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As if you haven't noticed it's been raining for the past week or so.
But it's the perfect time to look at your streets and roads for signs of stormwater problems which will be evidenced by grit and sand spread out in 'alluvial fans' across the pavement. While seemingly innocuous, that sand (which is carrying other pollutants) will end up in a lake or creek and have a negative effect on the quality of our recreational and drinking water supplies. So if you see a problem, call your town's stormwater committee and let them know where it is. Take some photographs (like Brian's in Wednesday's column and again to the left) to document the problem and then let's get them fixed.I'm in shape. Pear's a shape, right?
A friend of mine pointed me to an article about how the nation is gearing up to be a lot healthier - whether it wants to or not. His main intent, not missed by these aging eyes, was that *I* should get in better shape for the upcoming election season in the belief that voters are more likely to vote for the better-looking candidates rather than the slothful ones. Okay, I got the hint. I'm guessing "pear-shaped" is out even though our planet is so shaped!Rock snot:
I'll bet your kids are going to get a laugh out of saying that! But it's not funny. Quite the contrary, fewer things have come along that are as scary as rock snot, more professionally known as Didymosphenia geminata.
Serious fly fishermen may remember 2007 as the year that the invasive species known as "rock snot" turned into a national problem. For at a least decade, nasty carpets of this algae have been fouling up pristine fishing streams in the western United States. Then, last summer, it turned up in fishing streams in several eastern states.
Anyway, it's now here. Samples have been collected from the Esopus creek up near Kingston signaling a warning we should all heed, for if this thing gets into your lake - it's over. Didymo will spread across the bottom smothering everything in its path.Website Watch:
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8 PM - Depot Theater, Garrison Station - The Aery Theatre Company is proud to present SUMMER SHORTS, a series of original one-act plays about life, death, love, loss, hope, desperation, ecstasy... and every emotion in between. We've chosen these plays from the many that have been crafted at our bi-monthly workshops, held on the first and third Mondays of each month at the Depot Theatre. Production dates are June 12th - 21st at the Depot. Please contact the Depot box office at (845) 424-3900 for more info on the shows and the workshops.
9AM - 5 PM Mayor's Park at Fair Street, Cold Spring. What better way to spend a June Sunday than strolling alongside the Hudson River in the shadow of the majestic Hudson Highlands? Well, here's an idea. Browse among rows of antiques dealers while you stroll. That's the inviting combination proprietor Dave Cooke provides for the hundreds of antique collectors who make Cold Spring their destination point for his Cold Spring Antiques Show. The show, which will be held on Sun., June 14 from 9-5, will be held in Mayor's Park near the end of Fair Street. Visitors to the show can ride the jolly green trolley throughout the Village and back to Mayor's Park free of charge courtesy of the Cold Spring Antiques Dealers Association who sponsor the show. Admission: $6. Children free. For further info call Cooke at: (845) 265-4414 or visit:www.ColdSpringAntiqueShow.com.
1:00 p.m. Westmorland Sanctuary Bedfird, NY. Director Steve Ricker will lead a leisurely hike to show us the secret places where the young animals, birds, and even plants are hiding. All ages are welcome. Degree of Difficulty: Easy Register by calling (914) 666-8448. Dogs not allowed :-( .
2PM - Putnam Arts Council at Tilly Foster Farm. A free lecture in cooperation with Southeast Museum.
8PM - Cultural Center on Lake Carmel. The story of the Joad family in John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath is well-known having been a novel, a film and a play. Tonight it is the music of the period and the novel that will come alive in the performances of Sylvia Brooks, Steve Kirkman and Maggie Seligman. Admission: $10 ($9 AotL members). Tickets may be purchased on our home page or reserved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
11AM - Putnam Humane Society - Old Route 6, Carmel. Meet Mama Cats and Kittens for adoption. Learn about cats at our education table. Enjoy beverages and deliciuos goodies. Unique cat-themed items for sale... and more!
Noon- 5PM in Beacon Sloop Club - Rain or Shine. Come to the annual Beacon Strawberry Festival next Sunday, June 14, noon -5pm rain or shine. Free Admission and a wonderful day down by the riverside. Info: www.beaconsloopclub.org Amazing Hudson Valley local strawberries with fresh made whipped cream on warm fresh baked biscuits. Hear Pete Seeger, Spook Handy, Dan Einbender and Room 12 Kids along with many others. Free sails on the Woody Guthrie, children's area with many activities for the young ones, lot's of crafts and food vendors. WDST will be giving away a pair of concert tickets at this festival. A printable flyer is here.
1- 4 pm - Pleasant Ridge Road, Wingdale. Three Guided Walks through this magnificent 106 acre wildlife preserve with red cedar glades and native bluestem meadows, surrounded by the Great Swamp. Features and History of the Preserve- Dr. Jim Utter (FrOGS), Bird Walk - Audubon Society, Butterfly Walk- Billy Wallace Please Contact us for more details 845 855 5993, email@example.com
4PM - Putnam Arts Council at Tilly Foster. Free Screening and discussion presented by the Putnam Arts Council and sponsored by SLS Health, Brewster, NY, Sunday, June 14, 2009, 4pm at Tilly Foster Farm, Rt. 312, Brewster, NY. www.putnamartscouncil.com (845) 278-0230. This wonderful independent film follows the filmmaker, Jaanika Perna, as she visits ten diverse and articulate artists in their studios to explore how they use conventional and non-conventional drawing as part of their creative process. The New York Times wrote “…an absorbing video”. The film was originally produced in conjunction with an exhibit in early 2008 at the Garrison Art Center. Bonus short video entitled Barbara Rothenberg: Art Out of Longing and Song” will also be shown. Ms. Perna, along with co-producer Susan English and some of the artists will be on hand for a post-film discussion. All welcome. Reservations Required.
5PM - B.P.O.E. Lodge 2101 - Route 22 and Milltown Road, Southeast The Lodge will be serving complimentary hot dogs after the proceedings. Flag Day, 14 June, marks the anniversary of the adoption by Congress in 1777 of the Stars and Stripes as emblem of the nation. Celebrations of the flag began in local communities throughout the country during the nineteenth century, largely for the purpose of educating children in history. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson, and later, in 1927, President Calvin Coolidge, suggested that 14 June be observed as Flag Day. It was not until 3 August 1949 that the National Flag Day Bill became law, giving official recognition to 14 June to celebrate the flag.
7PM Kent Town Center Highlights will include, the Chairman's report, Moses Farm, Hike Committee report, Bottle Bill and Cole's Mills Road.
7:30 PM at the Lake Carmel Community Center Monthly Meeting. This will be the annual election meeting so we encourage all members to attend. 7:30PM at the Lake Carmel Community Center.
7PM - 10 p.m. - Cultural Center on Lake Carmel. Opening Reception - "We are such stuff as dreams are made" Retrospective continues with 8 p.m. Performance June 27 by Daniel Burmester (GUTworks Theatre) of Rattlesnake in a Cooler by Frank South. Additional exhibit days: Sunday, June 28, 1-5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, June 29-July 1, 7-9 p.m. Rattlesnake in a Cooler A one man show by Frank South. GUTWorks, a NYC/Vermont-based theater & film company, will be performing Rattle Snake in a Cooler at Arts on the Lake in Carmel, NY. The performance will be on Saturday night at 8pm. GUTWorks has amazed audiences again and again over the past three years with their dynamic theatrical events. The renowned theatre and film company will be presenting another, Ingeniously creative solo theatre experience. Daniel Burmester will be performing Rattlesnake in a Cooler, the gut-wrenching story of a man trying to find himself in all the wrong places.
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