A Festival and More from Red Hook Rotary (Aired on May 4 and 5, 2019)

RadioRotary takes its microphone to a meeting of Red Hook Rotary for breakfast
at Cancun’s. Rotarian Dave Wright describes this year’s Apple Blossom Festival,
a village-wide celebration of spring with many food and craft vendors as well as
live entertainment and special treats for children. In addition to commercial
activity, organizations such as the high school, library, and town board have
information booths. Local banks are financial sponsors, so entrance and parking
are both free. In another interview, Rotarian Christine Chale describes the
several Rotary-sponsored international youth exchange programs, ranging from
a short-term summer exchange in which the same two high-school students from
here and from abroad trade for each others houses sequentially to the long-term
full school year exchange in which an older student lives with two or three
different families. Red Hook also participates in a program called “CLYNK;”
bottles and plastic are recycled through a local Hannaford’s supermarket in
special bags and money collected is used for a good purpose—in Red Hook,
providing hygiene products to be distributed to needy families at the local food
pantry. Some other Red Hook Rotary projects are also noted.

Learn more:
Red Hook Rotary Club: http://www.redhookrotaryclub.org/
District 7210 Youth Exchange Programs: http://yex7210.org/
Rotary Youth Exchanges: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/youth-exchanges
Short-term Youth Exchange: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50045/Page/see-summer-exchange-experience
CLYNK: https://www.clynk.com/

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Narcan Training in Dutchess Country (Aired on April 27 and 28, 2019)

RadioRotary hosts Beth Alter, Director of Behavioral Health Diversion Services
for Dutchess Country, who has been a part of the county government for over 30
year in substance abuse and mental health services. Her topics on this program
are the life-saving medicine Narcan, the County HELPLINE, the Mobile Crisis
Intervention Team, and the Stabilization Center at 230 North Road in
Poughkeepsie. Her team offers training in the use of Narcan to reverse an opioid
overdose, which they will bring to any location in the country or provide to visitors
at the Stabilization Center. All the services mentioned here can be reached via
the HELPLINE, calling or texting to 845-485-9700. Narcan is an easy-to-
administer nasal spray that instantly blocks opioid action, although more than
one dose may be needed to reverse the drug in some cases. Ms. Alter makes a
good case why everyone from boy and girl scouts to Rotarians should learn to
use Narcan and have the drug handy for when needed (there is no effect if it is
not needed).

Learn more:
24/7 Crisis Services in Dutchess County: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/DBCH/24-7-Services.htm
Dutchess Behavioral and Community Health: https://www.dutchessny.gov/departments/DBCH/dbch.htm
Narcan: https://www.narcan.com/
Opioid Epidemic in Dutchess Country: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/County-Executive/Fight-Against-Opioid-Epidemic.htm

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May 8, 2019 · Posted in Addiction Recovery, Dutchess County, Health, Support Groups ·  

Mental Health and Addiction Recovery (Aired on April 20 and 21, 2019)

Andrew O’Grady, CEO of Mental Health American Dutchess County (MHA) and
Executive Director of the Med-Hudson Recovery Centers, Inc. (MARC) returns to
the RadioRotary microphones to tell more about those two organizations and
also to help promote fundraising for MARC and for addiction/alcoholism
prevention and recovery through the MARC Foundation. With about 200
employees, MHA and MARC make a significant impact on problems that affect
about 1 in 7 of residents of the Mid-Hudson Region. The organizations, primarily
funded by New York State, are unique in not requiring insurance for their
services, which include many community mental-health caseworkers, family
therapy, and a veterans program (MHA) as well has a crisis center for short-term
addiction/alcoholism recovery, three half-way houses for longer-term residence,
and more than 30 sober apartments throughout Poughkeepsie. The MARC
Foundation, which raises money with an annual luncheon, a golf tournament, and
appeals to donors, primarily provides supplemental funding for MARC, but also
assists prevention and recovery efforts throughout the region.

Learn more:
Mental Health America Dutchess County: https://mhadutchess.org/
Facebook Page for Mental Health America: https://www.facebook.com/MHADutchess/
MARC Foundation: https://marc-foundation.org/

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April 28, 2019 · Posted in Addiction Recovery, Health, Housing Assistance, Support Groups ·  

Pleasant Valley Library Recovers from Fire (Aired on April 13 and 14, 2019)

On Election Day 2018 fire ravaged the Pleasant Valley Free Library building.
Pleasant Valley Rotarian, Dave Kruger, president of the library board, received
the first notice at 6:45 a.m. but the 150-year-old wooden structure was already in
flames throughout the interior. Although sentimental artifacts were recovered by
brave firefighters, most of the 52,000 books were damaged beyond what repairs
would cost. In this program, Pleasant Valley Library Director Daniela Pulice and
Mr. Kruger tell RadioRotary the story of how, within a few months, the Town’s
residents and the Library Friends working with a dedicated staff brought the
library back into operation in donated quarters. Meanwhile architects have been
working on ways to rebuild the historic library building within the standing exterior
walls. The recovery is a remarkable achievement, and this is a radio program
well worth everyone’s attention.

Learn more:
Pleasant Valley Free Library: http://pleasantvalleylibrary.org/
Pleasant Valley Library on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pleasantvalleylibrary/
Friends of the Pleasant Valley Library on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofthePVLibrary/
Mid-Hudson Library System: https://midhudson.org/
Pleasant Valley Rotary Club: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50045/clubinfo/pleasant-valley

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April 18, 2019 · Posted in Arts & Letters, Community Planning, Disaster Relief, Literacy ·  

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