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PREVIEW 2014 CAMPAIGNS BY JIM LANGAN Before an enthusiastic crowd of about 300 people in Highland, Ulster and Dutchess County Republicans were out in force Saturday at St. Augustine School. Elected Republican officials and candidates for almost every state and county office turned out to root each other on. Among the assembled crowd were Dutchess County Legislative Chair Rob Rolison, Dutchess County Legislator and 106th Assembly District candidate Sue Serino, Assemblyman Peter Lopez and other elected officials from both sides of the river. The purpose of the gathering was to rally the troops for the upcoming political season. Candidates and their supporters were there looking for ballot signatures and handing out campaign signs and literature. Speaker after speaker also railed against the SAFE Act and vowed to support candidates who want it repealed. But the stars of the show were Congressman Chris Gibson and newly announced Republican gubernatorial candidate, Westchester County Executive

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Rob Astorino. In his remarks, Astorino implored Republicans not to get discouraged by the fact that Democrats outnumber Republicans in this area by 10,000. He cited his own experience in Westchester where he faced a 150,000 Democrat majority in his first race. “Everyone told me I could never win against those odds. I’m hearing the same thing in Dutchess County now. But guess what? I won both races by 15 percent.” He said voters responded to his message of cutting taxes and spending, he was able to keep businesses from moving, and was re-elected despite the best efforts of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Astorino said he began his campaign for governor in the Bronx just like his hero Ronald Reagan. “Republicans need to let people know they care about everyone.” Astorino said he got 25 percent of the black vote in the last election and a majority of the Latino vote. He said his litmus test for voters in 2014 is whether they feel they are winning or losing in 2014. “If you think you are

BY HV NEWS STAFF The Dutchess County Legislature Monday night denied the state authorization to use the county seal on documentation related to the enforcement of the New York SAFE Act. The New York SAFE Act, which was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on January 15, 2013, amended provisions of state law pertaining to fire arms and ammunition as well as an implementation for the recertification of pistol licenses to be implemented by January 1, 2018. The resolution adopted by the county legislature prohibits unauthorized use of the Dutchess County seal by the State of New York. In particular it denies the State of New York permission to use the county name, seal, letterhead or address for the purposes of issuing notices to legal pistol permit holders regarding recertification or any other purpose associated with implementation or exercise of the SAFE Act. In a joint letter from Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson and

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Man arrested for stealing car On

March 8, at approximately 11:13 p.m., Hyde Park Police were dispatched to the parking lot of Darby O’Gills for a report of a stolen vehicle. Hyde Park Police started an investigation and while officers were interviewing the victim and a witness, another officer located the stolen vehicle in the parking lot of Hyde Park Mall. Officers then determined that the New York State Police had arrested the operator of that vehicle for driving while intoxicated and they parked said vehicle in the parking lot. At the time of the arrest, the New York State Police didn’t know that the vehicle had been stolen. The operator was identified as Donald A. Miller, 44, of Hyde Park. Miller was charged with grand larceny in the third degree, a class-D felony. How Miller obtained the keys for the vehicle, and his motive are still under investigation. Miller was arraigned and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail on $2,500 cash or $5,000 bail bond He is due back in Hyde Park Justice Court at a later date.

Larceny in Red Hook Red Hook Police arrested William W. Totten, 24, of Red Hook, on Thursday at the Red Hook Police Department at 4:45 p.m. and he was charged with petit larceny, a misdemeanor. An investigation




found that while employed at a local business, Totten stole $100 from a cash register. He was processed and released with a ticket to appear in Village Court at a later date.

DWI in Red Hook Red Hook Police arrested Timothy W. Bruno, 49, of Milan, on Thursday at 11:51 p.m. on Route 199 and charged him with two counts of misdemeanor drunken driving, as well as failing to stop at a stop sign and failing to maintain lane, both infractions. He was processed and released on tickets to appear in Town Court at a later date.

Man arrested for collecting over $8K in unemployment On March 4, at approximately 8:30 a.m., New York State Police arrested Jeffrey Sinclair, 49, of Fishkill, for grand larceny in the third degree, a class-D felony, and falsifying business records, a classA misdemeanor. Sinclair was arrested after an investigation by the state police and the New York State Department of Labor who allege that he received in excess of $8,000 in unemployment benefits while gainfully employed. Sinclair was arraigned in the Town of Fishkill Court and released on his own recognizance to return at a later date.

Juveniles arrested for burglary On March 2, New York State Police

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arrested two Village of Wappingers Falls juveniles for burglary in the second degree, a class-C felony. The juveniles were arrested subsequent to a report that was made to police on March 1. The victim reported to police that the juveniles entered her home on February 24 and stole property consisting of Nike sneakers and stereo equipment. Both juveniles were issue family court appearance tickets and due to appear in court at a later date.

Poughkeepsie woman arrested for collecting over $5K in unemployment benefits On March 6, the New York State Police arrested Shawan A. Bunch, 40, of Poughkeepsie, for falsifying business records in the first degree, a class-E felony. Bunch had caused false entries to be made in the business records of the New York State Department of Labor by certifying weekly that she was completely unemployed when in fact she was gainfully employed. The weekly certifications enabled Bunch to collect $5,117.50, of which she was not entitled. Bunch was issued an appearance ticket ordering her to appear in the City of Poughkeepsie Court.

DWI for Rhinebeck man On March 4, at approximately 10:38 p.m., New York State Police arrested Patrick A. Brown, 57, of Rhinebeck, for driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. Brown was found to be intoxicated subsequent to a traffic stop that was conducted on the vehicle he was operating. Troopers stopped the car when they observed the vehicle failing to maintain its lane of travel, along with other vehicle and traffic violations. Brown provided a positive breath sample which yielded a blood alcohol content of .15 percent and was issued uniform traffic tickets ordering him to appear before the Village of Rhinebeck Court.

False info arrest at Beacon DMV On March 5, members from the New York State Police, in conjunction with the Department of Motor Vehicles Investigations Division, arrested Milton Coronel-Quezada,46, of Highland, for offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree, a class-E felony. An investigation revealed that on January 30, Coronel-Quezada had filed for a New York State drivers license using false information at the Department of Motor Vehicles office in the City of Beacon. He is due to appear at the City of Beacon Court at a later date.

One-car accident leads to arrest On March 2, at approximately 10:18

p.m., New York State Police arrested Gracia A. Mejia, 30, of Beekman, for aggravated driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. Troopers were dispatched to a report of a one car property damage auto accident on Greenhaven Road, where Mejia was identified as the operator. Investigation revealed that Mejia was intoxicated at the time of the crash. Mejia provided a breath sample which yielded a blood alcohol content of .20 percent, more than two times the legal limit of intoxication. Mejia is scheduled to appear in the Town of Beekman Court

Area man arrested for violating order of protection New York State Police arrested John J Distabile, 31, of Wappingers Falls, for violating an Orange County family order of protection by repeatedly contacting the protected female victim and placing her in fear. He was charged with criminal contempt in the first degree, a class-E felony. He was arraigned in the Village of Walden Court and remanded to the Orange County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 secure bond.

Cash for Guns program in Poughkeepsie on March 29 In the ongoing efforts to address public safety and decrease gun violence, the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department is working with the New York State Attorney General’s Office on a cash for guns program next weekend. The program will take place on Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Public Safety Center located at 505 Main Street in the City of Poughkeepsie. All guns must be unloaded and placed in a plastic or paper bag or box. If the guns are transported in a car, they must be unloaded and in the trunk of the car and contained in a plastic or paper bag or a box. All firearms will be collected and the persons surrendering the firearm will be issued a debit card once the firearm is received and screened by the officers. Those turning in a gun can also remain anonymous if they choose. Payments for firearms will be made in accordance with the type and condition of the firearm: $25 for non-working or antique firearms $50 for rifles and shotguns $75 for handguns $100 for assault weapons

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winning, vote for Cuomo,” he concluded. Astorino said more than 400,000 people have left New York in the last three years, many of them because of the poor business and regulatory environment. He also categorized Albany as the most corrupt capitol in the nation. Next up was 19th Congressional District Congressman Chris Gibson who is seeking a third term in congress. Gibson retired a colonel from the Army in 2010 after a distinguished military career during which he saw combat in Iraq and served in other hot spots. Gibson is being opposed by political newcomer Sean Eldridge, a 27-year-old married to Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes, said to be worth more than a billion dollars. Gibson wasted little time in bringing that and more to the crowd’s attention. “My opponent has no experience and no ties to the area. He’s married into a billion dollar fortune and has been spreading it around.” Gibson was alluding to the fact Eldridge only recently purchased a residence in the district and has set up a company devoted to investing

Congressman Chris Gibson and gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino. Photo by Jim Langan.

in businesses in the Hudson Valley. An impassioned Gibson said of Eldridge, “There are some things money can’t buy. It can’t buy integrity and it can’t buy votes.”

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Dutchess County Clerk Bradford H. The state is responsible for this doing so Kendall, stated that the use of the Dutchess therefore they should put their name and County seal by the state police in proposed seal on it, not Dutchess County.” correspondence for the recertification of pistol licenses implies that the county supports the recertification plan, the county has a role in the plan. An Executive Order BY HV NEWS STAFF issued by County Executive Marc Molinaro During Monday night’s town board established a policy regarding the use of meeting, Ray Vergati from Homeland Towcounty seal and ordered that the Dutchess ers, a cell tower developer out of Danbury, County Seal only be used by authorized Connecticut, introduced his company’s departments of county government and plans to join three proposals to erect a cell unauthorized use is hereby prohibited. The tower in Rhinebeck. County Legislature’s action, today coupled Vergati said discussions began back in with the Executive Order, establishes a the fall of 2011, as carriers, who recently board policy that makes it clear the use upgraded their networks to 4G and LTE, of the County Seal is prohibited by all short for long term evolution, and are now county departments and staff for purposes looking to expand their networks. He added of implementing and/or promoting the that though carriers propose the height of SAFE Act. the tower, they will need to prove the need Legislator Rob Weiss said, “The use and coverage areas in accordance with of the county seal implies that we as a town code. county condones or accepts the SAFE Act. 

Gibson went on to say, “I’m incredibly motivated and focused on this race.” Gibson’s supporters said they were insulted a carpetbagger with no real experience would challenge a decorated war hero and congressman. Gibson said his best campaign strategy is service to his constituents and voting for policies that grow the economy. In closing Gibson said, “We need to stand up for the Bill of Rights and the First and Second Amendments.” Given the ferocity of both men’s speeches, 2014 promises to be a hard fought election.

Rhinebeck to rezone mining district BY HV NEWS STAFF On Monday night, the Rhinebeck Town Board decided to pursue changes to amend the zoning code of a soil mining overlay district on White Schoolhouse Road. The rezoning would thwart any future efforts in the area to expand the mine outside of the existing Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) permitted mines. The decision comes after weeks of information-delving to consider Red Wing Properties’ desire to expand mining activities on land purchased on White Schoolhouse Road. “If you look at the Hudsonia map it’s one of our richest, most diverse habitat areas in the town,” Rhinebeck Planning Board Chairman Michael Trimble said to the town board. “When the comp plan was put together, we all discussed ways we wanted to preserve our natural resources, our water resources, habitats, things of that sort. We also wanted to permit some of the mining to continue here which has been going on for a good long time. It’s always been done on a small scale.” Members of the town board were all in agreement that this was a warranted change, and a decision that was ultimately decided when the town put together the new plan. “Clearly this is a drastic change in topography,” Rhinebeck Town Board supervisor Elizabeth Spinzia noted after the presentation. Red Wing representatives were not available for comment. The town will move forward with engaging a planner and other logistics to begin redrawing the maps. The amendment will be ready for review during the next town board meeting on March 24.

Can you hear me now? Cell tower talks continue in Rhinebeck Vergati added that while the company wishes to work with the municipality, several private landowners on Pells Road and around the Route 308 corridor have shown interest in the cell tower plans in order to offset property taxes. “If there is going to be a cell tower up here, we would rather it on town land than private land,” town board member Joseph Gelb stated. According to Vergati, the lease from Homeland Towers would be for 40 years. Michael Trimble, planning board chairman, said the board has hired a visual impact consultant and radio frequency engineer consultant. He also added that, after a

review of the company’s work last week, that the work was “extremely poor.” “For every one person who would love this on their property, there are probably 50 more who would not like to see it,” Trimble added. Trimble also noted that while the Rhinebeck Aerodrome is not recognized as a registered airport by the FAA, the Kingston Airport is, and lighting and visibility of the tower would likely need to be considered. While reiterating that the discussions have been preliminary, Supervisor Elizabeth Spinizia said the board was open to continuing dialogue.

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My new currency Forget Bitcoin. Say hello to the Erg. The Erg is my new currency which will sweep the world and make it a better place to live. Or at least it will amuse me while I think about it. What is this Erg of which I speak? It gets its name from the Greek word Ergon, which means “work.” But to really understand, we have to look at the ongoing discussion of the federal minimum wage. People have been earning the same minimum wage for years. At the same time, the cost of living has continued to



One Body Every single time you put something in, on, or around your body you are making a choice about your health. Sometimes the decision is taken out of your hands. Air pollution or water pollution can be difficult to detect and avoid without completely uprooting your life. Happily, here in New York it has become easier and easier to live a health conscious lifestyle. We host a plethora of locally and responsibly sourced produce, meat, cheeses, milk, bread, farm to table restaurants for non-cookers, and even wine and beer. I don’t have to walk into a restaurant or any other public building and be bombarded by choking cigarette smoke. As a non-smoker, I can tell you that walking into that environment is like

increase, meaning that their salaries have effectively gone down. That’s nothing new, of course, but it is a real issue, and minimum wage earners have not been able to make a living. They can not live on the paychecks from their full-time jobs. In New York, admittedly the most expensive state (thanks to New York City), it takes a minimum wage worker about 136 hours of work each week to pay basic living expenses. But even in the cheapest state in the union, South Dakota, you’d have to work 64 hours each week to keep a roof over your head and food in your belly. The average across the country is somewhere around 85.hours (based on National Low Income Housing Coalition figures). This got me thinking. If we can figure how many hours of work it takes to live on, why not make that our currency standard. Let’s make it something that isn’t based on a random number but on what it takes to live. In my Erg-centric currency, wherever you live, minimum wage is forty Ergs per week - thus an Erg is one fortieth of what

it takes to pay for the agreed-upon basics of life. Minimum wage, therefore, would always be one Erg per hour. To make myself clear, the minimum wage would always be forty Ergs a week, based on a forty-hour work week. Of course you could work more hours, making more Ergs for those little extras in life. Likewise, you could get a betterpaying job so you can have nicer things. But at minimum wage, forty Ergs, you will not have to depend on public assistance or local food pantries. You won’t have to go to the homeless shelter, as so many employed people do. An Erg would, of course, be broken down to small units – maybe the “nanoerg” or the “ergcent.” I don’t know. The important thing for me is that the Erg never loses value. It will always be one fortieth of what it takes to make it with the basics. One of the other things about an Erg is that it would have roughly the same purchasing power in New York City as in South Dakota. That’s not the case today.

Even at $10.10 per hour – the proposed new minimum wage – a New Yorker is going to struggle while a South Dakotan might make it reasonably well. Oh, and Ergs would be real currency, none of that digital-only stuff. Now, I’m sure economists – or other financially-minded folks – could poke all sorts of holes in this scheme. I’m sure it has all sorts of flaws. What system doesn’t? But is it really any crazier than a system in which millions work full time yet constantly have to go on public assistance? I am just playing around with the Erg, of course. But people of faith need to make it their job to figure out ways to allow their neighbors to work humble jobs without going hungry. We have the resources, and we have the moral responsibility.

having your lungs assaulted by tiny little ninjas. I can feel my lungs rejecting the bad air like Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. Once I’ve wandered through a cloud of cigarette smoke I can smell it in my hair until it is washed again. My good fortune is that I am put in that situation very rarely and though I still feel that smoke is poison for me, it is at least a threat that I can easily detect. Some of the most complex contributors to our health successes and failures are the nutrients we introduce into our systems, how we introduce them and how much or how little we have. One such vitamin that has emerged in the past few years, with a newly emphasized importance, is vitamin D. Vitamin D is a nutrient that can be eaten or a hormone produced naturally by the skin when exposed to sunlight. However, with our increasingly indoor lifestyles and urges to avoid or cover up when in the sun many people don’t get enough exposure. It is estimated that nearly one billion people worldwide have a vitamin D deficiency Low levels of the vitamin D have been linked to chronic health issues such as heart disease, osteoporosis, several cancers, multiple sclerosis and tuberculosis.

New research in the UK has taken the study on D deficiencies further. Using a study on the link birthdays and chronic health issues later in life, researchers began to see a pattern emerge. Babies born at the end of winter were more likely to get multiple sclerosis than those born in Autumn. An expanded study saw the same pattern in different countries. Additionally, it was discovered that people born during this time of the year were also a greater risk of diabetes, coeliac disease, schizophrenia, autism and rheumatoid arthritis. The connection is that these are all autoimmune diseases, which occur when the body is attacked by its own immune system. In fact it was this connection allowed researchers to recognize that schizophrenia also has features of autoimmune disease. Studies compared blood samples taken from the umbilical cords of babies born during different times of the year and found that babies born in May had a higher frequency of newly generated white blood cells, called T cells. Certain types of T cells react against the body tissues and, if persistent, can cause autoimmune disease later in life. Here is the kicker, these unwanted T cells are normally removed from the

body in the first year of life by a process of deletion in the thymus gland, a process that requires vitamin D. This is a crucial piece of information to understand in preventing chronic diseases in coming generations. Vitamin D is not a miracle nutrient; I am not suggesting that you all run to your nearest retailer and start popping vitamin D pills. As with anything you put into your body, moderation is key. Vitamin D is no cure all, but as adults, adding a vitamin D supplement to your diet may be a life enhancing experience, for others it will go unnoticed. Studies have shown a decline in relapse incidents for some people who suffer with issues such as Crohn’s disease. It is important to determine first if you have a deficiency. If so, ask yourself how you will achieve the desired level. Overdosing on D is possible through use of supplements but not sun exposure. Overdosing has fever-like symptoms. Of course sun exposure has its known risks as well. Whatever you decision, make it with care, you only get one body.

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CITY OR COUNTRY POLITICS? My wife got me to thinking the other day when she mentioned how much she missed the relative anonymity of living in New York City, particularly as it applied to politics. In Manhattan, you’re lucky if you ever actually meet the people in the apartment next to you, never mind know how they vote. I’ve waited for the elevator in my building dozens of times with someone who lived on my floor and never even made eye contact. That’s just the way it is in the big city. Maybe the absence of political conversation is a function of the sheer size of New York. I mean does anyone really care who their councilperson is or think they make any difference in their lives? Even the mayor is a somewhat inconsequential person in a city of 10 million. Not so much in the country. Here, politics and especially local politics, is a blood sport. Given it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, allow me to borrow from an old joke that asks the definition of Irish Alzheimer’s. You forget everything but the grudges. The same is true of local politics. People duke it out for town boards and other local offices as if the death penalty was on the ballot. Democrats and Republicans attribute the worst personal and political traits to anyone who dares oppose them. Republican candidates are all extremist, bigoted Neanderthals clutching to their religion and the Second Amendment. Democrats are pegged as socialists more interested in social issues and the redistribution of wealth than defending

our nation’s freedoms. And remember this kind of vitriol finds its way into even the most meaningless of races (think town board). Hyde Park has been the gold standard for pettiness and small ball for years. Each party is run by a small cadre of political zealots who think they are the only thing standing between residents and the gulag. Hyde Park Democrats are dictated to by a wealthy weekender who decides who runs for office and what the priorities are. Republicans are less disciplined but still controlled by a relative handful. There’s a lot of sniping and backstabbing by both parties, and at the end of the day as a friend once told me, “Hyde Park is plus or minus a gas station.” Cynical, but fairly accurate. Rhinebeck and Red Hook are much more evolved, but not immune from partisan squabbling although they do it with far more style than Hyde Park. Clinton and Stanford partisans know how to take off the gloves and Poughkeepsie, well let’s just say it’s Poughkeepsie. The boys and girls at the county level are pretty good at circling the partisan wagons. Just look at the energy tax and jail votes in the legislature. Most voted the party lines but the few who went off the reservation are paying a price within their respective parties. Independent thinking is not encouraged on the local level. But here’s what makes navigating local political shoals so difficult. In the big city no one really cares what you think, and your opinion doesn’t really count for much in these heavily Democratic areas. But in the country everything is magnified by reason of our lack of size and population. As many recent local elections have proven, every vote really does count. My only request is can we keep some of these self-appointed political pinheads out of it. We don’t really care what they think.

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TO THE EDITOR: Hours after county legislator Rob Rolison received the Republican endorsement, the New York State Republican State Committee sent robocalls and mailers to the residents of Dutchess blaming Senator Terry Gipson for the Energy Tax. This awful tax was part of the 2014 budget, written by County Executive Molinaro and shepherded through the Dutchess County Legislature by Chairman Rolison. Every Democrat, and only one Republican, voted against it. Senator Gipson had absolutely nothing to do with writing, submitting or voting for the Dutchess Legislature’s awful tax increase. In reality, the reverse is true. Senator Gipson has already sponsored three bills in Albany to relieve us of the mandates that our longtime Republican state representatives did little or nothing about. Senator Gipson has voted against every tax increase and every unfunded mandate presented by his colleagues and voted for over $800 million dollars in tax cuts for businesses and residents in the state, including, cutting the 18-a utility tax. In short, we just witnessed the Republican Party deliberately mislead the people of Dutchess by blaming Senator Gipson for something the county executive and the county legislature are solely responsible: the Dutchess County budget. The Energy Tax is theirs and theirs alone. Republicans have been making the decisions in the state senate and in the county for decades. Their decisions have led to our current economy, our unemployment, and our downgraded credit rating. Our condition is their responsibility. They should at least stand up and own it. Elisa Sumner, chairwoman Dutchess County Democratic Committee Dover

TO THE EDITOR: School district teachers and bus staff and drivers only work 180 days a year versus 260 days a year for the average worker in private industry, and I want to make people aware of this vast and unfair working hours difference between the two. Also, in the last 20 years the school districts have discovered the one and two hour delay and really take advantage of it, inconveniencing working people (the ones that work 260 days a year) who now have to rush to get day care or sitters for the kids every time a one or two hour delay is declared. It allows the teachers, highly paid with our tax money, to go back to bed for one or two hours. No one in private industry gets this. Recently the schools had a mini-vacation with Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Presidents’ Day. To a tax payer (me) this is very disturbing. What else will they think of to get more time off? Also, no one in private industry gets “winter recess,” “spring break” or the big one – “all summer off.” I think of this every time a school vote comes up and eagerly vote. You should vote, also. Ken Krauer ( a burdened tax payer) Salt Point


In our story last week on the Hyde Park resident who lost his home after failing to pay a water tax, we incorrectly attributed the source of the tax to the Roosevelt Fire District when it was in fact the Hyde Park Fire District. We apologize for the error.


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• Also noticed Coco’s in Hyde Park has a sign on the door saying they’re closed for renovation which is usually code for byebye. It’s not just Hyde Park either. We hear this winter has brought just about everyone to their knees, especially restaurants. Might be time to get out there and start eating! • Cops in Sarasota, Florida have begun sending letters to people observed parking or driving around known prostitution areas. Makes for great reading for the Missus! “So dear, what were you doing in Hookerville at 3 a.m.?” They did that in Boston years ago and the publicity alone caused the hookers and Johns to vanish overnight. • Bit of a cheap shot by county Republicans unleashing a series of robo-calls blaming Sen. Terry Gipson for the much hated energy tax. The tax was imposed by the county legislature and Gipson couldn’t have voted for it if he wanted to (see letter to the editor page 5).

• Perhaps my favorite news story of the year so far. In Richmondville, New York, a man was gored by a bison as he prepared to load the animal onto a cattle trailer at the…wait for it…Grumpy Buffalo Farm in Schoharie County. Grumpy indeed!

• Loved watching Obama misspell “respect” while introducing Aretha Franklin at a White House event last week. I’ll bet you didn’t see or read about it but you certainly would have if it had been a Republican. Think Dan Quayle and potato.

• Well, that didn’t take long. A Marist College poll shows New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s approval rating at a paltry 39 percent. The bumbling de Blasio has been in free fall since being sworn in and his ugly attack on charter schools has only exacerbated the situation. Time to get Rudy up in the bullpen.

• Unfortunately we were right a few weeks ago saying the “new” Stop & Shop in Hyde Park hasn’t done anything for businesses in that plaza. House to Home (next to Liquordrama), which opened before the supermarket was completed, shut its doors recently adding to the body count of empty storefronts. The owner told me long ago that Stop & Shop didn’t do a thing for them.

• We’ve been getting reports, and even a photo, of bobcats stalking the land or at least Crum Elbow Road in Hyde Park. Have to believe they’re a little peckish after this long cold winter. Might want to keep Fido inside for a while. See it on our Facebook page. • Love that Dutchess County resident Liam Neeson is going to bat to save the horse and carriage trade in Manhattan. Not surprisingly, most of the liberal pols are refusing his offer to visit the stables and talk to the drivers. Wouldn’t want the facts to get in the way of a good progressive narrative. • Ever wonder who reads the sports section of the New York Post? A recent edition had ads for erectile dysfunction, various strip clubs, a steakhouse, a fishing expo and a gun show as well as various sports memorabilia. In other words, a guy who couldn’t get lucky if he did have a ten-foot pole and is destined to roam the earth alone with more blocked arteries than an LA Freeway before keeling over examining an assault rifle decked out in a Derek Jeter jersey and a pair of Michael Jordans. • Can we just get the Knick’s disastrous season over with, and I don’t want to hear

“There must be not absolute satisfaction, but balanced dissatisfaction.” – Henry Kissinger on resolving the crisis in the Ukraine.

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any Phil Jackson saves the day baloney. Every team Phil’s been connected with came fully loaded so why would he even consider the lowly Knicks and their idiot owner? • The fact that two passengers on that doomed Malaysian Air flight had phony passports is a tad unnerving. As in, if you’re on some international no-fly list, you can get around that by using a phony passport. How much money are we wasting on so-called Homeland Security and other intrusive nonsense? • In a terribly sad and ironic note, we continue to hear those two Bard students killed by a drunk hit and run driver were headed for the shuttle bus out of an abundance of caution after attending a party at a student’s house. Killed for what every parent would want their kid to do. We’re going to have more on that tragedy but it just seems too soon.



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THIS WEEK (March 12-18) Hudson River Estates; Wednesday, March 12; Meeting starts at 11 a.m. with speaker at 12:15 p.m.; Rhinebeck Reformed Church, 6368 Mill St., Rhinebeck; AARP Rhinebeck Chapter monthly meeting will feature talk and slideshow of Hudson River estates by Tom Daly; Free; 845-876-2436. Hudson Valley Community Center Lunch and Learn Series with Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro; Wednesday, March 12; 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Hudson Valley Community Center, 110 S. Grand Ave., Poughkeepsie; Free with lunch for $5; 845-471-0430. Writers’ Workshop; Wednesday, March 12; 5:30 p.m.; Tivoli Free Library, 86 Broadway, Tivoli; Local author and Marist creative writing professor Tommy Zurhellen will facilitate an informal workshop; Free; 8th Annual Wind Chill Fund Dinner; Thursday, March 13; 6-9 p.m.; Alumnae House at Vassar College, 161 College Ave., Poughkeepsie; Hudson River Housing’s annual dinner and auction to raise funds to support the Webster House Emergency Shelter for the homeless; $100; 845-454-5176 ext. 100 or “Little Shop of Horrors;” March 13-15, 7:30 p.m. and March 16, 3 p.m.; Red Hook High School, 103 W. Market St., Red Hook; $10 adults, $8 students and seniors; Bard Conservatory of Music Graduate of Vocal Arts Program Opera Double Bill; Friday, March 14, 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 15, 2 p.m.; Sosnoff Theater, Fisher Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson; Featuring the world premiere of “Payne Hollow” by Shawn Jaeger; $15-100; 845-758-7900 or Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown; Friday, March 14; 8:30 p.m.; Towne Crier, 379 Main St., Beacon; $25-30; 845-855-1300;


“Main Street to Mainframes”

”Wednesday, March 12; 6:30 p.m.; LaGrange Library, 488 Freedom Plains Rd., Poughkeepsie; Dr. Harvey Flad, professor emeritus of geography at Vassar College, will discuss his book that explores Poughkeepsie’s growth, decline, revitalization and transformation over the past three centuries; Free; 845-452-3141 or Hudson River Heritage Annual Preservation Forum; Saturday, March 15; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinecliff; $75; Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition; First round Saturday, March 15, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Semi-final round Sunday, March 16, 10 a.m. - noon; Finals Sunday, March 16, 3 p.m.; Skinner Hall, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Featuring 30 musicians; Free; Talk on Daughters of the Revolution; Saturday, March 15; 1 p.m.; Millerton Library, 75 Main St., Millerton; > >continued on page 9

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Riding the rails of the Hudson Valley BY HV NEWS WEEKEND STAFF Hudson River Heritage will celebrate the centennial of the Rhinecliff Railroad Station and focus on the history of the Hudson River railroads during the 5th annual Preservation Forum on Saturday, March 15. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., “Railroads Along the Hudson” will roll into the Rhinecliff Hotel with special speakers, lunch and tours of the Rhinecliff Station and dock. Speakers for the day include Warren Smith, Hudson River Heritage President, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, Rhinebeck Town Supervisor Elizabeth Spinzia, J. Winthrop Aldrich, HRH Co-Founder and former Deputy Commissioner, Bernard Rudberg, Hopewell Junction Depot Restoration Historian, James Chapman, proprietor of the Rhinecliff Hotel, Larry Laliberte from the Hudson Valley Railroad Society, Joanne Meyer, librarian at the Rhinecliff Morton Library, and Rhinecliff resident Jack Conklin.Talks include: “The Railroad at Rhinecliff – The Rhinecliff and Connecticut (“Hucklebush”) Line,” “The Rhinecliff Hotel – An Abbreviated but Colorful History,” “New York Central Stations – the Legacy of Warren & Wetmore,” and “A Trip Up The Hudson” from the Hudson Valley Railroad Society. All-inclusive tickets are $75 and can obtained by calling 845-876-2474 or visiting

Proud patriots Proud of the patriots in your family history? Then join the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), the national organization founded in 1890 and the only women’s organization chartered by congress in 1895, for a special talk on Saturday, March 15 at 1 p.m. Sarah K. Hermans, regent of the Chancellor Livingston Chapter of the National Society of DAR, will talk about the history and future of the organization at the Millerton Library. Last year, over 3,529 members were added to national DAR, a record number for the organization that boasts 177,049 members throughout the country. Rhinebeck’s chapter has seen an increase of 49 members in 2007 to 73 members in 2014. “The growing membership of the Daughters of the American Revolution represents our organization’s relevance in today’s ever-changing world as we continue to passionately honor our heritage, focus on the future and celebrate America,” stated DAR President General Lynn Young. During the talk, Hermans will give an overview of the history of DAR, activities with the group and how to find out if there are any patriots in your family. To join the DAR, a woman must be a direct descendent of a patriot. One must trace an unbroken line from a Revolutionary War soldier or a supporter of the War of Independence from England, such as a man who paid taxes for the purchase of weapons and supplies to fight the war, or a woman who donated lead shot to the Continental Army. A patriot doesn’t have to be male – any lineal descendant from a woman who supported the cause of Independence also is eligible to join the DAR. For more information, visit

WEEKEND EVENTS e-mail us your events: << continued from previous page “Catching the Wind;” March 15-16 and March 2223; 1-5 p.m.; Stanford Grange #808, 6043 Rte. 82, Stanfordville; Sculptor showcase by Stanfordville artist Jesse Germond; 845-868-7054. “Dreams of Space” Art Project; Saturday, March 15; 2-3:15 p.m.; Starr Library, 68 W. Market St., Rhinebeck; Watercolor program for ages six to eight years old; Sign-up at 845-876-4030. Writing Workshop with Novelist Madeleine George; Saturday, March 15; 2-4 p.m.; Red Hook Public Library, 7444 S. Broadway, Red Hook; Free program, part of The Big Read; Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner and Silent Auction; Saturday, March 15; 4:30 - 7 p.m.; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 806 Traver Rd., Pleasant Valley; $14, $13 senior citizens, $7 ages 6-10 and free for children under 5 or anyone over 90 years old; 845-635-2854.

SPRINGING INTO SALSA Ballet Hispanco heats up Bardavon stage

BY HV NEWS WEEKEND STAFF Ballet Hispanico, America’s premier Latino dance company, will spice things up at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House this Saturday, March 15 starting at 8 p.m. The tour, made possible by a grant from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, features over 100 works by emerging choreographers and artists. Led by director Eduardo Vilaro, the company explores Latin culture though a fusion of dance, theater and what Latinos are known for – passion. The company will perform pieces including “Jardi Tancat” with choreography by Nacho Duato, “Sombresisimo” with choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, “Sortijas” by Cayetano Soto and Tickets are $60 Golden Circle, $45 adults, $40 Bardavon members and $20 students. Visit for tickets and more information.

“Get Your Irish On” Open Jam BY HV NEWS WEEKEND STAFF On Saturday, March 15, from 4 to 8 p.m., head on down to the Rondout in Kingston to “Get Your Irish On” with an open jam session and potluck dinner. Whether it’s “Danny Boy,” “Shule A Roo,” or “Who Put the Overalls in Mrs. Murphy’s Chowder,” learn a song in celebratation of St. Patrick’s Day. All are welcome and invited to participate. In addition, a traditional potluck meal and the Clearwater sloop will be open for deck tours. at the Kingston Home Port and Education Center, located at 50 Rondout Landing. For more information, contact Linda Richards,, 845-2658080 ext. 7105.

Deadline approaching for summer leadership program Applications are due March 21 for the 2014 Girls’ Leadership Worldwide program held at Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-Kill estate in Hyde Park. Young women in the 9th and 10th grade come together for an interactive, diverse summer program that use Eleanor Roosevelt as a muse to work to be great leaders in their communities. There will be two one-week sessions, July 12-20 and July 26-August 3, and participants will reside at Vassar College during their stay. Tuition assistance is also available. For more information and an application, visit

“Photographic Impressionism: From Floralscapes to Urban Decay” Opening Reception; Saturday, March 15; 5-8 p.m.; Montgomery Row Art Exhibition Space, Second Level, 6423 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; Photographs by John Arif Verner and Lee Courtney; 845-876-0543. “Materiality” Artists Reception; Saturday, March 15; 6:30 - 8:30 pm.; Ann Street Gallery, 104 Ann St., Newburgh; More than 40 works by 22 fiber artists presented by Safe Harbors of the Hudson; “Peter Pan Revisited;” Saturday, March 15; 6:45 p.m.; Vassar Temple, 140 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie; $5 adults, $3 over 5, $15 for family; 845-454-2570; Hudson Valley Community Dance’s 3rd Saturday Contradance; Saturday, March 15; 7:30 p.m.; St. John’s Episcopal Church, 55 Wilbur Blvd., Poughkeepsie; $5-10; Hudson Valley Folk Guild Coffeehouse Series; Saturday, March 15; 7:30 p.m.; Unitarian Fellowship, S. Randolph Ave., Poughkeepsie; Open mic followed by featured performer Jane March; $5-6; 845-592-4216.

Henry Gross; Saturday, March 15; 8 p.m.; The Ritz Theater, 107 Broadway, Newburgh; $25; 845-784-1199 or Ballet Hispanico; Saturday, March 15; 8 p.m.; Bardavon 1869 Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie; $20-60; Knitting Project for Teenagers; Sunday, March 16; 2-4 p.m.; Stanford Free Library, 14 Creamery Rd., Stanfordville; Yarn and knitting needles will be provided; Registration required 845-868-1341 or Jim Brickman: The Love Tour; Sunday, March 16; 3 p.m.; Ulster Performing Arts Center, 601 Broadway, Kingston; $30-55; Guitarist/Composer Terry Champlin; Sunday, March 16; 3 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library and Community House, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; $10; Purim with Bob the Builder; Sunday, March 16; 4 p.m.; Rhinebeck Jewish Center, 102 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; Megillah reading and Purim dinner; 845-876-7666; “Ground Enhancers and Problem Solvers” Gardening Lecture; Tuesday, March 18; 6:30 p.m.; Starr Library, 68 W. Market St., Rhinebeck; Barbara Bravo, master gardener at the Cornell Cooperative Extension will discuss low maintenance and environmentally-friendly plants; Job Search 101; Tuesday, March 18; 6:30 p.m.; Red Hook Public Library, 7444 S. Broadway, Red Hook; 45-minute, one-on-one help session for resumes, job searches and applications; Free; Call the library at 845-7583241 to schedule an appointment. Indoor Movie in the Park “Frozen;” Tuesday, March 18; 7 p.m.; Tymor Park, Lagrangeville; Free; 845-724-5691. “Genealogy: Sharing and Inspiration;” Tuesday, March 18; 7:30 p.m.; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Spackenkill Rd., Poughkeepsie; Free; 845-229-9552.


“Happy Days;” March 7-23; Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.; Cocoon > >continued on page 10

Friday 3/14 thru Wed 3/19


Matinees (shows before 6pm) Saturday and Sunday all shows and one late matinee Monday - Thursday only

LYCEUM CINEMAS Rte. 9, Red Hook• 758-3311

Non-Stop (PG-13) Mr. Peabody & Sherman in 2D (PG) Mr. Peabody & Sherman in 3D (PG) The Lego Movie in 2D (PG) 12 Years a Slave (R) Need for Speed in 2D (PG-13) Need for Speed in 3D (PG-13) 300: Rise of an Empire in 3D (R) 300: Rise of an Empire in 2D (R) Philomena (PG-13)


Non-Stop (PG-13) The Lego Movie in 2D (PG) Mr. Peabody & Sherman in 2D Mr. Peabody & Sherman in 3D

(PG) (PG)

* Late day matinees noted in parenthesis

1:25 (4:15) 7:05 9:25 2:00 (4:00) 6:00 8:00 1:00 (3:00) (5:00) 7:00 9:00 1:00 (3:05) 1:15 (4:00) 6:55 9:30 1:15 9:30 (4:05) 6:55 1:30 9:30 (4:15) 7:15 (5:10) 7:15 9:20

Rte. 99, New Paltz • 255-0420

1:30 (4:15) 7:05 9:20 1:00 3:05 (5:00) 1:00 3:00 7:00 9:00

ROOSEVELT CINEMAS Rte. 9, Hyde Park • 229-2000

Non-Stop (PG-13) Need for Speed in 2D (PG-13) Need for Speed in 3D (PG-13) Mr. Peabody & Sherman in 3D (PG) Mr. Peabody & Sherman in 2D (PG) Son of God (PG-13) 300: Rise of an Empire in 2D (R) 300: Rise of an Empire in 3D (R)

300: Rise of an Empire in 2D 300: Rise of an Empire in 3D American Hustle (R)

(R) (R)

1:25 (4:15) 7:05 9:25 1:15 9:30 (4:05) 6:55 1:00 3:00 (5:00) 7:00 9:00 2:00 (4:00) 6:00 8:00 1:00 (4:00) 6:45 9:30 1:00 3:15 (4:15) 6:00 7:15 8:15 1:30 9:30

(4:15) 1:30 7:15 9:30 (5:10) 7:45


e-mail us your events: << continued from page 9 Theatre, 6384 Mill St., Rhinebeck; Mature audience suggested; $25; 845-876-6470 or Ed Schuring Mixed Media; Through March 26; Hancock Gallery, 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie; 845-486-4571 or “Awakenings: Image and Word;” Through March 30; Tivoli Artists Gallery, 60 Broadway, Tivoli; 845-757-2667;

Machito is still missing from MARLBORO, NY! He has been missing since right before Christmas. Someone may have taken him in. He is a Chihuahua and is only 8-months old. Call 845-554-2882 with any information.

“Malick Sidibé: Chemises;” On view through March 30; Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Work from the international photographer focusing on 1960s culture; “A Show of Ireland: Pastel Impressions;” Through April 6; RiverWinds Gallery, 172 Main St., Beacon; “See America…Then and Now” Exhibit; Through June 30; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; FDR Presidential Library and Museum, Rte. 9, Hyde Park; Crowdsourced art campaign featuring artists from all 50 states celebrating our national parks and other treasured sites;


Dutchess/Ulster/Sullivan/Orange Math League Annual Championship; Wednesday, March 19; Lecture at 10:30 a.m. with awards presented at 11 a.m.; Rockefeller Hall, room 300, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; 845-437-5370. “Train of Thought” Hudson Valley Railroad Presentation; Thursday, March 20; 6 p.m.; Elmendorph Inn, 43-45 N. Broadway, Red Hook; Railroad historian Bernard L. Rudberg will discuss the history of the Rhinebeck and Connecticut Railroad and how it connected to the New York Central Railroad; Free; Tips for the Multi-Dog Household; Thursday, March 20; 7-8 p.m.; Pause Dog Boutique, 6423 Montgomery St., Ste. 8, Rhinebeck; Hanna Fushihara, of Dogs of Hudson, will talk about dog introductions and behavior procedures; Free, but dry dog food donations accepted; 845-876-4330 or “Side by Side” by Sondheim; March 21 - April 6; Half Moon Theatre’s Black Box Theatre, 2515 South Rd., Poughkeepsie; $15; “Aloha Dreams – A Voyage to the South Pacific;” Friday, March 21; 7 p.m.; Uptown Gallery, 296 Wall St., Kingston; Tropical cuisine, cocktails and music presented by The Village Garden; $35; 845-331-3261. Screening of “Cabaret;” Friday, March 21; 7:30 p.m.; Bardavon 1869 Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Oscar winning film starring Liza Minnelli; Pre-show Wurlitzer organ concert; $6; > >continued on page 11

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BY CAROLINE CAREY St. Patrick’s Day is almost upon us and it is time to celebrate. But, I celebrate this holiday in a rather unconventional manner. Given that I have red hair and freckles, I have never seen the need to wear green on that day. And, I don’t care for many of the traditional holiday treats. Corned beef and boiled potatoes are fine, but cabbage? The stench doesn’t leave your kitchen for months! I find Irish soda bread try and unappealing. No Irish coffee for me since I don’t drink coffee. And Guiness … I like light beer. So we celebrate this holiday, as we do many others, with holiday M&M cookies. I use green M&Ms for St. Patrick’s Day, red for Valentine’s Day; you get the picture. Trust me that my four grandsons are much happier to get a box of these goodies than if I ever sent them soda bread!

M&M Cookies Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour (add an extra 1/4 cup if you like your cookies more puffy and cakelike), salt and baking soda. Mix well. Site in 1 1/2 cups M&Ms. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. Press reserved M&Ms on to top of cookies. Bake for 9 – 12 minutes or until golden brown.

Ingredients: 1 cup butter, softened ¾ cup packed brown sugar ¾ cup sugar 2 eggs 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 cups green M&Ms

Free home-brew workshop at Fishkill Farms BY HVNEWS WEEKEND STAFF On Saturday, March 15, from 1 to 3 p.m., Fishkill Farms in Hopewell Junction will host Beacon Homebrew to teach the art of brewing beer at home. The event is free with no reservations required. The workshop will focus on a recipe for dry Irish stout, and will give an overview of extract brewing, a simple home brewing technique. Homemade brew kits will be available for purchase. Visit Fishkill Farms on Facebook for updates and more events.

e-mail us your events: << continued from page 10 Financial Fitness Course; Saturday, March 22; 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; Red Hook Public Library, 7444 S. Broadway, Red Hook; Learn how to create a budget, understand and review credit reports and manage money; Free; Register by calling 845-454-9288.


The Met: Live in HD screening of Massenet’s “Werther;” Saturday, March 22; 1 p.m.; Bardavon 1869 Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Pre-show talk with Leslie Gerber, music teacher at Marist’s Center for Lifetime Studies; $19-26; Photo by Eleanor Davis

Opera double-bill features world premiere

BY HV NEWS WEEKEND STAFF On Friday, March 14 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 16 at 2 p.m., the Graduate Vocal Arts Program of the Bard College Conservatory of Music will present the world premiere of “Payne Hollow” by Shawn Jaeger and “The Turn of the Shrew” by Benjamin Britten. Jaeger describes “Payne Hollow,” a chamber opera with libretto, as “a love story, a ghost story, and a tribute to lives lived in harmony with the land. It celebrates two modern-day Thoreaus—Harlan and Anna Hubbard—who, from 1951 to 1986, lived in solitude in a small home they built on the bank of the Ohio River, at Payne Hollow.” “The whole value system that they stood for – they built own home, lived without electricity and tried to be as self-sufficient as possible – it introduced a number of themes that I thought was applicable to this place – Bard College and the Hudson Valley.” The operas will be performed by sopranos Angela Aida Carducci, Elizabeth Cohen, Lucy Fitz Gibbon, Helen Zhibing Huang, Kameryn Lueng, Devony Smith, Laura SotoBayomi, and Sarah Tuttle; mezzo-sopranos Katherine Maysek and Sara LeMesh; Vincent Festa, tenor; and Jeremy Hirsch and Michael Hofmann, baritones. Tickets are $15, $25, $35 with $100 tickets offering priority seating and an invitation to a special champagne reception on Sunday, March 16, of which $75 is tax deductible. All ticket sales benefit the Bard College Conservatory of Music scholarship fund. To purchase tickets, call the Fisher Center box office at 845-758-7900 or log-on to www.

A Night Under the Big Top; Saturday, March 22; 6 p.m.; The Culinary Institute of America, Route 9, Hyde Park; Senior class of the CIA will be hosting an evening of dining, dancing, drinks and fun with a 1940s carnival theme; Silent auction with proceeds benefiting the Fisher House Foundation for veterans and the CIA’s Clarissa Porlier Memorial Scholarship Fund; $95; 845905-4673. Jeffrey Gaines with Adrien Reju; Saturday, March 22; 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show; Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock; $20; “A Celebration of Children’s Art” Opening Reception; Sunday, March 23; 2 p.m.; Palmer Gallery, Main Building, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; More than 200 artworks by local nursery, elementary and intermediate school students; On display through March 28; 845-437-5370.

Senate House Volunteer Workshop; Sunday, March 23; 2 p.m.; Senate House State Historic Site, 296 Fair St., Kingston; Register by calling Deana Preston at 845-338-2786. “A Celebration of Hungary” Rhinebeck Chamber Music 2014 Gala; Sunday, March 23; 3-5 p.m.; The Elmendorph Inn, 7562 North Broadway, Red Hook; League of Extraordinary Readers presents Aaron Starmer and Kari Sutherland; Sunday, March 23; 4 p.m.; Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; Free; RSVP requested by emailing Author Lauree Ostrofsky; Monday, March 24; 6:30 p.m.; Millbrook Library, 3 Friendly Ln., Millbrook; Tips on self-publishing your book; Krieger Memorial Lecture presented by Novelist Gary Shteyngart; Thursday, March 27; 8 p.m.; Students’ Building, second floor auditorium, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; New York Times bestselling writer will read from his work and answer questions from the audience; Free; 845-437-5370. “Deluge” Artist Talk and Opening; Friday, March 28; 5:30 p.m.; Atrium of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Two site-specific, large-scale fabric installations by artist Todd Knopke; On view March 28 - July 20; 845-437-5370. Swing Dance Workshops; Friday, March 28; 6:30-7:15 p.m. and 7:15-8 p.m.; The Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, 135 S. Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie; $15 one session, $20 both; 845454-2571 or > >continued on page 13

St. Patrick’s Day events

The Kingston St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the biggest in the Hudson Valley, will step off from the Kingston Plaza at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 16. The parade will travel through the historic stockade district of uptown Kingston and continue through the city to the Rondout to the banks of the Hudson River. Prior to the parade, warm up your shamrocks with the 2014 Shamrock Run in Kingston. The two-mile “fun run” starts at 12:50 p.m. sharp from the Academy Green. Last year’s run included over 4,500 participants. Visit for details. The Friends of Seniors of Dutchess County will hold a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance on Sunday, March 16 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Poughkeepsie Elks Lodge, 29 Overrocker Rd., Poughkeepsie. The Bob Martinson Band will lend the tunes with corned beef and cabbage and a 50/50 penny social. Tickets are $25. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Seniors. 845-454-6660. Solas an Lae will step into an all new St. Patrick’s Day dance theater performance at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck on Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 16 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $22, $20 seniors. For tickets call the box office at 845-876-3080 or

Digging in to Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Menus opened for the 10th Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, taking place at over 180 eateries throughout the region. Weekend kicked off festivities at Terrapin Restaurant in the village of Rhinebeck with oven roasted New Zealand Mussels served with a lemongrass beurre blanc, sauteed leeks and mustard greens. A hearty grilled pork chop with maple-bacon almonds and an apple demi-glace sat atop sweet potato gratin and spinach filled us up, with enough leftover for a dream-like midnight snack. Through March 23, three course dinners are $29.95 with two course meals priced at $24.95. Special lunch rates are $20.95 plus drinks, tax and tip. Visit for participating dining and follow more of Hudson Valley Weekend’s culinary retreats on Instagram at @HudsonValleyWeekend.

Celtic Crossroads will fuse Fusion of traditional Irish music, bluegrass, gypsy and jazz on Saturday, March 8 at 8 p.m. at Eisenhower Theater, West Point; Tickets are $38. Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner and Silent Auction will take place on Saturday, March 15 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 806 Traver Rd., Pleasant Valley. Dinner is $14, $13 senior citizens, $7 ages 6-10 and free for children under five or anyone over 90-years-old. 845-635-2854. “Echoes of Ireland,” Drama about family ties and immigrant life from County Cork to New York City will take over the Lobby at the Ritz Theater, 107 Broadway, Newburgh from March 21-23; 7:30 p.m., 2 p.m. on Sunday; Tickets are $15. Hudson valley news | | March 12, 2014 {11}


SPRING FORWARD BY ANN LA FARGE Now if the snow would only melt! Meanwhile, a torrent of spring books stuff the mailbox. How to choose which to read first? This week, I got lucky, thanks to Jean (“The Orphanmaster”) Zimmerman who has gifted us with a truly page-turning, thought-provoking, thoroughly engaging second novel, “Savage Girl” (Viking, $28). I admit it: I’m fussy. I don’t like novels written in the present tense, novels without punctuation, novels that beat a political drum or drone on about some issue or other. Here, readers, is a cracking good story about a feral child adopted into the heights of Edith Wharton-age Manhattan society with results that will curl your hair. The Delegates are a hugely rich New York family. While on tour of the American West, they visit a sideshow whose attraction is a “Savage Girl,” supposedly reared by wolves; she is totally mute, and is beautiful. The Delegates, including the book’s narrator, Harvard medical student Hugo, “adopt” the girl – the perfect tabula rasa for exploring the power of civilized nurture – and take her back to Gilded Manhattan to refine and introduce to high society. And it works. She is a quick study, even if she does seem to wander off in the middle of the night sometimes. And then, around Christmas 1875, things begin to get a little hairy. There are, yes, murders.

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The Big Read takes over the valley BY HV NEWS WEEKEND STAFF Six weeks of activities, performances and discussions focusing on Pulitzer Prizewinning author Marilyn Robinson’s “Housekeeping.” From March 15 through May 2, events will be held in businesses, libraries, schools and homes throughout Dutchess, Columbia and Ulster counties through a partnership between Bard College and the Germantown, Kingston, Red Hook, Rhinecliff and Tivoli libraries. “Our ambitious community libraries make The Big Read partnership possible,” noted Erin Cannan, Associate Director of Bard’s Center for Civic Engagement. “Spanning the Hudson River and town and village borders, this Big Read will represent the very best of the vast literary and artistic resources in the Hudson Valley.” Robinson’s “Housekeeping,” published in 1980, and nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, follows the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up first under the care of their grandmother, then by two comically bumbling greataunts, and finally with Sylvie, their eccentric and remote aunt. Ruth and Lucille struggle toward adulthood, and learn the price of loss and survival. Event highlights for the month of March include a screening and discussion of Bard College professor Kelley Reichardt’s award-winning film, “Wendy and Lucy” on Saturday, March 15, at 2 p.m., at Bard College’s Preston Film Center; a Young Adult Fiction Workshop with novelist and playwright Madeleine George on Saturday, March 15, 2 to 4 p.m., at Red Hook Public Library; and a lecture by Bernard Rudberg, “History of the Railroads of the Hudson Valley,” on Thursday, March 20, at 6 p.m., at Red Hook’s Elmendorph Inn. For more information on these and dozens of additional events, go to hannaharendtcenter/bigread/ or send an e-mail to {12} March 12, 2014 | | Hudson valley news

And the big question: Can you turn a feral human creature into a fully moral human being? A love story, a mystery, a fable, a slice of colorful Manhattan history – in short, a great read. It’s time (maybe…but soon, anyway) to start thinking about the garden, and what better –or at least, more amusing – way to do that than to read a terrific new book about gardening and much more. Even those, like this reader, whose thumbs are far from green will love Carol Wall’s riveting new memoir of a fine but unlikely friendship, ““Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart” (Amy Einhorn Books, $26). Trust me, reader – even if you’re not a gardener, grandmother, teacher, or breast cancer survivor-- you’ll find joy and inspiration that transcends all those subjects and a few more. Wall, who’s in her mid-fifties, is happily married, has three grown children, fulfilling work as writer and teacher, and elderly parents who need her care. She has no time for gardening, but notices a dark-skinned man working on a neighbor’s garden and asks him for help. Thus begins a friendship, the kind that “changes your life completely.” The book is the story of that friendship and the ways the two unlikely friends cope with the many difficult things that happen to each of them, the secrets they reveal, and what each learns from the other – and not just about the garden. This book goes on my keeper shelf. Time for a couple more novels, now that the days are getting longer. How about a brilliant “coming-of-adulthood” story told in ten defining episodes by British writer Tessa Hadley? In “Clever Girl” (Harper, $26), Stella, born in 1956, (“My mother and I lived alone” is the opening sentence) survives her mother’s re-marriage, a new stepfather, high school (“a doom of tedium”), the death of a cousin, the discovery of reading fine literature, and a new friend and lover, Valentine, until he disappears, leaving her pregnant and unable to go to university. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Who else will become “tangled in the thickets of her life?” And can she go back to school? Her life – and truly, this book reads more like a memoir than a novel – becomes a prism through which a half-century of British life is revealed, and brought dramatically to life. OK, time for one more novel, another one that reads like a memoir, a “novel from life” by Susanna Kaysen, author of “Girl, Interrupted.” “Cambridge” (Knopf, $26) is a story that’s set in Cambridge, Massachusetts among academics and artists. It is a place Susanna loves, but is too often taken away from her as her father’s career takes the family to Italy, London and Athens – away from her beloved Harvard Square. “Sometimes it was fascinating, other times it was boring.” And, “I didn’t like something new. I liked the same thing, over and over.” Follow her through a year of endless sightseeing in Greece, for instance, perceived as “a long lesson in my insignificance” and where, as usual, “my parents were having a lot more fun than I was.” Then, finally home, and the big question is would Nixon or Senator Jack Kennedy be the next president? If you were ever a pre-adolescent, or ever felt (as who hasn’t?) like an outsider, this fine novel will make you smile, and remember. Okay, kids, young adults, that is, something for you to smile about: a rich new novel, the first in a trilogy, already sold in 42 countries, and being mentioned as “the new Hunger Games.” Books that ask the question, “when torn between the darkness and light…how do you choose?” In Sally Green’s “HALF BAD” (Viking, Penguin Young Reader’s Group, $19), 16-yearold Nathan lives in a cage, trained to kill in a world where two factions of witches live among us. Can he escape his captors, track down his cruel father (Marcus, a terrifying and violent witch) and manage to receive the gifts that will open up his own magical powers? I thought I’d peek into this very decorative new book, just for a look, and ended up reading the whole thing. Bewitched, maybe? Enjoy those extra hours of daylight…and a feast of good books. 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

Jazz Ensembles UHADI Celebrates 20 Years of South African Democracy; Saturday, March 29; 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show; Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock; Collaboration with Jazz at the Lincoln Center and the Catskill Jazz Factory; $20-30;

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Mean, green mother from outer space at Red Hook High School BY HV NEWS WEEKEND STAFF The musical comedy that had us looking at our houseplants a little differently returns to the stage with “Little Shop of Horrors” at Red Hook High School, March 13-15 at 7:30 p.m. and March 16 at 3 p.m. The story of hapless Seymour and Audrey II, is based on the film by Roger Corman and the screenplay by Charles Griffith, with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman; music by Alan Menken. Directed by award-winner Deborah Temple, a long-time employee of the Red Hook Central School District, the musical also features the Red Hook High School orchestra, with Red Hook High School music teacher Brian Zeller on the keyboard. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and can be purchased at www.

Hudson Valley films go SXSW After a record-number of Hudson Valley film were screened at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, several locally-made movies are now being featured at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. "It's amazing," said Hudson Valley film commissioner Laurent Rejto. "In addition to the economic significance, this success by locally produced films illustrates the cultural impact that film production has, and the combination of these two factors brings more production to the area.” The SXSW Film Festival features three movies with production ties to the Hudson Valley. “I Believe in Unicorns” by Leah Myerhoff, which was filmed in the area, will make its world premiere during the competition. Sean Christensen, originally from Wappingers Falls, will head to Austin with his film “Before I Disappear.” The film is based on his Academy Award-winning short film “Curfew,” which won best short at the 2012 Woodstock Film Festival six months prior to the Oscars. Also during SXSW, Ulster County's Tim Guinee will make his directorial debut with “One Armed Man,” based on the screenplay by the late Horton Foote. “One Armed Man” was filmed entirely in the Hudson Valley, and was executive produced by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Irish native makes directorial debut at Upstate Our resident Irishman, Gerard Hurley, who Weekend profiled last week for his transformation of the Traghaven Whiskey Pub & Company in Tivoli, will make his directorial debut this Sunday at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck. Hurley, a Woodstock Film Festival alum who says he has been “writing screenplays and making films for a long, long time,” will present a special screening of “The Pier.” The film follows the story of Jack McCarthy, played by Hurley, as he travels from New York to his father’s death-bed in Cork, Ireland. Upon his arrival McCarthy discovers that his father, Larry (Karl Johnson) is alive and well, and has duped him into returning home. The story follows the difficult, yet often hilarious ways the family comes to peace. “The Pier” will be screened at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 16 at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck. For more information, visit

Legal Workshop for Seniors; Saturday, March 29; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Red Hook Public Library, 7444 S. Broadway, Red Hook; Free; 845-7583241 or

Tom Chapin and the Work O’ The Weavers’ Saturday, March 29; 8:30 p.m.; Towne Crier, 379 Main St., Beacon; $25-30; 845-855-1300; Mike Gordon; Sunday, March 30; 7p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show; Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock; $35-45; “Arab Labor: An Evening with Sayed Kashua;” Monday, March 31; 5:30 p.m.; Rockefeller Hall, room 300, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Free; 845437-5370.

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Share your photos from around the Hudson Valley. Email weekend@, Include name and location. Deadline for submissions is midnight on Sundays. THEATER: The Rhinebeck Theatre Society will be holding auditions for “She Loves Me” on Saturday, March 22 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, March 23 at 7 p.m. Callbacks will be held on Monday, March 24 at 7 p.m. Performances run June 20 July 13. All parts for adult male and female actors who can sing are open. Prepare 16 bars of a song from the show or in a similar style. Any questions, contact the producer at ART: Submissions for “Worlds of Wonder: Hudson Valley Artists 2014” are due by midnight on Monday, March 24. For more information on eligibility and submission, visit dorskymuseum.

THEATER: The Powerhouse Theater Training Program is accepting applications for its fiveweek program. Deadline for submissions is April 16. Apprentices will choose curriculum based on acting, playwriting or directing to produce performances for the public during the annual Powerhouse festival. For more information about program and fees, visit apprentices. Join the Thomas Cole National Hi team as an intern storic Site . The program is de exceptional colle ge students to ga signed for in hands-on experience in the museum field. Th runs from June e program through August. Please call Melissa Gavilane s at 518-943-74 65 ext. 5 for more information .

VIDEO: The Town of Rhinebeck seeks a volunteer to serve as an alternate on the PANDA (Public Access Northern Dutchess Area) board of directors. PANDA is the public access television station which serves the Rhinebeck, Red Hook and Tivoli communities. While a background in TV, film or video production is preferred, ideal candidates should possess a passion for public service and a strong interest in media and broadcasting. For more information, email or call 845-757-2632. ART: The Red Hook Community Arts Network (RHCAN) is seeking submissions for its “Word Works 2014” exhibit exploring the use of book imagery and illustrations for artworks. Drop-off artwork on April 7 from 3 to 5 p.m. and April 8 from 10 a.m. to noon at the gallery located at 7516 N. Broadway in Red Hook. Visit for more information and gallery agreement.

THEATER: Up in One Productions will hold auditions for the Broadway musical “Les Miserables” on Saturday, April 5 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, April 6 at 7 p.m. with callbacks on April 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. at The Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck. Calls are for adult male and female actors as well as singers, two young girls and one young boy. Prepare 16 bars of a song either from the show or in the style of the show. Bring a copy of your sheet music. All parts are open. No appointment needed. Performance dates are July 25 through August 17, 2014. For further information contact Hudson valley news | | March 12, 2014 {13}



This week’s winner with ice boats on the Hudson River near Red Hook on March 8, was submitted by Wendy Wallace and taken by her 16-year-old daughter, Becky Nesel. Send your Photo of the Week to by midnight on Mondays!

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Elf is a purebred Beagle who came to us as a stray. He’s already neutered and he has a microchip, now. Come meet this cute little Elf.

BY HV NEWS WEEKEND STAFF Hoops for Hope will take the battle against cancer to the court – the basketball court that is. On Sunday, March 16, the annual three-on-three women’s charity basketball tournament will raise funds for the 10th anniversary of the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation at the McCann Center at Marist College in Poughkeepsie. The tournament, which starts at 9 a.m., encourages friends and family to build a team and honor a breast cancer fighter by dribbling their way through the tournament. Along with four divisions that match any skill level, there will ask be a men’s free throw contest, raffles, concessions and a kids’ zone. This year’s Hoops for Hope honoree is Cathy Montaldo. Montaldo, a Putnam County resident with her husband, John and two sons, JT and Sam, was diagnosed with cancer in 2011. Cathy is a volunteer for Support Connections in Yorktown Heights as well as a volunteer and coordinator of events for Hudson Valley Hospital Center, home of the Cheryl Lindenbaum Memorial Comprehensive Cancer Treatment Center where she was treated. Montaldo believes that we are “here to love, honor and serve” and it is because of this philosophy that she lives a full and fulfilling life. The 2014 Miles of Hope Family Fun 5K Run/Walk, sponsored by the Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club with all proceeds benefiting Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, will take place on Saturday, April 26. Once again, the Town of Union Vale is providing the beautiful Tymor Park as the venue. For more information, visit

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Historic win for Bard men’s lax

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The Bard College men’s lacrosse team opened their season with a win on Sunday, defeating Rosemont College, 12-8. Since the only other men’s lacrosse season was in 2010, the group of 15 freshmen and three sophomores made history on Sunday by earning the first men’s lacrosse victory in the college’s history. “This group of guys has really worked their butts off for the last seven weeks,” coach Tucker Kear said after the game. “They went out and got it done. They deserved it.”


Free rabies clinic in Hyde Park

Alyssa Kogon and Ryan Burger. Photo submitted.

Remembering Ryan

Rhinebeck residents recall young man’s ‘positive attitude’ and sense of humor BY ALYSSA KOGON To know Ryan Burger was to love him. The popular and charismatic young man passed away at his home in Rhinebeck on February 25, 2014, but he left an indelible mark on the community, his family and his friends. Ryan was born in 1984 with the rare condition of Spinal Muscular Atrophy.  SMA causes muscle weakness and mobility impairment and Ryan depended on a wheelchair for much of his life.  He attended the Rhinebeck Central School District and it is believed he was the first student to go through Chancellor Livingston Elementary School with a physical impairment.  Ryan’s handicap never got in the way of his social life or joining in on extracurricular activities.  He was active in both the Drama Club and Choir during his years at Rhinebeck High School.  Mary Winkler, a long time Rhinebeck High School employee said, “Ryan never wanted special treatment.  He just wanted to be one of the kids.  I never once saw Ryan complain and he always had a smile on his face.” Ryan especially enjoyed performing in the spring musicals at Rhinebeck High

“He was an inspiration ... always positive and smiling and never taking the easy way out. Anybody that met Ryan had their life made better by knowing him.” School.  Vinny Nugent, director of the spring musicals at the high school said, “Ryan listened to every suggestion and performed superbly in his roles.  His positive attitude and sense of humor were contagious.” After high school, Ryan attended L and N Computer School and graduated with honors. He enjoyed volunteering at Vassar Brothers Hospital and also with local nonprofit E4, as a music therapy aid.   His greatest passion was pop music and Ryan was an avid fan of singer Kylie Minogue. He was delighted to personally meet his favorite comedian Rita Rudner.  Due to his lack of mobility, Ryan loved to connect with friends from all over the world on his

computer, and you could usually find him swapping stories and ideas online. Due to a catastrophic fire at his family’s Town of Clinton home last year, Ryan had recently moved into his own apartment and was delighted to be living independently. Ryan appreciated having such a close knit family.  He is survived by his mother, Ramona Burger, and stepfather, Paul Welsh, of Clinton Corners.  His father, Raymond Burger, resides in Saranac Lake, New York. He will especially be missed by his two younger brothers, Jonathan and Paul Welsh, also of Clinton Corners. Rhinebeck High School resource room teacher Johanna Bryant puts it best when summing up the effect that Ryan Burger had, “He was an inspiration ... always positive and smiling and never taking the easy way out.  Anybody that met Ryan had their life made better by knowing him.” In honor of Ryan and his contribution to his community, a scholarship has been established in his honor to help other students with disabilities. Those wishing to contribute should make a donation to the Ryan D. Burger  Foundation, P.O. Box 351, Rhinebeck, NY  12572.  

The Dutchess County Department of Health will host a free Rabies Vaccination Clinic for pets on Thursday, March 13th at the Hyde Park Town Hall, 4383 Albany Post Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dutchess County residents will be able to obtain rabies shots free of charge for their dogs, cats, and domestic ferrets three months of age and older. Non-residents will be charged $10 for each pet they have vaccinated. “The best way to keep your pets safe from rabies is to ensure their rabies vaccinations are always current,” noted Dutchess County Acting Commissioner of Health Dr. Kari Reiber. “An up-to-date rabies vaccination means your pet will be protected if it is exposed to a rabid or suspect-rabid animal.” In New York State, rabies shots are now required for all cats, dogs, and domestic ferrets by the age of four months. Revaccination is then required on a regular schedule to keep the animal properly immunized against the rabies virus. Owners can be fined up to $200 if they fail to get their pets vaccinated and keep them up-to-date. Dr. Reiber noted rabies vaccination is important for all dogs, cats and ferrets, even if they are considered “house pets” and remain indoors. “There is always a chance your pet could be exposed to rabies, for example if a bat enters the home or your pet accidentally gets outside and encounters another animal.” If a pet is not up-to-date on its rabies vaccination and fights with a rabid or suspected-rabid animal, the pet must be promptly destroyed or placed in quarantine for six months to protect other animals and people in case the pet develops rabies. These mandates are not required for a vaccinated pet in the same situation. In such cases, only a booster dose of rabies vaccine would be given within five days to treat the pet. To ensure the safety of pets, owners, and clinic staff, all dogs must be on leashes. Additionally, cats and domestic ferrets must be in carriers. Vaccinations given at the clinic will be good for three years for pets with proper proof of a prior immunization. For those pets without proof of previous immunization, the vaccination will be good for one year. For more information about pet vaccination clinic schedules or other rabiesrelated information, call 845-486-3404, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or email at

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composed of Chairman Todd Martin, Deputy Chairman James Lyons, Jan Bonanza, Elaine Besze, and Brendan Szabo. Cindy Cole is the appointed secretary and James Stutzman is the appointed treasurer. Their mailing address is 219 Hollow Road, Staatsburg, NY 12580.

Church Luncheon for Seniors The Evangelical Free Church of Clinton Corners held their free senior luncheon on March 4 in their church hall. The luncheon had an Irish theme including the meal. The beautiful, sunny day brought a large crowd. Charles Bon Signoré played piano music while the attendees were coming in and being seated. Everyone enjoyed the music. Dee Hoiem welcomed the attendees and read from the Bible. A short blessing started the luncheon. The meal started with a bowl containing fruit cocktail as an appetizer. The homemade Irish bread served with butter was quickly gone. The main meal had the traditional sliced corned beef, boiled red potatoes, carrots, and cabbage with sprigs of parsley. The dessert was a selection of assorted green-colored, pressed cookies. All considered, this was a well-done super meal. The speaker was Town of Clinton Councilwoman Claudia Cooley. Claudia talked about her run for the town board. She loves the town since you can see a neighbor’s house but you can’t see in their windows and likes the rural feel of the community and wants to keep it safe. She receives many telephone calls on a variety of topics from constituents seeking help. Claudia mentioned that she had just completed reading the very powerful

Rhinebeck’s Aging in Place

Seniors enjoying the St. Patrick’s Irish lunch at the Evangelical Free Church in Clinton Corners. Photo by Ray Oberly.

book called, “The Hiding Place.” It was an autobiography of Corrie ten Boom. Corrie’s family hid Jews during World War II in their house in Holland. The Jews were discovered and the whole family was sent to concentration camps. Her whole family died in the camps but Corrie, through a clerical error, was set free. She described the hellish conditions that existed in the camps. After the war, she traveled the world preaching universal love for everyone. The book was also turned into a powerful movie. Claudia spoke that we are all part of God’s masterpiece and serving the Lord is very important. In closing, she thanked Town Supervisor Ray Oberly and Highway Superintendent Theron Tompkins for keeping the town in good hands. The door prize was won by Hanne Andersen from Clinton Corners. The pastor gave a closing prayer to end the


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Vegetable gardening class for beginners BY HV NEWS STAFF Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC) will be holding a fivesession class designed to teach how to grow fresh, organic vegetables. Topics taught by Dutchess County master gardener volunteers will include: choose your location and prepare your site; plant with seeds or transplants; weed, mulch, thin and trellis; protect your site from critters; and harvesting. The theme is “Learn It, Grow It, Eat It!” This is a good way to save money on fresh vegetables food costs this coming summer. The cost is $75 per person for the series. Class dates are Mondays, March 31, April 7, April 21, April 28, and May 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Beacon Family Resource Center, 23 West Center Street, Beacon, NY. Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited to 30. Please call Nancy Halas at 845-677-8223 ext. 115 to register. Checks should be made out to Cornell Cooperative Extension and mailed to 2715 Route 44, Suite 1, Millbrook, NY 12545 Attn: Nancy Halas. {16} March 12, 2014 | | Hudson valley news

luncheon. Thanks are given to the church for providing the luncheon, the church members and Upton Lake Christian School staff and students for cooking, serving, setting up, and cleaning up. The next luncheon will be held on April 1.

Boards of Fire Commissioners for 2014 The East and West Clinton Fire Districts provide fire and ambulance services to the residents of the Town of Clinton and a portion of the Town of Hyde Park along North Quaker Lane. Each fire district is governed by an elected board of fire commissioners that sets the policy for the fire departments and prepares the fire district budgets to collect taxes for the operation of their fire district. The fire commissioners volunteer their time to serve five year terms of office on this board. All board meetings are open to the public. There is no public vote on the fire district budget, but there is a public hearing on the budget during October for public input. The East Clinton Board of Fire Commissioners meets monthly on the Wednesday following the second Monday of the month at 8 p.m. in their firehouse on Firehouse Lane in Clinton Corners. The board is composed of Chairwoman Stephanie Bonk, Deputy Chairman Christopher Burns, Russell Bonk, Steve Forschler, and Donna Ruffell. Mary Ann Thompsett is the appointed secretary and treasurer. Their mailing address is P.O. Box 181, Clinton Corners, NY 12514. The West Clinton Board of Fire Commissioners meets monthly on the second Wednesday at 7 p.m. for their regular business meeting in Fire Station 1 at 219 Hollow Road (County Route 14) in Pleasant Plains. The board is

Dutchess County is lucky enough to have several “Aging in Place” groups that support its senior population. The one serving the Rhinebeck area is called Rhinebeck@Home. Each organization operates independently, but offers many of the same services to enable seniors to stay safely in their homes for as long as possible. Rhinebeck@Home is completely volunteer run, and member to member services include non-medical transportation, referrals, socialization and more. All members volunteer to help other members. The cost to join is $120 per year. To find out more, call 845876-4663 or visit their website at www.

Clinton’s Aging in Place starting up Similar to the all-volunteer program Rhinebeck has in place, the Clinton and Milan areas have just begun an “Aging in Place” organization called Settled and Serving in Place (SSIP) – Taconic. If you would like more information about joining their all-volunteer program, call Meg Hesher at (845) 266-4270. SSIP, in conjunction with the Clinton Community Library, will be presenting the program “Successful Aging” at the Clinton Town Hall, 1215 Centre Road on Wednesday, March 19 at 2 p.m.. “Successful Aging” is a presentation by the Office for the Aging focusing on the 12 steps adults can take to ensure a better quality of life as they age. It is open to the general public and you do not have to be a member of the organization to attend.

MS Support Group A newly formed Multiple Sclerosis Self Help Support Group will be meeting at the Pleasant Plains Presbyterian Church each month. The first meeting will be held at 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, in their schoolhouse. If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Tullis at 845-889-8391. To respond to Ray Oberly’s column, email

and enjoy these great films! Intended for seniors, but all ages are welcome.

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around town BY HEIDI JOHNSON The Stissing Theatre Guild production of “Sweet Charity” was, as expected, fabulous. So, if you missed it, don’t say I didn’t warn you! This year’s cast was solid on every part, and the show had the usual stunning choreography arranged by the amazingly talented Lisa Baldwin. Congratulations to the cast, crew and volunteers for a truly wonderful performance! This is the last STG production for three local seniors, James Elvin, Will Carver and Anthony Bonneville. James performed the dual role of Vittorio Vidal and Daddy Brubeck, and he was hysterically funny in both parts. Anthony played Oscar Lindquist and he, too, was terrific. Will Carver ran the sound board and did a great job. These three made a huge contribution to this show and we will miss them greatly after they graduate. But, I suspect this is not the last performance any of them will be involved in, so to James, Will and Anthony, we wish you all the very best in your future endeavors! My fellow volunteers and I are experiencing the usual conflicting feelings of happiness that the show was a success, and sadness because it is over. Well, add to that a bit of relief that we can start getting our lives back to normal. The production does pretty much eclipse all of our free time for about two months, so although we are sad to not share the energy and excitement with our cast ‘family,’ we are looking forward to getting some sleep…and vacuuming…and doing laundry…and…

Hearts and Hands Together The completion of the Hearts and Hands Together project that I wrote about last week was postponed until a later time. So, I have to put that story on hold until the students complete their letters to the class in Ireland. More to follow.

Happy Birthday to Stanford A reminder that today, March 12, is our town’s 221st birthday and there will be a town-wide party from noon until 2 p.m. at Town Hall. Cake and beverages will be served and our town historian, Dot Burdick, will also have scrapbooks and

The cast of Sweet Charity takes their final bow on Sunday night following the closing of the show at Stissing Mountain High School. Photo courtesy of Winnie Vita Photography.

photos of our town’s history for people to view. All town residents and their guests are welcome to attend.

St. Patrick’s Day Music Many of you know that my husband, Jim Donnelly, is of the Irish persuasion, and plays the music of his heritage every year about this time at several local venues. His band is really quite good, and as I know many of you are fans, here is a schedule of events: Kingston St. Patrick’s Parade - Sunday, Mar. 16 starting at 1 p.m. Chic’s Restaurant, Kingston Plaza – immediately after the parade for about three hours. Corned beef and cabbage will be available. Garden Plaza Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn) – Monday, Mar. 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. Sponsored by WKNY. Also serving corned beef and cabbage.

denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million, but isn’t bringing money, peace, or love. Stars Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin. March 27: “The Butler” -- The story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces dramatic changes in American society, like Vietnam, Civil Rights, and more. Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey star. Movies are shown every Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the library. C’mon down

My church, United Presbyterian in Amenia, will be having a Book, Bake and Bargains sale at the end of this month, Saturday, Mar. 29. Vendors are welcome at just $15 for a six foot table, $20 for an eight foot table. We expect this to be a well-attended event, so if you would like to get a jump on your spring cleaning, this is a great way to get rid of your unwanted items. Craft vendors are also heartily welcome. United Presbyterian is located just north of the light in Amenia, across from Four Brother’s Restaurant. Hours for the flea market will be from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Call me for more information at the number below. Okay, everyone, that’s about all I can muster up after my long weekend working backstage at the show. Hope you enjoyed our brief break from the cold this past weekend. Spring is almost here! It will officially arrive on Thursday, Mar. 20 at 12:57 p.m. Looking forward to the end of this winter – it sure was a bad one. See you all next week! Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or

Upcoming Library Programs The latest in the series of “Look to the Future, Learn from the Past” series will be this coming Sunday Mar. 16 from 2 – 4 p.m. This session is on knitting. Materials and refreshments will be provided. Sounds like great fun! Please call the library to register at 845-868-1341 Open to students in grades six through 12. Also, the Thursday movie day program has returned! Upcoming films are as follows: March 13: “Captain Phillips” -- The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two-hundred years. Stars Tom Hanks. March 20: “Blue Jasmine” -- A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in

Pictured: Rotarian John Vanderlee and Hyde Park Rotary President Tracy Schober deliver dictionaries at Netherwood Elementary School.

Hyde Park Rotary donates dictionaries to third graders

BY HV NEWS STAFF Members of the Hyde Park Rotary recently visited Netherwood Elementary School in Hyde Park and donated a dictionary to each third grade student. The Hyde Park Rotary annually donates dictionaries to all third grade students in public and parochial schools. This year, they donated 250 dictionaries, valued at approximately at $425, to the Hyde Park Central School District. Hudson valley news | | March 12, 2014 {17}

LEGISLATORS CALL ON STATE LAWMAKERS FOR MANDATE RELIEF BY HV NEWS STAFF Members of the Dutchess County legislature met with New York state assembly members and senators to discuss mandate relief on Wednesday, March 5. Dutchess County Legislature Chairman Rob Rolison, as chairman of New York Senator Greg Ball’s (R-Patterson) Mandate Relief Advisory Council, led the discussion with lawmakers that represent the local government committee on the burdens placed on local governments, school districts and businesses. “The first step to lessening the burden on taxpayers is to provide real relief from unfunded mandates,” Chairman Rolison stated. “Local municipalities are faced with tough choices and eliminating essential services affecting public safety, road maintenance, metal health and programs for seniors.  Without immediate action, the effect on New Yorker’s quality of life will surely suffer further.” In 2011, when the property tax cap was initially passed, mandate relief was promised but never realized.  The bipartisan Dutchess delegation included Rolison, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, Legislator Ellen Nesbitt, Legislator Sue Serino, Legislator Gwen Johnson, Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, Legislator Joe Incoronato, Legislator

Marge Horton, and Town of East Fishkill Supervisor John Hickman. Two proposals proposed by the delegation included the state taking ownership of Medicaid costs and the pre-school Special Education program.   Medicaid in New York is the nation’s largest and most expensive state system of public health insurance, in Dutchess County alone it costs $43,561,856 in 2014.  Legislators recommended the state apply its $2 billion surplus to offset Medicaid costs.  Pre-school Special Education program costs have grown exponentially and today Dutchess County pays 100 percent of the costs over the state mandated cap for transporting children to their service providers.  This program alone costs over $7 million. As the state looks at the potential of universal pre-k, preschool special education costs need to be accepted by the state, not county Health Departments. In comparison to the county budget, which is 70 percent mandated by the state and federal government, having this one relatively small, unfunded mandate be funded by the state would result in an immediate repeal of the sales tax on home energy, said Rolison.  “We are looking for Albany to partner with us, we are not asking for anything

Pictured left to right, back row: Legislator Sue Serino, Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, Legislator Marge Horton, County Executive Marc Molinaro, Assemblyman Frank Skartados, Chairman Rob Rolison, Senator Greg Ball; Front row: Legislator Ellen Nesbitt, Legislator Gwen Johnson, Legislator Joe Incoronato. Courtesy photo.

unreasonable, just the state to pay for their programs and Dutchess County to pay for its own programs,” said Budget, Finance and Personnel Committee Chairman Dale Borchert. The legislature’s Budget, Finance and Personnel Committee met on Thursday, March 6, 2014 with a presentation from Budget Director Sommerville with an overview of unfunded mandates and optional services as the legislature has nearly 25 percent new members. Budget Chairman Borchert outlined an aggressive strategy of meeting with all non-mandated departments to find cost

Barrett calls for strengthening of Buster’s Law Legislation would create a registry of animal abusers, ban them from owning pets BY HV NEWS STAFF In response to a growing number of area animal cruelty cases, Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Hudson) has teamed up with Assemblymember Jim Tedisco (RGlenville) in a bipartisan effort to strengthen Buster’s Law. The measure would create a statewide public registry of convicted animal abusers who have violated Buster’s Law. Those on the registry would be banned from owning pets ever again. The measure is similar to Megan’s Law, which was designed to prevent sex offenders from repeating crimes against children, but instead this measure will protect animals from repeat abusers. Those convicted of animal abuse would be required to register their name and address with the Division of Criminal Justice Services. This statewide registry would

be available in print and online to all law enforcement entities, district attorneys, incorporated humane societies, societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals, animal control officers, breeders and other organizations that deal with animals. By maintaining the registry with current information and easy accessibility, those involved in the sale or adoption of animals would be able to refer to the registry before an individual takes ownership of the animal. “There is no place in our society for any kind of animal abuse,” said Assemblymember Barrett. “We have been seeing too many appalling examples of animal cruelty recently, from cockfights to starving puppies. It’s time to strengthen our laws and increase public education about these heartless crimes.”

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“Our pets are a part of many of our families. That’s why it’s so horrifying to hear about the cases of animal abuse and neglect and to see the same convicted criminals do it again and again,” said Assemblyman Tedisco. “We have an obligation as a government to protect all members of our family, including those who have no voice, and we know that animal cruelty is a bridge crime and those who would be so dastardly as to cause harm to our pets can, and often, do go on to hurt people.” Assemblyman Tedisco has been a driving force behind passage of the landmark Buster’s Law, which was created in 1999 after a teenager in Schenectady killed a cat named Buster by dousing it in kerosene and lighting it on fire. Under Buster’s

savings. “We want to repeal the energy tax, while it would be great to have the state work with us to make that happen and not sacrifice essential services, we understand difficult decisions will need to be made if they continue to abdicate their responsibilities,” Borchert said. “Mandate relief would provide immediate relief for Dutchess County taxpayers and allow Dutchess County to focus on our much needed non-mandated services such as road maintenance, veterans and senior services, and public safety measures like sheriff’s patrols and 911,” concluded Rolison.

Law, animal cruelty is a felony punishable by up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Further, Tedisco is a co-sponsor of the fourth Annual New York State Animal Advocacy Day which will be held this year on May 28, 2014. “We are extremely supportive of this bill,” said Jackie Rose, executive director of the Dutchess County SPCA. “Last year, our Humane Law Enforcement Department received over 1,750 calls from persons wanting to report suspected or known animal cruelty in Dutchess County. Unfortunately, many of the suspects are persons we have investigated in the past and have acquired additional animals. There is nothing more heartbreaking than to care for an innocent victim and know that we as a society have not done enough to protect them.” The law would require each convicted abuser to register annually until a court determines that psychiatric testing results indicate that he or she can properly care for animals in a humane way.

served. SSNY shall mail a copy to: 65 Susie Boulevard, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. Purpose: any lawful activity.

ALEXANDER BUTLER DESIGN SERVICES, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 12/27/2013. Office in Dutchess Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Bradley A. Sacks, Esq., 225 Broadway, Ste. 2410, NY, NY 10007. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Principal business location: 301 Woody Row Rd., Milan, NY 12571. Name: Makers of Time LLC. Articles of organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 09/04/11. Principal office Dutchess County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to c/o The LLC, 3. Maizeland rd. Red Hook NY 12571. Purpose: any lawful business purpose. NOTICE OF FORMATION of 6380 Mill Street, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/09/14. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the

LLC, c/o United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, New York 11228. Purpose: Any lawful activities. Notice Of Formation Of A Limited Liability Company, Smooth Jams Radio LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on December 31, 2013. Office Loacation: Dutchess County 369 Main st. #484 Beacon, New York 12508. 11 DUTCHESS TERRACE, LLC. Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (“LLC”). Articles of Organization filed New York Sec. of State (“NYSS”) 01/28/14. 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, 50 Orchard Drive, Rhinecliff, New York 12574. 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. LEGAL NOTICE M O U N TA I N

TREATS, LLC NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on February 20, 2014. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY is designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY may mail a copy of any process to the LLC at 443 Schultzville Road, Clinton Corners, New York 12514. Latest date to dissolve is 12/31/2064. Purpose: for all legal purposes. Notice of Formation of a Limited Liability Company (LLC): Name: ENS PROFESSIONAL, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/05/2014. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to; C/O ENS PROFESSIONAL, LLC, 260 Mill Street, Poughkeepsie, 12601. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Latest date upon which LLC is to dissolve: No specific date. Notice of Formation of a Limited Liability Company (LLC): Name: TINA’S TERRITORY, LLC. Ar-

ticles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 9/20/2013. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: C/O TINA’S TERRITORY, LLC at 12 Lyons Drive, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601 Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Latest date upon which LLC is to dissolve: No specific date. Notice of formation of Legacy Landscapes & Design, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/23/2014. Office location, County of Dutchess. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 30 Starbarrack Road, Red Hook, NY 12571. Purpose: any lawful act.

against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy to: 65 Susie Boulevard, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of formation of 814 Saratoga Lane LLC (the “LLC”). Arts. Of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of New York (“SSNY”) on February 18, 2014. Office Location: Dutchess County. SSNY is designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be

Notice of Formation of a Limited Liability Company (LLC). The name of the LLC is: RLT III Executive and Security Protection LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) office on: January 13, 2014. The County in which the Office is to be located: Orange. The SSNY is designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is: 21 Poplar Street Newburgh, New York. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Dutchess Heart Walk Saturday The Dutchess Heart Walk will take place on Saturday, March 15 at Vassar College. The American Heart Associationsponsored event is expecting 2,000 participants to come out and help fund the AHA’s life-saving programs and research. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. inside Walker Field House. with the walk beginning at the door of Field House. The Ulster County Heart Walk will take place on Saturday, March 29 in Kingston. For more information and to sign-up or donate, visit

NAME THAT CAMPUS! Public input welcomed to rename St. Francis

BY HV NEWS STAFF Westchester Medical Center and Saint Francis Hospital and Health Centers are giving the public the opportunity to provide input into a new name for the Saint Francis campus. “As part of the transition to a secular organization, the Sisters of Saint Francis have requested that Westchester Medical Center not continue to use the name ‘Saint Francis,’” said Art Nizza, president and CEO of Saint Francis. “We recognize the contribution of the Sisters and are committed to working with them to honor their traditions and we respect the fact that the Saint Francis name must be changed,” said Westchester Medical Center president and CEO Michael Israel. In a letter to the community, Israel and Nizza wrote that “WMC promised to work with the Saint Francis family and the community on the best new name for the campus.” So, here’s your chance to be a part of the renaming of this beautiful and historic campus. “We welcome your thoughtful input and creative ideas as we work together to decide on the best new name for the campus,” they added. Those interested in participating can visit and click on the “Name our campus” button to submit suggestions. The new campus name will be unveiled in April.

Registration open for women’s softball league The Northern Dutchess Women’s Softball League is hosting sign-ups for the 2014 season. All women over the age of 18 are welcome. Sign-up at http://www.

Notice of formation of 2204 Bennington Drive LLC (the “LLC”). Arts. Of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of New York (“SSNY”) on February 18, 2014. Office Location: Dutchess County. SSNY is designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process Hudson valley news | | March 12, 2014 {19}

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