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I'd like to thank those of you who have heeded the call to support News That Matters but it's the same people who do so year after year who are carrying the weight for the rest of you!
I know that there are 450 or more people who receive this each day by email (I could name you all, if you'd like?) and another couple hundred who read online. I also know that those who most write to critique, comment or ask for access have never helped us out. What's with that?
Yesterday was World Toilet Day and I would appreciate it if someone were to ask the Town of Kent why they're spending tens of thousands of recreation dollars on a toilet facility at Farmer's Mills park when for $5000 they could have a two-stall composting toilet dropped on the site instead.
I once asked the current board why this was and was told that the Putnam County health department would not allow it but Scenic Hudson is using them at the Cold Spring Foundry. I also found that all the town needs is a waiver from the health department and they're good to go. So why haven't they pushed for one?
Then we have to ask why, in these times of tight budgets and the greening of all we do there's crews about to go out there digging wells, laying pipe, digging a leach field, running power and plumbing when a prefab deal would do just as well, be much more inexpensive and have the added benefit of producing compost for the Beautification committee?[I think that's my question of the day, "what's with that?"]
Putnam CAP is gearing up for the distribution of Thanksgiving Baskets beginning on Monday, November 23rd. We make every attempt to include a pie for a traditional Thanksgiving dessert. As of now we expect to be distributing 500 baskets, but have only received commitments of approximately 200 pies (or other desserts).
Still needed are boxed pies, preferably frozen, that can be included in each basket. (Storage of pies is difficult and while homemade is by far the best, it doesn't store or stack well in their limited space.)The success of the Walkway Over the Hudson project has spawned an imitator right here in new York State. The Rochester (NY) railroad bridge crosses the Genessee River at some 200' up and is some 700' long. An initial $135,000 worth of studies are underway to check the structural integrity of the bridge and if found sound, would become an integral part of that city's rail-trail network.
The weather this weekend is supposed to be pretty fair so get out there and do something. And please remember, when you blow your leaves out into the street they go somewhere and that somewhere is often the nearest lake or stream or other body of water adding phosphorus and other pollutants that screw things up. Bag 'em or compost 'em.
7:30 PM - at The Division Street Grill, 26 North Division Street, Peekskill NY 10566. Featuring:
Friends of the Kent Library - Mini Book Sale
10am to 2:30pm -- The last of three Mini Book Sales will be held in the Program Room of the Kent Public Library (large selection - great for holiday gift giving). Be there!
2PM - The Southeast Museum will host a free lecture by Dr. J. Ward Regan. This talk is an examination of the life and writings of Thomas Paine at the end of the eighteenth century. By looking at his early political writings in England, Common Sense, and The Crisis Papers, the talk explores the integral role of Paine in not only the American Revolution, but also in the creation of a "democratic political ideology." The presentation will also explore the characterization of Paine as a preeminent philosopher, the genesis of radical politics, and a force in world events.
1-4 PM With Jeanne Demotses. Presented by the Putnam Arts Council at Tilly Foster Farms. We will look at the principles which all artists rely upon to develop their paintings and discuss how those principles are used in abstract painting. Lecture & demonstration. Fee $40.
2PM - As part of the Friends of the Great Swamp's (FrOGS) Annual Meeting, Matt Merchant, a Senior Wildlife Biologist, NYS DEC will talk about our local black bear population. Matt met the black bear as a student in the Wildlife Management Program at the University of Maine when he participated in a study of bear habitat use and spent one summer live-trapping bears in northern Maine. After a decade with the DEC office in Stamford, NY, Matt is now in charge of NYS DEC’s bear program for Region 3 as well as head of their Sportsman Education Program. The event will be held at the Lalor Building at the intersection of Routes 164 and 311 in Patterson. The event is free.
9 PM - At O'Malley's Bar and Grill, 30 East Main Street Mt. Kisco, NY. Featuring, Gary Cusano, Greg Kuczinski, Mike Latini, Rich Block and Matt Daus.
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