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Local woman isn’t buying Trumped up Manchurian candidate rap BY JIM LANGAN



Molinaro makes it official

Taste of Rhinebeck attracts record crowd

Lately, Donald Trump has been promoting himself and the idea that President Barack Obama is something of a Manchurian candidate whose very presidency might be illegal. Trump is on record as saying, “Nobody ever knew the guy or who paid for his education.” We mentioned some of that a few weeks ago and it got the attention of a Hudson Valley News reader. That reader told us about a local woman who had, in fact, gone to grade school in Hawaii with Obama and suggested we contact her. We did and in short order, Gretchen Scott met us at Bread Alone in Rhinebeck with her high school yearbook in hand. Scott is first and foremost a very accomplished equine professional with extensive experience riding and competing in both combined training and dressage.

Barry Obama (center) in a picture from Saugerties resident Gretchen Scott’s (inset) Punahou School yearbook.

She currently works at the Rivendell Riding Academy as well as Beaverkill Farms teaching and training horses. Scott grew up in Honolulu and attended the prestigious Punahou School, which boasts among its alumni such


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celebrities as AOL founder Steve Case, New England Patriots great Mosi Tatupu and actress Kelly Plasis, better known as Kelly Preston, who is married to John Travolta. When asked about Trump and others who keep harping on the Manchurian candidate angle, Scott smiled and said, “Donald Trump should know better. He graduated from the Wharton School. Does Trump think our intelligence agencies didn’t vet the presidential candidates? Anyone who believes any of that about Barry are the same people who believe George Bush bought the Supreme Court in 2000.” By the way, Scott says nobody ever called him Barack. It was always Barry. When asked what she remembered most about Obama from those years, she

Gretchen Scott on the far left in a photo from her yearbook.

laughed and said, “That’s easy. Barry was the only black kid at the school and he was a very good basketball player. He was also pretty tall for Hawaii. He lived with his grandmother, across the street from the school, and you would always see him shooting baskets in the driveway. My brother, Jeff, was in his class and I was a couple of years behind him.” Scott said Obama has stayed in touch

with many of his classmates and frequently returns to the island to vacation. Scott says Barry was a quiet kid. “He was a scholarship kid and clearly very bright, but he didn’t really stand out,” she said. “Remember, there were about 400 kids in each class. But everyone knew Barry and liked him.” As for Barry being the only African American student, Gretchen said the attitude at the school was very “papulo,” which is Hawaiian for “who cares.” What does Scott think of her famous classmate these days? She says, “When he began campaigning, it blew my mind what a great speaker he was and his ability to communicate. He was never even on the debate team at school. He gave voice to a lot of people. I guess he was in the right place at the right time.” In spite of her association with Obama, Scott says she would consider a good Republican candidate if one came along. “Just as long as it isn’t Sarah Palin or another ‘birther,’” she said.

DCC STUDENTS WANT CLOSURE TO FILIBERTI CASE BY GHAIDA TASHMAN A month has gone by since the homicide of 18-year-old Katie Filiberti, and the rumors at Dutchess Community College, where Filiberti worked and was a student, seem to have subsided. Students have been speculating less, and their main concerns, at the moment, are what exactly happened and finding who did it. In the weeks immediately following the discovery of Filiberti’s body, everyone was talking about the homicide, and sharing

what they heard. Now, it seems as if people aren’t saying much; they just want facts. Many students wonder and worry whether it’s safe around town, or if there is a murderer walking free. One former classmate of Filiberti, who asked to remain anonymous, told us, “I just wonder if it was someone she might have known, or is it someone strange who will eventually kill someone else. This is scary.” A good friend and former classmate of Filiberti, Demetrius Taylor, said, “I think

it’s evil that someone would do this to such a sweet girl. No girl deserves this. I hope they find who did it. Katie was a good friend of mine; this really upset me.” Everyone we spoke with said they are hoping police will find the person who is responsible for this terrible crime. It seems at this point, people are scared and worried. However, police say the investigation remains “very active,” giving some a sense of comfort knowing police are doing their jobs.






arrested developments BY HV NEWS STAFF


The Hyde Park Police Department reports the following arrests: • Joseph A. Sucato, 25, of Hyde Park, was charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class-A misdemeanor, on April 13. • Frank R. Allen, 36, of Hyde Park, was charged with DWI and aggravated DWI, both misdemeanors, on April 15. • Jordan M. C. Ludlow, 17, of Poughkeepsie, was charged with obstructing governmental administration in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor; resisting arrest, a class-A misdemeanor; and trespassing, a violation, on April 16. • Erin K. Maisch, 27, of Hyde Park, was charged with menacing in the third degree, a class-B misdemeanor; and harassment in the second degree, a violation, on April 16.

Stanford students invited to apply for scholarship BY HV NEWS STAFF The Stanford Lions Club is offering a Community Service Award scholarship to a high school senior from the Town of Stanford. The recipient will be selected through an evaluation of academic performance and community involvement. Applications can be obtained and submitted through students’ guidance counselors or by writing to the Stanford Lions Club, P.O. Box 20, Stanfordville, NY 12581. Attn: Community Service Award Committee.

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MOLINARO MAKES IT OFFICIAL Local Republicans pack Grandview for campaign announcement BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON

American Patriots of the Hudson Valley founder Thomas Santopietro is joined by Nancy Paroli of Rhinebeck. Photos by Christopher Lennon.

TEA PARTY DEMONSTRATORS RALLY IN RHINEBECK BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON About 30 demonstrators with a group calling itself American Patriots of the Hudson Valley hosted a tea party rally in Rhinebeck over the weekend. Carrying signs and placards with messages like “I Am Not Your ATM” and “Flat Tax: Fair and Simple,” the demonstrators gathered at the corner of Route 9 and Route 9G for about two hours on Friday, April 15. “We stand for less government intervention in our lives, defending our constitution and our American flag,” said the group’s founder, Thomas Santopietro. “We want spending to be cut and balance our budget.” One demonstrator held a large sign showing the 14-digit national debt. “We have a $14.3 trillion deficit, which is increasing as we speak,” Santopietro said. “We’re upset with our government.” The demonstration in Rhinebeck was American Patriots of the Hudson Valley and the Kingston-Rhinebeck Tea Party’s seventh rally. The group also hosted rallies on Route 9W in the Town of Ulster last year that attracted a large number of demonstrators. “There are a lot of tea parties going on nationwide,” Santopietro said. “We’re loosely formed because we’re a grassroots organization.” According to Santopietro, about one third of the people who drove past the

Assemblyman Marc Molinaro made his bid for Dutchess County executive official during a campaign kick-off event at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie last week. Molinaro, a Republican, made his announcement in front of family and supporters, as well as a number of prominent local politicians, including Sen. Steve Saland, Assemblyman Joel Miller, County Clerk Brad Kendall and Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik. Molinaro received a standing ovation when he took the stage, and when he announced his candidacy for Dutchess County executive, a huge applause ensued. “I want you to know, I believe in the civic leaders of this county … but most importantly, I believe in the people who live in this county,” Molinaro said, adding Dutchess County is the “best place to live, work and raise a family in the entire nation.” Molinaro took special note of the current Dutchess County executive, William Steinhaus, who was also present for the announcement, saying Steinhaus “built the foundation we will build upon.” Molinaro spoke about his career as an elected official, which began when he was elected to the Tivoli Village Board when he was 18. Molinaro later served as a Dutchess County Legislator and was elected to the state Assembly in 2007.

Assemblyman Marc Molinaro officially announces his campaign for Dutchess County executive on Thursday, April 14 at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie. Photo by Christopher Lennon.

Molinaro said throughout his career, he has been known as a consensus builder who can successfully work across the aisle. Molinaro said as county executive, he would centralize and share services in an effort to reduce the tax burden. He said he is running for county executive to help improve the quality of life in Dutchess County. “The opportunity to provide bold new leadership could not be greater,” he said. “Some see the office of county executive as a trophy to win in some political competition,” Molinaro added. “I do not.”

John Crispell of Lake Katrine joined tea party demonstrators for a rally in Rhinebeck on Friday; Tea party demonstrators gathered at the corner of Routes 9 and 9G.

demonstrators “acknowledged us in a positive manner.” He admitted, though, that some people’s reaction to the tea party is not so favorable. “Some people get confrontational,” he said. “Individuals display obscene gestures at us and use profanity, but we maintain our composure.” Santopietro said anyone interested in attending a rally or joining American Patriots of the Hudson Valley should check out the group’s website,, or contact Santopietro at kingstonteaparty@ or 845-399-6943.

Standoff in Hyde Park On Tuesday afternoon, an intense situation was developing on Morris Drive in Hyde Park. Dozens of police officers from a number of departments, some in full SWAT gear and carrying automatic weapons, had blocked off the roadway for several hours. At press time, police would only say the situation involved a female subject who lives on Morris Drive. Look for complete coverage in next week’s issue. Photos by Christopher Lennon and Jim Langan. Hudson valley news | | april 20, 2011 {3}

DCC students recognized by SUNY chancellor, honor society BY HV NEWS STAFF A group of Dutchess Community College students recently traveled to Albany to be honored for their scholarly efforts. A total of five DCC students received the 2011 State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, while three students were recognized by international honor society Phi Theta Kappa. Alteronce Gumby of Poughkeepsie, Heather Haneman of Dover Plains, Jonathan Hill of Red Hook, Kelly Tripp of Gardiner and Jessica Ramos-Sena of Poughkeepsie were among the 249 students from 64 SUNY campuses to be recognized with the Award for Student Excellence. SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher presented the students with their awards, which honors “exemplary members of their college communities.” The average gradepoint average of this year’s recipients is 3.8. Students were nominated for the award by a selection committee made up of SUNY college presidents. Nominations are then reviewed by the chancellor’s office. “The students we honor today have excelled academically and taken advantage of what SUNY has to offer in and outside the classroom,” said Zimpher. “These students are proven leaders, athletes, artists, community servants and much more. I congratulate all of the students receiving recognition today and thank them for the positive impact each of them has had on SUNY and the communities we serve.” In addition, Jeffrey Ulrich of Hyde Park and Devon O’Brien of Beacon were chosen by Phi Theta Kappa for the All-

The crew from the Northern Dutchess Hospital ER enjoy a Taste of Rhinebeck. Photos by Jim Langan.

Food fest attracts sold-out crowd Dutchess Community College students Alteronce Gumby, Kelly Tripp, Heather Haneman and Jonathan Hill were among 249 recipients of the 2011 State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence (Jessica Ramos-Sena is not pictured). Photos submitted.

BY HV NEWS STAFF The Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation held its annual Taste of Rhinebeck food festival last week, attracting a sold-out crowd to the village to sample the food and drinks available at local eateries. A total of 500 guests sampled a wide variety of food – including Italian, French, Thai, Mexican and more – as they walked from one participating restaurant to the next. More than 25 eateries participated in the festival. The Taste of Rhinebeck, held Tuesday, April 12, was a success, raising nearly

$20,000 for the NDH Foundation, the fundraising arm of Northern Dutchess Hospital. During the festival, guests were asked to select their favorites in a variety of categories for the annual People’s Choice Awards. The winners are: • Best Main Course: Le Petit Bistro • Best Appetizer: Gaby’s Café • Best Side Dish: Arielle • Best Beverage: Rhinebeck Wine & Liquors • Best Dessert: Breezy Hill Orchard Farm Market • Best Overall: Rhinebeck Bagels & Café

Phi Theta Kappa honorees Devon O’Brien and Jeffrey Ulrich are joined by associate professor of English Navina Hooker, faculty advisor to Phi Theta Kappa (Shantel Gordon is not pictured).

Academic Second Team, and Shantel Gordon of Poughkeepsie was named to the All-Academic Third Team. “I’d like to extend congratulations to our students who have achieved these tremendous honors,” said DCC President Dr. D. David Conklin. “Their hard work and dedication, combined with the opportunities afforded by a DCC education, provide the foundation for their continued success.”

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The Monks family from Hyde Park said they were enjoying a ladies’ night out.

Aida Wilder with Arielle owner Nick Rebraca in front of his restaurant as diners line up to check out the fabulous offerings.

MILLS MANSION NAMES SITE MANAGER BY CAROLINE CAREY New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation recently named Pamela PhillipsMalcolm site manager for Staatsburgh State Historic Site, formerly known as Mills Mansion. Malcolm began her tenure April 18. “I am, indeed, very excited about coming to Staatsburgh State Historic Site, and look forward to plunging into an exploration of the Gilded Age and 19th- and 20th-century history,” said Malcolm. “I love object-based learning and interacting with visitors while exploring works of art and historic artifacts together. I especially love the ‘aha!’ moment, when visitors share an insight or observation that develops from such interactions, or when they connect a historic object to their own life experience in some way they had not anticipated.” Making history come alive is important to Malcolm. “The other day, my 6-year-old and I were looking at a picture from the colonial period – a lot of people in powdered wigs and such – and he asked me if I wore one of those back then,” she said. “I am surprised he hasn’t

asked me if I had a pet dinosaur when I was young … any day now, I am sure. History becomes very abstract to each subsequent generation, especially as the landscape around us is dramatically altered from its past state. “Historic homes and sites offer us such a precious opportunity to capture some of the past in a very different and more concrete way than texts can,” she continued. “Their objects and furnishings are entry points to rich and exciting dialogues about our culture, lest we forget where we came from.” Malcolm’s background is in art history and museum education and she was director of education at the Albany Institute of History and Art, and associate director of education for School & Teacher Programs at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut. Malcolm joined the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in 2006 and was the educator at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. Most recently, she was an interpretive programs assistant at the Senate House in Kingston. When asked what she was most excited about, Malcolm said, “I look forward to


Pamela Phillips-Malcom

the opportunity to preserve and protect the historic treasures at Staatsburgh, objects and structures, and to demonstrate, to our regional community and the wider world, their relevance and importance. I am very interested in the renovation of the lower level and excited about it being interpreted and accessible to the public, since it represents many of the inner workings of the mansion as it functioned in its heyday. Like many others, I love seeing what is (and was) usually behind the scenes.”

The Village of Tivoli is looking for residents who are interested in serving on village committees. In the coming months, village officials will make appointments to the following boards and committees: recreation, zoning board of appeals, green, conservation advisory council, planning board. “Volunteering to serve on a committee is a wonderful way to become more involved in the community that we all share,” said Mayor Bryan Cranna. “With fresh ideas, thinking outside the box and new energy, Tivoli will move forward with a new sense of direction by working in concert with village residents, those who are the cornerstone to this community.” Individuals who are interested in serving on a committee should send a letter of interest to Mayor Bryan F. Cranna, Village of Tivoli, 86 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583. Questions can be directed to the village clerk’s office at 845-757-2021 or clerk@ Hudson Valley News • Hudson Valley Weekend

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Hunting the Easter egg

It’s kind of hard, right in the middle of Holy Week, to think that Easter is just around the corner. Those few days before Easter are so densely packed, you sort of flop across the finish line on that glorious Sunday morning. But then, wonder and joy take over! You wake up and – yea! – hunt for Easter eggs! “Come on,” you say. “You’re a priest. You have to know better. Easter isn’t about eggs.” Oh, OK, you got me. Easter isn’t about hunting eggs. It’s not about bunnies, or baskets or even Peeps. Well, at least not for Christians. If you’re non-Christian and really love those little marshmallow birds, knock yourself out – I

don’t like them anyway. But for Christians the world over, Easter is the day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. You may know the story. Jesus, who taught about the need to care for the poor and that God is love, who healed the sick and raised the dead, finally pushed the religious authorities too far. They arrested him, gave him a kangaroo court trial and killed him on a cross. Three days later – well, on the third day – he rose again, proof that death has no power over us, that it is no enemy but the gateway to “the real world.” Christians have argued for roughly 2,000 years about what Christ’s resurrection really means for humanity. Does it mean that only those who believe in him will gain eternal joy? Does it mean that everyone who embraces selfless love, regardless of belief system, will live eternally? Does it, as evangelical pastor Rob Bell proposes in his book “Love Wins,” grant eternal life in heaven to everyone, regardless of their belief? We’ve been fighting and fussing over the meaning of the resurrection for so long because it’s such a strange thing in the first place. Does it really make sense for God to


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notice that we are all bad, and in response take upon himself the punishment he actually intended to, justly, give us? What does that achieve? What lesson does that teach? There have been as many ways to understand the resurrection as there have been Christians. Yes, there are schools of thought, but even within those, there are vast areas of disagreement. We are, after all, individuals, each of us fired with divine longing but each acting out of our own experience and own understanding of the story as presented to us. I struggle with the resurrection the same as anyone else. However, one way to look at what Jesus Christ did with his death and resurrection is this: God, who created us just to be in relationship with us, whose very first rules are all about how we relate to each other, noticed that we have difficulty with relationships. Worse yet, like a small child who has discovered rules for the first time and doesn’t like them, throughout the ages we began to resent them and therefore God. We began to see him as an arbitrary, punitive god who has to be appeased unless we want him to fry us. In short, even as people lifted God up for honor, too many no longer trusted him – no longer really loved him because they did not believe he loved them. We were drifting farther and farther away from God. And life without God is simply not life at all. So, how does a person show his or her love? More to the point, how does a parent show his or her love for their children? Not by buying goodies, that’s for sure. That’s appeasement, maybe, but not love. But every parent – and in the wake of the

tragedy in Newburgh last week, I have to be careful to say every emotionally healthy parent – knows they would give their life to save their kids. Our love for our kids is that deep. If we saw our child running blindly into the path of an oncoming truck, we would throw ourselves in front of it if that would save our child. God’s question was how to save us from the oncoming truck called separation from God. The answer? Do what any loving parent would do and throw himself in front of that proverbial truck. Of course, that meant becoming one of us and letting us know that he knows – really knows – what it’s like to be one of us. This is more than a little article can go into in any depth, but suffice it to say, Easter proclaims a simple message: God loves you, not because of what you do or say, but because he is your loving parent, and parents have a way of loving their children, even when it is unreasonable. Now, as a parent, I love my children intensely. And joy of joys, that love is not all speeding trucks. It’s also watching my kids have a good time. Like each year when they wake up on Easter morning (OK, I admit, they’re too old for this now – but when they were younger) and hunt for Easter eggs. It is a parent’s privilege to bask in the glow of being the Easter Bunny. So, go to church on Easter and thank God for being such a loving parent. Then go hunt a few eggs for me. The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Hyde Park. You can leave a comment for him at rector@



Hearing the Hyde Park Republicans and Democrats are putting together strong slates for the fall election. Thugs appear to be fading in relevance as the Independence Party nod they seek will guarantee also-ran status. Thugs have united Republicans and Democrats in their desire to restore civility to town government. Sounds like a win for the town this fall. {6} april 20, 2011 | | Hudson valley news

World race pit stops in Hyde Park

The Hyde Park Elementary school band welcomes participants in the Great Car Race. They were joined by students from neighboring Regina Coeli School. Photo by Jim Langan.


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field? I also don’t want to hear any “cultural” baloney, because these people were black. A middle-class white baby with a 15-yearold mother is unlikely to be the class valedictorian too. That’s because 15-yearOPINION olds are not emotionally or financially equipped to raise a child, never mind a fatherless child. Can we all agree on that? BY JIM LANGAN But in all the coverage of this event, have we heard one word about the choices mother and her family made? Has NEWBURGH HORROR the anyone commented on the fact the greatBEGAN WITH TEEN grandmother is under 60? At no point in the coverage I watched did I see one adult male PREGNANCY By now, we’re all too familiar with family member emerge. It was all aunts and what happened in Newburgh last week. grandmothers. It appears males are either An unglued 25-year-old woman put her given a pass on responsibility for offspring four children in a minivan and hit the gas, or the expectation level is so low as to be plunging the car into the Hudson River. The the equivalent. It’s no accident liberals have taken to only survivor was her 10-year-old son, who referring to unmarried women giving birth managed to roll down a as “single mothers” in an window, escape the car attempt to attach some as it filled with 40-degree Liberals have taken to phony nobility to a very water and swim to shore, where he frantically referring to unmarried destructive lifestyle. I’m not espousing breaking looked for help. It also women giving birth as out the Scarlet A, but appears the incident occurred shortly after ‘single mothers’ in an what’s wrong with unwed mothers? Society the father of three of the children had engaged in attempt to attach some needs to reintroduce a violent argument with phony nobility to a very shame as a deterrent and government has to stop the mother, who earlier destructive lifestyle. policies that financially in the day had obtained reward irresponsible yet another restraining conduct. Too many girls order against him. fi nd having a baby gives Here’s the point where I will advise you them status as “mothers” and a government that if you’re looking for a politically correct opinion on this terrible incident, proceed stipend. As a result, we now live in a no further. We’re going to discuss this like world where there is no shame in banging out babies and snapping up government adults and make a few judgments. So many societal problems these days subsidies for the effort. I don’t know what the final judgment will are occurring because people are reluctant be on this horrible tragedy, but this I can to impose boundaries on people’s choices assure you. This 25-year-old woman was and behavior. Let’s start with the fact that the clearly overwhelmed by the circumstance surviving boy is 10 years old and his mother of having four children under 10 years of was 25. She was 15 when she had this child. age with no husband or partner to help her That’s wrong. She was still a child herself, and no discernable financial support. I will yet no one dares speak its name. It means she also venture domestic violence played a was having sex with someone at 14. Does signifi cant role in this as well. Too often anyone think that’s a good idea? Notice that is the case. A woman finds herself in there hasn’t even been a discussion of who a terrible situation and is willing to endure the 10-year-old’s father might be. That’s men she would not normally out of a sense because whoever he was, he was interested in having sex with a promiscuous 14-year- of desperation. We need to encourage young old and not being a father in any traditional women to make better decisions and shame sense. How about law enforcement enforcing the community in general to support them when they do. a few statutory rape statutes?


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More needed to protect domestic violence victims BY MARIA DEBARI Domestic violence has become more prevalent in the Hudson Valley region, and every month we find ourselves reading about another tragedy in our local newspapers. As a community, we have also been witness to the constant violation of restraining orders involving domestic violence cases. This recent tragedy in Newburgh was yet another example of a situation involving domestic disputes, a violation of a restraining order, death and a broken system. Although Orange County hasn’t been plagued by domestic homicide like Dutchess County has, all of these cities are located in the Hudson Valley and the issue of domestic violence needs to be dealt with on the state level, not as separate functioning entities. Municipalities need to act as one cohesive unit when addressing the issue of domestic violence. We are in desperate need of location-based tracking legislation for offenders in NYS and we need to properly protect victims of domestic violence. Many victims of domestic abuse feel as though they don’t have options or anywhere to turn to, especially if they reach out for help and fail to get it. This Orange County victim, LaShanda Armstrong, kills herself and her family after a domestic dispute and we are left wondering why. As a community and state, we need to acknowledge that domestic violence victims

are in need of support and many victims go without proper assistance. Many victims are not protected by orders of protection, which are usually violated continuously. We need to recognize and identify gaps in our current domestic violence support system. We need to learn from cases like these and find solutions for victims who have given up. We need to have a discussion, and it cannot be limited to status quo perspectives who wish to believe that we already have a model system for domestic violence response. As a victim of domestic violence, I know the struggle of trying to navigate through the support system. The struggle is far worse for mothers with children, working full time, trying to make ends meet. Fast, effective solutions to this problem are hard to find, and many victims don’t have the time, patience or the ability to battle an offender and the system set up to protect them simultaneously. Although there are service providers that do a satisfactory job at assisting victims, they are few among many. And when a victim is stressed and in a state of crisis, these services may be hard to find. The entire state needs to make strong efforts to protect domestic violence victims and children, properly enforce restraining orders, train law enforcement more thoroughly on domestic violence and learn from the tragedies that keep on repeating themselves. Maria DiBari is executive director of the Tri-County Crisis Center. For more information, email info@ Respond to this column at editorial@

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BY JIM LANGAN • A San Francisco man retired the Jerry Lee Lewis “Great Balls of Fire” trophy when he caught fire while watching a porno tape in a private booth in the Castro District. The man rushed screaming from the porn shop and suffered second- and third-degree burns. A less-than-sympathetic resident said it was probably a volatile combination of a crack pipe and Hi-Karate cologne that caused the conflagration. • 55% of us all filed our federal income taxes this week. That’s right, 55%, because between the poverty line and tax loopholes, 45% of Americans pay absolutely no federal income taxes. We are rapidly becoming a nation where the most productive subsidize the least productive, until the productive throw in the towel and move somewhere else. Think England in the 1970s. The British Invasion wasn’t only about music. • Here’s a shocker. Remember all those people who got sick after attending a party at the Playboy Mansion in L.A.? Los Angeles health officials now say they were made sick by bacteria found in the mansion’s hot tub and grotto. Lovely. • A 20-year-old Oklahoma woman was arrested recently for killing her cat and painting her face with the cat’s blood. She was discovered wearing a long black coat and dripping blood by a neighbor. When police arrived, they found the cat’s liver in her makeup bag. The woman said she was on her way to a Lady Gaga concert. • How about that postal worker in Portland, Oregon who was delivering

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more than the mail the other day. A neighbor saw the man drop his pants in someone’s yard and leave a rather unattractive package. The neighbor then grabbed his video camera and recorded the incident. The postal worker has been “relieved” of duty! • We ran into Rhinebeck’s Terry Gipson campaigning outside the Poughkeepsie Post Office last week. This guy knows the meaning of an early start. The Rhinebeck village trustee and his wife, Michelle, told us he’s running for Steve Saland’s state Senate seat, which isn’t up until November 2012. If hustle counts, Terry’s on his way. Saland’s 2010 opponent, Millbrook’s Didi Barrett, is said to be mulling another run at Saland as well. • The pathetic Donald Trump is now saying he’s got more money and is a more accomplished businessman than Mitt Romney. Hey, Donald, Romney hasn’t bankrupted a bunch of casinos and I’m sure the banks Trump owes money to would tell you he doesn’t have a nickel of his own. I’ll take Romney’s wallet in a minute. Not to mention Trump couldn’t possibly withstand the vetting a legitimate presidential candidate gets. I also know an old girlfriend of Trump’s from the 1970s. She tells me Trump should resist the urge to break out the ruler versus Romney or anyone else, if you know what I mean! • Oh, Canada! A 43-year-old woman has found sanctuary in Saskatoon after fleeing a 30-year sentence for having sex with her son’s 16-year-old baseball teammate. Denise Harvey and her husband fled to Canada because Canada will not extradite someone unless the offense is a crime in both countries. It appears it’s only a crime to have sex with a 16-year-old if that person is in a position of power or authority like a teacher. We’re guessing Ms. Harvey will become a big fan of junior hockey now. • It’s now been more than a month since the murder of Katie Filiberti and the natives are getting restless. Everyone is waiting on the forensics report to come back, followed by a quick arrest. Anything short of that will put a blowtorch to the rumors and suspicions going around already. Here’s hoping the cops are just dotting the Is and crossing the Ts.

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Leah Brody, 9, serves hungry guests during the Celebration of Dutch Heritage luncheon on Saturday.

Rhinebeck Reformed celebrates Dutch heritage STORY AND PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON

Last weekend, Rhinebeck Reformed Church paid tribute to the Dutchmen and women who first settled in Rhinebeck 300 years ago. The church hosted “An Afternoon in Old Ryn Beck: A Celebration of Dutch Heritage” on Saturday, inviting the community to a fun and informative fundraiser benefiting Rhinebeck Reformed Church. The event started with a noon luncheon featuring classic Dutch dishes, such as erwtensoep, a pea soup; kaas teefjes, which are fried cheese sandwiches; and appelkoek, or apple cake. Later in the day, Isabella Scholte gave a presentation on the food and why the dishes were selected. At 1:30 p.m., local architect Warren Smith, president of Hudson River

Heritage, led a walking tour of the Village of Rhinebeck, from South Street to Mulberry Street, pointing out examples of historic architecture. For those who didn’t want to take the walking tour, event co-organizer Ellen Hubbert, a former grammar school teacher, presented a slide-show presentation on historic village buildings she used to show her fourth-grade classes. The event culminated with a discussion and tour of Rhinebeck Reformed Church’s sanctuary with local resident Austin Cox. Brenda Klaproth, who helped organize the fundraiser, said money raised through the event would go to the church’s general fund. The money will likely be used to restore the church’s front stoop and rear patio.

Architect Warren Smith, who led a walking tour of the village on Saturday, is flanked by event organizers Brenda Klaproth and Ellen Hubbert.

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BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM After a long winter, it’s high time to get outside and celebrate Earth Day (technically, that’s Friday, April 22) with a festival that honors a historic tradition as well the importance of textile and fiber arts in the Hudson Valley. Clermont State Historic Site hosts the Chancellor’s Sheep and Wool Showcase, a family-friendly festival featuring live animals, craft demonstrations, live music and more. “For a long time!” said Kjirsten Gustavson, curator of education, when I asked how long the showcase has 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Saturday, April 23 been presented. “More than 200 years, if you overlook a ‘small’ gap (between Entrance: $8 per car the original event and the re-creation). Clermont State Historic Site The showcase commemorates the public 1 Clermont Ave. sheep-shearing event that started in 1809 Germantown, NY 12526 at Clermont.” Judge and Margaret Beekman 518-537-4240 Livingston’s eldest son, Robert R. Livingston Jr., who was not only part of the Committee of Five responsible for drafting the Declaration of Independence and Chancellor of the State of New York, was also an avid agriculturalist who brought merino sheep back from France and was revolutionizing methods of sheep breeding. In order to improve the brand image of merino sheep, the Chancellor would host an annual shearing event “that had a celebration to it,” said Gustavson. “The merino sheep from France were not selling well,” she explained. To raise awareness, “the public was invited to attend the shearing. Elite businessmen were invited to stay for dinner, and many toasts were held,” she said. The concept worked – “It was effective for his business purposes,” said Gustavson. Research reveals that the Chancellor’s sheep were being bought as far as Delaware,


{editor’s pick} JOHN PRINE Wednesday, April 27, 8 p.m. Opening the concert will be Eric Brace and Peter Cooper. Besides being one of Bob Dylan’s favorite songwriters, John Prine’s body of work has become the high-watermark of American songwriting and his songs have found a home in the repertoire of musical luminaries such as Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash and George Strait. Tickets: $62-$44. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), 601 Broadway, Kingston. 845-339-6088. Photo by Jim Shea.


National Park “Fee Free” Days April 20-24: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy free admission to Val-Kill, FDR Presidential Library and Museum, and Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, Rte. 9G, Hyde Park. 845-229-5302. FDR Presidential Library and Museum, 4079 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park. 845-486-7770. Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. 845229-9115.

LECTURE Dr. Temple Grandin April 21-22: SUNY Ulster’s Veterinary Technology Club hosts a lecture on April 21 at 6 p.m. by Dr. Grandin on “Humane Treatment and Behavior of Livestock Animals.” On April 22, Dr. Grandin speaks at 9 a.m. about autism to members of the Hudson Valley Autism Society. Both are open to the public and will be held in the SUNY Ulster Senate Gymnasium, SUNY Ulster Campus, 491 Cottekill Rd., Stone Ridge. Cost: $5 for students and $10 for the public. For more information, call 845-687-5262

OUTDOOR Interpretive Program April 23-24: “How Did the Rope Get Up There? History and Practice of Gunks Rock Climbing and Ecology and People of the Shawangunks, Yesterday and Today.” Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

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THEATER “Robin Hood” April 22-23: A new version of the old tale, this time recounting how the famous Robin got his hood and became an outlaw. Little John, Friar Tuck, and the entire gang are on hand, led by David Temple as Alan a Dale playing period music as he swashes and buckles. Immediately after the April 23 performance discussion on the making of “Robin Hood.” Part of The Center’s 5th Annual Sam Scripps Shakespeare Festival. Tickets: $24 adults; $22 seniors and children. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845876-3080.

Wednesday, April 20 FILM

“Rear Window” (1954) 6:30 p.m. Wheelchair-bound photojournalist L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart) and his beautiful fiancée Lisa Fremont (Grace Kelly) spy on their neighbors and then solve a brutal murder no one else believes occurred. Rated PG; 112 min. “Morton Movie Night Presents” continues. Free; donations to the library accepted. Morton Memorial Library and Community House, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff. 845-876-2903.


Marc van Roosmalen 1 and 7 p.m. World-renowned biologist, primatologist and human rights activist Dr. van Roosmalen will give two lectures at SUNY Ulster as > continued on next page {10} april 20, 2011 | | Hudson valley news

E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from previous page part of the college’s Cultural Diversity Day celebration. Free and open to the public. Vanderlyn Hall Student Lounge, SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge campus, 491 Cottekill Rd., Stone Ridge. 845687-5262.

NIGHTLIFE Karaoke 8:30 p.m. With PJ the DJ. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590.

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by a company advertising that they had Livingston merino sheep. The sheep are no longer a permanent fixture at the historic site, said Gustavson. “But the fantastic Fred DePaul comes to us from Vermont. He demonstrates shearing sheep using three centuries of shearing techniques, from contemporary methods to the 19th-century technique using a crank – which is very interesting! – and the 18thcentury method with a pair of shears that look like scissors that just flies under his hands.” Children will have a chance to meet a real merino sheep, ducks and working border collies – the highly trained border collies of Wild Goose Chase will display the ancient skills and amazing human-animal Photos submitted. partnerships required for herding. There will be a child-oriented craft tent as well as special children’s tours with a “Spot the Sheep” scavenger hunt available in the historic mansion throughout the day. “It’s a particularly nice event for the entire family,” said Gustavson. “Adults and grandparents can also have a good time.” She noted that the grounds are flat and easy to access. Music is an important part of the festivities: the Celtic music of the David Godding Band and light-hearted dancing is at 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Folk musicians The Barefoot Boys will play rousing renditions of 18th and 19th century tunes at 12:45 and 3:30 p.m. “In addition to playing historic music, they’ve done historic research,” said Gustavson. “They’re great for trivia.” Promptly at 11 a.m., visitors are invited to see a demonstration of Revolutionary firearms by the First Ulster County Militia, “a local group of re-enactors,” said Gustavson. “The women have done research into spinning and how the fabrics they created were ways of protesting taxes – even elite women were spinning. The men come along and they do a firing demonstration, drills and explain why they are a militia and not the Continental Army.” Both experienced and novice crafters will have opportunities to improve their skills at the weaving, spinning and rug hooking demonstrations, which run continuously throughout the day. Crafters can pick out beautiful supplies and handmade goods from a vendor concourse of 30 local artisans. “All of the vendors are independent, and most have handmade goods they produce themselves; (the materials have) a natural, organic feel. And it’s nicely timed, for Mother’s Day gifts.” Gustavson said that one of the perks of getting to speak with the vendors is to get personalized help with one’s own crafts. “The crafting community is very supportive,” she said. “They’ll say, ‘here’s what you need to do to make that right.’ Visitors come to me after the event, saying that they learned to spin, or they fixed a knitting problem.”

“Celebrating 50 Years as Bard’s Bard” 7 p.m. A special event to honor poet Robert Kelly, Asher B. Edelman Professor of Literature since 1961. This year marks Kelly’s 50th year of distinguished teaching and writing at Bard College. Esteemed as one of the country’s most luminous contemporary poets and writers, Kelly is the author of more than 50 books of poetry, as well as several novels and collections of short fiction. The program will be followed by a reception in Olin Atrium. Free and open to the public. Olin Hall at Bard College, River Rd., Annandale on Hudson. 845-758-7196.

FAMILY Bindlestick Bill 10 a.m. Bindlestick’s music is reminiscent of times gone by blending folk, ragtime and a touch of the blues; the show includes sing-a-longs, juggling, dancing, a sock monkey and more. Cost: $6 per person. Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, 75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-0589. Children’s Spring Tea Noon-2 p.m. Assorted teas, scones and breads, crustless sandwiches and assorted homemade desserts will be served. Also at the tea will be a craft for the children and a presentation on an aspect of Victorian life. Cost: $15, adults; $12, children. Mount Gulian Historic Site, 145 Sterling St., Beacon. 845-831-8172.

MUSIC Chic Street Man 7 p.m. A solo performance by the multi-talented blues guitarist and theatrical composer. Free and open to the public, but reservations are required and are available through the Drama Department box office at 845-437-5599 or boxoffice@vassar. edu. The Martel Theater of the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. > continued on next page

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NIGHTLIFE Hudson Valley Community Dance Contra Event 8-11 p.m. All dances are open to the public. No experience necessary. No partner necessary. Free beginnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lesson before every dance. Music by Foliage. Arlington Reformed Church, 22 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. www. or 845-454-2571. Miss Angieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Karaoke 9 p.m. No cover. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406.

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 N. Main St., Tarrytown. 877-840-0457.

FAMILY Earth Day Celebration: Hudson River Comes to Life 11 a.m. Using fun and exciting props, bring the Hudson River food chain to life. What happens when pollution enters the food chain? Weather permitting, participants will seine the Hudson River by dragging a 30-foot net along the bottom of the river. Cost: $2 per person; museum admission not included. Mid-Hudson Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum, 75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-0589.

Friday, April 22


Clearwater Generations: An Earth Day Celebration to Benefit Clearwater 8 p.m. Featuring Pete Seeger and Tao Seeger, Peter Yarrow and Bethany Yarrow, Bernice Johnson Reagon andToshi Reagon, and David Amram and Family. Performances by Clearwater friends and special guests including Janis Ian, Tom Paxton, Tom Chapin, Livingston Taylor, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Guy Davis, Rufus Cappadocia and the Power of Song. Tickets: $48-$98. Proceeds from the concert will benefit

JV Squad 9 p.m. No cover. Hyde Park Brewing Company, 4076 Albany Post Rd. (Rte. 9), Hyde Park. 845229-8277.


THECENTERFOR PERFORMINGARTS 845-876-3080 ATRHINEBECK For box office & information:

Robin Hood

Fri. & Sat., April 22 & 23 at 8 pm Tickets: $24 adults; $22 seniors & children Join us immediately after the April 23 performance for a discussion on the making of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Robin Hood.â&#x20AC;?


A new version of the old tale, with Little John, Friar Tuck, and the entire gang on hand, led by David Temple as Alan a Dale playing period music as he swashes and buckles. Part of the Fifth Annual Sam Scripps Shakespeare Festival.


.BZt'SJEBZT4BUVSEBZTBUQN Sundays at 3 pm Tickets: $24 adults; $22 seniors & children

Johnny Dell presents the Drama Desk Award-winning musical based on the wildly popular British ďŹ lm. With book by Terrence McNally and score by David Yazbek, this feel-good musical comedy is a guaranteed wild ride. Directed by Laurie Sepe-Marder (CATS, My Fair Lady.)

SATURDAYMORNINGFAMILYSERIES Tickets: $9 for adults; $7 for children in advance or at the door

Robin Hood Sat., April 23 at 11 am Hansel and Gretel Sat., April 30 & Sat. May 7 at 11 am The CENTER is located at 661 Rte. 308, 3.5 miles east of the light in the Village of Rhinebeck

Icy Moons of Jupiter 8:30-11 p.m. Featuring Chris Chauvin. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845876-0590.

Milton Band 8:30 p.m. Also, Red Rooster. Tickets: $20, advance; $25, door. Towne Crier CafĂŠ, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Swing Dance Meets Step!â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Intermediate Swing Dance Workshop with Michael Jagger and Evita Arce, 6:30-8 p.m. Admission: $15. Swing dance to The Jake Sanders Quintet, 8-11:30 p.m. Beginnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lesson, 8-8:30 p.m. Performance by the Poughkeepsie High School Step Team and by Michael Jagger and Evita Arce. No experience or partner needed. Admission: $10, general; $6, full-time students. Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, 135 S. Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie. 845-454-2571 or 845-591-4068.


On April 8, students from Rhinebeck High School teamed up with local businesses and volunteers for a prom fashion show in order to cut the costs of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prom. With the help of Jeanne Dorrer and Dennis Fox from Dennis Fox Salon along with Lisa Hacket, a teacher at Rhinebeck High School, the fashion show featured casual wear from Darrylâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, prom wear from Chamonix and Sossi Formals, accessories and make-up from Merriweather, hairstyles by Dennis Fox, flowers by Bella Fiore and photography by Sharp Images Photographic. Photos by Sharp Images Photographic.




ART The 2011Kingston Biennial art exhibition, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Insight/ Onsite,â&#x20AC;? aims to create a concentrated installation of artworks along the Lower Broadway median and Rondout Waterfront Walkway with the intention of creating dialogue between artists and community. The theme is seeking visions of the future, reflections of the past, and the realities of the present as they relate to this specific site. The deadline for submissions is May 3. Contact curator B. Robert Johnson by e-mail at johnsonr@ or call 845-687-5097. Go to www. to download the application form.

Saturday, April 23 BENEFIT

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Notes to Haitiâ&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. An uplifting night of music, talk and dance with the sound sensations of Sasha and the Vocal Soul, Los Hijos De Canto, bluegrass performer Joe Tobin from Acoustic Medicine, New York singer-songwriter Tomas Doncker, award-winning spoken-word performer Tai Allen, MPOWER Elite Dance Company, Notes to Haiti Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choir, and more. All proceeds will be donated to the Haitian Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Support Project and to Haiti Community Support. Tickets: $25-15; $5, students. Bard College, River Rd., Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-758-7900.

EVENT The Chancellorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sheep and Wool Showcase 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. See full story on page 10. Clermont State Historic Site, 1 Clermont Ave., Germantown. 515-537-4240.

FAMILY Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Easter Festival 2-4 p.m. Food, crafts and lots of eggs to decorate, followed by an egg hunt at the Fun Forest

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THEATER Auditions for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Godspellâ&#x20AC;? will be held on Saturday, April 23 at 1 p.m., Monday, April 25 and Tuesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the downstairs studio at the Center for Performing Arts (Rte. 308, Rhinebeck). Male and female actors/singers over 18 years old are needed; all parts are open. Prepare to sing a song from the show. Readings will be from the script. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Godspellâ&#x20AC;? will be produced by Up in One Production, directed and choreographed by Laurie Sepe Marder and performed July 22 through Aug. 7. For more information, call 845-876-5348.

CULINARY Safe Harbors of the Hudson will hold the first annual Cupcake-a-Palooza, a cupcake bakeoff event for local professional and amateur bakers, on Saturday, April 30, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Ritz Theater Lobby at 107 Broadway in Newburgh. The event is free for participants. The judging categories for participants include: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Overall Professional,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most Artistic,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Child Bakerâ&#x20AC;? (Age 18 and Under) and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Amateur.â&#x20AC;? To reserve a participant spot or for more information, contact June Henley at 845-562-6940 ext. 110 or

LITERARY Flamingo Publications in Millbrook is accepting submissions for â&#x20AC;&#x153;edna: a literary journal.â&#x20AC;? Fiction, poetry, essay, creative nonfiction, art and photography are welcome. The deadline is May 15. Go to www. for submission guidelines or contact Karen Ann Chaffee at

Auditions for â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Chorus Lineâ&#x20AC;? will take place on Saturday, May 14 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, May 15 at 7 p.m. promptly for dance and vocal auditions at the Center for Performing Arts, Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. Callbacks will be Monday, May 16 at 7 p.m. (readings from script). Male and female dancers, singers, actors over 16 years of age are needed. Prepare a Broadway-style song, and bring two copies of your sheet music; no a cappella. Wear clothing and footwear suitable for dance. The production takes place Aug. 12 through 28. For further information, contact Up In One Productions at 845-876 5348. Trinity Players is currently accepting submissions of plays or musicals for the 2012 theatrical season. Please contact Cory Ann Fasano-Paff at . Visit for more information about Trinity Players.

E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from previous page playground. All ages are welcome. Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Rte. 9 and Church St., Hyde Park. 845-229-2114. Easter Egg Hunt 2-3 p.m. Craft project and hunt are appropriate for kids of all ages. Admission: $3, child. For information or reservations, email helaina@ Tilly Foster Farm, 100 Rte. 312, Brewster. 845-279-4474.


Scholarship opportunity

Historic Huguenot Street, the museum and National Historic Landmark District in New Paltz, has announced the availability of scholarships for the 2011-12 academic year. The Hudson Valley organization administers four scholarship funds in collaboration with the Hasbrouck Family Association. To be eligible, a student must be a sophomore, junior or senior in good academic standing as of September 2011. Applicants must be of documented Huguenot descent or be working toward a degree in historic preservation, art history or architecture at Columbia University, the State University of New York at New Paltz or Hamilton College in Clinton. Some funding may also be available for either graduate or undergraduate students studying the impact of American Huguenot immigrants and descendants on American culture and/or language, or on the history of Ulster County, during the period 1600 to 1800. Awards are generally between $1,000 and $2,000. Applications must be received by Aug. 31. For more information about scholarships at Historic Huguenot Street, visit and click on “learn” or call 845-255-1660.

Spring Break blues?

Got a teen at home during spring break with nothing to do? The Adriance Library in Poughkeepsie is hosting a different event each day from April 20 through 22. Wednesday evening, April 20, is Big Screen Game Time with Xbox and Wii games from 6 to 7:45 p.m. On Thursday, April 21, the afternoon is devoted to helping teens find their first job. Jump start the summer job search in the Strba Teen Room between 2 and 4 p.m. with some expert advice and practical role play. Write a resume, search on-line for teen job opportunities in the Hudson valley and experience a mock interview. On Friday, April 22, get crafty with “Duct Tape Crafts” from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Make a wallet, flip flops or other unique item out of the greatest multi-purpose product. The Strba Teen Room is on the second floor of Adriance Memorial Library, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie. To register, see www. or call 845-485-3445, ext. 3309.

“Robin Hood” by CENTERStage Productions 11 a.m. Part of the Center’s Saturday Morning Family Series. Tickets: $9, adults; $7, children. Center for Performing Arts, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080.

LECTURE Thom Usher 1 p.m. Author and Beekman Town Historian speaks about his new book, “Beekman,” which is an installment to the Images of America Series. Beekman Public Library, 11 Town Center Blvd., Hopewell Junction. 845-724-3414.

LITERARY W. S. Merwin 2 p.m. The eminent poet (American Poet Laureate 2010-11) reads from his work in a special program presented as part of the sculpture park’s ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations. After reading a selection of his poems, Mr. Merwin will hold a Q&A session with the audience. The program will conclude with a book signing. Free with admission to the art center. Storm King Art Center, Old Pleasant Hill Rd., Mountainville. 845534-3115.

NIGHTLIFE Arlen Roth 8:30 p.m. With special guest Lexie Roth. Tickets: $25, advance; $30, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. Shawn Mullins 8 p.m. With special guest, Callaghan. Tickets: $20, general admission; $25, reserved; $35, Golden Circle. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406. The Skye Jazz Trio 7-10 p.m. Led by drummer and Warwick Valley Jazz Festival producer, Steve Rubin, featuring Joe Vincent Tranchina on piano and Bill McCrossen on bass. Bull and Buddha Lounge, 319 Main St., Poughkeepsie. 845-337-4848. Steve Black 9 p.m. No cover. Hyde Park Brewing Company, 4076 Albany Post Rd. (Rte. 9), Hyde Park. 845229-8277. Wheels of Steel DJ Dance Party 9 p.m. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590. > continued on next page

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OUTDOOR Singles and Sociables Hike – Bonticou Crag 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Singles and Sociables outings welcome all adult hikers, single and non-single, aged 18 and above. No reservations required. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Spring Farm Trailhead. This is a moderate, 7-mile hike led by Sherry Ronk (845-687-7679). New hikers are strongly encouraged to contact the leader prior to the hike for information on hike levels, what to bring, and other information. Hike leaders determine whether or not to allow pets. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $12, non-members. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

PERFORMANCE Strauss’s “Capriccio” in HD 1 p.m. On opening night of the 2008-09 season, Renée Fleming dazzled audiences when she sang the final scene of Strauss’s wise and worldly meditation on art and life. Now she performs the entire work in which the composer explores the essence of opera itself. Joseph Kaiser and Sarah Connolly also star, and Andrew Davis conducts. The Met: Live in HD 2010-11 season continues. Tickets: $23, adult; $21, member; $16, children 12 and under. Bardavon 1890 Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072.

Sunday, April 24 MUSIC

Kairos: A Consort of Singers 4 p.m. The group presents J. S. Bach’s Easter Cantata No. 4, “Christ lag in Todesbanden” (Christ lay in death’s bonds) as well as Bach’s exuberant choral work, “Sanctus in D Major”, BWV 238; the motet “Ich weiss dass mein Erlöse lebt” (I know that my Redeemer lives) by early German Baroque composer Henrich Schütz; and an instrumental work performed by bassist Phil Helm. The cantata and other works are accompanied by chamber orchestra and will be performed as part of a choral evensong service. Suggested donation: $10. Holy Cross Monastery, Rte. 9W, West Park. 845-256-9114.

NIGHTLIFE Chris Cassone 7:30 p.m. With special guest Dean Batstone. Tickets: $15, advance; $20, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300.

OUTDOOR Singles and Sociables Hike – High Peterskill 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Singles and Sociables outings welcome all adult hikers, single and non-single, aged 18 and above. No reservations required. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center. This is a moderate, 8-mile hike led by Martin Bayard (845-229-2216). New hikers are strongly encouraged to contact the leader prior to the hike for information on hike levels, what to bring, and other information. Hike leaders determine whether or not to allow pets. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $12, non-members. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

Monday, April 25 EVENT

Dr. James E. Garner, DVM

(845) 849-3379

office hours by appointment 944 Violet Ave., Route 9G Hyde Park, NY 12538

Lincoln Ghost Train Night 7 p.m. See the restored former New York Central Railroad Train Station used by Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, the King and Queen of England, the Vanderbilts, the Lincoln and Roosevelt Funeral Trains and the Lincoln Ghost Train. Historical exhibits, displays and gift shop. Five operating model train layouts. Hyde Park > continued on next page

Emily Hooker and Grace Smith House board members Navina Hooker, Maureen King, Lisa Whalen, Steven Chickery, Barbara Mauri and Donna Betts enjoy brunch at Christo’s on Sunday, April 10th during the agency’s annual fundraising auction. The event raised over $40,000, the most successful to date. Photos submitted.

For the good of Grace

Grace Smith House, a local nonprofit organization committed to providing a safe haven for women and children who are exposed to domestic violence, recently hosted its annual spring brunch and auction at Christo’s on Sunday, April 10. More than 250 people attended the event, and more than $40,000 was raised for the agency. “The support from this event will be used for our children’s programs, mentoring program, and initiatives to enhance the therapeutic component of our shelter and nonresidential programs. We are also celebrating a deeper collaboration with our neighboring counties of Ulster, Orange and Putnam as we work to make systems more accessible to all victims in all surrounding counties together,” said Renee S. Fillette, executive director, in a press release. To learn more about the services this organization provides to the community, go to, or contact Fillette at 845-452-7155, ext. 17.

Board members Steven Chickery and Erin Kaylor; Board member Frances Knapp (Dutchess County Board of Elections commissioner) poses for a photo with her husband, Fred Knapp (controller, Town of Beekman).

This week’s winner: Tom Kirwan with his photo from Breakneck Mountain near Cold Spring. Send your Hudson Valley Photo of the Week submission to each Sunday. Include your name and location of photo. Winning photo will be published in print on Wednesdays and on our website {14} april 20, 2011 | | Hudson valley news

Photos by Nicole DeLawder.


Members of Kathryn Clark’s Art Smart club at Union Vale Middle School are working to not only improve their artistic talents, but also raise awareness for their peers who may be affected by abuse. The students have come together to create a beautiful mural to be auctioned at the Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse (CPCA) dinner and auction, titled, “There’s No Excuse for Child Abuse.” Students from Spackenkill High School, Hagan Elementary School and Dutchess Day School have also created and submitted artwork to be part of the auction. The proceeds will benefit CPCA and enable the organization to continue educational outreach programs. When CPCA board member (and former student) Lydia Fox reached out to Clark and her students, Clark jumped at the opportunity. Art Smart club members actively contribute work to other causes and events – most recently, Art Smart members designed posters and contributed the program cover sketch for the seventh annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the Arlington Central School District. Clark said she and the students wanted to create something special for the auction. “First of all, we brainstormed, as a group, what we could do that doesn’t hit you over the head with the abuse factor, but brings people out of that and into a better place,” explained Clark. “I took a photograph of my granddaughter, and I cut out just the silhouette of her looking out at this empty world. The kids and I doodled flowers, rainbows and birds and then they colored them in. And then there’s a place on it where the floor is hardwood and all of the students signed in it. Instead of 25 individual works, we did one unified (vision) that I thought, quality-wise, would bring in a little more financially, but also someone would want to own this piece. It was my guidance, but their enthusiasm.” The finished image is pictured, above, right. Approximately 30 middle school students are part of the Art Smart Club – they gather once a week after school to work on their many projects. Eighth-grader Alexis Agnew (pictured, center with Clark) is a junior photographer, said Clark. Agnew wanted to contribute a

“THERE’S NO EXCUSE FOR CHILD ABUSE” DINNER AND AUCTION 5:30-9:30 p.m. | Thursday, April 28 The Grandview, 176 Rinaldi Blvd., Poughkeepsie | 845-454-0595 piece of her own to the CPCA auction: “She has the soul of an artist. She asked me, ‘Do you think they’d want to have one of my photographs?’ I said, ‘Can you think of photographs that would be uplifting?’ She brought in this picture of this swan getting ready to take off, with the wings outstretched.” “I wanted to do something that really meant something,” said Agnew. “Taking off, expressing yourself. Freeing.” Agnew’s attitude is reminiscent of Clark’s motto to the students: “Let’s take our gift and give.”

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PERFORMANCE Heather Raffo: Preview 7 p.m. Award‐winning playwright and actress Raffo previews her new work on a first-come, first-seated basis. This follows up on Raffo’s fall residency, during which she presented “Sounds of Desire,” a concert reading of Raffo’s acclaimed one-woman show “9 Parts of Desire.” Free. College Center at Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370.

Tuesday, April 26 FILM

“Sin by Silence” From behind prison walls, a group of extraordinary women are shattering misconceptions of domestic violence. An important film that profiles Convicted Women Against Abuse (CWAA), the US prison system’s first inmate initiated group led by women (49 min). The screening will be followed by an audience discussion. Free and open to the public. Henry Hudson Room, Fontaine Hall, Marist College, 3399 Fulton St., Poughkeepsie. 845-575-3000.

LECTURE “Life and My Garden” 2 p.m. Noted author Dr. Joan Dye Gussow professor emerita of Teacher’s College, Columbia University, will read from her new book, “Growing Older,” and present a slide show as part of the new Elizabeth Gross Lecture Series presented by the Ulster Garden Club. Vanderlyn Hall Student Lounge, SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge campus, 491 Cottekill Rd., Stone Ridge. 845-687-5283.

MUSIC Bard Orchestra Spring Concert 7:30 p.m. Under the direction of Teresa Cheung, the concert features the winners of the annual Bard Concerto Competition: Katharine Dooley, cello; Finnegan Shanaha, violin; Leonardo Pineda, violin; and Elizabeth Novella, soprano. The program includes works by Dmitri Kabalevsky’s Cello Concerto no. 1, op. 49 in G Minor; Béla Bartók’s Rhapsody No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra, Movement 1; Gaetano Donizetti’s “Regnava nel Silenzio” from Lucia di Lammermoor; Camille SaintSaëns’s Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28; and Antonin Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World.” Free. The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, 60 Manor Rd., Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-758-7900.

NIGHTLIFE Yardsale 7 p.m. The “twang rock” band performs. Bull and Buddha Lounge, 319 Main St., Poughkeepsie. 845-337-4848.


cross seasonal streams, and look for signs of spring on hike to the historic Van Leuven Cabin. Bring water and snacks. Jogging strollers are not appropriate; little ones in carriers are always welcomed. Children ages 2 to 6 are welcome and must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes a 1.5-mile hike, and moves at a toddler’s pace. Reservations required. Call Dana at 845-626-4253 or email her at dana_rudikoff@ to reserve a spot. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $10, non-members. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

Wednesday, April 27 ART

“Emil Alzamora and Julie Hedrick” 5 p.m. Opening reception. Guest Curator, Juan Garcia-Nunez. On view through May 20. Gallery hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mildred I. Washington Art Gallery, Dutchess Community College, Washington Center, Room 150, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-431-8000.

EVENT 6th Annual Spring Bridal Show 5:30-9 p.m. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wedding cake. Vendors and door prizes. No reservations necessary. Cost: $5. The Grandview, 176 Rinaldi Blvd., Poughkeepsie. 845-486-4700.

FILM “Gasland” 7 p.m. A screening of the award-winning documentary. Free. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie, 67 South Randolph Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-6580.

NIGHTLIFE John Prine 8 p.m. Opening the concert will be Eric Brace and Peter Cooper. Besides being one of Bob Dylan’s favorite songwriters, John Prine’s body of work has become the high-water mark of American songwriting and his songs have found a home in the repertoire of musical luminaries such as Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash and George Strait. Tickets: $62-$44. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), 601 Broadway, Kingston. 845339-6088. Karaoke 8:30 p.m. With PJ the DJ. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590.

OUTDOOR Bob Babb Wednesday Walk – Shaupeneak Ridge (a Scenic Hudson Park) The Bob Babb Wednesday Walks welcome adults of all ages and levels of ability aged 18 and above. No reservations are required. Meet at the Rte. 299/9W Park and Ride. This is a moderate to strenuous, 5-mile hike. There is no fee for this program. In case of inclement weather, call June Finer, hike coordinator, at 845-255-7247 between 7:30-8 a.m.

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Spring round-up #1 BY ANN LA FARGE Spring is finally here, bringing a Spr burge burgeoning of flowers – and books. Lots and lo lots of books, including two to celebrate Earth Day – Friday, April 22. “G “Green technology gives environmentalis talism the material means to build a better ccivilization as well as the political potenc tency and clarity of purpose that comes wit with the need to make new things work.” Th That’s the message given to us by Alexis M Madrigal in his inspiring new book, “P “Powering the Dream – The History an and Promise of Green Technology” (D (DaCapo Press, $27.50) – the first book tto explore both the forgotten history aand the visionary future of America’s green-tech innovators. Madrigal looks back at green technology over a century ago, des describing the homemade windmills of h A i i the American West; Boise, Idaho’s geothermal pipeline (built in 1892); solar houses in the 1940s; and asks “What happened? What might have been?” He goes on to predict the future – a world of breathable air, drinkable water and renewable resources. “We know now,” he said in an interview, “that we can’t take every single fish out of a lake or there’ll be no more fish.” Asked what it’s going to take to raise awareness, to keep people focused on environmentalism all the time (and not just when there’s a disaster), he replied, “We must change the most fundamental systems –energy, transportation and buildings.” Looking ahead, he informs the reader about the photovoltaic cell, the technologies around computing, solar plants in the desert –“huge shining symbols of green technology.” “Pound for pound of body weight,” we learn, “children drink more water, eat more food, and breathe more air than adults.” Those words are from another fine book, also from DaCapo Press (a Merloyd Lawrence Book) – “Raising Elijah – Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis” by Sandra Steingraber ($26). Is tuna salad the new lead paint? The author, a scholar in residence at Ithaca College, tells her own story of raising her kids and making tough choices – including leaving a beloved preschool due to chemical contaminants in the playground. She speaks of the dangers of pressure-treated wood on decks and PCV in vinyl tiles. She and her husband have raised their kids without TV and other screens; they talk to their children about climate change (“trickier,” she claims, “than conversing about sex.”) She advocates for push mowers and clotheslines rather than dryers, and aims for a “toxic-free home” – a green home that can only exist within a green world. By the way, it was Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring” that launched popular interest in environmental issues. April 1, 1970, was the first Earth Day. Memoirs are everywhere this spring, and the one I’ve enjoyed most – maybe because I so admire her dad’s books – is Alexandra Styron’s “Reading My Father” (Scribner, $25). William Styron, who died in 2006, on Martha’s Vineyard, was one of the “big male writers,” along with James Jones, Norman Mailer and Irwin > continued on next page

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Shaw – writers whose books now sit side by side on our shelves, bringing back so many memories. Always melancholy, frequently in his cups, later mellow, Styron was a fascinating man, and a huge influence on his daughter, the youngest of four children, who writes, “Each phase of my youth is joined in my mind to the novel my father was writing at the time” (she was 12 when “Sophie’s Choice” came out). She tells his story – service in the Korean War, darling of the literary world, his breakdowns, life in Litchfield County in Connecticut, the Pulitzer Prize in 1967, summers on the Vineyard, his “chronic anhedonia” and, at the end of his life, sitting with her 5-year-old son – “two diapered fellows, side by side.” It’s a loving portrait of a father by a daughter who can say, “Irascible as he was, I didn’t know what, or who, I would be without him.” Highly, highly recommended to all who love to read about writing. Huge shift in subject matter here, and a book that is both encouraging and edifying about a subject most men don’t like to think about – prostate cancer. Somehow, the two guys who wrote this book have made the subject accessible, interesting and above all, encouraging. Doctor and patient, their voices alternate in telling the story of the disease and how to fight it in “Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers – No More Unnecessary Biopsies, Radical Treatment or Loss of Sexual Potency” by Ralph H. Blum and Mark Scholz, M.D. (Other Press, $24.95). Readers may remember Blum from his best-selling “Book of Runes” or his various novels – he writes with grace and humor about a disease he has lived with for the past 20 years. His collaboration with his doctor provides a roadmap for a safe passage through a medical minefield. “I have become a contrarian, a renegade,” Blum writes, “someone who took up doctors’ time asking questions and requiring explanations … and then refused to follow advice.” He cautions men to “make the big decisions for yourselves” and goes on to describe the result (this book) of an alliance between a prostate oncologist and his Refusenik patient. More than 50% of older men have this disease; fewer than 3% die from it. That’s the bottom line. That, and the adage “you die with it, not from it.” Along the way, read about all the various treatments – TIP (testosterone inactivating pharmaceuticals) cryoblation; radiation; IMRT; diet therapy, changes in lifestyle … and, as the good doctor counsels, “patients need to honor their instincts, even if it means inconveniencing a whole team of doctors.” My favorite story is Blum’s tribute to Nikolo Tesla, on the occasion of his own MRI: “Back in 1896, you harnessed the power of Niagara Falls and lit up Buffalo, New York. Now, here you are, lighting up my prostate.” Running out of time and space here, but there are three more books I just gotta mention – a self-help book and two novels. Regina Brett, longtime columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, turned 50 – and wrote a book on the 50 lessons life had taught her. Usually, I turn up my Puritan nose at books like this, but this one has bite, humor, and wisdom, so let’s hear it for “God Never Blinks – 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours” (Grand Central Publishing,$13.99). “Some folks,” the author confesses, “arrive in this world fragile. Like tender fruit, they bruise easier, cry more often and turn sad young. I’m one of those people.” Then, at 45, she tells us, “my soul sprang a leak and ideas flowed out.” Here are a few choice lessons that I read with great interest: “#4: Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does. Lighten up. “#23: “Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.” This book will make you smile.

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7:30 p.m. A reading and signing with Nnedi Okorafor, author of the young adult novel “Akata Witch.” This event is part of the Chinua Achebe Center’s Africa Week. Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St. (Rt. 9), Rhinebeck. 845-876-0500.

If you like novels of a philosophical bent and a quirky prose style, pick up a copy of Siri Hustvedt’s “The Summer without Men” (Picador paperback original, $14). Mia’s husband of 30 years informs her that he needs a “pause” (read: young chick) in their marriage, sending her spiraling into the loony bin for a while, then back to her Midwestern roots, and the small town in Minnesota where her mom and her friends – all widows, known as “the five Swans” – keep each other company in the nursing home and read Jane Austen in their book club. Mia settles in, and also teaches a poetry course to 7th graders, one of whom is hideously bullied by the others. So there we have it – all the generations, all the stuff that happens, and the author’s words of wisdom: “None of us can ever untangle the knot of fictions that make up that wobbly thing we call a self.” And what do you suppose happens in the end? Speaking of seventh-grade girls, if you have one in your family, get her a copy of Nnedi Okorafor’s novel “Akata Witch” (Viking Children’s Books/grade 7 and up, $17.99), which begins “My name is Sunny Nwazue and I confuse people.” Sunny was born in the United States but raised in Nigeria (“we’re Igbo”), she’s Albino (“I’m not white!”), and can’t go out in the sun. The world of her novel is thrilling – and menacing; there’s magic, mystery and deep bonds of friendship. Meet the author this Thursday, April 21, at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck, at 7:30 p.m., in celebration of Bard College’s Africa Week. Whew. Sorry to run on so long, but I just might do it again next week. 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

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Shake a tail feather

BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM “Rio” was a logical follow-up to “Hop” – both of which topped their respective weekend box offices. “Rio” is an explosion of sound and color, like “Hop,” but “Rio” benefits from a more cogent screenplay and the exotic locale of Rio (no hard feelings, Los Angeles, but Rio during Carnival is quite a spectacular sight, even through an animated lens). There’s nothing especially unique about this flick – it’s better than “Ice Age,” not quite as charming as “How to Train Your Dragon” and well out of the league of “Akira” or “Spirited Away.” But thinking back to the dregs of children’s fare, “Rio” is a sweet offering that’s better than the packaging suggests. “Rio” revolves around a few traditional themes: Experiencing new things is scary but Weekend rating: Three worth it, it’s worth braving dangers untold to birdcages search for a friend, sometimes people don’t Director: Carlos Saldanha know what they’re missing until it bops them over the head, and so forth. Interestingly, though, Starring: Leslie Mann, Jesse “Rio” reaches out to the very real issue of animal Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway smuggling as a key plot point of the story – I was Runtime: 96 min. impressed that the legitimate problem of illegal Rated PG for mild off color humor. animal trade figured so overtly in what looked, to me, to be a pretty bland bit of snooze.


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The action kicks off with verve as a baby blue macaw, getting ready to take his first brave flight, is nabbed by smugglers and trucked off to the frosty climes of Minnesota, where he is rescued by a little girl. Fifteen years fly by (oh, bad pun), and the little bird, named Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), is full grown, living in cheerful domesticity with his human, Linda (Leslie Mann), who owns a little bookstore. From the outset, it’s clear that Blu and Linda have a wonderful symbiotic relationship, and it’s of no consequence that Blu’s never learned to fly – his opportunity to learn with his siblings was over before it ever began. Into this charmed life slams Brazilian scientist Tulio (Rodrigo Santoro), literally, who is completely unfamiliar with snow and ice and makes humorous and violent contact with Linda’s front window. Of course, Blu is the last male blue macaw, as Tulio reveals, and he’s got to get down to Brazil post haste in order to mate with the last blue female macaw, Jewel (Anne Hathaway). Neither Linda nor Blu are up for an adventure of this magnitude, but both cave in light of the idea that Blu’s species might end with him. Hijinks and shenanigans ensue – both of which regularly made me chuckle and occasionally laugh right out loud. It’s helpful that this is a fast-moving movie that keeps several balls in the air as it continues to throw new characters into the mix with a steady rhythm. And the voice talents are fantastic – Eisenberg gives Blu an appealing neuroticism, while Hathaway lets Jewel exude confidence, courage and a little sass. My favorite voice actor in this excellent motley crew (which includes, Jamie Fox, Wanda Sykes and Jane Lynch) is Mann – last seen in the flesh in “Funny People” (2009). She’s a fantastic voice actress: charming, empathetic and funny. I hope “Rio” is enough of a success that Mann chooses to do more voice work – I’d enjoy having her talents raise the level of another already cute movie.

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APRIL 20-26 | BY CLAIRE ANDERSON TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): Your recent hard work is about to be rewarded – the times where you’ve been quick thinking and observant have impressed others, and it’s about to pay off. Don’t shy away from the praise – accept it graciously and let your ego get the boost it deserves. You’ve earned it!

The angelic realm offers the human race a perspective which lifts us out of our egobased consciousness and reminds us of our Higher Selves. Too often, when humans feel anxiety, jealousy or rage it is because they have attached their ego to the situation and forgotten how to rise above the pain to access the lesson or the blessing in the event they are experiencing. This column is designed to assist you, the reader, to consider your “problems” and issues from another “higher” point of view.

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): Your powers of persuasion are in rare form this week – use this skill to your advantage. It appears that you’re in a position to be successful in any pursuit you undertake. Watch out, however, for someone attempting to sell you something. It’s a bad offering, and you’ll be better off passing on the deal.


family or those closest to you. Get busy work or chores out of the way early, and plan something fun and relaxing. Try to make it an outside adventure, but if the weather sours, you can always stay inside and have a potluck dinner or play games. It will give you needed energy.

I am at my wits’ end and I don’t know what to do. I am in my 50s and my sister is in her 60s and our mother recently passed. My sister lives in a fantasy world that she has been barely able to sustain, either emotionally or financially. She is constantly borrowing money from either me, or while she was alive, my mother. She is unmarried and currently unemployed but lives in Manhattan in an expensive apartment that she can no longer afford but refuses to leave unless she’s evicted. I have told her that the “bank is closed” but she doesn’t seem to hear me. She has already used up all of her inheritance and now she is after my portion. She has no friends and nobody to fall back on but me. She tells me she is now enrolled in seminary school and she needs me to help her pay the tuition. I work very hard at a job cleaning houses ever since I lost my job due to the economy, but she won’t consider such a thing as it is beneath her. I know I have to say, “No,” and cut her off but I’m afraid she’ll end up on the street and I do love her. HELP! Loyal But Tapped Out in New York

DEAR LOYAL: This is a much more common problem than you may think. When people start out their lives, the choices are wide open. But life is much like a pyramid—each choice you make leads you up the pyramid. At first, you are at the base and there are many options to choose from, but by the end of your life, you are at the tip of the pyramid with fewer options and little wiggle room. That’s why it is so important to make smart choices every step of the way in life. Each choice is building the foundation for the rest of your life. Now, of course, nobody can predict the future (even angels won’t do that), but if a person has alienated others and burned bridges year after year, you can be pretty sure that at some point, they will feel that are at the end of a gang plank and there is only one way to go and that is jump! Either that or they start to play the “save me” card and it sounds like you are fearful of both possibilities when it comes to your sister. The angels have a very interesting point of view on repeatedly saving another person: You and your mother have been “saving” your sister for so long and you are realizing she is no better off than when you started. The only difference is now she is further up the pyramid, looking at eviction and with fewer options. You and everyone else have been given human life to overcome the illusion of being a victim and to gain greater self-mastery. That means taking personal responsibility for your thoughts, actions and feelings and not blaming everyone else for what happens to you all the time. Your sister needs to ask herself some important questions. First of all, why is it OK for you to clean houses and live within your means, but she can’t seem to? Certainly, someone who is studying in the seminary can appreciate the idea of being humble in service to God. It’s not the job that determines a person; it’s the attitude that they take when doing the job. Perhaps she might consider the idea that she needs to learn humility, and patience and cleaning houses will be the perfect way for her to learn these things. As to the distribution of the will: make it clear to your sister from the beginning that whatever is the fair and equitable distribution of money, stated in the will, is what you will both adhere to without dispute. Be very clear that the money left to you is yours, and she will be given what was left to her. Stick to “the bank is closed,” and give her the opportunity to use her own resources to solve her own problems. She might surprise herself and discover she has all the resources she needs to “save herself.” That’s the true way to feel empowered.

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): Take time this weekend to spend quality time with your

LEO (JULY 23- AUG. 22): You feel a pull towards more spiritual matters, though not specifically religious issues. Your thoughts turn towards issues of social justice and ways that you can help others in your community. It’s time to put your energy toward projects that will reward your spirit and make you feel connected to others.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): An issue will come up in conversation this weekend that touches a nerve in you, and you’ll find yourself considering political action. That doesn’t mean you’ll be running for office any time soon, but you’ll feel compelled to get involved in some way. It may involve fundraising or petitioning for change; look to someone in your social circle who may have a unique perspective or talent that can give you an edge on getting something accomplished. LIBRA (SEPT. 23- OCT. 22): You’ve been on a path towards a new personal understanding and self-awareness – this weekend, you’ll experience a small but significant breakthrough that will be both meaningful and satisfying. Consider whether you are resisting making the changes in your life that you know will bring you peace. Your honesty will give you the key. SCORPIO (OCT. 23- NOV. 21): Hard work and a stressful personal situation are bringing incredible tension into your body – even though you’re busy, you have to make time to exercise and release that negative energy. Try yoga or meditation to bring balance back into your life. Give yourself a treat this weekend to reward your progress.

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): It might be time for you to relocate or change jobs if you are consistently feeling unappreciated. You can’t demand people pay attention to you, and you can’t spend valuable time worrying about this. Finding a place where your talents are valued will give everyone peace; you can’t change your present situation unless you actually leave.

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): Be aware that people are saying unkind things about a mutual friend; you may be tempted to join in or speak up in their defense, but you will only make the situation worse. Don’t believe the gossip outright – you owe your friend the benefit of the doubt, and need to give them a chance to explain. Remember also that if these people are talking about this person behind their backs, they’ll be talking about you next. Consider ditching them, or at least keeping them at a distance.

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB 18): Someone will approach you about an opportunity to travel – at first, you may not even think they’re serious. You’ll be forced to consider whether or not you’re willing to take time off to make a dream come true. Are you letting the wishes of others get in the way of what you want?

PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): Be certain that you aren’t sharing information about a friend or coworker that isn’t meant to be widely known. You might be tarnishing their reputation without realizing it. What seems harmless to you is anything but – it’s wise to keep silent about anything that doesn’t pertain to you. Stick to harmless subject for the next week. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): Get ready for some good news this week, especially

Margaret Doner is an angelic channel who offers private and group channeling. She is the author of numerous books including, “Archangels Speak,” “Wisdom of the Archangels” and “Children of Angels: A Modern Day Fairy Tale.” She publishes a monthly newsletter entitled, “Archangels Speak.” Website: You can submit a question for Local Angel to

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Donors Ellie and Martin Charwat in front of art gift; Artist Michael Asbill stands in front of his lenticular work. Photos by Julie Hering, Poughkeepsie Public Library District

Adriance Memorial Library unveiled a new permanent art installation on Friday, April 8, with a wine and cheese reception in the Charwat Meeting Room. The artwork was made possible through a generous donation from Eleanor and Martin Charwat in memory of Eleanor’s parents, Nathaniel and Jeanne Loth Rubin. Artist Michael Asbill’s lenticular work, based on local photographs, is entitled “Poughkeepsie: Then and Now” and celebrates Poughkeepsie through a series of historic and contemporary photographs. Adriance Library’s local history

librarian, Lynn Lucas, worked with Asbill to locate the classic photographs used in the installation. Asbill’s lenticular presentation flips back and forth between two photographs of the same site, depending on the position of the viewer. The multipanel work stretches approximately 42 feet across the I-Commons walls above the computers on Adriance’s ground floor. The public can enjoy the dynamic photographs of Poughkeepsie any day during regular library hours at Adriance Memorial Library, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie.


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While the men’s tennis team at Marist College enjoys a top seeding in the upcoming MAAC tournament at the United States Tennis Center in Flushing, the women’s team looks to lift its spirits from a second-seed position after a very successful regular-season campaign. Not as international as the men’s squad, the women do have a representative from Brazil, Juliana Boas, but several of coach Roge Nesbitt’s players hail from different regions of New York and Connecticut. The combination has led the Lady Red Foxes to an overall 11-7 record, 5-1 in their MAAC conference. Their one league setback came at the hands of Fairfield, 4-3, in a contest that could have gone either way. Nesbitt – who says of her role, “I enjoy the age group of college players since they have energy about them that makes it so interesting in many different ways” – is looking forward to her fifth trip to the National Tennis Center and a chance to qualify for the NCAA tournament for the third time. Her squads in 2007 and 2008 achieved that height. “To beat the other teams in the MAAC, we always need to come in prepared,” she said. After topping Siena and Loyola during the past week, the Red Foxes sense they have a chance to upend top seed Fairfield and move on to the top level. Kelsey Raynor, from Garden City, will be working to set the pace for Nesbitt’s team at the number-one singles slot. She recently defeated Siena’s Jasleen Sandhu, 6-2, 6-1, to help give Marist a 6-1 triumph over their upstate rival. In their final

Sophomore Kelsey Raynor helped make Senior Day at Marist College last Friday a bright one for the women’s tennis team as she topped Siena’s number-one player, Jasleen Sandhu, 6-2, 6-1.

Women’s tennis at Marist College benefits greatly from the leadership of head coach Roge Nesbitt and assistant coach Ron Lane, who have guided their squad through 10 victories this season and into second place in the MAAC conference.

match Sunday, Marist topped Loyola by the same 6-1 score and now head into the conference tournament on a positive note. “These matches help us to succeed in the last most important match – the finals of the MAAC tournament,” said Nesbitt. “And that is the most satisfying moment in a season.” > continued on next page

Six different countries are represented on the Marist College tennis teams this year, but there is a very local influence on how the male and female players have performed during a very productive and positive MAAC conference season. Nowhere is the international flavor more defined than at the men’s first singles position, where Lugano, Switzerland native Lorenzo Rossi, a sophomore with a future, holds court. The twice-mentioned player of the week in the MAAC was at his best last Friday in leading Marist to its 14th victory in 17 matches this year, stopping Rider’s top racket-man, Rollie Malifitano, 6-2, 6-0. The local influence on the Red Foxes emanates from coach Tim Smith of Hyde Park, who has built a remarkable record over the past 14 years that includes eight Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference championships and a 79-5 record against conference rivals. During the past week, he added the 7-0 Rider triumph to the total and a Sunday win over Loyola. The Red Foxes went undefeated in conference action this year and head into this week’s MAAC championships at the USTA Center in Flushing as the top seed and favorite to earn a trip to the National NCAA championships. Marist’s winning campaign, in addition to its perfect MAAC outings, included victories over nationally ranked Yale, Fordham, Niagara, Army and Boston University. Their three setbacks came at the hands of St. John’s, Buffalo and Loyola Marymount. Smith, who posted a four-year 80-4 record at Duchess Community College with three nationally ranked junior college teams, recently reached the 300 mark in overall coaching victories, a highly regarded milestone in collegiate circles.

Prior to his college coaching tenure, the recognized USTA teaching professional made his presence felt at the Hyde Park Swim and Tennis Club and the Dutchess Racquet Club. He graduated from SUNY Geneseo, where he captained the varsity tennis team.


Should Marist prevail in the Wednesday and Thursday MAAC championships to earn a spot in the NCAA national championships, it will not be the first time Smith has taken his charges to that level. In fact, it will be the ninth venture into the “big tennis dance.” In past years, the Red Foxes have advanced to face such tennis powers as Harvard, Texas, Florida and Alabama. This year’s Red Foxes squad is equally divided between six players from the United States and six from foreign countries. Along with number-one singles stalwart Rossi, three seniors hail from other nations. Like Rossi, Nicolas Pisceky, who won his most recent match against Rider at the numbertwo singles slot, also hails from Switzerland. Sixth singles player Marcus vonNordheim is from Munich, Germany, and Rhys Hobbs calls Sydney, Australia home. The other two international players are Canada’s Will Reznek, a freshman, and sophomore Joris Van Eck, from the Netherlands. The player with the nearest hometown to Poughkeepsie is number-three singles standout Matt Himmelsbach, who has travelled all the way from Longmeadow, Massachusetts during his three years at the Marist campus. Against Rider, Himmelsbach did not drop a game in two sets, shutting out Drew Laverty with identical 6-0 donuts. His fellow U.S. mates hail from Ohio, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and California.

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This week

The fastest runners in all age groups show off their trophies. Photos by Christopher Lennon.

Runners, walkers support Panichi Center BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON More than 200 people from the Hudson Valley and beyond ran and walked from Highland to Poughkeepsie and back over the weekend to support local preschoolers with special needs. On Sunday, the Maplebrook School and St. Francis Hospital hosted the Hand In Hand Super 5K Run and Walk, an annual event that raises funds for the Panichi Center for Communications and Learning, a Beacon facility operated by St. Francis that provides programs for children with a variety of disabilities. “We started this event to teach our kids about giving back to the community,” said Lori Hale, director of development at the Maplebrook School, a boarding and day school in Amenia for students with learning differences and attention deficit disorder. “It really is kids helping kids,” said Larry Hughes, spokesman for St. Francis. A total of 119 runners and about 100 walkers participated in the event, and a number of the runners and walkers were Maplebrook School students. The run started in Highland at the Hudson Valley Rail Trail. Participants then crossed the Walkway Over the Hudson, went through the City of Poughkeepsie and crossed back into Highland via the Mid Hudson Bridge, ending where they started at the Hudson Valley Rail Trail. The total distance was 4.37 miles. “It’s a great way to bring the community together to support a great cause,” said Poughkeepsie Mayor Tkazyik. Following the event, trophies were given to men and women in different age groups who completed the course fastest. One winner was 83-year-old Anneliese Monniere, a Connecticut resident who has run in all seven continents. Hale explained this was the sixth year the Maplebrook School hosted the run and walk, but the first time it was held between Highland and Poughkeepsie. In years prior,

Presidential Hymns The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will present a multimedia presentation and book signing with C. Edward Spann, coauthor of “Presidential Praise: Our Presidents and Their Hymns,” on Thursday, April 21, 2011. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center. Following the presentation, Dr. Spann will be available to sign copies of his book. This event is free and open to the public. Contact Cliff Laube at 845-486-7745 or email clifford. with questions about the event.


Morgan Meaney, the fastest runner in the under-18 category, accepts her trophy from Nick Shannon, special events manager at St. Francis Hospital, and Lori Hale, director of development at the Maplebrook School.

‘Gasland’ screening A free screening of the award-winning documentary “Gasland” will be held Wednesday, April 27, at 7 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie, 67 South Randolph Ave. Admission is free and the public is welcome. For more information, call 845-471-6580 or visit ‘A Sparkling Evening’ On Thursday, April 28, Zimmer Brothers Jewelers on Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie will showcase its collections of jewelry as it hosts “A Sparkling Evening” fundraiser to benefit Hospice, Inc. The event includes a jewelry fashion show, raffles, cocktails, food and more. Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased by contacting Hospice Foundation at 845-473-2273, ext. 1109 or Zimmer Brothers Jewelry Store, 39 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. Space is limited. Sleep Center Program The Sleep Center at St. Francis Hospital and Health Centers offers a CPAP/BIPAP Clinic/ Inspection at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 28 in the Sister M. Ann Elizabeth Community Conference Center in the Atrium. This is a free community education program with representatives from suppliers. Bring your machine and mask for inspection for machine pressure and filter checks, mask re-fitting, and free supplies and discussion of compliance issues. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited. Call for reservations at 845-4318214.

Anneliese Monniere, an 83-year-old woman from Connecticut, shows off her award.

the event was held at the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. She said it was a good move, as more than double the number of runners and walkers who have participated in past events took part in this year’s race. “We’re very excited,” Hale said. “For our first event (at this location), we had a great turnout.”

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Holocaust History Dr. Timothy Snyder, Yale University professor and Marshall Scholar, will present “Holocaust History: An Agenda for Renewal,” on Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in the James and Betty Hall Theatre in Dutchess Hall on the Dutchess Community College campus. In this lecture, Snyder will seek to explain some shortcomings of Holocaust history to date, and suggest an agenda for its renewal. For more information, call the DCC Foundation at 845-431-8400.

Poetry Club The Clinton Community Library Poetry Club meets Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m., in the library, 1215 Centre Rd. Bring original or a favorite poem to share and discuss or just come to enjoy the poetry. For more information, contact the library at 845-266-5530. Yard Sale The Palatine Farmstead historic site is having a yard sale on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 and is currently accepting donations of gently used furniture, household items, tools, utensils, bric-a-brac and antiques (no clothes or books). Proceeds will toward conservation efforts at the Palatine Farmstead, a non-profit historic site in Rhinebeck. The sale begins at 9 a.m. both days and runs until 4 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday. The sale will be held at the Quitman Resource Center, 7015 Route 9, Rhinebeck. Call 845-876-3624 for more information and to have donations picked up. Intro to Babysitting Tivoli Free Library will host an Intro to Babysitting class with Denise Schirmer from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 30, at the library, 86 Broadway. Participants will learn the A to Zs of babysitting – everything from what to do in an emergency to how to negotiate a fair price with clients. At the end of the class, a test will be given. All participants who complete the course will be given a certificate. Attendees should pack a snack and sandwich. This class is appropriate for ages 12 to 17. Pre-registration and a $10 non-refundable fee are mandatory before the class begins. For more information, call the Tivoli Free Library at 845-757-3771.

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Nesbitt is ably assisted by Ron Lane of Hyde Park, who delights in supporting the fortunes of Marist College tennis. Lane has lent support to both the men’s and women’s teams in recent years and is especially excited about Marist’s chances this year. “Our match against Fairfield was ever so close,” he said of his team’s only conference loss. “And our girls could rebound at Flushing and turn things around.” Both Lane and Nesbitt, who played her college tennis at Cedarville University in Ohio, where she went to the national tournament in her sophomore year, know their youthful squad has an excellent chance for success in this year’s tournament. “Every match we have played has taught us something,” added the fifth-year head coach. Now, the Red Foxes are ready to show their coaches that they learned their lessons well and are ready to ace their opposition and advance to the NCAAs.

at the United Church of Christ spring and fall dinners. The spring dinner this year will be held on Saturday, April 30, and will feature roast beef with all the trimmings. Dinners are served family style for just $12 per person. Children ages 5-11 are just $6, and under 5 eat free. For reservations, call 845-868-7444 or 845-868-7101.


STANFORD BY HEIDI JOHNSON Our Pine Plains Bombers modified ball teams basically had a repeat of their opening week against Hyde Park last Friday. This time, the opponents were the Spackenkill softball and baseball teams. The results were the same as last week – softball won, baseball lost. The baseball team was hampered by the loss of several key players due to illness or academic ineligibility. They managed to get some hits, and even score some runs, but were still unable to close the six-run lead that Spackenkill opened in the first inning. Coach Hurst is looking forward to the coming week to get all his players back to full health and eligibility. The team has some strong talent, good sportsmanship and they’ll be ready for Rhinebeck on the 26th. The softball team, meanwhile, won big again with both a strong offensive and solid defensive game. Coach Giorgio is pleased with his Lady Bombers and their 3-0 record so far this season. The girls, too, have a week off (as this week is supposed to be spring break), with their next game scheduled at Webutuk on April 27.


Bridget and I weren’t able to make the Easter egg hunt in Stanford two weeks ago, but she and her good friend, Jackie,

Libby Kischuk (right) and her friend, Sierra, show off their haul at the Easter egg hunt Saturday in Pine Plains. Photos by Heidi Johnson.


Aidan Ryan takes a swing at the Modified Baseball game last Friday against Spackenkill.

made sure we got to the egg hunt this past Saturday at Seymour Smith School. It was extremely cold and windy, but that didn’t put a damper on the children’s enthusiasm. They posed for photos with the Easter Bunny and then lined up to start the egg hunt. On the word “go,” they tore off into the playground to collect the 10,000-plus eggs that were tossed about on the grassy area. It was fun. Many thanks to the Seymour Smith PTA for sponsoring this event.


I had to take my son to the doctor last week and because of this, was off from work on a Tuesday, so I stopped in at Stanford Library with both of my children in tow. Bridget caught up with Morgan Schuyler, who was there to read to Miles, the therapy dog. They had a wonderful time and Bridget is dying to go read to Miles again soon. Miles is a sweet-tempered pointer mix who loves kids of all ages. He and his owner, Cindy, are local residents who volunteer through Therapy Dogs International. The reading program is called “Tail Waggin’ Tutors” and it gives reluctant readers a chance to practice on a nonjudgmental listener. The program is held every other Tuesday from 4 to 4:30 p.m. The young faces that I met last week coming up from the basement after reading to Miles were all full of smiles and laughter. It’s a wonderful program and the library is hoping to expand it to more days

soon. Miles will be at the library again on Tuesday, April 26 at 4 p.m.


This coming week is Annual Grange Week and our local grange, Stanford Grange #808, will be joining in the festivities. On Tuesday, Apr. 26, they will be having an open house, which begins with a covered-dish supper at 6 p.m. Following supper, there will be a Grange Week program, which includes the annual membership awards. This will be a fun event and as the name “open house” implies, it is open to the public.


Anyone living in or near Stanfordville is aware of the great food that is served

It is not too early to start looking ahead to June since this year, two of Stanford’s biggest events will be held on the same day. Saturday, June 11 is the Lions Club giant flea market on the front lawn of the Town Hall. Reservations are currently being accepted for vendor spaces – just $20. Call Ed Hawks at 845-868-7483 or John Danko at 845-868-7645 to reserve a space or for more information. Also, that same day will be the second annual Stanford Living History Day. History Day was conceived by Town Supervisor Virginia Stern last year and it was a huge success. With the help of several organizations, including the Stanford Historical Society, there were displays, exhibits, music, reenactments and a portrayal of Harriet Tubman. It is well worth coming down to the Grange lawn for this event, so do mark your calendars and don’t make any other plans that weekend. Rain date for both events is Sunday, June 12. More times, information, etc. to follow as the date gets closer. That’s all the news I have for this week. Hope you are all finding ways to enjoy this spring season, despite such chilly weather! See you next Wednesday. Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or

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Next Week Medicare Training The Division of Aging Services will present a free training session on Medicare for residents who are approaching the age of 65 on Wednesday, April 20. The program will take place at the Poughkeepsie Galleria Community Room from 10 a.m. to noon. Attending the workshop will help seniors get a basic overview of what Medicare is and what it covers. Everyone is welcome. There is no cost for the program, but space is limited. To register, call the Division of Aging Services at 845-486-2555. Medicare Training The Division of Aging Services will present a free training session on Medicare for residents who are approaching the age of 65 on Monday, April 25. The program will take place at the Arlington Branch of the Adriance Library at 504 Haight Ave., Poughkeepsie, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Attending the workshop will help seniors get a basic overview of what Medicare is and what it covers. Everyone is welcome. There is no cost for the program, but space is limited. To register, call the Division of Aging Services at 845-486-2555.

Upcoming Senior Citizen ID Cards Residents of Dutchess County 60 years of age and older may obtain Senior Citizen Identification Cards on Wednesday, May 11, at the Dutchess County Division of Aging Services first-floor conference room, 27 High St., Poughkeepsie. The cards will be issued between 9:30 and 11 a.m. To obtain an identification card, bring proof of age in the form of a driver’s license or birth certificate. There is a suggested $2 voluntary contribution for this service. Call Aging Services at 845-486-2555 for more information. CarFit Program Northern Dutchess Hospital will offer CarFit, a new safety program that could make a difference to both older drivers and their loved ones, on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. Trained professionals will lead older drivers through a 12-point checklist with their vehicle, recommend car adjustments and adaptations and offer resources and activities that could enhance their safety. The event will take place in the smaller parking lot to the left of NDH Foundation office, 99 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. To make a reservation, call 845-871-4334.




At the beginning of the main monthly Union Vale Town Board meeting on April 14, Supervisor Lisette Hitsman reminded all present that the posting of addresses in conspicuous places at the front of properties in Union Vale is not only for compliance with the law, but also for safety purposes as first responders will be able to more quickly and efficiently locate the source of a 911 emergency call. Proper posting of address numbers is mandated by both Dutchess County and New York State law. In Dutchess County, it is known as Local Law 8 and under New York State regulations, it is provided for in Section 304.3 of the Property Maintenance Code. Address numbers should be posted on both sides of a post or mail box near the street in front of the premises. The color of the background should contrast with the color of the numbers in order to be clearly seen and the height of the numbers should be at least 3 inches. There is a provision in the E-911 posting law that will allow the numbers to be posted on the front of a house or business if the structure is within 50 feet of the road. However, posting of numbers on a house is not recommended unless they are also posted on a mailbox near the street.


Joseph Dennis, a practitioner for Morris Associates, reported on the status of the Union Vale landfill, which is located near the Be-Wise Car Wash on Route 55. Dennis noted bids for remediation had been sent out in January, but the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation called a

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halt to all activities because they wanted to go over the plans again. The DEC said it had concerns about the proximity and composition of the BeWise Car Wash parking lot, as well as an easement needed for part of the property belonging to the parcel owner directly adjacent to the Landfill. Dennis mentioned that the next round of bids is slated for June and that it takes at least four weeks from the close of the bidding process to the start of construction. Upon hearing this, Councilman John Welsh surmised that there is still a possibility that the remediation phase could physically get going before the close of the construction season. Councilman Ray Dezendorf concluded the holdup in remediation activities is nothing new for the DEC. On several occasions, after the town has acted in good faith and responded to the agency’s dictates, the DEC has put the brakes on and switched gears. The department has a reputation for changing the rules mid-stream. The situation with the Furnace Pond Dam is a prime example. Morris will contact with the DEC next week to see if activities can be expedited.


Councilman Ray Dezendorf has been exploring ways to more efficiently heat the big barn in Tymor Park and thereby cut energy costs for the town. The problem areas had to be identified with regard to unnecessary loss of heat before the town board could prescribe remediation controls. Therefore, Dezendorf engaged the services of John Lorino, an energy specialist operating under the rubric of MyElectricCompany. com to locate and measure the prime sources of heat loss. Over the past several months, Lorino surveyed the barn and made a number of determinations. In introducing Lorino as a guest for the evening, Dezendorf noted that it would be necessary to “close the envelope,” or seal the building, to

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prevent heat from escaping prior to the installation of any form of climate control system. Lorino began his report by declaring the barn building indeed harbored a very inefficient heating system. There are no barriers between the first and second floors; the building is open all the way up to the attic; the senior citizens’ room has no insulation and no barriers to prevent heat from escaping; the main public assembly room on the first floor of the barn has no insulation; and the current window configuration is very inefficient. Lorino noted the mechanical system above the ducts leaks “like a sieve” and the vermiculite insulation in the vicinity is completely worthless. Also, there is a major loss of energy in the area of the silos and the water storage tank. The water in the tank is overheated and the boiler is running constantly. Lorino concluded by recommending adequate insulation above all. He said, “You will pay for oil constantly but for insulation only once.” His corrective measures were based on correcting the conditions that he noted previously. It was a long-needed observation. The Union Vale Town Board will be acting on his remarks in the coming weeks.


New York State Legislator Marc Molinaro stopped by to update the town on what is taking place in Albany. Molinaro noted the budget in Albany had been adopted early this year. It’s the first time that this has happened since 1983. He mentioned Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been trying to address the State’s $10 billion operating budget – this in light of the 70% increase in spending over the last 10 years. As a result, there has been a move to implement a 10% across-theboard cut in administrative costs. Closer to home, he mentioned the only way to address the ensuing budget problems in the towns and villages is to cut the unfunded mandates. Molinaro supports a property tax cap, but said you have to coincidentally cut other taxes. Currently, the property tax cap is not in the budget, but the Assembly will most likely vote on it eventually. Needless to say, if the property tax cap comes to pass, it could impact negatively on the services rendered by local governments. However, local governments can override the tax cap with a two-thirds vote. There’s always hope.





The West Clinton Fire Department Auxiliary invites the children of the community (under 12 years old) to come to an Easter Party on Saturday, April 23, at West Clinton Fire Station 2 at the intersection of Fiddlers Bridge and Long Pond roads from 1 to 3 p.m. There will be an Easter egg hunt (weather permitting), visits with the Easter Bunny and light refreshments. Adults must accompany their children. Bring your cameras! For more information, contact Sue at 845-266-3137.


Upton Lake Christian School is holding its Second Annual Golf Tournament to raise funds to benefit current and future families by maintaining affordable school tuition. The tournament will be held Friday, April 29 (rain date, Monday, May 2) with a 1 p.m. tee time, at the Dinsmore Golf Course (Route 9, south of Rhinebeck). Included with the $100 admission are 18 holes of golf, a cart, lunch at noon and a sit-down dinner. There will be door prizes, raffles and prizes for longest drive, longest putt and hole in one. Download registration forms at www. For information and reservations, call Larry Eckler at 518-3292378 or email Sponsorships will also be appreciated. Sponsor donations: $50 places your name on a tee or green, $75 adds six months on

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The Town of Clinton’s Spring Festival (formerly known as the Daffodil Festival) will be held on Saturday, April 30 (rain date, Sunday, May 1) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Frances J. Mark Memorial Park. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the activities. There is no entrance fee. This is a great activity for both old and young alike. Activities include: ATV mud bog races (10 a.m., registration at 9 a.m.), garden tractor pull competition (11 a.m., registration at 10 a.m.), kids activities, hay maze, bouncy tent, food booths, vendor and craft sales, giant slide and information booths. Do not bring dogs for the safety of the attendees. Your cooperation will be appreciated. The Nine Partners Lions Club will be serving food all day from its two booths, one in the pavilion and the other by the garden tractor pull area. They will be serving their famous sausage and peppers sandwiches, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs and beverages. West Clinton Fire Police will be serving meatball sandwiches, French fries, hot dogs and beverages all day by the garden tractor pull area. Any organization or vendor interested in hosting a booth is asked to call 845266-3445 to reserve a spot or obtain more information. See for additional information. The park is located at 337 Clinton Hollow Rd. (County Route 18).

Isabel Rosasco and her dad, Jim, help stock the Landsman Kill with trout on Saturday.

Youngsters stock stream in preparation for fishing contest STORY AND PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Local youngsters helped stock Rhinebeck’s Landsman Kill over the weekend, giving them a face-to-face preview of some of the fish they’ll hopefully be pulling from the stream in the next few weeks. For the past 53 years, the Landsman Kill Stocking Club has invited all children from the Rhinebeck Central School District, ages 3 to 16, to help stock the stream with 1,000 trout before the kickoff to the club’s popular fishing contest.

On Saturday, youngsters and their parents brought their own buckets and met at Rhinebeck High School. They stopped at different locations along the stream to set their fish free. On Sunday the contest officially began after a 6 a.m. breakfast at the Rhinebeck American Legion hall. The contest will continue through early May. Check future issues of Hudson Valley News for coverage of the fishing contest and names of the winning anglers.

Youngsters and their parents gather to have their buckets filled with trout, which they set free in the nearby Landsman Kill.


John Copolla (left) Chair of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, looks on as TD Bank marketing director Chris Galayha and branch manager Mary Schoonmaker, cuts the ribbon celebrating the bank’s joining the Chamber. She is surrounded by other Chamber members. Photo by Jim Langan.

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Churchillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visits to Hyde Park

After a one-week break to cover the World Race 2011, this columnist will now return to the four visits Prime Minister Winston Churchill made to President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park during World War II. This is the third and final installment in the series.


Military Police guards at Crumwold Hall. Illustration by Tatiana Rhinevault.

10:30 p.m., Churchill departed by train, to the relief of everybody, including the president. Added to the list of Churchillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annoying habits was his picking of his teeth all through dinner and his use of snuff. He would sneeze like crazy and then blow his nose like a fog horn.

CHURCHILLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S FOURTH VISIT (SEPT. 18 AND 19, 1944)

At the 2nd Quebec Conference, the prime minister and Mrs. Churchill again stayed a day later than the president. Also again, the president and Mrs. Roosevelt met their train at Hyde Park. Their twoday stay was tiring on everybody, even Eleanor Roosevelt, who seemed to have boundless energy at other times.


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Winston Churchill lingered at the 1st Quebec Conference an extra few days longer than the president. Both arrived at Hyde Park by train; the president on Sept. 10, 1943 and the prime minister on Sept. 13, 1943. FDR drove his hand-controlled car down to his private siding by the Hudson River, and met the train exactly at 9:30 a.m., the scheduled arrival time. The train was there, but apparently the prime minister had had one of his long meetings with his staff on the train or perhaps was boozing late into the night. Only Mrs. Churchill emerged from the train, so the president drove her to the mansion and returned to get her husband. As Correspondence Secretary Bill Hassett put it, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Churchill still not ready â&#x20AC;&#x201C; after all, his host is merely President of the United States.â&#x20AC;? This time, the prime minister stayed at Hyde Park for only one day; lunch at Top Cottage and dinner at the Big House. At

Now the mail is done and my spirit is calm and I can enjoy writing to you.â&#x20AC;? The president was also under a lot of stress. Now that he had decided to run for a fourth term, there was a political campaign to plan and speeches to make. There had been continuous talking at the Quebec Conference, and he confided to Bill Hassett that his voice was troubling him. On the night of Sept. 18, he was forced by the Prime Minister to stay up until 1 a.m. the next morning. At one of their secret meetings in Hyde Park (probably next door to the presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mansion at Crumwold Hall, the headquarters for the Military Police) during the last two days, the two leaders had decided, â&#x20AC;&#x153;When a bomb is finally available, it might perhaps, after mature consideration, be used against the Japanese, who should be warned that this bombardment will be repeated until they surrender.â&#x20AC;? But finally, the British guests left for New York City to board the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Queen Maryâ&#x20AC;? (which had been converted to a troop transport and also carried thousands of American GIs for the big push on the Western Front in Europe) for the return to England. Carney Rhinevault is Hyde Park Town Historian and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Home Front at Rooseveltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hometown.â&#x20AC;? Additional work by Tatiana Rhinevault, illustrator of this column, can be found at www.

Rotary organizes volunteers to replenish food pantry

Volunteers help unload a bus filled with donations for the food pantry at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church. Photos submitted.

BY HV NEWS STAFF Members of the Pleasant Valley Rotary recently spent an afternoon replenishing the food pantry at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church. The Rotary Club organized the effort and provided volunteers, who loaded a bus with donations for the food pantry on March 26. Pleasant Valley Rotarians were joined in the effort by Durham Transport Services, which loaned a bus for the day; the Pleasant Valley A&P, which invited the group to park the bus outside the supermarket; and community members, who supported the endeavor by picking up extra items while shopping, donating cash or contributing receipts for returned

cans and bottles. At 3 p.m., the bus was driven to the church, where members of United Methodist, St. Stanislaus and First Presbyterian churches, along with some local Boy Scouts, 4-H club members and Rotarians, unloaded the bus and helped stock the pantry. According to food pantry director Fred Kratzer, this was one of the largest single donations ever received by the pantry. Pleasant Valley Rotary meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Village Restaurant in Pleasant Valley. Interested individuals are welcome to visit to learn more about the organization and its projects.

Rotarians who helped load and unload a bus full of donations for a local food pantry.

NOTICE PURSUANT TO SECTION 206 OF THE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY LAW. 1. The name of the Limited Liability Company is BLACKBERRY HILL, LLC. 2. THE Articles of Organization were filed with Secretary of of State on March 2, 2011. 3. The office of the Limited Liability Company is to be located in Dutchess County. 4 The Secretary of State has been designated as agent of the Limited Liability Company upon whom process against it may be served, and the post office address within or without this State to which the Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any process against it is: 630 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10065. 5. The purpose of the business is to engage in any lawful act or activity. Notice of formation of Ryan Davis Contracting LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/01/2011. Office location, County of Dutchess. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 217 Diddell Road Poughkeepsie NY 12603 Purpose: any lawful act Notice of Formation of Dr. Gabrielle Francis, D.C., L.Ac., PLLC, under Section1203 of the NY Limited Liability Company Law. Articles of Organization filed with the NY Secretary of State (SSNY) on 2/23/2011. Office location: Dutchess County; SSNY designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of process to THE PLLC at: 6384 Mill St. (Route 9), Rhinebeck, NY 12572. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

e-mail your legal notice to Notice of Qualification of Lawrence Thomas Property Management, LLC App. for Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 2/10/11; Office location: Dutchess County; LLC org. in WY 1/28/11; SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to PO Box 51, Verbank NY 12585; NY office address: 3286 Franklin Ave, Millbrook NY 12545; Cert. of Form. on file: WY SOS, St. Cap. Bldg., Rm 110, 200 W 24th St, Cheyenne WY 82002-0020; Purpose: any lawful activities; Perpetuity.

NOTICE OF FORMATION of ALEXANDER FOODS, LLC. Article of Organization filed with the Secretary State of NY (SSNY) on 02/16/2011. Office Location: Dutchess County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The Post Office address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon it is C/O Alexander Foods, LLC 235 Paterson Avenue, Midland Park, NJ 07432. Date of Dissolution: none. Purpose of LLC: to engage in any lawful act or activity. Street address of Principal Business location is: 357 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. Notice of Qualification of Butler House, LLC App. for Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 3/23/11; Office location: Dutchess County; LLC org. in WY 3/21/11. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to PO Box 51, Verbank NY 12585; NY office address: 3286 Franklin Ave, Millbrook NY 12545; Cert. of Form. on file: WY SOS, St. Cap. Bldg., Rm 110, 200 W 24th St, Cheyenne WY 820020020; Purpose: any lawful activities; Perpetuity. Notice of Qualification of Krochmal, LLC App. for Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 1/20/11; Office location: Dutchess County; LLC org. in WY 1/11/11. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to PO Box 51, Verbank NY 12585; Office address in WY: 60 E Simpson Ave, Box 2869, Jackson WY 83001; Cert. of Form. on file: WY SOS, St. Cap. Bldg., Rm 110, 200 W 24th St, Cheyenne WY 82002-0020; Purpose: any lawful activities; Perpetuity. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC) Name: TOUCAN RECYCLING & CARTING, LLC Articles of Organization filed in the Department of State of New York on January 21, 2011. Office Location: Dutchess County 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 15 South Quaker Ln, Hyde Park, NY 12538.

Articles of Organization of Limited Liability Company Under the name Clear View Statistics, LLC were filed with The Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on February 22nd, 2011. Office Location: 32 Connelly Drive, Hyde Park, NY 12580. The SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The SSNY shall mail a copy of the process to the LLC c/o Dr.Joseph Caruso, 32 Connelly Drive, Hyde Park, NY 12580. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. REYNOLDS ENTERPRISES, LLC Articles of Organization filed 3/17/11; SSNY; Dutchess County, New York; SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. Address for mailing copy of process: 39 Ziegler Ave, Poughkeepsie NY 12603; Purpose: any lawful purpose; Perpetuity. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MLS Drafting LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/24/11. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to PO Box 58, Rhinecliff, NY 12574. Purpose: For Any Lawful Purpose.





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Rotary discusses school budget Red Hook Superintendent of Schools Paul Finch spoke at a recent Red Hook Rotary meeting about the upcoming school budget. Finch assured local Rotarians that the school administration was doing everything possible to keep costs down while providing a quality education for the children of Red Hook. Shown in the photograph are Rotarian Bruce Martin, Finch and Red Hook Rotary President David Wright. The Rotary meets every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. at the Apple a Day Diner, 7329 South Broadway, Red Hook. Visitors are welcome. Photo by Fred Cartier.

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