Pleasant Valley Holiday Festival (Aired November 30 and December 1, 2019)

Pleasant Valley Recreation Director Sandy Coe and local businessman Frank Mazzella
visit RadioRotary to tell about the full-day celebration that is the Pleasant Valley Festival
of Lights. The event, which combines food and Santa, pets and Santa, a parade and
Santa, and many other holiday traditions, started a few years ago with a simple lighting
of the Town Christmas tree. Today it runs from a breakfast (with Santa) starting at 8 in
the morning and concluding about 12 hours later with a parade followed by hot
chocolate and cookies at the Fire House. Aside from Main Street–site of the parade of
floats, fire trucks, walkers, and Santa in a horse-drawn carriage–the main action is at
three important locations in Pleasant Valley: the Fire House, the Library, and the Mill
Site Historical Museum. Starting with a pancake breakfast, continuing with cookie
sales, a chili cook-off, food trucks, and lots of hot chocolate, it is easy to spend the day
in downtown PV, enjoying readings and encounters with various animals in addition to
the main event, the parade.

Learn more:
Festival of Lights: https://www.pvfol.com/
Pleasant Valley Recreation: https://www.pvrec.com/info/default.aspx
Pleasant Valley Fire Department: https://pvfdny.org/
Pleasant Valley Rotary Club: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50045/clubinfo/pleasant-valley
Pleasant Valley Lions on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Nonprofit-Organization/Pleasant-Valley-Lions-Club-NY-606476433167428/

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December 8, 2019 · Posted in Animals, Children, Events  

Dutchess Outreach Feeds the Needy (Aired on November 9 and 10, 2019)

RadioRotary welcomed two guests from Dutchess Outreach, the sprawling
organization that provides healthy food, good advice, emergency relief, and even
clothing needs for the needy in the County. Sarah Salem, the Director of
Development for Dutchess Outreach, explains the many services and the goals
of this catalyst for community revitalization, while Nyhisha Gibbs describes the
Children’s Coat Closet and the drive to provide warm clothing to those who lack
it. Dutchess Outreach has roots in a 1974 effort to provide emergency services
in Poughkeepsie and opened its first Food Pantry two years later. Since then the
services have expanded greatly, with the emphasis on providing healthy food
that is accessible even in “food deserts.” Recently Dutchess Outreach has
started farming to improve the supply of healthy food, a project that takes Sarah
Salem back to her own roots, since she became involved in Dutchess Outreach
from her experiences working at an organic farm.

Learn more:
Dutchess Outreach: http://dutchessoutreach.org/
Cranksgiving: http://www.cranksgiving.org/
Food Deserts in America: https://socialwork.tulane.edu/blog/food-deserts-in-america
Guardian Self-Storage: https://guardianselfstorage.com/

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November 21, 2019 · Posted in Children, Dutchess County, Events, Nutrition, Service Organizations  

Italian-American Festival in Kingston (Aired On October 5 & 6, 2019)

RadioRotary interviews Highland Rotarian Tony Marmo and Anna Palazzo Brett
about the annual Italian-American Festival on the Strand Walkway at the
Roundout in Kingston, NY, also known as the Kingston Waterfront. Ulster
Country, like much of the Hudson Valley, has a rich Italian heritage, much of it
stemming from the skilled masons and quarry workers imported to build the
mansions and dams throughout the Valley. The Festival celebrates this with
emphasis on the foods and music that came to American from Italy along with
the workers. The event is free, but the Ulster Italian-American Society realizes a
profit from the many vendors of all kinds who rent space at the Festival and from
several local sponsors such as the Reis Group of insurance brokers. The money
raised goes to good causes such as the several scholarships awarded to local
students who have an Italian heritage.

Learn more:
Ulster Country Italian American Foundation: http://www.ucitalianamericanfoundation.org/
Kingston, NY, Waterfront: http://thekingstonwaterfront.com/
American Italian Heritage Museum in Albany: http://www.americanitalianmuseum.org/
Reis Group: https://www.reisinsurance.com/
Highland Rotary: https://highlandrotaryclub.com/

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October 16, 2019 · Posted in Events, Hudson Valley  

Miles of Hope Aids Cancer Victims (Aired on September 28 and 29, 2019)

RadioRotary interviews Pari Farood, Executive Director of Miles of Hope, an
organization that provides aid and comfort to breast-cancer sufferers throughout
the nine counties of the Hudson Valley. Miles of Hope was founded in 2004 by
Dana Effron and Cathy Varunok who had already devoted themselves to raising
money for the fight against breast cancer but recognized that there needed to be
a more local organization. The name originates with the annual fall Breast
Cancer Walk at James Baird State Park in Dutchess Country, but there are
additional fundraising events throughout the year. With the money it raises, Miles
of Hope provides many services to improve the lives of persons with breast cancer ranging from help paying bills and for associated medical services to
college scholarships for students whose lives have been affected by the breast
cancer of a relative or friend. An important service is the peer-to-peer hotline
(800-532-4290) where those affected by breast cancer can exchange information
on how to deal with the problems that arise.

Learn more:
Miles of Hope: https://milesofhope.org/
Community Action Partnership for Dutchess County: https://www.dutchesscap.org/
New York State Breast Cancer Services: https://www.ny.gov/new-york-state-breast-cancer-programs/new-york-state-breast-cancer-services
Breast Cancer: https://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/AboutBreastCancer.html

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October 16, 2019 · Posted in Events, Financial Aid, Health, Hudson Valley, Support Groups  

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