Friday, October 31, 2008

News That Matters - October 31, 2008 - Things To Do Edition

News That Matters
Brought to you by PlanPutnam.Org

Good Friday Morning,

It's time to mess with the time again, setting our mechanical clocks back to real-earth time. You know, when it's noon and the shadow from the gnomon leans due north. It will be lighter in the mornings and darker in the afternoons and will, as it always does, take a while to get used to it.


Open Mouth Night Returns

Join Arts on the Lake for the return of Open Mouth, their signature series as they explore this election season. The fun starts at 8PM at the Cultural Center on Lake Carmel. Performers scheduled to appear (in a variety of guises) include (in no order of favoritism): Adrian Appleman, Kim Blacklock, Joe D’Ambrosio, Lora Lee Ecobelli, Ken Harper, Neil Hickey, Eliza Littrell, Kati Mac, Rich Othmer,  Fred Rueck, James Shearwood and at least two cow carriers chosen from the audience at the start of the evening. Admission is $6 ($5 for AotL  Members) Http://

The Coalition for the Responsible Growth of Dover

Fund Raiser 2:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Old Drover’s Inn - 196 E. Duncan Hill Road, Dover Plains

With Roger Sprung and the Trunk Band, Falconer James Eyring, Pam Marshall's Party Animals petting zoo and flycaster Roger Renwick.

Admission is FREE with a suggested donation of $10-$25 per family to help defray costs. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!!!! The Coalition for the Responsible Growth of Dover (CRGD) was formed last March by residents and property owners of the Town of Dover to promote environmentally sustainable and responsible development in the Town, particularly with regard to the redevelopment of the former Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center (HVPC).


History Hike at Dill Preserve

With historian, hunter, and author of the weekly sportsman column, Lynn Greenwood.  This  Preserve was recently given to county residents by the Dill family, and while trails wind through  wooded landscape it used to hold a racetrack, homes, and roads.  Lynn Greenwood grew up in this area and will share his stories and remembrances.  Meet at the lower entrance to the preserve which the gravel area  just north of Putnam Shopping Plaza and old Route 6.

Stony Kill Farm - "Curb Your Fuel Bill"

A workshop for the public, “Curb Your Fuel Bill,” on how to lower energy costs in the home will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center. The Center is on state Route 9D, two miles north of I-84 and the Newburgh-Beacon bridge. Call the center at 845-831-8780.

The Crisis in the Environment and the U.S. Elections

New Platz - Joel Kovel, a professor of social studies at Bard, political activist, and author, will speak on "The Crisis in the Environment and the U.S. Elections" at a public meeting in New Paltz Village Hall. Kovel is the author of "The Enemy of Nature," an analysis of the relationship between the current practices of the capitalist economy and the gathering environmental disaster. He will examine the environmental positions of both Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain, and also discuss his own views about what must be done to avoid an ecological meltdown. Village Hall on Plattekill Ave., one block south of Main St. (Rt. 299), a mile or so west of Thruway exit 18. The meeting starts promptly at 6 p.m. A potluck dinner begins at 5 p.m. for those who wish to partake. This free public event is sponsored by the Caribbean and Latin America Support Project. Information and directions, (845) 255-5779 or email

Into the Future:

Tuesday, November 4

Putnam County Cormell Cooperative Extension service is hosting a workshop on Bedbugs for pest control professionals, property managers and public agency staff. 8:30AM -12:30PM at Putnam County Training & Operations Center 112 Old Route 6, Carmel - Cost is $45 pp. Licensed applicators get 3 recert credits in category 7A, 8 and 10 Instructors: Jody Gangloff Kaufmann and Allison Tansy, Cornell Community IPM Program Limited seating - register now by emailing Jennifer Stengle, Extension Educator,  at

Saturday, November 8,

Minnewaska - 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Forest Ecology Walk in the Peterskill. Park naturalist Joshua Hunn will lead this two-mile long hike along the High Peterskill footpath. Along the way, participants will learn about the fascinating ecological characteristics of this former downhill ski area and enjoy many scenic vistas of the Catskills. Please meet at the Park Office.

Thursday, November 13

The 4th annual conference on green buildings and energy for the mid-Hudson region will be on November 13, 2008 at the Inn at Central Valley in Central Valley (just north of Harriman, NY, and convenient to the NY State Thruway, I 84, and Rt. 17.)  The address is 206 Smith Clove Rd., Central Valley, NY 10917.
This conference will feature energy efficiency technologies, concepts and resources that can provide significant near-term cost savings in existing and new buildings.  The program will focus largely on residential buildings, yet the concepts and information presented will be relevant to municipal, commercial and other buildings.  It's aimed at community leaders and decision makers in local government, business, environmental, planning, design, contracting and development, lending, property management, education, and other sectors.
To register or download the flyer, visit or call the Orange County Citizens Foundation at 845-469-9459.  The registration fee, $40, includes continental breakfast and lunch.
Please contact me if you are interested in exhibiting, or in sponsoring this event.
Simon Gruber
Consulting Partner, Hudson Valley Regional Council

Contact Us
Shop Putnam!
Highlands Open Space Guide
House Painting!
Rss Feed