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The Beaux-Arts mansion known as Astor Courts, recently the site of the muchpublicized wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky, is suddenly on the auction block.



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Astor Courts was originally part of the estate of John Jacob Astor and contains one of the nation’s first indoor tennis courts and swimming pools. It was originally called Astor Casino.

The property has changed hands many times since being donated by Brooke Astor in 1964 to the Catholic Church. With those different owners came disrepair and neglect.

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All that changed with the $3.2 million purchase of the property in 2005 by real estate developer Arthur Seelbinder and his wife, Kathleen Hammer. The couple, known to many in the real estate community as high-end house flippers, poured millions into restoring the home to its former glory. In recent years, the couple often made the property available to different non-profit organizations like Winnakee Land Trust and Planned Parenthood for fundraising events. The home was often the site of Democratic fundraisers, including a number of events for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. But it was the revelation in early July by this newspaper that former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton would be married at Astor Courts that put the house on the national map. A media frenzy ensued and the secretive nature of the event only piqued interest in Astor Courts. The value of the house may well have fallen victim to the draconian confidentiality agreements demanded by the Clintons and their wedding planner. While there were whispers that Seelbinder and Hammer were using the wedding to enhance the value of the property, which had been for sale at $12 million since 2009, it was the ad that appeared in the New York Post the morning after the Clinton wedding that got tongues wagging. The ad, which appeared on page 2, touted the property as the site of a “recent celebrity wedding” and increased the asking price to $13.5 million. According to sources, a few of the Clinton wedding guests actually saw the ad in the Post while having a nightcap at The

Rhinecliff Hotel the night of the wedding. More than a few locals found the timing questionable and even the self-promoting Donald Trump weighed in that he considered Hammer “tacky” for trying to capitalize on Chelsea’s wedding. As one friend of the couple has observed, “When Donald Trump calls you tacky, you’re done.” There were rumors last week that the price had been reduced by more than $1 million, but it was the announcement that the property was being put up for auction that shocked everyone. According to an ad in the New York Times, the property is “now selling to the highest bidder above $7.5 million.” The auction is being handled by Tranzon Asset Advisors and H.H. Hill Realty in Rhinebeck with bids due no later than Oct. 14. Even the auction notice pitches the recent history of the property, saying it “most recently was the site of the Chelsea Clinton nuptials.” While there is no question about the appeal of the Clintons, as evidenced by the reception Bill Clinton received in Rhinebeck when he decided to have lunch at Gigi’s, it’s obvious that cachet has not translated into a stampede to buy Astor Courts. Some believe the property is grossly overpriced in a tough economy. Others cite the fact that it isn’t a very livable house for the money. It has five small bedrooms and was built as an athletic facility rather than a home. One thing is certain. There will be another chapter written to add to the rich history of Ferncliff and Astor Courts. Maybe Donald Trump will buy it and turn it into a real casino.



Six-week-old Zophia Rosadi is fingerprinted by DNA-LifePrint as mother Sylvia tries keeping her focused. Photo by Jim Langan.

BY JIM LANGAN The line began forming at 9 a.m. outside the Ruge’s Chrysler-Dodge dealership showroom Saturday morning. Parents with children of all ages were there to sign up for a child safety kit containing 10-digit biometric fingerprints, a DNA kit and a photo in the event a child goes missing. In addition, parents were required to complete a questionnaire






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containing such information as a child’s height, weight, eye and hair color, distinguishing characteristics, medications, allergies and any other information unique to the child. The fingerprints were downloaded to a DVD and given to the parents to take home. There is no master database for the fingerprints to insure privacy. It is recommended the kit be stored in a safe place by the parents. Resident Sylvia Rosadi was there having her 6-week-old daughter Zophia fingerprinted and her DNA swab taken. When asked what motivated her to bring her baby to Ruge’s, she said, “I did it with my son and I suppose it’s never too early to be safe.” The service and safety kit are provided free of charge by DNA LifePrint of Davie, Florida and made possible by generous community leaders like Ruge’s. The organization is spearheaded by John Walsh of “America’s Most Wanted,” whose son, Adam Walsh, was abducted and killed. The organization can be reached at 866584-1117, or go to their website,

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Dutchess County Executive Bill Steinhaus and Republican congressional candidate Chris Gibson chat with Pamela Renney, Marguerite Humet and Devon McNair at the Pleasant Valley Community Days festivities behind town hall Saturday. Photo by Jim Langan.

STEINHAUS STUMPS FOR CHRIS GIBSON IN PLEASANT VALLEY BY JIM LANGAN Dutchess County Executive Bill Steinhaus was using his considerable clout and popularity to advance the political fortunes of first-time Congressional candidate Chris Gibson at last weekend’s Pleasant Valley Community Days celebration. Steinhaus and Gibson waded into the sea of bicycle racers and midway aficionados in pursuit of votes in the upcoming November election. Republican Gibson is running for the 20th District Congressional seat currently occupied by Democrat Scott Murphy. A poll released late last week by Sienna College showed Gibson trailing the incumbent by 17 points. Gibson’s camp disputes those numbers and pointed out this was the same polling organization that had Rick Lazio with a

narrow lead over Carl Palladino shortly before Palladino’s trouncing of Lazio. Steinhaus was upbeat and optimistic about Gibson’s chances and seemed to enjoy introducing him to his many personal and political friends. Also working the crowd on Gibson’s behalf was Pleasant Valley Supervisor John McNair. When asked by Hudson Valley News his opinion of the turmoil occurring with the Republican Hyde Park Town Board, Steinhaus said he didn’t have an opinion “because I don’t know any of them. At some point, I suppose something will come before the county, but until then, I don’t know.” Steinhaus then laughed and said, “But I do follow it in your paper.” Gibson then headed off to Stanford for more campaigning.

A Red Hook man suffered serious and potentially life-threatening injuries in a dirt bike accident last week, according to Dutchess County Sheriff’s deputies. The sheriff’s office reports deputies responded to the area of 245 Guski Rd. in the Town of Red Hook on Sept. 16 at approximately 7:15 a.m. in response to a 911 call for a motorcycle accident. According to the sheriff’s office, CJ Alger, 49, of Red Hook, was riding a Suzuki dirt bike on the property when he lost control and struck a tree. He was alone at the time and was the only person involved, deputies said. Alger suffered serious face and head injuries and was flown from the scene to Albany Medical Center, deputies said. At this time, according to deputies, uneven ground and unsafe speeds are considered contributing factors. According to the sheriff’s office, the investigation is continuing and additional information will be released as it becomes available. The sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by members of the State Police, Northern Dutchess Paramedics and the Tivoli Rescue Squad.


According to Hyde Park Police, a series of three burglaries were committed in the town on the same street last week. Police say on Sept. 14, during the 3 to 11 p.m. shift, officers responded to three separate residential burglary complaints on the 200 block of Cardinal Road. At 4:41 p.m., officers responded to a residence after the homeowner noticed someone had gained entry to the home by removing a screen door and stole a jar of change, according to police. Police believe the incident occurred between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Later in the day, at 5:37 p.m., police responded to another Cardinal Road residence after the homeowner reported his or her front door had been forced open. Police say nothing was stolen, but it was obvious the home was ransacked. It is believed this incident occurred between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Then, at 6:06 p.m., police responded to a third residence for another reported

burglary. The homeowner found the front door kicked in and reported a gold chain, valued at approximately $1,200, was stolen, according to officers. It is believed the burglary occurred between 6 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Police say the investigation is continuing and anyone who may have witnessed a person or persons, possibly on foot, in that area during that time period, or anyone with any information on these crimes is encouraged to contact Sgt. Paul Caccia at the Town of Hyde Park Police Department at 845229-9340. Police say calls will be kept strictly confidential.


The Hyde Park Police Department reports the following arrests: • Matthew A. Peace, 42, of 22 West Market St., Hyde Park, was arrested on Sept. 10 for aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a misdemeanor, driving an unregistered motor vehicle and uninsured motor vehicle, both violations. • Gina Marie Cabrera, 24, of 51 Worrall Ave., Poughkeepsie, was arrested on Sept. 13 for grand larceny in the third degree, a class-D felony, and two counts of grand larceny in the fourth degree, a class-E felony. • Kal-El Burgess, 19, of 13 North Clinton St., Poughkeepsie, was arrested on Sept. 14 for petty larceny, a class-A misdemeanor. • Aaron T. Breidenstein, 17, of 25 Buttermilk Drive, Hyde Park, was arrested on Sept. 15 for endangering the welfare of a child and forcible touching, both class-A misdemeanors. • Devan L. McCulloch, 22, of 25 Alexander Drive, Hyde Park, was arrested on Sept. 16 for aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree and aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, both misdemeanors. • Curtis A. Williams, 39, of 47 Holt Rd., Hyde Park, was arrested on Sept. 16 for identity theft in the first degree, a class-D felony.

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The Turning Point’s 25th anniversary BY HV NEWS STAFF St. Francis Hospital’s The Turning Point, a substance-abuse detoxification and rehabilitation center, recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Dr. Stephen Shapiro, medical director of The Turning Point, was joined by staff members and St. Francis President and CEO Bob Savage and Chief Medical Officer Dr. J. Keith Festa for a ceremony marking the milestone. The Turning Point, which was recently expanded to a 50-bed facility, has treated 50,000 drug addicts and alcoholics since 1985. The facility was originally located at St. Francis’s Beacon campus but was relocated to Poughkeepsie when the Beacon facility closed. 7-month-old Adelle Kilmer and her mom, Lisa, spend time with Bee Bee the Clown at the 25th anniversary celebration.

NDH birth center celebrates milestone BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON

In July of 1985, Susan Johnson became the first woman to give birth at Northern Dutchess Hospital’s Neugarten Family Birth Center. Last week, Johnson and her daughter, Michele, now 25 years old, came back to the hospital campus to celebrate the birth center’s 25th anniversary along

Dr. Stephen Shapiro, medical director of The Turning Point. Photo submitted.

with hospital employees, local officials and community members. The Neugarten Family Birth Center is unique in that it aims to provide the comforts of home with the medical expertise offered at a hospital. “We really want to find that balance

between a hospital and home,” said Pam Rhodes, director of women’s services, who oversees the birth center. “We have the best of both worlds.” “They go the extra mile, they take the extra step, they think outside the box,” said Karen Volino, former president of the Northern Dutchess Hospital Mothers’ Club. “I believe the Neugarten Family Birth Center put Northern Dutchess Hospital on the map.” Dr. George Verrilli, who was instrumental in establishing the birth center, said he instituted a new obstetrics program when he joined the medical staff at Northern Dutchess Hospital in the 1960s, teaching new mothers things like exercise, wellbeing and nutrition. “It worked, and because it worked, the number of people who came here to have their child increased,” Verrilli said. It was the success of this new obstetrics program that led Verrilli, Dr. Richard Temple, Dr. Ludwig Neugarten and Mike Mazzarella, CEO of the hospital at the time, to establish the birth center. “The celebration we are having today is a real testament to their vision and their drive,” said Denise George, current president and CEO of Northern Dutchess Hospital, who also noted 17,000 babies have been born at the birth center since it was founded in 1985. The anniversary celebration, held on Wednesday, Sept. 15, featured hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, music and contests with 92.1 Lite FM and tours of the birth center. It also featured a number of kid-friendly activities, such as face painting with Bee Bee the Clown and a bounce tent.

Dutchess County Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Caldwell and County Executive William Steinhaus greet Denise George, president and CEO of Northern Dutchess Hospital; Karen Volino, former president of the Northern Dutchess Hospital Mothers’ Club, addresses the crowd during the anniversary celebration. Photos by Christopher Lennon.

“We’ve been operating our program for 25 years and, I think that’s a remarkable thing in this field,” said Shapiro in a press release. Shapiro said alcohol abuse has been a problem for centuries, but recently, he has seen an increase in the abuse of prescription pills. He said cocaine abuse has also been an increasing problem over the last 15 to 20 years. “Successful treatment involves safe withdrawal from the medication and reentry into society at a healthy and productive level,” he said. “There is nothing like creating a miracle, and we do that,” Shapiro continued. “I have people come up to me who I haven’t seen in years and say, ‘Hey, doc, I have five years sober,’ and, ‘I was there in 1985 and I haven’t had a drink since.’ That makes me feel great. It makes my day.” {4} september 22, 2010 | | Hudson valley news


Carol Cronk has been at her post at the Rhinebeck Department Store for 30 years and will retire at the end of the month. Photo by Jim Langan.

DCC staff members honored by SUNY

Jimmy Carter was about a month away from losing the presidency to Ronald Reagan when Staatsburg resident Carol Cronk began her first day on the job at the Rhinebeck Department Store. Actually, it was called the Hudson Valley Department Store in 1980. Cronk’s children were all in school and she was looking for something to do. “I was looking for something temporary, but here I am, 30 years later,” laughed Cronk as she sat behind the register at the store. “The store was owned then by Lloyd and Carol Cantor.” Cronk answered an ad in the paper and interviewed for the position. “Mr. Cantor said he decided to hire me because I had the same first name as his wife and he wouldn’t forget my name,” she said. Cronk will walk out the door for the last time Sept. 30 and intends to enjoy her retirement.

“I will miss my regulars and working with people, but I have four sons and five grandchildren and I’m looking forward to spending more time with them,” she said. Cronk said she has also enjoyed working for current owners Barbara and Dick Schreiber and appreciates the responsibilities they’ve given her over the years. Barbara Schreiber says Cronk has been a great employee and stalwart. “She even reported to work one day after having been in a head-on crash,” Schreiber said. Cronk said, “It’s going to feel strange walking out on the 30th, but it’s my time now.” The Schriebers hope people will stop by and say goodbye to Cronk before she leaves. Barbara Schreiber said simply, “We’ll really miss her.”


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2010 SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence recipients Wendy Bohlinger and Dr. Andrew Scala pose for a photo with Dutchess Community College President Dr. D. David Conklin. Photo submitted.

BY HV NEWS STAFF Two Dutchess Community College faculty members were recognized with the 2010 SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence. The awards, established in the 1970s, acknowledge faculty members for “superb performance and achievement,” according to the college. This year, Chancellor’s Awards were given to science professor Dr. Andrew Scala and Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program Coordinator Wendy Bohlinger. Scala, who began teaching at Dutchess Community College in 1983, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

in Teaching. Scala has served as former department head of the Allied Health and Physical Sciences Department and is past recipient of the Llelanie Orcutt Endowed Chair for Excellence in Teaching Award. Bohlinger, herself a graduate of SUNY schools, has been coordinator of the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) since 1991, having advised nearly 2,000 under-represented minority and economically disadvantaged students in scientific, technical or healthrelated fields. She received the 2010 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.


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Thanks for another informative and entertaining edition of Hudson Valley News. Mr. Jonathan (Livingston Seagull?) Smith’s articles are particularly amusing, especially when he waxes laudatory on the Tyners and Gillibrands of his political pantheon. There is a $30 billion aid bill before Congress, encouraging banks that accept the aid to “lend to local businesses and individuals.” Here comes Jonathan, praising Ms. Gillibrand for her support for this bill. Anyone who has observed how quickly Ms. Gillibrand was tucked under the wing of Chuckie Schumer should be asking: What happened to the supporter of the second amendment, the “upstater” named Gillibrand? Why, good grief, Charlie Brown, there she is, shoulder to shoulder, with the anti-gun, anti-firstand second-amendment senator-for-life from New York City, Chuckie Cheesy Schumer! The honorable Chuckie loves the bank bailout bill! Any bank that accepts the aid referenced in the bill must invest the money the way the government tells it to. In the free market, depositors deal with a bank they trust to handle its money and help it grow. Good credit risks receive loans at a rate favorable to the lender by growing the bank, and favorable to the borrower who can afford to pay it back. In the scenario praised by the Gillibrands and Schumers, the government takes money recently earned by the taxpayers and redistributes it to banks, on the condition the banks do business according to government guidelines. Only a bank in deep trouble would get involved, and it probably got into trouble by following the discredited flawed lending laws that led to loans to those unable to pay, forced on the lenders by the government. This boondoggle is another thinly disguised step toward nationalization of banking. We must go to the polls and send the folks home, who are intent on destruction of the Republic, the Schumers and Gillibrands and Hincheys and Murphys, not to forget the grassroots Marxists still hiding among us in county legislatures, the Tyners still working on creative taxation and redistribution of wealth. Karl O. Muggenburg Clinton





Nice thuggish touch with Martino and Taylor sending out those ludicrous “accomplishment” post cards without consulting the Republican town committee or Councilors Monks, Athanas or Serino. Martino and Taylor obviously think Monks and Athanas would rubber stamp a declaration of war and consider Serino the anti-Christ. {6} september 22, 2010 | | Hudson valley news



Meet the mendacious Mr. Miller

university in New York City. The episode also demonstrates that Miller thinks nothing of flat-out lying to his constituents and the press as he works to send our hard-earned tax dollars to his old cronies. But the most asinine moment of the debate came when Miller tried to explain his way out of his vote against a law that would prohibit perpetrators of domestic violence from owning guns. Miller essentially claims that the bill would violate the rights of privacy for perpetrators of domestic violence and that even if you are not a domestic offender, the bogey man might come to get you anyway. Miller said, “Making an unusual noise. Under this bill, if you made an unusual noise in your home (and) since it embeds the family court act, you don’t even have to be in a domestic situation, you make an unusual noise, you can’t get a pistol permit, you have to forfeit your current pistol permit …” To test Miller’s hypothesis, I went downstairs to my living room, took a deep breath, prepared myself for the worst, and then made a loud, unusual noise. No ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm) agents showed up at my door. Just to be sure, I made the same loud, unusual noise again. Nothing. The exercise would have been ludicrous, but only as much so as Miller’s ridiculous pontifications about this important bill. In fact, the law (which passed in the Assembly) is very simple and directly targets violent domestic-abuse offenders, making it unlawful for them to possess firearms. The bill includes offenses outlined in Section 812 of the Family Court Act, such as harassment, sexual abuse, stalking and menacing one’s domestic partner or children. Either Miller does not believe in protecting victims of domestic abuse or he has a grievance with the state law that protects them. Whatever the case may be, if Miller has his way, violent offenders will still be able to legally carry guns, making victims of domestic violence that much more susceptible to death at the hands of their abusers. Democratic candidate for Assembly in the 102nd District Alyssa Kogon is a hardworking resident of our district and a great activist within our community. She has too many fine qualities to innumerate in this column, but in this instance, one stands out: she is truthful. She deserves to be our next assemblywoman as much as Miller deserves to be thrown out of office.

Watching Assemblyman Joel Miller (R,C,I-Poughkeepsie) in his Poughkeepsie Journal debate against Democratic challenger Alyssa Kogon is like trying to follow the irrational logic of a cut-rate usedcar salesman as he works diligently to sell you a clunker. The interview had barely begun and Miller was already spouting half-truths. Kogon astutely pointed out that Miller’s office costs the taxpayers of New York over $300,000 to run annually while he only brings back $122,000 in taxpayer money to spend in the district in the form of member items. Miller produced a piece of paper which he claimed demonstrated that his office only cost taxpayers $135,000. However, New York State Assembly and Senate expenditure reports and the New York Comptroller’s Office show Miller spent $306,166 last year on running his office. Miller’s first lie of the day was an omission of over $171,000 in costs to taxpayers. When the conversation steered toward the fact that Miller is ineffective as a representative of the 102nd Assembly District, Miller said, “As a Republican, I represent my district (against) a New York City-driven agenda. If someone supports that agenda, they are not helping their constituents, they are helping New York City.” Kogon pointed out that Miller had sponsored taxpayer funds to be sent to his own alma mater, Columbia University, in New York City. Miller replied, “I never sponsored a bill to provide money for Columbia.” Yet the Empire Center for New York State Policy lists Joel Miller as a co-sponsor in 2008-09 of member items that sent $420,000 to Columbia University in support of its Dental Clinic Program. Interestingly enough, Miller is a retired dentist and a graduate of Columbia, so his nepotism makes sense in a peculiar way. How it does not make sense is Jonathan Smith was opposed by Miller that Miller should be using his member item funds to support his district, not his favorite in 2008 and can be reached at editorial@


have an opinion? e-mail: is here to stay. She has struck a nerve with millions of ordinary people used to being the object of derision by the elites in both parties. OPINION While Democrats would like to believe Palin and the Tea Party are only attracting angry USUALLY voters on the right, they are whistling past own political graveyard if they do. RIGHT their There’s enough frustration in both parties to BY JIM LANGAN keep Sarah Palin in business for a long time and maybe put her in the White House. The reaction of the liberal media to Delaware DOES PARTY Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell’s AFFILIATION COUNT victory underscores the fear Democrats have that the ground is shifting beneath their ANYMORE? alligator loafers. If she’s such a wack job, There was a piece on one of the cable why are you so worried about her? networks the other day showing a number That’s not to say the Republican and of political ads and asking a studio focus Democratic parties are without definition. group to identify the party affiliation of the It simply means the public perception of candidates. It was fascinating and told you both parties and their leaders is so negative, a lot about the state of political affairs these wearing the team colors costs you votes. So days. The common denominator in these ads you hear a growing number of politicians was the lengths to which saying, “I’m fiscally candidates are going to conservative but liberal disassociate themselves The candidates on social issues,” which is from either party. It was looked like they politician speak for, “I can be impossible to discern party anything you perceive me to affiliation in these ads. were playing be” or “I won’t bankrupt your There were no references grandchildren but I’ll keep the electoral to programs or people a those entitlements coming.” equivalent of voter would likely associate At the moment, voters with either party. The ‘What’s My Line?’ cannot see anything positive candidates looked like they about either major party or were playing the electoral their leaders. For Democrats, equivalent of “What’s My the promise of Barack Obama has morphed Line?” into an overexposed and under-accomplished Historically, candidates for public office president who seems somewhere between worked hard to secure not only their party’s lost and disconnected. Democratic candidates nomination but the cachet and branding that would rather be seen campaigning with nomination conferred. In some cases, the Bernie Madoff than Barack Obama. In Harry party imprimatur also included bragging Reid and Nancy Pelosi you have two of the rights to some of the party’s stars. How many least likable and least effective legislative times have we all heard “Clinton Democrat” leaders in recent memory. or “Reagan Republican.” The implication, of The Republicans don’t fare much better course, was the person running for office was and the shelf life of the “Everything’s George the local embodiment of a popular leader and Bush’s fault” narrative seems to have plenty personified the party platform. left. Minority Leader John Boehner has Well, those days appear to be over for a likewise become a lightning rod for liberals while. The only so-called party sporting a to attack at will. These are all factors in definable brand or persona is the Tea Party, Americans tuning out both parties and which is interesting because there is no actual making decisions for themselves. Having the Tea Party. The Tea Party is more emotion party elders dictate who the candidates are than bricks and mortar. While there is no and defining the agenda is a thing of the past. formal structure or hierarchy to the Tea Party, Voters feel both parties have let them down they do have visible leadership in the person and are looking for fresh faces and bold of Sarah Palin. She has become a political initiatives. At the moment, they’re saying no touchstone for candidates abandoning the old Democrats or Republicans need apply. party system. As much as the liberals and some Jim Langan can be reached at editorial@ Republicans want her to go away, Sarah Palin


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- Michelle Obama to Carla Bruni on being First Lady.

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BY JIM LANGAN â&#x20AC;˘ Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a story worthy of a Jeff Foxworthy monologue. It seems a South Carolina woman inflicted a severe knife wound to her 52-year-old boyfriendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forearm as the two lay in bed. The woman was eating pigâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feet with a knife when she slashed the man. Police said both were â&#x20AC;&#x153;highly intoxicatedâ&#x20AC;? and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t press charges. â&#x20AC;˘ Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another foot story for you. A group of guys went fishing recently off â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jaws Beachâ&#x20AC;? in the Bahamas. It gets its name because the final scene in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jawsâ&#x20AC;? was filmed there. The boatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motor failed and rather than wait to be rescued, one of the men decided to swim to shore. He never made it and was presumed drowned â&#x20AC;Ś Until another fisherman caught a 12-foot Tiger shark a week later. As the fisherman attempted to retrieve the hook, the shark regurgitated an intact foot still attached to the lower leg. They found everything but the head in the sharkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s belly. Fingerprints identified him as the missing man. Hey, they call it â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jaws Beachâ&#x20AC;? for a reason. â&#x20AC;˘ James Winner, inventor of the anti-car theft device The Club, probably wishes he invented a really big air bag instead. The 81-year-old was killed in a head-on car crash in Pennsylvania last week.

on the left these days. Fortunately, he said it on Bill Maherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show, which nobody watches. â&#x20AC;˘ Love that Gov. David Paterson is calling Carl Palladino unfit for public service and questions his integrity and character. He should know. Who weighs in next, Charlie Rangel? â&#x20AC;˘ Sorry to hear Michelle Obama thinks being first lady is hell. Talk about a tin ear when everyone else in the country is suffering under her husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s watch. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m guessing they keep the prickly Mrs. Obama off the campaign trail this fall. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trekkieâ&#x20AC;? alert. Fans of Star Trek can now buy cremation urns with various themes emblazoned, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Voyage Continues.â&#x20AC;? The urn contains an image of the Starship Enterprise visible inside a delta-shaped Starfleet logo. They cost $799 and can only be ordered through your local funeral home. So I guess you can be an eternal dork now. â&#x20AC;˘ A Fort Lauderdale cop has been fired for having sexual relations with an undercover informant. The cop had originally arrested the woman for cocaine possession but a judge gave her probation with a monitoring device in exchange for information. According to the female informer, the cop said her electronic ankle bracelet turned him on.

â&#x20AC;˘ Children lost big in last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elections as teachersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; unions candidates defeated charter school advocates in Harlem and Washington, D.C. These unions are a disgrace and are doing lasting damage to poor families desperate for a better life for â&#x20AC;˘ A 14-year-old suburban Philadelphia kid is putting the old in old school by riding his their children. horse to school every day. Roby Bunch rides â&#x20AC;˘ The odious filmmaker Michael Moore â&#x20AC;&#x153;Percheron,â&#x20AC;? a 12-year-old gelding, to the said last week a McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s near Ground Haverford School two miles each way. The Zero had killed more people than the 19 school built a small barn to accommodate highjackers. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what passes for humor the horse while Roby attends class.







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Hundreds turn out for Pleasant Valley parade STORY AND PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON Community organizations, fire departments, rescue squads, representatives from local businesses, local politicians, marching bands and others marched through the streets of Pleasant Valley on Sunday. The parade, held as part of the 2010 Pleasant Valley Community Days celebration, stepped off around 1 p.m. Marchers waved to the hundreds of residents who packed Main Street (Route 44) to watch the parade. The parade began at the Village Apartments on North Avenue and proceeded along Quaker Hill Road and Main Streeet before finishing at Cady Field. Supervisor John McNair (right) announces the marchers.

A fire company review stand was set up at the corner of Main Street and North Avenue, where Supervisor John McNair announced the marchers. The Arlington High School Marching Band.

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Mongo was rescued from the SPCA in 2008.

PAWS FOR A GOOD CAUSE Photo by Larissa Carson.


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“White Flags” Sept. 27-Oct. 1: Artist and Vassar alumnus Aaron Fein ’93 and media commentator Dahlia Lithwick, both 2010-11 Vassar Artists in Residence, will present and discuss Fein’s “White Flags” project. The community is invited to watch (and help) Fein sew some of these flags from in the College Center’s North Atrium, where they will then be on display for the rest of the semester. On Friday at 3 p.m., Lithwick joins Fein for the lecture “Political Self Expression and New Media: protest with a Little ‘p.’” Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370.

BENEFIT Art Book Sale Fundraiser Sept. 24-25: Over the past few months, ASK has been collecting a wide assortment of art books, prints, posters and art related magazines, which have been donated by numerous members and other generous donors within the community. All proceeds from the sale will go towards The Arts Society of Kingston. Friday and Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Arts Society of Kingston (ASK), 97 Broadway, Kingston. 845-338-0331. WGXC/Prometheus Radio Project Station Barn-raising Sept. 24-26: Individuals from the local community,

participatory media advocates and artists from around the country will converge in Hudson to share ideas, experiences, and skills in the launching of WGXC’s full power community radio station. To register for the barn-raising go to http://

EVENT 19th Biennial Needle Art Exhibit: Art of the Needle 2010 Sept. 22-26: An exhibit of needlework, free demonstrations and talks at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Presented by the Skyllkill Needlework Chapter, The Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Inc., and the Hudson Valley. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mount Gulian Historic Site, 145 Sterling St., Beacon. 845-831-8172. The Greek Festival Sept. 23-26: Greek Orthodox Church hosts their annual celebration of traditional Greek food, pastries and drink, folk dancers, music, kids’ games and vendors. Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, noon-8 p.m. Kimisis Greek Orthodox Church, 140 South Grand Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-452-0772.

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Last year, when I spoke with Meira Blaustein, co-founder and festival director, we spoke about the past – the Woodstock Film Festival had just turned Wed., Sept. 29 –Sun. Oct. 3 10, and it was a tremendous marker in Screenings and events take place in terms of recognizing the achievement (particularly in light of the difficulties Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Rosendale, that the arts have faced in the light of the Mt. Tremper and Kingston economic crisis) and also a celebration of how much the festival had grown in View the full program online at a decade. This year, when I spoke with festival2010/films _all.php Blaustein, she sounded particularly tired but still maintained an indefatigable (and To get tickets, go to www. genuine) enthusiasm for this new crop of films. “Many things that excite me – the large amount of local films and films coming from overseas – there’s a very nice amount from global work,” said Blaustein. She pointed out “Inuk” (U.S. premiere), directed by Mike Magidson; and “Some Dogs Bite” (world premiere), directed by Marc Munden, as highlights of the films arriving for the festival. The local film contingency is as strong as ever, it seems, and Blaustein commented there was a “good mix of documentaries and narratives with local connections.” “Marwencol,” directed by Jeff Malmberg, is one of the entries – the firsttime director and Kingston resident Mark Hogancamp’s recovery from a vicious beating. The film is receiving its New York premiere at the festival, and Blaustein is enthusiastic: “I’m so thrilled. It’s one of the best documentaries of the year.” Also on the docket is a subject close to my heart: “SoLa: Louisiana Water Stories,” directed by Jon Bowermaster (East Coast premiere). “The filmmaker is fantastic,” praised Blaustein. “He’s an adventurer, an environmentalist and one of the greatest guys I know.” One of the other exciting elements of the festival is a night devoted to fear: “Fright Night: A Woodstock Film Festival Double Horror Header!” takes place on Friday, Oct. 1, at the Emerson Resort & Spa in Mount Tremper. Two horror

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FILM Film Screenings Sept. 23-Oct. 13: Vassar College Film Department will offer a series of events, culminating in October with a week-long showing of the films of Charles Burnett and an appearance by the MacArthur Award-winning independent filmmaker. The screenings begin with “Summer Pasture,” a documentary film about the plight of Tibetan nomads, on Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. and “Suicide Kids,” a dramatic coming-of-age story, on Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m. All programs are free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film at Vassar College, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370.

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films will be screened: “Don’t Go In The Woods,” an off-beat horror film filmed in the backwoods of Kingston, marking the directorial debut of actor and Kingston resident Vincent D’Onofrio; and “Bitter Feast,” directed by Joe Maggio, produced by Larry Fessenden. Blaustein spoke positively about the growth of the film community and industry in the Hudson Valley: “Definitely, there are far more filmmakers here – together, we have created a burgeoning community of filmmakers. They either live here or they fall in love and they come here to shoot their films. It’s a great thing for the economy and culture and career opportunities. It’s a nice, clean economic development. Everyone benefits. More films being made here, and so many of them are good.”

Betty-Jean Hagen. Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 Friday, 8 p.m., Olin Hall at Bard College, River Rd., Annandaleon-Hudson.; Saturday, 8 p.m. at Pointe of Praise Family Life Center, 243 Hurley Ave., Kingston; Sunday, 3 p.m. at Bearsville Theater in Woodstock. Tickets: $20, adults; $5, students. Subscription sets are available (four tickets good for any concert). For more information call 845246-7045.


2010 Italian Film Festival Through Dec. 7. All films begin at 6:30 p.m. Screenings are free and open to the public. Films will be shown with English subtitles. Tuesday, Sept. 28, “The Best of Youth—1” (Giordana, 2003). Preston Theater at Bard College, River Rd., Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-758-6822.

“Sounds of Desire” Sept. 23-24: Award‐winning playwright and actress Heather Raffo and noted composer and musician Amir ElSaffar perform their original work during the second annual Women’s Studies Peace Week on Thursday at 7 p.m.; on Friday, both ElSaffar (at 10 a.m.) and Raffo (at 2 p.m.) give public presentations discussing their respective work. Reservations are suggested for the Thursday performance. Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845437-5599.



Second Annual Caramoor Fall Festival Sept. 24-Oct. 3: Headlined by such luminaries as cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Broadway legend Patti LuPone, jazz guitarist Bill Frisell and The Knights Chamber Orchestra conducted by Eric Jacobson. Bill Frisell, Patti LuPone, and Yo-Yo Ma with The Knights will perform Sept. 24 (8 p.m.), 25 (8 p.m.) and 26 (1 and 4:30 p.m.), respectively. The following weekend, Caramoor hosts a benefit evening – “Soirée at the Rosen House” – on Oct. 2, and an all-Mozart chamber music concert entitled “The Future is Now” on Oct. 3, featuring young musicians from Caramoor’s Rising Stars mentoring program. Tickets are currently on sale and may be purchased at the Caramoor Box Office, 914-232-1252 or ordered online at Groups of 16 or more may purchase discounted tickets by calling 914-232-5035, ext. 266, or e-mailing matthew@

“Death of a Salesman” Sept. 24-26: The Arthur Miller classic is the harrowing account of a common man’s self destruction at the hands of his own unyielding dream of achieving greatness. Directed by Joshuah Patriarco for Trinity Players. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets: $14.95, reserved; $15.95, door; $12.95, student, senior and child. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 12 Vassar St., Poughkeepsie. 845-486-4571.

The Woodstock Chamber Orchestra Sept. 25-26: Two concerts, featuring violinist

Wednesday, Sept. 22 EVENT

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Benjamin Krevolin, president of the Dutchess County Arts Council and John Paxton, artist, actor, gallery owner and arts supporter, will be honored for their contributions to the arts in the community. Featuring cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a live musical performance by Beacon-based percussionist Jeff Haynes. Admission: $35 per person; proceeds benefit Mill Street Loft’s Youth Outreach and Scholarship Programs. Vassar Alumnae House, 161 College Ave. Poughkeepsie. 845-471-7477.

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E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM < continued from previous page who co-authored the best-selling textbook “They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing” deliver the William Starr Annual Lecture. Taylor Hall, room 102, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370.

NIGHTLIFE Open Mic Night 7 p.m. Sign-ups, 5-7 p.m. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300.

Thursday, Sept. 23 EVENT

Car Cruise 6-9 p.m. Trophies, 50/50, music and giveaways. Trucks, bikes and spectators welcome. Thursdays until Oct. 28. Free. 84 Diner, Rte. 52, Fishkill. 845721-7190. “Rebecca” Discussion 6:30-8 p.m. The Beekman Library Book Discussion Group meets to discuss “Rebecca” by Daphne DuMaurier. Beekman Library, 11 Town Center Blvd., Hopewell Junction. 845-724-3414.

FILM “Veiled Voices” 7 p.m. Women in leadership roles in their faith is the subject of a documentary screening and discussion. The hour-length documentary by Brigid Maher profiles Ghina Hammoud in Lebanon, Dr. Su’ad Saleh in Egypt, and Huda al-Habash in Syria who are helping revive the leadership role of “sheikhas” or female religious guides in Islam and across the Middle East. Panelists and audience will discuss women in leadership roles in their faith. Performing Arts Room, third floor of the Marist Student Center, Marist College, 3399 North Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-575-3000.

NIGHTLIFE Open Mic Night 8:30-11:30 p.m. La Puerta Azul. 2510 Rte. 44, Salt Point. 845-677-2985.

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“Take It Home Tonight” Art Auction 7-9 p.m. Opening reception, featuring selected works by local artists Richard King, Howard Knotts, Ethel Richter and Marj Wheeler offered for that night only; the auction on those works closes and winners take the art home. A silent auction of a wide variety of work by outstanding local artists will continue through Sunday, Oct. 3. Bidders can return throughout the week to continue participating in the auction. Gallery hours: Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m.; Monday and Friday, noon5 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. The Starr Library 68 West Market St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-4030. Les Petit Chanteurs 7 p.m. The Vassar Haiti Project presents a benefit concert for Haiti’s renowned Holy Trinity Music School, featuring the school’s acclaimed Les Petit Chanteurs boys choir. The renowned 30-voice boys choir is touring the East Coast this fall to raise funds for the reconstruction of the school complex, which was destroyed in the

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January earthquake. Admission: $10, adults; $5, students ages 5 – 18; free for children under 5. Vassar College Chapel, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370.

FAMILY Family Movie Night and Spaghetti Dinner 6:30 p.m. Watch “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs” and enjoy a spaghetti dinner. This event is free and open to the entire community. This is the first in a new series, Family Movie Night, held on the last Friday of the month. Free. Community Room of the Zion Episcopal Church, 12 Satterlee Place, Wappingers Falls. 845-297-3428.

FILM “The African Queen” 7 p.m. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn. The Beekman Library Film and Lecture Series, an adult program, is hosted by Robert Pucci, associate professor of communications, Ulster County Community College. Go online or call to register. Beekman Library, 11 Town Center Blvd., Hopewell Junction. 845-724-3414.

MUSIC Guest Concert 8 p.m. The program by the New York Chamber Brass represents the traditions of brass chamber music from the United States and England. Featuring Graham Ashton and Rich Clymer, trumpets; Peter Reit, horn; Tim Albright, trombone; and Kyle Turner, tuba. Skinner Hall of Music, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-7294.

NIGHTLIFE Gregg Phillips 9:30 p.m. Max’s On Main, 246 Main St., Beacon. 845-838-6297. The Joanna Teters Experiment 8:30 p.m. $5 cover. The Rhinecliff Hotel, 4 Grinnell St., Rhinebeck. 845-876-0590 Mike Klubnick Band 8-11 p.m. La Puerta Azul. 2510 Rte. 44, Salt Point. 845-677-2985. Professor Louie and Special Guests 8 p.m. The Professor’s piano is always funky, feisty and full of blues. Refreshments available. Tickets: $15. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon. 845-831-4988. Swing Dance 8 p.m., Beginners lesson, free with dance admission. Dance to Teresa Broadwell and Thrivin’ on a Riff, 8:30-11:30 p.m., $15; $10, student. Intermediate workshop, 6:30-8 p.m. Admission: $15. Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, 135 South Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie. 845-454-2571 or Tannahill Weavers 8:30 p.m. This dynamic quintet play Scottish traditional music at its best. Tickets: $30, advance; $35, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300.

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Photo by Jim Langan.

BY DANA GAVIN Come rain or come shine (fingers are crossed for 24th Annual Celtic Day the latter), the Hudson Valley will gather to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the Celtic tradition at in the Park Staatsburgh State Historic Site this Sunday. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Sunday, The day will feature traditional activities Sept. 26 that originated in the Celtic nations of Scotland, Admission: $10, adults; Ireland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall, Galicia and the Isle of Man. There will be pipe band $2, children ages 12 and and dance troupe performances, sheep-herding younger demonstrations, the caber toss, the haggis hurl, Staatsburgh State Historic Clydesdale horses and Gaelic storytelling and language lessons. Site (the Mills Mansion) One of the yearly highlights is the “Bonniest Old Post Rd., Staatsburg Knees” contest, in which a panel of blindfolded 845-889-8851 female judges will evaluate the “boniness” of entered knees. Male kilt-wearers will come forward to have their knees judged and ranked on three categories: bone structure, skin texture, and overall feel. The contestant who earns the most points overall will win a prize. However, the finale of Celtic Day is a majestic event – against the backdrop of the Hudson River and the Staasburgh estate, a parade of pipe bands and clan associations march with the flags of the many Celtic nations. Come celebrate your Celtic heritage, or just become Celtic for the day.


Saturday, Sept. 11, the Wiltwyck Quilters Guild marked the ninth anniversary of Sept. 11 by collecting quilts for two area organizations: The Army Babies Quilt Project and the Castle Point Veterans Hospital. More than 50 members of the guild worked on quilts for these two organizations over the summer. The quilts were displayed during a memorial service beginning at 11 a.m. at the Town of Ulster Town Hall.




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ART ASSIST In an effort to raise funds for their programming for 2010, the Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society (RCMS) is working together with Barnes & Noble Booksellers by hosting a book fair at the Kingston store (1177 Ulster Ave.). Any purchases made at Barnes & Noble in store (between Sept. 24-25) at any location or online (between Sept. 24-28), using RCMS’s voucher number #10259414, earns the organization a percentage of the sale. RCMS’s events and programs will be held at the Kingston Barnes & Noble on both Friday and Saturday.


“Art Against The Odds”: Culture, Identity, Preservation, “El Arte Contra La Probabilidades” 3-5 p.m. Opening reception. Celebrating HispanicAmerican History Month with an exhibition of 16 Latino-American Artists. Gallery hours: ThursdaySunday, 1-5 p.m. Gallery closed to general viewing public Sunday, Oct. 3 and 24 for Howland Chamber Music Circle Concerts. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon. 845-831-4988. Cash and Carry Art Sale 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Betsy Jacaruso Studio and Gallery at the Chocolate Factory, 54 Elizabeth St., Red Hook. 845-758-9244. Gallery Talks: Jenelle Porter on Agnes Martin 2 p.m. Focused on the work of the artists in Dia’s collection, Gallery Talks are one-hour presentations given by curators, art historians, and writers, and take place in the museum’s galleries. Free with museum admission. Dia: Beacon, Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman St., Beacon. 845440-0100.

BENEFIT “Cocktails At Grinnell” 5:30-8:30 p.m. The Grinnell Library annual fundraising event features live music, beer, wine and hors d’ oeuvres by Simply Gourmet Caterers. Proceeds benefit the renovation of the library’s iconic turret. Tickets: $25, advance; $30; door. Grinnell Library, 2642 East Main St., Wappingers Falls. 845-297-3428.

Staatsburg’s Children’s Librarian Lisa Prentiss with AAUW Poughkeepsie Branch members Sue Osterhoudt and Jane Toll. Photo submitted.


“Pins and Needles,” one of the AAUW (formerly known as the American Association of University Women) Poughkeepsie Branch’s interest groups, is dedicated to handwork and community projects. Past projects have included making afghans for Warm Up America, hats, mittens and slippers for local shelters and prayer shawls for Women 4 Women. This year’s project was making handmade book bags to be given to the children at the Staatsburg Library when they sign up for their first library card. On Sept. 9, Sue Osterhoudt and Jane Toll, co-coordinators of the Pins and Needles interest group, presented 40 of the book bags to Staatsburg’s children’s librarian Lisa Prentiss. Pins and Needles members know that these book bags will add enjoyment to the children’s journey on becoming life-long readers.


“A Night of Music” 9-11:30 p.m. In the midst of WGXC’s “Radio Barnraising,” a community media extravaganza involving three days of workshops, station building and performances, Meshell Ndegeocello curates an evening of music at Club Helsinki as a benefit concert for Columbia and Greene counties’ very own brand new community radio station. Club Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia St., Hudson. 518828-4800.

EVENT 4th Annual Ann Street Market Series 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Local farms and farmers, food purveyors, artists, artisans, musicians, local organizations and businesses participate. Ann Street municipal parking lot, 104 Ann St., Newburgh. In case of rain, the market is held inside the Ritz Theater Lobby, 107 Broadway, Newburgh. 845-562-6940, ext. 109.

Children’s Museum and The Jewish Community Center of Dutchess County. Admission charged. Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, 75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-0589. ARTIculture Festival 1-5 p.m. Live music from Uncle Rock and the Shoe String Band, juried crafts show and more. Admission to all ARTIculture events is free. For those wanting to take part in the all-inclusive Hurd Farm Family Fun Activities: The Cow Train Ride, Country Hayride, Apple Launchers, Giant Kids Corral, Trike Track, Fish Feeding Dock, Colossal Corn Maze Challenge, Eco-Discovery Trail and ABC’s of Agriculture Mini-Maze, there is a Family Activity fee of $10. Children 2 and under are free. Hurd Family Farm, 2187 Rte. 32, Modena. 845255-1559. Indian Rock Schoolhouse Picnic and Community Day 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Quilts, food, crafts, activities and games. The theme this year is “A Tribute to Teachers.” Guests of honor include admired teachers and administrators of Amenia schools over the years. A bench for Indian Rock visitors will be dedicated to Justine Winters, a combined effort of the Amenia Lions Club and the Schoolhouse Association. Salute to teachers; raffle drawing at noon. New special feature this year is the Amenia Fire Company versus Wassaic Fire Co. softball game at 1 p.m. The Lions’ Walkathon for Juvenile Diabetes steps off from the Indian Rock schoolyard. Parking is available in the field above the schoolhouse. Indian Rock 1858 Schoolhouse, Mygatt Rd., Amenia. 845-373-8338. > continued on page 16

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Joey with his owners Aniello Graziano and Stephanie Houston.

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Next Saturday offers the Hudson Valley community a delightful opportunity to mix fun with fundraising for a cause that’s close to many people’s hearts, including both art director Nicole DeLawder (proud owner of an SPCA canine rescue), reporter Chris Lennon (proud owner of an SPCA canine rescue) and me (proud owner of an SPCA feline rescue). Paws in the Park Petwalk and Canine Carnival was created to not only raise money for the Dutchess County SPCA, but also educate the public about the plight of the homeless and abused animals while giving dogs and their human companions an opportunity to get outside and romp about. “Paws in the Park Petwalk is a day of fun, food, music, and games that promotes the bond between people and animals. Funds raised at Petwalk support the life-saving work of the Dutchess County SPCA,” said Joyce Garrity, executive director of the Dutchess County SPCA. It’s a common concept that animal companionship is enjoyable for the sense of unconditional love pets offer, but there’s credible evidence that being around domestic animals like dogs and cats can have legitimate health benefits; animals have been integrated into many incredibly successful therapy programs that move beyond bringing joy into transforming the capabilities of people across the spectrum. There is something uniquely special, though, about an animal that’s been rescued, which makes supporting the Dutchess County SPCA so satisfying. While my cat, Sabrina, came from an SPCA shelter in Dallas, I like to support our local SPCA organization on her behalf. In fact, as Petwalk and Canine Carnival organizer Debbi Calabrese reminded me, all animallovers will enjoy the event, whether you have a canine escort or not. It only took me a second to remember how much time I just spent at the Dutchess County Fair watching the dog agility trials and the water jump competition. This is a whole day of dogs participating in all sorts of activities, winning prizes and generally having a great time at Bowdoin Park – and it’s become quite successful. Last year, supporters and participants helped the Dutchess County SPCA raise almost $50,000. The focus on fun is what keeps bringing people back year after year: “What we find is that, people have dogs, but don’t have to time to play,” said Calabrese. “That’s the concept behind the Petwalk that makes it different from other events. We want you to come and play with your dog that day. We have interactive booths based on established events, like agility, and other booths, like ‘Puppies of the Caribbean’ and ‘Tail-adega Nights,’ a race like Rally-O.” But fear not, fans of the Petwalk – Calabrese said that there’s a brand-new booth for 2010 participants to enjoy. “We keep it new and fresh, so that it’s not the same Petwalk – this year, it’s ‘Raiders of the Lost Bark.’” Yes, as in the beloved Indiana Jones movie. A fortuitous trip to Turkey inspired Calabrese to envision a “Moroccan market place, a maze. The owner can assist the dog, giving vocal commands. The concept is that someone has stolen the lost bark, and the dogs have to find it!” Calabrese said dogs that make it to the end will be encouraged to let out a resounding bark of triumph. And of course, get a prize. There will be two different walks: The Husky Hike is about a 40-minute trek through the woods with some inclines; the Poodle Promenade is about a 25-minute stroll around the soccer fields on a fairly level track. One of the most charming aspects of the Petwalk and Canine Carnival is each year’s official mascot, who represents all the shelter dogs (and cats) who cannot participate but who still love the cause. This year’s handsome boy is Joey – Calabrese said Joey “was a ball of fire at the shelter and with us a really long time. He was so energetic with so much weight,” which made handling him a challenge at times. Calabrese explained that Joey represents hope for the right sort of situation to come along – “I’ve spoken with his new adopters and they’re wonderful. It turns out to be a marvelous story. Special people look for special dogs; it’s a synergistic event.” As the human companion of a cat who was considered “unadoptable,” I completely empathized with Joey’s plight. I’m glad he was here at this shelter, where he had the chance to wait to find his perfect family. If you’re like me (cat-ified) or can’t make the event in person, consider pledging to Joey to contribute to the fundraising efforts: go to and give Joey a paw-up towards his goal. Calabrese said part of the goal of the Petwalk and Canine Carnival was not only to raise awareness about shelter adoptions, but also to strengthen the bonds of dogs and their humans with a day full of energy and goodies. “We don’t want people to just walk along and look at the booths – come and play with your dog!” said Calabrese. 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The Hudson Valley will be hearing from a new source of music these days: Community Music Space (CMS), founded by Ben Senterfit (professional musician, recording artist and music educator, pictured, center, on sax), is open now on the second story of the lovely Chocolate Factory (54 Elizabeth St., Red Hook), which also houses the Betsy Jacaruso Art Studio, Hooked on Dogs and Imagination Station, among others. The mission of CMS is to build a community around the joy of creating music: To accomplish this, the studio offers private and group lessons in instruments, voice and performance; regularly scheduled music performances will be open to the public; clinics and workshops will be scheduled; and studio recording services will be available to professional and aspiring bands. Senterfit and his family moved two and a half years ago to the Hudson Valley from Colorado – we commiserated on what it was like to get used to winter in this area. He said that he acquired the space a year ago: “It took me a long time – it was a slow start to get off the ground.” CMS now occupies a corner space on the second story of the building, “a big open space with hardwood floors,” said Senterfit, and now a grand piano that was donated. “The piano makes the room,” he said. Senterfit said it was important to him to find a way to share his love of music and his talent with the community. “It (CMS) came out of necessity. My wife had a job she was leaving, which is why we came to Red Hook. I had a pretty thriving practice in Denver. I was teaching and working; then, I became like a stay-at-home dad for two years. I taught a little bit out of my house … I have friends in the city (New York City), so I was going down playing gigs.” But it wasn’t enough. “I’ve never been accused of doing things too small,” he said with a laugh. “I wanted to teach classes and have performances. I was seeing what was missing in the community. Not just in Red Hook, but the country. We’ve compartmentalized music.”

Music, he said, has become divided between “the spectators and then the people who are the performers,” and how unnatural that is to the role music should play. “The real value of music is in community – music provide essential services, such as at funerals and wedding. It’s a language.” He wanted to give people of all abilities and interested a common place to gather. “CMC gives people a place to go and learn and perform; a performance space (for people) in and around the Hudson Valley to do their thing. It’s not a bar or concert venue. It’s just a place where people can come and be in community music. I wanted to create a space for people to be in music with one another.” On Sept. 19, CMS Open Sessions was held (see photo above); Rhinebeck songwriter Megan Barbera’s album release party is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. (suggested donation: $8). Senterfit plans to have events going every month, from “songwriter GO BACK TO SCHOOL WITH speakeasies” to informal jam sessions and everything in between. “It’s part of my evangelical thing,” he said. “To get music back into people’s lives. We’ve lost that communal aspect; that this is a tool for teaching.” Hudson valley news | | september 22, 2010 {15}




FAMILY “Goowin’s Balloowins” 11 a.m. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month as madcap balloon artist, Allynn Gooen, invites audience members into his Hispanic themed stories as they become actors, while he creates their sets, props, and costumes from twisting balloons. Free. James & Betty Hall Theatre, Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-431-8000.

LECTURE Walk & Talk Series: Restorative Environments with Naomi Sachs Noon-1:30 p.m. Learn about the healing aspects of nature from Sachs, the director of the Therapeutic Landscapes Network. Free. Preregistration requested. Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, CEIE, 199 Dennings Ave., Beacon. 845-838-1600.

NIGHTLIFE Charlie Sabin 9:30 p.m. Max’s On Main, 246 Main St., Beacon. 845-838-6297. Lick The Toad 8:30-11:30 p.m. La Puerta Azul. 2510 Rte. 44, Salt Point. 845-677-2985. Joanna Mosca Band 8:30 p.m. After starring in three acclaimed onewoman shows in New York City, multi-faceted singer songwriter Joanna Mosca has rediscovered her lifelong dream to pursue pop music stardom. Leni Stern & The African Project also perform. Tickets: $25, advance; $30, door. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300.

OUTDOOR Bird Club Field Trip 9 a.m. A field trip to Vassar Farms with the Waterman Bird Club. Meet at the farm, off Hooker at intersection with Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370. Farmland Cycling Tour 9 a.m. Pedal from Poets’ Walk Park through the countryside of Dutchess and Columbia counties. Besides catching occasional glimpses of the Hudson River, you’ll pass farm stands offering fresh produce. After returning to the park, enjoy lunch while listening to live music. Choose the length of your ride—7, 15, 30 or 50 miles—and pick up a map at the start. Poets’ Walk Park, River Rd., Red Hook. 845-473-4440.

Sunday, Sept. 26. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919. Hike on Fuller Mountain 9:30 a.m. A free guided hike, as part of the 11th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble. This moderate 3-hour hike will ramble through a wooded ravine to vistas overlooking the Warwick Valley. The hike is not suitable for small children as there are areas of rough and steep terrain. Participants should bring a lunch and bring plenty of water. For registration, directions and more information call 845-343-0840, ext. 12. Directions can also be found on the website at mfuller.htm. Singles and Sociables - South Taconic Ridge 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Singles and Sociables outings welcome all adult hikers, single and non-single, aged 18 and above. No reservations required. Call the hike leader for the meeting place and fee. This is a strenuous, 9-mile hike, led by Tonda Highley (845-255-9933). New hikers are strongly encouraged to contact the leader prior to the hike for information on hike levels, what to bring, and other information. Hike leaders determine whether or not to allow pets. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

WORKSHOP “Gardening with Ornamental Grasses” 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Ornamental grasses have become increasingly popular with gardeners, landscapers, and conservationists over the past several years. Learn the cultural requirements, site criteria and ornamental features of both native and non-native species with instructor Amy Parrella. Cost: $47$42. Bard College, River Rd., Annandale-onHudson. For more information e-mail arboretum@ or call 845-758-7179.

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Celtic Day in the Park 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Celtic celebration on Hudson River estate. Pipe bands, Celtic music and dance, workshops, sheepdog herding, clan tent displays, kids’ tent with activities and food. Staatsburgh State Historic Site, 75 Mills Mansion Dr., Staatsburg. 845-889-8851. One River Many Streams Folk Festival 2-4 p.m. Dutchess County Arts Council’s annual folk festival at “Spirit of Beacon” Day. Music, dance and interactive craft demos. At Main and Cedar Sts., Beacon. 845-838-1600.


Hawk Migration Workshop Kairos: A Consort of Singers 9 a.m.-noon. Join Tom Sarro, Mohonk Preserve 4 p.m. Under the direction of Dr. Edward research associate, for an indoor presentation Lundergan, the group presents the fourth cantata introducing distinguishing characteristics of migrating in the 2010 Bach Cantata Series with chamber species in flight. Then, enjoy a short hike to the orchestra. The performance includes Bach’s “Hawk Watch” where experts will help identify the Cantata 78, “Jesu, der du meine Seele” (Jesus, hawks, ospreys and other birds that ride the thermal you, who my soul), the motet “Ubi Caritas” by air currents above the Shawangunk Ridge. Children French composer Maurice Duruflé, and an ages 12 and up are welcome and must always be instrumental work performed by flutist Marcia accompanied by an adult. This program includes Gates. Suggested donation: $10. Holy Cross a moderate, 2-mile hike, with a short, steep, uphill Monastery, Route 9W, West Park. 845-256-9114. scramble. Reservations required. Admission: $18, > continued on next page Preserve members; $28, non-members. Rain date: {16} september 22, 2010 | | Hudson valley news

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Cat fancy and wisdom warm the heart BY A ANN LA FARGE “The Egyptians were right. A cat is a “T sacre sacred being.” I couldn’t agree more, and so I was delighted to receive a copy of me a memoir that celebrates a feline heroine – ““Cleo: The Cat Who Mended a Fam Family” by Helen Brown (Citadel/ Ke Kensington, $15.95), which is dedicated “T “To those who say they aren’t cat people bu but deep down know they are.” The family that would eventually bbelong to Cleo was having problems. A difficult marriage, for instance. But oonce they adopted a small black ball of ffur with green eyes, they all realized that “if people listened to animals more often, they wouldn’t make so many mistakes.” But, alas, dreadful things happened, the family soldiered on, and there was one constant source of comfort: Cleo. For, as we learn (if we didn’t already know), “a cat’s purr is said to have a profound effect on the human body. Purring reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, and helps mend muscles and bones.” As Helen Brown says, as she snuggles with Cleo, “our souls reached across the divide of species and shared a connection beyond words.” Helen gives birth to a new child, and Cleo continues to guide the family, but a cat gets sleepy sometimes. For cats, though, “lethargy is an art form. They see the treadmills of human obligations for what they are – a meaningless waste of nap time ...” And then ... but meet Cleo and read her story for yourself. And, still emulating cats, perhaps, and admiring their wisdom and their ability to take life as it comes, I read a delightful little book by a Hudson Valley writer, Akiko Busch – “Patience: Taking Time in an Age of Acceleration” (Sterling, AARP, $14.95). Patience is something of which I wish I had much more. If I could only quit tapping my foot when waiting for the elevator, or the light to change to green ... this book told me how. “It seems,” Akiko Busch writes, “we are all waiting – all of us, all the time, hurriedly, anxiously, irritably, calmly, quietly, however we choose ...” She mentions, wisely, the Slow Movement: Slow Food, Slow Travel, Slow Money, Slow Gardening ... Slow Media (huh?), and remarks, “Most of us have a tendency to wait for the wrong thing or, at best, a questionable ability to identify what is worth waiting for.” The book is studded with references to literary characters and their experiences with patience – Solzhenitsyn, finding himself more bored during the 16 minutes spent waiting for the trolley than he had ever been during his 16-hour days while imprisoned in the gulag. Other references are to Borges, Samuel Beckett (of course!), Odysseus’s wife Penelope and Ambrose Bierce, who remarked that “patience is a minor form of despair disguised > continued on next page

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as a virtue.” What is it, Busch asks, that makes us rush toward things? And she adds a bit of her own E-MAIL US YOUR EVENTS: WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM wisdom: “Patience may not be a virtue so much as an experience that demands both a passionate < continued from previous page 7 p.m. Afro-Caribbean religion expert and Vassar engagement with time and a complete indifference alumna Elizabeth McAlister ’85 delivers the toward it.” Remember that. And learn, also, from lecture. Sanders Classroom Spitzer Auditorium Unplugged Acoustic Open Mic your cat. 4-6 p.m. Sign up to participate: 3:30pm. Admission: (room 212), Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Time for a novel, I’d say, after all that feline $5, members; $6, non-members. Unison Arts Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370. and human philosophy! And I found a good one: Center, 68 Mountain Rest Rd., New Paltz. 845255-1559. Sharon Pomerantz’s “Rich Boy” (Twelve/Grand Tuesday, Sept. 28 ART Central Publishing, $24.99). Voices of Light Artist’s Salon Robert Vishniak was a poor boy, but he didn’t 2-5 p.m. The inaugural concert of a Sacred Music 7 p.m. Israeli born artist Anat Shiftan, SUNY New stay that way long. No matter what it took, he Festival Series, and interfaith celebration brought Paltz professor of ceramics, speaks at the Artist’s together by the Bard College Chaplaincy, Kathleen Salon. Shiftan creates porcelain sculpture and was going away to college. Not staying home and Mandeville’s IgniVox Productions, and United tile work that is exquisite in form and substance. attending a community college as was expected. Religions Initiative consultant Linda Lauretta, series. Barrett Clay Works 485 Main St. Poughkeepsie. He went to Tufts, and met a rich roommate The concert coincides with the International Day 845-471-0407. and, also, many kids like himself (with jobs of Peace, honoring humanity’s eternal longing for dishwashing in the cafeteria). Follow Robert – peace. Voices of Light will bring together musicians, BENEFIT as many years ago we followed Marjorie Morningstar – through college, love, escape celebrants, and performers from a diverse range of Chinese Moon Festival: Zhong Qiu Jie Cocktail from the Vietnam draft, law school, and a life he couldn’t possibly have imagined, with cultures and beliefs. The performance will include Party Paul Winter’s “Earth Mass.” Bard College Chapel, weekends in Tuxedo Park where people “worked very hard at their leisure.” It can’t be Bard College, River Rd., Annandale-on-Hudson. 5 p.m. Northern Dutchess Hospital Auxiliary invites guests to view the moon over the Hudson easy for “a man with nothing to marry a woman with far too much,” we learn, and maybe 845-863-6712. River as they enjoy a variety of little dishes, “Moon it’s true, as one character proclaims, that “the saddest people in the world ... are people Cakes” and a cash bar. The admission includes NIGHTLIFE who have it all.” Asian appetizers, entertainment by astrological Bereznak Brothers forecasters, tarot card readers and a handwriting Will Robert finally find out ... where he belongs? 7:30 p.m. The Bereznak Brothers are a dynamic, Like “The Great Gatsby” and “Bonfire of the Vanities,” this is a novel about money, genre-bridging group: twin brother singer-songwriter- analyst. Benefits the Rhinecliff/Rhinebeck unit of the NDH Auxiliary. Tickets: $30. China Rose, 1 and the invention of a self far from one’s origins ... to, perhaps, peril. It takes us through guitarists Michael & David Bereznak, who have Shatzell Ave., Rhinecliff. 845-876-7442. four decades of the 20th century, and raises questions that all of us ... and especially literally been living for music since they were six Richard – must one day answer: who am I and where do I really belong? I couldn’t put years old. Tickets: $15. Towne Crier Café, 130 Rte. EVENT 22, Pawling. 845-855-1300. Hopewell Junction Car Cruise it down. In the first week of autumn’s chill, I got lucky – and so can you – with three 6-9 p.m. All cars welcome. Music, trophies and utterly satisfying books. OUTDOOR giveaways. Free. Tuesdays through Oct. 26. Ann La Farge left her longtime book publishing job to do freelance editing and writing. She divides her time between New York City and Millbrook, and can be reached at

Mt. Beacon Incline Trail Hike 9 a.m. A hike led by Mt. Beacon Incline Railway Restoration Society interpretive guides. Participants learn the history of Mt. Beacon and its Incline Railway. This is a moderate-to-difficult hike of approximately two miles round trip with areas of steep, rocky surfaces. The hike lasts about three hours with rest stops along the way and lunch/snacks at the summit. After reaching the summit an optional tour will be offered to the Fire Tower on South Mt. Beacon. All others may descend the mountain back to the parking lot. Wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes and dress in layers. Carry water, snacks/lunch and insect repellent. Bring cameras to capture photos from the most scenic spot of the Hudson River Valley. Pre-register online. $5 suggested donation. Meet at Scenic Hudson’s gateway to Mt. Beacon Park. Mount Beacon, intersection of Rte. 9D and Howland Ave., Beacon. 845-473-4440.

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Singles and Sociables - Overcliff/Undercliff 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Singles and Sociables outings welcome all adult hikers, single and non-single, aged 18 and above. No reservations required. Meet at the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center. This is an easy, 5-mile hike, led by Ray Greenberg (845255-3133). New hikers are strongly encouraged to contact the leader prior to the hike for information on hike levels, what to bring, and other information. Hike leaders determine whether or not to allow pets. Admission: Free, Mohonk Preserve members; $10, non-members. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845255-0919.

Wednesday, Sept. 29

Hudson Valley News Publisher Caroline Carey catches up with fellow Lehman Brothers alum Georgia Pelligrini at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck. Pelligrini was signing copies Monday, Sept. 27 LECTURE of her new book “Food Heroes: Sixteen Culinary Artisans Preserving Tradition.” “Singing From the Rubble to the Telethon: Carey recruited and hired Pelligrini out of Wellesley College in 2003. Both women Music, Religion, and the Haiti Quake” are Wellesley graduates. Photo by Jim Langan.

LECTURE “Insights on Site” Lecture Series Noon.-12:30 p.m. James Mundy, the Anne Hendricks Bass Director of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, will discuss the exterior sculpture of Taylor Hall. Participants should meet at the entrance of Taylor Hall. Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5632. Paul Volcker 5 p.m. The economic advisor to President Obama and former chairman of the Federal Reserve, joins Vassar economics professor Robert Rebelein to discuss current economic issues. The Vassar College Students’ Building, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-437-5370.


Harlem Valley Car Club Car Cruise 6 p.m. Free. Valley Diner, 1782 Rte. 22, Wingdale. 203-410-4836.

OUTDOOR Bob Babb Wednesday Walk – Peters Kill 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The Bob Babb Wednesday Walks welcome adults of all ages and levels of ability. No reservations are required. Meet at the Minnewaska State Park Preserve Peters Kill Lot. This is a moderate, 5-mile hike. There is a parking fee per car for this program. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 845-255-0919.

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HOT TIMES IN THE CITY Blake Lively as Krista Coughlin and Ben Affleck as Doug MacRay in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ crime drama “The Town,” distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Photo by Claire Folger.

BY DANA GAVIN | WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM After about 15 minutes into this riveting movie, I thought (with a margin of sorrow), Ben Affleck has officially turned an 180-degree turn on poor Shannon, manager of Fashionable Male (his ruthlessly under-rated turn in Kevin Smith’s “Mallrats”). Affleck has matured into a fine director (he demonstrated this with “Gone Baby Gone”) but also into a solid, affecting actor with “The Town,” a tense film based on Chuck Hogan’s novel “Prince of Thieves.” Here, he’s assembled a fantastic ensemble of actors who make up in spades for any lapse of scriptural character development. As fast as the plot winds and unwinds, I found myself still more involved with these characters than I should have been. As a director, Affleck was blessed Weekend rating: Three Red Sox logos with some seriously talented folk Director: Ben Affleck who can turn a grin into a four-minute Starring: Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon monologue – I’d also like to credit him Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively for letting the camera linger smartly to Runtime: 120 min capture these moments that give the Rated R for strong violence, pervasive audience purchase into the lives and language, some sexuality and drug use. terrible choices these people make.

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Affleck does double duty here, because he’s also playing the main character, Doug MacRay, a one-time hockey star who slid (quite naturally, it seems) into an institutionalized life of drugs and crime. At the start of the film, MacRay is part of a four-man robbery team hitting a Charlestown, Massachusettes bank, managed by Claire Keesey (the brilliant Rebecca Hall), who the quartet force to open the vault and then kidnap. When I saw this trailer attached to “Inception,” I thought I knew exactly where the plot was going to go (I haven’t read the original novel). Even as the initial scenes played out, I was surprised by the way Affleck approached both the violence and the over all structure of the film. He didn’t shy away from the imbedded violence of the story of men (and women) who are born and bred on a life of pushing back hard first before others could get you, but he also shot those scenes with a refreshing sensibility. Another stand-out was Blake Lively – she didn’t have a lot to work with in terms of the script (she only had a few scenes, and little dialogue). But super kudos to her for teasing out an annoying, cruel and still sympathetic performance. Lively’s performance was so strong that I wished at the end to have seen more of her character, Krista – as the sister of James “Jem” Coughlin (MacRay’s comrade) and MacRay’s sometimes lover – she could (and maybe should) have had a more important role to play and perspective to bear. Regardless, I think Lively’s demonstrated that she’s got the chops, and I look forward to seeing her in more challenging roles like this. “Mad Men” main man Jon Hamm was well cast as the super-skeeve FBI S.A. Adam Frawley – a man you know you’re supposed to support but who you desperately want to fail. It’s a pretty standard conceit (in all artistic mediums, starting with John Milton’s “Paradise Lost,” perhaps) that you’re supposed to empathize with the “villains” who are made out to be much less villainous than you anticipate. I think this, if anything, is the failing of the movie – because I felt a strong pull on many levels that Affleck didn’t mean to make this an urban fantasy, and I wanted to see a harder line drawn. Of course, a huge part of my less-critical soul enjoyed seeing a bit of “Robin Hood” embedded into the tale. Maybe that’s just fine. It was momentarily satisfying, but it’s not going to be a movie that stays with me over the long haul, making me think and wonder and question. The most important star of this movie was the landscape of Charlestown. There’s been a bit of push-back related to the supposition that this is the capital of bank robberies (and ignorant thugs in general), and I can easily empathize with that. However, I believed in the landscape Affleck captured here, with its conflation of marginalized people (primarily the Irish and Italians) and their willingness to bind themselves together in a shady conscript of illegal activities and aggression. The camera lingers lovingly over landmarks and architecture, not with an eye to necessarily romanticize, but to situate the action and to give the audience a fleeting understanding of what it is to love a place more than you may love the actions it inspires.

weekend horoscopes SEPT. 22 - 28 | BY CLAIRE ANDERSON

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): Financial issues that have been on your mind get resolved in a very satisfactory way this week. You can now focus your energy on other matters, especially those concerning your home or domestic situation. Friends or family who live far away may drop in unexpectedly, or call to plan a trip to you in the near future. LIBRA (SEPT. 23- OCT. 22): This week, you may have to put the brakes on a project that you’ve been working on for a while. Don’t look at this as a failure – you’ve learned a lot through the process – but right now, the numbers don’t add up and you’re able to see that the end result won’t be what you want (or need) it to be. Recognizing this is a victory in and of itself.

SCORPIO (OCT. 23- NOV. 21): You’re experiencing success at work and at home, but you still feel like something is missing. Take time to reflect on what you truly want. You are in transition period emotionally, and you may need to refocus your priorities right now to get to address this.

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): You are full of creative energy this week, and others will be inspired by your cheerful approach to problem-solving. A friend will reach out to you for advice – give it freely. You will be surprised by what you learn as you help them solve their problem. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): You are normally very down-to-earth and pragmatic, but right now, you’re feeling more capricious than ever. Go ahead and give into your wilder ideas – you’re likely to meet some new friends on your adventures that will bring a new perspective into your life.

goes weekend TELEVISION, CELEBRITY GOSSIP AND ALL OF THAT BRAIN-NUMBING ENTERTAINMENT IN BETWEEN • Jean-Luc Picard takes to the stage: Patrick Stewart is starring in a revival of David Mamet’s “A Life in the Theatre” at the Schoenfeld Theatre in New York City. He’ll share the stage with T.R. Knight (late of “Grey’s Anatomy”) – the show is directed by Neil Pepe and opens in October for a 15-week run. • Both Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian have gone after creators of inflatable sex dolls that look suspiciously like them. Both are threatening law suits against Pipedream Products, Inc. – the company says the similarity between the women and their blowup creations is purely coincidental! • Cousin Eddie has sunk even lower: Randy and his wife Evi Quaid were arrested over the weekend on charges of felony burglary after they were found to be living in a home they once owned. The pair allegedly trashed the home, breaking mirrors, leaving dirty footprints all over the place and dishes in the sink. • Russell Brand – star of the remake of “Arthur” – was arrested over the weekend for attacking a paparazzi who was trying to shoot up his fiancée Katy Perry’s skirt. Perry tweeted, “If you cross the line & try an put a lens up my dress, my fiancé will do his job & protect me.” Brand posted $20,000 bail and was released. At least he wasn’t getting busted for drugs again … • It’s not like we didn’t see this coming, but it doesn’t make the revelation any less pitiful: Lindsay Lohan admitted via Twitter to failing court-ordered drug tests. She reportedly failed two, including one that tested positive for cocaine. Her Twitter posts suggested “I’m prepared to face the consequences” – most likely that’s a smart lawyer at the keyboard, not Lohan, who might be headed right back to jail. • MadsVassar tweets that “Jersey Shore’s” Snooki, aka “The Princess of Poughkeepsie,” was sighted at Mahoney’s. Should the emergency warning system been triggered to warn citizens?

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB 18): An old friend reaches out to you with appreciation for past support – accept their overture graciously. Let their act inspire you to thank those who you’ve leaned on too. Have lunch with a friend or family member who you haven’t seen in a long time – that connection is too important to squander. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): If you’ve been considering changing careers, now is the right time to take strategic steps. A trusted colleague has words of wisdom for you, and may be able to put you in contact with others who have opportunities for you. Be vigilant in your research before you make any moves.

ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): Your romantic side is emerging right now, and you may be inspired to either travel with your partner or plan a trip where you will have a chance to meet a new love. Go with your instinct rather than over-thinking the situation.

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): Enjoy a flash of inspiration this week that gives you a way to overcome an hurdle you’re facing at work. Embrace the unconventional and consider reaching out to a mentor for advice. After a successful resolution, go out and celebrate!

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): You are in the process of negotiation, whether it’s in terms of a contract at work or in a personal relationship. You and the other party may disagree on multiple points, but if you think creatively, you will be able to suggest ways in which you can both get what you want. Don’t sacrifice too much, but identify those elements that are truly unimportant to you. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): Accept an opportunity to lead a group or speak in public – it’s not your normal thing to step out in the front, but you’ll learn a lot of the experience and gain the respect of your peers. After your success, enjoy a quiet dinner with a dear friend.

LEO (JULY 23- AUG. 22): Watch out for someone who will deliberately try to mislead you this week and attempt to play mind game games to get what they want. Be cautious and read between the lines – take nothing at face value without checking the facts. For entertainment purposes only. Hudson valley news | | september 22, 2010 {19}

This week’s winner: Lindsay Blackmon with her photo from Underburg Mountain near Bear Mountain State Park. Send your Hudson Valley Photo of the Week submission to each Friday. Photos should be at least 3x4” at 300 dpi (no photos from Facebook please!) Include your name, location of photo and town of residence.

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On Saturday, Sept. 18, Frank De Las Mercedes kicked off Zen Dog’s first art opening with an art talk discussing his abstract portraits that include icons Jimi Hendrix, Billie Holiday and a young Frank Sinatra. Zen Dog Café, 6367 Mill St., Rhinebeck. Photos by Nicole DeLawder.

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suffered a heart attack. He had a stent inserted in a blocked artery. It appears he will be fine but no more coaching for him for the foreseeable future. • Joe Torre announced he’s done as L.A. Dodgers manager after three unremarkable years. He will be succeeded by the uninspiring Don Mattingly, who has been following Torre around like a puppy waiting for a chance to manage. Let’s hope rumors about Torre taking the Mets manager’s job are wrong. Some people think Torre has Pat Reilly disease. He can only win with a great team. Wally Backman would be a logical call.

• It was interesting last week to hear the reaction to Derek Jeter having faked being hit by a pitched ball. Jeter clearly cheated in an attempt to advance the fortunes of the Yankees. It wasn’t gamesmanship, as Jeter apologists tried to argue. You’re supposed to play it straight and the fact the cheater was squeaky-clean Derek • Have you noticed the number of NFL Jeter really hit a nerve. referees with freakishly large biceps? These middle-aged zebras must spend • Speaking of the Yankees, the negative the off-season pumping iron to look like side of the wild-card thing is playing out some of the players. Weird. with the outcome of the AL East almost irrelevant. Instead of drama-filled battles • Loved seeing the refs call the Jets for between Tampa and the Yankees for the taunting after Braylon Edwards did his pennant, it doesn’t really matter because Reginald Denny routine after scoring. It they will both be in the playoffs. Then the cost the Jets 15 yards on the ensuing games will really count. kick-off. Teams should start fining these clowns. Leave the gang thing home. • Hard to believe, but NHL training camps Edwards got a DUI Tuesday at 5:15 a.m. opened last week and the NBA in a few in NYC. Nice. weeks. Both seasons are way too long and most games are simply glorified • Michael Vick passed for 284 yards and exhibitions. two TDs Sunday as the Eagles beat the Lions 35-32 in his first NFL start since • Is the WNBA season over yet? Did they being incarcerated. Eagles fans will be actually play one? giving Vick pit bull puppies if he can keep it up. • How annoying and silly was that whole dust-up over the Mexican sports reporter, • The Jaybird is watching the Jets game Ines Sainz, complaining the Jets harassed while writing this. I promise you, I have her. She was one jukebox away from a more foot speed and a quicker release pole dance. One look at her told you she than Mark Sanchez. And how about was auditioning for an American TV gig. holdout Darelle Revis, who went down The sad part is she’ll probably have her Sunday with a sore hamstring? That’s own show after all the publicity. what happens when you miss training • There’s no question Reggie Bush and his parents gamed the NCAA while he was at USC. But he was the best college player in the country when he won the Heisman Trophy in 2005. Like Pete Rose, they can paint you a dirty dog but they can’t take your accomplishments away with a vote by a bunch of guys in suits. • Hours after having his Michigan State team fake a field goal and score a 29yard touchdown, coach Mark Dantonio


Danielle Gay raises money for her recent trip to Florida. Photo submitted.


A local athlete from the Team Red Hook Martial Arts Academy recently competed camp. I wonder if he’ll consider renegotiating a lower contract if he in the AAU Junior National Team Trials in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. can’t play. Danielle Gay, 14, who trains in taekwondo seven days a week, placed {to advertise, e-mail:} fourth in her weight class and says the experience gave her a greater understanding of the sport. She plans on competing again next year. {editorial} Gay previously competed in Ft. Lauderdale in June, taking home a bronze medal in the 14-17-year-old middle-weight



Olympic sparring event. Since then, she has been training under her instructor, Hector A. Jimenez of Germantown, in preparation for the Junior National Team Trials. Gay paid for her trip to Florida by collecting money at local stores, such as Stop and Shop and William’s Lumber in Rhinebeck and Tiberio’s IGA in Red Hook. She wishes to thank the many local residents who contributed, the stores that allowed her to ask customers for donations and her coach.

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The bandstand area of Tymor Park was surrounded again with the sights and sounds of old-world Bavaria as the Alpine Squeeze Band pumped out the music. On this one special day, if you ventured into the park area behind the big barn, you’d have thought you were in another country as Union Vale presented another great Oktoberfest. With the accordion, saxophone and keyboard producing melodies like “Erika” and “Schatz mein schatz,” Germania Almrausch, a highly skilled troupe of dancers, performed the “schuplattler.” Conventional American dancing was interspersed with the Bavarian routines as all in the audience were enthusiastically encouraged to participate. I spoke briefly with my old friends, Otto Von Goebel and his wife, Greta, from one of the performing groups. Otto and the other men in his particular troupe were wearing short leather trousers called liederhosen. Greta and the women were clad in dirndls, the traditional ankle-length dresses with aprons. Their costumes and accomplished mode of dancing greatly complemented the musical presentations, to the edification of everyone in attendance.


I found time to enjoy an immensely entertaining performance by the Germania Almrausch dancers. This group has been perfecting these lively routines for almost 35 years and is a perennial performer at the Hunter Mountain Oktoberfest. They’ve been at it for so long and practice with such fervor, they make the harder movements look spontaneous and simple. As dedicated and talented performers, they uphold their Germanic community as devotees of good music who work hard and play hard for the edification of all. The Germania Almrausch people and the delicious food offered at the event contributed to another unforgettable Union Vale Oktoberfest.


“Arts in the Park” is back. The Union Vale Parks and Recreation Department invites children in grades one through five to sign up for a six-week program in arts and crafts at Tymor Park this fall. The program will include jewelry making, candle making, mosaics, candy making and much more. It runs Tuesday evenings, Sept. 28 through Nov. 2 (new dates), from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $40 for Union Vale residents and $50 for non-residents. Please note that you must pre-register for this activity. To register or to obtain additional information, call the Parks and Recreation Department offices at 845-724-5691. This particular program has a tendency to fill up very fast, so please register early to ensure your child’s participation.

If you have never worked with stained glass before, the agenda for this weekend will offer you hands-on instruction to help you through the process from start to finish. If you happen to be a seasoned glass-smith and want to start a new project or have a project you’ve been working on (and want to finish), this is your opportunity to stop procrastinating and get it done. People of all levels of experience are welcome. The workshop fee includes instruction (for those who need it), use of tools (cutters, grinders, breakers, etc.) and supplies for your project (glass, foil, solder, etc). In this class, you will learn everything you need to begin stained-glass projects at home. Take a refreshing journey with the Parks and Recreation Department’s practitioners and make stained glass your favorite hobby. The workshop weekend is being set up as a special time offering an atmosphere of relaxation where you can work on your project. Participants may come and go throughout the day as they please. Remember to bring a lunch, or maybe meet some new friends and check out a local A SPECIAL WORKSHOP deli or even have pizza delivered. There will Here’s a great new program: the stained- be a separate area provided for eating (no one glass workshop. Mark your calendars for wants to have glass chips in their food). Come on over now and register or call the Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 2 and 3, from 8 Union Vale Parks and Recreation Department a.m. to 4 p.m. office at 845-724-5691.

Mark your calendar for Friday, Oct. 1, 6 to 7:30 p.m., and bring your ideas for discussion to the Union Vale Parks and Recreation Department. The meeting will be in the Senior Citizens Room of the Big Barn Complex at Tymor Park. One of the goals of the Parks and Recreation Department is to build a strong community. This is accomplished through the department’s encouragement of residents to get involved with brainstorming, planning and/or volunteering for various programs throughout the year. Indeed, the Recreation Roundtable is a splendid opportunity for you to get involved and have your ideas heard. Highly successful ventures like the after-school program and the co-ed adult volleyball program originated from one of these Roundtable discussions. The department would like to see even more community involvement and fresh, new ideas coming to the table this year. For additional information on this agenda and other programs, call the Union Vale Parks and Recreation Department at 845-724-5691.

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Arlington Rotary President Nicole Peluse and Dennis Sarlo, chairman of the Casino Night fundraiser, get ready for the event. Photo submitted.

Next month, Arlington Rotarians and their guests will test their luck during Rotary’s Casino Night fundraiser. Casino Night, to be held Friday, Oct. 8, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Christo’s Restaurant in Poughkeepsie, will feature an open bar, dinner, music, dancing and casino games like roulette, black jack and craps. Tickets are $100 and sponsorship opportunities are available. During the event, there will be raffles and auctions, with available prizes including a large-screen HDTV, dinner for two prepared by a personal chef and an evening out for a group of four. “The purpose is to support Abilities First and the Rotary’s scholarship fund, which benefits the Poughkeepsie-area schools,” said Arlington Rotary President Nicole Peluse in a press release. For tickets to the event or sponsorship information, call 845-567-9767 or 845431-8291.


Stanford BY HEIDI JOHNSON For the second year in a row, we had perfect weather for Community Day. Saturday started out rather chilly, so for the vendors and those playing or watching the 9 a.m. soccer games, layering was a must. But, by late morning, sweatshirts were shed, shorts replaced jeans and sneakers were traded for flip-flops. My idea of a perfect day! And it was a perfect celebration of our community. I don’t think there was anyone I know who lives in Stanfordville who was not at the big event Saturday. Between all of the activities, contests, shows and the terrific weather, everyone in town seemed to have turned out. We even had a few guests from out of town in the form of candidates for state and national offices. I had a very special treat when Larry McKeough asked Bridget if she would like to ride in back of his antique pickup in the parade and then invited me to join him in front. What an incredible vehicle that is. It’s a 1920 Willys Whippet that was once a car. According to Larry, it was common in wartime for farmers to convert cars into pickups because trucks were scarce during those years. Larry also told me that in the early 1900s, Willys was one of the largest carmakers in the U.S. (Some Google research indicates that from 1912 to 1918, Willys was actually the second-largest car manufacturer in America, second only to Ford.) Larry told me he’s had the truck since the 1970s, when he bought it with his brother. Soon, his brother lost interest in historic cars and bought himself a “modern” 1975 Barracuda. So, the Willys restoration project slowed as Larry was now doing it alone. “After Debbie and I got married,” Larry tells, “we moved several times. We would just pack the truck in the moving van along with our furniture.” Finally, some years ago, Larry got serious about finally restoring it and it is now on display occasionally in the McKeough’s Farm and Home Center store or parking lot. It is really nifty inside – beautifully restored and the engine purrs like a kitten. The clutch apparently isn’t the

easiest thing in the world to operate, but Larry did a terrific job keeping us moving along at parade speed (slow). I had great fun riding in this classic vehicle in the parade and even though I had to hitch a ride back to my car afterward, it was worth it! All in all, Community Day was a rousing success and as always, we thank the Stanford Grange and President Margaret Plantier for organizing the event. Also, special recognition goes out to the Stanford Garden Club for running the flower and vegetable show and to Karen Gale for arranging all of the entertainment. The Lions Club also deserves our thanks for all of their support and for organizing the flea market. Supervisor Virginia Stern arranged the rain-barrel workshop and also ran the artists showcase. We thank her as well for her dedication and commitment to our town and to Community Day. Thank you also to all the vendors, community organizations, the Stanford Recreation Commission and the performers who donated their time. It was a spectacular celebration of community and friendship and we thank you all for your hard work on our behalf.

Parade Grand Marshall Laura Gilhooly shares her honor with students and former students from Cold Spring School.


For an “itty bitty town,” as my friend Alyce would say, Stanfordville sure has a lot of great places to eat. And, in the next few weeks, lucky us will have one more. The Bangall Whaling Company will open for business in the former Bangall Country Store building sometime around Oct. 1. The restaurant will be managed by our beloved Joanne Palombo and per Joanne, the menu will be “American fare, reasonably priced.” She was handing out flyers at Community Day and from those I learned that the menu will include chili, crab cakes, BBQ ribs, burgers, grilled vegetable paninis and several other yummy-looking items. There will be a full bar and specialty coffees available. Looking forward to checking it out!

Congressional candidate Chris Gibson talks with a local resident before the parade; Frankenstein’s monster (Chris Kischuk) poses with two young soccer players at Stanford Community Day.


On Sunday, Oct. 10, the Stanford Fire Company will hold a vintage car rally and poker run to raise funds for the preservation of the company’s 1931 fire truck. The rally begins at 10 a.m. at the Rec Park on Creamery Road. There will be a pig roast and refreshments available. Rain date is Sunday, Oct. 17 and the cost is $25 in advance or $35 the day of the event. Call the fire company for more information and registration forms: 845-868-1313.

The family of Gloria Stark accepts an award in memory of their mother’s 32 years of dedicated service to the Grange. Photos by Heidi Johnson.


the two-day course is $40. Call Bill Owens at 845-756-2481 to register. That’s it for news this week. Enjoy the There will be a defensive-driving course at the Stanford Library on Oct. 13 and 14. last of the lovely late summer weather and The course runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. I’ll see you all next Wednesday. both nights and completion of the program Heidi Johnson can be reached at 845will entitle participants to a four-point and 10% license/insurance reduction. Cost for 392-4348 or Hudson valley news | | september 22, 2010 {23}





Ray Bawol’s Farm has a new crop of red raspberries, ripe for picking or available at the farm stand. They should be available until the first frost. The farm is located at the intersection of Centre Road (County Route 18) and Walnut Lane. For more information, call Ray at 845-266-3993.


This annual memorial service is to note the passing of many (almost 100 this year) fallen Dutchess County firefighters, rescue personnel, fire police and auxiliary members. It will be held on Sunday, Oct. 3, starting at 1 p.m., at the 911 Emergency Center at 392 Creek Rd., Poughkeepsie. This is a wreath-laying ceremony with the names of all the fallen fire personnel being read. Fire departments are encouraged to bring a fire vehicle and fire personnel should come in uniform. Family, friends and the community are invited to this one-hour service. Light refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Mary Zwecker at 845-889-3135.


The Clinton Historical Society is planning its annual Progressive Dinner, scheduled for the evening of Saturday, Oct. 23. At this time, hosts and hostesses are being sought to serve dinner in their homes. You decide on the number of guests and whether you’d like to invite old friends or welcome Clinton neighbors you don’t yet know. If you would like to attend the Progressive Dinner, advance reservations are required and the cost is $35 per person. Call Norene Coller at 845-889-4016 if you need more information, would like to host a dinner in your home or to make reservations. This is a great way to meet new friends and have a fun evening while helping the society.


The Clinton Community Blood Drive was co-sponsored by the Clinton Alliance Church, the Clinton Community Library and

the West Clinton Fire Department. The blood drive was held on Sept. 10 in the Alliance Church’s Youth Center, across the street from the church. A total of 27 pints of blood was collected with five donors giving double. This was a successful drive but more could easily be accommodated in the new building. With the big drive-up loading doors on the building, the unloading and loading times were halved to the delight of the workers. Thanks are given to blood donors and the Alliance Church volunteers for quickly having the new building prepared for this blood drive. Not to be forgotten, thanks are given to Ray Joyce, who coordinated this drive, and to Dave Graybill from the fire department and Terry Sennett from the library for supporting the operation of the drive. The next drive will be in December. Watch this column for details.

Clinton resident Harold Fountain, in a straw hat, drives his Percheron draft horses on Salt Point Turnpike for a hay ride.


The Clinton Historical Society’s Fifth Annual Heritage Day was held during the afternoon of Sept. 4 at the Historical Society’s 1777 Creek Meeting House in Clinton Corners. It was a day filled with food, music, family fun, contests and craft demonstrations. The beautiful day brought a continuous flow of people to the event. Many bought hot dogs, hamburgers, vegetarian chili, corn on the cob, watermelon, the Sister’s Homemade Pies, icecold milk shakes, ginger limeade and minty iced tea from the Historical Society. Guests sat under the shady tent and said “howdy” to their neighbors and friends. Harold Fountain of Hibernia Hill Farm in Clinton Corners provided continuous hay rides with a pair of Percheron draft horses. His son, David Fountain, walked around the area with a pair of red Devon oxen to the delight of children and adults alike. Blacksmith Tom Houston was back making wrought-iron wall hooks. New this year was Mike Appolonia, who demonstrated wood working. He displayed several wooden scoops and a small wooden bench. Another favorite item was a plywood board with cutouts for faces. The painted board was made by Mary Jo Nickerson, Judy Grabowski, Jayne Davis and Leigh Davis. Once again, chefs prepared stone soup from the storybook with attendees bringing an item to add to the pot. Samples of the stone soup were given out later in the day after it was cooked. In the historical building, vegetables were judged. There weren’t many, likely due to the dry weather conditions. In one corner, two women hooked rugs with thick thread. In the middle were people spinning

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Blacksmith Tom Houston was makes wrought-iron wall hooks as Clinton resident Mike Appolonia demonstrates wood working. Photos by Ray Oberly.

wool on spinning wheels and others knitted with wool. Snicker doodles and chocolate cookies were judged for the cookie contest this year. One batch of cookies/bars had three cookies/ bars for judging and the remaining cookies/ bars were donated to the society to be sold. As in the past, under the tent, there were old-fashioned craft demonstrations and displays, such as wood carving, butter churning, quilting, knitting and crocheting, basket making and others. This was a good opportunity to see and relive (for the older folks) how things were done in the old days. There were pony rides sponsored by the Stone Valley Trailriding Association and operated by volunteers. Thanks are given to Southland Farm for its two ponies and to Rivendell Riding Academy for its two ponies. The Cornerstone Bible Fellowship Church from Clinton Corners continued providing the old-fashioned children’s games, which were a big hit for the past few years. Peggy Dillinger and Tammy Scotti, with help from Brenda Bovee, ran the many activities.

Local musicians provided continuous entertainment during the day. The last group was called Tuba Skinny. The band hails from New Orleans but happened to be in the area for the weekend. They played traditional New Orleans jazz. Their sterling performance appealed to all. The local connection with the group is singer Erika Lewis, who is originally from Clinton Corners. Her family still lives here. Erika said, “I am happy to come out today to perform. My last performance was 20 years ago at the earlier Clinton Community Day as a child. I am glad to see all the people again.” The band occasionally comes up to the area to perform for private functions. If you would like to hire them for a performance, they can be contacted at tubaskinny@gmail. com. More information on the group can be found on their web page, which also lists their performance schedule. Thanks are given to Helen Ashton and May Jo Nickerson, president of the Historical Society, for organizing and implementing Clinton Heritage Day and to all who helped make it successful.

Carolyn and Paul Draiss dressed as old-time farmers and greeted members as they came to church on Sunday.

The Rev. Mark D. Isaacs spends time with his grandson, 1-yearold Mark Preston Seeley.

STORY AND PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER LENNON St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Wurtemburg has been a part of Rhinebeck for 250 years, and on Sunday, church members and friends commemorated the milestone with a celebration at the historic house of worship. The church was officially founded in 1760, though the church’s pastor, The Rev. Mark D. Isaacs, points out that it is probably even older, perhaps founded as early as 1734. According to Isaacs, it originally was located on the Old Albany Post Road near Primrose Hill Road and served second- and third-generation Palatine farmers.

In 1800, the church moved to its current location on Wurtemburg Road. Since that time, 30 or 31 pastors have led the congregation. Isaacs, who has a deep appreciation for the church’s history and has even written a soon-to-be-published book on the history of St. Paul’s, says preaching in the historic structure each week is an honor. “You feel like you have an obligation to keep it orthodox and keep your nose to the grindstone,” he said. “It’s a big responsibility.” Surrounding the church are three cemeteries, some so old they contain the

graves of soldiers who perished in the Revolutionary War. Isaacs said these days, about 100 Christians of all denominations show up for Sunday service at the small, New Englandstyle church each week. “It’s always been a small, neighborhood church,” Isaacs said. To celebrate St. Paul’s 250th anniversary, the church was rededicated during a 10 a.m. worship service. Later in the day, about 150 members and guests enjoyed a catered meal while the local band Natural Gas performed. The Rev. Roy A. Steward, president of

the Evangelical Lutheran Conference and Ministerium, himself a native of Rhinebeck, made the trip from his home in Altoona, Pennsylvania to speak at Sunday’s service. Steward, a “son of the (St. Paul’s) congregation,” said the church is one of the oldest surviving Lutheran churches in the country. Isaacs said while the congregation is proud of St. Paul’s history, church members have not stopped looking ahead. “Our mission is to serve people here and now and into the future,” he said. “We celebrate history, but we’re also looking forward.”

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This week Polio Vaccine Documentary The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will screen the 2010 film “The Shot Felt ‘Round the World” – a documentary about the “untold stories” of the development of the Salk polio vaccine. The film will be screened for the first time in New York State in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23. The film’s producer, Carl Kurlander of the University of Pittsburgh Film Studies Program, and historians John and Susan Edwards Harvith will introduce the film. Admission is free and seating is firstcome, first served. Contact Cliff Laube at 845486-7745 or e-mail with questions about the film program. Prostate Cancer Screening St. Francis Hospital is offering a free prostate cancer screening from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sep. 23 at the hospital’s Eileen M. Hickey Cancer Center. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and the week of Sept. 19 is Prostate Cancer Awareness Week. The screening, in conjunction with Hudson Valley Urology, is for men at a higher risk of prostate cancer, including African Americans, men over 50 and men with a family history of prostate cancer. Registration for the free screening is required. Call the Cancer Center at 845-483-5997 to reserve your spot.



Upcoming Senior ID Cards Residents 60 years of age and older may obtain Senior Citizen Identification Cards on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at the Dutchess County Office for the Aging first floor conference room, 27 High St., Poughkeepsie. The cards will be issued between 9:30 and 11 a.m. To obtain an Identification Card, bring proof of age in the form of a driver’s license or birth certificate. There is a suggested $2 voluntary contribution for this service. Call the Office for the Aging at 845-4862555 for more information.

Prostate Cancer Screening Vassar Brothers Medical Center is offering a free prostate cancer screening on Sept. 23 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Dyson Center for Cancer Care. The screenings provide free PSA and Digital Rectal Exam for men over the age of 50 and is open to individuals without insurance, or those with insurance that have never been seen by a urologist. Men over age 50, those with a family history of prostate cancer or those at higher risk, including African-Americans, are strongly encouraged to enroll. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call the Vassar Brothers Medical Center Oncology Institute at 845-483-6861. Home Schooling The Clinton Community Library will hold a home schooling session on Thursday, Sept. 23 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. This will kick off the 2010-11 home schooling group year. Parents share ideas, practices, resources while the students learn and help each other learn. These sessions meet for a lesson, do a craft and learn library skills. For more information, contact the library at 845-266-5530. Poetry Club The Clinton Community Library Poetry Club meets Thursday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in the library. Read your own, share a favorite or listen to others. For more information, contact the library at 845-266-5530. Library Board Meeting The Board of Trustees of the Red Hook Public Library will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 23, to discuss library matters. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call the Red Hook Public Library at 845-758-3241. The library is located at 7444 South Broadway in Red Hook. NDH Blood Drive Northern Dutchess Hospital will host a blood drive on Friday, Sept. 24. Appointments are being scheduled from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the hospital’s Cafeteria Conference Room. Healthy individuals who are at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood. Donors are eligible after 57 days from their last blood donation. Appointments can be made by calling the Volunteer Services Office at 845871-3470. Introduction to Computers The Clinton Community Library has scheduled a free tutoring session to teach adults how to use computers. This is an introductory level of instruction to help adults acquire the basic skills on how to use a computer. The session is on Friday, Sept. 24, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Clinton Community Library, 1215 Centre Rd. (County Route 18). For more information and to sign up, call the library at 845-266-5530.

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Clinton Card Club The Clinton Card Club invites all to come and play fun card games. The Club meets Friday, Sept. 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the lower level of Clinton Town Hall at 1215 Centre Rd. Bring your own favorite games and refreshments to share. There is no cost. For more information, call Patty at 845-266-3592. Hardscrabble Day The Village of Red Hook’s annual Hardscrabble Day celebration will be held Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., throughout the village. The event features food and beverages, street vendors, a parade, art exhibits, music, attractions for kids and more. A free concert with The Average White Band will be held at 6 p.m. More information can be found at Sinterklaas Fundraiser The Sinterklaas 2010 Committee is launching this year’s fundraising campaign. The kick-off event is a fundraiser at Zen Dog Café on Route 9 in Rhinebeck on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 5 to 8 p.m. The community is invited to enjoy cocktails and fabulous food. More information and an open invitation is available at www.sinterklaasrhinebeck. com/news.php. ‘Let’s Go Deutsch’ The Palatine Farmstead historic site will host “Let’s Go Deutsch!,” a celebration of Palatine heritage, at the 18th century farmhouse, on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain or shine). The event will feature house and barn tours, exhibits and demonstrations, bread made in the historic bake oven and more. Admission is $5 (children 12 and under free). Funds raised will support further conservation, research and restoration of the house and grounds. The site is located on Route 9 in Rhinebeck, about a third of a mile north of the Route 9G intersection. For more information, contact Mary Burns at 845-876-8172. Walk for Recovery The MARC Foundation’s Second Annual Walk for Recovery will be held Sept. 25 at James Baird State Park in Pleasant Valley. The walk is sponsored by the MARC Foundation in support of Mid-Hudson Addiction Recovery Centers. The walk begins at 10 a.m. at Shelter 2. One- and three-mile routes or a casual stroll are offered. Children and pets are welcome. There will be food, entertainment and prizes. Admission is free. Donations are encouraged. For more information, call 845-452-8816. Dutchess Outreach Brunch Dutchess Outreach will be honoring Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation and the DeKeukelaere Family, including the late Susan DeKeukelaere, at the fourth annual brunch at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 26 at the Dutchess Golf and Country Club in Poughkeepsie. Tickets are $50 and both a silent auction and a raffle will be held during the brunch. Sponsorships for the event as well as brunch and raffle tickets are available by contacting Dutchess Outreach at 845-454-3792 or visit www.dutchessoutreach. org for more information. Historical Society Presentation The Town of Hyde Park Historical Society will meet Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Hyde Park United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, Route 9 at Church Street, Hyde Park. The featured speaker will be Tom Daley, a local historian from Milan, who will speak and show slides on the Astors and the Dinsmores. Daley grew up on the Astor Estate and his father was employed by the Astors. Following

the talk, there will be refreshments and a business meeting. Anyone interested in local history is welcome. There is no fee. ‘Chinese Moon Festival’ Northern Dutchess Hospital Auxiliary will host the “Chinese Moon Festival: Zhong Qiu Jie” Cocktail Party on Tuesday, Sept. 28, starting at 5 p.m., at China Rose in Rhinecliff. The NDH Auxiliary invites guests to view the moon over the Hudson River as they enjoy a variety of little dishes, “moon cakes,” and a cash bar. The $30 admission includes tasty Asian appetizers, as well as entertainment by astrological forecasters, tarot card readers and a handwriting analyst. All funds benefit the Rhinecliff/ Rhinebeck unit of the NDH Auxiliary. For more information, contact the NDH Volunteer office at 845-871-3470.

Upcoming College Application 101 On Thursday, Sept 30 at 7 p.m., Bard College Dean of Student Affairs Erin Cannan, with Dean of Studies Dr. David Shein, will present “College Application 101,” a class for high school seniors, at the Tivoli Free Library. They will provide tips for the application process, as well as guidance on how to write a winning essay. This class is free and open to the public, however space is limited. Please register by e-mail at tivoliprograms@, or via phone at 845-757-3771. Paws in the Park Petwalk The Dutchess County SPCA Paws in the Park Petwalk and Canine Carnival will be held Saturday, Oct. 2 at Bowdoin Park in Poughkeepsie. Paws in the Park Petwalk is a fun, festive, educational and informative event for the pet-loving community. Among the events at this canine carnival are police K-9 demonstrations, doggie I.Q. tests, canine activities and contests, animal health information, live music, and much more. People are welcome to attend with or without pets. Visit www.pawsintheparkpetwalk. com for more information and to register, or call 845-454-5346, ext. 100. Garden Tours On Saturday, Oct. 2, from 2 to 6 p.m., two private gardens in Pawling will be open for self-guided tours as part of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program. Visitors may begin the tour at either of the following locations: The Brine Garden, 21 Bluebird Inn Rd.; or the Scherer Garden, 10 Birch Hill Rd. Admission is $5 (children under 12 free). For more information, see www.opendaysprogram. org or call the Garden Conservancy (toll-free) at 1-888-842-2442. Wilderstein Luncheon Wilderstein Historic Site, 330 Morton Road, Rhinebeck, will hold a 30th Anniversary Luncheon honoring J. Winthrop Aldrich, founding board president of the site, on Sunday, Oct. 3, at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $250 and proceeds support the stewardship of Wilderstein’s buildings, landscape and collections. RSVP by Sept. 24 by calling 845-876-4818 or send an e-mail to wilderstein@ Big Read Kick-Off Reception In October, the greater Poughkeepsie community will enter its fourth year of Big Read programming, focusing on “Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe” with 40 exciting programs for readers of all ages. The Big Read Kick-Off Reception is > continued on next page

< continued from previous page scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 3, at 2:30 p.m. in the Auditorium, 105 Market Street, Poughkeepsie. During the kick-off event, Dr. Elliot Engel will give a lively presentation of Edgar Allan Poeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poems and short stories. All Aboard the Adirondack All Aboard the Adirondack: an â&#x20AC;&#x153;armchair excursionâ&#x20AC;? through the Hudson River Valley, will be held as

part of the Tivoli Bays Talks series on Thursday, Oct. 7 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Tivoli Bays Visitor Center, 1 Tivoli Commons, Tivoli. Bob and MaryAnn Boothe will recount their experience as traveling interpreters for the National Park Service/Amtrak â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trails and Railsâ&#x20AC;? program in the Hudson Valley. Admission is free. Call 845-8894745, ext. 105 for more information.


Matilda E. Erickson, 91, a longtime Tivoli resident, died Saturday, September 18, 2010 at Ferncliff Nursing Home in Rhinebeck, NY. Matilda was a former member of St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s/Trinity Parish in Tivoli and she was an avid bingo player. Born on April 12, 1919, in Tivoli, NY, she was the daughter of the late Philip and Blanche (Smith) Dedrick. Matilda married James M. Erickson on October 19, 1940 in St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trinity Parish-Tivoli, NY. James predeceased her on March 9, 2008 She is survived by a daughter; Diane Race of Cairo, NY, two sons; Rexford A.

Erickson of Kingston, and Kevin Erickson of Tivoli, NY, five grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by four brothers; James, Phillip, Victor, and Frank Erickson, and two sisters; Leona Pilham and Mabel Moore. Funeral services were held at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at Burnett & White Funeral Homes, Red Hook, NY. The Reverend Fred C. Cartier officiated. Burial was at Red Church Cemetery, Tivoli. Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY. For directions, or to sign the online guest book, visit www.Burnett-White. com.

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The entrance to the magnificent Payne Mansion; The dining room and The Great Room of the 42,000-square-foot estate. Photos by Caroline Carey.

The Community Foundation Garden Party was held at the spectacular new home of Marist Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Raymond A. Rich Institute for Leadership at the former Col. Oliver Hazard Payne Mansion in Esopus on Sunday. The event honored Lillian S. Weigert, Timmian Massie and R. Abel Garraghan for their service to the community. More than 600 guests gathered to acknowledge the honorees. Proceeds from the event make it possible for the Foundation to help innumerable people and community organizations. Since its inception in 1969, the Foundation has awarded more than $15 million in grants and scholarships.

Clare Coleman and Rhinebeck Supervisor Tom Traudt; Vikki Hanast and Attorney Art Gellert; Valerie and Lyell Dampeer; Rich Fisher and Michael DuPree chatting with Phebe Banta; Ruth Ann Miller, Brenda Miller and Community Foundation President Andrea Reynolds; Kip Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill, Andi Moriarity and Lisa Whalen.


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