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DECORATED MILITARY HERO TO OPPOSE SCOTT MURPHY KINDERHOOK’S CHRIS GIBSON HAS REPUBLICAN BACKING FOR CONGRESS

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BY JIM LANGAN While New York Republicans still seem to be sorting out their field of candidates for various state and federal offices, it appears they’ve found their candidate for the 20th Congressional District.

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Chris Gibson, 45, has been tapped by the 10 county chairmen in the district to challenge Democrat incumbent Scott Murphy in November. Murphy narrowly won a special election last year to succeed Kirsten Gillibrand, who was appointed to replace Sen. Hillary Clinton. Murphy

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is considered by most observers to be vulnerable this fall. Gibson is a recently retired Army colonel with a distinguished military record. The Kinderhook native taught American government at West Point before serving one tour of duty in Kosovo and three in

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Iraq. He was most recently in Haiti as part of the U.S. humanitarian mission in the wake of the Jan. 12 earthquake. Gibson is married with three children and has recently moved back to Kinderhook. In an interview with Hudson Valley News, Gibson said he was concerned about the state of the country, saying, “We can’t sustain this pace of spending and the current levels of taxation. I want to be part of changing that.” Gibson said he made the decision to run last summer while still in the Army. “I’ve always been inclined to public service and am a proven leader having been tested in combat and under fire,” he said. Gibson professes to adhere to conservative principles but doesn’t believe in labels, instead endeavoring “to connect with everyone.” He believes jobs and the economy are the most important issues facing the district and intends to join forces with those in Congress committed to reforming government. Gibson also said he has “taken the pledge to repeal President Obama’s health care plan if elected.” As for his Democratic opponent Murphy, Gibson says he’s met him once and believes him to be “a good husband and honorable man but politically he’s out of step with the voters in the 20th district. He initially voted against the health care bill and then voted for the reconciliation bill. He’s also in favor of cap and trade.” When asked his political heroes, Gibson immediately replied Ronald Reagan and the late New York congressman and early Reagan supporter Jerry Solomon. Gibson was also a star high school and college basketball player, so Hudson Valley News asked him who he liked in the NCAA title game between Butler and Duke. “I’ve got to go with Duke,” he said. “Coach K was an assistant at West Point and I taught at West Point.” Duke won 6159. It looks like Chris Gibson has plenty of game both on and off the court.

MID-JUNE COMPLETION EYED FOR HOG’S BRIDGE

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BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Hog’s Bridge, a small culvert that crosses the Rhinebeck Kill and takes drivers to and from Mount Rutsen Road in Rhinebeck, has been closed since November for repair work, effectively blocking a popular shortcut between the Village of Rhinebeck and the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge. After months of setbacks and unexpected delays, work on the culvert has restarted and completion of the project is nearing. Highway Superintendent Kathy Kinsella said in a telephone interview this week she expects the bridge to be reopened mid-June. “Work has started back up,” she said. “The weather is cooperating. Most of the structure is already in place.” The remediation project almost seemed doomed from the get go. When work began in November, a resident walking near Hog’s Bridge saw and smelled oil in the waters of the Rhinebeck Kill. The DEC was contacted and began cleaning the site. The cleanup is now completed and the DEC continues to monitor the site, though the effort added about a week to the bridge construction project.

Then, when construction crews removed the culvert, they noticed the barrel hidden underneath was cracked and in need of repair. A concrete cap was poured over the barrel to reinforce it, but this unforeseen extra project added additional weeks of work. All of this unanticipated extra work brought the highway department into the winter. Kinsella explained it would have been very difficult and expensive to finish the project in the cold weather as concrete can’t be poured in the cold. Kinsella and the highway department decided to wait until temperatures were consistently in the 40s. Now, work on the culvert has started up again, and Kinsella says the project is beginning to take shape. “Just last week, the final sections of the walls were poured,” she said. The bulk of the remainder of the project will be building a new retention wall. Following that, drainage work will be completed before the bridge is finally reopened to traffic.

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Town looks to upgrade Web site BY HV NEWS STAFF The Town of Beekman is looking to upgrade the town Web site. On March 24, the town board approved two resolutions authorizing requests for proposals to enhance the town Web site and begin webcasting board meetings. Supervisor Dan French said the move will increase government access and transparency. “Revising the town Web site will allow us to provide more information to the public in a manner that is both intuitive and informative,” said French in a press release. “This, in conjunction with the webcasting of town board meetings, will provide for greater government transparency and allow residents to view these meetings at their convenience.” The town’s current Web site was created nearly a decade ago, and French says the town is now looking to take advantage of advancements in web design and communication that can improve the functionality and attractiveness of the site. “Given the explosion of Internet use among town residents in recent years, it is now more important than ever that we provide an attractive and user-friendly Web site that our town can be proud of,” French said. “We will also work on providing more forms and information on the Web site as part of the upgrade.” French said broadcasting town board meetings on the Web site will hopefully encourage more interest among residents in town government. “This will provide our residents the opportunity to watch local democracy in action,” he said. “It is our hope that this service will allow residents to hold their elected leaders accountable and will improve access to the important work we do at town board meetings on their behalf.” Specifications for both webcasting and revising the Web site are available at the town clerk’s office during regular business hours. The deadline for proposals is April 26. Additional information can be obtained by contacting William Sterbenz, secretary to the supervisor, at 845-724-5300, ext. 232 or wsterbenz@townofbeekman.com.

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Could Red Hook become Green Hook? TOWN FOCUSES ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON The Town of Red Hook has taken a number of steps to become more energy efficient over the years, and now, with plans in the works to install photovoltaic solar panels at the local fire department, the town is one step closer to making its electricity bills a thing of the past. Councilman Jim Ross, who served as deputy supervisor while the plans were being considered last year, explained about 90% of the cost of the solar system is being paid for through grant money, leaving the fire department to pay the remaining 10%. He said about two years ago, the town installed a small, demonstration solar system on the roof of Town Hall, and says the town has seen some savings benefits. “It doesn’t provide all of our energy needs, but it supplements it,” Ross said. Robert McKeon, a former councilman who has been working with Conservation Advisory Council members Denis Collet, Brenda Cagle, Laurie Husted and Molly Williams to seek funding for projects that will make Red Hook more energy efficient, explained the group submitted applications in several categories for stimulus money and were awarded funding in two categories. The fire department received a total of $179,000, leaving the department to pay about $18,000 toward the $197,000 project, he said. McKeon said the firehouse is an ideal structure for solar energy as it has “perfect orientation” and its roof was rebuilt last year. “It’s a very large roof,” McKeon said. “It’s an ideal renewable energy project.”

McKeon said the 34-killowatt-hour system that will be built at the firehouse should provide all electricity used by the department. “It is sufficient to power all the fire company’s electricity needs,” he said. McKeon said the project still has to go out to bid. Also, last month, the town received word that it will receive additional funding to expand the current solar system at Town Hall. The current system only provides about 6% of the building’s electricity needs, but with this additional funding, the system will be expanded to produce about 66% of the electricity used. The town was awarded $123,000 toward the $137,000 project, meaning the town will have to contribute about $14,000. The town also received a $52,000 grant to hire a part-time energy administrator, who, among other things, will develop a plan to make the town more energy efficient. McKeon points out that combined, the grants received by the town for renewable energy projects in the month of March total more than $350,000. In 2009, when McKeon was still on the board, the town also passed a law that requires all new homes built in Red Hook to conform to EnergyStar standards. “It’s been my goal to make Red Hook the greenest community in the Hudson Valley,” McKeon said. “Even though I’m no longer on the town board, I feel we can still get a lot of work done.”

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police blotter BY HV NEWS STAFF RED HOOK WOMAN FOUND TO BE INTOXICATED

On March 29 at approximately 7:45 p.m., Hyde Park Police were on the lookout after receiving a call for an erratic vehicle that had no headlights on and was tailgating vehicles. Police reportedly spotted the vehicle, which swerved into the patrol unit’s lane, causing the officer to take evasive action, however, the vehicle sideswiped the patrol vehicle, according to police. Police say they attempted to stop the vehicle with lights and sirens. However, the driver, Holly E. Tilson, 41, of Red Hook, did not comply for approximately a half mile while swerving over lines on the road, police said. Police reportedly attempted to approach the vehicle when it was stationary at a red light in a turning lane without its directional signal on. Upon approach, the vehicle took off and eventually turned into a convenience store parking lot and onto the grass, nearly striking a fire hydrant, according to police. A police investigation revealed an open bottle of vodka in the center console and that Tilson was driving while intoxicated, police said. Tilson was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, a class-A misdemeanor, operating a

motor vehicle with blood-alcohol content above 0.18%, a class-A misdemeanor, aggravated unlicensed operator, a class-A misdemeanor, and six traffic infractions, ranging from consumption of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of a property-damage auto accident to failure to keep right. She was arraigned before Judge David Steinberg and remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond.

COPS BUST UNLICENSED DRIVER DURING SEATBELT CHECK

On April 4 at approximately 6:20 p.m., Hyde Park Police patrols were sitting stationary for a Buckle Up New York Zero Tolerance Seatbelt detail when an officer observed a vehicle pass with the driver not wearing his seatbelt. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Victor L. Estep, 48, of North Beach, Md., according to police. Upon investigation, it was revealed that Estep was driving with a suspended license. Estep was charged with aggravated unlicensed operator in the third degree, a class-A misdemeanor, as well as not wearing a seatbelt, a traffic infraction. He is due to appear at Hyde Park Justice Court at a later date.

Scholarships available to college-bound students BY HV NEWS STAFF For the second year in a row, Salisbury Bank is offering scholarships to students who are planning to enter college this year. Five scholarships of $4,000 will be awarded to “high-achieving students who also possess a variety of interests, have demonstrated leadership experience, show consistent community involvement, and want to make their world a better place,” according to the bank. “We are pleased to be offering the Salisbury Bank Scholarship Program again this year,” said Salisbury Bank President and CEO Richard J. Cantele in a press release. “These scholarships are a part of Salisbury Bank’s commitment to our local community and support the educational endeavors of exceptional students.” To be eligible, students must have graduated from or be currently enrolled

in Dover, Webutuck or Stissing Mountain high schools. Applicants also must be planning to enter an accredited college as a first-year student in the fall 2010 semester. Students will be evaluated on a 100-point system that takes into account financial need, academic achievement, community service, volunteerism and leadership, as well as essay responses. The top scorers will also go through an interview process. Completed applications and transcripts must be received by the Salisbury Bank Scholarship Committee by 5 p.m. on May 3. For application packets and detailed information about the scholarship program, visit your school’s guidance office, pick up a packet at one of the bank’s branches or visit www.salisburybank.com (click “About Us”).

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LOCAL COMPANY BIG homeless cat population HIT ON WALL STREET BY HV NEWS STAFF

The Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation is helping the Dutchess County chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals address the overpopulation of cats in the county. The SPCA recently received a $1,500 grant from the Bear Hugs Foundation to help cover the cost of spaying and neutering cats owned by low-income pet owners. According to the SPCA, the number of homeless cats and kittens increased throughout 2009 and the trend is expected to continue through 2010. The increase is likely connected to the decline in the economy.

“We are grateful to the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation,” said Joyce Garrity, executive director of the Dutchess County SPCA, in a press release. “Their grant means the Dutchess County SPCA can help responsible pet owners who otherwise could not afford to spay/neuter.” The SPCA operates a low-cost spay/ neuter clinic for cats four days a week at its Hyde Park headquarters. Pet owners can call the shelter at 845-452-7722 to make appointments. The service includes rabies and other vaccinations and free micro-chipping so owners can be reunited quickly with lost pets.

Local docs honored by St. Francis Top: Employees of Primerica Company in Wappingers celebrate the success of their company’s initial public offering; inset: Ann and Louis Curci. Photos submitted.

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Award for Physician Excellence recipients Dr. Zubair Zoha and Dr. Robert Frisenda pose for a photo with members of the medical staff at St. Francis Hospital. Photo submitted.

BY HV NEWS STAFF Two local doctors have been recognized with the St. Francis Hospital and Health Centers’ 2010 Award for Physician Excellence. Trauma surgeon Dr. Zubair Zoha and cancer surgeon Dr. Robert Frisenda were recognized after a recent medical staff meeting at the Sister M. Ann Elizabeth Community Conference Center. “We should be honored to work with (this group of physicians) and it’s quite an acknowledgement of the work that they do and the care that they provide to their patients as well as the hospital and

to the community,” said Dr. Mark Foster, St. Francis medical staff vice president, in a press release. The award is presented to physicians who best exemplify the hospital’s CREST of Values: Compassionate care, Respect, Excellence, Service and Teamwork, according to the hospital. To be eligible for the award, physicians must be active in good standing at the hospital. Employees, physicians and members of the community nominated 21 physicians and a selection committee determined the winners.

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It’s been a while since employees of any company partied like it was 1999, but it was back to the future at Primerica in Wappingers. Ann Curci and her husband, Louis, joined employees of their financial services company to watch their parent company go public on the New York Stock Exchange last Thursday. They weren’t disappointed as the company’s stock soared 30% on the first day of trading. The Curcis are independent contractors specializing in serving underserved middlemarket customers. Ann Curci says Primerica’s mission is to “help families become debt-free and financially independent.” Primerica was originally part of the Transamerica Corporation, which was eventually purchased by Citigroup as part of its acquisition of Travelers. In an attempt to return to profitability, Citigroup recently elected to spin off Primerica, selling 21.3 million shares to the public on Thursday.

Clearly, the offering was well received and the Curcis and their 50-plus employees were all smiles Thursday night. More than 4,000 employees of Primerica were given the opportunity to buy the stock at the offering price of $15. The stock closed near $20 on its first day of trading. Initial public offerings have been rare on Wall Street in the wake of the recent financial meltdown, but clearly investors think Primerica has a bright and profitable future. The success of the offering is seen as a positive sign for Citigroup as it attempts to return to profitability and repay government bailout money. Ann Curci is also the daughter of Hyde Park Historical Society President Patsy Costello and sister of Joan Costello, also of Hyde Park.

Vassar nets $103K for non-profits BY HV NEWS STAFF

The best medicine LAUGHTER CLUB CELEBRATES ONE YEAR IN RHINEBECK BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON

If laughter is the best medicine, then on Wednesday mornings, the Starr Library in Rhinebeck turns into a pharmacy. The Laughter Club, which combines yoga and breathing exercises with silly gesticulations designed to make participants crack up laughing, recently celebrated its one-year anniversary at the library. “This is where we get together and laugh for no reason,” said club leader Liz Morfea. “After a while, it becomes contagious and it becomes genuine laughter.” Morfea explained there are some serious health benefits to laughter. She said two minutes of hearty laughter is an equivalent aerobic workout to using a rowing machine for 10 minutes. Laughter also reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, releases more oxygen into the body and releases serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood, according to Morfea. It doesn’t matter if the laughter is genuine or forced, she said, as the health benefits are the same. Arthur McLaughlin of Germantown is a regular Laughter Club participant. He said he’s experienced the benefits of hearty laughter firsthand. “For me, it’s a good workout,” he said. “You feel good all over, really.” During meetings, participants do ridiculous exercises, such as running their fingers through their make-believe long hair and prancing around like models on a catwalk. Before long, everybody is practically on the floor laughing. At first, the laughter seems a bit forced, but after a short while, even the most serious of participants can’t help but erupt in side-splitting laughter. Between laughter exercises, Morfea leads participants in yoga and breathing techniques.

The club also teaches participants it’s OK to laugh at things that are normally stressors. At one point during last week’s meeting, when one participant said her family has been stressed over taxes, Morfea pointed at the young woman and started cracking up. Before long, everyone else joined in the laughter. “We can choose to react to these things with joy or laughter,” Morfea later explained. Each session ends with a meditation lead by Morfea. The last few minutes, while everyone is meditating, is about the only time no one is chuckling. The club began on April Fool’s Day 2009 and has been meeting on Wednesday mornings since. Morfea explained she participated in laughter yoga courses before moving to Rhinebeck with her family. When she arrived in town, she decided to start her own club. Morfea said laughter yoga came into her life during a time she was feeling depressed. She said the exercises had a marked impact on her mood and wellbeing. “For me, it’s therapy, really,” she said. She said the club is also a great way to bond with new friends. “People come as complete strangers, but because you’ve laughed together, you have that in common,” Morfea said. “Then you see each other outside, and you just start laughing,” McLaughlin added. Laughter yoga was “discovered” in 1995 by Dr. Madan Kataria, a physician in Mumbai, India. Today, there are more than 2,500 laughter yoga clubs throughout the globe. The Laughter Club meets weekly on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Starr Library’s lower level. The club asks for a small donation (usually around $5) but no one is turned away if they cannot pay. On Sunday, April 11 from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Morfea will host “Paint Your Heart Out! Laugh Your Socks Off,” a workshop that combines laughter yoga with intuitive

People come as complete strangers, but because you’ve laughed together, you have that in common.

The Vassar College Community Works campaign has generated more than $103,000 for 10 local non-profit organizations. According to the college, this is the second-highest total raised in the nineyear history of the campaign. Money was contributed by Vassar College employees and students. According to Vassar, since its inception in 2001, Community Works has raised more than $800,000 and funded 40 different organizations in the Hudson Valley. Recipients are chosen each year by a committee of employees and students, and all the administrative costs of the Community Works campaign are paid by Vassar. This year, organizations to receive Community Works funding include Battered Women’s Services, Celebrating Community, Children’s Media Project, Circles of Planned Parenthood, Dutchess County Arts Council, Dutchess Outreach, The Living Room of Mental Health America of Dutchess County, Queens Galley, Real Skills Network and Rural and Migrant Ministry. “The organizations we will support meet some of the most urgent human needs in our area, all the more so while the economy struggles to recover,” said Nicholas de Leeuw, a senior lecturer in psychology who chaired the Community Works campaign, in a press release. “We’re proud that the campus responded so strongly this year.”

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Pictured, from top: Deidre Sullivan, Liz Morfea and Arthur McLaughlin participate in laughter yoga exercises; Laughter Club director Liz Morfea leads the group in a chuckle; Club member Arthur McLaughlin has a case of the giggles. Photos by Christopher Lennon.

action painting. The workshop will be held at the Starr Library and the cost is $30, which includes the cost of materials. For more information on the Laughter Club or laughter yoga, contact Morfea at 845-516-4330 or lizwalkden@yahoo. co.uk. Hudson valley news | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com | april 7, 2010 {5}

opinion EDITORIAL THANKS FOR A GREAT FIRST YEAR

The issue you’re reading marks the beginning of Year Two for the Hudson Valley News. It has been a remarkable year. The paper was conceived following the demise of Taconic Press in late February 2009. Within weeks, we had put together a great team, figured out how to print and distribute a newspaper and were on the stands April 1. The response has been overwhelming and confirms our belief there is a very legitimate need for a local newspaper. People want and need to know what’s going on in their home town and local businesses needs an affordable vehicle to advertise their wares. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our many loyal advertisers for their support. Without these advertisers, you wouldn’t know what’s really happening at Town Hall or see a picture of your child in the school play. You also won’t know about all the terrific cultural and entertainment events happening in your neighborhood. Without advertisers, there is no local newspaper. So support our advertisers and encourage new ones. I will also tell you we are smart enough to know we haven’t invented the perfect newspaper. If there’s anything you want to see more or less of, tell us. If there’s something or someone you want us to cover, tell us and we’ll be there. We would also like to thank all of you who have and continue to subscribe to the Hudson Valley News as well as those of you who tell us you can’t wait for the mail so you buy it on the newsstand. We love you both. I would also like to thank our staff and contributors who make this paper sing. You give us our voice and I hope you keep on singing. Now let’s get on to Year Two.

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OK, Mr. Langan, so you disdain Mark Levin and find the Tea Party movement’s anger disturbing. You’ve referenced hobnobbing with the Kennedys as a positive, so it’s obvious where you’re coming from. Guys like you never met a popular movement you didn’t distrust, unless it could be channeled through the RINO wing of the Republican Party. Say hello to Georgette Mosbacher.

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kind of hypocrisy is an insult to middleclass Americans, regardless of their political orientation. Social Security is socialism, yet those entitled to collect a Social Security check would be reluctant to give up said Social Security in the name of freedom. If the Republicans had privatized Social Security, many Tea Baggers would be broke, homeless and starving after the market crashed. If there were no bailouts, the recession would have been even worse. Unemployment would have been closer to 25% or higher. The loss of tax dollars to towns, cities and states would cause them to fail in providing civil services such as police and fire protection. The subsequent breakdown of our society would make the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina look like a good day at an amusement park. Yet, those who enjoy attacking Democrats seem bereft of any ideas on what should be done beyond just saying “no.” It would be great to hear what those who bash the president would do to save middle-class Americans from extinction.

The Republican Party is a three-ring circus. That’s why they were voted out. The party with the most votes rules in a democracy. It is un-American to suggest otherwise. Rather than making personal attacks on Democrats, the right should focus on substantive issues and policies. Many Republicans have voted against their own bills after Democrats agreed with them. Some Republicans have attempted Bryan Henry can be reached at to take credit for the stimulus package in their districts after voting against it. This editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com. QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Unemployment is still terribly high and is going to stay unacceptably high for a long time.

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I am a prominent business owner in town. I have been here in Hyde Park my entire life and I am very charitable and giving. I am writing this letter anonymously because I feel the current town board could look at me in a negative or unfavorable way. With the economic times the way they are, I don’t need a board causing problems for me. I have been a supporter of Hyde Park and I still am. My kids all graduated from Hyde Park Schools and now are in college. I am writing to express my concern over what I see and hear. During these tough economic times, why did the board grant the town clerk a raise and also give her an assistant? “Because she is not a slacker.” If you place an ad in the “Help Wanted” section, you could replace the town clerk with someone else as qualified and pay him or her less money. I guarantee it. I realize this is an elected position, but I’m making a point. When there are people losing their jobs, homes, livelihoods, she is asking the board for a raise. This is disgusting. The excuse for the raise was that she works hard. So does everyone else. “But she works past 4 p.m.” Big deal. So does everyone else. If she can’t do the job or does not appreciate her pay (she knew the salary before she ran for office), call Melissa Milligan or Lori Hicks. I’m sure they would jump at the chance to have the job. Good luck, town board. You are losing voters as well as destroying the spirit of Hyde Park. A disgusted Hyde Park native

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THE THUG O’ METER IS A SERVICE OF HV NEWS INTENDED TO GAUGE THE LEVEL OF THUGGISH ACTIVITY OF THE TOWN BOARD IN ANY GIVEN WEEK.

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An increasingly isolated and paranoid Supervisor Tom Martino summoned employees at Town Hall last week to a meeting and warned them he would “Section 75” any person found trafficking in gossip or leaks. No one seems to know what a “Section 75” is. One wag told Hudson Valley News, somebody should “Section 8” Martino for his increasingly bizarre behavior. Note: THUG-O-METER T-shirts will be available for purchase soon. Watch this space for details.

opinion without laces. Again, it seems so stupid but it was because they take away your shoelaces in jail. The low-hanging pants are supposed to reflect the one-size-fitsall, prison-issue pants that are often much too big for some of the young kids going through the system. I’m not sure why you would want to dress like an inmate for any occasion, but it certainly implies a very negative self image. It implies USUALLY RIGHT defeatist, prison is where you’ve been or where BY JIM LANGAN you’re headed and that’s OK with you. Well, it’s not OK with sartorially resplendent African-American men like Adams or Barack Obama for that matter. BOXER REBELLION Shortly before his election, Obama was AND TATOOS MARK quoted as saying, “Brothers should pull up their pants. You are walking by your YOU A LOSER There’s a state senator from Brooklyn mother, your grandmother and your named Eric Adams who is creating quite underwear is showing. What’s wrong a stir by sponsoring billboards targeting with that? Come on.” Adams references tattoos as sending young black men. The billboards show two the wrong message, too. While I’m from young men with their pants hanging below a generation where the only people with their butts exposing their underwear. The tattoos were sailors and circus freaks, I’m tagline says, “Raise your pants, raise your image.” Adams is quoted as saying, “Let not put off by a random tattoo. Extreme tattooing, though, us not be the ones who does scream low make our communities self esteem or false look foolish. Our bravado and neither communities have is likely to get you It implies prison is turned into minstrel shows.” He’s absolutely where you’ve been or taken too seriously. But like so many correct. You show me social trends, it’s where you’re headed a black kid with the up to the parents to Yankee hat on sideways and that’s OK with establish boundaries and his pants around his and there isn’t much you. ankles and I’ll show you of that going on these a kid on the fast track to days. According nowhere. The senator to Adams, “We is trying to change that have abdicated our career path. responsibility to tell them they’ve gone If you go to the senator’s Web site, there are images of offensive racial stereotypes, too far. If they don’t follow our advice, from Aunt Jemima to watermelon-loving the adult is supposed to say, ‘This is not Negroes. Adams has added sagging acceptable.’” Adams, a former police officer, pants on African-American men to that says, “Start looking at how your child revolting lineup. That’s because Adams is dressing. It’s an indicator of who his is rightly making the point that it’s tough friends are and what group he’s associated enough getting past so many of these with. It’s all in the clothing.” He’s right. If ugly caricatures, why would anyone in your kid dresses like a gangbanger, don’t the black community stand for this selfbe surprised when you find out he is. inflicted degradation. He’s absolutely Does all this mean every low rider and correct. tattoo junkie is doomed to a life of crime Yet you can’t walk down the street and or insignifi cance? Of course not, but given not see young and not-so-young black how tough it is out there, why would you men shuffling like prisoners in a chow want to put yourself at a disadvantage line with their pants at or below their butt cheeks. Personally, I’m not sure by dressing like a clown. Then again, I I wouldn’t fall flat on my face if I tried remember the ’60s and ’70s and some of walking around like that, never mind the ludicrous outfits people wore that were if I had to put it in second gear. In fact, intended to horrify the establishment. Of last December, a New York City man, those people, 99% grew out of it and gott who had just murdered three people, fell a real job and a haircut. Adams and I hopee to his death from a fire escape when his human inclination will happen again low-slung pants fell completely down, and the droopy pants will take their causing him to trip and fall four stories rightful place alongside bell bottoms and Nehru jackets. to his death. Like too many urban fashion statements, droopy drawers come from the prison culture. It began years ago when black kids started wearing sneakers

GOD, LIFE AND EVERYTHING BY THE REV. CHUCK KRAMER

Now what?

Happy Easter! Find your eggs? Your chocolate? Your basket? If you are one of the faithful, did you go to church Easter morning and celebrate the resurrection? Alleluia! Christ is risen! Now what? Seriously, and forget about the eggs and chocolate – a little mayo and mustard makes lovely deviled eggs, and no chocolate lasts more than 15 minutes in our house, so problem solved. Now, what about the resurrection part? For many Christians, Easter is not just a day but a season, 50 days long. That’s the number of days Jesus walked the earth after rising from death. In those days, he taught the disciples his final lessons before sending them out to their respective destinies. So, in these 50 days of Easter, what instruction can we take? What destinies – or missions, if you will – can we imagine for ourselves? What do we do with this risen Christ? First of all, I think we can rest a little. Every pastor I know is breathing a collective sigh of relief that the manic pace of Holy Week and the hoopla of Easter morning are over. It’s kind of like the cast of a play after closing night. Job well done and rest well deserved.

Beyond that, rest in the risen Christ makes sense. As Christians, we rest in the knowledge that God really does love us, that nothing we do can make God stop loving us, and that Christ’s example shows us how death is merely a doorway through which we pass on our way to something more. But you can’t just rest all your life. Aside from being boring, that would make a mockery of the gift. I used to play pickup hockey with some friends, and even though we kept score for most of the game, near the end someone would shout, “All tied up!” From that point on, no score was kept. It was endless 0-0. You might think that defeated the point of the game, but I think in those final minutes, players showed more creativity, used more energy and had more fun than in the rest of the game. Why? Because you weren’t penalized for messing up, so you could go out on a limb. That’s how I see the resurrection. Now that we know the end of our story – we live, we die, we receive eternal life enjoying God’s love – we are free to experiment with that love. We can see what it’s like to forgive, to get out of our comfort zones and reach out to people who are not like us. We can play with new ways of healing broken relationships and broken justice systems. We can do it on a personal level and on a societal level. That’s the gift of Easter – we can boldly go about trying to share God’s love, knowing if we screw up, nobody’s keeping score. So, what do we do now that the resurrection has taken place? Rest, then play! The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Hyde Park. You can leave a comment for him at rector@ stjameshydepark.org.

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Senior of the Year named BY HV NEWS STAFF The 2010 Dutchess County Senior Citizen of the Year and the Senior Citizen Couple of the Year have been named by the Dutchess County Office for the Aging. Sally Edwards Taylor of Wappinger Falls has been named Senior Citizen of the Year, and Brud and Audrey Dickson of Verbank were selected as Senior Citizen Couple of the Year.

In addition, Dorothy J. Fugardi of Wappinger Falls will receive the Senior Citizen Achievement Award. These senior citizens will be recognized at the annual “Celebration of Aging” on Monday, May 17 at noon at the Villa Borghese • Now, it’s pretty clear to most people on Widmer Road in Wappingers Falls. See the Senior Calendar on page 25 for in- that President Obama has a very robust formation on purchasing tickets to the event. ego and doesn’t mind seeing his image

Nicole DeLawder wins NYPA Photography Award BY HV NEWS STAFF Hudson Valley News was told last week that Art Director Nicole DeLawder was honored by the New York Press Association at its annual “Excellence Awards” dinner in Saratoga. Nicole’s photograph of a Rhinebeck farm was a “very calming photo of local interest of orchards, farming and mountains,” according to the judges, who chose it over 2,098 other entries. The photograph is displayed to the right. Everyone at Hudson Valley News congratulates Nicole for this well-deserved honor. We see her talent week in and week out but it’s always nice when someone is recognized by her peers.

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everywhere. Well, Mr. President, I’m here to tell you that you have officially arrived and have become a beloved part of pop culture. That’s because we just saw a television ad for Chia-Obama. Our president is now available as a Chia pet, those annoying things you water and some hideous fuzz grows out of it. The presidential Chia is available for $19.95. • Could be a tough week for a Lebanese psychic as he is scheduled to be beheaded in Saudi Arabia for witchcraft and sorcery. He apparently made a couple of predictions on a television show and was arrested while Rascal, the Hudson Valley Renegades’ raccoon on a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. I guess mascot, guards the Easter Bunny at Alps Sweet he didn’t see that coming. It’s a good Shop in Fishkill last week. Courtesy photo. thing the Saudis have a lot of oil. classroom when interrupted by a janitor. • By now, you must have heard Sounds like the opening scene in some about the teenager who took down the porno flick. The two women have been Easter Bunny in front of a candy store re-assigned. in Fishkill. We hear the woman in the • The city council in Davenport, bunny suit wasn’t hurt as she landed on Iowa kicked off the Easter holiday by her cotton tail. renaming Easter “Spring Holiday.” They • How about the Texas cops who thought Easter was too religious! Well, Tasered an unruly 10-year-old boy at that lasted about 10 minutes as citizens Tender Teddys Day Care Center. The blew up the phones and the Internet kid was apparently a handful but the and Easter was restored. offending cops have been put on paid leave pending an investigation.

• The Chinese government has banned Bob Dylan from performing there as part of his Forever Tour. The Chinese are afraid he might say something about Tibet. Hey, Americans can’t understand a word Dylan says, why would the Chinese?

• And the last car manufactured in California rolled off the assembly line in Freemont. The plant had been a joint venture between Toyota and GM making Tacoma trucks and Corolla sedans. Again I ask, where did all that stimulus and bailout money go? • The FAA has reversed its ban on pilots taking antidepressants like Prozac. The initial concern was drowsiness but the FAA now believes the medications have been improved sufficiently and will allow pilots to fly on Prozac as early as this week. Well, you certainly want your pilot up, don’t you?

• Meet George Jolicoer, a 600-pound gentleman from Seminole, Fla. It seems the peckish Mr. Jolicoer has been conning local supermarkets out of large quantities of food by returning empty packages claiming spoilage. He was caught when someone thought it odd • A Norfolk, Va. man is suing his that he could eat 50 pounds of beef local Petco for injuries sustained while jerky before realizing it was tainted. He shopping. The man claims he slipped was given a suspended sentence. on some dog poop and fell, knocking • Here’s another one to file under out four teeth and hurting his back. “where was I in high school?” Cindy The person he should be suing is the Mauro, a French teacher at James idiot who let his dog make a deposit on Madison High in Brooklyn, was caught the floor and then walk away. Clean-up naked and very busy with an equally aisle four and don’t forget to pick up naked Alini Brito, a Spanish teacher. the teeth. The two were steaming up an empty

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The life and times of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was the topic of a recent Red Hook Rotary breakfast meeting. The guest speaker was Kathleen Durham, executive director of The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill. Shown in the photograph, from left to right, are Rotarian and speaker-host Susan Goodman-Goldstein, Durham and Rotary President-elect David Wright. Red Hook Rotary meets every Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Apple a Day Diner, Route 9, Red Hook. Visitors are welcome. Photo by Fred Cartier. {8} april 7, 2010 | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com | Hudson valley news

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• Lastly, the state of Vermont has awarded the Monkton Conservation Commission $150,000 to build a salamander crossing. The crossing will be built under a busy highway. Two questions. Did anyone consider a teeny traffic light for the little reptiles and just how much can it cost for a salamander crossing? Now I am worried about the Hyde Park police/court thing going over budget.

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The Ninth Annual Haitian Art Sale And Auction April 9-11, Art sale and full auction in the multipurpose room on the second floor of the College Center. A benefit concert, “Harmony and Hope: A Musical Bridge to Haiti,” to support the rebuilding of the Holy Trinity Music School in Port-au-Prince, will be held on April 24 in the multi-purpose room on the second floor of the College Center. Proceeds from the art sale and auction will benefit the Haitian artisans, the village of Chermaitre, and earthquake victims. Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370.

THEATER “The Girls Next Door.” April 9-18. The show, based on “The Boys Next Door” by Tom Griffin, chronicles the lives of four mentally handicapped women and their social worker. Interspersed with poignant moments of reality, the show is a clever, funny, and touching glimpse of the trials and tribulations of life for these women. Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 18, 2 p.m. Cost: $7, general; $3, student. Nelly Goletti Theatre, 3rd floor of the Marist Student Center, Marist College, 3399 North Rd. (Rte. 9), Poughkeepsie. 845-575-3000 “A Mom’s Life 2” April 9-10, 8 p.m. Bob Balaban directs Kathryn Grody reading her new play, which is the followup to her hit autobiographical one-woman play “A Mom’s Life.” Phoenix Art Gallery, Franklin Ave and Front St., Millbrook. Tickets: $13 pre-sale; $15, at door. 1-888-TICKETS or www.halfmoon. showclix.com. “Noah and His Wife” & “The Second Shepherd’s Play” April 9-11. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck presents two morality plays as part of the fourth annual Sam Scripps Shakespeare Festival. The plays are two of the earliest plays in the English language and are presented on

the Globe Stage with stark simplicity and minimal costumes and props. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. Cost: $16, general; $12, senior and children. Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck.845-876-3088

Wednesday, April 7 BENEFIT

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party 3 p.m. Participants are asked to wear a favorite hat to enter contests for the craziest, most elegant, largest and most surprising hats. Hors d’oeuvres, dessert and gourmet teas served. Include a fashion show of “second hand chic” fashions from the NDH Thrift Shop. Checks can be mailed to NDH Volunteer Office, 6511 Springbrook Ave., Rhinebeck, NY 12572. All proceeds benefit Northern Dutchess Hospital (NDH), a Health Quest affiliate, in Rhinebeck. Cost: $30. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinecliff. 845-876-0590.

LECTURE “Intellectual Property and Innovation for Sustainable Development” 5:30 p.m. In his lecture, Claude Henry will address whether intellectual property helps disseminate the body of innovation required for switching to a more sustainable development trajectory, or whether it acts as an obstacle. He will explore what alternatives might be promoted. Taylor Hall, Room 203, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370. Proofs for The Book: Asprey Lecture in Mathematics 5 p.m. Günter M. Ziegler, professor of mathematics at Technische Universität (TU) in Berlin presents the annual Asprey Lecture in Mathematics. A specialist in discrete geometry, Ziegler shares new proofs and insights for classical mathematical problems. The lecture is in Rockefeller Hall, Room 300, and is preceded by a reception at 4:30 p.m. Free. Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370. > more on page 11

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BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM In conception, Centerstage’s production of “Macbeth” is very attractive – envisioned as civil war in a post-apocalyptic future “Macbeth” Scotland, the performers looked as rough Through April 17. and grisly on the outside as their ignoble intentions to profit from destruction. 8 p.m. | Friday and Saturday It’s Shakespeare via Neil Marshall’s 3 p.m. | Sunday, April 18 “Doomsday” – which is useful, since I’ve Tickets: $20, adults; $18, often found it difficult to get the viciousness to come through when everyone’s decked seniors and children out in doublets and tights. One of my favorite The Center for Performing Arts images of the performance last Friday night at Rhinebeck was the visual of two sentries – women in 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. ripped tights and camo, standing guard atop the castle, watching with their backs to the 845-876-3080 audience, rifles slung across their shoulders, looking both weary and resolved. The look of the show, however, couldn’t pull the pieces together on opening night; the performance felt a few rehearsals away from being solid, and a there were a few significant stumbling moments that took me out of the thrall. Some individual scenes – especially the second encounter Macbeth (Rick Lange) has with the three witches – were well-executed, with thoughtful staging and invested performances by the players. These scenes, however, existed like islands – the bit would be played, and then the characters seemed to drop away as another scene was being set. That ebb and flow of sustaining the energy and commitment made it difficult to invest myself in the performance. For example, at some points, the witches seemed to be animal-like, hissing and snarling, contorting themselves awkwardly: It was weird and very interesting. Yet when the scene would end, the women would seem to break that creature-like act to get off stage. I kept wishing for more aggressive lighting to keep those times of transition hidden, so that the spell of strangeness could have been maintained. It’s also a breakdown in the building and sustaining of an atmosphere to watch performers seem unsure in their steps. Designer Richard Prouse created an interesting two-story maze for the characters to run around and through, going in and out of doors, up and down stairs. Too often, though, the actors seemed ready to rush about but then were hesitant, as if not sure how many steps it would take to hit their mark. The staging was also tricky – at several points, characters had to run together en masse as if going to battle, or back up off stage into the wings. The one element you don’t want to see is an actor breaking character and looking around for a way to get off stage – if actors have to back themselves off stage, there may need to be someone in the wing guiding them, so that they don’t have to look down, fiddle with the curtain and lose the intensity. In an ineffective counter balance, while there was less physical authority than I would have liked, there was an over abundance of vocal attack. Now, certainly, “Macbeth” is a play about anger, fear, ambition and madness, and so the temptation to growl and scream out the poetry is great. However, it is still poetry, and they are round characters who build up to their bloody deeds and then slide into fractured thoughts and delusion. There wasn’t enough modulation and development of the delivery of the lines to feel for these characters – rather, I kept missing words because they were growled so gravelly. I recalled seeing an interview with Patrick Stewart, whose “Macbeth” ran on Broadway in 2008: He said that Sir Ian McKellen had advised him that the most important part of the “Tomorrow and tomorrow” soliloquy was the word “and” – it’s that sort of sensitive approach to the language, the madness, the despair and the blood-letting that seemed absent. Photo by Jen Kiaba.

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This weekend, the Hudson River Ramblers (storyteller Jonathan Kruk and folksinger Rich Bala) debut their latest collaborative effort: “Once Upon the Hudson,” a historically accurate, meticulously recorded CD that tells the story of the Hudson, “America’s first river.” I spoke with Bala about the project and their launch event. “We’ve been working together since 1990,” said Bala of his partnership with Kruk. “In July of 2008, we were looking forward to 2009 and the Quadricentennial – we thought it would be a good time to put together a CD of the songs and stories (that “Once Upon the Hudson” the Ramblers regularly perform) and to be a part of it.” CD Launch The best-laid plans went awry, however. Saturday, April 10 “As it turns, we missed it by a month,” Events: 4-8 p.m. Bala said. “But the priority was getting everything just right. To cover as much as Concerts: 5 and 7 p.m. we could, and have a good balance of songs The Beacon Institute for Rivers and stories from different time periods.” & Estuaries The end result was a compilation of works that feature a cast of characters 199 Main Street, Beacon. including a mythical giant, a “lost” 1-800-578-4859 explorer, an obsessed inventor, a humble general, a pirate, an imp, a “spitting devil” and a mule named Sal. “Our first priority was getting something representative of the kind of material we do,” said Bala. “The whole span of Hudson River history – there are so many aspects, (because) the river is a big part of the country’s history. Pick a time period, and the river is involved.” Bala said Kruk refers to the work of Washington Irving and other native authors, as well as Native American stories (specifically Lenape) passed on from He Who Stands Firm, also known as Nick Shoumatoff. Bala said he finds inspiration from old songbooks and archival primary works. “There’s a new song on the CD based on the Battle of Kingston, a poem called ‘A Colonial Ballad,’ that I found in a really old book, ‘Olde Ulster,’ published in 1905. It’s a riveting story, based on a supposedly true story of a British general who meets a woman from Kingston in New York City. When he goes back to war, he’s leading the troops that burn Kingston to the ground. As the story has it, they burn every house but one.” He said he believes this is the first time the poem has been put on a recording. Bala stressed that “Once Upon the Hudson” is very different from The Ramblers’ live performances – knowing that the magic couldn’t be replicated on a static recording, Kruk and Bala chose to augment their traditional performance with sound effects and extra layers of musical accompaniment to add a new dimension to the production. In their efforts, they were assisted by some of the most talented artists in the area – producer Al Hemberger has worked with Pete Seeger, John Hammond, Jr. and Guy Davis; awardwinning musicians such as Art Labriola contributed as well. On Saturday, audiences will be able to get a special sneak peak (or sneak listen) when the Ramblers perform most of the CD live during Beacon’s celebrated Second Saturday art “open house” event. There will be refreshments, activities for children and special guest performers. Kruk and Bala will be signing CDs, which will be specially priced at $10 for this event only. “(The performance) can be enjoyed by all ages,” said Bala. “We try to do a little something that engages everybody.” They may have missed the Quadricentennial year, but with a release party set at the Beacon Institute for Rivers & Estuaries, the Ramblers hope to continue to inspire people to celebrate the Hudson. “The celebration of Hudson River history continues,” he said. “It’s about recognizing that it doesn’t have to be confined to one year. The appreciation rightly should go on. 2010 is simply Quad plus one.”

MUSIC Lunch N Listen Concert Series Noon. Students of Marla Rathbun and Charlotte Dinwiddie in a string ensemble concert. Fellowship Hall opens at 11:30 a.m. for “brownbaggers,” concert at noon. Coffee, tea, & light refreshments provided at 12:45 p.m. Free. First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mill and Catharine Sts., Poughkeepsie. 845-452-6050.

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

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

Thursday, April 8 ART

Artists’ Talks: Stephen Shore 2 p.m. Shore’s work has been widely published and exhibited for the past thirty-five years. He was the second living photographer to have a solo show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art,

New York and has been featured in many solo exhibitions. Since 1982, he has been the director of the Photography Program at Bard College, where he is the Susan Weber Professor in the Arts. In conjunction with the exhibition “Living Under the Same Roof: The Marieluise Hessel Collection and the Center for Curatorial Studies.” Cost: free. CCS-Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, 33 Garden Rd., Annandale on Hudson. 845-758-7598. Student Art Exhibition 6 p.m. Opening reception. Presents the work of students from Peter Charlap’s Painting I course, which teaches basic painting skills through a sequence of specific problems involving landscape, still life and the figure. On view through April 15. Gallery hours: MondaySaturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m. James W. Palmer III Gallery of Vassar’s Main Building, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370.

EVENT Late Night at the Lehman Loeb 5-9 p.m. Special entertainment, films and other happenings. Free. Vassar College, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5599.

LECTURE “Apparition Painting: Inkwork and the Zen Subject Position” 6 p.m. Yukio Lippit, a specialist in Japanese art, delivers a presentation focused on Sino-Japanese Zen painting. Free. Taylor Hall, Room 203, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845437-5370. > more on page 12

THE RICHARD B. FISHER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS AT BARD COLLEGE presents the

AMERICAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SERIES All Nine of Beethoven’s Symphonies to be Performed Over Two Seasons at the Fisher Center Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24 “Beethoven and Shostakovich” Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60 Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67 Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 107 All concerts are at 8:00 p.m. Preconcert talks at 6:45 p.m. Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater

Tickets: $20, $30, $35 845-758-7900 or fishercenter.bard.edu Leon Botstein conducts the American Symphony Orchestra with precision and wit. The music sounds marvelously clear in the handsome acoustics of Bard College's Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. — New York Times

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NIGHTLIFE LongShot 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Country, classic rock. The Keltic House, 1004 Main St., Fishkill. 845-896-1110.

Open Mic Night with Petey Hop 8:30-11:30 p.m. 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-6624.

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Botanicals, Still Life & Land Journeys 2010 6-8:30 p.m. Opening reception. The annual student watercolor exhibition is on exhibit through May 9. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Betsy Jacaruso Studio & Gallery, The Chocolate Factory, 54 Elizabeth St., Red Hook. 845-758-9244. Putnam All County High School Student Art Exhibit 6-8 p.m. Opening reception and awards. Featuring the work of emerging young artists from throughout Putnam County. On view through April 23. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Belle Levine Art Center, 521 Kennicut Hill Rd., Mahopac. 845803-8622.

LECTURE “Privateers of the NYC & Hudson Waterways: Patriots or Pirates” 7 p.m. A discussion about the Revolutionary War on the water with Raoul Mallalieu and Ken > more on page 13

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Taiko and tea: two chances to experience traditional Japanese culture

BY POLLY ADEMA, DUTCHESS COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL FOLKLORIST

“Taiko,” the Japanese term for “big drum,” generally refers to large or small drums used in Japanese classical music. In recent times, the term has come to refer to cylindrical or barrel drums, and to taiko drum ensembles. Learning taiko requires a combination of physical discipline, aesthetic sensibilities and spiritual cultivation. Taiko’s dramatic body movements and dynamic rhythms are as exhilarating to the eyes as they are to the ears. According to Grammy Award-winning taiko master Koji Nakamura, “Taiko directly reflects the player’s mind in both sound and attitude. No matter what form art takes, there cannot be any eminent works of art without an elevated sense of spirituality on the part of the artist. It is obvious that there is no way to improve one’s taiko skills except through an accumulation of humble efforts and hard training. But before all that, it is most important for one to learn how to live one’s life as a human being.” On Friday, April 16, you can experience the engaging spirituality and physicality of taiko at a one-hour concert by Master Koji Nakamura. The concert, presented by the Dutchess County Arts Council Folk Arts Program, in collaboration with the Mid-Hudson Japanese Community Association and Locust Grove, takes place at 7 p.m. at Locust Grove (2683 South Rd. [Rte. 9], Poughkeepsie). Through great devotion to taiko as an art form and steady discipline, Koji Nakamura developed superb drumming skills, becoming one of the world’s foremost taiko artists. He can be heard on most of the Shumei Ensemble’s recordings, was featured on Eugene Friesen’s CD, “Sono Miho,” and also on Paul Winter’s CD, “Crestone.” His work on the latter resulted in a Grammy Award in 2008. Koji moved to the United States in 2005 to help promote the art of taiko in North America. He now oversees a number of students, artists, and groups throughout the country. He is a frequent visitor to the Catskills, where he performs and offers group instruction. Also on the evening’s program is Osaka-born koto musician Yukiko Matsuyama. Since coming to the United States in 1993, the classically-trained artist has been composing original music that blends the traditional sound of the koto and contemporary music. Her music has been described as “a wonderful mix of East meets West cultures.” Her newest CD, “Crème Brulée,” features 10 original compositions played by Matsuyama on koto accompanied by traditional western instruments. For years, members of the local Japanese community have been studying, practicing and learning the highly ritualized practices of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. Or, to be more precise, these folks have been studying the teachings of the Urasenke school tea ceremony. There are several “schools” for studying chado, and while they can be described as being principally the same in terms of their spiritual approach, each uses very different and distinct physical movements. Such subtleties are barely noticeable to the untrained eye, but to practitioners of the “way of tea,” each deliberate yet delicate gesture is laden with meaning and significance. On Saturday, April 17, members of the Japanese community, in collaboration with the Dutchess County Arts Council Folk Arts Program present “A Japanese Tea Ceremony Experience.” This interactive cultural program takes place at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center (9 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie). Two demonstrations will be held, the first from 1 to 2 p.m., and the second from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. During each session, three audience members will participate as “guests” in a mock tea ceremony while audience members look on and learn about many of the ritualized practices. While there is more to learn than we can possibly cover in one afternoon, this interactive demonstration will be a wonderful introduction to this highly ritualized tradition. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience first-hand the complex and simple beauty of the Japanese way of tea. The program is free, open to the public and appropriate for youth and adults. The DCAC Folk Arts Program researches and presents the arts and traditions of the region’s rich cultural, ethnic, religious and occupational heritages. Through educational and public programs, the Folk Arts Program presents and interprets these traditions. The program is open to ideas and suggestions about how to assist in celebrating your community’s heritage. The Mid-Hudson Japanese Community Association is a not-forprofit organization that brings together residents of the Hudson Valley interested in the many ways Japanese and American cultures interact. For additional information, visit www.mhjca.org.

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Pawling Concert Series: Trio Voronezh 8 p.m. Classically trained with astonishing virtuosity and a repertoire of Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, Piazzolla and more, performed on Russian folk instruments such as the domra, bajan, double-bass balalaika and the accordion. Cost: $25, general; $12, student. All Saints’ Chapel, Trinity Pawling School, 700 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-3100

NIGHTLIFE Bruce Katz Blues Band 9 p.m. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinecliff. 845-876-0590. Cathy Young 7-9 p.m. Acoustic. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300.

Mother Goose watching her nest and the turtles on Market Street, Hyde Park. Photo by Jim Langan.

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW} ASK 2010 Spring Film Series

The Arts Society of Kingston (97 Broadway) presents the Spring 2010 Film Series for children and adults. Every second Saturday during the months of April, May and June, there will be a children’s matinee at 3 p.m. and a grownup film at 7 p.m. Films are presented intimately in the gallery with a pull-down large screen and projector. Suggested donations are $3 for the children’s films (snacks included) and $5 for the grown-up films. Presented by documentarian Stephen Blauweiss, who will discuss the filmmaking techniques of each film, the social and historical context of its period, and what makes each film an enduring classic. Attendees are free to ask questions. The children’s films were selected by Stephen’s daughter, Elischka. There will be a buffet option before the May 8 film, “Grand Illusion” by Jean Renoir. Admission is $20 for the film plus wine and food, beginning at 6 p.m. Call ASK at 845-338-0331 to place reservation no later than May 1. The film alone can be seen for the regular donation. Wines generously donated by Madden’s Fine Wines & Spirits.

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3 p.m. “Chicken Run” by Nick Park 7p.m. “Ed Wood” by Tim Burton

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3 p.m. “The Triplets of Belville” 7 p.m. “Grand Illusion” by Jean Renoir

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3 p.m. “Dumbo” by Walt Disney 7 p.m. “Stranger Than Paradise” by Jim Jarmusch

David Jacobs-Strain 8:30 p.m. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. Dr Mudd 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Rock . McGillicuddy’s Restaurant & Tap House, 84 Main St., New Paltz. 845-2569289. Empire Road (Featuring Jimmy Eppard), Butter and Blue Coyote 9 p.m.-midnight. Blues, rock. Cover: age 21+, $4; age 18-20, $6 The Basement, 744 Broadway, Kingston. 845-340-0744. John Mueller 8 p.m. Acoustic. La Puerta Azul, Rte. 44, Millbrook. 845-677-2985. The Kurt Henry Band 8-10:30 p.m. Americana. The Peekskill Coffee House, 101 S. Division St., Peekskill. 914-739-1287. The Mojomatics 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Blues. $5 cover. 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-6624. Rudy 8-11 p.m. Classic rock. Pamela’s on the Hudson, 1 Park Pl., Newburgh. 845-562-4505. Two Guitars with Gus Wieland 7:30-10:30 p.m. Blues, jazz. $7 cover. Bean Runner Café, 201 S. Division St., Peekskill. 914737-1701.

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BENEFIT 4th Annual Irving’s House, One Block Over 7-10 p.m. Annual fundraiser sponsored by the Friends of Grinnell Library. The evening includes music, dancing, good food and prizes. Music provided by the Grinning Jazz Project and mondoRAJ with special guest Jack Cohen. Tickets in advance at Grinnell Library; $12 at door. Knights of Columbus Hall, 2660 East Main St., Wappingers Falls. 845-297-9049.

EVENT “Creating Art:” A Craft Demonstration 10 a.m.- 4p.m. More than 25 demonstrations of artists at work, including sculpture, jewelry making, pottery, pencil art, watercolor, silk painting, and more. Presented by the Central Hudson Artisans Guild. Poughkeepsie Plaza, 2001 South Rd. (Rte. 9), Poughkeepsie. 845-471-4265. Local History Day 2-5 p.m. Local historical organizations in attendance include the Mohonk Preserve, the Saugerties Lighthouse Conservancy, the Senate House State Historic Site, the Hudson River Maritime Museum, the Hurley Museum, the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and others and a Art-Clue-Search game enter young visitors. Live music by Jesse Janes. A historian presents highlights of local history. Refreshments served. Mid-Hudson Valley Mall, in the Target hallway between Best Buy and Dick’s Sporting Goods, Rte. 9W, Kingston. 845336-8000. Second Saturday Beacon Noon-9 p.m. Great art, gallery openings, food, antique stores and shopping, historic sites and entertainment. City-wide celebration of the arts, second Sat. monthly. Free. Main St., Beacon.

FAMILY Bubble Trouble with Jeff Boyer 1 p.m. Boyer teaches children the science inside bubbles. Find out different ways bubbles can be used to make our lives easier, softer and even taste better. As a finale, Boyer will even put a kid inside a bubble. Tickets: $7, members; $10, nonmembers Unison Arts Center, 68 Mountain Rest Rd., New Paltz. 845-255-1559. Big Red Doors Concert for Kids 3-4:30 p.m. Lydia Adams Davis and Kathy Byers host an interactive program combining original songs, family favorites and entertaining wild animal puppets for all ages. Cost: $10; children admitted free with adult. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon. 845-831-4988

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Zoe Lewis 8 p.m. Presented by The Friends of Fiddler’s Green Chapter of the Hudson Valley Folk Guild.

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The Open Heart String Quartet and The Odyssey String Quartet 7 p.m. Performing the music of Barber, Blow, Britten, Purcell, and introducing new works by composers. Refreshments available. Cost: $15, adult; $12, seniors and students. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon. 845-8314988. St. Lawrence String Quartet 8 p.m. Featuring Geoff Nuttall, violin; Scott St. John, violin; Lesley Robertson, viola; and Christopher Costanza, cello, playing works by Haydn, Ravel and John Adams. 2010 Great Artists in the Music Room series continues. Tickets; $40. Rosen House Music Room at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah. 914-232-1252.

NIGHTLIFE Acid Arrow, Resurrection Sorrow, The Blind Ambassadors and Silver Spade 9 p.m.-midnight. Rock. Cover: age 21+, $5; 1820, $7. The Basement, 744 Broadway, Kingston. 845-340-0744. Andrea and James Rohlehr 7:30-10:30 p.m. Jazz. Admission: $7. Bean Runner Café, 201 S. Division St., Peekskill. 914737-1701. Big Joe Fitz 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Blues. Mohonk Mountain House, Mountain Rest Rd., New Paltz. 845-2550919. The Chris O’Leary Band 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Blues. $5 cover. 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-6624. Creation 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Pop rock. Copperfields, Rte. 44, Millbrook. 845-677-8188. The Crossroads Band 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Classic rock. Starr Lounge at Starr Place Restaurant, 6417 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-2924.

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The Feds 8-11 p.m. Classic rock. Pamela’s on the Hudson, 1 Park Pl., Newburgh. 845-562-4505. Four Guys In Disguise 9 p.m. Classic rock, acoustic. Skytop Steakhouse and Brewing Company, 237 Forest Hill Dr., Kingston, 845-340-4277.

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John Keller 2-4 p.m. Acoustic. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Café, 40 West Market St., Red Hook. 845758-9500.

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John St. Jam Songwriters in the Round 7:30-10 p.m. With Helen Avakian, Jude Roberts and more. $5 admission. Dutch Arms Chapel, 16 John St., Saugerties. 845-943-6720. “Late Lounge at The Rhinecliff” 9 p.m. Featuring DJ James “the Carwash” Chapman. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinecliff. 845-876-0590. Marc Black Band 8:30 p.m. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. Reality Check 8:30-11:30 p.m. Rock. La Puerta Azul, Rte. 44, Millbrook. 845-677-2985. St. George and Friends 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic rock, blues. Joes Irish Pub, 455 Main St, Beacon. 845-838-1779.

OUTDOOR Fantastic Frogs! 1-3 p.m. Hear about their survival strategies, enjoy a hike to a vernal pool, and use your eyes and ears to discover their world. Children ages 12 and up are welcome and must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes an easy, 2-mile hike. Reservations required. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $10, non-members. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919. Schunnemunk Mountain Hike 10 a.m. Led by Orange County Land Trust Past Board President and avid hiker Dr. Douglas McBride, this easy to moderate, family friendly hike leads to a breathtaking overlook of the Hudson River Valley. Reservations are not required, but are suggested as space is limited. Donation of $5 per person or $10 per family is appreciated. Meet at the hikers’ parking area on Clove Rd. just south of Hil-Mar Lodge in Salisbury Mills. All hikers are encouraged to wear comfortable boots and bring a bag lunch and plenty of water. For registration and weather cancellation information, call the Land Trust office at 845-343-0840, ext.12. Singles and Sociables Hike - Bonticou Crag 10 a.m.-3 p.m. All adult hikers welcome, single and non-single, aged 18 and above. No reservations > continued on page 16

What is behind the sudden popularity of sock knitting? I have to admit, I never saw that trend coming. I’ve owned one pair of hand-knit socks (in a bulky, worsted weight) in my life and turned one heel in my life (knitting term, not something that lands you in a walking cast). I didn’t get the attraction other than the pure warmth of heavy wool socks at the University of Maine in winter. But truth be told, I hate doing ribbing, and it’s only in the last few years that I’ve taken joy from the rhythm of the needles in my hands, not the knitted length quickly taking shape. So what’s so great about knitting socks? One of the most fun things is the new selfpatterning sock yarns. These aren’t just the ombre yarns you’re used to. These are selfstriping, self-ticking and even make up a Fair Isle pattern. The new yarns are bright and colorful and just plain fun to look at. With the Internet, it is also much easier to source sock yarn, something you won’t find a lot of at your local fabric store. There’s even a new term, “fraternal twins,” for socks that are knit to coordinate with each other but not match (not match! And on purpose! I had to sit with that one a while before I could come to grips with it.) There are a couple of things about socks that are relatively unique. First, there are at least four ways to approach them: Four double pointed needles, five double pointed needles, one long circular needle or two short or medium circular needles. That’s a fair amount of leeway before you even start. Second, what scares people away from knitting socks is a secret that you can use to your advantage: turning the heel. Think about the shape of a sock: a tube at the top and a tube for the foot. There’s just that odd bit that connects the two at the ankle and requires a bit of shaping. You will just have to trust me here when I say that neither of them is difficult to learn and the first time you work through it, you’ll say, “Oh, is that all there is to it?” But, to your friends, dear Crafter, you’ll look like a genius. Now, you know and I know that I’m way too lazy to knit socks. Of course, if I’m ever given a prescription for Valium I make take up sock-knitting instead of filling the prescription, but I’ve no plans in the meantime. But, I have stolen one of their ideas: the self-patterning yarn. I was fortunate enough to have discovered this little treat before Christmas and didn’t I look the Rembrandt with my amazing gift scarves! What’s even better is that not only do you have the lovely pattern, but you don’t have to carry multiple colors of yarn, don’t have to weave in ends, and don’t really have a “wrong” side to your fabric. This is particularly important in a scarf or collar that folds over. You’re always seeing the backside of the piece. There are a few hints for working with self-patterning yarns that you’ll want to consider: 1. If you have any leeway in the number of stitches you can use (such as the width of a scarf), try a few variations. You’ll get different patterns with different widths and can choose your favorite. 2. If you’re making multiples, decide if you want matches (identical twins) or coordinates (fraternal twins). If you want matches, take note of where you are in the color pattern of the yarn when you start the piece. Start the next piece in the exact same place in the color pattern. No, two different skeins do not necessarily start at the same place in the color pattern. 3. Consider knitting more than one item at a time. I often knit both sleeves at the same time. Find the same color place on two skeins. Cast on for one sleeve. Switch to second skein and cast on for second sleeve (yes, on the same needle). Not only will your color changes be identical but your shapings will be identical as well. This practice works just as well for socks, mittens, or any two identical or mirrored pieces. 4. Keep your stitch patterns simple. Ribbing, stockinette and garter all look fabulous but don’t use your energy for complicated patterns. Embrace your laziness and let the yarn do the work. Dr. Elizabeth F. Purinton-Johnson is both an associate professor of business and lazy, though accomplished crafter, who also studies marketing trends in current crafting culture. Have a question? E-mail her at elizabeth@atomicflamingocreations.com.

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WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM W As the w weather gets nicer and nicer, we start itching to get our tickets and make l t attend as many of the great art, music, theater and multi-disciplinary our plans to performances that the Hudson Valley (and nearby environs) offers. Many of these spring and summer events and festivals are already selling tickets – don’t wait too long, or you’ll get a negative answer from the box office. We’re only giving you a brief tease here: Festivals like Bard SummerScape, Powerhouse and Mountain Jam have so many performers and events that we can’t list them all. Go to their Web sites, get excited and hold on tight for a great 2010 season. MUSIC • If you’ve ever been skiing up at Hunter Mountain, you know how the beautiful swooping mountains look capped with some soggy snow. Now take that view, drop in some sunshine (let’s be hopeful), a line-up of musical masters, a three-day weekend in June (June 4-6) and you’ve got the sixth annual Mountain Jam festival. With Warren Haynes and Gov’t Mule back to headline two nights, a 70th birthday celebration for Levon Helm with big-name friends (Ray LaMontagne, Steve Earle, Jackie Green and more), Primus bassist Les Claypool performing late night, emerging Vermont-based band Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, festival veterans Michael Franti and Spearhead, along with a slew of other amazing talent, you won’t want to miss this weekend. Tiered single-day tickets and three-day packages are available with budget-friendly payment plan options. www.mountainjam.com

• Don’t forget to check out Bethel Woods Center for the Arts while you’re on the other side of the river and pay homage to the legendary festival site of the original Woodstock. Yes and Peter Frampton (June 18), Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band (June 26), Brooks & Dunn Last Rodeo (June 27), Dave Matthews Band (July 13), “An Evening with Sting” (July 30) and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra featuring Idina Menzel (July 31) are just some of this summer’s acts. www.bethelwoodscenter.org. • If you’d rather venture further south in the Hudson Valley for your musical fix, Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival takes over Croton Point Park in Croton on June 19 and 20. Inspired by Pete Seeger’s desire to clean up the river more than 40 years ago, the festival comes back with Seeger sharing the stage with headliners Steve Earle, Shawn Colvin, Joan Osborne, Keller Williams, the subdudes, Donna the Buffalo and others. Family-oriented and environmentally conscious events are also planned throughout the weekend. Pick up your tickets for the oldest music and environmental festival in the country at www.clearwaterfestival.org.

Pictured, from top: New York Philharmonic performs at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Photo courtesy www.bethelwoodscenter.org; Les Claypool. Courtesy commons.wikipedia.org; Michael Franti performs at last year’s Mountain Jam. Photo by Larissa Carson; L´Amour au théâtre. Photo by Julietta Cervantes; Richard Ercole and Jessica Frey in Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s production of ‘Pericles’ last summer. Photo by William Marsh; Pete Seeger. Photo courtesy www. clearwater.org.

• And if you end up travelling to our neighboring Connecticut, be sure to stop at Seaside Park in Bridgeport for Gathering of the Vibes (July 29-Aug. 1). Primus will reunite alongside 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inductee Jimmy Cliff, Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart and Billy Kreutzmann’s Rhythm Devils featuring Keller Williams, reggae sensation Damien Marley with special guest, hip-hop icon Nas and more. www. gatheringofthevibes.com. > continued on next page Hudson valley news | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | april 7, 2010 {15}

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E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from previous page required. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Spring Farm Trailhead. This is a moderate, 7-mile hike, led by Sherry Runk (845-687-7679). New hikers are strongly encouraged to contact the leader prior to the hike for information on hike levels, what to bring, and other information. Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $10, non-members. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

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Ballroom/Latin Dance Party 6 p.m. With Esther and Ben. A Bolero workshop will be held at 6 p.m., followed by dancing at 7 p.m.. The Arlington graduation class will perform a swing dance routine. Donation. Refreshments. Singles and couples welcome. Pleasant Valley Town Hall, Rte. 44, Pleasant Valley. 845-635-3341. Train & Hobby Expo 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Train equipment of all scales for sale, craft sales, operating layouts, snack bar and test track. Sponsored by the Kingston Model Railroad Club. Cost: $6, general; $1, under age 12. Gold’s Gym, 258 Titusville Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-463-4800.

LECTURE Baseball and The Presidency: A Multimedia Presentation by Mel Marmer 2 p.m. A multimedia presentation by Mel Marmer traces the relationship between America’s highest office and our favorite pastime, from President Harrison to President Obama. Attendees receive reference materials including a copy of FDR’s famous ‘Green Light Letter’ from the Roosevelt Library archives., giving baseball the green light to proceed and expressing the value of baseball in time of war. The signed copy of FDR’s letter now resides at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Free. Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center, FDR Presidential Library & Museum, 4079 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park. 845-486-7770.

MUSIC Brian Dolzani Noon-2 p.m. Acoustic. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Café, 40 West Market St., Red Hook. 845-758-9500. Father Coen Celtic Session 4-7 p.m. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinecliff. 845-876-0590. Steve Chizmadia 1-3 p.m. Americana. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300.

NIGHTLIFE Bob Stump & the Blue Mountain Band 6-9 p.m. Bluegrass. 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-6624.

PERFORMANCE Preview of “Cats” 4-6 p.m. Join Scarlett Antonia and performers for a preview of the show, which will be live on stage at the Paramount Center for the Arts the following weekend.Free. Bean Runner Café, 201 S. Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-1701.

OUTDOOR Singles and Sociables Hike - Table Rocks 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. All adult hikers welcome, single and non-single, aged 18 and above. No reservations required. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Spring Farm Trailhead. This is a moderate to strenuous, 7-mile hike, led by Art Raphael (845-255-5367). New hikers are strongly encouraged to contact the leader prior to the hike for information on hike levels, what to bring, and other information. Free, Mohonk Preserve

members; $10, non-members. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

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Tuesday, April 13 LECTURE

Adam Gallari 5:30 p.m. The recent Vassar graduate reads from his debut collection of short stories, “We Are Never As Beautiful As We Are Now.” Class of ’51 Reading Room in the Vassar College Library, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370.

NIGHTLIFE Musicians’ Showcase 9 p.m. Hosted by Karl Allweier. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinecliff. 845-876-0590. Open Mic Night 7-9 p.m. Hosted by Chrissy Budzinski. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. Tuesday Night Community Music Showcase 8 p.m. With Marji Zintz, Chris Kelly’s Hide & Shine, Small Town Sheiks, Richard Prans, Damien Tavis Toman and Bill Buttner. Acoustic, folk. Rosendale Café, 434 Main St., Rosendale. 845-658-9048.

Wednesday, April 14 NIGHTLIFE

Open Mic 10:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Acoustic. Oasis Café, 58 Main St., New Paltz. 845-255-2400. Open Mic Night 7 p.m. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. Skin Against Metal 7-9:30 p.m. Latin, jazz. $5 cover. Bean Runner Café, 201 S. Division St., Peekskill. 914-7371701.

OUTDOOR Bob Babb Wednesday Walk – Minnewaska Lake and Beacon Hill 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Adults of all ages and levels of ability are welcome. No reservations are required. Meet at the Minnewaska State Park Preserve Upper Lot. This is a moderate, 4-mile hike. Fee $6 per car. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

WORKSHOP Beacon Sloop Club Sail Class 7-9 p.m. Learn the basics of sailing in a classroom situation and become a member of the crew on the “Woody Guthrie”, historic wooden replica of a gaff-rigged Hudson River Sloop, to get your hands-on experience. Class meets once a week on Wednesday evenings, beginning April 14 through June 2. Classes run from 7-9 p.m. Cost: $50. For more information and to reserve a space, contact Jim Birmingham at 845-4973658 or email jbirmingham@hvc.rr.com. Beacon Sloop Club, 2 Red Flynn Dr., Beacon.

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CLASSICAL MUSIC • 65th Caramoor International Music Festival, held annually at the Center’s 90-acre garden estate in Katonah, opens on June 26 with the return of one of the greatest contemporary pianists, Mitsuko Uchida. The summer festival program, which will run from June 26 to August 8, offers a broad range of artists and repertoire from the worlds of classical, jazz, Latin, opera, bluegrass, and pop music. Highlights of the line-up include commemorations of the bicentennials of Schumann and Chopin in July; the return of the Caramoor Virtuosi in July (including Jeewon Park, piano and harmonium; Jesse Mills and Arnaud Sussmann, violins; Yura Lee, violin and viola; Max Mandel, viola; and Priscilla Lee, cello); and “Sonidos Latinos,” Caramoor’s adventurous Latin American music initiative, with dates in June and August. www.caramoor.org. ART • Enjoy 400 years of Art Along the Hudson: Each month, the cities along the Hudson River designate special days to showcase their artists and bustling cultural offerings. New cities are being added this year, but some of the prominent locations are Kingston (first Saturday celebration), Beacon and Woodstock (second Saturday celebrations) and New Paltz (third Saturday celebration) – Garrison/Cold Spring, Poughkeepsie and Peekskill have open house art events at different times during the month. Art Along the Hudson kicks off this year on April 29 – you can find the full-color brochure, which traces the route through each city, at tourism centers, or request one by e-mailing info@ artalongthehudson. www.artalongthehudson.com. THEATER • Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s season kicks off this year on June 15 – these outdoor performances, held under a massive white tent on the back lawn of Boscobel in Cold Spring, with a breathtaking view of the Hudson River and West Point as a backdrop, are some of the most fun and fulfilling of the summer theater season. This year, as before, three plays will be in rotating repertory: “Troilus and Cressida” “The Taming of the Shrew” and “Bomb-itty of Errors.” You have until Sept. 5 to catch them all. hvshakespeare.org.

• Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s 26th Powerhouse Theater season debuts on June 25 and runs its unique programming through Aug. 1. Since the first season in 1985, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley has returned to Powerhouse summer after summer and many of his plays, including “Doubt,” have had their start at Powerhouse. One of two main stage productions this year, Shanley’s new work “Pirate,” will mark his 14th work to debut at Powerhouse. Playwright Tracy Thorne’s work “We Are Here” will be produced on the main stage. Award-winning director Michael Mayer (“American Idiot,” “Spring Awakening,” “Side Man”) will return this summer with his newest musical project, a re-envisioning of Alan Jay Lerner and Burton Lane’s “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,” with a new book by Peter Parnell. The 2010 season will also include workshops of Seth Zvi Rosenfeld’s “Handball;” Maria Cassi and Patrick Pacheco’s “My Life with Men – and other Animals,” directed by Peter Schneider and featuring internationally acclaimed performance artist Maria Cassi; and a musical workshop of “Bonfire Night” by Justin Levine, directed by Alex Timbers. The two Readings Festivals, which open and close the Powerhouse season, will include new plays from such esteemed writers as Romulus Linney, Richard Nelson, Patricia Wettig, Keith Bunin and Stephen Karam, and a new screenplay by Jennifer Westfeldt, among others. And the Powerhouse Apprentice Company will perform Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” and Sophie Treadwell’s “Machinal.” New York Stage and Film co-founder and producing director Mark Linn Baker will work with the Powerhouse Apprentice Company on a presentation based upon Walter Jones’ “1940s Radio Hour.” The one-night-only workshop production will be a collaboration featuring members of both the apprentice and professional companies. Powerhouse season subscriptions will go on sale (online only), Wednesday, May 19; individual tickets will be available for purchase in person at the Box Office or online, Wednesday, June 2. powerhouse.vassar.edu. MULTIDISCIPLINE • Last year, Richard Wagner was the centerpiece – this year, Alban Berg, modernism and its roots in Vienna’s dazzling turn-of-the-20th-century culture will be the focus of the eighth Bard SummerScape 2010, the seven-week festival that opens on July 8 with the first of four performances by the Trisha Brown Dance Company. Berg’s life and times will be explored through music, opera, theater, dance, film and the Spiegeltent, Bard’s authentic and popular handmade pavilion decorated with mirrors, centered on a theater-in-the round that doubles as a dance floor. The two weekends of the Bard Music Festival, titled “Berg and His World,” will take place on Aug. 13 through 15 and Aug. 20 through 22. The American Symphony Orchestra, under its music director, Leon Botstein, is in residence at Bard throughout SummerScape, performing opera, concerts and a special oratorio presentation. Bard’s annual opera will be the first fully staged U.S. production of “The Distant Sound” (Der ferne Klang, 1910), by Berg’s compatriot Franz Schreker. fishercenter.bard.edu/summerscape.

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The spice of life

BY ANN LA FARGE B

They’re coming out of the woodwork – The wonde wonderful novels by favorite writers, many with Huds Valley connections, almost too many to Hudson read. It’s a feast! C Carol Goodman sets many of her novels in th the Hudson Valley, including her new one, “Ar “Arcadia Falls” (Ballantine Books, $25), a sstory about a widowed folklorist and her tee teenage daughter who move to a Woodstocklik like town where many strange things have ha happened ... and continue to happen. Meg Rosenthal has accepted a teaching pposition in a boarding school in Arcadia F Falls – a school with a very strange past. She and Sally are given a creaky old cottage to live in, and soon learn that the school’s traditions, and its history, are weirder than the folktales Me Meg specializes in, including the tale of “The Changeling Girl.” But fairy tales, as we all know, are rooted in a reality that can be dark and unsettling and, indeed, on the first celebration of the school season, a girl goes missing over the lip of a deep gorge ... was it murder? And what long-buried secrets had the girl unearthed? A story of suspense and strange relationships, both present and past, this is also a story about mothers and their daughters, the struggle between love and art, and a strange school reputed to have been founded by “hippie Lesbian witches.” Meet Carol Goodman and hear her read from her novel at Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck on Thursday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. In between novels, I read a fascinating memoir this week by a native of Millerton, Jesse A. Saperstein. Jesse, the son of Louis Saperstein, owner of the eponymous department store in Millerton, was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, and has struggled with it since childhood. He tells his story (so far) in “Atypical – Life with Asperger’s in 20 ½ Chapters” (Perigee, $14). Jesse’s parents were in “the blur of denial” when they sent him to the Vassar College nursery school at the age of three. Later, we learn, he “despised therapists almost as much as school” and was unmercifully bullied: “Being different transformed me into a walking ‘Kick Me’ sign.” For children with autism, “change is poison.” But Jesse persevered, winning acceptance – and honors graduation – from Hobart William Smith College. He learned to “pretend to be normal” – but also that it was OK, sometimes, to “act weird.” Jesse became an advocate for others with the syndrome, and walked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine – 2,100 miles – to raise money for a camp for kids with HIV/AIDS. He tells the story of the long hike: “This mythic hike allowed me to let go of my rage, which will forever remain an appendage of my Asperger’s ... Every mile was hiked with Obsession, Perseveration, Anger, and Weirdness – aspects of my personality that were once perceived as demons, not assets. Instead of sabotaging my progress, they were employed as tools to conquer what is arguably the most treacherous footpath in the world.” And before heading back into the Teetering Pile of new novels, I’d like to pay a short tribute to three writers I worked with in my publishing days. First, if you have a preteenage or teenage friend or daughter, pick up a copy of “Spring Fling,” by Sabrina James (Scholastic Point, $7.99), a spiffy pre-Chick Lit story of a bunch of kids who go to Miami on Spring Break. Danielle, my favorite of the girls, is a bookish sort, but her friends sabotage her suitcase so she can’t spend the vacation studying for the SATs; they provide her with a whole new wardrobe – a Spring Break makeover – so she’ll loosen up and have a good time. Which, friends, she sure does. Sabrina James is a pseudonym for a publishing hotshot whose name I will not reveal. How does he do it? This next one is definitely NOT for the teenager, for Bertrice Small’s novels (she’s written dozens over a long career!) simmer with sex and, yes, lust. Her latest (after “Private Pleasures,” “Forbidden Pleasures,” and “Sudden Pleasures”), is “Dangerous Pleasures” (New American Library, $14). A restless widow with five children enters a contest and wins the grand prize ... and a chance to live out sexual fantasies she didn’t even know she had. Put on your asbestos gloves before touching this one!

And finally, kudos to Western writer Richard S. Wheeler for a truly fine novel, “Snowbound” (Forge, $25.99), a “biographical novel” about John C. Fremont, who is best remembered for his explorations of a still-wild America. Wheeler’s “fictionalized yarn” takes readers on Fremont’s most famed expedition, in 1847, prospecting for a possible railroad along the 48th parallel and connecting San Francisco and St. Louis. It’s a harrowing trip, and many in his party didn’t survive. The story is enthralling. Congrats, Dick! And now, one more novel. I’ll save the rest for next week, when you can look forward to hearing about new books from Cathleen Schine, Elizabeth Berg, Sue Miller, Anna Quindlen ... Anne Lamott’s new novel, “Imperfect Birds” (Riverhead Books, $25.95), is the story of a California family threatened by the drug world that is so easily accessible to teenagers. James and Elizabeth have battled their own demons for many years; now, their teenage daughter, Rosie, is smoking, drinking and using drugs as well as opposing her parents at every moment and in every way. Seventeen and a senior in high school, she longs to move out ... and at the same time “wishes desperately to be a better child ... to stop lying so much.” “I’m a good kid, Mom,” she tells Elizabeth. “Couldn’t you let things slide every so often?” Elizabeth, too, is tormented, and tries to find ways out of that torment, even trying to pray ... until she “remembered she didn’t believe in God.” Follow these struggling characters as they finally have to make the decision to send Rosie away for a while ... to a harrowing Wilderness Program. This is the third time Lamott has written about Elizabeth and Rosie. This novel asks “Is there a path toward independence that doesn’t embrace selfdestruction?” and “Is Elizabeth in some way addicted to Rosie?” In an interview, Lamott answered this question, saying, “Parents are so addicted to the love of their children. You just cannot bear the thought that you are making your children unhappy with all your rules and consequences. It’s intolerable when they hate you.” Tell me about it! Lamott’s novel, often heartbreaking, is also hopeful. And she writes like the angels. Don’t miss this one. As a “digestif” to all these books, I sneaked in a couple of fascinating memoirs that I’ll tell you about next week – one about spending a year in a woman’s prison, the other about apprenticing as an undertaker. How’s that for variety? Ann La Farge left her longtime book publishing job to do freelance editing and writing. She divides her time between New York City and Millbrook, and can be reached at alafarge@aol.com.

signings and sightings} Thursday, April 8

7:30 p.m. A book reading and signing with James McGrath Morris, author of “Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power.” Oblong Books & Music, 26 Main St., Millerton. 518-789-3797.

Saturday, April 10

7:30 p.m. Launch party, reading, and signing with Jesse Saperstein, author of “Atypical: Life with Asperger’s in 20 1/3 Chapters.” Oblong Books & Music, 26 Main St., Millerton. 518-789-3797.

Sunday, April 11

2-4 p.m. Will Nixon reads from his book “Love in the City of Grudges.” Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon. 845-831-4988.

Tuesday, April 13

7:30 p.m. A reading and signing with novelist Carol Goodman, author of “Arcadia Falls”. Oblong Books & Music, 6420 Montgomery St. (Rte. 9), Rhinebeck. 845-8760500. Hudson valley news | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | april 7, 2010 {17}

weekend horoscopes APRIL 7-13 | BY CLAIRE ANDERSON ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): People have been making you feel gullible lately, and it’s starting to stress you out. Set your feelings aside, consider what you can learn from these experiences, and move on.

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): This week, you’re feeling extremely jealous – you might be picking up on some legitimate vibes, but reacting with envy is off the mark. Detach yourself from the situation and try to evaluate logically why you’re having such strong feelings.

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): You are feeling even more frenetic than usual, and it’s hard to explain to others that you get as frustrated as they do with your inability to sit still. Keep conversations brief, direct and to the point – that will help.

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): You are good at taking care of others – this week, you need to take care of yourself first before you worry about everyone else. Recharge, refresh and then you’ll be able to help others when they need you most. LEO (JULY 23- AUG. 22): This is a good week to focus on the domestic side of your life – spend quality time with those who mean the most to you. Indulge yourself in childish pursuits: Go see an animated film, play on a playground, with or without kids in tow. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): Someone close to you – most likely a friend, but could be a co-worker who you know socially – needs your help and your ear. You can give someone comfort just by listening and reinforcing their confidence.

LIBRA (SEPT. 23- OCT. 22): Regardless of the season, it’s time for spring cleaning this week – take inventory of your possessions, and get rid of anything that isn’t useful and is just cluttering your house (and your mind). SCORPIO (OCT. 23- NOV. 21): Don’t hesitate to take a few risks this week – you are in the right place at the right time. In fact, you’ll inspire others to follow your lead.

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): If things seem off lately, you need to take stock of what’s going on with you. Maybe carve out an evening to meditate or journal, or tap a close, trusted friend who you know will tell you the truth.

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): Lately, you are feeling especially connected to your friends, but you have to continue to make the effort to keep those ties strong. You might be the common link between everyone, so you’ll find yourself in the center of the action. That’s not your favorite place, but it’s worth it in this case.

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB 18): You feel as if you’re clawing your way through your career on ambition alone, but that’s not true: Your talent is what will propel you, but you have to keep learning and improving or you’ll be left at the back of the pack.

PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): Reach out to others for help in making a big decision – you need to talk this one out to get to the heart of the matter. You might be surprised at the resolution. For entertainment purposes only.

DON’T BE MAD, ED, NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE ACTUALLY KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

goes weekend TELEVISION, CELEBRITY GOSSIP AND ALL OF THAT BRAIN-NUMBING ENTERTAINMENT IN BETWEEN • Rabbits are so ’90s: Lady GaGa got a pair of chocolate stilettos for Easter. Adelaide’s Entertainment Centre commissioned a specially made Gaga-themed chocolate basket — including chocolate stiletto shoes, a chocolate champagne bottle and an array of Easter eggs — from Bracegirdle’s in Glenelg, Australia, to thank her ladyship for her sold-out performance. • You can’t get more filthy that this: Super-tattooed homewrecker Michelle “Bombshell” McGee has just landed a new gig: refereeing a boxing match between porn star Gina Lynn and Hailey Glassman, Jon Gosselin’s ex. The New York Post reported that Celebrity Boxing Federation promoter Damon Feldman confirmed it – Jesse James’ alleged mistress will man-handle a May 7 smack down between Glassman and Lynn at the Polaris Club in Philadelphia. • British wunderkind Saoirse Ronan (“Atonement”) and Carey Mulligan (“An Education”) are attached to a black comedy, “Violet and Daisy,” with Oscar-winning “Precious” scribe Geoffrey Fletcher at the helm to make his directorial debut. The script (also by Fletcher) is being described as “Thelma and Louise” meets “Superbad” and “Pulp Fiction.” • A “Gossip Girl” diva moment, and Blake Lively was nowhere to be found? Is it the end of days? Apparently, Ed Westwick has a mortal fear of cameras. While out at dinner last week, a fellow patron started taking pictures – not of Chuck Bass, mind you – of his friends out celebrating. Westwick blasted the guy, who said he didn’t even know Westwick was famous, and fought back. Finally, Westwick had the accidental paparazzi thrown out of the restaurant. Stay classy, Chuck. • And in local news, we won an award! See page 8 for details.

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Sam Worthington as Perseus in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ ‘Clash of the Titans.’ Photo Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

KRAKEN GOOD TIME BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM

Normally, I’d start off ranting about Hollywood’s lack of imagination and remake fever, but something about this project felt relatively fresh, even though the original 1981 “Clash of the Titans” (starring Harry Hamlin and Sir Lawrence Olivier) was one of my childhood classics. Thankfully, there isn’t much in this version that corresponds to the original – which is, of course, ridiculous, because these myths were around well before Larry was wearing them out. The cast of characters is even markedly different, though most of the names show up in one form or another. And a few choice bits of dialogue got cherry-picked out of the ’81 version: Normally, I abhor audience interaction, but I admit I laughed out loud when someone said “Release the Kraken!” before Liam “Zeus” Neeson had a chance to. Oh, nerds, never change. I saw “Clash of the Titans” in 3-D because that was my only option: Honestly, I still don’t get the appeal of 3-D. The special effects in “Clash” are really good, but I don’t need them flying out of the screen at me to be impressed. The designs for the scorpions and the Kraken are impressive (though I’ll never stop loving Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion work – no matter how seamless the CGI is, there’s still something too weightless about the effects). The only time I sort of appreciated the 3-D effect was when Perseus (Sam Worthington) is flying through the beautiful city of Argos on the back of the Pegasus – that felt like a thrill ride in many dimensions. The city itself is a work of art – as the Kraken swims toward the fragile buildings perched on the side of a cliff, Argos feels extra vulnerable. The weakest link in the movie should be the strongest: Worthington is the most boring Greek demi-god hero … ever. He’s got perfect teeth, and he’s got a shaved head, and he’s got an Australian accent – he’s definitely in the wrong film. I understand that “Avatar” has made this man Lord of 3-D movies, but he’s a dead fish in this one. With all the money being thrown at this, couldn’t someone hire this guy a dialect coach so he could at least sound like his British-accented comrades? The rest of the casting was better – not that they’re given much to do except fight. The always-excellent Jason Flemyng gave an interesting performance as Calibos; former Bond girl Gemma Arterton was suitable as a Greek god girl, strutting around in hot little numbers and trying to keep Perseus from dying; as Andromeda, Alexa Davalos cried

IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING. Let us know what you thought about this movie, or another movie out this week: weekend@ thehudsonvalleynews.com.

very prettily and did a lot of looking distressed. A great deal of the movie takes place on earth and in the Underworld – we only get to see Zeus and Hades really kick it up on Mount Olympus; Apollo gets one brief word in edgewise. It would have been more fun to have more god and goddesses getting in on the action. Because that’s what we want to see – more scene-chewing from fine actors like Ralph Fiennes, who continues to channel Voldemort through the god of the Underworld. Fiennes looks like he’s having a ball being the ultimate back-stabbing brother.

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‘Clash of the Titans’ Weekend rating: Three swords Director: Louis Leterrier Starring: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes Run time: 118 min. Rated PG-13 for fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief sensuality.

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HUDSON VALLEY NEWS MARKS FIRST ANNIVERSARY BY HVNEWS STAFF

With members of the fabled Amberscot Highland Pipe Band performing outdoors as the sun set over the Hudson, the Hudson Valley News celebrated its one-year anniversary. The festive group included Hudson Valley News staff as well as some of the many contributors to the paper. Also joining the festivities were some of the many advertisers who have supported the paper for the last 52 weeks. But the unquestioned guest of honor was the soon-to-be 102-year-old Anna Mae Swenson of Rhinebeck (pictured, seated far right). Anna Mae was featured in the inaugural issue last year and will be again this year. Dentist Dr. Richard Whelan of Hyde Park said Anna Mae has been a patient for many years and he told her on the occasion of her 90th birthday she would get free dental care if she hit 100. “I’m just hoping she doesn’t want a set of expensive veneers now,” Dr. Whelan said to much laughter. Executive Editor Jim Langan thanked everyone for all they have done to make the Hudson Valley News such an immediate and unqualified success and thanked wife and Publisher Caroline Carey for “putting up with me this year.” Langan went on to say, “I believe in local news and local advertisers. The success of the paper in such a short time proves we’re on the right track. Thank you.” Photos by Nicole DeLawder.

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We’ll be all over local sports. Don’t hesitate to contact us with your school’s schedule or recommend a particular athlete for attention. Send your information and photos to editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com.

SPORTS STUFF BY JAY KENNEDY

• OK, here’s my dream scenario for Sunday afternoon at the Masters. Tiger Woods drains a 50-foot put on the 18th, beating goodie-two-shoes Phil Mickelson, who had been four up going into the final round. As the 50foot snake drops into the cup, a bevy of topless tarts bursts from the gallery to embrace Woods. Meanwhile, security is forced to use a stun gun on lawyer Gloria Allred as she tries desperately to get on camera. Announcer Jim Nance begins shouting, “Down goes Allred, down goes Allred.” The crowd goes wild as Allred is hogtied and taken into custody.

HELP US MAKE YOUR KID A STAR BY JAY KENNEDY One thing I hear a bit around the Valley is, “How come you guys don’t have more high school sports in the paper?” It’s a valid observation if not a valid criticism. One, we don’t think folks truly interested in high school sports are going to be looking at a weekly newspaper like the Hudson Valley News for game coverage or scores. That’s a job for a daily paper or one of the many high school Web sites out there. If you’re looking to this paper for game day scores or schedules, you don’t really care. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t interested in these games or the kids playing them. In fact, we’d love to showcase local athletes from Little League to high school. We know there are lots of kids and coaches with fascinating and compelling back stories. We also understand every feature or profile doesn’t have to focus on the star pitcher or quarterback. They usually get enough attention anyway. Tell us something we don’t know or someone we should know. This is a local newspaper and we want to shine a light on positive local sports stories and the people involved. But here’s the rub. We need you to hold the spotlight for us. E-mail or call us with your ideas and

• Speaking of bad boys, Lakers star Kobe Bryant just signed a three-year extension for a reported $90 million. Mrs. Bryant can expect another ring.

Photo by Nicole DeLawder.

your kids. We’ll get someone there but we need your help. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve given my card to or suggested they keep us informed. It’s always a positive conversation but they never follow through. That’s unfortunately true of a lot of coaches as well. We want to make your kid a star and highlight their achievements but you need to point us in the right direction. We’re covering the whole county and that means hundreds of athletes and a lot of games. We can’t be at every game but you are. E-mail us a digital picture of your son or daughter in action with a brief discussion. I remember well how excited I used to get in high school when I’d see my name or picture in the paper for something athletic. In fact, I’ve still got some old clippings in my house. So help us out but more particularly, help your community out by making it possible for us to showcase your children and coaches. Your kids and their coaches deserve it. So write this contact information down or give it to your child’s coach or principal. Send e-mails to editorial@thehudsonvalleynews. com or call us at 845-233-4651.

• Poor Erin Andrews, the ESPN sportscaster who just endured seeing her stalker put away for a few years. Now, ESPN is reporting she’s been getting death threats from another creep. He’s apparently angry that Andrews testified against the guy who photographed her nude through a hotel keyhole. The FBI says it knows who this guy is. Maybe an arrest, fellas? • Former Cy Young Award-winner Mike Cuellar died last week at 72. The former Baltimore Oriole great was part of a four-man rotation for the Orioles in 1971 who won 20 or more games each that season. The other three in the rotation were Jim Palmer, Dave McNally and Pat Dobson.

• Here’s a terrible story out of Panama City, Fla. Matt James, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle and Notre Dame’s top 2010 recruit died last week. James, a 17-year-old high school senior, fell from a balcony during a spring break party. Maybe the Jaybird is getting a little long in the tooth, but should a 17-year-old kid be partying with a bunch of college kids in a wild place like Panama City? • Spring training is finally over and it’s time to begin baseball for real. The Jaybird is looking for the Red Sox and Cardinals in the series. The Yankees finish third and the Mets make a late-season surge after firing manager Jerry Manuel and GM Omar Minaya. • Speaking of baseball, how much did you love the Hudson Valley Renegades sending their mascot, “Rascal,” to protect the Easter Bunny? Someone deserves a raise for that brilliant PR move. • The Jaybird will be courtside Tuesday for some Division I tennis as Marist takes on Fairfield. The Marist men’s team will recognize the seniors at 3 p.m. followed by the singles and doubles competition. Coach Tim Smith tells me he has a very good squad and is looking forward to defending his MAAC championship. • Duke is the new NCAA Champion, defeating Butler 61-59 in the final game Monday night. Now it’s on to “The Tiger Woods Show,” also known as the Masters.

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This week Tea Party Northern Dutchess Hospital Auxiliary will host a benefit event, “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party,” on Wednesday, April 7 at 3 p.m. at the Rhinecliff Hotel. Participants are asked to wear a favorite hat to enter contests for the craziest, most elegant, largest and most surprising hats. Hors d’oeuvres, dessert and gourmet teas will be served. The event will also include a fashion show of “secondhand chic” fashions from the NDH Thrift Shop. Tickets are $30 and checks can be mailed to NDH Volunteer Office, 6511 Springbrook Ave., Rhinebeck, N.Y. 12572. For more information, call 845-876-4987. All proceeds benefit Northern Dutchess Hospital. Lyme Support Group The Northern Dutchess Lyme Disease Support Group meets on Thursday, April 8 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 associated diseases. For more information, contact Mary Belliveau at 914-489-1202. Introduction to Computers for Adults The Clinton Community Library has scheduled a free tutoring session to teach adults how to use computers. This is an introductory level of instruction to help adults acquire the basic skills on how to use a computer. The session is on Friday, April 9 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Clinton Community Library at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18). For more information and to sign up, call the library at 845-266-5530. Historical Society Dinner Meeting Everyone is invited to come to the always-popular covered-dish dinner meeting of the Clinton Historical Society on Friday, April 9 starting at 6:30 p.m. featuring a wide variety of homemade specialties in the Creek Meeting House at 2433 Salt Point Turnpike in Clinton Corners. Everyone attending is requested to bring a covered dish to be shared. The society will provide desserts and beverages. A brief business meeting will be held for the election of officers and trustees, and an update on the society’s activities. For more information, call MaryJo Nickerson at 845-266-3066.

Common Threads The Clinton Community Library’s Common Threads activity includes knitting, crocheting, or other needle and fiber crafts. The group will meet on Friday, April 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the library at 1215 Centre Rd. Novices to well-experienced knitters of all ages can participate. Come for some company and/or help from your peers. For more information, contact the library at 845-266-5530. Clinton Card Club The Clinton Card Club invites all to come and play fun card games. Spread the word and bring a friend since laughter is contagious. The Club meets Friday, April 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the downstairs of the Clinton Town Hall at 1215 Centre Rd. Bring your own favorite games and refreshments to share. There is no cost. For more information, call Patty at 845-266-3592. Roast Beef Dinner Hyde Park United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Route 9 and Church Street, will be preparing and serving its annual family-style roast beef dinner to the community from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 10. Proceeds will benefit various mission outreach projects of the church. Cost is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and students and free for children under 5. Reservations are not needed. Call 845-229-0128 for take-out. For additional information, call Hyde Park United Methodist Church at 845-229-2114 or visit www. hydepark-umc.org Home Party and Business Expo Poughkeepsie Plaza will host a Hudson Valley Home Party and Business Expo on Sunday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Expo will provide the public with the opportunity to meet independent representatives from various home party and business companies and enjoy interactive opportunities. For more information on attending or being a vendor at the Hudson Valley Home Party and Business Expo, contact the plaza office at 845-471-4265 or go to www. poughkeepsieplaza.com. ‘Baseball and the Presidency’ The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum is pleased to present “Baseball and the Presidency,” a multimedia presentation by Mel Marmer tracing the relationship between America’s highest office and America’s favorite pastime – from President Harrison to President

Obama. The program will take place at the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center on Sunday, April 11 at 2 p.m. This presentation is free and open to the public. Contact Cliff Laube at 845486-7745 or e-mail clifford.laube@nara.gov with questions about the event. Holocaust Lecture Dutchess Community College invites the public to hear internationally acclaimed Holocaust scholar Gerhard L. Weinberg discuss “Kristallnacht 1938: As Experienced Then and Understood Now” at 7 p.m. on April 12. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Greenspan Trust-Handel Foundation Endowed Chair in Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Dutchess Community College Foundation and supported by the Gillespie Forum and the Jewish Federation of Dutchess County. The lecture will be held in the James and Betty Hall Theatre on DCC’s Poughkeepsie campus. For information, call 845-431-8400. Clinton Library Board Meeting The Clinton Community Library Board of Trustees will meet Monday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the library at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18, north of Schultzville). The meetings are open to the public and usually last an hour and a half. Previous board meeting minutes are available in the library. For more information, contact the library at 845-266-5530. Speed Networking Event The Second Annual Dutchess County Bounty Speed Networking Event will be held on Tuesday, April 13 from10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center (part of the FDR home and museum) on Route 9 in Hyde Park. Join fellow farmers, food producers, chefs, caterers and food buyers at this exciting event designed to foster business relationships and increase availability of local food to all. The cost is $10 and includes coffee and lunch. For more information or to reserve your place, please contact Sarah Crowell at 518-828-4718 or at scrowell@hvadc.org

Upcoming Lyme Support Group Meeting The Mid-Hudson Lyme Disease Support Group meets Wednesday, April 14 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 associated diseases. The church is located between the two traffic lights, across Route 44 from the CVS Pharmacy, and between the library and a cemetery. For more information, contact Pat at 845-889-4242 or Rachel at 845-229-8925. Household Donations Sought The Quitman Resource Center and Palatine Farmstead will be selling items to raise money to advance the work of historic preservation of the Palatine Farmstead. Donations of items are needed by April 15. The center is seeking household items, small furniture, jewelry, antiques and other treasures. To donate items for the sale and to arrange for pick-up, please contact Marilyn Hatch at 845-876-6326 or Joanne Engle at 845876-3624 or majes55@aol.com. Camp Registration Early Bird registration for summer day camp at Hackett Hill Park and Pinewoods Park, including swimming lessons, runs until April 15. Early Bird registration rates are at a 10% savings. For information on the camps, access www.hydepark. us/recreation. On-line registration is available at activenet.active.com/hydepark with the use of a major credit card. Registration at the Hyde Park Recreation Department is available MondayFriday, April 1-16, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For further information please call the recreation office at (845) 229-8086. Italian Night St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Wurtemburg in Rhinebeck will host an Italian Dinner on Saturday, April 17 at 6 p.m. with Master Chef Ron DeSantis.

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Cost is $30 per person. Call 845-876–3712 for tickets and reservations. More information is available at www.stpaulswurtemburg.com. Daffodil Tea Wilderstein Historic Site’s will host its annual Daffodil Tea on Saturday, April 17 at 1 p.m. This event features a variety of homemade finger sandwiches, cakes, cookies and other treats. The afternoon also includes a tour of the mansion and sneak preview of Wilderstein’s 2010 exhibit. Early reservations are recommended, as seating is limited. The cost is $25 per person. To RSVP and for additional information, call Wilderstein at 845-876-4818. Flea Market and Garage Sale On Saturday, April 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Building E, the non-profit Quitman Resource Center/Palatine Farmstead will have a booth to sell items – such as small furniture, jewelry, antiques – to raise money to advance the work of historic preservation at the Palatine Farmstead. For further information, contact Marilyn Hatch at 845-876-6326 or Joanne Engle at 876-3624 or majes55@aol.com. Writer’s Tea The American Association of University Women Poughkeepsie Branch will host an elegant Sunday afternoon Writer’s Tea on Sunday, April 18, 3-6 p.m. at Locust Grove, Route 9, Poughkeepsie. The event features local authors India Edghill and Tony Musso, who will speak about writing and working in the Hudson Valley. Autographed copies of their books will be available for purchase. There will be live music and a silent auction. Cost is $45 per person and reservations are required. Visit www.aauwpoughkeepsie.org for reservations. Save Energy, Save Dollars Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County will provide the workshop Save Energy, Save Dollars on April 19 at 6:30 p.m. at The LaGrange Library, 488 Freedom Plains Rd., Poughkeepsie. Learn about low-cost and no-cost ways to save energy and reduce your energy bills. Also learn about programs that can help you afford energy-efficiency improvements with subsidies, low-interest loans, or free services to qualifying households. Participants receive a kit of energy saving items. These workshops are free to the public but pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call 845-6778223, ext. 119 or 116. Book Sorters Sought Volunteers are needed by the Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District to help sort and pack thousands of donated books, CDs, cassettes, videos, DVDs and other donated items for two upcoming book sales. A short training session will be held Monday, April 19 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 35 High St., City of Poughkeepsie, where volunteers sort books every weekday morning. Light refreshments will be available. For registration, information and directions, contact Suzanne Christensen at 845-297-9618. Nature Poetry Two local award-winning poets, Will Nixon of Woodstock and Matthew J. Spireng of Lomontville, will bring their considerable talents to Staatsburg Library for an afternoon of “Nurturing Nature” poetry workshops and readings on Saturday, April 24, when participants are invited to celebrate both National Poetry Month and the natural world around us. The event runs from noon to 3:30 p.m. Staatsburg Library is located at 72 Old Post Rd. For more information, call 845-889-4683 or e-mail staatslibrary@gmail.com. Gaza Freedom March A Gaza freedom march will be held Sunday, April 25, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 67 South Randolph Ave., Poughkeepsie. Ten residents of the Hudson Valley took part in the Gaza Freedom March from Dec. 25 to Jan. 4. Members of this delegation will discuss their experiences as well as the emerging > continued on next page

< continued from previous page International Coalition to End the Illegal Siege of Gaza. Call 845-876-7906 for more information. History Museum Dinner The Museum of Rhinebeck History will honor former trustee Brenda Klaproth at a 5:30 p.m. dinner at the American Legion Hall on Mill Street in Rhinebeck on Sunday, April 25. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are $25 per person and can be reserved by calling Steven Mann at 845-8766892 or by e-mail at smann2@hvc.rr.com and should be reserved no later than April 19. Checks may be made payable to MRH and sent to MRH, P.O. Box 816, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. Book Discussion Group The first Mystery Monday in the spring series of African mysteries, sponsored by the Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District, will be held on Monday, April 26 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Arlington Branch Library, 504 Haight Ave., Poughkeepsie. The mystery to be discussed is “Morality for Beautiful Girls” by Alexander McCall Smith. ‘Back School’ Northern Dutchess Hospital will host a “Back School” program on Thursday, April 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Cafeteria Conference Room 2. Larry Flowers, PTA, will offer a simple approach to understanding back injuries, their causes and possible preventative steps. The program teaches people with back problems how to control their back pain by correctly performing activities of daily living. To register for this free community program, call 845-871-3427. Roosevelt Knit-In The Hyde Park Historical Society is accepting reservations for its popular “Eleanor Roosevelt Knit-In” on Sunday, May 2. The event will be held at the Henry A. Wallace Conference and Visitor’s Center at the FDR Presidential Library, Route 9, Hyde Park, from 1 to 5 p.m. Participants will knit or crochet blocks that will be assembled into afghans and donated to local non-profit organizations. Reservations are required. Send a check made out to the Town of Hyde Park Historical Society, P.O. Box 182, Hyde Park, N.Y. 12538-0182 for $15 per person before April 25. Include name(s), address, phone number and e-mail address. For additional information or to be a sponsor, call 845-229-2559 e-mail to Patsyc97@AOL.com. Vendors Wanted Red Hook Rotary is looking for vendors and entertainment for the annual Apple Blossom Festival on May 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Interested parties may call Bud Weaver at 518537-6467 or David Wright at 845-758-6149 or e-mail 0x5@valstart.net. Community Tag Sale A Hyde Park Community Tag Sale will be held May 15 and 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. The goal is to register 400 homes for the event, providing bargain shopping to visitors and residents alike. To register for the event, the Town of Hyde Park is asking $10 per home, which gets your location on a custom-made town map for all to see. Additionally, the town will offer 10-by10-foot spaces on its town parking lot for $25. Only a limited number of spaces will be available. Register at Town Supervisor’s Office, 4383 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park; Recreation Office, 79 East Market St., Hyde Park; or Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce Office, 4385 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park. Vendors Wanted Vendors are wanted for the Stanford Lions Club Flea Market on Saturday, June 12 (rain date Sunday, June 13) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to be held on Route 82 in Stanfordville, in front of the Stanford Town Hall. Spaces are $20. Call Ed Hawks at 845-868-7483 or John Danko 845-8687645 for more information.

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Clinton BY RAY OBERLY

THANKS

The West Clinton Fire Department chief thanks the members of the department who took courses at Montour Falls this past weekend. Jay Marshall and Ray Oberly took a course on “Highway Safety for Emergency Responders,” which teaches about the serious nature of highway crash scenes and the hazards associated with them. Brendan Szabo and Andy Schaefer took “Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations,” which is designed to meet the needs of company officers responsible for managing the operations of one or more companies during structural firefighting operations. Thanks are given to these firefighters for improving their skills and giving up their weekend.

PATSY CLINE TRIBUTE

There will be an incredible musical tribute to Patsy Cline called “Crazy About Patsy,” featuring Sherrill Douglas and her outstanding band. Don’t miss hearing all of Patsy’s biggest hits, like “Crazy,” “Walking After Midnight,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Sweet Dreams,” “She Got You,” and more. It will be held Thursday, April 15 at 2 p.m. in the Bardavon Theater in Poughkeepsie. Tickets are available at a $5 suggested donation and may be purchased at the Bardavon box office or by calling 845473-2072. For transportation information, contact the community events coordinator at the Bardavon administrative office at 845473-5288.

CLINTON ROADSIDE CLEANUP

The Scenic and Historic Roads Advisory Committee scheduled a roadside cleanup for the Town of Clinton on Saturday, April 17. Did you know that April is “Keep America Beautiful” month? The committee needs your support. Please 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 their homes. Just bring a pair of gloves and some plastic bags for the trash collected. The filled bags will be brought to the town highway department parking area and disposed of for free in the designated dumpster that will be available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. only on that day. You may even make some money when you deposit cans and bottles that can be returned to a store for a deposit. Household garbage, construction debris and hazardous materials will not be accepted for disposal.

Rhinebeck Cub Scout Pack 28 Pinewood Derby winners Matt Denatale (first place), Matt Hansen (second place) and William Szabo (third place). Photo submitted.

The Scenic Roads Committee is concerned about maintaining the beauty of the roads in this lovely town. One of the most important ways is to help by educating the public. By encouraging our residents to participate in this roadside cleanup, we are showing how each and every one of us is responsible for and can have an impact on the scenic beauty of our town. Any interested person, group or organization can register their road by calling Rick McGlauflin at 845-266-3003.

MAPLE HILL FARM FESTIVAL

Both young and old are invited to join the Clinton Community Library for the free Maple Hill Farm Festival celebrating children’s authors and illustrators. The festival will be held at the Clinton Community Library, 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18, north of Schultzville) on Saturday, April 17 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. There will be readings and book signings by local authors/illustrators. Their books will also be available for purchase during festival hours. A llama from Woolly Acres sometimes stops by. The owner of Woolly Acres will then read to all and help children give the llama a treat. This is a fun event for people of all ages, from children to grandparents. For more information, contact the library at 845-266-5530.

RHINEBECK PINEWOOD DERBY REPORT

Rhinebeck Cub Scout Pack 28 held its annual Pinewood Derby on the evening of March 19 at Chancellor Livingston Elementary School. This is one of the more important events for the Cub Scouts. A large crowd of Cub Scouts, family members and friends came to watch and record the event.

Each Cub Scout starts with a pre-cut block of wood, four wheels and axles. The major design limitation is that the completed car cannot exceed a predefined weight. At the weighing station, the whirl of electric drills being used to reduce the weight of the entered cars could be heard. Many heats of two cars competing against each other were held on a specially built ramp. To make the winner determination unbiased, a light sensor in each lane at the finish line turns a light on. After almost two hours of enthusiastic competition, the winners were determined. There were 38 cars in competition from the four dens in the Cub Scout Pack. The driving competition winners were first place Matt Denatale, second place Matt Hansen and third place William Szabo. Each received a large medal inscribed with “Winner Tirewarehouse Pinewood Derby.” Other awards were given out. Cub Master Kevin Smith awarded Andrew Holsopple the Cub Master Favorite Award. The following awards were determined by votes cast by the participating Cub Scouts: Best Paint Job to Gavin DiMarco, Funniest Car to Andrew Gausepohl, Best Race Car to Luke Imperato, Most Creative Car to Logan Obrien, and Best Accessories to Kevin Lyons. Other awards were given out to the individual heat winners. All the Cub Scouts and dads were looking over the winning cars to see what features should be incorporated into next year’s design. Everyone left happy and looking forward to next year’s competition. Thanks are given to all the people who worked hard to make this event so successful.

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Has my generation become desensitized? BY ADRIANA FRACCHIA On Friday, April 2 at The Millbrook School, I was fortunate enough to sit and listen to a talk by the famous photojournalist Ron Haviv. Sitting with a large crowd of Millbrook students, Haviv casually joked how surprised he was to see so many high schoolers at a lecture on a Friday night. In reality, there was simply no reason for students not to go, as Haviv displayed powerful documentaries and photographs of genocide in war-torn countries all over the globe. His most recent work, currently displayed at The Millbrook School, is of the damage from the earthquake in Haiti. Shocked by some of the graphic visuals and angered at the lack of action taken by governments all over the world, I sat watching, as Haviv put it, “beautiful images of ugly things.” I began to wonder about how real the images of violence looked and also at some of the reactions of my classmates. A photojournalist’s responsibility is to capture the essence of what’s happening in a single frame, so it’s understandable that the images of genocide and murder were characterized by sheer distraught and unquantifiable anger. Tempted to shy away from the screen at times from shock, I saw some visitors who came for the talk leave early because it was simply too overwhelming. And as I sat wondering how people could leave a show that was meant to open our eyes to some of our world’s ugly truths, I began to realize it was simply because they hadn’t previously been exposed to such atrocities. When we watch the news, whether its CNN or NBC, we hear about ugly things. We even hear recordings of ugly doings, but rarely do they ever show us the ugly action taking place. Some say this is a good thing because it protects children and ensures we, as a generation, do not become desensitized to violence in general. Still, I wonder if it makes us ignorant to the cause of our own actions. Generations of our children play video games, where they blow each other to smithereens, shooting villains, sometimes even the good guys.

Even more violent is what kids see on television. Statistics say that by the time I turn 18, I will have watched around 32,000 murders and 40,000 attempted murders on television. The issue I take isn’t with the violence; it’s with what comes after the attack. In America, we never see the blood and the guts; there is no repercussion for the action of killing or hurting. It is considered inappropriate to show someone dying on television, yet it’s considered OK to show the act of killing. I’m not exactly itching to watch a TV star bleed to death and neither are most of my classmates, but what happens to a viewer’s psyche when there’s no punishment imposed on a character who commits a violent act? I believe it creates a disconnect between action and result, which leads to a misunderstanding about violence. In Japan, the aftermath of a tragedy is shown to the viewer and they have a much lower rate of violence as a country. As most say, this must be awful for children to watch, but wouldn’t it make them less inclined to do it if they saw how horrible the result is when one pulls the trigger? I’m not suggesting that TV and video games are the sole reason for violence in our culture, and obviously, this analysis is simply a correlation. But, I believe, there has got to be some misunderstanding occurring to a 6-yearold who, after watching “Tom and Jerry,” thinks bopping someone on the head with a hammer will make them turn into a Slinky. Violence and war are happening, but as a generation, we are protected from it. This disconnect between the truth makes us all slightly ignorant to what is really going on. And as governments make censorship even more regulated, where do we draw the line between what’s happening in the world and what they let us see? Adriana Fracchia is a senior at the Millbrook School and will be contributing to the Hudson Valley News on a regular basis. Contact Adriana at editorial@ thehudsonvalleynews.com.

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Stanford BY HEIDI JOHNSON

Last week, I wrote about my son Niall’s 13th birthday. Niall’s godmother calls him “Peeper” because the day we brought him home from the hospital was the first night that she heard the peepers singing that year. Ever since that day 13 years ago, we always listen carefully for the first sign of that sound – the peepers chirping. It almost always falls within a day or so of Niall’s birthday. Sure enough, this year, two days after his birthday, while coming home from someplace or another, we all heard them in the pond down the road. We exclaimed in unison, “The peepers!” That curiosity thing I’ve told you about got the best of me last year and I did some research on peepers. I knew they were frogs, but what kind of frogs? I had always assumed they were tree frogs, but wondered why they were heard mostly in wet areas such as ponds. What I learned is the most common name for this type of frog is the spring peeper and they are, in fact, a species of tree frog. However, although they have sticky toe pads useful for climbing trees, spring peepers usually do not climb very high. They prefer to stay on the ground where they can hide in the leaves. The spring peeper’s call, that classic chorus that is at times deafening on a spring evening, is the male trying to attract a female. The females apparently are attracted to the male that can call the loudest and fastest (although here’s one of those moments when I have to wonder how biologists know these kinds of things). After breeding, the female spring peeper will lay up to 1,000 eggs in a nearby pond, which explains the concentration of these frogs near shallow water. After breeding, the adult frogs move into the woodlands or shrubby areas. The baby frogs hatch up to two weeks later, and within eight weeks, the tadpoles have fully transformed into young frogs. By the end of the summer, they have reached their full adult size of about three quarters of an inch to one and a half inches. My family and I have also noticed that although you do occasionally hear a peeper or two throughout the summer, mostly by Memorial Day, the calls have died down considerably. This is, of course, because the mating season is over and the “men” no longer have a need to call out to the “ladies.” Other interesting peeper facts: They are hard to spot because of their tiny size and good camouflage. The best way to see them is to look for their vocal sac, which when fully inflated is about the size of a quarter and has a shiny silver color. The spring peeper has one of the largest vocal-sac-tobody ratios of any frog. Their vocal sacs are almost the same size as their bodies. They sure can be loud, that is for certain. But, since the sound is associated with the advent of warmer weather, most of us around these parts welcome it. This past weekend, we had nice, warm weather

and each night, those peepers were calling their little hearts out. It is a great sound on that first night when you can leave the window open while you sleep. Just try not to think about those silly males all trying to outdo each other in the song contest! That is my nature fact for the week; now on with the local news.

STANFORD FIRE COMPANY PRESENTATION AT TOWN HALL This coming Saturday, April 10 from 10 a.m. until noon, the Stanford Fire Company and Rescue Squad will be doing a special presentation entitled “Better Safe Than Sorry” at the Town Hall. This event is part of the monthly meetings hosted by Supervisor Virginia Stern. Virginia makes herself available one Saturday every month to meet residents and discuss any issues of concern. This Saturday, she has invited the fire company to present safety tips. It will surely be very informative, so do stop down if you can.

GRANGE DINNER Don’t forget next Sunday, April 18 is the Stanford Grange Land and Sea Buffet dinner. I just heard from Grange Master Margaret Plantier on the final menu and it sounds marvelous: Swedish meatballs, chicken marsala, clam chowder, crab cakes, buttered noodles, creamed fish over rice, and for dessert, homemade cookies and Jell-O. Beverages are also included for the very low price of just $12 per person, children half price. Dinner starts at 2 p.m. and takeout is available. Call Louise Woodcock for reservations at 845-868-7548.

LIBRARY EVENTS I was talking with my friend, Bobbie Post, at the recent Sunday Lecture Series at the library and she mentioned there have only been a steady few folks attending the “Brain Games” program on Thursday mornings. “It is too bad more people don’t come to this,” Bobbie said. “We’ve really been having great fun and exercising our brains at the same time.” The “Brain Games” program is ongoing every Thursday morning from 10:45 a.m. until noon and it is open to seniors only. Senior citizens that is, not student senior classmen. It really sounds like a great event, sponsored by the Dutchess County Office of the Aging, so I encourage all local seniors to take advantage of this free and fun program right here at our local library. Also, a reminder to mark your calendars for the “Butterflies and Moths through your Binoculars” lecture by Barry Haydasz on April 25 at 2:30 p.m. The first lecture in this new library series was wonderful (as covered in last week’s “Our Towns” column) and I expect this next one will be as well. So, be sure to save the date. Hope you all had a wonderful Easter or Passover and that you were able to enjoy time with family and friends and of course also the beautiful weather. See you next week. Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845-3924348 or playfulrelics@optonline.net.

HELPFUL HINTS FOR SENIORS:

Step right up! BY BILL HULL

Here is a helpful hint that can promote and enhance your health and safety, enrich your quality of life, improve your communication with the people you love and admire, increase your mental capacity, broaden your awareness of the world around you, simplify complex tasks, solve transportation challenges and provide you with hours of fun, entertainment, friendship and connection. Perhaps this sounds too good to be true, like those tales of the traveling medicine man back in the Old West (I love these quirky, human parts to our great American History, don’t you?). It was a common sight in many a prairie town for these greedy, flim-flam artists to attract a huge crowd, selling all sorts of dollar-a-bottle tonics and restoratives for any matter of mental or physical ills. There was Hostetter’s Celebrated Stomach Bitters, which had an alcohol content of 44.3% by volume. Lydia Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound promised women they could avoid operations and nervous breakdowns. There was also Wizard Oil, Kickapoo Indian Oil, Kickapoo Buffalo Salve and the famous Kickapoo Indian Worm Killer. The “secret ingredients” in many of these tonics turned out to be anything from alcohol to cocaine and even morphine, so it’s no wonder many people, like Aunt Bea in that famous Andy Griffith tale, found happiness from a swig of the magic elixir. But put your healthy skepticism aside for a moment and consider the claims above. What if it’s true? How much would you be willing to commit of your time and your resources to secure such positive rewards? Where can you find these seemingly too-good-to-be-true benefits? They are yours for the taking with just a few keystrokes on your computer. I am amazed when I talk to so many seniors who haven’t yet decided to make the switch to the computer age. Listen, gas lanterns, wringer washing machines and a party line were good enough once upon a time, but there comes a time to embrace new technology. In the words of Frank Zappa: “Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” The computer is the best tool for seniors to overcome limitations, boundaries and obstacles and release creative energy. Even though it can be intimidating at first, I assure you an amazing universe will expand before you by learning just a few rudimentary computer skills. If you have been thinking you could never master a computer, here are some tips to help you find an entrance onto the information highway: 1.) Jump into the computer age. It has never been easier or less expensive to own and use a computer. Many resources are designed especially to help seniors get started and make the most of the experience. You don’t have to know how to type and you can even get a keyboard with giant letters and a mouse (a glorified clicker) that is easy to handle. With a little help, you can find a simple system that will do everything you want to do with a few keystrokes. 2.) Have someone else help you set up a simple computer system. Perhaps you would

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love to communicate daily with a relative who is living overseas, make someone a birthday card or capture all of your old photographs so IF YOUR GROUP OR ORGANIZATION IS HAVING AN EVENT YOU’D LIKE TO PUBLICIZE, PLEASE SEND YOUR INFORMATION TO: EDITORIAL@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM. they will never get faded or torn. Maybe you CALENDAR ITEMS MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE NOON ON THE FRIDAY BEFORE would like to know about a country where you PUBLICATION TO BE CONSIDERED. will be visiting, or find an easy way to keep track of your calories. Maybe you just want to learn about every national park in America, This Week Livable Communities read The London Times or compile a history The Wallace Center at FDR Home and Library of all the presidents’ wives. The possibilities Swing Concert The Dukes and Duchess, a popular, local will host “Aging in Place in Livable Communities,” are endless, so talk with someone who knows swing band, will be performing at a free dance on April 21, from 1 to 4 p.m. The program will you and can steer you to a dependable system sponsored by the Dutchess County Office for the feature a number of expert speakers and will be that is adequate but not excessive. Face Aging at the First Presbyterian Church’s Wade moderated by John Beale of the Office for the reality: Buying a computer is not like buying Fellowship Hall in Wappingers Falls on Sunday, Aging. Refreshments will be served. Reserve a refrigerator or a new stereo. You will need April 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. The church is located at early, as seating is limited. Call 845-452-4846. 2568 South Ave. The group specializes in swing to replace it more often than every 15 or 20 and dance music from the ’40s and ’50s. Light ‘Celebration of Aging’ years, but after you get started, you will want refreshments will be available. Call the church for The Dutchess County Office for the Aging will host more information at 845-297-2800. to keep up. the annual “Celebration of Aging” on Monday, May 17 at noon at the Villa Borghese, Widmer Road in 3.) Go your own speed on the Information Wappingers Falls. The purpose of the event is to Superhighway. Yes, there are computer Upcoming recognize, during May, Older Americans Month, gurus who work, play and perform limitless the outstanding contributions senior citizens make ‘Crazy About Patsy’ activities on the computer. We call these The Office For the Aging announces “Crazy to Dutchess County all year long. The public is people teenagers! Somehow, they know all About Patsy,” a musical tribute to Patsy Cline invited to attend the ceremonies at a cost of $25 this stuff just from drinking milk. Don’t try featuring Sherrill Douglas and her band, will per person or $250 for a table of 10 as long as to figure out how it works. You and I will be held Thursday, April 15 at 2 p.m. at the payment is received no later than April 27. After that date, tickets (if they are still available) are $35 never understand them, but the computer is Bardavon in Poughkeepsie. Tickets are available per person. Checks should be mailed or dropped for a $5 suggested donation. For transportation still the best and cheapest way to accomplish information, contact the community events off to the Dutchess County Office for the Aging, incredible, life-enriching activities. Start coordinator at the Bardavon administrative office 27 High St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. For more slowly and add as you go. You do not have to at 845-473-5288. To purchase tickets, call 845- information, call 845-486-2555. 473-2072. be a genius to be skilled in the following: • Communication: Communicate with anyone, with or without a live view of the other person, anywhere in the world. • Information: Find out anything, at any time; and I mean anything. You can save it, print it, file it or send it to someone else. • Pictures: Talk about capturing your Kodak moments! • Health and safety: You can monitor your financial accounts, your medical records, your home security system and dozens of other important aspects of your life within your own four walls. 4.) Search freely. Save carefully. Delete often. Here is an important tip: Just because something shows up in your “mailbox” doesn’t mean you have to open it. Don’t read everything that comes, and don’t believe everything you read. Don’t open any mail from anyone you don’t know. 5.) Find other seniors who are learning like you. In fact, you can use your computer to connect with other seniors in just this way. Like never before, older Americans are demanding and finding the solutions to their biggest questions on the Internet. Check out BigScreenLive.com and Seniornet.com for starters. As important as it is for us to keep our feet firmly planted in the values and lessons of our history, there is something within us all that extends our hands to the stars to welcome the promise of a better future. It isn’t snake oil or magic. It is the power of information, available like never before to anyone who has the will to begin. Step right up! Bill Hull is an employee of the Haskell Corporation, which oversees the Community at Brookmeade. Hudson valley news | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com | april 7, 2010 {25}

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Union Vale

BY TONY LEO

CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR REQUIREMENT Supervisor Lisette Hitsman led off the first town board meeting of April by noting that New York State now requires carbon monoxide detectors in new and existing buildings. Please comply.

IN AND ABOUT TOWN In the Supervisorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Correspondence section of the meeting, it was reported that Assemblymen Joel Miller and Marc Molinaro (our representatives in Albany) had spoken to officials at a recent Supervisors and Mayors Association gathering in Poughkeepsie. They basically said that the state is â&#x20AC;&#x153;broke.â&#x20AC;? Miller replied to a group of queries with the answer, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can apply to the state for monetary resources any time, but the chances youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get what you ask for are next to nil.â&#x20AC;? The supervisor reminded all residents to check to make sure all 911 numbers are clearly and properly posted at the front of their properties. If a private parcel is slated to be an item upon which there will be a decision made by the planning board or zoning board of appeals, a sign to that effect will be posted as an identifier near the front of the property. Jill Way has applied for a grant designed to cover the costs of reflective safety vests that had been distributed to town employees who work on or near our roads. A new generator has been installed at the highway garage. Also, it should be noted that the trout fishing season has begun with Tymor Park waters having been fully stocked.

AN ACCURATE CODE In order to avoid future problems with interpretations and enforcement, Hitsman assigned specific chapters of the Union Vale Zoning Code to be read, edited for

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LOVED ONES KNOW YOUR WISHES? Of all the things you discuss with your family, your last wishes could be one of the most important decisions you share. By discussing your wishes and putting them in writing, you clear up any doubts your family might have at an already difďŹ cult time. Call us and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll help you and your family through the preplanning process.

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ZBA APPOINTMENT Councilman Patrick Reilly motioned, with a second, to appoint James Leighton to fill the existing vacancy on the zoning board of appeals. The board voted unanimously to sit him as the newest member of this most august body. Congratulations and Godspeed, Mr. Leighton, as you assume your new position.

NEW BOILER CONTRACTOR Perhaps the heating and air-conditioning system in the Town Hall will be up and running for awhile with no problems. Seven companies were asked to bid for the Union Vale heating and air-conditioning maintenance contract. Hitsman mentioned only two of these companies had replied. She also noted that it would be preferable for a firm located nearby to be given primary consideration since, were an emergency to occur, repairs would stand a chance of being made in a more timely fashion. Mondello motioned, with a second, to contract Fox-Air of Hopewell Junction, for the heating and maintenance upkeep. The motioned passed.

ROAD AND STREAM IMPROVEMENT On the north side of Wisseman Road flows Jackson Creek. It meanders through several properties, one of them being the parcel belonging to Robertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Farm. Owing to certain factors and conditions, the creek has overflowed its banks on this particular piece of property and flooded certain portions of the road. There have been complaints from several quarters about contiguous properties being inundated, the road being undermined and the stream being compromised. The town is attempting to gain access through Roberts Farm in an effort to straighten the waterway, locate its banks farther away from the road and restrict access to any agent that might undermine its ecological improvements. The people at Roberts Farm have taken issue with certain specifications that the town has proposed as a means to achieve these improvements. Since the town has a desire to institute preventative measures aimed at road and stream upgrading as soon as possible, the first step toward an eminent domain proceeding have been initiated under the auspices of the town attorney.

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correction and reported on by members of the town board. Councilman Ralph Mondello reported that he had found a conflict in chapter 32, where one passage that strictly restricted the possession of firearms in Tymor Park was countermanded by a following entry, which was more permissive. After suggesting the updating of certain fees that had been promulgated in Chapter 131, Mondello found the printed regulations on his other assigned reading, the makeup and duties of the fire advisory board in Chapter 203, to be acceptable.

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estate on the west side, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Krum Elbow.â&#x20AC;? The name thing appeared to be totally silly to anybody looking at the situation from the outside.

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HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE HUDSON VALLEY

BY CARNEY RHINEVAULT

FDR vs. Howland Spencer One of the negative aspects of being a politician is usually there are almost as many people who hate you as love you. There are only a very few voters who have no opinion at all. In the 1932 voting for president of the United States, one of the millions of people who voted for Franklin D. Roosevelt was Rooseveltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supposed distant cousin and neighbor across the Hudson River in Ulster County, Howland Spencer. Spencer quickly changed his allegiance, however, when he realized that Roosevelt wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the best friend of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s landed gentry. FDRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s political platform for the 1936 election switched from economic recovery to economic reform. His intentions were to not only create work for the unemployed with programs like the CCC and WPA, but in 1936, he proposed re-distribution of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wealth. To Nazi-sympathizer Spencer, that sounded an awful lot like Communism. FDR pledged to â&#x20AC;&#x153;rid our land of kidnappers, bandits, and malefactors of great wealth.â&#x20AC;? He also would attack â&#x20AC;&#x153;economic royalists,â&#x20AC;? one of whom was Howland Spencer. Spencerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hatred grew and grew to the point he purchased The Highland Post and used it as a mouthpiece to spew his vitriol against FDR. Spencer also despised FDR because FDR had actually tried to use the exact name for his estate on the east side of the river that Spencer had used for his

Howland Spencer, who was a very distant uncle of Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s late Princess Diana Spencer, had made a career out of marrying old widows. His fourth wife was a sister of the wife of William K. Vanderbilt and was 20 years older than him. When she petitioned for a divorce in 1936, she claimed 55-year-old Spencer would verbally abuse her by screaming and shouting, but never actually hit her. From his wives, Spencer accumulated enough wealth to maintain a 500-acre estate directly across the Hudson River from FDRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s estate. A total of 160 acres recently purchased by Scenic Hudson in the Town of Highland was once part of the estate. Spencer also had estates in Newport, R.I., and Palm Beach, Fla. His financial health was becoming poor in 1938, however, and he decided to sell his Ulster County estate.

ATTEMPT TO SPITE FDR

To Spencerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s way of thinking, what better way of spiting the president than selling the Highland estate to a bunch of black cultists? Then, the president would have to watch wild parties across the river while trying to relax on his south lawn. By 1938, Spencer did indeed sell his estate to become a â&#x20AC;&#x153;heavenâ&#x20AC;? to the most famous black man in the country, Harlemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s little (he was only a little over 5 feet tall) messiah, Father Divine. The estate had a large dock and on Aug. 9, 1938, a river steamer named â&#x20AC;&#x153;The City of New Yorkâ&#x20AC;? arrived with 2,500 African-Americans (and a few whites). Spencer hoped that this would be the ultimate putdown for FDR. His purpose: â&#x20AC;&#x153;To test the theories of Franklin Roosevelt against those of Father Divine.â&#x20AC;? He was sure FDR was nothing more than a hypocrite, but he soon found out different. Mrs. Roosevelt wrote in her â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Dayâ&#x20AC;? column about Father Divine and his followers: â&#x20AC;&#x153;It must Howland Spencer. be pleasant to feel that in Illustration by the future this place will be Tatiana Rhinevault. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;heavenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to some people, even if it cannot be to its former owner.â&#x20AC;? Father Divine replied, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a nicer neighbor, could I?â&#x20AC;?

NEXT WEEK: THE ECCENTRIC FATHER DIVINE Carney Rhinevault is the Hyde Park town historian. Illustrator Tatiana Rhinevaultâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Web site is www. tatianarhinevault.com.

OBITUARIES RAYMOND BERNARD A’BRIAL, MELLENVILLE

Raymond Bernard “Brud” A’Brial, Jr., 81, of Mellenville, NY, died Monday, March 29, 2010 at the Albany Medical Center in Albany, NY. Born on July 22, 1928, in Red Hook, NY, he was the son of the late Raymond “Ike” and Alice (Day) A’Brial. He was a graduate of Red Hook High School. Brud married Elizabeth Straw and she survives at home. In addition to his wife, he is survived by four daughters; Debra A’Brial of Red Hook, NY, Renee A’Brial of Elizaville, NY, Darlene A’Brial of Philmont, NY, and Katrina A’Brial of Germantown, NY, three sons; Raymond John A’Brial, III of Lake Katrine, NY, Michael A’Brial of Stuyvesant, NY, and Kim A’Brial of Mellenville, NY, two sisters; Germaine “Sis” Coon of Red Hook, NY, and Dolores “Kits” Quimby of Indiana, good friend and son in law; John Ingles, 15 grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister; Montel A’Brial, and a brother; Marvin A’Brial. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, April 5, 2010 at St. Christopher’s Church, Red Hook, NY. Burial with military honors was at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Red Hook. Memorial donations may be made in Raymond’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 2678 South Rd, Suite 102, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY. For directions, or to sign the online guest book, visit www.Burnett-White.com.

ROBERT L. FISTER, RED HOOK

Robert L. Fister, 78, a longtime Red Hook resident, died Monday, March 29, 2010 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, NY. His is survived by three sons; Bruce Fister of Port Ewen, NY, Greg Fister of Prescott, AZ, and Randy Fister of Phoenix, AZ, a sister; Betty Carroll of Poughkeepsie, NY, three grandchildren; Derek, Jeff, and Chris Fister, and several nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, April 1, 2010 at Town of Catskill Cemetery, Catskill, NY. The Reverend Fred C. Cartier officiated. There will be no calling hours. Memorial donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 2680, N. Canton, OH 44720. Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY. For directions, or to sign the online guest book, visit www.Burnett-White.com.

EDWARD R. RYAN, HYDE PARK

Edward R. Ryan, 88, a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, March 28, 2010 at home. Born in Poughkeepsie on December 12, 1921, he was the son of the late Edward and Lucy Robinson Ryan. On September 26, 1946 in Poughkeepsie, he married Sarah DelSanto. Mrs. Ryan predeceased him on July 27, 1992. He is survived by two daughters, Cynthia Ryan and her longtime companion, Michael Woodward, of Saugerties, and Rosemary Ryan and her longtime companion, Steven Berryann, of Hyde Park; three grandchildren, Ryan and Dylan Taylor, both of Hyde Park, and Jenna Taylor of Shokan; brother, Richard Ryan and wife, Ethel, of Hyde Park; and several nieces and nephews. There are no calling hours.

In keeping with Ed’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Graveside services and burial of his ashes with military honors took place at 11 am, Wednesday, March 31, 2010 in Crum Elbow Cemetery, N. Quaker Lane, Hyde Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Castle Point VA Hospital, ATT: Volunteer Services, Castle Point, NY 12511, or, the Hospice Foundation, 374 Violet Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Arrangements are under the direction of Sweet’s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. To send a condolence or for directions, visit www.sweetsfuneralhome.com.

GEORGE R. HEISER, RHINEBECK

George R. Heiser, 87, a lifelong area resident, died Friday, March 26, 2010 at Ferncliff Nursing Home in Rhinebeck. Born in Kingston on July 21, 1922, he was the son of the late George L. and Mabel Davidson Heiser. On July 24, 1949 in Poughkeepsie, he married Isabella Werner. Mrs. Heiser predeceased him on June 12, 1995. He is survived by his son, Richard Heiser of Red Hook; daughter, Robin Werner of Germantown; eight grandchildren; several great grandchildren; brother, Arnold Heiser of Salt Point; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a son, George Heiser. Cremation has taken place. A period of memorial visitation took place from 5 to 6 pm, Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at Sweet’s Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Tivoli Fire and Rescue Squad, 2 Tivoli Commons, Tivoli, NY 12583, or, your local fire or rescue squad. To send a condolence or for directions, visit www.sweetsfuneralhome.com.

MARY V. ZGOMBIC, RED HOOK

Mary V. Zgombic, 82, of Red Hook, NY, died Friday, April 2, 2010 at the Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, NY. Born in Croatia on January 4, 1928, she was the daughter of the late John and Margaret (Mrakovic) Braut. Mary migrated to the United States on a ship at the age of 8. For many years she lived in NYC. Mary married John Zgombic on October 2, 1948 in New York City, NY; he survives at home in Red Hook. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter; Janet Zgombic of Red Hook, NY, a son; Ken Zgombic of Bayside, NY, and a granddaughter; Linda & her husband Lars Brekken of Long Island City, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at noon at St. Christopher’s Church, Red Hook, NY. The Rev. Xavier Santiago will officiate. Burial will be at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Red Hook. Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes on Tuesday from 2 - 6 PM. Memorial donations may be made in Mary’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 2678 South Rd, Suite 102, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY. For directions, or to sign the online guest book, visit www.Burnett-White.com.

EDWARD J. TYBUS, RHINEBECK

Edward J. Tybus, 91, the longtime proprietor of the Hotel Rhinecliff, died Thursday, April 1, 2010 at the Ferncliff Nursing Home in Rhinebeck, NY. Born on February 17, 1919, in Hoboken, NJ, he was the son of the late Gustav and Elizabeth (Kaiser) Tybus. Ed married Ruth G. Locke on October 9, 1959 in Rhinecliff, NY. Ruth predeceased him

on October 14, 2001 Survived by two sons; Stefan & Anton Tybus, both of Red Hook, NY, a daughter; Andrea and her husband Daniel Evans of Red Hook, NY, a foster granddaughter; Maria Torres of Red Hook, NY, two nephews; Charles Locke of Red Hook, NY, & Arthur Raymond Locke III of Virginia, a niece; Drusilla Cummings of Reno, NV, as well as many friends and extended family. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at Burnett & White Funeral Homes, Rhinebeck, NY. The Rev. Frank L. Cirone will officiate. Burial will be at Rhinebeck Cemetery, Rhinebeck. Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes on Tuesday from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Memorial donations may be made in Edward’s memory to the United Cerebral Palsy, 1660 L Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036. Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 91 E. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY. For directions, or to sign the online guest book, visit www.Burnett-White.com.

RUSSELL SAMUEL CROSS, TIVOLI AND HUDSON

Russell Samuel Cross, 85, formerly of Tivoli and Hudson, died Thursday, April 1, 2010 at the Timberlyn Heights Nursing Home in Great Barrington, MA. Born on December 15, 1924, in Mt. Kisco, NY, he was the son of the late Russell J. and Ethel (Robbins) Cross. He is survived by a sister; Eleanor Griffin of E. Greenbush, NY, a niece; Nancy C. Griffin of Amsterdam, NY, and several other nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held at 1 pm on Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 at Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY. Burial was at Red Church Cemetery, Tivoli. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 11 am to 1 pm. Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY. For directions, or to sign the online guest book, visit www.Burnett-White.com. E-mail your notice to: legalnotices@ thehudsonvalleynews.com or call us at 845-233-4651.

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC) Name: Daheim Associates LLC. Articles of Organization filed in the Department of State of New York on February 17, 2010. Office Location: Dutchess County. Principal Business Location: 71 Daheim Road, Millbrook, New York 12545. Purpose: Any and all lawful business activities. Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Daheim Associates LLC, 71 Daheim Road, Millbrook, New York 12545. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC). Name: TURNPIKE PROPERTY, LLC. Articles of Organization filed by the Department of State of New York on January 15, 2008. Office Location: County of Dutchess. Principal Business Location: 148 Hollow Road, Staatsburg, NY 12580. Purpose: Any and all lawful activities. Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: 148 Hollow Road, Staatsburg, New York 12580. The Stanford Cemetery Association will meet on April 19th, 2010 at the UCC Education Building, Route 82, Stanfordville, NY 12581 -- Plot Holders’ meeting at 7:00 PM -- Trustees‘ meeting at 7:30 PM. Notice of Formation of Route 376 Donuts, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with the Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) pursuant to NY LLC law section 206 on 09/14/09. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process served to: c/o the LLC, P.O. Box N, Sanford, ME 04073.

Notice of Formation of Hooker Ave Donuts, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with the Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) pursuant to NY LLC law section 206 on 10/07/09. Office location: Dutchess County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process served to: c/o the LLC, P.O. Box N, Sanford, ME 04073. The partnership of Lawrence Schaffer, Daniel Z. Aronzon and Aaron M. Blum d/b/a Fulton Avenue Professional Building has been converted into Fulton Avenue Professional Building, LLC (the “LLC”) pursuant to Section 1006 of the Limited Liability Company Law by filing a Certificate of Conversion with the Secretary of State of New York on February 22, 2010. The LLC office is in Dutchess County, with a principal location at 104 Fulton Avenue, Poughkeepsie, New York. The Secretary of State of New York is designated as the agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served; the address to which a copy of the process shall be mailed is c/o Iseman, Cunningham, Riester & Hyde, LLP, Attn: Richard A. Mitchell, Esq., 2649 South Road, Suite 230, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601. The LLC does not have a specific date of dissolution. The purpose of the LLC is to engage in any lawful act or activity. Notice of formation of a Limited Liability Company. Name: Yeung Home & Property, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 1/21/2010. Designated Agent: SSNY. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to LLC, c/o Elizabeth P. Wang, Esq, 11 Market Street, PO Box 1871, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Location: Dutchess County. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

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MILAN

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Private secluded home surrounded by over 700 acres of state land. This rustic yet modern home features an open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, three bedrooms, two baths and hardwood floors throughout. A one bedroom guesthouse is located away from the main residence. Includes a garage with workroom. Conveniently located to Red Hook, Rhinebeck and Pine Plains.

NORTH EAST

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