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VOL. 1 | ISSUE 51 | EDITORIAL@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM

MARCH 24-30, 2010

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March reality check

LEGISLATORS TO COMMUNITY LEADERS:

‘WE’RE BROKE!’

BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON

New York State is dead broke, and anyone hoping for more money from Albany this year had better not hold their breath – that’s the message two of our local legislators sent during a state budget hearing last week. Assemblyman Marc Molinaro (R,I,CRed Hook) joined Assemblyman Joel Miller (R,I,C-Poughkeepsie) in the Dutchess County Legislature chambers to talk about the sad state of New York’s finances and hear from local politicians,

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school officials and others on issues related to the governor’s proposed $134 billion spending plan. Miller opened the hearing on a disheartening note, telling those in attendance they can ask for all the money they want from the state, but they probably won’t get it. Miller did not parse his words though the two-hour hearing, saying things like “Albany is the perfect example of total failure,” and “We don’t have any money.

That’s as simple as it gets.” Molinaro, too, was critical of the state government, saying, “We will continue to do something that Albany has not done, and that is to be as open with you as possible.” Both legislators said Albany has been plagued by bad decision making for years, and now that the economy has taken a nosedive, the effects of these dangerous policies are being felt. > continued on next page

MARTINO BLOWS HIS STACK Tempers flare and accusations fly in Hyde Park BY JIM LANGAN

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It was another manic Monday in Hyde Park this week as yet another town board meeting saw an increasingly isolated Supervisor Tom Martino launch into an angry tirade as resident after resident took the floor to object to a variety of board initiatives. The most contentious issue of the evening was a public hearing on the board’s proposal to appoint alternates to the planning and zoning boards. Speaker after speaker rose to object to the plan. Aileen Rohr, a planning board member, accused Martino and the board of having “a hidden agenda intended to circumvent the purpose of the planning and zoning boards.” She said she was also concerned alternates could be manipulated for political purposes. “You’re trying to set up a system where you are judge, jury and executioner,” Rohr said. Planning Board Chairman Michael Dupree pointed out the cost to applicants coming before the planning board could be as much as $1,000 to pay for the additional paperwork involved.

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John Bickford’s attempt to speak set off Supervisor Tom Martino. Photo by Jim Langan.

“Non-corporate applicants would be unnecessarily burdened financially and the use of unneeded alternates would only politicize the process,” Dupree said. Bob Baxter, a well-known builder in Hyde Park, said, “I’m not always happy with the planning board, but they do a good job and there’s no need to saddle anyone with additional costs.” > continued on page 3

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Assemblymen Marc Molinaro (left) and Joel Miller lead a discussion on the proposed state budget on Friday. Photo by Christopher Lennon.

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“People used to say, when the times were great, we should have done more,” Molinaro said. “Well, I don’t know that things were great when times were great.” Both men said too much borrowing, high taxes imposed on businesses, rising taxes on families, unfunded mandates and the policy of giving authorities like the MTA carte blanche to do as they please, among other things, have brought New York to its financial knees. Miller said over the past year, New York used up its available stimulus money, raised taxes by about $8 billion and borrowed an additional $8 billion. This policy of borrowing money has caught up to us, he said, as the state’s actual total indebtedness is somewhere around $72 billion. All of this borrowing is a way to veil the severity of the state’s financial situation, Miller said. “The only excuse to borrow is to spend more and not make people aware of reality,” he said. “All of that bad budgeting is coming home to roost this year,” Molinaro added.

Miller said while local school districts struggle in the face of severe budget cuts, Albany continues to hire new employees and “top-heavy” administrators. “The only sector that is doing well is the public sector,” Miller said. This has caused a number of New York’s top employers to move to other states, where they will not be so heavily taxed, he said. Miller said this is contributing to high unemployment and fewer tax dollars coming to Albany. Molinaro said while there are some legislators committed to making real change in Albany, there are others who have a vested interest in ensuring things do not get better. “There are those who are interested in protecting the institution of state government,” he said. “There are real structural changes needed.” One local politician in attendance, County Legislator Dale Borchert (R-LaGrange), chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee, said he believes the state’s primary problem is over-spending. This has lead to costs being shifted to

county and town governments, he said. “It’s important to recognize New York State has a spending problem,” Borchert said. Borchert spoke against Medicaid costs that have shifted to the county level, as well as the “job-killing” MTA mobility tax that was imposed on businesses in every county directly serviced by the MTA, including Dutchess. Supervisor John Wagner of LaGrange said the state could stand to learn a lesson from local municipalities, which have greatly tightened their belts as a result of the recession and dwindling state aid. Wagner also railed against unfunded mandates imposed by state government. For example, he said, the state requires metal detectors in courtrooms, and while the state has provided metal detectors to communities, it has not given towns additional funding to hire officers to monitor the metal detectors. Wagner also said he doesn’t approve of the state’s plan to increase fines, saying fines should be used for our protection, not to bolster the budget. He also asked the legislators to call for a forensic audit of the MTA and said taxes imposed by local fire districts have skyrocketed because of a lack of volunteerism and training mandates imposed by the state. Supervisor John Hickman of East Fishkill spoke bluntly, saying Albany needs to get its act together. “I have to admit, I am a very angry taxpayer in New York State,” he said. “Get your house in order before you tell mine what to do.” He said too many costs, such as election expenses and pension payouts, have been shifted to towns. He also said the MTA should be disbanded or privatized. “There’s a human side to this that I don’t think Albany sees,” Hickman said. Responding to Hickman’s comments on the MTA, Miller said before the MTA mobility tax was imposed, New Jersey residents were the most heavily taxed in the nation. Now, New York residents are,

he said. “(The MTA) is a failure no matter how you look at them,” Miller said. Judi Stokes, director of graphics and community relations for Dutchess Community College, said cuts in funding to higher education will translate to higher tuitions and cuts to student services. “There’s no question that further reductions would directly affect our students,” Stokes said. In response, Miller said, “(State colleges) are incredible gems, and we have failed them. New York State cannot afford to cut one penny to education.” Superintendent James Parla of the Wappinger Central School District said his school system is facing three major challenges: increasing costs, a depleted fund balance, and dwindling state aid, which accounts for about 30% of his district’s revenue. Parla said unfunded mandates also impact school districts, saying while the state requires students to take certain exams, the job of scoring the tests falls to school district employees. Pleasant Valley Supervisor John McNair kept his comments short. “Everything that I’ve heard today – there’s no sense in repeating it – it’s true,” McNair said. One particularly noteworthy segment of the hearing came after Margaret Pfaff of Literary Connections left the meeting seemingly frustrated after being told not to expect the state to restore $2 million in funding for adult literacy education. “New York State does not have the money on hand to pay for these,” Miller told Pfaff. “We’re broke.” While the message our legislators sent community leaders was bleak, both men said they would bring these concerns to Albany and attempt to help to the greatest extent possible. “The governor assured us he will be taking input from our conference,” Miller said, “so we will be able to carry to Albany what you give us.”

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• An article in last week’s issue, “Neighbors feud as sewer repair plans materialize,” incorrectly stated the Town of Rhinebeck secured easements on properties in Vanderburgh Cove in 1991. Rhinebeck Councilman Dan Staley offers the following clarification: “The existing 20-foot easement that dissects the properties on Mill Road and Clay Court for the north collection system at Vanderburgh Cove was established during the 1967 planning board process. The north collection system was installed sometime between 1968-70. The town did not know that there where manholes or infrastructure outside the easement when it took possession in 1991 and there were no studies done.” • In a story about the departure of provisional Hyde Park Police Chief Don Goddard, we misidentified Chief Brian Nichols as Beacon chief. He is actually the East Fishkill police chief.


HYDE PARK police blotter BY HV NEWS STAFF MAN BEAT WOMAN IN FRONT OF CHILD

On Feb. 28 at approximately 2 p.m., Hyde Park Police responded to a report of a physical altercation. The alleged victim stated that during an argument, Tavoris A. Rozier, 36, of Hyde Park, punched her in the head in front of her child. Rozier was charged with attempted assault in the third degree, a class-B misdemeanor, and endangering the welfare of a child, a class-A misdemeanor Rozier was taken into custody and arraigned at Hyde Park Justice Court before Judge David Steinberg. He was released on his own recognizance to return March 4.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING WOMAN

On March 1 at approximately 3 a.m., Hyde Park Police responded to a report of a physical altercation. During the altercation, William D. Ring, 34, of Hyde Park, allegedly destroyed the other party’s laptop computer, threw the other party around the house and attempted to drag her outside, causing physical injury. Ring reportedly sustained injury as well during the altercation; however, he was the primary aggressor, police said. He was charged with criminal mischief in the third degree, a class-E felony, and assault in the third degree, a class-A misdemeanor. Ring was taken into custody and arraigned at Hyde Park Justice Court before Judge David Steinberg. He was released on his own recognizance to return March 9.

MAN ASSAULTED WOMAN IN DELI PARKING LOT

On March 2 at approximately 3:10 p.m., Hyde Park Police say they responded to a report of a physical altercation in the parking lot of K&D Deli. The victim stated her head was banged against a steering wheel and she had been punched then pulled out of the car by Shamell S. Bagley, 28, of Poughkeepsie, who had since driven away from the scene. Just prior to police arrival, Bagley reportedly returned to the deli and a verbal conflict ensued. Bagley was arrested and charged with attempted assault in the third degree, a class-B misdemeanor. He was taken into custody by Hyde Park Police. He was given an appearance ticket for April 30 in front of Judge John Kennedy.

NEWBURGH MAN ARRESTED FOR DWI

On March 3 at approximately 4:30 p.m., Hyde Park Police responded to a report of an erratic vehicle said to be swerving all over the roadway. Hyde Park Police located the vehicle and identified Robert J. Santiago, 25, of Newburgh, who stated he was the driver of the car. Afterpoliceconductedtheirinvestigation, Santiago was taken into custody. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, a class-A misdemeanor, and driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.18% or above, a class-A misdemeanor. Santiago was processed and released on an appearance ticket returnable March 11 at Hyde Park Justice Court.

RED HOOK WOMAN, 63, ASSAULTED TWO FEMALES

On March 4 at approximately 12:22 p.m., Hyde Park Police responded to a report of an intoxicated female. Just prior to arrival, police were advised there was a fight in progress between three females. One of the victims reportedly stated she was punched, kicked, bitten and had her hair pulled out by Dorothy F. Bahnatka, 63, of Red Hook. While the two female victims attempted to remove Bahnatka from the property, the second female reportedly stated she was also kicked and had her hair pulled. Bahnatka appeared to be under the influence at the time of the incident, police said. Bahnatka was charged with assault in the third degree, a class-A misdemeanor, and attempted assault in the third degree, a class-A misdemeanor. She was taken into custody and arraigned at Hyde Park Justice Court before Judge David Steinberg. She was released on her own recognizance.

BUSINESS OWNER WROTE BAD CHECKS

On Feb. 3, Hyde Park Police received a report of bad checks issued to a complainant. The complainant reportedly stated on Jan. 8, he was given a check by Joshua H. Jordan, 26, of Poughkeepsie, for services he rendered to Jordan’s business, Reliable Towing. The check was denied for payment and the complainant was given a second check on Jan. 19, which was also denied for payment, according to police. Jordan was given multiple opportunities by police to make good on the payment, however, he failed to do so, police said. After being advised a warrant was to be requested for his arrest, Jordan eventually turned himself in at Hyde Park Police headquarters on March 7. He was charged with issuing bad checks, a class-B misdemeanor. He was processed and given an appearance ticket to appear in Hyde Park Justice Court March 30.

MEN ARRESTED AFTER ALTERCATION WITH COPS

On March 8 at approximately 9:45 p.m., Hyde Park Police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle traveling northbound on Route 9G. The caller to Dutchess County 911 reportedly stated they observed the occupants of the vehicle in the Video Treats parking lot, stumbling around and acting odd. Hyde Park Police located the vehicle in the Krauszer’s Convenience Store parking lot at the East Park intersection. The passenger of the vehicle reportedly entered the store unaware of police pulling up behind the vehicle. When police approached the vehicle to interview the driver, Jeffrey T. Kimmel, 23, of Wappingers Falls, allegedly exited the vehicle with a metal pipe in his hand, screaming vulgarities and approached one of the officers in a hostile manner. Hyde Park Police quickly took Kimmel into custody, where they observed a strong odor of alcohol, police said. Kimmel reportedly continued to verbally abuse the officers while they interviewed the passenger of the vehicle, Yasin A. Stafford, 32, of Poughkeepsie, who was found to have active warrants out of the Town of Lloyd.

While at Hyde Park Police headquarters, Kimmel was reportedly extremely uncooperative with police. He shouted vulgarities and obscene threats at officers while relentlessly kicking the cell gate, trying to knock it down the entire eight or so hours he was in custody while officers waited for an arraignment, police said. Kimmel reportedly stated to police toward the end of his custody that he was also under the influence of Phencyclidine, or PCP. Kimmel was charged with menacing a police officer, a class-D felony, and criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class-A misdemeanor. Stafford was charged with unlicensed operation in the third degree, a class-A misdemeanor, and failure to obey a traffic control device, a traffic infraction. Kimmel was arraigned at Hyde Park Justice Court before Judge John Kennedy. He was remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $10,000 cash bail. Stafford was turned over to the Town of Lloyd Police Department.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER ASSAULT AT BAR

On March 9 at approximately 10:15 a.m., Hyde Park Police arrested Michael J. Larosae, 29, of Poughkeepsie, for assault in the second degree stemming from an incident that occurred on Jan. 24 at approximately 1:15 a.m. On Jan. 24, Hyde Park Police responded to a local bar to assist EMS with an unknown medical emergency. Upon arrival, Hyde Park Police reportedly discovered an assaulted victim sitting in a chair and bleeding from a laceration over his eye and a severe laceration to the neck from an unknown object. The victim was unaware of what provoked the attack or who the assailant was, police said. The suspect had reportedly fled the scene prior to police arrival and the only witness was unwilling to cooperate. Through an investigation, it was determined through evidence that Larosae was responsible for the assault. He was charged with assault in the second degree, a class-D felony. Larosae was arraigned March 10 at Hyde Park Justice Court before Judge John Kennedy. He was released on his own recognizance.

ALBANY WOMAN ARRESTED FOR LARCENY

On Dec. 13, 2009 at approximately 3 a.m., Hyde Park Police took a report of a larceny. The victim contacted police after he discovered numerous items at his residence were missing after an argument with Joy K. Wright, 29, of Albany. Among the items stolen were multiple Louis Vuitton accessories. Wright allegedly fled the area and a warrant was issued for her arrest. On March 10 at approximately 11 a.m., Town of Poughkeepsie Police made contact with Wright through routine police work. She was turned over to Hyde Park Police. Since the incident, the items have been recovered by the victim. Wright was charged with grand larceny in the third degree, a class-D felony. She was arraigned at Hyde Park Justice Court before Judge David Steinberg. She was released on her own recognizance.

WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER EVADING OFFICERS

On March 13 at approximately 5 a.m., Hyde Park Police were dispatched to a

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Emily Svenson of the Conservation Advisory Council said simply, “There’s no problem here that needs solving. Homeowners don’t want to spend money on alternates.” Not a single resident at the meeting spoke in favor of the proposal. A resolution to eliminate the position of lieutenant on the police department roster saw former Hyde Park Police Officer Jeffrey Lee question the logic of eliminating a position that isn’t costing anyone anything. With that, Martino launched into a lengthy and rambling harangue about state and municipal finances while telling Lee, “you people” just don’t understand. Lee was not alone in his observations. Most audience members appeared aghast at Martino’s upbraiding of a former police officer making a simple comment. But the flash point of the evening came when Dupree asked Martino why he was “sitting on George Rodenhausen’s bill.” He was referring to the planning board’s attorney, who has not been reimbursed for his services since December. Martino has made it clear he wants to replace Rodenhausen and most observers feel he’s trying to discourage Rodenhausen by not paying him. “He deserves to be paid and it is abominable and ridiculous you’re playing politics with money owed him,” Dupree said. “I can’t sign a site plan or anything until he gets paid. What’s more absurd is this money is coming out of applicant escrow accounts and has nothing to do with the town.” Martino countered that there were “billing issues delaying payment.” When asked if Martino had sent Rodenhausen a letter to that effect, a flustered Martino said, “no,” but said he called him. Dupree responded, “That’s interesting, because George tells me you haven’t returned a single call of his.” Retiring Police Chief Don Goddard is on record as saying Martino never returned his phone calls either. But it was when Republican planning board member John Bickford rose to echo Dupree’s comments that Martino lost his composure and the audience. A visibly angry Martino told Bickford to sit down, saying, “You’ve had your chance to speak.” Bickford said he had no intention of yielding the floor when Martino shouted, “You’re trying to dominate,” to which Bickford said sarcastically, “You would know.” At that point, a sizable portion of the crowd got up and left, shaking their collective heads. It was another bad night for civility and good government in Hyde Park.

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report of a past-occurred assault. The calling party alleged that Marcia A. Barrow, 27, of Brooklyn, had assaulted the victim in the face with a chain necklace while holding a kitchen knife. Barrow reportedly fled the residence prior to police arrival. Hyde Park Police searched the area but were unable to locate her. Approximately an hour and a half later, Dutchess County 911 dispatched Hyde Park Police for a 911 hang-up call from the same residence. Police say they quickly responded and the caller stated Barrow had returned to the location and was fearful Barrow was going to damage her vehicle. Barrow reportedly again fled just before police arrival. A Hyde Park Police K-9 Unit was requested and Barrow quickly turned herself in. She resisted arrest by the male officer and was taken into custody with as little force as necessary, police said. After further investigation, it was determined the incident that took place was only harassment. Barrow was charged with harassment in the second degree, a penal law violation. She was processed without incident and given an appearance ticket returnable to Hyde Park Justice Court.

LOCAL MAN VIOLATED PROTECTION ORDER

On Feb. 11, Hyde Park Police responded to a home for a report of a violation of an order of protection. Kyle P. Loucks, 23, of Poughkeepsie, had reportedly violated the order by being in the residence when he was mandated by Hyde Park Justice Court to stay away. At the time of the incident, Loucks allegedly fled the scene and could not be located. A warrant was issued for his arrest. On March 15, Hyde Park Police responded to a report of a suspicious male walking on Creek Road in the rain with no shoes. The suspicious male was identified as Loucks. He was taken into custody on a criminal contempt charge, a class-A misdemeanor, and processed without incident.

PLEASANT VALLEY MAN BUSTED FOR HIT AND RUN

On March 17 at approximately 6:15 a.m., Hyde Park Police responded to a personalinjury auto accident at the intersection of North Quaker Lane and Netherwood Road. The suspect reportedly fled the scene. Rodrick L. Villogram, 41, of Pleasant Valley, was soon located after passing a Dutchess County Sheriff’s deputy in Pleasant Valley. He was reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed with damage to his vehicle. The suspect reportedly attempted to evade police by driving recklessly, and then fled the vehicle on foot. A short foot pursuit ensued and Villogram was eventually taken into custody. Villogram had reportedly run a red light in Hyde Park and struck the victim’s vehicle as she was crossing the intersection, sending her spinning into a cement wall. The victim was transported to the hospital by ambulance. Villogram was charged with leaving the scene of a personal-injury auto accident, a class-A misdemeanor, and passing a red traffic signal, a traffic infraction.

He was processed for the listed charges by Hyde Park Police. He faces numerous other charges by the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office. He is due to appear at Hyde Park Justice Court on April 1.

RHINEBECK WOMAN ARRESTED ON ACTIVE WARRANT

On March 18, Town of Poughkeepsie Police advised Hyde Park Police that they had Kori L. Im, 27, of Rhinebeck, in custody for driving offenses when a file check revealed she had an arrest warrant from the Town of Hyde Park. She was charged with aggravated unlicensed operator in the third degree, a class-A misdemeanor, and operating a vehicle with suspended registration, an unclassified misdemeanor. Im was taken into custody by Hyde Park Police and arraigned before Judge David Steinberg. She was remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $1,000 bail and was to appear in Hyde Park Justice Court on March 23.

LOCAL MAN ARRESTED ON CONTEMPT, MISCHIEF CHARGES

On March 19 at approximately 11:15 a.m., Hyde Park Police responded to a residence for a report of an intoxicated male engaging in a verbal argument and punching holes in the wall. The male was identified as Sean P. Wilson, 43, of Hyde Park, whom the victim has an order of protection against. Prior to police arrival, Wilson allegedly fled the scene. At approximately 12:30 a.m., Hyde Park Police received a call back stating Wilson was back at the residence. A Hyde Park unit was already on scene and immediately took Wilson into custody. He was arrested on charges of criminal contempt in the second degree and criminal mischief in the fourth degree, both class-A misdemeanors. Wilson was processed and was due to appear at Hyde Park Justice Court on March 19.

BURGLAR NABS SLEW OF CHARGES

On Feb. 17 at approximately 1 p.m., Hyde Park Police responded to the area of Haviland Road for a suspicious male walking though back yards and down the road. Upon police arrival, the subject was reportedly observed running through back yards. When told to stop, the subject hid behind a tree in a back yard and began emptying a back pack, according to police. The subject was detained and questioned about the property that was just dumped behind the tree. The subject identified himself as Kwanell A. Fields, 19, of Hyde Park, and allegedly stated he had burglarized a residence in the area and taken the items from that location. He was charged with three counts of burglary in the second degree, a class-C felony, three counts of burglary in the third, a class-D felony, three counts of criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth, a class-A misdemeanor, two counts of petty larceny, a class-A misdemeanor, and one count of grand larceny, a class-E felony. Fields was taken into custody by Hyde Park Police. Further questioning and investigation revealed that Fields had burglarized multiple residences in the area and had sold most of the items he stole, police said. He was arraigned before Judge John Kennedy and remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond.

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Aunt Jemima, eat your heart out The sugar shack at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds produced about 67 gallons of maple syrup during the first weekend of the Hudson Valley Maple Festival. Photo by Christopher Lennon.

Hudson Valley Maple Fest highlights local syrup industry

BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Everyone knows maple syrup is delicious on pancakes, but most people probably don’t realize the amount of work that goes into making a single serving of the sticky, sweet condiment. In order to educate the community on the laborious process that goes into making maple syrup, Remsburger Maple Farm and Apiary and the Dutchess County Fairgrounds hosted the first weekend of the Hudson Valley Maple Festival at the fairgrounds last week. Dennis Remsburger, a third-generation maple producer and owner of Remsburger Maple Farm and Apiary, said he started the Maple Festival at his farm in Pleasant Valley eight years ago. The event soon outgrew the farm, and two years ago, the festival was moved to the fairgrounds. “We got a little too big and we needed more space,” he explained. Remsburger has about 200 taps on maple trees at his farm, as well as on trees at Dyson Farm in Millbrook and at the fairgrounds. All these trees translate to an annual harvest of over 500 gallons of maple syrup a year (though the actual amount varies greatly depending on the season). It takes a lot of trees to make so much syrup, Remsburger explained, because it takes 40 gallons of tree sap to make a single gallon of maple syrup. The maple sugaring season is only about six weeks long; trees are tapped from the second week of February through March. In order to produce the sap to make maple syrup, 20-degree nights and 40-degree days are needed. This temperature range is crucial, and during warmer seasons such as this one, the harvest dwindles. In fact, Remsburger said, this current maple season is the worst he’s seen in 30 years thanks to an unseasonal spike in temperature. After the gallons of raw sap are collected, the sap is boiled at 219 degrees in an evaporator, which concentrates the sugar content and creates the sticky, amber-colored product we enjoy with breakfast. In real maple syrup, maple tree sap is the only ingredient. Remsburger explained the raw sap contains about 2% sugar. When the final product exits the evaporator, it’s been concentrated to 67%

sugar. The sticky syrup is so concentrated, a 15-gallon barrel weighs about 200 pounds. Remsburger explained that different hues and classes of maple syrup are determined by when the trees are tapped. Early in the season, when nights are colder, it produces lighter syrup with a higher sugar content. Later in the season, the final product is darker because it needs to be cooked longer to produce the appropriate sugar content. When asked if there is any truth to the rumor that the best syrup comes from Vermont, not New York, Remsburger said in his opinion, there is not. “Vermont does have a higher standard for the density of the syrup,” he conceded. “But we think the quality of maple syrup is the same here as in Vermont.” The fairgrounds are a great place to hold a maple festival, Remsburger said. Recently, a sugar shack (a building where maple sugar is made) was donated to the fairgrounds by Custom Forest Products of Staatsburg, and Dyson Farms donated a syrup evaporator. The installation is meant to teach fair-goers about this interesting aspect of New York agriculture. Bob Grems, general manager of the fairgrounds, said the Hudson Valley Maple Festival brings back memories of his childhood. Grems, who grew up in Oneida County, shared stories of working in his uncle’s sugar shack as a young boy. “This is an event near and dear to my heart because I grew up in a sugar bush,” he said. “If we saw steam coming out of that sugar house, I was a happy boy.” Grems said walking through the fairgrounds and smelling the sweet, smoky scent of maple sugar being made brings him back to his youth. “It just takes me right back to those days,” he said. Grems said he���s pleased to host the Hudson Valley Maple Festival, saying it’s a great way to begin the fairgrounds season. “It’s nice to open up with a real, bona fide agricultural event,” he said. If you missed the festival last weekend, don’t fret. The festival will be held again next weekend, March 27 and 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come early, at 9 a.m., for a pancake breakfast with real maple syrup made on site. Call 845-876-4000 for additional information.


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RHINEBECK, TIVOLI BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON

Residents of two local villages hit the village board since Republican Mayor the polls last week to select the trustees Jim Reardon assumed power last year. who will represent them in their village Neunaker is a non-practicing attorney governments. who currently works as a property manager. He unsuccessfully ran for a village trustee RHINEBECK seat last year. Gipson is the owner Gipson Design Group, a new business in the village.

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Red Cross volunteer Whitney Bell, intern David Mancari, Executive Director Willis McCree, board member and Grandview manager Brent Caster, and event committee member Danielle LaColla. Photo by Christopher Lennon.

100 years and counting for Red Cross in Dutchess BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON

Neunaker

Gipson

In Rhinebeck, it was a three-way race for two trustee seats. Democrats Brant Neunaker and Terry Gipson were the highest vote-getters and are the apparent winners of the election. Incumbent Svend Beecher, who ran under the Greening of Rhinebeck party line, lost his seat. The Republican Party did not mount candidates this year. Neunaker and Gipson will fill the seats being vacated by Beecher and Truestee Barbara Kraft, who is stepping down. Neunaker managed 372 votes, Gipson got 331 and Beecher secured 297. A total of 538 villagers voted in the election, and 13 absentee ballots have been counted and applied to the final tally. There was some degree of controversy surrounding the election as Beecher, who has been endorsed by the local Democratic Party in every prior election, was snubbed in favor of political newcomers Neunaker and Gipson at the party’s caucus. Officials from the party said there was a sentiment that Beecher has not participated equally on

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Villagers in Tivoli, on the other hand, returned both incumbents to office in a four-way race for two trustee seats on the village board. Incumbents Bryan Cranna and Michael Leedy, who ran on the Tivoli First line, were both returned to office, defeating Virginia Grab and Robert Zises of the Tivoli Tax Chopper Party. Cranna, the current deputy mayor of Tivoli, was the highest vote-getter with 148 votes, and Leedy was a close second with 124. Grab managed 100 votes while 98 villagers pulled the lever for Zises. Cranna, who will now begin his fourth term as a trustee, works as deputy Dutchess County clerk. Leedy, on the heels of his first term in office, works professionally as a credit manager with Williams Lumber.

FATHER AND SON KILLED IN

TRAGIC MOTORCYCLE CRASH

It’s a big year for the American Red Cross Dutchess County Chapter as the organization celebrates its 100th anniversary of serving the people of Dutchess County, and last week, the local chapter celebrated with an elegant “Red Tie Event” at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie. The event, held Thursday, March 18, was certainly one to remember, with an expansive array of food and drink available to the many well-dressed guests. Guests mingled in the Grandview ballroom or enjoyed the beautiful evening on the balcony overlooking the Hudson River. Also during the celebration, an exhibit of 110 photographs by a Red Cross photographer was on display. Members of the Red Cross’s 100th Anniversary Honorary Committee were in attendance, and the Seven Fundamental Principle Awards, based on the guiding principles of the American Red Cross, were presented to recipients from the county. Paul Cazzolla, director of development for the Dutchess County chapter, said the Red Cross’s response to recent local catastrophes is evidence of the impact the local chapter continues to make in the lives of Dutchess County residents. “Think back just the past three weeks when we had the snow storms,” Cazzolla said. “We had many people without power.” Cazzolla said the Dutchess County chapter sheltered more than 150 people

during the recent snow storms in shelters across the county. As if that weren’t enough of a challenge, a fire struck a Poughkeepsie senior citizen community shortly after. In both cases, the Red Cross jumped into action by providing displaced residents with shelter and food. “When the storm was coming, we were all on alert,” Cazzolla said. “We’re always ready.” Cazzolla said these incidents make evident the need for the Red Cross in Dutchess County for another 100 years. “We need to continue helping the people in our community who need our help,” he said. Cazzolla said none of this would be possible without the many dedicated local volunteers the Dutchess County chapter has been blessed with. Cazzolla, a relatively new employee of the local chapter, said he was pleasantly surprised to learn how many residents volunteer their time and money to the Red Cross. “We have quite a few volunteers,” he said. “I was amazed when I came here and saw the numbers.” Local volunteers come from partnerships with Marist College and the Department of Justice, as well as ordinary citizens who are eager to help neighbors in need. In fact, Cazzolla said, Red Cross shelters are manned by only one paid employee. The majority of the hands-on work is done by unpaid volunteers.

BY HV NEWS STAFF A father and son were killed in a motorcycle vs. SUV accident in the Town of Clinton last week. On Friday, March 19 at 4:24 p.m., Dutchess County Sheriff’s deputies were called to Hollow Road near Creek Road after a 1989 Harley Davidson motorcycle reportedly struck a 2007 GMC Yukon. Police report a preliminary investigation reveals the motorcycle traveled into the eastbound lane, lost control and slid on the ground into the path of the SUV. The driver of the Harley Davidson and his 11-year-old son, a passenger on the bike, were ejected from the motorcycle. The motorcycle was operated by Alfred Piscitello Jr., 57, of Poughkeepsie, who was airlifted to Westchester Medical Center in

serious condition. He died later that day at the hospital, according to police. Piscitello’s son, Alfred Piscitello III, was transported by Northern Dutchess Paramedics to St. Francis Hospital where he was pronounced dead, deputies report. The Yukon was operated by Paige K. Martino, 38, of Staatsburg. Martino sustained no injuries, according to police. Police say the accident is still under investigation by members of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Unit and Detective Division. Sheriff’s deputies were assisted at the scene by members of the West Clinton Fire Department and Northern Dutchess Paramedics.

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he importance of planning and zoning laws and the boards that enforce them cannot be overstated. These laws and the boards interpreting them have kept our quaint communities from going the way of so many towns to the south, where big-box stores and megamalls blot the landscape. After a years-long, arduous process, the Town of Rhinebeck passed a new comprehensive plan and updates to the zoning code earlier this year. This process, while it may have taken longer than many would have liked, required a great deal of cooperation between the town and planning boards. Through the process of adopting a comprehensive plan, town board administrations changed and new members were appointed to the planning and zoning boards. This means a number of people from a variety of backgrounds and political persuasions had to work together to craft a plan. While details of the plan can be debated, the fact that so many people were able to finally come to consensus should be applauded. This project required a great deal of compromise, and everyone involved in adopting the plan deserves praise for putting their personal politics aside for what is best for the town. Rhinebeck is not the only example of this. All across Dutchess County, planning and zoning boards are working hard to ensure the character of their communities remain intact. With this in mind, we find it disturbing that the Hyde Park Town Board plans to stack the town’s planning and zoning boards with hand-picked “alternates,” who, in theory, would fill in for members who fail to attend meetings and would have full voting privileges during executive sessions. Unlike the Hyde Park Town Board, the seven-year terms on the planning board are staggered. This is done to ensure politics are kept out of the planning and zoning process as, theoretically, different administrations would appoint planning board members as terms expire. If one town board, comprised entirely of members of one party, is permitted to hand-pick each alternate, the planning board could theoretically become an extension of this alarmingly partisan town board. There’s a reason the town and zoning boards are separate entities, and it appears this board is attempting to circumvent the planning process by appointing a full slate of alternates. We also question the motivation behind this move, as the Hyde Park Planning Board has been unable to reach a quorum due to absences only once during the past five years. We’ve already seen evidence that this town board isn’t interested in seeking advice from other agencies. A letter by Town Attorney James Horan regarding a committee to oversee the planned police/court facility stated, “The town board is enough of a committee.” It seems the town board sees the planning board – which includes members appointed by former Supervisor Pompey Delafield’s administration – as an impediment rather than an asset. We hope the town board learns to play well with others and urge Hyde Park residents to stand up for nonpartisanship on their planning and zoning boards. THE THUG O’ METER IS A SERVICE OF HV NEWS INTENDED TO GAUGE THE LEVEL OF THUGGISH ACTIVITY OF THE TOWN BOARD IN ANY GIVEN WEEK.

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Councilman Mike Taylor was seen berating fellow board member Sue Serino as she spoke to a client in the parking lot at Town Hall Wednesday. Hudson Valley News reported Serino had consulted with East Fishkill Police Chief Brian Nichols about the ongoing police debacle. Serino was so horrified and embarrassed, she stormed into Supervisor Tom Martino’s office, presumably to ask him to hose down the overbearing Taylor. Angry Jim Monks was heard barking at a municipal employee for having a copy of the Hudson Valley News on her desk. Meter moves ahead. {6} march 24, 2010 | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com | Hudson valley news

PROGRESSIVE PERSPECITVE BY JONATHAN SMITH

Three cheers for health care legislation

First and foremost, the legislation curtails insurance industry standards that denied coverage for millions of Americans. We will no longer be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition, a term that came to be used by the insurance companies to dump clients who became ill. Americans who were not part of large corporate organizations and who relied on individual insurance plans to protect them were often told that they were no longer covered because of minor sicknesses that they had failed to disclose on an insurance form. There were even stories of families who were rejected because they were discovered to have had, at one time, the flu. Who hasn’t? This practice will be extinct thanks to the new regulations in this landmark bill. Equally important is the fact that the legislation pushes the medical industry to provide more preventative care. Studies have shown conclusively that patients who see their doctors for regular visits are far less likely to develop disabling diseases. The fact is that the better we take care of our bodies, the less likely we are to get sick. Also, Democrats claim that by focusing on wellness visits, Americans will save money and the medical system will become more streamlined. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) projects that because of the cost-saving measures of insurance reform, the country will be able to reduce the national deficit by as much as $138 billion in 10 years. The bill that will be signed into law by President Obama falls far short of the single-payer healthcare system that many progressives supported. However, this is an extremely important step in the right direction – a step that will help every single American receive the care they deserve and a step that will make it affordable. Once again, we have the Democratic Party to thank for truly important, groundbreaking legislation.

This weekend, by a vote of 219 to 212, the U.S. Congress passed historic legislation that will open the doors of the health care system to nearly all Americans. This bill will improve all of our lives, saving us money at the doctor’s office and ensuring that we and our families can get necessary care when needed. Opponents of the bill shouted that “big government” was coming to get us. We should all take the opportunity to remind them of their aversion to “big government” when they cash their Social Security checks or save money on medication through Medicare – or for that matter, when they send a letter through the U.S. Post Office. These essential services are all run by our government and they are important in establishing our quality of life. It was now time for health care to join the ranks of these other services in becoming a universal human right for all Americans. The bill that passed the U.S. Senate in December and had been through a particularly arduous fight in the House was very nearly sidelined by several Democratic congressmen who opposed the use of government funds to finance abortions. Because of a last-minute deal by President Obama, who promised that no funds would go towards abortion procedures, the rogue Democrats relented and the bill was set to clear and become law. The landmark legislation has several Jonathan Smith can be reached at important themes that will improve the editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com. lives of everyday Americans. QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This bill is the mother of all unfunded mandates and a fiscal Frankenstein. - Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) on Obama’s health care bill

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opinion with my brother and neighborhood kids. Reading about Parker this week made me wonder how he would have fared in the America of today. Not well, I suspect. The politically correct world we live in would never green light a show about an Indian fighter and a guy who died trying to drive Mexicans back across the border. He’d also have the whole white oppressor thing going against him. No one would care he played the USUALLY RIGHT hand his era dealt him and did so heroically. BY JIM LANGAN So let’s look at the America of Fess Parker, left behind in 1955. You can make the argument that Fess Parker’s America was something of an uptight country still coming to grips with segregation in the wake of the many contributions of Like most Americans my age, the death black soldiers and airmen in WW II. We lived last week of actor Fess Parker took me back in suburban Larchmont, N.Y. and attended an to my childhood. Fess Parker, of course, was all-white parochial school. My father worked known to a generation of us baby boomers at IBM and I can’t recall him having a black as Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier. friend. My brother and I had a number of The ruggedly handsome actor was cast by black friends but they were basketball buddies Walt Disney to star in a series of one-hour from a nearby housing complex. It all seemed programs dramatizing the exploits of the normal to me. legendary frontiersman But let’s stop there. Davy Crockett. Parker None of that means passed away last week we were remotely at 85, having evolved The politically correct racist or intentionally from national icon to world we live in would discriminating. That successful businessman was simply the world never green light a and winemaker in we lived in. The ’60s California. show about an Indian rightly focused people The Davy Crockett fighter and a guy who on life’s inequities but show premiered on the I’ll never cop to saying “Walt Disney Show” on a died trying to drive anyone I knew ever Sunday night in December Mexicans back across got up in the morning 1954 with Buddy Epsen trying to make life the border. as Parker’s TV sidekick. miserable for people The show and Parker, of color. in particular, became an The 1950s were instantaneous hit with the American public. relatively prosperous and working for a Parker was a cross between Gary Cooper and living was considered noble. Welfare was John Wayne. The fact there were only three considered shameful and a last resort, not major networks in those days only magnified a way of life. Crime and going to jail was the huge appeal of the show. As I had no also shameful and not considered a rite of sisters, I can’t attest to its appeal to girls, but passage. Women were on a pedestal and it quickly became the mother of all fads with not considered sex objects unless you were boys. I had the coonskin hat and the fringe looking for a punch in the nose. Education jacket and a plastic rifle called “Betsy.” I was was considered your ticket to the big show. all in on the Davy Crockett phenomenon, as Divorce was the nuclear option, not today’s were millions of other kids my age. equivalent of breaking up with your high Crockett-themed merchandise from lunch school sweetheart. Husbands and wives stuck boxes to bedspreads jumped off the shelves. it out through good times and bad. Guns were It was also a tough year to be a raccoon. By for cops and Davy Crockett. No one would April and May of 1955, the price of raccoon have thought of shooting up a classroom tails went from 25 cents per pound to $8. because somebody dissed you and if you did, Even scraps of muskrats, possums and rabbits you’d be in the electric chair, not a shrink’s became negotiable assets. Anything with fur office. People forget that in most states in the moved. It’s estimated that Disney sold nearly ’50s, you got the chair for rape, never mind $800 million in Crockett merchandise in murder. There were a lot less rapes. today’s dollars. So for every well-intended criticism of Like so many childhood memories, the Fess Parker’s America, there are a lot of Davy Crockett frenzy didn’t last as long as compelling reasons to remember that era my memory thinks it did. Parker only did fondly. For all its faults, America was a three one-hour shows for Disney initially more civilized and productive place. RIP, and by the end of 1955, Crockett mania had Fess Parker. peaked. Like going back to the house you grew up in, it’s never as big as you remember Jim Langan can be reached at editorial@ it. But it was a wonderful time and I can still thehudsonvalleynews.com. see myself decked out in the coonskin cap, playing cowboys and Indians in the woods

FESS PARKER’S AMERICA WENT WITH HIM

BY JIM LANGAN • The last living member of John F. Kennedy’s original cabinet died last week at 90. Stewart Udall was JFK’s secretary of the interior and along with his brother, Mo Udall, was a longtime member of Congress. That leaves only speechwriter Ted Sorensen and Peace Corps Director Sargent Shriver as significant players from the JFK years still around. JFK himself would’ve turned 93 on May 29. • Some tough news for aspiring actresses in Hollywood. A casting call just went out for the fourth installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie franchise. Disney is insisting that any actress interested in auditioning have real breasts, no implants. They will be asked to jog and jump up and down along with a “show and tell day,” according to an LA talent scout. (Nice work if you can get it.) They’re looking for some real bouncing for the sword fighting scenes. You must also be a size 4-6 and 18-25 years old.

can’t be outright fired. One teacher has been in a rubber room for 12 years at full salary. • Do the French ever disappoint? A member of the French Parliament and close ally of President Sarkozy, Chantel Brunel, wants to bring back legalized prostitution in France. It was originally sanctioned by Napoleon in the early 1800s and continued to thrive until the end of WW II. Apparently, Charles de Gaulle and his wife were angry that French prostitutes often accommodated the occupying Nazis and de Gaulle outlawed the practice. Like the rest of the populace didn’t roll over for the Germans.

• It’s beginning to look like Gov. David Paterson has made himself so irrelevant that no one really cares if he actually resigns. Maybe he and Charlie Rangel should head on down to one of Rangel’s Caribbean hideaways and call it a career. • How about the Massachusetts dentist Nobody would know they’re gone. convicted of using paper clips instead of • Here are a few sobering statistics for stainless steel posts while performing root canals. He was billing Medicaid for you entitlement fans. New York City has the real deal and prescribing pain pills a $105.4 billion shortfall in what it must for his employees to sell on the street. pay for current employees and retirees. He was convicted of assault and battery There are also 699,256 city employees and retirees. At that rate, the subway fare and fraud. should be about $50 in a few years. • It was abnormally warm last week • In case you’re not feeling old enough, and in addition to the birds, I thought I heard Al Gore chirping about global how about this little factoid. It’s been 30 warming. Actually, a new Gallup poll says – yes, I said 30 – years since the whole only 28% of Americans consider global “Who shot J.R.?” madness on “Dallas.” warming a major concern, down from That would make Larry Hagman about 100, wouldn’t it? 40% in 2000. • Thanks to the stranglehold the teachers’ unions have on New York City schools, there are hundreds of disgraced teachers sitting in so-called rubber rooms all day costing taxpayers approximately $40 million a year. They’re not allowed to teach for a variety of offenses but

• It was definitely a tough weekend for republicans as Nancy Pelosi and friends jammed the healthcare bill through under some very dicey circumstances. But for all you disenchanted republicans out there, if you think you’re miserable, remember there is a Mr. Pelosi and you’re not him.

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BOMB SCARES Public reaction to Dover Knolls favorable thus far RILE PINE PLAINS SCHOOLS An artist’s rendering of the planned “Main Street” region of the Knolls of Dover development. Image courtesy of www. knollsofdover.com.

Students suspected, could face felony charges BY COLIN DEVRIES

A series of bomb threats at Pine Plains schools – suspected to have been made by a student or students – resulted in implementation of rare emergency protocols throughout the district. Pine Plains Central School District Superintendent Linda Kaumeyer said bomb-threat pranks were made at each of the district’s three schools over a weekand-a-half-long period. Law enforcement responded to each threat and the district executed appropriate emergency procedures. The first prank was made on March 4 around 2:30 p.m. at Cold Spring Elementary in Stanford, resulting in slightly later dismissal time. The following week, both the Stissing Mountain Middle/High School and Seymour Smith Elementary, both in Pine Plains, were targeted. No arrests have been made, but, Kaumeyer said an investigation is continuing. Kaumeyer believes it may have been a lone student or multiple students who were looking to get a day off from school. “Obviously, this is not an appropriate way to get a free day,” she said. “It is a serious crime.” New guidelines in dealing with bomb threats, as instructed by the U.S. Department of Justice and the New York State Police, avoid a single, kneejerk response, such as pulling the fire alarm and immediately evacuating, especially if a hoax is suspected by preliminary investigations. Kaumeyer said other measures are taken, though she would not go into specifics for security reasons. Parents of district students will be mailed information regarding the district’s emergency protocols. The district Web site has since posted a reminder that bomb threat hoaxes are a class-E felony. Not only could a convicted student face felony prosecution – unless they are qualified for youthful-offender status, which makes the charge a class-A misdemeanor – they could have their driver’s license suspended for one year. Municipalities and emergency services are also able to claim restitution for services from convicted pranksters, up to $10,000 by individuals or up to $5,000 by parents.

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BY TONY LEO We recently spoke with Kathy Sheganoff, the community liaison for the Benjamin Companies. Benjamin Companies is the name of the corporate entity in the process of sponsoring and promulgating the Dover Knolls development project (also known as the Knolls of Dover), which will encompass the vast amount of acreage surrounding the Harlem Valley Wingdale Railroad Station.

BIGGEST PROJECT IN YEARS

Specifically, the Dover Knolls development is to be located on both sides of Route 22 at the abandoned Harlem Valley Psychiatric Facility. It promises to be one of the largest projects of its kind in Dutchess County. Plans call for the construction of 1,376 residential units and 250,000 square feet of commercial space. It has been hailed as an undertaking with a $615 million development budget and a commitment to rely on labor and materials exclusively from Dutchess County. Up to 3,400 construction job openings are anticipated, which will offer $200 million in compensation throughout the period of development. Projective studies have concluded that, upon completion, there will remain approximately 1,112 local jobs with associated annual earnings of $38 million. It is further estimated that the town, county and state will reap over $18 million in one-time fiscal benefits from levies and fees during construction along with $12 million in annual revenue garnered from various other taxes. Despite the projected size of the development, people shouldn’t expect to drive over to the Harlem Valley facility and see a newly constructed cluster of homes next week. Rome wasn’t built overnight – and neither will Dover Knolls. Sheganoff anticipated that it will take anywhere between 15 and 20 years until all phases of the project have been completed. This bodes well for the people working on the development since it promises a degree of longevity associated with the enterprise.

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The vast size of the project can be seen more clearly when you consider the cleanup and site development phase alone. Cleanup is critical here since the existing hospital facilities have accumulations of lead paint and asbestos in over 2.5 million square feet of space. The Benjamin Companies have translated this into a $180 million site development cost. Asbestos and lead cannot be removed by simply assigning a random laborer or worker off the street to scrape the remnants from the structural components and sweep away any residue. There is a massive amount of site preparation, training and recordkeeping required by the regulatory agencies. Interestingly, instead of pursuing the usual practice of recruiting credentialed asbestos removers from the specialized training centers in New York City, the developer promises to hire people from nearby communities and provide the requisite 40 hours of training for them onsite. In this manner, the hiring policies, free training and longevity on the job will work in great favor of the people who call Dutchess County their home. Sheganoff is in the process of building a database of employment applicants and their job-related specialties. The builder and subcontractors will draw from this as needed in each phase.

A FAVORABLE CONSENSUS The people we spoke with in the surrounding residences and businesses expressed an overwhelming amount of fervor toward the project. Many of the townspeople are glad the run-down buildings that belonged to the closed facility are going to be demolished. They look upon the Harlem Valley campus as a nuisance and an eyesore. There is a great deal of enthusiasm for the prospect of increased construction employment and the people who will be

drawn to the area to patronize existing businesses and share the tax burden. There will be people with diversified cultural backgrounds as well as a wide range of age groups attracted to the residential units that will be situated within very short walking distances from the businesses and commercial spaces. The community as a whole will be completely self-sustaining. The concept of a somewhat-encapsulated and controlled form of growth taking place via the singularly positioned town center was much more appealing than the prospect of several random subdivisions springing up along the Route 22 corridor. Also, the idea of having a development of this nature in direct proximity to an MTA railroad station and split by a major north-south highway garnered much acclamation.

STEPS REMAINING BEFORE CONSTRUCTION

There are just a few more steps remaining in the process leading up to construction. They are: • The final environmental impact statement (FEIS) • The finding phase (under SEQRA) • Site plan approval. In order to help conclude the FEIS, there will be a public hearing vis-à-vis the project, which will be held at the Dover Middle School, 2368 Route 22, Dover, at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24. It is anticipated that the FEIS will be wholly favorable to the project. The finding phase is under the auspices of SEQRA and is also anticipated as favorable to the planned activity. Lastly, site plan approval must be secured before the developer is allowed to go full-steam ahead. However, Sheganoff expresses hope that permission to start preparing for demolition and “going into the ground” can be achieved right after SEQRA approval. The developer would like to see some form of action before the end of the year.


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SPINNING OUT OF THIS WORLD BY DARRYL GANGLOFF | HVN WEEKEND CONTRIBUTOR

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“AN EVENING WITH MARIA ZEMANTAUSKI AND THE HUDSON VALLEY PHILHARMONIC STRING QUARTET”

Saturday, March 27, 8 p.m. Zemantauski is one of the world’s few heralded female flamenco guitarists, and one of even fewer female flamenco composers. Tom Humphrey Guitar Series continues. General admission: $25. Ritz Theater Lobby, 107 Broadway, Newburgh. 845- 784-1199.

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“Print Week” March 29-April 2. A weeklong event that will feature a student and faculty exhibition of prints and print related talks by Andrew Mockler, Nicola Lopez, and Ken Buhler. Talks will take place on Tuesday, March 30 in the Fisher Studio Arts Building Seminar Room from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Drive-By-Press will be on campus Wednesday, March 31 and Thursday, April 1 on the back patio of the Fisher Studio Arts Building. For more information contact Melody Goodwin, 845-7587674, Goodwin@bard.edu. Bard College, River Rd., Annandale-on-Hudson.

Wednesday, March 24 LECTURE

Shalom Auslander 5:30 p.m. Author and Hudson Valley resident Shalom Auslander delivers the Dr. Maurice Sitomer Annual Lecture. Nominated for the Koret Award for writers under 35, Shalom Auslander was raised as an Orthodox Jew in Spring Valley. His combination of unrelenting humor and anger renders a rich and fascinating portrait of a man grappling with his faith and family. Sanders Classroom Spitzer Auditorium (room 212), Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845437-5370.

What were you doing on March 20 at 7:34 p.m.? Did you happen to break any world records? Because that’s exactly what Dwyght Simpson, also known as DJ Klaim, accomplished at The Chance Complex in Poughkeepsie over the weekend. The local disc jockey kept the music pumping at The Loft for 125 hours straight to shatter the Guinness World Record for longest DJ marathon, and he’s already prepared to do it all over again if he needs to protect his title. The Hopewell Junction resident was first introduced to a turntable when he was 17, and his love of music has kept him in the DJ field for more than a decade. Simpson focused his ambition and energy into his first world record attempt in September 2009 at The Chance’s Platinum Lounge, but a serious health risk took him out of the running less than seven hours before the finish line. “The first try started off great. I had the nurses there asking me to eat, but I was being stubborn. I was really dehydrated. On Friday, a nurse gave me an IV. Going into Saturday, one of the nurses brought in a cup of coffee for me and my blood pressure went up to 215/157 because of the caffeine. That was about six hours before I broke the record. I tried to lay on my side, but that didn’t help. I felt it was better for me to stop and be able to train and come back. I have a family,” he said. Simpson refused to let this setback deter him from his goal, so he focused on his diet and exercise in preparation for his second try at the crown. He had trained for a full year leading up to his failed first world record attempt, but he quickly changed his strategy and made his health a top priority. “I changed my diet. I ate healthy foods. I left out a lot of starchy stuff and sodium to try and get my blood pressure down. I went to the gym and I jogged when I got home. I ran a lot to get my heart stronger,” he said.

“Water Writes” 7:30 p.m. A lecture/ presentation by the authors of the compilation, “Water Writes.” Fontaine Room 300, Marist College, Marist College, North Rd (Rte 9), Poughkeepsie. 845-575-3000.

NIGHTLIFE Michelle LeBlanc Jazz 7:30-10:30 p.m. Hudson House Inn, 2 Main St., Cold Spring. 845-265-9355. Mother Fletcher 9 p.m.-midnight. Ska. Cover: age 21+, $4; 1820, $6. The Basement, 744 Broadway, Kingston. 845-340-0744. Open Mic 10:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Acoustic. Oasis Café, 58 Main St., New Paltz. 845-255-2400. Open Mic Night 7 p.m. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. Rich Williams & The Secret Organ Trio 7-10 p.m. Jazz. Arturo’s Tavern, 878 Rte. 6, Mahopac. 845-621-3836. Skin Against Metal 7-9:30 p.m. Latin, jazz. $5 cover. Bean Runner > more on page 11

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Simpson began his second world record attempt on Monday, March 15 at 6:34 p.m. at The Loft. Simpson’s previous experience and additional training gave him a boost of confidence as the cameras started rolling. “I was determined to do it. I knew I’d get through it,” he said. In order to earn the Guinness World Record title, Simpson had to follow a list of specific rules to avoid getting disqualified. Two witnesses needed to be in attendance at all times, and nurses were always available to monitor Simpson’s health. He couldn’t play the same song more than twice in a four-hour period, and he was only allowed 10 seconds of silence between songs. Simpson also earned a five-minute break for every hour he was up, which he accumulated and saved for quick naps. “The key with me breaking the record was the first time I attempted it I didn’t take naps. Guinness gives me that time to do what I want,” he said. Simpson used his time to take two-hour breaks on > continued on next page


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Café, 201 S. Division St., Peekskill. 914-7371701.

Swing Dance Workshop and Performance 6-11:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m., workshop on Balboa by Paolo and Lauren: $15 fee. 8 p.m., free swing dance beginner lesson; 8:30 p.m., dance with live music by Gordon Webster. Dance admission: $15, genera; $10, students. Cost: $15, general; $10, students. Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, 135 South Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie. 845-454-2571.

OUTDOOR Bob Babb Wednesday Walk – Peterskill Loop 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Adults of all ages and levels of ability are welcome. No reservations are required. Meet at the Minnewaska State Park Preserve Peterskill Lot. This is a moderate, 3-mile hike. The fee for this program is $6 per car. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

Thursday, March 25 LECTURE

“Finding the Buried Treasure in ADD/ADHD” 5:30 p.m. Prominent author and psychiatrist Edward M. “Ned” Hallowell speaks about finding the positive side of ADD/ADHD. This is the Ninth DJ Klaim’s first world record attempt in September 2009. Photos by Kevin Buso. Annual Steven Hirsch ’71 and Susan Hirsch Disability Awareness Lecture. Followed by a < continued from previous page book signing. Free. Vassar College, Second floor Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. For the rest of the week, he was constantly behind of the Students’ Building, 124 Raymond Ave., his turntables. Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370.

MUSIC Chamber of Music 7 p.m. An evening of music provided by the Vassar College Music Department. Coffee and desserts included. Free. Vineyard Community Church, 609 Rte. 82, Hopewell Junction. 845-227-7832. Yale Alley Cats 7 p.m. The Millbrook Arts Group presents one of the nation’s most renowned collegiate a cappella groups. The Yale Alley Cats have been spreading music around the world since 1943. Cost: $10; child/ senior, free. Millbrook High School Auditorium, 70 Church St., Millbrook. 845-6772510.

So what about bathroom breaks? Simpson actually used a small plastic urinal in a blocked off area near his equipment, which allowed him to save his breaks for naps. It NIGHTLIFE NIGHTLIFE Frances Kramer Acoustic Night also gave him the opportunity to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. 7-9 p.m. Acoustic. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Simpson said he was very tired from Thursday night into Friday morning, and Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. 8-11 p.m. With Chris Wood, Sadler and Jules, Anthony Parks and Penny Racer. The Platinum he needed to pull up a chair to his turntables on Friday night because his legs were Lounge at the Chance Complex, 6 Crannell St., getting weak and his ankles were swollen. “By Saturday, I couldn’t think clearly. I was Kathleen Pemble, Liz Nolf and Terese Poughkeepsie. 845-471-1966. Giammarco constantly asking to make sure I was on the right song,” he said. 8:30-11 p.m. 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime Simpson officially broke the Guinness World Record with the help of a 5-Hour North Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-6624. 8 p.m. The Chance Theater, 6 Crannell St., Energy drink on Saturday, March 20 at 7:34 p.m. after DJing for 121 hours. He kept Poughkeepsie. 845-471-1966. going until 11:34 p.m. to add a four-hour buffer to his record, and only stopped because Late Night at the Lehman Loeb 5-9 p.m. Special entertainment, films & other “another DJ had booked the space.” Debbie Davies Blues Band “I played over 1,800 songs. I played a little bit of everything. I played country during happenings. Free. Vassar College, Frances 8:30 p.m. Blues. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Lehman Loeb Art Center, 124 Raymond Ave., Pawling. 845-855-1300. the day and ’90s R&B late at night, which actually helped keep me up. I also played rock Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5599. sets and house and techno,” Simpson said. Deb Martin “It feels amazing to break the world record and I can’t wait to see what comes next. The Ricochet, The Estate Sale, Synapse 7-9 p.m. Acoustic. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & I’m glad to bring the record back to the USA. I’d like to thank everybody who helped. Factory and California Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. 9 p.m.-midnight. Progressive rock. Cover: There were a lot of witnesses,” he said. age 21+, free; 18-20, $6. The Basement, 744 Fred Gillen Jr. 8-10:30 p.m. Folk. The Peekskill Coffee House, 101 S. Division St., Peekskill. 914-739-1287.

Broadway, Kingston. 845-340-0744.

The good word BY HVNEWS WEEKEND STAFF Anthropos, in association with Walking the dog Theater, presents “The Gospel Of John” for a one-night-only performance. The adaptation for the stage of one of the world’s most famous stories was directed by U.K. director Adrian Locher and Benedicta Bertau. In a recent translation by Kalmia Bittleston, the play features David Anderson, Laurie Portocarrero and Glen Williamson. With its U.S. premiere originally produced by Walking the dog Theater in 2007, this critically acclaimed production has been touring the US and Canada for four consecutive years. Three actors, using only two chairs, a table and a few cloths, bring to life the drama and poetry of the Gospel with stunning simplicity and imagination. This live performance employs drama, choral speaking, storytelling and song in a poetic journey.

“The Gospel Of John” 7:30 p.m. April 3 Fountain Hall, 1 Ring Road, Camphill Village, Copake Admission:$20, general; $15 at the door 518-672-4378

Friday, March 26 ART

“Bannerman’s Island – A Vanishing Treasure” 4-6 p.m. Artist reception and ribbon cutting. Featuring photographers Mary Ann Glass, Linda T. Hubbard, Alexis Lynch, Greg Martin, Robert Rodriguez, Jr. and Michael Sibilia, and painters E. Virginia Donovan and Will Kefauver. On view through April 26. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. 5 p.m. or by appointment RiverWinds Gallery at Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, 6423 Montgomery St. (Rte. 9), Ste. 10, Rhinebeck. 845-838-2880.

BENEFIT Red Cross Haiti Benefit 9 p.m.-midnight. With The Big Takeover, NCM, Humble Boy Club, Teorock and DJ Wavy Davy. Cover: age 21+, $5; 18-20, $7. The Basement, 744 Broadway, Kingston. 845-340-0744.

Hurley Mountain Highway 8:30-11:30 p.m. Classic rock. Pamela’s on the Hudson, 1 Park Pl., Newburgh. 845-562-4505. Jon Pousette-Dart 7:30-10:30 p.m. Singer-songwriter. Admission: $15. Bean Runner Café, 201 S. Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-1701. Ramblin Jug Stompers 7:30-10 p.m. Americana. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon. 845-831-4988. Reality Check 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Rock. Quiet Man Pub, 2652 E Main St., Wappingers Falls. 845-298-1724. > more on page 12

Benny is the Dean Martin of cats – he’s so

cool he wears his tuxedo to breakfast. He gets along great with other cats and dogs. Just like Dean, this loyal friend is no lapcat. If you are looking for a cool cat, take Benny back to your pad.

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Stephen Kaiser Group 8-11 p.m. Jazz. Cold Spring Depot, 1 Depot Square, Cold Spring. 845-265-5000.

“An Evening with Maria Zemantauski and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Quartet” 8 p.m. Zemantauski is one of the world’s few heralded female Flamenco guitarists, and one of even fewer female Flamenco composers. Tom Humphrey Guitar Series continues. General admission: $25. Ritz Theater Lobby, 107 Broadway, Newburgh. 845- 784-1199.

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“My Name is Rachel Corrie” 8-9:30 p.m. The play, performed by Courtney Day Nassar, recounts the young woman’s life from journal entries, letters, and e-mails she left behind after her death in Gaza attempting to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home. Suggested donation, $10: students with ID, free. Rockefeller Hall, Room 200, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370.

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Gallery Talk: Yasmil Raymond on Donald Judd 1 p.m. Raymond was appointed curator of Dia Art Foundation in May 2009 and speaks on the work of Judd. Free with museum admission. Dia: Beacon, Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman St., Beacon.845-440-0100

BENEFIT Second Annual Hudson Valley Social Pariah Festival 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Live entertainment, tattoo artists, alternative vendors and more. Tarot readings by Tanya and Lady Morganna. Benefits Pitch For Kids Fund. Cost: $5; must be 18 and older. Holiday Inn Fishkill, 542 Rte. 9, Fishkill. 845-8966281.

EVENT New Paltz Contra Dance 8-11 p.m. Eric Hollman calling with The Devil’s Box: Harry Bolick & Brian Slatterly (duo fiddles), Jim Garber (guitar) and Pat Schories (bass). All dances taught, beginners and experienced welcome, no partner needed. Admission: $10, general $5, students, teens;$1, children. New Paltz United Methodist Church, 1 Grove St., New Paltz. www.hudsonvalleydance.org Women’s History Month Celebration 1-3 p.m. The annual program honors Martha Washington, dedicated wife of General George Washington. The program includes the presentation of the “Martha Washington Woman of History Award” to Mary Ann Fish, a founding director of the Palisades Park Conservancy. The award acknowledges the contributions made by a woman in advancing the promotion of history. Green Room of Ritz Theater, 111 Broadway, Newburgh. 845-562-1195.

FAMILY Amazing Magical Margo 11 a.m. Magician Margaret Steele returns with a new family show for children of all ages. The show is light-hearted and fun, with award-winning magic. Part of the Center’s Saturday Morning Family Series. Tickets: $8, adults;$6, children. Center for Performing Arts, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080. “Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother” 11 a.m. Presented by Kit’s Interactive Theatre. Cinderella is about to marry the Prince, but her Fairy Godmother appears with a riddle to be solved first. Join in the search for the answer. Sing, dance, hide from the Giant and interact with many other exciting fairy tale characters. For families with children ages 5-10. James and Betty Hall Theatre, Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-431-8000.

The Acoustic Meltdown 8 p.m.-midnight. Pamela’s on the Hudson, 1 Park Pl., Newburgh. 845-562-4505. Ballroom/Latin Dance Party 6:30-10 p.m. With Esther and Ben. Tango workshop included. Live music by Russ Allen. Singles and couples welcome. $5, members; $10, guests. St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 55 Wilbour Blvd., Poughkeepsie. 845-635-3341. Big River Band and Beth Ashton 7-9:30 p.m. Acoustic. Café Mezzaluna, 626 Rte. 212, Saugerties. 845-246-5306. Billie Holiday by Candlelight 7:30-10:30 p.m. With jazz vocalist, playwright and actor Tamm E. Hunt, celebrating Women’s History Month. Tickets: $15, advance; $20, door. Bean Runner Café, 201 S. Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-1701. Caravan Of Thieves 8:30 p.m. Acoustic. With special guest Guggenheim Grotto. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. Dave Fields 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. With special guest, JT Lauritsen, a Blues artist from Norway. Cover: $5. 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-6624. Delmark Goldfarb 7-9 p.m. Americana. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. Eric Erickson 8-11 p.m. Singer-songwriter, acoustic. Aroma Thyme Bistro, 165 Canal St., Ellenville. 845-6473000. God Forbid, Kittie, Painmask and Karascene 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Hard metal. The Chance Theater, 6 Crannell St., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-1966. James Mason 1-3 p.m. Acoustic. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. John Mueller 7 p.m. Acoustic. Café Bocca, 14 Mount Carmel Place, Poughkeepsie. 845-483-7300. Kama Linden 2-4 p.m. Acoustic. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Café, 40 West Market St., Red Hook. 845758-9500. Okosu, Standard Assault, Fenrismaw and more 9 p.m.-midnight. Rock. Cover: age 21+, $5; 1820, $7. The Basement, 744 Broadway, Kingston. 845-340-0744. Uguys 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Starr Lounge at Starr Place Restaurant, 6417 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-2924.

OUTDOOR Singles and Sociables Hike - Duck Pond 10 a.m.-3 p.m. All adult hikers welcome, single and > more on page 13

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{CONFESSIONS OF A LAZY CRAFTER}

OCD: Obsessive Crafting Disorder BY ELIZABETH F. PURINTON-JOHNSON I will never forget the day I walked past a car with custom-sewn slipcovers for the seats. I don’t just mean seat covers. These were done in a quilted floral cotton, trimmed in bias tape. The headrests were tailored perfectly, probably using Velcro to attach underneath. I could only stand and stare in pure perfectionist envy. While I’ve always used car seat covers to protect from dog fur and my natural clumsiness, this was above and beyond. This was so far above and beyond that I wonder what kind of medication the woman was (or should be) on (and you know it was a woman). I’ve noticed that every magazine, Web site, store display, and craft discussion give me ideas for projects that I want to try. Thank goodness my natural laziness keeps me from spending all my time working on crafts or I couldn’t keep a day job. But it does pose the question: How do you know when your crafting just might have gotten out of hand? • Your spouse asks what you want for your birthday and your first impulse is to say, “a full spectrum task light so I can match colors better.” • Your secretary mentions on Friday that she walks her dogs in the cold weather without a hat. On Monday, you give her a hand-knit scarf with hood. • When you hear a friend or relative is having a baby, you feel the thrill of designing just the right baby blanket. (You hope the baby is a girl just because there are more patterns available for girl things.) • When you decide Dutchess County is just about perfect now that it has a Sonic and a Hobby Lobby. • You check ravelry.com as often as your Facebook page. • You train your dog to not only tolerate wearing a sweater but train her to make it easier to put it on (sit, lift one paw, then the other). • Saving money on your wedding reception means designing pairs of “wedding dogs” to decorate the buffet table. • The idea of buying a pre-made Christmas tree skirt is just too laughable to consider. • When standing line next to someone wearing a handmade sweater, you’ve dissected the pattern, the yarn, and the prowess of the knitter before you reach the front of the line (in really slow moving lines, you’ve also redesigned the sweater, changing the neckline and combination of stitches). • When you hear the word “stash,” you automatically think yarn. The most illicit substance this word brings up is the skeins of acrylic yarn you’ve buried under the cotton. • If at Christmastime you have a new friend, you feel an increasing urgency to find out if she’s allergic to wool. • You know at least three alternative ways to cut yarn when the TSA won’t let you take your scissors on the plane. • You reason that because your dog is half greyhound she MUST be cold and needs a coat. And because she’s a female, she needs the variety of a whole wardrobe (sweat, coat, balaclava, rain jacket). • Your favorite part of the newspaper is an article on crafting.

WEDDING DOGS These are dogs. You may wish to use bears, rabbits or whatever small stuffed animals you can find. MATERIALS: (ALL ARE AVAILABLE AT LOCAL CRAFT STORES)

Two small stuffed animals Ribbon roses Assorted beads Black felt Scrap of tulle Craft glue, needle and thread

Wedding Dogs. Photo submitted.

GROOM: The top hat is made from three pieces of back felt. Cut one oval approx. 2 inches by 2.5 inches for the brim. Cut one oval approx. 1 1/4 inches by 1 1/2 inches for the crown. Cut one rectangle 4 inches x 1 inch for the height. Glue the felt pieces together to create the top hat using sewing pins to hold the pieces in place until dry. I had to do one or two as practice pieces until I got a nice-looking one. Cut a narrow piece of felt or black ribbon for a collar. Attach with glue. Add a black felt “bow tie”. When the hat is dry, attach it to the groom with some glue. Try different angles so it won’t obscure his face and has a bit of a jaunty slant to it. > continued on next page


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BRIDE: Coordinate her headpiece, veil and bouquet with “the real thing.” For example, if the bride has fresh flowers in her hair, make a circlet of ribbon roses for the bridal pup. For a sparkly tiara, sew on beads. Attach a veil with pearls for a classic, vintage look. You can even buy a miniature straw hat for your garden wedding! If desired, attach a rhinestone to the left paw of the bride. (Yes, I know, during the ceremony, she’d have moved her engagement ring to her right hand, but this is just for show.) Don’t forget to plan out your bridesmaid doggies at the same time. Match the colors of the bridesmaid bouquets to your ceremonial canines as well. These nuptial pups make adorable decorations for the gift, cake and head table. After the reception, they will be appreciated gifts for your attendants or your youngest guests. But keep one for yourself.

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$22, general; $15, age 12 and under. Bardavon 1890 Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072 or 845-454-3388. Spoken Word Café 7 p.m. Featured guest is Karen Pillsworth, storyteller laureate for the city of Kingston. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 67 S. Randolph, Poughkeepsie. 845-473-1324.

Dr. Elizabeth F. Purinton-Johnson is both an associate professor of business and lazy, PERFOMANCE Sunday, March 28 “Hamlet” MET-HD Encore Transmission though accomplished crafter, who also studies marketing trends in current crafting culture. 1 p.m. Last performed at the Met in 1897, BENEFIT Spring Brunch and Auction Have a question? E-mail her at elizabeth@atomicflamingocreations.com. Ambroise Thomas’s opera is produced by Patrice

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Caurier and Moshe Leiser, conducted by Louis Langrée and starring Simon Keenlyside in the title role and Natalie Dessay as Ophélie.. Tickets:

11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Annual spring brunch and auction fundraiser. Admission includes brunch,

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Hudson River Sloop Clearwater announces its summer and public sailing schedules, which can be found online at www.clearwater.org. The summer schedule for July and August is now available for perusal and bookings. The sloop “Clearwater” will start the sailing season with a “Ship to Shore Shad Bake” that will take passengers from Yonkers to the Kearney House in Alpine, N.J. on Saturday, TO ADVERTISE: 845.233.4651 May 1. This shad bake is being held in conjunction with the Beczak Environmental advertising@thehudsonvalleynews.com Education Center, Greenburgh Sanctuary and Palisades Interstate Park Commission. WWW.THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM (Note: No shad will be served at the event due the recent ban on shad fishing, but other fish will be available for sampling.) The schooner “Mystic Whaler,” which is contracted out to run Clearwater’s educational and public sail programs, begins its public sail season in New York City at the West 79th Street Boat Basin on Saturday, April 17. Both vessels will be offering public sails at Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival on Saturday and Sunday, June 19 and 20, at Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson. The sloop “Clearwater” is returning to the Red Hook dock in Brooklyn during the second week of May. Last year, “Clearwater” began docking regularly in Brooklyn. Contact Catherine Stankowski, Clearwater’s sail coordinator, at 845-265-8080, ext.7107 or by e-mail at sailcoord@clearwater.org for more information or to book a sail.

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From “Dancing Across Borders:” Sokvannara (Sy) Sar performing Oberon in a ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ © Rex Tranter

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BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM Dance is a notoriously difficult art form to capture and preserve, be it on paper in the form of notation or on film. And yet, it is a universal language that transcends cultures, and reveals more about what we share than what divides us. Next Wednesday, a new documentary called “Dancing Across Borders” will be screened at Vassar that combines both concepts of preservation and cultural encounters, all through the framework of a young prodigy’s journey from Cambodia to the most prestigious ballet companies in the world. The film’s director and producer Anne Bass, a graduate of the Vassar College class of 1963, will appear at the screening and discuss the film. Bass, a longtime patron of dance, encountered 16-year-old Sokvannara (Sy) Sar performing in a temple with a traditional Cambodian dance group during a trip she made to Cambodia in 2000. I asked her what it was that she saw in Sy when she watched him dance that inspired her to invite him to study classical ballet in the U.S. Traditionally, ballet students begin training in their discipline at a very young age (though boys often do start later that girls), but Sy’s trajectory was already on a unique path. “He was extremely charismatic as a performer,” she explained. “He held your attention on stage. He was musical. His natural ability was effortlessness. There was something about his personality: He projected incredible joy – it was infectious.” This intrinsic performance quality caused Bass to question his future. She explained that dance in Cambodia shares similar performance rules as Shakespeare’s players did, where only men could act: In this contemporary case, however, only women may perform in the private, professional dance troupes, and thus assume the male roles. No matter how gifted Sy might be, his future as a professional dancer in his home country offered no opportunity. “I was so struck by his talent, and I couldn’t let it go to waste. It was something that just grew on me,” said Bass. She said that one night, after being snowed in and unable to leave on her scheduled flight, she decided to send a letter to his teacher and invite the young man to travel with her back to New York and study ballet. “Once we organized things,” she said, “I sent him a whole package of ballet tapes.” Bass laughed as she recalled his shock and dismay of strange people wearing leotards, tights and standing on their toes. This film was borne from the most domestic of circumstances. “He had been here (in the U.S.) six and half years before I started making a film,” {14} march 24, 2010 | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | Hudson valley news

“Dancing Across Borders” 4 p.m. | Wednesday, March 31 Rosenwald Film Theater of the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370

said Bass. “I got a video camera for his family to see what he was doing. Just from time to time, I would film his private classes – normally parents wouldn’t be allowed into a (regular) class. But the private coach didn’t mind.” Bass said her video tapes also helped her mark his incredibly rapid progress. Sy went on to study at the prestigious School of American Ballet (where he danced with Vassar senior Isabel Vondermuhll in the workshop performance that appears in the film). He continued on to a renowned international competition in Bulgaria and a professional career at major companies across the country. When her friends asked to see some of the footage of Sy from the beginning of his training, Bass was intrigued by the process. “I set out in earnest to complete professional filming,” she said. What she did not anticipate was the complexity of putting together a film, and specifically about dance. Bass said that as she began showing the film, in Cambodia for example, she realized that there were issues with sound, such as when there would be voice-over combined with the dance music. Later, she found that converting her digital film to 35 mm meant challenges to sync the frames to preserve the integrity of the beautiful movement she’d captured. “This is a low-budget film,” she said. “A director (on a big-budget film) would never see all of this – departments would handle it. I’ve been a part of every single session.” The film opens this Friday, March 26, in New York City, and then will spread across the country to more theaters. John Meehan, professor of dance and director of Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre, said that the film was more than simply a film about dance. “There’s a tremendous human interest story,” he said. “For somebody to come from a country like Cambodia to New York, from a folk dancing school to one of the great ballet schools in the world – those are two very interesting stories. Just how he coped with so much of the change is interesting in itself. It’s a fascinating film, and it’s wonderful that we’re going to see it up here.”


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7 p.m. | Wednesday March 31 Fontaine Building, Room 300 Marist College, North Rd. (Rte. 9), Poughkeepsie. 845-575-3052

BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM Jessica DuLong will speak at Marist College next Wednesday about her remarkable journey from office-dwelling dot-com-er to the only female fireboat engineer in the world. Her book, “My River Chronicles: Rediscovering America on the Hudson,” chronicles her move to the engine room of the old antique fireboat, the John J. Harvey, and how, as she fought the flames of the attack from Sept. 11, 2001, with the other members of the boat’s civilian crew, DuLong came to reevaluate the role of blue-collar labor in the U.S. When I spoke with her, she reaffirmed her passion for the Hudson River, and explained her mission to share the river’s history as a commercial viaduct with everyone. “I think it (the Quadricentennial celebration) did bring a constructive awareness,” said DuLong. “And the exciting part is that this conversation is continuing. OurHudson.org (a Web based forum) was not only focused on the celebration – the Quadricentennial committee made sure they were pointing the area toward the future.” The most important effect of the celebration, in DuLong’s estimation, are the number – and variety – of voices now interested in talking about the Hudson River. “We’ve done post-mortems on the results of the ‘Listening Tour’(community events to discuss the river held last year) – we want to increase the diversity of voices. It’s important that the number and types of voices gets even more diverse. Inspiring the next generation into advocating for and about the Hudson River is important.” It’s particularly important to DuLong that people remember that the river isn’t just a pretty backdrop. “I would like to see more input from people who use the Hudson River as a commercial corridor. I didn’t hear enough from them.” This isn’t simply about preserving the truth of the river’s importance – it’s about securing the future. “It’s important to have a sustainable model that incorporates interest and need of variety stakeholders.” Which is why she is thrilled to be taking her story and her message to students. “I think it is really important to remember where we came from – to stay connected to the history. Crucial techical innovations and advancements happened on the Hudson River. We think that everything that formed the nation was born in New England. As I started to do research and fall in love with the river, I just became incredibly taken in by the story of it. So much of the blood, sweat and muscle were innovative people and laborers who set the stage for us to become the country we are today. (The Hudson River) is a lens for viewing the history of our country and for raising questions about who we are going to be as a nation now.” DuLong expressed her concern that the country is shifting so sharply into a fully service-oriented economy and workforce that our future generations will have no ability to manufacture and labor.

“(The country) was founded on a basis of making things,” she said. “It’s a failure when we forget that basic fact. You have to make things – to protect yourself and create sustainable economy. That’s how these ideas connect for me. Sharing the history – making a living on the river today.” Particularly in this time of economic upheaval and high unemployment rates, DuLong’s sees her own experience as a message of hope. “Having my personal transformation,” she said, “it’s the transformation the nation needs to come to. Rekindling a respect for trades people and the valuable work people do every day that is essential, that we’ve dismissed at lesser than. It’s terrible for kids coming up. You can make a very good living and have a solid career doing blue collar work. Even in this economy – skilled welders, elevator technicians, machinists, these are jobs that are vacant – we don’t have the next generation skilled to do this work.” The attitude that manual labor is for unintelligent people grates on DuLong. “We have been limiting young people with the delusion is that the soul of America exists on Wall Street. This is the pivotal point – this is a moment to reconfigure.”

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E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from previous page silent auction and live auction held by Steven Chickery of Hudson Valley Office Furniture, and member of the agency’s board of directors. Benefits Grace Smith House, a nonprofit organization committed to providing a safe haven for women and children exposed to domestic violence. Cost: $50. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center, 40 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie. 845-485-5300.

EVENT “UnderWhere? in 1800: A Lecture and Demonstration of Empire-era Clothing and Underwear” 2 p.m. Reservations encouraged. Cost: $5, general; children 12 and under free. Clermont State Historic Site, 1 Clermont Rd., Germantown. 518-537-4240.

MUSIC Aleksis Billmanis Noon-2 p.m. Acoustic. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Café, 40 West Market St., Red Hook. 845-758-9500. Peabody Piano Trio 4 p.m. Performing with Roger Tapping, viola. The trio won the prestigious Naumberg Chamber Music Award and is the resident faculty trio ensemble at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. The performance includes Beethoven, Ives and the Faure Piano Quartet in C minor. A Howland Chamber Music Circle concert. Cost: $30, general; $10, student. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon. 845/831-4988. “Turns of the Centuries: Piano Panoply” 4 p.m. Sarah Cahill, Joel Fan, Benjamin Hochman, Ieva Jokubaviciute, Andrius Zlabys, pianos. Featuring solo piano works by Haydn, Beethoven, Schoenberg, Berg, Debussy, Janacek, Scriabin, Ingram Marshall, Terry Riley, Annea Lockwood and a world premiere of a work by Annie Gosfield. Tickets: $40. Rosen House Music Room, Caramoor Center For Music And The Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah. 914232-1252. The YaYas 1-3 p.m. Folk. The Peekskill Coffee House, 101 S. Division St., Peekskill. 914-739-1287.

NIGHTLIFE Gilles Malkine 7-9 p.m. Acoustic. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. Los Lobos and Leo Kottke 7 p.m. The multi-platinum, Grammy-winning band hit the scene in 1987 with its rendition of “La Bamba.” Kottke is an acoustic guitarist widely known for his innovative finger-picking style drawing on influences of blues, jazz, and folk music, plus his syncopated, polyphonic melodies. Cost: $50. Bardavon 1869 Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072.

OUTDOOR “Ramble Through History” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Join Larry Braun, Mohonk Preserve volunteer, down to Split Rock, site of the old Enderly Saw Mill. Continue on through the forest and discover what life was like centuries ago for settlers of the Trapps Mountain Hamlet. Children ages 14 and up are welcome and must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes a moderate, 3-mile hike. Bring water and lunch. Reservations required. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $10, non-members. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

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Elbow grease for the arts BY BENJAMIN KREVOLIN

DUTCHESS COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL PRESIDENT single and non-single, aged 18 and above. No reservations required. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center. This is a moderate, 7-mile hike, led by Art Raphael (845-255-5367). New hikers are strongly encouraged to contact the leader prior to the hike for information on hike levels, what to bring, and other information. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $10, non-members. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919. Monday, March 29

Tuesday, March 30 NIGHTLIFE

Fast Track 9 p.m.-midnight. Modern rock. Free. The Basement, 744 Broadway, Kingston. 845-3400744. Open Mic 8 p.m.-midnight. With Push – The Band. The Harp & Whistle Restaurant & Pub, 44 Rte. 17K, Newburgh. 845-565-HARP (4277). Open Mic Night 7-9 p.m. Hosted by Chrissy Budzinski. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300.

Wednesday, March 31 FILM

“Dancing Across Borders” 4 p.m. A documentary film that chronicles a young man’s journey from Cambodia to ballet stages in the United States. See page 14 for full story. Rosenwald Film Theater of the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370.

LECTURE “400 Years of Industry along the Hudson” 7 p.m. See page 14 for full story. Fontaine Building, Room 300, Marist College, North Rd. (Rte. 9), Poughkeepsie. 845-575-3052

MUSIC “The Art of the Solo” 7:30 p.m. Coordinated by Thurman Barker and featuring members of the Bard music faculty. The program features Barker performing “Kalingalinga” on drums, marimba, and percussion; classical guitarist Gregory Dinger performing Choros No.1 by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Valse Venezolano No. 3 (“Natalia”) by Antonio Lauro, and Milonga by Jorge Cardoso; Marka Gustavsson playing “Azure” by John Halle on viola; tenor Rufus Müller singing “Apres un Reve” by Gabriel Fauré and “Nacht und Traume” by Franz Schubert; and pianist/ composer Matthew Shipp performing selections from his album 4d. Free. Olin Humanities Building, Bard College, River Rd., Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-758-6822.

It’s time to roll up our sleeves! Not only is it time for us to support the arts with financial resources, but it’s time to actively engage in the arts. It’s time for Dutchess County to become one community, teaming with creative, innovative, and imaginative citizens. So join the Arts Council for the Kick-Off of the 2010 Dutchess Arts Fund Campaign, where we will be rolling up our sleeves to raise $180,000. The event will be on Wednesday, March 31, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Dutchess Golf & Country Club in Poughkeepsie. The 2010 Arts Fund will provide unrestricted operating grants to 11 of Dutchess County’s established nonprofit cultural organizations: The Bardavon, Barrett Art Center, Children’s Media Project, Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, Mill Street Loft, New Day Repertory, Pawling Concert Series, Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society, The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck and Upstate Films. The 2010 Arts Fund will also help the Arts Council provide communitybased project grants as well as Arts in Education grants serving thousands of students each year. In addition, the Arts Fund will help the Arts Council serve the entire cultural sector through professional development, promotion, and advocacy. John MacEnroe, president and CEO of the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation, is this year’s Arts Fund chairman. “From my perspective, it’s obvious that the arts are great for us here in Dutchess,” says MacEnroe. “So this is a call to action to the entire private sector, commercial companies, small businesses, individuals and foundations, to support the arts to the greatest extent possible. And by supporting the arts through the Dutchess Arts Fund, you are ensuring that the benefits of the arts are reaching everyone and serving all communities.” MacEnroe will recognize the Dutchess County for its ongoing support as well as the early corporate donors to the 2010 Arts Fund, which include Rhinebeck Savings Bank (which increased its contribution from last year), Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Riverside Bank, Marshall & Sterling Insurance, Jacobowitz & Gubits LLP, McCabe & Mack LLP, Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, N&S Supply, R&C Cleaning, Ulster Savings Bank, IES, Poughkeepsie Journal, Hudson Valley Magazine, The Chazen Companies, DRA Imaging and Schwartz & Patten, DDS, PC. In addition to encouraging folks to roll up their sleeves and pledge financial resources, at this year’s kick-off event we will be encouraging everyone to roll up their sleeves to actually make some art! Attendees, old and young, will be given a unique and playful opportunity to make music and paint. There will be an Instrument Petting Zoo where folks can try out a musical instrument with the help of experienced musicians from the Dutchess Community College Music School and others. Instruments available for people to try at the event include violins, a cello, a piano, and a harp among others. Instructors from Barrett Art Center will also be on hand, guiding mini-classes in painting and other visual arts. Prizes will be given to the most adventurous participants. Tickets for the 2010 Dutchess Arts Fund Kick-Off on March 31 are $25. Reservations can be made by phone at 845-454-3222 or go to the Arts Council’s Web site at www. artsmidhudson.org. For more information, contact the Dutchess County Arts Council at 845-454-3222 or via e-mail at info@artsmidhudson.org.

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NIGHTLIFE Open Mic 10:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Acoustic. Oasis Café, 58 Main St., New Paltz. 845-255-2400. Open Mic Night 7 p.m. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300.

OUTDOOR Bob Babb Wednesday Walk – Cedar Drive 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Adults of all ages and levels of ability are welcome. No reservations are required. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Spring Farm Trailhead. This is a moderate, 4-mile hike. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $10, nonmembers. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845255-0919.

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Saturday, April 17, at 7 p.m. Vassar College Entertainment (ViCE) presents the Grammy-winning alternative rock band The Flaming Lips at the MidHudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie. Special guests will be announced. General admission tickets of $35 are now on sale to the public and are available through TicketWeb (www.ticketweb.com).


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Puppy love

BY ANN LA FARGE

Recently, an elderly cousin of mine Recen had to pput her beloved old cat to sleep. live in an apartment complex where She lives animal animals are no longer allowed. How will she manage? ma Without Daisy beside me, I wou would be mighty bereft. She makes me llaugh, she keeps me company, and w when I’m in a pissed-off mood, one snuggle with her will restore my equi equilibrium. I learned two new words abo about this miraculous bond between peo people and animals: biophilia is our lov love and need for our furry friends; ox oxytocin is the physiological reality of why our mutual love is so good fo for everyone it touches, and is “a ppowerful antidote to everyday sstress.” Curl up with your dog (or cat) and read “Made for Each Other – The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond” by Meg Daley Olmert (A Merloyd Lawrence Book, Da Capo Press, $15.95). The author takes us back to the Ice Age, when artists first depicted animals on cave walls, when “the beast had become more than dinner; it had become muse.” Even 25,000 years ago, “human touch could release oxytocin in another mammal, and vice versa, and that’s why they made us feel better. Read on ... about the horse, the baboon, the cow; the Egyptians and the cat; the wolf, the dog. I always take a few notes while reading a book for this column; this time, I was tempted to write down the whole book. Instead I urge you to pick up a copy of this delightful book about humans and animals – “the ultimate win-win story.” Anyone who doubts the resiliency of children, or the strength of the human-human bond will be inspired and delighted by a book written by the four children of an uprooted family: “The Kids Are All Right,” by Liz Welch and Diana Welch, with Dan Welch and Amanda Welch (Harmony Books,$24.99). When the four kids were very young, their father died suddenly and soon after their mother, a soap opera actress, was diagnosed with incurable cancer. The family is in deep debt; they sell the big house, move to a small cottage. When the mother dies, the children are separated – the youngest is “given” to a neighbor family: “We all wanted to go home, but there was no home to go to.” Their story is told in their alternating voices. “We have each told the truth, and each truth is our own.” Dan was sent to Trinity Pawling and hated it. Amanda went to NYU, dropped out and went to live on a farm. Liz traveled the world, always moving ... Diana, the youngest, had the toughest time. But they survived, and prevailed, and now, Diana says, “my favorite thing about being back with my family is hearing the stories.” This Saturday, (March 27) from 2 to 4 p.m., there will be a reading from this book at the Millbrook Library. You can also “visit” the family at www.TheKidsAreAllRightBook.com, and see family movies and photos. I spent the rest of the reading week O.D.-ing on Mark Twain. Three new books about Twain was a lot to handle, particularly the new biography which, like all fine biographies (next week, Joseph Pulitzer!) is long. I began with a book about Twain’s

early years – “Lighting Out for the Territory – How Samuel Clemens Headed West and Became Mark Twain,” by Roy Morris, Jr. (Simon & Schuster, $26). The story begins in 1861 when Clemens, an unemployed river pilot and Confederate Army deserter, leaves Missouri and heads for Nevada Territory where he survives a series of adventures that will provide him with material for many books. But what really happened in those years out West? Morris has done his detective work, and provides the reader with a delightful story about those years, rife with desert rats, gunslingers, ladies of ill repute and other denizens of life on the frontier. Switching moods, I opened the new biography – “Mark Twain: Man in White, The Grand Adventure of His Final Years,” by Michael Sheldon (Random House, $30). This biography centers on Twain’s last years, the years when he was famous for wearing white suits year-round, built himself a mansion in Connecticut, became the willing victim of a lost-at-sea hoax, and, in general “stirred up trouble.” I’m still in the middle of this one, but I couldn’t resist switching my attention to the third book, which then hooked me completely: “Mark Twain’s Other Woman – The Hidden Story of His Final Years” by Laura Skandera Trombley (Knopf, $27.95, photos throughout). Meet Isabel Van Kleek Lyon, Twain’s “secretary” who kept meticulous journals, a detailed record of Twain’s last years. “For 100 years she had been the mystery woman in Twain’s life” – mystery no longer. Her story shows us that it ain’t easy being a muse. This is a story Mark Twain was determined no one would ever tell. When Twain’s wife dies, Isabel moved in, becoming nurse, companion and editor. Twain’s two daughters – one with mental problems, the other with epilepsy – had a tough time. So, in the end, did Isabel. And then, finally, there was a scandal, and Isabel married a young man, another Twain hanger-on, as a cover to prevent gossip. Oh, and then so many things happen ... all of which Isabel – who lived to be 90-something – tells in her journals (she called him “The King”). It is fascinating to read these two books side by side – books that share the same territory and the same “facts” but that come to such very different interpretations and conclusions. I’ll be at this for quite a while. Which means I must put off reading a big fat book that has been calling to me for a couple of months – Ralph Nader’s “Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!” (Seven Stories Press, 700-plus pages, $27.50). Warren Buffett, Yoko Ono, Ross Perot and 14 other real-life super-rich folk are the fictional characters in Nader’s “practical utopia” in which he has set out to change the world by reflecting it in a work of the imagination. “What if” a bunch of rich folk used their dough to fix our troubled nation? Maybe I’ll just use it as a doorstop. Don’t forget to hug your dog! Ann La Farge left her longtime book publishing job to do freelance editing and writing. She divides her time between New York City and Millbrook, and can be reached at alafarge@ aol.com.

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weekend horoscopes MARCH 24-30 | BY CLAIRE ANDERSON ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): It’s not going to be easy, but you’ve got to muster all of your patience this week when dealing with a family member or very close friend. You can’t force them to act the way you want them too, but you can encourage them by supporting their positive actions. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): You know that you are an incredibly loyal friend, but this week, you might need to make more of a display of it to make sure someone you care about knows how far you’d go for them. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): Reign in your desire to be flighty this week – those around you need to see your serious side, and though you’re used to smoothing things over with humor, it’s time for you to express your strong feelings.

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): This week, focus on home and hearth – call extended family and check in, get a jump on spring cleaning and take care of those most intimate relationships that keep you grounded. LEO (JULY 23- AUG. 22): Someone is going to challenge your authority on an issue – avoid over-reacting, but do stand up for yourself. Approach the situation with humility and facts, and you’ll come out on top. Your calm confidence and willingness to listen will gain you allies.

“BEAUTIFUL FEMALE FIT MODELS … AGE 18-25. MUST HAVE A LEAN DANCER BODY. MUST HAVE REAL BREASTS. DO NOT SUBMIT IF YOU HAVE IMPLANTS.”

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): Accept an unexpected detour or surprise visit as an opportunity to shake up your regular routine – enjoy the distraction and see your situation from a new perspective.

LIBRA (SEPT. 23- OCT. 22): Avoid going overboard in any particular area of your life this week – that means don’t burn the midnight oil on a work project, and don’t stay out all night partying. Be careful to keep everything in balance, and you’ll find yourself feeling calmer yet more energetic. SCORPIO (OCT. 23- NOV. 21): You’ve got the urge to go around “fixing” people and situations – your instincts are right, but don’t get frustrated if things don’t get sorted out immediately. Patience brings its own reward.

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): This week calls for you to adopt a healthy skepticism for information that’s being presented to you. Take nothing at face value, and do your own questioning to make certain you know exactly what’s going on.

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): You’d rather just clam up and let a situation pass without comment, but that won’t keep it all from blowing up in your face. Speak up, let your feelings be known, and you’ll find that your opinion carries more weight than you think.

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB 18): You’re a little eccentric – make that a lot eccentric – and you need to express that or you feel stifled. Ignore anyone who calls you out for being “weird,” and keep being exactly who you want to be.

PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): Someone in your sphere is acting incredibly smug, but you can see right through the smoke screen (if you pay attention). Don’t let them pull the wool over anyone else’s eyes – call them out on their game and put an end to it. For entertainment purposes only.

goes weekend TELEVISION, CELEBRITY GOSSIP AND ALL OF THAT BRAIN-NUMBING ENTERTAINMENT IN BETWEEN • Those crazy kids from “Jersey Shore” are reportedly taking their act on the road – to Miami, rumor has it. We don’t know what Miami did to deserve such a censure, but hopefully everyone down there is getting a round of booster shots. • Disney, ever the bastion for family values, wants to make sure the fourth (and hopefully last) “Pirates of the Caribbean” is all natural – actresses interested in possibly rubbing up against Johnny Depp’s rum-soaked Captain Jack Sparrow need to have un-augmented mammaries. The filmmakers sent out a casting call last week seeking “beautiful female fit models … Age 1825. Must have a lean dancer body. Must have real breasts. Do not submit if you have implants.” The costumers can’t risk a blow-out when strapping those lasses into their natural corsets. • Lindsay Lohan’s entrepreneurial momma, Dina, launched a new product at Pier 92 in New York City last week. We could have imagined Lohan attaching her name to a new brand of vodka or hot pants, but the new “Aqua Freedom Green Lohan Toothbrush?” Does it leave you with an ashy taste in your mouth and the distinct feeling that your career might have gone right up your nose? • If you’re suffering from Showtime’s “L Word” withdrawal, we’ve good news for you: According to Showtime, a new reality series called “The Real L Word” premieres on Sunday, June 20, at 10 p.m. Viewers will follow “a group of real-life, hot and happening lesbians in their daily lives at work and play in Los Angeles” – the show will be produced by GLAAD award-winning ‘L Word’ creator Ilene Chaiken and Magical Elves. And if you’re missing your fictional hot and happening lesbians, fear not: Chaiken is apparently working on an “L Word” movie.

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Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler. Photo by Barry Wetcher SMPSP. ©2010 Columbia TriStar Marketing Group, Inc.

BURN THIS FILM BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM

Watching “The Bounty Hunter” was a bit like deliberately smashing your hand in a car door, or taking a sip of milk when someone says, “Oh, I think that’s gone bad, try it?” I knew this movie wasn’t going to be a classic, or even particularly funny, but I didn’t expect such repulsive misogynistic drivel to debut during Women’s History Month. Jennifer Aniston and a crew of a few (normally) funny women made sure “The Second Sex” took a few thousand steps backwards. The premise doesn’t seem terrible on the surface – if anything, it seemed like a plot revived from a Goldie Hawn ’80s rom-com. Milo (Gerard Butler) gets the opportunity to retrieve his reporter ex-wife, Nicole (Aniston), who has jumped bail in order to follow a hot lead on a suspicious suicide. This is the second time in as many weeks that I’ve seen varying degrees of female journalists being incompetent – at least in “The Green Zone,” the Wall Street Journal’s Lawrie Dayne had a modicum of intelligence. Aniston’s Nicole is vapid, insipid, uninspired and incompetent, clip-clopping around in as little clothes as possible. Most of this movie is spent driving and running – Aniston should have studied Gillian Anderson in “The X-Files” for a lesson on charging forth in heels. And Gerard Butler must have been directed to do a “comedy run” – I refuse to believe that he naturally hikes his knees up like that into a jerky gallop. I grimaced at his run, groaned at other points, and got nauseated by two brutal moments that were inexplicably played for laughs. My only laugh – more a chuckle – was elicited during the trailer for Adam Sandler’s new film, “Grown Ups,” when Kevin James fell off a rope swing. My hopes were raised by the appearance of some of my favorite actresses: Christine Baranski, Cathy Moriarty, Carol Kane and Siobhan Fallon all appear in uneven supporting roles that manage to take their talents and squander them. Were there no other projects out there for these talented comediennes? I suspect their appearance in this flick gives me my answer. Even Jason Sudeikis, who’s been doing a mean Joe Biden on Saturday Night Live, seems to be swimming against the current as Aniston’s smitten coworker. He pulls faces and comes the closest to being funny (as does fellow SNL alum Fallon), but their charm can’t compensate for the terrible dialogue. I’ve experienced panic before in the theater – when Jason Issacs whupped up on Matt Damon last week, I admit that I was a little squirmy as machine guns fired and everyone was running. But that was entertaining panic – at about the 90-minute mark, I started feeling uncomfortable and trapped. If a movie has a thin, contradictory plot; a distinct lack of pacing and suspense; violence in lieu of humor; unsympathetic characters; and the absence of comedy … I don’t think the producers shouldn’t be able to call it a movie anymore.

‘The Bounty Hunter’ Weekend rating: zero hand cuffs Director: Andy Tennant Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler Run time: 110 min. Rated PG-13 for sexual content including suggestive comments, language and some violence.

As bad as Aniston is in this (and I’ve liked her before, in movies like “The Good Girl” and “Office Space”), no one is worse than Butler. He covers his Scottish brogue with a ludicrous and forced generic Noo Yawk accent. His Milo is foul, mean and rude – he is entirely inconsistent and unlikeable, to the point that it was offensive for Butler to try to pull off a moment of beefcake in the middle of this mess. When a film is uniformly repugnant (and the bottom really did drop out when Ke$ha’s single “Tik Tok” played during a chase scene), I have to lay blame at the feet of the director. Andy Tennant’s back catalog includes the daft but cute (“Ever After”), the generic rom-com (“Sweet Home Alabama”) and surprisingly elegant (“Anna and the King”) – he should have been able to do something more with this. Perhaps there was simply no rescuing this dreadful script, written by Sarah Thorp, whose most highprofile project to date was “Hawthorne,” the Jada Pinkett-Smith TV vehicle that flopped miserably.

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ASK celebrates National Poetry Month with art and verse BY HVNEWS WEEKEND STAFF Inspired by the natural world, both here in the Hudson Valley and based upon two residencies at the White Colony in the tropics of Costa Rica and at the Guthrie Centre in Ireland, Lynne Friedman’s work features colorful, multi-paneled paintings and unique large pen/ink botanical explorations. The exhibition will run April 3 though 24 in the Main Gallery at the Arts Society of Kingston. Along with Friedman’s paintings and drawings, poems will be on display by local writers Lewis Gardner, Sandra Gardner, Steve Gold, Barry Koplen, Leah Kragh, Judith Lechner, Dina Pearlman, Christina Pultzer, Lorin Rose, Ernst Schoen-René and Rolland Smith. Pictured: Friedman’s “Spring Season.” {20} march 24, 2010 | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | Hudson valley news

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IS ERIN ANDREWS CASHING IN ON ORDEAL? BY JAY KENNEDY

Unless you’ve been totally absorbed with the Tiger Woods story, you’re probably familiar with the tale of ABC/ESPN sports reporter Erin Andrews. She has been a very capable sideline reporter for a number of years and has managed to be taken seriously, despite the fact she’s a smokinghot blond in a primarily macho world. But it was what happened to her in a Chicago hotel room last year that really put her in the public spotlight. A tape of Andrews naked in a hotel room surfaced on the Internet and went everywhere. The tape was taken by a perverted traveling salesman who had been stalking Andrews for months. He somehow found a way to photograph Andrews through a peephole in her hotel room door. The cretin had also bamboozled the hotel into giving him the room next to Andrews. After the initial uproar and Andrews’ anguished reaction to the grotesque violation of her privacy, the case seemed to go nowhere. It was right about then that the whispers started. Whispers implied Andrews may have taped herself in some sort of pathetic publicity stunt. I remember writing at the time how disgusting such unfounded speculation was. Andrews was said to be understandably infuriated by the insinuation. Then, the cops caught the perv and he was recently sentenced to three years in jail. That should be a satisfactory ending to a nasty story, but it’s not because Andrews has decided to go on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” Andrews appeared recently on “Good Morning America” to hype her appearance on a show that routinely showcases attractive women in skimpy outfits. Among Andrews’

SPORTS STUFF BY JAY KENNEDY

• Sorry to see the Marist women’s team get waxed in the first round of the NCAA, but they were clearly in over their heads. Winning the MAAC might just be the mountaintop for this program. • I’m watching the CornellWisconsin game as I write this and am struck by the fact there isn’t one tattoo on the floor. Just 10 clean-cut-looking kids of every race playing basketball the way it should be played. Nobody looks angry or is thumping their chests like King Kong after every basket. • Just when Tiger Woods thought it was safe to come out and play, one of his porno star girlfriends lights up the front page of the New York Post with more steamy text messages and voice mails. Earth to Tiger. If you’re going to get busy with a woman who makes her living having sex in front of a camera, don’t send her text messages or leave nasty e-mails. I’m still hoping some crazy stripper takes off her shirt at the Masters and gives everyone a heart attack. • The only drama left in the season for the pathetic New Jersey Nets is whether they will finish the season with the worst record in NBA history. You can do it, fellas!

• NFL owners are considering changing the overtime system. Currently, the team that wins the coin flip has a huge advantage because if they score, the game’s over. The NFL wants to give the other team a chance to score like they do in college. • Things are going from bad to worse at Seton Hall. The program has been a train wreck for years but last week may have been rock bottom. They fired their obnoxious, ineffective coach Bobby Gonzales and had one of their suspended studentthugs arrested for a home invasion robbery. Seton Hall is reaping what it sowed in the last few years. • Here’s a shout out to all you Little League parents. We want to cover and report your games but you have to let us know where and when. You should also be sending game and team photos to editorial@ thehudsonvalleynews.com. Your kid is only going to do Little League once.

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fellow contestants are such feminist icons as Pamela Anderson, Kate Gosselin and Shannen Doherty. While talking to the insufferable Robin Roberts, Andrews waxed on that appearing on the show was part of her “healing process.” Puleeeze! Andrews is obviously cashing in on her “victimization” and the folks at ABC seem delighted to exploit her ordeal. If ABC or Andrews were really interested in discussing stalking or instilling strength in victims, they might consider putting her on “20/20” or “Primetime” and treating it like the serious topic it is. Having Andrews boogieing around the dance floor with the audience hooting and hollering doesn’t seem like it will be doing anyone but ABC’s sponsors any good. I guess that’s the point.

REGINA COELI EAGLES ARE CYO CHAMPS

The Regina Coeli sixth- to eighth-grade CYO basketball squad, the Maroon Team, also known as the Eagles, won first place in their division, beating the Orange Team in the final game by a score of 34-31. The Eagles opened the playoffs by topping the Black Team 34-28 and the Grey Team 40-20. Pictured in the photo are: Brandon Greenspan (front row, from left), Brandan Variano, Kyle Sheedy, coach Mike Sheedy (back row), Alec Sherman, Will Grega, Jordan Springstead, Zach Whiteley and coach George Variano. Not pictured are Jack Coppola, Alec Ritter and Hunter Savery. Photo submitted. Hudson valley news | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com | march 24, 2010 {21}


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An eye-opening excursion BY ADRIANA FRACCHIA After having the most amazing opportunity to see a different part of the world, I travel back to the good old Hudson Valley after a tour of Hong Kong, Hanoi, Vietnam, Siem Reap, Cambodia and Phuket and Bangkok, Thailand. Grounded by the beauty of cultural difference, I saw temples in the jungles, smiling children and, yes, even people eating extracrispy dog. As I walked around, clearly not a native, I began to realize how little I really knew about the other half of the world. The East was certainly not the West, and for a girl who has had multitudes of remarkable educational opportunities in her schooling, I seemingly was totally unaware. I have never studied the history, culture or general ways of life in any of the countries I had visited, nor does any local school I’ve heard of offer much of that information. It is a shame, really, that all I took to that part of the world was my skewed image of the Vietnam War, a vague idea of the troubles in Cambodia, a James Bond impression of Thailand and a relatively uninformed idea of Communism in Hong Kong. The only real information that I had, came from the media. And never did I realize the effect it has on our world until the time I spent in Bangkok. Every newspaper, television show or Internet site shows images of angered protestors in red shirts taking violent action in the streets. News stories depict mass chaos, when in reality, I – a white, young, American female – felt perfectly safe walking along the streets. One of the women I was traveling with finally spotted a man wearing a red shirt who was not screaming in terror, but rather sitting on the side of the road, smiling and waving, proclaiming his support of the demonstration by his red clothing. Once she took out her camera, however, he raised his fists, growled and acted somewhat baboon-like until she took the picture and put the camera away. There was nothing remotely barbaric about him or any of the other red shirts we came across. They were peacefully protesting in red attire and drinking Coca-cola, which

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as we all know, comes in red cans. Clearly accustomed to Westerners with a camera, he This week volunteered the “angered chaos shot.” Roosevelt Author Talk This theme of apparent furor in media A Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library reporting came up again in my travels when author talk and book signing will be held March speaking with a former refugee from the 24 at 7 p.m. at the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center. Jeff Shesol, a former genocide in Cambodia as he spoke of the dis- Bill Clinton speechwriter, will discuss his book, regard for truth for his people during what he “Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. The considered a major destruction of his culture. Supreme Court.” Copies of Shesol’s book will Visiting the Hanoi Hilton and walking be available for sale after the talk. There is no through the oppressive jail and then seeing charge for this program. Contact Cliff Laube at 845-486-7745 or e-mail clifford.laube@nara.gov a local museum, the information presented with questions about the event. suggested it wasn’t a jail but rather a hotel like the thousands of other Hiltons around the Home Schooling The Clinton Community Library will hold a home globe. schooling session on Thursday, March 25 from 9 All of this and so much more led me to be- to 10:30 a.m. These sessions meet for a lesson, lieve now that truth in reporting must be sel- a craft, and learning library skills. For more dom and rare, even though it is so vital. This information, contact the library at 845-266-5530. is not to say that I, nor my classmates, have been wasting their time in school, because Poetry Club The Clinton Community Library Poetry Club believe me, I have gotten more homework meets on Thursday, March 25 at 7 p.m. in the this year than should be legally allowed. It library. Bring an original or a favorite poem to is just grounding how much knowledge ex- share and discuss or just come to enjoy some ists and how key access to that information poetry. For more information, contact the library at 845-266-5530. is. And as a reporter, my job is to report the truth, but can I ever really be unbiased? Chamber Breakfast In high school, judgments and biases exist On Thursday, March 25, the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly breakfast and should be taken with a grain of salt. But with issues over genocide or even the meeting with speaker Fred Schaeffer, executive director of the Walkway Over the Hudson, from control of information in Communist nations, 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Eveready Diner, 4184 Albany biases over information and judgments over Post Rd., Hyde Park. Event is $13 for members people are a much bigger deal. And with teen- and $15 for non-members. For reservations, call age angst and natural little faith in authority, the Hyde Park Chamber at 845-229-8612 or e-mail info@hydeparkchamber.org. believing the “truth” in the media becomes rarer as judgments and propaganda shame- Introduction to Computers lessly fill our means of information. The Clinton Community Library has scheduled With all this and the understanding that a free tutoring session to teach adults how to the rest of the world continues to turn, I won- use computers. This is an introductory level of instruction to help adults acquire basic skills on der whether we are all learning what is truly how to use a computer. The session is on Friday, important in our educational system or if it is March 26 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Clinton Community Library at 1215 Centre Rd. (County just enough to pass an exam. And as fellow seniors drift asleep in cal- Route 18). For more information and to sign up, call the library at 845-266-5530. culus, I see that there exists something wrong with what and how we are learning. Clinton Card Club Adriana Fracchia is a senior at the Millbrook School and will be contributing to the Hudson Valley News on a regular basis. Contact Adriana at editorial@ thehudsonvalleynews.com.

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The Clinton Card Club invites all to come and play fun card games (Cuckoo, Fan Tan, Oh Hell, Scrooge, Pinochle, and others) and have lots of laughs. The club meets Friday, March 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the downstairs of the Clinton Town Hall at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18, north of Schultzville). Bring your own favorite games and refreshments to share. There is no cost. For more information, call Patty at 845-266-3592. Defensive Driving A defensive driving course will be held at Chadwell/ Quick Insurance, 45 Front St., Millbrook, on Saturday, March 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $25. Attendees can save approximately 10% on their auto insurance. Call 845-677-5653 to reserve a seat. Spring Fashion Show On Saturday, March 27, The Vassar Brothers Medical Center Auxiliary will host its second annual Spring Fashion Show and Brunch. The event, to be held at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fashion show will feature fashions from local businesses. Tickets are $25 and reservations are strongly suggested. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 914-456-7309.

Easter Family Fun Day Kids of all ages are invited to visit The Southlands Foundation, a 200-acre farm overlooking the Hudson River at 5771 Route 9 in Rhinebeck, for the annual Easter Family Fun Day on March 28 from noon to 3 p.m. Enjoy egg hunts, pony rides, a petting zoo, and face painting. Egg hunts start promptly at 12:30 p.m. Free admission; $5 donation for pony rides benefits the community educational programs of the foundation. Information at southlands.org, or call 845-876-4862, ext. 100 Landscape Design The Stanford Free Library is starting a series of programs on March 28 at 2:30 p.m. Beth Ashton, a landscape designer, will present “Perennials Through the Seasons.” Public is welcome. Light refreshments will be served. ‘Hoops for Duff’ The second annual “Hoops for Duff” takes place 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 28 at the Hyde Park Brewing Company, 4076 Albany Post Rd. The event honors the late Dan Duffy Jr., a Hyde Park native who died of cancer during his senior year at Villanova University. Proceeds will establish the Daniel M. Duffy Jr. Reception Area at the St. Francis Hospital Cancer Center. Tickets to “Hoops for Duff” are $50 and the public is invited. For more information, call 845-431-8707 or go to www.sfhhc.org. Passover Services The Rhinebeck Jewish Center will celebrate Passover with seders and services at the Delamater Inn Conference Center, 6435 Route 9, Rhinebeck, on Monday, March 29 at 7 p.m. and Tuesday, March 30 at 7:15 p.m. For reservations or more information, call 845-876-7666. Mystery Monday The Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District will sponsor another Mystery Monday book discussion on Monday, March 29, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Arlington Branch Library, 504 Haight Ave., Poughkeepsie. The mystery to be discussed is “How to Cook a Tart” by Nina Killham. These discussions are free and open to the public. Rotary Meeting On Monday, March 29, consultant and trainer Pam Wright will speak about a creative arts group for women incarcerated in the Dutchess County Jail that she runs at a meeting of the Rhinebeck Rotary at 12:15 p.m. at the Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck. For more information, contact Marybeth Cale at 845-229-0700, ext. 118. Reservations and payment must be made in advance to attend the meeting. Antique Toys The Town of Hyde Park Historical Society will meet on Tuesday, March 30 at 7 p.m. at the Hyde Park United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, Route 9 at Church Street, Hyde Park. David Greenwood, Millbrook town historian, will give a presentation on antique toys. Members are invited to bring their antique toys as well. After the presentation, there will be refreshments and a business meeting. Anyone interested in local history is invited to attend. For information on membership, call 845-889-4521, or other information, call 845-229-2559.

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Upcoming Laughter Club The Laughter Club, which combines laughter exercises with deep yoga breathing and gentle stretches, is celebrating its one-year anniversary Wednesday, March 31 from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. in the community room at the Starr Library, 68 W. Market St., Rhinebeck. Everyone is welcome. Cost is $5. Call 845-516-4330 or 845-516-4330 for more information. Rotary Meeting On Wednesday, March 31, Millbrook Rotary’s guest speaker will be Carolyn Nurre, who will speak about watersheds in Dutchess County and Watershed Awareness Month. This talk is open to everyone and will be held at the Millbrook Carriage House restaurant on Alden Place, Millbrook, from 12:15-1:30 p.m. Lunch is $14. The Millbrook Rotary Club can be found online at www.millbrookrotary.org/. Tea Party Northern Dutchess Hospital Auxiliary will host a benefit event, “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party,” on Wednesday, April 7 at 3 p.m. at the Rhinecliff Hotel. Participants are asked to wear a favorite hat to enter contests for the craziest, most elegant, largest and most surprising hats. Hors d’oeuvres, dessert and gourmet teas will be served. The event will also include a fashion show of “secondhand chic” fashions from the NDH Thrift Shop. Tickets are $30 and checks can be mailed to NDH Volunteer Office, 6511 Springbrook Ave., Rhinebeck, N.Y. 12572. For more information, call 845-876-4987. All proceeds benefit Northern Dutchess Hospital. Italian Night St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Wurtemburg in Rhinebeck will host an Italian Dinner on Saturday, April 17 at 6 p.m. with Master Chef Ron DeSantis. Cost is $30 per person. Call 845-876–3712 for tickets and reservations. More information is available at www.stpaulswurtemburg.com. Writer’s Tea The American Association of University Women Poughkeepsie Branch will host an elegant Sunday afternoon Writer’s Tea on Sunday, April 18, 3-6 p.m. at Locust Grove, Route 9, Poughkeepsie. The event features local authors India Edghill and Tony Musso, who will speak about writing and working in the Hudson Valley. Autographed copies of their books will be available for purchase. There will be live music and a silent auction. Cost is $45 per person and reservations are required. Visit www. aauwpoughkeepsie.org for reservations.

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The Stanford Rec will be having an Egg Hunt this coming Saturday, March 27 at 10 a.m. at SPARC Park. Little ones will enjoy this event, so bring them down if the weather is agreeable.

Stanford NEWS AND EVENTS BY HEIDI JOHNSON

Last Saturday was the first day of spring and the signs of spring are everywhere – crocuses and daffodils are poking out of the ground, robins are digging for worms on our lawns and the Home Plate is now serving soft ice cream again for the warmer months. Those of you who don’t live in Stanfordville probably don’t appreciate what an important event this is, but I am not lying when I tell you that at 10:30 on Saturday morning, there were no less than four people lined up at Home Plate to get the first soft ice cream of the season. Home Plate co-owner Shelly Myers also tells me that we are only a few weeks away from the restaurant being open late for ice cream. The late opening hours will begin around the time of opening day of Taconic Little League. It usually falls exactly on opening day, but this year, the Myers’s need to plan around daughter Roxanne’s 25th birthday party. Look for the “Ice Cream Window Now Open Late” sign around midApril. And, more much-celebrated news in my house – Home Plate will also have its full menu available until closing. Carry out only after 3 p.m., but many of us in town are delighted to soon have a place to grab a quick bite for the kids after sporting events and other afternoon activities. In fact, I think I may never cook again! Taconic Little League opening day is scheduled for Saturday, April 17, with a rain date of the following Saturday, April 24. Opening day is another sure sign of spring and with late ice cream hours and baseball and softball games starting up, I know we’ll all be coming out of the winter blahs and beginning to enjoy the warmer weather.

Don’t forget that this coming Sunday, March 28 will be the first of a monthly series of presentations at the Stanford Library. Local resident and Stanford Garden Club member Beth Ashton will be presenting her program entitled “Perennial Gardening Through the Seasons,” beginning at 2:30 p.m. I am certain this will be an entertaining and informative discussion and I encourage anyone who has an interest in perennial gardening to come to library on Sunday. Did you know that the library also has a new, updated Web site? It is hugely improved and includes the community calendar. Most of the organizations in town have “reserved” their event dates using the library’s community calendar for many years and now it is available online. I am delighted about this since event dates are now just a mouse click away. (Gee, hope it doesn’t put me out of a job!) Check out the calendar and all the new features of the Stanford Library new Web site at www.stanfordlibrary.org.

GRANGE NEWS Thanks, once again, to Stanford Grange Secretary Ryan Orton, I have some advance dates for upcoming Grange events. On Sunday, April 18, the Grange will be having its Land and Sea Buffet dinner. The menu will include all kinds of dishes from both the land and the sea, but, alas, says Ryan, it won’t actually include filet mignon and lobster tails as this would be way too costly. There will be many seafood items and other “land” dishes, so be sure to mark your calendars for this event. There will be one serving at 2 p.m. and the cost is the usual $12 per person, and half price for children.

The Grange is also saddened by the death on Feb. 27 of longtime member Bob Messerich. Bob’s wife, Alice, will be honored next month for 60 years of membership. Bob and Alice owned two local farms and always supplied the Grange with eggs for their breakfasts and for the egg sandwich concession at the fair. Bob was an active and faithful member and he will be very much missed. I will have more Grange news next week as April is a busy month for our local chapter.

‘OLIVER!’ CLOSES You didn’t think I was going to write an entire column and not mention the wonderful production of “Oliver!” that closed Sunday at Stissing Theatre Guild, did you? The show was truly spectacular, based not only on my critique, but on the reviews and comments by many members of the audience I overheard discussing each of the shows. The students really brought it home night after night, and of course, Sunday afternoon also. There were many, many adult volunteers who made the show successful and to all those who built sets, sold advertising, arranged food for parties, created or procured props, sewed costumes and all the other myriad of jobs that made the show possible, we offer our thanks. And to the cast and crew, director Lisa Baldwin, music director Joe Deveau and stage managers David and Jon Bisson, I have just one word to say: “Bravo!” Also, a special note of congratulations to Emily Thompson, who played the lead role of the orphan boy turned pickpocket, Oliver. Emily’s performance was flawless in all three shows and she was a joy to work with backstage. This is her first leading role and I’m sure it will not be her last. Congrats, Emily. You are an amazing young woman. Enjoy the signs of spring and I’ll see you all next week. Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or playfulrelics@optonline.net.

History Museum Dinner The Museum of Rhinebeck History will honor former trustee Brenda Klaproth at a 5:30 p.m. dinner at the American Legion Hall on Mill Street in Rhinebeck on Sunday, April 25. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are $25 per person and can be reserved by calling Steven Mann at 845-8766892 or by e-mail at smann2@hvc.rr.com and should be reserved no later than April 19. Checks may be made payable to MRH and sent to MRH, P.O. Box 816, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. ‘Back School’ Northern Dutchess Hospital will host a “Back School” program on Thursday, April 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Cafeteria Conference Room 2. Larry Flowers, PTA, will offer a simple approach to understanding back injuries, their causes and possible preventative steps. The program teaches people with back problems how to control their back pain by correctly performing activities of daily living. To register for this free community program, call 845-871-3427. Vendors Wanted Red Hook Rotary is looking for vendors and entertainment for the annual Apple Blossom Festival on May 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Interested parties may call Bud Weaver at 518537-6467 or David Wright at 845-758-6149 or e-mail 0x5@valstart.net.

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Clinton BY RAY OBERLY

FIRE DEPARTMENT EASTER ACTIVITIES The East Clinton Fire District Fire Prevention Team is holding a free Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 27 (rain date Saturday, April 3), starting at 10 a.m. at Friends Park on Salt Point Turnpike. Children, from babies to 10 years old, are able to participate. There will be separate locations for children of different ages. The Easter Bunny will be stopping by for the event. No reservations are required but you must bring your own basket to collect the eggs and wear boots because of possible the wet weather. There will be approximately 3,000 eggs to be found. The West Clinton Fire Department Auxiliary invites the children of the community (less than 12 years old) to come to an Easter party on Saturday, March, 27, at West Clinton Fire Station 2 at the intersection of Fiddlers Bridge and Long Pond roads, west of Schultzville, from 1 to 3 p.m. There will be an Easter egg hunt, weather permitting, children’s activities and refreshments. Adults are requested to accompany their children. Bring your cameras to record the event for your children’s memories and to send to friends and relatives. For more information, contact Sue at 845-266-3137.

CLINTON EASTER HOLIDAY CLOSURES The Clinton town offices, court and highway department will be closed for the Easter Holiday on Good Friday, April 2. The Clinton Community Library will be closed on Good Friday and Saturday, April 2 and 3. The Town Recycling Center will be open as usual on Saturday, April 3 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

CHURCH LUNCHEON FOR SENIORS REPORT The Evangelical Free Church of Clinton Corners held its free seniors’ luncheon on March 2 in the church. The theme, obviously, was St. Patrick’s Day.

The beautiful, bright, warm, sunny day brought a large crowd to the luncheon. The table decorations followed the theme. A green derby was the centerpiece with a small Irish flag and Gaelic blessing stuck in it. Green and white beads surrounded the derby. Two lit votive candles were at each end of the table and green garlands containing shamrocks surrounded the candles. The green napkins had “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” printed on them. Dee Hoiem welcomed the seniors and read a short passage from the Bible. Pastor Jeff Silvieus gave a prayer of thanks before the meal was served. A cup of fruit cocktail was served first. Then came the featured entree of sliced corned beef and boiled carrots, cabbage and potatoes. A much sought-after item was the Irish soda bread with plenty of butter available. Dessert was green Key lime pie topped with whipped cream and slices of lime. Silvieus hosted a trivia quiz with three questions from the Bible based on John the Baptist. All the winners received gifts. The speaker was Tom Barton, Upton Lake Christian School history, social studies, and Spanish teacher. His talk was meant to separate fact from fiction about St. Patrick. St. Patrick was born in England at the tail end of the Roman occupation. During these troubling times, he worked as a slave shepherd for six years in Ireland. Then, in his early 20s, he escaped and walked 200 miles to board a ship and returned home to England. He then studied the Bible and became one of the first missionaries to Ireland in 430 AD with some friends. For the next 30 years, St. Patrick and his 12 buddies preached the Bible, were captured and escaped. During this time, he was preaching and converting the Irish to become Christians and it is estimated he started 30 churches and baptized more than 100,000 people. In 460 AD, St. Patrick died of natural causes. His impact on Ireland was the conversion from paganism to Christianity. There is no truth to the statement that St. Patrick drew out the snakes in Ireland. The door prize drawing ended the luncheon. Doris Anibal from Staastsbug won the door prize since she was born on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. The next luncheon will be held on April 6.

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NDA PUBLIC FORUM REPORT The Northern Dutchess Alliance (NDA) held its first Public Forum for 2010 on “Trends in Agriculture and Compatible Economic Development” on March 17 at the Norrie Point Environmental Center, Staatsburg. Speakers each gave a short presentation followed by open discussion from the audience. NDA President Lucy Hayden was the moderator. Mary Kay Vrba, Dutchess County Tourism director, described how agritourism (combining tourism with agriculture) significantly benefits Dutchess County. It is the number-one industry in New York State. 2008 data shows 4 million people visited Dutchess County and spent $490 million during their visit. This yielded $31 million in taxes for the county. Without these tourism taxes, Duchess County landowner taxes would have significantly increased by $632. About 9,000 people are employed in tourism. Ben Shute, owner and operator of Hearty Roots CSA in Red Hook, spoke on his experiences growing vegetables and selling to his shareholders. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a way for a family to get local, fresh vegetables during the growing season. The CSA owner has the land and equipment to grow the vegetables and in the early spring, the families desiring to become part of the CSA buy shares. This share provides families with vegetables during the growing season. The families can come to the farm to pick up their vegetables or they can be delivered to a central local place in their area. In some CSAs, share holders can work on the farm to reduce the cost of their share. The CSA provides a list of vegetables usually grown and asks if there are others desired. Sometimes, flowers are also grown. This CSA model provides the farmer with the money up front to purchase seeds and plants and hire workers while the shareholder knows they will be getting fresh vegetable during the growing season. Tod Erling, executive director of Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corp., discussed how his organization covers the gap between county, state and federal levels of government, banks, and cooperative extensions and the farming industry. Currently, they are developing the Columbia, Dutchess, Orange and Ulster County Bounties. These bounties provide a data base for farmers to sell their products to local restaurants and caterers. If you are interested in joining a Bounty, call 518-828-4718 or e-mail info@hvadc. org. Recent farming data shows the farms in the four counties have combined annual sales of $350 million, so farming is a significant economic engine for the Mid Hudson region. Jerry Stephens, farm manager for Uphill Farm in Stanford, described his livestock production, meat processing and sales efforts. The farm grows heritage, organic, grass-fed beef, pigs, lambs, goats and poultry. He sells his processed meats at farmers markets and to restaurants in the area and in New York City. He provided several

funny stories on questions he received from his New York City purchasers. Jerry spends much time educating the customer on how to properly prepare his meats. His meat is frozen so he can preserve its good quality until it is used by the customer. An example happened when a woman in Union Square asked him how she could prepare a frozen pork roast for a special supper that night. Jerry wrote simple, step-by-step thawing and preparation instructions for her special wedding anniversary dinner. The following week, the woman came by and thanked him for the most successful dinner and she has since become a customer for life. Trevor Clatterbuck, owner of Fresh Fork in Cleveland, Ohio, described his software program that uses a database program to connect farm producers and restaurants. His goal is to make it work on the Internet so it can be dynamically updated as the produce availability changes during the growing season. It is being considered for use by the Hudson Valley Bounty to streamline its operation. The highly motivated audience asked many questions and provided some suggestions to help the agriculture industry. Ben Shute described a modified CSA model he has with the Department of Health. The department contracts with him to provide 1,000 pounds of vegetables per week during the growing season to a New York City food bank. One third must be a leafy crop, one third must be a root crop, and the remaining one third can be anything else. This modified CSA gives the farmer the money up front and provides fresh, local vegetables to the food pantry. Columbia County Bounty works with food banks to distribute surplus crops when there is an over abundance produced by the farmer. There are no food auctions in the area where farmers can bring their produce. This would move large quantities of food efficiently and establish prices for local produce. A problem for the local farmer is to determine the proper price to charge for products. In California, there are federal subsidies to the farmers to produce the vegetables that are sold at low prices in local stores. The local small farmer does not benefit from subsidies so his prices tend to be higher to cover his costs. There was discussion about having a mobile slaughter house that would come to farms to slaughter and process farmers’ livestock. Jerry Stephens does not support this process. His concerns are disposal of the waste products of blood, offal, hides and other unconsumed items. It would be better to use the money to build a fixed slaughter/processing facility that would be available to all and meet all the sanitation requirements. The mobile slaughter house could also have problems meeting health and local zoning codes. NDA will write a white paper on this forum to document the comments and suggestions to improve the economics of farming in the Mid Hudson Valley. The next NDA Forum will be on “Strengthening Protection of Our Historic Sites” on June 16.


Rhinebeck museum to honor dedicated public servant BY HV NEWS STAFF

On Sunday, April 25 at the American Legion Hall on Mill Street in Rhinebeck, the Museum of Rhinebeck History will honor one of its advisors and former trustees. A 5:30 p.m. dinner will acknowledge the work that Brenda Klaproth, an active resident of Rhinebeck for several decades, has provided to the community in the area of historic preservation. Klaproth is treasurer of the Chancellor Livingston Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Rhinebeck, advisor, former trustee and longtime treasurer of the Museum of Rhinebeck History, and longtime trustee of the Southlands Foundation, an equestrian foundation that was founded by the late Deborah Dows, a Livingston family descendant. Over the years, Klaproth has co-chaired the museum’s House and Garden Tour with the DAR, scheduled this year for June 12; the holiday auction, scheduled for Nov. 20; and has served on the museum and Quitman

Resource Center’s Progressive Dinner, scheduled for Sept. 12. With the DAR, she co-chaired a vintage fashion show, a doll show and several other events, including benefit garage sales for the museum and DAR. She has also worked with other organizations in the town and village of Rhinebeck, including the Rhinebeck Historical Society. “Brenda has been a tireless advocate of historic preservation in the village and town of Rhinebeck for many years,” Steven Mann of Rhinebeck, who nominated her for the honor, in a press release. “The nice thing with Brenda is when she works on an event, you get all of her friends who donate their time, effort, and energies as well. She is a real jewel and has provided exemplary service to other organizations over the years. When you have Brenda work with you, you know that the project or event will be well organized and a success.” A cash bar will be available to diners. Tickets at $25 per person may be reserved by calling Steven Mann at 845-876-6892 or e-mail smann2@hvc.rr.com and should be reserved no later than April 19. Checks should be made payable to MRH and sent to MRH, P.O. Box 816, Rhinebeck, NY 12572.

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Students learn about the environment during a recent Environmental Education Experiences program at Ramapo. Photo submitted.

BY HV NEWS STAFF Ramapo for Children, a camp and retreat in Rhinebeck, is offering a new approach to environmental education. Ramapo recently launched Environmental Education Experiences, offering hands-on and team-building programs for elementary and middle school classes at its 250-acre campus. The camp will offer day and overnight programs customized for each school’s particular needs. It was developed with input from local educators and complements the New York State Living Environment Curriculum. Students who attend one of the programs will learn about habitats, food chains and food webs, cycles of energy and matter, tree and plant identification, geology, aquatic studies and orienteering. Students and teachers will also experience aquatic life exploration,

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News for senior citizens BY JOHN A. BEALE

HUDSON VALLEY HOME MATTERS UP AND RUNNING Hudson Valley Home Matters (HVHM), a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting senior citizens who want to stay in their own homes as they grow older, held its first annual meeting on Jan. 27 in the Town of Poughkeepsie Community Room on Tucker Drive. Launched officially on Jan. 1, HVHM was founded by a group of area residents who wanted to provide those 50 and older with the practical means to continue living in their neighborhoods. To quote a board member, “The Hudson Valley is a great place to live. We didn’t want to move so we took our cue from other ‘aging in place’ organizations and built one here.” Through a survey and focus groups, the founders learned seniors’ priorities: volunteers to provide rides and help with minor home maintenance jobs, referrals to trustworthy service providers and reliable home health care agencies, and a choice of stimulating activities. With an annual membership fee, all of these services are now available with one call to the Hudson Valley Home Matters office at 845-4524846. Serving the city and town of Poughkeepsie, Hyde Park, Pleasant Valley, LaGrange and Wappingers Falls, HVHM’s membership is growing. Since early October, Executive Director Ann Vedder has been fielding calls for electricians, plumbers, rides to doctors’ appointments and concerts. According to Vedder, matching members’ needs with HVHM’s core of volunteers and trusted service providers, and getting to know the members are the best parts of her job. Hudson Valley Home Matters is sponsoring a forum, “Aging in Place in Livable Communities,” on April 21 at the Henry Wallace Center at the Franklin D.

Roosevelt Home and Library in Hyde Park. It is open and free to the public. Learn more about HVHM by going to its Web site, www.hvhomematters.org; calling the office at 845-452-4846, or attending an informational meeting on Thursday, March 25, at 2 p.m. at the Arlington Branch of Adriance Memorial Library, 504 Haight Ave., Poughkeepsie.

FINAL CALL FOR SENIOR NOMINATIONS Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced the search for the 2010 “Senior Citizens of the Year” will close on Friday, March 26. All nominations must be postmarked or hand delivered to the Office for the Aging by that date. Each year, the advisory board to the Office for the Aging selects four outstanding seniors to be presented with the award. The nomination categories are senior man, senior woman and senior couple of the year. County Executive Steinhaus will present the awards on Monday, May 17 at the Office for the Aging’s annual “Celebration of Aging” luncheon to mark May as Older Americans Month. Nominations should be submitted to the Dutchess County Office for the Aging, 27 High St., Poughkeepsie. The nomination form and more information may be obtained by calling 845-486-2555, or toll free at 1-866-486-2555. The form can also be downloaded from the winter newsletter on the Office for the Aging Web site: http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/ Departments/Aging/Spotlightwinter09. pdf. John A. Beale is director of the Dutchess County Office for the Aging, 27 High St., Poughkeepsie, 845-486-2555, www. dutchessny.gov/CountyGov/Departments/ Aging/AGIndex.htm.

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conduct soil and water tests and participate IF YOUR GROUP OR ORGANIZATION IS HAVING AN EVENT YOU’D LIKE TO PUBLICIZE, PLEASE SEND YOUR INFORMATION TO: EDITORIAL@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM. in scavenger hunts and other games. CALENDAR ITEMS MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE NOON ON THE FRIDAY BEFORE Groups will hike the camp’s trail system PUBLICATION TO BE CONSIDERED. while discussing ecological features of the landscape, plants and animal habitats. Swing Concert “In developing this program, we wanted Upcoming The Dukes and Duchess, a popular, local swing to give children a greater understanding of band, will be performing at a free dance sponsored the natural world and the importance of Medicare Training by the Dutchess County Office for the Aging at the The Office for the Aging will present a free training being stewards of those natural resources,” session on Medicare for residents who are First Presbyterian Church’s Wade Fellowship Hall said Nick Buckley, Ramapo’s program approaching the age of 65 on Tuesday, April 6 at in Wappingers Falls on Sunday, April 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. The church is located at 2568 South Ave. The director, in a press release. “At the same the Pine Plains Library, 7806 South Main St. (Route group specializes in swing and dance music 82) from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Attending the workshop will time, we want to teach practical life skills, from the ’40s and ’50s. Light refreshments will be seniors get a basic overview of what Medicare available. Call the church for more information at including the value of teamwork and help is and what it covers. Medicare Prescription Drug 845-297-2800. working cooperatively in the outdoors.” Plans, EPIC and Medicare Advantage Plans will Interested teachers and administrators also be discussed. Nina Lynch, the Dutchess Livable Communities are invited to visit Ramapo’s Rhinebeck County Office for the Aging’s information specialist, The Wallace Center at FDR Home and Library will will be the presenter. Everyone is welcome. There campus on Salisbury Turnpike to learn host “Aging in Place in Livable Communities,” on April is no cost for the program, but space is limited. To more. More information is also available register, call the Dutchess County Office for the 21, 1 to 4 p.m. The program will feature a number of expert speakers and will be moderated by John by visiting www.ramaporetreats.org or by Aging at 845-486-2555. Beale of the Office for the Aging. Refreshments will calling 212-754-7003. be served. Reserve early, as seating is limited. Call 845-452-4846. Hudson valley news | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com | march 24, 2010 {25}


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BI-ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR Kathy Welsh over at Country Courier magazine has just reminded me that the Union Vale Fire Company will be holding its bi-annual craft fair on Saturday, April 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Union Vale Fire Station (Station 1) on Route 82 in Verbank. The cost for vendor space is $25. Call JoAnn at 845-724-4038 to reserve your space. This is always a good event and worth going to.

NEW PROGRAMS AT THE PARK The brand new Arts in the Park program is due to kick off on April 6. It is directed at children in grades one through five and will last approximately six weeks. Arts in the Park will run Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and will offer basic instruction in art, candle making, painting, mosaics, candy making and related activities. The cost is $40 for residents and $50 for non-residents. To register or for more information, call the Union Vale Parks and Recreation Department office at 845-724-5691. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mom & Totâ&#x20AC;? program, also known as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gossip and Games Playgroup,â&#x20AC;? is another brand new happening that will be launched on April 8. It is slated to last through

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April 29 and is aimed at mothers (also dads and caregivers) with very young children. It will feature games, crafts, songs, snacks and much fun. Adults are offered a chance to socialize with each other while their tots are busily occupied in supervised play with other children of their own age. The program will run Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 11 a.m. There is a fee of $20 for residents and $30 for non-residents. The fee includes one parent and one child. Each additional child will be charged a fee of $2 (for residents) or $3 (for non-residents). The program sounds like an exceptionally good idea. To register or to seek more information, call the Parks and Recreation office at 845 724-5691. A not new but a great event is the Fishing Derby, which runs from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, May 1. Come on over and fish with your children. Trophies and prizes will be awarded. Youth do not need to catch a fish to win a prize. The park staff supplies the worms (at registration) and you supply the fishing rods, hooks, tackle, etc. A barbecue starts at 10 a.m. and the whole event is free. Another newbie that has been specially formulated for high school students is the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coffee House Open Micâ&#x20AC;? program, which will start Sunday, May 2 and is slated to feature acoustic sets, stand-up comedy, poetry, magic and a variety of impromptu performances. Sign up to play when you arrive or simply come in and enjoy the show. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and pastries will be sold. Snacks will be provided and door prizes will be given out through the evening. Cost is $3 at the door and the event runs from 6 until 9 p.m. More information is available at 845-724-5691. Another great new offering is the Kidsin-Motion sports and games program which will run from May 18 through June 22. It is designed for boys and girls in grammar school grades one through three. The program will be run on Tuesday evenings from 6 until 7:30 p.m. and the cost per child is $50 for residents and $60 for nonresidents. Activities will include soccer, kickball, hiking, whiffleball, scooter games, capture the flag and much, much more. To register or for more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department office at 845-724-5691.

FORMS DUE IN BY APRIL 1 The Town of Union Vale Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for the after-school program. The program is designed for students in kindergarten (afternoon session only) through sixth-grade and runs in conjunction with the Arlington School District calendar. The next new session will begin Sept. 8. The program is filled with games, activities, arts and crafts, special events and more. For students not attending Vail Farm Elementary School or Union Vale School, you must register for transportation with the Arlington School Transportation Department prior to April 1 in order to have transportation from your school to the facilities at Tymor Park. For transportation, registration, pricing and other details, contact the Union Vale Parks and Recreation Department office at 845-724-5691.


Scholarships available to environmental science and physical therapy students BY HV NEWS STAFF Scholarships for students pursuing careers in environmental science and physical therapy are currently available through the Community Foundation of Dutchess County. Applications for both scholarships, as well as a number of others, are available through the scholarship directory at www. cfdcny.org or by contacting the foundation at 845-452-3077. Students are also encouraged to speak with guidance councilors for additional information.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHOLARSHIP The Ruth Oja Environmental Scholarship is available to residents of Red Hook who are high school seniors or the home-schooled equivalent who are pursuing studies in environmental science or a related discipline. The $500 scholarship will be applied to tuition costs at an accredited college, university or trade school. Eligible students must show they are sensitive to ecological issues through participation in projects related to the environment.

The scholarship honors Ruth Oja, who served as chairwoman of the Town of Red Hook Conservation Advisory Council for 25 years. One scholarship will be awarded this fall. The application deadline is April 1.

PHYSICAL THERAPY SCHOLARSHIP The Jennifer Coudrey Memorial Scholarship is available to a young woman in the Hudson Valley pursuing a career in physical therapy. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a young woman who will be a fulltime student at any accredited college or university in the United States. The scholarship is not renewable. Jennifer Coudrey was the morning show co-host on 92.7/96.9 WRRV from 200004. During her time at the radio station, Coudrey was diagnosed with Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. She passed away in 2009. Prior to her radio career, Coudrey worked as a physical therapist at Peak Physical Therapy in Newburgh. One scholarship will be awarded. The application deadline is April 30.

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Florence B. Cashdollar, 89, of Livingston and a longtime Kingston and Poughkeepsie resident, died Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at her home. For many years and until her retirement in 2003, Florence worked as a counselor with Rehab Programs, Inc. in Poughkeepsie, NY. Her clients all referred to her affectionately as “Mama Florence”. Florence was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Manorton and a past active member of the VFW Post #170 in Hyde Park ladies auxiliary. Born on September 25, 1920, in Norwalk, CT, she was the daughter of the late William T. and Nettie (Pryor) Morton. She is survived by two daughter’s: Ruth (Donald) Johnson of Elizaville, NY, and Amy (Lewis) Near of Livingston, NY; two son’s; Ronald Craig of Hyde Park, NY, and Charles Cashdollar of Livingston, NY; a step son; Clifford Cashdollar of Florida, fifteen grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren, four great great grandchildren, two brother’s; Oliver and Robert Myers of Red Hook; two sisters; Virginia Kovacks, and Emma Lehan both of Hyde Park, NY, and several nieces, nephews and extended family. In addition to her parents, Florence was predeceased by her husband, Clifford Cashdollar, a daughter, Helen Craig, a brother, Sonny Myers, and a sister, Helen Bathrick. Funeral services were held at 11 AM on Monday, March 22, 2010 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Manorton, NY. The Rev. Mark Frickey officiated. Burial was at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Manorton. Memorial donations may be made in Florence’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. MidHudson Chapter, 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 103, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-4027. Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY. To sign the online guest book, visit www.BurnettWhite.com.

Rose Lambusta, 79, a local resident for twelve years and previously of Jackson, NJ, died Saturday, March 20, 2010 at Vassar Bros. Medical Center. Rose was a loving wife, great mother, and caring grandmother. Mrs. Lambusta worked for Pabst Brewing Company in Newark, NJ for twenty-five years until her retirement. She enjoyed spending time with her family and adored her pets. Rose also liked reading on the beach, doing crossword puzzles, and knitting. Born in Norristown, Penn. on March 27, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Rose Fusco Ronca. She was a graduate of Norristown High School. On June 1, 1957 in Norristown, she married Pasquale Lambusta. He predeceased her on July 11, 1997. She is survived by her son, Nick Lambusta and wife, Linda, of Poughkeepsie; two grandchildren, Nicole and Christopher Lambusta of Poughkeepsie; brother, Ronald Ronca of Philadelphia, Penn.; and many nieces and nephews. There are no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. James A Garisto at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel of St. Peter’s Parish, 185 Hudson View Dr., Poughkeepsie. Burial will follow in the family plot at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover, NJ. Memorial donations may be made to the Dutchess County SPCA, 636 Violet Ave., Hyde Park, NY 12538. To send a condolence or for directions, visit www.sweetsfuneralhome.com.

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC) Name: Daheim Associates LLC. Articles of Organization filed in the Department of State of New York on February 17, 2010. Office Location: Dutchess County. Principal Business Location: 71 Daheim Road, Millbrook, New York 12545. 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 Daheim Associates LLC, 71 Daheim Road, Millbrook, New York 12545. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC). Name: TURNPIKE PROPERTY, LLC. Articles of Organization filed by the Department of State of New York on January 15, 2008. Office Location: County of Dutchess. Principal Business Location: 148 Hollow Road, Staatsburg, NY 12580. Purpose: Any and all lawful 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: 148 Hollow Road, Staatsburg, New York 12580.

The partnership of Lawrence Schaffer, Daniel Z. Aronzon and Aaron M. Blum d/b/a Fulton Avenue Professional Building has been converted into Fulton Avenue Professional Building, LLC (the “LLC”) pursuant to Section 1006 of the Limited Liability Company Law by filing a Certificate of Conversion with the Secretary of State of New York on February 22, 2010. The LLC office is in Dutchess County, with a principal location at 104 Fulton Avenue, Poughkeepsie, New York. The Secretary of State of New York is designated as the agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served; the address to which a copy of the process shall be mailed is c/o Iseman, Cunningham, Riester & Hyde, LLP, Attn: Richard A. Mitchell, Esq., 2649 South Road, Suite 230, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601. The LLC does not have a specific date of dissolution. The purpose of the LLC is to engage in any lawful act or activity. Notice of formation of a Limited Liability Company. Name: Yeung Home & Property, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 1/21/2010. Designated Agent: SSNY. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to LLC, c/o Elizabeth P. Wang, Esq, 11 Market Street, PO Box 1871, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Location: Dutchess County. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of The Lodge Restaurant, LLC (LLC). Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on March 4, 2010. Office Location: 1456 Route 55, LaGrangeville New York 12540 (Dutchess County). SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process The Hudson Valley News has been designated by the against it may be served. SSNY Dutchess County Clerk for legal notice postings. shall mail copy of process to: E-mail your notice to: 1456 Route 55, LaGrangeville, legalnotices@thehudsonvalleynews.com New York 12540. Purpose: any or call us at 845-233-4651. lawful activity.

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STANFORDVILLE

$419,000

Charming circa 1880 farmhouse with two bedrooms located on 6.24-acres between Rhinebeck and Millbrook. This perfect weekend home has been completely restored. Kitchen with vaulted beamed ceilings and cherry countertops, dining room, living room with fireplace and hardwood floors throughout. Includes summer cottage, brick and bluestone terraces, perennial gardens, storage barn and a 2-car garage.

SALT POINT

$2,275,000

A quintessential country equestrian estate with beautifully renovated 19th century four bedroom, three and one half bath farmhouse. Barn has ten stalls imported from Germany, indoor riding arena with dustless floor, heated wash stall and two grooming stalls. Two staff apartments above barn. Seven paddocks and riding trails. Landscaped with gardens, mature trees and stonewalls.

MILLBROOK

$710,000

Located on a private knoll overlooking a large pond is this traditional four bedroom, two and one half bath Saltbox designed by William Poole. Home features a living room and den with fireplaces, formal dining room, kitchen with high-end appliances and mudroom. Attention to detail throughout with hardwood floors and crown moldings. A perfect weekend retreat on the Wappingers Creek.


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