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Good Monday Morning,
On Friday night last, Putnam's political leaders gathered at the Cultural Center on Lake Carmel to honor Kent resident Michael Gibbons, the Grand Marshal of tomorrow's St. Patrick's Day Parade. Senator Vincent Leibell, Sandy Galef's office, County Executive Bob Bondi and Sheriff Don Smith each presented Mr. Gibbons with one honor or another during Arts on the Lake's annual "Irish Open Mouth" night. The highlight, at least for me, was director Lora Lee Ecobelli's interpretation of Samuel Beckett's "Act Without Words II" performed by Lake Carmel's Steve Schrieber and principle dancer of the NYC Ballet, Bart Cook. The standing room only crowd also enjoyed live music, a touching story by James Maguire and a multi-media exploration into the life of the real St. Patrick.
On Saturday afternoon I joined 40 others for a presentation by Kent resident Peter Lehner on Global Warming. For those who know him, Peter's resume is more than impressive. An environmental attorney, his briefs have been cited by the US Supreme Court, he has worked as the chief environmental attorney for the State of New York and now heads the National Resources Defense Council.
Accoriding to Deputy Commissioner of Highways Emma Putnam county used 7500 tons of road salt this winter costing about $500,000, a $200,000 increase over last year.
GreenMuze brings us the article, "Ten Studies on Meat and Global Warming". This is an eye-opener if there ever was one. With red meat quickly outpacing lung cancer as the number one - avoidable - killer of Americans, you now have ten additional reasons to give it up or, at the very least, seriously cut down. It'll be good for your health as well as the health of the planet.
The Journal News
KENT - The cornerstone of the county's planned senior center could have 2010 inscribed on it, or even 2009, depending on the project's progress.
But the two-story, 20,000-square-foot building wouldn't be the first structure on the county-owned land off Ludingtonville Road - that honor falls to a 13-by-25-foot chamber with no shortage of stones.
Constructed of stones and slabs of rock, the chamber sits amid the vines and brambles of the 49-acre site. What year should have been carved in its base, though, is a matter of debate. The builder and its original purpose - from ancient calendar marking the annual solstices to a root cellar - remain a mystery.
by Elizabeth Perry
POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess County Legislature Chairman Roger Higgins Friday announced creation of a Green Ribbon Solid Waste Management Task Force.
Fri Mar 13, 2009 3:08am EDT
From The Gothamist
By ANNE FLAHERTY | Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army fired 11 soldiers in January for violating the military's policy that gay service members must keep their sexuality hidden, according to a Virginia congressman.