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There's only 351 shopping days until Christmas so you'd best get busy.
It's barely 27 degrees here at the Asylum this morning and it promises not to get any warmer today. In fact, this could be the high for the next several days! Winter: You love and you hate it.
County Legislator Vinnie Tamagna has been appointed to chair the County Legislature this year.
With the nation plunging into poverty and stays in homeless shelters up, food stamp outlays reaching historic proportions and food and clothing banks running out of goods, it might come as a surprise that two major national retail chains, H&M and WalMart are destroying unsold clothing rather than donating them where they're most needed.
What if airlines were run like the current US health care system? Watch this video to find out!
The gulf stream, that vast cyclone of water that brings warm, tropical waters north towards the British Isle's and gives England it's unusually moderate climate has taken a vacation plunging England into a winter they've haven't seen in thirty years and blanketing the entirety of that nation under snow. Temperatures as low as -8F are predicted in many places for the overnight hours tonight and in Scotland the government warns that as many as one million sheep may perish from the cold.
Photographer Andrew Cichowski was stopped and held by San Jose, CA police recently for photographing a barbed wire fence at a train station. Police demanded his camera card, student ID, social security number and then photographed him even after they had admitted he had done nothing wrong. Apparently, once again, the police have not gotten the memo that we live in the United States where such things are not illegal.
I got my 2010 Chuckie Goodnight calendar in the mail on Wednesday and my life is now complete!
Who is Chuckie Goodnight you are asking? Well, this is from their website:
The Chuckie Goodnight Foundation for the Environment strives to create a better Earth for all. We think every day should be Earth Day because everyone benefits from supporting environmental health! With the help of our spokesman, Chuckie Goodnight, we educate children and families about the importance of protecting the Earth.
What's more, the CGF has its home right here in Putnam County. Check out their website! And help them along. Educating the next generation is of paramount importance.If you're looking for an easy to listen to internet based radio station I can't recommend Whole Wheat Radio enough. WWR is based in Talkeetna, Alaska and broadcasts folk/blues/jazz twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week. Point your browser here to listen or here to check it out.
If you have a child and are looking for a sleep-away camp experience for the coming summer you need to look no further than right here in Putnam County. The Eden Village Camp is starting their first season on Dennytown Road, just below Fahnestock State Park. They are a non-profit Jewish environmental overnight camp for 3rd – 12th graders, located on 248 beautiful acres touching the Appalachian Trail. Their co-ed, community supports each camper in developing leadership skills, exploring new interests and awakening a sense of purpose and joy. Eden Village Camp adds an innovative earth-based program to the best of traditional camp. The experience includes organic farming and food, wilderness trips, cooperative natural building and service projects, art and music, working towards a zero-waste goal, Jewish expression and traditional camp activities. Check them out.
Here are some stories posted to the blogsite that were not covered in NtM:
We need more of these signs around:
From: SmartCode Central
The SmartCode is a model transect-based development code available for all scales of planning, from the region to the community to the block and building. The code is intended for local calibration to your town or neighborhood. As a form-based code, the SmartCode keeps towns compact and rural lands open, while reforming the destructive sprawl-producing patterns of separated use zoning.If you're looking for a place to go cross country skiing this weekend, you need not look any further than DEP's Lockwood Unit which is accessible from Dixon Road just south of the Kent/Carmel line. While the entrance-way may be a little broken up and rough, once you reach the top of the rise you've got a couple miles of relatively level old country roads to navigate, a pretty lake and 5 stone chambers to check out. See the Lockwood page at the Outdoor Recreation Guide. If you stay on the main road it's 3 miles out and back.
I've got that lousy head cold that's running around lately. I'm going back to bed. Enjoy your weekend!
Environmental Impacts on the Antarctic Ecosystem
7:00 p.m. Environmental Impacts on the Antarctic Ecosystem. Join Dr. William H. Schlesinger, president of the Cary Institute, for a photo-rich Antarctica travelogue. Drawing on several of his journeys, Schlesinger’s lecture will explore how climate change and pollution threaten this remote region, which supports penguins, seals, and fragile marine-based ecosystems. Despite being the coldest continent on the planet, distant human activities are contributing to melting ice caps and a growing ozone hole. This event will be held in our auditorium, located at 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44) in Millbrook, New York. Events are free and open to the public. For additional information, please contact Pamela Freeman via phone (845) 677-7600 x121 or e-mail.
Annual Winter Bird count - Owls
5:00 am. Early morning owling. 7:00 am, diurnal survey. At Esopus Bend Nature Preserve, Saugerties. Free. Register. Info: Steve Chorvas 845-246-5900. Sponsor: Esopus Creek Conservancy, www.esopuscreekconservancy.org
Jay Unger and Molly Mason
7:30 pm at The Walkabout Clearwater Coffeehouse, Memorial United Methodist Church, 250 Bryant Ave, White Plains. Audience songfest at 6:45 pm. $20 at door / $17.50 on line / children 6-12 $10. Advance Tickets at www.walkaboutclearwater.org
CD Release Show
7:30 PM - Cultural Center on Lake Carmel - At the old firehouse on Route 52 just south of the Rt 311 causeway.
Into the Future:
Tuesday, January 12
Saturday, February 6
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