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I want to thank the voters for electing Greg Ball to the State Senate. You've insured me two solid years of excellent comic material. It also gives me the opportunity to consider running for the Senate two years hence which would be a pip and oh, so much fun and, once the 'baggers have shown they cannot govern the monster they've created, should be an easy win for almost anyone.
In my column on Wednesday I noted that the county legislature now, with the sad loss of Tony Fusco, had only two opposition voices. But I received an email yesterday from a reader telling me that Kent's rep to the County, Richie Othmer, had a Maryellen bumper sticker on his truck and also that Vinnie Tamagna had signed onto a campaign advertisement in the latest edition of the FOX Courier. (They don't read me and I don't read them so how could I know?) So, make that three-and-a-half voices in opposition. It's looking just a little better for democracy this morning.
While we do not know what form a Leibell administration will take, we're all pretty sure that after the purges and the meted out punishment to the opposition, things should settle down and we'll get a clearer picture of where the county will be heading over the next four years and whether or not adjustments will need to be made during next years Legislative races. But keep a careful eye on his relationship with the County Sheriff. Vinny likes having a personal police force and you will not be served by one. Stay tuned!If you live in the Town of Southeast and you've had it 'up to here' with crap, consider separating out and joining Connecticut. There's a petition you can sign here.
In the latest edition of, Environment DEC, the state claims that marijuana is an invasive species. They write, "In addition, marijuana disrupts the natural ecosystems found in state lands and, consequently, is regarded as an invasive species." This is from a column saying that the state is finding large plots of marijuana growing on state land. The solution is obvious: legalize, and growers can use their backyards instead.
And then in yesterdays NYJN we have a picture of three sheriffs holding up some of the 125 marijuana plants they found scattered through the woods of Putnam County this year. From the picture, the story is either old and released now for unknown reasons or growers in the county have found frost/freeze-free plants. If it's the latter, we really should commend the growers, patent the seeds and make a killing.Last week I mentioned that comet Hartley 2 was passing our home planet and gave directions of where to look for it in the night sky. NASA thought it a good idea to take a look as well and send their Deep Impact probe out to take a look around and see what they could see. It's there, on the right. Click through to read more about it at SpaceWeather.Com
One the Hudson Valley's most active pro-democracy activist, Connie Hogarth, lost her husband, Art Kamell last night. Our sympathies go out to her, her family and their friends.
7:30PM (repeats Saturday) Brewster High School Presents: Picasso at the Lapin Agile is a play written by Steve Martin in 1993. Concerns the characters of Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso, who meet at a bar called the Lapin Agile (Nimble Rabbit) in Montmartre, Paris. It is set on October 8, 1904, and both men are on the verge of an amazing idea (Einstein will publish his special theory of relativity in 1905 and Picasso will paint Les Demoiselles d'Avignon when they find themselves at the Lapin Agile, where they have a lengthy debate about the value of and talent while interacting with a host of other characters including Elvis Presley.
8:30AM - at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. Local experts will present scientific information from the updated "Natural Resource Inventory" and discuss how it can be used by elected/appointed officials, educators, and the public to improve their knowledge of the county's natural resources and inform planning. $10 registration fee covers lunch. www.ccedutchess.org (845) 677-8223 ext. 153
9AM - Enjoy the change of seasons amidst the cedars and grasses in the Slocum Mostachetti Preserve, Wingdale, NY. Oblong Land Conservancy First Saturdays hosts Barbara Butler, Waterman Bird Club. Free. http://dl.dropbox.com/u/5144818/smp_birdwalk_email.pdf. ; RSVP: Stancy DuHamel: 917-328-8184 or email@example.com
1PM - 4PM Opening reception. 17 seconds: The average time spent viewing an artwork in a gallery. Have you ever wished there was more interaction at art exhibits? Some studies show that 17 seconds is the average time spent looking at a painting in a gallery. The Reflectionist exhibition strives to engage you a bit longer and encourages your feedback to the paintings and the artists' statements. You are invited to “talk back” and jot down your comments. Admission: Free. At the Opening Reception the Friends of the Kent Library will have a select sale of art-related books. At Arts on the Lake on Route 52, just south of Route 311. Repeats tomorrow and next weekend.
3PM-5PM The Wallkill River School of Art will hold an opening reception and live auction of local "plein air" works of art to benefit the art school and the Orange County Land Trust. Artists from the Wallkill River School have been painting outdoors throughout the summer on protected farmland and other important lands conserved by the Orange County Land Trust. Location: Wallkill River School of Art Gallery, 232 Ward Street (Route 17K) in Montgomery
7PM - 10PM - Sampling delicious local foods, bidding on exciting Hudson Valley products and services, and even getting a jump on holiday shopping will all be part of the festivities at the Common Ground Farm Harvest Auction. The second annual benefit event will be held Saturday, November 6 at 7 pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall at 850 Wolcott Avenue (Route 9D) in Beacon.
9AM - We will conduct a cleanup of the public fishing access areas along the Ten Mile River in Dover. We will meet at 9:00am at Boyce Park in Wingdale, just north of the Ketchum Fire House at the intersection of Route 55 and County Route 21/Pleasant Ridge Road, east of the light on Route 22. It's the park with all the ball fields, you can't miss it. We'll consolidate into a couple of vehicles and stop at the public fishing access areas to pick up litter. We should be done by 12:00am. Gloves and garbage bags will be provided. Keep in mind that some of these areas are adjacent to busy streets so it might not be a good idea to bring small children along. Don Jiskra with the Mid-Hudson Chapter of Trout Unlimited has organized this clean-up. He can be reached at 845-855-7357 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send Don a note if you plan to attend.
email@example.com to confirm your attendance. There is a $4 minimum food/beverage purchase.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Laura Heady at email@example.com
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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