Friday, April 3, 2009

NtM - April 3, 2009 - Things to Do Edition

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Good Friday Morning,

April showers bring May flowers and we're in for some showers today. Hopefully you've got your early veggie seeds in the garden now alongside the blooming daff's and crocuses (croci?). I've moved the houseplants outside to a protected spot that gets early morning sun and they don't seem to mind. In fact, the rain has given them a much needed wash-down and, while it may be a tad cool, I'll keep an eye on them and bring them in if the temps drop below 50 or so... but just for the nights.

From Weather.Com
High /
Low (°F)
Precip. %
Apr 03
Rain / Thunder 58°/44° 90 %
Apr 04
Showers / Wind 52°/35° 50 %
Apr 05
Partly Cloudy 61°/38° 10 %

The state's Environmental Notice Bulletin has released information pertaining to a 50 unit townhouse  development off Fair Street on the Kent/Patterson town line known as "Pond View" being built by a White Plains developer. You can read the bulletin at the blogsite, here. (it's the second one down).

Over on the Southeast/Carmel line there's debate going on over whether or not to pave Maple Road or to give access through another community on a newly created and paved road. Enough with this already! When you moved in you knew you lived on a dirt road and you probably bought your because because of it. Dirt roads are not a safety issue. Leave it alone already.

The Feds have approved $1.6 million in funding for the Kent Revitalization Project "to improve pedestrian and bicycle access". Does anyone know what this is? I'm guessing sidewalks along Route 52 which is a great idea... if there was somewhere revitalized to walk to.

Anyway, enough of all that! It's time to plan your weekend and there's a lot going on. Garden, hike, walk, bicycle, attend a live play or musical event, play ball with your kids. Get outside!


Shorts on the Lake

8 PM. Six new short one-act plays, directed by Patterson's Tony Howarth, will be presented at the Cultural Center on Lake Carmel, sponsored by Arts on the Lake. The plays, in order of performance are; Cuddle Time by Keely Madden, Sally in the Middle by Tony Howarth, The Soul of the Violin by Margaret M. Merrill, adapted by Midhat Serbagi, The Mannequins by James Shearwood, The Graveyard Shift by Gabrielle Fox, Mondays at Eight by Linda Giuliano

Actors include: Jon Barb, Angela Bowman, Margi Condyles, Lora Lee Ecobelli*, Fidel Fonteboa, Sean Hopkins, Bruce Iacono, Laurel Lettieri,  Zulie Lozada, Fred Rueck and Midhat Serbagi

* Appearing through the courtesy of Actor's Equity Association staged reading guidelines.

There are three performances: Fri, April 3 at 8, Sat, April 4 at 8 , Sun, April 5 at 3. Purchasing in advance is the best to way to assure a reserved seat. Admission is $12 ($10 for Arts on the Lake members). Tickets may be purchased using a secure server through the Arts on the lake website. Reservations may be made at


Work on the Appalachian Trail

9 AM. We are going great guns on our project in Fahnstock Park.Meet on the west side of Canopus Lake,Rte 301 at 9am-4pm.Bring rock breaking and moving tools.Don,t forget your safety glasses.See you there. Thanks Tim 845-297-9573

Woodland Pool Workshop

A workshop for environmental commissions and planning boards, land trust staff, landowners, and others involved in land-use planning to learn about woodland pool conservation and the wildlife that rely on this important habitat. Small wetlands are significant features of the larger Hudson Valley landscape, but are often not understood and not protected. Isolated, temporary wetlands that occur in forests, called “woodland pools,” provide breeding habitat for many amphibian species and are important components of forest communities.  Workshop will include:   Introduction to what woodland pools are and why they are critical habitat; How to recognize woodland pools; Overview of wildlife that use woodland pools and their upland habitat needs; and a Visit to woodland pools to look for wildlife and signs of breeding.   Speakers include Mike Rubbo of Mid-Hudson Ecological Services, LLC and Laura Heady of the Hudson River Estuary Program and Cornell University. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. Contact Meredith Taylor at the Hudson River Estuary Program at or 845-256-3062 to register. Offered by the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program ( in partnership with the Cornell University Department of Natural Resources and with sponsorship from Mid-Hudson Ecological Services ( Location:  Norrie Point Environmental Educational Center, Staatsburg, NY

VFW Vendor and Craft Sale

10 AM-4 PM Putnam Lake: The Ladies Auxiliary Putnam Lake VFW Post #9257 is holding a vendor and craft fair at the VFW Post. 4 Fairfield Drive, Putnam Lake. Call Maureen Lerner at 279-3376 for more information.

Magnetizing Downtowns and Historic Villages

9AM - 5:30 PM This promises to be a very exciting event with participants from all over the Hudson Valley and speakers including the cutting edge David Milder of Danth Inc., Phil and Meg from Project for Public Spaces, Erin Tobin from the Preservation League and Joe Rabito from the Office of Community Renewal as well as representatives from State Agencies, a video connection to a speaker in the Netherlands and local activists from Kingston. Registration is $40 and includes coffee breaks and lunch. Call (845) 677-3002. Sustainable Hudson Valley

The Michelle LeBlanc Quintet

3 PM at the White Plains Library Featuring pianist Tom Kohl, drummer Ron Vincent, Bill Crow on bass and Ed Xiques on sax. White Plains Library, 100 Martine Ave White Plains NY 10601 914 422 1400


"Wild Man" Steve Brill

10:00 am, "Wild Man" Steve Brill, Americas's best known foraging expert, will be paying us a visit here at Native Landscapes and Garden Center( 991 Rt. 22 Pawling, NY). During his hands on program we will learn about the environment and how to get back in touch with nature. To quote Steve, " by studying nature and foraging, we enjoy our renewable resources, and reaffirm our commitment to preserving and protecting our renewable ecological riches."  "Wild Man" will give a brief talk here at the garden center and then we will all venture onto the Appalachian Trail to start dining. "Wild Man" Steve Brill is well known in his field and has been featured on many radio and television shows, and in numerous publications. You can also visit the "Wild Man' on his web site at While you're here at the garden center please browse through all our native plants. Don't to forget to ask about our "American Beauties"  native plant program. We look forward to seeing all of you.

Into the Future:

Thursday, April 9, 2009:  8:00 - 9:30 am

Hudson River Watershed Omelette Series:  Epheremal or Vanishing?  Community-based Woodland Pool Conservation in the Hudson Valley. Featuring Laura Heady, Biodiversity Outreach Coordinator, NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program and Cornell University Dept of Natural Resources.  Woodland pools have long been a conservation target of the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda, as they support a number of species in decline in the estuary watershed.  In addition, the pools themselves are small but important ecosystems that are linked to forest food webs and nutrient cycling, and may play a role in determining local water quality and quantity.   Despite the values of woodland pools, many have been lost, or their habitat function degraded, due to incompatible planning decisions in the last several decades.  Local initiatives can address this conservation need, but many communities are lacking location data to plan accordingly for woodland pool protection.  In 2007, the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program and Cornell University began a Woodland Pool Conservation Program to begin filling this gap.  Now at its early stages, the project is initiating citizen scientist projects to help collect needed data.  Ultimately, maps of potential and confirmed pools, conservation priorities, and planning guidance will be developed, and added to current biodiversity outreach efforts to local governments, watershed group and land trusts throughout the Hudson Valley.   See attached announcement.  There is a $4 minimum. Please RSVP to Katy Dunlap, or 845-454-7673 x116. Location:  The Plaza Diner, New Paltz (on Rte. 299, 0.5 mile west of thruway).

Saturday, Apr 11, 2009

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.

Saturday, April 18, 2009:  9:00 am - 2:30 pm

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.

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