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BY STOP & SHOP CLEAR CUT ‘Looks like somebody dropped a bomb’

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BY HV NEWS STAFF Stop & Shop has people buzzing but it’s not about the new store, it’s about what happened on the site of the old store. Seemingly, without notice, the chainsaws and bulldozers laid waste to scores of trees that for years provided a beautiful buffer between the supermarket parking lot and congested Rte. 9. In addition, a visit to the site showed the parking lot littered with garbage and vulgar

graffiti spray painted on a store window. What’s somewhat confusing is the explanation being put forth by Hyde Park town officials. Zoning Administrator Tad Moss told Hudson Valley News that removing the trees from the site was in the original site plan approved years ago when constructing the facility. Also worth noting is that Hyde Park has long had a policy of asking

or requiring businesses to plan their buildings so as to maintain Hyde Park’s fading rural character. But it was Planning Board Chairman Michael Dupree’s defensive and unsolicited comments Monday night’s town board meeting that raised a few eyebrows. Clearly responding to community concern about the loss of > >continued on page 3

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‘DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER’ BY HV NEWS STAFF The New York State Police Troop K squad is participating in a national impaired-driving enforcement campaign called the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over National Crackdown,” that started Friday, Dec. 14 and will be in effect through New Years Day. More than 20,000 police agencies nationwide are expected to participate. During this period, the New York State Police are planning 30 sobriety checkpoints, 10 saturation details, 18 underage drinking and sales to minors details, and 41 additional dedicated local driving while intoxicated (DWI) patrols. Saturation details consist of multiple roving units that target a specific area of focus. It is a massive effort supported largely through grants from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, aimed at preventing tragedies during the Holiday Season. “The Holiday Season is all about the joy of families and friends, but each year the season turns to sorrows for some as a result of traffic crashes resulting from drinking and driving,” said State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico. “We are starting our enforcement this weekend with full knowledge there will be numerous office parties and other gatherings in the coming weeks where alcohol may be consumed, and we are asking everyone who drinks to designate a driver or arrange safe transportation in advance to secure the happiness of the season for your loved ones.” Last year during the state-wide holiday enforcement effort, troopers made 526 arrests for DWI, and issued a total of 35,496 tickets.


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EMS call leads to pot arrest

On December 11, 2012 State Police out of Rhinebeck responded to Cove Road in the town of Rhinebeck to assist on an EMS call. A 911 call reported that a female subject at that location was having trouble breathing. As EMS were treating the victim, the trooper interviewed the victim’s daughter who, concerned for her mother’s welfare, made the emergency call to 911. While interviewing the daughter, Liana M. Fokine, 24, the trooper noticed in plain view a marijuana smoking device still containing marijuana. Fokine was subsequently arrested and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. An appearance ticket was issued directing Fokine to appear in the town of Rhinebeck Court.

Man charged with possessing stolen gun

On Tuesday, Dec. 11, at approximately 1 p.m., City of Poughkeepsie Police officers responded to a business on Mansion St. for a report of two men with guns who had threatened the owner. The suspects were reported to have left the area in a silver Audi with dealer plates. The responding officer viewed surveillance video and identified the suspects, while another officer located a silver Audi with dealer plates in the parking lot of Rite Aid at 709 Main St. A vehicle take down was conducted and one suspect was taken into custody without incident. He was identified as Troy Dancy Jr., 18, of the City of Poughkeepsie. A .9-mm handgun was recovered during the arrest; further investigation revealed that it was reported stolen

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out of Ulster County. The investigation is continuing and charges are pending against a second suspect, who has been identified. Dancy was charged with second degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class-C felony; fourth degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class-E felony; misdemeanor assault in the third degree and three counts of second degree menacing, a misdemeanor. He was held pending arraignment.

Local Wappinger man arrested for burglary

A local Wappinger resident, awaiting his commitment to the New York State Correctional Department, was arrested by members of the New York State Police, for a residential burglary on Dec. 14 in the Town of Wappinger. While responding to a complaint of a residential burglary on Spook Hill Rd. in the Town of Wappinger, troopers observed a subject walking in and out of wooded areas dressed in dark clothing. This subject was stopped and identified as 29-year-old Vincent Poliandro, a convicted burglar, who was currently out on bail, awaiting commencement of his sentence of nine to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to several burglaries from last year. During the interview of Poliandro, troopers observed his clothing to be blood-stained, and his hands were cut and bloodied. Troopers responding to the victim’s residence noticed broken glass and blood at the scene. State Police Investigators Eugene Donnelly and Noreen Winterfeldt were contacted and advised of the circumstances. Troopers assigned as crime scene technicians, along with a canine handler, also responded. The scene was processed and evidence was secured from the residence. State Police canine handler and partner “LT,” established a track from the residence, through some wooded areas, ending where troopers stopped and detained Poliandro. Evidence was obtained from Poliandro’s person, linking him to the burglarized residence. Poliandro was arraigned and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail without bail. His original sentencing is being revisited by the Dutchess County Court. Poliandro could receive up to 30 years in prison.

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Pine Plains Woman charged with DWI

On Dec. 9 at 12:00 a.m., while troopers were stopped on Rte. 9 in Staatsburg investigating a report of an injured deer, a northbound vehicle went out of control narrowly missing the trooper’s car and a guardrail. The operator stopped her vehicle after swerving across the lanes of

the highway and then came to a rest off the shoulder of the road. The troopers approached this driver and found the operator to be Stephanie Way, 26, of Pine Plains. Way failed field sobriety tests given and was arrested for driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. She was processed at State Police at Rhinebeck where she gave a positive breath sample. Way was released on an appearance ticket and issued traffic tickets returnable in the Town of Hyde Park Court.

Recent Arrests

The Hyde Park Police report the following: • Albert M. Hughes, 26, of Hyde Park, was charged with criminal mischief in the third degree, a class-E felony. • Gregory M. Semexant, 22, of Hopewell Junction, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a traffic misdemeanor. • Ashley E. Free, 26, of the Town of Poughkeepsie, was charged with falsely reporting an incident in the third degree, a class-B misdemeanor. • James L. Havens, 37, of Hyde Park, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a traffic misdemeanor. • Peter C. Urbanski, 29, of the Town of Poughkeepsie, was arrested by the Town of Lloyd Police on an active arrest warrant issued by Hyde Park Justice Court for aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a traffic misdemeanor. • Justin J. Parker, 27, of Wappingers Falls, was charged with criminal impersonation in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor. • William A. Coco, 36, of the Town of Poughkeepsie, was charged with criminal trespass in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor. • Daniel J. Smith, 39, of Hyde Park, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree. • Walter E. Simpson, 56, of the Town of Poughkeepsie, was charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class-A misdemeanor. • Grant E. Gavin, 25, of the City of Poughkeepsie, was arrested on an active bench warrant issued by the Hyde Park Justice Court for criminal possession in the fifth degree, a class-B misdemeanor. • James C. Hennekens, 32, of Red Hook, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation of law.


CLEAR CUT: DEFENSIVE TOWN OFFICIALS BLAME NEWLY DISCOVERED DISEASED TREES AND KILLER VINES board, like ones before them, continue to talk up the possibility of various big box stores coming to Hyde Park, the reality is Hyde Park’s population and economy is not sufficient to lure these stores to Hyde Park. It appears the clear cutting has stopped for the time being but Stop & Shop has indicated it will resume work this spring. The intention is to make the area bordering Rte. 9 rolling lawns and parklike, while leaving the parking lot in tact. It remains to be seen if the site will attract a tenant or if Stop & Shop can come up with a creative use for the space.

TALKBACK ON FACEBOOK Residents and local readers took to the Facebook page of the Hudson Valley News to react to the clearing of trees in front of the old Stop & Shop building in Hyde Park: Angela Louise: “They could have at least cleaned it up ... just another eye sore for Hyde Park. It’s so sad driving though my home town these days ... so sad, such a beautiful well kept town that it once was.” The beginning of the clear cutting in front of the old Stop & Shop in Hyde Park. Photo by Jim Langan. << continued from page 1

the trees, Dupree used the televised forum to say he and the town board had approved the clear cut in order to make the site more marketable. He said only after the work began, it was discovered that many of the trees were diseased and being strangled by vines. To most observers that explanation seemed a little convenient and self-serving. During the Martino administration, the owner of the now defunct St. Andrews property was observed clear cutting trees near the Stop & Shop and a community uproar ensued. The thinking was the developer was attempting to recoup some of his investment by harvesting the trees. The community reaction caused Zoning Administrator Moss to issue a rare “Stop Work” order and a public hearing on the matter took place. The sentiment at that hearing was that citizens have a right to be notified about such an action and these decisions should not be

made behind closed doors. At the end of the day, it was determined the property owner was within his rights to remove the trees. Resident Linda Adams asked, “Where is the Hyde Park Town Board on this? I thought there was a requirement for green space in front of businesses.” While there was some discussion about removing the trees at a long ago town board meeting, the sentiment is that this current board did not do a good job making things clear to residents. Another resident said, “It would have been nice to be consulted or given the opportunity to give some input. Once these trees are gone, you can’t put them back.” Another resident, Christopher Lankard said, “It looked nicer and more country with the trees. Now it looks more like Wappingers.” According to a post on Hudson Valley News’ Facebook page, Deputy Supervisor Emily Svenson said, “They

did get permission from the Town to cut down the trees to make it more marketable.” What isn’t clear is why the board OK’d this action. Both Svenson and Supervisor Aileen Rorh have long been active on behalf of environmental and other “green” issues. Rohr headed up the Visual Environment Committee and was active in the community group Stop the Sprawl. Svenson served for a time on the Conservation Advisory Committee in Hyde Park which often opposed any projects that diminished or threatened natural resources like trees or streams. More than one person has suggested Rohr and Svenson are so anxious to generate any real economic activity, they may be willing to sacrifice a few trees along the way. The sudden appearance of yet another vacant building at the gateway to Hyde Park underscores the problems plaguing Hyde Park. While this current town

Christopher Lankard: “President Roosevelt would be saddened by the current state of a once gorgeous town. I grew up in Hyde Park, went to Hyde Park schools, am raising kids in Hyde Park and own a business, and really wish things have not gone so down hill around here. And what’s with the 8 month parking lot project near the drive in for the overgrown 3-mile path that hardly anyone ever uses. Good allocation of money whoever approved that bs project. Grace Jones: “So that’s it. Cut down the trees so buyers can see it better. This town is sinking and it’s such a shame. I hate all the vacant run down buildings. Hyde Park needs to open the doors to let more desirable businesses in so we can bounce back or were gonna end up a ghost town. So sad!” Get involved in the conversation. Find Hudson Valley News on Facebook or email your Letter to the Editor to

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AREA SCHOOLS, OFFICIALS RESPOND TO SHOOTINGS IN CONNETICUT Pawling elementary teacher loses son in Friday’s tragic events BY NICOLE DELAWDER The school shooting in Newtown, Conn., just 50-miles from Poughkeepsie, has prompted school and local officials to reach out to the community following the tragic events that took the lives of 20 children and six adults. Red Hook School superintendent Paul Finch called the shootings “shocking” on the school website, noting that the Red Hook Central School District has a variety of resources available to support students and their families in difficult times. Red Hook students and parents looking for assistance should contact Finch’s office at 845-758-2241, ext. 4720. Hyde Park Schools posted a bulletin on their website, offering condolences to the families of the victims in Newtown. “This tragedy is unprecedented, and we mourn the unimaginable loss our neighbors are experiencing.” “It is difficult for a man-made disaster such as this, one that takes place in a school building, not to be felt particularly strongly by the students, parents and staff in our own school community, as well as in schools across the country and around the world,” the Rhinebeck Central School District stated. “While there can never be a guarantee against a tragedy such as this,” the district continued, it “has had safety precautions in place to increase the safety and security of our students and staff for many years. These plans are reviewed regularly and are modified as needed, in conjunction with members of the law enforcement community.” This year, the Rhinebeck Central School district utilized an arrangement with the Town of Rhinebeck Police Department that has provided the three district schools with the services of two police officers, trained as school resource officers. The officers work as liaisons with students and the community in classrooms and in the school’s unstructured areas, such as playgrounds, hallways, cafeterias and parking lots. In Pawling, the tragedy hit close to home as second grade teacher Jackie Barden lost her son in the shootings. “We have spent the weekend reviewing our staff action plan to start our interactions with students on Monday,” said W. Michael Mahoney, interim superintendent of schools. “Our efforts will focus on a usual and customary day-to-day plan for children in this pre-holiday week. Our

school building plans will be to have our routines be very normal and to remove any indication of adult stress away from our young students so that they know they are safe.” Barden, who has been an elementary reading teacher in Pawling for the past 11 years, is a Sandy Hook, Conn. resident with her husband, Mark, a professional musician. Her son Daniel, 6, was among the victims in Friday’s shooting. The couple has two other children, James, 12, and Natalie, 10. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Jackie and her family at this time and we know, too, that her thoughtful and dedicated efforts for her students would demand that we re-double our efforts in her absence to make sure that all students are well cared for, well educated, and safe” Mahoney continued. “You have my pledge that each of our professionals will work diligently to promote a positive learning environment and a supportive emotional climate for our students. While we all intend to do our best, I would ask that you join our school community in keeping Jackie’s family in your thoughts and prayers.” A fundraiser to support the Barden family has been set up at

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Daniel Barden, 6, son of Pawling Elementary School teacher, Jackie, was one of the 20 children killed in Friday’s shooting in Conneticut.

The family released a statement saying, “Everyone who has ever met Daniel remembers and loves him. Words really cannot express what a special boy Daniel was. Such a light. Always smiling, unfailingly polite, incredibly affectionate, fair and so thoughtful towards others, imaginative in play, both intelligent and articulate in conversation: in all, a constant source of laughter and joy. Daniel was fearless in his pursuit of happiness and life. He earned his ripped

jeans and missing two front teeth. Despite that, he was, as his mother said, ‘Just So Good.’ He embodied everything that is wholesome and innocent in the world. Our hearts break over losing him and for the many other families suffering loss.” Sandy Hook’s school psychologist Mary Sherlach, 56, one of the six adults killed during Friday’s events, is the daughter-in-law of Pawling’s Jay Sherlach, 84 – a former coach, teacher and longtime Pawling Elementary School principal. Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro extended condolences to the community of Newtown. “Like so many Americans, we feel grief, immense sadness and an inherent need to do something. There will be a place and time to do more – and we will.” Dutchess County flags will remain at half staff until, as President Obama requested, sunset on Dec. 18. Any resident feeling overwhelmed by sadness, grief and confusion can call the Department of Mental Hygiene’s 24 hours, seven days a week helpline at 485-9700 or toll-free at 877-485-9700. Trained, understanding mental health professionals are available to provide help and support in dealing with this tragedy.

Dutchess County Legislator Joel Tyner led a candlelight vigil Monday in front of the County Office Building demanding a ban on assault weapons similar to those used in the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings. Photo by Jim Langan.

Palatine Farmstead in Rhinebeck launches Operation Good Fences BY HV NEWS STAFF As poet Robert Frost so eloquently put it, “Good fences make good neighbors.” To be the best neighbors possible, the Palatine Farmstead is launching Operation Good Fences, to raise funds to specifically rebuild the Farmstead’s fence. The Farmstead, located at the historic center of Old Rhinebeck on Post Rd., just north of the Routes 9 and 9G intersection, is one of a very few surviving structures built by the first generation of Palatine immigrants in the Hudson Valley. To protect this valuable historic site, the house and surrounding property was deeded to the Quitman Resource Center for Preservation by its owner, Rhinebeck Equine, in July 2002. Operation Good Fences co-chairs Joanne Engle and Steven Mann are enthusiastic about the effort. Engle is a landscape designer and a retired teacher and Mann is a local historian/genealogist. Both are members of the Farmstead Committee. Engle has worked on such projects as the stone wall restoration and the archaeological digs at the Farmstead, and is working to restore some of the plantings that existed on the property. At a recent work day at the site, she was re-establishing the asparagus bed. They encourage their friends and neighbors to give as generously as possible to this initiative. Local Boy Scouts will be assisting the committee with the actual fence repair Donations are needed, and they ask for your generous support. Options include $15 for a single fence post, $25 for three rails, or $40 for an entire section of fencing. Please make checks payable to The Quitman Resource Center/Palatine Farmstead, and mail them to QRC, P. O. Box 624, Rhinebeck, NY 12572.


BY HV NEWS STAFF County Executive Marc Molinaro signed and returned the 2013 county budget to the legislator last Friday. Molinaro highlighted in a memo to legislators that the budget was signed with no vetoes. This bipartisan budget will begin a multi-year transformation of Dutchess County government while remaining under the New York State property tax cap. “We should be exceptionally thankful to the elected leaders of our towns, villages and cities for their service, contribution and sacrifice,” he stated. “So too are we grateful to Dutchess County employees who work hard every day on behalf of the people of our community.”


Pat Adams speaks on organ donations. Photo by Jim Langan.

Adams and Dutchess County partner in organ donation awareness BY JIM LANGAN Pat Adams is one of those Adams, as in Adams Fairacre Farms. At 49, he was healthy, fit and active. He worked hard at his family’s business and loved playing sports and watching his sons play sports. But somewhere in his 49th year, Pat Adams began showing signs of heart disease. Within a short period of time, Adams found himself in need of a heart transplant. Meet Jason. Shortly after birth Jason had a shunt surgically implanted in his brain for drainage purposes. It worked fine, and at age 36, Jason had been married for five years and was enjoying life. Then one morning Jason awoke with a headache, went to a doctor and was sent to the hospital. On the way to the hospital, Jason took his wife Amanda’s hand and told her he loved her. He then fell into a coma and sustained massive brain damage. As Jason lay in a vegetative state and Pat Adams lay in a hospital desperately

The process is simple and the impact is life-changing.

needing a heart transplant, Amanda learned that Jason was an organ donor. So on September 28, 2011, Jason gave his heart to Pat Adams. On Thursday at the Poughkeepsie Adams market, Pat was joined by County Executive Marc Molinaro, County Clerk Brad Kendall, Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Caldwell and Regional Chamber of Commerce President Charlie North.

Molinaro declared Saturday, December 15, Organ Donor Awareness Day in Dutchess County. “We are pleased to partner with Adams Fairacre Farms and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce to get the word out on the importance of becoming an organ donor. The process is simple and the impact is life-changing,” said the county executive. Adams told the assembled crowd that there are over 10,000 New Yorkers currently waiting for an organ transplant. He also mentioned that donating an organ can give families of donors some consolation knowing their loved ones saved lives. Molinaro remembered a trip he took, as Tivoli mayor, to Texas as part of an organ donor initiative. “I remember someone with a heavy Texas accent saying, ‘Remember, y’all can’t take ’em with you.’”

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A pall of sadness has been cast over this Christmas season. With just days to go before that happy date, our nation has suffered two mass shootings, the most horrifying at Sandy Hook Elementary School in our neighboring state. Presents under the tree seem empty. The wreath on the door fades. The carols ring hollow. This is, then, the perfect time for Christmas. It is perfect because Jesus was not born into a world where things were as they should be. We’re told his family was turned away from housing while Mary was in labor. We’re told that he spent his first days in a barn. Matthew’s gospel tells us that mere days after his birth, Jesus’s parents bundled him up and fled from the wrath of King Herod. And then, Herod’s men came and killed unnumbered young children in an attempt to wipe out Jesus, whom Herod perceived to be a threat. There were no presents, no carols, no joy. Only cries from grief-stricken mothers, as Matthew quotes Jeremiah: ‘A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.’ The point is, Jesus was born into a violent, cruel world. He willingly became subject to that violence and in time became its victim. That’s what Incarnation is – to become flesh, real, solid. He did this when it would have been so much easier to remain ethereal, spirit. He did this when so many of us in dark days would want to run toward that invisible existence we think of as God’s, where nothing can hurt us. Jesus became one of us, and the miracle of Christmas is that we are part of that same incarnation. Being incarnate, being embodied in human flesh, means that we, like Jesus, are subject to the whims of thieves, rogues and madmen. It means to be unprotected, vulnerable. But being incarnate also means that we are able to reach out in love to those who are sick, weak and harmed by those who perpe-

trate evil. To touch each other. To hug and hold the sorrowful, to lift up the fallen, to hand a plate of food to the hungry, to build a house for the homeless. Fred Rogers, better known as Mr. Rogers, said in his response to tragic events, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” Church tradition – many churches – tells us that we are in a way God’s hands. We are here as Jesus showed us to care for each other. On Christmas, we celebrate not only that He came to be one of us, to show us how much God loves us despite our weakness, our fallenness, our sinfulness, but also that he came to show us the path toward life in God. That path is physical, messy, dirty - incarnate. This Christmas, let us skip celebrating presents and trees and all the fleeting things of this world. Instead, let us celebrate the knowledge that as Christ became one of us, we are given the opportunity to live in that same dangerous world - so that we can bring the light of love to those who need it near and far. And we all need it.


Rev. Chuck Kramer felt it important to both acknowledge Christmas and the shootings and their impact on us all. Friday night, after talking with our sons about the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, my son wanted to play ping pong. We did. Then my other son wanted to watch a DVD. We did. For teenage boys, this is about as close as it gets to cuddling. They may not know it, but at the time, I was near tears both grieving for the children, the parents, grandparents, friends, families – everyone in Newtown, Conn., and thanking God that my boys were safe at home with us. One image of a grieving parent at the school haunts me. How could I go on if this happened to my child? I don’t know. A friend shared a letter from her sister who had been a teacher at a school where there had been a similar, albeit less deadly, shooting. She said the thousands of letters and notes of support that people sent to the school meant the world to her and everyone else. They were taped to the school walls so people could read them through the weeks. It was, she said, “a miracle and slow motion

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repair.” She suggested that we do the same for the staff and students of Sandy Hook Elementary. She posted the address, which I pass on to you: Sandy Hook Elementary School, 12 Dickinson Dr., Sandy Hook, CT 06482-1298. This is a good way not only to help but to cope. Serving others always helps the aching heart. Another way I cope with overwhelming situations is to go into research mode. I study every aspect of an issue into the late hours, and then get up early and do it again, until I can’t stand it anymore. There were so many directions to go here. Grieving issues, mental health and gun control are just a few. Here are some things I learned from my research – mostly from FBI and other governmental agency statistics. First, mass shootings, school or otherwise, comprise only a small fraction of the gun deaths in our country. Forty people have died so far this year in that type of shooting. More than 9,000 have died by guns overall in the U.S. this year. Second, there does seem to be an increase in the number of school shootings nationwide. While they are nothing new, the first recorded in this country was in 1764, they were relatively rare until the 1990s, and usually limited to a spurned lover or a student angry at a teacher or fellow student. Rarely were there more than two or three fatalities, and this usually included the shooter. The first mass school shooting was in 1966 when Charles Whitman killed 17 people at the University of Texas before being killed by police. From then till about 1990, there were one or two school shootings a year, sometimes none, only two of which resulted in more than three deaths. In 1999, Columbine shook us, but it was in 2006, with six school shootings that things increased. There were seven in 2007, nine in 2008, 11 in 2009, 11 in 2010 and 8 last year. There have been seven this year so far, with this being the deadliest year on record. Why the killing? I don’t know. Charles Whitman had a brain tumor, which would have been fatal before long, that officials believe pushed him over the edge. We know the killers at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado were clinically depressed. It is not clear that everyone who commits such a horrific crime is mentally ill, but that’s certainly an element. This tragedy has once again ignited the gun control issue, with gun lovers vehemently opposed to any regulations on their gun rights, and proponents of stricter gun laws saying it is about time we did something. It would take a book to address the un-

derlying issues. The fact remains, we are a violent society, and guns make it easier to be violent. While the U.S. has more gun deaths per 100,000 than any other wealthy nation, it ranks 12th overall in the world for gun violence. Eight of the countries ahead of us are from Central or South America plus Jamaica. The other three with more gun violence than us are Swaziland, the Philippines and South Africa. Let us be clear on one thing. High gun violence rates are not only about gun ownership. Some countries have nearly as high personal gun ownership rates as we do but with much smaller gun violence rates. What are they doing right that we aren’t? If we assume that everyone wants to reduce our gun death rate, it would make sense to look at countries who don’t suffer the violence we do, and then to learn from them. Virtually every European country (or, say Japan) would teach us two things: 1) Strict gun laws actually do cut down on gun deaths. Nothing can eliminate them, but I’d be pretty pleased if we could just cut them in half for now. Even in our country, states with stricter gun laws have lower gun death rates. 2) That’s not enough. As many gun advocates point out, some countries with high gun death rates have strict gun laws. The other element that countries with low gun violence rates have in common is that they are strong socially. They have a small gap between rich and poor. They have strong public education. They have strong publicly funded health care systems. They have good public mental health services. They have strong public transportation systems. And they are, based on various surveys, more content than we are. Oh, and they don’t view the government as the enemy. I don’t know if video games contribute to this sort of thing any more than I know if the news media does. But if you want someplace to start where there are observable results, this isn’t a bad way to go. One of the big tragedies of this shooting is that we can be pretty sure it won’t be the last. The news has already reported several shooting deaths in the country since then. Also, it has devolved into a fight about guns, once again dividing an already divided country. So, let’s just decide we don’t want to kill each other anymore and look around at places where they aren’t – then do what they do. It would not make Sandy Hook better, but it could bring good out of bad. 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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WHAT WAS LANZA’S MOTHER THINKING? Let me ask you the same question I posed to my wife shortly after the horrendous events at the Sandy Hook School last Friday. What kind of idiot would have an arsenal of automatic weapons in a house she shares with her whack job son? I also said I want to know a lot more about Nancy Lanza. Well, we’re beginning to learn more about her and her relationship with her son and others and it’s not a pretty picture. Early reports indicate Lanza may have been one of those survivalist nut jobs, the kind with a supply of dried food and a locker full of guns and ammo. The media continues to write about a doting mother of a troubled child. A troubled child she regularly took to the firing range where she taught him how to operate instruments of mass murder. Remember she wasn’t taking this weirdo to the skeet range; she had him blasting away like one of his violent video games. A family friend told a newspaper this kid used to have his mother sleep outside his room because he was spooked, and would get up several times during the night to make sure she was there. What was also there was a Bushmaster assault rifle, a Sig Sauer and a Glock. On Friday morning, this weirdo used one of those weapons to murder his mother before heading off to the Sandy Hook Elementary School. You’ll notice I continue to describe this kid as a weirdo because that’s what he was and I’m tired of living in a society where we care more about the sensibilities of weirdo’s and the mentally compromised than we do the innocents among us. Sometimes people

are just nuts. When I see some moron walking around in a Goth Clint Eastwood outfit, I don’t think he’s just different, I think he’s a loser and wonder what Mom and Dad think when he suits up every morning and heads out the door. We need to roll the clock back to a time when we genuinely cared for the damaged and mentally ill. Clearly the great liberal experiment of dignifying the deranged by opening the gates of mental hospitals and sending them into the general population has been a disaster. We also need to change the rules and allow family and friends of these ticking time bombs to have them evaluated and committed, if need be. Today it is virtually impossible to take someone off the street or out of your home, unless that person commits a criminal act. If someone appears menacing or potentially violent, maybe they are and we need to be more pro-active in dealing with them. After all, we wouldn’t allow Alzheimer sufferers to wander the streets unattended. Coddling and tolerance often have tragic consequences and we need to acknowledge that. It’s also time to take off the gloves and have a real, non-politicized discussion about gun control and the glorification of violence in our culture. The gun control debate is predictable and tedious. Suffice it to say, no rational person is in favor of disarming Americans, for so many reasons. However, you’re going to have to have more than the 2nd Amendment going for you to convince me any American, outside of law enforcement or the military, needs to own a assault weapon. And, President Obama and all the other liberals out there need to sit down with all those Hollywood liberal phonies and hold them responsible for the scourge of violent content in almost every facet of movies, music and video entertainment. These studio heads, artists and producers all have the blood of those children and teachers on their hypocritical hands. Unless we truly address the issue of mental health and reasonable gun regulation, this will happen again and again.

I’m tired of living in a society where we care more about the sensibilities of weirdos and the mentally compromised than we do the innocents among us.

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I would personally like to thank K104 and the Hughsonville Firehouse for participating in the drive to assist the Superstorm Sandy victims, along with the many others who made this such a success. K104 was able to deliver an enormous amount of supplies to Long Island, Far Rockaway, and New Jersey. My neighbor and good friend George Tsinias supplemented their efforts by providing a 26 foot box truck to help in transporting various supplies. Afterwards, George and I continued our collection campaign in the Town of Wappinger and the Village of Wappingers Falls. Pastor Dorsey of the United Methodist Church, as well as Kimisis Tis Theotokou of the Green Orthodox Church in Poughkeepsie, assisted us in the gathering of additional items. Wappinger Town Supervisor Barbara Gutzler allowed us to use the Town Hall, and Wappingers Falls Mayor Matt Alexander let us use the Village Hall as drop-off locations. George, along with many other volunteers, filled up that 26 ft. box truck while George and I took the relief packages to a hub in Brooklyn. From there they were distributed to residents in Far Rockaway, Coney Island, and other locations. I want to extend my deepest appreciation to George, the Wappinger Town Supervisor, the Wappingers Village Mayor, the United Methodist Church, the Greek Orthodox Church, Cablevision for covering the story, the volunteers that loaded the truck, and the many residents who so generously donated to the cause. Without everyone’s participation, what was accomplished would not have been possible. Thank you all so very much! Francena I. Amparo Dutchess County Legislator District 14


Charles Dickens evaluated our present economic system in writing about Victorian England where most of the country’s wealth was controlled by two percent of the population. Scrooge, in that top bracket, needed three ghosts to awaken him to the truth that investment in the good of others is our best investment in ourselves. What will it take for Chris Gibson to awake? Mr. Gibson signed Grover Norquist’s pledge not to raise any taxes, ever. As with any scam, at first hearing this idea sounds great, but what about the costly problems the nation has to deal with: waging war, preventing outbreaks of disease, repairing communities devastated by extremes of weather, helping farmers deal with constantly changing planting and growing seasons, protecting citizens from deranged individuals within and without our borders? Mr. Norquist, an unelected but powerful man, represents, well, someone ( the top two percent?), someones (industries that profited in bringing the world finances to the brink of dissolving at the end of the George W. Bush administration?) or something (think tank?) unknown. Mr. Norquist won’t tell. He says the law can’t make him. He is right. So, the question is this: why is Congressman Gibson representing unknown interests when the voice of the people was so clear in November? Mr. Gibson, act for your legally established constituents, break ranks with your party and demand the bilious top two percent start paying their fair share. We can balance the budget without slowing Main Street’s economy. Think people, not profiteers. Anne McCabe Union Vale

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From there he attempted to drown her in the dog’s water bowl before attempting to strangle her. Neighbors called police and Watson is charged with attempted murder. How big was that water bowl? • Thinking about taking a winter cruise? Think again. A Carnival cruise out of the U.K. had passengers driving the porcelain bus with what officials are calling the “winter vomiting bug.” Nice to know they have an official name for it. Carnival prefers calling it a “mild gastrointestinal virus.” More than 600 passengers were felled by the bug.

• Here’s a white trash alert for you. In Holly Hill, Florida, Thomas Matthew Hahn killed his roommate after the roommate arrived home drunk and started arguing about how to cook pork chops.

• Airport security in Madrid noticed a woman bleeding through her blouse and pulled her aside and examined her. It turned out the woman was attempting to smuggle three pounds of cocaine in her new breast implants. Oddly enough the woman was in transit from Bogota, Columbia. • Ravi Shankar, the Indian sitar master and guru to the Beatles, died last week at 92. Shankar once said that while

he enjoyed the exposure the Beatles brought to his sublime musical tradition, it always bothered him that Americans primarily used it as background music for acid trips. Come on, it was perfect.

• Speaking of the Sunshine State, reports say Florida is about to pass the one million mark for concealed weapon permits. That’s a lot of folks packing heat in the heat.

• Here’s more bad news for all you great white Satans out there. According to a new study, white people will officially be a minority by 2043. Does that mean there won’t be a Golf Channel or an America’s Cup?

• Also in Florida, Dorinda Patterson and Richard Eaton were married at 12:12 on 12/12/12 in Royal Palm Beach. The couple had been dating for 12 years and initially met at a nudist camp. They obviously liked what they saw.

• How about that girls’ basketball game in Indiana? Bloomington South beat Arlington High 107-2. The two points were the result of free throws. Forget the poor sportsmanship angle, I want to know how you pump in 107 points under any conditions. I’m surprised a parent didn’t come out of the stands and put an end to it.

If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. – Thomas Paine {8} December 19, 2012 | | Hudson valley news

• Out in Hyde Park, Ill. preservationists are trying to save the flat that Ronald Reagan lived in as a four-year-old. It’s currently owned by the University of Chicago and the building has been vacant for years. They plan on razing it and using the land as a park. • In Carson City, Nev. police responding to a report of a foul odor, found recluse Walter Samasko dead in his home. But it was what they found in the garage that made news. Old Walter had $7.4 million worth of gold bars and coins hidden away. It took authorities and a genealogy expert nearly a year to locate a relative who will be given the gold. Merry Christmas from the cousin you never knew! • Looks like Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry will be the choice to succeed Hillary Clinton at State. My God, Ducky, is this ever the perfect job for that self-important stuffed shirt? He and his nutty wife Teresa can put the Flying Squirrel (their G-5 Gulfstream) in mothballs and fly all over the globe on the taxpayer’s dime. The presumed nominee Susan Rice bailed when it was made clear Senate Republicans were going to put her under oath on the Benghazi debacle.

• Did you watch any of that 12/12 concert from Madison Square Garden? I have two observations. One, Bruce Springsteen looked like he was trying to pass a kidney stone and the audience looked like someone emptied out every law firm and investment bank in Manhattan. That was the whitest crowd ever north of the Masters Tournament. • Also watching the 12/12 concert were a couple in Orange County, Calif. Richard Watson and his wife began arguing over the crispiness of a pizza crust and Watson tossed the missus on the floor.

• Just in case you were worried we’d run out of Bushes, comes word that George W.’s daughter Jenna Bush Hager is with child. The child will be eligible to run for president in 2048.

Pictured: Various stocking-sized selections from Bumble & Hive in Rhinebeck. Photos by Nicole DeLawder.

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event listings throughout the Hudson Valley e-mail us your events: Deadline is noon on Friday. Listings are accurate as of press time but be sure to confirm details before you go.

A Celtic Christmas with Cherish the Ladies; Friday, Dec. 21; 8:30 p.m.; Towne Crier Cafe, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling; $35 advance, $40 door; 845-8551300. Courtesy photo.

THIS WEEK (DEC. 19-25) Annual Science Fair and Art Expo; Wednesday, Dec. 19; 1-3 p.m.; Kildonan School, 425 Morse Hill Rd., Amenia; 845-373-8111; Third Thursday Luncheon; Thursday, Dec. 20; 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.; The Church of the Messiah, 6436 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck; $6 donation; 845-876-3533. Morton Acoustic Night; Friday, Dec. 21; 8 p.m.; Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff; Featuring Grass Fed, Lisa Dudley, The Princes of Serendip, Graham Dawson and The Riches; Donations suggested; 845-876-7007.

It’s the End of the World Concert; Thursday, Dec. 20; 9 p.m.; Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock; Featuring The Big Takeover, Leonard Banks and more; 21 and over; $10; 845679-4406; Grand Slambovians; Saturday, Dec. 22; 8:30 p.m.; Towne Crier Cafe, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling; Formerly Gandalf Murphy; $25 advance, $30 door; 845-855-1300. The Sandy Cause Family Music Fest; Saturday, Dec. 22; noon-3 p.m.; Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock; Featuring Uncle Rock, > >continued on page 11

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BY NICOLE DELAWDER The holidays in the Hudson Valley give all of us the perfect opportunity to show off and support our neighbors with local treats from area businesses. We started our annual anti-mall adventure by buzzing around Rhinebeck, ducking into shops that lured us in with their seasonal window displays. On 47 E. Market St., Bumble and Hive has more than just a huge selection of sweetness, with a honey bar stocked with local and exotic offerings, including Staatsburg’s own Hummingbird Ranch – a healthy stocking stuffer for local allergy sufferers. Along with sweet treats, the shop is lined with trinkets, childrens’ goods, make-up and vintage postcards from around Rhinebeck. Also offering a variety of items, including exclusive Made in the USA toys and gifts, is the revival of the mid-century market at the Germantown Variety Store, 212 Main St., Germantown. Headed by Otto’s Market proprietor, Otto Leushel, resident cats Hansel > >continued on next page

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and Gretel will assist with your shopping, pointing out the shop’s eccentric selection, including our favorite Constructive Eating Set (pictured, previous page), vintage kitchen wares and durable glass water bottles from Lifefactory. Trinkets, stocking stuffers and unique items that aren’t mass manufactured are the perfect option to make your gifts stand out from the rest. The Hyde Park Antique Center, 4192 Albany Post Rd., is one of the many antique shops in the Hudson Valley, with over 30 years and 50 dealers offering everything from 18th century to mid-20th century collectibles (pictured, page 12). Hyde Park Consignments, 4291 Albany Post Rd., has one of the largest selections of thrift goods, allowing you to keep conscious on your dollar without compromising a good gift. And while you’re in the area, stop in to see Kim at the Surviving Sister’s Boutique, 4412 Albany Post Rd., which houses over 140 local artists, vendors and consignees with two floors of vintage-shopping bliss. Down the road, Molloy Pharmacy, 4170 Albany Post Rd., has been a staple of lastminute gifts with selections of stocking stuffers and small finds on the go. Looking for that something special while still keeping our local businesses in mind? Charles Krypel and David Yurman began selling their own jewelry lines at the Rhinebeck Craft Fair many years ago, and have both developed into significant designers. A piece of jewelry from the Charles Krypel collection would certainly be welcome under my Christmas tree. Each piece is inscribed with a discreet but powerful message of love on the inside, accented with a pink sapphire, that reads, “I love you 365 days a year.” Available in sterling silver with black sapphires ($795) or simply sterling silver (large $349, small $249), pictured above, at Zimmer Brothers, 39 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. High-quality handcrafted work by artisans of the Hudson Valley are available yearround at Craftsmen by Design in the Poughkeepsie Plaza, 2600 South Rd., Poughkeepsie. Find a unique assortment of items including Ukranian Eggs, nature art, hand-painted silk and other goods from our talented neighbors. Looking for Fair Trade? Check out Women’s Work, also in the Poughkeepsie Plaza, featuring Ostrich eggshell beaded jewelry, Botswana quality baskets, along with Equal Exchange coffee, teas and chocolates. Speaking of chocolate, Rhinebeck chocolatier Oliver Kita, 18 W. Market St., has created eight combinations of dark and milk chocolate ganache truffles to tour the Great Estates of the Hudson Valley. The Great Estates – Olana, Clermont, Montgomery Place, Wilderstein, Staatsburgh, Vanderbilt

e-mail us your events: << continued from previous page Story Laurie, Ratboy Jr., Yuletide sing-alongs, face painting and more; $10 each, $25 families; 845-679-4406; Shorty King’s Clubhouse; Saturday, Dec. 22; 8:30 p.m.; La Puerta Azul, Sycamore Square, 2510 Rte. 44, Millbrook; 845-677-2985; Advent Lessons and Carols Eucharist Service; Sunday, Dec. 23; 10 a.m; Christ Episcopal Church, 20 Carroll St., Poughkeepsie; Free; Holiday House Hunt; Sunday, Dec. 23; noon - 4 p.m.; Locust Grove Historic Estate, 2683 South Rd., Poughkeepsie; $10 adults, $8 children; 845454-4500. Christmas Eve Concert; Monday, Dec. 24: 10:30 p.m.; Christ Episcopal Church, 20 Carroll St., Poughkeepsie; “Gloria” by John Rutter; Free;

UPCOMING Decorated Mansion Tours; Dec. 26-31; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Locust Grove Historic Estate, 2683 South Rd., Poughkeepsie; $10 adults, $6 children; 845-454-4500.

Winter Welcome Week; Dec. 27-Dec. 29; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, 84 Liberty St., Newburgh; Special tours for the winter break; $4 adults, $3 seniors and students, free for children under 12; 845562-1195. New Year Reggae Jam; Saturday, Dec. 29; 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show; Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock; Featuring Royal Khaoz and DJ Queen Tubby; $10 advance, $15 day of show, $20 reserved balcony seating; 845-6794406; New Year’s Eve Celebration; Monday, Dec. 31; 7 p.m. dinner, 9:30 p.m. show; Towne Crier Cafe, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling; Featuring Debbie Davies Blues Band, Chris O’Leary Band; $45 show, $95 pre-fixe dinner and show; 845-855-1300. American Red Cross Blood Drive; Friday, Jan. 4; 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Vassar Brothers Medial Center, 45 Reade Pl., Poughkeepsie; 845-483-6405 or Health Quest Free Child Safety Seat Checks and Installation; Friday, Jan. 4; 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Beekman Firehouse, 316 Beekman Poughquag Rd., Beekman; Appointments recommended; 845-475-9742. “Awake and Sing;” Jan. 4-7; 8 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday; The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck; $16-20; 845-876-3080; > >continued on page 13

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Bard Professor, filmmaker named Rockefeller Fellow BY HVN WEEKEND STAFF Jacqueline Goss, filmmaker and associate professor of film and electronic arts at Bard College, has been named a 2012 United States Artists (USA) Rockefeller Fellow. Goss receives $50,000 in unrestricted funds, which she hopes to use to help fund a new film. “With few funding sources for truly experimental and independent media, the USA Rockefeller award means I can make my next film,” Goss stated. Goss works in film, video, animation, and programming, often in two-dimensional digital animation to create “animated documentaries,” where, in her words, “historical document meets the unabashedly subjective eye.” Her most recent film, “The Observers,” documents the climatologists who work at the Mt. Washington Weather Observatory.

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Mansion, Springwood and Boscobel – are represented in sweet treat-form, from Roosevelt Raspberry, Vandermint and Staatsburgh Strawberry. The collection is available for your favorite history and chocolate buff for $42. And if your history buff isn’t satisfied simply with chocolate, head out to one of the many historic sites in our area and dive into the gift shop, featuring books and memorabilia of your favorite site. Or keep it crafty with coupons to make plans to visit the homes of the area’s elite. Waiting to get that perfect electronic under the tree? How about customizing it from our neighbors at Brainstorm Computers in Kingston? Brainstorm Computers not only repairs and upgrades your machines, but it also offers laser engraving, ensuring that your latest trip into technology has your name all over it. The inshop laser machine is calibrated to engrave letters, numbers and images, from a light engraving to a deep engraving, including laser cutting abilities on surfaces as thick as cardboard and images as intricate as a logo on a dried bean, to a mural masterpiece on items as large as a laptop or watermelon. Visit or 321 Wall St. to tattoo your latest technology, with rates {12} December 19, 2012 | | Hudson valley news

Various gift options from the Hyde Park Antiques Center and Hyde Park Consignments. Photos by Nicole DeLawder and Jim Langan.

starting around $65. The gift of health in the Hudson Valley, for yourself or someone you love, is available from area shops and, more importantly, straight from your local farmer. CurrantC, which boasts twice the antioxidants of blueberries and more potassium than bananas, is made right in our own backyard. The Staatsburgbased farm grows and bottles various currant concoctions, with the option of picking up your farm-fresh treat straight from the farm. Visit for deals and details. Local meats, wines and cheeses are the perfect spread to make a basket for the foodie in your life. Along with our winter farmers’ markets, Greig Farm in Red Hook has started a weekly farmers’ market at the farm’s old dairy barn, 229 Pitcher Ln., from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. every Saturday. Greig Farm also offers a fresh > >continued on next page

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fruit membership, offering the farm’s harvest to bring home every Friday. Visit for details. And if you can’t decide, gift certificates to local restaurants are the perfect way to check out that new eatery you and a friend have been eyeing. Need to send something quick? How about a flying card from husband and wife, Shawn and Danielle Scianna, from Poughkeepsie? Bored with the traditional card, the Flying Card offers high-quality, full-sized Made in the USA frisbees customizable with your own message and photo, starting at $7.99. Visit for more details. And if art is your fancy, groups throughout the region are offering exclusive exhibitions for the season. The Hyde Park Artists’ Collective will keep its holiday small works show going strong until December 31, and the Barrett Arts Center will also be offering a small works exhibition and sale through January 19. Want to give a gift that gives all year round? How about a donation to one of the Hudson Valley’s worthy causes? Support our cultural staples and give back to organizations from our state parks, the Red Hook Community Arts Network and the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. How about a local gift that is delivered week after week? Subscribe to Hudson Valley News for yourself or a neighbor this holiday season to get local news delivered right to your door. Subscriptions are only $42 for Dutchess County residents or $56 for out of county and out of state readers. Pay securely online through PayPal from our website at or send a check to P.O. Box 268, Hyde Park, NY 12538. From our neck of the woods to yours, have a happy holiday in the Hudson Valley.

Business Practices for the Visual Artist; Saturday, Jan. 5; 10 a.m. - noon; Red Hook CAN Artist’s Collective Gallery, 7516 N. Broadway, Red Hook; Strategies for organizing, developing income and a look at legal issues; $20;; 845-758-2212. Page to the Stage Workshop; Saturday, Jan. 5; 1-4 p.m.; Red Hook CAN Artist’s Collective Gallery, 7516 N. Broadway, Red Hook; Designed for young artists who wish to create poetry based on narrative and spoken poetry; $75;


Tarot Collage; Sunday, Jan. 6; noon-3 p.m.; Red Hook CAN Artist’s Collective Gallery, 7516 N. Broadway, Red Hook; Explore the magic of Tarot as you recreate your own cards; $45; marcy.; 860-823-8605. Conversations with History; Sunday, Jan. 6, 3 p.m.; Elmendorph Inn. 7562 North Broadway (Rte. 9), Red Hook; Chris Klose interviews Bernard Tieger, author of a new book, “Tivoli, the Making of a Community.” Book signing and refreshments to follow; Free; 845-758-1920. Reading and Discussion with Ben Schrank; Saturday, Jan. 12; 7 p.m.; Oblong Books & Music, 26 Main St., Millerton; Author of “Love is a Canoe;” 518-789-3797.


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A Touch of Anarchy

BY ANN LAFARGE Wouldn’t you think we’d on? had enough of the election? ead Well, maybe not, when we have a chance to read na about it in rhyme, the whole process limned in in. narrative poem by the wonderful CalvinTrillin. he Rhyming his way delightfully up to the ts November 6 finale, including such highlights o as the January caucuses in Iowa (“To listen to long speeches is your duty/And getting theree could freeze off your patootie.”), Trillin givess us the whole saga in “Dogfight – The 20122 Presidential Campaign in Verse” (Random House, $16). It’s much more fun this way! Listening to weeks on end of political bloviation would have “been far more palatable if it had all rhymed!” “A dogfight seemed what was in store for their race / And people were saying, “We wonder which dude’ll/ Emerge as the pit bull, and which is the poodle.” A few samples, including this on i ll hhe’ll ’ll ddrone Donald Trump, “So rich and smart, quadrennially / That he deserves the White House – or a throne.” On Mitt, “We’ve said for months, This man’s not it/ We wish that Palin hadn’t quit./ We wish that Perry weren’t a nit./ (His pilot light is not quite lit) /Because, it seems, we’re stuck with Mitt.” Adieu to Sarntorum reads, “The race will miss the purity / That you alone endow / We’ll never find another man / Who’s holier than thou.” You’ll find yourself chuckling, and reading a few choice bits aloud, maybe to the dog? After all, this is, indeed, doggerel ... for the ages. Good fun. And speaking of politics, I was surprised to note that a bunch of books about anarchism have hit the shelves during this holiday season. I read, and recommend, a new collection of provocative articles published in Emma Goldman’s Mother Earth, an anarchist journal published from 1906 to 1918, covering some of the same topics we’re embroiled in today: birth control, the labor movement, art, sexual freedom and libertarianism. Here’s “An Anthology: Anarchy! Of Emma Goldman’s Mother Earth,” edited and with commentary by Peter Glassgold (New and Expanded Edition, Counterpoint Press, $20). Goldman, “an almost mythical figure,” was the archetypical woman activist, but the articles she chose to include in her magazine were not just political bloviations, but were often fascinating writings by such as Tolstoy, DonMarquis, Eugene O’Neill, Mabel Dodge and Ben Hecht. Divided into sections – Anarchism, The Woman Question, Literature, Civil Liberties, War and Peace – the book is fun to dip into even if you’re well and truly sick of reading about “issues” of any kind. Leo Tolstoy, on “America and Russia,” says, memorably, “If only I had begun to preach love and brotherhood when I first began to write stories, I should have accomplished more.” Give this book to your favorite avid {14} December 19, 2012 | | Hudson valley news

newspaper-reader or listener to PBS. But what about fiction? December is, traditionally, a month wherein fine fiction is seldom published, so I turned to my bookshelf and plucked forth an old favorite, a book I often re-read around this time of year, John Updike’s fourth and final book about Rabbit Angstrom, “Rabbit at Rest” (Knopf, 1990). Rabbit and his difficult son, Nelson, are meeting in Florida for a holiday gettogether which contains all the horribleness of a three-generation vacation in an aqua kkitchen. After reading this book, you’ll never retire, or allow your elders to do so, to “one of those lovely places” in Florida. Poor Rabbit, “For one flash, he sees his life as a silly thing it will be a relief to discard.” Lots of stuff happens, in Florida and back home at the Toyota lot, and through iit all, Rabbit muses, “Life is a hill that ggets steeper the more you climb.” I’m ggoing back, once the holidays are over, to re reread the first three Rabbit books. Please do the same. And here’s some good news if you love po poetry, the serious kind as well as light ver verse. I hadn’t read Milton’s “Paradise Lo Lost” since college, so it was high time to escape into his poetry for a fireside even evening or two. The Modern Library has just published a definitive new edition of majo major Milton classics including “Paradise Rega Regained,” “Samson Agonistes,” and the “Com “Complete Shorter Poems,” edited by William Kerrigan, John Rumrich and Stephen M. Fallon (paperback, $18), with expert commentary to guide the reader. I’d forgotten how wonderful these poems are, and went back, with great joy, to “Lycidas,” “L’Allegro” and “Il Penseroso,” plus a bunch of sonnets, perfect for reading aloud. But sometimes, during the hectic holiday season, it’s a good idea to put the books down, and the feet up, and watch something really neat on television. If your holiday list includes some avid viewers of “Downton Abbey,” here’s the perfect gift book for them to read and enjoy as they await the new season (the third) of this award-winning TV series, which opens on PBS on Sunday, January 6. Meanwhile, there’s a big, colorful book filled with full-page color photos, “The Chronicles of Downton Abbey – A New Era” by Jessica Fellowes and Matthew Sturgis, foreword by Julian Fellowes, the creator, writer and executive producer of “Downton Abbey” (a Companion Edition to the Masterpiece Presentation on PBS, $30). It’s 1920, and the denizens of the great house are waking up to a world changed forever by the Great War. There are new challenges, new guests, more intrigue, rivalry and romance. You’ll meet, in these pages and on screen, Cora’s American mother, played by Shirley MacLaine. Will Lord Grantham have a grandchild? And, what about the servants? I know, exactly, who’s going to get this book for Christmas. After I finish reading it and planning to watch, for the first time, this TV show that everyone seems to like so much. But now, back to Rabbit. And Merry Christmas! 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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Bard announces creation of orchestra for Hudson Valley students BY HV NEWS STAFF The Preparatory Division of The Bard College Conservatory of Music announced the creation of a new Preparatory Orchestra, for students aged eight through 18. Interested participants are invited to attend the Preparatory Division Open House on Saturday, January 12, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Avery/Blum Building on the Bard College campus. Rehearsals will take place on Saturday afternoons from February 2, 2013 through May 11, 2013. Early tuition is $130 and $65 for currently-enrolled Prep students. After January 12, tuition will be $160. The program will include full orchestra and sectional rehearsals, led by members of the Preparatory Division faculty, and plans are in the works to feature junior and senior divisions, as well. Additional benefits include the opportunity to participate in public performances at Bard College, and free admission to many Bard Conservatory events. Young musicians with at least one year of playing experience are invited to participate in the orchestra, and interested students younger than eight or with less than one year of experience may participate with approval from the directors. “An orchestral experience shouldn’t be intimidating,” says Kathryn Aldous, director of the Bard Preparatory Orchestra. “One of the reasons that I am a professional violinist is that as soon as I could play I had the opportunity to be in an orchestra. I just think that’s what playing the violin is all about. If a player doesn’t have a lot of experience, I can write them an easy part, and equally if they are very talented I am happy to showcase them.” For more information contact Conservatory Prepatory Division Co-Director Ryan Kamm at, call 615-498-4996, or go to preparatory/orchestra.

ART: Red Hook CAN is looking for submissions for the juried exhibition “Faces and Figures.” The exhibition will be juried by Nadine Robbins. Deadline for submission is Jan. 10 at midnight. Show opens Feb. 1 with a reception on Feb. 16 from 5-7 p.m. and closes on March 3. For more information and a prospectus, email with “Faces and Figures” in the subject line.

ART: The City of Kingston has partnered with ArtBridge for its first public art installation outside of the five boroughs of New York City. Artists are invited to submit works to a curatorial panel for consideration for a large-scale exhibition to be unveiled on the bridge overlooking Greenkill Ave. in Kingston in March 2013. Deadline for submission is Dec. 30. More information is available at or by emailing

OPEN AUDITIONS: The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck is holding open auditions for a production of George Bernard Shaw’s “Caesar and Cleopatra.” Auditions will be held on January 12 at 1 p.m. and on January 13 at 7 p.m. Call backs will be January 14. Needed is a girl, age 16-20, as well as adult male and female actors. Performance dates are Friday through Sunday, April 5-14. For more information, contact the director Diana di Grandi at 845-876-5348. DANCE: Kaatsbaan International Dance Center will be offering two UpStream Residency Awards for the Spring of 2013. Designed to support creative time for dance artists and the creation of new work, the week-long residencies will include daily use of a major studio, rooms at the Dancers’ Inn, an apartment with kitchen in the Gatehouse, a showcase performance in Kaatsbaan Studio Theatre, and a $500 grant to assist with expenses. Deadline is Jan. 8. Contact Prudence Garcia-Renart 845-757-5106 x2 or 10 or email

INTERNS: Ever wanted to see what goes into running a not-for-profit film festival? The Woodstock Film Festival is now accepting Spring 2013 internship applications for college credit. Internships generally run from late January until May with the spring semester focusing strongly on marketing the festival as well as public relations. The Hudson Valley Film Commission is also looking for an intern to help scout locations, gather town filming information and work with officials and filmmakers to help bring production into the Hudson Valley region. For more information, visit the application page http://www.woodstockfilmfestival. com/interns.htm

THEATER: County Players is casting for its upcoming production of Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida.” Audition dates are January 13 and 14, 2013 at 7 p.m. at County Players, 2681 W. Main St. Wappingers Falls. Needed are a large cast of singers, dancers, and actors for principle and ensemble roles. Prepare a song from this or other Broadway musical and bring sheet music. Visit for details.

ART: Beacon Open Studios announces the return of The Big Draw, an open submission art show. There is no fee to enter. Open to residents of the U.S. anyone 18 years or older. Deadline to submit is January 2, 2013. Show runs January 12 through January 26, 2013 at Hudson Beach Glass 162 Main St., Beacon. For complete info and downloadable submission forms go to

AWARDS: Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site is seeking nominations for the annual Martha Washington Woman of History Award to be presented in March. Perhaps you know of a woman who shares her love of history with children by taking them to historic places during her free time? Is there a woman who has done research about the Hudson Valley and has shared her findings to encourage others to do the same? Do you know a woman who has used her private time or resources to preserve a landmark of historic significance? Nominations must be submitted by Jan. 4, 2013. Download a nomination form at or call 845-562-1195.

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‘THE LUCKY ONES’ IN WOODSTOCK Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary founder shares fight for farm animals BY JEFF ALEXANDER Jenny Brown’s tireless efforts to restore dignity and happiness to abused farm animals have been chronicled in “The Lucky Ones,” her “memoir with a mission” that recently earned “Book of The Year” in the 2012 VegNews Awards. Her efforts have also earned accolades from the New York Times and Rolling Stone magazine. “I’m truly blessed for the opportunity to have been able to write a book. We need to take a look at how we treat animals and how their basic needs and instincts continue to be denied. They suffer and express fear, just like you and I,” said Brown. What makes “The Lucky Ones” compelling is Brown’s ability to sustain reader interest while undertaking such a divisive subject. She formed the non-profit Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary with her husband in 2004 in response to what she feels are “inexcusable acts of torture” against farm animals. Brown stresses that her intent is to spark critical thinking toward the farm industry and further examine our food choices in order to reach informed decisions on how consumer dollars are spent. “Just the terminology we use toward animals is degrading. The word ‘livestock’ takes away the individuality and emotion of an animal. If people saw the suffering they face just to satisfy someone’s taste buds, maybe they would rethink their choices. We are not here to pass judgment, but to encourage critical thinking and put people face to face with the animals we protect at the sanctuary,” said Brown. Brown states that despite growing awareness of abuse, resistance still remains toward resolution. “Animals are not commodities, they are friends and at the sanctuary if there is something we can do to help, then we do it. We’re living for our cause and I truly believe the animal liberation movement is the next great movement on this planet. We are advancing human moral evolution,” stated Brown. Perhaps it was Brown’s childhood bout

with cancer that served as her inspiration to give voiceless animals the advocacy they need. “The Lucky Ones” shares how she survived her ordeal thanks to Boogie, her kitten that provided comfort during her darkest times. “I never think of animals as pets, but as companions,” said Brown as she reminisced. Despite agonizing treatments, Brown’s leg was amputated. Today, she doesn’t give it a second thought and boasted, “Losing my leg was one of the best things that happened to me. I joke that I would have another limb hacked off if I knew it could help me reach more people.” Brown earned national exposure in 2008 as the New York Times chronicled the sanctuary’s three-legged goat, Albie, receiving a prosthetic leg. She joked they now have even more common. Each year the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary puts its unique twist on the Thanksgiving holiday. Their annual Thanksliving event serves to remind visitors just how the holiday impacts animals. Brown said the event continues to be a big draw, attracting record crowds and positive reviews. “I honestly did not know that much about turkeys until we rescued Boone, our seven-year-old turkey. Some turkeys have personalities bursting at the seams. They want to follow you and gently peck you as if to give you little kisses. This is the time to celebrate them and recognize the fact that some 30 million turkeys are slaughtered just for Thanksgiving,” stated Brown. She added that the turkeys are the guests of honor, and all sanctuary animals are fed before the guests. Asked if she feels society is progressing with its understanding of animal abuse, Brown said, “We see some hypocrisy within causes but taking a closer look at what’s preventable is the key to advancement. Abstaining from eating animals is a doable thing but there are some sad and tragic things that are not preventable, such as utilizing modern

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Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary Director Jenny Brown and Ralphie the steer. Photo by Derek Goodwin.

technology for our causes despite some issues surrounding it.” The Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary runs off solar power and Brown said efforts are underway to utilize vegetable oil in some of the machines. In response to growing support for organic farms and free-range farm animals, Brown said either way animals still suffer and urged consumers to look upon this fact carefully. “If you think carefully, you’re still taking the life of an animal. Organic actually has little to do with animal welfare. No matter how happy you think these animals are in terms of free-range,

there’s still misery and suffering.” “The Lucky Ones” succeeds in its ability to capture Brown’s compassion as well as raising awareness, but Brown’s lack of self-righteous attitude allows the reader to draw their own opinions and conclusions. “We’re not here to shame, but to just ask our sanctuary visitors to think critically. I grew up eating meat right up to college, I just didn’t know that facts behind it. We are prisoners of our earliest indoctrination when it comes to children and animals.” For more information on the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary call 845-6795955 or go to



Firefighter Polly Walk-den High awarded Ruth and Arnold Demarest Memorial Scholarship BY HV NEWS STAFF At the annual meeting of the Rhinebeck Fire Department, on December 14, the Ruth and Arnold Demarest Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Firefighter Polly Walk-den High.

The scholarship was established eight years ago and the scholarship award is presented annually to an active firefighter in the Rhinebeck Fire Department who maintains a grade average of 80 or better while in high school and who intends to advance

their education by attending college or with specialized fields of higher education. The scholarship is for $500 per semester. Firefighter Walk-den High is enrolled with Childbirth International and upon completion of the program will be internationally certified as a Doula and childbirth educator. The award was presented by Katharine Hall and George Eighmy, both members of the Rhinebeck Fire department, both being lifelong friends of the Ruth and Arnold Demarest.

BY JIM LANGAN In an eight to zero vote, the Poughkeepsie Common Council, led by Chairwoman Gwen Johnson, D-7th Ward, agreed to a $25.50 monthly user fee to maintain city trash pickup. The vote was part of the adoption of the $68.5 million 2013 budget. Mayor John Tkazyik had originally proposed eliminating the trash pickup and eliminating 13 sanitation positions. During a series of public hearings recently, the public made it clear they wanted their trash picked up and the workers who performed that service. But it was the leadership of Johnson, and the willingness of Mayor Tkazyik to compromise, that made it happen. Many observers noted it was refreshing to see the Democrat Johnson and Republican Tkazyik working together in the best interest of residents. The user fee will result in weekly trash collection in the fall and winter with twice weekly pickup in the spring and summer. Johnson was quoted as saying, “We’ve come to a consensus in the best interest of the city.”

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SANTA WAS VERY BUSY LAST WEEK BY HV NEWS STAFF More than 500 children were at the Children’s Services Christmas party on North Hamilton Street in Poughkeepsie last Friday night. In light of the awful events of that afternoon, it was wonderful to see so many smiling, excited faces. The children were greeted outside by Frosty the Snowman who graciously posed for photos. Inside, kids lined up for a chance to sit on Santa’s lap. While Santa’s enthusiasm and booming voice reminded me of Sheriff Butch Anderson, I’m sure the presence of Under Sheriff Kirk Imperati was merely a coincidence. After some quality time with Santa, the kids were all given some refreshments and headed into the festively decorated auditorium for a special showing of “The Polar Express.” Many of the children were in their pajamas and snuggled up with moms and dads. On Saturday in Red Hook, another contingent of children turned up for the 21st annual free Christmas movies at the Lyceum Cinema. Owner Al Bulay was there with his son making sure Santa behaved himself. Bulay told Hudson Valley News he thought Santa reminded him a lot of a 30-year veteran > >continued on next page Pictured, clockwise from top: Ruby and Antonio Kelly were thrilled to meet Santa; Kayne Perkins tells Santa what she wants for Christmas this year; Jazmine Morgan of Poughkeepsie was excited to watch “The Polar Express” during the Children’s Services Christmas Party. Photos by Jim Langan.

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of the Poughkeepsie Police Department, Walter Horton. We were unable to confirm Santa’s identity. As we observed Santa taking Christmas orders, little Aiden Burns’ mother turned to me as I was photographing Aiden and asked me, “Did my son just tell Santa he was bad this year?” Apparently he had, but Santa seemed more amused than concerned. The kids then headed in to see one of two Christmas movies that were being shown. Both Children Services and Lyceum Cinema did a tremendous job at a sad time in our history. We all needed to see those smiling faces.

BY HV NEWS STAFF On December 21, students from the Millbrook High School Interact Club and members of Millbrook Rotary will stage a “Purple Pinkie Project” during student lunch periods at Alden Place Elementary, Elm Drive Elementary, Millbrook Middle, and Millbrook High School. This is a fundraiser to help with the ongoing efforts of Rotary International, the United Nations, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to eliminate completely the threat of polio everywhere in the world. Rotary uses a dye called Gentian Violet to color one finger of each child who is inoculated against polio, which prevents children from getting a double dose of the vaccine. In honor of that practice, students who donate one dollar on December 21 to fight polio will have his or her little finger dyed purple. By partnering with Rotary, local students will become part of the solution to polio, and their purple pinkies will be personal reminders of one more child saved from the disease. The eradication of smallpox from the face of the earth in 1977 proved the concept that a disease with no animal reservoir could be wiped out forever. Polio has been the target of a major effort, with considerable success. Of the three types of polio virus, one has already been eliminated. At this point, polio is considered endemic in only three nations (Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria). India was declared polio-free in March 2012. The Rotary Club of Millbrook has already contributed over $10,000 to this effort, while Rotary International has contributed over $1 billion to the effort, most recently raising $200 million that was matched, dollar-for-dollar, by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which contributed $350 million in all.

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Lions Club Sponsors Children to DEC Summer Camp The Nine Partners Lions Club is accepting applications to sponsor 11 to 17-year-old children to attend a week at one of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Camps. Local children who have not previously attended will be given priority, but that does not mean we will have enough applicants, so if you know someone that would like to attend one of these wonderful camps, it’s a great opportunity. Please go to this link for detailed information on the camps for programs, location and weeks available at education/29.html. At the camps, the campers experience a balance of environmental education, sportsman education and outdoor fun. Games, lessons and hands-on activities teach the children about forests, water quality and other aspects of nature. Swimming, hiking and canoeing are on the agenda, too, as campers learn new outdoor skills. Campers come away with a life-long passion for nature and a dedication to stewardship of our natural resources. New York DEC runs four camps located across the state, and camps start on June 30, 2013. The application process is simple and costs nothing. The earlier the Lions Club submits the candidates, the higher their chance of obtaining a “camp slot,” so please submit the following information: parent(s) name(s), address (If a P.O. Box, kindly provide a physical address as well), email address and phone number. For the camper, please provide the applicant camper’s name, date of birth, and gender. Email the requested information to or mail the information by Jan. 6 to Eric Sternberg, 17 Grissom Place, Salt Point, NY 12578.

ULCS Christmas Concert Report The Upton Lake Christian School (ULCS) presented their free Christmas Concert “Celebrate Christmas” on Dec. 7. The concert featured grades prekindergarten through eighth grade students performing instrumental and vocal selections celebrating the true meaning of Christmas. Principal Dee Hoiem welcomed the large crowd of attendees. Director of Music Dana Duncan briefly described the concert and mentioned that a DVD of the concert will be available. She also mentioned the ULCS Christmas Pet Fashion Show to raise funds for World Vison will be held on Dec. 21 at 8:30 a.m. at the school.

Seventh grade students Bethany Folchi and Katie Eckler showing their gingerbread house that had half the roof missing so you could see the bunnies sleeping inside at the ULCS Christmas Concert. Photo by Ray Oberly.

The prekindergarten and kindergarten students started the concert with their enactment of the story of Christmas. Joy Phelan read the story while the children acted the story. It was amazing to see such young children do so well. Two children were dressed as sheep and crawled around the stage while accompanied by two shepherds. Mary and Joseph came and were told there was no room in the inn, so they slept on two bales of hay. An angel appeared on a ladder to announce the birth of baby Jesus who was placed in the manger. As their finale they all sang “Away in the Manger” while Nicole Natali played the guitar. A rousing standing and clapping rewarded the students for a job well done. First and second graders played “Jingle Bells” on xylos. Grades three and four played “O Come, O Come Immanuel” using chimes and some had two to play. Grades five and six played “Silent Night” on guitars and chimes. The eighth grade boys played “Good King Wenceslas” on electric piano keyboards. The eighth grade girls played “Jingle Bells” on electric piano keyboards. These eighth grade students learned to play the keyboards only since the beginning of the school year. That was quite an accomplishment knowing the short learning time. The combined junior high/high school band and elementary school chorus played and sang “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “We Three Kings,” “The First Noel,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” The finale was all the elementary students in a combined percussion sticks ensemble to the rock song “Jingle Bell Rock.” Duncan then awarded prizes to the students who obtained the most funds in vari-

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ous categories for ULCS’s Jogathon. The winner of the top prize was Bella Steele who received a $25 gift certificate for the most funds collected. After a brief closing prayer, everyone went for the cookies and beverages. As part of the seventh and eighth grade Family Traditions Class, they made gingerbread houses and a psychedelic colored VW bus that were sold as a fundraising project. If you want to get a DVD of the concert, which cost $5, call the school office at 845-266-3497. Thanks are given to Music Director Dana Duncan for organizing and conducting the concert, to all the teachers and staff who helped in many ways to produce the concert, to the Evangelical Free Church for the use of the hall, to the mothers who brought the cookies, to Nate Silvieus for being the audio operator, to Ernie Folchi for recording the concert, and to the students and parents for encouraging the students to learn their musical parts. Not to be forgotten are the attendees who came to support the students in their wonderful performance. This was a joyful way to start the holiday season.

Always There Adult Day Program Opens On December 5, Always There held a ribbon cutting to officially open their adult day program at the Clinton Alliance Church’s Youth Center in the Town of Clinton. This program provides a safe nurturing and loving place for a mature adult who needs daytime supervision. The strain of care giving for a parent, spouse, or family member can impact the quality of life

you have with your loved one. Always There improves the quality of life for the adults and their care givers by providing a sensible, affordable alternative to residential care. Their experienced staff ensures that the program days are filled with home cooked meals and a variety of supervised recreational and therapeutic programs in a safe and caring atmosphere. At the day’s end, your loved one comes back home. The ribbon cutting ceremony was a success with many people in attendance. Always There Director of Adult Day Programs Anne De Muro welcomed the attendees and briefly described the operation of their program. Pastor Thomas Hartley of the Clinton Alliance Church stated he was pleased to provide the service and the use of their Youth Center. This arrangement provides a cost-effective program for adults. Organizations that were also present included the Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Colleen Cruikshank, Red Hook Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kimberley McGrath Gomez, New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce President Michael Smith, Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce Board Member Dave Steward, Visiting Nurse Service of New York Choice Health Plans, Archcare at Ferncliff Nursing Home, and the Community of Brookmeade. After cutting the ribbon, light refreshments were served. Currently the program is open only on Wednesdays and will expand when enrollment justifies more days. The care givers must drive the adult to the Youth Center for a 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. day of activities. There are no restrictions as to where the adult lives to come to the program. There is a cost for the program which may be covered in full or partially by the adult’s insurance. The adult may also be eligible for some other insurance coverage by contacting Jenifer Gronowski, Visiting Nurse Service of New York Choice Health Plans team leader, at 845-897-8400. Always There is a Kingston-based organization and all inquiries regarding the program specifics should be directed to Always There Home Care. Their website is Inquiries can also be directed to Anne De Muro by email at adp@ or by telephone at 845-339-6683, ext. 3303. The Clinton Alliance Church’s Youth Center is located at 1192 Centre Rd. in the Town of Clinton. For more information or directions, please call 845-266-5178 or see their web page at To respond to Ray Oberly’s column, email

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BY HEIDI JOHNSON If you’ve been reading Stanford News for long, you know that I write my column on Sunday mornings on my trusty IBM ThinkPad laptop. It is a bit of a tank, this computer, but I love it. Everything I need for any writing or research job is on here – years of photos, columns, website bookmarks, etc. I can’t imagine life without it. In fact, I back it up to a portable hard drive weekly, that’s how critical the information on here is. But, what I find amusing is that although it is technically called a “laptop,” I rarely use it on my lap. I prefer to type at a desk or table. However, once in awhile, I actually feel like sitting on my couch with my computer in my lap and writing something. Today is once such day, and here’s why. We got our Christmas tree yesterday. Thank goodness for Big Rock Farms because they make Christmas tree shopping so easy. In years past, we have tried the cut-your-own experience, which I’m sure is fun for some families, but it usually ended up with me just being cold, and the kids whining a lot. And we’ve tried pre-cut trees from mall parking lots, but those don’t generally make it much past Christmas Day. I like to put the tree up late and take it down late, about a week after New Year’s. Enter Big Rock Farms. For the past few years, Mark and Michael have been growing their own trees on their property on Creamery Rd. Until the trees were big enough, Mark would go over to another farm in Great Barrington, and cut trees for sale at the farm. But, this year, Big Rock’s own trees were big enough to sell, so cut-your-own came into being for the first time at that location. Actually, I think they had a few small trees available last year, but primarily sales were still of the pre-cut variety. This year, most of the trees were cutyour-own, supplemented by a few precuts, some from the farm itself. We got a pre-cut one because, as usual, we were rushing from a fundraiser to a concert performance and had to squish tree shopping in between. The kids and I selected the tree, paid for it and loaded it into my pickup. We were home in less than an hour.

Niall Johnson, Bridget Donnelly, Pedro and Ana in front of  their Big Rock Farms Christmas tree. Photo by Heidi Johnson.

So, to end this very long story, I am up before dawn with the room lights off, only the tree lit and my laptop actually on my lap, typing my column. Crying now and then with thoughts of the families of those killed in Newtown on Friday. Each year, my children have made photo ornaments in school, so I have several years of both of their pictures hanging on the tree. I have been able to watch them grow up and I am just sick with grief for those parents who will not have that opportunity. It is all so sad. The tree is beautiful, but it’s hard to find much joy knowing there are families who have been torn apart by such a terrible act of violence. Please join me in praying for the parents, relatives and friends of the victims. May they find joy again in another time.

of the Wassaic Children’s Chorus for one song. This is our second Christmas concert at United, and I expect it to be just as wonderful as last year. Please join us if you can. Admission is free, and we have truly outstanding refreshments following the performance. Snow date is Saturday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. Oh, almost forgot, the organ at United is a magnificent instrument, a 1863 Jardin pipe organ. It is a beautiful instrument in the hands of a master. Don’t miss this concert.

I have just the perfect gift suggestion for any hardworking wife or mother. Yoga classes. Yes, really. I love my Wednesday night Gentle Yoga class. When I miss it, everyone knows because I’m cranky and tired. It really makes such a huge difference in my physical, and probably emotional, well-being and I can’t say enough good things about instructor Mia Tomic. She is a lovely person and a wonderful teacher. Why not get a yoga mat for that special lady in your life, and attach a gift certificate for yoga classes? You can call Yoga Pause studio at 845-266-0507 and Mia will put together a gift certificate for you. Also, I have to pitch one last time the Stitchin’ n Pickin’ shop right here in Stanfordville. Owner Suzie Sangillo has a treasure trove of unique handmade items for sale, including jewelry, artisan soaps and glassware. Most of her items would make great hostess gifts. Stitchin’ n Pickin’ is located at 5979 Rte. 82, Stanfordville. That’s it for me this week. There’s a bit of a lull this time of year in events , as most holiday events are finished by now. Except my concert, of course! Do come to that. I promise you will be inspired and rejuvenated for the rest of your holiday time. Have a safe and peaceful Christmas everyone. See you next week. Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or

Christmas Concert at United Presbyterian Church I know of only one event that is happening in our area between now and Christmas, and it is at my church in Amenia. Fabulous organist Will Carter, some may know him as owner of Pine Plains Wines and Liquors, will be playing a Christmas Concert at United Presbyterian Church on Friday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. He will be playing two organ solos, and will also be joined by a chorus of really talented folks on six classic pieces including two selections from Handel’s Messiah. Soprano Karen Gale of Stanfordville will also join Will and the chorus on a favorite Christmas song. And, if that weren’t enough, we will also be featuring the debut performance

Knights of Pythias-Dutchess Lodge #860 Presents Donation to Hospice

Members of the Knights of Pythias, a fraternal organization whose mission and principles promote benevolence, kindness, generosity and tolerance with a focus on public affairs and social betterment, met with Hospice CEO Rich Trocino recently to present him with a check of $500 to support its programs and services. Making the presentation was, pictured, Knights’ Chancellor Commander Russ Bock, accompanied by Lodge members Alan Garman, Stu Chimkin and Herm London. Photo submitted. Hudson valley news | | December 19, 2012 {21}


Marie Louise Moran, Rhinebeck Marie Louise Moran, 95, passed away Saturday, December 8, 2012, at the Baptist Home, Rhinebeck. Mrs. Moran was a registered nurse and worked many years for Dr. Eirdrick, DDS in Poughkeepsie. She was a communicant of the Good Shepherd Church, Rhinebeck; and a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Rhinebeck. Born July 30, 1917 in Poughkeepsie she was the daughter of Alfred and Louise Simon. Mrs. Moran is survived by her husband Augustine V. Moran of Rhinebeck, a son Michael Moran of Rhinebeck, a daughter Judith Davis of New Mexico; three grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Private graveside services will be held at the St. Peter’s Cemetery, Poughkeepsie. Arrangements are under the direction of the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck. To sign the online register please visit Dennis L. Wentworth, Rhinebeck Dennis L. Wentworth, 62, of Rhinebeck and formerly of Troy, New York, passed away on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at The Thompson House in Rhinebeck, New York. Born on January 14, 1950, in Rochester, New Hampshire, he was the son of the late Arnold H. and Rachel (Downs) Wentworth. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from Beloit College in Beloit, Wis. and earned his Masters Degree in Anthropology at The University at Albany, SUNY. Dennis married Ann E. Kennedy on December 29, 1973 in Ellwood City, Penn., and she survives at home in Rhinebeck. Dennis had a long and distinguished 33 year career with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, beginning in 1975 when he was hired as an archeologist. Throughout his career he served in several regions of the agency and was widely respected for his leadership qualities. At the time of his retirement in September of 2008, he was the Regional Historic Preservation Supervisor for the Taconic Region of NYS Parks. In 2009, he was the recipient of the Annual Friends of Mills Mansion Preservation Award, given to those who had made exceptional contributions to the preservation of Staatsburgh State Historic Site. He was also active on numerous boards and committees, including: board member of the Quitman Resource Center, Rhinebeck, past president and board member of Hudson River Heri-

tage, Rhinebeck, member of the Hyde Park Corridor Committee, member of the Lyndhurst Property Council, National Trust Property, Tarrytown, Consistory member and parishioner of the Rhinebeck Reformed Church, Elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Poughkeepsie, Elder and Chairman of the Board of Deacons of the First Presbyterian Church of Troy, and Quality Processes Trainer for New York State Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. He held a first degree black belt, from the World TAO Kwon Do Association. In addition to his loving wife of 38 years, he is survived by his children: Rachel A. Wentworth (Benjamin D. Hover) of Landsdowne, Penn., Margaret K. Wentworth (David E. Anchin) of Clinton Corners, New York, and Trevor D. Wentworth (Adam J. Katrick) of Marlboro, Vermont, his granddaughter; Sydney Anchin-Wentworth, a brother; David L. Wentworth of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, along with several nieces, nephews, colleagues and friends. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 23, 2012 at The Reformed Church of Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck, NY. The Pastor Luis R. Perez will officiate. A reception will follow in the church hall. Interment will be in the spring in his family’s plot at Mathews Cemetery in Wakefield, New Hampshire. Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, Rhinebeck, on Saturday, December 22, 2012 from 4 – 7 p.m. Memorial donations may be made in Dennis’s memory to the Natural Heritage Trust / 601 Wentworth Memorial, c/o: Natural Heritage Trust, Albany, New York 12238 or online at dennis-l-wentworth-memorial-fund/. Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 91 E. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY. For directions, or to sign the online guest book, please visit

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NDH’s future Wound Care Center receives $30K donation

Pictured in the front row: Ginny Huneke, Jean Pietromonaco, Nancy Finkle, Mary Kirschner, Ethel Arnell, Judy Kane. Second Row: Brenda Klaproth, Pat Jennings, June Gosnell, Martha Hlavac, Eleanor Nichols, Muriel Karagianis, Lois Chenkus, Deborah Breen, Linda Dembicki, Dottie Gage,   Marilyn Ashfield. Back Row:  Betty Lou Bautz, MaryAnn Moul, Mary Michetti, Gary Finkle, Dot Wengler, Betty A’Brial, Ellen Hubbert, Barbara Wescott, Kathy Weir, Trudy Koser. Photo submitted.

BY HV NEWS STAFF Northern Dutchess Hospital Auxiliary presented a check to the NDH Foundation for $30,000 at their quarterly meeting this December. This donation is earmarked for the NDH Wound Care Center slated to open in the coming weeks. To date, the Auxiliary has not only fulfilled their $200,000 pledge to Northern Dutchess Hospital, but has also added an

additional $20,000 in total. Since its organization in 1931, the Auxiliary has filled an unquestionable need. Membership over the years has totaled as many as 200, representing all of the communities in Northern Dutchess County through four planning units in Rhinebeck, Red Hook, Rhinecliff and Hyde Park.

Rhinebeck Interlake RV Park & Sales raises funds for Camp Good Days BY HV NEWS STAFF Interlake RV Park & Sales in Rhinebeck raised $440 in donations for Camp Good Days and Special Times, located outside of Pittsford. The fundraiser, with participation by Campground Owners of New York member campgrounds from across the state, raised a total of over $42,000 for Camp Good Days and Special Times, a New York State-based organization that provides camping experiences free of charge to children with cancer. Since its inception, Camp Good Days has served more than 42,000 campers from 22 states and 25 foreign countries. Pictured left to right: Steve Dumais; James McCauley, Jr., Camp Good Days PAVE Director; Sue Participating CONY Dumais. Steve and Sue Dumais own Interlake RV Park & Sales in Rhinebeck. Photo submitted. campgrounds sold paper balloons and t-shirts, displayed change raffles, auctions, to name a few. Several collection boxes, and hosted a variety of campgrounds pledged matching dollars to special events including walks, dinners, funds donated by their campers.

Formation of BJG, LLC filed with the Secy. of State (SSNY) on 11/1/12. Office loc.: Dutchess County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The principal business loc. and address SSNY shall mail process to is 93 Stone Church Rd., Rhinebeck, NY 12572. Mgmt. shall be by one or more members. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Hudson Valley Distillers, LLC. Articles of Organization filed in the Department of State of New York on December 6, 2012. Office Location: Dutchess County. Principal Business Location: 17 Echo Valley Road, Red Hook, NY 12571. Purpose: Any and all lawful business activities. Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Hudson Valley Distillers, 17 Echo Valley Road, Red Hook, NY 12571 DVD Teacher LLC, a domestic LLC, Articles of Organization filed with the SSNY on October 18, 2012. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: “DVD Teacher LLC, 67 Seaman Road, Stormville, NY 12582. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

CATHERINE PIETROW COACHING, LLC Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (“LLC”). Articles of Organization filed New York Sec. of State (“NYSS”) 11/26/12. Office loc. Dutchess County. NYSS designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. NYSS shall mail a copy of any process to c/o The LLC, 20 Crosmour Road, 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 of Formation of Limited Liability Company; Articles of Organization of Mt. Riga Farm, LLC (hereinafter “the LLC”) were filed with the Secretary of State of New York on November 15, 2012. The office of the LLC is located in Dutchess County, New York. The LLC has designated the Secretary of State of New York as its agent upon which process against it may be served. The post office address to which the Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is Downey, Haab & Murphy PLLC, 87 Main Street, P.O. Box Z, Millerton, NY 12546. The purpose of the LLC shall be to conduct any lawful business or activity whatsoever, as permitted by applicable law.

CITY OF POUGHKEEPSIE, NEW YORK COMMON COUNCIL’S SPECIAL MEETING Saturday, December 29, 2012 9:00 a.m. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to Section 2.04 of the City Charter, the Common Council of the City of Poughkeepsie will hold a Special Meeting on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 9:00 a.m., in the Common Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, New York. DATED: December 11, 2012 BY ORDER OF GWEN JOHNSON, CHAIRWOMAN OF THE COMMON COUNCIL, Deanne L. Flynn, City Chamberlain

Notice of formation of 544 Group LLC, a limited liability company. Articles of Org. filed w/ Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) 10/16/2012. Office loc.: Suffolk. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail process to: 63 centershore Rd., Centerport NY 11721. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of Patel Building, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on September 20, 2012. Office Location: Dutchess County. SSNY is designated agent of the LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy to: Patel Building, LLC, P.O. Box 69, Amenia, NY 12501. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation of Dance Forever & Set The Stage Productions, LLC. Art. Of Org filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 08/20/12. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Dance Forever & Set The Stage Productions, LLC., PO Box 1179, Pleasant Valley, NY 12569. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. NOTICE OF FORMATION of RetireNYC, LLC Art. of Org filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 10/26/12. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to RetireNYC, LLC, 224 Battenfeld Road, Milan, NY 12571. Purpose: any lawful activities. Legal Notice of Estoppel; The bond resolution, a summary of which is published herewith, has been adopted on December 11, 2012, and the validity of the obligations authorized by such resolution may be hereafter contested only if such obligations were authorized for an object or purpose for which the Village of Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, New York, is both authorized to expend money, or if the provisions of law which should have been complied with as of the date of publication of this notice were not substantially complied with, and an action, suit or proceeding contest-

ing such validity is commenced within twenty dates after the date of publication of this notice, or such obligations were authorized in violation of the provisions of the Constitution. A complete copy of the resolution summarized herewith is available for public inspection during regular business hours at the Office of the Village Clerk for a period of twenty days from the date of publication of this Notice. Dated Rhinebeck, New York, December 11, 2012; Signed by Lisa Biscardi, Village Clerk. Bond Resolution Dated December 11, 2012. A resolution authorizing the purchase and installation of a new sludge press at the wastewater treatment plant, in and for the Village of Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, New York, at a maximum estimated cost of $500,000 and authorizing the issuance of $250,000 serial bonds of said village to pay a portion of the cost thereof. Specific object or purpose: Purchase/installation of sludge press; Period of probable usefulness: Thirty years; Maximum estimated cost: $500,000; Amount of obligations to be issued: Not to exceed $250,000 bonds; Other monies: $250,000 available funds; SEQRA status: Type II Action.

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TO BE ADVERTISED: December 19, 2012 FOR ONE DAY ONLY CITY OF POUGHKEEPSIE, NEW YORK, ADVERTISEMENT AND NOTICE TO BIDDERS, Sealed bids are sought and invited by the City of Poughkeepsie for Motor Oils and Lubricants; RFBCOP-12-12-01, as set forth in the specifications prepared by City of Poughkeepsie Purchasing Department. Bids will be received by the Board of Contract and Supply, c/o Purchasing Agent, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 on or before 2:30 p.m., on January 2, 2013 after which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud in the third floor Common Council Chambers, with the contract being awarded as soon as practicable thereafter. Specifications and Contract are subject to provisions of Chapter 605, Laws of the State of New York of 1959, Section 103A of the General Municipal Law and Federal Procurement Regulations 24CFR Part 85.36. Specifications and bid forms are attached hereto. All mailed proposals will be sealed and distinctly marked “Proposal for RFBCOP-12-12-01: Motor Oils and Lubricants The City of Poughkeepsie officially distributes bidding documents from the Purchasing Office , the City of Poughkeepsie website, www. or through the Hudson Valley Municipal Purchasing Group’s Regional Bid Notification System. Copies of bidding documents obtained from any

other source are not considered official copies. Only those vendors who obtain bidding documents from the Purchasing Office, the City of Poughkeepsie website, or the Regional Bid Notification System will be sent addendum information, if such information is issued. If you have obtained this document from a source other than the City of Poughkeepsie Purchasing Office, or the HVMPG Regional Bid Notification System it is recommended that you obtain an official copy. You may obtain an official copy by registering on the HVMPG Regional Bid Notification System at. http://www.empirestatebidsystem. com or by visiting STATEMENT OF NON-COLLUSION: Bidders on the Contracts are required to execute a non-collusion bidding certificate pursuant to Section 103d of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York. Attention of bidders is particularly called to the mandatory Compliance with the Davis-Bacon Act and other Federal Labor Standards Provisions: Title VI and other applicable provisions of the Civil Rights Act

of 1964; Executive Order 11246; Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968; Section 109 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974; and Executive Order 11625 (Utilization of Minority Business Enterprise). Bidders are also required to comply with the provision of Section 291-299 of the Executive Law of the State of New York. The City of Poughkeepsie hereby notifies all Bidders that it will affirmatively insure that in regard to any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, minority and women business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, gender, color, or national original in consideration for an award. OWNERS RIGHTS RESERVED: The City of Poughkeepsie expressly reserves the right to waive any irregularities in or to accept any bid or to reject any and all bids or to award on any or all items as the interest of the City of Poughkeepsie may appear to require. Camilo Bunyi Commissioner of Finance, December 19, 2012.


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