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VOL. 1 | ISSUE 14 | EDITORIAL@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM

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CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATES ‘PURSUE YOUR DREAMS,’ RED HOOK GRADS TOLD BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON

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More than 150 Red Hook High School students officially completed their high school careers during an outdoor graduation ceremony on the steps of Linden Avenue Middle School Saturday morning. Friends and family who couldn’t view the event from the reserved seating filled the school lawn, sitting in lawn chairs and standing on their tiptoes trying to snap photos of the graduates. The excited Class of 2009 – with the young men dressed in red and caps and gowns and the young ladies in white – did their best to concentrate during the ceremony while smacking the half-dozen or so beach balls that started flying back and forth. After the National Anthem was sung by graduates Katelyn Burns and Christopher Knight, the senior class chorus performed the Alma Mater. In his speech, Salutatorian Jacob Rabadi told the graduates, “Today is a day to be thankful,” particularly

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Red Hook Salutatorian Jacob Rabadi. Photo by Christopher Lennon.

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A mother’s love as she reassures her son during the ceremony. Photo by Jim Langan.

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The Anderson Center for Autism held its 85th commencement exercises last Thursday. A color guard from the Staatsburg Fire Department stood at attention as the graduates led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. The event got off to an inspiring start as Phyllis Harris, a shift supervisor at Anderson, treated the audience to a rousing rendition of the National Anthem. The graduates then entered the auditorium to thunderous applause. John Scileppi, a trustee, gave the commencement address. He pointed out the long and storied history of > more on page 3 TO SUBSCRIBE Send check to P.O. Box 268, Hyde Park, NY 12538 $42 in county/year $48 out of county/year


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CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE to the school’s administration, their teachers, counselors, and especially their parents. “I know that without my parents I would not be standing where I am today,” he said. Rabadi finished his speech with a poignant, sometimes-hilarious original Pictured, clockwise from top left: The senior chorus performs “Life is a Highway;” Graduates take their final steps as high school students; The Class rhyme. A group of graduates then went to the of 2009 takes their seats; Valedictorian Megan Dowlin; Retiring teacher Joe Nero gets a hug from a student. Photos by Christopher Lennon. podium to recognize three retiring Red presenting them with a gift from the Class fives and hugs from many of the graduates The senior chorus took the stage again, Hook High School teachers, who the of 2009. One of the retiring teachers, Joe as he walked to the podium. Nero urged and performed a rocking version of “Life students shared their memories of before Nero, received a standing ovation, high- the graduates, “Pursue your dreams.” is a Highway” that got many of those in the audience off their seats, bopping and singing along to the music. Valedictorian Megan Dowling also reminded the graduates to be thankful they were educated in such a supportive environment. “We have all been given a great gift PUBLISHER: ART DIRECTOR/PRODUCTION: from the Red Hook Central School CAROLINE M. CAREY NICOLE DELAWDER District,” she said. CAROLINEMCAREY@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM PRODUCTION@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM In a particularly touching moment, Principal Roy Paisley, saying he was EXECUTIVE EDITOR: ADVERTISING: continuing a Red Hook High School JIM LANGAN JIM MURPHY tradition, asked each graduate to stand JIMLANGAN@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM ADVERTISING@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM up and look for a family member or friend who helped them through their EDITOR: Hudson Valley News high school years and give them a hearty DANA GAVIN (ISSN# 264457988) round of applause. WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM is published weekly on Wednesdays, 52 times a Superintendent Paul Finch and Sean year for $42 per year ($48 out of county) by McLaughlin, president of the school REPORTER/COPY EDITOR: HV News, LLC board, then presented each graduate with CHRISTOPHER LENNON 4695 Albany Post Road their diploma. EDITORIAL@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM Hyde Park, NY 12538 Periodical postage rate is paid at Hyde Park, NY.

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Shift Supervisor Phyllis Harris sings the National Anthem.

The pavilion starts to take shape.

TOWN SAVES THIRD OF PAVILION COST BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Officials and volunteers have managed to save the Town of Rhinebeck about $100,000 by rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty. Town officials have helped bring together town employees and a handful of volunteers to construct a pavilion at the town swimming pool at the ThompsonMazzarella Park. By using volunteers and maintenance workers already on the town payroll to build the pavilion, rather than outside contractors, the town took a project that was estimated to cost $150,000 and reduced the price tag to about $50,000, according to Councilman Bruce Washburn, who organized the project. Washburn and fellow Councilman Dan Staley have been working at the site alongside a team of volunteers and two town maintenance workers, and Washburn

says the pavilion should be complete in the next few weeks. He said they had hoped to have the project done already, but recent thunderstorms slowed things down. Washburn said the ThompsonMazzarella Park Master Plan called for construction of a pavilion, and estimated the project would cost $150,000. He estimates, though, that the project might not have even gotten off the ground for two or three years. “We said, ‘We can do it cheaper now,’” he said. Plans for the pavilion were created by Morris Associates, the town engineers. Washburn said a pavilion will provide swimmers with a place to wait while a storm passes and valuable shade on hot days. He said panels could also be installed on the sides in the future if a need to enclose the pavilion ever arises.

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CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE the Anderson Center, including the fact that Eleanor Roosevelt had given the commencement address in 1944. With that in mind, Scileppi announced that the Anderson Center would be a recipient of this year’s Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill award. He also told the graduates they were graduating from a school that most people consider “the Harvard of autistic institutions.” Diana Jones Ritter, commissioner of the Office of Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, also addressed the group. She got a big laugh

when she said she was “delighted to get out of Albany for a day, anybody know why?” referring to the current political gridlock in the state Senate. The VV Anderson Award was given to Kyle F. for ideals exemplifying character and integrity. Brothers Matthew and Michael T. were presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award, given in recognition of the greatest improvements in educational and social modalities. A reception was held afterwards where the graduates accepted the congratulations of their families and friends.

Matthew and Michael T. accepting their awards for Outstanding Achievement.

Rhinebeck Councilman Bruce Washburn saws wood that will be used to build the pavilion at the town swimming pool.

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PROGRESSIVE PERSPECTIVE BY JONATHAN SMITH THE DEBACLE IN ALBANY CONTINUES In the last two weeks, Democrats and Republicans have been holding separate consecutive sessions in the New York State Senate in order to give the appearance by each side that they are indeed in control of the situation. But the truth is that nothing is getting done as there is no quorum in the chamber when only half the members show up. This is not stopping the senators from collecting their paychecks, however, and filing their pay slips seems to be the only business that has been achieved in the last few weeks. If this were a private business, malfunctioning employees such as these would have been fired a long time ago. At the center of the maelstrom is current President pro tem Pedro Espada Jr., the turncoat Democrat who gave the Republicans back their majority in return for a promise of personal power. Espada continues to demand a hold on his position as president, despite considerable pressure to relent. In fact, a popular t-shirt is now being circulated in Espada’s district that simply reads, “Don’t Vote For Pedro,” a riff on the independent film “Napoleon Dynamite.” Espada is best known for his disregard for campaign finance law and his

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questionable business dealings. In 2005, several of Espada’s business partners were indicted on campaign finance fraud – Espada mysteriously escaped prosecution, despite the fact that it was his campaign that benefited from the fraud. Currently, Espada is under investigation by both the Attorney General and the Bronx District Attorney. Meanwhile, our own Republican senator, Steve Saland, wrote an article in this paper last week attempting to diffuse his public support of this dubious character, stating his vote was in support of “reform.” As a member of the Republican conference, Saland’s vote was crucial in making Espada the president of the Senate. Yet Saland would have us believe his support for Espada is noble. For 40 years, the Republicans held power in the New York Senate, blocking important reforms proposed by the Democrats, including healthcare reform, education reform, property tax reform and campaign finance reform. When the Democrats took power after last year’s November election, they found outlandish expenditures by the Republicans that had been obscured from the public eye. From private Republican television studios and Republican printing presses, to leather-seated, $50,000 private limousines, Republicans were living large on the tax payers’ dime. Some Republican Senate staff members made more in salary than the governor. No wonder our taxes are so high! But Senator Saland blithely stated in his article that the reason he voted in favor of Espada for Senate president is that “We (Republicans) could not sit idly by and watch as spending and taxing continued to escalate beyond control.” It is curious, though, that he never said a thing when his previous choice for Senate president, Joe Bruno, purchased a limo with taxpayer money. At that point, Saland’s interest in

READERS RESPOND: E-MAIL US: EDITORIAL@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM TO THE EDITOR: I like your Hudson Valley News very much but, in a recent issue, I do not understand the way the article on politicians was written. In this article, you mention Rich Perkins, Pompey Delafield,Thomas Martino,Bob Linville,Gina Basile, Diane Nash, Maurice Hinchey, Mike Athanas, Sue Serino, Hanna Black, Michael Taylor, Nancy Sheehan, Yancy McArthur, Dan Kuffner, Walt Doyle, Tim Burns, and 82-year-old Jim Monks. Why does Jim Monks get the honor of having his age (82) listed but no one else does? In all fairness I think your next issue should list everyone else’s age so I do not get the impression that age matters. Yes, I guess it does if he were 18, but what about in your 80s. Does that make you over the hill and not able to think straight? I hope that his age wasn’t listed intentionally so as to either give him an advantage or disadvantage. Gus Talleur

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reform was nowhere to be found. Saland stated in his article: “I urge my colleagues in the Senate Democratic conference to come forward to work on the business we were elected to do.” Yet just last week, Saland and the Republicans rebuffed an attempt by Democrats to build a bi-partisan power-sharing agreement, instead preferring the deadlock in Albany to sharing power with the other party. According to Saland, he and Espada, who regularly flouts campaign finance laws, are solely interested in reform.

Perhaps Espada, along with the Republicans, will see the light and enact sweeping campaign finance reform. In the meantime, Saland’s timely interest in “reform” is mystifying. It only took him 20 years! Jonathan Smith is the former Democratic nominee for the 102nd Assembly seat and can be reached at editorial @thehudsonvalleynews.com.

WEIRDO TO BELOVED AMERICAN ICON SUDDEN DEATH BECOMES MICHAEL JACKSON BY JIM LANGAN Let’s be honest here. Until last Thursday, if you even thought about Michael Jackson, you thought he was a washed-up weirdo who was lucky he wasn’t doing time for child molestation. The only reason he isn’t in a prison somewhere is because he paid nearly $20 million to the parents of a boy he molested. So spare me the crocodile tears in front of the Apollo. I remember the famous comment a studio executive made when Elvis died and it certainly applies to Michael Jackson. “Nice career move.” Like Jackson, by the time Elvis died, he was a caricature of himself and was surrounded by a bunch of loser sycophants and hangers on. The Michael Jackson who electrified the recording industry with his monster hits in the 1980s had long since left the building. Thus, I find the media coverage and reaction to his death somewhere between pathetic and hilarious. Between the hideous plastic surgery and the skin bleaching, Michael Jackson had transformed himself into a freak. As with Elvis, nobody had the guts to stop him because they were all too busy bleeding his bank account. It’s fascinating to see how dying young transforms a person’s legacy. JFK is a perfect example. Had he not been assassinated, his sordid personal life would have eventually been revealed and he would be have been somewhere between Bill Clinton and Gary Hart on the legacy meter. But I am thankful to The Gloved One for one thing. His demise has brought

out a fabulous collection of has-beens and I-didn’t-know-she-was-still-alive celebrities. Everyone from Liza Minnelli to Diana Ross is scrambling to get in on the act. Elizabeth Taylor was said to have collapsed upon hearing the news. The all-time drama queen and longtime has-been Taylor hasn’t spoken to Jackson for years but did manage to get her PR person dialing up the cable shows. It was fabulous seeing Germaine Jackson jumping in front of the microphones to read a statement. Can a Jackson reunion/family tribute concert be far behind? The funeral will be a circus, followed by rumor after rumor about the “real” cause of death. My money’s on Elvis because you and I both know he’s still alive!


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The issue for voters, however, has always been, does it really matter if an elected official is a pig? I remember having a conversation with one of JFK’s sisters on that subject. Her response was, “Jack may have screwed a lot of women but he never screwed the country.” Much the same was said of Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky affair. Clinton’s interpretation “I was hired to do the nation’s busiUSUALLY RIGHT was, ness.” Then again, what else could he say, BY JIM LANGAN although I maintain Bill Clinton would still be denying he had sex with “that woman” DOES CHEATING MATTER? if Monica hadn’t produced the infamous blue dress. Ross Perot was once asked about his For some bizarre reason, philandering policy of firing employees found to have has taken on a decidedly partisan tone over cheated on their spouses. The question the years. Democrats are far more inclined came up in the context of his criticism of to dismiss infidelity as a personal matthen-Gov. Bill Clinton. Perot said simply, ter while Republicans attempt to take the “The way I look at it is if your wife can’t high moral ground. Democrats probably trust you, why should I.” It’s a good thing have it right because when a high-profile the Perot philosophy isn’t law or a lot of Republican like Mark Sanford gets busted, politicians would be out of work. Last Republicans look foolish and hypocritical. week, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford The people-who-live-in-glass-houses analblew up his family and career when it was ogy comes to mind. discovered he’d slipped off to Argentina to Voters seem to have a case-by-case reacrendezvous with a woman not his wife. tion to sex scandals. Clearly they gave Bill Sanford apparently told his staff he was Clinton a pass on his disgraceful womanizgoing hiking on the Appalachian Trail ing, probably because when in fact he flew it didn’t come as a to Buenos Aires. As surprise and Hillary a friend of mine said, was seen as almost “I didn’t realize the complicit in the afAppalachian Trail fairs. John Edwards went that far south.” The revelation that Sanford was the opposite. He Sanford’s behavior was seen as an absoand lame explana- cheated on his wife put yet lute hypocrite, cheattion brought to mind another brick in the wall of ing on his cancerJay Leno’s famous stricken wife. He will question of actor public cynicism about our spend the rest of his Hugh Grant shortly life in well-deserved so-called leaders. after he was caught political exile. with a hooker in Los Then there was Angeles. “What were Eliot Spitzer. He you thinking?” was busted at the You have to wonMayflower Hotel der what Sanford’s in Washington with thought process was. Did he think no one a high-priced call girl. Again, I doubt if would find it odd that the governor of a Eliot Spitzer is the first politician to avail state simply vanished and nobody had any himself of the services of a hooker, but it way of contacting him? It was especially was his reputation as a crusader and scold ironic because the Republican Sanford that did him in. He had no problem telling loved beating the family values drum and people and corporations how to live their was highly critical of Bill Clinton’s womlives, so when he got caught, there wasn’t anizing. In fact, there was considerable a lot of sympathy for him. It appears we speculation Sanford was going to run for have gotten to the point where we almost president in 2012. He can kiss that baby assume our political leaders cheat and will goodbye. lie about it if not caught red handed. Maybe The revelation that Sanford cheated on for a lot of people, the Mark Sanfords of his wife put yet another brick in the wall of the world hit a little too close to home. public cynicism about our so-called leadThe divorce rate in this country tells you ers. Fidelity and truthfulness have become there’s a lot of cheating going on out there. an increasingly rare attribute in politicians. That said, I still hear that Ross Perot quote Gary Hart, Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, in my head. John Edwards, Eliot Spitzer are just a few high-profile names associated with a sex Jim Langan can be reached at editorial@ scandal. Those are just some of the politithehudsonvalleynews.com. cians we know fooled around. Like everything else in life, we know those actually caught are likely just the tip of the extramarital iceberg.

GOD, LIFE AND EVERYTHING BY THE REV. CHUCK KRAMER TOWEL CAMP

were uncertain about this because the cultures of the South and North are different and often laced with mistrust. It took all of maybe 15 minutes for those cultural differences to melt away, and for the kids from North and South to see that they were all pretty much the same. I knew they were the same the moment I saw a North Carolina girl and a New York girl whip out their cell phones and start texting each other. The power of these camps is that the kids have to work throughout the year to raise funding. They hold dinners, car washes, bake sales, coin collections – you name it. Whatever it takes to get there. So, they earn their chance to go somewhere else and work. And let me tell you, they work! We get them up early for worship, then breakfast, then they have to make all the lunches – and finally they get to go work at the sites, building wheelchair ramps, roofing homes, putting in handrails. You name it, they do it. The other special thing about these camps is that you work alongside the folks you’re helping. Sometimes they can’t help much, but they want to be part of it as much as possible. We encourage the workers to rest a third of the time, work a third of the time, and talk with the folks we’re helping a third of the time. All three elements are important to holy living. So spare a prayer for us this week. Oh, and in case you were wondering why it was called Towel Camp: This ministry was founded by a deacon in the church where I used to serve. A crazy guy in lots of ways, he also lived the Good News. And he wanted people to know that the towel is the symbol of the deacon (look in the Acts of the Apostles, where deacons are first mentioned. They were called to wait tables and feed the poor) and that deacon is a servanthood ministry. So Towel Camp is all about being a servant. Not a bad way to spend a week in the summer.

When you’re sitting down with your coffee reading this, I will be at Towel Camp. “Towel Camp?” I can hear you cry. “Why on earth are you going to a camp for towels? What do you do? Sew towels for underprivileged sunbathers?” Um, no. Towel Camp is a work camp based in western North Carolina. Christians from all over the South get together and work on homes of the disabled, elderly, poor or otherwise needy to make those homes more habitable. There are lots of camps in the country like Towel Camp. The Methodist Church, for example, sends their kids to Camp Hope. They all work in the name of God to help those who can’t make it on their own. Maybe that’s also the lesson of these camps for the young people – you can’t make it on your own. We are made to depend on each other, and helping someone with physical or mental disabilities brings that home. If we understand how to help others, we may allow others to help us when the time comes. And in allowing others to help us, we in turn are helping them. Just ask the kids who worked for Miss Aggie and Miss Emma a couple of years ago. The kids still talk about them and the genteel wisdom they readily dispensed. One thing unique about Towel Camp The Rev. Chuck Kramer is rector of St. is that our church’s group is the only James Episcopal Church, Hyde Park. You “Yankee” group. All the other churches can leave a comment for him at rector@ hail from Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, stjameshydepark.org. and the Carolinas. At first, some families

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RODDERS ROLL INTO RHINEBECK BY MONTY KARL Although it isn’t the largest weekend event for the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, the Goodguys East Coast Hot-Rod and Custom Car Show does attract attendees and drivers from all over the Northeast. Days before the show even started, drivers began arriving with a mix of heavily customized cars and trucks. One driver, Dave Lewis, only had to drive two and a half hours from his New Jersey home. Like many other drivers who choose not to trailer their vehicles, Lewis drove his shiny green ’38 Chevy. This isn’t the only show he’s been to this year, though, noting his family “likes to go to all the shows we can.” He’s won some awards for his Chevy, but said coming to the show isn’t about trying to win. He was just happy to be on the road and checking rides.

“Th t’ half h lf th i i tto th “That’s the ffun – ddriving the show,” said Lewis. This is his 12th year attending the show. Although it was sunny and hot a couple days before the official start of the show, he said he was wary of rainy days. It’s something he’s had to deal with for the last few years. “We’re used to calling this town Rainbeck instead of Rhinebeck,” said Lewis. “We’re praying for sun.” Nick Harding and Dave Riley were two other drivers who arrived early. For them, the trip took a little bit longer, coming from Maine, but the two said they enjoyed the trip. Like Lewis, they chose not to trailer their vehicles. “We drive them everywhere,” said Riley. The two men drove their rare Ford Model Ts to the show.

That is significant, especially when you ask the two how often they attend custom Hot-Rod shows. During this time of year, they said they’ll go to a show almost every two weeks. Last week, they were down in Pennsylvania at the NSRA Street Rod Nationals, and in two more weeks the pair will make their way to New Brunswick for the NSRA Street Rod Atlantic Nationals. Prior to the show, they said they’ll be sitting under a tree by the entrance, making sure their cars are perfectly

detailed and trying to make a list of the cars they want to spend some time admiring. “We like to hang out here and watch the cars come in and out and see which ones we’ll concentrate on looking at,” said Riley. “But we’ll give all of them a cursory look.” Like at most shows they attend, they’ll talk to other owners, see how they customized their rides, and catch up with old friends. Something most other drivers were also looking forward to.

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Nick Harding, left, and Dave Riley sit in the shade while they watch car show attendees enter the fairgrounds. Photos by Monty Karl.


Sheriff: Be mindful of TWO SWINE FLU CASES CONFIRMED IN RHINEBECK motorcycle drivers BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Just when it started looking like the swine flu hysteria was dying down, two local students have reportedly come down with it. Last week, the Rhinebeck Central School District sent a letter to parents informing them two district students had tested positive for H1N1 influenza, more commonly known as swine flu, as of June 22. In a message posted on its Web site, the district said the students were recovering at home and will not return to school until their symptoms subside. The Dutchess County Department of Health has been notified, according to the district. “Please be aware that we will continue to monitor the health of our staff and students with the assistance of our school

nurses, in accordance with the Dutchess County Department of Health’s protocols,” the message said. The district has said other students can return to school provided they do not display flu-like symptoms. “Flu-like symptoms include: fever (over 100 degrees), fatigue, lack of appetite, coughing and muscle aches. Additional symptoms may be experienced with the flu, including runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Parents are advised to contact their physicians to seek guidance regarding influenza symptoms and personal responses to such symptoms,” said the district, citing the department of health. To read the district’s full message, which includes tips on avoiding contracting the flu, see the district Web site, www. rhinebeckcsd.org.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT BY JIM LANGAN

• This was a big week for dead celebrities. I was steeling myself for the Farrah Fawcett retrospective on Thursday when the Michael Jackson death hit the airwaves. Poor Farrah got paved over in a heartbeat. By the evening news, it felt like Farrah had died a month ago. The network news broadcasts looked like Entertainment Tonight. Iran and the economy disappeared. Walter Cronkite better hang on because he won’t get a mention if he dies amidst this firestorm. • U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) has the dubious distinction of having racked up the most special-interest-funded junkets in Congress. Old Barney has taken 92 freebies since 2002, according to a federal watchdog group. Frank regularly travels to New York, Los Angeles and Chicago for conferences, frequently paid for by gay and lesbian groups. Members of Congress can accept free travel with approval of Congressional ethics officials. That sounds like an oxymoron. Coming in second and third are congresswomen Stephanie Tubbs (D-Ohio) and Maxine Waters (D-Ca.). • Democrats appear to be fleeing President Obama’s new health care plan. Estimated to cost $1 trillion over 10 years, the proposal would still only cover a third of those currently not covered. • Great to know the granddaughter of Cuban revolutionary leader “Che” Guevara is at the forefront of another revolution – for vegetarianism. The 24year-old will pose semi-nude in a print campaign for PETA. In the ad, Lydia Guevara wears camouflage pants, a red beret, and bandoliers of baby carrots while standing with one fist on her hip.

• Central Hudson won permission to hike electricity rates by 8.5% and natural gas by a whopping 23.5%. Did I miss something? During the last year when the price of oil dropped over $100 a barrel, I don’t recall Central Hudson passing their decreased costs along to the rest of us. Now because energy prices have risen slightly, we’re getting dinged again. That’s what happens when you have an unaccountable monopoly. • The happiest guy in America last week was philandering South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford. The double whammy of Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson’s respective deaths took the randy governor off the front page and the cable networks. They’ll all get back to him but the momentum is out of the story. By the way, governor, thanks for making all guys look like pigs, again. • Sen. John Kerry said he wished Sarah Palin was the governor who went missing instead of Mark Sanford. Why can liberal Democrats get away with trashing Republican women when any disparagement of Democratic women is considered an outrage? Then again, Senator Blowhard doesn’t have much to do these days other than cash his wife’s dividend checks. • Lastly, a North Dakota woman was arrested for drunken breast feeding. Responding to a domestic disturbance call, police saw Alicia Anavarinia breast feeding an infant while hammered. It’s the first such case ever prosecuted in the state. We’ll leave it at that.

BY HV NEWS STAFF Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson is reminding motorists to be mindful of motorcyclists. “Motorcycles are some of the smallest vehicles on our roads, often hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot, so everyone needs to really look out for them,” Anderson said in a press release. The sheriff’s office said in 2007 in Dutchess County, there were 98 crashes involving motorcycles, resulting in two fatalities and 121 people injured. Nationwide, according to the sheriff’s office, there was a 7% increase in motorcycle-related fatalities, from 4,837

in 2006 to 5,154 in 2007. Anderson said motorcyclists also need to take heed. They should follow the rules of the roadway, be alert to other drivers, and always wear a department of transportation-compliant helmet and other protective gear. This summer, in cooperation with the Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board, deputy sheriffs will conduct motorcycle safety check points. Enforcement of and education on New York State motorcycle laws will be carried out at various points in Dutchess County.

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Local teens looking to save lives BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON

The Hudson Valley News learned a great deal about bone marrow transplants this week, but our teachers weren’t doctors or professors – they were a pair of teenage girls. Nicole Cassarino, 16, and her sister, 15-year-old Alyssa, of Rhinebeck, have been organizing bone marrow drives in the local area and helping educate the community about donating bone marrow and how donating marrow can save lives. The two have held one drive so far, over Memorial Day weekend, at Rhinebeck Town Hall. They managed to get about 180 people to sign up as potential donors over the weekend. During a bone marrow drive, the girls get a cheek swab from potential donors and send it to a New York City-based organization called DKMS Americas, which analyzes the potential donors’ DNA and tries to match that person with a leukemia patient in need of a bone marrow transfer. The odds of matching a donor with a patient are very slim – only about one in 120 potential donors actually ends up donating their bone marrow – because, as Nicole puts it, “Bone marrow types are contingent on DNA types.” In other words, a donor’s genetic code must be virtually identical to a patient’s for the

transfer to be successful. Nicole says this makes it all the more important for as many people to have their DNA analyzed as possible. She said it is especially important for minorities and people of mixed heritages to sign up as donors. “It could make a world of difference,”

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she said. “You can save someone’s life by giving an hour of your time.” Almost anyone can sign up as a potential donor, provided they are between 18 and 55 years of age. “Most people who are in good general health should have no problem,” Alyssa said. When a match is found, DKMS Americas contacts the donor and matches him or her with a patient. The organization covers all of the donors’ expenses. Getting bone marrow from a person is not nearly as painful as it used to be, according to the girls. Thanks to a process called PBCS, or peripheral blood stem cell collection, marrow can be taken from a person’s blood stem cells. Nicole said the process is “relatively painless,” and is similar to donating blood. This process of collecting bone marrow is a walk in the park compared to the old method, wherein a large needle was used to collect marrow from a donor’s hip bone. “I don’t think a lot of people know (how easy it is), and that’s what keeps people from donating,” Nicole said. Alyssa said the drive over Memorial Day weekend was just the beginning. The girls plan on hosting more drives in the area and have been spreading the word at Rhinebeck High School, where they are both students, at church, over the radio and online. They are working to organize a bone marrow drive at Northern Dutchess Hospital and will have a booth during the Dutchess County Fair. The girls are extremely grateful to Fairgrounds General Manager Bob Grems for squeezing them into this year’s fair, which will run from Aug. 25 to 30.

Alyssa, left, and Nicole Cassarino get residents to sign up as potential bone marrow donors during a drive they organized at Rhinebeck Town Hall over Memorial Day weekend. Photo submitted

“Mr. Grems was kind enough to give us a booth,” Nicole said. The girls are also looking to host more drives at local colleges, police stations, fire departments and during community events. Nicole, who said she’s always wanted to be a doctor, said she and her sister were inspired to start organizing these drives after reading about Kai Anderson and Jasmina Amena, two youngsters stricken with leukemia. They have been following their stories online and in newspapers. The girls are not merely content with informing the Hudson Valley about bone marrow transfers, either. They have been writing to President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, asking them to sign up as potential donors. “We’re just waiting for a response (from the Obamas) right now,” Alyssa said. Cheek swabs do not have to be taken by professionals, so anyone wishing to sign up as a potential donor can contact the girls, who will send a form with a cheek swab that can easily be completed at home. The girls are also looking for sponsors to help cover some of the expenses associated with the drives. For more information on the bone marrow drives, becoming a donor or sponsoring a drive, call the Cassarino residence at 845-876-0515 or e-mail mcassarino1@aol.com.


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“Whisper House” Music & Lyrics by Duncan Sheik Book & Lyrics by Kyle Jarrow Directed by Keith Powell 8 p.m. | Fri., July 10 2 & 8 p.m. | Sat., July 11 Martel Theater at Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave. Poughkeepsie. Tickets: $25 845-437-5599 powerhouse.vassar.edu

BY DANA GAVIN |

WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM One of the hotly anticipated shows of the Powerhouse season this summer is “Whisper House,” the latest production from musician Duncan Sheik. I clearly remember the summer when Sheik’s big pop crest happened with the eminently finger-snappable “Barely Breathing” in 1996. “Whisper House” isn’t Sheik’s first foray onto the theatrical stage – his game-changer “Spring

ening” won multiple Tonys and has spread to stages Awakening” around the Globe, including the beautiful Novello Theater in London’s theater district. Last year, audiences saw a staged reading of “Nero,” with Indina Menzel and Lea Michele (now starring in Fox’s “Glee”) – as epic and glamorous as that show was (even in bare-bones format), that’s how tight, direct and deliciously moody “Whisper House” seems at first blush. I spoke with Sheik over the phone about his work on “Whisper House,” > more on page 14

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A family examines the black-powder rifle of a British officer at Clermont’s Old Fashioned Independence Day 2008.

Before you stoke up the barbeque or don those red, white and blue swimsuits (no Speedo briefs, though, OK?), check out one of these community events for a spot of patriotic cheer:

July 3 & 4 HUDSON VALLEY PHILHARMONIC, DEMOLITION DERBY & FIREWORKS SHOW

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Antique Show & Flea Market July 4 – 5: More than 600 exhibitors sell antiques, collectibles, new merchandise arts & crafts. Food court. Rain or shine. No pets. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Stormville Airport, 428 Rte. 216, Stormville. 845221-6561.

EXHIBIT Hudson River Steamboats & 1909 Celebration July 4 - September 6: The history of steamboats on the Hudson River, marine steam engines, & items from the 1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration are displayed, with large steamboat models & more than 200 vintage images & ephemera. Sat.Sun. noon-4 p.m. Free. Clinton Historical Society Exhibit Center, 2433 Salt Point Tpk., Clinton Corners. 845-266-8261.

FAMILY Club Galleria 2009: Circling the Globe July 7 - August 25: Summer program for children ages 10 & under. Every Tues. morning through August. Free. Poughkeepsie Galleria, Center Court, 2001 South Rd. (Rte. 9), Poughkeepsie. 845-297-7600, ext. 10.

See the derby and enjoy a fireworks display. Hudson Valley Philharmonic performs on Saturday, July 4. Rain or shine. July 3: Opens 4 p.m.; Derby at 7 p.m. Fireworks follow; July 4: Opens 11 a.m.; Derby at 1 p.m. Philharmonic at 7 p.m. Fireworks follow. Zappa Plays Zappa Tickets: Advance: $30, carload; $7, fairgrounds; $6, demo; Day of: $40, carload; $11, Wed., July 1: 7:30 p.m. Recreates the music fairgrounds; $6, demo; Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6550 Springbrook Ave. (Rte. 9), of the late Frank Zappa with a band led by Rhinebeck.dutchessfair.com or 845-876-4001. Zappa’s son Dweezil. Tickets: $52. Bardavon 845-473-2072. family friendly activities throughout the week. For more information about the Casperkill- Fall Kill Creek Week contact Jennifer Rubbo at 845-4547673 or jen@clearwater.org. “Take a Peek at Your Creek!” July 8-25: Dutchess Watershed Awareness Month offers events such as hiking, bird-watching, fishing, music, festivals, hands-on building activities, GPS exploration & more. Find a complete schedule at http://dutchesswam.com.

OUTDOOR Interpretive Program July 4 & 5: “How Did the Rope Get Up There? History & Practice of Gunks Rock Climbing & Ecology & People of the Shawangunks, Yesterday & Today.” Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

Wednesday, July 1 NIGHTLIFE

Open Mic 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Oasis, 58 Main St., New Paltz. 845-255-2400. > more on page 11 {10} july 1, 2009 | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | Hudson valley news

Creek Week July 5-12: A celebration to raise awareness of the Fall Kill Watershed & the environment. Multiple

JULY FOURTH CELEBRATION IN SAUGERTIES

Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie.

July 3-5. Friday: Carnival at Cantine Field, Saugerties; 6 p.m., Battle of the Bands; Saturday: Events start at 8:30 a.m. Parade kicks off at 11 a.m. from Saugerties High School; carnival & crafts at Cantine Field following parade; Sunday: noon-6 p.m., carnival at Cantine Field. 845-246-9701 or 518-858-7955.

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“THE QUADRICENTENNIAL – EXPLORE HYDE PARK” 10-11 a.m. Parade starts at the Roosevelt Theater, travels north on Rte. 9 and concludes in back of Regina Coeli School. 845-229-8086. FESTIVAL

FOURTH OF JULY FESTIVAL Dusk. Quadricentennial festival and celebration with fireboat and fireworks. Free. Waryas Park, 1 Main St., Poughkeepsie. dutchess400.com or 845-463-4000.

“GRAND CELEBRATION” Noon-5 p.m. The picnic event and museum and headquarters tour are free. Entertainment provided by Ryan Dutcher, a juggler and magician, and the Golden Songsters who will entertain with a cappella performances of some old favorites. Grounds remain open for patrons to view the City of Newburgh’s fireworks. Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, Newburgh. 845-562-1195. > more on next page


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A member of the First Ulster County Militia enjoys a bit of free ice cream, provided by Stewart’s Shops. > continued from previous page Two girls attempt the 18th century stilts at Clermont’s Old Fashioned Independence Day 2008.

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION IN NEW PALTZ Dusk. Music, food and festivities. Ulster County Fairgrounds, Libertyville Road, New Paltz. 845-255-0604.

JULY 4 CELEBRATION IN ELLENVILLE Noon: Parade, Canal St. & Center St. Fireworks: 9:30 p.m. at Resnick Airport, Ellenville. 845-647-7800, ext. 290.

OLD-FASHIONED INDEPENDENCE DAY

Children march along with the Headless Horseman Fife and Drum Corps in 2008.

Maple Grove Tours 10 a.m.-noon. First Wed. of the month through Nov. Maple Grove is a historic 19th-century home on the National Register of Historic Places. The mansion was built in 1859, & reconstruction & renovation efforts are under way. Free. Maple Grove Historic Site, 24 Beechwood Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-9651.

OUTDOOR Bob Babb Wednesday Walk – High Peters Kill 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Meet at the Minnewaska State Park Preserve Peters Kill Lot for a moderate, 5-mile hike. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845255-0919.

“Regarding the View” & “Heads Up, Portraiture” 5-8 p.m. Opening reception. Works by E S DeSanna & a members’ show on exhibit through July 28. Arts Society of Kingston, 97 Broadway, Kingston. 845-338-0331.

MUSIC Tokyo String Quartet 6 p.m. Maverick Concerts, 120 Maverick Rd., Woodstock. 845-679-8217.

NIGHTLIFE Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams 8:30 p.m. Free. Ulster County Fairgrounds, Libertyville Road, New Paltz. 845-255-1380. Strawbs 7 p.m. Acoustic. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300.

OUTDOOR Good Morning Paddle 9 a.m. Kingston Point Beach, Lower Delaware Ave., Kingston. 845-331-1682, ext. 132.

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Hudson River Sunset Paddle 6 p.m. View sunsets & wildlife on this tour. Kingston Point Beach, Lower Delaware Ave., Kingston. 845-331-1682, ext. 132.

“Hey Kids, Let’s Grow Plants!” 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Part of Morton Memorial Library Summer Reading Program. Bring a container; seeds & dirt provided. Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., Rhinecliff. 845-876-2903.

Singles & Sociables hike- Mine Hole 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Strenuous, 8-mile hike with rock scrambling led by Annette Weber. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

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Tivoli Bays Talks: “The Hudson Before Hudson” 7:30-8:30 p.m. Presentation by Dave Conover from Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. Monthly series from the NYSDEC Hudson River Research Reserve. Free. Tivoli Bays Visitor Center, 1 Tivoli Commons, Tivoli. 845-889-4745.

1658 Stockade National Historic District Walking Tour 2 p.m. Tickets: $10, general; $5, under 16. Friends of Historic Kingston Museum, corner Wall-Main Sts., Kingston. 845-339-0720.

5-7 p.m. An exhibition of mixed media at Water Street Market, through July 26. The Unison Gallery at Water Street Market, 10 Main St., New Paltz. 845-255-1559.

The New York Opera Studio 2 p.m. A selection of 14 scenes from operas. Free. Martel Recital Hall of the Skinner Hall of Music at Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5900.

Thursday, July 2

3-10 p.m. 18th century music and entertainment, including performances by the Headless Horseman Fife and Drum Corps and The Providers; games, such Mathewis Persen House Tour 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Stockade National Historic as Cherry Pit Spitting contests, a ThreeDistrict, John & Crown Sts., Kingston. 845-339NIGHTLIFE Legged Race, and Grinning for Cheese Open Mic: “The Circle: Songwriters In The 0720. Challenge; food; and the Saugerties Round” fireworks display. Admission: $8 per 7 p.m. All seats: $4. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. For a list of holiday parades & vehicle; $10 per vehicle after 8 p.m. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. events, see pages 10-11. Clermont State Historic Site, 1 Clermont Ave., Germantown. 518-537-4240. Friday, July 3 ART Sunday, July 5 Rachel Hyman MUSIC

NIGHTLIFE Peter Tork (of The Monkees) & Shoe Suede Blues 9 p.m. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300.

Shanghai Quartet 4 p.m. Maverick Concerts, 120 Maverick Rd., Woodstock. 845-679-8217.

Shorty King’s Clubhouse 6-8 p.m. Second concert of the Millbrook Arts Group Concert Series. Millbrook Community Band Shell, Millbrook. www.millbrookartsgroup. org or 845-242-6754.

“Sound Mapping” 6–9 p.m. An evening of listening & performance from Annea Lockwood & the New York Society of Acoustic Ecology (NYSAE). Catskill Point, 1 Main St., Catskill. 518-622-2598.

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Up the Creek 6 p.m. Sunset paddle on the Rondout. 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston. www.forsythnaturecenter.org or 845-331-1682 ext. 132.

Saturday, July 4 ART

The 9th Kingston Sculpture Biennial 1-4 p.m. Opening reception. On display throughout three city parks which overlook the Hudson River: Hasbrouck, Kingston Point & the Rotary Parks, through October. Hasbrouck & Rotary Parks, Kingston. 845-338-0331.

Chris Brown 7:30 p.m. With Montgomery Delaney. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300.

OUTDOOR Butterflies & Blooms 10 a.m.-noon. John Kenney, Mohonk Preserve volunteer, leads. Bring snacks, water, binoculars, & field guides. All ages are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. Includes an easy, 2-mile hike. Call 845-255-0919 for reservations & meeting location. > more on page 12

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> continued from page 11 Singles & Sociables Hike - Lost City 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve West Trapps Trailhead for a moderate to strenuous, 8-mile hike with rock scrambling led by John Connolly. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-2550919. Walk the Huguenot Path 10 a.m.-noon. A guided walk through the historic marshlands & oxbow lake of the Harcourt Preserve next to HHS. An easy 90-minute hike that explores the special topography, flora & history of this largely unknown area. Tickets:$10, general; $8, Friends of Huguenot Street. Historic Huguenot Street, 18 Broadhead Ave., New Paltz. www.huguenotstreet.org or 845-255-1660 or 1889.

PERFORMANCE 5th Annual Sundays in July Free Music & Poetry Series 1-5 p.m. Every Sunday in July. Bertoni Gallery Sculpture Garden, 1392 Kings Highway, Sugar Loaf. 845-469-0993.

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Tuesday, July 7

With all of the music festivals overr these past couple weeks, I have to admitt that sitting down and listening to one piece of music was just what I needed. When I picked up Fathom Down’s newly released CD, “Deep Calls Unto Deep,” I thought my relaxing musical adventure was going to be bathed with dark me undertones that would take me into some metal-induced trance full of screaming and INFLUENCES: whiplash. NICKELBACK, 3 DOORS DOWN, But this Stanfordville group is way more PINK FLOYD than black t-shirts and crimson nail polish. Layering metal with a hint of punk and SOUNDS LIKE: the touch of a classic rock ballad, each song GODSMACK AND DEPECHE MODE on this debut release was a new adventure IN A DEEP, DARK CORNER full of twists – and almost misses. Lead singer Dorian Randolph carries each song with a soft, resonating voice that is full of raw integrity. His voice is distinct enough to compliment the intense guitar riffs through to brilliance, but the sound seems held back at some points. Being that the accompaniments are so powerful, it’s a welcomed resistance – giving the tracks deeper layers than the listener is expecting to hear. And expectations are made to be broken on this album. You think you’re going to get this adrenaline-pumping soundscape across the board, but songs like “My Lady” have that big hair softness that breaks the album up perfectly. The seamless transition between tracks is largely thanks to two-time Grammy Awardwinner Phil Magnotti mastering the tracks. Along with Magnotti, production and sound designer Buck Brundage brings his 20-year history in the music business to these Hudson Valley tunes. Each song is close to perfection, balancing the warm tones of Randolph’s voice with the purity of a solid guitar solo from Kevin Biro. The chemistry of the band seems to balance out harmoniously – Rick Castro’s hypnotic drumming aligned with Chris LaGoy’s pulsating keyboards; guitar riffs all come together peacefully in the remnants of a grunge-filled after party. Through each track you can simply visualize the swaying of the crowd at a favorite hometown watering hole, mixing up playlists to please each one of their audience’s musical haunts. Influences listed on their Myspace page (www.myspace.com/fathomdown) showcase the broad musical range the guys have acquired. Given that members of Fathom Down Gandalf Murphy & The range in age from ’20s to ’50s, it’s obvious throughout the album how each member Slambovian Circus of contributes musically. From Pink Floyd to Deep Purple to Godsmack and Sevendust Dreams – it’s obvious the band’s diversity is what carries them through their deepest musical Saturday, July 4, 8:30 p.m. Free. Ulster moments. County Fairgrounds, Libertyville Road, The album ends with “Deep Calls Unto Deep” in two parts that creates an instrumental New Paltz. 845-255-1380. meditative state that would be perfect for a warm, foggy and rainy Hudson Valley night (so, any night of the past two weeks). The integrity of the track glistens for more than nine minutes, an attention-holder which is impressive for a rock ballad. COMING SOON Hudson River Dinner Dance Cruise While Fathom Down has mastered a hard-rock fusion that shines under cheap bar July 17, 6-8:30 p.m. Dancing to ballroom & Latin lights, I think they have started on something that will progressively evolve to strengthen music on the upper deck, dinner on the first level. the band even further. The production is crisp but a little looseness throughout the tracks Music is ballroom & Latin. Reservations required. Tickets: $50. Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie. 845- will create an organic power that won’t seem forced or redundant in light of those classic 635-3341. ’80s tracks. Brunch with Voices of Diversity July 18: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bring a dish to share. Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, 300 Wall St., Kingston. 845-331-5300.

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BARDSUMMERSCAPE

july 9 – august 23, 2009

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

Opera

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Film Festival

LES HUGUENOTS

LUCINDA CHILDS: DANCE

POLITICS, THEATER, AND WAGNER

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

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

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

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

Music

Spiegeltent

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

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

Bard Music Festival Twentieth Season

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

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

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The Fruits of Ambition program one

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

Saturday, August 15

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

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

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

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

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Wagner in Paris

Engineering the Triumph of Wagnerism

Wagner and His World

Wagner Pro and Contra

August 14–16 and 21–23

Chamber works by Wagner, Liszt, Berlioz, and others

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Works by Wagner, Brahms, Joachim, and others

Saturday, August 22 program eight

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

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

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

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

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The Bard Music Festival marks its 20th anniversary with two extraordinary weeks of concerts, panels, and other special events that explore the musical world of Richard Wagner.

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

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

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The Wassaic Project Presents:

OUTSIDE IN

AN EXHIBITION CURATED BY LIZ PARKS & SALLY ZUNINO

4-8 p.m. | Friday, July 3 PREVIEW @ MAXON MILLS Enjoy music, food, drink and a raffle to Benefit “The Wassaic Project.” The exhibit “Outside In,” a group show of landscape-based paintings, drawings, photographs and sculpture by established and emerging contemporary artists, opens Saturday, July 4, 2-4 p.m. and runs through July 25. Participating artists include David Allee, Jan Aronson, Jeff Barnett-Winsby, Judith Belzer, Carl Berg, Joellyn Duesberry, John Funt, Bryan Nash Gill, Karen Hesse Flatow, Peter Hoffer, Caitlin Hurd, Celeste Joye, Michael Kovner, Carol MacDonald, Erika O’Brien, Peter Opheim, Bill Sietz, Mike+Doug Starn, Alison Stewart, William Stone, Carol Swiszcz, Kit White & Spencer You. Gallery hours: Noon6pm, Sat. & Sun. Maxon Mills, 35 Furnace Bank Rd., Wassaic. For more information, go to www.wassaicproject.com.

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CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE musical theater and what comes next. “Here’s the short version, hopefully,” Sheik said cheerfully. “Keith Powell – who plays Toofer on ‘30 Rock’ – is theater director and he came to me a few years ago about writing some music for a kids show. And I said, ‘yeah sure.’” After a time, Sheik says, Powell presented him with a few more details. “Keith came to me and said, ‘I want lighthouses and ghosts.’ Oh, that narrows it down!” By this time, Sheik was consumed with his own juggernaut – “‘Spring Awakening’ had gone to Broadway, and I was busy with that” – but Powell’s “lighthouse and ghosts” project moved forward. “Kyle Jarrrow wrote the Vassar’s beautiful. book of what would become ‘Whisper You’re able to focus. House.’ He wrote a version in spring of 2007, and we did a kind of very brief It’s a safe environment workshop; I hadn’t even written any songs.” to do and try things. It wasn’t until Powell decided to wrestle all the creative pieces together People aren’t going that definite progress was made. “Keith said, ‘I got us a house down to go online and blog in Charleston, we’re going to work on the show,’” explained Sheik. “For about how terrible your ten days, we (including Jarrow) talked show is. They keep about the show – I’d have my coffee, sit on the beach, and I wrote the lions’ mum, so that you can share of the music in those ten days. It was very productive and cool. South do things and see if Carolina is known for its ghost lore – there’s a richness to all of these ghost they work. stories. Specifically in Charleston, where you can go on these ghost tours. It was a really good place to work on the show.” This creative situation was a positive for Sheik. “‘Spring Awakening,’ and the other two shows that I’ve written with (Stephen) Sater – ‘The Nightingale’ and ‘Nero,’ were in long periods of development – all three were, you know, 20, 30, 35 songs, re-written, re-structured. Months between writing a song. This was a slightly different process – ‘Whisper House’ is more kind of contained. In traditional musical theater – 15 or 20 songs, some are reprises. A lot of material. This (‘Whisper House’) is kind of like a play, and in between the scenes are songs by the ghosts. In some ways, it wasn’t easier or simpler, but the job was clear – not as sprawling an affair.” That same cocoon approach is what drew Sheik back to Powerhouse Theater for the second year in a row. “It’s a very helpful process to be up there. Going and spending ten days with creative and cool people, and Vassar’s beautiful. You’re able to focus. It’s a APPERANCE safe environment to do and try things. ORAL PRESENTATIONS People aren’t going to go on line and ETIQUETTE blog about how terrible your show is. PROTOCOL They keep mum, so that you can do things and see if they work.” The project also allowed Sheik to get PRESENT YOUR pen back to paper. BEST SELF “I enjoyed writing lyrics again. I Lessons and hadn’t written any lyrics since 2005 (his seminars for children, teens and solo album, ‘White Limosine’)— I’d adults been doing so much theater stuff, not Individuals and groups welcome writing words, so it was nice to sit down and be able to write an entire song. Classes led by founder Brenda Moore-Frazier, etiquette Having worked with Sater, it’s helped columnist for the Hudson Valley Connoisseur magazine, and co-author of “Executive Image Power” inform my process as a lyricist. He lives GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE in the world of words, and by osmosis I 10 SCENIC DRIVE | HYDE PARK | 914.456.5819 learned a lot. It’s been nice to jump into VISA, MASTERCARD, AMEX NOW ACCEPTED MEMBER OF AICI AND ISPEP the writing words again.”


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BY TRACI L. SUPPA | HV WEEKEND CONTRIBUTOR Many of the Hudson Valley’s historic sites will be open for tours and special events this summer, offering educational and fun programs designed to incite children’s interest in local history. One such site is Mount Gulian in Beacon, which is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, as well as by appointment for groups. “History becomes more compelling for young people when they visit a historic site,” said Elaine Hayes, executive director. “Knowing about local history helps young people know what it is to be an American.” Mount Gulian is the colonial homestead of the prominent Dutch Verplanck family, established around 1730. Used mainly as their summer retreat and a working plantation, Mount Gulian was turned over to the Continental Army during the War for Independence, because of its strategic riverside location across from Washington’s Headquarters at Newburgh. It’s the homestead’s military period, as the headquarters for Gen. Fredrich Von Steuben, which holds the greatest fascination for youngsters. The “Drillmaster of the Continental Army,” Von Steuben spent several months from 1782-83 stationed there, training local farmers to fight with bayonet-tipped muskets. His notable accomplishments included finding a way to re-load a musket in only 12 steps, giving his troops a timely advantage over the enemy force, which needed 15 steps. “Youngsters find history fascinating when they can touch it, feel it, smell it and see it – as well as hear about it,” adds Hayes. “We aim to get young people excited about it, and emphasize the drama and personal interest of it all.” Programs at Mount Gulian cover a variety of topics, including the Wappinger Native Americans, a soldier’s life during the Revolutionary War and a child’s life in colonial times. A typical guided tour includes a close look at the original stone hearth, where children learn how meals were cooked over open flame. There are also glass cases full of Native American artifacts, including arrowheads, moccasins, knifes and sheaths, and displays of muskets, pistols and military uniforms. Formal programs arranged for groups include a look through a soldier’s backpack, giving kids the chance to identify what the items are, and what they were used for. A favorite activity of both boys and girls is marching with the wooden muskets, and running drills according to Von Steuben’s regulations. On Oct. 11, Mount Gulian is offering the program “Remembering Henry Hudson and the Native Americans,” during which children will be able to ask an actor portraying Henry Hudson questions about his travels. Mount Gulian is located at 145 Sterling Street, Beacon. 845-831-8172. www.mountgulian.org.

Pictured, clockwise from top left: Elaine Hayes of Mount Gulian greets a scout group. Photo by Traci Suppa; “From a Child’s Perspective” tour at Sunnyside in Tarrytown. Photo by Bryan Haeffele; Mount Gulian, Beacon. Photo by Traci Suppa.

“Old Fashioned Fun: Alice in Wonderland” event encourages guests to come in costume for a tea party, games, and a mad hat exhibit. 1010 Rte. 17M, Monroe. 845-782-8248. www.museumvillage.org. THE CLERMONT STATE HISTORIC SITE IN GERMANTOWN is the 500-acre estate inhabited by seven generations of the Livingston family between 1728 and 1962. In addition to two sessions of summer history camp in August, the site regularly offers family events on weekends like “Children’s Life and Games” (July 25), “Legends by Candlelight Spook Tours”(Oct. 16, 23 and 24), and “A Child’s Christmas”(Dec. 5 and 6). 1 Clermont Ave., Germantown. 518-537-4240. www.friendsofclermont.org.

“Archaeology for Kids” is a popular annual event at the GOMEZ MILL HOUSE IN MARLBORO, the oldest standing Jewish dwelling in North America. During the Aug. 16 program, kids ages 5-12 will dig for artifacts while learning about archaeology and the importance of responsible excavation. 11 Mill House Rd., Marlboro. 845-236-3126. www.gomez.org. For groups, the FORT MONTGOMERY STATE HISTORIC SITE offers a “HandsOn Archaeology Program” a simulated excavation dig among the ruins of the fort, the site of a 1777 attack on American troops by British and Loyalist forces. Route 9W, Fort Montgomery. 845-446-2134. www.nysparks.com. Each Thursday this August, SUNNYSIDE in Tarrytown will offer “From a Child’s Perspective,” a special tour of the home of Washington Irving, presented with a child’seye view of the 19th century. Guests will enjoy tales of Sunnyside’s young residents, an interactive scavenger hunt, crafts, and displays of period toys. 89 West Sunnyside Lane, Tarrytown. 914-591-8763. www.hudsonvalley.org.

OTHER SITES More of this summer’s family-friendly, hands-on educational programs and interactive events will take place at these sites: MUSEUM VILLAGE IN MONROE fully engages visitors while touring a 200year-old log cabin, a one-room schoolhouse, and a 130-year-old general store. Staff demonstrates blacksmithing, printing, candle-making and weaving. On Aug. 8, the Hudson valley news | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | july 1, 2009 {15}


HVtheater review| I feel the music

BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM When a company endeavors to mount a production as tough as “Tommy,” I want to start my review-ometer off on 11 instead of 10 – about a quarter through the first act, I sat back and offered a silent kudos to the cast and crew, who managed to fly about the stage with props and set pieces without accident or incident, telling years of back story while hitting the high notes. It’s also critical to bear in mind that the performers on stage also have day jobs, families and other gigs to balance as they learn lyrics and choreography and how to stand confidently on the back of a pinball machine. Again, I cheerfully adjust my

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review-ometer, because “Tommy” is hard when you’re under contract in London and that’s your only day’s work, much less putting forth the sort of effort it takes to do this in between the rest of life. I noted two significant issues with the show that took me out of the joy of the Pete Townsend’s rocking rock opera. While I really appreciated Kevin Archambault’s staging – this show wings by without much visible effort – his choreography left much to be desired. Certain moments worked well: I loved the entire section with Lisa Lynd’s disturbing Acid Queen, and there were a few group moments with Cousin Kevin and his buddies that had cohesion and impact. Too often, though, the movements looked awkward or hastily strung together: nurses spun and kicked with little grace and less purpose, and some of the lad dances were less confident and more uncoordinated. Directors aren’t always lucky enough to get a troupe of triple threats, and I don’t think a lack of perfect singer/dancer/actors has to sound a show’s death knoll, especially when the weak link is dance. I’ve seen choreography (that wasn’t technically difficult at all) work with the strengths of the performers rather than revealing their limitations. It can be done, and it can give a company ensemble the look of a Broadway chorus minus the quadruple pirouettes and the knee-to-nose high kicks. The second issue regards the absence, a and then presence of – albeit confusing – “The Who’s Tommy” aaccents. The play takes place in London Directed by Kevin Archambault ffrom the 1940s through the ’60s. That’s The classic 1960s nnot an ambiguous factoid: The dateline rock opera by The Who ggets emblazoned on three scrims ala the through July 12 ooriginal Broadway staging. Almost all of 8 p.m. • Fri. & Sat. th the show is sung, so the characters adopt 3 p.m. • Sun. a general vocal sound that’s pleasing. Tickets: $22; $20 But occasionally, they speak. And their The Center for Performing Arts, vvoices are a hodge-podge of everything Rhinebeck ffrom nearly Received Pronunciation 845-876-3080 tto Liverpudlian to I swear at one point www.centerforperformingarts.org I was sure Tommy might have been rraised by an off-stage Irish nanny. And ccharacters like Sally speak with a generic American accent. I tried to rise above this, because I do posses an imagination and I am an adult, but if you blaze three Union Flags at me, I really want to be totally transported to good old London town. But, for all other intents and purposes, I was enveloped in the bombastic music and wholly entertained by an earnest – and occasionally excellent – cast. It goes without saying that the music is fantastic: Huge Who-size kudos to the band, perched above the stage, beating the hell out of tunes like “Sensation” and “Pinball Wizard,” and gently revealing songs like “See Me, Feel Me” and the creepy “Fiddle About.” Which leads me into my first commendation: Charlie Barnett IV, as 10-year-old Tommy, for valor and the discipline to stay in character as a deaf, dumb and blind boy in the face of alarming physical manipulation. Barnett was manhandled by nurses and his father Captain Walker; put into a tin garbage can and kicked by his cousin Kevin, who also effectively waterboarded him by dumping a vase of flowers on his face; and endured the overt suggestion of molestation by Uncle Ernie, played by his real father, Charles Barnett III. Not only did Barnett the younger never flinch, he stared off with such large, harrowed eyes that I audibly gasped a few times on his behalf in the face of torment. Like a switch, however, he could turn on a sweet voice for his part in singing to his older and younger self. Excellent work by a stoic young man. A quick note: 4-year-old Tommy, played by the adorable Ethan Kleinke, stole my heart in his little blue jumper and white knee socks. As for the adults, the cast was uniformly strong with several standouts. Maria Hickey’s clear voice made “I Believe My Own Eyes” lovely and melancholy, and she offered a sympathetic portrayal of a difficult character. Lisa Lynds’ Acid Queen was hands-down the most interesting portrayal I’ve ever seen – harsh and unrelenting instead of fantasy-trash. As adult Tommy, Joshuah Patriarco impressed – he deftly handled the powerhouse songs, and he managed the challenging physical requirements of leaping on tables and pinball machines to give Tommy that sense of emotionally overcoming his circumstances, even as the character (in his youth) was stymied at every level. But I have to say, in all the times I’ve seen “Tommy,” I’ve never been as captivated with Cousin Kevin as I was in this production. Wendell Scherer sang beautifully, danced well, made me laugh and got me to actually – heaven forbid – care about his generally malicious character. Scherer made me wish Cousin Kevin had even more to do in the musical – he even looked the part of a skeevy London lad with his pompadour and leather pants.


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The young, the old and a corpse or two BY ANN LA FARGE Enough with the chick lit! Summer is Enou finally here, and with it an array of fine novels to rea read while swinging in the backyard hamm hammock. Mo Most of the memorable prep school novel novels are about boys. Now there’s a novel about what happens to girls in that rarefying atmo atmosphere – Nina de Gramont’s, “Gossip of th the Starlings” (Algonquin Books of Chap Chapel Hill, $13.95) Some people are just born to trouble and danger, and Catherine – se sent away to boarding school in the Ber Berkshires because of a scandal at her last school – chooses trouble for her frie friend in the person of Skye Butterfield, ch charismatic, destructive, dangerous. “I thought,” Catherine muses, “that w whatever story we had together, Skye an and I, she would be dead by the end of it it.” Aware of the danger, Catherine looks f forward to Christmas break, when she’d be home – “enforced eexile my only chance of breaking her spell.” But bad things begin to happen. Catherine, training for the National Horse Show, has her hopes dashed by a freak (?) accident; Skye has an affair with a teacher; threatens to bring down the career of her famous Senator father; is caught with cocaine. Can a pretty teenager be evil? Doomed? In an interview, the young author spoke of her novel, (which was inspired by an actual drug scandal at a prep school in the 1980s) comparing it to another longtime prep school classic, John Knowles’s “A Separate Peace,” calling it “a novel readers could discover at 16, then revisit at different times” and adding, as other inspirations, Tobias Wolff’s “Old School,” Scott Spencer’s “Endless Love,” Jean Stein’s “Edie.” To those I would add, along with, of course, “Jane Eyre,” “Goodbye Mr. Chips,” “The Rector of Justin,” “The Catcher in the Rye” and Curtis Sittenfeld’s best-selling “Prep.” Oh, and Donna Tartt’s “The Secret History.” Let’s segue, now – gracefully, I hope – from teenage angst to the sorrows of old age, via Anita Brookner’s 24th novel, “Strangers” (Random House, $26). Paul Sturgis, 72, lives alone, works at a bank, is a bachelor. On a trip to Venice, he meets an intriguing youngish woman named Vicky, divorcing and needy, (“she had no inner life, and to him the inner life was all”), then returns home to reconnect with an old girlfriend, Sarah, but, in truth, “all feeling for women had left him,” and it seems that “there was no shortage of strangers, in fact, everyone was a stranger ... ” That’s not easy to contemplate ... as he realizes that “I always wanted to be in one place. And to fit in.” He “longed to have lived in one of those confessional novels he had read as a young man – The Sorrows of Young Werther, Adolphe.” Ultimately, Paul makes a decision to change his life ... Did I love this book? No, but I admired it, thought about it, agreed with the reviewer in The New York Times who once said “If Henry James were around, the only writer he’d be reading with complete approval would be Anita Brookner.” Time to lighten up with a nice cozy comfy novel about corpses. Ever watch the HBO show “Autopsy?” The host is forensic expert Michael Baden, now, with his wife Linda Kenney Baden author of a series of thrillers (the first was last year’s “Remains

Silent”) that will delight all fans of the genre. “Skeleton Justice,” coming next week from Knopf ($25.95) is, in short, a delicious read. The bad guy, known as “the Vampire” silences his victims with an ether-soaked rag, then draws blood ... and leaves. Most of them survive; a couple don’t. Who is this dude, and what do these attacks mean? What does he do with all those vials of blood? Dr. Jake Rosen, deputy chief medical examiner, and his lawyer wife, Manny Manfreda, set out to solve the case … “the most bizarre murder case New York has seen since the Son of Sam” which, it seems to turn out, is weirdly connected to another case Manny is working on – the case of the Preppy Terrorist. Asked in an interview where the idea for this novel came from, the authors replied “What better nightmare could there be than strangers having their blood sucked from them as they engage in everyday normal activities?” Baden and Baden will be back next year with their next book, “Dead Storage.” Loved this one. Words of the week, with which I need help: Can anyone use one or more of these words in a sentence, and/or define it (Anita Brookner used one of them twice in “Strangers!”): rebarbative; colocation; minatory. Thanks, and happy reading. Next week: a celebration of Hudson Valley authors.

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HVweekend • All of the talking heads are talking about M Michael Jackson (all of the time). It anymo because it’s “Beat It” instead of almost feels like we’re not in a recession anymore, “bankruptcy” and “Bernie Madoff.” Everyone’s weighing in with their favorite MJ memory, and most are something akin to “I sang in my bedroom with a hairbrush to ‘Thriller!’” Leave it to Anderson Cooper to trump ‘em all. He said that when he was 10, he went to Studio 54 with Michael Jackson and saw him dance. Someone, somewhere, has to have photographic evidence of wee Cooper jammin’ at Studio 54 with the King of Pop. PLEASE. • In the latest “So You Think You’re Relevant,” Tila Tequila has been getting Twitter-pated over gayslur-slinging Perez Hilton. Tequila (we feel ridiculous even pretending that’s her surname) is calling on the online community to boycott Hilton after his tussle with Polo Molina, the Black Eyed Peas’ manager. We’re not sure how to feel about siding with Tila on anything, but Perez has long overstayed his welcome. • Sure, the inauguration of President Obama was memorable for many reasons, but the most bizarre (aside from Chief Justice Roberts’ inability to manage the swearing in effectively) was Aretha Franklin’s Hat. Yes, that chapeau has the right to be capitalized. If you can’t get that pearly grey sparkly bow thing out of your mind (who’d want to retire that image?) fear not! This winter, you too can have a piece of the magic – on your Christmas tree. They’ll cost $43 and will be sold at Bronner’s in Frankenmuth, the Ritz-Carlton in Dearborn, some gift shops and by email at klassicsbykurtis@comcast.net. Oh, Santa, we hope you’re reading this! • Just when you thought the word “bromance” was so 2007, “American Idol” winner Kris Allen shared with the world, “I have a crush on Adam (Lambert), can I say that?” We’re not surprised, since Lambert is fierce and talented and known by people who didn’t even watch American Idol … and we had to look up Kris Allen’s name. • The little guy who tried (in vain) to give “Transformers’” sexpot Megan Fox a flower is having his 15 minutes thrust upon him. Dubbed “Boy with the Yellow Rose,” the kid has been identified as Harvey Kindlon, an 11-year-old from London, who (like anyone with a pulse) thinks Fox is a … fox. So far, Kindlon hasn’t been able to connect with his lady love, but he better watch out – Madonna and Angelina are probably contacting adoption agencies for this cutie. • Some people out there are too bored to be allowed around the Internet – a viral report announced last week, INCORRECTLY, that Jeff Goldblum had died while filming a movie in New Zealand. This ridiculousness even had quirky details, including that he’d fallen more than 60 feet to his death on the Kauri Cliffs. No doubt people were duped into thinking that the Wretched Trilogy Curse (in which it is prophesized that celebs kick it in threes) was starting all over again. So Goldblum is alive, and folks at FakeAWish.com got a good laugh (we guess), but ew. {18} july 1, 2009 | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | Hudson valley news

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BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@ THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM

On Thursday, June 25, Michael Jackson passed away from an apparent heart attack. If you’ve so much as turned on a television or listened to the radio, you know all about the state of affairs of the Jackson household, including the amount of debt looming, the fate of the three children, and how drugs may have played a role in his untimely death. The only aspect of this uneasy downpour of information and speculation is that the radio is again playing some of my favorite Jackson songs. I wish that the television stations would just play a few videos rather than the constant meditation on the sordid details of his life. I’ve long been a fan of Jackson’s – I remember the joy of getting Michael Jackson stickers depicting him in that sharp red leather jacket to put in my super secret personal sticker book – and in the last few years, I enjoyed watching my old favorite videos courtesy of Youtube. Because, while I’ve always liked his music, Michael Jackson was more importantly tremendously influential and inspiring as a dancer. The first time I saw him pop his knees and hoist up on the toes of his shoes, I was hooked. Jackson wasn’t a trained dancer – the movement flowed from him effortlessly, or so it seemed. He understood, perhaps instinctively, how best to angle his body to achieve certain lines and effects. The first time I saw “Thriller,” it scared the stuffing out of me, but I forced myself to get over the fear in order to learn the choreography so I and my little bun-head dancer friends could mimic Jackson perfectly. In many ways, it feels as if Jackson passed away years ago, because what I admired about him has been gone for so long. Jackson the Pedophilic Joke has nearly eclipsed Jackson the Innovator. Since most of the media are offering an in depth discussion of each aspect of this performer’s tragic, misguided and often woefully misjudged actions, I’ll cheerfully refrain. There were two choreographic standouts: The first was Jackson’s work on the “Smooth Criminal” video, which included some stunning ensemble parts as well as movement that artfully forwarded the little narrative. The second is perhaps Jackson’s most memorable on all levels: On March 25, 1983, he performed live on the “Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever” television special. Jackson’s charisma, as he flicked his hat offstage with nary a muscle out of place, solidified his place as a master contributor to the dance lexicon. That is what I remember, and have ever appreciated.


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“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” One weary thumb up Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox Director: Michael Bay erto Writers: Ehren Kruger, Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action violence, language, some crude and sexual material, and brief drug material.

I don’t fault the actors, especially Julie White (as the hero’s mom), John Turturro (who returns as Agent Simmons in top paranoid wack-job form) and Josh Duhamel as Major Lennox, who emerged as the only character who elicited authentic sympathy from me. When I could see him clearly. I was also rather put off by the level of crude humor in this PG-13 flick. I recognize that this movie is made for and marketed to adolescent males, but I’ve often enjoyed films made for and marketed to adolescent males. I like to think that I have a well-rounded sense of humor, not that I’m depraved, thanks very much. But this crossed the line, not because it was just trashy, but because it was predictable and not funny. It was crass for the sake of being crass, and even though that usually gets an embarrassed snicker out of me, I just sighed and wished someone would have written a couple of smart words for these people to say. There’s not a lot of talking, folks – would it have killed Bay to spend a couple bucks from his shaky-cam budget to get someone who could make something other than repeated jokes about male (and male robot) genitalia? Guess it would have. One last whine: I’d like to thank the couple who sat behind me in the theater who talked the entire time. Lord Fauntleroy Footnote supplemented the following astute observations: “That’s a big robot!” and “Oh man, he’s gonna kick some ass!” Thanks, friend. You added so much to my cinema experience. People, be kind, rewind and shut up with the lights go down.

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BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM I wanted to like this movie – I really did. I like explosions and robots. I like Shia LaBeouf fine enough. Even though Megan Fox looks like she’s catching flies with that open-mouth pose, she doesn’t bother me inherently. When I was a kid, I was a fan of the cartoon (and the toys, which I had so much trouble getting back into truck form). “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” however, was simply impossible to crack. In many ways, this should have been expected: Repeating the charm and success of the first movie was always going to be a stretch, especially if the project is yet again helmed by Michael “Five-Shot McGee” Bay. Bay has about five camera angles in his amazingly limited repertoire, and he uses them up in the first 20 minutes of this twoand-a-half-hour behemoth. He also seems to have little concept of how to build tension through rising action and conflict that culminates in a final, satisfying expression of robot violence. Yes, I want to see Optimus Prime whup some Decepticon tail – isn’t that why I bought the ticket? Here was my quandary: I was bored. And that is so not the right response to an orgy of metal mêlée. The movie opens with a florid sequence of destruction in which the general conceit is revealed – the bad robots (the Decepticons) have not gone quietly into the sunset like everyone thought at the end of the first movie. Quelle surprise! I was actually pretty impressed with the first action sequence: It was loud and exciting, if rather hard to follow, because the Transformers, with all of their moving parts, are sort of hard to tell apart. In the cartoon, everyone had these great swaths of primary colors, so that when you saw a whole mess of blue and red, you knew it was Prime. Here, though more realistic (I’m ashamed to include the word “realistic” in this review), the scant color makes robot identification challenging. No matter though – you know which machine clan is going to come out on top, so whoever is still standing is probably a good guy. But … the action never stopped. Ever. I think there was one scene where Megan Fox was laying awkwardly on LaBeouf’s buffness, but it was fleeting and wholly without chemistry. Bay never lets you actually see what’s going on – which is partly, I’m sure, because these big metal monsters are totally emotionless CGI, and because he’s taken the first 30 minutes of “Saving Private Ryan” to heart. The effect is not, I’m sorry to say, 150 minutes of adrenaline-fueled excitement and heart-pounding thrills-a-minute. Rather, I got a head-pounding headache and my butt went numb.

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Cast and crew of the Powerhouse production of “Ninety:” Maria Mileaf (director), Sarita Choudhury (Isabel), Joanna Murray-Smith (playwright), Kevin Kilner (William).

BY CLAIRE ANDERSON

JULY 1 -7 CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): Get ready for a boost of energy this week – put it to good use! And keep yourself open to the possibility of a boost in the romance department. Sparks are flying in every direction.

LEO (JULY 23- AUG. 22):

Change your latitude, change your attitude – isn’t that what a wise old parrot once suggested? No major adventures yet, but head out on miniexcursions to keep your curiosity fresh.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): Everyone wants you at their social gatherings this week, which is flattering, but don’t let your schedule become overwhelming. Let some know that if you could master bi-location, you’d happily be in two places at once. Until then, no hard feelings.

LIBRA (SEPT. 23- OCT. 22): If you have something missing on your resume – think a skill, experience, leadership position – this is the time to seek those things out and get moving. You’re in a flurry of productivity right now. SCORPIO (OCT. 23- NOV. 21):

Just because your current romance isn’t cookiecutter with a dollop of frosting and cherry on top doesn’t mean it isn’t fulfilling for you. Dismiss images that bog you down.

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): Carve out some time this week to clear out the clutter in your living space. If you have old books from one of your many temporary obsessions, donate them to your library or give them to an appropriate organization.

HV field notes: powerhouse gala @ vassar On Saturday, June 27, Vassar and New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater celebrated 25 seasons of new theater works with a star-studded gala, featuring Oscar, Tony, and Grammy Award-winning artists and works. The performance was followed by a party featuring cuisine from Gigi’s and Babycakes, and beverages from Clinton Vineyards. Glenn Seven Allen and Tynan Davis. Photos by Dana Gavin.

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): Focus on someone else’s happiness this week, and that joy will come back to your tenfold. Hint: They aren’t going to come out and tell you what they want, so you’ll have to be a bit of a sleuth.

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB 18):

A blast of inspiration in the middle of the week is exciting – just make sure you’ve done your homework, keep your feet on the ground and things could work very well.

PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): This week is a good time for you to investigate other options to supplement your income – stretching your boundaries won’t just increase your takehome, but you’ll also continue to improve your network of friends and contacts. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): Keep it close to home this week – rent movies, use that kitchen! – and save any big purchases for the weekend.

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20):

Pay attention to that little niggling whisper of intuition. Your subconscious is picking up on clues in your environment – trust yourself. You’ll thank you later.

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): A sense of optimism is taking seat in you – quit being cynical and embrace that energy. The upswing is really happening, but it’s only going to get you moving forward if you hold on with both hands. For entertainment purposes only. {20} july 1, 2009 | weekend@thehudsonvalleynews.com | Hudson valley news


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

SPORTS STUFF BY JAY KENNEDY

• The Jaybird just back from a quick trip to Boston, home of the 2009 World Series-champion Red Sox. The big buzz in Boston was the super-secret wedding of Sox owner John Henry to a woman about 30 years younger than him. The old Jaybird can relate to that, but what’s with the no cameras, no cell phone stuff? The wedding took place under a tent in center field. Bill Buckner was not the best man because Henry was concerned he’d let the ring go between his legs. Hey, real Red Sox fans still hate Buckner. • Ex-Red Sox Manny Ramirez has been getting some major-league love as he rehabs in Albuquerque for the Dodgers’ minor league affiliate. Manny has been serving a 50-game suspension after testing positive for steroids. The warm reception for a cheater says a lot about sports fans in this country and society in general. Most people don’t appear to care that ballplayers use performance enhancers. What ever happened to playing it on the up and up in this country? Remember that great sign a fan put up a couple of years ago as Barry Bonds came to bat? It said, “The Babe did it on beer and hot dogs.”

HORSES AND RIDERS READY FOR UPCOMING TRIALS BY MONTY KARL

After more than 16 years of eventing, a mix of stadium jumping, cross-country time trails and dressage, Fitch’s Corner is back in the saddle this summer with the annual Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials. Some might become tired after more than a decade of annual preparations, but for Fitch’s Corner Farm co-owner Fernanda Kellogg, the years haven’t dragged. “After 16 years, (the trials) feel like part of my life,” said Kellogg. The trials, which draws patrons, riders, and horses from all over the East Coast, have become part of the thread of summertime life for residents in Millbrook. Kellogg said participants often tell her “it’s one of their favorite summer activities.” This year, the trials will host riders in novice, novice masters, training, and preliminary divisions, but those attending won’t be there just to see the event. Instead, like in past trials, Kellogg has welcomed varied vendors for the Fitch’s Corner Market, where people can find “great shopping with 35 shops,” according to Kellogg. “Product offerings range from jewelry and fashion, to gifts for the home and

custom-made saddles,” she added. This year, Kellogg said she will also bring back the popular Collector Car Parade, Blue Jean Ball, and Spectator Luncheon, a social highlight with food prepared by celebrity chef Bill Peet from Aretsky’s Patroon restaurant in New York City. The best part of the luncheon is that proceeds benefit the Millbrook Rescue Squad. “We also have fabulous sponsors, including Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate, Brooks Brothers, Hermes, and Hunter Boot,” said Kellogg. “Sponsorship is the key to providing the style to the weekend.” Kellogg said people should come out to see Farnham Collins, master of foxhounds for the Millbrook Hunt Club, win the annual Fitch’s Corner Award, but also to support the Millbrook Rescue Squad, the true beneficiary of the weekend. She said people should expect “fun, fun, fun, for spectators and riders.” This year’s horse trials will be held July 25 and 26 at the farm at 632 North Mabbettsville Rd., in Millbrook. For more information on the trials, visit www.fitchscorner.com, call 845-677-5479, or e-mail at ehill@fitchscorner.com.

• Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra may have to run against the boys to find any real competition. Rachel cruised to a 19-and-a-quarter-length victory Saturday at Belmont Park to win the $300,000 Mother Goose. Jockey Calvin Borel said, “She’s not normal.” The horse paid a paltry $2.10. Let’s hope Rachel Alexandra runs in the Travers at Saratoga.

Scenes from the 2008 Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials. Photos submitted

• Is it just me or has the air gone out of the Subway Series and the Yankees-Mets rivalry in general? As hard as they try, the flacks for both teams just can’t get fans fired up. My guess is fans know neither team will be there in October, so what’s the point? • Another event that used to capture the public’s imagination was Wimbledon. Remember watching Connors and Borg or Chris Evert and Martina? Everyone would sit around the TV on the Fourth of July and enjoy “Breakfast at Wimbledon.” While it’s likely today’s players would smoke stars of yesteryear, nobody cares. Today’s players are corporate automatons devoid of personality and charisma.

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MY FRIEND BOB JAFFE AND BERNIE MADOFF BY THE STOCK JOCKEY

If you’re like most people, you have to be fascinated by the Bernie Madoff saga. It has something for everyone. There’s the mysterious mastermind Madoff and his grubby little wife, Ruthie. We have the two sons and their extravagant lifestyles and the one wife filing for divorce as soon as the news hit the papers. You also have the so-called victims who apparently lost upwards of $50 billion in the biggest ponzi scheme of all time. You also have an undercurrent of “They got what they deserved,” fueled by what some people are calling anti-Semitism. That’s because almost all of Bernie’s investors were Jewish. The word was Bernie was impervious to market declines and he took good care of “his people.” As it turned out, Bernie beat the market by stealing from Peter to pay Paul and nobody asked very many questions. Bernie was the financial equivalent of a hot restaurant. You had to know somebody or be somebody to get a reservation, or in Bernie’s case, an opportunity to invest with him. It worked like a charm. The more people were told Bernie wasn’t taking on new investors, the more they wanted in. One way to get in was to know Bob Jaffe. Well, I’ve known Bob Jaffe for over 30 years. He and I were stockbrokers together at E.F. Hutton in the 1970s. We worked out of an office in Chestnut Hill, Mass., a suburb of Boston. He and I played a lot of golf together and my children hung out with his children. Bob was and still is married to Ellen Shapiro, a lovely girl and wonderful mother. I was also aware that Ellen’s father, Carl Shapiro, was a very wealthy man. The word was Shapiro was in the garment business in New York and sent a lot of stock

and commodity business to his son-in-law, Bob. As I was technically Bob’s superior, I would often have to sign off on Shapiro’s transactions because all employee-related trades needed a signature. As I recall, the trades were mostly commodity tax straddles intended to defer taxes. They were legal but aggressive and they were later outlawed. The result for Bob was he did a lot of business and many of the other less-connected brokers resented him. A few years later, Bob left E.F. Hutton and became manager of Cowen and Co. in Boston, where he remained until the late ’80s. In 1989, Bob’s career and life took a major detour. He left the brokerage business and became a principal in a new financial company known as Comad Securities. Comad was owned by Bernie Madoff. We now know that Carl Shapiro was the man who initially bankrolled Bernie Madoff in 1960 and was his largest investor. Shapiro is now 96 and claims to have lost $5 billion with Madoff. But it is my friend Bob Jaffe’s involvement in all this that is getting more and more curious, because it was Bob you had to schmooze at country clubs in Palm Beach and Boston in order to see the wizard. We now know Bob was being paid directly by Madoff for those he lured into the spider’s web that was Madoff and Comad. According to an SEC civil fraud indictment returned against Jaffe and two other Comad principals, my pal, Bob, made $150 million shilling for Bernie. If that’s what he did, he should go to jail and I was very wrong about him. But I will await more detail. But here’s what I find fascinating. There are only three things that could have happened. One would be my friend is a naïve moron and a victim of Bernie

Bob Jaffe

Madoff. I have a hard time believing that. The second scenario is Bob got sick and tired of being Carl Shapiro’s son-in-law and Bernie Madoff knew it. (Bob began life as a tie salesman in Boston and more than a few people never let him forget it.) So did Bob sell his soul to the devil in return for having some real money of his own? If he did, he blew up his wife’s family and his own kids. Maybe he thought Bernie could do this forever and he’d eventually cash out. Or were Carl Shapiro and Bernie Madoff in cahoots all along and only brought Bob over the wall when they had to? The fact that Shapiro is a frail old man these days doesn’t necessarily mean he’s innocent.

The Stock Jockey is a long time investor smart enough to know he doesn’t know much but unafraid to offer unsolicited advice anyway.

Rhinebeck PTSO offers local discount card BY HV NEWS STAFF As part of its mission to raise funds for the Rhinebeck Central School District, the Rhinebeck PTSO has come up with a way to raise funds while stimulating the local economy. The Rhinebeck Discount Card, offered for $10 by the Rhinebeck PTSO, provides discounts at about 15 Rhinebeck stores through April 30, 2010. Discounts range from 5% to 15% and are offered at a variety of local stores,

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I very much recall Shapiro as a sharpelbowed garmento in the 1970s. Wouldn’t it be the ultimate plot twist if Shapiro was in it all along and ensnared his sonin-law? What better alibi for Shapiro than saying he lost $5 billion to Madoff when he actually stole $15 billion. As a friend of mine who also knows Jaffe said, “What are the odds we’d know a principal player in the biggest fraud case in history?” The Stock Jockey will keep you posted.

including Samuel’s, Land of Oz Toys, A.L. Stickles, the Rhinebeck Department Store and many more. “We wanted to develop a project that shows sensitivity to the economic climate we are all enduring”, says Meridith Ferber, chairwoman of the Rhinebeck Discount Card initiative, in a press release. “Our local stores are thrilled to be part of the effort to help the school district, and community members are likewise proud to support their local merchants.” The Rhinebeck PTSO earns $8.50 for every card sold. Cards can be ordered online by downloading the order form from the Web site, sites.google.com/site/ rhinebeckdiscountcard. Cards can also be purchased at the Rhinebeck Department Store.


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Stanford BY HEIDI JOHNSON

Is there anyone, anywhere who is bored in June? There is an overabundance of graduations, weddings, end-of-year parties, etc. My family finds ourselves double-, triple- and at times even quadruple-booked on both Saturdays and Sundays in June. This past weekend we attended two graduation parties, one team party, one birthday party and a music festival. But it is fun, isn’t it? I truly enjoy the festivities, the good food, the camaraderie, and most of all, seeing the person of honor just enjoying the spotlight after earning their achievement. We didn’t have any graduations this year in our family, but our neighbor Alyssa Crodelle graduated from Stissing Mountain High School. I remember Alyssa when I first moved into this house. She was just 3 years old and was the cutest little country kid you ever saw. She is now a lovely, grown woman and will be going to Dutchess Community College next year to study elementary education. I also managed to squeeze out a halfday vacation to join my children at the fifth-grade moving-up ceremony this past Friday. As has been the tradition for many years, the fifth graders were bused to the rec park, where they were met by family and friends. Food and drinks were provided by the parents of the “graduates” and lifeguards were on hand for the first day of swimming in the pond. There was even a huge homemade cake for the class. Everyone had a wonderful time and it was a perfect kick-off for summer vacation. Congratulations to all of our local graduates. We are tremendously proud of you and we wish you much success and happiness in your next level of adventures.

request – the “Macarena.” Karla Triola’s 8-year-old niece, Travyn, asked for the song and Jim bravely cranked it out, although with perhaps not exactly the correct lyrics. Didn’t matter. We all hopped up and followed Travyn as she lead us through the moves. It was a great end to a fun evening. Thank you to the library staff for hosting this event. Coming up, the library has several exciting events planned. Story time will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 7 through 23. Preschool story time (ages 3-5) runs from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. and primary story time (ages 6-8) runs from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. There is also a sculpture class for children age ROSEMARY HENSLEY-WEIR 9 to 11 starting on July 7 and running A wonderful woman with ties to through July 28. The class will be held Stanfordville lost her long battle with on Tuesday afternoons from 2 to 3 p.m. breast cancer this past Thursday. Please call the library at 845-868-1341 Rosemary Hensley-Weir was the pastor at the United Church of Christ for many years, leaving the church to pursue a career as a prison chaplain. Rosemary was one of the world’s most gentle and generous people. She had many friends still in town and we are all mourning her passing. Our hearts go out to Rosemary’s family, especially her two teenage sons, James and Michael. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

to register for the above programs. On July 13, Jester Jim will present his program entitled “Imagine, Create, Participate” at the library at 2:30 p.m. All ages are welcome to this show. And finally, a reminder that the Knitting Group meets at the library every first and third Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Experienced knitters are on hand to teach beginners, and the library provides the coffee and tea. Beginners should bring #8 needles and worsted weight yarn.

Cold Spring Principal Jay Glynn bids farewell to the fifth graders as they board the bus to take them to the moving-up party at Stanford Rec. Photo submitted

sideways into a ditch. No one was hurt, but it was quite frightening since Alyce and her two daughters were in the car when it happened. It is no fun to have to get winched out of a ditch, so do use extra care in parking near road edges while the ground is still saturated. Thank you for sharing your news this week and keep me posted on all your DRIVERS BEWARE summer events. My contact info is: One last little word of caution to playfulrelics@optonline.net, 845-392all drivers. All the rain we have had 4348. Happy Fourth everyone. See you lately has made the edges of roads and next week. driveways very loose. My friend, Alyce, had a scary accident when the side of the driveway where she parked her minivan in Hudson gave way and the car slid

STANFORD LIBRARY EVENTS Our outdoor campfire did get rained out last Friday, but we had a fun time anyway with a simulated fire in the library basement. The s’mores were deliciously gooey and Jim lead his young audience in a host of old Western and folk music favorites. He capped off the evening with a rather surprising Hudson valley news | editorial@thehudsonvalleynews.com | july 1, 2009 {23}


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The free program runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon each day. The children will take part in Bible dramas, crafts, snacks, and fun music and games. The church is located at 20 Shepherds Way (off Salt Point Turnpike, one mile east of the Taconic State Parkway) in the hamlet of Clinton Corners. Please call the church office at 845-266-5310 to preregister.

Deadline for all entries is Aug. 20. The Citizen of the Year Dinner Roast is in Oct. 27.

Taking Nature Photos Red Hook Public Library will host “How to Take Better Nature Photos with Your Digital IF YOUR GROUP OR ORGANIZATION IS HAVING AN EVENT YOU’D LIKE TO Camera” with professional photographer PUBLICIZE, PLEASE SEND YOUR INFORMATION TO: Sally Delmerico from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, CALENDAR@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM. July 22, at the library. The workshop is free CALENDAR ITEMS MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE NOON ON THE FRIDAY and open to the public. It is appropriate for BEFORE PUBLICATION TO BE CONSIDERED. teenagers and older. There are a limited Library Appreciation Day The Clinton Community Library will be number of participants for this program, so holding Library Appreciation Day for its pre-registration is required. All participants Clinton Holiday Schedule This week patrons on Tuesday, July 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 must bring their own digital cameras. Call On Friday, July 3, the Clinton town offices p.m. in the library. Coffee, tea, donuts, and the library at 845-758-3241 to register. and highway department will be closed. other pastries will be served. Come for a Swimming Pond Opens Daily The swimming pond in Frances J. Mark On Saturday, July 4, the library will also be snack and explore the treasures available Lyme Support Group Meeting Memorial Park on Clinton Hollow Road closed. The recycling center will be open in the Library. Get a library card and have The Mid-Hudson Lyme Disease Support (County Route 18) opens daily for swimming regular hours (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.) on Saturday, access to all the library materials in the Mid- Group meets on Wednesday, July 8 July 4. starting Wednesday, July 1. from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Pleasant Hudson Library System. Valley Presbyterian Church on Route 44 Free Soccer Clinic Babysitting Course in Pleasant Valley. Caregivers are also Free Cinematography Workshop The Clinton Community Library is having a A free co-ed soccer clinic for ages 9 through Budding cinematographers are invited to encouraged to come to learn how to cope babysitting course at the library from 9:30 18 will be held at the Upton Lake Christian come to Tivoli Free Library for a special hands- with the problems associated with Lyme and a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1. School at 2450 Salt Point Turnpike in Clinton on video workshop with Kathy O’Connor of associated diseases. Call for directions and You will learn pediatric CPR and first aid. Corners. It will be held on two days - Friday, PANDATV23. This two-part program will take parking information. For more information, Some common situations that occur while July 3 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, contact Pat at 845-889-4242 or Rachel at babysitting will also be discussed. The cost is July 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The clinic is run and again on Tuesday, July 14. Participants 845-229-8925. $20 per person and includes a book, a CPR by Iroquoina Soccer Camp (from Hallstead, are expected to attend both workshops. card, and hands-on instruction. Certification Penn.) by representatives Ken and Ricky Participants will earn to effectively use a Rhinebeck Lyme Support Group is by American Safety and Health Institute. Switzer. For more information or to register, camera and and how to capture the stories The Northern Dutchess Lyme Disease For more information and registration, call contact Phil Walker at 845-416-8010 or of a community. Projects could be aired on Support Group meets on Thursday, July 9 coach Ken Switzer at 201-410-9172. 845-266-5530. PANDA. The program is free. Call the library from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the First Baptist Church, 11 Astor Drive, Rhinebeck. Lyme at 845-757-3771 to pre-register. Patriotic Community Concert Clinton Court Closed patients, the general public, and the medical The Town of Clinton Justice Court will be The Clinton Evangelical Free Church invites Gardening at the Library community are invited to attend. Caregivers closed on Thursday, July 2 for court. Court the community to a free patriotic community Morton Memorial Library, 82 Kelly St., are also encouraged to come to learn how actions will be moved to Thursday, July 9 concert on Saturday, July 4 starting at Rhinecliff, will host an afternoon of container to cope with the problems associated with at 4 p.m. Court staff will be available at all 5:30 p.m. on the front lawn of the church, gardening at the library on July 2 from 3:30 to Lyme and associated diseases. other regularly scheduled times. Call 845- located at 20 Shepherds Way (off Salt Point 4:30 p.m. Attendees should bring a container; For more information, contact Mary Belliveau Turnpike, one mile east of the Taconic State the library will provide the seeds and the at 914-489-1202. 266-5988 for more information. Parkway) in the hamlet of Clinton Corners. dirt. Call 845-876-2903 for information. Please call the church office at 845-266Library Movie Night Clinton’s Battle of Books Meeting The Clinton Community Library is having a 5310 for more information. Come bring A Battle of Books meeting will be held on movie night on Friday, July 3 at 6:30 p.m. in your lawn chairs and blankets for a free Upcoming Thursday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Clinton the library at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route celebration featuring the Stevenson Family Community Library at 1215 Centre Rd. For 18, north of Schultzville). The movie is “Paul from Jacksonville, Fla. more information, contact the library at 845Medicare Orientation Session Blart: Mall Cop,” which is rated PG and runs The Office for the Aging will present a 266-5530. 91 minutes. The public is invited to this free Vacation Bible School training session on Medicare for residents showing. Call 845-266-5530 with your movie The Evangelical Free Church of Clinton who are approaching the age of 65, on Hyde Park Democratic Caucus Corners invites you to a “Wildwood Forest suggestions and for information. Wednesday, July 15 from 10 a.m. to noon The Town of Hyde Park Democratic Adventure” vacation Bible school beginning at the Poughkeepsie Galleria Community Committee will hold its town-wide caucus on Monday, July 6 and ending Friday, July 10. Room, Route 9, Poughkeepsie. Attending Friday, July 10 at 7 p.m. at the Hyde Park the workshop will help seniors get a basic Town Hall, 4383 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park. overview of what Medicare is and what it The purpose is to nominate candidates for covers. There is no cost for this program, the following public offices: Town Supervisor, but space is limited. To register, call 845- Receiver of Taxes, Town Clerk, Highway 486-2555 or e-mail ofa@co.dutchess.ny.us. Superintendent, Councilman Ward 1, Councilman Ward 2, Councilman Ward 3 and Councilman Ward 4. The general election is SPCA Golf Tournament The Dutchess County SPCA will hold a golf Tuesday, Nov. 3. All registered Democrats tournament to raise funds for a new animal residing in the Town of Hyde Park voting adoption center on July 20. The tournament district are invited to attend. is to be held at the Dutchess Golf and Country Club. The event is in memory of the late Dr. Peter Poggi, a generous local veterinarian. Those interested in golfing or joining the SPCA for the July 20 dinner should contact the shelter at 845-454-5346, ext. 102. Citizen of the Year Red Hook Rotary’s Citizen of the Year nomination applications are available at the Red Hook Village Clerk’s office or the Red Hook Town Clerk’s office. They are also available by e-mail at niki@frontiernet.net.

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Senior Insurance Options The Office for the Aging will be conducting an informational seminar to help seniors and other interested adults understand the concepts of long-term care insurance and payment options. The program will be held on Tuesday, July 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Starr Library, 68 W. Market St. in Rhinebeck. There is no cost for this program, but space is limited. For more information, or to register, call 845-486-2555. Bootlegging Discussion On Wednesday, July 15, Millbrook Rotary’s guest speaker will be Ellie Charwat, who will talk about bootlegging in the Hudson Valley. The talk is open to everyone and will be held at the Millbrook Carriage House restaurant on Alden Place, Millbrook, from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Lunch is $14.


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Clinton BY RAY OBERLY

OIL AND STONE ON LAKE DRIVE Most of Lake Drive has just been oiled and stoned. Drive carefully for the next few weeks until the surface hardens. ‘TAKE A PEEK AT YOUR CREEK’ “Take a Peek at Your Creek” is the theme of Dutchess Watershed Awareness Month. For updated information about the many Watershed Awareness Month events occurring during July, check the Web site at http://dutchesswam.com. For more information, contact Carolyn Klocker, CCEDC environmental educator, at 845677-8223, ext. 135 or cak97@cornell.edu. Some of the events for this week follow. An Interactive Watershed Table concerning the Fall Kill watershed will be on display on Wednesday, July 8 at 6 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park. Learn more about Dutchess County watersheds and the critters that live in them. Then stay to enjoy the music of the Bearcats Jazz Band at the Concerts in the Parks. “Where Does All the Water Go?” teaches about storm-water runoff, what it is, where it comes from, and how to reduce it as you stroll along the Fall Kill Creek in the City of Poughkeepsie with Assistant City Engineer Joe Chenier and Fall Kill Watershed Coordinator Jen Rubbo. It starts at Pulaski Park in Poughkeepsie on Thursday, July 9 at 2 p.m. The Casperkill Watershed Alliance will be having a stream table demonstration with a healthy stream and watershed informational pamphlets. It will be on display at the Arlington Farmers Market on Thursday, July 9 from 3 to 7 p.m. on the Vassar College Alumni House lawn, Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie. CLINTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY SUMMER EXHIBIT A major exhibit by the Clinton Historical Society celebrating New York State’s Quadricentennial will open at the Creek Meeting House Exhibit Center. The exhibits, entitled “Steamboats of the Hudson River” and “1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration,” will start on Saturday, July 4 and end on Sunday, Sept. 6 in the Creek Meeting House. Its open hours are from noon to 4 p.m. on the Saturdays and Sundays during the open period. The Creek Meeting House, 2433 Salt Point Turnpike, is in the hamlet of Clinton Corners. For more information, call 845266-5494. Beginning with Robert Fulton’s Clermont in 1807, the rise, golden age, and decline of the great river passenger and freight steamers will be exhibited with vintage images of the grand exteriors and palace-like interiors, as well as the turn-of-the-century amusement parks that attracted thousands of steamboat passengers. Especially featured are six intricate steamboat models, as long as 6 feet in length, from private and public

rarely seen collections. Models of the “walking beam” steamboat engines will also be on display, and a special event is planned in August to demonstrate these models, including a live steam marine engine powering a 12-foot boat with paddlewheels. A special auxiliary exhibit, “1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration,” will celebrate the centennial of this important event, and will show rare images and artifacts from private collections. This exhibit will also be a featured event during the major Dutchess County Quadricentennial Celebration weekend, Oct. 2 through 4, when the Walkway Over the Hudson will be officially opened. LIBRARY SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION Registration is open for the Clinton Community Library’s summer camps. Applications are available at the library or on their Web site, www.clinton.lib. ny.us. Enjoy books, music, games, outdoor play, snacks and new friends while participating in the camps. The Be Creative at Your Library Camp for Children, for children going into kindergarten through third grade, will be held Monday through Friday, July 6 through 10. The Express Yourself at Your Library Camp for girls, ages 9 through 13, will be held Monday through Friday, July 20 through 24. The Express Yourself at Your Library Camp for boys, ages 9 through 13, will be held Monday through Friday, Aug. 3 through 7. All camps will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Clinton Town Hall and library at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18, north of Schultzville). The camps are free to Clinton residents and $100 to all others. All attendees must complete a registration form. Space is limited and spots fill quickly. For more information, call the library at 845-2665530. LIBRARY SUMMER CONCERT The Clinton Community Library is pleased to announce a free summer concert on Friday, July 10 at 7 p.m. on the lawn of town hall. Back by popular demand, the Shorty King’s Clubhouse, playing postwar ’40s swing, jazz, jump, and a “rocking

revue of great American music,” can be heard in Clinton. Come early and bring a picnic and your dancing shoes. Don’t forget a lawn chair or blanket to use while listening to the concert. The community is invited to come and no reservations are required. The library is located at 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18, north of Schultzville). For more information, call the library at 845-266-5530. NORTHERN DUTCHESS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA REPORT The Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra gave a great performance on the evening of June 20 in the Rhinebeck High School auditorium. The evening’s heavy rains did not keep the crowd from coming to the performance. The acoustics were excellent and everyone had a good seat. Executive Director Dana White-Marks, who also played the viola in the orchestra, welcomed the audience to the orchestra’s first performance in Rhinebeck. Executive Director Nancy Amy of the Rhinebeck Chamber of Commerce welcomed the orchestra with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. High school juniors Samantha Chestney and Jessica Merryweather held the ends of the yellow ribbon that crossed the stage. A large pair of scissors was used by White-Marks and Kathleen Beckmann, artistic director and conductor, to cut the ribbon. The ribbon was then placed in the hallway for the audience to sign as a memento of the concert. Deputy Mayor Wayne Rifenburgh welcomed the orchestra. The concert’s theme was “A Slice of the Big Apple,” and began with a salute to the Big Apple, featuring “Theme from New York, New York,” “42nd Street,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” and “New York, New York.” Before each musical section, Robert Weintraub read an informative narration that gave background and tidbits about the selections. Anthony Musso wrote the narrations to enhance the program, using his love of the theater and music. Weintraub, a versatile and accomplished young baritone, sang some of the songs in this section. Next was Rossini’s “Overture to the Barber of Seville.” The “King Kong” soundtrack highlights included “Main Title,” “Wait,” “Breach,” “It’s Deserted,” “Beautiful,” “T Rex and King

Kong,” “Somewhere,” and “Beauty and the Beast.” A special treat was hearing George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with Jia-Yi. He was the harmonica soloist and also did the special arrangement. The highlights from “Wicked” (a Broadway show) were “No One Mourns the Wicked,” “The Wizard and I,” “Dancing Through Life,” “Popular,” and “Defying Gravity.” Dvorak’s “Finale from the Symphony No. 9” of the “New World” provided a change of pace. Organ soloist John Baratta recreated the sound of Radio City’s pipe organ with large, powerful speakers attached to the electronic organ. He played a Broadway medley of songs like “Give My Regards to Broadway,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “This Joint is Jumpin’,” “Falling in Love with Love,” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” Songs from “West Side Story” included: “I Feel Pretty,” “Maria,” “Something’s Coming,” “One Hand, One Heart,” “Cool,” and “America.” The finale was the theme from “New York, New York,” sung by Weintraub. A standing ovation recognized the truly masterful performance. The orchestra was composed of talented high school students, college music conservatory students, area music teachers, as well as musicians from the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and West Point band. The blend of various styles of music made for a very enjoyable evening night out. This was the last performance of the three for the season. In the fall is a classical venue, midwinter offers an abridged opera (sung in Italian with English super titles), and the summer is a pops-style concert. The plans for next season include pianist Babette Hierholzer, Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 2,” and the “Marriage of Figaro.” They have usually performed at Franklin D. Roosevelt High School. If you want to get on their e-mail notice list, or advertise in their season program, send an e-mail to info@ndsorchestra.org. If you want to support this organization, send your tax-deductible donation contribution to Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 1777, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Any financial help will be greatly appreciated. All donations will be recognized in the 2009-10 season program.

Carol Roman

Associate Agent/Customer Service 45 Front Street P.O. Box 1445 Millbrook, NY Tel: 845-677-5653 Fax: 845-677-3741 E-mail: RomanC@nationwide.com

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HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE HUDSON VALLEY

BY CARNEY RHINEVAULT

THE NUTTY PROFESSOR AT MILLBROOK (PART 1) After several moments of hesitation, this columnist has finally decided to write the following article. For over four years, from 1963 to 1968, the world’s most infamous screwball, Dr. Timothy Leary, lived with his fellow head cases on a commune just outside the Village of Millbrook at the 2,000-acre Dietrich estate. That was bad enough, but since that time, anybody with a Millbrook address has tried to forget the stain on their reputation that Leary left behind. One person told this columnist that when his sons were visiting San Francisco a few years back, a hippy-type person asked the boys where they were from. When they replied, “Millbrook, N.Y.,” the hippy starting joking about Millbrook and Leary. My apologies to anybody in Millbrook who may be offended. I’ve tried to put the town in the best light and perhaps describe the Leary era with a touch of humor. LEARY’S PSYCHEDELIC RESUME When Leary first arrived at Millbrook in August 1963, he certainly intended to do no harm. In fact, he thought he could set up a research community for psychedelic studies and somehow save the world. Changing bad people into good by turning them onto lysergic acid (LSD) was the answer. However, in the four months preceding his arrival at Millbrook, he had been expelled from Harvard, Mexico, Antigua, and Dominica for illegal drug possession. Nobody seemed to want him, including most of the 1,700 people in Millbrook. The dangers of LSD were unproven at the time, but since then the potent drug has been proven to irreversibly damage a person’s brain. Ironically, it

wasn’t LSD that kept getting Leary into trouble, it was the tremendous number of other types of drugs that were illegal and were always around him and his entourage of druggies and freaks. Several people who had lived at his commune have told of “grass, speed, hashish, psychedelic mushrooms, heroin, and snuffboxes filled with cocaine.” Not until April 29, 1966 did the New York State Senate pass a bill to make LSD illegal. THE HITCHCOCK PLACE A follower of Leary’s religion of drug sacraments was Peggy Hitchcock, whose brothers, Billy and Tommy, had just purchased the William Dietrich estate. The enormous estate, with two large lakes and a four-story, 64-room mansion, had been built in the 1880s with money from the manufacture of carbide lamps. The Hitchcock brothers, in turn, had inherited their money from William Mellon, the founder of Gulf Oil. Their famous uncle was Andrew Mellon, secretary of the treasury during Prohibition. The boys were drawing $15,000 per week from the family trust. Peggy talked them into renting their new place to Leary for a dollar a year. Billy, who was worth $60 million alone, became one of Leary’s disciples. The neo-baroque mansion had two towers and a broad veranda. Inside was hand-carved woodwork, elegant (but faded) tapestries, ceilings inlaid with wooden panels, a music room, an aquarium room, 10 bathrooms, and a hotel-size kitchen with a walk-in refrigerator, and no furniture. Outside were expansive lawns, a beautiful fountain, a chalet with a bowling alley, and a four-bedroom cottage with a Japanese bath. This building was destined to become the “meditation (as in tripping) center.” The most visible part of the estate was (and still is) the magnificent two-story stone gate house at the intersection of Main Street and Route 44. A half-mile driveway, lined with maple trees, lead to the mansion. CONTACT WITH THE VILLAGE Dr. Tim and his “family” (which actually did include his own two children, Susan and Jack – his first wife had committed

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suicide) made their first shopping trip into the village in 1963 to buy furniture at a couple of thrift stores. Wanting to furnish the mansion “harem-style,” they purchased beaded cushions, low couches, and silk pillows. Food was purchased at Marona’s IGA in the village. In 2009, Bud Marona, who works behind the meat counter, still remembers that he could tell when Tim and his crew were in his store because of the overpowering wood-smoke smell on their clothing. Bud wasn’t critical, saying that they were always polite and never caused any trouble in his store. As Tim’s commune steadily grew to as many as 75 to 80 people over the years, entire families, including several children, moved in. It was decided to send the kids to the Millbrook Central School instead of setting up a school on the estate. Leary would have been able to keep his activities more secret and probably would have had less trouble with the police if he had set up his own private school, but it seems that all the adults on the place were more interested in tripping than educating their kids. Even though most of the commune children, having been ostracized by their peers, kept quiet, occasional stories of drug use and parties would be told. Naturally, this information found its way to parents and the authorities. BENNETT COLLEGE FEARS The New York Times reported in December 1963 that Donald A. Eldridge, president of the all-girls Bennett College, which was within walking distance of the Hitchcock estate, “as a precautionary

measure,” had declared the estate “out of bounds.” Any of Bennett’s students or faculty who broke this rule would be expelled or fired. The prohibition only seemed to pique the curiosity of many of the girls and a steady stream would sneak onto the estate on the weekends. TRIPPING ON LSD By his own count, Dr. Leary did between 200 and 300 psychedelic trips on LSD while at Millbrook. Totally abandoning any scientific research, he would often spend all night completely out of his mind, walking outside, and howling at the moon. His fried brain would “spin back through the evolutionary past, time traveling into the future, reliving many genetic states.” During Tim’s first year at Millbrook, Ken Kesey, a famous West Coast druggie, and his buddies showed up at the estate in a Volkswagen bus, painted with psychedelic colors and designs. As they approached the mansion, with American flags flying and psychedelic music blasting from speakers, they began tossing green smoke bombs from the top of the bus. The group never did get to meet Leary because he was off at the meditation center on a threeday “trip.” NEXT WEEK Assistant District Attorney G. Gordon Liddy and the “Keystone Cops” screw up the first raid on Leary’s compound.

Carney Rhinevault is the Hyde Park town historian. Tatiana Rhinevault, illustrator of this column, is a graduate of Moscow State University in Russia.


Vanderburgh Cove residents flood meeting BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON

LOVE IS FARM ALPACAS: A WOOLY WINNER BY FRANCESCA OLSEN For seven years, New York State Correctional Officer Jim Sheehy has used his weekends for reverse retail therapy. He runs Love Is Farm Alpacas, a Stanfordville store that deals exclusively in Alpaca wool clothing, stuffed animals, and just about anything else you can think of. “Before 2001, we had no concept of what the alpaca animal was,” said Sheehy, who discovered alpacas and their wool when he and his wife were browsing in a store that carried Alpaca wool wall hangings. “We never touched anything so luxurious.” Alpaca wool is famously soft, and does not contain lanolin, which is responsible for the majority of wool allergies. “Most people who are allergic to wool can wear alpaca,” said Sheehy. Wool is also chemically treated; Sheehy’s alpaca products are made primarily by hand in Peru, and are not treated. For five years, Sheehy ran his own Alpaca farm. They started with three alpacas, and over the years their population grew to 15. “We had to disperse our herd,” Sheehy said. He and his wife found managing the farm took away from time that could be spent with the animals. “Alpacas can become very personal, but the key factor of alpacas and llamas is they’re animals of flight,” said Sheehy, who has pictures of former beloved alpacas, complete with bios, hung all around the store. “Spitting is not a nasty habit – it’s a defense. Alpacas are shy and timid.” Alpacas also need to be sheared once a year, which involves gently immobilizing the animal.

“Our first experience with shearing the alpacas was horrendous. They do not like it,” said Sheehy. Love is Farm Alpacas sells almost a full wardrobe of alpaca products, and most are handmade and imported from Peru. Sheehy works with one dealer, who goes back and forth from the United States to Peru; he’s never had to refuse a product. “I have never said ‘no,’” he said. “He brings me stuff that is out of this world!” Among these items are gloves, socks, yarn, sweaters that look Peruvian, collegiate argyle sweaters, wall hangings, stuffed animals – ranging from bears to aardvarks (and alpacas, of course) – ponchos, scarves and hats. “We’re not saying we have the biggest store, but we have the largest selection,” he says. “If you take care of the product, it lasts forever.” The name Love Is Farm comes from the “Love Is …” syndicated comic strip from the 1970s. Laminated favorites that Sheehy gave to his wife decorate the store. It’s not surprising to hear that business has dropped slightly since the recession. “It’s still there, but it’s hurting a little bit,” said Sheehy. “These are items that people will hold off buying.” It’s easy to see that alpacas are an unexpected, but beautiful and permanent part of Sheehy’s life. His wife wears nothing but alpaca products, he says. “Believe me – our house is full of Alpaca,” Sheehy said. The store is open on weekends, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is located on Route 82 in Stanfordville next to the Home Plate Café.

Members of the Rhinebeck Town Board took some abuse at the hands of Vanderburgh Cove Sewer District residents during a meeting Monday night. Though most residents who got up to speak about problems with the sewer district were courteous and polite, albeit visibly frustrated, members of the audience at times became a bit rambunctious, shouting back at board members and muttering the occasional profanity. The sewer district residents say that since 1991 they have worked with town board administrations that seem to change every other year in hopes of alleviating some of the problems caused by what some have called an archaic sewer system. Compounding the problem, some residents say, is the fact that the changing administrations have appointed new engineers to find solutions, and every proposed solution has been similar, yet the problems persist. One sewer district resident, Tracy Krawitt, who was present at the meeting but did not speak publically, is currently suing the town, town board and the sewer district, as well as the Hyde Park Town Board and Town of Hyde Park since the sewer district lies in both municipalities. Krawitt claims in her suit that she has not been able to enjoy her property because of the persistent stench of sewage and high levels of fecal matter that has seeped into her land. Before Monday evening’s meeting began, the board went into private executive session to discuss “pending legal issues,” according to Supervisor Tom Traudt, presumably referring to Krawitt’s lawsuit. While the board met privately, Vanderburgh Cove resident Rose Anne Boyle of Cove Road stood up and told audience members about the problems sewer district residents have had with the town. She said Vanderburgh Cove residents already pay an extremely high quarterly maintenance fee. “I, myself, have paid, in the 25 years I have lived there, $29,000,” Boyle said. “We could have put our children through college. We could have fed a poor nation.” She said the sewer district residents are now fighting plans to spend $1.75 million to upgrade the treatment system, a cost that will be divided amongst the 39 homes on the system. Over a 20-year period, Boyle said, each resident is looking at paying an additional $4,000 to $6,000 a year on top of operation and maintenance costs. According to Boyle, this could make Vanderburgh Cove residents the highest-paying municipal sewer customers in the nation. Another Vanderburgh Cove resident, Fred Nagel, said sewer district residents were told at a prior meeting that they could face $37,000 in fines from the Department of Environmental Conservation and were pressured into making a hasty decision regarding a treatment facility. Nagel said after the meeting he checked with the DEC, which told him otherwise.

Vanderburgh Cove Sewer District resident Fred Nagel addresses the board. Photo by Christopher Lennon

“I don’t think what we heard that night was an acceptable piece of information,” he said. Boyle, Nagel and other residents believe Morris Associates, the town engineering firm, is not looking at all the available options. They believe less-expensive solutions may exist, and some residents further stated grants are available to mitigate the costs. “We’re going to speak out,” Nagel told the board. “We’re going to do the due diligence that you guys should have done.” Much of the anger Monday night was directed at Ron Evangelista, an engineer with Morris Associates, who attempted to answer questions posed to him amidst angry comments hurled back and forth from fedup sewer district residents in the audience. Though he kept his cool during the meeting, Evangelista was visibly frustrated as he rushed out of the building, saying “I’m really not in the mood right now,” when asked to clarify a few of the points he made. Councilman Dan Staley was also the target of much of the sewer district residents’ anger. During the meeting, Staley – who said he has been studying the sewer district problems since the day after he took office – said he had already heard all there is to be said about Vanderburgh Cove and seemed prepared to move on before listening to the latest round of complaints from sewer district residents. “I feel pretty comfortable with this decision,” Staley said of the proposal to upgrade the treatment system. “Oh, you feel comfortable?” shouted one woman from the audience. “Buy a house there!” For his part, Traudt tried to maintain control over the residents, and was polite and courteous to each speaker, but members of the rowdy group still spoke out of turn and were critical of town officials. In the end, the board voted to ratify three resolutions it had approved at a prior meeting, which call for an increase in the frequency of sewage pumping at the district, the installation of a new filtering system, and for the town to seek bids to upgrade the treatment system.

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