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Senator Leibell sent a broadcast email out to interested constituents the other day regarding donations to Haiti. In it he says that you can make an easy donation to the cause by texting the word 'HAITI' to phone number: 90999. This is legitimate and was set up by the US State Department who will, upon receipt of your text message, donate $10 (it will show up on your phone bill) to the International Red Cross for relief efforts.
Lake Carmel is going to be listed as "Impaired" in the next DEC rating for waterbodies in the State of New York. It's a sensitive subject with the folk in that community. As I found doing my work with the town's Stormwater committee and even more difficult during the last campaign, the people in Lake Carmel look out across the water and think it's all good and dandy. The Town says they're spending all kinds of money on cleaning up the lake and point to riprap here and a gate valve at the dam there or the cost of filling the lake with carp that eat the algae that's in there. In the end, it's all cosmetic so I'll say it here and take the heat:
Lake Carmel Has Significant Pollution Problems That Can Only Be Repaired Once The Community That Lives There Accepts There Is A Problem And That They Are The Cause.
As late as the 1970's a woman had little right to keep her own property when she married. As late as the decade before it was illegal in many places to marry across racial lines. In both cases, those who supported such practices claimed that the "the institution [of marriage] would be degraded, their own marriages would be devalued," if such things were to come to an end. Interestingly, and as you would suspect, the exact same arguments are being made now by those who are against same-sex marriage. Similar arguments are made against ending the death penalty or legalizing drugs or even, creating a single-payer national health care system. Any of these forward changes will undermine tradition, or so we're told.
As this nation comes of age and settles into its role as a post-Colonial power it's necessary that we begin the task of creating a new national model, one that takes the myth of what we've been telling ourselves and the world we are, and turns that myth into a reality for ourselves.
Tracking Skills Workshop with Shane “White Feather” Hobel
10 AM - 3 PM - Back by popular demand, Shane “White Feather” Hobel of Mountain Scout Survival School will present a special program on the “Native Way of Tracking.” Participants will learn how to identify animal tracks, and how to identify subtle changes in the surroundings which may indicate that an animal has traveled through. An outdoor guide licensed by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Shane developed his wilderness skills under the teaching of Tom Brown Jr. and Stalking Wolf. Shane applies his knowledge and experience to his work as an educator at the Mountain Scout Survival School and trains members of law enforcement and the military in tracking. Shane is one of five members of the Tracker Search and Forensic Investigation team. He was featured on Discovery Channel’s Monster Quest in the summer of 2009. He was also featured in a story published in The New Yorker, describing his efforts to track a black panther in the Palisades area of New York. This program is recommended for adults and teens 14 years old and older. There is an instructor fee of $20.00 per person, payable by cash or check only. Participants should bring a bag lunch and beverage. Registration is required; call 845-831-8780, ext. 300 by Wednesday, January 13, 2010. Please dress for indoor and outdoor activity. For more information about this and other programs at Stony Kill, call 845-831-8780, ext. 300, or visit DEC's website at www.dec.ny.gov. Location: Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center is located 2 miles north of the Beacon-Newburgh bridge (I-84) on State Route 9D in the Town of Wappingers Falls.
Hudson Valley Rail Trail Winterfest
11AM - 2PM - Hudson Valley Rail Trail Depot, 101 New Paltz Road, Highland, NY 12528. Winterfest 2010 takes place Saturday, January 16th from 11AM until 2PM at the Hudson Valley Rail Trail Pavilion at 101 New Paltz Road, Highland, NY. It’s fun for the whole family. Come, cast your vote for the â Best of the Fest’ Chili contest, enjoy children’s crafts and games, ice carving, a wintry wagon ride, roasted chestnuts, toasted marshmallows. Admission is $2.00 ages 6 and older. Children 5 and under FREE. Visit website for more details at www.hudsonvalleyrailtrail.net or contact Jerry Luke at 845-691-8151.
Animal Tracking Winter Adventure
1:30PM - Join an experienced tracker to discover animal tracks in snow and learn how to identify them at Esopus Bend Nature Preserve. Free. Sponsor: Esopus Creek Conservancy. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org and www.esopuscreekconservancy.org
Into the Future:
Saturday, February 6
6th Annual Regional Celebration. 9:00am-4:00pm at Croton Point Park Major Sponsors: Friends of Westchester County Parks, Westchester County Parks, Club Fit. With additional support from TD Bank, Westchester County, Croton-on-Hudson, and all EagleFest Collaborating Organizations.
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