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Good Friday Morning,
Man, is it ever Fall out there! The ground would be covered with leaves had we had not a windstorm the other day which knocked out power to 12,000 residents in the lower Hudson Valley. All is back to normal again and the weather this weekend looks fair but cool with lows going down to the 30's tomorrow and Sunday mornings.
Currently listening to the LA Philharmonic playing the premier of John Adams' City Noir, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.
Those Pesky (Corporate) Death Panels:
In 2007, CIGNA denied a liver transplant to save the life of seventeen year-old Nataline Sarkisyan claiming the procedure was "too experimental." She died shortly before Christmas. When Nataline's parents attempted to speak to CIGNA CEO Ed Hanway at their Philidelphia headquarters they were denied access. Instead, a low level spokesman met them in the lobby of the building, explained that Mr. Hanway would not speak with them, refused to apologize to the grieving parents and then called police to have them removed. In the meantime, CIGNA employees had gathered on a balcony overlooking the main floor as one of them flipped off the Sarkisyan's as they were leaving. Ed Hanway will retire from the company with a $73,000,000 Golden Parachute this year as a reward for heading up his Death Panel. How does your insurance company rate?There is some news this morning:
The Putnam County Child Advocacy Center is celebrating ten years of work. The Center, located on Main Street in Brewster, provides a safe haven for children beset by domestic problems, giving them a safe place to be.
5:00 pm -The Family Partnership Center, Poughkeepsie. Co-hosted by the Fall Kill Watershed Committee and the Casperkill Watershed Alliance. Rain barrels collect rainwater runoff from roofs, which can be used to water your plants or gardens. They help save money on water bills, manage stormwater and conserve water supplies. This hands-on workshop will teach you how to build your very own rain barrel from reclaimed 55 gallon drums. Leave with a rain barrel ready to install at your home. Registration fee is $15 (includes all materials and tools). To register contact Emily Vail at email@example.com. Only 25 barrels are available, so register early!
10 AM – 1 PM Where: Along the Fall Kill in Poughkeepsie, NY. Note: The Fall Kill Watershed Committee, Volunteers Improving Poughkeepsie (VIP) and Hudson River Sloop Clearwater will be cleaning up the creek one last time before winter weather sets in. Groups are meeting at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum (75 N. Water St., Poughkeepsie, NY) at 9:45 AM. Participants will be wading in and walking around the Fall Kill during this community-wide event. More than two tons of trash was collected during the last clean-up! Contact: Tom Staudter, Communications Director / Hudson River Sloop Clearwater at 845-454-7673 x112 or Jen Rubbo, Fall Kill Watershed Coordinator / Hudson River Sloop Clearwater at 845-454-7673 x114
10 AM - 6PM Drum and Dance Workshops, and more. Sponsored by the Elders Drum Project and the Dutchess County Arts Council. Rosendale Rec Center. Contact Fre Atlast 845-658-4136. firstname.lastname@example.org or www.eldersdrumproject.org. Free!
8PM - Violinist Eric Grossman (“Classical Planet”) returns to Arts on the Lake, accompanied by pianist Lida Grossman, in a program that includes Kreisler, Sinding, Paganini, Lopez-Marin, Sarasate and Brahms.
email@example.com. Registration information, the agenda and vendor information are available at http://lhccd.org, under Upcoming Events. Location: Dutchess Manor, Beacon, NY
firstname.lastname@example.org. Location: Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Auditorium, 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Rte. 44) in Millbrook, New York.
8 AM - On Sunday, October 18 we will conduct a cleanup of the public fishing access areas along the Ten Mile River in Dover. We will meet at 8:00am at the Dover town park in Wingdale. This is the park just north of the Ketchum Fire House at the intersection of Routes 22 and 55. Its the park with all the ball fields, you can't miss it. We'll consolidate ourselves into a couple of vehicles and stop at the public fishing access areas to pick up litter. We should be done by 11:00am. Gloves and garbage bags will be provided. Keep in mind that some of these areas are adjacent to busy streets so it might not be a good idea to bring small children along. Call Don Jiskra, 845-855-7357 or email email@example.com with questions. Please send Don a note if you plan to attend.
Michele Renee, Co-ordinator.
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