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Wager concedes, Barrett takes Assembly seat page 4

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Candidates for the 106th Assembly include (from left) Dave Byrne, Alyssa Kogon, Stephan Krakower, Yancy McArthur and Jonathan Smith. Courtesy and file photos.

BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON With more than seven months to go until Election Day, the race for the 106th Assembly District is already off to a fast start, with a number of local political veterans vying for the seat. Five candidates have already officially announced that they will run or are considering running for the seat. With brand-new district lines for 2013 recently approved and an entrenched incumbent set to retire at the end of this year, it truly is anyone’s game at this point. On the Democratic side, Alyssa Kogon, the Democratic Committee chairwoman for the Town of Clinton and 2010 Assembly candidate, and Jonathan Smith, a Hyde Park resident who ran for A Assembly in 2008, have both announced their candidacies.

In addition, there are currently three Republicans hoping to be the 106th District’s next assemblyman. So far, former Milan Councilman Dave Byrne and Town of Poughkeepsie Councilman Stephan Krakower, a local attorney, have announced they will run for the seat. Former Hyde Park Supervisor Yancy McArthur is also running and hoping to drum up enough support at the Dutchess County Republican Committee Convention on May 10 for his own candidacy, though McArthur has said he will not challenge fellow Republicans in a primary. The newly configured 106th Assembly District map, which goes into effect in 2013, includes the Dutchess County communities of Milan, Pine Plains, North East, Hyde Park, Clinton, Stanford, Amenia, Pleasant Valley and

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the Town of Poughkeepsie, as well as 11 municipalities in Columbia County, including the City of Hudson. Earlier this year, Assemblyman Joel Miller, a Republican who has represented Poughkeepsie and the surrounding area since 1994, announced he will retire at the end of his term on Dec. 31. Throughout his career, Miller has consistently been re-elected every other year for 18 years, and his impending retirement seems to have galvanized candidates on both sides of the aisle. This week, Hudson Valley News caught up with two of the candidates, Byrne and Smith. We plan to feature articles on each candidate in the coming weeks, so look for additional profiles in upcoming issues. >> continued on next page


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Dave Byrne Byrne, a Republican who last year decided not to seek re-election as a councilman on the Milan Town Board after serving for four years, announced last week that he hopes to become the new district’s representative. Byrne grew up in Red Hook and graduated from West Point Military Academy before completing two deployments to the Middle East with the U.S. Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Later, he would serve in the National Guard for a year. He currently works as a salesman and project manager with Hudson Valley Clean Energy, a local company that installs and maintains renewable-energy systems. Byrne says he wants to go to Albany to help lower the cost of living for young families, senior citizens and farmers in Dutchess and Columbia counties. According to Byrne, of the 16 counties that pay the highest property taxes in the country, 13 are in New York, and these skyrocketing taxes have caused residents to flee the state. “They are doing the math and figuring out that they can effectively give themselves a pay raise by moving out of the area,” Byrne said. “You have to look at the taxes the locals are paying to live here. New York has the highest local taxes in America compared to personal income.”


An article in last week’s newspaper entitled “Dems criticize GOP legislators’ votes on redistricting” incorrectly stated that both Terry Gipson and Alyssa Kogon had been endorsed by the Dutchess County Democratic Committee. Gipson has been endorsed by the party in his run for state Senate, but the committee has yet to endorse Kogon or any other candidate in the 106th Assembly District race.

Byrne says part of the problem is the state’s $61.7 billion debt, which translates to about $11,000 per family. According to Byrne, for every $1 the state collects in taxes, about 17 cents goes to the debt service. “It’s easy to talk about lowering property taxes, but we can’t address that until we do something about the state’s debt,” he says. Byrne says unfunded mandates have also hurt local communities, adding that when he was on the Milan Town Board, he saw pension costs increase 30% to 50% each year. He says the price of Medicaid in New York is also too high and adds New York is one of only four states in the country to mandate that counties share Medicaid costs. “I think Medicaid is a valuable program, but I also think we need to reform it to make sure we are efficient with the investments we make,” he said. Byrne has been married 11 years and has three children, and promises that if he’s elected, he will not support any measure that could have a detrimental impact on families. “Being a father is very important to me and the term ‘family’ is sacred to me,” Byrne said. “If I’m elected, I will do a cost-benefit analysis for every bill to see if it benefits families in New York.” Lastly, Byrne says he wants to help change the culture of Albany. Byrne says too many politicians forget they were elected to serve the people. He said in the Army, he practiced the concept of “servant leadership,” meaning he was a servant first and a leader second. For example, he said, soldiers were permitted to eat first and sleep more than the officers they took their orders from. Byrne said he’d like to practice this concept in the Assembly. “In America, the ruling class is the citizens who elect these servants,” he said.





Jonathan Smith Democrat Smith ran a well-organized and well-funded campaign against Miller in 2008 and says no one has ever come closer to defeating the incumbent in his 18 years in the Assembly. In fact, in an interview with Hudson Valley News earlier this year, Miller admitted Smith was the challenger who worried him the most throughout his political career. “It was a great race,” Smith said of his ’08 political debut. “We fought hard for what we believed in.” Now, Smith is hoping to win his party’s nomination and go on to win the 106th District seat. First, though, Democrats will have to decide which candidate, Smith or fellow Democrat Kogon, who announced her candidacy back in August 2011, will represent the party. “It’s very possible that we will go all the way to a primary,” Smith said. “I’m excited to get out and explain my message to the residents of Dutchess and Columbia counties.” Smith says he wants to help make Albany work for the people of New York State by providing economic stimulus and improving education. “People are really hurting,” he said. “They’re losing their homes, their jobs, their security, and Albany is failing them. I believe the solution is the new-energy economy.” Smith added, “I’ve been fighting for the new-energy economy my whole adult life. It’s about putting people back to work.” Smith says there is untapped potential for new jobs in the renewable-energy sector in Dutchess and Columbia counties.

Smith says not only does renewable energy benefit our environment, but it could also create a new manufacturing industry and countless other jobs. Smith says education in New York is sub-par, and he’d like to see schools get some of the taxpayer money that is currently going elsewhere. “We are currently failing our children,” Smith said. “The money is there, it’s just been mismanaged.” For example, Smith said, New York collects $16 billion each year in stock transfer taxes, which are levied whenever stocks are bought and sold. Smith says too much of this money gets kicked back to Wall Street; he’d like to see some of it go to education instead. “They are giving it back to millionaires, not people like you and I,” he said. Smith says Albany already has enough legislators working on behalf of Wall Street and millionaires. “I want to be the assemblyman for our working people, our environment and our school children,” he said. Like he did in 2008, Smith has already begun assembling a campaign team led by Jonathan Wright, who shares Smith’s expertise and passion for renewable energy. Smith says he is hitting the ground running, and he has already begun going door to door in Dutchess and Columbia counties. “I’m excited about it,” he said. “I think this is a very important race.” Professionally, Smith works as director of Vassar College’s Annual Fund, which provides scholarships to students who otherwise could not afford to attend Vassar. He is married with one young child.

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U.S. Rep. Dr. Nan Hayworth, (R-N.Y. 19) listens as Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan articulates some of his organization’s goals and priorities at a meeting of environmental leaders Monday. Photo by Jim Langan.

Justin Bozick

Firefighters work to extinguish a shed fire at a Barrytown Road home last week. Photos submitted.

BY HV NEWS STAFF Firefighters from the Red Hook and Tivoli departments all responded to a shed fire on Barrytown Road in Red Hook last Tuesday.

By the time firefighters arrived at 10:20 a.m., the shed, which is located at the rear of the house at 75 Barrytown Rd., was

fully involved. According to Information Officer Henry Campbell, firefighters, under the direction of Red Hook Fire Department Chief Peter Coon, quickly extinguished the blaze before it could extend to the surrounding area. The cause of the fire appears to be hot ashes that had been dumped from a burn barrel behind the structure earlier that morning, Campbell said.

BY JIM LANGAN Last week, the Hyde Park Police Department reported the arrest of 28-yearold Justin Bozick of Clinton Corners in connection with a fatal hit-and-run auto accident on Feb. 11 that claimed the life of 23-year-old Sean Sinon. According to officials, Bozick and Sinon were friends and had attended a card party earlier that same evening. Sinon was struck as he was walking home on Crum Elbow Road. The morning after the accident, Bozick contacted Hyde Park Police to report he may have hit “a deer or some other object” the night before, according to police. Police say he presented himself at Hyde Park Police headquarters and was interviewed by officers. He was not charged at the time and police continued their investigation. Police say Bozick’s car was subsequently impounded and subjected to testing. Sources have told Hudson Valley News that Bozick spent a period of time in a mental-health facility shortly after the incident to deal with emotional stress. Bozick turned himself into Hyde Park Police on March 28. He was arrested on a bench warrant issued by Judge Peter Foreman for leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident, a class-D felony. Bozick was arraigned in front of Judge Stephen Geller and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail on $20,000 cash bond. He is due back in Dutchess County Court on April 19 for further proceedings.

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Barrett is presumed winner of special election Wager: ‘I will likely fall a few votes short of victory’

Photo courtesy Didi Barrett’s Facebook page.

into effect in 2013. Barrett’s hometown of Washington will be in the new 105th Assembly District next year, and unless she moves out of the district between now and then, Barrett will have to make her case in front of some entirely new voters in the next election. The new 105th District will include the towns of Washington, LaGrange, Union Vale, Dover, Wappinger, Beekman, Pawling, Fishkill and East Fishkill, while the current 103rd District includes many northern Dutchess and Columbia County communities. Wager, also a Town of Washington resident, says he is considering taking on Barrett again. “I have not yet decided if I will challenge Ms. Barrett in November for the newly drawn district, which is comprised of areas I handily won,” he said. “I will make my intentions on that clear in the coming weeks.” In an interview prior to the March 20 election, Barrett said she hadn’t yet decided whether she would seek re-election to a full two-year term in November if she was victorious in the special election. Barrett’s victory means Democrats took two Assembly seats from the GOP on March 20. The 103rd District had previously been represented by Republican Molinaro, and in the 100th District, Democrat Frank Skartados won a special election to fill a vacancy left by Republican Assemblyman Tom Kirwan, who passed away in November 2011.

BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON It appears Didi Barrett is the 103rd Assembly District’s new representative. Democrat Barrett and Republican Rich Wager faced off in a special election on Tuesday, March 20 to fill a vacancy in the state Assembly left by former Assemblyman Marc Molinaro, who was elected Dutchess County executive in November. When the polls closed, Barrett was leading by 139 votes, but with more than 1,000 absentee ballots uncounted

at the time, Wager remained hopeful the electoral tides could turn in his favor. Then, last week, Wager conceded, saying, “It is becoming apparent in the recount for the 103rd State Assembly race that I will likely fall a few votes short of victory.” Barrett thanked Wager but said she will wait until the remaining ballots are counted before celebrating her victory. “The counting of ballots is not yet complete, and every vote needs to be counted

because every voter’s choice is important,” she said. “However, I remain confident that I will be the next representative for the 103rd in the Assembly, and look forward to getting to work.” Barrett will hold the seat for the remainder of the term, which ends Dec. 31. If Barrett decides to seek re-election, she will have to do so in an entirely new district because of the state’s recently approved new district lines, which go

BY HV NEWS STAFF David Sherman, the former supervisor and planning board chairman of the Town of North East, has been appointed to fill a vacancy in the Dutchess County Legislature. Sherman, a Republican, will occupy the District 19 seat formerly held by fellow Republican Gary Cooper, who resigned after taking a position with the Dutchess County Department of Public Works. The district includes the towns of North East, Stanford, Pine Plains and Milan. Sherman was appointed to the post during a joint meeting of the North East, Stanford, Pine Plains and Milan town boards in March. “I am honored to have been chosen to represent the people of District 19,” Sherman said. “I look forward to working with Chairman (Rob) Rolison and my

new colleagues to fight for the needs of northern Dutchess residents.” Following his appointment, Sherman was appointed to the Legislature’s Government Services and Administration and Public Works and Capital Projects committees. In addition, he will serve as legislative liaison to the Agriculture and Farmland Protection and Cornell Cooperative Extension Agriculture boards. Legislature Chairman Rob Rolison (R-Poughkeepsie) said, “With over a decade of experience in municipal government administration, David will be a valuable asset to the Legislature and his constituents.” Sherman will hold the seat until December. In November, a special election will be held in North East, Stanford, Pine Plains and Milan to determine who will hold the seat for a one-year term.

David Sherman, who was recently appointed to fill a vacancy in the Dutchess County Legislature, shakes hands with Legislature Chairman Rob Rolison. Photo submitted.

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Historical society gearing up for fifth annual Knit-In

Two young chili connoisseurs pose for a photo at the Premier Cares Foundation’s Challenge Your Colon Chili Festival. Photo submitted.

Chili fest nets $36K for Premier Cares Foundation BY CAROLINE CAREY More than 300 people attended Premier Cares Foundation’s first-ever Challenge Your Colon Chili Festival on Sunday, March 25 at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, helping to raise more than $36,000 for the foundation. A variety of local restaurants and vendors served tasting portions of their prized chili recipes and other local treats. A panel of Culinary Institute of America chefs judged the chili contest, which was won by Cosimo’s. La Puetra Azul was the first runner-up and Crew Restaurant was named second runnerup. Equally important, Crew’s recipe

was crowned “the people’s choice” chili. Dr. Sunil Khurana, co-CEO of Premier Medical Group, said, “This was truly a great event, bringing even more awareness to the importance of early screenings in the fight against colon cancer.” A recent study showed that proper screening reduces mortality in colorectal cancer by 53%. Proceeds from the chili festival will benefit the Premier Cares Foundation, which provides support, education, awareness and treatment for those people in the community lacking sufficient funds to address significant urologic and digestive diseases.

BY HV NEWS STAFF The Town of Hyde Park Historical Society is now accepting reservations for its fifth annual Eleanor Roosevelt Knit-In. The event will be held Sunday, May 6 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the FDR Presidential Library and Home on Route 9 in Hyde Park. Attendees who want to knit are asked to bring their own yarn and needles, any color, any pattern, and knit or crochet 7-by-9-inch acrylic-yarn (four ply) blocks, which will be fashioned into afghans. The afghans are then distributed to troops, VA hospitals, battered-women’s shelters and others in need. Attendees will also learn more about the former first lady through films about Eleanor Roosevelt and an actor portraying her. Guests will enjoy refreshments and a complimentary ticket to the FDR Presidential Library. Guests do not have to crochet or knit to attend, but still must make reservations in advance. The Knit-In is a fundraiser for the historical society and the cost is $20 per person.

Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was an avid knitter, so each year the Hyde Park Historical Society hosts its Eleanor Roosevelt Knit-In in her memory. Photo submitted.

Reservation forms are available at www. Make checks payable to the Town of Hyde Park Historical Society, and mail them to P.O. Box 182, Hyde Park, NY 12538. Include your name, address, phone number and email address.

County executive addresses local judges

Carlo Citera, the proprietor of Cosimo’s; Dr. Salvatore Buffa, a gastroenterologist with Premier Medical Group; Monica Metty, assistant to the executive director of Premier Cares Foundation; and Harin Gupta, a Culinary Institute of America student, pose for a photo at the Premier Cares Foundation’s Challenge your Colon Chili Festival. Photo submitted.

Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro spoke at a recent dinner meeting of the Dutchess County Magistrates Association at Copperfield’s Restaurant in Millbrook. Molinaro discussed diverse issues, such as the status of the local criminal justice system, the availability of mental health services in the county and planning for the future of the Dutchess County Jail. Shown in the photo, from left to right, are: Magistrates Association President Judge Jonah Triebwasser (Red Hook), Secretary Judge Casey McCabe (North East), Vice President Christi Acker (Pine Plains), Molinaro and Treasurer Judge Frank Christensen (Milan). Photo by Lori Urbin. Hudson valley news | | April 4, 2012 {5}


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From Holy Week to Great Vigil Holy Week. For Christians, this is the most somber of weeks, the time we remember Jesus’ death and prepare for his resurrection. Each denomination does this in its own way, but many, like ours, have several services, each commemorating a different aspect of the time before Jesus was killed. For Episcopalians, the biggest services are Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Great Vigil of Easter. On Maundy Thursday, we have a service that remembers the night Jesus was arrested. We wash parishioners’ feet (well, some – only those who want to) as a way of remembering how Jesus washed his disciples’ feet, which in turn was a way of reminding them to serve others. In some churches, following that service there is “The Watch,” when parishioners sit in the church in onehour shifts through the night. They often sit near a special “garden” set up for the occasion to remind us how Jesus prayed in the garden before his arrest, but the disciples couldn’t manage to stay awake. Things really get going for us on Good Friday. In Hyde Park, many of the local churches join together for the Community Walk of the Cross. In the Stations of the Cross (as it’s also known), worshipers go to 14 “stations,” each of which remembers something that was said to have happened between the time Jesus was condemned to death and when his body was removed from the cross. Most of those things are biblical, some are traditional. They’re all very moving. The Community Walk of the Cross, by the way, begins Friday at 10:30 a.m.

in front of Regina Coeli Roman Catholic Church and ends at Hyde Park Reformed Dutch Church. It passes through two other churches as well. You are cordially invited to be part of it – just show up. Friday night is the starkest, simplest and possibly most-moving service we have. There’s no communion – and believe me, for Episcopalians, that’s a big deal – and colors are pretty much non-existent. We wear black. At many churches, the climax of Good Friday is when a large cross is brought in and we have what’s called “the veneration.” It’s just a chance for people to come up and pray at the cross. Amazingly, I’ve seen grown men break down in tears as they held onto it. We leave that service in silence. Saturday is the strangest day. We just wait. Nothing happens. Saturday night changes everything. It’s the Easter Vigil. Possibly the strangest service of the year, it begins outside with kindling of a fire. From that fire, we light a large candle called the Paschal Candle. Often, we light other candles from that. We process into a dark church, which remains lit only by candles through the reading of several Old Testament passages, canticles and prayers. In our church, there’s a bunch of chanting as well. If you ever wanted a mysterious church experience, this would be it. And then, midway through, the lights are thrown on, all somberness is cast aside, and in one moment, it’s Easter. Music peals and we are smiling. Forget about all those sunshiny Easter-morning services (nice as they are) – if you want to get where it all starts, this is the experience. For Christians, everything that happens this week has great significance. Whether you’re a Christians, Jew, Muslim, Hindu – whatever – or even if you believe nothing at all, it’s good to know what your neighbors are doing. Maybe you might consider wishing your Christian neighbors a Good Holy Week. The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Hyde Park. You can leave a comment for him at



Meaning in demeaning I remember very vividly one of my first days at the job I have held now for almost eight years. I was barely 21 years old when I started. The first thing I was told when I got the job was I was never to mutter the words “I can’t …” and there is always a way to accomplish any goal. I’ve carried that with me. However, there is another saying that sits with me from that day. My boss told me there was something crucial that I needed to understand about the business I was entering. He summed it up: “It is not enough for me to become successful; I have to watch my friends fail.” I’d like to start by saying I’m lucky. Though my employer feels strongly about this idea, he does not regularly practice it. He’s a good person and as such, has found himself on the receiving end most of the time. But they are only half right when they say nice guys finish last; it depends on your meter. I see more of it now than I did at the naïve age of 21; it spans every industry, and it is not exclusive to mine. Any social environment creates a competitive environment, and while competition is a catalyst for growth, it can often foster something far more sinister. Politicians have nothing better to do now than slander one another. They find it

far easier to gain leverage by tearing down an opponent than building themselves up. It is a dangerous and distressing trend when one’s bedroom activities weigh more heavily on the public conscious than one’s voting record. Newspapers have been caught hacking phones to obtain information. It would seem that no tactic is off the table, no matter how objectionable the means to the end might be, no matter how personal and unnecessary the attack. These are dangerous trends that set an even more dangerous precedent. The onslaught of information we are bombarded with is staggering. Even the evening news is filled with tweets, hashtags and news-crawls. It seems it is no longer enough to have someone simply speak to us. At some point, we will have to accept that our enemies are just as human as our friends. Their triumphs and failures met with the same emotions as our own, their right to individuality just as strong as our own. Perhaps it is the onslaught of information that makes us so callous. Perhaps it is reality TV. The reason seems irrelevant at this point. The only real way to change this trend is to change ourselves, to not give into the gossip and undermining activity, to refuse to support those who cater to it. Just as Walmart now carries organic products because customers demanded it, we can make the same demands of those around us by simply not playing the game. Larissa Carson is a life-long resident of the Hudson Valley. To respond to this column, email editorial@

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IS THE EASTER BUNNY A RACIST HOMOSEXUAL? As I flip from channel to channel listening to the overheated rhetoric from both sides in the Trayvon Martin case, I’m starting to believe I’m part of an oppressive majority who get up every morning trying to make life worse for the black man. For some reason, that got me to thinking about Easter, which got me to thinking about the crucifixion of Jesus, which naturally took me to the Easter Bunny. Let’s start with the fact I’m being told by revisionist historians that Jesus was actually black, thereby fully explaining why a bunch of mercenary white soldiers acting on behalf of the Roman one-percenters would want to kill this innocent black community activist. Run with that, Obama supporters. But let’s move on to the ubiquitous Easter Bunny, an obvious symbol of white supremacy and oppression. Do you think it’s a coincidence you’ve never seen a black Easter Bunny? OK, there are chocolate bunnies, but they’re clearly subservient, sitting there on drug store shelves and wrapped in plastic waiting for a white person to buy them. Meanwhile, the Easter Bunny is cavorting around the land, concentrating on neighborhoods with lush, green lawns and adorable white children decked out in holiday finery. Can you say “gated community?” Has anyone ever seen the Easter Bunny in the projects or hopping his big white butt around the hood? Then there’s the outfit and the attitude. Have you ever noticed how the Easter Bunny prances more than hops around? How about the little straw basket with the brightly colored eggs? Everyone knows the eggs are part of the radical multicultural agenda. Back to EB’s outfits. Does the word foppish ring a bell? This big bunny puts the Teletubbies to shame with all that gay code. By the way, have we ever seen Mrs. Easter Bunny or anything

resembling little Easter Bunnies? Clearly, Easter Bunny is a racist homosexual intent on proselytizing one house at a time. Now, I hope no one reading this is taking me seriously. If you are, I assume you live in Montana and have enough food and weapons to ride out Armageddon. My point here is nothing is beyond the pale anymore and nonsense like I’ve just written could be embraced by people on both sides of the cultural divide. We no longer live in a world of thoughtful discussion and respect for another’s opinion. You either agree with me or I demonize you. It doesn’t matter if you’re talking presidential politics or town board. It gets nasty and petty in a hurry. So it might make sense to put the Easter Bunny up for public office. Since it’s all about the agenda and less about the actual candidates, give the white furry guy a shot. You can project whatever you want on him and since everyone’s so angry and opinionated, what difference does it make? Let’s use Hyde Park as an example. The previous town board was full-bore Republican agenda, going after traditional Democratic sacred cows like the environment and anyone they considered a liberal weenie. They appeared angry and overbearing, which they were. Enter the new Democratic board members, who look like they’re legislator for a day at FDR High. (Note this week’s gratuitous resolution on Fair Housing Month). What’s next, a resolution getting behind Santa on Christmas? Neither group has had or is likely to have any impact on Hyde Park. Taxes go up and they all snipe at each other. Not exactly a formula for success. My analysis is the Martino board is the one nobody will ever forget and the Rohr board is the board nobody will remember. The sad fact is neither constituency really advocates for the people. They just want to go to their respective events and congratulate themselves for fighting the good fight. Both sides make a living preaching to the converted. It’s a sad situation that will only be resolved when the American people throw them all out and find other leaders more interested in the welfare of the country than some narrow political or social agenda. Until then, don’t blame the Easter Bunny. Jim Langan can be reached at


EDITORIAL How low the PoJo? We are shocked and disappointed that the Poughkeepsie Journal chose to publish an article dealing with the personal finances of two Hudson Valley News staff members Tuesday. The fact they chose to give voice to what has been a personal and political vendetta orchestrated by people hiding behind an anonymous blog reduces the Poughkeepsie Journal to a print version of the bathroom wall. Furthermore, we know the information regarding our staffers’ financial situation was delivered anonymously to the Poughkeepsie Journal. How does the personal financial situation of two Dutchess County residents rise to the level of news? In this economy, too many of our neighbors are dealing with difficult economic circumstances. Does the Poughkeepsie Journal think embarrassing people at one of the most difficult times in their lives is news or reflects the compassion of a community newspaper? What’s next? Disturbing child-custody allegations? Painful divorces? Or was the decision to run this story predicated on a simple business decision? After all, the Hudson Valley News has been doing an admirable job of covering local news and the arts as the Poughkeepsie Journal becomes less and less relevant. It’s not our fault this formerly important and well-respected journal of news and opinion has devolved into the poor-man’s version of USA Today, so pardon us if we suspect your eagerness to embarrass our people and our paper. Of this you can be sure. The personal finances of our people have not and will not impact the viability of the Hudson Valley News or our commitment to delivering the best local coverage of the people and events you care about. Cheap-shot attacks like this only bolster our resolve. Any temporary personal financial setbacks are just that, temporary, and irrelevant. On the other hand, poor judgment and callousness are permanent conditions, and it appears the Poughkeepsie Journal has a terminal diagnosis.


Knick Staley and I wish to thank everyone who supported our Rhinebeck Village Board campaign, especially the many friends from all parties who actively participated. Finding candidates to run for local offices is difficult. The work is time-consuming, often requiring difficult decisions that polarize the community, including village employees and volunteers. The campaign itself takes a major commitment, and for the most part, it was a great experience talking to new and old residents while distributing our campaign literature. Although we developed a responsible platform by diligently studying the issues, our campaign was undermined by the Republican mayor, who adamantly opposed our candidacy and publicly supported and campaigned for our opposition. While unopposed elections and “deals” are convenient for the incumbents, they are a disservice to the community. Most disturbing was a letter from Clare Brandt, distributed throughout the village, stating that we “had not attended a single public board meeting or workshop for these two years.” I attended three meetings in the last year alone (i.e. a special meeting on Feb. 24, 2011), and spoke at the two event code public hearings. Apparently Brandt, Gipson and Neuneker don’t consider them a “public board meeting.” They all should be ashamed of themselves for distributing such a deception. I encourage residents to follow a number of important issues: enforcement of the sidewalk, tree and historic overlay laws; the proposed events law; cable contract negotiations; and the $950,000 anticipated bond to construct a one-story building (Feb. 21 meeting). The village board should voluntarily subject such a bond to a permissive referendum. If Terry Gipson wins the New York State Senate, it will be interesting to see whom they select to replace him. Brenda Klaproth Rhinebeck

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were wounded in a shooting in Rush’s district. A total of 13 people were shot in a 24-hour period … all black-onblack shootings. We didn’t notice Rush walking the streets of his district with a hoodie to protest the fact that 96% of young black men killed are killed by other young black men.

• We had a crazy number of people believe our April Fools’ Day story on the biker-and-hippie invasion of Rhinebeck due to the lack of an events code. One guy called the paper to get the date for the biker gathering and got very annoyed when told it was a joke. Guy, did you really think 600,000 bikers were coming to Rhinebeck this summer? Both Mayor Jim Reardon and Supervisor Tom Traudt were good sports and told us it made them laugh. No such reaction to the Hyde Park “police chief for a day” spoof. Apparently, it seemed plausible to most folks given the state of affairs in Hyde Park. Lighten up, ladies, we’re not doing war and peace here!

• Walkway Over the Hudson tells us it will be attempting to set a Guinness world record by getting 3,000 people to do the Hokey Pokey on June 9 at $15 a pop. Really? Love the press release referencing the event as an “incredible milestone” and asking reporters to assemble at the “center observation area.” Would that be the middle of the bridge? Funny stuff.


• Here’s a white-trash alert for you. In Colorado, Derrill Rockwell, 48, was given five years’ probation for shooting a woman with a red Mohawk who he mistook for a fowl that had been harassing his cats. The woman was passed out at the time from alcohol and a bag of heroin found on her person. She survived and has moved out of the state. • Jesse Hernanez, 49, maintained his sense of humor as he was strapped to a gurney in the execution chamber in Texas last week. The convicted murderer and sex offender smiled at witnesses as the juice flowed through his veins, saying, “I can taste it. It’s not so bad. I love y’all and go Cowboys.” Unfortunately for Mr. Hernandez, the exercise was not an April Fools’ Day joke. • Down in Montgomery, Alabama, a local night club has been promoting “Food Stamp Friday.” If you show your food stamp card at the door, you get in for $5 and get a free shot of liquor as you enter. The Rose Supper Club says poor people like to party and patrons can use their cards for booze and food while in the club. • Some good news in the media department. The loathsome Keith Olberman was fired from Al Gore’s invisible TV network. Gore cited Olberman’s attitude and failure to deliver ratings. Olberman’s replacement is Eliot Spitzer. The race to the bottom continues.

• Speaking of weddings, rocker Jerry Lee Lewis has married for the seventh time in Natchez, Miss. at the age of 76. This time it’s to his caregiver, Judith Brown. Here’s where it gets complicated. Judith Brown is the exwife of Jerry’s second cousin, Rusty Brown. Rusty is the brother of Jerry Lee’s third wife, Myra Gale Brown, who is Jerry Lee’s first cousin, who he married in 1957 when she was 13. • Out in Palm Springs, Calif., 86-year-old Dick Van Dyke has married 40-year-old makeup artist Arlene Silver. That might just work out. Arlene can do Dick’s make-up for the viewing. I guess if men live long enough, they’ll marry anybody who gives them a good sponge bath. • There’s some positive economic activity down at the Ames Plaza in Hyde Park. A home-goods store with attractive inventory at affordable prices just opened next to Liquorama. It’s called House to Home. Very nice people and a nice addition to the community. Owner Bill Marcel had a similar store in LaGrange. • We also hear there’s some activity taking place at the old Ames store. Looks like they’re prepping it for demolition. We’ll keep you posted. • For those of you in the FDR class of 1977, mark down July 14, 2012 for your 25-year reunion. It will be at the Pirate Canoe Club in Poughkeepsie. We’re giving you a heads-up so you can work off that beer tumor or get a face lift before confronting your old highschool heartthrob! Call 845-473-9093 for more information. • Hudson Valley News would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Hyde Park Police Chief, Eric Paolilli who assumed his new duties April 2, and thank Lt. Robert Benson, who performed the duty of acting chief with distinction.

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STATE TAX DOLLARS FLOW LOCALLY $6.2 million for Staatsburg historic sites BY CAROLINE CAREY It was good news for Hudson Valley residents when New York lawmakers approved Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $132.6 billion budget on March 30. Included in the budget was a $15 billion infrastructure fund, NY Works, which will support infrastructure projects statewide and create tens of thousands of jobs. Significant projects in our area include $4.2 million to restore the east portico of Mills Mansion, repair the mansion’s leaking roof and completely restore the historic stone walls. This project should prove to be a boon for the hamlet and the local economy. There is also $2 million in the budget for dredging the Mills-Norrie State Park marina. “The first glimpse of architect Stanford White’s design for the Mills family’s mansion, as one approaches the site, is of its classically inspired, pedimented entrance,” says Staatsburgh Site Manager Pam Malcolm. “It signals the grandeur one experiences within this luxurious Gilded Age home.” Malcolm continued, “After more than 100 years, this grand entrance needs some attention for structural and aesthetic

reasons. Part of the project involves equipping the historic entrance with a more practical and accessible entrance for the public, since the agency (NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation) understands that in order to realize our full potential impact on tourism and regional economic development, we must be customer friendly.” She went on to say, “The combined projects of the portico entrance and carriage drive restorations, the upcoming restoration of the estate wall and also the repair of the mansion’s roof will do much to transform the house and its grounds into a more inviting and beautiful location for visitors and local residents. “Projects like these help all New Yorkers, and all visitors to the area continue to enjoy a breathtaking location on the Hudson River and a fascinating piece of our history,” Malcolm concluded. “Without preservation efforts of this type, we would lose something very special that cannot be regained.” Preliminary work has already begun at Mills Mansion. Contractors will begin work later this year and the project is expected to take one year.



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INSIDE: HOP TO IT: Easter events throughout the Hudson Valley WEEKEND THEATER: America’s most famous traitor and a king take the stage NOTES: Moonwalk on the Walkway; Fox on fracking at Marist; Voices for sale PLUS: Art, entertainment and community events throughout April Hudson valley news | | April 4, 2012 {9}

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

THIS WEEK (APRIL 4-10) Diabetes Cooking and Wellness Class; Wednesday, April 4; 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Joseph Tower Auditorium, Poughkeepsie; Lecture and cooking class for individuals interested in living well with diabetes; Free; 845-454-8500, ext. 72116. The Living Last Supper; Thursday, April 5; 7:30 p.m.; Poughkeepsie Reformed Church, 70 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie; Leonardo da Vinci’s painting brought to life by actors; Donations accepted; 845-452-8110. ‘Why We Fight’ Film Screening; Thursday, April 5; 7 p.m.; Crafted Kup, 44 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie; Eugene Jarecki’s documentary to be screened, followed by audience discussion; Free; 845-452-4013. Annual Martin H. Crego Lecture; Thursday, April 5; 5:30 p.m.; Vassar College, Taylor Hall, Room 203, Poughkeepsie; Princeton University professor Angus Deaton to discuss “The Pursuit of Happiness” with Vassar economics department; Free; 845-437-5370. ‘Supreme Power: FDR’s Court Fight and Barack Obama’s’; Thursday, April 5; 7 p.m.; Dutchess Community College, James and Betty Hall Theatre, Poughkeepsie; Former Clinton speechwriter Jeff Shesol to discuss presidents’ struggles with Supreme Court; Free; 845-4318400. Community Passover Seder; Friday, April 6; 7:15 p.m.; Rhinebeck Jewish Center, 102 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; Inspiring and

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informative Seder night filled with tradition and spirit; Free; 845-876-7666. David Massengill and Mike + Ruthy Concert; Friday, April 6; 8 p.m.; The Beacon Theatre, 445 Main St., Beacon; Two popular musical acts perform; $15-$20; 845-226-8099. Shorty King’s Clubhouse; Friday, April 6; 8 p.m.; La Puerta Azul, 2510 Route 44, Millbrook; The band performs American music; Free; 845-677-2985. ‘The Hudson Valley’ Opening Reception; Friday, April 6; 6-8 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinebecliff; Exhibit of photographs by Patricia Wind, runs through April 31; Free; 845-876-2903. ‘Henry VIII’; April 6-15 (no performance April 8); 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays; The Center for Performing Arts, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck; One of Shakespeare’s leastproduced plays tells the story of England’s most well-known king; $18-$20; 845-876-3080.

Easter in the Hudson Valley • Dover Recreation Department Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 7, 1-3 p.m. Bring your own basket to collect eggs. Free for all ages. Boyce Park, Route 55, Wingdale. • Hahn Farm’s second annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 7, 10 a.m.-noon. Bring your Easter baskets or bags to collect eggs for a hunt beginning at 10:30 a.m. Prizes and candy will be hidden in plastic eggs. Limit 12 eggs per child. Patches the Pony will also be on hand to give rides to children throughout the day., 845-266-5042 • John Flowers’ Old-Fashioned Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 7, 9 a.m.-noon. Free for all ages. 9 a.m.: 1-2-year-olds; 9:30 a.m.: 3-5-year-olds; 10 a.m.: 6-8-year-olds; 10:30 a.m.: 9-12-year-olds; 11 a.m.: Wheel Chair Hunt; 11:30 a.m.: 13-79-year-olds; all day: 80 and older. Waryas Park, 35 Main St., Poughkeepsie., 845-471-7565.

• The Twilight Egg Hunt On Friday, April 6, 7:30 p.m., get out your flashlights, grab a bag and come to the Mabbetsville Town Park to search for eggs and special prizes. Egg hunters should meet at the Park before 8 p.m. Free for kids in fourth grade and older. In the event of inclement weather, call the Town of Washington Recreation Office at 845-677-8278; a cancellation message will be left on the answering machine if the event is rained out. Mabbetsville Town Park, 3744 Route 44, Mabbetsville. • Annual Easter egg hunt and pancake breakfast The Millbrook Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a pancake breakfast on Saturday, April 7, 8 to 11 a.m., at the Millbrook Firehouse. The Easter Bunny will be on hand for photos from 9-10 a.m. Free for kids in preschool through third grade. Families should head to the Tribute Garden before 11 a.m for the Easter egg hunt. Bring a basket to collect the chocolate eggs, which will be hidden around the playground. Meet the Easter Bunny and other characters. In the event of inclement weather, the hunt will be rescheduled for April 14 at the Town of Washington Park in Mabbettsville. Call the Recreation Office after 9 a.m. on April 7 to confirm. The Millbrook Firehouse and the Tribute Gardens, 3257 Franklin Ave., Millbrook.

Free Tax Preparation; Saturday, April 7; 10:30 a.m.-2:20 p.m.; Red Hook Public Library, 7444 S. Broadway, Red Hook; Tax preparation service offered to the public; Free; 1-800-899-1479. Build a Bluebird Box Workshop; Saturday, April 7; 1 p.m.; Germantown Library, 31 Palatine Park Rd., Germantown; Artisan Kurt Holsapple teaches how to build nesting boxes; $15; 518537-5800. Suvir Saran Book Signing and Tasting; Saturday, April 7; 3-6 p.m.; Bluecashew Kitchen Pharmacy, 6423 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; Author of “Masala Farm: Stories and Recipes from an Uncommon Life in the Country” to discuss book; Free; 845-876-1117. Community Passover Seder; Saturday, April 7; 7:30 p.m.; Rhinebeck Jewish Center, 102 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; Inspiring and informative Seder night filled with tradition and spirit; Free; 845-876-7666. The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD; Saturday, April 7; Noon; The Bardavon, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Massenet’s “Manon” broadcast live on big screen in high definition; $16-$23; 845-473-2072. ‘Stone Soup’ by Kids On Stage; Saturday, April 7; 11 a.m.; The Center for Performing Arts, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck; Director Diana DiGrandi presents a new twist on a classic tale, featuring knights, dragons, princes and queens; $7-$9; 845-876-3080. Afternoon Book Club; Tuesday, April 10; 2:30 p.m.; Red Hook Public Library, 7444 S. Broadway, Red Hook; Group to discuss “Legs” by William Kennedy; Free; 845-758-3241. > >continued on next page

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Eco-Host Schwanhilda von Schlockmacher interacts with Germantown Elementary School students on March 22. Photo submitted.

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Saving our water through our students BY HVN WEEKEND STAFF In recognition of World Water Day on March 22, BigGreenTV, an environmental news and video program, visited Germantown Elementary School to talk to the third-, fourthand fifth-grade classes about environmental issues impacting fresh-water availability and water quality on our planet, as well as some other important environmental topics like energy conservation. BigGreenTV’s eccentric eco-host, Schwanhilda von Schlockmacher, introduced a series of short videos, including “Water Pollution Blues,”“Rain Forests: Saving Amazonia with Chocolate,” “Rubber Duckies: Flotsam and Jetsam” and “Vampire Appliances: How to Curb Energy Waste,” among others. Von Schlockmacher interacted with the students throughout the performance by posing a series of multiple-choice questions after each video segment. In “Water Pollution Blues,” the students learned, through a bluesy song, about point, non-point and thermal pollution, as well as some methods used to reduce water pollution. The program was sponsored by the Germantown Library and made possible by a generous gift to the library from the estate of Beatrice Dow.

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America’s most famous traitor revived in new play BY HVN WEEKEND STAFF Re-enactors Gary Petagine and Sean Grady will transport viewers back in time to the 18th century when they stage their new play, “The Enemy Within: Arnold Returns Home,” later this month. “The Enemy Within” will be performed at Rhinebeck United Methodist Church, 83 East Market St. in Rhinebeck, on Sunday, April 15, beginning at 1 p.m. The play tells the story of Benedict Arnold in New London, Conn. in 1781. After committing treason against the U.S., Arnold is made a brigadier general in the British Army and ordered to invade his home state of Connecticut. While a massacre is taking place at nearby Fort Griswold and New London burns, Arnold is locked in a debate with a captured Continental soldier. The Into the Woods ensemble – featuring Beatrix Clarke, Cathy Augello, Georgette Gary Petagine and Sean Grady will re-enact the story of Benedict Arnold’s Weir, Mary Mullaney and Howard invasion of New London, Conn. in 1781. Photo submitted. Pepperman – will perform for a half hour before the play begins at 1:30 p.m. The event is being sponsored by the Chancellor Livingston Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Rhinebeck United Methodist Church. Tickets are $15 if reserved before April 12 or $18 at the door. To order tickets, make a check payable to CLC DAR and mail it to Sarah Hermans, P.O. Box 607, Millerton, NY 12546. For more information, call 845-876-6326 or 845-489-4676.

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UPCOMING Senior ID Cards; Wednesday, April 11; 9:3011 a.m.; Dutchess County Division of Aging Services, 27 High St., Poughkeepsie; Bring proof of age in the form of a driver’s license or birth certificate; $2; 845-486-2555. Discussion with Susanna Leonard Hill; Wednesday, April 11; 6:30-7:15 p.m.; Adriance Memorial Library, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Popular children’s book author to visit library; Free; 845-485-3445, ext. 3320. The Longy Conservatory Orchestra; Wednesday, April 11; 7:30 p.m.; Bard College, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Annandale; Orchestra to perform pieces by Borodin, Tchaikovsky and others; Free; 845-7587900. The Many Colors of Dolly Parton; Thursday, April 12; 2 p.m.; The Bardavon, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Musical tribute to country music star Dolly Parton; $5 suggested donation; 845473-2072. ‘Hedda Gabler’; April 12-15; 8 p.m. ThursdaySaturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; Dutchess Community College, James and Betty Hall Theatre, Poughkeepsie; Dutchess Community College Performing Arts students to stage play; $5-$10; 845-431-8050.

‘Excavations: The Prints of Julie Mehretu’ Opening Reception; Friday, April 13; 5:30 p.m.; Vassar College, Taylor Hall, Poughkeepsie; Prints by one of the most prominent artists working today, on display through June 17; Free; 845-437-7745. ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’; Friday, April 13; 7:30 p.m.; The Bardavon, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Classic 1966 film played on the big screen; $5; 845-473-2072. Read Local Red Hook; Saturday, April 14; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Red Hook Village Building, 7467 South Broadway, Red Hook; All-day reading festival features keynote speech by John Sayles; Free; 845-758-0824. Red Hook Public Library Spring Fiesta; Saturday, April 14; 7 p.m.; Red Hook Firehouse, Firehouse lane, Red Hook; Soñando to perform Latin music at fundraiser for Friends of Red Hook Public Library; $12-$20; 845-758-3241. Long Reach Arts Opening Reception; Saturday, April 14; 4-7 p.m.; Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, 317 Main Mall, Poughkeepsie; Features work by many artists, on display through April 30; Free; 845-214-1113. Daffodil Tea; Saturday, April 14; 1 p.m.; Wilderstein Historic Site, 330 Morton Rd., Rhinebeck; Experience a glimpse of what tea time was like during the Victorian era; $30; 845876-4818. Gardeners’ Day 2012; Saturday, April 14; 9 a.m.3 p.m.; Farm & Home Center, 2715 Route 44, >> continued on page 13

THE KING COMES TO RHINEBECK Noted for infamously burning down the original Globe Theatre in London in 1613 when its thatched roof was set on fire by the cannon shot saluting the entrance of the King in an early scene, the Center for Perfoming Arts at Rhinebeck will perform the rarely staged production of “Henry VIII” April 6-15. The script, as adapted by The Center’s Lou Trapani, centers around the scandalous divorce of Henry VIII from Queen Katherine, and his marriage to Anne Boleyn. The strife surrounding these historical and dramatic events shattered relations with the Roman Catholic Church and led to the establishment of the Church of England with Henry as its supreme leader. Tickets are $20 adults and $18 seniors and children. Special student rush tickets are just $8 at the door with valid ID. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinee performance begins at 3 p.m. There is no performance on Sunday, April 8. For more information and tickets, call the box office at 845-876-3080 or visit Photo by Joanne Contreni

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A BUNCH OF WISE GUYS Behind the scenes of ‘The Three Stooges’ with producer and Rhinebeck resident Charles Wessler

BY NICOLE DELAWDER Resident funnyman Charles Wessler may have found solace in the countryside in Rhinebeck, but the acclaimed producer and Los Angeles native has continued to churn out cult-comedy classics for nearly two decades. Wessler – whose credits include 2011’s “Hall Pass,” “Shallow Hal,” “It’s Pat,” “There’s Something About Mary” and “Dumb and Dumber” – will add three more knuckleheads to the long list of characters he’s helped bring to life with “The Three Stooges” when it is released nationwide on April 13. Wessler and his dog, Gort – who played the unforgettable Puffy in “There’s Something About Mary” – live at Wessler’s Rhinebeck farm, but Wessler has been making frequent trips to the West Coast to finalize behind-the-scenes details for “The Three Stooges.” Weekend recently caught up with Wessler to discuss the film. “It was a passion project that (writer and director) Pete and Bob Farrelly have had for about 20 years,” Wessler said. “When we discovered that Warner Brothers had the rights 10 years ago, we made a deal to do the film there. Ultimately, they decided not to make the movie, so we took it to Fox.” The silly, slap-stick comedy of “The Three Stooges” has been a staple of

Will Sasso as Curly, Chris Diamantopoulos as Moe and Sean Hayes as Larry. Photo by Peter Iovino/© 2012 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

American humor since the early 1920s. In 1925, vaudeville comedian Ted Healy would sing or tell jokes while his assistants would noisily and raucously interrupt him during his act, which was called “Ted Healy and His Stooges.” Then, in 1930, brothers Moe and Curly Howard teamed up with Larry Fine after a fallout with Healy. Throughout their career, the Stooges appeared in over 220 films. Between 1934 and Dec. 31, 1957, the trio created 190 short films filled with their iconic, eyepoking, nyuk-nyuk-nyuking laughs. Wessler, who has worked behind the scenes of some of today’s biggest comedies, lists the Stooges among his comedic influences. “Definitely ‘The Three Stooges,’ along with Abbot and Costello, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, The Zucker Brothers and many others,” he said. “Since I was dyslexic, I always had to come up with a way to entertain my schoolmates and family. I just copied all of these guys. “Like all good comedy, it takes you to another place, another world,” Wessler said



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of the Stooges’ style. “You get to watch these lovable nitwits struggle through life, but because they love each other, it makes it all very comfortable and fun.” While adults will remember the classic formula, Wessler said he believes the movie will be embraced primarily by younger kids. “They watch cartoons and totally get the physical humor,” he said. “Adults love it too, but younger people can let themselves go with it.” While the slapstick is timeless, “The Three Stooges” has been adapted to the modern world, with a not-so-funny economy and a cameo by Snooki from “The Jersey Shore.” “The biggest challenge was bringing the Stooges into the 21st century, yet maintain their naïveté,” Wessler said. “We accomplished this by having (the Stooges) grow up in a remote orphanage and then


Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood of ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ Saturday, April 14, 8 p.m., Ulster Performing Arts Center, 601 Broadway, Kingston. Tickets: $36.75, $30.75-$44.75 based on location, and are on sale now at the Bardavon Box Office, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie, 845-473-2072 or UPAC Box Office, 601 Broadway, Kingston, 845-3396088 and through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster. com, 800-745-3000.

letting them loose into the real world later on in life.” Determined to raise the funds necessary to keep the orphanage doors open, Moe, Larry and Curly face the real world in order to save the only home they’ve ever known, but instead end up embroiled in a murder plot. The roles of the title characters have been of much speculation throughout preproduction, with Jim Carey, Benicio Del Toro and Sean Penn among the rumored cast members. For the modernized version of “The Three Stooges,” filmmakers cast Sean Hayes as Larry, Chris Diamantopoulos as Moe and Will Sasso as Curly. “We did manage to find the best combination of Stooges,” Wessler said. “It’s not just about finding good actors, but three actors who sync together. When you see them together, it is truly amazing.” After the Stooges, Wessler will keep the laughs coming with two major projects in the works. “We have a movie coming out at the end of the year called ‘Red Band,’ which may have more movie stars than any other movie ever made … and man, is it crude,” he said. Wessler and the Farrelly brothers will also revive another comedic cult classic – this time, with some of their own boneheads. “We are planning on shooting ‘Dumb & Dumber II’ at the end of June,” Wessler said. “It only took 18 years. But it will bring back Jim (Carey) and Jeff (Daniels). We are totally excited about this one.” Catch “The Three Stooges” in theaters nationwide on April 13 and let us know what you think of the movie on our Facebook page or email us at weekend@

Verdi’s “La Traviata” broadcast in high definition; $16-$23; 845-473-2072. e-mail us your events: << continued from page 11 Millbrook; Class topics include vertical gardens, cold frames, gardening at the big house, totally tomatoes, gardening projects for youngsters and up, composting and shady opportunities; $30$40; 845-677-8223, ext. 115. The Met: Live in HD; Saturday, April 14; 1 p.m.; The Bardavon, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie;

Technology Device Training Fair; Saturday, April 14; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Adriance Memorial Library, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Stop by with laptops, eReaders, tablets and other devices to learn how to use them; Free; 845-485-3445, ext. 3381. ‘Stone Soup’ by Kids On Stage; Saturday, April 14; 11 a.m.; The Center for Performing Arts, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck; Director Diana DiGrandi

presents a new twist on a classic tale, featuring knights, dragons, princes and queens; $7-$9; 845-876-3080. Family Style Roast Beef Dinner; Saturday, April 14; 5-7 p.m.; Hyde Park United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, Church Street, Hyde Park; Roast beef dinner to benefit various Mission Outreach Projects of the church; $9-$10; 845-229-2114. ‘The Enemy Within: Arnold Returns Home’; Sunday, April 15; 1 p.m.; Rhinebeck United Methodist Church, 83 East Market St., Rhinebeck; >> continued on page 15

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by the woman who lived them. Their lives, at the turn of the 20th century, were the very essence of modern. Everything was new – cars, phones, planes, electricity.” “You know,” Enza tells a friend, mid-way in this magical novel and long before she and Ciro would finally … but let’s not jump ahead. “Back on our mountain they have tried to build dams to harness the power of the waterfalls. But sooner or later, there’s always a leak or a flood or something else to make the structure come crashing down. The water seems to have a will of its own. The engineers can’t figure out a way to stop nature. That’s exactly what it was like when I saw Ciro this morning. I can’t fight the power of it.” If you’re looking for a beautifully written, thought-provoking, compelling story, look no further. I hated to see this book end and, when it did, I placed it, lovingly, on the shelf between Trigiani’s “Very Valentine” and her non-fiction book, “Don’t Sing at the Table.” Auguri, Adriana! After that, what? Just a bit of browsing among the new books that keep flying off the presses in this season of light reading. Well, I ended last week’s column while puzzlingly browsing a memoir by a stand-up comic and TV performer Moshe Kasher, called “Kasher in the Rye.” I finished that one and picked up yet another new book by a stand-up comedian (is this a trend?), Demetri Martin’s ‘This is a Book’ (Grand Central Trade Paperback, $14.99). Martin, who is among other gigs a writerperformer on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” and his own Comedy Central series, “Important Things with Dimitri Martin,” has put together a volume of short stories, essays, drawings, jokes, even palindromes, opening with “How to Read This Book,” and the answer: “If you’re reading this sentence, then you’ve pretty much got it. Good job. Just keep going the way you are.” OK. Here’s an example of “Palindromes for Special Occasions.” An American tourist angrily correcting his cab driver after landing in Italy and discovering that the driver is taking him to the wrong city: “No. Rome, moron.” Under the heading “Epigrams, Fragments & Light Verse,” I found this: “Relationships/ like eyebrows/ are better when there is/ a space between them.” And I called it quitting time when I found this highly satisfying bon mot: “Never be less interesting than your refrigerator magnets.” Maybe you just have be … younger? Hipper? Give these books a whirl and let me know. Cleansing the palate, and always fascinated by stories about families, I picked up a copy of ‘Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions’ by Daniel Wallace (Algonquin Books, $13.95). This book, first published to great acclaim in 1998 and adapted for a feature film in 2003, is “a novel about an elusive father and the son who wished he knew him.” “My father became a myth,” the author begins. “Everything he did was without parallel.” To catch his essence, there are stories, anecdotes, one-liners, starting the day the author was born (“he’d always wanted a boy and there I was”). There are jokes (“Why does an elephant have a trunk?” “Because he doesn’t have a glove compartment”); episodes (his father once bought a town: “I knew I had to have it”) and, throughout, there’s the shadow of his father’s impending death. Edward Bloom was, indeed, an extraordinary man, and his son wants, truly, to know him before it’s too late, so he recreates his life in this series of legends and myths in order to understand his father. In an author’s note, we learn that “Big Fish” will soon be a Broadway musical. I’ll be in the ticket line. 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

weekend Moonwalk on the Walkway Beginning April 6, members and volunteers with Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie can stroll over the river under the moonlight. Moonwalks will take place each month on or near the full moon. For information on how to become a member, visit

Anti-fracking filmmaker Fox to visit Marist On Wednesday, April 4 at 7 p.m. in the Nelly Goletti Theatre at Marist College, the Academy Award-nominated film about the controversial drilling process called hydrofracking, “Gasland,” will be screened, followed by a question-andanswer session with its director, Josh Fox. In 2008, Fox received a letter from a natural-gas company interested in leasing his family’s land, which sits atop the Marcellus Shale in Milanville, Penn., for drilling. Disturbed by the letter, he embarked on an odyssey to glean as much information as possible about natural-gas drilling in the U.S. — with movie camera in hand. This event is free and open to the community.

Singing into a sale The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice has officially launched its new website and is celebrating by offering discounted tickets for the 2012 season for a limited time. Enjoy world-class singers and a variety of styles, from gospel to world music and Broadway, from Aug. 2 through 5. Visit or call 845-586-3588.

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e-mail us: y opporunities for artists in the Hudson Valley The Dutchess County Art Association and Barrett Art Center are seeking entries for Photowork ’12, the 25th Annual National Juried Photography Exhibition, to be juried by Susan Thompson, curatorial assistant at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Entry Deadline: Friday, April 6, 6 p.m. Exhibition Dates: May 12-July 7. Prospectus available online at http://www.

‘The Lion in Winter’ by James Goldman; Sunday, April 15; 4 p.m.; Mid Hudson Heritage Center, 317 Main St., Poughkeepsie; Staged reading of 1966 play to benefit Hudson River Housing; $15; 845-471-3248. Babette Hierholzer with Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra; Sunday, April 15; 4 p.m.; Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, 120 Broadway, Kingston; Internationally renowned pianist to perform Piano Concerto No. 1 with string orchestra and trumpet by Shostakovich; $10-$25; 845-635-0877.

The Barrett Art Center and the Dutchess County Art Association has announced a call for entries for its 25th annual national juried exhibition, Photowork 2012, running May 12-July 7. Entry deadline is Friday, April 6. For more information and for a prospectus, visit

Gold Star Gymnastics Flips for the March Of Dimes; Sunday, April 15; Noon-4 p.m.; Poughkeepsie Galleria, Center Court, Route 9, Poughkeepsie; Demonstrations, contests and giveaways to raise funds for March of Dimes; Free; 845-226-2751.

Studio space in Red Hook Community Arts building available for rent

A View from the Bench; Tuesday, April 17; 6-8 p.m.; Farm and Home Center, 2715 Route 44, Millbrook; Dutchess County Family Court Judge Joan S. Posner to provide overview of the Family Court system to assist relative caregivers; Free; 845-677-8223, ext. 137.

Red Hook Community Arts Network has the opportunity to rent a permanent space that includes a gallery and several small studio spaces. Five to six rooms are available in various combinations and layouts at approximately $100 to $200 per month per room, including utilities and liability insurance. Cost varies with the size of the room(s). The artists would have frequent gallery wall space, a shared bathroom, semiprivate entrances and nearby parking. Red Hook CAN’s gallery, which would be in the front, attracts many artists and buyers with frequent exhibits, and a permanent space would enhance the artistic presence in Red Hook for everyone. The storefront is at 7516 North Broadway, next to Village Pizza, where ArtPop has a current pop-up gallery active right now, open Friday and Saturday, noon to 7 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Check out the space during gallery hours or email for an appointment to see it.

Eighth Annual Taste of Rhinebeck; Tuesday, April 17; 6-9 p.m.; Different locations throughout Village of Rhinebeck; Participants travel on foot around downtown Rhinebeck, stopping to sample gourmet delights from restaurants, caterers, gourmet food and spirit shops; $75-$100; 845871-3505. Dutchess Community College Open House; Wednesday, April 18; 6 p.m.; Dutchess Community College, James and Betty Hall Theatre, Poughkeepsie; Prospective students can learn about more than 60 academic programs and the new suite-style dorm opening in the fall; Free; 845-431-8010. Teen Leadership Series: Careers and Your First Job; Thursday, April 19; 3:30-4:30 p.m.; Adriance Memorial Library, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Teens can learn about different types of careers, create a resume and search for local job opportunities; Free; 845-485-3445, ext. 3330.

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Congrats to MEAGAN CAMP for winning this week’s Hudson Valley News Photo of the Week Contest. Submit your photograph of the Hudson Valley each week to by midnight on Sundays. Original photographs only. Photos should be at least 3X4” and include your name and location.

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6-year-old twins Aydan and Brendan Rose of Rhinebeck show off the eggs they collected; below: Hadley Ferber, 6, of Rhinebeck, didn’t need a traditional Easter basket to collect her eggs.

Youngsters brave the cold to hunt for 2,000 Easter eggs STORY AND PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON While many adults may have been disheartened when they woke up to an inch of snow on Saturday morning, it didn’t stop local youngsters from hunting for Easter eggs. The Town of Rhinebeck Recreation Department’s annual Easter Egg Hunt was held at 10 a.m. on March 31, attracting dozens of youngsters to the Thompson Mazzarella Park, where they tramped through the snow to find a total of 2,000 eggs. After all the eggs were found, children were greeted by the Easter Bunny, who arrived via a Rhinebeck Police vehicle. Roxanne Clark, 7, and Ella Werner, 8, both of Rhinebeck, wait for the Easter Bunny to arrive after hunting for eggs.

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Help is needed to ensure amphibians migrate safely BY CAROLINE CAREY Have you ever witnessed large numbers of salamanders and frogs crossing the road on rainy spring nights? Ever wonder where they came from and where they’re going? The forests of New York are inhabited by a group of salamanders that are seldom seen because they spend much of their time under leaves and moss on the forest floor, in burrows created by small animals and hunkered down under rocks and rotting logs. These creatures are referred to as “mole salamanders” because of their subterranean shelters. In the Hudson Valley, the Jefferson salamander, the blue-spotted salamander, the marbled salamander and the spotted salamander forage on the forest floor for a variety of invertebrates, including earthworms, snails and insects. Another small amphibian you may see while walking in the forest is the wood frog. Mole salamanders and wood frogs are important links in forest food webs and indicators of healthy, functioning ecosystems. While they spend much of the year in their terrestrial habitats, mole salamanders and wood frogs all breed in woodland pools, a type of small wetland found in forests. During early spring rains, when temperatures rise above freezing, these salamanders and frogs migrate to breeding pools by the hundreds, if not thousands. When the temperature hovers around 40 degrees, only the larger amphibians are on the move, crawling very slowly. On warm and rainy nights, there will be more activity. It’s important to understand salamanders and frogs cross over the course of two to three hours, usually between 9 p.m. and midnight. These amphibians are frequently seen crossing the road because migration distances to woodland pools can vary from a few hundred feet to more than a quarter of a mile. Unfortunately, migration pathways often cross roads and long driveways, leading to mortality of slowmoving wildlife, even in low-traffic areas. These spring-migration events are often referred to as “Big Nights,” and the New

Region of the Jefferson Salamander (Ambystoma jeffersonianum)

York State Department of Environmental Conservation is working to track these patterns and coordinate volunteer efforts. The DEC needs volunteer help, not only to provide safe passage for the animals, but also to map town roads for these amphibian crossings, giving local planning boards and developers a headsup if future development could threaten the species. Quiet back roads are most

promising for amphibian crossings, but also most at risk for development. More than 150 volunteers have helped thousands of amphibians cross the roads to safety in the Hudson Valley. “When I learned about ‘Big Night,’ I didn’t know what to expect,” said Rhinebeck resident Lisa Camp. “Going out on a cold, rainy night seemed crazy, but it was really thrilling to move

these salamanders and frogs and it’s very satisfying to do something for the environment with immediate results.” Camp said last year, on a 2-mile stretch of Primrose Hill Road in Rhinebeck, “My neighbors and I moved about 50 frogs and very few salamanders. The very next night, on the very same stretch of road, we moved over 180 salamanders and very few frogs. We kept repeatedly driving back and forth and the salamanders just kept coming!” She continued, “The salamanders are quite large, 5 to 8 inches, and are easy to see and move, while smaller salamanders and peepers pose a challenge to pick up without hurting them. For these, I use an old credit card and put them in a plastic container to get them off the road.” Camp said the animals should also be released with care. “Always send them in the direction they were heading,” she said, “and place them gently a safe distance from the road.” More information and sighting-report forms are available at lands/51925.html. To sign up to help with future “Big Nights,” contact Laura Heady of the DEC at 845-256-3061 or ltheady@

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Local gun club looking for help to beautify Rhinebeck

BY HV NEWS STAFF Wilderstein Historic Site in Rhinebeck is looking for volunteer gardeners to help with landscape work at the site. Wilderstein will host an informational meeting for anyone interested in volunteering on Saturday, April 21 at 9 a.m. The meeting will be held in the Wilderstein Gate Lodge, 330 Morton Rd., located near the site’s second entrance.

File photo.

Landscape work days have been scheduled for Saturday, May 5 and Saturday, June 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. both days. “Volunteering at Wilderstein is a fantastic way to learn about local history, make new friends and become involved in the community,” said Wilderstein officials in a press release. For more information, call Wilderstein at 845-876-4818.

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Local girl honored for preventing bullying BY HV NEWS STAFF A LaGrange Middle School student was recently honored by the Kiwanis Club of Poughkeepsie for her actions on behalf of a fellow student. On Monday, March 26, the Kiwanis Club presented student Kaylee Berringer with its Catching Kids Caring Award and a $25 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble. According to the Kiwanis Club, Berringer was honored for having successfully intervened during a bullying situation at her school. The ceremony, which took place at the Barnes & Noble store in Poughkeepsie, was attended by Berringer, her mother and members of the club.

BY HV NEWS STAFF The Neighbors’ Gun Club in Rhinebeck will host its annual spring roadside cleanup later this month, and is looking for volunteers who want to help beautify the town. The roadside cleanup will be held Saturday, April 21. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Neighbors’ Gun Club facility at 36 Burger Rd. in Rhinebeck at 8 a.m. Volunteers will collect trash and debris from Rhinebeck’s roadways in cooperation with Nancy Cunningham at the Town of Rhinebeck Transfer Station and Royal Carting, which will ensure all collected materials are disposed of properly. “This is a project we have undertaken for many years as a way of giving back to our landowner members and our community,” said Larry Cambilik, chairman of the club. “Neighbors’ Gun Club consists of people, landowners and sportsmen and sportswomen, who reside in northern Dutchess and southern Columbia counties. We are united in our love of the outdoors and woodlands and enjoyment of the recreational opportunities that this area has to offer.” For more information, contact Larry Cambilik at 845-518-2129 or visit www.

Vassar historian to be honored by college BY HV NEWS STAFF Betty Daniels, a local resident and 1941 Vassar College graduate, is being honored by her alma mater with the Service Recognition Award. Daniels, who lives at the Arbor Ridge senior citizen community in Rhinebeck, currently serves as the Vassar College historian, a position she has held since 1985. She has also served as Vassar’s dean of freshmen, dean of studies, chairwoman of the English department and acting dean of faculty. The Service Recognition Award will be presented to Daniels by the Office of the President on April 23.

LaGrange Middle School student Kaylee Berringer and her mother pose for a photo with members of the Kiwanis Club of Poughkeepsie. Photo submitted.

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100 YEARS AGO Hyde Park train wreck hurled 56 into icy Hudson BY JIM LANGAN As we approach April 15 and the 100th anniversary of the sinking of “The Titanic,” we are reminded that another significant disaster occurred locally around that time. Early on the morning of March 14, 1912, the storied Twentieth Century Limited, on its way from Chicago to New York, derailed at Hyde Park, plunging the train and 56 passengers onto the frozen Hudson River. Historians say many of the passengers were still in their berths and crawled through broken windows in their night clothes. The wreck occurred 8.5 miles north of Poughkeepsie, a bit south of what is now the Rogers Point Boat Club, in Hyde Park. Twenty passengers were hurt, nine of them seriously. Among the wellheeled passengers injured was the wife of legendary financier Bernard Baruch. The four rear cars, all Pullman sleepers, crashed down a 12-foot embankment and plunged into the river. Two cars smashed through the frozen ice, while two others remained on the surface. New York Central Railroad immediately dispatched a special train carrying nurses and doctors from Poughkeepsie. Uninjured passengers and local residents tended to the injured until the emergency responders arrived. Longtime resident and Hyde Park Historical Society President Patsy Costello told Hudson Valley News she remembers her uncle, Joe Andros, telling stories about the derailment. “He said he and some of his buddies ran down to the river that morning to look at

View of the train derailed onto the Hudson River. Photo courtesy

the wreck and saw my grandfather, John Andros, already there,” Costello recalled. “My grandfather told them they should be in school and the wreck would still be there in the afternoon,” she continued. “The boys came back after school and they snuck onto the dining car and took some loaves of fancy bread. They took the bread home to their mothers and everyone had a fine meal that night.”

Costello also said the consensus at the time was the train had been travelling too fast in an effort to make up time and someone had taken the shims off the track too soon. Sims were used to fortify the tracks in winter. The cause of the derailment was determined to be a break in the water scoop, a device designed to enable fast passenger trains to take up water without stopping.

View of the track looking north where the derailment began. Photo courtesy

Town-Wide Tag Sale to be held in Hyde Park BY HV NEWS STAFF Hyde Park’s annual Town-Wide Tag Sale will be held later this month. The tag sale, sponsored by the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, will be held April 28 and 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. During those days, residents who host tag sales and garage sales can have their homes placed on maps of the town, which are then distributed throughout Hyde Park and at Town Hall. Residents who wish to be included on the map can register through April 21 for a $5 fee. On April 28, vendors can rent booth space at Town Hall for a $25 fee. Registration is required by April 25. Registration forms are available at For more information, contact Deborah Lyvers at deborahlyvers@

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Easter closings Clinton town offices, court and highway department will be closed on Good Friday, April 6. The Clinton Community Library will be closed on Good Friday, April 6, but will be open on Saturday, April 7. The Town Recycling Center will be open as usual on Saturday, April 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Clinton Historical Society annual dinner meeting Everyone is invited to the alwayspopular annual dinner meeting of the Clinton Historical Society on Friday, April 13 starting at 6:30 p.m., featuring a wide variety of homemade specialties at the Creek Meeting House at 2433 Salt Point Turnpike in Clinton Corners. Everyone who attends is asked to bring a covered-dish entree or salad to be shared. The historical society will provide desserts and beverages. A brief business meeting will be held for the purpose of electing officers and trustees, and an update on the society’s activities will be presented. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor. For more information, call Mary Jo Nickerson at 845-266-3066.

Annual roadside cleanup Clinton’s Scenic and Historic Roads Advisory Committee will hold its annual roadside cleanup on Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Did you know April is Keep America Beautiful Month? The committee needs your support. All this involves is notifying a few friends, family members and neighbors and coordinating a meeting on Saturday morning to pick up trash on the side of the road. Just bring a pair of gloves and some plastic bags. The bags of trash will then be brought to the Town Hall parking lot and disposed of for free in the designated container that will be available on that day only. The committee wants to maintain the beauty of the roads in our lovely town. By encouraging our residents to participate in this roadside cleanup, we are showing how each and every one of us in this town is responsible for, and can have an impact on, the scenic beauty of our town. It could also be used as a time to

discuss getting together to plant perennial bulbs (daffodils), which also beautify our town. Any interested person, group or organization can register their road by calling Rick McGlauflin at 845-2663003.


Taconic Little League opening day The Taconic Little League’s opening day for ball games is Saturday, April 14 at the Stanfordville Rec Park. Team pictures will be taken on April 14, rain or shine, at the Stanfordville Rec Park. For more information, call 845-266-0030.

New regulations on outdoor burning The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued new rules for outdoor burning. The following is a summary of the new rules applying to most homeowners. Burn permits will not be issued anymore. No burning in burn barrels is allowed anytime anywhere. The following exceptions apply: On-site burning in any town with a population of less than 20,000 is permitted for downed limbs and branches (including branches with attached leaves or needles) less than 6 inches in diameter and 8 feet in length between May 15 and March 15 (note: we are in the “no-burn” period now). Barbecue grills, maple sugar evaporators and similar outdoor cooking devices, when actually used for cooking and processing food, can be used. Small fires used for cooking and campfires can be burned, provided that only charcoal or untreated wood is used as fuel and the fire is not left unattended until extinguished. Ceremonial or celebratory bonfires can be burned where not otherwise prohibited by law, provided that only untreated wood or other agricultural products are used as fuels and the fire is not left unattended until extinguished. Small fires that are used to dispose of a flag or religious item and small fires or other smoke-producing processes where not otherwise prohibited by law that are used in conjunction with a religious ceremony are also permitted. As always, remember to immediately call 911 if a fire gets out of control so the fire department can extinguish it. This will save property damage and unnecessary expenses.

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Colleen Hogan, Darien Demelis, Chloe Weeks, Rachel Tierney, Patty Darcy, Olivia Lattin, Dave Lattin, Jerry Pfitscher, Jillian Staley, Taylor Travis, Ashley Whitson, Alyssa Pfitscher and Katie Moos of the Dutchess Debs 14U girls fast-pitch softball squad pose for a photo after winning the USSSA World Series Qualifier in Connecticut. Photo submitted.

BY HV NEWS STAFF The Hyde Park-based Dutchess Debs 14U girls fast-pitch softball squad is heading to Florida. The Debs won the Nation Spring Classic USSSA World Series Qualifier in Bloomfield, Conn. on March 24 and 25, which qualified the team to represent New York at the USSSA World Series in Orlando, Fla. in July. During the semi-final game, Alyssa Pfitscher pitched a perfect game against

the Mid Hudson Lady Hawks, and during the final game, pitcher Olivia Lattin led the Debs to a shut-out win over the Connecticut Seahawks to win the championship. The Debs finished their season undefeated, with a 5-0 record, giving up only two runs all season. Offensively, the team was led by Darien Demelis, Olivia Lattin, Katie Moos and Chloe Weeks, whose combined tournament batting average was over .600.

The Golden Years Longtime local resident John Golden Jr. shared stories about growing up in the area during a presentation entitled “My Hometown: Hyde Park, N.Y.” at the Hyde Park Historical Society’s meeting at the United Methodist Church on Tuesday, March 27. Golden recounted stories about Hyde Park to a full audience, including a story about his uncle, Henry Golden, a chauffeur who wrecked FDR’s car, and his grandfather, who took care of the horses at the Vanderbilt farm. To see a video of Golden’s presentation, visit Photo by Nicole DeLawder.

a modern-day form of classical Indian yoga. Power yoga and vinyasa yoga are generic terms that may refer to any type of vigorous yoga exercise derived from Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Any yoga experts out there will know exactly what to expect, but I’m thinking the rest of us non-experts should call first to see if these classes are within our ability. The phone number for Yoga Pause is 845-266-0507 and the studio is located at 5979 Route 82, Stanfordville (in the Market Square Plaza). Classes start at $12 each, but there are many discount options for multiple sessions, and the first class is half price. For more information, visit

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BY HEIDI JOHNSON I told you all to be prepared for Old Man Winter to play one last trick on us. And trick us he did last Saturday, when he dusted our area with a few inches of very wet spring snow. I was so certain that the cold, wet stuff on the ground would deter the Easter Bunny from making his visit to SPARC Park for the annual egg hunt that I didn’t even try to get my young one up and out of the house. Unfortunately for us, I was wrong! The egg hunt went on as planned on Saturday morning and we missed it entirely. Alas. I know that many other youngsters had a great time hunting for eggs and candy in the park, however, so thank you to Boy Scout Troop 45 and Stanford Recreation for sponsoring this event. The spring snow also got me musing about when it is best to stop feeding the wild birds. I wish I could afford to feed them all summer long, but I cannot, so I usually stop filling the feeder around Memorial Day. I did some online research and found out that although birds very much enjoy dining at backyard feeders, they rarely become dependent on feeders as a food source. Their instincts are powerfully programmed to forage for themselves year round, so although they appreciate the “easy” food source, they don’t necessarily become reliant on it. Most of the sources I checked, however, said if you start feeding birds over the winter, it is best to keep feeding them until insects become plentiful in the late spring. Also, one website mentioned that early spring is a time when birds are nesting, so extra food is important to them this time of year. So, it seems that my Memorial Day target was pretty safe. It was lovely to see the birds delightfully feeding at our feeder last Saturday in the snow. The purple finches and cardinals really stood out against the white background. Also, one last tip I wasn’t aware of regarding backyard bird feeders: You do need to clean them about twice a year using a 10% bleach solution. This prevents the spread of diseases at your feeding station. It is also helpful to move the feeders to different parts of your yard or cover

Birds enjoy snow-covered seeds last Saturday in columnist Heidi Johnson’s backyard. Photo by Heidi Johnson.

the area under them with a 2-inch layer of bark mulch. This is needed to cover up the accumulation of seed hulls, also essential for preventing disease. I will do that as soon as it warms up a bit. Too cold and clammy outside today! Other than bird-feeding tips, I don’t have much other news from around town this week. Just a few reminders of upcoming library events and a bit of information about a new business in town.

Well, as I said, I don’t have much other news this week. I am doing my level best to stay out of the enormous political battle that seems to be taking place in our town government. Having grown up as the daughter of two politically involved parents, I have lived through enough of these partisan battles to last a lifetime. So, I’m simply not weighing in with

any opinions about which side is “right.” I am just hopeful that both parties will eventually come to their senses and realize that they are not doing this town any good by carrying on like this. There simply has to be more pressing town business than worrying about what the other “side” is doing that is so terribly wrong. Stanford has not had such a dysfunctional town government in the 20 years I have lived here. Our town government, like many local governments, is made up of people who are friends and active town volunteers. Rarely do they feel the need to take partisan stands and squabble over more than a hotly contested vote here and there. How it all went so terribly wrong in Stanford is a mystery to me, but I sure think it makes us look pretty silly to our neighboring towns. And that, my friends, is entirely all I have to say on the subject. See you all next week. Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or

Upcoming library programs • The writers’ group will be having its second meeting on Monday, April 9 at 10 a.m. All aspiring writers are welcome to join. • A presentation on Mountain Lions will be held on Friday, April 13 at 7 p.m. Led by Bill Betty, the program will feature a PowerPoint slide show and many show-and-tell items. There is limited seating, so you must call 845868-1341 to reserve your spot.

Yoga Pause I noticed last Sunday while stopping for breakfast at Home Plate after church that the building next to the restaurant is now open as a yoga studio. The business is called Yoga Pause and the sign on the door listed the studio’s website. From this site, I learned that “Vinyasa Align” classes are held on Tuesdays from 6 to 7:15 p.m., and “Vinyasa Flow” classes are on Saturdays from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Now, of course, I had no idea what those class types were, so I looked that up online also. I found the following descriptions on Wikipedia: Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, or Ashtanga Yoga, is a system of yoga popularized by K. Pattabhi Jois that is often promoted as

Traffic and safety upgrades in Rhinebeck For the past 10 days, workers with the New York State Department of Transportation have been making upgrades to the intersection of Route 9 and Market Street in Rhinebeck. According to Mayor Jim Reardon, the DOT is replacing traffic lights and pedestrian-crossing lights at the intersection, as well as installing a new crosswalk and improving handicapped access. Reardon says the traffic signal was previously too close to nearby power lines. Photo by Christopher Lennon. Hudson valley news | | April 4, 2012 {21}


Alert resident thwarts would-be burglar

Runners get ready at last year’s Bard 5K Run to Support Red Hook Schools. Photo submitted.

5K walk/run to benefit Red Hook schools BY HV NEWS STAFF Bard College and the Bard Center for Civic Engagement are hoping to raise money for two organizations that support Red Hook schools with a 5K walk and run later this month. The Bard 5K Run to Support Red Hook Schools will be held Sunday, April 22, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. and race at 9:30 a.m. The event will take place rain or shine. Participants will meet at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at the Bard campus and make their way through a course described as “flat and fast with a couple of small hills.” Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Red Hook Education Foundation and the Red Hook Raiders Sports Club, two independent not-for-profit organizations that support the local school system.

“This event is intended to mobilize students as well as the local community in a grassroots effort to support our local schools at a time when they are facing budget cuts to integral programs,” according to Bard. At 11 a.m., awards will be given to the top male and female finishers in different age groups: 58 and up, 48-57, 38-47, 2837, 18-27, 12-17 and 11 and under. Entry fees are $10 for students; $20 for non-students if you pre-register before April 18, or $25 on the day of the race. To pre-register, download a registration form at www.redhookeducationfoundation. org and mail it to: Red Hook Education Foundation, P.O. Box 2, Red Hook, NY 12571. For more information, email jrankin@

$80K in scholarships and grants going to educators, students BY HV NEWS STAFF The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley will award $80,000 in grants and scholarships to local students and teachers at its Partnership in Education awards reception next month. The reception will be held Wednesday, May 30 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. During the event, the Community

Foundations will award Fund for Excellence in Education grants and Taconic IPA Science Equipment Teacher grants to local educators, as well as scholarships to college-bound students. The event is open to the public. Hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be served, and there will be a cash bar. Tickets are $35 and are available at

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Hyde Park Police say a local man who caught a would-be burglar in the act managed to follow the suspect in his vehicle and flag down an officer, ultimately leading to the arrest of a parolee with a proclivity for burglary. According to police, on March 28, a local resident observed Christopher S. Marchant, 20, of Hyde Park, attempting to break into a house on Second Drive. Police say the man startled Marchant, who fled the scene on foot. According to police, before Marchant could get too far, the resident began following him in his vehicle. Police were dispatched to Second Drive, but before they arrived, a responding officer was flagged down by the resident, who identified Marchant at the scene. Marchant was already on parole for a prior burglary charge and a warrant was immediately issued by the New York State Division of Parole. He was charged with two counts of burglary in the second degree, attempted burglary in the second degree and grand larceny in the third degree, all class-D felonies, as well as two counts of criminal mischief in the fourth degree, petit larceny and possession of burglar’s tools, all class-A misdemeanors. Marchant was arraigned in Hyde Park Justice Count on March 28 and remanded to Dutchess County Jail without bail.

Man jailed for 4th DWI after rollover

New York State Police have arrested a man who allegedly crashed his truck while driving drunk on Route 82 in the Town of Washington on Saturday morning. Police say Urbano G. Carrillo, 49, did not have a driver’s license and has been convicted of at least three prior alcohol-related driving offenses. Troopers were called to Route 82 near South Shanks Road at 6:55 a.m. on March 31 for a report of a one-car, personal-injury auto accident. According to police, Carrillo and an undocumented Mexican immigrant who currently resides in Clinton Corners were travelling southbound on Route 82 when Carrillo lost control of his 1998 Chevrolet Blazer on the sleet-covered road. The truck traveled onto the shoulder, struck a ditch and rolled over. Carrillo fled the scene but was apprehended shortly afterward by troopers responding to the crash, according to police.

Troopers say Carrillo’s breath smelled strongly of alcohol, and he was arrested for DWI after failing a series of field-sobriety tests. According to police, a check with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles revealed Carrillo’s past alcohol-related driving offenses, the most recent of which was a felony DWI in the Town of Hyde Park in 2010, which caused his driver’s license to be revoked. Police say Carrillo submitted to a breath test, which indicated his bloodalcohol level was 0.09% following the crash. He was charged with DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation in the first degree, using a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and several traffic infractions. Carrillo was arraigned in Stanford Justice Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Town of Washington Justice Court on April 4. Police say federal immigration authorities have been notified of Carrillo’s arrest and incarceration.

Troopers bust alleged weed growers

Two local men who were allegedly growing pounds of marijuana in the Town of Rhinebeck were arrested by New York State Police on Friday. According to police, Warren Pedatella, 36, and Michael McCaffery, 39, both of Pleasant Valley, were arrested on March 30 after troopers located a large marijuanagrowing operation in Rhinebeck. Police say Pedatella Pedatella and McCaffery were in possession of more than 10 pounds of marijuana at the time. Both men were charged with unlawfully growing cannabis and criminal possession of marijuana McCaffery in the first degree. Pedatella and McCaffery were arraigned in Town of Rhinebeck Justice Court and were eventually released after posting $5,000 bail, police said. Pedatella and McCaffery are due to reappear in court April 12.

CHEVELLE AUTO, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 3/12/2012. Office in Dutchess Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 811 Violet Ave., Hyde Park, NY 12538. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

Rhinebeck Bank, formerly Rhinebeck Savings Bank, unveiled its new name and logo at all 10 branches on Monday. Photo by Christopher Lennon.


BY HV NEWS STAFF After more than 150 years of serving local banking customers under the name Rhinebeck Savings Bank, the institution has rebranded itself and shortened its name to Rhinebeck Bank. Last Monday, the bank unveiled its new name and logo at all 10 of its branches in Dutchess and Ulster counties. In addition to new outdoor signs, the bank has rebranded its inventory of customer sales and service materials, as well as its online banking and bill pay services. Bank officials say the changes reflect the institutionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growth, from a small community savings bank that opened in 1860 to a modern financial institution that offers a wide scope of products and services. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the past year, we have experienced strong growth in customers and assets, acquired Brinckerhoff & Neuville Insurance Group and updated our online banking capabilities, and the pace will not slow down for 2012,â&#x20AC;? said Michael J. Quinn, president and CEO of Rhinebeck Bank. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are hopeful our new brand will make people aware of the scope and caliber of the products and service we offer at Rhinebeck Bank. Sometimes you need to shake things up a little to get noticed.â&#x20AC;? As part of the advertising campaign promoting the new brand, Rhinebeck Bank has launched a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scratch the Savingsâ&#x20AC;? sweepstakes, wherein visitors to any Rhinebeck Bank branch can instantly win cash or a new iPad2. The sweepstakes runs through April 13. For more information and sweepstakes rules, stop by any Rhinebeck Bank branch or visit

A mother cat, one of the 218 rescued from hoarders earlier this year, nurses her own kittens as well as the kittens of another cat that is too ill nurse. Photo submitted.

BY HV NEWS STAFF The Dutchess County SPCA has been awarded a $14,000 grant to aid in its efforts to care for more than 200 cats rescued from hoarders. The SPCA says the funds, which were donated by Petsmart Charities, will help offset the cost of vaccinating and medicating the animals. In February, the SPCA rescued 18 cats that had been trapped in an abandoned apartment building in Poughkeepsie, and later seized 200 cats from a Hopewell Junction woman who was allegedly hoarding cats and dogs at her home. According to the SPCA, the cats required examinations, vaccinations, spay and neuter surgeries and other operations, and many require additional medical care to address untreated infections. Executive Director Joyce Garrity said the SPCA is appreciative of the support from Petsmart Charities, as well as the individuals who have donated funds and supplies on behalf of the rescued animals.



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â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are grateful to Petsmart Charities for their generous grant and to the many individuals and groups who stepped forward to help us care for these cats,â&#x20AC;? said Executive Director Joyce Garrity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hoarding situations are dangerous and traumatic for companion animals. We are working day and night to help the cats recover and to get them adopted. We appreciate the donations of food, kitty litter and cash.â&#x20AC;? All of the animals that are healthy enough to be adopted are currently available, while those that are in need of medical attention remain in isolation. The SPCA is asking for donations of cash, food, cat litter and cleaning supplies as it continues to care for the cats. For more information on donating or adopting an animal, visit the shelter at 636 Violet Ave. (Route 9G) in Hyde Park any day but Wednesday or call 845-452-7722.

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