Fitfeet Adventures (Aired on August 19, and 20, 2017)

Adventures and Running with FitFeet (Aired on August 19 and 20, 2017)
RadioRotary interviews Kyle Irwin, who went from the Peace Corps and a career in microfinance to found FitFeet Adventures, a unique Rhinebeck-based corporation that focuses on the environment, philanthropy, and running and hiking for everyone from individuals to groups. Locally FitFeet runs 5K races, 10K races, and full and half marathons to support various local and national charities, including a 2017 walk-or-run at Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park. The “adventures” part comes with specially designed tours of Peru, Chile, and Argentina, some incorporating major races in Patagonia. The Explore Peru Teen Adventure combines language immersion, volunteer work for charities, visits to cultural sites, and a multi-day trek through the Andes Mountains to Machu Picchu. By partnering with nonprofits such as Awamaki, which helps women and rural families in a Peruvian Village lift themselves out of poverty, and the Rainbow Children Foundation, FitFeet Adventures is far more than just a specialized travel agency.

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FitFeet Adventures
Awamaki
Patagonian International Marathon
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

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August 22, 2017 · Posted in Education, Events, Hudson Valley, International Programs, Travel, Youth  

Mid-Hudson Library System (Aired on Jan 14 2017 & Jan 15 2017)

Modern Libraries Serve the Community (Aired on January 14 and 15, 2017)

RadioRotary interviews Rebbekah Smith Aldrich,
Coordinator for Library Sustainability for the Mid-Hudson Library System, a group of 66 libraries in the five mid-Hudson counties that form the core of the RadioRotary listening area: Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Putnum, and Ulster—serving 2.5 million homes. Libraries today are a platform for all sorts of information, forming a cornerstone of democracy. They provide affordable access to services that really matter, including downloads of E-book and audiobooks in addition to the traditional  printed material and human fonts of accurate information. Many offer shared community experiences, including talks, concerts, meeting centers, and always programs for children. This is a terrific show that ought to make the listener pull our his or her library card and head either for the library building or the computer/cellphone.
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Mid-Hudson Library System:
Mid-Hudson Library Digital Downloads
Libraries in Mid-Hudson System:

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July 17, 2017 · Posted in Education, Hudson Valley, Literacy  

The Boy Scouts (Aired on July 15 and 16 2017)

Renewal for 91-Year-Old Scout Camp (Aired on June 15 and 16, 2017)

Camp Nooteeming in Pleasant Valley has been serving the scouting community for 91 years, but newly arrived Scout Executive/CEO for the Hudson Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America, David Horton, recognized that the Camp is in serious need of renovation to become a resident camp. Volunteer Dave Petrovich has taken charge of the project. Together for a joint interview on RadioRotary, they describe plans to set up camping centers for specific topics, events, and skills, including centers devoted to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics); shooting sports; the environment; crafts; and more. Scouts, including Cub Scouts as young as age 5 and Girl Scouts, will use the renovated facilities along with other community groups. In an interesting sidelight, Program Co-Host Jonah Triebwasser tells about how Rotary and scouting have been linked since the earliest days of both service organizations.
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Hudson Valley Council of Boy Scouts of America
Camp Nooteeming
Boy Scouts of America
Order of the Arrow

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The Learning Lab with Amy Shapiro (Aired on June 3 2016 and 4 2017)

RadioRotary interviews librarian Amy Shapiro , who supervises the Mahopac Library Learning Lab, a multigenerational learning center focused on technical help for computers, smartphones, or other electronic devices. This lab, which is open five days a week, provides one-on-one individual help along with two classes each week on aid for resume preparation. The library not only has
desktop computers that patrons can use, but also offers Wi-Fi access for personal devices. The Lab is available for adults and for children either over fifth grade or with their parents—no library card needed. The Learning Lab is only one of the services of the Mahopac Library. In additions to books, DVDs, and computer access, there are summer programs for adults, for teens, and for children.
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Mahopac Library
Mid-Hudson Library System
Goodwill Training Help

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June 5, 2017 · Posted in Arts & Letters, Education, Hudson Valley, Literacy  

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