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WAR HERO CALLS RHINEBECK HOME 101-YEAR-OLD SURVIVED GERMAN CAPTURE IN WW II

BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON

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The people of Rhinebeck should be proud to call Edward H. White their neighbor. The 101-year-old World War II veteran is certainly one of the oldest living veterans in the area, and maybe even one of the oldest in the country, according to White’s American Legion buddies. White, a corporal in the U.S. Army during World War II, fought in Normandy, is a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge and survived capture by the Germans. White, who was born and raised in Rhinebeck, was 34 years old when he entered the service in 1943. He was working at Northern Dutchess Hospital when the war broke out, and said many of his friends and neighbors had enlisted. “I said, ‘I might as well go, too,’” White said. White can still recall waiting at the Rhinecliff Train Station on the day he left for war. Most of the other soon-to-be soldiers he was with were still in their teens. The young men asked White why he enlisted. “I said, ‘Because Uncle Sam wants men,’” he said with a laugh, adding his comment didn’t win him any friends on the train. > more on page 2

World War II veteran Edward H. White sits in his armchair at his apartment at Wells Manor in Rhinebeck. Photo by Christopher Lennon.

THE NEW HEROIN BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON

This is the first news story I have ever approached like this. I usually feel a bit uncomfortable injecting my personal opinions and referencing myself in the stories I write because I generally feel there are people in our communities more qualified than I to comment on the sometimes-complex issues I cover. The subject of this article, though, I unfortunately know all too well. Abuse of prescription drugs is on the rise, nationally and in our own backyards. Just last week, a pair of men were arrested for attempting to fill a phony prescription for painkillers at a Hyde Park pharmacy. About a year ago, for a different newspaper, I wrote a similar story about a local doctor’s employee who was busted filling phony prescriptions using a pad he stole from his employer. These stories hit close to home because in college, my freshman-year roommate became massively addicted to OxyContin, a very strong painkiller. My roommate, who for the purpose of this article I’ll call Mike, had got busted with some marijuana and was taking court-mandated drug

tests monthly. Mike started using painkillers like Percocet and Vicodin because they don’t stay in your system as long as pot and he could still get high and pass a drug test. Eventually, the drug tests stopped, but Mike didn’t. It didn’t take long for him to discover OxyContin. I can’t speak from personal experience, but what Mike and other addicts have told me is if you remove the time-release coating on an OxyContin, crush up the pill and snort it, the effects rival that of heroin. They’re not cheap either. I’ve heard of addicts paying upwards of $50 a pill on the street. In the throws of a serious addiction, it’s not uncommon for addicts to spend $200 or more on the drug each day. Heroin is classified as an opiate. OxyContin, a brand name of the drug oxycodone, is classified as an opioid, which basically means a synthetic opiate. They are similar chemically and in their effect. In fact, when OxyContin first started being abused in rural parts of the country it was given the nickname “hillbilly heroin.” It didn’t take long for Mike to figure out that heroin > more on page 3

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CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE White couldn’t recall the exact date he was taken prisoner, but remembers his company was surrounded by German troops and captured in Luxemburg. White recalled being a prisoner, saying he and his fellow POWs were treated humanely more often than not. He remembers an older German soldier who treated the prisoners fairly. “The old German soldier was a nice man,” White said. “But the young soldiers there, you just wanted to shoot them first and ask questions later.” He said he was never shackled during his time as a prisoner. “You weren’t tied up or anything, but they guarded you darn well,” he said. White recalled loading cargo on a boxcar one day during his time as a POW. A German soldier who was guarding the men apparently thought White was attempting to escape and stabbed him with a bayonet. White still has a scar that goes from his wrist almost down to his elbow. He recalled another time, sitting down for a meal with the old German soldier who was kind to the prisoners. White asked what it was they were eating. The old German told him it was cat. White remembers he was freed on Good Friday, and got to ride out of the village in which he was a prisoner in a jeep with a

U.S. Army general. White eventually returned to Rhinebeck, where he has pretty much stayed ever since. For 65 years he was married to Catherine, a Red Hook native he met at a dance in Rock City. He knew her only a few weeks before he proposed. “I said to her one night, ‘Will you marry me?’ She said ‘Yea,’” he recalled. Today, White lives at Wells Manor, a senior living community in Rhinebeck. One wall of his apartment is covered with certificates of appreciation for his service as well as framed photos of White with the men he served with. He still has his old uniform and medals and enjoys showing them off and talking about the war. “I enjoy myself,” he said. “They treat me good here.” White said he has visited local high schools to talk about his service and enjoys participating in Rhinebeck’s annual Memorial Day parade. This year, he said, he will be riding in a car in the front of the parade and he’s looking forward to seeing and waving to the young children. So, if you happen to attend Rhinebeck’s Memorial Day parade this year, look for the 101-year-old veteran riding up the street and be sure to shout a loud “Thank you!” for everything this remarkable man has done for this country.

NEW PALTZ WRITE-IN CANDIDATE EKES OUT ONE-VOTE VICTORY BY FRANCESCA OLSEN

Brian Kimbiz, 24, won a seat as a New Paltz village trustee earlier this month, a direct result of an intense campaign. A graduating SUNY New Paltz senior, Kimbiz won the election via write-in, and by a single vote. Kimbiz beat incumbent Pete Healey, 95 votes to 94, as the result of a recount he asked for. Kimbiz was removed from the ballot earlier in the spring, when his petitions were dismissed for several transgressions. Not giving up, Kimbiz conducted a campaign using flyers, word of mouth and Facebook to encourage students to vote. “There were a couple of students who got turned away,” he said. “I was under the impression that you could sign an affidavit ballot.” This turned out not to be the case. “There were another 50 student votes, at least, that weren’t represented,” said Kimbiz. Patrick O’Donnell received the highest vote count, with 98. He and Kimbiz will serve on the council together, filling the two empty seats that were up in this election.

SKATEBOARDERS MAY GET NEW PLAYGROUND AT THOMPSON-MAZZARELLA PARK BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON

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A local man was arrested on numerous charges after police say he tore up the lawn at Union Cemetery in Hyde Park with his vehicle. Hyde Park Police say at approximately 8:10 p.m. on May 14 they received a call for a vehicle driving erratically on the cemetery lawn. The vehicle reportedly

crashed into a tree and its occupants fled on foot. After an investigation, police say, they arrested William Lawrence, 25, of Hyde Park, on a felony charge of criminal mischief, criminal trespass, and misdemeanor counts of aggravated unlicensed operator, operating a motor vehicle without insurance and unregistered motor vehicle.

Skateboarders in Rhinebeck shouldn’t give up hope of seeing a skate park built in town now that the town board has decided to incorporate plans for one in the ThompsonMazzarella Park Master Plan. The board, which has been working on adopting a plan that outlines development of the park, voted to modify the master plan and include the skate park during a meeting last week. At a town board meeting in April, Bob Ellsworth, chairman of the ThompsonMazzarella Park Committee, explained

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“It bothered me we had no student representation in a community where students outnumber the village residents,” Kimbiz, a journalism major, said. “We got a lot of people to go out and vote that day. There’s a general sentiment on campus that we should have representation.” Kimbiz also beat out former mayor Jason West, who got 24 votes. Village trustee in New Paltz is a four-year position, and Kimbiz is planning a deep summer research session to prepare himself for the task. “I’m going to spend the next few months really studying all the issues concerning the community,” he said. “I’d like to see accountability in student housing. Everything should be up to code. And the village, also, should be preserved. It’s not a typical college town and I’d really like to see it stay that way.” While some might expect hostility from the village government, Kimbiz said he hasn’t seen any. “For the most part, it’s a pretty warm welcome,” he said. “But I’m sure they’re a little uneasy about this.”

that plans for a skate park were originally included in the plan, but were removed after a site of archeological and historic significance was discovered at the park, thereby limiting the amount of space for recreation. At that meeting, the mother of a local skateboarder pointed out that the plan called for multiple baseball diamonds and other athletic fields, and said a skate park should be built for local kids who aren’t interested in team sports. Councilman Bruce Washburn, who serves as liaison to the town recreation committee and the Thompson-Mazzarella Park Committee, explained that just because the board voted to incorporate a skate park in the plan, doesn’t mean one will actually be built. Modifying the plan simply gives town officials a point at which to begin if it is decided a skate park will be built. “We’re not committing any money at this point,” Washburn said. Washburn said cost estimates for building the skate park range from $25,000 to $250,000. “(The cost) depends on what you want to do,” he said. Other elements of the park master plan have come to fruition. Last week, the Hudson Valley News featured a story about a community garden indentified in the master plan that is now taking shape. “The reason I wanted to start the community garden this year is because I wanted to see people start using the land,” Washburn said. Events are scheduled to take place at the park, located behind the Starr Library, in the coming weeks. Washburn said on June 24, an end-of-school concert with local students’ bands is scheduled to take place from 5 to 8 p.m.


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she said. Trumpetto said that research has shown CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE that overall drug and alcohol use among is actually cheaper than OxyContin, and he young people is actually on a downswing. started taking heroin instead. Within three Use of prescription painkillers and heroin years, Mike went from being a bright-eyed are the only exceptions. student to being an emaciated junkie with “It’s scary because it’s a trend that seems track-marked arms and a mile-long criminal to be rising among younger folks,” she said. record. Trumpetto said many kids have to look Mike’s story is not unique, though. no further than their parents’ medicine Virtually everyone, regardless of race, cabinets to get high. She said she has heard age, sex, socioeconomic status, etc. is of youngsters throwing “pharming parties,” susceptible. during which a group of kids each brings According to Dr. Richard G. Miller, a handful of whatever pills they can find, medical director of the Dutchess County everyone throws their pills into a bowl Department of Mental Hygiene, recent and party goers essentially spend the day studies say 20% of Americans are estimated sampling the drugs. to have misused prescription drugs. “Anything in your medicine cabinet Miller said part of the problem is that should be kept under lock and key,” she these drugs are easy to get. Kids can raid advises parents. their parents’ medicine cabinets, addicts lie Trumpetto also said she has heard from to doctors about pain and other ailments, and medical professionals that “Pain is being new drugs are being addressed in a more pumped out to treat aggressive way than it Whereas drugs like disorders that were has in the past.” OxyContin may have unheard of 20 years Whereas drugs like ago. Worse yet, OxyContin may have only been prescribed addicts can easily only been prescribed to late-stage cancer order prescription to late-stage cancer drugs overseas via patients years ago, today patients years ago, the Internet without it is more commonly consulting a doctor today it is more prescribed, and therefore because of lax laws available. commonly prescribed, easily in certain countries. Trumpetto said law “It has been enforcement is also and therefore easily increasing,” Miller struggling to keep up available. said. “These drugs with the problem. She are much easier to said in Dutchess County get.” alone, 15 drug recognition experts have Though laws have been passed making been trained through the sheriff’s office it more difficult to mail-order prescriptions, because often an officer can see a person is Miller said, “It’ll always be a problem we’re intoxicated even though the subject passes trying to catch up to.” traditional drug and alcohol tests. He said addiction to opioids like OxyContin “They needed another mechanism of (Percocet, morphine and Vicodin are some determining what was going on,” she said. others) is extremely hard to kick. He said Trumpetto said she believes the best treatment generally requires detoxification, way to combat the problem is by building during which the body physically withdraws coalitions with experts at all levels. Parents, from the drug, and psychological counseling government officials, rehab providers, to teach an addict how to cope without the doctors, law enforcement officials and drug. addiction experts all need to come together “Once you’re on an opioid and abusing it, for discussion on the subject, she said. it’s a very difficult medication to come off,” “Coalitions, I believe, have a great chance he said. at success,” she said It’s not just painkillers that are being She points to successful efforts to quell abused. Abuse of drugs for attention deficit tobacco use as evidence that these coalitions disorder (Ritalin, Adderall) has become can bring “proven results.” prevalent, particularly with young children In closing, it is important to note that and on college campuses, Miller said. there are legitimate reasons a doctor would Barbiturates (Xanax, Valium) and sleeping prescribe drugs like OxyContin to a patient, pills are also commonly abused. and doctors and pharmacists should not be When I told Elaine Trumpetto, executive demonized for trying to bring some comfort director of the Council on Addiction to people who are in more pain than I, a Prevention and Education, about the subject healthy 26-year-old, could ever imagine. of this story, that I had noticed an increase What I do know is what these drugs can do in prescription drug abuse locally, she said I to a person if they’re misused and the impact was correct in my assumptions. one person’s addiction can have on his or her “It is really happening,” she told me. loved ones. She said there has been an alarming rise Here’s one last thing to ponder before in abuse of painkillers and heroin. Trumpetto I go: In 1874, a doctor synthesized a drug says addicts will often move from drugs called diacetylmorphine that was found like OxyContin to heroin because it is to greatly reduce pain and fevers and was cheaper, much like Mike did. She assumes advertised by the Bayer company as a nonthis is because heroin is made in enormous addictive alternative to morphine. Today, quantities and dealers can easily mix the diacetylmorphine is still available, only heroin with cheaper substances. under a new name, heroin. “Law enforcement tells us that heroin is a cheap drug, unlike prescription painkillers,”

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ON MEMORIAL DAY AND EVERY DAY BY JIM LANGAN Monday marks yet another Memorial Day in our area and across the country. What was originally called Decoration Day began shortly after the Civil War. Women’s groups in the South began decorating the graves of fallen Confederate soldiers in 1867. It was officially proclaimed Decoration Day on May 5, 1868 by Gen. John Logan, national commander of the Great Army of the Republic. The southern states refused to recognize Decoration Day and only did so grudgingly after WW I, when the holiday was changed to honor the veterans of all wars. Like too many holidays, Memorial Day has lost its meaning for many Americans. It has become the unofficial start of the summer season or an excuse for the first barbeque. We forget this is a day set aside to honor all war veterans, particularly those who gave their lives to keep us free. Germany and Japan weren’t defeated by diplomats, they were defeated by brave young men willing to die on our behalf. Time and ignorance

blur the fact that 416,000 young men died in battle during WW II. Hopefully, you will attend a Memorial Day observance in your town on Monday. If you do, look at the names on those plaques and monuments. These were, in most cases, kids just out of high school thrust a world away to fight the Nazis and the Japanese. They never returned to the towns and villages of Dutchess County, never said “good bye” to their parents and never lived to see their own children grow up. But remember them we must and it shouldn’t take a federal holiday or a 9-11 horror to honor the brave amongst us. It’s easy to focus on the WW II guys because age is taking them from us. But there are plenty of other vets out there deserving of our gratitude and respect. From Korea to Iraq and Afghanistan, these men and women gave their all. So when you see these proud vets parading through your town on Monday, step off the curb and shake their hands and thank them for their service. They earned it.

JEWISH CENTER CELEBRATES WITH BARBECUE

On Tuesday, May 12 the Rhinebeck Jewish Center held its Third Annual Kosher Family Barbecue in honor of Lag Ba’Omer at the Red Hook Recreation Park.

Pictured, from left: Ollie Siegel plays at the recreation park during the barbecue; Tali Lipke hangs out during the Third Annual Kosher Barbecue. Photos submitted.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT BY JIM LANGAN

• Let’s hear it for 50-year-old Rhetta Lambert of Millbrook who got herself arrested when she walked or stumbled into Troop K state police barracks to file a harassment charge against her boyfriend. Apparently, Rhetta had been having a serious Mr. and Missus while knocking back a few cold ones. Proof again that alcohol doesn’t improve your judgment. • Talk about having a tough time getting off the stage. Terminally ill Farrah Fawcett thinks the world is interested in watching her die from anal cancer. Throw in creepy ex-husband Ryan O’Neal and George Hamilton’s ex, Alana Stewart, scrapping over the money from this documentary and you’ve got won’t see TV. • Botox-challenged Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi finds herself accused of lying about whether she was briefed on U.S. policies regarding torture during the Bush administration. It appears she’s lying through her dentures. • It was a little disturbing to hear that the co-pilot of that Cogan Air plane that crashed in Buffalo hadn’t slept the night before and was making $16,000 a year. Bus and taxi drivers make more than that but they’re not carrying 50 people at 30,000 feet. • The Poughkeepsie Journal reported that a man killed by a train in Dover last week died of “multiple blunt force trauma.” Ah, the power of the written word. Just couldn’t envision what happened on the face of it. • Upstate billionaire Tom Golisano announced he was taking up legal residence in Naples, Fla. in order to avoid paying nearly $5 million in higher New York state income taxes. He joins Rush Limbaugh and scores of other lower profile New Yorkers in

voting with their feet and leaving the state. • There’s an old joke about the New York Times and its legendary liberal bias. What would the Times headline be if 90% of the world’s population was destroyed in a nuclear holocaust? The answer is: “World Nearly Destroyed in Nuclear Exchange, Minorities, Women and Jews Most Affected.” Last Saturday saw the struggling Times go with this real headline: “Minorities Hit Hardest as New York Foreclosures Rise.” The implication, as always, is this is discrimination of some kind. After about 1,500 words, the Times concedes the problem has more to do with minorities taking out loans they couldn’t afford and unscrupulous sub-prime lenders handing them a ticking bomb. Not exactly discrimination. • Locally, two Chrysler dealerships were told they had to close, adding another sad chapter to an already depressing story. Dealerships in Amenia and Fishkill got the bad news last week. • New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has already spent $18.7 million dollars to buy himself a third term. It’s his money, but it’s more than a little obscene. Jack Kennedy spent $2 million pursuing the presidency in 1960. • Barack Obama has announced he will prosecute some of the Gitmo detainees, angering his liberal supporters and seeming to contradict some of his campaign rhetoric. It appears being president is a lot tougher than campaigning. • The swine flu is making a minicomeback, at least in Queens, where three schools have been closed as new cases surface. Can you say overreaction?

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something. The document lists my car make as “Registered Vehicle,” but the license plate number they list actually belongs to a boat trailer I used to own. I was not aware that boat trailers required warranties on their “air conditioning units, electronics, hightech electrical systems and more,” but this is the coverage the warranty company offered me. Earlier this month, Sen. Chuck Schumer PROGRESSIVE PERSPECTIVE (D-N.Y.) called for a federal investigation BY JONATHAN SMITH into what he termed “robo-dialer harassROBO-SCAMS ARE RUINING ments.” The senator pointed out that these calls actually cost the consumer money by DINNER It began with the call coming in every eating up their cell-phone minutes. Unfortunately, the sad fact is that the night around dinner time: “This is our final attempt to contact you. The warranty on government protections from these scams, your car is about to expire. You are eligible such as the Do Not Call Registry, only to extend your automotive warranty cover- have meaning if they are enforced with age for four additional years. Press one now strict penalties, fines and lawsuits, and until recently, the government had not folto speak to a customer service agent.” Since I lease my car and it is less than lowed through. But this is much more than harassment. four months old, it is not possible that the warranty is about to expire, but that These scam artists are selling a useless product to whoever doesn’t stop the sales will buy, regardagent from trying to less of whether their sell me on this scam. victims have a car They ask me the make, under genuine warmodel and year of my Does it not seem ranty or not. This car. Does it not seem completely idiotic is theft, pure and completely idiotic to simple, and it can be these people that they to these people that very serious. Over claim to know that my warranty is expiring they claim to know my the past six months, thousands of combut do not know anything at all about the warranty is expiring but plaints have been issued from people car in question? do not know anything who bought into Apparently not, because this auto warat all about the car in the scam and then didn’t receive monranty scam has reached question? ey on their claims epic proportions, with and couldn’t get reinvestigations being funds. An individual conducted in over 40 policy can cost up to states, over 140,000 $2,000. complaints registered Just this week, the Federal Trade last year, and over an estimated billion robo-calls made. It makes no difference Commission filed a lawsuit against two of whether the recipient of the call is on the the largest operators of the scam robo-calls, national Do Not Call Registry, or whether Voice Touch Inc. and Transcontinental the target is a cell phone number; they Warranty Inc. Jon Leibowitz, chairman of continue to harass on all fronts. They have the FTC, called the operation “one of the completely ignored my repeated requests most aggressive telemarketing schemes” to be removed from their lists. To make ever perpetrated on the American public, matters worse, the phone numbers that and has filed to have any profits of these appear on the caller ID are always fake, companies returned to the victims. Hopefully, this and further action by leading only to an unregistered or disconthe government will discourage other nected number. Perhaps, like me, you are the proud scam artists who are barraging our phones recipient of their junk mail as well. and using similar business models of subYesterday, I received a very official-look- terfuge and harassment. And while I recing document in the mail from Automotive ognize that this issue pales in comparison Financial Consultants that screams in bold to the more pressing issues facing our solettering: “**EXTREMELY URGENT ciety – Iraq, Afghanistan, a failing healthAND TIME SENSITIVE – YOUR care system, the high cost of education – EXTENDED COVERAGE OFFER at least with this victory we can all enjoy EXPIRES ON 05/14/2009.” The time- dinnertime again. sensitivity ploy is a cheap trick to try to Jonathan Smith can be reached at ediget consumers to act in haste and without torial@hudsonvalleynews.com. thinking – it is a lot easier to part people from their money when they are panicking or think they are about to lose out on


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appalled to see long-haired college kids burning American flags in the streets in the 1960s and he would be equally horrified by today’s bitter partisan divide. He would have been embarrassed and angry by the reception too many Americans gave those who served in Vietnam and the disdain shown today for those fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Like most of his peers, he knew all too USUALLY RIGHT well what happens when tyranny is allowed BY JIM LANGAN to prosper under the guise of peace at any cost. He would have known full well there are simply people and nations out there that WHAT WOULD MY FATHER wish us harm and to presume otherwise is MAKE OF TODAY Memorial Day is one of those times I naïve and dangerous. Politically, my guess find myself thinking about my late father. is Dad would have been a Republican by Like so many Americans of his generation, now. I can still see him near the end of his he signed up for WW II right after Pearl life, his ability to speak compromised by Harbor. But there was a bit of a twist in a stroke, sputtering when a relative began his case because Leo J. Langan was in his extolling the virtues of Richard Nixon 40s when war broke out. He had been too in 1960. Dad was a fan of FDR, Truman young to serve in WW I and was too old and JFK and their strong national defense for WW II. At the time he was an executive positions. He’d have loved Reagan and his with IBM and somehow knew Gen. Mark “Tear down that wall” speech. Culturally, I’m not sure my father would Clark, the famous WW II commander of survive the re-entry. He thought rock and the Fifth Army. roll was the end of civilization and he My father called Clark up and said he was still buying Glenn Miller albums in wanted to serve, regardless of age. Clark the ‘50s, so I don’t think you’d find him apparently thought an accomplished downloading any rap businessman would or heavy metal. be helpful and asked I don’t know my father to report how he felt about to Fort Dix and pick This was a man homosexuality, but up a uniform. Family born in 1902, when I’ve got to believe he’d legend has it my father need a few minutes took the train to Fort patriotism and love of and a glass of water Dix and was handed a major’s uniform country wasn’t subject on same-sex marriage. Racially, I think he’d before heading back to interpretation or be thrilled with Obama to New York City. in the White House. Depending on who political calculation. I can still see my dad told the story, my buying a poor black father took quite a bit kid we played sports of time getting through with a pair of sneakers Grand Central. You see, my father didn’t because the kid’s feet were coming through even know how to return a salute so he his. He told us to always help the less kept ducking into alcoves rather than look fortunate. I suspect he wouldn’t believe foolish in front of all the young soldiers the divorce rate or the number of unwed shuffling through Grand Central. mothers and the general incivility of life in Dad went on to serve as a top aide to Clark modern-day America. as the Fifth Army fought its way through Say what you will about his time. It was Italy and Austria. By war’s end, Major Leo a calmer and more rational time politically. J. Langan was a full colonel and had seen While some social conventions were either a lot of history. He returned home in 1946 wrong or confusing, most people had a and resumed his career at IBM. Like most mother and father, jail wasn’t an elective in of the WW II guys, he never really talked high school and religion wasn’t the object about the war although I have a very specific of political ridicule. The same was true of memory of seeing Eisenhower’s memoir, drugs. In his day, a couple of stiff drinks got “Crusade in Europe,” on his bedside table. it done. Only criminals did coke and heroin Unfortunately, the combination of my mother’s sudden death in 1948 and a series and if you did it was your fault, not some of strokes resulted in his death in 1962 convenient addiction. Maybe you should just stay put, Pops, but Happy Memorial while I was still a boy. I’m now older than my Dad was when Day to you and all those who gave so he died and I often think of how much he much. missed and what he would make of America Jim Langan can be reached at editorial@ today. My first instinct is he would not be thehudsonvalleynews.com. happy on so many levels. This was a man born in 1902, when patriotism and love of country wasn’t subject to interpretation or political calculation. He would have been

GOD, LIFE AND EVERYTHING BY THE REV. CHUCK KRAMER MEET THE GOODPEOPLES

all weekend. If only they had a Saturday evening service!” Ah, the silver bullet of church attendance, the Saturday evening service (or as I like to call it, the Saturday Night Special). Now, I can sympathize with my friends. If a sane person wanted to do all the things they were doing with their kids and work (not to mention Harry’s own hockey team. Did I mention that?), something would have to give. For them, it was church. Why? Because their church does not yell at them if they miss a Sunday. Coaches yell and let their athletes know they let their teams down. Boy Scouts need to be there to earn their badges and ranks. Unless it’s the kind of church that threatens eternal damnation for not showing up a certain number of times (or paying a certain amount in pledge), it’s the easiest thing to let go. Would a Saturday evening service help? Perhaps. They work for Roman Catholics. On the other hand, for Christians, Sunday is the Sabbath, and shifting the primary act of worship to a different day in order to accommodate sports or work doesn’t seem a good fit for me. (In defense of my Catholic friends’ practice, they have so many people they probably couldn’t get everyone in with fewer services). So what can Marge and Harry do? They’re good people, after all, and don’t want me to think less of them. The world we live in will always try to steal your time away, will always offer interesting and important activities to suck out your time. All I could suggest was that they MAKE the time for church – precisely because it was the one thing that would not punish them for not being there, but would feed their souls and revive their spirits. I really feel for families, but as a parent myself, I know that MAKING time for what’s important is possible. We adults just have to set the priorities. And for me, Christ trumps pretty much everything else.

Meet the Goodpeoples. They’re good people who go to a church in a different town. There’s Marge, Harry, their 12-year-old son, Pete, and their 6-year-old daughter, Rosetta. Did I mention that Marge is expecting? Mmmm, two point five kids. Things are not easy for the Goodpeoples. Young Pete is a Boy Scout, plays soccer and has recently started rowing for a crew club. Rosetta also plays soccer but is mostly interested in her ballet and swimming lessons. Marge tries to work as a Web designer from home, but business is slow with the economy, and the kids keep her running. Harry works a lot of extra hours these days and helps coach Rosetta’s soccer team. The other day, I was talking to Harry when he started apologizing for not having been in church much lately. I said, “Hey, I’m not your pastor, but tell me how long has it been?” “Well, we made it on Easter.” “And before that?” “I know we went in Lent at least once – they were wearing purple.” As we talked, it came out that they’ve been attending about once a month or so. But it had gotten so bad for a while that, as Harry put it, “I was afraid the roof would fall down if I showed my face again. The kids were afraid to go to Sunday school because they didn’t know anyone anymore. The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector of St. But what can we do? Scouts have monthly weekend campouts, travel soccer has its James’ Episcopal Church, Hyde Park. You games on Sunday, sometimes I’m on call can leave a comment for him at rector@ stjameshydepark.org.

All we have of freedom, all we use or know. This our fathers bought for us long and long ago. – Rudyard Kipling

Send us your world A community newspaper like ours requires the cooperation of the community and the many people and organizations that define it. While we have been thrilled with the tremendous response of readers and advertisers alike so far, we want more. Tell us what you or your organization has planned as well as what’s happening in your town. We have lots of reporters out there but they can’t be everywhere or at every game. If it’s important to you, it’s important to us. So contact us at editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com. If it’s a cultural or arts event go to weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com. Thanks. Hudson valley news | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com | may 20, 2009 {5}


Clare Coleman, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the MidHudson Valley, poses for a photo with Congressman Maurice Hinchey. Photo by Christopher Lennon

PLANNED PARENTHOOD CELEBRATES 75 YEARS IN THE HUDSON VALLEY BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley celebrated its 75th anniversary in grand style with a gala at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park on Saturday evening. The theme of the event was “Generations for Choice.” It celebrated generations of women – mothers and their daughters – who have supported Planned Parenthood locally since it started in Poughkeepsie in 1934. Clare Coleman, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley, explained that the first facility in Poughkeepsie was called the Dutchess County Maternal Health League. One year after it opened, in 1935, a Planned Parenthood facility opened in Newburgh, and a few years later, one opened in Kingston. Today, Planned Parenthood of

Congressman John Hall poses for a photo with Aviva Meyer, a member of his district staff.

organization in the ‘70s, said birth control and other choice issues have become very controversial topics over the years, making the Mid-Hudson Valley serves Dutchess, it more difficult to get publicity for the Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties. cause. She said she has watched society At the gala, Planned Parenthood displayed shift back and forth between acceptance some artifacts from its early years, including the first prescription for birth control from the region, clippings from old newspapers and a photo of Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood and former Fishkill resident. The organization also previewed an oral history DVD it has been working on that shows photos of generations of Planned Parenthood supporters with quotes about the organization. Keeping with the generational theme, Phebe Banta and Anne Conroy, both former presidents of Planned Parenthood, served as gala co-chairwomen with their daughters, Jane Banta Fisher and Kathy Conroy Moynagh. Conroy, who was president of the

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and non-acceptance of pro-choice issues. When asked why it is important to continue to support Planned Parenthood today, Conroy responded, “Because there are women who need help.” Coleman said the event Saturday was Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley’s biggest gala to date, with 235 guests expected. Attending the gala were some local politicians who have supported Planned Parenthood over the years, including U.S. Rep. John Hall (D-N.Y. 19), U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y. 22) Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (D, C-Forestburgh), Dutchess County Democratic Committee Chairwoman Jane Smith, Dutchess County Legislator Steve White (D-Poughkeepsie) and others. Coleman said Planned Parenthood continues to provide important services to women and families. She said the organization provides services to 24,000 people locally and 15,000 people through its education programs. She said no one is ever turned away because they cannot pay or because they don’t have insurance, which is all the more important as employment continues to sink. “More than ever, people need quality, accessible healthcare and this community knows they can trust Planned Parenthood,” Coleman said. “Planned Parenthood never turns anyone away. That’s why all these people are here.” Coleman said when it came time to select a location for the event, the Wallace Center was an easy choice. She said Eleanor Roosevelt was a big supporter of the organization in its early years. “It was a place we felt very much at home,” Coleman said.

Anne Conroy, former president of Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley, poses for a photo with her daughter, Kathy Conroy Moynagh.

E-MAIL E MAIL US US: EDITORIAL@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS EDITORIAL@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM COM To the Editor: Many thanks go to all who have helped make the Hyde Park after-school reading program so special. The program, Reading Adventures, is held at the Hyde Park Elementary School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-4 p.m. We have been able to work with many students because of the after-school buses. It is a time when volunteers read one-on-one with the students. It is a pleasure to all of us to see how much the children and adults enjoy doing this. We appreciate the help of all of our volunteers: Virginia Bickford, Sylvia Erlandson, Grant and Shirley Ferris, Patricia Joel, Father Chuck Kramer, Allelu Kurten, Eileen Lawlor, Carol Vinall, David Wanzor and the late Audrey Bercau. We also appreciate the help and support of all of the staff at Hyde Park Elementary School: Michelle Makowicki, librarian, Susan McCabe, teacher, and Principal Kate Blossom. We are thankful for receiving a grant from the Edwin Ulrich Trust which is given to St. James Episcopal Church which helps us to purchase books and snacks for the children.We thank everyone for all of their help. We look forward to reading with the children again next year. Anna Marie Pitcher Salt Point

To the Editor: Your article nicely juxtapositions the national discussion of rights vs. privileges. I thought about that and can suggest another way of examining these issues. That would be to ask what our national policy, or consensus opinion, should be. Take health insurance as an example. We know that people lose their health insurance when their jobs are lost and, even in the best of economies, people are forced to move from job to job. This is not a French system. During this transitional period statistics tell us that there will be some who incur medical expenses that will result in bankruptcy. Fifty percent of all bankruptcies are due to medical problems. The question then becomes this: what we as a nation are willing to tolerate? And, if we are not able to accept this fallout, what are we willing and what are we able to do about it? Herb Sweet Hyde Park To the Editor: Brrrrr. You are one chilly dude, Jim. Silly anecdotes do not advance the topic. And I mean silly because even though they are true (I won’t call you a liar) they are very extreme. Let’s get down to earth a bit, shall we? OK, good. Now that we’re settled, look – it is a privilege to have the best room in the hospital, the softest PJs, even an extra Jello on the dinner tray. But medical care is not a privilege.

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And it is wrong, and I think cruel, to ration cures on the basis of how much the market will bear It’s like housing. “Market-rate” and “affordable.” Given the ubiquity of these terms it is a published fact that NYC’s market rate is not affordable for most working people. But, happily, there are still places one can afford to live. Not as nice, nor as big – but people make do. Health care is not like that. Illness and accident are not respecters of class or wealth. Cancer, slipped disks, cleft palates, glaucoma, epilepsy, infertility, German measles and hammer toes can happen to anyone. And do. It is wrong, both from a societal and a moral plane, to deny the prospect of a cure or treatment because of its cost. You often equate working hard with wealth. Millions of people work very, very hard – harder than we – and make much less than we do. Not everyone can run a hedge fund. Not everyone can be Oprah. Let us legislate from the middle and not from the top. Health care is expensive. Probably too expensive. One of the reasons why is because it is so much better. People are living and managing with diseases that used to be death sentences. You probably know some of these people. I certainly do. Jim, as I mentioned, you are one chilly dude. Thankfully, by dint of your very hard work, pluck (not luck) and fortitude, you can afford as many sweaters as you may need. Jane Lindberg Manhattan


BEAR TRAP OR NEW BULL MARKET BY THE STOCK JOCKEY

The Stock Jockey has been fascinated to see the number of talking heads on CNBC and other financial outlets waxing on about how the worst is over and the market put in the lows on March 9. Granted the market has made a significant move from those March levels, but let’s all hold hands here and take a deep breath and define “a significant move.” Remember, the market was in free fall from September to March. Vast amounts of wealth evaporated and financial icons like Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch and others went belly up or were absorbed by other banks. CitiGroup is a perfect example of recent gains. As their portfolio of toxic loans and gross mismanagement became known, their share price fell from over $45 a share in late 2007 to a mortifying 97 cents in March. The word on the street was a share of Citi was cheaper than their ATM fee. Since the knee-knocking plunge below $1 a share, the stock has managed to recover to around $4 a share. Two questions here. How many brave souls stepped in and loaded up on $1 Citi and does a move from a buck to $4 really count as a significant rally or a deadcat bounce? My money’s on the kitty cat. The same can be said of countless stocks. They got hammered, but it’s like falling off a high rise building. If the fall doesn’t kill

you, you’re still not likely to pop up and run right back up to your office. You’re probably going to stagger around for a while and lick your wounds before doing anything heroic. Breathing does not count as recovery. The Stock Jockey is also very concerned about those printing presses working overtime at the Federal Reserve. Eventually, all those dollars chasing a finite amount of goods and services are going to result in a spike in interest rates and inflation that will have people pining for the Jimmy Carter years. But by then the Obama administration will be long gone and it will probably fall to another Reagan-like figure to wring the excesses from the system. But for those convinced it’s blue skies going forward, and there are a lot of you, remember this. The stock market, by definition, can’t accommodate the majority for very long. If it did, everyone would get rich in a bull market and everyone would go bust during a bear market. The truth is as Jesse Livermore, the famous Wall Street trader of the 1920s, said when asked the future of the stock market. “It will fluctuate.” It will indeed, so tread lightly and don’t feel you have to catch every dollar of the bottom. Nobody’s that smart. The Stock Jockey is long-time investor smart enough to know he doesn’t know much but is but unafraid to offer unsolicited advice anyway. You can reach The Stock Jockey at editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com

BURYING RELIGION IN ACADEMIA Excerpted from the Weekly Standard The economic tough times have come calling on Smith College. Smith is one of the storied Seven Sisters liberal arts colleges. The others are Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mt. Holyoke, Radcliffe, Vassar and Wellesley. Faced with a need to reduce the budget by $30 million and the faculty by 30 over the next two years, the college released a plan to start the saving by firing the school’s three chaplains. This wouldn’t be particularly noteworthy except that the move is being sold to students not as a sacrifice, but as an opportunity to increase diversity on campus. Smith currently has chaplains who serve Catholics, Protestants, and Jews. But, as the college newspaper reports, the administration argues that eliminating these positions will “promote religious and cultural diversity in the college.” Staying on message, Dean Maureen Mahoney wrote, “Our student body has become increasingly diverse in every way, including religiously, and we believe students would be better served by moving away from the emphasis on these three faith groups and moving toward broader support for the full range of religious belief and practice on campus.” Of course, this being Smith, the chaplains were already working in a fairly ecumenical fashion, supporting such groups as Catholic

Feminists of Smith to the Hillel Foundation and the Association of Smith Pagans and Al-Iman. Smith has spent much of the past few decades trying to erase its embarrassing religious roots. You’d hardly believe it, but the image of the Virgin Mary above the biblical inscription “In your virtue, knowledge” was once an official school seal. You can’t find it anywhere on campus these days. And the school’s Web site reprints a passage from founder Sophia Smith’s will establishing the college, which says: “It is my opinion that by the education of women, what are called their ‘wrongs’ will be redressed, their wages adjusted, their weight of influence in reforming the evils of society will be greatly increased …” But the school actually airbrushes out – without even an ellipsis – what Smith’s will really said: “It is my opinion that by the higher and more thoroughly Christian education of women, what are called their ‘wrongs’ will be redressed, their wages will be adjusted, their weight of influence in reforming the evils of society will be greatly increased.” In this light, the firing of the Smith chaplains seems more like Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s now-famous exhortation – never let a crisis go to waste.

MORTGAGES DEMISTIFIED AND WHAT TO DO BY EDVARD JORGENSEN

Interest rates on 30-year mortgages $417,000. Above that you need a jumbo. are down over 1.5% since the 2006-07 The rates I reported above are for loans peaks. Should you think of refinancing, or under that $417,000, where your credit hold out for lower rates? This columnist’s is good and your house appraises for opinion: be careful with that waiting game. 25% more than the total loan you need. Homeowners need to lock in mortgage Remember: although you can refinance costs before out-of-control government just a first mortgage, leaving a second lien deficits send inflation and interest rates equity line in place, your bank will require that the total debt on your house be less than skyrocketing. Local rates on 30-year fixed-rate 80% of the house’s appraised value. If you mortgages are near 5.00%. Hudson Valley need more than $417,000, it’s available, but Credit Union is advertising a 5.125% at a price. Chase quotes 6.375% with one rate, no points. J.P. Morgan Chase quotes and a quarter points on a $750,000 30-year 4.875%, but with one point. These rates are jumbo. Most local banks giving jumbos 0.75% lower than the prior low-rate period will quote you at least 1% more than a conforming loan. in 2004-05. But a jumbo can still Will rates fall to the 4.25% work for you. One local level many hoped for? It’s a family recently refinanced risky bet. Today’s rates are Today’s federal using a seven-year interestalready artificially low. The budget deficit only jumbo fixed at 5.375%! Federal Reserve Board – could blow interest That’s a great package that the nation’s top bank – is rates sky-high. The locks in their debt cost as subsidizing mortgage rates in we head into the high-risk Federal Governorder to prop up the housing period. market. Falling home prices ment CongressioIf you have a fixed caused mortgage-backed nal Budget Office loan from 2004-05, at a securities on Wall Street projects deficits of competitive rate under 6%, to crash last year, bringing $4.7 trillion over fi nancial advisers often say down Bear Stearns, Lehman it doesn’t pay to refinance Brothers – and then the the next four years. unless you are taking out whole stock market and the more money – new closing economy. So the Fed is in the market today buying new home mortgages costs can exceed 2%. But if your old loan is for its own portfolio, driving rates down. above 6%, or you are locking in a fixed rate on money now covered by your floatingThese rates won’t last. rate equity line, the costs may be worth it. Today’s federal budget deficit could Suppose your total house debt exceeds blow interest rates sky-high. The Federal 80% of the appraisal. Then again, sit down Government Congressional Budget Office at the bank and see what they offer. They’ll projects deficits of $4.7 trillion over the look at your credit history, income and next four years. Remember the deficits likely home value. But you will pay more of 1976-80? They were one-twentieth of in points for high loan-to-value mortgages what’s projected for now. But by 1980, inflation reached 14% and home mortgage and less-than-excellent credit histories. For more information, follow mortgage rates hit over 16%. rates on www.bankrate.com’s Trends & And be wary of that floating-rate home Analysis section. Hudson Valley Credit equity line. Local home equity loans are Union, www.hvfcu.org, gives current rates as low as 0.5% under prime right now, or and lots of information about credit. J.P. 2.75%. That seems a bargain compared to Morgan Chase, www.chase.com, has a a 5%-plus 30-year loan. But in 1980 the detailed mortgage quote calculator under prime rate peaked at 20%. That $80,000 “Personal Lending, Mortgages.” This home equity line of credit that today costs Internet info is useful, but you need to go you only $183 per month in interest would into your bank to get this started. Good cost $1,300 at those peak rates. Some local home equity loans have limits on annual luck. rate increases, and some let you convert to Ed Jorgensen is an attorney and a fixed-rate loan at 7% to 8%. But that’s a investment adviser who lives with his family bad place to end up when you could have in the Hudson Valley. Have local real estate refinanced at 5% or less. news for us? E-mail Ed Jorgensen at Start looking now. Local banks are editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com. But jammed with refinancing requests. I called please, his fi rm isn’t taking new clients and one large regional bank to check rates, and can’t help with your personal mortgage. Go three days later they hadn’t called back. Here’s what’s available. In our area, the to your local bank instead. maximum “conforming” 30-year loan is Hudson valley news | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com | may 20, 2009 {7}


DELARM HONORED BY CHAMBER

BY HV NEWS STAFF Hyde Park business owners, their employees and patrons joined to celebrate the contributions of Bob Delarm, who received the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year award on Thursday, May 14. Addressing a capacity crowd at St. Andrew’s Café at the Culinary Institute of America, Elizabeth Roger, president of the chamber and an officer with Rhinebeck Savings Bank, praised the auto body shop owner’s very visible “handprints” across the town, which include numerous landscaped beds and the banners and holiday snowflakes that decorate Albany Post Road and Violet Avenue. The Business of the Year award, named for the artist Vivian Gaines Paxton Tanner, is given to business owners who not only continually invest in their properties, but who expand employment opportunities and increase the town’s appeal to tourists as well. Delarm’s efforts to beautify Hyde Park – he and volunteers Pepe Femia and John Kovacs maintain the oft-praised plantings around the community signs at Teller Hill, among other locations – have enhanced the community’s character, Rogers noted, but added that he also has a direct role in representing Hyde Park to visitors as the local representative of the

Honoree Bob Delarm and chamber President Elizabeth Roger.

American Automobile Association. Delarm, a former Marine and a volunteer fire fighter, thanked wife Phyllis for her support, and in a moving speech reminiscent of George Bailey, played by James Stewart in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” listed the many ways Hyde Park has improved over the decades. “When I drive around, I see a charming small-town atmosphere, with better new buildings and nice, caring people,” he said, concluding with Winston Churchill’s famous adage: “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.” Guests also saw scholarships given by the chamber to Franklin D. Roosevelt High School seniors Stephanie Grieger and Caitlin Foster and its Good Neighbor Award, presented to a graduate of the Anderson Center for Autism; the Hyde Park Farmer’s Market President Dot Chenevert awarded a scholarship to Matthew Hornicek; and Don Veith was recognized for annually donating labor and equipment to erect and replace the chamber’s seasonal highway decorations. Delarm is the seventh recipient of the award in what has now become an annual event.

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American Legion Post 1466 as it stands today. You can help by joining.

AMERICAN LEGION POST 1466 WANTS YOU BY JIM LANGAN As another Memorial Day approaches, the men and women of the Poughkeepsie American Legion are reaching out to local veterans and their families. The once-vibrant Legion has slowly seen its membership dwindle over the years for a variety of reasons, the primary one being the aging of its WW II members. Currently, membership is around 75 members, of which approximately half are active. According to Legion member Alan Derragon, “A number of our members just can’t get here physically and some have moved further away.” Derragon said the Legion is looking for new members to revitalize membership and the facility. “What we need is an active group of members,” said Derragon. He pointed out that in years past, “We had quite a few folks watching games and having a drink while others enjoyed the food prepared in the kitchen.” Currently there is no meal service and the facility is only open Thursdays through Sundays between noon and 6 p.m. In addition to veterans, the American Legion welcomes sons and daughters of

veterans. Membership is $25 for vets and $15 for sons and daughters. The Legion performs many valuable services for veterans, including helping out their less-fortunate brethren and visiting the Veterans Administration hospital at Castle Point. Derragon said there are many veterans who never have a visitor and emphasized how important a friendly face can be. “We make sure everybody gets a visit and we bring things like drug store supplies and donated reading material,” he said. “CVS even gave us a few hair dryers for our lady veterans.” If you’re interested in joining American Legion Post 1466 or care to make a donation, call 845-235-5926. You can also tour the post by calling that number and making arrangements. The post is located at the top of Legion Road, off Big Meadow Lane, North Road, Poughkeepsie. Remember, these men and women were there for you.

Veteran David Berry volunteering his time bartending at American Legion Post 1466.


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USO Show 7 p.m. Friday, May 22 Henry A. Wallace Center FDR Presidential Library and Museum, Rte. 9, Hyde Park 845-486-7745

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW: RICHIE HAVENS 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14 Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 200 Hurd Rd., Bethel Kicking off the 40th anniversary of Woodstock Tickets: $50 On sale Friday, May 22, 10 a.m.

ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA Wednesday, July 1 7:30 p.m. @ Bardavon $52 adults, $47 members

LEWIS BLACK Friday, October 16 8 p.m. @ UPAC $75 golden circle, $50 adults, $45 members

SHAOLIN WARRIORS Thursday, October 22 7:30 p.m. @ UPAC

$37 adult, $32 members, $25 (for kids 12 and under).

LYLE LOVETT AND HIS LARGE BAND Sunday, November 15 7 p.m. @ UPAC $85 golden circle, $55 adult, $50 members Tickets are on sale to the general public starting on May 21 at 11 a.m. Tickets can be purchased in person at either box office, by calling the box office or calling TicketMaster: 800.745.3000. Additional information available at www. baradvon.org or www.upac.org. Bardavon Box Office, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072. UPAC Box Office, 601 Broadway, Kingston: 845339-6088.

HVfeature: for the boys (and girls) BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM If you’ve seen “For the Boys,” starring Bette Midler and James Caan, you know the scene: Glamorous ladies and sharp-dressed gents singing and dancing their hearts out for American troops overseas at war. The USO (United Service Organizations Inc.) was founded in 1941 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt as a morale booster during World War II. The most celebrated performer, Bob Hope, was such a vital and visible member of USO that he was honored as the first and only honorary veteran, according to his biographer, William Faith. The shows offered battle-weary men a chance to relax, enjoy a good laugh, and remember why they risk their lives for the nation they serve. And since they continue today, women enjoy the celebrity visits and performances too. The Hudson Valley is getting its own version of a classic USO show on Friday night, at the home and library of the man who started it all. I spoke with Jeff Urbin, education director at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum, about the labor and the love of mounting such a performance, which in now in > more on page 14 Hudson valley news | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | may 20, 2009 {9}


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Antique Show & Flea Market May 23 & 24: More than 600 exhibitors sell antiques, collectibles, new merchandise, arts & crafts. Food court. Rain or shine. No pets. Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Stormville Airport, 428 Rte. 216, Stormville. 845-221-6561.

HIP HOP THEATER WITH BABA ISRAEL & PLAYBACK NYC. Friday, May 22, 7 p.m. Ulster Performing Arts Center. 601 Broadway, Kingston. 845-339-6088. Ecology & People of the Shawangunks, Yesterday & Today.” Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

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HITS-on-the-Hudson l May 20-24: Olympic-style equestrian show jumping. Through September. HITS-on-theHudson, 454 Washington Ave., Saugerties. 845246-8833. Visit www.HitsShows.com for complete show schedule & annual special events.

Kids 2009! May 23 & 24: A dynamic musical revue showcasing the extraordinary talents of kids from 6 to 19 years of age & from 21 cities in the tristate area. Sat., 7 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. Tickets: $10-$25. TriArts Sharon Playhouse, 49 Amenia Rd., Sharon, Conn. 860-364-SHOW (7469).

Pow Wow On The Hudson: “The River That Flows Both Ways” May 23-25: Native American Festival features dancing, history, craft vendors & more. Percentage of donation benefits Long Island Native American Task Force College Fund. Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m.6 p.m.; Mon., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Bowdoin Park, 85 Sheafe Rd., Wappingers Falls. 917-415-5139.

“Mystery & Manipulation: The Art of Magic & Juggling” May 22-24: Local magicians Derrin Berger & Andy Weintraub together with juggler Chris Chiappini. Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. Tickets: $18, general; $16, senior; $5 children. Center for Performing Arts, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845876-3080.

Rhinebeck Antiques Fair May 23 & 24: Spring show held entirely indoors, rain or shine. Extensive food court. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free parking. Admission: $9. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6550 Springbrook Ave./ Rte. 9, Rhinebeck. 845876-4001 or 876-1989.

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Woodstock/ New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair May 23-25: Juried crafts fair with more than 300 artists & craftspeople. Exhibitions, demonstrations, children’s center. Furniture, supplies, entertainment, specialty foods & health care products. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Mon., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Ulster County Fairgrounds. New Paltz. 845-679-8087 or 246-3414.

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Bob Babb Wednesday Walk – Bonticou Crag 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Meet at the Spring Farm Trailhead. This is a strenuous, 4-mile hike, with an optional rock scramble. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

{NIGHTLIFE} Italian movie night 7 p.m. Leonardo’s Italian Market, 51 East Market St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-3980. Open Mic 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Oasis, 58 Main St., New Paltz. 845-255-2400.

Open Mic Night 7 p.m. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. > more on page 11 {10} may 20, 2009 | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | Hudson valley news

Interpretive Program May 23 & 24: “How Did the Rope Get Up There? History & Practice of Gunks Rock Climbing &

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BY HVWEEKEND STAFF | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM “Mmmm.” “Mmmmf.” “Um hum.” “Mm num mmm.” Friends, that’s an A+ review of Rhinebeck Bagels and Café’s wares. Eloquent? No. But absolutely accurate. The effort to craft whole words, let alone sentences, would have impeded our Olympic eating spree last Thursday, hosted by owner,Jeremy Monaco. Here’s what Weekend editor Dana Gavin and art director Nicole DeLawder thought of the Taste of Rhinebeck winner: THE “BUSTAH BREAKFAST” Dana Gavin: Kind of a perfect meal, I think. It’s really an amalgamation of all that is good in life: You’ve got a tasty egg surrounded by bacon and tomato (possibly the greatest food marriage ever? Bacon should always be accompanied by tomato) squished between a tender bagel. Protein and carbs and happiness: This would be a tasty way to fuel up for the day ahead. Nicole DeLawder: There’s nothing I like better than a good egg sandwich from a deli in the morning. The Bustah was everything I think I dreamt of the night before and more. The combination of BLT and egg sandwich was simply delicious. Needless to say I’ve been back to the bagel shop three times after our feast – and each time I have ordered the Bustah. Rhinebeck Bagel’s Jeremy Monaco. BEER-BATTERED FRIES DG: I’m sorry to say that I’ve rarely met a fry (or chip, for you fellow Anglophiles) I didn’t like. These, however, are a cut above your pedestrian limp potato strip. Super crispy with a tender inside, and I was unwittingly seduced by the spicy mayo dip. Anglophile that I am, I’ve never been one for fouling my fry with mayo. Now I’m a spicy mayo convert. ND: A fry is a fry, but a fry with a variety of dips could be a meal in itself (oh, college). Set with sides of a barbeque/ranch mix, garlic mayo, ketchup and spicy mayo, the fries were jumping from one dip to another. After all that action, I was pleasantly surprised that the fry kept all of its crispy glory.

THE LUTHER DG: Honestly, I’m not sure where to begin: we’re talking about a burger bookended by doughnuts. With bacon and sin. The only thing missing here is a dollop of Alfredo sauce. This unholy beast of an artery-clogger is actually … good. There’s a strange genius in the blending of sweet and savory – you get a crazy mix when you get a mouthful of doughnut, burger and bacon; then the salty wins out, but then you’re obliged to lick your fingers and get a bit of sugar on the tongue and it’s back to … yeah. I can’t explain it. You really need to taste this for yourself. I ran some extra miles on the treadmill the morning after as penance. ND: This thing has to be Kirstie Alley’s crack – and surprisingly good crack! I was scared about the donut sweetness mixing with beefy juiciness, but the combination was so original and yummy it just called for more bites. THE CUBAN DG: Might be my favorite here. This little devil is rich, and I actually didn’t miss the substitution of hamburger for pulled Photos by Larissa Carson. pork (the slice of ham probably made up for it). The hands-down winner on this baby is the homemade pickle. Jeremy’s homemade pickles made me want to weep and roll on the ground. They’re not dill-y; it’s more like a tangy cucumber salad. It’s genius. These pickles would win the Pulitzer. ND: Even though Jeremy almost won with The Cuban at last year’s Taste of Rhinebeck, this little sucker was incredibly savory. Almost a little too much. > more on page 14


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BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM

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There will never be enough dance going on in this area for me – I doubt I’d ever be satisfied. That said, with as much theater, music and visual art events in Hudson Valley, I do get a little sad that the art form I chose to pursue doesn’t have more happening around town. So when I found out that the Winnakee Land Trust’s spring gala was titled “Baile! An Evening of Spanish Dance,” I wanted to find out more. Flamenco dancer Kati Garcia-Renart will be performing at the gala, which will be held at Kaatsbaan, a center devoted to the intensive study of dance. A bit of background: Flamenco is more than just a type of dance. It refers to a musical tradition and a cultural hybridization that began in Andalusia. The dance is performed as a solo, with strong arm movement and percussive stomping as traditional “Baile! An Evening of Spanish aspects. Castanets – handheld percussion Dance” instruments that resemble clams – can be integrated into the dance (this was always Saturday, May 30 my favorite part of flamenco class – Kaatsbaan they’re not easy to learn to play, but they 120 Broadway, Tivoli are fun once you get the hang of it). I spoke with Garcia-Renart over the 845-876-4213 phone last week about her career as a performer. “I majored in dance Bard College,” she said. “I started there with Professor Aileen Passloff, and got my first taste of it (flamenco). I’d done a lot of modern dance, but had no great gifts of technique for it.” Garcia-Renart said the connection was instant. “Flamenco was more accessible to me, for my body. She (Passloff) introduced me to my life. She started me on my path.” After graduating in 1989, Garcia-Renart was ready to take her art to the next level. “I moved to Madrid for nine years,” she said, where she taught and performed. After she returned to the U.S. in 1998, she continued to tour around the county. On May 30, she’ll be bringing a taste of authentic flamenco to Kaatsbaan, but in order to do that, she is relying of three musicians: Helen Avakian, Jared Newman and Carlos Valdez. “Helen isn’t a flamenco singer, but she holds her own. One of the most important things is the song. It’s hard to find flamenco singers. I feel lucky that she’s able to put in the time and interest to figure it out.” And for Garcia-Renart, it’s about balancing the technical rigors of flamenco with the spirit of the moment. “I think there’s a moment before I start dancing, when I’m listening to the music, and I try to go someplace into the music. I’m aware that people are watching, but it’s letting the music fold itself around me: Creating that world with the music. There are times when I perform, I feel that I go very deep and get lost. That the duende: the spirit and the soul – Thursday, May 21 flamenco has that. All art has that. You get lost in the performance and that event.” {LECTURE} If you want to give it a try, Garcia-Renart teaches at Columbia-Greene Community “Greenhouse Growing & Growing Food from College, and offers workshops as well as private instruction. “I do get phone calls asking Seeds” if you have to bring a partner. (The answer is no.) Flamenco dance isn’t a social dance; 4 p.m. Barbara Bravo, Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener, gives advice & it’s a completely different world.” helpful tips on growing food from seeds. The For more information, call Kati Garcia Renart at 845-901-3400 Family Lodge, 108 Main St., Saugerties. 845-

“MYSTERY & MANIPULATION: THE ART OF MAGIC & JUGGLING” May 22-24: Local magicians Derrin Berger & Andy Weintraub together with juggler Chris Chiappini. Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. Tickets: $18, general; $16, senior; $5 children. Center for Performing Arts, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080.

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top 5} the top 5 status messages from our Facebook friends: C’mon we are on Facebook as much as you are for pure entertainment during the work day (I mean, research and um, ... networking). So here are some of the best statuses from Hudson Valley Weekend’s almost-anonymous Facebook friends that we took note of for the past week.

1. E.J.M. - “Um, God, explain to me why you gave me a child who wakes before 7 a.m. on a Saturday.”

2. R.S. is being SLOWLY driven insane by people who do not use adverbs.

3. A.B. - “Is freelance conversationlist a viable career choice?” 4. J.H. thinks the scariest thing about “Ghostbusters” is that Peter Venkman carries Thorozine (sic) with him on dates.

5. R.L. was wonderin’ when cheese gets its picture taken, what does it say?

Friday, May 22 {FAMILY} Family Free Time 2-5 p.m. Free admission to the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum. Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, 75 N. Water St., Poughkeepsie. 845471-0589.

{MUSIC PERFORMANCE} Hip Hop Theater With Baba Israel & Playback NYC. 7 p.m. Ulster Performing Arts Center. 601 Broadway, Kingston. 845-339-6088.

{NIGHTLIFE} Creation 9 p.m.-1 a.m. La Puerta Azul, Rte. 44, Millbrook. 845-677-2985. Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus Of Dreams 9 p.m. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. The Score 7-10 p.m. Frank Guido’s Little Italy, 14 Thomas St., Kingston. (845) 340-1682.

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Hors’n Around Saugerties…A Summer Long Celebration Opening day: Carousel horses, decorated by local artists celebrating the Hudson-FultonChamplain Quadricentennial on display throughout the Nationally Registered Historic Saugerties Business District through Sept 12. Village of Saugerties. 800-957-0124 or www. horsnaroundsaugerties.com.

{BENEFIT} “A Memorable Memorial Evening” 6:30-10:30 p.m. The Friends of Mills Mansion hosts an evening of lite bites, dancing, a silent auction & carriage rides. Tickets: $75. 845-8898851.

{EVENT} Open house at Gray Horse Farm 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tour a working Certified Organic Livestock Farm. Gray Horse Farm, 286 Hobbs Lane, Clinton Corners. 845-266-8991.

{FARMER’S MARKET} Kingston Farmers’ Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Certified organic, naturally grown & > more on page 13

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Another factor is the size of the stage. Some stages are not big enough for an 80’s era setup so we have to pick a show that will accommodate our equipment. If all this sounds like a lot of planning, it is. (Guitarist/vocalist) Rob Eaton spends a lot of time finding shows that will make this all happen.

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BY NICOLE DELAWDER | PRODUCTION@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM Familiar sounds with new sights and sets is how Dark Star Orchestra has achieved much notoriety as the brotherly reincarnation of the iconic Grateful Dead. DSO, who will be performing on May 27 in Tarrytown and again at Gathering of the Vibes in July, perfectly fuses old with the new – arranging and phrasing full Dead sets night after night. Via e-mail, Weekend caught up with DSO drummer Dino English – who performs the part of Bill Kreutzmann – to see how they pick up where the Grateful Dead left off. OUT OF OVER 2,500 SHOWS PUT ON BY THE GRATEFUL DEAD, HOW DO YOU EVEN BEGIN TO DECIDE WHICH ONE TO DO THAT NIGHT? DOES THE VENUE OFTEN HAVE A BIG IMPACT ON THE SET LIST? The venue does have an impact on the show picked. Our goal is to keep the music fresh for the audience and us. We know we have many repeat audience members who probably saw the last show at a particular venue so we will pick a show from a different era from the last time we were in. The basic main eras that we play are early ’70s with one drummer, late ’70s with two drummers, early ’80s with “The Beast” drum set up and organ, late ’80s with midi equipment and ’90s Vince-era shows. Elective shows, where we pick our own choice of tunes, also fall into the rotation. We also try to keep the rotation of recently played songs fresh for those on tour and us as well. We’ll pick shows that will not cause us to repeat songs from night to night.

YOU’RE TOURING IN BOTH INDOOR AND OUTDOOR VENUES IN THE NEXT COUPLE MONTHS – IS THERE AN OBVIOUS ATMOSPHERE CHANGE WITH THE WAY YOU PLAY, AND THE AUDIENCE’S RECEPTION? We call most outdoor shows “throw and gos” as we normally have limited set-up time at festivals due to other bands having the stage. It is a little tougher to get everything just right but the festival atmosphere makes everything worthwhile. Plus it’s fun in that we get people checking us out that have not seen us before. It’s always fun to turn on new people to the music. SEVERAL OF YOU HAVE HAD MUSICAL BACKGROUNDS IN JAZZ AND CLASSICAL – DID YOU EVER THINK YOU’D BE PERFORMING OVER 1,600 SHOWS FOR DEADHEADS? I think we all feel lucky and grateful for having been able to play this music for as long as we have. We don’t copy jams. They are all original jams. We may listen to a jam for inspiration but copying jams is not possible and pointless. We only seek to simulate the arrangement of the song from that particular era. The jams we play are all our own. THE WAY YOU GUYS HAVE CELEBRATED THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF JERRY GARCIA AND THE GRATEFUL DEAD IS SPOT ON – WHAT ABOUT HIS MUSIC MADE YOU ALL WANT TO KEEP IT THRIVING? DO YOU SEE ANY HINTS OF WHAT JERRY WAS BRINGING TO THE SCENE IN TODAY’S MUSIC? Grateful Dead music is magical (once you get it) and we are just doing our best to keep that magic alive the best we know how. Jerry’s influence spans into so many bands. I like to think in terms of the newer bands influenced by this music (including us) as offspring of the Grateful Dead. Some offspring resemble their parents more closely than others (in this sense I am referring to the sound of a band). YOU HAVE PLAYED WITH MANY MEMBERS OF THE ORIGINAL GRATEFUL DEAD, INCLUDING BOB WEIR, BILL KREUTZMANN AND DONNA JEAN GODCHAUX-MACKAY – WHAT HAVE THEY THOUGHT ABOUT DSO PICKING UP WHERE THEY LEFT OFF? ANY TALK OF MORE COLLABORATIONS IN THE FUTURE? I think you would have to ask them that as I am not going to put words into their mouths. But, after stepping off stage with Grateful Dead members I can see the fun they had written on their faces and they will normally comment something about how it felt for them that time. I would say that overall it’s a positive experience for them. Most of them have come back for more fun. What better complement can you get than that? As far as future collaborations, they all know they are welcome to pop in anytime. Most of the time it has more to do with being able to meet up at the jubilee. Check out Dark Star Orchestra live at Tarrytown next Wednesday, or at Gathering of the Vibes July 23-26 in Bridgeport, Conn. For more information check the DSO page at: www.darkstarorchestra.net.

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E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM traditional farm fresh fruits & vegetables, field-cut fresh flowers & potted plants & more. Saturdays through November 22nd. Wall Street, Kingston. Rain or shine.

- Looking Back” led by artists and Habilidad youth from Mill Street Loft. Free. Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie. 845-471-7477.

Millbrook Farmer’s Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Opening day. A wide selection of locally-grown, fresh produce (including organic), plants, prepared foods, farm products & other hand-made goods. Local musicians & a free art table for kids. Rain or shine. Through October. Tribute Gardens Parking Lot, Front St. & Franklin Ave., Millbrook. 845-677-4304.

Kingston Fair 9 a.m.-4 p.m. A celebration of local talent, including performances by musicians. Artisans sell their wares, & wooden shoes planted with tulips & other Dutch-themed items will be available for sale. Kingston Point Park. Kingston. 845-331-1682.

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The Bereznak Brothers Band @ Towne Crier Cafe

Ballroom/Latin dance 7:30-11 p.m. Singles & couples welcome . Tickets: $5, members; $10, guests. First Lutheran Church, 327 Mill Street, Poughkeepsie. 845-635-3341. 3

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Sundays at Southlands 1-4 p.m. Pony rides, petting barn with goats, sheep, pigs, mini donkeys, mini horses, chickens, rabbits & more. 1–4 p.m. Through Oct. 11. Pony rides $10.The Southlands Foundation, 5771 Rte. 9, Rhinebeck. 845-876-4862.

{NIGHTLIFE} Amy & Leslie 7:30 p.m. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300.

Brothers celebrated the release of their CD “Alll Things In Time” with a packed show at the Townee {OUTDOOR} {{OUTDOOR} Guided Walking Tour-Main Street, Hurley Appalachian Trail Hike A Crier Cafe in Pawling. 9 a.m. Meet at NY 22 DOT parking area. Moderate 2 p.m. Starts at 52 Main Street. 845-338-1661. Seamlessly transitioning from one song to the 4.1 mile hike to get in-depth look at Mid-Hudson 4 next, the mix of rock with a touch of country ADK maintained portion of AT. Discuss flora, Spring Wildflower Walk A (minus the twang) filled the Crier’s pseudofauna, geological, historical & maintenance 2-5 p.m. Walk quiet, peaceful trails & carriage fa intimate setting with warm tunes and entertaining items. Walk the blue side trail between Pawling roads with Barbara Petersen & Roger Roloff, it Nature Reserve & Hurds Corners Road. Free. Mohonk Preserve Volunteers & hunt for nature’s N lyrical compositions. Appalachian Trail, Johnson Hill Rd. to NY22, delicate surprises. Ages 15 & up. Includes a A While I must admit that the Towne Crier is moderate, 4-mile hike. Reservations required. Pawling. 845-677-9909 or 298-8379. P not my ideal venue for seeing bands live, these Call for reservations & meeting location. 845b i photographer h h L i guys convinced me to give the place a shot. Contributing Larissa 255-0919. Good Morning Paddle Carson and I were awkwardly seated at the end of a long, already established party 9 a.m. See your morning paddling the Hudson throughout the night – which made the performance have that family-style dinner-theater River & see eagles, osprey & turtles. Kingston Warbler Walk- Immigrant’s Way feel I fear for good, live music. Regardless, we were there for the music and the twin Point Beach, Lower Delaware Ave., Kingston. 6 a.m. Join birder Mark DeDea. For directions & details call 845-331-1682, ext. 117 845-331-1682, ext. 132. brothers helped vehemently focus our attention with mirror-like precision. Their warm approach to the audience was flagged by stories of friends and family in the Hudson River Sunset Paddle Monday, May 25 audience – including bringing up their towering childhood friend their sister used to bully 6 p.m. View sunsets & wildlife on this tour. {OUTDOOR} before jumping into “Sweet Mary,” a sweet song written for her that croons in admiration Kingston Point Beach, Lower Delaware Ave., Hudson River Paddle Kingston. 845-331-1682 ext. 132. (and even intimidation) about how she is “so much stronger” than the brothers. 2 p.m. Intermediate/experienced paddlers only. Paddle from Beacon RR station to Fishkill Creek. The Bereznak Brothers did admit mid-set, “sometimes we throw things at each other Singles & Sociables hike- Rainbow Falls & Contact leader to register. Free. Beacon Train it’s normal.” Those connecting bloodlines obviously make this duo a cohesive force on Beyond Station, Beacon. 845-564-3825. stage. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Strenuous 10 miles. Mohonk Between brotherly quips, both Michael and Dave balanced each other harmoniously Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919. Tuesday, May 26 throughout the entire set – ranging between the likes of Barenaked Ladies, Edwin McCain {COMING SOON} Van Leuven Cabin Walk and yes, even a hint of The Boss with Michael’s raw vocals. 10 a.m.-noon. Walk with Ron Knapp, Mohonk Annual House & Garden Tour What I like about these guys is simple: They are a pair of home-grown nice guys who Preserve Board President. Children must always June 6: Includes seven gardens, four interiors are passionate about entertaining their fan base. Their music reflects each other – with be accompanied by an adult. Includes an easy, & garden lecture on bulbs. Sponsored by 2-mile hike. Reservations required. Mohonk the Chancellor Livingston DAR & Museum of Dave on electric guitar and a higher octave and Michael with a gruff, acoustic guitar. Rhinebeck History. Rain date: June 7. Self guided Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919. Find out more about The Bereznak Brothers Band at 3bband.com. tours start 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets: Pre-paid, Photos by Larissa Carson.

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$20; at the door, $25. DAR Chapter House, 77 Livingston St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-2436.

“Careers and Community Along the Hudson Looking Back” Noon-4 p.m. Participatory public mural project, “Careers and Community Along the Hudson

Bells of St. John’s In Concert June 7. Handbell concert. 6 p.m. St. John’s Lutheran Church, 55 Wilbur Blvd., Poughkeepsie. 845-452-1550

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While the Quadricentennial Celebration officially kicked off in January, the majority of commemorative events will take place throughout the summer. The “Quad” recognizes the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s maiden voyage up the river bearing his name. This weekend, May 24-25, the Festival at Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie will feature tours of the Half Moon, a full-scale operating replica of the Dutch ship Hudson sailed in 1609. It’s a traveling museum offering historical programs on the Dutch colony called New Netherland. Tours will run from noon to 5 p.m. both days. Tickets are $7.00/adult; $5.00/child (1218 years old); and $1.00/child under 12. Purchase tickets online: http://dutchess400.com

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BY DANA GAVIN

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Monday marks the nation’s 141st day of remembrance in honor of American men and women who died while in the military service. (The official decree was dated the 30th of May in the year 1868, as a day of tribute of fallen Union soldiers.) Waterloo, N.Y., is credited with codifying the ritual of memorializing those who lost their life in defense of the United States starting on May 5, 1866. Scholarship has indicated that newly liberated slaves in the Charleston, however, had practiced reinterring Union dead and decorating the graves the year before. In the following decades, new rituals and traditions were incorporated, and the day reflected not only the loss of life in the Civil War, but both World Wars, conflicts and battles until our present day fallen heroes. A significant hallmark of the day is gathering with friends and family, especially if the weather cooperates, so some time together outside in the newly warm environment. Whether the family is getting together for a barbeque or you’re marching in the Route 9 parade in Hyde Park, do take a moment to reflect on the momentous sacrifices Memorial Day honors.

Monday, May 25 MEMORIAL DAY FOOD BOOTH AND BAKE SALE 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Raises funds to support the youth of the Hyde Park Church in their mission to Camp Hope. Hyde Park United Methodist Church, corner of Church St. & Rte. 9, Hyde Park. 845-229-2114.

MEMORIAL DAY PARADES 10 a.m. Enjoy music, floats and fireman, Here’s a list of activities around Dutchess plus civic organizations. Free. Rte. 9, Hyde County to entertain, educate and honor: Park. 845-229-8086.

BIVOUAC: LIVING HISTORY ENCAMPMENT May 23 & 24: The lawn in front of the FDR Presidential Library takes on the appearance of a WWII encampment. Period military vehicles of all sizes and soldiers in battle dress are on hand to share their love of history with World War II enthusiasts, families, teachers, and students. Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. FDR Presidential Library Lawn, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. 845-486-7745.

Friday, May 22 USO SHOW 7 p.m. An evening of WWII-era entertainment transports you back to the Roosevelt days as the FDR Presidential Library hosts a USO Show. Enjoy comedy and entertainment, historic newsreels and music from the 1940s. Free. Henry A. Wallace Center, FDR Library and Museum, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. 845-486-7745.

10:30 a.m. Lines up at Fairgrounds at 9:30 a.m. & ends at Rhinebeck Cemetery. Rhinebeck. 845-876-7015. MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE 12:30 p.m. Guest speaker. Wreath-laying by community organizations to honor President Roosevelt and all US veterans. Free. FDR National Historic Site Rose Garden, Rte. 9, Hyde Park. 845-229-9115. MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR WAR DEAD 11:15 a.m. Join a Memorial Service in conjunction with the American Legion, honoring the Revolutionary War Soldiers buried in the church’s historic cemetery. Free. Rhinebeck Reformed Church, 6368 Mill St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-3727.

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 its sixth year. “We’ve been doing our annual Bivouac for years and years,” he explained. “Six years ago, when the World War II memorial in Washington was opening, we thought it would be fun to have a USO show.” I asked him how he found himself heading up such a big project. “I made the mistake of letting people know I have a theatre background,” he said with a laugh. “I had worked for a place called Costume Armor in Cornwall. Through my theater connections, I had a pretty good network of talent to draw upon.” Stars of WWII USO shows included luminaries like Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, The Marx Brothers, Lucille Ball and Dinah Shore. “Originally, the plan was to have new talent each year,” explained Urbin. “We wanted to highlight a variety of local talent.” He hit upon a favorite, though, who fits the mode of USO draw Frank Sinatra. “Mark Raisch has performed for the last three years,” he said. “When something works, you stick with it. That’s what’s fun about a USO-style show: You have certain fundamental elements, but you also have a lot of room to play. “It’ll be somewhat the same format,” he said. “There’ll be a crooner, female singer and a big band. We’ll show vintage WWII Disney cartoons. And this year’s novelty act is ‘Hilby the Skinny German Juggle Boy.’” I had to get Urbin to confirm that title twice. And I was compelled to find out from whence “Hilby” came. “I saw him at the Dutchess County Fair,” explained Urbin. “I get to do fun things (in preparation for the USO show). I get to scout talent!” In addition to the individual performers, there will be an underlying plot. “We always try to have a show within a show: Sheppy Green, the emcee of the show, is always getting into some kind of trouble—it ties the acts together.” A tidbit for HVN readers: Another member of Sheppy’s family will be revealed on Friday night. Lucky me, I have the scoop, but y’all have to get to the show to find out who it is. I’m a sucker for this era and these type of shows: The songs are memorable, the danc-

ing is a blast and it’s fun to enjoy a more gentle nightlife event. I asked Urbin why this show was important to present. “It’s a fun show and fun weekend: Memorial Day is the kickoff for the summer. But we at the FDR keep in mind that we’re celebrating the sacrifices of the very brave young men and women. The greatest war of history was World War II, and by ‘greatest,’ I mean largest. The commander in chief was right here in Dutchess County. It puts in mind the fact that the USO was put in place to coordinate the efforts of people entertaining the troops. That’s why FDR founded the USO. This night is a bit of nostalgia, bit of fun, and bit of sitting back and realizing that what we enjoy has come at a price, and we should honor those who secured our freedom.”

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COLESLAW DG: I’m a big fan of coleslaw, and this homemade version is a keeper. It’s got a great balance of sweet and tangy. Balance really is the name of the game at Rhinebeck Bagels and Café. Well, not caloric balance, but whatever – we’re talking taste here. ND: Unlike Dana, I am not a fan of coleslaw at all – I usually send it back with the busboys whenever it accompanies a dish. But this didn’t have that harsh bitter taste that I fear. SOUTHERN-FRIED CHICKEN BLT DG: Hoo boy, this gave the Cuban a run for Most Favored Sandwich status. Not surprising, because this baby won the top prize at “Taste of Rhinebeck.” Super crispy chicken with bacon, lettuce and tomato – no wrong step on this one. It’s not a mainstay of the menu, sadly, but hopefully it can make an appearance every so often. After a barrage of beef, this chicken sandwich was straight-up heaven. ND: No wonder this won top prize this year at “Taste of Rhinebeck.” This slice of crispy chicken heaven balanced all of the rich dishes we previously tasted. The best thing about these dishes is the little touches - this dish had tomato-concentrated mayo (Jeremy made the mayo to quickly serve his “Taste of Rhinebeck” participants). PHILLY CHEESE STEAK DG: Hmmm, cheese and onions are delightful, aren’t they? This one was heavy on the savory, and that was fine with me. I think I’d want to share the Philly boy with someone – at some point, I think I’d wear out of heaviness, but it would be a perfect split with a buddy. ND: After the meal of all meals, I am glad I stomached down this last hurrah. I’m a sucker for a good cheese steak and this was everything a Philly cheese steak should be – oozing with cheese, onions and a good touch of grease. Our stint at Rhinebeck Bagels & Café was by far the most delicious assignment we’ve been on so far. Jeremy was a great host, creating delicious dishes left and right, making it quite obvious why they won this year’s “Taste of Rhinebeck.”

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arts news from the dutchess county arts council}

Attention: Fellowships available BY BENJAMIN KREVOLIN

DUTCHESS COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL PRESIDENT

The Dutchess County Arts Council is offering its 2010 Arts Fund Individual Artists Fellowships in sculpture and installation art. All Dutchess County-based artists working in this discipline are welcome to apply. Applications must be received at the Arts Council’s office by Monday, June 29, at 1 p.m. in order to be considered for this award. A free application seminar will be held on Wednesday, June 3, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the Red Parlor at Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 9 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie. Dutchess County residents working in sculpture are encouraged to attend, to learn about the fellowship program and go over the application process. While both professional and emerging artists are invited to apply, those artists who demonstrate a developed technique and vision, as well as perseverance in building a career as a professional artist, will be given greater consideration. Panelists will consider the artist’s past endeavors, current work and any plans for the future. In addition, the panelists will look at the applicant’s record of community-based work (lecture demonstrations, arts-in-education programs, community service, etc.). To view and download the application and guidelines please visit our website (www. artsmidhudson.org) and click on “grants.” For more information, contact Nico Lang at the Arts Council, at 845-454-3222 or nlang@artsmidhudson.org. While many people are familiar with sculpture, installation art can be less common to people. The Danish-born artist Olafur Eliasson is one of today’s most heralded installation artists working today. Working with themes of light, time, space, nature and human relationships, Eliasson’s work has been exhibited at many of the world’s leading museums. Eliasson is also becoming known for large-scale public art projects, most recently “The Waterfalls” in New York City. And as of last week, Dutchess County can now boast its own Eliasson, thanks to Bard College. Eliasson created an installation just for the college: Entitled “The parliament of reality,” the work is a man-made island surrounded by a 30foot circular lake, 24 trees and wild grasses. The 100-foot diameter island is composed of a cut-granite, compass-like floor pattern (based upon meridian lines and navigational charts), on top of which 30 river-washed boulders create an outdoor seating area for students and the public to gather. The island is reached by a 20-foot-long stainless steel lattice-canopied bridge, creating the effect that visitors are entering a stage or outdoor forum. At night, the installation is bathed in a precisely focused, moon-like light, creating deep shadows behind the pattern of the rocks. “The parliament of reality” is located directly opposite the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. While the undulating stainless steel surface of the Frank Gehry– designed Fisher Center dramatically rises up when it is approached, Eliasson’s installation is nestled into the landscape and will over time be less visible as the trees grow. The project is conceived to evolve gradually and requires little maintenance. The installation, which was designed specifically with the college and its site in mind, is based on the original Icelandic parliament, the Althing (literally a “space for all things”) – one of the world’s earliest democratic forums. The artist envisions the project as “a place where students and visitors can gather to relax, discuss ideas, or have an argument. ‘The parliament of reality’ emphasizes that negotiation should be the core of any educational scheme. It is only by questioning that real knowledge is produced and a critical attitude can be sustained.” “The parliament of reality” returns to many of Eliasson’s earliest and most central themes: creating an artwork that is only completed by the viewer or participant, an environment that heightens our sensorial experience and a space that combines the natural world with the man-made without resolving the tension between the two. Essential to the experience of the project is the time when it is visited. In the winter, for example, the lake will freeze and the surrounding trees will be barren of their leaves. In the summer the tall wild grasses cover the large open field to the south of the site, and in the fall the viewer is presented with a magnificent cover of golden foliage. More information about Olafur Eliasson can be found at www.olafureliasson.net.

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goes weekend Hanging in limbo TELEVISION, CELEBRITY GOSSIP AND ALL OF THAT BRAIN-NUMBING ENTERTAINMENT IN BETWEEN BY NICOLE DELAWDER • If you’ve been following Pop Goes Weekend, you may have noticed some of our furry friends (secretly erasing “Dog Whisperer” on our DVR). We’d like to give a shout out to the ostrich-daddy Charles Wessler (producer, “Dumb and Dumber” and “Something About Mary”) and wish him a happy (now belated) birthday. We loved those birds until the pecking started, and are quietly envisioning their place on his farm (and no longer in our bathroom). • And finally, FINALLY, “America’s Next Top Model” is over. It was obvious who was going to win (even though we enjoyed the nose-bleed-loving Allison – yeah, re-read that – I’m not making it up) and it was just another excuse to continue our love/hate relationship with Tyra Banks. Luckily, we recorded it and could fast-forward through to the tolerable parts. • Tyra should just stick to her joke of an Oprah show, which last week highlighted “mantrums.” Urban Dictionary defines the word as “when a grown man throws a tantrum when he can’t have his way.” An example would be: “Rick had a mantrum when he found out he couldn’t have McDonald’s for dinner.” Only on Tyra. • CW is also planning some fantastically horrible programming for the summer including “Hitched or Ditched” – a reality show where a failing couple gets to rectify their marriage with a well-thought-out wedding – in a mere seven days. The previews are already teasing us with cold sweats and predictable conclusions. It will be a divorce lawyer’s perfect Tuesday night. • We caught first-year Vassar student Greg Lichtenstein on “Jeopardy! College Championship” tournament last week where he won $23,000. We answered all of the questions with beer in hand and didn’t win anything. • According to student-run Vassar blog madsvassarblog, Meryl Streep’s daughter, Louisa Gummer, will be joining the Class of 2013. The posting’s only comment sums it up: “OMG. If that is true, I will love Vassar even more than I already do. I mean, more possible Meryl sightings?!?!?!?! Sensual.” Yes, sensual.

A scene from “Angels and Demons.” Photo courtesy of MovieWeb.

BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM

I just don’t get it. I’ve loved Tom Hanks ever since “Bosom Buddies.” The supporting cast is strong, with some of my favorite players from across the pond, including Ewan McGregor, Armin Mueller-Stahl and Stellan Skarsgard. The scenery and cinematography are breathtaking. Ron Howard’s at the helm. Somehow, “Angels and Demons,” based on the book by Dan Brown, just don’t gel into a clever, engaging thriller. It sort of limps along, even when its cast is running at full speed, without a lot of purpose. For the sake of clarity, my dislike of this movie had nothing to do with any of the antiCatholic rhetoric. I was actually surprised by how little of that was present, given that some people are still up in arms. If there was any offense taken, it was offense at the weak writing that had our grumpy If you have any sensual star sightings, or entertainment related gossip, let us know at weekend protagonist, Basil Exposition, nattering off to priests and pretty ladies a veritable Wikipedia @thehudsonvalleynews.com (put “Pop Weekend” or something offensive in the subject line for entry about a highly fictionalized group of nerds. At least it was faster-paced than “The Da Vinci Code.” Not much, but every little our editor, Dana). You can also find us on Facebook: Hudson Valley Weekend. bit helps. The movie (which differs significantly from the book) catches up with Harvard University professor Robert Langdon after the events of “The Da Vinci Code.” Langdon is a symbologist, but in general, he just seems to be an art history nut: We spend nearly all of the movie following Langdon around (the beautiful city of) Rome as he tries to figure out which statues mean what to the secret society called the Illuminati. For Brown’s purposes, the Illuminati were artists and scientists who opposed the Catholic stance on science and who met in secret. The historical organization was created in May 1776 by Adam Weishaupt in Ingolstadt, and ostensibly folded in 1785. Conspiracy theorists like to pin all manner of horror on the group, including the French Revolution. No evidence exists to either prove or disprove these claims, but, like the Freemasons, the Illuminati are a great scapegoat. Seems as if the Illuminati are also the type to hold a grudge – after centuries of persecution by the Vatican, they’re back, and they’re not happy. So they’re taking it out on four Catholic cardinals in some less than delightful ways: The Illuminati fancy big cattle brands, apparently. I think I covered my eyes twice. We’re not talking about “Hostel”level gore, but, like I said, those Illuminati folks are pretty peeved. So, when a secret society wants to use science (in the shape of antimatter) to rock the Eternal City, what’s a symbologist to do? Run around and look upset. Also, have an odd hairdo. Even Hanks’ hair is upset about this flimsy plot. The Swiss Guard isn’t painted in a good light, even though they’re being led by a growly Skarsgard. The bad guys are upended in a pretty silly way. Ayelet Zurer, who plays scientist Vittoria Vetra, has little to do but stand next to Hanks and look attractive. The enjoyable elements of the movie do include a fictional peak into the Vatican archives – imagining what they must have down there was entertaining. And the final twist caught me slightly off guard. McGregor gives the movie’s most engaging performance as the camerlengo (papal chamberlain) who assumes a measure of authority as the pope he serves dies at the film’s beginning. McGregor’s relative youth, energy and exuberance were a welcome change in the middle of all the dour. He was the key to me being mildly entertained. It’s serviceable, mostly mindless stuff, but not much else. I wasn’t kept in rapt suspension, because in general, the audience plays “catch up” to the murders with Langdon. It wasn’t a “fun” movie: People get dispatched in nasty ways. It’s not even a movie I would watch on a lazy Sunday while I’m doing something else (like I can do with the Jason Bourne flicks). Frankly, when you find yourself trying to understand what precisely is wrong with Tom Hanks’ hair, instead of paying attention to why obelisks are important, the movie has just been derailed. {16} may 20, 2009 | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | Hudson valley news


BARDSUMMERSCAPE

july 9 – august 23, 2009

For 2009, Bard SummerScape presents seven weeks of opera, dance, music, drama, film, cabaret, and the 20th anniversary season of the Bard Music Festival, this year exploring the works and worlds of composer Richard Wagner. SummerScape takes place in the extraordinary Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and other venues on Bard College’s stunning Mid-Hudson River Valley campus.

Opera

Dance

Film Festival

LES HUGUENOTS

LUCINDA CHILDS: DANCE

POLITICS, THEATER, AND WAGNER

July 31, August 2, 5, 7 Music by Giacomo Meyerbeer Libretto by Eugene Scribe and Emile Deschamps American Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Leon Botstein Sung in French with English supertitles Directed by Thaddeus Strassberger

July 9, 10, 11, 12 Choreographed by Lucinda Childs Film by Sol LeWitt Music by Philip Glass

Thursdays and Sundays July 16 – August 20 Films range from early silent epic fantasy to Hollywood satire, and from acknowledged film classics to more obscure offerings.

Theater ORESTEIA TRILOGY: AGAMEMNON, CHOEPHORI, and THE EUMENIDES July 15 – August 2 By Aeschylus Translated by Ted Hughes Directed by Gregory Thompson

Music

Spiegeltent

ST. PAUL August 9 Music by Felix Mendelssohn Libretto by Pastor Julius Schubring American Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Leon Botstein Bard Festival Chorale James Bagwell, choral director

CABARET and FAMILY FARE July 9 – August 23 It’s the perfect venue for afternoon family entertainment as well as rollicking late-night performances, dancing, and intimate dining.

Bard Music Festival Twentieth Season

RICHARD WAGNER AND HIS WORLD August 14–16, 21–23 Two weekends of concerts, panels, and other events explore the musical world of Richard Wagner.

For tickets: 845-758-7900 fishercenter.bard.edu Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.

Image © Peter Aaron/Esto

twentieth season

weekend one Friday, August 14

The Fruits of Ambition program one

the bard music festival

Genius Unanticipated American Symphony Orchestra, Leon Botstein, conductor All-Wagner program

Saturday, August 15

program two

In the Shadow of Beethoven Chamber works by Wagner, Spohr, Loewe, and others

program three

Wagner and the Choral Tradition Choral works by Wagner, Brahms, Liszt, and others

program four

The Triumphant Revolutionary American Symphony Orchestra, Leon Botstein, conductor All-Wagner program

Sunday, August 16

program five

Wagner’s Destructive Obsession: Mendelssohn and Friends Works by Wagner, Mendelssohn, and Schumann

program six

Wagner in Paris

Engineering the Triumph of Wagnerism

Wagner and His World

Wagner Pro and Contra

August 14–16 and 21–23

Chamber works by Wagner, Liszt, Berlioz, and others

weekend two Friday, August 21

program seven

Works by Wagner, Brahms, Joachim, and others

Saturday, August 22 program eight

Bearable Lightness: The Comic Alternative Works by Chabrier, Debussy, Offenbach, and others

program nine

Competing Romanticisms Chamber works by Goldmark, Brahms, Dvo˘rák, and others

program ten

The Selling of the Ring American Symphony Orchestra, Leon Botstein, conductor All-Wagner program

Sunday, August 23

program eleven

and other special events that explore the musical world of Richard Wagner.

Wagnerians Chamber works by Wagner, Chausson, Debussy, and others

program twelve

The Bard Music Festival marks its 20th anniversary with two extraordinary weeks of concerts, panels,

Music and German National Identity American Symphony Orchestra, Leon Botstein, conductor Works by Wagner, Brahms, and Bruckner

Tickets: $20 to $55 845-758-7900 fishercenter.bard.edu Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. richard wagner, 1873. private collection.

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local reader}

Spring fever?

BY ANN LA FARGE

Anyone remember the old song “It Might As Well Be Spring?” I found myself humming it this morning, and these words came back: “I keep wishing I were somewhere else Walking down a strange new street....” Now where did that come from? I looked down at the book I’d just finished reading – “On Moving – A Writer’s Meditation on New Houses, Old Haunts, and Finding Home Again” by Louise DeSalvo (Bloomsbury, $22.00) Aha! Moving, the author tells us, ranks as the third most stressful life experience. She found her own moves difficult, so she wrote a book about moving after reading countless letters, memoirs, poetry and fiction on the subject. “In the moves I imagine myself making,” she writes, “I’m always living in a perfect place … A place where there will be no health problems, no marital problems, no financial woes, no income tax, no work that feels banal and boring...” In other words, moving as a cure-all? NOT. Read on. Whenever Virginia Woolf felt dissatisfied with her work, she imagined herself living in a different place. So she moved. Shelley’s poem, “The Epipsychidion,” describes a house that appeared to him in a dream. Dreaming about moving, De Salvo goes on to say, is always about desire: signings and sightings} wanting something other than what you have, being someone other than who you Saturday, May 23 are, experiencing life in a new way. The memoirist and musician Allen Shawn wrote 7 p.m. Elizabeth Cunningham presents her that “in the crisis of moving, you are losing new novel “Bright Dark Madonna.” Bridhid’s Bough, 252 Main St., Saugerties. 845-246-7205 a part of yourself and you are going to have to rebuild a sense of where your center is.” That makes sense: Sometimes, after a move, one feels homesick, as if “the real me” has been left behind. Not everyone feels that way. Some folks have a “Wherever you go, there you are” philosophy. However you feel about the displacement/excitement of a move, you’ll find lots to enjoy and reflect upon in this thought-provoking book. Read about J.M Coetzee, Carl Jung, Elizabeth Bishop (who felt homeless no matter where she lived), D.H. Lawrence, Eugene O’Neill (he never felt at home anywhere). I particularly admire the words of Henry Miller, who advised us to “eschew possessions and follow the instinct to move; each time, shed your old self like a snake skin.” Me? I’m staying put. The Hudson Valley suits me just fine. All I need is sunshine, a dog and a good book. I found a couple more this week. I loved Elinor Lipman’s “The Inn at Lake Devine,” and looked forward to her newest novel, “The Family Man” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,

weekend horoscopes BY CLAIRE ANDERSON MAY 20-26 TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): There’s a project at home – cleaning out a closest, mending a fence, or as simple as doing those dishes – that you’ve been putting off for ages. If you stop procrastinating, you’ll get it done and off your mind. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): An old friend has reappeared in your life; before you launch yourself into a glut of nostalgia, make sure you really want to engage in a blast from the past. You might be better served by continuing to move forward. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): Explore a new way of being creative this week, be it journaling, painting or planting some herbs for a kitchen garden. While you stretch your imagination on a fun project, you’ll wind up solving a more complex problem that’s been on your mind. LEO (JULY 23- AUG. 22): Keep your eye out this week for an opportunity to take the high ground. It’s not easy, but you’ll wind up earning respect in spades from an unlikely source. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): This is a good week to make amends to someone you’ve been in a tiff with. Offer the olive branch—if the other party can’t meet you half way, it might not be “meant to be.” LIBRA (SEPT. 23- OCT. 22): If someone comes to you with an “out there” idea, go for it. It might take you out of your comfort zone, but it might also give you a completely new perspective. {18} may 20, 2009 | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | Hudson valley news

$25.00). It’s very different from her other novels – more like a sit-com, or, as the publisher describes it, “a screwball New York comedy.” Henry – long divorced from the difficult Denise (whose young daughter he had adopted, then lost in yet another divorce 20 years ago) is now gay ... and looking for love. When his long-lost stepdaughter, Thalia, comes back into his life (she’s an aspiring actress) – and moves into his townhouse – all the family dynamics shift., especially when Thalia embarks upon a fake romance with a horror-movie star and good old Denise fixes Henry up with a “date”: the luscious Todd (“I’m in retail”) who works at Gracious Home. My favorite character in this romp of a novel is Albert Einstein, the greyhound. “Denise simply showed up with him one day,” Lipman said in an interview, “which I think had to do with the fact I was trying to convince my husband – unsuccessfully – that we needed a dog.” Local reader’s pronouncement: Everybody needs a dog. I finished the week with a novel by the author of “The Weekend,” recently reviewed in these pages and much admired – Peter Cameron’s “Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You” (now in paperback from Picador, $13.00). In a word: Wow. This novel, told in the first person by a disaffected kid who doesn’t want to go to college (he’s been accepted at Brown) is, in this reader’s opinion, the author’s finest book (so far) and is essential reading for anyone who has ever found the world to be a difficult place to live. James doesn’t like people in general, and people his own age in particular; what he wants is to buy an old house, somewhere out West. “I only ffeel like myself,” he says, “when I’m alone.” There’s one person he likes – his grandmother, T a wise woman who lives in Hartsdale, who tells him, “You’re so intent on making your life te impossible. Life is difficult enough ...” And, of im ccourse, he’s sent to a shrink who, natch, asks him ““What are you thinking?” I loved this book. Don’t miss it. And as I cclosed it, I found myself humming the words to yyet another old song: “We’ll build a sweet little nnest/ Somewhere in the West/ and let the rest of the world go by.” th Ann La Farge left her longtime book ppublishing job to do freelance editing and writing. She divides her time between New w York City and Millbrook, and can be reached at Y aalafarge@aol.com.

SCORPIO (OCT. 23- NOV. 21): Work is a bit chaotic right now, but this whirlwind can inspire you to evaluate your situation. What skills would make you even more successful? What steps could you take to at least calm the storm in your mind (since the only thing you can control is your reaction)? SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): If you have a goal to accomplish this week, don’t be surprised if you encounter some serious resistance, even a straight up saboteur. Do your homework and be ready to counter that opposition with logic, not emotion. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): You know when someone is delivering you a line of hooey. Call ‘em on it – they might feign innocence, but don’t second guess yourself. No one pulls a fast on you this week. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB 18): People envy your ability to chill, but don’t let yourself lull into a stupor. If you’re not feeling motivated, enlist the aid of a friend, preferably a Cancer—they’ve got energy to spare. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): One question: Are you distrusting someone because they’ve absolutely done something to deserve it, or are you projecting old feelings on an innocent party?

ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): Keep plans close to the chest for the time being – take your time and get your ducks in a row before you open the floodgates. for entertainment purposes only


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Acai vs. blue

100 BY KIM KOELBEL

The acai berry hype (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is finally coming down, but still lingers around. What is it? It looks like a dark blueberry, it tastes like a mix of berries and chocolate, it’s harvested from acai palm trees in Central and South America and it’s expensive because about 95% of the actual berry is inedible seed (not to mention the cost associated with transportation). Both acai and blueberries contain anthocyanins and flavonoids (antioxidants that may reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer by neutralizing free radicals), and acai berries may even have a higher antioxidant content than similar foods (like blueberries) … studies are currently ongoing. Acai berries contain omega-3, making them unique in the world of fruit, but the amount of omega-3 is so minimal that you’d have to consume tons to match the amounts found in other sources (flax seeds, olives, avocados, etc). Due to its high nutrient content, acai is truly a superfood (like blueberries), but beware of acai supplements (pills, capsules, powders, juice, etc.). Many supplement ads claim that acai is the best fruit in the whole world and has the power to make us lose fat, control appetite, lose belly fat, cleanse toxins from our body, boost energy, alleviate arthritis pain, cure cancer, eliminate depression and blah, blah, blah. Some acai berry supplement advertisements even state that Oprah Winfrey believes acai is the world’s best superfood. Wow. Huge statements, huh? Manufacturers/advertisers often take a perfectly good item like the acai berry and turn it into a miraculous supplement. It’s a total scam – they lie, we buy, and we lose money to the liars. How can such claims be made? Because supplements are not closely regulated and much is legally allowed in the world of advertising. But also, most of us are not scientists in the field of nutrition; this makes it easy for the pushers of acai supplements to throw in a few trade terms and overstate the science around those terms (making us believers of their bogus claims). TIP TO NATURALLY I’ll bet you haven’t seen many acai supplements INCREASE ANTIOXIDANT ads include the potential risks associated with acai CONSUMPTION: Add ½ berry supplement consumption. Did you know that cup of fresh or frozen acai supplements can worsen intestinal bleeding, blueberries to your high blood pressure and ulcers, and can interact oatmeal. (I also add 1 with both over-the-counter and prescription meds? tsp. of ground flax seeds, It’s also recommended that you DO NOT consume 1 tsp. of wheat germ, 1 acai supplements if you currently consume other tbsp. of chopped nuts, antioxidant supplements. And FYI: Both the Better and ½ tsp. of sugar… Business Bureau and the Center For Science in the delicious and nutritious!) Public Interest have issued warnings to consumers about purchasing acai berry supplements (due to widespread credit card scams), and Oprah Winfrey has disclaimed any affiliation with acai berry and related products. So, acai vs. blue? Both acai and blueberries are great fruit choices because both deliver a huge antioxidant punch. Try the acai berry – you just may love the taste (and it’s always good to add a little variety to our diets). But don’t believe that this berry is more than just another great fruit … beyond that, claims are typically deceptive and misleading garbage. Can the acai berry be a part of a well-balanced and nutritious diet? Of course it can, and so can the blueberry (go with the actual berry, not the blueberry pill or acai berry pill). Is the acai berry better than any other food in the world? Of course it’s not, and neither is the blueberry. Acai is not a magical or superior or necessary-for-good-health berry. It IS different from berries that we are familiar with in this region of the world, but it’s not “better” than any other food in the world. You can easily consume the same nutrients from other more readily available and economical foods (like the blueberry). BOTTOM LINE: All berries are an excellent part of a well-balanced diet, and although a bit more expensive than other fruits, they are well worth the investment in lifetime nutritional health. On supplements, buyer beware. COMING SOON: Blueberry season is approaching! I’ll tell you where to find the best fresh blueberries in the Hudson Valley.

BY PHIL D. GLASS “Flashbacks find new purpose with memory of a forgotten label!” “Pairing Aura’s: Technicolor Tasting Notes for You and Your Wine.” “Red and Whites from the Orange and Green: Oompa Loompas leave Willy for the Winery” If these were the articles I found in the U.S. wine press, I think I could find the way they’ve been scoring things a little more reasonable: Blame it on the drugs! The press holds a great sway over the style of wines being made and their pricing year to year. It is thereby charged with the responsibility to offer not only information and entertainment, but to protect and guide both consumer and industry through the honesty and consistency of its critique. Even if we are to believe in a press above the influence of advertising dollars, I have little faith in the merits of a system that so frequently disappoints. In the three most important US wine publications “Wine Spectator,” “Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate” and “Wine Enthusiast,” ratings are given out of a possible 100. Familiarity with test scores and percentages make the 100-point scale translatable, and compared to the puny five or 20-point measure, we get big numbers that resonate with power (can I get a Tim Allen grunt?). As fun and friendly as this all seems, adapting a measure of precision to a measure of subjectability results in an unanswerable question of accuracy. By birth or experience, everyone on this earth has a different palate with varying sensitivities to acidity, bitterness, sweetness, etc. Even assuming tasters enjoyed these aspects equally, we cannot possibly eliminate physiological differences enough to arrive at a consistent standard. Add to this a requirement to ignore their personal tastes and handicap palate fatigue, you’ll find a lot more room for human error than accuracy. This might seem like nit-picking, but that’s what happens when you have to decide what makes one wine worth 91 points and another worth 90. A single point doesn’t seem like much, and it’s not, but if we ignore it then what is the point of that point? And this doesn’t even account for discrepancy in scores from multiple tasters. Qualifications aside, their independent experiences and specialties will lead to different evaluations. Not too many of us are obsessed enough to figure out which taster’s scores are right for them, and even then I can’t imagine much reliability. Not quite screaming consumer friendly. One more point: I’ve got a particular bug up my rectum about all the fortune telling going on in tasting notes. We can gather some information on a specific date, but once a bottle leaves the winery, it is an independently evolving object, subject to various conditions of light, heat, and transport; we can never know it is until we try it ourselves. I learned this the hard way, buying wines released with high points from “great” vintages and an inflated price, opened at the epitomical “anticipated peak maturity” only see it reach the toilet as vinegar instead of urine. On the other side is the beautifully perfumed, smile-inducing 1998 Les Forts de Latour I tried recently, given an 86 on release (later updated to a mind-blowing 88). Same destiny, different path. Alternatives? A good quality measure can be the five-star as used in either the hotel or restaurant industry, where as different as they all may be they fit a nice vague standard. Hugh Johnson’s pocket wine book is pretty useful in this respect. Wineries are awarded stars based on aggregate performance, color-coded stars for value and vintages in bold for wines currently drinking well. For more specialized information, find up-to-date tasting notes. Cellartracker.com is a free database of dated tasting notes from the wine obsessed where the consistency of a wine can be witnessed over a large sample of tasters. And finally, try to find notes that express a little emotion; a lot of wines taste like cherries, but it is few and far between that can inspire the happy dance. “Phil D. Glass” works in the local wine industry in the Hudson Valley. He has traveled to the vineyards of Austria, Germany, and France and tasted wines from all over the world. Email him at weekend@ thehudsonvalleynews.com

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HVfield notes|millbrook book festival BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM

We lucked out on Saturday, May 16, with many hours of clear weather (and even a bit of occasional sun!) for the second annual Millbrook Book Festival. Nicole DeLawder and I met Ann La Farge at Katherine Neville’s talk at Lyall Memorial Federated Church. Neville spoke casually and inspiringly about her writing process to an attentive 20-plus group. Several in the mix were part of a writing group, and had interesting questions about how long it takes her to write a novel (she said it was almost a 20-year process) and how she researched so thoroughly (Neville’s not a fan of Google, apparently). We meandered over to Grace Church to listen to a fascinating panel, moderated by Valerie Martin, on the history of African Americans in the Hudson Valley (and the northeast in general). Gretchen Gerzina, Valerie Cunningham and Elise Lemire, historical researchers and writers, read from their work and shared stories about the trials and triumphs of researching the past. The beautiful weather made for a lovely little parade of children and young adults dressed in literary costumes. Eighty authors, illustrators and creators attended—everyone was kind and approachable. It’s just not every day you get to shake one of your favorite authors’ hands and return a wide smile. The festival is particularly suited for young people, but even this old lady liked looking at the picture books and meeting the artists. If you couldn’t attend the festival this year, make a point to do so for the third annual festival in 2010.

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Pictured, clockwise from top left:Merritt Book Store owner, Scott Meyer introduces Katherine Neville at Lyall Memorial Church; Harry Potter was one of the many costumes in the second annual Book Festival parade; Weekend’s own Local Reader Ann La Farge talking with Neville; Children read original stories Saturday afternoon in the Millbrook Library; Cowgirls and boys from Dutchess Day School took part in the parade. Photos by Nicole DeLawder. Find more photos of the Millbrook Book Festival on Facebook: Hudson Valley Weekend.


Sports 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

• How athletic is this kid Greg Paulus, who just announced he’s headed for Syracuse University. What makes this a great story is he just finished a four-year basketball career at Duke. Since he was never redshirted and completed college in four years, he has one more year of college eligibility left so he’s decided to QB for his hometown, Syracuse. He was an all-world high school quarterback and Syracuse plans on making him the starter this year. Should be fun to watch. • The sports and music world lost a class act last week with the passing of Wayman Tisdale, a 12-year NBA veteran and accomplished bass guitarist. His music was as sweet as his game but cancer took him way too early. Yet the thugs and miscreants in sports never die. Think Dennis Rodman.

Dover Dragons senior Tashwna Averhart racing to 1st place in the 100 meter dash.

NORTHERN COUNTY TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS BY REBECCA SMITH With much of the spring sports season winding down, many northern Dutchess schools came to Arlington High School Saturday to run, jump and throw their way to victory; and perhaps earn a chance to compete in the upcoming section and state meets. The Arlington Admirals were victorious with a score of 220 on their home track, winning many events with both boys and girls teams taking titles. Brewster placed second with 99 points, Beacon got

72, John Jay took home 50 points, Mahopac earned 48.5 points and Roy C. Ketcham gained 47 points. Pawling and Dover may not have placed in the top six, but individuals earned some success for their teams. Pawling High School’s Kevin Hunter placed first in the 400meter dash with a time of 49.3. In the steeplechase, Pawling’s Sami Jorgensen raced to first in 7:21.6. J.J. Tedisco, another Pawling competitor, earned first place in the discus throw with a length of 133.5.

• Delaware became the second state in the union to legalize sports betting. The governor signed it into law, saying it would attract tourists and they would be able to avail themselves of all Delaware has to offer. Right! Do you think the crowd that crosses state lines to put a little action on the game is going to be spending a lot of time wandering around museums with a guidebook and a glass of Chablis? Strip joints and gin mills, maybe. • In a sign of the times, organizers of this year’s Dutchess County Senior Amateur said they might have to cancel the tournament due to lack of entries. Guess more than a few 401Ks took a hit this winter. • Nice win for the filly Rachel Alexandra and the increasingly annoying jockey Calvin Borel. Good thing the race wasn’t 50 yards longer or Calvin’s Deby winner, Mine That Bird, would have blown right past him. Next up is New York and the Belmont Stakes.

Dover Dragons Senior Keith Bennett beginning the pole volt. Photos by Rebecca Smith.

RHINEBECK BOYS JUNIOR 4 CREW GOES TO NATIONALS AT MERCER LAKE IN N.J.

Rhinebeck junior crew came in second place in the state finals in Saratoga on Sunday, May 10. Pictured, from left to right, is coach Ally Coon, rowers: Larry Cihanek, Mark Denny, Peter Valle, Peter Victor-Gasper, coxswain Eddy Levine, coach Chantal Collins and Rich Humphrey.

• Dog killer and former NFL quarterback Michael Vick will be released from a federal prison this week, the first step in his journey to return to football. I doubt it will be with the Cleveland Browns, though. It probably wouldn’t sit well with their legendary fans in the section known as “The Dog Pound.” • Hillary Clinton finally made an appearance at Yankee Stadium last week, giving the commencement address at the NYU graduation. She hit a 10 on the baseball cliché meter and managed to avoid actually going to a game and insulting her beloved Cubs. • Congratulations to A-Rod for hitting another meaningless walk-off homer. How about you save a few of those for October?

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ROLLER DERBY SKATES THROUGH THE VALLEY

Anna Mae Swenson, one of 17 centenarians honored by Dutchess County Office for the Aging. This was old hat for Swenson, who is 101.

BY JIM LANGAN

The last time I saw a roller derby match was toward the tail end of the Eisenhower administration. Roller derby in those days was a pretty big deal and was regularly featured on television. Teams like the San Francisco Bay Bombers toured the country with an assorted cast of bad guys and villainous blond bombshells. It was wrestling before the WWF. Having seen a sign for roller derby at Hyde Park’s Roller Magic, I decided to check it out. I wasn’t disappointed. The players were mostly young and the action was non-stop, but unlike the roller derby of my youth, no one seemed intent on maiming anyone. A fair portion of the crowd looked like they’d been to an Allman Brothers concert or two. It’s an all-girl league comprised of “athletes” of all levels of talent. The back of the program actually says “Come join roller derby, no experience necessary, must be 18.” The crowd of 350 people of all ages watched as skaters like Pinky Swears, Keri KreamHer and Hot Ta’Wally of the Hudson Valley Horrors did battle with a team from Westchester aptly named Suburban Brawl.

According to Linda and Tom Shafer of Poughkeepsie, who were there to watch their daughter skate for the Brawl, “Our daughter is basically fresh meat for the Horror.” With that, a couple of players slid into the crowd, many of whom surrounded the normally languid roller rink. Joe Velletira of Millbrook said he was there for “the fast action.” Before leaving, I asked concessionaire Ryan Craven how the merchandise was moving. He said, “The $15 tee-shirts were a little slow but the clappers and 50-cent buttons were big sellers.” If you want to catch the Horrors, just go to their Web site, www.horrorsrollerderby. com, or simply play for them. Remember no experience necessary.

SEVENTEEN CENTENARIANS HONORED AT LUNCHEON BY JIM LANGAN On Monday The Dutchess County Office for the Aging honored six local residents as Senior Citizens of the Year as well as recognized no less than 17 seniors who are working on their second century. The event took place at Villa Borghese restaurant in Wappingers Falls before a big crowd and judging by the line at the buffet table, the food was excellent. Agnes Smith was honored for her service at both Vassar and St. Francis hospitals over the last 48 years. Lawrence Carpenter, aka “Good Samaritan,” was acknowlwdged for his work in helping elderly neighbors with everything from snow removal to bringing in garbage cans. Tom and Sally Cross were saluted for their work packing and delivering meals to the homebound. Ruth Oja and Thomas Usher were presented with individual Senior Achievement Awards. Oja was recognized for her efforts to make the County “green”

while Usher was honored for his service as Beekman Town Historian and his volunteer work. The 17 centenarians in the audience included Theresa Riglioe, Florence Williams, Anna Mae Swenson, Marion Post, Anna McElroy, Harold Goldstein, Pauline Grandeau, Louis Serenate, Josephine Becker, Maisry MacCracken, Ethel Harris, Sadie Effron, Doloretta Neville, Beatrice Henderson, Marion de Genaro, Ellenora Oberhofer and Ivy Detterbeck. Congratulations to all.

FRENCH ANNOUNCES FOR BEEKMAN SUPERVISOR BY HV STAFF Rare photograph of the 1940 Tour De France. Photo submitted.

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The town hall was full of residents and supporters this Saturday for Dan French’s official announcement that he is running for Supervisor of Beekman. French, 27, has served two terms on the Beekman Town Council, having been elected in November of 2004 as the youngest representative in the history of the town. French was re-elected the following year for a four-year term. “I am running for town supervisor because I love our town, and I have a passion for public service,” French said in his remarks to the crowd. French is currently deputy commissioner of elections at the Board of Elections under Commissioner Fran Knapp. He was appointed in September of 2008 to the Board of Trustees for Dutchess Community College by Gov. David Patterson. “At a time when our seniors are struggling to stay in their homes, when some of our residents are struggling to put food on their

tables, when young people are leaving our town because they cannot afford to buy a house, let alone pay the property taxes on a new home, the Republican administration has raised taxes almost 25% in the last two years. For the record, I have never voted for a tax increase,” said French. “I can do this job. I was born to do this. No one will outwork me. No one can match my passion, my commitment, my drive to make this town the truly great place it can be. Join me. Together we will succeed.” Current four-term Republican Supervisor John Adams announced several weeks ago that he would not seek re-election due to increased personal commitments. French also introduced the other Democratic candidates for office in Beekman: Peter Barton for town council, Anthony Coviello for town highway superintendent, Theresa Andrade for town receiver of taxes, Jason Sealy for Dutchess County Legislature, Ronald Mangeri for town council.


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DUTCHESS COUNTY FAIR ANNOUNCES LINE-UP BY JIM LANGAN Summer may not have officially started, but it’s never too early to start thinking about summer’s crown jewel, the Dutchess County Fair. Officials just released details of this year’s fair, which will run from Aug. 25 through 30. In addition to the livestock competition, carnival rides and fabulous food (including my annual corn dog), this year’s entertainment line-up has something for everyone.

Members of a Pleasant Valley quilting group pose with quilts they made for children in Tanzania.

ECUMENICAL AND ECONOMICAL: QUILTS FOR TANZANIAN KIDS BY FRANCESCA OLSEN Members of three churches in Pleasant Valley have come together to make 67 quilts for 67 Tanzanian children. The quilts will be sent to a parish in Chamwino, near Dodoma, Tanzania. The children who will receive them are orphans, and sleep on the earth floor of their homes. The cloth wrap they use to sleep also serves as a wrap for them to wear during the day. “The assumption in Africa is if your mom and dad die, you’re taken in by a family member,” said the Rev. Ellen O’Hara of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Pleasant Valley. “AIDS and malaria have made this untenable.” In 2006, St. Paul’s signed up for the Carpenter’s Kids Program. Member parishes of the Episcopal Diocese of New York are linked to parishes in the Anglican Diocese of central Tanzania. For $50 a year, church members can pay for one child’s school uniform, shoes, and breakfast every school day. Without a uniform, the children cannot attend school. Ginny Johnson, a member of St. Paul’s, had the idea to make quilts for the children the church sponsors when she heard about the dual-purpose cloth wrap. Local quilters joined together in the effort, including members of the Pleasant Valley Methodist and Presbyterian churches, and church members gave donations of fabric.

“We didn’t really have to buy a lot of material,” said Johnson. “Someone would say, ‘Well, I’ve got a nice quilt pattern.’ We’d pick out the colors, piece them together, and then take them home to work on them.” “It was the kind of project that attracted people,” said O’Hara, who has visited Chamwino and met the children her church sponsors (she brought them all “I Love NY” T-shirts on her trip). The quilts were on display at a fundraiser at the Pleasant Valley Firehouse May 16. Now that the quilts are done, they must get to the children, which is not as simple as it might seem. “It was an astronomical fee to ship them, and there’s no guarantee they’re going to reach their destination,” said Johnson. The quilters hope to send their work with the next group going to visit Chamwino; money raised will pay for any extra luggage expenses. O’Hara said she was “bursting” with pride for her congregation. On an average Sunday, she gets about 50 people over two church services. “And we’re supporting 67 children!” she said. “We’re going to continue,” said Johnson. “We’re busy again, making some more. After we do these for Tanzania, we’re thinking of doing some for Haiti.”

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 1 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 27 7:30 p.m.

RYAN PELTON’S TRIBUTE TO THE KING

JOSH TURNER

Tickets: All seats free

Tickets: $20 advanced; $25 day of; All seats paid (including Grandstand)

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 28 7:30 p.m.

AIR SUPPLY

GARY ALLAN

Tickets: $20 advanced; $25 day of; Grandstand free

Tickets: $20 advanced; $25 day of; Grandstand free

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 29, 1 p.m.

BLACKHAWK

ANIMAL PLANET’S JEFF CORWIN & TALES FROM THE FIELD

Tickets: All seats free

JASON ALDEAN

Tickets: online paid track $12.50; family 4 pack $40; at gate paid track $15; family 4-packs $48; Grandstand free

Tickets: $20 advanced; $25 day of; All seats paid (including Grandstand)

Saturday, Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m.

SURPRISE STAR Thursday, Aug. 27, 1 p.m.

Tickets: All seats free

RON GARTNER & HIS BAND “From Motown to Bandstand & Rat Pack” Tickets: All seats free

Sunday, Aug. 30, Sunday 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.

CHAMPIONSHIP BULL RIDING Tickets: All seats paid $5 per/person

IT’S A BOY!

Local Assemblyman Marc Molinaro and his wife, Christy, welcomed the newest edition to the Molinaro family last week. Jack Henry Molinaro was born May 12 at 5:45 p.m. at Vassar Brothers Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces. Photo submitted.

Shavuos 5769/2009

Friday, May 29th - Relive the Giving of the Torah for the 3,321st time!

Delicious Dairy Dinner & Cheesecake Buffet

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF DUTCHESS COUNTY ANNOUNCES

2009 GARDEN PARTY HONOREES

LOCAL COUPLES, EFFRON AND HANDEL, TO BE RECOGNIZED The Community Foundation of Dutchess County is pleased to announce the Honorees for their 2009 Garden Party: Dana and Ira Effron, and Shirley and Bernard Handel. Scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 13 from 3 to 6 p.m., this signature event is presented to recognize local individuals for their

Tuesday’s grandstand show will feature Ryan Pelton’s Tribute to the King followed that night by Air Supply. Other acts during the week include Blackhawk, Ron Gartner, country great Josh Turner and Gary Allen headlining on Friday night. Sunday will mark the return of championship bull riding at the fair, with competitions scheduled for 1:30, 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets are available in advance online at www.dutchessfair.com for $9, versus $12 at the gate, so start thinking candied apples and farm fresh milkshakes.

community service, while demonstrating the work of the Community Foundation in our area. The Garden Party will be hosted by Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, on the Blithewood Lawn of The Levy Economics Institute.

At the Delamater Inn Conference Center, 6435 Rte. 9, Rhinebeck, NY 6:00 p.m. Torah Reading • 6:30 p.m. Dinner

RSVP to 845-876-7666

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Midnight Learning

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This week Rhinebeck’s Historic Architecture A Village of Rhinebeck walking tour and lecture sponsored by the DAR will be held May 23 at 1 p.m. Cost is $5. Historian Nancy V. Kelly, author of the recent book “Rhinebeck’s Historic Architecture,” will discuss architecture in the Village of Rhinebeck as it developed during different phases of Rhinebeck Village’s growth. A guided tour will follow, pointing out various buildings and architectural styles. “Rhinebeck’s Historic Architecture” will be on sale starting at noon that day and Kelly will sign copies. The tour will begin at the DAR house at 77 Livingston St. Call 845-876-4592 for more information. Plant and Bake Sale The Rhinebeck Garden Club will hold its annual plant and bake sale Saturday, May 23, from 10 a.m. to noon in front of the CVS Drug Store on East Market Street in Rhinebeck. All plants are nurtured and healthy and all baked goods are homemade. Rain date is May 24. Call 845-8764973 for information. 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, May 22 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. Clinton Card Club The Clinton Card Club invites all to play fun card games. They play on Friday, May 22 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. For more information, call Patty at 845-266-3592.

Historical Society Yard Sale The Clinton Historical Society will hold a yard sale on Saturday, May 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Creek Meeting House at 2433 Salt Point Turnpike in Clinton Corners. Items are requested for this fundraiser to support their many programs. For a pick-up of the items or questions, call Mary Jo at 845-266-3066 or leave items on the porch of the Creek Meeting House. Plant Sale The Frederick W. Vanderbilt Garden Association will be holding its Annual Plant Sale on Memorial Day weekend, May 23, 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, Route 9 in Hyde Park. For more information or questions, contact the Garden Association at 845-229-5630, or go to www. vanderbiltgarden.org.

Upcoming Lion’s Club Flea Market The Stanford Lions Club is looking for vendors for its flea market to be held on June 13 (rain date, June 14). The event will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Route 82 in front of the Stanford Town Hall in Stanfordville. Spaces cost $20. Call Ed Hawks at 845-868-7483 or John Danko at 845-868-7645 for more information. Silver Ribbon House Tour On Saturday, June 6, Dutchess County Historical Society’s 15th Annual Silver Ribbon House Tour visits the City of Poughkeepsie for a look at the rich architectural heritage of the Hudson River’s historic queen city. Tours will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $40 for DCHS members, $45

Izzy Mogelgaard, Phil Dolce and Claudine Perrier attempting to stuff an elliptical trainer they found during Tag Sale Day in Hyde Park. They might still be there. Photo by Jim Langan.

The girls from Hyde Park Service Union Girl Scout Troop 8 hard at work in front of Stop and Shop. Photo by Jim Langan.

for non-members and $50 on the day of the tour. For ticket reservations and information, call 845471-1630. Recreation Signup Stanford Recreation sign up dates are as follows: Residents: Wednesday, May 27, 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 30, 10 a.m. to noon. Nonresidents: Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m. to noon. Hawaiian Luau The Dutchess County Office for the Aging’s Senior Friendship Centers have scheduled their Annual Hawaiian Luau celebration for Thursday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $3 for lunch for those 60 and over and a $4 charge for those under the age of 60. Reservations are required and should be made before May 29, 2009. For information about the Senior Friendship Center nearest you, call the Office for the Aging at (845) 486-2555. Historic Hamlet House Tour The Staatsburg Library will host a historic hamlet house tour on June 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees will begin at the library and tour a selection of houses, two churches and the library. The self-guided tour is a fundraiser for the library. Tickets are $25 in advance ot $35 on the day of the tour. For more information, call David Lund at 845-889-8865. Home and Garden Tour The Chancellor Livingston Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and the Museum of Rhinebeck History are hosting their semi-annual house and garden tour on Saturday, June 6 (rain date June 7). Self-guided tours will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a free continental breakfast will be served at 10:30 a.m. The group will meet at the DAR house at 77 Livingston St., Rhinebeck. Call Brenda Klaproth at 845-876-2436 for more information. Fishing at Norrie Point The Hudson River Research Reserve and I FISH NY program continue their monthly fishing demonstrations at the Norrie Point Environmental Center in Staatsburg. This family friendly program, open to all age groups free of charge, will be held on Saturday, May 30, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Staff members will lead seining and fishing activities while talking about the seasonal movements of fish in the Hudson River Estuary. Home-based Schooling The Clinton Community Library will hold its homebased schooling on Thursday, May 28 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The topic will be learning about dogs doing various activities. For more information, contact the library at 845-266-5530.

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Battle of Books Meeting The Battle of Books meeting will be held on Thursday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Clinton Community Library at 1215 Centre Rd. For more information, contact the library at 845-266-5530. Library Poetry Club The Clinton Community Library Poetry Club meets on Thursday, May 28 at 7 p.m. in the library. Please bring an original or a favorite poem to share and discuss or just come to enjoy some poetry. For more information, contact the library at 845-266-5530. Save Energy, Save Dollars Come to Tivoli Free Library at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 2 to learn about low-cost and no-cost ways to save energy and reduce your energy bills during its Save Energy, Save Dollars workshop. A twohour workshop will be presented by a presenter from Cornell Cooperative Extension. Participants will receive a kit of energy saving items. These workshops are free to the public. Door prizes and refreshments are provided. Pre-Registration is required; space is limited to 15 participants. For more information or to register, call Tivoli Free Library at 845-757-3771. The library is located at 86 Broadway in the Village of Tivoli. Illusionist to Perform To kick off its 2009 Summer Reading Program, Be Creative at the Library, Tivoli Free Library, 86 Broadway, is bringing illusionist Dan Bowen to perform at 7 p.m. Friday, June 19, at Tivoli Free Library. This performance is free and open to the public. Call Tivoli Free Library at 845-757-3771. Courtyard Concert Series Dover High School Band continues its Courtyard Concert Series on May 29, 6-8 p.m. A performance by The Big Band Sound with special guests the Dover High School Jazz Band will take place at Dover High School on Route 22. Admission is $5. Audience members should bring blankets or lawn chairs to sit on. The Dover Music Band Boosters will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and soda. In case of rain, the concert will be held in the auditorium. For more information, call 845849-2889. Eels at the Library Watch eels swim and learn more about this elongated fish during the next Wild Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at Tivoli Free Library. This event is free and open to the public. Children younger than nine years old must be accompanied by an adult. For more information about this event, call the Tivoli Free Library at 845757-3771. The library is located at 86 Broadway in the Village of Tivoli.


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Stanford BY HEIDI JOHNSON

BASEBALL, ICE CREAM AND CHILDREN’S LAUGHTER Oftentimes I’ll observe my children flushed from running around the yard, muddy or scratched from brambles and say to them, “It’s good to be a kid in the country.” Or, I’ll make the same remark to my neighbor’s dog as she is laying right in the middle of the road, soaking up the sun. “It’s good to be a dog in the country.” Last Monday, my son’s Little League team, the A-1 Auto Mets, played against my friend Bill Kyle’s team, the East Clinton Tigers, at Kelly Field. The weather was gorgeous and the boys were all feeling their oats after a rainy weekend. Our team had not won a game yet this season. We were 0-6. The Tigers were also having a less-than-stellar season with a 1-5 record. So, it seemed like it would be a pretty good match up. The Tigers started out strong, but after losing two of their players to a CCD test, they were down a man and our team had to loan them a player. This player turned out to be our assistant coach’s son, Jack, because he was the last person to bat in the previous inning. My son, Niall, came up to bat and Jack yelled out from right field, “Hit it to me, Niall!” That started off the silly mood that pervaded the remainder of the game. While Niall was substituting in left field for the Tigers, he made a good throw to third, where the Tigers third baseman tagged out our runner, making the last out. As the Tigers trotted off the field, my son started to run in with them and then yelled out, “Hey wait, I can just stay out here!” The two teams quite simply had a blast playing baseball that night. They joshed each other when one player was on base and the other was covering. They applauded good plays by both their team and the opponent. They grinned and whooped when they got hits or made good fielding plays. It was just plain fun. The Mets ended up winning the game, but the most important thing was that the kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves. This is what Little League is supposed to be about, the sheer enjoyment of the game. After the last inning we all retreated to home plate for ice cream and I had a lovely chat with our coach Bill Robinson. Baseball, ice cream and children’s laughter; it’s good to be a mom in the country.

opened the show with three songs which were all excellent, but their closing song, “Louie Louie,” was clearly their favorite. Next up was the sixth-grade chorus which sang two songs, complete with choreography and costumes. Their voices were delightful, sweet and strong, and they obviously all enjoyed being on stage. The sixth-grade concert band was the final group to perform and these young musicians were also terrific. Their final number was called “Sailor’s Odyssey,” which was really a complicated arrangement of the sea chantey “Drunken Sailor.” The band had great fun with this piece and it delighted the audience as well. Both the jazz band and the concert band were directed by Erin Fowler. Her love for the music and the students always shines through in their performances and this show was no different. The chorus was lead by Lisa Baldwin and her wonderful choreography really makes the music fun to watch as well as hear. We are truly blessed to have these talented teachers at our middle school. Congratulations to the directors and students for a fine performance in this spring concert. UCC FLEA MARKET Most of us who live in Stanford are well aware of the Lion’s Club Annual Flea Market event coming up on June 13. This year, once again, the United Church of Christ will also have their indoor flea market event at the same time and date as the Lion’s Club. When it comes to flea markets, it seems as if a “more the merrier” philosophy is popular. The church is accepting good quality donations for resale at this event, so if you are doing your spring cleaning and have an item to donate, call the church at 845-868-2286. Check the calendar page for details on additional Stanford events, including recreation signup and the Lion’s Club Flea Market. Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day and remember to say “thank you” to a veteran. Call me or e-mail if you have news: 845-392-4348, playfulrelics@ optonline.net.

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BY RAY OBERLY PLANTS AND INFORMATION AVAILABLE Do you need some plants and information for the upcoming gardening season? The master gardener volunteers of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess County will be holding their annual Plant Sale on Friday, May 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, at the Dutchess County Farm and Home Center, 2715 Route 44, Millbrook. A large selection of unusual annuals, Cornellrecommended varieties of vegetables, perennials, and old favorites will be on sale. Visit the master gardener’s booth to get answers to your gardening questions. For directions and information, contact Nancy Halas at 845677-8223, ext. 115. CLINTON GRIEVANCE PROCESS If you think your property assessment is not correct, the following is the process you must follow to present your case for possible change. The tentative assessment roll will be available in the assessor’s and town clerk’s offices on May 6. The BAR (board of assessment) meeting (Grievance Day) will be held on Wednesday, May 27 in the town hall. Call the Assessor’s office for scheduling. Grievance forms and booklets will be available at town hall during regular business hours and are also available in the assessor’s office on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Grievance forms must be received by the assessor by the close of the BAR meeting on May 27. However, forms received between May 22 and May 27 may, at the sole discretion of the assessor, be heard by the BAR at a later date. Forms received after the close of the May 27 BAR meeting will be rejected as untimely. If you have any questions or need information, contact the assessor’s office at 845-266-5721, ext. 113. FUNDRAISER FOR MISSIONS TRIP The Upton Lake School is having a fundraiser to support their Dominican Republic mission trip to do outreach, hold a short vacation Bible school for the children, and help build homes in a farming community. Eight students from the school with teacher Zach Justice and his wife, Melody, will be going for a week in mid-July. A tag sale on Saturday,

May 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a car wash from 9 a.m. to noon will help fund the mission. All activities will be held at the Evangelical Free Church, located at 20 Shepherds Way (off Salt Point Turnpike, 1 mile east of the Taconic State Parkway) in the Hamlet of Clinton Corners. For more information, call the school office at 845-266-3497. FREE SENIOR CITIZEN PICNIC Senior citizens from the towns of Clinton, Milan, Northeast, Pine Plains and Stanford are invited to a free picnic on Wednesday, June 3 at Wilcox Park, Pavilion D at noon. Wilcox Park is located on Route 199 about two miles east of the Taconic Parkway toward Pine Plains. It will be held rain or shine and is a chicken barbeque buffet. There also will be several manned tables providing information helpful to seniors. Those 60 and older will be the guests of the sponsors and there is a $4 charge for those under 60. Post cards giving the details were mailed to seniors but if you did not get one, please call as soon as possible to make your reservation. All reservations are required by Tuesday, May 26 to insure sufficient food is prepared. Call 845-486-2555 for reservations. The towns of Clinton, Milan, Northeast, Pine Plains and Stanford are the sponsors in addition to the Dutchess County Office for the Aging. Come and join us for a good meal and a friendly get together. FIRE DEPT BREAKFAST REPORT The West Clinton Fire Department breakfast held on Mother’s Day was very successful with a near-record crowd attending. For a few hours, servers were hard pressed to keep the serving area trays filled with food. The fire department wished to thank all who attended. The Calico Pixies and Pixie Munchkins 4-H club members gave out free marigolds to each attending mother and wife. The recipients were surprised and very appreciative for receiving the gift. With the help of 4-H leader Joyce Sokolowski, the members planted the seeds and grew the plants at their homes over the last few weeks. It was an interesting learning experience for the members to see the seeds germinate. The club members wish to thank Adams Fairacre Farms of Kingston, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess County, and Hillside Gardens (owned by Clinton residents Janet and Paul Haberstock) for the supplies used to grow the plants.

SIXTH-GRADE BAND/CHORUS CONCERT Last Thursday, our sixth-grade band and chorus students put on a first-class concert in the SMHS Auditorium. The jazz band

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HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE HUDSON VALLEY

BY CARNEY RHINEVAULT

Because Memorial Day is only a few days away, this columnist thought it would be interesting to profile two Hudson Valley veterans and also tell the story of the welcome home for some World War II soldiers. 16% OF HYDE PARK CITIZENS SERVED IN WW II A total of 642 men and women from Hyde Park answered the call to defend their country during WW II. Hyde Park, with a population of 4,056 men, women, and children in 1940, sent 16% of its citizens to fight, while the national average was 10%. Nineteen died during the war. One of those nineteen was Commanderin-Chief Franklin Delano Roosevelt. His story is well-known, but here are two unknown stories: CPL. NORMAN CRAFT After using a one-year deferment to attend Cobleskill Ag and Tech College, Norman Craft was a prime candidate

for the draft. Like Ralph Osterhoudt, his Staatsburg neighbor on South Cross Road, Craft was inducted into the army in the third quarter of 1944. He was given training as a medic in combat infantry at four different bases in the United States and then shipped off to Germany as part of the replacement troops. The Allies had been advancing steadily on the Western Front until the Battle of the Bulge shortly before Christmas 1944. Replacement soldiers (Osterhoudt and Craft, among thousands of others) were rushed to Patton’s Third Army and the Seventh Army west of the Rhine River. Landing at LeHarve, France, he and his fellow soldiers were moved by truck to Camp “Lucky Strike” and then to a chateau in France where they were formed up into Company F, Regiment 355 in the 89th Division, “The Rolling W” of Patton’s Third Army. After only a short time there, they were moved by freight train to Luxemburg, and from there were committed to combat on the Moselle River. Craft recalled stepping over soldiers sleeping on the floor of the cattle car. They crossed the Moselle and also the Rhinegold River and fought their way into southern Germany. Craft can still remember the whiz of machine-gun fire passing over his head, but is lucky that he was wounded only slightly once in the hand by shrapnel. Besides the bad memories, Craft also has more pleasant memories, such as the times that he actually got to sleep in a real bed in German homes (the usual place was in a two-man pup tent) or the time that

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they found a well-stocked wine cellar in a German castle. Towards the end of the war in Europe, there were times when enemy soldiers would pop up out of nowhere with their hands raised and surrender. Craft would occasionally be asked to march a couple POWs to the rear. At the time of his interview in 2009, the wound on his hand had healed so well that he couldn’t remember which hand had been hit. He showed me some souvenirs of his war experience: a canteen, his dog tags, an empty K-ration box, a cigarette pack (not empty), a German phrase book (we joked about “stick your hands up”), and a small Reich flag. Norman, quiet and unassuming today, had experiences in World War II that most of us cannot comprehend and little appreciate. He is part of what one historian called “America’s greatest generation.” This columnist, who proudly counts Norman among his friends, expects to chat with him at 8 a.m. at the Memorial Day services at Dinsmore Park in Staatsburg. TOMMY STEENSON BUZZES STAATSBURG The following story is taken from my new book, “The Home Front at Roosevelt’s Hometown.” It is the heroic and humorous story of the exploits of First Lt. Thomas J. Steenson of Staatsburg. He was awarded the Air Medal and an Oak Leaf Cluster after 13 bombing missions over enemy territory. His activities were described in the Dec. 14, 1943 issue of The Stars and Stripes. It told of “Lucky’s” participation in an American raid over an important airfield in Amsterdam. “One of the flak-scarred Marauders came back from Amsterdam on one engine, the longest trip yet for a battle-damaged B26 in this (European) theatre,” The Stars and Stripes recounted. “It was the Rock Hill Special piloted by First Lt. Thomas J. (Lucky) Steenson, 23, of Staatsburg, N.Y. Flak smashed the port engine just as the bombs dropped, and after feathering the propeller, Steenson flew the ship back to England on one engine, despite steady sniping by flak emplacements until clear of enemy territory.” What The Stars and Stripes didn’t know was a story told to this columnist by

Staatsburg old-timers 65 years after it happened: Steenson decided to make his only home visit to Staatsburg a memorable one. When his furlough was over, he piloted his airplane out from Stewart Field in Newburgh. His first destination would have been Bradley Field near Hartford, Conn., so his flight path was directly over Staatsburg. Probably on the “spur of the moment,” Steenson flew low, little more than treetop height, over the hamlet and “buzzed” the school and downtown. The airplane observer at the hilltop shack east of the hamlet on Mount Moriah spotted his B26 airplane drop down and called in an “Army flash” to the control center at Stewart Field. The old-timers, who told the story to this columnist, couldn’t remember hearing if Steenson received any punishment, but that’s beside the point. He gave a lot of Staatsburg people something to talk about for the rest of their lives. Nobody today knows the whereabouts of the Steenson family, who once lived on River Road. SOLDIERS COME HOME After World War II, veterans poured home from ports all over the globe for over a year. The Oct. 20, 1946 issue of the Poughkeepsie New Yorker printed an Associated Press story about five troop transports docking in New York City and Seattle with 11,000 aboard. On the same day, it also had a local story as follows: “Memorial exercises were held at the Town Honor Roll at the Town Hall as a climax to a parade which proceeded through principal streets of the village. Supervisor Elmer Van Wagner presided at the ceremonies and speakers included County Clerk Smith and Miss Marian Dickerman. “Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt had been scheduled to be a speaker but was unable to attend because of duties arising from her position as a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly, which opens in New York City this week.” A REAL HOMECOMING FOOTBALL GAME The stands were packed at Franklin D. Roosevelt High School (now Haviland Middle School) in the afternoon with the same crowds that marched in and watched the parade in the morning. The see-saw battle with rival Arlington started with a long drive by the Maroons being stopped by Hyde Park near the goal line. Hyde Park quarterback Al Palmatier, a former volunteer airplane spotter and later town supervisor, then pitched a long pass, which carried half the length of the field, to Leonard Hetsler for the first score. Hyde Park led 6-0. Arlington managed to dampen the crowd’s enthusiasm, however, when they scored in the second and third quarters to win the game 14-6. No report appeared in the Poughkeepsie newspaper about the dance at the school in the evening, but 500 red-blooded young men in uniform probably attracted plenty of young ladies. Carney Rhinevault has been a New York State licensed land surveyor since 1975. He has researched thousands of deeds, maps, and wills and is Hyde Park Town Historian.


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