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Democratic Dutchess County executive candidate Dan French addresses volunteers during his fourth and final petition rally at Village Pizza in Rhinebeck. Photo by Christopher Lennon.

Hyde Park Town Board doesn’t know where money is

French galvanizes 150 volunteers at petition rallies


Republican Supervisor Tom Martino and other town board members, is suing the Republican Committee. The lawsuit seeks to disband the committee and prevent representatives of it, including Chairwoman Jean McArthur, from nominating candidates for the Nov. 8 election and declare null and void any actions taken by the committee.

In yet another bizarre chapter in the ongoing saga of Supervisor Tom Martino’s stewardship, not one member of the board was able to tell residents how much money is in the town’s general fund. In addition to that breathtaking revelation, Martino and Ward 3 Councilman Michael Taylor rudely attacked residents for pressing for answers. The situation pivoted off questions regarding where the money was coming from to finance making police Chief Charles Broe a full-time employee. Broe was originally budgeted for an annual $30,000 part-time salary, but will now be paid $100,000 in 2011. Former town bookkeeper Joanne Lown asked if there was any accounting of the town’s finances available to the public. She was quickly attacked by Martino and Taylor with an explanation worthy of Professor Irwin Corey. Lown pressed ahead, eventually proving her argument that the board has no idea how much money is available to meet the town’s obligations. Resident Joseph Petito, who has been endorsed by the Democratic Party to run for Ward 2 councilman, then engaged

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BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Dutchess County executive candidate Dan French and teams of volunteers spent the day Saturday collecting the signatures of Democrats required to appear on the ballot in November’s election. French held rallies in Beacon, Poughkeepsie, Beekman and Rhinebeck, stopping in each town to speak with volunteers before they headed out to collect signatures from registered Democrats in their communities. > continued on page 2


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Hyde Park Highway Superintendent Walt Doyle took some time last week to offer his opinions on some of the recent controversies in town. During a meeting of the Hyde Park Republican Committee earlier this month, Republican Doyle became involved in a confrontation with former Supervisor Jim Whaley, who, along with current

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starting on page 7 Benjamin Krevolin says goodbye to DCAC FDR Reading Festival • Improv in Rhinebeck The Matchbox Café lights up • Music Mountain Calendar events through June 22


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Taylor in an animated discussion along the same lines. The belligerent and smirking Taylor attempted to dismiss Petito’s questions but soon found himself in over his head as Petito shredded Taylor’s refusal to explain how the town can be handing out a $70,000 pay raise if no one knows how much money is in the town’s coffers. Taylor also said the town’s proposed sale of three old police cars and leftover money in a police budget he was unable to cite would make up the $70,000 needed to pay the chief’s higher salary, eliciting laughs from the audience. A River Road resident then said even if that were true, it’s only a one-time event and the chief’s contract is until 2015. Taylor and Martino had no response. Resident Jeff Ledoux was so exercised watching the proceedings on television, he and his wife drove to town hall to demand answers. At first, Martino refused to allow Ledoux to speak, but to Martino’s displeasure, Councilman Jim Monks asked Ledoux to speak. Ledoux wondered why the board went to such great lengths last year to abolish a lieutenant’s position and hire a part-time chief, but now re-instituted the position and is funding a full-time police chief. Again, Professor Corey seemed to appear. At the conclusion of the meeting, this reporter asked each board member if they had any idea how much money is in the general fund. Between snarls, all but Martino admitted they didn’t. Martino refused to comment and stormed off to the sanctuary of the supervisor’s office. It was another bad night for Hyde Park.


Supervisor’s lawsuit to be continued BY HV NEWS STAFF A grim-faced Hyde Park Supervisor Tom Martino and fellow plaintiff Michael Taylor conferred with their attorney, Michael Ryan, outside the Poughkeepsie courthouse while Hyde Park Republican Committee Chairwoman Jean McArthur huddled with fellow Republicans in a coffee shop across the street. Once inside the courthouse, lawyers for both sides made their case to Judge James Brands. Ryan argued, “The Hyde Park Town Committee is not legally authorized and should be dissolved.”

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The committee, which has expressed disappointment with Martino and his administration, decided to endorse a new slate of candidates this year. According to Doyle, during the meeting, Whaley rose to defend Martino and explain the lawsuit while attacking Councilwoman Sue Serino, the one member of the all-Republican board who has broken rank with Martino on a number of key issues. “I spoke up and said, ‘You are all a bunch of cowards and liars,’” Doyle said. This winter, tensions between Doyle and Martino hit a fever pitch after Doyle criticized Martino for the board’s decision to effectively fire longtime bookkeeper Joanne Lown by replacing her position with that of a comptroller. At the time, Doyle said because of the turmoil this change created, the highway department’s bills were not being paid in a timely fashion and he was not being provided


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Attorney James Walsh countered, saying he found it strange Martino would challenge the legality of the same committee whose endorsement he eagerly sought and accepted in 2009. Walsh also referenced the “nearly 80 years of customs and practices” associated with local town committees and cited various state election laws that appear to grant authority to the county party chairman to appoint and designate local town committees and their leadership. Dutchess County Republican Party Chairman Mike McCormack attended

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with regular budget statements. “Because I brought up the stuff about the bills, they’ve been trying to discredit me,” he said. Martino recently appeared on “Meet the Leaders,” a local television news program that features interviews with local officials, where he told the host he and Doyle had gotten past their problems. “Well, I’m not past our problems,” Doyle said. He added Martino seems more interested in getting revenge on his perceived enemies than serving the town. Doyle conceded things have gotten better and his bills are now being paid on time, but said Martino did not deliver on his promise to change the town’s procurement policy, which Martino had blamed for the late payments. “He hasn’t changed a thing,” Doyle said. “They haven’t done anything they said they were going to do.” Doyle said his department is facing other troubling issues because of Martino and his administration. He said there is still an open position within the highway department that the board needs to fill, and said the board discontinued a 10-year truck replacement program. “They haven’t done much for us at all,” he said of the board. As for the Hyde Park Republican Committee’s new slate of candidates, Doyle said it’s still too early to offer an opinion. “Honestly, I’ve only met them briefly, so I really can’t comment on that,” he said. Doyle did say, though, that each of the candidates took the time to introduce themselves to him and expressed a willingness to work with him if they are elected.

the hearing and submitted an affidavit to that effect. Brands seemed to empathize with the defendants, musing, “I’m trying to imagine no town committees.” Brands said he would continue the proceedings until June 24 to give both sides further opportunity to buttress their arguments. The judge did emphasize he was concerned any further delay could compromise the ability of the Republicans to caucus in a timely fashion and prepare their candidates for election. Brands said he would rule from the bench on the 24th or very shortly thereafter. After the proceeding, this reporter asked Martino’s secretary, Sarah Murray – who was observed taking notes and eavesdropping on conversations between litigant McArthur, Martino’s attorney and county Republican officials – if she was there at taxpayers’ expense or on her own time. A flustered Murray had difficulty answering the question and refused to say whether she was there on a vacation or personal day. It was reported she burst into tears after our reporter left the courthouse.


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French said during most campaigns, candidates wait until the last minute to collect signatures. He said he and 150 volunteers across the county were trying to collect the 2,000 required signatures early on and in just two hours. “We figured this is a good way to get everyone fired up,” French said. “It’s kind of an unprecedented effort.” French admitted Saturday’s weather may have slowed things down, but he was confident he would be able to collect the necessary signatures. Last week, French was unanimously endorsed at the Dutchess County Democratic Committee’s convention. Collecting the required signatures effectively ensures he will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot. French said he is working hard to reach out to voters and he is pleased with his campaign so far. “It’s tremendous,” he said. “Every day, I’m either knocking on voters’ doors or making phone calls.” French also criticized his likely opponent, Republican Marc Molinaro, for being too similar to current Dutchess County Executive William Steinhaus, a Republican who is stepping down at the end of the year. “It’s such a clear choice,” French said.

Hyde Park Dems completes slate BY HV NEWS STAFF The Hyde Park Democratic Committee has endorsed four new candidates for elected office, completing its slate for the Nov. 8 race. Additionally, the committee scheduled its caucus for Friday, June 17. The committee endorsed Joseph Petito, a 29-year-old lawyer who practices in the Town of Poughkeepsie and a commissioner for the Fairview Fire District, for the Ward 2 town council seat. “I thank the committee for offering me the opportunity to represent and help fellow residents,” said Petito on receiving the nod. Hudson Valley News has learned Town Historian Carney Rhinevault, 64, a former business owner who has written three books on the town’s history, is hoping to drum up enough support at the upcoming caucus to win the Ward 2 nomination over Petito. The committee also endorsed Kenneth Schneider, 40, for the Ward 4 town council seat. Schneider, an FDR High School graduate, is a regional sales manager with Adams Fairacre Farms. “The fact that we still don’t have an accounting for the town’s 2010 finances – and it was due, by law, on May 1 – concerns me,” said Schneider. “Like most everyone, I’d also like to see more shopping, a healthy business community and fewer empty storefronts.” The committee also endorsed Rich Perkins and Diane Nash for the town’s two county Legislature posts. Perkins, a retired IBM employee and former town board member, was endorsed for the District 7 seat that is currently held

by Democrat Dan Kuffner, who has decided not to seek re-election. “I welcome the chance to again serve my friends and neighbors,” said Perkins. “Water is still a big issue for residents in District 7, and I’m ready to work for them.” Nash, who represented Legislature District 4 for four years before losing the seat to Republican DJ Sadowski in 2009, said she welcomes the chance to return to a job she knows well. Sadowski has decided not to seek re-election. “The economy has forced many of our citizens to make ever-tougher choices while costs continue rising,” Nash said. “We must have a Legislature that recognizes the limits of its resources but thinks creatively about how to best use them.” The committee previously endorsed planning board member Aileen Rohr for town supervisor; Emily Svenson for Ward 1; former police Sgt. Bill Truitt for Ward 3; Melissa Milligan for receiver of taxes; incumbent David Steinberg and attorney James Lynch for town justices. “We have a full slate, full of eager, caring residents and their diverse qualifications and talents will be seen by voters this fall,” said Patricia Dreveny, chairwoman of the Hyde Park Democratic Committee. The June 17 Democratic caucus will be held at Hyde Park Town Hall. Sign in begins at 5:45 p.m. and continues until 6:30 p.m., when the caucus will begin. Registered Democrats are encouraged to attend. Candidates are ultimately nominated at caucus, where registered Democrats can challenge the endorsed candidates to appear on the Nov. 8 ballot. For more information, contact hydepark or 845-489-2286.

arrested developments MAN KILLED AFTER FALLING 40 FEET

The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office says a man died after falling 40 feet while cutting tree limbs last week. According to the sheriff’s office, on Monday, June 6, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Robert Jasmin, 45, of Amenia, fell while working on a tree at a home on Route 199 in Pine Plains. Deputies said Jasmin climbed the tree using ropes and was cutting a limb when the limb fell towards him. When he tried to move out of the way, his rope knot slipped and he fell 40 feet to the ground, deputies said. Jasmin was originally airlifted from the scene en route to Albany Medical Center, but during the flight, he suffered cardiac arrest and the flight was re-routed to St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie, where he was pronounced dead at 4:40 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office. The sheriff’s office has closed the investigation into this incident and has deemed Jasmin’s fall and resulting death accidental.


The Hyde Park Police Department reports the following arrests: • Alan R. Cavers, 18, of Hyde Park, was charged with criminal contempt in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor, on June 6. • Dominick G. Freda, 48, of Poughkeepsie, was charged with attempted assault in the third degree, a class-B misdemeanor, on June 6. • Jamare M. Inge, 28, of Hyde Park, was charged with assault in the third degree, a class-A misdemeanor. • Byron A. Jones, 29, of Hyde Park, was arrested on a warrant for harassment in the second degree, a violation, on June 9. • William A. Lawrence, 31, of Stanford, was arrested on a warrant for criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class-A misdemeanor; and aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a misdemeanor, on June 11.

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A body discovered in the Esopus Creek Sunday afternoon is that of Zachary Green, a Saugerties man who has been missing since January, according to police in Kingston. Green went missing Jan. 2 after spending the evening in uptown Kingston. He was seen at approximately 10:30 p.m. when he attempted to enter Le Canard Enchaine but was turned away because the restaurant was about to close, according to media reports. Surveillance tapes from a nearby Ulster Savings Bank location later showed Green walking the streets of uptown Kingston at 10:52 p.m., according to reports. On Sunday, a boater discovered the badly decomposed body among logs and debris in

the Esopus Creek. At the time, authorities said the body had decayed so severely, it was impossible to tell whether it was a male or female, let alone that of Green. Then, on Monday, an autopsy was performed. Authorities used dental records to make a positive identification, according to reports. The cause of death remains inconclusive, according to local media. In the months after Green disappeared, friends and family members launched an intensive search for Green, offering a $10,000 reward for information on his whereabouts. “Missing person” signs offering the reward had been hung throughout much of Ulster and Dutchess counties.

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I spoke in support of the Hoyt House in Staatsburg at the recent Mills-Norrie Park master plan hearing at the Taconic Regional Office and read the account of the event in your paper (June 8) with some confusion. It made me wonder whether the writer had attended the same hearing that I did. A more accurate summary of my comments concerning the Hoyt House follows. Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance, the authorized friends’ group for the Hoyt House site, has spent the past six years or so advocating for the restoration of this historic house. The Hoyt House (“The Point”) was designed by Calvert Vaux, senior co-designer of Manhattan’s Central Park and Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, the original Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Natural History structures, both in Manhattan, and numerous Gilded Age-era residences throughout the Hudson Valley. New York State’s Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has recently been awarded a prestigious $320,000 federal Save America’s Treasures matching grant, which, once matching funds are raised, will be put towards a $1.3 million restoration of the roof and a significant portion of the exterior of the Hoyt House. Yet this is only the beginning. Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance is working with the state to formulate a plan to completely restore the main house, the grounds and all of the dependent buildings, which includes the cow barn, stable, greenhouse, five- and single-bay garages. Our adaptive reuse proposal for the main house would provide a multi-functional facility, which will offer educational programs, fine-dining services, facilities for events and conferences, creative arts performances, exhibitions, artists-in-residence programs and more. Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College, as well as faculty from SUNY New Paltz and Albany, New York University and City College of New York, has already expressed its intentions to present educational programs at a restored Hoyt House. An established theater troupe based in Manhattan, Terra Firma Theater Company, has committed to being the Hoyt House’s artists-in-residence, offering performances and workshops while living onsite. We also have a commitment from a local food service and more partners are in the works. The Hoyt House grounds and its dependent buildings are a significant part of this plan as well. As a working “gentleman’s farm” following a late-19th century interpretation, livestock, including cows, horses, sheep and possibly other animals, will be housed in the stables and cow barns during the site’s planned eight-month active season. Production of vegetables according to the principles of organic farming, as well as the cultivation of trees and flowers, will also be components of the plan. We realize that, even though the Hoyt House has managed to survive despite a lack of basic maintenance and constant vandalism, there are still some people who will have difficulty entertaining the idea that the house can not only be restored, but adaptively reused as a thriving center of activity and tourism for the Hudson Valley. Furthermore, on the NYS Office of Parks’ own map of the new Mills-Norrie master plan, the Hoyt House isn’t even labeled, a reminder of the past years of neglect of this important historic site. And, rather than pose a threat to the Mills Mansion or other important nearby tourist destinations, a restored and thriving Hoyt House complex would serve as an important complement to those sites. Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance’s adaptive reuse plan for the Hoyt House as a multi-functional facility situated on a working 19th century-style “gentleman’s farm” could even serve as a working model for other historic Hudson Valley estates. We all want to see the Hudson River National Historic Landmark District continue to be the internationally recognized tourist attraction that it has rightly been for so long. A restored Hoyt House site would be an important contributor toward that goal. Alan Strauber President and Chairman, Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance Editor’s note: Our reporter was indeed there and had Mr. Strauber not left the meeting early, he would have had an opportunity to hear some of the comments for and against the Hoyt House restoration.

Bringing out the best in Hyde Park BY BILL TRUITT

For over 20 years, I served the people of the Town of Hyde Park as a policeman. In the course of my duties, I met and listened to residents of all ages, as well as business owners and visitors. The people of Hyde Park have expressed concerns, good and bad, about all sorts of issues. While they appreciate the quality of life here and the services the town provides, they are concerned about things like inadequate water and sewer in the Roosevelt Road area and other neighborhoods, empty storefronts in our commercial districts, safety issues like speeding vehicles in neighborhoods, and increasing taxes. What I’ve been hearing most about now, however, really bothers me. The lack of respect at Town Hall and the way the current town board has shut out citizen input is no way to run a town. In fact, it’s eating at the spirit of the community. What Hyde Park needs right now is a positive, can-do attitude. Recently, I was asked to run with Team Hyde Park as a candidate for Ward 3 councilman. It was a great pleasure to meet with this group of knowledgeable, caring Hyde Park citizens whom I feel will undoubtedly put Hyde Park first, not special-interest groups. Together, I am confident we can restore an atmosphere of honest communication among town officials, employees and residents. I believe in serving all citizens equally, and I look forward to responding to the needs of all residents of Ward 3 if elected. As a lifelong resident, I know that Hyde Park is a good place to live and raise a family.

I had the opportunity to work elsewhere, but chose to stay in my hometown police department. Over the years, I’ve also served the community by volunteering with Little League, the SPCA, and with the K9 program. If elected, I am committed to listening to residents and working hard to solve problems and move our town forward in ways that preserve and improve our quality of life. In my 20 years with the police, I had the opportunity to work with many town boards. I learned a lot from both the positive and the negative aspects of each group. In most cases, supervisors and board members seemed interested in residents’ opinions. One common practice was to allow residents three minutes at the end of town board meetings to get up and speak about whatever concerns them. It’s a pretty good way to hear whether you are addressing all citizens’ needs, and it doesn’t cost anything other than time. I hope to restore that practice if elected. I spent most of my life helping the people of Hyde Park and it will be a pleasure to serve them again as a member of the town board and work to restore public trust for all. I have always tried to bring out the best in people as a police officer; however, the fact is the people of Hyde Park brought out the best in me. This fall, we need to come together again as a community and demonstrate that we are committed to moving ahead with a positive attitude. Bill Truitt is running for the Hyde Park Town Board in Ward 3. He has been endorsed by the Hyde Park Democratic Committee. The committee welcomes your comments at To respond to this column, email editorial@



This is in part to congratulate you on your Memorial Day column, which was tough and realistic and indeed wise. What you couldn’t deal with, because no one has yet done so, is some discussion of ways to break the cycle of poverty that infests not only the black community, but a sad and solid swath of poor whites. The culture that grows out of that poverty can be vicious as well as self destructive. Sometimes, I think those people who can’t afford the convertible or the wide-screen TV or basic medical care believe that having sex, at least, is free. I would love to read a column by you about what I regard as the two most pernicious words that entered the American language a couple of decades ago, thanks to the highly skilled efforts of the advertising world. The words are: “You deserve.” Carl D. Brandt Rhinebeck

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Thugs retired the stupid trophy Monday night when we asked if they knew what was in Hyde Park’s general fund. It’s like asking if you know what’s in your checking account. Martino snarled no comment, Baby Huey, Admiral Monks and “Mumbles” Mike Athanas had no clue. Councilwoman Sue Serino admitted she didn’t know because Martino and Co. won’t tell her anything. “Mumbles” railed against our coverage but said he didn’t read Hudson Valley News. We’re assuming Athanas only reads the articles in Playboy as well.

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Unfortunately, like too many Hudson Valley residents, I have been absorbed with the tragic murder of 18-year-old Katie Filiberti. The Dutchess Community College student was found dead in a creek adjacent to a small ball field in the Greentree neighborhood of Hyde Park last March. Reports indicated the popular FDR graduate and accomplished athlete left a party in southeast Hyde Park around 3 a.m. after an encounter of some kind with another girl at the party. Her body was discovered the next morning in a park often frequented by partying FDR students. From the get-go, suspicion focused on her supposed boyfriend, even though party attendees said he never left the party. Nonetheless, the word was he did it and an arrest was imminent. But there was no arrest. According to my sources, the boyfriend presented himself to Hyde Park Police, volunteering a DNA test and getting down to his boxer shorts to dispel any thoughts about scratches or bruises that might be associated with a physical altercation. He is no longer a suspect. During this time, law enforcement was swarming the area the body was found, looking for something they never uncovered. Various reports suggest they were looking for the murder weapon or Katie’s cell phone. Along the way, Hyde Park Police Chief Charles Broe seemed to erect a wall of silence, often chastising local and New York City media for having the temerity to push for or publish information on the case. WABC television reporter Jamie Roth was excoriated by Broe for reporting Filiberti was stabbed in the face and abdomen during the fatal assault. Broe never actually denied the report but called it “unreliable.” Meanwhile, the Hyde Park community seemed inclined to give law enforcement the benefit of the doubt. No one wanted to be accused of compromising the investigation if they felt police

were closing in on the killer. I was one of those willing to give police some elbow room, although I find the refusal to discuss anything substantive about the case troubling and a little silly. When the Dutchess County DA reversed himself, saying he wouldn’t disclose Katie’s cause of death, it made a lot of people wonder why, including me. I could understand it if the circumstances of her death were so incredibly unique only the killer would know. But if that were true, say so. Trust the public and Katie’s family, who have been kept in the dark for the most part. This is our community and we’re entitled to know if some lunatic is out there threatening our children. Put the community’s mind at ease and tell us what it’s not. If you think it’s someone from the party and you’re working on it, tell us and sweat the killer at the same time. But here’s the problem. Broe told an interviewer last week that they’ve sent all the Filiberti case information to the FBI. I’ve also been told residents of the Greentree and Greenbush neighborhoods have been interviewed recently by Dutchess County Sheriff’s deputies, who asked them what they remember about the night of March 19. They also wanted to know if residents have seen any creepy characters in the neighborhood. Well, I’m no detective, but that tells me these guys have nothing and nobody. You’re not out there canvassing people you presumably talked to in March and taping up a cardboard box for the FBI if you’re anywhere near solving this murder. It’s also curious the Hyde Park police chief told a local paper he considers this case “solveable,” which doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in the investigation. As a Greentree resident told me, “So’s finding the guy on the Grassy Knoll.” There’s also the matter of the crazy rumors out there. In the absence of information on the case, I’ve heard everything, including the relatively widespread suspicion a Hyde Park cop was involved. I don’t believe it for a moment, but somebody better get out there with some information and put a stop to this. At the end of the day, this case appears to be approaching cold-case status. For the Filiberti family, I hope I’m wrong. But for the Filiberti family, I want more information or at least a palatable reason to be more patient. R.I.P. Katie.


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With regard to a recent guest column that appeared in your paper by Melissa Milligan, entitled “Service with a smile,” I am confused as to why she was categorized as a guest columnist when the article reads as a free political plug. I do take exception with some comments offered by that writer. To quote Mrs. 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.” As board president of a local community housing association, I have previously had dealings with Judith O’Hara, Nancy Sheehan and Francine DiGrandi (and all of their respective staff members) as the tax collectors for Hyde Park. I have always found them all to be most helpful, cordial and competent in the knowledge of their office, duties and responsibilities. Mrs. Milligans’ inference comments may be applicable to other town personnel, but not to the tax collectors. To continue with her comments: “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.” The business dealing with the tax collector area is very simple. You receive a tax bill twice a year, which indicates a due date and dollar amount. You write out your check as directed and take it to the collector, who will then verify the check to the bill and then stamp your bill as “PAID” if all is in accord. This process takes minimal time as long as you have prepared prior to going to the office. Even if paying by cash, you would probably have your funds prepared in advance. Paying taxes should be a quick process, not a “stop and gab” session. As a retired banker, I can see a necessity for a closed-door policy during the high-traffic times of tax bill receipts because of the amount of funds involved and the liability factor being imposed upon the collector’s office. I must ask – how many times has the town clerk’s office had an open-door policy for the residents of Hyde Park? I may be totally wrong, but I have no recollection of the town clerk’s office ever having such an open-door policy. Additionally, Mrs. Milligan stated, “When people enter town hall, many will poke their heads into the receiver’s office first.” Why would they do that when the first office visible to the public is the clerk’s office right near the front door and immediately visible to reardoor entrants, and that office is also behind glass windows? To go to the tax collector area, you must pass the town clerk’s area first. I have never understood why the tax collector’s position is on a political ballot. If the person performing the function is doing so in an accurate, timely and cordial manner, then they are doing the job properly and professionally. Politics has no bearing upon it. All three women to date have performed well. Mrs. O’Hara passed away unexpectedly and Mrs. Sheehan left the job unexpectedly. Mrs. DiGrande came on board at a busy tax time of January 2011, and to my knowledge is doing her job well. Nothing else needs be written here. Keep this in mind during the next election. Dave Goerlitz Hyde Park


Last year was the 50th anniversary of the development of cardio pulmonary resuscitation, or CPR. This life-saving skill is vital to saving victims of cardiac arrest – when the heart suddenly stops beating. EMS treats nearly 300,000 victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year in the U.S. and sadly, less than 8% of those people survive. Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival. Sadly, less than 70% of Americans know CPR. But we have an opportunity to change that statistic. The New York State Legislature is considering a CPR in the Schools Bill (A3980/ S2491) next week. Passage of this life-saving measure would ensure that students receive CPR training prior to graduation. If passed, in 10 years, there would be more than a million students trained. Imagine how many more lives could be saved. In 2003, I had a heart attack. I was 45, in great physical shape, a non-smoker and had a healthy diet. I am alive today, writing to you because the knowledge I gained from a CPR class saved my life. I was able to identify my symptoms and get help in time. I urge New York legislators to act quickly to pass A3980/S2491 to ensure all students learn CPR before graduation. I once heard a saying: “Heroes aren’t born, they’re trained.” We need more trained heroes. Kim Miller Hyde Park Hudson valley news | | June 15, 2011 {5}




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Father. Father. Father. That’s a lot of fathering, but this Sunday, fathering is what we as a nation will be all about. Yes, it’s Father’s Day. And you know what that means – ties! It’s a strange holiday for me because I am a father – I have sons I love very much – and they generally at least remember to say “Happy Father’s Day.” But then I get to church – because it’s always on Sunday, because it’s always assumed Sunday is a day dads can kick back and relax – and someone will say, “Hey, it’s a double holiday for you because you’re a father and a Father! Get it?” Actually, I do get it because that title “Father” is one I wear uncomfortably. It’s kind of awkward when there’s a line in scripture, spoken by Jesus himself, when he says, “And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father – the one in heaven.” This has often been used to argue that priests should not be called “Father.” Good luck with that. When I was a young priest, I tried to avoid that title like the plague, in part because I couldn’t get used to people who could be my grandparents calling me “Father.” And parents of young children insisted on a title so their children would understand respect. I tried “Reverend,” but that’s just as strange. Ask my parents: they’ll tell you I’m

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no more reverend than anyone else and less so than many. Then I tried “Pastor” – and that didn’t work either because I felt like I was calling everyone a bunch of sheep. Then I gave up and pretty much let people call me what they feel they need to call me. It varies, but happily it is usually polite. But then it hit me. When Jesus spoke that line, he was not talking about priests. They didn’t call priests “Father” back in Jesus’ day. They didn’t even have Christian priests. He was referring to regular old dads. Which means, I suppose, that we should never call our fathers “father.” And if that’s the case, we should just dump “Father’s Day” altogether, right? Well, that’s one tie you don’t have to buy. But seriously, if Jesus wasn’t telling us not to call the clergy “Father,” and it makes no sense not to call your earthly father “father” (or dad, pop, pa, old man, daddy – all the same, really), then what the heck was he saying? Well, let’s look at the context. Jesus is disputing with all the leaders, as was his habit, and he not only tells folks not to call anyone “Father,” but he also tells them not to call them Rabbi (teacher) or Master (boss). Has that ever stopped us? No! And that’s OK, as long as we get the main point – that even though we have earthly fathers and earthly teachers (rabbis) and earthly masters or bosses, in the end, there is only one who loves us perfectly, who teaches us true wisdom and who directs us unerringly in our work on earth and our journey home. There is only one who does all that (for people of faith) – God alone. For the rest of us, we have these titles that we wear, shadows of the real thing. A priest tries to live into that title (and in our denomination, we also have “Mother,” since we have ordained women for the past 35 years) by loving our parishioners, interpreting, teaching and feeding. Trust me, we know we’re not all that we’re called to be. Same with earthly dads. We try our best, love our families, work to help them thrive. And we mess up a bunch. We also know we’re not all that. As long as we know who our real Father is, I’m OK with using that title – loosely – for those of us who serve as priests and those of us who serve as the male parental unit (Father is so much easier to say). So, whether you’re a father or a Father – or both – Happy Father’s Day! The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Hyde Park. You can leave a comment for him at rector@

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• Was that Congressman Anthony Weiner on that Iberia Airlines flight from Madrid to Frankfort? A passenger rose up midway through the flight and took all his clothes off and paraded up and down the aisle before flight attendants and passengers locked him in the bathroom. A teenage girl aboard the flight told authorities it wasn’t Weiner, because she already had a photo of Weiner’s weiner and said the man in the bathroom didn’t measure up. • The National Institute on Drug Abuse spent $3,634,807 to have monkeys do drugs like cocaine, PCP and heroin to study the effects on their behavior. Here’s my question: Don’t we have enough human drug addicts to evaluate? The study concluded that coked-up monkeys exhibited “dilated pupils and were slightly agitated and hyperactive” and liked to talk about themselves. • If you’ve been following the NBA playoffs and LeBron James’s fourthquarter problems, here’s a joke going around. “Never give LeBron $1 because you’ll only get back 75 cents because he won’t give you the fourth quarter.” • Speaking of sports, could someone tell “Fraudway” Joe Girardi to stop whining about Big Papi and the Red Sox and start managing the Yankees. His act is wearing a bit thin. • Virgin Air had a problem of its own the other day when passengers on a UK-toBarbados flight got into a fierce brawl at 30,000 feet. Authorities say alcohol was the primary cause. Fifteen of the revelers were arrested upon landing. My guess is there was a soccer game being shown on the flight. • The increasingly irrelevant Chris Matthews said on his MSNBC program last week that “culturally backwards Christian conservatives” were behind the criticism of Congressman Anthony Weiner. Matthews assured listeners that “culturally superior New York City voters” would carry the day in Weiner’s defense. So there’s a culturally superior flasher constituency out there? Who knew? • Been thinking about doing a little nude hiking this summer? We thought so. Germany has just opened a nude hiking trail near the town of Dankerode, saying it will provide hikers with “bodily freedom.” Opponents say it will only

attract “neurotics and psychotics.” I wouldn’t rule out the occasional member of Congress. • There’s an attractive blond walking around lower Manhattan these days topless. The mystery woman has been seen in a skirt, flip flops and a purse, strolling the Bowery and other streets. Cops stopped her but said it is not illegal for a woman to expose her chest in New York. She was last seen in Central Park over the weekend. Just more New York street theater. • For anyone looking to raise a little cash in these tough times, a new book out puts a price tag on human organs. In the U.S. black market, a kidney will cost you $262,900, a liver $557,100 and a heart $997,000. If you just want to pay funeral expenses, you can sell your skeleton for $3,193. This is one area where you are apparently worth very much more alive than dead. • A recent CNN poll shows that 48% of all Americans now believe we’re headed into another Great Depression soon. Judging by the sixth straight week of stock market declines, it looks like Wall Street is waking up to the fact that, in spite of the Obama administration’s optimistic spin, this economy is still a wreck and the trillions thrown at the problem isn’t working. • Newt Gingrich has apparently joined Rudy Guiliani in the kooky wife department. The third Mrs. Gingrich insisted Newt take a two-week cruise of the Greek Islands instead of focusing on his struggling presidential campaign. Well, old Newt can keep on sailing into the sunset because his whole staff quit on him, citing his lack of commitment. Rudy pretty much mailed it in in 2008 and was laughed off the presidential stage. Maybe it’s a third wife thing for both of them. • There’s late word from Hyde Park that the eyesore that was Hyde Park Motors has just been leased to the Great American Auction House. The auction was at one time located in the Ames Plaza and the owners are expected to clean the place up in time for a July 1 opening. There are a few zoning issues, but it sounds like everyone will look the other way for the moment. • Also hearing Dunkin’ Donuts has had a lot of interest in what will soon be its old place in Hyde Park. Now if only someone can get Ruth Mushugina to spruce up the old Molloy Pharmacy and Amish Market, we could get a few real businesses back in Hyde Park. Facebook: Hudson Valley News Twitter: @HVNews • @HVWeekend

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Dutchess County’s art king Benjamin Krevolin goes off to college PHOTO BY LARISSA CARSON.

PREVIEW: Sweet Sounds Music Mountain brings classics to Conneticut p. 13

JUNE 15-21, 2011 LOCAL READS: Civil War in the Hudson Valley p. 15 EVENT REVIEW: Improv Nation in Rhinebeck p. 9 EVENT PREVIEW: FDR Reading Festival p. 10 WEEKEND EATS: Matchbox Café lights up p. 12

BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM This week, Benjamin Krevolin will say goodbye to the Dutchess County Arts Council (DCAC) and step into a position in the Office of Alumnae/i Affairs and Development at Vassar College. With his ever-present bowties, his presence has been a solid one on the Hudson Valley arts scene. As we say farewell to Krevolin this week, we asked him to reflect on his achievements as president of DCAC and what the future holds. Part of what has made Krevolin successful is his connection to the area: “I grew up in Staatsburg and Poughkeepsie,” he said. “I went to Alfred University for a year and a half before transferring to Vassar.” Prior to taking the leadership position at DCAC, Krevolin worked for New York Stage and Film, the company behind Powerhouse Theater at Vassar. “I was living and working in New York City and up here in the Hudson Valley in the summers.” In September of 2003, Krevolin became president of DCAC. “My predecessor, Sherre Wesley, did a remarkable job of building the arts fund into what it is. She did an amazing job at building the infrastructure of the Arts Council,” he said. “She really got the council connected to Americans for the Arts, the state network. The organization was in very good shape when I came on. That was a gift to have a terrific foundation when I started.” Krevolin also credited the staff, especially those people who have served through both tenures. “Lisa (Fiorese, DCAC business manager) has been here through Sherre and me,” he said. “When I came on, we brought in a consultant to do strategic planning – it became clear that there were a lot of people who weren’t familiar with the Arts Council. There weren’t aware of the scope of the program. That was one of the areas that matched up with my strengths. I thought, ‘This is something I can tackle.’ And that is something that the board and I were able to work on over the last eight years. We moved the ball down the field.” > continued on next page Hudson valley news | | June 15, 2011 {7}

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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 Annual Spring Book Sale June 17-21: More than 170,000 items for all ages including books, videos, CDs, audio books, cassettes, vintage sheet music and over 10,000 phonograph records, divided into 70 categories, reasonably priced and in good condition, will be available to the public on a first-come first-served basis. Hours: Friday, Saturday and Monday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday and Tuesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is free at all times except for 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday, the 17. Admission is $10 per person for this “Early Bird Special” and sign up starts at 6 a.m. Benefits the Poughkeepsie Public Library District. Poughkeepsie Business Park, 900 Dutchess Turnpike (Rte. 44), Poughkeepsie. 845-473-1464.

EVENT Crafts at Rhinebeck June 17-19: Features handsome jewelry, glass, woodwork, clothing, ceramics, sculpture, fine art, and more in a wide range of styles and prices. VIP Preview, Friday, 6-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $7; children under 12 free. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6550 Springbrook Ave., Rte. 9, Rhinebeck. 845-876-4000.

MUSIC “Echoes of the East … East … East” June 16 and 21: Flutist Patricia Spencer performs in recital, offering works by composers from Eastern Europe, the middle East and the Far East. Accompanying Spencer will be Linda Hall, piano, and Frederick Hammond, harpsichord. Free and open to the public. Thursday and Tuesday, 8 p.m. Bard Hall, Bard College, River Rd., Anandale-onHudson. 845-758-6822, ext 6194. Great Hudson River Revival (Clearwater Festival) June 18-19: The country’s oldest music and environmental festival carries the theme “Clearwater Generations.” Each day the Festival will close with “Generations” sets featuring performances by Pete Seeger and Tao Seeger; Arlo Guthrie and Sarah Lee Guthrie; Peter Yarrow and Bethany Yarrow; Bernice Johnson Reagon and Toshi Reagon; John Sebastian and Ben Sebastian; Tom Chapin and Jen Chapin; Jay Ungar and Ruthy Ungar Merenda; David Amram and Alana, EDITOR’S Adira, and Adam Amram; plus other


special guests. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tickets: $150-$80. Croton Point Park, Crotonon-Hudson 845-418-3596.

THEATER ‘Dangerous Obsession’ Through June 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-what-youcan on Thursday, June 9. Woodstock Town Hall 76 Tinker Street. Woodstock. 845-679-7900. ‘The Sound of Music’ Through June 26: Featuring an unforgettable score by Rodgers and Hammerstein that includes some of the most memorable songs ever performed on stage. Directed by Bill Ross. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845876-3080.

Wednesday, June 15 FILM ‘Blazing Saddles’ (1974) 6:30 p.m. Starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder. Directed by Mel Brooks. Rated R; 93 min. Free; donations for the library are welcome. Refreshments available. Morton Memorial Library and Community House, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff. 845-876-2903.

MUSIC The Strawberry Hill Fiddlers 7 p.m. The Music in the Parks series continues. Staatsburgh State Historic Site (Mills Mansion), Old Post Rd., Staatsburg. . In case of rain, call 845-2298086 after 4 p.m. to check rain location.

Thursday, June 16 BENEFIT Dutchess County Arts Council Golf Tournament 1 p.m. Support the arts with a day of golf, food and an awards dinner. The proceeds will benefit the Dutchess County Arts Council. To make a reservation, call 845-454-3222 or e-mail info@ Cost: $175 per person; dinner only, $50. Dutchess Golf and Country Club, 411 South Rd. (Rte. 9), Poughkeepsie.

FAMILY Child Development Check Ups 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Parents can make an appointment to have their children (age 4 months to 5 years) screened for developmental milestones like speech, fine motor and social skills. The 45-minute questionnaire is administered by a trained parenteducator from Astor Home who will offer advice and referrals on the spot. All consultations are confidential and free to the public. Call 2-1-1 to sign up for a screening appointment. Morton Memorial Library and Community House, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff. 845876-2903.

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Krevolin said the Arts Council has become a facilitator for arts groups, “like Art Along the Hudson,” he said. “Saturday art events were happing in Poughkeepsie, Beacon, Newburgh … we invited them to have an exchange.” Now, Art Along the Hudson represents the best of what cooperative relationships can accomplish. “With limited resources, what we tried to do was leverage the amazing talent of the arts community. Art Along the Hudson isn’t an Arts Council program, but it’s something we were able to do by bringing those people around the table. Give them space and resources so that they could create this great thing,” he said. Krevolin is looking forward to reconnecting with his alma mater: “When this opportunity arose, it made a lot of sense. I’m very happy to be going back to Vassar, and helping strengthen that institution. Vassar is an academic resource, but it’s also a cultural resource for community and students.” When Krevolin officially signs off on June 17, he’ll leave the Arts Council in capable hands. “I’m working with the board, putting in place a very good transition plan that this board, led by Elmore Alexander, is engaged in. There will be no gap or stumbling on the horizon. It’s great to see how the board is stepping up. And I’m not leaving the area, I’m only across town,” he said with a laugh. “It has not been an easy decision. We have a great arts community. I’ve loved it all here. I look forward to working with Vassar and moving into that position.”


Food, farm and fun

On Friday, June 17, Clermont State Historic Site and the Clermont Farmers’ Market will collaborate for the Farm, Food and Music Festival at 4 p.m. Attendees can browse locally farmed produce and homemade goods or enjoy dinner while listening to live music by The Acoustic Medicine Variety Show. The event runs until sunset, and entry is free. This is the first of three Farmers’ Markets at Clermont State Historic Site (1 Clermont Ave. in Germantown, off Route 9G). The Clermont Farmers’ Market will return on July 8 and Aug. 19. For more information, call 518-537-4240.

Building community through the arts

On Friday, June 10, at 6 p.m., Open House Poughkeepsie presents “La Lavanderia Artists Talk,” an interactive discussion on the role of photography as a tool to promote community in Poughkeepsie. Open House Poughkeepsie is a project of Hudson River Housing’s Middle Main Revitalization initiative. The evening will feature a panel of international artists involved in the “La Lavanderia” (“the laundromat” in Spanish) photography exhibit currently on display at the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, located at 317 Main St. in Poughkeepsie. The discussion will be moderated by Anne Gardon. The “La Lavanderia” exhibit features photographs of Poughkeepsie by Mexican photographers Fel Santos and Roberto Cruz intermixed with photographs of El Salvador and Costa Rica by Michael Sibilia and Sasha Bush. Topics for discussion will include: what does it mean to have two American and two Mexican photographers working together? How does having four voices instead of one democratize the conversation and provide for a global perspective? What barriers exist within the community and how can we recognize and overcome them? All are invited to talk, discuss, laugh and interact with the photographers and each other, in English and Spanish. The artists talk is open to the public. More information can be found at www. or

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EVENT Community Night: Health & Fitness with Bluestone 5:30-8:30 p.m. Each Community Night features a different theme and offers family-friendly activities in keeping with that theme. Bluestone is Jessica Schlanger, Ronn Sprague and Jim Burns. Free. Walkway Over the Hudson, 61 Parker Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-454-9649.

Denny Dillon (center) is surrounded by her fellow Improv Nation members. Photo by Ian Cruver.


Improv Nation comes to Rhinebeck BY IAN CRUVER

Comedian Denny Dillon and her improv group performed at Rhinebeck High School on Saturday to benefit the school’s arts education department. The “Saturday Night Live” alumna and her group, known as Improv Nation, received a warm reception from the audience of about 40 people, myself included. I must admit, there were some sketches where I had no idea what was going on, but those were overshadowed by the ones I did understand, and the good thoroughly outweighed the bad. Nobody in the audience seemed disappointed with their slapstick, and sometimes dark, sense of humor. Improv Nation was formed in 2005, and is based out of Woodstock. The five members have been performing locally ever since, previously at the Rosendale Theatre and Shadowland Theatre. Dillon told me she loved the audience at Rhinebeck, she had a good time with them and was satisfied with the turnout. During the last part of the show, she asked four children to come on stage and try their hand at improv comedy. This won’t be Dillon’s only time working with children. The host of the show announced Dillon will be hosting an improv workshop at Bulkeley Middle School in Rhinebeck starting in the fall, funded by a Dutchess County Arts Grant. During the workshop, kids will create characters based on scenarios such as the Salem witch trials and others. The workshop is a part of Rhinebeck Schools’ ever-growing arts and theater program. Officials with the Rhinebeck School District said they hope to produce more interest in the arts and theater for their students. Dillon is most notable for her work on “Saturday Night Live,” as well as a major character on an HBO program called “Dream On” and a prominent Broadway career. She was nominated for a Tony award in 1983 for her performance in “My One and Only.” For more information on Dillon’s workshop, call 845-297-9308.

Wine-Tasting Seminar 5-7 p.m. Hyde Park Rotary hosts a wine-tasting seminar with sommelier Rick Schofield. $60 per person or $400 for a table of eight. Coppola’s Italian American Bistro, 4167 Rte. 9, Hyde Park. 845-8765132, ext. 3.

MUSIC Aston Magna 2011 Concert Series 8 p.m. The series kicks off with “Bach and Son: Music for Violin and Harpsichord by J.S. and C.P.E. Bach:” The program includes J.S. Bach’s Sonatas for keyboard and violin in E Major and G Major, Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, Sonata for solo violin in A Minor, and C.P. E. Bach’s duo sonata in C Minor. Daniel Stepner, baroque violin, and John Gibbons, harpsichord, are featured. Performance is preceded by a lecture, 7 p.m. A four-concert subscription is $90; two or three different concerts in a “make your own” subscription are $24 each; and single tickets are $30; $25 for senior citizens. Olin Hall at Bard College, River Rd., Annandale on

NIGHTLIFE ASK for Music 7:30 p.m. Featuring Sarah Bowman, Chris Merenda, Dave Kearney and Elly Wininger. Admission: $5. The Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), 97 Broadway, Kingston. 845-338-0331. Morton’s Acoustic Show 8-10:30 p.m. Featuring Bob and the Boys, Lisa Dudley, Dave Feroe, Rod Owens and Richard Kopy. Morton Memorial Library and Community House, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff. 845-876-7007. Bernstein Bard Trio 8:30-11 p.m. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590. Women’s Journeys in Stories and Songs 8 p.m. The Hudson Valley Folk Guild’s Friends of Fiddler’s Green Chapter presents a special program starring Pat Lamanna and Melissa Holland with special guests Lyn Burnstine and Mary Summerlin. Admission: $10. Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Rte. 9 and Church St. Hyde Park. 845-229-2114.

Saturday, June 18 ART Beacon Riverfest Art Guitars and Auction 6-11 p.m. Nearly 50 one-of-a-kind ‘electric guitars’ have been designed and created out of wood by local Beacon artists; they will be auctioned at the Marion Royael Gallery and proceeds from the auction will be split evenly between the artists and Beacon Riverfest. For list of participating artists and auction pre-registration visit www.beaconriverfest. com. Marion Royael Gallery, 460 Main St., Beacon. 541-301-0032 > continued on next page

Piggy is a brown and white tiger who is great with kids and other cats, too. He’s a sweetheart of a guy with a sweet sounding purr. He gives lots of kisses. He’s part of the Over Eight and Still Great group of cats we are featuring this month at the shelter. Come meet a friend for life.

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EVENT 7th Roosevelt Reading Festival 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. See full story at right. Henry A. Wallace Center, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. 845-486-7745. Labyrinth Grand Opening 10-11 a.m. Three years in the making, from conception to construction, the Labyrinth is the brainchild of the Fellowship’s Big Backyard Project, which is dedicated to beautifying and finding use for the Fellowship’s lovely grounds. A picnic area has also been created. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie, 67 South Randolph Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-6580. Tavern Night 7-10 p.m. Featuring live music by the Acoustic Medicine Variety Show. $10 entry fee. Historic

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MUSIC Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle 8 p.m. Featuring Sharon Robinson and Jaime Laredo, artistic directors. Presented in cooperation with The Bard Center. Olin Hall, Bard College, River Rd., Annandale on Hudson. 845-758-7196.

NIGHTLIFE Laurel Masse in Concert 7:30 p.m. Masse was a founding member of Manhattan Transfer. This concert was postponed due to illness. Cost: $15. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon. 845-831-4988.

OUTDOOR 21st Century Dragons and Damsels: Up Close and Personal 9:30 a.m.-noon: Larry Federman, Education Coordinator for three National Audubon sanctuaries in the Hudson Valley, presents an overview of dragonfly biology, identification basics, and dispel some myths. Bring water and snack or lunch and dress for the weather. This indoor/outdoor program includes an easy walk. Registration required for this limited opportunity. Call 845-255-0919 for reservations and meeting location. $5, Mohonk Preserve members; $12, non-members. Author signing at last year’s Roosevelt Reading Festival. Photo by Dana Gavin.

Guided Bird Walk at Clermont 9 a.m. Cost: $3. Clermont State Historic Site, 1 Clermont Rd., Germantown. 518-537-4240.


Sunday, June 19 MUSIC

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Mischa Dichter and the Harlem String Quartet 6:30 p.m. Music Mountain kicks off its 82nd anniversary season with an opening benefit and reception. Tickets: $75. Music Mountain, Falls Village, Conn. 860-824-7126.

NIGHTLIFE West Coast Swing/California Mix Dance 5:30 p.m. Intermediate West Coast Swing Workshop: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Admission: $12; beginners’ lesson, 6:30-7 p.m.; dancing to DJed music, 6:30-9 p.m. Admission: $8, general; $6, fulltime students. White Eagle Hall , 487 Delaware Ave., Kingston. 845-255-1379.

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BY DANA GAVIN The Roosevelt Reading Festival gathers together published authors whose work centers on Franklin D. Roosevelt and his time period for a day of engaging presentations and fruitful discussions. In six concurrent sessions taking place throughout the day, 11 authors of works that draw upon the Roosevelt Library archives – or focus on the Roosevelt era – will present author talks followed by question-and-answer sessions and book signings. Copies of all of the authors’ books will be available for sale in the New Deal Store, located in the Wallace Center. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts. I asked Clifford J. Laube, public programs specialist at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, for more information: WEEKEND: How many years has the Roosevelt Reading Festival been running? LAUBE: This is the eighth annual reading festival. WEEKEND: If I remember correctly, the festival often hosts authors who have done research in your archives. Is that true this year? And in general, has the usage of the archives increased or stayed the same? LAUBE: Yes, most of the authors have researched here in the Roosevelt Library archives. We continue to have one of the busiest research rooms in the presidential libraries system, year after year. We’re lucky

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to house the papers of one of America’s greatest presidents, who led the country through the two great crises of the 20th century . . . and for 12 years, at that! WEEKEND: I noticed a few works on the schedule were devoted to African-American themes. Was that a purposeful programming note on your part? Is there a new or a resurgence of interest in African-American themes during Roosevelt’s time? LAUBE: We give equal consideration to all authors who publish books based on the archives here in the last year and do not exclude authors who don’t fit into a track. > continued on next page


7TH ROOSEVELT READING FESTIVAL 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 18

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However, we do notice that certain topics or themes arise each year, for whatever reason, and try to place those authors in different time slots so attendees interested in those subjects can build tracks on their own. WEEKEND: Your keynote speaker, James MacGregor Burns, won the Pulitzer for his book, “Roosevelt: Soldier of Freedom 1940-1945” – has he spoken at the festival (or any other event) before? What topic will he address? LAUBE: We are delighted that Professor Burns will be joining us for his first Roosevelt Reading Festival. From the release: “The festival will culminate in a special program at 4 p.m., ‘James MacGregor Burns: A Conversation and Readings’ featuring a conversation with renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning Roosevelt scholar Burns and his former

student at Williams College, presidential historian and NBC News commentator Michael Beschloss. The discussion will center on Burns’s life and work studying the Roosevelt era and the special relationship that developed between these two prominent American historians.” WEEKEND: Are you aware of any current trends in Roosevelt scholarship that will wind up in books that may be featured in future Reading Festivals? LAUBE: Again, we don’t design a festival based on trends. But as FDR has risen to iconic status, because of almost constant attention to his New Deal and wartime policies (by admirers and detractors, of course), most recurring topics relate to the economy or World War II.


SATURDAY, OCT. 29 AT 8 P.M. AT UPAC PRICES: $44.75-$30.75 UPAC 601 BROADWAY, KINGSTON. 845-339-6088. Ticketmaster: 800-745-3000 or Bardavon Box Office: 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072. UPAC Box Office: 601 Broadway, Kingston. 845-339-6088.

opporunities for artists in the Hudson Valley

ART Arts Society Of Kingston is sponsoring 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.

Monday, June 20 BENEFIT Annual Day of Golf 9:30 a.m. The annual golf tournament to benefit the Norman and Rita Nussbickel Memorial Scholarship Fund, which aids a deserving student graduating from Wappingers Central, Arlington Central, and Beacon City School Districts. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. with the tournament beginning at 11 a.m. It is a scramble format. To register, contact Karolyn at 845-296-0001 or at Trump National Golf Club-Hudson Valley, 178 Stormville Rd., Hopewell Junction.

THEATER Auditions for “Lend Me A Tenor” will take place on June 18 through 20 at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck (661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck). Times: 1 p.m. on Saturday, 7 p.m. on Sunday and Monday. Visit for more information.

ART Dutchess County Art Association/Barrett Art Center have issued a call for entries for the 3rd Annual National Cup Show. Adam Welch, director of Greenwich House Pottery in Manhattan will serve as juror. 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 845471-2550, or online at

Balance and Fall Prevention Screening 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. This free screening by various Saint Francis Hospital health service departments will help you determine how you may be at risk: which medications can affect your balance, screening your balance/vision abilities, suggestions for improving your balance, safety tips and more. Screenings are free, however space is limited. Please register at 845-431-8159. Sister M. Ann Elizabeth Conference Center, Saint Francis Hospital, 241 North Rd., Poughkeepsie.

NIGHTLIFE Mark and Casey 9 p.m. Singer-songwriters. Bull and Buddha Lounge, 319 Main St., Poughkeepsie. 845-337-4848.

Wednesday, June 22 MUSIC The Big Band Sound 7 p.m. The Music in the Parks series continues. Vanderbilt Mansion Historic Site, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. In case of rain, call 845-229-8086 after 4 p.m. to check rain location.

OUTDOOR Bob Babb Wednesday Walk – Rainbow Falls 9:30 a.m.-1 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 Awosting (lower) Lot. This is a strenuous, 7-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. Hudson Valley News • Hudson Valley Weekend

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Singles and Sociables Hike – Lost City 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Singles and Sociables outings welcome all adult hikers, single and non-single, aged 18 and above. No reservations required. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center. This is a moderate to strenuous, 8-mile hike led by Bill Jasyn (845255-7805). New hikers are strongly encouraged to contact the leader prior to the hike for information on hike levels, what to bring, and other information. $5, Mohonk Preserve members; $12, non-members.





‘Preparing Health Foods’ 6-7:30 p.m. With Chef Heather Casto. Refreshments will be served but space is limited. Reserve by calling 845-483-5560. Saint Francis Home Care, 26 IBM Road, Poughkeepsie.

MUSIC Tzofim Friendship Caravan 7:30 p.m. Also known as the Israel Scouts, perform. Tickets at the door: $15 per adult and $8 per child. Temple Beth-El, 118 S. Grand Avenue, Poughkeepsie. 845-454-0570.

Tuesday, June 21 EVENT National Park “Fee Free” Days 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy free admission to Val-Kill, FDR Presidential Library and Museum, and Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site in honor of the first day of summer. Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, Rte. 9G, Hyde Park. 845-229-5302. FDR Presidential Library and Museum, 4079 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park. 845-486-7770. Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. 845-229-9115.

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New kid on the block BY HEDDA LETTUCE

When Hedda was still a sprout, lunch and post-school snacks in neighborhood diners or at the counter of the local drugstore were practically de riguer. Had I been reared in Rhinebeck, you would have seen me slurping ice cream, devouring cheeseburgers and munching fries at Schemmy’s on a no doubt daily basis. The Matchbox Café, just making its debut in the “trendy, new SoHo section of town – south of Hobson’s” as its tonguein-cheek menu cover proclaims, will bring you back to your salad days in ways that comfort and beguile. And if you have kids visiting this summer, by all means, head to the Matchbox, where they can create their own memories. The tiny interior houses small tables and counter dining in a no-frills atmosphere. That’s OK, you’re here for the food. Start at breakfast with the nachos, a heavenly Opens daily at 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. gooey mix of eggs, corn tortillas, bacon, 6242 Albany Post Rd. in Rhinebeck. cheddar, beans and corn – technically, mis amigos would call this dish migas, but they would lap it up as fast as we did on several occasions. If you’ve never sampled the ur-kiddie combo of peanut butter and banana, Matchbox’s is at least served with a chewy, multigrain bread that’s been grilled – perhaps too healthy for Elvis to have championed (he preferred Wonder slices and for the sandwich to be deep fried), but good enough for the child in you. Lunch offerings are similarly limited. The basic burger is formed of freshly ground, locally sourced, grass-fed beef. This gives each bite the unctuous, slightly funky flavor one notes when eating meat from cattle not fed grains, and is about the size of a large slider. A warning here: Matchbox burgers come with mayonnaise and ketchup, and while Hedda thinks it a perfectly ladylike combination, others will want to specify the more manly mustard. After multiple variations, I’ll suggest adding chili for the messiest and most flavor-filled bites, but you can request a slab of American cheese and/or bacon if you’ve been feeling too heart healthy. The grilled cheese is styled as “Grandma’s old fashioned,” but except for the properly orange goo inside, Matchbox’s is a bit more croque monsieur without the béchamel. The mac and cheese will be best loved by the young in your party, though its buttery, toasted crust almost had me swooning. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the fries: hand-cut on premises, double fried to an ethereal crispness with an enviably moist interior. These are not seasoned, like those at Terrapin, and if it weren’t for the luscious, addictive version at Gigi’s, Matchbox’s would run first in the field. Given Hedda’s advancing age and girth, desserts don’t beckon as they once did, but I’d happily devour the truffle brownies until the cows come home and damn the consequences. A confession: a local gourmand with digs in NYC had already informed me that his favorite brownie baker had decamped to Rhinebeck and his (swank) neighborhood was upset. Manhattan’s loss is our gain, fellas – the Rice Krispies treats somehow taste better than your memory will serve, and the massive chocolate chip cookie is better than any you’ll find at the CIA’s Apple Pie Bakery. The petit fours are gorgeous to see, reflecting their labor-intensive preparation, but as always, the excess fondant makes these lovely morsels a bit de trop to me. And there’s a killer house-made ice cream sandwich that instantly had me recalling happy summer days reading Nancy Drew mysteries. The Matchbox Café will readily appeal to kids and those who adore the kind of comfort food you ordered out back when you were one yourself. A few caveats, however: condiments arrive in aluminum pouches and for seated dining, a few bottles of Heinz on the tables would not be out of line, and though the desserts are literally stellar, the breakfast muffins can’t top those at Calico. Still, I wouldn’t feel comfortable pulling on the flip-flops and riding my bike to Calico with just a pool cover up. This summer, you can find me at the Matchbox dressed just that way, slurping ice cream, munching on fries and slowly savoring the brownie.


Grammy Award-winner Roseanne Cash will perform a benefit concert at the Bard Spiegeltent on Thursday, June 30 at 7 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Red Hook Education Foundation, a non-profit community organization dedicated to supporting Red Hook public schools. The Spiegeltent – an antique pavilion decorated with mirrors, velvet canopies, and stained glass – is located across the lawn from The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College. The evening includes a reception at 7 p.m. followed by the performance at 8 p.m. Tickets are $125, and are available for purchase at www.redhookeducationfoundation. org. For more information about “An Evening with Rosanne Cash,” send an email to events@redhook Photo by Deborah Feingold.

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Hailing longevity with sweet sounds

BY DANA GAVIN America’s oldest continuing summer chamber music festival, Music Mountain, celebrates its 82nd anniversary season this year – beginning on June 19, the season will feature 16 chamber music concerts, a jazz series, a country music series and many special events through Sept. 4. Music Mountain kicks off with an July 4, 1937 at Music Mountain; opening benefit and reception at 3 p.m. above: Harlem String Quartet. Courtesy photos. on June 19, which features legendary pianist Misha Dichter in his Music Mountain debut. The lauded Harlem String Quartet will also be performing works by Shuman, Barber and Billy Strayhorn. The season’s theme is the music of Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms. Quartets to appear this coming summer will include the St. Petersburg String Quartet (June 26, July 3, Aug. 21); The Shanghai String Quartet (Sept. 3) and featuring pianist Haochen Zhang, Van Cliburn gold medalist (Sept. 4); and The Penderecki String Quartet (July 30 and 31). Other string quartets scheduled include Cassatt (July 10); The Daedalus (July 17) and with pianist Soyeon Lee, Naumburg award winner (Aug. 28); The Flux, marking its first performance at Music Mountain (July 16); Arianna (July 24); The Amernet (Aug. 6); Colorado (Aug. 7); and Avalon (Aug. 14). See the full schedule online at www. Ticket prices for the 82nd season of Music Mountain are $30 at the door, $27 in advance (admission is free for those 18 and under). There are also three specially priced concerts in 2011. The opening benefit concert and reception and the closing benefit concert and reception are $75. The concert on Sunday, July 17 with Schubert’s “Shepherd on the Rock,” The Trout Quintet and the Schubert Octet is $60. Concert times are 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Group rates and pre-season ticket vouchers are available. Discounts apply through participating organizations. For a complete summer schedule, special ticket prices, and to download a ticket order form, visit or call 860-824-7126. Music Mountain is located in Falls Village, Connecticut on Music Mountain Road.

Gardens bloom in Hyde Park The ladies of the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association chat with a friend from Maine at Bellefield before the Hyde Park Visual Environment Committee’s garden tour on Saturday; The tour began with a breakfast buffet at Bellefield catered by Portofino’s Ristorante in Staatsburg. Photos by Jim Langan.

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weekend horoscopes BY CLAIRE ANDERSON

miscommunications could not only waste your time but get you into trouble. Be sure to put everything in writing. Be very clear on details. After you get your work done, reward yourself. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): Figure out productive ways to combat the feelings of boredom and disinterest you’re experiencing right now. You want to throw your hands up and give into going out all night or going for a shopping spree, but neither will make you feel any better. These feelings will pass; be patient.

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GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): When others are making plans to go out, you seem to be craving down time at home. Try to do a little bit of both; balance is the name of the game. You can join your friends, but leave early – you’ll keep your relationships strong and you’ll still CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): Your feel like you’re taking care of yourself. home is the center of fun this weekend – look out for visitors dropping by or a group coordiCANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): Concerns nating to meet at your place before going off about your home or your immediate fam- on an adventure. While you’re happy to see ily is weighing heavily on you right now, and everyone, you may also feel a bit frazzled by making it difficult to concentrate. A disagree- the chaos. You don’t have to be the perfect ment you had with someone is causing you host – just relax. to question your own resolve. Don’t force the issue – step back from everyone and let the AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB 18): Unexpected dust settle before you even consider bringing positive news is going to leave your head the subject up again. spinning; you’ll feel like you’re not sure if you should be happy or sad. It’s a shock, but things LEO (JULY 23- AUG. 22): Getting your per- are going well for you, so allow yourself to acsonal office and home bills in order should be cept the good information. Congratulations your top priority this week. If you keep putting from friends and family will follow. it off, you’ll become so overwhelmed that you won’t be able to start anything. Make a list PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): Being the and take each task one by one, paying atten- life of the party is daunting, isn’t it? You ention to the details. Don’t try to get everything joy being there for others, and you like using done at once. your talents to help out. Be realistic about how much you want to commit yourself too – VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): You may be feel- you can’t be everything to everyone. Friends ing run down and just unable to muster up en- will understand. ergy – consider your diet and whether or not you’re eating what you need to make you feel ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): You are feelgood. Think about adopting a new workout ing exceptionally excited or invigorated today, routine, or join a new exercise class, to give and you may volunteer yourself for someyou a jump start. thing you really don’t want to do, but you’re so caught up in the moment you don’t realize LIBRA (SEPT. 23- OCT. 22): The work in what’s happening. You’ll burn out if you keep your inbox is piling up to a level that’s caus- up this pace, so graciously get yourself out of ing a great deal of stress for you. Take care of the scene and cool off. the three most important items, then see what tasks could be shared with your partner. A new, TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): You tend to strange situation requires you to look at the is- take things in stride, but this week, you’re more sue from all sides; you’ll have to put yourself in depressive than usual. Don’t become frivolous someone else’s shoes in order to see how it with your money as a way to make yourself can be fixed. feel better. You’ll have to deal with your emotions, head on to heal from past hurts. SCORPIO (OCT. 23- NOV. 21): Watch out for issues with communication this weekend – For entertainment purposes only.

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Best in show BY DANA GAVIN And we’re back in the black, if movies es y. were the equivalent of financial solvency. This is a proper superhero popcorn flick ‘X-MEN: FIRST CLASS’ with some stellar actors and a tight, smart Weekend rating: Four Xs script. What a relief. “X-Men: First Class” purports to go back Director: Matthew Vaughn to the origins of the X-Men, but what they Starring: James McAvoy, Michael should have added to the subtitle is “First Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence Class … According to the Other Movies.” As a fairly devoted follower of the comic series, Runtime: 132 min. the movie pretty much got it all wrong, but Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of the script writers did well to fit this movie into action and violence, some sexual content the “canon” established by the film series. “X-Men: First Class” catches up with including brief partial nudity and language. Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) as young men in the 1960s, and tells the story of how they came to be friends and establish a school for mutant children. Mutants, as it is explained, are the product of evolution, accelerated by the dawn of the atom bomb. Along the way, mutants like Raven (Jennifer Laurence), Hank “Beast” McCoy (Nicholas Hoult) and Angel Salvadore (Zoë Kravitz) join up with Xavier and Lehnsherr. The ensemble has to work with the U.S. government, particularly a nameless gentleman with the CIA (Oliver Platt), with the aim of using their talents to keep America safe. Xavier and Lehnsherr recruit the other mutants to fight against fellow mutant Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon), who is determined to start a nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia via the Cuban Missile Crisis. Here’s why it works so well: McAvoy and Fassbender are really, really good actors who take a good script and run with it like mad. They bring a great youthful energy to the tale of two powerful men who, in film canon history, become Patrick Stewart (as Xavier) and Ian McKellen (as Lehnsherr). Their interactions are so poignant and meaningful that it elevates the classic beat-‘em-up super hero concept to a more artful level. The real draw of this film, for me, is the tale of Erik Lehnsherr and how he comes to be known as Magneto, the villain character of the earlier films. Fassbender is a joy to watch – he’s a very savvy actor. The journey of Lehnsherr from a child trapped in the Holocaust to a young adult battling a myriad of demons is the strongest thread in the film. Everything else feels like a side thread of his main narrative. It’s compelling stuff for a “simple” superhero tale, but it’s handled with class. That isn’t to say the other actors aren’t effective in their roles. McAvoy deserves to be a household name, and this movie offers him a wider audience. Laurence is strong – we’ll be seeing her soon as Katniss in “The Hunger Games” movie. Bacon is ideal as a baddie – he’s got a great gravitas about him as well as a smoldering gaze. If you are a fan of the comics and/or the movie series, you’ll also enjoy a good smattering of in-jokes and fantastic cameos. There’s a nice sense of a wink and a nod to keep fans happy.


A haunted nation examined BY DANA GAVIN

The Hudson River Valley Institute (HRVI) has published T its spring 2011 issue of “The Hudson River Valley Review,” titl titled “The Hudson River Valley in the Civil War: A Se Sesquicentennial Retrospective.” The volume represents H HRVI’s collaboration with Olana State Historic Site and th Columbia County Historical Society – Marist College’s the E English Department Chair Mark James Morreale served as g guest editor. Morreale, who is also a Civil War scholar and a living history re-enactor, spoke with me about pulling the book together. “I’ve written for the review before – in autumn 2005, they had an issue on Civil War,” he said. “They (HRVI) approached me to work with them; they knew I would have an interest.” Morreale said the focus of this volume was different for the sesquicentennial. “The first time we did it (a volume on the Civil War), it tended to be articles that had to do with combat; this time, we wanted to capture the domestic side of the war.” There were more than a few topics to tackle: “There’s a lot more, like industry in the Hudson Valley, the sanitary committees that making bandages, the impact on war on families … there are lots of other possibilities for approaching this subject. 180 pages are not even enough.” Morreale said he learned new bits of information as he collated the final project. “Like Frederick Church – Kevin Avery contributed an interesting article (on the artist and his experience during the Civil War). In the article, ‘Letters home,’ Carrie Niles had correspondence with some soldiers; it’s interesting and revealing looking at what they had to say to her.” Gail Goldsmith wrote the article on Niles. The scope of national mourning isn’t lost on Morreale, but it’s the timing that particularly interests him. “During and after the war, the way that we memorialized the past, that’s an important consideration to look at. The article about the statues in Albany that Valerie Balint had written addressed that issue. People didn’t begin to memorialize it until 25 years later. They were too tired; it was too traumatic. That’s when the soldiers’ reminiscences began to come out. “I think the entire nation must have been mourning. That’s one reason why race relations weren’tt dealt with, because people were more interested in reuniting the nations.” ew. To obtain a copy of the Review, go to



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American tales BY ANN LA FARGE

“I’ll just read a little bit of this,” I told myself. I somehow w ks missed Ann Brashares’ previous – and wildly bestselling – books (and then, movies), so how could I catch up and really enjoy thiss new one, “Sisterhood Everlasting” (Random House, $25)? Wrong. Couldn’t put it down. The four gals of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants are now about to turn 30. There are significant (and not-so-significant) others, but no husbands. The eponymous pants were lost in Greece exactly 10 years ago. How have the four fared at keeping together? lia Tibby, alas, has disappeared, with her beau Brian, into Australia. Now, suddenly she is heard from, sending plane tickets to Lena, Carmen and Bridget for a reunion in Greece – a reunion that will change all of their lives forever. Not another word. Just read this book. It’s perfect for long summer evenings in the hammock or a heated discussion at your book club. Biographies, for some reason, always seem to come out in the fall season, so it was a delight to find one arriving at the beginning of summer. Here’s one that is a good (and surprising) read: “Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted” by Justin Martin (a Merloyd Lawrence Book, DaCapo Press, $30). Much more than just a designer of parks, Olmsted was an ardent abolitionist, an early conservationist, a journalist and writer and, alas, a man of great complications who spent his last years in an asylum – one for which he had, earlier, designed the grounds. The part of his story that involves the design and creation of Central Park (1857-61) is great fun to read, and to imagine what it was like when 250 pounds of gunpowder reduced “massive rock outcroppings to rubble,” the skating pond was designed and the Ramble created. But equally fascinating are Olmsted’s forays into California, his work in the gold mines, his return to the East to create Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Along the way, he worked as a journalist, spent a “wander year” in Europe, designed the Capitol grounds in Washington, D.C., and Boston’s Emerald Necklace, and played a large part in the conservation of Yosemite, Niagara Falls and other wild places. Woven into the story of his public life is his dark and difficult personal life. This book is an intimate portrait of a man for whom the author has a great and abiding respect and admiration. “I had my wedding in Central Park,” he said in an interview, and “when I had kids, I moved to Forest Hills Garden, a Queens, New York neighborhood designed by Olmstead.” He has written a fine biography of a man who helped shaped modern America.

This week’s reading ranges far and wide, and particularly into the West, where two wonderful novels are set. “Time,” Joe Henry writes, “wasn’t generally referred to in years but rather in the winters we have lived through.” Those fierce Wyoming winters are the setting for his fine novel, “Lime Creek” (Random House, $20), the story of a ranch family. Spencer had gone east to Harvard, bringing home a bride who will “suffer us our way of life … its grinding harshness,” give birth t three sons, and die young. to In one chapter, the two younger sons, Luke and W Whitney, drive cattle through a blinding blizzard; in o others, there is a warmhearted Christmas celebration, a courthouse wedding, putting down a beloved horse an throughout, a father teaching his sons how to live and, an navigate the world of the Neversummer Mountains. and A lyrical, l moving, and quite beautiful debut novel, this is fiction – dare I say literature? – w always hope it will be. Please don’t miss it. as we U Unwilling to leave the West behind, I was thrilled to discover a novel-like memoir about two young women who left behind their life in Auburn, New York and traveled to the Western frontier to teach in a one-room schoolhouse. The year was 1916, and one of the young women was the grandmother of Dorothy Wickenden, who now tells their story in “Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West” (Scribner, $26). In 2008, Wickendon (executive editor at The New Yorker) found some old letters in a file labeled “Dorothy Woodruff Letters, Elkhead, 1916-17.” This discovery – and many interviews, travels and much research later – led first to a New York article, then to this delightful book. Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood, close friends from childhood in the Finger Lakes and both graduates of Smith College, learned of a job for two teachers in a remote mountaintop schoolhouse in northwestern Colorado – “two cosseted women from New York who shunned convention to head out to what was still, in many ways, the Wild West.” Their story is a joy to read. Follow them as they teach their threadbare students the Pledge of Allegiance, tour the coal mines (“I never appreciated coal before!”) brave the blizzards on their way to school on horseback, and celebrate Halloween and Election Day (“It is real utopian democracy out here – and so interestingly in conflict with all our inherited prejudices”). And, of course, romances, the threat of war and, later, marriages and beyond. Rosamund, we learn, told her grandchildren that the year in Elkhead was the best in her life. Read this charming book and you’ll see why! This was an altogether satisfying week of reading – and it’s a pleasure to recommend four truly fine works of American storytelling. 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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A local sixth-grader has been named New York Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winner of the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fight the Biteâ&#x20AC;? poster contest. LaGrange Middle School student Matthew Hayesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; cartoon, which features a tick in a boxing match against a can of tick repellent, was selected as New York Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winner of the contest, which is open to all fifth- and sixth-grade students across the country. The contest is meant to be a fun and creative way for students to learn more about the importance of using repellent while outdoors to protect themselves and their families from diseases LaGrange Middle School Principal Eric Schetter, County Executive William Steinhaus, spread by mosquitoes and ticks. Dutchess County Executive William sixth-grader Matthew Hayes and County Legislator Donna Bolner display Hayesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Steinhaus and County Legislator Donna winning poster. Photo submitted. Bolner, who is also a teacher at LaGrange Middle School, attended an assembly at the school last week to congratulate Hayes on his winning artwork. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Matt has created a great educational tool to help educate others about the importance of protecting ourselves against Lyme disease and other mosquito- or tick-borne diseases,â&#x20AC;? said Steinhaus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are thrilled that our local students participated in this contest and are helping us to get the message out about how we can prevent mosquito and tick-borne illness.â&#x20AC;?

LaGrange Middle School sixth-grader Matthew Hayes won the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fight the Biteâ&#x20AC;? poster contest with this piece of original artwork. Image submitted.

In addition to winning a $50 U.S. Savings Bond and an award certificate, Hayesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; poster will now be incorporated into educational signs to be displayed at five Dutchess County parks. This is the second consecutive year a Dutchess County student has been named a New York State winner. Last year, students from Hagan Elementary School and Rombout Middle School were named winners of the poster contest.



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The Amerscot Highland Pipe Band leads a parade through the hamlet to kick off Spirit Day.

Staatsburg spirit on full display STORY AND PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON

Staatsburg is a small community, with 900 or so residents, but what it lacks in population, it certainly makes up for in community pride. That pride was on full display Saturday, as the hamlet held its annual Staatsburg Spirit Day.

The all-day event featured a parade led by the Amerscot Highland Pipe band; a number of games, activities and contests for kids; “Close Encounters with Birds of Prey” raptor show by the Delaware Valley Raptor Center; live music by Betty and the Baby Boomers and John Buono; a pie, cake and unique dessert contest; and much more.

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2011 Spirit Day honoree Bryan Tobias poses for a photo with his wife, Karen, and two daughters, Alanna and Londyn; 2-year-old hamlet resident Madison Richardson shows her Staatsburg spirit. Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center shows off Sophie, a female peregrine falcon, during the “Close Encounters with Birds of Prey” show.

Also during Spirit Day, Bryan Tobias, an owner and chef of Portofino, and Art Gross, a longtime community servant who has volunteered countless hours in and around Staatsburg, were honored for their many contributions to the community. The master of ceremonies for the event was Bob Linville, a fellow community servant and former Hyde Park councilman.

Officials and inmates given preservation award BY HV NEWS STAFF

Two years ago, the staff of the Taconic State regional office of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation was sequestered in a rabbit warren of offices and cubicles in the basement of the renowned Mills Mansion. Thanks to a grant from the state and a generous donation from Dr. Lucy Waletzky, the old Staatsburg School was refurbished and the regional offices relocated there. What was left at Mills was decades of wear and neglect in the basement, which had been the bachelors’ guest rooms and servant quarters prior to the state’s acquisition of the mansion. Enter former site director Melodye Moore and her application to the Department of Corrections for a prison detail to work on restoring the basement rooms. The Friends of Mills Mansion approached Lt. Flessa in the fall of 2009. After receiving approvals, the crew arrived in January 2010 and began stripping five layers of paint off the historic wainscoting and re-shellacking it. Since then, Michael March has overseen a crew of four to 14 women from the Beacon Correctional Facility that has been working six hours a day, Monday through Friday. “I’ve been extremely excited about this project and we’re learning alongside the women. This is by far the largest and most rewarding task we’ve taken on. The inmates catch on quick and quite a few of them intend on doing restoration or volunteering when they get out,” said March. “Many of them are from the metropolitan area and these skills are always in demand in the city.” When asked the degree of difficulty doing the restoration, March mentioned the crew spent more than three months on the spindles on the staircase leading from the basement to the kitchen. “We got pretty tired of those spindles,” March laughed. The Friends of Mills Mansion honored the hard work and commitment of this crew with its annual Preservation Award at its annual meeting this past Sunday. State confidentiality regulations prevented the women from being present for the presentation of the Preservation Award. Asked how the women felt about their hard work and skills being acknowledged, March said, “The inmates are as excited to be recognized by the Friends group as are we.”

FOMM President Caroline Carey (second from left) presented the award to Hub Superintendent Ada Perez, Lt. Flessa, supervisor of the work crew program, Gail Thomas, facilities superintendent of Beacon Correctional and Michael March, officer in charge of the crew that works at Staatsburgh. Photo by Jim Langan.

The program normally has the women working to clean up roadways or clearing trails in state parks. The women are paid a small wage by the state, but March says working at Mills Mansion has also been a positive experience for the women. Inmates with three years or less time left until parole are eligible for the program. When asked when the project is likely to be completed, March said, “We’d love to see this through from beginning to end, however long that takes.” Thus far, three rooms have been completely restored. Friends of Mills Mansion President Caroline Carey said, “This is a remarkable

program on so many levels. The mansion is reaping the benefits of all this fine work at no cost and the state is teaching See more photos online: these women a craft and skill that will Thomas, Lt. Flessa and Michael March.” After the ceremony, members of the help them earn a living going forward. audience retired to the basement to adEveryone wins and we are extremely mire the magical transformation. grateful to Superintendents Perez and

Rhinebeck’s first responders recognized by EMS Council BY HV NEWS STAFF The Rhinebeck Fire Department and Rescue Squad was recently honored with two separate awards at the Dutchess County EMS Council’s annual meeting. The Rhinebeck Rescue Squad, under the command of Cpt. Julie Hart, was named “EMS Agency of the Year” for consistency in EMS excellence and exemplary performance when providing pre-hospital emergency medical care. Also, Rhinebeck Fire Department member Nick Washburn received the award for “Youth Responder of the Year.” Washburn was cited for his contributions as a first responder, as well as his dedication, responsibility, professional behavior, ingenuity, special skills and insight.

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Brody Hackmeyer, 3, prepares for another leap into the Red Hook pool on opening day while his older brother, Kieran, 5, considers his next move. Photo by Kristofer Munn.

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RED HOOK BY KRISTOFER MUNN I had the great pleasure of watching the Red Hook Memorial Day parade and ceremony from the sidelines this year. Normally, I am marching with one group or another, but this year, my wife was leading her troop of Daisy Scouts while I photographed and reported on the event. Visit my web site, Red Hook Today (www., for a more in-depth look at the day’s festivities. The ceremony at Village Memorial Park was solemn and moving as always. The honored speaker this year was retired U.S. Navy SEAL Tom Rancich, who spoke about his friends and comrades lost at war and how Memorial Day can mean different things to different people. Thank you to all our veterans for their service and sacrifice.


Taking a major step forward in one of the most important farmland preservation initiatives in its history, Scenic Hudson has partnered with Dutchess Land Conservancy (DLC) in securing options to purchase conservation easements on eight


Way to go! Rhinebeck’s Megan Michie is congratulated by Bill Spearman, CEO of Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, for being selected as the top-ranking recipient statewide in the 2011 Credit Union Association of New York scholarship competition. For her achievement, Michie will be awarded an additional $500 scholarship. Photo submitted.

I’m pleased to be assisting the committee with constructing its new website. In the meantime, you may want to visit the Red Hook Historical Society’s website at


In what can only be described as a dramatic reversal of fortune, Saugerties was down to its last out against the Red Hook Raiders, trailing 2-1, when they exploded for 10 runs to win the Section 9, Class A championship. It was a sudden and tragic ending to a great run by Red Hook baseball this year.


farms in Red Hook, protecting 440 prime agricultural acres. Scenic Hudson and the Town of Red Hook each have committed to providing 25% of the purchase price for these easements. The eight farms in Red Hook — which contains one of the largest concentrations of prime agricultural soils in the Hudson Valley — are located along scenic West Kerley Corners Road. Purchasing the development rights from these properties will help ensure they remain farms long into the future. More protected farmland and open space mean fewer homes. Fewer homes mean fewer families, less traffic, fewer school children and smaller schools than the alternative. And smaller schools mean lower taxes in the future.


A crowd of more than 60 people listened as Red Hook farmer Benjamin Shute of the Hearty Roots Community Farm spoke about the issues facing young growers today in America and the goals of the new National Young Farmers’ Coalition. Ben serves on the Board of Directors of the NYFC. The NYFC is a new organization that is intent on helping these young farmers succeed. The coalition was founded by three farmers in the Hudson Valley who were concerned that no local or national organization was focused on the overwhelming and systemic barriers facing young people pursuing farming careers. They believe that federal farm policies favor large, established commodity operations; land prices are high above what beginning farmers can afford; and resources for our land grant universities, which once served as the messengers of sound farming knowledge,

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have been slashed and taken over by corporate interests. While it also emphasizes working together and other projects, when asked what he felt the most important priority was for the coalition, Mr. Shute replied, “Policy change – I think that’s the most important thing. So much can happen with a change in policy priorities. This will give us an organized voice to be heard on these issues.” Among the attendees was one of the event sponsors, Didi Barrett, who added, “Supporting and encouraging young farmers in our region, state and country impacts everything that is important right now: job creation, smart economic development, safe food supply, sustainability, land use and preservation, homeland security. I am thrilled that the National Young Farmers Coalition is planting its headquarters here in the world class soils of the Hudson Valley.” More information about the National Young Farmers’ Coalition can be found on their website at


A benefit concert for the Red Hook Education Foundation will be held on Thursday, June 30 at 7 p.m. starring Rosanne Cash. More information at www. All proceeds go directly to the RHEF.


You may not have realized it, but next year is Red Hook’s bicentennial. The Red Hook Bicentennial Celebration Committee is planning a series of historical, educational and cultural events to be announced this coming September at Hardscrabble Day.

• Red Hook Rotary recently hosted foreign exchange students for an afternoon on Broadway in New York City. After seeing the musical “Memphis,” the exchange students were invited to a backstage tour. • Tivoli Sub Night was held on June 4 at the Tivoli Fire House to benefit Tivoli Day. • The summer music series in Abrahams Park kicked off with the Stringmasters country rock band on Sunday, June 5. • International Knit in Public day was held June 11 at the library.


• 145th Annual Strawberry Festival dinner at the United Methodist Church on June 18, 5-7 p.m. • Tavern Night at the Elmendorph with the “Acoustic Medicine Variety Show” on June 18, 7-10 p.m. • Don’t forget Father’s Day on June 19. • Pop Warner Football and Cheer registration has been extended to Tuesday, June 21. Register online at www.eteamz. com/redhookredraiders/. • Red Hook Pool is now open on weekends, then weekdays starting June 20; free entry until June 24. Register online for the summer at www. • Schools close and summer vacation starts June 24. High school graduation is June 25. • The Tivoli Day parade has been cancelled but the music, food, crafts, games, pie contest, chili cook-off and movie in the park will still proceed as planned, starting July 16 at 2 p.m. Kristofer Munn is the publisher of Red Hook Today (www.redhooktoday. com, Facebook and Twitter) and can be reached at or 845-232-1751.

around town BY HEIDI JOHNSON First, let me thank everyone who stopped me this past week and expressed dismay at not finding my column in the paper. This time I did not forget to write it, but did get it to the editorial staff quite a bit past deadline. Normally, that wouldn’t be a problem, but this past week’s paper was already quite full (lots of ads, which is a good thing). So, with the late submission and the issue already squeezed for space, my column simply didn’t fit. I had nothing terribly time sensitive to report and as such, it was not a problem for me to take a pass. Fear not! This won’t happen regularly. It was nice to be missed, however. I thought I had only one faithful reader (my girl pal, Tory), but it turns out I have many! Thank you all for telling me you enjoy the column and miss it when it isn’t there.


Once again this year, Highway Superintendent Jim Myers asked me to offer his thanks to the Stanford Fire Company for filling the town swimming pond in preparation for the rec park opening. The Fire Company helps the Highway Department pump the water into the pond, which is no easy job. And, as mentioned in previous columns, the fire company is entirely staffed by volunteers. So, it was a generous donation of their time. Thank you to all who assisted with this effort. I believe the pond opens for swimming on the last day of school, June 24. It generally opens that day so that the graduating class from Cold Spring School can have its Moving Up party at the park. If I hear anything to the contrary, I’ll let you know next week.


Because we were playing music at my church’s Strawberry Festival in Amenia this past Saturday, we got to the Stanford History Day event late in the afternoon. It was beginning to wind down at that point, but we did manage to catch the very end of the Civil War presentation, sample local breads and cheeses and learn about hand spinning and weaving. Bridget and I found the two gentlemen at the weaving exhibit to be absolutely

delightful. Hans and Philip FranzenNicholson are a married couple (having been together 24 years and finally able to marry last year in Connecticut). Hans learned the weaving trade in Austria, where he was sent to live as a boy after World War II. He and Philip are absolute masters of their craft and they create and donate their beautiful hand-spun and hand-woven shawls and scarves to customers willing to make a contribution to the Organ Fund at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Pawling. When we arrived, Hans was sitting in front if his spinning wheel with what looked like a giant ball of fur on his lap. The ball of fur turned out to be a living, breathing angora rabbit – a German giant angora rabbit, to be exact – whose name is Tristan. Tristan sat there completely still while Hans pulled handfuls of fur off of him, twisted it slightly, and then spun it into yarn. “We like our yarn fresh,” he joked. I’ve never seen anything like it, and I was fascinated by the process and by Hans’s and Philip’s stories of how they came to meet, learn their trade, and why they are supporting the organ reconstruction at the church in Pawling. Philip told us that each of the shawls being donated to the fundraiser takes between 50 and 120 hours to spin and weave. One of the most beautiful ones they had on display was woven from part angora and part silk, as Philip explained angora alone is too delicate to wear well and also it is too hot. “The R-factor of angora,” says Philip, “is five times that of sheep’s wool.” Wow. Philip also demonstrated a spinning device called a “weasel” which is what was used by early settlers to make skeins out of their leftover yarn. Children often got the job of spinning the yarn into skeins using the weasel and that is how the song “Pop Goes the Weasel” came into being. The weasel has a little button on it that clicks, or pops, when a full skein of 80 yards has been wound, hence the song’s title. It was just a terrific time and I’m glad we didn’t miss it. I’m sure everyone who attended Stanford History Day enjoyed not only Hans and Philip’s demonstrations, but many other informative and fun exhibits. Many, many thanks to Supervisor Virginia Stern and her entire family, who worked tirelessly to make this day such a success. Virginia said she was pleased with the turnout for the event, especially considering the cold and rainy weather. The Stanford Historical Society also helped with the organization of the event, so our thanks to SHS president Kathie Spiers and the SHS members who gave

Philip (left) and Hans Franzen-Nicholson of Holy Trinity Weavers demonstrate hand spinning and weaving at Stanford History Day last Saturday. Photo by Heidi Johnson.

their time and energy to make it such a great day. For more information about Holy Trinity Weavers, visit


This coming Saturday, June 18 at 10 a.m. is the walk at Buttercup Farm, which is a benefit for Audubon, NY. Jayne Boehringer and Susan Olin-Dabrowski will lead participants on a walk of the sanctuary, demonstrating the healing energy of nature. Tickets are $10 in advance (hurry to get this discount before Saturday!) and $15 at the event. Call Jayne for more information at 845-868-7935.


Please vote on June 21 for the revised school budget. The school board has

sharpened its pencils and prepared a trimmer budget, which will require voter ratification on the 21st. I generally don’t get involved in anything political, but having lived through a year of contingency budget, I strongly hope we can avoid doing that again. The details of the proposed budget can be found on the school district website, Click “District,” then “Business and Finance.” You can also read a good summary of the proposed budget compared to the original budget by clicking on “Board of Ed,” then “Superintendent’s Reflections.” Please take a look at this information, then vote on June 21. Thank you. Thank you, everyone, for your continued loyal reading. Enjoy the summer weather and I’ll see you next week. Heidi Johnson can be reached at or 845-392-4348.

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The Gilded Age at Hyde Park (Part 1) The following series of articles are excerpts from my new book, “Hudson Valley’s Main Street, Forgotten Stories of the New York to Albany Post Road.” The book, published by The History Press in Charleston, South Carolina, is due out this fall. The Gilded Age in America was a period in our history that started at the close of the Civil War in 1865 and ended approximately with the adoption by Congress of the income tax in 1913. Immediately after the Civil War, Northern industries had modernized, Northern transportation had expanded, and many Northern merchant families had become extremely rich. Without an income tax, a man could keep his wealth and keep his money sources secret. As long as a rich man obeyed the law and managed his business wisely, his fortune was secure.


Between 100 and 200 of these wealthy families built estates along the Post Road north of New York City. The area was the world’s greatest concentration of wealth and was called, by many people, “Millionaires’ Row.” The Post Road offered relatively comfortable transportation to and from New York City, and the Hudson River offered fantastic

Illustration by Tatiana Rhinevault.

views and a convenient place to dock the omnipresent luxury yacht. Tarrytown, in Westchester County, was home to the wealthy Rockefeller and Jay Gould families, as well as the literary giant, Washington Irving. Further up the Post Road, Hyde Park, a small hamlet of 600 people in Dutchess County, was dominated by three adjoining estates. The three belonged to Frederick W. Vanderbilt (famous for his wealth), Col. Archibald Rogers (not famous at all), and James Roosevelt (father of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt). The Rogers and Vanderbilt estates employed 60 to 75 workers each and the Roosevelt estate employed somewhat less. It is fair to say that the three estates, in one way or another, supported almost everybody in the hamlet. How wealthy were the three families? The Vanderbilt Mansion, which was built between 1895 and 1899, cost $2.25 million. Vanderbilt was on the board of directors of 22 railroads and various other corporations. When he died in 1938

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(during the Great Depression), his estate was worth $77 million. The Rogers Mansion cost a more modest $350,000 in 1890. Anne Rogers, Archibald Rogers’ wife, made $1,000 a day on interest alone from her family fortune. Her brother, Robert Coleman, was the leader of a family in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, that had made a tremendous amount of money selling armaments to the Northern Army during the Civil War. The Coleman family fortune in 1889 was estimated at $30 million. The Roosevelts’ money was “old” family money (some of their ancestors were Dutch colonists), and was mostly tied up in their property. Roosevelts intermarried with other rich Hudson Valley families, and it was harder to get a dollar figure on their net worth. It was certainly a lot less than the Vanderbilts or Rogerses. During the Gilded Age, a worker on one of the Hyde Park estates earned an average of $1 a day. It has been estimated that 90% of America’s wealth in 1890 was in the hands of 10% of the population.



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Some of the sons and daughters of the Hyde Park estate workers are still alive. Surprisingly, most of them say that there was little resentment felt by the havenot workers toward the estate owners. It was just the natural order of things. While the wealthy families rode up and down on the Post Road in their fancy carriages and new automobiles, their workers would pedal through town on their bicycles or simply walk. The estate owners paid wages and benefits (sometimes room and board) at an average rate, or maybe better than, the rest of the country. Other benefits included what would be called a health plan today. When a worker or somebody in the worker’s family became sick, the estate owner would make sure, at the very least, that a doctor would pay a house call. Mrs. Vanderbilt was even known to send people from her estate, who suffered from tuberculosis, to Saranac Lake for recovery. The estate owners definitely had a paternalistic attitude toward the workers. Instead of simply giving a Christmas bonus to her workers, “Mrs. Vanderbilt, on Christmas Day, would drive down the Albany Post Road and through the village in a sleigh loaded with gifts that she handed out to the children she met.” Rocky Andros, a life-long Hyde Park resident, remembered as a boy, Mrs. Vanderbilt would give each child a brand-new $1 bill if the child would call her “Madam.” Before the Town of Hyde Park had a recreation department, the Rogers estate (Crumwold) was used as the town’s first park. “On Sunday afternoons, Crumwold employees were encouraged to invite their families to picnic, use the bowling alley, or enjoy the grounds by walking and visiting the rose garden and greenhouse. Once a week, Mrs. Rogers arranged for the staff to take one of the Crumwold wagons down the Albany Post Road to Poughkeepsie for the day to do what they wanted. ”


Some rivalry and some snobbery; leisure time when you are rich. 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.


Knitters the world over took their yarn and needles to the streets Saturday for Worldwide Knit in Public Day, which claims to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;the largest knitter-run event in the world.â&#x20AC;? In Red Hook, a group of knitters answered the call at the Red Hook Public Library. Pictured are: Laurie Vogel, Doris Formby, Joan Lewis, Sandy Martin, Cindy Fildes, Patrizia Heymann and Cindy Eggers. Photo by Christopher Lennon.

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Lawrence W. Holt, 86, a former longtime Dutchess County resident, died Thursday, June 9, 2011, at the Woodland Terrace Assisted Living Center in Cary, North Carolina. Most recently, he resided in both South and North Carolina, following his daughter, Pennae, and her husband, Russell, who devoted their time to ensure his comfort and quality of life. Born in Red Hook on October 15, 1924, he was the son of the late Arthur and Hazel Snow Holt. He was a graduate of Red Hook Schools. A manager at IBM, Mr. Holt worked at several of the Hudson Valley locations during his career; retiring from East Fishkill. He worked for the Town of Poughkeepsie Police in the Traffic Division for many years before moving to South Carolina. Mr. Holt proudly served in the United States Army Air Force during World War II as a tail gunner. During his service, he received the Air Medal with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, the European-AfricanMiddle Eastern Service Medal, and Good Conduct Medal. He was a Life-Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vail Wolff - McKenna Frye Post #170, Poughkeepsie, and a former member of the Odd Fellows. Larry was a devoted New York Yankee fan, and his hobbies included playing cards with his friends at Tide Pointe, Hilton Head Island, SC, and golfing. He also loved to travel, especially to see his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. His family meant the world to him. He was predeceased by his first wife, Mae A. Ellerson Holt. He then was briefly married to his second wife, Lena Holt, who

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also predeceased him. Most recently, he was predeceased by his longtime companion, Ruth Knickerbocker. Survivors include his five children, Sandra Dondero of Oakdale, CA, Paul Holt and wife, Stephanie, of Poughkeepsie, Gale Shrader of Crofton, MD, Pennae Johnsen and husband, Russell, of Apex, NC, Lori Capozziello and husband Christopher of Sandy Hook, CT; fifteen grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by two brothers, Arthur and Edward Holt. Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at Sweetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. Funeral Services with military honors will be 11:30 a.m., Thursday, June 16, 2011, at the Community Mausoleum Chapel at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery. The Rev. Dr. E. Robert Geehan will officiate. Entombment will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 155 Washington Ave., Suite 210, Albany, NY 12210. To send a condolence or for directions, visit


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