Cornell Cooperative Extension, Putnam (Aired on June 22 and 23, 2019)

 

Since 1862, states were empowered to set aside land that would be used to fund
institutes of higher education that would feature agriculture and engineering
along with other studies. These “land-grant colleges” became the basis of a
1914 law that had the Department of Agriculture work in improving agriculture
and rural life. Today every state has cooperative extensions that carry out this
mandate, including extension offices in every country of New York State, which
work with Cornell University. For this program, Radio Rotary interviews Stefanie
Hubert, the Executive Director of the Putnam County Cornell Cooperative
Extension. There are many fascinating topics, ranging from the effort to
encourage farmers to grow hemp; the master-gardener program; advice for good
nutrition; and the 4-H program for youth—which on the last weekend in July in
Putnam County puts on the only free-standing 4-H Fair in the nation.

Learn more:
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County: http://putnam.cce.cornell.edu/
Cooperative Extension History: https://nifa.usda.gov/cooperative-extension-history
Master Gardeners: https://www.ahsgardening.org/gardening-resources/master-gardeners
Slow Food USA: https://www.slowfoodusa.org/

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July 14, 2019 · Posted in Education, Environment, Events, Health, Nutrition, Service Organizations  

The Anderson Center for Autism (Aired on May 18 and 19, 2019)

The Anderson Center for Autism returns as a topic for RadioRotary, this time with guests
Chrissy Wolcott and Lisa Susczynski telling about some of the programs and techniques used at the Center to improve the lives of children and adults who are on the autism spectrum. Autism is a complex syndrome that required a medical diagnosis to identify. The spectrum ranges from persons with slight problems functioning in society through to those who cannot speak or have other serious mental impairment. The Anderson Center has educational facilities from young persons from age 5 to 21, both residential and day programs. Also it supports group homes throughout Dutchess County. Among the topics covered in the RadioRotary interviews are ways to make stores and other public places friendlier to those with autism. In part because the Center serves individuals who have little money, there are fundraisers, including a golf tournament, and volunteers are always needed to help with these events. There is a lot more in the program, so listen and learn about this important topic and about our local Center that is known for its innovative programs.

Learn more:
Anderson Center for Autism: https://www.andersoncenterforautism.org/
Autism Supportive Environment: https://www.andersoncenterforautism.org/community/autism-supportive-environment/
Autism Spectrum Disorder: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/autism-spectrum-disorders-asd/index.shtml
Parents Guide to Autism: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/autism-learning-disabilities/autism-spectrum-disorders.htm

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May 30, 2019 · Posted in Developmentally Disabled, Education, Health, Youth  

Narcan Training in Dutchess Country (Aired on April 27 and 28, 2019)

RadioRotary hosts Beth Alter, Director of Behavioral Health Diversion Services
for Dutchess Country, who has been a part of the county government for over 30
year in substance abuse and mental health services. Her topics on this program
are the life-saving medicine Narcan, the County HELPLINE, the Mobile Crisis
Intervention Team, and the Stabilization Center at 230 North Road in
Poughkeepsie. Her team offers training in the use of Narcan to reverse an opioid
overdose, which they will bring to any location in the country or provide to visitors
at the Stabilization Center. All the services mentioned here can be reached via
the HELPLINE, calling or texting to 845-485-9700. Narcan is an easy-to-
administer nasal spray that instantly blocks opioid action, although more than
one dose may be needed to reverse the drug in some cases. Ms. Alter makes a
good case why everyone from boy and girl scouts to Rotarians should learn to
use Narcan and have the drug handy for when needed (there is no effect if it is
not needed).

Learn more:
24/7 Crisis Services in Dutchess County: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/DBCH/24-7-Services.htm
Dutchess Behavioral and Community Health: https://www.dutchessny.gov/departments/DBCH/dbch.htm
Narcan: https://www.narcan.com/
Opioid Epidemic in Dutchess Country: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/County-Executive/Fight-Against-Opioid-Epidemic.htm

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May 8, 2019 · Posted in Addiction Recovery, Dutchess County, Health, Support Groups  

Mental Health and Addiction Recovery (Aired on April 20 and 21, 2019)

Andrew O’Grady, CEO of Mental Health American Dutchess County (MHA) and
Executive Director of the Med-Hudson Recovery Centers, Inc. (MARC) returns to
the RadioRotary microphones to tell more about those two organizations and
also to help promote fundraising for MARC and for addiction/alcoholism
prevention and recovery through the MARC Foundation. With about 200
employees, MHA and MARC make a significant impact on problems that affect
about 1 in 7 of residents of the Mid-Hudson Region. The organizations, primarily
funded by New York State, are unique in not requiring insurance for their
services, which include many community mental-health caseworkers, family
therapy, and a veterans program (MHA) as well has a crisis center for short-term
addiction/alcoholism recovery, three half-way houses for longer-term residence,
and more than 30 sober apartments throughout Poughkeepsie. The MARC
Foundation, which raises money with an annual luncheon, a golf tournament, and
appeals to donors, primarily provides supplemental funding for MARC, but also
assists prevention and recovery efforts throughout the region.

Learn more:
Mental Health America Dutchess County: https://mhadutchess.org/
Facebook Page for Mental Health America: https://www.facebook.com/MHADutchess/
MARC Foundation: https://marc-foundation.org/

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April 28, 2019 · Posted in Addiction Recovery, Health, Housing Assistance, Support Groups  

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