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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UN SHOW # 2 (Aired on Feb 4 and Feb 5 2017)

Once again, RadioRotary takes its microphone to Rotary Day at the United Nations for a series of interviews with persons from organizations “doing good in the world.” Lakeway/Lake Travis (TX) Rotarian Barker Keith discusses the Rotary 3D Limbs project, which is using 3D printing to produce prosthetics, especially new legs, for amputees, especially in Africa. Dr. Linda J. Stillman ,
who teaches at several colleges, is the founder and president of the Young Global Leadership Foundation, which guides aspiring youth leaders from around the world to become global citizens and democratic leaders towards a peaceful,
prosperous and positive global society in the 21st Century, primarily through provision of volunteer mentors. In the third interview, Melena Sosa tells RadioRotary about the Liter of Light project. The interior of homes that lack electric lighting can be easily illuminated with an improvised solar tube, a clear plastic soda bottle filled with water that receives sunlight from above the roof and projects it through the roof into the home, providing the equivalent of a 55-watt bulb when the sun is shining. Liter of Light has also developed interior lighting powered by batteries that are recharged from small solar panels.
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Rotary Day at the UN
Rotary 3-D Limbs (Facebook)
Rotary Club of Lakeway/Lake Travis
Young Global Leadership Foundation
Liter of Light
Liter of Light USA

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Zika Virus Update (Aired on September 24 and 25, 2016)

Jonah Triebwasser interviews Cary Institute disease ecologist Shannon LaDeau on the recently recognized dangers from the Zika virus and on the mosquitoes that carry it from human to human. Zika has been known in the Old World since the 1940s but did not reach the Western Hemisphere until 2014, when travelers brought it to Brazil. It has since spread widely through South America, the Caribbean, and some neighborhoods in Florida. Zika is carried from person to person primarily by two species of tropical and subtropical mosquitoes that are daytime biters and to a lesser degree by sexual relations. About 80% of humans infected show mild symptoms or none, but the disease can cause severe damage to an unborn child if the mother is infected. The main concern has been microcephaly, which results in an abnormally small skull and likely brain damage.

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Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Zika Virus and Disease
Mosquito Carriers

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September 26, 2016 · Posted in Environment, Health, Hudson Valley, Travel  

Solarizing the Hudson Valley (Aired on July 2 & 3, 2016)

John Wackman

John Wackman

John Wackman, program manager for Solarize Hudson Valley, explains the ins and outs of solar panels in this RadioRotary interview. Solar power is a cost-effective way for most homeowners and businesses to reduce or even eliminate electric power bills while helping improve the environment by reducing both air pollution and global warming. Solar panels are 3-ft by 5-ft panels of glass and silica that produce DC electricity when they are exposed to sunshine. An array of panels on a roof or placed in yards or fields can produce more than enough current for a home or business on a sunny day; a device called an inverter changes the power to AC and a net meter sends excess power into the electric grid. When there is insufficient sunlight (for example at night), the net meter steers power from the grid into the home or business. Solarize Hudson Valley is a state and community agency that promotes solar power locally and helps find reliable installers who can set up the panels. Federal and state tax laws and loan help from NYSERDA make installations save money over loan repayment starting with the first full year of operation. Leasing is also available.

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Solarize Hudson Valley
Solar Power Information
Global Warming

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July 2, 2016 · Posted in Environment, Hudson Valley  

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