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As reported here first, the embattled Hyde Park Town Board made it official at yet another “special” board hearing at 4:45 p.m. on Friday afternoon. A proposed law will wrest control of all commercial site development and approval from the planning board, which was first formed in 1958. The resolution also seeks to change the designation of the Bellefield district to allow commercial development. The timing of the hastily called meeting was an issue for many of the people who managed to get there. Planning Board member Aileen Rohr said, “It’s a strange time to call a meeting.

It’s especially suspect when you only reveal the agenda 24 hours prior. You say you’re pro-business, but it looks to me like you are only pro-business for one client, and that’s Mr. Gaudio and St. Andrews.” Former town board member Bob Kampf said, “This resolution is making a mockery of the process. You refuse to listen to the loyal opposition. Well, Mr. Supervisor, I am becoming the loyal opposition.” Resident Barbara Pierce said, “As the saying goes, ‘if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.’” Both Planning Board Chairman Michael DuPree and member John Bickford denounced Martino’s refusal to

meet or discuss the efforts of the planning board. Martino smirked and said they had not reached out to him. At that point, Bickford looked at Martino’s secretary, Sarah Murray, and asked, “How many times have I been in your office trying to see the supervisor?” She sat silent and uncomfortable until Bickford asked Martino if he was accusing him of lying. Martino didn’t answer. By then, the audience was downright hostile and dismissive of anything Martino or attorney James Horan had to say. > continued on next page






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FDR Library to pay tribute to well-read president BY HV NEWS STAFF

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a prolific reader and collector of books, so to pay tribute to Hyde Park’s most famous resident, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will host its annual reading festival next weekend. On Saturday, June 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Henry A. Wallace Center at the library and museum, located on Route 9 in Hyde Park, will host its seventh annual Roosevelt Reading Festival. The event is free and open to the public. The keynote speaker at the festival will be New Deal scholar and Allan Nevins Professor of History at Columbia University Alan Brinkley, who will discuss his new book, “Franklin Delano Roosevelt,” a biography on FDR. Other featured authors include Hannah Pakula (“The Last Empress: Madame Chiang Kai-shek and the Birth of Modern China”) and Andrew Roberts (“Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941-1945”). Also, 18 authors of recent works that draw on the FDR Library archives or focus on the Roosevelt era will host six concurrent sessions throughout the day. Question-and-answer sessions will follow each presentation, and each of their books will be available at the library and museum’s New Deal Bookstore. Other authors include: • Glenn Altschuler and Stuart Blumin (“The GI Bill: The New Deal for Veterans”) • Raymond Arsenault (“The Sound of Freedom: Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Concert That Awakened America”) • Tonya Bolden (“FDR’s Alphabet Soup: New Deal America, 1932-1939”) • Richard Breitman (“Refugees and Rescue: The Diaries and Papers of James G. McDonald, 1935-1945”) • Michael G. Carew (“Becoming the Arsenal: The American Industrial

Mobilization for World War II, 1938-1942”) • Debórah Dwork (“Flight from the Reich: Refugee Jews, 1933-1946”) • Julie M. Fenster (“FDR’s Shadow: Louis Howe, The Force That Shaped Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt”) • Terry Golway (“Together We Cannot Fail: FDR and the American Presidency in the Years of Crisis”) • Steven Lomazow, M.D. and Eric Fettmann (“FDR’s Deadly Secret”) • Neil M. Maher (Nature’s New Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Roots of the American Environmental Movement” • Kristie Miller and Robert H. McGinnis (“A Volume of Friendship: The Letters of Eleanor Roosevelt and Isabella Greenway, 1904-1953”) • Stephen R. Ortiz (“Beyond the Bonus March and GI Bill: How Veteran Politics Shaped the New Deal Era”) • Thomas Parrish (“To Keep the British Isles Afloat: FDR’s Men in Churchill’s London, 1941”) • Lauren R. Sklaroff (“Black Culture and the New Deal: The Quest for Civil Rights in the Roosevelt Era”) • John Wukovits (“American Commando: Evans Carlson, His World War II Marine Raiders, and America’s First Special Forces Mission”) At the time of his death in April of 1945, Roosevelt’s collection included more than 21,000 books, which he began to amass during his time at Harvard. His favorite subjects included naval history, nature, sea exploration, Dutchess County history and the Hudson River. He also collected children’s books. By the 1930s, Roosevelt’s collection became so large that many of his lessvaluable editions were auctioned. This was also around the time he started building his personal library, which remains at the historic site.


A South Korean woman who was staying in Hyde Park stands accused of stabbing her boyfriend with a knife last week. According to the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, Keum In Song, 26, stabbed her boyfriend in the back with a small paring knife, causing non-lifethreatening wounds. She then inflicted non-life-threatening wounds to her own arms with the knife, according to deputies. The incident occurred shortly after 11 p.m. on June 2 at the Golden Manor Hotel

on Route 9 in Hyde Park. Both Song and the victim are former students of the Culinary Institute of America and resided together at the hotel. Both parties were treated at St. Francis Hospital. Upon her release from the hospital, Song was charged with assault in the second degree, a class-D felony. She was arraigned in Town of Hyde Park Justice Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $7,500 bail or $10,000 bond.


What started as an investigation of an alleged assault in Millerton led Dutchess County Sheriff’s Deputies to arrest two men on a slew of charges. According to the department, deputies were called to investigate a report of an assault at 54 Main St. in the Village of Millerton at approximately 2 a.m. Upon arrival, deputies found two men who were injured but uncooperative, deputies said. The investigation eventually led police to a second Main Street location, where damaged property and marijuana was discovered, according to deputies. Deputies later learned one of the subjects, 21-year-old Cory D. Hotaling, had engaged in sexual contact with a 15-year-old female, police said. Hotaling was arrested and charged with criminal sexual act in the third degree, a

class-E felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a class-A misdemeanor. He was arraigned in Town of North East Justice Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond. He was due back in court yesterday. The second subject, Brett Sherman, 18, was charged with unlawfully growing cannabis, a class-A misdemeanor, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class-A misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. Sherman was also arraigned in Town of North East Justice Court and remanded to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $1,500 cash bail or $3,000 bond. He also was due in court yesterday. According to deputies, charges have not been filed regarding the original assault report, but the investigation is continuing.

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Emily Svenson of the Conservation Advisory Council called the board’s action “unconscionable,” saying, “None of this has been made public until today and changing the Bellefield District means it will be anything goes at the gateway to Hyde Park. We deserve the respect of an explanation.” Councilwoman Sue Serino questioned whether town board members had the training or time to assume the burden of planning and walking sites. “I have a business and I know I don’t have the time to do both jobs,” she said. As has happened often with this board’s radical proposals, not one person came forth to speak in favor of the change. The board then voted 4-1 to approve the resolution and set a date of July 26 for a public hearing. You might be able to sell tickets to that one.




The long-awaited Red Hook Sewer Project has been put on hold because of the unavailability of a federal grant. The town and village of Red Hook have been planning to build a sewer district in the downtown business district along Routes 9 and 9G for some time now. The municipalities had reportedly been deemed eligible for a $3.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Program. But according to community leaders, the USDA recently advised local officials it has already committed all its funds for the current fiscal year and will not be able to provide critical funding for the sewer project. The presumed cost of $765 per year to the typical taxpayer assumed receipt of the USDA grant. “We recognize that affordability is a critical issue for our local property owners,” said Town Supervisor Sue Crane in a press release. “Without a firm commitment that the USDA grant is available, the project can’t move forward at this time.”

Members of various trade unions protest at the entrance of the FDR Library. They’re upset stimulus money is being used by the library to employ non-union labor. The picketers made good use of their time and caught up on local happenings by reading the Hudson Valley News. Photo by Jim Langan.

“Local support for the sewer project remains strong,” added Village Mayor David Cohen. “We will continue to work with the Dutchess County Water and Wastewater Authority and with state and federal agencies, and are optimistic that we will be able to put together a new financing package that will make this project affordable for our residents and businesses. It’s just going to take a little longer than we had hoped.” The town and village have submitted a new application to the USDA to determine how much funding will be available next year. For years, local officials have claimed a central sewer district is essential for smart growth. The businesses and residences in downtown Red Hook are currently on individual septic systems. “These individual systems limit the opportunity for growth in the business district and potentially threaten the nearby aquifer that serves surrounding area residential properties,” said Cohen.

Plans to build the system were already in the works. The municipalities had secured a zeropercent-interest loan from the New York State Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund. The project remains eligible for this loan. Also, in April, after holding a public hearing on the matter, the Dutchess County Legislature adopted a resolution to establish a Red Hook Part-County Sewer District, which was presented in a map, plan and report submitted by the Dutchess County Water and Wastewater Authority. The town and village have now asked the Legislature to consider a repeal of the resolution. “As soon as a new funding package is confirmed and is determined to keep costs at an affordable level for local property owners, we will submit a revised map, plan and report, and ask that the Legislature again consider establishing a Part-County Sewer District to allow the project to move forward,” said Water and Wastewater Authority Executive Director Bridget Barclay.

DC Board of Elections looks to educate on new voting machines BY HV NEWS STAFF New York voters will soon be using paper ballots and optical scanner voting machines to cast their votes as opposed to the lever machines most are used to. To help get the public accustomed to the new machines, the Dutchess County Board of Elections will host an open house on Monday, June 14 from 3 to 5 p.m. to introduce the new equipment to the public. The open house will be held at the board of elections office at 47 Cannon St., Poughkeepsie. The switch in voting machines will put the state in compliance with the Help America Vote Act, which aims to provide independence and privacy for voters. The open house is the first of at least 15 presentations on the new machines that will be conducted by the board of elections throughout the county. Other presentations will be held at the following locations: • Rhinebeck Town Hall, 80 East Market St., Rhinebeck, Tuesday, June 15, 10 a.m. • Poughkeepsie Town Hall, 1 Overocker Rd., Poughkeepsie, Wednesday, June 16, 10 a.m. • Pine Plains Library, 7775 South Main St., Pine Plains, Thursday, June 17, noon • Wappingers Senior Center, Town Hall, 20 Middlebush Rd., Wappingers Falls, Friday, June 18, 10:30 a.m. • East Fishkill Town Hall, 330 Route 376, Hopewell Junction, Tuesday, June 22, 1 p.m. • Poughkeepsie City Hall, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, Wednesday, June 23, 10 a.m. • Pleasant Valley Senior Center, Town Hall, 1554 Main St., Pleasant Valley, Friday, June 25, 10 a.m. • Fishkill Town Hall, 807 Route 52, Fishkill, Monday, June 28, 1 p.m. • Stanford Town Hall, 26 Town Hall Rd., Stanfordville, Tuesday, June 29, 10 a.m. • Hyde Park Town Hall, 4383 Route 9, Hyde Park, Wednesday, June 30, 1 p.m. • Dover Town Hall, 126 East Duncan Hill Rd., Dover Plains, Tuesday, July 6, 1 p.m. • Veteran’s Memorial Bldg., 413 Main St. (corner of Main and Teller), Beacon, Wednesday, July 7, 1 p.m. • Pawling Library, 11 Broad St., Pawling, Thursday, July 8, 2 p.m. • Union Vale Senior Center, Tymor Park, 6 Tymor Park Rd., LaGrangeville, Friday, July 9, 10 a.m.

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Pictured, left to right: Attorney Neil Alexander; Nic Citera, Nick DiBrizzi, Kelly Libolt and Steve Tinkelmen. Photo by Jim Langan.

HYDE PARK PLANNERS REACT FAVORABLY TO PARK PLAZA PLAN, DESPITE TURMOIL BY JIM LANGAN The fact the Hyde Park Town Board has publicly stated it intends to take control of commercial site approval without ever discussing it with the planning board is beginning to take its toll. At Wednesday’s meeting of the planning board, the simmering tension came to the surface near the conclusion of the meeting when planning board member John Bickford complained about having to read about proposed changes in the Hudson Valley News and other newspapers without any attempt by Supervisor Tom Martino or any other member of the board to communicate directly. Bickford and other planning board members suggested a joint workshop to discuss the matter. At that point, Ward 4 Councilman Michael Taylor, who was in the audience, came forward with an unconvincing defense of the town board’s actions and refusal to communicate with its own planning board. After initially agreeing to the merits of a joint workshop, Taylor then began backpedaling and throwing in enough caveats to make a lawyer gag and the meeting adjourned with no resolution. Afterwards, various planning board members told Hudson Valley News they weren’t optimistic Martino would ever meet publicly with them and none wanted a private meeting. “With Martino and this crowd, we need to have it all out in the open. I don’t trust any of them,” said one member, speaking on the condition of anonymity. Chairman Michael DuPree, however, said he has already submitted the request for a workshop and is waiting Martino’s response. Earlier in the meeting, the planning board responded favorably to a presentation by an investment group intent on a $15 million expansion and refurbishment of

Park Plaza. Every board member expressed enthusiasm for the proposal. DuPree told the group, “Anytime anyone wants to invest $15 million in this town, you are to be applauded. This is consistent with the core master plan and is far more walkable than anything we’ve seen.” Planning board member George McGann said, “I want it to go forward as fast as possible.” Planning board member Aileen Rohr said, “I like your project and its pedestrian centric approach.” Bickford thanked the applicants for their interest in investing in Hyde Park, saying, “This is a great location for all of this.” Planning board member Ann Dexter was yet another member who endorsed the plan. Nick DiBrizzi, one of the principals of the Park Plaza project, said he was “pleased with the planning board’s response and looking forward to moving ahead.” When asked if he had any concerns that Martino and the board are attempting to take control and appear biased towards efforts to make something happen at St. Andrews at the expense of the Park Plaza project, DiBrizzi said, “We’re trying to stay positive.” The evening was not without a certain comedy when Cream Street resident Sandra Rymph rose to complain about the rudeness of an unknown planning board member when she asked a question during a site inspection for a proposed zip line in her neighborhood. “He was very rude and told me not to bother him,” Rymph said. At that point, planning board member Chan Murphy identified himself as the offending member and then proceeded to lambaste the woman, saying, “You had your chance to talk, now you listen to me.” Rymph did not appear amused. Just another night at Town Hall.

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Dutchess County Democrats nominated Justice David Steinberg of Hyde Park to be their nominee for county judge in the fall. Steinberg will be opposed by Republican Peter Forman, currently a Family Court judge. Steinberg and Forman are competing to fill the vacancy being created by the retirement of Judge Hayes. In an interview with Hudson Valley News, Steinberg said he “would like to utilize the skills, talent and experience of 35 years of law as a full-time judge adjudicating serious cases.” Steinberg discussed his belief that the quality of justice is impacted by the quality of the judge as well as temperament and knowledge of the law. When asked his judicial philosophy, Steinberg said, “We need to be tough on crime but smart about it too. I also believe judges should be referees, not advocates, and that nobody is above the law.” He cited domestic violence as a particularly difficult area of the law. “Often, the offender is the breadwinner in the relationship and children are involved. It’s important a judge not punish the family. Judgment and discretion are important in sentencing and being creative about it,” he said. Steinberg has a reputation for fairness and an unflappable judicial temperament. He was named “Magistrate of the Year” in 2009 by the Dutchess County Magistrates Association. “Justice is a process and how people are treated in court counts. I have a passion

Hyde Park Justice David Steinberg watches the action from the floor before being nominated for county judge. Photo by Jim Langan.

for getting it right,” Steinberg said. In addition to serving as town justice in Hyde Park, Steinberg shares a legal practice with Mickey Steinman in Hyde Park. Their efforts to successfully free a Poughkeepsie man wrongly convicted of a 1977 murder drew national attention. Dewey Bozella had been in prison for 26 years and always maintained his innocence. Steinberg said, at the time of Bozella’s release, “I’m just glad I lived long enough to see this day. It was just.”

Hyde Park Rotary has busy summer planned BY HV NEWS STAFF Hyde Park Rotarians recently inducted a new member and are currently planning events for the summer and beyond. On June 1, John Coppola, owner of Coppola’s Italian Bistro in Hyde Park and current president of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, was inducted as the club’s newest member. He was sponsored by Rotarian Pompey Delafield. The Rotary is also seeking vendors for a series of flea markets to be held from June through October. The flea markets will be held on the last Saturday of each month in conjunction with the farmers market at Hyde Park Town Hall. Also, on Aug. 1, the club will host its first annual horseshoe tournament at Hackett Hill Park. For more information about any of these events or the Hyde Park Rotary Club, call 845-876-5132, ext. 3, or visit www.

John Coppola, the newest member of the Hyde Park Rotary, is congratulated by Rotarian Randy Soden. Photo submitted.

FOLLOWING MANY SETBACKS, Rhinebeck nets public safety award HOGS BRIDGE CREDIT GOES TO HEART SAFE CLUB, MAYOR SAYS BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON The Village of Rhinebeck was recently awarded the second-place New York State Conference of Mayors’ Local Government Achievement Award for Public Safety for its Heart Safe Initiative. The initiative aims to save lives by training residents in CPR and the use of an AED and by making potentially life-saving equipment more available. Village Mayor Jim Reardon, though, says all the credit has to go to the Heart Safe Club, which has trained many residents in life-saving techniques and was the inspiration for the village government’s initiation of the Heart Safe program. “My whole objective in doing this was to make sure the Heart Safe Club was recognized for what they’ve done in this community,” Reardon said. The Heart Safe Club, which is made up of former and current Rhinebeck High School students, was formed after two seemingly healthy student athletes suffered sudden cardiac incidents in 2005 and ’06. One student, Kaitlin Forbes, suffered cardiac arrest while at school, and thanks to the availability of an AED, her life was saved. Shortly after, high school senior Maggie O’Malley suffered sudden cardiac arrest at home with no AED available and sadly passed away. Since the club was formed, members have been instrumental in getting 17 AEDs installed throughout the community and have held a number of CPR and AED training sessions. Before he was elected mayor, Reardon learned of the Heart Safe Club and its efforts through his involvement with the local Rotary. He held a fundraiser for the club through his business that managed to raise enough money to purchase an AED for the Starr Library.

“Having lost my father to cardiac arrest at age 43 in 1971, this was a program that truly hit home with me,” Reardon wrote in nominating the village for the Government Achievement Award. “I was touched by their passion for the mission of making Rhinebeck safer.” Since Reardon was elected, the village has installed AEDs at Village Hall, the highway garage, water and wastewater treatment plants, the police department and in all village police patrol cars. Also, every village employee has been trained in CPR and AED use. Reardon, though, remains humble about the initiative’s success. “I just help facilitate it,” he said. “We just wrote checks. You can have the equipment, but you need the people trained, and it was the Heart Safe Club that did it.” Recently, the village and town of Rhinebeck, as well as the village police department, were recognized by Dutchess County as the first Gold Level Heart Safe Community in the county. The village was presented with the Government Achievement Award during the Conference of Mayors’ annual meeting on May 16. Village Trustee Wayne Rifenburg accepted the award on behalf of the village. According to Reardon, Heart Safe Club members were unable to attend as the Maggie O’Malley Memorial Softball Tournament was held the same day but were thrilled to hear their efforts were recognized. The importance of the availability of AEDs was again made evident after an 11-year-old Hyde Park boy collapsed during a Little League game last month as a result of an undiagnosed arrhythmia. The boy was saved thanks to the quick actions of spectators and the availability of a nearby AED. “Luckily, the equipment was there to save him,” Reardon said.

Bank says ‘thanks’ to historical society BY HV NEWS STAFF

As a “thank you” to the Rhinebeck Historical Society for helping prepare Rhinebeck Savings Bank for its 150th anniversary celebration, the bank recently donated $1,500 to the society. Michael Frazier, treasurer of the Rhinebeck Historical Society, volunteered his time to help bank employees review and archive historic artifacts and documents in the bank’s possession. In a press release, Frazier said, “The bank has to be commended for having preserved so much of its history so well.”

In addition to the financial contribution, Rhinebeck Savings will donate some of its historic material, some of which dates back to the 1800s, to the historical society. “This was our way of saying ‘thank you’ to Mike Frazier for all his help in reviewing pieces from our history,” said Michael J. Quinn, president and CEO of Rhinebeck Savings Bank. “He was instrumental in putting together a comprehensive timeline of materials from the bank’s earliest days into the 1960s.”


After six months of unanticipated delays and setbacks, restoration and reconstruction of Hogs Bridge in Rhinebeck is expected to be complete this week, effectively re-opening a popular shortcut between the village and the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge. “I am pleased that this important road will be open for Rhinebeck’s busy summer,” said Kathy Kinsella, Town of Rhinebeck highway superintendent, in a press release. “This road usually carries over 4,000 cars a day.” Work on the culvert, which crosses the Rhinebeck Kill on Old Post Road and brings motorists to and from Mount Rutsen Road, began in November 2009 and originally was expected to be completed within a few weeks. The culvert was in need of repairs to maintain its structural integrity, and after some debate back in 2009, it was decided Hogs Bridge would be repaired rather than replaced all together. The first major setback came almost immediately after repair work began when a local resident reported seeing and smelling oil in the water of the Rhinebeck Kill. The Department of Environmental Conservation was called to examine the site and clean the leaking oil. This, though, delayed the work on Hogs Bridge. Then, when work resumed and repair crews removed the culvert and exposed the original structure, a number of potentially dangerous cracks were discovered. The town decided to pour a concrete cap around the original structure, effectively building a new culvert from scratch while trying to maintain the historic qualities of Hogs Bridge, which, according to legend, was named after a nearby hog farm. “When the culvert was excavated to its original structure, there was evidence of stress cracks and actual gaps in the structure where you could see right through to the

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water below,” said Kinsella. “We ended up constructing an entire new structure over the old one. The original stone culvert is still there, with a new concrete cap. The original stone from the walls was preserved and re-used and the capstones on the north wall are all the originals, with the south wall having a mix of old and new.” This additional work, though, brought the project into the cold winter months, making pouring concrete and masonry work more difficult and cost prohibitive, Kinsella said at the time. The town decided it would be best to keep the bridge closed and maintain a detour route through the winter. Work resumed when temperatures were consistently warm. On Tuesday, the Rhinebeck Highway Department released a statement saying the culvert would reopen to traffic this week. This should come as good news to those who regularly travel from the village to the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge as it will allow motorists to bypass much of Routes 9 and 9G. “This was a complex project,” said Kinsella. “I am glad we were able to improve the structure and make it safe while preserving its history.”

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Twenty years and counting

are transitional deacons. I was a transitional deacon. That meant that I would be ordained at a later date as a priest. The “priesting” is what I really looked forward to, but that was many months away. What mattered at the end of that day was that my ordained ministry had begun. Now, 20 years isn’t really all that big a deal in ordained ministry. It’s just another number, as they say, and I know many priests celebrating 40 and more years of ministry. But every milestone, no matter how small, gives us a chance to pause and review what we’ve been doing. That preacher was right. I’ve been in prisons and jails, hospitals and nursing homes. I’ve worked in schools and on sports teams, with youth groups and seniors. Sometimes when it looks like I’m doing nothing, my most challenging work is going on because I’m holding up in prayer those who come my way. Now, as I look back, I realize I’ve spent more than half my ordained life here in Hyde Park. It is lively, exhilarating, frustrating, fun and moving. Just as surely as I knew on that day that ordained ministry was where I belonged, so do I know that at this point in my life, Hyde Park is where I belong. It doesn’t grow old because things always change – there is never a lack of work or need. Just this weekend, I walked in the Rural and Migrant Ministries Walka-Thon. This was an event to raise funds for their summer camp for children of migrant farm workers. Who would have guessed that just walking could be so important a part of ministry? Next year, our congregation will celebrate its 200th anniversary, certainly a much bigger deal than a mere 20th. But it affords us the same opportunity – to look back a bit in order to be able to look forward. And who knows where the future will bring us together? There are so many new ways to serve God in our community, I seriously doubt we will ever have to scratch our heads and feel at a loss for something to do. Whether it’s 20 years or 200, it’s just the beginning.

Twenty years ago today in Manhattan in the gigantic Cathedral of St. John the Divine, I knelt next to 10 other recent seminary graduates. We were robed in white albs, surrounded by more than 1,000 parishioners, family members and, because this is St. John the Divine, tourists. Already, it had been an eventful day. We were one of the few classes that had the cool-factor of a movie star, Matthew Broderick, reading the Old Testament lesson. We had already heard the sermon of a deacon who spoke about prisons, her motorcycle and the unusual situations ordained ministry will bring to you. Then had come the bishop’s examination of each of us. He asked the formulaic questions, and we replied with the same rehearsed precision: “Do you believe that you are truly called by God and his Church to the life and work of a deacon?” “I believe I am so called.” “Do you now in the presence of the Church commit yourself to this trust and responsibility?” “I do.” On and on went the questions until finally, there we were, kneeling. The bishop laid his hands on each of us in turn: “Therefore, Father, through Jesus Christ your Son, give your Holy Spirit to (Name); fill him with grace and power, and make him a deacon in your church.” All that was left was receiving our stoles The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector of St. – mine needled-pointed by my mother – James Episcopal Church, Hyde Park. You and we were deacons. can leave a comment for him at rector@ In our church, there are two types of deacon. There are deacons and then there

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There is much to complain about in New York State government, and one long-standing problem is the way the state Assembly and Senate draw the boundary lines for their own districts, as well as the lines for federal Congressional districts. Whatever political party is in the majority in either house of the Legislature has the power to draw those lines to protect incumbency and limit choices for voters. When legislators choose their own voters by concentrating voters of their own party, or by concentrating large numbers of voters of the opposition party in other districts to limit the possible seats won by the opposition, this is gerrymandering. The practice is wrong, it is undemocratic, it leads to corruption and it has to end in New York State this year. We have Assembly districts that crisscross the Hudson to concentrate the enrollment of one party, and others that swirl through two or three counties to concentrate voters of the other party. Some state Senate districts in the central part of the state have absurd configurations that cut cities in half, stretch over six Assembly districts, or cover areas that are not contiguous. Congressional district lines are no better, best exemplified by the 20th District, which stretches from Union Vale in central Dutchess north to the Adirondack Park above Lake George. It avoids the Albany area completely, crosses the Hudson, and hooks to the west all the way to Cooperstown, covering parts of 11 counties. The boundary lines for legislative districts (Congressional, state Senate, state Assembly, and county Legislature) are drawn after each federal census, making the issue of reform timely and urgent, as new lines will be drawn next year after the 2010 census. If we do not change state law this year, we will be stuck with gerrymandering for another 10 years. After I was elected to the Dutchess County Legislature in 2003, I introduced an amendment to our local law to form a bi-partisan, independent committee made up of nonofficeholders who would recommend new boundaries for the county’s legislative districts after the 2010 census. The motion failed in committee in a party-line vote with the majority Republicans voting “no” and minority Democrats voting “yes.” The same thing happened in 2005 when again I introduced the anti-gerrymandering reform. Finally, after Democrats gained the majority in the Legislature in 2008, the motion passed successfully in committee and was

voted into law by the Legislature with all Democrats voting in favor as well as a few Republicans. The Dutchess County law is based on what has been done successfully for years in Iowa and what had been proposed but never passed in the New York State Legislature. Now, in Dutchess County, a bi-partisan, independent committee, appointed by the Legislature, will draw legislative district lines. Legislators will vote on whatever the committee recommends, but they cannot amend the proposed lines. The plan, if not approved, will go back to the Committee with reasons for the “no” vote, and then the committee would be obligated to make revisions before submitting a new version to the Legislature. The criteria for boundaries include equity of population, contiguity, compactness and respect for town, city and village boundaries. After the 1990 and 2000 census reports, when Dutchess County legislators drew (gerrymandered) the district lines themselves, there was much contention and some expensive litigation concerning the shapes of districts and how they gave advantage to the majority Republicans. The final approved plans for those years eliminated some of the most glaring examples of gerrymandering, but left some very strange shapes and rearranged district lines that favored most incumbent Republicans and threw most incumbent Democrats into new areas. Go to the Dutchess County website to see a map of the legislative districts and you will see some weird shapes, including the 13th district, which I represented for six years and which has been described as a large bird of prey that has met an unfortunate road accident. Next year, when new lines are drawn by the independent committee, Dutchess County should be a model for the rest of New York State. Recently, Ed Koch, the former mayor of New York City, has been leading an organized effort in cooperation with Rudolph Giuliani and Mario Cuomo to pass state legislation (floundering for years in committee debates) requiring independent committees to draw lines for Assembly, state Senate, and Congressional districts. Koch has testified at hearings and has circulated a “pledge letter” of support of anti-gerrymandering legislation among candidates running for state offices this November, committing them to strongly support anti-gerrymandering legislation this year. Both major-party candidates for governor have signed this pledge. To his great credit, in his speech announcing his candidacy for governor on May 22, Andrew Cuomo highlighted the creation of Independent Redistricting Committees as one of his top government reform issues. Major reform is needed in state government. Let it begin immediately with independent committees to draw district lines. Whenever we meet a candidate for state office, we should ask for a pledge to end gerrymandering immediately. Let the state of New York follow what we have done in Dutchess County. Bill McCabe can be reached at editorial@

opinion The business at hand was a resolution that would allow the town board to assume total control of planning and commercial site approval. They also intend to open up the so-called Bellefield (St. Andrews) area to anything goes. If Supervisor Martino and his collection of angry, sadsack colleagues (that means you Baby Huey, Monks and Athanas) have their way, the entrance to Hyde Park will rival USUALLY RIGHT Route 9 in Fishkill and Poughkeepsie in BY JIM LANGAN the charm department. That being said, this could all be dismissed as a very passionate difference of opinion between citizens seeking to preserve Hyde Park’s historic look and I keep telling myself I won’t do another four guys who think nothing says “historic column on Hyde Park. There are so many Hyde Park” like a strip mall or jiggle other great things to write about in the joint. Remember, this change allows Hudson Valley. But what’s happening Martino and Co. to green light anything to Hyde Park is like a car wreck. It’s they want and that could include a strip gruesome and scary but you just can’t joint. That would attract a tony crowd. But this is what makes this story take your eyes off it. So there I was again so troubling and me suspicious that Friday afternoon at yet another “special something’s fishy. meeting” of the Hyde Park Town Board. It’s fair to say that The idea, of course, was to Martino ran on a platform make sure as few people of economic development as possible knew about the and bringing new business meeting and slip the knife Something’s to Hyde Park. No one in unobserved by all but the rotten in Hyde has a problem with that, most vigilant. It worked particularly the planning Park and you with the Poughkeepsie which has been Journal, as they had no don’t need to board, very pro-business. Enter one there for one of the be a beagle to the investment group led potentially most seismic by the very successful changes ever in Hyde smell it. people who own Cosimo’s Park. I’m sure they’ll get restaurant group and their to it eventually. (Thanks to well-thought-out purchase Herb and Barbara Sweet, of the Park Plaza property the meeting was televised and will be from Bob Baxter. The group has further broadcast.) It was also designed to make put together a very impressive plan to it inconvenient for Councilwoman Sue build out and refurbish everything from Serino, who has a real life and weekend the CVS to Williams Lumber, while place upstate, to attend. She did and voted making it a walkable town center. All in, no. Just keep repeating to yourselves, they’re going to invest $15 million. This, “People Not Politics.”



The thugs’ called yet another “special meeting” for Friday at 4:45 p.m. to unveil a new law that could turn Hyde Park into strip mall city was breathtakingly contemptuous of residents. Some people actually have jobs and families, fellas. Maybe it was Monks’ bedtime. The Thug-O-Meter would like to quote former police Chief Don Goddard, who has some history with Supervisor Tom Martino and the thugs: “The reason I left was because I couldn’t stand being in the same room with Martino and the rest of them. They are the definition of creepy.” Enough said. Meter lurches ahead.

ladies and gentlemen, is what’s known as a kiss on the lips if you’re a recently elected town board interested in economic development. If I were the supervisor, I’d be asking these guys how they like their eggs in the morning. But that’s not what’s happening. Martino has barely acknowledged these people. They presented their plans once again to an enthusiastic planning board last week and Martino sent clueless Jim Monks and Baby Huey to observe. Martino should have been at the microphone thanking and encouraging them. The question I hear from everyone is why isn’t he embracing this plan? Here’s why. Everything this board has done from day one tells me Martino wants anything of any significance to go to the St. Andrews site (Bellefield). Martino’s early actions have been textbook special interest. Repeal the wetlands law which makes St. Andrews more valuable to a developer; let them start clear-cutting trees at St. Andrews, gut the planning board that is about to green light the

town center plan, change the zoning in Bellefield, which allows Martino and the developer to cobble together any manner of commercial enterprises and simultaneously diss the Cosimo people. Additionally, I have been told Martino has been attempting, in collusion with the developer, to persuade Shoprite to breach its agreement to open a supermarket behind McDonald’s and put it at St. Andrews. How blatant is that? Something’s rotten in Hyde Park and you don’t need to be a beagle to smell it. The people of Hyde Park need to push back now before it’s too late. The small business owners in Hyde Park should demand answers before Martino makes the current town center a ghost town. The Chamber of Commerce won’t have to worry about commerce if they don’t get in Martino’s face. Hyde Park is a very short step away from becoming a dump and people need to mobilize. Jim Langan can be reached at


Yeah, we waterboarded Khalid Sheik Mohammed. I’d do it again to save lives. - George W. Bush.


As a Hyde Park resident, I am gravely concerned about Local Law D, sprung on the town at a surprise town board meeting late Friday afternoon after no public discussion. The proposed law will do two things: It will shut out the planning board from reviewing any commercial development and place control solely in the hands of short-term politicians on the town board; and it will fundamentally change the underlying purpose of the Bellefield District (the area across Route 9 from the CIA) to allow nearly anything to be built at the gateway to our town. As I stated in my comment to the board on Friday, these changes are a huge step backward for Hyde Park. I have read many towns’ zoning codes, and Hyde Park’s Bellefield District is a shining example of progressive planning, requiring large-scale thinking to ensure the area is developed cohesively and complements existing businesses and services. We are fortunate that committed Hyde Parkers of all political stripes came together to create this district. If times have changed and the comprehensive plan and zoning need changing, let’s talk about it as a community – not sneak major changes through the back door. Laws should be written to serve us for decades, not to suit the whims of the moment. Further, tossing aside the expertise and dedicated volunteer service of the planning board will put our town in the stone age of town planning. This is unheard of in the Hudson Valley, and I’m embarrassed to live in a town that is quickly becoming a regional laughingstock. I commend the board for its commitment to revisiting water resource protection and hope to continue working with them on that. But as a resident, I can’t sit silent in the face of an injustice like Local Law D. Hyde Park is a great town. It has problems to be sure, but they should be addressed through communication and cooperation, not by abrupt actions that will leave us worse off in the long run. Emily Svenson Hyde Park Hudson valley news | | june 9, 2010 {7}

Ghent man named to Veterans’ Hall of Fame

BY JIM LANGAN • Happy 90th birthday to the beloved Wonder Bread. It was first marketed in W 1 1920 by the Taggart Baking Company of Indianapolis, Indiana after a year of o ttesting to “perfect the quintessential white bread.” We always thought that w honor belonged to Donny Osmond. h

• Al and Tipper Gore revealed an iinconvenient truth last week. After 40 y years of marriage, they’re headed for divorce court. There will be lots of hot d air from both sides but I’m guessing a another woman emerges eventually. The a only reason for two people living separate Ralph Raymond Kring is presented with a certificate marking his induction in the New York o llives to divorce is to accommodate a third State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame by Sen. Steve Saland. Photo submitted. party. At least we won’t have to watch Al p BY HV NEWS STAFF and Tipper smooching again. a

Ralph Raymond Kring of Ghent was recently named to the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame for his military and community service. The announcement was made last week by local Sen. Steve Saland (R,I,CPoughkeepsie). Kring, 84, enlisted in the Army during World War II, joined the National Guard and served in the military color guard. He is active in the VFW and started the Christmas Toy and Relief Project, later known as the Marion Stegman Fund, which

has grown to serve over 400 families and three nursing homes in Columbia County. “It is critically important we pay tribute and reflect upon the dedication of individuals who give to their country and community their time, their spirit and sometimes, their lives,” said Saland in a press release. “Mr. Ralph Kring is a remarkable individual who has demonstrated a selfless commitment to his fellow countrymen and neighbors throughout his life. His contribution to both his nation and his community deserve to be recognized and honored.”

• Chris Haney, the co-creator of Trivial Pursuit, died in Canada. He and a friend P came up with the idea at the 1976 c Olympics in Montreal. Was his friend’s O name (a) Irving Schwartz, (b) Bruce n JJenner, (c) Martha Mitchell or (d) Scott Abbott? The answer is (d). Abbott was a A sports writer and Haney a photo editor. s

machete in the attack. • This just in. The increasingly irrelevant Jesse Jackson is trying to get in on the oil spill story. Jackson is calling for Chicago residents to boycott British Petroleum gas stations. That’ll resolve the problem, Mr. Publicity Whore. • Fabulous story out of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Lifeguards had to call police to enforce a no-topless-bathing ordinance. Normally, there’s no shortage of cops for that call, but this one was different. The topless women were, in fact, transgendered men with breast implants and an attitude. • Loved Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s response to the federal government’s demand that the Chicago River be made clean enough for public swimming. Daley said Chicago has been doing a fine job cleaning up the river and, “If they want to go swimming, swim in the Potomac.” • Ford announced it would cease production of the Mercury line. It was first introduced 71 years ago and had its best year in 1978, with 580,000 vehicles sold. Last year, Ford sold only 93,000 Mercuries.

• Here’s another reason I admire and appreciate cops. In Newburgh, cops were a fforced to taser a crazed, naked black man tthree times. The guy tossed four cops into tthe air at once while being handcuffed. T The man was spotted running in traffic • Here’s another example of our judicial a and screaming incoherently. Police system run amok. Carl Trumes, a 19-yearold moron from L.A., was awarded s suspect drugs were involved. You think? $74,000 plus medical expenses after • Steve Hill, an unemployed porn actor, his hand was run over by his neighbor’s w went berserk in Van Nuys, California car. Trumes apparently neglected to tthe other day, killing one and wounding notice his neighbor starting the car as he ttwo employees of the porno production attempted to steal his hubcaps. company he used to work for. Hill used a c

U Rep. Scott Murphy thanks local veteran Ralph Osterhoudt for his service at the Hyde Park U.S. Free Library. Photo submitted. F

Congressman visits Hyde Park Library BY HV NEWS STAFF B U.S. Rep. Scott Murphy (D-Glens F Falls) recently visited the Hyde Park Free L Library to view some new materials and g greet local veterans. Murphy viewed materials attained t through grants from the National Endowment o the Humanities and presented some of l local veterans with autographed photos {8} june 9, 2010 | | Hudson valley news

taken during the Eleanor Roosevelt 125th Birthday celebration on Oct. 11. The photos are of Murphy and local veterans. Last year, on Veterans Day, Murphy presented the library with an American flag that had been flown over the U.S. Capitol Building. The flag is currently displayed at the library.

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Photo by Jim Conklin.






Just before we went to press last week, Ed Berkel of Hudson Valley Community Dances (HVCD) e-mailed me with some great news: HVCD had won a grant through the Pepsi Refresh Project to bring swing dance to students in Poughkeepsie. We included a brief congratulations in that issue, and said we’d bring you the full story in a future issue. I spoke with Berkel on the phone this week to get the full story about the group, how they won the grant and what that money will enable the group to do. “I heard about this (the Pepsi Refresh Project) back in January,” said Berkel. “I realized that we had a good idea that we thought we could write up.” Beginning in February this year, Pepsi began accepting 1,000 ideas for projects every month on their website. Anyone can submit an idea, and then, at the end of the month, those projects with the most votes receive grant money. People can apply for grant amounts




from $5,000 to $250,000, in categories ranging from “Health” to “Neighborhood.” HVCD applied for a $25,000 grant, and each month, up to 10 applications can be awarded funding. Berkel said one of the biggest challenges was simply submitting the application, because the quota of 1,000 applications is usually met only minutes after midnight on the first of the month. “At 12:01 a.m. on May 1, the website accepted our idea,” he said. Berkel said he knew of other groups that had to try to submit their application over multiple months. He was heartened, however, thanks to the success enjoyed by the Rosendale Theatre, which had successfully applied and won a grant. “Small areas (like the Hudson Valley) can succeed,” he said. “All it takes is a whole lot of people!”

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Kaatsbaan presents the New York premiere of “Mystic Immortals – The Muses of Modern Dance,” a historic event with the legendary choreography of Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, and Loïe Fuller. Internationally renowned dance performers and historians Dr. Jeanne Bresciani, Jody Sperling and Livia Vanaver will perform choreography reminiscent of one of the muses. In addition, Arlene Sterne will perform as the voices of the muses. All three performers have a connection to their respective artists: Bresciani is the protégée of Maria Theresa Duncan, adopted daughter of Isadora Duncan, and serves as artistic director and director of education for the Isadora Duncan International Institute, founded by Maria-Theresa Duncan and Kay Bardsley in 1977. Vanaver, founder and co-artistic director of the Vanaver Caravan for the past 36 years, performs “The Legend of the Peacock,” choreographed by St. Denis in 1914, and “White Jade,” choreographed in 1926. Jody Sperling, founder and artistic director of Time Lapse Dance, has an international reputation as an expert on Loïe Fuller and is the foremost contemporary interpreter of Fuller’s style. In the past decade, Sperling has created more than 25 works, including five solos and four group works that pay homage to Fuller, and many others that fuse modern dance and circus arts. She has lectured and/or performed throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and India. In conjunction with the performances, the photographs by Clara von Aich are featured in an exhibition titled “Eternal Muses” in the Kaatsbaan Studio building lobby. Her work focuses on the Budapest’s Kerepesi Cemetery (the Budapest National Cemetery) and its unique funeral art. Opening receptions will be held on June 12 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and June 13 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The exhibition will be on view through June, Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment. Jeanne Bresciani in “Waterstudy.” Photo by Lois Greenfield.

{editor’s pick} 51ST AIR SHOW


June 12-13: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Ride in biplanes, $65. Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum, 9 Norton Rd., Rhinebeck. 845-752-3200.


“Mystic Immortals: The Muses of Modern Dance” June 12-13: Internationally renowned dance performers and historians perform choreography by Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, and Loïe Fuller. Arlene Sterne does the voices of the muses. Photography exhibit available for viewing: “The Eternal Muse” by Clara von Aich. See full story at right. Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Cost: $25, reserved seat; $10, student rush at the door. Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, 120 Broadway, Tivoli. 845-757-5106.

EVENT HITS on the Hudson III June 9-13: World-class equestrian show jumping. View website for schedule of events. HITS-onthe-Hudson, 454 Washington Avenue Extension, Saugerties; 845-246-5515 or 845-246-8833. www. Rhinebeck Grand National Antique Motorcycle & Machinery Show June 12-14: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Largest antique motorcycle show and swap meet in the country. Home of the Original Motorcycle Timeline. Rain or shine. Cost: $15, day; $25, 3-day pass; free, under 12. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6550 Springbrook Ave. (Rte. 9), Rhinebeck. 845-8764000.

MUSIC “Music For A Better World” June 12-13: The Rhinebeck Choral Club celebrates its 65th anniversary with appearances by the Voices of Glory, a family singing group from Highland that placed fifth on the TV show, “America’s Got Talent.”

Saturday: 8 p.m., Rhinebeck Senior High School, 45 North Park Rd., Rhinebeck; Sunday: 3 p.m., New Hackensack Reformed Church, Rte. 376, Wappingers Falls. Cost: $10; $8, students. 845871-5500.

THEATER “Oscar Wilde: Wilde and Untamed” June 11-12: An evening of the words of Oscar Wilde, poet, playwright and author - selected, edited and performed by William E. Connors. Presented by Unison and Mohonk Mountain Stage Readers Theater Group. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Tickets: $12; members; $16, non-members; $2 more at the door. Unison Arts Center, 68 Mountain Rest Rd., New Paltz. 845-255-1559. The Vagina Monologues June 11-20: Presented by Crown Productions, starring Broadway’s Johanna Tacadena, Dana Lockhart and Laurie Dichiara. An evening of simultaneously hilarious, heartbreaking and inspiring monologues based on a series of interviews by author Eve Ensler, interviews that reveals a collection of fascinating women and their connection to their own sexual identity. FridaySaturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. Tickets: $15, general; $12, ASK members. Parental discretion advised. Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), 97 Broadway, Kingston. 845-338-0331.

OUTDOOR 51st Air Show Season Opening June 12-13: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Ride in biplanes, $65. Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum, 9 Norton Rd., Rhinebeck. 845-752-3200.

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“Mystic Immortals – The Muses of Modern Dance” 7:30 p.m. | Saturday, June 12 2:30 pm | Sunday, June 13 $25, reserved seating; $10, student rush at the door. Kaatsbaan Studio Theatre, 120 Broadway, Tivoli. 845-757-5106, ext. 2

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In vino veritas



BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM In general, I am happy to leave all things literary to our Local Reader, Ann La Farge. After all, she’s the industry expert, not me, but when I heard about this novel – which combines two of my favorite things, wine and interesting characters – I had to know more. First-time novelist Joanne Sydney Lessner has worked a true story into a beguiling narrative: In “Pandora’s Bottle,” several people’s lives are poised to change dramatically when a fabled bottle of 1787 Château Lafite, once owned by Thomas Jefferson, is uncorked. The story takes the reader through New York City’s foodie paradise to the historic vineyards of the Hudson Valley (where the author will be meeting, greeting and signing copies of her book this week). I asked Lessner how this story came to be. “I’d been kicking this idea around for eight or nine years,” she said. “My husband and I write musicals together. We bat ideas back and forth.” Lessner Author Signings said she remembered a story regarding and Wine-Tasting a famous bottle of wine that was to be opened in a New York City restaurant … only the waiter tripped and the bottle Benmarl Winery shattered on the ground. “I heard that 156 Highland Avenue, Marlboro. people were licking it up off the carpet,” 1-3 p.m. | Saturday, June 12 said Lessner. The image of terribly posh chaps and lasses diving to the floor to slurp up the antique vintage lingered in Lessner’s mind; “I was drafting a Whitecliff Vineyard libretto, how this kind of event might 331 McKinstry Road, Gardiner. affect those involved, like ‘Rashomon’ (a 1950 Japanese crime/mystery film 1-3 p.m. | Sunday, June 13 directed by Akira Kurosawa, which depicts one violent event through four different view points).” However, Lessner felt the depth of RSVP: the idea began to flatten out in a two518-731-1332 act play form. “It was literally one of those moments,” she said. “I thought, ‘The wine story is a novel!’ It was about 1:30 a.m. the night I started writing it.” She said not much changed from libretto to novel, except that her understanding of the true story deepened: Turns out there was a wildly expensive and coveted bottle – Bordeaux, a 1787 Chateau Lafite – a fact which Lessner maintains in the novel. “When I actually started researching, it was like a game of telephone,” she said. According to a 2006 article by Nick Passmore titled “World’s Most Expensive Wines,” the tragic incident concerned a bottle of Chateau Margaux 1787, also with Jefferson’s initials, in the hands of New York wine merchant William Sokolin in 1989. He was asking $500,000 for it, but had no offers. He fatefully chose to bring the bottle along with him to dinner at the Four Seasons restaurant in New York City. Just as he was ending his night and ready to leave, a waiter carrying a coffee tray ran into him, breaking the bottle and sealing his fate in urban legend history. No one knows what happened to the waiter, but he can take cosmic comfort in knowing that he did inspire a novel (and shaky hands when holding a very valuable bottle of booze). “In the final analysis,” said Lessner, “I’m so glad it didn’t work that way, with people on the ground. I wanted to create a work of fiction.” Her novel is much more focused on the people who seem to circle around this magnificent bottle of wine: “What would it feel like to have made an emotional and financial investment of that nature?” she asked. “He (protagonist Sy) pins his identity on this – and it shatters? How do you go on for a moment like that? What about the person who dropped it? And the owner of the restaurant?” This isn’t a novel only for wine lovers, said Lessner. “It’s ultimately it’s about pinning your hopes on that one thing. Even if that thing comes to pass – ‘if I only find the right person, get the right job’ – it’s the journey that’s rewarding.”


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Wednesday, June 9 NIGHTLIFE

Open Mic Night 7-9 p.m. Hosted by Chrissy Budzinski. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. Open Mic Night 7 p.m. Sign-ups, 5-7 p.m. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300.

OUTDOOR Bob Babb Wednesday Walk – Millbrook Mountain 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Adults of all ages and levels of ability are welcome. No reservations are required. Meet at the Minnewaska State Park Preserve Upper Lot or the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center at 9:10 a.m. to carpool. This is a moderate to strenuous, 5-mile hike. There is a parking fee per car for this program. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919. Bird Club Field Trip 7:30 a.m. A field trip to Wethersfield with the Waterman Bird Club. Meet at the Farm and Home Center. Dutchess County Farm and Home Center, 2715 Rte. 44, Millbrook. 845-677-9025.

Thursday, June 10 MUSIC

Angelina J. 7-9 p.m. Acoustic, rock. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. Big Joe Fitz 3-4 p.m. Blues, jazz. Mohonk Mountain House, 1000 Mountain Rest Rd., New Paltz. 845-2550919. Bill Kelly Trio 6-9 p.m. Acoustic, blues. Piggy Bank Restaurant, 448 Main St., Beacon. 845- 838-0028. Open Mic Night with Petey Hop 8:30-11:30 p.m. Acoustic. 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914-7376624. Simply Noted 8 p.m.-midnight. Country. The Keltic House, 1004 Main St., Fishkill. 845-896-1110.

Friday, June 11 ART

Recent Works by Pat Hart 6-8 p.m. Opening reception. On view through June. Morton Memorial Library & Community House, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff. 845-876-2903.

EVENT County Players Annual Meeting 7 p.m. There will be a short business meeting, followed by a performance of Christopher Durang’s “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls,” directed by Michael Frohnhoefer. Light refreshments will be served. No admission fee. County Players Falls Theatre, 2681 W. Main Street, Wappingers Falls. 845-298-1491 or

NIGHTLIFE Big Joe Fitz 9 p.m. Blues. $5 cover. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St. 845-876-0590. Dave Fields and Billy Gibson 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Blues. $10 cover. 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-6624. DC Singles Dance 8 p.m.-midnight. Dance to music by DJ Johnny Angel while enjoying a buffet, 50/50 raffle, and door

prizes. Ages 45+. Tickets: $15. Mercury Grand Hotel, Rte. 9, Poughkeepsie. 845-896-5286. Gus Wieland and Brian Conigliaro 7:30-10:30 p.m. Jazz. Admission: $7. Bean Runner Café, 201 S. Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-1701. Hurley Mountain Highway 8:30-11:30 p.m. Classic rock. Pamela’s on the Hudson, 1 Park Pl., Newburgh. 845-562-4505. John Mueller 7 p.m. Acoustic. Oasis Café, 58 Main St., New Paltz. 845-255-2400. Reality Check 8-11:30 p.m. Classic. La Puerta Azul, Rte. 44, Millbrook. 845-677-2985. Three and Dead Unicorn 8:30 p.m.-midnight. Progressive rock. Ages 21+, $9; ages 18-20, $9. The Basement, 744 Broadway, Kingston. 845-340-0744. Tony Trischka 8:30 p.m. Perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. Tickets: $20, advance; $25, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. Walt Michael 8-10 p.m. The Hudson Valley Folk Guild’s Friends of Fiddler’s Green Chapter presents Michael in concert. Admission: $8, general; $6, HVFG members/seniors. Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Church & West Market Sts. (Rte. 9), Hyde Park. 845-229-0170.

Saturday, June 12 ART

Annual Dutchess County Spring Plein-Air Paint-Out & Art Auction 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Live auction of the work produced by 50 professional artists, who will have painted street scenes, river views and countryside scenes of Beacon, and the surrounding area that morning. A silent auction is also featured. Hudson Valley Auctioneers Building, 432 Main St., Beacon. 845471-2550. Community Free Day at Dia 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For Dia’s series of Community Free Days, residents of neighboring counties Columbia, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster, and Westchester are invited to visit Dia:Beacon free of charge. Bring a driver’s license or other governmentissued ID for entry to the museum. Cost: Free. Dia: Beacon, Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman St., Beacon. 845-440-0100. “In the Name of Food:” Fourth Annual Green Teen Photo Show 5:30 p.m. Opening reception. 6 p.m., short performance by the teens. The CCEDC Green Teen Community Gardening Program empowers urban youth to be effective community changeagents by immersing them in the local food system. This spring, six Beacon Green Teens were armed with cameras to capture the local food system that touches their lives. Free. Zuzu’s Leaf and Bean Coffeehouse, 453 Main St., Beacon. 845-7650682. Second Saturday Beacon Noon-9 p.m. Great art, gallery openings, food, antique stores and shopping, historic sites and entertainment. City-wide arts celebration, second Sat. monthly. Main St., Beacon. 845-546-6222. Twisted Photos 5:30-7:30 p.m. Artists’ reception. Three alumni from the Art Institute of Mill Street Loft – Hannah Brenner-Leonard, Michelle Labriola and Richard Solinge – exhibit their original photography.

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E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from previous page Twisted Soul - Food Concepts, 47 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-705-5381.

BENEFIT Sixth Taste of Millbrook 6-9 p.m. Area restaurants showcase their specialties and local growers feature foods grown and produced in the Hudson Valley. The event benefits the Millbrook Educational Foundation. Cost: $75; $50 per ticket can be treated as a charitable donation. Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, 26 Wing Rd., Millbrook. 845-677-8383.

EVENT Annual Ice Exhibition 6:30 p.m. This annual event celebrates the hard work of members of the McCann Skating Academy and the Dutchess Figure Skating Club by showcasing their skaters’ performances to the public. This year’s theme combines compositions and costumes that honor and celebrate the music of the legendary musician, Michael Jackson. Mid-Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie. 845-454-5800. Kingston City Wide Yard Sale For a small donation, a map listing all the participating locations will be available for visitors and shoppers to follow as they hunt for treasures throughout the Uptown, Midtown and Downtown districts. To download the registration form, go to: For more information call B.C. Gee 845-339-6925 or Nancy Donskoj at 845-338-8473 or e-mail LaGrange Community Day 11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Games and entertainment,

including a DJ, a concert by Rendition and the Arlington Schools musical groups. See the petting zoo and community service booths. Fireworks at dusk. Free. Freedom Park, 212 Skidmore Rd., LaGrange. 845-452-1972. Rhinebeck Biennial House and Garden Tour 9:30-10:30 a.m. Complimentary continental breakfast and registration; pick up ticket and program.10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Tour hours; self-guided. Includes four gardens, three houses, and a historic lecture. Sponsored by Chancellor Livingston DAR and Museum of Rhinebeck History. Rain date: Sunday, June 13. Cost: $25, door. DAR Chapter House, 77 Livingston St., Rhinebeck. 845-871–1777. St. John’s Church 34th Annual Summer Fair 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. With performances by Big Joe Fitz, Cleoma’s Ghost, Paul K. Maloney. Chicken and rib BBQ lunch and silent auction. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 207 Albany Ave., Kingston. 845331-2252.

MUSIC 2010 “Concerts on the Green” 1-1:30 p.m. The series continues with country folk music courtesy of David Kraai and Amy Laber. Free. Village Green, corner of Rock City Rd. and Tinker St., Woodstock. “Beautiful Dreamer” 7 p.m. The River Harp Ensemble performs. Four grand harpists join in an evening of the world’s most beautiful songs, including Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,” Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody,” Strauss’s “The Blue Danube” and many popular songs from times past. A free–will offering is accepted to benefit St. John’s youth mission trips this summer. > continued on next page

HUDSON VALLEY FARMERS MARKETS Open for business with fresh, local produce and more. ARLINGTON FARMERS MARKET

Raymond and Collegeview Aves., Poughkeepsie. Hours: June-Oct., Thursdays, 3-7 p.m.


Beacon Train Station, waterfront at the ferry landing, Beacon. Hours: Sundays, May through the last Sunday before Thanksgiving, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 845-597-5028 or 845-838-4338

CITY OF POUGHKEEPSIE FARMERS MARKET 253 Main St., Poughkeepsie. Hours: June-Oct., Fridays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 845-473-1415


Main Street Plaza, Rte. 52, Fishkill. Hours: July-Oct., Thursdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 845-897-4430

HYDE PARK FARMERS MARKET Hyde Park Town Hall Parking Lot, Route 9, Hyde Park. Hours: June-Oct., Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 845-229-9111


Rte. 55, M&T Bank Plaza, LaGrangeville. June 20-Sept., Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 914-204-0924


Front St. and Franklin Ave., Millbrook. May-Oct., Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 845-677-4304


Dutchess Ave. just off Main St., Millerton. Through October. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 518-789-4259


Mount Carmel Place, Poughkeepsie. July-Nov. 1, Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 845-483-7300


Municipal Parking Lot, 23 E. Market St., Rhinebeck. May-Nov., Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 845-876-7756


Main Street near the post office, Wassaic. May-Oct., Tuesdays, 2-6 p.m. 845-877-1329

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Professional development BY BENJAMIN KREVOLIN


ALWAYS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENTS The Dutchess County Arts Council is proud to present the first installments of the 2010 Summer Series of Professional Development opportunities for local artists and arts leaders. This series is crafted each year with a keen eye toward serving the needs of our communities and seeking to arm local artists, administrators and leaders with the tools to work more effectively. Upcoming events include:

DEVELOPING A MARKETING PLAN 10 a.m.| Friday, June 18 Developing a marketing plan need not be an onerous task. A simple plan can keep you focused, provide results to direct future plans and ensure institutional memory. During this session, the following questions will be discussed and a format for a basic marketing plan presented. Who are you targeting (research and segmentation)? How will you reach them (positioning and tactics)? How will you know if you succeeded (measurements)?

ACQUIRING AND RETAINING NEW CUSTOMERS 1:30 p.m. | Friday, June 18 It’s expensive to acquire new customers and not always easy to keep them. During this session, the following questions will be explored. Are all customers equally valuable to your organization? Who are you really targeting and why? How do you acquire the right new customers? How do you keep them once you’ve introduced them to your organization? Both marketing workshops will be presented by Anne Trites, associate professor (adjunct) of theater management and director of marketing and communications at the Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut. Admission to each session is $12 for Arts Council members and $17 for non members. Both sessions will be held at The Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center in Poughkeepsie.

GRASS ROOTS ADVOCACY CONFERENCE 9 a.m.-noon | Monday, June 21 The Dutchess County Arts Council, NYS Arts and the Hudson Opera House will present the Grass Roots Arts Advocacy Conference, in partnership with the arts councils of Orange and Putnam counties. Grass Roots Arts Advocacy is a half-day conference designed to give members of the Hudson River Valley arts community the skills they need to advocate for arts funding and other important issues. The meeting will kick off with a panel of elected officials who will discuss their perspectives on arts advocacy. It will be followed by Rapid Reports, Q & A and a moderated discussion about best practices of grassroots organizing to impact the decision making of school boards and town supervisors, county executives, state legislators, and congress. This is a free event and will be held at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Home and Library in Hyde Park. All of these events require an RSVP. For more information or to reserve your spot, call the Dutchess County Arts Council at 845-454-3222 or go to www.artsmidhudson. org.




MUSIC Music interns are invited for Walking the dog Theater’s

production of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” in co-production with PS21 Chatham. WTD’s Music Director Jonathan Talbott is seeking musicians playing cello, viola, violin (intermediate skills and up) and piano (experienced). Gain performance experience, p , learn about creating music for live theater and work with renowned composer and E-MAIL US WITH CALLS TO musician Talbott. The show performs July ARTISTS, AUDITIONS AND 7 through Aug. 1. Contact Talbott directly OTHER OPPORTUNITIES at 518-701-8048 or email bbertau@ IN THE ARTS: WEEKEND@ THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM

ART Sculptor Alexandra Baer and Director of the Art Institute of Mill Street Loft Todd Poteet are taking a group of teens to Study Abroad in Mexico from Aug. 13 to 23. As a working artistic cultural experience, students travel to Mexico City to study Diego Rivera murals, Mayan and Aztec cultures, and contemporary Mexican art. All deposits must be received by July 1. For more information, call Mill Street Loft at 845-471-7477.



E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from previous page A reception for the artist follows the concert. St. John’s Reformed Church, 126 Old Post Rd. North, Red Hook. 845-758-1184. Bob Lusk 2-4 p.m. Folk, traditional. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Café, 40 West Market St., Red Hook. 845-758-9500.

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“Journey to the Amazon” 8 p.m. The Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle presents the opening concert of its 60th season. Grammy-awarding winning guitarist Sharon Isbin performs with Brazilian organic percussionist Gaudencio Thiago de Mello. The program includes Enrique Granados’ “Spanish Dance #5,” Antonio Lauro’s “Seis por Derecho,” Laurindo Almeida’s “Historia do Luar” and Thiago de Mello’s “A Hug for Pixinga.” Subscription to the three-concert series: $60; $50 for seniors. Individual tickets: $28; $20, seniors; $5; students. Olin Hall at Bard College, River Rd., Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-339-7907. Music on the Squares 5 p.m. Free summer concert series continues. Performances by Beacon Children’s Choir; Howlin’ Wolves; Thunder Shirts and Pencil in the Portrait. Bank Square Coffee House, 129 Main St., Beacon. 845-440-8950.

Summer means different things to different people: For me, summer is outdoor concerts, lots of theater and comic book-based movies. But I just have a cat. For people with children, summer means a tidal wave of energy with youngsters out of school; it’s also the time when family and friends visit, bringing kids who are primed to be NIGHTLIFE Bob Meyer and the Youth Quartet entertained. 7:30-10:30 p.m. An evening of all John Coltrane. One excellent resource for fun and Admission: $10. Bean Runner Café, 201 S. Division Fourth Annual Party St., Peekskill. 914-737-1701. (perish the thought!) education is the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum – this at the Pavilion Joe Louis Walker Band weekend, the museum is hosting its 8:30 p.m. A true powerhouse guitar virtuoso, a 4-7 p.m. | Sunday, June 13 “Fourth Annual Party at the Pavilion,” unique singer and a prolific songwriter who has Cost: $35, general; earned himself a legion of dedicated fans around a yearly fundraiser to support the the world. Featuring Murali Coryell. Towne Crier organization’s many programs and $10, kids under 12. Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. exhibits. Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum I spoke with Sara Capozzoli, Karen Whitman and Rick Pantell 75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie. director of marketing and community 8-10:30 p.m. “The Bronx Song” CD release concert and open mic. Kleinert/James Arts Center, 34 845-471-0589 relations, about the benefit, as well as what’s coming up at the museum. “This year, we changed the event up a little bit,” said Capozzoli. “We wanted to involve members and customers. It’s on a Sunday in the afternoon, so we hope people come with their kids and be a part of growing the museum.” There will be carnival games, pie-eating contests, a petting zoo, live music, arts and craft activities and barbeque, with catering by River Station, the museum’s neighbor. “It’s a great way to showcase the pavilion,” said Capozzoli. “It’s a great afternoon, we raise a lot of money for the museum, and we hope a lot of kids and families come out.” It was important to Capozzoli to make certain that the benefit reflected the organization. “We’re a children’s museum,” she said, “so we wanted to engage in a family event.” The next event for families will be the summer kick-off, which is held on the last Friday of June (this year, it’s on June 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), “when they are finally off from school,” said Capozzolli. “Brian Bradley will be on hand with his birds of prey demonstration. It’s very entertaining for the adults – we want to keep the parents engaged.” Capozzolli said one of the most interesting presentations is the “Hudson River Food Chain,” which will be part of the kick-off event. “I’ve seen it a few times, but I love to see it,” she said. “Lisa (the presenter) takes it from the littlest micro-organism all the way to people. It’s interactive and fun to watch.” She said it was particularly special because the presentation happens in the pavilion, right down at the river. “When Lisa does the presentation, she’s talking about the water and the river, and you’re right there by the Hudson River. It’s a pretty cool experience.” The kick-off will also feature Native American performers Nimham Mountain Singers, ice cream, face-painting, a bubble station and more. “It’s a fun day; a great way for families to get ready for summer.” It’s also an affordable outing: Admission to the special event is only $5, and there is a reduced admission price of $5 to the museum. The rest of the summer includes a summer camp, play groups on Thursdays and special “Third Saturday” late hours (the museum is open until 8 p.m.) with a unique planetarium show at 6 p.m. On July 14, Tony Moonhawk and Marcey Tree in the Wind will perform in full Native American costume, with music, story-telling and more.

Tinker St., Woodstock. 845-679-2079. Mighty Girl 8:30-10:30 p.m. Pop rock. 2 Alices Coffee Lounge, 311 Hudson St., Cornwall-on-Hudson. 845- 5344717. Mishti & “The Fame” 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Pop rock. $5. 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-6624.

OUTDOOR Bird Club Field Trip 9:30 a.m. A butterfly walk. Rain date: Sunday, June 13. Meet at Gifford House parking lot, 65 Sharon Turnpike (Rte. 44A), Millbrook. Free. Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, 2801 Sharon Turnpike, Millbrook. 845-677-5343. The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy a self-guided tour of eleven private gardens in Amenia, Claverack, Craryville, Germantown, Greenport, Livingston, West Taghkanic, Highland, New Paltz, Rosendale, and Saugerties. No reservations required; rain or shine. Visitors may begin the tour at any of the locations. Cost: $5 per garden; children 12 and under free. To find addresses, go to www.opendaysprogram. org or call The Garden Conservancy weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EST, 1-888-842-2442. Singles and Sociables Hike – Devils Path ThreePeak Hike 9 a.m.-4 p.m. All adult hikers welcome, single and non-single, aged 18 and above. No reservations required. Meet at the Thruway Exit 20 Park and Ride Southbound Entrance. This is a strenuous, 10-mile hike, led by Tonda Highley (845-255-9933). New hikers are strongly encouraged to contact the leader prior to the hike for information on hike levels, what to bring, and other information. Call hike leader for fee. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919. > continued on page 16

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I knew that to be true: I learned about their campaign when Berkel approached me at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project’s Open House last month. He was out and about, explaining the project and soliciting permission for proxy voting. I happily signed up, and committed myself to voting on my own (anyone can vote once per day). “My wife and I spent a lot of time trying to find people to talk to,” said Berkel. “We went to bluegrass festivals, tennis courts, restaurants. We have a huge dance population locally, so we got them excited. The instructors we’re working with are from New York City, and they have an international following. They also encouraged their students to vote.” HVCD’s applied for this grant to create school programs, where professional teachers could teach six weeks of Lindy Hop (swing dance) instruction at two local high schools. Those professional dancers are Evita Arce and Michael Jagger, and they will be working with students at Poughkeepsie High School and Arlington High School. Chester and Linda Freeman, local professional teachers, will also be involved, teaching the students a series of beginner lessons. One of the more exciting elements, as Berkel described the project to me, was the opportunity that students from both schools would have to get together and dance to live music. “Five or six times,” said Berkel, “we’ll bring everyone together, invite the parents and have practice sessions with a live band.” This is part of the organization’s mission, said Berkel, to both educate and build community by gathering different populations together. HVCD hosts multiple social dance nights each month, for dance styles like Lindy, contra, Cajun, Zydeco, English country and more. At the start of each evening, however, the group offers a beginner’s lesson, so that people unfamiliar with the style can join in. “Anyone who doesn’t know how to do (a type of dance) can come in and be comfortable with it,” said Berkel. “That’s why it was natural for us to continue that mission in the schools.” An added bonus, on top of developing community ties and teaching young people a new way of moving and expressing themselves, is that swing dance can get very aerobic after you get the basic steps down. Given how fun it is to dance the Lindy hop, and how great the live music is, dance like this is a fun way to get kids moving and exercising (without them even knowing it). The high school dancers won’t just practice, however – they will perform their new talents for the community. “The lessons will culminate with a performance before the winter holidays,” said Berkel. {14} june 9, 2010 | | Hudson valley news

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Nearly 200 quilted items were entered in the 2010 Wiltwyck Quilters Guild Show, held June 5 and 6 at Ulster Community College in Stone Ridge. This year’s speakers included New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick, whose lecture was entitled “When the going gets tough, the tough turn to quilting.” A group of quilters congregated in 1975 with a bicentennial quilt that was gifted to Ulster Community College; they officially began the guild in 1979. Entries were judged by Sandra L. Dorrbecker, who has been teaching and lecturing on quilting since 1989. She is certified by the National Quilting Association for both teaching and judging. Judging was based on condition, cleanliness, neatness and appearance, color and design and workmanship. Categories were based on the item (quilts, wearables and dolls) and techniques; whether it was pieced by one person or more; whether it was hand-, home machine-, or industrial machine-quilted; and whether additional techniques such as appliqué were used. There was also a category for an adult’s first quilt. An astounding number of techniques, both modern and traditional, could be seen in the items on display. For example, reversible quilts showed pieced designs on both front and back. One striking example by Janet Keel of Glenford used black and white fabrics on one side and bright, festive colors on the other. A few used printed materials that depicted the subject of the quilt – such as one design of coffee cups with a background of coffee beans on blue. Most, however, used the implied texture of the material to “paint” a picture. In the awardwinning autumn quilt, the shades of the colors varied within each block and also the design, some swirling in one direction, others in another. Some quilts were embellished with buttons (for dogs’ eyes), lace (on sunbonnet Sue’s dress) and all manner of fibers expected and unexpected. All moods and tastes could be satisfied, > continued on next page

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PERFORMANCE Hobo Night with Bindlestick Bill 7 p.m. Tales and live songs about the hobos ridin’ the rails across the USA. Free. Hyde Park Train Station Museum, 34 River Rd., Hyde Park. 845229-2338.

Sunday, June 13 BENEFIT

4th Annual Party at the Pavilion 4-7 p.m. Carnival games, pie-eating contests, petting zoo, live entertainment, arts and craft activities, and authentic American BBQ dinner. Reservations required. All proceeds benefit the Museum and its onsite and outreach programs and exhibit enhancements. Cost: $35, general; $10, kids under 12 years old. Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, 75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie. 845471-0589.

EVENT Beacon Sloop Club Strawberry Festival Noon-5 p.m. Sign up for free sails on the Woody Guthrie. Strawberry shortcake, a homemade treat with local berries as available, real whipped cream and fresh made biscuits, as well as smoothies and other delights. Hear music with Pete Seeger, Strawberry Hill Fiddlers, Kate Powers and Steve Einhorn, Dan Einbender, Cabin Fever and many others. Children’s area, craft and food vendors. Rain or shine. Beacon’s Riverfront Park (right behind the train station), Red Flynn Dr., Beacon. 845-838-5024.

MUSIC 81st Music Mountain Summer Music Festival Benefit Concert and Reception 3 p.m. The season opens with a celebration of Chopin’s 200th birthday with a Music Mountain premiere of Chopin’s Sonata for Cello & Piano in G Minor, Opus 64 (1845-1846) performed by pianist extraordinaire Peter Serkin and brilliant and charismatic soloists (and sisters), Madalyn Parnas, violin, and Cicely Parnas, cello. Music Mountain, the oldest summer chamber music series in the country, is celebrating four centuries of great chamber music this summer with a schedule full of memorable concerts and exciting events to celebrate chamber and jazz music across the spectrum. Music Mountain, Falls Village, Conn. For a complete summer schedule and special ticket prices go to or call 860824-7126. Gilbert Hetherwick 1-3 p.m. Acoustic, singer-songwriter. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300. Lydia Warren Noon-2 p.m. Acoustic. Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Café, 40 West Market St., Red Hook. 845758-9500.

NIGHTLIFE Father Coen Celtic Session 5-8 p.m. The evening is an opportunity to continue the tradition of Irish music and get together. $5 cover. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St. 845-8760590.

Crossroads Pub

5 West Market Street, Hyde Park 229-7407 Now serving

Hand Tossed Pizza Lunch & Dinner Specials

Jon Cobert 6-9 p.m. 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-6624.

OUTDOOR Singles and Sociables Hike – Harriman State Park All adult hikers welcome, single and non-single, aged 18 and above. No reservations required. Call the hike leader for meeting place and fee. This is a strenuous, 9-mile hike, led by Gary Curasi (845534-2886). New hikers are strongly encouraged to contact the leader prior to the hike for information on hike levels, what to bring, and other information. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

Monday, June 14 BENEFIT

32nd Annual Day of Golf: Nussbickel Golf Tournament 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Raw bar, dinner and prizes follow golf. Supports the Norman and Rita Nussbickel Memorial Scholarship. Cost: $175 per golfer. Beekman Country Club, 11 Country Club Rd., Hopewell Junction. 845-226-7700.

NIGHTLIFE The Westchester Swing Band 8-10 p.m. Swing, jump. $5 cover. 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar, 12 North Division St., Peekskill. 914737-6624.

Tuesday, June 15 NIGHTLIFE

Open Mic Night & Songwriters Summit 6:30-10 p.m. Hosted by Chrissy Budzinski. Inquiring Mind Bookstore & Café, 65 Partition St., Saugerties. 845-255-8300.

OUTDOOR “Evening in the Garden” 5:30-7:30 p.m. Discover the sights and sounds of Locust Grove’s gardens at the advent of summer with an expert horticulturist. Fragrant herbs, late peonies, unusual heirloom bulbs, and annuals delight the senses. Pattern beds and flowering containers come alive in the evening with birds and butterflies. Iced tea and lemonade served. Cost: $6. Locust Grove Estate, 2683 South Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-454-4500.

Wednesday, June 16 MUSIC

“An Evening of Chamber Music” 8 p.m. Featuring baritone Randall Scarlata and pianist Thomas Sauer performing “Schumann Celebration,” an all-Schumann program in celebration of the composer’s 200th birth year, including the great song cycle “Dicterliebe” (Poet’s Love) and works for solo piano. Free. Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music at Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370.

NIGHTLIFE Bill Toms and John Allaire 6:30-9 p.m. Singer-songwriter. Admission: $5. Bean Runner Café, 201 S. Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-1701. Open Mic Night 7 p.m. Sign-ups, 5-7 p.m. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. Whitestreet, Cassanova Frankenstein & The Disco Boys 9 p.m.-midnight. Hip hop, disco. The Basement, 744 Broadway, Kingston. 845-340-0744.

OUTDOOR Bird Club Field Trip 8 a.m. Field trip to Nellie Hill with Waterman Bird Club. Meet at the trailhead, 2992 Rte. 22 (near corner of Rte. 22 and S. Nellie Hill Rd.), Dover Plains. Free. 845-677-9025.

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from a 4-block of turkeys entitled, “Can we come to dinner?” to an homage to the Wright brothers, another to Kandinsky, and a design of tuberoses and pineapples. The Wright brothers quilt was entered by Hildegard Pleva of Esopus, who began the quilt in 1978 for the Wright brothers’ 75th anniversary and finished it in 2009, in time for the 100th birthday. She joked that the quilt was a superb example of the UFO: the unfinished object. Quilts were originally pieced and quilted by hand. At the Quilt Show, however, all types of technologies were seen, from demonstrations of quilting machines to handloomed batik fabrics. Digital cameras were also much in evidence: Craig Mourton of Monroe took pictures of the turkey quilt to send via phone to a friend who would enjoy the design. The results of the old-fashioned quilting bee were evidenced in the guild quilt that took the place of honor at the entrance. This large quilt was composed of blocks each made by a member (pictured on page 15). The goal was to create a block depicting what quilting meant to him or her. Each block was signed by the quilter. The Wiltwyck Quilters Guild is a non-profit organization started to preserve the tradition and the history of quilt-making. The guild meets on the third Saturday of each month from September through May upstairs at Grace Community Church in Lake Katrine at 10 a.m. For more information, go to A days oldisfawn for its mother and snack on hostasand Dr. Elizabeth F. Purinton-Johnson bothbleats an associate professor of business {around town} in Union Vale. Photos by Elizabeth Purinton-Johnson. lazy, though accomplished crafter, who also studies marketing trends in current crafting culture. Have a question? E-mail her at

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An abundance in many forms BY A ANN LA FARGE It’s the season for farmers’ markets (hurr (hurray!) and I looked forward, as I do every season, to visiting the Wigsten fami family booth on Saturday mornings (oh, that asparagus!). Paul Wigsten slipped me a copy of his new book (with Brad Ma Matthews) – “Produce – Identification. Fa Fabrication. Utilization,” published by The Culinary Institute of America, K Kitchen Pro series – (you can find it at yyour local bookstore, or order it online aat This is a big, beautifully illustrated book for the passionate foodie. I have never seen such pictures! Read the chapter about selecting produce, then ggo on to the chapters about the various ki d off food, f d with ith ffabulous b l kinds recipes for each – salad and cooking greens; the cabbage family; mushrooms; all kinds of vegetables and fruits; herbs. For each entry, there’s nutritional information. You will want to try each and every recipe in this book – how about zucchini pancakes with tzatziki sauce – vol au vent with mushroom ragout? Now all I need is patience – to wait for Wigsten Farm’s tomatoes. And alongside that big, colorful volume, place a more modest book on your cookbook shelf: “101 Things I Learned ™ in Culinary School” by Louis Eguaras with Matthew Frederick (Grand Central Publishing, $15). Eguaras, chef at the Cordon Bleu program at the California School of Culinary Arts and a former White House chef, provides an insider’s look at the life of a professional chef: terminology, cooking techniques, presentation, kitchen lingo (“in the weeds,” for instance) and detailed descriptions and illustrations of everything kitchen. Co-writer Matthew Frederick (“101 Things I Learned™ in Architecture School”) is an architect and designer as well as creator of the “101 Things I Learned ™” series. Foodies, don’t miss this one. You’ll learn something new on every page! I turned first to the “Kitchen Lingo” chapter: Can you guess what “Make it Cry” means? How about “Down the Hudson”? – answers: 1) add onions; 2) into the garbage disposal. And did you know that cookware should be measured across the top, bakeware across the bottom? Even non-foodies will get a kick out of this book. Give these two books to Dad for Father’s Day, then sit back and let him do the cooking for the rest of the summer. Straying hardly at all from the subject at hand, here’s a delicious new memoir about living on the land – Michael Perry’s “Coop – A Family, A Farm, and the Pursuit of One Good Egg” (Harper Perennial, $14.99). Yep – he designs and builds his own chicken coop, hence the title, but that’s only one incident in this story of a young couple “going rural” and learning how to live off the land. He and his wife and 6-year-old Amy (home-schooled) install themselves in a rickety Wisconsin farmhouse (37 acres) and await the home birth of their baby. Meanwhile, there’s wood to split, an order of chickens to arrive in the mail, and, of course, that coop to build – “an aesthetically pleasing home with a cute little drop-down gangplank.” Next: a pigpen. Interspersed among the stories of

daily farming are flashbacks to the author’s childhood (he was raised in an obscure Fundamentalist Christian sect called The Truth) and stories of the death, in England, of one of his old friends (“It’s a fine line that separates wallowing from remembrance”); the tragic drowning of his brother’s toddler; and Amy’s frequent misbehaving, which must be met with “consequences.” This is the Year of the Big Novel. Had I but world enough and time, I’d read them all; instead, I chose this one: Hilary Thayer Hamann’s “Anthropology of an American Girl” (Spiegel & Grau, 600-plus pages, $26). This extraordinary novel has been compared to “Jane Eyre,” “The Catcher in the Rye,” and the novels of Jane Austen and Edith Wharton – probably because, in this story of one girl’s growing up, a whole era is depicted, a whole world is encompassed. It’s not an “easy read,” not a beach book. Eveline’s story takes her through high school and college in the 1970s and ’80s, in Long Island and in Manhattan, and through two devastating loves and one dark marriage as she struggles to find her place in the world. If you’ve ever been young, you’ll relate to Eveline’s story as she tells it – divorced parents, a best friend, a difficult boyfriend – “If you don’t want to cry you can stop yourself by looking into light. It’s better to keep grief inside. Grief outside means you want something from someone and chances are you won’t get it.” Then there’s her great love, the elusive Harrison Rourke, who will not stay; her new life in the city and the man she married: “I belong to Mark like a cadet belongs to the military.” Will she fall in love with “living well” – or pursue her destiny? Choose this for your book club. Make it a long meeting – you’ll all have a lot to say. You won’t forget this novel. Tuck it away on your bookshelf for someone in the next generation to read. They don’t make ’em like this very often. I would go on and on, but I must say a few words about the most beautiful children’s book of the year. Judy Collins brings the magic of a Judy Garland classic to a new generation of dreamers in “Over the Rainbow” (paintings by Eric Puybaret, Peter Yarrow Books, over-sized hardcover with CD, $17.95). Turn the pages of the book while listening to Judy Collins sing “Over the Rainbow.” Note: Lee Kravitz will be signing his book “Unfinished Business” on Saturday, June 19, at 4 p.m. at Merritt Books in Red Hook. Kathleen Schine, author of “The Three Weissmanns of Westport” (lavishly praised in these pages earlier this season) will be reading and signing at Oblong Books & Music on Saturday, June 19, at 7:30 p.m. Ann La Farge left her longtime book publishing job to do freelance editing and writing. She divides her time between New York City and Millbrook, and can be reached at

signings and sightings} Thursday, June 10

7:30 p.m. A reading and signing with Jennifer Belle, author of “The Seven Year Bitch: A Novel.” Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St. (Rte. 9), Rhinebeck. 845876-0500.

Saturday, June 12

Noon-2 p.m. A book-signing with Elwood Smith, illustrator of the children’s book “Hot Diggity Dog: The History of the Hot Dog.” Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St. (Rte. 9), Rhinebeck. 845-876-0500.

Tuesday, June 15

5 p.m. A reading and signing with folk legend Judy Collins, celebrating her new children’s book, “Over the Rainbow.” Church of the Messiah Parish Hall, 6436 Rte. 9, Rhinebeck. 845-876-0500.

Wednesday, June 16

7:30 p.m. A reading and signing with Michael Perry, author of “Coop: A Family, a Farm, and the Pursuit of One Good Egg.” Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St. (Rte. 9), Rhinebeck. 845-876-0500. Hudson valley news | | june 9, 2010 {17}

weekend horoscopes JUNE 9-15 | BY CLAIRE ANDERSON

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): If you really want to achieve your goals, you have to be willing to learn a new and difficult skill and aim higher than you think you’re capable of. Keep your mind open, and you’ll be surprised at how far you can go. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): The masculine and feminine sides of your personality are in harmony, and that’s giving you a great sense of personal power and control. Avoid dwelling on any one idea or concept – keep yourself moving forward and keep your eyes on the horizon. You’ll notice the motivations of others clearer that way. LEO (JULY 23- AUG. 22): Your ability to communicate persuasively is powerful right now; coupling that with your self-confidence, you should be able bring any project you wish to a successful conclusion. Team up with others and attend a social event – you’re a magnet these days. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): Avoid dwelling on a past event – no matter how painful, no amount of worrying you do today will change the effects. You continue to give others power over you when you choose to maintain your mourning. Physical activity will help refresh your sense of self.

LIBRA (SEPT. 23- OCT. 22): Don’t take a back seat waiting for someone to make a move – if you want something to happen, take matters into your own hands. Share responsibility with others to help accomplish minor tasks, but your energy is ready to take on much more.

SCORPIO (OCT. 23- NOV. 21): Keep all of your opportunities open today – wait as long as you can before to committing to any course of action. Pay attention to your attitude this week: When you judge others prematurely, you limit yourself and bring about more disappointment than joy.

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): You need to work to achieve balance in your life, especially with a loved one. Someone is demanding all of your attention, and giving little back in return. You deserve the same consideration, and it’s time to either speak up or pull back and wait for the inevitable reaction. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): You’ve been working hard, maybe too hard, and it’s time for you to step back and take a breather. Get out and be with others – have fun – try to avoid always talking about work. Those around you will appreciate seeing this more personal side of you, and it will win you points in the long run.

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB 18): Trust your instincts this week – it doesn’t matter whether or not people understand your methods or your reasoning, you are going to be in a great place to pick the pieces when someone who seems to have it all together drops the ball.

PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): Get outside and get active – it will pull you out of the slump that you’ve been in. This will help you get some perspective, and give you a chance to quietly consider a situation that has been brewing with negativity. Act sooner than later. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): Be extra cautious these days – don’t take risks, physical or emotional. You’re a bit of a loose cannon right now, but so are the people around you, so it’s OK to have shields up when everyone’s a little unstable.

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): You’re keeping something from a person you claim to care for, and you’re able to justify this to yourself, but if you really did appreciate them in your life, you’d be honest. Re-evaluate why you continue to involve yourself with this person. For entertainment purposes only.

goes weekend TELEVISION, CELEBRITY GOSSIP AND ALL OF THAT BRAIN-NUMBING ENTERTAINMENT IN BETWEEN • Many people have loudly lamented the demise of the once-relevant MTV – what happened to music videos? Why are there shows about 16-year-old pregnant girls? If we thought we’d seen the low-water mark already (“Jersey Shore?”), MTV officially bottomed out last Sunday night. Host Aziz Ansari, from NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” told long, boring and repetitive jokes, and since everyone’s jokes reportedly had to be screened in advance, it was an entirely neutered evening – save for an incredibly inappropriate reference to the Israel/Palestine conflict (how in the world did that make it through?). Worse still, everyone felt obliged to compensate for all of the “Twilight”-fawning by swearing so much that almost everyone was bleeped to the point of incomprehensibility. Adding insult to injury, Tom Cruise was all over this production in character as his one-note joke film producer Les Grossman (pictured, above) from “Tropic Thunder,” trying to convince us that he had comic timing. Never have we wished so greatly for a Kanye-style interruption. It’s time to pull the plug, guys. • This week also featured a rare misstep for Neil Patrick Harris: Someone led the star of “How I Met Your Mother” in a completely wrong direction when NPH “played” accused murderer Johan van der Sloot in a “comedy sketch” on “Watch What Happens: Live” on Bravo. In a segment called “Jackhole of the Week,” Harris didn’t speak, but he stared like a pervert at Kelly Ripa, and proceeded to make slashing motions across his throat. NPH needs to get back on “Glee,” stat, and help us bleach this filth out of our brains. • “The Dark Knight” director Christopher Nolan has been quite mum on the future of his incredibly successful Batman franchise – he’s been working on “Inception” with Leonardo DiCaprio. He finally let a little bit slip last week about the next Batly installment: His brother, Jonathan, is working on the screenplay; there won’t be a Marvel/DC crossover (read: No battle royales between Batman and Superman); Nolan is vehemently against recasting the Joker, after Heath Ledger’s death; and he promises that whoever the new villain(s) may be, they won’t be Mr. Freeze. We’re pretty sure Arnold Schwarzenegger ruined that character for all time. • “Gossip Girl” charmer Chase Crawford was arrested last week in Plano, Texas, for possession of marijuana – it was less than two ounces, so Crawford was only charged with a misdemeanor. Given Plano’s past reputation as a haven for black tar heroin addiction, Crawford could have been a lot worse trouble.

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“Get Him to the Greek” isn’t nearly as awful as I thought it would be – while I’m a big fan of Apatow’s earlier work (“Freaks and Geeks,” “Anchorman – the Legend of Ron Burgundy”), his recent work and, especially, the work he only produces, just aren’t funny to me. It’s too far gone into teenage male fantasy for me to appreciate – the classic example has to be “Knocked Up,” which was too graphic and infantile to be humorous. Where “Anchorman” was hyperbole, “Knocked Up” took itself so seriously – and the baby went out with the bathwater. “Get Him to the Greek” is a sequel of sorts to “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” following the antics of Aldous Snow, the self-absorbed rocker boyfriend of the eponymous Marshall, while ex (Jason Segal) hopes to get over. Many said that Brand was the best part of the film – I didn’t see it, but I’ve been following Brand on BBC television and radio for awhile, and I have a sad affection for him. In 2008, I thought Brand was wise for attempting to transition into an American fan base, after his drug-addled antics had cost him lots of jobs in Britain, and especially after the terrible phone prank on beloved British comedian Andrew Sachs (in which Brand and BBC presenter Jonathan Ross left obscene messages on Sachs’ answering machine, resulting in Brand’s resignation). Brand hasn’t particularly taken off here (but neither has Ricky Gervais) – and I don’t think “Get Him to the Greek” is going help the cause. “Get Him to the Greek” is both filthy and, in rare moments, oddly tender. It’s a poor young man’s “Almost Famous,” minus the strong writing, characterization and sensitivity. Jonah Hill plays Aaron Green, an inexperienced music executive charged with flying to London and accompanying Snow back to L.A. (with a stop-over at the “Today” Show) for a 10th anniversary performance of Snow’s great concert at the Greek Theater. Hill is much, much less annoying as Green than any other character I’ve seen him portray. There were a few scenes that were legitimately affecting, and he made what could have been a flat character more well-rounded than I was expecting. Brand is Brand, frankly – his Snow is a recovering addict who falls off the wagon after his lady love, with whom he’s shared a seven-year sobriety, tells him on national television that he’s become boring and she’s leaving him. Brand walks with innate swagger, and it’s not surprising, given his history, that he plays a mean junkie with a great deal of veracity. The surprise was that he was able to pull off a few authentic emotional moments – I’d like to see him try something more than a thin caricature of his own life. There were two threads in this movie that, had the writer and director followed either, would have made the film something unique. At first, I hoped “Get Him to the Greek” would have closely hewn to the biting pop culture satire it kept toying with – the film opens with Snow’s latest music video, and it’s pretty over the top and

‘Get Him to the Greek’

Two bottles of bourbon offensive, because it’s sadly accurate Director: Nicholas Stoller as social commentary. The other option would have Starring: Russell Brand, Jonah Hill, Sean “P. been something closer to “Almost Diddy” Combs Famous,” with more emphasis on the Runtime: 109 min. consequences of everyone’s choices. Rated R for strong sexual content and drug This is what kept stymieing the juvenile use throughout, and pervasive language. humor that remained a constant clutch: It’s hard to think vomiting all over yourself is funny when you nearly lose your job. It’s hard to find the casual sex titillating when the movie keeps reminding you how much pain these people are in. Unfortunately, each time the movie veered into interesting territory, you could hear a voice calling in the background: “No! The kids want more swearing and nudity! Stop thinking and start making lewd remarks!” Better luck next time, Brand.

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{around town} PROM NIGHT AT FDR

Rebecca Elder helps her date, Mark Stinard, with his boutonniere; Miranda Gillen, Megan Gillen, Sam Watters and Therese Armbust pose for family and friends at the Vanderbilt Mansion. Photos by Jim Langan.

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Pictured, from top: the view from the top of Hunter Mountain, the site for the sixth annual Mountain Jam; Kraig Kallmeyer and AnnMarie Shirley huddle with 3-month-old Karson Hunter (yeah, do the math); The Avett Brothers perform Friday evening. Photos by Nicole DeLawder.

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NDH triathalon/duathlon

draws 200 competitors {around town}


Hudson Valley Rotary District 7210 recently honored Rotarian and Red Hook Central School District Business Officer Bruce Martin for his work helping Red Hook High School students with vocational and educational choices. Shown in the photograph, from left to right, are Rotary Assistant District Governor Judge Jonah Triebwasser, Martin and Red Hook Rotary President Walter Avis. Photo by Fred Cartier Participants enter the water for a quarter-mile swim during the triathlon. Photos courtesy of jwArtWorks, LLC

BY HV NEWS STAFF Northern Dutchess Hospital’s inaugural triathlon/duathlon was a success, raising $10,000 for the hospital and providing athletes with a day of exercise and competition, according to the hospital. The competition, held at Wilcox Park, drew more than 200 athletes. It was sponsored by Orthopedic Associates of Dutchess County, Northern Dutchess ENT, Cross River Anesthesiologist Services, PC and Chase Bank. The triathlon consisted of a quarter-mile swim, 12-mile bike ride and three-mile run. Shawn Jackson Jackson, the first male finisher of the triathlon, crosses the finish line.

The top male finisher of the triathlon was Shawn Jackson of Marlboro, who finished with a time of 1:00:32. The top female finisher was Allison Lind of New York City, who finished in 1:03:06. The duathlon featured a one-mile run, 12-mile bike ride, then another three-mile run. The top male finisher of the duathlon was Michael Vanzi of LaGrangeville, who finished in 1:04:33. The top female finisher was Zuri Wilson of Washintonville, who clocked in at 1:18:03. All results can be viewed at www.nytri. org/results.cfm.


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This week ‘Fitzgerald and Hollywood’ “Fitzgerald and Hollywood: The Golden Age of Cinema and its Impact on the Author’s Life and Work,” will be presented by John Varrallo at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 10, at Tivoli Village Hall. The talk will be followed by a screening of the 1974 version of “The Great Gatsby,” starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Red Hook Public Library at 845-758-3241. Blood Drive Northern Dutchess Hospital will host a Blood Drive on Friday, June 11. Appointments are being scheduled from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the hospital’s Cafeteria Conference Room. Healthy individuals who are at least 17 years old and who weigh at least 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood. Donors are eligible after 57 days from their last blood donation. Blood donors will be eligible for a chance to win one of five gas grills. Appointments can be made by calling the Volunteer Services Office at 845-871-3470. ‘A Culinary Journey’ “A Culinary Journey From East to West” will be held on Saturday, June 12, at The Culinary Institute of America on Route 9 in Hyde Park. The cuisines of Asia, New England, Latin America, Italy and France will be featured at the Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici on campus. All proceeds from the event will go to the Brian Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund. The event begins at 6 p.m. Cost is $60. For reservations, or to learn more about the event, visit www.ciachef. edu/restaurants/events, or call 845-905-4651.

Montgomery Place re-opens Pictured, from top: Legendary financier and champion of historic houses Richard Jenrette chats with Caroline Carey, president of the Friends of Mills Mansion; Waddell Stillman of Historic Hudson Valley discusses his organization’s renewed commitment to keeping Montgomery Place open and accessible to the community; A pleased Dr. Lucy R. Waletzky, whose father, Laurence Rockefeller, founded Historic Hudson Valley, which owns Montgomery Place and other historic properties, attends the re-opening. Photos by Jim Langan.

Garden Conservancy Open Day The Garden Conservancy’s Open Day program will be held Saturday, June 12, beginning at 10 a.m. The self-guided tour will feature private gardens in Amenia, Claverack, Craryville, Germantown, Greenport, Livingston, West Taghkanic, Highland, New Paltz, Rosendale and Saugerties. Cost is $5

per garden. See or call the Garden Conservancy at 1-888-842-2442 for locations and more information. Vendors Wanted The Stanford Lions Club Flea Market will be held on Saturday, June 12 (rain date Sunday, June 13) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Route 82 in Stanfordville, in front of the Stanford Town Hall. Call Ed Hawks at 845-868-7483 or John Danko 845-868-7645 for more information. Democratic Candidates Forum The Dutchess County Democratic Committee will hold its annual Candidates Forum on Saturday, June 12 at Tymor Park, 249 Duncan Rd., Lagrangeville, from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Three of the five candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for NYS Attorney General confirmed for this event. The candidates are scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. Also confirmed are Assemblyman Frank Skartados, candidate for state Senate Mike Kaplowitz, 40th District, state Senate candidate Didi Barrett, 41st District, and Assembly candidate Alyssa Kogon 102nd District. Tim Foley, health policy coordinator for Greater NY For Change, will give a presentation on healthcare in America and how new changes will affect you. This event is free and open to the public. A picnic dinner will follow for a fee of $10 per person; children under 12 are free. Preregistration is recommended. Visit to register or for more information. House and Garden Tour The Rhinebeck Biennial House and Garden Tour, sponsored by the Chancellor Livingston DAR and Museum of Rhinebeck History, will be held June 12 (rain date June 13), from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The tour begins at the DAR Chapter House, 77 Livingston St., Rhinebeck. Cost is $20 if pre-paid by June 9 and $25 at door. The tour includes five private gardens, three homes and a lecture. Contact Brenda Klaproth at 845-876-2436 or for more information.


This Week Free Swing Dance The Dukes and Duchess, a popular local swing band, will be performing at a free dance sponsored by the Dutchess County Office for the Aging at the First Presbyterian Church’s Wade Fellowship Hall in Wappingers Falls on Sunday, June 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. The church is located at 2568 South Ave. The group specializes in swing and dance music from the ’40s and ’50s. Everyone is invited to attend and light refreshments will be available. Call the church for more information at 845-297-2800. Elder Abuse Awareness Day The Coalition on Elder Abuse in Dutchess County will host Identifying the Gaps, a panel discussion on elder abuse, on June 15 from 8:45 a.m. to noon at the Manor at Woodside, 168 Academy St., Poughkeepsie. The event is being held to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Nina Lynch will be honored with the Champion {22} june 9, 2010 | | Hudson valley news

for Elder Rights and Safety Award. The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. RSVP to Alexis at 845-471-7213 or Brain Games Training The Office for the Aging will hold a special Brain Games Training Session for current Brain Game leaders and anyone who is interested in learning more about the program. The workshop will enable current leaders to share and participate in each other’s successful activities as well as learn about new resources. It will be held at St. John’s Reformed Church, 126 Old Post Rd. North in Upper Red Hook on June 15 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. To register, or to find out more about the program, call the Dutchess County Office for the Aging at 845-486-2555.

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Memorial Day dawned cool and sunny, and my family all grabbed sweatshirts as we ran the door for the 9 a.m. parade. We certainly didn’t need them, though, because even as we waited for the parade, it became quite warm in the sun. Later at the ceremony, we were all feeling the heat. But, it wasn’t terribly humid, so those of us in shorts and t-shirts were fairly comfortable. I felt for the folks in uniform, however. They must have been awfully hot. As always, the ceremony at Memorial Park, lead by the American Legion, was very moving. Post Commander Bill Stanton opened the ceremony and then Chaplain John Quinn lead the invocation. Next, Commander Stanton told the crowd about the Leroy F. Campbell Post 1793, which was named after Pfc. Leroy Campbell from Stanfordville. Campbell was killed in action at the age of 21 in Germany on March 26, 1945. He was the recipient of both the bronze star and the Purple Heart. He is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery at Margraten, Netherlands and this year marks the 65th anniversary of his death. Commander Stanton told us flowers were also placed that day on Campbell’s grave with a card that read “Thank you for your service and for your sacrifice … from the residents of Stanfordville, NY.” He then introduced Judy Houtaling, who is

Leroy Campbell’s niece, and presented her with a plaque. The winners of the “What America Means to Me” essay contest were then introduced and each read their essay. The second-place winners were Sophia Capalbo and Mari Thompson. Mari was not able to attend the ceremony, so her essay was read by her friend, Heather Cerul. Drew Britton then read his essay, which was the first-place winner. All of the essays were wonderful and I was once again impressed by how poised the winners were while participating in the ceremony. I’m sure they were nervous reading in front of such a large crowd, but if so, they sure didn’t show it! After the essays were read, Sergeant-atArms Bill Reilly led the placing of wreaths on each of Stanford’s four war memorials. First, former Marine and Korean War veteran Jim Ashton placed the wreath on the WW I and Korean War memorials. Next, Judy Houtaling placed the wreath on the WW II memorial in honor of her uncle, followed by Vietnam veteran Mike Ranowicz, who placed the wreath on the Southeast Asia memorial. Finally, former Marine and Desert Storm veteran Sean Martin placed the wreath on the Persian Gulf War memorial. After the wreaths were placed, trumpet player Grayson Wheeler played Taps. Next came the ceremonial lowering of the flag while the Pine Plains band played the National Anthem, and then Chaplain John Quinn presented Commander Stanton with a plaque honoring his many years of service to the Leroy Campbell Post. “Under Bill’s leadership, this post accomplished a great deal,” said Reilly. “We erected the Peter Miller sign and plaque at the Rec Park, installed the flag

Judy Houtaling, niece of Pfc. Leroy F. Campbell, for whom Post 1793 is named, places the wreath on the WW II memorial accompanied by Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Reilly.

American Legion Commander Bill Stanton introduces essay contest winners Sophia Capalbo, Heather Cerul (reading for Mari Thompson) and Drew Britton while Chaplain John Quinn looks on. Photos submitted.

in front of the Town Hall in honor of Desert Storm soldiers, and sponsored a Thanksgiving race for 14 years that helped purchase the Vietnam, Persian Gulf and WW II memorials. Most recently, Bill obtained a grant for the post, which financed the plantings, new fence and flag pole at Memorial Park.” Commander Stanton graciously accepted the award and then read a poem by Baxter Black, whom he called “the last of the cowboy poets.” The poem, entitled “The Flag,” is read before every rodeo as the colors are presented. Chaplain Quinn then gave the benediction, which closed this year’s ceremony. I am certain all who attended the Memorial Day ceremony this year were moved by the program and all of us felt honored to be a part of it. In the final words of Baxter Black’s poem, he writes, “I give you the flag that says to the world, each man has a right to be free.” Memorial Day honors those who died for that right. We thank the members of the Leroy Campbell Post of the American Legion for once again leading us in honoring these brave men and women.

and of course, strawberries and ice cream to indulge that sweet tooth. Some of us local musicians will also be playing, so come on up to the Amenia Presbyterian Church and enjoy some fun and food after the flea market. The church is located just north of the light on Route 22 in Amenia. The following Sunday is the Stanford Grange Strawberry Festival, so if you can’t make it to Amenia this weekend, you can always stuff yourself on strawberry shortcake at the Grange next week. I will have more info on that event in next week’s column. Hard to believe it, but the middle/high school will be finishing up regular classes this coming Friday. Not sure where the school year went, but soon you will see our teens out and about during the day, either working their summer jobs or cooling off at the rec park. Elementary school lets out on June 25 and that is also the first day life guards will be on duty at rec pond. Summer’s almost here! That’s all the news for this week. See you next Wednesday. Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845392-4348 or

UPCOMING EVENTS Some final reminders: Last day for rec registration is this coming Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon. The Stanford Lions Club Flea Market is also coming up this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a rain date of Sunday, same location and times. More information and last-minute vendor spaces can be obtained by calling Ed Hawks at 845-868-7483. Applications for the Lions Community Service Award for a 2010 High School graduate who is involved in community service can be obtained by calling Anne Danko at 845868-7645. Also, we are having a Strawberry Fair at the church in Amenia where I am the resident organist and that event is on Saturday, June 12 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be a silent auction, a petting zoo, plants for sale, food available for purchase,

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BY RAY OBERLY STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL DINNER A Strawberry Festival Dinner, sponsored by the Town of Clinton Women’s Republican Committee, will be held as a Town Hall landscaping and beautification fund drive on Saturday, June 12 at West Clinton Station 1 at 219 Hollow Rd. (County Route 14) in Pleasant Plains. It will start at 6 p.m. and features a buffet meal with beverages, as well as strawberry shortcake topped with whipped cream. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $5 for children under 12 years old. For reservations, call Luise at 845889-8740 or Janet at 845-266-5383 in the evenings or 845-471-1112 during the day. All are welcome to help support the beautification of Town Hall while enjoying a fabulous meal.

FATHER’S DAY TRAIL RIDE The Stone Valley Trail Riding Association invites the community to participate in its Father’s Day Trail Ride on Saturday, June 19 starting at 10 a.m. at Bob and Lisa Smith’s Netherwood Acres Farm at 883 Netherwood Rd. (about one quarter mile east of Gretna Road intersection). Please arrive by 9 a.m. to allow time to register and organize rides. You must bring your own horse and all levels of English and Western riders are welcome to participate. There are three types of rides available: Ride 1 is faster and over fences, Ride 2 is moderate with fences optional and Ride 3 is on flat ground. If weather is inclement, call to see if the ride is being held. After the two-hour ride lead by experienced riders familiar with the trails, a lunch will be served. The cost for an adult ride with hearty lunch is $40 and for a kid’s ride with lunch is $20. Dads with kids ride free on this special day. Trailriding Association members receive a discount on riding events and riders are invited to join today. Reservations are requested, and for more details and information on joining

WEST CLINTON FIRE DEPT. BREAKFAST The West Clinton Fire Department will hold a super all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 20, from 8 a.m. to noon at Station 1 on Hollow Road (County Route 14) in Pleasant Plains. The extensive menu includes pancakes, French toast, hash, eggs in several styles, omelets made to order, home fries, bacon, sausage, juice and coffee. The cost is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and firepersons, $4 for children under 12 and free for children under 5. This will be a treat for fathers and husbands, who won’t need to wake up early to cook for the family. This is the last breakfast for the season.

4-H SPRING FASHION REVUE A standing-room-only crowd of parents, relatives and friends came to the Spring Annual Fashion Revue hosted by the Dutchess County 4-H General Interest Club Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County on May 20 at the Farm and Home Center. Each year, youth in the General Interest 4-H Program select patterns, purchase materials and work with 4-H leaders to create a garment they are proud of. Some of the 4-Hers took advantage of the purchased garment category this year and opted to buy their outfits. This program encourages youth to think about what they are buying, how it fits into their wardrobe and if it is reasonably priced. In essence, they are learning to be smart consumers. At the conclusion of the garment construction program, the members gather for the annual Fashion Revue and show off their work. The theme for this year’s revue was “Under the Sea.” Kelly Parker, 4-H community educator, welcomed the attendees and thanked the leaders and evaluators for their efforts. As you walked into the large meeting



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Rachel, Hannah, Kayla, Elizabeth, Lily, Amber Lynn, Emelia, Samantha, Johanna and Autumn from the Pixie Munchkins and Calico Pixies show off their sarongs during the review; Competitors from the 4-H Fashion Review eligible to compete at the state level include Rachel Thomas from Busy Buddies in her sewn tank top and shorts, Ceire Kealty from Jumpin’ Jaguars in her purchased garment and Lydia Calabro from Jumpin’ Jaguars in her purchased garment. Photos submitted.

room, you quickly noticed it was transformed into a different place. The T-shaped elevated runway gave ample room for the members to show off their garments and their modeling abilities. The background music added to the ambiance. The “under the sea” decorations included fish, crabs and a fish net with sea-colored backgrounds. The wall behind the runway was covered with paper to look like it was under water. All of the decorations were made by the 4-H youth and they looked great! During the fashion revue, Meegan Veeder-Shave read commentaries on each participant as they modeled their projects. The show began with 31 members – from the Calico Pixies from Clinton, Pixie Munchkins from Clinton, Lakeshore Crazy Crew from Pleasant Valley, Crafty Creators from Hyde Park, Jumpin’ Jaguars from Hyde Park and Busy Buddies from Rhinebeck – modeling their sewing projects. The members’ ages ranged from 5 to 19 years old and two boys participated. Depending on the age and experience of the member, projects varied from pillow cases to skirts, sun and casual dresses, pajamas, blouses, and other items using a variety of cloths, such as cotton, flannel, wool and others. The judges – Sara Beatty, Mary Lou DeForest, Mallory Jackson, Candy Pisterzi, Mike Siudy, Tara Siudy and Chris Zwinscher – had a difficult task in selecting the winners for the various award categories. The following state-level participants received a blue ribbon, bouquet of flowers and the opportunity to have their garments taken to the 2010 State Fair in Syracuse in September for judging: Lydia Calabro from Jumpin’ Jaguars, Ceire Kealty from Jumpin’ Jaguars, and Rachel Thomas from Busy Buddies.

The “Excellence in Sewing Awards” were awarded to members whose projects are most deserving of recognition based on age, experience, creativity, uniqueness and overall sewing ability. These awards went to Elizabeth Gabel from Calico Pixies, Cosette Mae Veeder-Shave from Crafty Creators, Alyssa Greenspan from Lake Shore Crazy Crew and Casey Jaeb from Lake Shore Crazy Crew. Ceire Kealty from Jumpin’ Jaguars won “Top Senior Model” and Jarrett Kuklis from Lake Shore Crazy Crew won “Top Junior Model.” All the 4-H members participating in the show received a t-shirt with an “Under the Sea” print and a certificate of participation. Congratulations to all who participated. Judging by comments from the audience and participants, this was the best fashion show yet. Special thanks go to Kelly Parker, who was responsible for the design, construction and operation of the show and worked hard to ensure all was properly done. Without 4-H leaders’ support during the project year, participants would have not learned the needed sewing skills to make their projects. Co-leaders Joyce Sokolowski and Doreen Ilker from Calico Pixies and Pixie Munchkins, Katrina Thomas from Lakeshore Crazy Crew, Regina Calabro from Jumpin’ Jaguars, Meegan VeederShave from Crafty Creators, and Victoria Rolf from Busy Buddies all deserve a round of applause. For more information, contact Kelly Parker at 845-677-8223, ext. 108 or

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SEVERAL SUBJECTS COVERED AT WORKSHOP Although the first town board meeting of the month, a workshop session, was brief by usual standards of the genre, it touched on quite a few items. Supervisor Lisette Hitsman reminded people who had designs on visiting Tymor Park that there is still no parking of vehicles permitted on Duncan Road in the vicinity of Town Hall. She also said those who are planning to travel Highview Road in the area of Dover should expect delays since the street is under construction and repair. Additionally, there was a word for those who are planning to hone their music skills. Summer weather has arrived, which means there will be individuals or groups practicing their particular genres of music outside in the fresh air. This means their neighbors will be privy to their talents. Consideration of others should be paramount since the town’s noise ordinance is still in effect.

WHERE TO PUT IT? Union Vale is the proud recipient of a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice for the installation of a metal detector at the entrance to the town courtroom. Selecting the best location in the building for its installation is proving to be an enormous challenge since the proximal area has to be handicapped- and wheelchair-accessible, and the current entrance to the courtroom simply isn’t large enough. Councilman Ralph Mondello said one of the ideas being floated includes constructing the metal-detector entranceway through both walls of the existing constables’ office and then locate said office elsewhere on the premises. Some other individuals, hard pressed to relocate the constables’ office, have suggested moving the office walls inward, thereby shrinking the constables’ space but opening up the adjacent hallway space outside to an extent that would be handicapped accessible. This is a subject that will be discussed in greater detail throughout subsequent meetings.

NON-RESIDENT ACCOMMODATION AND A HYPOTHESIS After a very short discussion, an increase in the amount of non-resident pool passes from 50 to 70 was unanimously approved by the board. Then, Councilman Ralph Mondello asked a very good question. There is a certain Wisseman Road resident who has a stream on his parcel that might flood or undermine the street pavement and he will not allow the town unlimited or timeless

against its natural enemies. After a couple of quick telephone calls, Highway Superintendent Richie Wisseman, Park Director Rob Mattes and Park Worker Trevor Piquet arrived on the scene. Trevor carefully netted the owl and they carted it up to the animal welfare practitioners at the Millbrook School. According to latest accounts, the owl had been locating itself beneath the tree near the Town Hall because of difficulty moving its legs. The leg problem interfered with its articulation and ability to fly or to CAMPAIGN TO HELP otherwise negotiate toward higher places HOMELESS of safety against predators. At the present During the Correspondence phase of the time, the owl is said to be on the mend and meeting, Hitsman shared the contents of a well cared for at the Millbrook School’s communication sent from an organization zoo. known as CARES, Inc. It was an invitation to a “kick-off event” for the purpose of A PARADE IN VERBANK garnering attention for the “Dutchess County At 9 a.m., Monday, May 31, Verbank 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness.” The officially observed Memorial Day 2010 event is scheduled to take place on Monday, with a parade north from Union Vale Fire June 14 at 3:30 p.m. Station I to a ceremony at the Veterans It will be held at the Poughkeepsie Memorial On the Green. Grand Hotel, 40 Civic Center Plaza, Leading the line of march was the Poughkeepsie. RSVP now at Post 9008 VFW color guard. Following Nancy Chiarella, executive director of close behind was the Fusilier Fife and CARES, notes homelessness in Dutchess Drum Corps, which ably provided the affects over 1,400 residents each year, musical step for the day. Next in line was including families and individuals. She the resourceful group representing the says the time has come to coordinate efforts Union Vale Fire Department Auxiliary. among the public and private sectors to Following, in turn, was the Union Vale bring an end to homelessness in the next Fire Company, complete with vehicles and decade. Dutchess County’s 10-Year Plan marching contingent. to End Homelessness coordinates this All participants were attired in effort and provides a road map forward ceremonial uniforms and performed to insure no one ends up homeless. Nancy with precision. Many local residents and Chiarella can be reached at Executive patriotic onlookers were seen observing Director, CARES, Inc., 85 Watervliet Ave., the line of march and memorial ceremony. Albany, NY 12206; or 518-489-4130, ext. A MEMORABLE CEREMONY 105; or Long-time resident and Fire Company A VISIT FROM THE GREAT member Dave McMorris was the emcee HORNED OWL for the formal observance at the Memorial In the week once removed, Supervisor On the Green. Lisette Hitsman and Tax Collector Edna After the stars and stripes had been Bonk were busy in the former’s office raised to full two-block height and lowered discussing town business when they to half-staff, The Rev. Trudy Codd gave looked out the window and were greeted the invocation. Following this, all present with a very unusual sight. came to attention and a fifer from the Standing beneath a nearby tree was Fusiliers played the Star Spangled Banner. a Great Horned Owl. It didn’t make any The keynote speaker was Sgt. Maj. Taras motion to change position or move to Szczur of the New York Guard. He paid a higher locale in order to protect itself solemn homage to those who had made

accessibility for the purpose of installing preventative measures. If the town were to repair Wisseman Road without entering said parcel and the property owner’s watercourse were to subsequently undermine the street, who would be held liable? This in view of the fact that the property owner would have harbored the watercourse that caused the damage. Supervisor Hitsman stated that she would seek the counsel of the town attorney on this one and discuss it at a later date.


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the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. Every service person who did so left someone behind. Therefore, Memorial Day is a time to take care of comrades, a time for reflection. It is a time to spare a thought, a moment of silence and a prayer for those who purchased our freedom. Wreaths were presented by Chief Griffin of the fire company, Tom Martel representing the fire commissioners, Shirley Purdy of the UVFC Auxiliary and Supervisor Lisette Hitsman representing the town. The VFW firing party gave a three-shot ceremonial volley and a Fusilier fifers sounded Taps. After the last note from Taps, the uniformed groups were dismissed and the crowd of onlookers dispersed. Immediately after the ceremony, I had the opportunity to speak with the man who gave the very moving keynote address. Taras Szczur is the New York Guard’s personnel sergeant major in charge of Enlisted Men and Women’s promotions and the disposition of coursework for senior non-commissioned officers. This is a heavy responsibility. In the regular Army, he would be in charge of what is known as the “G-1” section, or “personnel.” The particular branch of the Guard in which he serves is JAG (Judge Advocate General Corps). Additionally, Szczur has performed a full enlistment of prior active service to his country, courtesy of the United States Marine Corps from 1980 through 1984 in Okinawa. He is a resident of Cooper Drive and currently employed as a Corrections Officer in Valhalla. He also has a very handsome fiancé named Yvonne. And now, for the rest of the story. Szczur is the driving force behind “Operation Monkey.” As you know, Operation Monkey received the imprimatur from the Union Vale Town Board a few months back as a very worthwhile donation program that supports our troops. There is a donation box for sundries and notions to be distributed to our troops overseas. The box is located just inside the front door of the Town Hall. This is a tremendously helpful endeavor and the public is requested to donate various canned goods and necessities as soon as possible at the Union Vale Town Hall, located in Tymor Park. The program can be visited at www. operation

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Rotarian P.J. Walker receives his Rotarian of the Year award from President Susan Doyle. Photo submitted.

Arlington Rotary honors dedicated volunteer BY HV NEWS STAFF

Local students spent the day June 2 planting trees and shrubs near Crum Elbow Creek in Hyde Park. Photo submitted.

BY HV NEWS STAFF Hyde Park students teamed with local environmentalists to protect local water quality while creating a “living laboratory” for future students’ ecological studies. Last week, on June 2, students from FDR High School and North Park Elementary School teamed up with Conservation Advisory Council members from Hyde Park and Clinton to plant trees along Crum Elbow Creek. Second-graders from North Park were paired with ecology students from the high school to plant native trees and shrubs on school grounds near the creek. These trees will preserve the quality of the creek’s water and serve as an ideal location for students of the nearby schools to get a hands-on education on local ecology and plant life for years to come. “The second-grade classes (were) looking forward to working with the high school students to protect our stream,”

said North Park teacher Elise Beyer in a press release. “This is a great hands-on opportunity for them to learn more about local ecology.” “In addition to learning how and why stream buffers should be restored, students will monitor the growing trees over coming years, observing the succession of the ecosystem, watching for invasive species, and even calculating the carbon footprint benefits of reduced mowing and carbon sequestration,” added FDR High School ecology teacher Glen Burger. Plant materials and technical assistance were provided at no cost to the schools by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Trees for Tribs initiative. The chairwomen of the Hyde Park and Clinton Conservation Advisory Councils applied for and received the Trees for Tribs grant that paid for the program.

The Arlington Rotary Club recently named a local businessman and dedicated volunteer its Rotarian of the Year for 2010. P.J. Walker was honored with the award at the club’s recognition dinner at Christo’s Restaurant in front of 60 fellow Rotarians and family members. He was presented with a plaque and introduced by club President Susan Doyle. “He has made outstanding contributions, and has an unselfish dedication to Rotary and the community,” said Doyle in a press release. “He is truly a person who has followed the Rotary motto, ‘Service Above Self,’” added Jack Peluse, who served as emcee

during the dinner. “P.J. gets things done, and is willing to pitch in at any time.” Walker, who has been an Arlington Rotarian 10 years, is former president of the organization. He has also served as chairman of the Rotary’s annual golf tournament, held several board positions and is currently chairman of the 2010 “Eat Out” fundraiser. He has been personally responsible for raising more than $20,000 for scholarships and community support projects, according to the Rotary. Walker, an accomplished “master illusionist” who performs throughout the area, is president of Bridgeway Federal Credit Union in Poughkeepsie.

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Community at Brookmeade officers elected at meeting BY HV NEWS STAFF The Community at Brookmeade, a senior citizen community in Rhinebeck, recently elected officers for the boards of directors of Arbor Ridge and The Terraces. The election of officers to both boards took place at the community’s annual meeting on May 11. Michael J. Green of Poughkeepsie was elected president of the board of Arbor Ridge at Brookmeade, an independent living community. Other officers include Vice President Rhonda Hammond,

Secretary Mary T. Welsh and Treasurer Robert X. Monahan, who are all Rhinebeck residents. Hammond was elected president of the board of directors at The Terraces at Brookmeade, an assisted living community. Also, Monahan was elected vice president, Green was elected treasurer and Welsh was named secretary. Both Arbor Ridge and The Terraces are located on the Baptist Home campus. Both are non-profit organizations.

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St. Francis Hospital CEO Robert Savage presents an award to Lisa Pizzola along with Ann and George Whalen. Photo submitted.

BY HV NEWS STAFF A full-time St. Francis Hospital nurse and part-time SUNY New Paltz student was a recipient of a $1,500 scholarship from the hospital. Lisa Pizzola, a wife and mother who works in the intensive care unit, was awarded the 2010 Ann D. Whalen Scholarship during a hospital luncheon in her honor. The scholarship was presented by Ann D. and George T. Whalen Jr. Ann Whalen is

a former nurse and George Whalen is a longtime hospital board trustee. Pizzola, who attended the luncheon with her husband and 8-year-old daughter, has an associate’s degree in applied science in nursing from Dutchess Community College and is currently seeking her bachelor’s degree in nursing. She will soon begin working towards her master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner.


On June 3, 2010, my beloved mother, Auguste Klara Tippelmann Veltkamp, died from a long, arduous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She had resided at The Thompson House in Rhinebeck for the past seven years. Born August 12, 1931 in Vreden, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Josef and Elisabeth Lepping Tippelmann. She was one of nine children and spent her youth surviving through WWII. In 1953, Auguste immigrated to the United States. She became a housekeeper for several wonderful families throughout her life. She took great pride in her meticulous work and was loved by her employers throughout the years. Ms. Veltkamp loved nature and music. She enjoyed needlepoint in her earlier years and also taking long walks. She enjoyed traveling back to see her family in Germany. Auguste is survived by her daughter, Rita Ryan, and her cherished granddaughter, Caroline, both of Hyde Park; her sister, Elfriede Wintershoff, and brothers, Heribert and Bernhard Tippelmann, all of Vreden, Germany. She also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews in Germany. She was predeceased by her sister, Anneliese Byvank; and brothers, Josef, Heinz and Lambert Tippelmann, all of Germany. Her life was celebrated with calling hours from 4-7pm on Monday, June 7, 2010 at Sweet’s Funeral Home, Inc., Rt.9, Hyde Park. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, June 8th at 10am at Regina Coeli Church, Rt.9, Hyde Park. Father Michael Palazzo officiated. Burial followed in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Poughkeepsie. To send a condolence or for directions, visit


Ronald P. McKeefrey, 86, a longtime Red Hook resident, died Thursday, June 3, 2010 at the Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, NY. He was born in Astoria Queens on March 23, 1924 and was the son of the late Alfred W. and Minnie (Mehlig) McKeefrey. After graduating from Red Hook Central Schools in 1942 he enlisted in the United States Army Signal Corp and served three years during World War II. Ron graduated from Rider College and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Economics. After an association with Price Waterhouse Company he joined IBM and held several financial management positions before retiring in 1987. He was the past national director of the National Association of Accountants (NAA) and past president of the Poughkeepsie chapter of the NAA. His wife, the former Marian J. Cudyk, whom he married at St. Christopher’s Church in Red Hook, survives at home. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two step sisters; Carole Mehlig Aldrich of Clermont, NY, and Lona Mehlig Cookingham of Cincinnati, OH, a brother in law; Edwin J. Cudyk of Fort Collins, CO, a niece, nephew and several cousins. Funeral services and interment will be private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY. For directions, or to sign the online guest book, visit

The Rotary Club of Hyde Park recognized a number of local residents and companies for their contributions to the new horseshoes facility at Hackett Hill. Bill Reilly is seen here presenting a certificate of appreciation to John Golden. Photo by Jim Langan.

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NDH Auxiliary contributes $2M since ’87 BY HV NEWS STAFF

A recent donation to Northern Dutchess Hospital by the NDH Auxiliary, which exists to raise funds for the hospital, brings the auxiliary’s total contributions to $2 million since 1987. The auxiliary presented a check for $27,000 to NDH CEO Denise George and NDH Foundation Executive Director Deborah Breen at a June 1 dinner. These funds, combined with a $30,000 pledge for 2010, bring the auxiliary’s total contributions to the $2 million mark. The $30,000 pledge will be used to purchase Smart Beds for the NDH intensive care unit.

Money raised by the auxiliary come from different fundraisers held throughout the year, including the Mad Hatter Tea Party and Fashion Show held at The Rhinecliff Hotel in April and the Card and Game Party Luncheon held at the Blue Stores in May, along with several fundraisers and NDH Thrift Shop sales throughout the year. In 2009, the auxiliary was recently recognized by the Healthcare Association of New York State with the Auxiliary Advocacy Recognition “for the significant time and effort they have shown serving as advocates for Northern Dutchess Hospital and the community,” according to the hospital.

LEGAL NOTICES BLUESTONE VETERINARY SERVICES PLLC Notice of the formation of the above named Professional Limited Liability Company (“PLLC”) Articles of Organization filed with the Department of State of NY on 4/19/2010. Office Location: County of Dutchess. The street address is: 7675 Albany Post Road, Red Hook, NY 12571. The Secretary of State of NY (“SSNY”) has been designated as agent of the PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any such process served to: 7675 Albany Post Road, Red Hook, NY 12571. Purpose: to practice the profession of Veterinary Medicine.



Notice of Qualification of Madava Sugar Maple, LLC. Authority filed with NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 3/11/10.Juris. of org: DE filed: 3/3/10 NY off. loc. in Dutchess Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: c/o Robb Turner, 162 Upper Mountain Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042. LLC address in DE: 2711 Centerville Rd, ste 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts of org. on file with SSDE, Div. of Corps, 401 Federal St, ste 4, Dover, DE 19901 Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

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Notice of Qualification of Madava Farms, LLC. Authority filed with NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 3/12/10.Juris. of org: DE filed: 11/17/09 NY off. loc. in Dutchess Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: c/o Robb Turner, 162 Upper Mountain Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042. LLC address in DE: 2711 Centerville Rd, ste 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts of org. on file with SSDE, Div. of Corps, 401 Federal St, ste 4, Dover, DE 19901 Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice of formation of Local 845 LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the N.Y.S. Department of State (NYS DOS) on May 13, 2010. Office location, Dutchess County. NYS DOS has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. NYS DOS shall mail process to: The LLC, 161 East Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508. Purpose: Any lawful activity


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