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The Blizzard of 2010 wasn't - unless you happened to live in eastern Pennsylvania where some communities received more than 2 feet of snow along with northerly winds reaching 30 and 40 miles per hour. The Washington/Baltimore area has seen 79.9 inches of snow so far this year which compares to the 65 inches they've seen in the last five years combined! And Atlanta, along with the rest of the deep south, may see somewhere between 3-6 inches in the next couple of days which is a major snowstorm for the former CSA.
For us there's been a significant dearth of snow and spring is clearly upon us. As I wrote the other day, the morning sun is now peeking into my window, the trees are starting to bud up and the birds are more active than they have been for the past few months and most telling - it's still pretty bright when you get home in the late afternoons. But can we still hope for that 3 foot blizzard with 50mph winds? We sure can!The quick poll we're running on reducing municipal budgets is going well. More than 45 votes have been tallied so far but I'm not going to tell you the results just yet. Instead I'll ask that if you have not yet participated to do so - and to ask your friends to do so as well. Tell them to click here or here. We'll discuss the results in Monday's column.
When I see a Sheriff talking on his cell phone while driving, I have to wonder if there's some sort of double standard going on. If it's safe enough for him it should certainly be safe enough for us. I'm also wondering, if you spin your car around and chase him down Route 301 until he stops, can you make him ticket himself?
A woman named Kathleen Carr has been writing to the organizations that are posted as links from the News That Matters site complaining about an image used in a recent edition of the column. The image she doesn't like is one that appears to show President Obama merged into one of Adolph Hitler. (You've seen similar - and far worse - on posters at teabag rallies.) But on this one, under the image the copy says, "Make Up Your Mind. He Can't Be All Four" and in between the lines there are four logos, Islam, Communism, Nazism and Peace.
Clearly the poster is a message to the teabaggers who cannot seem to figure out one political movement from another as they've accused the President of being a Muslim, a Communist, a Nazi and a Socialist and they do so all at the same time. Truly, he can't be all four! But she doesn't get it. She's not a regular reader of the column and my initial response asked her to read back over time to see where things are at. Instead, she insists the image is offensive to her and "others" and demands an explanation! yet none seems to have gotten through. She's apparently on a blind quest that neither truth nor objectivity shall sway.There are many stories posted to the PlanPutnam/News That Matters website during the course of the week which never appear in the column you're reading now. For example, this past Monday afternoon I posted the agenda for the Town Board meeting in Kent taking place that evening, but there is an easy way to stay up-to-date:
In the bar just above there's a link called "RSS Feed". Click on that (or this) and most modern email programs and/or web browsers will know what to do. Once done, each time something is posted to the site it will appear 'auto-magically' in your reader.
Another thing you can do is to participate more by commenting on posts you read and that's also done at the website. Head on over, read something, and find the comment box at the bottom of the article's page. As usual and to maintain propriety, anything nasty will be removed at the editor's (that's me!) discretion. However, if you're looking for a free-wheeling no-holds-barred blog, try the LoHud at the Journal News where it seems the nastiest of the nasty must spend their days coming up with horrid things to write about each other. We're not like that here so keep that in mind.
Gung Hay Fat Choy and Happy Valentine's Day.
This weekend marks the Chinese lunar new year and brings us the year of the Tiger. The Chuang Yen Monastery will host a celebration on Sunday beginning at 10AM which is free to the public. The monastery is normally closed until April but is open for this special occasion.
For those of you who have not been to the monastery on Route 301 in western Kent (about a mile east of the Taconic State Parkway) for fear of not knowing what to do or how to act, as someone once said, fuggedaboutit! Just dress a little nicer than you normally would and come on over.
The Monastery, a religious institution, is also a major tourist attraction and thousands of visitors come in season. Some by car from states far away, many on tour buses. On a Sunday afternoon there can be anywhere from hundreds to thousands of people milling about taking pictures, eating at the dining hall or picnicking by the lake in large or small family/friend groups.
The image above is of the Great Buddha Hall that I took a few winters back. Inside is where you'll want to head as a first stop when you visit the monastery as it holds the Big Attraction - the largest statue of the Buddha in the western hemisphere. The building was designed by IM Pei and inaugurated by the Dalai Lama himself.
Are you looking for an incredibly unique gift for your lover this Valentine's Day? I've got it right here.
For one, you could donate to News That Matters in their name, that would be sweet.
But for something a tad more romantic you could give them a genuine Singing Valentine.
Starting at $50, The Westchester Chordsmen will send one of their quartets, rose in hand and properly attired in tuxedos, to your lover's door or workplace. If you have two lovers, all the better! Contact the Chordsmen at their website here or call, (800) 413-7153. But you'd best work fast as they're quickly booking up.
Things To Do:
7PM - With Brian Read. This talk will cover the beginnings of ice boating on the Hudson in the early 1800s through current times, touching on major figures and centers of ice boating, the thrilling races for silver trophies and where one can come and get a sail this winter. Old slides, race photos and short videos will be shown. At the Beacon Sloop Club located by the ferry dock in Beacon. Info: 845-476-6674, (845) 542-0721, www.beaconsloopclub.org
8PM - An evening in which eyes will moisten, songs will soar and hearts will open with newfound love for people and pets. Veteran singer/songwriters Steve Kirkman, Susan Kane and Peter Calo will join Kati onstage for this intimate evening in the Nashville circle style - one songwriter plays off another. At the Cultural Center on Lake Carmel. Admission $10.
6:30 PM - At the Walkabout Clearwater Coffeehouse. At the Memorial United Methodist Church, 250 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605. "Garnet Rogers may be the greatest male interpreter and vocalist performing in the contemporary folk scene... A first rate writer... musical integrity and powerful permormance..." - Sing Out! More information is here.
7:30PM to 10:30PM - Michelle will be playing Saturday nights starting January 16th at the Hudson House Inn in Cold Spring on Saturday evenings through February. Featuring jazz guitarist Steve Lamattina. The Inn is at 2 Main Street, Cold Spring NY 10516 Call 845 265 9355 for dinner reservations. The historic Hudson House Inn has world class food and offers elegant lodging overlooking the Hudson River and Storm King Mountain. Cold Spring is a charming getaway destination with wonderful river views, shops and antiques. Cold Spring's Metro North train stop is only minutes away. www.hudsonhouseinn.com
10:00 am to 3:00 pm - 2010 Chinese New Year Blessing Ceremony - Chuang Yen Monastery is going to hold its 2010 Chinese New Year Ceremony on February 14, 2010,the New Year day in the Chinese Lunar Calendar. We sincerely invite you to participate in this auspicious event to receive its blessings. There will be chanting services in the morning and in the afternoon headed by our abbot. After the afternoon service the monastics will tie the Auspiciousness Thread for all participants. You may also take this opportunity to offer lights to the Buddha or offer meals. 10:00 am, Repentance Ceremony & Grand Offering to the Buddha. 1:30 pm, Mangala Sutta Chanting & Auspiciousness Thread Blessing. Get the Full Color brochure here. (PDF)
A fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders' Haitian Relief Effort
10 AM - 11:30AM - Here's a natural for Valentine's Day - A short walk that's long on fascinating facts about animals and their mating habits. Find out what gets these creatures "in the mood"� and learn all about their strange courtship rituals. Contact Anthony Coneski, 845 473 4440 Ext. 273, www.scenichudson.org. Madam Brett Park, Beacon.
email@example.com. Annual Membership meeting will be before dinner at 6PM.
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm - This full-day free workshop is an opportunity for you to learn about successful intermunicipal partnerships, as well as incentives and regulatory reasons for your watershed municipalities to collaborate.
6PM - 8 PM Opening Reception. This stunning display will feature 42 panoramas depicting 180-degree views of the Hudson River and the surrounding landscape. Join us to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition, Seasons and Light: Photographs of the Hudson Highlands by Richard Saunders. This stunning display will feature over 50 extremely wide-angle photographs of this awe-inspiring stretch of the Hudson River. Light refreshments will be served. At the Putnam County Historical Society, Foundry Museum in Cold Spring.
Parks and Trails, New York - Parks and trails are taking a big hit in this year's state budget. Dozens of State Park closings are imminent. Funds for park and trail grants have been cut almost in half. We must oppose these cuts. Join with a team of park and trail advocates from around the state for a day of meetings with key legislators at the Capitol in Albany. It's a great opportunity to join with other supporters and let our lawmakers know how their budget decisions will affect the state parks and trails you care about. Your support is critically important to ensure that our parks and trails receive the funding they must have to survive. Register for Park and Trail Advocacy Days today!!! There is no cost to participate, but advance registration is required as we need to schedule and plan our visits with lawmakers. It is quick and easy- click here to get started. (PDF)
9:00AM - 4:30PM - Manhattanville College, 2900 Purchase Street, Purchase, NY. Contact Hours: 7.5 for teachers. Cost: free to the general public; $25 for teachers (includes lunch).
www.eriehall.com). Vin will also be available for a book signing after the presentation. The event will be held on Saturday March 6th at 7:00 at the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, Rte 94 & Jackson Ave, New Windsor, NY.
Our new bright gallery space boasts a wide open room with 3 skylights, exceptional lighting, and a shadow line where the walls meet the new multi functional floor. Although not all of our hundreds of members are active artists, many are, and all our members support the arts here in Putnam, making this a very popular part of our annual exhibit calendar.
Staff and members of PAC’s Visual Arts Committee will accept work Tuesday 3/2 – Friday 3/5 and on Sunday 3/7 from noon to 3pm at our Mahopac site. Artists may join when delivering work. Complete details can be found in the show prospectus at our website putnamartscouncil.com along with information about other 2010 activities.
Members are encouraged to attend the Council’s Annual meeting Saturday 3/13 from 3-4pm to re-visit highlights of 2009 as well as preview 2010 plans, immediately followed by an opening reception. The 47th Annual Members Exhibit will be on view to the public through March 28th, during gallery hours, Tuesday – Friday, 10-3 and Sunday 1-4.
PAC staff will welcome visitors during our Open House week, Tuesday 3/16 – Friday 3/19 from 10-3. For directions or more information about this and all our classes, programs, services and other activities, visit putnamartscouncil.com where weekly updates are posted, or call 845.216.0636 during office hours: Tues- Fri, 10-4.
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