Pleasant Valley Weekend with Mary Albrecht (Aired on July 21st and July 22nd, 2018)

Pleasant Valley Weekend Fun (Aired on July 21 and 22, 2018)

Mary Albrecht of the Town of Pleasant Valley visits RadioRotary to describe the annual festival known as Pleasant Valley Week end, which has moved from its previous time in September to July. The event features three separate parades through the hamlet—a motorcycle parade on Friday, the big parade and fireworks on Saturday, and a parade of automobiles on Sunday. Most of the events and activities during the event are aimed at children (although Pleasant Valley Rotary runs a beer-and-wine tent), including a Ferris wheel and other rides, contests of various kinds, and a “Little Miss Pleasant Valley” pageant for girls 5 to 7 years old. But the whole family can enjoy the bands, the country music, and the typical carnival foods, as well as the race of plastic ducks down nearby Wappingers Creek.

Learn more:

Pleasant Valley 2018 Weekend Schedule:
Pleasant Valley Days Map & Events:
Pleasant Valley Rotary:

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July 23, 2018 · Posted in Children, Events, Hudson Valley, Hudson Valley  

Kimberly Kochem on Preventing Child Abuse (Aired on June 30th and July 1 2018)

Prevention of Child Abuse (Aired on June 30 and Jul 1, 2018)

RadioRotary interviews Kimberly Kochen, Executive Director of The Center for
the Prevention of Child Abuse, located in Poughkeepsie, N, the nonprofit agency
dedicated to the reduction of child maltreatment since 1973. Among their
programs are outreach to elementary schools for educating children and to PTAs
and other groups for educating adults. Almost 17,000 children per year are
served, mostly through lessons in schools, ranging from puppet shows for
younger children to more formal teaching though grade 6. Child abuse is a major
problem but only about one in a thousand children will report it. Everyone who
suspects child abuse should call the NYS Central Registry at 1(800) 342-3720 or
in case of immediate harm, 911. Parents and others are urged to “trust your gut”
if you suspect anything, and take action immediately. Abuse during childhood
often affects the person abused for his or her entire life.
Learn more:
The Center for Prevention of Child Abuse:
Facebook Page for Child Abuse Prevention:
NYS Central Registry (Child Protective Services):
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Child Abuse:

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PUTNAM COUNTY 4-H PROGRAM & FAIR (AIRED ON JUNE 16 AND JUNE 17, 2018)

Putnam Country Fair (Aired on June 15 and 16, 2018)

Marjorie Nichols Keith, Executive Director of the Putnam Country Cornell Cooperative Extension, brings 4-H Club member Patrick Salerno to RadioRotary to help tell about the 47th annual Putnam County 4-H Fair at Veteran Memorial Park in Carmel. The Fair is a big family event with food booths, music, a Master Gardener plant sale, horse and dog shows, an auction, and activities such as Touch a Truck and a magic tent. There is free admission and free parking. Over 500 volunteers make the weekend event happen, ranging from Rotary clubs, Lions clubs, village officials, and of course 4-H clubs. If you are not in Putnam Country, you can check your county’s Cornell Cooperative Extension Website for the location and dates of the fair nearest you.

Learn more:
Putnam County 4-H Fair:
Putnam County 4-H Youth
Cornell Cooperative Extension Programs:
4-H Clubs:
Brewster Rotary:
Carmel Rotary:
Lake Mahopac Rotary:
Patterson Rotary:

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June 21, 2018 · Posted in Children, Events, Hudson Valley, Volunteers, Youth  

Toni Hokanson and Touch A Truck (Aired on May 26 and May 27th, 2018)

Touch a Truck in New Paltz (Aired on May 26 and 27, 2018)

New Paltz Rotarian Toni Hokanson visits RadioRotary to promote the annual “Touch-a-Truck” fair at Ulster County Fairgrounds. While the basic attraction for kids are the trucks, with a chance to climb all over them and sound their horns, the inexpensive family outing includes much more in the way of free entertainment, ranging from the Hurd’s Family Cow Train (cars shaped like cars, pulled by a tractor) to the giant pile of mulch for young mountain-climbers to tackle. The only additional expense is for fair food or a helicopter ride. “Touch-a-Truck” is a major fundraiser for New Paltz Rotary, despite the low per person admission (truck exhibitors also support it with entrance fees), which helps support the good works of the club. These include a weekly food-backpack program for children in the New Paltz schools who would otherwise be food deprived and scholarships, including a new 2-year scholarship to SUNY Ulster College for students whose parents did not attend college. There is much more to be heard.

Learn more:
New Paltz Rotary Club:
Hurd’s Family Farm:
SUNY Ulster College:

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June 1, 2018 · Posted in Children, Hudson Valley, Rotary Club Projects, Vocational  

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