing a talent show during her party. “It was so successful that when I became a part of this community, it was

a no-brainer,” she said. Local resident and Morton Memorial Library board member Richard Kopyscianski served as master of ceremonies and played an acoustic version of the Beatles’ “Octopus’s Garden.” Some highlights included 6-year-old Irish step dancer Annika Haile; five local girls’ adorable “Cat and Mouse Dance”; Lauren Kingman’s hilarious “shaggy dog story,” which he described as “an extremely long-winded tale featuring extensive narration of typically irrelevant incidents”; and rhymin’ Tyner’s original “Frack is Whack,” about the evils of hydrofracking. The event also featured a number of musical performances, including: Matt Dowden and Jordan Thomson’s original song, “King of Hearts”; Rob and Niki Tourtelot’s rendition of The Beatles’ “Revolution”; Steve Spost’s original song, “Let’s Ride Into the Night”; ukulele player Elizabeth Steele’s version of Ingrid Michaelson’s “You and I”; and 4-year-old Elliette Shavelle singing the theme song to “Angelina Ballerina.” And that was just the first act! Some attendees also showed off their culinary talents and prepared baked goods and other refreshments for the occasion.

Pictured, from top: Elizabeth Steele plays the ukulele and sings Ingrid Michaelson’s “You and I;” Annika Haile, 6, does an Irish step dance; Postmaster Steve Thorbjornsen reads “Give All to Love,” a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson; Rob and Niki Tourtelot perform The Beatles’ “Revolution;” Oona Shain, 8, tells jokes during her stand-up comedy routine. Hudson valley news | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com | March 7, 2012 {17}


Weight-loss patients take to catwalk to show progress

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COMMUNITY RALLIES AGAIN FOR THADDEUS Fundraiser set for Saturday night BY JIM LANGAN Thaddeus Harklerode, a remarkable and delightful 3-and-a-half-year-old boy who has faced extraordinary physical adversity in his young life, will be the star of a fundraising event in his name Saturday night at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. Thaddeus was born with a condition similar to epilepsy that has caused him to experience life-threatening seizures virtually every day since birth. Thus far, little Thaddeus has proven the doctors wrong by surviving his condition, which normally claims the life of the victim by age 2. Thaddeus’s parents, Alicia and Chuck Harklerode, have dedicated their lives to caring for their son, arranging their work schedules to insure one parent is with Thaddeus at all times. Chuck Harklerode is a New York State trooper and works nights to allow Alicia to work days. Thaddeous underwent a corpus collasatomy, a brain surgery to separate the two hemispheres of the brain in an attempt to reduce his seizures, at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City. Alicia told Hudson Valley News his seizures are down 60% since the surgery. “Thaddeous has had a tough winter and has been hospitalized twice with pneumonia, but he’s on the upswing and

BY HV NEWS STAFF Some patients of the St. Francis Hospital Weight Loss Center will show off the progress they’ve made when they model some new fashions in the Weight Loss Center’s first fashion show. The models in the fashion show – to be held at The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel on Thursday, March 22 at 5:30 p.m. – are all patients of Weight Loss Center Director Dr. Dominic Artuso. “When some of them first come to us, they can’t even walk over to the office,” said Weight Loss Center coordinator Nurse Pat Heaphy, who organized the fashion show. “They’re so short of breath and crippled with arthritis, they have to be taken from the parking garage in a wheelchair.” Heaphy added, “After surgery, they walk to the office, they are no longer short of breath; if they’re on insulin for diabetes, they get off of it. It’s a miraculous thing to see.” At least 20 Weight Loss Center patients will model clothing from a variety of stores. “We have one lady who went from a size 22 to a 6,” said Heaphy. “Another went from a 24 to a 4.” Also during the event, Artuso will discuss weight loss surgery options and

St. Francis Hospital Weight Loss Center Director Dr. Dominic Artuso. Photo submitted.

those attending will have an opportunity to speak with him and ask questions. The models will also share their personal stories. There will be a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, as well as coffee, tea and other beverages. Desserts will be available. Space is limited and reservations must be made by Friday, March 9. Admission is $30 per person.

Thaddeus and mom Alicia. Photo submitted.

we hope to have him with us at the event Saturday,” she said. While a good portion of the family’s medical bills are covered by insurance, there are still substantial expenses not covered. The family is also in the process of building a handicapped-accessible bathroom for their son. Saturday night’s fundraiser at the Poughkeepsie Grand begins at 6 p.m. Guests can enjoy food, music and an incredible live auction of items donated from around the county. Tickets are available at the door for $65 or you can call Carol Harklerode at 845702-7861 for further information.

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Kudos to local professional Congratulations to Rhinebeck’s Vicki L. Haak, a financial advisor with Ameriprise

Financial, for receiving high marks in a recent client relationship study conducted by an independent research organization. According to Ameriprise, “Haak ranked in the top 25% of 3,791 participating advisors who scored 95% or higher based on overall client satisfaction.” In addition to her career with Ameriprise, Haak serves as president of the Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce. Photo submitted.


DCC to honor successful alumni, community leader

Maureen Kangas, chairwoman of the Go Red for Women Luncheon, addresses the more than 450 guests during the fourth annual event on March 2. Photos submitted.

BY HV NEWS STAFF Last week’s Dutchess-Ulster Go Red for Women Luncheon was a success, attracting more than 450 women, most dressed in red, to The Grandview in Poughkeepsie. The luncheon is held to give women a chance to socialize while learning the importance of maintaining a healthy heart and the dangers of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, which, according to the American Heart Organization, “are the number one cause of death in American women, claiming about 432,000 lives each year, or nearly one death each minute.” The event, held Friday, March 2, featured a keynote speech by stand-up comedian and former “Biggest Loser” contestant Kelly MacFarland, as well as educational breakout sessions, an interactive heart check-up and an auction.

Also during the event, the American Heart Organization recognized the 12 women who participated in the 12-week BetterU Challenge. BetterU Challenge participants were given free memberships to Gold’s Gym, free health testing and seminars and online resources in hopes of improving their heart health. “The program reached its objective to help prevent heart disease in women,” said Tonya Addy, American Heart Association executive director. “More than 80% of heart disease in women can be prevented by lifestyle changes similar to what the BetterU participants committed to for 12 weeks.” Addy said all women are invited to try the BetterU Challenge by signing onto GoRedFofWomen.org.

Anita Peeples Jones is joined by participants in the BetterU Challenge during the luncheon.

BY HV NEWS STAFF The Dutchess Community College Foundation will honor three Dutchess Community College alumni, a local community leader and the college’s longtime president at this year’s Community’s Bridge to the Future Gala. The gala will be held at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie on Saturday, March 24 beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets to the event are $150, with proceeds supporting the Dutchess Community College Foundation’s scholarship program, which provides more than $340,000 in aid to students each year. The black-tie-optional event will feature a social hour, dinner, live music and dancing, as well as the presentation of various awards and honors. During the gala, Dutchess Community College graduates Charles Liscum, Michael McCormack and Raymond VanVoorhis of the class of ’78 will be

inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame. The three men, who met while students at Dutchess Community College and continued their education together, went on to form Liscum, McCormack, VanVoorhis, LLC, a Poughkeepsie-based architectural firm, in 1987. Also to be honored is Steven V. Lant, the president and CEO of CH Energy Group since 2004, who is slated to receive the Bernard Handel Community Leadership Award. According to the college, Lant was chosen for the award because he “has enhanced quality of life in the midHudson Valley through volunteer service with many not-for-profit organizations.” The college will also honor Dutchess Community College President Dr. D. David Conklin for his 20 years of service to the institution. For more information or to buy tickets, call Special Events Coordinator Diana Pollard at 845-431-8403.

Mothers’ Club to revive swingin’ ’60s at upcoming gala BY HV NEWS STAFF The Northern Dutchess Hospital Mothers’ Club has announced the theme of its annual spring gala will be “A ’60s Celebration.” The event will take place Saturday, March 24 at The Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck. This year’s gala will honor Denise George, the president and CEO of Northern Dutchess Hospital and vice president of clinical operations for Health Quest, the hospital’s parent organization. The event will feature a cocktail hour and

dinner, as well as a silent auction with items from local vendors, artisans and merchants. Also during the gala, The Chain Gang Band, known for their Beatles and Billy Joel tributes, will perform classic rock and pop hits. Tickets are $85, with proceeds from the event going to the Mothers’ Club, which supports projects that benefit mothers and children at Northern Dutchess Hospital and the Neugarten Family Birth Center. For more information or to buy tickets, call 845-871-3503.

DUTCHESS COUNTY SPCA FAITHFUL COMPANION CREMATORY & CEMETARY The DCSPCA and our Faithful Companion staff understand the pain and loss felt when a beloved pet passes away. Please consider our personal services in your time of need. • Private cremation with cremains returned in a decorative tin • Full selection of beautiful urns • Memorial grave markers • Communal cremations • Cremation Certificate • Pick-up service • Grief counseling • Walk-ins welcome 7 days a week

PLEASE CONTACT: George Roussey Faithful Companion Director 845-452-7722 Ext. 19 www.dcspca.org

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CLINTON BY RAY OBERLY

Pleasant Valley Lyme Support Group

The Mid-Hudson Lyme Disease Support Group meets Wednesday, March 14 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church on Route 44 in Pleasant Valley. Caregivers are encouraged to come to learn how to cope with the problems associated with Lyme and other diseases. The church is located between the two traffic lights, across Route 44 from CVS Pharmacy, and between the library and a cemetery. Turn into the parking lot between the church and the library, enter the side door and go downstairs. For more information, contact Pat at 845-889-4242 or Rachel at 845-229-8925. See www.stopticks.org.

Clinton Community Blood Drive

The Clinton Community Blood Drive is cosponsored by the Clinton Alliance Church, the Clinton Community Library and the West Clinton Fire Department. The blood drive will be held Friday, March 16 from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Alliance Church Youth Hall, across the street from the church. 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 need a letter from your doctor stating you can give blood. If you are 17 years old, you’ll need a parent or guardian’s written permission. If possible, schedule an appointment by calling the Clinton Community Library at 845-266-5530; walk-ins are also welcomed. For more information, call Ray Joyce at 845-516-4332. During the wintertime, there is a dire shortage of blood. A wonderful St. Patrick’s Day gift would be a donation of blood.

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FFA Farm Toy Show and Auction

The Pine Plains FFA (Future Farmers of America) will hold its 21st annual Farm Toy Show and Auction on Saturday, March 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stissing Mountain Middle/High School on Route 199 in Pine Plains. The auction starts at 2 p.m. and is limited to approximately 100 quality items. Consignments and donations are welcome. The admission cost is $3 and children under 5 are free. Attractions include the pedal tractor pull, door prizes, food, vendor tables (available for $15), information booths and displays. For more information, contact John Boadle at 845-868-7515. Come and support the FFA because it guides our future farmers to provide for our food needs.

Attendees at the annual German dinner at Wurtemburg Church in Rhinebeck await their dinners while master chef Fritz Sonnenschmidt (inset) describes the food. Photos by Ray Oberly.

Dutchess County 4-H public presentations

The public, family and friends are invited to come to free public presentations given by 4-H club members. Public presentations are an important part of the 4-H program. Each member must give a presentation before the public and it is judged. Each presentation lasts 5 to 15 minutes usually includes a poster, chart or other demonstration items. All the 4-H club members from Dutchess County will be giving their presentations in many of the rooms in the Hyde Park United Methodist Church, 1 Church St., in Hyde Park, on Saturday, March 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call Angela, 4-H administrative assistant at Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County, at 845-677-8223, ext. 114.

Celebration of the arts

Upton Lake Christian School invites the public, families and friends to its free Celebration of the Arts, with visual, musical and literary presentations on Friday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the school at 2450 Salt Point Turnpike in Clinton Corners. A variety of artistic mediums will be on display. All entries are from Upton Lake Christian School’s current student body, alumni and local home-schooled students. Local artists will judge the student art displays. Music will be provided by elementary music classes, the high school worship band and the after-school band club. Light

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refreshments will be served. Activities will include several demonstrations by Al Corey, a local artist and teacher, followed by musical performances, an interactive artistic craft for children and recitations and presentations from each class, pre-K through sixth grade. The evening session will cater to all teens, youth groups and adults who would like to attend an artistic reception and enjoy art and music. Check www.uptonlake.com for a complete schedule. For more information, call 845-266-3497.

Wurtemburg Church German dinner

St. Paul’s Luther Church of Wurtemburg held its annual fundraising dinner on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the church on Wurtemburg Road in Rhinebeck. The funds raised will support the Evangelical Lutheran Fellowship of Africa Affiliate Missions (ELCM). The Rev. Dr. Mark D. Isaacs, the church’s pastor, welcomed the full house of attendees. Master of ceremonies Pete Dykeman introduced the crowd to CIA Master Chef Fritz Sonnenschmidt. Sonnenschmidt described the authentic German meal he had prepared.

The meal was based on foods eaten by the Palatine Germans who settled in this area around 1710. The menu included: Obazta, a Bavarian cheese and beer spread; pflaedle suppe, made from beef broth and shredded savory pancakes; a roasted stuffed breast of a suckling pig, glazed with beer and covered with creamed juniper sauce as a gravy; glazed carrots; Wurttemberg spatzle; and Rhineland apple flan. As well as all the usual selection of beverages, imported beers were available this year. After the meal, Dykeman began the auction, which included a variety of quality items, such as: bracelets (several were hand crafted), gift certificates, complete ceramic tea service for eight, several bottles of wine, decorative figurines, a copy of Fritz’s cookbook, “Tastes and Tales of a Chef,” and many more items. After the auction, many of the attendees continued to mingle and renew friendships. Many were overheard talking about their desire to return to next year’s German dinner. Thanks are given to Sonnenschmidt for planning the meal, cooking it and overseeing its preparation; Pete Dykeman for organizing the dinner and being emcee; the cooking team, composed of Phyllis Heywood, Pat Kettelle, Ron Plambeck, Dan Holzmann and Karen Moxvold; Joseph Chupay, “the Lawrence Welk of Wurtemburg,” for the music; all the congregation members who set up, served and cleaned afterwards; all those who donated items for the silent auction; and to all those who came to support this fundraiser. If you want more information on the church’s activities, future dinners and the ELCM, call the office at 845-876-7252 or visit www.stpaulswurtemburg.com.


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BY HEIDI JOHNSON

This past Saturday night, my husband Jim and I had a rare grown-up night out with our friends, Tory and Jim Elvin. We had dinner at the Bangall Whaling Company while our children went to see two different movies at the Lyceum Six in Red Hook. It was a logistical challenge getting the kids transported to the movies and the four of us to dinner, but we were all in need of a little pampering, so we made it work. Dinner was fabulous, and well worth all the complex planning. While we were dining, Jim Elvin said to me, “If you ever need to check facts for your column, you really should call my dad. He has lived here for 45 years and knows all the juicy history.” According to Jim, his father unequivocally confirmed the tidbit I wrote last week that some believe James Cagney’s traffic accident at the Bull’s Head Road parkway crossing was the catalyst to getting the overpass built by the state. “His limo got hit attempting to cross the Taconic at that intersection,” Jim recalls, “and less than a month later, they were pouring concrete.” So, there you have it. Celebrity influence at its finest. I’ve only lived in this area for about 18 years and I can’t even fathom trying to cross the Taconic Parkway at Bull’s Head Road without that overpass and on/off ramp. Wow. No matter what political pressure was needed to get that bridge built, it surely saved lives. Thank you, Mr. Cagney! We still have quite a few celebrities living here in Stanford, and some of them are very active in local organizations. Others keep to themselves. We are proud of our town culture that allows these celebs to lead normal lives here if they choose. We don’t treat them special and we don’t sell their photos to the National Enquirer. As my grandma used to say, “When it comes right down to it, we all put our trousers on one leg at a time.” So true. Anyway, that’s the celebrity gossip for this week. Now, on to current events:

Stanford Grange events

• This coming Saturday, March 10, the Dutchess County Pomona Grange will host a penny social at the Oak Grove Grange

In this scene from “Legally Blonde, the Musical,” Gabby Latendorf as Elle Woods delivers her closing arguments in the murder trial as her friend, Emmett Forrest (played by Austin Christensen), and defendant Brooke Windham (Sam Seipp) look on. Photo by Christine Solazzo.

Hall, 2 St. Nicholas Rd., Wappingers Falls. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and calling begins at 7 p.m. Special drawings, theme baskets, baked goods, door prizes and penny items will be raffled. Refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Ryan Orton at 845-868-7869. • Then, on Sunday, March 11, Stanford Grange will serve its annual corned beef and cabbage dinner – to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, of course! There will be one serving at 2 p.m. Cost is $12 per person, which includes the meal, drink, appetizer and dessert. A bake sale raffle will also be held. For reservations, contact Louise Woodcock at 845-868-7548.

‘Legally Blonde, the Musical’ at Stissing Theater Guild

OK, I’m going to let the cat out of the bag. I wanted it to be a surprise, but I think it’s time to spill the beans about two of the stars of this show. They are not of the twolegged variety. Yes, you read correctly. “Legally Blonde, the Musical” co-stars two real, live animals. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll know what parts these animals play. But since I’ve already shared a secret, I’ll let those of you who don’t know the story just enjoy the surprise when these four-legged actors appear on stage. The show opens this Friday, March 9. You will likely be able to purchase tickets at the door, but if you want better seats, call the box office to reserve tickets with a credit card. The box office is not staffed all day, so you may need to leave a message,

but someone will most definitely call you back: 518-398-1272 Performances are Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, March 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for students and seniors. Groups of 10 or more receive a discount. Stissing Mountain High School is located at 2829 Church St., Pine Plains. And to the cast and crew, break a leg! You’ve all worked very, very hard and I know this will be a wonderful show. Special thanks to Stissing Mountain High School music teacher Joe Deveau for all his volunteer time working on the music for this show. I heard the orchestra (or since this is such a modern, rock-music score, maybe they would more correctly be called a “band”) rehearsing this past Sunday and I must tell you, these guys were smokin’! Do try to catch this show. It’s going to be new and modern and different from what you’re used to seeing in a high school play. Plus, you can’t beat the “awww” factor of kids and animals. The cast is ready, the band is ready, the crew is ready and all the support folks are in place to sell flowers, usher patrons and provide refreshments. It will be a spectacular time for certain.

Zumba and yoga at the Town Hall

Zumba and Yoga instructor Christina emailed us all last week with a sincere apology that she had to cancel class this past Saturday. But, fear not! Classes resume March 10 at Town Hall. There are still plenty of classes left (at least five by my reckoning), so if you’re

A reminder to mark your calendars for the following SHS events. Both will be held at Town Hall. • Sunday, March 25 from 1 to 4 p.m.: Discussion group with a panel of men and women who attended one-room school houses in the area. I heard recently that the historical society was able to contact over a dozen people who attended these schools. Should be a great program. • Sunday, April 20 from 1 to 4 p.m.: Author Bob Mayer will present a program about baseball in the Hudson Valley, focusing on the Interstate League. Jan Tremper will also be on hand to talk about her dad, Austin Knickerbocker, who played Major League Baseball back in the 1940s. My friends on the costume committee and I will be sewing our little fingers off this coming week, putting the finishing touches on the wardrobe for “Legally Blonde,” so, if you see Tory Elvin, Esther Evans, Karen Gale or me around town with tape measures around our necks, hot glue globs in our hair, or little bits of fabric stuck to our clothes, please be kind and don’t mention it. We’ll be back to our normal glamorous selves in just a week. See you next Wednesday, as they say, “Good Lord willing and the crick don’t rise!” Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or playfulrelics@optonline.net.

Rhinebeck Jewish Center looks to satisfy sweet tooth BY HV NEWS STAFF The Rhinebeck Jewish Center is set to entertain supporters with an evening of sweet treats and delectable wine over the weekend. A Sweet Evening, an annual fundraiser for the Rhinebeck Jewish Center, will be held Saturday, March 10 at 8 p.m. at the Rhinecliff Hotel. The event will feature kosher wines, specialty cakes and other desserts made by Culinary Institute of America students and live entertainment. A Sweet Evening will also feature a Chinese auction with items and services donated by local merchants. For more information or to RSVP, email info@RhinebeckJewishCenter.com.

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SPCA SEIZES 200 CATS FROM HEARTBROKEN ‘HOARDER’ BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON A Hopewell Junction woman says she is heartbroken following the seizure of hundreds of animals from her home by the Dutchess County SPCA, Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and East Fishkill Police. The SPCA claims authorities seized a total of 200 cats and three dogs from the home of Anna Wurtzburger of Hemlock Drive in Hopewell Junction between Feb. 15 and March 3. To date, Wurtzburger has been charged with 41 counts of animal cruelty, a class-A misdemeanor, and the SPCA says additional charges will be sought. The SPCA is calling this the “largest seizure of cats in Dutchess County history.” Wurtzburger, 59, says all of her pets, which she treated “like my children,” have been taken away. “Do you know how much this hurts me?” Wurtzburger says. “It’s awful, it’s just awful.” Joyce Garrity, executive director of the Dutchess County SPCA, says the organization has known about Wurtzburger for some time but did not know the extent of her animal hoarding problem because Wurtzburger would not allow SPCA officials entry into her home. “Our animal services team has been working with Anna Wurtzburger over the years to help her spay and neuter her cats and provide them with food,”

Garrity said. “We were never allowed in the house so we never had a sense of how many cats she had.” The SPCA learned the extent of the hoard earlier this year, when an East Fishkill Police officer was dispatched to Wurtzburger’s home for an unrelated matter. “He noticed the evidence of hoarding, the filth, the stench, and he called us,” Garrity said. Garrity says humane law officers went to Wurtzburger’s home on Feb. 15 with a warrant and seized 47 cats that were identified as those most in need of medical care. Then, on Saturday, officials seized the remainder of Wurtzburger’s animals, another 153 cats and three dogs. Garrity says the animals were seized for their benefit and the benefit of Wurtzburger, adding it’s difficult to convey the extent of the filth Wurtzburger was living it. “It would be so difficult for people to comprehend how absolutely filthy and unlivable a home that is inhabited by 200 cats can become,” she said. “The smell alone is enough to knock you over.” Wurtzburger says she is furious. She claims the number of animals seized from her home has been exaggerated and she provided more than adequate care for all her animals, adding she has receipts to prove she purchased food and medical supplies for the animals.

Wurtzburger further claims she was working with officials from the SPCA in hopes of getting help from the television show “Animal Hoarders,” which is produced by the A&E Network. She says after the show turned her down, she intentionally neglected to clean her home so her situation would look more dire, hoping this would encourage “Animal Hoarders” to feature her story and help her care for the animals. She says she also reached out to Ellen DeGeneres and Betty White, two celebrities who are known to help people who are overwhelmed by their animals, but she was turned down. Wurtzburger claims that when she was contacted by the SPCA on Feb. 15, she was under the impression that officials would be coming to her home to discuss the show, not seize her animals. “They came in with a warrant and took the cats,” Wurtzburger said. “They are very deceiving. They tell you one thing and do another.” She also alleges the officials who came to her house were disrespectful and did damage to her property. “They raided my house like they do when they raid for narcotics,” she said. “You have no idea what these people did to me.” Garrity confirmed the SPCA was trying to get Wurtzburger help through “Animal Hoarders,” but says she was never prompted to stop cleaning her home.

“No one ever told her to make her house look filthy,” Garrity said. “Her house was filthy.” Now, Wurtzburger says she is worried sick for her animals, particularly her dogs, one of which has heart and hip problems. “They put her in one of those metal cages with the metal bars,” Wurtzburger said. “That’s not good for her hip.” Garrity says everything the SPCA did was in the best interest of the animals and Wurtzburger. “We certainly have great compassion for Anna and we feel she needs help,” Garrity said. “I understand she feels stressed by this; that’s because she is in extreme denial. She feels, as many hoarders do, that what she was doing was right, that she is the only one who can care for and love these animals.” According to Garrity, the Dutchess County SPCA is now caring for the animals and providing them with the medical care they need. Caring for so many animals, though, is no small task, and the SPCA is asking for donations of food, cat litter, cleaning supplies, wire dog cages and cash. The cats from Wurtzburger’s home are not currently available for adoption, but the SPCA currently has many animals that are. For more information, contact the Dutchess County SPCA at 845-452SPCA.

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Anderson employee arrested following altercation, robbery

An employee of the Anderson Center for Autism was arrested last week following an alleged physical altercation with a female coworker. According to Hyde Park Police, on Feb. 27 at 3:15 p.m., officers responded to a report of a physical altercation between two employees of the Anderson Center. The alleged victim reported her coworker, later identified as Desmond I. Gomez, 25, of Poughkeepsie, forcibly took her purse and knocked her to the ground. The purse was later recovered with money and some other items missing, according to police. Police say by the time they arrived on the scene, Gomez had already fled. Police say Gomez was taken into custody the following morning, Feb. 28 at 8:58 a.m., when he arrived at work. Gomez was taken into custody without

incident and charged with robbery in the third degree, a class-D felony; unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor; and petit larceny, a class-A misdemeanor. He was arraigned before Judge John Kennedy in Hyde Park Justice Court and released on his own recognizance until March 22 at 7 p.m., and an order of protection was issued to the victim, according to police.

Clinton woman arrested for DWI

A Clinton woman has been arrested by Rhinebeck Police on charges of driving while intoxicated. According to police, on March 1 at 9:30 p.m., Nancy Leonard of Clinton Corners was arrested for DWI, a misdemeanor. Police say Leonard was issued several tickets and was released, ordered to appear in Village of Rhinebeck Justice Court on March 8.

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Alleged supermarket shoplifter busted

An Annandale woman was arrested after she allegedly shoplifted goods from the Hannaford supermarket in Red Hook earlier this week. According to New York State Police, troopers responded to a shoplifting complaint at the supermarket on March 5 at approximately 6:30 p.m. Police investigated and determined Camila Hernandez, 19, of Annandaleon-Hudson, stole $23.75 worth of merchandise from the store, according to troopers. She was taken into custody and charged with petit larceny. She was released on an appearance ticket and ordered to appear in Red Hook Justice Court on March 15.

Recent arrests

The Hyde Park Police Department reports the following arrests: • Patrick Germeus, 27, of Poughkeepsie, was charged with three counts of criminal contempt in the first degree, a class-E felony. • Dennis A. Vasquez, 25, of Hyde Park, was charged with criminal contempt in the first degree, a class-E felony. • Kara E. Thompson, 42, of Hyde Park, was charged with assault in the third degree, a class-A misdemeanor. • An 18-year-old male from Hyde Park was charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class-A misdemeanor, after a domestic dispute with his parents. His name is being withheld because he is eligible for youthful-offender status. • Mark A. Hauver, 22, of Salt Point, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.


MAN EXTRICATES SELF, DOG FROM CAR WRECK BY HV NEWS STAFF A 65-year-old man who crashed his vehicle into a fence and large trees earlier this week managed to free himself and his dog from the wreckage. The Rhinebeck Fire Department and Dutchess County Sheriff’s deputies were called to respond to a one-car accident at Route 308 and Old Rock City Road in Rhinebeck on Monday at approximately 11 a.m. Responders determined the driver had driven off the road and crashed through approximately 25 feet of fence and some cedar trees before coming to a stop. According to the Rhinebeck Fire Department, “the 65-year-old driver had self-extricated himself and his dog.” The driver was transported to St. Francis Hospital by the Rhinebeck Rescue Squad for examination. The cause of the accident is presently undetermined, according to officials.

Class to focus on humane trapping of feral cats BY HV NEWS STAFF Partnership for Animals Needing Transition, also known as PANT, is teaching animal lovers how to deal with feral cats in their neighborhoods. Oftentimes, large numbers of feral cats will congregate in a particular neighborhood, relying on the kindness of people for food, which often attracts other cats and so on. PANT is hoping to teach animal lovers how to reduce the number of feral cats in their neighborhoods in a humane and costeffective way. On Saturday, March 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Farm and Home Center, 2715 Route 44, Millbrook, PANT will hold a Feral Cat Trapper Training Class. The class is free, but donations would be appreciated. Participants will learn how to assess the feral cat population in their neighborhoods and if needed, how to trap the animals in a compassionate and safe way that puts the least amount of stress on the cats. Information on PANT’s trapping, neutering and releasing program will also be provided. To register for the Feral Cat Trapper Training Class, send an email with your name and contact information to volunteer@pant.org.

According to the Rhinebeck Fire Department, a 65-year-old man crashed through approximately 25 feet of fence and some cedar trees on Route 308 on Monday. Photo submitted.

OBITUARIES Carole Anne, Hyde Park

Carole Anne, formerly Carole Elvin, 71, a resident of Hyde Park, NY for nearly ten years, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 4, 2012 at the New York Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center. She was born on November 26, 1940 in Bronx, New York, the daughter of the late Maxwell and Antoinette (Dorato) Stein. Carole lived in Clinton Corners until 1978, and then relocated to Bellmore, Long Island. In 1994, she moved to Cape Coral, Florida, and finally returned to Hyde Park in 2001. She began her career as a registered nurse at the Northern Dutchess Hospital. She also worked as a nurse administrator for Haven Manor in Far Rockaway, and as a registered nurse for Hope Hospice in Fort Myers, FL and for Hospice of Dutchess County of Hyde Park. She was employed most recently a case manager for MVP Healthcare. While living in Florida, Carole enjoyed flying small aircraft to many cities within the state. She was a Master Gardener and volunteered for the Vanderbilt Mansion Gardens and the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Millbrook. Carole was also a member of the Mid Hudson Vegetarian Society.

She was a student of Science of Mind practices and “A Course in Miracles.” Carole loved her family and her work and extended her tremendous compassion to all living beings. She is survived by her three children, Sharon Elvin of Hyde Park, NY; Jamie O’Neil of Rhinebeck, NY; and James W. Elvin Jr. and his wife Tory Garcia of Clinton Corners, NY; two grandchildren, James Joseph and Maddisen Rose Elvin of Clinton Corners, NY; two sisters, Debra Frangis of Morrisville, NC; and Michelle Baer of Cocoa Beach, FL; four sisters-in-law, Beth, Kathie, Patty, and Margie; her former husband, James W. Elvin, Sr., and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her four cats, Gilbert, Boo Boo, Glinda, and Simon. Calling hours will be held on Friday, March 9, 2012 from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck. A memorial service and time of sharing will begin at 2 p.m. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions can be made to the Hospice Foundation of Dutchess County, 374 Violet Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, or the Humane Society of the United States, Dept MEMIT9, 2100 L St. NW, Washington, DC 20037. Arrangements are under the direction of the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home. To sign the online register, visit dapsonchestney.com.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY Name: Catskill Dutchess LLC (“LLC”) Articles of Organization filed in the Department of State of New York on January 19, 2012 Office Location: Dutchess County Principal Business Location: 21 Skyview Drive, Po u g h k e e p s i e , New York 12603 Purpose: Any and all lawful business activities Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 21 Skyview Drive, Poughkeepsie, New York 12603 ALUMENS LLC Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (“LLC”). Articles of Organization filed New York Sec. of State (“NYSS”) 1/5/12. 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, 15 Old Farm, 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 Adeline P. Malone, Esq., 6369 Mill Street, P.O. Box 510, Rhinebeck, NY 12572.

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NOTICE OF SPECIAL INFORMATION MEETING OF THE COMMON COUNCIL Monday, March 19, 2012, 6:00 p.m. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Common Council of the City of Poughkeepsie, pursuant to Section 2.05 of the City Charter hereby convenes a Special Information Meeting on Monday, March 19, 2012, 6:00 p.m., in the Common Council Chambers, Third Floor, City Hall/Municipal Building, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, New York. All members of the Common Council, the Mayor, City Administrator, and heads of all departments shall be in attendance. At this meeting, the general public may inquire of any such person with regard to any aspect of City Government. Joseph Meier, LLC Articles of Organization filed 2/21/12; SSNY; Dutchess County, New York; SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. Address for mailing copy of process: 14 Meadow Ridge Lane, LaGrangeville, NY 12540; Purpose: any lawful purpose; Perpetuity. email your legal notice to:

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YACONO HOLDINGS, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 1/25/12. Office in Dutchess Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Lacono Holdings, LLC, 50212 Annie Ave., Pleasant Valley, NY 12569, which is also the principal business location. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

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