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10/28/2014 – ‘Garden Talks’ presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension

| October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

As part of a unique 3 part series, that will take place at 3 different locations, there is an opportunity to learn from distinguished horticulture experts how to make your garden a vibrant oasis.  The program begins at Lasdon Park and Arboretum, May 3rd, 9:45am to 12noon, with a presentation on how simple choices in gardening practices can result in dramatic environmental improvements.  EcoBeneficial Gardening 101: Boosting the Ecosystem in Your Own Backyard. Kim Eierman, an Environmental Horticulturist and teacher at both the New York and Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, will discuss how to create and maintain a garden that not only stimulates the senses but also supports the well-being of our Hudson Valley ecology.  Diane Olsen, Cornell Cooperative Extension Putnam County Senior Educator, will explain why gardening enhances the sense of place that builds communities with ‘Saving the World, One Garden at a Time’.  Note: After the presentation, stroll through the 22 beautiful acres and see the chestnut grove, Chinese gardens, alphabetically-arranged memorial garden, tree walk, and waterfalls.

Information regarding the 2 additional programs in this series: June 28th at Glynwod Farm in Cold Spring and October 25th at the Hudson Highland Trust in Garrison, can be found on our website at www.cce.cornell.edu/putnam.

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Questions about Ebola?

| October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

New York State has launched a new State information line to answer questions from New Yorkers about Ebola. The free info line is 1-800-861-2280. Trained staff will answer 24/7. The line is for public health information purposes only, not for those in need of medical attention.

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10/27/2014 – Reduced Fee Cat Adoption Event at the Putnam Humane Society!

| October 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Putnam Humane Society will be hosting a REDUCED FEE CAT ADOPTION EVENT from October 18th through November 9th.  During this time, the adoption fee for cats 6 months and older will be reduced by 50%  What a PURRfect time to add a feline family member!  We’re open every day from 10-4:30.  Please call for more information.  (845) 225-7777.


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10/26/2014 – Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show – October 26th

| October 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Year-end

CAR SHOW

SUNDAY,  October 26th

Rain Date Sunday, November 2nd

 

Registration 8 am to 12 pm

Show 12 pm to 4pm (open to the public)

ALL CARS, TRUCKS & MOTORCYCLES ARE WELCOME!

Registration fee

$ 20 Per Cars & Trucks

$ 15 Per Motorcycle

 

DJ Music, 50/50 RAFFLE, GIVE-A-WAYS & TROPHIES for top 50 cars

Costume Contest for the Kid’s

 

 

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Odell Announces Row of Honor Press Conference

| October 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.”   George Washington

 

County Executive MaryEllen Odell will hold a press conference at 3:30pm. on the shores of Lake Gleneida on Tuesday, Oct. 21 to announce the opening date for this year’s Veterans Day Row of Honor as Putnam County recognizes those who have served in the military this Veterans Day.  The Row of Honor is an installation of American-made flags that border Gleneida Avenue on the shores of Lake Gleneida in the Hamlet of Carmel. 

 

“Each Veteran’s Day, we assemble our Row of Honor to give residents the opportunity to publicly acknowledge and thank those who have served their country. In turn, funds are raised to support programs run by our Joint Veterans Council,” said Odell. 

 

The Row of Honor project is a group venture of the Putnam County Joint Veterans Council, Putnam County Tourism and Putnam County Executive and the Legislature. While each branch of the American Armed Forces has been represented in the past, additional organizations have asked and received permission to have their flags added to the Row of Honor as well. The flags will remain on display through the 21st of November.

 

Sponsorship of the American-made flags is meant to raise awareness and funds for various veterans’ projects which Odell said would “assist our veterans and the veteran community within the county.” In the past, the sponsored flags have borne the names of loved ones who died while serving in the military, those presently serving on active duty or simply messages of thanks to area veterans from friends and family.   

 

Odell first initiated the Row of Honor in May of 2013 when the stars and stripes were erected shortly before Memorial Day. Since then, the flags have stood colorfully along Gleneida Avenue for each Veterans and Memorial Day. It is a tradition Odell feels strongly about supporting.

 

“While setting aside a particular day to honor our veterans is important, I don’t believe it is something that should be done only once a year. As the recipients of the rights and the freedoms they have helped to preserve, we should appreciate and thank our veterans daily,” she said.

 

Veterans Day is commemorated each year on November 11 and is a federal holiday. It marks the official anniversary of the end of World War I when hostilities with Germany ceased on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

 

Sponsorship for a Row of Honor flag is $ 100. To order a flag, e-mail: [email protected] or call Mimi at Putnam County Veterans Service Agency at (845) 808-1620. 

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10/25/2014 – Brewster Farmers’ Market

| October 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

The 2014 Brewster Farmers’ Market is scheduled to run through Sat. 11/22, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9-2, rain or shine, at the same location, 208 East Main Street (Rtes 6 x 202 & 22 at the bottom of Peaceable Hill Rd.) in the Village of Brewster.  We are still participating in the NYS Dept of Agriculture Farmers Market Nutrition Program, accepting WIC and SNP checks (good from July through November).  We hope to see YOU soon @ Brewster Farmers’ Market (Sponsored by CBB, Inc.)

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CAR FIT: Helping Mature Drivers Find Their Safest Fit: Click for Dates & Times

| October 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

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10/24/2014 – Reduced Fee Cat Adoption Event at the Putnam Humane Society!

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Putnam Humane Society will be hosting a REDUCED FEE CAT ADOPTION EVENT from October 18th through November 9th.  During this time, the adoption fee for cats 6 months and older will be reduced by 50%  What a PURRfect time to add a feline family member!  We’re open every day from 10-4:30.  Please call for more information.  (845) 225-7777.


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Odell Accompanies Army Vet on Honor Flight

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

October 21, 2014

Upon his return, Paolantonio told Emily, his wife of 62 years, that the outing was “the best day of his life.”

 

It’s not unusual for government leaders to experience last minute changes to their weekend schedules and that was true when County Executive MaryEllen Odell learned in early October that she had been selected to be a guardian on the Saturday, Oct. 18th Hudson Valley Honor Flight (HVHF). It would be Odell’s third flight to Washington, D.C. as an escort for one of the remaining heroes of the Greatest Generation. On this trip, Odell served as a guardian for 92-year-old Army veteran Victor Paolantonio from Ossining, NY.

 

“Spending the day with Victor was an absolute delight,” said Odell. “He was so thrilled to be going on this trip. These elderly veterans certainly deserve the attention and adulation they get on an Honor Flight.”

 

Upon his return, Paolantonio told Emily, his wife of 62 years, that the outing was “the best day of his life.”

 

Paolantonio, who since Labor Day weekend has resided at the New York State Veterans Home at Montrose, told Emily how thrilling it was to have a motorcade accompany the buses of veterans and to have people lining the streets waving flags as they passed by.

 

“Vic just breaks down into a flood of tears whenever he talks about it,” she said.

 

Emily said talking about his experiences as an Army Corporal in WWII was something Paolantonio never did, not even with her. It wasn’t until his granddaughter approached him about a school homework assignment that he finally began to discuss the subject.

 

“I learned about his war experiences as he talked with our granddaughter,” she said.

 

HVHF, a non-profit organization created to honor America’s World War II veterans for all their sacrifices, is a chapter of the National Honor Flight Network and serves veterans in Orange, Ulster, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess, Sullivan and Pike Counties.

 

 

 

“We transport our World War II heroes whose average age is 90-plus years old, to Washington, D.C. at no cost to them so they can visit and reflect at the WWII Memorial and at the Iwo Jima Memorial,” said HVHF Executive Director Becky Boone. “For what they sacrificed and for all they have given to us, the Honor Flights are a small token of our appreciation.”

 

HVHF takes off several times a year out of Stewart International Airport and Westchester County Airport. Odell and Paolantonio met at Westchester Community College at 6:30 a.m. last Saturday before boarding buses that took them to Landmark Aviation West hangar at Westchester County Airport for a Send-Off Ceremony. They arrived at Reagan National Airport and departed for the WWII Memorial which is located at the east end of the Reflecting Pool between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. 

 

Afterwards, the group was bussed to Arlington National Cemetery where they watched the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Then it was on to the Iwo Jima Memorial.

 

Following a dinner at the Doubletree Crystal City, the veterans and their escorts returned to Reagan Airport. They flew back to New York on a US Airways Charter Flight arriving at Westchester County Airport around 8:30. Their long day concluded with a Welcome Home Reception at Westchester Community College. 

 

In the future, Honor Flight Network hopes to expand to include Korean War and Vietnam War veterans.

 

 

Former Sen. Bob Dole, Yorktown Councilman Dr. Terrence Murphy, and County Executive MaryEllen Odell gather around Army Veteran Victor Paolantonio in Washington, D. C.

 

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10/23/2014 – Reduced Fee Cat Adoption Event at the Putnam Humane Society!

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Putnam Humane Society will be hosting a REDUCED FEE CAT ADOPTION EVENT from October 18th through November 9th.  During this time, the adoption fee for cats 6 months and older will be reduced by 50%  What a PURRfect time to add a feline family member!  We’re open every day from 10-4:30.  Please call for more information.  (845) 225-7777.


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Vets, Officials Attend Opening of Putnam Row of Honor

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

October 22, 2014

Approximately 30 people were present yesterday afternoon when County Executive MaryEllen Odell officially opened the 2014 Veteran’s Day Row of Honor as they gathered on the shoreline of Lake Gleneida in downtown Carmel. 

 

Veterans Service Agency Director Karl Rohde led those gathered in a moment of silence before introducing Odell and thanking her for her strong support for those who have served their country. 

 

“Putnam County is the best county in the world for veterans and when this lady became County Executive, I wouldn’t have believed it could become even a better county for veterans, but it has,” Rohde said.

 

As she stood at the podium surrounded by veterans and county officials, Odell expressed her gratitude to Putnam’s veterans. 

 

“It’s an honor and privilege to be County Executive in a county that is so truly patriotic,” Odell said. “We are grateful for our freedoms and we are grateful for our veterans.”

 

Odell spoke of her third Honor Flight experience last Saturday when she accompanied a World War II veteran on a flight to Washington, DC for a tour of the WWII Memorials and a visit to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.  This year, Odell was guardian to 92-year-old Victor Paolantonio of Ossining, NY.

 

This is the fourth Row of Honor that has been erected since it was first launched for Memorial Day in 2013. The Row of Honor is a project of Putnam County’s Joint Veterans Council. Money raised through annual sponsorships of Veterans Day and Memorial Day flags is used to fund special veterans’ projects. The Council is planning to bring the Traveling Viet Nam Memorial Wall to Putnam next September as part of the Viet Nam War Commemoration to mark the 50th anniversary of the war and the 40th Anniversary of the end of the war. 

 

The flags, installed as a reminder of upcoming Veterans Day on Nov. 11, will remain on site until Nov. 21. Flags can be purchased for $ 100 apiece through the County’s Veterans Service Agency.  A detailed map of the Row of Honor was designed by the Brian Austin and Kristen Douchkoff of the County’s IT Department. The map lists in numerical order those who are being honored and can be found on the County website at www.putnamcountyny.com. To date, there are 140 flags in the row with several more soon to be installed.

 

Anyone wishing to sponsor a flag in honor of a deceased or living veteran or anyone presently serving in the military can order their flag by calling (845) 808-1620 or by sending an email to:  [email protected].      

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The freight house Cafe

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Freight House CafeHi Everyone! Its been a long time since I’ve written you.  I hope this email finds you happy, healthy and hungry!
The Freight House Café celebrated our 4th year this past June.  I cant believe how fast time goes by.  Its been a great pleasure serving you all.  I still  love coming to work every morning, no matter how much wine I’ve had the night before ;)
We have since obtained our liquor license.  We now sell beer, wine and cocktails.  We are serving baileys cappuccinos, specialty martinis, mimosas and I’m working on a bloody Mary recipe.
Our hours these days are Monday through Thursday 8am-5pm, Fridays 8am-10pm and Saturday from 9-3.  Every other Saturday we re-open at 7pm with live music.  Its like a Bleeker Street under ground music venue.  All that jazz with just a short drive.
We serve breakfast and lunch all day long and keep that menu open on Friday nights.  Saturday night we put out a special menu that varies with sliders, cheese platters and yummy noshing foods.  Don’t forget that all of our produce, with the exception of our bananas and avocados is purchased within the USA.  Our great country grows almost everything we need.  No reason to shop anywhere else!
We have a few events coming up before the year is over that I would like to share with you. As always, please call us to make a reservation 845.628.1872.  It helps a lot since we are a small venue.
This Friday night, October 24th, Vincent Dacquino will be coming by at 7pm to take us on a haunted story telling journey with experiences from the Hudson Valley.  This is a FREE event…We just ask that you eat and drink!!!
Saturday night we have a 5 piece jazz band with one of our locals, Jimmy Flowers on the drums and Indian Summer.  Its going to be sooo much fun…I just cant wait!
Wednesday, November 12th we have our very 1st stitch and bitch! Bring your yarn and your knitting materials and hang out with your friends.  Drink wine, chit chat and knit till 9pm! We will host another on Wednesday December 10. FREE Event…we just ask that you eat and drink.  How terrible of me!
On Thursday November 13, we are staying open until 9pm and inviting DADS ONLY to the café.  This is a rare opportunity for you to meet other Dads in your unique situation of raising kids by yourselves.  There are so many support groups for single moms. and none for single dads.  I invite you for FREE to come and relax in a safe environment, have some drinks and some food while learning tips and swapping stories from other men just like you. That will also happen on December 11th. We are looking for male speakers if you happen to know anyone send them my way :)
Saturday night, 11/22 another local, Rob Hammel will preform acoustic music from 7-10:30.
We will be CLOSED on Thursday 11/27 and Friday 11/28 in honor of Thanksgiving and wish you all a lovely holiday full of stuffed bellies and lots of love.
As a special treat on Saturday, December 6, we welcome back our very own John Praino playing acoustic guitar…bring a pot or pan with a spoon and jam along ;) a café that sings together, stays together.
We hope to see you at one, two or all of the events.  Its so fun for us to make a great experience for you!
Thank you so much for all your love and support through the past 4 years.  What this little place does to my insides is dreamy and its because of you that I get to live out my passion everyday.
Live with passion!
Warmest wishes,
Donna Massaro
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