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It's Memorial Day Weekend, traditionally the first weekend of the summer vacation season, and man, are the gasoline prices showing that! I saw $2.49 last night at the cheap stations and $2.80 at the more expensive ones. Sixty percent of those responding to the poll about gasoline prices thought gas would top out at $4.00 a gallon by July 4th and if the present course continues $4.00 may seem cheap. It's no wonder fewer Americans than ever are traveling and regions in the nation which depend upon tourism dollars are already hurting.
But people still want to get away and so they're looking for places closer to home, places that are unique and different but that can be reached on half a tank of gasoline. Putnam County is one such place, especially the towns of Kent and Philipstown who boast more preserved open spaces than any other in the region. Kent alone has almost 10,000 such acres.Last evening, Kent Fiscal Watch held a public forum with Assemblywoman Sandy Galef at the Lake Carmel Community Center. For almost two hours the audience peppered Ms. Galef with questions about property taxes and open government and for two hours she provided answers as best she could. Albany is a strange place, you know. There were a few notable absences, such as anyone currently sitting on the Kent Town Board or any of the announced candidates for the same, and that's a shame.
Did you know that polling places that are not accessible to the handicapped don't have to be? Yeah, you read that right. If the location can't afford to provide facilities it can be granted a waiver and remain handicapped free. Well, not any more. Ulster County Assemblyman Kevin Cahill has had success with a bill in Albany that will change all that and move polling places if necessary. No more waivers, no more second class status for the handicapped. Hats off to Kevin for that one.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in Tarrytown last night that Indian Point was safe and should continue to operate on another 20 year license, but others were not so sure. Croton resident Gary Shaw remarked that what constitutes safety for the plant is a standard that keeps sliding lower and lower, apparently to accommodate Entergy, IP's owners. For example, “They’ve reduced the margin from an hour, that the insulation had to protect the safety equipment, down to 24 minutes. We think that’s absurd.” Mr. Shaw said during the meeting last night.
All right, here we go: There are a scant few event entries for the weekend but most of what's listed for Saturday is also ongoing into Sunday.
Tonight:If you don't tell me about your event, no one else will know! So, seeing there's nothing in here and also seeing that the weather is supposed to be really sweet this evening, get out and do something fun. That's right, turn off the computer and television and get outside. Me? I have nothing on the calendar for this evening either and the search for meaningful social interaction is ongoing. Or, I might just take the dog for a long late evening hike and watch the day turn into night.
Sunday:Private parties and Memorial Day Weekend activities. Call up a friend, invite them over, have a BBQ in the yard, take a hike(!) or just veg out - and do so without guilt.
Into the Future:
Monday, May 25 - Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 26
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