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BY JIM LANGAN It’s hard to believe but it has been five years since we published the first edition of the Hudson Valley News.. The newspaper was born out of necessity when Taconic Press, which published a number of local papers, suddenly closed its doors due to financial problems. My only connection to Taconic was writing a weekly political column which was published in a number of their newspapers. My phone began to ring almost immediately with people concerned that their source for local news had vanished. A few days later I attended a Marist basketball game where a number of people asked me if I had given any thought to starting a new paper. After my wife Caroline checked out the financial viability of such a venture, we decided to give it a go. We were fortunate enough to hire some talented people from Taconic, including Nicole DeLawder whose contributions are reflected throughout the paper from its design and layout to informative reporting. We have also been blessed to have an impressive and loyal cadre of contributors and columnists giving the paper a diverse, and entertaining, voice. Our first issue featured Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on the front page along with 100-year-old local legend Anna Mae Swenson. We’re happy to report both the paper and Anna Mae are still going strong. The ensuing five years have been exhilarating but not without challenges. We have dedicated ourselves to providing warts and all political coverage, playing no favorites. That tenacity has incurred the wrath of a few local political types -- some of whom have waged a delusional and insidious attack on our publication and > >continued on page 3 individuals associated with the paper.



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BY HV NEWS STAFF Last week local politicians spent the day in a pre-kindergarten class to learn more about Common Core Standards and how they will affect the communities they represent. “Nap time was my favorite part,” Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said. “It’s really wonderful to be able to stop your day, lay on the floor with a blanky and just rest your eyes. And when I woke up, there was juice!” The day wasn’t all fun and giggles for the politicians who were aiming to get a better understanding of the standards our young people are expected to achieve. “I don’t understand this 5 + 5 + 5 +… +5 +5 equals 900. It’s baffling to me,” Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkayzik said. > >continued on page 3

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Poughkeepsie woman arrested by Rhinebeck then Poughkeepsie police

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Fire causes extensive damage to Rhinebeck home At 1:55 p.m. on March 22, the Rhinebeck Fire Department was dispatched for a fire at 2829 Route 9G. Upon arrival, a second alarm was transmitted as fire was rapidly spreading in the home, aided by strong winds. The homeowner, Peter Pius, was home at the time with his dogs, and safely exited the home prior to arrival of the fire department. The fire was under control at 2:55 p.m., and the scene was cleared at 6 p.m. Route 9G was closed to traffic from 2 to 6 p.m. as fire tankers shuttled water to the scene of the fire. One third of the house was destroyed, with smoke and water damage to the rest of the house. Pius believes that after disposing of a cigarette, one his dogs knocked over the can and ignited the fire. Investigators agreed with the scenario. Susan Pius posted on the Hudson Valley News Facebook page: “I want to thank everyone who has come to our physical and mental aid this weekend. I want to say a special thank you to the firefighters from Rhinebeck, Hillside, Milan, Red Hook, West Clinton, Staatsburg, Roosevelt, Rhinecliff, Tivoli, and Ulster Hose. Those not at Montour did a fantastic job on saving our home. If I could, I would give each a commendation. Thank you.”




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The Rhinebeck Police Department arrested Amanda Lee Petti, 23, of Poughkeepsie, on March 15, on one count of aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree, a misdemeanor, one count of unlicensed operator and one count of inadequate exhaust. Petti also had a bench warrant for her arrest from the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department. After being processed for her charges at the Rhinebeck Police Department, she was turned over to the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department. Petti is scheduled to appear in the Village of Rhinebeck Court at a later date.

DWI in Red Hook Red Hook Police arrested Laura A. Soto-Bayomi, 22, of Secaucus, New Jersey. Soto-Bayomi was arrested March 16 at 10:25 p.m. on Church Street in the village and was charged with two counts of misdemeanor drunken driving, as well as failing to stop at a stop sign, a violation. She was processed and released on tickets to appear in court at a later date.

Larceny in Red Hook Red Hook Police arrested Peggy P. Baric, 48, of Red Hook, on March 19, at the Hannaford Supermarket and charged her with petit larceny, a misdemeanor. Police were notified by loss prevention personnel at the store that Baric had left the store without paying for multiple items and was taken in to custody. She was processed and released on tickets to appear in court at a later date.

Drug arrest in Poughkeepsie The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office arrested Byron O. Grant, 29, of Poughkeepsie, for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class-B-felony, after he was stopped by a deputy sheriff for traffic violations on Route 9 in the Town of Poughkeepsie on March 18. After being stopped, Grant was found to be in possession of a large quantity of heroin, prescription drugs and marijuana, as well as a large quantity of cash and drug paraphernalia. Members of the Dutchess County Drug Task Force assisted with the arrest. Grant was arraigned in the Town of Poughkeepsie Court and remanded to

the Dutchess County jail on bail to appear back in the Town of Poughkeepsie Court at a later date.

Rhinebeck teen arrested for sexually abusing 8-year-old On March 20, at approximately 5:30 p.m., New York State Police arrested a 16-year-old resident from Rhinebeck, for sex abuse in the first degree, a class-D felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a class-A misdemeanor. Police have released the name of the 16-year-old but Hudson Valley News will not print the name of minors. Subsequent to investigation, it was discovered that Newkirk had endangered the welfare of an 8-yearold child by subjecting her to sexual contact. Newkirk was arraigned before the Town of Hyde Park Court and released on his own recognizance.

Weapons charge for 15-yearold in Red Hook On March 12, New York State Police arrested a 15-year-old student at the Red Hook Residential Facility for assault in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree. Investigation revealed that on March 11, at approximately 7:30 p.m., the defendant was engaged in a verbal argument with another student. The defendant then used a pool stick to hit the student, causing injuries. The defendant was issued a family court appearance ticket, returnable to the Town of Red Hook Court.

Fraud arrest after more than $10K received in unemployment The New York State Police arrested Darlene M. Mima, 53, of Poughkeepsie, for falsifying business records in the first degree, a class-E felony. As the result of an investigation conducted by the New York State Department of Labor and the New York State Police, it was discovered that Mima had fraudulently obtained unemployment insurance benefits by certifying weekly that she was unemployed when in fact she was gainfully employed. The investigation revealed that Mima had received in excess of $10,000 worth of benefits to which she was not entitled. Mima was arrested on the above charges and issued an appearance ticket ordering her to appear before the City of Poughkeepsie Court. > >continued on page 3

Controversial Dutchess County Republican kingpin dead at 86 BY HV NEWS STAFF The passing of William Paroli Sr. last weekend marked the end of a story that gripped Dutchess County in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Paroli served Dutchess County in many capacities over the years. He was a city police offer, a detective, and an investigator in the Dutchess County Public Defender’s Office. During that time, Paroli steadily rose through the ranks of the Republican party apparatus, eventually becoming county chair and county election commissioner. That prominence all came crashing down in 1999 when Paroili was hit with a 16-count indictment alleging he and other town employees shook down area contractors on town contracts. The indictments also accused Paroli of pocketing more than $100,000, with some of the proceeds going to his beloved GOP. The ensuing investigation dominated the local news and took a heavy toll on those implicated. In 1997, after being questioned by investigators, former Town of Poughkeepsie Assessor Basil “Bill” Raucci, committed suicide, sending shock waves through the political community. After initially denying the charges, Paroli pleaded guilty in federal court in February 2000 to one count of conspiracy to commit extortion for which he was sentenced to 21 months in prison. He eventually served 18 months. In addition, four other town employees were convicted in the scandal. The investigation leading to the indictments was triggered by a local businessman complaining about shakedowns. Upon his release from prison Paroli became something of a political pariah and maintained a low profile. Family and friends maintained Paroli was a good and decent man who allowed his political passion to get the better of him. In 2011, Paroli lost his son William Paroli Jr. to a heart attack. The younger Paroli served two terms as Dutchess County clerk from 1992 to 1999, which coincided with his father’s heyday. Current Republican leaders were reluctant to go on the record regarding Paroli’s legacy but most conceded he had been a very effective leader at one time. Others pointed out Paroli had served his community with distinction as a police offer and detective and hoped people would remember that service. Paroli’s funeral was Wednesday and he was buried at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Poughkeepsie.

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Drugged driving arrest for Union Vale woman

Walt Doyle collecting more sand for Hyde Park during Common Core day.


County Legislator Sue Serino was skeptical at first. “Initially, I believed that all struggling mothers should have to pay for their kids to go to pre-k like I had to. I still believe that. But at lunch time I was able to trade an apple and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for a fruit roll-up, pudding cup and fake Hostess twinkee. So, I’m starting to rethink the whole thing.” Senator Terry Gipson, Hyde Park Highway Superintendent Walt Doyle and Dutchess County Legislator Joel Tyner also raised their hands in attendance. Tyner was briefly reprimanded for running off copies of a dinosaur he drew because he wanted to have copies for the whole class. The teacher informed him it was a massive waste of paper for someone

whose policies tend to be so environmental. Tyner pouted for a few minutes before informing the class he had to run out for a prior engagement, but that he was leaving his mother there to represent him. The group ran through the day just as if they were students in the class themselves. Gipson volunteered for everything from collecting milk money to reading out loud. He quickly became the teacher’s pet, much to the disappointment of Assemblywoman Didi Barrett. Doyle took advantage of the distraction to move a few Fisher Price dump truck loads of playground sand into his truck in the parking lot. “Hyde Park needs sand,” was all Doyle said when confronted about the activity.

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The good news is that they have been remarkably unsuccessful and the paper continues to thrive and grow. Do we ruffle a few feathers along the way? I hope so or we’re not doing our job. Politicians, even local ones, are obligated to answer to the people and we intend to continue shining a bright light on the issues and the people associated with them. Being thin-skinned or excessively partisan doesn’t get you off the hook or our radar. We’ve also had a few big moments in the journalistic sun, none bigger than breaking the Chelsea Clinton wedding story. The Hudson Valley News and its reporters became nationally and internationally known as the world’s media descended on Rhinebeck. It was heady stuff for a new, local newspaper. Along the way we’ve covered just about everything and given readers Weekend – an entertainment section second to none. All of this has been made possible by your support and the support of our advertisers. Without you, we don’t exist, and you wouldn’t be getting the kind of local news and entertainment you deserve. Thank you and here’s to another five years.

On March 11 at approximately 3:48 p.m., New York State Police arrested Susan M. Bendheim, 58, of Union Vale, for driving while ability impaired by drugs, with two prior convictions, a class-D felony. Bendheim was found to be impaired when troopers were dispatched by Dutchess County 911 to a reported motor vehicle accident on O’Brien Hill Road. Bendheim displayed numerous clues that indicated she was operating the vehicle while impaired. A drug recognition expert was utilized to confirm that Bendheim was impaired. Bendheim was arraigned before the Town of Clinton Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail without bail. Bendheim was scheduled to appear in Union Vale Court.

Police investigate armed robbery in Pleasant Valley The New York State Police are investigating an armed robbery which occurred at the Pleasant Valley Motel, located at 1672 Main Street, Pleasant Valley. At approximately 11:53 p.m. on March 24, two masked males, one of whom displayed a handgun, entered a room and demanded money from the occupants. Suspect one is described as a light skinned black male with a beard, wearing glasses and a hooded sweatshirt. The second suspect is described as a medium-toned black male, possibly Hispanic, wearing a hooded sweatshirt. The suspects fled on foot and were last seen westbound on Route 44. Anyone with information regarding the robbery, may contact the New York State Police at 845-677-7300.

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You Choose Dear Readers, This is kind of exciting for me. I’ve been writing this column for several years now – actually, ever since Hudson Valley News was founded. Before that, I wrote a religion column for the Hyde Park Townsman (remember that?) called, “Town and Church.” And in between, after I quit writing for the Townsman but before the Hudson Valley News started publication, I wrote a blog called “Web and Church.” Out of all this, I’ve had the opportunity to bloviate on a wide range of topics that often seemed to stray from the strict realm of religion. That’s why I called this column “God, Life, and Everything” because God and Life touch on anything and everything under the sun. If it’s out there, if you’re thinking it, it has to do with God. Well now, after all these years, Hudson Valley News editor Jim Langan and I have come up with an idea. We would like to take selected columns and turn them into a book. Being creative geniuses, we thought of titling the book something highly original

like (drum roll, please) … God, Life, and Everything. The book will be a compilation of my favorite columns, those of Hudson Valley News staff (should they have any), and YOU, the vast readership of “God, Life, and Everything.” Yes, both of you readers can comb through the collection of columns you’ve surely taped to your refrigerators and pick out your favorites. If you don’t remember titles (I don’t), you can simply write with a description. You know, something like: “Do that one about the cremation ashes being turned into jewels.” We want to put this book out for sale in April or May, so if you have any favorites, send your note soon! If you have any that you absolutely never want to see again, well, too bad. You’re just going to have to hope those ones don’t make the cut. I will include a few old columns from before Hudson Valley News days – columns that I particularly like and hope you will, too. So even if you’ve read every column so far, there will be something new! So get to work! Search your internal database (otherwise known as memory) for just the right column. It’ll be fun! Better yet, after we get it printed, I’ll be able to send a copy to my mother to show her that I actually did accomplish something in life! I look forward to hearing from you in the next couple of weeks. The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Hyde Park. You can leave a comment for him at rector@

“Sometimes I might rather have a smoothie.” – Suzanne Somers on sex as she approaches her 70th birthday.

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Bad employers make bad employees For every odd, little industry that you encounter on a daily basis there is someone who is an expert in that field. Except maybe the health insurance industry. In the past two weeks, I’ve read several medical journals, spoken to surgeon offices’ across the country and learned about every type of technique available for a particular procedure. For privacy sake, I will not go into further detail. The health insurance industry has long been a complex system. “Do you have an HMO, PPO or POS? A referral? Prior-authorization? Who is your PCP? Have you filled out a HIPAA form?” I get as many different answers as the number of people I’ve spoken with. That is, if they haven’t hung up on me. One thing I am certain of – I shouldn’t have a better understanding of the insurance policy than the person on the other end of the line, whose job it is to understand it. That’s why I called. But before you “see where this is going,” let me share this thought with you – health insurance companies LOVE that you blame the Affordable Care Act for their short-comings, they are banking on it. Obamacare, it’s sensationalized title, means that they don’t have to take responsibility for their failings. Even better, they don’t even have to try and divert your blame onto someone else because you are already doing it.

Yes, there are a lot of changes. Yes, we are all learning things together, but not everyone is trying to learn. They’ve already decided they don’t like it, they don’t want to deal with it, and this old dog ain’t learning new tricks. What a grown-up stance to take. Here is the truth. Obama has nothing to do with the person on the other end of the phone line who has a poorer knowledge of your policy than you do and doesn’t care. Obama is the not Ashley, Daniel or Melissa who all hung up the line when my questions became too difficult. So far in the over a dozen times I’ve called the insurance company, no Barack has answered the phone. Disappointing indeed. When you get an employee on the phone who doesn’t know what they are talking about, that is the employer’s fault. A company sets that standards for themselves, and we’ve allowed health insurance companies to set the bar dangerously low. From my conversations with them, I can safely assume baristas have better training than these folks. If your insurance sucks, it’s because your insurer sucks. There is no logical explanation for why a knee or hip replacement surgery should cost as little as $5,300 in Oklahoma and as much as $223,000 in California. We can’t blame the parameters for how companies are choosing to work within them. We can make a difference by becoming informed consumers and demanding fairer business practices from the health care industry. We all deserve access to decent healthcare.

“We can’t blame the parameters for how companies are choosing to work within them. “

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What’s an impeachable offense anyway? Last week I had a guy call the radio show demanding we impeach Barack Obama for a variety of offenses. When I asked him to describe the impeachable offenses, he went to the far right conservative grab bag. He cited Benghazi, Obamacare, Fast and Furious, and Obama’s increasing reliance on the Executive Order to circumvent the legislative process. Now I will guarantee you this guy hated Obama from the getgo and the ensuing five years have only made him more incensed. It was also not difficult to sense some racial hostility in his dismissive and angry tone. Now I myself, after a brief infatuation with Obama in 2008, have come to disagree with and dislike the president. I find him intellectually lazy and far too enamored with himself and his big government agenda. I think by abandoning the free market system in favor of picking winners and losers in the market place, he has set back the already reeling economy a decade or more. It’s going to take a Ronald Reagan-like figure to restore America’s economy and credibility, and so far I don’t see that man or woman on the horizon. That said, do I think Barack Obama should be impeached? No. Do I think he’s been a disaster as president? Yes. Do I think his short-term economic policies are going to trigger an inflationary firestorm not seen since the days of the Weimar Republic? Absolutely. But here’s where the fulminating phone caller is wrong. None of these things fall under the category of impeachable offenses. They are simply policy decisions

he disagrees with. Unfortunately since the Nixon years, we have become a country where too many overheated ideologues reach for the impeachment option at the slightest provocation. Both political parties do it. The liberals made a career out of hounding Richard Nixon until he backed himself into a corner by trying to cover up a third rate burglary that he probably knew nothing about. Nixon wisely resigned before allowing the Watergate lynch mob to run him out of town. The same thing applies to the Republicans who loathed Bill Clinton from the day they laid eyes on him. Like Nixon, Clinton was an effective president but that wasn’t good enough for the haters. So when Clinton got caught with his pants down, like Nixon he began lying and covering up. Again, was it impeachable? No, it was a profound, arrogant lapse of judgment but it didn’t stop Republicans from filing articles of impeachment. The use of impeachment to settle political scores or ideological beefs is not what the Founding Fathers had in mind. It is a process reserved for an act of treason, not adultery or political hubris. For the guy calling the radio show, may I make a simple suggestion? Rather than expending all that negative energy criticizing Barack Obama, come up with a credible alternative or candidate. We get an opportunity every two years to replace our congressional people, six for senate and every four years the president. Those are a lot of moving parts and you can be a force for real change if you feel that strongly about things. But don’t just sit out there throwing rocks and calling for some kind of bogus impeachment. Get involved in a positive way. There are hundreds of political and community organizations dedicated to effecting change. Find one and get involved. You’ll feel better and be a lot more effective in advancing your agenda.

“The use of impeachment to settle political scores or ideological beefs is not what the Founding Fathers had in mind.”

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TO THE EDITOR: As we emerge from the frozen temperatures and seemingly unending snow storms of this past winter, the Friends of the Pleasant Valley Library are finding that donations for our annual Spring Book Sale coming up the weekend of April 25th have dropped off dramatically.  We are hoping that as residents begin their spring cleaning, they will consider donating their used books, CDs, DVDs and video games to the Pleasant Valley Library, 1584 Main Street, for us to sell at our ongoing sale in the library and at our huge annual sale.  Please, no outdated or moldy books. Volunteers (especially those with trucks) are needed to help us on the afternoon of Friday, April 25th to move the hundreds of boxes of books from the library to the Pleasant Valley Town Hall where the sale will take place, as well as help set up and arrange the books.  We also could use some volunteers to help with clean-up on Sunday, April 27th at 1p.m.  Call the library at 845635-8460  to volunteer. Marilyn Smith, Book Sale Coordinator Friends of the Pleasant Valley

TO THE EDITOR: I just received my electric bill for Jan15 to March 17. I went online to my Central Hudson account and looked at past bills. My increase from last bill to current bill is 28.4 percent. Disgraceful. I did very basic math: divided my total due by kwH to figure out the difference. And I used 202kWh less last billing period which buffered my increase, otherwise my increase would have been 48 percent. Current bill is 23.4 cents per kWh inclusive of all taxes, fees, etc. Last bill was 15.8 cents per kWh inclusive of all taxes, fees, etc. Demonstrating that the kWh increase is 48.1 percent I randomly looked at other past bills and the rate varied from 14-18 cents per kWh. What the heck happened? Any relation to Obama’s promise to double our electric bills during his first campaign? Chris W. Jensen Hyde Park

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woman, and then asking her to get in his car where he locked the doors, drove away and sexually assaulted her. Sloan Rappoport, who worked in the Commerce Department under Bush, says it was a “major misunderstanding.” Right! • Finally something I agree with New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio on. The mayor says he won’t kick in any taxpayer money to bail out that absurd Citi Bike program. Bloomberg’s baby has been a total bust from the getgo and needs tens of millions to survive. Lawsuits, glitches and lack of use have made the program a rough ride. No need to subsidize a bunch of annoying bike geeks.

• Expect applications for a job as a cop in Hawaii to soar after the Hawaiian House of Representatives ruled it is perfectly legal for undercover cops to have sex with prostitutes in the course of their duties. Look for Eliot Spitzer to apply for a job. • Loved the piece in the Poughkeepsie Journal saying the families of the two young women killed by a drunk driver requested privacy as they joined Bard students and family friends for a remembrance in the school’s chapel. We certainly honored that reasonable request, yet the next day the PoJo had photos and a video online of the distraught parents and others at the service. Really? • We’re hearing whispers that Dutchess County DA Bill Grady is going to run for reelection again. Grady is the longest serving DA in New York, having first been elected in 1983. Most observers have been expecting him to retire this time around. Should he run, we hear Judge Stephen Greller just might primary Grady. Stay tuned.

• Loved reading reports that Moochelle Obama is holed up in an $8,750 suite in China with her mother, kids and an entourage of 700. Word is Mommy Dearest has been barking at the help and they can’t wait for them to leave. Still can’t figure out when it became the taxpayers’ responsibility to foot the bill for all these excellent adventures the Obamas take. Isn’t there anywhere in America they want to see? • Been meaning to purchase a house with a gruesome history? Well, now you can because South African runner Oscar Pistorius has put his home on the market to pay his legal bills. Pistorius killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in February of 2013 claiming he thought she was a burglar. Thus far Pistorius’ defense appears to be puking every time prosecutors show a photo of the murder scene. It’s all yours for $465,000. • A former George Bush aide has been charged with sexual assault after striking up a conversation with a 28-year-old

• We saw that more than a few victims in that fatal New Jersey fire were staying at that motel after being displaced by Hurricane Sandy a year and a half ago. Come on, how about a time/financial limit on these things. Did you know there are still people freeloading in FEMA trailers in New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina? • Air Force One is getting a $1.2 million paint job in Fort Worth, Texas. It’s one of a number of 747s at the president’s disposal. When I worked in the White House, we had a meeting with Boeing during which they proposed the relatively new 747 as the presidential plane. We relayed that back to Nixon’s staff and they said Nixon loved the idea. Unfortunately, the Secret Service didn’t because there weren’t enough runways in 1971 that could accommodate the length of the plane’s takeoffs and landings. • Good to know taxpayers sprung for Whitey Bulger’s defense to the tune of more than three million dollars. Given this wasn’t exactly a whodunit, they should put the lawyers in jail for larceny. • Here’s an interesting theory making the rounds. Conservatives want to dramatically raise the minimum wage because they think it will eliminate millions of jobs as employers recoil. That in turn will force illegal and legal immigrants to leave the U.S. Wow, that’s cold. • Tired of looking for a job? Take advantage of the great California drought and start panning for gold. Apparently the river beds are so low that previously inaccessible areas rich with gold have become exposed. Hey, it beats waiting for the job market to come back. • A beautiful Blue Heron has taken up residence in the pond behind my house. I don’t know if this is a seasonal thing or if there’s a Mrs. Heron back in the woods sitting on an egg. The lovely Caroline has named him Hank Heron in deference to the legendary home run hitter and baseball season.

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• Finally, guess who turned 80 this week? Feminist icon Gloria Steinem. Don’t bother trying to give her a call because she’s way out of town and not doing any birthday press nonsense.

BARRETT TO RUN FOR FIVE ASSEMBLY SEATS BY JIM LANGAN In an unprecedented move, Assemblywoman Didi Barrett told supporters gathered at an undisclosed location that she intends to run for five different assembly seats in 2014. “It’s important that I be returned to Albany. Just read my press releases and you’ll see how important and relevant I am. Without my leadership and those diner tours, residents the Hudson Valley would be in shambles.” Barrett went on to attack her opponent in the 106th Assembly District, Republican Sue Serino. “The audacity of a local woman with an actual business and a record of public service and charitable work in the district to oppose me is breathtaking. Doesn’t she understand that only a Democratic woman can truly represent women? And I don’t want to hear she’s pushed back on the new jail or the energy tax in the county legislature. She needs to learn a little something about being a team player.” Barrett went on to explain her election strategy by pointing out that New York State law does not require a candidate to actually live in the district they run in. The candidate is only required to establish a residence in the district if they win. “I think you all remember I switched districts in 2012 like I was changing a sweater. Living or having a real connection in the district is just so old school.” Barrett went on to explain her multiple candidacies strategy by comparing it to applying to college. “Sure you have a first choice, which for me is the 106th. Gosh, I don’t want to have to move again. By the way, did I mention my husband was Chuck Schumer’s roommate in law school?” When asked what she would do should if she won more than one seat, Barrett said, “I’ll give the people a chance to bid for my services. Whichever district raises the most money will be rewarded with my commitment to serve them until something better comes along. That’s pretty much what we do in Albany anyway.”





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THIS WEEK (March 26 - April 1) Ed Schuring Mixed Media; Through March 26; Hancock Gallery, 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie; 845-486-4571 or The Road to Growth: Scale Your Business. Up Your Game Workshop; Thursday, March 27; 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie; Registration required; 845-575-3438. Krieger Memorial Lecture presented by Novelist Gary Shteyngart; Thursday, March 27; 8 p.m.; Students’ Building, second floor auditorium, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; New York Times bestselling writer will read from his work and answer questions from the audience; Free; 845-437-5370. Big Read Teen Writing Workshop; Friday, March 28; 5 p.m.; Tivoli Free Library, 86 Broadway, Tivoli; Grades six and up will use excerpts from Marilynne Robinson’s novel “Housekeeping” to create their own stories; Free; “Deluge” Artist Talk and Opening; Friday, March 28; 5:30 p.m.; Atrium of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Two site-specific, large-scale fabric installations by artist Todd Knopke; On view March 28 - July 20; 845-437-5370. Swing Dance Workshops; Friday, March 28; 6:30-7:15 p.m. and 7:15-8 p.m.; The Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, 135 S. Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie; $15 one session, $20 both; 845454-2571 or “What’s New in the World of Perennials and Annuals;” Friday, March 28; 7 p.m.; Rhinebeck Town Hall, 80 E. Market St., Rhinebeck; Talk by Mark Adams of Adams Fairacres Farms; Free; 845-876-6892. “Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation;” Friday, March 28; 7 p.m.; Cary

Canned! Competitive Cooking Program Thursday, March 27; 7 p.m.; Red Hook Firehouse, 44 Fire House Ln., Red Hook; Three local chefs will compete in two rounds, and four local residents will battle it out in a Spam-sculpting contest as part of The Big Read; Free; 845-758-3241; Institute Auditorium, 2801 Sharon Tpk, Millbrook; Presentation by Dan Fagin, director of New York University’s science, health and environmental reporting program; Free; freeman@caryinstitute. org. Child Book Signing; Saturday, April 1; 2 p.m.; Triangle Books, Route 9, Rhinebeck; Local 18-month-old will sign recent book of construction paper drawings and talk about the goo-goos and ga-gas of childhood; RSVP required on Triangle Book’s Facebook page, or at hudsonvalleynews. com/aprilevents TMI Project Presents “What to Expect When You’re Not Expecting;” March 28-20; 8 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; > >continued on page 9


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



Rte. 9, Red Hook• 758-3311

The Grand Budapest Hotel (R) Mr. Peabody & Sherman in 2D (PG) Noah (PG-13) Divergent (PG-13) Muppets Most Wanted (PG)

NEW PALTZ CINEMA Rte. 99, New Paltz • 255-0420

* Late day matinees noted in parenthesis

Rte. 9, Hyde Park • 229-2000

1:30 (4:00) 7:15 9:25 1:00 3:00 (5:00) 7:00 9:00 1:00 2:00 (3:45) (4:45) 6:45 7:45 9:30 1:00 (3:45) 6:45 9:30 1:00 2:00 (3:30) (4:30) 6:00 7:00 8:20 9:20

Non-Stop (PG-13) Mr. Peabody & Sherman in 2D (PG) Divergent (PG-13) Muppets Most Wanted (PG) Noah (PG-13) Sabotage (R)

Muppets Most Wanted (PG) Noah (PG-13) The Grand Budapest Hotel Divergent (PG-13)


7:05 9:25 1:00 3:00 (5:00) 7:00 9:00 1:00 (3:45) 6:45 9:30 1:20 2:20 (4:00) (4:45) 7:00 9:20 1:00 2:00 (3:45) (4:45) 6:45 7:45 9:30 1:25 (4:15) 7:05 9:25

1:20 (4:00) 7:00 9:15 1:00 (4:00) 6:55 9:35 1:30 (4:15) 7:15 9:20 1:00 (3:45) 6:45 9:30


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Creative conversations

Author Neil Gaiman and cartoonist Art Spiegelman to speak at Bard

BY HV NEWS WEEKEND STAFF On Friday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. acclaimed author Neil Gaiman and celebrated cartoonist Art Spiegelman will discuss cartooning and writing, friendship and more at the Sosnoff Theater at Bard College. “We will talk about comics and MAUS and music and art and being Jewish and life and everything I have ever wanted to ask Art. Or he will ask anything he’s ever wanted to ask me,” Gaiman stated. The event, in collaboration with Live Arts Bard, will host Gaiman, who is currently a professor at the college, and known as “one of the top ten living post-modern writers,” according to the Dictionary of Literary Biography. Gaiman’s most recent adult novel, “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” is a #1 New York Times Bestseller. Other works include “Neverwhere,” “Stardust,” and the award-winning Sandman series of graphic novels. Gaiman also authored “Coraline,” which was turned into a film by Tim Burton, as well as written and directed fan-favorite episode of “Doctor Who.” Gaiman and his wife, rocker Amanda Palmer, have made several appearances as part of Bard’s programming. In 1992, cartoonist Art Spiegelman won the Pulitzer Prize for his Holocaust narrative “Maus” which portrayed Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. Maus II continued the remarkable story of his parents’ survival of the Nazi regime and their lives later in America. Spiegelman’s comics are best known for their shifting graphic styles, their formal complexity, and controversial content. Spiegelman believes that in our postliterate culture the importance of the comic is on the rise, for “comics echo the way the brain works. People think in iconographic images, not in holograms, and people think in bursts of language, not in paragraphs.” Tickets are $25, $5 for Bard College students, faculty, staff and alumni. To purchase tickets, visit or call the box office at 845-758-7900. “Please come,” Gaiman added. “It’s a big hall and we will be lonely if it echoes.”

WEEKEND NEWS e-mail us your events: << continued from previous page Portion of the proceeds will go to Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley; $20 advance, $25 door; 4th Wall Productions’ “California Suite;” March 28-29; 8 p.m.; March 30 at 3 p.m.; The Beacon Theatre 445 Main St., Beacon; $18; 845226-8099 or “A Celebration of Children’s Art;” On display through March 28; Palmer Gallery, Main Building, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; More than 200 artworks by local nursery, elementary and intermediate school students; 845-437-5370. Hudson Valley Yarn Crawl; March 29-30; Yarn shops and farms throughout the Hudson Valley from Dutchess, Columbia, Ulster, Orange and Litchfield counties;

Madonna to play Talent Tent at county fair Pop singer lauds Hudson Valley’s ‘ultimate hotspot’ BY HV NEWS WEEKEND STAFF While we are looking forward to what may become of festivals on the west side of the Hudson this summer, Madonna, like every middle-aged mom in America, thinks that the county fair is still this summer’s ultimate hotspot. The eldest pop singer, who has now adopted the use of a cane in addition to her handicapped accent, will take the stage at this year’s Dutchess County Fair, August 19-24, after seasoned fan-favorites Vocal Trash. “I just can’t wait,” Madonna glowed. “Between the milkshakes, plethora of exotic casual wear, the array of fine art and crafts, the county fair is better than Morocco in spring.” Madonna’s daughter Lourdes, who attends college in Dutchess County, said she’d rather spend the summer waiting tables at Liberty than go to the fair for the eighteenth year in a row. “She thinks she blends in,” Lourdes told Weekend with a heavy eyeroll. “But she’s worse. And she keeps stealing all my clothes. It’s just weird.” Madonna said she hoped to collaborate with Hilby the Skinny German Juggler. “Or maybe even Oscar the Roving Robot,” she added.

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Goin’ green around the globe THE MUPPETS MOST WANTED (PG) WEEKEND RATING: 3 out of 5 frogs THE STORY: The Muppets travel on a global tour and find themselves entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine – the world’s number one criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit – and his dastardly sidekick, Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon. WHO WILL LIKE IT: Light and silly for both kids

and adults.

Legal Workshop for Seniors; Saturday, March 29; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Red Hook Public Library, 7444 S. Broadway, Red Hook; Free; 845-7583241 or Free Family Activity Day: Silkscreen Poster Workshop and Author Talk; Saturday, March 29; 11 a.m. workshop, 2 p.m. book talk and signing; FDR Presidential Library and Museum, Rte. 9, Hyde Park; Attendees can print their own WPA poster with Social Impact Studios founder and director Ennis Carter in a 90-minute workshop; Carter will also discuss and sign her book “Posters for the People: Art of the WPA;” Free but space is limited and pre-registration is required; 845-486-7745. Liz Okon Opening Reception; Saturday, March 29; 1-3 p.m; Beekman Library, 11 Town Center Blvd., Hopewell Junction photographs of landscapes, architecture and wildlife; Jazz Ensembles UHADI Celebrates 20 Years of South African Democracy; Saturday, March 29; 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show; Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock; Collaboration with Jazz at the Lincoln Center and the Catskill Jazz Factory; $20-30;

“The Boys from Syracuse;” Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m.; Through March 30; The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck; Part of the Sam Scripps Shakespeare Festival; $20-22; 845876-3080 or March for Cancer; Sunday, March 30; 9 a.m.; Orange County Choppers, Rte. 17K, Newburgh; 3.1 miles through a moderately-challenged course; $25 registration fee; 845-457-5000 or Forest Soils and the Secrets of Spring; Sunday, March 30; 1 p.m.; Cary Institute Auditorium, 2801 Sharon Tpk, Millbrook; Cary’s Peter Groffman will guide a hike through the forest; Free; Mike Gordon; Sunday, March 30; 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show; Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock; $35-45; “Awakenings: Image and Word;” Through March 30; Tivoli Artists Gallery, 60 Broadway, Tivoli; 845-757-2667; “Malick Sidibé: Chemises;” On view through March 30; Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Work from the international photographer focusing on 1960s culture; vassar. edu. Writer D.T. Max; Monday, March 31; 2:30 p.m.; Weis Cinema, Bertelsmann Campus Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson; New Yorker staff writer will read from his biography of David Foster Wallace; Free; “Arab Labor: An Evening with Sayed Kashua;” Monday, March 31; 5:30 p.m.; Rockefeller Hall, room 300, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Free; 845-437-5370. Seniors vs. Seniors Driver Safety Course; Tuesday, April 1; 8 a.m.; Wappingers High School parking lot; Area senior citizens and high school seniors attempt to drive at appropriate speeds, use correct turn signals and maintain the radio volume at a constant level; Registration required; > >continued on page 10

Voices of the Land: Songs and Opera Scenes by Jonathan Chenette; Saturday, March 29; 7:30 p.m.; Christ Episcopal Church, 20 Carroll St., Poughkeepsie; $12 at the door, students free; 845-452-8220 or Mitch Katz and Vince Sauter CD Release Celebration Concert; Saturday, March 29; 7:30 p.m.; The Hyde Park Free Library, 2 Main St., Hyde Park; $10; 845-229-6521 or Intermezzo Dance Company; Saturday, March 29; 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 30; 2 p.m.; Frances Daly Fergusson Theater, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; New works in contemporary ballet; Free; Reserve tickets at 845-437-5541 or Tom Chapin and the Work O’ The Weavers; Saturday, March 29; 8:30 p.m.; Towne Crier, 379 Main St., Beacon; $25-30; 845-855-1300;

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Restaurants, movies, venues, nightspots and local goodies.


Covering the grounds and events at area historic sites.

MORE LOCAL COVERAGE. Expanding event coverage to Kingston, New Paltz and surrounding areas.


$50 Dutchess County residents, $70 out of county.

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“Side by Side by Sondheim;” Through April 6; Half Moon Theatre’s Black Box Theatre, 2515 South Rd., Poughkeepsie; $15; halfmoontheatre. org.

Spaz, a 6-year-old tiger-stripe cat has been missing since March 18. She was last seen on Cardinal Road between Forest Drive and Kyle Court in Hyde Park. Contact 845-229-9362 with any information.

Some Guy with a Guitar; Tuesday, April 1; 8 p.m.; The Divebar, 4114 Market St., Hudson; Acoustic versions of one man’s overtly personal tales from the album “My Guitar, My Friend;” Donations appreciated; aprilevents “A Show of Ireland: Pastel Impressions;” Through April 6; RiverWinds Gallery, 172 Main St., Beacon; “See America…Then and Now” Exhibit; Through June 30; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; FDR Presidential Library and Museum, Rte. 9, Hyde Park; Crowdsourced art campaign featuring artists from all 50 states celebrating our national parks and other treasured sites; fdrlibrary.marist. edu.


Screening of “The House I Live In;” Wednesday, April 2; 7 p.m.; 67 S. Randolph Ave., Poughkeepsie; Presented by the Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie; Free; 845-4524013. Ladies Who Launch Networking Session; Thursday, April 3; 12:30 p.m.; Ulster Savings Bank, Rte. 9, Red Hook; Job-seeking advice; Pitch in for Parks; Thursday, April 3; 5:30 p.m.; Poets’ Walk Park, River Rd., Red Hook. Author Helene Meyers; Thursday, April 3; 5:30 p.m.; Taylor Hall, Room 203, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Discussion on new trends in contemporary Jewish American literature and film; Free; 845-437-5370. “She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders;” Thursday, April 3; 6 p.m.; Villard Room, Main Building, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Talk by transgender activist and author Jennifer Finney Boylan; Free; 845-4375370. The Big Read: Community Book Discussion; Thursday, April 3; 6-8 p.m.; Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; Discussion on “Housekeeping” by Marilyn Robison moderated by Bard Professors Deidre D’Albertis and Mary Caponegro; Free; “Eleanor Roosevelt: Humanitarian and Civil Rights Pioneer” Fireside Chat; Thursday, April 3; 7 p.m.; St. James’ Chapel, 10 E. Market St., Hyde Park; Free; 845-266-3196. “Linguini and Lust: Food and Sex in Italian American Culture;” Thursday, April 3; 7 p.m.; > >continued on page 11

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Re-creating chinese dumplings

BY CAROLINE CAREY I love Asian food – Chinese, Thai, Korean, you name it. And I have not been able to find good Aisan food in the Hudson Valley (if you think I am missing a good spot, please let me know). So I have set upon trying to make my own. I have been testing out recipes for the fried dumplings that I long for. I remember a woman in the window of the Chinese restaurant across the street from my apartment in Manhattan, and she stood in the window making dumplings all day long! Now I am not going that crazy – never going to make the dough for the wrappers and roll it all out. But you can buy good wrappers in the produce section of most supermarkets around here. Then it’s just mixing up your filling of choice (ground pork or chicken or chopped vegetables) and the process of cooking up many small batches. And you don’t have to cook them all at once, just freeze the dumplings after you have sealed them and pull them out when the dumpling craving hits.

Chinese Pork Dumplings Directions:


Mix first eight ingredients together until combined. 1/2 cup soy sauce Place 1 tablespoon of pork mixture in the middle 1 tablespoon rice vinegar of a dumpling wrapper. Use your finger to wet the 1 tablespoon finely chopped chives edges of the dumpling wrapper and fold wrapper over 1 teaspoon chili-garlic sauce mixture to form dumpling. Use your fingers to seal (Sriracha) 1 pound ground pork the edges together. Repeat with remaining wrappers 2 garlic gloves, minced 1 egg, beaten and filling. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet at 1 tablespoon chopped ginger 50 dumpling wrappers medium-high heat. Place 8 dumplings in hot pan (or Vegetable oil for frying however many will fit in a single layer in your pan). Water Cook until browned, about 2 minutes per side. Pour in 1 cup of water, cover and cook until water is gone and dumplings are cooked through, about 5 minutes. Repeat with remaining dumplings. Serve with your choice of dipping sauce. I use a mix of soy sauce and water.

FRESH! weekend Farmers’ MARKETS Kingston Winter Farmers’ Market: First and third Saturdays of the month, December through April. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Old Dutch Church, 272 Wall Street; Rhinebeck Winter Farmers’ Market; Alternate Sundays, March 30, April 13, April 27; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Rhinebeck Town Hall, Market St.; Hudson Valley Farmers’ Market; Every Saturday; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Greig’s Farm, 229 Pitcher Ln., Red Hook;

e-mail us your events: << continued from page 10 The Italian Center, 277 Mill St., Poughkeepsie; Lecture presentation by Dr. Fred Gardaphe; Free; 13th Annual Vassar Haiti Art Project Benefit Art Sale and Auction; April 4-6; College Center Multi-Purpose Room, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Over 400 original paintings, and thousands of handcrafts including hand-painted silk scarves and iron sculptures; 845-437-5370.


Holding it down at The Anchor BY NICOLE DELAWDER The more we explore Kingston, the more we fall for all The Anchor that the city is offering. Off the trendy path of Uptown, 744-746 Broadway, Kingston Rating: 3.5 out of 5 The Anchor on Broadway, offers a no-fuss vibe paired Best for: The assortment of with a selection of finely crafted brews and burgers. burgers and beer Over 15 local grass-fed beef burger selections offered Contact: 845-853-8124 range from the Weekend-approved Ruy Guy with blue cheese crumbles, bacon and fried onions ($14) to the adventurous Elvis burger with peanut butter and blackberry jam ($11). Also dig into Hot Mess Fries with rootbeer pulled pork or Sweet n’ Spicy Kraken featuring lightly battered calamari served with sweet and spicy chili sauce. Our neighbors, who pointed out they were not vegetarians, raved about the Black Bean Chickpea Burger while enjoying the newly tapped American Strong Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company. In addition to a notch-above bar food, The Anchor offers 20 taps of American craft beer, and selections from local brewers like Keegan Ales, as well as independent, domestic and international brews. Sunday brunch boasts a Bloody Mary Fix’n Bar and live music fills the room on most nights. Hours are Monday through Sunday, 5 p.m. to midnight. Visit and follow The Anchor on Facebook for weekly updates.

Lineage Research Workshop; Saturday, April 5; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Starr Library, 68 W. Market St., Rhinebeck; Local chapters of the Daughters and Sons of the American Revolution offer resources to dive into family history in search of patriot ancestors; “The Earth Avails Poems” by Mark Wunderlich; Saturday, April 5; 4 p.m.; James D. Livingston Library, Clermont State Historic Site, 87 Clermont Ave., Germantown; Stanford Grange Spring Penny Social; Saturday, April 5; 5:30 p.m.; Stanford Grange #808, 6043 Rte. 82, Stanfordville;

Pat Hart Opening Reception; Friday, April 4; 4-6 p.m.; Bread and Bottle, 7496 S. Broadway, Red Hook; Collage art; On display through April; 845-758-3499.

Carolyn Dorfman Dance Theatre; Saturday, April 5; 7:30 p.m.; Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, 120 Broadway, Tivoli; $30-45; 845-7575106 ext. 10 or 2.

Conversation with Author Neil Gaiman and Cartoonist Art Spiegelman; Friday, April 4; 7:30 p.m.; Sosnoff Theater, Bard College, Annandaleon-Hudson; Discussion on working across artistic mediums; $25, $5 Bard students, faculty/staff and alumni/ae; 845-758-7900; fishercenter.bard. edu.

Shawn Mullins; Saturday, April 5; 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show; Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock; $20-50;

Upstate Company Theatre Presents “City-iots Abound;” Sunday, April 1; 8 p.m., 2 p.m. Matinee; Black Book Theater, Bard College; Theatrical reenactments of Manhattanites’ backroad driving to various social engagements. Musical numbers including “Stay Slow, It’s Slate Quarry,” “Mow Down Market Street,” “No Crosswalks in the Country (Ignore That Sign)” and “Riding Blind in Rhinebeck;” $150 tax-deductible contribution; Proceeds will benefit parking privileges for faculty and staff; “Comedy of Errors;” Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m.; April 4-13; The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck; Part of the Sam Scripps Shakespeare Festival; $20-22; 845-876-3080 or AARP Driver Safety Course; Saturday, April 5; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Beekman Library, 11 Town Center Blvd., Hopewell Junction; $20 AARP members, $25 non-members; Registration required; 845-724-3414;

Hudson Valley Philharmonic presents Mahler’s Second Symphony: Resurrection; Saturday, April 5; 8 p.m.; Bardavon 1869 Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Over 200 musicians to perform; $32-55; Brit Floyd; Saturday, April 5; 8 p.m.; Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Market St., Poughkeepsie; $29-39; Nutopians Celebrate John Lennon and the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles; Saturday, April 5; 8:30 p.m.; Towne Crier, 379 Main St., Beacon; $30 advance, $35 door; 845-855-1300 or Martha Washington Woman of History Awards; Sunday, April 6; 2 p.m.; Ritz Theater, Newburgh; Honoring Mary Sudman Donovan; Free; 845-562-1195. “Together Again: Frederic Church as Thomas Cole’s Pupil;” Sunday, April 6; 2 p.m.; Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring St., Catskill; $7-9; > >continued on page 13


March for Cancer at Orange County Choppers BY HV NEWS WEEKEND STAFF This Sunday, rev your inner engines for March for Cancer, a five-mile run/walk event hosted by the Orange County Choppers at their Newburgh facility. Participants will race 3.1 miles through a moderately-challenged course starting and ending at the Orange County Choppers grounds. The race will support the Hudson Valley Cancer Research Center. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the race will start, rain or shine, at 10:30 a.m. The event includes awards, runners’ bags, giveaways and a celebration balloon release to honor and remember loved ones battling cancer. Participants can register online at or call Hudson Valley Cancer Resource Center for more information at 845-457-5000. Registration fee is $25 or $15 for students 18 and under.

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WATCH OUT! BY ANN LAFARGE That means you, Gran. One or more of those daughters of yours is going to start “suggesting” – gently, at first – that you don’t want to be alone in that house of yours, and wouldn’t you be happier in one of those “lovely places” for seniors? “You seem to be getting sort of forgetful,” one might say. Or, “I don’t think you should be driving, Ma,” or “You don’t show any interest in your grandchildren.” Prepare for all this, Grandma, or at least have a few laughs over it, by reading Julia MacDonnell’s delightful new novel, “Mimi Malloy, At Last” (Picador, $25). Our heroine’s lovely daughters complain that she should exercise more, and suggest that she has frequent memory lapses, “Maybe you’ve got Alzheimer’s” and “I really don’t think you should be driving…” And how about, “Give me power of attorney in case you become incontinent.” “That’s what your offspring do to you when your useful days have ended. Not mine. No way, no how.” This brave granny takes it all in stride, goes home and fixes herself a Four Roses and ginger ale and a little bowl of roasted cashews. “The only way I’m leaving,” she muses, “is in a pine box.” And definitely not in one of those “storage facilities for unwanted antiques.” Sisters, mothers, daughters – MacDonnell gets the dynamics just right. On top of all that, there’s a wonderful story, lots of humor, some unexpected romance, and a reminder that it’s never too late. And while we’re on the subject of fraught family relations – a funny little book with a very long title, “PARENTOLOGY – Everything You Wanted to Know about the Science of Raising Children but Were Too Exhausted to Ask” by Dalton Conley (Simon & Schuster, $25). Part memoir, part science experiment, part just plain love of kids, this is a love story about forgetting all the rules and the books and going by instinct, trial and error, “flexibility and fluidity.” More memoir than how-to tome, this book will help your sense of humor blossom in tough moments. And there are lots of tough moments recalled here. But, alongside them, many happy and poignant ones. Brings back lots of memories! Still in family mode, here’s a book that manages to wring humor out of a basically humorless subject, “The Divorce Papers,” an epistolary novel by Susan Rieger (Crown, $25). Rieger, a lawyer, was teaching a law school class on legal writing. Five years later, she found herself in mid-divorce and feeling lost about how to go about it. She couldn’t even seem to figure out how to get a lawyer, or what to ask for, or what “equitable distribution” means. So, she took advantage of both her own lousy situation and her successful experience as a teacher to write this smart and often hilarious novel. She tells her story {12} March 26, 2014 | | Hudson valley news

through e-mails, letters, memoranda, greeting cards, interviews – you name it. Heroine Sophie is a lawyer in New England and most of her clients are behind bars. But suddenly she has to handle a celebrity divorce – her first divorce case – but after all, it’s her client’s fist divorce, too. The novel tells both their stories and introduces us to a cast of characters – mostly male, and deeply flawed – and allows us to follow Sophie through the corridors of a law firm, office politics, family life, and the mess of a high-profile divorce case. This is the perfect read when you just want a good story, a few laughs and a few tears, and some fine, solid writing. I saved this week’s favorite book for last (or maybe penultimate?). A year or so ago, my book club buddies and I read Edmund de Waal’s “The Hare With Amber Eyes” and agreed that it was the best book we’d chosen in a long time. So I was delighted to see the author’s name once again, this time as writer of the foreword to a novel – unpublished until now – by his grandmother, Elisabeth de Waal. ““The Exile’s Return” (Picador, $26) is autobiographical, has been 100 years in the making, and is set inVienna a decade after the end of World War II. It follows the stories of three people who come back to Vienna, each with a different reason. Kuno Adler is a scientist, returning to his job. But has he been away too long? Theophil Kanakis “had come to enjoy himself” and perhaps plunder some of the spoils of war. And teenaged Marie-Theres was sent by her parents in the hopes that she will find herself. And then there’s “Bimbo Grein ... that degenerate playboy.” This novel, about the heartbreak of “returning,” is poignant and dramatic and sometimes even funny. Bringing her novel to print so many decades after the events it describes is, indeed, a celebration. (Elisabeth de Waal, who died in 1991, wrote five unpublished novels during her lifetime – two in German and three in English.) I’d like to mention two novels that I’m currently in the middle of. I chose Timothy S. Lane’s “Rules for Becoming A Legend” (a novel) (Viking, $27) not because I’m interested in baseball, but because I was delighted to learn this young author’s story: He had a publishing job at Viking a few years ago (“He was a Penguin”) and now that publishing giant is bringing out his first novel. It’s the story of a young baseball prodigy and how his career and his family fall apart under horrendous pressure. “He’s taken something small – a kid’s dream; a family’s fragile happiness – and made it something big, the stuff of a legend.” Those are the words of his former bosses, now praising his novel. Heartwarming? Yes. More about this one next week. And just a word about a new YA novel in the very popular VIRALS series. “EXPOSURE” by Kathy Reichs and her son Brendan Reichs, (Putnam, Penguin Young Readers Group,$18), is a spin-off of “Bones,” the hit Fox-TV show. This one, for age 10 and up, celebrates the crime-solving exploits of teenager Tory Brennan. Enjoy! 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

e-mail us your events: << continued from page 11 Organist Craig S. Williams; Sunday, April 6; 3:30 p.m.; The Reformed Church of Poughkepsie, 70 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie; Organist and choirmaster of the Cadet Chapel at the United States Military Academy at West Point; $15 suggested donation; 845-452-8110 or sched.htm.


Indoor waterfall installation to be unveiled

BY HVNEWS WEEKEND STAFF Artist Todd Knopke will unveil two site-specific, large-scale fabric installations on the walls of the atrium of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College on March 28. The works, made out of hundreds of strips of blue fabric to convey standing a waterfall, each measure twenty-six feet tall. “I am most interested in making very large pieces that can transform a space and transport a viewer,” says Knopke. “Floor-to-ceiling, wall-sized pieces remind me of old tapestries that covered brick walls and kept the insides of castles or houses warm.” This project is Knopke’s largest to date. “In the Hudson Valley, the actual waterfall that comes to mind is Kaaterskill Falls, which has been painted numerous times by so many of the Hudson River School artists whose paintings hang in the nearby galleries,” notes Mary-Kay Lombino, the Emily Hargroves ’57 and Richard B. Fisher curator and assistant director for strategic planning at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. Knopke’s exhibition will open on March 28 at 5:30 p.m. with a conversation between the artist and Lombino. A reception follows at 6:30 p.m. The installation will be on display through July 20. The Art Center is open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

2014 Taste of Rhinebeck; Tuesday, April 8; 6-9 p.m.; Village of Rhinebeck; Hosted by the Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation; $75 through April 1, $100 after April 1; 845-871-3505 or Author Akhil Sharma; Tuesday, April 8; 6 p.m.; Sanders Classroom, Spitzer Auditorium, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Discussion and conversation of Sharma’s novel “Family Life;” Free; 845-437-5370.

The Johnny Clegg Band; Sunday, April 6; 7 p.m.; Bardavon 1869 Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie; One of South Africa’s most celebrated artists; $20-35;

“The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great?” Talk and Book Signing; Tuesday, April 8; 7 p.m.; Wallace Center, FDR Library, Rte. 9, Hyde Park; Free; Talk with Harvey J. Kaye; 845486-7745.

“The Color Line and the Culture Wars: Religion, Education and Sub-rosa Morality in the Age of Obama;” Monday, April 7; 5 p.m.; Taylor Hall, room 203, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Talk by Christian social ethics expert Dr. Stacey Floyd-Thomas; Free; 845-437-5370.

Becoming a Candidate for Competitive Colleges; Tuesday, April 8; 6-7:30 p.m.; Adriance Memorial Library, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Free; 845-485-3445.

22nd Annual Hudson Valley Job Fair; Tuesday, April 8; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie; 845431-8040;

Jon Anderson of Yes with members of the Paul Green Rock Academy; Tuesday, April 8 and Wednesday, April 9; 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show; Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock; $35-99;

ART: Submissions are open for the 2014 O+ Festival in Kingston. Deadline for submission is May 14. Visit for full details.

SCULPTURE: Red Hook CAN is seeking artists for its public art exhibition, Sculpture Expo 2014, running June through November 2014. Deadline for submissions is April 1. Prospectus and more information is available at

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THEATER: The Powerhouse Theater Training Program is accepting applications for its fiveweek program. Deadline for submissions is April 16. Apprentices will choose curriculum based on acting, playwriting or directing to produce performances for the public during the annual Powerhouse festival. For more information about program and fees, visit apprentices. ART: Red Hook Community Arts Network Gallery is seeking submissions for its upcoming juried exhibition “Landscape Interpretations: Past, Present and Possible.” Submit one to three .jpgs of landscape paintings in any media, except photography or prints. The juror will be Albert Shahinian, of Albert Shahinian Fine Art in Rhinebeck. The entry deadline is April 14, and the show will run May 23-June 22. For an entry form and details, visit

FILM: The Poughkeepsie-based Children’s Media Project will host its second annual Reel Expressions Youth Film Festival on September 27. The festival is accepting submissions from young filmmakers, aged 13-19, until May 30. For more information, visit or call 845-485-4480.

Arts Mid-Hudson launches 50 week/50 locations tour Ulster County Executive Michael Hein presents Arts Mid-Hudson President Linda Marston-Reid with a certificate of commendation at the launch of its 50 week tour to 50 locations in Ulster, Dutchess and Orange Counties on March 18 in Poughkeepsie. Photo by Lori Adams.

ART: The Red Hook Community Arts Network (RHCAN) is seeking submissions for its “Word Works 2014” exhibit exploring the use of book imagery and illustrations for artworks. Drop-off artwork on April 7 from 3 to 5 p.m. and April 8 from 10 a.m. to noon at the gallery located at 7516 N. Broadway in Red Hook.

THEATER: Up in One Productions will hold auditions for the Broadway musical “Les Miserables” on Saturday, April 5 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, April 6 at 7 p.m. with callbacks on April 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. at The Center for Performing Arts, Route 308, Rhinebeck. Calls are for adult male and female actors as well as singers, two young girls and one young boy. Prepare 16 bars of a song either from the show or in the style of the show. Bring a copy of your sheet music. All parts are open. No appointment needed. Performance dates are July 25 through August 17, 2014. For further information contact Hudson valley news | | March 26, 2014 {13}


‘Big Night’ offers hands-on opportunity after early spring rain BY CAROLINE CAREY

Have you ever witnessed large numbers of frogs and salamanders crossing the road on rainy spring nights? Ever wonder where they came from and where they’re going? Every spring, frogs and salamanders travel long distances from their forest habitats to breed in small wetlands. Unfortunately, their migration pathways, from a few hundred feet to more than a mile, often cross roads, leading to injury and death. “Big Night” is an effort by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and volunteers to help

identify the crossing routes and to help the amphibians cross the roads safely. During early spring rains, when temperatures rise above 40 degrees during the evenings, salamanders and frogs migrate by the hundreds, if not thousands. Last year this occurred during the last two weeks of March. Current expectations are that this year’s “Big Night” could begin on Friday March 28. Most migration takes place between sunset and midnight. DEC Biodiversity Outreach Coordinator Laura Heady oversees the region’s “Amphibian Migrations and

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This week’s winner is Marie Roe from Salt Point with her photo of a U.S. Coast Guard boat on the Newburgh Waterfront. Send your Photo of the Week to by midnight on Mondays! Or tag your photos #HudsonValley on Facebook and Instagram. Winners of Hudson Valley News’ Photo of the week will be published in print, included in our online gallery and receive a gift certificate for two to the Lyceum Cinemas in Red Hook.

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of amphibians cross the roads to safety in the Hudson Valley. “When I learned about ‘Big Night,’ I didn’t know what to expect,” said Rhinebeck resident Lisa Camp. “Going out on a cold, rainy night seemed crazy, but it was really thrilling to move these salamanders and frogs and it’s very satisfying to do something for the environment with immediate results.” Camp said that on a two mile stretch of Primrose Hill Road in Rhinebeck, “My neighbors and I moved about 50 frogs and very few salamanders. The very next night, on the very same stretch of road, we moved over 180 salamanders and very few frogs. We kept repeatedly driving back and forth and the salamanders just kept coming!” She Road Crossings” volunteer project. continued, “The salamanders are quite NYSDEC Region 3 covers seven large, five to eight inches, and are easy to counties of the lower Hudson Valley; in see and move, while smaller salamanders an effort to assist this project, Winnakee and peepers pose a challenge to pick up Land Trust stepped forward last year to without hurting them. For these, I use an coordinate the “Big Night” efforts in old credit card and put them in a plastic northern Dutchess County. Winnakee will container to get them off the road.” continue these efforts Camp said the this year. According animals should also to Executive Director be released with care. Helping Friends in the Lucy Hayden, “Always send them “Region 3 is a very Harlem Valley in the direction they large area to oversee were heading,” she The Friends of the Great so Winnakee is said, “and place them Swamp in eastern Dutchess pleased to be able to will also take part in “The gently a safe distance help by enlisting local Night of the Salamander,” from the road.” volunteers who are on the night of the first If you want to help spring rain at the end of most familiar with the with this spring’s March. If you’d like to obarea roads and being “Big Night,” contact serve the migration with able to provide them Winnakee by email or the Friends of the Great with detailed maps phone to become an Swamp, leave your name and instructions.” official “Big Night” and number with Beth Herr Winnakee Projects at 845- 228-5635. Have volunteer. Once you Manager Shannon your raincoat and flashlight have signed up as a Duerr has created a handy, and be prepared for volunteer, Winnakee a last minute call. map of past active will provide you with crossings and a map of suggested probable hot spots locations near you, in northern Dutchess tips for how to make your first “Big County, based on the location of vernal Night” a success, species identification pools and wetlands. Volunteers are guides and a sample data collection needed at known crossings as well as sheet. Volunteers will then be alerted to help locate new ones. “Not only is by email and/or text message when “Big it valuable to have volunteers help the Night” is going to occur. critters cross the road, but we need to People should work in groups, wear assist the DEC with identifying new reflective clothing, carry flashlights and crossing locations,” said Hayden. be prepared for walking along the road Winnakee is asking people to be the on a dark, rainy night. This year, DEC agents in the field on an evening or is loaning clipboards and reflective vests two, that is people who are willing to to the Winnakee volunteers. venture out on a cold, wet night to seek After a “Big Night” expedition, out and assist in these incredible spring volunteers should compile their migrations. They are also looking for observations and send them by email or volunteers to drive around to try and fax to Winnakee, and they will tabulate help locate new crossings. all the responses and forward them to the In prior “Big Nights,” more than DEC. Contact Winnakee at 845-876-4213 150 volunteers have helped thousands or


Hyde Park GOP donates to Claudio Cares Foundation


BY HV NEWS STAFF  The Hyde Park Republican Committee recently presented a check for $650 to Claudio Cares Foundation. The funds were a combination of a sponsorship for the Claudio Cares Snowflake Gala and donations collected at a Hyde Park GOP fundraiser last month.   “The Hyde Park GOP is committed to supporting our community. We are humbled to have such a great opportunity to make a difference in our town” said Erin Reverri, the newly elected chairwoman of the Hyde Park GOP.   Newly elected vice-chair Justin Varuzzo added, “Many of us on the committee serve on various charities and non-profit organizations throughout the county. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing the help these organizations provide firsthand. Claudio Cares is improving lives right here in Hyde Park, and the results can be seen every day.” 

Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market announces scholarship

Pictured, clockwise from top: Andrew Faumtleroy had game; League founder and former Harlem Globetrotter Dr. John Howard with ball boy Joshua Swart; Tavia Veasy of Catskill warming up.

The gym at Bard College was alive with anticipation as male and female basketball players began arriving for a chance to be part of a new professional basketball league. It’s called the Mixed Gender Basketball Association and it’s a groundbreaking concept where men and women play together. The league is the brainchild of Dr. John Howard, himself a former collegiate player and member of the Harlem Globetrotters. He told Hudson Valley News that the inspiration goes back to his days as a high school principal and coach. “We had a girl who was off the charts in track and basketball. The boys’ coach asked me if she could play for the boys’ team and I was all for it. But the higher-ups said no and it really bothered me. The next year there’s a knock on my door and it’s Pat Summit, the legendary women’s coach at Tennessee, standing there with this girl. Summit said she was going to give her a

scholarship to Tennessee and she won two national championships and two league titles. So when someone called me about starting a mixed gender league, I jumped at it. I thought I was done with basketball but this format is just so exciting.” Andrew Faumtleroy was one of the first players to arrive. He said he was both nervous and excited. Andrew works with autistic children during the week in Ossining, and was hoping to make the team. In the stands was his girlfriend who had driven him up from Ossining. “Today is her birthday and I’m so grateful for her support.” Tavia Veasy, a former high school and community college player was working on her jump shot when we spotted her. She said simply, “I just want to play so badly.” The players congregated in groups and took turns taking shots as they waited for the tryouts to begin. In the stands were

friends and family members of the players. We observed one young girl accompanied by her father excitedly shouting to her mother on the court. When assistant director of operations Reggie Ward blew the whistle, everyone gathered at center court for instructions. From there it was a series of basketball agility drills followed by a series of scrimmages. The MGBA even had a referee on hand for the occasion. Standing on the sideline with Dr. Howard was Benjamin Morton of the Newark-based Morton Law Group, who told Hudson Valley News he was considering investing upwards of $1 million in a Hudson Valley franchise of the MGBA. Both Morton and Howard said they expect a Hudson Valley team to begin play in late summer. On Sunday, tryouts moved to Harlem as the MGBA hopes to field two New York teams in 2014.

BY HV NEWS STAFF In honor of Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market founder John Honey, a scholarship will be awarded to a local student who is dedicated to promoting local agriculture and enchancing the social, economic and enviornmental sustainability of the Hudson Valley. Eligilbe applicants include college students who reside in Rhinebeck or Red Hook, or is the child of a vendor at the Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market or students who will remain in Dutchess, Ulster or Columbia County after graduation. A single $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a qualified candidate selected by the farmers’ market scholarship committee. Applicants must have a minimum of a B grade point average, continuing studies in the fall of 2014, be majoring in agriculture, food systems, sustainability, food science, enviornmental studies or a related field and have demonstrated a commitment to sustainable agriculture in the Hudson Valley. Deadline for applications is May 10. Contact info@rhinebeckfarmersmarket. com for an application.

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Church Luncheon for Seniors The Evangelical Free Church of Clinton Corners invites all area seniors (60 years of age or older) to attend a free luncheon on Tuesday, April 1 starting at noon. The church is located at 20 Shepherds Way in Clinton Corners. For more information or to RSVP in order to ensure enough food is prepared, please call the office at 266-5310. The next luncheon will be held on May 6.

National Agriculture Day Breakfast Report Local farmers and county and local officials came to the 17th annual National Agriculture Day Breakfast on March 18 in the Farm & Home Center. The full house enjoyed the breakfast of locally produced foods and beverages. The purpose of the breakfast was to give awards to farmers and people who have contributed to the agricultural industry. After the breakfast, Ed Hoxsie was a quick notice stand-in MC for the usual Dave Tetor (former Dutchess County agricultural agent) who was unavailable due to medical reasons. Ed welcomed the attendees and various staff members. All the farmers were asked to stand and received an ovation from the other attendees. Next up was Jennifer Fimble who thanked the people who donated the food for the breakfast. She also recognized the Future Farmers of America (FFA) leadership team for their participation. Ed returned to introduce all the service groups who provide help to the farming community. Harry Baldwin commented about the changing face of agriculture; in the 1960s there were more than 200 beef and dairy farms in Dutchess County, but today there are very few large beef and dairy farms. Now, one sees farms raising sheep and small beef herds. Harry introduced the members of the Dutchess County Farmland Protection Board, Dairy Committee (provides dairy scholarships from milkshake sales at the Dutchess County Fair), Farm Bureau, Hudson Valley Fresh, the Agricultural Society, and Dutchess County Land Conservancy which is working to match young people wanting to be farmers with retiring farmers. He also noted that the production of dairy products is the number one industry in New York State. Cornel Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC) Executive Director Ruth Moore acknowledged all her staff for making

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro discussing the Dutchess County budget at the National Agriculture Day breakfast. Photo by Ray Oberly.

the breakfast possible, and in particular Nancy Halas who organizes it each year. She then recognized all the elected governmental officials. The guest speaker was Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro who spoke about the county’s fiscal situation. He mentioned that he had more than 20 years in public service, starting as a Tivoli trustee, mayor, Dutchess County legislator, New York State assemblyman, and now county executive. Before he started his talk, he acknowledged the success of Kealy Solomon and her impending retirement as Dutchess Planning and Development Commissioner. The agri-tourism industry generates $400 million for Dutchess County. Molinaro’s economic development strategy includes business retention and expansion, expedited permitting and review, infrastructure (water, sewer, roads, and bridges) planning and investment, preserve open space, and actions to help agriculture. There is a new $5 million fund for agri-business and infrastructure matching grants. Mark Adams asked a question on the need for farm workers to help the farmers do their various chores. This is not an issue the county can solve. A question came from the back of the room on the 3.75 percent electric usage sales tax. Molinaro explained that this is the only tax the Dutchess County legislature can implement that did not require approval from the state legislature. The tax applies only on residential electric usage, starts on March 1, 2014, and has an automatic sunset in March 2017. The county is in a bad financial bind today so this tax is hoped to be a short term solution. He would like to repeal it as soon as possible as finances allow. For help on heating and financial assistance for low income families, call 211 for more details. Harry thanked the County Executive for his forthright comments. Everyone was interested in who was getting the awards, a FFA Tractor Edition John Deere Model B. Kealy Solomon

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received the first tractor for her work as a member of the Farmland Protection Board and who had to quickly learn about farming as a novice. Vern Jackson is a retiring farmer who was raised on the same farm and has been very helpful to the farming community. Kevin Smith, of Sunset Ridge Farm in the Town of Northeast, received the tractor for his farmland protection activities and easements on land and wetlands. Many stayed for a while to meet friends and discuss farming matters.


When you need to renew your driver’s license or vehicle’s registration, you may stop in at any local Department of Motor Vehicle office. For even greater convenience, when you receive your renewal notice from New York State, simply fill out the enclosed forms, make out your payment check to “Dutchess County Clerk,” and mail the pink envelope to: Bradford Kendall Dutchess County Clerk 22 Market Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 You say why should I do this? Your help is needed because Dutchess County receives 12.7 percent of each transaction: therefore generating revenue for the county, thus keeping your county taxes down. Several years ago, New York State took over renewals, costing the county more than $150,000 in lost revenue per year. You can help us recapture that money. When you “RENEW LOCAL FIRST,” you get fast reliable service from our professional employees and support our local workforce. You also keep your dollars in Dutchess County and help to reduce the County property taxes.

Search is on for Seniors of the Year The window of opportunity to nominate someone for the 2014 Dutchess County

“Senior Citizen of the Year Award” is about to close. Nominations are being accepted through March 29 in the categories of senior male, senior female, or the senior citizen couple of the year. The awards are presented at the Celebration of Aging held each May in honor of Older Americans Month. Are you aware of a senior citizen who should be recognized for their contributions to our community? A person or couple, over age 60, with a strong dedication to volunteerism and civic involvement? Please let us know about them by sending in a nomination form and any other pertinent materials. The nomination form and more information are available by calling 845-486-2555 or you can find a copy of the form online on page 4 of the winter edition of the Spotlight on Seniors: Departments/Aging/soswinter1213.pdf All nominations are reviewed by a committee of the advisory board to the Office for the Aging and they select the four outstanding seniors who will receive the awards. The Celebration of Aging also honors residents of Dutchess County who have achieved incredible feats of aging. Please also let us know of anyone who will be turning 100 or older anytime during 2014, or will be celebrating their 70th or greater wedding anniversary by calling the phone number above or through e-mail at To respond to Ray Oberly’s column, email

Community gardeners to meet in Rhinebeck

The first meeting for the Rhinebeck Community Garden will be this Saturday, March 29 at 10 a.m. in the Starr Library. Along with registration, the group will assign gardeners to their work crew and allow time to meet with crew leaders. The season will host potlucks, mid-week dinners in the garden, an open house for the community, Sunday morning gatherings and more. Rhinebeck residents looking for a plot for the 100-percent organic garden can add their name to the waiting list during the meeting. Volunteer positions are also available for the garden to food pantry fresh food project. Last year, the group grew and donated over 500 pounds of fresh vegetables to the Church of the Messiah Food Pantry. For more information, contact rhinebeckcommunitygarden@gmail. com or

Free Spaghetti Dinner at United Church of Christ around town BY HEIDI JOHNSON Today, Wednesday, March 26, is my son’s 17th birthday. I know everyone says about children that they grow up so fast, but truly, I do not know where those 17 years went. When I held that chubby, squinty-eyed newborn baby in my arms for the first time, I never imagined him as a grown young man – driving a car, playing instruments, standing up for what he feels is right in the world. And yet, here we are, an eye blink later and I have that grown up person in my house. Well, occasionally he is here. Most of the time I get, “Hi mom, bye mom” as he runs off someplace. (Moms of teenagers know what I’m talking about.) We have had some difficult times along the way. I have been to many a meeting with teachers and principals. I’ve nagged about homework and eating healthier foods, and have held him while he sobbed violently after losing his two best friends in a car accident. But, I have also had the pleasure and honor of watching him perform in school plays and music concerts. I have watched hordes of littler kids run up to him delightedly calling his name at the rec park or at camp, and I got to accompany him on his first date (not driving then). Soon, I’ll get to see him and a young lady that I also adore attend the Junior Prom in their fancy dress and tux. So, yeah…this ride they call “parenthood” is a roller coaster all right, but I am so glad I got to ride it. I love you, my boy child, and I am always proud to call you my son. Thanks for all the love and excitement for the past 17 years. Looking forward to what lies ahead!

Indoor Tag and Bake Sale at United Presbyterian This coming Saturday, my church will be having a Book, Bake and Bargains sale from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. United Presbyterian Church is located directly across from Four Brothers Restaurant just north of the light in Amenia. Bag lunches will be available for a super low price, so come and grab a lunch while browsing for bargains.

On the March 28, the United Church of Christ here in Stanfordville will be having a Spaghetti Dinner from 6 – 8 p.m. Sponsored by Stanford Jam (Jesus and Me) youth group, the event will feature delicious food for any amount folks want to donate. All proceeds will benefit Heifer International Project. Heifer is one of my favorite charitable organizations. Their mission is to fight hunger and poverty by providing livestock, trees, seed and farming training to families in more than 40 countries, including the United States. Please come out and support the UCC youth group’s efforts to raise funds for this fine organization. I won’t be able to make it due to a conflict, but will make a donation and perhaps they will save me some leftovers!

Stanford Library Upcoming Events The Stanford Library will be hopping over the next few weeks with many interesting programs. Starting with this week’s Thursday movie which is “The Butler.” It is the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces dramatic changes in American society, like Vietnam, Civil Rights, and more. Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey star. Starts at 2 p.m. Also coming up soon is the popular Stories and Crafts session for spring. Dates are as follows: Kindergarten through second grade – Monday, Mar. 31, 3:45 until 5 p.m. Grades three to five – Monday, Apr. 7, 3:45 until 5:00p.m. Then, on Saturday, Apr. 5 at 10 a.m., the library will be having an Elder Law presentation. This free presentation will cover health care decision making, estate planning, Medicare and Medicaid, and more. There will be time for questions and answers. Presented by the Albany Law School Pro Bono Project. And, finally, on Saturday, Apr. 12 at 10 a.m., the library will be presenting a wildlife lecture featuring Bill Robinson. He will have live birds of prey and reptiles to introduce to the group. Please call 845868-1341 to register.

Spring Penny Social at Stanford Grange On Saturday, Apr. 5, the Grange will be having a Spring Penny Social with proceeds

to benefit local Boy Scout Christopher Holsopple’s Eagle Scout project. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and calling begins at 7 p.m.  There will be penny prizes, $1 table, homemade baked goods table, door prizes, and special theme baskets for a special drawing.  Refreshments will be served by the Stanford Grange Youth Members.  For more information, contact Oliver Orton at 845-868-7869 or Louise Woodcock at 845-868-7548.

Stanford Historical Society Genealogy Program Valerie LaRobardier from Dutchess County Genealogical Society will be at the town hall on March 30 at 1 p.m. with a program on how to conduct online family research. Anyone with an Optimum account can bring their laptops and log in to the Optimum hotspot at the town hall. (Be sure to know your Optimum username and password.) That’s about it for news this week. I hear we may have more snow right around when this issue of the paper comes out. Oh great. So much for March coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb! Alas. See you all next week. Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or

Peace pole dedicated to Pete Seeger in Newburgh On Saturday, March 15, the World Peace Prayer Society led a World Peace Flag Ceremony with members of Rotary International, the Salvation Army, local peace activists and members of the community in honor of Beacon resident, community activist and legendary folk singer Pete Seeger. The peace pole is located at Broadway and Colden Street in the city of Newburgh.

obituaries Bernhard H. Scholldorf Rhinebeck

Bernhard H. Scholldorf, 84, passed away Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Archcare at Ferncliff Nursing Home. Immigrating to Rhinebeck in 1951, Bernhard and wife Edith established the family dairy farm where he dedicated nearly 60 years and continued to farm with partner and son, Bentley up to a few short months ago. He was a member of the Kingston Mannerchor and the Poughkeepsie Germania Singers and was also a member of the Good Shepherd Church where he sang in the Choir. Born December 11, 1929 in Altheim, Germany, he was the son of Hermann and Catherine (Butcher) Scholldorf . He was predeceased by his wife Edith (Behrendt) Scholldorf on March 21, 2001. Mr. Scholldorf is survived by his children, Alfred ‘Fred’ Scholldorf and his wife Joanne of Kings Park, NY; Bernhard ‘Bentley’ Jr. of Rhinebeck; Julia Staub and her husband Paul of Dracut, MA; Anita Pendleton and her husband Jeff of Moneta, VA; and Christa Hines and her husband DJ of Rhinebeck; 9 Grandchildren, Alexandra and Rebecca Scholldorf, Jonathan, Michael, Robert and Nicholas Staub, Brendan, Carter and Brooke Hines; a cousin Gertrude Locher of Rhinebeck; a brother Georg Scholldorf; and two sisters Hildegard Werth and Anna Marie Hohner. He was predeceased by a brother August Scholldorf. Calling hours are Friday, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., at the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, 11 a.m., at the Good Shepherd Church, 3 Mulberry St., Rhinebeck. Interment will follow in the Rhinebeck Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Good Shepherd Church, 3 Mulberry St., Rhinebeck. To sign the online register please visit

Meet Fuzz, a declawed silver Calico long-hair senior sweetheart! She’s a great partner for quiet couch time. Like all declawed cats, Fuzz needs to stay inside.

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Hospice and Dutchess County SPCA Launch Pet Adoption Project


Fire kills two dogs at SPCA

At 6:10 a.m. on Sunday morning, a fire tore through the back kennel of the Hudson Valley SPCA in Orange County. Three dogs were revived at the scene by firefighters, two were transported by the New Windsor animal control for their injuries and two were found deceased. The fire is currently under investigation, though initial oberservations indicate that it was an accident. To donate, or foster an animal, email


3 relatives hurt in crash on Thruway, one fatally

On March 19, Kingston resident Margaret Seyfarth, 64, was killed and her husband, Paul W. Seyfarth, 65, was critically injured when their 2000 GMC SUV rolled over on the Thruway near Albany. Passengers Susan L. Cottington, 60, Paul’s sister, and his mother, Doris Seyfarth, 86, were also injured and treated at Albany Medical Center. Doris Seyfarth was the only occupant wearing a seatbelt. The Seyfarths are known in Kingston for previously operating the Paul and Doris Luncheonette in Midtown Kingston across from the Ulster Performing Arts Center.

Ice age enters Hudson Valley Wood piles, tempers and temperatures running low

In a turn that has left Fox News commentators fuming at Al Gore for freezing during a supposed global warming period, observational scientists confirm that an ice age has officially entered the Hudson Valley. “For weeks, it has been cold,” SUNY scientist Joe T. Schmartz said. “Very cold.” Investigation into weeks of polar vortexes, naming winter storms, plummeting temperatures and accumulating snow drifts confirm that it has been in fact, very f*ing cold. “Must be why all these kids are growing beards,” one local storeowner told us. “Ain’t hipsters, they just trying to keep warm. Explains some of these women too.” Some residents have also spotted what they first believed to be a bobcat scouring backyards, when it was in fact, a sabertooth tiger. Along with the sabertooth tiger, a sloth and wooly mammoth, who sounded oddly like Ray Romano, were seen trekking across Hackett Hill Park.



Beacon to be installed at fatal intersection BY HV NEWS STAFF On Friday, the New York State Department of Transportation announced plans to install a four-way flashing light at the Hudson Valley News readers Route 9G intersection between Broadway responded on our Facebook page to the DOT’s and Kerley Corners Road. announcement of a light at the Route 9G and “Safety is the number one priority at Kerley Corners intersection: the Department of Transportation, and Angela: The intersection had nothing to this new flashing beacon will provide a do with the death of the bard kids, a drunk very visible warning to motorists that they driver did. All the lights in the world wont need to proceed with caution,” said NYS keep people from doing stupid stuff or make DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald. the follow traffic laws. The intersection is the site of the JanuCynthia DelPozzo: It’s about time! Just ary 31 fatal accident that killed Bard Colthink of the lives that could’ve been saved. lege students Evelina Brown and Sarah McCausland. It is also where Brandon M. Patti Werner: HOORAY! And thank you O’Connell, 21, of Hudson was killed on NYSDOT! March 3. Get involved in the conversation. An online petition for a blinking light garnered over 3,000 signatures on O’Connell’s sister also appealed for changes to the DOT. On March 5, Tivoli Mayor Bryan Cranna sent a letter to the DOT stating, “In my opinion, unless the entire corridor is revamped with better signage to alert drivers of these growing communities, we cannot rest.” “Additionally, let us remember those who were victims of accidents along this corridor and their families as well,” Cranna added. “Let these improvements be part of their legacies.” Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro added, “The installation of a flashing light at the intersection of 9G and West Kerley Corners in Tivoli is an important step toward improving the safety of this intersection. We are grateful to the New York State Department of Transportation for hearing the concerns of our community and working with us to address this critical safety issue.” Work will begin next week to survey the intersection. The DOT hopes to have the new signal operational by Memorial Day.


A fire broke out shortly after midnight Sunday night on Gold Road in Beekman. A male, who was not identified as of press time, was the only fatality from the fire. More details will be released shortly from the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office.

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BY HV NEWS STAFF Hudson Valley Hospice and the Dutchess County SPCA have formed a new partnership to serve the pets of Hospice patients. The Boyd Pets Adoption Project provides local Hospice patients and their families with a free service, through the Dutchess County SPCA, to ensure their animals are cared for and adopted upon the death of the patient. The program is made possible through funds established by the Susanne P. Boyd and Darrel Boyd Foundation for Animal Welfare. “Many times throughout the year, Hudson Valley Hospice patients and their family members are faced with the distressing prospect that upon the death of the patient there will be no one to take care of their beloved pet. The patient is often filled with concern, not only about their own condition, but with respect to the care and future well-being of their pet companion. The Boyd Pets Adoption Project addresses this for our patients,” stated Richard Trocino, Hudson Valley Hospice president and CEO. “The Boyd Pets Adoption Project is a wonderful way for the Dutchess County SPCA to help ease the transition for pets and to provide piece of mind for their owners during a stressful time. We get to know the pets and gather all the information we can from the families to help us make lasting matches. When the time comes for the animal to enter the shelter, we provide the care they need and arrange for an adoption. We talk to the new owners about ways they can help their new pet cope with loss and changes,” stated Jackie Rose, DCSPCA executive director. Families of Hospice patients can contact Hudson Valley Hospice at 845473-2273 for more information about the Boyd Pets Adoption program. Community members with questions about relinquishing a family pet can contact the Dutchess County SPCA at 845-452-7722. People interested in adopting a pet can visit the shelter in Hyde Park, the satellite site inside PetSmart in Poughkeepsie or search on-line at or

obituaries Charles Christopher “Kip” Eggert

NOTICE OF FORMATION of 6380 Mill Street, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/09/14. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, c/o United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, New York 11228. Purpose: Any lawful activities. Notice Of Formation Of A Limited Liability Company, Smooth Jams Radio LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on December 31, 2013. Office Loacation: Dutchess County 369 Main st. #484 Beacon, New York 12508. 11 DUTCHESS TERRACE, LLC. Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (“LLC”). Articles of Organization filed New York Sec. of State (“NYSS”) 01/28/14. Office loc. Dutchess County. NYSS designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. NYSS shall mail a copy of any process to c/o The LLC, 50 Orchard Drive, Rhinecliff,

New York 12574. There is no specific date set for dissolution. Purpose: to engage in any lawful activity or act. Name and Business Address of Organizer is Adeline P. Malone, Esq., 6369 Mill Street, P.O. Box 510, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. LEGAL NOTICE M O U N TA I N TREATS, LLC NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on February 20, 2014. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY is designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY may mail a copy of any process to the LLC at 443 Schultzville Road, Clinton Corners, New York 12514. Latest date to dissolve is 12/31/2064. Purpose: for all legal purposes. Notice of Formation of a Limited Liability Company (LLC): Name: ENS PROFESSIONAL, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/05/2014. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY

shall mail a copy of process to; C/O ENS PROFESSIONAL, LLC, 260 Mill Street, Poughkeepsie, 12601. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Latest date upon which LLC is to dissolve: No specific date.

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

Purpose: any lawful act. Notice of formation of 2204 Bennington Drive LLC (the “LLC”). Arts. Of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of New York (“SSNY”) on February 18, 2014. Office Location: Dutchess County. SSNY is designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy to: 65 Susie Boulevard, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of formation of 814 Saratoga Lane LLC (the “LLC”). Arts. Of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of New York (“SSNY”) on February 18, 2014. Office Location: Dutchess County. SSNY is designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy to: 65 Susie Boulevard, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of a Limited Liability Company (LLC). The name of the LLC is: RLT III Executive and Security Protection LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) office on: January 13, 2014. The County

in which the Office is to be located: Orange. The SSNY is designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is: 21 Poplar Street Newburgh, New York. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of formation of CMK Farm & Land, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/26/2014. Office location, County of Dutchess. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 290 Titicus Rd., N. Salem, NY 10560. Purpose: any lawful act. Notice of formation of Frozen Torch LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/7/2014. Office located in Dutchess County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 7 Nobile Lane, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. Purpose: Any Lawful purpose. R & P Realty Partners, LLC Notice of

formation of Limited Liability Company ("LLC"). Articles of Organization filed New York Sec. of State ("NYSS") 03/20/2014. 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, 34 Echo Valley Road, Red Hook, New York 12571. 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. TO: Tanisha Howard (DOB: 8-7-78) In the matter of Tre’Maine Woodall (DOB: 8-10-97), Coreisha Howard (4-25-01) and Anthony Anderson Jr. (7-31-09). A hearing regarding Permanent Custody will be conducted by the court on 5-29-14 @ 9:00am in Macomb County Circuit Court, 40 N. Main, Mt. Clemens, MI 48043 before Referee Rittenger. It is therefore ORDERED that Tanisha Howard personally appear before the court at the time and place state above. This hearing may result in a termination of your parental rights.

A man of wide-ranging interests, talents, and accomplishments, Charles Christopher “Kip” Eggert of Rhinebeck died at home on Saturday, March 15, 2014. Born November 22, 1945, in Toledo, Ohio, he was the son of the late Charles and Betty Blair Eggert. Kip graduated from the Millbrook School in 1963 and Bard College in 1967, majoring in literature. He subsequently joined the United States Navy and attended Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. He grew up and spent most of his sixty-eight years in Barrytown, Red Hook, and Rhinebeck, New York. Kip was a former school teacher, a registered nurse, and a wood craftsman whose exquisitely sculpted bowls are in many private collections, including that of Martha Stewart on whose show he appeared. He was an avid bird watcher, fisherman, hiker, and naturalist familiar with the mountains and rivers of the Hudson Valley. An excellent writer, he attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. An excellent competitor, he played fierce games of tennis, squash, and backgammon. He was a familiar figure at local farmers’ markets, where he sold wines, cheeses, and produce. Survivors include a brother, R. Sebastian Eggert, of Port Townsend, Washington; cousins Donna Blair of Forsyth, Georgia; Robin Blair and Georgia Blair of Shrewsbury, New Jersey; and Carrie Blair of Middleburg, Virginia; a niece, Katrina Blair Stringham, and grandnephew, Stone Stringham, of Port Townsend, Washington; an aunt, JoAnne Blair, of New York, New York; and last, but not least, Kip’s beloved cat Treelo. Kip’s sense of humor, intelligence, generosity, considerateness, and oldfashioned courtesy will be sorely missed by his many and varied devoted friends. A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 22nd, at the Third Evangelical Lutheran Church, 31 Livingston Street, in Rhinebeck. In lieu of flowers, online donations may be sent to Hudsonia Environmental Research Institute at or by telephoning 845-58-7053. To sign the online register, please visit Arrangments are under the direction of the DapsonChestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck.


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