The Dog Warden Story (Aired on November 30, 2012)

Seated Valerie Cote.  Standing: Co-hosts Sarah O'Connell, Jonah Triebwasser

Seated Valerie Cote. Standing: Co-hosts Sarah O'Connell, Jonah Triebwasser

Union Vale’s Dog Control Officer Valerie Cote describes her role as Dog Warden, mainly finding stray dogs running loose and enforcing licensing regulations. She explains the dangers of dogs on the loose, the best way to help ensure their safe return, and what happens to unclaimed dogs. Providing helpful information about what owners should do when their pets go missing, she corrects misinformation along the way—answering questions such as such as “Do old dogs really wander away to die?”. Ms. Cote emphasizes the “reputable rescue” aspect of her work and her hope that more people will consider adopting pets now living in shelters.

 

Learn More:
Union Vale Town Officials
Union Vale Dog Control Office: 845 724-5600 Ext. 139
National Animal Control Association
Adopting Pets

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November 30, 2012 · Posted in Animals, Education, Hudson Valley  

Rotaplast: Restoring Lives (Aired on November 23, 2012)

Left: Host Jonah Triebwasser with Margaret Bryngelson

Left: Host Jonah Triebwasser with Margaret Bryngelson

Margaret Bryngelson (Kingston Rotarian) describes her experience as a non-medical volunteer in a recent mission to Venezuela where she assisted a medical team of doctors and nurses operating on children with cleft lip and palate disfigurations. Rotaplast (“Rotary” + “plastic surgery”), heavily supported by Rotary districts and clubs around the world, was started by doctors in the Rotary Club of San Francisco in 1992 to provide such services. Such reconstructive surgery is difficult to obtain in poor undeveloped countries. Venezuela’s Cumana Rotary arranged for 3 operating rooms in a local hospital to be available to the medical team. Over 10 days the team performed 99 surgeries on patients selected from among hundreds of families; many had traveled very far to reach the clinic in order to give their loved ones a chance for a better life. The immediate transformation after an operation is powerful to witness, as children can suddenly hear, speak, eat, and drink. Ms. Bryngelson points out that this transformation goes far beyond cosmetics; self-esteem is restored, and youngsters can throw away the bandanas used to hide their faces.

Learn More:
Story of the 2012 Rotaplast Mission to Cumana
Rotaplast
Cleft lip and palate

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The Hudson River Today (Aired on November 16, 2012)

Seated Dr. David Strayer.  Standing Co-hosts Jonah Triebwasser, Sarah O’Connell

Seated Dr. David Strayer. Standing Co-hosts Jonah Triebwasser, Sarah O’Connell

What is the current condition of the Hudson River and how will it affect you? Dr. David Strayer, Freshwater Ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York and author of The Hudson River Primer – The Ecology of an Iconic River, discusses the positive effects of the federal Clean Water Act and other government regulations. Together these make Hudson much cleaner today than years ago, with most of the Hudson today now safe for swimming. However, Hudson River fish are still contaminated with chemical compounds (PCBs), limiting food fish to those that spend most of their lives at sea. Furthermore, alien species, often carried on ships entering the Hudson River from foreign lands, disrupt the Hudson’s ecosystem. Dr. Strayer also discusses future Hudson Valley prospects in the face of climate change, such as the effect of sea level rises on the Hudson River.

Learn More:
Dr. Strayer
Hudson River
Damages to the River
Alien Species in River

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November 16, 2012 · Posted in Dutchess County, Education, Environment, Hudson Valley, Quality of Life  

Preventing Child Abuse (Aired on November 9, 2012)

Seated: Substitute Co-host Rotarian Dave Kruger. Standing: (L) Co-host Sarah O’Connell, guest Dana Gavin

Seated: Substitute Co-host Rotarian Dave Kruger. Standing: (L) Co-host Sarah O’Connell, guest Dana Gavin

Dana Gavin, Director for the Center of Prevention of Child Abuse in Dutchess County, shares the latest information and statistics about child abuse that are at times surprising. Ms. Gavin began her career with the Center as a volunteer several years ago. Today, involved heavily in Public Relations, she speaks to organizations about the Center’s many programs that teach children and adults important ways to prevent child abuse. These include educating children in school systems in an age-appropriate Puppet People program and providing families with contacts that help them stop an abuse before it starts. Ms. Gavin explains some factors contributing to an increase in child abuse since 2005, such as the economy that places stress on parents and a rise in reporting abuse cases by those who suspect abuse, such as teachers, coaches, and doctors.

Learn More:
The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse
Dutchess Prevention Center Hotline: 845 454-0595
Address of Center: 249 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY

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