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Andrew Cuomo came to Putnam County yesterday and local Republicans, both high and low, came out to fawn over the man who is a better Republican than Rick Lazio. You gotta love it.
Remember all that tree cutting we reported about along Peekskill Hollow Road last week? You remember, Vic Tiship sent out an alert and you all wrote/called County Legislator Vinnie Tamagna about it? Right. Well, the work stopped at the Putnam Valley line and first impressions were that the alert stopped the work. (By the way, the county has still not returned my call about that). But there may be more to this story and there may be a Town of Kent connection to the whole affair. It's been said that the Town complained to the county that they did no work along Peekskill Hollow road and to prove the county could do work they sent out the crews on steroids. I'm not necessarily buying that for I cannot believe that the county would be that vengeful but as I find out more I will let you know. If you have any insight on the matter please write.
And, while we're talking about Peekskill Hollow Road, you'll also remember that the county had passed an Historic Roads law and the process of including PHR in that law is now underway. Supporters need the approved signatures of 50%+1 of the linear feet owned (around 16,800 ft) along the road in order for PHR to be included in the law and granted protections that would have prevented the tree cutting we saw last week from taking place. Keep in mind, this is not 50%+1 of the property owners, but of the land owned. There is a difference.
If you'd like to help out that project you can download a blank copy of the petition here and then bring it to the Farmer's Market at Tompkins Corners on Friday's between 3-6PM and hand it to Dell or Eric.
Going to Court Again. Again.
August 2nd is fast approaching and if you've forgotten (and it's easy to with everything else that is going on), that's the day that Carmel's Lori Kemp goes before Judge Spofford to answer the harassment charges against her.
Though we've generated many, many letters to the District Attorney's office, the judge himself has shown no inclination to chastise a smirking Frances O'Reilly, Ms. Kemp's former attorney, for his admitted refusal to adequately represent her, (where most judges would have dope-slapped him from here to law school and back), and our letters, phone calls and personal meetings have all failed to persuade The Machine that this case is unfair, unjust and plain old dumb, we don't hold much hope that justice will be served on that day.
As always, some of the events have been culled from Manna Jo Greene's excellent event list. You can write Manna Jo here.
Open House Poughkeepsie
5:00-7:00 p.m., Hudson River Housing's Middle Main Revitalization OPENING RECEPTION, Art and Cultural Exposition "Open House Poughkeepsie." The reception will take place at Clinton House. Art exhibits will be on display in Main Street storefronts during the two week period. For more information about Casperkill - Fall Kill Creek Week contact Jennifer Rubbo at (845) 454-7673 or email@example.com or Emily Vail at (845) 437-5313 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
History Walk: Potable Water in an Estuary
5:30 PM The Importance of the Spring to Prehistoric People at Maple Grove Historic Site, 24 Beechwood Avenue, Poughkeepsie. Walk through the field at Maple Grove to the spring-fed stream with archaeologist Lucy Johnson, who will discuss the Native American presence in the region and the importance of Hudson Valley tributaries and coastal springs. For more information about Casperkill - Fall Kill Creek Week contact Jennifer Rubbo at (845) 454-7673 or email@example.com or Emily Vail at (845) 437-5313 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bird Walk at Vassar Farm
8:00 AM Members of the Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club will lead a walk on the Farm and provide information on resident birds of the area. For more information contact Jennifer Rubbo at (845) 454-7673 or email@example.com or Emily Vail at (845) 437-5313 or firstname.lastname@example.org. http://dutchesswam.com/2010-events/additional-information-for-ralph-t-waterman-club-bird-walks
Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop
1:00 p.m.This will take place at the newly opened Fall Kill Partnership Gardens, located in the back of the Family Partnership Center, 29 N. Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie. Rain barrels capture runoff from rooftops during storms. Three other workshops will take place throughout the month of July in Rhinebeck, Pawling, and Beacon. The registration fee for the workshops is $15. Spaces are limited. To register, contact Vicky at email@example.com or 845-677-8223, ext. 153.
Hike Around White Pond
11AM - the Kent CAC will lead a Hike around White Pond. We'll meet at the NY State Multiple Use parking area on White Pond Road off of Farmer's Mills Road. The hike will traverse the historic dam, skirt through the hemlocks, chestnuts, and tupelos in the deep woods, tiptoe across a stone wall above a swamp, and finally follow along the road with the open water and big sky. Don't forget to bring your lunch and water for the hike. Also, you may wish to bring a bathing suit for a dip in the clean, cool waters of White Pond after the hike.
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