Friday, June 25, 2010

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I heard there was one heck of a storm early yesterday afternoon and that power was out over the region. I was in Bethel, CT scoping out a job and missed it all but when I got home the dog was soaked to his skin. It's not that he can't get in the house when he wants as there's a pet door he uses, only that he runs under a giant Euonymus bush every time there's thunder preferring to ride it out under there. Often he comes in rather dry but it must have rained pretty hard yesterday!
Anyway, winds estimated at over 70mph knocked down trees and power lines putting more than 20,000 people into darkness and up at the Chelsea Yacht Club on the Hudson in Wappingers, two boats (30' and 36') were blown off their jack stands. Here's hoping everything is back to normal for all.
It was yet another "quite a week" for politics in Putnam County ending with a proposed resolution from the County legislature burying the Corporate Welfare gig they were planning for Paul Camarda and Patterson Crossing. (See, County Legislature Kills Corporate Welfare Try. Again.) 1st District Legislator Vinnie Tamagna took the brunt of it but then he was the point man and refused to let it die, finally using county letterhead to beg a plea as an insert in the Putnam County News and Reporter.
We hear that the insert ran around $600 and that Mr. T paid for it himself and while that is generally not believed we have no proof-positive evidence otherwise. If the money trail should lead to other places things could become very interesting. It's possible the county could subpoena the PCNR's records to find out for certain - if they wanted to.

Just as a reminder, Vinnie Tamagna is a guy who panned Kent Manor before the Kent Town Board and then came to a DEP hearing in Carmel to read a letter saying how essential development was for Putnam County leaving the crowd with their mouths agape. He's also the guy who was the point-man for the 40 year give-away of Tilly Foster and now has decided that Kent, not Philipstown, is the perfect location for extensive commercial development in our county.

On the other hand, and there is always an other hand, Mr. T has performed admirably for and around the Hudson River and I'll bet if that river flowed down Route 52 there would be no malls on it.

Let's hope we can finally put this issue behind us once and for all and I can take the petition down (which has had over 500 views!) and the poll where 97% stood against this whole deal.) Hallelujah. Amen.
Greg Ball has a new campaign advertisement running these days and it's worth the watch. Thanks to MYH for sending that along.
Okay, enough with all this nonsense!

I may be out of communications for a while starting as early as this weekend but I want to thank Verizon for waiting for the Corporate Welfare scandal to be over before turning off the 'net and the phones. See you when I do.

Here's a list of local Farmer's Markets available for this season. If you know of any not listed here, please write and tell me.

Brewster Farmer's Market at Peaceable Road and Route 6 from 9AM - 2PM each Wednesday and Saturday. WIC & SNP welcome. Sponsors: the Coalition for a Better Brewster and  the Village of Brewster.

Cascade Farm is in Patterson on Harmony Road just north of Route 292 and just west of the traffic light at Route 311. Their farm stand is open on Saturdays from 9 until noon. Call 845.878.3258 for information.

Cold Spring Farmer's Market is open on Saturdays, May through October, from 8:30 AM until 1:30PM at 44 Chestnut Street in Cold Spring.

Kent Farmer's Market is open at the old Police offices (now the Recreation Department) on Saturday's from mid-morning to early afternoons.

Putnam Valley Farmer's Market is now open from 3PM until 7PM on Wednesdays at the Grange Hall at Adams Corners. Mill Street and Peekskill Hollow Road. And, the Friday Market is open from 3 P.M. to 7P.M., starts on June 26th at Tompkins Corners Methodist Church, 729 Peekskill Hollow Rd. and will go to October 16th.

Ryder Farm is in Southeast on Starr Ridge Road just about 2 miles below the Route 6 traffic light (Citgo Station). The Ryder farm stand is open 24 hours a day as a pay-as-you-go operation.

This list is also available at the website here.

What's Going On Around Town


Putnam Valley Farmers Market

3-7PM. Tompkins Corners Methodist Church. 729 Peekskill Hollow Road, Putnam Valley. Tell Eric I sent you.

Kid Jerusalem CD Release Party

6:30 PM - Cultural Center on Lake Carmel. Formerly known as "Nina Zhu and the Kids With No Morals," Kid Jerusalem is a rock/alternative band founded in the summer of 2008. Made up of talented and versatile musicians, the band now is comprised of Brad Schult, lyricist and vocalist, Adam Antezzo on drums, Steve Guigliano and Jed Handelman on guitars, and Keith Lauria on bass. Nina Zhu occasionally plays piano and supplies backing vocals. A local favorite, Kid Jerusalem's first EP CD on June 25th will be followed by a northeast tour. Also appearing with Kid Jerusalem: A Standard Protocol, The Parthenon, The Holding Company and special guests Dave Fleming and Matt Giordano of Locomotive Espada. Tickets:  $5.00 – $8.00

Kate Power and Steve Einhorn

7:30 A House Concert at High Valley. Kate Power & Steve Einhorn are two musicians who from their start in the NY folk clubs of the 60's to four decades later in the Pacific Northwest, never stopped writing, singing and sharing their songs at home and across the country. Their music resonates with harmony, humor and highlights from the musical theatre of everyday life in the American landscape. Special guests of Garrison Keillor on "A Prairie Home Companion", Kate and Steve hit the strings and tell the story between the notes in a rare elixir of spellbinding harmony, eloquent songwriting and seasoned musicianship. Their music creates an experience that elevates audiences of all stripes. Bring your own chairs. Event may be outside big barn, or inside in inner room, depending on the weather. Donations $10. At High Valley, 295 Sunset Trail, Clinton Corners, NY 12514.

Saturday, June 26

Wine Tasting to Support the Arts

1-5PM. Support the Putnam Arts Council at a "wonderful, fabulous, disorganized" wine tasting event at Sterling Cellars, Mahopac Village Center. Music, art, raffles, wine and fun! Bring a friend. $10 suggested donation. 845-803-8622

Meet and Greet with Mike Kaplowitz

2PM - 4PM. 30 Firehouse Road, Wassaic, NY (map)

Annual Saunder's Farm Barn Dance

A barn in the Hudson Valley in June is empty, waiting for the summer hay crop. Perfect time for a dance.  This Saturday evening, June 26th the Saunder's family will host their annual community barn dance.  Bring a pot luck dish and your square dancing shoes and be prepared for a wonderful time at this HHLT conserved property. This event has been ongoing since 1985.

Sunday, June 27

Kent CAC Hike to Wonder Lake State Park

10:30 AM - Meet at the parking area for Wonder Lake State Park on Ludingtonville Road. From there we'll hike to the south end of Wonder Lake using the hiking trails built last year by the New York New Jersey Trail Conference. From there we'll hike along the eastern shore to the lake's north end and return to the parking area. Don't forget to bring your lunch and water for the hike. Also, you may wish to bring a camera since there should be some great opportunities to photograph the mountain laurel in bloom along the shore of the lake.

This is a moderate hike that takes about three hours including a lunch break and stops to photograph the lake and (hopefully) the mountain laurel. If bad weather forces us to cancel the hike, I'll send an e-mail like this one and post the news on the Kent CAC programs page about an hour before the scheduled start. For further information contact hike leader George Baum.

Butterfly Adventure

10AM- Noon. Join Cary Institute educators for a walk among the butterflies. Visitors will learn about butterflies and skippers as they stroll through our fields and trails. Discover what they eat, where they live, and what attracts them to their habitats. Programs for adults and children (6 and up). Cary East (Gifford House) parking area, 2917 Sharon Turnpike (Rte. 44) Millbrook, N.Y. Wear hiking shoes and bring binoculars, camera, and drinking water. In case of heavy rain, the program will be canceled.  RSVP suggested. 677-7600 ext. 121 or Free.

Habitat for Artists at Philipsbrooke

4PM - 7 PM. If you've wondered what we're building in the backyard, come see for yourself. Simon Draper and his fellow artists in residence will gladly show you around the four art studios - all created from re-purposed materials - and discuss their work, which is inspired by the concept of sustainable natural environment.  Habitat for Artists seeks to inspire community dialog on the interrelatedness of art, sustainability and nature.  You may even get to meet a group of young artists from HHLT's River of Words program who are participating in various art and poetry workshops throughout the summer in their very own self-built and designed studio. Simon is hosting an Artist's Reception this Sunday, June 27th from 4-7pm.  Meet the artists and view their work on a beautiful Sunday afternoon - all are welcome.  Write for more information.
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