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07/23/14 Highlights of this week's edition...


‘Horse crazy’ Amenia rider set for Millbrook Trials

by jim donick

(Continued from cover) Among the local riders taking part is Barbara “Booli” Selmayr of Fox Race Farm in Amenia. She and her partner, Kennedy, have been competing together since 2011. Selmayr has been riding and competing for most of her life. Kennedy has been ridden for most of his life.

Competing in the advanced division, Booli is not atypical of young enthusiastic riders. What sets her apart is the level of proficiency she has gained at a relatively young age.

She began, in her own words, when she was just “teeny tiny” and a pony club opened down the road from her family in Westchester County. She quickly fell in love with horses and was drawn to “eventing” mostly by the thought of riding fast cross-country and making jumps while she found her own way. This is not the same as simply trail riding and following someone else’s way.

After graduating from high school she decided to pursue a career as a professional horsewoman and has been at it for about seven years.

She works now at Fox Race Farm in Amenia, where she trains horses and other aspiring riders. Those other aspiring riders range from children of 10-12 up to retirement age and beyond. They all share an enthusiasm for the sport, but Booli notes that she most enjoys the kids.

“They remind me so much of myself at that age, horse crazy and excited to compete,” she said.

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Utility to ease surges with new high-tech device


Central Hudson’s Paul Haering explains the workings of the superconducting fault current limiter at the utility’s Knapps Corners substation. Photo by Ray Fashona

by Ray Fashona

POUGHKEEPSIE – Central Hudson Gas & Electric is the first utility in the state to use a new technology aimed at protecting its equipment and reduce power outages.

The technology, called a superconducting fault current limiter, took center stage last week during a press conference that began at Central Hudson’s headquarters and ended at the utility’s Knapps Corners substation, where the device has been installed.

The fault current limiter is designed to protect the electricity grid from fault currents – power surges caused by lightning, downed power lines or crossed lines. According to Central Hudson, fault currents can be up to 200 times stronger than normal currents, which can damage critical substation components such as power transformers and breakers.

“Equipment at most substations is currently protected by circuit breakers, which interrupt power when a fault current occurs in order to protect sensitive equipment and prevent power surges,” Central Hudson spokesman John Maserjian explained. “This causes power interruptions to homes and businesses served by that line, which can often take hours or longer to address.”

The project was a collaborative effort between Central Hudson, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Applied Materials, SuperPower Inc. and Three-C Electrical Co. NYSERDA contributed $1.1 million to the $2.5 million project.

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SummerScape offers a rare treat with the American revival of ‘Euryanthe.’


Soprano Ellie Dehn performs the title role in Carl Maria von Weber’s “Euryanthe,” opening this weekend at Bard SummerScape. When the innocent Euryanthe is accused of infidelity, the men in the community brutally strip her down to her corset and paint a red “X” across her chest branding her an adulteress, like Hester Prynne in “The Scarlet Letter.” Photo by Todd Norwood

Reviving important but neglected operas is one of the ways the Bard SummerScape festival has distinguished itself, and this year is no exception. To enrich its exploration of the roots of Austro-German Romanticism, Bard presents “Euryanthe” (1823) by Franz Schubert’s contemporary Carl Maria von Weber, marking the opera’s first American revival in 100 years.

Headlined by Ellie Dehn, “a charismatic soprano with great stage presence” (Wall Street Journal), Bard’s original staging is by Kevin Newbury, creator of SummerScape’s “gold standard production” (WQXR) of Richard Strauss’s “Die Liebe der Danae.”

The new production will run for five performances (July 25, 27 & 30, Aug. 1 & 3); ticket prices begin at $25. An Opera Talk, free and open to the public, will take place before the matinee on July 27.

“Euryanthe” features the festival’s resident American Symphony Orchestra under the leadership of music director Leon Botstein, who also leads semi-staged performances of Schubert’s own seldom-heard opera “Fierrabras” starring Joseph Kaiser on Aug. 17, and of a double-bill of rarities on Aug. 10: Schubert’s one-act “Singspiel Die Verschworenen” and Franz von Suppé’s operetta “Franz Schubert.”

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


Also in the July 23-29, 2014 issue:

  • Didi Barrett seeking re-relection
  • Amenia’s ‘Giving Garden’ grows


The Rev. Betsey Fisher blesses the new garden as garden manager Douglas Capers watches. The produce grown in the garden will be distributed Fridays from 3 to 5 p.m. during the growing season. Courtesy photo

  • Public Works outlines its many duties
  • Reid: FERC ready to review capacity zone
  • Organization brings veterans to D.C. to visit memorial
  • Report: Region’s health-care systems unprepared for glut of baby boomer elderly

In Creative Living:

  • Earth Wise: Saving the bees
  • That’s Italian! Asparagus with Penne
  • Pawling artist honored with DC Arts Award
  • Ron reviews ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’
  • Photos from the Hyde Park Chamber’s Car Show
  • Jim Donick reviews ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘The Danish Widow’


From left: Richard Prouse portrays the Bishop and Frank McGinnis is Jean Valjean in Up In One’s production of “Les Miserables” at The Center in Rhinebeck. Photo by Joanne Contreni


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