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A short one today. I didn't get back from last night's rehearsal in The City until after 1AM.
10222010 is today's date numbered-out and in binary it spells the word: "Sh'ari't" which is Sud-Bengali for "Death to America!"
I just made that up but most who read anything on the internet believe the first thing they see. And don't forget, if you don't keep this email going a puppy will be eaten by an endangered gorilla at the San Diego zoo handled by an Ethiopian who, with the assistance of your debit card and ATM pin, will send you $5,000,000 for assisting his father, the deposed king of Swaziland, in recovering his stolen billions. Remember, you read it here first.There is a freeze warning in place for overnight. You know the drill, bring in anything that will die and harvest the last of your summer crops. On the other hand, a good freeze will give sweetness to things like hearty kales and Brussels sprouts.
Lyme Disease. 'nuff said. I swear, if my dog wouldn't eat them I'd fill the field with guinea hens to eat the over-abundance of ticks that has appeared since it rained a couple weeks back. Saving that, a small tactical nuke might do the trick. Maybe not. Grrrr... Starting the doxy. Again. Again. Again.
Last week DEC Commissioner Peter Grannis was fired by Governor Paterson for being honest, caring about his employees and most importantly, saying straight-out what the decimation of the NYSDEC would mean to you as residents of this state, your health, the environment and enforcement of the law. You can read more about this outrage here. DEC has lost almost 1000 employees and half its budget during the past 3 years alone. How happy do you think polluters and developers are at this turn of events? Here is what Commissioner Grannis had to say.
Coming Monday, News That Matters' take on the local elections.
What's Going On?
5:00pm Meet at the Little Stony Point bridge on Route 9D just north of Cold Spring village. 1 hour, Easy/Family Friendly. A Take-a-Hike! tradition! Gather your courage and meet us for an eerie evening walk through Little Stony Point Park in Cold Spring. Professional storyteller Jonathan Kruk will spin yarns of local mysteries and spooky area legends, perfect for putting families in the Halloween mood. The hike is free, but registration is required: call 845/424-3358. Sponsored by the Hudson Highlands Land Trust.
7PM - Aquatic ecologist Dr. Emma Rosi-Marshall, will "discuss the adoption of modified crops in the U.S., evidence that the insecticides and herbicides in these plants can escape into natural areas, and pose potential threats to biodiversity and freshwater supplies." From to the organizers: "The next time you go grocery shopping, survey your cart. If it contains products that list corn, soybeans, canola oil, cottonseed oil, or papaya as ingredients... chances are good that they can be traced back to genetically modified crops. These crops, which have been altered to repel pests and/or resist herbicide exposure, are now a mainstay of U.S. agriculture." Free. At the Cary Institute Route 44 in Millbrook, NY Contact: 845 677-7600 ext. 121.
8:15pm "Under Our Skin: There's No Medicine for Someone Like You" (2008, dir Andy Abrahams Wilson, 104 mins, http://UnderOurSkin.com/ ) Exposes the underreported epidemic of Lyme disease, and claims that a lumbering and even corrupt health care system is failing to address one of the most serious illnesses of our time. From the Filmmaker: "A gripping tale of microbes, medicine & money, 'Under Our Skin' exposes the hidden story of Lyme disease, one of the most controversial and fastest growing epidemics of our time. Each year, thousands go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, often told that their symptoms are 'all in their head.' Following the stories of patients and physicians fighting for their lives and livelihoods, the film brings into focus a haunting picture of the health care system and a medical establishment all too willing to put profits ahead of patients." "The visual beauty of the film underlies its most haunting theme. The closer humans get to nature, the more sensitive they must become to its hidden dangers. Under Our Skin details a medical nightmare. The movie only looks like a sun-kissed dream." --Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun. The screening will be followed by a short discussion. Cost: Free. Location: Elting Library, 93 Main St (at North Front St) in New Paltz, NY Contact: 845 255-4815
10AM - 2PM Scenic Hudson Savor the joys of being outside on a crisp, colorful autumn day by working with Scenic Hudson staff and fellow volunteers. We’ll be creating an exciting new sustainable, multi-use trail system on a rugged, 2,000-acre parcel of Fishkill Ridge. Wear clothes you won’t mind getting dirty, including long pants, a long-sleeve shirt, sturdy closed-toe shoes and a hat (along with an evening “tick check,” all will help prevent tick bites and Lyme disease). Also bring gloves if you have them and sunscreen, water, a lunch and bug spray. Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. See this for more information.
11AM-5PM. Free. Friends of the Great Swamp (FrOGS) has announced the 14th annual Great Swamp Art Show & Celebration for Saturday, Oct. 23 and Sunday, Oct. 24. The event will once again take place at Christ Church’s Frances Ryan Thomas Center on Quaker Hill in Pawling, NY. Saturday hours are 11 AM to 5 PM; and Sunday hours are 12 PM to 4 PM.
4PM With Archaeologist Arron Kotlensky. Join PCHS for a hike of Scenic Hudson's West Point Foundry Preserve with archaeologist Arron Kotlensky, who conducted research there while a graduate student at Michigan Technological University in a project sponsored by Scenic Hudson. The foundry operated in Cold Spring from 1818 through 1911, and was a pacesetter in America's Industrial Revolution. Best known for supplying the United States government with ordnance, including the Parrott gun, the foundry also produced some of the nation's first steam engines, locomotives, and ironclad ships. Kotlensky will discuss the foundry's manufacturing process by analyzing the site's natural resources and extant ruins-the centerpiece of Scenic Hudson's future plans for an exciting "outdoor museum." Free for members. $5 for the rest of us. Call 845-265-4010 for more information.
6:30 PM - Experience the sights and sounds of nature at dusk. Listen for owl and other forest-dwelling animals while enjoying the crisp fall air, the scent of pines, and the golden moon. All ages welcome. RSVPs suggested by calling 845-677-7600 x 121 or or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Walk begins at main campus parking area. Long pants, hiking shoes, binoculars, and flashlights recommended. Free and open to the public. Location: Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, 2801 Sharon Tpk., Millbrook.
FDR Home website for more information and further details.
Arts on the Lake for more information.
A workshop for landowners in the Eastern Hudson Highlands. At the Clearpool Education Ctr, Carmel, NY. This workshop will provide landowners with info and tools to get the most out of their woodlands, and learn how to take care of it for future generations. For more information, contact Kristi Sullivan at email@example.com or Laura Heady at firstname.lastname@example.org
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