Friday, July 23, 2010

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"When drill baby drill turns to spill baby spill, God's counting on me..." - Pete Seeger. From his latest song.

Good Friday Morning,

Thanks to Senator Schumer's office, the Town of Carmel has received a $400,000 earmark that may make traffic in downtown Mahopac worse. How about an earmark to ease traffic by fixing traffic lights, adding turn lanes and widening a road or two in Mahopac and especially in the Hamlet along Lake Gleneida? Now, that would be progress.

A few weeks ago the NYJN reported that local police had issued a gazillion citations for people talking on their cellphones while driving. Why is everyone still doing this?

Note to the driver from Seven Hills Lake that followed me down Peekskill Hollow Road the other morning: You can speed up and slow down as often as you want but I'm in front of you and I'm not going any faster even if you're so close that I can no longer see your plates. It isn't as though I was crawling along at 30 like some tourist in the 40 zone. But 45 is fast enough and on some of those turns I will slow down to a safer speed. If you're late for work, it's not my fault! Oh, and please, get off the phone or get one of those little earpiece thinggies like I have. It's so much safer.

There's a lot going on out there this weekend with the more notable event being the Putnam County 4H Fair held at the County Park on Gipsy Trail Road in Kent. (see below for schedule).

Up in Dutchess County they've instituted a Watershed Awareness Month with free and low-cost events all over the county all geared towards watershed education for the public. Here's a short list of upcoming events for this weekend and early next week:
Dutchess Watershed Awareness Month: (other watershed events also listed below)
o   Sat., July 24, 10:00 am Adirondack Mountain Club Hike along Beacon Riverside Trail
o   Sat., July 24, 12:00 pm Beacon Institute Walk & Talk at Denning's Point
o   Sat., July 24, 3:30 pm Fishkill Creek Watershed Rain Barrel Building Workshop
o   Tues., July 27, 3:00 pm Adirondack Mountain Club Hike at Tymor Park
o   Tues., July 27, 7:00 pm Using GIS for Local Municipal Watershed Planning at E.Fishkill Town Hall


Putnam County 4H Fair

Noon - 6PM At the County Park in Kent. More info here. Highlight today: Youth Showcase

Putnam Valley Farmers Market

3PM - 7PM At Tompkins Cor's Church on Peekskill Hollow Road

Beatles Tribute Band

7PM. The Beatles Tribute Band Something New opens the Summer Concert Series at Arts on the Lake. Joe Colangelo (Paul), Rich Berta (John), Mike Montinola (George) and Mike Naimoli (Ringo) recreate the songs - and trivia knowledge - of the Beatles from 1964-1970.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket, though the concert will move indoors if there is rain.  Children are free.  Adults may purchase tickets ($10 - member discounts apply) in advance or at the door. BeBellis Deli, Ice Cream Cafe, hot dogs and drinks will be available starting at 6:30.

Reggae Friday Dance Party

8 p.m. to midnight. Start Peekskill's Caribbean Festival one day early and come out for a jumping Reggae dance party at the BeanRunner Cafe. Dance to DJ Ted-B - one of Brooklyn's finest Reggae DJs. Eat the best Jamaican food served by the BRC and Mi Yawd. Party 'til you drop. No cover. One drink minimum or $6.50 minimum food charge.


Brewster Farmer's Market

9 AM - 2 PM - Corner of Peaceable Hill Road and Routes 6&202 (at the Borden's Bridge). Brewster Farmer’s Market is a NYS Department of Agriculture approved Market offering FMNP services with participating vendors for the 2010 season (July-November). Since 1994, we have been bringing FRESH to the Heart of Brewster, providing an opportunity for first stop shopping, and helping to support local & regional growers and producers. Along with offering great quality and prices, we serve as a downtown destination where old friends meet and new friends are made, so come out and welcome our vendors back while you get the good stuff! See you at the Market!

The 2010 Brewster Farmers’ Market is sponsored by the Coalition for a Better Brewster and the Village of Brewster, and by vendor fees and donations. (Special thanks every year to VOB Highway Dept., Anders, Brewster Flower Garden & Design-a-Sign.)

Kent Farmer's Market

10AM - 2PM At the old Town Hall/Police Station on Route 52 just north of Lake Carmel.

Putnam County 4H Fair

10AM -7PM At the County Park in Kent. More info here. Highlight today: Lora Lee Ecobelli and the Kitchen Table Band at 12:!5, the Bereznak Brother's Band (Lake Carmel boys!) at 2:!5 and the Danbury Madhatter Barbershop Chorus at 5:15. Live Auction at 4PM

Tea Party Rally

10 AM - At Northridge Farm on Route 311 in Patterson. Details are out there on every street corner in town.

Beacon/Dennings Point Hike

10 a.m.  Moderate, level ground hike of about 5 miles. Leader: Lou Ruidisch (845) 896-9332 or  Excellent views of the Hudson River from this beautiful and historic location. Bring lunch and water. Meet in front of the Beacon Sloop Club, Riverfront Park.

Macroinvertebrate Workshop

10:00 am  –  2:00 pm As part of Dutchess County's Watershed Awareness Month, Join Friends of the Great Swamp (FrOGS) and Watershed Research Associates Senior Taxonomist J. Kelley Nolan for a stream-side macroinvertebrate workshop. The workshop will provide an overview of stream bio-monitoring to assess water quality. Attendees can observe data collection at the site, and listen to talks about the macro life habits and how they indicate water quality. The Oblong Land Conservancy and representatives from Pawling CAB and MS4 Committee will also attend to discuss about watershed goals. Spaces are limited. Please RSVP in advance by emailing Vicky Buono at or calling (845) 677-8223 x153. Location: Murrow Park, Old Rt. 55, Pawling, NY

Bountiful Berries

11 AM with Jillian Koehnken. NY: Minnewaska State Park Preserve (meet at Nature Center, through Main Gate, up road about one mile) Free admission! $8.00 parking per car For ages 12+, with an adult. Registration required: 845-255-0752 More info here.

Rain Barrel Workshop!

3:30 p.m.  Beacon's Fishkill Creek Watershed Rain Barrel Workshop - Participants will be provided with a 55-gallon food-grade plastic barrel and all the materials needed to build a rain barrel. At Clearwater Office, 724 Wolcott Ave., Beacon, NY. Registration: $15.00; space is limited.  Contact: Vicky Buono at or 845-677-8223, ext. 153.


Meditation and Dharma Talk

9AM Inside the Quan Yin Hall at the Chuang Yen Monastery on Route 301 in Kent. Free. This event takes place every Sunday morning.

Putnam County 4H Fair

10AM -5PM At the County Park in Kent. More info here. Highlight today: David Amram at 2PM

General Knox' Birthday Celebration

1PM - 4PM with 18th C. artillery, music. NY: Knox’s Headquarters (on Forge Hill Road in Vails Gate) Free admission! Free parking! Info: 845-561-5498. More info here.

Into the Future:

Tuesday, July 27

Using GIS for Local Municipal Watershed Planning

7:00 pm  –  9:00 pm As part of Dutchess County's Watershed Awareness Month. At this workshop, Robert Wills, Sr. GIS Project Coordinator for the Dutchess County Planning and Development Department, will familiarize participants with new, high-resolution geographic data on county watersheds. Neil Curri, Sr. GIS Resource Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County will provide an overview of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and demonstrate a mapping tool for municipal land use planning. Location: East Fishkill Town Hall, 330 Rt. 376, Hopewell Junction, NY

Wednesday, July 28

Science Cafe

7:00 PM. Topic: Environmental Endocrine Disrupters: How we identify them, and what they mean to people Presenter: Errol Zeiger, Ph.D., J.D., an independent consultant who formerly worked for FDA, and then NIEHS (NIH) from 1976 - 2000, where he developed and directed the genetic toxicology development and testing program in the National Toxicology Program.

A Science Cafe is a monthly gathering in a Cafe, Pub or Restaurant, open to the public, with a short presentation of a topic followed by discussion. The essence of a Science Cafe is informality, with groups seated around tables with food and drink to encourage conversation.  Hudson Valley Science Café usually meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month, except where noted. Website:

Meeting site: Diana's, 1015 Little Britain Road (Route 207), New Windsor (just east of Stewart Newburgh Airport, on the opposite side of the road from the airport entrance). See for menus and map. $3.00 admission fee includes 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).

Thursday, July 29

League Of Women Voters' Event

5PM - 8 PM The League of Women Voters of Eastern Putnam County announces its annual Meet & Greet of elected officials and constituents. Spain Cornerstone Park, Fair St & Rte 52, Carmel Donations Accepted. Lite Fare and refreshments will be served. To RSVP, please call 845-520-6261

Friday, July 30

Hudson Watershed Celebration and Reception

3:00 pm Honoring Katy Dunlap, Esq., followed by internationally renowned Roswell Rudd Jazz Quartet.  Sponsored by Hudson River Watershed Alliance at The Falcon, 1348 Route 9W, Marlboro. RSVP by July 28 to Dave Church, 845-615-3840 or $30 person/$50 couple. Includes hors d'oeuvres and donation to HRWA. Dinner available, starting at 5, music begins 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 7

Clearwater Volunteer Work Day

11AM to 4PM Volunteer Work Day at the Clearwater office, gardens and grounds. We will be doing some clean up and small projects in and around the office and grounds, as well as working in the gardens. Please click here to sign up

Saturday, August 21

Tour the Frank Lloyd Wright Home

Join the Putnam Arts Council for an exclusive tour of the stunning Frank Lloyd Wright home on Petra Island on Lake Mahopac on Saturday, August 21, made possible through the generosity of owners Joseph & Barbara Massaro.  Limited to 40 participants (2 groups of 20), tickets @$60 for members/ @$65 general are a must and include transportation out to the island.  All proceeds benefit the programs of the Putnam Arts Council.  Tours begin at 11am. Reserve a spot today @ 845.803.8622 or email to
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