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					NORTHERN                                                                                                                      Volume 2, Issue 4 • May 19-25, 2010




DUTCHESS NEWS                                                                            & Creative Living
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      Village Hall
    oil spill affects
                                              Pet Palooza & Dog Walk
   property owners
     in Millbrook                                set for Fairgrounds
          by Greg Lucid                                                                                                                      New location for
                                                                                                                                            Saturday's event
   MILLBROOK—For more than a
year, the Village of Millbrook has
                                                                                                                                            expands offerings
had a major oil spill impact the lives
of its community, both environmen-                                                                                                              by Kate Goldsmith
tally and financially. The source is
an old 1,000-gallon heating oil tank                                                                                                      The Dutchess County Fairgrounds is
on Village Hall property.                                                                                                              going to the dogs this Saturday, but it’s
   At a Village Board meeting held                                                                                                     for a good cause.
Tuesday, May 11, Mayor Laura                                                                                                              The second annual Pet Palooza &
Hurley addressed the topic. The                                                                                                        Dog Walk will be held at the
meeting was attended by a couple                                                                                                       Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck from 11 a.m.
whose property has been impacted                                                                                                       to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 22. It prom-
by the leak.                                                                                                                           ises to be a fun day out for families and
   In April 2009 village officials                                                                                                     their canine companions, with activities
notified     Chris      and    Sarah                                                                                                   and demonstrations, food and shopping,
Colomello—who own a home at 33                                                                                                         raffles and more. Admission is $8 gen-
Merritt Avenue, adjacent to the                                                                                                        eral, free for children under 12.
Village Hall—that part of their                                                                                                           The centerpiece of the event is a dog
property was contaminated due to a                                                                                                     walk at noon to raise funds for two non-
“substantial oil spill” that was                                                                                                       profit, all-volunteer organizations: The
found to be coming from the                                                                                                            Partnership for Animals Needing
Village Hall tank.                                                                                                                     Transition (PANT) and The Coalition
   Discussions surrounding the                                                                                                         to Unchain Dogs.
issue have occurred at meetings                                                                                                           “We’re going to be located right near
since that time. The spill happened                                                                                                    Route 9, in this triangular area where
on Village Hall property, contami-                                                                                                     the carnival is set up during the Fair,”
nating some adjoining properties                                                                                                       says Jen Morris, event organizer and
and forcing the village to issue                                                                                                       PANT volunteer. “It’s [the walking
bonds totaling $330,000 to fund the                                                                                                    course] sort of like a ‘figure 8.’”
project so far, according to Hurley.                                                                                                      The inaugural Pet Palooza took place
   “We [the board] don’t know who                                                                                                      last year on June 13 at Poet’s Walk in
dropped the ball,” Trustee Stan                                                                                                        Red Hook. Morris says the event raised
Morse said in response to the ques-                                                                                                    about $3,000 for PANT and Scenic
tion of who’s to blame. “That spill                                                                                                    Hudson, which owns Poet’s Walk.
may have gone back more than a                                                                                                            “We grew tremendously [from last
few years, maybe 20 to 30 years.                                                                                                       year],” says Morris. “We actually
There was enough product there                                                                                                         developed a committee, and the event
that says, ‘Hey, this didn’t happen                                                                                                    is much, much bigger than last year.”
overnight.’”                              Laura Betti demonstrates the Frisbee-catching prowess of Ella, her Jack Russell Terrier.        Because the event expanded so
   The contaminant discovery was          Betti, owner of Pause Dog Boutique in Rhinebeck, organized the vendors for this year’s       quickly, a new venue was needed this
made in part due to the village’s         Pet Palooza. Ella and other Frisbee dogs will perform Saturday. Photos by Curtis Schmidt.    year. With nearly 30 vendors slated to
decision to have a contractor                                                                                                          participate, holding Pet Palooza at
remove an old oil tank that was
leaking, which gave off an odor that          Hyde Park adopts smoking                                                                 Poet’s Walk wasn’t an option.
                                                                                                                                          “We were only allowed to have 10

                                               restrictions in two parks
residents had complained about.                                                                                                        vendors last year,” says Morris. “As
Officials found the odor to be com-                                                                                                    beautiful as the property [Poet’s Walk]
ing from Village Hall.                                                                                                                 is, we wanted to grow.”
   Experts believe the fuel scent was                by Rich Flaherty                                                                     The Fairgrounds was chosen for three
detectable due in part to increasing                                                      “We’re not banning tobacco [use],”           reasons: Location, location, location.
underground water levels, which             HYDE PARK—The Town of Hyde                  said Supervisor Tom Martino, who                  “We were thinking more in terms of
carried the oil scent to spread           Park became the second municipality           voted in favor of the resolution. “We’re       visibility,” says Morris. “It’s right on
throughout storm drains. It is not        in Dutchess County to restrict smoking        going to have tobacco-free areas in two        Route 9. You could see from the road
yet clear if there is any impact on       in parks and playgrounds. The town            parks. Appropriate signage will be put         what would be going on.”
water quality.                            board voted last Monday evening by a          in place to inform the public.”                   “We have a ton of vendors,” says
   Last week, Hurley said the             vote of 4 to 1 for the adoption of tobac-       He said the town board decision was          Laura Betti, owner of Pause Dog
majority of contaminated soil that        co-free zones at Pinewoods Park and           part of the Smoke Free Dutchess cam-           Boutique in Rhinebeck and a member
was affected has been removed.            Hackett Hill Park.                            paign to reduce exposure to second-            of the Pet Palooza committee. “There
   A 50-foot by 50-foot hole was            The same evening, the Town of               hand smoke for everyone.                       are lots of dog-related vendors, food
dug to remove contaminated oil            Wappinger adopted a resolution to pro-          “Even adults find the presence of            vendors, PANT with kittens and cats for
along the site, and a 20-foot hole in     hibit tobacco use in all municipal parks      secondhand smoke offensive,” said              adoption, Russell Refuge [a Jack
                                          and playgrounds.                              Martino.                                       Russell rescue organization], Positive
                    continued on page 3                                                   Council members Michael Athanas,
                                            The Hyde Park resolution prohibits                                                         Paws [pet therapy], Grooming by Betsy
                                          smoking in areas of parks where chil-         Jim Monks and Michael Taylor voted             doing free nail trimming” and many
                                          dren are present including picnic areas,      in favor of the resolution, while              others.
                                          sports areas, recreation areas and park-      Councilwoman Sue Serino voted                     A Dog Parade at 1:30 p.m. will award
                                          ing lots at Pinewoods Park and Hackett        against the measure.                           prizes for the Best Kisser, Best Tail
                                          Hill Park. The resolution will become           Serino, who is a non-smoker, said            Wagger, Most Comical, Most Majestic
                                          effective June 1.                                                      continued on page 5                           continued on page 2
Pet Palooza & Dog Walk set for Fairgrounds
continued from cover

                                                                                               chised animals is often a cruel life on     restrict tethering of dogs; and helps
                                                                                               the street.”                                other groups to start free fencing pro-
                                                                                                  Strays, or domesticated cats that have   grams. The organization will celebrate
                                                                                               been abandoned, are often not spayed        its fourth anniversary in August and
                                                                                               or neutered, resulting in an explosion of   currently has five chapters in North
                                                                                               feral cats. The Feral Cat Coalition Web     Carolina, one in Richmond, Va., and
                                                                                               site, www.feralcat.com, explains: “A        one in Washington, D.C.
                                                                                               pair of breeding cats—which can have           “Over the course of my couple of
                                                                                               two or more litters per year—can expo-      years of owning the dog boutique, I
                                                                                               nentially produce 420,000 offspring         have come across many dog rescue
                                                                                               over a seven-year period.”                  organizations,” says Betti. “I had come
                                                                                                  PANT promotes a process known as         across this organization a couple of
                                                                                               TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release), the only       years ago and thought, ‘How phenome-
                                                                                               proven way to stabilize homeless cat        nal!’ because it’s an entirely volunteer
                                                                                               populations. This system depends on         effort. They’re changing lives with the
                                                                                               building a network of volunteers who        works that they do. It’s not politically
                                                                                               trap the cats, bring them to veterinari-    charged; there’s nothing but goodness
                                                                                               ans who are willing to offer low-cost       happening in it.” Betti says The
                                                                                               spay and neuter services, and then          Coalition to Unchain Dogs was sched-
                                                                                               return the cats to their habitat where      uled to send informational brochures to
                                                                                               they will form non-breeding colonies.       be available at the event.
                                                                                               PANT has established TNR initiatives           Pet Palooza represents a unique
                                                                                               in the Village of Rhinebeck and the         opportunity to bring your dog to the
                                                                                               City of Beacon, working with local          Fairgrounds. Normally, pets are not
                                                                                               organizations to test the TNR model.        permitted onsite.
                                                                                               Visit the Web site for more information.       “They must be leashed, in good
                                                                                                  Volunteers with The Coalition to         health and well behaved,” Betti says.
                                                                                               Unchain Dogs build free fences for          “The Fairgrounds is making an excep-
                                                                                               people whose dogs would otherwise           tion; this is a dog-friendly event.”
                                                                                               spend their lives tethered to a chain in       For more information, call (845) 750-
                                                                                               the yard. Based in Durham, N.C., the        1861, 299-7739 or 876-4330; or visit
Polly Kaplan of Sirius Dog Training in Rhinebeck demonstrates how to get a dog to sit for      group also educates the public about the    http://pant.org.
a treat with Empi, a Sheltie. Those attending Sirius Play’s interactive demonstration, “A      detrimental effects of chaining dogs,          “There’s a lot of really good people
Trick in 10,” at Pet Palooza can learn how to train their pets to do simple tricks. Photo by   both to the dogs and the community. In      coming together,” says Betti. “It’s
Curtis Schmidt.                                                                                addition, it lobbies for legislation to     going to be a great day.”
and more, according to Morris.                 this year,” says Morris. Last year, only
  Demos held throughout the day
include pet reiki, dog agility, Frisbee
                                               dog gift baskets were available. Local
                                               merchants have donated items for the
                                                                                                PET PALOOZA SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
catching, obedience training and animal        gift baskets. All ticket-holders are eligi-        11 a.m. Registration
communication. Sirius Play presents a          ble for the Grand Prize, donated by                11:30 a.m. Frisbee demo by Sirius Play Disc Dogs
new interactive demo called A Trick in         artist Janice Markert.                             Noon Dog Walk
10 at 4 p.m., and at 2 p.m. Health Quest         Since last year’s Pet Palooza, the               1:00 p.m. Dog Agility by Francine Segreti
sponsors a demo on Pet First Aid,              PANT organization has honed its focus              1:30 p.m. Dog Parade
another new feature this year. See the         on assisting cats in need by addressing            2 p.m. Pet First Aid Demo by Health Quest
complete schedule on this page.                the stray and feral cat problem in the             2:30 p.m. AKC Obedience Demo by Grooming by Betsy
  Whoopsy Daisy the Clown will do              county. According to its Web site,                 2:45 p.m. Acupuncture Demo by Dr. Cannon
face painting, caricatures and balloon         http://pant.org, Dutchess County ani-              3 p.m. Animal Communication by Cindy Brody
sculpting. Star 93.3 FM will provide           mal shelters are overwhelmed with                  3:30 p.m. Frisbee Demo by Sirius Play Disc Dogs
music during the event.                        homeless cats: “Dozens are turned                  4 p.m. “A Trick in 10” Training Session with Sirius Play
  “And then we have raffles with a             away every week; and consequently,                 4:30 p.m. Grand Prize Drawing and Raffle Drawing
number of gift baskets for dogs and cats       the plight of these voiceless, disenfran-

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                                                                                                                                              NDH rehabilitation
                                                                                                                                              unit among nation’s
                                                                                                                                                  top ranking
                                                                                                                                              RHINEBECK—Northern Dutchess
                       Central Hudson                                                                                                       Hospital (NDH) recently announced
                                                                                                                                            that for the fourth year in a row, the
                                                                                                                                            Paul Rosenthal Rehabilitation Center
                                                                                                                                            ranked in the top 10 percent nationally
                                                                                                                                            for inpatient rehabilitation facilities
                                                                                                                                            (IRF) measured in the database of
                                                                                                                                            Uniform Data System for Medical
                                                                                                                                            Rehabilitation (UDSMR).
                                                                                                                                              The clinical indicators chosen for the
                                                                                                                                            “report card” reflect the national goals
                                                                                                                                            of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) for
                                                                                                                                            improving healthcare quality. The
                                                                                                                                            expectation is that the delivery of care
                                                                                                                                            will be effective, efficient, timely, safe,
                                                                                                                                            equitable and patient-centered. This is
                                                                                                                                            the fourth year that UDSMR has issued
                                                                                                                                            these awards. As a result, Northern
                                                                                                                                            Dutchess Hospital will receive a “Top
                                                                                                                                            Performer Award.”



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