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The League of Women Voters hosted a candidate's forum in Kent last evening at which I was on the panel and all I can say is that it was one of the scariest things I've ever done. It's not the same being on that side of the table as it is on the other!
Everyone was pretty chill until the closing statements when John Greene (yes, if you can believe the surname mashup that I still consider intentional,) got a little testy properly raising the ire of councilman Lou Tartaro who seems to be specifically targeted for removal from the board by various forces. While Lou and I are in direct competition for the board seat he currently occupies I'm not running against him - I'm running FOR the seat - there is a difference. But John seems to have Lou and Supervisor Doherty in his gunsights, and to a lesser extent Republican candidate Tom Maxson, and has for the past few months. There was a cameraman from the North County News present and I'll post the link to that as soon as it's made available.
The Summer Concert Series continued at the Lake Carmel Cultural Center last evening with the Swamp Gumbo Cajun Mardi Gras band headed by Tim Ouimette and Kati Mac. There's only one show left in the series (see Into The Future below) and you'd really best get out there. I know the time is difficult (6PM on a Thursday) but really, some of the best live music this county has seen has been at the series this summer. Don't miss this last, great show with Vaneese Thomas.
The Audience at Swamp Gumbo. Photo by Steve Schreiber
TPM reports that in a new national survey from Public Policy Polling (PDF) one question asked: "Do you think the government should stay out of Medicare?" Keep in mind that this is a logical impossibility as Medicare is a government program signed into law in 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson to provide guaranteed health care to the elderly. Here's the breakdown of those who agreed:
Republicans 62%I am speechless that so many people can be so wrong. But now we know who is following Greg Ball around and gate-crashing private meetings with his hoard of the misunderstood.
Okay, I'm not that speechless otherwise there wouldn't be a column today. So here's a short story that's going to be worth your read:
I apologize about Wednesday but I haven't been away from my house for more than two nights in about 15 years and I needed a vacation. I still haven't gotten one.
I pulled out the pack, got the bedroll and water filter, ground cover and tent, tossed the dog in the car and headed up to the old Lundy Estate in Wawarsing, NY, just off route 209. There's a large old field and a small lake area that seemed fair places to look to set up a small camp for two nights within easy walking distance of the car.
I'm looking around near the lake for a legal place to set up the tent (150' away from a water body, road or trail), found one and started walking back to the car to get the gear when the dog gives chase to something in the underbrush. I don't think much of it as giving chase is what he lives for.
A moment later he comes bounding through the high grasses, wildflowers and goldenrod and when he got within a few feet of me he dropped to the grass and buried his face in it. A moment later he lifts his head and I can see through the grasses that he's wearing a new mustache. Sadly for both of us, but especially for him, the new mustache was composed of quills from a porcupine. His first porkie. I should have been upset but the Buddhist in me said, "this is what is happening now." Read More Here
http://www.121restaurant.com/. It's a beautiful place with great food, and a new venue for us, So if you can make it please come out. Music will run from about 8:30 to 11:30. Here's a video of Mike Latini with ACT III from an Arts on the Lake show.
Also known as National Honey Bee Day, is the first ever day completely dedicated to Honey Bee Awareness from a national effort. This year, on Aug 22nd, we are asking for all state and county associations and bee clubs, to participate in local events tailored to educating, and connecting with the community. The goal of the National Honey Bee Awareness Day, is to harness and multiply the efforts that many bee associations already make in their communities, by having a national effort to come together on one day. It’s about time a day is dedicated just to the Honey Bee. More info here.
Trishmary37@aol.com or call (845) 339-7170 Grab the kids, some lunch, your bathing suit and a towel. We will hike the easily graded trail to a beautiful series of falls and a naturally made swimming hole. There are great smooth rocks for sunning and pick-nicking. Heavy rain cancels. Please e-mail (preferred) for meeting time / place.
Arts on the Lake website. The show starts at 6PM and you should be there! You can listen to a clip here. (mp3) From Segue Records:
8 PM - The Blue Horse Repertory Company presents a special reading of "Small Potatoes" a play by Bob Rogers. Greed and stupidity jump track in a small town not unlike our own. Directed by Peggity. General Admission: $12 ($10 for AotL members). Reservations may be made by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. This production will be preceded by a celebratory pot-luck fund-raiser at 6 p.m. to close off our matching grant drive. A gift of $25 will include the performance and a good time. Email email@example.com to indicate interest and for additional details.
Veteran's Memorial Park (Starting and Finishing Point)
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