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Hi Mom! (I just found out she's been reading.)
In a town that's about to loose ~300 acres of trees to pavement, blacktop and other impermeable surfaces, Mahopac has sent at least one tree on to a more glorious fate - to Rockefeller Center.
Mahopac's Peter Acton of Bullet Hole Road, sent his 75 year old, 74 foot tall, 40 foot wide Norway spruce on a short road-trip to stand in New York City's most famous plaza.
Come November 30th it will be officially dedicated with near 30,000 LED lights and stand in its place until just after the holidays. The image, if you can see it, is from FAB's Facebook page.
Putnam County never rests, at least not at the government level. Just this week two Big Stories hit, neither of which the mainstream media sought fit to bother with... at least not yet. So News That Matters breaks more stories though the Putnam Press is hot on the trail of the latter of the two.
Democrats for Leibell. Yeah, you heard that right. While its membership is unknown it held strategy sessions in which a prominent Carmel attorney and a Democratic Party leader were involved and a Mahopac educator who was personally invited by the Senator himself decided was against his best interests to be involved with. After all, isn't the role of a party leader to elect members of their own party and not to collaborate with the opposition? Maybe it was one too many lunches at the Greek Diner with operatives from the Borkowski campaign that pushed them over the edge and solidly into defending the Senator against fellow Democrats.
Now we know why that line was empty in the County Executive's race and why the party in general loses races they should be winning. The real question here is, how long has this been going on and what will the rank and file do about it? If I were a registered Democrat you can be sure there would be a revolution followed by a hanging.
There's not much known about this group other than its entry at the NYS Board of Elections which reads:Next: where have you read this before:
The FEIS has identified several improvements that will be completed by the Project Sponsor [emphasis, mine] to mitigate the increase in traffic resulting from the retail center including:That's right! In an article from May 5 of this year called, "Corporate Welfare, Putnam Style" (which you can read again here).
We hear that Mr. Camarda had approached the Governor for redress of his poverty and got him to agree to release around $1.5 million in transportation funds in a state that is technically bankrupt but seems to have money to dole out to the wealthiest among us while we, well, we struggle without such largess. But the funds need a municipal sponsor and guess which town is up to the task? Stay tuned. If the Putnam Press drops the ball on this you can be sure it will bounce back in our direction.
You know, I've seen your living rooms and dining rooms and guest bedrooms and I know that when your family comes for Thanksgiving they're going to be thinking about the faded paint and shabby look to the place while smiling and nodding and saying, in between chomps of turkey and cranberry sauce, that the house looks great.
There's barely two weeks to head them off and present your very best side to those nattering nabobs and nosy inlaws, the ones whom you know just have to go through your medicine chest looking to see what kind of meds you're on.
Call Taconicarts.com and let's see if we can get a fresh coat of paint on those walls giving your place a slick, clean look like this split-level ranch in the photo. Let's show those city-folk that we know how to live up here in the boondocks.
What's Going On?
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
6:30PM - With Jazz Guitarist Martin Aronchick. At Border's Books at 162 East Main Street in Mount Kisco. (914) 241-8387. Parking is in the back.
7:30PM - 10PM at the Division Street Grill in Peekskill. Featuring jazz pianist Tom Kohl. 26 North Division Street, Peekskill NY 10566. Call for dinner reservations 914 739 6380 www.DivisionStreetGrill.com
2PM - 4PM Brook Farm Veterinary Center. Route 22 and 164 in Patterson. Dogs. Cats. Ferrets. You'll need to bring a photo ID as proof of residency and proof of prior rabies vaccination. Call the Health Department at 856 808-1390 for more information.
5PM - at the Foundry School and Museum in Cold Spring. A Family Place: A Hudson Valley Farm, Three Centuries, Five Wars, One Family. Join PCHS for a lecture and book signing with distinguished author Leila Philip. Philip will read from her award-winning memoir A Family Place: A Hudson Valley Farm, Three Centuries, Five Wars, One Family, talk about how she conducted research for this book, which covers almost three centuries of one family's continuous tenure on a farm in Columbia County, and show a selection of archival photographs which illustrate some of the colorful Hudson Valley past she uncovered, complete with renegade aunts, Civil War heroes, manor lords and tenant farmers. The Putnam County Historical Society & Foundry School Museum is located at 63 Chestnut Street in Cold Spring. Free for members and donors, and $5 for the general public. Space is limited; reservations are strongly suggested. Please call 845-265-4010 or email.
8PM - One of the leading ensembles in the world, The Alexander String Quartet is perhaps best known for its renditions of Mozart, Shostakovich and Beethoven. Not only has this elite quartet played in the top music cities around the globe, it has been a chief supporter of new music, with over 25 commissioned works and many prestigious performances.
8PM - With the Putnam Chorale. Trinity Lutheran Church, Route 6 in Brewster. $15. 845 279-7265 for more information. Opera is an art form in which singers and musicians perform a dramatic work combining text (called a libretto) and musical score. Opera is part of the Western classical music tradition. Opera started in Italy at the end of the 16th century and soon spread through the rest of Europe. With the rise of recording technology, singers such as Enrico Caruso became known to audiences beyond the circle of opera fans. Operas were also performed on (and written for) radio and television.
8:30AM - 1100 ft total ascent. Walk this wooded path to one of the most scenic vistas in the Catskill's, the lookout above Plattekill Clove. Very leisurely pace should make this out and back hike accessible for those who shy away from mountains. See www.MidHudsonADK.org for info. Contact leader Leader: Sue Mackson email@example.com, 845-471-9892 to join. Steady rain cancels. [ Ed note: this is a fine hike I've done myself and the killer view at the end is worth the sweat.
10 AM - Join New York-New Jersey Trail Conference volunteer trail builders at 10am for a hike along the length of a new segment of the Highlands Trail (HT) at Wonder Lake State Park. The 3.7-mile HT section forms the spine of a trail network that Trail Conference volunteers have been working on since 2008. In addition to new hiking and connector trails, the network includes several miles of woods roads suitable for equestrian users. Meet at the parking lot on Ludingtonville Road (accessible from exits 17 and 18 on I-84).
10AM - Join Docent Bob Goldberg on this moderate to difficult (2-3 sneaker) ‘Whole Lot of History’ walk that will be 3-4 miles in length roundtrip on both level and uphill terrain. Explore the area that was slated, in the 1890's, for a scenic railway up Dunderberg Mountain leading to a hilltop resort. Walkers will also traverse part of the 1777 trail that Anthony Wayne used to attack Stony Point during the American Revolution. Pack a trail lunch to enjoy along the walk.
Noon - Did you know that most of the rocks below your feet in Dutchess County came from far away? Come explore geological time and the processes that shape the landscape we know and love. From frost heaving and creep, through runoff and stream erosion, to glaciers and ancient thrust faulting, we’ll learn to read the land for evidence of change. A steady climb to the top of south Canoo Hill will reveal the Shawangunks and Catskills in the distance, and the story they tell of river deltas and mountain-formation. Events are free and open to the public. For additional information, please contact Pamela Freeman via phone (845) 677-7600 x121. Location: Meet at main campus parking lot, 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44) in Millbrook, New York.
Historic buildings represent one of the most sustainable forms of construction, and many of these structures have inherent energy conserving features that are often overlooked. Unique approaches to rehabilitation and restoration are essential in order to preserve historic character and to minimize the potential for unintended consequences that may result from ill-conceived or poorly implemented energy-related upgrades. This presentation will cover an introduction on Historic Preservation, review of the 2010 Energy Conservation Code of NYS, the top 10 things to keep in mind when "greening" an historic structure, and case studies. 1 AIA CEU will likely be available for this event. Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main Street, Beacon, NY
From Jerry Ravnitsky
7PM - Mapping the Floor of the Hudson River Estuary - Using sonar to map fish habitat and investigate contaminant transport in the Estuary. Presenter: John W. Ladd, Ph.D., Benthic Mapping Coordinator, Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, Hudson River Estuary Program, NYS Dept Environmental Conservation, Ossining, NY
7PM - Join the Cary Institute for a free public screening of Carbon Nation, a witty and optimistic documentary about climate change solutions. The 90-minute film details how fighting climate change can boost local economies, improve public health, and strengthen national security. Learn what people are already doing, what we as a nation could be doing, and what the world needs to do to stave off climate change by moving to a low-carbon economy. Events are free and open to the public. For additional information, please contact Pamela Freeman via phone (845) 677-7600 x121.
10AM - 4PM (repeats tomorrow, Sunday November 21.) If you are shopping for high-quality, unique and affordable gifts or if you simply want to furnish your home with new art, Arts on the Lake may have what you’re looking for. AotL is proud to announce its first Affordable Art Show to be held at the Center on Saturday, November 20th and Sunday, November 21st from 10:00-4:00. Those who “oohed and aahed” over the high quality and scope of the art exhibited at AotL’s Annual Fall Members’ Art Show now have an opportunity to shop for pocket-friendly fine art created by the Center’s member artists. AotL is located at 640 Route 52, Kent Lakes , New York 10512. For further information call 845 228-2685.
9:00AM - 3:30PM. Norrie Point Environmental Center, Staatsburg, NY Hosted by American Rivers. Funded by and in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Estuary Program, and the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission.
Noon - 5PM Our 2010 Craft Showcase & Sale will be on display in our beautiful, re-built Gallery space at 521 Kennicut Hill Rd. in Mahopac. Join us for this 16th annual juried collection featuring fine crafts from 40+ regional crafts artists including pottery, jewelry, wearables, candles, soaps and lotions, ornaments and more, more, more. A limited number of framed photographs and matted prints will be available. Great gifts for everyone, you, and your dog, too!
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the Hudson River Estuary Program, in partnership with the SUNY New Paltz Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach, the Hudson River Watershed Alliance will host a conference on Water Resources and the Regional Economy. Confirmed Speakers are Maurice Hinchey, Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck, and NYSDEC Assistant Commissioner for Water Resources James Tierney. Expected audience: Municipal staff, engineers, planners, environmental groups, and volunteers involved in green infrastructure and low impact development planning projects. For more information and regular updates visit: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/4920.html, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and put "Water Conference" in the subject line.
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