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Around Town: Red Hook with Kristopher Munn page 20

Rhinebeck may recover $27K from December storm page 3

Fancy dancing at Mills Mansion gala page 13

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American flags adorn the gravestones at Rhinebeck Cemetery on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. Photo by Todd Gay,

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The Hyde Park Police Department reports the following arrests: • Edward P. Elmendorf, 26, of Poughkeepsie, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a class-A misdemeanor; and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, a class-A misdemeanor, on May 25. • Alisha A. Dekoskie, 27, of Poughkeepsie, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-A misdemeanor; and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, on May 25. Dekoskie was also wanted on a warrant out of the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department. • John Booth, 18, of Fishkill, was charged with unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree, a class-A misdemeanor, on May 25. • Benjamin M. Castelos, 31, of Hyde Park, was charged with criminal contempt in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor, on May 26. • Roman Keniuk, 23, of Ramsey, New Jersey, was charged with assault in the second degree, a class-D felony, on May 27.


Protect Hyde Park, a new neighborhood watch group formed in reaction to Hyde Park’s growing crime rate, will have its first meeting this week. Local residents Carney and Tatiana Rhinevault, who are organizing the group, are asking anyone interested in participating to join them Thursday, June 2, at 6 p.m., at the pavilion at Riverside Park (next to the old train station) in Hyde Park. Carney Rhinevault says one of his main concerns is the number of people with criminal backgrounds who have taken up residence at the Inn at Hyde Park after being placed there by the Department of Social Services. For more information about Protect Hyde Park, email protecthydepark@

Hyde Park museum to open Saturday BY HV NEWS STAFF The Town of Hyde Park Historical Society Museum will soon open for the season. The museum, located in the former firehouse building at 4389 Albany Post Rd., opens Saturday, June 4 and will remain open through October. It is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. This year, the museum features a new exhibit on the St. James Church Bicentennial Celebration, as well as local memorabilia donated by residents. The museum also contains artifacts from


the U.S. Army’s 240th MP Battalion, which was stationed at the Vanderbilt Coach House and the Rogers Estate in Hyde Park during President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration, as well as a voting machine from 1932, when FDR ran against Herbert Hoover, which still has the ballot intact. Local publications are available for purchase and admission is free, though donations are accepted. For information, call Director John Mottalini at 845-625-9894, or Gert Trani at 845229-5561.


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Memorial Day in Hyde Park Pictured, from top: A WW II veteran is warmly recieved by the crowd; The Presidents band from FDR High School marches and plays beautifully; The Rev. Chuck Kramer delights paradegoers with his spiffy automobile; Receiver of Taxes Francine DiGrandi and Councilwoman Sue Serino were part of the Hyde Park Republican contingent. Photos by Jim Langan.

INDEPENDENCE NOD GOES TO MOLINARO French says party voters should have say BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON The Dutchess County Independence Party has endorsed Republican Assemblyman Marc Molinaro for county executive, but Molinaro’s likely opponent, Democrat Dan French, says Independence Party voters should be given the opportunity to decide who the party endorses. According to French, both he and Molinaro interviewed before Dutchess County Independence Party leaders, but party officials made the decision to “authorize” Molinaro, not French. French explained neither himself nor Molinaro are members of the Independence Party, therefore they must be “authorized” by the party in order to receive its endorsement. French said he had hoped the party would authorize both himself and Molinaro, which would have created a Sept. 13 primary election, at which time all registered members of the party would have been able to vote for the candidate who carries the Independence Party line in November’s general election. “What I was hoping was they would endorse both of us,” French said. “It would then have been up to the thousands of Independence Party voters to decide.” Instead, he said, the decision was made by the small group of people who make up the Dutchess County Independence Party Executive Committee. Dutchess County Independence Party Chairman Dennis Zack did not return phone calls before press time, but said in a statement last week, “Marc Molinaro is an honest and dedicated public servant who possesses the character and experience needed to lead Dutchess County in the future. Marc will be an effective county executive because he will seek the best in us and bring all residents together to improve our quality of life.” Typically, candidates for elected office are nominated by one of the two major parties – Republican and Democratic – and also seek endorsements from third parties, such as the Independence, Conservative

and Working Families parties. Essentially, the more nominations a candidate receives, the more times their name will appear on the ballot. The Independence Party has supported French in the past, including during his 2009 race for Beekman town supervisor, the position he currently holds. Reached for comment last week, Molinaro said he was proud to have been endorsed by the Independence Party. Molinaro said he was not given any preferential treatment. He said both he and French were interviewed by party leaders, both were considered, and officials felt he was the better candidate. “The Independence Party employed the same process the third parties employ all across the state,” Molinaro said. He pointed out this was the same process employed in 2009, when the party backed French for Beekman town supervisor, saying French didn’t seem to take issue with the procedure then. “My grandfather once told me, ‘We are judged not only on how we act when we win, but, more importantly, how we act when we lose,’” Molinaro said. French said he is now considering circulating an “opportunity to ballot” petition. If he is successful in collecting enough signatures from party members, this petition would force an Independence Party primary election, though French would have to run as a write-in candidate. “As a candidate, I have the right to go around the party leaders and (petition) the rank-and-file members,” French said. French said other local politicians have been successful in securing third-party endorsements in the past by utilizing this process, saying state Sen. Greg Ball, for example, picked up the Conservative Party nomination with an “opportunity to ballot” petition in a recent election. He said he has not yet decided whether he will take this step, though. “Our campaign is weighing the option,” he said. “It’s something we are considering.” So far, Molinaro has been endorsed by the Dutchess County Republican, Conservative and Independence parties, as well as a number of town and city committees.

While French has been endorsed by a number of town-level Democratic committees, he has not yet been endorsed by any county parties. He says he is not concerned, though, adding he is “100% confident” he will secure the Dutchess County Democratic Committee’s nomination at the party’s convention on June 6. French also interviewed for the Working Families Party endorsement and says he should know soon whether he secured it. Molinaro said he did not attempt to secure the Working Families endorsement. French says he does not consider the Independence Party’s endorsement of Molinaro a setback. “This is just another piece of news,” he said. “We’re going to find ways to reach out to the voters.” When asked if he is concerned that Molinaro seems to have rallied his Republican base, French said he was not worried and added he continues to gain support from members of all political parties. “My base is there,” he said, “and I’m not just focused on my base either.”

Rhinebeck may recoup up to $27K for December storm BY HV NEWS STAFF

The Town of Rhinebeck could recover up to $27,000 in costs related to last December’s severe winter storm. Highway Superintendent Kathy Kinsella recently announced the Highway Department anticipates final approval of a grant application she filed with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. She said she anticipates the total amount will be between $23,000 and $27,000. “FEMA has accepted the application and I expect to hear from them within the next several weeks as to final approval of the application and receiving compensation,” she said. On Dec. 26 and 27, 2010, Dutchess County was hit with a severe blizzard that was subsequently declared a major disaster, enabling municipalities to file applications with FEMA to recover some expenses related to “emergency public safety protective measures,” according to Kinsella. Kinsella said during and immediately following the storm, the highway department conducted emergency clearance and treatment on 114 lane miles of town roads. Some expenses covered by the grant include overtime labor costs, equipment use and materials.

Chamber celebrates new business venture

Nancy Amy, an independent Aflac agent, celebrated her new business endeavor with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 26 at the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s north office at 1 Civic Center Plaza in Poughkeepsie. Approximately 30 people, including elected officials, came out in support. The Chamber of Commerce holds these ceremonies to promote new businesses and networking among members, as well as to commemorate milestones for business owners. Pictured, from left, are Chamber President Charles North, 92.1 LiteFM’s “Morning Mayor” Joe Daily, and Aflac Agent Nancy Amy. Photo submitted. Hudson valley news | | June 1, 2011 {3}


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Arlington Fire District’s equipment reserve fund has topped $4 million, up from about $2 million in 2010. This is all taxpayer money. Meanwhile, since April 2010, AFD has purchased four new fire trucks and an ambulance for a total of $2.7 million, paid for from the general fund. In other words, AFD collected enough taxpayer money through the budget process to buy five new pieces of equipment and stockpile over $4 million for even more equipment while not providing any tax relief. This is a contributing factor in why AFD taxpayers pay more for fire taxes than town taxes. It’s also a good indication of why the state comptroller is conducting an audit of the district and the state attorney general put AFD on the pension-padding investigation list. For perspective, many local fire districts have budgets in the $1 million to $5 million range. Arlington Fire District’s budget, developed and passed by the commissioners, is a whopping $15 million. Regardless of the reasons for the difference, taxpayers still foot the bill from their personal finances. An AFD taxpayer-written newsletter is available by sending an email to Jim Beretta Poughkeepsie THE THUG-O-METER IS A SERVICE OF HV NEWS INTENDED TO GAUGE THE LEVEL OF THUGGISH ACTIVITY OF THE TOWN BOARD IN ANY GIVEN WEEK.


MARTINO 11-3-09 DECLARES NEW HYDE PARK MARTIAL LAW TOWN BOARD ELECTED Chief thug Supervisor Tom Martino and his portly sidekick, Councilman Mike Taylor, opted not to march in the Memorial Day parade. Not sure if they figured they couldn’t go the distance or they were concerned the citizenry would have pelted them with free fruits and vegetables. My guess is they were pouting about recent political setbacks and wouldn’t march with fellow Republicans.


I would like to see more investigative reporting on the letter state Sen. Stephen Saland wrote to U.S. District Judge the Hon. Warren Eginton during the sentencing of former Sen. Vincent Leibell, in USA vs. V. Leibell III. It is a part of the court record and I encourage you to print a copy of it for your readers. I have attached a copy for your convenience (see below). How far have we fallen as a nation when our elected officials are given a free pass by the public and press when supporting the corrupt and criminal activity of their colleagues? Sen. Saland’s friend is a convicted felon who engaged in extortion with taxpayer money, filed false tax returns and used bribes to get what he wanted. He did all of this and more while serving as a New York State senator, drawing a salary paid by New Yorkers. How can we expect real ethics reform in Albany when a 20-year incumbent senator, who is also the chairman of the Codes Committee, asks a judge to be lenient in the sentencing of an elected official who used our hard-earned money for his own personal, illegal gains? All New Yorkers should be outraged by this — especially those who live in Sen. Saland’s district. Are we willing to overlook this kind of immoral behavior in our elected officials? I encourage you to dig deeper into this story and pull back the curtain to reveal the truth for your readers. Terry Gipson Rhinebeck Dear Judge Eginton: I am a former colleague of Vincent L. Leibell, III, having served with him in the New York State Assembly from 1984 to 1990 and thereafter in the New York State Senate 1994 through 2010. During that period of time, he and I, as well as our respective spouses, became the best of friends. Over that period of time, I have not only engaged in numerous legislative matters with him, I have participated in countless political as well as numerous social and family events. I have known him not merely to be a good friend, but a devoted and caring husband and father who prided himself on his activities in and contributions to the communities that he represented. I was totally taken by surprise by the allegations and plea pursuant to which Mr. Leibell now appears before you. Prior to the events that have resulted in your imposing such sentence as you may determine, Mr. Leibell was generally held in high regard by those whom he represented as well as those with whom he engaged as a legislator. Needless to say, subsequent to those events, his reputation and his standing have been dramatically and irretrievably damaged, if not destroyed. Whatever his accomplishments, and there are many, will be overshadowed by the felony plea which he has taken. It has not only cost him his professional license, but his reputation and standing in the community, as well as severely burdened his wife and three children. As you contemplate the measure of justice you will impose by way of your sentence, I would hope that you would be mindful of the fact that the humiliation and disgrace that he and his family will forever endure is, in a manner of speaking, a life sentence, and has blotted out what otherwise would have been a legacy of service and accomplishment. Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, Stephen M. Saland Senator

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crack cocaine on their person. They were violent, career criminals and she chose to party with these cretins until the sun came up. She and her daughter were OPINION also living with their 59-year-old greatgrandmother. Do you get the picture? It’s called self-inflicted generational suicide. BY JIM LANGAN And, yes, it is happening throughout our culture but decidedly more in the black community. Everyone knows what’s going on and why, but everyone is afraid to talk about it or deal with it. Whites are absolutely not allowed to discuss the problem except among themselves and any African-American who dares speak It feels like it happens once a week its name is called an Uncle Tom. Normally, such social issues break and it probably does. It’s always a along ideological lines and this appears “devoted single mother” shot dead to as well, until you think about it. Then outside a public-housing project at 5 you realize liberals and conservatives a.m., usually in the company of a guy are contributing to the with a record a mile long. destruction of the black We get the mandatory family and the crime and photo of the mother in her poverty that plays out as prom dress, along with Stop pandering a result. an adorable photo of a to the AfricanOn one side, you young child orphaned by have conservatives, who American vote the event. The facts are want to make abortion always similar and the by continuing to illegal again while they reaction the same. The fund entitlement simultaneously bemoan mother has had a child out the staggering cost of of wedlock at an absurdly and education entitlement programs young age and there’s no initiatives that only primarily driven by father around. She always people who shouldn’t buy gas for a car seems to have a boyfriend be having children. who uses her and abuses going off a cliff. Conservatives should be her. The family (usually pointing out that the vast a 38-year-old grandma) majority of Americans, tells the media what a black or white, make the great mother she was decision about having children based on and how she was just getting her life their fi nancial ability to provide for them. together when this terrible tragedy Liberals, on the other hand, need to stole her. A month ago, it was a mother stop pandering to the African-American drowning herself and three of her kids in Newburgh after a fight with the abusive vote by continuing to fund entitlement and education initiatives that only buy the gas father/boyfriend. Take last weekend’s incident in for a car going off a cliff. President Obama needs to use his Brooklyn. A 22-year-old single mother of bully pulpit in the black community a 5-year-old and her abusive boyfriend, and the Democratic Party to make along with his brother, were gunned substantive changes. Conservatives have down outside a housing project at 5:30 in to acknowledge that family planning and the morning. The mother and boyfriend abortion have an important role to play in were killed and the brother is in critical a civilized and serious society. It would condition. The media tried spinning it be a big step forward if conservatives and as a tragedy, saying these fine young liberals worked together, or at least not people were cut down in their prime, etc. In reality, what happened to them against each other, to solve these issues. was closer to a logical conclusion than a If not, we will continue to see this horrific downward spiral. tragic aberration.



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Service with a smile BY MELISSA MILLIGAN

When you walk into Hyde Park Town Hall, you should expect elected officials to be ready and willing to help you, and have confidence that they will do so as quickly as they can. I am running for receiver of taxes to create an office that is friendly and welcoming for everyone, while providing efficient and dependable service. During my five years as deputy town clerk, I gained a thorough understanding of the workings of town hall. I always enjoyed working with the public and am eager to be back serving the people of Hyde Park. One immediate change I would like to institute is reinstating an open-door policy in the receiver of taxes office. I appreciated former Receiver of Taxes Nancy Sheehan’s decision to welcome residents to have a seat and talk with her directly. Simply having a space to sit, say “hello” and write out a check shows people their public servants are putting citizens’ needs first. Though the receiver never sets tax rates (whew!), it’s important someone with a sympathetic ear be there when a resident has questions or concerns about their bill. For those who don’t know me, I am a Hyde Park native. I earned my associates degree in accounting from Dutchess Community College. I have lived in my current home over 10 years, and my son attends North Park Elementary School, where I volunteer on the PTA. I’m also the office manager for my husband’s business, Milligan Landscaping, and am responsible for all the bills and bookkeeping for this active company. Obviously, this requires strong computer skills, and I am confident I also have the energy and attention to detail to easily and capably take on the responsibilities of receiver. I am conscientious about meeting deadlines and diligent about checking my work to avoid errors. Residents


can rest assured their tax payments will be recorded accurately and efficiently under my watch. As an office manager, I am also the first contact when customers arrive, and I take pride in the service I provide. I try to always find a way to say “yes,” whether that’s assuring the customer we can do the job, helping them find the person who can or informing them about other options available. This same attitude will apply with the receiver position. When people enter town hall, many will poke their head into the receiver’s office first. If I am not the person they need, I will help them find the right person or otherwise provide my assistance in meeting their needs. When I worked in the clerk’s office, I enjoyed being part of a cooperative team in town hall. For example, when someone in one of the other offices had a computer problem, I was happy to help them figure it out. This type of cooperation creates a positive atmosphere for employees and the public, as well as saving taxpayers money through efficiency. I am proud to be running with Team Hyde Park because I respect their earnest desire to serve the town. Receiver of taxes is not a “political” position, but having worked at town hall, I know when the town board changes, the mood there changes as well. I believe Team Hyde Park’s focus on restoring respect for residents, opening lines of communication, and running a fiscally sound town government will bring back a positive and cooperative spirit for everyone working in town hall. If you would like to be welcomed and feel respected when you come to the receiver of taxes office, please vote for me this November. It would be my privilege to serve my neighbors in town hall once again. Melissa Milligan is running for receiver of taxes in Hyde Park and has been endorsed by the Hyde Park Democratic Committee. The committee welcomes feedback at hydeparkdems@ Respond to this column at


There’s no better way to see D.C. than on the back of a Harley. – Sarah Palin while touring the nation’s capitol Saturday. Hudson valley news | | June 1, 2011 {5}


• Remember back in March when our Nobel Peace Prize-winning president said our incursion into Libya would “be a matter of days, not weeks.” That statement was obviously false, yet we hear very little from the media. I wonder if the media would be holding George W’s feet to the fire if he had been the author of that baloney.

• You know when you haven’t seen somebody for a while and when you do they’ve put on a bit of weight? Then a snarky friend says, “He looks like somebody hit him with an air hose.” Well, in New Zealand, construction worker Steve McCormack fell on an air compressor, puncturing his posterior on the fitting of the compressor. His body began filling with air, tearing fat away from muscle. Co-workers rescued him by turning off the compressor. McCormack said, “I was blowing up like a balloon.”

• More benevolent social engineering from the good-hearted liberals in Santa Monica, California. They’re considering a measure that would ban “male genital mutilation.” First of all, I was unaware there was a problem to begin with, but then again, it’s California. If passed, the law would prohibit circumcising any male under 18 years of age. That should probably cover it as I don’t see too many grown men opting for the big snip.


• Here’s something for all the kids out there. Galloway Township in New Jersey is considering a ban on all weekend and holiday homework, calling it “busy work.” Parents are the only ones opposing the measure. • An attorney in a Chicago civil case asked the judge to remove a paralegal from the prosecutor’s table because her breasts “were drawing the attention of the jury from the relevant proceedings.” • In Boston, Caroline Kennedy christened a model of the new JFK aircraft carrier named for her father. John F. Kennedy would have turned 94 on May 29. Yikes! • Presidential wannabee Mitt Romney will make his official announcement later this week. He selected a 250-yearold farm in Stratham, New Hampshire as the site of his kick-off. He’s still the one to beat in my book.

• There was some serious political firepower at the Mills Mansion gala Saturday night. County executive candidate and current Assemblyman Marc Molinaro was there, as well as County Comptroller Jim Coughlan. While chatting with Molinaro, he glanced at his blackberry and mentioned his lovely wife, Christie, was on her way to the hospital for emergency surgery. I said, “You must want to be getting to the hospital then,” and “what’s the problem?” After giving me a quizzical look, Marc said, “Actually, my wife is a surgical nurse.” I declined a further cocktail. • Finally, in case you missed it, the beloved Red Sox stormed past the New York Yankees once again, putting themselves where they belong … in first place. Quite a feat since the Sox were dead last in April after an awful start. Like they say, cream always comes to the top.

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The crew at Side Burnz - owners Thomas Ervin (back right) and Joe Sairrino (far right) pose with Fabian, Chris, Andrew and Jennifer. Photo by Jim Langan.


In 2007, Joe Sairrino and Thomas Ervin decided to open a barber shop in Hyde Park. Both men were successful barbers working in the Poughkeepsie Galleria. According to Sairrino and Ervin, at some point, they concluded Hyde Park was missing a barber shop and began exploring possible sites. They chose the site formerly occupied by Always Christmas and opened Side Burnz. The shop was a success almost from the beginning. It has been one of the few new businesses in Hyde Park to prosper through this difficult economy. Ervin is a Hyde Park resident and the other barbers are from the surrounding area. This reporter discovered Side Burnz shortly after it opened and wouldn’t consider going anywhere else. I go for the middle-aged-white-guy cut

and my barber of choice is the lovely Jennifer, who somehow makes me presentable. According to Sairrino, Side Burnz has “a very diverse clientele, from a 96-yearold man to young guys looking for a buzz cut. We also keep up with the latest styles.” Side Burnz is also the spot for an enterprising reporter to get the latest news and gossip. Jennifer gave me a good scoop last year I neglected to follow up on. I won’t make that mistake again. The shop has a flat-screen TV that is always on and tuned to ESPN. I would prefer a little more enthusiasm for the Red Sox, but their haircuts overwhelm my allegiance to the Sox. Side Burnz is open six days a week (closed Sunday) and an average haircut is $14. It’s nice to see a group of young people prosper in Hyde Park.



Hyde Park’s Ward 2 Councilwoman Sue Serino will officially launch her bid for Dutchess County legislator with an event to be held at Coppola’s Italian & American Bistro in Hyde Park. Serino will discuss her candidacy and the issues from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 5. Serino will also be collecting signatures of registered Republican voters necessary

to get on the ballot. Serino was recently endorsed by the Hyde Park Republican Committee to run for the District 4 county Legislature seat. In winning the endorsement, Serino handily defeated former County Legislator Bob Clearwater, who nonetheless has announced his intention to oppose Serino in the Republican primary.

celebrating local art and entertainment in the Hudson Valley

Photo by Nicole DeLawder. Below: “Sweet Oaks, Barrytown” by Millbrook Paint Out artist Betsy Jacaruso.



As we watch the flowers bloom


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ART EVENT: Artists paint out in Millbrook on Saturday p. 12 CONGRATS: ‘Our Towns’ exhibition selects winners p. 10 NOTES: Happenings around the Hudson Valley p. 9 CALENDAR EVENT LISTINGS THROUGH JUNE 7 p. 8-11

‘Gardens of the Hudson Valley’ come and landscapes come back so green, it’s an appropriate alive at the 6th annual Bellefield gloriously time to celebrate all things garden Design Lecture, Sunday, June 5. with the sixth annual Bellefield Design Lecture. This year, authors Nancy Berner and Susan Lowry will deliver a lecture based on their work and research as contained in their book, “Gardens of the Hudson Valley.” I asked Anne Symmes, director of the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association, what attendees could expect. “It’s a beautiful book,” she said. “It’s a significant addition to > continued on next page Hudson valley news | | June 1, 2011 {7}

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

THIS WEEK BENEFIT Starr Library Big Book Sale June 3-6: Collections of books on cooking, gardening, entertainment, health, wellness, history, and many other topics are on sale. Preview sale: Friday, 10 a.m. Admission: $10. Admission is free on Friday, noon-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m. and Monday, buy a bag for $5 and fill it with books; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Starr Library lower level, 68 West Market St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-4030.

COMEDY Paul Bond June 3-4: With Nathan Brady Crane. Friday and Saturday, 9 p.m. Cost: $15. Bananas Comedy Club, 2170 South Rd. (Rte. 9), Poughkeepsie. 845-462-3333.

THEATER ‘10 Minute Play Festival’ June 3-4: Local playwrights Walter Keady, Joe Cosentino and Ed Napier each have a selection in the festival, hosted by Half Moon Theatre. They are joined by noted New York playwrights Laura Shaine Cunningham, Alex Gersten, Ashlin Halfnight, Quincy Long, Mark Schultz, Marisa Smith, Mark St. Germain and Aaron Zelman. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Suggested donation: $15, adults; $10, students and seniors. Millbrook High School Auditorium, 70 Church St., Millbrook. ‘Dangerous Obsession’ June 3-19: A suspenseful British thriller, presented by Performing Arts of Woodstock. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Tickets:$15, general; $12 seniors and students; pay-whatyou-can on Thursday, June 9. Woodstock Town Hall 76 Tinker Street. Woodstock. 845-679-7900.

Wednesday, June 1 FAMILY Family Free Time 5-8 p.m. Free admission. Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, 75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-0589.

MUSIC Lunch N Listen Concert Series Noon. Featuring Helen Avakian and Terry Champlin. Fellowship Hall opens at 11:30 a.m. for “brown-baggers,” concert at noon. Coffee, tea and light refreshments provided at 12:45 p.m. Free. First Evangelical Lutheran Church, cor. Mill and Catharine Sts., Poughkeepsie. 845-452-6050. Music in the Parks 7 p.m. The free concert series begins with Hyde Park Schools performing. Staatsburgh State Historic Site, 75 Mills Mansion Dr., Staatsburg. 845-229-8086.

Thursday, June 2 EVENT

Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Mills-Norrie State Parks and Staatsburgh State Historic Site. Taconic Regional Office, 9 Old Post Road, Staatsburg. If you are not able to attend the meeting, you may provide written comments by Friday, July 1 to Elisabeth Draper, Planner, OPRHP Planning Unit, Agency Building 1, 17th Floor, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12238 or email

Friday, June 3 BENEFIT The Big Band Sound 6-8 p.m. A fund-raising jazz concert. Admission: $5. Dover High School, 2368 Rte. 22. Dover Plains. 845-832-4520.

EVENT Schuetzenpark Biergarten Yearly Opening Party 5 p.m. Schuetzenpark is the last original German Biergarten in the Capital District. GermanAmerican Club of Albany, 32 Cherry St., Albany. 518-489-0831 or 845-265-6102.

NIGHTLIFE Calling All Poets 8 p.m. Hosted by Jim Eve, Mike Jurkovic and Robert Milby, featuring Adrianna Delgado and Jim Cotter. Two-poem open mic follows. Refreshments available. Donation: $4. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon. 845-831-4988. Vague Assurances 8:30-11 p.m. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590.

Saturday, June 4 ART 8th Annual Spring Paint-Out/Art Auction 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 50 local artists paint on location in and around the village and countryside of Millbrook. See full story on page 12. The Fountains at Millbrook, 79 Flint Rd., Millbrook. 845-605-4457. Erin Dinan, Mixed Media 5-8 p.m. Opening reception. On view through June 27. Gallery hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Duck Pond Gallery at Esopus Library, 128 Canal St., Port Ewen. 845-338-5580. ‘Frame of Reference: Dioramas in 21st Century’ 6-9 p.m. Artist reception. This exhibition highlights a group of 13 artists who explore the theme of self-created worlds of dioramas, while addressing a variety of contemporary concerns, including psychological and social issues, natural environments and virtual realities. On view through Saturday, July 9. Gallery hours: MondayThursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The Ann Street Gallery, 104 Ann St., Newburgh. 845-784-1146.

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The 6th Annual Bellefield Design Lecture: ‘Gardens of the Hudson Valley’ 2 p.m. | Sunday, June 5 Tickets: $35; $30, Beatrix Farrand Garden Association members. Henry A. Wallace Visitor Center, The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, 4079 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park. 845-229-9115, ext. 2023. < continued from previous page

the literature. It focuses on garden tradition and the landscape garden, specifically on how the formal garden has been integrated into designed landscape.” The book actually began its life as a series of photographs taken by Susan Daley and Steve Gross. When Symmes was approached regarding the needed textual accompaniment, she recommended Berner and Lowry. “I said, ‘I know the perfect people,’” said Symmes. Berner and Lowry had written a guide to the gardens of New York City – “the book takes you through all five boroughs,” she said. “I knew that they were really good at telling the story of gardens and the people who make the gardens.” Berner and Lowry’s stop in Hyde Park is only part of their book tour. “They’ve done several lectures in Connecticut and New York; they’ve traveled up to Canada to speak to the Montreal Garden Club,” explained Symmes. The book “has a wider reach than the Hudson Valley.” Specifically, Berner and Lowry speak about Beatrix Farrand. “They address her influence on design at the turn of the century. Perennial borders are something we take for granted, but she was coming up with these ideas. She wasn’t derivative of the English garden.” Farrand’s ingenuity will be celebrated with even more heart next year. “2012 is our 100th anniversary of the garden,” said Symmes. “We are very excited about that celebration. We’re planning a party in June and a lecture in the fall.” For now, however, patrons can indulge their curiosities – after the lecture and discussion, there will be a reception and heirloom plant sale, and visitors will be able to enter the Bellefield house. Normally, the home is closed to the public, but this weekend is a fortunate one. Symmes said it was important for people to be able to experience the garden in a traditional way. “Standing on the balcony (of the home) is a great to see the garden as it would have been enjoyed by the owners.” Detail of gate leading into the Bellefield gardens. Photo by Nicole DeLawder.

Mariana Cardenas and Gen Hashimoto in “The White Room.” Photo by Paula Lobo.


Book smart

On Thursday, June 2, the summer reading program for children and teens kicks off with registration and a workshop from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Morton Hall at the Morton Memorial Library and Community House (82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff). The staff will unveil the new summer reading software. Participants will also be decorating “Flat Stanleys” in preparation for sending her/him out into the world to learn about other people and other cultures. Call 845-876-2903 for more information.

Tune in

101.5 WPDH celebrates 35 years on the radio dial on Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, with the WPDH 35th Anniversary Weekend. WPDH DJs from the station’s 35-year history will host special programs all weekend long. “Thirty five years on the FM dial with no format change, that’s quite a remarkable achievement,” said WPDH Program Director and Producer Gary Cee, in a press release. “The Hudson Valley loves rock and roll, and this weekend is our way of saying thanks to the listeners – and all the clients – who’ve supported WPDH since 1976.” For the complete lineup, see

Paying it forward

The Dutchess County Arts Council has awarded its 2011 Individual Artist Fellowships to Kevin Becker, Joseph Bertolozzi and Daniel Stevens. With this fellowship, the Arts Council is recognizing Dutchess County musicians who have demonstrated a high level of technical skill and creative vision as performing musicians. Fellowship recipients receive a cash award and will present their work at public events throughout Dutchess County in 2011. This first public program, titled “Imagination in Music,” is being presented by Bertolozzi, who will conduct a master class on the Robert D. “Gus” Pratt Memorial Organ, newly installed and maintained at FDR High School by the New York Theatre Organ Society. The program will take place on Thursday June 2, from 2:30 to 5 p.m., at the FDR High School Auditorium in Hyde Park.

Twice as nice

The Poughkeepsie Farmers’ Market will hold two ribbon cuttings on Friday, June 3 to officially open expanded markets in two new locations: Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park and Pulaski Park, both off Washington Street in the City of Poughkeepsie. Both locations will continue every Friday through October.

DANCE e-mail us your events: < continued from previous page ‘Lunch at the Live Bait Diner: An Exhibit of 30 Drawings and 30 Poems’ 5-8 p.m. Shared opening reception. Featuring the artwork of Joseph D. Yeomans and poetry of Lewis Gardner. This exhibition is on display in the Lounge Gallery and is accompanied by “Poems and Paint”, a members exhibition in the Main Gallery. Both exhibitions will run until June 25. The Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), 97 Broadway, Kingston. 845-338-0331. ‘Watershed Wildlife: Watercolors and Sculptures’ 6-9 p.m. A presentation of the work of environmental artist Paul Thiesing. Original paintings and woodcarvings will be on display at The Lodge and patrons will have the chance to speak to the artist who will be on hand to discuss his work. Dinner provided. $50 per person. Tilly Foster Farm, 100 New York 312, Brewster. 845-228-4265.


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‘The White Room’ 7:30 p.m. Preview performance of a piece by Jennifer Muller / The Works. Tickets: $25; $10, student rush at door. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, 120 Broadway, Tivoli. 845-757-5106.

EVENT 18th Annual Silver Ribbon House Tour 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The tour includes the Grinnell Library, the sixth-oldest library in New York State; Mesier Homestead, which dates to the 18th century and is now a museum and home to the Wappingers Historical Society; and Obercreek Farms, the home of the founder of Scenic Hudson, as well as several private homes. Hosted by the Dutchess County Historical Society. Cost: $50. Village of Wappingers Falls. For tickets and information, call 845-471-1630. Hudson Bush Plant Sale and Exchange 10 a.m.-2 p.m. More than 30 vendors of heritage and heirloom plants gather for a plant sale and exchange. Early buyers breakfast begins at 9 a.m. Admission: $5 per vehicle. Clermont State Historic Site, 1 Clermont Rd., Germantown. 518537-4240.

Porch Party Fundraiser 5-7:30 p.m. Supports Montgomery Place’s Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Free Open House preservation and programs. This is a ticketed 1-5 p.m. Visitors can go backstage as the flying special event featuring cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, antiques, pilots and aerodrome players get and music. Call 914-631-8200 to request ready for the show season. The Aerodrome an invitation. Montgomery Place, River Rd., > continued on next page Annandale-on-Hudson. Hudson valley news | | June 1, 2011 {9}

e-mail us your events: < continued from previous page “players”, the Black Baron, Trudy Truelove and Sir Percy Goodfellow, do a dress rehearsal: staff and volunteers in period costume stand by at main attraction points to answer questions. Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum, 9 Norton Rd., Rhinebeck. 845-752-3200.

MUSIC Daedalus Quartet 8 p.m. Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle, Sharon Robinson and Jaime Laredo, artistic directors. Presented in cooperation with The Bard Center. Olin Hall at Bard College, River Rd. Annandale on Hudson. 845-758-7196. ‘Guitar Music of South America’ 8 p.m. Classical guitarist and composer David Temple celebrates the music of Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil and Venezuela exclusively. Tickets: $24; $22, seniors and children. Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3088.

OUTDOOR Guided by Lantern Cemetery Tours 8 p.m. Angela Henry and Paul Berini, parishioners

and professional narrators, will conduct churchyard tour of St. James’ churchyard collaboratively, with special emphasis on interred persons of note. Bring umbrellas in case of rain. Part of the church’s bicentennial celebration year. Free. St. James Episcopal Church, 4526 Albany Post Rd. (Rte. 9), Hyde Park. 845-229-2820.

WORKSHOP Inspired by Nature Writing Workshop 1-3:30 p.m. Join Carol Bergman, NYU writing instructor, author and avid walker, for a creative writing workshop inspired by nature. $25, Mohonk Preserve members; $35, non-members. Call 845-255-0919 for reservations and meeting location.

Sunday, June 5 BENEFIT Eleanor Roosevelt Tea 2-4 p.m. Benefits the new landscaping project for the conference center. Hosted by the Eleanor Roosevelt Historic Site. Reservations required. Tickets: $20 per person. For reservations or information, call 845-229-2559 or e-mail Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site/Val-Kill, Rte. 9G, Poughkeepsie.

FILM ‘One Room: One Nation’ 11 a.m. Screening followed by a panel discussion with Anne Linden, Malcolm Mills, Mary Kay Vrba and Ralph Fedele. Free. Presented by FilmWorks Forum. The Moviehouse Cafe & Gallery, 48 Main St., Millerton. 518-789-0022.

Congratulations The winners of Mill Street Loft’s exhibition “Our Towns” have been announced. First prize went to Garin Baker of New Windsor for his painting “Montgomery Street” (pictured, above). Second prize was awarded to Dick Crenson of Pleasant Valley on behalf for his late wife, Margaret Crenson, for her “Abandoned Farmhouse.” Third prize went to artist and author James Gurney of Rhinebeck for his painting, “Blockbuster.” Honorable mentions were awarded to Clayton Buchanan of Newburgh for his work, “The Conversation” (pictured, below), and Carrie-Anne Gonzalez of East Northport for her work, “The Dairy.”

LECTURE The 6th Annual Bellefield Design Lecture: ‘Gardens of the Hudson Valley’ 2 p.m. By Nancy Berner and Susan Lowry with photography by Susan Daley and Steve Gross. See full story on page 7. Tickets: $35; $30, Beatrix Farrand Garden Association members. Henry A. Wallace Visitor Center, The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, 4079 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park. 845-229-9115, ext. 2023.


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Bach Cantata 7 p.m. Kairos: A Consort of Singers, under the direction of Edward Lundergan, presents a performance of J. S. Bach’s Cantata No. 182, Himmelskönig, sei willkommen (King of heaven, welcome). Tickets are $15 general admission; $12 seniors and $5 students/youth. Holy Cross Monastery, Route 9W, West Park. 845-256-9114. ‘The Many Faces of God’ 4 p.m. This year’s concert features the premier performance of Mass In Many Modes composed by local jazz musician and composer-in-residence at Poughkeepsie United Methodist Church, Gretchen Gould. Sponsored by Dutchess County Interfaith Council. New Hackensack Reformed > continued on next page

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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. Submission deadline: Friday, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m. 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

soring the Kingston calendar photography contest. Winning photos, (13 in all) will be displayed in the 2012 Calendar, one for each month and one on the cover. Approximately 4,000 calendars are to be printed and distributed throughout the area. The deadline is July 15. For more information, go to or call 845-338-0331.

Wednesday, June 8 ART e-mail us your events: < continued from previous page Church, 1580 Rte. 376, Wappinger Falls. 845471-7333 ‘Young Man’s Fancy Turning’ 3 p.m. George Conrad, a celebrated Irish tenor, and his accompanist, Joel Flowers, perform. Tickets: $24, adults; $22, children and seniors. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080.


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Swing Dance 6-9 p.m. Free beginner’s lesson. Dance to DJ music. Cost: $10, general; $6, fulltime students. Arlington Reformed Church, 22 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-454-2571.

‘It’s More Fun to Create Than Vegetate’ 6:30 p.m. Artists’ reception. Works by local artists Val Hafner and An Hafner. Millbrook Free Library, 3 Friendly Lane, Millbrook. 845-677-3611.

BENEFIT 9th Annual Renegades and Pitch for Kids ShootOut Noon-3 p.m. Benefits the Pitch for Kids Foundation. 10:30 a.m. registration and noon shotgun start. Snacks on the turn; games on the course. 5:30 p.m., dinner. $175 per golfer. Casperkill Golf Club, 2320 South Rd. (Rte. 9), Poughkeepsie. 845-463-0900. Card and Game Party Noon. Tickets: $20; proceeds will benefit the Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation. Blue Store Restaurant, 2215 Rte. 9, Livingston. 518537-6658.

OUTDOOR On Friday, May 27, Walkway Over the Hudson hosted “Celebration of Our Four-Legged Friends,” the first in a series Community Night events. Photos by Nicole DeLawder.

Singles and Sociables Hike – Millbrook Mountain 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Singles and Sociables outings welcome all adult hikers, single and nonsingle, aged 18 and above.. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center. This is a moderate to strenuous, 8-mile hike led by Rich Chapman (845-878-6729). New hikers are strongly encouraged to contact the leader prior to the hike for information on hike levels, what to bring, and other information. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $12, non-members.

Monday, June 6 LECTURE ‘How Smart is the “Smart Grid”?’ 7 p.m. Presented by Cheryl A. Warren, vicepresident of U.S. Smart Grid for the National Grid Corporation. Henry A. Wallace Visitor Center, The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, 4079 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park. 845-462-7061.

Tuesday, June 7 ART ‘The T Alpha Series: 2004-2011’ 2-5 p.m. Opening reception. Featuring works 2 by Steve Crohn. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. or by appointment when the main library is open. The Hyde Park Free Library Annex, 2 Main St., Hyde Park. 845-229-7791.

Open for business with fresh, local produce and more. Amenia Farmers Market Parking lot of the old Amenia Elementary School on Route 22, Amenia. Hours: May-Oct., Fridays, 2-6 p.m. 845-373-8118,

Millbrook Farmers Market Front St. and Franklin Ave., Millbrook. May-Oct., Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 845-677-4304,

City of Poughkeepsie Farmers Market Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, Parker Ave. and Washington St. and Pulaski Park on Washington St. Hours: June 3-Oct. 28, Fridays 3-7 p.m. Arlington Farmers Market Raymond and Collegeview Aves., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-1415 Hours: June-Oct., Thurs. and Mon. 3-7 p.m. 845-559-0023, Rhinebeck Farmers Market Municipal Parking Lot, 23 E. Market St., Rhinebeck. Beacon Farmers Market May-Nov., Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Beacon Train Station, waterfront at the ferry 845-876-7756, landing, Beacon. Hours: Sundays, May through the last Sunday before Thanksgiving, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 845-597-5028 or 845-838-4338

Wassaic Farmers Market Main Street near the post office, Wassaic. May-Oct., Tuesdays, 2-6 p.m. 845-877-1329

BENEFIT Veterans’ Banquet 6 p.m. Students from the P.I.G.L.E.T.S Class host a banquet in honor of local veterans. Proceeds benefit the wheelchair athletes of the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital in Wappingers Falls (Castle Point). Tickets include cocktail hour, an entrée, dessert and unlimited soft drinks, and entertainment. Cost: $40; $25, child 4-10; free, under 4. The Grandview, 176 Rinaldi Blvd., Poughkeepsie. 845-486-4700.

NIGHTLIFE Winter Wars 9 p.m. Bull and Buddha Lounge, 319 Main St., Poughkeepsie. 845-337-4848.

OUTDOOR Bob Babb Wednesday Walk – Millbrook Mountain 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The Bob Babb Wednesday Walks welcome adults of all ages and levels of ability aged 18 and above. No reservations required. Meet at the Minnewaska State Park Preserve Wildmere (upper) Lot. This is a moderate, 5-mile hike. The Minnewaska State Park Preserve parking fee applies. In case of inclement weather, call June Finer, hike coordinator, at 845-255-7247 between 7:30-8 a.m.

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Guitar Music of South America Saturday, June 4 at 8 pm Tickets: $24 adults; $22 seniors & children

Classical guitarist David Temple presents a performance full of color and variety featuring the premier composers of Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Paraguay and more! As enjoyable for the newcomer as it is for the experienced listener.

Young Man’s Fancy Turning: Songs of Love and Nature Sunday, June 5 at 3 pm Tickets: $24 adults; $22 seniors & children George Conrad and accompanist Joel Flowers will perform songs that celebrate love and springtime ranging from Scottish folk to English Opera.

June 10-26 Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 3 pm Tickets: $24 adults; $22 seniors & children Opening Night fundraiser for Astor Services For Children & Families. Tickets are $45.00 and include admission to a pre-show wine and cheese reception and a conversation with the cast following the performance. Featuring an unforgettable score by Rodgers and Hammerstein that includes some of the most memorable songs ever performed on stage. A CENTERstage production directed by Bill Ross, sponsored by Williams Lumber. The CENTER is located at 661 Rte. 308, 3.5 miles east of the light in the Village of Rhinebeck

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Serendipity in play 8th Annual Spring Paint-Out/Art Auction

8TH ANNUAL SPRING PAINT-OUT/ART AUCTION 9 a.m.-7 p.m. | Saturday, June 4 | The Fountains at Millbrook, 79 Flint Rd., Millbrook. 845-605-4457 BY DANA GAVIN


Given the region’s artistic history, as the cradle for painters who would come to define the Hudson River School aesthetic, it is not surprising that many artists flock to participate in events like Millbrook’s eighth annual Spring Paint-Out and Art Auction. How many times have you been someplace, paused and thought, “That view is really something else.” The artists who will gather on Saturday will employ their talents to capture those memories or find new viewpoints to enlighten our gaze.

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Ursula Morgan, board member for the Dutchess County Art Association, told me the paint-out event is much older than 8. “There is a longer history,” she said. “Barrett Art Center has been doing paint-outs for many, many years. We have always had a presence in Millbrook, including having a satellite school there.” The paint-out program may have skipped a few years, but it returned with

aplomb in 2003, and the art auction became part of the festivities. Why Millbrook? The answer was easy for Morgan: “Initially it was because of our association with the satellite location, but, of course, what a wonderful location for plein-air artists. There are vistas and rolling hills – it’s one of the most beautiful communities in our county.” The artists will arrive in Millbrook at 9 a.m. to find a place to set up a temporary outdoor studio of sorts. More than 50 selected artists will be participating. There are no restrictions on where and what artists choose to paint. Morgan said that is part of the fun. “They get to choose. You can stroll through town and see artists set up with easels. It adds to the level of enthusiasm.” Though many artists return to the paint-out every year, Morgan said it was also important to get new artists to join in the fun. “We always like to encourage new artists to get involved with any of the events we offer,” she said. At 4 p.m., the public is invited to a preview reception, with hors d‘oeuvres and wine. The live auction begins at 5:30 p.m. The reception and auction will be hosted at The Fountains at Millbrook at 79 Flint Rd., Millbrook. The featured auctioneer is Robert Doyle of United Country Absolute Auction and Realty in Pleasant Valley. One artist has been selected to receive a special honor, said Morgan. “We like to invite a prestigious artist who is well known to contribute the signature artwork,” she said. This year, the fortunate winner is Jack Neubauer, a Millbrook artist whose work “Play Time” (pictured, top) is featured on all of the promotional material. “Sweet Oaks, Barrytown” by Betsy Jacaruso



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Guests wined and dined at Mills Mansion STORY AND PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Friends of Mills Mansion celebrated Memorial Day weekend with “Sunset Cocktails and Dancing Overlooking the Hudson River” on Saturday evening. The event was a fundraiser for Friends of Mills Mansion, who serve as stewards of the historic home, located on the grounds of Staatsburgh State Historic Site. The fundraiser featured red, white and Michael and Debby Gordon with blue cocktails; classic picnic fare, such as Christina and Gordon Garrand. hamburgers and grilled chicken, provided by Terrapin at Dinsmore; dancing to the music of DJ Bill Bible; and a silent auction. Approximately 100 people attended the fundraiser, including local officials like Assemblyman Marc Molinaro, Rhinebeck Councilman Joe Gelb and Dutchess County Comptroller Jim Coughlan. Guests could mingle in the mansion’s large dining room or step outside on the terrace and enjoy one of the most breathtaking views in Dutchess County. Caroline Carey, president of the Friends of Mills Mansion, said the event was a success. “We are thrilled with the support for the Friends that we see at the party tonight. The Friends have many projects we are working on and the financial support provided tonight will support many of our ongoing restoration projects. And, equally important, is that everyone is having a good time!”

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how to go about solving the issue. Take time out of your busy life to consider the problem – meditation may be the way to go to really get to the heart of it. Let your mind wander – the answer may be something completely unique.

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GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): You are at a point right now of questioning ideas and concepts that used to seem acceptable. What others seem to easily believe is becoming more and more difficult for you to wrap your head around. Do some research and seek out guidance; try to be patient with the process as you gain clarity.

someone comes to you with a rumor or gossip, walk away. A negative comment about another person could ultimately wound that person in a profound way – have nothing to do with passing on that information. Speak up and suggest that everyone mind their own business.

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): You

are careful not to splurge on yourself very often, but this week you are drawn to some luxury that you’ve been craving for some time CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): It feels now. Take a hard look at your finances; if you like there’s something hanging over your can afford to indulge, go ahead. As long as head this week – it’s like you’ve forgotten you do this infrequently, it’s just fine. to do something or missed an appointment. This bothersome feeling isn’t about a real AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB 18): Emotions event – it’s more like your subconscious tryare clouding your normal logical self right now. ing to alert you to something. Pay attention to Family troubles are hanging over your head your dreams, and think about how the images – it seems as if people aren’t able to commuand concepts could relate to your waking life. nicate well. Try to encourage everyone to be patient and to continue to talk. You can’t force LEO (JULY 23- AUG. 22): A person very someone to deal with their own problems, so close to you seems to be having trouble just walk away from that issue. communicating with their family – lend your ear to them. You’ve had experiences that will PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): You’re put you in the right position to offer advice. feeling very imaginative and creative this Be objective and honest – your friend will apweek – dream big and plan something impreciate your insights, especially if you are pressive. If you can’t get a head start on a sensitive in your delivery. project, jot down notes so you can get busy VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): Pay close when time permits. It’s important that you exercise your imagination often. attention this week to any instructions or guidelines offered – if you don’t make notes, ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): Face you’ll wind up getting lost on a project and your concerns about a friend head on. You have to start all over. Be assertive and ask feel like you cannot to depend on them to questions if you’re confused. Go slowly, folcome through for you, but are you basing low directions and everything will work out. this on evidence? Think back to past inLIBRA (SEPT. 23- OCT. 22): You may be teractions. If they’ve been unreliable in the past, they will continue to let you down. seeing a new person through rose-colored Look elsewhere for support. glasses, overlooking any possible negative aspects. No one is perfect, and in this case TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): You feel you are missing something very critical about like you’re in a fog this week, and it’s making this person. If you are considering getting init very difficult to get anything accomplished. volved with them, you need to step back and You feel unsure and uneasy – try to take evget a clearer picture of them. Ask someone ery task one at a time, and focus all of your close to you for an unbiased opinion. energy on each individually. Don’t let yourself SCORPIO (OCT. 23- NOV. 21): You’re get too frustrated – this will pass. feeling like something is missing from your For entertainment purposes only. life, but you seem to have no idea what it is or

Get close to Midnight! She’s a mellow, mature cat. She won’t wear you out chasing string or climbing drapes but she will play ball like a teen. Midnight is an elegant lady who wants to live her many remaining years in a loving home. June is Cat Adoption Month at the DCSPCA. There’s no better time to meet Midnight.

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Sequels, in general, are difficult to pull off – sequels of animated movies are even more likely to end up in the direct-to-video pile. I was suspicious of “Kung-Fu Panda 2” because, though I really liked the original, I KUNG-FU UNG FU PAN PANDAA 2’ thought if the creators couldn’t be bothered to come up with a more original title, this was Weekend rating: Four dumplings probably going to be a half-hearted effort to Director: Jennifer Yuh squeeze money out of kid-toting parents. Apparently, the creators used up all of Starring: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, their cleverness and charm in creating a Gary Oldman wildly inventive and fun sequel and simply Runtime: 90 min. went with an easy moniker. Rated PG for sequences of martial “Kung-Fu Panda 2” is much more than arts action and mild violence. an excuse to see Po, the eponymous panda (voiced brilliantly by Jack Black), hook up with the Furious Five. Rather, writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger have crafted an excellent origin story, woven into a dramatic tale with a strong villain, the peacock Shen (Gary Oldman). This film takes up one of the more humorous elements of the first movie: How is it that Po calls a goose named Mr. Ping “dad?” Just as Po begins to question his heritage, a new threat arrives in the form of Shen, who has learned how to use gun powder to his (murderous) advantage. As Po and the Furious Five launch an offensive as directed by Shifu (Dustin Hoffman), Po’s buried memories begin resurfacing as his life story and Shen’s seem to intersect in profound ways. This is pretty deep stuff, believe it or not – I was amazed and impressed by the level of gravitas attained by a movie about a kung-fu-fighting panda. The movie doesn’t shy away from some sad, scary moments as Po remembers being separated from his parents, and it does go into dark places. I was in a theater full of kids, and they seemed to be handling everything just fine. The artistry of this movie is also a high point – specifically the balance of digital animation and more traditional 2-D animation for Po’s memories. And I have to say – regular readers, please sit down for this one – I loved the 3-D. Yes, it’s happened. I have finally encountered a movie that seemed completely at home in the 3-D technology. The fight scenes are made all the more dramatic when you can feel the dynamics in a “reach out and touch it” fashion. There are also beautiful, serene scenes that also benefited from having the camera take you almost inside the action – the effect is compelling. Still, with all of this on its plate, “Kung-Fu Panda 2” hasn’t lost its sense of humor and joy. I laughed out loud several times. The humor is sometimes slapstick, sometimes cerebral. Credit for much of this goes to Black, who is really on target with his work as Po. There’s a very good actor in Black, and based on what he’s able to do vocally in “Kung-Fu Panda 2,” I’d like to see him tackle some more serious projects in the flesh.

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TELEVISION, CELEBRITY GOSSIP AND ALL OF THAT BRAIN-NUMBING ENTERTAINMENT IN BETWEEN • “The Hangover, Part II” set a new box-office record for R-rated comedies, taking in about $30 million on Friday’s opening night. At the Las Vegas premiere, co-star Jamie Chung offered her two cents on where the inevitable “Part III” should take place: Amsterdam. We wish Amsterdam good luck handling the hapless threesome. • A spooky trailer for the upcoming U.S. remake of “The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo” has emerged on the Internet, with the tag line “The feel bad movie of Christmas.” How can anyone feel bad when Daniel Craig is starring?



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• Maybe they really should just cancel “Two and a Half Men” – with Charlie Sheen out and Ashton Kutcher in, you’d think people would be pacified. Not Freddy Caldwell of New York City, who was arrested last week after allegedly making bomb threats to a TV station that was, in his humble opinion, showing too many reruns. • Happy days are here again: VH1 is bringing “Pop Up Video” back to the airways this fall with 60 new half-hour episodes. Get ready for lots of great (and bizarre) trivia while you watch actual music videos, a commodity conspicuously lost on MTV. • Critical misstep: Hip hop star Sean Kingston suffered serious injuries last Sunday after he was involved in a jet-ski accident, TMZ reports. Kingston is listed in critical condition at a Miami Beach hospital. • Actor Jeff Conaway died last week at age 60, just a day after he was reportedly taken off life support. Known for his roles as Bobby Wheeler on “Taxi” and T-Bird Kenickie in “Grease,” Conaway battled substance abuse, and was admitted to an L.A. hospital on May 11. • And Gil Scott-Heron, 62 (pictured above), the trailblazing author and musician regarded by many as “the godfather of rap,” passed away Friday.

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Flying through the fiction BY ANN LA FARGE Ursula Hegi returns in “Children and Fire” (Scribner, $25) to us the fictional town of Burgdorf, Germany, the town made famous by her bestselling novel, “Stones from the River.” y, It is 1934 – Tuesday, February 27, to be exact – and already, s, the 10-year-olds in Thekla Jansen’s class are in uniforms, marching and singing and praying for the Fuhrer. Bookss n have been banned; Jewish children are no longer allowed in Christian schools … Yes, this is a novel about the early days of the Third Reich but its truest and finest story is that of a young teacher – idealistic, impassioned about her profession – who somehow is drawn into the propaganda of Hitler Youth and encourages her young students to join. How? Why? The story is told in chapters that alternate between that one day in 1934 and previous events – 1899, where we learn of Thekla’s birth in a home for unwed mothers; 1904-07, when Thekla was learning to be a teacher, learning to “anchor knowledge inside (her students) through their passions instead of fighting their discouragement that they are ignorant, or that it’s hard to learn something new…” In 1933, we watch the book-burning in the public square –Marx, Freud, Proust, Upton Sinclair, Mann – and we follow Thekla as she learns the shocking truth about her father, struggles with the propaganda that would result in Hitler’s atrocities and with the decision whether or not to relinquish cherished freedoms to keep her beloved teaching position. A truly fine and challenging novel, wise, suspenseful and historically searing. Who doesn’t remember the world’s most beloved children’s story, “Charlotte’s Web?” I found my tattered old copy on a high shelf and re-read it before opening a delightful new book, “The Story of Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White’s Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of An American Classic” by Michael Sims (Walker and Co., $24). Charlotte’s story still outsells Winnie-the-Pooh in 35 languages. Now, we have the story of her creator, beginning with his “animal-rich youth” in Mt.Vernon, the youngest of seven children, born in 1899. Dreamy, solitary, prone to hay fever, the young Elwyn began his writing career at St. Nicholas magazine. He went to Cornell, then to New York and a job at The New Yorker magazine, where he met his future wife, Katharine Angell, and wrote “Talk of the Town” pieces and captions for cartoons (remember “It’s broccoli, dear”? ) for $30 a week. In 1938, he moved his family more or less permanently to Maine, and, eventually, he wrote that great story about a spider and a pig. “He hadn’t planned the book as a

summary of what it felt like to be E.B. White, but by the last page it had preserved in amber his response to the world.” If that doesn’t get you, go back and read “The Little Book” (“The Elements of Style”) by Strunk and White and “Stuart Little,” and have fun. And speaking of fun, and books about animals, how is it that there are so many “bedtime books” for kid and none for animals? W Well, Bruce Littlefield has remedied that with hhis new and very adorable “The Bedtime Book ffor Dogs,” illustrated by Paul S. Heath, (Grand C Central Publishing, $15.99). The average dog, th the publisher informs us, knows 167 words. Since your dog is probably smarter than av average, he or she will love this book and will probably memorize it. It begins “Come. Si Sit. Stay. I want to tell you a story. I think you’ll like it. It’s about a TREAT.” The dog in th the story decides to take a walk by himself, leash in mouth, but … This book arrived at the perfect moment for this reader, whose grandson is about to ge get a puppy. The book goes to him after I read it to Daisy just once more. And still speaking of fun, it wouldn’t be the beginning of summer without a torrent off “beach books.” J.Courtney Sullivan has written a second novel (her first was “Commencement,” hailed as “a beach book for smart women”). “Maine” (Knopf, $25.95) follows three generations of women in a beach house, captained by Alice, who “had gone from the matriarch-keeper of the wisdom and the order ... to the old lady you had to look in on before the day’s fun could begin.” Meet Maggie, Kathleen, and Patrick’s wife, Ann Marie, who designs doll houses, is flirting with the idea of an affair, and brought four Lilly Pulitzer dresses and a white cashmere cardigan to the beach house. You get the picture. Lots of stuff happens, and at moments you’ll wish you had a genealogy chart to keep the players straight. Of course, there are dark and not very deeply buried family secrets… Take this big, throbbing, sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, novel to the beach with you or, failing that, just to the backyard hammock, and wallow. I needed one more to get me through that last (I hope) rainy week of May, so I gorged out on Lynne Griffin’s “Sea Escape” (Simon & Schuster paperbacks, $15) It’s a story of two women, mother and daughter. Laura, who’s in her mid40s, with a husband and two kids, is still tenuously tied to author events around the Hudson Valley her somewhat rigid mother, Helen, whose husband, a newspaperman, died in Vietnam. Now, Helen has had a stroke, and her daughter Wednesday, June 1 has become her caretaker. She hopes 6 p.m. Marcia Slatkin reads her poetry. to take her mother to their beloved Suggested donation: $5. Refreshments Oceanside home, the eponymous Sea available. Morton Memorial Library and Community House, 82 Kelly Street, Escape, but Helen is not rallying. Rhinecliff. 917-597-4253. Throughout the story – which, like so many novels these days, flips back and Saturday, June 4 forth in time at a dizzying pace – we 7:30 p.m. Priscilla Gilman reads from read the letters that Helen has loved so her memoir, “The Anti-Romantic Child: A much – her husband’s letters “tied up in Story of Unexpected Joy.” Oblong Books multicolored ribbons, organized by date of Millerton, 26 Main St., Millerton. …” until, finally, “the truth lay all over 518-789-3797. the floor of my father’s office.” Now, secrets may emerge … as secrets, Wednesday, June 8 7 p.m. Tommy Zhurellen, author of in summer novels, are wont to do. That was a marathon indeed. Time to “Nazareth, North Dakota,” speaks. Staatsburg Library, 72 Old Post Rd., cleanse the palate with some fine nonStaatsburg. 845-889-4683. fiction. Stay tuned. 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. The Hudson Valley YA Society features Sara Shepard, Maureen Johnson, Anna Godbersen and Sarah Mlynowski. Reservations required: Oblong Books and Music, 6422 Montgomery St. (Rte.9), Rhinebeck. 845-876-0500.

enough money to enact his plan it would probably be a good idea to consider it seriously since he is telling you, in so many words, that he is at the end of his rope. He probably needs, more than weekend anything, someone to hear his ideas and consider them with respect. Whether BY MARGARET DONER women realize it or not, there are indeed some men who feel deeply that they DEAR ANGELS: haven’t been heard most of their life. My husband wants to retire and buy When you talk with him about this a motor home and travel the United plan: Listen. Listen to the words he is States. He says he is sick of his life, using and understand them as a signal tired of feeling chained to a job that to what’s really going on inside him. doesn’t appreciate him, a boss who Many times men believe they have never listens and is tired of the rain and told women what they need, but used snow in the Northeast. He wants to head a different vocabulary than a woman out west and “see where the wind blows might. So, listen and clarify until you us.” I know it sounds glamorous and I are sure you understand what it is he probably shouldn’t complain, but I love really wants. Then mirror it back to my grandchildren (and my children too) him. If you believe he is saying, “I need and don’t want to leave the area. Not to feel that I am in control of my own only that, but I’m more of a homebody destiny,” then say to him, “What if you – I like a garden, a comfortable sofa decide where we are going to travel for and feeling like I know where I’ll be awhile. Can you agree to five months each evening. I’m trying to compromise of pulling up stakes and letting you with him and suggest perhaps just a few make the travel decisions, followed months away during the winter months, by a period of reconsideration?” You but he seems to be unbendable on this may be the most reasonable person in one. He says he has worked hard and the world but you are definitely paying needs this. Do you have any suggestions the price for his work environment. It that might help us reach a compromise? appears that right now that all of the At Home in New York accumulated frustration from work is being directed at a RV and the need to DEAR AT HOME IN NEW YORK: “hit the road.” Just when you thought you’d learned the art of compromise after many Margaret Doner is an angelic years of marriage—and figured the channel who offers private and group hard decisions were behind you—here channeling. She is the author of comes a biggy! Whether married ten or numerous books including, “Archangels fifty years the compromises don’t stop Speak,” “Wisdom of the Archangels” whenever two people (or more) occupy and “Children of Angels: A Modern Day the same space. When someone says Fairy Tale.” She publishes a monthly they are “sick of their life,” it’s usually newsletter entitled, Archangels Speak. best to listen. Especially when it’s a Website: You man who is normally uncomplaining can submit a question for the Angels to: and undemonstrative. It signals a deeper issue; most likely an underlying depression. Assuming that you have


Essay contest winner to receive savings bond BY HV NEWS STAFF County Legislator Joel Tyner is offering a $100 savings bond to the winner of an essay contest he is sponsoring for high school seniors from Rhinebeck and Clinton. For the eighth year in a row, Tyner is challenging students to write, in 500 words or less, what they would do if they were in his position, the representative of Rhinebeck and Clinton in the county Legislature. “Over the years, these young men and women have come up with a number of good ideas, and I’ve presented at least a dozen $100 savings bonds at the annual commencement exercises to winning graduates,” Tyner said. Essays must be submitted by June 22 to or to the County Legislature Offices at 22 Market St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.


21st Century Dioramas

The Ann Street Gallery in Newburgh will present “Frame of Reference: Dioramas in the 21st Century” through July 9. The exhibition features works from 13 artists who explore the theme of self-created worlds, while addressing a number of contemporary concerns, social and environmental issues. Artist reception on Saturday, June 4, 6-9 p.m. 104 Ann St. in Newburgh. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday though Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Pictured, from top: “The Birthday Suit” by Jonah Samson; “Untitled” by Jessica Bottalico.

LOOKING AHEAD and the Lincoln Ghost Train. Historical exhibits, displays and gift shop. Five operating model train layouts. Hyde Park Train Station Museum, 34 River Rd., Hyde Park. 845-229-2338.

Sunday, June 12 Saturday, June 11

Collage Workshop by Pat Hart 10:30 a.m. Bring old magazines, greeting cards, catalogs, pretty paper and a pair of scissors. Some magazines, background papers and glue will be provided. Have fun and explore collage as a hobby, an art medium, and a journaling tool with collage artist/teacher Pat Hart. Call 845-876-2903 to register. Entry donation of $5 will be appreciated. Morton Memorial Library and Community House, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff. FDR Royal Hot Dog Picnic Noon. See the restored former New York Central Railroad Train Station used by Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, the King and Queen of England, the Vanderbilts, the Lincoln and Roosevelt Funeral Trains

“Pitchapalooza” 4 p.m. Like “American Idol” for books: Writers get one minute to pitch their book ideas to an all-star panel of publishing experts. The winner receives an introduction to an appropriate agent or publisher for his/her book. Oblong Books of Rhinebeck, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck.845-876-0500. BSC Strawberry Festival Noon-5 p.m. Fresh strawberry shortcake, free sails on the ferry sloop Woody Guthrie and entertainment with Dan Einbender and the Grammy awardwinning Rivertown Kids, Pete Seeger, The Jen Klapp B and more. Also, a special children’s area, craft and food vendors. Riverfront Park, Red Flynn Dr., Beacon. 845-838-5024.

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Members of the Gentle Giants 4-H Club show off their beautiful animals during the parade

The American flag in front of Rhinebeck Town Hall is raised as the parade passes by; Below: Veteran Robert Winne, a pillar in the Rhinebeck community, salutes parade-goers from inside a vintage military vehicle.

Mayor Jim Reardon waves to parade-goers; Right: Sofi Kannengiesser, James and Tess Van Wormer, and Ethan Sonneberg (standing) await the start of Rhinebeckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Memorial Day parade Monday morning.

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Girl Scouts from Troop 10082 joined Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from around the region in the parade this year; Below: The Rhinebeck High School marching band performs during the parade. Photos by Christopher Lennon.

Rotarians honor top FDR scholars BY HV NEWS STAFF

Dr. Louis Tumolo accepts the Business of the Year award on behalf of Rhinebeck Savings Bank from Rotarian Dr. David Crenshaw. Photos courtesy of

J. Louis Turpin, Dr. Michael Spitzer, Knick Staley and Dr. David Crenshaw were honored with Paul Harris Fellowships for their longtime service to the Rotary Club.

Rotary honors exceptional residents, business BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON The Rotary Club’s motto is “Service Above Self,” and last week, Rotarians in Rhinebeck celebrated members of their community who exemplify that ideal. On Monday, May 23, the Rhinebeck Rotary Club hosted its first Service Above Self Awards Dinner and Recognition Ceremony at the Beekman Arms. During the event, the Rotary honored its Citizens of the Year, Business of the Year, Paul Harris Fellows and scholarship recipients. Club Secretary Mike Frazier explained many of these awards have been given out in the past, but this year marked the first time the ceremonies were combined into one all-encompassing event. Apparently, it was a good move, as the ceremony attracted more than 100 Rotarians, honorees and guests. “Putting all those things together was really a new approach on our part,” Frazier said, “and we were really quite impressed by the number of people from the community who decided to join us. That kind of turnout is very encouraging.” This year, the Rotary named J. Louis and Julie Turpin its Citizens of the Year “for their involvement in so many community activities,” Frazier said. Aside from serving as president of the Rotary Club, J. Louis Turpin regularly organizes teams of students to do community service projects in Nicaragua and is involved with local Little League and softball teams, Interact Club, the Starr Library, Winnakee Land Trust and a

The Hyde Park Rotary Club recently celebrated the achievements of local honor society students at its annual Franklin D. Roosevelt High School Honor Night Dinner. About 80 FDR High School students, Rotarians and guests gathered at the Wallace Center in Hyde Park for the dinner, which was catered by Coppola’s Italian & American Bistro and partially funded with a donation from TD Bank. Guest speakers included Jeffery Urbin, educational specialist at the FDR Presidential Library, and Honor Society President Erika Seagren. During the dinner, Dr. Greer Fischer, Rotarian and superintendant of the school district, went from table to table to give each student an opportunity to tell attendees about their future plans.

Anna Katomski and Gwenn Gideon were selected as this year’s Rotary scholarship recipients.

2011 Citizens of the Year Julie and J. Louis Turpin were among those honored at the Rhinebeck Rotary’s Service Above Self Awards Dinner and Recognition Ceremony.

number of other organizations. He is also the former chairman of the Rhinebeck Planning Board. His wife, Julie Turpin, is involved with organizations like the Rhinebeck Garden Club, PTSO, Interact Club, Friends of Mills Mansion, Children’s Community Trust of Rhinebeck and many others. “Our goal is service, not just to the community, but service to the region and service internationally, and this was an opportunity to bring people’s attention to … individuals who show that in what they’ve done,” Frazier said. This year’s Business of the Year is Rhinebeck Savings Bank, a 150-year-old business that Frazier says shouldn’t be taken for granted.

“Business ethics was probably the most important factor in selecting Rhinebeck Savings Bank,” he said. “They have supported organizations and individuals in the community who needed help.” The Rotary also presented Paul Harris Fellowships to J. Louis Turpin, Dr. Michael Spitzer, Knick Staley and Dr. David Crenshaw, who have all served in leadership roles in the Rotary Club for a number of years. The fellowship is named after Rotary’s founder. Also during the dinner, Rhinebeck High School seniors Gwenn Gideon and Anna Katomski were awarded scholarships. Frazier said Gideon and Katomski were selected from a large pool of exceptional applicants. “One of the difficult things for us was having to narrow it down to two candidates,” he said.

Shannon Molloy addresses attendees of the Franklin D. Roosevelt High School Honor Night Dinner as Superintendent Dr. Greer Fischer looks on. Photos courtesy of David Meyerson, Hyde Park Rotary president.

Club donates $1,000 for scholarships BY HV NEWS STAFF The Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Arlington Education Foundation. The funds will be placed in the Dr. Thomas Hasenpflug Scholarship Fund, which was established in honor of the former Arlington School District superintendent and Rotary Club president. Hasenpflug was also active in creating the first Rotary Interact Club in the region.

Interact Clubs, which are sponsored by Rotary organizations, are service groups for young people. MaryBeth Kaminsky, executive director of the Arlington Education Foundation, thanked the Rotary Club for its “very generous donation,” saying the gesture was “meaningful to both the Hasenpflug family and the foundation.”

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RED HOOK BY KRISTOFER MUNN As this is my first column for Hudson Valley News, I shall begin with a brief introduction. My name is Kristofer Munn and I live in the great Town of Red Hook with my wonderful wife, Jennifer, and our five young children. I have my own business building web sites, social media, content publishing and web-based business systems, among other odds and ends. In April, I launched a new website called Red Hook Today at www.redhooktoday. com (also on Facebook and Twitter), which covers news, events, community information and other happenings in and around the great Town of Red Hook and its two fantastic villages of Red Hook and Tivoli. I’m excited about the opportunity to bring a voice from Red Hook to the Hudson Valley News and hope you find this column helpful and informative.


Two great new groups have stepped forward in Red Hook this spring. The first is the Red Hook Community Arts Network (known as Red Hook CAN), which had a kickoff mixer that drew nearly 200 people and was a huge success. Red Hook CAN is a new initiative founded by local artists in conjunction with the Red Hook Chamber of Commerce to promote arts and culture in Red Hook as a catalyst for community growth, sustainability and transformation. The second group that has come to the fore is the Red Hook Education Foundation

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(RHEF), an independent, not-for-profit organization comprised of community members dedicated to supporting Red Hook schools. The foundation seeks to enhance the quality of our schools by providing funding for programs and facilities beyond what the school budget allows, and by facilitating stronger ties between the Red Hook Central School District and the resources and institutions in our community. Founded last year, the RHEF held a great Career Fair and Trade Show at the high school in late April and has other events planned, so keep an eye out.


Cuts to personnel, $900,000 from the rainy-day fund, $470,000 of jobs stimulus money and some health-insurance savings were enough to achieve passage of the $45.5 million school budget by a margin of 961-772 (55%). “I would like to thank the community for its support of our school budget,” stated Superintendent Paul Finch. “I think this budget vote, in particular, demonstrates this community’s commitment to protecting what makes a Red Hook education special: our record of success on state assessments, our advanced course offerings, and the variety of after-school opportunities for students. There is this growing sense that the Red Hook Central School District holds a special place in the region worth protecting.” In the election for two seats on the school board, Ryan McCann (1,053 votes) and Dawn Morrison (1,050 votes) were elected with Diana Brooks placing third with 895 votes. “I’m pleased, I’d Ryan McCann like to thank the people who voted for me and I’m happy to be getting to work,” stated Morrison, who appeared second on the ballot below Ryan McCann and had a nearly identical vote total. A disappointed Diana Dawn Morrison Brooks was nonetheless pleased by the budget outcome. “I’m very excited that the school district budget passed and excited for the students and the community for that and I wish Dawn Morrison the absolute best. I think she will do a fabulous job,” she said. A number of the current board members were unhappy to see Brooks go.

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Pat Kelly, Samala Rubin and Anne Rubin were three of many volunteers cleaning up the roads of Red Hook on May 7. Photo submitted.

“I’d like to thank Diana Brooks for her years of service and her commitment to the children of this district,” stated fellow board member Johanna Moore, who had served with Brooks these past four years. A proposition for the purchase of new buses also passed, 545-401. The school board will select a new school board president at its next meeting.


Many hundreds of people converged on the Village of Red Hook on May 8 for the annual Apple Blossom Day festival, visiting booths and businesses up and down Broadway and Market Street. Good food, good music and good friends were in great supply. Many thanks go to the Red Hook Rotary for sponsoring this wonderful event each year, one of the major annual events in Red Hook.


The dominance of the Red Hook Raiders lacrosse team continues this year with both the girls and boys teams clinching the top spots in their respective classes. On May 25, the girls scored in overtime to defeat Burke Catholic for the Section 9 Class B championship. On May 26, the boys crushed Millbrook in the Section 9 Class C title game to win their fourth consecutive title. Wish them luck in the next rounds.


• New mayors were elected unopposed in Red Hook and Tivoli: Ed Blundell in Red Hook and Bryan Cranna in Tivoli. • Red Hook Village Justice Jonah Triebwasser was re-elected. • Volunteers and elected officials fanned out across Red Hook on Saturday, May 7 for the annual pre-Apple Blossom Day road

cleanup. Coordinated by Councilwoman Micki Strawinski and Robert McKeon, it was also attended by board members Bill O’Neill and Harry Colgan. Special thanks to attorney Michael Pollok for donating funds to purchase gloves, bags, safety vests, etc. • Volunteers worked on May 14 to prepare the Red Hook pool for its June 4 opening. Membership online at www. • Red Hook Town and Village Justice Jonah Triebwasser has been elected president of the Dutchess County Magistrates Association for the year 2011-12. • Mayor Ed Blundell recently announced the village will be receiving $9,760 in FEMA funds to reimburse for winter storm snow removal.


• The Red Hook Public Library welcomes John Thorn, the official historian of Major League Baseball, on Sunday, June 12 at 3 p.m. at the Firehouse for a talk and book signing. • Deadline for town tee ball/softball registration for this summer is June 6. • Pop Warner Football registration deadline is June 10. • Red Hook pool opens weekends starting June 4, weekdays starting June 20, free until June 24. • Flag Day is on June 14. • And finally, don’t forget Father’s Day on June 19. Kristofer Munn is the publisher of Red Hook Today ( and can be reached at info@redhooktoday. com or 845-232-1751. Editor’s note: Kristofer Munn’s column will appear biweekly and we welcome him aboard.

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around town BY HEIDI JOHNSON This week, I have the follow up to last week’s story about the Cold Spring Expo Day coupon project. Expo Day was great fun again this year. As always, the teachers and staff had prepared a wonderful afternoon of activities. Students and parents painted bricks, played games, made paper cranes and cut coupons for the Overseas Coupon Program project. The origami cranes will be sold to raise funds for earthquake victims in Japan. The coupons will also be sent to Japan, to military families stationed there. Brenda Jones organized this project as a joint effort with her Girl Scouts troop. Cold Spring School has a connection to a military base in Japan through former teacher Laura Gilhooly’s son. She contacted her daughter-in-law at the base to confirm that the Overseas Coupon Program was valid and useful to our military personnel. The answer was “yes!” Laura says, “The great thing about the program is that since our military families shop in the base BX, most products they purchase are the same we shop for in our supermarkets. The coupons are valid way past their stateside date, so it’s a great help when a family is overseas and not able to access such coupons themselves. On each base, there is a core group that distributes the contributed coupons.” She continued, “The effort is much appreciated. This project is another example of our small school’s big heart. In the past, different classes and grade levels have worked projects on behalf of military and veterans – Veterans Day cards for nursing home residents, Veterans Day projects for military hospitals, friendship bracelets for our military, etc. Even the big, tough guys (my son included) are touched by the sentiments.” I got to participate in this program with my daughter’s class, and the kids really got into it. They cut hundreds of coupons from fliers supplied by Brenda’s Girl Scouts. Then, they separated the coupons into two boxes – one for food items and the other for non-food. This was fun as the secondgraders didn’t always know what some of the products were. We moms had a lot of laughs watching them try to figure it out. It was a great project and as Laura Gilhooly said this is yet another example of how our little school is involved in the worldwide

Brenda Jones (left) helps Brandon Fusco clip his coupons. Brenda’s Girl Scouts troop will bundle the coupons and send them to a military base in Japan. Photo by Heidi Johnson.

community. Many thanks to Brenda and all the Cold Spring teachers for working with our youngsters to complete this project. Also, remember the Girl Scout troop will be collecting coupons until June 15. If you’d like to donate coupons to this program, drop them off at the school office or call and arrange for someone to pick them up. The number is: 845-868-7451.


My family hit the road this past weekend to see the celebration and remembrances in Washington, D.C., so, we missed the Stanford Memorial Day parade for the first time ever (I think). I’m sure it was fun and the ceremony following was as moving as always, thanks to the Leroy Campbell Post of the American Legion. I also got word from Legion member John Quinn that they would love to have more members join the post. Anyone who has served in a current or past military action is welcome to join. For more information, contact John at 845-868-7742.


Next weekend will be our big day here in town. Stanford Living History Day, sponsored by Supervisor Virginia Stern, with help from the Stanford Historical Society, will be held on the front lawn of the Grange on Saturday, June 11 starting at 10 a.m. This was a wonderful event last year, and I’m sure it will be again this year. There

were displays and demonstrations, food and fun for the whole family. Don’t miss this event. You’ll learn a bunch about our town’s history while having a great time. Also on June 11 is the annual Lions Club Flea Market at the bottom of Town Hall Hill. This event always draws a crowd because it is known to be a very well-run event with excellent vendors. Also, you can get the Lions’ famous sausage-andpeppers subs. The flea market will be open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Rain date for both events is Sunday, June 12.


On Saturday, June 18, at Buttercup Farm Sanctuary, local meditation teacher Jayne Boehringer will lead a walking meditation to benefit Audubon, NY. Along with Susan Olin-Dabrowski of Whole Person Healing, Jayne will lead participants on a walk of the sanctuary, demonstrating the healing energy of nature. The walk begins at 10 a.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 the day of the event. For more information contact: 845-868-7935, jayneboehringer@; or 845-635-8974, susan@ That is all the news I have for this week. Summer is here – enjoy the warmth and sunshine! See you next week. Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or

Dr. Steven Crew is the recipient of the Dutchess County SPCA’s Dr. Peter Poggi Award for Excellence in Veterinary Care. Photo submitted.

BY HV NEWS STAFF The Dutchess County SPCA is gearing up for its third annual Dr. Peter Poggi Memorial Golf Tournament next month. The tournament will be held at the Dutchess Golf Club in Poughkeepsie on Monday, July 18. Following the tournament, a dinner will be held in honor of local veterinarian Dr. Steven Crew, who is set to receive the Dr. Peter Poggi Award for Excellence in Veterinary Care. The award recognizes veterinarians who exemplify the compassion and commitment to service demonstrated by the late Poggi. Crew works with the Animal Emergency Clinic of the Hudson Valley and has volunteered for a number of charitable and non-profit groups, such as the Dutchess County SPCA, Hudson Valley Veterinary Medical Society and the Rotary Club of Wappingers Falls. For more information on the tournament or the award, or to register, contact the Dutchess County SPCA at 845-454-5346, ext. 100.

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Eleanor Roosevelt in wartime Hyde Park Part 2 This is the final part in a series about Eleanor Roosevelt and her relationships with the town and people of Hyde Park during the World War II era.

The following are excerpts from this columnist’s book, “The Home Front at Roosevelt’s Hometown.” The book is available at the Wallace Center Gift Store, Val-Kill Gift Store, Molloy Pharmacy, Cranberry’s Restaurant, Prime Print Shop and the Town of Hyde Park Museum in the old firehouse on Route 9.


This columnist, at various booksignings, has been approached by many people who wanted to tell stories about Eleanor. Only one time did somebody say something negative about her, and that was too minor to repeat.


A perfect example of the relationship between Hyde Parkers and Mrs. Roosevelt was an incident that occurred at Grand Central Terminal in New York City. Some local citizens had decided to visit the big city, and were surprised to see Mrs. Roosevelt near the clock on the main floor. They approached her to say hello, and as she turned to greet them, she accidently stepped on the foot of one of the locals. As she apologized profusely, the victim said, “Mrs. Roosevelt, it was an honor to be stepped on by the First Lady. Please don’t apologize!” Graduating classes of Staatsburg and FDR high schools made an effort to visit Washington, D.C. on their class trips, even during the war. Unlike all other school groups, they would arrange ahead of time to have tea and cookies with Mrs. Roosevelt at the White House. Parents would compete to be chaperones on such trips, even if they hadn’t voted for her husband.


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The East Park Pirates 11u baseball team came out on top in the NYEB Memorial Day Weekend Shootout. The Pirates went undefeated, 5-0, scoring 52 runs and only giving up 14. Pictured in the photo are Michael Santoro, Lindwood Burke IV, Jack Goodwin, Nick Nevins, Wyatt Matyas, Mitchell Oakley, Ethan Hart, Cody Demelis, Dan DiCarlo, Brandon Lahey, Vinny Polini, Sean McDowell, coach Jim Santoro, coach Mike Oakley, Corey Simmons, manager Matt Lahey and coach Wayne Belcher. Photo submitted.

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Eleanor lived alone at Val-Kill until her death on Nov. 7, 1962. For many years, her only permanent companion was Fala, the faithful dog. Of course, she had plenty of visitors from all around the world because of her connections with the United Nations. Much different from today, she had very little Secret Service protection back then. A case in point was told to me by my neighbor, Marty, in 2009. Martin M. Sten (35th Div., Patton’s 3rd Army) was from Poughkeepsie and was wounded in western Germany in 1944. The muscles in one of his arms were badly injured and he was worried that he would need a light-duty job for the rest of his life. His thought was to set up a small farm stand along a major highway in the area and make a living that way. Therefore, he wanted to buy a little parcel of land, and one of his friends told him that Eleanor Roosevelt might have some land for sale at Val-Kill along Route 9G. Marty and his wife drove up to Hyde Park, pulled into the half-mile-long driveway at Val-Kill and drove right up to Mrs. Roosevelt’s home. Marty’s wife was too embarrassed to go with him to the door, but Marty swallowed his pride and knocked on the front door. A maid answered the knock, and seemed suspicious of him, but when Eleanor heard that he was a wounded veteran, she invited him in for a chat. She had no land for sale, but quizzed him about his war experience and talked for a long time with him. As far as Marty could tell, the only people in the house were Eleanor, the maid, and Marty. No guards at all! Maybe they weren’t needed, because she seemed to be universally loved by Hyde Parkers. Eleanor often drove to the Hyde Park

Post Office or to St. James Church by herself, even though she was a lousy driver. Sometimes she would be invited to Sunday dinner by somebody whom she had chatted with at church that day. On Aug. 14, 1946, long before seatbelts were required, she was involved in a threecar auto accident and banged her head on the steering wheel. A Time magazine correspondent reported that, “Her two prominent front teeth, in which the nation’s cartoonists used to delight, were broken … and replaced with porcelain caps.” Also in 1946, she was involved in an automobile-bicycle accident. Helen Murray and her sister were riding their bicycles on Fairview Avenue south of the Hyde Park town line. They were well off the pavement when Eleanor came speeding and weaving down the street. She clipped the back of Helen’s sister’s bike and sent the girl sprawling. Eleanor stopped the car, got out, and worriedly checked on the girl. Happily for everybody, neither the girl was hurt nor the bicycle damaged, but Eleanor did give her business card to the girl. After talking it over with Helen, however, they decided to throw away the card because they had been told by their mother not to ride bikes near the street. When Eleanor died in 1962, Hyde Parkers were devastated. In fact, an old friend of the Roosevelt family, Elmer Van Wagner, died the very next day – his son thinks from a broken heart. 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 www.


Richard â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mobyâ&#x20AC;? Schlude Sr., 73, a lifelong area resident, passed away Friday, May 20, 2011 at home in Hyde Park. Born April 26, 1938 in Poughkeepsie, he was the son of the late Leonard and Ruth Arnold Schlude. He graduated from F.D. Roosevelt High School, and proudly served in the United States Marine Corps from 1955 to 1958. A carpenter, Mr. Schlude began working for himself and later joined Carpenterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Local #19, from which he retired. Moby was a member of the Crum Elbow Sportsmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Assoc. in Hyde Park, and a competitive skeet shooter. On October 1, 1962, in St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church, Poughkeepsie, he married Rosemary McDermott. Mrs. Schlude predeceased him on May 8, 2003. He is survived by his son, Richard Schlude Jr., and his wife, Kathleen, of Miller Place, Long Island; daughter, Kate Richard, and her husband, Andrew, of Highland; son, Tim Schlude, of Cary, NC; six grandchildren; Brittany, Brian, Megan, and Joshua Schlude, and Alexandra and Andrew Richard; and a nephew, Leonard Schlude. In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Leonard. Calling hours were from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at Sweetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funeral Home, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 25, at the funeral home. The Rev. Arlene Dawber officiated. Burial with military honors followed in the family plot at Union Cemetery of Hyde Park. Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice Foundation, 374 Violet Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. To send a condolence, visit www.


Helen Susan Wilckens, 96, a Hyde Park resident since 1978 and previously of Poughkeepsie, died Sunday, May 22, 2011 at Ferncliff Nursing Home in Rhinebeck. Born in Poughkeepsie on January 1, 1915, she was the daughter of the late George and Susan Miller Wirsch. In 1942 in Poughkeepsie, Helen


Wilma E. Nee, 92, passed away May 22, 2011 at the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in Rahway, NJ. Following graduation from Rhinebeck High School, Mrs. Nee moved to New York City to attend business school and began her secretarial career working for the P. Lorillard Tobacco, Co. Wilma met her husband, Francis J. Nee, in New York City and they were married August 12, 1942 at the Church of the Annunciation. Wilma returned to Rhinebeck when Frank was called to serve in the U.S. Navy during WW II. Upon his return, Wilma and Frank settled in Rhinebeck, and in 1952, they opened Frankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar & Grill in Red Hook.



Wilma worked with Frank, often in the kitchen preparing meals for the patrons. Born July 31, 1918 in New York City, she was the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Fimbel) Hill. Mrs. Nee is survived by her loving daughters and their husbands, Gwen and Brian McGuire, Shelly and Kevin Kenney, and Roberta and Cesore Stentella; her cherished grandchildren, Kelli McGuire, Scott McGuire, Courtney (Christopher) Boehm, Gina (Frank) Perez, Lisa Stentella, and Paul (Nicole) Stentella; and great grandchildren Alexa and Vincent Bernatowicz, Paige Boehm, Angelina and Gianna Perez. Calling hours were private. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday, May 25, at 1 p.m., at the Good Shepherd Church, 3 Mulberry St., Rhinebeck. Interment followed in the Rhinebeck Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to your favorite charity.

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married Edward Wilckens. Her husband predeceased her on April 9, 1984. Mrs. Wilckens was a homemaker, and communicant of Regina Coeli Church, Hyde Park. Survivors include her daughter, Helen Todd of Catskill; granddaughter, Barbara Todd of Poughkeepsie; niece, Kathy Bridges of Saugerties; two nephews, David Bain of Newburgh, and Michael Bain of Magnolia, DE; and great nieces and nephews, Heather Fox of Beacon, Shawn Gallagher of Danbury, CT, Amanda, Sarah, and Christian Bain, all of Newburgh, and Timothy Bain of Magnolia, DE; and a great-great niece, Elyse Fox. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Rhoda Bain, on December 18, 2009. Calling hours were from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at Sweetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 26, at Regina Coeli Church, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. Burial followed in the family plot in St. Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cemetery, Poughkeepsie. Memorial donations may be made to the Dutchess County SPCA, 636 Violet Ave., Hyde Park, NY 12538. To send a condolence, visit www.

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