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"For your love of the Hudson"
Ms. Dunwell, who has been active for the river most of her adult life and is probably best known to you all as the director of the Hudson River Estuaries Program, talked about the history of the river to an overflowing crowd packed into the activities room at the Library. Using a slide show, Ms. Dunwell gave us a north to south historical tour of its 315 miles. The book, she explains, is less about the river than it is about how the river has affected our lives and our culture and how people have gained inspiration from it. All profits from the sale of the over sized 4-color paperback will be donated to a charitable organization that works for the river. (A hard cover edition is also available.)
While we're talking about the Hudson River, a hearty Mazel Tov goes to Pete Seeger for winning a Grammy. (See the article below)
The Putnam Arts Council is not out of hot water just yet. After being essentially removed from a long term housing agreement at Tilly Foster Farm, a neighbor has filed an Article 78 action against the town to stop the reconstruction of their home in Mahopac. The JN has an article you can read here.
About 50 people gathered Saturday morning to hear state Assembly representative Sandy Galef's take on things. It was a lively affair! The most pressing concern was property taxes and education funding and ideas abounded but things just aren't moving in Albany and they probably never will.
Politicians are pretty good at finger-pointing and while sometimes they're right, sometimes they're not. At the town level we're pretty much on our own and we can only really point at ourselves. But, when things go bad the county points to the state and the state points to Washington and when there's no one for Washington to point to (which is usually when they've gotten caught with their pants down), they make something up. Albany is currently pointing to Washington, crying for Federal dollars... like those dollars don't come out of our pockets, or something.
Yes, there is a world outside the Highlands:
Q: What's the difference between a pigeon and a stockbroker?
We might as well start out your week by getting you all pissed off. I mean, why should we let your boss do it when I can? So, here's a list of banks that received your tax dollars as part of the bailout plan and the amount each is spending on naming sports arenas after themselves:
The lesson we got from Wall Street last week was that for every job lost in the United States the stock market went up a bit. There's a direct correlation between employment costs and profits and the rich always go for the profits. And If you go on the dole they don't fret for their effective income tax rate is so much lower than yours they won't even notice.
And now, The News:
Fishkill resident and folk singing icon Pete Seeger has won the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album, for "At 89."
ALBANY, NY (02/06/2009; 1716)(readMedia)-- The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has completed its Final Scope for the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program (SGEIS). The "Scope" will serve as a roadmap for the environmental study that DEC will be conducting to analyze the environmental impacts associated with high volume hydraulic fracturing for the extraction of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale and other low permeability gas reservoirs across the Southern Tier and into the Catskills. The Final Scope is now posted on the DEC website, at http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/45912.html.
ScienceDaily (Feb. 6, 2009) — Phosphorus is one of the key nutrients that can cause algal blooms and related water quality problems in lakes, rivers, and estuaries worldwide. Phosphorus entering waters originates from a variety of sources.
Hundreds attend fair at SUNY New Paltz
From Minnesota to Texas, wind power sweeps new jobs into old-tech towns.
by Paul Kiel, ProPublica - February 6, 2009 12:00 am EST
Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson (Lauren Victoria Burke/wdcpix.com)Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson said last October  that the taxpayers shouldn't fret about putting $250 billion in the nation's banks: "This is an investment, not an expenditure, and there is no reason to expect this program will cost taxpayers anything."
By Chris Walters, 11:44 AM on Thu Feb 5 2009, 7,635 views
Chase has emailed its customers a friendly reminder that if you can't pay your taxes this year, you can charge them on your Chase credit card! Even the IRS site suggests you consider using a credit card if you can't pay your debt. However, before you do something as debt crazy as charge up a high credit card balance, consider the following points and make sure you're doing the most financially responsible thing.
A look back at the most cringe-worthy media moments of the 2008 campaign.
The presidential campaign of 2008 seems pretty far off these days. An economic collapse will do that. But given the profound challenges facing the nation and the president these days, it's worth reviewing the media coverage of the race to see if journalists last year effectively probed the candidates vying to lead the country through a difficult period. Sadly, there were far more media lowlights than highlights during the campaign, as too many reporters and pundits focused on flag pins, bowling, and fairly trivial faux pas.
A woman found out her six-year marriage was over when her husband posted it on the internet, a court heard.