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Good Friday Morning,
There is something remarkably special about eating a cantaloupe or a watermelon straight from the garden.
Next Tuesday, September 7th, there will be a public hearing on the county's tentative budget at 8PM at the courthouse in Carmel.
Can anyone ID this photo? (assuming you can see it in your email reader). I know where/what it is. But do you?
The Town of Carmel actually has an Environmental Conservation Board. What they'll do I have no idea.
I'm writing an(other) article on the Putnam County Consumer Affairs department which should be out within the next week. If you're a contractor working in the county and have paid the tax in order to work here, please contact me. Your privacy will be strictly maintained as I know how difficult they can make life for the working man.
It looks like Nan Hayworth has been dragged kicking and screaming to a face-to-face with her primary opponent, Neil DiCarlo but it wasn't her doing. The Aile's papers are hosting a candidates forum next Tuesday in Mahopac (See below) and so just by chance she'll have no choice.
Our informal and unofficial County Executive preference poll now has a whopping total of 47 votes (somewhere we're missing 900 readers) and "Other" still holds the majority with 51%. Maryellen Odell comes in second with 32% and Senator Leibell with 17%. In essence, twice as many people prefer MEO as do the Senator but then twice as many people prefer someone else all together as both combined.
I'm up for some socializing this weekend so other than Saturday, when I'll be at the Collaborative Concepts opening all day (see below), let me know what's going on. I'll even bring some cheap beer.
I look at my electric bill the other day and notice for the first time that I'm sucking power like I've got a 5 bedroom house with 9 kids all with PlaySations on 54" rear projection TV screens and each room with an individual air conditioner and sauna. Considering I live alone in a one-bedroom hovel with no air conditioning, no television and all my lights are 15w CFL's it kinda caught my attention. Then I also noticed that electrical usage has been slowly increasing since last year but that in the last three months it's gone to places even NASA has never dreamed of.
I call NYSEG and the guy I talk to was very nice and walked me through a few things, looked at old bills and decided, yup, there's something wrong here then suggested I call NYSERDA for an energy audit, which turns out to cost $100. The most likely culprit, he says, is my well pump. I don't have a well pump. But he tells me how to read the meter and go out to do that, come back in and call NYSEG back and a woman answers this time. You can almost hear the glee in her voice as the dollars go shooting out of my pocket and in to her employer's bank account. At 14KwH per day (when I normally use 4) their bank sits there and smiles.
6PM - 8 PM At the Garrison Art Center at Garrison's Landing. Esteemed photography artists, curators and educators Stephen Shore and Harvey Stein have selected works from 48 photographers to be shown in our juried PHOTOcentric exhibition. Opening reception is Friday from 6–8. Ongoing gallery exhibition ends September 24. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday 10 to 5.
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.. Dinner 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Concert 7:00 p.m. At the Ashokan Center. Geology, bird, forest ecology and poetry walks, fly fishing demos, nature photography, bluestone wall building. Evening concert with singer/songwriters Magpie and Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, concluding with a square dance. Admission: $5 adults, free for kids under 5, $15 special day carpool rate, $10 evening concert; dinner extra. (845) 657-8333. www.ashokancenter.org
Art, performance art and music mix it up in the spectacular landscape of the Hudson Highlands.
7:30 PM at the Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling. Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus Of Dreams has been variously described as "alt-country/ roots-rock," "folk-pop," "hillbilly-Floyd," and "surreal Americana" ??½ a clear indicator of its singularly indescribable uniqueness. At the same time, their sound and even their songs feel so familiar, so classic, it's as if you've been listening to these characters all your life. The "Circus Of Dreams" has won critical acclaim as well as a fiercely loyal following. They've been Hudson Valley Magazine's "Band of the Year" for 3 years. The Circus' shows are notoriously un-staged, which is part of the fun and keeps their shows refreshingly real. However, while they don't take themselves too seriously, it's evident that they do take their jobs as music-makers very seriously: Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus Of Dreams brings you a show of precision, high-flying magic sure to delight one and all! $25 advance/ $30 door.
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