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Clinton Library board resigns

News Briefs History trivia hunt set for Saturday

The second annual Veteran Arts Showcase is set to take over the Wallace Center at the FDR Historic site on Nov. 21-23. The show is open to all visual artists, musicians, performers, writers, any medium or genre welcome. All veterans or military-connected artists are eligible to enter. The application deadline is Sept 21. The form can be downloaded at www. Or contact or 845-226-4218. The event is sponsored by Creative Warriors, the FDR Presidential Library and Home, The Veteran Family Support Alliance and the Orange County Arts Council.

They’re back! Haviland Middle School students trudge to their second day of classes on Fri. Sept. 5 as the new school year got underway. Kindergarteners started on Mon., Sept. 8. The Hyde Park Central School District reported that this year’s enrollment was 3,647 students across FDR High School, Haviland Middle School, and the four elementary schools.

A concession of kindness FDR High staff, supporters build food stand at athletic field By Bob Kampf A culinary flavor is being added to the newly renovated sports complex at FDR High School, thanks to the voluntary services of school district staff members and the Keep Hyde Park on Track support group. They are all hard at work on a concession stand that was rapidly taking shape at the north end of the soccer-football field as the new school year began. The stand, designed to look like the former high school (now Haviland Middle School), will be offering fast foods, like hot dogs, along with soda, pretzels and potato chips for football games and special sports events, like track meets. During the past few weeks, a group of nearly a dozen staff members, spurred on by Pat Moshier, a retired teacher and current trainer for athletic programs, along with Bobbi Goodman and Monica Relyea of Keep Hyde Park on Track, have been busy constructing the building. Those busy hammering and nailing include: Kevin Hart and Mike Bucci from the Physical Education Department; Doug Egerton and Brad Phillips, Technology Education teachers; assistant softball coach Pete Weglinski;


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If you enjoy a challenge that includes historic trivia and scavenger hunting, the place to be Sat., Sept. 13, is at the historic Hyde Park Train Station for the first annual “Amazing Race,” held by the town’s Visual Environment Committee. “Similar events have been held in other communities,” VEC’s co-chairperson Monica Relyea told the Observer, “and some VEC members thought it would be a good idea to incorporate the history of Hyde Park with trivia and a series of scavenger-hunt clues related to our community’s past as participants ride around town, visiting historic locations and finding the answers to clues given to them at registration.” The hunt will begin at 8:30am Saturday. Teams of up to four per vehicle may join the race for a fee of $25 per team, and a bag lunch will be provided. Registrants will be given directions, including trivia questions, at the train station and will tour the town seeking answers. Prizes will be awarded based on team success in finding answers to the scavenger hunt questions, Relyea added. For more information on registration, which is open until Fri., Sept. 12, call 845229-5955. —Bob Kampf

FDR High’s newest food outlet is under construction for sports events.

and Bill Hoffman and Brian Halling, math teachers who also coach girls JV soccer and cross country, respectively. Funding for the concession stand, estimated to be $25,000, was not part of the bonding that brought major upgrades to the athletic fields and surrounding “Oval Office,” the new home of the Presidents. The project, instead, has received support from several community members and organizations. Moshier told the Observer, “We were extremely pleased to bring the stand, modeled after the Haviland building, together with financial backing from a host of community agencies, highlighted by a major donation from John Golden of Golden & Golden Builders.” Along with Golden’s contribution, the funding of building

supplies was shared by Williams Lumber, Jim Waters Corporation, Home Depot, and McDonald’s, who contributed the materials at low cost or as donations. In addition, much of the kitchen equipment in the new stand, including sinks, a stove, and other appliances, was given to the school district by McDonald’s when the Hyde Park branch began its renovation of its Route 9 building. Although much of the cost has been covered by these initial contributions, Moshier indicated that additional funding is still necessary to complete the project. Anyone interested in donating can forward a check to Keep Hyde Park on Track through the Hyde Park Central School District. A plaque honoring all those who lent assistance will be posted in the completed stand.

Trustees cite budget deficit, community attacks; state steps in By Sarah Imboden The Clinton Community Library is in turmoil. Faced with a $10,000 budget deficit for this year and a state investigation of recent actions that included the dismissal of the library director, the entire library board of trustees just resigned. The trustees’ action came in an email letter sent Aug. 27 to the Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS) and the State Education Department, both of which govern area libraries. The letter, signed by all seven trustees, said the trustees feel they were faced with a fundraising problem for the budget “that had existed for years and was not of our making.” It also said, “We have taken steps to avert that crisis and sadly, as a result, have been vilified and harassed by an admittedly small, but extremely vocal, minority of the community. In light of this continued harassment, personal threats, and accusations impugning our motives and honesty, even to the point of attacking us verbally in front of our children and patrons of the library, we feel that it is impossible to carry out this important task.” A day after receiving the letter, the State Education Department replied that a library board cannot resign en masse and to do so would violate the trustees’ commitment to act in “good faith” on the part of the library. The state’s response letter, signed by coordinator of statewide library services Carol Ann Desch, also said, “Given the dynamics of the local situation, I strongly suggest that the curcontinued on p3


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Food pantry/St. James’ volunteers (front l. to r.) Sally Pardee, Shirley Ferris, Sylvia Erlandson, Bev O’Halloran, Deb Belding, and Thomas Finnegan; (back l. to r.) Taylor Triola, Travyn Triola, and Pat Rooney.

Food pantry thrives with local blessings By K. Thornton-De Stafeno The Hyde Park Food Pantry, now housed on the grounds of the Regina Coeli Catholic Church, was founded more than 25 years ago by various churches in Hyde Park – and today it continues to thrive with the support of the community and members of the founding congregations. The food pantry is open every Friday, May-October, from 9:30-11:30am, and is staffed each week by volunteers, including church groups on alternating weeks who come from Hyde Park Reformed Dutch Church, Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Regina Coeli Catholic Church, St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, and St. James’ Episcopal Church. Barbara Wansor, the head of the pantry, told the Observer that in the month of August, the pantry served 88 families and more than 300 individuals. Each family gets a three-day supply of food, she added. Every fifth Friday, members of St. James Episcopal Church and the Hyde Park Community Garden volunteer their time at the Hyde Park Food Pantry to distribute groceries and produce to families in the Hyde Park Central School District. Along with food items, the food pantry sometimes has clothing, and Beverly O’Halloran, a volunteer during St. James’ designated week, said that they provided students with backpacks last year. Town Supervisor Aileen Rohr visited the food pantry on Aug. 29 along with Ward 1 Councilwoman Emily Svenson and called it “a fantastic resource for the community.” She also commented on the weekly contributions to the pantry from the community garden, saying, “Who wouldn’t want fresh tomatoes and produce for their family?” Wansor said, “The town government doesn’t support the food pantry in any way, but

the town itself does give the food pantry tremendous support,” in that the school district, churches, and the post office all hold food drives for the pantry. The pantry does receive more than $3,000 annually in federal funds, and the rest of the donations, including food, come from church groups and others. All leftover produce from the food pantry is donated to the Hyde Park Meals on Wheels program, where volunteers cook and distribute meals at the United Methodist Church of Hyde Park. As Sally Pardee, a member of St. James Episcopal Church and a volunteer at the food pantry since 2002, noted, “It’s rewarding to help others, and you never know, we may be in the same boat one day and need someone else’s help.” The community garden, which was started in 2012 and is sponsored by St. James’ Episcopal Church, has 24 plots this year. Of those, garden committee chair Deborah Belding said, three are designated for the Hyde Park Food Pantry and tended by church members. Some other plots in the garden are used by the Culinary Institute of America, which also contributes some of its produce to the food pantry, she added. A new addition to the community garden, which will go to help both the gardeners and the produce grown for the food pantry, is the new shed, which was contributed and built by FDR High School architecture students under the direction of their teacher, Doug Egerton. Joe Baldwin, a member of the community garden, said, “The shed will help keep our veggies clean and dry while they’re being stored.” Belding added that the shed will also be used to store gardening tools, which occasionally go missing if they are left outside.

CORRECTIONS In the Aug. 13 article on the Hyde Park Music in the Parks series, Ed, Joy and Greg McCurty’s last name was misspelled. Greg McCurty led the Bearcats jazz band that was featured in the article.


Blotter Hyde Park man charged with 2013 armed robbery

Tonie Coston, Jr., 19, of Clinton, was arrested Aug. 26 in connection with an armed robbery that occurred March 16, 2013, at the Gas Stop at 4912 Albany Post Rd. According to Hyde Park Police reports, an employee of the gas station reported that a man armed with a gun had demanded money. While the employee then took away the weapon, later determined to be a pellet gun, the suspect fled on foot with the money. During the ensuing search, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit found clothing matching the description of the suspect, but the suspect was not located, the report said. The crime scene and clothing were processed for DNA samples, which were analyzed as part of a lengthy multi-agency investigation, according to Lieutenant Robert Benson of Hyde Park Police. While the DNA showed no match in police records, other avenues of investigation turned up the suspect’s name, so Hyde Park Police detectives and representatives of the State Police Major Crimes Unit went to Devens, Mass., where Coston was living. They interviewed the suspect and got a DNA sample, which they said was a match, Benson

told the Observer. “We’re able to solve a lot more crimes now with DNA… it just shows you that we don’t give up on it,” he added. Coston was charged with second-degree robbery, a felony, and arraigned in Hyde Park and remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $15,000 cash or $25,000 bail bond.

Fire union treasurer charged with grand larceny Keith Rutbell, 41, of Pleasant Valley, long-time treasurer of the Arlington Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 2393, was arrested Aug. 25 in Poughkeepsie and charged with felony grand larceny, according to a State Police report. Investigation revealed that while Rutbell served as the union’s treasurer for the last 15 years, he reportedly stole over $25,000 in union funds. The allegedly larceny was reported by the union to the police in July. Rutbell was arraigned and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash, $20,000 bond.

Man charged with Hyde Park grand larceny Charles Servo, 39, of Ruby, N.Y., was arrested Aug. 26 in Hyde Park and charged with grand larceny, a felony, in connection with the theft of a compressor-condenser unit valued at $1,700, according to a Hyde

Park Police report. Servo, who was in Dutchess County Jail on other theft charges, was transported to Hyde Park for an arraignment and then returned to jail.

Hyde Park man charged with stolen property Philip Boily, 63, of Hyde Park was arrested Aug. 24 in Hyde Park and charged with criminal possession of stolen property and unlawful possession of a firearm, both felonies, and assault, a misdemeanor, according to a Hyde Park Police report. He was arraigned and released on tickets to appear in court.

Felony charges filed in domestic dispute reports Donald Miller, 31, of Hyde Park, was arrested Aug. 16 in Hyde Park and charged with aggravated family offense, a felony, as well as assault, criminal obstruction of breathing, and endangering the welfare of a child, all misdemeanors, according to a Hyde Park Police report. The charges stemmed from a reported domestic dispute. Miller was arraigned and remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond bail… Phil Decastro, 32, of Hyde Park, was arrested Aug. 27 in Hyde Park and charged with criminal contempt, a felony, as well as criminal mischief, two

counts of endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated harassment, and criminal contempt of court, all misdemeanors, according to a Hyde Park Police report. All the charges stemmed from a reported domestic dispute. Decastro was arraigned and remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $5,000 cash or bond bail.

well as driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of more than .18 percent, all misdemeanors, according to a Hyde Park Police report. He was arraigned and remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $2,500 cash or bond bail.

Other dispute charges

Other charges

Robert Murphy, 66, of Poughkeepsie, was arrested Aug. 23 in Hyde Park and charged with two counts of criminal contempt of court, both misdemeanors, for violating an order of protection, according to a Hyde Park Police report. He was arraigned and remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $1,500 cash or $2,000 bond bail… Travis Trainor, 19, of Hyde Park, was arrested Aug. 24 in Hyde Park and charged with criminal obstruction of breathing, a misdemeanor, stemming from a domestic dispute, according to a Hyde Park Police report. He was arraigned and released on tickets to appear in court.

Kaitlin Rose, 21, of Hyde Park, was arrested Aug. 25 in Hyde Park on a bench warrant out of the Town of Hyde Park for criminal possession of a controlled substance and petty larceny, according to a Hyde Park Police report. She was arraigned and remanded to Dutchess County Jail on $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond bail… Brian Gray, 43, of Hyde Park, was arrested Aug. 22 in Hyde Park on an arrest warrant out of the Town of Hyde Park Court. The warrant was issued for Gray’s reported failure to appear on DWI and drug-related charges. He was arraigned and released on $240 cash bail and tickets to appear in court… David Schreck, 19, of Hyde Park, was arrested Aug. 22 in Hyde Park on an arrest warrant issued by probation, according to a Hyde Park Police report. He was turned over to probation, arraigned, and remanded to Dutchess County Jail without bail.

Hyde Park man charged with felony in DWI case Edward Schnapp, 49, of Hyde Park, was arrested Aug. 22 in Hyde Park and charged with operating a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition while a child was in the vehicle, a felony, as

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rent library board engage in a very public process to solicit recommendations from the community for consideration for appointment to the new board.” The state has appointed Tom Sloan, executive director of MHLS, to oversee what happens next. He told the Observer that the library’s board is now working with the state on a transition plan. The trustees themselves refused to comment. But postings on the library’s website and Facebook page announced the cancellation of the September trustees’ meeting and noted that the trustees and MHLS “are seeking to establish a process for the appointment of a new CCL Board of trustees.” Reaction to the resignations and the letter appeared muted as of press time. Clinton resident and former library trustee David Goldin, who spearheaded a petition drive seeking the trustees’ resignations, told the Observer, “I don’t think the letter fairly represents the community, and we want the opportunity to respond.” He indicated that a more lengthy statement would be issued soon. The petition drive resulted from a series of clashes between residents and the board after the trustees spent five months in a performance review of Terry Sennett, the library director for more than seven years. Her contract expired last December, but after the review, the board declined to renew it in May.

The public outcry over that was partly responsible for a still-ongoing investigation by the state’s Board of Regents. The board’s June 9 meeting, the first after Sennett’s contract was not renewed, drew a record crowd of 75 residents. More than two dozen spoke for an hour and a half applauding Sennett and denouncing the board’s action. The trustees did not respond to any of the comments, but did appoint Alice Graves as the new library director. Then at the board’s July 14 meeting, Denise Biery, the board’s bookkeeper, walked the board through this year’s budget numbers, which culminated in a vote for a budget of $77,247, which included a $10,170 deficit to be raised through fundraising before Dec. 31. Total income for the year was projected to be $67,076, the bulk of which, $54,884, came from the town. Unlike many local libraries, Clinton Community Library is funded through the town’s budget. “The community has raised a number of concerns,” Sloan told the Observer at that meeting, noting that he had received many letters. Sloan, who also attended the June meeting, confirmed that the state Board of Regents has been conducting an investigation of trustee actions based on letters received from the community. “These kinds of investigations don’t happen often… this is one where the community is particularly engaged in their library, which is a good thing. I think

everyone is here for the right reasons, they all want their library to be successful. But there are certainly disagreements on how to proceed,” Sloan said. The exchanges between residents and the board at recent meetings have been characterized by frustration on both sides, and some residents have been quite outspoken in their criticism. At the June meeting, Jen Cavanaugh, then-chairperson of Clinton’s Conservation Advisory Council, said, “Recognize that you, the members of the board, are not doing your job, which is in large part to represent the wishes of the patrons of the Clinton Community Library. I ask that you resign your positions immediately.” Since that meeting, several community members circulated the petition asking that the trustees resign. In July, the petition had about 76 signatures. At the July 14 meeting, residents and trustees continued sniping at each other. The board, after one heated exchange, then insisted that residents not speak during the meeting. By the Aug. 11 board meeting, the trustees had still not outlined a plan for raising funds for the budget deficit. The library, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, is part of the Clinton Town Hall complex at 1215 Centre Rd. in Rhinebeck. The library board appoints its own trustees. Three trustees have served since 2012, one since 2008, and three are serving their first terms.

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Film screening: ‘The Roosevelts: an Intimate History’ 7pm. A pre-broadcast screening of highlights from Ken Burns’ new documentary film and WMHT’s “Nine Long Days: TR’s Journey to the White House.” Free. 845-4867745. Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center, FDR Library and Museum, Hyde Park.

Author Ross Douthat 7pm. New York Times columnist and author Ross Douthat will discuss his book “Bad Religion: Culture Wars, Political Polarization, and the Transformation of Christianity.” Free. 845-575-3174. Nelly Goletti Theatre, Marist College.


Sept. 12-21 8 pm Fri & Sat; 3 pm Sun • Tickets: $26/$24

Time to go back to school! The Castaway Players Theatre Company (Rocky Horror, Girlfriend From Hell and The Wedding Singer) presents Grease, the world-famous rock musical about the lives, language and tensions of Windy City teens in the 1950s. Featuring a great score that we all know and love, and a cast of remarkable talent to bring it to life like you’ve never seen it before. Directed by Sean Matthew Whiteford. Starring Molly Cambone, Micah Cowher, Anthony D’Amato, Giuliana DePietro, Kerry Dotson, Nathan Dotson, Rachel Karashay, Cassandra King, Juda Leah, Thomas Netter, Matthew Patane, Melissa Pavlich, Louise Pillai, Henry Staats, AnnChris Warren and Sean Matthew Whiteford.


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Swim programs Part of Hyde Park Recreation’s fall aquatic programs. Aqua Aerobics, 9-10am. Adult lap swim, 3-7:30 pm. Every Tues. and Thurs. through Dec. 18. 845-229-8086, ext. 5 to register. Culinary Institute of America indoor pool, 1946 Campus Dr., Hyde Park.

9/11 memorial service 6pm. A candlelight service to commemorate the 13th anniversary of 9/11. 914-475-1335. Paul Tegtmeier Memorial Site, Hackett Hill Park, 59 E. Market St., Hyde Park.

9/11 film screening 6:30pm. “Code Yellow: Hospital at Ground Zero,” a documentary produced by Daedalus Productions. Screening followed by panel discussion and Q&A. Free. 518-329-0840. Rhinebeck High School Auditorium, 45 North Park Rd, Rhinebeck.


Viewer’s choice film fest 6pm. “Paths of Glory” (1957). Directed by Stanley Kubrick. 845229-7791 ext. 205. Free. Hyde Park Free Library, 2 Main St., Hyde Park.

Spook Handy concert 8pm. Handy is a troubadour much in the style Pete Seeger and Phil Ochs. Admission: adults, $12; seniors, $10; HVFG members, $8. 845-758-2681 or Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Rt. 9 and Church St., Hyde Park.


Val-Kill bird watching 8-10am. A National Park ranger will help in identifying wildlife, birds, and the places in the park where the largest number of different bird varieties can be found. or 845-2297770. Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill, 56 Valkill Park Rd., Hyde Park.

Constitution Day display 9am-6:30pm. A copy of the U.S. Constitution and a signing book will be displayed. Runs through Sun., Sept. 21. Free. Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center, FDR Library and Museum, Hyde Park.

Hyde Park farmers’ market 9am-2pm. Every Saturday from June-October. Hyde Park Town Hall, 4383 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park.

Hudson Valley Farmers Market 10am-3pm. Bringing you the finest local fresh farm products, baked goods and artisanal crafts the Hudson Valley has to offer. A farmers market, run by farmers, on

PERFORMANCES ‘Grease’ The Castaway Players Theatre Company presents the world-famous rock musical about the lives, language and tensions of teens in the 1950s. Runs through Sun., Sept. 21, Fri. & Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. Tickets: $26/$24. 845-876-3080. The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck.

‘Equivocation’ What happens when England’s dirtiest politician tries to hire Shakespeare as his spin doctor Is a mix of comedy, tragedy and farce. Opens Fri., Oct. 3 through Sun., Oct. 12. Thurs., Fri. & Sat. 8pm; Sun. 3pm. Tickets: Pay what you will; proceeds benefit Rhinebeck Theater Society. 845-876-3080. The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck. a farm. Greig Farm, 223 Pitcher Ln., Red Hook.

Hall Theatre, Dutchess Community College.

Hyde Park Lions Club annual flea market


10am-3pm. Rain date Sun., Sept. 14. 845-229-7739. Parking lot behind TEG Federal Credit Union, 4282 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park.

Blood donations 10am-2pm. Donation types: double red cells. 1554 Main St., Pleasant Valley.

Hyde Park Community Garden art-music benefit 11am-8:30pm. Artists from the Artists Collective of Hyde Park will be selling their work to benefit the community garden from 11am4pm. A silent auction table will also be held. Local musicians. Show begins at 6:30pm; tickets, $12. Refreshments for sale. 845229-2820. St. James Episcopal Church, 4526 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park.

Mariapolis Luminosa Bazaar 12-4pm. Free hot dogs, religious books, and balloons available while supplies last. Also, clothing, woodworking, and ceramics from the shops located at Luminosa will be for sale, and a yard sale from various homes. 845-229-0230 ext. 170. Mariapolis Luminosa, 200 Cardinal Rd., Hyde Park.

54th annual St Paul’s chicken BBQ 4-7pm. Adults, $13; seniors and takeout, $12; children 6-12, $8; children under 6 and seniors over 90, free. 845-635-2854 or www. St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 806 Traver Rd., Pleasant Valley.

Reformed Dutch Church chicken BBQ 4-7pm. BBQ chicken, baked potatoes, cole slaw, corn on the cob, rolls and homemade apple cake. Adults, $13; seniors, $10; children under 5, free. 845-229-2246 for tickets. Reformed Dutch Church of Hyde Park, 4408 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park.


Michael Ronstadt & Aaron Nathans 4pm. Concert/CD Release Celebration. Free. Hyde Park Free Library, 2 Main St., Hyde Park.


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Unitarian Fellowship of Poughkeepsie Tag Sale 9am-3pm. Friday and Saturday with Bag Sale 2-3 pm Saturday. Sale includes housewares, clothes, books, tools, decorative items, toys and plants, Refreshments, including baked goods, available. Handicapped accessible. Rain or shine. 67 South Randolph Ave., Poughkeepsie.

Viewer’s choice film fest 6pm. “Something’s Gotta Give” (2003). Directed by Nancy Meyers. 845-229-7791 ext. 205. Free. Hyde Park Free Library, 2 Main St., Hyde Park.

Friday Night Films: ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ 8pm. “Edge of Tomorrow,“ PG-13 (2014), directed by Doug Liman. Free. The James and Betty Hall Theatre, 53 Pendell Rd., Poughkeepsie.


Hyde Park farmers’ market 9am. See Sept 13 for details.

Hudson Valley Farmers Market 10am. See Sept 13 for details.

Hardscrabble Day 11am-10pm. Community street festival featuring kids’ events, parade, street vendors, food. Free live music all afternoon; major rock concert with Gregg Rolie Band at 7pm. Village of Red Hook.

Author Anthony P. Musso 2pm. The debut presentation of Anthony P. Musso’s new book, “Staatsburg: A Hamlet Lost in Time.” The presentation will include a number of the 108 vintage and contemporary images that are featured in the book. 845889-4682. St Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Old Post Rd., Staatsburg.


Roosevelt FD pancake breakfast 8-11am. Menu includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, french toast, and beverages. Adults, $8; seniors and children, $7; children 3 and under, free. 845-454-5070 or 845-518-7294 on Monday nights. Roosevelt Fire Dept., 265 Cream St., Hyde Park.

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9am-3:30pm. Donation types: automated red cells. New Horizons, Inc, 123 West Rd., Pleasant Valley.

1pm. With featured artist Denise Jordan Finley. Sign up and preshow at 1:30. Free. Hyde Park Free Library, 2 Main St., Hyde Park.



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12-1:30pm. For this year’s Constitution Day lecture, David Cole will speak about privacy in the digital age. Free. The James and Betty

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Gerry Thorpe continues solidifying local trust in Bayhorse Gazebos


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He donated a custom-built office space and storage space that are Halfway between Red Hook very attractive, so they add to the and Pine Plains on Route 199, look of quality that we demand there’s an eye-catching structure at the horse trials. At my own nestled into the eclectic village farm and business in Pine Plains, that makes up Bayhorse Gazebos I have many of his barns, both and Barns. stock and custom, and they are On a recent visit, there sat a fantastic. ” children’s playhouse modeled as Gerry explained the relationan ark, resting among the collec- ship between Lancaster Countion of 150 structures, which in- ty, Pa., and the Hudson Valley. clude pavilions, pergolas, sheds, “Sometimes the Amish need to dog houses and chicken coops. come here to build when we can’t Owner Gerry bring a structure Thorpe has put someone’s Bayhorse Gazebos onto a lot of his enproperty due to thusiastic energy and Barns transportation into expanding 2 Academy Hill Road or access restricthe inventory for Red Hook tions. They inthe last 25 years, 845-758-1054 teract with our offering the best customers, kind in Amish crafts- of like the oldmanship, which fashioned barn can be ordered as stock items raisings. People love it,” he said. by visiting the onsite office or “They begin work at six in the ordering online, along with the morning, and work and work ability of the Bayhorse staff to and work.” customize many designs to fit There are just three other staff customers’ needs. members who assist him. “Years “The beauty of what we have ago, it was a staff of 12,” he said. to offer is expertise in building,” “We had three trailers and trucks Gerry said. “We bring a lot of going around the clock.” Because creativity to the table. We’re go- of the economy, however, he now ing to strap on the tool belt and depends on Rob and Sergio, the go and interact with homeown- Bayhorse builders, and Shawna, ers. I love laying out these really his assistant. amazing swimming pool enviGerry’s work ethic reflects his ronments, and we’re doing some personal life. “I believe in church, incredible garages. We have a lot community, family,” he said, of return customers; for one guy, adding, “I’d like to be the king we built… this gorgeous pergola, of the horse barn industry… but I then a pavilion, then a playhouse, really wanted to be a math teachand now a horse barn.” er, especially since I love kids.” He added, “I think that’s a Raised in Hyde Park, he also testament to our quality and worked there for the family busiour ‘country boy mentality’: it’s ness of furniture restoration and a genuine handshake, it’s a smile, home building and restoration. and it’s a valid promise.” He still lives there with his wife Bayhorse is known for its of 30 years, Carla, and their commitment to the equestrian children, Chelsea and Mitchell, community in this area; for four who are both out in the workyears, they have been a major ing world. sponsor of the Millbrook Horse Gerry is passionate about Trials, one of the largest event- shopping local and well known ing competitions in the Unit- for supporting numerous loed States. cal organizations. “How do you Louise Meryman, MHT pres- not?” he asked. “I write checks, ident, expressed her gratitude: donate items for auction, and “Gerry has the right take on life. sponsor events. You name it, we He really believes in giving back. join it.”


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Dollar General plans approved

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James Rogers, owner of Hyde Park ALF (formerly Hoe Bowl) located at 394 Violet Ave., was present for a public hearing during a special meeting of the Hyde Park Planning Board on Aug. 27 for a vote on a site plan amendment. Rogers previously had a site plan approved and got two 90-day extensions approved for the planned assisted living facility, but due to septic issues, some plan modifications had to be made. Board Chair Michael Dupree commented that the only changes to the plan would be adding septic and conditions for a stormwater pollution prevention plan to be overviewed by the Town Engineer. Planning Board Attorney Victoria Polidoro also added that Dutchess County Planning requested that three 3ft. Thornless Honey Locust trees be added 3ft. from the sidewalk fronting Route 9G. The resolution was also amended to add that copies of the applications for Rogers’ Certificate of Need be sent to Zoning Administrator Kathleen Moss upon submittal. The site plan amendment was approved unanimously by the board.

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Todd Hamula of Zaremba Group LLC. was once again before the Hyde Park Planning Board at their Sept. 3 meeting for a continued public hearing on Dollar General’s application for site plan approval at 1049 Violet Avenue. Hamula noted that in the conditions of the resolution, the change from double-headed lighting fixtures to single-headed fixtures would mean that extra poles would have to be added to the parking lot. Board consulting engineer Pete Setaro said he thought double-headed lights were unnecessary for single parking spots. A clause was added to the condition on lighting saying only “if recommended by consulting engineer” because Setaro had not seen the updated lighting plans. The plan was approved unanimously by the board upon the listed conditions, including approval by the Dutchess County Health Department.

birds, as long as he changed the appearance of the coop the birds are kept in. Wayne Mabey, who lives at 307 Pinebrook Dr. behind Williams’ property, said he was concerned about diseases and about Williams increasing the number of birds he has. Williams replied that all his birds have birth certificates and shots to show that they are disease-free, and he also added that he would not get more than 30 birds because their upkeep is too costly. Barbara Sweet of 6 Covey Rd. asked Williams where he disposes of the excrement, and he said Waste Management allows him to put the materials in his trash. The board plans to visit Williams’ property, and the public hearing was continued to the Sept. 24 meeting.

Planning Board takes lead on Stewart’s sign application Chuck Marshall of Stewart’s Shops Corp. was present at the Aug. 27 meeting of the Hyde Park Zoning Board of Appeals for a public hearing on a request for variance for the Stewart’s at 3648 Albany Post Rd. The request was to change the graphic size on a free-standing sign from 10 in. to 4 ft. 10 in. wide and 10 in. to 2 ft. 10 in. high; to change a numeric symbol on a freestanding sign from 10 in. to 12 in.; and to change a wall sign graphic from 10 in. to 2 ft. 3 in. high and 3 ft. 9 ½ in. wide. Board Chair Mary Donohue said the board would not be voting on the application because the planning board had requested lead agency for the application. The board unanimously approved the planning board as lead agency for the project. The hearing was continued to the Sept. 24 meeting. TOWN OF CLINTON ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

Camp Dr. area variance granted

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A public hearing was set for Wed., Sept. 17 at 7pm for Lands of Cire, at 4185 Albany Post Rd. Board Chair Michael Dupree explained that the applicant is applying for a site plan extension in order to find a new tenant. HYDE PARK ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

Homing pigeon hearing continued Curtis Williams of 47 Holt Rd. was present at the Aug. 27 meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals for a public hearing for a variance to allow animal husbandry for homing pigeons within 77 ft. to the closest of 6 houses within the 250 ft. setback required. Williams has 30 homing pigeons, which he keeps as a hobby and for therapeutic use. Joan Neville of 45 Holt Rd., and Anne Smith, of 43 Holt Rd., both neighbors of Williams, each said it was fine for Williams to keep the

John Harding of 62 Camp Dr. requested an area variance to create a 1.94 acre lot by selling 0.3 acres to his northward neighbor. Harding’s current lot of 2.24 acres pre-existed the current 5-acre minimum lot requirement. Prior to a recent survey, the first for the property since 1934, it was thought that the 0.3 acre parcel belonged to Harding’s neighbor. The ZBA unanimously approved the variance on the condition that all required fees be paid, but noted that approval was due to the unique circumstances of the case and that the variance should not be considered a precedent for creating sub-standard lots.

Browning Rd. variance tabled Matthew Taney requested an area variance for his 4.59-acre lot on Browning Rd. to be considered a 5 acre lot, which would fulfill the minimum acreage required for a farm designation and allow him to build a 40 ft.-by-60 ft. pole barn to house bees, chickens, and goats. The ZBA said Taney could combine his 4.59-acre lot with an adjacent lot he also owns and avoid the need for a variance, but he said he prefers to keep the lots separate in case he wants to sell one in the future. ZBA members encouraged Taney to consider an “animal husbandry” designation instead of a variance and tabled any action while he considers his options.



Local News School signs get hearing By K. Thornton-De Stafeno The signs for four Hyde Park school buildings were the subject of an ongoing public hearing at the Hyde Park Planning Board’s Sept. 3 meeting. At issue are proposed directional signs for Ralph R. Smith Elementary School and North Park Elementary School, and full signs for Hyde Park Elementary School and the district’s administrative building at 11 Boice Road. Board member Ed Cigna and Superintendent of Schools Greer Rychcik both pointed out that the proposed signs are needed for safety reasons and to establish the location of schools/offices so that visitors can easily find the buildings. However, Rychcik noted that the Hyde Park Elementary sign was being removed from the agenda because the district was not going forward with plans for a new sign there. Planning Board Chair Michael Dupree, meanwhile, announced that no action could be taken on the signs because of an error involving the required legal notice. Dupree also highlighted that all the signs comply with Hyde

Park code in every area except dimension: Ralph R. Smith’s sign area is 40 sq. ft., where 30 sq. ft. is the maximum; North Park Elementary’s sign is 8 sq. ft., where 2 sq. ft. is allowed, and the administrative sign is 33 sq. ft., where 30 sq. ft. is allowed. Despite the signs exceeding the code’s maximum size, Dupree said that Zoning Administrator Kathleen Moss told him that excluding the top triangle design element from the measurements would make all but one sign code compliant. “I don’t want to lead the board, but just in looking at the 9 criteria or factors [of the Monroe balancing test], one of the things I think we should consider throughout is that the signs were basically designed to be code compliant,” Dupree said. Both Dupree and board member Robert Groeninger were concerned about the Ralph R. Smith directional sign, because its location is still not clear and therefore a safe view of Rte. 9G is in question. Further discussion of the signs will take place when the public hearing continues at the Sept. 17 meeting at 7pm.

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Margaret Rapine Zamierowski, 89, a longtime Eileen Lawlor, 90, a Hyde Park resident for over fifty Theresa M. Lecours, 91, a longtime area resident resident of Hyde Park, passed away August 22, 2014.

Leslie Rae McGill, 77, a lifelong area resident, died on August 22, 2014, at The Baptist Home at Brookmeade in Rhinebeck. Glenn E. “Chip” Roe, 71, of Pleasant Valley, died August

24, 2014 at Quaker Hill Manor in Hyde Park.

Maris Van Alen, 74, of Millbrook, died on August 27,

2014, at her residence after a long illness.

years, passed away August 28, 2014, at the Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.

formerly of Rhinebeck and Pine Plains, died August 31, 2014, at the Whittier Skilled Nursing Facility, Ghent, N.Y.

Robert Jerome Wheaton, 84, of Hyde Park, passed away August 29, 2014, at Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.

Anna Mae “Ward” Dwyer, 99, formerly of Staatsburg

Michael R. Tobias, 37, a lifelong area resident, died unexpectedly on August 30, 2014, at Vassar Bros. Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.

Charles J. Berryann, 82, a lifelong area resident, died on August 23, 2014, at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck.

and Millbrook, passed away on August 22, 2014, at Sharon Health Care Center, Sharon, Conn.

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DR’s soccer team opened their season Sept. 4 with a convincing offensive show in a 2-0 win over the visiting Saugerties Sawyers. The Presidents held things down from the opening whistle: They booted two shots within the first five minutes. FDR’s defense didn’t have to do that much work against the Sawyers, because Saugerties had trouble pushing the ball past midfield and firing shots on goal; their only serious chance came halfway through the first half, when an errant cross skittered in front of the goal. FDR pushed the ball the whole game, tallying more than 10 shots on goal—two of which made contact with the bar. The Presidents got on the board first on a low goal by Brandon Gracias coming from the left side after a long possession held down by FDR’s Bovin Odhiambo. The Presidents’ second bucket came from Jair Vasquez in extra time in the first half. Altogether, FDR forced Saugerties goalie Garrett Simera to make 10 saves on the evening; Dan Heslin of FDR only needed to make three.

The night’s most compelling story, though, was Odhiambo, who, despite whiffing on a couple of shots in the first half, went all out trying to put one in during the final five minutes of the second half. “Bovin, you’ve got to love his heart. He gives it everything he’s got every single time—that’s just how Bovin is,” head coach Steven Nilsen said with a smile.

Nilsen was also very happy with the Presidents’ overall performance. “Definitely a good one for us,” he said. “We’re kind of working out what we’re going to do, just working from last year to now. Lot of older guys here—I think we moved the ball around well. Our back runs were great. Our guys know we have to work on finishing, but we just did great today.”

(Top): Hyde Park boys huddle before the game; (Middle): the Presidents’ Zach Carey (#13) moves the ball up the field; (Bottom): Coach Steven Nilsen and the Hyde Park bench share a laugh with their on-field teammates as time runs out on the opposition. Photos by Quinn O’Callaghan / The Observer.

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