Pleasant Valley Holiday Festival (Aired November 30 and December 1, 2019)

Pleasant Valley Recreation Director Sandy Coe and local businessman Frank Mazzella
visit RadioRotary to tell about the full-day celebration that is the Pleasant Valley Festival
of Lights. The event, which combines food and Santa, pets and Santa, a parade and
Santa, and many other holiday traditions, started a few years ago with a simple lighting
of the Town Christmas tree. Today it runs from a breakfast (with Santa) starting at 8 in
the morning and concluding about 12 hours later with a parade followed by hot
chocolate and cookies at the Fire House. Aside from Main Street–site of the parade of
floats, fire trucks, walkers, and Santa in a horse-drawn carriage–the main action is at
three important locations in Pleasant Valley: the Fire House, the Library, and the Mill
Site Historical Museum. Starting with a pancake breakfast, continuing with cookie
sales, a chili cook-off, food trucks, and lots of hot chocolate, it is easy to spend the day
in downtown PV, enjoying readings and encounters with various animals in addition to
the main event, the parade.

Learn more:
Festival of Lights: https://www.pvfol.com/
Pleasant Valley Recreation: https://www.pvrec.com/info/default.aspx
Pleasant Valley Fire Department: https://pvfdny.org/
Pleasant Valley Rotary Club: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50045/clubinfo/pleasant-valley
Pleasant Valley Lions on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Nonprofit-Organization/Pleasant-Valley-Lions-Club-NY-606476433167428/

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December 8, 2019 · Posted in Animals, Children, Events ·  

Hamburg Rotary International Convention, Part 4 (Aired November 23 and 24, 2019)

RadioRotary interviewers visited the 2019 Rotary International Convention in Hamburg,
Germany, where they found many Rotarian groups and other Non-Governmental
Organizations (NGOs) doing good in the world. This radio program, the fourth in a
series, covers a few of these projects. Roots of Life deals with land that has been
planted with land mines, which linger long after wars have passed, and replants the land
with grape vines, growing grapes for wine, raisins, or food, which not only helps save
lives but also provides economic benefits to farming communities. Gift of Life offers life-
saving surgery to children who were born with congenital heart disease. Both
organizations work with Rotary to connect around the world. The Rotarian Action Group
(RAG) Against Slavery helps rescue the millions of people still enslaved, often for sex
but also by businesses, and offers programs to rehabilitate them for a life of freedom.
There are many locations where the Don’t Meth With Us Foundation is fighting drug
abuse—primarily methamphetamine but also opioid addiction. War Child, which has
independent branches in the United Kingdom, Holland, and Canada, supports all young
children who have been affected by armed conflict, with education and safe zones
around the world.

Learn more:
Roots of Peace: https://rootsofpeace.org/
Gift of Life International: https://www.giftoflifeinternational.org/
Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery: https://ragas.online/
Don’t Meth With Us Foundation: http://www.dontmethwithus.com/
War Child: https://www.warchild.org/

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Hope on a Mission, or HOAM (Aired on November 17 and 18, 2010)

Cara Mia Bacchiochi returns to RadioRotary to describe her continuing effort to
help Poughkeepsie women who are homeless, most addicted to drugs or alcohol.
At the corner of Main and South Clinton every Saturday morning and evening,
sometimes in rain or snow, Bacchiochi and volunteers distribute food, clothing,
and personal care items to homeless women, restoring dignity to homeless,
addicted women of the streets. Ms. Bacchiochi herself drank excessively and
used drugs, living in jails and on the street from 1985 when she came to school
in Poughkeepsie. She then lived on the streets until 1990. Periods of sobriety
after 1990 were interrupted by relapses until found herself back in jail in 2013 in
the same cell she had occupied in 1990. In jail, she read The Purpose Driven
Life by Rick Warren and recognized that her purpose would be to help women
with lives like hers. After she was released from jail that last time, finally sobered
up and living clean, she started a career helping other women kick their
destructive lifestyle With Hope on a Mission (HOAM), founded in 2015. She now
feeds and helps dozens of the women of the streets and homeless men as well.
To donate or volunteer, you can phone (914) 456-2633 or visit its Facebook
page: Hope on a Mission HOAM.

Learn more:
Hope on a Mission HOAM Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/hoampk/
Cara Mia Bacchiochi on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carabacci
St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers: https://www.stjoestreatment.org/
Rick Warren books: https://www.biblio.com/rick-warren/author/149

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November 21, 2019 · Posted in Addiction Recovery, Dutchess County, Homelessness, Service Organizations ·  

Honoring The Radio Rotary Team

The RadioRotary team honored Highland Rotarian Don Verity and Honorary Rotarian Jay Verzi for 10 years of supporting RadioRotary through more than 550 shows.
Don is the Market Manager of Pamal Broadcasting, home base of RadioRotary, while Jay is the show’s engineer.
Shown in the photo are RadioRotary Business Manager Tony Marmo, Board member Sue Dolye, co-hose Jonah Triebwasser, Don Verity, Board member and substitute co-host Dave Kruger and Producer Kathy Kruger.
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November 21, 2019 · Posted in Hudson Valley ·  

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