Pleasant Valley Library Recovers from Fire (Aired on April 13 and 14, 2019)

On Election Day 2018 fire ravaged the Pleasant Valley Free Library building.
Pleasant Valley Rotarian, Dave Kruger, president of the library board, received
the first notice at 6:45 a.m. but the 150-year-old wooden structure was already in
flames throughout the interior. Although sentimental artifacts were recovered by
brave firefighters, most of the 52,000 books were damaged beyond what repairs
would cost. In this program, Pleasant Valley Library Director Daniela Pulice and
Mr. Kruger tell RadioRotary the story of how, within a few months, the Town’s
residents and the Library Friends working with a dedicated staff brought the
library back into operation in donated quarters. Meanwhile architects have been
working on ways to rebuild the historic library building within the standing exterior
walls. The recovery is a remarkable achievement, and this is a radio program
well worth everyone’s attention.

Learn more:
Pleasant Valley Free Library: http://pleasantvalleylibrary.org/
Pleasant Valley Library on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pleasantvalleylibrary/
Friends of the Pleasant Valley Library on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofthePVLibrary/
Mid-Hudson Library System: https://midhudson.org/
Pleasant Valley Rotary Club: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50045/clubinfo/pleasant-valley

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April 18, 2019 · Posted in Arts & Letters, Community Planning, Disaster Relief, Literacy  

Literary Connections for Non-Readers (Aired on February 23 and 24, 2019)

RadioRotary’s co-host Jonah Triebwasser interviews three members of the staff
of Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley: Debra Paskowski, Katherine
Stikkers, and Marian Thompson. A surprising number of adults are unable to
read English, either because they did not learn to read as a child or perhaps they
grew up speaking a language other then English. Literacy Connections helps
resolve reading problems in various ways. The Book Buddy program, which
brings adult readers into elementary schools where they read along with children
or have children read to them, gets children on the path to reading success. For
most children, the transition from first-grade struggling to third-grade proficiency
is the key to lifelong reading success. Other volunteers and staff members work
with adult nonreaders or with those for whom English is not their first language.
For the past 18 years, the largest fundraiser for Literacy Connections has been
the annual Spelling Bee for high-school students and adult teams. Various
organizations, such a Rotary, pay to sponsor a team. The Spelling Bee is one of
the major annual events in the mid-Hudson valley, fun for both participants and
the audience.

Learn more:
Literary Connections of the Hudson Valley: http://www.literacyconnections.org/
Book Buddies: https://www.childtrends.org/programs/book-buddies https://www.childtrends.org/programs/book-buddies
Dyslexia (inability to learn to read: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dyslexia/symptoms-causes/syc-20353552
Teaching English as a Second Language: https://teach.com/become/what-can-i-teach/tesol/

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March 6, 2019 · Posted in Children, Education, Events, Literacy  

Pleasant Valley Library after the Fire (Aired On December 29 & 30, 2018)

Pleasant Valley Rotarians Dave and Kathy Kruger, well known to listeners to
RadioRotary as producer and occasional substitute host, are also both on the
Board of the Pleasant Valley Library, which suffered a terrible fire on November
6. The fire started with an electrical problem in the basement, collapsed the first
floor of the building, moved up through hollow walls to the attic, and essentially
destroyed the interior of the building. Quick work by the Pleasant Valley Fire
Volunteers with help from eight other local fire departments, saved special items
from the building and prevented complete collapse—the shell of the 150-year-old
building is still intact, and plans are underway to create a new building that will
maintain that façade. Listen to the show to hear the Krugers explain the plans for
the library in the future and find out how you can help the rebuilding.

Learn more:
Pleasant Valley Library: http://pleasantvalleylibrary.org/
Pleasant Valley Library on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pleasantvalleylibrary/
Mid-Hudson Library System Catalog: http://search.midhudsonlibraries.org/iii/encore/?lang=eng
Mid-Hudson Library System on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MidHudsonLibrarySystem/

 

 

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December 29, 2018 · Posted in Disaster Relief, Literacy  

Dutchess BOCES Plans and Programs (Aired On December 8 & 9, 2018)

The Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) for Dutchess Country
serves students from the 13 school districts in the County at its Salt Point
Turnpike Campus with career and technical education, adult education, and
special-needs education. It also provides an Alternative High School in an
industrial park off the Dutchess Turnpike. But all of that is scheduled to be
improved or changed after the December 11, 2018, vote in which 84% of
Dutchess voters supported a $36.8 million capital improvement plan, the first in
50 years. In this RadioRotary program, BOCES District Superintendent Dr.
Richard Hooley describes the current programs and plans for the future. Among
other projects, BOCES will consolidate all its K-12 programs on one campus,
improve campus security, address compliance with the American Disabilities Act,
and enhance the existing facilities. Listen to the program to find out about
everything available from adult nursing education to welding training.

Learn more:
Dutchess Country BOCES: https://dcboces.org/
New York State’s BOCES Programs: https://www.boces.org/
Career, Technical, and Adult Education: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/index.html

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December 16, 2018 · Posted in Dutchess County, Education, Literacy, Vocational  

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