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Good Friday Morning,
Hopefully everyone has survived the half-storm we were promised yesterday and overnight. We lost power here for about three hours last night and there are places, like sections of Mahopac, that are out this morning.
Many schools are on a two-hour delay this morning and the airports are still a mess. Flooding has shut down the Hutch, Sawmill and Bronx River parkways which is no surprise as all three closely follow the streams they're named after. Whoever thought of building highways in flood zones? Robert Moses! Of course.
The image here on the right (assuming you get the HTLM version of News That Matters) was taken last evening as I was trying to get to Mohegan for a rehearsal for "Crossroads at Mike's" (see the calendar entry for October 22 below). Peekskill Hollow Road was closed for a downed tree and wires as was Farmer's Mills and Miller Hill for three hours.
As of 8AM this morning, large sections of Brewster and Putnam Valley had significant outages with small sections of Kent, Patterson, Carmel/Mahopac (they really should just split and make life easier), Stormville and Hopewell. Does Philisptown even have power? Oh, yes it does. Central Hudson reports spotty outages through that most westerly of Putnam County communities. In fact, the Central Hudson website seems to be taking a hit as well as it's storm map just isn't working this morning.
We take a moment this morning to honor the lives of four Americans lost over the past couple of weeks to hatred and school-yard bullying: Tyler Clementi, 18, Seth Walsh, 13, Billy Lucas, 15 and Asher Brown, 13.
Satan's Representative on the Student Council: Michigan Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell has put up a blogsite that viciously attacks 21 year-old Chris Armstrong, the student body president at the University of Michigan. Shirvell's tactics include placing mangled photos of Armstrong with swastikas on his face. Oh, did I mention that Armstrong is gay? Check out this news report. It is sure to ruin your day. "Chris Armstrong is a radical homosexual activist who got elected, partly funded by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, to promote a very deeply radical agenda... " Sheesh! Sounds just like something Greg Ball has said in the past.
While we're talking about the Ballster, I had to remove a comment from the News That Matters website from one of his supporters named, "Kaplowitzgal" who, it was obvious, was not a gal nor a supporter of Mr. Kaplowitz. If this is the way Mr Ball is running his campaign, by storming his opponents press conferences and spamming websites, imagine what it will be like if he should actually win this election? What kind of sick, demented fans has this guy got?
If any of you readers are fans of that dog in this race, please write and let me know why. I have access to an ample supply of psychotropic meds that we can get you on right away. But really, I am curious what you see in him aside from his stunning good looks and friendly demeanor which amount to a little less than nothing when it comes to public service. And milking goats.
George Lukas is considering re-releasing his Star Wars films in 3D. May the force be with you. (And those funny glasses you have to wear.)
For those who wrote saying they were looking for tickets for "Crossroads at Mike's" they're finally on Smarttix. You can either click on this link or go to smarttix.com and run a search.
For those of you who do not live in Southeast please click on this link. It's office safe but you may still want to punch your monitor.
Friday, October 1
Party at the Boathouse
5-9PM - A benefit for Arts on the Lake at the Sedgewood Club Boathouse in Kent. 6:30 Buffet Dinner, 7PM Silent Auction. Donation, $40 per person.
Saturday, October 2
Red Hill Fire Tower Hike
10AM Trailhead on Dinch/Coons Road in the Town of Denning. Please join Aaron Bennett, Catskill Mountainkeeper Regional Director and Alan White from the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development on a hike to this beautiful, secluded Catskill Mountain fire tower. This 60' tower was de-commissioned in 1991 and rather than tear it down the NYS DEC put its future in the hands of dedicated volunteers who restored it for public enjoyment ten years ago. We will visit the old observer's cabin at the summit, which has been turned into a museum that honors all of the observers who once watched over the southern Catskill Mountains. Throughout the hike, Aaron and Alan will talk about the history of land use, the current threats to the forest and region and much more. From atop the tower they will point out the various mountains and valleys from this elevated position that offers a 360-degree view. This hike is part of the annual Catskill "Lark in the Park", which brings together people and organizations to heighten awareness of the Catskill Mountain Region in New York State. The 2.5-mile hike is moderate and will take approximately 4 hours. Participants should bring a lunch and plenty of water, good hiking boots are a must, dogs are permitted and pre-registration is required by September 30th to Aaron at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Art Show
1PM - 5PM Opening Reception at Arts on the Lake. Arts on the Lake will be hosting the Fourth Annual Fall Artists' Exhibition this weekend. The show will feature the art of more than 40 local artists and will include works in sculpture, painting, prints,ceramics and mixed media. The Opening Reception will be held Saturday, October 2nd from 1:00-5:00. Admission is free and there will be free refreshments and live music. The show continues Sunday, October 3rd from 1:00-5:00 and the following weekend, October 9th, 10th and 11th from 1:00-5:00. AotL overlooks Lake Carmel and is located at 640 Route 52 in Kent Lakes, NY 10512. For further information, call 845 228-2685.
Friends Of the Great Swamp Artwork Viewing and Auction
FrOGS (Friends Of the Great Swamp) hosted a Day of Plein Air painting and photography in the Great Swamp in Putnam and Dutchess Counties on Saturday, September 25th. On Saturday, October 2, there will be an auction of the artwork at The Lathrop Center in Lakeside Park in Pawling, NY. Reception and viewing will be held from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. The auction will be at 4PM, with Ivan Cohen as auctioneer. Artists may bring one additional piece for the auction, and minimum bid will be $175. There will be a 50/50 sales split between FrOGS and artists. (FrOGS is a 501 C3 non profit corporation). For information see website or contact Nancy Clark 845-878-9248 or Laurie Wallace 845-279-8858. Location: The Lathrop Center in Lakeside Park. Pawling NY.
10 AM - The Kent CAC invites you to join us on Sunday October 3 for this pleasant, moderate family hike through the fall woods capped by a climb up the restored 90 foot fire tower. This hike has two options, depending on how much of a hike you'd like: Start at 10:00 AM from the Mt. Nimham DEC parking lot on Gypsy Trail Rd. Hike 1 mile through the Nimham forest to DEC gate and meet hikers beginning the hike at option B. Start at 11:00 AM at the DEC gate at the end of Mt. Nimham Court and hike 0.7 miles through the woods to the tower. It's hunting season, so wear bright clothing and stay together. Bring lunch and beverage and wear comfortable hiking boots. Heavy rain postpones to October 10. In that case, I'll send an e-mail to subscribers to this news service and post the news on the Kent CAC programs page <http://www.kentcac.info/programs.html> about an hour before the scheduled start. For further details contact Dave by phone at 878-7592 or by e-mail <mailto:email@example.com>
Putnam County Fall Classic Half Marathon and 5K Race
10 a.m. A great warm-up race for the NYC Marathon. Starts and ends at Brewster Village Train Station, 1 Main St., Brewster, NY 10509 Computerized timing systems, certified course, post-race refreshments; awards 2 deep in various age categories. Bring family & visit Brewster Village Street Fair after the race. On line registration at www.active.com For more information visit- www.brewsterrotary.org or, contact Kenny at 845-721-3098
7PM — Tony-winner Donald Pippin (“Oliver!”) directs “Best of Broadway!” an evening to aid the Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition, a local organization committed to renovating the theater in the upper level of Old Town Hall in Brewster as another venue for the performing arts in our community. Where: Brewster Performing Arts Center, Brewster High School, 50 Foggintown Road, Brewster. Contact: For information contact: www.oththeater.org <http://www.oththeater.org> or email firstname.lastname@example.org Tickets are $25.
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