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Didi Barrett’s office calls cops twice on Red Hook resident

Poughkeepsie girl killed in fatal hit and run page 3 $10K reward offered for information

Swan song in Tivoli page 2 Thomas Lake Harris, Amenia’s 19th century poet-prophet page 16

BY JIM LANGAN As most readers know, the recent debate and subsequent passage of Gov. Cuomo’s SAFE Act has generated a lot of back and forth, some of it quite heated. There are very few people on the fence when it comes to the Second Amendment and people’s interpretation of it. Red Hook resident Chris Stehling is no exception. Stehling is a life-long gun owner and hunter who owns a plumbing business in


the Red Hook area. He is also vehemently opposed to the SAFE Act and said, “I’m a law abiding citizen and this law only affects those of us who obey the law. It does not affect criminals and I can’t understand why anyone would support this legislation. The good guys shouldn’t be outgunned by the bad guys.” So as the SAFE Act debate raged on recently, Stehling was driving by the district office of Assemblyperson Didi

Barrett on Rt. 9 in Red Hook. According to Stehling, he decided to pop into Barrett’s office in the hope he could have a conversation with her. He was told Barrett was unavailable and asked to leave his phone number. It was also explained to him that because of recent redistricting Barrett was not his assemblyperson and he might want to speak to Assemblyperson Kevin Cahill. > >continued on page 2

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Barrett intends to close the Red Hook office as redistricting took the town out of her district. She will soon open district offices in Hudson and Poughkeepsie. Stehling admits stopping into Barrett’s office on numerous occasions and leaving numerous messages. On one occasion Stehling brought his 13-year-old son with him to “see how democracy works.” He was told someone would get back to him. It was after another visit to Barrett’s office that got Stehling’s attention. He claims that when he arrived home, a Red Hook detective was in his driveway talking to his wife. He asked the detective what was wrong. The detective told him he had done nothing wrong, but that the detective was there as “a courtesy to the assemblywoman.” The next day, Stehling returned to Barrett’s office demanding to know why police were dispatched to his home, claiming he had a constitutional right to meet with Barrett. According to Stehling, he was accompanied that day by a co-worker and had Bill Mansfield, a recently returned Afghanistan combat veteran, on his cell phone. Stehling left the office demanding that someone return his call or set up a meeting with Barrett. As they drove away from the office, they saw a Red Hook Police car screaming in the direction of the office and then it made a u-turn and pulled Stehling’s truck over. He was told Barrett’s office had called the police expressin expressing concern for their safety. No

further action was taken. Stehling feels the use of the police is a form of political and state intimidation. “They’re trying to take away my First Amendment right to take away the Second Amendment” Barrett’s Chief of Staff Tom Scaglione has a very different view of the interaction and fully supports the decision to contact law enforcement. Mr. Stehling was “irate and hostile and our staff felt threatened and uneasy. We are always going to stand up for our employees or volunteers. We’ve been getting lots of calls and emails on this issue but everyone else has been more civil. We don’t call the cops on everyone,” said Scaglione. Scaglione said he put together a summary of the SAFE Act for Stehling and suggested he take his concerns to Assemblyperson Kevin Cahill, who now represents Red Hook. “But he just kept coming in.” Shortly thereafter, Stehling was among a group of gun owners who met with Barrett in her Albany office. Scaglione says there were eight people in the room and Stehling harangued Barrett and dominated the discussion. “It didn’t seem he really wanted to hear from the assemblywoman,” said Scaglione. Scaglione says to his knowledge Stehling has not contacted his assemblyperson and has not been in his office in recent days. Assemblyperson Barrett stands by her vote for the SAFE Act even though she had some minor concerns. According to Scaglione, Barrett took the time to read the bill in its entirety before voting for it.



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BY JIM LANGAN A few months back we told you the story of the Black Swan in Tivoli. The Black Swan was a popular local pub for more than eight years. But that all changed on Dec. 6, 2011 when an undercover agency investigation resulted in documentation of 13 underage purchases at the bar and 18 other violations. Deputies also charged the licensee and two bartenders with unlawful dealing with a child. Four people, including the owner Michael Nickerson, two bartenders and a patron were arrested on various charges. As a result the New York State Liquor Authority suspended the liquor license for the bar. Shortly after that the Black Swan took their case and their troubles to the internet (, asking patrons and fans of the establishment to help pay off some of the fines from New York State and for the purchase of an ID scanner. At the time, Nickerson hoped he could raise $30,000 by Jan. 18. In spite of criticism in some quarters about asking patrons to pay for the bar’s mistakes, money poured in and by March 15 Nickerson had raised nearly $25,000. But in a recent internet posting, Nickerson claims the money is too little and too late, and that the bar will not reopen. Nickerson claims it would now require more than $50,000

Photo from The Black Swan on Facebook.

to reopen. He had hoped to reopen by St. Patrick’s Day but says the landlord filed an eviction notice even though Nickerson claims to be current on the rent. Without a lease, Nickerson says he cannot get his liquor license back and would have to wait six to eight more weeks to get a hearing. But, it’s what Nickerson plans to do with the $25,000 already raised that has people talking. In a Facebook posting Nickerson says, “If you have donated to the Indiegogo campaign and would like a refund, I am happy too. If there is some other way for me to fulfill the perk with you, let me know that too.” A number of people have indicated they are having difficulty reaching Nickerson and are not interested in any resolution short of getting their money back. There is a feeling among many in the community that Nickerson has moved the goalposts and should give the money back immediately. Others question how much of the $25,000 remains. At the conclusion of Nickerson’s Facebook post he says, “It’s been an amazing ride though this is not how I saw it ending. Maybe it’s just time for a new chapter. This won’t be the last you hear from me.” We suspect his investors feel the same way.


BY HV NEWS STAFF A beautiful 18-year-old Poughkeepsie High School student was the victim of a hit and run accident last Wednesday night near the intersection of South Hamilton and Church Streets. Shequila Brown was struck by a passing car at approximately 8:44 p.m., leaving her critically injured and laying in the street. Brown was taken to St. Francis Hospital where she was pronounced dead. There were no known witnesses to the incident and police are asking for the public’s help in bringing the driver of the car to justice. A memorial for Brown has sprung up on the lawn of St. Mary’s Church near the site of the accident. On Friday evening more than 100 residents gathered there to mourn Brown and express their outrage that someone would leave the scene of such a serious accident. According to friends and family, Brown was a motivated student, and active in Beaulah Baptist Church and with her community. Brown was due to graduate

high school shortly and was planning on attending college in September. The Beulah Baptist Church has announced it is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for causing the death of Brown in the hit and run accident. The Reverend Jesse Bottoms states, “Shequila was born and grew up in our Church. Our Church Family has been traumatized by this event and we would like to help the Police Department in its investigation to make sure that justice is done.” One lead was that a red SUV or pick-up type vehicle was involved, but that is not certain at this time. Police are asking anyone with information on this incident to call them at 845451-7577. In a statement, Detective Sgt. Matt Clark said it is likely the driver of the car is talking to someone and someone is working to repair damage to the car. Police are conducting an intensive investigation.

A memorial at the scene of last Wednesday’s fatal hit and run. Photo by Jim Langan.


arrested developments

Faulty inspection sticker results in stolen property

On March 9, New York State Troopers out of East Fishkill stopped a vehicle on I-84 for not having an inspection sticker affixed to the windshield. An interview with the driver, James A. Simmons, 24, of Stormville, revealed that he had stolen the license plates off of another vehicle and put them on his vehicle. Simmons was processed in East Fishkill and was given an appearance ticket for criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree and petit larceny.

DWI arrest in Clinton

On March 12, at about 8:15 p.m., New York State Police responded to an auto accident with property damage on North Creek Rd., off of Rte. 9G in the Town of Clinton. The driver, Brenda Smith, 52, of Staatsburg, was found to be intoxicated and was subsequently arrested for misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. She was processed at New York State Police at Rhinebeck, where she submitted to a breath test. She was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content above 0.18 percent, and other traffic

charges related to the accident. She was issued tickets returnable in the Town of Clinton Court.

Pawling resident arrested on his way back to college

On March 10, New York State Troopers observed a 1999 Subaru Forester traveling northbound on the Taconic State Parkway at a speed of 70 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. The trooper subsequently stopped the vehicle and, upon approach, detected a strong odor of marijuana. The driver

of the vehicle, Alexander B. Ros, 19, of Pawling, was arrested and charged with having 10 grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms. Ros was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and was remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $2,500 cash bail and is scheduled to reappear in the Town of Stanford Court. His two passengers, fellow classmates at the University of Vermont, were taken back to state police barracks in Poughkeepsie for questioning. > >continued on next page

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Suspicious vehicle complaint yields marijuana arrest in Millbrook

On March 14, New York State Troopers responded to the First Student Transportation bus garage in Millbrook for a suspicious vehicle complaint. Troopers found that the driver, Brooke E. Wing-Pezze, 17, of Wassaic, was in possession of marijuana and marijuana smoking pipes. She was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana and issued an appearance ticket to appear in Washington Town Court.

DWIs in Red Hook

Red Hook Police arrested Kathryn G. Lumbard, 28, of Red Hook, on Sunday, March 17 at 12:15 a.m. on Rte. 9G in the Town of Red Hook. Lumbard was charged with driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration, both misdemeanors, as well as failing to keep right, an infraction. Lumbard was processed and arraigned in Town Court and released on her own recognizance with tickets to appear at a later date. Red Hook Police also arrested David Hendrickson, 53, of Red Hook. Hendrickson was arrested on Saturday March 9 at 11:25 p.m. on Spring Lake Rd. in the Town of Red Hook and charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, with a blood alcohol content of 0.18 percent or higher, and two counts of drunken driving, all misdemeanors, as well as the infraction of failing to keep right. He was processed and released on tickets to appear in town court at a later date.

Recent Arrests

Hyde Park Police report the following recent actions: • Reginald H. Marcellin, 22, of Rhinebeck, was arrested on an active bench warrant issued by Hyde Park Justice Court for unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation of law. • Robert G. Hennekens, 50, of Marlboro, was charged with two counts of petit larceny, a class-A misdemeanor.

youthful offender status. • A 17-year-old male from Hyde Park was charged with petit larceny, a class-A misdemeanor. His name was withheld because he is eligible for youthful offender status. • Richard A. Meliti, 42, of Pleasant Valley, was charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree, both class-A misdemeanors. • Robert E. Zayas, 19, of Pine Bush, was charged with criminal contempt in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor. • Leslie Folster, 27, of Highland, was arrested on an active bench warrant issued by the City of Poughkeepsie Court for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a violation of law. • An 18-year-old male from Hudson was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation of law. His name was withheld because he is eligible for youthful offender status. • Jimmy E. Vasquez, 20, of Hyde Park, was charged with criminal mischief in the third degree, a class-E felony. This was a result of a dispute with his ex-girlfriend. • Michelle M. Raguso, 20, of Hyde Park, was charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class-A misdemeanor. This was the result of a dispute with her ex-boyfriend. • A 17-year-old male from Hyde Park was charged with assault in the second degree (assault of a police officer), a class-E felony, and disorderly conduct, a violation of law. • Kathleen Nichol, 60, of Staatsburg, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, a class-A misdemeanor. Nichol was involved in an auto accident and she was driving while having a 0.31 percent blood alcohol content. • Rae Paul Steele, 21, of Hyde Park, was charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class-A misdemeanor. This was the result of a domestic dispute with his parents. • Pamela K. Vasquez, 25, of London, Kentucky, was charged with driving while intoxicated, a traffic misdemeanor.

• Christopher F. Derosa, 45, of Hyde Park, was charged with driving while intoxicated, a traffic misdemeanor.

• Timothy R. Reardon, 31, of Hyde Park, was charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class-A misdemeanor. This was the result of a domestic dispute with his girlfriend.

• A 17-year-old male from Hyde Park was charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree, a class-A misdemeanor. His name was withheld because he is eligible for

• Kevin A. Sheehan, 19, of the Town of Poughkeepsie, was charged with criminal contempt in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor. This was the result of a dispute with his ex-girlfriend.

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Lost and Found There we were, rifling through an overflowing four foot tall cardboard box. I pulled out a dirty sneaker. Then another that didn’t match. My wife pulled out first one then another black winter jacket. Why are all the jackets black this year? And then there were the jeans and book bags with any number of textbooks. When we finished digging through the box, we went straight for the hand sanitizer. I mean, I’m a slob, but some of the stuff in there was too gross for even me. What disgusting job were we doing? One that many parents are familiar with: going through the high school’s lost and found. Granted, our son said he had already looked, but who trusts a 16-year-old to do a thorough job of any unappealing task, let alone search through other people’s stuff? As it turns out, we didn’t find what we were looking for either. When our son told us he had lost his jacket, we cried to the heavens, “Why us?” Apparently, it’s because we have children. By the looks of the lost and found box and the utterly unsurprised look on the school secretary’s face, I’d say half the school has lost something at some time or other. From appearances, I’d guess that most of the lost stuff never makes it to the lost and found, and most of the stuff in that box never gets picked up. Every school I’ve ever attended or visited has a lost and found. Actually, nearly every public place has one. Heck, we even have one at our church, and believe me, the stuff we find tells me that it’s not just the kids who are careless with their belongings. Hats, gloves, socks (not kidding), umbrellas (we have a drawer full of those), glasses, cameras … we’ve had them all. And yes, we have had coats. About the only thing nobody’s left at the church is an iPad – people seem pretty protective of their portable electronic devices.

I thought I had put that lost and found box diving incident behind me when it came flooding back into my memory this Sunday. Our artist in residence group, Spirit of Unity, had just sung two beautiful pieces, when one of their members stood in the center aisle and took off on a sax solo of “Amazing Grace.” I stood at the altar listening, then realized I was unconsciously singing along, “I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.” Then I looked out at the congregation and thought, “This is the lost and found.” Out in that congregation was a motley collection of people from a wide variety of backgrounds, some battered by life, some new and fresh, some unmatched and bewildered. All lost in some way or other. That’s what John Newton was getting at when, as he reflected on his own life, he wrote down those words. A former slaver, he knew what it was to be a lost soul. Miraculously, he also learned what it meant to be found, to know who you are and why you are here, to know where you belong and to be there. Each one of us is at some point in that same boat – we feel isolated, confused, hopeless, lost. That’s where churches come in. We are the lost and found. We are the place people go when they don’t know where else to turn, hoping against hope to regain their center as it were. The difference is, we are also the place where those who know they are found choose to stay. Because when they look deep enough within, they discover that this is where they belong – in a community of love looking up to God, within to themselves and across to their neighbors. And as they stay, they reach out to others who are lost, welcome them in. It’s not always pretty in our churches, but it is a place where you can know you belong. And, that’s a lot better than that box in the school office. The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Hyde Park. You can leave a comment for him at rector@

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By now most of you have heard the terrible story about Shequila Brown, the 18-year-old young woman killed by a hit and run driver in Poughkeepsie last Wednesday. On Saturday, I went to the scene of the crime, and it is indeed a crime, to take a photograph of the spontaneous memorial that marks Shequila’s final moments on earth. Police reports indicate she was struck by a car and left to die in the street. As I write this, no one has taken responsibility for the accident or been arrested by the police. As I stood where she last stood, I couldn’t help but think of the pain her family must be feeling. By all accounts, here was a lovely young girl about to enter college in the fall, crossing the street by St. Mary’s Church, doing whatever 18-year-old girls do at 8:45 p.m. on a school night. The circumstances here don’t really matter. I don’t care who was at fault. That’s why they call these things accidents. What I do care about is the alarming proliferation of deadly hit and run cases. I can tell you from personal experience how frightening it is to hit someone. I did just that years ago in Chestnut Hill, Mass. I was going to my office very early one day and as I turned down a quiet street a paperboy on a bicycle came from behind a hedge and in the time it took me to hit the brakes, the bicycle was under my Volkswagen and the boy airborne over my car. I saw him land on his back on somebody’s lawn. He appeared motionless and I was horrified. My office was about three blocks away, and for one awful moment I considered going there to notify the police. This was before cell phones and it made a

somewhat compelling rationalization. But that cowardly thought passed in an instant as I saw a fellow motorist out of her car already attending to the boy as I was furiously pounding on doors to get to a phone. Fortunately, the boy was checked out at the hospital and was unhurt. So I understand the impulse, but I don’t understand leaving someone you’ve hit, regardless of the circumstances. Unfortunately, we live in a coarser, more cynical world today. The laws are written in such a way that motorists have learned it’s better for them to flee the scene, particularly if they’ve been drinking or are otherwise impaired. They race back to their homes and call a lawyer who specializes in DWIs, who then advises them to lay low while the alcohol clears the system before turning themselves in. You see, the penalty for leaving the scene of an accident is far less than for an alcohol-involved vehicular accident. I’ve actually heard people saying that’s exactly what they’d do if they hit someone when they were drunk, indicating any social stigma regarding such cowardly behavior has gone the way of the Dodo bird. Well, it’s time to remedy that nonsense. Instead of the state assembly and the county legislature dithering over unnecessary gun legislation, how about passing a law that would really save innocent lives. It’s time to enact legislation that would make it a class-A felony to leave the scene of an accident that involves physical injury. Make the punishment fit the crime. How about a mandatory 10 year sentence, no exceptions, no extenuating circumstances and no plea bargains? I don’t care if you were drunk or sober, if you run away, you go away. I would also craft the legislation to include stiff penalties for any dealer or body shop that repairs a car if there’s any chance it was involved in a hit and run. Shequila Brown died a horrible and senseless death. Let’s have the state and county legislatures get to work on Shequila’s Law and make something positive to come from this tragedy.

I don’t care if you were drunk or sober, if you run away, you go away.

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TO THE EDITOR: No matter how far I roam, there is no better feeling that coming home to the peaceful feel of Milan. Open fields, valley views…oh wait, what is that monster ahead of me…a 160 foot cell tower! Whoa! That’s what Verizon wants to erect right off what is arguably one of Dutchess County’s prettiest roads, Academy Hill. If built, it will join its ugly step sisters, one residing on Woody Row and the other at the reclamation center. Do we need another atrocity out here in beautiful, bucolic Milan? No. It will benefit Verizon. Not us. Come on guys, let’s not let Milan become the fertile soil that big companies like Verizon, and Mobil and Shell, can grow their profits on. Sure, another gas station should go where the old one was. Done. We can all use that. But the rampant building and defiling of our beautiful town that is about to start needs to be stopped. Colleen Meehan Milan TO THE EDITOR: There was a giant rally in Albany two weeks ago with 100 bus loads of pro-Second Amendment people, totaling over 5,000, that received only a few small notices in various papers and hardly any coverage on television. That’s a real shame as every evil doer who uses a gun to commit a crime is written up big time in all the media. The event was sponsored by the National Rifle Association and the NYS Rifle and Pistol Association. I am a member of both fine organizations. I urge everyone, not just gun owners, to join both as our rights are being constantly eroded by politicians, mostly by Democrats and Andy Cuomo. Remember all of this when the next election comes up and vote the bums out! Spend some of the money you waste on guns, ammo and hunting supplies, and join these organizations before you lose them all! Also, I am a lifetime catholic and I am glad the pope retired and we got Pope Francis. I could never understand how they voted in a German pope who was in the Hitler youth and the German army! It’s amazing they did this as most of the voting cardinals are Italian and Italy was devastated in WWII. Also, I cannot understand why they don’t go for a pope in his 50s or 60s, instead of 76! Ken Krauer Salt Point

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preferred large breasted woman were more likely to be sexist. Really? Researchers “tasked” the men by having them look at renderings of five identical woman with varying breast sizes. The study said most men looked at the breasts and upper body. Where can I find one of these studies? • Am I the only person who got a chill reading that the Eurozone has imposed a 9.8 percent bailout tax on all bank deposits in Cyprus over 100,000 Euros? No discussion or deliberation, just executive order. Sound familiar? Let’s hope Obama doesn’t get any crazy ideas.

• This is when you know you’ve had too much to drink or you have a butt the size of a Volkswagen. During an afternoon of partying in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood to celebrate Calle Ocho, a 22-year-old man felt light headed and sat down on a curb. It was then he discovered he was bleeding profusely, and that he’d been shot in the buttocks sometime earlier. He was rushed to a hospital and is said to be recovering.

• For those of you wondering where Edo Sushi went after leaving Hyde Park, they made a brief appearance in Milan and have since reopened in Poughkeepsie at 404 Manchester Rd., off of Rte. 55. They’ve been there since October. for pictures and autographs with the help. Apparently this guy worked an earlier event where Bill Clinton spoke, and schmoozed the staffers afterwards.

• Speaking of huge derrieres, a woman named Mikel Ruffinelli claims to have the world’s largest hips at 99 inches. The married mother of five says she’s very proud. In the video I saw, she can’t even walk down your average hallway and can’t get in a car, but she does aerobics with her kids! I hope the floor is reinforced. • Here’s the ultimate bartender’s revenge story. Remember that famous video of Mitt Romney discussing the 47 percent government dependence crowd at a Boca Raton fundraiser? Many observers feel that this video sunk his presidential chances. It turns out the video was taken by a bartender at the closed door event who said he released it because Romney didn’t stick around to pose

• Two of Amsterdam’s oldest hookers (70years-old) have decided to call it quits after 50 years and 355,000 happy customers. Twins Louise and Martine Fokkers say a declining customer base and arthritis have taken a toll. They say their arthritis makes certain positions “difficult.” Don’t want any specifics, ladies. They hope to make a documentary called “Meet the Fokkers.” Here’s a suggestion. Let’s substitute another four letter word for “Meet” and call it a day. • Under New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, food stamp use in New York City has gone from 800,000 in 2002 to 1.8 million in 2012. On any given night there are more than 50,000 people in homeless shelters and God knows how many living on the streets. So much for the new bull market. • It’s only taken Barack Obama five years to visit Israel, but it sounds like he intends to enjoy himself. Among the people he’s meeting with is 21-year-old Yityish Aynaw, the first black Miss Israel. I’m guessing Michelle is staying home.

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• Hearing a few political rumblings in Hyde Park as those, who care, look to this fall’s municipal election. Ward 3 Councilman Bill Truitt is said to have had enough and will not run for reelection. Former councilman Bob Kampf, who has retired more times than Brett Favre, is said to be considering running in Pruitt’s place. I guess that retirement party a few years ago didn’t stick.

• Took in Half Moon Theater’s production of “Good People” Friday night at Cuneen-Hacket. The play is a riveting Boston-based drama supported by a first-rate cast led by Amy Lemon Olson, Michael Rhodes and Shona Tucker. It’s there through March 24.

• We also hear Republicans in Hyde Park are having a tough time fielding a slate so far. The stench from the Martino years is still generating a lot of guilt by association. Then again, it was the same local Republican Committee that put Martino on the ballot to begin with. But, given the lackluster performance of the current board, Republicans could be very competitive with a few good candidates. • The University of Montreal is out with a warning that having sex in space could kill you. We’re not sure why this research was necessary but they say zero gravity and sperm cells delivered with a cylindrical instrument (love rod) could have long term health consequences or kill you. We’ll leave it at that. • Here’s a shocker from the Archives of Sexual Behavior in England. In a study of 361 white British men, it was determined that men who

• Finally, on Friday I’ll be joining Tom Sipos on Hudson Valley Live radio broadcast at the Schultzville General Store in Clinton. We’ll be live on the air from 6 to 9 a.m. Come on over and join us for a cup of coffee and help support a great local business. If you can’t make it in person, tune us in at 1450 on your AM dial.

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THIS WEEK (MARCH 20-26) First of Spring Birding Event; Wednesday, March 20; 9 - 11 a.m.; Wagon House Education Center, Olana State HIstoric Site, 5720 Rte. 9G, Hudson; Join Audubon NY education coordinator Larry Federman for a first day of spring guided walk; 518-828-1872 ext. 109 or email Rhinebeck @ Home Lunch; Wednesday, March 20; noon; Eveready Diner, 6595 Rte. 9, Rhinebeck; $15 per person, all inclusive; RSVP or for a ride, call 845-876-4663. “Adaptation;” Wednesday, March 20; 6:30 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; 845-876-2903. ‘Blitzkreig’ Examined; Wednesday, March 20; 7 p.m.; Adriance Charwat Meeting Room, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie; 845-485-3445 ext. 3702 or “Orchestra of Exiles;” Wednesday, March 20; 7:30 p.m.; Weis Cinema of the Bertelsmann Campus Center, Bard College, Annandaleon-Hudson; Academy Award-nominated documentary about Bronislaw Huberman, the Polish violinist who founded the Israel Philharmonic; Free; 845-758-7878. Hooks & Needles, Yarns & Threads; Thursday, March 21; Tivoli Free Library, 86 Broadway, Tivoli; Informal social gatherings on first and third Thursdays of the months; $1 suggested donation; 845-757-3771 or “Emergence of Christianity;” March 22; 12:30 p.m.; Church of St. John the Evangelist, 1114 River Rd., Barrytown; Bruce Chilton will lead the Spring 2013 Lenten Luncheon Lecture Series hosted by the Institute of Advanced Theology; Lecture followed by question and answer session and lunch for $6; 845-758-7279. “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee;” March 22-24; The Ritz Theater, 107 Broadway, Newburgh; hatmakersattic.

17th Annual Lenten Fresh Fish Fry; Friday, March 22; 5-7 p.m.; Hyde Park Knights of Columbus, Rte. 9G, Hyde Park; $10, $15 combo plate; 845-229-6111. “Giant;” Friday, March 22; 7 p.m.; Beekman Library, 11 Town Center Blvd., Hopewell Junction; Part of the film series “And the Winner Isn’t” highlighting films that lost the Oscar for Best Picture; Free; 845724-3414 or Rhinebeck Historical Society Meeting; Friday, March 22; 7:30 p.m.; Starr Library, Local History Room, 68 W. Market St., Rhinebeck; John Lobotsky, owner of Wonderland Florist will discuss the history of farming in Rhinebeck; starr. “A Celebration of Children’s Art;” Through Friday, March 22; James W. Palmer Gallery, Main Building, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Over 200 artworks by local nursery, elementary and intermediate students on display; 845-437-5370 or Solas An Lae: 15 Years of American Irish Dance; March 22-24; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck; $20 adults, $18 seniors and children; 845-876-3080; Spring Hudson Valley-Harlem Valley Yarn Crawl; March 23-24; Various locations; The Met Live in HD presents “Francesca Da Rimini;” Saturday, March 23; noon; Bardavon 1869 Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie; The Metropolitan Opera’s first revival in 25 years; Pre-show talk for ticket holders at 11:30 a.m.; $26 adults, $24 Bardavon members, $19 children under 12; 845-473-2072. “The General’s Lady;” Saturday, March 23; 1 p.m.; Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, 84 Liberty St., Newburgh; Presentation of the 2013 Martha Washington Woman of History Award and presentations by a historic interpreter; Free; 845-562-1195. “Kinetic” Opening Reception; Saturday, March 23; 5-7 p.m.; Barrett Art Center, 55 Noxon St., Poughkeepsie; On display through April 20; 845471-2550 or

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BY HV WEEKEND STAFF Weed your way through the grass, or snow, to take part in several egg hunts and themed events to celebrate the spring season this weekend.

Astronomy Tour at Olana; Saturday, March 23; 7-9 p.m., Cloud and rain date: Saturday, April 13; Wagon House Education Center, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Rte. 9G, Hudson; Presentation with members of the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association; Bring binoculars if available; $5 suggested donation; Pre-register by calling 518-828-1872 ext. 109 or by emailing 30th Annual Festival of Dance; Saturday, March 23; 8 p.m.; Ulster Performing Arts Center, 601 Broadway, Kingston; Performance by the Ulster Ballet Company; $19 adults,

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Town of Rhinebeck Easter Egg Hunt; Saturday, March 23; 10 a.m.; Thompson Mazzarella Recreation Park; 2,000 eggs to hunt plus a visit from the Easter bunny; Bring your own basket; Baird State Park Egg Hunt; Saturday, March 23; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Baird State Park, 280 Clubhouse Rd., Pleasant Valley; Face painting and complimentary fruit punch will be available, as well as children’s menu options; $5 vehicle fee; 845-452-1489. Union Valley Easter Egg Hunt; Saturday, March 23; 10 a.m.; Tymor Park, 8 Tymor Rd., Union Vale; Free; Town of Wappinger Easter Egg Hunt; March 23, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Town Hall, 20 Middlebush Rd., Wappingers Falls; Events for infants through 9 years; Poughkeepsie Plaza Spring Extravaganza; Saturday, March 23; 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; 25862600 South Rd., Poughkeepsie; Town of Poughkeepsie child ID cards, crafts, coloring contest, guess the jellybeans and more; Dover Easter Egg Hunt; Saturday, March 23; 1 p.m.; Boyce Park, 126 E. Duncan Hill Rd., Dover; Hyde Park Recreation Annual Easter Egg Hunt; Saturday, March 23; 1 p.m.; Hackett Hill Park, 79 E. Market St., Hyde Park; 845229-8086. Village of Wappingers Falls Egg Hunt; Saturday, March 23; 1 p.m.; Mesier Park; 845-2978773 ext. 7. Village of Tivoli Easter Celebration; Saturday, March 23; 1:30-3 p.m.; Tivoli Firehouse, 2 Tivoli Commons, Tivoli; Egg hunt begins at 2 p.m.; Easter Fun at Southlands; Sunday, March 24; noon; The Southlands Foundation, Rte. 9, Rhinebeck; Egg hunt begins at 12:30 p.m.; Free admission; Pony rides, bake sale and

meet the Easter bunny; 845-876-4862 or Bouncing with the Bunny; Sunday, March 24; Doors at 9:45 a.m.; Jumpin’ Jakes, 2586-2600 South Rd., Poughkeepsie; Annual Easter egg hunt and games with the Easter Bunny; $11; Town of Poughkeepsie Egg Hunt; Sunday, March 24; 1 p.m.; Vassar Alumnae House Lawn, 161 College Ave., Poughkeepsie; Annual Easter Egg Hunt; Thursday, March 28; 10 a.m. - noon; The Baptist Home at Brookemeade, 46 Brookmeade Dr., Rhinebeck; Includes a visit from Easter bunny, snacks, drinks and crafts; 845-876-2071 ext. 127. The Twilight Egg Hunt with the Town of Washington Recreation Department Egg Hunt; Friday, March 29; 8 p.m.; Town Park, 3744 Route 44, Mabbetsville; Bring a flashlight and basket or bag for collecting eggs; Kids in fourth grade and older. John Flowers Old Fashioned Easter Egg Hunt; Saturday, March 30; 9 a.m.; Waryas Park, 35 Main St., Poughkeepsie; 845-471-7565. Red Hook Easter Egg Hunt; Saturday, March 30; 11 a.m.; Red Hook Parking Lot; Annual Egg Hunt at the Tribute Gardens; Saturday, March 30; 11 a.m.; 3257 Franklin Ave., Millbrook; Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Bring a basket to collect chocolate eggs hidden around the playground; Kids in preschool through third grade; Town of Beekman Easter Egg Hunt; Saturday, March 30; 1-3 p.m.; Recration Park and Community Center, 31 Recreation Center Rd., Hopewell Junction; Bring a basket or bag to collect eggs and enjoy the petting zoo, spring crafts, face painting, games, frisbee golf, and a special visit with the Bunny;

e-mail us your events: << continued from previous page $15 students/seniors, $12 groups of 10 or more; 845-339-6088 or “Less like an object more like the weather” and “Monogamy” Exhibitions; Receptions on Friday, March 24 and Saturday, April 20; 1-4 p.m.; The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College; On view March 24-May 26; Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Concerts Con Brio Faure Requiem; Sunday, March 24; 7:30 p.m.; Christ Episcopal Church, 20 Carroll St., Poughkeepsie; $15 at the door, students free; 845-452-8220 or Half Moon Theatre’s “Good March 24; 8 p.m. Friday and Sundays; Cunneen-Hackett Vassar St., Poughkeepsie;

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Five One-Act Plays by Pinter; Through March 24; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays; Cocoon Theatre, 6384 Mill St., Rhinebeck; Limited seating; $25; 845-876-6470 or Seder; Monday, March 25, 7:15 p.m. and Tuesday, March 26, 7:30 p.m.; Rhinebeck Jewish Center, 102 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; $25 per person; RSVP at 845-876-7666 or rsvp@

Spring Break Servant’s Program for Children; Tuesday, March 26; 10:30 a.m. - noon at the Vanderbilt Mansion, Hyde Park and 1:30-3 p.m. at Staatsburgh State Historic Site; Children will take on the roles of historic figures with hands-on activities including preparing the majestic dining room at Mills Mansion; $2; Register at 845-486-1966.

ONGOING “Distinct Personalities;” Through March 30; Montgomery Row, 6423 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; Marc Sacerdote will display digitally animated art; 845-876-0543. Talent Show Art Exhibition and Sale; Through March 30; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff. “March Tides” Exhibition; Through March 31; Thurs.-Sat., noon-5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Betsy Jacaruso Studio and Gallery, 43-2 E. Market St., Rhinebeck; Open house on Saturday, March 16, 5-7 p.m.; 845-516-4435 or “exposure;” Through April 13; Mill Street Loft Gallery, 45 Pershing Ave., Poughkeepsie; 10th annual juried high school photography exhibition; “Tranquility;” Through April 22; Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wells Fargo Advisors, Montgomery Row, 2nd Floor, Rhinebeck; > >continued on page 11

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THEATER: Vassar College is currently accepting applications for the 2013 Powerhouse Theater Training Program. Students in the six-week Powerhouse training program choose a discipline: acting, playwriting, or directing and form an Apprentice Company. The program will run from June 14 through July 28. The program is available to rising high school seniors through college-age students. Program fee, room, and board (including daily breakfast and dinner) costs $5,000, and an $85 application fee must be submitted with the completed online form ( Completed applications are due by March 22, 2013, including required recommendations and a personal statement submitted online. WORKSHOP: Girls Leadership Worldwide has extended the deadline for 2013 session applications until Friday, March 22. Young women in ninth or tenth grade can build self-confidence and learn leadership skills during workshop sessions at the Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Center in Hyde Park. Sessions are July 6-14 and July 20-28. For more information and an application, visit or call 845-229-5302. THEATER: The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck is hosting open auditions for "Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical" on Saturday, April 13 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, April 14 at 7 p.m. Call backs are Monday, April 15. Prepare 16 bars of a Broadway-style song and bring a copy of your sheet music for accompanist. No appointments are necessary. Show dates are July 5 through July 28. For further information contact Up In One Productions at 845-876-5348.

TEEN ART: Open to 14-18-year-old high school students, seventh annual Big Read Teen Art Contest is seeking drawings, paintings or photographs, no larger than 20 by 24 inches when matted. All artwork must be delivered to Adriance Library, 93 Market Street in Poughkeepsie by Tuesday, May 28. Each submission must be accompanied by the correct application form (available online at under teen scene). For more information contact Angela Panzer at 845-485-3445 ext. 3309 or

ART: The Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz invites artists working in all types of media to submit work that responds to or uses screens as a material, process or metaphor for the upcoming exhibition entitled, “Screen Play: Hudson Valley Artists 2013.” Deadline is Monday, March 25. The exhibition will be on display June 22-Nov. 10 in the Dorsky Museum’s Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery and North Gallery. The online submission form is available through the website dorskymuseum.submittable. com/categories/edit/19177 Hudson valley news | | March 20, 2013 {9}


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BY NICOLE DELAWDER Next weekend, the Hudson Valley will rock out to remember Det. John Falcone, the City of Poughkeepsie officer who was fatally shot while on duty on Feb. 18, 2011. And there’s no better person to have your back than former star of “The Sopranos,” Vincent Pastore, who will bring his band, The Crazy Horse All Stars, to The Chance Theater on March 30. The benefit will also feature 3 Up 3 Down, a local ’80s metal band, that will feature Lt. John Remsen of the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department and Chance co-owner Frank Pallet. The evening also includes E&G Acoustic featuring City of Poughkeepsie Officer George McSpedon and Eddie Lotz. On that fatal afternoon in February of 2011, Falcone had responded to a call for shots fired near the Poughkeepsie Train Station when he encountered Lee M. Welch, of Catskill, who was attempting to leave the area with his 3-year-old daughter. Welch shot and killed his estranged wife, Jessica Welch, after a domestic dispute just prior to Falcone’s arrival. After Falcone and other officers were able to get the child to safety, Welch shot Falcone before turning the gun on himself. Falcone,

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Pastore in “Revolver.”

who was only 44-years-old, was an 18year veteran of the police department. Weekend caught up with Pastore via phone last week to see how the “Sopranos” star got involved with the concert. “After being invited to play the benefit concert and meeting the mayor (John Tkazyik) and members from the Poughkeepsie PBA, I realized that I got involved in something that was a beautiful thing to do for a Det. John Falcone

lost brother,” he said. Pastore, who says he loves coming up to the Hudson Valley because “it clears your head out,” grew up in New Rochelle and currently lives in the Bronx. “But it is still New York tension and everything. People don’t understand that when you ride up the Saw Mill and Taconic Parkways, it just opens you up.” Pastore will join his band, the Crazy Horse All-Stars, which he defines as “rhythm and blues, and lots of rock and roll,” and comprised of musicians from Westchester, who are also frequent performers at the Montauk Bar in New Rochelle. Pastore takes the mic, backed by Gary Bangs, Tony Amato, Sammy Lamonica, and Al Orlo, among other regional musicians. “The guys, they don’t ask for any money. They do it out of compassion and love,” he said. The group has also recently performed benefit concerts for Hurricane Sandy relief at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, as well as a benefit for the Wag on Inn Rescue Group. For Pastore, being on stage not only allows him to give back to the community, but allows for more opportunities to work on his craft, saying these performances allow him to become a “better stage performer and singer.” After performing in “Chicago” on Broadway and touring with “Guys and Dolls,” Pastore is breaking out of his iconic “Sopranos” character, Salvatore “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero, and is working on more opportunities on the stage and screen. “These people see me walking in, and I have my book and music, and hand it to them, and they don’t see Big Pussy, the wise guy,” he said, “these people see that you’re capable of doing something else.” Pastore has also penned a play that will be in production at the Nyack Village Theater starting April 12 and running through April 28. The play, “Wild Children,” is based on a Van Morrison song and follows a young man’s dreams to open a club in Westchester in the ’80s. More details on the show is available on Pastore’s website, All proceeds from the concert on Saturday, March 30, will be donated to the John Falcone Memorial Fund which supports scholarships. Last year’s benefit concert, which featured a performance by Dee Snider and Twisted Sister, raised $40,000. “Police officers place their lives on the line every single day, protecting those in the communities they serve,” Snider said after the concert. “Poughkeepsie Police Det. Falcone made the ultimate sacrifice.” Doors open with a meet and greet with Pastore at 6 p.m. on March 30. Tickets are $10 and available at

Sarah Pierce performing “Future Exhibitions” at Tate Modern, London. Photo by Tim Brotherton.

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UPCOMING Free Resume Critique with Dutchess One Stop; Wednesday, March 27; 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; Adriance Memorial Library, Teen Study Room, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie; 845-4739000 or Japanese Gardens for the American Landscape; Wednesday, March 27; 6 p.m.; Tivoli Free Library, 86 Broadway, Tivoli; Lecture by Bettina Mueller based on her upcoming book “Rustic Elegance: Garden and Flower Design Inspired by the Way of Tea;” 845-757-3771. Rhinecliff Firehouse Ladies Auxiliary Bake Sale; Thursday, March 28; 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Shatzell and Orchard Aves., Rhinecliff; Also includes homemade soups; 845-876-6149.


Husband and wife team up for “Monogamy” at Bard BY HV NEWS WEEKEND STAFF This weekend, The Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS) at Bard College will open “Monogamy,” a major exhibition with several works by Gerard Byrne and Sarah Pierce, and curated by Tirdad Zolghadr. “Monogamy is something you endure,” Zolghadr said. “It is neither a rational, nor a natural state of affairs, but a sustained condition. In the best of cases, monogamy highlights the idea of commitment as an institution … Monogamy, in other words, refers to working conditions in the arts that are surprisingly hard to address.” Byrne and Pierce, who are married, began the project while guest teachers at CCS Bard in the fall of 2011. The exhibition combines video, performance, sculptural arrangements, student workshops, theatrical elements and public lectures. “Monogamy” will be on display March 24 through May 26 in the CCS Bard Galleries. Receptions will be held on Sunday, March 24 and April 20, both from 1 to 4 p.m. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit for more information.

weekend notes

'Love for Levon' now available on CD and DVD

If you missed the October 3, 2012 concert at the Izod Center in n New Jersey honoring local musician n Levon Helm, you can now experience the evening of music from the comfort of your own home. The all-star tribute included Roger Waters, My Morning Jacket, Joe Walsh, Garth Hudson, Helm's mate in The Band, Gregg Allman, John Mayer, Grace Potter, Bruce Hornsby, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Lucinda Williams, Jakob Dylan and Rami Jaffee of the Wallflowers, Marc Cohn, Mavis Staples, Allen Toussaint and country stars Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, among others, honoring the late Helm, who died last April. "Love For Levon" was officially released on March 19 as a double CD as well as in DVD and Blu-ray versions, with bonus material such as artist interviews and HD footage. Proceeds from the sets will help to maintain the Levon Helm Studio in Woodstock, and will help further continue the Midnight Ramble Sessions at the legend’s former studio..

Child Development Check-Ups; Friday, March 29; 9 a.m. - noon; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; Screenings for ages four months to five years; Call 2-1-1 or 1-800-8991479 for an appointment. Joan Osborn Acoustic; Friday, March 29; 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show; Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock; $40 advance, $50 at the door; 845-679-4406 or Beekeeping Basics; Saturday, March 30; 10-11 a.m.; Beekman Library, 11 Town Center Blvd., Hopewell Junction; Free seminar on equipment and practices for keeping bees and harvesting in your own backyard; Country and Bluegrass; Tuesday, April 2; 7 p.m.; Poughkeepsie Library Adriance Charwat Meeting Room, 105 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Part of the “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” program focusing on a different genre of music each week with documentaries and discussion; Free; 845-485-3445 ext. 3702 or “U.S. Pivot to Asia and U.S.-China Relations;” Tuesday, April 2; 7 p.m.; Rockefeller Hall, Room 300, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Discussion with Bonnie Glaser, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C.; Fireside Chat; Thursday, April 4; 7 p.m.; St. James’ Chapel, 10 E. Market St., Hyde Park; “FDR in Hyde Park: The 1939 Royal Visit” with guest speakers Linda Bouchey and Al Vinck; 845-266-3196. Author and Cartoonist Lucy Knisley; Thursday, April 4; 7 p.m.; Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; 845-8760500 or 12 Annual Vassar Haiti Project Benefit Art Sale and Auction; April 5, noon - 8 p.m., April 6, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., April 7, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; 845-437-5370. An Evening of Turkish Music; Friday, April 5; 6-7:30 p.m.; Olana Court Hall, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Rte. 9G, Hudson; $80 members, $100 non-members; 518-828-1872 ext. 102.

David Sedaris; Friday, April 5; 8 p.m.; Bardavon 1869 Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie; $48 adults, $43 Bardavon members; 845-4732072 or 55th annual Landsman Kill Stocking Club Fishing Contest; Saturday, April 6; 12:30 p.m.; Rhinebeck High School, 45 N. Park Rd., Rhinebeck; Open to all Rhinebeck School District Children ages three to 16; Bring own buckets; Fishing begins Sunday, April 7 after the 6 a.m. kick-off breakfast at the American Legion; Contest registration March 16, at the Village Mobil 9:30 a.m. - noon. The Art of Golf; Saturday, April 6; DC Indoor Golf, 10 Crannell St., Poughkeepsie; Benefit for the Dutchess County Arts Council; “Verdant Spring;” April 6-27; Betsy Jacaruso Studio and Gallery, 43-2 E. Market St., Rhinebeck; Open house April 20, 5-7 p.m.; Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, noon-6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and by appointment; 845-5164435 or Hudson Valley Philharmonic “A Little Harp Music;” Saturday, April 6; 8 p.m.; Bardavon 1869 Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie; $3153, student rush tickets are available one hour prior to the show for $10 students, $20 accompanying adult; 845-473-2072 or Vassar College Women’s Chorus; Sunday, April 7; 3 p.m.; Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Free; 845-437-7294. Author Matthew Goodman; Sunday, April 7; 4 p.m.; Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery > >continued on page 13

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BY ANN LAFARGE The new books for spring are flooding the bookstores and I have already found a ng, couple of favorites. There is nothing, repeat, nothing, ow quite so satisfying as to curl up with a book you know you are going to love. Especially after a long wait. ’s Seventeen years is, indeed, a goodly wait, but that’s l. how long it’s been since Jill McCorkle’s last novel. Whatever you read or don’t read this season, don’t misss “Life After Life” (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,, $25). If anything or anyone could persuade you, in your declining years, to inter yourself in “one of those lovely retirement places,” this novel is it. Join the gang at Pine Haven Estates in the town of Fulton, North Carolina. Let’s hear about it in the author’s own words: “I would resurrect my fictional town; here’s the cemetery and here’s the retirement home and here’s the road to the beach. There is a man who is faking dementia to escape life with his son; a woman from Boston who has come to this place h iis to retire because it’s the hometown of a long-ago lover; there a hospice volunteer and a kid witnessing her parents’ volatile marriage, and a senile third-grade teacher who believes we are all eight years old in the heart….This novel is a love song to memory and life.” Sadie, the dotty, old teacher, is my favorite character. She holds forth, in the day room, with anecdotes and philosophy. “There was a time when a child who squirmed too much in class was thought to have worms, but now they call it ADD.” And I love Abby, age 12, who visits the nursing home for companionship, since she lost her beloved dog. Indeed, as the jacket copy proclaims, “the longest and most expensive journey you will ever make is the one to yourself ... For some, that’s about as good as getting there.” You’ll find yourself reading passages aloud or shouting out to someone you’d like to read them to. You’ll laugh and cry, and reach for a pencil to write down a few choice passages. Then you’ll put the book on your keeper shelf to read again some day. And to JillMcCorkle, here’s an ardent plea: Please don’t make us wait another seventeen years for the next one! That was a tough act to follow, so I turned away from fiction for a few hours and had the perennially delightful experience of reading the biography of someone about whom I knew absolutely nothing, “The Pioneering Odyssey of Freeman Dyson – Maverick Genius” by Phillip F. Schewe (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, $26). Once read, this fine book was wrapped and mailed to my godson, an environmentalist who lives out west. Dyson, who has frequently been compared to Albert Einstein, is nearly 90-years-old and is still making headlines with his controversial views on global warming and changing the ways in which we think about science. Read about his work for the Pentagon, designing the Orion nuclear rocket ship, helping prepare the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, and acting {12} March 20, 20 2013 | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews com | Hudso Hudson valley news

as a consultant for Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The book features interviews with his two wives, his children and many colleagues, and is told in an informal, eminently readable style. As the author says in the Introduction, “Whenever possible, the narrative will be driven by stories, and should appeal to many kinds of readers…science and science fiction, space exploration, the search for life outside of Earth ...” Dyson, a real Renaissance man in an age when that is not easy, loves poetry as well as science and was a “heretic and sage on such issues as climate change, extrasensory perception, and migration from Earth out into the cosmos.” ‘Tis the season (repeating myself, sorry!) for new books of all kinds, and my friend the thriller bbuff is going to be thrilled to receive a couple of her favorites this week. If yyou’re a fan, you’ll be delighted to know that there’s a new installment of Robert L Ludlum’s popular branded series, Covert-One, “The Utopia Experiment,” w written by Kyle Mills (Grand Central Publishing, $27). With U.S. intelligence ag agencies paralyzed by bureaucracy, the president has been forced to establish his ow own clandestine group, known as Covert-One. Now, meet the Merge, a device de destined to revolutionize the world and make the personal computer and smartphone ob obsolete, a technology that will change the face of warfare forever. And it must be kept out of the hands of America’s enemies. Here’s one from an old favorite thriller writer, Harlan Coben, “Six Years” (Dutton, $28). A thriller writer who also appeals to the non-thriller-reader. Meet Jake Fisher, who lost Natalie, the love of his life, to another man and who made Jake promise never to contact her. For six years, he kept his promise, but now her husband has died. He can’t resist looking for her. But when he finds her she is not the same woman he had loved. Where is Natalie ... and why? Jake’s search takes him on a long journey, but the more questions he asks, the more questions arise. “A cracking good read.” OK, just for fun, pick up a copy of a slim little book about dead bodies, “Rest in Pieces – The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses” by Bess Lovejoy (Simon & Schuster, $20). Nice and morbid, nice and macabre, and very, very funny, this book tells the stories of some of history’s notable figures after they kicked the bucket. Remember the poet Shelley, whose heart survived his cremation and was kept by his widow, the author of “Frankenstein,” in a pouch in her diary? This book is fill with that kind of story. And did you know that Tchaikovsky hated seeing plastic skulls used in “Hamlet,” so he willed his skull to the Royal Shakespeare Company? And there’s Rasputin who was supposed to be impossible to kill. There’s a story that a certain part of his anatomy was detached after his death and “worshipped” by a bunch of folks. However, it proved to be ... a sea cucumber. (That’s the author’s favorite anecdote!) There are many, many more stories to read aloud and chuckle over about Elvis, Abe Lincoln, Geronimo, Einstein and Ted Williams. Welcome, spring 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 alafarge@

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St., Rhinebeck; Goodman will discuss “80 Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World;” 845-876-0500 or


“The Challenges of International Justice;” Monday, April 8; 5:30 p.m.; Sanders Classroom Building, Spitzer Auditorium, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Discussion with the first U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues David Scheffer; Free; 845-4375370. The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll; Tuesday, April 9; 7 p.m.; Poughkeepsie Library Adriance Charwat Meeting Room, 105 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Part of the “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” program focusing on a different genre of music each week with documentaries and discussion; Free; 845-485-3445 ext. 3702 or “3,000 Years of Jewish Continuity as Seen Through 3,000 Years of Hebrew;” Thursday, April 11; 7 p.m.; Vassar Temple, 140 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie; Presentation by Vassar Temple’s Religious School Director Dr. Joel M. Hoffman; Free; 845-454-2570 or

Red Local Red Hook Literary Festival; April 12-14; Festival opening event Saturday, April 13; 7-9 p.m.; “The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation” Opening Reception and Lecture; Friday, April 12; Lecture at 5:30 p.m., Taylor Hall Room 102; Reception at 6:30 p.m. at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Survey exhibition featuring 39 artists and collectives from 1972 through the present including Ansel Adams, Chuck Close, Walker Evans, David Hockney, Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol and William Wegman; 845-4375632 or

Recycled Rides on the radio

Tune in to RadioRotary on Friday, March 22, at 9 a.m., or Sunday, March 24 at 7:30 a.m. to hear Nanuet Rotarians Kevin Muir and club President Donna Lennane discuss Recycled Rides, a national program that repairs and donates recycled vehicles to those in need, such as disabled veterans. RadioRotary is aired on three AM stations WGHQ 920, WBNR 1260, WLNA 1420 and repeated on Sundays, 7:30 a.m. on WBPM 92.9 FM. To listen online visit

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The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company. Photo submitted.

The Ulster Ballet Company will present its 30th annual Festival of Dance this Saturday, March 23 at 8 p.m. at the Ulster Performing Arts Center on Broadway in Kingston. The annual performance showcases choreographers and dancers with a diverse range of styles including modern, tango, contemporary ballet, swing, hip hop, ballroom, lindy, jazz, modern Irish and Armenian. Along with the Ulster Ballet Company, the program will feature world-class dance groups like Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, Swing FX, The D’amby Project, Ballroom Dancing for Tough Guys, Energy Elite Dance Company, Antranig Armenian Dance Ensemble and Nacre Dance. Tickets are $19 adults, $15 students and seniors, and $12 for groups of 10 or Bardavon members. Visit for more information. Solas En Lae will step into the The Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck for a three night stay starting Friday, March 22 through Sunday, March 24. The group, founded by Deirdre Lowry and Patrick Brown in Red Hook, will celebrate 15 years of performing historic and contemporary transformations of Irish dance through contemporary Celtic, classical, jazz and folk music. Tickets are $20 adults, $18 seniors and children. Performances run Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. More information at and tickets are available by calling the box office at 845-876-3080.

Beer and cheese celebrated

On Sunday, March 24, local businesses Aroma Thyme and Keegan Ales will team up for the second annual Hudson Valley Beer and Cheese Festival. From 1-4 p.m. at Keegan Ales, 20 St. James St., Kingston, enjoy local Hudson Valley farmstead cheeses with several dishes from Aroma Thyme’s chef and owner Marcus Guliano. Tommy Keegan from Keegan Ales will serve up local brews, including tastings from Chatham Brewing Company, Cross Roads Brewery, Ommegang and the Ithaca Beer Company. Tickets are $30 and include beer and food. RSVP by calling 845-647-3000 or 845-331-BREW.


Matinees (shows before 6pm) Daily Late matinees noted in parenthesis



Rte. 9, Red Hook• 758-3311

The Call (R) Olympus Has Fallen (R) Admission (PG-13) The Croods in 3D (PG) The Croods in 2D (PG) Incredible Burt Wonderstone (PG-13) Oz the Great and Powerful 3D (PG)

Rte. 9, Hyde Park • 229-2000

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Olympus Has Fallen (R) Spring Breakers (R) The Call (R) Oz the Great and Powerful 3D (PG) The Croods in 3D (PG) The Croods in 2D (PG) Incredible Burt Wonderstone (PG-13)

Incredible Burt Wonderstone (PG-13) Oz the Great and Powerful in 3D (PG) The Croods in 3D (PG) Silver Linings Playbook (R)

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SWEET STUFF IN POUGHKEEPSIE STORY AND PHOTOS BY NICOLE DELAWDER On Saturday, March 16, Bowdoin Park hosted an open house for residents to learn about the process of maple sugaring. Along with demonstrations on the process of making maple syrup from the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trees and indoor exhibits on native shelters and tools, Dutchess County Park Naturalist David Beck explained both modern and Native American methods for maple sugaring, including boiling sap with hot rocks and starting a fire with friction. Paulette Albrecht also demonstrated how to tap a maple tree and gave children the chance to practice drilling, while the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resident bald eagle supervised.

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BY HEIDI JOHNSON Thank you all for your understanding when last week, you picked up the paper and turned to the Stanford News section, only to find no column. Hope you read the interesting article about the Town of Stanford master plan meeting instead. I love how Hudson Valley News editors put that story on what is usually “my” page. Way to keep Stanford news where it usually is! I was just so incredibly wiped out after the closing performance of “42nd Street,” and the cast party following it. There was no way I was going to have the energy to write a thousand word column at that point. I think I would have struggled to write one sentence! The show was wonderful. If you were able to make it, you know I’m telling the truth. Everything, from the choreography to the performances, to the sets, to the costumes, was visually stunning and well presented. The student actors, and two teachers, worked hard preparing for the show, and managed to keep their energy up when the Friday show was snowed out. We could not have been more proud. Stissing Theatre Guild performances are well known in these parts for being extremely high quality and a step above standard high school theatre. This show did not disappoint. It takes an army of people to pull these shows off, and although I would love to name all of the sponsors and volunteers that helped make the show a success, I would surely forget someone. So, I’ll just say thank you, and congratulations to everyone who worked on this year’s show, including cast, crew, sponsors, volunteers and also the audience. As Director Lisa Baldwin always says, “without you, the audience, there wouldn’t be a show.” So thank you to our patrons as well as those involved in the performance. It was great and now we can all rest on our laurels for a bit. Oh and also we can catch up on our sleep!

Pine Plains Basketball Unless you live under a rock, you will likely be aware that the Pine Plains varsity basketball team played in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class C final on Saturday

The cast of “42nd Street” practices “We’re in the Money” one last time at dress rehearsal before the opening night. The show was performed March 9 and 10 at Stissing Mountain High School. Photo courtesy of Winnie Vita Photography.

night. The game was held at the Glens Falls Civic Center, and a huge number of Pine Plains Bomber fans drove nearly two hours to support their team. The game ended with Lake George winning 55-45, but the Bombers played tough, frequently having the lead throughout the entire game, losing ground only in the final few minutes. While the defeat was devastating to the team, and particularly to the seniors, it was a honor that our team, from a school as small as Pine Plains, made it to the championship game. Coach Brendan

LoBrutto said afterwards that it was a “real community event” because of the many fans in attendance. Congratulations to the Bombers for a great game, and a fabulous 21-3 season. You all made us very proud!

Movie Thursdays at Stanford Library The romance movies shown during February were popular, so the library is continuing this event for the month of March as well, and possibly beyond. This month, they have been featuring

Oscar winning movies. So far, the movies “Skyfall” and “Argo” have been shown, and coming up this Thursday will be “Anna Karenina.” This film, based on Leo Tolstoy’s novel, won an Oscar in 2013 for Best Achievement in Costume Design, and was nominated for three other awards. It is the story of a young Russian woman married to a slightly cool husband, who meets a wealthy count, and immediately falls in love. It stars Keira Knightley, Jude Law, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. The movie will start at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21. That is all the news I have this week. Apologies for, once again, having to postpone the story about the firefighter who received an award recently. We are having trouble getting together and getting a photo of the plaque that was presented to him honoring his service. It will be a great story when it finally comes together, so check back next week and with luck, I’ll have it for you. Well, actually, next week I will be in Orlando, Florida with the high school band and chorus on their trip to Disney World. But, you never can tell! Might be able to pull off a column remotely. I’ve done it before! Keep warm everyone and let’s hope we don’t get any more snow, and that spring-like temperatures are not far away. Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or


Bassanese appointed Director of the FDR Library and Museum BY HV NEWS STAFF The National Archives and Records Administration announced the appointment of Lynn Bassanese as the director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park. Bassanese’s career at the Roosevelt Library began in 1972, while a student at Marist College. She has served as acting director of the library since February 2011. Bassanese was instrumental in the design and construction of the Henry A. Wallace Visitor Center. She serves in the same capacity for the library's current 35 million dollar renovation project and leads the library team designing new permanent museum exhibits which are scheduled to open on June 30, 2013. She has received three Archivist Awards for Outstanding Achievement.

Sweet sellers

Members of Hyde Park Girl Scout Troop #10213 were outside of the Stewarts Shop on Rte. 9G over the weekend selling their iconic cookies. Pictured, from left to right: Mom Hayley Wayne and daughter Sarah along with Sophie and Fiona Stanton and their mother Erica. Photo by Jim Langan. Hudson valley news | | March 20, 2013 {15}


This is an excerpt from an article in the Dutchess County Historical Society 2012 Yearbook.

Thomas Lake Harris and Amenia’s Brotherhood of the New Life BY RUSSELL LA VALLE In 1861, allegedly to fulfill God’s call to create a New Jerusalem, Thomas Lake Harris, a preacher, prophet and poet, chose a small hill farm near the tiny village of Wassaic in Dutchess County, New York. Harris started to build “a plain but sufficiently commodious house” (a “Breath-house”) to be the home of the Brotherhood of the New Life. Besides his family of four, he brought some faithful members from his former congregation in New York City, notably Jane Lee Waring (and her estimated fortune of $250,000– $500,000) and Mr. and Mrs. James Requa, who would assume key positions in the new community. In all there were about twelve. Others would soon follow. Sharing a faith in Christ and an intensely practical life in accordance with his commandments, Harris and the community, soon referred to simply as The Use, operated on the principle that when a man is “born of the Spirit,” he is naturally drawn into communal relations, with the complete understanding that all his brethren “were of one heart and one mind, and had all things in common.” Under Harris’s exacting aegis, this unity of conviction was the guiding principle of The Use’s government, where members of a Council of Direction would have to agree unanimously on all matters pertaining to the governance of the community. Any new person applying for admission was subject to spiritual tests and a demanding probation period, preceded by unconditional surrender to God’s will, absolute chastity, and full acceptance of Christ as the one true God. In time, as membership increased and the organization strengthened, programs beneficial to The Use’s intellectual and spiritual welfare were welcomed and encouraged, as well as practical industries and businesses to put the commune on sound economic footing. At the end of 1863, The Use moved from Wassaic to the village of Amenia, a proper four miles up the road, where a mill was purchased and the First National Bank

Thomas Lake Harris, 32 years old, in 1855.

of Amenia was founded under Harris’s presidency. Here, Harris prospered as a banker, farmer and winemaker, and the Brotherhood continued to attract members. But by far the most prominent among his converts was Lady Oliphant, who joined in 1865 after a short probationary period. A widow and fifty-six years old, Lady Viola Oliphant had been the wife of Sir Anthony Oliphant, chief justice of Ceylon. She gladly let go of her former life of entitlement and embraced her part in the washing, cooking, and cleaning of the large communal household, mending garments of the farm laborers, and later on managing a small grocery store. All of this she accepted willingly, and having given herself completely to the community, could not conceive a life apart from it. “If they send me away, I should die a little way from the gate,” she would say sadly. Her only personal ordeal was being separated from her son Laurence. The intentional separation of the Oliphants was consistent with Harris’s disciplining members for having once lived a privileged life, and breaking up relatives for long periods of time became a technique he used. In 1865, having recently been elected representative to Parliament from Stirling Burghs, Laurence Oliphant formally applied to Harris for admission into the Brotherhood. Harris refused him and imposed a severe probationary period, to last until Oliphant could demonstrate his ability “to live the life” by giving up everything he had previously lived for. One unusual condition was that Oliphant had to maintain complete silence in Parliament, which understandably confounded his colleagues and contemporaries. This imposed self-denial would continue for two more years, until Oliphant resigned from Parliament and, finally, received

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Harris’s permission to join the community, with the understanding he would enter as the lowest novice. If Laurence Oliphant thought his probationary period was harsh and exacting for an aristocrat in mid-nineteenth century England, he was in for a still ruder shock at his initiation into the Brotherhood of the New Life in the hinterlands of Amenia, New York. In his first letter home to friends back in England, he wrote of being assigned to build himself a “temporary encampment” out of vine boxes inside a large shed. After a brief period of reuniting with his mother, he was not allowed to see her for another two years. He was forbidden to speak with anyone, even the messenger who brought him his food. His days followed the same lonely isolation: “I get up at 5 a.m., breakfast, make my bed, do my room, etc. before 7 when I go to hoe in the vineyard until 12 when I dine. Then I go back to hoe again from a little after one till 6 p.m.” When not hoeing, he mucked out cattle sheds, polished boots, curried horses, even peddled grapes in neighboring villages. But, he insisted, submitting to a discipline he had never before experienced taught him obedience, self-sacrifice, and the ability to concentrate on divine things, all of which offered him freedom from worldly care and the endless possibilities of silence. Seeing the effects of open respiration in his mother, “The change in her is quite wonderful,”Oliphant soon believed that his breathing was more certain, his sleep sounder, his brain more rested, and his “magnetic” illnesses dissipating. He claimed to learn that love and joy are inseparable, and despite all the upheaval and difficulties he would face in the coming years, he maintained that life in The Use “was designed to produce the highest development of the spiritual nature.” All the gloomy solitary days and difficult labors were worth the revelations to body and soul.

Salem-on-Erie At the end of 1867, with the Brotherhood growing and becoming more prosperous, Harris and trusted member James Requa quietly began looking for another location to accommodate the commune and its widening operations. Having a friend who owned a farm in Brocton, New York, a small village on the shore of Lake Erie below Buffalo, Requa journeyed there and was impressed with the grape culture in the region. Soon twenty pieces of contiguous property totaling nearly 1,200 acres were purchased, financed in part by possessions in Dutchess County, including stock in the

The First National Bank of Amenia was founded by Harris, with himself as president and his follower J. A. Requa as cashier. His vice-president was Gail Borden, the inventor of condensed milk.

First National Bank of Amenia. Another eight hundred acres were acquired when the Oliphants turned over approximately $100,000 to Harris. Finally, all the pieces for Harris’s grand scheme of creating a “Salem-on-Erie” were in place. As buildings were erected, members from Amenia would make the journey to their new home, bringing with them the “Salem” strain of grapes cultivated in their Dutchess County vineyard. The symbolic end to the Amenia commune arrived when Laurence Oliphant was summoned to Brocton “to prune vines.” As the time came to leave, it was reported, he “glanced about his room in the old barn, shed a tear, kicked a box and departed.” For the remainder of his days, Amenia would hold a special place in his heart.

Epilogue: In 1875, the Brotherhood established Fountain Grove, a second home, in Santa Rosa, California. The reasons for moving to Sonoma County ranged from the area’s ideal climate for winegrowing to Harris’s inability to withstand the severe winters on Lake Erie. Likely, too, certain followers close to Harris needed to be separated from others who seemed to drain their spiritual reserves. After the migration to Fountain Grove, all properties and possessions in Brocton were liquidated, causing a schism between Harris and disgruntled members, Oliphant included, as to the distribution of assets. > >continued on next page

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Good Friday and Easter Church Activities The Cornerstone Bible Fellowship Church will have many Easter activities. On Good Friday, March 29 at 7 p.m., a special service will be held at the Valley Bible Fellowship Church at 1875 Clove Road, Lagrange. On Easter Sunday, March 31, the Easter sunrise service will be held at 6:30 a.m. behind the Cornerstone Church overlooking the beautiful Wappingers Creek. The Clinton Corners Evangelical Free Church congregation will be joining them for this service. Come dressed appropriately for the weather and hot coffee will be provided afterwards. There will also be a free Easter Sunday morning breakfast at 9:30 a.m. at the church. A celebration worship service will follow the breakfast at 10:45 a.m. with traditional hymns and songs of worship. Pastor Dave Way invites the community to come and participate. The church is located at 1592 Hollow Rd. on the west side of the intersection with the Taconic Parkway. For more information about other services or for questions, contact the church office at 845-266-8057. Their email is cornerstonebfc@verizon. net and their webpage, which lists events, contacts and general church information, is The Clinton Corners Evangelical Free Church will have a Good Friday communion service on March 29 at 7 p.m. The Easter service begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday and nursery care is available. The Evangelical Free Church of Clinton Corners is located at 20 Shepherds Way (off Salt Point Tpk., one mile east of the Taconic State Parkway) in Clinton Corners. For more information, call the office at 845-266-5310 or see their webpage at The Pleasant Plains Presbyterian Church will hold several services over the Easter season. On Maundy Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m., the church will hold a meditative program. On Easter Sunday, March 31 at 7:30 a.m., a sunrise service will be held, weather permitting, in the Pleasant Plains Cemetery (on Fiddlers Bridge Rd., a short distance north of the church). It will be followed immediately by a breakfast in the Fellowship Hall at 8:15 a.m. Please call the office if you plan to go to the breakfast. The regular 9:30 a.m. church service follows but there will not be the usual Sunday School activities for the children. Pastor Fiet welcomes the

community to participate in the church’s activities. The church is located at the intersection of Fiddlers Bridge Rd. and Hollow Rd. For more information, call the office at 845-889-4019 or email The Clinton Alliance Church will have a Good Friday communion service on March 29 at 7 p.m. in the church. An Easter sunrise devotion will be held on Sunday, March 31 starting at 6:30 a.m. on the hill behind the church. A short devotion by Pastor Hartley will be conducted. The Easter celebration service will be held in the Youth Center at 9 a.m. and in the Church Sanctuary at 10:40 a.m. A special Easter fellowship will be held in the Youth Center at 10 a.m.. Nursery care will be available at 9 and 10:40 a.m. in the Education Building. Pastor Thomas Hartley welcomes the community to come and participate. The Clinton Alliance Church is located at 1192 Centre Rd. (Rte. 18, north of Schultzville). For more information, call the office at 845-266-5178 or visit their webpage at

Fire Services Scholarship The Dutchess County Fire Chief’s Council is sponsoring the Thomas Heupler Scholarship Program. The eligibility requirements for the $500 full time student and $250 part time scholarship follow. The applicant must be a high school senior in any Dutchess County high school graduating in the year of the scholarship issuance or have a high school diploma. A graduating senior must have a high school grade point average of at least 75 percent. The applicant or an immediate family member must be active in a Dutchess County fire department for at least one year and be sponsored by that fire department. The applicant must be a full time or part time student attending a college or accredited technical school the year of the scholarship issuance. One or more $500 and $250 scholarships may be awarded. If the recipient successfully maintains a GPA of 3.0 or greater for the first year, they can reapply for an additional $500 or $250 scholarship for their second year of study. A college transcript must be submitted to the Heupler Scholarship Committee when the student reapplies. The application requires a completed application form, an official high school transcript, and a 250 word essay explaining why the applicant has chosen to study the fire/EMS service industry. The scholarship committee will review all applications. Strong emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s involvement in their local fire department, their community, volun-

teerism, and future goals. The application deadline is Wednesday, May 15 for the fall semester student and Friday, November 15 for the spring semester student. For an application or more information, contact Bill Steenbergh at 845-797-3291 or AFD51@ . Dutchess Community College offers a fire services degree after two years of college. For more information on the college and their courses in fire/EMS services, go to their webpage at www.sunydutchess. edu. They offer two degrees in their Engineering Science and Technologies Department - Fire and Occupational Safety (A.S. Degree) and Fire Protection Technology (A.A.S. Degree) and one EMT Paramedic degree.

Church Luncheon for Seniors The Evangelical Free Church of Clinton Corners held their free luncheon on March 5 in their church hall. The beautiful sunny day brought a large crowd. Dee Hoiem welcomed the attendees and read Psalm 119. A short blessing started the luncheon. The meal started with a plate containing a variety of crackers and a homemade cheese roll. 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. The dessert was a selection of assorted cookies. All considered, this was a super meal. After the meal, Lynda Lee asked three questions from the Bible and the first correct answer received a prize. The theme for the questions was evangelism and next month’s theme will be creation. The speaker was Tom Barton, the Upton Lake Christian School History and Spanish teacher. His topic was “Lessons from the Georges – George Washington and George Whitfield.” Whitfield was born in 1714 in England and wanted to be an actor. While in college, at 19-yearsold, he converted to Christ and became an evangelist. Whitfield was an Anglican preacher who was one of the founders of

Methodism and of the evangelical movement. He was the best known preacher in Britain and America in the 18th century. The door prize was won by Dottie Gage from Rhinebeck. The pastor gave a closing prayer to end the luncheon. Thanks are given to the church for providing the luncheon and its 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 2. To respond to Ray Oberly’s column, email HUDSON VALLEY HISTORY

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Lady Oliphant’s death in 1881, in Santa Rosa, was the last straw in the disintegration of the relationship between Harris and Laurence Oliphant. Oliphant charged Harris with fraud over the Brocton proceeds and was eventually successful in recovering the bulk of his money through legal proceedings. On March 23, 1906, Thomas Lake Harris died. However, his faithful insisted that he was only sleeping, inasmuch as he had announced in 1891 he had discovered the secret of immortality. Another three months would go by until it was publicly acknowledged that Harris had actually died, though the phrase chosen by his hagiographic biographer was “entire uplift from outward form of manifestation.” Requests for the Dutchess County Historical Society 2012 Yearbook can be made at or 845471-1630.

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Puppy Power! Pippin may be little but he’s a mighty dog. He’s a Corgi-mix full of the joy of learning. He loved his first visit to the play yard where he showed off his ballhandling skills.

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County to offer free rabies vaccinations for pets BY HV NEWS STAFF There will be a free Rabies Vaccination Clinic for pets on Thursday, March 28th at the Millerton Firehouse (North East Fire District), 24 Century Blvd., Millerton from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dutchess County residents will be able to obtain rabies shots free of charge for their dogs and cats, as well as domestic ferrets, at least three months of age. Non-residents will be charged $10 for each pet they have vaccinated. To ensure the safety of pets, owners, and clinic staff, all dogs must be on leashes. Additionally, cats and domestic ferrets must be in a carrier. This vaccination will be good for three years for pets with proof of a prior immunization. For those pets without proof of previous vaccination, it will be good for one year. In New York State, rabies shots are now required for all cats, dogs, and domestic ferrets by the age of four months. Owners can be fined up to $200 if they fail to get their

pets vaccinated and keep them up-to-date. If a pet is found to not be up-to-date on its rabies vaccinations and it bites someone, the law requires the owner to either have the pet destroyed and tested for rabies; or confine the pet at the ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expense at an appropriate facility such as a veterinary hospital, kennel, or shelter for a ten-day observation period to ensure that it is healthy and does not have rabies. Currently vaccinated pets that bite someone may be confined and observed from home in most cases. As in the past, if a rabid or suspect-rabid animal fights with a pet that is not up-to-date on its rabies immunizations, 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. Neither of these is required for a vaccinated pet in the same situation, only a booster dose of vaccine within five days is required. The Dutchess County Department of Health is sponsoring this free clinic and is available around the clock to help anyone who may have been exposed to rabies or who has questions about the disease. Residents with urgent inquiries may call 845431-6465 if an incident occurs after business hours, and 845-486-3404 during normal business hours.

CANCER CENTER RECEIVES GRANT BY HV NEWS STAFF Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation gave a $10,000 grant to the Total Wellness Program, a new initiative from the Saint Francis Hospital Cancer Center. The grant focuses on incorporating exercise, health education and the healing capabilities of touch to strengthen, empower and soothe patients living with breast cancer. Meant to nourish mind, body and soul, the Total Wellness Program will offer


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women a number of complementary supplemental services not always accessible to cancer patients. These include restorative yoga, reflexology, and massage as well as education to inform and empower patients during treatment and recovery. While this program will be open to all the hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cancer patients, it will be directed towards breast cancer patients. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whether she is newly diagnosed or has been in treatment for years, a woman living with breast cancer wants to feel strong and healthy during her battle, be in control and informed about her disease, and relax every once in awhile,â&#x20AC;? says Diane Froman, RN, patient navigator at the Cancer Center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At Saint Francis, we understand our patients struggle and always strive to go beyond typical patient care.â&#x20AC;? Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation Executive Director Pari Forood said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Miles of Hope was founded to fund services for people affected by breast cancer in the Hudson Valley. With this grant to Saint Francis, we are affirming the connection between maintaining good overall health and reducing cancer risk.â&#x20AC;?

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Children complete Fun-Food-Fitness program

Children ages eight to 13 recently completed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fun-Food-Fitnessâ&#x20AC;? at Northern Dutchess Hospital. The program supports the idea of prevention of childhood obesity and instilling healthy nutrition and exercise values for life. 10 students participated in the program over a five week period. The class learned about healthy food options and participated in a variety of exercise programs, like Zumba and yoga. The last session was celebrated with a cooking demonstration by Chef David Winters from the Culinary Institute of America. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are very pleased with the program,â&#x20AC;? said Roufia Payman, Supervisor Outpatient Nutrition Education for Health Quest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The children learned a great deal about healthy eating and how to incorporate fun exercise into their daily life. Parents and caregivers also took away tools and tips they can use to serve healthy meals for their families.â&#x20AC;? To learn more about the program, call 845-871-3600.

obituaries Mary Taber Honey Mary Taber Honey died peacefully on March 16 at Hill Haven Nursing Home in Adelphi, Maryland at the age of 94. Her family was with her in her final days, and she was under Hospice care. Mary was born November 2, 1918 in Providence, Rhode Island, the only child of Norman Stephen Taber and Ottelie Metzger Taber. She grew up in Providence where she graduated from the Lincoln School, a private Quaker school. Her father, Norman Taber, went to Brown University where he was a Rhodes Scholar and Olympian as a middle distance runner. He won bronze and gold medals in the 1912 Olympics and in 1915, set the world record for the mile which he held till 1923. Mary attended Vassar College, graduating with a degree in economics in 1940. While at Vassar she met John (Jack) Honey who was attending Bard College. They were married in 1941. Mary went on to receive a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in social work from Columbia University and continued on to work in the field. For several decades, she worked with adoption agencies in Maryland, Westport, Conn. and Syracuse, New York. Towards the end of her career she was instrumental in promoting international adoptions, especially with the Republic of Korea. During their 70-year marriage, Jack and Mary raised three children and lived happily for long periods in Garrett Park, Maryland; Westport, Conn.; Fayetteville, New York; and Rhinebeck.

Lifelong Democrats, Mary and Jack were actively involved in civic affairs in each of these communities. They also had a vacation home in Carriacou, Grenada in the West Indies where they developed many deep friendships. Mary loved sports and was a devoted Mets fan as well as a great follower of Syracuse basketball. She was an active tennis, ping-pong, croquet and Scrabble player, and loved friendly competition. Mary, a widow since 2011, is survived by her three children: Martha, Stephen (Tim), and Margaret; six grandchildren: Shanti, Jody, Deta, Kristen, Ryan, and John; and three great grandchildren: Nyala, James and Amani. She is also survived by her childhood friend Mary (Pusscat) Barrett and her long time companion, Fran Avirgan, the mother of Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s husband, Tony. Her ashes will be buried next to her husband, in the Rhinebeck cemetery, where a service will be held later this spring. The family asks that instead of flowers, contributions be sent to the Rhinebeck Farmers Market Scholarship Fund, which is in the name of her husband. Contribution should be mailed to: Rhinebeck Farmers Market, P.O. Box 431, Rhinebeck, New York 12572. Memorial services will be at the DapsonChestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck, at a time to be announced in the spring. To sign the online register please visit

obituaries Richard I. Berman Rhinebeck

Application for Authority of Link Farm, LLC. Application for Authority was filed with the Secretary of State of New York on February 12, 2013. The LLC was organized in New Jersey on February 8, 2008. The office and principal business location of the LLC in this state is in Dutchess County at 29 Bockee Lane, Stanfordville, New York 12582. The Secretary of State is designated as the agent of the Company upon whom process against the Company may be served and who shall mail a copy thereof to Shoohyung Kim, 137 Greene Street #3N, New York, New York 10012. A copy of the Articles of Organization are filed with the Department of the Treasury, Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services, PO Box 451, Trenton, NJ 08646. The purpose of the business of the LLC is to engage in any business which may lawfully be conducted by a LLC pursuant to the New Jersey Limited Liability Company Act. HART BRANDING LLC (LLC) filed Arts. of Org. with NY Secy. of State (SS) on 3/18/2013. LLC’s office is in Dutchess Co. SS is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SS shall mail a copy of any process to 188 Schultz Hill Rd., Staatsburg, NY 12580. LLC’s purpose: any lawful activity.

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

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

Notice of formation of BLUESTONE HILL FARM LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/7/2013. 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, 7675 Albany Post Rd., Red Hook, NY 12571. Purpose: Any lawful act.

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JONY OF HYDE PARK, LLC Articles of Organization filed 2/6/13; SSNY; Dutchess County, New York; SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. Address for mailing copy of process: 36 Ahles Circle, Hyde Park, NY 12538; Purpose: any lawful purpose; Perpetuity. JULDEMAR LLC, Arts of Org filed with the SSNY on 01/15/2013.Office loc: Dutchess County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: JULDEMAR LLC, PO Box 223, Pleasant Valley, 12569 Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. NESH LIMOUSINE SERVICE LLC 20 Sparrow Lane Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Legal Notice: NOTICE OF FORMATION OF: NESH LIMOUSINE SERVICE LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 2/27/2013. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 20 Sparrow Lane, Poughkeepsie NY 12601. Purpose: for any lawful purpose.

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Richard I. Berman, 87, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2013, at The Baptist Home in Rhinebeck, New York. Mr. Berman has resided in Red Hook and Rhinebeck for the past 10 years. Since moving to the area he has volunteered as a docent at the FDR Library, for the Red Hook Library, and as a tax preparer for seniors. He was an avid fisherman and had enjoyed many summers at the family vacation home in Vermont. He also enjoyed bowling and collecting presidential commemorative antiques. Mr. Berman proudly served in the US Navy during WW II aboard the USS Champlin as a Torpedoman’s Mate Third Class. He served in the Pacific Theatre including the attack on Wake Island. Following his discharge from the Navy, he returned to study at Pace University where he earned his Bachelor’s of Business Administration, graduating in June of 1950. Richard was active for decades in the USS Champlin Reunion Group. For eight years he worked with two accounting firms in the New York City area; and in 1959 he formed a partnership and practiced Public Accounting and Taxation until 1964. He then opened a solo practice where he practiced until his retirement in 1990. Born April 27, 1925 in New York City, he was the son of Robert and Ida (Bley) Berman. On September 6, 1952 in New York City he married his wife Shirley Moscowitz. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Jonathan Berman, and his wife Yasmin of New York City; Edward Berman, and his wife Valerie of Chappaqua; Carol MacDonald, and her husband John of Stanfordville; and four grandchildren, Joshua, Ethan, David and Celeste. Funeral services were Sunday at noon at the Temple Beth El, 220 South Bedford Rd., Chappaqua, New York. Interment followed in Sharon Gardens Cemetery, 273 Lakeville Ave., Valhalla. In lieu of flowers, donations in Richard Berman’s memory may be made online or by mail to: Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, 875 North Randolph Street Suite 225 Arlington, Virginia 22203-1977 or visit United States Navy Memorial, P.O. Box 96570, Washington, D.C. 200906570 or visit www.m2.memberclicks. net/index.php?option=com_ mc&view=mc&mcid=form_34503 To sign the online register please visit Arrangements were under the direction of the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck.

Anne McKeon, 89, a former longtime resident of Millbrook and New Paltz, died Tuesday, March 12 in Nashua, New Hampshire, where she had lived since 2004. Born August 21, 1923 in Hanover, New Hampshire, she was the daughter of the late Mervyn Mason Manning and Blanche “Dorothy” Manning. She was married April, 10, 1945 to Warren Mckeon in White Plains, New York. Mrs. McKeon was a graduate of Peekskill High School in Peekskill, New York. After graduating from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, in 1945, she became a personal shopper at Lord & Taylor in Manhattan. She lived in Millbrook from 19551974; New Paltz from 1974 to 2002 and Port Ewen from 2003-2004. Active in her community, she was a volunteer at Sharon Hospital in Sharon, Conn., and also worked with the Girl Scouts of America. From 1955-1974, she was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Millbrook. Mrs. McKeon was a member of garden clubs in Millbrook and New Paltz and also a member of the American Association of University Women. She also volunteered for the Hudson River Environmental Society, doing secretarial work. She is survived by her husband, Warren, of Nashua, New Hampshire, her daughter, Diana McKeon Charkalis of Los Angeles, a grandson, Peter Manning Charkalis of Los Angeles and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and a brother, Mervyn Mason Manning Jr. Funeral services were held Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m. at The Church of the Messiah, 6436 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, New York. Her nephew, the Rev. Richard McKeon Jr. officiated. There was a calling hour at the church from 1-2 p.m., preceding the service, and a reception at the church afterward. Donations in Anne’s memory may be made to The Church of the Messiah, P.O. Box 248, Rhinebeck, New York, 12572 and to the Alzheimer’s Association. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 West Market St., Rhinebeck, NY. To sign the online register, please visit

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Area residents were out in force last Tuesday night for the first of many Big Nights. They aided frogs and salamanders cross the roads to get to vernal pools for breeding. Madelyn Rose of Staatsburg, pictured top, was part of a group that helped over 20 cross on Reservoir Rd. Jack and Libby Mac Kay, pictured above, were also out helping the critters. More Big Nights are expected in March, as temperatures rise. To get an email alert for the next Big night, sign up at


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