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October 2008 News (19)

Seven Things I Like About Charlene Vesuvius, But Could Love Even More

3. The baristas at the Muddy Cup can be incredibly surly. Last week, a friend of mine, visiting from Tampa, went in one morning and nearly had her hot latte flung at her by the snarling young woman who'd deigned to make it. My wife Claire had a comparable experience the first time we ventured into the place, this past May. On neither occasion was the barista harried; there was no one else in the place! So far as I am able to ascertain, such shenanigans don't offend Charlene any more than they… Continue

Added by Chuck Pompeii on October 31, 2008 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Madam Brett Park Getting Enhancements

By Michael Woyton

Poughkeepsie Journal

BEACON - In the middle of the city, in a former industrial area along the Fishkill Creek, is a 12-acre park that used to be part of a 27,000-acre estate.

Joe Kiernan, associate park planner for Scenic Hudson Inc., said Madam Brett Park combines human history and natural history.

"It's a peaceful little spot which is kind of tucked away," he said. "Even people who have lived in Beacon don't know it's… Continue

Added by Kelly Kingman on October 29, 2008 at 10:57am — 2 Comments

Problems with Accounts?

I couldn't login... had to create a new account? Anyone know why? It said my email didn't exist, my account didn't exist. Any yet my profile exists as a member? I'm confused.

Added by Gregory H Strong on October 29, 2008 at 9:13am — 2 Comments

PK Journal's Photos of the Hocus Pocus Parade

by Karl Rabe

Click here for more.

Added by Kelly Kingman on October 28, 2008 at 4:45pm — 1 Comment

Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries receives part of $1.4M grant

Beacon Institute and Clarkson University Win Coveted National Science Foundation Award

Schumer, Hall, McHugh, Saland, Leibell Laud Institutions for Environmental Leadership

$1.4 Million Grant Will Expand Innovative STEM Curriculum in Troy, Dutchess County and St. Lawrence River Valley High Schools

BEACON, NY, Oct 23, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries and Clarkson University today announced they have been jointly awarded… Continue

Added by Kelly Kingman on October 27, 2008 at 3:16pm — No Comments

CPR & First Aid classes @ Mt Tops...anyone interested?

We are thinking about offering CPR and First Aid classes at our shop. They would be taught by a Red Cross certified instructor and be geared towards everyone, not hikers specifically although the teacher is also a licensed hiking guide. Would anyone be interested? We need to get about 10 people to fill the class. Weeknights vs weekends? It would run 2 evenings total at the price set by the Red Cross $95.

As our way of saying thank you, discounts will be offered at the shop for all… Continue

Added by Katy & Buddy on October 23, 2008 at 11:23am — 1 Comment

BBQ Aficionados Take Note

Miz Hattie's Southern BBQ — a smoky fixture of the Sloop Club festivals — may soon have an outpost at our Sunday farmer's market. Hallelujah!! I can't wait for that, since Paul and I lined up for 'cue today at the Pumpkin Fest only to find they'd sold out in 2.5 hours due to overwhelming turnout.

For anyone who has been unable to sample Hattie & Eric Hess' true North Carolina-style pulled pork, hickory-smoked pork ribs, and the best coleslaw you'll ever have, call her and have… Continue

Added by Kelly Kingman on October 19, 2008 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Last weekend for Open Air Sculpture + Farm Animals!

The third annual Collaborative Concepts at Saunders Farm exhibit of out door sculpture in Garrison runs through 10/31. The exhibit organized by Collaborative Concepts features the work of some 50 artists spread over the 100 acre farm. The exhibit is free, open daily from 10 am to dusk. Wear your wellies!

Added by Kelly Kingman on October 19, 2008 at 6:35pm — No Comments

Looking for local artisans for holiday craft fair at Shambhala Yoga Center

Hi all!

Shambhala is hosting their first annual holiday craft fair the second Saturday in Dec. We are currently looking for crafts people/artisans who would like to set up a booth in our studio and sell their wares. Our request is that the merchandise be affordable (price point $75ish or lower please!). Please let us know as soon as possible if you would be interested, or know someone else who would be. You can email us here, or email us through our web site:… Continue

Added by Shambhala Yoga Center on October 16, 2008 at 4:17pm — 20 Comments

Photo reviews redux

I take no offense to Ms. Vesuvius's statements regarding my work as "clearly a placeholder" (ouch!). Her words and expressions are subjective and should be duly noted as such. The response to my work and the gallery has been overwhelmingly positive, so Ms. Vesuvius is clearly in the minority. I would suppose Ms. Vesuvius would say that those positive responses are from the uninformed and lack the intellectual understanding she has of Contemporary Photography. That would be sad if true as I… Continue

Added by Rob Penner on October 15, 2008 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Meet the candidates – the OTHER candidates

In addition to the Barack-n-John show, we the people may consider the following for president: Bob Barr (Libertarian), Roger Calero (Socialist Workers), Cynthia McKinney (Green), Gloria La Riva (Party for Socialism and Liberation), and, of course, Ralph Nader (Independent).

But wait – that’s not all!

After fruitlessly searching the Dutchess County Board of Election website, I finally came upon and this cool… Continue

Added by Kelly Kingman on October 13, 2008 at 11:21pm — 1 Comment

Port Authority fighting auction of Stewart landing slots

By Michael Randall

Times Herald-Record

October 10, 2008 6:00 AM

STEWART AIRPORT — The Port Authority will seek an injunction to stop a federal plan to auction takeoff and landing times at the three major New York City-area airports.

Spokesman Pasquale DiFulco said the plan could hurt smaller markets like Stewart International Airport. Port Authority operates all four airports.

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation… Continue

Added by Kelly Kingman on October 13, 2008 at 11:20am — No Comments

This is news? NY Times on visiting Dia

Yesterday's Travel section in the Times featured an article about visiting Beacon titled Art and Calm Just Up the Hudson. Hardly news, not to mention that there's so much more to see than just Dia that the article doesn't even acknowledge.

What was nice is that the times did discover the very-recently opened Marlena's Kitchen and has this to say: "a tiny yolk-colored shop serving handmade pirogis… Continue

Added by Kelly Kingman on October 13, 2008 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Beacon Cycles

Just Picked up my Bike from our brand new local shop, and it is riding quite smoothly after a much needed tune up. Tom seems like a nice guy, and it felt good spending the money in town.

I've also been to "wheels n heels" in Wappinger's Falls. They were also friendly, but I haven't had any work done there.

Added by Paul O'Hanlon on October 8, 2008 at 3:56pm — 1 Comment

Public meetings to be held on improving bus service

via the Poughkeepsie Journal:

The Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Transportation Council will hold two public meetings on Oct. 16 to talk about the Dutchess County Transit Development Plan.

The council will present the plan to residents.

The plan calls for streamlining LOOP bus routes, establishing bus services through reservations, and other issues, a release said.

For the City of Poughkeepsie bus system, the number of routes would stay the same, but…

Added by Kelly Kingman on October 8, 2008 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Local-ish Oktoberfest beers get top marks from the Times

Eric Asimov wrote last week "... appearing right about now in bars and shops near you are the seasonal brews reminiscent of those that long ago toasted both the Bavarian harvest and, incidentally, the return of the brewing season, which in the times before refrigeration coincided with cooler weather."

Regardless of the color,…

Added by Kelly Kingman on October 8, 2008 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Roasted Butternut Squash with Shallots and Thyme

A classic from Cook's Illustrated... check out the Common Ground farm stand at the market this Sunday.

Serves 4

2 pounds butternut squash , peeled and cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes

6 medium shallots , peeled

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves

Table salt and ground black pepper

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Put squash and shallots in roasting pan large enough to hold them without crowding. Toss with oil, and season with… Continue

Added by Kelly Kingman on October 6, 2008 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Still Time to Volunteer on the Sloop Clearwater

There’s still time to come and volunteer on the sloop for a week before the end of this year’s sailing season!

We are in great need of volunteer educators for the last two weeks of October. Now is your chance to come aboard and join the Clearwater crew as we sail the Hudson during the beautiful fall season.

If you’re interested call Brian Mohan at 845-454-7673, or send him an email at, or simply print… Continue

Added by Kelly Kingman on October 6, 2008 at 2:06pm — No Comments

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