Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue (Aired on February 7 & 8, 2015)

(l-r) Jonah Triebwasser, Deanna Mancuso, Sarah O’Connell

(l-r) Jonah Triebwasser, Deanna Mancuso, Sarah O’Connell

Deanna Mancuso tells the story of how her grandfather’s gift to her of an abused horse when she was 12, gradually led her create the Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue farm, which now hosts 43 formerly abused, neglected, or abandoned horses. Today these horses are not only living out the remainder of their lives (which can be as long as about 50 years), but also they are providing significant equine-assisted therapy to humans in need of help—it is people helping horses helping people. Dutchess County currently has a horse population of about 42,500 horses, but abused horses from all over the country are also welcomed to the Lucky Orphan’s farm. Volunteers, some of whom are doing community service, provide all the work on the farm.

Learn more:
Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue
Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA)
Natural Lifemanship Therapy

 

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February 7, 2015 · Posted in Animals, Dutchess County, Service Organizations, Volunteers  

Services Available to Veterans (Aired on November 8 & 9, 2014)

Nelson Eddy Rivera

Nelson Eddy Rivera

Navy Veteran Nelson Eddy Rivera, now Director of the Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services, is interviewed about the many ways both man and women veterans in Dutchess Country (or other New York State Counties) can get help. Every country in the state has been mandated since 1946 to have veterans’ services available. These include help in filing disability claims or obtaining educational benefits. The division also helps surviving partners of veterans; among other ways, the division helps arrange funerals, which for honorably discharged members of the armed services will include at least three soldiers, who will fold a memorial flag and play taps on a bugle. One special benefit for veterans in Dutchess County is a discount card, honored at many stories around the county.

Learn more:
Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services
Discount Cards for Veterans
New York State Division of Veterans

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November 8, 2014 · Posted in Dutchess County, Education, Housing Assistance, Support Groups  

The Community Action Partnership (Aired on November 1 & 2, 2014)

Elizabeth Spira

Elizabeth Spira

Elizabeth Spira, the Chief Executive Officer of the Community Action Partnership of Dutchess County describes how this legacy program of the War on Poverty has for 50 years provided financial, energy, pharmaceutical, and food assistance to those in need. Similar agencies exist in every country in New York State. Some of the programs that the Dutchess agency maintains include “Dress for Success,” a program that provides suitable clothing to women applying for jobs, and the “Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP),” which provides help with financial counseling, youth mentoring, and emergency preparedness.

Learn more:
The Community Action Partnership of Dutchess County
The New York State Community Action Association
National Community Action Partnerships
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

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The New FDR Library (Aired on September 27 & 28, 2014)

Jeff Urbin

Jeff Urbin

Jeffrey Urbin, Education Specialist at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, tells the RadioRotary audience about the history and recent renovations of the Library, which was the first presidential library in the United States, having been designed by Roosevelt himself in 1941. The new Library features new technology to make history come alive better for today’s visitors. Another change is that the Library now takes on the controversial issues of Roosevelt’s four terms, such as the development of the first nuclear weapons and FDR’s health issues. The program also features comments about the National Park Service building visitors can visit—Springwood, Top Cottage, and Val-Kill.

Learn more:
FDR Library
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt
Top Cottage
Val-Kill
Biography of FDR

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September 27, 2014 · Posted in Dutchess County, Education, History  

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