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The former president of Historic Hudson Valley, which owns the Montgomery Place historic site in Annandale, reportedly told a group of local leaders and preservationists the organization’s current administration wishes to sell the site. John Dobkin, the former president of the Westchesterbased non-profit organization, reportedly made comments that clearly contradict repeated statements made by Historic

Hudson Valley’s current president, Waddell Stillman, who has asserted the organization has no intention of selling the property, nor has it considered such a move. Hudson Valley News learned about the meeting and Dobkin’s assertions from an anonymous source. We contacted one of the attendees of the meeting, Assemblyman Marc Molinaro (R,C,I-Red Hook), who confirmed Dobkin clearly stated Historic Hudson Valley intends on divesting itself of > more on page 2



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CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE Montgomery Place. Upon our request, Molinaro also provided us with a copy of a letter he sent to Stillman regarding the meeting with Dobkin. Dobkin did not return repeated phone calls. In his letter to Stillman, Molinaro states, “Mr. John Dobkin relayed a conversation he had with you regarding your intentions and the dialogue of the board. John asserts that you confirmed to him your own desire and the board’s consideration of the sale of Montgomery Place. He further asserted your sharing with him that Historic Hudson Valley’s board has been developing a plan to divest itself of some or all of its assets at and including Montgomery Place.” In an interview after the meeting, Molinaro said Dobkin’s comments were made clearly and explicitly in front of a number of individuals, including representatives from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s office. Last month, Molinaro met with Stillman and other local officials. During the meeting, Stillman reportedly denied Historic Hudson Valley had any intention of selling Montgomery Place. A summary of that meeting was prepared by Molinaro’s office. “There are no plans to sell the property,” the summary reads. “Further, you are not recommending to your board, nor is the board recommending to you, the sale of the property. It is not your intention, nor has the board discussed, divesting itself of Montgomery Place, and you remain committed to continued stewardship.” Dobkin, who reportedly resides at the Montgomery Place site, seems to think the opposite is true. “Many people are getting very different stories,” Molinaro said after the meeting. “At some point, someone’s going to have to fess up.

“Either we’re being mislead or other people are being mislead,” he continued. Molinaro said if the organization is considering the sale of the site, it should be an open process and the state attorney general’s office and education department, as well as other interested parties, should be invited to be part of the process. As a non-profit organization, Historic Hudson Valley does not pay taxes on Montgomery Place and has solicited volunteers to donate time at the site. Molinaro said secretive conversations regarding the sale of the site would be a violation of the community’s trust. “If we’re being mislead, I would suggest now would be the time to be open and honest,” he said. “My interest is ensuring that the public’s money is protected, the public’s interest is protected and that the legacy that the Rockefeller family has left us is preserved,” he said. Sally Mazzarella, a local community leader and preservationist, attended both the meeting with Dobkin and last month’s meeting with Stillman as a representative of state Sen. Steve Saland. She said part of what makes Dobkin’s comments so disturbing is the number of significant designations the site has received through the state. She said it is important the site remain in the hands of people who are committed to preserving it. “I think that Historic Hudson Valley has forgotten its responsibility,” Mazzarella said. When asked if it was possible Dobkin, not Stillman, is the one providing inaccurate information, Mazzarella said she has heard assertions similar to Dobkin’s from other individuals close to the site. “It’s hard to believe that there would be a mistake,” she said. Representatives from Historic Hudson Valley could not be reached for comment before press time Tuesday.

ROBBERY VICTIM BOUND TO CHAIR FOR 24 HOURS BY HV NEWS STAFF Police are looking for three men who reportedly robbed a 60-year-old Hyde Park woman and bound her to a chair for more than 24 hours. Hyde Park Police say they received a tip Sunday morning which led them to investigate a home-invasion robbery at a Dutchess Hill Road home in Hyde Park. They arrived at the residence to find the 60-year-old homeowner tied to a chair and yelling for help. According to police, the home was robbed at approximately 4 a.m. Saturday morning. The homeowner told police three men in black clothes and black ski masks entered

Proposed tax increases blamed on plummeting mortgage tax revenues BY LINDSAY SUCHOW Red Hook residents could face double-digit tax increases next year as the town has proposed hikes of 25.92% and 28.35% for the town and village respectively in the tentative 2010 budget. For a Red Hook home assessed at $300,000, town taxes could amount to $275 in the village (up $61 from 2009) and $649 for the town (up $134 from 2009). When framed on a home-by-home basis, the increase is less difficult to swallow, said budget officer Rose Rider, who discussed the budget with business manager Deborah Marks at the Oct. 6 board meeting, drawing two dozen residents to town hall.







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her home while she was in bed. The men reportedly tied her to a chair and made off with cash and jewelry. Police say the homeowner is currently hospitalized. Hyde Park Police are working with the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Department on this case and are seeking any additional information. Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to call Hyde Park Police at 845-229-9340 or the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Department at 845-489-3800. Police say any information provided will be kept confidential.

“It’s an annual increase of $134. In that perspective, it’s a little easier to accept,” Rider said. The increases were attributed primarily to a sizable drop in mortgage tax revenues, which are down nearly 40%. Employee medical insurance is also up 26.7%, and workers’ compensation by 5%. Additionally, due to cost shifting on the state and county levels, the town faces a 27.6% hike in state retirement expenses, Rider said. Town employees would receive 2% raises across the board, with the exception of town board members and the supervisor. Rider quoted Supervisor Sue Crane, who was not present at the meeting, as saying that the preliminary budget was a good “starting point” and she was looking forward to “thoroughly reviewing” it as well as “beginning the process of amending and improving on it.” One potential improvement, Rider suggested, could be re-examining the $145,000 and $125,000 expenses for the Red Hook and Tivoli libraries (which in previous years had been allotted $30,000 before the town voted to increase the library budgets, she said). The public comment period was silent with the exception of Red Hook Village Police Sgt. Patrick Hildenbrand, who advocated an increase in the proposed village police budget (which was set at $75,000, the same as last year). Hildenbrand said the village police department seeks to increase its hours, noting the department consistently offsets costs by 40% to 50% and that coverage from the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office costs $20 more per hour than village police services.



A severely underweight Mercedes is brought to the SPCA after the organization rescued the dog from a home in Beacon. Photo submitted.

EMACIATED DOG RESCUED BY SPCA BY HV NEWS STAFF A pair of alleged dog abusers was recently charged with animal cruelty, according to the Dutchess County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Humane Law Enforcement Officers Jami Landry and Cathy Edwards reportedly found a 2-year-old boxer mix named Mercedes tangled up in her leash near a pile of rubble. The dog was living under a porch and was severely underweight,

according to the SPCA. Mercedes’ former owners, Melinda Hammond and Robert Gilleo of Beacon, were charged with animal cruelty. Ownership of Mercedes has been relinquished to the SPCA, which reports the dog has gained more than 12 pounds since being in the SPCA’s custody for about three weeks.


DAYCARE EVACUEES BY HV NEW STAFF The Dutchess County chapter of the American Red Cross was dispatched to Tiny Town Daycare in LaGrange last week to assist with an evacuation resulting from a propane leak. Officials from the Red Cross say a pickup truck collided with a loaded “bobtail” propane delivery truck on Noxon Road in front of the daycare on Tuesday, Oct. 6. According to the Red Cross, the propane truck came to rest in the driveway of the daycare and was leaking propane. Local fire officials determined it was necessary to evacuate the facility.

School buses were called in to transport evacuees to LaGrange Fire Station 2, and the Red Cross was tapped to coordinate the opening of the reception center for adults and children from the daycare. Red Cross volunteers and members of the LaGrange Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary provided drinks and snacks while parents of the young evacuees were notified and instructed to pick up their children, according to the Red Cross. A total of 14 Red Cross volunteers and employees, utilizing two Red Cross vehicles, served 70 evacuees that day.

Hyde Park Police have arrested a local teen who allegedly damaged the lawn of a Roosevelt Road home and stole hunting equipment from the residence during a house party. Police are withholding the name of the 17-year-old Hyde Park boy because he is eligible for youthful-offender status. The teen allegedly drove across the lawn of the home and stole a compound bow and several knives from the residence. He was arrested after a lengthy investigation on charges of criminal mischief in the third degree, a class-A misdemeanor, and criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree, a class-A misdemeanor. The teen was released on an appearance ticket and ordered to appear in Hyde Park Justice Court on Oct. 22. Police said some of the stolen merchandise has been recovered, but two knives and a large black machete are still missing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Kevin Watts at 845-229-9340.


Hyde Park Police have arrested two local teenagers who allegedly stole electronics from a woman’s home. Police say Matthew J. Omera, 16, from Hyde Park, and Christopher T. Kane, 17, from Hyde Park, stole a flatscreen television, two Playstation video game systems and an iHome docking station from a residence. The incident was reported Aug. 13 and the boys were arrested following a lengthy investigation, according to police. The department says more arrests will follow. Omera and Kane were each charged with burglary in the second degree, a class-C felony, and grand larceny in the fourth degree, a class-E felony. Both teens were released to their parents on appearance tickets. They have been ordered to appear in Hyde Park Justice Court on Oct. 20.


The Hyde Park Police Department and Dutchess County Sheriff’s office conducted a DWI checkpoint in the Town of Hyde Park on Oct. 4. The following individuals were arrested on misdemeanor driving while intoxicated charges as a result of the checkpoint: • Mark A. Sedore, 50, of Poughkeepsie • Christian J. Steiner, 31, of Millbrook • James P. McFadden, 21, of West Babylon (McFadden’s blood-alcohol content was above 0.19%, and his charges were upgraded to aggravated DWI)

• Stefan R. Schleigh, 22, of Philadelphia, Pa. • Kevin Lafemina, 21, of Whitehouse Station, N.J.


A Tivoli woman was arrested last week for allegedly shoplifting from a local supermarket. Hyde Park Police say Arelia MoralesCastellano, 30, stole $43 worth of merchandise from Stop and Shop in Hyde Park on Oct. 4. Morales-Castellano was charged with petty larceny, a class-A misdemeanor, and released on an appearance ticket. She is ordered to appear in Hyde Park Court on Oct. 20.


Hyde Park Police have arrested a Poughkeepsie woman who was allegedly driving while intoxicated with a revoked license. Police say they arrested Tatiana L. Kraemer, 20, on Oct. 5 at 5:15 a.m. According to police, she was driving erratically on Route 9. Kraemer was charged with aggravated unlicensed operator in the first degree, a class-E felony, and DWI, a misdemeanor, as well as two other traffic violations. She was released on an appearance ticket and ordered to appear in Hyde Park Justice Court on Nov. 5.


Hyde Park Police have arrested a Rhode Island man who attempted to shoplift from the local Stop and Shop. Police say Michael P. Maloney, 22, from North Kingstown, R.I., attempted to steal about $115 worth of merchandise from the store using the self-checkout register. He was charged with petty larceny, a class-A misdemeanor, and released on an appearance ticket.

Bingo is coming Nov. 22!


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I will vote for Bill O’Neill and Robert McKeon for Red Hook Town Board, and for Tom Mansfield for county legislator. These are seasoned people who know what the pitfalls are in local government, and who deserve our support as they try to make things better for us and for those who come after us. Caroline Rider Red Hook


I support the candidacy of Joe Gelb for Rhinebeck Town Board. Having spent my career working to preserve the Hudson Valley’s open space and natural beauty, I consider Joe a kindred spirit, someone who cares deeply about Rhinebeck’s rural character and keeping the village as the commercial center of Rhinebeck. As a retired lawyer, Joe will be a strong voice on the town board for preserving Rhinebeck as we know and love it. I urge all voters in the town and village to elect Joe Gelb to the Rhinebeck Town Board on Nov. 3. Klara Sauer Rhinebeck


Tuesday, Sept. 29, Joel Tyner, Clinton and Rhinebeck’s county legislator for three terms, debated Pat Dealey, candidate for the office. Pat was very low-key, smooth and apparently well-informed; Joel was insistent upon defending his record, and upon setting it straight. Joel has quite a record of legislative accomplishments: 40 initiatives and at least 19 resolutions, all of which are directed towards cutting costs to Dutchess County residents; most are also aimed at enhancing the environment. Further, Joel has demonstrated his ability to work with both sides of the aisle, even gaining unanimous approval for some of his projects and bi-partisan sponsorship for others. The point Joel made repeatedly about the budget was that the new Democratic majority had cut $5 million from Steinhaus’s budget, had saved towns another $6 million, and had stopped a $6 million increase in the sales tax. However, Steinhaus’s vetoes had added $6 million to the budget, and no Republicans supported overriding them. Another point he made was that the county executive largely ignored and obstructed any changes initiated by Democrats, which was why many of his resolutions have not been implemented. Pat Dealy blithely asserted his independence when asked if his election as a Republican would recreate what Joel asserted was a “rubber stamp” majority for the county executive. Independence is easily asserted, but unlikely. While Pat – and Steinhaus – apparently favors minimal government action, Joel has been active in responding to current problems. Dutchess has many of them. Re-elect Joel Tyner. Douglas Smyth Clinton


As a former Republican who occasionally voted for candidates from the Democratic Party, I am strongly endorsing Kathy Kinsella for a third term as Town of Rhinebeck highway superintendent. I have lived in Rhinebeck for several years and have seen the improvements to our local roads and bridges under Kathy’s supervision. Kathy not only patrols the roads with her crews and takes courses in her field to ensure that she is acquainted with the latest procedures and materials, but she also makes herself available in her office and on the phone to us who live and work in this community. In addition to her work as Town of Rhinebeck highway superintendent, Kathy is an involved citizen of our community. She and I have volunteered together on boards in our residential community. I found her to be competent, articulate, responsive to community needs and one who listens carefully to concerns expressed by community members. Recently, there was an issue regarding the town comprehensive plan. Kathy, despite her busy schedule, prepared a report, which she presented during a special town board meeting for public reaction to the plan. When I voted for Republican candidates, I voted according to my conscience, choosing whomever I thought would be best for the position. I have consistently voted for Kathy Kinsella. She is, without a doubt, the candidate who is the only choice on Nov. 3 for Town of Rhinebeck highway superintendent. Charyl Wojtaszek Rhinebeck

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voted against a measure that would encourage the recycling of plastic bags in supermarkets (bill 208024) and against a bill that developed protocols to restrict the growth of the hazardous mile-a-minute vine, an invasive species of plant that is threatening our local habitats, including fishing streams and local lakes (bill 208091). The icing on the cake, however, is that Rollison voted against requesting stronger clean air standards from the state government that would ensure the health of Dutchess County residents (bill 208285). For Dutchess County families, Rollison had other bright ideas: He voted with the county executive to limit the number of sheriff’s deputies patrolling our roads (bill 208113) and he voted in favor of the recent Central Hudson Energy rate increase, costing Dutchess County families hundreds more dollars in energy bills and fees (bill 209108). In stark contrast, Democrat Mike Salvia has dedicated his life to helping working families in Dutchess County. Salvia is currently the president of the local chapter of the Communications Workers of America, a union that represents hundreds of local working families throughout numerous different local industries, including auto mechanics, telecommunications technicians and truck drivers, newspaper reporters, nurses and professionals at Vassar and Marist colleges. Salvia was instrumental in creating the Local 1120 Assistance Fund, which was started to assist workers who had been laid off, and which today has grown into a benevolent fund for all union members who meet with unfortunate circumstances. Continuing his community activism for working families in Dutchess County, Salvia has served on the boards of the United Way, the Occupational Safety and Health Committee, the Dutchess County Legislature Labor Advisory Committee and currently serves on the executive board of the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation. Salvia is running a visionary campaign, and his campaign platform includes maintaining and creating living-wage jobs in the county and in the City of Poughkeepsie, fighting for universal health care, supporting green jobs and new energy technologies, working to increase affordable housing, finally creating affordable solutions to waste disposal in Dutchess County, providing tax relief, home repair and weatherization for income-eligible seniors. We need more leaders like Mika Salvia in Dutchess County. We need people who care about the health, security and environment of working families. Mike Salvia has dedicated his life to standing up for those who cannot always represent themselves, and I am confident that Dutchess County voters, particularly those in Legislature District 8, will support Mike Salvia and give him the opportunity to speak for us in the county Legislature.

This year’s local elections present an important referendum on the future of the county and our local communities: do voters want a continuation of the pay-to-play, highly partisan politics of the former Republican majority, or do they want to support the fresh, new direction Dutchess County politics has seen under the recently elected Democratic legislative majority. In their short tenure in control of the Legislature, the Democrats have opened county government to the people, worked to reduce costs of county governance and rolled back the partisan appointments of the Republicans. It is imperative that in Dutchess County we keep Democrats in the legislative majority so they can continue to work to create a power balance with the county executive and continue to clean up Dutchess County politics. In the Town of Poughkeepsie, several races for local office have begun to heat up. The voter registration in Poughkeepsie favors Democratic candidates but in several legislative districts, Republicans have been able to hold onto their seats because of the advantage of incumbency. Several of these Republicans deserve to be retired, and this year presents a good opportunity to make sure that happens. In Legislature District 8, the race between Robert Rollison and Mike Salvia is one to watch, as the contrast between the candidates could not be clearer. Rollison comes from Republican legacy and has used his connections to ensure his rise through Dutchess County Republican politics. It is rumored that he has his eye on Steve Saland’s state Senate seat, and that he is biding his time in the county Legislature until the opportunity arises to run for higher office. Rollison has an interesting voting history in the Legislature, and several of his more questionable votes demonstrate why it is time for him to be replaced. In the past two years, Rollison has continually voted against clean air, clean energy sources and against the safety and protection of the hard-working families of Dutchess County. In April of 2008, Rollison voted against a measure that would put solar panels on county buildings, rejecting the science of global warming and the opportunity new energy sources provide for job creation in the valley (the county legislative bill was number 208082). ContinuJonthan Smith can be reached at ing his assault on our environment, Rollison




nese. No wonder they hate us. Our most recent film history is rife with horrifying portrayals of American arrogance. ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ comes to mind, ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and don’t even get me started on ‘Patton.’ Calling them Krauts and Japs? What did they ever do to us? As long as I’m in office, there won’t be any films about Muslim terrorists killing innoAmericans or brave soldiers taking on USUALLY RIGHT cent the Taliban. We’re all about atonement and BY JIM LANGAN apology in this administration.” The Academy also announced that the OBAMA TAKES BEST president-for-life would donate any financial windfall associated with the Oscar to ACTOR AWARD HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Feb. 22, 2010 – the Committee to Re-Educate America The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and About John Wayne. Woody Allen, filling Sciences today announced that President- in for the absent Roman Polanski, said, for-life Barack Obama is this year’s winner “America needs to know John Wayne was a of the Academy Award for best actor. The right-wing sociopath who killed thousands announcement capped a breathtaking of Native Americans while confiscating winning streak for Obama, beginning Indian land for exploitation by the big oil with the Nobel Peace Prize in October, companies. He was also a big smoker.” Many members of the Academy winced Playmate of the Year, World Series MVP, when Susan Sarandon began reading a list the Heisman Trophy as well as a stunning of Wayne’s movies, victory at open mic saying, “These can night at Copperfields not stand.” Among the in Millbrook. As he films deemed offenstated upon receiving sive were “The High … Breathtaking the Nobel Peace Prize, and Mighty” (1954), Obama said he was winning streak “Flying Leatherhumbled and didn’t necks” (1951), “The deserve the award but beginning with Green Berets” (1960) he’d accept it anyway. “The Alamo” He did, however, the Nobel Peace and (1968). Sarandon concede he was a pretty said, “‘The Alamo’ good actor. “Hey, a Prize … as well as tells you all you need lot of people actually about how think I’m getting stuff a stunning victory toJohnknow Wayne felt about accomplished,” he said. illegal immigrants.” “That takes real talent to at open mic night After composing fool that many people.” himself, Danny GlovIn making the anat Copperfields in er read a statement nouncement, Academy from the presidentMillbrook. President Danny Glovfor-life, addressing er, surrounded by Holwhat he called “the lywood heavies, cited Maureen O’Hara Obama’s “tireless efproblem.” Obama forts to reshape America’s image as seen through movies. Presi- said Wayne’s frequent choice of O’Hara dent-for-life Obama is on the same page as indicated an “insensitivity to people of patriots like Michael Moore and the shoe color. Not once in over 100 films did Mr. bomber; only he’s much thinner and better Wayne seek the companionship or the looking.” Glover broke down briefly when counsel of a wise Latin woman. Instead, he launched into a spontaneous and tearful he sought comfort from Ms. O’Hara and apology for his participation in the “Lethal other white women like Angie Dickenson Weapon” franchise. “Nobody ever told me in ‘Rio Bravo.’” Obama said via satellite he and MiMel Gibson was a Republican or hated chelle would be traveling to Los AngeJews,” said Glover. les on March 2 to accept the award. The As fellow actors consoled Glover, Tim presidential party will be traveling in two Robbins said the Academy had decided aircraft, one carrying the president-for-life to award Obama best actor after hearing and the other his ego. Obama also said he Obama’s speech at the “Free Roman” rally at Barbra Streisand’s Malibu estate. During hoped to have made a decision on Afghanithat speech, Obama assailed Hollywood’s stan and the closing of Guantanamo Bay in long tradition of honoring America and li- time for the Oscars. “Michelle and I want to make this a real party night.” onizing those who served their country. He ticked off a litany of films he felt gloJim Langan can be reached at editorified America’s imperialist image around the globe. “Think of all those WW II mov- ies where we’re killing Germans and Japa-


• The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that family members deleted Ted Kennedy’s recollections of Chappaquiddick and his womanizing after his death and before publication of his memoir. Purportedly, Kennedy claimed to have bedded over 1,000 women and paid over $10 million in hush money over the years. He also said he was hoping to get busy with Mary Jo Kopechne when his car plunged off the bridge in 1969. The late senator was, however, given the Wilt Chamberlain Award for service to women posthumously. • If you’re having trouble finding a job, you’re not alone. According to the latest figures, for every available job opening there are 6.3 people trying to get it. • NASA bombed the moon last week looking for evidence of water. Upon hearing the news, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged a return to the negotiation table and possible sanctions against the moon.

• A Japanese airline has begun asking passengers to use the toilet before boarding the plane in an effort to reduce carbon emissions. I’m assuming those charged with enforcing this policy will be called “The Poop Patrol.” • The ubiquitous Internet phenomena YouTube hit a big milestone last week. They are now getting 1 billion hits a day. Doesn’t anyone have anything else to do, or maybe a job? • If you want a little Lehman Brothers for your wall, Freeman’s Galleries in Philadelphia is auctioning off paintings and drawings removed from offices, storerooms and executive dining rooms at the defunct investment bank. Proceeds will go to repay some of the $250 billion owed by Lehman to creditors.

• In the “marriage off to a tough start” department, a Florida man accidentally shot his fiancé dead the night before their wedding. John Tabutt, 62, thought he heard an intruder and got his gun • A man in his 70s lost an arm to an before firing at a figure in the hallway. alligator as he tried retrieving a golf ball It was his 62-year-old fiancé, Nancy from a pond on a South Carolina golf Dinsmore. They were due to be married course. I guess alligators find those ball the next day. Yet another reason I won’t keep a gun in the house. retriever gizmos as annoying as I do. • The Astor trial is finally over in New York. Anthony Marshall, the 85-year-old son of Brooke Astor, is looking at jail time for bamboozling Mummy. Like Mrs. Astor, the trial was a bore and went on for too long.

• Red Hook police are urging residents to be on the lookout for a suspicious man in a car who approached a 13-year-old girl asking for directions. Apparently, Roman Polanski made bail.

It’s not April 1, is it? - A White House aide.


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RED HOOK GOP READY FOR NOVEMBER BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON The Red Hook Republican Party has announced its slate of candidates for the November election. Aside from county Legislature candidate Ben Traudt, who was recently profiled in this newspaper, the party is endorsing Rob Latimer for a seat on the town council, as well as incumbent Councilman Jim Ross and incumbent Town Clerk Sue McCann. The GOP lost its majority on the Red Hook Town Board last year when current Councilman Robert McKeon, a Democrat, beat Latimer in an election to fill a one-year vacancy on the board. This year could be a big year for Republicans as they attempt to win back that majority. ROB LATIMER Latimer was appointed to a town board seat two years ago after current Supervisor Sue Crane vacated her town board seat to assume the supervisor job. As mentioned earlier, the following year, McKeon beat Latimer in an election to fill the seat for the one year remaining on Crane’s former term. Now, Latimer is trying to win a full, four-year seat on the board, and he’s not holding anything back when it comes to discussing his political rival. He accuses McKeon of having a “selfserving agenda.” “All of the issues that he brings forward are all things that benefit his well being,” Latimer said. He also accuses McKeon of using his Red Hook Town Board seat as a stepping stone for his further political aspirations. Latimer said he’d like to hear McKeon make a four-year commitment to the board, because he believes the incumbent has his eye on higher political office. Latimer says he has no higher political aspirations than the town board. He also said since Democrats assumed their one-seat majority on the board, the board can’t seem to agree much, which is halting town business.

He said the process of reorganizing the town, which began in January, is still incomplete. Latimer says it should have been completed within 60 days. Latimer points to 18 months of disagreement over the location of a proposed new highway garage as further evidence of the board’s “inability to work as a complete body.” “The board can’t seem to get out of its own way,” he said. Latimer was also critical of some decisions the board has made over the past year. He said a new law that requires all new homes built in the town to conform to EnergyStar standards was too far reaching. He believes the town should have put in place incentives for EnergyStar conformity rather than mandate it. He said he is in favor of the proposed sewer district for the Village of Red Hook, but says more needs to be done to determine who will benefit from it and who should pay for it. He said, though, that a sewer system could give the village business district a needed economic boost. Expanding the amount of available commercial space could also provide such a boost, Latimer said. “We need to have controlled, desirable development,” he said. Latimer also believes the proposed Centers and Greenspaces Plan – which would alter zoning designations in hopes of keeping open space while focusing development in particular areas – has “potential.” He said, though, that as drafted, the current proposal unfairly benefits large landowners. Latimer, who is a registered member of the Independence Party, says he is fiscally conservative and socially moderate. He has lived in the town for 14 years and has four children between the ages of 8 and 20. Latimer is co-owner of Northern Dutchess Paramedics and is a part-time village police officer.

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JIM ROSS Ross has lived in Red Hook for 50 years and has spent 21 of them as a town councilman. “I’ve always cared a lot about the town,” he said. Ross is hoping to be re-elected to another four-year term on the board. Like Latimer, he also believes the board has become “less productive” and that politics seem to come before town business. “I feel that over the last five years, too much time has spent on self promotion and too little time has been spent on what’s best for the town,” he said. He said people who can effectively work with others and who are respectful of other opinions need to be elected. Ross said when he was elected in 1990, Democrat Jack Gilfeather was supervisor, and despite some disagreements, the board was always respectful and managed to successfully manage the town. “You need to have progress to keep a community healthy,” he said. Also like Latimer, Ross believes the proposed Centers and Greenspaces Plan contains some good ideas, but he doesn’t agree with portions of it. He believes the plan could open the flood gates for large-scale development of certain areas. “We could have exponential growth in a very short period of time,” he said. He also said the plan would force certain farmers into “agricultural business districts,” where certain limitations would be imposed on them, and said farmers should have a choice on whether or not they want to included. “You can’t strip everybody of their rights and you should give people the right opt in and out of it,” Ross said. He believes current benefits to farmers who protect their land from development, combined with cluster development, can accomplish the same things the plan aims to accomplish without the “explosive development” aspects of the plan could bring. Ross said he also likes the idea of a village sewer system and the economic boost it could bring, but said officials need to do more to determine who should pay for the system and how it should be funded. He thinks property owners, such as landlords who do not live in the district themselves, should also have a say in the project, not just the tenants of their properties. “The owners of the property, whether they reside there or not, should be able to vote on this,” he said. He also said he would continue working on bringing a new highway garage to the town. The highway department currently

works out of a former military quonsut hut behind the town hall, and originally, the town proposed building a new highway garage on the same site. After a change in town board administrations, though, a site at Rockeby Road was considered for the garage, and today, board members can’t seem to agree on which location should house the garage. “That is pretty much a dead issue right now,” Ross said. He said that he wants to see the issue revived, and would like to see the garage built at the site behind town hall. Ross also said there has been talk of dissolving the town’s two villages into one municipality, but said he would not support such a proposal at this time. He said the town has been working on sharing services with the villages for some time, and for now, the system seems to be working. He said he’d also continue working on creating a new town recreation park on a 29-acre parcel across from the current park on Linden Avenue. He’d like to see soccer fields, as well as baseball and softball diamonds, at the new park. In addition, Ross says he is a big supporter of local senior citizens, who are being forced out of the town by escalating taxes. Professionally, Ross works as a dentist in town. He has also served the town on its conservation advisory council as well as on the zoning board of appeals. SUE MCCANN McCann, who has served as town clerk for four years and as deputy clerk for six years before that, is running unopposed. Despite the fact that she is endorsed by the Republican, Independence and Conservative parties, she said the position is not a political one. In fact, she said, she is proud she has managed to keep politics out of the clerk’s office. “I’m there for the residents of Red Hook – all residents,” McCann said. “And I take that very seriously.” She feels she has learned the job well over the years, and is ready to serve another four. “I’ve proven that I’m there for the residents,” she said. McCann said the most important aspects of her job are being accessible to all residents of the town, keeping the public informed, maintaining accurate records and making sure a trip to town hall is a pleasant experience for residents. She feels that she is naturally good at multi-tasking and dealing with the public, which makes her a successful clerk. McCann has lived in Red Hook for 30 years and is married with one grown son.

Red Hook Dems tout accomplishments and experience BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Last year, for the first time in Red Hook’s history, the Republican Party lost its majority on the town board with the victory of Robert McKeon over thenCouncilman Rob Latimer. This year, McKeon, who is running as a Democrat and under the Red Hook United Party line, is joined by longtime community volunteer Bill O’Neill and incumbent County Legislator Tom Mansfield, who was profiled in Hudson Valley News last month, as the Democratic and Red Hook United candidates. McKeon’s victory over Latimer in a 2008 special election to fill what was left of outgoing Councilwoman Sue Crane’s term after she was elected supervisor, was a significant accomplishment for Democrats. Democrats and their supporters say the victory ushered in a new age for the town. Democrats have been touting their accomplishments from the past year, while Republicans have argued that Democrats have made the board inefficient, accusing the left of being self-serving (see related story on the opposite page). BILL O’NEILL O’Neill, a lifelong Republican, says he was prompted to run as a Democrat by his work on the town’s Intermunicipal Task Force and on crafting the proposed Centers and Greenspaces Plan. O’Neill frequently referenced the plan and its potential benefits to the town, saying if he’s elected, one of his top priorities will be to approve the plan. Though he has never held elected office, O’Neill has served the people of Red Hook in a variety of capacities his whole adult life. O’Neill, who was born and raised in the town, left Red Hook for eight years, from 1963 to ’71, when he was employed by the FBI. Upon returning home, he took a job in the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office as an assistant DA. He was chief assistant DA for 18 years, from 1984 to 2002. After retiring from the DA’s office, he opened a private law practice in Red Hook, where he currently works. In 2004, O’Neill began volunteering with town government. He served as cochairman for a town working group and volunteered as deputy supervisor from 2004-06. Since 2005, he has served as chairman of the town’s Intermunicipal Task Force, which published the proposed Centers and Greenspaces Plan. O’Neill says one of the challenges he faced as chairman of the Intermunicipal

Task Force was bringing together representatives of the three municipalities within the town’s boarders to “talk about practical things across party lines.” Through his work on the task force, O’Neill says he “became impressed with the leadership of the Democratic Party,” saying Democrats shared his vision for Red Hook’s future, particularly when it came to the importance of the Centers and Greenspaces Plan. He says he hopes to put in place strategies and zoning laws that will guide smart growth in the community. “We could actually do it with the Centers and Greenspaces Plan,” he said. O’Neill says the plan, which aims to focus development in specific regions while protecting open space and farmland, is not an innovative or creative document. Rather, he said, it follows recommendations in planning documents that have existed for years. “(The plan) translates visions into a game plan that would work for the Town of Red Hook,” he said. O’Neill believes recent criticism of the plan is political, saying he’s been working on the plan for five years and it’s curious complaints are just being raised now that election season is in full swing. O’Neill said a number of other issues, such as plans for a village sewer system, are all components of the Centers and Greenspaces Plan. He says the sewer project is important, as it will make the village more viable while protecting the aquifer the municipality sits on. O’Neill says 40 years ago, the comprehensive plan called for a village sewer, but the Republican leadership has been unable or unwilling to get it done. O’Neill and his wife, Jean, have seven children and eight grandchildren. He resides on Spencer Drive in the town.

He says he is seeking re-election because there are more things he’d like to accomplish. “Fiscally, we have to be more efficient with taxpayer dollars,” he said. “We have to share services and merge village and town departments to accomplish that. I also want to make Red Hook a leader in local environmental issues.” Like O’Neill, McKeon is a big proponent of the Centers and Greenspaces Plan, saying it will provide necessary infrastructure in areas the town wants to invigorate while creating resources to protect areas it wants preserved. Responding to critics who say the Centers and Greenspaces Plan, as currently drafted, could open the floodgates for rapid development, McKeon said phasing mechanisms have been put in place to ensure growth is gradual. He also said changes will inevitably be made when the plan is reviewed by the public and local officials. The proposed village sewer project, according to McKeon, is an aspect of the plan and is necessary if the village hopes to create jobs and grow more viable. McKeon was a supporter of a controversial law approved this year that requires all new homes built in Red Hook to conform to EnergyStar standards, saying the move will give local contractors a leg up by putting them at the forefront of the green construction

movement. McKeon says a successful town councilman has to devote a good deal of time to the job. “One of the differences between our ticket and their ticket is we put in a lot of hours,” he said. “Quite frankly, you can’t have a full-time job, plus (other responsibilities), then give this your all.” McKeon says he spends a good deal of his time applying for grants, many of which the town has been awarded. Contrary to many on the right, McKeon believes the town board has been more productive since Democrats assumed leadership. He points to newly enacted proceedings put in place to control and check expenses and the approval of the EnergyStar law as examples of this productivity. He’s also going on the offensive when it comes to controlling property taxes, saying the current supervisor recently proposed a budget that would increase town taxes by 23%. He says he has crafted his own budget, which calls for a 0.7% decline in town property taxes. McKeon says he cut many line items and removed salary increases for town employees and took away elected officials’ health insurance. “Nobody likes to to make budget cuts, but I’m committed to doing so,” he said.



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ROBERT MCKEON McKeon won his town board seat in 2008 after an unsuccessful bid for town supervisor in 2007. He lost the 2007 race by 17 votes. He has lived in Red Hook since 1998 and owns a working farm in the town. McKeon and his wife, Elisabeth, have three daughters. He was a member of the town’s zoning review committee from 2007-08, and has been the head of Tax Reform Effort Northern Dutchess since 2005 and spends a good deal of his time in Albany lobbying for changes in the property tax system. Hudson valley news | | october 14, 2009 {7}

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AMERICAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Conducted by Leon Botstein, music director 2009–10 season: year

one of a two-year beethoven celebration

A rare opportunity to hear all nine of Beethoven’s symphonies performed in sequence.

Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17 The American Symphony Orchestra begins its two-year cycle of all nine of Beethoven’s symphonies with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21, and Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36; Shulamit Ran’s The Show Goes On, Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (U.S. premiere), and Harold Farberman’s Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra.

A rainy morning did not stop students from Chancellor Livingston Elementary School in Rhinebeck from participating in International Walk and Bike to School Day. Parent volunteers organized “walking” and “biking” school buses at designated stops throughout the Village of Rhinebeck. Over 100 students participated with local town and village officials, as well as local police and state troopers, who helped out at crosswalks and with traffic safety. Metta Callahan and Lottchen Schivers coordinated the event in Rhinebeck as part of the Safe Access to Schools Committee and Community in Support of Public Education.

Walk and Bike to School Day began as an idea in 1997. The Partnership for a Walkable America sponsored the first National Walk Our Children to School Day in Chicago, following the United Kingdom’s lead. Back then, it was simply a day to bring community leaders and children together to create awareness of the need for communities to be walkable. Children are encouraged to walk or bike to school in an effort to increase physical activity, keep the air cleaner, learn roadsafety skills, reduce traffic congestion and pollution, as well as to encourage kids to have some outdoor social time with their friends before starting school for the day.

All concerts are at 8:00 p.m. Preconcert talks at 6:45 p.m. Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater Tickets: $20, $30, $35 845-758-7900 or

Leon Botstein conducts the American Symphony Orchestra with precision and wit. The music sounds marvelously clear in the handsome acoustics of Bard College's Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. — New York Times

Local students cross the street with help from guardians on Walk and Bike to School Day. Photo ©Peter Aaron/Esto

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2009 TOUR OF HISTORIC BARNS AND WORKING FARMS 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Saturday, Oct. 24 Hosted by Winnakee Land Trust Tickets: $35; ages 14 and under, free 845-876-4213 or

It’s soo easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of the daily grind and miss out on the elements of the Hudson Valley that make this area a treasure. For example, I love apples very much, and every fall, I promise myself that I will go to one of the local orchards and actually pick my own rather than unconsciously snapping them off the table at my local supermarket. And every fall, I get busy with nothing particularly important at all and miss out. It’s like I’m living back in Dallas again, where there are no local orchards and authentic Dutch barns. Thanks to my work with Weekend, I’ve finally gone to an orchard to see one part of the upcoming Winnakee Land Trust’s 2009 Tour of Historic Barns and Working Farms – I can tell you without reservation I will be going back (off the clock with time to bring home a bag of those gorgeous Galas I saw dangling over my head). The Cedar Heights > more on page 15 Hudson valley news | | october 14, 2009 {9}





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Site-specific history-making In April, Weekend reported on the work of Matthew Slaats, the artist behind the Hyde Park Visual History Project. Back then, October seemed so far away – it’s now time for Slaats to premiere his multi-media work at the Hyde Park Drive-In. Slaats told us in April about his efforts over two years to collect the photos and memorabilia of local residents from all walks of life, choosing not to focus on the Roosevelts or the Vanderbilts. He held several workshops at the Hyde Park Free Library to meet and interact with citizens, and even developed unique technology that uses the specific movement generated in the audience to map out the rhythm of the changing images. This confluence of community, history and the arts happens on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Hyde Park Drive-In, 510 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park.

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{editor’s pick} Bard Orchestra Wednesday, Oct. 14, 8 p.m. Program includes Edward Elgar’s “Chanson de Matin,” Op. 15, No. 2, and “Chanson de Nuit,” Op. 15, No. 1; Jean Sibelius’s “Valse Triste,” Op. 44, No. 1; Claude Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun; and Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring. Nathan Madsen, music director, conducts. Tickets: $5. Sosnoff Theater, The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-758-7900.


The 3rd Annual ArtEast Open Studios Tour Oct. 17- 18: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. First of two-weekend selfguided tour event: Northern Dutchess County. Go to for more information and to download map. Free.

EVENT Hudson Valley Fall Home Show Oct. 16-18: Area’s largest home show showcases products and services for homeowners. Fri., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.6 p.m. Free. Gold’s Gym, 258 Titusville Rd., Poughkeepsie. 888-433-3976 or 845-463-4800. “Legends by Candlelight” Spook Tours Oct. 16-31: Candlelight tours of the museum and grounds; ghosts and spooks of the museum’s history. Tours every half hour. Call for reservations. Fri. & Sat., 6-8 p.m. Admission: $8, general; $5, children; $3, members. Clermont State Historic Site, 1 Clermont Ave., Germantown. 518-537-4240. New York State Sheep & Wool Family Festival Oct. 17-18: Sheep-shearing, animal shows, farmers’ market, wine tasting, and more. Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets: $10, general; $15, weekend pass; Free, 12 & under. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6550 Springbrook Ave. (Rte. 9), Rhinebeck. 845-876-4001

MUSIC American Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven’s Symphonies 1-5 Oct. 16 & 17: Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21; and Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36. Harold Farberman’s Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra. Jonathan Haas, timpani. Shulamit Ran’s “The Show Goes On,” Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra. Laura Flax, clarinet. Conducted by Leon Botstein, music director. Tickets:$35-$20. Bard College, Fisher Center, River Rd., Annandale-on-Hudson. 845758-7900.

Woodstock Chamber Orchestra Oct. 15, 17 & 18. WCO opens its 31st season with three separate performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Mozart’s Overture to “The Abduction from the Seraglio,” Debussy’s “Petite Suite,” and Vaughan Williams’ Overture to “The Wasps.” Tickets: $20, adults; $5, students. Thurs. 8 p.m.: Olin Hall, Bard College, Annadale-on-Hudson; Sat. 8 p.m.: Pointe of Praise Family Life Center, 243 Hurley Ave., Kingston; Sun., 3 p.m.: Bearsville Theater, Rte. 212, Woodstock. 845-246-7045.

THEATER “Hamlet” Oct. 16-25: An Up in One Production directed and adapted by Marcus D. Gregio, whose training and directorial credits include work with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare’s Globe in London. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. Tickets: $18, general; $16, senior & child. Center for Performing Arts, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080.

Wednesday, Oct. 14 MUSIC

Bard Orchestra 8 p.m. Program includes Edward Elgar’s “Chanson de Matin,” Op. 15, No. 2, and “Chanson de Nuit,” Op. 15, No. 1; Jean Sibelius’s “Valse Triste,” Op. 44, No. 1; Claude Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun; and Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring. Nathan Madsen, music director, conducts. Tickets: $5. Sosnoff Theater, The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandaleon-Hudson. 845-758-7900.

NIGHTLIFE Italian movie night: “Remember Me, My Love” 7:30 p.m. Free spumoni ice cream at intermission. Leonardo’s Italian Market, 51 East Market St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-3980. > more on page 11

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The American Symphony Orchestra (ASO)’s 2009-10 season kicks off this weekend with a momentous intention. The fall concert begins a two-year survey of all nine of Beethoven’s symphonies presented in sequence, a progression that will orient listeners into the historical context and cultural relevance of the work and its influences. The first program, at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21 and Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36; Shulamit Ran’s “The Show Goes On,” Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (U.S. premiere), Laura Flax, clarinet; and Harold Farberman’s Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra, Jonathan Haas, timpani. A preconcert talk by Richard Wilson, composer in residence with the ASO, begins at 6:45 p.m. The series continues on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5 and 6, with “Bruckner and Beethoven” features the ASO performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55 (“Eroica”) and Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3 in D Minor. “Beethoven and Shostakovich,” the final concert of the 2009–10 series, is presented on Friday and Saturday, April 23 and 24. Featured works are Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60, and Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67, and Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 107. Performances take place at The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. Individual tickets are $20, $30, and $35. A subscription to the three-concert series is $80 per person. Call 845-758-7900 or go to the Fisher Center website at for further information.

A treat for Beacon

On Saturday, Oct. 17, Dia Art Foundation celebrates the launch of free admission for City of Beacon residents on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year. Dia will inaugurate the initiative with a day of special programs and events, including a performance by legendary folk musician Pete Seeger and remarks by Dia director Philippe Vergne and Beacon Mayor Steve Gold. Free admission is available to all Beacon residents with valid government identification, and the day-long activities to mark the launch is open to the public. Free weekend admission for residents of the City of Beacon is made possible by Lyn and John Fischbach in honor of Pete Seeger. Dia:Beacon Since opening in 2003, Dia:Beacon has additionally hosted public programming at the Riggio Galleries museum including free monthly gallery talks, 3 Beekman St., Beacon. dance performances, film screenings, concerts by 845-440-0100, ext. 44 St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and Community Free Days for neighboring counties. LAUNCH DAY ACTIVITIES 11:30 a.m. Complimentary refreshments, including apples and cider from Fishkill Farms and pumpkin spice muffins from The Funky Baker Noon Welcome remarks by Philippe Vergne, Director, Dia Art Foundation, and Mayor Steve Gold, City of Beacon Performance by Pete Seeger 1 p.m. Guided tours of Dia’s collection for adults and families 2 p.m. “Line, Rhythm, Chance” - guided activities for families in the museum’s Learning Lab. Open by reservation to children 6 and above accompanied by an adult. Make a reservation by emailing

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E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM > continued from page 10 Open Mic 8 p.m. Alchemy of Woodstock, 297 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-684-5068. Open Mic 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Oasis, 58 Main St., New Paltz. 845255-2400.


Open Mic Night 7 p.m. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845855-1300.

OUTDOOR Bird Club Field Trip 9 a.m. Field trip to Tymor Forest with Waterman Bird Club. Hot dog roast after walk (optional). Bring your own hot dogs. Meet at the barns at Tymor Park. Free. Tymor Forest, 8 Tymor Park Rd., LaGrange. 845-677-9025.

desserts. Benefits the Jayne Brooks Memorial Food Pantry. Donation: $6, eat-in; $7, take-out. Church of the Messiah, 6436 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-3533.

NIGHTLIFE Acoustic Alchemy 8 p.m. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845855-1300. Rocky 7-9 p.m. Acoustic, singinger-songwriter. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300.

Friday, Oct. 16 EVENT

Columbus Day Dinner Dance



It’s safe to say the ultimate goal of every garage band is to make it big and tour the 6-10 p.m. With Carmelo Liardi. Dinner, 6-7 p.m. world. Poughkeepsie-based rock group Sugar Red Drive is turning that dream into a Music and dancing, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Admission: $13. St. Mary’s Hall, 188 North St., Kingston. For reality as it winds up its second national tour and prepares for a record release hometown reservations call Jim at 845-706-7171 or Lou at show at the Chance Theater on Oct. 17. 845-338-3972. Sugar Red Drive was born from the collapse of Mercury Rising, a band that was formed Thursday, Oct. 15 by students at Roy C. Ketcham High School in Wappingers Falls. When their singer quit, BENEFIT NIGHTLIFE guitarist Jim Knauss, bassist Davey Alexander and drummer P.J. Gasperini turned to Vassar 2009 Best of Hudson Valley® Magazine Party 420 Funk Mob 5:30 p.m. Sample from over 100 of the very “best” College student Archit Tripathi to fill the frontman role. “I heard him sing and thought, in the Hudson Valley region – food from the best 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. With special guest George Clinton, Weerd Science, Thousands of One and ‘‘that’s awesome,’ ” Knauss said. restaurants, treatments from the best spas, products DJ Majicjuan. Tickets: $30. The Chance Theater, 6 from the best stores, and services from the best As the new quartet started rehearsing, Crannell St., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-1966. Operation Rock Tour M Mercury Rising songs began to disappear businesses. Benefits the Dutchess Arts Council. Tickets: $40. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, 40 Civic featuring Sugar Red Drive and ffrom their setlists. The members focused on Ben Senterfit Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie. 914-345-0601. 9 p.m.-midnight. Motown/R&B. New World Home nnew material, with Knauss taking the lead Papercut Massacre, Franco, Cooking, 1411 Rte. 212, Saugerties. 845-246-0900 oon writing the music and Tripathi handling Third Thursday Lunch Semblance of a Soul and 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Enjoy lunch of soup (minestrone tthe lyrical content. With new songs and The Cocktails’ Halloween Ball Chasing Daybreak a fresh outlook, the group changed its or winter squash), sandwich, (ham, turkey salad, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic rock with The Lifesize veggie with cheese, or egg salad) and homemade nname to Sugar Red Drive to complete its 8 p.m. | Saturday, Oct. 17 > more on page 12 m metamorphosis. Tickets: $7 advance, $10 day of Knauss was a freshman at Dutchess The Chance C Community College when Sugar Red 6 Crannell St., Poughkeepsie D Drive was born, and he’s lived on the same P Poughkeepsie street as Gasperini for years. 845-471-1966 W While the original three members of the group have all been playing together since high school, Tripathi has traveled the world as the son of an Indian diplomat. The singer actually graduated from high school in Venezuela before moving to the United States to attend Vassar, a decision that ultimately brought upon the rebirth of the band. Sugar Red Drive quickly began to take shape as a force to be reckoned when it entered Applehead Studios in Woodstock in the summer of 2008 to record its first album with PERFORMANCES songwriter and producer Pat Gasperini, P.J.’s father. Poughkeepsie music fans may recognize Pat Gasperini as the guitarist for the bands Pound and Flywheel. “Applehead is great. Recording there was a push from one of P.J.’s dad’s friends. He’s the owner of the label we’re currently on. We thought we’d just do a five- to sixsong demo, but when he heard our songs, he said, ‘let’s do it,’ ” Knauss said. The band recorded a full-length album and is now on Sugar Bear Records with a distribution deal through Sony. Knauss found it almost surreal to be signed to a record label when the big day happened. “It was really cool and strange. I think every little kid dreams about it. I was in third grade when I started playing music. I wondered, ‘Wow, why me?’ It was really cool to see that it was actually happening,” he said. Sugar Red Drive opened for Seether and Finger Eleven at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center “Perhaps the in July 2008, which is one of Knauss’ favorite concert memories. Since then, the band has most adept and been busy hitting numerous venues on the open road, including stops on their first national courageous tour that ran from June to August. Sugar Red Drive’s first single, “One More Time,” also choreographer appeared on the soundtrack for the film “The Crypt.” Tickets $25 in mainstream modern After a three-week break, the group started off on its second national tour in September Student dance today...” Backstage Rush $10 as part of the Operation Rock tour with Papercut Massacre. The shows are being held to honor the men and women of the armed services by offering discounts for military personnel Reservations & Info and their families. Also, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to related charities. The 845-757-5106 tour runs through Halloween and brings Sugar Red Drive back to Poughkeepsie on Oct. Open rehearsal Thursday Oct. 22, 2pm Free 17 for the concert at the Chance at 8 p.m., as well as an acoustic in-store performance at Best Buy in the Poughkeepsie Galleria at 1 p.m. photo: Basil Childers “Coming back to the Hudson Valley after being around the entire country, it really makes you appreciate its beauty,” Knauss said. “It’s always nice. People who live there 120 Broadway Tivoli, NY 12583 may take it for granted, but there’s not very many other spots around like that. I love Poughkeepsie.”

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E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM > continued from page 11 Gorgeous Cocktails. The Sunset House, 137 N. Water St., Peekskill. 914-734-4192. The Crossroads Band 9 p.m. The Starr Place, 6417 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-2924. David Kraai 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Singer-songwriter performs with Sean Powell of The Saddle Tramps.The Quiet Man Pub, 2652 E. Main St., Wappingers Falls. 845298-1724. Denise Jordan Finley and Daniel Pagdon 8 p.m. Acoustic. Alchemy of Woodstock, 297 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-684-5068. Di & Rich 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Rock, country. Pickwick Pub, 698 Main St., Poughkeepsie. 845-943-1151. Don Sparks 8-11 p.m. Acoustic. Babycakes Bakery Café, 1-3 Collegeview Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-485-8411. John Jorgenson Quintet 9 p.m. Jazz. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. John Mueller 6 p.m. Acoustic. The Steel House Restaurant, 100 Rondout Landing, Kingston. 845-338-7847.


Leonardo’s Musica di Notte 7-10 p.m. Open mic night; all ages welcome. Nonalcoholic event; desserts, gelatos, coffees and more for purchase. Cover: $1. Leonardo’s Italian Market, 51 East Market St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-3980. Lewis Black 8 p.m. The comedian and playwright performs. UPAC, 601 Broadway Kingston. 845-339-6088. Marji Zintz 7-9 p.m. Acoustic, folk. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. Michele Barone Band 8:30-11:30 p.m. Covers. Pamela’s on the Hudson, 1 Park Pl., Newburgh. 845-562-4505. The Mojomatics 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Blues. 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914-7376624. Morton’s Acoustic Show 8-10:30 p.m. Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff. 845-876-7007. Stephen Kaiser Group 8-11 p.m. Cold Spring Depot, 1 Depot Square, Cold Spring. 845-265-5000. > more on page 13



VOCAL ARTS Opera singer Maria Todaro is forming a community choir. Shandaken Theatrical Society will be hosting rehearsals for the choir beginning Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 6-8 p.m. at STS Playhouse, 10 Church St., Phoenicia. All are welcome to join. Interested singers should contact Todaro at


THEATER Auditions are being held on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. for a production of “Falsettos.” All parts are open for actors, singers and dancers. Prepare a contemporary song (bring sheet music in correct key) and wear shoes/clothes appropriate for dancing. Performance dates are scheduled for Feb. 12 through Feb 21, Fridays through Sundays. Auditions take place at The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. For further information, contact director/choreographer Kevin Archambault at

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The Third Annual ArtEast Open Studios Tour kicks off this weekend with the first of a two-weekend self-guided tour event. On Oct. 17 and 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., people are invited to visit studios located in northeast Dutchess County. On Oct. 24 and 25, the tour leads through southeast Dutchess County, again from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The map can be downloaded at; there will also be yellow and black signs alerting drivers to the designated studios. The artists on the tour works in a variety of media and styles, and will be in their studios, ready to explain their creative processes and working methods. The events are free. “Pocohontas Preview” by Michael Petruzzo.

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DUTCHESS COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL PRESIDENT > continued from page 12 ADRIANCE LIBRARY GRAND REOPENING Saturday, Oct. 17 ART The long-awaited grand reopening ceremony of the newly renovated Adriance Memorial Group Show Library will take place on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. Adriance Memorial Library, located at The Ya Yas 6-9 p.m. Opening reception. Featuring the works 93 Market St. in Poughkeepsie, is the oldest tax-supported library in New York State and 7:30-10:30 p.m. Acoustic. Admission: $5. Bean of: Joel Benton, Ron Garofalo, Joan Hall, Ellen the third oldest in the United States. Renowned folksinger Tom Chapin and his band will Runner Café, 201 S. Division St., Peekskill. 914- Perantoni, Michelle Spark, Julie Szabo, and perform, and at 3:30 p.m. there will be a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the 111th birthday of the 737-1701. Rachele Unter. On view through Nov. 9. Gallery hours: Fri., 3-6 p.m.; Sat., noon-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 Adriance and its triumphant return to the downtown Poughkeepsie area. After a two-year OUTDOOR renovation, during which time the library was located in a temporary space on Bancroft Bird Club Field Trip: “Road Salt: Impacts to the a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. Cabane Studios Fine Art Gallery and Photographic Studio, 38 Main Road, the Adriance is delighted to re-open its doors to the public. The newly renovated Environment and Human Health” St., Phoenicia. library features four floors; elevators; handicapped accessibility; a dedicated Youth Services 9 a.m.-noon. Learn about the impact road salt has on natural areas, drinking water supplies, and health floor, which houses the children’s room, Preschooler Learning Center and a dedicated teen conditions, and weigh in on a lively discussion about “New Directions ’09” room; a renovated rotunda area; updated furniture and more spacious listening, meeting and how municipalities can improve policy decisions in 4-6 p.m. Opening reception. Barrett’s 25th annual national juried contemporary art exhibition. Runs reading areas. the future. Reservations appreciated. Free. Cary through Nov. 21. Donation requested. Gallery hours: As if October wasn’t busy enough, the Poughkeepsie Public Library District is also in Institute Auditorium, 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Rte. Thurs. & Fri. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. the midst of hosting programs surrounding The Lincoln Exhibit, “Forever Free: Lincoln’s 44), Millbrook. 845-677-6000, ext. 171. and by appointment. Barrett Art Center Galleries, 55 Noxon St., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-2550. Journey to Emancipation” and The Big Read, featuring this year’s Big Read book selec- THEATER tion, “Their Eyes Were Watching God.” For more information on the grand reopening, The “Canned Ham” New Paltz Arts Loop Lincoln Exhibit and The Big Read, as well as all other PPLD events and programs, please 8 p.m. An insider “show-biz musical-comedy” that 4-8 p.m. Historic Huguenot Street is one of 12 arts recounts the true life adventures of Tom Judson, go to and cultural venues that opens its doors on the third FISCAL SPONSORSHIP WORKSHOP OFFERED The Dutchess County Arts Council, in collaboration with Dia Art Foundation and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, is pleased to present “Considering the Fiscal Sponsorship Model to Structure and Support Art Projects,” the third in a series of workshops on contemporary legal issues for artists and organizations. Many independent artists as well as small and new arts organizations require public donations and contributions to carry out certain artistic projects. Without the requisite 501(c)(3) status, these artists and organizations face difficulties in raising funds from philanthropic individuals, charitable foundations, and government institutions. Fortunately, fiscal sponsorship arrangements exist, which enable individual artists, as well as small and new arts organizations, to raise grants and tax-deductible contributions for their projects. This workshop will cover some of the legal issues involved. Taught by Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, associate director of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York City, this workshop will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, at Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman St., Beacon. General admission is $10 per person or free for members of Dia, the Dutchess County Arts Council, and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Admission also includes museum admission. For reservations, call 845-440-0100, ext.19, or e-mail

an established actor off and on Broadway, who, at age 43, became a gay adult entertainer. Tickets: $15; purchase online in advance. CunneenHackett Arts Center, 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-0589.

Saturday of the month for this special opportunity. At HHS, view the DuBois Fort gallery or experience a special curator tour of the art featured in the 1894 Deyo House. For more information, visit www. Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz. 845-255-1660 or 1889. > more on page 14

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E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM > continued from page 11 A Twisted Soul Show Exhibition 5:30-7:30 p.m. Opening reception. Featuring the work of by Art Institute alumni Leigh Bromer, Alexandra Jaffer, Chelsea Lewyta, and Michael Petruzzo. On display through Dec. 17. Twisted Soul Restaurant, Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845471-7477.

BENEFIT 18th Annual AIDS Walk The largest HIV/AIDS fundraiser in the region. Free; donations raised by teams. Waryas Park, Main St., Poughkeepsie. 845-758-8283. Memory Walk 9 a.m. Community event joining friends, family and co-workers as they walk to end Alzheimer’s. Walks vary from one to three miles and are held in nearly 600 locations nationwide. Donations requested. Dutchess County Community College, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie. or 845485-7000. Tony Trischka 8 p.m. Trischka is an acclaimed banjo player whose 2007 album, Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular, was nominated for a Grammy. Benefits the Staatsburgh Library. Tickets: $30. Dinsmore Firehouse, Old Post Rd., Staatsburg. 845-8894683.

EVENT Annual DCHS Road Rallye The rallye is a scavenger hunt using automobiles to follow clues that will take you on a leisurely drive through Dutchess and Putnam counties in peak foliage season. Along the way, enjoy games, history, refreshments, prizes and an end of tour reception. At least 2 persons per car; families are welcome. Reservations are required; rain or shine. $30 per car, members; $40 per car, non-members. Rail Station Parking Area, Cold Spring. 845-471-1630.

legal issues for artists and arts organizations.Taught by Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, Associate Director, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, NYC. Admission: $10. Free for members of Dia and the Dutchess County Arts Council. Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman St., Beacon. 845-440-0100, ext.19.

MUSIC David Reed 2-4 p.m. Acoustic. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Café, 40 West Market St., Red Hook. 845758-9500. Doug Marcus 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Acoustic. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. HVP Symphony Concert I - Mozart à la Marsalis 8 p.m. Hudson Valley Philharmonic in concert, with HVP music director/conductor Randall Craig Fleischer, Verdi: La Forza del Destino Overture, Mozart: Concerto, violin, no.3, K 216, G Major (Strassburg)- cadenzas written by Wynton Marsalis with Anne Akiko Meyers- violin, Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra. Tickets: $24-$47. Bardavon, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072.

NIGHTLIFE Anna Fiszman and Marc Landesberg 8-11 p.m. Jazz, singer-songwriters. Babycakes Bakery Café, 1-3 Collegeview Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-485-8411. Big River Band and Gretchen Witt 7-9:30 p.m. Acoustic. Café Mezzaluna, 626 Rte. 212, Saugerties. 845-246-5306. Connor Kennedy & Friends 7-9 p.m. Jazz. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. Larry Stevens Band 8:30-11:30 p.m. Covers. Pamela’s on the Hudson, 1 Park Pl., Newburgh. 845-562-4505.

Hyde Park Fall Festival: “Our Dutch Heritage” 2-7 p.m. Food booths, vendors, children’s games, Halloween costume contest, rides, Culinary Institute cake-eating contest, entertainment. Free. DYC Haunted Hayrides follow from 7-10 p.m. Charge for hayrides. Raindate: Oct. 24. Hackett Hill Park, 79 E. Market St., Hyde Park. 845-229-8086, ext. 4.

Madd Dog 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Mahoney’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, 35 Main St., # 411, Poughkeepsie. 845-471-7026.

Oktoberfest 5-11 p.m. Live music by Paul Slusser. Doors open at 5 p.m. Dinner served at 6 p.m. Dinner choices are Sauerbraten or Chicken Schnitzel dinner at $20 per person. Appetizer and dessert included. German Lagers, Pilsners, Bocks, and Hefeweizens will be available. Walk-ins are welcome for music and dancing at $6 per person. 32 Cherry Street, Albany. For reservations call 518-489-0831 or 518265-6102.

Michelle LeBlanc Jazz Quintet 7:30 p.m. Croton Free Library, 171 Cleveland Dr., Croton-on-Hudson. 914-271-6612.

Vendorfest 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Various home party representatives are presenting their wares for sale and offering fun demonstrations. Fresh baked goods and craft items are also being sold at the event. Free admission. The Reformed Church of Beacon, 1113 Wolcott Ave. (Rte. 9D), Beacon. 845-831-8153

FAMILY Dog on Fleas 11 a.m. The kid-friendly band returns. Get ready to sing along and dance on stage to familiar favorites and new tunes. Tickets: $8, general; $6, children. Center for Performing Arts, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080.

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Mestengo 8 p.m. Americana. Alchemy of Woodstock, 297 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-684-5068.

The Providers 8:30-11:30 p.m. Blues. La Puerta Azul, Rte. 44, Millbrook. 845-677-2985. Ray Blue 7:30-10:30 p.m. Jazz. Admission: $10. Bean Runner Café, 201 S. Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-1701. Reality Check 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. The Starr Place, 6417 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-2924. Steve Forbert 9 p.m. With special guest Rick Snyder. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. The Straight Up Dirties 9:30-11:30 p.m. Classic rock. Admission: $5. 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-6624.

OUTDOOR Bird Club Field Trip 9 a.m. Field trip to Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center with the Waterman Bird Club for sparrows. Meet at the Manor House parking lot, 79 > more on page 15

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The great outdoors Artist Tarryl Gabel of Hyde Park gets an early start at Saturday’s Eighth Annual Rhinebeck Plein Air Paint Out with a painting of Crystal Lake at the American Legion Park in Rhinebeck. Photos by Todd Gay.





E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM Farmstead Ln. (off 9D). Call if planning to attend. Free. Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center, Rte. 9D, Wappingers Falls. 845-297-6701. Fishing the River at Norrie Point 3-5 p.m. Haul in the fish with 30-foot seine net or try angling. Rods and bait provided. Free. Norrie Point Environmental Center, Norrie Point, Old Post Rd., Staatsburg. 845-889-4745, ext. 105.

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From the Street to the Lawn: A Tour de Paltz 10 a.m.-noon. A unique bike ride and historic tour perfect for our prime foliage season. Leaving from Historic Huguenot Street, ride along the river and along some of the area’s most historic and bucolic roads to Locust Lawn. Once there, enjoy refreshments and a tour of The Josiah Hasbrouck and Terwilliger Houses before heading back into town. Moderate 4.5-mile ride each way. Cosponsored by the New Paltz Bike/Ped Committee. Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz. 845-255-1660 or 1889.

for Unison” Featuring a “monsterpiece” performance of hilarious and harrowing monologues, short plays and sketches. Participants include Adam LeFevre, Sarah Chodoff, Mikhail Horowitz, Nicole Quinn, Nina Shengold, David Smilow, Lori Wilner. Bruce Pileggi and Christine Crawfis. Pre-paid ticket prices are $15, students; $20, Unison members; $25, nonmembers. All tickets: $2 more at the door. McKenna Theatre, SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Dr., New Paltz. 845-255-1559.

TOUR Walking tour 10 a.m. Free two-hour walking tours of the historic Vassar College campus, jointly led by Professor of Psychology Randy Cornelius and Associate Professor of Chemistry Chris Smart (Smart is also a 1984 Vassar graduate). Beginx at the front entrance to the college’s Main Building, and will be held rain or shine. Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-7405.

Orchard in Rhinebeck is part of the tour and part of an easement that Winnakee protects – the self-guided tour takes people through Red Hook and Rhinebeck, while docents will be stationed at each site to share information. Winnakee’s tour is a bit different than other tours in that patrons will be able to see a variety of architecture as well as a variety of types of properties. You’ll see examples of Dutch structures, but you’ll also see a sheep farm, an orchard and a working wool mill. The event will be capped off by a wine-and-cheese reception at 4 p.m. at Old Stone Farm, a pristine, historic equestrian farm in Rhinebeck. Singles and Sociables Hike – Rhododendron Sunday, Oct. 18 I spoke with Lucy Hayden, executive director of Winnakee Land Trust, about the tour Bridge and Beyond DANCE and the significance of the variety offered. “This is the fourth year” of the tour, she said. 9:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. All adult hikers welcome, single A Social Ballroom/Latin Dance Party and non-single, aged 18 and above. No reservations 6 p.m., Rumba workshop; 7 p.m., dance with Esther The annual event actually started the year that Hayden came to the organization. required. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Visitor There was a focus on Dutch barns early on, but Hayden said that the tour’s scope was Center. This is a moderate, 8-mile hike, led by Art & Ben. Donation. Refreshments. Singles and welcome. Pleasant Valley Town Hall, Rte. widened to include “barns that aren’t Dutch, but that have landmark status, and are both Raphael (845-255-5367). New hikers are strongly couples 44, Pleasant Valley. 845-635-3341 encouraged to contact the leader prior to the hike. beautiful and recognizable.” She said that having working farms was a way to include more people and educate Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919. EVENT “Gathering of Old Cars” as well. PERFORMANCE 11 a.m.–4 p.m. 23nd annual classic car show, “We wanted to bring in some interest for children (being able to pet the animals) and Haines Magic with Comedian Troy Thirdgill co-sponsored by Red Hook Car Club. Antique promote local agriculture. This year, the Dutchess County Bounty project is launching 8 p.m. Illusionist performs. Tickets: $29.50-$43.50. automobiles, car capers and costume show set so it seemed an opportune time to visit farms not open to the public.” The Dutchess Mid Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, amidst autumn vistas on the Hudson River estate lawn. Food vendors. Free. Staatsburgh State County Bounty project works to connect local farmers and the community through Poughkeepsie. 845-454-5800 or 845-454-3388. Historic Site, Old Post Rd., Staatsburg. 845-889various avenues – learn more at their Web site, Hyde Park Visual History Project 8851. Children will also be able to participate in a scavenger hunt throughout the tour. 8-11p.m. A dynamic display of images and audio This event is also an opportunity for locals to learn more about what Winnakee Land showing vibrant images of the Hudson River town. Open House Trust is and what the organization does, as well as support its efforts, since all proceeds The audience, using software designed for the 2 p.m. See Hyde Park one-room schoolhouse, where project, will dynamically control the images through go straight to the trust. Hayden said, “The public benefit of conservation easements isn’t their movements around the site. Hyde Park Drive- the first classes were held in 1847. Refreshments always apparent. We protect scenic vistas. This year, we’re visiting sites on the tour that In Theatre, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. thehydeparkproject. served. Presentation titled, “Native Americans.” Sun 2pm. Free, donations appreciated. Little Red are under easement (with Winnakee): The Bulkeley farm and Cedar Heights Orchard.” com. Schoolhouse, North Park Elementary School The public can still get tickets: Hayden recommended calling Winnakee’s office at grounds, Rte. 9G, Hyde Park. 845-229-9029 or 845-229-2559. 845-876-4213 or emailing to make a reservation. For people THEATER “Stage Fright: A Monsterpiece Theater Benefit who decide to come at the last minute on Saturday, or have unexpected guests who > more on page 16 would like to attend, come to the first site (Bulkeley farm on West Kerley Corners Road in Red Hook) between 10 a.m. to noon to purchase “day of” admission. Boxed lunched are available, by reservation only, for an additional $15 per person.



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E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM > continued from page 15 Pumpkin Festival Noon-5 p.m. Pumpkins galore celebrate the harvest season. Live music, crafts, food vendors, farmer’s market and community activists. Sails/tours on the “Woody Guthrie” and “Sloop Clearwater” (tent.) Sponsored by Beacon Sloop Club. Free. Riverfront Park, Beacon Waterfront. Beacon. 845-542-0721 or 845-831-6962.

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The Acoustic Medicine Show Noon-2 p.m. Acoustic, bluegrass. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Café, 40 West Market St., Red Hook. 845-758-9500. “Rebel!” 4 p.m. Baroque group in concert. Part of Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society’s 30th year presenting music in the Hudson Valley. Tickets: $25, general; $5, student; under age 13, free.Church of the Messiah, 6436 Montgomery St. (Rte. 9), Rhinebeck. 845-758-5673. St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble at Dia 2 p.m. Hear a musical snapshot of the young composer in this All-Schubert program, including the popular “Trout” Quintet. Sonatina for Violin and Piano, Op. 137 No. 1 in D Major; String Trio in Bb Major, D. 581 for violin, viola and cello; Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667 “Trout.” Dia: Beacon, Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman St., Beacon. 845-440-0100. Unplugged Acoustic Open Mic Sessions 3:30-6 p.m. Admission: $5, members; $6, nonmembers. Unison Arts Center, 68 Mt. Rest Rd. New Paltz. 845-255-1559.

NIGHTLIFE Big Bang Jazz Gang 7:30-10 p.m. Jazz. Keegan Ales, 20 Saint James St., Kingston. 845-331-2739. California Guitar Trio 7:30 p.m. Progressive rock. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. Di & Rich 6-10 p.m. Modern rock. Ruben’s Mexican Café, 5 North Division St., Peekskill. 914-739-4330.

OUTDOOR “Trees of the Shawangunks” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Join Ryan Trapani, education forester, Catskill Forest Association, Inc., and learn to recognize the special characteristics that make each tree species unique. This program includes a moderate, 5-mile hike. Reservations required. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919. Singles and Sociables Hike – Bonticou Crag 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. All adult hikers welcome, single and non-single, aged 18 and above. No reservations required. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Spring Farm Trailhead. This is a moderate, 7-mile hike, led by Sherry Runk (845-687-7679). New hikers are strongly encouraged to contact the leader prior to the hike. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-2550919. Wickets and Wine 4-6 p.m. HHS brings back the halcyon days of the 1894 Deyo House with croquet on the lawn. Players of all skill levels welcome. $10 per person; $8 for Friends of Huguenot Street. Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz. 845-255-1660 or 1889.



“One Skillet Suppers” 7 p.m. A two-hour hands-on cooking class, including sit-down dinner and complete recipe packet to keep. Class is limited to 7. Fee: $55. Jennifer Clair’s Country Kitchen, 161 East Main St., Beacon. Register by calling 917-803-6857.

Nicole Quinn Film Showing 7 p.m. Presentation of short student and independent films curated by Academy Award-nominated actress Melissa Leo as a visual memoir of the career as seen through short films. Local filmmaker Quinn hosts the screenings and leads the audience discussion. Suggested donation, $8. Vanderlyn Hall Student Lounge, Ulster County Community College, 491 Cottekill Rd., Stone Ridge. 845-687-5262.

NIGHTLIFE Joe Bones Blues Jam 9 p.m. Alchemy of Woodstock, 297 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-684-5068. Open Mic Night 7-9 p.m. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. Photos by Nicole DeLawder.

OUTDOOR Ornamental Tree Walk 11 a.m. See the landscape garden, a living museum of stately specimen trees. Join horticulturists to walk the grounds and learn more about the trees comprising the landscape. Wear comfortable shoes; dress for the weather. Admission: $3. Locust Grove, Samuel Morse Estate, 2683 Rte. 9, Poughkeepsie. 845-454-4500.

WORKSHOP Our Higher Voice Workshop with Baird Hersey 7-9 p.m. Learn the basic techniques and theory of Natural Voice Harmonic Singing. Mirabai of Woodstock, 23 Mill Hill Rd., Woodstock. 845679-2100.

Wednesday, Oct. 21 MUSIC

SUNY Ulster Pops Concert Performance 7:30 p.m. SUNY Ulster’s Community Band and Jazz Ensemble with perform along with invited area ensembles at this annual Pops Concert under the direction of Chris Earley. Tickets: $5. Quimby Theater, SUNY Ulster, 491 Cottekill Rd., Stone Ridge. 845-687-5262.

PERFORMANCE The Lipizzaner Stallions 40th Anniversary Tour 6:30 p.m. Horses and riders were brought from Europe to perform in this unique family attraction. All new music, choreography and routines are included in this edition, emphasizing the history of the Lipizzaner breed, from its breeding and use as a horse of war to a horse of nobility and aristocracy to equestrian art. Tickets: Gold Circle $28, reserved seating; regular reserved seating $24, $22, children 12 & under and seniors over 60. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie. 845454-5800, ext. 201; 800-745-3000.

OUTDOOR Bird Club Field Trip 9 a.m. Field trip to Bowdoin Park with Waterman Bird Club. Hot dog roast after walk (optional). Bring your own hot dogs. Meet at upper level parking area. Free. Bowdoin Park, 85 Sheafe Rd., Wappingers Falls. 845-677-9025.

WORKSHOP Songwriting with Soul with Steve Chizmadia 8-10:30 p.m. 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-6624.

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BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM On Thursday, Oct. 8, environmental education centers and school classes along the Hudson River estuary collected scientific information to create a snapshot of “A Day in the Life of the Hudson River.” This annual program, now in its seventh year, included over 3,000 students and educators who sampled the estuary’s waters at 61 sites from New York Harbor to Green Island. Weekend caught up with students from Van Wyck Junior High School, led by Barbara Procario, who were working diligently at Norrie Point Environmental Education Center. Students tested water samples, donned waders for seining and more, recording all of their data for the overall picture of the Hudson River.

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To Hong Kong, Hell and back BY AN ANN LA FARGE

– Using Philosophy (and Jokes!) to Explain Life, Death, the Afterlife, and Everything in Between” by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein (Viking, $19.95, illustrated with cartoons throughout). The two philosophy guys meet up with a questioner, Daryl Frumkin, who wants (or thinks he wants) to know the secrets of life ... and death. He gets his answers about the Big D, its prequel, Life, and its sequel, the Sweet Hereafter. How can we enjoy life with the clock ticking so loudly in our ear? Well, listen to what Woody Allen said: “I don’t want to live on in the hearts of my countrymen. I want to live on in my apartment.” The authors take Daryl through the centuries of philosophy and the changing attitudes toward life and death. “So you’re telling me,” Daryl says, frustrated, “that none of these bigtime serious thinkers just looks at death and says it sucks, plain and simple?” Nope. But is there a soul? Let’s ask Plato. When they do, Daryl comments, “This guy sounds a few Doric columns short of a Parthenon.” Okay, let’s try Aristotle. And then there is the zombie problem … Mme. Blavatsky ... cryogenics. And cloning. And “Don’t get us started on hell!” Daryl, in a surprise ending, has the last word. And throughout, there are jokes and cartoons galore. “Heaven is one of the most popular locales for cartoons,” the authors tell us, “right up there with desert islands and psychiatrists’ offices.” Great reading for anyone who wonders what it’s going to be like to push up the daisies, buy the farm, croak, give up the ghost. The subject is covered very neatly and delightfully – and wisely – here, from angels to zombies and everything in between. Wow.

Hurray! He’s back –Michael Connelly’s Hur L.A. ppolice detective Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch featured in 14 novels so far. Of Bosch, “Nin “Nine Dragons” (Little, Brown, $27.99) Conn Connelly himself says it best: “‘Nine Drag Dragons’ is about Harry and his daughter … Up until Bosch became a father, I had been creating a character who was ski skilled enough and tough enough to go int into the abyss and seek out human evil … he knew he had to be relentless an and bulletproof. Nobody could get to hhim.” Then, back in a novel called ““Lost Light,” Harry met his daughter, Madeline. “Harry suddenly knew he could be gotten to.” Now, several years later, Madeline lives with her mother in Hong Kong. She’s 13, and she and Harry “text” a lot, and speak on the phone. But in L.A. Harry is now ki a case off a li working liquor store owner, shot and killed behind the counter of his store. Seems he was paying – or not paying – the Chinese gangs called the Triad his weekly extortion money. Harry brings in a detective from the Asian Gang Unit to help with translation, discovers a lethal crime ring in Hong Kong … and learns that the very worst has happened: His daughter has been taken. Ann La Farge left her longtime book publishing job to do freelance editing and In the fiery, fast-moving midsection of “Nine Dragons” – a “39-hour day” – Harry writing. She divides her time between New York City and Millbrook, and can be reached flies to Hong King where, in the district known as Nine Dragons, he meets up with his at ex-wife and searches for Madeline. Harry had always known, somehow, that “one day it would come to this, that the darkness would find her and that she would be used to get to him.” signings and sightings} At this point, the reader must remember to breathe; the tension is that high. I’ll only tell you one more thing: Mickey Haller, defense attorney and longtime Connelly character, comes back in “Nine Dragons.” Wednesday, Oct. 14 “What’s next?” Connelly was asked in an interview. “I am sure (Mickey Haller) and “Poetry of the Hudson: A Celebration” Harry will cross paths again,” he said. “I am just starting to write the next book, which 5:30 p.m. The evening of poetry will highlight local poets reading from their work, is another Harry Bosch story and ...” including Eamon Grennan, Nancy Willard, Molly McGlennan and special guest, Evan Hurry up, Connelly. Pritchard, of the Native American Micmac people. Readers will also include student Before diving into another favorite writer’s new poets from Vassar College. Class of ’51 Reading Room, Vassar College Library, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5760. novel (next week I’ll tell you about John Irving’s “Last Night in Twisted River”) I treated myself to a piece of truly great writing, William Styron’s Thursday, Oct. 15 5 p.m. Vassar staff member Lynn Owen, author of “LaGrange,” discusses her work. “The Suicide Run – Five Tales of the Marine Vassar College Bookstore, the College Center, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. Corps” (Random House, $24) – three of which are 845-437-5370. fragments from novels the Pulitzer-Prize winning writer set aside before his death in 2006. Friday, Oct. 16 In “Blankenship” (1953), Styron takes us to 7:30 p.m. Laurie Sandell, author of “The Impostor’s Daughter: A True Memoir,” a New York City island prison in 1944, when a discusses her book. Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St. (Rte.9), prisoner has escaped. In “Marriott the Marine,” Rhinebeck. 845-876-0500. and the title story, “The Suicide Run,” there’s the premonition, then the reality, that “the defeat and Saturday, Oct. 17 surrender of Japan ... was not an ending but a prelude Jessica DuLong shares her new book “My River Chronicles: Rediscovering America to a succession of wars as senseless and as bestial on the Hudson” at Merritt Bookstores. 11 a.m., 57 Front St., Millbrook. 845-677as any ever seen …” And in “My Father’s House,” 5857; 2 p.m., 7496 South Broadway, Red Hook. 845-758-2665. a longtime soldier adjusts to being a civilian again and flashes back to a soldier in 1946, lying in a 1-4 p.m. Brenda Moore-Frazier signs copies of “Executive Image Power.” Barnes & Noble, Rte. 9, Poughkeepsie. 845-485-2224. tent reading poetry ... and Bob Hope entertaining the troops. This book, from one of America’s greatest literary voices, brings to life the world 2 p.m. Author and Brewster resident Doris Tomaselli will discuss her book, “Ned of war “back then.” The book ends with a fragment, “Elobey, Annobon, and Corisco,” Anderson: Appalachian Trailblazer and Small Town Renaissance Man.” Southeast Museum, 67 Main St., Brewster. 845-279-7500. written late in the author’s life, about a soldier, on the eve of battle, remembering his childhood stamp collection and the aroma of roast chicken for Sunday dinner, music Sunday, October 18 playing on the Zenith radio, “Sunday’s murmurous purple melancholy.” 3 p.m. Julie M. Fenster, author of “FDR’s Shadow: Louis Howe, the Force that This book is a gem. Shaped Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt,” discusses and signs her book. Henry A. And so is this one: From “the philosophy guys” who brought us “Plato and a Platypus Wallace Visitor and Education Center, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Walk Into a Bar,” here’s “Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates Museum, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. 845-229-7770. Hudson valley news | | october 14, 2009 {17}

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LIBRA (SEPT. 23- OCT. 22): You’ve been working overtime lately, but it’s been

paying off – just don’t forget to take some time for yourself to avoid burn-out. You have an opportunity to make a unique personal connection with someone unlikely – take it in stride, because you’ll wind up learning something very useful from them.

SCORPIO (OCT. 23- NOV. 21): Try to cut that person who’s been driving you up a tree a little slack this week – you know that they’re having a tough time adjusting to a new situation, and just because you see the big picture doesn’t mean they can. Turn that high-powered perception to a volunteer project. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): This week will bring out the contemplative side of you, and that’s not a bad thing: You’ve got a serious conflict to resolve, and you owe it to all parties involved to give this your full attention. Don’t be afraid to make what seems like a dramatic decision, because you’ll know that you gave it your all. Photo courtesy of MovieWeb.

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): Reach out to that person in your life who has seemed to be pulling away from the group – this week, you have the right words to say to help them. Then use those sharp communication skills to move forward with a business project to happy rewards. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB 18): This is a perfect time for you to think out of the box, and for everyone to benefit from your creative approaches to problem-solving. Don’t be shy about voicing your opinions: You’ll be rewarded for your work. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): Your communication skills are the sharpest

they’ve been in ages this week – this is the best time to tackle an artistic project or something at work that requires a big presentation, because you’re going to be able to share your ideas with clarity and authenticity.

ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): This isn’t a good week for communication – be careful with your words, and avoid pontification, because it’s going to be taken poorly. Bite your tongue and let things go right now. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): Don’t move forward with plans on a big project this

week – you’re missing some crucial information that may change your approach. Just for right now, focus on short-term issues that are time-sensitive and (relatively) easily solved. Don’t let a friend discourage you – they have their own set of issues to deal with.

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): You’ve got energy to spare right now, and it’s pushing you in a social direction. Now is a great time to make new friends and experience a new scene – you always strive to combat boredom – but don’t forsake the friends who have been with you in tough times. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): Unlike most people this week, you are seeing life

with great clarity. You can tell when your time is going to be wasted on a project – say “no” and don’t feel guilty. Take a chance on a new hobby or activity – you’ll find it enlightening.

LEO (JULY 23- AUG. 22): You’re feeling a bit lost this week, but don’t worry: A person close to you has the right words of wisdom to not only cheer you up, but to inspire you. Be aware of lagging energy – it might require more than just extra shut-eye. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): This is a good time to bring people on board to your way of thinking, but don’t be disheartened if your met with serious skepticism – it’s not a personal affront. Just keep at them, and your persuasive skills will prevail. For entertainment purposes only.

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BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM “Whip It” is by no means a perfect movie – there’s a good 15 minutes that could have been chopped out to improve the pace, and the characters are a little bit over-romanticized. However, Drew Barrymore’s freshman directional effort resulted in a funny, entertaining and ultimately heart-warming story with a strong message to young people (and old people) about following your dreams. I laughed out loud, often, and I winced as often watching women take serious spills and full-body hits as real athletes, not just raunchy pin-ups. The story is pretty straight-forward: Small-town girl Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page) longs to leave her mother’s beauty pageant ambitions behind and exercise her inner ruffian as a member of the Hurl Scouts roller derby team, lead by Maggie Mayhem (Kristin Wiig). It’s the nuances, and some witty supporting characters, that elevate “Whip It” from a Lifetime “girl power” docudrama to a more authentic, interesting portrait of women at different stages of their personal rebellions. Four knockouts Before this film gets saddled with that Director: Drew Barrymore awful label, “chick flick,” there were lots Starring: Ellen Page of men in the audience with me, including Alia Shawkat my dad. In many ways, this is a great fatherMarcia Gay Harden daughter film, so guys shouldn’t fear the possibility of estrogen being pumped into Kristin Wiig the room. Barrymore may have zeroed in on Runtime:111 min. female relationships, but the film shines a Rated PG-13 for sexual content light on fathers and boyfriends, with a fairly including crude dialogue, harsh glare. Daniel Stern plays Bliss’ dad, language and drug material. Earl, as the typical passive, beer-drinking, football-watching pop, but Bliss takes a turn calling her father out for his ineffectuality, only to realize how she’s just been seeing the surface. It would have been better to mine that inner complexity than resort to only a quick scene, but at least it’s there. And as Earl starts to see his daughter as the tough fighter she is (even if she isn’t wearing a UT Longhorn jersey), I got a little teary. On that note, sports films are a dicey genre – it’s no coincidence that most try to skip over the actual playing of the game. “Whip It” embraces the action scenes, and they wind up being some the most entertaining (and funny). You don’t have to know anything about roller derby rules – emcee “Hot Tub” Johnny Rocket (Jimmy Fallon) tells you everything you need to know. Watching the team learn moves and strategies was both exciting and effective as part of the film’s efforts at character building – Bliss is a good skater but a pitiful aggressor, while Smashley Simpson (Barrymore) is far more interested in knocking out her opponents than trying to score points for the team. The conflicts of the film are multilayered, keeping the tension at a high-level until the very end. The most broad, of course, is the fact that while the Hurl Scouts have always been losers, they suddenly find themselves caring about scoring wins, especially if it means taking down diva skater Iron Maven (Juliette Lewis). Lewis was perfect as the baddie, and I immediately recalled how much I enjoyed Woody Harrelson in “Zombieland.” Mickey and Mallory are back, with the edges taken off, thank goodness. Iron Maven isn’t waving around a gun a la “Natural Born Killers,” but she is a big bully and a great foil for the Hurl Scout misfits. Those misfits are a good mix of silly and serious skating, especially rapper Eve as Rosa Sparks and Zoe Bell as Bloody Holly. The names alone were entertaining, as was their ability to fight ferociously in fishnets.

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• Amy Winehouse is set to release her follow-up album to 2006’s “Back To Black” next year, according to Island record’s co-president Darcus Beese. Demos have apparently been recorded (though he characterized that process as being one of “fits and starts.” Yikes) – Amy, here’s keeping our fingers crossed that you’re “Back To Singing” and not snorting.

• Naked gals have never been so animated: Marge Simpson will grace the cover of the November Playboy. No Jessica Rabbit? No Lois Griffin? The outrage!

• Megan Fox has been all over every bit of media lately, but she put that mega-watt paparazzi draw to good use on Oct. 2 when she showed up on the fly to celebrity bartend at the Team Stacie fundraising event. Held at Sonny McLean’s Irish Pub in Santa Monica, Calif. Fox poured brews in support of Stacie Schifino, a former New England Patriots cheerleader who is currently battling stage 3 breast cancer. Weekend readers can support Stacie closer to home on Oct. 25 in Barrington, R.I. Find out more on Facebook at Team Stacie.

• Roman Polanski is reportedly depressed and in a bit of a funk as he faces a third week in jail, according to his attorney Herve Temime. Of course, he’s in that jail because he fled the country some 30 years ago after sexually assaulting a 13-year-old. We’re depressed too, Roman, since we saw that list of directors and actors who don’t think you should have been nabbed. Some of our favorites, too. We’ll wait until the dust settles until we know for certain whose movies we won’t be seeing any time soon.

• Lady Gaga (pictured, right) was one of the several highprofile celebs at the National Equality March in Washington, D.C. this weekend, and we were just aghast. Not because she was wearing more decapitated muppets – because she wasn’t! Gaga looked positively classy in a white blouse and black skirt with suspenders. Never stop changing, Gaga. Never stop.

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• And the mother of them all: Dina Lohan says that the media just hates her family. It’s not that Lindsay’s new clothing line for Emanuel Ungaro was a uniform failure – it’s that everyone’s just jealous and hateful towards the whole clan. Keep telling your brood that, DiLo. And that mean old media will just keep AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta pulling Lindsay’s hair because they like-like her.


The work of John Cage is alive and well at Bard College, home of the John Cage Trust and its archives. From October 30 through November 1, concerts, panels, symposia, and other events celebrate the life and work of the influential composer across the College’s campus.

CONCERT: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30 at 7:30 pm Free and open to the public Performed by students and faculty of The Bard College Conservatory of Music CONCERT: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31 at 8 pm Tickets: $15 Performed by Nexus, with special guest artists Jason Treuting and Frank Corliss SOSNOFF THEATER Tickets: Box Office: 845-758-7900 Information: Call the John Cage Trust at 845-835-8022 for the latest information about the symposium.

“There is no such thing as empty space or empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot.” Presented by the John Cage Trust at Bard College, Bard College Conservatory of Music, Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies, and the Institute for Writing and Thinking. Photo: Christopher Felver


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‘Might as well have a good attitude’





• The Jaybird will be wearing Johnny Cash black this week as his beloved Red C Sox lost to the Angels in three straight. S They were clearly the lesser team but T did they have to cough a four-run lead d at home? See you in Fort Myers for a pitchers and catchers in February. Go p Yankees! Y

Two weeks ago, “a Rae of light” visited Marist. Today, the Hudson Valley community will “Dine to Donate” in her name. Four senior communications students have organized three events to support number 12 on the volleyball team, junior Raeanna Gutkowski, who was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma last spring. Leading the group project, setter Dawn Jan remembers the day we were unexpectedly told to meet in a classroom before practice. “What the hell is going on?” asked Jan, thinking we were in trouble or someone was quitting the team. “Once (Rae) stood up, I got chills. I knew something was not right.” Luckily for us, the person at the front was composed. “I knew something was wrong for almost a month before I broke the news to the team,” said Rae. “I wanted to wait that long because when I first found out I had a bone tumor, the doctor couldn’t be positive that it was cancer. Therefore, I didn’t want to scare anyone on the team if it wasn’t necessary.” But it was inevitable, so Rae consulted associate professor of management Dr. Joanne Gavin to figure out how to tell people. “I initially went to her so confused about everything in my life,” said Rae. “She made everything so much easier.” Since Rae comforted us, it is nice to know that she was comforted first. “I had no previous knowledge that Dr. Gavin would relate with my situation as well as she did,” said Rae. “I had taken her class in the fall 2008 semester and just loved her welcoming and caring personality.” Unlike typical college students, we could not avoid reality any longer. “I was hysterical,” said Jan after she found out. “It was very hard to digest the information.” Jan and Rae’s relationship has stayed the same since Jan hosted Rae on her recruiting trip. A fellow native of New Jersey, Jan knew of Rae from high school volleyball. By hanging out with Jan, Rae met her sophomore-year roommate. And Jan was Rae’s point of contact for the rest of the team after she left.

“(Rae) not being here does onship,” not change our relationship,” said Jan. ore off, After the shock wore she was motivated to o replirt Rae cate the same support gives us. “Our initial response ponse was we wanted to do someomething,” said Jan. “We had been talking about doing oing a cancer game for the past two years.” Before Rae’s diagnonosis, the idea had been een more talk than action. on. Now, there is more passsion and drive behind d it. Jan and her class-mates, Chris Barnes, Cody Lahl, and Alicia Mattiello, are consumed by the idea. The group approached communications ations associate professor Dr. Missy Alexander last spring to pitch their capstone project. “My response was very positive and supportive,” said Alexander. “It is obviously a challenging topic for the subject involved, but they had thought about it like communications professionals.” The group, and other classmates, were thinking about their senior year goals. “The nature of capping is students understanding they need to be self directed,” said Alexander. Her course provides professor and peer feedback via an online database, iLearn. They meet virtually and face-to-face about once a week. “It is not about me giving them assignments, but about them giving themselves assignments,” said Alexander. The project is appropriate for senior students who have learned communications skills. But the group is creating three events, instead of one. “The amount of work, time and effort going into this is unbelievable,” said Jan. “If I was not doing this as a school project, I would not have the time. It is not possible.” The “A Rae of Hope” project has three goals: to raise awareness for Osteosarcoma, to bring Marist and the local community to-

• Speaking of the Yankees, it looks like Kate Hudson agrees with A-Rod. Mr. K April has turned into Mr. Clutch since A hooking up with Goldie Hawn’s little h girl. Hey, let’s get the whole family at g tthe game. Calling Kurt Russell. • Pawling’s Brandon Freyer won the Manhattan Invitational’s 2.5-mile run at M Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. Freyer V covered the course in 12 minutes and c 48 seconds. Having played golf at Van 4 Cortlandt, I can assure you speed is an C essential element there. e • Millbrook’s girls soccer team beat Webutuck 4-0 last week. They finish W tthe season away at Pine Plains and Ketcham this week before the MHAL K tournament, which begins Oct. 19 in t Milton. M

gether, and to raise money for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Pediatric Cancers Center and Rae. The first of three events starts today (Wednesday, Oct. 14). Dine at Applebee’s across the street from Marist anytime between 4 and 9 p.m. and 10% of your check will be donated to Sloan-Kettering Pediatric Cancers in Rae’s name. Get a voucher by e-mailing “They have an amazing facility for children (at Sloan-Kettering),” said Rae, “and the staff and nurses are amazing. They deserve as much help and support as possible.” Alexander suggested the second event. An information session on Osteosarcoma will be presented in the Marist Cabaret on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. “Informing the public about issues is what communications students should be doing,” said Alexander. “Raise awareness, not just of the person, but of the issue.” Alexander understands Rae’s illness is very upsetting for her personally. Her course provides the group, Marist and the local community an opportunity to act. “When young people are faced with serious illness, they are in shock, it is not just

• In less than a surprising announcement, the NFL’s players’ union and Al Sharpton will oppose the efforts of talk show host Rush Limbaugh to buy the St. Louis Rams. Apparently having a conservative point of view is not a plus when it comes to owning a team. • Is the Presidents Cup over yet? Color me jaded, but is the Presidents Cup the most contrived sporting event ever? It seems to target golf geeks who think there should be a Ryder Cup every year. From the cheesy outfits to the faux enthusiasm, the whole thing rings hollow and it was on until 9 p.m. Saturday. If you’re watching golf on Saturday night, you need a hobby or a date.

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the flu” said Alexander. “Young people need to rally around each other.” Finally, on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 2 p.m., Marist will host Iona for a benefit game. Local businesses and campus groups have donated prizes towards a raffle, which will take place during the match. “We really haven’t had a challenge yet, knock on wood,” said Jan. Last week, the group found out that the NCAA will allow the money raised on Nov.1 to be given to Rae. “We have already reached success from how it has touched the community and Rae,” said Jan. “Everyone has been so helpful. I cannot believe the support we have gotten.” Community members who do not even know Rae want more information. The group will measure success based on attendance at all three events. “Now that we are in the heart of the project, we want kids waiting outside of Applebee’s, and not being able to get through the door of the McCann Center,” said Jan. “Everything is pretty much under way. We are rolling.”

Along with building momentum in the promotion process, the group has high expectations based on what they have learned this semester. “When serious illness strikes a young person, it affects all the people around them,” said Alexander. IF YOUR GROUP OR ORGANIZATION IS HAVING AN EVENT YOU’D LIKE TO PUBLICIZE, PLEASE SEND YOUR INFORMATION TO: Unfortunately, our team learned what we CALENDAR@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM. knew all along the hard way. CALENDAR ITEMS MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE NOON ON THE FRIDAY “I feel this project brought our team closBEFORE PUBLICATION TO BE CONSIDERED. er together,” said Jan. “Rae is such a good person. There is something about her, she will offer free “Fall Garden Projects” in the historic This week just cares. To be able to give something back Senior ID Cards gardens at the Vanderbilt Estate, Route 9, Hyde to her just means the world to me.” County residents 60 years of age and older Park, on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. It is easier to notice humility once it is may obtain Senior Citizen Identification Cards on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at the Dutchess County Common Threads missing. The Clinton Community Library’s Common “I think they only see me on my good Office for the Aging first-floor conference room, Threads activity includes knitting, crocheting or 27 High St., Poughkeepsie. The cards will be days,” said Rae. “But it is very flattering and issued between 9:30 and 11 a.m. To obtain an other needle and fiber crafts. The group will meet giving me a drive to keep up my composure identification card, bring proof of age in the form on Monday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon in the and positive outlook. Being a depressed of a driver’s license or birth certificate. There is library at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18, north of Schultzville.) Novices to well-experienced mess doesn’t make the cancer or chemo go a suggested $2 voluntary contribution for this knitters of all ages can participate. For more service. Call the Office for the Aging at 845-486away. Might as well have a good attitude.” 2555 for more information. information, contact the library at 845-266-5530.



Allison Burke is a student-athlete at Marist and member of the Red Foxes volleyball team.

Hospice to host equestrian competition Saturday BY HV NEWS STAFF This week, Hospice Foundation will host “A Blue Ribbon Afternoon,” an equestrian show-jumping competition, as part of its fall fundraising efforts. The show will take place on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Grace Hill Farm on Altamont Road in Millbrook. According to Michael Murphy, executive director of the foundation, this year’s event has been in the planning stages for more than 10 months and is a new and unique event for him, his staff and the foundation’s Special Events Committee. “For the past nine years, we have held our fall gala at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park,” said Murphy in a press release. “Because of some changes at the institute, we were not going to be able to hold this year’s event there. “The (owners of Grace Hill Farm) called at the end of 2008 to offer their property to Hospice for whatever type of fundraiser we’d like to do to support our agency,” he continued. “A member of (their family) had been on Hospice and they wanted to show their appreciation. After several meetings, we decided to replace our distinctive ‘black-tie’ event.” Grace Hill Farm is owned by Robert and Lori Zoellner. It is the former estate of actress Mary Tyler Moore. “Lori Zoellner and her staff, particularly Chris Bernard, have been tremendously helpful in guiding us thorough the planning process,” said Murphy. “Because of the Zoellners’ connections to and participation in the equestrian business, they have been able to attract some of the best horses and show-jumping riders from throughout the Northeast.”

Historical Tours The Hyde Park Historical Society is planning a fall tour of the William Stoutenburgh house and the Quaker Lane Farm on Oct. 20. The fee is $10 for members and $15 for guests. There will be a potluck lunch at the Farm. For information, call: 845-229-2559. For membership information, call 845-889-4521. Sheep and Wool Festival The New York State Sheep and Wool Festival is scheduled to return to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds on Oct. 17 and 18. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18. Admission is $12 for adults and children under 12 are admitted free. Weekend passes are $17. Tickets can be purchased online in advance for $9. For more information, directions or to purchase pre-sale tickets and directions visit or www.dutchessfair. com or call 845-876-4000. Turkey Supper The 148th Annual Wurtemburg Turkey Supper will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Wurtemburg on Saturday, Oct. 17. This event is held every autumn in the church that sits on the hilltop off of Route 9G on Wurtemburg Rd. in Rhinebeck (one mile south of Slate Quarry Rd., off Rt. 9G). The event always sells out, and tickets must be purchased before the dinner. There are three seatings: 4:30, 6 and 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $14 for adults, $7 for children (ages 5 and under are free). Call Giny Von der Leith for tickets at 845876-3712.

Rider Darren Graziano takes Allure over a jump during a prior event. Graziano and Allure are both scheduled to compete in Saturday’s “A Blue Ribbon Afternoon.” Photo by Glen Kulbako.

Murphy also noted Grace Hill Farm is a “spectacular venue for people to experience the fall foliage in eastern Dutchess County.” In addition to the horse show, guests will enjoy the culinary fare of chef Bruce Kazan of Main Course Caterers, as well as sample wines from Clinton Vineyard and Cascade Mountain Winery. Keegan Ales of Kingston will also be on hand to serve micro-brew beers, and artist Jack Neubauer, owner of The Neubauer Gallery in Millbrook, will display his award-winning work. Reservations and tickets are required for “A Blue Ribbon Afternoon” and can be purchased by contacting Hospice Foundation at 845-473-2273, ext. 1109.

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Saving Tax Dollars County Legislator Joel Tyner (D-Clinton, Rhinebeck) will be hosting another in his series of monthly interactive forums with the public, “Twelve Ways to Be Smart About County Tax Dollars and Save Money,” on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at Rhinebeck Town Hall at 80 East Market St. (in Rhinebeck). Special guest/expert speaker will be Valerie Sykes of Opportunities, Alternatives, and Resources of Tompkins County. Call Tyner at 845489-5479 or 845-876-2488 for information. Lyme Support Group Meeting The Mid-Hudson Lyme Disease Support Group meets Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church on Route 44 in Pleasant Valley. Caregivers are encouraged to come to learn how to cope with the problems associated with Lyme and associated diseases. The church is located between the two traffic lights, across Route 44 from CVS and between the library and a cemetery. Turn into the parking lot between the church and the library and enter the side door and go downstairs. For more information, contact Pat at 845-889-4242 or Rachel at 845-229-8925. Garden Projects The Frederick W. Vanderbilt Garden Association

FDR Author to Visit Julie M. Fenster, author of “FDR’s Shadow: Louis Howe, the Force that Shaped Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt,” will speak at the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. Following the talk, Fenster will be available to sign copies of her book. This event is free and open to the public. Please contact Cliff Laube at 845-486-7745 or e-mail clifford.laube@ with questions about the event. Monday Night Club The Monday Night Club, a book discussion group formed at the Clinton Community Library, has an ambitious program of reading and discussion of books. On Monday, Oct. 19, the group will share their thoughts about “Elegance of the Hedgehog” by Muriel Barbury. The group gets under way promptly at 7 p.m. in the library’s reading room. Complimentary refreshments are always on hand. For additional information, call 845-266-5530. Senior Exercise Trip The Senior Exercise group will meet at Clinton Town Hall at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20 to carpool to Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie. In the event of inclement weather, the normal exercise class will be held instead. For more information, contact Ray Joyce at 845-266-5526 County Legislator Debate There will be a debate between Joel Tyner and Pat Dealy, the two candidates for Dutchess County Legislature District 11, on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Rhinebeck High School. Written questions from the audience will be posed to the candidates. Library Board Meeting The Board of Trustees of the Red Hook Public Library will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 to discuss library matters. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call the Red Hook Public Library at 845-758-3241. The library is located at 7444 South Broadway in Red Hook. New Knitting Group The first meeting of the Stockinette Stitchers, a new knitting group at the Red Hook public Library, will be held 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 14. Bring a project to work on and join others for a creative, social evening. This program is free and open to the public. All skill levels are welcome. For more information, call the Red Hook Public Library, 845758-3241. The library is located at 7444 South Broadway.

Upcoming Senior Citizen Prom The 13th Annual Dutchess County Senior Prom will take place on Monday, Nov. 2 at the Villa Borghese in Wappingers. The prom will run from noon to 4 p.m. and feature live music from the > continued on next page

< continued from previous Bob Martinson Band. The theme for the prom this year is “A Crazy Hat Party” and participants are encouraged to wear the craziest looking hat they can find or make. Dutchess County Seniors over the age of 60 and their guests are invited. The price per ticket is $25 per person. Discounted $17 tickets are available to those who reserve early. For information, call the Office for the Aging at 845-486-2555. ‘Back School’ Northern Dutchess Hospital will host another “Back School” program on Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Cafeteria Conference Room 2. Larry Flowers will offer a simple approach to understanding back injuries, their causes, and possible preventative steps.The program teaches people with back problems how to control their pain by correctly performing activities of daily living. To register for this free community program, call 845-871-3427. Palestine Discussion On Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m., Anna Baltzer, Fulbright Scholar and volunteer with the International Women’s Peace Service, will talk about her work in Palestine. The event will be held in the multipurpose room of the Bertlesman Student Center, Bard College, Annandale-onHudson. Clinton Home Schooling The Clinton Community Library will hold a home schooling session on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. These sessions meet for a lesson, crafts and learning library skills. For more information, contact the library at 845-266-5530. Rhinebeck Flu Shots The Dutchess County Department of Health will conduct a Flu and Pneumonia Vaccination Clinic on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds (use the Mulberry Street entrance). The fee for flu vaccine at the public clinic is $39 and $58 for the pneumonia vaccine. Both vaccines are covered by Medicare Part B and recipients must bring their card to the clinic. Adults enrolled in Medicare HMOs may be required to pay the fee. Introduction to Computers The Clinton Community Library has scheduled a free tutoring session to teach adults how to use computers. This is an introductory level of instruction to help adults acquire the basic skills on how to use a computer. The session is on Friday, Oct. 23 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Clinton Community Library at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18). For more information and to sign up, call the library at 845-266-5530. Poughkeepsie Flu Shots The Dutchess County Department of Health will conduct a Flu and Pneumonia Vaccination Clinic on Friday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center at 1 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie. The fee for flu vaccine at the public clinic is $39 and $58 for the pneumonia vaccine. Both vaccines are covered by Medicare Part B and recipients must bring their card to the clinic. Adults enrolled in Medicare HMOs may be required to pay the fee. Clinton Card Club The Clinton Card Club invites all to come and play fun card games (Cuckoo, Fan Tan, Oh Hell, Scrooge, Pinochle and others). The club meets Friday, Oct. 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the downstairs of the Clinton Town Hall at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18, north of Schultzville). Bring your own favorite games and refreshments to share. There is no cost. For more information, call Patty at 845-266-3592. Financial Planning The Office for the Aging will present a free informational workshop on planning to meet your personal financial goals. The seminar will take place on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the East Fishkill Community Library, 348 Route 376 in Hopewell Junction. There is no cost

for this program, but space is limited. For more information, or to register, call the Dutchess County Office for the Aging at 845-486-2555.

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Sister City Dance Mid-Hudson Larreynaga Sister City Dance with the band Soñando will be held Saturday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. at the Church of the Messiah Parish Hall, 6436 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. The Sister City Project has been in existence since 1988, sending delegations from the Hudson Valley to provide this small village with medical, school and financial support. Cost to attend is $20 per person or $35 per couple. For additional information, visit www.mhsistercity. org or call Vicki Rivera at 845-876-3779 Cocktails at Sunset The Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce will present its annual premier fundraiser, “Cocktails at Sunset,” at The Rhinecliff at 4 Grinnell St. in Rhinecliff from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23. This year’s theme is “A Celebration of the Hudson Valley Harvest.” Call 845-876-5904 for reservations. Halloween Party The Rhinecliff Ladies Auxiliary, Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad will host a Halloween party on Oct. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the corner of Shatzell and Orchard roads in the hamlet. Admission is free. Recommended for ages 12 and under. For information, call Cynthia Baer at 845-876-5738.

Stagias Farm Market in Red Hook has all the trappings of fall on display as well as seasonal treats. Photo by Jim Langan.

Book Discussion The Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District will sponsor its monthly Mystery Monday book discussion on Monday, Oct. 31 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Arlington Branch Library, 504 Haight Ave., Poughkeepsie. The discussions are free and open to the public. The mystery to be discussed is “Dead Cert” by Dick Francis. Highway Meeting Incumbent Hyde Park Highway Superintendent Walt Doyle, who is seeking re-election this year, will host an informational meeting with residents on Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Staatsburg Firehouse Station 2 on South Cross Road.

Free solar seminars offered Saturdays BY HV NEWS STAFF Hudson Valley Clean Energy of Rhinebeck has begun offering free weekly informational seminars on solar power. The seminars, which began on Oct. 10 and will be offered weekly on Saturdays from 9 to 10 a.m., will focus on solar technologies and grants and tax credits available to homeowners who install solar power systems. According to Hudson Valley Clean Energy, upfront grants and state/federal tax credits can save up to 70% off system costs. “The team at Hudson Valley Clean Energy is excited to offer these Saturday morning seminars free of charge to Hudson Valley residents who are interested in solar energy,” said John Wright, vice president of the company, in a press release. “These seminars will not just educate and inform, but also dispel the myths surrounding solar power – particularly, that it’s unaffordable.”

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Union Vale BY TONY LEO

A PRODUCTIVE MEETING A number of informative items were presented at the town board’s main monthly meeting on Thursday, Oct. 8. To start, Union Vale was recognized for enthusiastically participating in the Walkway Over the Hudson grand opening ceremony. Supervisor Lisette Hitsman directed a note of thanks to Joe and Terri Vittorini for their work on the pennants and banners. These and other symbols of the occasion will be on display at Union Vale Town Hall. Councilman John Welsh declared that, of all the participating groups, Union Vale was the best. Dutchess County will publish a documentary book and a quilt will be made from banners representing each jurisdiction. Councilman Ray Dezendorf described the view from the bridge as “spectacular” and encouraged everyone to experience it. Recreation Director Rob Mattes noted that there are still a few openings available in the Tymor Park after-school program. It’s essentially a recreation-based agenda, not just another moribund homework session. Activities include hiking, arts and crafts and several indoor and outdoor games. Rob tells me he stresses safety and that many on his supervisory staff have had pertinent classroom experience. Oktoberfest 2009 was a great success with record attendance. The newly formed Recreation Roundtable met on Oct. 2 and floated the idea of establishing sports clubs in the park. Also, those interested in helping to prepare for the Festival of Lights at Christmastide should be encouraged to form groups that would decorate a given section or facility in the park. The Youth Halloween Party will be held on Friday, Oct. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. In the “correspondence” section of the meeting, Hitsman reported from her Supervisors and Mayors

Association that Albany bureaucrats are seriously thinking about imposing statewide legislation to regulate smoke and related discharges from chimneys. The association is planning on writing a letter to the appropriate state officials advocating home rule on the issue. She stated that Dutchess County is attempting to close a $50 million budget gap. Also, there will be no additional cost-of-living allowance for Social Security recipients this time around, but the cost of insurance under Medicare will be going up. REPUBLICANS TAP JOHN WELSH FOR COUNCIL The Republican nominating committee proposed John Welsh for another term as councilman on the Union Vale Town Board. He and his family have long-established roots in the community. His father, who resides next door to him on Cutler Lane, is a medical doctor and former Army Air Corps flight surgeon. John’s mother was a teacher in the old Union Vale one-room schoolhouse at the site now occupied by Fire Station 2. Like his father before him, John attended Xavier High School, a very strict Jesuit military institution in New York City. He earned an AAS degree in liberal arts from Dutchess Community College and a BA in marketing from Iona College in New Rochelle. John first held a seat on the Union Vale Town Board while working at the Union Carbide Corp. Danbury office, but had to vacate the position upon assignment to the company’s facilities in West Virginia. Retiring from the corporation in 2002, he was reappointed to the town board in 2003 and confirmed in the 2005 election for four more years. John’s three decades of unbroken achievement in the stark, unforgiving regions of corporate finance have morphed into a paradigm of monetary discipline and fiscal responsibility on the town board. His voting record exemplifies a focus on restricting spending to areas that are fully within budgetary parameters and constraints.

Since John has been back on the board, it is no accident that the rates of taxation have not risen above 1%. He is a prime mover in the quest to secure financial resources from certain reciprocal venues as an alternative to the levying of additional burdens on the Union Vale taxpayer. John has worked closely with grant writers in an effort to secure “greenway” funds for developing the town center, the HUD grant slated for the Senior Citizens’ Center and the necessary resources for the improvement of Tymor Park. He has rewritten the lion’s share of the Town Disaster Plan and logged over 20 years of volunteer service to the Union Vale Fire Company. As a person who values integrity over prosaic banter and insipid collegiality, John Welsh stands out as the councilman who voted for completely unfettered public opinion at town board meetings. His overall vision is for the town to maintain its rural character and remain a great place for families to flourish. John has nurtured a fine family. His wife, Kathy, is the managing editor of the upscale Country Courier magazine. Their offspring are similarly devoted to productivity and service to their community. Tom, their son, is an elementary school teacher and Andrea, their daughter, is the human resources manager at the Mid-Hudson Medical Group. John’s immediate goal is the timely continuation of his dedicated and fruitful service to the taxpaying constituency. DEMOCRATIC CHOICE IS DAVE MCMORRIS Union Vale Democrats have tapped Dave McMorris as their favored candidate for the town board vacancy left by the death of Councilman John T. O’Connor. After graduating from Yonkers High School, Dave pursued a major course of study in electronics and photography at SUNY Farmingdale. Entering the U.S. Army in 1965, he was assigned to the cartographic survey unit of the Corps of Engineers stationed in Ethiopia. Owing to his good performance and

attentiveness to detail, he rose to the rank of Specialist 5th Class (sergeant with technical duties) in the personnel field. Upon returning to civilian life, Dave ventured into a sales career and became the production manager for a slide projection firm in New Rochelle. In pursuit of greater job security, he joined the U.S. Postal Service and thus began a 38-year career. From Yonkers to Poughkeepsie, he has performed in the following capacities: letter carrier, accident investigator, driving instructor, union representative, first-aid instructor, labor liaison to management, delegate to the safety committee and vehicular maintenance clerk. Married to Melinda, Dave moved to Union Vale in 1972 and raised a very productive family. His son, Dan, is a sergeant on the state police force, daughter Jennifer is a special education teacher, son Tim is an executive with an electronics firm and son Jim is a practicing electrician. Dave McMorris renders service to the people of Union Vale in a multifaceted manner. He is founder and president of the Fusileers Fife & Drum Corps. This is a group of dedicated young musicians who play at practically all major town events, march in parades, take part in competitions and have performed at Disney World. They enthusiastically support a number of charitable causes. Dave works with them as the chairman of the Adopt-a-Soldier program, which sends letters and gifts to our troops overseas. For three years, he has served in the capacity of Grand Knight in the Millbrook Knights of Columbus organization. As a life-member of the Union Vale Fire Company, he is a past lieutenant, past vice president and past member of the board of directors. Dave is also an active handler in the Guiness K-9 Search and Rescue organization. This is the New York Chapter of the KodySnodgrass Memorial Foundation, which gifts bloodhounds to lawenforcement agencies. It is a most valuable entity since some dogs cost up to $15,000. Dave McMorris is ready and able to serve the people of Union Vale as a member of the town council. He is an advocate of maintaining the town’s rural atmosphere, preserving the environment, petitioning for open government, promoting public safety and insuring fiscal responsibility on behalf of government. Tony Leo can be reached at tleo57@ or by telephone at 845677-5616 or 845-401-7243.

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In July of 2008, I went to the Bruce Springsteen concert at Giants Stadium and this lead me to write about age being “just a number” in my column the following week. It was inspiring to see Bruce and his band, all of whom were soon-to-be card-carrying members of AARP, perform hard-driving rock music for nearly three hours. Soon after the show, I volunteered at a church dinner, where I was outworked by women who were 20, 30 and even 40 years my senior. (Yes, Virginia, this is possible. I’m not that old, and Evalena Hardisty has grandchildren my age!) This experience too made me take note that if you are doing what you love, how old you are when you are doing it just doesn’t matter. This past Thursday, my son, Niall, and I drove to New Jersey and once again witnessed The Boss delight over 60,000 fans with music that spanned more than a quarter century. Again, as I am writing this, I am thinking to myself, “Could I possibly be old enough to have followed a band for over 25 years?” Yes, in fact, I am old enough and the memories of listening to Springsteen albums during my college years are as vivid as if they had happened just yesterday. We attended the concert with my college roommate, Beverly, and her husband, Mike. Beverly and I sang along with the entire stadium on songs we played continuously back when we were in college. We didn’t miss a single lyric. Niall was pretty impressed, although not as much as he probably would have been if he had really grasped the time frame we were spanning here. Beverly reminded me we used to play the song “Badlands” over and over at full volume in our dorm room sophomore year. We did, literally, wear a groove in the record. That was in 1979, just about 30 years ago. In those days, LP albums were how we listened to music. There were no MP3 players or even CDs. The first thing you would do when a new album came out was to put in on your stereo and make a cassette tape so that you could play it in your car. OK, so all this reminiscing is just to share some good memories of days gone by from a middle-aged mama living here in Stanfordville. To have my college roommate and my 12-year-old son at the same rock concert was a sweet moment and I am extremely grateful for the experience. In deference to my age, I took Friday off from work to recover from the long drive home in the wee hours of the morning. And for those who were wondering, gas was $2.11 a gallon in New Jersey.

Christian D’Agostino, Marc Jusi and Tyler Bobko from the Rockets compete in Saturday’s game against the Stinging Strikers. Photo by Niall Johnson.

REC SOCCER I also had the good fortune to be able to catch the second half of a very exciting rec soccer game this past Saturday at the Stanford home fields. The Stanford fifth- and sixth-grade team, the Rockets, coached by Mark D’Agostino, played against Washington team the Stinging Strikers, coached by Mike Bonnadonna. When I got to the game about halfway through the third quarter, the score was Rockets 3, Strikers 1. Rockets players Tyler Bobko, Rosario Grasso and Marc Jusi had all scored for the Stanford team. What was so exciting about this particular match up was that the Rockets were playing with only seven players. This meant that all of them had to play the entire game, with no substitutes. This is quite a feat as it entails basically 60 minutes of constant running, giving the opposing team a strong advantage as they could sub in fresh players throughout the game. The underdog Rockets showed great determination and stamina as they ended up winning the game 4-2 after a second goal by Rosario Grasso. It was a real tribute to the energy and conditioning of this team. Congratulations, Rockets, you played your hearts out and showed us all what true grit is all about. AG DAY Later on Saturday afternoon, we went up to Stissing Mountain Middle/ High School to participate in the Ag Day festivities. This is such a delightful event and one that reminds us of how fortunate we are to live in this rural area. I really dig the antique tractor pull and my daughter loved getting a close look at the animals. She also thoroughly enjoyed the crazy critters exhibit and the face painting. Thank you to FFA for sponsoring this annual fun event.

UPCOMING EVENTS This coming Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17 and 18, the Stanford Grange will be having two events as part of its Harvest Weekend celebration. On Saturday, the Grange will host a square dance featuring the Tri-Mountain Squares at the Grange Hall. The dance will begin at 7 p.m. Cost is $5. Donuts and apple cider will be available. For more information, contact Louise Woodcock at 845-868-7548 or 868-1964. Then, on Sunday, the Grange will host its annual Roast Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings. Servings will be at 2 and 4 p.m. Cost is $12. For reservations, call Gloria Stark at 845-868-7409. The Stanford Grange will also be featured at the 137th Annual New York State Grange Convention, Oct. 23-27 in Batavia, N.Y. State Master and President Oliver Orton is up for re-election, and we wish him luck in his bid for this top office. The United Church of Christ will be having its annual Roast Pork Dinner

on Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. The menu includes roast pork, potato, vegetable as well as appetizer, dessert and coffee. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12 and free for children under 5. For reservations call Kay Koch at 845-868-7444, Gary Koch at 845-868-2237 or Ron Shaner at 845-266-3731. Another event that is not in Stanford, but is being held in one of our close neighbor towns, is the Rummage Sale at the Rowe United Methodist Church in Milan. Located at 1376 Route 199, this event will feature many bargains, including Christmas items. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call Edie Platt for more information at 845-758-1150. That is all the news I have for this week. The Fire Company 30/10 dinner was just held this past Saturday and I hope to have news and pictures from this event next week. Take care, everyone. See you next week. Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or

Tiffany McMahon and Cora Oakley rest with their bovine friend during a quiet moment at Ag Day. Photo by Heidi Johnson.

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Dutchess County school life in the 1800s (Part 1) Although the schools mentioned in this article were all in Hyde Park, they were probably representative of schools all over the East Coast. Life was tougher back then, and this columnist hopes that maybe some parents will ask their children to read this and next week’s column so that they might appreciate the good life they have today. Marilyn Grieco, a member of the Town of Hyde Park Historical Society, has contributed greatly to this story.

ONE-ROOM SCHOOLHOUSES When the Town of Hyde Park was established in 1821, there were only a few private schools for the more well-todo families. But by 1845, there were 11 schools, or districts. Schools were located so that children could walk to school. As Bill Cosby might joke – uphill, both to and from school. One of these one-room schools still exists in Hyde Park. Once located at the corner of Cardinal Road and Crum Elbow Road, it was moved to the grounds of North Park Elementary School in the 1970s.

THE SCHOOL DAY The school day started at 8 a.m. and ended at 4 p.m. Children assembled outside the schoolhouse, and when the teacher rang the bell, they formed two lines – one for the girls and one for the boys. The teacher rang the bell again and the two lines entered the school, girls’ line first. There were no indoor bathrooms, running water or central heat. Instead, there was an outhouse or two on the school grounds. Water came from the nearest well and was available from a pail and dipper in the school. Heat was provided by the pot-bellied stove. Most school districts gave out a firewood bid to a local farmer, and either the teacher or one of the boys kept the stove going. Sometimes a boy was paid by the district for this job at $4 a year. There were three recesses. At midmorning there was a break for use of the outhouses and some play. At noon there was lunch and games, and mid-afternoon there was another short break. There was no cafeteria to provide lunch. Instead,

Circa 1900 Little Red Schoolhouse, Hyde Park District #3. Illustration by Tatiana Rhinevault.

children brought their meals from home in a sturdy pail. Lunch typically consisted of a cold meat sandwich, home-made pickles, a hard-boiled egg and a piece of fruit. If they were lucky, there might be a chewy brownie or a piece of pie for dessert. Less-fortunate children sometimes had to settle for a lard sandwich. There was no playground equipment such as we have today. Possibly a rope swing if there was a tree nearby (but this was created by the children, not the school). Children played various games: London Bridge, Ring Around the Rosy, Crack the Whip, Kick the Can, Dare Base, Andy Over, Drop the Handkerchief, and others. Sometimes they brought items to school: marbles, ring-toss games and other small, portable things.

TEACHERS’ CONTRACT - You will not marry during the term of your contract. - You are not to keep company with men. - You must be home between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. unless you have prior permission. - You may not loiter downtown in ice cream parlors. - You may not travel beyond the town limits unless you have prior permission. - You may not ride in a carriage with any man unless he is your father or brother. - You may not smoke cigarettes. - You may not dress in bright colors. - You may, under no circumstances, dye your hair. - You must wear at least two petticoats. - Your dresses must not be any shorter than two inches above the ankle. To keep the school clean and neat, you must: - Sweep the floor at least once daily

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- Scrub the floor at least once a week with hot, soapy water - Clean the blackboards at least once a day - Start the fire at 7 a.m. so the room will be warm at 8 a.m.

THE SCHOOL YEAR The school year had both summer and winter sessions up until about 1900. At that time, it was standardized to eight months a year. In Hyde Park, a farming community, the older children were needed to help with planting and harvesting, and usually attended only during the winter months. In contrast, it would be too cold for little children to walk to school in the winter, so they attended in the spring, summer, and fall. (There, they would be supervised while the adults and older children were working on the farm!) Many of the older boys did not appreciate their educational opportunity and made trouble for the teacher. A favorite trick would be to plug up the chimney, causing the schoolroom to fill with smoke, driving the teacher out of the building where they would be pummeled by snowballs. Consequently, some school districts sought out male teachers. Even that didn’t always work out, as evidenced by the following stories, which were unearthed at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library Archives.

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT Edward Braman, a 19th century Hyde Park resident who lived about where the Hyde Park Condominiums are now located, kept several notebooks of his everyday activities. When Franklin Delano Roosevelt was town historian from 1926 to 1931, he or his secretary had the handwritten notes typed into several volumes. Braman was pretty prolific and Roosevelt felt this information was important enough to preserve.

Braman recalled a small schoolhouse next to “the old red Dutch Reformed Church on the Albany Post Road. It was run by one Adams Sherlock, an Irishman. Sherlock used to drink and one day when he stepped over to the tavern for a dram, some of the older boys, one of whom was Judge Johnson’s son, Frank, put up Abraham Teller, a little fellow who was suppose to spell ‘Theorem.’ The older boys told him it was spelled ‘the old ram,’ so little Abraham did as he was told. Sherlock, who was under the influence of liquor, was angry, and to punish Abraham, beat him with a hickory cane until the stick broke all to pieces. “The older boys had not expected such an outburst, and were sorry enough. By some means, whether the boys acknowledged it or not, Sherlock found out who were the perpetrators of the joke and the next day he punished them by making them stand outside the door, in a row, with ‘clogs’ (heavy sticks of wood suspended by cords) around their necks, their mouths held open by chips or small sticks, and books open in their hands. “The tavern being opposite, their punishment was public enough. Sherlock’s severities called forth remonstrances, and he was dismissed as soon as this term expired.”

CORRECTION Last week, this columnist described a WW II observation post across from the Rhinebeck Savings Bank on Route 9G. A few readers called to point out that the post was actually 200 feet north, where the cabins are today. Carney Rhinevault is the Hyde Park town historian. Illustrator Tatiana Rhinevault’s Web site is www.


Hyde Park Town Justice David Steinberg has been rated “well qualified” by the Dutchess County Bar Association, the highest ranking awarded by the association. “I am honored to receive this special distinction from the Dutchess County Bar Association,” said Steinberg in a press release. “I deeply appreciate the confidence my peers have expressed in my legal competence and judicial temperament Steinberg through this important rating.” Steinberg, a candidate for Supreme Court Justice of the Ninth Judicial District, is the only Democrat from Dutchess County in the race for one of four open Supreme Court seats in the district. The 9th Judicial District includes Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, Rockland and Westchester counties. Steinberg has also received a “qualified” rating – the highest rating given – for election as a Supreme Court Justice from the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission for the Ninth Judicial District.

Charitable library patrons’ debts forgiven BY HV NEWS STAFF The Red Hook Library is letting some of its patrons off the hook this month. Anyone with fines accrued from Oct. 13 through 24 will be able to waive their fines in exchange for a donation of canned food or personal-care items to a local organization. Patrons will also be given the option of donating their fines to a local organization. The library’s fine forgiveness program applies only to fines generated from Oct. 13 to 24 on items that have been returned or renewed. Items that have been lost and billed will not be covered. For more information, call the Red Hook Public Library, 845-758-3241. The library is located at 7444 South Broadway.

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OUTDOOR BURNING RULES CHANGED The DEC has announced that new rules concerning outdoor burning become effective today. These rules came out of public hearings conducted last fall. There are significant changes and this column will highlight the most common ones. The ultimate decisions are made by DEC. It is suggested that the DEC Web site, www., be consulted for more of the details and rules. There are four pages of questions and answers that would prove most helpful to people who wish to burn outdoors. These rules apply in all local governments unless the local government enacted more stringent local laws, so check with your local government to see if any of these local laws exist. When burn permits are required, they must be obtained from the DEC. Major changes include a ban on burning leaves and a ban on burning in trash barrels. Allowed exceptions with no burn permits required are: camp fires less than three feet in height and four feet in length, width, or diameter; small cooking fires; and ceremonial or celebratory bonfires (i.e. to burn flags). In towns with a total population of less than 20,000, you may burn tree limbs with leaves attached. The limbs must be less than six inches in diameter and eight feet in length. However, tree and brush burning is not allowed from March 16 through May 14 due to the increased risk of wildfires. Some agricultural burning may require a DEC permit. Some of the same restrictions apply on what may be burned and the operation of burning as previously existed. The following may not be burned: painted or pressure-treated wood; plastic or rubber products, including tires; toxic chemicals; explosive items; petroleum products, including oil and paints; and trash. See the DEC for the full list. You are still required to be present at the fire until it is extinguished. If you cannot control a fire, immediately call 911. 4-H HARVEST FOOD FESTIVAL The 4-H Club members and Cloverbuds from all clubs, agriculture and general interest, are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the 4-H Harvest Food Festival. This festival will be an opportunity to show off your skills at cooking or baking and creating some delicious food to share. All the presentations will be judged and the food will be tasted. Prizes, including some special awards, will be given to all of the participants. Everyone will receive a copy of a recipe book with all of the recipes demonstrated at the festival. Cloverbuds who participate will have the option of using their demonstration as their public presentation for the 2010 4-H year. The registration form submission

deadline is Friday, Oct. 16 at the 4-H office at the Farm and Home Center. Forms are also available there. The actual demonstrations will on Saturday, Nov. 7 in the afternoon at the Farm and Home Center, 2715 Route 44, Millbrook. There are three age divisions as of Jan. 1: Cloverbuds 5 to 8 years old, juniors 9 to 13 years old, and seniors 14 to 19 years old. Everyone must use at least one cup of an ingredient that is grown in New York to qualify for judging. You must bring all your ingredients and materials that you need (bowls, spoons, electric frying pans, electric hot plate, pots, pans, etc.) for your presentation. Your 4-H leader will have more details. For more information, contact Kelly B. Parker at 845-677-8223, ext.108 or at FIRE DISTRICT PUBLIC HEARINGS A state law was passed in 2006 that requires fire districts to hold public hearings on their proposed fire district budgets. The budgets are primarily funded by property taxes collected in February when the county and town taxes are also collected. The public is invited to come and make their comments known to fire commissioners at these public hearings. There is no public vote on the budget but the Board of Fire Commissioners should take into account comments made by the public when they approve their budget. The East Clinton Fire District will hold its public hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in the firehouse on Firehouse Road in Clinton Corners. A copy of the budget is available for inspection at the town clerk’s office at town hall. For information on the budget, contact Treasurer Maryann Thompsett at 845266-5303. The West Clinton Fire District will hold its public hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in Station 1 at 219 Hollow Rd. (County Route 14) in Pleasant Plains. A copy of the budget is available

for inspection at town clerks’ offices in the towns of Clinton and Hyde Park. The budget may also be found at www. Click on “District News” to see the budget. AUTUMN FOLIAGE TRAIL RIDE The Stone Valley Trail Riding Association invites the community to participate in its horse trail ride on Saturday, Oct. 24, starting promptly at 10 a.m. Riders are asked to arrive by 9 a.m. at the Frances J. Mark Memorial Park at 337 Clinton Hollow Rd. (County Route 18, about 1.5 miles north of Salt Point Turnpike). You must bring your own horse and all levels of English and western riders are welcome to participate. There are two types of rides available: a fast and flat ride and a slow and flat ride. If weather is inclement, call to see if the ride is being held. After the two-hour ride, lead by experienced riders familiar with the trails, a lunch will be served. The cost for an adult ride with a hearty lunch is $40 and for a kid’s ride with lunch is $20. Lunches for nonriders will also be available. Association members have reduced trail riding costs, so if you’re interested in becoming a member, or for reservations and more details, contact Trish at 845-266-3938 or visit Web page registrations are also possible. The next ride will be on Sunday, Nov. 15 at the Talisman Farm on Hollow Road in the Town of Clinton. WEST CLINTON HALLOWEEN PARTY The community is invited to the West Clinton Fire Department’s Children’s Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Station 1 at 219 Hollow Rd. (County Route 14) in Pleasant Plains. All children are encouraged to wear costumes for the costume contest that starts at 1:30 p.m. There will be games, contests, prizes and refreshments. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call Sue at 845-266-3137.

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