Lilymoore Alpaca Farm in Pleasant Valley (Aired on September 7 and 8, 2019)

Diana Bellissimo, owner of the Lilymoore Alpaca Farm, visits the RadioRotary
studio (sadly without an alpaca) to describe the activities that the farm celebrates
on National Alpaca Day and to tell the RadioRotary cohosts about the pleasures
of raising 25 alpacas (and a llama) on a 40-acre farm in Pleasant Valley, New
York. While alpacas are primarily known for their amazing wool, the sweet-
tempered and terminally cute animals are just pleasant to be around. Learn more
about this delightful South American relative of the camel and about the wool
products and outdoor activities available at the farm.

Learn more:
Lilymoore Alpaca Farm: https://www.lilymoorefarm.com/
National Alpaca Days: https://www.alpacainfo.com/alpaca-farm-days
Facts About Alpacas: https://www.livescience.com/52668-alpacas.html
Animal Assisted Therapy: https://www.crchealth.com/types-of-therapy/what-is-animal-assisted-therapy/

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September 16, 2019 · Posted in Animals, Events  

Ribfest at Ulster Fairgrounds (Aired on August 10 and 11, 2019)

Highland Rotarians Steve Laubach and Tony Marmo tell about the glories of
eating barbecue (and listening to music) at the fifteenth annual Ribfest, Ulster
County Fairgrounds just outside New Paltz. In addition to great food and music
by local performers, the Ribfest has many activities for children and some special
events. The $7 admission–$5 on Friday night with free parking always– allows
you to experience all the music and an opportunity to experience ribs, pulled
pork, pulled chicken, roasted corn-on-the-cob, and a variety of other great foods.
Those who opt for the VIP all-you-can-eat special on Friday and Saturday
evenings, also get the best seats for the shows—mostly country music by local
bands. The adult-beverage tent specialized in local craft beers, but also has wine
and soft drinks. In Competition Alley, barbecue chefs compete for cash prizes
and a grand prize of entry into the World Series of Barbecue in Kansas City.

Learn more:
Hudson Valley Ribfest: https://hudsonvalleyribfest.org/
Highland Rotary Club: http://highlandrotaryclub.com/
Northeast BBQ Society: https://www.nebs.org/
Kansas City Barbeque Society: https://www.kcbs.us/
World Series of Barbecue: http://www.americanroyal.com/bbq/

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September 16, 2019 · Posted in Events, Hudson Valley, Nutrition, Rotary Club Projects, Volunteers  

Serving People with Disabilities (Aired on July 6 and 7, 2019)

In Flight, Inc. for over sixteen years has provided housing in group homes, day
habilitation in locations in Ulster and Columbia Counties, person-centered
services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and training
for transition to independent living in the community. RadioRotary interviews Bob
Lang, a Direct Support Professional who helps resolve the specific needs of the
persons he supports, and David Kitchings, Jr., who is one of the persons Mr.
Lang supports. Mr. Lang helps Mr. Kitchings and others live independently and
work in the community. The other interviewee on the program is Teresa Stivala,
Director of Human Resources for In Flight, who explains some of the other
programs that In Flight runs and also describes two important fundraisers for the
nonprofit, a golf tournament and the annual Holiday Formal for the people
supported. In Flight is happy to train individuals for roles as Direct Support
Professionals.

Learn more:
In Flight: https://www.inflightinc.org/
COM-HAB: https://www.inflightinc.org/community-habilitation/
I-SAIL: https://www.inflightinc.org/isail-flights-success-academy-independent-living/
Hudson Valley Service Providers: https://www.hvspllc.org/
New York State Office of Developmental Disabilities: https://opwdd.ny.gov/
Developmental Disabilities: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/developmentaldisabilities/facts.html

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September 16, 2019 · Posted in Developmentally Disabled, Events, Service Organizations, Vocational  

Firehouses Celebrate 100th Anniversary (Aired on August 3 and 4, 2019)

For 100 years, the villages of Red Hook and Tivoli, New York, have been served
by their respective volunteer fire departments, so they are jointly celebrating the
anniversary in 2019. RadioRotary gets the whole story of the history and of the
celebration from guests Stephen Fell, Chief of the Red Hook Fire Company, and
Marc Hildenbrand, Chief of the Tivoli Fire Department. In the 19 th century, fire
companies were mostly privately owned, often specializing in a particular aspect
of fire fighting, such as a hook-and-ladder company or a hose company. Near the
beginning of the 20 th century, the villages moved to consolidate everything into
two volunteer fire companies—both villages are part of the Town of Red Hook.
In this program, you will learn about the training and equipment a fire fighter
needs; the other services of a fire company, including EMT-staffed ambulances;
duties of the fire police; and much more. You will also learn about the recent
disaster when the Tivoli Fire Station burned and how the community is coming
together to rebuild and re-equip it.

Learn more:
Red Hook Fire Company: http://www.redhookfire.org/
Tivoli Fired Department on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tivoli-Fire-Department-275848023267/
Dutchess County Volunteer Fireman’s Association: http://www.dutchesscountyvolunteerfiremensassociation.com/
How to Become a Volunteer Firefighter: https://www.firerescue1.com/fire-products/fire-helmet-fronts/articles/1063900-how-to-get-involved-with-a-volunteer-fire-department/

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August 15, 2019 · Posted in Events, History, Volunteers  

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