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At noon-thirty yesterday it was 93.7 at News That Matters Central. A line of thunderstorms moved through late yesterday afternoon and several areas are still without power as of this writing (0830). According to the NYSEG website 3,741 customers are without power in Putnam county this morning.
By the way, did you know that NYSEG is owned by a Spanish conglomerate, Iberdrola, S.A., that claims to be the largest renewable energy operator in the world? Rumor has it they've set up an Incongruity Collector at the Putnam County Courthouse and is powering county customers off Legislative committee meetings. Like I said, it's just a rumor.
Heroism. The Real Deal.
More than 500 men, women and children are marching 50 miles through the heart of West Virginia's coal country to bring awareness to strip mining practices that have devastated the environment, local communities and the public health in the Mountain State. After seeing strip mining (also known as mountaintop removal) first hand and its effects, hydrofracking proposed for central new York State is a May Day walk-in-the-park in comparison.
Yet hundreds of square miles of West Virginia's mountains have simply ceased to exist in order to feed our incessant need for dirty, coal energy. Where simple conservation could have prevented much of what's going on down there, West Virginia's own congressional delegation is dead set against any restrictions on this horrific practice and instead are insisting on *fewer* restrictions, more government handouts to mining companies and have displayed a total disregard to their own constituents. But the mining companies and their lobbyists fill their campaign coffers and just like our own Nan Hayworth, they, like she, votes with the money.
The March on Blair Mountain mimics a similar event in 1921 but with different consequences. But why Blair Mountain? Because in August of 1921, following escalating tensions between miners and mine owners, Blair Mountain was the scene of an epic battle which was the largest armed uprising in the United States since the civil war. In the end near 100 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in an effort to create safer working conditions and collective bargaining rights for West Virginia’s coal miners. Logan County Sheriff Don Chafin went so far as to drop bombs on striking miners and President Warren Harding threatened to send Federal troops – and additional bombers – in order to put the workers down – kill them all, if necessary. Nine hundred and eighty-five miners were tried for treason and other crimes and many went to prison for their roles in defending labor (that’s you, by the way) against the mining company owners who still control your lives to this very day.
Today, these new marchers walk with images of that battle fresh in their minds. I am sorry I cannot be with them but I send out the very best vibes I can and encourage all of you to do the same.
Photo by Cheshire Tongkat All rights reserved by March on Blair Mountain
Photo by Paul Corbit Brown All rights reserved by March on Blair Mountain
Photo by Cheshire Tongkat All rights reserved by March on Blair Mountain
From the Charleston (WV) Daily Telegraph:
"This specific march is about not letting them strip mine Blair Mountain, because it is so important to our local history and to national history," Keeney said. "(The coal companies) can mine all of the land under Blair Mountain. Underground mining creates twice as many jobs as surface mining. The biggest thing that those who oppose us are saying is that we are trying to destroy jobs, but the fact of the matter is if they save Blair Mountain and underground mine it, it creates twice as many jobs, so that's a bad argument."
Like Lambs to the Slaughter. Maybe.
It seems Putnam County's Democrats have finally found a guy to run against MaryEllen Odell making her coronation a little less certain. Rumor has it that Kent resident and Mahopac accountant Alan Schneider will carry the flame for them into November.
Scuttlebutt is that MEO's way-too-close close connection with the Senator Who Shall Not Be Named is making many Republicans consider switching party votes this election and actually crossing over to vote on the "D" line. Stranger things have happened!
But if last year is any indication MEO won't be reaching out to Democrats, registered blanks or any other party that is either centrist or left-of-center feeling that she doesn't need them to win. That was her undoing last year so perhaps she's learned her lesson? If she repeats her foolish mistake she just might walk away the loser - again.
While we're on the subject of the SWSNBN, take a look at the June 8th edition of "No Country For Sane Men", the region's newest on-point (which means, "no bullshit") blogsite for more on him and his current antics.
Only From the Mind of GM
After driving itself into the ground and out of business in order to increase profits by selling us Humvees, the US Auto Industry led by General Motors CEO Dan Akerson, is now saying that the Feds should implement a $1 per gallon tax increase on gasoline to encourage Americans to buy smaller, fuel efficient cars. But just earlier this year this same dude said that if gasoline went to $4.50 a gallon that people would stop visiting his showrooms. So, what's with this?
And while we're talking about gasoline prices have you noticed that they've been coming down? At my local GasMart they're now at $4.03 a gallon, regular. And remember what I wrote a month ago? The prices went up and up and the moment the President signaled the energy industry had gouged us enough and promised "investigations" they quietly came down again. What was all that talk about speculators? Folks, it was greed plain and simple and your government was directly involved in this transfer of wealth from the working classes to the monied classes.
New handicapped accessible AT at Bear Mountain opens. Photo by Jeremy Apgar.200 people gathered on the summit of Bear Mountain June 4, National Trails Day, to celebrate the opening of a new 1.3-mile Appalachian Trail loop that includes a 0.4-mile section of handicapped accessible trail.
5:30PM - 7:30PM - Join musician Chris Ruhe of the Howland Wolves and have fun at an Old Fashioned Family Sing-A-Long at Stony Kill on Friday, June 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. across from the Barn. In case of inclement weather, the program will not be held. The Sing-A-Longs will also take place on June 24; July 8; July 22; August 5; and August 19. We look forward to seeing you!
7PM - New natural gas extraction technology has led to an increase in the exploration of organic-rich shale in the United States. In New York State, the Marcellus Shale formation has captured the public’s attention. Will gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale be a boon, providing cleaner domestic energy, or a bust, contaminating our air and water resources? Find out answers from Duke University’s Rob Jackson. His research captures the latest science on the impacts of shale-gas extraction and fracking.
8:30PM - The legendary Tannahill Weavers, one of Scotland's premier traditional bands, play a diverse repertoire that spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians consistently garner worldwide accolades for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better ...yet continue to do just that. "An especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new." -New York Times; "Scotland's Tannahill Weavers play acoustic instruments, but the atmosphere at their shows is electric! The quintet is as tight and as versatile as any band in the Celtic music revival. They can summon rock 'n' roll intensity or haunting introspection." -The Boston Globe; "...as close to perfect as it gets in an imperfect world." -Sing Out! At the Towne Crier Cafe - $30 advance/ $35 door
4PM - With over 400 attendees and all campsites filled, last year's event was our most successful ever. Reserve early to make sure you and your family can join the fun this year!
6PM - 9PM Putnam Valley Parks and Rec. will be holding a Mardi Gras and Masquerade with Music event on Saturday at the Town Park from 6-9 P.M. Participation is free. The pig roast is $5. per plate. With music by Le Tchoup. Those who observe Kashrut and Halal need not apply.
7:30pm Aztec Two Step comes to Belle Levine! These guys have been mesmerizing audiences for over 40 years and our Gallery is the ultimate intimate setting! Tickets are only $35./30. for members and reservations are requested. At the Putnam Arts Council, Mahopac.
8PM - Six new one-act plays from Tony Howarth's Playwright's Workshop. Plays by Pat O'Connor, Gabby Fox and Carol Mark, directed by Tony Howarth. At the Cultural Center on Lake Carmel, Route 52 just south of the Route 311 Causeway. See Above for More Information.
10:00am - 6:00pm - Open house festivities include hayrides, barbecue cookout, and samples of Hudson Valley Fresh milk and other local products. Paintings by farmer Josh Morgenthau will be featured in an art show as well. Call 845/897-4377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about the open house, "pick your own" schedule, and other farm happenings.
Noon - 5:00PM - Available strawberry treats will include sublime strawberry shortcake that is baked on-site, as well as smoothies and hand-dipped chocolate-covered berries. Local vendors will also be on hand with a variety of food and crafts. There will be live music throughout and many educational and environmental booths. And of course the Woody Guthrie, a wooden replica of a gaff-rigged Hudson River ferry sloop, will be on hand for free sails on the Hudson during the festival. On the river side of the Beacon Train Station.
Friday, June 17
Free Movie and Farmer's Market
6PM - Come spend a Friday night (June 17) at the Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park on Gipsy Trail Road in Kent, and enjoy a free movie, picnic area, farm stands and more. There will be animals gentle enough to hold and pet, farm-fresh food to buy and enjoy and lots of information about farming in Putnam County.
7:30PM - A screening & discussion with the Director/Producer/Filmmaker – Karen Person presented by The Schoolhouse and the Putnam Arts Council. Join us as we return to 1969 with Buzz Aldrin as he unfolds the story of Apollo 11 landing on the Moon and provides insight and context to this historic event. The film reflects the space program of that era, its triumphs and tragedies, and documents the culmination of an young, optimistic President’s promise. Film to be screened in the Schoolhouse Theater – 3 Owens Rd., Croton Falls, NY Tickets $10 which includes light refreshments. Reservations recommended – 914.277.8477(Schoolhouse) or 845.803.8622 (PAC).
Noon - Join comic mime Robert Rivest for this hilarious program. We will travel the world with humor, laughter and our incredible imaginations. This fun-filled show is full of audience participation and laugh-out-loud interaction! At the Kent Public Library, Route 52 in Kent Lakes.
8:30PM - Folk-pop artist Sloan Wainwright belongs to a musical dynasty of impossibly gifted singer-songwriters. Her family tree (brother and folk-music luminary Loudon Wainwright, sister-in-law Kate McGarrigle, nephew Rufus Wainwright, nieces Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche) reads like a who's who of contemporary folk music. Sloan's incredible gift is not only her unique songwriting ability but her dramatically voiced rendition of her original songs. "She's folk-influenced, obviously (you can't grow up in the First Family of Folk and not be, one imagines), but the real star here is her voice. Warm and smoky and smooth, it makes her earthy, ominous lyrics seem all the more intense." Defying standard categorization, singer/songwriter Sloan Wainwright consistently demonstrates her easy command of a variety of American musical styles --pop, folk, jazz and blues-- held together by the melodious tone of her rich contralto. The end result, a un! ique and soulful hybrid. "A lot of singer-songwriters are whitebread. Sloan is whole grain." -WFMT Radio, Rich Warren; "...Sloan Wainwright, whose regal voice could fell a redwood." -The Boston Globe; "...earth mother voice that she pours into unexpectedly sensitive blends of folk, jazz, blues and funk." -The New York Times $25 advance/ $30 door At the Towne Crier Cafe
7PM - Since 1988, the Towne Crier has hosted Open Mics which have attracted musicians from all over the Hudson Valley and the tri-state area. It has been referred to by many as the finest open mic in the northeast because of the comfortable, respectful atmosphere and good sound. This open mic attracts high-caliber talent, some of which have gone on to become national attractions, such as Sloan Wainwright, "Gandalf Murphy," The Mammals, etc. all seats $8
5PM - In celebration of Creek Week and Dutchess County Watershed Awareness Month the Cary Institute and Cornell Cooperative Extension will host an interpretive hike along the Wappinger Creek Trail. This family friendly event will engage children and adults in hands-on activities. Participants will sample macro-invertebrates and learn about water quality issues. Wear sturdy waterproof shoes and bring your camera and drinking water. To RSVP please visit http://carywappingercreekwalk.eventbrite.com/?ref=ebtn. Location: Cary East (Gifford House) parking area, located at 2917 Sharon Turnpike (Rte. 44) in Millbrook, N.Y.
1PM - 6PM - Help us celebrate the opening of this new and improved Hudson Riverfront park in high style. Take to the water on a free kayak paddle, try out a new bike on the Klara Sauer Trail, join a guided tour of exciting park features, including Scenic Hudson’s River Center, our new venue for arts and environmental activities. If that’s not enough, you can test your mettle at hula-hooping and enjoy a great lineup of live performers—all while admiring magnificent Hudson River vistas.
7PM - Climatologist Dr. Michael Mann will review the evidence for human influence on the climate, including measurements available for the past two centuries and paleoclimate observations spanning more than a millennium. He will also address how climate change will influence the world we live in, from sea level rise and severe weather to changes in the water supply. His lecture will conclude with a frank discussion about possible solutions to the climate change. A key contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, Dr. Mann is author of more than 130 peer-reviewed and edited publications, and recently co-authored the book “Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming” with colleague Lee Kump. He is also a co-founder and avid contributor to the award-winning science website www.realclimate.org. Location: Cary Institute's auditorium, located at 2801 Sharon Turnpike (Route 44) in Millbrook, New York.
Seaside Park, Bridgeport, CT - Gathering of the Vibes, the Northeast’s acclaimed music festival destination, will “bring the magic” once again with a 4-day extravaganza of eclectic music, arts and community, July 21-24, 2011 at Connecticut’s magnificent Seaside Park. The rumor mill is swirling with artist announcements around the corner. Gathering of the Vibes promises its most spectacular and diverse lineup to date, delivering over 40 hours of music on multiple stages. Powerhouse Vibes alumni include: The Allman Brothers, Crosby Stills & Nash, Furthur with Phil Lesh & Bob Weir, James Brown, The Black Crowes, and Damian Marley and Nas, alongside breakout acts like Umphrey’s McGee, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Jackie Greene, and tri-state favorites The McLovins. The Vibes also warmly embraces new, virtually unknown artists, who may submit music for consideration through sonic bids.
10AM - 6PM - Come on out to the 11th Annual Daniel Nimham Inter-tribal Pow Wow at the Veteran's park on Gipsy Trail road in Kent. (The place with the "Helicopter on a Stick" and the "Tank in a Cage") With host drum: Nimham Mountain Singers, co-host drum: Red Storm Drum and Dance Troupe. For more information click here.
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