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PLANS AFOOT FOR LANDMARK PROPERTIES {P.2} Silence begets rumors in Filiberti murder

{P.4} Residents’ petition on Inn at Hyde Park


French challenging Molinaro for county executive seat


Old Grand Union and Carmelite convent before planning board BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON The Town of Rhinebeck Planning Board had a busy night on Monday, as three major properties that have been the focus of much attention in the past were on the evening’s agenda. The former Grand Union, which developers hope to transform into medical office space, as well as the Rhinebeck Gardens condominium complex and the former Carmelite sisters convent on River Road, were all up for discussion. The former Grand Union store, which has been vacant for years and is currently owned by Stop & Shop, is being eyed by Kirchhoff Properties, which intends to renovate the structure to create Mid Hudson Medical Group. Previously, Tractor Supply Company wanted to open a store at the site, but the company’s proposal was challenged by neighboring businesses, which claimed the national retailer would put independent businesses at a disadvantage. Officials from Kirchhoff and project architects with Chazen Companies presented some of their plans for water and sewer management, retention areas,

parking spaces and truck routes, as well as general landscaping plans. Members of the planning board voted to accept Kirchhoff’s application as adequate to begin the review process and scheduled a public hearing on the proposal for May 2. Planning board members will also conduct a site visit and report back to the board at the next meeting. Rhinebeck Gardens, located off Astor Drive, has been the subject of much attention in the past. The first phase of the condominium complex was approved in the mid 1980s. Phase I, which contains 83 units, was built and is currently occupied. Directly across the access road, though, Phase II was built and subsequently abandoned after its developer’s funds ran dry. The 80 unoccupied units have been the source of much dismay for Phase I residents as Phase II buildings have not been maintained and have fallen into a severe state of disrepair. There have been fires in Phase II buildings and in the past, local teenagers have broken into the



Courtney Love tweeted this photo from her stay at the Beekman Arms over the weekend.

COURTNEY LOVE HOLED UP AT THE BEEKMAN BY JIM LANGAN Singer Courtney Love had a brief but memorable stay at the stately Beekman Arms Hotel in Rhinebeck over the weekend. The often-troubled singer and widow of rocker Kurt Cobain arrived Sunday for a one-night stay at the Beekman. Sources tell Hudson Valley News Love was accompanied by her agent and feeling no pain when she checked in. She apparently made quite a scene at the front desk, including refusing to extinguish her cigarette. While at the front desk, Love reportedly demanded to see a local doctor to write her a prescription for “pills.”

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It has now been nearly three weeks since the body of 18-year-old Katie Filiberti was found in a park off Greentree Drive North in Hyde Park. After an initial period of frantic activity in the areas near the park, the searchers are gone and all that remains is the impromptu shrine that serves as a poignant reminder that a young woman died far too soon. While police maintain the investigation is extremely active, Hyde Park Police Chief Charles Broe conceded last week that the investigation could take “a lot of time.” In the meantime, police say they are conducting interviews and pursuing leads as they await the results of medical and forensic tests. The relative dearth of information about the case has given rise to intense local speculation about what might have happened the night of March 25. This much appears to be known. The victim, Filiberti, attended a party on Cedar Street in southeast Hyde Park attended by numerous young people, many of whom were fellow students at Dutchess Community College or had attended FDR High School with her. Reports indicate there was no parental supervision at the party and many of those consuming alcohol were underage. At some point in the evening, Filiberti observed or interacted with a young woman at the party and left abruptly. It is believed she left around 3 a.m.

People continue to leave flowers at the site where Filiberti’s body was found. Photo by Jim Langan.

From that time until her body was found around 11 a.m. Saturday morning, little is known officially. Police locked down the crime scene for more than five and a half hours on the day the body was discovered and returned numerous times, apparently looking unsuccessfully for a critical piece of evidence. Police have had very little to say for more than a week, leaving residents to offer their own theories of the crime. Hudson Valley News has heard much of the conjecture but has elected to refrain from publishing even the most credible

of reports for fear of compromising the ongoing investigation. The message boards of the Poughkeepsie Journal website have been ablaze with all sorts of speculation, including naming individual “suspects.” A nationally syndicated crime show, “Nancy Grace,” has done a story on the case, as well as two of the New York television stations. While this case appears stalled for the moment, it is assumed it will explode again as police get closer to solving the crime. People are not only talking, they’re watching very carefully as well.






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vacant structures. Now, a new developer has purchased the property and is looking to complete Phase II and construct a third section. The Phase II application was completed a month ago, and on Monday, developers presented their plans for the third phase, which will include 92 condo units. Winnakee Land Trust, which holds trail easements on the Gardens property, recently approved an updated trail plan for the Gardens, and developers presented their plans for storm water management, as well as other details. Planning board members accepted the application for Phase III, scheduled a public hearing on the project for May 2 and scheduled site visits with planning officials. The final item on the agenda was a sketch plan conference with the owners of the Awakened Heart Project, a proposed meditation center focusing on Jewish studies. Awakened Heart Project is hoping to open a conference center on the former Carmelite sisters convent on River Road. According to the Awakened Heart Project website, “The mission of Awakened Heart Project is to promote the use of Jewish contemplative techniques that foster the development of a heart of wisdom and compassion.” Planning Board Chairman Michael Trimble said Awakened Heart Project “is not unlike the Omega Institute,” which also holds conferences focusing on spirituality. According to Trimble, the planning board holds sketch plan conferences with applicants to see what the applicant wants to do and whether it would be allowable under local zoning law. “It’s basically trying to give pointers and guidance to the applicants,” Trimble said. Overall, Trimble said he’s been pleased with these three major projects so far and said applicants have been forthcoming and willing to listen to the board’s suggestions. “I think the projects we have before us will certainly enhance the community,” he said.

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It’s been a long time in the making, but on Thursday, Hyde Park town officials finally broke ground on a new building that will house the police force and town court. In November 2009, voters approved borrowing up to $2.8 million to build the facility. Prior to that, voters had turned down three other more costly proposals. DeWitt Sagendorph, a member of a committee that worked to bring down the projected cost of the project, said residents felt there was “too much gingerbread” in previous proposals. Sagendorph said he and the other members of the committee downsized the proposal and made it “less ornate, more functional” and were able to shave millions of dollars off the total projected cost. The town was also able to save a great deal of money by building the facility on land donated to Hyde Park by local residents John and Gloria Golden. After Thursday’s groundbreaking ceremony, John Golden said it was “one of the happier days of my life.” Golden, a lifelong Hyde Park resident, said he agreed to donate the land, which is part of an old farm on Cardinal Road, because the current police facility is an embarrassment to the community and court employees work under cramped, unsatisfactory conditions. “It certainly ought to improve their morale,” Golden said. Hyde Park Chief of Police Charles Broe agreed, saying, “It’s been a long time coming. I think it will be a definite morale boost for the department. We’re glad the shovels went into the ground today and look forward to the day we can cut the ribbon.” Former Town Supervisor Pompey Delafield, who said he worked to get a new police/court facility for Hyde Park since he was elected in 2001, was also in a good mood after the groundbreaking. “This is a great day for Hyde Park,” he said. Delafield said much of the credit has to go to Yancy McArthur, who served as supervisor prior to Delafield, for “getting the ball rolling” on the police/court facility by putting the first proposal up for a vote during his administration. Even though that proposal was voted down, it shed light on the need for a facility, he said. Before the ceremonial shovels were dug

new recruits BY HV NEWS STAFF

Hillside Fire Department is looking for new members interested in serving as firefighters. The department will hold Recruit Night on Monday, April 11. Members will be on hand to show equipment, discuss fire service and show how firefighters protect their family, friends and neighbors. Recruit Night begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the Hillside Fire Department, 11 Foxhollow Rd., Rhinebeck. The event is being held in conjunction with the New York State Firemen’s Association’s Volunteer Recruit Week. The Hillside Fire Department provides fire protection for southern Rhinebeck and northern Hyde Park. For more information, or to set up an appointment to visit the department, call 845-876-3307.

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Chief Charles Broe and Lt. Robert Benson attend Thursday’s groundbreaking festivities.

Dwayne Pearson, DeWitt Sagendorph, John Golden, Tim Millard and former Supervisor Pompey Delafield help break ground on a new police/court facility.

into the ground, current Supervisor Tom Martino told the large group of residents assembled that he hopes construction will be finished in November.

“I think this project will be emblematic of the Town of Hyde Park and what can be done when we come together,” Martino said.

Later in the evening, security was called to her room when a cigarette caused a duvet cover to catch fire. Hudson Valley News has also learned that Love was in Rhinebeck to look at Astor Courts, the site of last summer’s Clinton wedding. The property has been on the market for some time and owner Kathy Hammer has been forced to reduce the price several times. The publicity surrounding the wedding of Chelsea Clinton initially caused Hammer to raise the asking price to $13 million but it has since been reduced to $6 million. Ironically, the inebriated Love is said to have been interested in the property as a possible site for an alcohol and drug rehabilitation center. She is considering calling the facility The Cobain Center. Cobain committed suicide after a long battle with drugs and alcohol and Love has had many highly publicized incidents involving both. Love left Rhinebeck Monday and it is not known if she has an interest in acquiring the property. The Beekman Arms had no comment.

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Local couple fed up with crime in Hyde Park BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Hyde Park residents Carney and Tatiana Rhinevault, along with at least 150 of their friends and neighbors, are growing increasingly concerned over Social Services recipients taking residence at local motels. Last month, Hudson Valley News ran a feature article about local police officers’ concerns that Social Services recipients placed at the Inn at Hyde Park are often arrested for drug and property crimes that occur within walking distance of the motel. Police have also said they have noticed a spike in crimes committed by motel residents. The Rhinevaults said they too have noticed an increase in crime in the area and want the Dutchess County Social Services Department to better monitor the residents of the motel. The Rhinevaults have collected more than 150 signatures from local residents in a petition that demands the Department of Social Services do a better job of monitoring the people placed in Hyde Park. The petition reads: “We, the people of Hyde Park, are concerned for the safety of our children and our neighborhood. We believe that the Dutchess County Department of Social Services that places homeless people in our town should follow up on them to ensure they are not causing problems in our community. If they do cause problems, they need to be removed from Hyde Park.” Tatiana said she brought the petition to a book fair at her son’s school, and before long, concerned residents lined up to sign.


She said once residents learn about the petition, they are eager to get involved. “We collected over 150 signatures and we didn’t even have to try,” she said. Carney said a number of residences, businesses and even churches near his home have been broken into recently, and he’s begun keeping his doors locked, even when he’s home. “We started hearing about more robberies,” he said. “I never thought that in this nice, quaint community we live in that we’d find ourselves in the pickle that we’re in now.” The Rhinevaults said many of the people they have spoken with were made aware of the issue after reading the Hudson Valley News article. Others said they have been aware of the issue for some time, but the article helped them understand the severity of the rising crime rate. The Rhinevaults plan on collecting signatures for at least another week before sending copies to Social Services Commissioner Robert Allers, County Executive William Steinhaus, county legislators DJ Sadowski and Dan Kuffner, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and the Hyde Park Police Department. If the petition doesn’t work, they plan on gathering a group of picketers to protest in front of the Inn at Hyde Park. “There’re plenty of people ready to picket,” Carney said. “Public interest and public protest does work. “Our ultimate goal is to shut the whole thing down,” he continued. “I don’t want to sound like a bigot, but I’m going to protect my child one way or another.” Tatiana said she spoke with Allers before beginning the petition. She said she was disheartened by his lack of a solution and his assertion that no one had ever called to make a complaint about Social Services recipients in Hyde Park. “After that, we decided we really needed to make a complaint,” she said. The Rhinevaults also fear for the future of their community, saying Hyde Park tries to lure tourists to its many historic sites, but if the crime rate continues to rise, the tourists will stay elsewhere. Carney added he is very grateful to the hotels and motels in Hyde Park that refuse to take in Social Services recipients, saying he personally thanked the owners of the Roosevelt Inn for refusing to take in Social Services recipients. The Rhinevaults will continue collecting signatures on their petition for the next few days. Anyone interested in signing the petition or getting involved is urged to email them at carneytatiana@

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CEOs discuss state of Northern Dutchess Hospital STORY AND PHOTOS BY JIM LANGAN More than 100 friends of Northern Dutchess Hospital gathered at the Beekman Arms last week to hear hospital CEO Denise George’s update on the state of the hospital. George was introduced by Health Quest CEO Michael Weber, who congratulated George for her ability to prosper in the face of tough economic times and a changing regulatory landscape. Northern Dutchess Hospital is a part of Health Quest. Weber said all of Health Quest’s facilities and 7,500 employees are dealing with higher bad-debt ratios, more unemployed and uninsured patients and an increasing reliance on Medicaid. In her remarks, George pointed out Northern Dutchess had a strong first quarter and was operating at a 3.7% profit margin. She also pointed with pride to the fact that NDH’s Neugarten Family Birth Center recently celebrated 25 years serving the community. George also said the hospital has been able to add a number of outstanding doctors to its staff at a time when most areas are facing a shortage of primary-care physicians. George was upbeat and optimistic going forward and the audience appeared to share her enthusiasm.

Michael Weber, CEO of Health Quest, chats with Dr. Michael Caldwell, Dutchess County commissioner of health; Northern Dutchess Hospital President and CEO Denise George with Dutchess County Executive Bill Steinhaus.

Rotary to bestow awards at ceremony BY HV NEWS STAFF The Rhinebeck Rotary Club will honor a number of Rotarians and community members at its awards ceremony next month. During the ceremony, Rhinebeck residents Louis and Julie Turpin will be named “Citizens of the Year,” and Rhinebeck Savings Bank will be honored as “Business of the Year.” “Our community is a better place each and every day because of the remarkable leadership and service that each of these honorees has shared, and I know that many of us are looking forward to this opportunity to show our appreciation for what they have done to enrich the lives of everyone who they have touched,” said Rotarian Marybeth Cale. Also, local residents David Crenshaw, Michael Spitzer, Knick Staley and Louis Turpin will be named Paul Harris Fellows during the event. In addition, a number of Rhinebeck High School students will be awarded

Rotary scholarships. The students will be named at a later date. The awards ceremony will also include a ceremonial induction of the incoming Rotary officers for 2011-12. The officers include: President Gary McDonald, Vice President Debbie Breen, Treasurer Barbara Markell, Secretary Michael Frazier, Sergeant-at-Arms Greg Rakow and members-at-large Phillip Meltzer and John Wirth. The awards dinner will be held Monday, May 23, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck. Tickets are $55 and must be reserved by May 13. Checks payable to Rhinebeck Rotary Club may be sent to Rhinebeck Rotary Club, PO Box 607, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. For more information, contact Marybeth Cale at or Mike Frazier or 845-876-7462.

BEEKMAN SUPERVISOR WANTS COUNTY EXEC JOB Dan French, 29, seeking Democrats’ nomination BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON One month after Republican Assemblyman Marc Molinaro announced he plans on seeking the Dutchess County executive post, another young politician announced he also intends to run for the seat. Democrat Dan French, the 29-yearold supervisor of the Town of Beekman, officially announced last week he wants to be the next county executive. “I’ve made my intention clear that I am a candidate for Dutchess County executive,” French said in an interview last week. “I think we’re ready for a new day in Dutchess County,” he added. “We can create a better county government.” French said he has reached out to the Dutchess County Democratic Committee asking for the committee’s support in the November election. He said he also plans on seeking support from others, such as the Working Families and Independence parties, and added he has been backed by the Conservative Party in the past. “I plan on interviewing with any party that wants to interview me,” he said. French will make a formal announcement in front of friends and supporters on Thursday, April 7, at 5:30 p.m., at Canvas, located at 305-307 Main St. in Poughkeepsie. “We think there’s going to be a lot of energy and a lot of buzz,” French said. In March, current Dutchess County Executive William Steinhaus, a Republican who has held the post 20 years, announced he will retire when his term expires at the end of the year. When asked if Steinhaus’ announcement played into his decision to run for the seat, French said it did not. “Frankly, that wasn’t in the equation,” French said. “We have been thinking about doing this, regardless of who (the Republican candidate) was going to be.” French was first elected to the Beekman Town Board in a November 2004 special election to fill a vacancy – he was 22 years old at the time – and has remained on the board for the past seven years. In 2009, he was elected town supervisor. His term as supervisor expires at the end of this year, and by running for county executive, French is effectively giving up his supervisor post in December. “Whether I win or lose (the race for county executive), I will no longer be

Dan French. File Photo.

supervisor on Jan. 1, 2012,” he said. French said he is not sure how his age will impact the race. “I think voters are going to decide whether my youth is a factor or not,” he said. “I’ll leave that up to the voters.” He said despite his relatively young age, he has the experience needed to serve as the county’s top elected official. French said he has dedicated his life to public service and has experience as an executive. He also has a masters’ degree in public administration and serves on the board of trustees at Dutchess Community College, where he helps manage a $58 million budget. Reached for a reaction to French’s announcement, Molinaro said he was “concerned” with the tenor of French’s letter to Democratic Committee members. In the letter, which was obtained by Hudson Valley News, French wrote, “We know our opposition will play dirty.” French goes on to address some criticisms of him Republicans have made in the past and writes, “We will run our campaign based on hope, not fear.” Molinaro said French’s assumption that Republicans will “play dirty” could be an early indication of the kind of race French plans on running. “To me, it just strikes me as absolutely the wrong tone,” Molinaro said. More information of French’s candidacy can be found at


A man who was found guilty of animal cruelty back in December is alleged to have abused another animal and his exgirlfriend last month. According to the Dutchess County SPCA, John Fakhoury, 28, of Hyde Park, was charged by local police with “multiple counts related to domestic violence” after getting into an altercation with his ex-girlfriend on March 11. Also, Dutchess County SPCA Humane Law Officers charged him with one count of animal cruelty, a class-A misdemeanor, after he allegedly “slapped, strangled, kicked and repeatedly threw his exgirlfriend’s dog against a wall,” according to the SPCA. The SPCA says the attack ended when Fakhoury threw the dog out the door and the 25-pound animal was limping and unable to stand. Fakhoury was arraigned in front of Judge John Kennedy in Town of Hyde Park Justice Court. He was released on his own recognizance and scheduled to appear again on April 28. Back in December, Fakhoury pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and failure to provide for an impounded animal after he tied his dog, a pug mix named Rocket, to a concrete pole in the basement of a car dealership he worked at, according to the SPCA. The dog was tied with a short leash and a telephone cord was tied so tightly around his muzzle the dog suffered permanent scarring on his nose, according to the SPCA. At the time, Fakhoury was given a conditional discharge, ordered to complete the SPCA’s PAWS for Offenders class and pay $4,200 for Rocket’s medical and boarding costs. The March 11 incident occurred before Fakhoury completed the class and he has not made any payments towards Rocket’s medical care, according to the SPCA. The animal has since been adopted.


The Hyde Park Police Department reports the following arrests: • Philip M. Walton, 52, of Hyde Park, was charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, all class-A misdemeanors, on March 15. • Danielle Hardman, 30, of Rhinebeck, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a

misdemeanor, on March 17. • Shenal S. Antani, 30, of Hyde Park, was charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class-A misdemeanor, on March 18. • Michael J. Lyon, 56, of Hyde Park, was charged with assault in the second degree, a class-D felony; menacing in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor; and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, a class-A misdemeanor, on March 19. • Brendon E. Goldman, 25, of Staatsburg, was charged with criminal contempt in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor, on March 20. • Jeffrey D. Lawton, 23, of Poughkeepsie, was charged with strangulation in the second degree, a class-D felony; and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, a class-A misdemeanor, on March 23. • Dona H. Marino, 52, of Hyde Park, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a misdemeanor, on March 25. • Federico Flores-Salinas, 36, of Hyde Park, was charged with DWI, a misdemeanor, on March 29. • Christopher C. Sers, 30, of Lagrangeville, was charged with aggravated DWI and DWI, both class-E felonies, on March 29. The charges were upgraded to felonies because it was his second DWI offense. • James M. Wolensky, 52, of Hyde Park, was charged with menacing in the second degree, a class-A misdemeanor, on April 2. • Amanda L. Simpson, 35, of Hyde Park, was charged with unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree and endangering the welfare of a child, both class-A misdemeanors, on April 4.

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OPINION bees to disease. In both Great Britain and the United States, the use of neonicotinoids has been OPINION approved by the chief environmental agencies based on a series of field studies that pronounced the chemicals safe. However, no tests were done that specifically looked at the relationship between these pesticides and pollinators BY JONATHAN SMITH like bees. In other words, like many other Bees and pesticides field studies, the results were inconclusive. To add to the irony of this situation, Spring has finally come, and not a neonicotinoids are banned in their moment too soon. After enduring five own country of origin, Germany. months of dark and frozen torture in the Neonicotinoids are made by Bayer, a form of winter in the Northeast, who German chemical manufacturing company can resist a smile when they see the first that makes aspirin as well as pesticides and daffodils blooming? Thoughts of spring other chemicals. The sale of neonicotinoids can always bring smiles to our faces: makes the company millions of dollars local vegetable and fruit annually. produce; daylight until The difference be8 p.m.; walks along the tween neonicotinoids riverfront parks; tree and other chemical frogs; the smell of freshly pesticides is that once cut grass; bees. Without bees, it applied, the chemicals Why do bees make the will be difficult for travel to every part list? Because most every fruit, vegetable and humans to produce of the plant, including the pollen. When flower we smell and taste any naturally grown bees pollinate, they in the coming season carry the chemicals will have been pollinated food at all. back to their hives. by bees. Yet, after years Prior to approving the of research and efforts use of neonicotinoids to protect them, the bees in the United States, are still dying in record the EPA issued warnnumbers. The condition ings that “this compound is toxic to honey is known as Colony Collapse Disorder, bees.” Of course, the Bush EPA approved due to the fact that in most cases, the the use of the pesticides anyway. The timentire bee colony will die at once. It is a ing of the introduction of neonicotinoids serious problem because without bees, it will be difficult for humans to produce into our agricultural processes coincides any naturally grown food at all. Bees almost perfectly with the rise of Colony are necessary for almost all agriculture, Collapse Disorder. The dangers of ignoring this whether it be industrial, local or organic. environmental threat are real and far One-third of the food we eat is related to reaching. A collapse of the beekeeping the beekeeping industry. Ironically, it is most likely another industry would lead to food shortages, common element of agricultural production increased food costs, the possible collapse of the food industry and other social and that is killing off the bees: pesticides. Last week, the Department for economic horrors. It is time for the EPA to Environment, Food and Rural Affairs finally come to terms with its moniker and in Great Britain issued a statement that begin protecting the environment instead the agency was considering banning of protecting Bayer’s profits. Otherwise, pesticides known as neonicotinoids. The we may all soon find ourselves paying $20 British agency, which is the sister to the for an apple, $30 for a pack of spinach and Environmental Protection Agency here in $50 for anything with corn in it. Attention shoppers! the U.S., discovered a link between these



County honors school bus driver

Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus, Dutchess County Traffic Safety Administrator William Johnson and Wappingers Central School District Superintendent James Parla present the 2010 School Bus Driver of the Year Award to Charles Whitted, who has been employed by the Wappingers Central School District for 21 years. The award recognizes Whitted’s exemplary service and safety record and aims to promote school bus safety. Photo submitted.

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At the police/court dedication, the five people wielding ceremonial shovels were shoveling more than dirt. Everyone knows they had absolutely nothing to do with getting the facility approved by voters. People like Jim McKenna, Barbara Hogan, Yancy McArthur, Pompey Delafield, Don Goddard, Bob Kampf, Bob Linville, Bill Irwin and others did the heavy lifting. John and Gloria Golden provided the land and inspiration. {6} april 6, 2011 | | Hudson valley news

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with any dictator and try negotiating? So a small group of disaffected Libyan rebels take to the streets and announce they intend to overthrow Gadhafi. At this point, this is nothing more than an in-house OPINION disagreement in a sovereign country and a small one at that. What does Obama do? He throws in with the “rebels” even though no BY JIM LANGAN one seems to know who they are or what their objective is. The next thing you know, raining death and destruction on yet LIBERALS ON LIBYA: we’re another Muslim country with a substantial I CAN’T HEAR YOU reserve of oil. Sound familiar? Let’s see. The economy is in shambles, So where are the liberals here? They gasoline is pushing $4 a gallon, the deficit are doing what they always do in these is off the charts and we’ve decided to start situations when one of their own plays bombing our third Muslim country. The against type. They are being total hypocrites. rationale has a familiar ring to it. Libya If this was a Republican president, liberals must be liberated from the tyrannical would be calling for a war crimes tribunal. clutches of madman Moammar Gadhafi Instead, the few willing to go on the record for humanitarian reasons. N Never m mind all say they see no contradiction in their Gadhafi’s been in support of Obama’s power for 42 years, so military action in Libya. If this was a you have to wonder It’s hilarious watching Republican why we decide to them try to spin Libya attack him now. I seem president, liberals as different from Iraq to remember something or Afghanistan. If would be calling you think taking preabout Libya blowing up a plane over Lockerbie for a war crimes emptive military action and killing hundreds is wrong, it’s just as tribunal. of innocent people, wrong in Libya as including Americans. liberals said it was in Ah yes, I also recall Ronald Reagan Iraq. Let’s not overlook the fine points of the whistled a sidewinder missile into old alleged threats or transgressions. Saddam Moammar’s tent, which caused him to get Hussein murdered hundreds of thousands religion and with the program for many of innocents and invaded Kuwait. Gadhafi years after that. I can still hear the hand- doesn’t merit an honorable mention in the wringing liberals calling Reagan a war- tyrant’s hall of fame. mongering cowboy back then. As was true with Bill Clinton’s Bosnian So fast forward to Barack Obama, the military campaign, Democrats seem to man anointed by the media and the Nobel think it doesn’t count as long as there are Committee as a man of peace. Barack no American combat boots on the ground. Obama began his presidency with a world Break out the U.N. peacekeepers. That apology tour. The Great White Satan was cruel distinction doesn’t do much for the been replaced by the man of peace. His people being killed by U.S. aircraft from main attribute as a candidate for president 50,000 feet. was the color of his skin and the fact he Liberals need to be consistent in their wasn’t George W. Bush. His candidacy moral outrage. Involving ourselves in the gave liberals a place to go if they were affairs of countries that represent no direct squeamish about Hillary Clinton and threat to the United States shouldn’t be the moral high ground if voting for an a partisan issue. It’s either sound foreign African-American washed away some policy or a matter of national security. I white liberal guilt. would have far more respect for liberals if All during the campaign, Obama was they were as critical of President Obama’s criticizing Hillary Clinton for having foray into North Africa as they were when voted to go into Iraq. Obama railed against George Bush liberated Iraq. You can’t George Bush for going to war for oil. have it both ways. He promised, if elected, these types of incursions would never happen. Remember Jim Langan can be reached at how he famously said he would sit down



HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION BY SEN. STEVE SALAND Under one-party Democrat control the last two years, the state witnessed bloated spending, higher taxes and faced a $10 billion deficit. I and my Senate Republican colleagues vowed we would rein in state spending and address the deficit without raising taxes. While the budget process was rife with challenges and difficult decisions, we remained steadfast in our commitment to deliver a budget that contained no new tax increases. The outcome is a budget that reduced spending by 2% and cut state operation expenditures by 10%. As important, we were intent on charting a new course for New York by focusing on measures designed to encourage privatesector job growth. Among the initiatives that will help create jobs in New York is a permanent energy program that will allow businesses to receive low-cost power in exchange for a commitment to creating

and retaining jobs. We also improved upon the shortcomings of the Excelsior Jobs Program, which will lead to greater job growth in targeted industries. Further, the creation of Regional Economic Development Councils will accelerate job creation by removing barriers to growth. Critically important is a budget that ensures equity throughout the state. Both the distribution of school aid and the prison closures will be achieved in a fair and regionally balanced approach. In addition, communities affected by prison closures will be eligible for economic development benefits to help offset losses and create new private-sector jobs. While this budget agreement contains painful choices, it is a step in the right direction. However, our job is far from done. We still need a property tax cap and significant mandate relief, and for those affected, the repeal of the MTA payroll tax. Without such reform, New York taxpayers will continue to suffer one of the highest real property tax burdens in the nation. Working together in a bipartisan and open fashion, we achieved an on-time budget. It is my hope that the spirit of bipartisanship continues and we will finally achieve tax relief. Sen. Steve Saland (R-Poughkeepsie) represents New York’s 41st Senate District, which includes communities in Dutchess and Columbia counties.


Fundamentally they know this country is on a path to fiscal disaster. – Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)


I read in your “Readers Respond” section of the March 23 issue Karl O. Muggenburg’s “rebuttal” and personal attack against Dutchess County Legislator Joel Tyner. Mr. Muggenburg’s letters appear regularly in various Hudson Valley publications, inevitably laced with angry name calling, convoluted distortions of facts and general, perhaps pathological, nastiness. I would caution and alert those who read his letters to consider this pattern. Larry Freedman Clinton Hudson valley news | dit i l@th h d ll | april il 6 6, 2011 {7}

BY JIM LANGAN • News that comedian Bill Murray is considering the role of FDR in a new film about FDR’s relationship with his distant cousin, Daisy Suckley, has tongues wagging. It has long been rumored that there was more going on in their relationship than polite society would discuss back then. The movie, however, will be filmed primarily in England, not Wilderstein.

Thaddeus with his mom Alicia and dad Charles.

BENEFIT HELPS PAY FOR BOY’S CARE STORY AND PHOTOS BY GHAIDA TASHMAN The Second Annual Benefit for Thaddeus Harklerode, held Friday, April 1 at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, was a success. Family, friends and co-workers came out to show support. A great number of people attended the event. Some had attended previous benefits, while others were there for the first time. The silent raffle was also successful, with items from different local businesses up for grabs. Thaddeus was surrounded by so many friends and family, and they all love and care

so much for the 2-year-old Staatsburg boy. The money raised went to the family to help pay for Thaddeus’ needs – things such as medical costs, remodeling the family home, including an addition to the house and changes to the bathroom, and some changes being made to their vehicle so it’s easier for Thaddeus to get in and out of the car. As of now, Thaddeus is in stable condition and is continuing medical treatments for Ohtahra Syndrome. He hasn’t been hospitalized since last year, but continues to have seizures.

• Nice to see media strumpet Donald Trump climbing aboard the “birther” bandwagon as he continues to blather about running for president. It’s an issue that will only go away when Obama produces a credible birth certificate. Not producing it only fuels speculation and rumor. It is odd no one seems to remember the guy from grade school through college. • This story may get you to push back from the table. A 43-year-old Ohio man was found dead in a chair he’d been in for two years. The morbidly obese man lived with his girlfriend and another man. They simply kept feeding him when he couldn’t get out of the chair. He was found fused to the chair by EMTs. Must have been a tad ripe in that house. • Good to know Snooki is getting paid $34,000 to speak at Rutgers about the GTL lifestyle, as in “gym, tanning and laundry.” The fee is $2,000 more than Rutgers recently paid Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison to speak. Then again, if I’m a college kid, I’d want to see Snooki. • Here’s another reason I don’t go to sporting events much anymore. A fan wearing a Giants shirt was beaten nearly to death by a group of drunken Dodgers fans after the Dodgers’ home opener. I also don’t wear any Red Sox gear to a Yankees game because of all the violent drunks. • Here’s a gardening tip from a nongardener. Always carry your cell phone while gardening. A Tampa woman was suddenly swallowed up by a 7-foot sinkhole as she patrolled her petunias. She dialed 911 as the sand and dirt began burying her and tossed it onto the

lawn to get a signal. Cops arrived and unplanted her. • More evidence of a tough economy. Gail Meyers of Ft. Myers, Florida was arrested recently after police found her dead mother under a pile of newspapers. Mummy had been dead for more than a year and her daughter had collected more than $40,000 in social security benefits. That must be one big can of Febreze! • A Southwest Airlines flight made an emergency landing when a huge chunk of the fuselage ripped open at 30,000 feet. The plane landed safely and passengers were met by representatives of various adult diaper companies. • A randy 88-year-old Florida man managed to fight off 41-year-old Tanya Ross as she attempted to rob him for the third time. The victim had weeks earlier paid Ross for sex after picking her up in his car. The victim whacked her with his cane and pepper sprayed Ross before calling cops. The incident happened in Kissimmee, Florida, which isn’t what the victim had initially paid for. • This next story may diminish your enthusiasm for shopping carts. An Alabama company has been sanitizing supermarket shopping carts on site and has grown it into a successful business. The company’s literature says most shopping carts show evidence of E. coli and fecal material on the handles and require frequent washing. • An Oklahoma woman has adopted a therapy kangaroo named Irwin. The kangaroo wears a shirt and pants and travels with Christie Carr everywhere. Irwin is paralyzed and brain damaged from an unfortunate collision with a tree. Christie says, “Irwin is a unique animal and will require a lifetime of care and concern for his welfare.” She must be a Democrat. • The annoying Judge Judy joined a growing list of TV personalities to suddenly begin spewing gibberish on the air. I think that’s called a script. She was taken to a hospital and released.

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Hyde Park Ward 2 Councilwoman Sue Serino announced she will be hosting a Ward 2 town meeting April 10 at Coppola’s Bistro at 4 p.m. “I want to let people know about all the

good things that are happening in Hyde Park,” she said. “I think it’s important to keep people informed and listen to their concerns.” The meeting is open to all residents of Hyde Park.

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Wit, wisdom and watercolors

{p.14} weekend preview: “Thomas Rowlandson: Pleasures and Pursuits in Georgian England” at Vassar

“Miseries of the Country,” 1807. Courtesy of The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University

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LAURENCE JUBER Saturday, April 9, 8 p.m. Former lead guitarist for Wings, Juber fuses folk, jazz, pop, and classical into a multifaceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument. The 2010-11 Tom Humphrey Guitar Series continues. General admission: $25. Ritz Theater Lobby, 107 Broadway, Newburgh. 845-784-1199.


My first encounter with the brilliant artist and caricaturist Thomas Rowlandson was in concert with my studies of the literature of his age – his work transformed the words I was reading into something at once beautiful and bawdy. I hadn’t studied him, per se, but I remember admiring his work, and so it was a special treat for me to learn that Patricia Phagan, the Philip and Lynn Straus Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, had curated an exhibit that brings together 72 of Rowlandson’s watercolors, drawings, and prints that are drawn from the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale Center for British Art, Lewis Walpole Library, Beinecke Library, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, “A Link Boy,” 1786 and Vassar College Libraries, Archives and Special Collections. Born in 1757 in the City of London, Rowlandson experienced both high and humble society throughout his life; he earned awards as a student artist, and contributed works to the Royal Academy annual exhibitions from 1775 until 1787. On view through June 12. Free. As Rowlandson came of age and Gallery hours: Tuesday, grew into his own as a satirist, Georgian Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10 England was a thriving metropolis with burgeoning population devoted to the a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.- apursuit of pleasure as larger-than-life 9 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. politicians made power plays. The last American monographic Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, exhibition on Rowlandson took place in Vassar College, 124 Raymond 1990 – the time couldn’t be more appropriate Ave., Poughkeepsie. for a re-examination of Rowlandson and his attraction to celebrity, his ability to skewer 845-437-5370 human behavior without judgment, and his capacity to marry beautiful craftsmanship with raw, rude humor. The seed of this exhibition is found in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center’s drawings by Rowlandson given in 1953 by Mr. and Mrs. Francis Fitz Randolph (Mary E. Hill, class of 1945-4). I asked Phagan about encountering these works in the archives. “When I first came to Vassar in 2000, I tried to go through all the prints and watercolors, and I thought, ‘those are interesting!’ Then I had to do shows and meet with students – the daily life of curators. I would come across them again and again, and say, ‘these are really quite interesting.’” Phagan was naturally predisposed to be drawn to Rowlandson – she studied New York political cartoons and wrote her doctoral dissertation on the subject. “These (the Rowlandson prints) had a great humor, but also wonderful drawing ability,” she said. “I started getting curious, and so I tried to find out if we’d ever had an exhibition of them before. At least four or five had shown together before; I thought, my goodness, we’ve had them since 1953. James (Mundy, director of the Art Center) was all for it. The show developed from the works in the permanent collection to works



10th Annual Haitian Art Sale and Auction Through April 10: Features over 350 original Haitian paintings, hand-painted silk scarves, iron sculpture, vodou flags and a wide variety of handcrafts. All proceeds will benefit the four initiatives in Chermaitre, Haiti: education, reforestation, water and health. A preview exhibition will be on view through April 6 in the Palmer Gallery of the College Center. The art sale will open on Friday, April 8 from noon-8 p.m. with the reception at 5 p.m. On Saturday, the sale will open at 10 a.m. with the auction by Bill Rinaldi of Rinaldi Auctions from 4- 6 p.m. (registration and preview from 2-4 p.m., with absentee and telephone bidding accepted). The sale continues on Sunday from 10 a.m.2 p.m. Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370.

MUSIC American Symphony Orchestra April 8-9: The orchestra’s final concert of the 2010–11 season is an all-Beethoven affair: the delightful, genial Eighth Symphony; and the jubilant and mysterious Ninth, whose choral finale is lifted from Schiller’s “Ode to Joy.” Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, preconcert talk, 7 p.m., concert, 8 p.m.; Tickets: $20-35. Sosnoff Theater, The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, 60 Manor Rd., Annandale-onHudson. 845-758-7900.

THEATER “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Through April 17: William Shakespeare’s script in an upbeat 1920s version set in an elegant Athenian nightclub, showcasing the rich and famous, a comic wait staff, and the denizens of the Athenian underworld. Featuring Felix Mendelssohn’s “Midsummer” score played live. No performance April 3. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Tickets: $24, general; $22, seniors and child. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3088.

Starr Library Spring Book Sale April 8-9: Featuring books on gardening, animals, sports, the outdoors, and more. Adult fiction and non-fiction books start at 50¢; trade paperbacks go for $1.00. This sale also includes many books for children, starting from 10¢ for children’s paperbacks. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Starr Library, 68 West Market St., > continued on next page Rhinebeck. 845-876-4030 {10} april 6, 2011 | | Hudson valley news

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E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from previous page “Some Lives” Through April 17: By David Ives. An evening of three one-act plays directed by Gordon Brown and featuring eleven actors. Presented by Performing Arts of Woodstock (PAW). Tickets: $15, general; $12, seniors and students. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m. A special performance on Thursday, April 7, is by donation. Town Hall, 76 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-7900.


BY HVN WEEKEND STAFF Photo by Nicole DeLawder.

The song remains the same

The acclaimed “Bridge Music” listening stations will return to the MidHudson Bridge for a third year on April 1. The 10-piece composition at the listening stations located at the tower landings on the bridge represent more than five years of effort by Joseph Bertolozzi (pictured, above). “Bridge Music” is free and open to the public on the pedestrian sidewalk of the Mid Hudson Bridge from dawn to dusk through October. “Bridge Music” can also be heard on 95.3 FM year-round over park radios installed at Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie and Johnson-Iorio Park in Highland. For more information on Bertolozzi and “Bridge Music,” go to

Celebrated subject visits the valley

Autism self-advocate and animal scientist Dr. Temple Grandin will give two separate lectures at SUNY Ulster. One of the most accomplished and wellknown adults with autism, she is the topic of the seven-time Emmy awardwinning HBO film “Temple Grandin.” SUNY Ulster’s Veterinary Technology Club hosts a lecture on April 21 at 6 p.m. by Grandin on “Humane Treatment and Behavior of Livestock Animals.” On April 22, Grandin will speak 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

New culture radio show

The Dead Hare Radio Hour is a weekly hour-long visual art and culture radio program which can be heard on the Vassar College radio station WVKR, 93.1 FM in Poughkeepsie on Tuesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. The show will be streamed live online at the WVKR site, and it will be available for download as a podcast at The show will be a mixture of interviews and conversations with artists, curators and others around the Hudson Valley and beyond, and audio works by sound artists and musicians.

BERNIE WILLIAMS SATURDAY, MAY 14, 8 P.M. BARDAVON OPERA HOUSE, 35 MARKET ST., POUGHKEEPSIE On sale to the general public: Wednesday, April 6 at 11 a.m. Ticketmaster: 800-745-3000 or Bardavon Box Office: 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072. UPAC Box Office: 601 Broadway, Kingston. 845-339-6088.

Interpretive Program April 9-10: “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.

Wednesday, April 6 LECTURE

“Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives” 7 p.m. Discussion of portions of Euripides’ “Trojan Women” and Aeschylus’ “Persians” led by Professor Randall Childree, Department of Classics at Union College. The literary series continues. Greenspan Board Room at Adriance Memorial Library, Adriance Memorial Library, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-485-3445, ext. 3702.

NIGHTLIFE Karaoke 8:30 p.m. With PJ the DJ. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590. Petey Hop and Blues Jam 8:30 p.m. No cover. Hyde Park Brewing Company, 4076 Albany Post Rd. (Rte. 9), Hyde Park. 845-229-8277.

7 p.m. Looks into Hyde Park’s involvement in slavery, and the section of the cemetery at that time reserved for “blacks.” Reception follows. The Fireside Chat series continues. St. James’ Chapel, 10 East Market St., Hyde Park. 845-229-2820.

MUSIC The United States Air Force Band of Liberty 2 p.m. The Bardavon’s Matinees & Music senior citizens program kicks off with an afternoon of big band hits and traditional standards. Tickets: $5 by donation. No one will be turned away for non-payment. Bardavon 1890 Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072.

Friday, April 8 ART

Annual Student Watercolor Exhibition 6-8 p.m. Opening reception. Runs through April 30. Gallery hours: Wed.-Sat., noon-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m. Betsy Jacaruso Studio & Gallery/ The Chocolate Factory, 54 Elizabeth St., Red Hook. 845-758-9244. “Thomas Rowlandson: Pleasures and Pursuits in Georgian England” 5:30 p.m. Exhibition opening. Features “A Conversation on Thomas Rowlandson and His > continued on next page

THECENTERFOR PERFORMINGARTS 845-876-3080 ATRHINEBECK A Midsummer Night’s Dream For box office & information:

Rachael Yamagata 7 p.m. Tickets: $15. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406.

Thursday, April 7 ART

“Legally Drawn” 5-7 p.m. Opening reception. An exhibition featuring artwork by members of the Dutchess County Bar Association, open for only two days. Thursday and Friday’s regular gallery hours are 10 a.m.5:30 p.m. Gallery 45, Mill Street Loft Gallery, 45 Pershing Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-7477.

LECTURE “AD/HD: A Hidden Disorder in Girls and Women” 5:30 p.m. Pediatrician and best-selling author Patricia O. Quinn discusses AD/HD’s effect on girls and women. A book signing immediately follows. Free and open to the public. Students’ Building second floor auditorium, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370. “The Guinea Connection: The Story of the Black Parishioners of St. James during the 19th Century”

Friday & Saturday, April 8 & 9 at 8 pm Sunday, April 10 at 3 pm Friday & Saturday, April 15 & 16 at 8 pm Sunday, April 17 at 3 pm Tickets: $24 adults; $22 seniors & children William Shakespeare’s text set in an upbeat 1920s version set in an elegant Athenian nightclub, showcasing the rich and famous, a comic wait staff, and the denizens of the Athenian underworld. Featuring Felix Mendelssohn’s “Midsummer” score played live on The CENTER’s Steinway. A CENTERstage production adapted, produced and directed by Lou Trapani. Part of the Fifth Annual Sam Scripps Shakespeare Festival.

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

Barefoot Dance Company tSat., April 9 at 11 am

Aladdin tSat., April 16 at 11 am

The CENTER is located at 661 Rte. 308, 3.5 miles east of the light in the Village of Rhinebeck

See you at The CENTER!

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E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from previous page Art,” with Princeton University professor Linda Colley, a renowned expert on British history since 1700, and Brian Lukacher, Vassar’s historian of 18th- and 19th-century art. See full story on page 11. On view through June 12. Free. Gallery hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10 a.m.5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Vassar College, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845437-5370. “White Flags” 5 p.m. The official opening of the full outdoor sculpture installation of all 192 of Aaron Fein’s “White Flags.” In case of rain, the reception will be held in the south lobby of the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film. On view through May 8. Frances Daly Fergusson Quadrangle, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370.

FAMILY Dr. Seuss Family Game Night 7-9 p.m. Dr. Seuss Wii, board and trivia games, a film, and lots of Seuss-inspired treats. Even meet the Cat in the Hat. Come dressed as your favorite Dr. Seuss Character. Free. Grinnell Library, 2642 East Main St., Wappingers Falls. 845-297-3428.

FILM “8½” (1963) 7:30 p.m. The Italian film, directed by Federico Fellini, stars Marcello Mastroianni as Guido Anselmi, a famous Italian film director. Shot in black-and-white by cinematographer Gianni di Venanzo, the film features a soundtrack by Nino Rota with costume and set designs by Piero Gherardi. The film also stars: Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimée and Sandra Milo. Concert on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, 7 p.m. Part of the Bardavon Friday Film Series. Cost. $5. Bardavon 1869 Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072.

NIGHTLIFE Dan Landa Duo 8:30 p.m.-11 p.m. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590. DC Singles Dance 8 p.m.- midnight. Dance to music by DJ Johnny Angel while enjoying a buffet, 50/50 raffle, and door prizes. Ages 45+. Tickets: $15. Mercury Grand Hotel, Rte. 9, Poughkeepsie. 845-8965286. John Jorgenson Quintet 8:30 p.m. The John Jorgenson Quintet features Grammy-winning guitarist John Jorgenson, a founding member of the Desert Rose Band, the Hellecasters, and six-year member of Elton John’s band. Tickets: $25, advance; $30, door.


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Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845855-1300. Lucky Peterson 8 p.m. With special guests, Tamara Peterson. Tickets: $15. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406. Maria Hickey Band 9 p.m. No cover. Hyde Park Brewing Company, 4076 Albany Post Rd. (Rte. 9), Hyde Park. 845229-8277.

PERFORMANCE “Hip Hop Theater” 7 p.m. Starring Yako440, Mtume, and Playback (NYC). The performance is the culmination of actor/rapper/playwright/DJ/cultural activists Yako 440 and Mtume Gant’s two-week residency program with M. Clifford Miller Middle School in Kingston. The students have been exploring many feelings and emotions and have created characters that will come alive with the help of Playback NYC’s professional actors, musicians, and DJs in a galvanizing rhythm filled evening. Tickets: $5. Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), 601 Broadway Kingston. 845-339-6088.

Saturday, April 9 ART

“Shrine” 9 a.m.- noon. Opening reception. Light refreshments and meet the artists. The exhibit is a floor to ceiling sculptural art installation by Andrés San Millán. M&T Bank, 6375 Mill St. (Rte. 9), Rhinebeck. 845-876-6470.

BENEFIT “A Little Bit of Broadway” 6 p.m. NDH Mothers’ Club hosts its annual spring gala event. Includes a cocktail hour, silent auction, dinner and a formal program with special performances by professional talent. Tickets: $75. Delamater Conference Center at the Beekman Arms, 25 Garden St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-7077.

EVENT Penny Social Noon. An afternoon of fun, food and prizes. Sponsored by the Women’s Society. Good Shepherd Church, 3 Mulberry St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-2817.

This week’s winner: Deborah Van Kleeck with her shot from Becker Hill in the town of Milan. Send your Hudson Valley Photo of the Week submission to each Sunday. Photos should be at least 3”x4” at 300 dpi. Include your name, location of photo and town of residence. Winning photo will be published in print on Wednesdays and on our website www.

bulletin ART Mill Street Loft is hosting “Our Towns,” an exhibition focusing on the cities and towns of the Hudson Valley. The call for art is open to painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture and mixed media. M. Stephen Doherty, editor of Plein Air magazine, serves as juror for the exhibition, which will run from May 21 to July 15. The entry deadline is April 15; the non-refundable entry fee is $25 for the first four images, $5 for each additional image. To learn more about submitting work via email or CD, go to The 2011Kingston Biennial art exhibition, “Insight/ Onsite,” 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.

FAMILY Barefoot Dance Company 11 a.m. The company of young dancers will perform several innovative modern dance pieces. Part of The Center’s Saturday Morning Family Series. Part of the Center’s Saturday Morning Family Series. Tickets: $9, adults; $7, children. The Center for Performing Arts, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080. Children’s Taiko Drum Concert 2-2:30 p.m. This special concert features 12-year-old Subaru Honge and 5-year-old Kazuma Ban. Free and open to the public. MidHudson Children’s Museum, 75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-0589.

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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: “Best Overall Professional,” “Most Artistic,” “Child Baker” (Age 18 and Under) and “Best Amateur.” 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 “edna: a literary journal.” 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

THEATER Auditions for the CENTERstage production of “Guys and Dolls” will be held on April 9 through 11 at the Center for Performing Arts (Rte. 308, Rhinebeck) – Saturday, 1 p.m.; Sunday and Monday, 7 p.m. Go to or call 845-876-3080 for more information. Auditions for “Godspell” 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. “Godspell” 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. Trinity Players is currently accepting submissions of plays or musicals for the 2012 theatrical season. Please contact Cory Ann Fasano-Paff at . Visit www.trinityplayersny. org for more information about Trinity Players.

E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from previous page “Get the Dirt on Dirt” for Families 10 a.m.- noon. Join Cathy Shiga-Gattullo, Mohonk Preserve educator, and explore the world beneath your feet and make a terrarium to take home. Children ages 5 and up are welcome and must always be accompanied by an adult. This is an indoor program. Reservations required. Call 845-255-0919 for reservations and meeting location. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $5, non-members. Mohonk Preserve, 3197 Rte. 44/55, Gardiner. 845-255-0919.


Those who religiously attend metal and screamo shows locally know that there is almost an avid need for an intensely physical and involved mosh pit to perpetuate and feed the power and performance of the bands playing. To an outsider peering in, such concerts seem to be a legal loophole for violent sparring masquerading as yelling fests. However, a closer look shows that metal and screamo fans have a passion and connection to the music that is translated through cathartic physical actions as a way of expressing emotions. On Friday, March 25, metalcore band Ligeia (formed in 2003 in Massachusetts) was driven to a solid performance by its diehard fans and relentless mosh pit at the Loft in Poughkeepsie. Ligeia, originally named after a haunting Edgar Allen Poe story of the title, performed atop a list of others including notables Endwell and Float Face Down. After Ligeia self-produced their demo album a year after they started playing together, Ferret Records took on the band. Under the Ferret Records label (The Devil Wears Prada, Ice Nine Kills, Foxy Shazam), Ligeia produced their 2006 album, “Your Ghost is a Gift,” and later, their 2008 album, “Bad News.” On their 2011 tour, which began in the tiny town of Moosup, Connecticut, Ligeia has announced itself unsigned again after its two-year hiatus from 2009 to 2010. Lead singer Keith Holuk, who has been with the band since its conception, drove the musical assault with his rugged yet reliably in-tune voice. Holuk’s growly clean vocals and powerhouse screams were attention grabbers that effortlessly outshined any other vocalist of the night, with the exception of the forceful voice of Ron from southern New Jersey’s Float Face Down, who rivaled Holuk’s abilities. New touring member of Ligeia, drummer Eric Gross, held down his own against the heavy and involved beats of Ligeia’s songs. The instant Ligeia began to play their 2006 hit “I’m Sorry You’re Ugly,” a rush from all sides of the crowd forced a rippling wave to the front of the Loft, whereupon a dogpile of fans dove toward Holuk’s microphone to sing along with the clean vocals: “The American dream is a fabrication, a lie. Smile for the camera. Right now this joke’s on you.” Moments like these are what make metal concerts so powerful and moving; a mountainous mass of bodies piled atop each other, singing in unison to a beloved song with endless passion. Although Friday’s set was not a topper over Ligeia’s 2008 performance at the Loft with Liferuiner, they still cranked out a respectable and crowd-enthralling act. Perhaps the creation of new album in the near future will help fuel a new level of involvement and commitment from Ligeia, since they have not created any additional material since 2008. I believe that if Ligeia produces some new music, the band will have something to be excited about; something fresh and unperformed. The band’s unparalleled energetic performances have historically been fed by such a love and appreciation for new melodies and fan excitement.

Wheels of Steel DJ Dance Party 9 p.m. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590.


“Inside Out: Origins of the American Backyard” 2 p.m. Clermont State Historic site hosts Aaron Ahlstrom as he speaks on the history of landscape design from the Romantic period to the early twentieth century. Garden Rooms Lecture Series continues. Cost: $10. Tivoli Bays Visitor Center, 1 Tivoli Commons (Watts dePeyster Visitor Center), Tivoli. 845-889-4745, ext. 105.

Singles and Sociables Hike – Table Rocks 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 Art Raphael (845-255-5367). New hikers are strongly encouraged to contact the leader prior to the hike for information on hike levels, what to bring, and other information. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $12, non-members. Mohonk Preserve, 3197 Rte. 44/55, Gardiner. 845-255-0919.




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multifaceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument. The 2010-11 Tom Humphrey Guitar Series continues. General admission: $25. Ritz Theater Lobby, 107 Broadway, Newburgh. 845- 784-1199.

Hillary Jordan 6-8 p.m. A reception with the author of “Mudbound.” The event is a ‘kick-off’ for the Spring Fundraising Appeal and coincides with the start of National Library Week (April 9-16). Seating is limited for this catered reception. Admission is by paid reservation: $30, person; $50, couple. Contact Grace Haack at 845-4853445, ext. 3306 for reservations and information. Adriance Library, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie. Michael Korda 5:30-7 p.m. Stissing House recently announced a new literary series and they will kick-off the event with a discussion by author Michael Korda. He will discuss his critically-acclaimed definitive biography of T. E. Lawrence, “Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia.” Free. Stissing House, 7801 South Main St., Corner of Rtes. 199 and 82, Pine Plains. 518398-8800.

Rossini’s “Le Comte Ory” in HD 1 p.m. Rossini’s vocally dazzling comedy stars bel canto sensation Juan Diego Flórez in the title role of this Met premiere production. He vies with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, in the trouser role of Isolier, for the love of the lonely Countess Adèle, sung by soprano Diana Damrau. 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. > more on page 16

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MUSIC Rock Tavern Chapter Coffeehouse 7:30 p.m. Featured performer: John and LuAnne Martucci. Doors open for open mic signup and refreshments at 7 p.m. Admission: $5; $4, Folk Guild members. Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern, 9 Vance Rd., Rock Tavern. 845-978-5620.

NIGHTLIFE Debbie Davies Blues Band 8:30 p.m. The blues guitarist-singer performs. Tickets: $22.50, advance; $27.50, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300.

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Caravan of Thieves 8 p.m. With special guests, The Ragbirds. Tickets: $12. Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-4406. Laurence Juber 8 p.m. Former lead guitarist for Wings, Juber fuses folk, jazz, pop, and classical into a Hudson valley news | | april 6, 2011 {13}

EXHIBITION EVENTS Opening of “Thomas Rowlandson: Pleasures and Pursuits in Georgian England” 5:30 p.m. | Friday, April 8 “A Conversation on Thomas Rowlandson and His Art” Taylor Hall, Room 102, followed by a reception in the Art Center. Linda Colley, a renowned expert on British history since 1700, will join Brian Lukacher, Vassar’s historian of 18th- and 19th-century art, in a conversation on Thomas Rowlandson and works of art in the exhibition.

Exhibition Film Series “The Duchess” (2008) 5:30 p.m. | Thursday, April 28 109 min., PG-13 Taylor Hall, Room 203 Academy Award nominees Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes star in the compelling true story of a lavish Georgian world. Georgiana the Duchess of Devonshire was a leading, controversial figure within this world and a favorite subject of Thomas Rowlandson’s political satires. Several of these rare prints featuring Georgiana are on view in the Rowlandson exhibition. A brief introduction will precede the showing of the film. “Private Amusement,” 1786 (reissue, from 1781). Courtesy of The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University

“The Black Adder” (The Third Season) Marathon 5:30 p.m. | Thursday, May 5 1987, 221 min., TV-PG Taylor Hall, Room 203 The third season of the successful British sitcom is set in Georgian England and lampoons the monarchy, politics, class divisions, and other themes that also captured Thomas Rowlandson’s attention. Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) finds himself booted from upper-crust society and serving the incompetent Prince Regent (Hugh Laurie). “The Madness of King George” (1994) 5:30 p.m. | Wednesday, May 11 107 min., PG-13 Taylor Hall, Room 203 This Academy Award-nominated film, adapted from Alan Bennett’s play, tells the true story of George III’s (Nigel Hawthorne) deteriorating mental health, and his equally declining relationship with his son, the Prince of Wales (Rupert Everett), particularly focusing on the period around the Regency Crisis of 1788. The film also stars Helen Mirren, Ian Holm and Rupert Graves.

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that would be more national in scope. It’s just great to see it blossom.” It took Phagan several years to travel and research – “My specialty is early 20th century. So I did a great deal of reading and research of the literature on Rowlandson, which is vast. He was a very important satirist of the golden age of caricature.” Rowlandson’s work influenced future generations: “He seems to have had an influence on (Honoré) Daumier, the French printmaker; he also inspired (Francisco) Goya as well in his print-making. And then, of course, the generations of English artists that he inspired.” One of the most interesting comparisons, however, is between the noted satirist William Hogarth, who died in 1764 when Rowlandson was still young. “He (Hogarth) had highly detailed prints, whereas Rolandson does very much focus on the face sometimes without background. That was new then, to give emphasis to figures and personalities, such as the Dutchess of Devonshire. Fashionable celebrities – he made them more of a celebrity. His satires were very much a part of the time. They were popular; people saw them in taverns and people collected them. He was able to make celebrities even more famous.” The artists also took different approaches regarding the impact their work should have on the viewer. “Hogarth was quite a moralist,” explained Phagan. “He would tell stories in his prints, but you could always see that he was really teaching about right

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and wrong. Rolandson does everything rather tongue-in-cheek, like a fly on the wall, without being judgmental.” The exhibition arrived at Vassar after opening at Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. “We had to change our opening date from last fall because of the Art Center’s closing,” she said. “We worked it out so that the show premiered there first. Since so many works have watercolor in them, the pigments are quite fugitive – they’ll fade if they’re exposed to very much light. We could only have those watercolors during two exhibition periods; that’s why it’s not going to a third place.” Due to the unique nature of the exhibition, Phagan has organized an impressive catalogue to commemorate the collection and the research. “It’s the first major show in U.S. in 20 years. The catalogue really is a great accompaniment to the show. I wanted the reproductions to be very large.” The full-color 184page catalogue offers a major overview essay on “Rowlandson’s London” by social historian Vic Gatrell, of Cambridge University; an essay on Rowlandson’s well-known political satires, by art historian Amelia Rauser, of Franklin and Marshall College; and an introductory essay with catalogue entries and section introductions by Phagan. The catalogue is published by the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center in association with D Giles Ltd, London and is available at the Art Center gift shop.

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On Wednesday, March 30, the 2011 Arts Fund Kick-Off reception was held at Bull and Buddha Restaurant in Poughkeepsie. The 2011 Arts Fund chairs, sisters Greer F. Fischer, Gaye Mallet and Geraldine Triebel, spoke passionately about the ways they’d seen the arts affect the lives of others and the critical role the arts play in strong communities. County Executive William Steinhaus presented Dutchess County Arts Council president Benjamin Krevolin with a check for $53,500 (pictured, above). Attendees were also afforded the opportunity to make music in the form of a “Musical Petting Zoo,” where they could try out musical instruments with guidance from professional musicians (pictured, below), including Stephen Clair, Charlotte Dinwiddie, and Kofi Donkor. The Night Owls of Vassar College provide a cappella entertainment.

As I was leaving Bull and Buddha after the 2011 Arts Fund Kick-Off, I was stopped in my tracks by what looked to be a new art gallery just down the block. Turns out that Middle Main Revitalization, an initiative comprised of Poughkeepsie residents, businesses, city government and artists to increase investment in fortifying Main Street, has found a home at the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center (317 Main St., Poughkeepsie). Currently, an exhibit of artwork by Nestor Madalengoitia is hanging – Andrew Sawtelle (pictured, above) told me that a new exhibition will be up on April 4. “Threads of Change: Quilts by Anita Peeples Jones” will have an opening reception on Wednesday, April 6, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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THEATER “Unholy Alliance” 1 p.m. The Rolling Players will present a staged reading of an original Irish play by Deirdre Dowling. Mature themes. Suggested donation: $10. Sacred Space Healing Arts Studio, 464 Main St., Beacon. 917-916-3229.

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“Coffee, Friends and Art” 10:30 a.m.- noon. A meet and greet with the artists. Barrett Art Center and Barrett Clayworks present an array of local artists. Art work and ceramic work on display through June 30. Free. Crafted Kup, 44 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-2550.

BENEFIT Annual Spring Brunch and Auction 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Brunch, live and silent auction. Benefits Grace Smith House. Tickets: $55. Christo’s, 155 Wilbur Blvd., Poughkeepsie. 845-452-7155.

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4 p.m. Dr. Loren Fishman, author of “Yoga for Osteoporosis,” discusses and signs his book. Oblong Books of Rhinebeck, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. 845876-0500

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5 p.m. Erin Hunter, author of the popular children’s series, “Warriors,” will be speaking about her books and the writing process and signing copies of her books. Reservations are required for the event. Call 518-789-3797. Oblong Books of Rhinebeck, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0500.

Intimate Chamber Concert Benefit 3 p.m. Hudson Chorale holds its annual fundraiser in a historic home seemingly designed for just such entertainment. The program includes a piano trio by Brahms as well as selected baroque works performed by accomplished keyboard artist, David Baranowski, and friends. Wine, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Seating for the concert is limited and reservations are required. The event will take place in Ossining; location and directions will be provided to all those who purchase tickets. Admission to the event is $75. Tickets are available only in advance: call (914) 462-3212 or email “Writers’ Tea” 3-7 p.m. Three Hudson Valley authors – Harvey Keyes Flad, Mia Mask and John Pielmeier –share stories from their books, scripts and their lives. Participants will enjoy chilled champagne, hors d’oeuvres, assorted tea sandwiches and a fine selection of teas. A silent auction of handcrafts and services will take place to raise funds for AAUW Scholarship Funds and Community Initiatives. Tickets: $45. Dutchess Golf and Country Club, 2628 South Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-297-9360.

LECTURE “Common Threads: Adirondack Quilts Tell Their Stories” 2 p.m. A slide presentation by Hallie E. Bond, curator of the Adirondack Museum. For over a century and a half, the Adirondack region has supported a vibrant pieced-textile tradition. “Common Threads” explores themes of women’s work, domestic life, social networks in a rural area, generational continuity among women, and women’s artistic response to life in the Adirondacks. Millbrook Free Library, 3 Friendly Lane, Millbrook. 845-677-3611.

MUSIC Emily Faxon and Ruthanne Schempf 3:30 p.m. Faxon (violinist) and Schempf (pianist) perform. Presented by the Tower Music Series. Suggested donation: $10. The Reformed Church, 70 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845452-8110. Jupiter String Quartet 4 p.m. With Jose Franch-Ballester, clarinet. The concert includes Schumann and Kurtag. Cost: $30; $10, student. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon. 845-831-4988.

NIGHTLIFE McKrells Reunion 7:30 p.m. Featuring Kevin McKrell, Chris Leske, Craig Vance and Doug Moody, the McKrells’ blend of Celtic, American folk, and bluegrass is a unique musical experience. Tickets: $22.50, advance; $27.50, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. > continued on next page Hudson Valley News • Hudson Valley Weekend

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Pests, pals and puns BY ANN LA FARGE They slept all winter (don’t ask where); The now th they’re waking up. They only happen to other people, of course, but just in case, I’m going to tell you about a new book written by a new kind of hero – Jeff Eisenberg, auth of “The Bedbug Survival Guide” author (Gra (Grand Central Publishing, $12.99) and New York City’s leading bed bug expert and CEO of PestAWay, Inc. “I’m not just som some guy with a spray can,” he assures his rea readers (who may have covered his book in a plain brown wrapper). “I’m as much a psychologist, an advocate, a scientist, an environmentalist, and an empathic best b friend as I am an exterminator.” Extermination, however, is the bottom line, and he tells us what we b need to know about the unmentionable insects, e.g. “They don’t bite; they suck,” and, if you live in an apartment building, you ccan catch ‘em by sitting in the lobby, leaning on the elevator wall, using the laundry room. Humans are their host of choice, but they’re not fussy: Fido and the kitty-cat aren’t immune. Watch out, too, on planes, ships, at the office and the gym, on your therapist’s couch … Eisenberg tells us what to do before the exterminator comes – maybe a bedbugsniffing dog – and graces us with a history of the critter, starting in 1352 B.C. with the guys building the pyramids. Read it cover to cover, heave a huge sigh, and … sleep tight. “I held Vincent’s skull in my hands yesterday.” That’s Van Gogh’s personal physician, Dr. Gachet, speaking, in 1905, in Carol Wallace’s novel, “Leaving Van Gogh” (Spiegel & Grau, $25). Gachet, a specialist in mental illness and a lover of the arts, had written his thesis on the topic of melancholy and “knew how closely linked it was with the artistic temperament.” When he meets van Gogh – through his brother, Theo – the artist has already slashed off his ear. Now, he has “spells” of anger and soothes himself only by painting. The spells get worse … and the doctor wonders, “why we should expect a man who painted like he did to negotiate life calmly and reasonably.” While doing research for a different book, Wallace began reading about Gachet, who “befriended artists at a time when art was changing so radically, and who cared for the mentally ill at a time when that field was being redefined.” (Van Gogh’s portrait of the doctor, she tells us in an author’s note, was auctioned at Christie’s and fetched $82.5 million.) The story that she weaves in this fine historical novel is peopled with wondrous characters – the doomed van Gogh brothers, the doctor’s wife and their strange son, Paul, the famous Dr. Charcot of Paris. As all dog lovers know, the hardest thing about loving a canine companion is that its life is so much shorter than our own. This > continued on next page

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week, I met and learned to love two wonderful dogs, celebrated by two fine writers. Pete Nelson’s novel, a song of love to the beautiful Stella, is a poignant one: Paul Gustavson’s wife has left him, his father has had a stroke, his girlfriend is cheating on him, and he has some financial woes. But he has Stella, heroine of the novel “I Thought You Were Dead” (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, $13.95), now in paperback. Stella is 15 and a half; she sits beside Paul while he writes books, drinks, broods, tries jogging to get into shape, and talks to her about everything under the sun, including the difference between wolves and dogs (“So am I a failed wolf?” Stella asks, “Or is a wolf a failed dog?”) Stella is terrified of thunderstorms, but otherwise unflappable. “I wish,” Paul tells her, “that I was more like you.” “Then change,” says Stella. Nelson wanted to write more than “just another one of those dog books.” He wanted to write – and he did – about “a man whose heart is torn and pulled at in every direction, someone who tries to identify and face down his demons.” His story, and Stella’s, will tug at your heartstrings, make you smile, and send you straight to your own dog for some advice … and comfort. Serendipitously, another man-and-dog story – this one a memoir – landed on my desk this week. Replacing the empty box of Kleenex with a fresh one, I opened Ed Breslin’s book, “Drinking with Miss Dutchie” (Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press, $23.99). Breslin, who lives and writes in Coxsackie, tells us at the outset that Miss Dutchie has crossed the Rainbow Bridge, and that his memoir is the story of his battles with depression, booze, and the difficulties of writing a novel – all overseen by a dog who “taught me more about life than any teacher I ever had” over the 12 years of her life. From being “nanny to a puppy,” Breslin, 12 years later, has become “Boswell to her Johnson.” This is Dutchie’s biography. Originally intended as a birthday present for his wife, Lynn, Miss Dutchie became Breslin’s muse, companion and teacher. “This magnificent little dog,” he relates, “had brought me out of myself and into life, all by herself.” Drying my eyes, I was happy to read that the Breslins now own (or is it the other way around?) Sadie, a rescue dog. I squeezed poor Daisy so tight she squeaked. Needing something to lighten the mood, I picked up an old favorite of mine, “The Ode Less Traveled – Unlocking the Poet Within” and read a few poems just for fun, while holding in my hand a companion volume for this old favorite, a new book for word lovers, “The Pun Also Rises – How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History, and Made Wordplay More than Some Antics” by John Pollack (Gotham Books, $22.50). Word lovers, add this one to your favorite bookshelf! “How many ears does Davy Crockett have?” “A right ear, a left ear, and a wild front ear.” Do I hear a groan??? What, the author asks (and answers), makes word-play (punning) such an enduring part of language? He takes us all the way back – Cicero, Spoonerisms (“I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy”), the chiasmus (“I see, said the blind man as he picked up his hammer and saw”), Tom Swifties, Shaggy Dog stories, knock-knock jokes, and a history of how the pun fell from grace … and was born again. Yes, reader, the pun is having a renaissance. From bedbugs to puns. Enough already! 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


Monday, April 11 LECTURE

“Transforming Human Rights: The 1941 Atlantic Charter and the Postwar World” 5:30 p.m. Acclaimed international law and human rights historian Elizabeth Borgwardt speaks. Sanders Classroom Building Spitzer Auditorium (room 212), Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370.

Tuesday, April 12 FILM

“Countdown to Zero” 7:30 p.m. The film traces the history of the atomic bomb from its origins to the present state of global affairs: nine nations possess nuclear weapons capabilities with others racing to join them, with the world held in a delicate balance that could be shattered by an act of terrorism, failed diplomacy, or a simple accident. 91 min. The screening is followed by an audience discussion. Free. Henry Hudson Room, Fontaine Hall, Marist College, 3399 Fulton Street, Poughkeepsie. 845-575-3000.

NIGHTLIFE Local Musicians Showcase 9 p.m. Hosted by Karl Allweier. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590. Robert Sarazin Blake 7 p.m. Featuring the Powder Kegs. Bull and Buddha Lounge, 319 Main St., Poughkeepsie. 845-337-4848.

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

OUTDOOR Bob Babb Wednesday Walk – Minnewaska Lake and Beacon Hill 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 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 Minnewaska State Park Preserve Upper Lot. This is a moderate, 4-mile hike. The Minnewaska State Park Preserve parking fee applies. In case of inclement weather, call June Finer, hike coordinator, at 845-2557247 between 7:30-8 a.m. Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Kerhonkson. Bob Babb Wednesday Walk – Minnewaska Lake and Beacon Hill 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 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 Minnewaska State Park Preserve Upper Lot. This is a moderate, 4-mile hike. The Minnewaska State Park Preserve parking fee applies. In case of inclement weather, call June Finer, hike coordinator, at 845-2557247 between 7:30-8 a.m. Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Kerhonkson. Hudson valley news | | april 6, 2011 {17}


JOHN GRISHAM-LITE BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYENWS.COM Matthew McConaughey was born to play lawyers. He’s got the right amount of verve and vulnerability that draws a viewer into his plight, no matter how ridiculous the plight may be. ncoln Lawyer “The Lincoln Lawyer” isn isn’tt at the le level of John Grisham’s works – in my mind, McConaughey’s best work was in “A Time to Kill” and then “Amistad” – both movies had a little more gravitas working for them. The plot is fairly simple: Mick Haller (McConaughey) represents all sorts of unsavory clients out of the back of his Lincoln town car. He gets a new client thanks to Val (John Leguizamo), who says that wealthy Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe) has been accused of beating up a prostitute. But as Haller digs deeper, the more he finds that there may be connections between Roulet and a former client Weekend rating: Two town cars of his, who is serving time in jail for a murder Director: Brad Furman he may have not committed. Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Unfortunately, the murder and the possible Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe deception are not terribly interesting. Ryan Runtime: 118 min. Phillippe is not an engaging or sympathetic Rated R for some violence, sexual actor to me – I hoped he would be found guilty content and language. early on so that other great actors like John Leguizamo and William H. Macy could have


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more screen time. It doesn’t matter if you give those folks weak material – they always elevate the work. The movie is based on a book by Michael Connelly, which likely gives much more insight into why Haller is chauffeured about, his relationship with an ex (Marisa Tomei) and his affinity for operating in the greyer areas of the law. The challenging aspect of this flick is that you don’t necessarily want to root for any of the major players – Haller isn’t a particularly likeable guy (though McConaughey does an admirable job of playing off those rough edges). Phillippe did nothing for me – maybe he wasn’t supposed to, but I disliked his portrayal of a selfish, entitled miscreant from the get-go. Even his former client, Jesus Martinez (Michael Peña), doesn’t engender a great deal of empathy. Normally, I really cotton to films that don’t take the easy path of “good” and “bad,” but in this case, the acting was so dull that it was more a case of, “Oh gracious, just be found guilty so I don’t have to see your sour mug anymore.” Again, it’s the supporting cast that makes this film sizzle – having people like Macy, Leguizamo, Frances Fisher and Bryan Cranston populate a film makes it all the more interesting. In general, their time on screen was short (most of the film was devoted to McConaughey and his impressive physique), but, like great actors do, they made the most of their characters and gave me something to chew on during the drier moments. In fact, I have to say, the best part of this movie is watching McConaughey and Marisa Tomei go toe to toe. It was an absolute treat to see a smart, savvy woman who was both kind and fierce not be reduced into simple stock-character mode – Tomei, as Maggie McPherson, managed to carve out an interesting and legitimate space for her character, so that she didn’t become the blindingly singular “Ex-Wife.” I’m eager to see Tomei get a part that lets her be the focus of a film, so she can exercise all of her acting muscles.

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Seasons of love BY MARGARET DONER The angelic realm offers the human race a perspective that 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 forgot 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.


ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): Many opportunities, both personal and professional, present themselves to you right now, and you’re feeling a bit disoriented. You can wait to make a decision until you have more information and you’ve had a chance to ask trusted people for their advice.

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): You have a chance now to consider changing careers, or taking a new path in your current field. If this involves relocating, be wary about making the move. A family member will try to persuade you into a course of action that seems wrong to you – your instincts are right.

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): Something has been lingering on your mind for a while now, and as long as you keep trying to work out a solution alone, you’ll never get it resolved. Don’t trust information that comes your way just because someone tells you it’s been verified – do your own homework.

I recently started a new job. My boss and I get along very well. In fact, too well, I’m afraid. Although he is married, and I believe he has never cheated on his wife, I can’t help the attraction I feel for him. I’ve heard that this can come from a past life together and I’m wondering if we have known each other before. He is a good guy and I love my job—so don’t tell me to find another one. But, why am I thinking about him all the time and how can I stop? Sometimes I catch him looking over at me and I’m pretty sure he is thinking about me too. I don’t want to break up a marriage, lose my job or my heart! What should I do? Confused about Love

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): Financial issues need to be resolved this week – this


VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): You’re feeling sluggish and stressed – you need to say no to the next request on your time and up. Work issues are weighing heavily on your mind, and you’re feeling overwhelmed by the amount of tasks needing to be accomplished. Schedule a few hours this weekend at least to recuperate.

Human feelings are real and they were not given to the human race to stuff or ignore or go to war against. They were given to you to learn more about who you are. If you follow your feelings you will always find truth at the end of the “feeling rainbow.” Your feelings are asking you to follow them to gain deeper wisdom. That does not give you permission to do anything you want to—most people know from experience that leads only to trouble. The best approach, when a strong feeling overwhelms you, is to sit quietly and notice where it wants to take you. Did the feeling arise due to loneliness, for example? Even if there is a past life connection, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t real feelings being stimulated by real situations today that need to be addressed. Now that you are sitting quietly, become aware of what you feel in your body. When you think of him, do you find yourself feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or blissful? As you process the feeling, you might notice this is a repeated pattern for you. At the beginning stages of attraction, do you tend to paint everything in a state of perfection? Have you created a Prince Charming out of an ordinary human? Or are you afraid of commitment and attracting (once again) someone unattainable? Perhaps you want him to supply something you should be supplying for yourself? It’s nobody else’s job to rescue you from your life. That’s your job. Realize that these energetic cords attracting you to one another are asking you to heal and balance something that needs your attention. Too often, humans will assume that sexual attraction means “love.” They will justify having sex with someone, even when deep down inside they know it will only bring them pain, by excusing it as “true love.” Treat this opportunity with your boss as an opportunity to love more deeply and less selfishly. That means you recognize who he is today – your boss, who is married. That also means that you are being given a chance to get to know him without the ties or entanglements that physical intimacy often brings to a relationship. Whether it is because of a past life or present life, you arrived here today as boss and employee to give both of you the opportunity to work together harmoniously. If you had meant to find each other as lovers instead of co-workers you would have. Trust that you are being given the perfect opportunity for your soul’s growth and learn to see him as the person he really is; not the fantasy you want him to be. If you can do that, working with him can be an enjoyable experience of mutual respect—and you will keep both your job and your heart intact. 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.” You can submit a question for the Local Angel to

isn’t about trouble or chaos, it’s just time for you to seek out someone who can help you understand your situation and what resources are available to you that you should be taking advantage of. Don’t feel rushed, but don’t wait to act when you know what’s best to do.

LEO (JULY 23- AUG. 22): A new relationship has your head spinning a bit – you’re unsure of how you want it to develop. Try not to obsess about it too much, because you won’t be able to achieve any clarity on the subject right now. Let things progress naturally and then evaluate the situation.

LIBRA (SEPT. 23- OCT. 22): Recent achievements seem to signal that you are on the right path – you just have to be certain that you know where you’re heading. Keep your mind open when it comes to other interests and ideas – you should consider pursing a new hobby that will open you up to a new group of people. SCORPIO (OCT. 23- NOV. 21): Get ready for an unexpected visitor or houseguest. This will be a significant cause for stress, because you’ve already over-booked your weekend schedule. Be upfront and honest with the person, and let them know what you can and can’t do. They’ll appreciate your efforts to be accommodating. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): Travel plans are looming, but you’re frustrated by all the little details associated with your trip. Remember that you can’t do everything, and be choosy about what you commit yourself to. Delegate some responsibilities so that you aren’t the sole decider on anything.

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): Look at new technology or a new software design to help you solve a practical problem. If you’re not comfortable in this area, ask someone in the know for advice, but don’t give up if the solution isn’t immediately obvious. Consider getting a new piece of hardware while you’re shopping, and you’ll see your productivity increase.

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB 18): You feel as though you’re standing at a giant fork in the road, not knowing which path to take. The only thing that seems certain is change, and if you resist it, you will experience more heartache than if you accept change as a part of life. Consider how taking a different path could actually bring new happiness into your life.

PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): People perceive you differently right now, and it’s confusing you. You may not be aware that you are growing and changing right now, and while some people are appreciating your changes, others may be caught off guard. Your progress is positive, and you should be patient with your friends and yourself, even if this time of change is difficult.

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On Saturday, April 2, Oblong Books in Rhinebeck celebrated the opening of Oblong Jr., an expanded section of the store dedicated to children’s books. For more information, go to Oblong Books of Rhinebeck, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0500. Pictured: Oskar Baron, 2, checks out the toys and books in the new section. Photo by Nicole DeLawder.


On Tuesday, March 29, Vassar and New York Stage and Film Powerhouse Theater kicked off the season with information on some of the new works to be presented at Vassar College this summer. Johanna Pfaelzer, artistic director of New York Stage and Film, said three-time Emmy Award-winning actress and playwright Patricia Wettig would be staging her first Mainstage play at Vassar, “F2M,” which was part of the reading series last year. Kiera Keely and Ken Olin will reprise their roles; the rest of the cast will be announced at a later date. A second Mainstage show was also announced: Playwright Rob Handel will stage his work, “A Maze,” which Pfaelzer described as especially “theatrical.” Handel is a Poughkeepsie native who now heads the dramatic writing program at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama; he was a Powerhouse Apprentice in 1987. The most compelling offering of the evening was made by Dar Williams (pictured, above), who performed songs from her first musical – this family-friendly work, titled “The Island Musical,” will be presented this season in a one night only, free performance. The season runs from June 24 through July 31. Powerhouse season subscriptions go on sale (online only) on Wednesday, May 18. Individual tickets will be available for purchase in person at the box office or online on Wednesday, June 1. Pictured: Edward Cheetham, producing director of the Powerhouse Program, and Johanna Pfaelzer, artistic director, New York Stage and Film.

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KAMPF KOMMENTS BY BOB KAMPF Drought conditions in the Northeast may have been erased by the severe and long wet winter season we have just experienced. Tom Cervoni, veteran Franklin D. Roosevelt High School varsity lacrosse coach, is hoping to erase another drought that has plagued his team over the past two years, a victory drought. Getting into the winner’s circle has been a major problem for Cervoni and his stickmen as they went through a rebuilding process. The Presidents lacked experience during this dry period with a majority of the players coming from the freshman and sophomore classes. 2011 is quite different as many of his players have now been together for two complete campaigns and bring a sense of unity and strength to the field. Coner Clerkin and Joe Soltysiak, both juniors, join senior Brandon Kiernan as the optimistic co-captain leaders of the Presidents. Each of the trio of starters is determined to set things on a positive course, starting with this week’s opening contests against Millbrook, Pine Bush and New Paltz. Roosevelt was scheduled to open against the Millbrook Blazers Monday at home and will be in Pine Bush today. They round out the week on Friday with a visit to New Paltz. Over the past two seasons, Roosevelt managed just one triumph against Newburgh, but Clerkin, Soltysiak and Kiernan agreed that “this will be our year,” almost in unison. Cervoni advised his squad that their “bread and butter” will be their defensive maneuvering with a box and two

Senior Brandon Kiernan (left) and juniors Joe Soltysiak and Conor Clerkin (right) will lead the Roosevelt varsity lacrosse team as co-captains this season. The trio expects to guide the FDR stickmen to vastly improved outcomes after going through a rebuilding process the past two years. Tom Cervoni, veteran lacrosse coach at FDR High School, begins his 12th season at the helm of the Presidents this year. He is hoping his squad has arrived at the point where they can mix up a batch of big victories after being absent from the winner’s circle for an extended period during a recent two-year rebuilding program. Photos by Bob Kampf

formation. During his final pep session, stress was placed on “taking advantage of the weaknesses of our opponents.” One of the brightest pieces of evidence that may support the fact that FDR will break out of its shortage of victories is the presence of brand-new uniforms and a refreshing team spirit that has taken a full two years to build. For Cervoni, now in his 12th year at the lacrosse helm, the new uniforms should be but the finishing touch on what he expects to be fertile season, reaping the rewards of patience and replenishing the winning spirit with some big W’s for the record.

Franklin D. Roosevelt High School’s varsity lacrosse team gathered around coach Tom Cervoni after practice last week for one final pep talk as they prepare for the upcoming season, scheduled to get under way Monday, April 4 in a game against Millbrook. Today, the Presidents will be at Pine Bush and Friday, they journey to New Paltz in a busy first week, anticipating a major turnaround in their quest for a winning campaign. Hudson valley news | | april 6, 2011 {21}





VOLUNTEERS, YOUNG AND OLDER There was lots of action at the Hyde Park Creek Road baseball complex last Saturday, but it didn’t happen during any games; it happened in preparation for the upcoming 2011 season that gets officially under way this Saturday, April 9, with opening day ceremonies at the Cardinal Road field, adjacent to the Roosevelt Firehouse. Zach Baez, 6, was on hand to assist his dad, Gabriel Baez, and Mark Ticcony as they joined several other managers, coaches, parents and players in a unified uplifting of the Creek Road diamonds. While most volunteers, young and older, handled the rakes, shovels and wheelbarrows, Ron Johannesen was deeply engrossed in his machine work as he loosened up the infield dirt, putting new life into the soil and giving it a major stirring prior to the first player stepping into the batters’ box. While some early games were scheduled this week, the parade of baseball and softball players along Cardinal Road will step off Saturday morning. Following the ceremonies, team pictures will be taken and opening day contests will be played throughout the day on most of the six fields at Creek Road. Photos by Bob Kampf.

The Clinton Community Library is having movie night on Friday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library, 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18). The public is invited to this free showing of “Waiting for Superman.” In the film, documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim explores the tragic ways in which the American public education system is failing our nation’s children, and explores the roles charter schools and education reformers could play in offering hope for the future. We see the statistics every day – students dropping out, science and math scores falling and schools closing due to lack of funding. What we don’t see are the names and faces of the children whose entire futures are at stake due to our inability to enact change. There was a time when the American public education system was a model, admired by the entire world. Today, other countries are surpassing us in every respect, and the slogan “No Child Left Behind” has become a cynical punch line. By investigating how the current system is actually obstructing education instead of bolstering it, Guggenheim opens the door to considering possible options for transformation and improvement. Movie nights are a regular monthly feature at the library. Let librarians know if there is something you would like to see. Call 845-266-5530 with your movie suggestions and for more information.


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The Scenic and Historic Roads Advisory Committee has scheduled a roadside cleanup for the Town of Clinton on Saturday, April 16. Did you know April is Keep America Beautiful Month? The committee needs your support. Ask your friends to head up a group for their road. All this would involve is notifying a few friends and neighbors and to coordinate meeting on Saturday morning to pick up trash along the roadsides near homes. Just bring a pair of gloves and some plastic bags for the trash collected. The filled bags should be brought to the highway department parking area and disposed of for free in a designated dumpster that will be available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. only on that day.

You could even make some money when you pick up cans and bottles that can be returned to a store for their deposit. Household garbage, construction debris and hazardous materials will not be accepted for disposal. The Scenic Roads Committee maintains the beauty of the roads in our lovely town. One of the most important ways is by educating the public. By encouraging our residents to participate in this roadside cleanup, the committee is showing how each and every one of us is responsible for the scenic beauty of our town. Any interested person, group or organization can call to register their road for the roadside cleanup by calling Rick McGlauflin at 845-266-3003.


The Schultzville Union Cemetery Plot Owners meeting will be held Saturday, April 9 at 1 p.m. in Town Hall at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18). All owners are invited to attend this annual meeting concerning the cemetery’s operation, business and election of officers. For more information or to purchase a burial plot, call Lynn at 845-266-5040.


The combined annual meeting of plot holders and trustees of the Pleasant Plains Rural Cemetery Association and Provident Cemetery Association will be held on Saturday, April 16 at 1 p.m. at the home of Secretary and Treasurer Carolyn Cookingham, 6 Red Cedar Lane (off East Cookingham Drive). All plot holders are welcome and urged to attend. The trustees’ meeting will immediately follow the plot holders’ meeting. For more information about the meeting or to purchase a burial plot, call Carolyn at 845-889-4875.


Taconic Little League opening day is Saturday, April 16 at the Stanfordville Rec Park. Team pictures will be taken on April 16, rain or shine, at the Stanfordville Rec Park. For more information, call 845-266-0030. Hudson Valley News • Hudson Valley Weekend

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STANFORD BY HEIDI JOHNSON My apologies once again for a somewhat short column and lack of photos. I had yet another intensely busy week. Started with a huge report at work that had to be finished by April 1. This meant lots of last-minute scrambling to tweak formats, appendices, charts, etc. So the work week was quite a hustle. Then, on Friday, my children and I drove down to Philadelphia to attend my cousin’s surprise 30th birthday party. We had a nice time, but it was a whirlwind trip as we had to be back on Saturday night to catch our good friend, Laura Hayes, in Rhinebeck High School’s production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” “Thoroughly Modern Millie” was a delightful show and the cast and crew did a wonderful job. It was a very long day, though – visiting with family, driving four hours and then attending a threehour show. We are all quite lazy and tired today (Sunday). This coming weekend, the kids and I will be on the road again, this time headed to New Jersey for my former college roommate’s twin son’s birthday party. Phew. More miles and late nights. It’s funny, because from my columns, I expect most readers conclude that I’m a free-spirit type with a traveling bone. Nothing could be further from the truth. Believe it or not, I’m actually a third-generation hermit. Given a choice, I would drive home from work on Friday and not leave my house, or at least not leave Stanfordville, until Monday morning at 7 a.m. when I have to depart for the new work week. But, unfortunately, the other half of my basic nature is that I’m very family oriented. If my aunt and uncle can come all the way from northern California for my cousin’s birthday party, I can certainly drag my kids on a four-hour drive so we can see them. And my college roomie is like family to me after all these years. (I don’t even want to tell you what year we graduated form Lehigh University, but suffice it to say, big hair was in style then and Olivia Newton-John had the numberone song on the Top 40 chart.) Beverly and I both started our families very late and as such we’ve both got grade-school-aged children while

celebrating birthday milestones that start with the number 5. So, we have lots to commiserate about when we get together, which really isn’t often enough. In any case, these family visits are important to me so I try not to miss them. Means my house is a mess, and I still have snow tires on my car, but it’s worth it when I get to spend time with the people I love. In case you were wondering, gas is $3.45 per gallon in New Jersey. You can bet I gassed up both coming and going last weekend, and I’ll do the same this coming Saturday!


In recognition of National Volunteer Week, April 10-16, the Town of Stanford posted the names of many volunteers who serve our community on the town website along with a note of thanks. The list is as follows: Stanford Fire Company: Jacqueline Algieri, Jack Bennett, Jon Bloomberg, Henry Boehringer, J. Michael Brown, Kevin Brown, Dennis Buchal, Edward Cerul, Peter Charlap, Doug Coonradt, Rob Davis, Cathy Dillinger, Michael Dillinger, Tim Gifford, Dennis Gilhooly, Logan Goodman, Tony Grom, William Hadfield, Sheree Hall, Ed Hoxsie, Newt Kemp, Pamela Klay, Gary Koch, Peter Lyon, Rita Martins, Divo Martini, Dan McCarthy, Sean McCarthy, Mark Merritt, William Moriarity, Jesse Murray III, Jim Myers, Robin Oakes, Mickey O’Reilly, Pete Orioles, Shawn Pratt, Rich Prentice, Sue Sangillo, Terry Sangillo, Butch Seebruch, Dennis Smith, A.J. Spiers, Jeff Spiers, Michael Spizuoco, Eric Staats, Bob Stramm, Sharon Stramm, Jeff Swartz, Scott Sweeney, Larry Triola, Shane Walden, Alexander Whitridge, Ed Zick. Recreation: Ritamary Bell, Jeff Blouse, Sue Blouse, Henry Boehringer, Bob Burger, Mark Burns, Deborah Coconis, Dawn Damon, Tori Elvin, Chris Flynn, Dan Funk, Kathleen Generelli, Heidi Johnson, Dan Hegarty, Chris Kischuk, Jeff Knapp, Jeff Leach, Jeannie Maresca, Pat Maresca, Alice Nuccio, Bob Nuccio, Joanne Palombo, John Petrus, Alison Porcelli, Dennis Pryzgoda, Stacy Raisch, Sarah Rigolino, Karen Sergio, Evelyn Seipp, Dave Schmidt, Greg Starzyk, Karla Triola, Cathy White, Dan White, Mike Zeko. Master Plan Committee: Thomas Angell, Robert Butts, Steve Goyovich, Spencer Hall, Carol Hanlon, Conrad Levenson, Gary Lovett, John Royal, Jan Weido.

Conservation Advisory Commission: Elizabeth Ashton, Barry Haydasz, Elizabeth Kilmer, Brenda Lynch, Mike Picinelli, Karen Sergio, Charles Shaw. Board of Ethics: Frank Grasso, Charles Hanlon, Larry McKeough, Joseph Norton, John Tremper. Farm and Agricultural Committee: Mark Burdick, David Hambleton, Terry Kilmer, David Tetor, Aaron Zeyher. Stanford Free Library: Christa Cerul, Arlene Christensen, Lorraine Laufer, Darcy Lepore, Carol Mahony, Marge Moran, Fran Myers, Donna Oberrieth, John Perry, Barbara Post, Elvi Riordan, Karla Triola, Barry Weinberger, Mark Williams. Planning Board: Thomas Angell, Robert Butts, Gerardo Fernandez, James Fouts, Conrad Levenson, Gerlad Monaco, John Royall. Zoning Board of Appeals: Larry Clark, Terry Kilmer, Toni Liberta, Kathy Zeyher. Board of Assessment Review: Geroge Hazel, George Osborne, Timothy Riordan, Richard SanFilippo, Mark Zehyer. Fire Safety Board: Ed Hoxsie, Dennis Smith, Donald Smith, Kathleen Spiers, Robert Stramm. Scenic Road Committee: Elizabeth Ashton, Gayle Bontecou, Diana King, Kevin Malloy, John Royal. Highway Garage Committee: Robert Cadwallader, Henry Boehringer, Peter Bove, Duffy Layton. Whew! That’s an impressive list. You may notice several names appearing more than once, which is a tribute to these individuals’ level of dedication. It also points out how many opportunities there are to get involved. If you desire to serve our community, but don’t know how, I’m sure Stanford Supervisor Virginia Stern (845-868-1310) or Town Clerk Ritamary Bell (845-868-1366) will get you hooked up with a committee or organization that can use your help. Thank you to all of our

current volunteers for your time and effort serving our community.


Stanford Nursery School Open House: Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. until noon. A great chance to tour the facility and meet the staff. Tai Chi Classes at Stanford Library: Tuesday afternoons at 2 p.m. Grange Land and Sea Buffet: Stanford Grange is having this very popular dinner on Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 per person, children half price. Takeout and local delivery will be available. Call Louise Woodcock for reservations: 845-868-7548. Annual Grange Week Celebration and Open House: On Tuesday, April 26, Stanford Grange celebrates Grange Week with a covered-dish supper at 6 p.m., program starting at 7 p.m. The Grange Hall will be rededicated and there will be a guest speaker from the National Grange. This is also when membership awards are given out and this year’s awards will be given to three folks with a combined service of 155 years. Lions Club Flea Market: vendors requested. Saturday, June 11, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., on the Town Hall lawn, Route 82, Stanfordville. Spaces are just $20. Call Ed Hawks to reserve a space: 845-8687483. Rain date: Sunday, June 12. OK, so much for my “short” column. Of course, I cheated by copy/pasting that content from the town website, but I wanted to be sure those dedicated folks got to see their names in print. See you all next week and by then I hope to have finally caught up with Danielle Sundberg to get Science Fair photos! Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or

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the proceeds will support projects at Northern Dutchess Hospital and the Dyson Center for Women’s Imaging. Tickets are $75 each and reservations are due March 28. For further information, call 845-871-3503.


Next Week Senior Citizen Prom Rhinebeck High School’s Annual Senior Citizen Prom, featuring a Hawaiian Luau theme and dancing to the music of Russ Allen, is scheduled for Saturday, April 9, from noon to 4 p.m., at the high school/middle school complex on North Park Road in Rhinebeck. Past Senior Citizen Prom caterers Ray and Sue Germann are creating an enticing tropical dinner. Tickets are $16 and reservations can be made by calling the school at 845-871-5500, ext. 5501. Students will assist in serving the meal. Senior citizen singles, couples and groups are welcome. The deadline for reservations is Monday, April 4. Swing Concert The Dukes and Duchess, a popular local swing band, will be performing at a free dance sponsored by the Dutchess County Division of Aging Services at the First Presbyterian Church’s Wade Fellowship Hall in Wappingers Falls on Sunday, April 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. The church is located at 2568 South Ave. The group specializes in swing and dance music from the ’40s and ’50s. Everyone is invited to attend and light refreshments will be available. Call the church for more information at 845-297-2800.

Upcoming Senior ID Cards Residents of Dutchess County 60 years of age and older may obtain Senior Citizen Identification Cards on Wednesday, April 13, at the Dutchess County Division of Aging Services first-floor conference room, 27 High St. in 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. 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.

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This week Gathering of Rug Hookers The Gathering of Rug Hookers, a new program at the Tivoli Free Library, will take place on the first Thursday of each month, from 1-3 p.m., beginning April 7. Bring your rug hooking supplies and enjoy the company of other traditional rug hookers. Instruction available with advance notice. $1 suggested donation per class. The library is located in the historic Watts dePeyster Hall at 86 Broadway in Tivoli. For more information, call 845-757-3771. Tivoli Penny Social The Village of Tivoli Recreation Committee will host its First Annual Penny Social on April 8 at the Tivoli Masonic Hall, 7 North Rd., Tivoli. Doors open at 5 p.m. and calling will begin at 6:30 p.m. A 50/50 raffle, refreshments and prizes for adults and children will be available. All proceeds benefit Tivoli Community Day, scheduled for July 16. Call 845-757-1003 or 845-757-3261 for more information. Common Threads The Clinton Community Library’s Common Threads activity includes knitting, crocheting, or other needle and fiber crafts. The group will meet Friday, April 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the library, 1215 Centre Rd. For more information, contact the library at 845-266-5530.

Clinton Card Club The Clinton Card Club invites all to come and play card games. The club meets Friday, April 8, from 7 to 9 p.m., in the lower level of the Clinton Town Hall at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18). Bring your own favorite games and refreshments to share. For more information, call Patty at 845-266-3592. Rotary Wrestling Tournament Red Hook Rotary will be holding its 23rd Annual Kids Round-Robin Wresting Tournament on Saturday, April 9, at Linden Avenue School, Red Hook. The tournament is open to all youngsters between the ages of 5 and 14. They are divided by age and weight. No experience is necessary. All participants must be full-time students can be members of a wrestling club, but not a member of a varsity high school wrestling team. The tournament is limited to the first 125 who sign up. Further information can be found at www. ‘A Little Bit of Broadway’ Northern Dutchess Hospital Mothers’ Club will host its annual spring gala event, “A Little Bit of Broadway,” on Saturday, April 9, beginning at 6 p.m., at The Beekman Arms. The evening will include a cocktail hour, silent auction, dinner and a formal program with performances by professionals from across the Hudson Valley, some of whom have performed on Broadway. All

Professors, playwright featured at Poughkeepsie Writers’ Tea BY HV NEWS STAFF The Poughkeepsie Branch of the American Association of University Women will host a Writers’ Tea on April 10, from 3 to 7 p.m., at the Dutchess Golf and Country Club. Three Hudson Valley authors, Dr. Harvey Keyes Flad, Mia Mask and John Pielmeier, will share stories from their books, scripts and lives. Participants will enjoy champagne and tea and assorted tea sandwiches. Dr. Harvey Keyes Flad, professor emeritus of geography at Vassar College, is an active environmentalist and author. Flad will talk about the book he coauthored with Dr. Clyde Griffen entitled “Main Street to Mainframes: Landscape and Social Change in Poughkeepsie.” The

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book received the 2010 Helen Wilkinson Reynolds Award presented by the Dutchess County Historical Society. Mia Mask is currently an associate professor of film at Vassar College and author of “Divas on Screen: Black Women in American Film.” These divas have inspired Mask and she considers them “sheroes.” John Pielmeir, playwright and screenwriter, began his career as an actor. He wrote and starred in the original production of “Agnes of God.” The topic of his talk will be adapting from play to screenplay. The Writers’ Tea is $45 per person. For more information, call 845-297-9360 or go to

Taste of Rhinebeck Northern Dutchess Hospital’s seventh annual Taste of Rhinebeck food festival will be held Tuesday, April 12, from 6 to 9 p.m., in the Village of Rhinebeck. Proceeds will benefit Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation. Wristbands are $75 each if purchased before Tuesday, April 5, and $100 after that date. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the NDH Foundation Office at 845-871-3505, or you can register online at ‘Countdown to Zero’ The Marist College Public Praxis Program, Women Make Movies and Dutchess Peace will host a free screening of the film “Countdown to Zero” on Tuesday, April 12, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at Marist College’s Fontaine Hall (north entrance, first building on left) in the Henry Hudson Room. Following the film, a discussion will be held. For more information, contact

Upcoming Storytelling Storyteller Hartin-Gelardi will tell stories from around the world on Wednesday, April 13, at 7 p.m., at Adriance Memorial Library, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie. For more information, see or contact Jolie Hamer-Conroy at 845-485-3445, ext. 3365. Lyme Support Group The Mid-Hudson Lyme Disease Support Group meets Wednesday, April 13, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., in the Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church on Route 44 in Pleasant Valley. Caregivers are also encouraged to come to learn how to cope with the problems associated with Lyme and other diseases. For more information, contact Pat at 845-889-4242 or Rachel at 845-229-8925. Lyme Support Group The Northern Dutchess Lyme Disease Support Group meets Thursday, April 14, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., in the First Baptist Church, 11 Astor Drive, Rhinebeck. Lyme patients, the general public, and the medical community are invited to attend. Caregivers are also encouraged to come to learn how to cope with the problems associated with Lyme and other diseases. For more information, contact Mary Belliveau at 914-489-1202. ‘Charlotte’s Web’ Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff, will screen the movie “Charlotte’s Web” on Thursday, April 14, beginning at 4 p.m. The event is free. Call 845-876-2903 for more information. Celebration of Dutch Heritage Rhinebeck Reformed Church, located on the corner of Route 9 and South Street, will host a celebration of Dutch heritage and the history and architecture of Rhinebeck on Saturday, April 16. A traditional Dutch luncheon begins at noon, followed by tours of the historic sanctuary and Revolutionary War churchyard, a media presentation on Rhinebeck history and architecture, and a walking tour of the village. Tickets are $12 if purchased before April 12 and $15 at the door. For tickets or more information, call 845-876-3548 or email

Walkway volunteer ambassadors gather with Executive Director Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart and other officials at the Poughkeepsie end of the Walkway Over the Hudson. Photo by Christopher Lennon.

Walkway ambassadors get to work BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Visitors to the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park will now be greeted by friendly volunteers in red vests. These new volunteer ambassadors braved rain and cold temperatures to be formally introduced to the public on Monday. The ambassadors, who all attended four training sessions, will serve as greeters, tour guides and educators during peak visitation times at the Walkway. They will also provide support during special events. So far, there are 47 Walkway ambassadors, all hailing from the MidHudson Valley.

Walkway Executive Director Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart introduced the ambassadors and thanked the James J. McCann Charitable Trust and the Cunneen-Hackett Charitable Trust for providing funding for the program. “The ambassador program represents Walkway’s signature effort to attract and retain new visitors to Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park,” she said. “We want to maintain the tremendous momentum we’ve established at the Walkway and plan to do that by consistently upgrading visitor experience.”


‘Sweet Evening’ draws a crowd

Rabbi Hanoch and Tzivie Hecht join Robert and Annie Cohen and singer Elaine Rachlin at the Rhinebeck Jewish Center’s “A Sweet Evening” fundraiser at The Rhinecliff Hotel on March 12. Nearly 100 guests came out for the event, which featured a performance by comedian Moody McCarthy of “Last Comic Standing” and a Chinese auction. Photo submitted.

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they could expect to stand guard minister wandered outside the as long as He was present. mansion to sit on the back lawn “Some of the wives rebelled and watch the moon and stars at this, but others, more docile reflect off the Hudson River. and perhaps bovine, merely said Startled MPs and Secret Service OF THE a prayer of Thanksgiving for the men immediately recognized his Benevolent Master. The more rather round figure and guarded irascible junior officers of the him as quietly as possible from BY CARNEY RHINEVAULT post took advantage of this, for, behind trees and corners of the as they put it, ‘If you weren’t mansion. He stayed there until here on monotonous guard duty, the sun rose in the east, and acted you’d be overseas on much more relatively normal the rest of the dangerous duty.’ This obvious weekend, making no more nightchoice between Franklin and the time prowls. deep blue sea made many of the Because of the heat and The First Quebec Conference during men more tractable. World War II was conducted principally to possibly because of the president’s “A discussion of such matters discuss the specifics of the cross-channel desire to give the prime minister had been going on in Room Six invasion of France by the Allies. The main the same cuisine that was given to of the first platoon, Company A, purpose of the weekend retreat in Hyde Park the king and queen of England in Rogers mansion, while the men (Aug. 13-15, 1943), before the train trip to 1939, picnics were arranged with were showering preparatory to Quebec, was for rest and relaxation, but of hot dogs grilled over a barbecue. a new stretch of guard. It was Supposedly, the president jokingly course, the president and prime minister Saturday noon during a visit explained to Mary Churchill, the stayed up late into the evening on Friday, from the Saint. At this time, Mary Churchill wearing an air raid warden uniform. prime minister’s daughter, who Aug. 13 drinking their cocktails. This is Illustration by Tatiana Rhinevault. Commandant Major Sir John P. had accompanied him across what the prime minister considered rest. Goldstowell (Major Stowell to the Atlantic, that she should not William Hassett noted, “Churchill drinks the other soldiers) had his office just swallow any of the watermelon seeds Each man in the 240th Military Police like a fish and smokes like a chimney, below this particular room. Up came because they would grow into mature Battalion was screened by the Secret irregular routine, works nights, sleeps days, a message ‘to watch out for important watermelons inside her stomach. Service and given an ID card as well turns the clock upside down.” visitors.’ Dressed only in cotton shorts as his “dog-tags.” In civilian life, most It was exceedingly hot this weekend, and nothing else, all men in the room THE PRESIDENT’S of them were lawyers, policemen or however, and Churchill had trouble later climbed into the windows, which detectives. They also had the ability BODYGUARDS sleeping at all. Even in the president’s were large and had wide sills – to hail They were mostly all over 6 feet tall, to keep their mouths shut, and their home, the only air-conditioning was Franklin, Eleanor, and Mary Churchill. provided by natural breezes, so the prime average age 30, and average IQ 120. barracks may have been the quietest in They stopped at rest in the famous America. One newspaper said of them, Roosevelt Ford phaeton a few feet below “They were not grim, but extremely on the lawn. cool, and their eyes showed them to be “With a whoop, all 12 men yelled scientists of protection.” ‘Howdy, Franklin!,’ to which He Nobody thought to quiz the new MPs responded, with gaiety, ‘Howdy, men!’ about their political loyalty, however, and there was some silent grumbling The President and His party then moved among Republican recruits. A caustic along, all laughing. Not two minutes and humorous diary, “Diary Of An later, a message came up from the Ornament At Hyde Park,” was kept by Orderly Room, informing all men in the PFC Garret C. Wilcox (who referred to room that they would be kept after school himself by his serial number, 32916555). (restricted) for two weeks, because of ‘indecent’ exposure to the VIPs. It was signed by the most sycophantic officer MARY CHURCHILL on the post, the Adjutant, a man known GETS AN EYEFUL as ‘Cuddles Cooper’ – because of his According to the ever-unhappy arm habits with females.” Republican PFC Wilcox, “The post has At supper on that night, Eleanor now come to expect FDR every other Roosevelt and the prime minister weekend, from Thursday night until disagreed over the role that the United Tuesday night. It is never certain however States and Great Britain should play in that He (FDR – note the sarcastic the future United Nations conferences. deification) will leave on Tuesday, Very diplomatically, she chose not to because His physician may order Him mention the “flashing” to Mary’s father. to remain longer. This proved irksome {AROUND TOWN} to some of the men because it interfered Carney Rhinevault is Hyde Park with their “date” schedule. The married Town Historian and author of “The Lynne Olson, a former Moscow correspondent for the Associated Press and White men would have a telephone call from Home Front at Roosevelt’s Hometown.” House correspondent for the Baltimore Sun, spoke at the Wallace Center in Hyde Park their wives, who were waiting for them at Additional work by Tatiana Rhinevault, about her new book, “Citizens of London.” The book details the wartime relationship between Winston Churchill, Averell Harriman, Edward R. Murrow and John Gilbert hotels in Poughkeepsie. They would beg illustrator of this column, can be found off because St. Franklin was at hand, for at Winant. Olson signed copies of her book after the event. Photo by Jim Langan.



Churchill’s second visit to Hyde Park

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Sven E. Nygard, 80, passed away on Tuesday March 29, 2011 at the Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, New York. Born September 14, 1930 in Overmark, Finland, he was the son of the late Emil and Irene (Norrgard) Nygard. On Novemeber 3, 1956 in Korsnas, Finland, he married Elvi Ekstrom Nygard. She survives him at home. Sven and Elvi immigrated to the United States from Finland in 1957. Mr. Nygard, along with a business partner, owned and operated a construction company building private residences. Later, they owned and operated Nord Computer Flooring in North White Plains, NY. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, the Nordic Glee Club and the American Union of Swedish Singers. Sven liked to travel, hunt, golf and throw parties. He was always available to help others and was most often found in his workshop building something. Mr. Nygard is survived by his wife Elvi Nygard of Rhinebeck; a daughter, Tina Bevacqua and her husband Neil of Lagrangeville; two granddaughters, Rebecca and Emily Bevacqua of Lagrangeville; and a nephew, Johan Antus and his wife Karen of Ridgewood, NJ. He is also survived by many friends and other family members in Finland, Sweden and the United States. He was predeceased by a daughter, Britt Nygard, on Feb. 14, 1998. Memorial calling hours will be held on Friday, April 8, 2011 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck. A Memorial Service will begin at 6:30 p.m.; the Rev. Mark Frickey of the St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lutheran Church in Ancram, NY will officiate. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. Arrangements under the direction of the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck. Rhinebeck.


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2011 at The Thompson House in Rhinebeck. Marguerite spent the past seven years at The Manor at Woodside in Poughkeepsie, where she made many friends. Mrs. Murray was a homemaker and communicant of Regina Coeli Church in Hyde Park. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her family, spending time in her garden, and reading. Born in New Paltz on November 6, 1913, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Florence Fitch Linacre. On July 21, 1951 in St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church, New Paltz, she married John D. Murray. He predeceased her on February 20, 1994. Marguerite is survived by her son, Joseph E. Murray and wife, Veronica, of Hyde Park; granddaughter, Meghann M. Murray; sister, Helen Ross of Kingston; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her three brothers, Charles, Joseph, and Lorin Linacre. Calling hours were from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, April 3, 2011 at Sweetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m., Monday, April 4 at Regina Coeli Church, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. Burial followed in the family plot in St. Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cemetery, Poughkeepsie. To send a condolence or for directions, visit

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 Professional Limited Liability Company. Name: Old Farm Road R&R Psychiatry, PLLC. Articles of Organization filed with NY Dept. of State on 02/24/11. Office Location: Dutchess County. NY Secretary of State (SOS) is designated as an agent of PLLC for service of process. SOS shall mail copy of process to 5 Old Farm Road; Suite C1, Red Hook, NY 12571. Purpose: The profession of psychiatry and any lawful activity.

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 Secâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 FORMATION OF A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC); Name: Leâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nails Salon LLC; Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 1/19/2011; Location: 6 Garden Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572, Dutchess County; SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served; SSNY shall mail copy of process to 6 Garden Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572; Term: Until (perpetual); Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

Formation of a Limited Liability Company(LLC): Name: Detente: Independent Conflict Avoidance And Resolution LLC, Art. of Org. filed with the Secretary of the State of New York(SSNY) on 1/3/2011. Office Loc- : Dutchess Co. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to; C/O Detente: Independent Conflict Avoidance And Resolution LLC, 258 Vlei Road, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. Process: Any Lawful Purpose.

Notice of Qualification of Lawrence Thomas Property Management, LLC App. for Auth. filed Secâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 Qualification of Krochmal, LLC App. for Auth. filed Secâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

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 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. 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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A section of Hyde Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stone wall was recently repaired by members of the Visual Environment Committee. Photo submitted.

Committee does spring cleaning in Hyde Park


Members of the Hyde Park Visual Environment Committee recently spent a day repairing a section of the stone wall that runs along Route 9. On March 26, members of the committee braved below-freezing temperatures to

repair the wall and do some spring cleaning. By the end of the day, repairs were made and two bags of trash and a tire were picked up and taken to the town dump. The day before, members cut down standing locust and sumac trees from the area.

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