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Opponents speak out against U.S. Coast Guard anchorage proposal

By Kristine Coulter

(Continued from Cover)  According to the proposed rule by the Coast Guard, “We are considering proposing that a Newburgh Anchorage Ground would cover approximately 445 acres for up to five vessels with a draft of less than 32 feet toward the northern end and less than 22 feet toward the southern end for long term usage. It would provide a vessel swing radius of approximately 1,800 feet for each vessel.”

“This is the river that actually shaped Manhattan and built New York,” Skartados told those gathered.

Kate Hudson, Director Cross Watershed Initiatives, Riverkeeper, said the proposal would be “turning our river into a parking lot.”

“It is an accident waiting to happen. It is an accident the river won’t be able to recover from,” Hudson noted. She called for a full comprehensive environmental review to be done.

Director of Public Policy for Scenic Hudson Andy Bicking stated, “Those of you who have lived in Beacon [most of your lives] remember” when Long Dock Park was an old industrial site that no one came to.

He said with work from officials and the community, the waterfront was able to be transformed where people congregate and tourists visit.

“People are coming to the riverfront like never before,” stated Bicking. The Coast Guard’s proposal is putting “all of that in jeopardy” and “potentially at risk,” said Bicking.

Read the full story in this week’s print edition.

4-H kids, parents, farmers
all admire smiling ‘Doc Hart’

Dr. Douglas Hart, (a.k.a. “Fair Vet”) left, holds the halter of the Supreme Junior Champion of the Open Show at the 2015 Dutchess County Fair. Also pictured are longtime friends and farmers Elizabeth and Tim Coon and their grandson, Joshua Finley. Photo by Curtis Schmidt

by Curtis Schmidt

For longtime 4-H volunteer leader Trish Nelson, it’s been one of her most cherished Dutchess County Fair memories dating back to the 1970s. It has been the repeated announcements over the loudspeaker system: “Doc Hart to the dairy barn” or just about any other location with farm animals.

And 23-year 4-H volunteer leader Gretchen Burnett and her husband Blaine, the Fair’s longtime Sheep Superintendent, said “When we saw Doc Hart’s truck pull in, we knew everything was going to be OK with the animals at the Fair.”

The “Fair Vet” is “pulling back” a little these days, handling only small animals, and Dr. Isaac Angell is the new on-site veterinarian at the Fair.

One of the most respected members of the Dutchess County Agricultural Society, which operates the Fair, veterinarian Dr. Douglas Hart of Pine Plains has been known for his easy smile, gentle and reassuring demeanor and always being there to help and educate youngsters.

And yes, according to many, he’s also a great storyteller.

“Doc Hart” as he became known, started his unofficial role as the “Fair Vet” in the late 1970s.

“There was no official designation, it just kind of happened,” said Dr. Hart. “I love being around kids, animals and parents and I always showed a few Holsteins, so I was always there (at the Fair) anyway. I’m a Board member (DCAS) who just happens to be a vet.”

Read the full story in this week’s print edition.

Also in the Aug 24-30, 2016 issue:

  • Putnam Hospital president appointed

Peter Kelly

Peter Kelly has joined Health Quest as the president of Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel.

“I’m delighted to be at Putnam Hospital Center and look forward to participating in the further development of Health Quest and the benefits it will bring to the hospital and the patients we serve,” Kelly said.

Kelly replaces James Caldas, who left the organization after serving as president of the hospital for two-and-a-half years.
“Peter’s reputation for driving change and setting bold goals will help us progress toward our vision of top-decile performance,” Health Quest President Robert Friedberg said.

Putnam Hospital Center is a 164-bed, acute care hospital offering medical, surgical, psychiatric and 24/7 emergency services. As the only hospital in Putnam County, Putnam Hospital Center has been serving the needs of Putnam, northern Westchester and southern Dutchess counties since 1964.


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