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THE PHONE AT TOWN HALL’

BY JIM LANGAN During a lengthy and often-contentious Clinton Town Board meeting, a group of frustrated residents took the all-Republican board to task on a number of issues. Not present was Supervisor Jeff Burns, who was reportedly attending to a death in his family. One of the primary complaints from the 30 or so residents gathered in Town Hall was the apparent lack of communication between residents and town officials. Resident Albert Basco told the board, “The communication in this town is the worst. No one answers the phone at Town Hall.” Another resident said, “I have sent numerous certified letters to Jeff Burns on a number of issues. No response ever from Burns. That’s a communication problem.” Former Supervisor Ray Oberly complained about the town’s website and the lack of information it provides. “I’m appalled at the web page,” Oberly said. “You don’t post the agenda. How’s the community supposed to know

The crowd listens as a resident expresses her frustration at the lack of communication between the town board and their constituents. Photo by Jim Langan.

what’s going on? The last planning board information posted is from Dec. 11. The comprehensive plan document was hidden and it will affect the whole town for years. Is this some kind of secret organization?”

Resident Chris Juliano said, “I can’t believe the disconnect between the town and residents. A lot of people don’t have cable and the Poughkeepsie Journal doesn’t cover our town. No one >> continued on page 2

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knows what’s going on. We need more communication from the town.” Councilman Frank Venezia conceded the town could do a better job. “This is not a dictatorship,” Venezia said. “Don’t overreact to the comprehensive plan. There’s plenty of time to review it and we’re still accepting input. This plan is still a draft and a long process.” As for the communication problems, Venezia conceded, “We have staffing problems.”

Clinton Democratic Committee Chairwoman Alyssa Kogon, a vocal critic of the current administration, appeared to get under Venezia’s skin, accusing the board of being “morally and financially bankrupt,” citing what she called an unnecessary expansion of Town Hall and attempts to change the master plan without public input. Venezia shot back in obvious reference to Kogon, saying, “Certain people are stirring things up for political gain and if you care so much, just run for town board.” Kogon responded, “If I’m stirring the pot, so be it. As for running for town board, I can’t get anybody to run because, like my husband and me, they’ll get their property reassessed.” Kogon went on to explain her property taxes had risen appreciably in a down market and believes the higher assessments were retribution for her political opposition to the Burns administration. At one point, as Venezia and Councilman Dean Michaels attempted to respond to a resident’s question, an audience member shouted, “Don’t patronize me, blowhard!” It was that kind of night in Clinton.

BY HV NEWS STAFF A New York State trooper shot and killed a man while responding to a home invasion in LaGrange on Monday night. According to police, on May 14 at approximately 10:20 p.m., two troopers responded to a report of a possible home invasion and burglary at a residence on Hettinger Road. One of the troopers entered the residence and was confronted by an individual brandishing a rifle, according to police. Police say the trooper was then struck with the weapon.

The suspect, whose identity was withheld at press time, was shot by the trooper and later pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Police say four other individuals who participated in the home invasion were later apprehended by New York State Police and Dutchess County Sheriff’s deputies. The suspects will be arraigned on felony robbery and burglary charges, police said. The troopers who initially responded to the call were treated at St. Francis Hospital and released.

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Man provided teens with booze

An Elizaville man was arrested after he allegedly provided alcohol for two teenagers and took the youths on a drunken joyride through Red Hook. According to Red Hook Police, officers received a complaint from a resident on the evening of Sunday, May 6. The resident reported a vehicle occupied by several people drove past his home erratically while the occupants threw empty alcohol containers on his lawn. Officers managed to locate the vehicle, which was being operated by Kyle J. Keith, 25, of Elizaville, according to police. Police say they found open alcohol containers and two intoxicated 17-year-olds in the vehicle. According to police, an investigation revealed Keith provided the underage passengers with the alcohol they had consumed. Keith was arrested and charged with two counts of unlawfully dealing with a child, a misdemeanor. He was arraigned in Red Hook Justice Court and released on an appearance ticket.

Man busted for driving while high on drugs

A local man who allegedly drove a vehicle in Red Hook while high on drugs

over the weekend was arrested by New York State Police. On Saturday, May 12 at 11:30 a.m., troopers stopped a vehicle that was being operated erratically on Route 9 in Red Hook, according to police. The driver, Gavin Healy, 22, of Rhinebeck, was interviewed and subsequently failed field sobriety tests, according to police. Healy was placed under arrest and transported to a local hospital, where blood was drawn. He was ultimately charged with driving while abilities impaired by drugs. He was released on appearance tickets and is due in Red Hook Justice Court at a later date.

Driver’s BAC was more than double legal limit

An Orange County woman who was arrested in Hyde Park for DWI by New York State Police last week was found to have a blood-alcohol content more than double the legal limit, according to troopers. Police say Sabrina Hogan, 21, of Rock Tavern, was stopped while driving erratically on West Dorsey Lane in Hyde Park on May 8 at approximately 1:30 a.m. >> continued on next page

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COP FINDS SLITHERING SURPRISE

A nearly 6-foot Burmese python was cared for by officials from the Dutchess County SPCA after Sgt. Brad Moore of the Hyde Park Police Department found him slithering in the parking lot of Christiano’s Pizza on Route 9G last week. SPCA officials believe the snake, which has been named Sal, shorthand for “snake at large,” was dumped in the area by his owner. Sal has since been transported to his new home at the Bronx Zoo. Photo submitted.


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Troopers determined Hogan was intoxicated and took her into custody. According to police, a breath test administered to Hogan revealed her blood-alcohol content was 0.19%. Hogan was charged with aggravated DWI and various vehicle and traffic violations. She was issued tickets and is due in Hyde Park Justice Court on June 7.

Recent arrests

The Hyde Park Police Department reports the following arrests: • Edwin J. McIntyre, 43, of the Bronx, was arrested on an active bench warrant for criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class-A misdemeanor. • David B. Garren, 26, of Staatsburg, was arrested on an active bench warrant from Hyde Park Justice Court for aggravated unlicensed operation, an unclassified misdemeanor; and an active bench warrant issued by City of Poughkeepsie Court for driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. • Daniel M. Felice, 35, of Kingston, was arrested on an active bench warrant for criminal mischief in the third degree, a class-E felony; and criminal trespass in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor. • Teresa Cichra, 26, of Wappingers Falls, was charged with illegal dumping, a violation of town code. • James L. Havens, 36, of Hyde Park, was charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class-A misdemeanor, as a result of a domestic dispute. • Michael A. Douglas, 57, of Hyde Park, was charged with unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor; and criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class-A misdemeanor, as a result of a domestic dispute. • Daniel J. Spillane, 28, of Quincy, Mass., was charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, as well as traffic violations. • Dustin J. Kittle, 31, of Spring Hill, N.Y., was observed traveling at a speed of 128 miles per hour in a 45-mile-per-hour zone on a motorcycle on Route 9. He was stopped and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, an unclassified misdemeanor, as well as unregistered motorcycle, uninsured motorcycle and uninspected motorcycle, all violations. • James J. Justvig, 47, of Poughkeepsie, was charged with assault in the third degree, a class-A misdemeanor, and two counts of criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class-A misdemeanor, as a result of a domestic dispute.

Filiberti killer pleads guilty BY JIM LANGAN The family of murdered teen Katie Filiberti will be spared the agony of a trial as a result of her killer’s guilty plea in Dutchess County Court on charges of first-degree murder and predatory sexual assault. Stephen Shand of Hyde Park was promised a sentence of 40 years to life by Judge Stephen Geller in return for his plea. Geller will officially sentence Shand on June 21. The case, which riveted Hyde Park for months, began when Filiberti’s lifeless body was discovered on March 19, 2011 in a stream adjacent to a littleused baseball field in the Greentree section of Hyde Park. Police initially called the death “suspicious” but it was soon clear Filiberti had been murdered. Hyde Park Police, aided by other law enforcement agencies, soon began canvassing the neighborhood and conducting massive search operations in the woods adjacent to the murder scene. From the beginning, the investigation was shrouded in mystery, with police reluctant to offer any pertinent information about their investigation. Former Hyde Park Police Chief Charles Broe issued a statement saying the public had nothing to fear, leading to speculation the suspect or suspects were not local. Broe was later criticized when it was revealed Shand lived in Hyde Park and regularly delivered the Poughkeepsie Journal in the Greentree neighborhood. The guilty plea makes it unlikely Broe will have to give an account of his thought process when he gave that assurance to the public. The absence of information and refusal by the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office to release autopsy results fueled speculation on almost every aspect of the case. The rumor mill reached a fever pitch in July when word spread through the community that two Hyde Park Police officers had been arrested and charged

in the murder. The rumors were patently false but this newspaper can attest to getting calls from “eyewitnesses” claiming to have seen the arrests. The furor finally ended when the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement emphatically denying the reports. Shand’s guilty plea and allocution before Geller coincided with the District Attorney’s indictment and vision of the case.

Killer confesses Speaking before the judge, Shand said he picked up Filiberti early in the morning on March 19, 2011. Eyewitness reports indicate Filiberti had been attending a house party in the

Greenbush section of Hyde Park but left after becoming upset about the presence of another guest at the party. She reportedly left on foot and accepted a ride from Shand, who was on his way to deliver newspapers. Shand told the court that shortly after getting into his car, Filiberti was denied freedom to exit the vehicle. Shand further admitted to raping Filiberti before strangling her and “putting her in some water.” Senior District Attorney Edward McLoughlin told reporters, “I think based on the case and his admission, he will never get out. He’s waved his right to appeal. For the Filiberti family, they can stop thinking about Stephen Shand, and focus on Katie and her life.”

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CANDIDATE BYRNE GAINS TRACTION IN ASSEMBLY BID BY HV NEWS STAFF New York State Assembly hopeful David Byrne of Milan has had a pretty good week, racking up endorsements that could help put him in the front of a crowded field of candidates for the new 106th District. Byrne, a Republican U.S. Army veteran who recently stepped down after a four-year stint on the Milan Town Board, recently won the endorsement of the Columbia County Republican Committee, as well as the support of some local GOP groups and officials. Byrne is one of three Republican candidates hoping to take on Democrat Didi Barrett for the newly configured 106th Assembly District seat, which includes some northern Dutchess and Columbia County communities, in the November race. Other Republicans looking to secure

the nomination include Yancy McArthur of Hyde Park and Stephan Krakower of Poughkeepsie. During last week’s Columbia County Republican Party Convention, Byrne walked away with a three-to-one vote margin, securing 2,860 votes out of a total of 3,694. “I’m very humbled by this powerful show of support by the Columbia County Republican Committee members,” Byrne said, “and I look forward to working with them to make New York more livable for young people and senior citizens and more friendly to small businesses and farmers.” Byrne has also been endorsed by the Stanford and Pine Plains Republican committees, and has received support from Milan Supervisor Bill Gallagher, City of Hudson Mayor Bill Hallenbeck and other local officials in the district.

Assemblywoman honors ‘pillar of community’ Lifelong Dutchess County resident Margaret Fettes, “a pillar of our community,” is presented with the 2012 Outstanding Contribution by a Senior Citizen award by Assemblywoman Didi Barrett (D-Washington) during New York State Senior Citizens’ Day at the state Capitol. Fettes, “a truly remarkable public servant” whose “tireless work has been critical to Dutchess County for many years,” according to Barrett, was the longest-serving member of the Dutchess County Legislature and has volunteered with countless non-profit and civic organizations throughout her 86 years. Photo submitted. {4} May 16, 2012 | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com | Hudson valley news

Donna Ponessa, who suffers from MS and is paralyzed from the chest down, rides in the Houston Dressage Society Spring Classic.

Disabled woman living out dressage dream BY HV NEWS STAFF Dressage rider Donna Ponessa, who suffers from MS and is paralyzed from the chest down, is well on her way to securing one of four spots on the U.S. Para-Dressage Team, which will compete at the Paralympics in London this summer. Ponessa, a New Windsor native who trains at Woodstock Stables in Millbrook, recently earned top scores in the Houston Dressage Society Spring Classic in Texas, qualifying her for the 2012 Paralympics Selection Trials. Ponessa attributed much of her success to her horse, Silvano, on loan from Dr. Michele Miles. “Silvano is a very sensitive and obedient horse,” she said. “If I change my balance or place too much weight on one seat bone, Silvano feels that. I focused on being as light as possible and it worked great.” Ponessa has lived with MS since 1982 and breathes with the assistance of a ventilator. For more on Ponessa or to provide financial support to help send her to London, visit DonnasDestiny.com.

BY HV NEWS STAFF Pleasant Valley resident Thomas Sipos has withdrawn his candidacy for the 106th Assembly District seat, saying he will focus his job-creation efforts in the private sector. “In the last few weeks, I learned there is an even greater urgency for the work that I know must be done,” said Sipos. “I decided after meetings throughout the entire Mid-Hudson region that I could be more effective in continuing my work in the private sector, fostering workforce training and job creation.”

Rider Donna Ponessa, who hopes to secure one of four spots on the 2012 U.S. Para-Dressage Team, is pictured with her trainer, Wes Dunham of Millbrook. Photos courtesy of Lindsay McCall.

He added, “Last week’s news of a hospital closure in Ulster County and the potential loss of hundreds more jobs was a major factor in my decision.” Sipos had initially said he would seek the Republican and Conservative endorsements. His dropping out of the race leaves three Republican candidates remaining, David Byrne of Milan, Yancy McArthur of Hyde Park and Stephan Krakower of Poughkeepsie. It is expected Democrats will endorse Assemblywoman Didi Barrett to run for re-election in the new district.


Animal hoarding a growing concern for rescue organizations, mental-health providers BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Most of us have known or know of people – neighbors, friends, relatives – who are overwhelmed by too many pets. In the past, these people may have been dismissed as “the crazy cat lady” or “that guy with too many dogs,” but recently, animal hoarding has become a recognized and well-publicized mental-health issue. In the Hudson Valley, some recent animal hoarding cases have attracted significant media attention. In February, the Dutchess County SPCA rescued 18 cats from a Poughkeepsie couple who were allegedly neglecting the animals. The following month, 200 cats were seized from a home in Hopewell Junction, and in April, a Wallkill woman who owned nearly 80 Rottweilers was arrested on animal cruelty charges. Joyce Garrity, executive director of the Dutchess County SPCA, says most animal hoarders share certain traits and beliefs. She said most hoarders believe they are the only ones capable of caring for their

animals and live in denial of the harm they are doing to themselves and their pets. “Animal hoarding is best defined by its characteristics,” Garrity said. “An animal hoarder is an individual who is failing to provide the minimum standards of care for their animals. Animal hoarders accumulate a large number of animals and the condition of their home deteriorates.” Garrity has been onsite during many hoarding investigations, and says the conditions of hoarders’ homes are usually unlivable. For this reason, hoarders tend to isolate themselves from the outside world. “It’s hard for people to comprehend what it means to have a very large number of animals,” she said. “They are paranoid about it, so they usually deny or restrict access to their homes.” Garrity says hoarders usually fall into one of two categories. She said people who intentionally collect animals to be cruel or display power are classified as “exploiter hoarders.” Most animal hoarders,

3 ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH ARMED ROBBERY, PISTOL WHIPPING BY HV NEWS STAFF Two Poughkeepsie men and a homeless woman have been arrested in connection with the strong-armed robbery of a Hyde Park gas station earlier this month. Kendra Q. Erwin, 36, who is homeless; Darren M. Parker, 43, of Poughkeepsie; and Curtis V. Parker, 46, of Poughkeepsie, have all been arrested as a result of a joint investigation by the Hyde Park Police Department and the Town and City of Poughkeepsie police departments. According to police, on May 5 at approximately 2:50 a.m., officers with the Hyde Park Police Department responded to a report of a robbery at the Shell gas station at 4152 Albany Post Rd. The attendant told officers that a black female entered the business, brandished a firearm and demanded money, according to police. Police say the woman struck the clerk over the head with the firearm, causing a laceration, and then fled south through the parking lot with the proceeds of the robbery, which totaled approximately $1,500.

During the Hyde Park Police officers’ initial investigation, it became apparent that the Town and City of Poughkeepsie police departments were investigating pastoccurred robberies that were similar to the one in Hyde Park, according to police. The three departments conducted a joint investigation that resulted in the arrests of Erwin and Darren and Curtis Parker. “This arrest would not have been possible if not for the information sharing and joint effort by all three agencies,” Hyde Park Police said in a statement to the press. Erwin was charged with robbery in the first degree, a class-B felony; Darren Parker was charged with conspiracy in the fourth degree, a class-E felony, as well as a parole violation; and Curtis Parker was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class-B felony, as well as a parole violation. All three suspects were remanded to Dutchess County Jail without bail, and police say additional charges will “follow in the very near future.”

though, are classified as “overwhelmed caregivers,” people with good hearts who continue to take in animals even when they become overwhelmed by them. Garrity says most overwhelmed caregivers are women over the age of 50 who have some experience working in the nursing profession. “It begins with a caregiver who eventually becomes overwhelmed,” Garrity said. “It leads to compulsion and they just can’t stop. They just keep accumulating.” Andrew O’Grady, executive director of Mental Health America of Dutchess County, says animal hoarding is not classified as a specific mental disorder; it is seen as a symptom of other recognized disorders. O’Grady says some animal hoarders are simply delusional and believe they have some innate ability to communicate or connect with their animals. Animal hoarding can also be an addictive behavior, or an early warning sign of dementia, he said. O’Grady says hoarding behavior also sometimes manifests when a person is denied intimacy or attachment with their family, so they find that closeness with animals instead. O’Grady referenced a 1981 study by Worth & Beck that indicated most men who hoard animals tend to favor dogs, while women tend to hoard cats. That same study said 70% of hoarders were unmarried and many live in homes with no telephone, plumbing or electricity. He said this tendency to detach from society makes treating hoarders difficult. “These individuals don’t tend to end up in the mental-health system,” O’Grady

said. “They isolate. This happens, and no one knows about it. It’s not a very wellstudied phenomenon.” He added, “These individuals, they smell; there’s feces all over their clothes, all over their house. It might just be that they can’t leave (their homes).” Garrity said friends and family tend not to intervene because oftentimes, animal hoarding can result in criminal penalties, such as cruelty or neglect. “People sometimes see intervention as an attack,” she said. “It is against the law to do what they’re doing. It’s animal cruelty.” Garrity said, though, that the SPCA tries to treat hoarders with sympathy and recognize these are people in need of mental-health care. She said the SPCA will generally work with other agencies – such as Adult Protective Services and mental-health organizations – in an effort to “support and lend a helping hand.” Garrity says if someone knows of a person who is hoarding animals, they should contact the SPCA or local lawenforcement agencies and request an investigation. She says loved ones can also try to encourage a hoarder to seek help from the SPCA, which offers low-cost vaccines and spay and neuter surgeries. Also, many of the animals seized in the aforementioned cases are available for adoption through the SPCA. The Dutchess County SPCA can be reached at 845-452-7722. The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, which is handling the Wallkill case, can be reached at 518-434-8128.

WELL DONE

Joe and Diana Wilson cut the ribbon on the occasion of the ceremonial opening of their Hyde Park restaurant, Joseph’s Steak House. Numerous people including members of the Regional Chamber of Commerce, led by the inimitable Charlie North, joined in to officially open the restaurant. Joseph’s Steak House is located in the old Eleanor Roosevelt furniture factory on Route 9G near Val-Kill in Hyde Park. Photo by Jim Langan. Hudson valley news | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com | May 16, 2012 {5}


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Has democracy gone astray in the Town of Stanford? This is a serious concern that links to the functioning of democracy throughout the United States. Stanford is a town in northern Dutchess County in New York State. It is governed by a locally elected town board comprised of five officials – currently, three Republicans and two Democrats. The town supervisor is one of the Democrats. I recently received a letter from the daughter of the town supervisor. It was a detailed account of what happened when the supervisor took a week’s vacation. Before traveling, the supervisor left detailed instructions for paying the employees. She made several phone calls from her vacation site in order to see that the plans were carried out. But it soon became clear that these plans were thwarted by her fellow Republican board members; those members then invited the press to attend a board meeting where they announced the “problematic” three-day delay in paying the salaries of the town employees. Soon after, it was headline news in a regional newspaper. Subsequently, the daughter wrote a letter to the Hudson Valley News describing and documenting the actual reasons for the delayed salary payments. It was later learned that her letter was removed from several stacks of newspapers that were for sale locally. Consequently, the writer sent her published letter to the citizens of Stanford by U.S. standard mail. Are these actions by those board members consistent with a democratic society defined as a government by the people, for the people and for the good of the people? Rather, this appears to be an example of government representatives acting to promote the narrow interests of a few by discrediting a fellow elected official. Marilyn M. Bookchin Stanfordville

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GOD, LIFE AND

EVERYTHING BY THE REV. CHUCK KRAMER

The Obama Ponderation I thought I wasn’t going to write about this anymore, but that was probably a pipe dream. As long as there are gays and people who don’t approve, this issue will keep resurfacing. Of course, I’m talking about President Obama’s announcement that, after a lot of pondering, he has decided that he’s in favor of same-sex marriage. I bet he would have preferred to say nothing about this issue, but once Vice President Biden said he had no problem with same-sex marriage, he had little choice. (As an aside, what a drag it must be to be vice president. You can’t say anything! I mean, just saying, “I have no problem with same-sex marriage” turns into a media circus. Geez, let the guy have an opinion.) Anyway, before we say too much, let’s remember: It’s an opinion. He is not introducing legislation. His opinion changes nothing. Except for the screaming and shouting, that is. I’ve already received emails and questions about where I stand or what I think about the president’s statement. So, with the awareness that I will tick off a lot of people no matter what I say, even if I say nothing … First, since there is separation of church and state in our country, I think the answer to legalized same-sex marriage needs to have a non-religious answer. Is there a compelling state reason for withholding the right of gays to marry? That is, does allowing same-sex marriage endanger the country’s security in any way or harm the citizenry? My answer to that is, “none that I can think of.” So, as a citizen, separate from my religious views, I’d have to say that marriage between any two consenting adults with no other legal impediments (such as being currently married to someone else), ought to be legalized. Now, someone sent me a list of reasons why gay marriage endangers our country, but they were silly. Here they are with my responses. 1) If we allow gays to marry, it dilutes the definition. Sort of like if three people at a small business get promoted to vice

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president, the words “vice president” carries less meaning. The argument makes no sense. First of all, often a small business has no head at all but two or three or four equal partners. Naming three or four people vice president is irrelevant, as long as everyone knows what their function is. If diluting marriage were an issue, we would never allow divorces – because certainly taking one spouse after another dilutes the institution of marriage more – or remarriage after a spouse died. And, of course, in some cultures, there are multiple spouses at the same time (think Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, King David, King Solomon …). By the way, I believe this argument was used when blacks and whites sought the right to marry each other, because it would dilute the races. 2) Some are saying that people will then want to marry their animals (a friend answered that unless an animal could consent this would not be an issue). Since marriage is a human contract, this has always been farfetched. The fact that it is between consenting humans in our time – though not at all times – is rather important. In some medieval states, the lord of the manner had the right to tell serfs whom they would marry. (Marriage not of the church wedding sort, but of the “you two are now married” sort.) 3) Some are saying that the state will force churches to marry gay couples, even if it is against their beliefs (similar to the state forcing adoption agencies like catholic charities to adopt out to gay couples). This shows a complete lack of understanding of religious-freedom laws. Churches do not offer marriage as a public service, but as a sacrament – a religious rite not performed for non-believers (at least not in our church). Adoption agencies (and hospitals and universities), on the other hand, offer public services open to the public. Therefore, they must offer those services equally. When in Peekskill, our church had a day care that had to be licensed because it was full-time. It also received government money and therefore could not proselytize or discriminate in any way that a public school could not. A churchrun hospital must also treat its patients and employees equally if it receives state funding. Since the beginning of our nation, there have been limits on what a religion can do and how it can treat people. 4) Some are saying “why should the government be involved at all?” That would be fine. But then there would be no laws guaranteeing husbands, for example, rights to their children –

especially if their wife died or in case of divorce. There would be no equal sharing of property or hospital rights or anything – it would all have to be individually negotiated through a lawyer. There are specific rights between the partners of a marriage and being recognized officially by the state as closest of kin is one of them. These are all due to “the government being involved. 5) If we allow gays to marry, then why not allow polygamy? A good question, especially for those who tout “traditional marriage,” since polygamy (and most especially polygyny) is ancient. Honestly, I cannot find a rational state argument against polygamy if it is between consenting adults. Our faith does not allow it, although in at least one African country, the Anglican Church has allowed it as a concession to the local traditions. 6) The institution of marriage is already in trouble, and this is only going to make marriage weaker. The institution of marriage is only in trouble inasmuch as the constituent members of marriages suffer from increasing outside pressures. We are not agricultural anymore, so we don’t stay on the land. Travel is easy. Connection with the broader world has never been more expansive. And Americans work more overtime hours with less compensation than ever before. Then there’s the outside pressure of sports (especially among kids), where it’s more a job than recreation. It’s interesting that divorce rates are highest in conservative states (right-to-work states, I might add). Teenage pregnancy rates are higher there, too. Perhaps those issues ought to be addressed. The states that have same-sex marriage – so far at least – seem to also have the most stable straight marriages. I believe it’s not because they allow samesex marriages, however, but because they treat people a little better. You might complain right now that, first, I’m full of beans and/or second, I haven’t talked about the religious consideration regarding gay marriage. To that I say, as a citizen, you’re entitled to believe that, and I say, stay tuned. I couldn’t possibly fit the whole discussion in this column. As it is, this is just skimming the surface. And even that’s more than I expected to do. The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Hyde Park. You can leave a comment for him at rector@stjameshydepark.org.


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woman. However, in too many areas ethnicity is considered a qualification, not a consideration. That inevitably leads to true discrimination, where more-qualified applicants are passed over in favor of the OPINION politically correct flavor of the month. Think about the Travon Martin case. When the narrative went out on BY JIM LANGAN the airwaves that a white man, George Zimmerman, had killed a black teenager, the liberal media went ballistic. Aha! More proof of white oppressor and black victim. That’s why the cops didn’t charge The revelation that the Democratic that racist vigilante. Then it was learned candidate for Senate in Massachusetts George Zimmerman had a Peruvian misrepresented her ethnic heritage for mother. That nettlesome fact threatened to personal and professional gain has shed ruin the whole Al Sharpton analysis. a harsh light on the politically perverted Under government and university world of affirmative action. guidelines, Zimmerman would be clasFor anyone unfamiliar with the sified a “minority.” Solution? Overnight, Elizabeth Warren story, the liberal media christened here’s what happened. George Zimmerman a “white Warren has been a Hispanic.” You can’t make If I’m George this stuff up. professor of law at Harvard University for me ask you this quesZimmerman, tion.LetHave many years and taught at you ever heard Penn before that. At both I’m showing anyone in the media refer to institutions, Professor President Obama as a “white up in court Warren listed herself as a African American?” No, black minority, claiming to be looking and works for Barack Obama. Redescended from Native member, Barack Obama was sounding like always “Barry” growing up. It American Cherokee stock. As a result of this Frito Bandito. was only when he entered polidisingenuous assertion, tics did he begin using his Afriboth schools eagerly hired can name. Being thought of as her and thumped their white doesn’t work as well for academic chests as enlightened employers Mr. Zimmerman. If I’m George Zimmerof an aggrieved minority. man, I’m showing up in court looking and The only fly in that slimy ointment is sounding like Frito Bandito. that Elizabeth Warren doesn’t have a drop What began as a legitimate and necessary of Native American blood in her. In fact, effort to balance the scales in schools and Warren looks more like Martha Stewart than the workplace has transformed into a cynical Pocahontas. Her lame explanation when con game where identities are assumed confronted with the phony claim was to say for personal advancement. The specter of it was all part of her “family lore” and her the state or federal government penalizing grandfather had “high cheekbones like all universities or corporations for not playing Indians do.” Good God, I guess we can all be the game is what perpetuates this scam. thankful she didn’t claim to be part African Yesterday’s victim is today’s American. Imagine the stereotype she might oppressor. Schools and universities that have conjured up for Grandpa Zebedee. once embraced Asian immigrants now It’s worth noting that Warren dropped her routinely limit their numbers for the sin Native American claim shortly after being of achievement. In reality, it’s difficult to granted tenure at Harvard. It appears both know anymore who qualifies as a racial Warren and Harvard got what they wanted minority or oppressed victim. out of the charade. Until we put an end to these abuses Warren, a blond multi-millionaire, of a well-intended program, people like now finds herself exposed as something Elizabeth Warren will continue to assume of an academic fraud who attained her a lineage or victim status in order to further Ivy League job by misrepresenting their careers. herself. Notice I say “herself,” not “her qualifications,” because by all accounts Jim Langan can be reached at she is an intelligent, accomplished editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com.

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TO THE EDITOR:

Now Stanford Supervisor Virginia Stern, Mel Eiger and Dave Albenda claim their “ATV (noise) petition” isn’t an ATV (noise) petition at all. One resident asked, “If ATVs didn’t make noise, would we be talking about it?” Remember, it started out as a “noise ordinance,” was overwhelmingly rejected by the citizens of Stanford during the public hearing in October 2011 and then was renamed the “ATV (noise) petition.” If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck … it’s a duck! Residents attending the May 10 Stanford Town Board meeting claimed “Team Stern” lied when requesting signatures for their “ATV (noise) ordinance” and want to know why Supervisor Stern keeps wasting the taxpayers’ time with it meeting after meeting. Residents are realizing it is a noise ordinance on private property and want their name removed from the petition. Do you use a lawn mower, snow blower, or any other equipment? Do you want government regulation over what you can and cannot do on your own property? It’s really that simple. Remember Stern’s noise, light and shed ordinance? Remember her debris ordinance? Even “Team Stern” member Melvin Eiger said “a law like this should not exist.” Once Virginia Stern finally moved on to real town issues, we found out the town is $100,000 over budget on the town garage. When someone asked Supervisor Stern how this happened, she replied something like, “We spent more than we budgeted.” Huh? Really? In any event, “Team Stern” will continue to write about the perennial “ATV (noise) petition” simply to cover up for the real issue of the lack of oversight of your tax dollars. We need a change in leadership at Town Hall before it’s too late. Melissa Burdick Town of Stanford

TO THE EDITOR:

I just read that the Japanese want us out of Okinawa. That’s a good one. We took Okinawa and Iwo Jima with our blood in World War II and then gave them both back after the war. In contrast, the Russians entered the war a week before the Japanese surrendered and took Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands and promptly changed all the town and island names to Russian and still hold them to this day with no intention to give them back. I had to write this as growing up during World War II it brought back memories of the war crimes the Japanese and Germans committed, and I just watched “The Bridge on the River Kwai” on Turner Classic Movies and saw the way the Japanese treated our prisoners. We should have kept Okinawa as a U.S. trust territory, as we do with the northern Marianas Islands, and turn Iwo Jima into a bird sanctuary. The Russians don’t “give back” like we do. Also, China may one day attack Japan as the Japanese did to China in World War II. Ken Krauer Salt Point

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My fellow Democrats, the Congressional primary elections are Tuesday, June 26, and two Democrats from Dutchess County are running for Congress. One has earned our support; the other not. Mayor Matt Alexander from the Village of Wappingers Falls is a candidate for the 18th Congressional District. He is a trained CPA, having worked at one of the big-six accounting firms. Matt owned a business and has created jobs in both the public and private sectors. Under his leadership, the economically challenged village experienced growth of 17% while the rest of the country went into recession. The results of Alexander’s efforts are visible and tangible, from the rejuvenated buildings and increased business to the water villagers drink. Matt’s success is derived from his unique ability to promote and translate progressive ideas into fiscally responsible policy. Mayor Matt has been elected three times, twice unopposed. Village Democrats and Republicans alike concede that when Matt Alexander is elected to Congress, America’s gain will be their loss. Ulster County Democrat Julian Schreibman is running for the 19th District. Julian has the skill set and the temperament for the job. His Democratic opponent from Dutchess, Joel Tyner, does not. Schreibman received the endorsement from the Dutchess County Democratic Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee; Tyner did not. Light primary voter participation means our candidates will be chosen by just a few of us. Make your vote count; vote for Alexander in the 18th and Schreibman in the 19th. Gary Levine Poughkeepsie Hudson valley news | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com | May 16, 2012 {7}


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• Possibly my favorite story of the week. Luxury goods company Chanel No. 5 has announced that Brad Pitt will be the new face of its pricey fragrance. Really? Then how about gasbag Keith Olberman as the face of Tampax? He’s always seems a little pre-menstrual. • An effort by the food police in Massachusetts to ban bake sales, pizza, white bread and 2% milk in public schools was overturned by the Massachusetts House of Representatives after citizens reacted furiously to the ban. I don’t think frustration at attempts by the government to dictate what and how we eat is restricted to Massachusetts. • Beach Boy Bruce Johnston wasn’t giving off any good vibrations when asked what he thought about President Obama. “I think Obama’s an a--hole, unless you’re interested in never having any money and being socialized.” Maybe Bruce should consider touring with Ted Nugent instead of the Beach Boys this summer. • We hear the Millbrook Zoo has a litter of adorable baby wolves and may have a red panda on the way as well. The zoo, located at the Millbrook School, is one of our area’s little treasures. Take your kids there. • The late Whitney Houston’s creepy family continues to profit from the troubled singer’s life and death. Lifetime just announced “The Houston Family Chronicles” will debut this fall. It’s a reality show featuring the entire sycophant clan, including sister-in-law Pat Houston, Pat’s daughter Rayah, mother Cissy and Whitney’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina. Also doing a little bottom feeding is cousin Dionne Warwick. This show might make “Keeping up with the Kardashians” look like “Masterpiece Theater.” • Eduardo Saverin isn’t stupid. As one of the co-founders of Facebook, Saverin is in line to make about $4 billion from this week’s IPO. Saverin has renounced his U.S. citizenship to spare himself a crushing tax bill. Wealthy Americans are increasingly choosing to flee rather than foot the bill for the 49% of Americans

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paying no taxes. In 2008, 235 Americans renounced their citizenship. In 2011, that number was 1,780. • Some sad news from Boston. Red Sox public-address announcer Carl Beane was killed after suffering a heart attack behind the wheel (no, it didn’t have anything to do with the Red Sox’s horrible start). He was such a Red Sox junkie, it was revealed after his death he waited one night until Fenway Park emptied out and slipped out to the left field warning track and buried his father’s ashes in front of the Green Monster. • How disturbing and desperate was that Time cover of the 4-year-old kid standing as his mother breastfed him. It was part of an article on “Attached Parenting.” Indeed. Here’s my rule of thumb on such matters. If a kid can stand while breastfeeding or shave, it’s time for a glass of milk or a beer. • How about that Kingston man arrested for digging up a woman’s dead chinchilla and sending her photos of the little guy? A couple of things. Who has a pet chinchilla and how did this Looney Tune know where it was buried? • A Nebraska entrepreneur has legally changed his name to Tyrannosaurus Rex in the belief the change will give him “name recognition.” It will, but people will most likely refer to him as an idiot. • In spite of hitting four homeruns and a double in a single game against the Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers player Josh Hamilton was not voted player of the game by Baltimore fans. • It’s Miller time! Hyde Park republicans will roast retiring Assemblyman Joel Miller at the Hyde Park Brewing Company on May 29 from 6-8PM. RSVP to Joanne Devens at 849-2649 or Jean McArthur at 453-9563. Tickets are $25. • I was listening to a Red Sox post-game radio show driving back from Boston the other day and some moron Yankee fan called in claiming Derek Jeter is the greatest shortstop ever. The host quickly buried him with names like Ernie Banks, Honus Wagner, Robin Yount. Ozzie Smith, Cal Ripken Jr. Alan Trammell and Derek’s teammate Alex Rodriguez. • Finally, scientists in France have invented a spray that causes a person to become intensely intoxicated for a brief period of time with no after affects. Each dose contains 0.075 milliliters of alcohol. The dose is administered from a chic designer tube and the aerosol dispenser gives it the big kick. Supposedly, you could pass a breathalyzer shortly after being bombed. The product is expected to hit shelves later this year. This thing could make for some fabulous singlesbar conversations.

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Assemblyman Kevin Cahill and Joe Kirchoff look on as eighth-grader Josh Martin tests the strength of his bridge.

Public-private partnership benefits Rhinebeck students BY CAROLINE CAREY The new technology lab at Bulkeley Middle School in Rhinebeck was officially opened on May 10 with a ceremony attended by Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, philanthropists, students and members of the Rhinebeck Science Foundation. The students demonstrated the principles of aero-dynamics, vex robots, and tension/ force relationships on bridges they had designed and built with CAD systems. All of this was a part of the “Gateway to Technology” curriculum that was recently integrated into the middle school. Major donors, Joseph Kirchhoff of the Kirchhoff Family Fund of the Community Foundation of Dutchess County, Monique Segarra and Christopher Lipscomb of Systems Flow Inc., had a grand time cutting the ribbon and chatting with students. John Kemnitzer, Bulkeley Middle School principal, praised the benefits he has seen the program have on student learning and said, “We implemented the Gateway to Technology program to help all

of our students at Bulkeley Middle School succeed in the 21st century. This nationally recognized pre-engineering program uses project-based learning to challenge and engage the natural curiosity and imagination of middle school students. We have been delighted with the student response. ” After much due diligence, the Rhinebeck Central School District identified a technology-based, pre-engineering program for its middle school in 2011. The school administration then asked the Rhinebeck Science Foundation to lead the funding for a “Gateway to Technology” lab and the community rose to the challenge within a very short time period last year. Last fall, the program was launched with little fanfare but on Thursday, students had the opportunity to show off their lab and what they learned. “This was a crucial curriculum needed to keep our schools current and we were honored to work with the community to help make this lab happen,” said Jen Hammoud, Rhinebeck Science Foundation president.

Joseph P. Kirchhoff, Christopher Lipscomb, Monique Segarra, Andrea Kirchhoff, Bulkeley Middle School Principal John Kemnitzer, Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, director of curriculum and instruction at Rhinebeck Central School District Marvin Kreps, Rhinebeck Science Foundation President Jennifer Hammoud and Superintendent of Rhinebeck Central School District Joseph Phelan. Photos by Caroline Carey.


Beatrix Farrand Garden at Bellefield celebrates centennial BY CAROLINE CAREY The Beatrix Farrand Garden Association is celebrating 100 years of the Garden at Bellefield with an afternoon garden party of cocktails, comestibles, conversation and a live auction of unique objects and experiences amidst hundreds of peonies in bloom. The centennial celebration will be held June 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Bellefield, located at the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt Historic Site in Hyde Park. Frederic C. Rich, an avid gardener and chairman of Scenic Hudson Land Trust, will serve as honorary chairman of the event. Party-goers will be entertained by a live auction featuring many one-of-a-kind items, including a private tour of Dumbarton Oaks, Farrand’s masterpiece in Washington, D.C., with an overnight stay in Georgetown, within walking distance of the garden. Other items

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include a private tour of Garland Farm, Farrand’s last garden on Mount Desert Island, Maine; a Munder-Skiles reproduction tea table designed by Farrand; and heirloom plant cultivars. Tickets are $75 ($65 for Beatrix Farrand Garden Association members) and advance purchase is required. To purchase tickets, visit www.beatrixfarrandgarden.org, email info@beatrixfarrandgarden.org or call 845-2299115, ext. 2023.

About Farrand

Beatrix Jones Farrand, who lived from 1872 to 1959, was a landscape gardener who defined American taste in gardens throughout the first half of the 20th century. For generations, gardens consisted of elaborately shaped beds cut into lawns. Farrand broke new ground

in the United States with her use of perennial plants in combinations based upon color harmony, bloom sequence and texture. She initiated and perfected the mixed border that is standard in gardens today. Farrand’s artistic sense and powers of observation developed in childhood, as she grew up in a tight social circle of New York City intellectuals and relatives, including her aunt, Edith Wharton, and her uncle, Henry James. Farrand initially studied horticulture at Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum and then continued to develop her eye during a grand tour of Europe with her mother, a literary agent, and with Wharton at times. Farrand returned from Europe and set up her landscape garden business when she was 24 years old. >> continued on next page

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THIS WEEK (MAY 16-22) Oakwood Friends School Information Session; Wednesday, May 16; 9:30 a.m.; Oakwood Friends School, Turner Math and Science Building, 22 Spackenkill Road, Poughkeepsie; Learn more about the school and take a guided tour of the campus; Free; 845-4624200, ext. 245l. Teaching the Hudson Valley Education Resource Fair; Wednesday, May 16; 2:305:30 p.m.; Wallace Center, FDR Home and Presidential, Library, Hyde Park; Brings educators, teachers and youth group leaders together to share what they have to offer; Free; 845-229-9116, ext. 2035. Morton Movie Night Presents ‘Cowboys & Aliens’; Wednesday, May 16; 6:30 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; 2011 film stars Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Jon Favreau; Free; 845-876-2903. ‘Hidden History of the Mid-Hudson Valley: Stories from the Albany Post Road’; Wednesday, May 16; 10 a.m.; Adriance Memorial Library, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Author and historian Carney Rhinevault to discuss new book on local history; Free; 845-485-3445, ext. 3702. An Evening of Poetry; Thursday, May 17; 7 p.m.; Adriance Memorial Library, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Poet Cassandra Clark, a SUNY New Paltz and Fordham grad, will read from her work; Free; 845-485-3445, ext. 3313. Concerts Con Brio; Friday, May 18; 7:30 p.m.; Christ Episcopal Church, 20 Carroll St., Poughkeepsie; Recital performed by members of the Central Hudson Valley Chapter American Guild of Organists; Freewill donation; music@ christchurchpok.org. Terry Tempest Williams Book Reading; Friday, May 18; 7:30 p.m.; Oblong Books & Music, 6422

Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; Acclaimed author of “Refuge” to read from her latest book, “When Women Were Birds”; Free; 845-876-0500. Spay and Neuter Clinic for Cats; Friday, May 18; Call for appointment; Hackett Farm Supply Agway, 2297 Salt Point Turnpike, Clinton Corners; Low-cost operations offered by SPCA, includes free rabies vaccine; $70; 845-452-7722, ext. 101. ’80s Night in Support of Africa Hospice Initiative; Friday, May 18; 7-10 p.m.; The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinecliff; Drinks, mingling and dancing to raise funds for holistic palliative care in Zimbabwean communities; $25; 845-337-0389. Morton’s Acoustic Music Show; Friday, May 18; 8-10:30 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; All-acoustic performances by Bob and the Boys, Matt and Jordan, The Riches and others; Donations suggested; 845-876-7007. American Guild of Organists Members’ Recital; Friday, May 18; 7:30 p.m.; Christ Episcopal Church, 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie; Members of Central Hudson Valley chapter of American Guild of Organists to present annual performance; Donations accepted; 845-876-2121. Reiki Share Circle; Friday, May 18; 7 p.m. Partners in Massage, 4415 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park; $10; 845-229-9133. ‘The Soldier’s Tale’; Friday, May 18; 7 p.m.; Bard College, Richard B. Fisher Center, Annandale; Bard students and faculty are showcased in Igor Stravinsky classic; Free; 845-758-7900. ‘The Ballad of Fa-Mulan’; May 18-20; 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; Cocoon Theatre, 6384 Mill St., Rhinebeck; Original play written by M. San Millan based on the true-life story of one of China’s most revered heroines; $10; 845-876-6470. > >continued on next page

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Beatrix Farrand Garden circa July 1929. Courtesy photo.

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Bellefield project

The house and garden at Bellefield are really components of one overall design, representing the only known collaboration between the finest architectural and garden designers in the early 1900s. Sen. Thomas and Sarah Newbold purchased the property in the late 19th century and set about refashioning the estate. Family friend Charles Follen McKim, of McKim, Mead & White, came out of retirement to design the estate. And the Newbolds engaged their cousin, Beatrix Farrand, to create an enclosed formal garden and surrounding wild garden, which were completed in 1912.

Birth of the association

The house and garden at Bellefield were donated to the National Park Service by its owners, a Newbolt descendent, in 1976, but by then the original plantings had disappeared. NPS meant for it to serve as a buffer to FDR’s house and a historic report from then did not mention the garden. In fact, there were plans to put a roadway through the garden to the FDR house. In 1993, local residents Kit Andros and Marty and Jim Stuart met with the Park Service’s head of maintenance to discuss starting a new gardening organization to revitalize the Farrand garden. Then, Andros called her daughter, Kate Kerin, who was studying for her master’s degree in landscape architecture at Cornell University, to ask for her help. Andros said to Kate, “We need some help. Can you help us with just a little bit of research?” Kerin checked out a few books and looked through them and thought “it interesting to see a professional woman working during that period of time.” Kerin recounts that she arrived at the garden on a day in October 1993 and had “the most beautiful moment.” She explained that Farrand used the enclosure to highlight both what was inside the garden and what you saw outside of it. Kerin remembered, “The dogwoods were a brilliant red, the sky a brilliant clear blue and there were fabulous ruins of a once-spectacular garden.” Kerin said this was the “moment that hooked me” and it was then that she knew she had to switch her thesis topic to Farrand and the Bellefield garden. Her research included talking to family members, scouring local collections for photos and remembrances and reading all there was by or about Farrand to better understand her and her methodology. Kerin also researched and reviewed all of Farrand’s drawings for Bellefield that were in a collection at Berkeley. She used these drawings and an existing, larger Farrand garden in Westchester to design a planting plan for the Bellefied garden and to put it in context. In May 1994, Andros was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer, and Kerin said the garden revitalization was something that her whole family worked on together. Community interest increased and resulted in the formation of the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association in 1994, with a charter from the National Park Service. Kerin’s research became the basis for the preservation plan that the Park Service accepted when the association agreed to be the stewards of the land. > >continued on next page

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Beatrix Farrand Garden Association members Kate Kerin, Debby Gordon and Anne Cleves Symmes. Photo by Caroline Carey.

F Fourth Annual Pet Palooza; Saturday, May 19; 11-5 p.m.; Dutchess County M Fairgrounds, Route 9, Rhinebeck; Event features a variety of attractions for people and pets and a visit from the Parrots for Peace; $10; 845-229-7739.

Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project; Saturday, May 19; 2 p.m.; Adriance Memorial Library, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Multimedia presentation focuses on Korean culture, followed by traditional Korean meal; Free; 845-485-3445, ext. 3702.

SPCA Vaccination Clinic & Adoption Drive; Saturday, May 19; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Verizon Fios Store, 1830 South Rd., Wappingers Falls; Rabies and distemper vaccines available, cats and kittens ready to be adopted, and low-cost nail-clipping for dogs; $10-$35; 845-452-7722, ext. 101.

Hat Day at Locust Grove Museum Shop; Saturday, May 19; 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Locust Grove, Route 9, Poughkeepsie; Get ready for the garden party and outdoor activities with a “trunk show” by Toucan Hats; Free; 845-454-4500.

‘Art Fur All’ Opening Reception & Pet Adoption Day; Saturday, May 19; 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.; Mill Street Loft Arts, 45 Pershing Ave., Poughkeepsie; Event benefiting Dutchess County SPCA and Mill Street Loft Arts features animal art, pet portraits and adoptable animals, exhibit displayed through June 22; Free; 845-471-7477.

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In 1998, the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association hired Anne Symmes as its horticulturist and today she is its executive director. The garden is constantly evolving, thanks to the work of volunteers. Kerin recalls that in 1994, workers took up black plastic tarps that the National Park Service had used to cover the flower beds and found the original peonies and vines still there. Symmes recounted how one year early on, the garden was full of cannas and another year of cutting flowers that were destined for the green market. Symmes works diligently and creatively to identify appropriate plants for the garden and to locate rare and historic strains. A group of up 15 volunteers works in the garden Tuesday mornings to continue replanting and maintenance, and newcomers are always welcome. For almost two decades, the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association has carefully restored the garden based on extensive historical research with a special emphasis on finding historically accurate plant varieties. The result of this ongoing treasure hunt for old cultivars gives the garden a distinctive look, and although the design unveils a sequence of blooms throughout the season, its numerous peonies, irises and foxgloves work to create a peak moment of beauty in early June – perfectly timed for this year’s event. National Park Service Superintendent Sarah Olson said, “The Beatrix Farrand Garden Association has been a great partner. Their work has been and continues to be essential in bringing this important garden back to life for everyone to appreciate.” This spring, the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association will begin a series of gardening workshops for young people, and will also be introducing a high-quality audio tour – which tells the story of the garden – that can be accessed both online and with cell phones. For the past year, the association joined with the National Park Service and the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation to research a Cultural Landscape Report for the property at Bellefield. This report will guide a restoration of the wild garden that Farrand designed to surround the walls and hedges of the formal structure and will help enhance the overall visitor experience by creating pathways from the adjacent Wallace Visitor Center. Work has also begun on interpretive panels at the Wallace Center to help draw visitors who may not know about the garden at Bellefield and special banners will be hung on the property signifying the centennial. The Beatrix Farrand Garden Association is also collaborating with other East Coast organizations devoted to Farrand landscapes to develop national public-education initiatives that elucidate Farrand’s design principles throughout her prolific 50-year career. Symmes said, “Beatrix Farrand’s forward-thinking landscapes have proved to be an enormously significant cultural heritage over the last century. It is remarkable that her garden at Bellefield, one of only a handful of surviving works, has lasted 100 years. As this important garden continues to live and breathe, it will go on to teach new generations about artful design and sustainable horticulture in a direct and tangible way.” Monies raised at the Centennial Celebration event in June will benefit the continued preservation of this important garden and will support the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association’s expanded outreach and educational programming.

Audie Blaylock and Redline Concert; Saturday, May 19; 7:30 p.m.; Christ Church, 20 Carroll St., Poughkeepsie; Bluegrass artists to perform for Hudson Valley Bluegrass Society; Call for price; 845-473-2145.

Veterans’ Monument Beef BBQ Dinner; Saturday, May 19; Opens at 1 p.m., dinner at 3 p.m.; American Legion Harris Smith Post, 8 Tivoli Commons, Tivoli; American legion and Masonic Lodge raising funds for the Veterans’ Memorial Monument Fund; $7-$15; 845-235-2190. Rhinebeck Garden Club Plant and Bake Sale; Saturday, May 19; CVS open space, East Market Street, Rhinebeck; Plants and shrubs culled from expert growers for sale, along with baked goods; Free; 845-758-5045.

Organ Concert with Thomas Sheehan; Sunday, May 20; 3:30 p.m.; Reformed Church, 70 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie; Organist to perform; $10; 845-452-8110. Hand in Hand Run/Walk; Sunday, May 20; Runners 10 a.m., walkers 11:30 a.m.; Walkway Over the Hudson, Parker Avenue, Poughkeepsie; Walk and run to benefit Maplebrook School and St. Francis, begins on Walkway and continues to the Mid-Hudson Bridge; Call for fees; 845-3739511, ext. 256. Millbrook VFW Golf Tournament; Monday, May 21; 8 a.m. and noon; Millbrook Golf and Tennis Club, 103 Route 343, Millbrook; Scramble start, meals included and prizes awarded for longest drive, closest to the pin and hole in one, benefits Millbrook VFW Post 9008 Scholarship Fund; $150; 845-677-3863. >> continued on page 15

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WEEKEND LOCAL READER

De Gustibus BY ANN LA FARGE

Confession time. This week, I’m going to mention on a book I haven’t read, a prequel to a book I also didn’t ’t read. ‘The Family Corleone’ by Ed Falco, a new novell based on a screenplay by Mario Puzo (Grand Central Publishing, $27.99), is a must-read for fans of “The Godfather,” first published in 1969 and boasting over 21 million copies in print. The new novel – a prequel to “The Godfather,” based on an unproduced screenplay by Mario Puzo – takes k place l in New York City in 1933. Vito Corleone’s oldest child, Sonny, wants to become part of the “real” family business (the mafia underworld?). Readers, and movie-goers, if you’re a longtime fan of “The Godfather” – the book or the films – you’ll want to read this new addition to the story and, along the way, ask yourself if Francis Ford Coppola was right in suggesting that “The Godfather” might be our Dickens, our Trollope. And here’s another question: “The Godfather Part III” was 20 years ago. Will there be a Part IV? Meanwhile, the book stares up at me, reproachfully. But, hey, we all have blind spots, don’t we? We don’t love every vegetable, every kind of music. I confess that I have trouble with all kinds of fantasy and paranormal fiction. But, determined to eat my spinach, I picked up and read Karen Marie Moning’s novella, ‘Into the Dreaming’ (Delacorte, $20). “If you’ve picked up this book,” the author states in a foreword, “that means you’re one of four things: a fan of my ‘Highlander’ series, a fan of my ‘Fever’ series, neither, or both.” Guess which. If you, reader, are a fan of the “Highlander” series, you won’t want to miss this book, which was written (and published as a paperback bestseller) between two of the “Highlander” books, and gives a glimpse into the “inhuman Seelie and Unseelie courts that I eventually developed into my ‘Fever’ series.” Oriented? OK. In an afterword, the author gives us the publishing history of her “timetravel Faerie world.” The heroine of “Into the Dreaming,” Jane, has dreamed of trysts with a Highlander lover. Then, one night, she’s transported into the past and meets Aedan, prisoner of the king of the dark fae. Only Jane’s touch can free him. If she succeeds, they will be lovers forever. If not … Fans of the genre, don’t miss this.

If you eat your vegetables, you get dessert, and I chose a book I knew I would love, Terry Tempest Williams’ ‘When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice’ (Sarah Crichton Books, Farrar Straus Giroux, $23). A writerly book about finding one’s voice, this is the story of the author’s search for meaning in the fact that her mother’s jjournals – “three shelves of beautiful cloth-bound books” left to her when her mother d – were blank. died So, what is voice? When she opened her mother’s journals and found emptiness, Williams W was determined to rewrite the story, “create my own story on the pages of my mother’s m journals,” pointing out that from an early age, she has experienced each encounter in her life twice; once in the world, and once again on the page. “I cannot think without a pen in hand. If I don’t write it down, it doesn’t exist.” She wr writes of her experiences as a teacher, as a Mormon woman, as an environmentalist … What does it mean to have a voice? This lovely book answers that question in many different ways, asking, and answering, all the big – and little – questions. di Talk about cleansing the palate! This one goes on the “keeper shelf.” And while I was putting it there, I happened upon an old favorite and couldn’t resist picking pic it up and reading “just a page or two.” Ended up re-reading the whole thing, so if you’re a fan of books about books, see if you can find a copy of Louis Auchincloss’s ‘The Man Behind the Book: Literary Profiles’ (Houghton Mifflin, 1996, $22.95). Here are profiles of 22 writers whose work the world (and Auchincloss) have admired, but all of whom have somehow “fallen from grace.” He says of Anne Bronte’s The “Tenant of Wildfell Hall,” “I have little doubt that, with the ample use of a red pencil and without adding a single word, I could turn this novel into the bestseller it was in 1848 and still should be.” He writes of the virtues and vices of Henry James, Sarah Anne Jewett (“the danger that stalked her was sentimentality”) and Maxwell Anderson, Amy Lowell, Robert E. Sherwood. Old favorites. That was a treat indeed. And speaking of treats, here’s yet another book about cats, this one a must-read for the ailurophile. Often, books about cats and dogs are useful and full of information, but rather boring. This one is pure delight, beginning with its premise: “We don’t really understand cats.” After being assured, by my own cat, that the reverse is also very true, I curled up, catlike, with ‘Cats Behaving Badly: Why Cats Do the Naughty Things They Do’ by Celia Haddon (Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press, $23.99). First off, the author reminds us, cats are not dogs. “Dogs look up to us; cats look down on us.” And punishing cats is (surprise?) a big waste of time. But there are tips you can learn that will help you coexist with a feline, and to understand its “species-specific requirements.” This book tells you how. Learn to understand their language, the various sounds they make; learn what to do when bringing hone a new kitten or cat, and understand that “being a pet has to be learned.” Learn, yourself, how to think like a cat. Ponder the imponderables: adopting feral cats and rescue cats; indoor or indoor-outdoor? Walking on a leash? Introducing a dog in to the family mix; understanding the older cat, even when he goes a bit ga-ga; coping with obesity; scratching posts. You name it, this author show you the way, peppering her text with amusing anecdotes as well as sound advice. Terry Tempest Well, this was a tough week, readingWilliams will read and wise. I am going to go back and try again sign her book, “When with Don Corleone and the world of the Women Were Birds,” fae. Wish me luck. Or perseverance. this Friday, May 18 Ann La Farge left her longtime book publishing job to do freelance editing and writing. She divides her time between New York City and Millbrook, and can be reached at alafarge@aol.com.

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Organist Tom Sheehan to perform in Poughkeepsie Organist Tom Sheehan is making his third appearance in the Tower Music Series program on May 20. The one-time student of Dr. John A. Davis Jr. currently serves as assistant organist and choirmaster at St. Mark’s Church of Philadelphia, working with Matthew Glandorf, and is in his first year as a student of Alan Morrison at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. It may seem that only yesterday, Sheehan was leaving the Hudson Valley to begin his collegiate study. In that short time, he has compiled a very impressive musical résumé. In 2009, Sheehan graduated summa cum laude from Westminster Choir College with a bachelor of music degree in Organ Performance. That same year, he was awarded first prize in both the Arthur Poister National Competition in organ playing and the American Guild of Organists/ Quimby Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition. In July of 2010, Sheehan was a featured “Rising Star” performer at the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Washington, D.C. Last year, he received a master of music degree in organ performance with distinction from Westminster, studying with Ken Cowan. Somehow, Sheehan managed to find the time in 2007 to tour England with the choirs of Trinity Church of Princeton under the direction of Tom Whittemore, which included performances at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Blackburn Cathedral and St. John’s Chapel in Cambridge. Sheehan is also one of the assistant organists to Peter Richard Conte, playing the Wanamaker Organ, the world’s largest operational organ for its daily concerts at Macy’s Department Store in Philadelphia. An experienced accompanist, Sheehan has also performed frequently with the Westminster Choir College Chapel Choir and the Westminster Schola Cantorum. Sheehan has served every summer since 2009 as assistant course organist for the King’s College RSCM Course in Wilkes-Barre, Penn. The Tower Music Series is a program of the Reformed Dutch Church of Poughkeepsie, 70 Hooker Ave. For more information, call 845-452-8110 or email towerseries@hvc.rr.com.

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The I Love New York tourism bureau has invited world-renowned British kayakers Richard Harpham and Glenn Charles to kayak 500 miles from Buffalo’s Erie Canal Harbor to the Statue of Liberty. The kayakers will make history while chronicling the Erie Canal, then paddle south on the Hudson River, with stops in Poughkeepsie and Beacon on May 17 and 18. The month-long “New York State’s Spare Seat Kayak Expedition” highlights the heritage, culture, wildlife, landmarks and activities along the route. Harpham and Charles will paddle the route in double-seated kayaks, inviting guests to join them along the way. Bring bells and whistles to Waryas Park on May 17 at 3:30 p.m. to welcome the paddlers to Poughkeepsie. Paddlers are welcome to join the troupe at Quiet Cove Park at 3 p.m. for the trek. Then, at 8:30 p.m., hear Harpham speak about the Hudson River and its history, environmental impact and recreation, at the Beacon Sloop Club’s clubhouse. On Friday, May 18, Harpham will depart from New Hamburg at 12:30 p.m. to visit Beacon’s Long Dock Park and Scenic Hudson and Mill Street Loft’s River Center for the Arts at 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.dutchesstourism.com

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UPCOMING Autism Tomorrow Conference: The Changing Landscape; Wednesday, May 23; 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; The Grandview, 176 Rinaldi Blvd., Poughkeepsie; Annual conference to feature addresses from Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, County Executive Marc Molinaro and others; $125; 845-889-9224. Money Matters After Retirement; Wednesday, May 23; 4 p.m.; Tivoli Free Library, 86 Broadway, Tivoli; Mike Braun, CFP and Mike Levy, president of The Financial Services Center to discus retirement planning; Free; 845-757-3771. Barrett Art Center Porch Dedication Celebration; Wednesday, May 23; 4:30-6:30 p.m.; Barrett Art Center, 55 Noxon St., Poughkeepsie; Event kicks off the next phase of center’s building campaign and celebrates opening of restored porch and balconies; $25-$75; 845-471-2550. Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce Business Contact Breakfast; Wednesday, May 23; 7:30-9 a.m.; Taconic Retreat & Conference Center, 64 White Drive, Milan; Networking event features Frank DeRaffele, founder/president of the Entrepreneurial Excellence Worldwide; $15$20; 845-876-5904. Navigating the Medicare Website; Wednesday, May 23; 9:30 a.m.; Hands-on workshop guides participants through the Medicare website to

Gardening Safety: Working Out the Kinks; Thursday, May 24; 6-7 p.m.; Dutchess County Farm & Home Center, 2715 Route 44, Millbrook; Learn important safety tips to avoid potential injuries from gardening; $10; 845-677-8223, ext. 115. Child Development Checkups; Thursday, May 24; 2-6:30 p.m.; Grinnell Library, 2642 East Main St., Wappingers Falls; Program assesses mental and social development in children ages 2 months to 5 years; Free; 845-297-3428 or call 2-1-1 for appointments. ‘The Wedding Singer’; May 25-June 3; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays; The Center for Performing Arts, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck; Adaptation of popular movie provides an affectionate look back to the 1980s; $22-$26; 845-876-3080. Travis Caudle Concert; Saturday, May 26; 9 p.m.; Babycakes Café, 1-3 Collegeview Ave., Poughkeepsie; Australian singer/songwriter to perform original songs; Price unavailable; www. babycakescafe.com. Morton Day Art Auction; Saturday, May 26; 6-10 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; Bid on original work by James Ransome, Danny Shanahan, Seth Nadel and many others, with proceeds to benefit library; $10; 845-876-2903. Pow Wow on the Hudson; May 26-28; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Dutchess Stadium, 1500 Route 9D, Wappingers Falls; Native American festival features demonstrations, food, crafts and more; $6; 917-415-5139.

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IN GOOD COMPANY

Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company residency at Bard College will offer three free public events May 17, 18 and 19. On Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 19 at 2 p.m., Bard Dance Program students will perform two works created by company member and teaching artist Paul Matteson during his teaching residency at Bard. Company members Antonio Brown, Talli Jackson, I-Ling Liu, and Jenna Riegel will perform original work. The Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company will showcase a work-in-progress performance of a new piece created while in residence at Bard On Friday, May 18 at 6 p.m. at the Fisher Center. Set to Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major (1903), the company will preview the work, including new décor by visual artist and creative director Bjorn Amelan. The performances are free and open to the public, but reservations are required. For reservations, contact the box office at 845-758-7900. Photo by Paul B. Goode.

Weekend Art

Redesigned and rediscovered Photos by Nicole DeLawder.

BY HVN WEEKEND STAFF

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center’s newly redesigned Hildegarde Krause Baker, Class of 1911, Sculpture Garden is officially opened to the public following a ribbon cutting with the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce last Thursday. “The re-installation of the Hildegarde Krause Baker, Class of 1911, Sculpture Garden offers visitors a quiet environment to appreciate nature and artists’ achievements in bronze and stone,” said Art Center Director James Mundy. “It includes a number of recent acquisitions and the return of old favorites, including Harriet Frishmuth’s fountain, ‘The Call of the Sea.’ I suspect it will become one

of the more popular spots on campus to read, sip a beverage and escape the stresses of the week.” The Hildegarde Krause Baker Sculpture Garden originally opened in 1993 as an integral part of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. With its collection of 20th-century sculptures, including works by Frank Stella, Gaston Lachaise and Anthony Caro, the Sculpture Garden has offered visitors to the museum a threedimensional counterpoint to the many contemporaneous two-dimensional works inside the galleries. In 2011, the Art Center partnered with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. to redesign and re-install the Sculpture Garden.

During the re-installation, there was a special discovery of Harriet Frismuth’s “The Call of the Sea.” The fountain, which now sits in the back corner of the garden, was originally in the lake on the Vassar College campus in the 1960s. The sculpture mysteriously disappeared for years before art center curator MaryKay Lombino received an anonymous delivery after the redesigned garden was already planned. Lombino was able to secure a spot for “The Call of the Sea,” allowing it to once again be part of the college community. Admission to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center and the outdoor Sculpture Garden is free. For additional information, call 845-437-5632 or visit fllac.vassar.edu.

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SPCA, Mill Street Loft join forces for Art Fur All

Hungry market-goers line up for a snack from Aba’s Falafel; Singer and guitarist Josh Tyler sings “Up on Cripple Creek.”

STORY AND PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON

The first Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market of the 2012 season was held under sunny skies Sunday afternoon, attracting large numbers of shoppers on the hunt for some of the Hudson Valley’s best offerings. The market will now be open at the municipal parking lot (near the doughboy statue) every Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. through Thanksgiving.

Dozens of vendors sold fresh and organic produce, local meats, cheese, flowers, wine, handmade items, fresh bread and other baked goods, locally prepared condiments and much more. Also during the market, musician Josh Tyler performed on his acoustic guitar while youngsters decorated the blacktop with sidewalk chalk.

Being that the opening of the market coincided with Mother’s Day, the River Garden gave all moms who stopped by the market free seedlings. The Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market has a busy season planned, with new musicians and vendors scheduled to participate each week. For a schedule or more information, visit www.rhinebeckfarmersmarket.com.

Luisa Somers from Dancing Ewe Farm serves samples of her artisanal cheeses; A wide variety of apples are available from Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market regular Migliorelli Farm.

BY HV NEWS STAFF The Dutchess County SPCA and Mill Street Loft have announced the Art Fur All opening event will be held on Saturday, May 19 at Mill Street Loft in Poughkeepsie. The event is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 45 Pershing Ave., Poughkeepsie and features animal art and crafts for sale, an art workshop, adoptable animals from the SPCA and family friendly activities. The event is free and open to the public. Artists who have submitted animal-related art for the show will be in attendance. Pieces on display are for sale, with proceeds benefitting Mill Street Loft and the Dutchess County SPCA. The exhibition continues through June 22, Mondays through Fridays, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For this special show, artists of all ages were invited to submit smaller works and unique crafts on an animal theme. A variety of art and crafts – including paintings, drawings, printmaking, photographs, sculpture, ceramics, glass, hand-made textiles, jewelry and pet accessories – will be on display and for sale. Ongoing throughout the day, artists Amanda Buehler and Patty Tyrol will offer special free art workshops for children and adults. Tyrol will be using cyanotype printing and other printmaking and cut-paper stencils all related to animals. Buehler will also be working with children using multimedia materials. The Dutchess County SPCA will be bringing ready-to-adopt animal friends in need of homes and families. For more information, call 845-4717477 or visit www.millstreetloft.org.

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Ilyanette Bernabel receives a DUE Award from English professor Dr. Lucia Cherciu; Art history instructor Margaret Craig presents the Visual Arts Award to student Stephen Burgess.Photos submitted.

DCC teachers’ union honors 37 scholars BY HV NEWS STAFF Dutchess United Educators, the teachers’ union of Dutchess Community College, recently honored 37 students for academic excellence at its 27th Annual DUE Awards for Academic Excellence. A total of 22 students were nominated by professors for individual DUE Awards, while 15 other students received special awards, given by entire academic departments or in honor of past DCC faculty and staff members. The 22 individual award winners were: James Bagiackas (Hyde Park), Ilyanette Bernabel (Poughkeepsie), Christine Caragiulo (Highland), Alyssa Douglass (Poughkeepsie), Michelle Hall-Hargrove (Wappingers Falls), Kelsey Hillerud (Poughkeepsie), Emma Hogan (Pleasant Valley), Jessica Jackson (Hopewell Junction), Kevin Jayne (Pleasant Valley), Vanessa Jimenez (Brewster), Amina Kearney (Poughkeepsie), Aslean Krouser (Poughkeepsie), Kathy Lederman-Miller (Poughkeepsie), Roberta Muscarella (Pleasant Valley), Berlini Narampanawe

(Poughkeepsie), Candace Neider (Poughkeepsie), Paul Parrales (West Point), Victoria Prashad (Lagrangeville), Marissa Teator (Pleasant Valley), Kyle Teller (Hyde Park), Tyler Wallace (Pleasant Valley) and Morgan Yu (Poughquag). The 15 special award winners were as follows: Barbara Cady (Poughquag), Jennifer Alexy (Lagrangeville), Francis McGrath (Highland), Adam Carlock (Wappingers Falls), Allyson Hammer (Brewster), Judith Lopez (Poughkeepsie), Stephen Burgess (Poughkeepsie), Michelle Lee Williams (Rhinebeck), Kasey Calnan (Fishkill), David Mery (Poughkeepsie), Amanda Harter (Poughkeepsie), Geraldine Almanzar-Gomez (Beacon), Kristen Munoz (Poughkeepsie), Tristan Zukowski (Poughkeepsie) and Jose Feliciano (Kingston),. In addition, Toni Doherty of the DCC Nursing Department was presented with a 2011 DUE Honorary Award in recognition of her career-long contributions to supporting academic excellence at DCC.

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Sarah Bissonnette-Adler, event Chairwoman Martha Tobias and Laura Schulkind make their way down the “walk of fame.”

Star-studded event raises funds for Rhinebeck schools BY HV NEWS STAFF The Rhinebeck Science Foundation recently hosted a red carpet-themed event to raise funds and awareness for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education at Rhinebeck schools. The event was held at the historic Grasmere barn, lavishly decorated to mimic an Academy Awards ceremony and red carpet. Some guests arrived dressed like classic movie stars, such as Audrey Hepburn and Clark Gable, while others portrayed more contemporary actors, like Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder. One guest even painted his entire body gold in tribute to the iconic Oscar statuette. “The evening’s event was a tribute to all of those stars in our community who have worked so hard over the years to support the Rhinebeck school district’s effort to increase opportunities for our students

Kimberly Kay interviews Roger Quon, who dressed as the Oscar statuette. Photos courtesy of Cale Communications.

to become more engaged in hands-on science and mathematics using cuttingedge equipment, curricula and teacher training,” said Rhinebeck Central School District Superintendent Joseph Phelan.


The Strawberry Hill Fiddlers perform, hoping listeners will throw a few dollars into their instrument cases to help fund the band’s upcoming trip to Scotland; Buyers look through racks and racks of CDs and old records. Photos by Christopher Lennon.

Residents, visitors pack Red Hook village for annual celebration BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Downtown Red Hook was bustling with activity Saturday as the Red Hook Rotary hosted its annual Apple Blossom Day. Organizers certainly picked a great day for the outdoor event; the picture-perfect spring weather attracted a large crowd, which packed village sidewalks and made parking spots hard to come by. Apple Blossom Day began as a celebration of Red Hook’s many apple growers, but with many of those farmers now gone, the event has morphed into a street fair and community gathering. The all-day event featured a 3.5-mile run, art displays and performances by musical acts and dance groups. Apple Blossom Day also featured a village-wide flea market, with vendors selling just about anything one could imagine – from music and sports memorabilia to toys, knickknacks and tchotchkes – as well as booths for community organizations and local nonprofit groups. In addition, local eateries and street vendors sold their own unique curbside offerings and local churches hosted barbeques and bake sales, so there was no shortage of sustenance. A number of politicians and political hopefuls took advantage of the opportunity meet constituents and schmooze a few voters. U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, County Executive Marc Molinaro, state Sen. Steve Saland and Congressional candidate and County

Pictured, clockwise from above: Bee Bee the Clown entertains a group of youngsters; Sen. Steve Saland, Red Hook Mayor Ed Blundell, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, Rep. Chris Gibson and Ken Migliorelli. Photos by Nicole DeLawder; Democratic Congressional candidate Joel Tyner explains some of his positions to a potential voter; Reed Whitmont of Rhinebeck plays tribute to the late Levon Helm with his acoustic version of The Band’s “Ophelia.” Photos by Christopher Lennon.

Legislator Joel Tyner were among the politicos we caught up with during the event. Proceeds from this year’s Apple Blossom Day will be donated to Red Hook High School Youth Scholarships and other local groups and projects. Hudson valley news | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com | May 16, 2012 {19}


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Annual Pine Plains FFA Banquet

Officials from the Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce pose for a photo during last week’s Business After-Hours event. Pictured are: Kyle Eighmy, Executive Director Colleen Cruikshank, Philip Meltzer, Kristin Hutchins, Jesse Hewitt, Vicki Haak, Bob Babirad, Charles Derbyshire, Kevin O’Connor, Marybeth Cale, Suzanna Hermans, Tom Jozefowicz and Dr. Josh Burckhard. Photo Courtesy of Gerry Montesano Photography, www.gerrymontesano.com.

Rhinebeck Chamber welcomes new colleagues BY HV NEWS STAFF The Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce introduced its new board members and officers during its recent Business After-Hours event. The meeting was held at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck on Thursday, May 10. The new members of the chamber’s board of directors include: Kristin Hutchins of Ruge’s Automotive, Charles Derbyshire of Old Mill Wine and Spirits, and Kyle Eighmy of Northern Dutchess Paramedics EMS. The Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 slate of officers includes: President Vicki Haak of Ameriprise Financial, First Vice President Sean Kemp of McCabe and Mack, Second Vice President Marybeth Cale of Cale Communications, Treasurer Bob Babirad of Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union,

and Secretary Dr. Josh Burckhard of Rhinebeck Chiropractic. Hack said, “We would also like to publicly thank the following individuals for their service as they complete their terms on our Board of Directors: George Banta Jr. of The Beekman Arms, Mike Madigan of Rhinebeck Eye Care, Bruce Troy of BurnettWhite Funeral Homes, and Melissa Ottman of Rhinebeck Bank. We are fortunate to have had the experience of working closely with each of them, and want to extend our gratitude for their work on behalf of our entire business community.” Thursday’s Business After-Hours event also served as a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially re-open the lower level of the Center for Performing Arts. The center required major renovations as a result of severe water damage from Hurricane Irene last fall.

You, your family, your friends and the entire community are cordially invited to the Annual Pine Plains FFA (Future Farmers of America) Banquet on Friday, June 1 at 7 p.m. in the Stissing Mountain Middle School Gym. After the banquet, awards for degrees earned, leadership awards and certificates will be presented. Find out what the FFA has been doing and their plans for the future. They have had a great year and sincerely hope you can join them. They will also be holding a silent auction. If you would like to donate something to be auctioned, please feel free to bring it with you to the banquet. The FFA’s mission is to make “a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.” A small selection of appetizers will be offered on every table. The meal consists of: chicken parmesan; plain, breaded chicken; pork loin; a choice of marinara, Alfredo or butter pasta; potato salad; applesauce; green salad; string beans; and breads. Gian Stagnaro is the caterer. The cost is $10 for adults, $8 for children under the age of 10, and children under the age of 5 and FFA members are free. Reservations are required by Thursday, May 24. For more information or to make reservations, call Mrs. Mac Neil at 518398-7181, ext. 113. If you prefer to mail your reservation, it should be mailed to Stissing Mountain School, ATTN: FFA Banquet, 2829 Church St., Pine Plains, NY 12567. Please include the number of people attending by cost category, your

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name, your address and telephone number. The school is located on Route 199, about one mile west of the traffic light.

Historical Society tag and bake sale The Clinton Historical Society will hold a fundraising tag and bake sale on Saturday, May 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, May 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Creek Meeting House at 2433 Salt Point Turnpike in Clinton Corners. This is a significant source of funding for the society’s programs. Baked items should be brought on the day of the sale. Please consider donating your unwanted items of value (do not donate any clothing). Donated items may be left on the porch of the Creek Meeting House or call Mary Jo Nickerson at 845266-3066 for more information or pick-up.

Big Buck BBQ The Clinton Alliance Church will hold its first Big Buck Barbeque dinner on Saturday, June 9 at 4 p.m. in the new Youth Center. The speaker this year is Brad Jerman from Springboro, Ohio, a member of Team Rocky, staff shooter for TenPoint Crossbows and Tink’s Prostaff. He is an accomplished whitetail deer hunter and speaker. Also, come and see the “Jerman Buck” on display. At 201 and 1/8 Boone & Crockett points, the “Jerman Buck” is the World Record Crossbow typical, Ohio State record typical and one of the largest 5-by-5 whitetails ever taken. Doors open at 4 p.m., with a mini seminar wherein Jerman teaches how to gain access to private land, what type of land to look for, how to properly talk to land owners, do internet scouting and how to select the best stand site. At 5 p.m., the venison barbeque dinner begins. Jerman will then discuss his hunting experiences. Afterwards, numerous door prizes will be awarded. Joe Malafy is catering the dinner. Tickets are $15 per person regardless of age. Advanced registration is required. More than half of the tickets are already sold. For more information or to make a reservation, call Joe at 845-876-6306. For reservations, you can send a check made payable to Joe Malafy and mail to 287 Milan Hill Rd., Red Hook, NY 12571, and include your telephone number. The Clinton Alliance Church’s Youth Center is located at 1192 Centre Rd. (County Route 18, north of Schultzville) in the Town of Clinton. For more information or directions, call the office at 845-266-5178 or visit www.clintonalliancechurch.org.


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BY HEIDI JOHNSON As many of you know, I usually write my column early on Sunday morning before the rest of my household is awake. Since I have to be up at 5 a.m. every day for work, it’s hard for me to sleep much past 6 a.m. on the weekends. Also, I think sleeping regular hours is good for you, so I basically stick to the “early to bed, early to rise” routine, unless we have a special event on the weekend that keeps us out late. So, per my usual schedule, I’m writing on Sunday morning and this time I’m musing about Mother’s Day. My own mother died way too young of lung disease. (Teenagers, please don’t smoke. Adults, if you do smoke, please quit so you can live to see your grandchildren grow up.) Mom summed up her parenting philosophy as follows: “I raised my children to be independent and to be fair. I figured everything else would follow.” What she meant is that if we had a strong sense of fairness, then that would be a basis for many other positive traits. We would have a good work ethic because it wouldn’t be fair to not work hard if we were being paid. We wouldn’t take things that didn’t belong to us because that wouldn’t be fair. And so on. And, if we were independent, then we would never find ourselves in danger of getting taken advantage of or hurt by someone we had to depend on. Well, I am pleased to say that Mom succeeded in her mothering goals. My sister, brother and I are all highly independent and capable adults who play fair in every aspect of life. I think one thing that she missed, though, which we just developed on our own (quite possibly by following her lead), is generosity and thankfulness. We are all volunteers in many different organizations. We give generously of our time and our talents to groups that need our help. And we donate whatever we can to charitable organizations. And we are all so very grateful to our parents for giving us the foundation for our successes in life. Mom and Dad both sacrificed so much to keep us fed, clothed and transported to all our various undertakings throughout our childhood

and teen years. They put all three of us through college. They were always there for us, in good times and in bad (I spent a lot of time in the principal’s office – can you imagine?). My mother loved all three of us equally, without any favoritism. And when her grandchildren were born, she just extended that love to all six of them in equal parts. She died on Mother’s Day five years ago, and not a day has gone by since then that I don’t think of her, miss her and offer a silent “thank you” to her for making me the mother I am today. I have followed in her footsteps, as has my sister, and our children have the same sense of fairness and independence that we had. Thank you, Mom, for raising not just three children, but two generations of offspring that are making their way in the world, supported by strong, loving families. A belated Happy Mother’s Day to all of those moms who sacrifice every day for their children – whether it’s just skipping a shower to make it to a sports game on time, staying up late with a sick child, passing on that new dress or pair of pants so that a son or daughter can have new sneakers … the list is endless. But, would we trade it? Not a chance.

Upcoming events at Stanford Library Our library is going to be a busy place the next few weeks. Here are some events going on at the library during May and June: • Today, Wednesday, May 16: Spring Crafts and Stories for grades K-2, 3:45 to 5 p.m. Space is limited so this class may be full, but call the library to check. • This coming Friday, May 18: Campfire Song Sing-Along with my hubby, Jim Donnelly, on guitar. S’mores will be served (yum). No registration is required, just come on down and join us in singing those old favorite camp songs. The “fire” will either be indoors or out, depending on the weather. Starts at 6:30 p.m. • Wednesday, May 23: Spring Stories and Crafts for grades 3-5, 3:45 to 5 p.m. Call to register: 845-868-1341. • May and June: Mid Hudson Library Food Fight. Yes, you read that correctly. The member libraries that make up the Mid-Hudson Library System (15 in all) are competing to see which can collect the most food for a local food bank. We are small, but mighty. Let’s show those bigger libraries who has the most heart. Bring non-perishable food or personal hygiene

products to the library during the months of May and June. Donations will be given to the Pine Plains Community Food Locker, which is located in the basement of the Pine Plains Methodist Church, so your donations will be going to families in need right here in our area.

Stanford Grange roast beef dinner Stanford Grange will host its Annual Roast Beef Dinner with all the trimmings on Sunday, May 20 at the Grange Hall. There will be one serving at 2 p.m. Cost is $12 per person, which includes drinks, appetizer, meal and dessert. Reservations are required – please call Louise Woodcock at 845-868-7548. The Stanford Grange Hall is located at 6043 Route 82, Stanfordville. As a Mother’s Day gift, my husband and children are going to do all the housework and cook dinner. I couldn’t ask for a better present since I have so little free time. I will have the rest of today to read, sew costumes and bask in the sun. Wonderful. See you all next week. Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or playfulrelics@optonline.net.

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BY HV NEWS STAFF The FDR Presidential Library and Museum and the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site in Hyde Park will host a series of public events over Memorial Day Weekend, Friday, May 25 through Monday, May 28. The following is a list of the activities planned:

USO Show On Friday, May 25 at 7 p.m. in the Henry A. Wallace Center, the FDR Presidential Library and Museum will present its ninth annual USO Show. Patterned after WWII-era shows put on to entertain American troops serving around the globe, this year’s show will feature two hours of entertainment, including live big-band music from the 1930s and ’40s, comedy and juggling, historic newsreels and more. There is a $5 per person suggested donation for this family event, which has become the kick-off for the Memorial Day Weekend programs at the FDR site. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Military displays On Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27 the Roosevelt Library will present a weekend of historic military displays in the Wallace Center. Re-enactors in battle dress will be on hand to share their love of history with military enthusiasts, families, teachers, and students. Collections of military uniforms, prop weapons and insignia from

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1917 to the present day will be displayed. Customized dog tags will be available for purchase, and period military vehicles will be on display in the courtyard of the Wallace Center. Admission is free for this event.

Rose Garden memorial service On Memorial Day, May 28, the National Park Service will host a graveside memorial service at 3 p.m. in the Rose Garden at the Home of FDR

Students honored for dedication to studies Dutchess Community College students Nicholas Cinelli, Cate Diaz, Steven Dunstan, Krista Dykeman, Brianna Flonc, Kai Germano, Megan Gillen, Emma Hogan, Francisco Kondor, Kristen Munoz, Lindsay Panko, Jennifer Remling, Sarah Sjoholm and Sean Tucker were recently recognized for their achievements at the college. The students are all graduating with degrees from the college’s Honors Program in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities and Social Sciences, a program designed for DCC graduates who intend to continue working toward a bachelor’s degree. The students are pictured with program coordinator Dr. Werner Steger. Photo submitted. {22} May 16, 2012 | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com | Hudson valley news

National Historic Site. Commander Rob Thompson of the U.S.S. Roosevelt is scheduled to be the guest speaker. The U.S.S. Roosevelt is a guided-missile destroyer that was named in honor Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Members of the vessel’s crew – who will be visiting Hyde Park on May 28 as part of the Dutchess County Fleet Week 2012 celebration – will be honored guests at the event. Various community organizations will be presenting wreaths in honor of President Roosevelt, including the Town of Hyde Park, the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, the March of Dimes, the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at ValKill, the Roosevelt Institute, the FDR Presidential Library and Museum and the National Park Service. Admission is free for this event. Regular admission will be charged for the Presidential Library and National Park Service Historic Sites. Contact Cliff Laube at 845-486-7745 or Franceska Macsali Urbin at 845-2296214, for more information about these events.


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Houses In Motion, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/8/12. Office in Dutchess County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 56 W. Market St, Red Hook, NY 12571. Purpose: General. email your legal notice to: legalnotices@thehudsonvalleynews.com

Victorine E. Forbes, 94, an area resident for 93 years and owner of Vickiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fashion Shop in Rhinebeck for 26 years, passed away Sunday, May 6, 2012, at her home in Rhinebeck. Victorine E. Forbes was born in Poughkeepsie July 29, 1917, the daughter of John E. and Pearl A. (Lane) King. She has resided in Rhinebeck from 1918 until the present time. Mrs. Forbes graduated from Rhinebeck High School in 1935 and the Poughkeepsie Business Institute in 1937. While in high school she was a member of the basketball team and won three Dutchess county Championships in a row. At the same time she and a friend, Rose (Colton) Arcus, won a prize at State Theater for tap dancing. She was employed as a bookkeeper for JE King Plumbing and Heating of Rhinebeck, Jack Pittâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Drugstore of Rhinebeck, Effron Fuel Oil of Poughkeepsie and William Cole United Cigar Store of Rhinebeck. In addition, she operated a home laundry service for 18 years before owning and operating Vickiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fashion Shop on East Market Street, Rhinebeck, for 26 years; as well as a Western Union office from her home for many years. Vicki was a member of the Rhinebeck Alumni Association, The Church of the Good Shepherd, The Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Society of Good Shepherd Church, the Century Club of Northern Dutchess Hospital, The Ladies Auxiliary of the Northern Dutchess Hospital, The Dutchess County Basketball Hall of Fame and the local chapter of the AARP. She was a former member and stockholder of the Red Hook Golf Club. Vicki also sponsored a Little League Softball team, coached by Karen Rathjen, as owner of Vickiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fashion Shop. She was also a longtime supporter of The Landsmankill Stocking Club of Rhinebeck. Mrs. Forbes married John A. Forbes, Jr. on September 10, 1939 at the Good Shepherd Church. When Mr. Forbes passed away August 13, 1999 they had been married for 60 years. She was the loving mother and mother-in-law of retired Poughkeepsie Fire Chief John â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Jackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Forbes, and his wife Joyce of Poughkeepsie and Florida; devoted mother to her late son James E. Forbes and his wife Ruth Ann Forbes of Tucson, AZ; devoted grandmother to Darren Forbes and his wife Linda of Rhinebeck; Heather Lee Berryann of Hyde Park; Ian D. Forbes of Pleasant Valley, Justine Rae, and her husband Charles Wolgemuth of Tucson, AZ.; and Judith Ann Forbes of Tucson, AZ. She was also the loving grandmother of eight great grandchildren, Kaitlin, Siobhan, Erin and John Forbes of Rhinebeck; William (Billy) and Thomas Berryann of Hyde Park; twin boys Ewan and Noah Wolgemuth and their sister Ariadne Wolgemuth of Tuscon, AZ., and Madison Forbes of Tuscon, AZ; dear sister of Lillian, and her husband James Hicks of Virginia; nine nieces and nephews, sixteen great nieces and nephews; and eight great great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband John A. Forbes, Jr. in 1999; her beloved son James Edward Forbes in 1975; a brother John B. King in 1999; a brother-in-law Robert A. Forbes in 1972 and his wife Jean Forbes in 2003. Calling hours are 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 17, 2012 at the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck. Prayers will be offered at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, May 18, 2012, 10:30 a.m., at the Good Shepherd, 92 East Market St., Rhinebeck. Interment will follow in the Rhinebeck Cemetery In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Good Shepherd Church, 3 Mulberry St, Rhinebeck, Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 5001, Rhinebeck, St. Jude Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 The Landsmankill Stocking Club of Rhinebeck, 10 Wynkoop Lane, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. To sign the online register, visit dapsonchestney.com.

Notice of Formation: Dutchess Monarchs Lacrosse, LLC was filed with SSNY on January 24, 2012. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. A copy of any process shall be mailed to 11 Richard Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538. Purpose of LLC is to engage in any lawful activity. Legal Notice Please Take Notice: That the Village of Rhinebeck Board of Trustees will be holding a special meeting on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 6:00 pm, at the Village Hall, 76 East Market St., Rhinebeck. The purpose of this meeting is a workshop to discuss the building of the police station and any other business that may arise. Gail Haskins, Village Clerk

22 CHESTNEY, LLC Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (â&#x20AC;&#x153;LLCâ&#x20AC;?). Articles of Organization filed New York Sec. of State (â&#x20AC;&#x153;NYSSâ&#x20AC;?) 3/26/12. Office loc. Dutchess County. NYSS designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. NYSS shall mail a copy of any process to c/o The LLC, 22 South Street, P.O. Box 515, Rhinebeck, New York 12572. There is no specific date set for dissolution. Purpose: to engage in any lawful activity or act. Name and Business Address of Organizer is Adeline P. Malone, Esq., 6369 Mill Street, P.O. Box 510, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. MR/724176 The Articles of Organization of Cosimo Town Center, LLC were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on April 5, 2012. Office location: Dutchess County, New York. The SSNY is designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of the process to 1089 Little Britain Road, New Windsor, NY 12553. Purpose is to engage in the ownership, operation and finance of 4246 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, New York. Notice of Formation of North Winds Lavender Farm, LLC. Arts.of Org. filed with Secy. Of State of New York (SSNY) on 5/2/2012. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, P.O. Box 315, Pawling, NY 12564. Purpose: any lawful activity.

82 PPFH, LLC Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (â&#x20AC;&#x153;LLCâ&#x20AC;?). Articles of Organization filed New York Sec. of State (â&#x20AC;&#x153;NYSSâ&#x20AC;?) 3/26/12. Office loc. Dutchess County. NYSS designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. NYSS shall mail a copy of any process to c/o The LLC, 22 South Street, P.O. Box 515, Rhinebeck, New York 12572. There is no specific date set for dissolution. Purpose: to engage in any lawful activity or act. Name and Business Address of Organizer is Adeline P. Malone, Esq., 6369 Mill Street, P.O. Box 510, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. Notice of Formation of Empire Medical Transportation, LLC. Arts of Org. filed with SSNY on 4/17/2012. Office location: Dutchess County Princ. Office of LLC: 1427 Route 44 Pleasant Valley, NY 12569 SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any Lawful activity. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: PMA Carpentry LLC. Arts. of Org. were filed with the Secy. of State of New York (SSNY) on 4/27/2012. Office Location: Dutchess County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 45 South Parsonage St, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. Purpose: all lawful activities.

51 DCFH, LLC Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (â&#x20AC;&#x153;LLCâ&#x20AC;?). Articles of Organization filed New York Sec. of State (â&#x20AC;&#x153;NYSSâ&#x20AC;?) 3/26/12. Office loc. Dutchess County. NYSS designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. NYSS shall mail a copy of any process to c/o The LLC, 22 South Street, P.O. Box 515, Rhinebeck, New York 12572. There is no specific date set for dissolution. Purpose: to engage in any lawful activity or act. Name and Business Address of Organizer is Adeline P. Malone, Esq., 6369 Mill Street, P.O. Box 510, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. Notice of Formation of NEPTUNE DONUTS, LLC, Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York on April 6, 2012. The office location is in Dutchess County, SSNY is designated as agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 2580 South Road, Po u g h k e e p s i e , New York 12601. Purpose for all lawful activities.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC) Name: McCall Land Management, LLC Articles of Organization filed in the Department of State of New York on March 5, 2012 Office Location: Dutchess County Principal Business Location: 191 Cedar Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 Purpose: Any and all lawful business activities Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 191 Cedar Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC)Name: SUNACO, LLC, Articles of Organization filed in the Department of State of New York on April 9, 2012, Office Location: Dutchess County, Principal Business Location: 47 Overocker Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603, Purpose: Any and all lawful business activities, Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 47 Overocker Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603.

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