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4/25/18 Highlights of this week's edition...

Historic FDR photo emerges in massive traveling exhibit

by Curtis Schmidt

(Continued from cover) It is also a traveling exhibit. Once it leaves the Wallace Center in early June, it will be available for display at town halls, libraries, schools and community centers throughout the county. It will also be displayed at the Dutchess County Fair, Aug. 21-26.

It’s all part of the DCHS’ salute entitled “Year of the Veteran” in this, the 100th anniversary year of the end of fighting in World War I.

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Local Caddy restorer puts a shine on the American Dream


Frank Nicodemus and Chris Semke of Castle Cadillac, left, join owner Americo Cascella with his restored 1963 Cadillac Fleetwood. Photo by Curtis Schmidt

by Don Rosendale

In the middle of a scrum of news reporters and photographers and even a cable news cameraman surrounding the car, Frank Nicodemus was putting a sticker on the oil intake and Chris Semke doing a last check for loose bolts on a Cadillac that looked like one which just rolled off the assembly line last week. Only the tail fins gave away that it was a 1963 Fleetwood that had been lovingly restored by Frank and Chris down to the last upholstery stitch.

Therein lies a tale.

Fifty years ago, Sherlock Cascella fled a revolution in his native Argentina to come to Los Angeles. He was then 37 with $20 in his pocket and a work ethic. He found employment as an iron worker and watched his pennies. In 1963, when he felt he’d “arrived,” Sherlock purchased what he saw as the symbol of success in this country: a Cadillac. He paid $9,000 for it, which is about $70,000 in today’s dollars.

Sherlock had a son, Americo, born in California. But Sherlock never gave up the Fleetwood; it was a daily driver on family excursions to the Pacific. When he died four years ago, it went to Americo, who had the car trucked cross-country to Frank Nicodemus, considered the country’s top Cadillac restoration expert, in Wappinger.

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


WWII poster art on display at FDR Library & Museum


Three of the posters in “The Art of War” special exhibit at the FDR Presidential Library & Museum are (clockwise, from top): “United We Are Strong United We Will Win,” 1943, Henry Koerner (1915-1991), U.S. Office of War Information; “He’s Watching You,” 1942, Glenn Grohe (1912-1956), U.S. Office for Emergency Management; and “Join the Waves,” 1943, John Philip Falter (1910-1982), U.S. Navy Recruiting Bureau. Gifts of Adriance Memorial Library

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum opened a special exhibition of authentic World War II posters titled “The Art of War: American Poster Art 1941-1945” on Saturday, April 21, in the William J. vanden Heuvel Gallery of the Library and Museum. Regular library and museum admission applies.

World War II confronted Americans with the greatest military challenge in their history. Victory required raising and equipping an armed force that grew to more than 12 million and rallying tens of millions of civilians to serve on the war’s “Home Front.”
A mobilization of this size required publicity to inform and guide Americans about the war effort. The government used advertisements, radio programs, pamphlets and films to do this. But its most sharply focused messages were delivered in colorful posters created by some the nation’s finest illustrators and graphic designers.


ALSO in the Apr 25-May 1, 2018 issue:

  • Starr Library to host civics series
  • 17th annual Autism Walk and Expo set at Fairgrounds
  • Innisfree Garden to host interfaith celebration April 29


Innisfree Gardens in Millbrook will be the site for “Blessing Our Sacred Places: An Interfaith Celebration” on Sunday, April 29, at 10:30 a.m. Courtesy photo

  • Eateries in Millbrook, Rhinebeck make ‘best burger’ list
  • Funds available to assist senior citizens with home repairs
  • Utility advocates join Cahill to announce Central Hudson agreement
  • 2nd Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival set for June 9 at Stormville Airport
  • Korda, Scott Meyer Award top list for 10th Millbrook Literary Festival program

In Creative Living:

  • Ron reviews ‘Beirut’
  • Tom Jones to perform at Bardavon Gala


The Bardavon Gala on Tuesday, May 1, features the sensational Tom Jones, whose 50-year career includes selling more than 100 million records. Courtesy photo

  • Harlem Quartet returns to Howland Center
  • Safe Harbors presents concert series in Newburgh
  • That’s Italian! Broccoli di Rabe and Provolone Sandwich
  • Murder Cafe to present interactive whodunit in New Paltz
  • Mount Gulian celebrates Mother’s Day with free tours for moms
  • Rhinebeck couple honored with prestigious children’s book award

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