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  

Pleasant Valley Library after the Fire (Aired On December 29 & 30, 2018)

Pleasant Valley Rotarians Dave and Kathy Kruger, well known to listeners to
RadioRotary as producer and occasional substitute host, are also both on the
Board of the Pleasant Valley Library, which suffered a terrible fire on November
6. The fire started with an electrical problem in the basement, collapsed the first
floor of the building, moved up through hollow walls to the attic, and essentially
destroyed the interior of the building. Quick work by the Pleasant Valley Fire
Volunteers with help from eight other local fire departments, saved special items
from the building and prevented complete collapse—the shell of the 150-year-old
building is still intact, and plans are underway to create a new building that will
maintain that façade. Listen to the show to hear the Krugers explain the plans for
the library in the future and find out how you can help the rebuilding.

Learn more:
Pleasant Valley Library: http://pleasantvalleylibrary.org/
Pleasant Valley Library on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pleasantvalleylibrary/
Mid-Hudson Library System Catalog: http://search.midhudsonlibraries.org/iii/encore/?lang=eng
Mid-Hudson Library System on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MidHudsonLibrarySystem/

 

 

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December 29, 2018 · Posted in Disaster Relief, Literacy  

Rotary International Convention in Toronto Canada (Aired on July 7 and July 8th 2018)

Toronto Rotary International Convention, Part 1 (Aired on July 7 and 8, 2018)

Each year RadioRotary takes its microphone to the Rotary International Convention, which in 2018 is in Toronto, Ontario. Some 24,000 Rotarians are in attendance and RadioRotary gets as many of the great stories as it can. One of the interviews in this show is with Ellen Haggerty, a Pleasant Valley Rotarian whose mission to improve hearing and make life easier for those who are hearing impaired takes her all over the world. Her organization, Rotarians for Hearing, is one of the many Rotary Action Groups, or RAGs, that deal with specific issues.  Another interview concerts a different RAG, this one uniting Rotarians around the world to help prevent opioid addiction as well as other forms of  addiction.  Disaster Aid USA is not a RAG, but instead is a club-based Rotary project that started with a Bethesda, MD, Rotary Club, but now has chapters in clubs all over the US and sister organizations in Europe and Southeast Asia. One of the highlights of the RadioRotary interviews at the International Convention is the interview with the new president of Rotary International; fir 2018-19, it is Barry Rassin from the Rotary Club of East Nassau in the Bahamas.
Learn more:
Rotarians for Hearing: Rotarian Action Group:

Rotarian Action Group: Addiction Prevention:
Disaster Aid USA:
Barry Rassin, 2018-19 Rotary International President:
Rotary International:

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Mary Ann Coe and Vincent Marzella talk Stuff The Bus (Aired on June 9th and June 10th 2018)

Total Transportation for Local Charities (Aired on June 9 and 10, 2018) RadioRotary interviews two employees of Total Transportation Corp., a business that goes out of its way to help local community organizations such as Rotary clubs.  Vincent Marzello is the Regional Director of Operations, working out of Wappinger Falls, while MaryAnne Coe is the Location Manager in that office.  Marzello and Coe describe how they loan out equipment, often with volunteer drivers (regular employees who volunteer their time), to chairitable organizations such as Pleasant Valley Rotary. The Rotary club regularly runs a “Stuff the Bus” campaign for the local food pantry, and Total Transportation provides the bus, which (festooned with a large sign) is parked in a supermarket lot until donors have filled it with food, which the bus then transmits to the food pantry. In some other recent charitable events, Total Transportation carried supplies for Puerto Rican victims of Hurricane Maria from Dutchess County; they also collected
backpacks of school supplies, drove children to the Kids Expo and to the Ulster Country Fair, and participated in Touch a Truck.
Learn more:
Total Transportation Corp.
http://www.totalbusco.com/
Total Transportation on Facebook:
Pleasant Valley Rotary:

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