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3/20/19 Highlights of this week's edition...

Making sap into maple syrup at Sharpe

By Kristine Coulter

(Continued from Home Page) Visitors to Sharpe will be “taken through the whole process in a condensed way,” he remarked.
Those who attend the Sugar Maple Celebration will be able to see the Nature Discovery Center. There will be the Planetarium Show and a Live Animal Show.

Pat Farrell, Sharpe Educator, demonstrated the process of making syrup for students from Glenham Elementary School in the Beacon City School District recently.

“When they get a taste of the sap, some say they taste the sweetness. Some say it tastes like water,” stated Farrell.
It takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup, she noted.

The evaporator at Sharpe, which is used to make syrup, at full potential can boil off 25 gallons of water an hour, said Farrell.

Those who visit Sharpe for the Maple Celebration “can meet the logger, trapper and currier,” said Timothy Stanley, Sharpe Reservation. “They were friends of Dr. Sharpe who conducted the first Maple Celebration, according to legend.”
There will be local vendors selling crafts and food. Of course, there will be the annual Maple Syrup Judging Contest at noon.

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Beacon Historical Society presentation

Retired Yonkers Police Captain and NY State Law Enforcement Torch Run Director Joe Barca holds the Flame of Hope during a ceremony at Mr. Todd’s Gymnastics in Poughkeepsie. Pictured with Barca are Stacey Hengsterman, President and CEO of Special Olympics New York, and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro. - Photos by Kristine Coulter

By Kristine Coulter

“This place will be packed,” said Mary Kay Vrba, President and CEO of Dutchess Tourism Inc., during the Special Olympics Summer Games opening of the volunteer registration at Mr. Todd’s Gymnastics in Poughkeepsie. “We’re very happy to welcome back Special Olympics to Dutchess County.”

The 2019 Special Olympics Summer Games will be held at venues throughout Dutchess County. Opening Ceremonies are scheduled for June 14 at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie.

The Co-Chairs of the 2019 Summer Games are Vrba and Frank Castella Jr., President and CEO of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Vassar will serve as the central location for the Summer Games. The Aquatics, Track & Field, Basketball and Tennis competitions will be held at Vassar College, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies.

Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Road, in Poughkeepsie, will be where one can catch the Powerlifting and Volleyball competitions.

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

Inside the Mar 20-26, 2019 issue:

  • Legislature addresses ethics, term limits, disclosure

by Jim Donick
The members of the Dutchess County Legislature met on March 11 and wrestled with the topics of term limits, ethics and financial disclosure.
In a long evening characterized by much give and take, the issues were sometimes vigorously debated but, at the end of the meeting, the legislature could point to significant progress.
The genesis of the legislation under consideration was the work of a special committee of the legislature, the Ethics and Independent Reapportionment Advisory Committee, that was empowered two years ago by then legislature chair Dale Borchert to study such issues and to report back with recommendations.
That committee consisted of seven members, three Democrats, three Republicans, and one Independent. They studied ethics rules from counties around the state in order to define “best practices” and brought forward their recommendations.

  • Office for the Aging to offer Scam Prevention Seminars

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro announced the County’s Office for the Aging (OFA) has introduced a new seminar on scam prevention to help citizens avoid becoming a victim to fraud. There are two seminars being held this month:
- Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. at St. Martin de Porres Parish’s Nativity Center, 118 Cedar Valley Road, Poughkeepsie
- Monday, March 25 at 1 p.m. at Wells Manor Apartments, 6 Wells Manor Lane, Rhinebeck

  • DEC announces residential brush burning prohibited in New York March 16 through May 14

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos reminded residents that with spring approaching conditions for wildfires will become heightened and residential brush burning is prohibited March 16 through May 14 across New York State.
“While many people associate wildfires with the western United States, the start of spring weather and the potential for dry conditions increases the risk for wildfires in New York,” Commissioner Seggos said. “New York prohibits residential burning during the coming high-risk fire season to reduce wildfires and protect people, property, and natural resources. The ban has been extremely effective in reducing the number of wildfires, and we're encouraging New Yorkers to put safety first.”

  • Serino urges funding in state budget to prevent spread of Lyme disease

ALBANY--With countless New Yorkers suffering the devastating effects of Lyme and tick-borne diseases (TBDs), Senator Sue Serino today called on Albany’s leaders to make the issue a priority and include funding for research, education and prevention initiatives in this year’s State Budget.
“Knowing how truly life changing these diseases can be, and how rapidly they’re spreading across the state, the fact that this year’s Budget Proposal fails to include any significant funding to prevent their spread and protect New Yorkers is unfathomable,” said Senator Sue Serino.
“While we are aware of the fiscal challenges facing the state, budgets are about priorities, and we come together today to urge Albany’s leaders to make this issue a real priority. While these diseases continue to persist in threatening the health, safety, and quality of life of New Yorkers and our state’s visitors, we simply cannot afford to take a step back. I call on my colleagues to join the fight to ensure funding for research, prevention and education is included in this year’s final state budget.”
New Yorkers from Buffalo to Long Island, and all regions in between, are suffering from the devastating effects of Lyme and tick-borne diseases (TBDs).

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