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Hudson Valley legislatures hold joint summit

READY FOR 2011 Doris Kelly lauded by party BY JIM LANGAN


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The Hyde Park Democratic Committee honored one of its own with the committee’s prestigious Chairman’s Award at its annual dinner. Recipient Doris Kelly, a retired school teacher, was honored for her contributions to the Hyde Park town and planning boards. In 2004, Kelly was a candidate for a U.S. Congressional seat. Speakers at the dinner ceremony praised Kelly for her continuing activism for peace, human rights and dignity for the aging. Organizers said they were pleasantly taken aback by the number of attendees and amount of money raised during the dinner. “Frankly, we were a bit astonished by the level of generosity,” said party Chairwoman Pat Dreveny. “But I think this shows very clearly that Hyde Park residents are ready for a change this fall.” > continued on next page

Ward 3 candidate Bill Truitt, receiver of taxes candidate Melissa Milligan, 2011 honoree Doris Kelly, Ward 1 candidate Emily Svenson, supervisor candidate Aileen Rohr, Town Justice David Steinberg and county executive candidate Dan French attend the Hyde Park Democratic Committee’s annual Chairman’s Award ceremony. Photo submitted.



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During the event, the committee presented some of the candidates it is supporting in the November election, including Aileen Rohr for supervisor, Emily Svenson for Ward 1 councilperson, Bill Truitt for Ward 3 councilperson, Melissa Milligan for receiver of taxes and Town Justice David Steinberg, who is seeking re-election. Town of Beekman Supervisor Dan French, who has declared his candidacy for county executive, was also in attendance.

Supervisor candidate Rohr has been active in the community for years and is currently a member of the planning board. Svenson also has been an active volunteer in Hyde Park and was chairwoman of the Conservation Advisory Council until very recently. Truitt is well known and liked from his 20-plus years on the Hyde Park Police Department. He was a K9 officer for many years, often bringing his dog to local schools. Milligan defeated former County Clerk Dick Anderson for the Hyde Park town clerk nomination at the 2009 Democratic

caucus before losing to current Clerk Donna McGrogan. Steinberg, who has been town justice since 2004, is a highly respected jurist who narrowly lost a bid for Dutchess County Court judge in 2010. The nominees must still win nomination at the Democratic caucus, which is usually held early in the summer. At the moment, it appears all the candidates, with the possible exception of Rohr, are virtual certainties in the upcoming caucus. The 2009 Democratic nominee for supervisor, Rich Perkins, has told Hudson Valley News he also intends to seek the nomination of his party at caucus. Perkins pressured former Supervisor Pompey Delafield to withdraw before the 2009 caucus, and subsequently lost to Republican Supervisor Tom Martino that November. There is some lingering bitterness amongst Delafield loyalists, but Perkins losing to the unknown Martino has some party activists looking to Rohr as an alternative. Perkins has been working behind the scenes in an attempt to determine the level of support for his candidacy. Democrats are very focused on ousting the abrasive Martino, along with councilmen Michael Taylor, Jim Monks and Mike Athanas. One Democrat told us, “For all the drama and acrimony from this bunch, they haven’t really accomplished anything. There are no new businesses to speak of and the police/court thing got done with McArthur and Pompey.”






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Economic development commissioner to address county department BY HV NEWS STAFF The Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation will hear from a business advocate at its annual breakfast meeting later this month. On Thursday, May 26, from 7:30 to 9 a.m., the Economic Development Corporation will host its Annual Breakfast at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. The guest speaker will be Kenneth Adams, president and CEO of Empire State Development and commissioner of the New York State Department of Economic Development. The cost to attend the breakfast is $40 per person and pre-paid reservations are requested. Register online and purchase tickets using PayPal at www. To RSVP, email or call 845-463-5410.

NDH to honor two at annual Starlight Ball BY HV NEWS STAFF Northern Dutchess Hospital will honor two local men during its annual Starlight Ball next month. Ken Giek and Dr. Alfred Frontera have been selected as honorees during the ball, which will be held Saturday, June 18, in the Horticulture Building at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck. Dr. James and Mary Wing, as well as Donald and Kristine Sperry, will serve as co-chairs of the event. Both honorees have made lasting contributions to the hospital. Giek has served as chairman of the Northern Dutchess Hospital, NDH Foundation and Health Quest boards of directors from 1985 to 2008. Frontera, a recently retired neurologist, was instrumental in establishing the Paul Rosenthal Rehabilitation Center at Northern Dutchess Hospital. Tickets for the Starlight Ball are $250. For information on sponsorship or tickets, call 845-871-3505. A silent auction to benefit the hospital will be held the night before the ball, on Friday, June 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. Admission is $15 and includes a wine and cheese reception, as well as early access to the Craft Fair at the Fairgrounds that weekend.

Rhinebeck gets prestigious Tree City USA designation BY HV NEWS STAFF

Dutchess County Legislature Chairman Rob Rolison (from left), Ulster County Minority Leader Jeanette Provenzano, Ulster County Legislature Chairman Fred Wadnola and Greene County Legislature Chairman Wayne Speenburgh meet at the Ulster County Office Building on Friday. Photo by Christopher Lennon.

BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Legislature officials from three Hudson Valley counties met for a summit to discuss the challenges faced by their respective communities and the solutions legislative leaders are considering. Dutchess County Legislature Chairman Rob Rolison joined Ulster County Legislature Chairman Fred Wadnola, Greene County Legislature Chairman Wayne Speenburgh, Ulster County Minority Leader Jeanette Provenzano and other Ulster County legislators at the Ulster County Office Building on Friday, May 6. The local leaders discussed waste management, shared services, domestic violence prevention, unfunded state mandates, police protection, crime and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2% tax cap, among other topics. The summit began with a discussion on the rising cost of waste management and the potential benefits and drawbacks of switching to a flow-control system of waste collection. Wadnola said Ulster County is considering switching to a flow-control system and said the Ulster Legislature would be having a public hearing on the topic soon. Rolison said he was interested in learning more and whether it could translate to cost savings in Dutchess. “That’s something we would probably want to attend,” Rolison said. Rolison warned, though, that trash carters in Dutchess County have stated

they do not support a flow-control system. “I wouldn’t be surprised if you introduced flow control, that there would be litigation from someplace,” Rolison said. Rolison also said some southern Ulster communities might consider shipping some of their waste to Dutchess County’s plant, for a fee. “We’d like to see some of that waste from southern Ulster County come across (the river), and maybe we could handle it,” Rolison said. “We’ll make a deal with you, if the price is right,” Wadnola responded. The officials moved onto a discussion on shared services, at which point Rolison said he believes as the cost for services continues to rise, communities will naturally look into sharing services on their own. “It looks like there are some places that are ripe for sharing,” said Rolison, citing a study by Patterns for Progress. “But there are other areas where the supervisors and mayors have said, ‘No way.’” Later, Rolison asked the officials if they would switch to a discussion on domestic violence, saying communities in Dutchess County have been plagued by domestic violence-related homicides and other crimes. Rolison said the Dutchess Legislature has taken a very serious look at domestic violence services and has made some changes to its notification system. Speenburgh said he believes domestic

violence offenders should be categorized and their names made available in the community. “I think they should be classified like sexual predators – level one, two and three,” Speenburgh said. Rolison said he disagreed, saying the nature of domestic violence crimes is different from sex offenses. “When you think of the domestic violence issue, it’s a family issue – husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend,” Rolison said. The officials agreed to have another meeting, likely in Dutchess County, to discuss services available to victims of domestic violence in the greater Hudson Valley. One subject everyone seemed to agree on is the overwhelming burden of unfunded mandates coming from New York State. “We’re tired of all the rhetoric,” said Provenzano. “Just sitting here expressing our opinions isn’t going to get anything done.” Speenburgh said retirement contributions are a major concern in Greene County. “I’m bitter over it,” he said. “The thing that has to change more than anything is the retirement system. It’s a goal you can’t meet without (the state) addressing it.” Ulster County Legislator Dean Fabiano agreed, saying, “We just keep taking it and taking it and taking it. Is it out of the question for us to stand up and say, ‘No, we’re not going to do this’?”

The Village of Rhinebeck was recently recognized as a Tree City USA for its commitment to urban forestry. The designation comes from the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. In order to achieve the designation, the village had to complete four tasks: create a tree board or department, create a tree care ordinance, form a comprehensive community forestry program and make an Arbor Day program and proclamation. “This award is the culmination of a tremendous amount of hard work by an extremely dedicated group of volunteers,” said Mayor Jim Reardon. “The Village of Rhinebeck is a very beautiful example of what can be accomplished when trees are an integral part of the landscape.” Reardon went on to thank Tree Commission Chairwoman Cecily Frazier and members Meg Crawford, Svend Beecher, Nicholas Doyle, Cynthia Fennell, Tess McKellen and Jason Heimink. “Working in concert with Trustee Howard Traudt, the liaison to the commission, this group of individuals is responsible for this most prestigious recognition, said Reardon. For more information about the Tree City USA program, visit www.arborday. org/TreeCityUSA. Twitter: @HVNews • @HVWeekend

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arrested developments BY HV NEWS STAFF


Poughkeepsie Police are investigating the murder of a 26-year-old Poughkeepsie man. According to police, on May 5, at approximately 12:52 a.m., Madhi Elting, 26, of Poughkeepsie, was found shot to death in front of the Congress Bar on Main Street. Shortly after, three men – James T. Wilson, 29, of Poughkeepsie; Cory Febo, 25, of the Bronx; and Harvey Boone, 35, of Dover – were arrested during a car stop. Wilson, Febo and Boone were all charged with murder in the second degree, a class-A felony, for the shooting death of Elting. Also charged during the investigation was Shalawn Brown for tampering with physical evidence, a class-E felony. Later that morning, Michael Martinez, 26, of Poughkeepsie, was arrested in the Kingston area on charges of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, a class-C felony. Police say the investigation is ongoing.


The Rhinebeck Police Department successfully completed its first crossstate extradition case recently. According to police, on Jan. 14, 2010, Dylan T. Wiand, of Rhinebeck, had been arrested and charged with grand larceny in the third degree, a class-D felony; and conspiracy in the fifth degree, a class-A misdemeanor. Then, on March 23 of this year, an indictment was filed in Dutchess County Court, at which time Wiand allegedly fled New York State. A warrant for Wiand’s arrest was issued, and an investigation by the Rhinebeck Police Department revealed he was residing in Texas. According to police, local officers contacted police in College Station, Texas, who arrested Wiand at his place of employment and transported him to Brazos County Jail to await extradition to Dutchess County. In coordination with the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office, Rhinebeck Police traveled to Texas to transport Wiand back to New York to face his charges.


Three police officers and a suspect sustained minor injuries during a foot chase in Fishkill last week. According to the Dutches County Sheriff’s Office, on May 7, at approximately 4 a.m., sheriff’s deputies and state police responded to the Quality Inn on Route 52 in the Town of Fishkill for a noise complaint, where Kenneth Schoonmaker, 24, of New Paltz was identified as an involved party. While interviewing him, officers discovered Schoonmaker was wanted on a warrant, but before he could be taken into custody, he fled on foot, police said. According to police, Schoonmaker was chased behind the motel, at which time he and the pursuing officers fell down a steep ravine. He was taken into custody without further incident. As a result of the fall, two deputies were treated for minor leg injuries at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, and a state trooper was sent to St. Francis Hospital with a shoulder injury, police said. Schoonmaker was treated at Vassar Brothers for a wrist injury and subsequently released, according to the sheriff’s office. Schoonmaker was charged with resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration in the second degree, both class-A misdemeanors. He was arraigned in Village of Fishkill Justice Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail. Upon his release, he will be extradited to Ulster County to answer to the original warrant.


The Hyde Park Police Department reports the following arrests: • Steven T. Beers, 21, of Hyde Park, was charged with criminal possession of marijuana, a violation, on May 3. • Andre M. Hall, 17, of Poughkeepsie, was charged with attempted assault in the third degree, a class-B misdemeanor, on May 3. • Harriet N. Kabalamaga, 31, of Hyde Park, was charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree, a class-A misdemeanor; and three counts of petty larceny, a class-A misdemeanor; on May 3. • Maxine L. Yerkes, 41, of Hyde Park, was charged with DWI, a misdemeanor, on May 7. • Richard L. Sumski, 22, of Hyde Park, was charged with coercion in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor; assault in the third degree, a class-A misdemeanor; and resisting arrest, a class-A misdemeanor; on May 7. • Natasha A. Payne, 26, of Poughkeepsie, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree, a misdemeanor, on May 7.

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The Dutchess County Legislature is officially asking County Executive William Steinhaus to appoint a county historian. Though most local municipalities have their own town historians, Dutchess County has been without one since 2008, when former County Historian Stan Mersand retired for medical reasons. Since then, a growing number of county residents have called for the hiring of a new historian, who would be appointed by the county executive. County Legislator Joel Tyner (D-Clinton, Rhinebeck) says he has been working on this issue for years, and since 2009, he has collected more than 240 signatures on a petition that asks Steinhaus to fill the vacancy. “There are a lot of (signatures on the petition) from people all over the county,” Tyner said. “They’re really frustrated that there’s no county historian to help them research their roots.” Furthermore, Tyner says the Dutchess County Charter states, “There shall be a county historian, who shall be appointed by the county executive, subject to confirmation by the county Legislature,” and local law calls for the historian to oversee a records management program and a records advisory board. On Monday night, the Legislature, by a 22-2 vote, approved a resolution urging Steinhaus to fill the historian post. Tyner said prior to Monday’s meeting of the full Legislature, he had to do a bit of

wheeling and dealing to get the resolution on the agenda. He said during a meeting of the Budget, Finance and Personnel Committee on Thursday, Republicans wanted to add language to the resolution that also urges the county executive to appoint a solid waste commissioner. Tyner said despite the fact that he believes the Dutchess County Solid Waste Department is already a “huge bureaucracy,” he went along with the change to drum up support for the resolution. “Sometimes you have to know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em,” Tyner said. “I voted for the amendment because I didn’t want to see World War III.” Reached for comment Tuesday morning, a representative from Steinhaus’ office said the county executive could not comment on the matter because the resolution had not yet been delivered to his desk. Tyner said in the past, the county historian job was a paid position, though he knows of people who would be willing to do the job for free. “A number of people have indicated to me that they would take on the position voluntarily,” he said. He added, though, he believes providing a salary to someone with a genealogy background and knowledge of local history “would be a sound investment.” “There’s tons of history in Dutchess County and we need a county historian,” he said.


The Rev. Chuck Kramer, rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Hyde Park, listens as County Legislators D. J. Sadowski and Dan Kuffner read a proclamation during Monday’s meeting of the Dutchess County Legislature acknowledging the church’s Bicentennial Celebration. Photo by Jim Langan.




What one death means

I saw a posting this week that’s been showing up on people’s Facebook pages everywhere. Maybe you’ve seen it, too. It’s a slightly incorrect quote by Dr. Martin Luther King in the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden. It goes like this: “I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” The first part of that quote is not from King, and the second part has a minor error. The original quote, taken from King’s “Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community,” published in 1967, is this: “The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night

already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” And in fairness, the person who reportedly first posted this on her Facebook – a certain Jessica Dovey from I don’t know where – put quotes starting at “Returning …” She only mistook the word “hate” for “violence.” The first part was her own input: “I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.” According to the blogs out there – and if it’s on a blog, it must be true! – this was her response to the jubilation witnessed in the streets at the news of Osama bin Laden’s death. She has a point. Is this a time of exaltation? Are we the type of people who dance at a death, who laugh when someone we hate dies, not out of relief but out of sheer hatred? Or are we the type of people who think of the hunt and the killing as a sort of sport – a long game we finally won? Oh Lord, I hope not. I can think of no circumstance under which I might want to party and sing and chant slogans because a person was killed. Not even a person who has done me and mine irreparable harm. I might feel relief, release of tension, perhaps sadness that it came to this – but unbridled joy? I’ll save that for the unlikely event of the Cubs ever winning the World Series. And throughout the country, many have been expressing their own mixed emotions about this turn of events. Now that the man is dead, what does that mean for the ongoing threat of terrorism? For Middle East relations? For gas prices? I am not hopeful that bin Laden’s death will stop al Qaeda – nor am I hopeful that killing all of the members of al Qaeda

will stop terrorism. While it’s tempting to think that evildoers can only be stopped by the very violence they perpetrate, history shows us over and over again that, just as Dr. Martin Luther King proclaimed, “Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate.” Experts in sociology say the street-party celebrations were a natural outgrowth of the protracted “War on Terrorism.” They say the whole pep-rally celebrations of bin Laden’s death are normal. If that’s the case, what of those who did not rejoice? Indeed, what of those whose faith cannot lead them to dancing on anyone’s grave? The faith to which I belong asserts that every person, no matter how vile in our eyes, is still a child of God. St. Paul tells us to “bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.” Jesus says, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44), and “Love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back” (Luke 6:35). Nothing will ever stop all violence. But if we are the people we say we are, we can follow a simple – but oh, so difficult

– path. We re-evaluate how we relate to those who hate, or even just resent us. We admit our part in the feud; it is a rare thing indeed for a fight, feud or war to be all one side’s fault. We can evaluate our country’s business practices to see if they harm people in poorer countries. We can evaluate our occupation practices – do they harm others? We can evaluate our responses to the ongoing misery of our hungriest brothers and sisters. We can even listen to those in the streets and, without getting defensive, try to really hear what their complaints are. This is not a sign of weakness, by the way, it is a sign of letting Christ lead. The results of the type of behavior will always be uneven. Just ask Dr. Martin Luther King. But if we begin to respond a bit less with our strength and power and a bit more with our humility and love, at least we’ll have reason to believe that God will rejoice. The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Hyde Park. You can leave a comment for him at

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We at the Hudson Valley News have not forgotten about Katie Filiberti and the pain her family continues to endure. At the same time, we are in no way criticizing the efforts of the Hyde Park Police Department or the other agencies involved in investigating Katie’s death. But as we approach the two-month anniversary of her death, we continue to hear the frustration of a community seeking more information on the progress of the investigation. We have also heard that members of Katie’s extended family are growing increasingly frustrated by the lack of information being provided to them. Sources tell us police were back in the Greentree neighborhood last week, canvassing neighbors again about what they may have seen or heard that fateful night in March. This has many wondering if law enforcement is any closer to solving this case and is generating calls for a more detailed progress report. We understand there is a fine line between compromising an investigation and satisfying community curiosity. At the same time, the secrecy surrounding this case, coupled with the length of time since the murder, has many residents concerned. We are deeply appreciative of all the hard work law enforcement has put into solving this terrible crime and understand every murder isn’t solved in an hour like so many television crime dramas. That said, the time is rapidly approaching when the district attorney and the Hyde Park Police Department need to bring the Filibertis and the public over the wall of silence. We continue to extend our thoughts and sympathies to Katie’s family and friends. QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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At the Hyde Park Democratic Committee dinner Friday night, an imaginary auction basket called “Throw the Bums Out” had Dems frothing like Charlie Sheen at a Victoria’s Secret shoot. The item raised more than $2,000 and will be used to show the thugs the door in November. Thugs played to an empty house Monday night. {6} may 11, 2011 | | Hudson valley news

Improved airline safety seemed to be set in place until April 1 of this year (April Fools’ Day), when a surprise amendment (number 24) that undermines the safety standards of the 2010 Aviation Safety Act OPINION was added to a major FAA Reauthorization Act and was then passed in the House of Representatives. This amendment BY BILL MCCABE specifically allows different standards to apply to different parts of the airline industry. It will release smaller carriers from compliance with the requirements of the 2010 law, especially those that addressed the problems of inadequate training and pilot fatigue by establishing industry-wide minimum standards. On Feb. 12, 2009, an airplane crashed Republicans Nan Hayworth and Chris near the Buffalo-Niagara International Gibson both voted for the amended Airport, tragically killing all 49 people Reauthorization Act, on board and one person while Democrat Maurice on the ground. A lengthy Hinchey voted against it, investigation by the stating, “There’s a reason Since 1993, National Transportation why Congress passed a Safety Board determined there have been law requiring the FAA the causes to be pilot 263 deaths in 14 to ensure that pilots are fatigue and “deficiencies” experienced, well trained in the hiring and training airline accidents and well rested before practices of the regional taking flight. Eliminating in which pilot airline company that those requirements is short fatigue was the operated the flight under a sighted, and that’s why I contract with Continental direct cause or a voted against it … One Airlines. Press accounts of our highest priorities have reported on contributing factor. needs to be making sure inexperienced, overour airlines system is safe worked and underpaid and secure, and I’m going pilots working for the to continue working for many small, regional carriers, which now common-sense standards to do just that.” operate over one half of the domestic Well said, Congressman Hinchey! flights in the U.S. The notorious Amendment 24 to the Largely in response to the Buffalo FAA Reauthorization Act is not present tragedy, last July, the Senate and the House in the version passed in the Senate in of Representatives passed the Aviation February. Now, a Conference Committee Safety Act, which was signed into law will work to reconcile the two versions, by President Obama. The law requires all and supporters of consistent regulations airlines, large or small, to adhere to basic for pilot standards hope that House standards of pilot training; furthermore, Amendment 24 will be dropped from the law increases the minimum hours of the final version of the bill. Both of our flight experience from 250 to 1,500 hours senators, Gillibrand and Schumer, support in order to become a first officer (captain) the consistent rules for all pilots and are of a passenger aircraft. The law also publicly committed to do all they can to empowers the FAA to require mentoring see an FAA Reauthorization Act be sent programs and professional development to President Obama without the House’s programs for pilots. The law’s purpose, Amendment 24. Call and thank Hinchey of course, is to protect basic public safety for helping to make air travel safe, and call in the air and on the ground. According Hayworth and Gibson to tell them how to the National Transportation Safety they have disappointed us. Board, since 1993, there have been 263 deaths in 14 airline accidents in which Bill McCabe can be reached at pilot fatigue was the direct cause or a contributing factor.




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like Molinaro has been on the political radar screen since the Eisenhower years. That’s because Molinaro was first elected to public office as village trustee in Tivoli when he was 18 years old. OPINION French is a relative novice compared to the seasoned Molinaro. Like it or not, all those rubber-chicken dinners and BY JIM LANGAN public events translate into recognition and votes, assuming the impressions are favorable. French is still in the process of introducing himself to Dutchess County voters, not to mention potential financial contributors. If there’s anyone out there feeling But here’s what makes Marc Molinaro the effects of sky-high gas prices, it’s such a formidable candidate. Not Assemblyman Marc Molinaro. The only does he have almost unanimous man is everywhere and his recent support amongst Republicans, he has announcement he’s running for county demonstrated an ability to reach across executive has only increased the amount the political aisle with great success. of territory he must cover. Molinaro was asked by But cover it he does. I Gov. Andrew Cuomo can’t tell you the number to play a significant of times someone has role on his transition said to me, “I was just In a time of bitter team and continues to with Marc Molinaro,” work closely with the partisan divide, or, “I just saw Molinaro famously Democratic in Fishkill and he’ll governor. In a time of it’s refreshing be here shortly.” What bitter partisan divide, and productive makes Molinaro different it’s refreshing and from your garden-variety productive to see an to see an elected political candidate is he elected official putting does it with aplomb. You official putting his his constituents ahead of never get the feeling he’s the party. Having a good in a hurry or has three constituents ahead working relationship more stops to make. He with a sitting governor of the party. may, but he never lets it can only benefit show. He’s unfailingly Dutchess County down polite and conveys a the road. sincere interest in what Does that mean Dan people have to say. French has no chance? No, but it’s going All of which says his Democratic to be a challenge. Not only is French opponent, Dan French, has his work cut butting heads with a savvy and popular out for him this fall. French, the current political figure, he’s bucking fairly Beekman supervisor, has an impressive substantial Republican head winds in political record. French was the only general. Unless there is a dramatic and Democrat on the Beekman Town Board sudden change in the country’s economic for five years before being elected fortunes, voters are likely to opt for supervisor in 2009. He is an unabashed Republicans in this off-year election. liberal and is on record as opposing any With unemployment still at unacceptable attempts to scale back Obamacare. His levels and voters concerned about higher website prominently displays photos of taxes and fewer services, Molinaro French with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and makes an attractive candidate. He brings Sen. Chuck Schumer. Given Dutchess experience, charm and a willingness to County skews slightly Republican these govern by consensus. The ball is very days, lockstep liberalism may not be the much in Dan French’s court. fastest way to voters’ hearts. Then there’s the visibility factor. Jim Langan can be reached at Even though Molinaro isn’t much older (36) than French (29), it feels




I enjoy reading your articles about the town board from Hyde Park. I have just one question. Can’t those idiots be impeached and kicked out, since they were voted into office? Thanks. Also, I was a big fan of The Harlem Valley Times and am very happy to be able to read your paper. Pauline Marston Wingdale

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BY JIM LANGAN • Didn’t hear much from blowhard Donald Trump last week. A poll showed 80% of Americans consider him a joke and unfit to run for office. Funny how “The Donald” suddenly concluded he was too busy to drive the pace car in the Indy 500 this year. Even he must have realized they’d boo him off of the track. • More than 2,000 women gathered on Boston Common for the first annual “Slut Walk” to protest a Toronto cop’s assertion recently that many sexual assault victims bring it upon themselves for dressing like sluts. “We are reclaiming the power of the word itself,” said one organizer. A male counter-protest called “Pimp Walk” mocked the group by dressing in cowboy hats with feathers and carrying boom boxes. Not exactly the Founding Fathers, but amusing.

• Beatle Paul McCartney is getting married again, this time to New Yorker Nancy Shevell. Ms. Shevell seems an ideal mate for the 68-year-old Beatle. She has her own money, doesn’t want to be in a band and isn’t a total “rhymes with itch.” • In a town outside Manila, hundreds of pre-teen boys were circumcised in a soccer stadium. The boys bit down on their shirts or a stick as volunteer doctors performed the ceremony in front of thousands. Good God, can somebody get these people cable? • Here’s a little post-Mother’s Day statistic for you. The average mother’s work is worth $61,436 a year, according to a recent analysis. The figure includes $20,000 in child care as well as $791

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club. Sounds like he’s lucky he wasn’t clubbed to death.

• No one was happier to see Osama bin Laden blown away than me, but can we all now stop calling this cretin a mastermind? He persuaded 19 lunatics to fly four airplanes into buildings nearly 10 years ago. From what we now know, he’s spent most of his time since hiding in a room surrounded by women and children. From the recently released video, it looks like he couldn’t master the remote control, never mind a command center.

• Maybe one of the mammary-enhanced dancers was 34-year-old Mariam Garmas. The Ft. Lauderdale resident was arrested for using her mother’s Social Security number and name to buy $10,000 worth of breast implants and dainties from Victoria’s Secret.

• Here’s some good news for some of you running for office this fall. There’s a new body spray out called Liquid Trust. It contains oxytocin, called the “cuddle hormone.” It occurs naturally in the brain during breast feeding and orgasm. Studies show it creates an increase in trusting behavior! The boys in Hyde Park may need to order up a fire extinguisher-sized can if they somehow get on the ballot. • Mark Gold, a Miami lawyer specializing in DUI cases, ran up an $18,930 tab at a Miami strip club. Gold claimed he was over served and became temporarily unconscious and is now suing the

• With warm weather rapidly approaching, may we recommend hot footing it over to The Inside Scoop on Route 9G in Hyde Park? Aside from the newspaper analogy, their ice cream is homemade and as good as it gets in the Hudson Valley. We just had a mint chocolate chip cone that will have you writing bad checks and not showing up for work! The owners are also local, not some corporate franchisee. Support your local businesses. • “Don’t Tase me, bro!” Polk County, Florida sheriff’s deputies have begun using a TASER Extended Range to subdue suspects. It’s a 12-gauge shotgun shell jammed with wires and electrodes. “It delivers the most excruciating pain imaginable. You can’t move but you can breathe because you’re screaming at the top of your lungs.” Nice!

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Full schedule and preview on page 10 Pictured: Children authors read their work at the 2009 Millbrook Book Festival. Photo by Nicole DeLawder.

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EVENT LISTINGS THROUGHOUT THE HUDSON VALLEY E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM Listings are accurate as of press time but be sure to confirm details before you go.


It’s that time of year again, when the Hudson Valley seems to blossom back to life from the winter slump and emerge from behind the stacks of books we’ve been devouring in lieu of going outside – it’s also time for writers of 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Saturday, May 14 all genres and achievement to gather Village of Millbrook with readers of all ages for the annual Millbrook Book Festival. The festival offers a little something for every bibliophile (see below for a full list events), including panel discussions, book signings and a staged reading of a new play, courtesy of Half Moon Theatre. Best of all, the entire day is free of charge, freeing you up to purchase books to be signed right in front of you. Alexas Orcutt, president of the Millbrook Book Festival, said one of the most interesting components of this year’s festival is the symmetry between the youngest and eldest of writers gathering to read and sign their work. The festival hosted a “Young Writers” contest, open to Millbrook-area students in grades K through 12. “We are publishing their works (through Flamingo Publications) in an anthology titled ‘Millbrook’s Best 2011,’” said Orcutt. “Right now, I am looking at 28 poems from students in grades K through 7 from St. Joseph’s. We’ve had a positive response in terms of stories and poem submissions.” The wee scribes will have their own reading and signing times, so parents, grandparents and those interested in the next generation of authors can meet and support their efforts. “We’ll give them the real author treatment!” said Orcutt. On the opposite end of the spectrum, The Fountains at Millbrook retirement community’s writing group, currently in the process of producing its own anthology, will be reading works. “We’re expecting them to be phenomenal,” Orcutt said. “These writers have some great stories.” This full day of all things literary is the result of an all-volunteer committee – the Millbrook Book Festival is a not-for-profit event, sponsored by the Millbrook Rotary Foundation and supported by grants from the Dutchess County Arts Council, the Community Foundation of Dutchess County, Millbrook Tribute Garden and individual charitable contributions. “It’s a community effort, all volunteer,” said Orcutt. “Our committee of volunteers is active in other community activities as well.”


DAWN UPSHAW Saturday, May 14, 3 p.m. Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program Artistic Director and internationally renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw joins the Graduate Vocal Arts Program students, the Collaborative Piano Fellows and pianist Kayo Iwama, head of the graduate vocal arts program for a concert. Tickets: $5-$20. Sosnoff Theater, The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandaleon-Hudson. 845-758-7900. Photo by Brooke Irish.


Book Sale May 14-15: Hosted by the Friends of the Hyde Park Free Library. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Hyde Park Free Library, 2 Main St., Hyde Park. 845-229-7791. Giant Tag Sale May 13-14: Furniture, collectibles, appliances, books, jewelry, toys, sports equipment, CD’s, DVD’s, good used clothing and accessories, decorative art, etc. Benefits the Hudson Chorale. Rain or shine. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; early bird, 8 a.m.-9 a.m., $10 admission. 107 Bedford Rd., Pleasantville (corner of Manville/Rte. 117). 914-769-9309. Masque and Mime’s 45th Anniversary: A Tribute to Melissa Gleichenhaus May 14-15: An evening of great music and fond remembrances, celebrating the life of choir teacher and drama director, Melissa Knight Gleichenhaus, who passed away in November after a four year battle with ovarian cancer. All proceeds go to the Melissa K. Gleichenhaus Choral Leadership Scholarship Fund. Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Roy C. Ketcham High School, 99 Myers Corners Rd., Wappingers Falls. 845-298-5100, ext. 156.

St. Francis Hospital Greenhouse Volunteers Plant Sale May 12-13: Find house plants, hanging plants, cacti and more. Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Atrium Lobby, St. Francis Hospital, 241 North Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-431-8130.

DANCE “Isadora Duncan in the Time of Spring” May 14-15: Through Isadora’s own choreography, and new works by Jeanne Bresciani the piece encompasses the essence of Duncan’s spirit, the program explores all the facets of spring. Isadora Duncan was considered to be the creator of modern dance. She rejected the strict rules of traditional ballet and instead stressed improvisation, emotion and the human form. Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $25; $10, student rush. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, 120 Broadway, Tivoli. 845-757-5106.


Annual Open House and Plant Sale May 14-21: Rain or shine, the public is welcome to tour the Poughkeepsie Farm Project’s greenhouse, gardens and fields, situated on the Vassar College Farm and Ecological Preserve at the junction of Raymond and Hooker Aves. in Poughkeepsie. May 14: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; May 21, 9 a.m.- noon (plant sale only). 845-473-1415. > continued on next page {10} may 11, 2011 | | Hudson valley news


schedule of major events

Most events take place at Millbrook Free Library (3 Friendly Lane). All events are free and open to the public. Parking is available on Front Street, Route 44A (Old Rte. 44) or in the lots at Grace Episcopal Church and Lyall Memorial Federated Church on Franklin Avenue. Handicap parking is available at all venues. “A Time to Garden” 10-11 a.m.| Bennett Room, Millbrook Free Library Sydney Eddison (“Gardening for a Lifetime”), talks with fellow gardeners Page Dickey (“Embroidered Ground”) and Ron and Jennifer Kujawski (“Week-byWeek Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook”).

“River of Words: Portraits of Hudson Valley Writers” 10:30-11:45 a.m. | Millbrook Free Library Great Hall Nina Shengold hosts fellow Hudson Valley authors to read from their work and talk about the Hudson Valley literary community. Writers include Akiko Busch (“Patience”), Susan Richards (“Saddled”), > continued on next page


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and children. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center , 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie. 845-227-7855.

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John Darnton (“Almost a Family”), Marilyn Johnson (“This Book is Overdue”) and Gwendolyn Bounds (“Little Chapel on the River”). “For Kids and the Kids-atHeart” 11:30a.m.-12:30p.m. | Children’s Room, Millbrook Free Library Bring children to hear some of their favorite stories read by the authors, including Peter Ackerman (“The Lonely Phone Booth”), Artie Bennett (“The Butt Book”), Michael Garland (“Grandpa’s Tractor”), Karen Orloff (“I Wanna a New Room”), Jerry Davis (“Little Chicken’s Big Day”), and Jennifer Berne and Keith Bendis (“Calvin Can’t Fly”). Moderated by Tim Tocher (“Odd Ball”). Author Spotlight: Michael Korda Noon-12:30 p.m. | Great Hall, Millbrook Free Library The author talks about his newest book “Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia.” Fountains Writers’ Group: “From Memories to Memoirs” 1:30-2:15 p.m. | Bennett Room, Millbrook Free Library Seniors from The Fountains at Millbrook Retirement Community have many intriguing stories to share with anyone with a sense of humor and the willingness to see life from a different perspective. Author Spotlight: Diane Zahler 1:30-2 p.m. | Great Hall, Millbrook Free Library The author will read and discuss her new book “A True Princess,” in which a young girl must save her best friend from a terrible enchantment caused by their perilous encounter with the Elf-King and his beautiful daughter. “She’s a Serious Writer Listen to Your Mother!” 2-3 p.m. | Great Hall, Millbrook Free Library US Weekly film critic and debut novelist Thelma Adams (“Playdate”) hosts a lively and entertaining panel of writers who are also mothers, including New York Post

columnist Tina Traster (“Burb Appeal”), New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly (“When Do They Serve the Wine?”), Nina Shengold (“River of Words”), Jenny Nelson (“Georgia’s Kitchen”), Daphne Uviler (“Hotel No Tell”) and Carole Maso (“The Art Lover”). “Dear Mrs. Kennedy: The World Shares Its Grief, Letters November 1963” 3-3:30 p.m. | Bennett Room, Millbrook Free Library Paul De Angelis talks about the letters and notes sent to Jackie in the months following JFK’s death. “Beyond Twilight: Cutting Edge Books for Young Adults” 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Children’s Room, Millbrook Free Library Meet Joseph Burchac (“Code Talkers”), Sarah Smith (“The Other Side of Dark”), and Laura Wiess (“Such a Pretty Girl”). Moderated by Tim Tocher (“Bill Pennant,” “Babe Ruth and Me”).

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MUSIC Rhinebeck Choral Club Spring Concerts May 14-15: The concerts will benefit the SPCA of both Dutchess and Ulster County. The program features music by American composers such as Copland, Gershwin, Foster, Ellington, Porter, and a variety of other music, and solos by members of the Choral Club. Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. Cost: $10, adult; $8, student. Church of the Messiah, 6436 Rte. 9, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3533.

OUTDOOR Interpretive Program May 14-15: “How Did the Rope Get Up There? History and Practice of Gunks Rock Climbing and Ecology and People of the Shawangunks, Yesterday and Today.” Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845255-0919.

THEATER “Babes in Arms” Through May 15: This musical boasts one of the greatest scores ever written, with songs including “The Lady is a Tramp,” “Where or When” and “My Funny Valentine.” Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sunday, May 8, 4 p.m.; Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m. Tickets: $18.95, reserved; $19.95, door for adults; $15.95, reserved, $16.95, door for seniors, students

“Fundevogel” May 13-22: See full story on page 13. Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Cocoon Theatre, 6384 Mill St. Rhinebeck. 845-876-6470. “My Fair Lady” Through May 22: Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play and Gabriel Pascal’s movie “Pygmalion,” with book, music and lyrics by Lerner and Loewe. Directed by Anna Marie Paolercio. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets: $20, adults; $17, seniors/children under 12. County Players Falls Theatre, 2681 W. Main, Wappingers Falls. 845-298-1491. “The Full Monty” Through May 22: Johnny Dell presents the Drama Desk Award-winning musical based on the popular British film. With book by Terrence McNally and score by David Yazbek. Directed by Laurie SepeMarder. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Tickets: $24 adults; $22 seniors & children. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080.

THEATER “Grey Gardens” Through May 15: Book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel, lyrics by Michael Korie. This production is directed and choreographed by Dawn Bernitt-Perito, with musical direction by Julian Baker. Fridays and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m. Tickets: $15, general admission; $12, seniors/students; $10, 90 Miles members. Tickets are available at the door. New Paltz High School Auditorium, 130N. Putt Corners Rd., New Paltz. > continued on next page

Author Spotlight: Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya 3:30 -4 p.m. | Great Hall, Millbrook Free Library The author reads from “The Storyteller of Marrakesh,” the first book in an ambitious cycle of novels set in the Islamic world. “The Boycotting of Captain Boycott” 3:30 - 5:00 Grace Episcopal Church Parish House Half Moon Theatre presents: a staged reading of a new play by Walter Keady. This drama is based on the true story of the 1880 Irish tenant campaign of isolation against an oppressive landlord ... the incident giving us the verb boycott. Author Spotlight: Jo Ann Beard 4-4:30 p.m. Great Hall, Millbrook Free Library The author of the “Boys of My Youth” reads from her new novel, “In Zanesville.” Hudson valley news | | may 11, 2011 {11}

Fiddler’s Green Chapter presents The Beeline Ramblers, Fran and Lisa Mandeville, in concert. Tickets: $10, general; $8, senior. Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Rte. 9 and Church St., Hyde Park. 845-229-2114.


Wednesday, May 11 E-mail us your event! Send listings by noon Thursday.

Thursday, May 12 ART

Artist’s Salon 7:15 p.m. New York award-winning artist, Elizabeth (“Tilly”) Strauss, creates whimsical paintings and collaged map works that are inspired by both living the rural bliss and anxiously meditating on mortality. Free. Auditorium at The Fountains at Millbrook, 79 Flint Rd. Millbrook. 845-905-8014.

NIGHTLIFE Neko Case 8 p.m. With special guest, Y La Bamba. Tickets: $40. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406.

Friday, May 13 ART

24th Annual National Juried Photography Exhibition: “Photowork” 4:30 p.m. Ribbon-cutting ceremony. 50 images were chosen by juror Lauren Hinkson, assistant curator for collections at the Guggenheim Museum, from among the 892 submitted by 212 artists. On view through July 14. DCAA / Barrett Art Center, 55 Noxon St., Poughkeepsie. 845-4712550.

FILM “The Last Mountain” 7 p.m. An advance screening of a documentary film exploring how mountaintop coal mining impacts the environment and human health. An Official Selection at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Free. Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, 2801 Sharon Turnpike, Millbrook. 845-677-5343.

MUSIC Mid-Hudson Community Orchestra and DCC Wind Ensemble 7:30 p.m. Performances of classical favorites and new repertoire. The orchestra is directed by Melissa Kaczynski and the wind ensemble is directed by Christopher Brellochs. Free. James and Betty Hall Theatre, Dutchess Hall. Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-431-8610.

NIGHTLIFE The Beeline Ramblers 8 p.m. The Hudson Valley Folk Guild’s Friends of

Crossroads Pub

5 West Market Street, Hyde Park 229-7407 Now serving

Hand Tossed Pizza Lunch & Dinner Specials

Fred Eaglesmith 8:30 p.m. With special guest David Ray. Tickets: $25, advance; $30, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. Miss Angie’s Karaoke 9 p.m. No cover. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406. Nailed Shutt 9 p.m. No cover. Hyde Park Brewing Company, 4076 Albany Post Rd. (Rte. 9), Hyde Park. 845229-8277. Saints of Swing 8:30-11 p.m. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590. Shorty King’s Clubhouse 8:30 p.m. La Puerta Azul, 2510 Rte. 44, Salt Point. 845-677-2985. Tony Rice 7:30 p.m. The preeminent bluegrass guitarist performs in concert in Poughkeepsie, sponsored by the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association. Tickets: $25, members; $30, non-members. Christ Church, 20 Carroll St., Poughkeepsie. Zydeco Dance 5:30 p.m. Beginners’ lesson, 7 p.m.; dancing to the zydeco music of ZydeGroove, 8-11 p.m. Admission: $15, general. No partner needed. White Eagle Hall, 487 Delaware Ave., Kingston. 845-255-7061.

Saturday, May 14 ART

“Teacup Secrets” 3-5 p.m. Artist reception. A photography exhibition by local artist, Eileen MacAvery Kane. On view through May. Noble Roasters Café, 3020 State Rte. 207, Campbell Hall. 845-294-8090.

BENEFIT Harpin’ For Hunger Fundraiser 8:30 p.m. Harpin’ For Hunger is a blues harp benefit for the Food Bank Of The Hudson Valley, featuring Steve Guyger, Dennis Gruenling, Ryan Hartt and Chris O’Leary. $20 donation plus optional canned food donation. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300.

EVENT First Person Experiential Tour 1 and 3 p.m. While awaiting the arrival of her friend, Martha Washington, a re-enactor portraying Cornelia Clinton will be walking through the rooms of the Hasbrouck farmhouse, talking about her own Dutch background, growing family, home life and Revolutionary War experiences. Special event admission: $4 per person; children 6 and under are free. Reservations required. Washington’s Headquarters, 84 Liberty St., Newburgh. 845562-1195.

Hudson River Heritage Annual Preservation Forum: The Astor Legacy in Rhinebeck 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Speakers and topics include Robert M. Toole on “Landscape Gardens on the Hudson,” Alan Strauber on “Calvert Vaux and The Point,” tour of Astor Courts and J. Winthrop Aldrich on Ferncliff Always Drink Responsibly > continued on next page {12} may 11, 2011 | | Hudson valley news

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Korean children’s lore

BY POLLY ADEMA | DUTCHESS COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL FOLKLORIST All of us grow up listening to and learning a language, learning social customs, playing games and eating foods particular to our cultural communities. All of these activities are part the process of enculturation. Through children’s folklore, including their preferred games and snacks, we can see some of the ways children witness and gradually absorb cultural values and expectations. At community gatherings and at home, Korean and Korean-American youth living in the Mid-Hudson Valley are taught the importance of learning Korean, respecting elders, and eating traditional Korean food, among many other cultural lessons. You and your children can observe some aspects of traditional and contemporary Korean culture expressed in children’s folklore at the upcoming Korean Children’s Day program, Saturday, May 21, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Hyde Park Free Library, co-presented by the Dutchess County Arts Council Folk Arts Program and members of the local Korean community, in collaboration with the Hyde Park Free Library. During this interactive program, children of all ages will learn about Korean children’s culture. Featured activities include playing traditional Korean children’s games like gong gi (Korean version of jacks, traditionally played with small pebbles, now played with colorful plastic pieces) and yoot no li (traditional board game that uses beautiful wooden sticks in place of dice), learning about important children’s social customs like bowing to elders, handling Korean chopsticks, and tasting traditional Korean snacks like dduck (Korean rice cake) and shi kae (sweetened rice drink) as well as popular modern snacks including Milkiss, a carbonated milk soft drink. Young adults from the local Korean community will lead these and other hands-on activities. The Arts Council’s Korean Children’s Day program is part of an ongoing series exploring how people from countries with populations represented in the MidHudson Valley celebrate and honor their children. At each event, members of the respective cultural groups engage children in interactive activities, including games and songs, stories, and paper crafts. Additionally, attendees enjoy tasting some of the respective country’s snack food. Previous programs in this series include a Japanese Children’s Day, an India Children’s Day, a Russian Children’s Day, and a Ukrainian Children’s Day. Children and adults are welcome to come and go at this family friendly, interactive event. The Hyde Park Free Library Annex is located adjacent to the library, at 2 Main St., Hyde Park. For further information, see On Saturday, May 14, the Millbrook Free Library will be hosting a number of programs and activities for the Milbrook Book Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be readings, talks and book signings by a great number of authors, as well as a staged reading by Half Moon Theatre. There are events for every age and interest – see editor Dana Gavin’s full story on page 10. From May 21 through October, Wilderstein Historic Site will feature an outdoor exhibition of contemporary sculptures by emerging Hudson Valley artists. A strong tradition of patronage by the Suckley family during their tenure at Wilderstein, combined with the stunning natural beauty and architectural majesty of the estate, makes it an ideal setting for showcasing the arts. The first of its kind at Wilderstein, this exhibition features outdoor contemporary sculptures by a talented group of emerging Hudson Valley artists. Participants include Emil Alzamora, Andy Fennell, Sarah Haviland, Malcolm D. MacDougall III, Arnaldo Ugarte and Craig Usher. A reception for the event will be held on May 21 at 4 p.m.; the cost is $25 per person and reservations are encouraged. For information, call 845-876-4818 or go to www. These are two projects that have received support from the Dutchess County Arts Council, as administrator of public funds from NYSCA’s Decentralization program. In 2011, 25 projects throughout Dutchess and Ulster counties received funding through this program, which supports community based arts activities. Applications for the 2012 cycle will be available late May, with a deadline of Sept. 20. For more information on the DEC program, contact Eve Madalengoitia at the Dutchess County Arts Council at, or call 845-454-3222, ext. 16.

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and Rokeby. Cost. $85. Astor Courts, 189 River Rd., Rhinebeck. 845-876-2474.

“Bernie Williams: A Benefit for Good Counsel” 8 p.m. In his 16 year career patrolling centerfield for the New York Yankees, Williams was a four-time World Series Champion and a five-time All Star. Throughout Williams’ years with The Yankees, his passion for music never waned. His second album debuted as Billboard’s #2 Contemporary Jazz album and spawned two consecutive Billboard #1 singles and was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Album. Tickets: $30$200. Bardavon 1869 Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072.

4th Annual Millbrook Book Festival 10 a.m.-5 p.m. See full story on page 10. Events through the village of Millbrook. www.

Dos Diablos 9 p.m. No cover. Hyde Park Brewing Company, 4076 Albany Post Rd. (Rte. 9), Hyde Park. 845229-8277.

BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM A tale of love and perseverance: The Grimm brothers’ story “Fundevogel” connects thematically with the ideals of Cocoon Theatre in Rhinebeck. Despite the challenges facing all arts organizations, artistic directors Marguerite and Andre San Milan press forward with their commitment to presenting original, family friendly work that serves their young actors first and foremost, while entertaining the audience. “Fundevogel” is also unique in that it is one of the scant few shows Cocoon Theatre has performed more than once. May 13-22 “This was the first show we ever did in 7 p.m. | Fridays and Saturdays Rhinebeck,” said Marguerite. 3 p.m.| Sundays The San Milans created the first iteration of “Fundevogel” back when they Tickets: $15, general; $10, under 10 had a puppet company in New York City, Cocoon Theatre, 6384 Mill St. and it was a project performed solely by Rhinebeck. 845-876-6470 the duo. The nature of the work, a story about two children who must transform into various objects in order to avoid the witch pursuing them, was “something that was adaptable,” she said. “We did a different version with our whole family when we moved into the Rhinebeck space.” Unlike fairytales that transcend time, like “Cinderella” or “Snow White,” “Fundevogel” is largely forgotten. “It’s a beautiful story about transforming,” said Marguerite. “We try to get them (the audience) to be exposed to the author’s original work.” The work not only features puppets but also lends itself to dance – the San Milans are modern dancers and choreographers. “With each transformation, there’s a dance,” she said. “It allows children to see a modern dance interpretation of the idea of the transformation. Then they see puppets and live actors. It’s a great introduction to theater, and it’s also about performing a piece of literature that people can go off and read for themselves. That’s what’s exciting about adaptations like this. Usually in children’s theater, it’s a common story that all the children know.” Marguerite noted, however, that even popular stories like “The Little Mermaid” are sanitized versions of the original, more harrowing, story. Attendees can pay at the door by cash or check. “Fundevogel” is suitable for all ages.




MUSIC Organ Recital and Reception 3 p.m. Enjoy selections by four organists on the Bozeman organ, Opus 47. Reception to follow. This musical celebration is part of the church’s year-long Bicentennial celebration. Donations appreciated. St. James Episcopal Church, 4526 Albany Post Rd. (Rte. 9), Hyde Park. 845-229-2820. Rock Tavern Chapter Coffeehouse 7:30 p.m. Featured performer: Diane Diachishin. Doors open for open mic sign-up and refreshments at 7 p.m. Admission: $5; $4, Folk Guild members. Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern, 9 Vance Rd., Rock Tavern. 845-978-5620.

DC Singles Dance 8 p.m.-midnight. Dance to music by DJ Johnny Angel while enjoying a buffet, 50/50 raffle, and door prizes. Ages 45+. Tickets: $15. Mercury Grand Hotel, Rte. 9, Poughkeepsie. 845-896-5286. “Hip-Hop & R&B Throwback” 9 p.m. An R&B blast from the past featuring Guy, Christopher Williams and Jesse Powell. Tickets: $36-$53. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie. 845-454-5800. Sonando 7 p.m. Tickets: $20, general admission; $30, balcony seating. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406. > continued on page 15



ART Dutchess County Art Association’s/Barrett Art Center have issued a call for entries for the 3rd Annual National Cup Show. Adam Welch, director of Greenwich House Pottery in Manhattan will serve as juror. The exhibit is open to all U.S. ceramic artists, age 18 and over. All works submitted should be 90% clay. Both functional and non-functional pieces are welcome. Work completed within the last two years is eligible. No student projects or work completed in class will be accepted. Submission deadline: Friday, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m. Artists may send a CD of your images in JPEG format (300 dpi, 1200 x 1800 pixels) along with the entry form to 55 Noxon St., Poughkeepsie NY 12601. Artists may also email images in high resolution JPEG format (300 dpi, 1200 x 1800 pixels) along with contact information (name, mailing address, home/work/cell phone number) to All image file names must list: Last name, First name, title, size. (Please no asterisks or quotes.) Work previously exhibited at DCAA/ Barrett Clay Works is not eligible. The prospectus and entry form are available by sending an SASE to DCAA/BAC, 55 Noxon Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, by calling 845-471-2550, or online at

THEATER Auditions for “A Chorus Line” will take place on Saturday, May 14 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, May 15 at 7 p.m. promptly for dance and vocal auditions at the Center for Performing Arts, Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. Callbacks will be Monday, May 16 at 7 p.m. (readings from script). Male and female dancers, singers, actors over 16 years of age are needed. Prepare a Broadway-style song, and bring two copies of your sheet music; no a cappella. Wear clothing and footwear suitable for dance. The production takes place Aug. 12 through 28. For further information, contact Up In One Productions at 845-876 5348.

THEATER Trinity Players is currently accepting submissions of plays or musicals for the 2012 theatrical season. Please contact Cory Ann Fasano-Paff at nyalto@optonline. net . Visit www.trinityplayersny. org for more information about Trinity Players.

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It Takes More Than Lights, Flowers and Music To Sell A Home STORY AND PHOTOS BY ANNA SEMBER

You find it all over the home-improvement channels; magazines, newspapers and the like have written articles by the dozens about it. It is the rage in realty. What is the buzz all about? It is home staging. Pictured: Living room before (above) and after staging (below).

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Staging is about turning your home into a house. This house is then placed on the market and becomes a product for sale. Statistics show prospective buyers truly decide within the first moments of seeing a house whether they want to purchase it. Like any other product for sale, yours must stand out from the competition. Imagine an auto showroom: What cars catch the eye of a prospective buyer? Which autos are always up in the front of the lot? You are going to see the shiny, red sports car or the black, luxury sedan parked where everyone must pass to enter the dealership. The same goes for department store windows. Will last year’s fashion be front and center or will the window display the latest trends? Staging is the marketing tool that will give your property the “wow” factor it needs to draw the broadest market of buyers right up to your waiting doorstep. One important note is that staging is not about decorating. It is part of the real estate industry and not a design business. Decorating a home is drawing on the current owner’s personality and taste to put together a living space that tells anyone who walks through the front door this home “is about that owner.” Staging is the opposite. It is about de-personalizing the space to attract a wide audience without leaving the house bland and uninviting. A seller wants the buyer’s eyes drawn to the best features the house has to offer, since ultimately that will be what the buyer is purchasing. Home staging is about removing clutter, neutralizing colors and making the house sparkling clean so these features show through. This sets your house not on par with the competition, but places it a head above. It is a misconception that staging is only for high-end homes and costs too much money. Rather than looking at it as an expense, see at it as an investment. Staging

is about spending the least amount of money to make more profit in the end. In the present market, can a home seller afford not to stage? An investment in home staging is going to be less than a price reduction. If budget is an issue, a detailed staging report outlining what needs to be done to prepare the home for sale is another option. This assessment would target your home’s strengths, weaknesses and give you a separate priority list of items you should address. From there, the homeowner can take this information and do the improvements. Many times, when presented with this list, the homeowner calls in the professional home stager to execute the plan. My business, The Well Dressed House, can do as little or as much as you would like. If you prefer to do some of the rooms yourself, I can do the others. Most owners have furniture and household items to use. They don’t have to be new, just reusable. As a professional stager, I can transform a space with most of what the homeowner already has in his or her possession. Vacant or new-construction houses are also in need of staging. Some buyers have a difficult time seeing their furnishings fitting, even in the most spacious of rooms. That’s where The Well Dressed House can help. With the addition of a few pieces of properly placed furniture, the empty rooms come alive, making the space more inviting. The staging process starts long before the buyer reaches your front door. It begins at curbside. At times, a prospective buyer may drive by a listing without making an appointment to view the inside. If the home’s approach isn’t attractive and tidy, the buyer could potentially be turned away from the property, even though the interior is a show place. In the months ahead, I will be offering you more details on how home staging works. I can tell you the best way to make that first impression memorable. My staging abilities begin at the street and extend throughout your home’s grounds and interior. I received my accreditation from www.stagedhomes. com and I am one of only three master stagers in New York. I am also a member of the International Association of Home Staging Professionals. Additionally, I hold a certificate in garden design from the Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook. The goal of The Well Dressed House is to help turn your largest asset into “sold” with the least amount of stress for the most money in any market, in the quickest time possible. For more information, Anna Sember can be reached at 914-388-0730 or at ann@ For more information, go to

Reservations are required. Call 845-255-0919 for reservations and meeting location. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $12, non-members.

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Night of a thousand looks BY GHAIDA TASHMAN | HVN WEEKEND CONTRIBUTOR Marist College held its 25th annual Silver Needle fashion show and awards last Thursday. The show was absolutely wonderful, and sold out every seat. The evening began with a video to welcome guests in celebration of the “Silver Jubilee,” and gave an introduction on how the Silver Needle fashion show first got started. The first runway was the reinvention of the traditional tuxedo shirt by the freshmen students. Students showed their creativity with the designs and use of various fabrics. For the “interpretive” runway, they showed 26 different looks, followed by the second runway by the sophomore students; the designs were beautiful. The students explored variable textiles in design and created great pieces. The “accountable” runway by the sophomore students consisted of 17 different looks. The third runway was knitwear, and the designs were all hand crafted by the students. There were 10 different looks for the “textural” runway. The runway by the juniors was the “iconic” designs. Students created designs inspired by looks from designers from the past. There were 32 looks for the “iconic” runway. The final runway was the senior design collections. There were 21 different collections, and each collection had unique designs. Students showed great craftsmanship, and for some collections, the use of color really made the designs stand out. Closing out the night with the awards and scholarships, students lined up on stage after receiving their honors and walked off together. The creativity in all of the designs was impressive, and overall, it was a great night for students, staff and guests.

Opera at the Emerson 7:30 p.m. Join international opera singers Maria Todaro (Opera Rio de Janeiro), Louis Otey (Metropolitan Opera) and Kerry Henderson (Opera Australia) in an intimate after dinner salon to introduce this summer’s International Festival of the Voice returning to the heart of the Catskills August 4-7. The three artists will offer a delectable medley of best loved arias and duets from opera, treasures from the world of song and highlights from Broadway shows. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, dessert and cash bar. Tickets: $25. The Emerson Resort and Spa, Rte. 28, Mt. Tremper. 845-586-3588.

OUTDOOR Early Morning Birding 6:30-9:30 a.m. Beginners can learn the basics and have questions answered. Experienced birds can join fellow birders for a chance to glimpse diverse species. Ages 15 and up are welcome. Bring your own binoculars. This is an easy, 2-mile hike.

The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program 10 a.m.4 p.m. Explore four private gardens in Amenia and Rhinebeck, open to the public for selfguided tours to benefit The Garden Conservancy. No reservations required; rain or shine. Special highlights include a secret woodland garden with a teddy bears’ picnic in progress, a bog garden, an orchard hillside that faces west with views to the Catskills, and gardens inspired by nineteenthcentury English landscapes. No reservations required; rain or shine. Visitors may begin the tour at any of the following locations: Broccoli Hall, 23 Flint Hill Rd., Amenia; Mead Farm House Garden, 224 Perry’s Corners Rd., Amenia; garden of Lester and Jan Greenberg, 30 Hook Rd., Rhinebeck; or Cedar Heights Orchard, the garden of William and Arvia Morris, 8 Crosby Lane, Rhinebeck. Cost: $5 per garden; children 12 and under free. www. or 1-888-842-2442. Guided Bird Walk 9 a.m. Clermont covers 500 acres of the historic Livingston family estate. The landscape and grounds are scenic and were restored to reflect their 1930 appearance. The grounds are now home to a variety of birds of the Hudson Valley and Clermont offers guided bird tours on their grounds. Cost: $3. Clermont State Historic Site, 1 Clermont Rd., Germantown. 518-537-4240. History Walk with Jim Heron 10 a.m.-noon. Heron, project historian for Beacon Institute and author of “Denning’s Point: A Hudson > continued on next page

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E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from page 15 River History,” offers an educational and enlightening tour of Denning’s Point located in Hudson Highlands State Park in Beacon. Preregister at Free. Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, CEIE, 199 Dennings Ave., Beacon. 845-838-1600. Singles and Sociables Hike – Mud Pond 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Singles and Sociables outings welcome all adult hikers, single and non-single, aged 18 and above. No reservations required. Meet at the Minnewaska State Park Preserve Lower (Awosting) Lot. This is a strenuous, 10mile hike led by Dale Hughes (845-679-1196). New hikers are strongly encouraged to contact the leader prior to the hike for information on hike levels, what to bring, and other information. Hike leaders determine whether or not to allow pets. The Minnewaska State Park Preserve parking fee applies. Walking Tour 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free two-hour walking tours of the historic Vassar College campus, jointly led by Colton Johnson, dean emeritus of the college and professor emeritus of English. Begins at the front entrance to the college’s main building, and will be held rain or shine. Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-7405.

PERFORMANCE Wagner’s “Die Walküre” in HD Noon. A stellar cast comes together for this second installment of Robert Lepage’s new production of the Ring cycle, conducted by James Levine. Bryn Terfel is Wotan, lord of the Gods. Deborah Voigt adds the part of Brünnhilde to her extensive Wagnerian repertoire at The Met. Jonas Kaufmann and Eva-Maria Westbroek star as the twins, Siegmund and Sieglinde, and Stephanie Blythe is Fricka. The Met: Live in HD 2010-11 season continues. Tickets: $23, adult; $21, member; $16, children 12 and under. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), 601 Broadway Kingston. 845-339-6088.

WORKSHOP Cupcake Decorating Workshop 1:30 p.m. For more details or for reservations, contact Grinnell Library at 845-297-3428 or visit Grinnell Library, 2642 East Main St., Wappingers Falls.

Sunday, May 15 EVENT

First Person Experiential Tour 1 and 3 p.m. Find out what a French/Dutch Newburgh widow had in common with the Virginia-born Washingtons. Very simply, they both occupied the same stone farmhouse. Visit with Mrs. Hasbrouck; she likes talking about her family and her tenants – past and present. Special event admission: $4 per person; children 6 and under are free. Reservations required. Washington’s Headquarters, 84 Liberty St., Newburgh. 845-562-1195.

LECTURE “Getting Lewis and Clark Right: Who Cares? Why Worry?” 2:30 p.m. Dr. Frederick E. Hoxie, Swanlund professor of history and law at the University of Illinois and the traveling exhibit curator, presents the lecture. The Lewis and Clark expedition from St. Louis to the Pacific has been rightfully celebrated as a remarkable example of American ambition and undaunted courage. Unfortunately, this celebration has prevented Americans from looking beneath the surface of the events that took place on the explorers’ journey west two centuries ago, and obscured the true meaning of their achievement. Adriance Memorial Library, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-485-3445, ext. 3702.

MUSIC Annual Spring Concert 2-3 p.m. Local musicians Fisher and Loughery play favorites and original works. Free. Grinnell Library, 2642 East Main St., Wappingers Falls. 845-297-3428. Capella Festiva 2 p.m. Capella Festiva Chamber Choir and Treble Choir perform “Laudes Organi,” as well as Britten’s Missa Brevis in D and “Rejoice in the Lamb.” Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370. Catskill Glee Club 3 p.m. Saugerties Pro Musica closes the season with a free concert. Saugerties United Methodist Church, Washington Ave. and Post St., Saugerties. 845-246-5021. “Conservatory Sundays” 3 p.m. Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program Artistic Director and internationally-renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw joins the Graduate Vocal Arts Program students, the Collaborative Piano Fellows and pianist Kayo Iwama, head of the graduate vocal arts program for a concert. Tickets: $5-$20. Proceeds benefit the Scholarship Fund of the Bard College Conservatory of Music. Sosnoff Theater, The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-onHudson. 845-758-7900. Enso String Quartet 4 p.m. Originally formed at Yale University, the Enso Quartet quickly won prizes at both the Banff String Quartet Competition and the Concert Artists Guild Competition and recently received a Grammy nomination for “Best Chamber Music Performance.” The concert consists of Beethoven Op. 18, No. 2, Stravinsky’s “Three Pieces,” Schulhoff’s “Five Pieces” and Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden.” Tickets: $30; $10, student. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon. 845-831-4988.

NIGHTLIFE Ben Senterfit & Friends 8 p.m. An evening of soul jazz and boogaloo. Suggested donation. The Community Music Space, second floor of The Chocolate Factory, Red Hook. 845-444-0607. > continued on next page

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Taking a bite ou out of fiction BY ANN LA FARGE A biography and five novels; I can’t believe I read the whole thing! It was one of those weeks just meant for reading, so an orgy was in order. IIt all began with Wendy Moffat’s “A Great Un Unrecorded History: A New Life of E.M. Fo Forster” (now in paperback, Picador, 16 pa pages of photos, $20). Between Oscar Wilde’s im imprisonment and the Stonewall riots, E.M. F Forster had a long life as a gay man, and it is th through that lens that the author views her s subject and tells his story. Forster grew up alone with his mother (“There might have been a moat, so isolated was their little household”), aware of his homosexuality from the beginning, but keeping it from his mother, though he knew, later, that it was the very wellspring of his creativity, the very subject of his work. His one theme: the search of each person for an honest connection with another human being. This fine biography tells of his friends, his lovers, his books, his trips to America, his meeting with the Queen (“If she had been a boy he would have fallen in love with her”). Reading it sent me off to find a copy of “Howard’s End.” But first, all those novels, each quirkier than the last. Any one of these would be a fine book club choice, as there’s lots to talk about in all of them. Jean Thompson’s novel, “Year We Left Home” (Simon & Schuster, $25), follows an Iowa family for the last three decades of the 20th century – the Ericksons, of small-town Iowa, and their cousin, Chip, a Vietnam veteran who can’t seem to find his place in the world, and keeps on living “a life of unspeakable and thrilling degradation.” Mom (Audrey) wants only to hold her family together in peace and happiness, but life keeps getting in the way, while son Ryan and his wife “had a discussion, verging on argument, about money and another one about sex. If they could get around to in-laws, they’d achieve the full trifecta of married conflicts.” No, you can’t count on things staying the same, even the wars, nowadays, muses Dad, “I don’t know where half the places are. They don’t even sound like real countries …” Remember what Tolstoy said about happy families? This is a fine novel on that very subject. Rachel Simon’s searing novel of a disabled child – dedicated to “those who were put away” – will resonate with anyone who may have come in contact with the treatment of disabled people in the mid-20th century. “The Story of Beautiful Girl” (Grand Central Publishing, $24.99) is the story of Lynnie, a young white woman, and Homan, an African American man who is deaf, who run away from the locked-down School for the Incurable and Feebleminded. Lynnie gives birth to a daughter, and then is caught and returned to the school. Homan – thought to have drowned – has escaped. The baby has been left with a widowed schoolteacher, Martha, who raises her. Forty years later … This is a love story, and an eye-opening look at those horrible “places” where the disabled were warehoused. The publicist for “Games to Play After Dark” by Sarah Gardner Borden (A Vintage Books Original, $14.95) sent me a note along with the book that read “Enjoy – it’s a total scream!” That got my attention, as did the press release, which announced the novel as “the perfect summer read.” Try > continued on next page

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it, and see for yourself. Actually, it’s hilariously funny and unrelentingly dark all at once in its portrait of a modern marriage. “For a while, years and years in fact, it seemed as though things were going to be all right” for Kate and Colin … but “some mechanism essential to their rapport began to shut down like a defective valve.” Kate wanted her dream – yep, a happy family – but, even with a new house and two kids, it wasn’t. “Maybe this is normal,” Colin says. “You mean,” Kate asks, “maybe all married couples are secretly miserable??” A “scream?” Read it and decide for yourself. Who could resist a novel with a title like this one: “When God Was a Rabbit” (Bloomsbury, $25)? This off-beat coming-ofage tale by British author Sarah Winman is about a brother and sister, childhood secrets, loss of innocence, and a startling new look at the events of Sept. 11, 2001, then back again to a childhood where “sweets were a penny and god was a rabbit.” Winman writes like the angels; you’ll pause, often, to savor a phrase, an insight, a joke, a description. I am keeping this one to read again. Let’s end with a couple of novelists who live in the Hudson Valley and who will be signing and speaking this week. Lois Walden’s “One More Stop” (Dufour Editions, Inc., $16.95) is about Loli Greene, who travels across country to teach teenagers to tap into their creative unconscious so they might understand their world and that of their ancestors. Along the way, she taps into her own world at large {signings and sightings} … and finds buried secrets, meanwhile transforming the lives of several people Friday, May 13 she meets. “Do we, any of us,” she asks 7:30 p.m. Jo Ann Beard reads from her her young students as they write letters new novel, “In Zanesville.” Oblong Books to fictional characters, “appreciate the and Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0500. world that we inhabit?” Be sure to visit the Millbrook Book Festival and meet Daphne Uviller, author Saturday, May 14 of “Hotel No Tell” (a Bantam Trade 7:30 p.m. Lois Walden reads from her Paperback Original, $15), who thanks “the debut novel, “One More Stop.” Oblong folks at Babycakes Café and the Crafted Books and Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0500. Kup in Poughkeepsie,” where she writes and drinks coffee. Her novel, a mystery, Sunday, May 15 features Zephyr Zuckerman (whom we 4-5:30 p.m. Beacon Institute’s Sunday first met in “Super in the City”), who Author Series presents Barbara and Wes is now a detective with NYC’s Special Gottlock, speaking on “Lost Towns of the Investigations Commission, working Hudson Valley.” Pre-register at www.bire. undercover at a Greenwich Village hotel. org/events. Beacon Institute for Rivers The novel opens with our heroine being and Estuaries, 199 Main St., Beacon. turned down (she’s 31) as an egg donor 845-838-1600. for an outfit called OvaEasy. 4 p.m. A literary salon featuring Susane Daphne Uviller will appear – with Colasanti, the bestselling author of Thelma Adams, Nina Shengold, Liz “When It Happens, Take Me There,” Donnelly, Tina Traster, Jenny Nelson and and “Waiting for You.” Her new book Carole Muso in a forum called “Listen to is “So Much Closer.” Hosted by the Your Mother” at 2 p.m. this Saturday in the Hudson Valley YA Society. Oblong Books and Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Great Hall of the Millbrook Free Library. Rhinebeck. 845-876-0500. See you there! 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

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7 p.m. Tommy Zurhellen, author of “Nazareth, North Dakota,” reads from and discusses his book. Greenspan Board Room, Adriance Memorial Library, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-4853445, ext. 3702.

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OUTDOOR 5th Annual Off-Broadway Run 8 a.m. Race day registration is from 8-8:45 a.m. in the Ritz Theater Lobby (107 Broadway). Enjoy a fun spring day of exercise, refreshments, prizes and the chance to raise money for a wonderful cause by completing the 5K Run or Kids Fun Run. For more information and to download the race brochure, please visit the Safe Harbors of the Hudson website at, or contact June Henley at jhenley@safe-harbors. org or 845-562-6940, ext. 110. To register online, please visit Ghoulish History Walk 10 a.m. Jack Economu shares tales of the cemetery and some of the people for whom it is a final resting place. Learn the configuration of burial when a decedent had two former spouses. Meet 10 a.m. within the entrance gate of the Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery. Bring lunch and water. Plan to spend half day. Rain date: Sunday, May 22. Call to register. Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery, 342 South Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-2236. Singles and Sociables Hike – Rhododendron Bridge Loop 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Singles and Sociables outings welcome all adult hikers, single and non-single, aged 18 and above. No reservations required. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center. This is a moderate, 7-mile hike led by Rich Chapman (845878-6729). New hikers are strongly encouraged to contact the leader prior to the hike for information on hike levels, what to bring, and other information. Hike leaders determine whether or not to allow pets. Free, Mohonk Preserve members;$12, non-members. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

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Have an art or entertainment event in the Hudson Valley? E-mail your event information to by noon on Thursday.

Tuesday, May 17 EVENT

“The Civil War Sesquicentennial: Has Research Gotten Easier?” 7:30 p.m. Edward J. Shaughnessy discusses researching Civil War soldiers at archives. Hosted the Dutchess County Genealogical Society. Open to the public. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 204 Spakenkill Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845462-2470.

MUSIC Student Recital 7 p.m. Students of voice, piano, saxophone, guitar and more will perform selections in a wide variety of styles from classical to jazz to musical theater. Free. James and Betty Hall Theatre, Dutchess Hall. Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-431-8610.

NIGHTLIFE Dale Fisher 7-10 p.m. Bull and Buddha Lounge, 319 Main St., Poughkeepsie. 845-337-4848. Local Musicians Showcase 9 p.m. Hosted by Karl Allweier. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590.

Wednesday, May 18 BENEFIT

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons 8 p.m. Benefits the Mid-Hudson Civic Center. Tickets: $45-$65. Mid-Hudson Civic Center,14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie. 845-454-5800.

FILM “Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery” 7 p.m. The first part of a two-part screening of Ken Burns’ masterful film. This film tells the story of the most important expedition in American history, led by Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. It includes fabulous landscapes as a backdrop to the stories of the young army men, French-Canadian boatmen, Clark’s African-American slave, and the Shoshone woman named Sacagawea who traveled with them. Part two will be on May 25. Adriance Memorial Library, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-485-3445, ext. 3702.

LECTURE “Dancing to Music” 7 p.m. Bill T. Jones delivers a lecture in which he traces the lineage of “Spent Days Out Yonder” and discusses musical exploration in his work. The lecture will include a showing of the piece, accompanied by students of The Bard College Conservatory of Music. Theater Two, The Richard B. Fisher Center, Bard College, 60 Manor Rd., Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-758-7900.

OUTDOOR Observing Nature through Science Illustration 12:30-4:30 p.m. Rick Jones of the earth science and geography department conducts this science illustration workshop, focused on close observation and slowing down to notice elements of nature that often go unseen. Jones will introduce a variety of simple techniques to ease into drawing, with a focus on using these techniques to train the hand to draw what the mind sees. Beginners are welcome. Drawing supplies will be provided, but participants are also encouraged to bring a notebook and a favorite drawing tool. Events may be cancelled due to adverse weather. To RSVP or for additional information, contact Keri VanCamp at and 845-437-7414. Enter the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve off Route 376 in the Town of Poughkeepsie, at the intersection of Raymond Avenue, Hooker Avenue, and New Hackensack Road.

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BRINGING THE HAMMER DOWN BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM The warm weather means the big-budget slugfest season is in full swing now, with last week’s “Fast Five” and now “Thor,” the latest Marvel comic book to get a bigscreen treatment. It’s an entirely entertaining, if relatively brainless, watch, with some chuckles and some “oohs and ahs” for cinematography and special effects. Unlike “Iron Man,” “Thor” doesn’t boast a big name for its main star, but Chris Hemsworth (last seen as Captain Kirk’s ill-fated pop in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” reboot) delivers a solid (and often amusing) portrayal of the Norse god of thunder. The good news is he doesn’t have to do Weekend rating: Three-and-a-half much more than that, as Hemsworth hammers is surrounded by a cast of clever Director: Kenneth Branagh actors, is buoyed by a decent script and is directed by the ever-masterful Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Kenneth Branagh. Add to that some Hopkins, Natalie Portman lovely visuals of the mythical land Runtime: 114 min. of Asgard, the Norse equivalent of Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense Mount Olympus. It goes without saying that there’s sci-fi action and violence. no reason for this movie to be in


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3-D – in fact, I can only think of two or three scenes that actually used the gimmicky “Look how I can throw my enemy through the screen!” Seeing “Thor” in 2-D wouldn’t diminish the cotton candy-fluffy fun, and it would have prevented the people in front of me in the theater from repeatedly dropping their glasses on the floor with a tinny bang. The plot is pretty straight-forward: Thor, the resident frat boy in Asgard, is always gunning for an interspecies war to command respect as a leader. Dad Odin (a wonderfully growly Anthony Hopkins) thinks Thor’s a pain in the rear, and tosses him down to Earth to learn some humility. Loki (the excellent Tom Hiddleston), Thor’s brother, is ready to play his trickster role to the fullest. Thor’s buddies want him back because Loki is … Loki. Down on Earth, it’s a little more complicated if you aren’t fluent in Marvel-verse: that is, the comic book “Thor” is set in the same timeline/area as popular titles like “SpiderMan,” “Iron Man,” “X-Men” and so forth. The ever-wily producers for the Marvel comic book movies have wisely begun linking the many franchises, in preparation for the eventual “Avengers” movie slated for 2012, in which many characters will collide. Natalie Portman plays the plucky astrophysicist (nope, not kidding, and it’s about as convincing as her turn as a principal dancer in a ballet company), who teaches Thor how to make love, not war (not literally, it’s PG-13). I could have happily done without the romance – it was forced and dumb. Jaimie Alexander was far cooler as minor goddess Sif, ready to banter with Thor and take out baddies with equal enthusiasm. It’s also a treat to see Stellan Skarsgård cutting loose again with a similar air of mirth as in “Mamma Mia!” He gets to offer a wink and a nod to his own Nordic heritage as he grapples on screen with a figure right out of his childhood fairytale books.


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The Hudson Valley Seed Library joins the Poughkeepsie Farm Project this year in making seeds available free of charge to school gardens and nonprofits with gardening programming. The PFP’s Community Seed Project, which grows 10 to 15 varieties of seeds each year while teaching seed saving skills, began making seeds available for free to schools and nonprofits in 2010. This year, the PFP also joins forces with the Hudson Valley Seed Library, an Accord-based seed company which offers over 60 varieties of locally grown seed (including several grown by the PFP) and around 100 varieties sourced from responsible seed houses. The Seed Giveaway Catalog and online application are available to view at content/seed-project. Individuals may purchase seeds by ordering them at www. Seeds may be purchased directly at the PFP’s Open Farm Day and Plant Sale on May 14.

New music premieres

The Hudson Valley Philharmonic’s 2011-12 concert series will include Duo Parnas, Vassar Choir, Van Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medalist, and premieres of new works by Chris Brubeck and Bill Vanaver. Audience members are invited to a pre-concert talk with the conductor and members of the orchestra one hour prior to each performance. New HVP subscribers receive a further 25% discount the first year for the five concert series and Junior subscriptions are $50 for the five concerts for individuals age 18 or under. Call the Bardavon Box Office (35 Market St., Poughkeepsie) at 845-473-2072 or the UPAC Box Office (601 Broadway, Kingston) at 845-339-6088. For more information, log on to Single tickets for all HVP performances go on sale to the general public on Sept. 6.

Rock the vote

You can help the Dutchess County SPCA with a simple click – on Saturday, May 14, go to www/ and vote for DCSPCA. They are gunning to win a new car from Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program.

Get your tickets

The Temptations will perform on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 5 p.m. at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties – tickets go on sale Thursday, May 12. Ticket price includes admission to the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final and Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix Horse Show. Purchase tickets through at the Bardavon Box Office, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie, 845-473-2072; through the UPAC Box Office, 601 Broadway Kingston, 845-339-6088; through HITS Box Office, 319 Main St., Saugerties, 845-246-8833; or through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or A limited number of VIP tickets are available. For more information about VIP seating, call 845-246-8833 or go to or

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): Be careful not to lecture someone when you should just be offering an opinion. Avoid hot-button issues in general this week, or you will inadvertently offend someone. Let your actions speak for your emotions – that is the more powerful way to get people to see your side of the issue.

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): If you lend a close friend money, like your heart wants to do, you may find your relationship in jeopardy when tensions creep in. Instead, ask your friend if you can help them figure out other options that will give them a way to earn the money independently. You may have a connection to a short term job for them, and you won’t realize it until you talk it through. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): Your work environment may feel more like a tornado and less like the calm space you wish it to be. Exercise as much patience as possible, but be certain to speak up if you can step in and settle things down. Let your sense of humor guide you into bringing two people together. LEO (JULY 23- AUG. 22): You have very grand long term plans, and your mind keeps drifting this week to the end goal instead of the tools you’re going to need to get there. Your dreams are attainable, but you need to be focused right now on the details of a work project. These small items will impact your future, believe it or not. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): You’ll have to fight the urge this weekend to give into what you want to do instead of what you need to be doing. Try not to let resentment creep into your outlook – if you get some things done, you’ll have time during next week to see friends and even have a romantic interlude. Work hard, and then play hard.

LIBRA (SEPT. 23- OCT. 22): Don’t depend on your memory to keep everything straight this week – you are juggling many responsibilities, and if you aren’t careful, you’ll let something really important slip through the cracks. Make sure you have a good system in place to keep track of emails, bills and phone calls to return; if you don’t, enlist the help of a good friend with an impartial eye.

SCORPIO (OCT. 23- NOV. 21): You feel overwhelmed by some news this week, and it feels like the situation will never get resolved. Take a deep breath; everything will work out. This issue will test your patience and your ability to give up control, however; make decisions now about how you want to react to stress, and you’ll find it easier to stay calm. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): Expect some good financial news this week, possibly in the form of a new work opportunity. If it’s a chance to stay with your current gig but change up your day to day schedule, jump at the chance. If you’re going to have to make major changes, be sure you can live with the consequences before you jump at the chance to improve your financial situation. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): Don’t be shy about how clever you can be – in fact, an upcoming project is going to demand you be as creative and witty as possible. Make sure you’re exercising your inner artist, just to keep yourself in balance. You can’t be all business without any spontaneity. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB 18): You feel like you’re facing an uphill climb without any support. In fact, you feel like people are actually hindering your progress. Don’t let your emotions get the better of you – reach out to those around you and express you frustrations. People will step up and support you when they know exactly how you feel. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): The power of your will is profound, even if you don’t recognize it quite yet. When you set your mind to something, and fully commit yourself mind and body, there’s nothing that can stop you. Let that give you energy to confront something difficult this week. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): You’ve got boundless energy right now – you feel like all the parts of your life are in balance and that is inspiring to you. This would be a good time to take on a project that involves learning a new skill or exploring a talent you may have never realized you had. Let yourself be full of self-confidence, and you’ll achieve your goals.

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National Free Comic Book Day was celebrated on May 7 at The Den in the Poughkeepsie Plaza. Artist Chris Batista (pictured, right), who currently works on the comic book “Booster Gold,” was on hand to do free sketches for attendees, as was a “Star Wars” Storm Trooper (above) from The Empire City Garrison, the New York division of The 501st Legion, the world’s definitive “Star Wars” costuming organization. Pictures cost $5, which was donated to the Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Photos by Dana Gavin.

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LOURDES BIG WINNER AT TRIANGULAR REGATTA FDR, Rhinebeck, Arlington, others compete in 61-year-old event HV SPORTS

KAMPF KOMMENTS BY BOB KAMPF They have been rowing on the Hudson River since 1950 in the annual Triangular Regatta and this year, local high school oarsmen and women rowed just as hard as they did 61 years ago. When all of the results were recorded, the Our Lady of Lourdes girls dominated the 14 overall events by capturing five team titles. The boys from Lourdes added

a victory in the Junior 4, putting some icing on the cake for the Warriors. This year, the boys races were evenly split among several schools entered in what once was a meet dominated by the “Big Three” of FDR, Arlington and Poughkeepsie. The Pioneers from Poughkeepsie did take a pair of wins in the doubles and senior 4s, while Arlington, John Jay, Spackenkill and Wappingers joined Our Lady of Lourdes in the victory circle just once. Roosevelt High School, which in past years enjoyed grand success, managed to win only in the girls Junior 4 race, but did collect three runner-up and two bronze medal, third-place prizes in the girls

events. In the boys races, it was a tough year for the Presidents, who managed to earn a single third-place finish in the Junior 4 race last Saturday. Arlington’s Admirals did handle the field in the feature, Varsity 8, shells, defeating Poughkeepsie, while Rhinebeck pulled up in third place for the bronze. Rhinebeck also had a third-place finish in the Senior 4s.


After a Saturday storm delay, the Lourdes girls wasted no time in stroking their way to multiple victories. The Lady Warriors took the Varsity 8 feature with a

time of 5:34.7, besting FDR in the process. The same outcome occurred in the Lightweight 8 and Lightweight 4, with Poughkeepsie’s shell taking the third spot in both the Varsity 8 and Lightweight 4. The Lady Pioneers were triumphant in the singles and doubles competitions, but every school did not enter rowers in these events. In Roosevelt’s lone victory in the Junior 4, Poughkeepsie moved up into second place, while Lourdes held on for third. All of the local crew teams will now prepare for the New York State championships in Saratoga, and major national meets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the nationals.

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The Army-Navy football game is a longstanding annual tradition, and now, a local organization is hoping to start its own annual athletic competition between branches of the armed forces. On May 22, in recognition of Armed Services Week, Semper Fi Parents of Hudson Valley will sponsor the firstever Army vs. Marine Softball Game, pitting two local military units against one another on the softball diamond. The two units – the Marine Reservists from Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh and the Army National Guardsmen from Camp Smith in Peekskill – both have personnel deploying to Afghanistan this year. The game will be played at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill beginning at 4 p.m. The first pitch will be thrown out by a

local World War II veteran. Proceeds from the event will benefit Semper Fi Parents of Hudson Valley, an organization dedicated to serving the troops. Admission to the game is $10 for adults and $8 for children. Tickets can be purchased at www.semperfiparentshv. org or at the gate. For more information, call 845-226-6895 or 914-474-2295.


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This Week Senior Citizen ID Cards Residents of Dutchess County 60 years of age and older may obtain Senior Citizen Identification Cards on Wednesday, May 11, at the Dutchess County Division of Aging Services first-floor conference room, 27 High St., Poughkeepsie. The cards will be issued between 9:30 and 11 a.m. To obtain an identification card, bring proof of age in the form of a driver’s license or birth certificate. There is a suggested $2 voluntary contribution for this service. Call Aging Services at 845-486-2555 for more information. Older Drivers Forum St. Francis Hospital and Health Centers offers “Driver Rehabilitation: Driving Safety Issues and the Older Driver,” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11 at Rhinebeck Town Hall. Admission is free. Mary Beth Meyer, an occupational therapist certified in driver rehabilitation, will talk about key issues many families face with older drivers. Discussion topics will range from the state Department of Motor Vehicles’ stance on older drivers, how to know if they are still safe on the road, and ways to improve driving skills. Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited. For reservations, call 845-483-5560.



At the month’s first town board meeting, Councilman Ralph Mondello noted there will be upgrades added to the radios used by the constables. No changes are in sight for the current frequencies in use, but the town is required to file with the Federal Communications Commission its intent to add analog capability to the transmission. Since the radios cannot do wideband transmission anymore, the process will involve all of them being reprogrammed. This way, if a constable were to experience a situation where there would be a need for assistance, communications with superordinate jurisdictions and emergency services would all be on the same page.


Upcoming CarFit Program Northern Dutchess Hospital will offer CarFit, a new safety program that could make a difference to both older drivers and their loved ones, on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. Trained professionals will lead older drivers through a 12-point checklist with their vehicle, recommend car adjustments and adaptations and offer resources and activities that could enhance their safety. The event will take place in the smaller parking lot to the left of NDH Foundation office, 99 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. To make a reservation, call 845-871-4334.

Mondello announced that grant writer Jill Way and Mrs. Kendall will meet at an agreed upon time and location on Wisseman Road with Mondello, Councilman Pat Riley and Highway Superintendent Richie Wisseman in order to outline the scope of work involved in stream diversion and flood prevention. Among other things, they will finalize plans to submit applications for grants to cover much of the flood-prevention activities.



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In response to my query, Supervisor Lisette Hitsman stated she had secured the Republican endorsement and will be running again for the position of Union Vale supervisor. If successful, she will embark upon her 13th year as the town’s chief executive. Lisette is a graduate of Arlington High School and a lifelong resident of Dutchess County. She possesses a wide range of experience in business operations and an extensive background in financial administration. For well over half a century, she has been involved in the ownership and day-today management of Hitsman’s Repair Garage in Verbank. Lisette’s involvement in and rendering of services to the community is second to none. From 1983 until 1992, she served on the Millbrook Board of Education, rising to the positions of vice president and president. From that time to the present, she continues to serve the district as its claims auditor. For an excess of 60 years, Lisette has exhibited in the 4-H dairy and floral arrangement categories at the Dutchess County Fair. These exhibits have garnered a multitude of highly coveted awards. She was the chairperson of the Dutchess County Horticultural Committee when it was formed in 1968 and has remained in that organization until the present day. A member of the Dutchess County Supervisors and Mayors Association since

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2000, Lisette has risen to the top positions. She is also the chairperson of the Verbank Rural Cemetary Association after having been a member since 1997. Additionally, Lisette has held high office in the Union Vale Fire Company, where she is a firefighter and member of the fire police unit as well as a member of the volunteer rescue squad. Lisette became a member of the Union Vale Town Board in 1996 and served on the council until she was elected supervisor in 2000. She has logged six uninterrupted tours of service as Union Vale’s supervisor and is now running for her seventh term. Throughout her accomplished tenure as the town’s chief Executive, Union Vale has seen: • The drawing up and inception of a master plan. • The expansion of electronic technology. • The addition of a central server to the Town Hall. • Protection of open space through the 2003 code revision. • The approval of council meeting television broadcasts. • The sound implementation of various financial policies. • Absolute minimal tax increases in the past nine years as a result of careful budgeting. Hitsman is a ubiquitous participant in all town events and stands available to answer the concerns of Union Vale residents. Her current priority is to bring to an absolute minimum any taxation that is required of the residents for unfunded mandates from the superordinate jurisdictions. She would also like to develop a town center that would expand business, professional subscription and residential availability. A town center must, however, accomplish this in a manner likely to benefit the town and its taxpaying citizens. As the saying goes, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” It is quite apparent that Lisette has passed her penchant for achievement on to her daughter, Amy. Amy earned her bachelors’ degree from Mount Saint Mary’s College, whereupon she secured professional status as a registered nurse. Her daughter and family, including grandson Evan, live nearby in LaGrange. Supervisor Hitsman looks forward to yet another opportunity to serve the people of Union Vale. She encourages people to take advantage of the right to vote in the elections this fall.


STANFORD BY HEIDI JOHNSON As promised, here is the follow-up story on the Grange event from last week’s column: This Grange Week Celebration and Open House event was held on April 26 at the Stanford Grange and was the annual celebration of the Grange organization. One of the highlights of Grange Week is always the membership recognitions and this was again the case this year. Last week, I covered the two members who were honored for 75 years and 25 years of service – Dot Burdick and June Williams, respectively. (Note: I made a typo in last week’s column and accidentally wrote June’s name as Beth Merrill. My apologies for this misprint.) This week, I’d also like to congratulate two Grange members who weren’t able to attend the Grange Week celebration, but who achieved 55 years of service with the Grange. Bill Darling and Purdy Halstead have both been members of the Stanford Grange for … wait for it … 55 years. That’s a really long time. Longer than I’ve been alive, even (although not much longer, I confess). Congratulations, Bill and Purdy, and thank you for your many years of service to the Grange and to our community. In speaking with Grange Secretary Ryan Orton this week, I found out that for many Grange members, the highlights of the Annual Grange Week Celebration and Open House were the membership awards and also the discussion with Beth Merrill, lady assistant steward of the National Grange. Ms. Merrill’s speech was entitled “Dedication” and the main focus of her remarks centered around the founding members of the Grange. These founding members had to have enormous dedication to successfully form the Grange organization in the troubled times right after the Civil War. Ms. Merrill said current Grange members have to think of themselves as the “Second Seven,” meaning that they too have to have strong dedication to fostering the Grange’s programs and mission, and helping the Grange organization grow. Ryan also described some of the skits and stories that were presented during the program. One discussion covered the topic “If the Grange Hall Walls Could Talk.” Many members shared their memories about events that took place in the Grange Hall.

“There were some sad moments,” reported Ryan, “such as when we remembered the folks who passed away and we had to drape the charter in their memory.” But, also, there were some fond memories, such as remembering when there were over 100 people at the Grange meetings, or when couples were married in the Grange Hall. Ryan was excited to report that he knew of three Golden Sheaf couples married in the Grange Hall: Dot and Irv Burdick, Walt and Cora Marie Shook, and Joe and Debbie Purnell. “This was really neat because three of these folks were at the celebration this week – Dot, Cora Marie and Debbie.” This group of Grange “brides” shared memories of their wedding receptions at the Grange Hall, to the delight of the members and guests present at the gathering. It was a fun-filled, nostalgic and enjoyable event for all who attended. Happy Grange Week to you all and thank you for all you do to serve our community.


This is an important date to get on your calendar – Rec Registration is on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. until noon, at the Town Hall. You’ll get a better choice of swim lesson times if you get there on this date and not wait until the next available time, which is Wednesday, June 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. But, on Wednesday, the lines are generally a bit shorter. Not that they are bad on Saturday. Far from it. The Rec Commission volunteers have this registration thing down to a science and you’ll breeze right through signing up for park access, swim lessons, swim team and summer/fall soccer. (It’s also a great chance to catch up with friends you haven’t seen much of over the winter because just about everyone in town will be there.) Don’t forget your license plate numbers! I wisely wrote them in Sharpie marker on the outside of my checkbook a few years ago because I was forever forgetting to write them down and bring them on registration day, resulting in having to make phone calls and run back out to my car. This gets embarrassing when you do it year after year. I’m all prepared now, but novices, take heed. Write those numbers down on a sticky note and bring them with you or you’ll feel like a real dummy on Saturday! The last possible date to register for summer programs is Saturday, June 11, but that day is also open to non-residents, so it tends to get very crowded. And, as mentioned previously, many of the swim lesson slots will be filled. So, best to get there on Saturday, May 21 or Wednesday, June 1. If you have any questions, simply leave

Grange Week officers and Junior Grange members who organized and led the recent Grange Week Celebration pose for a photo. Photo submitted.

a message on the Recreation Department machine and someone will call you back: 845-868-7782.


Our favorite rock-and-roll family will be playing its popular show on Saturday, May 21, starting at about 9 p.m. When the Stoners play at Copperfield’s, it always ends up becoming a town party as a bunch of local couples tend to ditch their kids that night and go see our favorite local band at this great venue. Copperfield’s is close, the food is excellent and the atmosphere is really relaxed. Plus, half the folks who work there are also Stanford people. So, it’s almost like we’re all one big family. And the Stoner family, as we all know, is hugely talented and really great entertainers. The music is always danceable and we just end up having a wonderful time. So, come on down on the 21st and check it out. We’ll be there!


If you remember my story about Bridget having just a doggone good time reading to Miles, the therapy dog, at the Stanford Library a few weeks ago, I just wanted to share the good news that Miles is now coming to the library every Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. This is a change from the previous schedule, which was every other Tuesday. So, the library hopes more children will now have the opportunity to come and read to Miles. It is a very open and accepting group of children and the dog’s owner, Cindy, is about the nicest person you have ever met. If your children need practice reading aloud, or just want a chance to share the reading experience with a nonjudgmental canine, bring them down to the

library on Tuesdays at 3:45 p.m. The library is also offering a tai chi movement class on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. Tai chi is known to be beneficial for improving physical and mental health, as well as reducing stress. For information about either of the above programs, call the library at 845-868-1341.


June 11 will be very busy day for Town of Stanford residents and friends this year. The following events are all scheduled to take place that day: • Lions Club Flea Market: bargains galore and the Lions’ famous sausage and peppers heroes. Sale runs from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Vendor space still available at $20 per space. Call Ed Hawkes to reserve: 845868-7483. • Stanford Living History Day: displays, music, literature and reenactments of events in our town’s past. This is a great event full of fun and learning. I’m not certain of the starting time in the morning, but it was about 10 a.m. last year, so plan on that for now and I’ll update you as more information becomes available. • Rec Registration: last chance to register for summer programs at the Town Hall, 10 a.m. until noon. • Amenia United Presbyterian Church Strawberry Fair: loads of activities for the whole family, including games, petting zoo and a magician. Also, live music courtesy of my band, Playful Relics, and the best strawberry sundaes around. Event runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Oh, dear. Very long column once again. Well, it’s a busy time, this late spring-early summer season. I don’t want anyone to miss any events because I didn’t keep you well informed! Enjoy this finally warm and sunny weather, everyone … I’ll see you next week. Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or

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This week Get Real Weight Results Northern Dutchess Hospital will offer a fitness and nutrition program entitled Get Real Weight Results on Wednesdays, May 11 through June 15. Cost is $149 and participants have the flexibility of attending either the 11 a.m. or 7:30 p.m. weekly sessions. Participants get unlimited use of the hospital’s medically based Fitness Center. For more information or to register, call 845-871-3600. Lyme Support Group The Mid-Hudson Lyme Disease Support Group meets Wednesday, May 11, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., in the Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church on Route 44 in Pleasant Valley. Caregivers are also encouraged to come to learn how to cope with the problems associated with Lyme and other diseases. Turn into the parking lot between the church and the library and enter the side door and go downstairs. For more information, contact Pat at 845-889-4242 or Rachel at 845-229-8925. Lyme Support Group The Northern Dutchess Lyme Disease Support Group meets Thursday, May 12, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., in the First Baptist Church, 11 Astor Drive, Rhinebeck. Lyme patients, the general public, and the medical community are invited to attend. For more information, contact Mary Belliveau at 914-489-1202. Clinton Poetry Club The Clinton Community Library Poetry Club meets Thursday, May 12, at 7 p.m., in the library, 1215 Centre Rd. Bring an original or a favorite poem to share and discuss or just come to enjoy the poetry. For more information, contact the library at 845266-5530. Golf Tournament The Hillside Fire Department of Rhinebeck and Hyde Park will hold its sixth annual golf tournament on Friday, May 13, at the historic Dinsmore Golf Course in Staatsburgh. Sign in will start at 8:30 a.m. with a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start. The format will be a four-player scramble and includes morning coffee, lunch at the turn and refreshments on the course. A steak barbecue will follow at the Hillside Fire Station. Awards and prizes will be presented there. Call 845-797-9317, 845-876-6173 or 845876-3307 to register. Common Threads The Clinton Community Library’s Common Threads activity includes knitting, crocheting, or other needle and fiber crafts. The group will meet Friday, May 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the library, 1215 Centre Rd. Novices and experienced knitters of all ages can participate. For more information, contact the library at 845-266-5530.





The Stone Valley Trailriding Association held its annual dinner meeting on April 30 at Copperfield’s Restaurant. It started with a social hour, followed by dinner. During and after the dinner, the business meeting was conducted. President Betty Davis welcomed the attendees and gave special recognition to Sandy Rhodes, stable manager at Wethersfield, for her activities at Wethersfield. Betty also gave special recognition to Trish Adams for all her hard work arranging the dinner meeting and her many other administrative duties over the years. Directors unanimously re-elected to one-year terms were: Elizabeth Davis, Trish Adams, Herb Adams, Stuart E. G. Findlay, Karen Friedman, John Heist, Dale Kurten, William “Chip” Holman, Katherine Landman, Doug Nieters, Barbara Schreiber and Jane Sterling. Joseph Forman Jr. and Robert Smith returned as honorary directors. Wesley Howell Jr., retiring legal counsel, was elected as honorary director. The newly elected board of directors then selected the organization’s officers for one-year terms: President Elizabeth Davis, Executive Vice President Trish M. Adams, Second Vice President Dale Kurten, Treasurer Herb L. Adams and Corporate Secretary Stuart Findlay. President Davis was presented with a large bouquet for her efforts over the years and many of the guests lingered to renew acquaintances and discuss plans for their future activities. See the Stone Valley Trailriding Association website at www.stonevalley. org for more information about the association and its activities. For more information or to join, contact Trish Adams at 845-266-3938.


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Corporate Secretary Stuart E.G. Findlay, President Betty Davis, Executive Vice President Trish Adams, Second Vice President Dale Kurten and Treasurer Herb Adams are the newly elected Stone Valley Trailriding Association officers; President Betty Davis of the Stone Valley Trailriding Association holds the bouquet she received from Trish Adams for her many years of leadership. Photos submitted.

memorable spring picnic on May 3. The picnic started with potato chips and dip, then hamburgers, hot dogs, coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans and, of course, assorted cookies and watermelon slices. Dee Hoiem, Upton Lake Christian School principal, welcomed the seniors to the picnic and noted the green grass and the flowering trees and bulbs. She mentioned “Changing Lives One Dress at a Time …,” a project the school is working on. Little Dresses for Africa is a Christian organization that provides relief to the children of Africa. Today, simple dresses are made out of pillow cases and distributed through orphanages, churches and schools. Everyone is invited to help by making dresses or donating cash or new or gently used pillow cases. After-school sewing sessions will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the school on May 13, 16, 17, 24, 27, 31 and June 2. The Warwick United Methodist Church will deliver the dresses to Mozambique in August. The dresses will be dedicated on June 7 in the Upton Lake Christian School Chapel. If you have any questions or materials to donate, call Michele LaCoste at 845266-3497 or drop them off at the school in Clinton Corners. After lunch, three trivia questions from the Bible were asked and each winner received a prize. Also, guest speaker Ray Oberly, a writer with the Hudson Valley News, discussed the content of his weekly column, which provides useful information for local residents.

The newspaper hits newsstands on Wednesdays and is delivered to most subscribers on Thursdays. To subscribe or for more information, call 845-233-4651. Pastor Jeff Silvieus gave closing remarks and a prayer. A door prize was drawn and won by Dolly Straley of Stanfordville. She won a stuffed bear dressed as Uncle Sam. Thanks are given to the church and its kitchen and serving staff, led by Sue Silvieus, for providing this social activity for seniors from Pine Plains, Hyde Park, Pleasant Valley, Millbrook, Salt Point, Stanford and, of course, Clinton. The luncheons will resume in the fall on the first Tuesday of the month starting Oct. 4.

Library forming 2011 Battle of the Books squad


The Poughkeepsie Public Library District is recruiting teens and tweens to compete in the annual Mid-Hudson Library System Battle of the Books competition. Battle of the Books is a contest in which students entering grades six through nine answer trivia questions based on eight specific books they have read. According to the library district, the program helps young people develop an interest in reading, work together as a team and socialize with their peers. The library district has two recruitment days planned, and is inviting any youngster with an interest in the Battle

of the Books to attend a session from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24 or Tuesday, June 14 at the Adriance Teen Study Room (Adriance Memorial Library, 32 Haight Ave., Poughkeepsie). Last year, the Poughkeepsie Public Library District team took second place amongst 20 teams and is hoping to do even better this year. For more information about this program, contact Beth Zambito, head of youth services, at 845-485-3445, ext. 3304. To sign up for one of the informational meetings, register at the library, by phone or online at

Stellar social sciences student Abigail Knickerbocker of Clinton (right) receives a History, Government and Economics Departmental Award for outstanding achievement in the social sciences from Dr. Laura Murphy, professor of history at Dutchess Community College, during the annual Sheridan Awards ceremony, which honors student achievement in social sciences. Other awards were presented to David Bisson of Pine Plains and Brendan Norton of Poughkeepsie. Photo submitted.

community E-MAIL YOUR LISTING TO CALENDAR@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from previous page Farmstead Open House An open house will be held at the Palatine Farmstead, 6916 Route 9 (quarter mile north of Route 9G intersection), Rhinebeck, in celebration of New York State Heritage Weekend, on May 14 and 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours of the early 1700s house and 1770 barn will be offered. Plant Swap The Tivoli Free Library’s Plant Swap will be held Saturday, May 14. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the swap begins at 10 a.m. Bring your extra plants and seeds divided and in containers, labeled with name and basic planting instructions. At registration, you’ll receive tickets for the number of plants you bring. This serves to remind gardeners how many plants they are entitled to. Volunteers are also needed. For more information, contact or 845-757-3771. Spaghetti Dinner A spaghetti dinner fundraiser to benefit Red Hook’s own Jeffrey Creech and Mary Grace Doherty, sponsored by the Red Hook Rotary, will be held Saturday, May 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Tivoli Firehouse, 2 Tivoli Commons. Cost is $10 for adults, $7 for children 12 and under. Garden Tours Four private gardens in Amenia and Rhinebeck will be open to the public for self-guided tours to benefit The Garden Conservancy on Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No reservations required; rain or shine. Visitors may begin the tour at any of the following locations: Broccoli Hall, 23 Flint Hill Rd., Amenia; Mead Farm House Garden, 224 Perry’s Corners Rd., Amenia; Garden of Lester & Jan Greenberg, 30 Hook Rd., Rhinebeck; or Cedar Heights Orchard, 8 Crosby Lane, Rhinebeck. Cost is $5 per garden. Call 1-888-842-2442 for more information. Free-For-All Yard Sale Cornerstone Bible Fellowship Church will hold a Free-For-All Yard Sale rain or shine on Friday, May 13 from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All items are given away free. The Church is located at 1592 Hollow Rd., Clinton Corners. For more information, call 845-266-8057. Kosher Family BBQ The Rhinebeck Jewish Center’s Annual Kosher Family Barbecue will be held Sunday, May 15, beginning at noon, at the Red Hook Recreation Park Picnic Pavilion (use the entrance on Fruitbud Lane). Enjoy kosher food and fun in the park. Suggested donation is $5 per person.

Rotary reviews NYC water supply

Red Hook Rotary recently welcomed New York Department of Environmental Protection official and Red Hook resident Charles Laing, who described the workings of New York City’s upstate water reservoir and aqueduct system. Shown in the photo, from left to right, are: Red Hook Rotary President David Wright, Laing and speakerhost Rotarian Harry Colgan. The Red Hook Rotary meets every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. at the Apple a Day Diner, 7329 South Broadway (Route 9), Red Hook. Visitors are welcome. Photo by Fred Cartier.

Monday Night Club The Monday Night Club, a book discussion group formed at the Clinton Community Library, has an ambitious program of reading and discussion of books. On Monday, May 16, the group will share their thoughts about “Woman of the Inner Sea” by Thomas Keneally. The group gets started promptly at 7 p.m. in the Reading Room. Complimentary refreshments are always on hand. For additional information, call 845-266-5530.

Local Author Signing Adriance Memorial Library will host Tommy Zurhellen, author of “Nazareth, North Dakota,” on Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. Zurhellen, an English professor at Marist College, will read from his debut novel and discuss the book with patrons. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. The event will be held in the third-floor Greenspan Board Room, Adriance Memorial Library, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie. For more information, call 845-485-3345, ext. 3702. CDA Prep Dutchess Community College will hold an information session on May 17, at 6 p.m., in Taconic Hall, Room 209, for those interested in a 12-credit program that will prepare early childhood caregivers to apply for a child development associate (CDA) credential. The two-semester program is conducted on Tuesday evenings and is geared toward those already working in the child care field. Classes begin next fall semester. For more information, contact Early Childhood Education Field Supervisor Eileen Hall at 845-431-8346.

Upcoming Bariatric Support Group The monthly meeting of St. Francis Hospital’s Bariatric Support Group is 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 in the hospital’s Atrium Conference Room A. An open discussion on pre- and post-bariatric surgery will be led by Ellen Waggoner, Ph.D., and Nancy Case, registered dietician and support group leader. Prior registration is not necessary. All support group meetings are free of charge. Family members and support people are welcome. For more information, call 845-431-8898. Morton Day for Kids Morton Day for Kids will be held Friday, May 20, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., at Morton Memorial Library Rec South, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff. There will be a number of events for kids and the event kicks off the summer reading program. RSVP at mortonlib@ or call 845-876-2903 for more information. Movie Night The community is invited to the Clinton Community Library’s free movie night on Friday, May 20, starting at 6:30 p.m., in the library. Come and enjoy a fun evening with your friends and neighbors while watching the big screen. The library is located at 1215 Centre Rd. For more information, call the library at 845-266-5530. Town Wide Tag Sale The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the third annual Town Wide Tag Sale on May 21 and 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Hyde Park. Residents who wish to participate can register for their location on the map for $5 from now until May 6. After May 6, the cost to register is $10. There will be limited spaces available at the Hyde Park Town Hall on May 21 only, for $25. Registration forms are available in several local businesses as well as at For further information, call 845-233-8714. Toy and Clothing Sale The Rhinebeck Community Nursery School’s annual Toy and Clothing Sale will be held at the Rhinebeck Reformed Church, corner of Route 9 and South Street, on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A variety of gently used toys, games, books, outdoor play equipment, children’s clothing and much more will be available at reduced prices.

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USO shows at the Vanderbilt Mansion Frederick W. Vanderbilt, during the last years of his life, was pretty much a recluse. He would avoid people to the point he would often hide behind a tree when he saw somebody coming. He surely would have been surprised at the wild goings-on at his mansion four years after his death. Parties were held at his place by the USO during World War II as entertainment for the 300 military policemen who were guarding President Roosevelt. The United Service Organizations, popularly known as the USO, was an association of several different organizations: YMCA, YWCA, the Salvation Army, the Traveler’s Aid, National Catholic Community Services and the Jewish Welfare Board. The local USO group actually had its office in Poughkeepsie. Most times, when a soldier went out on the town, he sowed his wild oats in Poughkeepsie, but as described below, a canteen was developed in Hyde Park. Different special events were held periodically to raise money to support the USO. Early in the war, a boxing show and basketball games had raised $750 (a lot of money back then). In May, 1942, shortly before the great American naval victory at Midway, golf contests were held at the nine-hole course on the grounds of the Hudson River State Hospital, halfway between Poughkeepsie and Hyde Park. Events included a hole-in-one or nearestto-the-pin contest, which was played as part of the regular round. Top prize in the event was $10 in War Stamps.


The Vanderbilt Inn is now called the Vanderbilt Pavilion, and is used by the National Park Service as a welcome center and gift shop. During WW II games and entertainment at this place were usually planned for Wednesday nights, dancing and entertainment Friday nights. The USO included hayrides, skating parties and other outdoor activities in its program. The USO was very fortunate in securing donated orchestras and game prizes from

Vanderbilt Mansion. Illustration by Tatiana Rhinevault.

Poughkeepsie merchants. The local Lions Club gave $10 and the Red Cross $50 for running expenses.


A canteen was needed in Hyde Park because the USO in Poughkeepsie wasn’t entirely satisfactory for the local men. About 90% of them were married, and one of the hard and fast USO rules was that all girls for their parties were provided by the USO. Because of this rule, the married military policemen usually skipped the parties and attendance was low. Of course, like always, there was some fooling around. This columnist learned there was at least one case of an MP becoming an unmarried father with a Poughkeepsie girl. The child was unaware of her real father until sometime in the 1980s, because her mother had used ink eradicator on the child’s birth certificate and it had taken several years for the eradicator to flake off. Unsaid at the time, the real reason for the “undesirable” term was probably the natural jealousy between Hyde Park and Poughkeepsie girls.


Eight hostess committees were appointed in January 1944, with the understanding that each would serve once a month and provide the refreshments. Hostesses seemed to enjoy serving, although there was some grumbling about the refreshments. One or two cakes a month cut deeply into rationed sugar and butter – 12 cakes were used each night. As might be expected, there was quite a bit of shifting about in the standing hostess committees. Some women dropped out,

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some were added, and then some of those dropped out. One group was headed by former Hyde Park Town Historian Margaret Logan Marquez.


Late in February 1944, the USO decided to move the canteen from the inn to the basement of the Vanderbilt Mansion for a variety of reasons. The most important was space. Parties were simply too large for the inn. The first party scheduled for the new quarters was a game night on Friday, March 3, 1944. What was originally the servants’ dining room was used on canteen nights as a card, reading and writing room. The main corridor provided space for dancing, as well as the jukebox and piano that furnished the music. The south end of the corridor was fixed up as a chat corner. Two rooms were also loaned for coats and wraps, and two large cupboards in the kitchen were used for canteen equipment, such as the $125 worth of new dishes the USO bought. The canteen became so popular that in the summer of 1944, it was moved to the drill hall of Company B (the former Vanderbilt Coach house). On Sept. 2, 1944, Lucy Monroe, a Metropolitan opera singer, attended a dance there with Mrs. Roosevelt. The 21-piece IBM orchestra played as Miss Monroe sang a number of selections. She also directed a contest among the boys, who sang as soloists and in quartets and gave out $25 war bonds to the winners.

This columnist, while leafing through issues of the “240th Military Police Battalion Weekly Bulletin” at the Town of Hyde Park Historical Society Museum, ran across an item about a much-anticipated USO show planned for Dec. 3, 1944 in the Company B drill hall (after another move to the Vanderbilt coach house). “Some of New York’s finest entertainers will be here to put on the type of show you’ve wanted to see. There’s Pearl Bailey ... who sings old and new songs as you’d least expect to hear them sung … The President’s favorite entertainer, Dean Murphy, will do his inimitable impersonations, and the M.C. will be Paul Blake.” Other entertainers who performed for the Hyde Park MPs were Jack Paar and Zero Mostel.


Charles May, a former military policeman, was interviewed by the National Park Service on Jan. 7, 1947. He remembered a USO show at the Vanderbilt Boathouse down by the Hudson River. The entertainers were Gypsy Markoff and the Bernard Brothers. The boathouse has long disappeared. Carney Rhinevault is Hyde Park Town Historian and author of “The Home Front at Roosevelt’s Hometown.” Additional work by Tatiana Rhinevault, illustrator of this column, can be found at


Carol Mary Wood, 76, a nine year Poughkeepsie resident previously of Tarrytown, died Sunday, May 1, 2011 at St. Francis Hospital. Born in New York City on December 17, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Francis E. and Dorothy M. Haaren Wood. Ms. Wood is survived by her two brothers, Robert Wood Sr., and wife, Patricia, of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Francis Wood and wife, Rosemary, of Cortlandt Manor; several nieces and nephews including Kimberly Cipriano and husband, Joseph, of Salt Point, Allison Urbank and husband, Thomas, of Highland, and Robert Wood Jr. of Marina del Rey, CA; and a number of great nieces and a great nephew. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Richard Wood; sister, Marilyn Dailey; and niece, Melissa Molt. There are no calling hours. Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in the family plot in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Tarrytown. Arrangements are under the direction of Sweet’s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. To send her family an online condolence, visit


It is with great sadness that the family of William J. Dalmer (B.J.) announces his death on May 3, 2011 at 78 years old. At the time of his passing, Bill was surrounded by his loving family. While a lifelong resident of Rhinebeck, New York, he was born on June 26, 1932 in Bay Chester, New York, son of William and Rose Dalmer. He was a 1951 graduate of Rhinebeck Central High School. In 1952, Bill served in the United States Army during the Korean War until 1954 where he was decorated with a Korean Service Medal, a United Nations Service Medal and a National Defense Service Medal. After coming home from war, Bill had several years of technical training and then was later employed by IBM in 1957. He worked for IBM for 35 years until his retirement in 1992 (Quarter Century Member.) As a manager in Business Development, Bill was instrumental in bringing CAD Solutions to customers around the world, traveling extensively throughout the US, Canada and Europe with Paris being a favorite city to visit. Bill had an insatiable zest for life. His hobbies included golf, skiing, hunting, fishing, photography and wood working. Bill was a member of the Red Hook Golf Club. He and his family often skied at Mt. Snow where he owned a condominium. Every November, you could find Bill in his tree stand waiting for his deer to pass by. Bill loved being out on his boat and fishing on the Hudson River. Some of his happiest times were spent on Cape Cod

and Martha’s Vineyard. In his later years, Bill spent many hours in his workshop, creating tables, benches, and shelves for his family and friends. You could always catch him watching his Mets as well as almost any other sporting event. Bill was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, President of the Lake Sepasco Homeowners Association and was extensively involved in Little League when raising his children. Bill was predeceased by both his parents William and Rose. He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Ann, whom he recently celebrated 51 years of marriage. He leaves behind 3 children; Christina M. Lange and her husband Kevin, of Pleasantville, Annemarie J. Farrell and her husband Richard, of Glenmont, and Steven W. Dalmer and his wife Theresa, of Pleasantville. Bill is also survived by 7 grandchildren; Elizabeth, Alexander, and Matthew Lange; Allison and Ryan Farrell; and William and Melody Dalmer. He will also be fondly remembered by his sisters, Patricia and her husband Jack Varricchio and Geraldine and her husband Robert Alley; as well as his brother Peter Michael and his wife Linda Dalmer; and many other family members. Bill felt his greatest accomplishment was his family who meant the world to him. He taught his family to live life to the fullest. A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday, May 6, at 11 a.m. at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 3 Mulberry St., Rhinebeck, NY. Family and Friends were received at the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 West Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY on Thursday, May 5, from 4 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to the Rhinebeck Rescue Squad, 78 East Market St., Rhinebeck or the Good Shepherd Church, 3 Mulberry St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572. To sign the online register, visit


Vera W. Fass, 95, died Tuesday afternoon at her home. Vera was born in Copake, NY October 19, 1915. She had lived in Hyde Park since 1977, her husband Max having predeceased her in 1979. She was a 70-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was a Past Matron, and a Past Grand Representative of the Indiana Grand Chapter. As a homemaker, Vera was known for her cooking and baking prowess, and worked for a time in the catering business. Her family was her pride and joy. She is survived by three children; son Charles and wife Barb of Roseville, CA, daughter Cheryl and husband Wayne Remond of Hyde Park, and son Kenneth of Verona, WI. Her beloved grandchildren are Michael Remond of Boston, MA, Danielle Laroche and husband Kevin of East Haven, CT, Wendy Zastawney and husband John of San Leandro, CA, and Julie O’Donnell and husband Tom of Sacramento, CA. Her most recent enjoyment was her great grandchildren Lola O’Donnell, Ollie O’Donnell, and Vera Yuan Zastawney. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Richard Horowitz and the staff of Hospice for their kind care and compassion during her final days. Thanks also to everyone for the cards, personal visits, food and other support that was

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Victoria Cooper, Sabrina Shih, Elorah Muller and Thomas Langan show off the hats they made at the Red Hook Public Library, which is preparing to unveil its new children’s room.

Red Hook parties in the streets for Apple Blossom Day STORY AND PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON

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Ellen Feller and her friend Luke help spread the word about Grace Bible Fellowship Church of Rhinebeck and the church’s Vacation Bible School for kids; Councilman Harry Colgan, Judge Jonah Triebwasser and Pat Kelly of the Red Hook Democratic Party help spread the word about Democratic candidates in the upcoming election.

Red Hook’s annual community celebration and street fair, Apple Blossom Day, was held this weekend. The all-day celebration featured street vendors, a variety of fresh-made foods, live entertainment and games for children. The annual event is organized by the Red Hook Rotary Club. It was started decades ago as a celebration of the many apple orchards that once populated Red Hook. Bruce Barrett demonstrates how a loom works to promote Hand to Mouth Weavers, a new initiative that aims to raise funds for the food pantry at Red Hook United Methodist Church; Richard Wambach, Rick Litton, Corinne Weber, County Legislator Ben Traudt and Village Trustee David Seymour help promote the Red Hook Republican Party.

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