The Animal Farm Foundation (Aired On October 13 & 14, 2018)

You may never have heard about canine discrimination, but you will learn a lot
from this fascinating interview with Stacey Coleman and Nicole Juchem of the
Animal Farm Foundation. The Foundation, which started in the 1980s as a refuse
farm for horses, it now is a nationwide advocate for pit bulls and a trainer and
supplier of service dogs. It specialized in training dogs for very specific tasks,
such as opening doors. Among its programs are training K9 dogs for police
departments, dogs that learn to detect drugs or hidden weapons. The
Foundation works with inmates at Rikers Island Correctional Facility, where
inmates socialize dogs and teach them basic canine manners. The dogs are
recruited from animal shelters. If the dog turns out to be resistant to training, the
Foundation finds a suitable family to adopt it.

Learn more:
Animal Farm Foundation, Inc.: https://animalfarmfoundation.org/
Animal Farm on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/animalfarmfoundation/
Pit Bull Discrimination: https://www.aspca.org/about-us/aspca-policy-and-position-statements/position-statement-pit-bulls
Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals: https://usaservicedogs.org/

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October 18, 2018 · Posted in Animals, Humanitarian Service, Quality of Life, Service Organizations ·  

Patterson Blues & BBQ Festival (Aired On September 8 & 9, 2018)

RadioRotary co-hosts Sarah O’Connell-Claitor and Jonah Triebwasser interview
two Patterson Rotarians, Billy Flash and Paul Toscana, about the Patterson
Rotary’s annual Blues and BBQ Festival, a music-and-food tradition in Putnam
County for the past seven years. Unlike most similar events, admission and
parking are both free, which includes enjoying as many as nine different bands
playing blues, rock-and-roll, and jazz (over the two days of the festival). The only
cost is for food and drink purchased directly from the Rotary Club, which smokes
its own ribs and barbecues pulled-pork and even bakes the baguettes for
sandwiches. They even take care to use a locally raised hog for the pork. In
addition to the food, the music by local musicians and stars from the New York
Blues Hall of Fame is a big attraction at the outdoor event.

Learn more:
Patterson Rotary Club: https://www.pattersonrotary.org/
Blues and BBQ Festival on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PattersonBluesAndBBQ/
New York Blues Hall of Fame: http://www.blueshalloffame.com/Local_Blues_Talent/Local_Blues_Talent_of_New_York.html

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October 18, 2018 · Posted in Events, Nutrition, Rotary Club Projects ·  

Helping the Public with Legal Issues (Aired On September 15 & 16, 2018)

RadioRotary interviews Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotarian Veronica McMillan, an
attorney, and Janna Whearty, Executive Director of the Dutchess Country Bar
Association, on the programs of the Country Bar, an organization of 548
attorneys practicing in Dutchess County and the Hudson Valley. The group is
best known for evaluating candidates for judgeships, but it does much more.
One of the useful services is based in the different specialties of lawyers; the
Lawyer Referral Service directs persons in need of legal help to attorneys who
specialize in the problem, whether it be patent law; wills, health-care proxies, or
power of attorney; real-estate transactions; consumer issues; or criminal matters.
The Bar Association is also involved in the continuous education required of
licensed attorneys. Every May the Association sponsors the annual Law Day
event.

Learn more:
Dutchess Country Bar Association: http://dutchesscountybar.org/

Law Day: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_education/initiatives_awards/law-day.html

Lawyer Referral Service: http://dutchesscountybar.org/lawyer-referral-service
Mandatory Continuing Legal Education in New York State:
https://www.americanbar.org/cle/mandatory_cle/mcle_states/states_l-o/new_york.html
Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary Club: poughkeepsie arlington rotary

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October 18, 2018 · Posted in Dutchess County, Law, Service Organizations ·  

Hudson Valley Veterans Alliance (Aired On October 6 & 7, 2018)

RadioRotary interviews Zach Kirchner of the Hudson Valley Veterans Alliance,
an organization that bridges the gap between serving the nation and services
available to veterans. Since 2016 the volunteers of the Veterans Alliance have
connected veterans with housing, mental health assistance, physical health
needs, financial aid, and other useful services. The volunteers themselves have
come together to provide assistance on such tasks as installing water heaters or
septic tanks. All of their services are free to veterans of any US war or their
families. Veterans often have a difficult time making the transition to civilian life or
may have special problems resulting from exposure to toxic agents or enemy fire
during their service, so they may need the extra help the Veterans Alliance
provides.

Learn more:
Hudson Valley Veterans Alliance: https://www.hudsonvalleyveteransalliance.org/
Vet2Vet of Dutchess Country: https://mhadutchess.org/programs-for-veterans/
My Brother Vinny: https://www.mybrothervinny.org/index.html
Dutchess Country Division of Veterans Services: http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/VeteransAffairs/VAindex.htm
VA Hudson Valley Health Care System: https://www.hudsonvalley.va.gov/
Hudson River Housing: http://hudsonriverhousing.org/

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October 11, 2018 · Posted in Financial Aid, Housing Assistance, Hudson Valley, Support Groups ·  

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