Friday, April 10, 2009

NtM - April 10, 2009 - Things To Do Edition

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Good Friday Morning,

There's a good bit of interesting news reported over the past couple of days:

Roger Ailes, whose FOX News represents about the worst major media can offer, has bought and resurrected the Putnam County Courier completing his control of news outlets on both ends of the County. This makes PlanPutnam and News That Matters even more important as an independent media source.

As reported here last week, Kent is getting a sidewalk installed along the east side of Route 52. This much anticipated concrete ribbon will run from the Town line with Carmel northward to Barrett Hill Road near the Cultural Center on Lake Carmel. This is a long overdue project and congratulations should be directed toward Supervisor Doherty and anyone else who had something to do with this.

William Maxwell has entered the race for Supervisor in Carmel giving the present Supervisor, Kenneth Schmitt, his first opposition in this year's elections.

Newsday reports that a state Assembly committee is investigating reports of massive over-charging on electric bills. While the wholesale cost of generating electricity dropped by more than 60% last year, your electric bills did not show the change. The artificially high charges have cost New Yorkers some $2.2 billion. Once the electric company lobbyists get into gear look for even higher electric bills and corresponding donations to Assembly members on the committee.

Up in the 20th Congressional District, Scott Murphy is now up by 55 votes over Tedisco while the latter is running out of options. In Minnesota, Al Franken increases his lead each time his opponent challenges something and yet Minnesotans are still down one US Senator.

Fiat, once it's merger with Chrysler has been completed, will be bringing its 500 model, priced at about $15,000 to US shores. Expect that next year some time. The car, depending upon the model, will get anywhere from 36 - 56 mpg on the highway and was a Finalist in the Green Car of the Year category in a recent auto show. Once introduced, look for a lot of them. One question: how come we have to import European cars to get that kind of mileage at that price?

The National Organization for Marriage has produced a PSA for national distribution in which one woman says, "My freedom will be taken away," if gays are allowed to marry. Two problems: One, the woman is an actor, not some insecure hockey-mom from Barrow, Alaska. Two, what freedom? The freedom to discriminate? To hate? To live in a make-believe world?

Lastly, Science Digest is reporting that chicken soup and Matzoh balls may, actually, have a positive effect on high blood pressure and other ailments. Grandma's Penicillin has come of age. Again.

  1. Saturday:
    1. Trail work day at Balsam Lake
    2. Meet the Author
    3. Renewal - Free Film Screening
    4. Michelle LeBlanc Trio
  2. Into the Future:
    1. Saturday, April 18
    2. April 18, 19, 25, 26:
    3. Sunday, April 19
    4. Wednesday, April 22
    1. Saturday, April 25


Trail work day at Balsam Lake

Mt. Catskill Forest Preserve,  Sullivan Co. Leader: Frank Dogil, 845-454-5441,  trail work day at the MHADK adopted Catskill Mill Brook Ridge trail and Beaver Meadow lean-to. See the area and help to clear the trail of winter blowdown and clean up the lean-to area. Call for time and meeting place.

Meet the Author

11 AM Meet the Author of Bright Dark Madonna", Elizabeth Cunningham. At the Pawling Book Cove, 22 Charles Colman Blvd, Pawling. With dramatic reading, song, and storytelling, join Cunningham as she presents her new novel Bright Dark Madonna, featuring Maeve, the notably unrepentant Celtic Mary Magdalen. Free. 845-855-9590

Renewal - Free Film Screening

7:00 - 9:00 pm Renewal - Free Film Screening at the Poughkeepsie Friends Meeting House, 249 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY  12603 Evangelical Christians are fighting coal mining. Muslims are supporting sustainable farming. Jews are teaching children the links between nature and spirituality. Renewal discovers the environmental bonds that join people of many faiths in the effort to protect life on our planet. Winner of the Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival. Sponsored by: the Dutchess Peace Coalition and the -Poughkeepsie Friends Meeting Contact: (845) 454-6431 or (845) 454-2870

Michelle LeBlanc Trio

7:30pm - 10:30 pm at Division Street Grill. Featuring jazz pianist Hiroshi Yamazaki and bassist Bill Crow. The Division Street Grill is at 26 North Division Street Peekskill NY 10566. Call for dinner reservations 914 739 6380

Into the Future:

Saturday, April 18

9am- 2:30pm Hudson River Ecology/Outdoor Activities Workshop for K-12 Teachers. Teachers will have the opportunity to interact with a scientist from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, seine in the river, test water quality, and gain resources for teaching students in a variety of grade levels. Sponsored by the Hudson River Research Reserve, Hudson River Estuary Program, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Six hours of professional development credit hours available. Space is limited, so register soon! Free event.  To register, email Questions? Please call Cornelia Harris (845) 677-7600 x321 or Kim Notin (845) 677-7600 x303.
Putnam County Master Gardeners

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Spring Gardening School: One-Day University for Home Gardeners. Putnam County Emergency Training and Operations Center Donald B. Smith Campus 112 Old Route 6, Carmel, NY 10512 - Sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers Cornell University Cooperative Extension Putnam County - 1 Geneva Road, Brewster, NY 10509 Phone: 845-278-6738, Fax: 845-278-6761

April 18, 19, 25, 26:

Wonder Lake State Park - New trail construction continues for what will soon be part of the Highlands Trail in Putnam County. Projects include side-hilling, clearing brush, and rock steps. Help us get ready for our National Trail Day opening event! Meet 9am at the Wonder Lake parking lot, on Ludingtonville Rd (parallel to I-84, between exits 17 and 18). Leader: Gary Haugland,

Sunday, April 19

Monitoring Trail Lands. Learn how to monitor the boundary of the Appalachian Trail. Report incursions, maintain boundary blazing, and enjoy off trail experiences! Location: the RPH Shelter in Dutchess County. Info and sign up on our website at Trail University.

Wednesday, April 22


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Earth Day 2009, April 22, will mark the beginning of the Green Generation CampaignTM! This two-year initiative will culminate with the 40th anniversary of Earth Day in 2010. With negotiations for a new global climate agreement coming up in December, Earth Day 2009 must be a day of action and civic participation, to defend the Green Generation’s core principles: Family with windmills: Renewable energy for future generations.

  • A carbon-free future based on renewable energy that will end our common dependency on fossil fuels, including coal.
  • An individual’s commitment to responsible, sustainable consumption.
  • Creation of a new green economy that lifts people out of poverty by creating millions of quality green jobs and transforms the global education system into a green one.
Under the umbrella of the Green GenerationTM, thousands of events are currently being planned in schools, communities, villages, towns and cities around the world. As in 2008, on April 19th Earth Day Network will celebrate Earth Day on the National Mall in Washington, DC, plus large-scale volunteer events in New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Denver, Austin, Atlanta, and DC in partnership with Green Apple Festival. Sign up to volunteer! Our partners in Cleveland, Columbus, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Beijing, and Manila, among others, are planning large events where everyone can participate. Find an event or activity near you!

Saturday, April 25

8 PM Three Moments in Time - A staged reading by the Blue Horse Repertory Company. Presenting: Slaughter in the Lake by Jose Rivera, Thoughts on the Instant of Greeting a Friend on the Street by Jean-Claude van Itallie and Sharon Thie and A Brief Period of Time by Don Rifkin. At Arts on the Lake, Route 52 Lake Carmel. Admission is $10 (9$ for members) Reservations: (845) 228-2685 or

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