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I hope everyone had a nice Earth Day. I spent mine trying to figure out how I'm going to pay the County for the simple right to work. Can you believe that? You've read it here before (see this link) but it's worth repeating: In order for blue collar workers to work in Putnam County we have to pay (yes, you read that right, PAY) the county $250 every two year for the privilege and for that we get nothing in return. Those dollars go to the Consumer Affairs Division where, after expenses, our $250's raked in more than $170,000 in profit for the county above and beyond the cost of running the Consumer Affairs Division.
This is not a dig against the Consumer Affairs Division, let's be clear about that. But it is a dig against the county adding yet another hidden tax.
Government is not supposed to be in the profit-making business but hey, this is the shakedown, the protection racket that our county government runs and there's not a soul in that building on Lake Gleneida who wants to talk about this. Instead, they see the income and figure we'll just pass theOur latest quick-poll asks who you'd like to see as County Executive. So far, "Someone Else" is leading with 60%. Drop by the blogsite and give your opinion.
The race to replace Senator Vincent Leibell is heating up with the Republican field getting as crowded as a subway car in Tokyo at rush hour. On the Democratic side, only Westchester county legislator Mike Kaplowitz has stepped up to the plate. To date, no third party candidates have announced their intentions for the district.
An article in the FOX Courier this week about Senator Leibell's run for County Executive reads either like an obituary or a press release written by his mom. Wait a month then check it out online.
The House of Representatives of the state of Arizona passed a law the other day that requires future presidential candidates to show proof of birth before they'll be allowed on the ballot in that state. The State's Senate has yet to vote on the measure but rumor has it they will add to the bill a requirement to prove potential candidates are heterosexuals and god-fearing Christians as well.
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, burned and sank in the Gulf of Mexico the other day killing 11 people. There is now an alert for a possible 300,000 gallon per day oil leak as the well spews oil, uncontrolled, into the murky waters. News reports say this could be a bad thing if the oil reaches the Louisiana coast a mere 50 miles away. It's a bad thing any way you look at it.
This is nothing new for the Gulf of Mexico, a body of water which contains a large "dead zone" where, thanks to pollutants coming in from the Mississippi River and oil drilling nothing lives.
Things To Do:
Presented by the Hudson River Environmental Society
7PM - Hey all: Mike Latini and Class Action's classicly rocking this Friday at the new Winery at St. George in Mohegan Lake. We start at 7:00 and we're featuring Jim Nowak on bass and guitar, as well as the usual cast of characters. Here's the link: http://www.thewineryatstgeorge.com Come if you can and, no whining!
8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Canoe / Kayak Race down Wappingers Creek 8 Mile Course, Open to all abilities. Sponsor: Aquatic Explorers. Start: Pleasant Valley Rec. Center. Cost: $15.00 (18+) $12.00 (<18), pre-register for discount. Call Sandy at (845) 635-3463 or check website: www.aquaticexplorers.org .
9AM - 11AM - This year the annual Lake Carmel Park District Spring Clean Up Day is April 24th from 9 to 11 A.M. (Rain date is Sunday the 25th) Bring your kids, dogs, parents and neighbors! Simply step outside your door with a large trash bag and walk down towards the lake picking up all the trash you can find along the way! You can leave the bags along the lake side of Lake Shore Drive and we will pick them up.
10 AM - Noon - Free workshop for Planning Board and Conservation Commission members. Vernal pools are seasonal woodland pools that provide habitat for rare amphibians and store spring rains and snowmelt to prevent flooding. Spring is the perfect time to visit vernal pools, while frog and salamander eggs are visible. Participants will learn about the protection needs of vernal pools, which require special attention in site design because pool-breeding amphibians also rely on surrounding upland habitat. Participants will also learn to evaluate the quality of pools, allowing them to better assess sites in the field.
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about raising your own chickens: food and shelter, different breeds, where and how to buy chicks, meat vs. egg production, common problems and solutions. Common Ground Farm, call (845)838-1822 or email email@example.com . Cost: $10 members, $15 nonmembers.
1:30 PM - Rep. Maurice Hinchey will speak about his bill to authorize a study determining whether the Hudson River Valley should become a unit of the National Park Service, among other environmental issues. At the Rosendale Theater. Questions and answers will be followed by a "Meet and Greet" with wine and cheese at the Big Cheese, next door to the Theater.Location: Rosendale Theater 408 Main Street, Rosendale, NY 12472 Contact: 845 255-8004. Sponsored by Save The Lakes
3PM - 6PM - New Season of Public Fishing Programs at Norrie Point Environmental Center.
Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
Opening Reception: Sunday April 25 1-4PM. Arts on the Lake, Kent Lakes, NY will host the Spring Reflectionist Art Show, “Facets: Intellect and Emotion” in which artists and views are asked to interact and create a dialog.
3PM - Attention All Seekers of Truth, Lovers of Nature and Admirers of Stone Chambers. The Kent CAC is delighted to announce the premier showing of two magnificent DVDs featuring several stone chambers in Kent. The first presents the great debate concerning the origins of the stone chambers at the Mead farm site. The protagonists are community activist and eminent scholar Mr. James Baker and naturalist and philosopher Mr. Martin Brech. This debate was filmed in the 1980's by the well loved and mourned Town Historian, Mr. Richard Muscarella. The debate is moderated by Mr. Ray Singer who was Kent's foremost conservationist until his passing. It will be highly nostalgic for some, enlighting for others, and entertaining for all.
3PM - 6 PM - A dialogue among developers, landowners, planners, and conservationists. Who should attend? Municipal officials, planners, landowners, consultants, developers, and concerned citizens interested in learning how to integrate biodiversity conservation into municipal planning. Reservations required. For information or to make a reservation, please call Mohonk Consultations, Inc., at 845-256-2726 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Suggest donation: $10, Seniors & Students $5. Sponsored by Mohonk Consultations, and co-sponsored by the NYSDEC's Hudson River Estuary Program. Location: Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz
http://www.dianasny.com for menus and map. $3.00 admission fee incl. coffee or tea. If you arrive at 6 PM, you can order from the Early Bird menu. No orders are taken during the Presentation (7:00-7:30).
On April 30th the Hudson Estuary Trees for Tribs program will pot-up 3,000 bare-root seedlings of native plants and shrubs. Many hands make light work and we need your help! Join us for a day in the dirt on "the berm" at the NYSDEC Region 3 offices in New Paltz (21 S. Putt Corners Road). Refreshments will be provided. For more information contact Jess Kindred at email@example.com or call (845) 256 3827. Event details may change due to weather and/or work load. Please call to confirm dates and times.
1PM - 4PM - Gather at NYS Capital Bldg, Capitol Park, State St, Albany. Jobs for All; End the Wars; Healthcare for All; Stop Wage,State Budget & Education Cuts; Defend Civil Rights, Women's & Immigrant Rights; End NYS Ban on Gay Marriage; Green Jobs & Clean Energy Now! Speakers, music. Sponsored by Hudson Mohawk May Day Committee; Solidarity Committee of The Cap Dist; Troy Area Labor Council; Media Alliance; The Eighth Step; IWW; Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace; NY Labor History Assoc-Info hudsonmohawkmayday.org / (518) 273-2759 Art Fleishner
www.efc.syracusecoe.org. Registration deadline: May 10, 2010. Location: Bear Mountain Conference Center
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