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Assemblyman Marc Molinaro (R,C,IRed Hook) and other concerned community leaders are hoping to meet with Historic Hudson Valley board members after a New York Times article last week made clear the president of the organization lied about Historic Hudson Valley’s intent to sell the Montgomery Place Historic Site.

Historic Hudson Valley President Waddell Stillman has, time and time again, denied the organization intends to sell the site and further denied Historic Hudson Valley has ever considered selling the site. Hudson Valley News has seen minutes from past Historic Hudson Valley board meetings, during which a sale of the

site was openly discussed as a means of enhancing the organization’s dwindling endowment. In those minutes, Historic Hudson Valley board members were instructed, “Remember, the party line is Montgomery Place is not for sale.” The New York Times last week reported > more on page 2

Red Hook takes axe to budget


At the Red Hook Town Board’s Tuesday, Nov. 17 board meeting, a much-belabored budget was finally passed at a drastically lower rate than the initial one – but not before considerable sparring and a last-

minute machete job by Democrats. Republican James Ross and Democrats Harry Colgan, Robert McKeon and Micki Strawinski unanimously adopted the 2010 budget after hours of line-by-line nips and tucks, with Supervisor Sue Crane leaving the meeting just after 9 p.m. and not being

present for the vote. The initial budget proposed a 23% increase in taxes for homes assessed at $300,000. But in the adopted 2010 budget, a village home assessed at $291,000 will see a decrease in taxes by $1, or 0.37 percent. A home in the town assessed at > more on page 2

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CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE the same value would see a $4 or 0.74% decrease. Homes assessed at $300,000 in 2010 can expect a tax increase of 2.71% in the village and 2.33% in the town. “It’s not easy making these cuts, and inevitably there will be different views on how we got to where we needed to be, but we must always remember that it is not our money we are spending,” Strawinski later said in a prepared statement. “Right now, the average taxpayer is experiencing less income to pay for these services and we need to adjust our spending accordingly.” Among the last-minute cuts made on the 17th were a $5,000 cut for the town attorney (from $60,000 to $55,000); cutting sidewalk expenses in half; and reducing a position in the building and zoning department from full time to part time, which had apparently already been discussed at a previous workshop. In addition, the board upped its forecast for mortgage tax revenues in 2010 by $15,000. “We were able to achieve a 0% budget without a lot of layoffs like so many other communities have had to resort to,” McKeon said. One suggestion by Strawinski caused the room to erupt in protest, when she proposed making cuts to Town Clerk Sue McCann’s office. When Strawinski said she’d like McCann’s input on possible cuts to her deputy town clerk’s hours, McCann responded, “My input it that you’re kidding … My office is a madhouse.”

Strawinski and McKeon asserted several towns have part-time deputy clerks and sometimes these are even volunteer positions. Ross said it was “unconscionable” and “absolute insanity to suggest making cuts to the town clerk’s office.” Town Business Manager Deb Marks added, “I have to stand in line to talk to (McCann) and I work here.” Colgan also opposed cuts to the town clerk’s office, saying, “I am in that office a great deal … and I like what I see, and I would be very reluctant (to make cuts).” After a break and a chance for Marks to run the newly decreased numbers for a revised budget, Strawinski apologized for the suggestion and McCann accepted, adding next time she should speak with her in private first. “We’ve been talking budgets for months,” she said. After the passing of the budget, Ross said he was happy with the process. “We made a few cuts, some were much too drastic that I was not in favor of, but it’s a good budget in my opinion,” he said. In a prepared statement Wednesday, Colgan said, “It really was an austerity budget that we approved last night. We’re going to have to continue to monitor the situation as the year proceeds, but we came up with a workable solution that doesn’t draw as heavily on our reserve funds as we have done in the past. By doing more of the work in-house and asking each department to share in the reductions, we were able to achieve significant results.”


County Legislator Margaret Fettes (D-Amenia, Stanford, Washington, Pleasant Valley), the longest continuously serving member of the Dutchess County Legislature, will be honored during a celebration at the Union Vale Firehouse. Fettes, 84, has served on the Legislature for 26 years and is the current assistant minority leader. Throughout the years, she has served on every Legislature committee.

In her first year in the Legislature, she was appointed to the Dutchess County Soil and Water Conservation Board, where she remains the chairwoman. She was defeated in her bid for re-election in November. Fettes will be toasted (and likely roasted) on Dec. 6 from 2 to 5 p.m. Tickets for the event are $25. For information or to reserve tickets, contact Grace Rosa at milo7231@aol. com.


on the issue and when the newspaper reportedly asked Stillman about the minutes, he responded via e-mail, “The topic is no longer on the board’s agenda.” This clearly contradicts Stillman’s past assertions and, unless the New York Times is inaccurate in its reporting, means Stillman lied to Molinaro and other community leaders during a meeting on the subject in September when he said Historic Hudson Valley had never considered selling the site. Molinaro has sent a letter to Michael Hegarty, chairman of the Historic Hudson Valley board, asking him and other board members to meet with Molinaro and others to discuss the future of the historic site. “The board of Historic Hudson Valley does, in fact, make the ultimate policy decisions,” Molinaro said, adding he hopes to secure “a long-term commitment to protecting Montgomery Place and opening the site to the public.” Molinaro says he also sent a letter to Stillman asking him to clarify his remarks to the New York Times, but says he has not heard back from Stillman on any correspondence since September. Molinaro said he does not understand why Stillman was not forthcoming from the start, saying the process has been “far more complex than it needed to be.” “This could have been a much more productive dialogue,” Molinaro said, but Stillman “instead chose to provide multiple versions of the story.” “It’s unfortunate, but it doesn’t change our intention in working with the board of Historic Hudson Valley,” he said. Molinaro said Historic Hudson Valley should have engaged in “an honest and open dialogue” with financial sources and those with interests protected under the law when a sale of the site was being discussed. He further said there are people who would be interested in maintaining the site in a manner consistent with the wishes of







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Laurance Rockefeller, who was former board chairman of Historic Hudson Valley and an instrumental figure in turning Montgomery Place into a recognized historic site. “There is a significant interest among those who have the means and those of us who have the interest to ensure the preservation of Montgomery Place,” Molinaro said. The story has caught the attention of Ken Toole, a former Hyde Park resident who now lives in Massachusetts. Toole worked alongside Rockefeller when Rockefeller was transitioning Montgomery Place from a private residence into a historic site from 1986 to 1988. “He was very much involved hands on and was on the site often,” he said of Rockefeller. Toole said $3.5 million was spent on the site and another $3.5 million was spent to restore it. He said discussion of a sale of Montgomery Place and the fact that the site is only open to the public on a limited basis goes against Rockefeller’s wishes. He said Rockefeller was interested in the site because of its historic value and because he wanted to preserve open space. “I have to admit, once we acquired the property, I had taken for granted that it would always be open and always be protected,” Toole said. “I just think it would be a shame if public access was lost to that site.”

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HYDE PARK police blotter BY HV NEWS STAFF Rash of car break-ins Hyde Park Police are reporting a number of vehicles have been broken into lately. Vehicles that have been parked in various lots throughout the town, including Stop and Shop, Roosevelt Cinemas, the Amish Market and Hyde Park Nursing Home, are being broken into and valuables have been taken from them. Items taken include GPS systems, laptops, purses and car stereos. Police are urging residents not to leave these items in vehicles where they can be seen from outside the car. Subjects may be watching when people park and exit their vehicles and can see the occupants place items under their seats. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Hyde Park Police Department at 845-229-9340. Burglaries on the rise Hyde Park Police are currently investigating two burglaries that occurred during the daytime hours. Subjects broke into homes and stole video game systems and flat-screen televisions, jewelry and cash. Residents are being urged to lock their doors and windows and report any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. Anyone with any information on these burglaries is asked to contact the Hyde Park Police Department at 845-229-9340. Shoplifter in possession of pot Hyde Park Police arrested a Wappingers Falls woman who allegedly attempted to steal from Stop and Shop while she was in possession of marijuana. Police say Christa D. Chirico, 21, attempted to steal more than $200 worth of merchandise from the supermarket on Nov. 9. When she was taken into custody, police say Chirico was found to be in possession of 2.6 grams of marijuana. She was arrested and charged with petty larceny, a class-A misdemeanor, as well as unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. She is to appear in Hyde Park Justice Court on Dec. 8. Hit-and-run driver busted for DWI A local woman who allegedly crashed into a resident’s fence and left the scene has been arrested on DWI charges. Hyde Park Police say on Nov. 18, Kathy H. Landers, 53, of Hyde Park, was driving erratically in the town and struck a white picket fence on East Market Street. She left the scene and drove home but left behind her bumper with the license plate still attached, according to police. Police found Landers at her residence, where her vehicle was found with a flat tire and pieces of the fence still sticking out of the car, police said. After a brief investigation, Landers was charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, and leaving the scene of a property damage auto accident, a violation. She was taken into custody and transported to St. Francis Hospital where she submitted to a blood test to determine her blood alcohol content. The test will be sent to the State Police laboratory to be analyzed.

Public Information Officer Jacquelyn Mikula and Chief Don Goddard with Kathy Landers’ bumper and license plate holder. The plate is now evidence and Landers is charged with DWI. Photo by Jim Langan

Landers was released on an appearance ticket to appear in Hyde Park Justice Court on Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. Poughkeepsie woman arrested on warrant Hyde Park Police detained a Poughkeepsie woman who had an active warrant for her arrest. Police say Tatiana L. Kraemer, 21, was arrested on Nov. 19 after a brief investigation. She had an active warrant for driving while intoxicated, according to police. Kraemer was arraigned in Hyde Park Justice Court and released to probation officers. She is to reappear in court on Dec. 17. Boy stole mom’s jewelry Hyde Park Police have arrested a local youth on grand larceny charges after he allegedly stole jewelry from his mother. Police say on Nov. 16, a 17-year-old Hyde Park boy broke into his mother’s bedroom and stole jewelry. The youth was interviewed and admitted to stealing the jewelry, according to police. He was charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree, a class-E felony, and criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class-A misdemeanor. He was released on an appearance ticket and ordered to appear in Hyde Park Justice Court on Dec. 22. Police are withholding the young man’s name because he is eligible for youthfuloffender status. More arrests are expected to follow in this case, police said. Man gets felony after writing bad check A Poughkeepsie man with an active warrant was arrested by Hyde Park Police

last week. Police arrested Timothy J. Warren, 42, on Nov. 21. He is accused of writing a bad check for $4,000 to a former landlord. He had an active warrant for his arrest for writing a bad check, a class-A misdemeanor, and was charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree, a class-E felony. Warren was released on an appearance ticket and ordered to appear in Hyde Park Justice Court on Nov. 24. Burglar gets felony charges A local man who allegedly burglarized a resident’s home was arrested last week. Police say Thomas E. Bohlinger, 28, of Hyde Park, was arrested on Nov. 21 for breaking into a local resident’s home on Nov. 15 and stealing money. The homeowner was not home at the time of the break-in. Neighbors witnessed the event and gave police a great description of the offenders, police said. Bohlinger was charged with burglary in the second degree, a class-C felony, conspiracy in the fourth degree, a class-E felony, and petty larceny, a class-A misdemeanor. He was remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $5,000 cash or $10,000 bail bond. He is due back in court on Nov. 24. Police say a second subject is still at large at this time. Woman tried to fill phony prescription A Hyde Park woman who stole a prescription pad from her doctor and attempted to fill forged prescriptions at a local pharmacy was arrested last week. Hyde Park Police say Yolan L. Levine, 36, of Hyde Park, attempted to fill a stolen, forged prescription at Molloy Pharmacy in the town on Nov. 19. Police say Levine saw her doctor on Oct. 24 and stole his prescription pad. When

she attempted to fill the forged prescription, employees at Molloy called the doctor’s office, which verified the document was stolen and forged. She was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, a class-D felony, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class-A misdemeanor. Levine was arraigned in front of Judge David Steinberg and was released under the supervision of probation officers. She is to reappear in Hyde Park Justice Court on Dec. 15 at 9 a.m. Party crasher starts fight A Poughkeepsie man who reportedly crashed a party and started a fight was arrested on felony assault charges this week. Hyde Park Police say on Nov. 22, Robert M. Phillips, 27, showed up uninvited to a local resident’s family party. Phillips reportedly became angry when he was asked to leave and a fight broke out. Police say Phillips threw a brick at the homeowner, striking him in the arm. The homeowner sustained injury and transported himself to the hospital, according to police. Phillips was charged with assault in the second degree, a class-D felony, and harassment in the second degree, a violation. He was arraigned in front of Judge David Steinberg and a stay-away order of protection was issued. Phillips was released on his own recognizance and ordered to appear in Hyde Park Justice Court on Dec. 8.

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I’d like to think that I am, by nature, an optimist. I try to look at the glass half full and when a challenge comes my way, I tend to approach it with a “can-do” attitude. These days, however, staying upbeat has presented its own challenge. The economy is dismal. Unemployment rates have jumped to double digits. The flu is everywhere. When I’m finding myself slipping into the-glass-is-half-empty mode, I’m reminded that I should be counting my blessings for all that is good in life – particularly here in the Hudson Valley. Nearly every day when I pick up the newspaper or meet with people in my district, I am touched by a story that illustrates the wonderful community we

live in. I’m sure we all see it – people helping people. Whether it’s a food drive, coat collection for those in need, planting trees in a public area, promoting reading among youth, helping at nursing homes, honoring veterans, sending supplies and letters to our troops, delivering meals to shut-ins – I could go on and on. I see it and hear about it throughout my travels in Columbia and Dutchess counties. The generous and caring nature of individuals makes a remarkable difference in the lives of others, particularly during difficult economic times. As we tighten our belts at the state, local and household level, it’s important to know and acknowledge those lending a hand to help others make the difference in all of our lives, whether or not we are direct recipients of these acts of kindness. As Thanksgiving approaches, I want to give thanks to all those who volunteer and for reminding me to see the glass as half full. Your selfless acts of kindness are appreciated and I count you among my many blessings. State Sen. Steve Saland (R,C,IPoughkeepsie) represents the 41st District of the New York State Senate, which includes towns in Dutchess and Columbia counties.

READERS RESPOND: E-MAIL US: EDITORIAL@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM TO THE EDITOR: I would like to express my gratitude to Rhinebeck Postmaster Frank Barton and Rhinebeck Village Mayor Jim Reardon for resolving an inconvenient and potentially dangerous situation whenever a person mailed a letter from the curbside on Route 9. The mailbox on Route 9 is on the west side of the street. Drivers heading south are required to exit their cars and face oncoming traffic. Those driving north are required to cross the street and face traffic from both directions. It is a hazardous situation, especially during heavy traffic hours. It is particularly dangerous for the handicapped. Through the postmaster and mayor’s efforts, an alternative has been provided. The landowners of the parking lot behind M&T Bank have given approval to install a mailbox with a chute that allows you to mail a letter from the driver’s side without exiting. This resolves the problem and eliminates a hazard. I would like to personally express my gratitude to them for their concern for the citizens of Rhinebeck and their responsiveness. Mike Mazzarella Rhinebeck


fanatics who bomb, behead, murder and honor-kill. It is the fanatics who take over A GERMAN’S VIEW mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who ON ISLAM zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the SUBMITTED BY A READER fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers. This is one of the best explanations of the The hard, quantifiable fact is that the Muslim terrorist situation I have ever read. peaceful majority, the “silent majority,” is His references to past history are accurate cowed and extraneous. Communist Russia and clear. Not long, easy to understand, was comprised of Russians who just and well worth the read. The author is said wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian to be Dr. Emanuel Tanya, a well-known Communists were responsible for the and well-respected psychiatrist. murder of about 20 million people. The A man, whose family was German peaceful majority was irrelevant. China’s huge population was aristocracy prior to peaceful as well, but World War II, owned Chinese Communists a number of large managed to kill a industries and estates. When asked how The fact is that the staggering 70 million people. many German people The average Japanese were true Nazis, the individual prior to answer he gave can fanatics rule Islam World War II was not a guide our attitude warmongering sadist. toward fanaticism. “Very few people at this moment in Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way were true Nazis,” across Southeast Asia in he said, “but many an orgy of killing that enjoyed the return of history. included the systematic German pride, and murder of 12 million many more were too Chinese civilians, most busy to care. I was killed by sword, shovel one of those who just and bayonet. thought the Nazis And who can forget Rwanda, which were a bunch of fools. So the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before collapsed into butchery. Could it not be we knew it, they owned us, and we had said the majority of Rwandans were peace lost control, and the end of the world had loving? History lessons are often incredibly come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and destroyed my factories.” We are told again and again by “experts” uncomplicated of points: • Peace-loving Muslims have been made and talking heads that Islam is a religion irrelevant by their silence. of peace and the vast majority of Muslims • Peace-loving Muslims will become just want to live in peace. Although this our enemy if they don’t speak up, because unqualified assertion may be true, it is like my friend from Germany, they will entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, awaken one day and fi nd that the fanatics meant to make us feel better, and meant to own them, and the end of their world will somehow diminish the specter of fanatics have begun. rampaging across the globe in the name of • Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Islam. Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, at this moment in history. It is the fanatics Nigerians, Algerians and many others have who march. It is the fanatics who wage any died because the peaceful majority did not one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter speak up until it was too late. As for us who Christian and tribal groups throughout watch it all unfold, we must pay attention Africa and are gradually taking over the to the only group that counts – the fanatics entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the who threaten our way of life.

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opinion did in high school. Not everyone was a football star or a band geek. They were in the stands or working at the local diner after school. Most Americans simply go about their business quietly. Richard Nixon called them the silent majority and he was right. For every right-wing zealot or leftie lunatic screaming about this or that, there are millions hard-working Americans too busy to USUALLY RIGHT of notice. They are, for the most part, selfBY JIM LANGAN sufficient and just want to be left alone. THE SILENT SCREAM They’re paying attention but they don’t spend their lives shouting at their TVs or MAJORITY GETS calling talk radio. So why are these silent Americans PALIN AND BECK showing up in droves to meet Sarah PaIn Jupiter, Fla. last week, more than lin and Glenn Beck? According to Sandy 1,000 people waited in line at a book store Martinez of Jupiter, “Glenn Beck is like to meet conservative media star Glenn our voice.” Frank Verna said, “I think Beck. In a line that looked like a conserwe’ve lost our old-school values.” Beck vative’s socialized-medicine worst nightand Palin are connecting with people on mare, people we were assigned letters of issues that matter most to them. Among the alphabet and directed by an electric them are entitlebullhorn through mulments, family values, tiple turns. Beck was religion, patriotism, on a seven-city Florida taxes, government tour to promote his new spending and burFor every right-wing book, “Arguing With geoning defi cits. Idiots.” Beck signed They see Presibooks left-handed and dent Obama and his shook hands with his zealot or leftie lunatic liberal agenda as a right. He never looked very real threat. The at the books but made health care debate certain to make eye … there are millions seems to be the iscontact with every persue that got people son. off their couches and In Chicago and othof hard-working onto the streets. The er major cities, people silent majority knows camped out overnight national health care for the chance to meet former Alaska Gov. Americans too busy to will forever change the way Americans Sarah Palin as she also live. Sarah Palin and toured promoting her Glenn Beck do too. book, “Going Rogue.” notice. The thinking is if this Her appearance on goes through, it’s a “Oprah” gave the talk very short leap to soqueen her highest ratcialism. We already ings in years. have government ownership of major In short, these two personalities are bebanks and the means of production. ing treated like rock stars wherever they People are concerned the government go. Yet the so-called mainstream media will soon be telling you what car you can is scratching its head trying to figure out drive, what you can eat and how much how these two people they so disdain you can earn. The firestorm over the new can turn out such large crowds and sell guidelines for breast exams and cervical so many books. By the way, I find it fasscreenings was as much about politics as cinating that books by conservatives are it was medicine. People think they can huge best sellers and liberal books bomb. see where all of this “progressive” thinkCan liberals read or are they just too busy ing is going. It’s going into the land of working on the nanny state? Karl Marx and most Americans want no The answer is most of the media does part of it. not relate to the concerns and don’t get Democrats would be foolish to dismiss the appeal of a Sarah Palin or Glenn Beck. Palin and Beck as creatures of the vast They’re like some self-appointed clique right-wing conspiracy. The reality is both in high school that decides who’s cool are giving voice to the new silent scream and who’s not. They are smug and conmajority out there, which is saying, “I will descending and don’t play well with the not be ignored.” Democrats got a taste of other kids. They can identify each other that anger during the recent elections. and are dismissive of anyone not drinking The folks lining up to see Glenn Beck and the liberal Kool-Aid. But here’s what they Gov. Palin today will be lining up at polldon’t get and why Palin and Beck mystify ing places around the country next fall. them. Most people aren’t cool or a jerk. Most Jim Langan can be reached at editorial@ of us live somewhere in between, as we



that most basic level, it’s not going to be lack of food that will kill us. It’ll probably be the deer running across the highway. (See last week.) So, the harvest does not really play as big a role in our Thanksgiving as it once did. We are mostly urban folks who don’t get where food comes from. We see meat and think it grows wrapped in cellophane and styrofoam. We look at vegetables and forget they don’t come in frozen plastic bags. And while we might lament how far removed we are from the food chain these days, the fact that among our many worries, starving is not one of them should be reason enough to give thanks to God. Now, I know Thanksgiving is full of traditions. Unlike the Germans, who just go to church for Thanksgiving, we Americans tend to gather from all corners and have a big family gathering where we see who can eat the most before popping. Then we watch giant men carrying a little football ram into each other in an effort to make the other ones pop. One of Hyde Park’s traditions has always been to have a Thanksgiving Eve ecumenical service, always at a different church in town. Because of a lot of little things blended with difficult scheduling, the local pastors decided we could not have the service this year, which is too bad because this service is a great reminder that Thanksgiving is more than turkey and stuffing and pumpkin pie. It is about appreciating how graced we are to be allowed another year on this earth. But you know what? You don’t have to have a special service to give thanks. You don’t even need to have a special day. God breathes life into each of us anew every day, gives us what we need to do, what we need that day. In short, every day is good for giving thanks. So, whether you’re in Canada or Germany or the U.S. (or anywhere else on earth), Happy Thanksgiving!

I got a note from a Canadian friend recently, who said, “You know what I’m thankful for? I’m thankful we already had our Thanksgiving in October so we can work off all the food in time for Christmas.” Yes, Canadians stuff themselves silly with turkey, too. It is sometimes easy for me to forget that Canada even has a Thanksgiving Day, let alone that they do it on the wrong day. Everyone knows the Pilgrims invented Thanksgiving in 1621 and decided it should be the fourth Thursday in November, right? Well, of course not. Actually, there’s nothing inherently American about Thanksgiving. Countries around the world have celebrated a day to give thanks to God for the harvest for centuries. After all, the harvest is what it’s all about. In German, they call it “Erntedankfest,” which is roughly translated to “Festival of Thanks for the Harvest.” The reason all these peoples and places have this feast in the first place is the harvest meant survival for them (well, for those who lived in colder climates, where winter made growing difficult or impossible). It was a way of saying, “Thanks for giving us what we need to make it through the lean times.” Some might say we are living in lean times these days. Well, the Pilgrims or other subsistence farmers might disagree. They The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector of St. might point out that, strictly speaking, even those of us unfortunate enough to lose our James’ Episcopal Church, Hyde Park. jobs will probably not starve to death. We You can leave a comment for him at live in a country where many other things are challenging or just plain wrong, but at


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Dr. Barbara Chatr-Aryamontri, Susan M. Perkins and Dr. Donna Kasello address more than 400 women at the Health Quest forum on women’s health in Fishkill.

BY HV NEWS STAFF A crowd of over 400 women from all over the Hudson Valley attended a forum on health care for women in Fishkill Thursday night. The event was sponsored by the hospitals of Health Quest, which include Northern Dutchess, Vassar Brothers and Putnam Hospital Center. Thursday marked the fifth year Health Quest has held the popular event. The program included a panel of health care professionals discussing various topics and taking questions from the audience. Dr. Barbara Chatr-Aryamontri, the director of the Northern Dutchess Hospital Sleep Center, talked about sleep disorders and techniques to help women get a good night’s sleep. Susan Perkins, a nurse practitioner at Putnam, addressed dealing with stress and

its adverse effects. Dr. Donna Kasello from Vassar Brothers showed the group how the so-called “Da Vinci robot” is used in various gynecological surgeries and answered numerous questions. The featured speaker was Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International, which provides vocational training and support for women in warravaged regions of the world. The Iraq native said society needs to have a better understanding of the role women play in day-to-day life. In her introductory remarks, Barbara Kram, Health Quest’s director of marketing, said, “We thought it would be a good time to look at the world outside. Salbi brings a powerful message and will remind us we’re not just responsible for what happens here.”



BY HV NEWS STAFF The Eileen M. Hickey Cancer Center at Saint Francis Hospital is the first center in the region to be accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, administered by the American College of Surgeons. The Hickey Center is the fifth in the state and first in the Mid Hudson Valley to be awarded the three-year accreditation. Accreditation is given to centers that have committed themselves to providing the highest level of quality breast care after undergoing a rigorous evaluation process to review their performance. The accreditation ensures patients will receive comprehensive care. “Along with our American College of Radiology’s accreditation as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, this designation further demonstrates Saint Francis Hospital’s commitment to provide the highest level of comprehensive, quality breast care services in the mid-Hudson Valley,” said Christine Egan, clinical leader of oncology services at the Hickey Cancer Center, in a press release.

IN CASE YOU MISSED ITBY JIM LANGAN - Prosecutors in the UK dropped murder charges against a 59-year-old man who strangled his wife while having a nightmare. Brian Thomas said he dreamt he was being attacked by intruders and suffers from a condition known automatism or sleepwalking. I wonder if the condition is triggered by a wee dram or two. - The 19-year-old thug arrested in the straybullet shooting of an innocent 15-year-old schoolgirl in the Bronx has been arrested in the past for selling crack, smoking pot in public and firing a gun at police officers. Why wasn’t this cretin in jail? What exactly do you have to do to go to jail these days? - Might be time to load up the freezer with those nutritious Eggo Waffles. Kellogg’s said two of the plants that produce the toaster-ready breakfast treat have production problems. Officials say Eggos will be in short supply until next summer. Then again, without Eggos, maybe we’ll all fit in our bathing suits next summer. - We hear cops arrested someone at the Starr Library in Rhinebeck last Thursday. It appears the gentleman involved was helping himself to some DVDs when someone called the police. Reports of an overdue book were denied by library officials. - Rudy Giuliani has apparently given up on running for governor and is eying Kirsten Gillibrand’s senate seat in 2010. Rudy’s ruminations are getting old and he’s rapidly approaching “who cares” land. - Maj. Nidal Hasan, the murderous Muslim terrorist at Fort Hood, sent an e-mail to his al Qaeda puppet master, Anwar Aulaqi, in which he said he looked forward to having “one non-alcoholic wine in the afterlife.” No booze in heaven? This guy must be building an insanity defense.

- Have you seen those ads for the Dunkin Donuts tuna sandwich? The tuna looks like there must be a litter box nearby. - Yet another picture of the annoying Sarah Jessica Parker and her twins being schlepped around New York by an army of nannies. From the rent-a-womb births to the nannies, why did she bother with kids at all? They’re not fashion accessories. Try a little Heidi Klum, sister. - Loved Sarah Palin putting up huge Nielsen numbers on Oprah and other chat shows while the mainstream media mocks her. She has assumed the mantle of most polarizing woman in America now that Hillary has been sent into exile by President Obama. - Radical lawyer and nut-job Lynne Stewart finally went to the slammer for lying and consorting with Muslim terrorists. The only problem is she’ll be out in a couple of years. - Make sure you pick up a snootful of Queen, the new fragrance by B-lister Queen Latifah. Who wants to smell like Queen Latifah or any other celebrity? She’s also hawking something called Body Butter. Pass the nose clips, baby. - Reassuring to know a glitch in a single circuit board at the FAA resulted in monster delays and flight cancellations on Thursday. One of these days, some hacker or terrorist is going to have all of us living by candlelight. - Radio station 92.1 has been playing all Christmas music since Halloween. I like Bing Crosby as much as the next guy, but can we get Thanksgiving out of the way first?

BY HV NEWS STAFF Smokers are invited to Saint Francis Hospital next week to learn tips on quitting. Professional Radiology Oncology Services (PROS) at Saint Francis Hospital and Saint Francis Hospital and Health Centers invite tobacco users to a free program, “Tobacco – The Pro’s Approach to Quitting,” Wednesday, Dec. 2 at the hospital. Dr. David Moylan, clinical director of PROS, and Arthur Hoy, a cancer survivor and former smoker, will lead the program. The hour-long program will be presented twice – at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. – in the Sister M. Ann Elizabeth Community Conference Center. For more information, call PROS at 845-485-7767.

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Nine inbound Rotary Youth Exchange students spent the weekend of Nov. 6-8 in Millbrook and New York City as guests of the Rotary Club of Millbrook. The students live with local families and attend high school in Rotary District 7210, which encompasses eight Hudson Valley counties. In addition to local activities in Millbrook, the

students attended Rotary UN Day at the United Nations on Nov. 7, followed by a tour of midtown Manhattan. Rotary District 7210 is currently accepting applications from Hudson Valley high school students interested in spending a year abroad as Rotary Youth Exchange ambassadors. Further information is available through local Rotary Clubs.

Scott Case and his father, Bryant Rawls, get ready for the Christmas rush at Bilmar Nurseries. Photo by Jim Langan.

BY JIM LANGAN For most people, buying a Christmas tree is fairly predictable and routine. You either buy a pre-cut tree or cut your own. At Bilmar Nurseries in Pleasant Valley, you can do both. Less than two miles off Route 44, Bilmar Nurseries is located on land originally purchased in the late 1930s by William Rawls, a New York City doctor. The late Dr. Rawls came from a farming family in Georgia, so “farming was in his blood,” said his son, Bryant. Currently, the farm is operated by Bryant Rawls and son Scott Case. Bilmar is one of three nurseries owned by the family, including Fabulous Firs in Poughkeepsie and Sonny Sky in LaGrangeville. Sonny and Sky are the names of Case’s two children. Hudson Valley News took a tour of the farm last week and quickly discovered there’s a lot more to Christmas trees that one would think. For starters, who knew it takes almost four years before a tiny evergreen tree is even put in the ground? It spends two years in a seed bed and another two in what’s called a plug. Then, if the weather or deer don’t get to them, a typical 6-foottall tree will take seven or eight years to reach maturity. A 10-footer will have you waiting 12 years. When you consider the amount of time and labor that goes into growing a tree, the $45-$50 price tag for a 10-footer doesn’t seem unreasonable. During a typical Christmas season, Bilmar will normally sell approximately 3,500 trees. In addition to cut-your-own, Bilmar also sells pre-cut trees. When asked which trees make the best Christmas trees, both men said it was the

Fraser Fir. According to Rawls, “They look good, smell good and hold their needles. In fact, a Fraser could last until Valentines Day.” Case and his father were also very high on the Concolor Fir. “They’re blue in color and last for months,” according to Scott. Neither man was as enthusiastic about the Norway Spruce. “They lose their needles quickly and if you’re going to buy one, buy it close to Christmas for that reason,” said Rawls. When asked if there are any tricks to maintaining a tree, both men said keeping the tree watered is most important. While we were there, you could see both men trimming trees and putting ribbons on trees that need attention. They’re very proud of their trees’ shape and quality. “These trees are bred like race horses,” Rawls said. “Growers are always experimenting with different seeds and strains to create the perfect tree in appearance and durability.” Rawls also explained one side of a tree is always a little thinner due to sunlight. Case said the selling season begins the Friday after Thanksgiving. Once the holidays are over, Bilmar will be working on its nursery stock for spring. Rawls said he has been approached many times over the years by developers interested in his 261 acres, but he has no interest in selling, although, he said, “There haven’t been too many calls lately with this economy.” It was pretty clear to us this farming family really enjoys the work and each other’s company. Can Sonny and Sky be far behind?

Pictured at the United Nations are, from left, front row: Mack Khammoo (Thailand to Goshen), Pia Kampkoetter (Germany to Minisink Valley), Tan Oguz (Turkey to Millbrook), back row: Clare Guarin, Millbrook’s Rotary outbound student to Italy for 2008-09, Rafael Moreta (Spain to Kingston), Sidonie Kerbellec (France to Red Hook), Kobe Chen (Taiwan to Phoenicia), Marco Giorgi (Italy to Catskill), Lucas Battel (Brazil to Carmel) and Amit Abraham (India to Greenville). Photo submitted.


The Friends Committee at the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill will pay tribute to those who have influenced others’ lives during its Holiday Candlelight Awards Ceremony. The main honoree this year will be Frank VanZanten, but the committee is inviting attendees to send a tribute to anyone living or deceased who has been a positive influence in their lives. For a $5 donation, a candle will be lit for each honoree and they will be part of the program.

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BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON For a while there, it was looking like Beekman Councilman Dan French was fighting an uphill battle in his bid for the town’s supervisor seat, but in the end, French overcame the political obstacles and was elected to the seat by an impressive margin. French attributes his victory to hard work, saying he spent countless hours going door to door, promising to keep town government lean and property taxes to a minimum. “That’s the most intimate thing you can do,” French said of his door-to-door campaign, adding one-on-one time with constituents prepares an official to be a better public servant. “Every night, it’s like you’re hosting a focus group.” The first obstacle French, a 28-yearold Democrat, had to overcome was the fact that registered Republicans in Beekman outnumber Democrats by 1,000 voters. There are approximately 2,900 Republicans, 1,900 Democrats and 1,900 undeclared voters in the town – as French puts it, Democrats are like a third party in Beekman. The town’s current supervisor, Republican John Adams, had not been challenged since 2001. Adams said he would not seek re-election in 2009, so Republicans tapped current Councilwoman Barbara Zulauf to run for the seat. In 2003, when French was 22 years old, he was defeated by Zulauf for a town council seat. He was elected to a oneyear seat in a special election the following year and was re-elected to a full, four-year term in 2005, and has served alongside Zulauf throughout his tenure on the board. French also took a bit of a beating in the local press during the 2009 race when The Poughkeepsie Journal ran an article critical of one of French’s mailings, which the paper said were misleading. French quickly apologized and took full responsibility for the mailing. The newspaper also endorsed Zulauf for the supervisor seat. French thinks he was able to over-

come any apprehension voters may have felt as a result of the articles by knocking on doors and meeting with residents. “I met so many people personally … people weren’t going to buy that I was intentionally misleading voters,” French said. “It’s so easy to think badly of someone if you don’t have a relationship with them,” he added. French said when he takes office on Jan. 1, he will immediately make good on his promise to voters and take initiatives to reduce the town budget. “The price of government is too high,” he said. “People can’t afford their government.” He said he wants to bring a whole new approach to the budget, adding this is why he decided to seek the supervisor seat as opposed to re-election to his council post. French says he believes many of the Beekman’s consultants, such as the town engineer and attorney, are overpaid. He also said he’d like to see the town share services with neighboring communities, pointing to the assessment office as an example of a department that could be shared amongst multiple communities. “We can save enormous amounts of money, especially in our assessment office,” French said. He also said he’d look into sharing equipment with highway garages in other communities or with the county or school district. French said he also wants to improve the lines of communication between town residents and local government, saying he will continue his regular e-mail updates and make an effort to explain agenda items during meetings. “I want to make it easier for people to know what we’re doing on their behalf,” he said. “People want to know, but you have to make it easy on them.” French said other priorities include town center development, open space preservation, smart growth, completing an update of local zoning law and wetlands protection. When he assumes office, French will be the only Democrat on the board. The board will also include two Republicans, a registered member of the Independence Party and a Working Families Party member. “It’s a coalition council,” French said. “I think that’s going to be good for Beekman.” French was born in the Bronx but has lived in Beekman since he was 7 years old. He attended school in the Arlington Central School District and played soccer for the Admirals. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from SUNY Binghamton and a master’s degree in in public administration from Rockefeller College. As town supervisor, he will earn approximately $19,000 per year. He works full time as a deputy elections commissioner for Dutchess County.

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Members of the Morton Memorial Rockin’ Rooks pose for a photo and show off the trophies they won at the Kingston High School Chess Tournament on Saturday. Photo by Christopher Lennon


Rhinebeck’s Morton Memorial Rockin’ Rooks rocked Kingston last weekend, taking home the fourth-place trophy in the annual Kingston High School Chess Tournament. A total of 23 teams from the region competed in the tournament, and many of the Rooks’ young players competed in the first rated matches of their chess careers. The tournament also pitted players of varying ages and experience against one another. Coach D. Suris said one of her youngest students, a second-grader, bravely faced a high school junior in one match. “They held their own,” she said of her young players. A number of players also performed well

individually. Bjorn Bowser, a second-grader who is brand new to the Rockin’ Rooks, took home a fourth-place trophy. Teammate Jack Venezia took home seventh place in a rated match, and Mike Oberly took eighth in the same division. The team generally competes in about five tournaments each year and is currently preparing for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Tournament at Saint Joseph’s on Jan. 18. Last year, the Rooks took first place at the event. The team is always looking for new members. The Rooks practice at Morton Memorial Library in Rhinecliff every Monday evening, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Youngsters who want to learn more are encouraged to attend a practice.


Rotarians Gary McDonald (left) and Joseph Phelan (right) present Dan and Knick Staley of Ferncliff Forrest with a check for $1,000. Photo by Louis Turpin.

BY HV NEWS STAFF The Rhinebeck Rotary Club has made a $1,000 gift to Ferncliff Forest for maintenance of trails and structures at the preserve, including the forest’s new observation tower. The gift was presented to officials from Ferncliff as part of a special presentation on Monday, Nov. 16. “Given Rhinebeck Rotary’s long-standing relationship with Ferncliff Forest, it is the Club’s privilege and pleasure to continue providing financial support to this local resource for the Rhinebeck community,

for those who live in the area as well as those who visit Rhinebeck to benefit from its natural beauty,” said Rhinebeck Rotary President Joseph Phelan. In 2007, a new 80-foot observation tower was built at the forest, offering visitors panoramic views of the area. Thousands of visitors have visited the forest since the new tower was built, according to the Rotary. For more information on the Rhinebeck Rotary, contact Marybeth Cale at 845-7503763.

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Last year’s Sinterklaas celebration. Photo submitted


dock on Saturday – whether you celebrated the Dutch tradition in Rhinebeck many years ago or this will be your first time A cheerful antidote to that after-turkey to usher in the holiday season in style, energy slump will be the arrival of the celebration has something to offer Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas) at the Rhinecliff everyone. BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@ THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM

I spoke with coordinator Jeanne Fleming about the festival and how meaningful it is in the community. As we spoke, she said that volunteers and members of the community were still busy in the workshop creating geese, stars and more in

anticipation of Sinterklaas’ arrival and the following parade. This is the second year since the festival was resurrected from a decades-long absence, and the event was honored this year by Dutchess County Arts Council for its cultural contributions to the community. “What happens is really fun,” said > continued>on pageon10page 14 more

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Fleming. “Sinterklaas arrives by boat. In Holland, he comes by boat because he’s come from Spain, rescuing children from the Inquisition.” She explained that the tradition was based on Holland’s open trading routes and their belief that children of all cultures and races were innocent and to be cherished. The festival is, in fact, based entirely on the celebration of children in the community. In this case, however, Sinterklaas won’t be coming up from Spain – “he comes across the Spanish Esopus,” said Fleming with a laugh, “and arrives in Rhinecliff. When he gets there, he’s taken on a procession from the Rhinecliff dock to the Rhinecliff Hotel. This year the boat is going to be turned into a goose. At the dock, there will be hot chocolate, the Grumpuses will do a dance, give out candy and there will be a band. At the hotel, the Rhinebeck Choral Club will be singing on the balcony.” Fleming said that the Rhinecliff Hotel has been an important partner in the Sinterklaas celebration since last year’s revival. “I went to the Rhinecliff yesterday to make (final plans), and I talked with (Banquet and Events manager) Jeffrey Boyle – he said he remember this in Rhinebeck as a child. He said that he loved it!” She said that this year, both floors of the hotel will feature music and dancing, and that there will be a culminating bonfire outside near the river. Finally, Sinterklaas will be sung away on his horse to prepare for his return the

following Saturday for the community parade. I promised not to give away too many of the special details that transform Rhinecliff into a star-filled wonderland – Fleming said it was a magical night for children and adults alike. The most important aspect of the parade is that much of the decoration and props are handmade by the participants – this is a community project in all ways. “The kids need to make their crowns and branches (before the parade),” said Fleming. “This is all about the kids making stuff and being turned into kings and queens.” Again, the parade focuses on the children. “The adults get these big beautiful illuminated stars. The children carrying their crowns and scepters. And then comes the main moment when the adults honor the kings and queens on one knees. The stars are held at the children’s waist level, so that they’re taller and surrounded by stars. Then it becomes a canopy above everyone.” Once it’s time to put the children to bed, the entertainment turns more mature. “After the parade there are lots of things people can do in time for an 8 p.m. start time (for performances). The adult dance at the Beekman Arms starts a little later.” Both weekends offer participants a chance to enjoy a mixture of art, performance and special surprises. Fleming said that there was only one rule: “You can expect the unexpected.”

Schedule of events SINTERKLAAS ARRIVES 4 P.M. | SATURDAY, NOV. 28

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The 12-minute procession goes from the Rhinecliff dock through Rhinecliff, arriving finally at The Rhinecliff Hotel.

8 p.m. | Sunday, Nov. 29. Also appearing, Jypsi. Tickets: $36.50, reserved seating. Mid Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plz., Poughkeepsie. Ticketmaster: 800-745-3000.


Holiday Craft Boutique Nov. 28 & 29: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Shop and enjoy lunch in the 1732 kitchen. Santa Claus visits on Sun., noon-3 p.m. Van Wyck Homestead Museum, 504 Rte. 9, Fishkill. 845-896-6003. 38th DCC Holiday Craft Fair Nov. 28 & 29: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. All items are hand-crafted and some are considered fine art. Admission: $4-6. Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie. sunydutchess. edu/alumni/foundationevents. 845-431-8403.

Wednesday, Nov. 25 NIGHTLIFE

Cloud NYne 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $5 cover. Café Internationale at The Ramada Inn, 1289 Rte. 300, Newburgh. 845-5679429. DJ Geril 9 p.m.-midnight. Techno. The Basement, 744 Broadway, Kingston. 845-340-0744. Open Mic 8 p.m. Alchemy of Woodstock, 297 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-684-5068. Settin’ The Record Straight 8 p.m.-midnight. Classic rock. Arturo’s Tavern, 878 Rte. 6, Mahopac. 845-621-3836. Soul Tree Villains 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Soul. Cover: $10. 12

Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-6624.


SINTERKLAAS CELEBRATION DEC. 5, THROUGHOUT RHINEBECK Annual Craft Fair 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Astor Home For Children, 6339 Mill St., Rhinebeck. 10:30 a.m. Bear Beauty Contest Dress up a teddy bear and bring it to Samuel’s (42 E. Market St.) to meet other bears and maybe to win a prize. All children and adults are invited to submit entries. Many categories. $25 grand prize and a special guest appearance on stage for the winning bear at the Starlight Pageant.

Bird Club Field Trip 9 a.m. A field trip to Vassar College Campus with the Waterman Bird Club. Meet at Greenhouse/ Buildings and Grounds Parking lot off Raymond Ave. (close to Hooker Ave.) Free. Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-6779025.

11 a.m. Brunch with the General at the DAR House (77 Livingston St.). Revolutionary War re-enactor Gary Petagine depicts General George Montgomery and tells first-hand stories from his life.

Thursday, Nov. 26

1:30–3:30 p.m. “Musicale!” performance for adults. Reformed Church Sanctuary, 6368 Mill St.

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Friday, Nov. 27 NIGHTLIFE

David Kraai with Sean Powell 8:30 p.m. Singer-songwriter. Keegan Ales, 20 Saint James St., Kingston. 845-331-2739. Dead Unicorn, The Viking, Ball Turret and White Knuckle Rodeo 9 p.m.-midnight. Alternative. Cover: age 18+, $5. The Basement, 744 Broadway, Kingston. 845340-0744. The Differents with Vito Petroccitto 9 p.m. Acoustic singer-songwriter. River Station, 1 No. Water St., Poughkeepsie 845-452-9207. Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams

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11:30 a.m. Opening events: Native American blessing, drumming and song, followed by storytelling with Jonathan Kruk. Beekman Arms, 4 Mill St.

11 a.m.–4 p.m. Crowns and Branches Workshop at the Reformed Church. All children are invited to make crowns and decorate branches. Reformed Church, 6368 Mill St 12:30 pm, 2 and 4 p.m. “Festival of Light: A Holiday Spectacular,” presented by the Vanaver Caravan & the Arm of the Sea Theater. Church of the Messiah, 47 Montgomery St. 12:30–4:30 p.m. Entertainment in Town Hall, 80 E. Market. 2 p.m. Special Guest Performance: Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary presents a short concert and signs his new children’s book, “Day is Done.” Oblong Books , 6422 Montgomery St. 1-3 p.m. “Sintercirkus and Variety Show,” presented by the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. Upstate Films, 6415 Montgomery St. 5 p.m. “Living Nativity.” Dutch Reformed Church, Rte. 9. 6 p.m. Children’s Starlight Parade and Pageant through the town. 7:30 p.m. Family Hoe Down with John Kirk and Trish Miller. Town Hall, 80 E. Market. 9-11 p.m. Dance for adults, featuring On the Lam Band. The Beekman Arms, Rtes. 308 and 9.

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the production have donated their time and expertise to benefit the ARCS and “Universal Language: A World AIDS its programs. Those who attend will also Day Benefit Concert” have the opportunity to purchase DVDs, T-shirts, bandanas and various signed 6-10 p.m. | Saturday, Nov. 28 items. “We have a bunch of goodies for sale,” Payne said. Tickets: $25, general admission; $40, Payne, who has been in the VIP music industry for 29 years and started Ritz Theater Lobby Markus Payne Entertainment two years 107 Broadway, Newburgh. ago to work exclusively with artists in 914-785-8283 the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, reached out to Stewart Lewis and Jeffrey Wilgus about six months ago to perform at the benefit show. Terry For producer Markus Payne, this Christopher and Hillary Johnson were concert is 10 years in the making. On chosen to complete the lineup. These Nov. 28, four musicians will take the performers are no strangers to charity stage at the Ritz Theater in Newburgh to work; for example, both Wilgus and create awareness for World AIDS Day Christopher have songs on “United for the and raise funds for the Hudson Valley’s Ride,” an album that raises funds for the AIDS-Related Community Services annual Braking the Cycle AIDS bicycle organization. Payne has been strongly ride that benefits the LGBT Community affected by the disease over the years, Center of New York City. which is why he believes it’s important to “I think doing a benefit for ARCS support this cause through the universal is a great way for people to come together language of music. and support a cause that has affected “I’ve lost 26 people to the every race, color and creed out there. It’s epidemic since it broke out in the ’80s. not just a disease that affects one type I’ve also had several friends who have of person anymore. It affects everyone received services from the ARCS in the and is everywhere. It’s universal,” Payne Hudson Valley,” said Payne. “I’ve been said. “I think a concert is a great way to wanting to do this event for the past 10 get people to come together for a cause years. It all seemed to come in place when and experience the energy of everybody I contacted Jay Dewey from ARCS. We that’s behind the concert. The best way to hit it off and the project came about from share a message is through music. It’s a there. It’s been a work of love and peace universal language.” and music since its inception.” “Universal Language” is actually The ARCS was founded in the title of the concert, which goes 1983 to provide HIV and AIDS services hand in hand with this year’s theme of to residents in Dutchess, Orange, “Universal Access and Human Rights” for Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster World AIDS Day on Dec. 1. The events and Westchester counties. Through its may not be held on the same day, but they Web site and eight offices, including both carry the same message of raising one located at 235 Main Street in HIV and AIDS awareness. Poughkeepsie, the group attempts to Tickets for the ARCS benefit prevent and reduce the transmission of concert are still available and can be HIV through education and outreach purchased by calling 914-785-8283 or by programs. It also works to maximize the visiting the ARCS Web site at www.arcs. quality of life for those who are affected org. Red Ribbon general admission tickets by the virus. cost $25, while Gold Ribbon VIP tickets All proceeds from ticket and cost $40 and include the opportunity to merchandise sales will go directly to the meet the artists, as well as an autographed ARCS. The artists and workers behind CD package and two free drinks.



E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM > continued from page 10 9-11 p.m. Classic rock, Americana. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-6794406. John Mueller 8 p.m. Acoustic rock. La Puerta Azul, Rte. 44, Millbrook. 845-677-2985. Live Jazz 6:30-11 p.m. With Mark “GuitarZilla” Dziuba, Mike Kull, Charlie Kniceley and Chris Bowman. Jack and Luna’s Café, 3928 Main St. (Rte. 209), Stone Ridge. 845-687-9794. The Smokin’ Aces 9 p.m.-midnight. Motown/R&B. New World Home Cooking, 1411 Rte. 212, Saugerties. 845-2460900 Stephen Kaiser Group 7:30-10 p.m. Jazz. Babycakes Bakery Café, 1-3 Collegeview Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-485-8411. The Track 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Rock. 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914737-6624. UGUYS 9 p.m.-midnight. Classic rock. The Starr Place, 6417 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. 845-8762924.

The New Guys Band 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Starr Lounge at Starr Place Restaurant, 6417 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-2924. Reality Check 9 p.m.-midnight. Juniors Lounge, Salt Point Tpk., Poughkeepsie. 845-486-9237. Robert Wates 8-11 p.m. Acoustic. Babycakes Bakery Café, 1-3 Collegeview Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-485-8411. Silver Spade and Ocean’s Edge 9 p.m.-midnight. Modern rock. Cover: age 21+, $4; 18-20, $6. The Basement, 744 Broadway, Kingston. 845-340-0744. T. Ray and the Smokin’ Section 9:30 p.m. -12:30 a.m. Cover: $5. 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914737-6624. Willi Amrod Band 8-11 p.m. Roots. The Wherehouse, 119 Liberty St., Newburgh, 845-561-7240.

Sunday, Nov. 29 MUSIC

Saturday, Nov. 28 ART

Gallery Talks 1 p.m. Reiko Tomii on Kawara. Focused on the work of the artists in Dia’s collection, these onehour presentations are given by curators, art historians, and writers in the museum’s galleries. For reservations call or email. Free with museum admission of $10. Dia: Beacon, Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman St., Beacon. 845440-0100, ext. 44.

FAMILY “Juggling with a Magical Twist” 11 a.m. Chris Chiappini combines skill and comedy in his fast-paced magic and juggling show that is sure to be a crowd-favorite. Part of the Center’s Saturday Morning Family Series. Tickets: $8, adults; $6, children. Center for Performing Arts, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845876-3080.

MUSIC The Acoustic Medicine Show 2-4 p.m. Bluegrass. Taste Budd’s Chocolate & Coffee Café, 40 West Market St., Red Hook. 845758-9500.

NIGHTLIFE Amram Birthday Celebration 7:30-10:30 p. Jazz. Admission: $10. Bean Runner Café, 201 S. Division St., Peekskill. 914737-1701. Cloud NYne 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $5 cover. Café Internationale at The Ramada Inn, 1289 Rte. 300, Newburgh. 845567-9429. Creation 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Pop rock. Copperfields, Rte. 44, Millbrook. 845-677-8188. Garden Set Fire 7-9 p.m. Acoustic. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300.

Jeffrey Wilgus. Photo submitted.

Marc Black with Warren Bernhardt 8 p.m. Acoustic. Admission: $10. Alchemy of Woodstock, 297 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-6845068.

Peter Einhorn and Lou Pappas 1-3 p.m. Jazz. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. The Sparrows Noon-2 p.m. Acoustic. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Café, 40 West Market St., Red Hook. 845-758-9500.

NIGHTLIFE Darius Rucker 8 p.m. Also appearing, Jypsi. Tickets: $36.50, reserved seating. Mid Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plz., Poughkeepsie. Ticketmaster: 800-745-3000. Sheri Miller and Bill Kelly 6-9 p.m. Singer-songwriter. 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914737-6624.

OUTDOOR Vanderbilt Mansion Loop Walk 10:30 a.m. 3 mile walk. Moderate walking on park roads. Meet at the Vanderbilt Mansion parking lot. Free. Vanderbilt Mansion Historic Site, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. 845-471-1168.

Monday, Nov. 30 LECTURE

“The Strange Dance: Thoughts on Making, Doing, and Meaning” 8 p.m. Lecture and discussion by Bill T. Jones. Dubbed “the political lion of modern dance” by the New York Times, the Tony Award–winning choreographer discusses performance as a lens for topical investigation, the cultural role of an artist, and the ways in which his work strives to poeticize activism. Free. Sosnoff Theater, The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-7587900.

MUSIC SUNY Ulster Holiday Wind Ensemble Concert 7:30 p.m. A concert of wind ensemble selections for the holiday season directed by Victor Izzo, > more on page 12

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Tuesday, Dec. 3 Open Mic Night 7-9 p.m. Hosted by Chrissy Budzinski. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300.

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Church, Poughkeepsie in a concert of Advent and Christmas music: Laura Russell, Paul Frazer & Eric Hepp. Fellowship Hall opens at 11:30 a.m. for “brown-baggers,” concert at noon. Coffee, tea, & light refreshments provided at 12:45 p.m. Free. First Evangelical Lutheran Church, cor. Mill and Catharine Sts., Poughkeepsie. 845-452-6050.


Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Make another attempt to connect with someone who has been traditionally difficult to communicate with. You might find that you two have more in common that you originally thought. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): This is a good time to reevaluate your financial situation – make certain that the plans you made for future security are being aided by your current strategies, not undermined.

The Roundabout Ramblers 8-11 p.m. Babycakes Bakery Café, 1-3 Collegeview Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-485-8411.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb 18): Take some time this week to brainstorm constructively for future projects of both professional and personal nature. Make sure to take good notes – don’t let this creative and productive energy go to waste.

Weird Wednesdays 8-11 p.m. With Neil Alexander and GJ Tronic. Electronica. The Wherehouse, 119 Liberty St., Newburgh, 845-561-7240.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): Don’t let yourself become too mired in thoughts about how you’re stuck in a situation you don’t like. You have the power to change that predicament if you really want to change it instead of complain about it. Aries (March 21-April 19): An opportunity is going to land on your desk this week that may not look all that promising, but is. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone on this one – it’s worth it.

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Taurus (April 20-May 20): There’s nothing wrong with playing it a little safe right now. You’re usually all for bold moves and saying what’s on your mind, but you may stir up unexpected negativity right now that will have lasting consequences. Gemini (May 21-June 20): Just because you used to feel a certain way about an issue doesn’t mean you can’t change your mind. This isn’t just a capricious attitude flip: You’ve given it serious thought, and it’s time for your to take a stand and let others know that you’re seeing things in a new light. Cancer (June 21-July 22): Let your emotions take a back seat to your intellect right now. Ask the hard questions, but keep your feelings from overwhelming your good sense. Leo (July 23- Aug. 22): Change is in the air, and you need to make certain that you’re helping lead it, not working against it. Your actions and attitude will influence more people than you think. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Try a radically different approach to a situation that continues to plague you – what you’ve been doing hasn’t helped, so maybe attacking the problem from the opposite point of view will earn your some progress. Libra (Sept. 23- Oct. 22): Let your intuition be your guide right now on a matter where your attempts to apply logic haven’t borne forth a realistic solution. Don’t waste energy on someone who isn’t even meeting you half way.

Marion Swinden recieves Switlik Award for volunteer service at Mohonk. Photo by Herb Chong.

On Nov. 14, Mohonk Preserve honored its volunteers at the annual volunteer recognition dinner. The Preserve’s Greg Switlik Volunteer Achievement Award was presented to Marion Swinden of Walden, who served on the Preserve’s Board of Directors from 1965 to 2001. During that time, she chaired the Volunteer, Education, and Communications committees and developed and implemented numerous projects in those areas. The award is named in memory of Switlik, a longtime Preserve volunteer and supporter and former member of the board of directors, who passed away in 2007. The award is given to a volunteer, who, like Switlik, has done outstanding volunteer work with the Preserve. Nearly 400 active volunteers at Mohonk Preserve work on backcountry and mountain bike patrols and as educators, gardeners, hike and program leaders, interpretive guides, trail keepers, photographers, and scientific research assistants. For more information, visit the Volunteer page at or call 845-255-0919, ext. 241.


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Scorpio (Oct. 23- Nov. 21): Don’t let someone’s insensitivity this week create a rift between you and those you love. Be proactive about letting them know how you feel – if you keep quiet, people will think you agree.

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BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM I indulged in a little bit of professional curiosity this weekend and checked out The Erin Hobson Compact at Hyde Park Brewing Company. That curiosity stemmed solely from having typed the band’s name with steady frequency over the last couple of years – The Erin Hobson Company is a hard-working crew, if the Weekend calendar is any evidence. And while I’m a big fan of watching my hard-working Saints kick some tail at Hyde Park Brewing Company on Sundays, I’d never been to the site for any of their evenings of live music. Therefore, I reasoned: two birds, one stone. First, the band: The Erin Hobson Compact are fantastic. The eponymous lead singer has a clear, gorgeous voice and a delightful countenance, making her great to listen to and fun to watch. She’s slight in stature, but don’t let that fool you: This woman wails viciously on an electric guitar. Her nimble fingers fly purposefully – there’s nothing fragile about Hobson’s ability. Actually, that’s the most notable element about the group as a whole: They easily move from sweet romantic tunes to fierce rockabilly and back around to intense jamming. Bassist Steven W. Ross compliments Hobson’s versatility, and drummer Manuel Quintana had several opportunities to demonstrate some heart-pumping drumming. The

balance of genre and musical emphasis made the evening feel more like a proper concert and less like soundtrack to boozing. What’s important to note here is that The Erin Hobson Compact isn’t a cover band – these folks write beautiful original songs, and they’ve just released a brand new CD titled, “Talk Radio.” (You’ll see a full review in Weekend next week.) That’s why Hyde Park Brewing Company was a good spot to hear them – I had a comfortable seat at the bar where I could see and hear clearly. It seemed that most of the patrons were there specifically for the concert – if there were interlopers, they were quiet and equally as taken in by the sounds as everyone else. The food and drink at the Brewing Company are both very good – I nibbled on a cheese quesadilla and sipped the Winkle Lager, one of the several home brews available. (They’ve still got Oktoberfest in their Barrel 9 – get it while it lasts.) The only aggravation about the set up in the bar area is that people from the dining area kept walking in front of the band to get to the bathrooms, located in the far corner of the bar area. I’d be happy to put up with that inconvenience to see The Erin Hobson Compact in such an agreeable environment. Members of a coalition of Dutchess county non-profits address the press. Photo by Dana Gavin.


On Monday, Nov. 23 at 10 a.m., a coalition of Dutchess County non-profits gathered in from of the Dutchess County Office Building to hold a press conference regarding cuts in the current budget from the desk of Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus. Benjamin Krevolin, president of the Dutchess County Arts Coucil, addressed the press first to explain that many area non-profits, including the Child Care Council of Dutchess County and Putnam, Inc., Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County, DCSPCA, Family Services, Grace Smith House, wanted to make the community aware of both the exact budget cuts faced by each organization as well as the impact those cuts would incur. A representative from each organization stepped forward to read off the financial impact of the line item cut, as well as jobs that would be lost as a result. Several organizations reported that their work on behalf of a state mandate (such as the work DSPCA does for Humane Law enforcement) would necessarily be drastically scaled back or terminated. A list of cuts are as follows: Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc. : $26,254 •Community Family Development:

$150,000 •Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County: $496,002 •DCSPCA: $29, 900 •Dutchess County Arts Council: $166,000 •Family Services: $563,952 •Grace Smith House: $338,250 •Literacy Connections: $16,600 •The Mediation Center: $49,097 •Mental Health America of Dutchess County: $116,000 Jackie Brownstein, executive director of Mental Health America of Dutchess County, said that a total of $1,952,055 had been cut, with an additional $768,608.50 to the County from leveraging for these services lost, $4,728,633 worth of volunteer hours lost and 40.5 jobs lost. “Although we understand that there are major budget constraints,” she said, “it is clear that our most needy citizens are being asked to shoulder a disproportionate share of this burden. These non-profit leaders urged concerned citizens to attend a public hearing on the 2010 County Tentative Budget, which will be held at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House (35 Market St., Poughkeepsie) on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.

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It’s difficult to get into that holiday spirit when it’s 60 degrees outside, granted, but Thanksgiving is already upon us, and all kinds of community events are scheduled for families and friends to get into the silver bell ringing mood. Here’s a list of holiday-themed events – why not try to attend a new historic site tour this year, or join the newly resurrected Sinterklaas festival? If you do, we’d like to hear from you – e-mail your story and photos to weekend@

Nov. 27-Dec. 27 Holiday Spirit Festival The Hudson Valley’s original, one-of-a-kind family holiday event. See Forest of Lights, Winter Wonderland animated displays, Polar Express train display, 4-D Gingerbread Boy Adventure, shows and more. Fri., 6 p.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Admission: $10, ages 11 & up; $6, ages 2-10, under 2 free. Group discounts available. Bowdoin Park, 85 Sheafe Rd., Wappingers Falls. 845-297-XMAS

Nov. 27-Dec. 27 Holiday Mansion Tours For the holidays, FDR’s cousins’ home is decorated by well-known area and New York City florists and designers. Bring the family and take a tour of this 1888 Queen Anne riverfront Victorian. Friday, Nov. 27; Sat. and Sun. through Dec. 1-4 p.m. Tickets: $10, general; $9, senior & student; under age 12, free. Wilderstein Historic Site, 330 Morton Rd., Rhinebeck. 845-876-4818. The Bevier House at holiday time. Photo submitted.

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Nov. 27 – Dec. 31 “A Gilded Age Christmas” Guided tours of the lavishly decorated 79room Mills Mansion highlight family history and showcase turn-of-the century decorations. Many Christmas trees, floral arrangements and spectacular dining room decorations. Wed.-Sun., Nov. 27-Dec. 15: noon-5 p.m.; Dec. 16-31: open daily, noon-5 p.m.; Dec. 26: evening hours, 6–8 p.m. Admission: $5, general; $4, senior, student and groups; age 12 & under, free. Tours every half hour; last tour begins on the half hour before closing times. Reservations required. Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Old Post Rd., Staatsburg. 845-889-8851.

Nov. 29 – Dec. 27 “Holiday Whodunit” The clock turns back 100 years each Christmas, and young detectives roam the mansion, interviewing Mrs. Mills’ guests and servants (docents in period costume) to solve a Gilded Age mystery. This year features “The Case of the Filched Fulton.” A family letter written by Mills’ relative Gov. Morgan Lewis about Robert Fulton to President Taft is missing. The Mills want to display it for their Christmas guests. Fun is the main ingredient, with a little history. Geared for 6-12 years old. Every Sun., 1-4 p.m.. Tickets: $5, general; $4, senior, student; age 12 and under, free. Staatsburgh State Historic Site, Old Post Rd., Staatsburg. 845-889-8851.

Nov. 28 and Dec. 5 Sinterklaas, an Old Dutch Tradition Traditional Dutch holiday celebration takes place over two weekends. 845-901-2445. For the complete story, see Dana Gavin’s article on page 9.

fire truck. Free. Mesier Park, South Ave, Village of Wappingers Falls. 845trees in town. Hot chocolate and holiday music 297-8773. accompany young and old as they decorate the hamlet’s trees. Bring the kids to meet Santa & Mrs. Claus and their live reindeer. Parade up Friday, Dec. 4 Main St. follows at 5 p.m. from Smith Elementary 16th Annual Celebration of Lights Parade and School to the firehouse and back to town center. Fireworks Rain date: Nov. 29. Free. Town Park, Pine Plains. 6:30 p.m. Parade kicks off on Main and Garden or 518-398-5500. Sts., Poughkeepsie, and marches toward the DCSPCA Pet Photos with Santa Paws 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Straight from the North and eager to help homeless animals, Santa pulls up his sleigh early this year for photos of pets and family with Santa Paws. Features color 5 x 7 studio quality portraits by On Location Studios. These wonderful memory keepers of your best friend make great gifts for animal lovers. Reprints and holiday cards available. Benefits Dutchess County SPCA. Also accepted are donations of canned or unopened bags of cat or dog food for Community Pet Pantry. Animals will be there available for adoption. Cost: $10, sitting with your choice of photo. Petco, Galleria Mall, 2001 Rte. 9, Poughkeepsie. 845-454-5345, ext. 100.

Sunday, Nov. 29 Annual Tree Lighting 2 p.m. Prior to the lighting, events include wagon rides, a visit from Santa and entertainment. Tree lighting, 5:30 p.m. Hosted by the Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce. Rhinebeck Savings Bank Plaza, 6414 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-5904.

Christmas tree lightings. Fireworks begin at 7:15 p.m. Following the parade and fireworks, the Bardavon presents a screening of the family film classic “Mary Poppins” (1964) at 8 p.m., preceded at 7:30 p.m. with a concert on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. Bardavon, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072.

Saturday, Dec. 5 Cold Spring by Candlelight – Holiday Festival & House Tours Noon-6 p.m. Historic homes and sites will be open to the public during this 6th annual tour to benefit Partners with PARC. Expect homes and sites featured on the National Historic Register, holiday caroling, discounts at local stores and restaurants, holiday music, visits with Old St. Nick and more. Kick off the holiday season in beautiful and historic Cold Spring. A benefit for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Advance tickets: $25 adults, $20 seniors; $12 children under 12. Day of event tickets: $30 adults, $25 seniors, $15 for children under 12. For information and tickets, call 845-278-PARC, ext. 287 or log

Dec. 5 & 6 Holiday Candlelight Tours Noon -5 p.m. Travel back in time to experience the holiday season as celebrated by the Bevier family during two distinctly different eras. Guests will learn about how the Bevier family would have celebrated Christmas in both the Colonial and the Victorian Eras. Both floors of one of Ulster County’s largest stone homes are lavishly decorated in Victorian splendor and partly decorated in simple Dutch Colonial. New this year will be a display of toys from the 1910s through the 1960s. Live classical music, children’s craft activities and refreshments will be included on both days. Admission: $10, adult; $8, seniors/ students;pre-school, free. Ulster County Historical Society members, free. Family package rates available. Bevier House Museum, 2682 Rte. 209, Marbletown. 845338-5614.

Sunday, Dec. 6 “A Christmas Carol” 3 p.m. It is the timeless story of Ebeneezer Scrooge and how his life is changed by a trio of spirits - ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. The production brims with the songs and sights of an old-fashioned Christmas. The 19th Century English ambiance is enhanced by James Othuse’s beautiful set, recreating London of the 1880s, as well as beautifullydetailed, elegant period costumes. Presented by the Nebraska Theatre Caravan. Tickets:$34, adults; $31, students/senior; $28, Bardavon members. Bardavon Box Office, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072.

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•Proof that the Canadians are trying to undermine the U.S. with more than just their Molsons and their peaceful natures: Canadian teen pop singer Justin Bieber caused a riot at a Long Island mall last week and the police had to bring the hammer down. Girls and adults, number in the thousands, started shoving each other in hormonal frustration as they waited for the 15-year-old from Ontario to show. Five people were taken to hospitals with minor injuries and at least two were arrested. You gave us Bryan Addams – haven’t you done enough, Canada?

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•That zippy old-school kid’s game, “Operation,” just got a makeover – now, mini-doctors in training can perform delicate elective surgery on SpongeBob Squarepants. We’re not sure how much fun it is to possibly injure a happy yellow sponge creature, but we’ll give it the benefit of the doubt, since the object of the game is to torture SpongeBob into revealing the Krabby Patty recipe by touching his Patty Pleasure Center without setting off the buzzer. Truth – still stranger than fiction.

•We wish we could have been a fly on the wall at Tyra’s place when the Queen of All Media and Mars, Oprah Winfrey, announced that her show would actually end in 2011. Tyra’s already trying on Oprah’s crown and dancing on her talk show grave … without a wig on, mind you.

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Rebecca Mead gives “six reasons to read Jane Austen;” Lionel Trilling relates a tale of his students who “so much wanted Sunday, Nov. 29 to study Jane Austen, believing that by doing so they could in some way transcend our 4-6 p.m. The Hudson Valley Local Author Series features Peter Aaron, Maggie sad contemporary existence.” W. Somerset Maugham reveals the fact that Disraeli Estep, Jana Martin and Tony Fletcher. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 read “Pride and Prejudice” 17 times. Martin Amis proclaims that “Jane Austen makes Partition St., Saugerties. 845-246-5775. Mrs. Bennets of us all.” How? He tells us. My favorite, I think, is Anna Quindlen, who explains that Austen’s novels are about the search for self ... and that “Pride and Prejudice” “is the first great novel to teach us that that search is as surely undertaken in the drawing-room making small talk as in the pursuit of a great white whale or the public punishment of adultery.” Reader, don’t miss this book. 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Put a stake in it BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” was number one at the box office this weekend, and I can say that on Friday night, the Roosevelt Theater was packed to the brim with squealing teenage (and younger) girls, and a handful of squealing older women too. I wound up sitting in the very front row, flanked by adults who seemed to have younger minions in the rows behind them. I had no particular wish to be that close to “dreamy” Robert Pattinson’s face, but seats were hard to come by, so I made do. “New Moon” continues the story of the first movie, “Twilight” – namely, the epic love shared by Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), a human, and Edward Cullen (Pattinson), a vampire. Frankly, this is the moment at which both movies lost me: I’m not sure what these too mopey teenagers see in each other, besides their relative “hotness.” Neither Bella nor Edward exhibits anything resembling a personality trait besides eternal pouting; in that respect, they are indeed joined together for all eternity. At least with “New Moon,” we get a new male lead, one with some actual meat (in many ways). So if the appeal isn’t a romance with any depth besides elevating chastity to erotic heights, surely a movie about vampires and werewolves whupping the tar out of each other should be fun, right? Let’s be clear on this point – the Twilight vampires have been neutered out of any resemblance to traditional bloodsuckers. The main vampire family, the Cullens, don’t drink human blood. Or do anything really, except sparkle in the sunlight. And attend high school … for all of their indefinitely extended lives. If you had eternal sparkly youth, would you choose to spend that time in unending chemistry labs? And the clan of “evil” vampires barely makes a showing in “New Moon.” More on Michael Sheen in a moment.

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It happened again this week – an inquiry into an innocent-looking calendar item uncovers an intriguing story. This time, it’s not about music and youngsters – it’s about dance and the community. I was intrigued by Bill T. Jones’ upcoming lecture-discussion at Bard, and wanted to find out more about how the college come to invite this fascinating New York City-based 5 West Market Street, Hyde Park 229-7407 serving choreographer to speak here in the Hudson Now Hand Tossed Pizza Lunch & Dinner Specials Valley. Turns out that Bard’s dance program is undergoing some interesting changes of its own, and the dance community will continue to benefit from their initiatives. I spoke with Maria Q. Simpson, professor of dance and director of the program at Always Drink Responsibly Bard, about these new ideas. “Last year, (Bard president) Leon Botstein asked that we consider the role that dance should play ENTERTAINMENT at Bard. We all knew that dance should play a role. The big question was, what role Nov. 28 should it play?â€? Creation Botstein asked that a committee be convened to address the issue, titled “The Rte. 44, Millbrook, NY 12545 Dec. 4 Presidential Commission on the Future of King of the Forest Dance at Bard.â€? “He wanted us to look at the Bard program, consider its origins and EVERY FRIDAY: make a report about the state of the program,â€? she explained. Botstein asked that there DJ JOEY SERVING FROM 1 - 7 P.M. would be dance alumni included on the committee, which ultimately included Liz Prince, Asher Gelman, David Dorfman and Robyn Hunt. “We gathered on campus last 3PBTU5VSLFZt3PBTU1SJNF3JCt'SFTI#BLFE1PSL-PJO Happy thanksgiving fall,â€? said Simpson. “They studied curriculum and requirements.â€? Homemade Stuffing Cranberry Sauce to you and yours! In January, the conglomerate was ready to weigh in with answers and recommendations. Giblet Gravy Butternut Bisque Soup now accepting “One was to adjust the curriculum to include (the principle) that artistry and intellect are Mashed Potatoes Assorted Cold Salads reservations Candied Yams Assorted Breads and Muffins inseparable,â€? said Simpson. That included an emphasis on expanding the curriculum to Turnips Assorted Baked Dessert Table for holiday parties include interdisciplinary classes and a shift in how dance classes are scheduled. Creamed Onions Coffee/Tea/Decaf The second component was a little more ambitious. “We recommended that Bard align Glazed Carrots itself with a high profile artist who shares this philosophy (regarding ) artistry and OPEN 7 DAYS, LUNCH, 1&31&340/t1&3$)*-% 6/%&3

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Nov. 21: It’s the Saturday before Marist volleyball’s first conference championship. I’m assuming my teammates clonked out on the six-hour bus ride before checking into Hotel Indigo late last night. But, I wasn’t there. In fact, I have not been with my team since Wednesday afternoon practice. Rather, I traveled home to sponsor my little brother as he receives the Sacrament of Confirmation. My aunts, uncles and cousins flew into Atlanta, Ga. from Indianapolis, Ind., while my grandparents drove up from Tampa, Fla. We spent one fantastic night visiting and celebrating each other’s company. It was difficult to wake up this morning at 6 a.m. to pack my bags yet again, and get dressed up for mass. But, it was even more difficult to leave the home that hosted compassionate chaos. After giving my mom a second hug goodbye, I was off to Hartsfield Jackson International Airport to embark on another journey. I am keeping my fingers crossed that my flight lands just in time to meet my coaches and teammates at Canisius College by 7 p.m. for the banquet honoring the top four teams in the MetroAtlantic Athletic Conference. UPDATE, 4:03 p.m.: As you can tell by the time posted, we took off on time. The pilot just gave college football updates. Ohio State beat Michigan 21-10 to the dismay of my family watching at home, but bringing joy to the lady sitting next to me who was just rooting for the Buckeyes moments before in the concourse bar. UPDATE, 4:28 p.m.: I just opened the card my aunt left me. “Thinking of you … gives me so many reasons to smile. Miss you roomie. Love you!” Trying to hold back tears for the third time today, I laugh thinking that it was just last night her head was wedged in my back while I shared my double bed. UPDATE, 5:48 p.m.: We landed “very early,” according to our flight attendant. She’s right, at this time I was expecting to have just landed and be taxiing on the runway, but now I am changed into my dress and heels for the banquet and driving in the hotel shuttle van. UPDATE, 6:15 p.m.: Five minutes before the bus is leaving from the hotel

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to Canisius campus, and I walked into room 253 for the first time. Four girls are trying to share two square mirrors, frantically putting the finishing touches on their hair and makeup. I throw my suitcase on the bed with the least amount of my roommate’s stuff on it and run out the door. UPDATE, 8:40 p.m.: We just finished the banquet dinner and awards ceremony. Niagara seemed to sweep players and “coach of the year” awards. But, we definitely were the smartest (seven of 12 named to the All-Academic Team), and won the unofficial best dressed, and prettiest awards. UPDATE, 11:25 p.m.: After turning heads at TOPS supermarket to buy breakfast to compensate for the lacking complimentary hotel breakfast, we are winding down in the hotel room. Even though we are on a trip of a lifetime, many of us cannot focus all of our energy on our volleyball business. Rather, many players have their laptops and textbooks on their beds with them. Unfortunately, the rest of the world does not stop to await our return. It’s time for bed because so much is unknown for our day tomorrow. I will keep you posted. Nov. 22: UPDATE, 9:32 a.m.: Sitting in the hotel

conference room, sipping coffee and munchin’ on muffins, the sophomore’s parents join us at a round table. They remind me of my family, being the life of the party. It helps me relax and unwind in the middle of a stressful Sunday. UPDATE, 4:43 p.m.: Holy cow! We just upset the regular season conference champions (16-2) and number-one seed in the tourney, Fairfield University. The Stags looked like deer in headlights when we led 13-11 in the fifth game. After winning the match, we came together in the jubilation. UPDATE, 6:38 p.m.: Another fifth game, and Niagara beat Siena. Perfect for us. Today added evidence supporting the theory that one of the toughest feats to overcome in sports is to beat the same opponent three times. The Purple Eagles already beat us twice this season. So, there is no pressure for us tomorrow, and we seem to work better that way. UPDATE, 10:17 p.m.: Checking our congratulatory text messages, e-mails, and Facebook postings, we are chillin’ out in our hotel rooms after a team and family dinner at Olive Garden. It was so refreshing to be able to sit next to my grandparents while dinning with teammates and coaches.

Nov. 23: UPDATE, 10:24 a.m.: Scouting Niagara, we are anticipating broadcasting our team to the nation on ESPNU tonight. Niagara’s large crowd will travel across the canal to rock the arena, and create an enjoyable prime-time atmosphere. UPDATE, 1:27 p.m.: I am all packed up to leave for lunch, and then the arena, in one hour. My roommate, Kalya Burton, and I are flying out of Buffalo’s airport tomorrow morning to be home for Thanksgiving. I am so excited to lounge on the couch with my family watching Turkey Day football, but our team wants to earn our first MAAC championship before the holiday. The balancing act between spending time with your family and being loyal to your teammates, coach and program is exhausting. Unlike our teenage club travel ball, we do not still live at home. So, I long for that feeling when I am away at school and I will do whatever it takes to surround myself with the people who comfort me most. Allison Burke is a student-athlete at Marist and member of the Red Foxes volleyball team.

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• It’s good to be Derek Jeter. The Yankees shortstop was on the front page of the New York Post cavorting with his main squeeze, Minka Kelly, in St. Barts. Minka was featuring a smoking hot bod and a fine bikini. Hot weather, a hot girl and another World Series ring! • Glad to see the Knicks passed on the loathsome Alan Iverson. The Knicks are a train wreck but Iverson certainly isn’t the answer.

• The Syracuse University basketball program may be back. They beat number-four ranked North Carolina 87-71 Friday. The Orangemen used a 22-1 second-half run to win the game. Syracuse alum and master of the twohanded set shot, Hyde Park’s John Golden, was quite pleased with the outcome. • ESPN continues to make the wrong kind of news. They just fired two top executives for having an illicit intraoffice affair. This comes on the heels of Steve Phillips and his fling with an intern. It appears the action at ESPN isn’t confined to the playing fields.

• Notre Dame lost again. This time to the University of Connecticut, not exactly a Division 1 powerhouse. Coach Charlie Weiss is out of excuses and out of time at ND. He’s gone. • Marist football lost to Dayton in the last game of the season 27-16. The Red Foxes should be very proud of their season, having won six games in a new league. Look for them to be even better next year.

don’t look like they’re going anywhere in January but home. • The Saints gave their favorite feline, Sabrina, a day off by smoking the Buccaneers. That will make for a happy Monday for Weekend Editor Dana Gavin. • Is the Presidents Cup over yet?

• The Giants dodged a bullet Sunday by hanging on against Atlanta, but they






This week Thanksgiving Meal Delivery The Rhinebeck Lions Club will prepare and provide complete Thanksgiving meals to area residents who might be alone or unable to provide themselves a traditional meal. The dinners will be prepared by Lions Club members and volunteers and delivered on the morning of Thanksgiving, Nov. 26. The meal includes turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, rolls and dessert. Reservations are required. Call Chris Chestney at 845-876-3620 or e-mail chris@dapsonchestney. com. Turkey Trot The Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K race will be held at Ferncliff Forest, Mount Rutsen Road, Rhinebeck, on Nov. 26. Registration is at 6:30 a.m.; the race begins at 8 a.m. The race benefits Ferncliff Forest. Register online at active. com. Financial Management Workshop Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County will host a financial management workshop at the Church of the Redeemer, 182 Route 376, Hopewell Junction, on Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. These workshops are free to the public. Door prizes are provided. Pre-registration is required. Due to space limitations, each workshop is limited to 15 people. For more information or to register, please call 845-677-8223, ext. 116. Animal Mysteries The Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District will sponsor another Mystery Monday book discussion on “animal mysteries” on Monday, Nov. 30 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Arlington branch library, 504 Haight Ave., Poughkeepsie. The mystery to be discussed is “Lady Vanishes” by Carol Lea Benjamin. The discussion is free and open to the public. Library Appreciation Day The Clinton Community Library will be holding Library Appreciation Day for its patrons on Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the library. Coffee, tea, donuts and other pastries will be served. Get a library card and have access to

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all materials in the Mid-Hudson Library System, including books, magazines, audio books, DVDs, tapes and other items. Rhinebeck Tree Lighting The Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual tree lighting on Sunday, Nov. 29 in the Rhinebeck Savings Bank Plaza at 5:30 p.m. Prior to the tree lighting, a number of events are scheduled. Pancake Breakfast Hyde Park Reformed Dutch Church on Albany Post Road in Hyde Park will hold a pancake breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 8 to 10 a.m. The menu will consist of pancakes, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, juice, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Admission is your free-will donation, which will benefit the Building Preservation Fund. For addition information and directions, please call 845-229-2852.

Upcoming Holiday Boutique Sale On Friday, Dec. 4 from noon to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a Holiday Boutique sale of previously cherished holiday decorations, tree ornaments, menorahs and candles, seasonal tableware, home decorations, linens and new wrapping paper and ribbons will be held at the Starr Library, lower level, 68 West Market St., Rhinebeck. Also, a special selection of books for children and adults about the holidays and mint-condition books suitable for gift giving will be offered. For more information, call 845876-4030.

The Northern Dutchess Hospital Mothers’ Club Fashion Show, held at the Rhinecliff Hotel on Nov. 10, raised over $7,000 to benefit women and children’s services at Northern Dutchess Hospital . Fashions and accessories were shown from local shops. Pictured in the photo, from left to right, are Sharon Maurer, Kate Kortbus, Elaina Aierstock and Mariana Lombardo. Photo submitted.

place at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, 75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie, on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The community is invited to celebrate the Jewish Festival of Lights with Hanukkah crafts and games, entertainment, goodie bags for every child, a box of Hanukkah candles for each family, a raffle with kid-friendly prizes, all of the Museum’s interactive exhibits, as well as a dinner featuring hot dogs, traditional potato pancakes and jelly doughnuts. For ticket information or to make a reservation, call the temple at 845-454-2570 or e-mail office@ PJ Popcorn Club The Rhinebeck Jewish Center’s PJ Popcorn Club will host a pajama party and story hour at the Starr Library on West Market Street in Rhinebeck on Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 6 to 7 p.m. The event is for children 5 to 8 years old. For more information, call the Rhinebeck Jewish Center at 845-876-7666.

Public Relations for Non-profits The Community Foundation will present a seminar on public relations and social media featuring two recognized experts on these topics. Tom Watson and Steve Densmore will address local nonprofits and board members on the topic: “What your nonprofit needs to know to get your message heard.” This informative seminar will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for registration and networking. Cost is $15 to organizations with funds at the Community Foundation or their board members; $20 all others. Parking and breakfast are included. Please RSVP online at by Dec. 1. For questions, call the Community Foundation at 845-452-3077.

Lions Hearing Screening The Dutchess County Lions Hearing Committee, in conjunction with Saint Francis Hospital, will be giving free hearing screenings on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., later if necessary, at the Millbrook Health Club (Millbrook Training Center & Spa) on Route 44 in Millbrook. The hearing center is in the bottom floor on the side of the building. There is ample parking and it is handicapped accessible. Appointments are necessary. For further information or to set up an appointment, call Paul Zitzelsberger at 845-8898297.

Hanukkah Jubilee The Fifth Annual Hanukkah Jubilee, sponsored by Vassar Temple and its Sisterhood, will take

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infants to age 5, and their parents to celebrate Hanukkah with stories, songs, crafts, a healthful snack and a light lunch on Sunday, Dec. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the temple, 140 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie. The program is open to all free of charge, regardless of synagogue membership. For more information and to RSVP, contact Meredith Kaflowitz at 845-229-1432 or Library Meeting The Board of Trustees of the Red Hook Public Library will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, 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 and online at Anniversary Celebration The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting and three-year anniversary celebration for Quilted Bear Den on Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The store is located at 4260 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park. E-mail or info@ to RSVP before Dec. 2. Holiday Gift Bazaar A Handmade Holiday Gift Bazaar will be held Sunday, Dec. 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 6384 Mill St. (Next to Cesare & Lili), Rhinebeck. Local artisans will create wonderful and unique items such as vintage-styled jewelry, felted wool slippers, bags and fabric accessories, cheese and specialty food baskets, handmade hair accessories, home decor and much more for holiday shopping. For information, call 845-8765220

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REMINDER: FIRE COMPANY PENNY SOCIAL The Union Vale Fire Company is having a Penny Social on Saturday, Nov. 28 at Station I on Route 82 in Verbank. Doors will open at 2 p.m. and drawings will begin at 4 p.m. There will be prizes for both children and adults. This promises to be a most enjoyable afternoon and evening among friends and neighbors. For more information, contact Joann at 845-724-4038. The fire company e-mail address is DINNER WITH SANTA On Dec. 5, local residents and guests will have an opportunity to enjoy “Dinner with Santa.” This will take place at 3 p.m. People who plan to attend and participate in this family event are asked to register before Nov. 30. In order to register, you may call the Union Vale Parks and Recreation Department at 845-724-5691. FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Right after “Dinner with Santa,” at approximately 6:30 p.m., the “Festival of Lights” will be celebrated. This annual Christmas-time event takes place outside and right in front of the Tymor Park Barn Complex. It is an immensely popular event where the inception of the Christmas season is celebrated by the simultaneous switching on of thousands of holiday lights in and around the facilities at Tymor Park. Be sure to arrive early to park your vehicle and walk to the front of the barn complex. TYMOR PARK AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM The Town of Union Vale Parks and Recreation Department has announced that there are still a few openings for the after-school program. This is a very enjoyable and well-supervised program for children who are in elementary school grades one through five. It’s an immensely successful enterprise that derives certain of its ideas from the kids and from the Internet. Now, there’s even an opportunity to learn baking and basic culinary skills. The staff is currently considering asking students from specialized programs in high schools and the culinary arts to oversee and to teach in this area. The schedule follows the Arlington School calendar and offers both outdoor and indoor activities. Outdoor activities include hiking, baseball, kickball, flag football and capture-board. Indoor activities include an entire range of group games, table games and related pursuits. Parks and Recreation Director Rob Mattes initiated the program and garnered primary interest in it. Shelby Knight is the current architect and coordinator of the program’s activities. To enroll your child in this very

4. A flashlight with extra batteries. successful recreational venture, call 5. Prescription medications and overthe Union Vale Parks and Recreation the-counter medications as needed. Department directly at 845-724-5691. 6. A first aid kit with an instruction TYMOR PARK ICE SKATING manual. PROGRAM 7. Items for infants or elderly family Union Vale Parks and Recreation Director members as needed. Rob Mattes wants people to know two I remember one summer a few years ago separate ice rinks are being readied this when I had everything I thought I needed fall for use during the winter season. One for an emergency except for a portable, will be for regular recreational and figure battery-powered radio. The power went skating, the other will be for ice hockey. off everywhere and I had no means to find This is being done as a safety precaution and to avoid potential injuries to recreational skaters who would otherwise share the same rink with members of hockey teams. It will also better accommodate both recreational skaters and members of hockey teams since groups will not have to share the ice or wait for others to clear the area. As soon as the temperatures drop sufficiently, the liners and water will be added and the facilities will be ready for use. For additional information, call the Union Vale Parks and Recreation Department at 845-724-5691. TYMOR PARK WINTER CAMP The Town of Union Vale Parks and Recreation Department has announced its plans for a Winter Camp for children who are in elementary school grades one through five. It will take place from Dec. 28 through Dec. 31 (the week after Christmas). The cost for each child is $180. Sessions run from 9 a.m. through to 6 p.m. each day (earlier drop-off for additional fee). An entire array of enjoyable activities and special events is planned for the Winter Campers. There will be ice skating, hockey, tubing and several other outdoor activities. Indoor events will include arts and crafts and game room activities (computer, Wii, pool table, air hockey, foosball, ping-pong and shuffle board). Applications will be processed on a firstcome, first-serve basis. Register no later than Dec. 11. Don’t let your child miss out on what promises to be a most enjoyable program for the week between Christmas and New Years Day. Call the Union Vale Parks and Recreation Department at 845-724-5691. PACK A HOUSEHOLD EMERGENCY KIT What happens this winter if there is a major storm and you have no power or water in your home? Without electrical power, the water in your well cannot be pumped to the surface. All of Union Vale is dependent on wells for potable water. If you don’t have an auxiliary generator, you’re out of luck. A number of concerned and responsible neighbors have suggested taking a large storage container and packing it with what you will need in order to stay in your home, including: 1. A three-day supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food and a can opener. 2. A three-day supply of water – one gallon of water per person per day. 3. A portable, battery-powered radio or TV and extra batteries.

out what was happening or the extent of it until I was able to get to the car radio. Just as important as packing a household emergency kit is a timely inspection to make certain it remains complete and up-to-date. Many of us simply don’t take things like this seriously until an emergency actually occurs. In future columns, I’ll be listing the items that you’ll need in the event of an emergency where it may become necessary to leave home.

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GEN. MONTGOMERY COMES BACK TO RHINEBECK BY HV NEWS STAFF The Sinterklaas celebration in Rhinebeck will kick off Dec. 5 with “Brunch with the General” at the Daughters of the American Revolution’’s Montgomery House. Revolutionary War reenactor Gary Petagine, who depicts Gen. Richard Montgomery, will give a detailed account of the general’s commission from General George Washington with orders to recruit, procure supplies and lead the Northern Forces to Canada in an effort to roust the British from their Canadian stronghold. Petagine will read many letters, including

one Montgomery sent to his father in-law asking permission to marry his daughter, Janet, and one to his wife from a camp near Quebec. Montgomery was killed during the battle for Quebec on Dec. 31, 1775. Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour the cottage Montgomery lived in with his wife after their marriage in 1773. Admission is free. A brunch will begin at 11 a.m. and Petagine will begin his presentation at noon. The Montgomery House is located at 77 Livingston St., Rhinebeck. Call 845-8766326 for more information.

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BOCES CENTRALIZED CAMPUS VOTE Dutchess County BOCES has proposed a capital project to combine the BOCES Educational Academy (BETA) site (the former Delaval building on Route 44, east of Arlington) with a new alternative high school on the BOCES Salt Point Campus on Salt Point Turnpike. The board of trustees notes several benefits. The annual $1 million rent for the BETA site, which houses the alternative high school and other BOCES programs, would be eliminated. The yearly rent versus bond savings is $3.3 million over 20 years during the life of the bond (rent and renovation versus build and own). Dutchess BOCES proposes to obtain a 20-year bond for $29.65 million through the Dormitory Authority of New York State. The yearly cost of the bond will be included in your local school district tax. For more detailed information, visit and click the “One Campus - Endless Opportunities” link. If you have additional questions, send an email to A grassroots organization is opposing the requested bond. Their position is this is no time to borrow $30 million for a new BOCES facility with everyone under financial pressures from other taxes. Quite simply, it’s the wrong project at the wrong time, the organization says. For more information on their position or to obtain an absentee ballot, visit their web page, The vote will be on Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in one school building in each of the county’s 13 school districts. The polling places can be found on the aforementioned BOCES Web page. HISTORICAL SOCIETY HOLIDAY DINNER The Clinton Historical Society will hold its Annual Holiday Dinner and Auction on Friday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the 1777 Creek Meeting House at 2433 Salt Point Turnpike in the hamlet of Clinton

Corners. Members and guests are asked to bring a covered dish to be shared with others. Desserts and coffee will be provided by the event committee. A fundraiser auction will be held after the dinner and everyone is asked to bring a wrapped gift of nominal value to be sold at the auction. This is always a popular social event with a wide variety of great homemade food and lively conversation, and a chance to meet new friends. All in the community are welcome to attend. For information, call Glenda at 845-266-5203. WEST CLINTON FIRE DEPT. BREAKFAST The West Clinton Fire Department will restart its super all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 8 a.m. to noon at Station 1 on Hollow Road (County Route 14) in Pleasant Plains. The extensive menu includes pancakes, French toast, waffles, hash, eggs in several styles, including omelets to order, home fries, bacon, sausage, juice and coffee. The cost is $8 for adults, seniors and firefighters are $6, children under 12 are $4, and children under 5 are free. The next breakfasts will be held Valentine’s Day (Feb, 14), Mothers Day (May 9), and Fathers Day (June 20). CHRISTMAS WREATHS FOR SALE Town of Clinton Women’s Republican Club members will sell their famous handmade wreaths made from fresh greens and decorated with ribbons and ornaments. They cost $20 and can be ordered by calling Barbara at 845-876-6842 or Luise at 845-889-8740. Pick-up will be on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Schultzville General Store in Schultzville and at Stewart’s Shop on Salt Point Turnpike in Clinton Corners. Pre-orders are preferred but some extras will be available at the stores until all are sold. Proceeds received will be used for plants and landscape maintenance around the Clinton Town Hall.

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AUXILIARY WAGON OF TOYS RAFFLE The West Clinton Auxiliary is having its annual “Wagon of Toys” raffle. A Radio Flyer wagon is filled with games, Legos, Etch-a-sketches, videos, puzzles, coloring and activity books, Lincoln logs, tinker toys, a skateboard, walkie-talkies and many more items. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5 and can be obtained from auxiliary members or by calling Sue at 845-266-3137. Tickets will be sold at the Dec. 6 West Clinton Fire Department breakfast and the drawing will follow the end of the breakfast. CLINTON LIBRARY RAFFLE WINNERS REPORT Clinton Community Library Board President Pat Cortese and Library Director Terry Sennett wish to thank everyone who donated the prizes and raffle participants for the successful 2009 Election Day Raffle. This is a major fundraiser to help with the purchase of new books and supplies for the library. Special thanks are given to Barbara Bittner and JoAnn Innello for running the raffle and for doing the work needed to make this raffle successful. Please support the businesses that donated prizes and thank them for their support. PRICE IT! ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES Before you buy an antique or start your yard sale, you should check out the value of the items to be sure you are not paying too much or charging too little. You can also establish a donation value for donations to charities, but be aware that highprice donations may require a professional appraisal (consult with your income tax preparer or the IRS booklets to determine if a professional appraisal is needed). You value items for free through your local library’s Web site, but you need a Mid Hudson Library Services card. You can do it from the convenience of your home computer on the Internet. Sign on to and click on “HOMEACCESS,” then select “Price It,” then log in with your library card bar-code number. You can enter a keyword for the item you want to price and click “search.” You can also narrow your search.

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Maureen Breyer, Hyde Park Maureen Attanasio Breyer, 76, formerly of Wingdale and Hastings-on-Hudson, died Friday, Nov. 20, 2009 at home. She was a retired secretary for a construction company, and was known for her outgoing and flamboyant personality. Maureen was very active in the Lutheran Ministries, including their food banks, and clothing and necessities drives. She was a member of The Red Hat Society, and she loved music, playing the piano, and dancing. Maureen once owned a thrift shop to provide for the less fortunate, and was always an advocate for those in need. She can be described as a selfless individual ready to help anyone at anytime. An animal lover, she was always an advocate and benefactor for animal causes. Maureen was a religious woman who had a good heart, and she was an active member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Hyde Park. Born in New York City on Nov. 11, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Peter Ann Greene Flaherty. Survivors include her daughter, Patricia Charles, and husband, Peter, of Carmel; granddaughter, Caitlin Chiulli, of Pennsylvania; brother, Peter Flaherty, and wife, Debra, of Florida; sister, Catherine Flaherty, of Florida; brother, Michael Flaherty, and wife, Margie, of upstate New York; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, Laura Attanasio, in 1982. There are no calling hours. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 23, 2009 at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 1348 NY Rte. 9G, Hyde Park. Vicar Wayne Olson will be officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Yonkers. Memorial donations may be made to the Dutchess County SPCA, 636 Violet Ave., Hyde Park, NY 12538. Arrangements are under the direction of Sweet’s Funeral Home, Inc., Hyde Park. For directions, visit www. Charles Morano, Hyde Park Charles Joseph Morano, 73, a Hyde Park resident for over 25 years and previously of Poughkeepsie, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009 at home. Mr. Morano was a pressman with the former Western Publishing in Poughkeepsie from 1957 to 1982. From 1982 to 1992, he worked at IBM until his retirement. He proudly served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1957 and was a member of the Hyde Park American Legion Post #1303. Charlie was a communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Poughkeepsie. Born in Poughkeepsie on March 10, 1936, he was the son of the late Vincent A. Morano Sr. and Ethel Burns Morano. Mr. Morano is survived by two brothers, Leonard and Francis Morano, both of Poughkeepsie, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by four sisters, Mary Schrieber, Ethel Bulson, Cecelia Martin, and Charlotte Netherwood; and a brother, Vincent Morano. Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. > continued on next page



on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 at Sweet’s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 20 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Poughkeepsie. The Hyde Park American Legion Post will conduct services at 8 p.m. during the calling hours. Burial with military honors will follow in the family plot in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Poughkeepsie. To send a condolence or for directions, visit Betty Lundquist, Rhinebeck Betty Cooper Lundquist, née Harriet Elizabeth Cooper, died peacefully on Nov. 17, 2009 in Rhinebeck, New York. She was 93 years old. Betty was born in Valencia, Penn. on June 6, 1916 to Charles Champlain Cooper and Sarah Bedinger Cooper, social workers who earned their masters’ degrees in the late 19th century. Betty grew up in Pittsburgh, where she lived with her family at Kingsley House, a well-known settlement house where her parents served as directors for many years. She and the three brothers she adored – Benjamin, Wade (her twin) and Jonathan – spent their school years in Pittsburgh and their summers at the settlement house camp in Valencia. Betty attended Antioch College in Ohio and the renowned Cranbrook Academy of Art, where she studied sculpture and photography. During the early 1940s, she moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked as a photographer for the Farm Security Administration. There

she met Oliver Lincoln Lundquist, a naval officer who worked for the visual presentations division of the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. They married in 1944 and had three children – Jill, Timothy Wade, and Eric Cooper Lundquist. Betty and Oliver raised their family in Westport, Conn. and later New York City. During the years her children were growing up, Betty was a social and political activist, working tirelessly for causes of peace and justice, including civil rights and nuclear disarmament. She was a founding member of Women Strike for Peace, and represented that organization at the Geneva Conference in 1961. In the mid 1960s Betty returned to school and earned a graduate degree in social work. Educated in family therapy at the Ackerman Family Institute in New York City, she worked as a family therapist in private practice and at the Jacobi Medical Center at Albert Einstein Medical School in the Bronx. She retired in 1991. Betty is predeceased by her three brothers and her granddaughter, Abigail Lundquist Botstein. She is survived by her three children Jill, Tim and Eric; by five grandchildren, Sarah Lundquist Botstein, Benjamin Wade Lundquist, Adam Lundquist-Baz, Tessa Stratton Lundquist, and Molly Elizabeth Lundquist-Baz; by her son-in-law Douglas Carlos Baz, daughter-in-law Kristen Hultgren Lundquist, grandsonin-law Bryan Lee Doerries; and by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Betty will be buried in a private ceremony at the Red Church cemetery in Tivoli. A memorial service will be held Dec. 20, 11:30, at the Dapson-Chestney

Funeral Home in Rhinebeck. In Betty’s memory, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz. org). To sign the online register, visit Clifford Ward, Hyde Park Clifford R. Ward, 86, a lifelong area resident, died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. Mr. Ward worked at the former Western Publishing in Poughkeepsie until his retirement in 1970. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, and gardening. Clifford served in the United States Army during World War II. Born in the Town of Clinton on April 4, 1923, he was the son of the late Charles and Mae Formhals Ward. On Jan. 4, 1948 in Highland, he married Theresa Relyea. Mrs. Ward survives at home. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Kenneth Ward, of Hyde Park; daughter, Deborah Ward, of Kingston; six grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Robert Ward. In keeping with his wishes, there are no calling hours. Graveside services and burial will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009 at the family plot in Crum Elbow Cemetery, N. Quaker Lane, Hyde Park. Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice Foundation, 374 Violet Ave., Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601. Arrangements are under the direction of Sweet’s Funeral Home, Inc., Route 9, Hyde Park.

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Medicare Training The Office for the Aging will present a training session on Medicare for residents who are approaching the age of 65 on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at the Hyde Park Library, 2 Main St. from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Attending the workshop will give seniors a basic overview of what Medicare is and what it covers. There is no cost for this program, but space is limited. To register, call the Dutchess County Office for the Aging at 845-486-2555. Church Luncheon The Evangelical Free Church of Clinton Corners invites all area seniors (60 years of age or older) to attend a free luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at noon. The church is located at 37 Shepherds Way (off Salt Point Turnpike, one mile east of the Taconic State Parkway) in Clinton Corners. For more information or to RSVP, call the office at 845-266-5310.

Upcoming Senior ID Cards The Dutchess County Office for the Aging has announced that residents 60 years of age and older may obtain Senior Citizen Identification Cards on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at the Dutchess County Office for the Aging first floor conference room, 27 High St., Poughkeepsie. The cards will be issued between 9:30 and 11 a.m. There is a suggested $2 voluntary contribution for this service.Call the Office for the Aging at 845-4862555, for more information.

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full speed ahead and the train would slow down to match the cutter’s speed.




Military Police in Hyde Park (Part III) This week’s column concludes the little-known story of the 300 or so military policemen who lived in Hyde Park during World War II. Company A lived at the Rogers Mansion and Company B lived in the Vanderbilt Coach House.


Originally called the Weekly Bulletin, The 240 Sidearm was the battalion’s newspaper. The brainchild of Pfc. Lewis Harsh, a newspaper cartoonist from Chicago, the newspaper served the soldiers for 16 months, from January 1944 to April 1945. Printed on a mimeograph machine at the coachman’s house at the Rogers Mansion, it certainly was an old-fashioned morale booster, with a “personalities” column for each company: “So ‘Pop’ Tingwall is about to leave us; we‘ll miss him, but his snoring … Pvt. Ashworth is counting the days until he walks down the aisle … Will someone stop feeding those sleeping pills to Pfc. Fosmire? Every time he gets up, his mattress starts to follow him!” It must have been good reading for some lonely soldiers away from home. It included baseball and basketball scores, with game summaries: “Bucky Lawless pulled the Battalion team out of the fire with two set shots in the last two and a half minutes.” The weekly newspaper had historical information to familiarize the soldiers with Hyde Park: “During the first World War, the Rogers Estate (Company A Headquarters) lawn was plowed under to make way for an enormous victory garden of corn and other grains.” There were cartoons about Poughkeepsie girls (“But how do you explain to a boyfriend in Italy that you’re marrying an MP from Hyde Park?”) and a weekly series called “Adolph’s Diary.” Adolph was a stray mutt who wandered into the Vanderbilt Coach House one day and was adopted by Company B as their mascot and named after you-know-who. His misadventures, drawn by Lew Harsh, must have been a favorite of every Hyde Park MP. The newspaper had “Laughs of the Day:” “Small voice in the dark, ‘Darling, your Good Conduct medal is scratching me,’” as well as serious messages from the president or battalion commander

The real Adolf and his pal, Rex.

Maj. John Stowell. Sometimes short biographies, including overseas war stories of new guys, would be printed. This columnist, while leafing through issues of the Weekly Bulletin at the Town of Hyde Park Historical Society Museum, ran across an item about a muchanticipated USO show planned for Dec. 3, 1944 in the Company B drill hall. “Some of New York’s finest entertainers will be here to put on the type of show you’ve wanted to see. There’s Pearl Bailey, a colored gal, who sings old and new songs as you’d least expect to hear them sung … The President’s favorite entertainer, Dean Murphy, will do his inimitable impersonations, and the MC will be Paul Blake.” Other entertainers, who performed for the Hyde Park MPs, were Jack Paar and Zero Mostel.


The coach house wasn’t as luxurious as the Vanderbilt Mansion, but it still wasn’t bad and it certainly was better than living in a foxhole or tent. I attended a tour of the place in the spring of 2009 sponsored by the Town of Hyde Park Historical Society and observed some of the modifications made to the building’s interior to accommodate the 75 soldiers. The first room, which a person enters today, is now used as a garage area. In 1943, it was used as a drill hall and basketball court. It is also the area where Company B would occasionally organize tables and chairs for a USO show. The magnificent north wing, with parquet floors and intricate woodwork, was converted from the carriage storage area to the actual barracks (bedroom) for all 75 men. The only place where wind could have blown in was the double doors on the west side of the enormous room and that probably was stuffed with rags. Several smaller rooms on the second floor could have served as rooms for sergeants and office functions. Next to the large communal bedroom was a tiled room, once used for washing Vanderbilt’s horses, but in 1943-45 it was used for the men’s showers. Next to that were the kitchen and then the mess hall. Upstairs, the soldiers converted a hay

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loft into a recreation lounge with billiard tables, couches and stacks of magazines collected by Hyde Park service clubs.


Whenever the president was in Hyde Park, a Coast Guard cutter (actually John Hay Whitney’s old yacht, which had been converted to military use) would patrol the Hudson River from a point 10 miles south of the president’s property up to Rhinecliff, which was about 10 miles north of Hyde Park. During these times, the cutter would use the dock at Rogers Point, which, of course, was part of Camp Rogers. When the p.resident wasn’t around, the cutter patrolled New York Harbor. Most times, the president would arrive by train at Highland and motorcade to his home, but when he or an important guest, such as Prime Minister Churchill, used the railroad on the east shore of the Hudson, the Coast Guard cutter would parallel the train on the river. The cutter would run at

The number of soldiers stationed at the coach house was greatly reduced after the president’s death on April 12, 1945. Only 15 men, who were suffering from war wounds, remained at the coach house. Their duty was to guard the grave site of President Roosevelt in the Rose Garden of Springwood until November of 1945, when most soldiers were separated from the armed services. The men were assigned to different military posts and sent to scattered bases by train. Many were stationed in the Philippines when the war ended in August 1945. Maj. John Stowell, commanding officer of the Hyde Park MPs, became the battalion commandant of MPs at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Pfc. Lew Harsh, along with the Company B mascot, Adolph, were transferred to Fort Jackson, S.C., where Adolph again became a favorite character in the military newsletter. By mid August of 1945, the two were relocated to the Presidio at Fort Ord, Monterey, Calif. Lew had met and married a Poughkeepsie girl while he was stationed in Hyde Park, and she finally caught up with him in California. After the war, Lew and his wife attended many 240th reunions at Hyde Park. Eleanor Roosevelt would always invite the soldiers and their wives to ValKill. She served tea and cookies. On one of these occasions, her son, John, suggested the men might like something a little stronger, and he produced a case of beer for the soldiers. It was much appreciated. Carney Rhinevault is the Hyde Park town historian.

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Melissa Picinelli-Huttemeyer and son Kristian assist Mike Picinelli with the delivery of Karen Gale’s Thanksgiving turkey. Photo by Heidi Johnson.


With Black Friday coming up in just a few days, I feel I must harp, just a bit, on one of my favorite soap box subjects – shopping at our local stores. I know that “shop local” has become somewhat of a trendy term, but I can honestly say it has been my way of life since the day I moved here almost 20 years ago. (OK, I will admit to a minor deviation from my dedication back about six years ago when I discovered eBay, but that was very short lived.) I know many of us who live in Stanfordville do shop at our local merchants regularly, but when the time comes for holiday shopping, it is easy to be lured by the mall anchor stores with their glossy circulars offering the “lowest prices of the season.” And, of course, there are loads of gift items that you simply can’t buy here in town. If your child wants an Xbox for Christmas, you will be stuck at the mall without question. However, there are many unique gift items you can buy right here in town for not even a penny more than in the big stores. For example, my daughter, Bridget, loves those plastic Schleich animals. I can get them at Toys R Us for $4.99 a piece. Or, I can get them at McKeough’s Farm Center here in Stanfordville for … $4.99 a piece. And McKeough’s has a better (way better) selection. You have heard me wax poetic in past years about the Alpaca socks my husband bought for me at the Love Is Farm store. These are truly the best socks in the world and they don’t cost a bundle. They make a great gift. (Just for the record, Cold Spring Elementary Principal Jay Glynn agrees. He too loves the alpaca socks he got as a gift a few years ago.) Love Is Farm has many other wonderful gifts, including blankets and sweaters that are higher priced for those once-in-a-lifetime gifts. But they also have smaller items such as mittens and scarves for those who need to be more budget conscious. And, I’ve always said if you can’t find a gift at McCarthy’s Pharmacy for someone, then that someone must be awfully hard to please. McCarthy’s has the best selection of greeting cards in three states. Really. And, they carry a full line of the Klutz books, which are always a great gift for kids (and some adults too … I love my face painting book). They have lovely picture frames and cute costume jewelry. I got my niece a bracelet at McCarthy’s about four years ago and she wears it constantly to this very day. Our local business owners support our community by employing our young people, donating to community events and by just being there for us when we need them. In the years I have lived in Stanfordville, I have had to rely on the

call early. I’ll try to remember to print a wagon, and that alone is worth coming out on a cold December night. It is a great way reminder come next fall. to get in the holiday spirit, so don’t miss PARADE OF LIGHTS it. The Pine Plains Parade of Lights will be this coming Saturday, Nov. 28 at 5 p.m. BANGALL UMC BAZAAR Next Saturday, Dec. 5, the Bangall The Stanford Parade will be the following United Methodist Church will be holding Saturday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. its annual Holiday bazaar and luncheon. I doubt there is anyone reading this The hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and many column who doesn’t know what a Parade bargains will be available, so come on of Lights is, but just in case, what these down and enjoy a nice lunch after browsing events will entail is local businesses, fire home-crafted holiday goods. Please call the companies and community groups will church for directions and more information find themselves a vehicle, deck it out at 845-868-7173. with Christmas lights and fire up a small That is all I have to report this week. generator to provide power. Then, they Enjoy your family gatherings and don’t drive these vehicles in a parade down our main streets, delighting spectators big and worry about overindulgence. ‘Tis the season, after all. See you next week. small. TURKEY DAY AT THUNDERHILL Santa will hand out gifts to the children Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845FARM at the firehouse after the Stanford parade, 392-4348 or Speaking of local merchants, this and cocoa and cookies will be served. past Sunday was turkey pick-up day Usually, Santa arrives on Duffy Layton’s at Thunderhill Farm. Mike and Cindy magnificent six-horse-hitch calliope Picinelli have been selling organic meats from their farm for over 10 years, and Plumbing this year, they sold 90 turkeys for the Water System Thanksgiving holiday. Air Conditioning My good friend, Karen, tells me sure, Burner Sales/Service she can get a turkey in the supermarket 28 TINKER TOWN RD., DOVER PLAINS, NY 12522 for less, but “Mike’s turkeys are the best Kerosene/Fuel Oil turkeys you’ll ever eat.” Seems many Diesel/Gasoline people agree because Sunday was a busy Bio Heat/Bio Diesel day at the farm. Mike raises the turkeys Propane Sales/Service right at his farm on Route 82, and feeds them only the best organic feeds. Because of the demand for these top-quality birds, they tend to sell out well before Your Hometown Full Service Oil & Propane Company Thanksgiving. Thunderhill Farm starts taking turkey orders in September, so next year, if you would like a delicious, Dover Plains • Millbrook • Pawling • Millerton • Pine Plains local, all-organic holiday turkey, be sure to

caring of our local business owners many times – filling a prescription at 10 p.m., having a water pump delivered to my house when the basement was flooded, when we had no car, picking up puppy food long after the store had closed, getting last year’s Christmas tree delivered to my house because I was working 16 hour days during the ice storm. When we do our shopping at one of the local stores instead of at the mall, we support our merchants in return. So, this year, when you are making your gift list, consider adding a few items that you can get right here in town. It saves on gas and you won’t have to hike a mile to your car. Check this column for more gift ideas next week.

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