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Thirty-Seven people have voted in our poll regarding your choice for the next representative from NY's 40th Senate District and not a single vote has come in from Amsterdam or Vladivostok!
As of this writing Westchester County Legislator Mike Kaplowitz is in the lead with 51% followed by Southeast's Jim Borkowski at 27%. Somers Supervisor and Leibell picked heir apparent Mary Beth Murphy and part-time Assemblyman Greg "Lock and Load!" Ball are running in a dead heat for last place with 11% each. We'll leave it up over the weekend for you late comers to vote!
Congressman John Hall's office has announced the awarding of a $189,525 Federal grant for the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department for the purchase of safety equipment.
Another bill the Congressman has cosponsored, HR5019, is the "Home Star Energy Retrofit Act. The bill creates two tracks of Federal rebates for home weatherization and energy upgrades. One, a Silver Star that includes duct sealing, insulation, new doors and whatnot to the tune of $3000 in rebates and a Gold program which includes a full energy audit and the renovations required to meet the goals of the audit to $8000.
Weather for this weekend is a mixed bag. Nice today, a little rain possible for tomorrow morning and Sunday will be cool, cloudy and windy. But hey, that's spring! So, what to do? Get on the outside of things anyway. Take a hike. Work in the garden. Read the Sunday NY Times in a sheltered spot and don't come in until you're done. In any other words: stay away from anything with a cathode ray tube. Everyone knows that watching television on weekends is the leading cause of brain tumors, blindness, halitosis and hemorrhoids.
While you're on the outside you might take on a little geocaching, one of the fastest growing activities that virtually anyone can participate in.
All you need is either a handheld GPS unit (your car's navigator will often work) and the ability to follow directions. Here's an example: N 41° 26.824 W 073° 39.212 The location points to (this is a hint) spot at Ryan's Field in Lake Carmel where if you've been studious you'll find an ammo can hidden by a local cub scout pack. Here's another: N 41° 27.415 W 073° 43.582 This one brings you into the Mt. Nimham MUA and is a lot harder to find. If you do get there you'll be looking for a tupperware container with various goodies in it. It's traditional to take something from the box and replace it with a trinket of your own, sign the logbook and put things back where you found them. Point your browser here for more... and there's a lot more!Putnam Deputy Barbara Dunn is finally in court, three years after charges were leveled against her for a variety of legal issues most of which will be resolved over the next few days. The NYJN reported this morning that an FBI expert had trouble identifying the date and time some digital images were taken, images that are important to the case. The problem was, according to agent Amanda Broyles, that the batteries in the (3) cameras used by Sheriff's road patrols were either missing or dead and thus the time/date stamps on the images were inaccurate making it impossible to verify their provenance.
Now, I'm not one to go around carelessly tossing accusations at people but it seems to this untrained eye that when equipment the police use for the gathering of evidence is "missing or dead" that there are much deeper problems within the department than a deputy using her position for personal reasons. It could suggest that if you've been involved with a case where the department used digital images that the images may not be all that legally valid. Without that imprinted time and date stamp there's no telling if the image was taken at the actual scene or at some other time. If images such as those have been used in the past as evidence against you that "evidence" may no longer be "evidence". Someone ought to look in to this a bit more closely.
Sarah Palin, in response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, said that we should no longer trust foreign oil companies. Sure, whatever. But she failed to mention that the incident had partners namely, Halliburton, which we all know is an American company and receiver of billions upon billions of Federal tax dollars and TransOcean, which was an American company but is now Swiss owned... and we know just how much the Swiss hate our freedoms.
She is clearly the stupidest women we've ever allowed in front of a microphone.
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firstname.lastname@example.org or www.commongroundfarm.org. Common Ground Farm is located at the "slated to be closed" Stony Kill Farm on Route 9D on the Beacon/Wappingers' border.
Leigh Draper [Draper@nynjtc.org] for information regarding start time and location.
www.hudsonhouseinn.com. Visit Michelle at www.michelleleblanc.com
Durmston@hvc.rr.com or 845-457-4552 (before 9pm)
email@example.com. Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Agroforestry Resource Center, 6055 NYS Route 23, Acra, NY
www.nysba.org/EnviMuniMay2010 . For further information, contact Kathy Plog - firstname.lastname@example.org Location: Government Law Center, Albany Law School
Field Farmstead Preserve on Fields Lane in Brewster on Saturday, May 22nd from 9:30 to 12:30. Work detail will include removal of debris, posting of border signs, creating about 200 feet of new trail and removal of invasive plants such as multi-flora rose and barberry. Water, work gloves, jeans and work or hiking boots are suggested. Tools such as shovels, clippers, rakes and loppers if available would be helpful. If not tools will be provided. Come have fun with a like minded group of individuals in the out-of-doors while helping maintain trails for the public. To learn more or to sign up, please contact Judy Terlizzi at 845 228 4520, Bob Lund at 845 279 3122 or visit the website at www.pclt.net.
www.efc.syracusecoe.org. Registration deadline: May 10, 2010. Location: Bear Mountain Conference Center
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