Vanderbilt Gardens (Aired on April 1st and April 2nd 2017)

Vanderbilt Gardens volunteers Susanne Gillespie and Anita Whelan
come to the RadioRotary studio to discuss the beautiful gardens they
help tend at the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site in Hyde Park,
NY.

The Vanderbilt Mansion was the impressive summer “cottage” of  Frederick and Louise Vanderbilt. Frederick maintained and improved the formal gardens on the site in the early 20th century, but after Frederick died in 1938 there were no buyers for the property. President Franklin Roosevelt, a neighbor, arranged to have the estate made into a national historic site, but during World War II the site languished Although there was money to restore the brickwork for the formal gardens, the gardens themselves were not replanted until 1984, when
three volunteers approached the Park Service about taking it over.
Today volunteers plant about 6,000 annual flowers each year and maintain the cherry trees (nearly the only plants from Vanderbilt’s time), the perennial garden, and the rose garden. Admission to the gardens is free. The operation is funded by a giant plant sale each
Memorial Day weekend and a formal tea party in September. Planting and maintenance is entirely the work of volunteers.
Learn more:
F.W. Vanderbilt Garden Association
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
Hyde Park Tourist Sites

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April 3, 2017 · Posted in Dutchess County, Hudson Valley, Quality of Life  

Circle of Friends for the Dying (Aired on December 31, 2016, and January 1, 2017)

Circle of Friends for the Dying (Aired on December 31, 2016, and January 1, 2017)

RadioRotary interviews Laurie Swartz and Rev. Lynda Carré about the Death Cafés they help run as part of Circle of Friends for the Dying in Ulster and Dutchess Counties. A Death Café is a gathering of a few people in a home, a church, a restaurant, or other venue where the conversation over tea or coffee and cake is all about dying. Our population is growing older every year and death will come to all of us—many who are not very old die as well—but few are prepared for it and many don’t even want to think or talk about it. The Death Café experience, often with a speaker, is offered about once a month at various locations around Ulster and Dutchess counties. A new project for the Circle of Friends for the Dying is a home in Kingston where a person who lives alone and is close to dying will be able to live with one or two others, which many would prefer to dying in a hospital or nursing home or dying alone at home.

Learn more:
Hudson Valley Circle of Friends for the Dying
Death Café
Facebook: Circle of Friends for the Dying
Facebook: Death Café

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January 2, 2017 · Posted in Aging, Health, Quality of Life  

Help for Adult Developmentally Disabled (Aired on November 4 and 5, 2016)

Help for Adult Developmentally Disabled (Aired on November 4 and 5, 2016)

RadioRotary interviews Holly Gaiman, Development Coordinator at InFlight, Inc., which supplies residential facilities, including group homes and apartments, for people with developmental disabilities.  Its mission is to ensure the people it supports reach their highest level of independence and inclusion into the community while living in a home setting.  InFlight operates throughout much of the mid-Hudson region, providing not only a home but also vocational services, art and music programs, activities of many kinds, and even the Can Do Café in Catskill, where residents meet to prepare the food. The residents served must be 22 years old or older and may be on the autism spectrum, have been born intellectually disabled, or suffer from brain damage. InFlight is supported by New York State’s Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

Learn more:

InFlight

NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities

Developmental Disabilities

 

 

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Stop Dieting, Start Living and Enjoying Good Health (Aired on August 6 & 7, 2016)

Ellie Savory

Ellie Savory

Sarah O’Connell and Dave Kruger interview Millbrook Rotarian Ellie Savoy, author of the International Best-Seller Stop Dieting, Start Living: 5 Foundations for your Health to Permanently Lose Weight Without Dieting, Starvation, or Suffering in Silence, as well as portions of other self-help books. Ms. Savoy is a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach who not only coaches individuals, but also offers short courses. Her life took a turn for the better in 2011, when—30 pounds overweight—she face possible surgery, but decided to practice healthy eating and a better lifestyle instead. She has a lot of common-sense advice, which most of us would do well to follow. The basic program is to stop dieting and make the best choices in food and lifestyle. Exercise and sleep are also important, but should be routine rather than taking a special effort. Good health is everyone’s number-one asset in life, so make your own body your first priority.

Learn more:
Ellie Savoy’s Website
Stop Dieting, Start Living
Millbrook Rotary

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August 6, 2016 · Posted in Health, Nutrition, Quality of Life, Self-Help  

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