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BY JIM LANGAN Rep. Nan Hayworth had just returned from attending the funeral and burial of Monroe native Maj. Paul Voelke at West Point when she sat down with Hudson Valley News at her district office in Fishkill. The first-term representative seemed genuinely drained from the experience, but after a few minutes returned to the conference room rejuvenated and ready to talk issues and politics. First up was the state of affairs here in New York. Hayworth said New York lost two congressional seats because people are leaving New York in droves. “The Hudson Valley has a lot of very talented people and a solid infrastructure but we also have some of the highest taxes. We’ve tried to reduce the burden and the deficit spending in the House but it doesn’t go anywhere in the Senate. Then Harry Reid and President Obama call us the ‘do nothing House.’” When asked about the frustration voters feel about the inability of Congress to get much done, Hayworth conceded

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the partisan gridlock was frustrating to everyone including her. “We need to hold the House, regain the Senate and put Gov. Romney in the White House. Then you’ll see the economy start to grow again.” Hayworth cited the inspiration President Ronald Reagan gave the nation after inheriting a terrible economy from

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President Jimmy Carter. Hayworth said excessive government involvement and regulation gets in the way of small business and its ability to thrive. Addressing the efforts of democrats to demonize wealthy or successful people, Hayworth said, “Democrats believe if someone is successful or makes money, then >> continued on page 2


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The current 19th District.

someone has been hurt. Being successful has always been an American ideal. Money honestly earned reflects the energy you put into something. If you go the extra mile, you should be rewarded whether you’re a business owner or an employee.” Asked about the effectiveness of government bailouts Hayworth said, “They were a massive misallocation of tax money that benefited a very few and I can see why the majority of people are frustrated.” Hayworth also made much of her steadfast opposition to President Obama’s controversial health care program. “I will be voting on July 11 to repeal the law,” Hayworth said. “We need a plan that guarantees a competitive environment for insurance

similar to auto insurance. We need health care savings accounts, liability reform and high-risk pools. It is also important that pre-existing conditions don’t disqualify anyone.” We then moved on to politics and the upcoming election. Hayworth currently represents the 19th Congressional District but is running in the newly reconfigured 18th. The major addition to Hayworth’s new district is the City of Poughkeepsie. In 2010, Hayworth defeated incumbent democrat John Hall by six percentage points. Hayworth is opposed this year by Sean Maloney, a lawyer and former adviser to President Bill Clinton., Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Gov. David Paterson. Maloney won a fourperson primary in June. “I called Mr. Maloney to congratulate him on his primary victory. He espouses






policies that will only keep us in the dismal state we’re in and add to the debt burden that is snowballing out of control. I think I represent a clear alternative to that.” Asked if Maloney’s work as an advisor to three politicians and his own unsuccessful run for Attorney General in 2006 qualified him as a professional politician, Hayworth said, “It sounds like a professional politician’s history.” She also pointed out Maloney only recently purchased property in Cold Spring and has been a longtime resident of Manhattan. Hayworth also observed that the famously-liberal and pro-Clinton New York Times endorsed one of Maloney’s primary opponents, citing Maloney’s aggressive involvement and ethical concerns in the so-called “Troopergate” investigation under disgraced ex-Gov. Spitzer. Given Maloney is an openly gay candidate and Hayworth has a gay son, we asked if that might be an issue in the upcoming campaign. Hayworth said she hoped not and she’s not concerned about anyone’s sexual orientation. Most observers expect Maloney to attract significant campaign contributions from the gay community and traditional liberal sources in New York City. Hayworth said she understood why democrats nationally have targeted her this year as the district is “very much a swing district” and reflects the national demographic. “It’s a very broad demographic and includes voters of many backgrounds.”

Candidate Sean Patrick Maloney. File photo.

In her relatively brief time in Congress, Hayworth has garnered a reputation as a tireless legislator and advocate for conservative values. She has also proven to be a vigorous campaigner who’s never been outworked by her opponents. She indicated she would be working closely with Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tzayik and County Executive Marc Molinaro as she takes her campaign into the fall. Editors note: If you are interested in seeing the entire interview with Rep. Hayworth, go to our website or Facebook page.

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Congresswoman endorses local students for West Point acceptance Rep. Hayworth recently congratulated several young men from the 19th Congressional District who she recommended for acceptance by the USMA. Kevin Schurr from Mahopac, Christopher Monteferante from Putnam Valley, John Darling from New Windsor and Christopher Junjulas from Cold Spring were all welcomed by Rep. Hayworth at a reception at her Fishkill office on Saturday, June 30. Photo submitted.


A balloon taking part in Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Balloon Festival went off course Saturday morning while trying to land in a small grassy area near the Poughkeepsie train station, hitting power lines. No one was hurt. Photo submitted by Anthony S. Donofrio.

Hudson River Housing to open green rental building in Poughkeepsie BY HV NEWS STAFF Hudson River Housing is now accepting applications for tenants in its brand-new affordable “green” rental building, located at 55 Garden St. in Poughkeepsie. The latest property completed in Hudson River Housing’s Anchor-Based Neighborhood Revitalization initiative, a twelve year neighborhood revitalization effort focused on Garden St., Conklin St., and Catharine St. Hudson River Housing has rehabilitated 40% of the total properties in this twosquare block area, returning 69 abandoned or underutilized residential units and six commercial spaces to quality, occupied space. This includes adding 19 new homeowners to the neighborhood. Working with the NYSERDA Multifamily Building Performance Program and a green building consultant, Hudson River Housing has designed the building to perform at least 20% better than ASHRAE Standard and NYSERDA’s Simulation Guidelines, which measure energy conservation. All apartments have Energy Star appliances, light fixtures and heating systems, water conserving fixtures, and an energyconserving temperature control system. All flooring is Green Label Certified or from a renewable resource. Cement siding was used on the exterior, and native plantings are utilized in the landscaping to reduce water demand. The building also

uses solar panels to provide approximately 20% of the building’s estimated electricity demand for heating and cooling. “It is very satisfying – and really truly amazing – to consider the total impact that Hudson River Housing has had on this neighborhood,” said Ed Murphy, Hudson River Housing executive director. “Throughout our work here, we have remained responsive to community needs, from turning blighted, vandalized apartment buildings into quality housing, to rescuing the beautiful and historic Queen Anne Row, to adding new homeowners, which increases neighborhood stability. We are proud to stay on the cutting edge of housing development with the opening of this very green, energy efficient building, and we hope that these apartments will be considered by our returning veterans who may be in need of accessible, affordable housing.” The building includes one one-bedroom unit renting at $760; two one-bedroom units renting at $875; one two-bedroom unit renting at $1065; and one threebedroom unit renting at $1297. Interested applicants should complete an application, available at hudsonriverhousing. org/rental, and submit it to Hudson River Housing at 313 Mill St., Poughkeepsie. Units will be filled on a first-come, firstserved basis. For more information, contact 845454-5176.


Assault arrest for BB gun shooting

New York State Police arrested Peter Michael for assault in the third degree on July 5. The suspect is accused of shooting a BB gun from his residence in the town of Red Hook, resulting in the BB striking a 14-year-old male who was riding in a car traveling down the road. The suspect is due in the town of Red Hook Court on July 26.

Recent Arrests:

Hyde Park Police report the following: • Gweneveire L. Daniels, 68, of the Town of Poughkeepsie, was charged with issuing a bad check, a class-B misdemeanor. • Peter M. Brills, 22, of Elizaville, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor. • Alyssa M. Meyers, 32, of Hopewell Junction, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, an unclassified misdemeanor. • Marcus Ruhmshottel, 24, of Hyde Park, was charged with driving while ability impaired by alcohol, a violation of law. • Kenneth R. Taber, 32, of Hyde Park, was

charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a class-A misdemeanor, and harassment in the second degree, a violation of law. He also had an active arrest warrant for a violation of probation. This was the result of a domestic dispute. Red Hook Police report the following: • Dominic F. Shovel, 21, of Elizaville, was arrested on July 8 at 7:45 p.m. on South Broadway in the Village of Red Hook. Shovel was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, a misdemeanor. An 18-year-old passenger in Shovel’s vehicle was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. Both subjects were processed and released on tickets to appear in the Village court at a later date. • Damon A. Tuckruskye, 18, of Tivoli. was arrested June 5 at the Red Hook Police Department and charged with reckless endangerment, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest, all misdemeanors. At approximately 11:10 p.m., on West Market St. in the Village of Red Hook, Tuckrusky pushed a Red Hook Police Officer into oncoming traffic and fled on foot after being questioned about having illegal drugs in his possession. Tuckruskye was later taken into custody by members of the Red Hook Police Department. He was processed and arraigned in the Village of Red Hook Justice Court and released to the custody of his mother. He is due to appear in village court later this month.

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BY HV NEWS STAFF Before you take that summer road trip, make sure your child safety seats are properly installed. Health Quest will offer a free car seat safety check and installation station one Sunday a month now through October. These sessions will be offered at Health Quest’s Taconic Crossings offices located at 1351 Rte. 55 in LaGrange. A nationally certified car seat technician will be on hand Sunday, July 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Additional dates include August 12, September 16 and October 14. Technicians will inspect your current seat or teach you how to install a new seat. It is also suggested that you bring your child with you, so they can be properly fitted to their current seats. Special needs seat fitting is also available. Properly installed and used child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71% for infants and by 54% for toddlers in passenger cars. Yet the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has estimated that close to 3 out of 4 parents do not use child restraints correctly based on the child’s age and size, vehicle specifications or other criteria. Appointments are recommended. Call 845-475-9742 for more information or to schedule an appointment.


BY HV NEWS STAFF Hyde Park and Tivoli each received a $10,000 Greenway Communities matching grant from the Hudson River Valley Greenway. Hyde Park will use its Greenway grant to implement its “Walkable Town Center” plan. The town was recently selected to receive assistance from the PoughkeepsieDutchess County Transportation Council to inventory sidewalks, identify improvements and produce a cohesive pedestrian plan for a thriving, walkable town center to better serve residents’ needs. The Greenway Grant will enable the Town to bring this plan to life by integrating it into town policies. The overall goal of the project is to boost businesses, encourage those who visit each year to shop or dine locally, and enhance public access to the Hudson River and venerable local historic sites. Town Supervisor Aileen Rohr said, “The Town of Hyde Park is grateful for Greenway’s support of our Hyde Park Walks Initiative. We have an enthusiastic team of residents working to identify ways to make our community safer for those traveling on foot and by bicycle, as well as by car. Redeveloping commercial hubs

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implements Greenway’s guidance and makes good economic sense for the future of Hyde Park.” Tivoli will use the grant to assist in the planning and design of a waterfront access walkway. The walkway is envisioned as a shared pedestrian and bike trail which will connect to village-owned waterfront parcels that will be developed as a village park on the Hudson River shoreline. The grant will also be used along Montgomery St. to repair sidewalks and enhance shoulders for the safe navigability and convenience of walkers and bikers to the Tivoli Bays Wildlife Management Area. Mayor Bryan Cranna said, “I am honored to receive this grant award on behalf of the Village of Tivoli, and grateful to the Hudson River Valley Greenway for the confidence that the organization has shown in our ability to execute this grant. As one of the first communities in Dutchess County to join the Greenway Compact, Tivoli’s commitment to supporting the Greenway’s objectives has been consistent and we are proud of our strong relationship with the Hudson Valley Greenway.” Mark Castiglione, acting executive director of the Hudson River Valley

Greenway, stated, “Whether it’s better access to the Hudson River or creating more walkable communities, the Greenway is pleased to be able help our partners realize their vision. The future of the Hudson River Valley will be the result of the things we do today and I commend Supervisor Rohr and Mayor Cranna and their communities for embracing Greenway principles and advancing these two important projects.” The Hudson River Valley Greenway works with communities on a voluntary basis to assist in the development of local land use plans and programs related to the Greenway criteria. Greenway community planning projects can be undertaken by a single community to address local issues or a group of communities working together to address both local and regional issues. Greenway Communities Grant Program provides grant funding to help communities develop and implement a vision for their future that balances Greenway criteria of economic development considerations with resource protection and promotion objectives. Applications for the next grant round are due September 7. Visit for more information. The Hudson River Valley Greenway is a unique state-sponsored program established by the Greenway Act of 1991. Presently, 271 out of the 324 eligible municipalities within the Greenway area have joined the Greenway. The program is designed to encourage communities to develop projects and initiatives related to the criteria of natural and cultural resource protection, regional and local planning, economic development, public access to the Hudson River (as well as other regional and local resources), and heritage and environmental education. It provides technical assistance and small grants for planning, water trail and land-based trails and other projects that reinforce the Greenway Criteria. In keeping with the New York tradition of home rule, the Greenway program has no regulatory authority and participation by municipalities in Greenway programs and projects is entirely voluntary. The Greenway also manages the congressionally designated Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.

Photos by Joclyn and Amy Wallace.

BY DANIELLA DI MARTINO One of Poughkeepsie’s oldest historical parks, Morgan Lake, has long been considered an eyesore to most passersby. The deteriorated park sits adjacent to one of the area’s fastest growing tourist attractions, but the lack of upkeep has discouraged all but a few fishermen and teenagers from venturing into the area. However, the neglect drew the attention of a young woman, Joclyn Wallace. Teaming up with volunteers, the nature lover has begun rejuvenating the park. Wallace took the initiative to be one of the first Poughkeepsie residents to adopt Morgan Lake, located on Creek Rd. in Poughkeepsie, through the Town of Poughkeepsie’s Adopt-A-Street/Park Program. Almost stumbling upon the park after completing a walk on the Dutchess County Rail Trail, she approached the trailhead where it meets Morgan Lake. After skimming the semi-familiar area, she noticed an obscene amount of garbage scattered around. Stricken with disbelief, Wallace told herself she would come back

with garbage bags and tidy up the area. Wallace ended up finding a garbage bag under a log, and immediately got to work. “Doing this made me think this should be done,” Wallace said. “Someone should be taking care of the place now that it is a tourist attraction, too.” Wallace began to regularly go to Morgan Lake to clean, taking garbage bags and other amenities from her home to help the process. During her efforts to keep the park clean, Wallace noticed that most of the trash found on the ground was beer cans, cigarette butts and the Styrofoam containers that had held night crawlers. “People just don’t put stuff in the garbage can,” Wallace said. “There is garbage all around the can, but the can is empty.” Relying on her bachelor’s degree in history from Syracuse University, Wallace researched the historical significance of the lake and used the information to present a case on why people should take care of it due to its historical importance to Poughkeepsie.

Constructed in 1866 by George Morgan, mayor of Poughkeepsie from 1869 to 1870 for potential use as a water supply for the Poughkeepsie area, the lake was eventually passed over as the main water supply by the Hudson River. To profit off of his lake, Morgan started the Morgan Lake Ice Company. The company was in operation from 1870 to the early 1950s. The estate was eventually auctioned off and bought by Joseph Yellen. Yellen and his son, Don, opened the Morgan Lake Amusement Park, which included small rides, paddle boats and food vendors in 1955, but closed a year later. The park eventually landed in the City of Poughkeepsie’s hands where it remains a home for local fishermen. “It was Yvonne Flowers, a former council member for the Common Council in Poughkeepsie, who encouraged me to meet with Mayor John Tkazyik of Poughkeepsie,” Wallace said. Ken and Cheryl Rose, two long-time Morgan Lake activists, told Wallace she should adopt the park. With many supporters, Wallace put together a packet of her research materials and presented it to the mayor. In April of this year, Wallace became the adoptive “parent” of Morgan Lake. An adopted sign now hangs with Wallace’s name displayed at the park. Wallace is among many who have been utilizing the Poughkeepsie AdoptA-Street/Park Program, which started in 2001, said Paul Ackermann, corporation counsel for the City of Poughkeepsie. Individuals, corporations, organizations or businesses sign an agreement that is normally for one year. As part of Wallace’s agreement, she must clean the park once a month for that year. She, and anyone else in the program, must maintain the street or park, keeping it free of litter and bulk debris while maintaining the vegetative life. Both the Department of Public Works and Parks and Recreational departments are involved in the routine maintenance of Morgan Lake. They must be notified prior to the clean up so they can supply the garbage bags, gloves and pokers. “I just pop in and tell them when to pick up the garbage,” Wallace said. “They are great to work with and are very supportive.” As the workload became too much for her to take on by herself, she knew she had to call in reinforcements. Employing social media as a tool, Wallace uses the Morgan Lake Facebook page, Twitter and

a blog to help recruit volunteers and get the word out. Recruiting on average eight to ten people for each clean up, Wallace has luckily maintained two Marist student volunteers, Craig Corbeels and Nicole Koenigsmann, who were the first volunteers outside of her family to help out, and FDR High School sophomore, Emily Shaw. “To make Morgan Lake into a more lively place year round, one that Rail Trail users would be eager to end their walk, run or bike ride at, I am in the process of organizing more public events to be held there,” Wallace added. “So far, I have successfully run two monthly ‘Scavenger Hunt for Litter’ park clean ups.” Partnering up with the Poughkeepsie Public Library District, Wallace will hold the first “Story Time by the Lake” on July 28 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. It will be a public education event for children and families to learn about littering, fishing, lake ecology and other topics by reading children’s books at Morgan Lake. It is free and open to the public. The Roses have stocked the lake with trout for over 25 years. They started cleaning and beautifying the park after realizing that no one was using the lake, even though it was fully-stocked with fish. Seeing the deteriorated state of the park moved them to start cleaning and finding ways to draw the community in, thus the fishing derby at Morgan Lake was born. Wallace commented, “It helped to make Morgan Lake a very lively place during one weekend of the year.” The Roses hosted an annual “Get Hooked on Fishing” derby at Morgan Lake that has drawn crowds since 1987. The Roses would raise half the cost of the event and the other half was funded by the City of Poughkeepsie. According to Cheryl Rose, the city had to pull out due to lack of funding. Unable to raise the other half, the Roses had no other choice but to end the fishing derby this past year. “Morgan Lake is a unique place to fish and keeping up with the cleaning has restored the wildlife in the park,” Cheryl Rose said. Rose remains hopeful that Wallace’s enthusiasm and bright ideas will affect the community and help bring awareness to Morgan Lake’s condition while keeping the lake in the public eye.

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PICK-UP DREAMS I was reading Ray Bradbury’s “Dandelion Wine” recently as a tribute to the late writer who died on June 5. But I didn’t find something there that I could have sworn I read in it all those years ago - a critique on little league baseball. If you don’t know “Dandelion Wine,” it’s a story about a 12-year-old boy’s magic summer in 1928, the time he realizes what it means to be alive. It is a sentimental story, even Bradbury admitted, but it has magic. And somewhere in there, I remembered clear as day that Bradbury had reminisced about the good old days when kids played pickup baseball and were not over-organized with little league, where coaches tell you the right way to do things and winning becomes important. That critique made a big impression on me. But, I didn’t find it, and that really upset me. And then I decided, so what? It’s still a valid point. On my search for the elusive Bradbury comments I did find an article by former-NBA star Bill Russell who called little league a way to terrorize children and drive out their imagination. So, that’s something. We do over-organize kids, and more today than ever before. They don’t get a chance to make up rules, organize themselves or learn for themselves whether it’s really all that important to be “safe.” They don’t get a chance to discover that winning is, in fact, not everything. Now, I coached recreational league soccer for seven years, so I know how easy it is to get caught up in the whole competitive thing, but at least my main priority was for the kids to have fun. Practice (once a week) was a time to play and learn a little, not to drill, drill, drill. Games stressed me out because I was trying desperately to make sure each kid got equal playing time, and as the years went on, because I found myself wanting to win. I definitely needed to stop coaching at that point.

The point is, while some organized play is good, so is simply picking up a ball, bat and glove and letting the kids organize themselves. So, I’m dreaming up a new league for kids. The Pick-Up League. Here’s how it’ll work. League officials, adults, post the times of the weekly game. They show up at the designated time and place. This ensures that there is an adult presence for safety. Parents drop their kids off or the kids just show up if it’s close enough to walk or ride a bike. Then, whoever shows up, whether it’s five or twenty-five kids, plays. The adults do not organize the kids into teams. They do not provide uniforms. They do not tell them the rules. They do not officiate. They just watch to make sure everyone’s okay. Oh, and they have a first-aid kit in case of accidents. You might say, “Now wait a minute, that’s no different from just playing a pick-up game in some vacant lot. Why make it a league?” My answer: because we’re so used to things being organized, and we demand adult supervision for the kids. This may be a good compromise between being over-programmed and – eeks! – being unsupervised. I don’t think we as a society are ready for the kids to be out on their own. Yet. But we might get there. Now the fine print. First, I’m not organizing this because I don’t know how to organize my sock drawer. And secondly, almost assuredly, insurance issues will arise, and there will be waivers and all sorts of things required. This is unavoidable. But then, once a kid has signed up and paid whatever minimal fee there is, all they have to do is show up if they want to play. Besides, insurance concerns have driven kids off of vacant lots all around the country. They can’t skate in parking lots, they can’t go sledding on public hills, they can’t just play. So at least this league would give them a right to play in a pick-up game. So that’s my idea. Pick-up baseball, football, soccer - whatever. I know it sounds crazy, but a guy can dream. The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Hyde Park. You can leave a comment for him at rector@

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my phone won’t ring. It can’t. I think that may actually be what I like the most about this specific trip. As much as I appreciate my cell phone and the connection to information that OPINION it supplies, I sometimes get tired of that constant connection it gives the outside world to me. BY LARISSA CARSON Then of course, there are those who are on their phones all of the time and could not fathom leaving reception behind. You know the ones – they are in the Camping. There are many ways to do store line in front of you with their phone it – from luxury RVs, pop-up trailers to pressed between their ear and shoulder tents or just a hammock. People camp for or cutting you off at the intersection or many reasons – sporting events, outdoor in the movie theater with a flash of light concerts, hunting trips, survivalist or just in your peripheral vision. One place they plain recreational. won’t be is at our campground. Wherever you fall on the list, campers Camping pulls me back to my roots, all have something in common. We are back to the basics. We lovers of the outdoors, forge relationships of or at least, a little trust and camaraderie. adventure. Each individual brings Camping is my This weekend will something to the chocolate cake. It table. They will be my mark our second annual camping trip apocalypse may not be yours. zombie in the Adirondacks. family if the world ever Whatever your Our camping party is truly falls to pieces. comprised of a few It’s important for all flavor, don’t forget friends and, of course, of us to take time out our dog, Mong. It’s to take time out for and do something that not a long vacation, we love, something yourself. comprised of just a for ourselves. I know I short drive and a twoalways feel better after night stay, but it is the an excuseless weekend thing that I look forward of self-indulgence. to the most in the summer months. One Camping is my chocolate cake. It may of the main reasons is because I get to not be yours. “turn off” and that is a rarity. Whatever your flavor, don’t forget There is something magical about to take time out for yourself. Do kind driving beyond the realm of cell phone things for yourself and for strangers. reception and parking in the woods. After all, sometimes a smile can be just Of course we will be purchasing our as contagious as a yawn. firewood from the campsite, we wouldn’t want to bring any emerald ash borers Larissa Carson is a life-long resident with us. We’ll make s’mores and wear of the Hudson Valley. To respond shoes with no socks, standing knee-deep to this column, email editorial@ in a stream with our fishing poles. And


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Meanwhile no one dares ask the obvious question. If we’ve concluded our mission is over, how can you in good conscience ask even one soldier to remain in harm’s way? Just get out immediately. We never OPINION seem to have a problem throwing a few hundred thousand soldiers at a problem when we have to, so why can’t we put the BY JIM LANGAN war machine in reverse as well? The problem, of course, is no American IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN, president wants to be seen running up SNEAKING OUT OF TOWN the white flag on their watch. With the Vietnam template as a guide, any military The funeral last week of Maj. Paul incursion arouses the wrath of the far left. Voelke, a Monroe native killed by a Think Cindy Sheehan, perched outside roadside bomb in Afghanistan, served George W.’s ranch in Crawford. In recent as a tragic reminder that we still have years, Americans appear not to have thousands of brave American men and the stomach for anything resembling a women serving in a war zone even as we prolonged conflict. Toss in a bad economy and the pressure to prepare to abandon pull the plug only the mission by 2014. intensifies. Now I realize all wars this point, eventually end and If we’ve concluded our theAtmedia and the someone has to be the mission is over, how can politicians begin last person to die for their odd dance. As you in good conscience the cause, but this war we exit Iraq and is different. Nobody ask even one soldier to Afghanistan, the won and I don’t see a remain in harms way? only people pulling peace treaty. assets out faster We went into than the military is Afghanistan as a the media. Iraq has reaction to the terrible become invisible but for the occasional events of 9/11. The images of U.S. mention of a particularly gruesome act of warplanes bombarding the impregnable terrorism. The same is true for Afghanistan mountain caves where Osama bin Laden coverage. It’s almost like the media that and his murderous henchmen were used to love to saturate American airwaves supposedly holed up, was cathartic and with images of blood-soaked carnage and felt like we were going to exact a terrible chaos, have instituted an out of sight, out retribution. Well, it didn’t really work out of mind broadcast policy. that way. It turned out Bin Laden spent Similarly while our politicians and most of the conflict watching cable TV, candidates bombard the airwaves with with his wives right under the noses of his heated talk about health care, the deficit sympathetic Pakistani enablers. and immigration, have you heard anyone Meanwhile, the Taliban retreated to talking about Afghanistan? How about the hills and caves while American policy someone wondering if exposing our makers attempted to craft a coherent plan young men and women to Afghan savages of attack. Like Vietnam, we were once again fighting an essentially civilian in a lost cause is a good idea? Does anyone militia capable of retreating into the think either presidential candidate will be scenery. Their military strategy seemed asked a question on Afghanistan during to be car bombings and roadside bombs. the debates this fall? Of course not. We were fighting an almost invisible tribal Nobody wants to touch that issue with enemy with our 21st century technology, a ten-foot pole, yet we have no problem but going nowhere. In Vietnam, under leaving some young, terrified soldier up in similar circumstances, it was dubbed a the mountains fighting shadows. If, in fact, Afghanistan was a bad idea quagmire. In Afghanistan and to a lesser and it took us ten years to figure that out, extent in Iraq, the quagmire analysis then let’s finally do the right thing and get soon became conventional wisdom. So, our people out of that hell hole. much like Vietnam, a dispirited American


populace, spurred on by a skeptical media, decided to call it a day and announced a withdrawal date. (That’s another column.)

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Regina Coeli’s Father Mike Palazzo, right, was one of John VanKleeck’s many friends who turned out for his annual birthday party in Hyde Park. A good time was had by all. Photo by Jim Langan.

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of frantic digging, they had to call in a ring finding company and the ring was found before the tide rolled in. She said yes.

SPCA MUTTS U O Y E S A C STRUT ACROSS IN T I D E S S I THE CATWALK M Canine fashion and pet accessory design competition

BY HV NEWS STAFF The Dutchess County Arts Council, in partnership with the Dutchess County SPCA, announced a design competition for artists and designers to create “Doggone Couture.” The two organizations have teamed up to present the best in canine fashions and pet accessories at “Mutt Strut Across the Catwalk,” an event to take place September 15, at the Cunneen-Hackett Theater, 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie. The organizations are looking for people to design irresistibly pet-friendly sweaters, coats, leashes, bowls, blankets, perches, toys and beds that are safe and suitable for dogs and cats. The items will be sold during the event, to benefit both organizations. The design competition is open to artists and designers over the age of 18 who live in Dutchess or Ulster counties. Guidelines for submission can be found at Unleash your creativity and submit your design sketches to the DCAC by Friday, July 13 at 4 p.m. Finalists of this design competition will be notified by July 27 and asked to fabricate their pieces. Each selected finalist will be awarded a one year $50 membership to the Dutchess County Arts Council, and will be a guest at “Mutt Strut Across the Catwalk,” where each designer will have the opportunity to present their creations. “Best in show” and two runner-ups will be awarded one of three cash prizes ($100, $75, $50) for the pieces that get the loudest-cheers. All of the dog models will either be available for adoption or are alums of the SPCA.

• Let’s stay with the celebratory mood of our nation’s birthday by observing another anniversary. It was 66 years ago that the French invented the bikini and we can all be grateful for that. It was named after an island in the Pacific where they used to test atom bombs. Weird but the name stuck. • Saw a very funny movie the other day at the fabulous Roosevelt Cinema in Hyde Park. The movie is “Ted” and it’s crude, politically incorrect and just what you’d expect from the creator of “Family Guy.” The only really disturbing thing was the presence of more than a few children sitting with their parents, and I mean children. What would possess an adult to subject a little kid to that kind of vulgarity? Appalling.

• OK, it was a bit warm there for a while but can everyone just move on? With the exception of road crews and laborers, it’s not like 90% of us aren’t in some air-conditioned place. By the way, do you know a human being can survive 30 minutes at 215 degrees? So stop your complaining. Here’s a prediction. It will be cold at President Romney’s inauguration in January. Sorry, just wanted to see if you’re paying attention.

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• Breaking restaurant news: Edo Sushi, which left Hyde Park for Rhinebeck, is again closing its doors. It has something to do with a landlord dispute. The owners say they’re looking for a new location. How about coming back to Hyde Park, where they have a loyal following? God knows, there are enough vacant buildings. Last day of service will be Sunday, July 29. • Staying with Hyde Park for a moment, we hear Radio Shack has changed its mind and just signed a three-year lease renewal. It makes sense. Why would you tough it out at the Ames Plaza only to move when Stop & Shop opens up?

• File this under wacky musicians: A woman called police to say a man was pleasuring himself as he pulled along side her on Rte. 95, south of Ft. Lauderdale. When police asked 35-yearold Ron Ayers if he was indeed the master of his domain, the man replied he was a drummer in a rock band and had simply been playing with his drumsticks as he drove along. He said he often practiced with his drumsticks on long drives. We’ll just leave it there. • We hear former Hyde Park town board member Michael “Baby Huey” Taylor has put his house on the market and is headed back to his native Pennsylvania.

• The Escoffier Restaurant at the CIA closed this past Thursday. Seems they are going to revamp and modernize the space and re-open as the Bocuse Bistro in six months. Bocuse will be much more casual and less expensive than Escoffier was. • Did everyone see that woman wailing and thanking President Obama for Obamacare during yet another taxpayer-paid-for campaign event last week? The media ate it up. Positioning it so it looks like anyone opposed to it is a cold-hearted Hannah. Turns out she has a pro-Obama blog that espouses, among other nonsense, that Mitt Romney should have been aborted by his mother. Another tolerant liberal at your service. • Dr. Steven Carr, a Seattle brain surgeon, took his girlfriend to Florida to propose. He thought burying the ring in the sand and convincing her to look for his lost watch was a great idea. Unfortunately for the good doctor, he got preoccupied and neglected to precisely mark the spot. After an hour

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The overbearing Taylor appeared to have a bright political future but his willingness to play wingman for Tom Martino did him in. He was quick to verbally abuse residents and was caught in a couple of whoppers. Don’t let the door hit you in your ample behind as you leave. • Speaking of the loathsome Martino board, we hear angry Tom has been circulating ballot petitions for Neil Di Carlo, the Conservative candidate opposing Sen. Steve Saland in the September primary. We also noticed Martino’s son driving Di Carlo in the Fourth of July parade. Note to Di Carlo: Do you really want a guy who couldn’t even get re-nominated by his own party fronting for you in Hyde Park? Advantage Saland. • Finally we’d like to welcome two new staffers to our humble newspaper. Daniella DiMartino is a recent journalism graduate from SUNY New Paltz and resides in Poughkeepsie. Madeline Rose McSherry is a Boston College graduate just back from a year teaching English in Spain on a Fulbright scholarship. She is a Red Hook resident. Her 17-year-old brother Martin is a communications intern for County Executive Marc Molinaro. We look forward to their contributions.

INSIDE: Pictured, from top: Artists Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles stand in front of a timeline of Red Hook’s history (detail). Photos by Nicole DeLawder.

• Clearwater and Dia:Beacon team up • Kinnear gets history in Hyde Park • Calendar events through July 21

BY NICOLE DELAWDER Red Hook’s history has been long in the making. From tobacco factories to soap dispensers, Merino sheep and pot pies, the village has been at the crossroads of culture in the Hudson Valley for over 200 years. This Saturday, July 14, see the celebration of all things Red Hook with the Red Hook Bicentennial Community Heritage Day at Montgomery Place. Weekend caught up with local artists Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles in the second week of the two-week workshop to create giant puppets that will be featured in Saturday’s parade. “What are the fragments of the life of Red Hook if it was flying by in an instant – which is essentially what this parade is going to do,” Kahn said. “Red Hook is a multilayered history – you can talk about the river alone, agriculture, particular moments – and the intersection of all these things makes Red Hook essentially a unique place.”

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stories and songs followed by crafts; Appropriate for ages 2-5; 845-757-3771 or

Rethinking Caregiver Burnout; Wednesday, July 11; 6 p.m.; Arlington Branch Library, 504 Haight Ave., Poughkeepsie; Author and physical therapist Grant Abrams will present a talk about the strain of taking care of the elderly; 845-4853445 ext. 3702.

Our Magic Garden; Wednesday, July 11; 12:15 p.m.; Tivoli Free Library, 86 Broadway, Tivoli; Join Julie & Bonny for some fun in the community garden plot; Start indoors with a garden craft project and then head out to the garden to see what’s happening; Ages 6 and older, children under 10 must be accompanied by a caregiver; 845-757-3771 or

Mid-Summer Sounds for Classical Guitar; Wednesday, July 11; 8 p.m.; Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, Rte. 308, Rhinebeck; An evening with classical guitarist and composer David Temple; $18; 845-876-3080 or C Community Day at Adriance; Thursday, July 12, 10 a.m. - noon; Adriance Memorial Library, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Visit from the HerpNerds from the Hudson Valley Reptile Expo, illustrator Deb Lucke and community organizations; Free; 845-485-3445 ext. 3320 or Preschool Story Time; Wednesday, July 11; 10:30 a.m.; Tivoli Free Library, 86 Broadway, Tivoli; Join Julie Carino, former classroom teacher and Youth Program Coordinator for

Owls & Other Birds of Prey Raptor Program; Wednesday, July 11; 6:30 p.m.; Tivoli Free Library, 86 Broadway, Tivoli; Welcome “Talons! Birds of Prey” to meet live owls and other powerful birds of prey. All ages; 845-757-3771 or New Farmers at Germantown Library; Wednesday, July 11; 7 p.m.; Germantown Library, 31 Palatine Park Rd., Germantown; Enjoy light locally-produced refreshments and learn about the rise of new farmers in the area in conjunction with New Farmer Narrative Project’s traveling exhibit “Journeys into Farming;” From Moses to Microsoft; July 11 and 18; 7 p.m.; Millbrook Public Library, 3 Friendly Ln., > >continued on page 11

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George Trakas’ site-specific work “Beacon Point.” Photo courtesy



BY HVN WEEKEND STAFF Residents of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester counties are invited to visit Dia:Beacon free of charge twice a year, and this month, the event is not only coinciding with “Second Saturday Beacon,” a monthly city-wide arts and culture open house, but Clearwater for a two-part program. As part of Dia:Beacon’s Community Free Day, April Lee, Dia:Beacon’s arts education associate, and Maija Niemisto, Clearwater’s director of shipboard programs, will co-lead a tour examining approaches to environmental activism, focusing on the work of Clearwater founder Pete Seeger and Photo by Erin Goldberger. Dia artists such as Walter De Maria, Joseph Beuys and Robert Smithson. Visitors to the Dia:Beacon can also board the sloop Clearwater for the second part of the program on Saturday, July 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. The sail will focus on the work of Pete Seeger and Clearwater’s efforts to revitalize the Hudson River. The program brings “two Beacon organizations together to produce quality public programs,” said Lee. There will also be an optional visit to George Trakas’ site-specific work, “Beacon Point,” that Lee said was “designed as a way for the local community to have access to the river.” The two-part program is free. Reservations are recommended and available at diaart. org/freeday. To verify you live in the area for Community Free Day, bring a driver’s license or other government-issued ID for entry to the museum.

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GREG KINNEAR AND FAMILY VISIT HYDE PARK Actor Greg Kinnear visited Hyde Park on the 4th of July. Kinnear poses with John Mottalini, director of the Hyde Park Historical Society, in front of the museum’s 1812 Star Spangled Banner containing 15 stars and 15 stripes. Kinnear toured the museum with his family. The museum features memorabilia from the 1939 English royals, an FDR Voting Machine and Fink Dollhouses. Kinnear is in the area to star as the title character in “The Power of Duff ” running from July 18-29 as part of Vassar College’s annual Powerhouse Theater in Poughkeepsie. Photo by Sandra Moore.

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<< continued from page 10 Millbrook; Questions of ethics in the workplace; 845-876-7666. Child Development Check-Ups; Thursday, July 12; 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; Screening for ages 4 months to 5 years for developmental milestones like speech, fine motor and social skills; Free; Call 2-1-1 or 1-800-899-1479 to schedule screening appointment. Vision Board; Thursday, July 12; 4 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; Bring magazines, pictures and imaginations to create vision boards; 845-876-2903. Sunset Sensations Wine & Food Sampling Series; Thursday, July 12; 5:30-7 p.m.; Locust Grove, Route 9, Poughkeepsie; Featuring guest chef Anthony Moustakas of Gourmet To Go; $25$27; 845-454-4500. Preparing Your Child for Success in School; Thursday, July 12, 6 p.m.; Adriance Memorial Library, JLP Pre-Schooler Learning Center, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie; Free three-week workshop to help parents prepare children for the school environment; Pre-register at or 845-485-3445 ext. 3320. Get Fit & Healthy Free with David Ames; Thursday, July 12; 7 p.m.; Tivoli Free Library, 86 Broadway,

Family Fun Night with Dr. Marmalaid; Thursday, July 12; 7 p.m.; Grinnell Library, 2642 East Main St., Wappingers Falls; Enjoy Dr. Marmalaid’s travelling “Emerge and See” wagon; 845-297-3428. God of Carnage; July 12-22; 8 p.m. and 2 p.m.; Nelly Goletti Theatre, Marist College, 3399 North Rd., Poughkeepsie; River Valley Rep Theatre continues its 2012 season with a play by Yazmina Reza; $30 adults, $25 seniors/ students; $10 student rush; 845-575-3133 or Christine Lavin and Don White; Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14; 8:30 p.m.; Town Crier Cafe, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling; 845-877-1300 or Guy Lawson Book Discussion; Friday, July 13; 7 p.m.; Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; Rhinebeck resident discusses new book about a hedge fund fraud ‘Octopus;’ 845-876-0500 or ‘The Lardo Family Reunion;’ Friday, July 13; Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m.; Joseph’s Steakhouse, 728 Violet Ave., Hyde Park; Murder Cafe’s original, comedy-musical; $45; 845-473-BEEF (2333); ‘Friday the 13th;’ Friday, July 13; 10 p.m.; The Beacon Theatre, 445 Main St., Beacon; Movie >> continued on page 13 Hudson valley news | | July 11, 2012 {11}

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Kahn and Michahelles, internationallyrecognized puppeteers working together since 1998, have been the creative force behind Rhinebeck’s annual Sinterklaas parade and the Village Halloween Parade in New York City. Made possible in part through a grant from the Dutchess County Arts Council, the artists have hosted open workshops to create giant puppets everyday from June 30 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in preparation for the comprehensive representation of Red Hook life – highlighting artifacts, people and movements in Red Hook’s 200 years of history. Between 75 to 100 participants, manning various paper mache models from the Aerodrome, milk cans, historic buildings, animals and other area icons will participate in the “Portrait in Procession” on Saturday, creating chronological chapters beginning with the area’s pastoral roots. “It is really nice to do a project in our hometown,” Michahelles said. Michahelles’ family dates back 11 generations in Red Hook. “It was a lot of fun to dig up history – a lot of it was familiar but if you’re building something large, you want to get it right.” Along with effigies of local luminaries including John Armstrong, who identified the town boundaries and brought Merino sheep over as a gift from Napoleon, spectators will catch representations of the local romantic landscape framed throughout the parade route by high school students, the industrial movement and where Red Hook is headed in the modern day. As the steamships and river commerce flourished early in Barrytown and Tivoli’s history, Red Hook’s ability to sell perishable goods like apples and dairy products put the area on the map. With Barrytown as one of the southernmost places on the Hudson River to harvest ice, it soon helped Red Hook boom, and of course, according to Kahn, “the railroads were inevitable.” “Suddenly, you have all of your processing on mills and coal coming in from Pennsylvania and you can have violet greenhouses, chocolate factories with milk produced from the fields and the tobacco factory, which flourished during this time,” Kahn said. “This is where the hook in the village hall comes from, it was actually a tobacco logo – the deep, dark secret of Red Hook.” The iconic hook seen all over the village was used to once lift pallets of tobacco off of the trains from Connecticut and into the

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A volunteer works on the head for a 13’ effigy of a local icon during a workshop at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Photo by Nicole DeLawder. See more photos from behind-the-scenes at the giant puppet workshop on our Facebook page and at

factory, which is still standing in the village, recently housing a health food store. Before the Depression, Red Hook was in the middle of incredible parties, including some of the biggest parties the area has seen to this day. Bob Chandler, who ran for sheriff and was a Democrat in – to this day – a staunchly Republican district (Dutchess County never once voted for FDR), was looking for support for the upcoming election, “and how do you get votes?” Kahn asked. “Give them beer, give them chocolate, hand out cigars, have your own marching band.” After the 6,000 clams, 2,000-pounds of fish and 50 kegs of beer, the boom came to a screeching halt in 1930. All of the factories closed, the violet industry was long gone and the area was left with subsistence farming and rural poverty. “Fortunately FDR had our back,” Kahn added. “Eleanor Roosevelt used to run in the fields in Tivoli as a child at her grandmother’s house, and after the school burned down, FDR built us a new school and extended the last terminus on the Taconic to Red Hook. So if you were traveling anywhere to the nether reaches of New York, you have to go through the four corners of Red Hook first.” After FDR extended the Taconic, a roadside culture emerged – the Red Hook Motel, The Elbow Room, a famous watering hole, and the Twilight busline that carted people to Luckey Platt in Poughkeepsie. The roadside romance didn’t last long after IBM emerged in the 1950s, offering farmers decent wages to leave their land behind. “But what starts to happen in the ’70s is kind of exciting,” Kahn said. “The Elmendorph is about to bulldozed so a bunch of residents come together to say

‘no, you’re not going to destroy a building built in the 1760s with hand-hewn beams’ and then Cole Palen gets a hold of a couple of old airplanes says ‘we are going to save these airplanes.’” With the Elemdorph still standing, the Aerodrome soaring, ice boats out of desolate barns and retirement, along with the restoration of Montgomery Place, Red Hook revitalizes “to embody an awareness of history.” “So what does Red Hook have to offer in this day and age? Red Hook has to offer itself,” Kahn said. “It has to offer a measure of historical self-awareness, and at the same time, you have this rise of agriculture that is not the industrial agricultural that Red Hook has known for 200 years, but more like what the original Palatine farmers used to do – draft animals, small CSAs, 1- and 2-acre farms, cooperatives – a whole new generation of people that aren’t even part of farming families who are rediscovering the soil and benefit of local agriculture.” The giant puppet workshops will continue through Friday, July 13, 2-8 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 57 South Broadway. On Saturday, July 14, Red Hook Bicentennial’s Community Heritage Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Montgomery Place on River Road in Annandale and will feature local food, 19th century games, antique machinery, a class in a 1912 schoolroom, art by local artists, living history interviews and more. The pageant of giant puppets, “Portrait in Procession,” will begin at 4 p.m. There will also be a hybrid transit bus to take residents to and from the event. Visit for more information.

e-mail us your events: << continued from page 11 night series features cult classic; Get in free if your name is Jason; $5; 845-226-8099 or From the Hudson River to Spiral Jetty: Reclaiming Nature through Art; Saturday, July 14; noon-1:30 p.m.; Dia:Beacon, 3 Beekman St., Beacon; tour through the galleries at Dia:Beacon to explore artists’ unique approaches to environmental activism, with a focus on the work of Clearwater founder Pete Seeger and Dia artists such as Joseph Beuys, Robert Smithson, and Walter De Maria; Free; The Magic of Michael Minter; July 14, 22, 28; Shows at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.; Hudson Valley Marketplace, 130 Salt Point Turnpike, Poughkeepsie; Free; 845-483-1234 or FDR High School Class of 1977 Reunion; Saturday, July 14; Call for time; Pirate Canoe Club, Rivercrest Rd., Poughkeepsie; Send $50 check to FDR Reunion Committee, P.O. Box 12545, Millbrook, NY 12545; 845-473-9093. Bastille Day Celebration; Saturday, July 14; 6-9 p.m.; Rhinebeck Courtyard, 43-2 E. Market St., Rhinebeck; Music by Elaine Rachlin; 845-516-4435.

Congrats to Carolyn Odell for her photo from last weekend’s balloon festival.

An evening with Kay Larson; Saturday, July 14; 7:30 p.m.; Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; Discussion of

acclaimed art critic’s book “Where the Heart Beats” focusing on the importance of Zen Buddhism to John Cage; 845-876-0500; All Star Comedy at The Beacon; Saturday, July 14; 9:30 p.m.; The Beacon Theatre, 445 Main St., Beacon; Featuring Paul Lyons from Comedy Central and John Ivarone from Broadway Comedy Club; $15; 845-226-8099 or Hyde Park Chamber 3rd Annual Classic Car Show and Street Fair; Sunday, July 15; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Hyde Park Town Hall and the Great American Auction Center, Rte. 9, Hyde Park; Rain date July 22; Classic cars and street vendors welcome; Car registration $15; 845-229-8612 Hudson Valley YA Society presents Holly Black, Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan; Sunday, July 15; 4 p.m. Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; Literary series for teens in literary salon atmosphere; Free with RSVP; rsvp@ or Tivoli 6th Annual Summer Concert; Tuesday, July 17, 7 p.m.; Tivoli Village Hall, 86 Broadway, Tivoli; Performance by the Rhinebeck Legion Band; Free; 845-757-2021.

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“Eugene Ludins: An American Fantasist” will be on display at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz through Sunday, July 15. The exhibition paints a retrospective into the 70-year career of Eugene Ludins, who moved to Woodstock in 1929 after his residency at the Maverick Colony, where he connected with artists, writers, musicians and other creative people in the Hudson Valley. Ludins was a leading member of the Hudson Valley arts community, Ulster County Director of the Federal Arts Program of the WPA from 1937-39, and an avid baseball player. Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday,11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hudson valley news | | July 11, 2012 {13}


Nice novels

BY ANN LAFARGE It’s always a pleasure to read a promising sing em. first novel, and this week, I got lucky and read two of them. ho The first is by a Hudson Valley writer, Jean Zimmerman, who he has chosen 17th century Manhattan as the setting for “The Orphanmaster” (Viking, $28). m, It’s 1663 and the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, n ruled by Petrus Stuyvesant (with an iron hand and a wooden leg), is still in the shadow of the Esopus Indian wars. And orphan children, brought from Europe to be laborers and servants, are disappearing. These children, “knew not what they were in for ... but then, which one of us does?” The problem is tackled by 22-year-old trader Blandine von Couvering, who is herself an orphan, and a British spy, Edward Drummond. Together, they try to unravel o the mystery and discover the “beast abroad” – a demon who eats human flesh. Until, many complications and plot twists later, Blandine is accused of witchcraft and Drummond of spying. Meanwhile, the balance between Dutch and English interests stand poised to tilt. And, readers, the secret is that the final pages of this historical novel are its finest. Meet Zimmerman, who will read and sign her novel this Saturday, July 14, at Merritt Books in Millbrook at 4 p.m. Had enough of Scott Turow and John Grisham? If you’re looking for a legal thriller with a spicy new voice and a multi-twisted plot, treat yourself to Andy Siegel’s debut novel, “Suzy’s Case” (Scribner, $26). This is not my favorite genre, so I was surprised and delighted to find myself thoroughly engaged in this new novel, unable, as the cliché runs, to put it down. The author, who in “real life” is a personal injury and medical malpractice lawyer (and a denizen of Westchester County), has created a fine fictional character, Tug Wyler. The case he takes on is a tough one, a medical malpractice case pending for six years, involving an African-American child who, in the hospital for complications of sickle cell anemia, somehow ended up with severe brain damage. Did somebody “do something wrong?” A new word you will learn is iatrogenic, meaning “an injury sustained during the course of medical care.” Defined non-medically, it means the doctor messed up.

Or maybe a nurse. In any case, little Suzy “walked in (to the hospital) with a fever and was wheeled out with massive brain damage.” Meanwhile, Tug has to cope with a difficult wife, a dying mother, three kids, a dog and countless other complicating factors. At the center of “Suzy’s Case,” the author comments, “lies the rush to cover up genuine wrongs. What keeps Tug digging deeper and deeper is his compulsion, like mine, to make the system work for the injured victim, an outcome the big insurance companies vigorously resist.” This one is a page-turner, lightened up by Tug’s slightly potty-mouthed voice, his rare compassion for Suzy’s mother, June, and his constant and dedicated championing of the underdog. “It’s common,” the author said in an interview, “to diss personal injury la lawyers. Ambulance chasers, they call us. Me, I see it differently: we’re the R Robin Hoods of the profession.” And he goes on to assure us that there will be more Tug Tyler novels, with the same mix. “A rule-bending, high-tension co ict during the course of which you’ll laugh in spite of yourself ... Like me, confl Tug the kind of street-smart, push-it-to-the-limit Tug’s law lawyer you’d want on your side.” I’m with you, Tug Looking forward to the next one! Tug. If you belong to a book club, you are familiar with the fa fact that you will meet new authors, new genres, and bbooks you would never normally pick up. That happen to me this month when our book club chose happened nove by a multi-published author I’d never heard a novel of. Thus, my introduction to Christopher Moore and “Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d’Art” (William Morrow, $27). “This is a story,” the novel begins, “about the color blue, and, like blue, there’s nothing true about it. … Even deep blue is shallow.” The type face in the novel is blue. Throughout it there are full color illustrations of paintings. The story, which is about artists and their art, takes place in France in the 1890s. Meet the usual suspects (except Van Gogh, who has just died, and the question is “who was the crooked ‘color man’ who had been stalking him?”) including ToulouseLautrec, Pissarro, Renoir and Seurat. Somebody even has the nerve to ask Whistler, “How’s your mother?” According to a flurry of emails, many of my buddies are loving this book. Meanwhile, I am trying to put into words why I, well, don’t. Let me know if you have any brilliant thoughts. I think it’s something about the voice. I cleansed the old palate with yet another first novel, but this one so completely to my taste that I have put it on the “keeper shelf” (shelves) to be read again some day. Rachel Joyce’s novel, “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” (Random House, $25) is the story of a man on a seemingly impossible quest, a journey to save a person he knew only slightly, many, many years ago. Harold, who is retired, “with a son who doesn’t speak to him, and a wife he has betrayed,” is 65 and not very happy. Then, a letter arrives. It is from a colleague from many years ago, who took the rap for something Harold had done and was fired. Now, she is dying of cancer in a faraway hospice, and is writing to say goodbye. Harold makes a vow. He will walk 600 miles to that hospice, simply because he believes that as long as he walks, his old friend will live. He calls the hospice, tells a nurse, “Tell her Harold Fry is on his way. I want her to live. I’m going to save her.” A pilgrimage and an odyssey. “Life,” Harold discovers, “is very different when you walk through it.” He has left with few preparations, ill-dressed and wearing sneakers. Follow him through his adventures – the real ones and the ones in his head – and meet the people he meets and his thoughts as he walks “as if all his life he had been waiting to get up from his chair.” 627 miles. Wow. 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@

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AARP members, $19 non-members, $5 school employees; 845-297-3428.

First-ever Jewish Symposium in Kingston On Sunday, July 15, Rabbi Schochet of London, England will be the keynote speaker at the first Jewish Woman Symposium in Kingston. Scholars and great Jewish thinkers of our time, Dr. Chanah Silberstien, Malka Touger, Harav Berel Beyl and Rabbi Ari Raskin, will discuss the Jewish woman in the 21st century. The symposium will offer in-depth study, analysis and discussion from 11:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Congregation Agudas Achim, 254 Lucas Ave., Kingston. Admission is $18 in advance or $25 at the door. For more information contact, 845-3311176 or visit

Ride a carriage road in Mohonk Join Mohonk Preserve Land Stewardship staff for a free bike ride along the historic carriage roads from a by-gone era and enjoy the many scenic views of the ridge. Bring your own equipment including bike and helmet, plus water and a snack. Bikes must be suitable for off-pavement riding including wide tires and 15 or more gears. Ages 15 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This is a moderate, 10 to 12-mile bike ride. Space is limited. Call 845-255-0919 for reservations and program location.

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Society of Kingston (ASK) is sponsoring a Kingston Calendar Photography Contest. This year’s theme will be “Destination Kingston” What would a visitor or resident wish to visit and remember about Kingston? Deadline for submission is Thursday, August 16. For more information, visit the ASK website at and click on the attention photographers banner or contact Anita DeFina Hadley at jags@ Winning photos will be displayed in the 2013 Calendar, one for each month and one on the cover. Approximately 4,000 calendars will be printed and distributed throughout the area.

ART Dutchess County Art Association/ Barrett Clay Works has announced its 4th Annual National Juried Cup Show Ceramics Exhibition featuring juror Kala Stein, Guest Curator at the ScheinJoseph International Museum of Ceramic Art and Instructor in Ceramics at NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University. The National Cup Show is an exhibit that highlights the many diverse interpretations of the cup. This event helps to promote contemporary ceramic artists locally and nationally to celebrate the creativity and endless interpretations of the simple form: a cup. Exhibition Dates: September 1 - October 6; Extended Submission Deadline: Tuesday, July 31 at 6 p.m. Opening Reception on Saturday, September 1st, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Barrett ClayWorks, 485 Main St., Poughkeepsie. Entry Fee: $35 for the first 3 images; $6 for each additional image. For prospectus, call 845-471-2550 or e-mail LSpence@

e-mail us your events: << continued from page 12 for developmental milestones like speech, fine motor and social skills; Free; Call 2-1-1 or 1-800899-1479 to schedule screening appointment. ‘Bringing Up Baby;’ Wednesday, July 18; 6:30 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; Free; 845-876-2903. ‘Hugo;’ Thursday, July 19; 3:30 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; Free; 845-876-2903. DJ Pauly D; Thursday, July 19; 9:30 p.m.; MidHudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie; Special guests TBA; $30; 845471-1966 or ‘Rhinebeck’ Book Discussion; Thursday, July 19; 7 p.m.; Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; Local historian Michael Frazier will discuss his new book about the town of Rhinebeck’s significant history; 845876-0500; AARP Defensive Driving Course; Thursday, July 19 and Friday, July 20; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Grinnell Library, 2642 East Main St., Wappingers Falls; Two-part defensive driving course; $17

‘PHOTOgraphy’ Opening Reception; Friday, July 20; 5-7 p.m.; Red Hook CAN Gallery, 7516 N. Broadway, Red Hook; Juried by Henry Horenstein; On view through Aug. 19; Chris Barron of the Spin Doctors; Friday, July 20; 8:30 p.m.; Town Crier Cafe, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling; or 845-877-1300. Morton’s Acoustic Music Show; Friday, July 20; 8 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; Featuring The Greg Douglas Band, Moss Meredith, Elaine Rachlin, Ann Teed and The Riches; Free; 845-876-2903. ‘Dear Mother Nature’ Gallery Talk and Workshop; Saturday, July 21; 2 p.m.; Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz; Gallery talk with Linda Weintraub, curator of ‘Dear Mother Nature: Hudson Valley Artists 2012’ followed by an origami crane demonstration workshop with artist Claire Lambe; $5 suggested donation; 845-257-3844. Sugar Ray and The Bluetones; Saturday, July 21; 8:30 p.m.; Town Crier Cafe, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling; or 845-877-1300.

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Pickering filming the Kickstarter promo video in the WWI museum hangar. Photo by Francesco Paulo Cordaro.

Red Hook graduate makes film about Rhinebeck Aerodrome BY MADELINE ROSE MCSHERRY

“I’ve been filming out of helicopters since I was 16,” said Devin Pickering about his previous in-flight filming experience. Son of award-winning filmmaker and composer Danny Pickering, Devin grew up around high-quality video and sound equipment, as well as a passion for film. Several months ago, when the 24-year-old decided to spearhead a documentary, he began by looking in his own backyard – literally. Growing up near the Rhinebeck Aerodrome, he became interested in learning more about this “living” aviation museum in the Hudson Valley. He was impressed by the attitude and energy he found both at Aerodrome and within its volunteers. What makes the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome unique is not just its impressive and expansive collection of pre-WWI aircraft, but also the fact that these planes

continue to be flown today. This is the legacy and spirit left at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome by its founder Cole Palen, who passed away in 1993. He believed in actually flying these outdated, vintage planes instead of just housing them in a museum to collect dust. Pickering’s documentary, “Aerodrome,” will explore aviation by starting back at the roots of flying; he will use the Rhinebeck Aerodrome as both a contrast to and basis for flying in today’s high-speed world. It is an exploration, he says, that will take us back in time for a moment. In fact, while Pickering and his crew are filming on site, they are required to don 1920s aviation gear, complete with aviator’s goggles, scarves, suspenders and boots. The film crew, just like all the other volunteers on the ground and in the air, must inhabit and exude the spirit of early aviation history through role-play. “We live in a time of such advanced technology,” said Pickering. But since the planes used at the Aerodrome do not rely on today’s advanced flight technology, the pilot’s skill becomes the most important factor in flying. “Aerodrome” will offer a unique and

fascinating look at both Rhinebeck’s living museum and the world of aviation today. The film will provide a special and up-to-date analysis that will greatly differ from the Aerodrome documentary, “Cole Palen’s Flying Circus,” which was created more than 20 years ago, during Palen’s lifetime. Pickering’s story will have to explore Palen’s impact, as well as the challenges that face the Aerodrome today as it tries to sustain itself in a world of rapidlyevolving technologies and increasing safety regulations that might put limits on how and when the planes can be flown. “At the end of the day, if your engine cuts and you’re in a bad situation, it doesn’t matter what regulations are in place,” said Pickering of the possible dangers at work at the Aerodrome. His film will portray both the exhilaration and danger that flying these antique planes involves and will touch upon the plane crash that killed an Aerodrome pilot in 2008. Pickering does not plan to conform his film to the norms of documentary work, but rather plans to push the boundaries. “I’m trying to blur the line between

movie and documentary,” he said. And his artistic edge is evident and impressive, with his creation of the film’s original soundtrack and his colorful, wide-angle camera shots that give off a Wes Anderson feel. “It is a documentary for sure, but it is also a movie. We are trying to be as cinematic as possible.” Pickering and his partners in production, James Foster and Francesco Cordaro, plan to begin filming towards the end of July and hope to complete the film by October. They will submit the documentary to the Sundance and Tribeca film festivals in the fall. Look for the local premiere of “Aerodrome” in October, which will be open to the public and will take place at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck. Through the use of websites, including Facebook and Kickstarter, Pickering managed to raise enough money to begin production. He received generous contributions from local supporters as well as from sponsors from all over the world. If you are interested in supporting Pickering and his project, look for him on Facebook or contact him via email at

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A photograph of Wells Manor in Rhinebeck, from the Museum of Rhinebeck History’s Daley Collection, shows great detail of the house, and it looks pretty much as it appears today. Photo by Tom Daley

The Kiersted Family of Rhinebeck

BY CAROLINE CAREY The 12th annual Save the Esopus Lighthouse Regatta will take place on Saturday, July 21 on the Hudson River. The sailing regatta will begin with a boat line-up in the Hudson River, just south of the Walkway over the Hudson at approximately 10 a.m., with a race start of 10:30 a.m. The racecourse will continue north with the finish line between the Poughkeepsie Yacht Club, the host of the regatta, and the tip of the Esopus Island. All proceeds from the regatta entry fee of $35 will benefit the restoration and preservation of the 1871 Esopus Lighthouse. The Poughkeepsie Yacht Club is located on Yacht Club Rd., Hyde Park, and it is the spot to gather for the best viewing of the finish line. Following the regatta, the Poughkeepsie Yacht Club will host an awards ceremony, and food and beverages will be available. {18} July 11, 2012 | | Hudson valley news

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BY STEVEN MANN One of the Dutch families from the western side of the river who settled in Rhinebeck was the Kiersted family. The Kiersted-DuBois Homestead at 119 Main St. in Saugerties is a well-appointed stone house and is the headquarters of the Saugerties Historical Society. It dates from circa 1727 for the earliest part of the house. Dr. Christopher Kiersted (17361791) purchased the house from Daniel DuBois. It was saved from demolition in 1955 by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Steele, and the Historical Society acquired it in 1998, with help from the Village of Saugerties. The Kiersted-Heermance-Teller-Wells House, known as Elmwood, is located at 57 West Market St. in Rhinebeck. It is the old stucco-faced house that has undergone much renovation over the past few years. The earliest part of the house dates from 1793, and the first family moved in on October 19 of that year, according to family records. A good part of the house is credited with being built by Dr. Hans Kiersted and his son-in-law, Gen. Martin Heermance. John Teller owned the house after Gen. Heermance. The recognizable tower and other additions came at later dates. The house has looked pretty much the same since 1867, at which time its end result resembled the current Italian villa plan. More tenured residents will remember its resident, Miss Caroline Wells, a descendant of the Teller family. The

Wells Manor residential community on Astor Dr. is named in her family’s honor. Younger residents may remember “Tommy” Thomson who lived there as a bachelor in the 1980s and 1990s. He was a talent agent in New York City. To learn more about this house, please refer to Nancy Kelly’s book, “Rhinebeck Historic Architecture.” The Kiersted-Freligh plot is located on the summit of the Rhinebeck Cemetery near the Mill St. entrance. Members of the Wager, Kipp, Tremper, Riley and Traver families are buried nearby. It is difficult to summarize such an important family in this space. The genealogy I have prepared on the family is almost 180 pages long and covers a dozen generations. On July 21 and 22, the Kiersted family reunion will be held at the Kiersted House. Members of various branches of the family will convene in Saugerties and enjoy a two-day celebration of their history. There will be guest speakers focusing on the family’s history as well as a special church service on Sunday, July 22, with local tours of sites significant to the family in that vicinity. I wonder if any of them will make their way to Rhinebeck or Hyde Park. Local historian Steven Mann serves on the board of the Museum of Rhinebeck History. Respond to this column by emailing

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BY CAROLINE CAREY The Amenia Garden Club will host its 15th Annual Hidden Garden Tour on Saturday, July 14. This year, in addition to its eight favorite gardens, there will be two technical gardens on the tour. The gardens on the tour this year will include Diana Hanbury King’s “Bird Song.” King is the founder of Kildonan, a school for dyslexia and language-based learning differences. Maxine Paetro, who co-authored eight books with James Patterson, will be opening “Broccoli Hall,” which features stunning vistas and exotic coy ponds. Paul Arcario, dean of LaGuardia College, is opening his Japanese strolling garden, “Jade Hill,” which has been featured in national magazines. George Fenn’s “Mead Farm House,” a Garden Conservancy treasure with its quintessential historic farm, will also be open for the day. As well as Clare Calabria’s historic

enjoy on the lawn at Calabria’s or on the porch at Birdsong. All of the proceeds from the tour and other donations made by local merchants are used to enhance the five hamlets of the town of Amenia. Over the past years the Amenia Garden Club has given away close to 60,000 flowers bulbs including daffodils and chionodoxa, the little blue flowers you see each spring along the streets and roadsides of Amenia. The bulbs are available in September and can be picked up by any resident of Amenia for planting along their street and roadside. Last year, the bulbs were picked up in under a week. Gardens are always a work in progress, so even if you have been on the tour before, you’ll find new plantings and spaces along the way. From the goldfish pond at “Birdsong” to the raspberries at VauxHall, each garden brings a unique perspective to outdoor living. Mead Farm. Photo submitted. This year, the tour will also be featuring two technical gardens, Olde Forge Organics and Wassaic Community Farm. The technical gardens are a good way to see sustainable agriculture at a local level. Olde Forge Organics is a terrific example daylily garden, Phantom’s Rock’s “green” of aquaponics in action. The trout are mountain-top garden, VauxHall Gardens’ raised in tanks, which creates a nutritional country-side garden, Neverrest and two water source for the micro-greens and technical gardens. vegetables. At Wassaic Community Farm, Lunches will be available from 12 a mobile greenhouse on tracks shelters the p.m. to 2 p.m. for $5 at Clare Calabria’s more tender plants and their farmscape gardens. The box lunches make a lovely specializes in companion planting of portable meal for the tour, which you can native medicinals. The gardeners will be Birdsong. Photo submitted. there to welcome you to their gardens and to answer any questions you may have. Rain or shine, they look forward to your visit. On Friday night, there will be a “Meet the Gardeners” wine and cheese party at Mead Farm House located at 224 Perry Corners Rd., Amenia. Everyone is invited to stop by to meet the hosts of this year’s gardens and talk about all things gardening. The tickets are $20 (free for children) and the gardens will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets will be on sale at Four Brothers Plaza at the intersection of Rtes. 22 and 44 in the center of Amenia beginning at 9:30 a.m. The ticket will include a brochure with maps and a lunch menu. Additional information can be found at



Co-chairs of Pick of the Crop,Barbara Blake, left, and Susan Magee, center, inspect the new sign for Mr. McGregor’s garden with gardener Jayne Bentzen. Photo submitted.

Sneaky children will have the opportunity to don bunny ears and sneak into Mr. McGregor’s garden for a carrot at the Washington Garden Club’s Kitchen and Garden Tour, Pick of the Crop. Mr. McGregor’s Garden is one of six gardens featured in Pick of the Crop. The weekend will begin with a cocktail party and boutique on Friday, July 20, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Bryan Memorial Town Hall. The party will feature farmfresh hors d’oeuvres prepared by area chefs, a boutique of gift items, a wine and beer tasting, as well as live music. In addition to Mr. McGregor’s garden there will be a petting zoo with bunnies, Jemima Puddle Duck, and baby lambs. Children can plant seeds in little decorated pots, follow illustrated signs through the garden to discover different kinds of plants and enjoy a pony ride in the meadow. Older children (and even parents) can try the swing that arches out over the stream, or the trampoline, or learn about the historic mill and property from a volunteer historian on the site. The Kitchen and Garden Tour takes place on Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featured properties focus on working gardens, wine and root cellars, fruit trees, vegetables, berries, herb gardens and even chickens and livestock. Tickets for the cocktail party and garden tour are $50 per person. Children under 12, accompanied by an adult, are welcome to attend the garden tour free of charge. Additional information is available at

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Clinton Alliance Summer Experience The Clinton Alliance Church invites children and adults to a free event, the Clinton Alliance Summer Experience. This event will be hosted at the Clinton Alliance Church from Monday, July 23 to Friday, July 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 1192 Centre Rd., Rhinebeck. The kids’ program, for pre-kindergarten through 6th grade students, will be “Sky: where faith and imagination soar as kids discover everything is possible with God.” The kids will experience Bible adventures, sing catchy songs, make yummy treats and test out amazing experiments. Plus, kids will experience an exciting planetarium. Different adult programs will occur each day and will feature, for women flower arranging, needle-felting, jewelry making, cooking and knitting for beginners. The men’s activities will be golfing tips, hunting dogs, bee keeping and model trains. There is a small charge for optional purchase of certain adult program materials. There will also be nursery care for infants through age 3.

Assemblyman candidate David Byrne (standing) talks to Clinton resident Carol Hues and Clinton Councilman Mike Appolonia at the senior picnic held in the Town of Clinton; Below: Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and former-Clinton Town Supervisor Ray Oberly. Photos submitted.

On Friday, there will be a family barbecue for all the participants at 6:30 p.m. This event is free for the whole family. Registrations are requested to help

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Senior Picnic for towns of Clinton, Hyde Park, and Pleasant Valley Report The Dutchess County Division of Aging Services held their chicken barbecue senior picnic for the residents of the towns of Clinton, Hyde Park and Pleasant Valley on June 20 at Frances J. Mark Memorial Park in Clinton. The beautiful sunny day brought many seniors out for the picnic. The temperature was in the mid-90s with high humidity giving a heat index of around 100 degrees. A light breeze and fans made the picnic more pleasant. The seniors enjoyed the barbecue chicken, rolls, salad, baked beans and beverages. The show by Bob Martinson included singing of many oldies for the seniors. Division of Aging Services’ Joe Ryan welcomed everyone to the picnic and was the master of ceremonies. Joe reminded the attendees that the Division of Aging Services’ offers a free “Spotlight” newsletter that contains senior activities {20} July 11, 2012 | | Hudson valley news

and information and it is also available online, in senior centers and from the Division of Aging Services at 845486-2555. Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro welcomed the attendees and encouraged them to participate in commenting on the 2013 county budget by taking the survey on the county’s web page, before July 31. There is approximately a $40 million shortfall in the budget and he is soliciting public comment on how to reduce expenses to prevent a tax increase. Molinaro met with many residents to hear their comments and concerns. Before and after the meal, exhibitors were available to provide information on various topics to help seniors. Rachel Dildilian from the Pleasant Valley Lyme Support Group provided information on Lyme and tick-borne related diseases. Nancy Cimbrello from the Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County Nutrition Education Program was discussing the importance of a nutritious diet. The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) was seeking more senior volunteers. They provide a wide variety of services to the community; elderly and veteran transportation for shopping and doctor visits, working in food closets and pantries, mentoring children, and many other activities. The Dutchess County Division of Aging Services had much information available on their services and other senior related information. Mary Ellen Geary from Wingate Health Care provided information on their services. She commented that Wingate is a sponsor of all the senior picnics. Adult Services Supervisor Patricia Sheldon from Dutchess County Department of Social Services provided information on protecting adults from abuse and neglect. The Mid Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union provided information on the financial services they provide and their membership requirements. Thanks are given to the towns and organizations for their help in underwriting the cost of the picnic. There was no cost for the attending seniors. The main organizer was Patricia Brown, a Clinton resident, with the able assistance of Joe Ryan, other Division of Aging Services staff, and Dutchess County DPW workers. Everyone looks forward to coming to this picnic as one of their major social summer activities.

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Darren Good Golf Tournament I had all but given up on interviewing Roxanne Myers about the Darren Good Golf Tournament when much to my delight, she showed up at my evening yoga class last Monday. So, at long last, here’s the story of the tournament which was held way back on May 18 in honor of our beloved friend and accomplished fry cook Darren Good. Roxanne had the idea for a golf outing in Darren’s honor almost a year before it took place. She told me that Darren loved to golf more than just about anything else, and that the two of them would sometimes golf up to four times a week. “And we weren’t even good!” Roxanne said. “We would hit the balls all over the place, and have a great time.” I love that story because it says so much about both Darren and also about Roxanne, two people who just love life and don’t take themselves too seriously. So, a few months before the date, Roxanne started spreading the word and making all of the arrangements. Golfers had to be over 21 because Baird Park serves beer on the course. But, with only that age restriction, the teams of four ranged in age from early-20-year-olds to a few in their 70s. In all, 74 golfers participated. Prizes were awarded for first and second place and also for the “most honest” team (which Roxanne explained, is the award for the worst, or highest score). Roxanne can’t remember exactly which team won these awards, or the other two prizes which were for longest drive and closest to the pin. But, she says, they really weren’t there for the competition. It was just for fun and to remember Darren and his goofy love of golf. The dinner after golfing was held at Copperfield’s Restaurant. Over 100 people attended, including friends and families of the golfers. Everyone had a wonderful time and many glasses were raised to Darren, whose spirit was present throughout. With the money raised from the tournament, Roxanne hopes to work with the Stanford Fire Company to start a children’s bicycle safety program. Her goal is to use the money raised in Darren’s name to purchase bike helmets for children as part of this program. It’s a great way to help turn the Good’s family tragedy (Darren’s fatal bike accident) into

something positive, and possibly prevent a tragic accident for a young rider. I’m sure there will be opportunities for non-golfers to donate toward this program when it comes about. Thank you to Roxanne and all of the teams who played in this tournament. “Goodie” was surely smiling down at you all while you were playing. (By the way, thank you to astute reader David Gerlitz of Hyde Park who corrected my spelling of Darren’s last name. Mr. Gerlitz called me a few weeks ago to let me know about the misspelling. Being a long-time friend of Darren’s father, Rich, he picked up that mistake right away. My apology for the error.)

Dog Wash Report Last week I mentioned that Bridget and I took our two shaggy dogs, Pedro and Ana, to the Dog Wash at the Grand Avenue Car Wash in Poughkeepsie. We had seen signs for this and Bridget couldn’t wait to try it out. So, last Saturday, we loaded up the dogs and headed down to the Dog Wash. It was a complete riot! We laughed so hard, the folks washing their cars must have thought we were bonkers. Here’s how it works. There are two glassenclosed booths and in each there is a raised sink with a rubber-covered ramp leading up to it. You walk your dog up this ramp and clip their collar to a strap installed above the sink. Then, you simply follow the very clear directions printed on the walls, such as, “Wash your dog from tail to head. This will make him less likely to shake.” Which we did, and it was in fact true! There is a dial just like in the self-service car wash bays. Only instead of soap, rinse, brush, wax, this dial had the following settings: disinfect sink, tear-free shampoo, oatmeal shampoo, skunk odor eliminator, conditioner, warm rinse, hot rinse, wet dog vac (my personal favorite) and small or large dog dryer. Our dogs are goldendoodles, and as such are pretty used to being washed at the groomers. But, when washing them at home, they are clearly unhappy. Probably because we use the garden hose and the water is very cold. Not so at the Dog Wash! They were entirely content as we soaped and rinsed them with the nice, warm water. Pedro wasn’t crazy about the Wet Dog vacuum, but that could be because I accidentally vacuumed his ear. Oops. When Bridget and I got completely silly, though, was when we fired up the big dog dryer. We hadn’t considered where the excess water was going to go, and that dryer had the force (almost) of a leaf blower. Well, as soon as I pointed it at the dog, little doggie-smelling water droplets went all over Bridget. We laughed

Golfers turn cartwheels at the Darren Good Golf Tournament in May at Baird Park. Photo by Kathleen Generelli.

like crazies while the dogs just looked at us like “well, what did you expect?” The cost for the self-service Dog Wash is $7 per dog, if you stay focused and don’t fall down in a fit of giggles for half the time. (Ours cost a bit more.) The facility was clean and the attendant was super nice. It sure beat having to manage all that doggie shampoo and getting shook all over with ground-temp water, and no mess in the house! Plus, it was really much more comfortable for the dogs. We’ll do it again, for certain. Check it out at 15 N. Grand St., Poughkeepsie. Bring some old towels, though, because before you drive home, you’ll want to get the last of the water off your dog. The dryer only gets them to the ‘slightly damp’ stage, unless you have hours to stand there blow-drying, which we did not. I was glad I had the foresight to bring along some towels, one for drying and the other to place on the car seat. Try it out, if for no other reason than to get silly and drenched on a hot day.

ALS Fundraiser at Wilcox Park I wrote at some length last week about my friend Cathy White’s ALS Fundraiser which is coming up soon at Wilcox Park. Four bands will be playing 1-7 p.m. For a ticket price of just $20 per adult and $10 per child (15 and under), guests will enjoy a picnic lunch, use of all park facilities including swimming and boating, and six hours of live music. Bands/singers that will be playing are: Hilary York, Playful Relics, Bob and the Boys, and the Campcreekband. Please consider joining us on July 28 to support the St. Peter’s Regional ALS Center in Albany. Cathy is having this benefit to help the Regional Center provide support and care to patients who, like Cathy’s brother Stephen, suffer from this terminal disease.

Tickets for this event must be purchased in advance because there is limited capacity at the pavilion. Call Cathy to reserve your tickets at 845-752-2282 before July 14, if at all possible, so she can get a count for food and drinks. For more information about St. Peter’s ALS Regional Center, please visit Please note, Dutchess County residents will also be charged $5 per carload for parking at Wilcox park. (Non-county residents $10.) Wilcox Park is located at 1639 Rte. 199, Stanfordville.

Upcoming Events I have already way exceeded my allotted space this week, so just quickly, here are three other events coming up in July. United Church of Christ Free Summer Lunch is July 14 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Stanford Rec pavilion. If it’s anything like last year, this will be a feast not to be missed. Free Fit Club will be held at town hall. Classes will be led by Maureen Canevari on Saturdays at 9 a.m., starting July 21. For more information, call Maureen at 845-3997123, or visit An introduction to babysitting course will be held at the Stanford Library, Monday, July 23 from 4 to 8 p.m. for 5th graders (this fall) and up. The course will be taught by certified trainer Denise Schirmer. Participants should bring a notepad and a pencil. Pizza and beverages will be provided. Space is limited, so please call 845-868-1341 to register. OK, end of very long column. See you all next week! Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or

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COMMUNITY FOUNDATION HELPS LOCAL NOT-FOR-PROFITS ENHANCE EFFICIENCY BY HV NEWS STAFF Community Foundation of Dutchess County awarded nearly $24,000 to 15 local not-for-profit groups for new equipment and staff training. The grants were presented at the Spring 2012 Community Response Grants Award Reception at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center in Poughkeepsie. Community Foundation president and CEO Andrea Reynolds said the grants will improve the agencies’ efficiency, enabling them to devote more resources to direct programming. “These grants are designed to address necessary operational requirements that are getting harder to fund under traditional grant formulas,” Reynolds said. Funds for such grants for agencies in Dutchess, Ulster and Putnam counties are raised at the Community Foundations’ annual Garden Party event each fall. Applications for the next round of grants will be available in August on the Community Foundation website, Since April, the Community Foundation has awarded a total of $311,507 for dozens of projects and programs from charitable funds established by businesses, individuals, families and nonprofits. They include funds for such diverse activities as an anti-bullying workshop for school children run by the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center; a therapeutic gardening project at Grace Smith House, which shelters and supports victims of domestic violence; sponsorship of the Brentano String Quartet for the Howland Chamber Music Circle and assistance to families without medical insurance

who are served by the Dutchess County Community Action Partnership. The $23,950 in Spring Community Response Grants included: • Purchase of computers for the Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Dutchess County Arts Council, Kids Place: A Place for Kids to Be, Poughkeepsie Day Nursery and the Mediation Center of Dutchess County; • Staff training at Abilities First, Battered Women’s Services of Family Services, and Hudson River Housing; • Four new video cameras and other equipment for the Children’s Media Project; • Materials for a new deck and other improvements at the Hopewell Depot historic site; • Hot and cold containers for Meals on Wheels of Wappingers; • Machine shop fabrication equipment for the Mid-Hudson Workshop for the Disabled; • Equipment for a new garden at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project; • Supplies for the Trinity United Methodist Church Food Pantry, and • Copies of the book, “The Maltese Falcon,” and transportation costs for the Poughkeepsie Library District’s annual Big Read project for local school children. For more than 40 years, the Community Foundation of the Hudson Valley has been distributing funds from thousands of donors, connecting people who care with causes that matter. Last year the agency accepted more than $3 million in donations and awarded more than $1.8 million in grants and scholarships.

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MEDICAL EQUIPMENT DONATED OVERSEAS BY HV NEWS STAFF The Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary Club sent $127,000 worth of medical equipment to the African nation of Uganda this year. The Club has been collecting and sending medical supplies to hospitals and clinics in third world nations over the past 10 years. Ray Norat, Director of International Services, has led the project since its inception in 2002. The club has solicited donations of surplus equipment and supplies that have been replaced or up-dated from local hospitals, physicians, dentists and individuals. This type of equipment is in high demand overseas. Over the past 10 years, close to $500,000 worth of good “used” medical materials have been shipped to Dominica, Haiti, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Uganda. From its inception, the program has relied on Rotarians to collect and store equipment and supplies, with assistance of local individuals and organizations, to provide storage until arrangements could be made for shipment to the destinated country. In addition, the Rotary Club’s policy requires host Rotary clubs in the receiving countries to raise the shipping costs and oversee the distribution of the equipment. This

co-operative venture involving local Rotarians, members of the local and international medical communities and volunteers bring life-saving health-care equipment and supplies to those in need, truly exemplifying Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.” Since this program began, Rotary has provided a complete micro-surgical unit for cataract extraction, gynecological ultrasound units, tracheal tubes, a wide variety of orthopedic equipment and supplies, and countless bandages, ointments, bedding and surgical supplies. The rotary has also provided hospital beds, incubators, stretchers, wheelchairs and hundreds of pairs of shoes. The Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary President Rita Brannen noted that, “It is the concerted effort of many individuals, community service organizations, government representatives, and health care institutions that transformed this terrific idea into reality. All of our present and past partners believe that this is a sterling example of what can be accomplished when organizations work together to achieve a common goal that benefits the society across local and international boundaries.”

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R.J.C. DEVELOPERS, LLC Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (“LLC”). Articles of Organization filed New York Sec. of State (“NYSS”) 4/22/02. 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 Relyea Services LLC, P.O. Box 5167, Albany, NY 12205-0167. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC) Name: CRUCLUB LLC, Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/04/2012. 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: CRUCLUB LLC, 47 East Market Street #2, Rhinebeck NY 12572. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Latest date upon which LLC is to dissolve: No specific date.

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Notice of formation of VINTAGE GUITARS, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/18/2012. Office location, County of Dutchess. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 10 Oakwood Blvd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. Purpose: Any lawful act. Notice of Formation of a Limited Liability Company (LLC) NAME: DS Electric of the Hudson Valley LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/18/2012. 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: DS Electric of the Hudson Valley LLC, PO Box 701, Hyde Park, NY 12538. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Latest date upon which LLC is to dissolve: No Specific date. Notice of formation of 105 FIELD ROAD LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/17/2012. Office location, County of Dutchess. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 417 Park Avenue, NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful act.

Neshex, LLC, 3 Neptune Road Suite N11 Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Legal Notice: NOTICE OF FORMATION OF: NESHEX, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 6/11/2012. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 3 Neptune Rd Ste N11, Poughkeepsie NY 12601. Purpose: for any lawful purpose. WILD RUMPUS, LLC Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (“LLC”). Articles of Organization filed New York Sec. of State (“NYSS”) 5/23/12. Office loc. Duchess 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, P.O. Box 262, 211 Allen Road, Salt Point, New York 12578. There is no specific date set for dissolution. Purpose: to engage in any lawful activity or act. Name and Business Address of Organizer is John R. Marvin, Esq., 6369 Mill Street, P.O. Box 151, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. Legal Notice Please Take Notice: That the Village of Rhinebeck Board of Trustees will be holding a special meeting on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 6:00 pm, at the Village Hall, 76 East Market St., Rhinebeck. The purpose of this meeting is an executive session for personnel matters.

B R A N DY I E L D C O N S U LT I N G , LLC Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (“LLC”). Articles of Organization filed New York Sec. of State (“NYSS”) 5/29/12. Office loc. Duchess 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, 17 Mill Street, 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 John R. Marvin, Esq., 6369 Mill Street, P.O. Box 151, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. NOTICE PURSUANT TO SECTION 206 OF THE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY LAW 1. The name of the Limited Liability Company is TWO HOFFMAN AVENUE, LLC 2. The Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State on May 25, 2012. 3. The office of the Limited Liability Company is to be located in Dutchess County. 4. The Secretary of State has been designated as agent of the Limited Liability Company upon whom process against it may be served, and the post office address within or without this State to which the Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any process against it is: 33 Valkill Road, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601. The purpose of the business is to engage in any lawful act or activity.

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BY HV NEWS STAFF The Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary club installed the officers and board of directors for the year 2012-2013 at a dinner meeting held at Christo’s Restaurant on Wilbur Blvd. Incoming President Jim Brown was introduced by Assistant District Governor Skip Rottkamp of the Fishkill Rotary club, followed by installing the 2012-2013 officers and board of directors. Those who will serve for the next year are: President Jim Brown, President-Elect, Ellen Baker, Vice President, Michelle McCourt, Secretary, James Brown, Treasurer, Brian DiFilippo, and Sergeant at Arms, Dr. Elliot Sussin. Board of Directors are: Neal Marsh, Mary Louise Van Winkle, Roger Risko, Martin Charwat, Al Grant, Don Davis, Roland Butts and Eben Yager. In her remarks, Brannen thanked the members for their support and noted that the club had helped the community by raising thousands of dollars for scholarship awards to students in the greater Poughkeepsie area, the continuing support

of the Dutchess County Science Fair, Rotary’s Safe Water project in developing countries, the ongoing support of Abilities First, the collecting and distributing of medical equipment and supplies for Uganda and the PolioPlus Rotary project to rid the world of the disease. “None of this would have been possible without the leadership and hard work of our Board and our member volunteers,” she said. “Overall, our practice of ‘Service Above Self’ has had a major impact on both local and international needs.” President Brown said that he is already underway with new ideas and fund raising plans for the new year. He challenged the members to “make the community aware of our good works and get them involved, along with us, in our local projects.” Rotary is made up of business and professional men and women who work for the betterment of the community. Meetings are Thursdays at noon at Christo’s, Wilbur Blvd., Poughkeepsie. For information, contact the secretary at 845-486-2297.

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Millbrook Rotary names new officers Outgoing Millbrook Rotary President Matt Anderson hands a ceremonial gavel to incoming President Cindie Kish. District Assistant Governor Kathy Kruger, on left, conducts the formal installation ceremony. Along with Kish, John Genn will replace Ron Mosca as treasurer and Sarah O’Connell, familiar to many as a co-host of RadioRotary, is the new Sergeant-at-Arms, replacing Joan Burgess. Also during the event, Bank of Millbrook Vice-President Ron Mosca was honored for his years of service. Mosca joined the Millbrook Rotary in 1974, one year after it was founded as the Central Hudson Rotary. Shortly after his term as club president in 1980-81, he became club treasurer in 1983 and held the position for the next 30 years. Photo by Charlotte Mann.


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