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7/10/19 Highlights of this week's edition...


Beacon 3D hits Main Street

By Kristine Coulter

(Continued from Home Page) There are 14 sculptures for locals and visitors to see.

“So far it’s been positively received,” Smolen remarked about the feedback this year.

Beacon 3D, said Smolen, brings “humor, fun, color, joy, hopefully in a free, five and a half month long exhibition; opportunity for the public to learn more about local and regional artists and different mediums.”

On the beacon3d.org website the artists give statements about their works.

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


Adventures, memories await
as balloon festival approaches


Balloon crew volunteers perform a variety of duties before take-off and after landing. About 75 volunteers are being sought to train and help at the Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival on July 12, 13 and 14 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. Inset: Tod and Beth Snyder, who were engaged during a balloon flight, ride in a ‘chase” vehicle. Courtesy photos

By Curtis Schmidt

Working as a volunteer with a hot-air balloon crew creates great adventures and lasting memories. Don’t believe it? Just ask Beth and Tod Snyder.

The couple from Wappingers Falls took a flight with balloonists Michele and Roger Hooper of Poughkeepsie 23 years ago and it became their absolute best memory. It turned out to be an “engagement flight.”

Tod tells the story:
“The weekend I originally tried to do it was during the Poughkeepsie Balloon Festival in May of that year, but got bumped due to weather conditions. So we did it the following week. The plan was - as we got close to a landing spot - the pilot would alert the crew with a cue of saying there were ‘turkeys in the field’ (back then we communicated via hand-held radios) and the ground crew was supposed to roll out a 20-foot banner that said ‘Beth I love you. Will you marry me?’


Inside the Jul 10-16, 2019 issue:

  • Day at the Beach at Red Wing
    Park set Sunday in East Fishkill

By Kristine Coulter
The 3rd annual Day at the Beach will be held on Sunday, July 14, from noon until 4 p.m. at Red Wing Park in East Fishkill. The event is for children and families of all abilities.
“It’s for adults and children with special needs,” said East Fishkill Recreation Director Janet McHugh. Beach Day is free and open to all.

  • Hear how FDR and Hoover clashed over the New Deal July 18

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum presents an author talk and signing with Eric Rauchway author of “Winter War: Hoover, Roosevelt, And The First Clash Over The New Deal,” on Thursday, July 18, at 7 p.m. The event will be held in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home.
This is a free public event but registration is required.
Visit www.fdrlibrary.org to register.

  • BOE members sworn in

The three incumbent Board of Education members for the Beacon City School District that won re-election were sworn in during the board’s July 1 meeting, held at Beacon High School.
Meredith Heuer, Michael Rutkoske and Antony Tseng took the oath for board members.
Kelly Pologe was sworn in as the clerk for the district.
Nominations were taken for the board president and vice president positions. Board members voted in current president Anthony White for the position of board president. Heuer was voted in as vice president once again.
The two students who will be on the board “will start at our first meeting in September,” noted Superintendent of Schools Dr. Matthew Landahl. He added that the students are excited about the opportunity.

  • Beacon Performing Arts Center to perform ‘Heathers’ July 18-20

By Kristine Coulter
Beacon Performing Arts Center (BPAC), located on Main St. in Beacon, has been working on its next production. The next show will be “Heathers.” Performances will take place at Beacon High School’s Pete & Toshi Seeger Theater, 101 Matteawan Road, from Thursday, July 18 through Saturday, July 20. Tickets are available online at www.BeaconPerformingArtsCenter.com. This production of “Heathers” is directed by Jake Vander Linden. Kate Vander Linden directed the music and the choreography is by Tim Grady. All are co-founders of BPAC and all are former Broadway national touring artists.

  • Dutchess County Senior Assistant Public Defender honored with Statewide Award

By Kristine Coulter
Beacon Performing Arts Center (BPAC), located on Main St. in Beacon, has been working on its next production. The next show will be “Heathers.” Performances will take place at Beacon High School’s Pete & Toshi Seeger Theater, 101 Matteawan Road, from Thursday, July 18 through Saturday, July 20. Tickets are available online at www.BeaconPerformingArtsCenter.com. This production of “Heathers” is directed by Jake Vander Linden. Kate Vander Linden directed the music and the choreography is by Tim Grady. All are co-founders of BPAC and all are former Broadway national touring artists.

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


 

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