Volume 4 Issue 21

The power lines under consideration for the link with the Pleasant Valley Con Ed station and Cricket Valley in Dover Plains has been associated with the Monster Power lines being proposed by the New York Public Service Commission (NYSPSC).  A meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in Pleasant Valley will address the issue.  What follows is a statement by Cricket Valley.   

Cricket Valley Energy is a fully approved and permitted natural gas-fired power plant that will be located on an abandoned, industrially-zoned site in Dover, New York.  However, since our approval, New York has initiated a program to strengthen the electrical grid across the state, and as a result, Cricket Valley Energy has been required to increase transmission capacity, redundancy, and operational capabilities by funding and installing a transmission line in the existing 14.6-mile Con Edison right-of-way between the Town of Dover and the Con Edison substation in the Town of Pleasant Valley, and re-conductering a 3.4 mile segment in the same existing right of way between Cricket Valley Energy and the Connecticut state line.

Not only is the Millbrook Winery teaming up with Slamming Salmon this summer to offer lunches to the public, but they are also partnering with the Dutchess Arts Council in art in the loft. Art in the loft is a program of the Dutchess Arts Coincil dedicated to promoting the work and talent of its member artists.

The three artists featured include Scott Balfe, Ginny Howsman Friedman, and Marilyn Price.

Bard’s partnership with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company is an opportunity for the public to witness professional dancers as they create and rehearse, creating a form of art in the making experience.

On Thursday and Saturday Paul Matteson performed for a crowded Thorne Studio. So many people, students included, came out for the performance on Thursday they had to sit on the floor.

While Bill T. Jones never made an appearance, his company quickly won the respect of the audience. Their contemporary dance style involved kicks, throws and lifts. The women were lifting each other.  They were good at it.

The Hotchkiss concert series concluded with the South American Extravaganza—an extraordinary evening of South American chamber music.

Fabio Witkowski, a member of the Hotchkiss piano staff, hosted the evening. As a Brazilian, he explained the uniqueness of his homeland. He said that Brazilian culture is a conglomeration of African, Portuguese, Spanish and other European countries. For example, he mentioned how his first name is Italian and his last name is Polish. Therefore, Brazilian music is influenced by other countries and people groups as well.

Perhaps canoeing with my 68-year-old mother through an almost uninhabited part of South America was not the most responsible thing to do. However, she felt the trip would make a pleasant change from the misery of Zimbabwe and the gray dampness of England. Very well, but I hadn’t counted on her actually being in the boat. “You do realize that if you get hurt, you could be in pain for days?” She said she didn’t care, so I bought a 16-foot inflatable canoe we could paddle together.155

Spondias mombin. The Latin sounds so much better than “Mope.” “When you are on the river, look for a big tree with little orange fruit. That’s Mope, and you’ll be able to smell it. You can watch Tapirs and other wildlife come to eat the fallen fruit.” I was also told that the river was so high it would be difficult to catch fish, find camping spots, or run some of the rapids we would encounter. But it was the season for Mope. Some consolation.156

A large crowd turned up at Barbara Meyer’s Finality Farm this past weekend to watch sheepdogs exercise their talents.  Working in large part by instinct, each dog – Border Collies for the most part – maneuvered a group of sheep down an immense field and around and through several obstacles. The trainers assisted using a variety of bird-like whistles and sometimes shouts, but those who handled their dogs quietly and calmly seemed to do best.  149 Michael Polites’ Taff heads out to the sheep - photo by Pat Ike150 keeping the sheep together photo by Pat Ike151 Michele Ferrero's Clive watches the proceedings - photo by Carola Lott152 MIchele Ferraro and Clive persuade the sheep to enter a pen153 154 Barbara Meyers who owns Finality Farm where the trails were held - photo by Carola Lott
The Foundation for Community Health (FCH) which is approaching its tenth anniversary was started in 2003 with assets from the sale and conversion of the former nonprofit Sharon Hospital. From its headquarters on Sharon Valley Road on the New York–Connecticut border, the foundation serves northeastern Dutchess and southern Columbia county and northwestern Connecticut.  The mission of FHC is to maintain and improve the physical and mental health of those residing in the area historically served by Sharon Hospital, with an emphasis on serving the most vulnerable, including undocumented workers and their families. As noted by Gertrude O’Sullivan, director of communications and special programs for FCH, “We have an emphasis on prevention, early intervention, and collaboration.”  
The Millbrook boys’ lacrosse team has turned around their season to make sectionals.  In the beginning of the season, the boys endured some tough losses.  The team is young.  They lost 17 seniors from their team last year that also made sectionals.  This year, there are only 4 seniors. 
Last Tuesday night, Millbrook residents voted to approve the $26,341,244 budget for the upcoming 2012-13 school year. 393 voters said “yes” to the budget while 172 voted “no.” The budget is a 2.55 percent increase in spending over last year with a 2 percent increase in the levy.  The levy stands at $21,509,790.  This is the amount residents will be responsible for paying in their property taxes. 
The Village of Millbrook, including its Mayor, Laura Hurley, is losing patience with the Bennett College property owners. 
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